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Advanced Skincare Technology: Concentrated Neuropeptide Renewal Serum

5 Oct

Concentrated NeuVenin Royale ropeptide Renewal Serum

The biotechnologists who developed the Concentrated Neuropeptide Renewal Serum didn’t start out as a skincare team. While researching treatments for autoimmune and infectious diseases, they discovered that King Cobra venom offers significant visible benefits to the skin.

Although I’m not a fan of reptiles, I decided to face my phobia and take a look at Venin Royale’s innovative serum. When a scientifically advanced breakthrough in skincare technology (nominated for the 2015 #Beauty20 Award) doesn’t involve needles or surgery, I’m all in.

NRT-27™ Skincare Technology

NRT-27 is an exclusive, patent-pending blend of over 27 natural (non-synthetic) peptides and neuropeptides from King Cobra venom (humanely extracted, of course).

Not only does the venom help with soothing and calming the skin, it also improves the delivery of other age-defying ingredients like red marine algae and antioxidant-rich vitamins A, C, and E.

How to Use the Serum

The serum is designed as a first layer under your moisturizer, foundation, or night cream.

After cleansing, apply one to two pumps twice daily over your face, neck, and hands. The formulation has a creamy texture, but it’s still lightweight and absorbs quickly. It’s also hypoallergenic, non-irritating, and gluten-free.

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Brighten Up with a Serum Concealer

24 Sep


There’s a new crop of concealers that may just change your makeup routine.

Concealer with serums are designed mostly for the under eye area.

If you’re looking for creamy smooth texture, concealers with serum easily blend into the skin so you won’t tug at your skin. They also provide serious brightening properties.

Here are 3 concealers with serum (from left to right in the photo) that are worth checking out.

BARESKIN Complete Coverage Serum Concealer

This serum concealer is designed to provide major coverage with an ultra-light texture. The formula contains antioxidant Lilac Plant Stem Cells to give skin a brightened, lustrous finish.

Sephora Collection Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer

This gel-serum concealer features brightening properties and a unique domed applicator (like a cotton swab) for the sensitive under eye area.

What I like about this concealer is that it’s infused with pineapple ceramide (pineapple is well-known for its brightening properties). You can also build the coverage without adding texture. Just dip, dot, and blend.

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NEW Burt’s Bees Caramel Apple Moisturizing Lip Balm

17 Sep


Nothing says fall like apples, caramel, and lip balm.

NEW Burt’s Bees Limited Edition Apple Caramel Moisturizing Lip Balm has a buttery caramel flavor combined with notes of juicy tart apple (sounds yummy).

The moisturizing lip balm ingredients include rich Beeswax, Shea Butter, and Apple Fruit Extract.

Like all Burt’s Bees lip balm, the apple caramel version hydrates and moisturizes dry lips, leaving them soft and smooth.

NEW Burt’s Bees® Apple Caramel Moisturizing Lip Balm will be available October 2015.

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Evolution of Contouring: Estée Lauder New Dimension

14 Sep


Contouring is still the rage, but it’s taking on a new form for beauty brands like Estée Lauder.

I heard about this new frontier of contouring at a recent Beauty Trend presentation in Vancouver and just had to share it with you.

Contouring Skin Care

The New Dimension range from Estée Lauder includes two new skin care products designed to create facial volume and reflect the skin’s best qualities.

When it comes to aging, loss of volume is a big deal as it can cause your eyes to look sunken and your cheeks to hollow out.

New Dimension Shape +Fill Expert Serum

This serum targets the cheeks and jawline with a pro-collagen complex. Over time, expect to see your face look more defined and radiant.
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Benefit’s New BB Cream Eyelid Primer: Air Patrol

2 Sep


Leave it to Benefit to come up with a new way to take care of our eyelids and make eyeshadow last all day.

Air patrol BB Cream Eyelid Primer contains a complex called EnviroDefend (with SPF 20) that helps defend against the damaging rays of the sun and air pollutants. It also extends the wear of eyeshadow by helping to prevent fading, creasing, and smearing.

The primer features a CushionCalm™ tip which lets you apply the formula without putting  pressure on your eyelids (how brilliant!).

Serious Solution for Under Eye Problems: NYX Dark Circle Concealer

31 Aug

NYX Dark Circle Concealer

Make Your Dark Circles Skip Town

When used for color-correcting, a concealer with an orange tint does magic to conceal under eye darkness, especially the deep blue associated with dark circles.

NYX Dark Circle Concealer is a creamy, full-coverage concealer with a non-tugging formula. It combines color-correcting pigments, moisturizing ingredients, and light-deflecting particles without looking too thick or obvious.

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Sun Protection on the Go: Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Brush

24 Aug

Colorescience Sunforgettable SPF 50

Even though applying sunscreen is a no brainer, many women still make excuses for skipping sun protection.

The most common reasons for unprotected sun exposure I’ve come across are that “it doesn’t fit in my bag” or it’s too messy”.

Sunforgettable® Mineral Sunscreen Brush SPF 50 by Colorescience is a safe water-resistant, broad spectrum sunscreen with SPF 50 UVA/UVB protection that makes protecting your skin easy.

The sunscreen comes in the form of tinted mineral powder in a self-dispensing brush that makes re-application or touch-ups a snap. Use the portable mineral sunscreen as foundation coverage alone or over moisturizer on your face, hands, and décolleté.

I had a chance to try out the Fair shade which blended perfectly with my complexion (additional shades are available for medium and deeper skin tones). The lightweight coverage smoothed out imperfections and left a matte finish, which is perfect if you suffer from “shiny face” syndrome when outdoors.

To bust your excuses even more, the sunscreen also features a skincare component with Red Seaweed Extract that helps firm and balance the skin.

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Sheet Masks: A Quick Way to Test Drive Skin Care

17 Aug

Sheet Masks

Face masks can treat all types of skin tissues, but the cost of some them is through the roof. For example, the Instant Plumping Cream Overnight Mask from Hungarian beauty brand, Omorovicza runs at $260 a jar.

Here are a few popular sheet masks that you can test drive without breaking the bank.

Boscia Vitamin C Brightening Hydrogel Mask

This pore minimizing masks features a high concentration of Vitamin C, peptides, and plant extract to help brighten and tone your skin.

Leave this mask on for 15 to 20 minutes and rub any excess mask into your skin for added benefits.

Shiseido Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Pure Retinol Express Smoothing Eye Mask

This set of concentrated eye treatment sheets instantly restore vibrancy to the eye area using pure retinol micro-infusion technology to smooth away the look of wrinkles. These sheet masks seal in essence and provide up to 24-hour hydration.

Leave these eye masks on for 15 minutes then peel off. Gently pat the remaining liquid into the skin around the eye area.

Sephora Collection Face Mask

This collection features six different fiber sheet masks in sets of two, each with a different benefit for the skin. Leave these masks on for 15 minutes and gently massage your skin so that the excess liquid can penetrate.

Here are the different types of masks available in this collection:

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How Sweet It Is: Tarte Lip and Cheek Duo

12 Aug

Tarte How Sweet It Is

If you’ve always wanted to try the Tarte line, here’s an easy way to do it.

Get into the checkout line at Sephora and pick up the Tarte How Sweet It Is deluxe lip and cheek duo on the way out (sometimes it’s OK to succumb to impulse shopping).

This best-selling duo includes two mini products in Tarte’s latest shade of golden peach pink, Sweet, which flatters just about everyone:

  • LipSurgence Lip Tint is a lipstick, lip gloss, and a creamy balm in one. The nourishing formula contains vitamins C and E, jojoba seed oil, and peppermint.
  • Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush is a long-wearing powder blush that minimizes oil while hydrating the skin naturally (the blush does last a long time!).

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High Performance Hydration: Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream

10 Aug

Clinique Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream

Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion was one of the first moisturizers I ever tried. Back then, I loved it because it hydrated my skin without causing any irritation.

A few years ago, Clinique introduced Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ with double the hydration and Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel designed for oily skin.

Now, there’s another addition to the Clinique 3-Step System: Dramatically Different Moisturizing Cream.

This moisture-rich cream combines all-day protection with skin-strengthening ingredients to soothe and hydrate skin, even if it’s on the dry side.

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Would You Sign Up for a Beauty Subscription Box from Sephora?

9 Aug

Sephora Beauty Subscription Service

With millions of people already subscribing to beauty boxes like Birchbox, Sephora has decided to jump into the beauty subscription market.

Launching next month in the U.S. (Boston, Cincinnati, and Columbus, Ohio markets), Sephora is offering customers five deluxe-size samples (skincare and hair products) for $10 per month.

According to Peoplestylewatch, the premier box will be called “Uncover the Essentials” and will feature products from GLAMGLOW, Bumble, Marc Jacobs Beauty, and more.

What do you think Canadian beauties? Would you sign up for a beauty subscription service if it were available in Canada? I know I would.

[Image via Sephora]

Handy Tips for Summer Nails

3 Aug

If you want your nails to look amazing for the rest of the summer, bring them back to life without giving up the things you love to do during the hot weather.

Just follow a few easy tips to get your fingers and toes in shape and ready for some well deserved attention.

1. Keep Them Short

Go for shorter nails to show off your manicure and all the trendy colors and textures of summer like turquoise and foil metallic. Short nails are also less susceptible to chipping.

The most fashionable (and professional) shape is called a squoval—a square with rounded edges. This shape mirrors your cuticle shape and usually requires less maintenance than a square shape.

2. Go For a Natural Look

Try a nude color for a natural look whether you’re spending time in the city or at the beach.

Check out some great nude shades , like Deborah Lippmann’s sheer pink color called Baby Love.

3. Make Your Nail Polish Last

If you want your manicure to last, make sure to apply polish to clean, dry nails (oils, creams, and residue prevent paint from staying in place). Re-applying a top coat every few days can also help you go the distance.

If you’re in hurry, try a quick-drying polish like Rimmel’s 60 Seconds Nail Polish.
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What I’m Loving This Summer

16 Jul


Here are few beauty and style goodies I picked up at the recently opened McArthurGlen designer outlet near the Vancouver airport. This is the first designer outlet to hit the city of Vancouver (not the ‘burbs) so it’s a big deal for Vancouver shoppers.

Coach Aviator Sunglasses

I’m a sucker for aviator sunglasses and combined with Coach touches (like the horse-and-carraige logo at the temple), I couldn’t resist.

These sunglasses provide state-of-the-art, full-spectrum sun protection which also twisted my arm. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that they’re packaged in a Coach case with a velvet interior.

The Body Shop All-In-One Instablur Eye Primer

I didn’t expect to shop at The Body Shop at the designer outlet, but I noticed a new addition to the Instablur line for the eye area.

The Instablur Eye Primer does triple duty: it works to conceal under eye dark circles, neutralise redness on the eyelid with a slight tint, and enhance the vibrancy of your eye shadow.

I like how this primer works but I wish it came in a larger tube.

Lady Slipper Nail Lacquer

This feminine shade of shimmering pink is just the right touch of summer if you prefer subtle polish. I love that it dries fast and glides on smoothly.

The formula, which reinforces and protects nails, is free of camphor, dibutyl phthalates, formaldehyde and toluene.

Next time, I’ll try Crabree & Evelyn’s Nail Polish Remover Wipes that replace traditional ingredients with a gentler, healthier soy-based formula.

Guess Relaxed Skinny Jeans

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Summer Shine Patrol: 3 Products for Fighting Oily Skin

15 Jul

Bobbi Brown Blotting Papers

Even if you’re not prone to oily skin, the hot humid weather can bring out the shine on your face (especially the T-zone).

Here are three products that can help fight oily skin during the summer months.

Bobbie Brown Blotting Papers

These powder-free tissues are perfect for absorbing excess oil and perspiration during the summer months, without removing makeup.

The tissues (100 per pack) come in a refillable black faux-leather case with a mirror that can fit in a back pocket. As one reviewer on the Bobbie Brown site mentioned, they’re not your Grandma’s blotting papers!

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Clinique’s New Mask Lineup

8 Jul

New Clinique Masks

Just in time for summer, Clinique is introducing two new masks: one to deep cleanse and the other to brighten skin for an all-around glow.

Like all of Clinique’s masks, these masks feature super-charged ingredients to complement any regular skin care regimen.

They’re also 100% fragrance free which is important since fragrance is the most common cause of skin irritation which can be aggravated during warmer weather.

Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Deep Cleansing Charcoal Mask

This deep cleansing mask features a blend of clays and charcoal powder to instantly mattify and detoxify the skin of dirt and impurities.

But don’t worry about it stripping your skin. The mask is specifically designed to be gentle with a formula that balances oil-absorbing clays and charcoal powder with hyaluronic acid to prevent potential dryness.

Here are the key ingredients in the mask:
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