Caudalie Moisturizing Sorbet Cream + S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum

Using natural skin care products is so important. I think it is a must to look for natural ingredients in your skin care products and to learn what ingredients your products have before you apply them to your skin

Caudalie Moisturizing Sorbet Cream ( 98 % natural) - $ 38

Caudalie's Vinosource Crème Sorbet Hydratante/ Moisturizing Sorbet comes in a nice thin tube which is ideal for traveling. It does everything the product name says. It hydrates and has a very sorbet like texture - lightweight,which is especially perfect for sensitive skin.  
The product has a lovely subtle scent and a very small amount of the product is sufficient enough for the entire face and neck. It is sulphate, paraben, synthetic dye, petrochemical etc free and skin is left feeling fresh and moisturized. It is a great product to put on before going to bed after cleansing and toning. Overall, skin feels more healthy. It is lightweight and effective. Highly recommend! 

Sephora carries the product as well

Caudalie S.O.S. Thirst Quenching Serum (97 % natural) - $ 48

Caudalie's Vinosource S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum is a moisturizing bubble serum for the skin. Like the Moisturizing Sorbet, this product is sulphate, paraben, synthetic dye, petrochemical etc free 
This is a great product for one that has sensitive skin prone to redness. This serum makes a difference with hydration and softness. Less redness and blemishes, including dry patches are minimized after a few applications. One pump is enough for the face and neck, and more can be applied depending on how much hydration you would prefer. It can be used to give skin a more 'dewy' finish after make up application, and the product leaves no residue on skin. 

In addition to finding products by Caudalie at http://www.caudalie.com/ and Sephora, you may also find their products at Murale

"Since its launch 15 years ago, Caudalie – the leading cosmetic brand in France – has conquered the international market thanks to its high end beauty products which are as effective as they are natural.

Caudalie uses the exceptional antioxidant power of the grape and the vine to protect the skin from free radicals and delay visible signs of aging by offering products that respect women’s skin as well as the environment.

Caudalie now launches its newest line of products in Canada: Vinosource.

 is a unique plant-based, extrasensory and extremely natural solution for all skin types, from the most dehydrated to the most sensitive. This moisturizing line offers products with tailored formulas, some of which are very light, perfect for the warm weather that is upon us."

Three must-have beauty products for the summer from Caudalie are:

La Vie en Rose Summer 2012

Be sure to pay visit to a La Vie en Rose store. They currently have fantastic swimwear for spring and of course, for summer! 
La Vie en Rose currently has terrific prints like this floral number. 
Their poppy print bikini comes in sizes xs-xl.

This poppy print bikini top ($34.95) is extremely flattering. The material is high quality and it feels great next to skin. It provides great support even for athletic activity while still being very trendy with its print and design.
The bikini bottom ($29.95) has a great fit as well. Everything stays in place when you move around so that you will be able to swim without worrying about something falling out of place. It is tailored in a way that works for a wide variety of body types. It is figure flattering and hugs your curves in the right places.

Great style, and the pattern is a perfect statement piece for the beach. The bikini has good coverage, making it sexy but modest. The detail of the design and fit won't disappoint!

La Vie en Rose also has a wide selection of pieces that lets you mix and match what you like. 

pair with.... A Beach Towel $19.95 Flip Flops $12.95 and a Nautical Beach Bag $14.95


Pop of Color

We love these pieces from Urban Outfitters...

Tripp NYC Neon Pink Denim Moto Jacket

Jeffrey Campbell Spiked Lita Boot in Maroon

Whyred Nonna Sheen Blazer in Red

Which one is your favorite? We'd love to hear from you! letters@sarahvelasco.com


H20 Waterwhite Advanced Brightening Essence

Awhile back www.sarahvelasco.com featured a review of the Marine Calm Collection by H20. We absolutely love the whole line and highly recommended it to readers. 
Thank you so much to those of you that wrote in and who took the time to share your thoughts. We received so much positive feedback and comments about the feature. 
We thought it'd be great to share with you another H20 product that we absolutely recommend as well. 
Price: $60 CAD (50$ USD) 30 mL/ 1 U.S Fl oz
Key Elements: Stabilized Vitamin C, Asian Brightening Botanicals, Knotted Sea Kelp
Instructions: Apply over cleansed, toned face 

Review by Editor: Sarah Velasco

This product has improved my skin overall after starting to use it a few weeks ago. I have sensitive skin and am prone to getting a little red from seasonal allergies. This product is great. I have been waking up the past few days with a toned, healthy glow- a brighter complexion. My skin is more soft and this product leaves you feeling smooth without the greasy feel. My skin is brighter and this product is very soothing.  It works well at night after cleansing and toning, or as a make up primer. 
With terrific products like the H20 Waterwhite Advanced Brightening Essence, or H20's Marine Calm Collection, I find that you can skip powder or foundation. As a result of the skincare products, skin looks so great on its own that no coverage is needed.
H20's Waterwhite Advanced Brightening collection is a great line to try. H20 also has other products in the same collection such as a Waterwhite Advanced Brightening Toner, Cleanser, and Eye Cream

