Staying sun kissed: Products to try from St. Tropez for fall

St. Tropez gradual tanners Now that the weather is getting cooler, that means my skin is getting paler.

Although I don’t usually keep up with tanning, whether that’s in the sun or self-tanning, once the weather gets cooler, I do like to throw on a self-tanning product every once in a while since it helps to boost the mood and I feel like I just look better with a tan (who doesn’t?!). The thing is, right now I’ve shied away more from the darker tanning mousses and gravitated more towards gradual tanners that give you a gorgeous, natural-looking glow.

To achieve this kind of tanning effect I’ve been using a lot of St. Tropez products, who recently loaded me up for fall to keep my glow going year round.

St. Tropez Gradual Tan Classic Daily Firming Lotion Light/Medium

St. Tropez Gradual Tan Classic Daily Firming Lotion Light/Medium

For the body, give the St. Tropez Gradual Tan Classic Daily Firming Lotion (C$38) a shot. This lotion, which I like to apply after a shower or before bed, hydrates, protects, smooths, soothes, and firms skin thanks to five super skincare benefits.

Use this cream everyday to build a sun-kissed glow that hydrates skin without feeling too heavy.  It locks in moisture for up to 72 hours and won’t leave you smelly or streaky.  The formula contains a high molecular weight hyaluronic acid, plant-based marine algae, and an antioxidant blend of upcycled blueberry and raspberry seed oils. I also want to add that the formula contains 95 per cent natural ingredients and is a vegan-friendly formula.

The great thing about these tanners are that they also hydrate skin and I find that these also absorb really nicely into the skin as well so it doesn’t leave you feeling gross or tacky.  It also doesn’t leave a weird tanner scent, so it’s really the most ideal product for everyday use.

St. Tropez also offers this in a watermelon scent as well, the Gradual Tan Watermelon Daily Firming Lotion (C$38), which is the one I’ve been using right now since the watermelon is really pleasant to smell.
Gradual Tan Classic Daily Youth Boosting Cream

Gradual Tan Classic Daily Youth Boosting Cream

I have been using St. Tropez products for years now and although their bronzing mousse is usually my go-to items, I have been loving their gradual lotions lately.

For the face, St. Tropez Tan Classic Daily Youth Boosting Cream (C$38) is a hydrating moisturizer which leaves you with a natural-looking tan and visibly firms and plumps skin. Apply this cream morning and night to build up a natural facial glow that hydrates skin up to 72 hours.

It contains a blend of up cycled blueberry and raspberry seed oils, which are high in antioxidants and protects skin from environmental damage. It also has red bell pepper, which protects skin from blue light damage and pollution, which can lead to visible signs of aging.  Lastly, it contain a dual-molecular-weight hyaluronic acid, which hydrates and visibly plumps skin.

Although I do like this cream, for a better tanning effect I prefer the Self Tan Purity Bronzing Water (C$39) since I find it leaves you with a faster-developing glow.

These are all great products for everyday wear, and although they are on the pricier side, I do think they are worth the money.  If you are interested in picking any of these up, it’s currently the Sephora holiday sale, so it’s a great time to grab them at a fraction of the price.

Have you tried these St. Tropez products?

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

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Nourished nation: New serums you should try for fall

When it comes to must-have skincare products, a good serum definitely makes my list.

Serums seem to be one of the more pricier skincare items you can buy but they are well worth the price. A serum is a more concentration product that really penetrates into the skin to help with a variety of different concerns.

I have tried a number of different serums throughout the years and love trying out new ones.  I have a few that stand out to me as being stellar products but I’m always on the hunt for a newer and greater ones.

I recently got in a ton of new serums and with drier and colder weather coming up, it’s a great time to put them to the test.

Fresh Tea Elixir Skin Resilience Activating Serum

Fresh Tea Elixir Skin Resilience Activating Serum

When it comes to tried and true skincare lines, Fresh ranks high on my list.

Brand-new, the Fresh Tea Elixir Skin Resilience Activating Serum (C$104 for 30 ml) is an advanced serum that boosts skin’s resilience for smoother texture, a visible glow, restored bounce, and reduced wrinkles.

