Elizabeth Arden’s new Retinol Ceramide Capsules redefines beauty sleep

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If you dread hitting the snooze button because seeing your morning face makes you want to crawl back to bed, you can now put those days behind you with Elizabeth Arden’s new anti-ageing innovation. Elizabeth Arden are upping their skincare game with the launch of their new Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum. These new capsules are a powerful upgrade on their cult and Holy Grail Advanced Ceramide Capsules Youth Serum thanks to the addition of retinol

A line-erasing night serum that’ll have you waking up looking more youthful, the breakthrough Retinol Ceramide Capsules leverages on the original Advanced Ceramide formula to deliver a more potent serum that not only tackles general skin ageing, but hones in on specific concerns such as lines and wrinkles to deliver renewing and smoothing benefits.

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Reese Witherspoon Presents Retinol Ceramide Capsules

As simple as popping open a capsule to feed your complexion with a dose of the fountain of youth just before you hit the pillow, read on to find out how Elizabeth Arden is re-defining ‘beauty sleep’.

Retinol might be a serious beauty buzzword at the moment, but it’s here to stay. As one of the most potent anti-ageing ingredients on the market, it’s touted as one of the most powerful extracts to rejuvenate the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Sleeping beauty had the right idea. Nighttime is when your skin produces new cells, so it’s best to arm your complexion with the right products to help it repair itself while you snooze — and it doesn’t get better than using Elizabeth Arden’s Retinol Ceramide Capsules. Its key ingredient, retinol, is most effective at night as exposure to sunlight breaks down the active compounds. From the moment you hit the pillow, it starts working: Reducing the look of your pores, diminishing lines and wrinkles, and improving skin tone and texture.

 

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If you’re wondering ‘why retinol?’ out of a myriad of skincare ingredients, it’s because this is a clinically tried and tested ingredient for turning back the clock as it prompts skin cell turnover. Besides kickstarting new cell growth within the dermis, retinol also helps to prevent the breakdown of collagen fibres, thereby supporting your skin’s overall renewal process. With the new capsules, you get twice the anti-ageing power as Elizabeth Arden combines the pros of retinol with ceramide. The former boosts collagen and elastin levels, while the latter complements the retinol by fortifying the skin’s natural moisture barrier.

But wait, isn’t retinol notorious for thinning the skin and causing your complexion to burn more easily in the sun? Well, the derm will tell you that’s an ill-deserved reputation. Let it be known henceforth that retinol actually thickens the skin, as it increases your cell turnover and collagen production. The stuff is meant to be applied around the eyes too, in case you thought retinol would burn the delicate parts of the face. In fact, MDs recommend starting on retinols once you hit the mid ’20s mark. Another busted myth is the ‘higher-percentage-equals-better-results’ way of thinking, as it is the stability of the retinol that directly affects efficacy. Which leads us to… the most effective form of retinol, captured in capsules.

 

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Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum, 60 pieces.

Thanks to Elizabeth Arden’s cutting-edge expertise in anti-ageing science, their manufacturing process ensures every precaution has been undertaken to preserve retinol’s potency. Microsponge technology is used to entrap the active compounds, which enhances the performance of the ingredients. Every capsule is then hermetically sealed to keep the ingredients fresh without the need for added preservatives.

Another factor that contributes to the product’s ace efficacy is its capsule packaging. More than just a stylistic element, the (admittedly cute) rose-pink Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Serum pods, unlike most serums which come in a bottle, have an essential function: It’s an airtight, stable container. The retinol is much more stable than other sources as it isn’t exposed to light, air or other environmental pollutants. In fact, clinical tests on the product have revealed that it is 76% more potent and powerful than similar retinol products from a dropper. This mono-dose method also makes for hassle-free travel skincare; you can simply take away a handful of capsules for every vacay. Another winning point to the capsule design? Each pod is a precisely measured dose, which takes the guesswork out of skincare and eliminates wastage.

 

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Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum, 30 pieces.

All the good things you want for eternally youthful skin can be had with this one serum. The retinol specifically targets fine lines and crow’s feet — sans any irritation and drying with ceramides 2 and 3 to strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier — so you won’t have to fret about the on-set of ‘crepey’ skin. Youth-restoring peptides and a blend of avocado, sunflower, and olive oils are also added to the formula to deliver an extra boost of nourishment and hydration to comfort the skin, so it feels good when you apply this.

These amazing and calming emollient oils also have other incredible skin properties, including boosting hydration, which help to keep the skin beautifully soft and plumped-up.

