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DRY WINTER SKIN//LOTIONS, SERUMS & CREAMS

Again, I’ve got a light, medium and heavy option for moisturizers. I also have one hydrating serum, Hydraluron, which I’ve already reviewed before.

Light
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil-Free Lotion
Now, this is my summer moisturizer, but I have dry skin, so it would work perfectly for oily-skinned gals out there who need some protection, but don’t want to smother their face with a thick cream.

Medium
Clarins HydraQuench Cream for Normal to Dry Skin
This is really my holy grail moisturizer, and has been for two years now. I keep coming back to it. It’s the perfect thickness, has a pretty smell, and is like spreading on a fluffy layer of moisture onto your skin. My skin soaks this stuff up, and it never ever leaves me greasy or oily. If my skin is a bit dryer, I’ll sometimes smooth on a bit of oil first. Also, it creates a great base for makeup.

Vichy ProEven Eye Cream
Creates a great base for makeup and you only need a tiny amount to hydrate your eyes and protect the delicate skin from the cold.

Heavy
Estée Lauder Advanced Time Zone Night
Now, this is the most buttery and thick cream I have ever use. This is meant for aging and mature,  and severely dehydrated skin. Will replenish even the driest of faces.

Estée Lauder Advanced Time Zone Eye Cream
Much like the face cream, it is an intensely thick cream that will inject moisture into the delicate eye area.

Serum
Hydraluron
If you’re looking for hydration, but really like your moisturizer/are afraid of changing it, Hydraluron could be the product for you. It’s a thin, gel-like serum that is applied under your moisturizer. It works with hyaluronic acid to hydrate the deeper layers of the skin. I’ve written about it’s wonders before on VP.

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Cleansers
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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 POSTS OF 2013

VICHY // IDEALIA SERUM & PROEVEN EYE CREAM

Not only does your skin age, from well, aging–getting older, your skin also ages according to your behaviour. Your skin’s condition is affected by how much sleep you get, what kind of diet you have, where you live, how much sun you get, your vices (smoking, drinking, etc.). So, unless you are living in the Irish countryside (no pollution or sun, really), and never drink or smoke (OK these might happen in Ireland), eat like Gwyneth Paltrow and get 8 hours of sleep a night, your skin is probably showing the wear and tear of your everyday life.

Vichy has introduced Idealia, a new serum that includes it’s exclusive correcting complex, LR2412+LHA, that helps to repair the behavioural stressors that are affecting the skin. Initially, I was surprised at what a creamy serum it is, and worried that it might be too heavy, but in fact, it is a light serum that is very hydrating, making it perfect for an added boost of hydration under your moisturizer to fight the dehydrating heating. It smooths wonderfully onto the skin and works great under makeup. I use this serum every morning to plump up the skin and give it a pearlescent glow. This serum is paraben-free and is non-comedogenic

Now, while this serum will help to fight behavioural stressors, if you are smoking, drinking, eating fast food, sugar and dairy, this will show up on your skin. Don’t be silly–drink lots of water, eat lots of fish and avoid cigarettes unless you want to look terrible by the time you’re 40.

As you all know, I have extremely sensitive eyes in the winter, and to fight off my periorbital eczema, I need to be using very rich creams around my eyes during the colder months. While my Eysilix works great in the summer for de-puffing in the morning, it just wasn’t hydrating enough come November. I was so happy to receive a sample of Vichy’s ProEven eye cream because it also de-puffs with the help of caffeine, plumps with the help of ceramide and has a luxuriously creamy consistency that really hydrates the eye area. It also helps to fade any dark spots around the eyes. This formula is fragrance-free, making it perfect for very sensitive skin.

THE FRENCH PHARMACY

Yesterday, after visiting the Catacombes, we headed over to City Pharmacie, the drugstore legendary for their amazing deals and selection of French pharmacy brands.

I was excited the whole duration of our stay in Paris to visit this place. We left the shopping to our last day in the city (also loaded up on tea from Mariage Frères), and every night before bed I would tell Jordan how excited I was the visit the holy grail of beauty and skincare.
I was not let down. Jordan waited patiently outside for me in the scorching sun ( this place was PACKED) as the aisles were too narrow and crammed full of shoppers for his liking (he once got hit by a girl in Aritzia and he now avoids women’s boutiques like the plague and waits outside for me while I shop).
I would suggest going here right when it opens in the morning at eight to avoid the crowds of women. Don’t be put off by what I’m saying–it is so worth it to stock up here on French brands.
I bought the biggest bottle of Vichy sunscreen I’ve ever seen for €10, three toners from La Roche-Posay for €3 each (!!!–you cannot buy these in Canada, they are only sold in France), two Avene lip balms for €5, Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse for €13 (normally $50 at home), Nuxe Reve de Miel lip balm for €6, the cult favourite Homeoplasmine for €3.50 and Retinol from Roc for €22.
I could have spent even more time and more money in there had the people not been so annoying and had Jordan not been waiting for me.
Some other great French brands not to be missed at the Pharmacies:
Caudalie (so incredibly cheap in France)
Klorane (my favorite dry shampoo)
Biafine (intensely hydrating lotions)
Embryolisse (for the cult favourite moisturizer)
Bioderma (for their famous Crealine)

VICHY // DERMABLEND SETTING POWDER

In case you didn’t already know, I’m getting married in July, one of the hottest months of the year. One of my biggest worries (or really everyone’s worry in the summer) is looking greasy and shiny in person and in photos. It seems almost impossible to prevent when there is sun, sweat and a naturally oily t-zone working against you, right?
Well, after a few recommendations from some other fellow beauty bloggers, I picked up Vichy’s Dermablend Setting Powder, which claims to provide 16 hours of staying power to your makeup as well preventing oil and shininess when used along with their Dermablend foundation (a corrective foundation that provides medium to high coverage). This powder is still great on it’s own and is acult favourite (check the reviews) for setting powders on top of moisturized skin, other foundations or tinted moisturizers. I have been wearing this over just moisturizer or tinted moisturizer.
All you need to do is use the powder puff to apply the powder all over your face (I even put it over my concealer under my eyes), let it set for two minutes, then brush the excess off. 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.
Given the humidity that we have had in Toronto the past few weeks, this has decreased the shine on my nose signficantly.  It keeps everything in place for you, even through sweating, smudging and bathing! This is a must if you’re worried about your face sliding off in the summer heat.