If you have a skincare lover on your holiday gift list this year, your hunt for the perfect gift is going to be pretty easy.
Look no further than two beauty brands who regularly come up with innovative skincare creations using natural ingredients:
Black Tea Age-Delay is my favorite Fresh Beauty collection. It features anti-aging black tea extract, which inhibits damaging free radicals and helps to improve skin elasticity.
This Fresh gift set includes:
- Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask: This was one of the first overnight masks to hit beauty shelves. The intensely moisturizing formula in this overnight mask works with the skin’s natural nighttime recovery process to achieve a firmer look by the time the sun rises.
- Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate: This advanced eye treatment includes noni fruit juice in a cooling formula. The result is a reduction in dark circles and puffiness and an improvement in the appearance of the skin under your eyes due to moisture retention. Goodbye crepiness!
- Black Tea Age-Delay Firming Serum: This is a fast-absorbing treatment that has a firming effect on the skin, improving key signs of aging and helping to prevent future damage.
- Soy Face Cleanser: This gentle vegan cleanser removes impurities and makeup—even mascara—without stripping away moisture.
For bath lovers, Fresh Zodiac Oval Soaps are vegetable-based soaps with a nourishing formula that’s milled multiple times, making the soap super dense and long lasting.
Whether you’re a Gemini or a Taurus, each zodiac soap is enriched with shea butter and infused with a classic scent, like the bright green citrus scent of Verbena.
The European-style soap is hand-wrapped in artisanal paper and includes rustic wire tied around a semi-previous stone.
For those nights when you don’t have enough time for soap and water, you can still clean your skin and give it a nourishing boost with these vitamin-rich white tea towelettes.
Take this travel-sized package of anti-aging towelettes with you on the road or to work for removing dirt, oil, and makeup.
Disclaimer: Media sample provided, all opinions are my own.
If you live in the U.S., you may have already tried Egyptian Magic. For those of us living in Canada 🍁, it’s only recently that this all purpose skin cream has become available north of the border.
I received a sample of Egyptian Magic to review, and was excited to learn what all the buzz was about.
Egyptian Magic is based on an ancient Egyptian formula that Cleopatra used to keep her skin radiant and glowing. The proprietary process blends six of nature’s most powerful moisturizing ingredients:
- Olive Oil
- Royal Jelly
- Bee Pollen
- Bee Propolis
With all of these natural ingredients derived only from living plants and organisms, it’s not surprising that it’s pretty potent when it comes to moisturizing and nourishing skin.
Maybe this is why it’s one of the most widely endorsed skin creams with positive feedback 👍 from celebs like Madonna, Cameron Diaz, and Gisele Bundchen. Egyptian Magic is also recommended by dermatologists and plastic surgeons to help with scars, burns, and rashes.
I love multitasking products, and the list of popular ways to use Egyptian Magic is quite impressive (check out even more uses here).
I recently learned about a Vancouver aromatherapy company, Imbue Goods, who just launched an online store for their skin recovery mists.
I love the story of how the company’s founders came up with the idea for their ethically sourced, hand-made products.
While skiing on a clear day at Whistler, BC, they decided that they wanted to capture the beauty, silence, and tranquility of that perfect spring day.
To recreate the experience, they developed a skin recovery mist that lets you take a break from your day, close your eyes, and enjoy the relaxing feel in every mist.
You can use the hydrating mists featuring Rose Water, Vitamin E, and 100% natural, plant-derived essential oils in different ways:
- Moisturize your face and skin.
- Set and freshen makeup.
- Calm yourself throughout the day (yes, please!).
- Freshen up post-workout.
- Relax before bed.
It’s the middle of November, and we’re well into the fall (and endless rain ☔️ in Vancouver).
Here are some of my favorites for this fall . . . and probably the winter ahead.
This plumping lip gloss from Dior was a splurge, but well worth it!
Besides the swish packaging, it’s a hydrating lip gloss that looks great alone or on top of your favorite lip color.
The brush applicator helps to deposit just the right dose, too. Check out more details here.
This is a great time of year to give your skin a boost. Clarins recently introduced three booster solutions to personalize your skincare routine, depending on what your skin needs:
Since I’m a big fan of Buxom Lash Mascara, I had to pick up this luxe mini duo.
Along with Buxom’s bestselling mascara, the Luxe Lids & Lashes kit includes an eye shadow in a pinky-beige shade called Champagne Buzz that adds a touch of pearlescent shimmer (great for the holidays!).
The shadow features a primer-infused technology with a
powder-to-silk feel that helps keep color locked in place.
Now let’s talk about the mascara. The way I put it is this:
If you want your lashes to enter the room before you do, try this mascara!
The brush for this volumizing mascara is hourglass-shaped to evenly coat lashes with a formula that darkens and thickens. The formula is also vitamin-enriched and clump-resistant.
What more can you ask for in a mascara?
Since I’m a makeup junkie, all types of bronzers, shadows, and lipstick catch my eye. When makeup products contain natural and vegan ingredients and are designed in Italy, they deserve a second look.
You may have already checked out other blog posts about the new natural makeup line from the Maison Jacynthe skincare brand. Their PR team, which has done a great job reaching out to the beauty blogging community, was kind enough to send me these samples:
- Terracota Bronzing Powder
- Eye Shadow
The bronzing powder sample I received is a refill pan for the Maison Jacynthe reusable cherry wood compact. If you fall in love with a shade, a refill is a great idea 💡.
Yesterday, I was extremely fortunate to attend a beauty event hosted by Clarins.
The event took place at the Vancouver Marriott Pinnacle Downtown Hotel on Vancouver’s waterfront, where I was able to catch a glimpse of the mountains and ocean before the clouds ⛅ set in.
While a scumptious lunch was served, Clarins presented a video highlighting their Spring 2017 product launches.
For the new year, you’ll be able to check out these products from Clarins: