Hydrogel Face Mask by Collagena

If you follow beauty brand or influencer accounts on Instagram, chances are you have already watched videos featuring hydrogel face masks! Beyond their fancy look, hydrogel face masks are practical and efficient.

I have recently tried Collagena Hydranutrition and DermaLight Hydrogel Face Masks. Patented under the name Crystal Innovation©, several years of research and development were required to create and test the masks. Made with water, nourishing serum and active principles, Collagena Hydrogel Face Masks have a high degree of flexibility and are naturally compatible with skin tissue.

Collagena DermaLight – Pack of 5 from 50$

Collagena DermaLight Whitening Face Mask contains a base of hydrogel with added marine collagen, hyaluronic acid and active anti-spot ingredients quickly absorbed into the skin to reduce dark spots and brighten your complexion.

As mentioned in previous beauty posts, dark skins are frequently concerned by hyperpigmentation and uneven skin tone. On a recent trip to Libreville (Gabon) for a friend wedding, I completed my skin care routine by applying the mask for 20 minutes before bed time and the next morning my skin was glowing. It allowed me to use less makeup and it was more comfortable due to the weather (30°C, 84% HR).

Note that the mask does not stain, is not oily and does not require rinsing as it leaves no trace on the skin when removed. Whether you have normal, dry, combination or oily skin, you will find the perfect Collagena Hydrogel Face Mask for your skin type.

Collagena Hydrogel Face Masks (DermaLift only) are available at Supermarché Santé Avril, Marché Tau, Aliments Pleine Lune and specialized natural health shops across Quebec. Visit Collagena Canada page on Facebook for more infos.

Lotus Aroma Body and Massage Oils

Lotus Aroma Body and Massage Oil – Bergamot & Ylang Ylang (120 ml, 12.99$)

With their melting and fluid texture, Lotus Aroma Body and Massage oils provide unique moments of relaxation by delivering the highest concentration of 100% pure essential oils without leaving a greasy film. Quickly absorbed, they are a must for both sensual and therapeutic massages.

Lotus Aroma Body and Massage oils are declined in six synergies: Bergamot & Ylang Ylang, Eucalyptus Globulus, Lavandin Grosso & Grapefruit, Peppermint & Eucalyptus Globulus, Indian Rose & Géranium, Orange & Mandarin and Odorless.

To learn more about the benefits of each essential oil, I invite you to visit Aroma Zone which lists very detailed technical data sheets about most common used essential oils. Currently, my favorite scent is Lavandin Grosso & Grapefruit which is very helpful to relax my muscles after workout session.

Lotus Aroma Body and Massage Oils

Moreover, those vegan eco-friendly oils are proudly manufactured in Quebec and tested under the most rigorous pharmaceutical standards and do not contained ingredients such as petrolatum, mineral oils, silicone, paraben, or dyes.

If you are looking for a massage therapist and you don’t know where to start, visit Académie de Massage Scientifique which is a school where massage therapists are trained. You could book an appointment directly at school and a massage therapist advanced student will take care of you for half price (30$/hour).

Lotus Aroma Body and Massage oils are available in pharmacy such as Pharmaprix or Jean-Coutu starting at 12.99$.

What’s New At Estée Lauder?

Because skin care rituals are essential to preserve the natural beauty of your skin, Estée Lauder continues to innovate with remarkable products! Right after launching Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Eye Mask, the brand now introduces Advanced Night Repair Recovery Mask-In-Oil working as a high-performance complement to Estée Lauder’s number one repair serum, Advanced Night Repair.

This specially formulated “repair lock” helps seal in the benefits of an evening skincare regimen while protecting and preparing skin for the day ahead. With concentrated mask strength, the product delivers a specialized blend of skin strengthening active ingredients during nighttime recovery cycle to support its natural repair.

Advanced Night Repair Recovery Mask-In-Oil (30 ml, 100$)

How to use?

Apply PM after your Advanced Night Repair Serum or as the last step of your beauty routine.

Ideal for?
  • Strengthening skin
  • Supporting skin’s natural recovery
  • Loss of radiance

The Mattifier (30 ml, 44$)

After a good night of sleep, meet your partner in “prime” to prep your skin for makeup! Enriched with technologically advanced formulas and skin perfecting ingredients, The Mattifier Perfect Primer creates a silky-smooth canvas for makeup application by controlling oil and reducing shine for a healthy-looking finish. The Mattifier is my favorite  because it is specially designed for oily skin and it can be used as a mid-day refresh when you are on-the-go.

How to use?

Apply over clean, moisturized skin. Smooth evenly all over face. Wear alone, underneath makeup or to touch up as desired.

Where to buy?

The Mattifier Perfect Primer and Advanced Night Repair Recovery Mask-In-Oil are available at Hudson’s Bay, Shopper’s Drug Mart, Murale, Nordstrom, Estée Lauder online store and retail beauty shops.

How To Revive Your Hair This Spring?

Live Clean Shampoo and Conditioner (price: 6,26$)

We all have a hair care routine and this routine should evolve as season changes to keep our hair healthy. I use Live Clean shampoo and conditioner for years because those vegan eco-friendly Canadian products made with certified organic botanical (more than 96%) and biodegradable ingredients deliver wonderful results. Live Clean hair care products do not contain: sulfate, petroleum, DEA, paraben, silicone, phthalate and phosphate. Based on my shopping experience, Live Clean brand is available at Walmart, Pharmaprix and Jean-Coutu.

To transition from Winter to Spring, I received in early March Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Pre-Wash Protein Treatment and Pai-Shau Supreme Revitalizing Mask. Easily integrated to my routine, I use them twice a week for better results.

Madam C.J. Walker Pre-Wash Protein Treatment (Price: 32$ US)

Sarah Breedlove, founder of Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company, is one of the twentieth century’s most successful self-made African American women entrepreneurs and her legacy inspired Sundial Brands to launch in 2016 a new brand named Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture that is sold exclusively at Sephora (online and stores).

The Pre-Wash Protein Treatment really helps fortify and protect against breakage. Suitable for all hair types, this treatment penetrates deeply to restore damages caused by chemical treatments, hair styling or environmental factors.

Made with certified organic and fair trade ingredients, this cruelty free product is easy to use. Before application, I spray my hair with warm water then I apply a generous amount of Pre-Wash Protein Treatment on hair and scalp by paying attention to mid lengths and ends (where breakage happens most of the time!). I put a shower cap to create natural heat then after 15-30 minutes I rinse with warm water and cleanse with Live Clean shampoo and conditioner.

Pai-Shau Supreme Revitalizing Mask (Price: 43$)

After cleansing, I apply a generous amount of Pai-Shau Supreme Revitalizing Mask on wet hair from mid lengths to ends, comb through and rinse well after 5-10 minutes. Suitable for all hair types, this mask hydrates and adds softness.

Pai-Shau products are made in Canada using Signature Tea Complex, a mix of African Red Bush (known as Rooibos), White, Black, Pu-erh and Japanese Matcha Green Teas. This mix provides rejuvenating properties that strengthen, nourish and protect the hair. Moreover, Pai-Shau products are eco-friendly, vegan, paraben free, gluten free, sulfate free, sodium chloride free and color safe. Sold only in professional environments, products are available at Pai-Shau website, fine beauty salons and professional distributors such as Capilex Beauté.

Happy Spring !!

5 Reasons To Wear Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Makeup Stick

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Makeup Stick (price: 53$)

Looking for an oil-free, highly pigmented and long wear foundation stick? Here are 5 reasons to wear the new Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Makeup Stick

1) 20 chances to find the perfect shade

Teint Idole Ultra Makeup Stick is available in 20 shades which means you have 20 chances to find the shade that fit your skin tone. Lancôme extends its color range to be able to reach as many women as possible. At least 4 shades are potentially suitable for dark skins: 500 Suede (W), 510 Suede (C), 550 Suede (C) and 555 Suede (C).

