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NEWS // CAROLINE DE MAIGRET, LANCÔME’S NEW PARISIAN MUSE

It makes total sense that iconic French beauty brand, Lancôme, would choose Caroline de Maigret, a Parisian style icon, as their newest muse.

Caroline is the definition of French chic and Parisian cool with her tomboy-ish style, perfectly-imperfect messy hair (her bangs!) and minimal makeup. Not only is she stylish, but also a music producer, aristocratic (grandaughter of a minister who is a descendent of a Polish king and a French empress), and a model (currently in Louis Vuitton’s Spring 2014) and Chanel muse.

Caroline will be collaborating with Lancôme on an original makeup collection, to be released in 2015.

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LIERAC // GEL DOUCHE SENSORIEL

I actually won this shower gel by accident in a Twitter contest I didn’t realize I had entered, and I’m pretty glad I did.

This is hands down the best smelling floral body wash I have ever used (My all-time, mouth-drooling favourite body wash is The Body Shop’s Satsuma. Orange jujubes on my body.) Dubbed a ‘sensory shower gel with 3 white flowers’, it smells exactly as described–a mix of my favourite floral perfumes, Jasmine, Camellia and Gardenia, paired with vanilla, amber, wood and vetiver. The fragrance smells expensive–creamy, feminine and delicate, but isn’t overpowering once combined with the steam of the shower and doesn’t linger on the skin.

While I wouldn’t say that this is exactly a hydrating body wash, it doesn’t strip the skin either, just leaves you feeling clean. Also, I love the chic bottle; clear with accents of black and the minimal image of the flower also looks expensive in my shower.

Lierac is available at Shoppers Drug Mart and Rexall.

 

NEWS // CHANEL FALL 2014, ÉTATS POÉTIQUES & VITALUMIÈRE LOOSE POWDER

Chanel’s Autumn Collection, États Poétiques, is full of dreamy lipsticks in various shades of pink and plum with flecks of gold–the colours at once innocent and fragile but with a heart of darkness.

The eyeshadow palette, Les Quatres Ombres Poésie in particular is quite stunning–two shades of gold along with the light rosewood colour would great a beautiful day look, while the dark blackcurrant shade can instantly change the look to a more mysterious nighttime eye.
There three new polishes emulate the innocent but dark theme, with a fresh, milky, pink nude, Secret, a white pearlescent shade, Atmosphère, and a blue-toned dark grey, Orage.

There are two Écriture de Chanel liquid eyeliners, 6 Ombre Essentielle mono shadows, 1 eyeshadow palette, 1 blush, 4 Rouge Coco Shine lipsticks, 2 Lèvres Scintillantes glosses, and 3 new nail polishes.

Products are available at Chanel Beauty counters on August 18th.

Stay tuned for reviews on: Ombre Essentielle in Hésitation, Écriture de Chanel in Noir and Le Vernis in Orage and Secret.

Chanel will also be releasing a loose-powder version of their beloved Vitalumière foundation in 5 shades, packaged with a kabuki brush. The foundation claims to have the texture of a powder with the finish of a liquid. A Canola oil derivative is the hero here, creating comfort and longwear. A combination of soft focus powders and mica give a blurring effect to fill surface irregularities and smooth skin with a luminous finish.

The kabuki brush was specifically developed to be paired with the new foundation, applying the powder in a sheer layer, with buildable coverage.

The powder will retail for $79.00 and will be available at Chanel Beauty counters September 1st.

Stay tuned for a review on this product.

VICHY CAPITAL SOLEIL INVISIBLE MIST

As you are all well aware, wearing sunscreen is important. And if you’re looking for a great sunscreen spray, this is the one you wanna get this summer. Vichy has formulated, in my opinion, the best spray sunscreen out there, save for one thing: I wish it came in a higher SPF (this, is selfish, because I am very fair). But! It contains no alcohol (so no dry skin or scary flames), has a really nice scent that doesn’t reek of coconuts, and is lightweight and non-greasy. It also protects from both UVA and UVB rays, which is of course, essential. I really cannot emphasize how much this doesn’t smell like sunscreen–this might be what I like most. It has a pleasant fruity/floral fragrance that isn’t overpowering in the least, and doesn’t have that sunscreen-y smell. I tested it out all weekend at the cottage and I was so impressed with it, especially when I compared it to my Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Spray. The Vichy was so much lighter, had a much nicer texture and smell. For this, or any spray, to work properly, be sure to spray on the correct amount (arms: 3 seconds each, front: 4 seconds, back: 4 seconds, legs: 7 seconds each), and then rub it in. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart.

