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 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 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.
Top to Bottom – Joli Rouge, Joli Rouge Brilliant, Joli Rouge Velvet
Now, coming to the new Clarins Joli Rouge Velvet, Clarins 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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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With some amazing products from the brand I discovered while browsing online finding the best hair mask for my hair few years till now, there are many products I have tried from Christophe Robin and every time I try a new product from the brand, it amazes me. Christophe Robin Moisturizing Hair Oil with Lavender and Christophe Robin Moisturizing Hair Cream which I reviewed here, and Delicate Volumizing Shampoo with Rose Extract, Delicate Volumizing Conditioner with Rose Extracts, and Instant Volumising Mist with Rose Water which is my all time favorite volumizing hair products and been repurchased twice already and reviewed here. I am sharing my new finds from the brand which are Christophe Robin Regenerating plant oil with rare prickly pear oil and Christophe Robin Hair finish lotion with sage vinegar along with the new launch Christophe Robin Temporary color gel.
Christophe Robin Temporary color gel is a temporary coloring gel made from 92% natural-origin ingredients and pure pigments. Adapted to perfectly blend with the natural hair colour, this gel is free from oxidants and ammonia and is mild enough for all hair types. The gel effectively and immediately covers greys with the help of plant extracts that care for and protect delicate locks. Every strand receives even color, although the gel has no root effect and is completely temporary.
Christophe Robin Temporary Colour Gel
Christophe Robin Temporary Colour Gel washes out in five to seven shampoos or treatments, fading naturally to leave an even, sophisticated look. The result is naturally radiant hair that is soft and sleek. It is very gentle and mild on the hair and scalp for all hair types. Each shade was developed and formulated to adapt to any hair color. The range has four shades which makes it simple yet complete to easily choose the right tone. It is advised to opt for the color closest to the natural base of the hair. The temporary color gel is also an ideal alternative for those with allergies to semi-permanent and permanent dyes.
I have a few grays that started showing and I don’t want to start changing my color now. The color comes with an applicator brush which is great to target just what I need instead of doing my full hair and it blends well with the rest of my natural color. It lasts a few shampoos and covers the grays. It makes the hair shiny and soft, like a conditioner and a color at the same time.
-Wash hair with a silicone-free shampoo such as the Brightening Shampoo with Camomile and Cornflower, the Purifying Shampoo with Jujube Bark Extract or Hydrating Shampoo with Aloe Vera to prep the hair. Do not use any hair masks or conditioners.
-On towel-dried hair, apply the color gel. If covering only a few grays, use the applicator brush for a targeted and natural result. Otherwise, apply it evenly throughout the hair.
-Leave on for 40 minutes.
-To rinse, add a small amount of water, then emulsify by massaging the scalp to help remove excess product. Rinse thoroughly until the water runs clear. Do not wash your hair after rinsing.
-The temporary color gel can be used as often as needed. The reusable kit is suitable for two applications for mid-length hair, or several applications for touch-ups.
-Tip: while using the color gel on the roots or targeted grays, you can apply a mask on your lengths and ends during the leave-in time.
-Avoid applying too much product to the scalp in order to prevent stains.
-Avoid contact with eyes.
-Perform a patch test 48 hours before using, even if you have already used coloring products before.
Christophe Robin Regenerating plant oil with rare prickly pear oil
Christophe Robin Regenerating plant oil with rare prickly pear oil is a 100% plant oil formula results in deep and lasting rejuvenation of the hair and skin. The rich, velvety formula of this oil is enriched with prickly pear seed oil for its antioxidant and regenerating virtues, rice bran oil for its 100 antioxidant stimulants and protectors, and sweet almond oil for its nourishing and softening properties. Inula flower extract further protects and revitalizes natural or dyed hair pigments. Known for its regenerative, invigorating, and protective action on the skin and hair, the non-greasy oil penetrates quickly—leaving both soft and hydrated. It is formulated without parabens, sodium laureth sulfate, silicones, ammonia, oxidants, colorants.
It has a delicate slightly powdery fragrance leaves a subtle scent on the skin. It can also be used to repair and style very dry, damaged or frizzy hair. I like to use it as an intensive treatment before washing, or as a styling product after washing, in very very small amounts on my dry and frizzy hair. It has been a really nice addition to my haircare routine for its nourishing and protective ingredients, I feel my hair are soft, shiny, and strong. It does not leave any greasiness or oiliness, it is very light, the key is the amount of the product you use. For my medium wavy hair, one pump on the mid-lengths and ends is sufficient. I would like to mention how nice the spray pump it and how light the texture of the oil is, not thick. It is very easy to spread on the hair and skin.
