June 24, 2022

This week I'm obsessed with... LUSH Rose Butterfly Bath Bomb - for a really good cause!

Lush Cosmetics is on a mission to  educate customers on the critical role pollinators play in the food supply and ecosystem, and draw attention to habitat loss from pollution, the misuse of chemicals, and climate change. 
And if you didn't think taking a nice long soak could help, you're wrong...
 
LUSH Rose Butterfly Bath Bomb - $6.95 - containing Sicilian lemon oil, which Lush buys from a family-run business in Sicily, Italy. The lemons are grown without pesticides and collected and pressed by hand entirely with their peel. Best of all,100% of the sales price (minus the tax) will go towards raising $150,000 for Pollinator Partnership and other organizations working to protect pollinators as these threats to pollinators are contributing to shrinking and shifting pollinators populations, which literally keep food on our plate. You can find more info on the campaign here.
 
Available now online at lush.ca and in LUSH stores across North America  but only while quantities last! 

While you are at the store be sure to pick up a take-away seeded paper, which is a mix of non-invasive plants including Bird’s Eye, Clarkia, Black Eyed Susan, Catchfly, Snapdragon and Sweet Alyssum, and can be planted to add natural habitat to attract pollinators. And if you drop by your local Lush tomorrow (Saturday June 25th) they are hosting free seed bomb making parties in 265 shops across North America starting at 12:00pm local time. 
 
You can find the Lush shop locator here to find the store closest to you that will be holding the event. Between the seeded paper and the events, new habitat for pollinators the size of almost 32 football fields will be created!

- Lisamarie -

June 22, 2022

Show your PRIDE with Quo Beauty!

 

Self expression has never been so glam thanks to the Quo Beauty pride-inspired limited edition collection - chock full of over 60 choices in makeup, tools and accessories to help everyone celebrate Pride Month with colour and confidence - a few of my faves:
 
Quo Beauty Love Is Love Eyeshadow Palette - $25 - contains 12 vibrant shades of pressed powder to create a multitude of looks to be proud of! 
Quo Beauty Paint My Pride Brush Set - $35.99 - revel in five cruelty-free, rainbow-inspired makeup brushes including: Powder Brush, Foundation Brush, Blush Brush, All Over Shadow Brush and Angled Shadow Brush.
Quo Beauty Rainbow Blending Sponge - $9 - achieve an airbrushed, consistent finish to your liquid and cream makeup products with this soft, expertly shaped blending sponge that is as pretty as it is useful!
 
Everything is limited edition and much of it is sold out on line but if you pop into your local Shoppers Drug Mart store I am still seeing it on the shelves - but probably not for long! Happy Pride!
 
- Lisamarie -

June 10, 2022

Fragrant Friday - Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau Le Parfum

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Beau Le Parfum
- 125ml EDP Intense - $142 - a more intense interpretation of Le Beau EDT with top notes of pineapple, iris, cypress and ginger; heart notes of coconut and wood; and base notes of tonka bean, sandalwood, amber and ambergris.

It's a fresh, woody scent that smells great - on the boy or even on you if you are partial to something less girlie! They call it a more intense version of the EDT but I don't actually find they smell that similar at all - both nice but in different ways. And of course you can't hate the bottle - a chiselled chest in deep blue with a (non-removable) golden fig leaf!
 
Available now at Hudson's Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart and Jean Coutu stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

June 8, 2022

Humid weather must-haves from Vichy, Fruits & Passion and Physician's Formula!

Vichy Mineral 89 Probiotic Fractions Regenerating + Repairing Booster - 30ml - $49.95 - works to improve radiance, elasticity and fine lines with a fragrance-free formula of 4% niacinamide, probiotic fractions and Vichy volcanic water. It's not meant to be used all the time but rather during intense periods of stress so that it won't show up on the skin. Humidity tends to make my skin go blotchy and tired looking so this is perfect for it - when humidity is in the forecast I switch out my Mineral 89 Daily Booster for this one!
 
Available at drugstores across Canada and online at vichy.ca.
Alo Fruits & Passion Natural Deodorant - 50g - $9 - in 4 scents: Orange Cantaloupe, Ocean Flower, Pear Peony and Grapefruit Guava - an aluminum-free smooth stick deodorant with a non-whitening, odor-fighting formula that provides 24 hour protection and is even great for sensitive skin. My issue with most  deodorants during humid weather is I feel like the scent goes rancid and it ends up smelling worse then sweat would! No issues with this one - Grapefruit Guava remains regular fruity, not rotten fruity!

Available at Fruits and Passions stores across Canada and online at fruits-passion.com and avon.ca.
Physicians Formula Diamond Mascara
- $17.99 - a 5-in-1 clear product that can be used as a primer, mascara, grow gel, hair gel or false lash top coat - designed to condition and provide a natural yet polished look to lashes and brows with an ultra-nourishing formula containing lash strengthening peptides, soothing mineral water, nourishing vitamin E and real diamond dust! that primes, conditions, grooms and tames. It only took the first day of humid weather this year and the raccoon eyes I came out of it with to realize that clear mascara was going to be my best friend this summer - and that little bit of shimmer you get from the diamond dust in this one makes me feel fancy!

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

May 25, 2022

This week I'm obsessed with... Avon Elastine PropoliThera Hair Deep Conditioning Treatment Cap!

