Divine time: L’Occitane Immortelle Divine Relaunch and Precious Overnight Mask

French skincare. Two words that seem to go together in perfect harmony.

I’ve always been a fan of L’Occitane since it’s one of those skincare lines that seem to do just about everything right.  I’ve tried numerous products from them through the years and really loved how they just seem to get it perfect every time.

One of their iconic lines just got a reboot and a new product added, so I was so excited to get them to try out.  The Immortelle Divine line was relaunched earlier this month and included one new item in the collection as well. This line has more than 20 years of research on Immortelle, which is a wildflower that has been known for its multiple anti-aging benefits.  This relaunch is focused on a higher concentration of the Immortelle Super Extract, which is a naturally derived retinol alternative that tackles signs of aging.

So, what’s in the collection? So glad you asked!

L’OCCITANE Immortelle Divine Relaunch and Precious Overnight Mask

First up is the Immortelle Divine Cream (C$120), which is a cream that can be used day or night and contains natural-origin ingredients, as well as the Immortelle Super Extract. This cream is targeted to fight aging and will leave skin feeling nourished and smooth. Over time you will notice a reduction in wrinkles which will leave skin smooth and luminous.

Pair the cream with their Immortelle Divine Serum (C$130), which contains the same ingredients and is a concentrated serum with fast-penetrating emulsion for younger-looking skin.

The new and improved formula will help reduce wrinkles, restore firmness, evenness, volume, and vibrancy. This works together with the moisturizer to bring out the best benefits of both products, and after regular use, your skin will look smoother, more lifted, and younger.

L’OCCITANE Immortelle Divine Relaunch and Precious Overnight Mask

Finally, their newest product, the Immortelle Precious Overnight Mask (C$85) rounds the collection out since it’s aimed at nighttime use.

This mask helps to resist the effects of external aggressors, including blue light, which if you’re like me, is very important since I spend most of my day in front of one screen or another.  This nighttime product helps to quench skin with moisture and combat dullness, as well as fight visible signs of aging.

L’OCCITANE Immortelle Divine Relaunch and Precious Overnight Mask

I’ve used a few other products from their Immortelle line and really enjoy the collection overall.  I would recommend looking into these products if you are on the hunt for a new anti-aging regimen and don’t know where to start.  Once you hit your late 20s it’s not a bad idea to look into incorporating retinol into your routine and since these contain a naturally derived version of it, they are a great alternative to invest into.

Have you tried L’Occitane’s Immortelle Divine line before?

Please note, products sent by PR. All opinions are my own.

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Young at heart: L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect collection

One thing we can’t change? The aging process.

As we age, our skin cells start to break down and fine lines and wrinkles start to appear. As much as we Botox and use great skincare products, you ain’t going to look like you’re 20 when you’re really 60 (unless you’re Cher of course).

L’Oreal Paris has recently released a makeup collection that is geared towards mature skin and each product has been formulated with ingredients that are specifically for women 55+.

Now I’m not in that age demographic but it was quite fun giving it a try, and truthfully, I was quite surprised by how much I really liked this collection. L’Oreal has merged skincare ingredients with makeup formulas to create a collection that will help with the structure, texture, and colour of mature skin and facial hair like eyebrows and eyelashes.

L'Oreal Paris Radiant Serum Foundation by Age Perfect

First up is the star product in my eyes, the Age Perfect Radiant Serum Foundation (on sale for C$16.14). This foundation is lightweight and breathable, as opposed to heavy and cakey and contains 80 per cent hydrating cream, vitamin C for brightening, and micro-fine pigments to let skin breath, hydrate, and be radiant all day long.

Available in 21 shades, this foundation gives mature skin 24 hours of radiant hydration without looking cakey or settling into fine lines.  It also feels light on the skin and is breathable.

L’Oreal sent me two shades to try out and I was surprised by how much I really liked this.  It glides on the skin and gave me a medium coverage but was still lightweight enough that my skin could breathe.  I did find I had to use a powder to set it since it was a little too glowy for my liking, but L’Oreal also offers a powder foundation in the line as well (in eight shades), so if you want extra coverage or something to set the cream with, they would make a good duo.

L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Radiant Concealer and Radiant Satin Blush L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Radiant Concealer wand

I paired the foundation with the new Radiant Concealer (on sale for C$13.59), which is available in 12 shades. This foundation has antioxidants and caffeine to wake up the eye area and hides imperfections without settling into fine lines, which is a major plus for a concealer (especially with mature skin). I also found it hydrating and loved the doefoot applicator, making it easy to apply on the areas that needed it.

Lastly, for the skin, use their new Radiant Satin Blush (on sale for C$13.59), which is available in four shades and gives skin a perfect flush.  This blush is also not cakey on the skin and won’t dry it out either.

Now, I don’t find blushes to be cakey or drying in general, so I wouldn’t say to bend over backwards over this product but I did like the way it applied and liked that it was a buildable coverage (I hate when I apply a blush and it goes on too pigmented).

L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Densifying Mascara

L’Oreal Paris is known for their mascaras, so naturally they had to come out with one for this collection as well. The Age Perfect Densifying Mascara (C$13.59) contains lash-boosting ceramides and jojoba oil to nourish lashes, making them stronger.

Now there isn’t anything too special about the wand itself but I did find it did a great job of making my lashes look luxe. The formula also contains pro-keratin to strengthen, as well as densifying siloxane and ultra black pigments for volume.

Before an after swatches using L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect collection

Pair the mascara with their Smooth and Glide Eyeliner (C$13.59), which glides on the lids thanks to its creamy formula. I really liked this liner and actually thought it performed better than a lot of more higher-end liners I’ve tried. With that being said, because it’s so creamy, I did find it had the tendency to smudge a bit, so I would recommend setting it with some black eyeshadow if you are planning on sweating, crying, swimming, etc.

Finally, finish up the eye area with the Brow Defining Pencil (C$13.49), which is available in three shades and will give you the most noticeable eyes.  This pencil fills and defines eyebrows and contains natural waxes to set, as well as soft powder pigments to give the illusion of a perfect brow.

L'Oreal Paris Age Perfect Flattering Lipstick

Finally, it wouldn’t be a L’Oreal Paris collection without some lipsticks!

The Age Perfect Flattering Lipstick (C$13.99) is a creamy lipstick that features a core that is enriched with 46 per cent caring ingredients which help to lock in moisture.

There are 12 shades to choose from, all of which were specifically chosen for mature skin in mind.  This lipstick stays in place and doesn’t feather out and will help to illuminate lips and warm the complexion. They also have four lip liners to choose from in complementary hues.

ge Perfect Flattering Lipstick swatches

I really liked this collection and was quite surprise by how much I enjoyed it. I don’t have 55+ skin but I do think it did a great job of covering up what I needed covered and illuminating the areas that I want to highlight most.

It’s honestly hard to say what my favourite products were. The foundation and concealer were both winners and considering how I don’t usually reach for reds or darker pinks, I really loved the way these lipsticks applied (all the colours came out a little lighter on me than they looked in the tube).

So would I recommend it even if you don’t have mature skin?  Yes! The formula includes some great ingredients that will help every skin type, no matter the age, so I wouldn’t let the title of “Age Perfect” scare you.  Of course, L’Oreal has so many different lines that are wonderful, but if you are looking for something with some major skin benefits in mind, then I would look into this collection. Mature skin or not.

Have you tried L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect collection?

Please note, products sent by PR. All opinions are my honest own.

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Sweet dreams, Overnight creams you need to try before bed

I know, I know.. the skincare world nowadays can be kind of scary. There are so many items out there that it can be hard to distinguish what exactly you need.

When it comes to my core items, I use a cleanser, toner, eye cream, serum, and moisturizer. Now with that being said, I have my daytime products and my nighttime products. Clearly I get a lot of skincare items, so this is the easiest way for me to actually use these items, but when it comes to moisturizers, I like to use something thicker at night.

When I was away in Montreal I actually received a lot of nighttime moisturizers, which came at the right time considering how cold it’s getting and the importance to put on something thicker when you sleep.  You want to hydrate your skin all night long so if you are looking for some great moisturizers to sleep in, then keep reading..

Drunk Elephant F Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial

Drunk Elephant F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial

When it comes to my favourite skincare brands, Drunk Elephant is definitely high on the list.

I’ve used a bunch of their products so whenever I see they release a new one, I need to get my hands and face on it.

The F-Balm Electrolyte Waterfacial (C$68) is an overnight mask that plumps and restores skin with electrolytes that also help to strengthen the skin’s acid mantle.

The formula includes niacinamide, sodium PCA, plant squalene, five forms of ceramides, omega fatty acids, and antioxidants. If also features tiny beads that are full of Vitamin F. It helps to restore moisture to dry skin, as well as soothe skin and improve the signs of damage, aging, uneven tone, and texture.

Apply a few pumps of this to your skin at night to wake up with hydrated skin.

Neostrata Overnight Anti-Pollution Treatment

Neostrata Overnight Anti-Pollution Treatment

Since skin renewal happens when you sleep, it’s important to give your skin some TLC before you go to bed.

Neostrata’s newest nighttime moisturizer, the Overnight Anti-Pollution Treatment (C$58) is designed to target lack of radiance, rough texture, and stressed skin that are caused by pollution and daily aggressors, all while you get your beauty sleep.

The formula contains Polyhydroxy Acids (PHAs) to help minimize the visible damage from daily pollutants, as well as lilac plant cell extract in an amino acid hydration formula that will give you a restored appearance and prepares skin for the day ahead.

Skinceuticals Glycolic Brightening Renew Overnight Cream

Skinceuticals Glycolic Brightening Renew Overnight Cream

Skinceuticals is another favourite skincare line of mine so whenever they release new products, I instantly get excited.

The Skinceuticals Glycolic Brightening Renew Overnight Cream (C$110) is their newest launch and it is designed to be incorporated into your nighttime routine gradually.

This cream is formulated with a free acid value of four per cent glycolic acid to dissolve cellular cohesions and promote cell turnover. It also has two per cent phytic acid to promote skin clarity and brightness. Apply this to your skin to wake up with more even skin texture and tone, as well as brighter, more youthful-looking skin.

Skinceuticals also says you can use this after a chemical peel, professional brightening, or clarifying treatment as it will act complementary to those services.

Start gradually with this, limited use to every other evening and then after one week you can apply every night.  It’s also important to apply a sunscreen in your daytime routine the morning after use.

DermaE Ultra Hydrating Alkaline Overnight Facial and Hydrating Eye Cream

DermaE Ultra Hydrating Alkaline Overnight Facial and Hydrating Eye Cream

If you often wake up with puffy skin, then take a look at DermaE’s Ultra Hydrating Alkaline Overnight Facial (C$24.64).

This gel moisturizer is filled with hyaluronic acid to moisturize, as well as alkaline to boost your natural moisture barrier, replenish pH levels, and nourish skin as you sleep. This mask also contains Alkaline water beads that melt into your skin when they hit it so you can wake up well-rested, balanced, and radiant.

Pair this mask with their Hydrating Eye Cream (C$30.59). I always use an eye cream day and night and if you don’t have one already, then I seriously recommend you invest in one.

Apply this cream to your eye area morning and night to reduce the appearance of crow’s feet, as well as hydrate the area. This eye cream also contains hyaluronic acid to hydrate, soften, smooth, and tone skin.  It also contains antioxidants Pycnogenol, green tea, jojoba oil, and Vitamins A, C, and E to nourish, hydrate, and de-puff the delicate eye area and keep it looking radiant and young.

Overnight creams from Drunk Elephant, Skinceuticals, Neostrata, DermaE

As we head into the chillier months, I do recommend looking into investing in a moisturizer specifically for nighttime use. You don’t have to run out and buy one right now but as you finish up your favourite moisturizer, maybe just keep this in mind as you shop for some new ones to replace it.

Do you use a different moisturizer specifically for night?

Please note, all products sent by PR. Opinions are my own.

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