July 23, 2014

Eye Love Wednesday - eye make-up removers from Lise Watier, Annabelle and Klorane!

Love Lancome Bi-Facial but hate the price? Then try:

Lise Watier Solution Double Dual Phase Eye Makeup Remover -120ml - $24 - gently and quickly removes all traces of makeup (even waterproof formulations) from your eyelids and lashes. The oil phase dissolves eye makeup and mascara. The water phase soothes the eye area's delicate skin.

Available at drugstores across Canada and online at www.lisewatier.com.
Looking for a mess-free pump? Then try:

Annabelle Eye Make-Up Remover Lotion - 170ml - $9.95 - the aloe vera and cucumber extract infused formula gently removes all traces of eye makeup including long lasting and waterproof formulas while soothing the skin, leaving it toned and revitalized. The best part is the pump, which makes it easy to use, quick and mess free. The formula is also ophthalmologist tested, hypo-allergenic, perfume, oil, alcohol, soap and paraben free.

Available at drugstores and online at annabelle.ca.
Looking for something that smells as good as it works? Then try:

Klorane Floral Lotion Eye Make-Up Remover - 200ml - $17.25 - easily removes makeup and contains soothing cornflower making it ideal for even the most sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. Leaves skin fresh, soothed, decongested and can even be used as an eye compass for an enhanced soothing and relaxing effect - just saturate a couple of cotton pads, place over your eyes and sit back and relax for 5 minutes!

Available at Jean Coutu, London Drugs and Rexall drugstores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

Shopster.ca - offers Canadian coupons and deals for online shopping!

Online shopping is a wonderful thing and even better when you can get your hands on a good coupon or discount code! The sad part for Canadians of course is that so often the coupons and codes are only good for US customers - it's about time we got ourselves a website that offers great deals just for us and it's here  with Shopster.ca! And while you can find deals on just about everything you can think of - I, of course was most interested in beauty and fashion - and with just a quick check found lots! A few that I'll be checking out include:

Save up to 75% on a huge selection of health and wellness products for a limited time when you shop online at Well.ca and get free shipping on order over $25!

Save up to 75% on clothing, shoes and accessories for women, men, kids and babies for a limited time when you shop online at Gap and get free shipping on orders over $50!

Save up to 50% on select health and personal care items when you shop online at Amazon and get free shipping on super saver items!

There's many more with new ones being added every day so check it out for yourself at www.shopster.ca - where you can also sign up to get exclusive offers and updates by e-mail so you never miss a thing!

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Fresh Crème Ancienne Ultimate Nourishing Honey Mask!

During these hot summer months I hate anything heavy on my skin so have switched over to a very lightweight moisturizer which is great for keeping things light but not so effective against the drying effects of the sun, wind and copious amounts of  patio inspired alcohol! So a few times a week after a long, hot day, I slather on a mask for 10 minutes to help bring the moisture balance back to my skin -  right now I'm loving:

Fresh Crème Ancienne Ultimate Nourishing Honey Mask - 100ml - $152 - A one-of-a-kind hydrating treatment made with pure honey for a unique texture that instantly melts into the skin, delivering up to six hours of supreme nourishment while improving elasticity.

Honey has an amazing ability to absorb and retain moisture and is rich in natural sugars that help to create a moisture-preserving veil over the face. This isn't honey from any old bees though but rather superior honey made from the famous Buckfast Bee, a special hybrid species selected for only the best qualities developed by Brother Adam in the early 1900s at a monastery in England.

Along with the magic honey, you'll also fine echinacea extract - to help detoxify and prevent fine lines and wrinkles; meadowfoam seed oil - which has a unique fatty acid composition that provides supreme nourishment; seabuckthorn oil - rich in moisturizing omegas and protective antioxidants; shea butter - to hydrate and nourish the skin; and vitamin E - which provides antioxidant protection against wrinkle-causing free radicals.

The mask is inspired by the original cream - Crème Ancienne - which contains such fragile ingredients that each must be poured in a particular sequence at a determined temperature - requirements that can only be met by hand. Each jar is hand-blended in a monastery because monks are an important part of the cream’s heritage. I like that historically, if a formula was not produced by a monk, it was considered witchcraft - which leaves me to wonder what that makes plastic surgeons...

