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I recently partnered with PREVAGE to give you a chance to win a trio of must-haves in my first part of an epic giveaway… and this morning, Part 2 of the giveaway will be live! (It will be live at 12 am ET March 24.)

Prevage Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Eye Serum

A feather light, silky formula, PREVAGE® Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Eye Serum is rich with ingredients that target the upper and lower eye area to provide dramatic results immediately and with continued use. With the addition of new Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Eye Serum to the PREVAGE® product range, Elizabeth Arden now offers the most effective regimen to help protect skin from environmental assaults and support its natural repair process.

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Prevage Clinical Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum

PREVAGE® Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum supports and enhances the look of lashes and brows at all three stages of their life cycle and provides key ingredients and conditioners to help maintain healthy-looking lashes and brows. The serum also helps shield upper and lower lashes and brows from future environmental assaults.

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PREVAGE® Anti-aging Moisture Cream SPF 30

Your face needs serious environmental protection and it craves moisture. PREVAGE® Anti-aging Moisture Cream SPF 30 delivers both all day long in an award-winning performance. Advanced Idebenone technology provides powerful environmental protection while broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreens help shield skin from the sun and future damage. Moisturized skin feels ultra-soft and smooth, looks healthy, radiant and younger than ever.

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Part 2 of our Prevage giveaway includes:

Approx retail value of over $400 Cdn!

Enter to win ALL THREE PREVAGE products:

Head on over to my Facebook page to enter, or enter the Rafflecopter giveaway !

Contest open to Canadians only (or if you have a Canadian address to ship the prize to, you can enter).

For more information, head to Elizabeth Arden on Twitter, on Facebook, on Youtube and on Pinterest!

(Contest open to Canadian addresses only. Contest runs until April 5, 2014 at 11:59 pm ET. All entries will be verified. Approx retail value: over $400 Cdn.)

If you follow my blog, you have probably read about PREVAGE’s Anti-aging Treatment Boosting Cleanser. I am currently taking it for a test-drive and will report back on my experience, but today, learn about the complementary Anti-aging Overnight Cream and Anti-Aging + Intensive Repair Daily Serum, and best of all, a chance to WIN ALL THREE PRODUCTS!

 

PREVAGE® Anti-aging Overnight Cream

PREVAGE® Anti-aging Overnight Cream is an intensive overnight moisture cream, with advanced Idebenone technology, that synchs with your skin’s sleep cycle so it’s at work when your skin is most receptive to treatments.

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Apply each night after PREVAGE® Anti-aging Daily Serum and wake up to skin that looks moisturized and revitalized and feels smooth, refreshed and restored.

PREVAGE® Anti-aging Overnight Cream is proven to help:

  • Reverse dryness with intensive moisture that lasts all night.
  • Enhance your skin’s own natural nighttime repair process.
  • Smooth, soften and retexturize your skin’s appearance.
  • Restore skin’s natural resilience for a firmer look.
  • Fight the visible effects of daytime environmental assaults – lines, wrinkles, discolorations and sun damage – giving skin a rested, restored, more radiant appearance.

Test Results :
After 12 weeks**, women reported strong results:

  • 93% felt softer, smoother skin.
  • 91% felt a reduction in roughness and dryness.
  • 86% saw an improvement in skin’s overall appearance.
  • 86% reported skin looked refreshed.

Beauty Award Winner:

  • Pure Palmares Beate de lectrices (Canada)
  • Glow Best in Beauty: Ultra Indulgent Night Cream (Canada)
  • Beauty Heaven – The Glosscars 2012 Best New Moisturizer 2012 (Australia)
  • BAZAAR Anti-Aging Award 2012: Best Anti-Aging Cream (Taiwan) – 2012
  • Shape 9th Annual Beauty Awards: Best Night Cream (USA) – Sept 2012

Prevage®  Anti-Aging + Intensive Repair Daily Serum

Prevage’s new, breakthrough correcting serum was chosen by 7 out of 10 women over the current market leader. Destined to become everyone’s new favourite, this proven serum works immediately and over time to counteract environmental damage and visible aging signs with a powerful combination of Idebenone and skin revitalizing technology. It works by helping support your skin’s natural collagen matrix. And, thanks to arazine – an exclusive new molecule — it actually SOOTHES your skin while protecting against free radicals and reducing signs of aging caused by chronic inflammation. With continued use, it significantly reduces the visible appearance of age spots, wrinkles and even deep lines. Best of all, it’s proven to enhance the performance of other PREVAGE® treatment products. For optimal results, use as the first step of your PREVAGE® regimen day and night.

Prevage_Anti-Aging_Intensive_SerumImmediate results:
71% of women showed a significant clinical improvements in lifting in just 15 minutes.†
61% of women showed a significant clinical improvements in the appearance of fine lines and radiance in just 15 minutes.†

Results with continued use:
96% of women reported that with use their skin appeared more luminous and radiant.*
90% of women reported that it soothes and calms skin, while also improving skin’s overall appearance*.
88% of women reported that their skin tone and texture improved with use.*

Beauty Award Winner:

  • New Beauty Beauty Choice Award – 2014
  • Jones Best of Beauty Awards: Best Splurge (USA) – 2013
  • Sheknows.com Beauty Awards: Anti-Aging Serum – 2nd place (USA) – March 2013
  • Woman & Home Best in Beauty Award: Best Moisturizer with Antioxidants (UK) – 2012
  • New Beauty New Beauty Beauty Choice Awards: Best Anti-Aging Serum (USA) January 2012

Now for the best part? You have a chance to win ALL THREE PREVAGE products to try for yourself in the first part of my PREVAGE giveaway!

(Part 2 of the Prevage Giveaway will be announced soon.)

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Head on over to my Facebook page to enter, or enter the Rafflecopter giveaway !

Contest open to Canadians only (but if you have a Canadian address to ship the prize to, you can enter).

For more information, head to Elizabeth Arden on Twitter, on Facebook, on Youtube and on Pinterest!

 

(Contest open to Canadian addresses only. Contest runs until March 21, 2014 at 11:59 pm ET. All entries will be verified. Approx retail value: over $490 Cdn.)

Happy New Year everyone! Can you believe that 2014 is already here?

Yesterday I rounded up some of my favourites for you, including my top ten polishes and top ten nail art looks. Today I will share some of my favourite beauty and hair care products! Believe me when I say it was tough to narrow them down to just a few. Hope you enjoy these posts as much as I enjoy writing them, and let me know in the comments what some of your favourites are!!

 

 

This year I finally tried Butter LONDON’s Lippy, a liquid lipstick/gloss hybrid, and fell in love. My favourite of them was Wine Gums, second from left below.

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Two products that  I cannot live without are from my manicure essentials post: cuticle oil, like Qtica’s amazing Solid Gold and a cuticle eraser stick like the one below. (Get both at Nail Polish Canada.) Another great cuticle cream is Lemony Flutter from Lush!

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A product I was excited to try this year, and absolutely cannot live without now, was Elizabeth Arden’s Eight Hour® Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm. I use this product religiously before bed, and it has helped so much, especially through the winter months. Speaking of which, it’s time to hit the EA counter for a backup….

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Kiehl’s Midnight Recovery Concentrate is another must-have, not only because of the non-greasy texture that helps your skin look refreshed every morning, but because of its delicious, soft, natural essential oil scent. I literally inhale deeply as I apply this each evening – dare I say it is intoxicating?

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Another new line I had the pleasure of trying this year was Kevin Murphy, an Australian hairstylist’s innovative hair care line. My favourite was the Young.Again.Masque, a deep conditioning treatment that my processed hair just loves. Another great product with a delicious, soft scent!

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If you have long, especially chemically-processed hair, you must know that daily washing is a no-no. Dry shampoos are what saves us, and two I absolutely love are göt2b’s Rockin’ it Dry Shampoo and OSiS+ Refresh Dust by Schwarzkopf Professional! Both come in a handy spray bottle (so nice for keeping one in your gym bag), and both bodify your hair in the process. OSiS+ was even released in a triple-size bottle and was named “best dry shampoo” in Salon Magazine’s 2013 Reader’s Choice Awards!

g2b_RI_CAN_DryS_HRNWSKP-Osis-RefreshDust-TextShamp1One more hair product favourite this year was BC Bonacure Oil Miracle Finishing Treatment. Offered in regular and light versions and containing Marula and Argan oils, I never skip applying this to towel-dried hair. It helps protect your hair from heat styling, and moisturizes those pesky ends. And again, it smells so amazing!

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I confess a love for… Dior. 2013 saw Dior launch the incredible Diorshow Fusion Mono eyeshadows, single pots of a gel-mousse eyeshadow formula that can be used wet or dry… and when used wet, they leave behind a metallic, high-shine, incredible finish. I am head-over heels! (Think it would be wrong to collect the other 4 metallics that I don’t have?)

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And speaking of Dior… are you a Dior Addict? With the Mystic Metallics launch, Dior added a few more Dior Addict Gloss shades, including the lovely, nude yet sparkly Charm. These glosses are phenomenal for the range of shades that are offered, from wisps of colour to saturated hues that smell amazing, apply and wear phenomenally, and best of all, offer a non-sticky finish. Absolute favourite!

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Just a couple of months ago I discovered Dior’s Instant Gentle Cleansing Oil, applied to a wet or dry face to dissolve all traces of makeup, including pesky eye makeup. Rated as one of InStyle’s Best Summer Skincare Products for 2013, it is a godsend, allowing me to rub my makeup off and not leaving behind any oiliness. Love!

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Finally, another new discovery for me was the Lip Glow from Dior – a lip balm that hydrates and also enhances the natural colour of your lips (in its original pink formula)! Below is the newest addition to the Lip Glow family, a Coral shade to be launched on January 15th!

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I hope you enjoyed my 2013 Favourites posts!

 

What are some of your favourite beauty products?

~xo

 

Elizabeth Arden Introduces PREVAGE® Anti-aging Treatment Boosting Cleanser

A Three-Dimensional Skin Cleansing Experience that Boosts the PREVAGE® Skincare Regimen Efficacy

Committed to delivering skin’s best defense against environmental signs of aging, Elizabeth Arden proudly introduces PREVAGE® Anti-aging Treatment Boosting Cleanser. This anti-aging treatment cleanser provides a multi-dimensional deep cleansing experience while helping to enhance the efficacy of the PREVAGE® skincare regimen. Leveraging the brand’s 100 years of product innovation, scientific research, and hands-on spa experience, PREVAGE® Anti-aging Treatment Boosting Cleanser couples Idebenone antioxidant technology with three levels of cleansing power to prepare skin to receive maximum anti-aging benefits.Prevage-Cleanser-Bottle-with-carton Prevage-Cleanser-Bottle

Environmental threats produce an abundance of free radicals that can cause oxidative stress, which results in signs of accelerated skin aging. With the addition of a targeted cleanser to the PREVAGE® product range, Elizabeth Arden now offers its first 360° anti-aging treatment regimen to combat skin-damaging environmental assaults for a youthful, radiant, and healthy looking complexion.

Utilizing a unique three-dimensional approach to cleansing, PREVAGE® Anti-aging Treatment Boosting Cleanser’s creamy, light-foaming formula removes impurities, eliminates dead skin cells and refines skin’s appearance for a refreshing, radiant glow.

The PREVAGE® three-dimensional approach to skin cleansing includes three distinct cleansing systems:

  • Surfactant System: an effective and mild foaming wash cleanses dirt and impurities from the skin’s surface.
  • Mechanical & Enzymatic Exfoliation: a combination of active enzyme and natural bamboo beads removes dead skin and promotes cell renewal to reveal beautifully smooth skin.
  • Detoxiquin: a mushroom extract and hexapeptide complex that purify skin cells, supporting its natural exfoliation and leaving skin more receptive to further treatments.

PREVAGE® Anti-aging Treatment Boosting Cleanser is proven to improve the efficacy of your skincare regimen. When used in tandem with PREVAGE® Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Daily Serum, efficacy was boosted significantly.* After just 2 weeks, 94% of women saw an improvement in skin radiance and texture and 75% of women saw an improvement in the appearance of lines and wrinkles.† This cleanser is suitable for all skin types.

* Based on a US clinical study of 21 women
† Based on a US In-home use test among 110 women
‡ When Compared to Alpha Lipoic Acid, Kinetin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Coenzyme Q10

Key Ingredients:

  • Idebenone‡: the single most powerful antioxidant* with an EPF® rating of 95 out of 100, it provides skin with the maximum protection from environmental assaults.
  • Bamboo Beads: this gentle exfoliator provides skin with a natural, mechanical exfoliation, gently sloughing away dead skin cells for a beautifully smooth complexion.
  • Mushroom Extract: this antioxidant works in tandem with Idebenone to help protect skin from environmental free radical damage.
  • Enzyme Exfoliant: this active enzyme eliminates dead skin cells to smooth skin’s surface and support natural cell renewal.
  • Shea Butter & Glycerin: this emollients and humectant blend imparts skin with long lasting moisture.

Price: PREVAGE® Anti-aging Treatment Boosting Cleanser 125ml $59.00 Cdn

Availability: Beginning October 2013 at Shoppers Drug Mart and November 2013 at Hudson’s Bay, Sears, and London Drugs (in Canada).

For more information, head to Elizabeth Arden on Twitter, on Facebook, on Youtube and on Pinterest!