2) Perfect travel size

No more dilemma when traveling! You don’t have to choose between putting your foundation in your checked baggage or leaving it at home because of its size. Now, you could bring this 0.31 oz foundation stick with you directly in your hand bag without any issues at the security check.

3) Moderate to high coverage

I have been testing this foundation stick for more than a month and I can assure you that depending of your desired finish look it delivers homogeneous coverage from moderate to high with a natural-looking matte finish (perfect for oily skins!).

4) Versatility

Thanks to its pigment-rich, this foundation stick is far beyond a basic foundation and can also be used as a concealer or for contouring. Here are Lancôme tips to guide you…

Apply Teint Idole Ultra Makeup Stick with a brush, makeup sponge, your fingers, or directly onto the skin, depending on your preferred method of application.
• When using a foundation brush, lightly feather the product, starting at the center of your face or where you see the most discoloration, and blend outward. Or, apply using fingers, blending with a cross-hatch pattern.
• As a concealer, apply where needed to spot treat and conceal imperfections. Using your finger or a brush, apply in a stippling motion for best results.
• To contour, pick a shade 2-3 shades darker than your base complexion, then apply and blend to sculpt and define your features.

5) Skin benefits

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Makeup Stick is fragrance-free, transfer-resistant, noncomedogenic and tested under dermatological conditions.

Teint Idole Ultra Makeup Stick is available at all Lancôme counters and online at Lancôme.ca.

12 Valentine’s Day Beauty Gifts to Buy Yourself

Happy Valentine’s Day to all my beauty queens!!

One thing for sure, life is all about sharing love every single day and sometimes we are so devoted to others that we forget to pamper ourselves! Here is a list of my current favorite products to cleanse, moisturize, repair and enhance your natural beauty…

#1 CLEANSE

Formulated with natural ingredients (without parabens, petroleum and SLS), Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser and Yes To Tomatoes Daily Pore Scrub help to remove impurities. Together, these purifying ingredients clear you up without drying you out. Moreover, tomatoes help unclog pores and provide a daily dose of antioxidant. Designed specifically for combination and acne-prone skin, those cruelty free products are also suitable for vegans/vegetarians.

#2 Moisturize

As featured few months ago, Wild Rose by Korres helps restores skin tone. Use in combination from day to night for better results Vitamin C Active Brightening Oil, Brightening Targeted Tone Corrector, 24-hour Moisturizing & Brightening Cream and Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial. Wild Rose products are not tested on animals and  are suitable for vegetarians/vegans.

#3 repair

Estée Lauder introduces its first-ever NEW Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Eye Mask infused with Advanced Night Repair technology to rejuvenate the look and feel of the eye area after the stresses of modern life. In just 10 minutes, eyes look radiant and rested with luminous youth. This eye mask suits for all skin types.

#4 enhance your natural beauty

If you experience lips dryness, the first thing to do is to nurture and protect your lips all day long. Don’t look any further and try Sephora Goji Lip Balm. Be careful…the scent is really addictive! This balm formulated without parabens, sulfates and phthalates totally respects your lips.

Now that your lips are ready, chose a color that fit your look or your skin tone. This season, I have a crush on cherry color and I like when it’s highly pigmented to guarantee a proper coverage. During the day I go with Sephora Rouge Matte Lipstick (color M11 Rebel Chic) and for my night look I chose Burberry Liquid Lip Velvet (color Black Cherry #57). Both provide long-lasting moisture and intense pigment.

Let’s finished with nails, if you are not able to visit a nail salon, Sally Hansen Miracle Gel is a zero light gel system to use at home. Step 1, apply your color (more than 70 vibrant shades) then Step 2 put Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Top Coat. Usually, I get up at least to 5-6 days of color and I remove it easily with my nail polish remover.

I hope that you are ready for your beauty shopping, take care of yourself!

Wig ED: What To Look For When Looking For a Wig

Wig ED: What To Look For When Looking For a Wig

Founder of the non-profit Suite HOPE (Helping Oncology Patients Esthetically) and veteran makeup artist with over twenty-five years, Jeanna Doyle releases her new book Wig Ed: What To Look For When Looking For a Wig.

Millions of women wear wigs on a daily basis as a way of experimenting with their personal style or because they are dealing with hair loss. Generally, except on specific beauty blogs, wig is not a common topic and is perceived as taboo.

If you are ready to buy your first wig and you don’t know where to start, this book is an excellent information resource to guide you through this journey. From believable-looking wig to stories, travel tips and instructions for care (how to wash? how to dry?), this book covers all you need to know before choosing the right wig for you.

For more information about Wig ED and to order your copy, visit wiged.com.

Grandiôse by Lancôme

Grandiôse by Lancôme

During Holidays season, I received new shades of Grandiôse Liner and Mascara Extrême from Lancôme. After using both of them for several weeks, it’s now a good time to let you know my thoughts…

First of all, we all agree that eyes are the most difficult part to makeup. If you want a ” wow ” effect, it takes time (well….at least 5 min) and concentration. This is where Grandiose Liner and Mascara Extrême come to rescue.

Grandiôse Liner (40$) and Grandiôse Mascara Extrême (36$)

Inspired by the techniques of make-up artists, Grandiôse Liner comprises a pivot allowing 35-degree curve in the handle to fit the shape of your eyes and simplify liner application. Moreover, the formula is intensely matte and is unaffected by moisture or sebum which means you don’t have to worry if you have an oily skin. At the end of the day, Grandiôse Liner is really easy to remove with your favorite eye makeup remover or just simply with hot water.

To complete and intensify your look, maximizes your lashes volume with Grandiôse Mascara Extrême. This very long-lasting mascara with its “Swan-Neck” wand allows you to grab the lashes close to the roots. Add a touch of pop by trying Bleu Nuit shade, yes don’t be shy to shine!

Grandiôse Liner and Mascara Extrême are available at all Lancôme counters and online at Lancome.ca.

The Face Shop Beauty and Care

The Face Shop beauty products have this little something I particularly appreciate: mixing beauty and care two-in-one. If it’s an usual practice for you to apply makeup, note that it’s even more important to take good care of your skin without neglecting any details.

Collagen Ampoule Lipstick (25$)

Collagen Ampoule Lipstick moisturizes your lips with shimmering colors. It contains anti-aging complex that reduces the appearance of fine lines and protects your lips. The key ingredient in this lipstick is the Macadamia Seed Oil known to prevent wrinkles and other signs of aging.

Seed Cure Lash Essence Mascara (25$)

Seed Cure Lash Essence Masacara contrary to its name it’s not a typical mascara. In reality, it’s a nighttime eyelash essence rich in nutrients that helps your lashes look healthy and elastic. Seed Cure complex is made from extracts of five plants seed: barley, green tea, quinoa, pumpkin and cotton.

How to use? Apply an adequate amount on eyelashes just before bedtime by concentrating on the roots and massage slowly with the rounded tip for better results.

The Face Shop beauty products are available online and you can also visit a store or a local retailer near you by using “find a store” on their website.

Rocky Mountain Handmade Soap Natural Skin Care

Because we all need pampering, treat yourself with Rocky Mountain handmade soap 100% natural skin care or offer this thoughtful gift to someone else this holiday season.

Aloe There Soap (100g – 5,25$)

What makes Rocky Mountain handmade soap so special?

Soap bars are made with natural fats from plant based, herbs, essential oils, mashed fruit or vegetables. Before being cut by hand, the mix is curing during 8 weeks. Those soaps are vegan and toxin free!

Aloe There is one of my favorite because it’s deeply nourishing. With the add of Rosemary and Mint, senses are slowly awakened when showering. This aroma suits for normal to dry skin and even sensitive. Visit Rocky Mountain online boutique to discover the entire collection.