September 14, 2022

This week I'm obsessed with... Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Perfecting Lip Sugar Scrub & Quo Beauty Lip + Cheek Stick!

I have to say, masking sure was great for hiding sins of the mouth such as dry, flaky lips! Now that there is less masking going on and lips are on full display there is a delicious way to solve that problem at least:

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Perfecting Lip Sugar Scrub - 14.2g - $13.99 - buff, smooth and nourishes dry flaky lips with a formula that contains a sweet blend of upcycled pomegranate seeds - to fight free radicals and exfoliate; sugarcane infused with naturals AHAs polishes away dull, dry surface cells to reveal youthful texture; and organic rosehip oil Alpine Rose Stem Cells help boost vitality and longevity of the lips sensitive surface - for a polished and soft look and a perfect pout.

Available online at andalou.com and amazon.com.

Perfectly smooth lips means that colour will go on evenly and last longer so a great lipstick is now in order such as:
 
Quo Beauty Lip + Cheek Stick in Fantasea - $14 - infused with golden seaweed & algae extract, use on cheek or lips or both to create a soft, fresh-faced look. Housed in a stick applicator made from 45% Ocean Works materials to help you feel and look good while helping remove plastic from the ocean!
 
Part of the Quo Beauty summer collection that you can still find it online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca and in Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada - it also comes in Sail Away - a perfect coral shade that works for just about everyone!

- Lisamarie -

August 31, 2022

This week I'm obsessed with... Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint and Fenty Skin Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer!

 Looking for the perfect go-to complexion product for a “no-makeup” makeup look? Then look no further...
 
Fenty Beauty’s Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint - 32ml - $42 - in 25 flexible shades: 1 - light with cool neutral undertones; 2 - light with neutral undertones; 3 - light with warm neutral undertones; 4 - light medium with cool undertones; 5 - light medium with warm yellow undertones; 6 - light medium with cool neutral undertones; 7 - light medium with warm neutral undertones; 8 - light medium with warm undertones; 9 - medium with neutral undertones; 10 - medium with warm yellow undertones; 11 - medium with neutral undertones; 12 - medium with warm golden undertones; 13 - medium with warm undertones; 14 - medium with warm olive undertones; 15 - medium  with neutral undertones; 16 - medium with neutral olive undertones; medium deep with warm neutral undertones; 18 - medium deep with warm yellow undertones; 19 - medium deep with warm undertones; 20 - deep with warm golden undertones; 21 - deep with warm neutral undertones; 22 - deep with warm undertones; 23 deep with neutral undertones; 24 - deep with warm bronze undertones; 25 - deep with neutral undertones -  with light-to-medium coverage that adds a blurring, flawless filtered, and natural effect to the skin without the heavy, cakey look and feel of a traditional complexion product and contains sodium hyaluronate to nourish the skin leaving it soft, hydrated, and smooth without clogging pores and settling into fine lines. 
 
Up to now my go-to has been Benefit Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation because I like a very light feeling product, especially during the hot months. Eaze Drop has the same light feel but a much softer finish and a way less annoying bottle so sorry Benefit, I think you have been knocked out of first place! 
 
Moisturizer that pairs well with my foundation is also important especially because I often either mix them together for a sheerer look or realize that I forgot to put moisturizer on altogether (in my defense, morning...) and end up applying it on top of the foundation - this one is a winner, smooth and sheer with no piling or flashback...
 
Fenty Skin Hydra Vizor Fragrance-Free Invisible Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen - 50ml - $49 - an everyday hydrating, light as air, invisible moisturizer infused with sun protection with a unique pink tint that allows it to work beautifully on all skin tones and a formula containing: niacinamide (a form of vitamin B3) - helps reduce the look of dark spots, even skin tone, and fight excess shine; hyaluronic acid and aloe - helps hydrate, soothe and condition; and kalahari desert melon (wild watermelon) - rich in antioxidants and vitamins to help hydrate and make the product smell clean and fresh. A true multi-tasker that brightens skin, reduces the look of pores and dark spots and makes fine lines and wrinkles less visible, instantly and over time - what's not to love?!
 
Available at Sephora stores across Canada and online at sephora.ca and fentybeauty.com.
 
- Lisamarie -

August 17, 2022

This week I'm obsessed with... Florence by Mills Mind Glowing Peel Off Mask!

I just loves me a mask that peels off - add glowing and pink to the equation and you can sign me right up!
 
Florence by Mills Mind Glowing Peel Off Mask - 50ml - $29 - an iridescent peel-off mask with a paraben free, vegan and dermatologist tested formula containing purifying charcoal powder - an oil magnet that draws out dirt and oil from the pores for the ultimate detox; witch hazel - an oil-balancer that helps soothe skin and keep pores clear and happy; and lavender oil - to soothe and calm skin - to leave skin feeling refreshed and glowing.  
 
Just apply a thick, even layer to the entire face avoiding eyes (and hair, it's super sticky) - wait 20-30 minutes for it to dry and then starting at the edges, peel it off - and don't forget to admire the glow!
 
Follow up with Dreamy Dew Moisturizer - 50ml - $22 - an oil-free featherlight hydrating lotion that uses clean ingredients including willow bark extract to control oil and soothe and leave skin feeling dewy fresh.
 
Available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.
 
- Lisamarie -

August 12, 2022

Fragrant Friday - Ariana Grande Cloud 2.0 Intense


Ariana Grande Cloud 2.0 Intense
- 100ml EDP - $80 - a sweet gourmand fragrance with top notes of  lavender blossom, juicy pear and bergamot; heart notes of crème de coconut, indulgent praline and vanilla orchid; and base notes of sensual musks, creamy blonde woods, dry cashmeran and ambrox.
 
I love the fruity notes and really love the sweet ones but I could really do without the coconut, of which I am not a fan. I was hoping it would dissipate during the dry down but it really seemed to want to stick around so if you like coconut in your scent, you're going to want to check this one out. The bottle is fun enough though to stick around and take a place of pride on my dresser! 
 
Available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.
 
- Lisamarie -

August 3, 2022

This week I'm obsessed with... Farm Rx Super Greens Refreshing Gel Cleanser Refill!

Farm Rx Super Greens Refreshing Gel Cleanser Refill - 500ml - $53 - an 85% natural origin ingredient foaming gel cleanser containing natural nourishing ingredients including broccoli and brussel sprouts (this is the only time brussel sprouts get anywhere near me) - super greens rich in antioxidant vitamins A, B, C and E; a blend of  green tea extract and moringa oil - to help protect the skin's moisture barrier - removing makeup, impurities and oil, for skin that looks softer, brighter and healthier. 
 
The gel has a light fresh scent and a very mild foam that is a perfect morning pick me up and/or to wash the sins of the day off in the evening.
 
Good for your skin and good for the planet, the pouch is made of 30% post-consumer recycled material.
 
I use the refill in a plastic pump bottle that I already have because I am way too much of a klutz to be trusted with glass in the bathroom - which is what the original cleanser comes in - but if you can keep your bottles in one piece and don't already have a bottle to recycle:
 
Farm Rx Super Greens Refreshing Gel Cleanser - 240ml - $37 - after that you can grab the pouch which will refill your bottle again twice over!

Available online at avon.ca.

- Lisamarie -

July 29, 2022

Fragrant Friday - Carolina Herrera Very Good Girl Glam

There's a new Very Good Girl in town... Very Good Girl Glam which is a tribute to a woman who radiates a zest for life and who has the self-assurance to stand up for herself and for the planet that she inhabits:
 
Carolina Herrera Very Good Girl Glam - 80ml EDP - $168 - a deeper and more intense fragrance then it's predecessor: with intense black cherry and bitter almond top notes; while lily and upcycled rose water amplifies the feminine heart of the fragrance, elevating it from an Eau de Parfum to a concentrated parfum; finishing with a base of sustainably sourced vetiver and vanilla bourbon to intensify its depth and lend contrast.

I am a big fan of fragrances with cherry so I was already prepared to love it - a little sweet, a little fresh and a lot beautiful! It comes in the same stiletto bottle we have grown to love but this one is pink - and sparkles - so this is a win all around!
 
Available at Hudson's Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, Sephora and Jean Coutu stores across Canada.
 
- Lisamarie -

July 20, 2022

Get your skin's glow on with Vitamin C from Trinny London, Bliss and Honest Beauty - and protect with Blue Lizard!

Trinny London Boost Up 30% Vitamin C Serum - 30ml - $115 - targets dullness, uneven skin tone and dark spots with: Vitamin C - to brighten; plankton extract - to fade dark spots; and lemon peel ferment - to even skin tone - for visibly brighter, glowing skin. 
 
Now I love a Vitamin C product but I have to admit, most of them smell gross. My C of choice up to now has been the SkinCeuticals one which smells like hotdog water and is not necessarily the greatest thing to smell on your face... On the other hand, his Trinny one however smells slightly fresh but not really like anything at all. In a perfect world, Vitamin C would smell like citrus but in a choice between hotdogs and nothing, I choose nothing! The texture is also a bit thicker then your usual serum so my combination skin doesn't need anything else on top during these hotter months (other then sunscreen of course - more on that later)!
 
Something else to love - Trinny London products are refillable! Help save the planet and your wallet - a 30ml refill will set you back just $92!

Available online at trinnylondon.com/ca.

Bliss Bright Idea Vitamin C + Tri-Peptide Collagen Protecting and Brightening Moisturizer - 50ml - $34.99 - a vegan, high-tech moisturizer that contains 3-O-Ethyl Ascorbic Acid - the most effective, non-irritating form of vitamin C and a patented tri-peptide to boost skin's natural elasticity to brighten, plump and proect collagen while defending from future free radical damage.
 
Available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Honest Beauty Vitamin C Radiance Serum
- 30ml - $39.99 - a brightening serum with Vitamin C, Diglucosyl Gallic Acid and Artichoke + Clover extracts - to help skintone appear more even and radiant; light reflecting pearl - brings instant illumination; while hyaluronic acid boosts hydration for plumper-looking skin.

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

And of course don't forget your sunscreen - these days I am rocking:
Blue Lizard Sheer Lotion Face Mineral Sunscreen SPF50 - 48ml - $21.99 - rubs in smooth and dries clear for sheer mineral sun protection with 80 minutes of water and sweat resistance. The protection part comes from zinc oxide with plant extracts while a super blend of hydrating hyaluronic acid, antioxidants, vitamin E and shea butter moisturizes skin. It’s also paraben free and fragrance free making it ideal for sensitive skin. Blue Lizard’s We Love the Reef sunscreens are Oxybenzone free and Octinoxate free for a beach sunscreen that has delicate coral reefs in mind.
 
Available at Shoppers Drug Mart and London Drugs stores across Canada and online at well.ca and amazon.ca.
 
- Lisamarie -

July 15, 2022

Fragrant Friday - Paco Rabanne Invictus Platinum

Paco Rabanne has added a new winning fragrance to their Invictus line for those always ready to take on a challenge that is an expressive interpretation of the original: 
 
Paco Rabanne Invictus Platinum - 50ml EDP - $95, 100ml EDP - $125 - a woody and aromatic scent with pure power and elegance featuring top notes of absinth and invigorating grapefruit; heart notes of elegant lavender and fresh mint; and base notes of woody cypress and patchouli - and the trophy-shaped bottle now sports silver wings so you can fly away knowing you smell better then everyone else! I'm actually a big fan of men's fragrances that include lavender (depending on what it is paired with of course) - I just like that unexpected hint of something unexpected and it works really nicely here!
 
Available now at Hudson's Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, Sephora, Nordstrom, Jean Coutu and London Drugs stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -