My obsession with Saje continues with the Saje AromaOm Deluxe Nebulizer & Diffuser Blends

Saje AromaOm review

A few weeks ago, I was invited to a media event at the Saje boutique on Robson and Thurlow in Vancouver. I was joined by my fellow Vancouver bloggers, writers, and media personalities to get reintroduced to the local brand that is Saje. If you follow my Instagram, it’s no secret that I am completely in love with this brand, from their famed Pocket Pharmacy (or the Home Pharmacy Remedy Bar) to their nebulizers and diffuser blends, I use something from the brand every day.

The Saje boutique, particularly the diffuser blend blend wall, is my happy place. Every time I walk into the store, I immediately feel de-stressed and calm, and I just love that zen feeling.

Saje AromaOm review

I walked away from the store with the AromaOm Deluxe Nebulizer, which is their largest sized nebulizer that has a 300mL water tank and can run on two settings – 7.5 hours on high and 20 hours on low. It also has some timer settings that allow you to run it for a bit when you doze off to sleep, and then shut off automatically after 2-3 hours. The nebulizer itself has a ceramic build, which is super durable and looks ultra classy. Because it is an ultrasonic nebulizer, it doesn’t use heat to diffuse the water and essential oils into the air, and thereby doesn’t ruin the health benefits of the essential oils. It’s also very quiet; the most I can hear is the sound of water misting and not much else. The sound is very calming to use as a sleeping aid as well.

saje happiness kit review

I paired my nebulizer with the Happiness Diffuser Blend Kit, which is a collection of uplifting and refreshing scents. This kit includes:

  • Liquid Sunshine, for a citrus-fueled burst of revitalizing energy;
  • Refresh, for some spearmint-charged vigour in your day;
  • Citrus Dreams, for a delicious infusion orange, grapefruit, lemon, and neroli; and
  • Cloud Nine, to uplift your spirits and have you walking on air.

I’ve been mostly using Liquid Sunshine which is very citrusy and just smells really fresh, making my room smell like happiness! It contains essential oils of grapefruit, bergamot, orange, lime & mandarin, which are all happy scents and work really well together to create an uplifting environment.

I also purchased several more Saje products that night, including Goddess Perfume (oh em gee, smells SO good) and a big bottle of Unwind diffuser blend. You can see that my Saje collection has grown exponentially over the last few months! While it has become a hefty investment, it’s much cheaper than therapy so I’m fairly certain I will continue to purchase from the brand.

Have you tried anything from Saje?

saje home remedy bar review
saje diffuser blend review

Review: Clarins Everlasting Foundation+ SPF 15

Clarins Everlasting Foundation+ review

Clarins Everlasting Foundation+ is a updated and reformulated of the popular Everlasting Foundation. Touted to provide medium to full coverage with a long-wearing, 18 hour hold. It contains bamboo powder to mattify, organic quinoa to help maintain supple skin and reinforce the skin’s protective barrier, as well as a mineral-based sunscreen factor to provide UVA and UVB protection. It’s available in a whopping 19 shades (with 10 available in Canada), in both pink and olive undertones to suit the needs of every woman. The shade I’m wearing is 105 Nude, which is a yellow-toned light shade; it is a little bit light for me, but the colour blends really well into my skin so it doesn’t look too pale or ghastly.

The Clarins Everlasting Foundation+ (C$41) has an ultra lightweight texture that just melts into your skin. It feels weightless, and also sets matte so you don’t need to powder. In terms of coverage, I find it’s more medium than full. It does a good job at covering my redness, but it’s not heavy or cakey. As for oil control, it fares better than my other foundations in that it lasts until early afternoon without a blot. Even as I blot, the amount of oil that gets blotted out isn’t as much as the other foundations as well (gross, I know), making this above average in oil control. With regards to the long-wearing claim, I do find that it does wear longer than my other foundations without melting off my face, but I’m not sure it lasts the full 18 hours as usually after 2-3 rounds of blotting, most of the foundation will have come off my face. I will say that it lasts probably 10-12 hours and then you will need to touch up with powder or reapply your makeup. That shouldn’t be too much of a surprise though since no one will look good with the same foundation on their face after 18 hours.

The major downside of this foundation that bothers me is that because of its drier texture, it’s hard to blend this into my skin without it clinging onto any dry spots. In fact, regardless of how well I moisturize, it seems to find those one or two dry spots and just clings on for dear life. Sometimes I end up having to go over top the foundation with a bit of moisturizer, which is a hassle and also ruins the matte finish of the foundation. Because it is so dry, it also sinks into my pores a bit, accentuating them rather than covering them up. This can be fixed by using a silicone-based primer though.

Overall, I’m not too impressed with this foundation. I feel like it leaves my skin looking dull and flat rather than natural and luminous. I know this can be an issue with a lot of full coverage foundations but the coverage on this one isn’t full either… so it’s not just too standout. If you have combination or oily skin, or if you’re okay with using a hydrating primer underneath, then I recommend you check out the Clarins Everlasting Foundation+. It is a bit more high maintenance than I like so I wouldn’t reach for this on a daily basis, but if I know I will be out later than usual then I will go for this as my base for the day because it really does last longer than my other foundations.

Clarins Evelasting Foundation+ is available now at Clarins counters at London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart, the Bay, and other places Clarins is sold.

Clarins Everlasting Foundation+ review
Clarins Everlasting Foundation+ review
Clarins Everlasting Foundation+ review

Beautiful bottles & beautiful scents – My Burberry EDP, Giorgio Armani Si EDP, and L’Occitane en Provence Arlesienne EDT

I love collecting beautiful perfume bottles. I rarely wear perfume, just because I work in an office so I like to respect the people using the space around me, but I enjoy spritzing various scents on weekends, or just looking at the perfume bottles sitting nicely on my vanity. Today I’m sharing with you some of the recent fragrance discoveries that have the most beautiful bottles.

My Burberry

My Burberry review

My Burberry (C$98 for 50mL) was inspired by the classic Burberry trench coat and its British heritage. With notes of Sweat Pea, Bergamot, Gernium, Golden Quince, Freesia, Patchouli, Rain-Tipped Damas,, and Centifolia Roses, the scent is elegant and classy. Of the three presented here, this is my least favourite because I have a hard time putting a finger on exactly what I’m smelling. The notes all kind of meddle together, which is confusing and something I’m not a huge fan of in fragrances.

My Burberry review

The packaging itself is gorgeous – housed in a rectangular glass bottle with topper that’s inspired by the buttons on a trench coat. The fabric ribbon that’s used to tie around the neck of the bottle is the same ribbon used in stores to accent customer purchases, so the experience is very authentic. If you can’t justify the high price tag of the Burberry trench coat, this is a great alternative to get that Burberry experience.

My favourite Burberry fragrance is Burberry Body, so I recommend you check that one out as well!

My Burberry review

Giorgio Armani Si

Armani Si review

Armani Si ($95 for 50mL) is my favourite of the three perfumes. It has top notes of blackcurrant nectar (cassis), with middle notes of freesia and may rose, and base notes of vanilla, patchouli, and musky wood. It is what I call an adult fruity scent – the blackcurrant nectar delivers the fruity but the rest of the notes compliment and darken the blackcurrant nectar. The result is a warm, happy scent that is ultra long lasting and sophisticated. Cate Blanchett is the spokesmodel for Si, and I cannot think of a person who better represents the spirit of Si as well as she does.

The bottle design is simplicity as its best. The tall, rectangular glass bottle with the black stone topper, simply engraved with the words Si and Giorgio Armani, looks modern and refined on the vanity-top. If you love fruity fragrances but don’t like the sweetness that usually comes with a fruity scent, this one is worth a look.

L’Occitane en Provence Arlesienne

L'Occitane Arlesienne review

Arlesienne (C$48 for 75mL) by L’Occitane en Provence was introduced for the holiday season last year. It is named after and inspired by Arlesienne, women from the Arles region of Provence in France. With top notes of saffron and mandarin orange, middle notes of rose and lily of the valley, and base notes of violet, sandalwood, and tonka beans, this scent is a bright floral. On first sniff, it is very obviously rosy, but then I get more of the mandarin orange in there to become a citrus-floral. While this scent is beautiful, it doesn’t last very long (as with most other L’Occitane fragrances I’ve tried), dissipating completely on me after 3-4 hours of wear. The good thing is a large bottle of this is relatively inexpensive, so you can keep on spritzing this throughout the day.

I love the glass bottle of this; it is extremely feminine-looking and is just beautiful. It is a tall glass bottle with a rose gold topper, and at the back, there are flowers etched into the glass itself.