Available at Sephora and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

July 22, 2014

Smashbox Cherry Smoke Collection Fall 2014

The Smashbox Cherry Smoke Collection features unexpected shades of smoky, ruby eyes and cherry-stained lips for fall.

Cherry Smoke Photo Op Eye Shadow Palette - $44 - an ultra-smoldering eye shade palette that features an array of limited-edition, hazy hues to achieve the perfect smoky eye and includes: Bare, Ebony, Shell, Oxidize, Rustic, Topaz, Unadorned and Dark Cocoa - I like that they've taken the 2 shades in the palette that they know you are going to use the most and made those pans bigger!

Cherry Smoke Be Legendary Lipstick - $23 - in trend-setting, limited edition shades of: Bing - matte classic red and Cherry Copper - creamy pinky nude with copper pearl - with an ultraluxe formula that glides on for show-stopping, saturated color every time and pairs perfectly with the eye palette.

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix, Murale and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

Beachy waves in 5 easy steps from celebrity hairstylist Jen Atkin - or with a couple of products from Victoria's Secret and mark.!

Get the beachy wave look without having to spend the day covered in sand.

Celebrity hairstylist, Jen Atkin - with a client roster that includes Lorde, Katy Perry, Jennifer Lopez, Kaley Cuoco and Kim & Khloe Kardashian shared her 5 easy steps for achieving the perfect beachy waves at home:

1. On damp hair, apply mousse (Jen recommends Mousse au Lotus Volumatrice by Leonor Greyl) to add volume and create a product foundation.  Rough dry the hair.
2. Once dry, curl sections with a 1 1/4” curling wand.  Be sure to tug on each section after it’s curled while it's still hot, as this will relax each curl.
3. Next, use a flat iron to add a bend to the roots and smooth over the ends to soften.
4. Then, liberally apply a texturizing spray (Jen recommends Oribe Dry Texturing Spray).  This will up the volume with just the right amount of gritty texture.
5. Replicate that wind-whipped hair by piecing out the ends with a wax (Jen recommends Osmo Clay Wax).
Of course the best way to learn all the tricks and tips is directly from the pro herself and we were excited to learn that Jen will be in Toronto to teach a one-day, hands on hairstyling workshop on July 31st - e-mail workshops@beautycharisma.com for more details or to reserve your spot!

And for those days that you don't have time for even five step hair, here are a couple of products that will help you get a beachy look in a spray!
Victoria's Secret Beach Sexy Beach Hair Wave Spray - 177ml - $12 - with UV absorber creates loose, natural-looking waves on all hair textures, for that effortlessly sexy, fresh-from-the-beach look. Sea salt helps add texture to all hair types, especially wavy. A blend of buriti oil and sunflower seed extract helps protect hair from UV damage.

Available at www.victoriassecret.com.
mark. That's Beachy Texturizing Surf Spray - 200ml - $16 - just spray and scrunch for immediate texture and volume - for a sexy, beachy look and free-flowing shine.

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

- Lisamarie -

Nicole by OPI Seize The Summer Collection - with swatches

Nicole by OPI's summer collection - Seize the Summer includes bright, beach-ready tropical shades that add a burst of island-inspired flavor to fingers and toes.
Lay It On The Lime - citrusy green
LeaPink For Joy - playful pink
Shaved Nice - frosty glitter
 The Coral Of The Story - bright coral

Available now for $10.99 each at select Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart Canada, Jean Coutu, Loblaws, Rexall and London Drug stores.

- Lisamarie -

July 21, 2014

Mascara Monday - Avon SuperShock Brights Mascara

Avon SuperShock Brights Mascara - $9.99 - in 3 shocking, limited edition shades: Emerald Shock, Violet Shock and Royal Shock - with a lightweight, smudge and clump resistant formula.
If the idea of coloured mascara scares you try the Violet Shock shade - it's very wearable, unless you looked really close you wouldn't even know it was a purple.
If you're more adventurous and want to flaunt your coloured lashes, then Royal Shock is the way to go - if you don't want to be quite this blue just use it on the tips for a less dramatic look.

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

- Lisamarie -