November 26, 2014

Think warm thoughts and enjoy the Nine West Spring/Summer 2015 Preview!

Spring came early to Toronto last week as the Sherson Group displayed some of the Spring/Summer 2015 offerings in shoes and bags. Brands included: Nine West, Anne Klein, Easy Spirit, Circa Joan & David, Bandolino, Mootsies Tootsies, Adrianna Papell, Taryn Rose, Adrienne Vittadini, Charles by Charles David and Flogg. Grouped by trends which included: Metallics
Of course I can't resist a glittery ballet flat!
or this studded metallic clutch!
Rock Star
I know, more flats - but they are adorably be-jeweled!
I saw a lot of these block heels which seems like something that even I could walk on!
Cut Outs
The flower-shaped cut outs are so dainty and ladylike!
Animal Print
Love the snakeskin print combined with the floral print in the matching shoe and bag!
Black & White
I'm a sucker for an oversized buckle (and of course a flat)!
Floral
The bright colours are so cheerful - and of course the sparkle is awesome!
Suede
How much do you love the bright orange??!!
Textures & Detail
Love the mix of leather with fabric!
Men's Wear
Why go neutral when you can have cobalt blue?!
Athletic
Too cute for running?
And the introduction of the Nine West Custom Pump Program - coming in December, you will be able to customize an exclusive pair of heels with different colours including - disco blue, sour apple green, purple amethyst, hot pink orchid, blush and grey and 3 different materials - suede or faux snake ski or multi leopard/floral at select Nine West locations across Canada and online at ninewest.ca.

I don't know about you but winter isn't even here yet and I'm already ready for spring!

- Lisamarie -

Eye Love Wednesday - shadow quads from Marcelle, Laura Mercier and The Body Shop!

Marcelle Eye Shadow Trio+ - $15.95 - in 6 new shades: Emerald Isle, Smoky Chestnut, Chocolat Vanille, Starry Night, Glacial and Plum Envy - which they are calling a "faux trio" which means it's a quad - why they don't just call it a quad, I don't know, who will ever understand the minds of cosmetic executives... whatever it is, it offers velvety colour with one ultra-glittery accent shade that are hypo-allergenic, perfume, paraben and oil free.

Available at drugstores across Canada and online at www.marcelle.com.
Laura Mercier Baked Eye Colour Quad - $50 - in 2 limited edition shade combinations hand-selected by Laura herself: Summer In St. Tropez - deep cobalt blue/matte teal blue/pearly pale blue/pearly dark bronze and Rendezvous in Monte Carlo - pearly silver pink/mauve brown/deep eggplant purple/matte cool pink - ultralightweight, creamy powders that can be used wet or dry for a smooth, soft, velvety texture that stays true and won’t fade for up to eight hours.

Available at Sephora and sephora.ca.
The Body Shop Eye Shadow Palette - $20 - in 2 holiday shade combinations inspired by frost winter walks in the park:  Dolly Pastels and Frosted Pastels - which includes 4 shimmering shades, a double ended brush and a step by step guide to how to use them.

Available at The Body Shop and www.thebodyshop.ca.

This week I'm obsessed with... Bare English Lip Balm!

It's lip balm season again - so if you're looking to moisturize your pout with something all-Canadian, natural, vegan and organic that smells great then you're going to want to track down my latest fave:

Bare English Lip Balm - $3.99 - in 6 new flavours: Lemon Meringue, Chai Tea Latte, Juicy Peach, Mango Acai and Sweet Peppermint along with tinted balm Cherry Kiss - all infused with organic green tea, white tea, rooibos tea or peppermint tea.

They all smell pretty good but I must confess that I especially love the Lemon Meringue - which smells just like pie and Juicy Peach - which makes me want to kiss myself!

Available now at Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall, London Drugs as well as a number of tea shops and natural health stores across Canada.

It's also the perfect time to take advantage of Bare English's holiday giveaway - until December 10th when you purchase one of the balms at Shoppers Drug Mart take a photo of the receipt and e-mail it along with your address to giveaway@BareEnglish.com and they will send you a free Tinted Cherry Kiss balm!

