What happens when beauty editors get together for a sleepover at the Trump Hotel with philosophy’s director of global press, Robin White? Magic happens! Not only were we dishing on our favourite products of all time, swapping and trying each other’s picks, we also talked a lot about confidence. How to be comfortable in the skin you are in. It isn’t easy! We all became beauty experts because of our passion for cosmetics, which we used to cover what we thought were our imperfections. Learning to accept those tiny flaws and see them as beautiful came with time. As we begin to learn to embrace what’s beautiful, we also learn the importance of taking care of ourselves. What we love is that philosophy “promises to deliver products that inspire us to live a better life by being better to yourself.”
Our lovely group of beauty experts consisted of Robin White, Kim Gibson and Sarah Micak from philosophy’s public relations team, Beautezine’s Jessica Desjardins, Elle Canada’s Jenn Weatherhead Harrington, TheKit.ca’s Natasha Bruno, 29Secrets Editor-in-Chief, Sara Koonar, and TheBurgundyBook.com’s Rema Gouyez. The evening kicked off with a discussion about philosophy over wine and treats and was followed up by a delicious dinner, then of course… the sleepover!
To help recap the fabulous event, Sara and Rema share their favourite philosophy products, the best beauty gossip from the sleepover and confidence boosting tips:
Sara Koonar, 29Secrets.com
Which philosophy product can you not live without? miracle worker miraculous anti-aging retinoid eye repair. As I approach 30, I am beginning to see signs of aging around my eyes. Small wrinkles and discolouration have appeared, leaving me looking tired. philosophy’s high-performance retinoid helps repair those under-eye bags, dark circles and fine lines all within 4 weeks of starting the product. I apply it in the morning and evening. Plus, I love the packaging that reads, “Your eyes are the windows to your soul, not your age.”
What makes you feel beautiful? Maya Angelou’s poem Phenomenal Woman has helped me to truly love myself. She writes, “Now you understand/ Just why my head's not bowed/ I don't shout or jump about/ Or have to talk real loud/ When you see me passing/ It ought to make you proud/ I say/ It's in the click of my heels/ The bend of my hair/ The palm of my hand/ The need for my care/ 'Cause I'm a woman/ Phenomenally/ Phenomenal woman. That's me.” Need I say more?
What’s your top beauty secret? Wash your makeup off before going to bed, every night! Seriously! I read a survey that a third of us sleep with makeup on and that doing so can age our skin a full decade. I love philosophy’s purity made simple cleansing cloths; on those nights when I don’t have time to cleanse, peel and treat, I’ll AT LEAST wipe off all the makeup, pollution and dirt that has accumulated during the day. Plus, it is a pain to get those mascara stains off your pillows if you don’t.
Which of Robin's tips resonated the most with you? My skin is a tad oily, and Robin suggested I try philosophy’s micro exfoliating micro-massage exfoliating wash. Since the event I have been using it daily and I can’t believe the difference in my skin. I can actually make it through an entire work day without pulling out my blotting sheets.
What part of the philosophy sleepover did you enjoy the most? The surprises in our rooms! When we arrived there were donuts and pyjamas waiting for us. After dinner when we returned to our rooms the philosophy team left a bag of evening products and a bag of morning products, complete with instructions on how to use all of them in our routine.
Rema Gouyez, TheBurgundyBook.com
Which philosophy product can you not live without? The one philosophy product I couldn't live without is the purity made simple cleansing cloths. My days are often long and busy and at the end of it all I sometimes feel too lazy to remove my makeup. Awful, I know! I keep these wipes and a tub of hope in a jar night moisturizer at my bedside for those extra exhausted days. After noticing the wear and tear of the environment and long day before, this resurfaces my skin to a smooth, bright finish before I’m up and ready to go at it again.
What makes you feel beautiful? I feel most beautiful when I’m wearing light make up and coral shades on my lips and cheeks. I feel like coral is such a universally flattering colour and with a tinted moisturizer and peachy pink shades to brighten my complexion, I feel prettiest.
What’s your top beauty secret? The magic trio. Deep cleansing, hydration and SPF. It took me years of testing different products but this combination helped me achieve the best skin I’ve ever had in my life! I start by using my purity made simple one-step cleanser with my Clarisonic, spritz on a toner and layer on my time in a bottle serum (for repair) with either hope in a jar for dry skin or a refining moisturizer. During the day, I complete my routine with Vichy’s Capital Soliel SPF 50 for protection against further damage.
Which of Robin's tips resonated the most with you? I loved the new brand manifest that Robin shared with us, particularly the words “we inspire beautiful days” and “we encourage conversation”.
“It’s always been about conversation…not just saying here’s a product, it’s about sharing our words and asking you to tell us what you think,’” Robin said. I loved this element of conversation in the brand’s ethos particularly when experiencing a product for the first time.
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