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With summer coming to an unfortunate end for us sun and summer lovers, there is no better time than the present to talk about Vita Liberata, the most recent tanning it-brand. Earlier this year, Vita Liberata launched Ten Minute Tan, their answer to tanning in no time. VL calls this “the world’s fastest tanner;” it will provide a natural, medium tanned colour in just 10 minutes. Organic and super-charged with anti-aging ingredients such Matrixyl 3000 and Rosehip which work together to promote collagen production, this hydrating lotion cares for your skin as it tans.

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Too good to be true? I put it to the test.

Application is easy: apply generously to clean, exfoliated skin using the Vita Liberata mitt or your hands. Massage it in with long, circular movements. Wash palms immediately after application. Wait 10 minutes, or, for a deeper tan, wait 15 – 20 minutes. Rinse in the shower, gently pat dry. Et voila! The tan will develop over the next 6 – 8 hours.

I’ve tried other self-tanners in the past and while some will provide a nice tan, many can be streaky or difficult to apply. Or, there is the difficulty of applying the product, letting it dry enough so that one can get dressed, then dealing with the awful scent of the self-tanner. VL Ten Minute Tan eliminates these issues by allowing you to apply it, wait 10 (or more) minutes, then rinsing it off!! No more worrying about ruining clothing with self-tanner stains because once you’ve showered, you can get dressed as you normally would. Amazing! And while there is a faint scent that does linger, especially as the product deepens over the next few hours, it is subtle and completely bearable.

With my olive-toned skin, I have tried leaving the product on for different increments of time and found that the best duration for me was approximately 15 or 20 minutes before rinsing for a natural, deep result. I also loved the way my skin felt moisturized and had a beautiful glow. I cannot wait to use this throughout the winter months to keep my summer glow!!

(Note: I am not including swatch photos as with my summer glow, the photos just would not show the depth of my Vita Liberata tan. I’ll post photos on my Insta when I’m paler.)

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In addition to glowing, tanned skin, Vita Liberata also has a best-selling HD finish skin all-over makeup, Body Blur. According to Alyson Hogg, Vita Liberata’s founder, Body Blur is an instant body makeup that gives the most flawless skin finish and reduces the appearance of imperfections like cellulite and spider veins. It’s like wearing luxury sheer stockings! Launched with two new additional shades this past spring, Body Blur perfects the skin not only by masking blemishes, but also by adding a beautiful glow to the skin. Key ingredients include aloe, shea butter and vitamin E.

As easy to apply as the Ten Minute Tan, apply sparingly by dotting on the skin, then blending in long circular movements.

I’ll be honest, when I first saw this product, I did not want to believe the hype. Body makeup products are not a new category, and though can look beautiful, the work involved is not usually worth it to me. Plus the product transference is a pain, not to mention, dangerous when you’re wearing a stunning outfit that you risk ruining with smudged makeup! Alas, I finally relented and tried VL Body Blur. And was I ever glad I did! Body Blur has become my go-to leg and arm beautifier, especially when we are looking pale and lacking that summer glow. You’ll see in my arm swatches below how beautifully finished your skin looks with Body Blur, adding both a blurring and subtle tan effect, while providing a light veil of coverage to hide flaws and veins. And I love the glow it imparts! I used the shade 001 Latte.

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Body Blur – shade

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Body Blur – sun

I will warn you that you should definitely allow a good 5 or 10 minutes for Body Blur to dry after application to avoid getting any product on your clothing. And even with that, I did find some slight smudges on my car seat from behind my knees, and along the inside hem of my dress. It was very little product transference, but definitely something to be aware of especially if you’ll be sitting on, say, a white leather sofa.

 

Vita Liberata luxury at-home tanning solutions are available exclusively at Sephora stores and at sephora.ca.

 

Have you had a chance to try a Vita Liberata product, and what were your thoughts?

~xo

 

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

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Dior recently added a new generation of skincare, Dior Hydra LIFE to its skincare regimen. The collection includes nine new products that hydrate the skin using gentle, effective, natural-derived ingredients, in bright and fresh packaging.

