Editor’s Pick:  goopbeauty

GOOPGLOW collection

Founder Gwyneth Paltrow wants to promote confidence in makeup-free skin with this brand. It may be worth considering because of the quick, effective results . From trying them you’ll find that the products are clear of chemicals and the organic ingredients have a soothing effect on the skin, especially on sensitive skin types. After the harsh winter season passed, it brought a lot of dullness to our skin. So with summer here, it’s a good idea to activate a skincare regimen that reverses all that damage and makes our skin’s best form come alive. This collection caters to those who look for glow-inducing products containing rich ingredients that can combat oily skin, balance combination skin, hydrate dry skin, and emanate a more healthy and radiant glow/shine.

MICRO​​DERM INSTANT GLOW EXFOLIATOR

Sometimes you don’t know how much dirt builds up from exposure to indoor and outdoor air pollutants, so getting rid of such impurities should be a priority. This gritty yet powerful blend of chemical and physical exfoliants such as microcrystals, mineral exfoliants, glycolic acid and superfruit Australian kakadu plum (reduces aging, diminishes pimples and it’s rich in vitamin C and E), exfoliates leaving skin smooth and fresh. It eliminates dead, dry patches and pores are left renewed. Use it as a weekly facial.

Two clinically tested facts on their website:

  • 92 per cent said their skin texture improved and that their skin looked and felt polished.
  • 92 per cent of the women in the study showed improvement in skin’s outer barrier, one of the most important barometers of skin health.

Directions for use: Massage onto clean, damp skin using circular motions; leave on for up to three minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. Use it anywhere from one to three times a week, depending how sensitive your skin is. Good for all skin types. Available at Sephora for $165, or $112 with online subscription to goopbeauty’s website.

CLOUDBERRY EXFOLIATING JELLY CLEANSER

This two-in-one cleanser is a gentle, everyday exfoliator. It is designed to get rid of daily bacteria buildup. Some of the active ingredients include hydrating cloudberry (a rare fruit found in northern climates such as Canada and Scandinavia) and squalane (controls oil and is suitable for acne-prone skin), bitter orange peel, Australian kakadu plum. Plus it’s rich in omega-3s and omega-6s. It’s not your average liquid-to-foam cleanser, the consistency is more thick like jelly. It was made this way to help it gel together with the bitter orange peel exfoliating beads.

Two clinically tested facts on their website

After seven days:

  • 97 per cent agreed this product helped wash away excess sebum.
  • 91 per cent agreed skin looked more glowing and luminous.

Directions for use: Apply to wet face daily (morning or evening) and gently massage while avoiding the eye area. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and pat dry.
For dry, combination and normal skin. Available at Sephora for $35, or $25 with online subscription to goopbeauty’s website.

FLOWER ACIDS RESURFACING TONER

This liquid concoction is made with natural ingredients that are gentle on the skin, which sets it apart from other oil-stripping toners on the market. Its brownish-yellow color comes from a mixture of aloe vera juice, hibiscus flower acid and prickly pear extract, which together balance and retexturize skin without irritation. It also moisturizes with tamarind-sugar molecules and glycerin.

Directions for use: Shake before use. Use morning and evening on clean, dry skin.
Saturate a cotton pad and apply all over face and neck.
Follow with your skin-care regimen.
For dry, combination and normal skin.

Available at Sephora for $60, or $40 with online subscription to goopbeauty’s website.

GLOW LOTION

After washing your face and putting on toner, apply the glow lotion. Even with a foundation added, you’ll find this feather-weight formula absorbs into your skin. It is infused with active levels of a spirulina enzyme, a special protein that helps protect against light aggressors, plus antioxidant vitamin C and kakadu plum.

Two clinically tested facts on their website:

After four weeks of use:

  • 90-93 per cent of women agreed their skin looked healthier, it improved skin texture, skin appeared more glowing and it left their skin looking dewy-fresh.

After eight weeks of use:

  • 93-96 per cent of women had results of more vibrancy in skin tone, more hydrated, radiant and a brighter complexion.

Directions for use: Apply morning and evening to clean, dry face, neck and decollete. For all skin types. Available at Sephora for $75,or $52 with online subscription to goopbeauty’s website.

…More beauty staples for this summer

If you’re looking for three beauty products to buy for everyday wear or to simply treat yourself with, check out these top finds from Lancôme. For instance, one of the products is a mascara that defines and volumizes your lashes with an easy-to-work-with formula, and a bonus is that it’s waterproof, making it stay in place if you have watery eyes or when you go swimming. Next on the list is a concealer which will cover up imperfections, and lastly a perfume with a mixture of floral and fruit scents to energize your mood.

LASH IDÔLE WATERPROOF MASCARA

The unique feature about this mascara is that it has hundreds of bristle lengths and sizes. With the help of the curved wand it comfortably fits your eye shape, ensuring that each individual lash is coated from root to tip, resulting in a lifted effect.

Its waterproof quality makes the mascara last long.

For a more dramatic eye look, this minimal smearing and clumping application allows you to easily add another layer for enhanced volume.

Tip: some reviews online find it’s a fast-drying formula, which means that you’ll have to skillfully brush through your lashes within a few seconds.

Available in drugstores and Lancome.ca
for $36

TEINT IDÔLE ULTRA WEAR CONCEALER

There are 20 shades ranging from fair to deeper skin shades, and a variety of warm, neutral and cool undertones to match your complexion. For online shoppers, visit Lancôme’s website and type in this concealer to discover several detailed charts to help you choose the right shade. This concealer’s formula feels light but reasonable coverage for everyday, blends to look natural and has a mattifying (not drying) finish.Available in drugstores and Lancome.ca for $44

OUI, LA VIE EST BELLE *LIMITED EDITION*

For a limited time only!

If you’re a loyal customer of Lancôme’s eau de parfum family, you probably spot the resemblance of Oui La Vie Est Belle, with the decade old classic: La Vie Est Belle. Both are floral scented but the main difference between them is the older one is more on the sweeter side and the newer one is more fruit scented. The reason behind its new name with “oui” (meaning yes) in front is to send an empowering message for consumers to “celebrate the beauty of life, say yes to every opportunity and appreciate being in the moment,” said on Lancôme’s website, which explains the valuable story behind this product’s launch. It’s also symbolically expressed through the pink ribbon tied and the gold sparkles imprinted on the outside of the perfume bottle.

This feminine and refreshing scent is the best way to get you in the summer spirit. The top notes are raspberry, pink pepper and bergamot; middle notes are a rich damascena rose and ylang-ylang; base notes are iris pallida (a powdery and woody scent), sweet notes and patchouli essence are used to evoke its signature sensual element.

Some other ingredients included are pear, blackcurrant, orange blossom and jasmine sambac.

Available in drugstores and Lancome.ca for $178

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