How Vichy Skincare Saved My Dry Winter Skin in Preparation for Spring

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Vichy’s scientific skincare expert Dr. Sarah Gora made some personalized skincare recommendations to help me deal with my dry and dehydrated skin. I must say she was bang on in her recommendations because my skin has made a rather dramatic turnaround. The dryness and tightness is gone as well as any flakiness and most of the redness. The recommended products were:

Eau Thermale Thermal Spa Water ($9.50 US for travel size shown) – I spray this on my skin after cleansing prior to applying my skincare. The Vichy Thermal Spa Water contains a unique combination of 15 rare minerals and it feels so cool and refreshing. I am really loving this added step in my routine.

Purete Thermale Soothing Cleansing Milk for Dry Sensitive Skin ($18 US) – I use this cream cleanser after removing makeup with my cleansing oil. It is enriched with antioxidant Vitamin E and hydrating glycerin and leaves my skin feeling hydrated and soft.

Aqualia Thermal Daily Care Rich Cream ($31 US) – I use this cream often in the mornings to leave my skin plump, hydrated and ready for makeup.

LiftActiv Anti-Wrinkle and Firming Care for Dry to Very Dry Skin ($50 US) – This rich cream contains 6% shea butter and 5% Rhamnose which is a naturally derived plant sugar proven to help boost skin rejuvenation. I’ve been loving adding a dropper full of Vichy Neovadiol Elixir facial oil into the LiftActiv cream for an intensely hydrating overnight facial a couple times a week.

Since I am prone to clogged pores on my nose I would skip the richer moisturizers in this area some evenings and apply Vichy Normaderm Hyaluspot to keep that area clear.

Now that my skin feels hydrated, plump, and healthy I am going to finally delve into the Vichy line testing out the Vichy LiftActive Advanced Concentrate Daily Wrinkle Corrector and the Vichy Idealia Life Serum and treat my skin to some night treatments with the Vichy ProEVEN Night Overnight Concentrate.

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Perfect Nautical Nails with Dior Summer 2014 Transat Collection |Yacht, Sailor, Captain | Photos, Swatches, Review

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There are three new shades of the impeccable Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer as part of the Dior Summer 2014 Transat Collection. Each one comes as a Vernis Transat Manicure Set ($31 CAD) including clear nail decals with painted stripes and the CD logo. There is a mini Dior emery board included for filing off the excess nail appliqué.

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210 Yacht is the perfect neutral tan. I’m not usually a fan of these kind of shades but this has a certain sophistication I can’t help but love.

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700 Sailor is an absolutely incredible cobalt blue. It is breathtaking and so glossy. I am infatuated with this shade.

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750 Captain is the perfect warm red. It is vibrant, shiny, and perfect for summer. I have shown the clear decal applied on my ring finger. My little nubbins aren’t the best demonstration but you can see how cute they are.

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These all applied with the ease and perfection I’ve come to expect from Dior polishes. The flat tapered brush is wonderful and coverage is excellent. I couldn’t possibly find a thing to complain about. Adore.

The Dior Summer 2014 Transat Collection becomes available May 1st, 2014 nationwide at Dior counters and TheBay.com. The Transat Manicure sets will not be available at Holt Renfrew.

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NARS Releases 16 Piece Artistry Brush Collection | Photos, Swatches, Review

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NARS Cosmetics recently expanded on it’s makeup artistry heritage with a 16 piece Artistry Brush Collection. This comprehensive collection features an exquisite design conceived by Founder and Creative Director François Nars and Fabien Baron, of New York design firm Baron & Baron.

“You cannot achieve good makeup without good tools.” – François Nars

I really love the look and feel of these brushes. Each brush is designed with the finest quality hairs and delicately weighted to provide the necessary balance for a professional and precise makeup application. The brush and packaging feature the iconic matte black finish with sharp debossed logo and signature pop of red. The red accent gives these such a fantastic look.

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The brushes are divided into three categories.

FACE CATEGORY to Refine. Blend. Conceal.

Powder Brush #10 ($58 CAD) Blends, buffs, and diffuses loose powder for a lustrous finish. Double domed with layers of full, soft hair to pick up and deposit powder evenly.

Bronzing Powder Brush #11 ($58 CAD) An artist essential for controlled application. The dense concentration of soft, natural hair holds and applies product for an even, all-over glow.

Cream Blending Brush #12 ($32 CAD) A versatile, multi-use brush for face and eyes. Designed for gentle application of concealer around the eyes and effortless blending of cream textures.

Precision Blending Brush #13 ($30 CAD) For precision application of concealer. Ideal for focused use on spots, pigmented areas, or around the eyes and nose.

CHEEK CATEGORY to Sculpt. Contour. Highlight.

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NARS Blush Brush #20

Blush Brush #20 ($47 CAD) Professional domed shape deposits blush pigments perfectly. Diffuses as it blends for smooth, effortless application. I adore this brush. It of course makes a fantastic blush brush but my favourite way to use it has been for applying bronzer.

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NARS Contour Brush #21

Contour Brush #21 ($47 CAD) Expertly angled for sculpting and highlighting the cheekbones. An artist essential to define and blend with controlled application. This brush has the perfect amount of firmness to precisely sculpt the face while maintaining the softness to blend and diffuse the application for a very natural look.

EYE CATEGORY Line. Define. Blend.

Eye Shadow Brush #40 ($36 CAD) Deposits the perfect amount of pigment for a masterful sweep of all-over shadow.

Diffusing Brush #41 ($37 CAD) A must-have for blending and creating the smoky eye. Lush bristles softly apply shadow for a light veil of color.

Blending Eye Shadow Brush #42 ($37 CAD) Ideal tool for applying high-shimmer shadows and effortless blending for a soft-focus effect due to softer, longer hair design.

Wide Contour Eye Shadow Brush #43 ($37 CAD) The go-to artist essential that does it all: tap, blend, or sweep shadow with ease. Angled shape allows for all-over or precise application.

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NARS Precision Contour Brush #44

Precision Contour Brush #44 ($32 CAD) The firm, flexible hair design of this brush is ideal for applying concentrated color in the eye crease. This brush is amazing. The compact size and dense bristles make it amazing for a more precise and concentrated crease colour application. My only complaint is that I find my brush to be a touch on the scratchy side but the exquisite design means it is still one of my favourite brushes at the moment.

Smudge Brush #45 ($32 CAD) The smoky eye artist essential. Expertly deposits colour along the lash line and diffuses and softens eyeliner.

Push Eyeliner #46 ($32 CAD) Transforms any cream or powder eye shadow into an eyeliner for a smooth, fine line at the base of the lashes. Use wet to apply powders for stronger colour impact.

Angled Eyeliner Brush #47 ($32 CAD) Designed for impeccable glide when applying liquid and cream textures along the lash line. Perfect for use with NARS Eye Paint to create a variety of effects, from natural to dramatic.

Brow Defining Brush #48 ($30 CAD) Define, shape and fill in sparse brows. Firm bristles provide control and deposit powder for a hair-like effect.

LIP CATEGORY

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NARS Precision Lip Brush #30

Precision Lip Brush #30 ($30 CAD) Designed with a wide, flat surface to evenly apply lipstick with precision. This is probably the most precise lip brush I have ever used. I’m loving this retractable lip brush. It may not give a super quick application due to it’s small size but if you are working with deep or bright colours you will appreciate the precision.

Available at select NARS retailers (including Sephora, Hudson’s Bay, Holt Renfrew and Murale) and www.narscosmetics.ca

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