October 25, 2016

Cover FX Perfect Light Highlighting Powder

Cover FX Perfect Light Highlighting Powder - $42 - in 3 brilliant global shades: Sunlight - soft gold glow, Candlelight - shimmering golden bronze, Moonlight - soft silvery glow - a silky, pressed highlighting powder with a creamy texture that makes it super-blendable and ultra fine pearls that ensure a refined glow that softens the appearance of skin and blurs imperfections for a striking glow or soft-focus effect

The talc and fragrance-free formula is enriched with antioxidants vitamin C, vitamin E and green tea extract to help neutralize free radical damage; vitamin F to hydrate and the mica is coated with amino acids to hydrate skin leaving it feeling hydrated, comfortable and balanced so even dry skin types will love it.

The shades are all lovely but keep in mind if you are fair that the bronze shade will make a better bronzer then highlighter - it's really a better highlighter for darker skin!

Available now at Sephora and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

Beautylicious returns to Yorkville for it's eighth beautiful year!

Toronto spa lovers, It's Beautylicious time again and this year, its 8th, it's bigger and better than ever!

For those not familiar with what it is, many of the salons and spas in the Bloor-Yorkville area offer consumers set value-priced packages and services for a set period of time. There is a wide array of hair, spa, skin and health & wellness service packages available at four set prices - $30, $50, $75 and $125 in four categories: hair (hair/colour/cut/style); spa (includes massage and/or facial and/or mani/pedi); skin (non-invasive procedures including Botox, Restylane or chemical peel); and Health & Wellness (nutrition services, dental, chiropractic services). It's a great way to try out new places and services and score amazing deals!

There are too many packages for me to even begin to tell you about but you can find all the event info at www.bloor-yorkville.com with details of all the participating spas and salons as well as the packages available.

This year I was treated to a Orange Spice Pumpkin & Polish Pedicure at the Stillwater Spa, Park Hyatt Hotel - 4 Avenue Road - 416-926-2389 - that involves a custom blended spicy organic puree of pumpkin, nutrient rich mud combined with whipped honey sea salts in an invigorating exfoliation treatment that left my feet glowing and spicy fresh! And maybe craving a Pumpkin Spiced Latte… Ask for Natasha, she was amazing!

I have also enjoyed many Beautylicious services over the years and here are a few places I really liked who are participating again this year:

Marc Anthony Salon - 38 Avenue Road - 416-413-1521 has an amazing $125 offering of colour, partial highlights and cut with Executive Hair Designer Felor Davachi. You can read about my haircut there with Byron here.

Pure + Simple - 41 Avenue Road - 416-924-6555 - is offering a Skin Awakening Facial for $125 - I've had the deluxe sea salt microdermabrasion which is wonderful so I'm intrigued by this! You can read the review here.

and don't miss out on seeing Dr. Cory Torgerson - Facial Cosmetic Surgery - 70 Yorkville Avenue, Suite 31 - 647-343-0207 - who is offering 20% off SculpSure - the latest and greatest in fat reduction and non-surgical liposuction without the scary bruising of CoolSculpting!

What I also think sounds interesting :

The Brow House - 80 Scollard Street - 647-351-7078 - is offering a $75 Triple Threat including expert shaping, brow and lash tinting - for the perfect no-makeup look!

OxyBeauty - 14A Hazelton Avenue, Suite 304 - 416-929-4597 - has an Jet Peel Wrinkle Reduction and Skin Rejuvenation Treatment for $75 that sounds amazing

Kim Du Salon - 1300 Bay Street - 647-388-8713 - $50 will score you a wash, scalp massage, power-dose treatment and blow-dry - they had me at scalp massage!

Check it out at www.bloor-yorkville.com and get booking, it runs to October 30th!

- Lisamarie -

October 24, 2016

Dr. Roebuck's Ultimate Hydrating Serum and Revense Aging Serum

Dr. Roebuck's introduces two new serums with their own unique active ingredients and benefits to help with hydrating and anti-aging.

Both serums are infused with a powerful base - the exclusive CNYouthMolecule to restore and boost skin with a blend of carnosine, hyaluronic acid, vitamin A, vitamin C and vitamin E - that increases skin collagen production, improves the appearance of sun damage, reduces the density of deep wrinkles and increases hydration.

Dr. Roebuck's Ultimate Hydrating Serum - 30ml - $79.95 - with a concentrated formula of active ingredients including creatine, ubiquinone, vitamin B3 and aloe vera to boost skin for maximum hydration that results in not only improving skin moisture and elasticity but it also replenishes and protects the skin's moisture barrier.

Dr. Roebuck's Reverse Aging Serum - 30ml - $79.95 - with a concentrated formula of active ingredients including creatine, gatuline in-tense, vitamin B3, evening primrose oil, borage seed oil and aloe vera to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles that results in more radiant skin and diminishes the appearance of aging.

I like a serum on its own in warm weather but with winter coming, these are even better under a moisturizer - for a really intense treatment, apply the serum, let it soak in and then apply a generous layer of moisturizer - Dr. Roebuck's Pure is great for this - to help hold the serum on the skin and enhance the effect!

Available now at Shoppers Drug Mart and Murale stores across Canada and online at beautyboutique.ca.

- Lisamarie -

Must have products for combination skin from Neutrogena, Nip + Fab, Covergirl and Avon!

If you find cleansing combo skin frustrating because your skin ends up feeling either too dry or not clean:

Neutrogena Facial Original Cleansing Bar - 100g - $7.99 - offers pure, gentle and effective cleaning that won't dry out, irritate or leave filmy residue to clog pores and because it contains no detergents, dyes or preservatives, it returns skin to its normal pH in just one minute longer than if the skin had been washed with pure water. The 8% glycerin facilitates moisture retention to keep skin from feeling tight after washing.

This is also my favourite cleanser to use with my Clarisonic - unlike liquid cleansers that you pour on and get lost in the brush, you can rub your brush directly on the bar to get full cleansing benefits!

Available at food, drug and mass retailers across Canada.
If you're looking for an easy way to get all the  toning benefits without stripping the skin:

Nip + Fab Bee Sting Fix Toning Pads - 60 pads - $12.95 - infused with skin healing ingredients Witch Hazel and Propolis which tighten pores and deep cleanse the complexion of daily dirt, helping to boost skin clarity and the effectiveness of products to follow; allantoin to provide a natural protectant for the skin and encourage cell generation; while Bee Venom works to plump the skin, while filling fine lines and smoothing the skin.

Available now exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada.
If you're tired of foundation sliding off the oily areas of your face:

Covergirl TruBlend Face Primer Combo Skin - 30ml - $11.99 - with a balancing formula that creates a smooth surface for foundation application while extending the wear but not clogging pores.
Available now at drug and mass retailers across Canada.
For those daytime touch-ups:

Avon Pro Blotting Paper Compact - 80 sheets - $7.00 - banish shine on the go without messing up your makeup - the papers are picked up by a clever sponge applicator that keeps your fingers off your face and the papers are housed in a refillable portable compact with mirror to make touch-ups easy!

Available from your Avon rep - 1-800-265-AVON or online at www.avon.ca.

- Lisamarie -

October 22, 2016

Guerlain Holiday Makeup Collection 2016 by Natalia Vodianova

Guerlain's Shalimar muse, Natalia Vodianova has teamed up with Creative Director, Olivier Echaudemaison to bring to life a holiday makeup collection inspired by the sumptuousness and riches of Imperial India. With colours that mirror those of precious metals and stones and the luxe packaging that makes me covet every single item, this is a holiday collection worth putting on your Christmas list!
Meteorites Perles de Legende Light-Revealing Pearls of Powder - $79 - with a gold and blue designed box reminiscent of Indian jewellery boxes - containing pink pearls - to enhance the natural colour of the cheeks; blue pearls - to correct uneven skin tone; and gold pearls to warm up the skin.

Souffle d'Or de Shalimar Perfumed Iridescent Body and Hair Powder - $105

Rouge G Exceptional Complete Lip Colour - $61
Terracotta Terra India Shimmering Bronzing Powder - $64
L'Or Eyeliner Felt Eyeliner Sparkling Gold - $42

Ecrin Shalimar Precious Eyeshadows Gold and Sapphire Shades - $51

Precious Light Pearly Pink Illuminator - $62

KissKiss Creamy Shaping Lip Colour 563 Indian Pink - $43 - warm intense fuchsia

Available November 1st at Guerlain counters across Canada - all the items are limited edition so if there's anything you love (I know, dumb) don't wait to grab it up!

- Lisamarie -

October 21, 2016

#MakeItMassive with TIGI Bed Head Fully Loaded!

TIGI Bed Head introduces something new to give limp locks volume memory you can see and feel:

Fully Loaded Massive Volume Shampoo - 250ml - $19.25 - gives limp, flat hair a boost as you wash with innovative uploader technology- which gives hair volume memory as you dry your hair into your volumized style and helps create body that can be 'remembered' later in the day - for volume you can see and feel.

Fully Loaded Volumizing Conditioning Jelly - 200ml - $21 - uses fiber-thickening technology which absorbs into hair strands leaving them bigger, fatter and moisturized - for softened strands that are pumped up.

Available now at salons across Canada - check out www.bedhead.com - to find one near you.

- Lisamarie -

Fragrant Friday - L'Occitane Arlésienne 2016

L'Occitane has done a reboot of their much loved Arlesienne fragrance -  inspired by the ribbon tradition in Arles, and the beauty of Provence -  just in time for the holidays:

L'Occitane Arlésienne - 75ml EDT - $75, 250ml Shower Gel - $32, 250ml Beauty Milk - $44 - a delicate, yet bold floral fragrance with top notes of spicy saffron and bergamot; heart notes of velvety rose and violet; and base notes of enveloping white musk and sandalwood.

It's a refined floral scent - the violet notes make it interesting, along with a touch of spiciness so it's not too girly. I especially love the clean lines and heft of the bottle - while the floral etching on the bottom is a feminine surprise!

If you like to layer your fragrance or just love a deal there are also a couple of sets available:

Arlésienne Collection Set - $90 - includes: 75ml EDT, 250ml Shower Gel, 75ml Body Milk, 50g Soap and 10ml Hand Cream.

Arlésienne Travel Set - $26 - includes: 7.5ml EDT, 12ml Lip Gloss and 30ml Hand Cream.

Available later this month at L'Occitane boutiques across Canada and online at loccitane.ca.

- Lisamarie -