Friday, March 15, 2019

Mary Kay Spring 2019 Color Collection: Review and Swatches

Here in Toronto the weather went from -20˚C to 10˚C overnight so it’s safe to say that spring is just around the corner. To celebrate sunny skies and warmer weather, Mary Kay has launched a new collection of makeup to help you sculpt, highlight and accentuate your best features.


The Limited-Edition Lip Tints ($21.00 ea) were designed for versatility. They have a lightweight water-based formula that provides a vibrant splash of sheer buildable color.

The pigment applies effortlessly with a pointed precision applicator that glides around the lip contour to create the perfect shape and outline. For consistent coverage with minimal patchiness, allow each coat to dry before swiping on more color. Blotting seems to remove some of the excess and helps prevent seepage into your mouth. For best results, make sure your lips are exfoliated, clean and dry (no lip balm as it diminishes adhesion). The tints do not provide much moisture so don’t expect dryness relief or suppleness.


To intensify the color, apply several layers or use the tint as a primer to enhance lipstick. They smell great and look like felt markers – the kind you sniffed and colored with as a kid. Shortly after application there may be some transfer but the pigment is quite durable and lingers for a long time with gradual fading. The deeper shades (Desert Flora and Magenta) go on evenly but Canyon Coral is a tad spotty and removal may be tedious.

The packaging definitely needs more work. There is no way to manually saturate the applicator with more color so the felt will probably dry out quickly. There is also no way to tell how much pigment is actually in the tube so you're not really sure how much you're getting.

The illuminating Drops ($25.00) are reminiscent of a “desert glow” and can be worn on bare skin or over foundation for more dimension. They come in 3 shades to suit a variety of skin tones - Silver Sands, Golden Horizon and Bronze Light.


Apply a little or a lot (depending on the effect you want) and use a beauty blender to create a seamless natural finish. Unlike shimmery powders or glitter highlighters, this lightweight liquid does not settle on the skin’s surface or accentuate fine lines. On warm days, use it on your arms, shoulders, or décolletage for head-to-toe radiance!

After the winter we've had, my complexion definitely needs a boost and the new Mary Kay At Play Sticks ($17.00 ea) help you achieve the skin you’ve always dreamed of!

The contouring sticks come in 2 shades for light to medium skin and medium to deep. The colors are creamy, smooth and buildable but remember to blend well in order to avoid sharp unnatural edges and streaking.

The Rose Gold Highlighter Stick has a beautiful peachy sheen but if you over-blend the particles may disperse too widely. I like to apply a concentrated amount and pat lightly with my finer to adjust transparency.


There are also 2 correctors. Ditch Dullness has a lavender camouflage to conceal dark circles, bruises, blemishes and sallow/yellow undertones. Wipe Out Redness has a green tint to cover acne and rosacea.


I was really looking forward to some bright matte lip colors for spring but Mary Kay decided to go a different route with 3 Matte Nude Lipsticks ($20.00 ea) instead. The available shades are: Bellissimo (deep rosy nude), Perfetto (medium warmth) and Baccio (light beige).


I refer to these hues as true nudes because they are very flesh-tone. I prefer neutrals with more depth and maybe a splash of pink or a dash of cinnamon so I don’t look washed out. With the right eye makeup, I might be able to pull off Bellissimo because it brightens the face.

The formula is light, comfortable, creamy and buildable but you may need a few layers for full-coverage.

Last but not least we have another Magnetic Palette ($25.00 unfilled). This one has a stylish design for busy women on-the-go and you can customize it with your favorite pigments before slipping it in your bag or suitcase.



The spring collection is available at marykcay.ca and through independent consultants.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Vichy LiftActiv Collagen Specialist and Hyalu Mask Review

Aging is an inevitable part of life but there are many ways to mature gracefully while looking and feeling your best.

Growing old is an accomplishment – a precious gift that should be celebrated and appreciated. Unfortunately it is also a gateway to sagging skin, wrinkles, fine lines and hyperpigmentation – the undesirable side effects that creep up while you’re living life to the fullest.

Genetics, pollution, stress, UV damage, improper care and hormones are key factors in how well skin ages but we all have one thing in common – gradual collagen loss.

The Importance of Collagen
Collagen is the most abundant form of protein in the body, providing strength and structure for connective tissue. It is essential to the healthy functioning of skin, blood vessels, muscle, tendons, bone, ligaments and the digestive system. At age 20, collagen starts to deteriorate and by age 40 we lose about 1% each year.

I always tell my readers that early prevention is the most effective way to outsmart Mother Nature but certain products can also fortify and protect your skin.

Vichy’s new LiftActive Skincare is infused with 2 types of peptides capable of targeting collagen synthesis. It also includes 15 replenishing minerals and powerful anti-aging ingredients.


Collagen in Creams and Serums
There is a lot of controversy and contradicting theories about how our bodies absorb, breakdown and use collagen, but after doing some research, I understand how it all works.

When applied topically, collagen molecules are too large to absorb directly into the skin but they can produce superficial benefits that visibly diminish common signs of aging. When used daily, the peptides seem to fill in gaps and spaces between lines and wrinkles to blur their appearance, plump and firm.

To get the most benefits from my collagen regiment, I take Sproos Dietary Collagen Supplements (usually mixed into a berry smoothie), I apply collagen enriched skincare and often use a Jade Roller. These methods target skin concerns from every angle. 

The Benefits of Vichy
LiftActive Collagen Specialist ($59.95) is a fragrant lightweight cream that smooths, moisturizes and tightens slack skin to improve sagging, texture and discoloration. The silky finish works well under makeup and creates a non-greasy barrier that shields against external aggressors. When used frequently, blemishes begin to fade and your profile may appear toned and defined. I don’t have wrinkles or fine lines but my complexion definitely looks even and hydrated.


The LiftActiv Hyalu Mask ($59.95) combines the regenerating power of Hyaluronic Acid and Agave Extract for instant replenishment, suppleness and radiance. If your complexion is dry, dull or fatigued, apply a thin layer of gel on clean skin, wait 5-10 minutes and remove the excess with a cotton pad (no need to rinse). Occasionally I layer the mask over the cream before bed and wash my face again in the morning. The rejuvenating layers lock-in moisture so I awake with a fresh dewy glow.


Vichy is available at drugstores nationwide. You can also visit the website at vichy.ca

Tuesday, March 12, 2019

SensatioNail Gel Manicure Kit With LED Light

Like most women I have a lot of makeup, skincare and beauty products I no longer use. Some of the items I receive for review purposes are gifted to friends, family and charities but false lashes and nail polish are often tucked away and forgotten.

I love a fresh mani but I don’t always have the time or patience to clip, file, buff, prime, shine, paint and dry (life’s too short). Usually my nails start chipping in a day or two and it’s a hassle to remove everything and start from scratch.

To solve this issue, SensatioNail has created an express one-step system that provides professional long-lasting manicures without a trip to the salon.


To use the lacquer you need the LED Lamp ($37.97 at Walmart) or the Complete Manicure Kit which comes with 1 color, manicure stick, double-sided buffer and lamp. The polishes retail for $12.99 each and the chrome finishes are $13.00 at Shoppers Drug Mart and beauty.shoppersdrugmart.com.

All of the bottles are black so you can’t see the color without opening them or referring to the sticker swatches which are usually a true match.

The Lamp plugs into the wall and comes with a USB cord which is handy for travel. To preserve the bulbs, the device it will not turn on until you place your hand underneath and the lights are supposed to cure/dry gel polish in just 30 seconds.


There are a variety of shiny shades to choose from (including a few Pantone color trends) and the formula has a built-in base and top coat. The brand also makes Pre-Glued Artificial Nail Sets if those are more your style.


