January 31, 2014

Bobbi Brown Uber Pinks Collection

Bobbi knows I love everything pink so was kind enough to come up with the Valentine’s Day inspired Uber Pinks Collection, featuring products for lip, cheek and nails in a range of tone-flattering and fun pinks. Bobbi believes that there is a perfect shade of pink for everyone and it's a shade that's not only girly but also sexy and sophisticated!

Available in the collection:

Illuminating Bronzing Powder - Be Pretty Antigua or Be Bold Pink Peony - $44 -  ultra-soft and smooth pressed formula packs a blend of sheer powder and micro pearls - for a seamlessly glowing finish of light pink bronze - as much as they are calling this a bronzer, it looks like more of a blush to me - but awfully pretty ones!

Lip Color - $29 - in Neon Pink and Pink Kiss

Lip Gloss - $29 - in Popsicle and Baby Pink - light pastel pink
Nail Polish - $17.50 - in Pink Cloud - creamy pale pink and Pink Peony - bright blue pink

Available now at Bobbi Brown counters across Canada and online at www.bobbibrown.ca.

- Lisamarie -

Extra moisture without the weight from Clean & Clear Morning Burst Hydrating!

Even oily-skin is feeling the effects of cold weather  these days and may leave you wishing for something a little more moisturizing that won't feel heavy, greasy or cause issues with your skin...

Check out the Clean & Clear Morning Burst Hydrating line with alcohol and oil-free products that feature an ultra-lightweight formula that provides an added touch of moisture with glycerin - a water-attracting compound that helps seal in moisture.  Made with soft bursting beads that are suspended with naturally-derived cucumber and green mango extracts - so not only will you be extra moisturized, the invigorating fruit fragrance wakes skin up and leave is smelling and feeling great!

Clean & Clear Morning Burst Hydrating Facial Cleanser - 235ml - $8.99 - provides gentle exfoliating and deep cleansing with a non-irritating, water-based formula that is perfect for everyday use.

Clean & Clear Morning Burst Hydrating Gel Moisturizer - 84ml - $8.99 - with a water-based, non-greasy formula that absorbs quickly, replenishes and restores skin's moisture barrier, leaving skin feeling soft and refreshed.

Available at drug and mass merchandisers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

Fragrant Friday - Rogue by Rihanna

The newest fragrance offering from Rihanna is meant to capture the mischievous nature that lies within every modern women:

Rogue by Rihanna - 75ml EDP - $59 - a flirty, sensual Oriental fragrance with top notes of lemon blossom, cyclamen, begamot and pink peppercorn; heart notes of jasmine, rose, muget, juicy plum and suede; and base notes of sandalwood, patchouli, golden amber, decadent vanilla and sensual musk.

I really love the vanilla and lemon blossom notes in the fragrance that were very evident when I first tried it, but when it dried down I could really smell the patchouli which spoiled it a bit for me, it's one of those scents that must be some kind of deep-seated psychological trigger for me - the smell of patchouli makes me feel antsy! Fortunately the patchouli scent wore off and left me with vanilla and musk - a sexy sweet scent of which I am a fan!

Available now exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart.

- Lisamarie -

January 30, 2014

Balmy for BB - bargain BB's from NYC and Rimmel!

Been wanting to jump on the BB cream bandwagon but don't want to shell out big bucks? Budget minded ladies will be happy to know that BB creams don't need to be pricey - here's a couple that will keep your wallet happy:

NYC Smooth Skin BB Beauty Balm 5 in 1 Skin Perfector - 30ml - $5.99 - in Light and Medium shades and a light formula that: minimizes pores; erases skin imperfections and minimizes fine lines; smoothes skin; brights skin for a natural luminosity; and helps protect skin from the ravages of the city - and lasts up to 14 hours!

Available now at drug and mass retailers across Canada.
Rimmel BB Cream 9-in-1 Skin Perfecting Super Makeup - 30ml -  $7.99 - in 3 shades: Light, Medium and Medium/Dark - devloped specifically for women who prefer not to wear foundation, it provides both skincare and makeup benefits that creates the perfect 9-part regimen in one easy step: primes, moisturizes, minimizes pores, conceals, covers, smoothes, mattifies, brightens and helps protect.

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

Needful Things - Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush!

Being the packaging whore that I am I just can't resist this little heart-shaped beauty:

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush - $38 - in 3 trio choices: Candy Glow - rose pink shimmer/soft coral pink/peachy pink shimmer; Peach Beach - shimmering peach/rosy pink/shimmering light golden bronze; and Something About Berry - shimmering mauve pink/golden peach/shimmering magenta pink -

All offer three perfect shades of ultraflattering baked colour formula blush that allows you to either swirl the colors together and apply or just use one shade for a custom flush or highlight - leave it sheer or build it up, it's your choice!

Available at Sephora and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie - 

Fave lips and tips from Guerlain Meteorites Blossom Spring 2014 Collection - Stardust - with swatches!

The Guerlain Meteorites Blossom Spring 2014 Collection has a couple of can be used to glow on their own or added as a top coat to add facets to a base colour.
La Laque Couleur in Stardust - looks like frosty snow on it's own...
or over a dark blue polish...
turns it a frosty blue with tons of shimmer!
Gloss d'Enfer in Stardust - on its own and probably not a great choice for pale skin...
but over a matte red lipstick...
tones down the colour and gives it beautiful shimmer - all those lipsticks in your drawer that you have been avoiding because they are too dark/bright can be reborn!

- Lisamarie -

January 29, 2014

Lise Watier Imagine Collection Spring 2014

This spring, Lise Watier wants you to Imagine - a delicate, romantic dream - and then Imagine it all over your face!
Quatuor Imagine Eyeshadow Quartet - $36 - Limited Edition - a mix of long-lasting warm and cool shades with a light, pearly finish inspired by the delicate colours of the skin.
Imagine Blush - $32 - Limited Edition - a rich in pigments, mosaic blush with a multiple of pink tones to create the perfect shade on any skin tone.
Quatuor Les Mats Eyeshadow Quartet - $33 - includes shades of Pure White, Pink Copper, Iron Grey and Anthracite Black.
Waterproof Eyeliner in Smokey Grey - $20 - this grey with purple under-tones liner offers a fine and precise line with a waterproof formula that glides on easily.
Magic Lip Colour Enhancer - $22 - Limited Edition - a magic balm that reflects the lip's pH and reveals a personalized shade in less than a minute. The formula is free of parabens and preservatives and contains wild mango butter to keep lips hydrated, protected and repaired.
Duo Glam Rouge Infini Lipstick Duo in Tender Pink Glam - $27 - a romantic pastel pink
Rouge Plumpissimo Lipstick in Rose Papaye - $22
Haute Lumiere High Shine Lip Gloss in Crystal - $23

Available now at Lise Watier counters across Canada until mid-April.

- Lisamarie -

Eye Love Wednesday - Avon Glimmersticks Diamonds Onyx Collection Eye Liner

Avon Glimmersticks Diamonds Onyx Collection Eye Liner - $7.99 - black is anything but boring when you take a versatile black base and top it with coloured shimmer! Available in Cobalt Onyx, Gold Onyx, Magenta Onyx and Copper Onyx.

Available from your Avon rep - 1-800-265-AVON or online at www.avon.ca.

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Rene Furterer Karité Intense Overnight Nourishing Treatment

In these Arctic-like weather conditions that we've been having lately, 10 minutes of deep conditioning at a time just isn't cutting it anymore but thanks to a wonderful new product, now I can condition all night long with:

Rene Furterer Karité Intense Overnight Nourishing Treatment - 100ml - $33 - with an innovative formula chock-full shea oil and shea butter that nourishes hair during the night, leaving you with softer, shinier locks come morning. If you've been avoiding overnight treatments because you don't like the idea of sleeping with greasy hair then you'll be happy to know that the product is very light and fully absorbs into the hair leaving it feeling dry and kind of powdery - and it's easy to use - 2 to 3 times a week, just work a dab through dry or towel-dried hair concentrating on any dry parts and the ends and go to bed, it won't stain your pillowcase and the wonderful scent will put you right to sleep!

If you have medium to thick hair, you don't even need to wash it out in the morning but if you are a fine-haired gal like me, you will, unless you are going for the grunge look of course...

