High-performance skincare: Top products to try from Darphin Paris

Darphin Paris Skincare Products I always love trying out new skincare brands.

Darphin Paris has been around for a long time now, however, I haven’t had the opportunity to try it out until recently. The brand was founded by Pierre Darphin, who did research on the preservation of skin health through the precise release of potent botanical actives.  Based on that, the brand today builds on Mr. Darphin’s pioneering research to lead the field in high-performing, botanical-based skincare solutions.

Now you may have seen these items at Sephora or Shoppers Drug Mart, and after having a few weeks of trying the line, I do have to say that the products really deliver. The brand sent over five items to explore the line and it’s been nice rotating them into my usual routine and seeing how they make my skin look and feel.

Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm

Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm

To start off your skincare routine, grab a dollop of the Darphin Aromatic Cleansing Balm (C$66), which is suitable to use morning and night.

This balm gives you an at-home spa experience thanks to the pleasant scent of rosewood essential oils and the formulation of marula oil, sage, and ylang ylang. It has a honey-like texture that transforms with water into a silky milk.

This balm entraps impurities, nourishes skin, relieves tightness, and leaves skin supply, smooth, and radiant.  It is great for reducing dryness and dehydration, as well as removing makeup and gently cleansing the skin.

Darphin Intral De-Puffing Anti-Oxidant Eye Cream

Darphin Intral De-Puffing Anti-Oxidant Eye Cream

After your are done cleansing and moisturizing, follow up with an eye cream. The Darphin Intral De-Puffing Anti-Oxidant Eye Cream (C$84) helps to visibly reduce puffiness and dark circles and provide moisture to the delicate eye area.

This eye cream has a gel-like texture and is formulate with 74 per cent natural origin ingredients, such as chamomile, hawthorn, and peony, all powerful anti-oxidants, which produce the skin from irritation and environmental aggressors.

This eye cream is great to use if you suffer from dark circles or puffiness, as well as dryness. It is also ideal for both morning and night.

Darphin Intral Inner Youth Rescue Serum

Darphin Intral Inner Youth Rescue Serum

This next one is one of their most iconic products.

The Darphin Intral Inner Youth Rescue Serum (C$122 for 30 ml) is a daily skincare essential that helps to preserve youthful skin by helping to correct and prevent skin sensitivity that can lead to the breakdown of collagen and elastin.

This serum helps to reduce redness, plump up fine lines, provide hydration, and give you a more strengthened skin barrier. After application, your skin will feel more hydrated, look more radiant, and leave you with a smoother, more refined texture.

I like to add two pumps of this to my face morning and night before my usual serum and pat it it into my skin. It has a wonderful sweet candy fragrance which is a real treat for the senses. I would say, if there is one product to pick up from the line, it would be this serum.

Darphin Hydraskin Rich Moisturizer

Darphin Hydraskin Rich Moisturizer

For moisturizer, give the Darphin Hydraskin Rich (C$86 for 50 ml) a shot.

This moisturizer has a creamy texture and is perfect for dry skin.  It includes shea butter, salicornia herbacea, butterfly lavender, and the brand’s Hydra-Structure Technology to help waken the skin’s moisture mechanisms and defend skin’s critical moisture reservoir.

This is great for Canadian winters since it helps to keep skin hydrated for 24 hours, as well as maintain hydration day after day.  It also leaves you with a luminous glowing complexion.

Darphin Intral Environmental Lightweight Shield Broad Spectrum 

As the last step in your daytime skincare routine, you should apply some SPF to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays.

The Darphin Intral Environmental Lightweight Shield Broad Spectrum SPF 50 (C$81) has a blend of 100 per cent mineral UVA/UVB filters to protect skin from the skin and pollution (it’s also good to use on sensitive skin).

Shake up the bottle and apply a small amount to skin.  The formula disappears on skin, leaving it smooth, luminous, and protected. It can be used alone or as a makeup base as well. I also want to add that at $81, it is expensive for a sunscreen (especially when you see how tiny the bottle is), but you don’t need a lot for a good application, so it should last you a long time (you’ll want to use it up before it expires of course).

Darphin has a ton of other products in their line up as well, but these five are great starters to really get an idea of what the brand is all about.

Have you tried any Darphin products?

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

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Blonde + beautiful: Four products you need to try from Schwarzkopf for blonde hair

I’ve had blonde in my hair ever since I was 12 years old.

I was blonde as a little girl, but as I got older that blonde faded away into a mousy brown and basically since I turned 12 I have been throwing blonde in there ever since.

Although my hair right now isn’t as blonde as it once was (it’s more brunette with some highlights thrown in), I still like to use blonde shampoo and conditioner at least once a week to keep my blonde looking fresh and not dull.

I have used many different blonde haircare lines but one of my favourites is by Schwarzkopf. The BlondMe line is catered to all types of blondes and is designed to be used with their other products in the line to deliver beautiful results with your most vibrant colour yet.

I’ve used various BlondMe products over the years but Schwarzkopf recently sent me some of their all-star items for blonde hair to incorporate anatomy routine.

Schwarzkopf BlondMe Neutralizing Shampoo for Cool Blondes

Schwarzkopf BlondMe Neutralizing Shampoo for Cool Blondes

The BlondMe Neutralizing Shampoo for Cool Blondes (C$24) is a neutralizing shampoo that contains purple pigment. This shampoo has a gentle formula, meaning it’s safe to use on both delicate lightened and coloured hair.

The formula contains a bonding technology that creates new bonds within the hair fibre and will gently neutralize any yellow tones without changing your hair colour.

Apply this to wet hair and leave on for two minutes let it do it’s thing.  Afterwards, rinse out for soft and silky strands.

BlondMe All Blonds Rich Mask

Follow up with the BlondMe All Blonds Rich Mask (C$34). This mask, which is great to use once a week, helps to smooth and seal the surface of porous blonde hair to repair it and leave it feeling and looking silky smooth.

The formula contains marula oil to provide a brilliant shine, as well as hydrolyzed keratin to improve strength and elasticity in the hair. Apply this mask in your hair, focusing the product from the mid-shaft to the ends and then leave it in for at least 10 minutes before rinsing.  You’ll find your hair is softer, stronger, and more elastic.

BlondMe Cool Blondes Neutralizing Spray Conditioner

BlondMe Cool Blondes Neutralizing Spray Conditioner

Once you’re out of the shower it’s always recommended to use a couple styling products. The BlondMe Cool Blondes Neutralizing Spray Conditioner (C$22) helps to detangle hair and deliver cool pigments to neutralize any yellow in the hair.

Spray this on damp hair to provide strength and moisture, leaving hair healthy-looking and shiny. It has panthenol in it to moisturize hair and balance the natural water content of the hair structure. It also delivers cool pigments to maintain, refresh, and enrich blonde tones in the hair.

OSIS+ Freeze Strong Hold Hairspray

OSIS+ Freeze Strong Hold Hairspray

If you are styling your hair then you’ll need a good hairspray and I’ve always loved the OSIS line.  The OSIS+ Freeze Strong Hold Hairspray (C$20.50) delivers instant strong hold to the hair that lasts for days.  It’s also fast drying and protects hair from external aggressors.

This hairspray is really nice since it doesn’t leave hair feeling crunchy. Hair is left manageable and soft, while your style is set in place.

Schwarzkopf Professional is a salon-quality brand so with that comes salon-quality haircare (although to be fair, I have used a lot of different haircare brands and even the drugstore ones have been fab lately).  If you have blonde hair then I would look into picking up some of these items. If you are going to invest in going blonde (which, if you are blonde, you know how pricey it is to maintain), then I would invest in some great haircare products to maintain the colour as well.

Have you tried the Schwarzkopf BlondMe line?

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

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Kind + conscious: Evio Beauty

I love a brand that has a good message behind it.

I recently got introduced to Canadian brand Evio Beauty and as soon as I learned more about the brand, I knew I would love it. The brand was started by Brandi Leifso, who founded it at age 21 when she was living at a domestic violence shelter. The brand is an impact-led clean beauty brand whose mission is to break stigmas with high-performing and inclusive beauty products. Social impact is at the core of their brand and they have donated more than $500,000 of funds and products to organizations that help the underdogs thrive.

Their products are vegan, paraben-free, gluten-free and toxic-free and they ensure that their ingredients are ethically sourced and mindful of environmental impact. The brand is made up of skincare and makeup and the price point of the items are very reasonable with everything being under C$60.

I recently got sent some all-star items and was so excited to try them out, and having used them now for a few weeks, I can honestly say that the brand is quite impressive. If you are looking to dive in and give them a shot too, then here are my recommendations.

Evio Beauty Serum Treatment Kit

Evio Beauty Serum Treatment Kit

The Evio Beauty Serum Treatment Kit (C$51, valued at C$58) consists of their Revitalizing Oil Serum, as well as their bestselling Lip Serum.

The Revitalizing Oil Serum, which retails for C$38 by itself, is a made with a blend of nine plant-based oils and extracts to soothe inflammation and redness and reduce the appearance of fine lines. The blend includes omegas 3 and 6, hempseed oil, rosehip oil, jojoba seed oil, avocado oil, as well as vitamins B, C, and E and helps to hydrate and nourish your skin while also strengthening the skin’s barrier by keeping water in and irritants out.

The formula is an oil and quickly absorbs into the skin. Use it before your moisturizer for radiant, glowing, and even skin.

In addition to the serum, you also get their iconic Lip Serum in Did I Make Myself Clear, which is a soothing lip serum that repairs the skin barrier and forms a seal over your lips to keep moisture in.

This serum, which also comes in a sheer pink, contains hemp and peppermint to heal lips. It also has omega 3, 6, 9 to repair the skin barrier and keep life soft, supple, and hydrated.

I always have to have a lip balm with me at all times, and this one really fits the bill.  It goes on so smooth and feels so moisturizing on the lips. It also contains peppermint oil, shea butter, and hempseed oil and is the perfect lip serum for everyday wear.  This serum retails for C$22 by itself, so to get both products in the set is a great deal.

Evio Beauty Velvet Colour Sticks

Evio Beauty Velvet Colour Sticks

I love a versatile product.

The Evio Beauty Velvet Colour Sticks (C$32 each) is a buildable colour balm that you can use for the lips, cheeks and eyes. Available in four shades, this cream stick gives you a naturally radiant monochromatic look that you can use in a variety of different ways.

I got the shade In a World, which is a nude taupe colour and the kind of shade I would reach for normally for my cheeks and lips.  The product is so creamy and glides on the skin, leaving you with a beautiful flushed colour that radiates and blends in perfectly. These sticks are so perfect for travel since they are super versatile and I find I have been using it a lot for my blush and lip colour lately since this particular colour is super flattering.

Evio Beauty also has a variety of other skincare and beauty products, such as lip glosses, lip liners, concealers, mascara, masks, and more.  You can find them online via their official site or through Hudsons Bay, Urban Outfitters, and Shoppers Drug Mart.

Have you tried Evio Beauty before?

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

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