Stationery & personal branding, featuring Papyrus

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I am a HUGE stationery nerd. I’m probably one of the few people left in my social group who still writes thank-you notes and handwritten letters, just because I love doing it and it’s just so personal. I know how valuable receiving a hand-written note or card is, so I try to share the joy with everyone else in my life. As a stationery nerd, stores like Papyrus just excite me so much as they carry a huge selection of products for all of your stationery needs.

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I am a firm believer that e-mail and instant messaging has taken away a lot of the thought and personalization behind sending messages. There aren’t that many things in the world that beats sending a hand-written letter or card to show the receiver that you really care, because handwriting takes a lot more time than just typing out a message on a computer. I remember one of the things that was taught to me at school was to send hand-written thank-you cards to potential employers, and that tip has done me very well because I sent cards to my current employer when I was interviewing for this job.

Sending personalized messages don’t have to be boring either. If you’re thinking boring typeface and minimalist designs, you’re going the wrong way! You can tell a lot about a person through the card and letterhead designs. I selected three different designs here from Papyrus to feature to you – a serious monogrammed correspondence card; a fun, quirky card set; and a girly yet modern card set.

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The first is the monogrammed correspondence cards from Marcel Schurman. Printed on thick stock paper, these monogrammed sheets are perfect for including with gifts and/or attaching with any mailed packages. As a blogger, I receive hand-written notes from PR written on personalized correspondence and it just makes me feel super happy, and warm and fuzzy on the inside.

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The second, which is my absolute favourite find (and sadly only looks to be available in store), is an all-occasion notecard set from Two Trick Pony. This set is a perfect buy for anyone who doesn’t have many opportunities to send handwritten cards, but wants to have a couple of choices on hand for each occasion. This set has cards printed for five different occasions: congratulations, get well/sympathy, happy birthday, thank you, and thinking of you. There are four cards for each occasion, and they’re ALL DIFFERENT – basically you get 10 designs in two different colour variations each, as well as corresponding envelopes.

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Lastly, the girly and modern card set is perfect for all occasions as well. It includes 20 blank cards in 4 different design patterns. These are perfect for when you’re sending thank-you cards to your girl friends, or just a little weekly pick-me-up note to the boyfriend.

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Papyrus also carries Le Pen by Marvy Uchida, which are micro-point plastic tip pens that come in a variety of colours. Since trying mine out, I have been completely hooked on these pens because not only are the colours just beautiful, it also writes super smoothly. I will definitely be adding more to my collection (i.e. I want to collect them all).

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Living in the 21st century has been incredibly convenient since we can make connections just with a click of a button, but you can make lasting impressions via the use of personalized and handwritten cards and notes. This will help to build your personal brand, both as individuals as well as professionals.

Do you still send handwritten cards?

Review + swatches + Look: Lise Watier Expression collection for Spring 2015

Lise Watier Expression review

I had a chance to try the beautiful new Lise Watier Expression Spring collection, which had a lot of exciting bright shades and colors, as well as gorgeous packaging.

The Expression Eyeshadow Palette ($42 CAD) was probably my least favorite item from the collection. The product claims to be a long-lasting cream-powder formula, and while the colors offered are very fun and summery, they are not my cup of tea. Blues and greens don’t do much for me, and I find that I end up looking a little bit too 80s whenever I try to wear those shades. Most importantly, the color pay-off was poor even after I tried to build up the intensity, and the consistency felt dry and powdery rather than creamy. The charcoal shade was probably the only one I liked out of the bunch, and I would repurchase it if it was sold individually. However, as a palette I feel that it is rather expensive for the blow-average quality of the shadows.

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The Expression Blush Trio ($38 CAD) is my favorite item of the bunch! Not only is the packaging gorgeous, but the blush offers subtle iridescent glow that compliments my very fair skin tone. You can wear each of the shades on their own, or combine the three for a warm, rosy glow. I find that the shimmer in the formula is just perfect – it helps to accentuate my cheekbones without looking too shiny for the daytime. I like subtle blushes that have the option to be built up for nighttime, so I would definitely recommend this product!

