July 31, 2013

Foreo Luna - it's pink, it vibrates, what more do you want?!

Foreo Luna - $229 - offers a revolutionary new anti-aging and facial-cleansing system that promises to activate your skin's natural potential with just 2 minutes of use twice a day!

The anti-aging aspect of it comes from a mode that sends gentle low-frequency pulsations beneath the skin's surface to relax facial muscles and promote cell renewal to leave your skin looking smooth, luminous and naturally youthful.

The cleansing mode clears away dead skin cells, opens pores and drives out dirt, oil and makeup residue which results in a much deeper clean than washing by hand and enhancing the benefits of your favourite skincare products while preserving your skin's natural moisture barrier.

I know your first question is going to be "is it better then a Clarisonic?" and I never thought I'd hear myself say this but it kinda is! What I think makes it better is the lack of a bristle brush - instead it has a silicone head which doesn't wear out so it doesn't need to be changed, feels less harsh on the skin and is much easier to clean which just seems more hygenic to me. The anti-aging pulsating mode is also wonderful - does it actually work? I'm not sure, the theory is good but I haven't suddenly started getting carded at the liquor store so I can't say for sure - but my skin sure does feel wonderful afterwards! Other good points: the intensity of the modes are adjustable so it can be as hard or as gentle as you like, it's waterproof so you can use it in the shower and it holds a charge for a really long time so it's great to travel with!

The only downside is that with it not having bristles, there is nothing to hold the cleanser so you need to apply the cleanser directly to your face and then use the Luna, if you are a normal coordinated person I expect this will work fine - if you are a spaz like me expect to make a bit of a mess!

You can also match your skintype with your Luna as there are three different types:

There's a white Luna for ultra-sensitve skin with a wave formation of closely packed, smooth silicone redges designed to minimize abrasion for even the most sensitive skin while still offering cleaning that's highly effective;

A pink Luna for senstive/normal skin with a brush surface that features thinner touch poinst for gentle cleansing alsong with an area of thicker touch points grouped towards the top of the device to allow for deepr, precision cleansing of areas around the nose, ears and hairline; and

A blue Luna for combination skin with thinner touch points for gentle cleansing over much of the brush surface and 2 additional waves of thicker touch points for the stronger cleasing of oily patches. The thicker touch points at the top of the device make for easy targeted cleansing around the nose, ears and hairline.

Check it out at www.foreo.com.

- Lisamarie -

Eye Love Wednesday - MAC Pressed Pigments

Love pigments but aren't a big fan of the mess that using a loose product can cause? Then you'll adore the advanced technology of these MAC Pressed Pigments - apply dry for a shimmery-sheer effect or wet for a dramatic, high-gloss finish!
Pressed Pigments - $25

Vanilla Diamond - warm yellow beige (frost)
Sweet Acting - mid-tone pink (frost)
Summer Honey - pastel coral (frost)
Lime Ice - seafoam green (frost)
Rock Candy - mid-tone fuchsia (frost)
Pink Pepper - deep coral with gold pearl (frost)
Enlightening - deep silver (frost)
Moth - mauve with silver pearl (frost)
Black Grape - deep aubergine with multi pearl (frost)
Jet Couture - charcoal black (frost)
Damson - deep brown with gold pearl (frost)
Midnight - vibrant deep blue (frost)

215 Medium Shader Brush - $30

Available August 1st at all MAC counters and online at www.maccosmetics.com.

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Vitabath Pomegranate & Blood Orange!

Nothing in life makes me happier then super fruity body products and my life just got more wonderful and plenty fruitier thanks to Vitabath Pomegranate & Blood Orange with orange peel extract - with sophisticated exotic hibiscus mingled with juicy tangerine and pomegranate arils. The scent is available in:

Body Wash - 360ml - $12 - with a gently cleansing sulfate and paraben free formula with an antioxidant rich super fruit blend of Acai, Goji, Coffee, Noni, Pomegranate, Green Tea & Mangosteen as well as Vitamins A, B3, C, E and Pro-Vitamin B5 skin conditioning nutrients that enrich the formula.

