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This morning, MAC Cosmetics announced a new partnership that will have every beauty junkie in Canada buzzing: as of Fall 2018, you’ll be able to pick up your MAC must-haves and shop their limited-edition colour collections online at Sephora.ca.
Not only will you be able to earn those beloved Sephora Beauty Insider points when you stock up on your favourite Lipglass, but you’ll also benefit from Sephora’s gold-star customer service, free shipping on orders over $50 (easy peasy) and free returns.
It’s not completely clear exactly which products will be available—the official word mentions “an assortment of MAC’s best-selling products, including seasonal launches and collaborations…” so we’ll have to wait and see.
Personally, I’m pretty pumped for this +1 point for the Canadian e-tailer landscape, which has been playing a slow-rolling game of catch-up over the past few years (although I do have to say we’re making progress).
For now, this Canadian partnership will only be available online but who knows… perhaps one day we’ll see the two beauty giants come together under the same roof too—a girl can dream, right?
Whenever a new product comes out from Estée Lauder’s iconic Advanced Night Repair range, I’m all over it. I fell in love with the classic serum years ago and is still one of my must have skincare products (it was actually the serum that made me like serum)! I also love the mask-in-oil that launched earlier this year and the intensive ampules for when I travel, but I wasn’t prepared for Estée Lauder’s newest ANR launch to top all of them in my books.
The Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix ($68) is the latest addition to the family and unlike the current eye cream in the range, this new “matrix” is more like a serum (yet it does still have a bit of a creamy texture). It’s designed to nourish and strengthen skin around the eye area for an all-over anti-aging effect.
First of all, the texture is incredible. I much prefer to use an eye serum rather than an eye cream since I feel like my makeup sits better on top of it, however I do find they don’t deliver the same long-lasting hydration that a rich eye cream does. This eye treatment solves that issue completely. The formula plumps the delicate skin around the eye to reduce fine lines and wrinkles instantly. Plus, the matrix creates a supporting barrier that actually prevents concealer from settling and creasing. I definitely notice a difference with how fresh and hydrated my eye area looks later in the day.
It can be used under the eye and on top of the eyelid, giving the entire area a fresh look (and feel)! Over time, it helps to strengthen and thicken skin, which in turn helps to diminish pesky dark circles.
My only gripe? The applicator. It’s a tad confusing and not the most practical way of applying the product in my opinion (it says to apply directly from the wand to the eye area). I’ve just been scraping some serum off on my finger then applying it to my eye area. It does look sort of cool but I think a pump dispenser would have been a little more efficient.
Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix retails for $68 and is available online at sephora.com.
With new product innovations launching every month adding an extra step to your skincare routines (*ahem*, it can be difficult to navigate where you can pare down in your routine. You don’t want to sacrifice hydration (since it’s one of the best ways to prevent the visible signs of aging), but you could do with your makeup hanging for just a bit longer…
Enter: the priming moisturizer. Gone are the days when heavy primers were the only option for those hoping to keep their makeup look on lock all day long (even though they definitely do have their place in the beauty world). For those who are looking for a lighter texture or aren’t willing to ditch the moisturizer, these formulas are designed to cooperate with your makeup, not break it down.
Maybe it’s the millennial pink craze or maybe it’s just the fact soft pink packaging makes any beauty product a little prettier in our eyes. Here are 7 beauty newbies to check out, each giving off some powder pink vibes.
eos Crystal Lip Balm, $5 – A wax-free, crystal-clear version of everyone’s favourite spherical lip balm. It hydrates with a blend of pure oils and has a lovely hibiscus peach scent.
Glossier Wowder, $22 – Mattifying but not drying or flattening. This sheer, tinted powder contains light-reflecting particles that leaves a soft glow and looks like real skin.
Prada Les Infusion de Prada Rose, $160 (100mL) – Even though rose scents are everywhere, it can be challenging to find “the one.” This one is fresh without being too earthy, thanks to neroli and mandarin to balance it out.
When I first started working in the beauty industry, loose powders weren’t nearly as popular as they are today. The majority of them were cheap, cakey, smelly and messy. However, formulas have come a long way since then, now with micro-fine powders that are truly universal and silky, barely-there textures that lock makeup in for the long run.
Combine these beautiful new formulas with a sprinkle of Instagram-makeup influence and “baking” is now one of the hottest trend in makeup. Although this technique has been widely used by makeup artists and performing professionals for years, it has now become a regular part of many beauty lovers’ daily makeup routines.
Whether you’re into the baking trend or not, it’s no secret that everyone should have a good loose powder in their makeup bag to blur imperfections, erase pores, mattify skin and set makeup for all-day wear. I’ve rounded up 12 of the best ones to try, no matter what your budget is.
Hyaluronic Acid (H.A.) is one of those ingredients you read about often and find in many skincare products these days. It’s a powerful hydrator, attracting up to 1000x its weight in water, but it’s also a bit of a tricky molecule. H.A. is produced naturally in our bodies, but levels decrease with age, contributing to the visible signs of aging. It is also too big to penetrate the skin (which is why it is commonly injected in the form of dermal fillers) so applying it topically is a challenge—one that SkinCeuticals now has a solution for.
SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier ($98) is a corrective serum that amplifies the skin’s hyaluronic acid levels by 30% to help firm, smooth and plump skin. It does this by not only delivering H.A. itself (both full molecules and fragmented ones) to provide immediate hydration, but it also includes Proxylane, Dipotassium glycyrrhizate and Purple rice extract to help preserve the hyaluronic acid content within the skin. This means you’re not just applying H.A. to the surface of the skin to hydrate, you’re helping to maintain what is already there within the skin.
This serum delivers plumping hydration immediately, but over time it also helps to improve skin sagging, firmness, elasticity and texture. Since it helps to support hyaluronic acid within the skin as well, it’s an excellent product to use after receiving injectable fillers to help get the most out of them. It is quite pricey, but a little goes a very long way—only a few drops are needed for the entire face.
I’ve been using this serum for a few weeks now and I’m absolutely in love. It has a really lovely texture that absorbs quickly and feels super hydrating. It can easily be worked into any skincare routine and my extremely sensitive, reactive skin didn’t have any problems with it.
I use it twice a day, and while I don’t have a lot of sagging or elasticity issues to correct right now, I do notice that my skin is feeling much more plump and moisturized around the clock. It has officially been welcomed into my daily skincare routine and earned the title of “must have” in my books. Dare I say, this might just be the best serum I’ve ever used.
SkinCeuticals H.A. Intensifier retails for $98 and is available at online at skinceuticals.com.
Spring is officially here and it’s time to scrub off the dry, flaky skin winter left behind and reveal a bright, smooth complexion with L’Oreal Paris’ new Pure-Sugar Scrubs.
The range features three gentle (yet super effective) face scrubs, each formulated with a blend of three naturally-derived sugars that melt away as they exfoliate rough, dull skin. In addition, each scrub is specifically formulated with a key natural ingredient to address different skin types and can also be used on lips.
The three formulas include:
Brighten & Refresh features grapeseed oil to smooth away dull skin and leave it looking brighter, fresher and smoother. It has the most intense exfoliating effect, so it’s great for a Spring skin makeover.
Tighten & Unclog Pores uses real kiwi seeds to refine skin texture while going deep down to purify pores for a tighter, smoother complexion. The refreshing gel texture is perfect for oily skin!
Smooth & Nourish is amazing for dry skin with its rich, buttery soft texture. Although this looks, feels and smells like something you’d want to eat, it’s designed to gently buff away rough patches and leave skin glowing with nourishing cocoa butter.
…and oh yes, they smell just as good as you’d think.
To celebrate the launch of Pure-Sugar range, we’re giving away the complete skin-smoothing trio along with an amazing gift basket filled with over $400 in L’Oreal Paris skincare, makeup and haircare products (plus we’ll throw in a few fun, fashionable accessories too)!
Simply fill out the contest form below and you’re entered to win! Good luck!
“You look so hydrated” is probably the best complement you can receive these days, because drinking enough water, getting enough sleep and not being overly stressed seem to be a bit too much to ask of ourselves most of the time. We all know, the first step to keeping skin healthy and happy is to make sure it’s well hydrated.
The L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius lineup offers three liquid-based moisturizers that cater to specific skin types, each delivering that intense boost of hydration skin needs to look and feel its best each day.
The daily care formulas prove that you can get ample hydration without needing to layer on rich oils or heavy creams. The liquid-based moisturizers use a powerful, skin-quenching duo of aloe water and hyaluronic acid (which can hold up to 1000x its weight in water) to deliver lightweight hydration that keeps skin feeling comfortable all day long—no heavy or greasy residue!
The best part is that you get lightning-fast absorption with a bare skin-like finish, so your complexion is plumped, primed and ready for makeup. The hydrating effect lasts a whopping 72 hours, so skin stays supple and makeup looks freshly-applied, even at the end of the day.
The line takes a cue from K-beauty technology and is formulated with smaller particles than traditional moisturizers, allowing them to penetrate faster, sink deeper and last longer than those you may be used to. The result? A fresh and radiant complexion with that supple feel and cushiony bounce that ultra-hydrated skin has.
A close look at the three textures: Extra Dry Skin (left), Normal/Dry Skin (middle), Oily Skin (right)
When it comes to the different textures, the Normal Skin formula is a great place for most to start—it offers intense hydration that plumps up the complexion and leaves skin with a healthy glow. It has a rich, fluid texture that sinks into skin immediately and feels as queching as a tall glass of water. You’ll be amazed at how hydrating it is while still feeling so lightweight!
If you tend to get a shiny throughout the day, the Oily Skin formula offers the same hydrating benefits but leaves skin with a fresh, matte finish (oily skin still needs moisture!) and those who need a little extra nourishment will love the Extra Dry Skin formula’s balmy texture.
L’Oréal Paris Hydra Genius Daily Liquid Care moisturizers retail for $23.99 each and are available now at drugstores, mass market retailers and online at amazon.ca.