Skin


Being a fan of Eve Lom Cleansing balm, it was natural for me to be excited for the new Eve Lom Gel Balm Cleanser from the brand. I do love a good balmy or gel kind of cleanser, especially for my first cleanse in the evening and first cleanse in the morning. Coming from the brand with the cult favorite balm cleanser, this naturally had to have high expectations. I have been using this cleanser as my first cleanse in the evening to remove makeup or sunscreen and then as a first cleanse in the mornings most of the days in the week to give it a good try before writing this review.

Eve Lom Gel Balm Cleanser

Eve Lom Gel Balm Cleanser (CAD $78 – 100ml) is claimed to deliver the ultimate cleanse that Eve Lom is famed for in an easy to use gel balm texture. As the Gel Balm Cleanser is massaged into the wet skin, it gently transforms into a milky balm texture that leaves skin soothed and blissfully soft. Unlike traditional gel cleansers that leave skin feeling tight and dry, this cleanser is fortified with moisturizing Shea Butter and nourishing Grapeseed Oil and is clinically proven to moisturize skin for up to 12 hours after use. The hybrid gel-to-balm formula is enriched with our iconic signature blend of Clove, Eucalyptus, Hops and Chamomile Oil which are proven to dissolve impurities and all traces of makeup, including waterproof mascara. When combined with the Shea Butter base, a lightweight botanical aroma is created.

Eve Lom Gel Balm Cleanser

As for the first cleanse, it has worked really well at removing my makeup. My skin was not irritated or had any breakouts when I was using this. It is advised to be used on wet skin but I have liked it both ways, on the wet skin as well as on the dry face followed by a massage and then emulsifying with warm water. My skin felt clean and nice, no dryness residue. Just to be safe, I do follow up with a double cleanse in the evening. But in the morning, I just use this cleanser either on my wet face or directly onto my dry skin, massage it and then emulsify it while massaging.

Eve Lom Gel Balm Cleanser

The aroma of this product is quite noticeable but I do like spices and scent of all things natural, so it was a pleasing and relaxing experience everytime massaging this onto the skin. The Clove in this cleanser is a great ingredient to help with acne, blemishes, and pigmentation. Eucalyptus is both anti=bacterial and anti-inflammatory, Chamomile is a natural soothing agent for skin, and Hops is a nice antioxidant. So, Overall it is a nice cleanser and is going to be the perfect skin partner for cleansing my face, moreover, if you are thinking to start using a gel balm cleanser, it is the perfect weather to get started, that is how my affair with gal balm and balm cleansers started.

Eve Lom Gel Balm Cleanser is available at Spacenk USASpacenk UKEve Lom Website, Sephora Canada and BeautyBoutique by Shopper Drug Mart.

Have you tried the Eve Lom Gel Balm Cleanser or the Original Cleanser from Eve Lom?

*DISCLAIMER – This product was sent to The Velvet Life as press sample, all views and opinions are 100% honest and based purely on my own experience.


Yehwadam is a new line launched by The Face Shop and focuses on brightening and anti-aging. It is described to be specifically developed to reveal skin’s brightness and radiance by reducing the appearance of pigmentations, dark spots, and dull skin tone. Yehwadam Pure Brightening line is formulated with 7 brightening and unspoiled traditional herbs grown in Korea. I am always looking for products that are brightening, anti-aging is a plus. Between my office hours and two kids at home, I have to go an extra mile to take care of my skin, look and feel good. So when it comes to brightening, yes I go for it. I was sent Yehwadam Pure Brightening Serum a few months back to test and review.

Yehwadam Pure Brightening Serum

I am always looking for products that are brightening, anti-aging is a plus. Between my office hours and two kids at home, I have to go an extra mile to take care of my skin, look and feel good. So when it comes to brightening, yes I go for it. I was sent Yehwadam Pure Brightening Serum a few months back to test and review.

Yehwadam Pure Brightening Serum

Yehwadam Pure Brightening Serum (CAD $78) is focused on giving the instant brightening effect, revealing skin’s natural glow and brightness using brightening ingredients such as pearl powder. This serum is silky and velvety in texture, glides on very smoothly on the skin. It does not leave any sticky feeling or any residue. Another thing about this serum is that along with brightening, anti-aging, it does provide hydration. The serum contains an ingredient named lamellar, a moisturizing ingredient with a similar structure to skin, to replenish skin with moisture.

Yehwadam Pure Brightening Serum

I use this serum either as a single treatment step or I layer it with other serums based on what my skin needs. Overall, I have noticed my skin is bright and radiant with this serum in my routine. The Yehwadam Pure Brightening Line does have more products in the range including toner, emulsion and brightening cream. All the products are available at The Face Shop.

