5 New Skincare Products for Your Dry Skin Right Now

Although spring season is just around the corner we’re still in the deep dry winter months, where our skin needs that extra attention to either keep up its hydration level or needs an extra boost to maintain that healthy glow. I love to find new skincare formulas each season to add to my skincare routine. There are quite some interesting and very effective skincare launches that have gone through my test drive for the season.

All these products are newly launched and are highly effective to reduce fine lines/wrinkles, even out skin tone, and adding plumpness to the skin. You can add any of these to your skincare routine depending on your skin needs or can use them together to target any specific skin concerns at once.

  • Lancome – Rénergie H.C.F. Anti-Aging Triple Serum ($135) is a triple dose of serum to target all visible signs of ageing like loss of firmness, fine lines and wrinkles as well as dark spots. Its infused with Hyaluronic Acid and C+Niacinamide that delivers instant plupmness and brightness to the skin. The formula is light and gets into the skin immediatly. Its desinged for all skin texture. You can easily use it to your monring and evening skincare routine just right after your cleansing or after toner or essence.
  • Glow Recipe – Plum Plump Hyaluronic Acid Moisturizer ($52) is a whipped gel cream formula that is loaded with olyglutamic acid and hyaluronic acid to boost the effecacy of hyaluronic acid plus to lock in moisture and to keeps the skin hydrated and looking plump and bouncy through out the day. It comes with a refillable contair. I think its a perfect all year long moisturizer. You can use it in your daily skincare routine to finish off your skincare routine.
  • Estee Lauder – Revitalizing Supreme+ Youth Power Creme Moisturizer ($117.98) is a lightweight sport correcting moisturizer with insane hydration. It improves skin tone and adds firmnes to the skin. The formula instantly adds radiance and lominosity to the skin. It’s infused with vitamin C and beautyberry extract that adds clarity and healthy glow to the skin. Perfect moisturizer for your daily use.
  • Dr. Dennis Gross Advanced Retinol + Ferulic Intense Wrinkle Cream ($99) is a intense retinol cream formula that instantly and visibly reduces all signs of aging without irritation. The formula is powered by Phyto-Retinol BlendTM which transforms skin and repairs the moisture barrier after its couple of use. Its a perfect retinol moisturizer to introduce to your nightly skincare routine. You may want start with once a week and add according to skin’s tolerance.
  • Fenty Skin Pre-Show Glow Instant Retexturizing 10% AHA Treatment + Reusable Applicator (C$52) is a powerfull and more intense exfoliating treatment that is loaded with 10% AHAs. Its also infused with rooibos, fruit enzymes, and extracts to make your skin look smooth, glowing, and photo-ready in just one minute. Its a prefect treatment to do by its own, and its a perfect time to use such an intense formula to make youskin ready for spring season. Its ideal to use it use twice a week on non-consecutive days with the applicator. Those with sensitive skin may want to start by applying with fingers or using once a week.

I’ve been pleasantly impressed with all these new launches. I am in full retinol treatment for the past couple of months and I am continuing with the Dr. Dennis Gross Advanced Retinol + Ferulic Intense Wrinkle Cream twice a week which has clearly made a huge difference in how my overall skin looks right now. And all the above products have gone through my testing period, and I’ve been really impressed with their performances. You want to make sure you use a nice sunscreen with your retinol treatment.


New Cle de Peau Base Testing | Radiant Fluid Natural Foundation + Radiant Cream Foundation

Cle de Peau Beaute has always been one of my favourite brands when it comes to complexion + skincare products. I have gone through quite some of their complexion products – almost tried them all. Yet there are few new complexion product launches for me to try from the brand and I am excited to try out the new Radiant Fluid Natura Foundation plus the new Radiant Cream Foundation. Both are quite popular and they are perfect for the season.

Radiant Fluid Natural Foundation

Radiant Fluid Natural Foundation ($174.48 for 1.1 oz.) is a liquid foundation that brings a natural glow to the skin with a soft blurred look with nice glow. If you know me – I have been a lover of build-in skincare-foundations which I find Cle de Peau Beauty masters every time with their bases. The formula is hydrating and improves skin condition with its continued use. I have been loving their complexion formulas, the Radiant Cushion Foundation (reviewed here) has been my ultimate favourite on the go-to-wear foundation almost all the time. The best shade that matches my skin is o20 yet B2o is a good one for my summer days, it’s slightly peachy but I love it for the fact it literally does the correcting job on my skin and leaves my skin flawless. You can find the swatches below.

The new Radiant Fluid Natural Foundation is lightweight with sheer to medium coverage. I love how the formula is buildable and allows you with its coverage.

The lasting power is quite impressive, the formula is designed to keep the skin hydrated with a natural finish while it offers good coverage to even out the skin for a nice natural finish that you can still see the skin underneath. It does photograph beautifully. I do find the foundation slightly oxidizes so I would say to stay within your own shade or a shade lighter. The collection carries a great range of shades to cover all skin tones. The colour range goes with the entire foundation line of the brand, if you know your shade in any other formula you can easily pick the same number and go with it.

Radiant Cream Foundation

Radiant Cream Foundation (C$171.79 for 0.87 oz.) is a medium coverage foundation with a natural and dewy finish. The formula is lightweight and is infused with skincare-loving ingredients. The texture is creamy and feels like your tinted moisturizer with nice coverage. The formula is non-comedogenic meaning that it will not irritate the skin nor block the pores so the skin can breathe easily. The formula reflects the light which offers a glow that comes from within.

I found both foundations are pretty close in terms of finish and coverage while the Radiant Fluid natural Foundation works as a foundation for when you go out and need that nice finish to the skin while the Radiant Cream is something you can wear on a daily basis for a flawless finish. Both formulas carry SPF 24 and 25 respectively. I tried them both in shade BF10 which I find is slightly light for my skin but works on winter days quite well. You do pay more for the Radiant Cream Foundation for the skincare benefits it offers in comparison to the Radiant Fluid Natural foundation as well as it has less product. It really depends on your preference on what you want but for me, I would go with the Radiant Fluid Natural Foundation because both offer almost the same finish and has almost the same benefits.

You can find both available at Saks Fifth Avenue, and all Cle de Peau Beaute counters at department stores.


Current Hair Care Loves

I’ve been trying some new things from the hair department for the past couple of months that have made a dramatic change in how my hair looks and feels. When it comes to haircare I only try things that interest me, especially products & treatments that add extra shine and moisture to my hair. I have been getting back to my styling routine yet it’s been more than a year that I have done any colouring to highlights. My highlights had grown out and currently, I have my natural hair colour that looks quite healthy. I’ve shared my current haircare routine + some best hair treatments here.

I do use heating tools almost all the time or at least once a week to style my hair which means I need to pay extra attention to repair the damage more frequently. I’ve been testing a few new formulas that made me wow. Here I have a round-up of new things I am loving right now and have been introduced to my hair care routine recently.

Shampoo & Conditioner

I always try out new shampoos, especially for damaged hair. Highlighting hair using bleach has made my hair prone to breakage and most of the formulas dry out the hair especially during the winter season. I have a few loving formulas that I’ve shared in my previous hair post but recently I’ve been René Furterer Solaire Nourishing Repair Shampoo. Although this shampoo is meant to be used during the summer season this is what my hair has been loving the most. It adds softness and shines to the hair within its first wash plus immediately repairs hair damage. The formula is enriched with butter that adds hydration without weighing down the hair. If you love that traditional shampoo formula then this is something you need to take a look at.

Something different I used and a game-changer for flat hair is Christophe Rohin’s Cleaning Volumizing Paste. The past doesn’t look as good as the packaging, but the results are amazing. It instantly cleanses, exfoliates and lifts the hair after the rinse. For me, it’s a 2-1 product, treat & cleanse. Although my hair does have a pretty decent volume but needs that lift. I’ve been using it for the last 3 weeks yet only once a week. Although this cleanser did a very well job cleansing the hair and added a good lift – I think it’s going to be what I will be using constantly during the hot summer days. It almost gets sold out immediately but if you get your hands on make sure to stock on it.

When it comes to conditioner, I am super picky when it comes to using conditioners and I only use conditioner when I style my hair naturally enhancing my curls. I recently was introduced to the NATURE LAB TOKYO which is a plant-powered haircare from Tokyo. The brand’s formulas are clean and vegan. I’ve been testing the conditioner from their Perfect Texture line (C$15) which is designed for wavy/curly hair. The formula instantly hydrates and adds more definition to the curls. It also helps with frizz.


I’ve been eyeing the dpHUE treatment for quite some time since there were quite nice reviews on it. Kindly dpHUE PR team reached out to me to try some of their best-selling products designed for my hair texture and ladies I am AMAZED! dpHUE – Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Rinse (C$44.00) is the best gentle hair cleanser that doesn’t strip your, protects your hair colour, maintains the pH balance of the scalp and hair plus gently exfoliates the scalp to unclog hair follicles.

It immediately adds volume and shine to the hair while it feels soft and silky on the hands.

I also got to try the dpHUE – Apple Cider Vinegar Hair Masque (C$52.00) which is a nourishing hair ever tried before. It’s designed for all hair textures, especially dry hair. The formula intelligently addresses damage, supporting hair’s condition with each successive use. Its infused with Sunflower Seed Extract, Macadamia Oil and Aloe Vera. It immediately looks after dryness, frizz and it’s colour safe. The formula is Free of sulfates SLS and SLES, and parabens. This product is also cruelty-free, and gluten-free, and comes in recyclable packaging.

It definitely feels luxurious on hair. I love to use my hair mask as a treatment so I use it before washing my hair once a week or once in 2 weeks. I spray my hair with water lightly and apply the conditioner from mid to ends of the hair and leave it on for about 20-30 minutes wrapping it in a bun.

I’ve been switching between the phHUE Apple Cider Vinegar & Christopher Robins Cleaning paste for testing purposes yet for my hair I see results using the phHUE Apple Cider Vinegar for winter months and Christopher Robins Cleaning Paste for summer days.

If you’re following me on Instagram then probably you’ve noticed the difference it has made to my hair.

Styling/Heat Protactants

There are quite a lot of amazing styling and heat protectants for all hair textures that I’ve shared my current favourite ones here & here. Yet in the past four weeks, I’ve been using the Shu Uemura Izumi Tonic Strengthenung Rice Water(C$64.00 for 150mL). This has changed how my hair looks and feels. It is a leave-in treatment infused with Japanese-sourced rice water. If you’ve ever heard of rice hair treatment, this is the best product to experience. Rice water treatment is meant to strengthen the hair and prevents breakage and add elasticity to the hair which this Izumi Tonic Strengthenung Rice Water does exactly. It restores hair damage + protects against future breakage with an amazing and fresh scent.

Hot Tools are the only heating tools I use for my hair and the new Hot Tools 24k Gold Extra Long Curling Iron/Wand with Heat Resistant Mat, 1-1/4 (C$57.50) wand I’ve been using. I find this one covers more hair and is perfect for longer hair lengths + the top cap rotates which makes it super easy to wrap hair around the wand.