KERASTASE BAIN NUTRI-THERMIQUE

Yes, this is yet another post about hair from my end. I know, I know. It’s the weirdest thing, I used to literally put no effort into my hair and now it is the longest and most tedious part of my routine. That being said, the extra heat styling on my hair lately has definitely taken it’s toll– my hair feels drier, my split ends seemed to be extra obvious (which lead to an emergency haircut), and while I’m not sure if this is related, my hair was getting really frizzy lately. Not a nice combo! I knew I needed to take action ASAP to get some more moisture into my hair, and thought that my shampoo was probably a good place to start.

Now, in comes Kerastase’s Bain Nutri-Thermique. This is catered towards sensitized (I assumed by heat styling?), dry hair in need of some serious nourishment. I love any shampoo that makes my hair super soft and detangled in the shower, so this stuff found a little place in my heart quite easily. When used with heat-styling tools, the nourishment is actually then activated to condition the fibres. My hair feels stronger when I’m brushing and styling (less pulling) and I even noticed less frizz. My hair is significantly softer and healthier looking and feeling. Overall, this product is a necessity for anyone who heat-styles their hair on a day to day basis, or even for anyone who just wants really, really soft hair.

NEWS // JULEP PLIÉ WAND COULD REVOLUTIONIZE YOUR AT-HOME MANI

All-natural polish brand, Julep, has created a new brush that could take your less-than-perfect at-home manis to a professional looking finish.

The brush is the length of a pen, with a bendable joint (inspired by the movements of ballerinas) that allows for more stability and comfort, especially when painting with your non-dominant hand. The brush can be used completely straight, or folded to allow for it to rest of your hand.

There are also three accessories available for the new brush: and advanced precision brush, a striping brush and a dotting tool.

The Plié Wand can be used in conjuction with all Julep polishes, but I really don’t see why you couldn’t use it with polishes from any other brand–the length of the stem and brush themselves seem long enough that they could reach into most bottles.

Watch below for a tutorial on using the new wand it’s accessories:

JAMES READ TAN // BB GRADUAL TAN & BRONZING MOUSSE

I have a confession to make: I know I’m a beauty blogger, but I’ve never actually used any fake tanner before–the closest I’ve gotten is Jergens Gradual Tan moisturizer. I know. It’s not that I’m against it; it’s just that I’m super pale as it is, so I’ve always thought I would look totally unnatural if I ever tried it out.

So! When the opportunity came up to try out the infamous James Read Tan products and I got invited to a pool party, I thought, what better time than the present to give my ghostly legs a bit of a glow before revealing them to the world this year?

This is actually the most nervous I have been before trying out a product, not going to lie–I was so scared of getting super orange, streaky limbs and doing it all wrong and ending up with stained palms. I must have read the instructions manual about 5 times beforehand, and I even read an article on faux tanners in Cosmetics magazine for more info.

I exfoliated two nights in a row, making sure not to miss any rough patches anywhere–I recommend you do this step thoroughly to avoid and weird splotches. Then, I apply a light coat of moisturizer everywhere, and an extra layer on the tops of my hands, elbows, feet and ankles–these areas are often rougher and dryer and can cling onto the tan.

I even lined my bed with a towel, and then slept with an extra older sheet on top of me so I wouldn’t stain my new white bed linens. This was probably overkill as I didn’t see any stains anywhere, but better safe than sorry!

Overall, the products themselves are really easy to use, and were an excellent way to break my fake tan virginity. Taking my time, and having someone around to reach the middle of my back were the keys to success.

Onto the products themselves:

Tanning Mitt: This is a vital instrument to a succesfful non-streaky bod: buy this. However, do not wash it afterwards with hot water, the inside melts and sticks together (oops). The mitt really helps to evenly distribute the product.