Thinning Hair: KÉRASTASE Prescription Review

The Spécifique Range  by Kérastase is great for men and women who are experiencing hair loss from hormonal changes, stress, illness, or seasonal changes. The line targets these changes by correcting signs of thinning hair in 3 steps. 
This line is also fantastic for those who want to restore damaged hair caused by coloring and heat appliances, or for those who simply want shiny and healthy looking hair. 
All these products can be used and purchased separately, however, for best results I would recommend using the three products in a three step treatment to cleanse, treat, and protect. 

1. Cleanse

Bain Prévention for Thinning Hair $36 /250 ml
Kérastase always provides high quality products and I recommend trying anything from their line!
Bain Prévention is a great shampoo to invest in. It is a wonderful, high lathering formula with a fresh scent. The product cleans the hair well without leaving in any residue and it helps your hair grow in more healthy. 
After using these products for a few weeks, I have noticed less hair falling out in the shower and my hair feels fuller and more shiny. 

2. Treat

Intensive Scalp Treatment Massage Care for Thinning Hair $66/10 applications / 10m
This product is a leave- in treatment and one dose per day or atleast three doses per week is recommended. The box contains 10, 6ml / 0.2 fl.oz glass bottles of treatment with two pipettes for convenient application. Very refreshing scent. 


Apply to dry or shampooed or towel-dried hair. 
Using the pipette, carefully apply one full dose at the root of the hair section by section
Perform a stimulating technique to relax your scalp and encourage the diffusion of the active ingredients
Do not rinse out 

I have never used a liquid leave in treatment before, and I am pleasantly surprised to how mess-free the application is. This works extremely well with the Bain Prévention and transforms hair

3. Protect

Soin Densitive GLThickening and Texturizing Spray $43  / 125 ml

When this product dries, my hair feels and looks like it has more texture and volume without being stiff and sticky. It is a leave-in spray and helps build volume even though I have extremely fine straight hair. 

Overall, these three products by Kérastase worked well leaving hair more healthy. They reduced hair loss and increased hair thickness. 
Kérastase always provides such remarkable products for its clients. I have always found each of its products high quality, with fantastic results.

Availible in Kérastase salons: www.kerastase.ca


In my medicine cabinet

I have a fluctuating , constantly changing relationship with beauty products. 
I always find that change is good for your skin and I have been told using same products for a long period of time changes how the products work for you. Your skin becomes too used to the products and as a result, the products don't work as well. Apparently the same goes for hair products.
Sometimes I love products so much I stock up on them, becoming a little bit of a hoarder (Avene Spring Water) and sometimes I'll like products and leave it at that once the product is finished. Sometimes, I go back to products a couple years later.
I always somehow accumulate hundreds of unopened, great quality, reputable products, and they sit there untouched. On a side note, I think that it's extremely important to be vary of how long you keep products after they've been opened. Mascara can accumulate so much bacteria. 

I think the most important thing is clean skin. A typical day includes a natural look with a small amount of tinted moisturizer, some highlighter (especially I'm looking tired), and a sweep of mascara. 
Anyway, here is a picture of one of my spaces for products. I'll try to list off all of them. 
Unfortunately, I don't organize these by type of product so my face, body, and hair products are all together. I apologize if everything is all over the place!

I don't use all of these products everyday, but I do use all of them. 

Row #1 

Top shelf : (back row) Tatcha Aburatorigami japanese beauty papers courtesy of Tatcha, , La Roche Posay Toleriane Dermo- Cleanser, Caudalie Grape Water courtesy of Caudalie, Avene Thermal Spring Water, Sebastian Professional Drench deep moisturizing treatment 
Top shelf: (front row) Bath and Body True Blue Spa bringing up the rear firming lotion it may be discontinued, La Roche Posay Physiological Soothing Toner, Biotherm Biosource hydra-mineral cleanser, Fekkai Full Volume instant root lifting spray, Oscar Blandi pronto Dry Shampoo,  TRESemme Heat Tamer Spray
Row #2

