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 -

Lise Watier Age Prevention Supreme Matifying Creme-Gel

As much as I keep hoping my combination skin will normalize itself as I get older, it doesn't seem to be happening - which means that along with my shiny face, I get all the signs of aging too without a product meant to deal with both issues. Matifying products seem to be aimed at women in their twenties who aren't yet concerned with aging and anti-aging products seem to be intended for dry skin or at least for people who like their products heavy!

I had given up on being able to mattify and fight signs of aging in one product until I discovered:

Lise Watier Age Prevention Supreme Matifying Creme-Gel - 50ml - $69 - specially formulated for combination to oily skin to control excess sebum, tighten pores and provide a mattifying effect - while at the same time fighting the first signs of aging by reducing the appearance of fine lines, evening out skin tone, refining skin's texture and renewing skin's radiance.

It does all this with concentrated Labrador tea extract combined with dandelion extract along with a sebo-regulating complex and matifying powders.

What's really nice about it is how light the texture is so it's perfect for layering - you can easily put it between your serum and sunscreen without feeling like you're wearing tons of product!

Available now at drugstores across Canada and online at www.lisewatier.com.

- Lisamarie -

Test Driving - Sally Hansen Miracle Gel!

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Love Pink Collection - $10.95 - in a collection of pretty pinks including: Pinky Promise, Pink Cadiliaquer, Rosey Riviter, Pinky Rings, Pink Up, Pink Tank and my testing shade - Pretty Piggy - that offer a 2-step gel manicure with no light needed for up to 14 days of colour and shine and easy removal.
Day 1 - two coats of colour and one coat of top coat - I didn't realize until I saw the pic that I had managed to topcoat my finger too! I have never had even a salon gel manicure before - I have commitment issues so really had no interest in a polish colour that lasts that long - plus they sound like such a pain to remove that I've never bothered.
Day 8 - this is as long as I could stand to keep the same colour on - as you can see, the colour has grown out but hasn't chipped (please ignore the cuticules), I didn't redo the top coat or anything and it's even still pretty shiny. I don't have long nails but I have busy nails so normally I would have lots of chips if I left my colour on this long - I type a lot (obviously) and am always using my nails to scrape and poke at things! I was also pleased to discover that it came off as easily as regular nail polish - one swipe and it was gone!

Available now at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

July 19, 2014

Spray your way to weightless sun protection with Neutrogena, Ombrelle and L'Oréal!

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen SPF 30 - 141g - $14.99 - cools skin on contact with a water-light mist, so skin is left protected and feeling dry without being sticky or greasy and is easy to use thanks to the one-touch continuous spray and spray-nozzle that works at any angle making it easy to spray your own back. Provides broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection with photostable helioplex technology and is waterproof and sweatproof.
L'Oréal Sublime Sun Invisible Protect SPF 50 Sheer Spray - 120g - $14.99 - offers broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with a clear, continuous spray with a non-sticky or greasy, weightless feel and a water resistant formula containing vitamin E and white grapeseed extracts to soften and nourish the skin.
Garnier Ombrelle SPF 60 Dry Mist - 142g - $16.99 - an ultra-fine spray delivers continuous and immediate water resistant broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection with a long-lasting silky touch for a bareskin sensation without being greasy or sticky - and is alcohol free!

All available now at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -