Clarins has a new addition to the Joli Rouge family of lipsticks called Joli Rouge Velvet. Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet comes after Clarins Joli Rouge and Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant. To give you a little background, I am sharing some information on all the three formulas available.

Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet, Clarins Joli Rouge and Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant

Clarins Joli Rouge is a rich and creamy formula that leaves the lips with intense color and a delicate satin finish. Joli Rouge is enriched with organic Salicornia extract and mango oil, it intensely moisturizes the lips for 6 hours and provides suppleness and comfort. The long-wearing color stays on for 6 hours. This Clarins’ timeless lipstick goes for an ultra-feminine and modern tube.

Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet, Clarins Joli Rouge and Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant

Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant is a delicious formula that hydrates lips while providing flexibility, comfort, and brightness. It provides the glossy effect is obtained with a perfect dose of fine pearls, imperceptible on the lips, that glisten with finesse and a new Shine Booster + complex which multiplies the reflection of light on the lips.

Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet, Clarins Joli Rouge and Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant

Top to Bottom – Joli Rouge, Joli Rouge Brilliant, Joli Rouge Velvet

Now, coming to the new Clarins Joli Rouge VelvetClarins has put a new matte finish on its legendary lipstick in a luxuriously hydrating formula that strikes a seamless balance between non-drying lip make-up and a flawless velvet look. Its velvety texture is light and creamy, gliding gently onto the skin for extremely easy application: the intense matte color instantly illuminates the lips and cares for them too.

Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet, Clarins Joli Rouge and Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant

Left to Right – Joli Rouge, Joli Rouge Brilliant, Joli Rouge Velvet

After testing the three formulas, all I can say is the formulas are very comfortable and moisturizing on the lips. The main difference in all three is the finish. Joli Rouge has a satin finish, Joli Rouge Brilliant has a glossy finish, and Joli Rouge Velvet has a matte finish.

Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet, Clarins Joli Rouge and Clarins Joli Rouge Brilliant

So depending on what time and occasion you are wearing the lipstick, you can have the same shade but a different finish altogether. The staying power of the lipsticks is really nice does not dry the lips but instead is moisturizing. The formula is smooth, creamy, and glides on nicely on the skin.

Clarins products are available at Clarins.ca, Hudsons Bay, Beautyboutique.ca by ShoppersDrugMart, Sephora, Sephora Canada.

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Giorgio Armani Beauty introduced this year – Neo Nude range for skin, cheeks, and lips, with the promise of ‘no-makeup makeup perfection’ – ‘INVISIBLE MAKE-UP. VISIBLE PERFECTION’. As is clear from the name, the entire collection is focused on creating that no-makeup makeup look with a luminous sheer glow. If you like natural makeup, like me, this Giorgio Armani Neo Nude collection is going to be right up your alley. I have been playing with two products from the range – Neo Nude A-Blush and Neo Nude Fusion Powder which I think are a must-have if you want to indulge in this collection.

Giorgio Armani Neo Nude A-Blush and Giorgio Armani Neo Nude Fusion Powder

Giorgio Armani Neo Nude Fusion Powder contains a high-performance color fusion emulsion with advanced pigments that maintain a skin-matching veil, which stays true no matter how many touch-ups you make throughout the day. It is available in 12 shades. Floating weightlessly onto the skin like a cloud, the secret to its brilliance lies in Giorgio Armani beauty Laboratories’ new patent*: the water memory formulation process. During formulation, water within the powder evaporates, leaving a powder texture behind. Upon contact with the natural moisture found within the skin, the process is reversed: the powder transforms into a veil-like liquid that becomes one with the skin, avoiding harsh lines, smears or caking over time. A second patent* allows a soft weightless powder – so thin it appears invisible.

Giorgio Armani Neo Nude A-Blush and Giorgio Armani Neo Nude Fusion Powder

Neo Nude Fusion Powder has a medium coverage, I use it mainly on the days I need a very natural look, like a simple touch up to brighten my skin and blur the imperfections and I am good to go. Other days, I am using it as a setting powder. I have Shade 5.5 – Beige which is perfect for my skin when I am not tanned.

Giorgio Armani Neo Nude A-Blush and Giorgio Armani Neo Nude Fusion Powder

The finish is very natural and luminous without looking oily. Skin looks radiant and healthy, I do notice it blurs my problem areas and does not emphasize them. The application is easy, the finely milled powder blends in seamlessly into the skin and does not look cakey. My combination skin, with some part being dry and another oily, it does not cling to the dry areas and overall, the skin looks smooth and luminous. The packaging of the powder is so elegant, the touch and feel are so luxurious.

Giorgio Armani Neo Nude A-Blush and Giorgio Armani Neo Nude Fusion Powder

Giorgio Armani Neo Nude A-Blush gives a wash of color gives skin a healthy flush, so natural it looks like you – but better. The water-based product instantly fuses with the skin, comforting and hydrating whilst simultaneously adding radiance. So light, the products promise to blend seamlessly with one another. The new pointed applicator of all three collects precisely the right dose of formula to accentuate your most natural beauty.

Giorgio Armani Neo Nude A-Blush and Giorgio Armani Neo Nude Fusion Powder

It is a beautiful addition to my blushes, very unique yet very natural. I have shade 51 – raspberry which is a natural pink flush on my cheeks.

