Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair



Estee Lauder Serums Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex IIWith this windy and rainy october weather, I’m looking for a skin saviour, one that hydrates and reduces fine lines. One of my all time favorites is Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II serum.

The Estée Lauder Advanced Repair has been Estée Lauder’s best selling product over 30 years. The formula has been reformulated over the past years resulting in the Synchronized Recovery Complex II. This latest version of the Estee Lauder Advanced Repair won numerous beauty prizes such as the InStyle Best Beauty Buy Awards 2014 Winner and the Elle Beauty Awards 2013 Winner.

But does that mean it works? First of all, in my humble opinion a beauty product can’t permanently erase wrinkles totally (and no Botox is not a beauty product). I do think, however, that a beauty product can improve the appearances of your skin a lot and may work as an anti-aging product. One of the reasons why I’ve been using the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair.


Estee Lauder Serums Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair, not just a true classic, but a Holy Grail (Click photo to enlarge).

Use the serum before your night cream or moisturiser in the evening by massaging it over your face and neck. The serum is a transparent fluid with a slightly orange colour and a pleasant smell. It’s vèry quickly absorbed by the skin without being sticky. When it is sticky: then you have used fàr too much, so the skin can’t absorbe it anymore.

Estee Lauder Serums Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Recovery Complex II

A few drops is enough (Click photo to enlarge).

I clean my skin, apply the Night Repair, brush my teeth and then apply my night cream  (just to make sure that it’s completely absorbed).

Because I love serums so much I’ve been using the Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair am and pm. It maximizes the power of skin’s natural nighttime renewal. Skin feels smoother, hydrated, stronger, and lines and wrinkles look significantly reduced. Skin looks younger, more radiant, more even toned, it looked healthier, fresher and more rested in just for weeks!

Reveal a smoother, more radiant, younger look. Wake up to more beautiful skin every day.

In the time I traveled a lot to India (high humidity) and the outback of Turkey, Syria and Jordan (dry, vèry high temperateurs), sometimes I even used it for my body. In the evenings, after showering, applying a few drops on arms, hands, feet and underlegs. Sometimes in combination with (thin) aftersun or bodylotion. Walking through the hot outback is an attack on your skin. It is decadent to use a serum this way, but it’s comfortable (not sticky!), and it works perfect! It is costly, but on the other hand, if you look at the total sum of the trip, and the limited amount (weight and volume!) of what you have to take with you… it can’t be more perfect!

How to use:

Apply several drops on clean skin before your moisturizer. Smooth in gently all over face and throat

  1. Apply a drop on each fingertip of one hand.
  2. Touch fingertips of both hands together.
  3. Massage serum over face and neck, starting at the center, outward.


  • On summer holidays: Leave your daycream at home. Use Advanced Night Repair in combination with your (Estée Lauder) suncream (as daycream) and aftersun! The perfect way to repair your skin, and keep your skin hydrated.
  • Before sleeping: apply one drop (for both hands) on the back of your hand, under your favorite (Estée Lauder) handcream.
  • Women: hide it for your boyfriend, husband, sons and daughters! When they discover this little magic from a bottle…

by Jean Amr





Tom Ford: Male Grooming Done Right

2013 was a Great year for Tom Ford. The time had come; the hotly anticipated Tom Ford for Men grooming, or beauty, range was dropped both in the UK and USA, with all eight products ready to buy from Harvey Nichols in the UK and Bergdorff Goodmann in the USA. This month, exactly 2 years ago the line has proven to be a true ‘future’ classic.

With many a man spluttering at a range that has a massive emphasis on cosmetics, you do have to stop and think that one in ten guys now openly admit to some facial enhancement through make-up, whilst this figure in some Asian countries is about 21 percent. However, this range from Tom Ford is not about short term fixes, bar a couple of items, but long term skin care that is beneficial for many years to come. Knowing that the man himself looks many years younger than he is, this range, in partnership with Estee Lauder, reflects his own regime; cleansing and moisturising twice a day.


Tom Ford for Men Skincare and Grooming, fall-winter 2013-14 ad campaign featuring Tom Ford’s  favourite model Yuan Betancourt. Tom Ford once again photographed the campaign himself. (Click photo to enlarge). 

The packaging is as decadent as you would expect from Tom Ford, and the adverts as hormonaly appealing, featuring his favourite model Yuan Betancourt, as usual from the man who could sell sex to a madam of the night. But what makes up the range? As you can see, the prices are not expensive but these are investment pieces however they do have a expertise and technology from the afore mentioned Estee Lauder who holds the lisence for the Tom Ford fragrances. I will indeed be putting these on my Christmas list…and I expect most of you will be too. 

Lòng gone are the days when men relied on just soap and water. The new grooming regimens designed for the discerning gentleman are easy to use and oh-so-effective.


Juan Betancourt by Tom Ford (Click photo to enlarge).

For many years, women dominated the skincare market, apart from barber-approved unguents and robust colognes, men of our fathers’ and grandfathers’ vintage typically steered clear of so-called ‘beauty’ products in fear of emasculation. But, in recent years, things have deviated from the norm and we males have begun to care a little more (again) about the condition of our skin. The question now isn’t why we should start but why we didn’t start sooner.

Tom Ford range of male grooming products is just what the doctor ordered. Built on the ideal that men’s grooming should be straightforward and effective, Tom Ford for Men is a range of essentials every appearance-conscious gentleman requires to put his best foot (and face) forward.

Juan Betancourt Tom Ford Skincare and Grooming

Juan Betancourt by Tom Ford (Click photo to enlarge).

This eight-piece collection consists of six multi-functional products and two grooming solutions. The former were formulated to improve skin texture and counter the effects of a man’s hectic lifestyle of late nights and sun exposure on the skin. The two grooming products in the same line were designed to correct flaws and improve skin’s appearance.

The secret behind the effectiveness of these products is the use of three specially formulated Tom Ford complexes, created by combining Eastern and Western practices. Using plant extracts, botanical agents, ingredients with soothing qualities and antioxidants, these complexes help in skin cleansing and rejuvenation. The first is the Tom Ford Purifying Complex, which promotes skin purification by removing toxins in the dermis. Second, the Tom Ford Skin Calming Complex helps reduce skin irritation and protects against environmental pollutants. Last, the Tom Ford Infusing Complex introduces nutrients to stimulate skin cell regeneration. All this culminates in a skincare range that is extremely easy to use and, yet, immensely effective The foundation of any skincare line is its cleanser and moisturiser.

Purifying Face Cleanser,

This cleanser features the Tom Ford Purifying and Skin Calming Complexes to leave skin exceptionally clean without tightness or dryness. It’s no lightweight when it comes to cleansing the skin of the impurities a life of whisky-imbibing, stogie-smoking, and smoggy city-dwelling can bring. A foaming gel cleanser, wich lightweight formula conditions and hydrates the skin as it unclogs pores and prepares skin for a smooth shave. It rinses beautifully without drying, so your face looks and feels smooth, refreshed and energized.


Tom Ford for Men: Purifying Face Cleanser (Click photo to enlarge).

Tom Ford For Men Purifying Face Cleanser

Tom Ford for Men: Purifying Face Cleanser (Click photo to enlarge).

Intensive Purifying Mud Mask,

Then, there is the Tom Ford for Men Purifying Mud Mask. A weekly clay mask treatment is integral to your personal grooming routine. Tom Ford developed this time-signaling Mud Mask to counter the dulling and irritating effects of a busy lifestyle on the skin. As the mask turns light gray, it draws out oil, dirt and toxins and diminishes tension lines. When you rinse it off, your skin feels clean, hydrated and conditioned, and reveals a cleaner and more youthful-looking skin.


Tom Ford for Men: Purifying Mud Mask (Click photo to enlarge).

Tom Ford For Men Mud Mask

Tom Ford for Men: Purifying Mud Mask (Click photo to enlarge).

Oil-Free Daily Moisturizer,

The Tom Ford for Men Oil-Free Daily Moisturizer is a vèry fast-absorbing, but comfortable moisturiser. A hydrating and conditioning moisturizer is essential to achieving well-kept skin. This lightweight, quick-absorbing, skin-mattifying moisturizer uses the Tom Ford Skin Calming and Infusing Complexes with a combination of luxurious butters to hydrate your skin, help reverse dullness and help reduce the look of fine lines and pores. It leaves your face looking toned, polished and reenergized.

Tom Ford For Men Oil-Free Daily Moisturizer

Tom Ford for Men: Oil-Free Daily Moisturizer (Click photo to enlarge).

Skin Revitalizing Concentrate,

When your skin is depleted or dry, adding a multifunctional treatment oil into your regimen before moisturizing is one of the simplest ways to energize and regenerate it. This concentrate contains the highest concentration of the Tom Ford Skin Calming and Infusing Complexes, plus essential oils and other enriching natural ingredients. Lightly scented with vanilla, patchouli and bergamot, this treatment oil helps fight the effects of fatigue on the skin and also promotes skin repair as you sleep. It deeply hydrates and nourishes the skin and it conditions it before shaving and soothes it afterwards. Your skin has fewer fine lines and greater resilience against damage. An amazing product. Call it a Holy Grail!

Tom Ford For Men Skin Revitalizing Concentrate

Tom Ford For Men Skin Revitalizing Concentrate (Click photo to enlarge).

Anti-Fatigue Eye Treatment,

The eyes are the first place people look when they meet you. They are also the first part of your face to show signs of aging and fatigue. The bane of most professionals (hunched, as we so often are for hours at a time, over blinking digital screens) is tired eyes and Tom Ford for Men Anti-Fatigue Eye Treatment helps tackle this. It lifts and firms the skin around the eyes, thus reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. This multi-beneficial, restorative eye treatment is infused with the Tom Ford Skin Calming and Infusing Complexes, to lift and firm the look of the skin around the eyes, helping to diminish the look of lines and wrinkles. The silver-tip applicator helps to cool your skin to help reduce visible puffiness, leaving your eyes looking refreshed and awake. Like the Skin Revitalizing Concentrate, a Holy Grail.

Tip: The Anti-Fatigue Eye Treatment , when possible, keep it in your fridge. It’s more refreshing and works even better against puffy eyes, and relief to tired eyes. It may be applied more often per day.

Tom Ford For Men Anti-Fatigue Eye Treatment

Tom Ford For Men Anti-Fatigue Eye Treatment (Click photo to enlarge)

Hydrating Lip Balm,

One side effect of living in a place with erratic weather is chapped lips. Tom Ford for Men Hydrating Lip Balm is a sure way to prevent that from happening. One of the simplest things a man can do to improve his looks is to combat dry lips and improve their smoothness and texture. The Tom Ford ultra-emollient lip balm contains a unique blend of natural oils (like almond), avocado extract, vitamins and butters to soothe and condition. The balm seals in moisture, helping to protect lips from the effects of any kind of weather so they look and feel comfortable.

For those who are more willing to take a walk on the wild side, there are two flaw-correcting products: Tom Ford for Men Concealer and the Tom Ford for Men Bronzing Gel. The former perfectly blends and hides skin imperfections, while the latter adds that after-sun glow to your skin, perfect for preventing your skin from looking too pasty outside of summer.

Tom Ford For Men Hydrating Lip Balm

Tom Ford For Men Hydrating Lip Balm (Click photo to enlarge).

Concealer for Men,

Every man’s face occasionally suffers from redness, blemishes, under-eye circles or razor nicks. These things can be swiftly camouflaged with concealer in a natural-looking way. Tom Ford For Men Concealer is a practical, simple tool: a twist-up stick that is offered in three shades. It can be applied with your fingers after your moisturizer or eye treatment, and it will seamlessly blend into the skin as it hides imperfections.


Tom Ford for Men: Concealer (Click photo to enlarge).

Tom Ford For Men Concealer

Tom Ford for Men: Concealer (Click photo to enlarge).

Bronzing Gel,

Developed to mimic the look of a few minutes of sun on the skin and lift the complexion with a healthy-looking touch of color, the Tom Ford Bronzing Gel is made with a water-based, oil-free formula that blends in easily without masking your skin’s natural features. It features the Tom Ford Skin Calming and Infusing Complexes to calm and comfort the skin. The Bronzing Gel can be used all over the face, or simply swiped onto the places the sun would naturally hit you harder: the cheekbones, the bridge of the nose and the top of the forehead.


Tom Ford for Men: Bronzing Gel (Click photo to enlarge).

Tom Ford For Men Bronzing Gel

Tom Ford for Men: Bronzing Gel (Click photo to enlarge).

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by Jean Amr

Guerlain Neiges et Merveilles Christmas Collection 2015/2016


Guerlain Neiges et Merveilles Christmas Collection 2015/2016 (Click photo to enlarge)

As many of you know, I’m a great Guerlain fan! In skincare, their fragrances, and their maquilage. Always wondering what kind of new colors they would bring for the new season. And maybe, …maybe new products. Guerlain is many times it’s time far a head. Innovative. A bit early maybe, but Guerlain’s Christmas collection (available Nov 1st) reminds us that the Winter season can be just as anticipated as Summer.

Guerlain Meteorites Powder Neiges et Merveilles Christmas Collection 2015/2016

Guerlain Meteorites Enchanted Snowflakes Neiges et Merveilles Christmas Collection 2015/2016 (Click photo to enlarge).

An ideal gift: precious powder in beautiful packaging. From the entire collection of limited edition Guerlain Neiges et Merveilles Christmas Collection 2015/2016 the absolute leader according to the degree of expectations, are the meteorites. A harmonious blend of exclusive coloured Meteriorites Pearls in the shape of snowflakes to sublimate the face, neck, and décolleté. The formula in an exclusive technology of Meteriorites, playing with a mix of colours and pure reflections. The resulting shades and make-up look is a fresh, tender and delicate colour mix (white, beige, champagne, gold) giving light and radiance to create a soft iridescent make-up finish..

Guerlain Neiges et Merveilles Christmas Collection 2015/2016

Guerlain Neiges et Merveilles Christmas Collection 2015/2016 (Click photo to enlarge).

