April 16, 2014

Acne prone skin gets help from Clinique, Elizabeth Grant, Neutrogena and Sephora!

Clinique Acne Solutions Clinical Cleansing Gel - 30ml - $29 - a daily treatment gel that promises results as good as a leading topical prescription in clearing acne. Contains salicylic acid to start clearing blemishes instantly and help prevent new ones from forming and unlike some similar products, I don't find it to be drying to the surrounding skin.

Available at Clinique counters across Canada.
Elizabeth Grant Wonder Effect SOS Spot Stick - $25 - a powerful remedy for stubborn acne formulated with tea tree oil to be non-irritating, while salicylic acid and glycolic acid band together to deeply penetrate through oily pores and deliver product straight to the source - skin is gently exfoliated allowing the tea tree oil to go to work, unclogging pores, fighting off bacteria, healing reddened skin and helping to prevent future breakouts. It comes in a convenient stick format with a green tint to help cover redness - I would recommend adding a touch of concealer or powder on top though, at certain angles it still looks green - which I guess is a look...

Available at www.elizabethgrant.com.
If the reason you avoid applying sunscreen as often as you know you should is because it causes you to break out then you are going to be thrilled with:

Neutrogena Clear Face Sunscreen Lotion - 88ml - $12.99 - an ultra-light, oil-free sunscreen that provides superior sun protection without clogging pores which can lead to future breakouts especially on acne-prone skin. With a fragrance and PABA free formula that is water and sweat resistant and contains natural botanical extracts as well as Helioplex Technology - that delivers superior stabilized broad-spectrum protection from the sun. Available in SPF 30 and 60.

Available now at food, drug and mass merchandisers across Canada.
Sephora Charcoal Blotting Papers - 100 sheets - $12 -  thin, double-sided sheets that banish shine without disturbing makeup. Contain bamboo charcoal which is highly porous and excellent for moisture and oil absorption - bamboo charcoal in particular is known for its antibacterial and antifungal properties. Simply blot the skin to leave it looking matte and feeling refreshed without leaving any residue. 

Available at Sephora and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

Eye Love Wednesday - Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Ooh La La Sexy Eyes Trio

Physicians Formula Sexy Booster Ooh La La Sexy Eyes Trio - $15.79 - includes three different eyeliners that are the perfect threesome for creating sexy eyes and includes:

Felt Tip Eyeliner - to create a bold, cat eye definition on upper lid

Kohl Kajal Eyeliner - for dramatic inner-rim definition

Eyeliner Pencil - for lower-lash definition

housed together in a red satin and fishnet case for sexy eyes on the go.

The liners have long-wearing formulas that last up to 24 hours that are infused with the scent of warm vanilla and pheromone-mimicking ingredients making your eyes impossible to resist!

Available now at drug and mass-market stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Caudalie Nourishing Body Lotion!

We're at that weird in-between period in seasons, winter finally seems to be on the way out, but it's not really spring yet either which means my skin wants something moisturizing but that isn't heavy and winter-like - which makes this one perfect:

Caudalie Nourishing Body Lotion - 250ml - $32 - with 93% natural ingredients including: grape & sunflower seed oils and grape seed extract which immediately moisturizes your skin with a long-lasting effect so that it regains its softness and elasticity, along with grape polyphenols which prevents premature aging of the skin and ginkgo biloba to activate micro-circulation.

For skin that is firmer, radiant, protected and energized. The best part is the creamy texture which is very quickly absorbed and the delicate scent which I liken to an expensive spa.

Available at Sephora, Murale, Jean Coutu and Ogilvy.

