A review of SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF I am the kind of gal who likes to explore when it comes to makeup because I believe it is a great opportunity to be creative and let my imagination run wild (well maybe not as wild as KISS!!). I see the world of cosmetics as a playground with beautiful shades, seductive textures and inventive products allowing me to accentuate my features as I please.
I am equally passionate about makeup as I am for skincare but I also tend to consider skincare as something highly serious. In fact, I tend to be very disciplined by sticking to the skincare routine I have established in my early twenties. And as much as I like to stay updated about the latest trends and skincare innovations, I am very careful when it comes to introducing a new product to my routine. But every now and then, I feel the need to try something different, usually when there is a brand new ingredient, a revamped formulation or simply another kind of product on the market. That is exactly what happened to me lately. Let me explain...
Over the past few years, I have tried various vitamin C products in a quest to achieve brighter and more radiant skin. But up to this day, I could not really grasp the hype behind this cult ingredient. That is when I discovered SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF, a water-based vitamin C serum, which had many promising claims.
Developed over five years of extensive research, this broad-spectrum treatment is filled with antioxidants to protect the skin cells from free radicals and photodamage that has already occurred. It is precisely made of 10% vitamin C, 0.5% of ferulic acid and 2% of phloretin, the latter being THE secret weapon of this serum. Phloretin is in fact a molecule derived from the bark of apple trees, which have been found to help skin cells regenerate.
Filled with scientific information, I decided to explore on my own and test the benefits of this highly praised beauty elixir. I started to use a few drops of the liquid formulation in the morning on my clean face, neck and hands. I then let it sink in for a minute before applying sunscreen. It gets absorbed very well and dries out to a satin texture. It is important to mention that using a sunscreen following this type of product is crucial because an antioxidant serum doesn't protect the skin from the sun's rays.
After having used this product for six weeks, I am delighted to report that I have noticed a reduction of sun spots on top of my cheeks as well as less broken capillaries around my nose. I have far less redness and blotchiness than before. As a result, my skin is now glowing and my complexion is more even than before. As a bonus, I have started to use a lot less foundation than I used to because I don't feel the need to conceal my skin anymore.
At $150 CAD a bottle, this powerful formulation is certainly not the type of product you buy on a whim but considering that I have seen more palpable results with this serum than with any other vitamin C products, it is well worth the investment.
The Pantone Color Institute has recently announced that emerald will be the official colors of 2013. After an array of bright color like Tangerine Tango, Honeysuckle, Turquoise and Mimosa, I am eager to embrace this deep and mysterious green. According to the gods of color, emerald is described as "a color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony". Isn't that promising! Are you ready for this luscious and lively green?
I am always curious to discover the special touch Chanel has planned for the holiday season. According to their latest collection entitled Éclats du soir, the upcoming holidays will be particularly sparkly and chic. Created by Peter Philips, Creative Director of Chanel Makeup, the 2012 Christmas Collection focuses on gold tones, glittering soft pink and beige shades as well as deep burgundy hues. Isn't it a ravishing proposition?
When I first saw this festive collection, my eyes were immediately drawn to the gorgeous embossed eye palette named Harmonie du soir. Not only is the color combination from this quad impeccable, but each eyeshadow is round and quilted as a reminiscence of the Chanel jacket button. What a stylish detail! I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the gold, taupe, violet plum and pink eyeshadows comprised in this palette are buttery soft and highly pigmented. I have the strong impression that Chanel has greatly improved the formulation of their eye powders. I now wonder how I will manage to use this pretty palette. I might end up keeping it as a collector's item, wouldn't you do the same?
Cookie cutters, checked. Rolling pin, checked. Food colouring, checked. Sugar cookies, here I come!
Christmas wouldn't be complete without delicious and beautifully iced cookies, don't you think? Here is the easy recipe I have been making for quite a while:
2 1/2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 cup of butter, softened
1 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
2 tablespoon of milk (or almond milk)
1/2 tablespoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
For lemon icing
1 cup of powdered sugar
2 tablespoon of lemon
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1. In a large bowl, beat butter with sugar until fluffy. Beat in egg, vanilla and milk. Stir in flour, baking powder and salt. Cover dough with plastic and refrigerate for at least an hour.
2. Pre-heat oven at 350 degrees F (180 degrees C). Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface. Cut into shapes with cookie cutters. Place cookies on baking sheet 1 in. apart. Bake 10 to 15 minutes, until the edges turn golden. Cool down completely.
3. Prepare the icing by combining sugar, lemon and vanilla extract until smooth. To achieve the desired icing color, I like to use this very helpful guide put together by the Food Network Magazine (May 2012 issue):
When I see sparkle, glitter and shimmer, my heart always skips a beat. And something tells me I am not alone! I am glad the holidays are around the corner since it will give me a great excuse to dive in the opulent world of embellished dresses. Aren't these exquisite?
The Boston Museum of Fine Arts is currently featuring the glamorous work of portrait and fashion photographer Mario Testino. Entitled Mario Testino: In Your Face, the career retrospective honors the talent of the Peruvian-born jet-setter and includes 125 famous pictures of celebrities and dignitaries.
For the occasion, I have gathered here some candid shots and stunning portraits of the ever stylish Kate Moss, Gisele Bündchen, Laetitia Casta, Charlotte Casiraghi, Nathalie Portman, Lady Di and Tina Fey. I have also included an interesting behind-the-scenes film put together by the MFA to document the creative process leading to the exhibition. Enjoy!
For more details about the exhibit, visit the MFA.
It's official! The countdown to Christmas has begun. Perhaps the best way to enjoy the magic of this festive month is to experience it through the eyes of a child, with an advent calendar. I have gathered here some very creative advent calendars to put you in the mood to launch the planning process for Christmas. Enjoy!
Sometimes all a woman wants is to be surrounded by beauty, and beautiful things, to be inspired in life. While beauty is in the eye of the beholder, it can also be seen on the fingers of people with exquisite taste and in the shape of bold cabochon rings.
Here are some splendid cabochons that would have a made ostentatious kings quite envious. Fancy anything you like?
Over the weekend, I jumped on the Mad Men 5 bandwagon. I was so thrilled to be reunited with my favorite characters (and cast) on TV, to find out what the future would hold for Sterling Cooper Drapper Pryce and to discover what the talented costume designer Janie Bryant had in store for the ladies this season.
And most importantly, I was delighted to see that I am more then ever fascinated by Joan's elegance and cleverness as I am smitten by Roger's charm and debonair attitude.
Here are a few of my favorite quotes, which I managed to write down as I was sipping martinis and watching the episodes one after the other.
Megan to Don: "Don, I love you. You are everything I'll hoped you'd be".
Glen: "How's the city?"
Roger: "Who knows why people in history did good things. For all we know, Jesus was trying to get the loaves and fishes account."
Mona: "I thought you had married Jane because I had gotten old, and then I realized it's because you had."
Roger (after Don receives a Steinway walking stick for his birthday): You could stick it up your ass and have a concert."
Betty: "It's nice to be put through the ringer and find out...I'm just fat."
Ken: "I only do it because my wife likes it".
Roger: "Well my wife likes fur, but you don't see me growing a tail".
Joan: "I know a girl who had your job and ended up with everything."
Don to Megan: "You wanna be somebody's discovery, not somebody's wife."
Marie Calvet to Megan: "You are an ungrateful little bitch. Thank god my children aren't my whole life".
If you are wondering what to do in Montreal on this cold November day, I have a colorful suggestion for you. There is a fabulous exhibition of painter Rock Therrien happening until tomorrow at Galerie Saint-Dizier in Old Montreal. Self-taught, this young artist is recognizable for creating larger sized paintings depicting rounded characters usually from another era. I have gathered here some old and recent favorites from his whimsical collection:
Ever since my sister had difficulty to tolerate gluten, I have started exploring the wonderful world of gluten-free cooking and baking. While on the other side of the fence, I have come to discover that there are no reason to be miserable when eating gluten-free meals. Here's a sweet example of how to have your cake and eat it too!
This is a nice (and rich) cake recipe which I recently made for my dear sister. I adore everything lemon, so I figured out a way to incorporate my favorite ingredient into another scrumptious dessert. I must confess that there are quite many steps but I reassure you, they are very straightforward. Happy baking!
For the cakes:
1 1/4 cup of fine polenta (yellow cornmeal)
1 1/4 cup of shredded coconut
1 1/4 cup of ground almonds
1 tablespoon of baking soda
1 cup of butter, soften
1 cup of sugar
Grated rind of 3 lemons
Juice of 2 lemons
For lemon icing:
Juice of one lemon
1 cup of icing sugar
1 tablespoon of water
Pre-heat the oven at 325 degrees F (170 degrees C). Grease muffin pan or mini-round cake pan.
Blend together polenta, coconut, ground almond, baking soda, lemon rind and set aside. Beat butter and sugar until pale and light. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Fold in dry ingredients and lemon juice until fully combined.
Spoon mixture into muffin pan until 3/4 full. Bake for thirty minutes or until golden. Allow the cakes to cool in the pan.
For the icing:
At medium heat, mix in sugar, water and lemon until the sugar is completely dissolved. It should look like a thick white syrup.
Once the cakes have cooled down completely, remove from the pan onto a service plate. Pour the icing on the cakes with a spoon and add some pistachios to make it pretty.
Marion Cotillard, Marchesa and vibrant oxblood, what else do you need? You already knew that I have a girl crush on Marion Cotillard. Well, I think this photograph of Ben Hasset for Harper's Bazaar UK might just be my favorite of her lately. Don't you agree?
It's the season to be blue and it's far from being sad news! Indeed Olympian blue, Pantone 19-4056 to be precise, brings a vibrant energy to our dark world this fall. Just think blue mascara and dashing blue looks at at Stella McCartney, sumptuous blue dresses at Monique Lhullier, bright blue eyeshadow at Anna Sui and, of course the very chic Chanel Le Vernis Bleu Rebel. It makes no doubt, the blue stars are aligned in the sky.
Stella McCartney, Fall 2012
Anna Sui, Fall 2012
With all the creative ways to sports this exuberant color this season, I must confess that my favorite is certainly to opt for bold heels since they add instant awesomeness to any outfit. And with such fabulous blue options out there, you'll have no more reason to wear boring dark shoes.
When we think about the glamorous silhouettes of the 1940s, we usually picture tailored dresses, cinched waists, classic makeup, soft curls and feminine accessories. But we often forget the ingenious corsets that were used to accentuate the hourglass figure. Here are some delightful illustrations of seriously chic undergarments. A constraining, yet timeless elegance.
Aren't you glad comfort can also be stylish nowadays?