February 21, 2024

This week I'm obsessed with... Fenty Skin Cherry Dub Blah 2 Bright 5% AHA Face Mask!

I have tried a lot of different masks in my skin care life but I have to admit, cherry is a first for me...
Fenty Skin Cherry Dub Blah 2 Bright 5% AHA Face Mask - 75ml - $53 - a  brightening jelly face mask for all skin types with Barbados Cherry - loaded with vitamin C - to reduce the look of dark spots, visibly brightening and evening skin tone; and 5% AHAs - to gently exfoliate - leaving skin visibly plump and bouncy in minutes while over time improving the look of pores, dark spots, fine lines and wrinkles. 
Aside from the skin benefits I loved the cherry scent - and it's not a little bit cherry, it's a bunch cherry - it reminds me of cherry chapstick which is a nostalgically wonderful scent for me!

The only thing I was concerned about was the AHAs - I have sensitive skin which sometimes will react to stronger ingredients but I didn't have any issue at all - just nice smooth skin. I did find that with the thicker, gel texture that using a washcloth to remove it was a lot more effective then the usual water splash (and added a bit of extra exfoliation) - overall, I'm a fan!
Available at Sephora stores across Canada and online at sephora.ca and fentybeauty.com.
- Lisamarie -

January 24, 2024

This week I'm obsessed with... Korres Black Pine Up-Lift Contouring Serum!

Sick of ageing, sagging and loose skin? This new lifting and contouring serum from Korres offers targeted anti-ageing benefits to reveal tighter and more youthful skin...
Korres Black Pine Up-Lift Contouring Serum - 40ml - $68.00 - a targeted gel serum with a rollerball applicator designed to lift the appearance of the jaw, cheek and neck for a more defined looking facial and neck contour and a youthful-looking complexion.
Powered by a potent 4D BIO-SHAPELIFT complex that works to lift the skin; while antioxidant-rich black pine supports skin elasticity and firmness, helping to improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Featuring a unique massaging roller applicator, it fits effortlessly into the skins natural facial contours .
I really do appreciate how the light serum texture means that it easily goes under my regular moisturizer so I don't have to replace a favourite product, I can just add on the benefits and the roller applicator is very cooling which helps add an instant tightening effect!
Available online now at korres.com.
- Lisamarie -

January 19, 2024

Fragrant Friday - Gucci Flora Gorgeous Magnolia

Floral fanatics rejoice,  there is another addition to the Gucci Flora lineup:
Gucci Flora Gorgeous Magnolia - 10ml EDP Mini - $45, 30ml EDP - $120, 50ml EDP - $153, 100ml EDP - $206 - a chypre floral fragrance with top notes of dewberry and coconut; heart notes of magnolia, jasmine sambac and clary sage; and base notes of musk, patchouli and blonde woods.
Floral scents really aren't my thing - I can say it's not a cloying or overpowering floral but what I can comment on is the bottle - love it! It is so pretty and the purple really makes it stand out - am I one of those people who will buy a fragrance just for the bottle? I admit to nothing!
Available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Sephora and Holt Renfrew stores across Canada.
- Lisamarie -

January 10, 2024

This week I'm obsessed with... Joico KBOND20 Defy Damage Power Masque!

What do you get when you combine a legacy of hair repair with the power of damage control in a single, extraordinary product?...
Joico Defy Damage KBOND20 Power Masque - 150ml - $44 - a transformative masque that rebuilds, strengthens and protects while providing rich hydration, instant detangling and normalized pH with innovative bond-building technology that allows you to experience 5X stronger hair in just a single treatment.
The formula contains K-Pac keratin technology - for strength and resilience; protective lipids - acts as a first line of defense against pollution; 18 essential amino acids - including arginine, found naturally in healthy hair; and moringa seed oil - an antioxidant rich in vitamins A & E, plus silica. As an added bonus, it's colour-safe, animal-test-free and paraben-free!  

I admit to being skeptical of products that claim one use results but in this case, they aren't wrong - after just using it once my hair really did look and feel better - it has definitely going to become a regular in my hair care routine - once or twice a week should have my hair looking even better in no time!
Available at participating Joico salons across Canada and online at amazon.ca and chatters.ca.
 - Lisamarie -

December 15, 2023

Fragrant Friday - Carolina Herrera Good Girl Dazzling Garden Holiday Collector

Carolina Herrera introduces the Holiday collector's edition bottle that is sure to be on every fragrance lover's wish list...
Good Girl Dazzling Garden - 80ml EDT - $178 - the stiletto shaped bottle is shimmering in metallic deep purple and accessorized with a festive glistening gold flower. With the same sweet but sensual scent that blends the aromas of jasmine, cocoa, tonka bean, almond and coffee to create a feminine yet mysterious bouquet. It's what holiday dreams are made of!

Available while they last at Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart and Jean Coutu stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

December 8, 2023

Fragrant Friday - Nina Ricci Nina Le Parfum

There is a new intensity of Nina in the Nina Ricci range:
Nina Le Parfum - 50ml EDP - $112, 80ml EDP - $132 - a fruity woody floral fragrance with crisp top notes of red apple, apple, green Apple and Italian lemon; white flower heart notes of orange blossom, tuberose and gardenia; and warm base notes of vanilla and amber wood.
The first time I ever smelled the original Nina was years ago in the duty free at the airport - we were going on a cruise and I realized that I had forgotten to bring any perfume with me which of course would not do - it was love at first sniff for me and Nina! What I didn't know was that the signature component of the original Nina fragrance is recycled Italian lemon. The fruits discarded from the food industry due to their size or appearance are repurposed instead of being destroyed, serving as raw fragrance materials. Every part of the lemon, from the flesh to the peel, is utilized, achieving an extra tangy, citrus scent - no wonder I like it so much!
Nina Le Parfum still has the original lemon but the addition of apples gives it some tanginess, while the vanilla and amber wood give it some sweetness and warmth - all of which I like! Crafted of 91% naturally derived, vegan ingredients and in the classic apple shaped bottle which is 20% recycled glass - there is lots to feel good about with this fragrance!
Available now at Shoppers Drug Mart, Hudson's Fay, Jean Coutu, Familiprix, Uniprix and Brunet stores across Canada.
- Lisamarie -

December 6, 2023

Great Gifting - Skincare Sets from Ole Henriksen, Nudestix and Trinny London!

If you are looking to try out new skincare or get travel sizes of your favourites, this is the best time of the year to do it - everyone has a gift set of some kind! They probably also make great gifts (if you like that kind of thing) so be sure to gift someone (like yourself) with one of these:
Ole Henriksen Radiance Retreat Skincare Favorites Set - $86 - has everything you need for a winter spa-cation:  Banana Bright Vitamin C Serum - 15ml - brightens and visibly evens skin; Strength Trainer Peptide Boost Moisturize - 50ml - to hydrate and strengthen skin; and Banana Bright+ Eye Crème - 15ml -  to reduce the look of dark circles and crow’s feet - all vegan, gluten-free, cruelty-free - and come inside this adorable house packaging! 
Available at Sephora stores across Canada and online at sephora.ca.
Nudestix Nudeskin 3-Step Citrus Renew Set - $39 - a collection of travel-size essentials for everything you need to get glowing skin on the go: Gentle Hydra-Gel Cleanser 3-in-1: Skin Cleanser + Skin Softener + Skin Brightener; Lemon-Aid Detox & Glow Micro-Peel 3-in-1: Deep Pore Cleanser + Cell Renewal Exfoliant + Skin Brightening Glow; and Citrus C Mask & Daily Moisturizer 3-in-1; Day & Night Moisturizer + Makeup Primer + Sleeping Mask - packed inside a clear carrying case - to cleanse, exfoliate and hydrate the skin with simple, multi-tasking, vegan powered, cruelty-free skincare for a boost of fresh beauty that is free from sulfates, phthalates, gluten, parabens, synthetic fragrances and alcohol and is great for all skin types including sensitive skin.
Available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Trinny London Superheros Serum Set - $128 - features starter sizes of: Plump Up Peptide+ HA Serum - 10ml - an advanced peptide and hyaluronic acid serum that is clinically proven to visibly firm and lift for plump, hydrated, bouncy skin; Boost Up 30% Vitamin C Serum - 9.5ml - a glow-giving Vitamin C serum that is clinically proven to dial up brightness and boost radiance while evening skin tone; and Overnight Sensation Retinal+ Serum - 9.5ml- a high-dose retinol night serum that firms, tones and visibly reduces the appearance of wrinkles to bring energy and life back to skin that’s lost its oomph - all  inside an exclusive Mini Chepstow bag.

Available online at trinnylondon.com/ca.

- Lisamarie -

November 29, 2023

Great Gifting at Shoppers Drug Mart for everyone one on your list - Beauty - Electronics - Stocking Stuffers - Last Minute - and More!

Gone are the days of running around to a bunch of different stores to find something to please everyone on your list! Shoppers Drug Mart has a little bit of everything which is perfect for saving time, energy and collecting lots and lots of wonderful Optimum Points...

For the best friend:
r.e.m. beauty Naughty & Iced Cheek & Lip Set - $39 - includes 2 best-selling flight crew favourite products including a limited edition holiglitch shade of the best-selling lip & cheek stick and must-have highlighter in miss neptune - so pretty!

For the nephew (an added bonus if it will drive your brother/sister crazy that you got it for him):
Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Bundle - $399.99 - this bundle has everything you need to start your Super Mario adventures, including a Nintendo Switch system with Neon Red and Neon Blue Joy-Con controllers along with a download code for the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game and a 3-month Nintendo Switch Online Individual membership.
For the sister that has a hard time making a decision:
Shoppers Beauty Derm Discovery Collection - $85 - a set of eight mini, best-selling anti-aging & hydrating serums: Avene Hydrance Aqua Gel, Ducray Keracnyl Serum, Jouviance- 3D-Retinol+, La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Serum, Reversa Biomimetik Regenerative Serum, StriVectin Multi-Action Super C Retinol Serum, SVR Serum Ampoule Anti-OX [C], Uriage Age Lift Intensive Firming Smoothing Serum 10mL and Vichy Liftactiv B3 Serum - try them all, decide which one you like best and then redeem the enclosed certificate for a full-sized one! There is also an Eye Discovery Collection (I got it last year and loved it!).
Have a couple of these on hand in case you need a last minute gift - that you will love using if you don't need to gift them:
The Body Shop Nutty & Nourishing Shea Treats - $13 - includes a shower cream and body butter enriched with handcrafted Community Fair Trade shea butter from Ghana for some serious dry skin TLC. 

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

And be sure to keep an eye out for the Optimum Points deals - there seems to be a different one every week - as long as you are shopping for everyone else you might as well gift yourself with points!
- Lisamarie -