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Boots N°7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Serum

22 Mar

N°7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Serum

Hi beauties. Have you tried any products from the Boots N°7 skincare line?

This brand is popular in the UK, but so far I’ve only found it at Shopper’s Drug Mart in Vancouver, Canada (almost hidden away).

I decided to try the N°7 Protect & Perfect Advanced Serum since there’s been buzz about it for a while online and on TV, like the Doctor Oz Show. Even though there’s an intense version of this serum, I thought I’d check out the original formula first (and it was on sale!).

The contents of this serum are not unique, but have been known to have some potency. The key ingredient in the serum is Matrixyl 3000 Plus, including the Matrixyl plus peptide which helps to stimulate collagen and repair the skin.

For best results, it’s recommended to apply the serum to the face and neck morning and night followed by a moisturizer.

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Clarins Limited Edition Face Contouring Palette

1 Mar

Clarins Face Contouring Palette

If you’ve been wondering about the state of contouring these days, one of Clarins’ spring makeup launches may have some clues.

The limited edition Face Contouring Palette contains long-wearing powders enriched with organic sweet almond oil, as well as an anti-pollution complex to protect skin.

The trio of matte powders comes in a chic gold compact with a large mirror. The universal shades, which represent a more subtle approach to contouring, are:

  • Highlighter (light beige) brightens dark areas.
  • Contour (medium brown) corrects and minimizes prominent areas.
  • Blush (soft rose) enhances the cheekbones.

While the highlighter is on the light side, the contour and blush are pigmented enough to define and sculpt, and add a healthy and pretty flush of color. The texture of the powders is also soft and blendable.

Contouring Brush

The star of the palette is the small angled brush that helps to easily define facial contours. The curvy brush, which has natural bristles, is tailored for precise contouring. I found that it easily fit the contours of my face and helped to sculpt the cheekbones area. I also used it to define the sides of the nose.

Using the Face Contouring Palette

  1. Apply the highlighter shade to the center of the forehead, upper eyelids, above cheekbones, nose, and the area just above lip and chin.
  2. Apply the neutral brown shade to the top of the forehead, sides of your nose, beneath the cheekbones and the sides of the chin.
  3. Apply the blush shades to the apples of your cheeks.

To make it even easier, the palette includes a handy card with instructions to make sure you get this subtle on-the-go style of contouring just right.

Disclaimer: Media sample provided, all opinions are my own.

SkinCeuticals Hydrating Masks and Gel

22 Feb

SkinCeuticals Hydrating Masks and Gel

Last week, I was fortunate to attend a Gala Opening of the SkinCeuticals by Project MD boutique in Richmond, BC (a suburb of Vancouver).

At this new concept boutique, you can pop in for an express facial or LED light therapy, or pick up your favorite SkinCeuticals products.

As part of the experience, bloggers and media received a goodie bag with SkinCeuticals hydrating masks and gel.

Since the past few weeks have been on the stressful side (family and work obligations overload), I’ve been taking a break by sampling the masks and gel.

Phyto Corrective Masque

This cooling gel mask is designed to reduce redness and discomfort. With its botanical extracts and hyaluronic acid, it acts as a calming mask to restore smoothness.

Even if you don’t suffer from redness, this green mask is refreshing and light. I know I’ll be using this mask regularly in warmer weather or when my skin is showing signs of sensitivity.

What’s also unique about the Phyto Corrective Masque is that it can be used in multiple ways either as a leave-on, rinse-off, or overnight treatment for the face, chest, or neck. You can use it 2-3 times a week or as needed.

Clarifying Clay Masque

Remember the old-fashioned clay masks that were so drying, they cracked on your face.

The Clarifying Clay Masque, which combines kaolin and bentonite, is a non-drying mask (phew!). The clay in the mask decongests the skin and lifts impurities, while a hydroxy acid blend gently exfoliates.

Unlike other clay masks I’ve used, I found the Clarifying Clay Masque easy to remove. It also left my skin softer and smoother.

If you suffer from any type of breakouts, using this mask once a week purifies the skin of excess oils leading to more refined pores.

Hydrating B5 Gel

After removing the masks, SkinCeuticals recommends following up with a moisture-enhancing serum, like the Hydrating B5 Gel.

This serum, which is enriched with vitamin B5, also contains hyaluronic acid to help bind moisture to the skin. What I like about the serum is that it provides hydration without clogging pores. It also enhances the benefits of your daily moisturizer!

If you live in the area, drop by the Professional Glow Room in the CF Richmond Centre for advanced professional skincare followed by some therapeutic shopping! 🛍️

Disclaimer: Media samples provided, all opinions are my own.