This month I've really been focusing on "spring cleaning" my products cabinet at home. As the cool weather was fading I had that urge to clear away those products that have been sitting at the back of my shelf and with all the open space I wanted to trial some new comers that might earn a spot on my regular list. In this round up I chose 4 of the newest products for skincare from the luxury boutique Constance and Charles. Lucky for you they do ship so you can get these in-store (if you are local in Quebec) or online, score!
First up from Intraceuticals, the awesome Australian brand that I have already talked about on my blog a few months back. They've just come out with the "Atoxelene line wand" pictured above. For those of you that might be a little unsure about taking the plunge into preventative BOTOX, this is the answer to your prayers. It's like botox in a little wand... no needles, no pain, no bruising but less lines. YES please, I'll take a case full! They actually should relabel it the Magic Wand.
I've been using this for over a week and I do feel more relaxed across my forehead where I have been concentrating my applications. I've also been applying on the smile lines around my eyes, but I haven't noticed a difference there yet. I think if you're not quite ready to jump on with medical injectables, then this product is a great substitute!
Bioeffect, made in Iceland has the coolest packaging ever (well I think so) and this EGF Eye Serum is what every woman, young or mature needs in her anti-aging arsenal. Not only does it offer instant cooling to your delicate under-eye area with the roller ball applicator, the gel is cooling as well. I've noticed the hydration effect lasts all day, even on the hotter days that we have had so far. It hasn't helped with my dark circles (that's mainly from sleep deprivation) but I do feel like the hollows and or puffiness is markedly less than before I started. It did take about 3 weeks to see results, and I use it twice a day after cleansing, but the small container has already lasted 6 weeks and it's still going!
Dry and hard winter feet... gross! But a reality for so many of us, especially if you live in a colder climate like I do. My feet barely exit socks and boots, so when summer rolls around I'm always unprepared to show off my feet in scrappy stilettos or wrap sandals. This year I wanted to focus on not having to HIDE my feet and this product is seriously a gem of a find. The Chemistry Brand might sound a little geeky, but it's got some serious merit behind it's science and it works! This one is a keeper.
I started out using it when temps were still cooler overnight, every night after my shower liberally rubbing in about a quarter size dollop (with a nice massage) then wearing socks to bed. After a week I noticed much softer heels with no dry cracked areas and I've kept on with the application about 3 times a week before bedtime. This product has a lasting minty fresh scent and it's great for your hands as well. (Though they do have another product specifically for hands.)
The final product I chose to trial for my spring edit was the matte finish mineral sunscreen from Coola. Once a sun-worshiper (Shhhh...I used to lay out at midday for an hour slathered in coconut oil tanner) for endless summers. I'm now a huge advocate of sun protection and I've done a full 360 turn around so now you'll never catch me outside without sunscreen. What drew me to this SPF 30 was the matte finish. I really don't like the oily, runny shiny sunscreens of past summers and this one sure delivers that matte finish. The way I like to apply it is after my moisturizer but before my powder coverage. It lasts all day, though I do reapply, just because I'm super cautious, plus sun damage is one of the major aging factors that we can prevent! I think the only thing you need to watch with this one is your application amount because if you apply too much (I'm talking a lot here) and you don't wear coverage over the top, you'll look kind of like Snow White with a pale whitish glow... but that's cool too if you're into it and at least you won't be a sunscreen covered grease-ball.
Each product shown above has good reason to take up space on my bathroom shelf, they all earned their place and I'm glad I did that big spring clean up to make room! If you're keen to find any of these to add to your collection of secret anti-aging weapons, like I mentioned earlier you can find them all at the gorgeous luxury boutique Constance and Charles. Don't miss out!
I am still asking myself the question this week, where is spring? I know that April showers are supposed to bring May flowers but we're still getting drowned over here! Well, in light of the cooler temps, I wanted to style for you this gorgeous yet versatile sweater that is the prettiest pastel blue color. Just the color alone can combat a serious case of the BLUES... (pun intended) Yes it's a sweater, but it's the cut-outs and open-back that say spring. The snake-print jeans are a cut above a basic white pair, though that would have been my other choice for this outfit. Since I've never worked at your office I can't say what goes over there, but in my office this is trés chic!
Next up, this striped cold-shoulder top is layered with a light white crepe underneath, the extra privacy is appreciated but you can use it to add some dimension to your outfit too. Tuck it in for a sleek look, or leave some of the fabric showing for an asymmetrical layering like I have done here.
A good friend once told me that you can never have too many pairs of black pants... true words and with this pair you can dress the outfit up with heels for a night out, or stick with flats for a casual event like brunch with the family.
There are other great pieces which I love in the newest collection from Melissa Nepton (too many to talk about though) all are available in store or online at Boutique Liv & Charlie. If you hurry, you'll still be in time to grab something sweet for your Mother's Day outfit!
Above: "Avenger" sweater by Melissa Nepton/ Jeans by Molly Bracken/ "Zacasha" Tiger eye sautoir blue necklace.
It's been a little over a year now that I was introduced to the antibacterial properties of Silver. Yep, your regular "Ag" elemental precious metal you may be wearing as a ring or necklace right now. I had been searching for a replacement to the chemically laden shower gels that you find on every shelf in the pharmacy, (knowing that a product contains carcinogens is a real turn off personally) then I came across this soap and I was instantly curious!
Honestly I don't know why there isn't more hype about the properties of silver? It's natural, it's been coveted as an anti-bacterial for centuries and that's the real reason SILVER and GOLD became so precious... did you ever really think about it?
Fast forward a month (soap in hand)... What I truly love about this brand is the passion behind the product! Sure the soap is amazing (I'll tell you about that in a moment) but this is a "NO-BS" straight up good-to-the-bone kinda company. Family run and born with your health and well being in mind.
They also donate with every purchase of soap to American shelters and refuse houses so that everyone can benefit and you can help better the lives of others by paying it forward too.
All the products are infused with ionic silver solution at 20ppm and every batch is tested to ensure that potency. They use organic and high-quality ingredients, purchased fair trade and sustainably harvested. Each and every soap is hand made in micro batches.
The most amazing thing about silver is that it not only kills bacteria but it preserves the rich unsaponified oils used in these soap bars preventing spoiling and leaving only pure, natural ingredients with no harsh chemicals or preservatives. If you ask me, I'm down for that!
Switching from mainstream shower gels and hand soaps I was thinking that I would miss the lather, the creaminess and the bubbles I had before. But let me tell you, this is WAAAAY creamier and more moisturizing than any of the other soaps, even the "24 hour moisture" claims don't stand a chance against this!
If you love to have soft and touchable skin, if you want to drop the harsh chemicals and free yourself from toxic living then this soap is perfect for you! Oh, I didn't mention the fragrance; light, woody with undertones of spice and musk. It's not floral so it's perfect for the whole family.
Get your happy fingers shopping (online) and head over here, you're missing out if you don't!
Finally it's warming up and we are all feeling that bounce back in our steps. Spring is the time to bare some skin and show a little leg or shoulder with fun and flirty cut-outs. I was so excited to have both those ideals met with the newest collection from Melissa Nepton now available at Liv & Charlie.
For these personal outfits I wanted to keep the makeup look natural, also because of the fact that my skin is super pale from having not seen a ray of sunshine this winter any heavy makeup would just make it look like my head is different from my body. (And really who wants that look?)
Denim is such a classic fabric that you can't really go wrong with this daytime look. The button down collar keeps it classy and the length is moderate. The frayed hemline and mini side split adds that touch of "now" to the dress.
Pair it with your favorite neutral bag and suede booties (open toed if it's not raining out) and y'all be set to shop the town!
The flirty floral print on this silky cut-out dress is perfect to show your bold attitude heading into the warmer months. Wear it now with a leather jacket and pumps, wear it later in the summer with cut-out sandals. Date-night outfit dilemma solved!
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Dernièrement, j’ai eu la chance de revoir plusieurs produits de la compagnie Marcelle. Je dois avouer que j’adore les produits Marcelle à la base. Alors, lorsqu’ils me font découvrir des nouveautés, je craque!!! Testé sous contrôle dermatologique, hypoallergénique et sans parfum, cette gamme se démarque très bien. Tout d’abord, je vous parle du mascara Ultimate Volume, un gros must à avoir!! Il donne un volume hors de l’ordinaire, avec sa brosse qui compte plus de 300 poils, votre regard deviendra attirant sans aucun doute! Enrichi d’extrait de carnauba, il apporteraflexibilité et douceur à vos cils.
Les crayons, je les aime tous, avec la venue de Velvet Gel, des crayons qui tiendront la route des heures et des heures et ce jusqu’à 24 hrs! Plusieurs possibilités s’offrent à vous, que ce soit un trait fin, bien défini ou pour un look charbonneux, suffit d’appliquer et de jouer différemment avec la base de votre trait. Question d’apporter de la belle lumière à votre regard, vous n’aurez qu’à appliquer un trait du crayon Khôl sur le contour intérieur de votre œil et le tour sera joué, il est offert en 6 nuances. (Psst, j’adore le mother of pearl!)
En ce qui concerne les rouges à lèvres, les nouveaux venus de la collection Velvet Gel de Karine Vanasse sauront charmer la femme coquette en vous. Avec l’huile d’avocat et les oméga 6 qu’ils contiennent, ils hydratent instantanément vos lèvres et préviennent les lèvres gercées.
Marcelle accueille aussi de nouveaux produits portant le nom City, une crème teintée qui s’adapte aux pigments de tous. En plus de protéger contre les stress environnementaux, les agents polluants, elle offre une hydratation immédiate et de longue durée. Avec son FPS 25, elle saura protéger votre peau des rayons UVB. Le bonheur de ce petit bijou, c’est que vous pouvez l’utiliser seule ou avec votre fond de teint pour une couvrance plus intense. City offre aussi un super cache-cernes, facile d’application, ayant le look d’un rouge à lèvres, il est facile à trainer dans votre sac à mains pour une petite retouche de fin de journée.
Pour terminer, je dois souligner mon grand coup de cœur pour le nettoyant exfoliant crème douceur, j’ai vu une différence rapidement après quelques exfoliations. Son action nettoyante est issue de la technologie micellaire, alors l’exfoliation se fait tout en douceur, la peau est beaucoup plus radieuse et le teint est éclatant, il deviendra vite votre nouvel allier!
Les produits Marcelle sont en vente en ligne au www.marcelle.com ou dans plusieurs pharmacies et magasins à grandes surfaces. Les prix sont très abordables. Je vous souhaite de bonnes découvertes, Valérie Quevillon
Lately, I had the chance to review several products from the company Marcelle. I must admit that I loved their products from the get-go. So, when they show me new fun novelties, I go crazy!!! Tested under dermatological control, hypoallergenic and fragrance free, this range stands out. First of all, I'm talking about the mascara Ultimate Volume, a big must have!! It gives a volume out of the ordinary, with its brush which counts more than 300 hairs; your lashes will attract others without any doubt! Enriched with carnauba extract, it provides flexibility and softness.
The pencils... I love them all! With the advent of Velvet Gel, crayons that will hold fast for hours and hours even to 24 hrs! Several possibilities are available to you, whether a fine line, well defined or for a smoky look, just apply and play differently with the base of your stroke. To bring beautiful light to your gaze, you only have to apply a line of the Kohl pencil on the inner contour of your eye and the trick will be played, it is offered in 6 shades. (Psst, I love the mother of pearl!)
As for the lipsticks, the newcomers of the collection Velvet Gel by Karine Vanasse will charm the cheeky woman in you. Containing avocado oil and the omega 6, they instantly moisturize and prevent chapped lips.
The brand also welcomes new products bearing the name City, a tinted cream that adapts to all skin pigments. In addition to protecting against environmental stresses and pollutants, it provides immediate and long lasting hydration. With its SPF 25, it will protect your skin from UVB rays as well. The joy of this little gem is that you can use it alone or with your foundation for a more intense coverage. City also offers a super concealer that is easy to apply, plus looking like a lipstick, it is easy to carry in your handbag for a little touch-up at the end of the day.
To conclude, I must point out my great favorite for the exfoliating cream softness cleanser, I saw a difference soon after some exfoliations. Its cleansing action is derived from micellar technology, so the exfoliation is done gently, the skin is much more radiant and the complexion is left brighter, it will quickly become your new ally!
All Marcelle products are available online or in several pharmacies and supermarket stores. Prices are very affordable. I wish you good discoveries, Valérie Quevillon