July 17, 2018

Click, cover and correct with the Beautycounter Touchup Skin Concealer Pen!

Beautycounter Touchup Skin Concealer Pen - $40 - in 5 shades: Fair, Light, Medium 1, Medium 2 and Dark -  a buildable, medium-coverage concealer that works on dark circles, redness and other imperfections and stays put for long-lasting, flawless wear. In addition to providing flawless coverage, it’s formulated with knotgrass extract to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and photoaging - so skin looks firmer, brighter, and instantly more even.

I like the click-pen design and brush applicator which makes it easy to apply just the right amount exactly where needed.

Available online and through independent consultants - check out www.beautycounter.com for more info.

- Lisamarie -

Essie Soda Pop Collection - with swatches!

Essie is serving up a taste of sweet retro style with their Soda Pop Collection - with 4 new shades and 2 former favourites that are an homage to the youth culture of the 1950s:
Go With The Flowy - pale blue with a shimmery undertone
S'il Vous Play - metallic, shimmery pink 
Out Of The Jukebox - light creamsicle orange shimmer
Pin Me Pink - retro bubblegum pink cream
Drive-In & Dine - decadent raspberry purple cream
Cherry On Top - candy apple red cream

Available now at beauty destinations across Canada for $9.99 each.

- Lisamarie -

July 16, 2018

Summer skincare made easy with SkinCeuticals!

I don't know about you but I tend to get a bit lazy with my skin in the summer - my skin gets oily so I don't tend to moisturize as much - to be honest, I try to do as little as possible - so if I only use 3 things on my skin this summer, these would be a great choice:

My most important summer skincare step is sunscreen - this one is nice and light so doesn't feel like it's clogging up my pores and has a bit of a tint to even things out - especially great since I usually want to skip foundation:

SkinCeuticals Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 - 30ml - $46.00 -
a sheer, tinted sunscreen fluid with 100% mineral filters to provide broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection, while promoting natural radiance and a more even skin tone without a white cast and is water resistant for up to 40 minutes.

I don't usually bother with a moisturizer in the summer but I still want something super-light on my skin working hard to make it look better - the addition protection benefits are a big bonus:

SkinCeuticals Phloretin CF - 30ml - $175.00 - a daytime vitamin C antioxidant face serum that delivers advanced environmental protection and remains effective for a minimum of 72 hours - it  neutralizes damaging free radicals, improves the appearance of discolouration to even out overall skin tone and diminishes the appearance of fine lines.

At the end of the day I want to make sure to remove all that dirt, sweat, makeup and sunscreen that my skin has accumulated:

SkinCeuticals LHA Cleansing Gel - 240ml - $49.00 - an exfoliating gel cleanser that removes excess oil and makeup as it decongests pores, smoothes skin texture and brightens skin with a blend of salicylic acids to address breakouts and visible signs of aging.

Prefer a cream cleanser? Then check out SkinCeuticals Gentle Cleanser my absolute favourite cleanser for taking off sunscreen!

Available at SkinCeuticals dermaspas and online at SkinCeuticals.ca.

- Lisamarie -

Mascara Monday - Marcelle Ultimate Volume Infinity Mascara

Marcelle Ultimate Volume Infinity Mascara - $12.95 - offers infinite root-to-tip volume with a hypoallergenic and fragrance free formula.
The innovative infinity-shaped brush volumizes each lash from root to tip.
With an exclusive intense black formula that is meant to be layered for a bigger, bolder look that won't flake.
For such a big brush it's really easy to use and I had no problem even getting at my lower lashes with it without making any mess!

Available at drugstores across Canada and online at marcelle.com.

- Lisamarie -

July 14, 2018

Purify and detoxify summer skin with a mask from Neutrogena, Life Brand and Montagne Jeunesse!

Neutrogena Deep Clean Purifying 100% Hydrogel Mask - 30g - $3.99 - instantly hydrates and  refreshes skin with something so not your typical paper mask: it has 100% hydrogel material with seaweed extract that contains 50% more essence than ordinary paper masks, contours to the skin and seals in the formula for optimal absorption leaving skin purified with a healthy glow.

It's easy to use, just apply the gel mask to your face and leave on for 15 to 30 minutes. Remove the mask and massage remaining product into face and neck, then rinse with water.

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.
Life Brand Detoxifying Mud Mask - 15ml - $1.99 - with a paraben formula containing a special blend of minerals and herbal extracts including Montmorillonite clay, charcoal and ivy extract to detoxify and purify skin.

Available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada.
Montagne Jeunesse 7th Heaven Charcoal + Black Sugar Peel Off Mask - 10ml - $1.99 - with  cleansing purified activated Charcoal to draw out deep down dirt and impurities mixed with a spoonful of black sugar to revitalise, hydrate and smooth skin along with witch hazel to soothe for glowing skin that feels squeaky clean and sensationally soft.

Available at select Brunet, Familiprix, Guardian, IDA, Jean Coutu, Lawtons Drugs, Pharma Choice, Pharma Plus, Pharmasave, Rexall, Uniprix and Value Drug Mart stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

July 13, 2018

Summer frizz fighters from John Frieda, Wella and Pantene!