Guerlain’s Meteorites powders are sinds day one my ultimate favorites to work with. No matter wich version you choose, true Holy Grails! The loose ‘little balls’ or the compact ‘travel’ version. Meteorites Voyage Enchanted Skin-Illuminating Matte Powder. A new generation of formula to set make-up and mattify complexion resulting in a soft focus effect. It is a must have product to be applied all over the face or for touch ups. It comes in a universal shades suitable for all skin types! The Meteorites may be a bit more expensive then other powders, but when you use them right, they last (much) longer!! And the effect is …àmazingly beautifull.

Guerlain Eyeshadow Blush Neiges et Merveilles Christmas Collection 2015/2016

Guerlain Palette Ors et Merveilles Neiges et Merveilles Christmas Collection 2015/2016 (Click photo to enlarge)

A refined golden palette and ideal partner to easily sublimate your festive make-up anywhere and everywhere. A complete colour palette offering an infinite number of possible looks, by adding a touch of colour to the cheeks and eyes. Combining two levels of sophisticated make-up essentials for the eyes (1st level) and cheeks ( 2nd level). In terms of shades, the top layer consists of 5 iridescent eyeshadows shades to illuminate and sculpt the look while beneath there are 2 matte. A beautiful gift!

Blushes: a Rosewood & Coral shades. And 2 pearlescent blushes: a Pink and Iridescent Red.


Guerlain Terracotta 03 Neiges et Merveilles Christmas Collection 2015/2016 (Click photo to enlarge).

An exclusive edition of the powder with white and sparkling silicone sleeve. For me the most surprising in the collection was the availability of bronzing powder in snow case. Perhaps there is a certain logic. Speaking the truth, I myself long ago renounced colored blush, bronzers performs this role (and a hint of light sculpting program), vobschem Guerlain surprised, it turned out.

Guerlain Neiges et Merveilles Christmas Collection 2015/2016

Guerlain Rouge G- 967 Merveilleux Rose Neiges et Merveilles Christmas Collection 2015/2016 (Click photo to enlarge).

A collector’s edition of the jewel lipstick with a refined design composed of snowflakes. The shades is Rouge G (#3 worldwide): 62 Georgia. The lipstick color may not so unique (a natrual beauty!), and the case not the most convenient, this beauty with a gold button would be want by many!

Guerlain Eyeshadow Blush Neiges et Merveilles Christmas Collection 2015/2016

Guerlain Eyeshadow Blush Neiges et Merveilles Christmas Collection 2015/2016

Guerlain Neiges et Merveilles Christmas Collection 2015/2016 The matte and creamy texture of Rouge G l’extrait M65 and a new gloss top coat with a shimmering glossy result (Click photo to enlarge).

The formula of the Maxi Velvet is a creamy and ultra-matte texture with a strong color impact (shade and formula similar to the Rouge G L’extrait M65 PARESS). It’s perfect for sophisticated look this season. On the other hand, Gloss d’Enfer is formulated with a glittered transparent white colour, intended to be applied as a top coat.

Guerlain Nail Polish Laquer Meteorites Powder Neiges et Merveilles Christmas Collection 2015/2016

Guerlain La Laque Couleur No. 903 Merveilleuse Neiges et Merveilles (Click photo to enlarge).

Another surprise: Guerlain La Laque Couleur No. 903 Merveilleuse Nuit, in the collection. Maybe because a color like this, you would expect in a YSL or Christian Dior collection. It is a beautiful magnetic purple shade, to illuminate the nails.

Christmas collection Guerlain 2016: shine, shine, remembering in itself a girl, playing in the snow, sledding, catching huge snowflakes and believe in magic, no matter what!

All products may be found at Guerlain Boutiques and Institutes & selected counters, November 1st, 2015 This year it will be a wonderful and beautifull winter.

by Jean Amr

Beauty is in the EYE of the Beholder, Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Transformative Energy Eye Crème

The NEW Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Transformative Energy Eye Crème is joining Estée Lauder’s famous Re-Nutriv range this fall. Earlier this year, the brand has broadcasted the launch of its Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Transformative Energy Crème, and now, the range has been extended to include a targeted Eye Cream. Same as all other products from the Re-Nutriv range, the new Crème is formulated with rare and precious Black Diamond Truffle Extract, which promises to deliver next-generation sculpting results, and transform your skin into radiant, more contoured, and visibly younger. The extract is made from one of nature’s rarest ingredients, which has been transformed through a secret process into a pure, precious extract. The only thing that we know about the process is that it involves no less than 10,000 (!!) hours of work…

Estee-Lauder-Re-Nutriv-Ultimate-Diamond-Transformative-Energy-Eye-Creme GoldEstee Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Transformative Energy Cream and it’s new Eye Creme (Click photo to enlarge).

The formula of Estée Lauder’s new Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Transformative Energy Eye Crème is described as a breakthrough fusion of repair serum and moisturizer. It promises to re-awaken your eyes and make their contour appear brighter, firmer, and more lifted. The cream also boosts natural collagen production, while restructuring your eye region so it looks more radiant, more even-toned, and visibly tightened.

Quest for rare beauty.

As any other high-end skin care product, the new Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Transformative Energy Eye Crème features a luxurious, sensual texture, which feels both plush and velvety. The product is delivered in a luxurious glass bottle with gold-colored interior and high-polish gold-colored lid. The brand has also designed a special diamond-cut applicator wand, which delivers a refreshing, cooling sensation.

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Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Transformative Energy Eye Crème (Click photo to enlarge).

You’ve tried everything from whole sticks of concealer, to cucumber eye patches, to tear trough treatments (Google it), to getting a little more sleep, albeit tough considering you work till stupid o’clock every day. And sadly, you’re still rising from your bed like a sleepless zombie, confronted by the same eye-bag look you’ve been trying to expunge for the last few months (or years … you’ve lost track). But what if there were something better; something simpler, easier, and faster to apply that’ll guarantee to turn your eye droop upside down? Something that, on top of the defibrillating buzz it’ll give to your eyes, could make them look ten years younger again? That thing, FYI, would be Estée Lauder’s Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Transformative Energy Eye Crème. So ditch everything you’ve ever known about eliminating eye-bags, because it clearly hasn’t worked for you anyway, and get a load of this: the Re-Nutriv formula has youth-sustaining technologies that have been proven to increase skin’s natural collagen production by 215% after 73 hours;  consists of Black Diamond Truffle extract that stimulates natural skin vitality (to keep you looking bright and healthy); and has Refined 24K Gold traces and anti-irritants that mean it’ll feel light as cotton to apply. What could be better?

Rating: 10/10 despite it’s price, a true Holy Grail

Estée Lauder Re-Nutriv Ultimate Diamond Transformative Energy Eye Crème is priced at $250.00 for 15 mL / 0.5 fl. oz. Available at selected stores, Estée Lauder online, Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdales.

by Jean Amr

5 Simple Sunscreen Tips That Could Save Your Life

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You might think that these simple sunscreen tips for summer are super obvious, but each year many people worldwide, more men then women, are diagnosed with aggressive and avoidable skin cancer. Many of these men are our brothers, fathers, sons, or even us. While treatment rates are slowly increasing, the best way to avoid a skin cancer diagnosis is to avoid the risks of skin damage as much as possible. That means following these five cardinal rules to prevent excessive sun exposure. Few men need die of this disease, so be sure to share this article with your loved ones.


My ultimate favorite: Sisley Grand Ecran Solaire Sunscreen SPF 30, 40ml. When I was in India, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, in every climate and every temperture, it held perfect and vèry comfotable. Sisley Facial Suncare goes up to SPF 50, for more information on Sisley Suncare, click Tags. (Click photo to enlarge).

Tip 1: Always Use Sunscreen

Even if it’s cloudy outside. Even if it’s raining. Even if it’s cold or snowing. The damaging rays of the sun can effectively penetrate your skin so long as there’s daylight. That means you should be wearing an SPF of at least 15 every day if you want to prevent skin cancer from happening to you. While that sounds laboursome, the good news is that many men’s grooming products such as moisturizers actually contain SPF 15 in their formula. If your current moisturizer doesn’t contain sunscreen, switch to one that does.

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Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Sun Defance For Face SPF 50, 50ml. Great! Perfect in èvery type of climate. Use it as a daycream, alone or in combination with a serum (Click photo to enlarge).

Tip 2: Always Reapply Sunscrean

Just because you apply sunscreen in the morning, does not mean you’re protected throughout the day. If you’re heading outdoors, always reapply sunscreen. Especially if you’re going to be near or in water, or snow!. The reflection of the sun’s rays on water and snow can exaggerate the effects of sun damage, so lather up often if you go fishing, swimming, skieing or just walking in the snow. The same can be said for less obvious situations. If you’re driving, for example, you may not realize that your arm is laying in the sun’s destructive path. Keep reapply as per the instructions on your sunscreen packaging, especially for proffecional drivers.

Clarins Sunscreen

Clarins Solaire Anti Rides Visage SPF 30, 50ml. Great as ever! Use it instead of your daycream, with or without a (Double) Serum for the ultimate summer skincare. Perfect protection, vèry easy to use, good price!

Nyle DiMarco beach

Nyle DiMarco at the beach

Tip 3: Waterproof Versus Water Resistant

If you’re looking for true sun protection, water resistant formulas won’t carry much weight. These are not as hardy against water as the labeling might sound and are actually under investigation. The FDA is looking to remove the water resistant clause from sunscreen packaging as what constitutes as being resistant is a matter of personal opinion. When looking for reliable protection, a waterproof formula is currently your best bet but sadly that doesn’t guarantee the sunscreen won’t rub or wear off. Always keep reapplying!

Clinique Sunscreen

Clinique Facial Suncare SPF 30, A true classic. Not only for the true Clinique fan! (Click photo to enlarge).

Tip 4: Look for Sunblock

The kids section in your local drugstore is the perfect place to find higher SPF value sunscreen protection and the coveted sunblock. Unlike the adult sections that push bronzers and self-tanners, (most off them) neither contain SPF, the kids section is home to dependable sun protection. A sunblock is a step up from sunscreen, which filters out damaging rays. If you are fair haired, spend time in direct sun or want to maintain a youthful and wrinkle free complexion then sunblock may be the answer. This blocks out most of the sun’s rays.

Elizabeth Arden Sunscreen

Perfect for in the pocket. In addition to sun protection, the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense Stick also brings moisturizing benefits, it soothes and smooth skin for up to 8 hours. The formula is water and perspiration resistant, free from oils, parabens, non-acnegenic, and non-sticky. A true must have!!


Nyle DiMarco at the beach

Tip 5: Stick with Classic Cream Formulas

While there are many fantastic spray formulas, these should only be applied indoors and with considerable caution. A traditional cream formula allows for deliberate application. You’re much less likely to miss a spot, which means you’re much less likely to cause irreversible sun damage. While traditional cream formulas can take a little longer to apply, they have come a long way from the thick gloppy mess you might remember your mom applying at an early age. This is your best bet if you’re serious about sun protection!

Sisley Super Soin Solaire Milky Body Mist Sun Care SPF 30

Sisley Super Soin Solaire Youth Protector Milky Body Mist SPF 30: Lightweight and yet seemingly immune to water, this camellia oil, mango and shea extract packed sunscreen keeps skin soft and hydrated, whilst reducing the effects of photo-ageing, wrinkles, brown spots, dehydration and loss of firmness, thanks to its high-tech, state of the art cellular protecting formula. It provides much needed protection against UVA and UVB rays during initial exposure to the sun. The product is ideal for those with fair or sun-intolerant skin, who require a high level of protection. It also features a brilliantly easy to dispense aerosol multi-dimensional spray bottle, and smells Lavender and Geranium. A luxuriously scented lotion, if money is no object then this is sunscreen at its most perfect and glamorous. (Click photo to enlarge).

Clarins Sun Care Oil Spray SPF 30

Lancaster Sun Beauty Dry Oil Fast Optimizer SPF 50: Perfect for skin that burns easily or tans gradually, this silky, non-greasy oil is unusual in that it combines the benefits of an ultra-high SPF, with a tan-boosting formula. Instantly absorbed, when on, you get a sun-kissed glow and a faster golden tan but with less skin damage. Top marks all round! (Click photo to enlarge).

Clarins Sun Care Oil Spray SPF 30

Clarins Sun Care Oil Spray SPF 30:  Don’t forget to protect your locks in the sunshine if you’re prone to split dry ends. This clever multi-tasker can be used on both skin and hair to protect against the drying effects of the sun, salt and chlorine. A transparent, water-resistant dry oil – yet it doesn’t feel remotely greasy – protects against sun damage thanks to a skin-caring blend of sun filters and botanical extracts (Click photo to enlarge).


Nyle DiMarco at the beach

Do you have a sunscreen tip? Leave a comment below and help others avoid skin cancer!

by Jean Amr

Radiance Métèorites

The Guerlain Météorites-line has been expanded with skincare!

The Guerlain ‘Météorites’ is one of the most beautiful makeup products (a true Holy Grail!) you can have on your bathroom shelf, or in your clutch or designer bag. But looking cute with all that color pearls is not enough: it must, above all, take advantage of it something! Well, it does! The pink gems for a healthy appearance, the light green to red spots to fade, the lilac pearls enhance the light and the white and gold provide a subtle luster. There is some good thought about it; each Pearl has its own function. On every skintype!


Guerlain, Oxygen Care, Moisturizer & Radiance Booster, 30ml (Click photo to enlarge).

In the Guerlain’s Laboratories, always ahead of their time, they brainstormed about a new skin care line: Guerlain Météorites Oxygen Care, a (strong) moisturizer that refreshed the look of the skin thanks to the O2 Light Complex and the Météorites technology. The result is a smoother skin with contracted pores and a healthy pink look.

Guerlain Météorites Oxygen Care Moisturizer And Radiance Booster promises to bring a wealth of moisture and healthy radiance to your skin. Its crystal-white texture transforms into pearlescent pink right upon the contact with your skin, and blurs surface imperfections for a visibly more radiant complexion. The formula also blends moisturizing glycols and a combination of polymers and silica spheres, and a proprietary O2 light complex, which increases cellular respiration for lastingly revived, radiant skin.

by Jean Amr

Holy Grail: Sisley Super Soin Solaire Sun Collection

Sisley is one of my favorite skincare brands. The have some real amazing products! Some true Holy Grails! Like there suncare, and now the are launching a new collection, which comprises four high-quality prestige sun care products.