Once you apply the first coat of polish, cure for 30 seconds, apply a second coat and repeat. There is no dry time and the durable pigment lasts up to 10 days without chipping, dulling or fading. I’m not sure if the LED light works with other gel-based brands but logically it should.

I decided to use the SensatioNail Chrome Gel which has a stunning mirrored finish. It is more work to apply this formula and you need white or black polish for a base.

I applied one coat of the dark Bordeaux Gel Polish under the chrome powder but the texture was thick, runny, gloopy and difficult to work with. The color is not opaque and does not apply evenly so you need at least 2 coats for full-coverage. Even when used sparingly, the polish kept pooling around the sides and cuticles. I also noticed a lot of bumps and bubbles even though I prepared my nails by buffing and using acetone as suggested.

It took a while to apply the first coat and after curing for 30 seconds, the surface still felt a bit sticky. For people who have long fingers like me, the depth of the LED machine is a tad short.

The chrome gel powder looks like loose eye shadow. There is a lot of fallout and it is difficult to clean up the excess. After all that work, the finish on my left hand looked totally different than the one on my right because the powder did not blend consistently. My nails ended up looking messy and rough around the edges which was no easy fix. This was my first time using the kit so maybe it takes more practice.


I tried to remove the polish because I was displeased with the results but it would not come off. I guess that’s a good thing if you want your manicure to last a long time but removal is extremely tedious. I tried to dissolve the gel with salon quality 100% acetone and it did not budge or breakdown at all. It took almost 2 hours of continuous soaking and using a sharp kitchen knife to scrape and lift off all the layers. The brand also sells removal pads but they are not included in the kit.

If you have brittle nails, removing this lacquer may be too harsh and damaging. It sets very quickly (which is awesome) but no amount of rubbing will get this stuff off easily. Thankfully I did not damage my nail beds or skin but the entire process is time consuming which kind of defeats the purpose.

Maybe you’ll have better luck than I did so if you’d like to try this system, SensatioNail is available at Walmart and Shoppers Drug Mart.

Friday, March 8, 2019

The Food District: Square One Shopping Centre - Opening Spring 2019

I was born and raised in Mississauga so I know how important Square One is to the community. In recent years the mall has undergone impressive changes and renovations including spacious retail expansions, trendy eateries and 40 new stores.


Yesterday I slipped on a hard hat and safety shoes to tour the new Food District which is still under construction. This food lovers paradise will span over 34,000 square feet and feature a variety of gourmet artisan shops that provide a unique space for guests to meet, eat and purchase specialty products. It will also create over 250 full-time and part-time jobs which kicked-off with a career fair in early March.

Churro Cake

At the media preview I talked to some of the vendors and sampled their delicious food.

Brisket Burger

BRØD Specializes in authentic Danish pastries drizzled in chocolate, topped with nuts or stuffed with delicious fruit filling. These flaky treats go great with coffee and make a light dessert.


I am no stranger to Sweet Jesus Ice Cream and I’m glad that I no longer have to travel far to get my fix. At this shop it’s all about the toppings!


The Macaroon Boutique reminds me of my trip to Paris – strolling down the Champ Élysées while happily munching delectable sweets. Foodie tip: try the hazelnut and floral flavors (you’ll thank me later).


If you need something healthy to balance your meal, pop over to Village Juicery for yummy cold pressed blends loaded with antioxidants and vitamins.


The District Kitchen will be an interactive demonstration space with cooking classes, corporate events, dinner parties and more!

Here the chefs are preparing meat filled dumplings seasoned to perfection!


I also love Arvinda’s pre-packaged easy to use Indian spices, The Pie Commission’s scrumptious coconut pie and the rich brews at Hale Coffee.

The Food District is set to open on April 1, 2019 so stop by and experience the culinary delights!

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Anew Hydra Fusion Skincare by Avon

As I write this article the temperature outside is -20˚C with icy winds and I’m wearing the warmest sweater I could find. Like a true Canadian I love winter and snow but it is very easy to become dehydrated without even realizing it.

In the summer, heat and humidity makes you feel parched and reminds to you drink more but when it’s cold, you may not feel as thirsty. One sign that you need to increase your water intake is dry peeling skin that looks ashy and rough. It is also a good idea to nourish your complexion from the outside with products that lock-in moisture and protect from environmental aggressors.

To help maintain your youthful glow, Avon has created an easy 5 step system that provides up to 72 hours of hydration. The collection is infused with Hyaluronic Acid which holds more than 1,000 times its weight in water and antioxidant-rich Raspberry Extract to keep skin healthy and radiant.


Step 1: Cleanse
After using a makeup wipe or oil based emulsifier, I double-cleanse with face wash and use the Hydra Fusion Micellar Water ($16.00) to remove remaining residue, oil, dirt and pollutants. The gentle solution eradicates blemish causing debris and clarifies pores with a refreshing blend of plant and fruit extracts. It also moisturizes without leaving behind a sticky film and prepares skin to efficiently absorb serum and cream.


Step 2: In-Shower Mask
Masking has become an important beauty ritual for most people and Avon has made it possible to renew your complexion without waiting 20 minutes for the treatment to work.

The new Hydra Fusion In-Shower Mask ($28.00) can be used at the end of a shower to instantly moisturize and fortify dry skin. Simply pat on the cool liquid and allow it to dry (no rinsing required).


After the shower steam opens your pores, the refreshing formula absorbs quickly and locks-in moisture to smooth, energize and create an even canvass for makeup application.

Although the mask is a great first step for eliminating dryness, it isn’t hydrating enough on its own and needs to be layered with other products.

Step 3: Rejuvenate
The Anew Hydra Fusion Replenishing Serum ($45.00) can be used day or night to plump and soften. The water-based texture is weightless and liquid-y so it distributes evenly and seems to disappear into the skin leaving it smooth and repaired.


To really put this formula to the test I used it on my husband’s hands which are rough, chapped and severely dry. The serum instantly seeped into the cracks, lines and crevices to hydrate and heal damaged areas. After just one application his skin and nails looked healthier and the results were long-lasting.  

Step 4: Moisturize
If you really want to see how amazing this collection is, layer the Hydra Fusion Gel ($35.00) over the serum and watch the dryness disappear before your eyes. Not only does my skin feel super silky and nourished, but the dry patches around my mouth are completely gone and my complexion appears bright and dewy.


The calming gel is cool and refreshing (especially if you pop it in the fridge before use) and it alleviates discomfort without clogging pores. I love the uplifting fragrance and when applied generously, the treatment doubles as a regenerating night mask that invigorates and quenches dry skin as you sleep.

Step 5: Eye Care
The Hydra Fusion De-Puffing Eye Serum ($35.00) is infused with Hyaluronic Acid, Antioxidants and Caffeine to reduce the look of under eye bags and hydrate dry lines so they appear less noticeable. Use it morning and night to perk-up the eye area and look well rested. The cold ceramic tip feels amazing at the end of a long day.


Avon is available online at avon.ca.

Friday, March 1, 2019

Pixi Hello Beautiful Face Case Palettes: Review and Swatches

Pixi Beauty is well known for their nourishing skincare infused with rose water and hydrating botanicals but their gorgeous makeup palettes should also be on your radar.

When it comes to velvety color and exceptional quality, Pixi definitely delivers. Their mineral pigment is creamy, dense and highly saturated for effortless blending and buildable coverage that doesn’t quit!

The new Face Palettes ($34.00 ea) – English Rose and L.A. Angel, are trendier renditions of the classic “nude trend” that is still going strong. They contain easy to use everyday shades that are universally flattering, soft and feminine with a versatile combination of smooth mattes and vibrant shimmers.


English Rose is on the cool side of the color spectrum featuring taupe, dusty pink, lavender plum and deep charcoal brown. The larger pigments at the bottom can be used as highlighter and all of the shadows are buildable, non-creasing and radiant.


While playing around with the colors I did notice that the bright silver in the second row is a tad flaky but the chrome effect is pretty despite the fallout.

L.A. Angel is little more my style. I love the flattering gold hues, coppery garnet and sunset mattes but I wish the bottom colors were a bit more interesting (I already have enough beige in my collection).


These shades are soft, silky and long-wear with stunning color payoff and fabulous coverage. The simplicity of these palettes is a bit deceiving because the pigments brighten and accentuate much more than anticipated. The rich texture and stunning brilliance is comparable to high-end formulas.


If you want your look to last even longer, make sure to use a good base like the Pixi Eye Bright Primer. The water resistant, crease-proof formula enhances color and holds it in place all day.


Since it is freezing outside, you might want to condition and prep your pout with Pixi’s Shea Butter Lip Balm ($10.00). They are available in 4 wearable tints (3 neutrals and one bright) that soften, moisturize and soothe.


Pixi Beauty is paraben and cruelty-free. You can find these great products at Shoppers Drug Mart and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.

Thursday, February 28, 2019

How to Grow Long Healthy Hair | Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Collection

I’ve written many articles about healthy hair growth but a nutritious diet is just as important as the beauty products you use.

Viviscal is known for their dietary hair growth supplements that help reduce shedding, but for people like me who hate taking pills and prefer to eat well, the Gorgeous Growth Densifying Collection with Biotin, Keratin and Zinc may be an easier alternative to getting the hair you've always dreamed of.


I’ve had long hair for most of my life. As a child my mane was healthy, flowing and hip length with a beautiful curl pattern. Things were good back then, way before I became a teenager and discovered flat irons that fried my ends until they snapped. It took years to reverse the damage but eventually I learned how to care for my luscious locks which are now strong, shiny and healthy.

Understanding How Hair Grows
If you’ve decided to grow your hair, there are some biological factors you should understand first. Not everyone can have the Kardashian’s long dark waves (or whichever long haired mogul you look up to). Your natural length is predetermined by genetics and the anagen phase of your hair follicle. This means that each healthy hair will grow to a specific maximum length before shedding and being replaced. This cycle differs for everyone, which is why some people can never seem to grow hair past their shoulders and others have ankle length tendrils.

Other factors that can affect hair growth and thickness include: stress, malnutrition, improper care, medication, hormones and age. My hair doesn't usually grow past my hips/tailbone region and I’ve learned to accept it.


How to Enhance Hair Growth – The Do’s and Don'ts
Although genetics play a big role in the structure and life cycle of your follicles, heat and chemical damage can greatly influence health and length. Hair that is dry, brittle or weak will split, break and shed much quicker which makes retaining length nearly impossible. Below I’ve listed a few tips and tricks that support optimal growth.

*Eliminate chemicals and hair dye.

*Take multivitamins and eat well balanced meals. I take Nature’s Bounty Hair Skin and Nails Strawberry Gummies ($9.79 – available at Walmart). They contain Biotin to help with the development and maintenance of bones, cartilage, teeth and gums while metabolizing fats and protein.

*Drink more water (lots more!).

*Improve your sleep quality – for more information check out my article on How to Improve Your Beauty Sleep.

*Reduce heat styling, update your appliances to prevent burns and air dry when possible.

*Always use a thermal protectant to prevent damage and shield from UV.

*Shampoo less to maintain natural oils and refrain from using cleansers that are harsh or drying. If you need to wash frequently, try co-washing - cleansing with conditioner.

*Apply a treatment mask for at least 1-3 hours weekly or bi-weekly to strengthen and replenish moisture.

*Wear your hair in its natural state and use hydrating leave-ins, serums and oils.

*Sleep with your hair tied up or braided and invest in a satin pillowcase to prevent breakage, friction and oil absorption.