Giorgio Armani Neo Nude A-Blush and Giorgio Armani Neo Nude Fusion Powder

It is very lightweight and blends in nicely into the skin, giving the most natural dewy flush to the cheeks. The applicator works nicely to apply both on the cheeks and also on the lips. It stays on my cheeks for almost the whole day, around 7 hours.

Giorgio Armani Neo Nude A-Blush and Giorgio Armani Neo Nude Fusion Powder

Top – Neo Nude A-Blush 51 Raspberry, Bottom – Neo Nude Fusion Powder 5.5 Beige

Giorgio Armani Neo Nude A-Blush and Giorgio Armani Neo Nude Fusion Powder are a must-have for you to check if you are more into the natural look, like me, who loves makeup and prefers a very natural look every day, it has become a part of my everyday work makeup. They are both very much travel-friendly and are in my bag since I started testing them. Giorgio Armani Neo Nude A-Blush and Neo Nude Fusion Powder are available at armani-beauty.ca, Sephora, Sephora Canada, Nordstrom, and Saks.

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SkinStore has teamed up with Caudalie – for the second time to create an exclusive, limited edition beauty box. I mentioned ‘second time’ explicitly so that you know how popular and loved it was that it was sold out in less than two weeks. Caudalie is a cult skincare brand that draws its inspiration from French Vineyards, creating rejuvenating and radiance boosting products that harness the anti-oxidant qualities from the entire grapevine. And if you are not aware, Skinstore has been around for the last 20 years and is the number 1 destination for premium beauty and the latest in innovative clinical skincare and luxury spa products. The limited edition mid summer box is a premium arrangement that includes the products all housed in a gorgeous, newly designed box.

SkinStore x Caudalie Limited Edition Beauty Box

The box has 6 skin savior products, including 3 full-size products to keep the skin rejuvenated and glowing. The box has a total value of USD $198 and is available for USD $55. The products included are:

Vinoperfect Serum (10ml) is one of Caudalie’s best selling serums, this premium skincare product prides itself on keeping your skin moisturized, luminous and beautifully radiant. Containing Caudalie’s remarkable formula harnessed from the power of grapes and grapevine from their French vineyard, the Caudalie Vinoperfect Radiance Serum can be applied morning and night to enhance radiance, tone, and clarity.

SkinStore x Caudalie Limited Edition Beauty Box

Instant Foaming Cleanser (150ml – full-size) is 99% natural, soap-free liquid cleanser turns into a generous, airy foam for gentle, effective cleansing. A natural blend of Grape Extracts, Sage and Chamomile effectively cleanse and removes makeup and impurities while soothing skin. The improved formula is now more natural, more effective and gentler on the skin. It can be used by all skin types including sensitive.

SkinStore x Caudalie Limited Edition Beauty Box

Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet (40ml – full size) is an astonishing gel-cream which breaks into water when in contact with your skin. It works to soothe, hydrate and fortify your skin with its 98% natural formula. It is ideal for sensitive skin, apply to face and neck morning and night, or as desired.

Hand and Nail Cream (30ml) is an antioxidant, moisturizing hand and nail cream provides silky hands and lasting comfort. Concentrated with moisturizing active ingredients plus anti-oxidant grape Polyphenols and reparative organic fair trade shea butter, this hand and nail cream leaves skin soft and nourished. Its delicately perfumed rich texture is instantly absorbed into skin.

SkinStore x Caudalie Limited Edition Beauty Box

Beauty Elixir (100ml) is inspired by the “elixir of youth” used by Queen Isabelle of Hungary, this skincare smoothes features, tightens pores and provides an instant burst of radiance to the complexion.

Premier Cru Eye (5ml) is a lightweight formula that is gentle on delicate skin. The deeply nourishing eye cream melts into skin instantly to deliver noticeable anti-aging benefits, soothing puffiness and reducing the appearance of dark circles. Infused with soft-focus pigments, the treatment imparts a radiant, natural-looking glow that leaves eyes looking brighter, wide-awake and years younger. It is suitable for even the sensitive eyes.

SkinStore x Caudalie Limited Edition Beauty Box

Beauty Elixir is one of my favorite mists that is perfect to use after cleansing, before the serum or moisturizer, after makeup, mid-day refresher, it works great to refresh and renew the skin and senses. I have used Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet in the past and really liked it, it is so lightweight, never breaks out my skin and hydrates the skin adding radiance. Hand and Nail Cream is a must for all the seasons and especially that now fall is here and winter is approaching soon, it is so moisturizing hand cream and never gives that oily or heavy feeling. instant foaming cleanser is a nice addition to my cleansers and I am really enjoying how refreshing it is and my skin feels clean. Premier Cru Eye cream is one of their most raved about eye cream, I have heard great reviews on it and I am so excited to try this. Vinoperfect perfect is one of their best selling serum and no doubt how luminous and radiant the skin looks with it.

SkinStore x Caudalie Limited Edition Beauty Box

This Exclusive Skin Store X Caudalie Limited Edition Beauty Box – Midsummer Edition with  $198 value is available for $55 on SkinStore. It is a great way to try the most raved-about and best-selling products from the brand through a box like this. The box was a major success and is already sold out, hopefully, it comes back in stock again. I have a special offer code to share with you guys.

Offer: Receive $20 OFF an Exclusive SkinStore Limited Edition Box using the code BOX20 at checkout OR Receive $40 OFF 2 Exclusive SkinStore Limited Edition Boxes using the code BOX40 at checkout!

This code is applicable to below boxes (Each box is regularly priced at $55, so this is over 35% savings!)

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