John Frieda Frizz Ease Forever Smooth Shampoo & Conditioner - 250ml - $12.99 - anti frizz products designed for medium-thick and wavy-curly hair types, but suitable for all levels of frizz - with groundbreaking Frizz Immunity Complex - penetrates hair fibers, working from the inside out to help combat the porosity of frizzy, dry and damaged hair while building an internal barrier and frizz immunity with every use.

Infused with a blend of pure coconut oil and conditioning agents to help improve hair’s texture and manageability while fighting the onset of frizz. Paired together, they offer noticeably smoother hair with continued use.

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.
Wella EIMI Flowing Form Anti-Frizz Smoothing Balm - 100ml - $18.95 - formulated to reduce frizz and help protect hair against dehydration while using hot tools to create luxurious smoothness with flexible control and natural movement.

Available now at professional salons across Canada - check out www.wella.com for more info or to find a salon near you.
Pantene Pro-V Seriously Sleek Serum With Argan Oil - 50ml - $8.99 - a frizz-fighting serum that  helps keep frizzy hair sleek and sexy - even in high humidity. With a powerful, lightweight formula that imparts glossy shine and silky softness that doesn't look weighed down.

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

Test Driving - Blitz Facial Bar The O2 Blitz Facial!

I've had a lot of oxygen facials since Madonna made them so popular years back and they have all been pretty much the same thing:
a spray like airbrush in conjunction with a serum providing one result per treatment.

I thought that was the way they were supposed to go but it turns out, not all oxygen facials are created equally! So I visited the wonderful Mati at The Path location of Blitz Facial Bar to try The O2 Blitz!

At Blitz Facial Bar, they do oxygen facials differently, rather then a spray, they use an innovative CO2 organic dermal-grade gel with ingredients such as licorice extract, eucalyptus, ivy, glycerin, sodium bicarbonate and caffeine that delivers oxygen into the dermal layer of the skin triggering red blood cells to release large amounts of oxygen needed to stimulate skin cell renewal along with a specially designed sheet mask.

I'm told oxygen levels in facial tissues naturally decline with age so at its most basic, the O2 facial increases oxygen in the skin, which in turn stimulates circulation to help the deeper layers of the skin take in the high-performance ingredients in the gel.

Once O2 is absorbed into your skin, oxygen-rich blood flows and as a result, cell metabolism is enhanced and oxygenation is greater; effectively delivering much-needed nutrients and hydration.
It's your usual facial up to the gel part - cleaning, massaging, exfoliating: then a thick layer of the oxygenated gel is applied (brrrr, it's cold, they keep it in the fridge!) and a sheet mask is placed over top generating CO2. This creates a sensation of tiny bubbles fizzling over the skin. The cool and tingling feeling means the regenerating effectiveness of the ingredients are reaching the deeper layers of the epidermis - it feels weird but not painful - kind of like pop rocks popping all over your face. And while waiting for it to do it's good work you are treated to a scalp and hand massage - my idea of heaven!

The best thing about this facial is not only does it result in an increase in skin elasticity, wrinkle reduction, skin brightening and luminous skin tone right away but the results continue on for another 10 days - leaving skin tighter, plumper and younger looking - it's the facial that keeps on giving!

The O2 Blitz will set you back $190, lasts an hour, is safe for all skin types, both genders and has no downtime or side effects making it perfect for special events or even as a lunch time facial - now made even easier since Blitz opened the location in The Path - right in downtown Toronto at 65 Queen Street West!

Picking up your Blitz skin products is also very simple - they will make suggestions for you after your facial based on your skin type/concerns and will keep all your choices on file in the computer so you don't have to actually remember what you use, they can remind you when you come.

You can book your facial online at https://blitzfacialbar.com/location-path/ or by phone at 416-365-1200 - or check out blitzfacialbar.com - to find the other 3 locations across Toronto (and the one in Brooklyn, NY)!

- Lisamarie -

July 12, 2018

Make hand washing a sensory experience with Live Clean Foaming Hand Wash!

Washing your hands doesn't need to be boring thanks to:

Live Clean Foaming Hand Wash - 400ml - $4.99 - cleanses hands with a fresh, light foam that creates a rich creamy lather that cleanses perfectly, imparts moisture and rises away easily - in 3 beautiful scents:

Vanilla Bean & Coconut - with certified organic botanicals of vanilla and coconut join aloe vera and vitamin E for a fresh and satisfying wash

White Tea & Cherry - with certified organic botanicals of aloe vera, white tea, chamomile and cherry enriched with vitamin E to leave hands clean and soft

 and my fave - Lemon Mint - with certified organic botanicals of lemon, peppermint, basis and aloe vera in a wonderfully moisturizing, perfectly cleansing wash that will inspire your senses.

All with feel good vegan formulas that contain 98% plant based ingredients and are free of all the crap you don't want or need including:with no SLS, sulfates, petrolatum, phosphate, silicone, phthalate, DEA, parabens or dyes.

Available now at Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs, Walmart and Jean Coutu stores across Canada as well as online at amazon.ca and well.ca.

- Lisamarie -