A new Holy Grail is born? 76 per cent more potent than non-capsulated versions of retinol, clinical studies have shown that regular use of the Retinol Ceramide Capsules over four weeks visibly improves radiance and clarity, with reduced pores and diminished lines and wrinkles. Two months in ups the results, as the deeper wrinkles get smoothed, and tough discolourations and age spots are lightened to reveal more youthful skin. Plumped and rosy skin, check and check.

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Easily slotted into your existing skincare regime, all it takes is but a simple twist to break open a capsule and you’re patting the good stuff into your skin. With its easy-to-spread texture and quick penetration, you can get your daily dose of essential retinols just before you go to bed (and while you catch up on the latest episode of your current Netflix obsession). Now behold your #Iwokeuplikethis skin when you greet the rising sun.

The Retinol Ceramide Capsules you can use alone – on cleaned skin – or in combination with a moisture-rich night cream to keep your skin (more) hydrated and smooth. The Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Skin Protectant Night Time Miracle Moisturiser is our favourite option.

Elizabeth Arden Retinol Ceramide Capsules Line Erasing Night Serum is available in a package with 30 capsules and 60 capsules.

 

 

 

 

Pioneering sun protection

My UV Patch, L’Oréal sun protection revolution, has hit the market. Discover how they’ve been a suncare game-changer for 70 years.

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If a few years ago someone had told you that some day a blue and white heart-shaped sticker 2.5 cm across would one day help protect you from UV rays, you’d probably have told them they’d been sitting in the sun too long.

Yet that day has arrived: this January the My UV Patch from La Roche-Posay, one of L’Oréal Group’s skin-care brands, was introduced at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Just half the thickness of a strand of hair , about 50 microns , this ultra-thin stretchable sensor contains photosensitive dyes that change colour depending on how much UV radiation it’s exposed to. Snap a picture of it using the accompanying app and it will tell you if you’ve been sitting in the sun too long (without implying that you’re crazy).

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But back when the closest thing to a wearable device that could help limit your UV exposure was a pair of sunglasses, L’Oréal was already forging a path towards a bright and sunny future. In 1935, observing that sunkissed skin was now à la mode among French consumers, the group’s founder Eugène Schueller developed and launched Ambre Solaire: the world’ s first sun protection oil, the only tanning oil to contain a sun filter. It was soon a must-have product for French beach-goers enjoying their very first paid vacation in the summer of 1936.

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From a protection oil to a wearable electronic patch… Could anyone have imagined that this would be the story of suncare? 80 years of innovation spearheaded by L’Oréal

BY TERRY EYE BASE PRIME to FIX

By Terry is one of my favourite ‘new’ make-up and skincare brands. Terry de Gunzburg, former director of Yves Saint Laurent Make-up, launched her brand By Terry in 1998. It has become a best-selling premium make-up and skincare line, with luxurious formulations based on scientific research.

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By Terry’s Holy Grail: Eye Base Prime to Fix, 15 ml

By Terry’s universal Eye Base Prime to Fix correcting base fixes and maximizes the wear and intensity of powder and cream eye shadows while also working double-duty to fill in lines. Usually you have to choose one over the other, but now you don’t have to! Additionally, this super-powered, lightweight formula offers a myriad of anti-wrinkle benefits and keeps eye shadow in place for hours and hours. Hydra-smoothing plant complex and anti-migration soft touch powders ensure that makeup won’t crease, crack, or smudge.

Its Color Enhancer technology combines a hydra-smoothing plant complex with anti-migration soft-touch powders and Flawless Finish superfine transparent pigments. Perfectly prepare your eyelids by neutralizing imperfections and smoothing out micro-fine lines.. To apply, smooth on with fingertips before applying your eyeshadows.

A Holly Grail for every eyemakeup lover! By Terry’s Eye Base Prime to Fix is vèry easy to apply,  you’ll experience perfectly prepared eyelids and even coverage for perfect, long-lasting hold.

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Beat your age with the Guerlain Orchidee Imperiale Mask

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Guerlain, the miracle worker in beauty treatment is bringing the best anti-aging treatments to the masses. Next to the now legendary Orchidée Impériale range, they treat us with the Orchidée Impériale Mask wich is the prototype of professional skincare. The molecular make up of the mask and its active ingredients help defy age, over prolonged use. Tried and tested results include firmer, toned yet supply skin that also shows signs of ample nourishment and strong hydration. The Imperial Orchid Mask is very easy to use creme mask and an intensive treatment that takes care of fatigue that dulls complexion, bringing back a youthful glow. Wrinkles, be gone!

For me the whole Guerlain’s Orchidée Impériale range is a true Holy Grail. And thats for a reason! It’s true… it doen’t comes cheap.But using it in the right way, it’s an investment!

Guerlain’s Orchidée Impériale Masque for smoother, energized skin comes in the famous gold and royal blue pack (2.5 oz.), and can be bought for $380.

Holy Grail: YSL Touche Éclat

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To this day, one Yves Saint Laurent’s Touche Éclat it is sold every ten seconds somewhere in the world – not bad for a product nobody understands. I assures you it is not only an under-eye concealer, yet you can hardly be the only one who’s used it as such for years – and very successfully too, I like to think.

Yves Saint Laurent’s most iconic product, and a true Holy Grail under make-up artists, is without a doubt the Touche Éclat which has won many, many awards in the twenty years since it launched. The YSL Touche Éclat contains tiny light particles and mineral extracts to create an healthy, natural glow, light and luminosity with the click of the pen.

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Touche Éclat is also not strictly a highlighter; it’s a ‘complexion enhancer that delicately places invisible ribbons of light’. YSL describe their iconic Touche Éclat as being eight hours of sleep in a magic wand, as it promises to banish shadows and tired-looking eyes by adding light, and creating instant lift. The Touche Éclat is packaged within a golden, metal pen with a black button on the base which you click to dispense the concealer through the white bristles of the brush applicator. When you use it for the first time: don’t click to quickly many times. Give it a little time to come out into the brush: so click slowly…. otherwise much will come out, and that would be a pitty…

There are ten different shades available. There are many ways in which the Yves Saint Laurent Touche Éclat can be used; under the eyes to cover dark circles, along the brow bones as a highlighter, blended over the eyelids to even out the skintone, as an eyeshadow primer, on the cheekbones as an highlighter, or used on the cupids bow of the lips for a plumping effect.

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Face of YSL Beauty since 2013, Cara Delevingne has appeared in multiple campaigns for the brand. Her three latest advertisements for the brand focus on the Volupte Tine-In-Oil lip line, Mascara Volume Effect Luxurious Mascara range as well as the Touche Eclat concealer where she poses alongside Cindy Bruna.

Touche Éclat N° 1 Rose Lumière is particularly effective under the eyes due to its ‘pink ivory’ tone as it helps to cancel out any darkness under the eyes and give a more illuminated effect to disguise any signs of tiredness. It has a lovely, vèry lightweight formula which blends into the skin easily without clinging to any dryness or looking cakey.

I thought I’d list a few wonderful and correct uses for the much-loved clicky pen.

  1. Mattify your makeup: To turn a satin eye shadow into a matte one, mix a little powder shadow (you’ll need an ultra-fine textured one, so you’re safest with a fancy brand like YSL, Guerlain, Clarins or Dior) with a dollop of Touche Éclat on the back of your hand, and apply with a brush.
  2. Contour your face: Blended onto on the bridge of the nose, between the brows, on the tops of cheekbones and on the tip of the chin, it will sharpen your features. No matter your skin color!
  3. Make your skin pop with brightness: Dabbed onto darker areas of your face (undereyes, corners of your mouth, the hollow between your bottom lip and chin, and the corners of your nose), it will make you look brighter and less tired.(it does work to blur minor under eye circles, but is not good on pronounced ones).
  4. Make your eyeshadow last longer: Touche Éclat can be used as an eyeshadow primer: simply apply all over the lids to anchor any eye shadow. It can be a lip base as well.
  5. Light up tired eyes: Applied in the inner eye corners, this stuff will really brighten tired eyes and enhance their Whites.
  6. Arch your eyebrows: A quick trick for more defined brows is to blend a line of Touche Éclat below and above them.
  7. Highlight your cheekbones: The pen comes in seven shades (above); if you’re pale-skinned, no5 can be used to contour the cheeks, while no6 works as a warm cream bronzer (this could come in handy if a well-meaning boyfriend gives you the entirely wrong shade).
  8. Enhance your pout: Create the illusion of fuller lips by applying and blending Touche Éclat around the lip line and in two inverted triangles below the outer corners of the lower lip, before putting on lipstick. Then dab a tiny bit over your lip colour in the middle of your bottom lip, and soften.
  9. Show off your nail art: You can even dab Touche Éclat around your cuticle to make your manicure pop. Probably best to make sure you have well-hydrated hands and cuticles before you try this

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The Touche Éclat ‘Rock Lace’ comes in the original shade, N° 1 Rose Lumière. The perfect balance of allure and elegance, Collector Rock Lace is a must-have for up-close and bold seduction. The ultimate accessory for eyes, available in a limited edition.

I like that it’s such a versatile product. Jolanda, a colleague, who worked for Yves Saint Laurent Beauty in the time it was launched, introduced it to me, and sinds then I use it standard in my work. I tried some others, but in my opinion, nothing compares to the results it gives.

Touche Éclat is so widely used that I don’t really need to spread the word about it. Of course there are cheaper highlighters. Sleek does a nice highlighting palate for next to nothing, but the packaging and ease of this product make it stand out… and all the celebrities they use to advertise it doesn’t hurt its popularity either.

You may ask any respected make-up artist, they all would admit: it’s a Holy Grail!

 

 

 

 

Sisleÿa L’Intégral Anti-Âge, a Holy Grail is born

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People who know me, I Love Sisley! No girls! It’s not only for you….. Sisley Paris is a high-end cosmetic brand that I really love. If you take a look in my bathroom, you’ll find several products by Sisley Paris: Ecological Compound (balancing and restoring), Masque Hydra Flash (moisturising mask), my favorite suncare products (Super Soin Solaire Facial Sun Care SPF 15 and Super Soin Solaire Milky Body Mist Sun Care SPF 30) and Sisleÿa Anti-Aging Concentrate Firming Body Cream, which all leaves my skin soft and nourished.

After many very beautiful products, Sisley launched in 1999 Sisleÿa Global Anti-Âge, a product that reinforces the cell’s environment. It has taken 10 years of research, over 50 active ingredients and an ultra-innovative cosmetic concept to create this worldwide Holy Grail best-seller. ‘Till today…

Now in 2016, Sisleÿa Global Anti-Âge is reinventing itself to become Sisleÿa L’Intégral Anti-Âge, which now includes a third dimension: it acts not only upon the visible signs of intrinsic and extrinsic ageing, but also on those linked to behavioural ageing. A major factor of aging is linked to personal lifestyle. Everyday stress, life’s hardships and various excesses deregulate the biological life cycle of cells. This behavioral dimension, the third dimension of aging, affects the face even more than genetic or environmental aging.

 

Sisleÿa L’Intégral Anti-Âge is a complete anti-aging product that takes into account genetic and environmental aging, as well as behavioral aging. The results are spectacular on wrinkles, firmness, radiance, density and hydration!

The new formula provides the cell with an ideal ‘ecosystem’ as it is enriched with new active ingredients which stimulate, regenerate and restructure the skin. A creamy texture enriched with intensive nourishing active ingredients, for dry to very dry skin. Naturally fragranced with essential oils of Lavender and Marjoram, they are to be applied morning and evening.

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Sisleÿa L’Intégral Anti-Âge fights against the visible signs associated with the 3 types of aging to provide a truly complete anti-aging solution.

Active ingredients:

Among the many active ingredients added to the initial Sisleÿa formula, three major new active ingredients now optimise the functioning of this lifecycle to protect the skin from the visible signs of behavioural ageing. These active ingredients target the three parts of the cell’s lifecycle: the rhythm, energy and longevity of the cells, to help compensate for them being weakened.

  • Apple pip extracts (Phytostimulines and Ursolic Acid): regenerate and stimulate the skin
  • Rhatany extract and Lady’s Mantle extract: help to stimulate and smooth the skin texture
  • Cocktail of vitamins, minerals, trace elements and amino acids: to revitalize
  • White Willow leaf extract: antioxidant*, anti-collagenase* and anti-elastase*
  • Adenosine: anti-wrinkle
  • Lindera extract: cellular rhythm
  • Persian Acacia extract: cellular energy
  • Yeast and Soy protein complex: cellular longevity
  • Shea butter: protects and repairs
  • Glycerin of vegetable origin: hydrates and softens * In vitro test

 

How to use:

Sisleÿa L’Intégral Anti-Âge is a so called 24hour cream, for best results apply a thin layer Sisleÿa L’Intégral Anti-Âge morning and evening to face and neck.

Tip: in summer you can combine it with your Sisley sun protecting cream in combination with serum. A vèry comfortable way to wear your cream in hot and or sticky weather.

Sisleÿa L’Intégral Anti-Âge Extra-Rich is a very nourishing, complete anti-aging cream specially adapted for dry to very dry skin.

The results:

The results are spectacular on wrinkles, firmness, radiance, density and an immediate, intense and long-lasting hydration to preserve the skin’s youthful appearance and beauty.

From the first few applications, lines are smoothed, skin is plumped and durably moisturized. Signs of fatigue are reduced. After 4 weeks, wrinkles are visibly reduced, the face recovers the firmness, density and radiance of more youthful skin. After 8 weeks, the skin has a beautiful natural glow. It is restructured deep down, regenerated from the inside. Perceived aging has visibly diminished.

With products like Sisleÿa L’Intégral Anti-Âge, you know why this is a Holy Grail brand! Like Clarins, that other French ‘plant based’ Maison, Sisley says:

We don’t promise miracles

We promise results

And that is what they do!

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Beauty must-have: Skin-Absolute by Filorga

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I’m an avid fan of Filorga since 1997 I believe, when I discovered for the first time.
Filorga has the most amazing Mesotherapy Treatments which are now only offered by Medical Aesthetic Centres and the results truly speak for themselves.

The Filorga retail range has been just as impressive over the years, never disappointing and always making use of the cutting edge trends and technolgy. Based on an impressive history such as this, it is not surprising that they have just launched a product which is … well a first, as far as I know, in the world of cosmetics.

Once again, French beauty specialist Filorga has surprised me with their newly launched Skin-Absolute Night cream, an anti-ageing night cream. But not your average night cream, as it contains… Meteorite extracts!  And in this instance it is a black cream …yes, you heard me correctly it is black! This product is truly out of this world!

 

Giving it a black lacquered texture, which disappears like magic when the cream is applied, this ground breaking black galenic increases detoxification and restoration of the skin during sleep, yielding a morning appearance that is transformed, more rested, plumper and more luminous.

With Skin-Absolute Night, Filorga wanted to make a reference to night and darkness, essential to our bodies and faces: it is indeed at night that young skin makes use of darkness by activating its ‘internal clock’ genes to repair and regenerate. These genes are activated less easily as we age, and are unable to distinguish day from night, or carry out their restorative functions, this is when creams like Skin-Absolute Night become essential!

Why meteorites? Meteorites are essentially composed of silicon. Silicon reserves within the body begin to deplete with age, particularly in certain tissues such as the skin, arteries and cartilage. The silicon contained within the meteorite extract in Skin-Absolute Night is vital for the synthesis of collage, elastin and hyaluronic acid, which lends the skin its soft and elastic texture. The meteorite extract is also what gives the product it’s black lacquered textures which disappears upon application.

 

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Filorga Skin-Absolute Night

Because the skin’s capacity to absorb greatly increases during the night, Skin-aBSolute® comprises an array of scientifically proven active ingredients to target the 4 most common ageing concerns: wrinkles, firmness, spots and radiance.

It’s texture:

This is a gel cream texture and although the product appears to be a rather ‘dense black’ in the jar , it is in actual fact a transparent, grainy and greyish black colour. It spreads over the skin easily, and a little goes a long way … no your skin does not go black, in fact it disappears into the skin without a trace. Ladies, you have hide your jar! Because of its wonderful texture its perfect for men and women!

It’s fragrance:

Due to the actives in Filorga which are common across the brand, many of the products have the fabulous soft fresh/lemony type smell which is divine. Skin Absolu Night shares this, but has the slightest mineral smell to it which I assume can only be attributed to the meteorite extract.

The  package:

Filorga’s packaging is always exceptional , high end and super luxe. This time the jar is a transparent square shaped jar showing the black cream contained within
The packaging is beautiful , elegant and sophisticated however not the most practical for travel in both weight and size.

It’s efficacy:

I have been using this product for nearing on  weeks now and my skin is loving it . I can see the benefits – especially in this season, coming with its share of bad skin effects. I am sure if we were genetically matched to a skin care brand mine would be Filorga. The Skin Absolu Night has helped to plump up lines and wrinkles and tightened the skin …  Meanwhile it’s soo busy lately, I am exhausted, and can’t wait for this year to come to an end. Tired on the inside, But hè…. you can’t see it on the outside.So I’m glad to have this Holy Grail.

 

Filorga’s Skin-Absolute Night should be applied at night, not to close around the eyes, after cleansing and the application of your Filorga serum,  a this layer.