Lise Watier Expression review

In conjunction with the Expression Blush Trio, I would suggest using the Ombre Souffle Supreme in Fairy Pink ($24 CAD) for a more dramatic look. I use this product as an all-over illuminator and brightener. Although it is advertised as mostly an eyeshadow, I have used it to highlight my cheekbones and brow-bone area most. The texture of the Ombre Souffle Supreme is light and creamy, and it blends and spreads amazingly! As a bonus, I have not had any problems with it settling into my fine-lines even after a full day of work.

Limited Edition Rouge Gourmand Velour in Expression ($22 CAD) – it’s no secret that my lips have always been a sad, dry mess. I am not much of a lipstick girl for that exact reason (I reapply chapstick far too frequently for any lipstick to ever stand a chance!). However, as far as matte lipstick is concerned, this one is quite fabulous and hydrating. It applies smoothly and doesn’t feather or bleed with wear. I am surprised by how much I like this product given that: A) I don’t wear matte lipstick, and B) I don’t like bold shades.

Feline Eyeliner HD in Vert ($20 CAD). I am not a huge fan of this product. While the color is a lot of fun, I have found it a hassle to apply. I am a bit of an eyeliner snob, and I have been using the same product for close to seven years now, so I find that this liner simply doesn’t compare. The felt tip is extremely flexible and fine, therefore I find that it flops around too much to produce a fine, crisp line that can satisfy my inner perfectionist. I have had to apply this product in several steps, attempting to build up the thickness of the line gradually, however the formula dries incredibly fast and begins to flake off after multiple applications. This is a shame, because I am incredibly enthusiastic about the gorgeous deep, forest-green color. I could see myself wearing this product a lot more if the applicator was a little stiffer and wasn’t so prone to getting clogged with eyeshadow, and therefore producing inconsistent results.

The Eye Shine in Expression ($20 CAD) pencil is a beautiful charcoal-green shade that goes well with the rest of the products found in the collection. Although I don’t think it is dark enough to work as an eyeliner over eyeshadow, I have been wearing it on my lower lash line to accentuate my eye without creating too dramatic of a look. This product is fairly creamy and blends well with an angled brush (which is how I chose to apply it in order to get more precision). Much like the rest of the collection, the eye shine pencil is great for a fun, fresh, daytime look.

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Lastly, the Limited Edition Nail Lacquer in Expression ($13.50 CAD) is an incredibly unique polish which comes with a light inside the cap that promises easy application, even in the dark! First of all, I adore this color and how easy it is to apply. The lacquer dries very quickly, and only requires two coats for even, streak-free coverage. The longevity is admittedly average – after about three days it began to chip quite significantly. I work a pretty fast-paced job and I wash my hands a lot, so I imagine that this would last a lot longer if you are trying to be careful and gentle with your nails. Overall, for $13.50 I believe this is a good product, especially given the handy light in the cap!

Lise Watier Expression review

The swatches

Lise Watier Expression Eyeshadow palette

Lise Watier Expression swatches

Lise Watier Expression Blush Trio

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Lise Watier Rouge Gourmand Velours in Expression, Eye Shine in Expression, and Feline Eyeliner HD in Vert

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Lise Watier Nail Laquer in Expression

Lise Watier Expression swatches

The look

Here is a look I did using most of the Lise Watier Expression Spring collection:

Eyes: I used the shimmery yellow shade in the inner corner of my eye, the turquoise shade all over my lid, and the charcoal to accentuate the outer corner and crease. I am wearing the Feline Eyeliner in Vert on my upper eyelid, and my lower lashline is accentuated with the Eye Shine pencil. If you look closely, you can see that the eyeshadows are rather translucent and poorly pigmented, despite being rather dark – the veins and freckles on my eyelids are visible, despite several coats and a primer underneath.