I had a chance to try out four Hydra LIFE products consistently, and have my review for you below, after the Collection List!

In creating Hydra LIFE, Dior is also the first brand to partner with the Human Microbiome Project, a worldwide collaborative project based on the research of Skin Flora Genes, wherein research has discovered that rebalancing and preserving the skin flora is essential in maintaining a healthy glowing complexion, while an unbalanced skin flora leads to dehydration, redness and imperfections.

Another added bonus about Dior’s Hydra LIFE? The line features 90% natural non-toxic ingredients and is free from silicones, parabens, petrochemicals and allergens. Its lightweight glass packaging and streamlined outer carton made with natural inks and produced without cellophane reduces the line’s impact on the environment by 30%.

The Collection:

Dior Hydra LIFE Fresh Hydration Sorbet Creme
Hydrates and nourishes the skin with a Mallow and Harberlea flower leaves mixture in a fresh gel-creme.

Dior Hydra LIFE Deep Hydration Sorbet Water Essence
Also including Mallow and Harberlea leaves, this 3-in-1 essence offers ultra-concentrated moisturization, skin refining and toning for the skin.

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The Masks:
This collection of three nature-infused masks is meant to be applied all over the face, left on for 3 minutes, and rinsed off with water. 

Dior Hydra LIFE Glow Better Fresh Jelly Mask
Highly concentrated smoothing citrus fruit extract and exfoliating apricot seed powder, this radiance mask offers a powerful yet gentle exfoliation in a water-rich gel texture.

Dior Hydra LIFE Pores Away Pink Clay Mask
Highly concentrated natural jojoba and natural pink clay allows this mask to purify the skin and minimize the appearance of pores. Its creamy pink texture transforms into a fine foam when rinsed!

Dior Hydra LIFE Extra Plump Smooth Balm Mask
With natural pine oil and nourishing botanical ingredients, this plumbing mask provides intense nourishment in a creamy but lightweight texture.

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The Cleansers:
Four transformative cleansers to cleanse, purify, exfoliate and remove makeup with natural cleansing agents. 

Dior Hydra LIFE Lotion to Foam Fresh Cleanser
This fresh lotion containing naturally infused white tea transforms into an airy foam cleanser to remove makeup and deep clean.

Dior Hydra LIFE Oil to Milk Makeup Removing Cleanser
Upon contact with water this highly effective makeup-removing oil containing sweet almond extract transforms into a rich creamy emulsion, and removes makeup without an oily residue.

Dior Hydra LIFE Micellar Water
Enriched in echinacea flower extract, this soothing micellar water offers a concentration of powerful makeup removing properties, and a soft, comforting texture.

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Dior Hydra LIFE Time to Glow Ultra Fine Exfoliating Powder
Enriched with natural lotus seeds and sugar crystals, this gentle exfoliating powder transforms into a light foam upon contact with water, and gently polishes and deeply cleanses the skin for a natural glow. (To be used 2 – 3 times/week.)

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Last but not least, the Dior Hydra LIFE line includes the existing Hydra LIFE Pro-Youth Silk CremeHydra LIFE Pro-Youth Sorbet Eye Creme, and the Jelly Sleeping Mask.

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My Review:

I was sent four items for review from Dior: The Hydra LIFE Oil to Milk Makeup Removing Cleanser, Pro-Youth Sorbet Eye Creme, Fresh Hydration Sorbet Creme, and Extra Plump Smooth Balm Mask. Rather than just try them a few times, I put the line through the wringer, and have been using them faithfully as part of my regular skincare regimen for the past 6-8 weeks.

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Let me just start with the packaging and initial thoughts on the line… Wow. I absolutely LOVED the packaging and jars Dior used for this line, as it really seems to suit the airy, fresh image I feel this line has. The jars are gorgeously minimalistic, matte (for the masks) or shiny (cremes), and just look decadent once opened! All the items I tested had a very light, deliciously subtle scent, not at all overpowering like some skincare lines, which I know is music to the ears of some of my more sensitive readers. And the texture… also very decadent — more on that below.

 

Those who know me well know that I love my cleansing oils (I really do!), and was super-excited to try the new Hydra LIFE Oil to Milk Makeup Removing Cleanser. I use my Dior Instant Gentle Cleansing Oil all the time, and was eager to see how the new Hydra LIFE Oil to Milk Cleanser compared. As promised, once water is added, this oil becomes a creamy emulsion that is then massaged over the face and rinsed with lukewarm water. Personally, I prefer to use a facial cleansing cloth to massage off the cleansing oil, which removes my makeup. I did find that the Oil to Milk Cleanser had a bit of a harder time with my mascara, but removed all other makeup easily. And it leaves the skin supple and moist.

Eye creams are absolute must-haves to me and Hydra LIFE’s Pro-Youth Sorbet Eye Creme was a nice surprise for me. This eye cream promises to reduce puffiness and visibly lighten dark circles, and despite usually favouring richer eye creams, I was not disappointed. A delicious sorbet (gel-cream) texture, it spreads over the delicate eye area gently with a cooling feeling, absorbs very quickly and makes a perfect base for makeup (no creasing of makeup overtop). I will say that it is a very light texture, and thus, may not be moisturizing or rich enough for some, but I find it perfect for the warm, humid summer months. The only negative comment I have about the Hydra LIFE packaging is that with the small container, it does get a little difficult to get the cream out from the sides of the jar once the amount dwindles…

My favourite of the four products had to be the Hydra LIFE Fresh Hydration Sorbet Creme! With the same sorbet, gel-cream cooling texture as the Sorbet Eye Creme, this light moisturizer absorbs quickly enough to apply makeup right overtop. I found it refreshing, hydrating with a delicious texture. I love its lightness for summer, and absolutely love the subtle scent! I will definitely continue using this Sorbet Creme for the remainder of the summer!

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My last product to test was the Hydra LIFE Extra Plump Smooth Balm Mask. What I loved about the mask was the quick, 3-minute application and super-quick results! Intensely hydrating and nourishing, this mask promises to leave skin instantly soft, while becoming plumper and more comfortable day after day. And nourishing it was! A great quick treat, suitable even for daily use, I loved applying this Mask and and being able to remove it almost immediately. I’m much more used to wearing masks for 10-20 minutes, which I still love to do as a relaxing treatment, however, it’s so nice to be able to garner similar results without a time commitment especially when we’re in a hurry. I will definitely be trying the other two Hydra LIFE masks after this and recommend you do the same!

 

The Dior Hydra LIFE skincare line is now available at Dior Counters nationwide, including at TheBay.com, Sephora and Holt Renfrew.

 

Have you tried any of Dior’s Hydra LIFE products yet, and how do you like them?

~xo

 

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L’Occitane’s Valentine’s offerings for 2016 include sweet gift sets for both men and women. This year, L’Occitane partnered with celebrated French illustrator Soledad Bravi to design two limited edition gift sets, featuring her signature romantic, girlish style. Sets range in price from $24 to $150, sure to please any Valentine on one’s list.

Soledad Bravi x L’Occitane:

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Shea Butter Hugs & Kisses ($24): Surprise and delight that special someone one with this charming hand cream and lip balm duo in our cherished classic shea butter scent.

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Shea Butter Rose Hugs & Kisses ($24): With a delicate rose scent, this practical hand and lip duo is the perfect way to shower a sweetheart in love.

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There’s also the limited-edition kit designed by Soledad Bravi in a beautiful keepsake tin, complete with Shea Butter Hand Cream and Lip Balm, along with Shea Butter Rose Hand Cream and Rose Lip Balm with a limited Edition Soledad Nail File! (Sorry, my fellow Canucks – US only.)

Collection Gift Sets:

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Cherry Blossom Voyage Collection ($26): The feminine cherry blossom set is the perfect bathroom accessory for any woman. Includes Cherry Blossom Body Milk, Cherry Blossom Shower Gel, Cherry Blossom Hand Cream and Bonne Mere Rose Soap.

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Lavender Voyage Collection ($26): The ultimate gift of pampering for her.  Direct from the majestic fields of Provence, this set is filled with the calming aromas of lavender to help soothe the senses and induce blissful relaxation. Includes Lavender Body Milk, Lavender Shower Gel, Shea Butter Hand Cream and Bonne Mere Lavender Soap.

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L’OCCITAN Voyage Collection ($26): This deluxe doc kit satisfies all of his grooming needs with shaving and body care necessities. Includes L’OCCITAN Shower Gel, L’OCCITAN After Shave Balm, L’OCCITAN Shaving Gel.

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Verbena Voyage Collection ($26): Spice things up or keep it zesty with this lemony citrus verbena set. The combination of verbena essential oils, orange, and lemon tree offer a refreshing and reviving shower experience for men and women alike. Includes a Verbena Shower Gel, Verbena Body Milk, Verbena Hand Cream and Bonne Mere Verbena Soap.

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Divine Collection ($190): Our ultimate skincare regimen, offering luxurious radiance in a box. This set captures the age-defying benefits of the precious Immortelle essential oil to leave skin looking more youthful and rejuvenated. Includes Immortelle Precious Cleansing Foam, Divine Cream, Divine Eyes and Divine Lotion.

All sets will be available at L’OCCITANE boutiques nationwide and online at ca.loccitane.com starting on January 26th, 2016!

Which ones have caught your eye? I would love the Divine Collection… it includes everything you might need for your skincare regimen (and it includes the very special Immortelle essential oil!), or, from the Soledad Bravi x L’Occitane collaboration, the delicious Shea Butter Rose Hugs & Kisses is calling my name…. 🙂

~xo

“To be transformed into the most beautiful woman, this is the dream of every woman.” Christian Dior

And now, no matter your age or skin tone, you can achieve radiant, even skin with no dark spots or discolouring, skin that is soft with a refined skin texture and tightened pores. In other words, perfect skin – even without makeup – that reflects youthfulness and vitality.

Dior introduces Capture Totale Dreamskin to their Capture Totale line-up. For the first time, Dior Science is able to act simultaneously on the skin’s quality, uniformity and youthfulness. Dreaming up a ‘smart’ and exceptional formula capable of delivering results both optically and biologically, with surprising skin-perfecting effectiveness on the surface for skin that appears flawless on application, but also a formula able to penetrate deep down for global age-defying effectiveness and results over time.

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A paradox that defies classic formulation laws and makes Dreamskin so incredible.
300 ingredients were analyzed and over 200 formulation trials conducted to create THE formula that would satisfy all these demands.

To be applied on its own or after your usual skincare, and adaptable to all beauty routines.

Dreamskin promises to free the skin from all sources of uneven colour and texture and to restore the beauty characteristics of young skin. I started using Dreamskin about two weeks ago, and really love what it’s doing for my skin. It’s a weightless lotion with a slight pink hue that pumps out a measured amount each time, and I personally like to use it after or in lieu of my day moisturizer every morning. It is very light and dries pretty matte, making it a nice base for your foundation. It truly creates a beautiful canvas for you to start your day with.

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Dreamskin is now available for $115 Cdn wherever Dior Capture Totale is sold, and from I understand, it is selling out quickly! With regular, once-daily use, the 30 ml pump should last up to about two months – fantastic considering that one pump is more than enough!

Eva Herzigova, shot by Patrick Demarchelier, is the face of Capture Totale and she could not be more perfect:

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See her video:

Capture Totale also created a Sérum de Teint, an incredible liquid foundation with triple-action youth correcting power. Wrinkles, dark spots and radiance are targeted in an extension of the beauty routine inititated by Capture Totale skincare.

This triple action helps to smooth the surface of the epidermis, correcting dark spots, mild redness and other imperfections, and makes your skin glow with a youthful radiance. The foundation also contains SPF 25 to protect you from the sun’s rays.

Perfect complexion, dream skin, for radiant beauty.