- Lisamarie -

January 28, 2014

Sephora + Pantone Universe - Radiant Orchid - 2014 Color of the Year Collection

Sephora + Pantone Universe have gotten together once again to turn this year's colour of the year - Radiant Orchid into a collection of products in shades from petal soft to vividly intense for a modern, feminine jolt of colour for eyes, lips, nails and face!
The Eye: Radiant Femme Artistry Set - $58 - a palette of 25 versatile eyeshadow shades, including Radiant Orchid along with 24 complementary tones in shimmer, matte and glitter finishes to create a variety of looks with high pigment, high performance formulas that last all day. Housed in a sleek, fun case that kind of looks like a baby laptop - but of course has way cooler stuff inside then electronic bits!
Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick in Radiant Orchid - $22 - with a satin finish that offers rich, matte colour and is infused with orchid essence for nourishment and collagen for a subtle plumping effect. The formula is creamy and glides on to provide comfortable, all-day wear that rivals the lasting power of a lips stain.
Radiant Paint Gloss Trio - $29 - offers lips glossy shine that is enriched with nourishing orchid essence - shades include: Radiant Orchid, sheer pink and nude that can be worn alone or layered together for a beautiful ombre effect.
Gazing Paint Liquid Liner - $20 - in a bold Radiant Orchid shade with a beautiful matte finish that lasts all day and is water resistant.
Nail Ambrosia Trio - $22 - a collection of three mini polishes in Radiant Orchid, sheer pink and nude that can be worn alone or layered together to create ombre nail art effects.
The Face Collectors Set: Radiant Femme Artistry Set - $90 - this six peice collectors edition set features:
Color Gaze Cosmetic Pouch - in a supple pebbled vegan leather (set exclusive)
Flash Dew Luminizer for face and body (set exclusive)
Ravishing Dew Cream Blush (set exclusive)
Radiant Orchid Nail Polish (set exclusive) - with a creamy opaque finish
Gazing Paint Liquid Liner in shimmering Radiant Orchid
Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick in Radiant Orchid.

Available at Sephora and sephora.ca in March for a limited time - and if you can't wait you'll be happy to know that the Radiant Rush Matte Lipstick is already available online!

- Lisamarie -

Kiehl's Super Multi-Corrective Cream - a hard working solution to multiple signs of aging!

Kiehl's Super Multi-Corrective Cream - 50ml - $68 - a daily moisturizer that works to visibly correct multiple signs of aging including loss of bounce and youthful looking skin contours, prominent lines and wrinkles, texture imperfections, and lackluster complexion.

Formulated with a first-ever combination of three ingredients:

Beech Tree Extract - improves firmness, plumpness and density;

Jasmonic Acid - suports epidermal renewal and helps to correct wrinkles, fine lines, loss of suppleness and elasticity while gently smoothing and retexturizing the skin's surface;

and Hyaluronic Acid - reinforces skin's nautral short and long term moisturization as well as improve elasticity, reduce roughness and the appearance of wrinkles.

Combined, they make for an anti-aging powerhouse formula that helps visibly improve skin's resilience, redefine the look of skin contours, and smooth the look of wrinkles. Skin feels intensely hydrated, texture looks refined and pores look less visible – revealing a fresh, healthy and youthful-looking radiance - for results you can see in just 2 weeks and that are doubled again in 4 weeks!

Available now at Kiehl's counters across Canada and online at www.kiehls.ca.

- Lisamarie -

Nicole by OPI has new shades for 2014 - with swatches!

Nicole by OPI has 15 new nail lacquers for 2014, featuring a range of shades from dark to bright along with metallic shimmers and nudes for a unique, varied colour palette ideal for coordinating with the latest fashion trends. Shades include:

Be Awesome - a rainbow of light
Sweet Surrender - pink blush
Fabulous Is My Middle Name - pink and silver super-shimmer
Always A Flirt! - luminous fuchsia
Something About Spring - hot pink
At Least I Pink So - bubblegum pink
I'll Have The Salmon - peachy-pink
Yoga-then-Yogurt - creamy white
That's Putting It Mild - creamy nude
Taupe Of My Class - eathy taupe
Oh That's Just Grape - cool and juicy violet
I Shop Mintage - retro minty green
 Teal Me Something New - trendy teal
Emerald Empowered - gemstone green
This Blue Is So You! - dramatically dark blue

Available now for $10.99 each at Shoppers Drug mart, Walmart, Jean Coutu, Loblaws and London Drugs.

- Lisamarie -

January 27, 2014

Test driving Garnier Olia Hair Colour in 6.66 Satanic Red!

Okay fine, it's actually called Light Garnet Red, but the number really is 6.66 so Satanic Red seems like a much better name - the naming people at these companies are really falling down on the job, I don't understand why they don't just hire me to do it already...

Garnier Olia Oil Powered Hair Colour - $13.99 - has just launched 3 new red shades: 6.66 Light Garnet Red, 5.60 Medium Garnet Red and 4.62 Dark Garnet Red -ammonia-free permanent home hair colour with a formula whose molecules generate a unique bond to the hair fibre to deliver intense, reflective tones, and pure, dramatic reds like never before.

