Best of 2021 Beauty

Happy New Year to you all!! Can’t believe we’re starting 2022 with all that’s going in the world. I am super grateful for everything and very optimistic for a better 2022. Thank you for each and every one of you, it has been a rough year for many but I am grateful for everyone who showed their love, kindness and support. I am truly honoured and can’t express my gratitude towards life and all of you.

Although there was a lot going on last year it has been a year with amazing beauty and skincare launches that have been incredibly powerful and have swapped many of my beauty items. This post would be a reflection on the best beauty launches of 2021. I’ve tried to narrow them down so I could bring the best you can get from 2021 launches.

Skincare

  1. Estee Lauder | Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex is the best under eye treatment to fully smooth out the fine line and dark circles.
  2. Fenty Skin | Butta Drop Whipped Oil Body Cream best hydrating body cream you can get especially for dry winter sason. Fully reviewed here.cream formula. Reviewed here.
  3. Guerlain | Abeille Royale Advanced Youth Watery Oil best all in one skincare prodcut. Its one line I’ve constantly been using on my skincare routine. Full review here.
  4. Guerlain |  Abeille Royale Anti-Aging Double R Facial Serum best anti-aging serum. Its gentle peeling brightens skin after each use. Reviewed here.
  5. Glow Recipe | Watermelon Glow Hyaluronic Clay Pore-Tight Facial Mask best mask to detox and clear out skin and pores immediatly. Full review here.
  6. Kiehl’s |  Kiehl’s Ferulic Brew Facial Treatment Essence with Lactic Acid the best essence you can get to hydrated and brightenup the skin. It has done alot to my skin and you can find detials + how I use it on my skincare routine on this post.
  7. It Cosmetics | Hello Results Daily Retinol Cream best retinol treatment for your skin. Its gentle and works amazing on skin. You can find detials here.
  8. It Cosmetics | Bye Bye Dullness15% Vitamin C Serum best vitamin C serum I’ve tried by far. Their recent serum launches been super hit and you can find the entire Bye Bye collection details here.
  9. La Prairie | Skin Caviar Night Time Oil is an amazing caviar retiol formula and its infused with caviar-derived retinol that is exclusive to La Prairie. It help boost skin hydration level and works amazing on find lines and wrinkles. Full review here.
  10. La Prairie | Pure Gold Radiance Concentrate the best facial oil, it adds an exceptional glow to the skin. You can find the full detials here.
  11. Shiseido | Vital Perfection Uplifting and Firming Collection has been one of the best hydrating + anti-aging skincare line. The entire line is desinged very well for all skin textures. You can find the detials here.
  12. Sulwhasoo | Overnight Vitalizing Mask the best hydrating/calming mask ever I’ve tried. Find the detials here.
  13. U Beauty Discovery has been the best skincare collection I’ve got to use. The entire collection is just increible. The best resurfacing treatment, the best hydrating moisturizer of the year. You can find the details here.

Makeup

Best Makeup Collections

Charlotte Tilbury | Super Nudes Collection
Olivia Palermo | Olivia Beauty

Base & Complexion

  1. bareMineral | Original Mineral Veil Pressed Setting Powder best compact setting powder that is invible on skin & sets the makeup in place for good (fully reviewed here).
  2. Chanel | Complete Correction CC Cream this isn’t a new product but I am introducing Chanel beauty products on the blog this year. This been a favorite CC cream foundation with a nice velvety texture, fully revirewed here with before/after.
  3. Charlotte Tilbury | Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray the best setting spray!! full reviewed here.
  4. Fenty Beauty | Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint is best semi matte foundation with natural finish you can find detials on this Post.
  5. Givenchy | Prisme Libre Skin-Caring Glow Foundation the best glowing/hyderting foundation. You can find the Before/after & full review here.
  6. Guerlian | L’Essentiel High Perfection Natural Matte best matte foundation with amazing lasting power that looks like skin and literally stays for 12 hours without any touch ups. Fully reviewed here.
  7.  Hourglass | Ambient Lighting Palette Volume ll is the best face palette you can own. Its one I think I loved the most. Full review + swatches here.
  8. Lancôme | Teint Idole Ultra Wear All Over Full Coverage Concealer is the best correcting concealer with super lightwieght that looks like skin with a great range of shades, swatches here.
  9. Laura Mercier | Translucent Loose Setting Powder Light Catcher is the best setting powder to add radiance to the skin. You can find all detials & swatches here.
  10. YSL Beauty | NU Bare Look Tint Skin Tint Foundation is probably one of the most radiant base I’ve tried which is good for every day look and evens out the skin beautifully for any occasion. Fully reviewed here.

Eye Makeup

  1. Bite Beauty | Upswing Full Volume Mascara give lashes lift, lenght and volum at the same time (review here).
  2. Charlotte Tilbury | Hollywood Flawless Filter Luxury Eyeshadow Palette is one palette that I’ve reached the most. swatches.
  3. Buxum X Ash K Holm Eyeshadow Palette | the best all in one eyeshadow palette, swatches here.
  4. Nars | Summer Solstice Eyeshadow Palette is the best mix textured color eyeshadow palette with great selection of shades. Swatches here.
  5. Nars | Climax Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner the best eyeline with jet black finish and best lasting power and easy applicator. Reviewed here.