*DISCLAIMER – This product was sent to me as part of press package, all views and opinions are 100% honest and based purely on my own experience.


Angel Mugler is a famous and unique fragrance created by Thierry Mugler in 1992 and it was the very first perfume of the Mugler’s olfactive family. There have been 4 iconic fragrances in the Angel Mugler’s world launched in the past. Angel Eau de Parfum was launched in 1992, Angel Eau de Toilette in 2011, Angel Eau Sucree in 2014 and Angel Muse in 2016. During these 25 years, Angel has been loved and appreciated for how attractive it has always been in all the forms. Angel invents a night perfuming ritual for sweet dreams, revising itself in the form of Angel Night Eau de Parfum.

 Angel Night Eau de Parfum

Angel Etoile des Reves or Angel Night Eau de Parfum (CAD $146 – 100ml) is described as a nighttime reinterpretation of Angel. It is Thierry Mugler’s iconic tender, delicious and bewitching fragrance, in a delicate, silky version that cradles the woman in the captivating wake of Angel all night. It can be sprayed generously on the sheets, loungewear and skin. The sublime spherical bottle features an atomizer, borrowed from boudoir tradition, that lends the perfuming ritual even more delicacy and preciousness.

Top notes of this fragrance are Bergamot, middle notes are Praline and Hedione, base notes are PAtchouli, Vanilla, and Musk.

 Angel Night Eau de Parfum

There is a companion of the fragrance which is the Angel Perfuming Body Cream (CAD $120 – 200ml) which is very rich and has creamy soft texture. Mugler Angel Perfuming Body cream features the delicious, soothing Angel Eau de Parfum fragrance with intense Diffusion System. The top notes of the cream are Bergamot, middle notes are Red Berries and base notes are Patchouli and Vanilla.

 Angel Night Eau de Parfum

I have been using these two most of the days before bedtime and it really uplifts the mood. The cream is very rich and the fragrance stays on more than usual time on the body if layered over the body cream. I do not have any issues when it comes to fragrance in my body products and I have been enjoying using this in my routine. The star-shaped design on the body cream jar looks very beautiful. The Angel Night Eau de Parfum is slightly softer and less sweet than the Angel Eau de Parfum. It is beautiful and for me, is wearable any time of the day, not just bedtime.

 Angel Night Eau de Parfum

Mugler Angel Night Eau de Parfum and Mugler Angel Perfuming Body Cream are available at Hudson’s Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, Jean Coutu, Murale, and Nordstrom.

*DISCLAIMER – This product was sent to me as part of press package, all views and opinions are 100% honest and based purely on my own experience.


Darphin is a Parisian skincare brand founded by Parisian Kanesiotherapist Pierre Darphin in 1958. The Darphin products are crafted with most precious botanicals and potent, natural ingredients harvested at the peak of their strength which offer the perfect blend of pleasure and performance. Lumiere Essentielle is a new launch from Darphin which has Illuminating Oil Serum and Illuminating Oil Gel-Cream.

Darphin Lumiere Essentielle

Lumiere Essentielle is described to hydrate and illuminate with a powerful combination of the finest botanicals to help lift the veil of dullness, boost moisture and plump skin for a glowing complexion. At the heart of each product is a blend of 7 meticulously chosen illuminating essential oils: Tangerine, Orange, Neroli, Rose, Ylang-ylang, Cedarwood, and Ginger. These are combined with a Crystalline serum and Cashmere soft-gel cream, Lumiere Essentielle hybrids reveal skin that blossoms with beauty.

Darphin Illuminating Oil Serum

Illuminating Oil Serum (CAD $105) is a combination of Illuminating Essential Oil blend and Crystalline Serum. Illuminating Essential Oil blend with 7 essential oils as mentioned above helps illuminate and revitalize the skin. Crystalline serum which contains invigorating marine extract coming from the Mer D’Iroise, off the French coast, Hydrating Hyaluronic Acid and skin renewing Acetyl-Glucosamine. This Crystalline serum helps lift the veil of dullness and infuses moisture.

Darphin Lumiere Essentielle

The packaging of this Oil Serum is in a pump bottle. I take two pumps of this serum after cleansing and toning my face and apply it with a gentle sweep across face, neck and decollete. Then I press my hands over the cheeks, forehead, and chin. And then I tap my fingers on the face, neck and decollete as advised with the product details. The two phases of the Illuminating essential oil blend and Crystalline serum are freshly dispensed with each pump for water-weight freshness with the comfort of oil. It provides hydration and illumination after application. My skin feels hydrated, not oily and radiant.

