October 30, 2014

Have a Clinique Black Honey Affair at Sephora (which sounds a lot dirtier than it really is) - with swatches!



Everybody remembers their first something - for me it's my first department store lipstick - and I guess judging by how many of these things Clinique has sold since the colour released in 1971, it shouldn't be a big surprise that my first was Clinique Black Honey! It's one of those colours that you would look at in the tube and say "no way!" But when you put it on you see how the shade merges with the natural tone of lips and bumps up the colour creating a hue that is perfectly unique for every woman. No wonder everyone loves it regardless of ethnicity - it really does flatter every skin tone!



Inspired by this cult classic hue, Clinique introduces the limited edition A Black Honey Affair All About Shadow Palette - $40 - which includes a range of shades from light browns to deep purples making it a perfect palette for all skin tones. The first four shades can be worn together or alone to create a neutral daytime look. The four purple tones can be paired with the neutral hues for a playful pop of colour, or layered together to create a smoky violet eye look. Or do whatever you want, it's your palette so no rules!

And it goes perfectly with other favourite Black Honey products - I love it with my:

Almost Lipstick in Black Honey
A Different Nail Enamel for Sensitive Skins in Black Honey



also available in the Black Honey shade is: Superbalm Moisturizing Gloss, Quickliner for Eyes Intense or Brush on Cream Liner.


Available now exclusively at Sephora - get the palette while it lasts!

- Lisamarie -

30 Days of BCA - Day 30 - La Mer The Hand Treatment

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month when all our favourite brands will be coming out with special edition products that in some way, will benefit charities associated with the disease.

A great thing all on its own - add in that many of the products will be pink and you've got something well worth talking about!

It's Day 30 and we hope that you have enjoyed the series and found lots of products to make you look good not to mention feel good about helping!

La Mer The Hand Treatment - 50ml - $50 - with healing moisture that soothes hands on contact, working to help protect and rejuvenate even the driest hands while diminishing the look of age spots so hands look younger and feel softer.

$10 from the purchase price will be donated to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation with a maximum donation of $45,000.

Available at Holt Renfrew stores while supplies last.

- Lisamarie -

And don't miss out on the other great days:
Day 9 - Darphin Intral Redness Relief Soothing Serum
Day 10 - Marc Coblen Pink Ribbon Watch
Day 11 - Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss Collection
Day 12 - Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Rollerball Duo
Day 13 - OPI Pink Of Hearts 2014
Day 14 - Estée Lauder Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Pink Collection
Day 15 - Vitabath Goes Pink
Day 16 - Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise  
Day 17 - Causemetics 
Day 18 - Estée Lauder Evelyn Lauder Dream Compact
Day 19 - Jo Malone London Red Roses Cologne 
Day 20 - AG Hair Cosmetics Ultradynamics
Day 21 - Avon Love Ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness Necklace 
Day 22 - Origins Drink Up Hydrating Lip Balm 
Day 23 - Estée Lauder Modern Muse Solid Perfume Compact 
Day 24 - Scentsy Ribbons Of Hope Warmer
Day 25 - Lab Series Skincare For Men Pro LS All-in-One Face Treatment 
Day 26 - Clinique Great Skin, Great Cause Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+
Day 27 - Cancer Appeal F*CK Breast Cancer Shirt 
Day 28 - Chamilia Give Back Breast Cancer Collection 
Day 29 - Joico Power Spray and Power Whip

MAC Ultimate Lipstick - with swatches!

MAC Ultimate Lipstick - $28 - combines an innovative design aesthetic with a sumptuous formula in 10 shades:

Soft Pout - sheer pink peach with white pearl
Marque - soft light neutral pink
Ravishingly Rich - bright mid-tone orange
Catharina - fuchsia
Audacious - warm mid-tone red
Dangerously Chic - cool mid-tone red
Vogue en Violet - cool mid-tone violet
The Scene - deep berry

And of course I was all over the pinks... they have a great, richer feeling formula then the regular lipsticks but still have the same vanilla smell that I love - I'm a fan!
To Savour - light cool pink
 
Femme-de-Luxe - bright pink

Available now for a limited time at select MAC counters and online at www.maccosmetics.com.

- Lisamarie -

October 29, 2014

Eye Love Wednesday - brow gels from GOSH, Annabelle, Maybelline and Suncoat!

GOSH Defining Brow Gel - $15 - in 3 shades: Black, Brown and Light Brown - it offers colour and gel in one easy step with a formula that shapes, lifts and defines brow hair while adding just the perfect colour to accent your brow look.

Available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart.
Annabelle Instaglam Brow Design + Fix - $12.95 - in Light to Medium and Medium to Dark - a double-sided brow savior with one side that offers a marker-pen with a sheer, long-lasting formula designed for ultimate precision, control and versatility to achieve thin natural brow lines. While the other side contains a small brush with a natural-hold transparent gel formula to groom brows into place.

Available at drugstores across Canada and online at www.annabelle.ca.
Maybelline Brow Drama - $11.99 - in 3 shades: Blond, Soft Brown and Deep Brown - a coloured gel that tints brows with a natural, comfortable hold with no smudging, clumping or flaking and a sculpting ball brush to define arches in one easy step. Just brush onto brows in light upwards strokes, following the brow contour for a natural look, or for a more dramatic look, use a darker tint then your natural brow shade.

Available now at drug and mass retailers across Canada.
Suncoat Natural Brow Fix & Fill - $11.99 - in Clear and Brown - a natural, sugar-based gel enriched with vitamin E that defines and holds brows in place all day long with no chemical polymers.

Available online at www.suncoatproducts.com.

- Lisamarie -

30 Days of BCA - Day 29 - Joico Power Spray and Power Whip

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month when all our favourite brands will be coming out with special edition products that in some way, will benefit charities associated with the disease.

A great thing all on its own - add in that many of the products will be pink and you've got something well worth talking about!

Be sure to come back everyday at 11:30am when we will be featuring a new BCA product!

Joico Power Spray and Power Whip - 300ml - $14.95 - both award winning products have undergone a pink makeover from artist Bella Pilar with artwork that depicts whimsical women who evoke a fashion-forward andinspirational ethos in support of Look Good Feel Better to raise awareness for women’s cancer.

Bella Pilar’s artwork and Joico’s Power Line will give women
fighting cancer the power to transform, look good and feel better along with the $7,500 contribution to Look Good Feel Better.


Available now at select professional salons across Canada. Visit www.joicocanada.com for a salon near you.


- Lisamarie -

And don't miss out on the other great days:
Day 9 - Darphin Intral Redness Relief Soothing Serum
Day 10 - Marc Coblen Pink Ribbon Watch
Day 11 - Bobbi Brown Pretty Pink Ribbon Lip Gloss Collection
Day 12 - Donna Karan Cashmere Mist Rollerball Duo
Day 13 - OPI Pink Of Hearts 2014
Day 14 - Estée Lauder Evelyn Lauder and Elizabeth Hurley Dream Pink Collection
Day 15 - Vitabath Goes Pink
Day 16 - Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Promise  
Day 17 - Causemetics 
Day 18 - Estée Lauder Evelyn Lauder Dream Compact
Day 19 - Jo Malone London Red Roses Cologne 
Day 20 - AG Hair Cosmetics Ultradynamics
Day 21 - Avon Love Ribbon Breast Cancer Awareness Necklace 
Day 22 - Origins Drink Up Hydrating Lip Balm 
Day 23 - Estée Lauder Modern Muse Solid Perfume Compact 
Day 24 - Scentsy Ribbons Of Hope Warmer
Day 25 - Lab Series Skincare For Men Pro LS All-in-One Face Treatment 
Day 26 - Clinique Great Skin, Great Cause Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+
Day 27 - Cancer Appeal F*CK Breast Cancer Shirt 
Day 28 - Chamilia Give Back Breast Cancer Collection

This week I'm obsessed with... Cole & Mason Derwent Gourmet Precision Pepper Mill!

I know kitchen wear is not the kind of thing that you are used to seeing me obsess about and to be honest, this should probably more accurately be my husband's weekly obsession but since he doesn't have a blog and I'm the reason he has this pepper mill to be so strangely excited about I am taking it on myself to write about it so he can stop telling me how wonderful it is and tell you instead...

Cole & Mason Derwent Gourmet Precision Pepper Mill - $49.99 - has put to rest my assumption that one shakes a container, pepper comes out and that's the end of it - I have now learned that to experience the true flavour of pepper, it needs to be ground right before you use it - and the machine-cut, hardened carbon steel mechanism in this mill is the one you want doing it as it ensures that grains are first cracked and then sliced to release more flavour and aroma with complete control of the grind thanks to six grind settings.

They are available in a variety of materials and styles but I am partial to this sleek looking stainless steel and acrylic one. Also available are mills to grind salt, herbs and spices - more things I never knew you were supposed to grind!

Available at fine gourmet and housewares stores across Canada - check out www.danescoinc.com to find one near you.

- Lisamarie -

October 28, 2014

Give hair great texture with Shu Uemura, L'Oréal Professionnel and Schwarzkopf Professional!

Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Texture Wave Dry Finishing Spray - 193g - $42 - offers natural-looking styling with a formula that offers not just shape but also texture so buildable that it infuses the hair with volume and freedom of movement.

What's nice about it is how versatile it is for all hair types - from adding a natural bend to free-flowing hair, transforming spiral ringlets into ruffled waves or to undo an updo - it works for anything from curly to straight hair - and especially great for fine hair as it adds texture to make more styles possible!

Available now at participating Shu Uemura Art of Hair salons and online at www.shuuemura.ca.
L'Oréal Professionnel Wild Stylers by Techni.Art Next Day Hair Micro-Propelled Texturizing Powder - 250ml - $23.50 - has a non-ionic setting polymer that leaves no residue and instantly creates a light tousled look for that sexy "rolling around in bed" hair even if you were only doing it because of bad dreams!

I like to spray it in with my head tipped upside down to give my fine hair some extra volume!

Available at L'Oréal Professionnel salons across Canada -  find one near you at www.lorealprofessionnel.ca.
Schwarzkopf Professional Osis+ Whipped Wax Texture Wax Souffle - 75ml - $21 - gives strong structure and separation with a mousse-like texture to provide ultimate styling flexibility and give hair great natural shine. Specially formulated with beeswax, hair styles remain remouldable without looking greasy or unnatural while giving incredible texture and strong style control.

This one is especially great for adding texture to the ends of short hair to give it that flippy look - you just need the tiniest bit on the end of your fingers brushed through the ends - so easy!

Available at Schwarzkopf Professional salons across Canada - for one near you go to http://www.schwarzkopf-professional.ca.

- Lisamarie -