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This makeup is like Photoshop for your skin. I’ve been wearing it for the past few weeks and never dreamed I would love any liquid foundation more than Dior’s Airflash foundation (which is amazing and so easy to wear and work with), but Capture Totale’s Radiance Restoring Serum Foundation provides flawless coverage without being cakey or too much even with its great coverage. It can be applied by massaging the foundation gently outward from the centre of your face, using either your fingertips or Dior’s Fluid Foundation Brush (in either Light or High Coverage). The fluid is creamy without being oily, and leaves a lovely dewy finish behind, making your skin glow and even.  I’ve had a rough week, and really needed all the makeup/coverage I could find (trust me), and using this foundation almost eliminated any need for concealer. It is truly that amazing. On a regular workday, I could get away with applying only the Capture Totale Foundation – truly no concealer needed. If you love a matte face, feel free to swipe some powder on your t-zone and over eyelids, and you’re ready to go. What I love most is that it feels as though I am not wearing any foundation. And at the end of the day, I’m not rushing to remove it like I normally do with makeup – it feels like it’s barely there!

This is what the fluid looks like on my inner arm:

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Capture Totale’s Radiance Restoring Serum Foundation SPF 15 retails for $85 Cdn and is available now at Dior counters nationwide.

Please let me know if you try either Dreamskin or Capture Totale Foundation and what you think of it!

For more information (no shipping available to Canada), head to Dior.com! and shop online at thebay.com!

~xo

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

Recently I had the pleasure of attending an exclusive Dior Institut express/mini facial, featuring Dior’s intense age-defying skincare from the miraculous sap of the Chateau d’Yquem vines: L’Or de Vie.

For the past four centuries at the Chateau d’Yquem, a unique vine has grown stronger and more beautiful every year. After identifying ten polyphenols (which are antioxidants that neutralize free radicals; free radicals are thought to be responsible for aging in our skin) in the heart of the sap, Dior researchers have continued to unravel Yquem’s mysteries. In 2011 they discovered a new active molecule that has the power to reverse the effects of time, and in 2012, revealed Botrytis Cinerea, the new secret from this vine. Botrytis Cinerea is a substance that is normally a plague to vines, but in Yquem it mysteriously reverses the process, becoming beneficial to the vines.

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Delicately removed from the sap of the vines, the precious molecules are extracted through a 17-step purification process, then carefully concentrated into the luxurious L’Or de Vie collection. L’Or de Vie promises smoother, firmer and more luminous skin.

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My express-facial felt like a mini-oasis in the midst of an urban storm. I was welcomed by Dior’s PR executive and Dior’s lovely Education Manager, Annemarie Van Meer, who proceeded to take me to a private cabine to relax, unwind and enjoy this most luxurious treatment. Though short in time, the experience felt anything but, as Annemarie educated me on L’Or de Vie’s history and products while applying them. I truly felt rejuvenated and best of all, my skin actually glowed after the treatment!

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My express facial included the L’Or de Vie 5-part skincare ritual:

The Lotion
*Deeply purifies, rebalances and re-plumps the skin

The Serum
*Penetrates to the heart of skin to deliver the quintessence of the Yquem vine sap for the ultimate anti-aging action

The Creme
*Blends delicately into skin to nourish it intensely and leaves a velvet finish behind

The Creme Riche
*Provides long-lasting nourishment for even the driest skins

The Eye and Lip Creme
*Fades away shadows, smoothes fine lines and redefines lip contour

All L’Or de Vie products are available as refills.

If you would like to experience the full L’Or de Vie Cabine service (facial)**, attend the
Magic of Dior event between December 9 and 14th, 2013!

Exclusive to Holt Renfrew
Meet Ricky Wilson, Dior Celebrity Artist

in Toronto:
Holt Renfrew Bloor Street
Friday, December 13, 2013 – from 12 – 8 pm

Holt Renfrew Yorkdale
Saturday, December 14, 2013 – from 11 am – 5 pm

Dior_Magicofdior**Customers who attend the Magic of Dior event are invited to attend a L’Or de Vie facial in January; to be booked at time of the Magic event.

L’Or de Vie is available in Canada exclusively at Holt Renfrew. For more information (but no shipping available to Canada), head to Dior.com.

~xo

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