NEW SKINCARE | Anti-aging serums and moisturizers from Estee Lauder, Dior and Clarins

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I am totally obsessed with anti-aging products right now. I’ve getting more and more fine lines under my eyes so I’m really conscious about trying to prevent them from spreading to the rest of my face. Today I have a few brand new anti-aging products to share with you, including four new serums and two new moisturizers. Serums are my favourite part of my skincare routine because you can mix and match your serum to target certain concern areas. Moisturizers are also fun to use because it helps to seal off your serum underneath, and applying that moisturizer can also be a very therapeutic experience as you press and massage the product into your skin.

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The Estee Lauder Perfectionist Pro Rapid Firm + Lift Treatment (C$100 for 30mL) is a patented serum from Estee Lauder that targets your entire face – lifting and firming the jawline, cheeks, and laugh lines. It contains AHAs to help exfoliate your skin, as well as an exclusive peptide Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 that helps to boost the skin’s collagen and elastin production. It has a very light fluid milky gel texture that absorbs really quickly and will immediately smooth the look of fine lines on the skin’s surface. It does have some silicones in its ingredients list, so that it has that immediate smoothing effect. In addition, it contains some ingredients that give you an immediate “glow,” i.e. subtle shimmers, so I’ve been enjoying this more-so during the day than at night.

I really like this serum for its smoothing effect. I have also noticed a bit of firming around my jawline. That being said, I don’t particularly enjoy silicones in my skincare, especially at the serum step, because I find that other products don’t penetrate my skin as well. If you have combination or oily skin, I can actually see this as being a great moisturizer / last step before sunscreen. It is lightly hydrating and is a great option for a daytime summer hydrator for those who don’t need as much hydration.

You can pick up Estee Lauder products at The Bay and Holt Renfrew.

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The Dior Capture Youth Lift Sculptor Age-Delay Lifting Serum (C$120 for 30mL) is one of five serums newly released with the new Capture Youth collection. You can use the Capture Youth Serums alone as a serum, mixed in with the Capture Youth moisturizer, or create your own serum cocktail by mixing and matching with other serums from the line.  The three that I have are the Plump Filler, Glow Booster, and Lift Sculptor.

  • The Lift Sculptor is rich in polyphenols derived from tea. The Lift Sculptor feels kind of like a liquid honey in my hands. It is lightweight but still rich. It feels slightly smoothing but I haven’t felt any obvious lifting.
  • The Plump Filler is a good-ish hyaluronic acid serum. It does its job, albeit with a bit of a silicone-y feel. For a hyaluronic acid serum, it is a bit on the pricey side so I’m not sure I would recommend it. There are many good hyaluronic acid serums on the market that won’t break the bank. That being said, if you are planning to create your own serum cocktail, it may be better to stick with the Capture Youth version because they have been formulated to complement each other.
  • The Glow Booster is pretty amazing – it’s very lightweight and fluid, almost like an essence serum. It soaks into my skin so quickly and doesn’t cause irritation, despite it being an exfoliating serum. I only use this at night, and it feels amazing layered underneath either the Plump Filler or the Lift Sculptor.

The other two serums are Matte Maximizer, a mattifying serum; and Redness Soother, a neutralizing serum for those with skin redness. I actually have quite a bit of redness in my cheeks so I would be interested in trying that one. The Matte Maximizer would be amazing for those with oily skin, or if you are going on vacation in the summer and don’t want to touch up your skincare!

You can pick up Dior products from The Bay and Holt Renfrew.

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Clarins Extra-Firming is one of the world’s top selling anti-aging moisturizers; three creams are sold every minute around the world! For Spring 2018, Clarins has reformulated this cult classic with the addition of the kangaroo flower, a groundbreaking ingredient that increase the skin’s regeneration capacity. The goal is skin that resists stretching, resists pressure, and bounces back into shape.

It comes in Day and Night Creams, each in two formulations – for all skin types or for very dry skin types. You can see below the different textures applied on the back of my hand, from top to bottom: day cream for all skin types, day cream for dry skin, night cream for dry skin, and then night cream for all skin types. The night cream for dry skin is incredibly nourishing and super rich, perfect for when you have heating or air conditioning on at night and need something that packs an extra punch.