Blush Highlighter

  1. Bitte Beauty | Daycation Whipped Cream Blush probably the best cream blush I’ve tried (swatches here).
  2. Charlotte Tillbury | Super Nudes Nudegasm Bronze, Sculpt & Glow Face Palette one of the best all in one glow palette. Find swatches here.
  3. Mercier | Blush Color Infusion the best light wieght blush with airbrushed finish. I’ve been wearing the shade in watermelon constantly for the past year, You can find the swatches here.
  4. Nars |  Summer Solstice Bronzer & Highlighter Duo the best bronzer with nice glowing finish. It doens’t turn orange and fully reviewed here.

Lip Products

  1. Em Cosmetics | Soft Blur Velvet Lip Liner is the best fomrula with a nice velvety soft finish. You can find the watches here.
  2. Fenty Beauty | Gloss Bomb Heat in best pluming & high gloss formula. Fully reviewed here.
  3. Lancôme | L’Absolu Rouge Intimatte Matte Veil Lipsticks the best matte formulas I’ve tried. Find the detials on this post.
  4. Nars | Air Matte Lipsticks best lightweight and long lasting liquid formula. And you can find the entire Air Matte Collection on this post.

Fragrance

  1. Aerin | Cedar Violet is a different scent that is addicting.
  2. Givenchy |  Givenchy L’Interdit Edition Millesime Eau de Parfum is a perfect scent, with nice warm floral scent filled with jasmine note. Find review here.
  3. Givenchy | Gentleman Eau de Toilette Intense is one I am loving for my men. Reviewed here.
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Sephora Holiday Sale Skincare + Haircare

The Sephora Holiday Savings Event is here for Rouge Members! Today I’m rounding up the best in Skin, and Body to splurge on for the sale. I’ve listed my favourite products that have been tested over the year + some new launches that I am very excited about. I do take my skin and hair care very seriously and these products have contributed to what my hair and skin look like today – I have a full post on hair care products followed by this post. The saving dates are listed below.

No Code Needed

  • Rouge First Access, save 20% off 11/05 through 11/15
  • VIB Members, save 15% off 11/9 through 11/15
  • Insiders, save 10% off 11/11 through 11/15

Facial Cleanser

Facial Toner/Essence

Facial Moisturizers

Best Eye Cream/Treatment/Mask

Facial Treatments/Masks

Sunscreens

Body Moisturizer/Scrubs/Treatments

Haircare

Shampoos & Conditioner

  • Best luxury Shampoo & ConditionerOribe Gold Lust Liter Set, is what i like to use when i style my hair and it adds shine and shoftness to the har. You can find detials on this POST.
  • Best Shmapoo & Conditioner for Curly Hair Moroccanoil Curl Enhancing Collection, I love the formula that keeps hair hydrated and defines the curls. Curl collection from the brand is reviewed HERE.
  • Best color treated Shampoo & ConditionerPureology Hydrate Sheer Collection, the formula is hydrating and gentle. I love the entire line and right now you can get all in a package HERE.

HAIR TREATMENT

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Current Hair Routine – Best Hair Masks & Treatments for Shiny Hair

I have some new hair tries and new discoveries this season. Most of these are new launches + some that I just discovered and have been loving for my hair texture. My hair colour and highlights are growing out plus I do need a new toner treatment soon. But I feel my colour looks absolutely fine and the highlight becomes more like an ombre. I wanted to stay away from highlights this year I want to keep with my natural dark brown hair colour for the fall-winter season. I get my hair cut every 4-5 months and this time I went with just below shoulder-length layers at the back and chin-length layers at the front.

I do rotate my haircare products more frequently depending on the weather and how my hair feels and looks. I do have a very minimal styling process that doesn’t weigh down my hair. Just a little acknowledgment on my hair texture, it is dry and wavy. I try to cut down my hair washing to a minimum of 1-2X a week with a weekly dose of hair masks and hair oil massage before wash day every other time. For the past year, I have been enhancing my wavy-curly hair more often and it seems like my hair looks healthier than ever. I have a fully comprehensive post on my favourite hair care products plus tips on how to keep scalp and hair healthy is here.

I have my favourite current hair care products listed below but I wanted to mention that I don’t use them all at once – depending on how my hair feels or I style it (curly or straight) I use them accordingly.