- Lisamarie -

November 25, 2014

Hair with hold and texture from Kérastase, L'Oréal and got2b!

Everyone knows that hairspray is what you use to keep your style in place but fine haired girls should also take note that it can do double duty by adding texture as well - so not only should you be spraying it on your finished look but also on your hair before you start styling to give hair that much needed texture so it will actually do something!

Kérastase K Laque Noire Hairspray Extra Strong Hold - 249g - $38 - provides a 24 hour, long lasting extra strong hold with an integral anti-humidity shield. Bonus points for it having no sticky residue and that it is easy to remove with a brush.

Available now at salons across Canada and online at www.kerastase.ca.
L'Oréal Elnett Satin Hairspray Sleekissime Strong Hold - 400ml - $15.99 - offers sublimely sleek control with legendary hold. Perfect to smooth and control loose styles and ponytails while protecting from humidity, frizz and flyaways.

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.
Schwarzkopf got2b Rise 'N Shine Luminous Lift Hairspray Hi-Pouf Hold - 340g - $9.99 - offers glamourous body and super-shine without weighing down the hair with touchable hold with lots of bounce and no flaking in a mega sized can so you can feel free to go crazy and use as much as you want!

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada including Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart, Loblaws, PharmaPlus and Jean Coutu.

- Lisamarie -

Wear orange to support International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women!

This is totally tinted lip balm weather and today I'm wearing my Mary Kay @ Play Triple Layer Tinted Lip Balm in Orange You Lovely to show my support of International Day For The Elimination Of Violence Against Women - have you got something orange on your lips? If not this would be a great time to apply it!

Considering the headlines that have graced the papers lately this seems like an excellent time to remind people that violence against woman is still a very real problem - even the United Nations Secretary-General has a campaign UNiTE to End Violence Against Women which is encouraging everyone to "Orange YOUR Neighbourhood" between November 25th and December 10th, 2014.

I'm wearing Mary Kay today because I appreciate everything they already do for the cause of bringing an end to domestic violence through advocacy, education and prevention programs through the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation which donates $10,000 to a women's shelter or outreach program in each of the provinces and territories across Canada every year. In addition to this, they also run a global cause-related marketing program - Beauty That Counts - where millions of dollars are donated from the sale of limited-edition products to organizations that change the lives of women and children.

- Lisamarie -

Test Driving - OPI Infinite Shine Gel Effect Lacquer System!

OPI Infinite Shine Gel Effects Lacquer System - $14.95 each - a 3 step system made up of a Primer - step 1 - to prevent staining and increase lacquer durability; Colour Lacquer - step 2 - two thin coats; and Shine Gloss - step 3 - which features a state-of-the-art gel polymer formula that cures in natural light. When used together, the trio offers a high-shine, gel-like finish colour that lasts up to 10 days!
Here's my 3 steps with Staying Neutral on Day 1...
and here it is on Day 10 - you can see that my nails have grown but there is no chipping and the polish is still pretty shiny - I did not add another coat or anything!
In 30 fashion-forward shades including: Pretty Pink Perseveres, From Here To Eternity, She Went On and On and On, Girl Without Limits, Running With the In-finite Crowd, Endurance Race To The Finish, No Stopping Me Now, Unrepentantly Red, Unequivocally Crimson, Relentless Ruby, In Pursuit Of Purple, Grapely Admired, Can't Be Beet, Raisin' The Bar, We're In The Black, You Can Count On It, It Never Ends, Staying Neutral, Steel Waters Run Deep, Strong Coal-ition, Never Give Up!, Set In Stone, Brains & Bronze, Tanacious Spirit, Maintaining My Sand-ity, To The Finish Lime!, Withstands The Test Of Thyme, To Infinity & Blue-yond, Indignantly Indigo, Get Ryd-of-thym Blues.

Available now at professional salons and spas across Canada.

- Lisamarie -