August 31, 2011

MAC Styledriven Collection

Pro-longwear technology is the name of the game for this collection so if you are tired of makeup that won't stick around - these would be something to try! Of course I'm loving all the pretty colours - but pretty colours that would stay would be even sweeter!
Pro Longwear Lipcreme - $20
Soft Sell - light yellow-pink (cream)
Dress It Up - light blue-pink (cream)
So Very Good - mid-tone plum with pearl (frost)
Till Tomorrow - mid-tone dirty mauve (cream)
To The Future! - dirty neutral ink with pearl (frost)
Good To Go - loudmouth orange (cream)
Love Forever! - bright blue pink (cream)
Positively Dashing - mid-tone berry blue-red (cream)
Extended Play - dirty red with yellow undertones (cream)
Prolong - clean red with blue undertones and pearl (cream)
Endless Drama - deep berry blue-red (frost)
Soulfully Rich - deep dirty purple with red pearl (cream)

Pro Longwear Lipglass - $22
Patience, Please - light pink-blue
Ready or Not! - neutral light coral with slight pearl
Infinitely Likable - light pink
Show Me! - mid-tone neutral plum
Whoops! - bright coral
Full Speed Ahead - bright pink-magenta
Driven by Love - red-blue with slight pearl
Lasting Achievement - mid-tone purple with slight pearl
Dark as Night - deep dirty purple with slight pearl

Pro Longwear Lip Pencil - $21.50
Etcetera - creamy beige
Nice 'n' Spicy - pink cinnamon stick
Staunchly Stylish - pinky beige
Morning Coffee - dirty rose
Absolutely It - soft burgundy
In Anticipation - soft yellow pink
What a Blast! bright orange
Kiss Me Quick - yellow red
More to Love - intense bluish pink
Bittersweet - intense brown

Pro Longwear Eye Shadow - $24
Carefree - pale white gold (frost)
Pink Frontier - soft golden pink (frost)
One to Watch - light warm brown (satin)
Sweet Satisfaction - soft neutral beige (frost)
Lie Low - dark frosted golden brown (frost)
Weathered - dirty blue grey (frost)
Keep Your Cool - dark grey brown (satin)
Styledriven - pale white blue (frost)
Sunny Outlook - bright golden yellow (satin)
Tease with Ease - bright fuchsia (frost)
Fresh Flare - bright kelly green (frost)
Plush - vivid purple (satin)
Hot Paprika - mid-tone burnt red (frost)
Thru the Night - deep navy (satin)
Make Your Mark - dark chocolate (satin)
Legendary Black - warm almost black (satin)

239 Eye Shader Brush - $29.50

Available September 22nd at all MAC counters and

Are you feeling Styledriven?

- Lisamarie -

Kelly Osbourne materializes (eventually) at The Bay!

Kelly Osbourne, I think you're swell, I really do. From what I've seen of you on TV and such (maybe minus The Osbourne show) you seem really sweet, friendly and real. So last night I thought I would find out for myself if my perceptions were reality and attend Kelly's in-store appearance at The Bay on Queen Street for the Material Girl clothing line.

The event was scheduled for 5-7 which means with my little neurosis that showing up any time past 4:55 would deem me late. I wasn't late but I wish I could say the same thing about Kelly...

I would have liked to have spent my waiting time checking out the line but the crowd was too big to really get a good look at it - from what I could see on the mannequins, it looks fun!
Kelly finally shows at 6:45 - looking cute as a bug - I wish I could tell you what she had to say but she showed up just as I had to leave to catch my bus. And just so you don't think I was still there because I'm super patient, at that point it was sheer stubbornness - there was no way I was leaving without the satisfaction of getting a picture!

It was nice almost meeting you Kelly - let's work on that punctuality thing, kay?!

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... 100% lips from The Body Shop and Sweet Leaf Bath Co.!!

The Body Shop 100% Natural Lip Roll-On - 10ml - $5.00 - comes in five flavours: Orange, Rose, Mint, Berry and Coconut. As the name implies, everything about them is natural including all the nice moisturizing ingredients they contain: Sunflower Seed Oil, Sunflower Wax, Sweet Almond Oil, Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil, Fair Trade Soy Oil from Brazil and Fair Trade Organic Olive Oil from Italy.