Cheeks: I am wearing the Expression Blush Trio with all of the colors blended together, and although it is definitely noticeable in person, I find that the blush doesn’t translate well on camera and is lost amidst my incredibly pale skin. My suggestion would be to ramp up the blush if you know you’ll be getting your picture taken!

Lips: I am wearing the Rouge Gourmand Velour lipstick in these shots; however, I am admittedly wearing a light coat of transparent gloss over top. I felt like the extremely pigmented, matte shade of the lipstick was too dramatic when paired with my heavy eye makeup, so I wanted to soften the look a little bit (since I was wearing it to work during the day). For a nighttime look, I would leave the lipstick matte and take care to apply it with a lip-brush for extra precision.

Lise Watier Expression review
Lise Watier Expression review
Lise Watier Expression review

I hope you liked the look! Will you be checking out the Lise Watier Expression collection in stores?

Review: FRESH Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask

FRESH Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask review

The FRESH Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask is the newest item introduced into Fresh’s family of masks. The second overnight mask (the first being the Peony Brightening Overnight Mask), the Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask contains black tea ferment, black tea extract, blackberry leaf extract, lychee seed extract, belle de nuit extract, and peptides to inhibit damaging free radicals, help to improve skin elasticity, soothe and rebalance the skin, and also firm the skin for anti-aging effects.

My skin profile: I have very dehydrated cheeks with a t-zone that gets oily. I occasionally get break-outs, usually 1-2 around that time of the month. My main skin concerns are hyper-pigmentation and dehydration in the cheek area and fine lines in the eye area. My ideal skincare products are ones that provide good moisture to my skin, absorb quickly and leave no left-over product sitting on top of my skin.

What it claims (from Fresh.com): Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask works in synch with the skin’s natural nighttime recovery process to achieve a lifted, firmer look by the morning. The intensely moisturizing treatment has a corset-like effect on the skin, giving the appearance of a visibly more defined, contoured complexion.

Price: C$108 for 100mL

Scent & texture: Scented with a light powdery fruity fragrance, with the texture of a light gel-cream.

FRESH Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask review

The good: I use this two to three times a week after my nightly shower and as the last step to my skincare routine, using about 2/3 of a quarter size to smooth and massage over my face. As an overnight mask, the Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask absorbs quickly and doesn’t leave a thick layer of leftover mask on my face, which is great because there won’t be much transfer onto my hair or pillow. It does leave a light film on the surface of my skin though, acting as a protectant and to avoid moisture from evaporating during the night.

Each time I use this, my skin is left feeling super plump and well rested in the morning. The hydrating properties of this mask are just incredible, and even though during the times that I was using this, I got very little sleep, I still woke up looking well rested. It also helped my makeup apply smoother and adhere better. Lastly, the glass jar that it comes in is just beautiful and looks very classy on the bathroom counter.

  • Moisturizing
  • Not sticky
  • Skin feels plump, smooth, and well rested in the morning
  • Makeup applies and adheres better
  • Glass jar looks classy on the bathroom counter

The bad: I haven’t noticed any firming or lifting benefits yet, but since my skin is still relatively young, I didn’t expect to see too much firming anyways. It’s also pretty expensive…

Overall: This mask is a new found love of mine. I’ve really enjoyed using it and the timing of its release couldn’t have been better – I was going through some rough times so I hadn’t been sleeping or eating very well, but this mask helped me still retain a relatively healthy look. While it is expensive, the benefits of this mask are completely worth the price. If you are wary of the price, you should get yourself to a Sephora or Nordstrom store and ask for a sample. Try it out for a few times and see if you like it; I promise you’ll be hooked!

The Fresh Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask is available now at Fresh online, Sephora in stores and online, at Nordstrom, as well as at other places that sell Fresh products.

Product: 20/20
Packaging: 4/5
Value: 2.5/5
Overall: 26.5/30 | A
Repurchase? Yes

Ingredients:

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FRESH Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask review
FRESH Black Tea Firming Overnight Mask review

Review + swatches + look – Clarins Garden Escape collection for Spring 2015

Clarins garden escape review

Clarins’s Garden Escape collection for Spring 2015 contains a few new limited edition and permanent products to the Clarins family. The star product is 6-Colour Eye Palette in Garden Escape (C$44), a 6-pan eyeshadow palette that contains a combination of pinks and greens to create your very own springtime look inspired by florals and greens. The colours in the palette are (from left to right) – a shimmery white, a shimmery forest green, a shimmery intense fir green, a shimmery light olive green, a satin coral-pink, a satin baby pink, and a satin medium brown.

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I love the green and pink combination presented in this palette. It is super versatile for daytime use or nighttime use, and it great for travel. You can also use it wet for a more intense colour, although I find that the greens in this palette are already quite intensely pigmented. My only qualm about the palette is that I found the eyeshadows to be very powdery, in that there is a lot of powder fallout, particularly from the dark fir green, during application. To mitigate this, I recommend patting the eyeshadow on instead of brushing it on. Priced at $44 for a high end brand eyeshadow palette, I would have to say this is actually very good value.

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In addition to the Garden Escape palette is my favourite of the collection – the Blush Prodige in Sweet Rose (C$32), a beautiful rose blush that stimulates the most natural glow. This has got to be one of the favourite blushes I’ve tried recently. The texture is smooth and not at all powdery, and the colour is very pigmented. As with all Blush Prodiges by Clarins, this one comes with a matte shade (the bigger squares) and a complementing shimmery shade. The matte shade is pigmented and deposits a good amount of colour with just one dip of the brush, and the shimmery shade adds just enough shimmer to be glowy but not sparkly. The end result is a springy pinched cheek that’s ultra natural.

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Lastly, there are also a few new lip formulations that are joining the permanent range, and those are the Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil (C$23) in Raspberry (limited edition) and Honey (permanent, as shown below), as well as the Instant Light Lip Balm Protector (C$23) in 6 different shades – the ones I have are 01 Rose (left) and 06 Rosewood (right). The Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil in Honey is a very thick, glossy oil-gel that contains hazelnut oil, jojoba oil, and plum oil to help nourish, plump, and protect the lips from dehydration. The Raspberry shade also contains Raspberry oil that contains anti-aging and anti-oxidant properties.

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The Instant Light Lip Balm Protector contains wild mango butter and shea butter to nourish and protect the lips from dehydration. Of the two new lip products, I love using the Instant Light Lip Balm Protector during the day because the formula is relatively moisturizing and also provides a touch of natural colour for the lips. The shade 01 Rose is a nude pink, and 06 Rosewood is a nude beige. The colour, once applied, is semi-sheer, and the formula is very creamy, so it has the tendency to settle into lip lines.

clarins instant light lip balm protector review

Swatches

Clarins 6-Colour Eye Palette in Garden Escape

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Clarins blush Prodige in Sweet Rose

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The look

On eyes, wearing the Clarins 6-Colour Eye Palette in Garden Escape with the shimmery white in the inner corners, the satin coral rose as an all over wash, the light green in my crease, and the dark green to smoke out the look. On cheeks, wearing the Blush Prodige in Sweet Rose, and on lips, wearing the Instant Lip Lip Balm Protector in 01 Rose.

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Clarins has also included some suggested looks and ideas to use the various colours in this palette. I love this because sometimes when a palette has too many colours, I get overwhelmed and I’m not sure which colours go with what. This way, it’s completely foolproof!

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I’m loving the red packaging that Clarins uses. It’s also super appropriate for today because… Happy Chinese New Year! I hope everyone has a great day spending it with family and friends.

clarins spring 2015 review

Available now – Valentine’s day collections from LUSH and The Body Shop

Okay so this is like, super late. I’m sorry *hangs head in shame* but hey if you’re in a happy relationship, then every day should be Valentine’s Day! So I am featuring some Valentine’s Day products that can be used year-round, but sadly only available now. If you like these, better go out and stock now up!