Shake off the last of your winter hair doldrums by adding some warm-weather body and shine to your hair with:
 
Avon Elastine PropoliThera Hair Deep Conditioning Treatment Cap - pack of 2 - $26 - repairs and strengthens damaged hair  with a nourishing deep-conditioning treatment mask that replenishes moisture in one cap application to keep locks looking silky smooth and voluminous.
 
Made up of a blend of propolis (tree sap and beeswax), honey and royal jelly for healthy-looking body and shine with a wonderful berry, rose and peony scent.  
 
It's super easy to use: after shampooing, remove excess water and cover all your hair with cap and adjust it to size of your head. Lightly massage the cap to help for an even absorption of nutrients - leave on for 10-15 minutes and then just rinse thoroughly. You will love how soft and shiny your hair it leaves your hair! My recommendation - use it while taking a bath - it can soak in while you bathe and the scent adds a relaxing aspect to a lazy soak!
 
Available from your Avon rep or online at avon.ca.
 
- Lisamarie -

May 11, 2022

Needful Things - Physicians Formula Butter Dream Team Face Palette

If all this wonderful warm weather has you realizing just how long it has been since you have seen sun or been on a vacation - and your skin shows it - then help is on the way - fake it until you make it with:
 
Physicians Formula Butter Dream Team Face Palette - $25.99 - achieve a gorgeous tropic glow with a palette chock full luxuriously smooth butter blended bronzers, blushes, highlighter and face powder that seamlessly work together to create the look of a tropical vacation dream. Palette includes: Murumuru Butter Bronzer in Bronze; Matte Monoi Butter Bronzer in Deep; Murumura Butter Blush in Saucy Mauve; Butter Believe It! Blush in Pink Sands; Murumuru Butter Highlighter in Champagne; and Butter Believe It! Face Powder in Translucent
 
Made with a blend of murumuru butter, cupuacu butter, and tucuma butter from the nutrient-rich Amazon, this makeup is packed with essential fatty acids and pro-vitamins that soften, condition, and moisturize the skin. As well, they are talc-free and are extra-breathable, making them a perfect match for those even with sensitive skin. A few swipes of this palette will have you looking like you just got home from a tropical vacation - the coconut-y scent will help with that feeling too!
 
Available now at drugstores across Canada including Shoppers Drug Mart.
 
- Lisamarie -

May 6, 2022

Fragrant Friday - Nina Ricci Nina Soleil

Nina Ricci brings us a ray of sunshine this spring with...
 
Nina Soleil - 50ml EDT - $88 - an oriental citrusy floral fragrance with fresh top notes of bergamot and mandarin orange; heart notes of whipped cream and gardenia; and base notes of vanilla and soft cedarwood.

Let me start by saying - the bottle - delightful! If there ever was packaging that just made you happy looking at it, this is it! There is also a lot to like about the fragrance itself. On me, it's very citrusy, I do love a citrus but after the description I was hoping for a sweet citrus but it is definitely citrus on the floral side - still lovely though!

Available now at Hudson's Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, Jean Coutu, Brunet, Familiprix and Uniprix.

- Lisamarie -

April 29, 2022

3 steps to glowing skin with Conair, StiVectin and Alya Skin!

Start your glowing skin regime with...
 
Conair True Glow Facial Sauna - $49.99 - cleanses, hydrates and refreshes skin with a warm steam  moisturizing mist that loosens dirt, oil and blackheads for a complete deep cleansing while promoting overall skin health and protection by improving skin tone and elasticity that brings out skin's natural beauty and glow. It has 7 timer settings making it great for all skin types and is also great for reducing nasal congestion during colds and allergies.

I was a little worried when trying this, my skin is prone to redness and I thought I might turn out less glowy and more boiled lobster but no worry needed - my skin pinked up a bit but did not boil!

Available at mass retailers across Canada and online at conaircanada.ca.
After steaming, this is the perfect time to exfoliate and get rid of any lingering embedded dirt and to slough off dead skin 

StriVectin Advanced Resurfacing Pro Glowfoliant Mix-In Microderm Crystals - 36g - $49 - finely textured, dermatologist-grade microdermabrasion crystals plus a gentle blend of AHAs offer results comparable to a professional microdermabrasion treatment.
 
It's very easy and versatile - just mix a bit with any cleanser to thoroughly exfoliate dulling, pore-clogging dead skin cells for visibly renewed, ultra-smooth glowing skin in just 15 seconds without disrupting skin’s barrier. The "any cleanser" part is what I really appreciate about it - a lot of exfoliants are too thick and heavy for my taste but this one mixes easily into my light gel cleanser so I get all the exfoliating benefits in a texture of my choice!

Available at drugstores across Canada.
And now that your skin is perfectly smooth and soft finish it off with some Vitamin C to keep the glow going - I would recommend...

Alya Skin Vitamin C Supercharged Serum - 35ml - $41.99 - boosts the skin with a blend of Kakadu Plum, Desert Lime, Finger Lime Caviar and Lilly Pilly. These Australian natives are packed full of Vitamin C - a powerful antioxidant which plumps, brightens, and increases collagen production to brighten and even skin tone. 
 
Available at select Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.

When my skin feels this clean and soft I hate to put on makeup, but if I have to it is amazing how easily foundation glides on and how much better it looks -  just add these 3 steps to your routine twice a week and admire the glow with and without foundation! You will also definitely want to add this to your special event prep or for anytime you want to look especially good!
 
- Lisamarie -