Shampoos, Masks & Sculp Treatments

For my curly/wavy dry hair it’s hard to find a shampoo that works well all the time. My go-to shampoos for my curly days have been the Moroccan Oil Shampoo Curly Enhancing + the Tresemme Curly Hydrated Hair Shampoo and both work incredibly to define my curls. For days I style, I love to use the Oribe – Gold Lust Repair & Restore Shampoo which makes my hair look and feel extra yet recently I have been introduced to the Pantene Hydrating Glow with baobab Essence Shampoo + its Hydrating Glow thirsty Ends Milk to water Serum which been performing really good to my hair thick and heavy hair as well as Noor’s soft hair lately. We both have been really impressed with this new formula. They do have their curl collection which is on my radar.

For the first time, I got to try the Christophe Ronin Purifying Scalp Scrub with Sea Salt and it has surprised me in its performance. Although I have dry hair yet this mask lathers up like shampoo that deeply purifies scalp and hair and leaves hair with an exceptional aroma. I have kept touching and smiling my hair after its application. It’s designed for all hair textures and I think every lady should have this treatment on their shower counter especially if you have oily hair. I’ve been using this once a month and would recommend the same applies if you have dry hair and sculpt.

Hair Masks does wonders for my hair so I get to test and try what comes new in the market. I try to keep up with leave-in deep treatment masks 1-2X a month to boost my hair’s hydration levels. A few hair masks that I recently got to try are the Absolue Keratine and Karite Nutri masks from Furterer Paris. Both performed quite amazing on my hair, and here are the details.

  • KARITÉ NUTRI Intense Nourising Mask for very dy hair, it works great to use it just right after shampooing instead of your condistioner. It adds hydration and moisture to the hair without weighing it down. I’ve been using it for my curly hair days and it adds a nice shine to the hair.
  • ABSOLUE KÉRATINE Ultimate Reparing Mask desinged for fine to medium to think hair. Its a new formula that been recently launched and its desinged to repair demage hair. It detangls, protects, and adds shine without being weighed down. You can use this once a month or tiwce to bring in hydration, shine and strength to your hair.

I also have been loving the Loreal Paris Color Radiance Deep Purple Mask to enhance my hair tone deeply from time to time +Kerastase Blond Absolu Overnight Recovery Treatment to keep up with my blond highlights tones plus nourishment during the nightly routine. There are quite many of you who voted that don’t use an overnight hair treatment and haven’t tried the Kerastase Nutritive 8H Magic Night Serum by now. Here is why you need a hair mask in your haircare routine especially the overnight treatment.

  • infuse hair shafts with moisture
  • add a glossy shine to your hair
  • reduce hair breakage
  • tame frizz
  • reduce tangles and knots

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Pre-Blowout + Heat Protectants & Finishers

I have been loving the Pureology Color Fanatic Multi-Tasking Leave-In Spray which is a multitasking, and a leave-in treatment to prime hair for heat, detangles, protects from damage and adds shine from root to tip. I use it regardless of how I style my hair. There is so much goodness in this product, it’s probably one of the best all-in-one hair products that you can use when you’re on the go. The Kerastase Defense Thermique Blow Dry Primer has been a formula I always love to keep handy when I use hot tools.

My on the go and trusted hair oil for protection+shine are the Moroccan Oil Hair Treatment + Kerastase Hair oils for many years now and recently I have been loving the Kerastase Elixir Ultime Oil Serum that is formulated with a blend of four precious hair oils that adds hydration and prevent breakage for anti-frizz shine. You can use both oils before, during and after styling the hair. They’re light and don’t weigh down the hair. For my super dry hair, Oribe Gold Lust Nourishing Hair Oil has been a good on-the-go hair oil but it’s slightly heavy so a little goes a long way.

Miscellaneous

There are a few things that I like to use on my hair from time to time to finish up my hair that includes the Oribe Rough Luxury Molding Wax that is a flexible, water-soluble wax that adds volumizing hold throughout my long layers, while lending softness and I like to use when I have my hair styled with a curler. I use the Pureology Style + Protect Soft Finish Hairspray that is designed for colour-treated hair. It has a fast drying time + lightweight with medium hold and without the crunchy feel. I have also been loving the Kerastase Fresh Affair Dry Shampoo for days I miss my hair wash and need them to look fresh. This formula is easy to use and makes hair look fresh and clean plus it makes hair smell so good.

Recently Moroccanoil has launched a Hair & Body Fragrance Mist that is amazing to keep hair smelling fresh. Plus this formula is enriched with Argan Oil, Vitamin E and Sun-Exposure Absorber to nourish, support natural moisture balance and protect hair from UV rays.

I don’t have a huge selection of hairbrushes or tools but one that I love is from Dyson – I use both brush and comb for my hair that is included in Corrale Straightener Special Gift Edition and they both work quite nicely on my hair plus the Hot Tools Gold curler in 1.5 inches is what I use to style my hair almost all the times and have never replaced with anything else since 20 years.

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I hope you find this post helpful in terms of what to look for to maintain healthy and shinny-looking hair. I have my eyes on some of the haircare products such as Olaplex Olaplex Hair Perfector No. 3 and their No. 7 Bonding Oil as well as the Imperial Blowout Transformative Styling Crème from Oribe. Let me know what’s your new find in haircare?

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