L'Occitane Arlesienne review

Paul & Joe Beaute now available in Vancouver! Review + swatches + look with the Paul & Joe Lipstick and Liquid Eye Liner

paul joe beauty review

Japanese beauty lovers rejoice! Paul & Joe Beaute is now available at three select locations on the West Coast – Shoppers Drug Mart on Burrard (beside the giant Victoria’s Secret) in Downtown Vancouver, B.C.; Shoppers Drug Mart at Richmond Centre in Richmond, B.C.; and Shoppers Drug Mart at Chinook Centre in Calgary. To welcome them to Vancouver, I’d like to share with you two new products from Paul and Joe Beaute (you can see past reviews I’ve done on Paul & Joe Beaute here), the limited edition Lipstick from the Spring 2015 collection called 086 Rosebud, and the permanent Liquid Eye Liner in 01 Black.

The new Paul & Joe Lipsticks come in two separate “sections” – the lipstick refill (C$20) and the lipstick case (C$7). For their limited edition launches, Paul & Joe has introduced several limited edition paper cases. The one I have is in the 013 design which features clean lines which looks super mod. Normally, their lipstick cases are plastic, and I have to be honest and say that I’m not a big fan of the paper cases because they’re just not as durable as the plastic ones, albeit they are prettier and more personalizable.

paul joe lipstick spring 2015 review

The limited edition spring Lipstick in 086 Rosebud is a sheer red with subtle red glitter. This is the lipstick version of Dorothy’s ruby red slippers, as it is very shimmery in the tube and just looks super glamorous. Once swatched or applied, it is a lot sheered and the glitter isn’t as noticeable, making this is a very wearable lipstick shade. The formula is a very light gel texture, while it builds up a little bit, it will always been a very light wash of colour on the lips. I found the lipstick slightly drying, which is unfortunate because I have a few Paul & Joe lipsticks from several years ago that I love and wear often, and I don’t believe they’re as drying as this one. I might just be the gel texture formula, compared to the ones I have which are creams. Nevertheless, the formulation does vary so I would recommend checking these out in store to see if they work well on your lips. The regular line contains 25 permanent lipstick shades, and the limited edition spring release also has 6 shades, so there are plenty to choose from.

paul joe lipstick 086 rosebud review

Also just a warning – when you’re placing the lipstick refill into the casing, make sure to press down on the refill instead of trying to twist it into place. I was twisting mine, which was a big mistake because I ended up smooshing the top of the lipstick into the cap. Just gently press it into the case and you should feel it secure into place.

paul joe lipstick spring 2015 review

The Liquid Eye Liner in 01 Black (C$26) an absolute pleasure to use. It has a brush-type application that is ultra thin so you can apply a very thin line very precisely and close to the lash line. The black ink is very black, meaning I just have to go over the line once and you get a deep black line. It dries fast, so I don’t have to keep fanning my eyes or keeping my eyes half open to wait for it to dry. The lasting power is also great, staying in place for the entire day without budging.

paul joe liquid eye liner review
paul joe liquid eye liner review
paul joe liquid eye liner review

As a fan of Paul & Joe Beaute for years, I’m really excited to see them come to Canada with Shoppers Drug Mart (yay Optimum points!). If you’re new to Paul & Joe Beaute, I also recommend checking out their foundations and primers (good coverage, good staying power, very natural looking) and their skincare (Japanese skincare is always very innovative). Paul & Joe Beaute is available at Shoppers Drug Mart on Burrard.; Shoppers Drug Mart at Richmond Centre; and Shoppers Drug Mart at Chinook Centre in Calgary.

The swatches

paul joe lipstick 086 rosebud swatch

Another shot to show you how thin the brush is:

paul joe liquid eye liner swatch

The look

Wearing liquid Eye Liner in 01 Black on eyes, and Lipstick in 086 Rosebud on lips.

paul joe makeup spring 2015 review
paul joe makeup spring 2015 review
paul joe makeup spring 2015 review

Review: Guerlain Blanc de Perle Refreshing Hydrating Cream & Whitening Night Cream

guerlain blanc de perle face cream review

I previously reviewed the Blanc de Perle Foaming Cleanser and Lotion here, and today I’m reviewing the Refreshing Hydrating Cream (which can be used as the day cream of the range) and the Whitening Night Cream. As a recap, so far I’ve been loving both the Foaming Cleanser and the Lotion, and I continue to use those products in my daily routine. I’ve been using the Refreshing Cream and the Whitening Night Cream for over 10 weeks, and I was super excited to see results since I was so happy with the Foaming Cleanser and the Lotion.

Guerlain Blanc de Perle Refreshing Hydrating Cream

guerlain blanc de perle face cream review

The Guerlain Blanc de Perle Refreshing Hydrating Cream (C$110) is the multi-purpose day and night cream of the range. This product claims to be “enriched with new cutting-edge anti-free radical technology, allowing the skin to defend itself better against everyday aggressors (stress, pollution, etc.) and reducing the harmful effects of free radicals.”

I’ve been using it mostly as a day cream just because my skin is drier at night, but if you have normal, combination, or oily skin, you can use this as a day and night cream. This is my 2nd favourite product of the range, as the cream is super lightweight, still moisturizing, absorbs quickly and leaving no residue, and just feels really good on the skin. I use this every morning after cleansing, lotion, and serum, and before sunscreen and foundation. It sinks in almost immediately, creating a hydrated base to apply foundation on top of. The texture is more of a gel-cream than a pure cream, and it leaves my skin feeling very comfortable. It’s hydrating enough for the dead of winter, but also light enough for spring/summer. In terms of brightening properties, I haven’t really noticed any, which is a bit disappointing for a $110 product.

I really love the classy packaging though, as well as the scent, which is a nice powdery scent that’s consistent with the rest of the line, but less intense. Overall. I think it’s a good product if you are looking for a lightweight, yet still hydrating moisturizer. If you had to choose one moisturizer from this line, it would be this one. Even though I didn’t notice any brightening, I still really enjoy using it because of its texture and how it manages to leave my skin feeling comfortable.

Recommend? Yes

Ingredients:

Guerlain blanc de perle day cream ingredients

Guerlain Blanc de Perle Whitening Night Cream

guerlain blanc de perle night cream review

The Guerlain Blanc de Perle Whitening Night Cream (C$120) is the night cream of the range. The product claims that it contains “a biological plant-based antioxidant to combat the oxidating stresses of the night which trigger melanin production. Night after night, dark spots fade and the skin, deeply hydrated and rested, glows with the intense radiance of a pearl.”

It has an interesting texture that’s like a gel-cream but very thick, gloppy, and a little bit sticky. It is very heavy duty, in that it’s a good moisturizer for night-time use if you have dry or normal skin. Combination and oily skin gals should keep their distance, or try it at a counter to see if you can handle the texture. While it is moisturizing, my biggest complaint and the reason why I would not purchase this again is that because of it’s thicker texture, it is extremely difficult to spread and massage on your face without using a lot more product than you need. I usually use almost double my normal moisturizer amount with this cream, essentially making me use this up a lot faster than with other moisturizers. At the hefty price of $120, you definitely want to see your money go a long way. The scent is also a lot stronger than the other products in the Blanc de Perle line, which could be a little irritating when you’re trying to sleep.

In terms of the brightening effects, I did see more luminosity after using this for 3-4 weeks, combined with the Pearl Drop Whitening Essence (to be reviewed soon). Regardless, overall I wouldn’t recommend the Whitening Night Cream because of how fast it takes me to use this up due to its texture. If you have to go for one moisturizer, get the Refreshing Hydrating Cream instead.

Recommend? No

Ingredients:

Guerlain blanc de perle night cream ingredients

GIVEAWAY! Win a Nivea Q10 Plus prize pack, including the new Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Serum Pearls

Nivea giveawayI’m pairing up with Nivea to give away a Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle prize pack, including the newly released Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Serum Pearls. The Serum Pearls contain the highest concentration of the energy coenzyme Q10 within the entire Q10 skin care range, and it is formulated with 3 anti-aging ingredients that mimic those found in the skin – coenzyme Q10, hyaluronic acid, and creatine – all of which help to smooth skin and reduce the appearance of wrinkles to create a refined and younger-looking skin.

The coolest thing about the Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Serum Pearls is that the coenzyme Q10 is encased in serum pearls that are suspended in a clear liquid, which then combined with the rest of the ingredients once it’s applied on the skin for the highest penetration of active ingredients. Now you get to try the Nivea Q10 Plus Anti-Wrinkle Serum Pearls, plus a selection of other Nivea Q10 Plus products by entering in this giveaway!

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Deadline is Midnight PST on Thursday, April 30, 2015. Open to Canadians only.

Review: John Frieda Radiant Red Colour Protecting Shampoo, Conditioner, and Colour Refreshing Gloss for Cool Reds

John Frieda Radiant Red shampoo conditioner review

If you’ve been following me on my Instagram lately, you’ll notice that I recently dyed my hair red. Because of that, I’ve been looking into colour-protecting shampoo and conditioners to maintain and upkeep the vibrant red hair. Because red dye molecules are the biggest out of all the dye molecules, they also strip away faster from the hair follicle, leaving hair looking dull and coppery after just a few washes. I’ve been fortunate enough to be saved at this moment by John Frieda, who has designed shampoo, conditioner, and a colour refreshing gloss specifically for us faux red heads.

John Frieda Radiant Red Colour Protecting Shampoo

John Frieda Radiant Red shampoo conditioner

The Radiant Red shampoo, designed specifically for redheads, is gentle and great for regular use. It lathers up really well and a little bit goes a long way. I feel like it’s quite gentle on my hair, leaving it feeling clean but never dry or stripped. This is great because you want to avoid the extra clean feel when you have colour-treated hair due to it actually stripping the colour out of your follicle. One thing to note is that it’s not sulfate-free, which can be a concern if you are avoiding sulfates.

Ingredients:

John Frieda Radiant Red shampoo conditioner ingredients

John Frieda Radiant Red Colour Protecting Conditioner

John Frieda Radiant Red shampoo conditioner review

The Radiant Red conditioner is one of the coolest conditioners I’ve used because it’s actually tinted red. I’ve heard via several sources that with faux redheads, you want to buy a tinted red conditioner because it helps to deposit some tint back to the hair. It’s been approximately 6 weeks since I’ve gotten my hair coloured and each time I wash my hair, there’s still dye that washes out, so I love that this conditioner will help to replenish some of that colour back. It’s also ultra gentle, but moisturizing enough so that my hair stays soft and smooth after each wash.

Ingredients:

John Frieda Radiant Red shampoo conditioner ingredients

John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss for Cool Reds

John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss for Cool Reds review

This is my favourite product of the bunch and something I recommend EVERYONE with coloured hair have in their shower (they have a version for nearly every hair colour family). The Colour Refreshing Gloss is essentially a tinted gel that you apply to your hair after shampooing and conditioning to help refresh your colour. I’ve noticed that my hair has definitely turned a bit coppery and dull after a few washes and the Colour Refreshing Gloss has helped tremendously to bring warmth back to my hair. After a few uses of this, I’ve actually had a few coworkers ask me if I had gotten my hair re-done at the salon since the last time I saw this, which I think is pretty amazing for an at-home hair product that costs less than $10.

John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss for Cool Reds review
John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss for Cool Reds review

Ingredients:

John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss for Cool Reds ingredients

I’m really impressed with John Frieda’s line for coloured hair. As maintaining coloured hair is one of the hardest parts (and can be the most expensive part) of dying your hair, I’m happy to report that John Frieda has not only made it super easy and convenient, but also inexpensive. John Frieda also has a line for blonds and a line for brunettes, if you are part of one of those hair colour families, so check it out at your local London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart, and anywhere else that sells John Frieda.

John Frieda radiant red review

Going to the prom? Here are some inexpensive options

I was recently introduced to CheapDressUK, a website specializing in inexpensive formal wear, including wedding dresses, ball gowns, and prom dresses. It offers standard and custom sizing, as well as free shipping. The website also offers user reviews where you can check out feedback from other buyers of a dress you have your eye on. As I was browsing the website, three different dresses caught my eye. I have several friends getting married in the next two years as well, so if they’re doing formal weddings or need bridesmaid dresses, these are also great options.

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This black number first caught my eye. It’s a full-on lace evening dress (which already deems it a winner in my eyes), with cap sleeves, and a bit of baring skin around the shoulder and chest area. I have a shorter version of this dress made by Banana Republic and I love it, so this one is a longer, more formal version that would be great for any occasion that calls for a floor-length dress.

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The second dress is a white one-shoulder evening dress with embroidery around the shoulder and the waist area. This dress is beautiful and I can see this as something a bride at a destination wedding would wear, with the flowy drapery around the waist (hint hint to a certain friend doing a destination wedding next year!).

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This third one is a pink evening dress, in the most popular pink shade of the last 2-3 years – blush! You can see I really like one-shoulder dresses. I think they’re demure yet still sexy because of that one shoulder baring. This dress would be the perfect bridesmaid dress, or as a prom dress.

Are you attending any events this year that require full-length gowns?

This post was written by me and sponsored by CheapDressUK.

For foolproof contouring, check out the Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour & Highlight

clinique chubby stick contour review

Are you a contour noob? Do you want to contour like a pro? Then you MUST check out the new Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour & Highlight (C$24 each). The newest addition to the Clinique Chubby Stick family is easy contour that’s extremely foolproof, AKA your new best friend. The duo (sold separately) come in only one shade – Curvy Contour, for the contour shade, and Hefty Highlight, for the highlight colour. Curvy Contour is a matte medium hazelnut, and Hefty Highlight is a shimmery champagne.

Like the Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balms, these are creamy and super easy to blend, and take a while to dry down so you can blend blend blend for the most natural contoured look. The Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour & Highlight will give you an incredibly natural looking shadow and highlight on the sides of your face; you won’t get any of that shape, editorial-like cheekbones look, which makes them great for every day use. They’re also not too intensely pigmented, so you can start off with just one swipe and then layer your way to the level of cheekbone you want – that’s what makes it such a great beginner’s product.

clinique chubby stick contour review

There were three things that I noticed about the Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour & Highlight that you might want to be aware about. The first is that the contour shade is very warm, more of a bronzer tone than a taupe-y colour you often see pros contour with. Unfortunately, if you contour with a taupe colour too strongly, it will look ashy and make you look kind of dead, especially if you’re not used to contouring, which is why this is great for beginners. If you are looking for a more pro product, this one won’t be for you. Secondly, the colours are quite sheer, which means you will need to do some build up if you want a more intense look. Again, this is why it’s better for a daytime subtle look rather than a night time look with more sculpted cheekbones. Lastly, because it only comes in one shade, you do have to be relatively light in skin in order to use this. I’m about NC25 in skintone so it works really well for me, but if you’re NC35 or above, this probably won’t create much of a contour for you.

clinique chubby stick contour review

At the end of the day, the Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour & Highlight are foolproof products and are great for the everyday consumer. As a lazy morning person myself, I don’t have the patience to stand there with a sculpting brush and my Chanel Notorious for 20 minutes trying to sculpt out the perfect cheeckbones, which is where this product comes in. Get your sculpted cheekbones for just 2 minutes here!

The Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour & Highlight is available now at Clinique counters at Sephora, select Shoppers Drug Mart, the Bay, and other places that carry Clinique.

The swatches

clinique chubby stick contour swatches

The look

I applied Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour to the hollows of my cheeks, right beneath my cheekbone, and blended upwards towards my temples closer to my hairline; you can find the hollows of your cheeks by sucking in your cheeks and looking like a fish. I then applied the Chubby Stick Sculpting Highlight to the top of my cheekbones, blended upwards in a C shape towards my temple, but closer to my eyes.

clinique chubby stick contour swatches
clinique chubby stick contour review
clinique chubby stick contour swatches

My afternoon with La Prairie, and interview with Elizabeth Lamont, VP Marketing

La Prairie Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster Collection

I was very fortunate to have had the opportunity to visit the La Prairie counter at Holt Renfrew Vancouver to receive a personalized skin consultation, and to meet with Elizabeth Lamont, VP of Marketing, to talk skincare, brand strategy, and all things La Prairie. Since its inception in the Swiss Alps, all of La Prairie’s products contain its signature patented ingredient – the Cellular Complex – which provides nutrients such as glycoproteins, ginseng root, and horsetail extracts to revitalize, energize, and moisturize the skin. The brand innovates in the skincare industry by using the latest biotechnology and top-of-the-line ingredients to create products that are effective, without all the fillers.

I’ve heard a lot about La Prairie in the last few years. I used to fly a lot, and I’d always notice the giant La Prairie posters hanging inside airports as well as the products at duty free shops. However, it wasn’t until my visit to the counter that I actually touched the product for the first time. Holt Renfrew Vancouver was playing host to Becky Watkins, La Prairie’s Director of Education, and her team, and I was lucky to get an appointment to meet the team. I met with Juan from the education team, who sat down with me to talk through my main skin concerns before recommending some La Prairie products to address those concerns.