Body Lotion - 360ml - $12 - a hydrating lotion that enriches skin with luxurious moisture formulated with Aloe Vera, Safflower and Olive oils for silky soft skin. Free from parabens, propylene glycol, phthalates, sulfates, mineral oil, and synthetic color. 

Fragrance Mist - 236ml - $12 - infused with conditioning vitamins and the above antioxidant blend to keeps skin feeling refreshed and smelling great. 

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart and online at www.myvitabath.com.

- Lisamarie - 

July 30, 2013

Gentle cleansers to love from Neutrogena, Eucerin and Astara!

Tired of having sensitive skin that requires you to to use such a mild cleanser that your skin never feels clean? Here are 3 cleansers that will actually clean without the irritation on even the babiest of faces!

Neutrogena Ultra Gentle Foaming Daily Cleanser - 354ml - $10.99 - the paraben, soap and dye-free  formula features a unique polymer that binds surfactants together so they don't penetrate the skin eliminating the potential for irritation and resulting in an super gentle cleansing experience while still thoroughly removing excess oil, dirt and even makeup without stripping and damaging - to leave skin looking clean and healthy.

The formula feels nice, lathers well but doesn't take off heavy duty makeup so if you are using waterproof, be prepared to have to use something additional to get that off. Love the pump dispenser - I wish all cleansing products did this!

Available at food, drug and mass merchandisers across Canada.
Eucerin DermatoCLEAN Mild Cleansing Lotion - 200ml - $10.25 - with a rich, non-drying fragrance and colour-free formula designed for dry and sensitive skin that soothes and softens the skin through moisturization which removes daily impurities without stripping skin of moisture - contains APG complex, Gluco-Glycercol and Hyaluronic Acid.

I like using a rich formula at night to help me get rid of the day's foundation and this one does a wonderful job without ever making me feel like all of my skin's moisture has gone down the drain along with the dirt and makeup!

Available at mass merchandise stores and pharmacies across Canada, including Shoppers Drug Mart, Pharmacie Jean-Coutu, Uniprix and Familiprix.
Astara Skin Care Botanical Cleansing Gele  - 180ml - $38.50 - nourishes skin and gently removes impurities with a fruity formula that de-stresses your skin and helps maintain optimal hydration. Aloe vera and algae extract are combined with lemongrass and lavender to smooth and soften the skin. 

You can even use it to effectively remove eye makeup without uncomfortable stinging or is ideal for shaving because it's infused with healing herbs that prevent razor burn, while the all-natural oils soften and re-hydrate the complexion.

I love a cleansing gel as part of my morning routine and especially love this one's delicious scent - my only complaint would be that it's pretty pricey considering the small size!

Available at eBeauty.ca.

- Lisamarie -

Giovanni Eco Chic Hair Care brings Wellness to your hair and scalp!

Giovanni Eco Chic Hair Care has a powerful new holistic hair formulation that combines the knowledge and wisdom of ancient Chinese botanicals and modern Western ingredients to create a scalp and follicle focused system that soothes a dry scalp, eliminates the sources of itchiness and strengthens hair roots for healthy hair growth.

The Giovanni Wellness System Shampoo and Conditioner is a 2-step system for all hair types with a mild formulation safe for hair colour that gently cleanses the scalp without stripping vital nutrients and restores the hair's lustre.

Wellness Shampoo - 250ml - $11.49 - is enhanced with antioxidant ginsenosides from Panax Ginseng and Mulberry in a sulfate and paraben-free formulation to relax and moisturize the hair and scalp, increase circulation to hair roots and deeply nourish hair follicles to promote healthy hair growth.

Wellness Conditioner - 250ml - $11.49 - enriched with powerful bioflavonois Proanthocyanidins from grape seed and Rehmannia Radix in an equally potent formulation to complete the Wellness experience.

The products have an herbal scent to them and the shampoo feels minty cool on the scalp which feels great if your scalp tends to be dry!

Available at Loblaws, Whole Foods, selected Shoppers Drug Mart stores and specialty health food stores as well as online at well.ca.

- Lisamarie -

Artdeco Mini Ceramic Nail Lacquers - with swatches!

Looking for colour without the commitment? Then check out the Artdeco Mini Ceramic Nail Lacquers - 4ml - they come in 18 gorgeous shades along with a Speed Dry Top Coat for only $8 each!