LUSH Cupid’s Love Soap and Prince Charming Shower Gel

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I always look forward to LUSH’s Valentine’s Day products because I’m completely addicted to that sweet, fruity scent that LUSH usually puts out during this time of year. This year, I got to try Cupid’s Love Soap (AKA Neon Love from prior years) and Prince Charming Shower Gel. Yup, I am still addicted to that sweet, fruity scent. Cupid’s Love is a blend of passion fruit, fresh figs, bergamot, cinnamon, and rosewood to create zesty yet intense fragrance, perfect for frolicking in the bath with your significant other. It also contains glycerin, rapeseed oil, coconut oil, and soy yogurt as four of the first five ingredients, which means you’ll leave the shower (or bath, you know, after the frolicking) with beautifully soft and smooth skin.

Prince Charming Shower Gel is a blend of pomegranate, grapefruit, sandalwood, and geranium that creates a bubbly lather and a bubble of fragrance that will help to perk you up in the morning. Also, did I mention it’s a bright perky shade of pink? Yes, the Valentine’s Day products shown here are very typical girly and bright.

The Body Shop Smoky Poppy

body shop smoky poppy review

On the flip side we have the sultry, which is the Body Shop Smoky Poppy collection. Not gonna lie, this is one of my favourite The Body Shop scents released to date – the smoky poppy is a dark fragrant floral. I have a really hard time describing what exactly it smells like, but it’s kind of a floral but blended with darker musks or even incense. You got to try this out in stores because it is very addicting to sniff. The scent is also pretty unisex, so you can finally buy a fragranced shower gel that your man will enjoy using but won’t be embarassed about it even though it’s technically still floral.

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The Smoky Poppy Shower Gel… is black. It is literally tinted black, something I’ve never seen before, but is super cool. As with all The Body Shop Shower Gels, it lathers up nicely, cleans well, and leaves a subtle lingering scent. It’s a classic formula, and you can’t go wrong by getting it in this scent. The Smoky Poppy Body Butter is one of the best body butter formulas I’ve used from the Body Shop, and in general in my body butter usage history. It’s rich yet not greasy or heavy, absorbs quickly, ultra moisturizing, and leaves just a subtle lingering scent that dissipates after 1-2 hours.

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Lastly, the coolest item of them all, the Lip & Cheek Velvet Universal Shade is a black-tinted lip and cheek stain that will give you a custom colour based on the unique pH balance of your skin. In reality, that’s kinda true but you usually end up with a dark, plummy stain which is great for the fall season.

Both of these collections are available for a limited time only, so if anything peaks your interest, you should go out and take a look naaaao!

Review + Swatches: CND Vinylux Flora & Fauna for Spring 2015

CND Vinylux Flora Fauna swatches review

For Spring 2015, CND has created Flora & Fauna in their beloved and highly popular Vinylux formula. The shades in the Flora & Fauna collection include:

  • Fragrant Freesia – a jelly nude pink with square cellophane sparkles
  • Wild Moss – a mossy green with gold sparkles
  • Field Fox – a creme nude light mauve
  • Salmon Run – a creme peach
  • Thistle Thicket – a creme dusty lilac-grey
  • Blush Teddy – a creme nude pink
  • Creekside – a creme sky blue
  • Dandelion – an iridescent peach

Available at Chatters salons, Trade Secrets stores and select salons that use CND products, Vinylux is a long-lasting wear polish that guarantees 7 whole days of wear with no chips. The system is easy: just your colour + base coat in one, and your top coat + sealant in another. Do not apply a separate base coat, as that would affect the long lasting effect of this system. CND Vinylux is also a fast-drying polish, taking just under a minute for the first coat to dry and a few minutes for the second coat to be ready for top coat.

