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Byredo Black Saffron has been on my wishlist to try for quite a long time, the main reason was the attachment of this fragrance to my roots in India. Saffron has always had an important place in India for holy rituals, food, and even everyday life for its medicinal properties. I have three products from the collection I am absolutely in love – Byredo Black Saffron Hair Perfume, Black Saffron Body Lotion, and Black Saffron Hand Cream.

Byredo Black Saffron Hair Perfume, Black Saffron Body Lotion, and Black Saffron Hand Cream

“Saffron has always been a part of my Indian upbringing both in smell, taste, and color. It is holy to all Hindus, is the color of Buddhist robes and has become a symbol for India. BYREDO’s ‘Black Saffron’ is a fragrance inspired by this very idea of sublime unity. I have grown to understand more about my heritage and this fragrance is very much about that process.” – Ben Gorham, Founder and Creative Director of Byredo. With its beautiful, intense golden-orange color and hay-like scent, Saffron has been used as a seasoning, dye, medicine, and fragrance. It was brought to Kashmir by the Persians in the 11th/12th century AD and its use and cultivation spread quickly throughout the country.

Byredo Black Saffron Hair Perfume, Black Saffron Body Lotion, and Black Saffron Hand Cream

The notes of the fragrance are:

Top: Juniper Berries, Pomelo, Saffron
Heart: Accord Cuir, Black Violet, Cristal Rose
Base: Blonde Woods, Raspberry, Vetiver

Byredo Black Saffron Hair Perfume is a light formula and gives an invisible veil designed to leave the hair nourished and luminous while divinely scented. The scent is very uplifting and long-lasting. It subtly diffuses throughout the day, amplified by the natural movement of the hair. When you are busy with your daily routine, the scent diffuses gently to remind of it being there which is very refreshing. It does not makes the hair dry or leaves a residue. Hair looks and feels fresh, even on the second day after hair wash.

Byredo Black Saffron Hair Perfume, Black Saffron Body Lotion, and Black Saffron Hand Cream

Byredo’s Black Saffron Hand Cream is a moisturizing hand cream which does not feel sticky or greasy. It absorbs nicely into the skin and keeps the hands moisturized. My hands look soft and youthful. It is perfect for layering with the brand’s Black Saffron Eau de parfum.

Byredo Black Saffron Hair Perfume, Black Saffron Body Lotion, and Black Saffron Hand Cream

Byredo’s Black Saffron Body Lotion is a nourishing body lotion which is lightweight and absorbs quickly into the skin. It is perfect for layering with the brand’s Black Saffron Eau de parfum.

I am really amazed by these three products, for the scent, longevity, and how it makes me feel. Byredo is available at Byredo.com, Holt Renfrew, Saks Fifth AvenueNordstrom, and Net-A-Porter

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La Prairie products are one of the most treasured and luxurious products in my skincare routine, like when I want the best, not just the treatment on my skin but also to feel the best and you feel the best when things work for you. It is not just the formula, the packaging, or the luxurious textures but there is also decades of research by scientists which thrive to create something but the best. The newest product from the brand and in the Platinum Rare Collection is the La Prairie Platinum Rare Cellular Life-Lotion.

La Prairie Platinum Rare Cellular Life-Lotion

The first thing that got my attention when I was reading through the details about this new launch was detoxification. For my combination skin which is prone to hormonal congestion, I am very much drawn towards the products that say – detoxification, antioxidants, refined texture, brightening, and last but not the least hydration. And it makes me even more excited to share with you that this essence-lotion aims in providing all my skin needs. But does it works? Well, let me come to my verdict after using La Prairie Platinum Rare Cellular Life-Lotion for almost a month.

La Prairie Platinum Rare Cellular Life-Lotion

The deep amethyst tones of the bottle reflects sophistication, harmony and attention to detail, every surface and cap catches light and reflects it in a way that it looks like a beautifully cut gem. ‘La Prairie Platinum Rare Cellular Life-Lotion is infused with the eternity of platinum.’ The lotion has a delicate scent which is very uplifting and relaxing, it is actually the same as the rest of the products in the Platinum Rare Collection. The iridescent amethyst lotion has a liquid consistency which feels very silky on the skin. The glides nicely onto the skin and then absorbs giving the skin a beautiful veil of glow as you see after applying. But form within, the lotion helps in the natural detoxification process of the skin with a 3-level approach: Protect, Restore, and Energize.  It protects the skin with the antioxidants in its formulation, the skin texture looks refined, smooth, and comfortable. I am so glad it is working for my combination skin, I have noticed my skin is brighter and the problem areas look blurred, no breakouts. The skin looks radiant and fresh.

