In Good Company…

Isabella, Juliette, Julia, Kate and Me of course!!!  NO my ego has not inflated to disproportionate size nor have I started experiencing delusions of grandeur, the one thing all five of us ladies have in common is Lancome Paris Cosmetics.  Just about everybody I know has used Lancome mascara at one time or another in their life or wore Tresor, but today I’m writing about a fairly new product to their skincare line, Genefique Yeux Light-Pearl.  It’s quite a mouthful to say (especially if you didn’t grow up in France or Canada), but it’s an absolute delight to the eyes.

Essentially it’s an anti-ageing eye serum, but it’s so much more than that.  Without going into too much detail, I’d recently undergone surgery and was recovering at home when I decided to break out the big guns.  Post anesthesia is not the “rockin’ look” you’d think it’d be, so I enlisted a little extra help from Lancome.  Before putting on my eye cream I apply the serum around my orbital bone and enjoy the cooling sensation the metallic, tear-shaped wand imparts on my skin.  It helped perk up my peepers by brightening my under-eye area and down-playing my puffiness.

Genefique Yeux Light Pearl is available where Lancome products are sold and retails for $68 u.s. and $85 Canadian.  It is also available for order online at Sephora.com and Lancome Paris.  Something to remember is Lancome is frequently known for giving out generous gifts with purchase throughout the year and with the holidays quickly approaching….I’m just saying…

So enjoy this holiday season in “good company!”

Happy shopping…xo Elisa

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Raindrops on Roses and Whiskers on Kittens….

You see where I’m going with today’s post.  I intend to introduce you to 2 of my very “Favorite Things”.  Both are from a well-known, long-standing, very reputable company, however both are fairly new additions to their vast array of products!  Kiehls is the company I’m referring to and their Rosa Arctica line of products are the “bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens” that turn me into Julie Andrews!

Not too long ago Kiehls introduced us to their Rosa Arctica Moisturizer and it’s “Resurrection Flower” which when warmed between the fingers and applied to your skin activates a regeneration of your skin’s cells and really aids in the anti-ageing process.  This flower can survive without water for an extended period of time, so when it’s applied onto your skin it allows your skin to retain the moisture it needs to keep you looking young and hydrated (but definitely NOT oily).  If I hadn’t been using this product for a few years I never would believe what it could do, but I have and it does.  The only downfall was that they had not created a formula for the eyes…until now!  Finally the eye cream version is available and actually works magnificently!

I use the eye cream both day and night, whereas I save the moisturizer for my evening routine, after cleansing and toning.  It is really important to remember to warm the product up in your fingers first before applying it to your face (see “this could save your life…” post for application tips).  Both are available wherever Kiehls products are sold or at Kiehls.com and are priced at $46 (eye cream) and $60-$120 (moisturizer).

Also remember when trying new products, it can take up to 28 days for your skin to adapt.  Which is another reason I love shopping at Kiehls, they really stand by their products, if after some time you are not satisfied with the product they will take it back.  I am pretty certain you will love these two…I mean I haven’t started turning my drapes into clothing yet, but sometimes when it’s nice out, you can see me singing down the streets of Montreal…

“when the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad…..”

Happy Shopping….xo Elisa

 

 

 

This could save your life!!! (okay not really but…)

 

I spend a lot of money on products, I mean a lot(we don’t judge here, remember).  I certainly spend more than I should, but lucky for you that I do because this is how I’m able to bring you all the best of what’s out there  (oh the sacrifices I make so that you all can look fab)!

Today’s blog however is about 3 skin care practices that are often misused, abused and/or sometimes overlooked all together.  It’s one thing to have the best products out there at your disposal but it’s another to use them incorrectly and waste all of your hard-earned cash.  This is where I come in…

1.  Exfoliating your face.   All too often people complain about exfoliators being too harsh on their skin.  What you need to remember is that your face is not gyproc and the exfoliator is not sandpaper.  Gentle, upward circular motion is all it takes to do a great job.  You’re trying to brighten your complexion by removing it’s dull outer layer,  not strip it like you would  an old piece furniture.  (Ren Micro Polish Cleanser $30 at Sephora.com and Renskincare.com and Tracie Martyn’s Enzyme Exfoliate  $90 at Traciemartyn.com)  These are my two very favorite exfoliating products out there.

2.  Applying moisturizer to your face.  Essentially your goal is to keep your face hydrated and therefore delay the signs of aging.  In other words “do not pull and yank your face like you are fighting with it!”  When you pull your face you are stretching your skin, loose skin is not generally associated with young looking skin.  Moisturizing your face is a kind thing to do, therefore do it kindly, gently pat your moisturizer on, again in an upward, circular motion.  Some days can be rough, the 60 seconds you get during the day to moisturize your face may be the only good ones of that day…enjoy the moment!  (for my product recommendation see “All the leaves are brown…” )

3.  Washing your face at night.  I am told and find it very hard to believe that there are people out there who go to bed at night and do not wash their face.  This is the closest thing to blasphemy in my book (and sadly I am not joking)!  Whether you are at work, at school, at home, wherever you may be throughout the day, your face comes into contact with a lot of nasty stuff.  I don’t care if it’s a great aunt that pinched your cheeks or smokers outside your office building,  kisses from friends or your own hands that come into contact with your face, you must wash it before bedtime.  All you party animals out there that come home too late or dare I say too intoxicated to wash up before bed…unacceptable!  I am now going to make your lives much easier and well, quite frankly, cleaner.  Amore Pacific Treatment Cleansing Tissues  $40, are the easiest way to clean your face before bedtime.  They come in a great little box with 30 tissues (plus another 30 replacement pack) and all you have to do is swipe it all over your face.  It removes dirt, grime, makeup and leaves your face pillow ready.

So you’re welcome world…I sort of feel like a skin care super hero trying to save the universe one complexion at a time…;)

A girl can dream, can’t she?  xo Elisa


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