Available now at drug and mass retailers across Canada.
What's there to say about this blah, faded mess...
Here is something worthy of being called Satanic Red! My only complaint, this one stains so protect the skin around your hair line with a layer of vaseline or conditioner!

And this seems like a good excuse to post my fave Youtube clip and the most hilarious promo for a movie I've ever seen -

- Lisamarie -

Even the manliest of men can have soft skin with Vaseline, Gold Bond and Nivea!

If he's too lazy for a traditional moisturizer:

Vaseline Men 24hr Moisture Spray Lotion - 184g - $7.99 - an easy to use, fast absorbing, all-over spray that dispenses evenly and instantly leaves skin moisturized, not sticky or greasy to tackle dryness in seconds.

Available now at drug, mass and grocery retailers across Canada.
If he likes to multi-task with a product he can use everywhere:

Gold Bond Ultimate Men's Essentials Hydrating Lotion - 411ml - $6.50 - a multi-functional moisturizer that can be used on body, hands and face that contains seven intensive moisturizers and four vitamins specifically chosen to hydrate and treat multiple male skin types. Ceramides and peptides work to improve the skin barrier function in order to retain moisture and protect the skin while working to improve skin's firmness and elasticity. Skin-strengthening proteins and minerals such as silk and rice, along with magnesium and potassium replenish and hydrate even the toughest and driest of skin.

Available at drug and grocery stores across Canada.
Or if you're looking for something to share, this one comes in a giant bottle and smells like almonds so not to girly for him:

Nivea Extra Nourishing Body Milk - 625ml - $9.99 - with a rich and creamy formula that nourishes the specific needs of dry skin with Almond Oil and replenishes the moisture barrier leaving it soft, supple and hydrated for up to 24 hours. Contains no added colorants, ethyl alcohol or animal-derived ingredients.

Available at drug and mass merchandisers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

MAC Viva Glam

MAC Viva Glam is back with Rihanna as the new spokesperson for 2014 - poor girl can't even afford a shirt because every cent from the sale of Viva Glam lipsticks and lipglasses goes towards helping women, men and children living with and affected by HIV/Aids.
Lipstick - $19
Viva Glam Rihanna - frosty blue-red (frost)

Lipglass - $18
Viva Glam Rihanna frosty blue-red

Available now at MAC counters across North America and online at www.maccosmetics.com.

- Lisamarie -

January 25, 2014

Cleansing tools go low tech with Dr. Sponge, Eve Lom, The Body Shop and Mary Kay!

Dr. Sponge Green Tea Facial Cleansing Konjac Sponge - $8.50 - made with natural and biodegradable plant fiber that have a unique texture that allows for mild exfoliation without skin irritation. Available in a bunch of different types - but for my dry, winter skin, I am especially liking this green tea one -  infused with premium green tea powder, it helps to keep skin moisturized and rejuvenated.

Even if it had no beauty purpose at all I would still find it entertaining. When you take it out of the box it is small and hard and the last thing you would ever want to rub over your face - then you wet it with warm water for a few minutes and it magically softens and expands to twice its size, it's pretty cool! You can use it with or without a cleanser and once you are finished with it, just leave it to air dry and just repeat the rehydrating process next time you are ready to use - you can expect it to last for at least 3 months.

Available online at www.drsponge.com, amazon.com and anthropologie.com.
Eve Lom Muslin Cleansing Cloth - $26 for set of 3 -  made from 100% cotton to gently exfoliate, help improve blood circulation, and offer a deep, refreshing clean. Skin is left exceptionally soft, smooth, and better prepared for the application of serums and creams.

Available at Murale, murale.ca, Sephora and sephora.ca.
The Body Shop Muslin Cleansing Cloth - $4 - suitable for all skin types, this super-fine cloth is hand made and will not clean your face, but also your conscience - the Indian supplier of the cloth uses some of their profits to fund community based projects!

Available at The Body Shop and thebodyshop.ca.
Too lazy for all that manual work? Nobody wants to overtax you so how about:

Mary Kay Skinvigorate Cleansing Brush - $60 - a lightweight, two-speed power brush that gently massages as it removes dirt, residue and makeup - and even helps boost absorption of your next skin
care step. Not only will you notice a difference after the first use, with continued usage, the rotating action helps polish away the look of past skin damage for a more even-looking complexion, while the appearance of lines and wrinkles is softened and pores appear smaller - even makeup applies more easily and evenly. Skin is invigorated, revealing its youthful vibrancy.

Available through your Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant - if you don't have one you can find one at - www.marykay.ca or 1-866-455-5454.

- Lisamarie -