As you might be curious, if you have not read my post on the Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Oil here, Prickly pear seed oil is a rare ingredient with natural regenerating properties and has antioxidants. Fluer Inula in the oil protects, revives the hair pigments, whether they are natural or colored. It has toning and protective action on the skin too. Rice bran oil, sweet almond oil nourishes, soothes and softens.
Christophe Robin Hair finish lotion with sage vinegar
Christophe Robin Hair finish lotion with sage vinegar is a nourishing styling spray also contributes to toned, moisturized and refreshed skin. This hair finish lotion is enriched with herbal vinegar, which comprises a selection of Mediterranean plants such as thyme, sage, rosemary, and lavender. Known to soothe, rebalance and purify locks, these ingredients work together to remove impurities and enhance hair’s shine. Protected, the hair feels clean, lightweight and ever so soft, with a radiant color that lasts.
Christophe Robin Purifying Hair Finish Lotion with Sage Vinegar is a leave-in mist. It is formulated without parabens, silicones, ammonia, oxidants, colorants or sodium laureth sulfate. This is something my itchy flaky scalp is really finding helpful, my scalp is soothed, calm, and nourished. It is very lightweight and absorbs into the scalp and skin without leaving an oily residue. I use it as I feel the need, first after washing my hair and towel drying them, I spray twice or thrice from roots to tips. On dry hair, the second day after my shampoo (I wash my hair every two days), I use it as a refresher. On the body, it works to refresh, tone, and soften the skin. I do use it in combination with my body oil or body lotion, as I have very dry skin on the body.
I was traveling last month and did take my staples, Christophe Robin Cleansing Purifying Scrub with Sea Salt and Cleansing Volumizing Paste with Pure Rassoul Clay and Rose Extracts, with me for my vacation. The travel sizes are a great way to try the products and to travel with them. Another new product I took with me was Shade Variation Care Nutritive Mask with Temporary Coloring which is a nourishing and color revival mask for anyone looking to add warmth in natural or color-treated hair. Colored chestnut hair goes brown over time and begins to look unnatural, while natural chestnut hair is often dull or ashy. Enriched with nourishing ingredients—almond butter and buriti oil—and combined with an acidic pH of 4.5, this mask in Warm Chestnut mini minimizes porosity, hydrates hair, fixes natural oxidation, and evenly distributes color. Cocoa butter and the selection of pigments enhance a caramelized hue and create a rich chestnut color throughout the hair.
The Baby Blonde mini is a purple treatment mask that neutralizes brassy or yellow tones for light blonde hair. Highlighted, colored, or bleached blonde hair tends to become grey or yellow over time, while natural blonde hair can become dull and lack shine. The nourishing ingredients in this tinting hair mask—almond butter, shea butter, and buriti oil—combined with an acidic pH of 4.5 help minimize porosity, fix natural oxidation, and evenly distribute color. The selection of iridescent pigments and Fiorentina iris neutralizes brassy or yellow tones, restoring the shine, brightness, and contrast of hair color.
The longer you leave this mask on, the more intense your results will be. Feel free to mix with other shade variation masks to create your own custom color nuance.
Christophe Robin Products are something I have recommended you in the past and will advise you to check them. Christophe Robin Regenerating plant oil with rare prickly pear oil, Christophe Robin Hair finish lotion with sage vinegar, Christophe Robin Temporary color gel is available at Sephora Canada, Saks Fifth Avenue, Space NK, Nordstrom, and Netaporter.
Even Lom products have been a part of my skincare routine, especially the Cleanser and the Gel Balm Cleanser which I reviewed here. I have repurchased the cleanser already as I never want to be without it. I noticed that other than my Instagram and other social handles, I have not shared the Cleanser on my blog, so I will have some brief review of the Cleanser. The star product in this post is the NEW Eve Lom Radiance Transforming Mask #RevealYourRadiance #WhereRadianceBegins which I have been testing since almost three weeks. Also, I have my brief review of the Brightening Cream which I have been following up after my masking routine.
Eve Lom Radiance Transforming Mask
Eve Lom Radiance Transforming Mask is described as an intensive treatment which reawakens and reveals skin that looks renewed, supple, and radiant immediately after use. A natural source of aha extracted from the precious Australian caviar lime, Lime PearlTM, is a gentle yet effective exfoliant that works to remove the buildup of debris and promote natural cell turnover. The result is visibly brighter, smoother skin. A combination of an antioxidant-rich botanical oil and a plant-derived amino acid support suppleness, for skin that looks and feels firmer and plumper. Oxygenation of the skin is improved with nutrient-rich,
regenerative micro-algae extract and a unique mineral complex protect from free radicals and oxidative stressors.
Application – Apply and massage a generous layer to cleansed, dry skin, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for a minimum of 30 minutes, and remove with warm water. Can also be used as an overnight mask for optimal radiance. To remove, tissue off excess after 30 minutes and leave overnight.
My thoughts – I have been using this mask twice a week in the evenings. The mask has a thick silky texture and glides on smoothly onto the skin, a little pressure is needed that a usual cream mask. When massaged into the skin, the masks texture warms up after application and transforms into a shiny silk-like texture. The texture of the mask stays thick and a little sticky on the face and it does not dry. Upon removal, the mask becomes a soothing milky rinse which easily washes away. The AHA in the Lime Pearl Caviar provides a gentle exfoliation while the hemp seed oil moisturizes and gives an antioxidant boost. Micro-Algae extract provides antioxidant and antimicrobial defense. With some really nice active ingredients, it was a delight to put this on the skin. The first time I used it was for 30-40 minutes but after that, I have been using this as an overnight mask. The tip I can give to use this as an overnight mask is to wipe off the excess with a tissue and leave the rest on the face, this is because it is thick in texture and might feel uncomfortable while sleeping to feel the stickiness. My skin looks supple in the morning, much hydration and radiance. Overall, my skin looks healthier, soothed, soft, and silky. This is the mask I am using in the evenings when I need a brighter, smooth, and supple skin in the morning. It also helps me look less tired when I have not had enough sleep. With gentle exfoliation it does, I see my breakouts and congestion are very much in control when I am sticking to a routine, which I have started putting a reminder for the twice a week mask routine.
Eve Lom Cleanser
Eve Lom Cleanser is a multi-purpose, multi-award winning original balm cleanser which has been a cult favorite of the skincare community. Being expertly balanced for all skin types, skin concerns, and environmental conditions, and with its signature blend of four aromatic plant oils, the result is incredibly glowing, radiant skin with a smoother, more refined texture. The cleanser deep cleanses the skin without drying or stripping the skin, it removes the makeup so well, even the most stubborn waterproof makeup.
It gently exfoliates the skin, tones and improves circulation, softens the skin. It works very well with the Muslin Cloth, which is the perfect companion to get the most benefits of the cleansing ritual. The clove oil in the cleanser has antiseptic properties to encourage clear skin and eucalyptus oil helps to drain away toxins. The cleanser has been a staple in my skincare routine which is why I am on my second jar. Being a balm and rich, which I have to be careful with my combination skin, it did not break my skin out and does what it is intended to, cleanses, exfoliate, and tone the skin.
Eve Lom Brightening Cream
Another new find from the brand is the Eve Lom Brightening Cream correct pigmentation and boost luminosity to reveal beautifully radiant and even-toned skin. An innovative hydra-cream that combines the unrivaled brightening powers of Dermapep™ with anti-oxidant actives to correct hyperpigmentation, visibly brighten and unify the complexion. Enriched with Rose Otto Oil the revitalizing formula increases hydration, restoring the skin’s structure, whilst combating oxidative stresses that cause premature aging and dark spots. It is suitable for all skin types.
For my combination skin prone to congestion, I have to deal with pigmentation and dark spots from my acne most of the times. It is suitable for all skin types but I was more excited to try this cream as it is specifically recommended for those concerned with pigmentation or uneven skin tone and lack of radiance, or to prevent early signs of aging. after using it on and off for the last few weeks, I do notice my skin is brighter.
The cream is light in texture and melts in the skin nicely without any residue. It can be used as a day cream as well as a night cream. It has a beautiful subtle scent to it which fades away quickly. My breakouts and the pigmentation feels calm, clear, and soothed after using this cream. I know it might be too early to notice the difference in my dark spots and pigmentation but I am very positive after seeing the difference in how calm and brighter my skin looks. You can follow me on my Instagram here to know my frequent updates on how the products are working for me or you can always write me in the comments below or on my social handles, I will be happy to answer.
My skin is really enjoying the Eve Lom products in the rotation and I would advise you to check them out, especially the new Eve Lom Radiance Transforming Mask. Eve Lom Products are available at Eve Lom, SpaceNK UK and SpaceNK USA.