March 28, 2017

Introducing Stellar - high performance makeup with a focus on medium skin tones!

With 25 years spent in front of the camera, it's no wonder that Indian-born, Canadian-raised television host, actress and model Monika Deol has an opinion or two about makeup - she's had enough of it slapped on her face over the years and was constantly running into challenges with it.

Whether it was concealers that didn’t conceal dark circles, foundations that had to be mixed to match or powders that were too ashy she certainly became well aware that the market wasn't catering to the medium skin tones of Hispanic, Latino, Aboriginal, Chinese, Filipino, Middle-Eastern and Indian women.

And while it may seem that many beauty brands have broadened their shade horizons to include more skin shades in recent years, Deol laments that makeup diversity often gets distilled down to the very dark and very light, ignoring the many shades in-between.

Therein lies the inspiration to Monika's Stellar line and the star product: Limitless Foundation - which features an array of universal colors for all skin tones - focusing on medium-toned skin - with well-calibrated and extensive shades in the medium range (17 of them in fact) at a very reasonable price point.


Stellar Limitless Foundation - 30ml - $45 - in 22 shades: S01 - alabaster with yellow undertones, S02 - alabaster with pink undertones, S03 - cream with beige undertones, S04 - cream with yellow undertones, S05 - light medium with yellow undertones, S06 - light medium with peach undertones, S07 - light medium with dark peach undertones, S08 - medium with peach undertones, S09 - medium with yellow undertones, S10 - medium with dark peach undertones, S11 - medium with butterscotch undertones, S12 - medium with caramel undertones, S13 - wheat with peach undertones, S14 - wheat with yellow undertones, S15 - almond, S16 - caramel, S18 - caramel with red undertones, S19 - dark almond, S20 - walnut with yellow undertones, S21 - walnut with red undertones, S22 - light chocolate - with an oil-free, lightweight, highly pigmented, medium coverage formula that smooths on like a second skin, concealer discolouration and hyper-pigmentation, that can also be built to full coverage where it’s needed - for all-day wear with a natural looking, radiant finish.

I have an appreciation for the issue, it wasn't until very recent years that brands started coming out with fair foundations - through my teens and twenties I did the best I could with the very pink shades on the market and it wasn't until I started making decent money that I could get a fair, non-pink shade custom blended at Prescriptives (something Monika also had to do to find a match). Stellar's lightest shade isn't an exact match for me, but it was close enough that I've been taking it for a test drive for the past week and I do love how super light the formula is and how it really can be built to offer more coverage in problem areas yet still look very natural.

Also available in the Stellar line are concealers, loose powders, blushers, lipsticks and mascara.

Available now at select Sephora stores across Canada and online at sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

Essie Resort Collection 2017 - with swatches!

Essie offers a kiss of Italian colour for the Resort 2017 Collection - inspired by the colourful villages of Italy's Amalfi coast, with their spectacular views of the sea, they embody the relaxed, natural beauty and warmth that this collection is all about - think cascading flowers, flowing dresses, romantic views and sun-drenched afternoons in the company of friends under the Italian sun. With four new shades:
Resort Romanza – a bright, optimistic red  
Strike A Positano – a calm aqua blue 
Ciao Effect – a lavender purple with pretty blue undertones 
Sorrento Yourself – a neutral earthy brown with hints of red

Available now in salons and beauty retailers across Canada for $9.99 each.

- Lisamarie -

March 27, 2017

Enhance your skin care with Beautycounter + !

Beautycounter + offers three collections of targeted treatments formulated with safer ingredients to enhance your daily skin care regimen according to skin type:

1 Brightening Collection - perfect for all skin types, especially those concerned with dull skin and uneven tone, it's infused with a multi-source, antioxidant rich vitamin C complex to reawaken dull skin, reduce the appearance of age spots and boost radiance for a brighter complexion.

2 Plumping Collection - perfect for all skin types, especially those concerned with dryness, loss of elasticity and fine lines, it's formulated with powerful peony and jasmine essences to restore, plump, firm and improve elasticity in moisture-repleted skin.

3 Balancing Collection - $160 - perfect for all skin types, especially those concerned with clarity, calming and balancing, it's infused with activated charcoal and ylang ylang to absorb excess oil and gently refine oily, uneven skin for a smooth, polished appearance.

Each 3-piece collection includes a facial mask, oil and mist that can also be purchased separately:

Facial Mask - 60ml - $55 - formulated with kaolin clay and without any artificial colourants or synthetic fragrances, they clean deeply, brighten, tighten skin and gently draw out impurities - use 2 to 3 times weekly after cleansing.

No matter what set you decide to go with, it's a great idea to pick up an extra mask or two from the other collections - nobody's skin is the same all over and there's no reason you have to put the same mask on all over - I like to use the Balancing mask on my t-zone, Plumping mask on my neck and the Brightening mask everywhere else!

Facial Mist - 47ml - $43 - instantly prep skin, set makeup and provide refreshing hydration throughout the day with an active-infused, alcohol, silicone and sulfate free formula - use on bare skin after cleansing and/or over makeup to set.

Facial Oil - 20ml - $79 - formulated with a proprietary blend of seven lightweight and silky smooth pure oils free of synthetic or mineral oils to provide intense hydration to even the most delicate of skin - use nightly before applying moisturizer.
And if you like to take your products on the go - Beautycounter + Mini Spa Sets are also available for $110 a set.

Available online and through independent consultants - check out www.beautycounter.com for more info.

- Lisamarie -

Mascara Monday - Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Black Lashdress Mascara

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Black Lashdress Mascara - $32 - delivers volume, curl, length and definition with 9 hour hold.
With a 2-part brush - one horizontal stroke with the long section offers immediate volume length and curl.
While the rounded top part gives a finishing touch of intensity and definition when used vertically - it's also great for grabbing the lower lashes.
It's a pretty wet formula so give it a little drying time after applying or it will smear as you can see - I would probably still use my lash curler before applying, I didn't find it added a lot of curl to my lashes.

Available now at Guerlain boutiques and select counters across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

March 25, 2017

Caryl Baker Visage Coastal Spring 2017 Collection

Caryl Baker Visage Costal Spring 2017 Collection for a fresh-faced look of natural sun-kissed beauty inspired by east coast seaside minimalism and rugged natural landscapes from Nova Scotia to Nantucket and defined by an understated prettiness and a casual breezy style that goes from sunny sea salt air to a cozy bonfire at the beach.
Powder Eye Shadow - $18 - in 6 ocean-side inspired shades: C Shore - muted bronze rose, Starfish - warm apricot blush, High Tide - delicate sea-foam green, Crash - classic deep ocean blue, Adrift - rich cool sandy neutral, Sand Castle - peachy morning glow - in a pigment rich formula that offers silky, crease resistant colour.
Powder Blush - $22.50 - in 2 highly-pigmented shades: By The Sea - sun-kissed flush and By The Bay - natural rosy blush - with a light, silky smooth application.  
Lipstick - $18.50 - in 3 shades: Sunrise - sweet coral sheen, Sailor - neutral mocha, Sunset - dreamy plum berry - with a moisturizing formula containing shea butter and avocado oil.
Lip Lacquer - $24 - in 3 shades: Beach House - vibrant orangey pink, Dockside - creamy brownish pink neutral, Paddle - natural fleshy pink neutral - with maximum staining pigments and fade-proof staying power for glossy, high-impact colour that won't dry out the lips.

Available now until May 14th at Caryl Baker Visage Face Spas in Ontario and Alberta and online at carylbakervisage.com.

- Lisamarie -

March 24, 2017

The John Freida Luxurious Volume Core Restore collection - offers a new level of touchable volume!

Sick of the usual volumizing products that leave hair feeling stiff and weighed down? That's why John Freida Luxurious Volume Core Restore has a formula which uses the Protein-Strength Complex - with core reinforcing actives, that penetrate and strengthen hair from within - to transform fine, limp hair by boosting volume while maintaining a soft, natural hair feel!

Available in the collection: 

Luxurious Volume Core Restore Protein-Infused Shampoo - 250ml - $10.97 - strengthens to maximize volume and vitality and brings protein-deficient hair into balance by unlocking a new level of touchable volume.

Luxurious Volume Core Restore Protein-Infused Clear Conditioner  - 250ml - $10.97 - with an  innovative clear formula that detangles and weightlessly absorbs into hair without coating it to infuse hair with body and weightless volume.

Luxurious Volume Core Restore Advanced Protein Volumizer - 60ml - $12.99 - with heat-activated technology that protects and strengthens strands with every use. 

Available now at drug, food and mass retailers across Canada.


- Lisamarie -

Fragrant Friday - CLEAN Lovegrass

CLEAN introduces a new fragrance for spring embodying the connection between nature and the memories of getting lost running through the grass while chasing the sun.

CLEAN Lovegrass - 60ml EDP - $95, 30ml EDP - $54, 10ml EDP - $30 - a modern and captivating fresh fragrance with top notes of lemon blossom, clementine, cedrat and black pepper; heart notes of orris, orange blossom and eglantine petals; and base notes of
blonde woods, amber woods, skin musks, patchouli and labdanum.


The scent reminds me of a field of freshly mowed grass on a sunny day - very peaceful and yet refreshing!

Available for a limited time at Sephora and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

March 23, 2017

Cute Alert - Paul & Joe 15th Anniversary Makeup Collection!

Paul & Joe is celebrating 15 years of makeup wonderfulness the proper way - with an adorable 15th Anniversary Makeup Collection - $90 -  including a few of their most iconic cat-themed beauty products housed inside a gold-embellished vanity box..




Including six versatile shades, the Paul & Joe Limited Edition Face & Eye Colour are perfect for any occasion and contain: jojoba seed oil, rosemary extract and rosa canina fruit extract - emollient; orange flower water - moisturizer; and white lily extract - moisturizer and skin softener. Made very portable thanks to the Face & Eye Colour Case where you can mix and match the colours of your choice.

Also included is a zippered Makeup Pouch - with ears - too cute!
My favourite part of the whole collection has to be the Lipstick in Petite Princess (203)  with their classic cat lipstick design and the freaking cat is wearing a hat! In a peachy pink shade that is also super moisturizing thanks to orange flower water, white lily extract, jojoba seed oil, lavender oil and cocoa seed butter. I really feel they should include 2 of the lipsticks in the set so I would have one to use and one to gaze at adoringly - you would have to be a MONSTER to use the only one you have!

Available April 7, 2017 while supplies last at beautyBOUTIQUE.ca and the following Shoppers Drug Mart locations:

Toronto/GTA, ON
2223 Bloor Street West
5576 Yonge Street 
2345 Yonge Street 
9350 Yonge Street, Hillcrest Mall, Richmond Hill 
220 Yonge Street
66 Wellington Street West
Marie Labatte Rd –CF Shops at Don Mills (Murale) 
181 Bay Street 
7700 Markham Rd., Markham  
1800 Sheppard Avenue East
1601 Bayview Avenue, East York 

Montreal, QC 
1122 Rue Sainte Catherine Ouest
1 Place Ville Marie (Murale)

Ottawa, ON 
50 Rideau Street, Rideau Centre 

Vancouver, BC 
748 Burrard Street  
3020 West Broadway 
6060 Minoru Boulevard, Richmond Centre 
5000 Canoe Pass Way
West 41St Avenue, Oakridge Mall (Murale)

Calgary, AB 
6455 Macleod Trails South Unit 24, Chinook Mall

Rocky View, AB
 Crossiron Blvd, Crossiron Mills Outlet Mall

Edmonton, AB 
5970 Mullen Way

St. John’s, NL
390 Topsail Rd

- Lisamarie -