Skinceuticals Antioxidant Powerhouse- Phloriten CF, Hydrating B5 and Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50

Like the 3 Musketeers of skincare, this 3-step morning routine keeps my skin perfectly balanced, glowing and protected from the elements all day long. Skinceuticals Phloretin CF is a breakthrough vitamin c serum, perfect for my ultra- sensitive skin, and designed to divide and conquer sources of damage at every level.  According to the website, it provides advanced environmental protection to defend skin against free radicals that are known to cause cellular damage.  In addition to its superior antioxidant capabilities, it has been proven to correct existing damage from the inside out.  Translation, this packed-with-goodness serum will reverse the signs of aging, while protecting your skin from the sun… full stop.  In the process, you will get smoother, brighter and clearer skin- fading dreaded hyperpigmentation, stimulating collagen to slow aging… and the list goes on.  Use one dropper full in the AM as your first step after cleansing. Image Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel is the perfect ‘chaser’ to Phloriten.   Enriched with vitamin B5, this cool refreshing serum replenishes nutrients the skin needs to feel smooth and appear younger. Hydrating B5 is packed with hyaluronic acid, the body’s natural hydrator, to bind moisture to the skin. In a nut shell, this miracle gel will ensure that your regular moisturizer works double time, to hydrate your skin and saturate the cells with moisture.  With continued use, plumper, dewier skin with less wrinkles and fine lines can be yours.  Don’t we all want that?  Use in the morning (following Phloriten CF) and at night (prior to moisturizer) for best results. Screen shot 2013-06-25 at 8.07.30 PM Follow with Skinceuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense, SPF 50 for the ULTIMATE, light-as-a-feather 100% physical sunblock and your skin will radiate youth in rain, shine, sleet or snow!!   To make this star product even better, color-infused technology (a one color fits all tint) will enhance your natural skin tone and boost daily radiance.  It also provides a great base for makeup. Use all 3 together for perfectly protected and luminous, lit from within skin. All available at Gee Beauty

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Chanel Rouge Coco Shine

Everyone who knows me knows I practically hyperventilate over a great lip stick/gloss/balm.

Chanel Rouge Coco Shine is all 3 of the above rolled into one perfect lip confection.  Described on the Chanel website as a ‘Hydrating Color Lipshine’, Coco Shine boasts an innovative formula with great color pay-off and moisture beyond, thanks to its patented ‘Hydratendre Complex’.

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The perfect hybrid of lipstick and gloss, the Rouge Coco Shine formula is buttery soft, offering a sheer wash of gorgeous color with the ideal amount of shine every time.  The color range is impressive with loads of beautiful shades to choose from.   It’s no surprise that I immediately honed in on ‘Chance’, the perfect baby pink with a hint of coral as the first of many pretty colors I’ve since picked up.  Other gorgeous shades I love are Boy- a classic ‘my lips only better’ shade,  Fétiche for a mauve pink pout with subtle shimmer or Canotier for the quintessential sexy nude lip.

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So flawless, this gem has earned a permanent spot in my (already massive) rotation of lip products…will it make it into yours?  Let me know.

Available wherever Chanel products are sold.

http://www.chanel.com/en_US/fragrance-beauty/Makeup-Lipstick-ROUGE-COCO-SHINE-119570?sku=119578

Kiehl’s Sun Free Self Tanning Formula

I’ve been a fan of self tanners since they first came on the scene, during my very awkward teenage years in the mid 1980’s.  I used to slather them on blindly, over my sun-burnt and peeling face during Christmas break (remember this was the 80’s, before I became obsessive about skincare), praying that I would return to school a bronzed goddess after my 2 week family vacations.  Well, sadly that was not to be, and I often returned from holiday a revolting shade of oompa-loompa orange (including my palms, which were a shade darker even), making me the laughing stock of my junior high class.

Well, my lovelies… I am happy to say that ‘fake and bakes’ have come a long way since then and my persistent hunt for the perfect, most natural one has led me to the holy grail…

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Kiehl’s Sun Free Self Tanning formula is lightweight and non-greasy, gliding on easily for a gorgeous (and super-believable) long-lasting golden tan.  Instantly absorbed, this lotion is formulated with Apricot Kernel Oil, Cocoa Seed Butter, and Vitamin E to bathe your skin in moisture.  Feel free to slather it on, head to toe (perfect for face too) and in 3-4 hours you will be the bronzed goddess I wish I were in junior high.

A few tips to fool-proof your application- prior to applying, first rub a touch of your regular body lotion into elbows, knees and ankles to ensure those areas don’t ‘over-bake’ or darken.  Also, after face application, make sure to take a damp washcloth and rub any excess off your eyebrow area to remove the evidence.  Make sure to wash hands thoroughly when you’re finished, and friends will think you just returned from a weeklong holiday in the tropics

Available at Holt Renfrew and Kiehl’s Stores

http://www.kiehls.ca/Sun-Free-Self-Tanning-Formula/620,default,pd.html

Bourjois: Healthy Mix Serum Gel Foundation

I’ve never been much of a foundation girl… even the word creeps me out a bit, conjuring up images of a thick cakey, goopy mess.  Natural?  I think not.  For me, a modest layer of tinted moisturizer and a hint of concealer and I’m usually good to go.   Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum changed my mind.

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Unlike traditional foundations, this star product is a radiant, gel based vitamin-infused makeup, that provides light to medium, buildable coverage, while being incredibly long-wearing on the skin.   Healthy Mix contains vitamin-rich and anti-oxidizing fruit to erase signs of fatigue, and provide 70% more radiance for up to 16 hours. It’s incredible, glide-on formula blends into the skin for a flawless, yet natural finish with absolutely no breakouts.  This gem works double duty by providing a moisture rich vitamin boost for my skin, while covering up any flaws simultaneously!

Applied with a brush, fingers, or my fave- a damp ‘Beauty Blender’ sponge, Healthy mix is completely undetectable on the skin, leaving you with a perfect- ‘your skin, only better’- glow.

Best of all, it’s conveniently available at select Shoppers Drug Mart stores for a cheap and cheerful drugstore price.  Don’t tell anyone, but this product is such a winner, I would pay double.

Available at select Shoppers Drug Mart stores or online

http://www.bourjois.ca/index.cfm?cm=QCCFranchise&ce=details&primaryKey=1&categoryID=0&productID=402

Sunday Riley Juno Transformative Lipid Serum

In year’s past, the thought of adding more oil to my already slick complexion used to freak me out beyond.  But, over the past year or two, thanks in large part to Linda Rodin’s groundbreaking ‘Olio Lusso’ facial oil, the idea of trading in my traditional cream moisturizers for gorgeous scented oils has become more mainstream.

My oil obsession has been going strong for a few years now, and I find them so nourishing and revitalizing…I am a convert for life.

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One of my FAVES is Sunday Riley JUNO… which has been described as an intoxicating ‘rare dry oil that gives skin an obsession-worthy glow’.  According to Sunday herself, ‘this serum is a blend of lightweight, fast absorbing oils extremely high in natural retinol, vitamin C, essential amino acids, omega-3,6 and 9, UV shields, and natural anti-inflammatory agents for luminous skin.’  This facial oil really packs a punch!

Juno is designed to be used on all skin types, so fear not friends… it will not break you out.  I use it morning and night, in many different combinations, and my skin has gone from greasy to glowing in one fall swoop!  Juno mixes well with any moisturizer or serum, turning your ordinary skincare into an anti-aging powerhouse!  Or try mixing one pump with your sunscreen, for a velvety application, extra luminosity and to seal in your sun protection.  Juno has multiple uses, feel free to message me for more tips.  Share yours too by commenting below.

Available at Gee Beauty

http://www.geebeauty.com/

Beauty Blender

Makeup artists and Celebrities alike have been raving about the Beauty Blender makeup sponge since it launched well over a year ago so, you can imagine my delight when I first ‘spotted’ this hot pink, egg-shaped wonder at my local Sephora.

This multiple, award-winning genius cosmetic applicator lets you blend, blend, blend your way to perfectly airbrushed skin! To use, hold the sponge under the tap to fill with water. It will expand to more than double it’s original size…then squeeze out excess water until you are left with a damp sponge. Now, use the sponge to dab, bounce and blend product (liquid/cream foundation/concealer etc) onto the skin.

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The unique shape makes application foolproof and allows you access to hard to reach areas (including under the eyes), making it a breeze to apply your products. Its suede-like texture feels super luxe on your skin and will leave your makeup flawless and undetectable. When you’re finished using, simply wash with soap and water (or Blender Cleanser- sold separately) and set on top of the container ‘pedestal’ to dry. With proper care, your sponge can last for months and months. Check out the Beauty Blender website for a quick, how-to video.

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Run, don’t walk, to your nearest Sephora or Murale store to pick one up or check out the link below. You can thank me later.

http://www.sephora.com/beautyblender-P228913?skuId=1151869

Dr Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel and Extra Strength Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel

Exfoliation is KEY to amazing skin so I was super excited to read about this peel in Lucky Magazine years ago, and have been a devoted user ever since.

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This life-changing, at-home peel transformed my dull, lifeless, ridiculously sensitive skin into glowing, bright and luminous, practically overnight.  Magically, my pores were tightened, my skin tone improved and my adult acne was eradicated.  Long story short, it gave me the skin I wish I was born with.

The beauty of the Alpha Beta peel is that it tackles any skin woe you may have: fine lines and wrinkles, large pores, acne and dark spots, texture and tone.

It takes 2.5 minutes and the results are so worth it.

Simply wipe the face with a ‘Step 1’ pad, wait two minutes, then repeat with ‘Step 2’.  As the website states, This product combines five alpha and beta hydroxyy acids with retinol, ubigquinone, resveratrol and a host of other antioxidants and soothing botanicals. It’s gentle enough for daily use; or use as often as you like to get your glow on!!!   Available in original or extra strength.

Available at Sephora

http://www.sephora.com/alpha-beta-daily-face-peel-P42787?skuId=716373