Great for all types of skin types, this serum is ideal for those who have fine lines and wrinkles, dryness, and dullness. The formula contains Adaptive Phytocompound Tea (APT) technology, which increases skin’s bioenergetic systems and antioxidant protection.  It also has niacinamide to refine the look of pores and improve visible radiance, as well as 5kDA hyaluronic acid to hydrate and minimize the look of lines and wrinkles.

This serum is ideal for morning and night use and will help skin function at its full potential.  If you suffer from lack of sleep, stress, and seasonal changes, which can all lead to visible signs of aging, this would be great for you. I also want to add that this is a clean skincare product, which means it doesn’t contain any ingredients that could be bad for you.

Reversa BIOmimetik Regenerative Serum

Reversa BIOmimetik Regenerative Serum

Another great new serum to try, and from a Canadian brand, is the Reversa BIOmimetik Regenerative Serum (C$70), which is inspired by the skin’s natural regeneration processes to target key signs of aging and support the skin’s natural elasticity, health, and quality.

This serum is great for helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It contains biomimetic ingredients, which mimic substances or functions that our skin naturally produces and which decrease over time.  With regular use of this serum, the skin looks more rejuvenated, hydrated, and more radiant.

Formula with 99 per cent ingredients of natural origin, this serum contains a plant-based Epidermal Growth Factor (EGF), which is an exceptional restorative ingredient, as well as natural biopeptides from cranberries growing in Quebec, and a 3D hyaluronic acid complex, which is composed of six sizes of hyaluronic acid. It also has an extract of Indian gentian leaves to strengthen the skin barrier.

Vichy Liftactiv Supreme H.A. Wrinkle Filler

Vichy Liftactiv Supreme H.A. Wrinkle Filler

Another great anti-aging serum is the Vichy Liftactiv Supreme H.A. Wrinkle Filler (C$62.95).

This serum has a high percentage of hyaluronic acid to fill wrinkles and leave you with smoother and more radiant skin.

This serum contains 1.5 per cent pure hyaluronic acid, vitamin C, neuro-peptides, and Vichy’s volcanic water to help reduce wrinkles on the face and eye area by 47 per cent and fine lines by 60 per cent after six weeks of usage.

This serum comes with a unique applicator where you gently press the applicator to dispense two to three drops directly onto the skin.  This is inspired by pharmaceutical standards of safety and allows precise application and limits the risk of bacterial contamination.

Ideal for day and night, this is a great serum to use for wrinkles and fine lines.  Vichy also has two other serums that come in similar bottles, the Liftactiv Supreme Vitamin C Serum  and Liftactiv Specialist B3 Dark Spots Serum.

Biotherm Blue Retinol Night Serum

Biotherm Blue Retinol Night Serum

I’ve always been a big fan of the Biotherm Life Plankton Elixir so when I saw they released a new serum, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on it.

New from the brand, the Blue Retinol Night Serum (C$99) is a powerful serum that targets wrinkles, evens skin tone and skin quality to reveal healthy and youthful skin.

This serum is ideal for nighttime use since it has their Life Plankton and 0.25 per cent retinol in it, which repairs skin while you sleep.  It has a 100 per cent vegan and 92 per cent biodegradable clean formula.  Apply it before bed and you’ll wake up with more even and smooth skin.

This serum pair perfectly with their new Blue Pro-Retinol Cream – Anti-Aging Cream (C$98), which is a retinol anti-aging cream that targets wrinkles and fine lines.  This night-time cream has a 92 per cent natural formula and is infused with 100 per cent natural, renewable, and biodegradable Life Plankton probiotic extracts, which stimulate skin regeneration.

Apply the serum first and then go in with this moisturizer before during your night-time routine.  Make sure to also apply sunscreen the next morning since retinol makes skin more sensitive to UV rays and sunlight.

These are just a few new serums to try out and of course the beauty industry has tons of others to choose from (with new ones introduced everyday). As we are heading into the winter months I’m looking forward to incorporating these into my routine for healthier, smoother, and younger-looking skin.