The formula is a nice consistency that covers easily in 2 coats and goes on evenly and smoothly. My only complaint is that they are numbered instead of named - "check out this amazing 55 shade: is just not the same as say "check out this amazing Bitchin' Blue shade" (if Artdeco isn't naming their polishes because they have been looking for the perfect polish namer, I'm available)!

Available for a limited time at selected Shoppers Drug Mart stores.

- Lisamarie -

July 29, 2013

Mascara Monday - Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara

Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara - $12.99 - with an adjustable, microfiber brush that offers 4 levels of application with a buildable lengthening and clump-free formula with silicone to keep it in place.

Level 1 - enhances and accentuates lashes while leaving them looking natural
Level 2 - separates lashes creating fullness and volume
Level 3 - separates lashes for extra fullness and volume

Level 4 - creates maximum length, separation and definition - I like the other 3 levels but this one just ended up too clumpy for my taste!

The availability seems to have been delayed - I was told that it would be available online at the Eddie Funkhouser website - www.eddiefunkhouser.com - this past spring so I have been putting off posting about it until you could actually buy it (because there is nothing worse then unrequited cosmetic lust) - but it still doesn't seem to be set up for commerce yet - and if I wait any longer I was going to end up losing the mascara -  so if this looks like something you need in your life you'll need to keep an eye out for it on the website or in the fall at Rite Aid if you're in the States.

- Lisamarie -

Show your smile for a chance to win with Colgate Optic White!

Whiter teeth in just 5 days can be yours with Colgate Optic White thanks to a high-impact whitening formula with hydrogen peroxide, designed to also whiten below the surface of the teeth, making it easier to whiten as you brush your teeth.

There's an Optic White Toothpaste in 3 flavours: Sparkling Mint, Cool Mild Mint and Enamel White.

Then swig some Optic White Mouthwash - the perfect complement to the toothpaste. Designed with a dynamic foaming action to reach hard-to-brush places, it helps whiten teeth by removing surface stains. This alcohol-free solution is available in a Sparkling Fresh Mint flavour to freshen breath while whitening teeth, and contains polyphosphates to help prevent future stains.

And better then using your finger is the 360* Optic White Toothbrush - helps whiten your teeth in two important ways:

Whitening cups. These soft rubber cups are designed to hold toothpaste to help effectively remove
surface stains for a whiter smile.
Polishing bristles. Help whiten teeth by polishing away surface stains and clean hard-to-reach areas
for a full white smile.

Or be fancy with the 360* Optic White Powered Toothbrush - with special polishing bristles that polish away surface stains while cleaning hard to reach places.

Its dual action head, cheek and tongue cleaner and comfortable non-slip handle create a whole-mouth clean experience.

Now that your smile is all pretty and shiny you'll want to show it off by entering the Colgate Optic White Show Us Your Smile Contest by snapping a smiling selfie and entering it at: http://bit.ly/1aNfLyP

You can enter the contest once a day and have a great chance at some amazing prizes including a daily Blackberry Z10, weekly trip to the Toronto Film Festival for you and a friend or the grand prize of an ET Red Carpet Film Festival Experience!

Contest is open until August 19th and if you need a red carpet date, I'm already in Toronto and available!

- Lisamarie -

Brighten your nails with Revlon, Perfect Formula and ACI!

The downside to wearing nail polish all the time is that when you decide to give your nails a break and go bare, they tend to look dull and yellow - not a problem with these easy fixes:

Revlon Nail Brightener - $6.50 - instantly brightens nails with a unique new formula that contains a mineral diamond treatment that increases luminosity and restores the nails natural brightness and evens out nail surface for a smooth finish and bright, youthful looking nails.

Available at drugstores and mass market retailers across Canada.
Perfect Formula Pink Gel Coat - $38 - creates a sheer pink coating that strengthens and hardens natural nails so they grow beautifully long and strong. With a keratin-rich formula that includes an optical brightener that filters out any yellow appearance in your nails, bringing out the natural color in your nail bed and making the whites of your nails appear whiter.

Available at Sephora and sephora.ca.
ACI Yellow Stopper Top Coat - $6.59 - seals nail as it forms a glaze to make your polish chip-proof for a ultra high-gloss shine that prevents yellowing.