I’ve tested out several shades from the Flora & Fauna collection and I have to say I am extremely impressed. At first I was worried about the 7-day claim as most polished that make that claim all seem to chip on me on day 3-4. Also, I was worried about staining, as CND says to not use a base coat when applying this polish. Some of the darker/brighter shades would most likely stain my nails, I thought.

Firstly, CND Vinylux lasts a record-breaking 10 days on me. This is 10 days of near-perfect wear, with just some barely noticeable tip wear after maybe the 7-8th day. My cuticles were growing out faster than this nail polish was chipping, which was very impressive. For that, I have to say that CND Vinylux is the perfect vacation or trip nail polish as you do not need to reapply or fix while you are on the road (damn you Chanel for chipping so crazily just on the 2nd day of my Mexico trip).

Secondly, I tested out various shades from the collection, both dark and light, and none of them stained my nails, even without using a traditional basecoat. They were also very easy to remove with Zoya Remove+, even the shades that contained a large amount of glitter.

I am very much in love with the colours in the Flora & Fauna collection. These colours – mostly soft pastels (but not those types of cheesy pastels) and soft tone greys and olives – were light enough to be work appropriate, yet were still unique. Most of the shades were two-coaters, with the exeption of Salmon Run with required a third coat. My favourite of the bunch was Fragrant Freesia, a light mauve-pink jelly with what looked like iridescent cellophane sparkles.

Some tips from CND to ensure your nail polish lasts and lasts:

  • For two-coaters, apply your first coat thin and barely there in order to smooth out ridges on the nail and also prevent air bubbles.
  • For each coat of polish and also the top coat, wrap the tip of the nail to also cover that in colour and top coat.

CND Vinylux Flora & Fauna is priced at C$11.95 and is available now at Chatters salons, Trade Secrets stores and select salons that use CND products.

The swatches

From left to right: Thistle Thicket #184, Dandelion #180, Wild Moss #186, Field Fox #185, and Fragrant Freesia #187

CND Vinylux Flora Fauna swatches review

Feature: L’Occitane Fleurs de Cerisier eau de toilette for Valentine’s Day

L’Occitane Fleur de Cerisier

Fleurs de Cerisier (Cherry Blossoms) eau de toilette from L’Occitane de Provence was one of the first products I’ve ever purchased from the brand way back in 2010. For Valentine’s Day 2015, L’Occitane is bringing a new and limited edition version of this classic scent.

Fleur de Cerisier invokes the feeling of spring in my brain. With top notes of blackcurrant and watermelon, it smells so fresh and fruity. I keep thinking I smell lychees upon the first spritz, because the scent is so fresh and crisp. Middle notes include cherry blossoms, violets and rose, and the base note is musky wood.

Sadly, like all L’Occitane scents, this one doesn’t last very long. It starts off strong for the first hour or so, making me afraid to apply too much. Then after the first hour it just dissipates, leaving just the memory of the base notes on my skin. I feel like after using so many L’Occitane scents, I start to wonder if it’s just designed this way to give the wearer and the people around it just subtle whiffs of the scent, but then after 3-4 hours, the scent has basically all but disappeared.

If you like fresh and fruity scents that are spring-like and crisp, this scent is for you. I can see myself wearing this endlessly during cherry blossom season in March and April in Vancouver. I can also seeing myself spritzing this all over my room before bed in order to take me to a happy place in my dreams. Lastly, this fragrance is boyfriend approved as it smells fresh and young (sadly, unlike those rose fragrances I love so dearly).

L’Occitane Fleurs de Cerisier eau de toilette is priced at C$45 for 50mL and is available now for a limited time at L’Occitane de Provence boutiques and online.

