You might know by now if you have been following me here or on my social handles, Guerlain is a brand that I have trusted for years and still it is one of those brands from which I expect luxury and performance at the same time. Trust is a big word and through my experience as a consumer, I have purchased, repurchased from the brand in the past and still do because it is one of the best. I attended the launch event for the new Double R Serum which I have been able to finally test and share with you guys. I am also sharing two makeup products from Guerlain which I have been using regularly in my routine.
Guerlain Double R Renew & Repair Serum
Guerlain Double R Renew & Repair Serum combines the ultimate anti-aging corrective technology from Abeille Royale with a soft-peel treatment for highly effective action on the visible signs of aging: loss of skin elasticity and firmness, wrinkles, dull skin, imperfections, large pores.
‘Renew / Innovative Soft Peeling Technology – Three major acids (lactic, citric and glycolic) are gradually diffused, resulting in a gentle and continuous “new skin” effect: skin texture is refined and radiance is restored. Their slow and constant journey between the maze-like strata of the “lamellar gel” formula optimizes skin tolerance. This makes daily application possible and limits the risk of redness or skin reactions. Its progressive diffusion delivers a combination of AHAs that doubles skin renewal while remaining gentle on the epidermis.**
Repair / Exclusive Lifting Effect Technology – It took eight years of collaboration with the leading figures of the French Cosmetic Valley to shed light on the role of this gene. Like a skin repair “contractor”, it encourages proper skin structure. By targeting this new entity, the Repair formula helps to both stimulate the synthesis of hyaluronic acid and repair fragmented collagen. The formula helps create and restructure substance for firmer, more elastic skin and sharper contours.’
First, the packaging of the serum is beautiful, divided into two completely separate parts, the bottle maintains the integrity of each formula until the moment of application. When pressed, the pump releases just the right dose of each formula to ensure optimal effectiveness. The texture of the serum is creamy and smooth, glides and soaks into the skin rapidly.
I have been using this new serum as a single treatment after toning and before moisturizing and also in conjunction with the Guerlain Youth Watery oil (I have been a long time fan of this and on my second bottle already, reviewed here. If you have not tried it, I highly recommend to check this, especially for fall and winter) as a pre-serum, followed by the Double R Serum. I have been really noticing my skin is radiant, the quality and texture of the skin are improved. My skin looks and feels smooth, fuller, and supple. I am really liking the results and what better season could it be to test this other than fall, the soft skin peeling is very gentle and I do not feel any irritation or sensitivity, but the skin looks refined and has improved texture. It is gentle yet effective, can be used day and night. One pump is all I need for my full face and an extra pump for my neck and decollete. With or without Youth Watery Oil, it does not feel sticky or oily on the skin, it absorbs nicely giving a beautiful glow to the skin at the time of application as well as during the day. I do not feel any dryness or breakouts from using this.
Guerlain Terracotta 2018 – Terracotta Light
Guerlain Terracotta 2018 – Terracotta Light is the new formula of Guerlain Terracotta enriched with skincare active ingredients combined with a blend of subtle shades to revive the complexion with a featherlight touch. ‘It is designed like a multi-toned springtime sun, it is adorned with fine pearl particles to warm up the complexion with a sheer finish. Pink and coral rays create a fresher complexion and more vibrant skin, for a sun-kissed healthy glow and a natural result. This perfect balance comes in six harmonies to beautifully enhance every type of beauty.’ Infused at the heart of the powder, a cocktail of antioxidant active ingredients, vitamins C and E and energizing minerals helps skin to protect itself against free radicals and pollution* and delivers long-lasting comfort. Glowing with vitality, the complexion has never been so radiant. Last but not least, its texture as light as a second skin and its sunny ylang-ylang and orange blossom fragrance is a real delight.
Being a fan of Classic Terracotta, I am well aware of how cult and beautiful this product is, the Classic Terracotta was the first product I purchased from Guerlain and I have never looked back, it is one of my all-time favorite bronzers. After seeing this new launch, I was so excited to try it and I am happy I did. As you see in the embossing, it is not single shade but two shades, and in harmony, they give a beautiful sunkissed look to the complexion which looks fresh as well as natural. It is perfect for a vacation or for daily use which looks radiant yet natural. The powder is finely milled, buildable, and the texture is very smooth, blends in the skin seamlessly.
Guerlain Meteorites base
Guerlain Meteorites base is another product I have been using since last few months as a makeup base. It is a skin-perfecting and anti-dullness make-up base. The fresh gel texture melts with the rosy pearls to give skin a plumpy finish while a combination of absorbent powders and a special polymer neutralizes excess sebum and helps to conceal blemishes for a long-lasting matte complexion that gradually becomes more even with each application. Thanks to the Stardust technology, a diamond powder encapsulated in microspheres, light is reflected in a new direction to create soft-focus perfecting halo. Multi-colored pearlescent flecks maximize the diffusion of light and delicately correct the complexion thanks to the unique mix of colors, the signature of the Météorites range. It has a delicate violet fragrance, inimitable and totally addictive.
At first I thought it might be pinkish or whitish for my medium tan skin tone with golden undertones but as I started using it, It has a neutral finish on the skin but it does works in creating a nice base for makeup, controls my oily areas on the skin, makeup stays on put for almost the whole day when I have this on. I do feel it blurs out my problem areas and gives a natural radiance to the skin. For your reference, I love the original Meteorites powder which I am still on my first box which I purchased sometime back, I use it on the days when nothing else works or my skin is behaving I reach out to it for blurring effect and radiance – all in one. I do love the L’Or primer (reviewed here) from Guerlain which is my most favorite if I compare with this Meteorites base. I would say they both are classic but I do love my L’Or a little more than this.
With some amazing new launches and permanent products from Guerlain, I am still a fan and do advise you to check the products out. The new Double R Serum is worth checking out if you are looking for a serum that gives all in one repair, protection, and maintenance. Guerlain Double R Renew & Repair Serum, Guerlain Terracotta 2018 – Terracotta Light, and Guerlain Meteorites base is available at Hudson’s Bay, Beautyboutique by Shoppers Drug Mart, Sephora Canada, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Holt Renfrew.
The first daring fragrance from Givenchy called L’Interdit was created in 1957 was among the first fragrance creations from the house which was dedicated to actress Audrey Hepburn, the muse of the fashion designer and now in 2018, L’Interdit is created as a tribute to freedom. Givenchy has created a new L’Interdit fragrance inviting women to cross the line and discover the thrill of the forbidden, calling it ‘a new fearless classic’.
It is called a magnificent, fearless fragrance and devastatingly elegant, a new kind of femininity.
‘The intensity born of contrasts.
A forbidden blend of white flower and a dark accord
The shocking side of chic.’
Givenchy L’Interdit is created by master perfumers Domonique Ropion, Anne Flipo, and Fanny Bal. L’Interdit unveils a floral white bouquet of orange blossom, jasmine, and tuberose. In contrast, earthy dark tones emanate from the vetiver and patchouli.
‘L’Interdit serves as a catalyst, an enabler, a key to the door that opens into freedom. An empowering talisman on the road to experience and self-discovery. ‘
‘A white floral exalted with a dark accord. The first resolutely underground flower. The white notes – orange blossom, jasmine, and tuberose – are interlaced with darker more mysterious notes of vetiver and patchouli. A generous intense brightness that isn’t afraid of subversion. Unforgettable, intense, addictive, and fearlessly elegant. The shocking side of chic.’
The bottle design of Givenchy L’Interdit 2018 is a tribute to the original 1957 bottle, timeless and yet modern. It is strikingly sober, with a round squareness, a soft strength. At once simple, deeply feminine and soft in its invocation, it also has the elegance of being tied up with a sharp seal that binds the contrasting matte grosgrain bow and the shiny 4G logo. The box is black and white, bold, pure, and simple but inside, it is scarlet, daring, surprising, and carries the signature of Monsieur de Givenchy.
Givenchy L’Interdit is a very nice and interesting scent to me, white floral with very less sweetness. It is very well composed, combining classic femininity with freshness and sweetness. It is a classic, modernized tuberose fragrance which is beautifully creamy, smooth, long lasting, and not overpowering. The gourmand notes in it last for few minutes and then it is all bright, grown-up scent. This is perfect for day and night and for everyday wear. I have been wearing it to work every day since last week and really like this on me. Not overpowering and the lasting power is amazing.
Givenchy L’Interdit Eau de Parfum is available at Sephora Canada, Hudson’s Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Holt Renfrew.