Some readers asked if I could list all of the products, I apologize that some aren't visible. 
Second Shelf: (back row) Oscar Blandi luce Sheer Gloss, H20 Whaterwhite Advanced Brightening Essence courtesy of H20,  Crest 3D Whitestrips, Lush No Drought Dry Shampoo courtesy of Lush, MAC Brush Cleanser
Second Shelf: (front row) Caudalie Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet courtesy of Caudalie, Caudalie Vinocourse S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum courtesy of Caudalie, Evian Brumisateur facial spray, Fekkai Glossing Creme, Sebastian Professional Potion 9 wearable- styling treatment, Sebastian Professional Re-Shaper brushable-strong hold hairspray, Sebastian Professional Potion 9 Lite lightweight-treatment styler, Bath and Body True Blue Spa mini blackberry face mask, Tatcha supple moisture rich silk cream courtesy of Tatcha
Row #3

Third Row (back row) Versus Versace time for pleasure eau de toilette, Sarah McNamara Miracle Skin Transformer spf 20 courtesy of Sarah McNamara, La Roche Posay Toleriane Riche soothing protective cream, (stack of three products top to bottom), True Blue Spa just a minute 60 second manicure scrub, Sephora Body Butter Apple Pomegranate, The Body Shop shea body butter, Clean & Clear deep cleaning astringent, eye contact things. 
Third Row: (front row) Elizabeth Arden All Gone eye and lip makeup remover, La Roche Posay Toleriane soothing protective skincare, La Roche Posay Hydreane Teinte Tinted Moisturizer for sensitive skin, Tatcha Radiant Deep Brightening Serum and pure cleansing oil courtesy of Tatcha, Baush + Lomb renu contact lens care

Row #4

Last Row (back row)  Avene Thermale Spring Water, Clinique foaming mousse cleanser (I actually use this as a makeup brush cleanser), Lancome Bi-Facil double action makeup remover, J'adore Dior eau de parfum, The Body Shop facial massager
Last row (front row) Bio-Oil PurCellin Oil, Lush Ro's Argan Body Conditioner and Ultrablast Toothy Tabs, courtesy of Lush Cosmetics, Clean & Clear, soothing eye makeup remover, Revlon tweezer, Sephora Precision Pore Cleansing Pad




Caudalie Eau De Raisin/ Grape Water

"Since its launch 15 years ago, Caudalie – the leading cosmetic brand in France – has conquered the international market thanks to its high end beauty products which are as effective as they are natural.

Caudalie uses the exceptional antioxidant power of the grape and the vine to protect the skin from free radicals and delay visible signs of aging by offering products that respect women’s skin as well as the environment.

Caudalie now launches its newest line of products in Canada: Vinosource.

 is a unique plant-based, extrasensory and extremely natural solution for all skin types, from the most dehydrated to the most sensitive. This moisturizing line offers products with tailored formulas, some of which are very light, perfect for the warm weather that is upon us."

Three must-have beauty products for the summer from Caudalie are:

What: Organic Grape Water 
What it is: A soothing, moisturizing spray for all skin types including extremely sensitive skin
Instructions: Mist onto skin, do not rub in after spraying. 
Price: $18/ 200 mL
Ingredients: Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Fruit Water, Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Juice, Nitrogen
Features: 100% Natural and Organic. Made in France. Fragrance- Free. Against Animal Testing. 

From the packaging, Caudalie Grape Water is made of 100% organic grapes. It is extracted directly from grapes during the harvests and can be used as a toner after cleansing or to refresh and hydrate skin. 
I think it is important to use a Water Spray everyday and I have tried a variety of brands over the years. I find that Water Sprays improve skin, and clear up imperfections. I find this Eau de Raisin by Caudalie a nice change from the Water Sprays I always use. 
It is fragrance free, and the texture is very light and fresh. It absorbs quickly and is perfect for when a morning, or mid-day boost is needed. The way it sprays has to be my favorite amongst all other ones I've tried in the past. It covers good surface area, evenly disperses, and only needs to be sprayed once for one application.  
Normally, I use Water Sprays after cleansing and moisturizing. I spray a light mist all over my face. I also always use it after makeup application to set the makeup for the day. I find this grape water improves powder based foundations so much. It mattifies everything, giving a really smooth, dewey finish.
You can use this product for everything, anywhere on your skin. It makes perfect for traveling, especially when you need to freshen up after a long airplane flight. It will soothe sunburn after being in the sun for too long as well. I also find it very convenient to use after shaving / waxing. It reduces facial redness and inflammation after workout, and this is a fantastic product that can be used in so many ways. 

Review of Caudalie's S.O.S Thirst Quenching Serum, and Moisturizing Sorbet Creme to follow shortly. 

You may also find products by Caudalie at Sephora and Murale

Mother's Day Gift Ideas

1. Perfume - Chloé Eau de Parfum $25-$110 
2. Skin Care  - Tatcha (products and prices vary) 

3. Classic or Statement Earrings 
Sailor Knot Posts Anthropologie $28

Imago Danglers Anthropologie $38 

4. A Spa Day 

 5. A Kindle or a Must-Read Novel 

6. Electronic Accessory - Signature Spade Quilted IPad Sleeve by Kate Spade $70

7. Perfect hues for the summer - Sheswai Nail Lacquer $16 0.5 oz/15ml

' Stoked'

8. A Memorable Card - Carlton Cards always has a beautiful selection of cards for every occasion.

"Lightscapes, a new collection of innovative cards for Mother’s Day that both sparkle and shine."

Taylor Swift, 13 'Mom' Things "The Mother’s Day collection features unique and casual copy inspired by Taylor, along with bold photography, lots of glitter with feminine designs. "

And nothing says a perfect gift for Mother`s Day like a memory scrap book, breakfast in bed, flowers, and quality time. 


Mother's Day Cards

courtesy of Carlton Cards. Click images to enlarge

Carlton Cards has such beautifully designed cards for Mother's Day. 

"Carlton Cards is introducing Lightscapes, a new collection of innovative cards for Mother’s Day that both sparkle and shine. Each card in this beautifully illustrated collection features a hidden panel inside.  Simply pull the panel to trigger a dazzling display of sparkling light along with beautiful music. "

Sparkling light appears when the panel is pulled, revealing another layer while music plays simultaneously. When the card lights up the colors also change and the lighting alternates. 

"Taylor Swift, one of entertainment’s most gifted writers and storytellers, is also one of American Greetings most dynamic contributors.  The Mother’s Day collection features unique and casual copy inspired by Taylor, along with bold photography, lots of glitter with feminine designs.  Select cards include music by Taylor, including “The Best Day”, a song written for her mother."

The Taylor Swift / American Greeting collaboration is great! The design of this card comes with a nicely designed envelope, and the texture of the card adds an elegant touch.  

"Kathy Davis, American Greetings content partner takes her inspiration from nature, using watercolours to capture its beauty.  Her stunning card collection for Mother’s Day offers delicate images and heartfelt me-to-you messages written in hand-lettered words with delicate images. "

 The design on the left of the card has string holding very elegantly placed beads on the card. The interior of the card is very charming. It is lined with a faint silver metallic color. The exterior has such vibrant colors and it is the perfect Mother's Day card to depict sunshine and flowers on the special day. 

"Carlton Cards has hundreds of ways to send your love to all the special women in your life this Mother’s Day.  Choose from cards with a vintage-inspired feel with hand-lettering, floral photos, fabric or nostalgic images.  Cards that are heartfelt, light-humoured or downright funny will make mom smile with delight. "

All these cards are so beautiful for Mothers Day. You can tell that there was so much thought and care put into the design of each card. Textures and good quality of the materials are apparent in all of these designs. 

To find any of these cards or ones like them, be sure to visit participating drug chains, grocery stores, and supercenters as well as any American Greetings and Carlton Cards retail stores.

About Carlton Cards Ltd.
Carlton Cards Canada is a subsidiary of American Greetings Corporation with corporate headquarters located in Mississauga, Ontario.  Our greeting cards are found under the brand names of Carlton Cards, American Greetings, Gibson, Papyrus, Recycled Greeting Papers, Tender Thoughts and, for French-speaking consumers Entre Nous and Tout en Tendresse.  For more information on the Corporation, visit http://carltoncards.ca/.  You can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CarltonCards and on Twitter@Carltoncards.

About American Greetings Corporation
For more than 100 years, American Greetings Corporation (NYSE: AM) has been a creator and manufacturer of innovative social expression products that assist consumers in enhancing their relationships. The Company's major greeting card lines are American Greetings, Carlton Cards, Gibson, Recycled Paper Greetings and Papyrus, and other paper product offerings include DesignWare party goods and American Greetings and Plus Mark gift-wrap and boxed cards. American Greetings also has one of the largest collections of electronic greetings on the Web, including cards available at AmericanGreetings.com through AG Interactive, Inc. (the Company's online division). In addition to its product lines, American Greetings also creates and licenses popular character brands through the American Greetings Properties group. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, American Greetings generates annual revenue of approximately $1.6 billion, and its products can be found in retail outlets worldwide. For more information on the Company, visithttp://corporate.americangreetings.com.

"Stoked' by Sheswai

Images courtesy of Sheswai

What a statement color! Perfect to accessorize your look, especially with summer just around the corner.
We absolutely love Sheswai! Their products are trendy and of such great quality.
You may view an interview with Sheswai's creator Debbie Leavitt here and our review of "So Pretty" and "Totally" here
'Stoked' is not offered at Anthropologie however, it is available at Spirit Beauty Lounge and they should ship to Canada.


Neapolitan Connection Concert Series: French Impressions

Would love to see you there!

~ Sarah Velasco