Beauty Buzz this January presents to you, the New Year’s Beauty Resolutions, featuring boscia and many other beauty brands, and to wish all the beauty readers, my very best wishes for 2023.
New year, new you, this cliché rings in the opportunity of change, that a new start can bring. And what better way to improve yourself, than by embracing the joy of a complete daily, self-care, skincare regimen.
A resolution I made for myself, coming into the month of January, was to write about the great products I had discovered or tried in the last year, that had not had the chance to get featured and that were truly deserving of some love.
The writing that I do for Best Kept Montreal is my continuous love-letter to the beauty industry at large. I have dabbled and played continuously in the waters of beauty and appreciated the many currents that have swayed my swimming and inspired me over the last 3 decades of working in the beauty field.
My initiation into skincare, led to my discovery and strong passion for makeup and transformation, which in turn led to me becoming more savvy and wise in skincare, formulations, ingredients and I grew a vivid love of the world of fragrances as well.
Personally, I always aim for dewy, healthy and radiant skin, I have combination-oily skin and have grown to embrace my inner, endless glow and just love it and work with it.
I also have acne scars and enlarged pores that I aim at treating, through various laser treatments at my good friends at Access Medica, read more in depth about my laser experiences, here. Vogue Magazine just listed lasers as one of the most talked about trends in beauty for 2023, so expect more coverage on this hot topic.
Hydration is essential and especially now, as we are in the harshest, windiest, coldest weather of the year, our faces are constantly assaulted by high-pressure, arctic winds and pollution, with the constant reflection of the sunlight and its potential harmful rays, reflecting off of the white snow.
Let’s Talk Hydration
My first suggestion for a New Year’s Beauty Resolution is simple; moisturize!
Moisturizing will help to hydrate your skin and keep it functioning at peak efficiency and be more resilient against the harsher weather conditions we are experiencing.
The skin obviously needs the moisture, however don’t forget that your lips and your eyes are subject to a ton of cold in the winter, which means that these 2 areas are often neglected in self-care rituals, leading to a lot of unnecessary dryness, creasing and potentially, new wrinkles.
We all use our eyes a lot, as we squint and cry our way through the harsh windy temperatures. The skin surrounding the eye is so fragile and is always in movement as our eyes are one of the most expressive parts of our face.
Indigo Eye Savior
bosica’s Indigo Eye Cream is a lovely, richer eye cream which is perfect for the winter months, as it nourishes the skin around the eyes and gives it much needed moisture and oil to keep the skin elastic and supple.
The bosica Indigo Eye Cream has a combination of Peptides and features Hyaluronic Acid and Shea Butter, all great ingredients to combine together, thus making the Indigo Eye Cream by boscia, a highly effective under-eye moisturizer that truly hydrates the skin around your eyes.
Rosewater Fresh Mist for Your Face
Another boscia wonder product is the Rosewater Mist with Witch Hazel, this lovely mist comes in the cutest pink bottle and vaporises a lovely mist to refresh your moisture levels and re-hydrate the skin during the day.
You can use the Rosewater Mist with Witch Hazel as a finishing spray, during your makeup and throughout your skincare regimen.
I love adding spritzes of the Rosewater Mist with Witch Hazel by boscia, in between my layers of skincare to lock in and seal extra moisture in my skin.
The bosica Rosewater Mist with Witch Hazel has a purifying quality in the Witch Hazel itself, which is a more natural alternative to a an exfoliating acid, which makes it a wonderful ingredient for assisting in maintaining a clearer complexion.
Plush Pout Puddin’
Fenty Skin just released the new Plush Puddin’ Intensive Recovery Lip Mask with Pomegranate Sterols + Vitamin E and this product is selling out at Sephora like hotcakes. They literally cannot keep it on the shelves.
The Plush Puddin’ Intensive Recovery Lip Mask by Fenty Skin has a beautiful mix of Coconut and Castor Oils, blended with Pomegranate and Jojoba Oil Complex, as well as Pomegranate Streols, renowned for enhancing the lips moisture barrier and boosting hydration.
The Plush Puddin’ Intensive Recovery Lip Mask by Fenty Skin promises to smooth over the appearance of lines and make the lips fuller and smoother in a short period of time. The product reviews are excellent and considering how impressed I am with the Fenty Skin line, I suspect that we will all love the Plush Puddin’ Intensive Recovery Lip Mask once we can get our hands on it.
A Mighty Eye Cream To Save Your Eyes
Drunk Elephant is a company that makes luxurious skincare with the highest quality of ingredients and their products always yield wonderful results for me, since I began testing them out, this past year.
The Ceramighty AF Eye Cream with Ceramides by Drunk Elephant is a potent eye cream that provides long-lasting moisture, improves elasticity and soothes away any signs of fatigue.
The Ceramighty AF Eye Cream with Ceramides by Drunk Elephant has, as its title mentions, Ceramides; which are excellent for replenishing and repairing the skin’s moisture barrier. It also contains Oat Extract, which is highly nourishing and improves the skin’s texture as it soothes and rejuvenates the moisture in your skin.
The Ceramighty AF Eye Cream with Ceramides from Drunk Elephant is a gentle solution to maximize your under eye hydration and protect your skin from any damage from our harsh, winter winds.
Surge Your Skin With Moisture
CLINIQUE’s Moisture Surge Intense 72H Lipid-Replenishing Hydrator Moisturizer is the perfect winter moisturizer to keep your skin properly hydrated and moisturized during this cold weather and the potential damage it can cause to your skin.
The Moisture Surge Intense 72H Lipid-Replenishing Hydrator Moisturizer from CLINIQUE has a nourishing and rich feel to it as it spreads on your skin. This oil-free, cream-gel has been formulated to continuously provide your skin with constant hydration for 72 hours of time, upon each application of the product.
The Moisture Surge Intense 72H Lipid-Replenishing Hydrator Moisturizer from CLINIQUE has an incredible lineup of key ingredients that are truly nourishing to the skin and protect the skin; it features Squalane, Olive Fruit Extract, Centella Asiatica Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Water, Hyaluronic Acid, Wheat Bran Extract and Caffeine.
With such a stellar list of ingredients, it’s no wonder that the Moisture Surge Intense 72H Lipid-Replenishing Hydrator Moisturizer from CLINIQUE is a perfect moisturizer for anyone suffering from the cold in January.
Advanced Elegance With Elevated Science
Over 75 patents, 30 plus years of work have gone into the continued refinement and improvement of the now, legendary and iconic Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex Serum, making this gem of the skincare world, a true innovative classic.
The Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex Serum by Estée Lauder is formulated with the patented Chronolux Power Signal Technology; allowing this fast penetrating serum to target multiple signs of aging and lock in and seal in the protective moisture in your skin, for over 72 hours.
The Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex Serum by Estée Lauder is a perennial favorite of beauty editors and writers around the world over and the reason is simple, this luxurious and elegant serum produces results.
The Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex Serum from Estée Lauder is the brown bottle that will change your skin for the better.
A Plum Plumping Eco-Friendly Experience
I love gel-cream textures that meld into the skin and pack a serious dollop of hydration on the face, the Glow Recipe Plum Plump Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer is a delightful moisturizer that adds extra plumpness to the skin, via the humectant properties of the Hyaluronic Acid and the Plum Extract, found in its title.
The Plum Plump Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer from Glow Recipe contains Polyglutamic Acid, a hydrating peptide that will boost the efficiency of the Hyaluronic Acid and lock in the moisture. There is Plum Extract to brighten and hydrate the skin and Ice Willowherb Extract to visibly balance out the skin.
The Plum Plump Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer by Glow Recipe also can be refilled, you can therefor purchase a replacement and not need to recycle and purchase a new component for your cream.
This is such a wonderful moisturizer for the winter, a favorite for dry and combination skins!
A Serious Boost For Your Skin
The NCEF-SHOT Supreme Polyrevitalizing Concentrate by Filorga is an ultra-concentrated, lightweight serum, with a complex formula with over 50 ingredients and is designed to renovate your skin in as little as 10 days.
The NCEF-SHOT Supreme Polyrevitalizing Concentrate by Filorga helps to stimulate the growth of new cells, making this an ideal treatment during the change of season, periods of high stress or fatigue.
The effect is visible within the first few days of wearing it, I apply the NCEF-SHOT Supreme Polyrevitalizing Concentrate by Filorga, on my damp skin, once I have washed, both day and night to ensure that the actives enter the skin quickly and work their magic at rejuvenating my skin.
Cleansing As Me-Time
I used to hate cleansing my skin, I used to find it tedious, often the cleansers felt drying, or irritating, or they had weird fragrances or particles in them.
I do not remember my typical cleansers of yesteryear fondly, as for many years; due the oily side of my skin and the fact that I suffer from adult acne, I used more astringent and drying cleansers to keep my oils at bay.
Cleansers have had complete renaissance since that time, I have begun using balm cleansers, water cleansers, cream cleansers and various gentle, gel cleansers, only to realize that cleansing has now become one of the most sensory experiences of my entire skincare routine.
Now a constant resolution, is cleansing the face, this step is extremely important if you wear sunscreen or makeup daily, this is the only way to keep your skin breathing and functioning and eliminating the debris from our skin.
Since we are in a harsher climate for this period of the year, I thought it would be wonderful to highlight and focus on gentler formulas, that caress and nourish the skin as they help to wash away any dirt, oil or pollution from the surface of your skin.
Micellar Magic Water
CeraVe truly make some of the highest quality skincare around at one of the best price points imaginable. The always affordable skincare brand produces gentle formulations that are highly efficient and gentle on your skin and all the products use the power of Ceramides to help to protect and restore the moisture barrier in the skin.
The Hydrating Micellar Water from CeraVe is an ultra gentle, liquid cleanser that removes dirt and impurities from the face without stripping the skin in any way.
The Hydrating Micellar Water by CeraVe is my favorite morning cleanser, as it refreshes the skin as you apply it and rinse it off. I have also found that it has been helpful to remove left-over mascara or eyeliner from the previous night, around my eye area, I love how gentle the product is.
Give this cleanser a try, you will love how efficient and soft it is on your skin.
A Creamy, Dreamy Cleanser
The Milk Cleanse Gentle Foaming Cleanser by Moon Juice is a wonderful first cleanse in any double-cleanse routine at night. I also have found it to be very nice in the mornings when I need a stronger cleanser than a water cleanser. The Milk Cleanse Gentle Foaming Cleanser from Moon Juice is super creamy and has an easy feel on the skin, it slips wonderfully well and does wonders for removing dirt and grime, without stripping the skin in any way, in fact it leaves the skin feeling refreshed.
Made with high-quality ingredients such as Silver Ear Mushroom Extract and Adaptogenic Reishi Extract, the Milk Cleanse Gentle Foaming Cleanser by Moon Juice helps to protect the skin against any stressors and reduces inflammation.
This gentle cleanser has really made a positive impression with me and need I mention that it smells delicious in the most warm, woodsy way; a great cleanser to discover.
Honey & Charcoal Combine To Refresh The Skin
Origins is a company that truly blends the best of nature and science to create products that work well with different skins to address various skin concerns.
I first discovered Origins years ago, when Sephora first opened its doors, in Canada for the first time and I fell in love with their masks. Just last year, Origins sent me several products to try out and I have slowly been testing out the following mask, the Clear Improvement Charcoal Honey Mask to Purify and Nourish.
The Clear Improvement Charcoal Honey Mask by Origins is a highly-rated product and I can see why. The impressive ingredient list help this Charcoal based mask to deeply clean and purify the skin, whilst the Honey is soothing and and helps to moisturize the skin and retain moisture.
I love using this mask while I shave, as after I rinse my face and clear both the foam and the mask, I find myself with a refreshed complexion that doesn’t feel tight, simply very clean.
Because Smelling Good is Feeling Good!
As you may have noticed, I have begun showing more appreciation for fragrances of late in my columns and there is a reason why. I have always been fascinated and intoxicated by fragrance, I have tried many various perfumes and perfumed oils and I simply want to share my vast adoration for this exceptional art of the beauty industry.
Just before the Holidays started, I received several samples of fragrances to try and I immediately took an instant attraction to D by Diesel.
D by Diesel is addictive, dynamic and fresh, this gender-less fragrance adapts beautifully to the skin and has both Bourbon Vanilla and Diva Lavender Heart, both ingredients being sustainably sourced from Madagascar and Provence, respectively.
This stunning scent D by Diesel, is the brand’s first gender fluid fragrance and ushers in an era of greater inclusivity in the beauty realm at large.
Reflections of Beauty
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, this timeless expression expresses the inherent truth, that rings especially true in our diverse culture; beauty is multi-layered, it is many things to many different people and there is not one precise definition, as to what is beautiful.
Beauty is so subjective, a personal experience that everyone experiences and acknowledges differently. My suggestions today where mainly concerning the skin on the face, and my reasoning is as follows.
We are all on a journey together, to come to self-love and hopefully at the very least, self-acceptance.
This can be difficult in a society of constant comparison where every image is retouched and where companies advertise images of younger people to push remedies for aging on an older population.
So if you can incorporate a little more care for your own appearance, it will likely boost your sense of self-worth, self-value and pro-pulse you out into the world with a greater confidence in yourself.
So let the world of beauty give you an extra boost, think of it as vitamins or nourishment for your skin and give it the time to show you its impact, you’ll likely be very impressed.
Give your skin the love it wants and watch it love you right back, big time!
Until next time, stay beautiful!
Lead image courtesy of boscia.
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