Yves Saint Laurent Beauty has some amazing new launches this year and I have had the chance to try few of the new launches this fall including one from the Fall 2018 Yconic Purple Collection. The limited edition Yconic Purple Collection is the first makeup collection designed by Tom Pecheux. There are a number of new launches from the house including base makeup which I am so excited to share with you guys.
Yves Saint Laurent Couture Palette Collector Yconic Purple
Couture Palette Collector Yconic Purple is a limited edition eyeshadow palette and is the first Couture Palette created by Tom Pecheux. The inspiration behind the palette is a salute to femininity, the bold “Y-shape”, embossed in glitters, magnifies the palette.
The compact is rendered even more eye-catching thanks to the iconic YSL Cassandra in silvery shimmers of diamante. This palette is launched this autumn to dare unexpected contrasts for an ultimate sensual and daring look.
There are some leather & nude shades warmed up by the femininity of purple & intense blue. The formula is very smooth and finely milled, it applies and blends beautifully without any fall-off. The shades are pigmented and easily buildable, for me, I prefer a sheer wash of color most of the days but for sure, I can try some intense looks with these pigmented colors this season, most probably with the beautiful colorful Indian outfits. The staying power of the formula is good. The purple and intense blue is very unique and gives some nice looks with the nude and leather.
Yves Saint Laurent Le Compact Encre de Peau
Yves Saint Laurent Le Compact Encre de Peau is the 1st bouncy melting compact from the house, to wear as a foundation or as a finisher, for a flawless complexion all day. The unique powder formulation is double-coated, which enables it to be used for either foundation or as a finisher, allowing you to create your ideal customized complexion morning or night. It can be build up for daytime or stow it away for touch-ups until the night when additional coverage is required.
The powder is very finely milled and lightweight. It gently mattifies the complexion, it draws a soft veil over visible pores. The powder has medium coverage when applied with the accompanying complimentary dense sponge. With powder or kabuki brush, I was able to get very little product on it, so a light coverage. Dabbing the dense sponge on the face during the day for touch-ups is another thing I have been loving lately, and when the packaging is this sexy, I am all in for it. It did not emphasize my problem areas but did create a soft blur on the skin. I prefer using it as the base for my good-skin days and on the other days, it works great as a finisher over my foundation. The staying power is good, I feel my skin is mattified, but to the extent that it still looks radiant. By the midday, I can see a bit more glow as my skin’s natural oils and the powder mix. I touch up in the evening if I am heading somewhere, otherwise, I love the natural radiant glow even until at the end of the day. I have swatched shade B50 which is a perfect match for me during the fall and winter.
Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Concealer Encre de Peau
Yves Saint Laurent All Hours Concealer Encre de Peau is defined as an ultra-pigmented full coverage concealer which instantly camouflages under-eye circles and imperfections. It is a lightweight creamy formula which does not crack, cake or crease. The concealer has a nice creamy fluid consistency and blends in well into the skin. It is quite pigmented and provides a medium coverage which is buildable to high. The finish is satiny matte on me which looks very natural with a nice staying power.
It works nicely as an under eye brightener or to conceal my pigmentation or redness and imperfections. It did not settle into the problem areas. It is described to be waterproof and transfer-resistant finish which I have not tested in the water yet but does look forward to doing that on my vacation next month. There are 22 shades available from light to dark. I have swatched shades 5.25 Praline which is more like my shade and 7 Coffee which is very dark for my medium skin with golden undertones.
Yves Saint Laurent Dessin Des Levres
Yves Saint Laurent Dessin Des Levres is a multi-use styling liner with a modern twist pen with a built-on sharpener. It has a creamy, glide-on formula, with a precision liner and a smoothing primer in one. At one end, the pencil tip empowers with a precise application; at the other, a flexible lip blender blurs and smooths. It has a matte finish. It is available in 12 shades. It works nicely as a lip liner as well as lipstick, with staying power of over 5 hours on my lips as a lip liner. It does work well to style the eyes too. I have swatched two new shades 6 and 26.
Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Metallics
Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Metallics is a high pigmented lip stain with a matte metallic finish. The formula is lightweight and it gives the perfect metallic radiance to the lips without looking shimmery or sparkly, just lustrous metal sheen. The formula is long-lasting, and as mentioned already it is very pigmented. The formula is creamy but lightweight and glides on easily on the lips. I have swatched 103 Tribal Copper.