Elizabeth Arden Introduces New PREVAGE® Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Eye Serum
Reveal Youthful Looking Eyes After Just One Use*

Committed to delivering skin’s best protection against environmental signs of aging, Elizabeth Arden proudly introduces PREVAGE® Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Eye Serum. Leveraging the brand’s 100 years of product innovation, scientific research, and hands-on spa experience, this anti-aging eye treatment helps to reduce severe signs of skin aging, especially the look of deep lines and crepiness that affect the delicate eye area in just one use*. Eyes look more lifted with a beautifully firm appearance.

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Scientists have proven that exposure to smoke, pollution and other irritants can accelerate skin aging twice as fast†. These types of environmental threats produce free radicals that can cause chronic inflammation at skin’s cellular level. The result is an increase in the appearance of wrinkles and age spots and a breakdown of collagen and elastin.

To reduce the impact of environmental assaults and visible signs of aging resulting from chronic inflammation around the eyes, Elizabeth Arden has harnessed the power and science behind their PREVAGE® Anti-Aging + Intensive Repair Daily Serum into an equally efficacious formula that specifically targets the eye area. New PREVAGE® Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Eye Serum combines Elizabeth Arden’s exclusive Idebenone technology, the single most powerful antioxidant‡, with a blend of Arazine™ and Thiotaine. Arazine™ soothes skin and helps to reduce signs of aging caused by inflammation. Thiotaine is another effective antioxidant that complements Idebenone in protecting skin from free radical damage due to environmental assaults, allowing Idebenone to concentrate on repairing the look of signs of aging. By helping to protect skin from oxidative stress, Idebenone not only shields skin from environmental assaults, it also helps to support skin’s natural repair process and restore a youthful appearance. This powerful serum helps restore radiance and refine the look of the natural contours around the eyes. Elizabeth Arden Research & Development has discovered that the combination of Idebenone with Arazine™ helps neutralize 95% of environmental free radicals and minimizes the visible effects of cellular inflammation, the primary cause of signs of aging§.

PREVAGE® scientists have also advanced the methodology to measure the efficacy of their antioxidant blend, Idebenone, Arazine™ and Thiotaine. Known as Environmental Protection Factor™ (EPF®)**, this series of tests has now been expanded to not just include antioxidant efficacy but also signs of aging caused by chronic inflammation. When tested under this rigorous methodology, the blend of Idebenone, Arazine ™, and Thiotaine used in PREVAGE® Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Eye Serum scored 174 out of 180, demonstrating a stronger efficacy than the other common antioxidants tested including Alpha Lipoic Acid, Kinetin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Coenzyme Q10, Green Tea and Ferulic Acid.

* Based on a US home consumer test on 104 women aged 25-65 and a US clinical test on 16 women after 15 minutes.
† Bahman, G et all ( 2009), Factors Contributing to the Facial Aging of Identical Twins. Plastic Reconstruction Surgery. 123(4):1321-31
‡ When Compared to Alpha Lipoic Acid, Kinetin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Coenzyme Q10.
§ Based on in-vitro testing.

A feather light, silky formula, PREVAGE® Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Eye Serum is rich with ingredients that target the upper and lower eye area to provide dramatic results immediately and with continued use. With the addition of new Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Eye Serum to the PREVAGE® product range, Elizabeth Arden now offers the most effective regimen to help protect skin from environmental assaults and support its natural repair process.

Immediate Benefits:

  • Idebenone, Arazine™ and Thiotaine are a blend that neutralize and protect against free radical damage.
  • Moisture Trap Technology is a complex of hyaluronic acid, barley and sea plant extracts that works to help lock in moisture, plumping and smoothing skin’s texture upon application.
  • Optical Diffusers and Soft Focus Silicones deliver a soft focus effect to scatter light and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for immediate bright and luminous skin.

With Continued Use:

  • Idebenone, Arazine™ and Thiotaine are a blend that continue to help improve the visible signs of aging caused by free radical damage and cellular inflammation over time.
  • Biomimetic Peptide Blend and Retinyl Linoleate even skin tone and support skin’s own natural collagen to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles and firm the look of skin
  • Vitamin B3, Masterwort and Ash Tree Bark Extracts reduce the look of puffiness and dark circles, and increase skin radiance.

Results: PREVAGE® Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Eye Serum is clinically proven to immediately reveal younger looking skin after just one use.†† Results increased significantly through continued use of the serum as well as when it was coupled with PREVAGE®Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Daily Serum.