Available at Sally Beauty and sallybeauty.com.

- Lisamarie -

July 27, 2013

Banish shine with Olay, Avene, Nivea and Garnier!

Olay Fresh Effects {Shine, Shine Go Away!} Shine Minimizing Cleanser - 150ml - $9.99 - offers a deep oil-free clean for a fresh feel with all the purifying power of a mask, but that lathers and rinses like a daily cleanser to remove 2X more dirt, oil and make-up than basic cleansing. Formulated with kaolin clay to lift away impurities and help minimize shine throughout the day.
Eau Thermale Avène Mattifying Fluid - 50ml - $38 - a refreshing, oil-free shine-reducing gel-fluid targeted to sensitive skin that moisturizes while it absorbs excess sebum and regulates production with patented Glutamic Acid. Immediately reduces oil on the skin by 15% after applying and it soothes and softens with Avène Thermal Spring Water.

Available exclusively at drugstores across Canada - for more info, check out the brand new Canadian website - www.eau-thermale-avene.ca.
Available exclusively at drugstore across Canada and check out the brand new Canadian website for more brand info - www.eau-thermale-avene.ca. - See more at: http://www.beautycrazed.ca/2013/06/waters-that-wash-from-avene-neostrata.html#sthash.jMGwNp0K.dpuf
Nivea Aqua Effect Mattifying Day Care - 50ml - $9.99 - provides intensive moisture with ocean algae and Hydra IQ without clogging pores while reducing shine and mattifying the look of skin with an oil-free and non-greasy formula that leaves skin looking healthy and beautiful.
Don't forget about your hair which can start to look greasy too:

Garnier Fructis Volume Extend Instant Bodifier Dry Shampoo - 96g - $6.99 - an invisible spray that adds texture, creates volume and absorbs oil to instantly refresh and revive hair for a fresh washed and volumized pick me up - anytime and anywhere!

- Lisamarie -

Favourites List... with Beauty Info Zone

Summer is flying by, but there is still time to become a gorgeous beach goddess.  No, it's not about slathering on some zero SPF Hawaiian Tropic and pan-frying yourself poolside.  Lisa from Beauty Info Zone shares her top ten recommendations for self tanners that will get you bronzed up for the day, or for a few weeks.  Check it out and discover ten different ways to instantly earn that beach goddess status!


July 26, 2013

Lise Watier Tartantastique Fall 2013 Collection

Lise Watier fall brings us a reinterpretation of the tartan trend with Tartantastique - with a rebellious and sophisticated feel that offers rich textures and brilliant effects for a simple look that's both elegant and confident!
Quatuor Tartantstique Eyeshadow Quartet - $36 - Limited Edition - with shades of delicate pink, bellflower mauve, teal blue and hunter green in a plaid-print compact.
Quatuor Eyeshadow Quartet in Les Mauves - $32 - four harmonious shades of deep mauve, cool brown, pale beige and metallic lilac
Ombre Souffle Supreme with Labrador Tea in Tartan Magique - $24 - Limited Edition - a silky and airy textured cream/powder/foam shadow hybrid in a teal blue and verdigris shade and a formula infused with the antioxidant power of Labrador tea extract.
Dramatique Intense Extra Smooth Liner in Prune - $20 - with an ultra-smooth waterproof formula that glides on easily for quick application and foolproof staying power.
Havana Bronzing Powder - $29 - with a matte finish that lends skin a natural glow without shine or glitter.
Rouge Sublime Lipstick in Tartan - $21 - Limited Edition - an ultra-comfortable and long-lasting berry red shade.
Haute Lumiere High Shine Lip Gloss - $22 - in Spotlight and Natural Shine - which offer sheer colour and extreme shine with an adorable light-up case.
Nail Lacquer - $13 - in Chic Tartan and Pink Plaid and the built-in light that I love so!

Check out the collection's inspiration board at pinterest.com/lisewatier/tartantastique and find the collection in stores August to October.

- Lisamarie -

IT Cosmetics Showstopper coming your way on The Shopping Channel!

Tomorrow (Saturday) at 10pm for 24 hours only, The Shopping Channel’s “Today’s Showstopper” will feature six must-have pieces from IT Cosmetics including a brand new launch! 

The set includes: 

Bye Bye Under Eye in a supersized tube - a full coverage collagen treatment concealer (which can also be worn as your allover foundation), that is highly pigmented and never creases or cracks. It was developed with plastic surgeons and is infused with hydrolyzed collagen plus Vitamin K. 

The perfect airbrush complexion blurring tool - the Heavenly Luxe Dual Airbrush Foundation/Concealer Brush that will take your application to a whole new level of luxe, cruelty-free, airbrush complexion perfection! 

Hello Light Anti-Aging Crème Luminizer -  completely erases shadows and darkness and gives light to your skin and lift to your face! It infuses peptides, hyaluronic acid, hydrolyzed collagen, silk and Vitamins A, C, & E to harmoniously and effectively hydrate, condition, and nourish your skin while providing a dazzling kiss of glowing light. 

Precisely blend and beautify the areas of your face you wish to appear lifted with our silky smooth Heavenly Luxe Pointed Precision Complexion Brush. 

YBBB Your Brows But Better Brow Power Skinny Pencil -  adheres to skin and looks like real hair with a universal colour that adjusts to match all hair colours, based on pressure. 

The set also includes the worldwide launch of the Vitality Lip Blush Hydrating Gloss Stain - infused with nine ultra-rich butters and oils to drench your lips in hydration, plus collagen, peptides and hydrating hyaluronic acid, this multi-tasking miracle worker delivers high shine and concentrated pigment for color that looks like a gloss yet feels like a lightweight serum. With a cutting-edge technology that drenches your lips in ingredients that together create a stain that never dries your lips out. For a perfect flush of naturally pretty colour that lasts all day! 

Your IT Cosmetics Most Beautiful You 6-pc Collection is a Today’s Showstopper on The Shopping Channel for ONE DAY ONLY so don't miss out! I'd like to tell you the price, but I don't know it's a big secret so it must be good!
Exclusively on The Shopping Channel and TheShoppingChannel.com from 10:00pm, July 27th – 10:00pm, July 28th, 2013.

- Lisamarie -

From sketch to store with a cheeky little campaign from French Connection Fall 2013!

We won't be seeing this ad in full on any American stations so enjoy the "total" reveal of these fall fashions from FCUK!

- Lisamarie -

July 25, 2013

Crazy for CC - Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream

Just when I thought I had mastered BB creams, along comes CC creams to totally confuse me...

In theory BB and CC creams are different - but that difference is really subtle - CC  stands for “colour correcting” and the products contain light diffusing particles that are meant to address skin tone issues like redness or sallowness - while BB creams are like tinted moisturizers on steroids with all kinds of skin care benefits thrown in. 

I took care of my CC cream virginity with:

Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream SPF 30 Hydrating Colour Corrector - 30ml - $39 - with a lightweight and refreshing texture that comes in 5 shades: Very Light, Light, Light Medium, Medium and Medium Deep - for immediate glowing and nautral looking skin with a multi-functional colour correcting treatment that perfects as it enhances the skin's natural radiance while leaving it hydrated both immediately and all-day and protected with an SPF 30.

The formula contains colour correcting optics that visibly correct a range of complexion concerns: dull, ashy skin appears more luminous and brighter; sallow, yellow skin turns into a peachy glow; and blotchy redness is neutralized. Skin imperfections are immediatley corrected for a virtually flawless look, leaving skin with a radiant finish.

Now I must admit, I have only tried a couple of CC creams so far as oppossed to the dozens of BB creams that I have slapped on my face but I don't really see a big difference between the two types - if you blind cream-tested me I would be hard pressed to tell you which was which!

What I can say about this Clinique CC is comparison with other BB's I've tried is I found it to have more coverage - not a full coverage by any means but more then the usual sheer coverage that I have come to expect from a BB - but with a light and moisturizing feel! Because of my sumertime-induced combination skin I have a hard time finding the right balance of moisturizer this time of year - too much and my face becomes a greasy mess, too little and my skin feels tight in any non-T-zone areas. I've been wearing the Clinique CC over a serum and it has been perfect for me!

