January 17, 2019

Test Driving - NowMi Pro Complete Facial Solution

Going to the spa is one of my favourite things but sadly time and money prevent me from doing it as often as I would like to - so I love discovering at-home treatments that make me feel all the spa relaxation and effectiveness without the time-suck and price tag!

NowMi Pro - $240 - an advanced anti aging facial solution that enables you to deeply cleanse skin on a daily basis and also perform a weekly skin rejuvenating facial - all performed in the comfort of your own home. Designed for today’s busy lifestyle, the treatment takes only 5 minutes and can be carried out anywhere, anytime - and best of all, it costs just a fraction of its professional spa equivalent!

On one side, the device offers daily cleansing with silicone micro-fingers which emit 6,000 sonic pulses per minute to help the cleansing gel penetrate and thoroughly remove all unwanted makeup, dirt and oil - for highly effective cleansing that is also very gentle on the skin and doesn’t cause any irritation. As well as cleaning there is also the benefit of facial massage which boosts blood circulation, increasing the production of collagen and elastin - both key proteins which restore the skin's elasticity and firmness.

To be used with the included NowMi cleansing gel with a formula which includes: vitamin E - a powerful anti-oxidant that helps the skin keep hydrated and plays an important role in skin healing; vitamin B3 - an anti-oxidant that is known for its anti-aging qualities and for its ability to protect the skin from damaging UV light; vitamin B5 -  enables the skin to retain greater quantities of water and as a result stay moisturized as well as helps the skin repair itself and reduces inflammation; and Dead Sea minerals - the richest source of healing minerals in the world to infuse skin rejuvenating minerals such as zinc, calcium, chloride and sodium chloride.

The other side of the device is used in conjunction with vitamin C effervescent tablets and lubricant gel for weekly spa-like treatments which easily performs 4 skin actions:

Sonic Exfoliation - performed primarily by the effervescent tablet which has a slightly coarse surface. When massaged into the skin, the effervescent tablet gently removes the outer layer of the skin leaving it incredibly soft and smooth and facilitates the optimal penetration of vitamins and minerals into the skin - and enhanced by the sonic energy which emits 6,000 sonic pulsations per minute which ensures the thorough cleansing of all pores.

Sonic Nourishment - during treatment the skin is infused with pure vitamin C - a powerful anti-oxidant that helps the body to neutralize free-radicals and slow down the signs of aging. It also reduces skin inflammation and pigmentation; vitamin E - helps the skin protect itself from extrinsic factors such as pollution, smoke, unhealthy food and more, anti-aging attributes as well as its skin hydration and scar reducing qualities; and hyaluronic acid - a powerful antioxidant that  The Hyaluronic acid plays a major role in hydrating the skin. It helps the skin to retain water and as a result slows the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. The Hyaluronic acid also helps the skin repair itself faster and reduces skin inflammation - the sonic energy dramatically improves the effectiveness of the infusion since it helps the ingredients reach deeper and faster into the skin.

Sonic Oxygenation: when the effervescent tablet comes into contact with the lubricant gel a chemical reaction occurs which creates a C02 rich environment. As a result, the body responds by sending 02 infused blood cells to the area. By doing so, it creates a natural facial oxygenation effect from within the skin which helps the absorption of the vitamins and minerals - the sonic energy further increases the oxygenation process- it degases the C02 microbubbles which significantly boosts the oxygenation effect.

Sonic Protection: replenishes the skin’s vitamin C supply and enables it to protect itself from extrinsic factors and repair damaged skin - the sonic energy plays an important role in the protection of the skin since it exponentially increases the infusion of the vitamin C.

It's very easy to use and after 6 weeks I can really see the results:my skin looks and feels smoother and fine lines are less evident;
my skin is more hydrated and plumper;
but what I really notice is the radiance, my skin glows - like really, really glows!

What's also nice about the device, it doesn't require a lot of upkeep - it's highly hygienic since it's made of nonporous silicone which is resistant to bacteria buildup and is also completely waterproof so can be used in the shower or bath. And once you fully charge it up, it has enough power to supply a month’s worth of treatments which makes it a great travel buddy!

Each kit contains:
 NowMi Pro applicator (powered by sonic energy)
Vitamin C effervescent tablets for 6 weekly treatments
100ml NowMi lubricant gel
100ml NowMi facial cleansing gel for daily use

Score yours now at: https://nowmi.com/product/nowmi-pro/

- Lisamarie - 

January 16, 2019

Eye Love Wednesday - Zorah Ora Eye Cream

Tired of waking up looking tired? Then you need:

Zorah Ora Eye Cream - 30ml - $64.99 - offers both short and long term benefits: significantly reduces fine lines, wrinkles and dark circles with an anti-fatigue effect that also removes morning puffy eyes - making it the perfect first step in your morning skin care routine and a great base for concealer and/or foundation!

Not only will you look good but you can feel good to about the formula which is made using only organic, eco-friendly and fair-trade ingredients, packaged in recyclable materials and certified cruelty-free by PETA. 

As well, the products don't include mineral oils (petroleum) or animal fats, parabens, GMOS, propyleneglycol, synthetic perfumes, PEG, PPG, sodium laureth sulphate, EDTA, phthalates or other ingredients harmful for health or the environment.

Available at select natural food stores across Canada and online at zorahbiocosmetiques.com.

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Marcelle Cream Blush!

The time of year when your skin most needs the pop of colour that blush brings it is also the same  time when powder blush tends to look the worst on dry winter skin! No worries, switch over to a cream blush for a creamy flush and a bit of moisture - this is my particular favourite:

Marcelle Cream Blush - $12.95 - in 4 shades: Raspberry, Nude Blush Pink Paradise and Sparkling Coral - with a lightweight, creamy formula that blends easily and adjusts perfectly to almost any skin tone to create natural-looking, everyday radiance and enriched with vitamin C for an added brightening effect.

Not sure what shade to pick? Go with my fave - Sparkling Coral - a universally flattering shade that adds a healthy looking flush on cold winter days!

Available at drugstores across Canada and online at marcelle.com.

- Lisamarie -

January 15, 2019

Kiss Professional Pro Touch Matte Powder Foundation

Kiss Professional Pro Touch Matte Powder Foundation - $9.99 - in 5 shades: Porcelain, Classic Ivory, Nude Beige, Warm Nude, Soft Tan - dual pressed powder foundation with a buildable medium to full coverage that can be used wet for a velvety matte finish or dry as a matte powder - either way, it never looks chalky or cakey.

The advanced emulsion formula blends seamlessly and contains skin-enhancing green tea for anti-oxidation so skin looks great all day.

I like using it over my liquid foundation - in areas where I need mattifying or extra coverage - it adds both without looking like a bulky extra layer!

Available now at Rexall and London Drugs stores across Canada and online at londondrugs.com.

- Lisamarie -

January 14, 2019

Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence

Treat your face like your winter wardrobe and layer products to combat cold weather drying your skin out! Thanks to essences, there is no need to swap out your favourite moisturizer for a heavier version, you just need to add a thermal base like:

Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence - 150ml - $85 - a  powerhouse antioxidant prep-step great for all skin types in a fast-absorbing, silky liquid that packs eight benefits into one bottle including:

pollution defense - which causes premature wrinkles;
makes skin more luminous;
fades fine lines;
minimizes pores;
improves elasticity;
smoothes texture;
boosts healthy tone; and
hydrates for 24 hours.

The star ingredient in the essence is kombucha, fermented sweet black tea rich in vitamins and organic acids - smooths, increases luminosity and protects against pollution and free radicals for younger-looking skin. The formula also includes;
moisture-locking hyaluronic acid - works to attract and seal in moisture for supple skin.look;
mandarin peel extract - helps promote a beautifully uniform complexion; and
kigelia africana fruit extract - helps smooth the appearance of skin texture.

This will be the first leave-on treatment in your skincare ritual (essence; serum; moisturizer; sunscreen) - it delivers concentrated ingredients and preps the skin for the products that follow - and you can look forward to hydrated, luminous, younger-looking skin!

Available at Sephora stores across Canada and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

January 11, 2019

Schwarzkopf Professional Osis+ Session Label Silk Shine Cream

Schwarzkopf Professional Osis+ Session Label Silk Shine Cream - 150ml - $21.99 - helps tame frizz, condition and moisturize hair while maintaining body - to give every strand perfect shine with a smooth, silky feel and subtle texture.

For shine I usually go with a spray because creams can really weigh my fine hair down - but this one is super light and applying it by hand rather then spraying gives more control as to where it actually goes making it a lot more effective!

Available now at Schwarzkopf Professional salons - check out www.schwarzkopf-professional.ca to find one near you.

- Lisamarie -

January 10, 2019

Brew the perfect cup of Davids Tea with the help of a Hamilton Beach Variable Temperature Kettle!

Chilly winter days call for a nice hot cup of tea which can now be in your cold little hands even faster thanks to:

Hamilton Beach Variable Temperature Kettle - $79.99 - get perfect results for a variety of teas, coffee and hot cocoa with 6 one-touch temperature settings. With a 1.7 litre capacity, it heats water faster than in a microwave and is safer than on a stove top - with just a push of a button, the powerful rapid-boil system provides heat within minutes while the 30-minute warmer keeps it at just the right temperature. It has a durable stainless steel body that is cord-free to make it easy to serve anywhere - the cord is attached to and stored in the base to keep it out of the way!

Available at mass retailers across Canada.
I actually never knew that you were supposed to use different water temperatures for different tea types but as my new friend Mel Hattie, Tea Sommelier assures me that it does make a difference - with green tea, for instance the water should not be as hot so as not to get that metallic taste you can get from green teas and thanks to this kettle it's so easy to make sure the water is the perfect temperature - my favourite green tea tastes even better now:

Davids Tea Movie Night Green Tea - 50g - $7.98 - yes, those are real pieces of popcorn! It tastes like a blend of caramel corn and apple - sweet, fruity and buttery for all the guilt-free deliciousness of our favourite movie-going snack with the added bonus of an energizing dose of feel-good green tea.

Available at Davids Tea locations across Canada and online at davidstea.com.

- Lisamarie -

January 9, 2019

Eye Love Wednesday - Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Amplifying Eye Primer

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Amplifying Eye Primer - $28 - a weightless, colour-boosting eyeshadow primer that smooths lids for better application and blending, enhanced colour and longer, crease-proof wear.

It has a weightless, invisipink formula that melts into all skin tones, creating a super-smooth surface for effortless blending while enhancing colour vibrancy. Plus, it’s designed to help grip eyeshadow colour for some serious crease-proof, fade-proof stamina that is truly impressive!

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

- Lisamarie -