  •  75% of women noted a clinical improvement in deep and fine lines in just 15 minutes after use.‡‡

†† Based on a US clinical test on 16 women after 15 minutes
‡‡ Based on a US clinical test on 16 women after 15 minutes

Directions: New PREVAGE® Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Eye Serum is housed in a unique silver, cylindrical package that features an airless pump dispenser.

To apply, push the pump down once to dispense a small amount of product onto your fingertips. The dispensed amount will be enough to use around both eyes. Using ring finger, gently smooth on brow bone, upper eyelid and around eye area, concentrating on crow’s feet, 2 times daily after Prevage® Daily Serums. For enhanced benefits, apply PREVAGE® Anti-aging Eye Cream Sunscreen SPF15 on top of the serum for added protection when used in the morning. When used in the evening, the serum can be used alone.

Price: PREVAGE® Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Eye Serum 15ml $155.00
Availability: Beginning November 2013 at Hudson’s Bay and December 2013 at Shoppers Drug Mart, Sears, and London Drugs.

For more information, head to Elizabeth Arden on Twitter, on Facebook, on Youtube and on Pinterest!

Elizabeth Arden introduces Visible Difference Multi-Targeted BB Cream to its Visible Difference line of skincare essentials. This all-in-one beauty balm is the ultimate balancing act – blending protection and perfection for healthy looking skin. Marrying the brand’s 100 year skincare expertise with the natural coverage of a sheer foundation, the formula instantly hydrates, brightens, primes and protects skin for a flawless-looking complexion.

VD_BB-Cream-30ml-Tube1“Originating in Germany for the purpose of masking surgical scars and then becoming a cult beauty phenomenon in Asia, Beauty or Blemish Balms (BB Creams) allow women to multitask an array of skincare and cosmetic products into one beauty staple, “ says Art Pellegrino, VP, Research & Development, Elizabeth Arden. “The new Visible Difference Multi-Targeted BB Cream intuitive formula boasts skin-smart ingredients which adapt to users’ unique skin concerns revealing their healthy looking skin. With instant and long-lasting results, we’re confident it will become a key step in every skincare regimen.”

Suitable for all skin types, Visible Difference Multi-Targeted BB Cream is a multitasking and total skin balancing solution that targets and treats user’s specific—oily, combination, dry—skincare concerns for an even, luminous complexion. Formulated with hyaluronic acid and key anti-aging ingredients, so skin brightness, texture, and tone are visibly improved immediately and over time.

The lightweight buildable formula easily blends into skin to provide the priming and long-wear coverage properties women seek from their favourite cosmetic products. Skin-enhancing mineral pigments help blur imperfections and diffuse fine lines and wrinkles, while an antioxidant-rich Vitamin C derivative helps brighten skin for a radiant finish.

Key Ingredients:

Visible Difference Multi-Targeted BB Cream is powered by a blend of skin-perfecting ingredients:

  • Skin-enhancing Pigments: impart a natural looking glow
  • Vitamin C Derivative: antioxidant that fights free radical assaults while brightening the skin
  • Biomimetic Peptide: an antioxidant to help protect from oxidative stress that leads to signs of aging
  • Licorice Extract: Brightens the look of skin.
  • Hyaluronic Acid: helps retain skin’s moisture and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles
  • Allantoin: provides soothing, benefits to the skin

Visible Difference Multi-Targeted BB Cream Shades:

  • Shade 1: ideal for very fair complexions with pink undertones
  • Shade 2: ideal for fair-to-medium complexions with golden beige undertones
  • Shade 3: ideal for deep complexions with golden undertones

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Rebecca Recommends: “A true multi-tasking beauty tool, skip the professional brushes and use your fingertips for a fuss-free application. A pearl sized amount will provide a sheer veil of colour, or it can be built up for added coverage—the result will be your most flawless looking complexion ever.”

Visible Difference Multi-Targeted BB Cream 30ml will be available July 2013 at Elizabeth Arden counters (Shoppers Drug Mart, Sears, Hudson’s Bay, London Drugs and Jean Coutu in Canada) for $40 Cdn.

 

For Spring/Summer 2013, Elizabeth Arden released the New York in Bloom Limited Edition Color Collection. Inspired by the vibrancy of blossoming flowers in the city, New York in Bloom blends a kaleidoscope of bold, urban colors and soft neutrals. Eyes are lined and brightened with shimmering nude, pink, violet and blue/green shadows. Cheeks are flushed with a golden bronze glow. Nails dazzle with brilliant shades of purple and teal. The limited edition packaging is inspired by fresh cut flowers: a mix of delicate blooms and strong pops of beautiful color.

The packaging is absolutely beautiful, especially on the bronzing powder and eyeshadows. And the colour selection is pretty and spot-on for the season.

LIMITED EDITION Bold Eye Pencil ($22.00)
Conveniently packaged with a pencil sharpener, this dramatic liner delivers high-pigment color in just one stroke.
Shades: Iridescent Teal, Platinum Glow and Terra

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The Bold Eye Pencils colours I have above are Platinum Glow (left/lower) and Iridescent Teal. I have tried many different eye pencils over the years, and have found chunky or bold pencils to be hit or miss. Some are too soft, some are too thick to use as a liner, some smudge too much. The Elizabeth Arden Bold Eye Pencils are, in a word, perfection! Packaged in a box with its own sharpener (huge bonus in my opinion), each pencil arrives sharp and pointy as in the photo above, and they apply like a dream. I had no trouble using them as liners, applying thin to very thick lines, and when the point eventually dulled, it sharpened right back to a nice point.

Application is flawless: the pencils are not quite as soft as kohl pencils (which tend to smudge a lot), but are not as hard as some eye pencils can be; they are a great medium hardness that soften a touch on warm skin. I loved the combination of Platinum Glow as a thick base colour with a thinner line of Iridescent Teal, as in the photo below:

EA-liners3Platinum Glow also makes a perfect highlighting shadow under the brow bone or in the inner eye corner! Bonus? It’s more purse-friendly than a shadow! And I wore Iridescent Teal alone, over-top of black liner for a pop of colour, used it to line my inner rim, and loved it every single way. I will try and share more looks using the pencils!

 

LIMITED EDITION Eye Shadow Trio ($38.00)
A palette of three eye shadows, in matte, metallic and shimmer finishes, offers a range of looks. Highlight, contour and accentuate eyes with multi-pigment powder shadows. Created through a proprietary process, each pigment is coated with emollients and long wearing ingredients. Hues can be applied dry or wet, and are embossed with an intricate floral texture.
Key Ingredients:

  • Mineral Mica and Nylon act as optical diffusers, softening the look of fine lines and wrinkles.

Shades: Viridian Bloom, Violet Bloom

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Is that not a stunning compact?? The gold, the colours, the flowers, even the tiny red door symbol that is so synonymous with Elizabeth Arden!

Open it up to reveal the gorgeousness inside:

EA_makeup_shadowThis is the Violet Bloom Trio, embossed with pretty sunflowers. It looks like a piece of art! Inside the mirrored compact are three coordinated shadows: a shimmery taupe, a muted satin bright pink, and a matte deep plum, all meant to be used dry or wet. I am dying to wear these shadows, but have a confession: I have not been able to rub a brush over the prettiness of its surface yet! I will create a look soon and share with you. 🙂

 

LIMITED EDITION Nail Lacquer Duo ($22.00)
This double-sided polish offers a salon-quality manicure at home. With beautiful, trend-inspired color on one end and an ultra glossy, clear gel-like topcoat on the other, this nail duo imparts lasting color with a professional, high-shine finish.
Shades: Purple Orchid, Teal Blossom

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Shown above is Purple Orchid, a medium-hued plum that will suit a huge variety of skintones. I applied two coats and added the glossy top coat provided. Look at that shine!

Application was easy, and I found the duo to be really useful, especially as it’s in such a small package. The polish dried very quickly, and was shiny even before topcoat.

 

Also included in the New York in Bloom collection are a Bronzing Powder, Color Radiance Blush, Luminous Lip Gloss and Lash Enhancing Mascara.

 

Final verdict? Elizabeth Arden has launched a cohesive collection, perfect for spring and summer, centering on a few beauty essentials in two tonal families. The application was fantastic in all the products I tried, and I think I will pick up the bronzing powder next!

The New York in Bloom Spring/Summer 2013 Color Collection is now available for a limited time beginning at all Elizabeth Arden counters nationally. For more information, check out www.elizabetharden.ca or www.elizabetharden.com!

 

If you’re anything like me, then you are perpetually in search of the perfect lip balm. When I heard that Elizabeth Arden was launching not one, but two lip products based on their best-selling Eight Hour line, I knew I had to try them!

Some background from Elizabeth Arden:

Since its introduction in 1930, Elizabeth Arden’s original Eight Hour® Skin Protectant has been an international sensation that’s passed down from generation to generation. While the formula for the iconic “miracle” cream has remained virtually unchanged, the Eight Hour® collection has expanded to include multiple products for the face and body. Both Eight Hour® Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm and Nourishing Lip Balm SPF 20 leverage Elizabeth Arden’s spa science, the brand’s unique approach to beauty that merges 100 years of hands-on spa experience and product innovation with the latest scientific innovations.