I have the “all skin types” version and they work very well for me in this warmer climate. I layer these over a serum, such as one of the Dior Capture Youth Serum, and it gives my skin an amazing boost of hydration and lifting. My feels feels and looks glowy and more plump. I don’t think you necessarily have to purchase both the day and night versions, but of course if you are looking to give your skincare routine an overhaul, Clarins Extra-Firming could be a good option. Of the two, I prefer the Night Cream better in terms of texture because I do love thicker creams.

You can pick up Clarins Extra-Firming products at The Bay and Sephora.

Product provided by PR for review consideration; all opinions are my own.

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Review + swatches – Clarins Summer 2016 makeup – Ombre Waterproof, Fix’ Make-Up, and Double Fix’ Mascara

Clarins Ombre Waterproof in 01 Golden Peach, 03 Silver Taupe, and 04 Copper Brown

Super sorry about this very late review – I thought I had published this already but I was just organizing my upcoming posts and saw I never actually published this! Massive fail on my part. I believe most of these products are still available at counters and at Clarins.ca, so I hope this can help you make any last minute purchase decisions.

Clarins Summer 2016 is all about long-lasting makeup. There is a new formulation of cream eyeshadow that I just absolutely love. The Ombre Waterproof shadows (C$24 each) comes in four natural, sunkissed shades to create a beautiful bronzed eye. The three shades I have are 01 Golden Peach, 03 Silver Taupe, and 04 Copper Brown. Golden Peach is a beautiful wash of peach that would look great as a base for many eye looks; Silver Taupe is a olive-taupe; and Copper Brown is an orangey-copper shade. All of these are metallic finishes, which is ultra blendable. Ombre Waterproof shadows dry down completely to be entirely budgeproof, like 100% does not move, so it’s perfect for those hot days, or if you live in Vancouver and you’re very likely to get drenched and/or have your makeup melt off your face because it is always rainy and humid. These are limited edition, so you better get on it!

Clarins Ombre Waterproof in 01 Golden Peach, 03 Silver Taupe, and 04 Copper Brown

The Fix’ Make-Up (C$30) is seriously amazing. I don’t use makeup finishing sprays normally but I use this one because it smells SO GOOD, like a fruity floral. I love the ombre bottle design as well. It has aloe vera and grapefruit extract, which is great at soothing and refreshing the skin. I like to keep this at the office to help boost my skin’s hydration as well – it’s super versatile. This is also limited edition.

Last but not least, is a product that is near and dear to my heart. I first discovered Clarins Double Fix’ Mascara (C$25) in 2008 or something, before I discovered Asian mascara. You can see my original review here, way back in 2009 (wow the price actually went DOWN in the last seven years)! My lashes tend to be very droopy, and mascara also tends to flake off on me. The Double Fix’ Mascara is a waterproof raincoat for your lashes – it helps to seal in all of that mascara goodness to maintain volumnous, lengthy lashes, and it also prevents flaking and smudging. It’s not hard to remove either, but I just an oil-based remover so it gets rid of everything. If you need one thing from this collection, it is the Double Fix’ Mascara. Thankfully, this is a permanent product!

If the Ombre Waterproof Eyeshadows, or the Fix’ Make-Up interest you, you need to get on it now! These products should still be available at Clarins.ca, or at your nearest Clarins counter at Hudson’s Bay and Shopper’s Drug Mart.

Clarins Fix' Make-Up and Double Fix' Mascara

The swatches

Ombre Waterproof Eyeshadows in 01 Golden Peach, 03 Silver Taupe, and 04 Copper Brown

Clarins Ombre Waterproof in 01 Golden Peach, 03 Silver Taupe, and 04 Copper Brown

The products featured in this post were provided by PR; all opinions are my own.

Review – Clarins Extra-Firming Mask

Clarins Extra-Firming Mask review

For fall 2016, Clarins is introducing its first relaxing, anti-aging mask. The Clarins Extra-Firming Mask (C$65 for 75mL) is a leave-on mask that doubles as a massage cream as well. It contains ingredients such as palmitoyl glycine, lemon thyme, organic green banana, and acerola seed, the combination of which claims to reduce the look of tension lines, reinforce the links between collagen fibre and cells, and encourages the oxygenation of cells to revive skin radiance.