La Prairie Platinum Rare Cellular Life-Lotion

To use, apply AM and PM after cleansing and toning. Dispense a small amount into the palm of the hand. Gently press hands together, diffusing the essence-in-lotion over both palms before gently patting onto the face. Massage into forehead, cheeks, chin and décolleté, allowing it to absorb completely and avoiding eye area. Follow with the serum and moisturizer for day and night.

‘Platinum Rare Cellular Life-Lotion is a complete essence-in-lotion, helping to boost skin renewal from within by supporting three key detoxification processes. First, it enhances the skin’s ability to break down the damaged proteins that impede its function. Second, it improves the skin’s energy production system. Finally, it helps the skin to fight external stress factors.’

La Prairie Platinum Rare Cellular Life-Lotion

Overall, I am in love with this lotion and can totally see and feel how this single product makes a difference in how my skin looks and feels. I believe it is so worth the price and if you believe in taking good care of your skin, not just for today but also for the future, to have good quality skin. La Prairie Platinum Rare Cellular Life-Lotion is available at Holt Renfrew, Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Fresh has a really amazing and much-awaited launch – their first night cream. Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Night Cream is all you need in a night cream – the texture is luscious yet lightweight, the formula helps skin look fresh, de-stressed, and moisturized while keeping the skin comfortable while it works overnight. It is power packed with the antioxidants that detoxify and helps recover the skin from the day.

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Night Cream

The new star ingredient in Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Night Cream is Super Lotus which captures the natural power of the whole living lotus plant when they are in full bloom. The process involves gently pressing the plant to extract the juice and then concentrated further to create the key ingredient Super Lotus.

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Night Cream

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Night Cream is lightweight, whipped moisturizer infused with a delicate peach scent, helps to boost, hydrate, and deliver antioxidant protection for a youthful look. The cream is suitable for all skin types, even for my combination skin prone to congestion. It is a nice moisturizer and does gives a boost to my skin when it is looking dull and in need of help, especially in this harsh winter weather.

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Night Cream

While using this cream in the night, my skin looks and feels hydrated, comfortable, and supple in the morning. The packaging of the cream is in a heavyweight blue glass jar which looks beautiful. I have tried many products from the brand in the past and there is not one that I didn’t like and very happy to have this new launch – Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Dream Night Cream in my routine.

Fresh beauty products are available at Sephora Canada, Sephora.ca, Nordstrom, and Nordstrom.ca

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Winter might limit some activities due to the cold dark days but there are some essentials that make the elongated staying home routine fun and pampering. I am referring to the skincare essentials, treating the skin to the much-needed moisture due to the indoor heating, outdoor cold weather. There are two new launches from StriVectin that are not only amazing for pampering the skin but also to help to get ready for the spring. StriVectin Blue Rescue Clay Renewal Mask and Skin Reset 4-week Intensive Rejuvenation System.

StriVectin Blue Rescue Clay Renewal Mask and Skin Reset 4-week Intensive Rejuvenation System

StriVectin Blue Rescue Clay Renewal Mask is a massage activated, color transforming clay mask. This is not my first massage activated color transforming clay mask, I have used one in the past and really like the concept. With the massage, first there is a physical exfoliation, and then the color of the mask changes from white to blue. Any typical clay mask might dry the skin, but I did not feel any dryness on my skin neither any irritation with this mask and the exfoliation.

StriVectin Blue Rescue Clay Renewal Mask and Skin Reset 4-week Intensive Rejuvenation System

My skin feels nourished, hydrated, balanced with the small pore size, comfortable, and radiant. This is exactly what I expect from a mask, especially for my combination skin. I did feel it helped my congestion clear out fast. I did test this mask for over few weeks sometimes weekly or bi-weekly.

StriVectin Blue Rescue Clay Renewal Mask and Skin Reset 4-week Intensive Rejuvenation System

The formula is encapsulated Blue Algae Extract and pigments activate upon application, transforming from white to ocean blue color as it renews skin and boosts radiance. To use, apply evenly to clean, dry skin avoiding the eye area. Gently massage in a circular motion until the mask transforms from white to blue. Leave on for 10 minutes, then rinse off thoroughly and follow with the rest of your routine.