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The Sisley Super Soin Solaire Collection is dubbed “a youth protector,” which refers to its ability to protect your skin from sun-induced aging and formation of wrinkles, dark spots, loss of firmness, and dehydration. The product from this high-end skin care range provide both UVA and UVB protection, while their carefully selected active ingredients provide multi-level protective action. Vitamin E acetate and Edelweiss extract are chosen for their unbeaten anti-oxidative action. The Edelweiss extract and Camellia oil strengthen the skin’s protective barrier, while the Edelweiss extract on its own, works on the cellular level to preserve skin cells from harmful radiation.


All products from Sisley’s Super Soin Solaire Sun Collection feature a comfortable, hydrating formula that keeps skin from drying out. The nourishing oils of shea, camellia, and mango are added to help restore suppleness and moisture to the skin.

Sisley Super Soin Solaire Facial Sun Care SPF 15 is developed to provide UVA and UVB protection for consumers with tanned, olive, or sun-tolerant skin. The product offers medium-level protection against photo aging and keeps the skin well moisturized during the hot summer months. This facial cream is lightweight and non-greasy, it absorbs instantly, and is resistant to sweat and water. Naturally scented with essential oils of Sage and Marjoram. A 60ml tube retails at £131.00.

Sisley Super Soin Solaire Facial Sun Care SPF 50 is also a facial sunscreen, only aimed at those with very fair or extremely sun-sensitive skin requiring a very high degree of protection. This fluid, silky cream provides a high level of protection from both UVA and UVB filters, it is water resistant and redolent of Sage and Marjoram. A 40ml tube of this product retails at £109.00.


Sisley Super Soin Solaire Facial Sun Care SPF 50, Perfect! In every sense! Use it as a daycream! Sisley Super Soin Solaire Milky Body Mist Sun Care SPF 30, for me the perfect body suncare! Soo easy to use and aply! I can also recommend it to èvery men! Smooth or hairy body, it doesn’t matter!! I promise, a lot more men would use suncare!! (Click photo to enlarge)

Sisley Super Soin Solaire Silky Body Oil Sun Care SPF 15 is an true classic! An oil-based sunscreen for consumers with darker and sun-tolerant skin. It protects the skin against sun and photo-aging, caused by both UVA and UVB rays, while leaving the skin satiny soft and gradually revealing radiant tan. The product comes in a multi-directional spray bottle, which ensures easy and uniform distribution of the formula. Perfect also for men, with more hairy body. Naturally scented with essential oils of Lavender and Geranium. The 150ml bottle retails at £83.00.

Sisley Super Soin Solaire Milky Body Mist Sun Care SPF 30 provides much needed protection against UVA and UVB rays during initial exposure to the sun. The product is ideal for those with fair or sun-intolerant skin, who require a high level of protection. It also features a multi-dimensional spray bottle and smells Lavender and Geranium. A 150ml bottle retails at £83.00.

Wishing you a beautiful summer!

by Jean Amr

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense Stick for Face SPF 50

Heatwave is here! I saw a lot of red faces around this weeks so far. Did you use your sunscreen?

The house of Elizabeth Arden has just launched its new Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense Stick for Face SPF 50, a targeted skin care treatment aimed at protecting the most sensitive, over-exposed areas of the face from sun-induced damage.

Elizabeth Arden Sunscreen

I don’t know about you, but I’m highly unlikely to drag a full bottle of sunscreen around in my bag unless I’m actually on holiday and heading to the beach. Although I use SPF, it’s always the accidental sun that catches me out. I don’t easily burn, but we’ve all had the ‘nose redder than the rest of your face’ incident, I bet! And those catchy bits on the top of the shoulders? Far too easily done.

The Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense Stick for Face SPF 50 provides the highest level of protection from burning and age-inducing damage caused by both UVA and UVB rays. This conveniently packed stick sunscreen should be used on lips, nose, earlobes, and even scars, to prevent any surface cell damage and premature signs of aging. The stick is small enough to fit into even the tiniest bags or pockets, so you can carry it around this summer, no matter where you go!

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In addition to sun protection, the Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense Stick also brings moisturizing benefits, it soothes and smooth skin for up to 8 hours. The formula is water and perspiration resistant, free from oils, parabens, non-acnegenic, and non-sticky.

For men and women, young or old, thick or thin, green or purple, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense Stick for Face SPF 50 is perfect for everyone in the family, can be used on all types of skin, including the vèry sensitive ones. The product should be applied liberally and evenly to targeted areas 30 minutes before sun exposure and as needed. If you go swimming, playing in or around the water, or if you sweat a lot, make sure to reapply it after 40 minutes. Reapply immediately after toweling. It’s just right, really and great for lips, eye area , nose ,  ears etc. No red faces in other words.

Notice: Use it as a daily lipcare! Use it around the eyes, but…. don’t use it to close around the eys. Follow the bone structure, like eyecream. Use it on holidays instead of eyecream. Easy as that!

I love this product, for me it’s on my Holy Grail list. Why? Because of its texture, it’s high protection, it’s package, it’s size (sometimes size matters!) and for me very important: It goes on clear and really doesn’t need blending, and most important: it stays ‘in place’. When it is very hot, and when a cream is ‘absorbed’, many times ‘it goes running’. And most of the time to the eyes. Result: tearing eyes. ‘Till now: after visiting Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and India, the Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream Sun Defense Stick for Face SPF 50 never did! …and has the Skin Cancer Foundation Seal of Recommendation.

by Jean Amr

Christian Dior Creme Abricot Nutritional Cream For Nails

A true Dior classic! In some shops totally forgotten, a pitty, because it’s an extremely effective cream which encourages nail growth and improves its resistance. Just apply it gently all over the nail, letting it penetrate the skin, preferably in the evening to work during the night.

Christian Dior Creme Abricot

Christian Dior Creme Abricot nail cream, ‘magic’ in a little white jar!

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This stuff is really amazing! Its very thick, and greasy, so use a very little, thats more then enough, and so your skin/nail can absorbe. You don’t have to use it all year long. For some periods, when I need it, I put it on my cuticles and nails at night. By morning they are hydrated and my nails look perfect. Also the smell is amazing. I absolutely love it, it réally makes nails stronger (the reason why I use it) .

When you use Christian Dior Creme Abricot, to harden your nails….. give it a little time! The results are for many decades amazing! For women and for men. A real must have!

The price may be ‘high’ but it lasts for a véry lóng time. For an everyday use; 1 to 1.5 of this little white jar a year!

Notice: it’s not the more the better! Use a vèry, vèry little!!

Rating: 10/10 A true Holy Grail!

by Jean Amr

Sooo delicious! Christian Dior Jules pour homme

Christian Dior Jules, launged in 1980, was the very first scent I owned. It was a birthday gift from Begum Om Habibeh, when we were in Paris, she teached me how to choose your fragrance. So this is how it all started. This wonderful power house spicy leatherscent worn in my teens, ir was new, different and…. amazing! Now, sadly reformulated, but the structure is still there.. it’s a wonderful scent, surely not some mass marketing nothingness off nowadays… And still, it’s my all time favorite!!

Christian Dior JulesChristian Dior Jules Lotion Après Rasage 50ml and Talc Powder 200ml

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Christian Dior Jules takes advantage of everything the genre offers. It is gregarious. It is broad. It is handsome. It masculine. It hits the balance point between cleanliness and funk that makes you want to throw your arms around your fellow humans and smell them. It has the soapiness/muskiness balance that makes the genre so agile, but adds a bouquet garni and a smile.

But here’s the big question: does Jules still exist?  Yes it is!! It was always there! My vèry good friend Yanneke, she bought some for me in Paris a few years ago. And ’till today it’s still availble, it’s what we call, a boutique fragrance. So you can find it in the Christian Dior Boutiques but also in some vèry selected stores.

Over the years it got other bottles designs, like they did with all other Dior classics, what is much cheaper to produce. Sadly they where not always that beautiful, or stylisch. Not only the first bottle was more beautiful (see pictures), the ‘first’ vintage version of the scent was even stronger, was more amazing, more masculine. But even the reformulated version is really good.

  • Base notes: Cedarwood, Sandalwood, Russian Leather,
  • Heart notes: Black Pepper
  • Top notes; Galbanum

Christian Dior JulesChristian Dior Jules Lotion Après Rasage 50ml and Talc Powder 200ml  

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For me, Jules brings back old memoriers. It gives confidence, its classy, cozy, masculine and a timeless classic’ smell! A hard to get ‘special’. I always need a bottle for those special moments (wink)…. I had the whole line, from Eau de Toilette, to deoderant, and from all-over shampoo to handcream. Sadly only the Eau de Toilette is availble (100ml), I still got one after shave lotion, talc powder and a soap left, that I will keep in its original box. Christian Dior Jules, it’s, as far as I know, unavailable in the USA. Try at Christian Dior Boutique….

On a scale of good, better, best, the ‘first’ Jules was really the Best!Rating: 10/10 for the original first version. A 8,7/10 for the renewed version that is availble now.

My Holy Grail scent! And not (only) because of its sentiment.

by Jean Amr