*Wear protective styles, comb gently or use your fingers to detangle with lots of slippery conditioner.

*Try a protein treatment if you notice excessive breakage.

*Trim individual split-ends, fraying strands or single strand knots with sharp professional shears but do not cut off any length.

*Perform weekly scalp massages to increase circulation and blood flow to the roots.

*Use products that are formulated to promote growth.

Viviscal Gorgeous Growth
As mentioned, my hair is already very healthy so I maintain it by using the right products. Viviscal’s growth formula contains a unique Ana:Tel proprietary complex with pea sprouts, grape seed, bitter orange, patchouli, bark oil, lavender, nutmeg, hydrolyzed keratin, eucalyptus, coriander seeds and more!

The Densifying Shampoo ($19.99) eliminates build-up, excess oil and impurities while cleansing the scalp and fortifying ends to promote growth. It is suitable for everyday use and all hair types including dry, damaged, color treated, thin and fine. Right away I noticed that my hair felt a bit heavier but not weighed down, limp or stripped.


The fragrance is quite strong but the scent isn’t bad. It reminds me of vintage perfume that has been left out in the sun too long, like something a grandmother would wear. After styling, the aroma seems to fade and my hair smells great so it doesn’t bother me.

The conditioning phase is where most of the transformation happens and the formula is surprisingly rich and hydrating. It nourishes parched strands, boosts shine and helps detangle. I leave it on for about 10 minutes and my hair feels noticeably different. The treatment dramatically changes the natural texture of my hair which is the first time I’ve ever experienced such immediate results. My strands seem dense, soft, smooth, replenished and thick. My curls are springy, supple and well formed.

I was a bit shocked the first time I used this collection. My hair has never felt so different and it took a while to get used to the change. The effects lasted a few days but eventually wore off when I washed my hair with other products several times. This system definitely strengthens the hair fiber to reduce shedding, breakage and split-ends and it seems to invigorate flat lifeless strands.

I also tested the Gorgeous Growth Densifying Elixir ($29.99) which is a leave-in that can be applied on damp hair or used as a styling aid. The serum helps increase body and thickness while smoothing flyaways, taming frizz and hydrating. Use it as a spot treatment on areas that are thinning, dull or damaged.


Compared to some of the high-end salon products I’ve tried and a few drug store growth formulas, this collection produced the most visible results. I’m still deciding whether or not I like the textural change I experienced but I'm going to finish the tubes and see what happens.

Viviscal is available online at viviscal.ca, The Shopping Channel and various drugstores including: Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall, London Drugs, Loblaws, Jean Coutu, Lawtons and more.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Stila Heaven’s Hue Highlighter and NEW Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eye Shadow

When it comes to liquid lipstick and glitter eye shadow, few brands can outshine Stila and the Heaven’s Hue Highlighters ($42.00 ea) have been cult favorites for years.

The collection includes 8 iridescent shades with a variety of undertones to suit every complexion. Two of my top picks are Kitten - a universal gold and Brilliance - a subtle pink that brightens and accentuates.


The powder is infused with ultra-fine light reflecting particles that melt in seamlessly and produce a soft, glamorous effect. Because the texture is weightless, the pigment sweeps across the skin effortlessly without gathering in fine lines. I love the natural candlelight glow but resist the urge to over-blend as the shimmer may scatter.

Kitten

These silky highlighters are also buildable and versatile so you can take your look from soft and subdued to dramatic.

Brilliance

The Heaven’s Dew All Over Glimmer ($36.00) is currently sold-out at sephora.ca and stila.ca because makeup junkies are obsessed! The pearlescent shimmer with micro-glitter has a translucent cream to powder base that can be used on the cheeks, eyes and body for a super-lustrous glow. Wear it alone for extra frostiness or layer over highlighter for a dazzling multi-dimensional effect with no creasing. The silvery particles disperse widely for more transparency and diamond-like sparkle!


I have a love-hate relationship with liquid eye shadow but The Shimmer & Glow - Vivid & Vibrant ($31.00) formula is amazing! The pigment is extremely saturated with incredible longevity and once dry, the color stays put all day with no fading or smudging. I usually apply a bit of pressed shadow first (similar to whatever shimmer I’m using) and dab or swipe the color onto my lids (depending on how much coverage I want). These two shades – Vivid Garnet and Vivid Sapphire are must-haves if you like sultry jewel tones.


Stila is also available at Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart and beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.

Click HERE to see some of my favorite Stila lipsticks

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Pour Moi Skincare Review: How to Change Your Skincare Routine for Every Climate and Season

As the seasons change and temperature fluctuates, do you adjust your beauty routine to maintain a healthy complexion? If the answer is no, you’ve come to the right place!

It is important to understand that skin reacts differently to specific environmental conditions like humidity, heat, dry air and cold. In order to maintain your natural moisture barrier and defenses, you should hydrate and nourish with products that work with the climate you’re in. For example, the creams and lotions you use during the summer may be less effective in autumn or winter and when you travel, sudden temperature changes and poor air quality can cause excess oil production, premature aging, sun damage, dryness and blemishes.

With so many products on the market it can be difficult to know what to use and when to use it so Pour Moi has created an innovative skin balancing system that works with your busy lifestyle.


For travelers like me, this collection is essential when exploring new destinations. In the past 5 months I’ve been to Miami, Key West, Mexico, Valencia, Madrid and Malta. I’ve also spent hours on planes soaking up the dry desert-like air while going from one extreme to the next – ice storms in Toronto and scorching island heat.

The Temperate Day Cream ($35.00) is a great daily moisturizer for mild weather like autumn and spring. It contains encapsulated retinol, antioxidants, seaweed extract and Vitamins A, C and E to promote cell production, address premature aging and protect against UV damage, free radicals and pollution. It is also infused with anti-wrinkle peptides and powerful emollients like hyaluronic acid, white truffle extract and squalane to trap moisture from the atmosphere and keep water in. The lightweight, fast absorbing formula is non-greasy and smooth so it works well under makeup.


My entire family was using the Polar Day Cream ($35.00) on our last trip because the night time low in Malta was 14˚C with cool dry winds. This specialized blend is loaded with natural butters, oils, botanical extracts and vitamins to seal in moisture, boost radiance and address wrinkles. Because the texture is lightweight and gentle with no residue or oiliness, the cream does not feel as hydrating as it actually is. Initially I didn't think it was doing very much but my face feels soft and silky with no chapping or discomfort.


If you’re escaping to a beautiful beach destination, you’ll need the Tropical Day Cream ($35.00) for heat and humidity. Coconut acid keeps pores clear from irritants while humectants draw and trap moisture from the air to prevent dehydration. This formula contains many of the same anti-aging ingredients and even adjusts to air conditioning.


The Desert Day Cream ($35.00) provides skin saving results when you’re in a hot, dry atmosphere (like when I went traveled to Dubai, Thailand and Singapore). The water and oil-based hydrators reduce Transepidermal Water Loss and neutralize temperature variations so your skin has time to acclimatize. It also softens, plumps and energizes while shielding from pollution.


These 4 products are pretty much all you need to get through the year but for even more hydration, layer them with the White Serum ($65.00). This silky formula is highly concentrated and suitable for all skin types. It absorbs very quickly with no heaviness and helps control oil production while deeply conditioning, rejuvenating and improving skin texture.


The brand has also updated their packaging so the opaque BPA free bottles are leak-proof and come with an airless lockable pump to ensure that you get every last drop. The cap seals tightly to prevent bacteria contamination and the inner tubes have double lined walls to preserve the active ingredients. The formulas are also non-toxic, vegan and cruelty-free.

Pour Moi is available at pourmoiskincare.com and The Shopping Channel.
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