Clarins Extra-Firming Mask review

Even though it’s called the Extra-Firming Mask, it should really be called the ultimate night-time relaxation treatment. It comes in a really pretty mauve lavender jar, and the colour of the cream itself is a light mauve lavender that stimulates relaxation. It smells absolutely divine, utilizing another one of the senses to induce relaxation. The texture is a thick gel that makes it perfect for a quick massage. It absorbs completely with absolutely no residue, so that your hair won’t stick to your face. You don’t need to rinse this off, and you can either go to bed and use it as a sleeping mask, or continue with your evening. Because it has a thicker texture with some slip, I don’t recommend using this during the day underneath makeup.

Clarins Extra-Firming Mask is available September 1, 2016, in store at Beauty Court, the Bay, select Shoppers Drug Mart, and online at Clarins.com

Clarins Extra-Firming Mask review

Review – Clarins Boosters – Detox, Energy, and Repair

Clarins Detox, Energy, and Repair Booster review

For fall 2016, Clarins introduces a new category of skincare products – booster supplements to add to your existing skincare routine. I first read about these on British Beauty Blogger a few months and I was so excited I immediately e-mailed Clarins PR about it, but was told that they don’t come out until September. Luckily a few months later, I got a sneak preview of this collection at the Clarins fall press event!

Clarins Boosters are highly concentrated serums that you add to your existing moisturizer, whether it is a cream, gel, oil, Clarins, or non-Clarins product. Only 3-5 drops are required per “dose” to get the additional boosted benefits. These Boosters are meant to be used as a once-in-a-while treatment, not for regular prolonged use. There are three different Boosters offered by Clarins – Energy, Detox, and Repair – and you pick one based on your skin’s needs at the time.

Clarins Detox, Energy, and Repair Booster review

The Clarins Booster Detox (C$40) is a detoxifying concentrate that contains green coffee extract, a plant from Africa that is high in caffeine. Added to your moisturizer, this product will help to plump the skin, revive radiance, and detoxify the skin. This is great for those who live in high pollution areas, or those who indulge in lots of smoking, drinking, and partying.

The Clarins Booster Energy (C$40) contains a highly concentrated formula that is enriched with ginseng extract, a Chinese medicinal plant that is popular for its stimulating properties. Energy will tone and re-energize your skin, minimize signs of fatigue, and also boost radiance. Energy is great for those who are running low on sleep and high on stress, and for jet lagged skin.

The Clarins Booster Repair (C$40) is a reparative product that contains mimosa tenuiflora extract, a Mayan bark extract that is used for antibacterial, soothing, and regenerating properties. This product helpos to reduce feelings of discomfort, improve the skin’s strength, and minimize the appearance of redness. Repair is great if your skin is damaged, such as if you have a sunburn, or live in or travel to extreme climates.

All three formulas have a very lightweight texture that melts instantly into whatever cream or oil you are using. They are not ultra hydrating, as that is not their main purpose, so you should still use a hydrating serum or rich cream if you need it.

I am the first to say that I need all of the three in my skincare rotation. I work a pretty high stress corporate job, so when it happens to be an ultra busy time of year for me, I tend to not get enough sleep. The Clarins Booster Energy is the first thing I turn to in order to get myself to look less drained. In the summer, my skin tends to burn very easily under the sun so with the Booster Repair, I can slowly heal my skin back to normal. Lastly, I am travelling to Southern California (San Diego, L.A.) in July, and then South East Asia in the fall, so I will make sure to equip my travel bag with the Booster Detox.

Priced at C$40 for 15mL, they are not exactly cheap but not super pricey either. A normal serum is 30mL and C$80 seems pretty average for a luxury brand serum. Also keep in mind you shouldn’t be using this every day, just only when you need an extra boost.

Clarins Boosters are available August 1, 2016 in store at Beauty Court, and then on September 1, 2016 at the Bay, select Shoppers Drug Mart, and online at Clarins.com

Ingredients: Detox, Energy, Repair

Clarins Detox, Energy, and Repair Booster 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

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.

Clarins garden escape review

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.

Clarins spring 2015 review

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.

clarins blush sweet rose review

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.

clarins lip comfort oil review

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

clarins garden escape palette swatches

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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clarins spring 2015 review

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

Review: Clarins True Radiance Foundation SPF 15

Clarins True Radiance Foundation review

With the dry fall season, my skin is a lot more dehydrated and sensitive, so I’ve looked to more moisturizing and gentle foundation formulas to get me through a work day.

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 Clarins.ca): A lightweight, moisturizing formula that instantly melts into the skin to deliver new radiance thanks to dual light-infusing action: it fights against a dull complexion and boosts radiance.

• Reveals the skin’s natural luminosity with the anti-pollution action of Moringa seed plant extract
• Boosts natural radiance with light-reflecting pigments
• 24-hour hydration*: it infuses the epidermis with moisture to leave it glowing with vitality – See more at: http://www.clarins.ca/en/true-radiance-spf-15/C050101013.html?start=3&dwvar_C050101013_color=103%20ivory#sthash.5Agz5bMV.dpuf

Price: $42 CAD for 30mL bottle

Texture/Scent: Thicker fluid gel-creme texture with a light floral scent

The good: The Clarins True Radiance Foundation has a slightly thicker fluid gel-creme texture that provides medium to full coverage. One pump is more than enough to cover my entire face, and it is buildable, and does not turn cakey even when its being built up. My skin feels comfortable when wearing this, and I really do feel that it is lightly hydrating, which is exactly what I was needing in a fall foundation. It also contains SPF 15, which is great for the fall and if you’re working indoors. I normally use a separate sunscreen anyways, but the SPF 15 inclusion is convenient if you are short on time in the morning.

  • Provides medium to full coverage
  • Buildable and does not turn cakey
  • Skin feels comfortable
  • Lightly hydrating
  • Contains SPF 15

The bad: I found the texture to be a smidge thicker than what I would like, normally because I like my foundations to be lighter and more refined.

  • Slightly thicker than I normally like it

Overall: The Clarins True Radiance Foundation is a regular on my makeup counter now that it is the fall season. It feels very comfortable to wear and is lightly hydrating, which works perfectly with the rest of my skincare routine. The shade 107 is a little too warm for my NC25 skin tone (105 would be better as it is more neutral), but is perfect in the summer or early fall when my skin is a bit more tan than the rest of the year. Priced at $42 for 30mL, it is quite reasonable for a luxury brand foundation. Also the packaging is just gorgeous, in a sleek, tall glass bottle with a gold top. The inside of the gold top is red lacquer, which the Clarins colour. If you are looking for a hydrating foundation for fall, this is the one for you!

The Clarins True Radiance Foundation is available now in 6 shades at all Clarins counters, including London Drugs, the Bay, and Shoppers Drug Mart.

Product: 17/20
Packaging: 5/5
Value: 4/5
Overall: 26/30 | A
Repurchase? Likely yes.

Clarins True Radiance Foundation in action:

Clarins True Radiance Foundation review
Ingredients:

Clarins True Radiance Foundation review
Clarins True Radiance Foundation review

Birthday look with Lise Watier fall 2014 Feline collection

Lise Watier feline collection review and swatches

My birthday was last week and I created a look with Lise Watier’s fall 2014 Feline collection (reviewed here). Lise Watier’s products have been long-time favourites of mine and I believe this is the 3rd birthday in the last 4 years where I’ve used Lise Watier products to create my makeup look.

Lise Watier feline collection review and swatches

I prepped my skin with Mereadesso All-In-One Moisturizer and used Make Up For Ever HD foundation as my base (reviews coming soon!). On my eyes, I used the Feline eyeshadow quartet – light pink shade as an all over wash of colour, taupe colour to line and define my lashline, bronze shade in my crease, and the light champagne shade to highlight.

I used my HG eyeliner, the Anna Sui liquid liner to line my upper lash line. After curling my lashes, I applied one coat of Clarins Truly Waterproof Mascara to help maintain my curl, and created volume and length with Anna Sui Perfect Mascara.

Lise Watier feline collection review and swatches

On my cheeks, I used my favourite cream blush formula – the Make Up For Ever HD Blush in 220, and finished off my lips with the Lise Watier Velvet Lip Lacquer in Rouge.

The lipstick managed to last at full coverage for about 4 hours, but did not make it through dinner. It left me with a stain that was a lot more manageable and natural to end off the night. I can also attest that the lipstick is transfer proof, AKA kiss proof. Obviously any extreme wiping will smudge it, but anything with a light touch (sipping water, etc.), will not get lipstick transfer on it.

Lise Watier feline collection review and swatches

Review: Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream SPF 25 PA+++

review of Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream

BB creams are perfect for summer as they are lighter, helps to brighten the skin, and looks more natural due to the lower coverage. The Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream is one of my favourite newly discovered base products for when I want a more natural look. I’ve been using this a lot on the days when I just don’t want a fuller coverage foundation, and it wears really well for a day at the office.

The Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream is a relatively goopy cream, almost like the consistency of a creamy makeup primer. Its not as fluid as other BB creams I’ve tried, so it spreads out a little harder, BUT that’s offset by the medium coverage it provides (unlike other BB creams that have more of a light coverage). Not only does it help to cover redness and dark spots, I also found that it smoothed out my pores and helped to brighten my skin overall. The finish is semi-matte, but I always finish off with a dusting of powder.

In terms of wear time, it generally wears well during the day up until hour 6-8 and then it starts to fade away (or eaten up by my skin). Oil control is just slightly above average, as I don’t find that I grease up as quickly as other foundations or BB creams, but not fantastic as I still need to blot throughout the day.

The shade I received is 00 Fair, which surprisingly is a pretty good match for my NC25 skin once it’s blended out. I found that it does adapt to the skintone of the wearer, and even though Fair leans slightly pink, it didn’t turn my skin ashy – rather it helped to brighten my skintone just a little bit more.

I also love that it comes with SPF 25 and PA+++ for full spectrum protection. I always (ALWAYS) wear a sunscreen as the last step of my daytime skincare regime, but if you are tight for time and need some sun protection, you can use this as your backup plan.

Recommend? definitely, if you can find a match to your skintone.

Priced at C$43 for 45mL, you can purchase Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream at The Bay, Sears, and other Clarins counters, or online.

Comparison swatches – Clarins 00 Fair, Chanel B20, and Guerlain 02

swatch and review of Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream

Ingredients:

review of Clarins BB Skin Perfecting Cream

Loving lately: Reviews of L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil, JINsoon nail polish, Clarins Truly Waterproof Mascara

I’ve recently discovered a few new favourites!

1. L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil

L'Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil review

Newly reformulated earlier this year, the L’Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil is a long-time beauty lovers’ favourite. Formulated with more than 50% almond oil, this body oil is super hydrating and makes my skin very soft and supple. It works great in all seasons because it is moisturizing without being greasy (no residue at all!) and is never heavy because it absorbs completely. The only downside is that it does take a while to absorb, but once it does, it’s just perfect.

P.S. The bottle comes filled to the top, I just got greedy and couldn’t wait to start using mine when I first received it, which is why it looks more sad and empty than usual.

Ingredients:
L'Occitane Almond Supple Skin Oil ingredients

2. JINsoon nail polish

I am absolutely loving JINsoon’s nail polish formula. It is ultra glossy, fast-drying, super long wearing, and very easy to apply. The brush applicator is the perfect width and length for a smooth application with no streaks. The shade I have is Cherry Berry, part of their spring 2014 collection, a jelly-creme berry-pink shade. I definitely see myself adding more shades to my collection!

JINsoon nail polish cherry berry swatch

3. Clarins Truly Waterproof Mascara

Asian lashes rejoice! This new mascara by Clarins is amazingly great for lengthening, curling, and most importantly, maintaining a full curl through a full 12-hour day. I didn’t notice much volumizing, but it does layer pretty well without clumping. I haven’t tested out whether its really waterproof or not, but the curling properties of this mascara is enough to keep me as a repeat customer. Its also super effortlessly removable via cleansing oil. Available now at Clarins counters in black (permanent) and blue (limited edition for the summer).

clarins truly waterproof mascara review