Available at Clinique counters across Canada and at www.clinique.com.

- Lisamarie -

Cute Alert - Anastasia Hypercolor Brow & Hair Powder!

Always longed for Jem and the Holograms inspired streaks in your hair without the commitment? Then be prepared to love:

Anastasia Hypercolor Brown & Hair Powder - $16 - in 6 shades: In The Pink, Lola Lilac, Red-Licious, Royal, Teal Tornado and Ultra Violet - that offer instant gratification, intense colour without having to bleach or dye.
It's simple to apply - just decide where you want it and wet the hair with a little serum or leave-in conditioner then you can apply the colour by running the compact down the length of hair sandwiched inbetween either your fingers or a makeup sponge. Set the colour with hairspray and you're done! 
If you are using it on your brows, use a little bit of brow wax first, apply the colour and set with brow gel. The colour can even be used as an intense eyeshadow if you're wanting to do the monochromatic thing!
Application can be messy so I would recommend a towel around your shoulders and a pair of plastic gloves! Once it's on you should avoid touching it as much as possible, the colour does transfer and if you're putting this on before a night out be prepared to wash your hair when you get home or use an old pillowcase to sleep on because that's where you'll be finding the colour in the morning!
Available online at www.anastasia.net
- Lisamarie -

Pari Beauty Lip Paints - with swatches!

Pari Beauty Lip Paints - $14 - a luxuriously smooth, full-coverage lip colour that is intensely pigmented and provides bold, long lasting colour that leaves lips with a lavish shine. It glides on creamy with the weightless texture of a gloss but the long lasting vibrant finish of a lipstick. The best part about it though is the formula which is light, nourishing and super moisturizing It's also infused with antioxidant extracts and stimulated the synthesis of collagen for fuller smoother lips. 

Last spring, Pari Beauty held a contest to find three new names for their Lip Paints. Winners received a prize pack valued at $250 as well as bragging rights and after more than 75 entries were received, the following names were selected: 
Skinny Dip - pink/brown
Doll Me Up - fuchsia
Love Bite - red

You'll find Pari Beauty at it's very first stand-alone store at Scarborough Town Centre and kiosks at Vaughn Mills Mall and Bramalea City Centre, at Sears stores at Yorkdale Mall, Sherway Gardens, Fairview Mall,  Square One, Erin Mills Town Centre, Pickering Town Centre, Lime Ridge Mall, Pen Centre, Lambton Mall, Timmins Square, Carlingwood Shopping Centre, St. Laurent Centre, Malborough Mall, St. Vital Centre, Fairview Pointe Claire, Galeries d'Anjou, West Edmonton Mall, Midtown Plaza, Brentwood Town Centre and Guildford Town Centre; as well as online at sears.ca and paribeauty.com.

- Lisamarie -

July 24, 2013

Eye Love Wednesday - wearable blues from Revlon!

You don't have to be Olivia Wilde to get away with blue - it's a colour that everyone can wear and that you can make as neutral or as bold as you like! Revlon has products to give you a multiple of looks from the perfect pop of colour to a smoky and smouldering eye - all in blue!
PhotoReady Primer + Shadow in Avant Garde - $12.95 - with 3 expertly coordinated shades of blue that can be mixed and matched as well as a lid smoothing primer and sparkle top coat.

Lash Potion Mascara - $9.95 - offers a formula of strengthening proteins for amazing volume and length while working to nourish lashes so they reach their fullest potential of lush, long and lustrous lashes

PhotoReady Kajal Intense Eye Liner + Brightener in Blue Nile - $9.95 - a dual-ended creamy liner and brightener with a dark end for an intense, bold look and a light end to brighten and open up your eyes.

Just remember that for a natural looking daytime look, blue is best used sparingly - I like to use the lightest blue shadow as an allover wash with a brown liner or the blue liner on the waterline with a nude shadow - either look is perfect for the day topped off with 2 coats of Lash Potion Mascara.

For night I love a smoky blue eye done with the navy shadow - also great because I can slap it on top of whatever I'm already wearing, one more coat of mascara, and I'm ready to party!

What do you think about blue eye (looks) - love 'em, hate 'em or do they just scare the crap out of you?!

- Lisamarie -