L’Occitane Fleur de Cerisier
L’Occitane Fleur de Cerisier
L’Occitane Fleur de Cerisier

Review: TATCHA Ageless Enriching Renewal Cream

TATCHA Ageless Enriching Renewal Cream review

Today I’m reviewing the TATCHA Ageless Enriching Renewal Cream. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of TATCHA’s skincare products; its rich yet refined textures, the beautiful packaging, and simple skincare routine all draw me to the line. I’ve previously reviewed the Supple Moisture Rich Silk Cream as well as the Ritual Discovery Kit.

My skin profile: I have very dehydrated cheeks with a t-zone that gets oily. I occasionally get break-outs, usually 1-2 around that time of the month. My main skin concerns are hyper-pigmentation and dehydration in the cheek area and fine lines in the eye area. My ideal skincare products are ones that provide good moisture to my skin, absorb quickly and leave no left-over product sitting on top of my skin.

What it claims (from Tatcha.com): Our intensive renewal cream provides deep anti-aging benefits and promotes microcirculation to reduce age spots and renew appearance. The effective formula harnesses proven ingredients that work in harmony to promote microcirculation, preventing and reversing the signs of premature aging.

Price: US$185 for 50mL

Scent & texture: Very lightly powdery scent that dissipates almost immediately, with a rich yet silky and ultra-refined texture.

TATCHA Ageless Enriching Renewal Cream review

The good: The Ageless cream is an ultra-moisturizing, anti-aging face cream. While it feels rich, it is extremely refined, as in it does not feel heavy at all and absorbs very quickly into the skin. My skin feels extremely moisturized, smooth, and supple, and there is never any greasy feeling or residue on my skin. I use this only at night, because it is slightly too rich for daytime use. Each morning, I wake up with glowing skin that’s pretty much prepped and ready for makeup application. I’m also a fan of the subtle powder scent as it feels very luxurious and never artificial.

The ingredients include Squalane, Camellia Seed Oil, Rice Extract, Green Tea Leaf Extract, and Peony Root Extract, all of which provide moisturizing, anti-aging and anti-oxidant properties.

Lastly, the packaging feels downright gorgeous as it is housed in a heavy, plastic jar that comes with its own dedicated spatula to scoop the product, tied to the jar with a ribbon. It feels hefty and looks great on my vanity.

  • Very moisturizing
  • Absorbs quickly
  • No residue
  • Beautiful packaging
  • Leaves skin feeling smooth and supple

The bad: I have nothing negative to say about this cream, apart that the price might be a bit out of most people’s budget range. This shouldn’t come as a surprise though because TATCHA is a luxury range.

  • Expensive

Overall: This is hands down my favourite TATCHA product ever. The cream not only feels incredible on the skin, but also leaves my skin feeling incredible after each use. Each use feels like an experience, which is exactly what Victoria, founder of TATCHA, envisioned for her skincare line. This product is definitely the epitome of what TATCHA means to me. I would recommend this product to anyone aged 30+ who are starting out in age prevention products, with normal, dry, or dehydrated skin. If you have combination or oily skin, I’d recommend the Supple Silk Moisture Cream over this product as the Ageless Cream would be too rich for you.

Product: 19/20
Packaging: 5/5
Value: 3/5
Overall: 27/30 | A+
Repurchase? Yes when I’m a bit older

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TATCHA Ageless Enriching Renewal Cream review
TATCHA Ageless Enriching Renewal Cream review

Review: L’Occitane Aromachologie Revitalizing Body Scrub

L’Occitane Aromachologie Scrub review

One of my favourite body care discoveries in 2014 was the L’Occitane en Provence Aromachologie Revitalizing Body Scrub. This new line of spa products – the Aromachologie range – released by L’Occitane last fall contains a shower gel, massage cream, and this body exfoliator. Formulated with sugar and citrus oils, this exfoliator is a pleasure to use in the shower or bath.

Why is it one of my favourite discoveries?

  • The sugar does not melt immediately upon contact with water, and I get a good length of time to rub and massage this in my skin for maximum exfoliation.
  • It smells AMAZING – a blend of citrus oils ensures that the shower smells incredible while I’m using this, and the skin also carries the subtle scent of fresh citrus even after drying myself off.
  • It leaves a thin film of oil on my skin after use, which prevents my skin from drying out before I’m able to apply body cream.
  • The container it comes in is so cute, like a home-made jam jar with a hinge. It looks vintage and super classy sitting in my shower.
  • There are copious amounts of sugar in the formula so that I can get a deep scrub.
  • Because there are copious amounts of sugar and it doesn’t melt right away, a little bit of this goes a long way, maximizing the economic value you get out of each tub.
  • It leaves my skin feeling oh so soft after each application. I honestly feel like I’ve just been to the spa because it just feels (and smells) so good.

If you haven’t yet, hurry up and get yourself to your nearest L’Occitane boutique or online to grab yourself a tub of this exfoliator. Priced at C$38, the L’Occitane Aromachologie Revitalizing Body Scrub is available now.

L’Occitane Aromachologie Scrub review

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L’Occitane Aromachologie Scrub review

Review: Estee Lauder Nutritious Rosy Prism Radiant Essence

Estee Lauder Nutritious Rosy Prism Radiant Essence review

The Estee Lauder Nutritious Rosy Prism Radiant Essence was newly released last fall in Asia and select locations outside of Asia. Designed for Asian skintones, its main purpose is to neutralize sallowness, correct dullness, and also to brighten the skin. Estee Lauder also has an Enlighten line that is targeted towards dark spot treatment, brightening and evening out the skintone.

My skin profile: I have very dehydrated cheeks with a t-zone that gets oily. I occasionally get break-outs, usually 1-2 around that time of the month. My main skin concerns are hyper-pigmentation and dehydration in the cheek area and fine lines in the eye area. My ideal skincare products are ones that provide good moisture to my skin, absorb quickly and leave no left-over product sitting on top of my skin.

What it claims (from EsteeLauder.com): See your skin bloom. Rosy, radiant, revitalized.This powerful essence, with our potent Rosy Prism™ Technology, infuses skin with energy and nutrients. Helps neutralize irritants and dissolve the look of dull, yellow skintone. 97% of women said their skin looked more radiant—instantly. Nutritious Rosy Prism™: The world’s first high-performance system proven to significantly reduce and help prevent the look of yellow skintone. Powered by our Pomegranate Nectar Infusion, rich in anti-oxidants, and Pink Peony Extract. Skin blooms with a new multi-faceted radiance: looks fresh, translucent, perfectly rosy. Created exclusively for and tested on Asian skin.

Price: C$88 for 30mL

Scent & texture: Subtle fruity scent that’s very pleasant, with a texture of clear fluid gel.

The good: The Estee Lauder pomegranate serum smelled really good and had a beautifully light texture. It absorbs quickly into my skin and felt refreshing and cooling when applied to my face. The bottle is also beautiful as the red and gold looks bright and luxurious on my bathroom countertop.

  • Smells good with a light texture
  • Absorbs quickly
  • Feels refreshing on the skin
  • Beautiful bottle

The bad: This product did not do anything it claimed on my skin. It did not correct or neutralize sallowness, brighten, and it didn’t even hydrate the skin. Using this was a net negative in my books because it didn’t do much for my skin at all, but still cost time and money in order to use it.

  • Did nothing
  • Expensive

Overall: The Estee Lauder Nutritious Rosy Prism Radiant Essence was mostly a dud for me. I felt like it didn’t do much for correcting dullness or sallowness, brightening, or even hydrating the skin. I felt like it didn’t make a difference in my skincare routine at all, which was a bit disappointing since I had high hopes for this product. I honestly have no idea what skin type would find this product beneficial, so sadly I can’t recommend it at all.

Product: 5/20
Packaging: 4/5
Value: 2/5
Overall:11/30 | F
Repurchase? No