November 24, 2021

Stuff your stocking with tiny treasures from the Quo Beauty Holiday Collection!

The Quo Beauty Holiday Collection is back with so many wonderful things, it will be hard to decide what to get! Included in the collection are plenty of pint sized products perfect for stuffing the stocking of the beauty lover in your life (and make sure when you shop it's one for them and one for yourself!) Here are my stocking sized faves:
 
Quo Beauty Pout Perfection Lipstick Set - $25 - a dazzling set of 4 must-have matte lipsticks. Smooth, bold colour with comfortable wear and light to bold shades that will take you from morning to night.
Quo Beauty Eyeshadow Palette - $25 - create endless holiday eye looks with palette of 12 luxurious matte and shimmer eyeshadow shades with smooth, blendable textures.
Quo Beauty Euphoric Holiday Brush Set -$18 - touch up your makeup on-the-go with a collection of four limited edition brushes and a shiny pouch to hold all your essentials. With easy to clean 100% synthetic fibers, the set contains: Powder Brush, Eye Cream Brush, All-Over Shadow Brush, Liner Brush and a pouch.
Quo Beauty Let It Glow Skincare Set - $25 - a 3-piece travel-size set that will keep skin in tip-top condition for every holiday celebration this season! Set includes: Hydrating Facial Serum - formulated with hyaluronic acid; Banana Cleansing Balm - formulated with banana extract to help melt away make-up and moisturize thirsty skin; and Purifying Glow Mask - formulated with Bentonite, Kaolin Clay to help clarify and calm the skin.
Quo Beauty All Dolled Up Fluffy Bowtie Headband - $12 - an adorable way to keep hair out of the way while cleansing, masking, applying make-up or whatever. And of course it's pink and fluffy - two of my favourite things in life!
 
Get them while you can - they are limited edition and always go fast - available at Shoppers Drug Mart Stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.
 
- Lisamarie -

November 17, 2021

Great Gifting - Christophe Robin Holiday Gift Sets

Amazing hair care products in beautiful botanical packaging always makes for the perfect gift:
 
Christophe Robin Hair Detox Ritual - $75 - the complete detox regimen to achieve a rebalance, detoxified, soothed scalp and moisturized lengths including 250ml Cleansing Purifying Scrub, 75ml Purifying Conditioner Gelee and 75ml Purifying Shampoo.
 
Christophe Robin Dreamy Volume Ritual - $82 - The complete ritual to bring body and natural volume from roots and fuller lengths with 250ml Cleaning Volumising Paste, 75ml Delicate Volumising Conditioner and 50ml Instant Volume Leave-In Mist.
 
Christophe Robin Intense Hydration Ritual - $70 - a complete ritual offering a pure hydration show for plumped-looking, pleasantly light, silky and shiny hair that includes a 250ml Hydrating Shampoo, 75ml Hydrating Melting Mask and 50ml Hydrating Leave-In Mist.
 
Christophe Robin Luscious Curls Ritual - $77 - includes a complete ritual formulated for very curly to coily hair including a 250ml Luscious Curl Cleansing Balm and 150ml Luscious Curl Defining Butter - to nourish and define the driest, most brittle hair for bouncy, touchable and frizz-free curls.
 
Christophe Robin Mini Volume Duo  - $24 - the perfect ritual to bring natural volume from the roots and fuller lengths with a 40ml Cleansing Volume Paste and 75ml Delicate Volumising Conditioner. 
 
If you have fine, flat or limp hair I highly recommend the Volumising products - not only do they add lift to lifeless hair, the subtle rose scent is beautiful! I especially love the Cleansing Paste which has a really fun clay texture that turns into a foam and cleans without stripping!

Available at Hudson's Bay stores across Canada and online at thebay.com and christopherobin.ca.

- Lisamarie -

November 10, 2021

This week I'm obsessed with... Satya Organic The One Stick Multi-Use Balm!

Satya Organic The One Stick - 30ml - $29 - a fragrance-free, multi-use balm in an easy twist stick  that gently soothes and hydrates a multitude of skin issues including: eczema; dry and/or flaky skin; rough or bumpy patches; dry cuticles; chapped lips; flaky bows and eyelids; itching and/or redness due to dryness. It also makes a great after-care product for sun exposure; bug bites; tattoos; shaving and skin friction.
 
The signature five-ingredient formula uses only certified organic ingredients: calendula petals; cold-pressed sweet almond oil; beeswax; cold-pressed jojoba; and gluten-free colloidal oatmeal. And no steroids, parabens, gluten, fragrance or petochemicals.

This is the perfect time of year to have this in your purse or pocket - the change in weather means dry everything - from lips to heels - and in a pinch, is even great on split ends!

Available at retailers across Canada including Sobeys, Hudson's Bay, Indigo and Whole Foods or online at satya.ca.

- Lisamarie -

November 3, 2021

Great Gifting - Barefoot Venus Mustard Bath

Sometimes you can judge a book by it's cover - or at least your bath products by the very pretty packaging it comes in...

Barefoot Venus Mustard Bath - 480g - $22 - with a 100% all natural therapeutic formula containing mustard seed powder - increases circulation, opens pores, stimulates sweat glands and helps draw impurities from the skin; eucalyptus leaf oil - an excellent antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory and decongestant; and chamomile flowers - used as a mild sedative, with anti-inflammatory and soothing properties - just run a hot bath, add the mustard bath, inhale and relax!

The idea of mustard bath was kind of strange to me and I was expecting to be bathing in something that smelled reminiscent of a bottle of French's but it was nothing like that! True the powder is definitely a mustard yellow colour that adds a yellow tinge to the bathwater but the scent is heavenly - and if you have sore muscles or stuffed sinuses they will especially thank you for this stuff!

Almost as good as what's inside is the container itself - so pretty you will want to prominently display it and gift it to every bathing beauty you know!

Also comes in a refill 1kg bag size for $31 and a 90g one use size perfect for travel for $7.

Available at Hudson's Bay stores across Canada and online at ca.barefootvenus.com and well.ca.

- Lisamarie -

October 27, 2021

This week I'm obsessed with... The Knot Dr. for Conair All-in-One Smoothing Dryer Brush!

The world's best hair-detangling technology is now available in a hot air brush:
 
The Knot Dr. for Conair All-in-One Smoothing Dryer Brush - $79.99 - straightens and smooths dry hair or dries and styles wet hair - all in one easy step. The paddle brush features  silicone cushioning under 136 flexalite bristles - which is just the right number, spaced just the right way - with epoxy tips that gently massage scalp for painless detangling.
 
With 900 watts of advanced ionic conditioning that includes a powerful, high-voltage ion generator that flattens and seals the hair cuticle, leaving hair silky smooth and frizz free. It has 3 heat settings, making it great for all hair types and lengths, as well as a cool shot setting to lock in style and a 6' professional swivel cord that makes it easy to use without getting all tangled up!

Available at stores across Canada and online at amazon.ca.

- Lisamarie -

October 20, 2021

3 items I love from the Quo Beauty Halloween collection (and will want to use all year round)!

Love the drama of Halloween makeup but hate spending money on something that you will only use for one night?! Fear not, Quo Beauty is here with a collection that you will be reaching for all year round and I have a top 3 fave from it:
 
Quo Beauty Limited Edition Gold Glitter Drops - $12 - add a sparkly finish to cheekbones, collarbones or an all-over face glow - post Halloween you will still need the glow, just use more sparingly! I would love it regardless just for the wonderful skull container - you will need to go in-store for this one, it's already sold out online!
Quo Beauty Eyeshadow Palette in Sweet as Honey - $25 - with lots of metallic shades to use liberally for a glittering Halloween eye look or deep shades for extra drama - post Halloween these shades will make for a beautiful wash of colour with the deeper colours adding the perfect pop of colour to the crease or as a liner!
Quo Beauty Lip Contour Pencil in Red Wine - $12 - perfect for lining in preparation for for deep Halloween lipstick and creepy blood effects - post Halloween I plan to use lightly all over my lips, blend in with my finger and top with a layer of lipbalm for a flush of colour that just won't budge (even under masks)!
While you are at the store, check out the Quo Beauty Fall Collection - with a couple of lovely eyeshadow palettes, a face palette, some quick drying nail polishes and my fave:
 
Quo Beauty Liquid Lipstick in Cashmere Scarf - $12 - a creamy liquid lipstick with lots of wonderful pigment in a nude shade that is your lips but better!

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.

- Lisamarie -

October 13, 2021

This week I'm obsessed with... Pixi + Louise Roe Cream Rouge Palette!

I haven't had a lot to say about lipstick for the past 18 months because really, where was I going to wear it? But now that the world is getting out again my lips need to look great (when they aren't covered by a mask of course) and what better way to jump back into the world of lipcolour then with choices - so many choices...
 
Pixi + Louise Roe Cream Rouge Palette - $28 - a flattering palette of creamy hues curated and created by Louise Roe with a multi-use formula can be used on lips solo, mixed to create a custom colour or even dabbed onto cheeks for a fast pick me up to the complexion as well!
 
Anything that makes me feel like a chemist is always appealing to me and this palette just screams out for me to mix colours together and experiment - as a bonus, the inside lid is perfect for mixing!
Available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.
 
- Lisamarie -

October 6, 2021

Fake summer well into fall with Conair, Indeed and Essence!

For the perfect day-at-the-beach waves:
 
Conair Triple Barrel Waver - $49.99 - with a triple barrel that creates continuous, uniform deep waves, while the double ceramic technology delivers even heat for fast styling and long-lasting results. It's great for every hair type thanks to the 30 heat settings along with turbo heat that gives a 27°F burst of heat for difficult-to-style spots.
 
I have covid to thank for actually having enough hair to try something like this out. I have fine hair but a lot of it and in the past have found hair tools complicated that end up being useless because my hair just does not want to hold a curl. Curls may be a no but waves are a big yes - not only was it so easy to use, but the waves it adds are gorgeous and just last and last! I use the waver and then spray in a little  salt spray to give it a bit of texture and I look just like a mermaid (well a mermaid with clothes)!

Available at mass retailers and Trade Secrets stores across Canada and online at amazon.ca.
Get a sun-kissed look sans sun:
 
Indeed Nanobronze Bronzing Drops - 30ml - $24.95 - instantly bronzes, blurs, and hydrates skin with a tinted serum that combats dullness and provides an immediate and long-lasting bronzy glow that conceals imperfections and enhances natural beauty. The formula contains pea extracts - with proven tan enhancement effects; giant kelp extract - to protect skin against harmful daily stressors; cacao (cocoa) seed extract - to boost skin’s defenses against blue light; and hyaluronic acid - to hydrate skin for a full, plump, and glowing complexion. 
 
Suitable for all skin types and complexions, they can be blended with your serum or moisturizer for a light glow or used alone to intensify the colour - use it on your face, chest, legs or wherever you want/need some liquid sunshine!

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at indeedlabs.com.
Get a daily dose of energy (and glow) for your eyelids:
 
Essence Daily Dose Of Energy Eyeshadow Palette - $8.99 - a warm toned eyeshadow palette with a paraben, fragrance, alcohol and oil free formula featuring 9 shades and finishes ranging from matte to metallic that are highly pigmented and perfect for creating a multitude of looks while the compact size makes the palette perfect to take anywhere for travel or touch-ups. It also has that crazy red shade that everyone seems to be wearing so if you've been thinking about experimenting, here's your chance!
 
Available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.
 
- Lisamarie -