StriVectin Blue Rescue Clay Renewal Mask and Skin Reset 4-week Intensive Rejuvenation System

Skin Reset 4-week Intensive Rejuvenation System is a skincare system designed to reboot, rejuvenate and get skin back on track in just 4 weeks. It includes four unique serums, each with their own targeted technology to address a core factor of skin aging and fatigue. ‘Brand’s patented formula for skin strengthening NIA-114™ and performance enhancing peptides infused throughout, these four laser-focused formulas work together with sequential synergy to “reset” skin, leaving it strong, resilient and youthful-looking.’ As you see in the pictures, there are four bottles in the system that are color coded to be used as described,

  • WEEK 1: rebuild by restoring optimal, lasting hydration – visible luminous, hydrated skin, signs of dullness and fatigue are eliminated as hydration levels improve.
  • WEEK 2: boost skin to improve elasticity & visibly relax fine lines and wrinkles – Skin feels softer, smoother and more nourished.
  • WEEK 3: balance skin for a radiant, even-toned complexion – skin feels firmer and more toned.
  • WEEK 4: restore resiliency & improve the look of sagging skin & deep wrinkles – skin will appear smooth, soft & plump, healthy-looking tone and texture, and totally rejuvenated results.
StriVectin Blue Rescue Clay Renewal Mask and Skin Reset 4-week Intensive Rejuvenation System

To use, over the month, each week’s Reset serum formula is to be used as the daily serum—after cleansing and before moisturizing. At the end of four weeks, regular skincare routine can be resumed but is recommended to stick to the routine. I have not used this system for the time recommended, which is 28 days continuously but my initial thoughts for the few days, I went up to completing over 2 weeks and moving on to the third week now. Based on my skin’s needs, like congestion I do add up toner or layer the serums. I have both the new launches from the brand in my skincare routine and really liking the results.

StriVectin is available in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart and beautyboutique.ca

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Lip care is an essential part of my everyday skincare routine and no doubt, dry parched lips does not make you feel comfortable and confident. I have been using the Fresh Sugar Lip Wonder Drops Advanced Therapy, Fresh Sugar Coconut Hydrating Lip Balm, and Sugar Spice Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen 15.

Fresh Sugar Lip Wonder Drops Advanced Therapy, Fresh Sugar Coconut Hydrating Lip Balm, and Sugar Spice Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen 15

Fresh Sugar Lip Wonder Drops Advanced Therapy is a daily treatment gently exfoliates, softens, and smoothes dry, flaky lips to keep them looking flawless and ready for lipstick. It is enriched with AHAs—a blend of sugar and natural fruit extracts and hibiscus flower extract. It is a lightweight water-based formula that preps and primes the lips’ surface and improves signs of damage for a youthful look. I have been using it as a quick fix and is perfect for the busy, on-the-go lifestyle and gentle enough to use twice a day.  To use it, dispense a drop on your finger. Then, massage over clean lips and lip contour area. Wait until it absorbs and then follow with your favorite balm or lipstick.

Fresh Sugar Lip Wonder Drops Advanced Therapy, Fresh Sugar Coconut Hydrating Lip Balm, and Sugar Spice Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen 15

Fresh Sugar Coconut Hydrating Lip Balm is a rich, moisturizing lip treatment that smoothes and comforts on contact while delivering a velvety sheen and addictive flavor inspired by coconut cream. It can be used throughout the day when your lips need nourishment. It does not feels sticky but is comfortable and keeps the lips nourished and soft.

Fresh Sugar Lip Wonder Drops Advanced Therapy, Fresh Sugar Coconut Hydrating Lip Balm, and Sugar Spice Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen 15

Sugar Spice Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen 15 is a chai tea-inspired tint with a dusty rose finish. It looks good on all skin types while providing long-lasting moisture and year-round protection from damaging UV rays. It is formulated with the same nourishing sugar, hydrating oils, and vitamins as the rest of the Sugar Lip Treatment Collection(which I have reviewed few times on my blog and instagram). It can be applied throughout the day.

Fresh beauty products are available at Sephora Canada and Sephora.

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