Bronzing Mouse: Easy to blend, no smell whatsoever, very lightweight, non-sticky, and hydrating. Only cons: It did create quite a dark tan on me, more than I am comfortable with, but not orange, more of a dark golden shade. I think it would work better on people with more medium-toned skin (I am quite fair). Also, I found that at times the nozzle could be tempermental, spraying the somewhat runny mousse across my bathroom. Not a huge issue since it didn’t stain anything, but something I think that could be easily fixed.

BB Gradual Face Tan in Light: Comes with a handy brush attached, very soft and perfect for any touchups or adding any definition on the arms, abs, collarbones or cheekbones. This is gradual meaning that by the end of the day, your face will be tan, not meaning that this needs to be applied a few times before you see a tan. However, you could easily build this up over a few applications to be quite golden. The cream is really hydrating and light. Be sure to really exfoliate your face first, then seal up pores with an ice cube. This product comes in both Light and Medium Shades, which make it easier to adjust for fairer skin tones.

GET READY FOR SUMMER // LAST GIVEAWAY!

Here we are, the last of the June giveaways! Again, the prize is perfect for the cottage or the beach.

Vichy Eau Thermale 

Lierac Hydra-Body Lait 

Vichy ProEven Brightening Cleansing Foam 

Live Clean Exotic Vitality Monoi Oil

Vichy Captial Soleil SPF 50

Contest closes Monday, June 30th at noon. Only open to Canadian residents.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT: SUNSCREEN & SUN CARE PROTECTION

Summer is here! Finally! And this weekend will be nice and long thanks to Canada Day. So to prep for all those days spent outdoors at the cottage or in the city on a patio, I’ve asked Dr. Sarah Gora, PhD, Scientific and Medical Relations Leader of Vichy Canada to answer all of my burning (ha) questions on sunscreen–from wearing it indoors, to the mysterious UVA rays, and how else we can protect ourselves against the sun.

Remember: Sunscreen is proven to fight skin aging–so unless you want to look like an old leather handbag by the age of 40, lather up and wear a hat!

Thanks again to Vichy and Dr. Gora for taking the time to respond to my questions.

 

What is the difference between chemical and physical sunscreen? Which ones should we use?

Sunscreen ingredients can be classified in two categories: organic (chemical) or physical. Organic filters have the ability to absorb the different UV rays, whereas physical filters, like titanium dioxide or zinc oxide, work by reflecting the UV rays, with a less extend on UVA compared to some organic filters. So it is not necessary to choose one of the two but you can use a combination of both filter types that ensures a protection against UVA & UVB and adapted to sensitive skin, if you need so.

How often do we really need to reapply?
One should apply sunscreen 20 minutes prior to going outside to ensure the sunscreen has sufficient time to absorb into the skin and offer 100% protection. As a general rule, you should re-apply every 2 hours and of course, after being in the water or heavy heat/sweating.
Some people don’t think sunscreen is necessary on rainy or overcast days or in the colder months. Can you bust this myth?
Temperature is definitely not a good indicator about potential damage of UV rays exposure. Even if they are partly filtered, UV rays are not absorbed by clouds and neither rain (high cloud cover only stops the penetration of 5-10% of UV). Furthermore they are reflected by water and snow and that increases your exposure. It is good to remember that UVA (95% of UV rays), are present throughout the year contrary to UVB which is stronger in summer.