- Lisamarie -

April 15, 2014

MAC Proenza Schouler Collecton

For the first time, the cool cleverness of the Proenza Schouler woman is captured in a collection of confident colour by MAC, featuring specially designed, limited-edition packaging. Take special note of the lipstick bullets, square compacts and Pro Longwear pencils that gleam with a unique, luxurious, metallic finish.
Lipstick - $26
Woodrose - light pink with beige (lustre)
Pinkfringe-  vivid flamingo pink (satin)
Mangrove - bright clean orange-red (matte)
Primrose - sheer berry plum (lustre)

Pro Longwear Lip Pencil - $25
Dynamo - bright peony
High Energy - bright orange-red cream

Blush Ombre - $35
Ocean City - coral orange ombre fused into coral gradients
Sunset Beach - cool pink ombre fused into fuchsia gradients
Proenza Schouler 129SE Powder/Blush Brush - $46

Pro Longwear Eye Liner - $25
Black Ice - rich black
Rich Experience - true brown
Nail Lacquer - $21
Bougainvillea - bright orange coral (cream)
Dayflower - clean plum (cream)
Nocturnelle-  black as night (cream)
Thimbleweed - pale nude (cream)

Available April 24th at all MAC locations and online at www.maccosmetics.com.

- Lisamarie -

Klorane is popping up all over Toronto to help you in your quest for great hair!

Along with your burning need for spring shoes, there is now another great reason to visit the mall - the Klorane Pop-Up Counter - coming soon to a Toronto mall near you!

April 16, 17 & 19th at Fairview Mall

April 22 - 26th and May 7 - 10th at Toronto Eaton Center

May 1 - 4th at Yorkdale Mall

Where experts will help you discover the Klorane products best suited for your hair, then get your fill of samples and coupons, and if you buy 2 Klorane products, you'll receive a free 50ml Dry Shampoo! More info can be found at:

And while you are poking around, be sure to check out the latest and greatest from Klorane which is currently doing wonders for my sad, flat hair - the Klorane Flax Fiber line - with luxurious formulas that offer great volume-enhancing performance:

Shampoo with Flax Fibre - 200ml - $10.45 - with an ultra-light formula containing flax fiber extract for a natural root lifting effect and an exclusive combination of surfactants for fuller volume for hair that has
a perfect texture for beautiful flowing volume.

Root Lifter No Rinse Spray with Flax Fibre - 125ml - $12.75 - contains a texturizing powder made with a silicate base containing no alcohol, resin or silicone to texturizes hair strand by strand and give it body without a weighing-down effect for long-lasting and boosted volume.

- Lisamarie -

Ceramic Glaze Cosmic Enchantment Collection - with swatches!

The spring collection for Ceramic Glaze is an out of this world collection that includes 4 crushed foil texture: Flirting With Astronauts, Celestrial Romance, Quantum Love and Glactic Rapture and 4 glitter shades: Over The Moon, Stars In Her Eyes, Cosmic Coquette and E-Spacially Yours.
Galactic Rapture
Celestrial Romance

Sometimes (most of the time) I'm not very smart - when I first applied the crushed foil texture I didn't really understand what it was going to look like and thought there was something wrong with my nails because the texture was all lumpy - I removed it all and buffed my nails thinking that maybe their texture was rough and messing the polish up... at least I'm cute...?
Stars In Her Eyes
Cosmic Coquette

It's a great glitter, unlike some where you need 3 or 4 coats to totally cover, it gives complete coverage with 2 coats - if you were going to wear it over a base colour, only one coat would be needed to enhance.

Available now exclusively at select Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

April 14, 2014

Mascara Monday - Maybelline Volum'Express Pumped Up! Colossal Mascara

Maybelline Volum'Express Pumped Up! Colossal Mascara - $8.99 - Maybelline's most volumizing mascara yet thanks to the applicator and its breakthrough extreme volume system.
The wand has a unique double-curved stem which allows for an extra shot of volume to be applied quickly in one swipe. The patented brush features extra-large bristles in a unique helix shape to load each lash with extreme volume, while lifting them up and fanning them out.
The formula contains fine waxes, thickening agents and emollients that allow the mascara to brush easily onto lashes for extreme, buildable volume. The pro-keratin formula plumps and strengthens, while smoothing lashes for a clump free finish while glossy, flexible film-formers enhance the wear properties for a lasting result.
I'm not usually a fan of volumizing mascara, they are usually too much work to keep them from looking clumpy - but this one I just brushed through my lashes a couple of times and they came out like this with absolutely no effort - next time I would use with an eyelash curler as I didn't get the lift they promised but otherwise, I'm very impressed!

Available now at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -