Beauty: Before Olay Regenerist Luminous

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A few years ago, le bf and I went to Mexico, where I had an unfortunate sunscreen accident. I don’t know how, but I mistook a bottle of insect repellant for sunscreen, which became apparent after my skin started to turn reeeeally red. Ever since that trip, my face has been something of a constellation map, a really annoying and inconvenient map of freckles on my cheeks and around my eyes.

As someone who’s nearing 30, I do my best to take good care of my skin, and I’ve been pretty lucky so far. My pores are visible, but aren’t exceptionally large; I get occasional breakouts, but nothing too severe…but those spots, or sun damage as my dermatologist keeps telling me, definitely make me look older and more tired. So when I was asked to try the new Olay Regenerist Luminous line, I jumped at the chance. Even a remote possibility of fading some of my sun spots made me excited to participate in this program. And having used and loved Olay products before, I really wanted to give the Olay Regenerist Luminous line a go.

I have to admit, I’ve tried other tone-correcting products in the past, but without the discipline to keep going, I would give up halfway after not seeing quick results. This time, I’m 100% committed. Over the next eight weeks, I will use Olay Regenerist Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream and Olay Regenerist Dark Circle Correcting Hydraswirl religiously – twice a day! No more giving up halfway. And hopefully, at the end of the trial, I’ll see a noticeable difference. To make it easier for you to follow my skincare journey, I took this makeup-less before selfie. This is my starting point. I’m not expecting my skin to look like this once my trial is over, but I do expect to see less prominent sun spots, and not as much darkness under my eyes. I hope that after using Olay Regenerist Luminous products for eight weeks (combined with sunscreen, of course), I’ll be able to stop wearing as much makeup to cover up my sun spots, and will be able to give my skin a break more often. Luminous skin, here I come!

So tell me, have you ever used tone perfecting creams or serums? Share your tips in the comments, and follow the hashtag #BestBeautiful for my Olay journey!

Olay Regenerist Luminous brings you a complete regime to brighten your skin step-by-step.

Step 1: Olay Regenerist Luminous Brightening Cream Cleanser’s creamy formula instantly illuminates skin and leaves it feeling smooth, conditioned and even textured.

Step 2: Recapture healthy-looking, youthful luminosity with Luminous Tone Perfecting Cream. You’ll feel intense hydration immediately, and see visibly younger-looking skin in 2 weeks and more even skin tone in 8 weeks. 

Step 3: Luminous Dark Circle Correcting HydraSwirl uses a distinctive dual-swirl formula with a gel to hydrate and a cream to instantly reduce the appearance of dark circles.

For more information, visit Olay.ca.

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Disclosure: This post was brought to you by Procter & Gamble via Glam Media Canada.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Procter & Gamble.

Style Days of Christmas: Dolce & Gabbana The One Gift Set

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I can’t believe we are already on Day 8 of Style Days of Christmas Giveaways! Time really does fly. Today’s amazing prize is a very special limited edition Dolce & Gabbana The One perfume and cologne gift set* (valued at $224) – a perfect luxurious prezzie for a sophisticated lady (and gent) on your shopping list.

With top notes of bergamot, mandarin, lychee, and peach, The One perfume is rich without feeling overbearing, feminine, sensuous, and irresistible. All you need is a little dab, and you won’t be able to stop smelling yourself all day. Recently, I’ve started to move away from the girly fragrances I used to be drawn to in my early twenties, and Dolce & Gabbana The One is now my go-to scent for the fall and winter months.

The One for Men cologne is also very alluring. The scent is powerful and spicy, with hints of cedar and tobacco. It aims to be “not a banal classic, but a classic men’s fragrance that would last for years and be the type of scent that women adore”. From this woman’s POV, this is indeed The One. I love the smell of this cologne, and I am sure the special guy in your life will love it too.

Sounds like something you’d like to see under your Christmas tree? Enter the giveaway below!

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Style Days of Christmas: Elizabeth Grant Skincare Giveaway

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When it comes to skincare, Canadian company Elizabeth Grant is one of my go-tos! I’ve been using the brand’s Caviar Nutruriche Eye Crème and the Essence of Torricelumn for a while now, and the results have been nothing short of extraordinary! And don’t even get me started on their Rejuvenating Gel Eye Pads – those are simply magic! So in the spirit of giving this holiday season, Elizabeth Grant and I would love to share some incredible products with you! Today is Day 6 of Style Days of Christmas and up for grabs is a prize pack from Elizabeth Grant (valued at $508), which includes the following products:

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Biocollasis Complex Cell Vitality Revival Day Crème – A remarkably light weight, fast absorbing, nutrient packed day time moisturizer to dramatically revitalize the appearance of the skin. Within days the skin appears illuminated, radiant and vibrant. Within 30 days the skin appears firmer , more elastic and more compact.

Biocollasis Complex Cell Vitality Renewal Night Crème – The secret to Cell Vitality Renewal cream lies within the way our exclusive NSA technology is structured to help repair years of damage and bring immediate improvement to the look of skin smoothness, clarity, skin elasticity and firmness.

Biocollasis Complex Cell Vitality Victory Eye Crème – quickly plumps and smoothes the appearance of the eye area reversing the appearance of fine lines, sagging and fatigue. NSA technology instantly brightens the look of dark circles, keeps the eye area optimally hydrated and plumps the appearance of the skin.

Essence of Torricelumn – intensive skin care treatment with exceptional anti-aging qualities. Targeting the five main signs of aging skin – lines and wrinkles, dryness, uneven skin tone, dullness and saggy skin – Essence of Torricelumn™ is ideal for both those who want to reverse and those who want to prevent skin aging.

Light Up Your Lips lipgloss in 2 colours – high pigment, ultra shiny, deeply hydrating, and NOT sticky. Contains moisturizing Torricelumn making lips appear fuller and smoother with every application.

Light Up Your Brows - the tools needed for the perfect tweezing experience. The LED light will illuminate even the most illusive of hairs. The rubber non-slip finger cushions are ergonomic and comfortable. The gold case, with built in mirror, will allow you to carry your tweezers hygienically and in style, and ensures that you’ll never be caught by surprise stray hairs. 

Interested? Enter after the jump!

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Style Days of Christmas: Dermalogica Giveaway

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I’ve been a huge fan of Dermalogica skincare for a few years now, which is why I am really excited to announce our Day 3 giveaway, courtesy of…you guessed it…Dermalogica! Cold weather can wreak havoc on your face, so it is crucial to make sure that your skin is given the TLC it deserves. From the magical PreCleanse, to the sumptious Active Moist moisturizer, to the refreshing Multi-Active Toner, today’s prize pack (valued at $250) will help you keep your skin from looking weathered this winter.

If you are not a Dermalogica convert yet, I just know that once you try it, you’ll be hooked! So let’s get you some beauty products, shall we?

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Prize pack will include:

Multi-Active Toner – An ultra-light facial spritz that refreshes and hydrates the skin while smoothing the surface. Helps condition skin to prepare for proper moisture absorption. Contains no artificial fragrance or colour.

PreCleanse – A lightweight Olive and Apricot Kernel-based cleansing oil, fortified with Kukui Nut, Borage Seed and Rice Bran oils, that gently liquefies sebum and oil-based debris from the skin’s surface. The hydrophilic (water-loving) formula enables PreCleanse and oil-based debris to be readily rinsed away without leaving behind any greasy residue. Follow with prescribed Dermalogica Cleanser for a thorough double cleansing. Contains no artificial fragrance or colour.

Active Moist – A lightweight, oil-free lotion for daily moisture protection that actively combats surface dehydration while smoothing the skin’s surface with botanical extracts. Contains no artificial fragrance or colour.

Daily Microfoliant – This unique Rice-based enzyme powder microfoliates dulling debris and instantly leaves skin noticeably smoother and brighter. Contains no artificial fragrance or colour.

Renewal Lip Complex – A daily lip treatment that restores delicate tissue, minimizes contour lines and helps prevent the signs of aging. Contains no artificial fragrance or colour.

Enter after the jump!

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Style Days of Christmas: Rowenta Beauty Versa Style Giveaway

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Welcome to Day 2 of Style Days of Christmas Giveaways! Today’s awesome prize is Rowenta Beauty Versa Style (valued at $229.99) – a master tool that does the work of 5 salon tools (flat iron, roller set and 3 curling irons). This versatile styler lets you create beautiful curls, va-va-voom waves and flawless straight hair with ease. After my old straightening iron bit the dust last year, I’ve been stuck in a hair rut, but when Rowenta Beauty sent me this ingenious styler, it quite literally changed my hair, and I hope it can change yours too!

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More about Rowenta Beauty Versa Style:

– A master tool that does the work of 5 salon tools (flat iron, roller set and 3 curling irons)
– Patented Pro Curling System creates incredible root lift and curls hair in one easy step
– 1″ slim floating plates with Ceramic Titanium Tourmaline coating provides ionic anti-frizz smoothing with long lasting quality
– Rubber/Silicone grip slows down styling process creating perfect heat application for maximum results
– Heated lateral edges allows you to style perfect curls/waves without demarcation lines
– 30 seconds to reach 400°F
– Temperature Lock keeps the selected heat setting while in use
– Long professional 9 foot swivel cord
– Ergonomic handle for easy gripping
– Curved body and rounded edge
– LCD display

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Beauty: W Skincare Toronto Office Has Arrived!

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Toronto beauty junkies, rejoice! Lorinda Zimmerman (aka Magic Laser Lady aka Lainey Gossip’s Skin Whisperer aka all-around-amazing woman) has finally opened the highly-anticipated Toronto outpost of W SkinCare. I have written about Lorinda’s service before, and having experienced great results after a couple of sporadic treatments, I was ecstatic to finally be able to do a round of treatments as they were intended.

The new clinic, located in Toronto’s King West district is spacious and welcoming. Adorned with Pacific Northwest art, you could almost confuse it for an art gallery, if it wasn’t for the fancy laser machines inside treatment rooms and beauty products lining the shelves in the lobby. As for Lorinda, she was beaming with pride at the launch party, and she’s even made a temporary move to Toronto to make sure that things run smoothly and clients receive the same level of service  they’d expect from the Vancouver location.

As I approach the big 3-0, I couldn’t be happier to have a W SkinCare office nearby. It gives me a peace of mind. With Lorinda’s non-invasive, but oh-so-effective laser treatments, I intend to finally give my face the TLC it deserves.

If you are curious about Lorinda Zimmerman’s W SkinCare treatments, you can read all about my personal experience with her services here. And if you are interested in taking your skincare to the next level, make sure to call or email for an appointment ASAP. I have a feeling that spots will fill up in no time.

W SkinCare Toronto

67 Portland Street, 2nd Floor
Toronto, Ontario
M5V 2M9
416.599.2711

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Michelle Williams for Louis Vuitton Fall 2013

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Michelle Williams is the latest celeb to lend her pretty face to a Louis Vuitton ad. Starring in the brand’s Fall 2013 campaign featuring two new handbags – W and Capucines, Michelle looks picture perfect. Hair, makeup, her facial expressions…perfect, perfect, perfect! I simply can’t stop looking at these photos! The only problem is…Michelle’s stunning face totally distracted my attention away from the bags. Seriously, forget the bags, and just give me something that will make my lips/eyes/brows/hair look this good!

What do you think of these ads? Do you think Michelle is a good fit for the brand? Share in the comments.

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Beauty: Elizabeth Arden Untold

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As a little girl there was no bigger rush than sneaking into my mother’s room and spritzing a bit of her perfume on my wrist….Yes, I was a naughty girl. One of my mother’s favourites was Red Door – an Elizabeth Arden classic. Now, 24 years later, Elizabeth Arden is launching Untold, a new signature scent that celebrates and captures the essence of every woman.

With hints of peony, black currant and white musk, Untold creates a lovely balance of fresh and feminine without being overpowering – definitely a scent you can wear through summer into winter! And after letting Mummy smell Untold, I have a feeling that she’ll be the one sneaking into my room to steal a spritz!

xoxo

Aleyda

Photo Credits: Elizabeth Arden

Beauty: Elizabeth Grant Skin Care Vitamin C Hydra-Moist Super Fruit Collection

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I am super excited to introduce Style Blog’s new beauty editor – Aleyda Canales! This beauty junkie will be dishing on her latest obsessions and sharing her experiences with you right here. Enjoy her first post! Nelia

Is it me or has summer taken its sweet time to get here? But not to worry, the warmer temps are finally here, and what better accessory to go with that summer style than bright, luminous skin? I don’t know about you but I know my skin needs a little kick and I can’t imagine a better way to get that kick than with some lovely products from Elizabeth Grant’s Skin Care line.

A few days ago, I actually got to be one of the lucky few editors to try Elizabeth Grant’s latest  – Vitamin C Hydra-Moist Super Fruits Collection. Infused with natural ingredients such as Acai Berry, Dragon Fruit and Cranberry, these amazing skin care goodies promise to reduce fine lines, nourish your skin and bring out that healthy luminous glow! How can you not want to try them?

My personal favourite is the Vitamin C Hydra-Moist Super Fruit Concentrate. I’ve been smoothing on a small amount over my face before bed the past week and I can honestly say I’ve noticed that my face looks brighter and smoother. A great start! If serums aren’t your thing (why not?!), you can give the delicious-smelling Cleansing Mousse a whirl. It will leave your skin looking clean and refreshed like it did mine.

Named one of Profit 500’s fastest growing companies in Canada, Elizabeth Grant is a very successful company, and after trying their latest collection, I can totally see why. So ladies, grab your summer dresses, put some Super Fruit on those faces, and enjoy that natural glow!

xoxo

Aleyda

Photo Credits: Elizabeth Grant

Daria…and Roses By…

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So…this happened at Lancôme’s Luminato party last week – photoboothing with DARIA, y’all! Never even knew that this one was on my bucket list, but now am totally putting it on said list and crossing it off. Photoshoot with Daria Werbowy – CHECK!

As for Lancôme’s “Roses By…” exhibit, its final stop is in Toronto and is currently being shown in the main lobby of First Canadian Place, from June 14th to 20th, 2013 for the very last time, so make sure to check it out. “To celebrate (the rose), Lancôme has given carte blanche to twenty international photographers, from Peter Lindbergh to Patrick Demarchelier, Sølve Sundsbø to Nick Knight, in France, the United States, China and England, to create their personal interpretation. Twenty uniquely talented artists, all of whom have fostered a close relationship with Lancôme over the years. The end result is twenty works, in colour or black and white, which are powerful or moving, hyperrealistic or symbolic, but always sublime!” The photos are stunning, so try to check out this exhibit while you still can.