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

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Living luxe: New items to try from Dior Beauty

Dior Beauty new releases for fall 2022 I’ve always had a thing for Dior Beauty.

The thing I love about luxury makeup is although the designer’s items may be out of most people’s reach when it comes to price, the makeup is still attainable and gives you a bit of luxury without spending thousands of dollars.

Okay, but here’s the thing. When it comes to the performance of Dior Beauty, there are a few items that I feel are worth the hype, and there are others that I would definitely recommending skipping (especially since the line is still expensive). Thankfully, when it comes to the new products I’m going to talk about today, all of these, although are a splurge, I would say perform well enough to look at investing in them for your collection.

Rouge Dior Forever Intense Couture Colour Lipstick

Rouge Dior Forever Intense Couture Colour Lipstick

So it looks like these lipsticks from Dior have been around for a while, however, they just released some new shades to the collection, bringing the shade range up to 16 colours.

The Rouge Dior Forever Intense Couture Colour Lipsticks (C$52 each) are a transfer-proof lipstick that goes on nice and creamy and settles down into a matte finish that is long-lasting and non-transferable. These lipsticks promise 16 hours of wear and don’t feel heavy once applied. The colour goes on opaque and is also nourishing on the lips.

The formula contains red peony extract to maintain hydration, as well as jojoba for comfort.  This is also the first transfer-proof bullet lipstick from Dior that feels like a liquid lipstick but is in a normal lipstick form.  The price of this lipstick is very high at over $50 but I would say that it’s worth the splurge since the formula feels so unique and I love how it felt on the lips. Considering it’s a matte lipstick, it does feel comfortable and the wear is very long lasting.

Rouge Dior Forever Intense Couture Colour Lipstick swatches Rouge Dior Forever Intense Couture Colour Lipstick

Dior Forever Natural Velvet Longwear Compact Foundation

When it comes to foundations, I’m usually a cream foundation girl, but I always love to have a setting powder handy, whether it’s translucent or coloured.

The Dior Forever Natural Velvet Longwear Compact Foundation (C$76) is a compact foundation that is transfer proof, reduces shine, and provides up to 24 hours of natural-looking matte coverage on the skin.

This foundation, available in eight shades, gives a medium coverage and a matte finish in a pressed-powder finish.

Dior Forever Natural Velvet Longwear Compact Foundation The formula contains iris extract to deliver antioxidant benefits to the skin, as well as wild pansy flower extract to preserve hydration, and rose extract to visibly reduce pores.  It also has 90 per cent natural-origin ingredients meaning it’s gentle on the skin.  The foundation feels weightless, breathable, and comfortable.  It also helps to absorb shine and oil.

I love using these kinds of foundations over top of tinted moisturizers or CC creams for a more natural finish and more coverage than those products typically give me. Dior sent me two shades to try out, 2N Natural and 3N Neutral.  I tried out 3N Neutral but did find it to be a little tan for my fall/winter skin.  If you are tanned then this shade would be great to use.

Dior Forever Natural Velvet Longwear Compact Foundation

Dior J’adore Parfum d’Eau

You can never go wrong with a fine fragrance.

The thing about perfume is it’s often a gateway into buying designer goods. Like I said at the beginning, although a lot of Dior’s fashion items are out of reach for a lot of people, a perfume is a more affordable option to get.

New from Dior is the J’adore Parfum d’Eau eau de perfume (C$195 for 100 ml). This new fragrance joins the Dior J’adore perfume family and is a warm floral scent that contains key notes of radiant jasmine, magnolia, and fresh neroli.

This perfume comes in the brands’ iconic J’adore perfume bottle but in a opalescent white shade.  It’s a beautiful fresh scent that I believe is perfect for all the seasons and will bring joy to whoever wears it.

Dior Forever Natural Velvet Longwear Compact Foundation

All of these items from Dior Beauty are stellar pieces and although I have found this brand to be hit or miss, I think these are all worthwhile in investing in.

Have you tried any of these products from Dior Beauty?

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

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