Tag Archives: aurelia

ALL NATURAL (SORT OF)

OVER THE PAST YEAR, I’ve really become more conscious of the ingredients in products that I am putting on my face. Things like mineral oil, parabens and sulphates can all wreak havoc on the skin, not to mention all of the other chemicals.

However, making the transition to organic and all-natural skincare and makeup products is actually quite difficult.Natural formulations aren’t quite as advanced as synthetic products yet, but integrating a few new natural products into your routine is already a step in the right direction.

I’m really loving the natural skincare products that are out there right now. For my look, I started by cleansing with Weleda’s Almond Soothing Natural Cleansing Lotion and a hot wash cloth. This cleanser is super gentle, and great for sensitive skin. Then, to slough away any dry, flaky patches, I exfoliated with Province Apothecary’s Regenerating & Stimulating Exfoliator. I love this product because the oatmeal granules are gentle and you can mix it with different natural ingredients like honey (acne-prone skin) or yogurt (oily skin) depending on your skin type.

After a thorough cleanse, I sprayed on Province Apothecary’s Invigorating and Balancing Toner and finished with Aurelia’s Cell Revitalise Day Moisturizer. Aurelia’s moisturizer smells heavenly and has the power of probiotics.

Since this is all about natural products, I thought I would go for a natural look–so no foundation. Only a bit of concealer under the eyes (which I’ll admit–was the un-natural Lancome Effacernes), a smudge of eyeliner (also un-natural Clarins Khôl Eyeliner) and a swipe of mascara (again, the synthetic Clarins Be Long). But! I redeemed myself with my lips and cheeks. I prepped my pout with Province Apothecary’s Repairing & Conditioning balm, then applied RMS’s Lip2Cheek in Smile, which I used on both cheeks and lips for a healthy, peachy glow.

 

Advertisements

DRY WINTER SKIN // FACIAL OILS

I LOVE FACIAL OILS because they all have different weights and ingredients making them perfect for any skin type. They can add an extra-hydrating oomph to all faces, making them a great product for surviving winter without a dry, dehydrated or chapped face. At night, I love to use them on their own, or under a moisturizer, and during the day, I sometimes will blend a drop or two into my moisturizer before application if my skin is feeling parched.

If you have oily or acne-prone skin, don’t be scared! Oils are for you too. You just need to make sure you pick the right one. I have dry/dehydrated, acne-prone skin (a winning combo), and none of these oils aggravate my pimples.

I have three different face oils here for you–all with different weights and viscosity. I pick and choose which one to apply every night depending on how my face is feeling, or what I think it might need.

Light
Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate
I’m not completely sure if this is supposed to be classified as an “oil”, but it has a lightweight, silky texture, and an oil-like feel. I think that it is meant to be used as a serum under a moisturizer, but on days when my skin doesn’t seem parched, and I just need light hydration, this is perfect. It has a pretty smell as well and doesn’t feel oily on the face.

Hydrating ingredients: squalane, lavender oil and evening primrose oil

Medium
Aurelia Cell Repair Night Oil
This oil can be used every night on it’s own, under moisturizer, or for oilier skins, every 2 or 3 nights. Like all of Aurelia’s products, it is beautifully scented with neroli, lavender, mandarin and more. Perfect for pumping up a moisturizer, whether during the day or night. Wake up to brighter, hydrated skin.

Hydrating ingredients: kalahari oil, mongongo oil, kigelia, baobab and hibiscus

Heavy
Clarins Blue Orchid Face Treatment Oil
I bought this oil when it felt like no matter what I did, I could not get my forehead to not look crepe-y, tight, dry and dehydrated. This oil is so incredibly hydrating, you only need a drop or two to quench your thirsty skin. I definitely would only use this at night. Despite being extremely hydrating, it did not break me out. If you are concerned about it being too heavy on your oily, acnaic skin, I recommend the Blue Lotus facial treatment oil instead, it is made for oilier skin.

Hydrating ingredients: hazelnut oil, rosewood oil, patchouli oil, blue orchid oil

DRY WINTER SKIN // CLEANSERS

I DUNNO BOUT YOU, but my skin freaked right out as soon as it got cold in November. The super dry heating got turned on in full force at my office, the air in my apartment lost it’s moisture and the whatever life/normalness was remaining in my skin was essentially sucked out of my face by the cold winds on my commute (I walk 20 mins to and from the office).

So! With the change in seasons, comes a change in your skincare. Gels are traded in for creams, lotions for oils, etc. etc. Don’t worry though, I’ve got all bases covered–from milks all the way to balm.

You’re not going to want to make any drastic changes, but if you’ve noticed that your face is dryer than usual, you might want to switch to something a bit more hydrating and less stripping, either full-time for the winter, or part-time. (Also, if you are using foaming cleansers, I beg you to give those up full-time. They are bad news bears for your face).

So! I’ve got four cleansers here for you. If you don’t already use one, it’s a good idea to incorporate the use of a washcloth with milks, creams and balms to properly remove the product from the skin.

Milk
Lancôme Galatée Confort
This is a really nice, thick milk/cream hybrid that effectively removes makeup. However! You need to use this with a washcloth to properly remove it. I also wouldn’t recommend it for acne-prone skin of any kind (it does contain mineral oil). Overall, it has a lovely smell, works, and is great for a morning or second cleanse.

Creams
Clinique Comforting Cream Cleanser & Aurelia Miracle Cream Cleanser
I’ve included two creams here for you–they are different enough to warrant this, I promise you. They come in at quite different price points, and one is fragranced (Aurelia)–deliciously I might add, and the other is unfragranced (Clinique). They are both great at cleansing the skin, and once again, I would recommend a wash cloth for proper removal. The Clinique is better at removing eye make up for sure, but I would still both use them as morning or second cleanses.

If you’re worried about ingredients, Aurelia is definitely more natural and uses essential oils to create a really beautiful cleanser (as you know, I am obsessed with all their products). However, if you’re on a budget, the Clinique works perfectly well.

Balm
Clinique Take the Day Off
As you know, I am a huge fan of balm cleansers, and really any good one with good ingredients will do. I haven’t yet reviewed TTDO, so this is why I’m including it here (here are some other balms I love). TTDO is another gold-star product from Clinique–no mineral oil here so it’s suitable for all skin types, and it removes makeup in a flash, really, anything and everything. Plus, it’s the most affordable balm that I’ve been able to find that won’t irritate acne-prone skin and doesn’t contain parabens. Win!

AMANDA’S TOP 2013 PICKS

Makeup

CHANEL HOLIDAY COLLECTION
Joues Contraste in Accent
Le Vernis in Rouge Rubis

Accent is the perfect blush for winter–pink with bronze to warm up paler skin tones

CLARINS
Be Long Mascara

“The main reason why I love this mascara so is the incredible brush (which I learned is really what differentiates a mascara from the pack). It has a small plastic brush so you can really get in there, and it grabs on to each lash with a bit of tension, so you get that long, defined lash, never any clumps. “ 

VICHY
Dermablend Setting Powder

I apply it before doing my eye makeup in the morning so that the two minutes of waiting time goes by without noticing it. The result is a more even and matte complexion that lasts for hours.”

LANCOME
Effacernes Concealer

It has the perfect amount of thickness and pigment for coverage but never ever clumps or gets stuck in fine lines. It just. doesn’t. budge. Just smooth it on and never worry about your makeup moving around again.”

DIOR
Airflash Foundation

The be-all and end-all of foundations. It has the ever-so-slightest pearlescent sheen to it that gives you a magic glow and watch as it erases all unevenness and blemishes.”

URBAN DECAY 
Naked Palette

I shouldn’t have been so blasé, this palette is actually amazing. Every single colour I have tried looks great. Every. Single. One. And! They are super long-lasting. The colour stays true all day long, without a primer “


Skincare

KIEHL’S
Ultra Facial Overnight Hydrating Masque

I woke up with a more younger-looking, plumped up face. The skin around my eyes looked so much better–the lines had faded, and the skin was smooth. My skin had a more even and luminous tone. “

SK-II 
Masks

If you have the money, these are really a great investment for your face, they will make a noticeable difference in your skin. “

BIOLOGIQUE RECHERCHE 
P50

“I must admit, at first the smell put me off, but you see the results. My chin acne is pretty much gone now, and my skin is clearer and has a more translucent, glowing quality to it.” 

NUXE
Reve de Miel Lip Balm

“The consistency is quite thick, but not sticky at all, and you barely need any of the honey and grapefruit-scented formula to save your lips from that tight, dry feeling.”

REN
Glycol Lactic Radiance Renewal Mask

It decongests the pores and works well to help fade post-acne scarring, blackheads, blemishes and sun-damaged skin.”

AURELIA PROBIOTIC SKINCARE
Miracle Cleanser
Cell Repair Oil

“The aromatic cleanser throughly cleanses the skin, but leaves it feeling soft and supple. For an extra hydrating/anti-aging kick, a few drops of the Cell Repair Night Oil boosts your skin’s ability to repair your skin overnight.”

Hair

KERASTASE
Mousse Nutri-Sculpt

“It creates such a smooth, voluminous blow dry, without weighing hair down. Seriously–your hair looks like it came from a shampoo commercial.” 

MATRIX
Heat Resist

Overall, this line holds my blowout longer (3 days!), fights frizz and most importantly to me, doesn’t feel like I have any product in my hair. Winners all around, and at a great price.”



Body

KIEHL’S
Nashi Blossom and Pink Grapefruit Body Lotion
On my wedding day, I was told by 4 different people that I smelled amazing (before dancing started, mind you), all because of this product.”

TOP TUTORIALS OF 2013

VP x AURELIA PROBIOTIC SKINCARE // AUTUMN & WINTER SKINCARE

I’m sure you’ve felt it by now–tight, dry skin. The change in seasons can wreak havoc on your skin, making your summer skincare products redundant, no longer able to quench your skin’s thirst.As soon as September came along, my lighter formulations from the summer were no longer enough. My forehead almost immediately became crepe-y and uncomfortable.The change in seasons doesn’t mean you completely need to overhaul your routine–just change up a few key products: your cleanser and moisturizers. Using a gentler, more hydrating cleanser means that your natural oils won’t be stripped away and using a richer moisturizer packs in even more hydration to fight the dry heat of interiors and the harsh, cold winds.

Aurelia Probiotic Skincare, a new BioOrganic British brand, has created a line of products that work with the effects of probiotics and botanicals to promote healthy skin by fighting inflammation–the main cause of skin aging. There is no bad stuff in their products–you won’t find chemicals or pore-clogging ingredients here.

Probiotics are the good bacteria that you always hear about in the yogurt commercials; they create a healthy environment for your stomach and help digestion, and can help with eczema and acne among other things. I, myself, take probiotic supplements everyday to help my sensitive/lactose intolerant stomach. There is some new research that shows that since probiotics make for a happy tummy, they might also help to clear skin. The theory is that whatever is going on in your gut will show up on your skin (a.k.a. healthy gut=healthy skin).

Aurelia’s products are lush–the day and night creams are luxuriously silky and beautifully scented (as are all of the products) with bergamot, chamomile, eucalyptus, lavender, neroli, jasmine, plumeria, tuberose, rose, mandarin and rosemary. The aromatic cleanser throughly cleanses the skin, but leaves it feeling soft and supple. For an extra hydrating/anti-aging kick, a few drops of the Cell Repair Night Oil boosts your skin’s ability to repair your skin overnight. The oil can be applied every night under moisturizer for those with dryer skin, or a few nights a week for oilier skin. Essential fatty acids, antioxidants and oils help to fight free radicals and reduce oxidative stress.

Since starting to use their line, I get less pimples, my skin is clearer, more even-toned and well hydrated.

I’m so glad that Aurelia wanted to work with us on this video, as I love their whole range, and essentially, this video and post allows me to create one big review rather than a bunch of small ones.

In case you’re interested what other products I use in my routines, I’ve listed them here for you:

Morning

Cleanser: Aurelia Miracle Cleanser 

Exfoliating toner: Biologique Recherche P50
Hydrating toner: La Roche Posay Serozinc

Eye cream: Eysilix

Eye serum: Lancôme Advanced Généfique
Face serums: Lancôme Généfique Eye Light Pearl & Hydraluron

Moisturizer: Aurelia Cell Revitalise Day Moisturiser

Sunscreen: Kiehl’s

Evening

First cleanse: Ren Rosa Centifolia No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm

Second cleanse: Aurelia Miracle Cleanser 

Exfoliating toner: Biologique Recherche P50
Hydrating toner: La Roche Posay Serozinc

Eye cream: Eysilix

Face oil: Aurelia Cell Repair Night Oil

Face seruma: Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair & Hydraluron

Moisturizer: Cell Revitalise Night Moisturiser

Aurelia’s products are also all available on Net-a-Porter.

I was not compensated for this post, nor did Aurelia provide any payment for this video. I thoroughly love and support Aurelia’s products. I received the products as PR samples.