The first product:

Eight Hour® Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm delivers intense, long-lasting moisture. The rich gel formula also helps strengthen lip’s delicate moisture barrier, leaving lips healthier-looking and more beautiful than ever before. Packaged in a portable jar with a twist off lid, Eight Hour® Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm imparts lips with subtle sheen and a refreshing eucalyptus-based fragrance. This balm’s ingredients and benefits include:

  • Petrolatum, Shea Butter, Palm Tree Butter, Essential Fatty Acids complex and Honey Extract — high level mixture of emollients and moisturizers helps seal in moisture as it smoothes and softens lips
  • Petrolatum and Arnica Flower Oil —helps heal dry, chapped lips and create a protective film to protect against future damage
  • Vitamin E Acetate, Vitamin A Palmitate, Honey Extract and Watercress Extract replenish essential nutrients lost over time
  • Menthol and Menthol Lactate– cooling agents provide immediate soothing relief
  • Cardiospermum Halicacabum – botanical extract which help soothe and calm skin

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The Eight Hour® Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm is the one I was most excited about trying as our Canadian winter wreaks havoc on the delicate lip skin. I use lip balms religiously, throughout the day and before bed, and even then, I sometimes end up with wind- or winter-chapped lips. I cannot bear having chapped lips, yikes! So in order to bring you a valuable review, I decided to give the Eight Hour Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm a month-long trial, using it daily at least once, in addition to every single night before bed. My findings:

  • The product is buttery soft, the consistency of whipped, near-room-temperature butter.
  • It is not greasy though: the gel-formula applies a barrier over your lips without being like petroleum jelly.
  • It has the slightest scent of eucalyptus and honey, and leaves a hint of a cooling sensation when applied. I found this cooling effect to be more noticeable when your lips are chapped or dry, eg from wearing matte, drying lipstick.
  • It leaves a delicious soft feeling on your lips when you go to bed with it, and also makes a wonderful base for your lipstick when heading out.
  • While using this product, I have had softer lips every morning when I wake up. Even after a day of wearing lipstick or gloss, my lips are not dry.

I am absolutely obsessed with this Intensive Lip Repair Balm!! I was actually away, without my Lip Repair Balm for a couple of days, and came back with wind-burned lips. I don’t think I can go to bed wearing anything else.

 

For your day-to-day use, the Eight Hour® Cream Nourishing Lip Balm SPF 20 provides lips with the essential, daily moisture they need. This luxurious gloss is enriched with 8 vitamins, minerals and nutrients and minerals, and includes UVA and UVB broad-spectrum sun protection. Housed in a portable squeeze tube with a slanted lip applicator, Nourishing Lip Balm SPF 20 indulges lips with sheer shine and a neutral scent. This nourishing treatment’s ingredients and benefits include:

  • Petrolatum, Lanolin, Shea Butter, Castor Oil, Palm Tree Butter, Essential Fatty Acids complex and Honey Extract — high level mixture of emollients and moisturizers helps seal in moisture, as it smoothes and softens lips
  • Petrolatum and Lanolin — creates a protective film to protect against future damage
  • UVA and UVB Filters — provides broad spectrum sun protection
  • Vitamin E, Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Omega 6, Omega 3, Calcium, Zinc and Iron — replenishes 8 essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients lost over time

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Working hand-in-hand with the Intensive Lip Repair Balm, the Nourishing Lip Balm with SPF 20 provides daily protection from the elements. I love the tube applicator that you can toss in your purse and carry with you! Here is what I found with this product:

  • Has a nearly undetectable scent, and comes out in a pale pink cream that applies invisibly on your lips.
  • Wore this daily under both lip gloss and lipstick. Used it under one of my favourite red matte lipsticks and it created a moisturizing canvas for the product. My new trick is to apply this over the matte lipstick as well, in order to prevent the drying, cracking effect of that lipstick. Works like a charm!
  • The Nourishing Lip Balm is extremely nourishing, providing long-lasting relief from dryness.
  • I decided to test this product’s moisture delivery by actually wearing it to bed, and even with its SPF, I woke up with incredibly soft lips the next morning!

Needless to say, Elizabeth Arden blew me away with this addition to their Eight Hour product line, and I am obsessed. I love the texture, the scent, and most importantly, the result of both these products.

In Canada, they are both available for purchase at The Bay, Sears, Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs and Pharma Plus Ltd. The Eight Hour® Cream Intensive Lip Repair Balm 15ml jar retails for $28.00 Cdn, and the Nourishing Lip Balm SPF 20 15ml tube is $23.00 Cdn.

Check out ElizabethArden.com for purchasing in the US.

 

 

(Products provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

 

NEW PREVAGE® Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum

Thankfully I have been lucky enough to enjoy lashes that, with some good mascara, looked long and full. However, lately I’ve noticed that they are not always as full as they used to be, so I was thrilled to give the new PREVAGE® Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum.

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According to Elizabeth Arden, this revolutionary new treatment clinically proven to make lashes and brows appear longer, fuller and healthier in as little as two weeks*. The newest addition to the PREVAGE® family, it treats lash and brow breakage and brittleness due to aging, lack of nutrients and vitamins, and environmental assaults.

This new addition to the Prevage product line-up is supposed to treat lash and brow breakage and brittleness, which was music to my ears (and eyes).  When I wear difficult-to-remove mascaras or liners, I notice the price I pay to wear them: I lose lashes and let’s face it, as we get older, these babies just don’t grow back as fast!

The instructions are to:

Apply once daily at bedtime to clean eye area. Using the applicator, apply one stroke of PREVAGE® Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum to the base of upper and lower lashes, from the inner to outer corner. Follow the same directions for brows, covering the entire eyebrow area. Continue using 3 – 4 times per week to maintain the desired look and condition of lashes and brows.

I wasn’t sure what to expect. I had heard of extreme lash growth with other similar lash serums, and though I love long lashes, I was a little nervous. I didn’t want crazy furry lashes!

Nevertheless, I was excited and started using this product before Christmas, about the middle of December. To be honest, I forgot to apply it a few nights (when I was tired lol)… It was really easy to use — you apply it like a liquid liner along the lash line. The product is clear, and applies slightly wet, drying quickly.

I didn’t notice much improvement the first couple of weeks, but in the last week or so, I’ve noticed slightly longer lashes and a touch more fullness. It is especially noticeable when I wear mascara – they look much longer and fuller then, and I know it’s not just the mascara as they are the same products I’ve been using for months. (In case you’re wondering, I currently use L’Oreal’s Voluminous Mascara and Benefit they’re Real! mascara. 🙂 )

I’m curious to see how this growth will hold up as I reduce the use of the serum from daily to a few times a week. Overall, I was quite impressed with the results, especially given the minimal effort required.

Here is some more information from Elizabeth Arden:

PREVAGE® Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum supports and enhances the look of lashes and brows at all three stages of their life cycle and provides key ingredients and conditioners to help maintain healthy-looking lashes and brows. The serum also helps shield upper and lower lashes and brows from future environmental assaults.

Developed in partnership with the world-renowned Bascom-Palmer Eye Institute, Elizabeth Arden’s PREVAGE® Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum is clinically proven and dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested. The safe and easy-to-use formula is fragrance and colourant free and is suitable for contact lens wearers.

Key Ingredients:

PREVAGE® Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum is powered by an exclusive triple peptide complex and blend of Pro-Vitamin B5 and antioxidants. Innovative ingredients and benefits include:

  • Triple Lipopeptide ComplexTM – supports lashes natural life cycle so lashes and brows appear lush, healthy and revitalized.
  • Retinyl Palmitate (Pro-Vitamin A), Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) and Ascorbyl Palmitate (Vitamin C) – this vitamin blend fortifies, protects and revitalizes eye lashes for a healthy appearance.
  • Panthenol – conditions lashes and promotes lash flexibility and durability.
  • Vitamins A, C, E, ProVitamin B5 and Botanical Extracts – Help minimize breakage as lash conditioners fortify to help protect, revitalize and recover from environmental, chemical and physical damage.

Results*:

* Based on a clinical study of 30 women over 2 and 4 weeks.

The formula is proven to work on upper lashes, lower lashes and improve the look of sparse or thinning brows. With continued use, PREVAGE® Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum improves the healthy look of lashes and brows.

  • 100% of women in a clinical study showed a visible improvement in the look of their lashes in just 2 weeks.
  • In just 4 weeks, women in a clinical study showed up to a 40% improvement in the appearance of length, thickness and density of lashes.

PREVAGE® Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum features a fine tip applicator wand and is housed in a chic carrying pouch for easy storage and travel.

Price:

PREVAGE® Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum 4ml $115.00

Availability:

PREVAGE® Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum is now available at Shoppers Drug Mart and The Bay, Sears, London Drugs, and Pharma Plus Ltd.

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