How much sunscreen should we be using per application?
You should apply a quantity enough to cover the uncovered area. The recommended quantity is about 30 ml for an adult’s body so the equivalent of a golf ball. For the new Capital Soleil InvisibleMist we recommend spraying the arms for 3 seconds, the legs for 4 seconds and the front and back for 4 seconds, then rub in with circular motions.
What is the minimum SPF everyone should be wearing?
The choice of the SPF should be oriented by the phototype (the skin tolerance to UV radiation and its ability to synthesis melanin) and sun condition. It is recommended to wear a borad-spectrum sunscreen (UVA & UVB protection) with a minimum SPF of 30, even for dark skin tone. For example people with very fair skin should use SPF 50 and more.
Why should we avoid alcohol in spray sunscreens?
A high content of alcohol in a sunscreen can leave the skin feeling dry (or even cause a stinging sensation) which can irritate people with sensitive skin.  It is also a personal preference, many people choose to only use products that are alcohol-free. And not to mention that accidents have happened in the past when an alcohol based sunscreen was applied too close to an open flame!
What is the importance of using a sunscreen that protects against both UVA and UVB rays?
UVAs are the more abundant rays received and penetrate deeply through the skin. They are responsible for immediate pigmentation, skin ageing and skin cancer. Whereas UVBs cause sunburn, epidermal thickening and skin cancers.

I’ve read that sunscreen is just one way of protecting ourselves. What else can we do?
Sunscreen is a good way to be protected from UV rays but it is not enough and should be completed with other protection like clothing, wear factor 3 sunglasses and a wide-brimmed hat. We recommend to avoid exposure during the peak hours, i.e. between 11 am and 4 pm, when UV radiation–particularly UVB–is at its highest.

Do we need to wear sunscreen in the shade or in a car?
You don’t need to wear a sunscreen when indoors but shade made by an umbrella is not good enough to block UV rays. But you should be protected if you are exposed through a window like in your car. As contrary to UVB which produces an immediate reaction (sunburn), UVA pass through glass and penetrate into the skin deeply to cause silent and invisible damage day after day.
What are the long-term effects of sunburns?
Sunburns are the visible sign of over-exposure, they are mainly causes by UVB rays. But even before sun burn, unprotected exposure to UV ray affect skin’s support fibres and rise the synthesis of oxidising substances. The erythema or sun burn manifests an inflammatory reaction and may also cause DNA damage. These damages build up and can cause in long-term photo-aging and skin cancer in epidermal and dermal cells.
How often should we replace our sunscreen? Can I still use my bottle from last year?
Sun protection products generally have a 3 year shelf-life, unopened! A product that you open this year should never be used next year, since the temperature variations to which it is subjected after opening can affect the stability of the filters it contains.
Does a higher SPF sunscreen always protect your skin better?
A high SPF index represents a higher level of protection but it shouldn’t be the reason to expose longer! And it is important to remember that SPF is only an UVB factor and do not represent the UVA protection. It is therefore important to choose a SPF (min 30) accordingly to the photype/sun condition AND to have a UVA protection.
Those who don’t have fairer complexions often argue that they don’t burn, so they have no need for sunscreen. Is that true?
Dark skin tone has a natural sun protection related to their high concentration in melanin but this is not sufficient. Sun exposure can cause skin lesions of varying severity, ranging from premature aging of the skin, sunburn, or melanoma (skin cancer). Dark skin has a lower risk to develop a melanoma than a fair skin but excessive exposure to the sun damages all skin phototype. 

 

REVLON // COLORSTAY MOISTURE STAIN

From top to bottom: London Posh (with shimmer), Cannes Crush, LA Exclusive and Rio Rush

Now as you know, I’m not usually one for drugstore makeup–I don’t find that the colours usually work on me or last as long–but these little guys are winners (plus I love the chic packaging).

A hybrid of a balm, gloss and stain, these guys come in 12 different shades, some with shimmer, some without.

On application, these feel super hydrating and cushiony like a balm (which I love); not at all sticky or goopy. Colour is evenly dispersed across the lips and over time, the gloss fades away and leaves an even, pretty stain. I was surprised at the level of coverage–I have pretty pigmented lips and can’t often pull off lighter or translucent pink shades, but these really worked.

They kind of reminded me of the YSL Rouge Pur Couture Vernis, but these are definitely thicker (easier to control, I would argue) and substantially more hydrating.

The only thing I didn’t really like about these was that they had a kind of weird scent when you first pull the wand out of the tube, but it soon disappears. Maybe Revlon could work on adding a nice fragrance?

Personally, shade-wise, I’m more of a fan of Cannes, LA and Rio, only because London contains a shimmer (I just don’t like shimmer generally in my lip products). However, all of these shades would be great for summer for bright, low-maintenance punches of colour.