I’m finding that my skin concerns have changed significantly as I am getting older. I used to have moderate to severe acne in high school and in the first few years of university, and I was also certain that my skin was combination-oily. As I got older, my skin has turned to become extremely dehydrated, yet still combination on my T-zone. Due to stress, my skin was also losing luminosity and looks dull on most days. Because of these concerns, Juan recommended two of La Prairie’s skincare lines to help address my concerns as well as to help improve the quality of my skin.

La Prairie Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Collection

The two ranges I was recommended to use were the Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal line, to moisturize and combat the first signs of aging; and the White Caviar line, to bring luminosity back to my skin. Specifically, Juan recommended a mix and match of the products in these ranges to help address my particular skin concerns. I was told to use the White Caviar Illuminating Serum after cleansing for optimal penetration of the potent active ingredients into my skin, then to follow that up with either the Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil by itself (which contains a blend of botanical oils to help replenish moisture and protect the skin’s barrier), or mixed 1-2 drops of the oil with the White Caviar Illuminating Moisture Cream (a moisturizer with brightening ingredients). For my eye area, I was directed to use the Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Eye Cream (new as of February, 2015), which will help to hydrate my eye area, smooth out any existing fine lines, and also protect against future signs of aging.

La Prairie White Caviar Illuminating Moisturizing Cream

Elizabeth Lamont La PrairieFollowing my meeting with Juan, I was also offered the opportunity to meet with Elizabeth Lamont, the VP of Marketing at La Prairie. Elizabeth is one of the most graceful women I’ve ever met; she is also very down to earth, friendly, and passionate about the brand. She describes having worked in the cosmetics industry since 1987, and joked that it was before I was even born. Her first job in the beauty industry was as a beauty advisor at Clinique, and since then she’s work on the PR agency side, as well as in-house doing public relations and marketing, before landing her current role with La Prairie. I also notice that Elizabeth has amazing, glowing skin, and it doesn’t look like she’s wearing much makeup either.

With regards to the current strategy and direction of the brand, Elizabeth describes that La Prairie has become more focused on print media and magazines in reaching its target audience. The bulk of La Prairie’s clients are still in the older, age 40+ generation, and that demographic still relies heavily on print media over digital. She states that many of La Prairie’s core customers have used the products for many years and are very loyal to the brand; they sometimes go and try out products from other brands but ultimately return to La Prairie because they’ve found the products to be the best at what they do. Elizabeth also describes that it’s very rewarding when she sees mother-and-daughter duos show up at the counter together, where the mother is introducing her favourite introductory La Prairie products to her daughter, in almost like a “passing of the torch” manner. Lastly, she’s noticed that there’s been a shift in the brand’s customer demographic, especially in the Vancouver market, as many of the younger generations now have more disposable income and are willing to spend it on luxury products to take care of their skin.

As for her favourite products, Elizabeth says she can’t live without the Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster, an all-in-one anti-aging, pore-smoothing, line-reducing gel-serum; the Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil; and the Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask, a brush-on night-time firming and moisture mask. Her favourite night-time routine is to combine a few drops of the Cellular Swiss Ice Crystal Dry Oil with the Skin Caviar Luxe Sleep Mask, brush it on the skin, and just go to bed, without having to wait 10 minutes for the mask to set before washing or tissuing it off. The result is waking up with beautiful, glowing, and firm skin.

La Prairie Anti-Aging Rapid Response Booster

In addition to skincare, I’ve learned during my time at the counter that La Prairie also has a tightly curated collection of makeup products which include base and colour products. The makeup collection contains classic tones that look great on everyone, and also have skincare properties due to the presence of the Cellular Complex in all of the products.

While it is a luxury line, just looking at Elizabeth’s glowing skin is enough proof that the products work. If you’ve never had the chance to try La Prairie products for yourself, they offer samples at their counters for any new and existing clients who want to expand their skincare arsenal and branch out to try new things. La Prairie is available at select Holt Renfrew and Nordstrom locations across Canada. If you’re in Vancouver, be sure to ask for Fiona as she is an absolute sweetheart and is super helpful.

La Prairie Holt Renfrew