I'm a big fan of roll-on lip products because they bring me back to my Kissing Potion days and I am particularly taken with the Orange roll-on from this line - delicious!

The 100% in Sweet Leaf Bath Beeswax Lip Balm - 6g - $4.75 - isn't just the product, it's also the tube - made from recycled paper it's completely biodegradable and safe for home composting! The balm itself comes in 3 flavours: Pomegranate, Chocoberry and Peppermint which smell good without being overpowering. They're made with: Natural Beeswax, Avocado Oil, Organic Fair Trade Certified Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E with Essential Oil of Peppermint, Natural Chocolate Raspberry Flavour Oil or Natural Pomegranate Flavour Oil - and because of the package design, you get 30% more product than in a regular lip balm. 

My husband has already stolen one of mine for himself, he likes the flatter package because it makes for easier carrying in his pocket - luckily it wasn't the Chocoberry one which is my favourite!

You can score your own lip balm at

- Lisamarie -

August 30, 2011

New and Notable at Shoppers Drug Mart - Annabelle, Vera Wang, Celine Dion and Britney Spears!

If you've been waiting for all the new Annabelle products to make an appearance, you're in luck, there's a great big display of pretties there for your enjoyment including:

Annabelle Le Big Show Mascara - $11.49
Volume Lip in Tangerina - $9.99
4-Show Eyeshadow in Eye Candy - $11.49 - pink/yellow/purple/orange
Liquid Eyeliner in Black Spark - $9.99
Glitterama Liner in Blast Off - $9.99

Annabelle Smoothie Eyeshadow Pencil - $9.99 - in Cocoaloco, BluBomb, Acaidasiac, Licoriche, Absinthe-Minded, Melonade, MokaMirage and Grapefull - I have been messing around with one of these babies for awhile and I have to say, the staying power is impressive - not only does it make a long lasting eyeshadow, it's also a great base for powder shadows!
Annabelle Smudge Paint - $12.99 - in Muddy Brown, Skyline, Tar, Plummed and Sludge - this is just the cleverest design, the brush fits right into the cap which solves the whole messy brush storage issue!

Vera Wang Lovestruck - 50ml EDP - $79, 100ml - $105 - with top notes of exotic and juicy pink guava and soothing angelica blossom; mid notes of intoxicating and sensual tuberose with aquatic lotus flower; and woody and sheer musk base notes.

While I love the ad with Leighton Meester, especially that gorgeous dress and I think the bottle is super pretty - the fragrance itself is too floral for my taste.
Celine Dion Signature - 30ml EDT - $25 - launched as an embodiment of Celine's enduring connection to her loyal fans it has top notes of Mimosa blossom, Pink Lady apple, juicy guava; mid notes of Indian jasmine, rose essence, magnolia blossom; and base notes of sensual musk, amberwood and sandalwood.

Soft and floral - so not for me!
Britney Spears Cosmic Radiance - 50ml EDP - $63 - Brit's back with a flanker fragrance for last year's Radiance. Cosmic Radiance has notes of mandarin, lychee, pear, jasmine, gardenia, tuberose, peony, musk, amber, sandalwood and vanilla.

No love for me with this week's crop of fragrances - way, way too floral - but if floral is your thing, you should check them all out!

- Lisamarie -

Yves Saint Laurent La Laque Black Lapis and Black Bronze swatches!

My favourite part of the Yves Saint Laurent New Blacks collection was the polishes - so colourful and metallic, what's not to love!? Of course they aren't calling it "new blacks" for nothing - the colour in the bottle is deceiving, as you can see from my swatches below, they go on dark, almost black really with just a hint of the colour they represent. Am I disappointed? Maybe a little, I was envisioning more colour but I'm a fan of black nail polish to begin with so black with a kick is good with me too!
Black Lapis - I was actually expecting this to be purple from the picture in the original post but it's definitely blue - but a lot more blue in the bottle than on my fingers!
Black Bronze - very topaz looking in the bottle, dark on my fingers but the shimmer comes through quite nicely.