There are more new launches from YSL Beauty this year worth checking out. I am really impressed with the Le Compact Encre de Peau and All Hours Concealer Encre de Peau which are on rotation in my everyday natural makeup. Couture Palette Collector Yconic Purple has beautiful shades which I am happy to have in my collection.
When it comes straight from the skincare expert of Loreal and Lancome, and Senior editor of highly valued journals on dermatology and has been on positions in various boards related to education, research, and more, with three Harvard University degrees, a BA from Harvard University, MD from Harvard Medical School, and a Ph.D. in Genetics from Harvard University, I am referring to Dr. Macrene Alexiades. Dr. Macrene Alexiades had a scientific background and medical experience which helped her formulate highly active, plant-based skincare, to create an all-in-one, toxin-free anti-aging skin care solution.
“I strived to raise the bar in skincare with plant-derived, toxin-free actives, eco-conscious packaging, and proven science. 37 Actives maintain 100% antioxidant activity up to six months after opening the jar and maintains all its actives to three-years after manufacture, while using mainly plant-based preservatives. No other brand goes to the lengths of post-market testing of 37 Actives. Our science is unprecedented.”, Dr. Macrene Alexiades. The 37 Actives skin care collection is free of parabens, phthalates, plastics, sulfates, mica, talc, animal and human-derived ingredients, and propylene glycol; in recyclable glass and paperboard using USDA-certified organic plant-derived ingredients; with post-market testing showing full activity and stability out to three years; and 100% Made in the USA with US-sourced ingredients.
I have been using the 37 ActivesHigh-Performance Anti-Aging Cleansing Treatment and 37 Actives High-Performance Anti-Aging & Firming Serum for over two weeks. I know it might be a few weeks and months to come to the conclusion but I have my initial thoughts and impressions which I wanted to share with you guys.
37 Actives High-Performance Anti-Aging Cleansing Treatment is formulated to cleanse and treat your skin, the 37 Actives Cleansing Treatment is an organically plant-derived cleanser. It is designed to keep the skin blemish-free, its proven to improve redness, pigmentation, sun damage and wrinkles. The Key Anti-Aging Actives include
Pentavitin – 100% natural, plant-derived active that ensures deep hydration and generates a moisture reservoir that lasts for 72 hours. Strengthens skin barrier function
Vitamin B7 – Biotin helps to regulate sebum, which controls the skin’s moisture balance
Provitamin B5: Panthenol stabilizes the skin barrier function, reducing the amount of water lost through the skin, and acts as a natural skin healer and protectant. It also offers relief from itchiness and reduces redness
Vitamin B3: Niacinamide increases production of ceramides and fatty acids, two key components of the skin’s outer protective barrier. Helps soothe, moisturize, and even skin tone, reducing the appearance of acne
Glycerin: With wonderful cleansing, emollient, and soothing properties, glycerin acts as a humectant, attracting water to the skin to restore suppleness
Organic Spearmint Extract: Mint contains high levels of salicylic acid which helps loosen dead skin cells to prevent them from clogging pores. Anti-pruritic properties help soothe and calm infected or itchy skin
Organic Peppermint Extract: Known for its anti-acne properties, peppermint is also helpful in increasing blood flow to improve dull skin
Organic Green Tea: This powerful ingredient has significant antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, with studies suggesting green tea extracts can help prevent ultraviolet radiation damage
Organic Pomegranate: High in vitamins and antioxidants, pomegranate also has anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties
Organic Aloe Vera: This desert plant is packed with active compounds that benefit the skin such as mucopolysaccharides, which fight bacteria and help to rebuild new tissue, along with flavonoid antioxidants to protect skin cells from damage
Organic Olive Leaf: Extracted from the leaves of the olive tree, oleuropein is a superb antioxidant for cleansing skin; Proven to reduce reddening of the skin and dehydration as much as 35 percent better than vitamin E
Plant-derived surfactants: Sulfate-free gentle foaming based on shea and cocoa to gently cleanse and nourish
This is a nice second cleanser for evenings and a great first cleanser for the mornings. The texture is creamy and applies well to the skin, it has a mild spearmint scent which is very uplifting. I apply it to damp skin, lather gently, and rinse with lukewarm water. It is gentle, does not irritate, my skin looks and feels pure and clean without being dry or stripped.
37 Actives High-Performance Anti-Aging & Firming Serum provides over 37 anti-aging ingredients in one lightweight serum formulation for firming and toning the facial skin. Featuring high concentrations of peptides, hyaluronic acid and anti-pollution and anti-glycation anti-oxidants, 37 Actives serum is designed for those with oily or acne-prone skin who want to fight skin aging. May also be applied on top of your regular cream to areas that need extra tightening such as the eyes, jowls, or to the entire face for extra firming.
Fortified with 37 anti-aging ingredients, including Peptides, Hyaluronic Acid, and Organic Coffee Seed, the silky serum absorbs quickly into skin to moisturize and hydrate, whilst delivering toning and tightening properties to reveal a youthful-looking visage.
Antioxidant Resveratrol helps to defend against the damaging effects of pollution and environmental aggressors. It is ideal for acne-prone or oily skin types that are showing signs of aging, you can expect a plump, revitalized complexion with restored bounce and resilience.
Fo my mid-30s combination skin, my first concern is congested acne prone skin, so I have to be very picky for my anti-aging products as they tend to be so rich for my combination skin that they sometimes break me out. When I saw that it is suitable for acne-prone and oily skin types, it made me more interested in testing this out. I apply it twice daily to clean face and around eyes and gently massage into skin until fully absorbed. The product absorbs completely into my skin leaving no residue, there is a natural glow underneath my makeup without looking shiny or greasy. There is no detectable smell to the serum. I did not experience any irritation or breakouts but do notice healthy skin which looks supple and radiant.
Since I shared the Sisley Paris Stylo Lumiere cushion pen on my blog and social handles, the product most of you guys requested me to share my thoughts on were the new Sisley Paris Le Phyto-Rouge lipsticks. So here I am with my thoughts and swatches of few of the beautiful shades from the new lipstick collection. Sisley Paris has introduced the new Le Phyto-Rouge Collection which aims to continuously infuse moisture to preserve and protect the youthful look of the lips. The lips are not protected by a hydrolipidic film, they are naturally delicate and vulnerable to external aggressions such as pollution, UV rays, and cigarette smoke. The new collection helps provide daily protection, nourishment, and instant hydration, lasting for up to eight hours, and results in smoother, plumper, and more beautiful lips.
Sisley Paris Le Phyto-Rouge Lipstick Collection comprises of 20 dynamic and colorful shades in four color families ranging from barely there to bright hues. The new ‘First Kiss Technology’ releases a wave of sensory comfort every time lips are pressed together. The lipsticks have zebra-striped packaging paired with elegant gold with modern black that closes with a practical magnetic click.
The two active ingredients Hyaluronic Acid and Konjac Glucomannans deliver filling microspheres which absorb moisture from the dermis, expanding, and boosting the lips water content. The cocktail of natural oils – jojoba oil, camellia oil, a trio of esters, oils, and waxes nourish while keeping lips soft and comfortable, provide an ultra-soothing film on the lips, in turn, giving a perfectly balanced combination of a glide-on texture and balm-like effect. Padina Pavonica Extract hydrates and plumps lips by promoting hyaluronic acid synthesis and boosting the hydric layer.
Out of the 20 radiant shades from four color families – Beiges, Pinks, Oranges, and Reds. I have one from each family:
14 Beige Copacabana
26 – Rose Granada
33 – Orange Sevilla
40 – Rouge Monaco
With 20 radiant shades to choose from, most of them are suitable for all of the skin tones. From the formula, shades, and packaging, everything is perfect in my opinion. Someone with dry lips, I am always looking for something that stays put on my dry lips without making them drier or settling into the dry flakes on the lips but instead provides long-lasting moisture.
The lipstick formula is highly pigmented and a single swipe from the bullet imparts enough color to the lips, and as per the need, the intensity is easily buildable. The texture of the lipstick is smooth and creamy, glides on nicely on the lips. It is very comfortable on the lips and my lips stay moisturized, supple, and still have the color even after few hours. the moisturizing effects stay on long after the lipstick has worn off the lips. It is truly a balm plus lipstick in one bullet.