Darphin Lumiere Essentielle

While using this regularly since last two weeks in the night, my skin does feel comfortable and luminous. There is no irritation or breakouts. Actually, I did not even have a single breakout in the last two weeks, I am still keeping my fingers crossed as this happens very few times in a year when I do not have any breakouts for a continuous period of over two weeks. As it is oil serum, it does not leave any residue or oiliness on the face, my skin absorbs it very quickly and then I follow with my moisturizer.

Darphin Illuminating Oil-Gel Cream

Illuminating Oil-Gel Cream(CAD $94) is a combination of Illuminating Essential Oil blend described above and Cashmere soft gel-cream. Cashmere soft gel-cream contains skin-strengthening plant sugars, hydrating Hyaluronic acid, skin-renewing Acetylglucosamine. The Illuminating Essential Oil blend illuminates and revitalizes skin. Cashmere soft gel-cream helps lift the veil of dullness, replenishes moisture and helps protect skin’s barrier. When massaged into the skin, this gel-cream transforms into a light oil, thus providing the lightness of gel-cream and comfort of oil.

Darphin Lumiere Essentielle

I take a pea size amount of this cream and gently sweep across the face, neck and decollete. From the collarbone,  I work upward in lifting motion and then apply slight pressure from cheek to hairline. then I place one palm flat on the forehead and lift toward hairline, alternating hands. This method is described with the product details on the website too. I do feel my skin is supple, glowing and healthy after I use this gel-cream. In the last two weeks, I feel the difference in the glow and my skin feels nourished, not any bits of oil but a natural radiance from within.

Darphin Lumiere Essentielle

Overall, I am very satisfied and impressed with the results. I am using these regularly now and sometimes mix and match with my other serums and moisturizers. I am so happy with the results and also with no irritation and breakouts. I would highly recommend these two products for all skin types. I know essential oils can be sometimes difficult and I have experienced it in the past with other products but this blend has worked very well on my skin, these are a keeper for me.

Illuminating Oil Serum and Illuminating Oil-Gel Cream are available at BeautyBoutique by Shoppers Drug Mart, Holt Renfrew, and Sephora Canada.

*DISCLAIMER – This product was sent to me as part of press package, all views and opinions are 100% honest and based purely on my own experience.


Laneige is a South Korean cosmetics brand which is not new anymore, It was created by Amore Pacific in 1994. The brand name ‘Laneige’ comes from ‘La Neige’ which means Snow in French. Laneige Skincare is known for its Advanced water science skincare which includes the following ingredients: Magnesium as moisture recharging, Manganese as Cell metabolism booster, Zinc for Cell renewing, Ceramide for moisture locking, Bio-peptides for Collagen restoring.

Laneige Skincare

All the complexes are customized and enriched with active ingredients by Laneige as such that they penetrate deep into the skin. I was sent these products for testing and reviewing purposes a few months back. All these can be used to have the complete skincare routine. I have used them all together as a routine and also by mixing and matching with my existing skincare products. I am going to write my experience with these products.

Laneige Deep Pore Cleansing Foam

Laneige Deep Pore Cleansing Foam (CAD $29 – 160ml) is described as gentle yet deep foaming cleanser, the answer for over-active, oil-prone complexions. It includes the Pore Purifying Complex which is exclusive to Laneige and helps unclog pores of stubborn debris with antioxidant-rich Melia Azedarach Extract Water and Keratinase, a natural exfoliating enzyme, to promote healthy skin turnover. It contains Natural Moroccan clay which helps to absorb excess oil while removing impurities from pores. The cleanser lathers richly to cleanse pores without stripping skin of moisture.

Laneige Skincare

I have used this cleanser on and off for some time now. If you follow me, you may know that I am not a fan of foaming cleansers and I am very choosy when it comes to cleansers. For me, foaming cleansers are sometimes very stripping for my skin or they do not give the results what I expect from a cleanser. This cleanser does lathers and cleans the face well. I did not experience any breakouts, dryness or stripped kind of feeling with my skin when I use it. It does the job well of cleansing without stripping the skin.

Laneige Mini Pore Waterclay Mask

Laneige Mini Pore Waterclay Mask ( CAD $33 – 70ml) is described as a gel-like, quick-drying mud mask containing mineral-enriched Shinan mud from Korea to remove impurities, dirt, whiteheads, and blackheads. The Dual-Action Pore Minimizing™ formula strengthens skin’s barrier with mint water, while pine needle extract helps reduce the look of pores. After the mask dries, use the included Mini Pore Facial Sponge to gently remove the mask for clear, refreshed, healthy-looking skin. This is suitable for all skin types. The packaging is in a sturdy jar.

Laneige Skincare

I have used this mask twice a week multiple times after cleansing my face avoiding the eye and lip area. It let it dry completely and then wash with lukewarm water while rubbing it with the sponge provided with this mask. The clay is very smooth and easy to apply. I feel my skin is more clear, fresh and hydrated. It did not dry my combination skin and my pores looked better and smaller than before. I do see the effects stay on for a while. With regular use, it helps maintain the effects and hence clean and clear skin.

Laneige Water Bank Serum

Laneige Water Bank Serum ( CAD $46 – 60ml) is described to be formulated with exclusive biogen technology, hydro ionized mineral water delivers six moisture-maximizing minerals—zinc, magnesium, manganese, potassium, calcium, and sodium—deep within where toned, re-texturized skin begins. The luxurious formula delivers 24-hour hydration, protection, and revitalization for skin that looks supple and silky. It is recommended for all skin types. The packaging is in a blue glass bottle with a pump.

Laneige Skincare

I have used it even on the hottest days of summer and on the days when the temperature is low. For my sometimes dehydrated skin, it has worked very well. I use it with other Laneige products and even for layering with my other skincare products. Like I layer this hydrating serum over my purifying or brightening serum to get the double benefits. I take two pumps of this serum and apply it over my face and then press it onto the skin for absorption. It leaves a very nice subtle glow which you can feel, like the healthy skin kind of glow. The other main effect I noticed is that my skin is supple, hydrated and no breakouts or irritation whether I use it as a single serum in my skincare routine or with other serum by layering. The texture of this serum is very smooth and silky and is very easy to apply and spread on the face, absorbs nicely too.

Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream

Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream ( CAD $42 – 50ml) is described as a cooling, non-oily gel cream that immerses skin in moisture for 24 hours. The six hydrating ionized minerals—zinc, potassium, calcium, sodium, magnesium, and manganese—in hydro ionized mineral water replenish and lock in moisture while winter cypress polysaccharide extract soothes irritated skin. Cooling and ultra-light, its silky texture makes it the perfect choice for warm climates and oily skin, absorbing instantly and delivering 24-hour essential hydration, protection, and revitalization. The packaging of this gel cream is in a sturdy glass jar.

Laneige Skincare

I have been using this gel cream most of the days since last two months, with or without other Laneige products. This is another glow giving product. I apply this cream over my serum and then follow with a sunscreen. It has worked very well on all kinds of days, inside and outside in the sun. My combination skin, prone to congestion and acne, felt hydrated as well as supple with a nice glow everytime I use this. There have been no problems in applying makeup or the staying power of the makeup, no roll-off. There is a little paddle scoop included with the jar to avoid putting the finger into the jar every time. It absorbs quickly into the skin leaving a nice glow.

Laneige Mini Pore Blur Perfector

Laneige Mini Pore Blur Perfector (CAD $42 – 40ml) is described as a primer with an oil-controlling formula that let’s achieve smoother skin and long-lasting makeup. Mini Pore Blur Perfector creates a protective veil to lock in nutrients from previous skincare products while reducing skin’s oil and shine and creating a perfect canvas for long-lasting makeup. Mint water strengthens skin’s barrier by delivering essential moisture, and pine needle extract helps reduce the appearance of pores. It evens out skin’s surface for a smoother, healthier-looking complexion. It is suitable for all skin types and comes in a sturdy bottle with a pump to dispense the product.

Laneige Skincare

I have used this primer for most of the last month and it has been a nice addition to my primers. I use this after my final skincare step of applying sunscreen. This glides on nicely and then absorbs fairly quickly into the skin. The makeup is easy to apply and stays on well when I use this primer. It is not that it gives a perfectly matte finish but it gives the natural kind of finish which gives the skin natural healthy glow. I have not noticed any irritation, breakouts or problem with makeup rolling off while using this primer. It did cover my pores nicely to create a nice base for my makeup.

Laneige Skincare

I have mentioned the products above as per the routine they should be used, first, the cleanser -> then mask (bi-weekly and skip this step on other days) -> Serum -> Cream -> and pore perfector during the day before makeup otherwise skin this last step. These have all been nice additions to my skincare stash, If you ask me to choose my favorites, I would say my top three would be Laneige Water Bank Serum, Laneige Water Bank Gel Cream, and Laneige Mini Pore Blur Perfector.

Laneige products are available at Laneige and Sephora Canada

Have you tried Laneige products? What do you plan to try from Laneige?

 

*DISCLAIMER – This product was sent to me for trial and review purposes, all views and opinions are 100% honest and based purely on my own experience.



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