- Lisamarie -

August 29, 2011

Les Scintillances de Chanel 2011 Holiday Collection

The words Chanel and holidays are intertwined in my world - this is the collection my Christmas list comes from, always has an awesome collectible (see below) and just makes me generally happy. This year's is no different, check it out:
Lumière Sculptée de Chanel - $74.00 - is just the cutest little highlighter ever! With a raised and sculpted motif on the surface it adorns the face with an iridescent halo of beige sprinkled with gold - if you can bring yourself to use it of course!
Poudre Universelle Libre in Féérie - $56.00 - a delicate pink shade finely strewn with gold
Ligne Extrême in Or - $36.00 - applied along the base of lower lashes, it reflects the light, emphasizes the gaze and draws attention to the beauty of the eyes
Ombre Contraste Duo in Noir-Ivoire - $50.00 - with an intense, matte black and a creamy, luminous ivory
Ombre Essentielle in Beige Lamé - $34.00 - a natural tone illuminated with multicoloured sparkles
Ombre Essentielle in Blazing Gold - $34.00 - combines gold and mother-of-pearl
Lèvres Scintillantes in Sweet Beige - $31.00 - elegant nude with slight sparkles
Lèvres Scintillantes in Sparkle d’Or - $31.00 - sheer with golden facets
Rouge Allure in Enivrée - $40.00 - elegant pink warmed with gold
Rouge Allure in Famous - $40.00 - vibrant red subtly nuances with a dash of shocking pink
Rouge Allure Laque in Empire - $42.00 - gold-speckled rosewood
Rouge Allure Extrait de Gloss in Triomphal -  $40.00 - vibrant and ardent red
Le Vernis Rouge in Carat - $27.00 - red with golden and pearly harmonies

Available October 24th, 2011 at all Chanel Beauty counters.

- Lisamarie -

Test Driving hair feather extensions!

Selena Gomez is doing it as are a lot of other celebrities - I'm talking about hair feathers of course - they come in every colour you can think of - in temporary clip-in varieties as well as permanent ones that are fused to your hair and last 3 to 6 months.
I wanted something a little more discreet like Selena's so I choose a single strand in an orange colour that would blend with my hair. It took less than 5 minutes to attach the only thing I'm not crazy about is the small lump that I now have where they attached it. I have to be careful when I comb it and sometimes when I touch my hair and feel it I forget it's there and think I have a scab on my head! I'm not sure what would happen to it when I coloured my hair so I wrapped it in tin foil to protect it which worked just fine.
To remove it I can wait for it to work itself out, go back to the salon to have it taken out or because it's attached to such a small amount of hair, if I get sick of it, I could just cut it out.

Lots of places are doing them - mine was done by: Donato Salon + Spa - $15 per feather - $10 installation (up to 3 feathers). They use sheUSA by socap hair feathers if that means anything to you.

- Lisamarie -

August 27, 2011

Self tanning without the mess thanks to Dr. Dennis Gross, Marcelle and TanTowel!

Even though we are at the tail-end of summer, I have not obtained anything even vaguely resembling a tan which means every time I have to wear a skirt I am scrambling to do something about my day-glo white legs! Self tanners are great, self tanning cloths requiring a minimum of mess or effort - amazing! 
Here's what's been on me lately:

Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Alpha Beta Glow Pad Anti-Aging Exfoliating Self-Tanner with Active Vitamin D - 20 towelettes - $37 - Microencapsulated DHA and soy proteins deliver odorless, streak free color deep into skin to prevent fading through surface exfoliation. Alpha- and beta-hydroxy acids penetrate the skin to exfoliate, tighten pores, eliminate blackheads, and help fade existing sunspots for an even, streak-free glow. Vitamin D is known for enhancing the benefits of other vitamins and antioxidants found in the formula. Gentle enough for all skin types, vegan, and cruelty-free. 

This one is a no-brainer - we know how important it is to exfoliate before self-tanning so a product that does both for you at once is genius! I like to use them before bed and wake up with smooth skin and a nice healthy glow - and I have yet to have a problem with stained sheets! My only complaint would be the smell, they are supposed to be unscented but I detect a chemical like scent - not overly strong but obvious to me. 

Available at Sephora and

Marcelle I-Bronze Self-Tanning Cloths - 15 cloths - $17.95 - hypo-allergenic and perfume free these biodegradable and soft cloths come in two types: Fair to Medium or Medium to Darker Skin Tones and offer a golden, natural-looking tan in one swift, easy application!

I appreciate that there is a shade option for these - as fellow fair-complexioned ladies know, some self-tanners are just not make for us and can end up making us  look unnaturally dark! This gives me a quick easy colour pick-me-up which I especially love for my legs!

If you aren't near a drugstore or live in the States and don't have access to Marcelle products you will be pleased to know that they are now available online at
TanTowel Classic Self-Tan Towelette -20 pack - $28.45 (special price) - are infused with a self-tanning formulation that will give you a natural looking tan.

What makes them special is the smell, unlike most self tanners, these have a clean, citrus fragrance and are individually packaged for your convenience.

Available from The Shopping Channel -

Does anyone know of other options in self tanner cloths because I would love to hear about them!

- Lisamarie -

The Beauty Spotlight Team Makeup Bag Spotlight - Visionary Beauty

This week at The Beauty Spotlight Team, we're taking a look inside the makeup bag Visionary beauty keeps in her handbag. A post featuring sweet goodies (albeit with strange faces and little legs) and makeup, now what could be better.........lets take a look inside...

August 26, 2011

New products from Nip + Fab solve even more issues without breaking the bank!

By now I expect you have discovered and are loving Nip + Fab products so you will be excited to know that there is whole bunch more coming your way to deal with all kinds of annoying issues!

Shine Fix - Mattifying Gel - 15ml - $12.95 - works to control shine and reduce congestion leaving pores cleansed and blemish free with: microsponges - which absorb excess surface oil throughout the day; seboclear - to purify and decongest; and nettle astringent - for its ability to decrease inflammation. Can be used twice a day - in the morning before creams and makeup and at night to promote a clearer complexion.

Where the hell was this stuff when we were having that horrible heat wave and my face looked like a giant oil slick?! I've been using it as a primer and I have noticed a much less shiny t-zone and it doesn't make my foundation pill as some mattifying primers are prone to do on me.
Sheer Makeup Fix - Complexion Perfector - 30ml - $19.95 - instantly evens out skin tone and improves skin texture with a signature blend of ingredients: osilift - to firm, lift, smooth and soften wrinkles; hyaluronic acid - for hydrating and plumping; and oat extract - to calm and relax the skin. It comes in clear and tinted versions and can be worn alone or under makeup as a primer.
Clean Fix Wipes - Cleansing Facial Wipes - 25 wipes - $9.95 - the perfect quick fix cleanser and makeup remover infused with: ginseng - which renews and refines skin's texture, act as an anti-inflammatory, is moisturizing and anti-aging; aloe - heels and soothes irritated skin, is a natural moisturizer, balances skin's pH level, is an anti-oxidant with Vitamins A,C and E to tighten skin's elasticity, is a natural exfoliant, babassu oil - to gently cleanse, balance skin's natural oils and help protect against environmental factors, glycerin - a humectant that attracts moisture to the kin, softens and moisturizes; and marshmallow - which encourages cellular repair, is soothing and anti-inflammatory -  for soft skin cleaning on the go.
Clean Fix Gel - Facial Cleansing Gel - 120ml - $10.95 - a dual action foaming cleanser and make-up remover that gently removes daily dirt, grime and all traces of make-up - so effective it will even remove stubborn mascara - it also softens and rejuvenates the skin, plumping fine lines and preventing the formation of blackheads - contains: glycolic acid to brighten and retexture; apple amino acids to cleanse and purify; and green tea to tone and refresh skin.
Spot Fix - Blemish Gel - 15ml - $12.95 - a fast acting gel that targets unsightly blemishes with an effective formula that helps reduce the appearance of problem prone skin quickly while decreasing the appearance of redness and swelling and preventing and reducing the appearance of UV-induced erythema for sensitive skin - contains: salicylic acid to deep clean pores and brighten the appearance of the complexion; vital et - a bio-functional complex that targets blemishes; eucalyptus to purify the skin with its antiseptic/anti-bacterial qualities; and tea tree oil to repair the skin and is animmune stimulant with anti-inflammatory qualities. 
Pigmentation Fix - Skin Tone Corrector - 30ml - $18.95 - to reduce the appearance of age spots, uneven skin tone and visible signs of aging leaving your skin clearer and more luminous - with illumiscin to target age spots, vitamin c to help improve skintone and olive leaf extract to brighten the complexion.

Frown Fix - Instant Line Filler - 4ml - $14.95 - with amino acids - to help expression lines appear reduced; purslane extract - to smooth the appearance of wrinkles; and centella extract - to reduce the appearance of fine lines. People have been going crazy for this multi-tasker which promises to smooth and reduce expression lines and the appearance of fine lines so you look visibly younger and rejuvenated. Good for crow's feet and forehead lines too!

Night Fix - Intensive Anti-Ageing Gel - 50ml - $24.95 - An intensive night gel that rejuvenates and adds radiance, leaving skin smoother and visibly younger looking - contains KiOsmetime-CG which stimulates the natural production of collagen to reduce the total number of wrinkles on the skin and prevents premature aging by strengthening the skin's barrier function; retinol to promote younger looking skin; rosehip oil to soften and rejuvenate;and hyaluronic acid to restore moisture.

Coming this fall to Shoppers Drug Mart although I have seen some of them on the shelves already so go check it out! And if you want info about the existing Nip + Fab line you can check out the previous post here.

- Lisamarie -

MAC Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15

Matchmaster Foundation SPF 15 - $39 - in 14 shades: 1.0, 1.5, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0, 5.0, 6.0, 7.0, 7.5, 8.0, 8.5, 9.0, 9.5, 10.0 -  uses translucent pigments to create a formula that enables a fully personalized finish influenced by the subtleties of your own skin tone that also reduces excess shine-creating oil - with a moisturizing demi-matte finish, medium buildable coverage and line-reducing soft-focus powders.

193 Angled Foundation Brush - $38.50
190 Foundation Brush - $38.50

Available September 22nd at all MAC locations and

I still have yet to try any MAC foundation so maybe this is finally the time to give one a whirl!
- Lisamarie -

Fragrant Friday - Fan di Fendi!

Fan di Fendi - EDP 50ml - $88, EDP 75ml - $105, Body Lotion 150ml - $51, Perfumed Bath and Shower Gel 150ml - $45 - with top notes of Pear, Blackcurrant, essence of Tangerine from Calabria and Pink Peppercorns; a heart of opulent floral notes: Damascena Rose, Yellow Jasmine and Indian Tuberose; and a base of Patchouli and suede-leather accord.

The original Fendi is a nostalgic favourite of mine but one that is way too strong for me now so I was intrigued to smell this new edition which is lighter, more modern and very sexy making it incredibly wearable for me! Available exclusively at The Bay.

Even better than the fragrance is the commercial - hot and catchy!

- Lisamarie -

August 25, 2011

Here's a Muppet News Flash: Coming your way is a Muppet inspired collection by OPI!

Disney's The Muppets hits the big screen in November and what better way for OPI to pay homage than with a nail polish collection, which features six shimmery reds and neutrals, as well as six glitter-packed shades, including:

Animal-istic - wild bright red 
Meep-Meep-Meep - fuchsia 
Wocka Wocka! - deep berry
Pepe’s Purple Passion -  deep, decadent purple
Designer, de Better!  - light metallic bronze
Warm & Fozzie - metallic copper.
Rainbow Connection - rainbow glitter 
Excuse Moi!  - pink glitter 
Gone Gonzo! -  aqua-blue glitter 
Fresh Frog of Bel Air - green glitter
Divine Swine - magenta glitter 
Gettin’ Miss Piggy With It! - red glitter

I know if Miss Piggy had fingernails she would love these glitters as do I!
Available in November for $10.95 a pop! You can find swatches here and here.

- Lisamarie -