May 31, 2014

Gentle cleansing with a water from Klorane, L'Oréal, Yves Rocher and Bioderma!

Klorane Floral Water Make-Up Remover Sensitive Face and Eyes - 400ml - $20.60 - the gentle, fragrance and alcohol-free formula is made with soothing organic cornflower and is ideal for removing make-up from the face, lips and eyes - leaving behind a pleasant, refreshing feeling for skin that is supple, hydrated an soft to the touch.

Available at Jean Coutu, London Drugs and Rexall.
L'Oréal Sublime Soft Gentle Micellar Solution Dry and Sensitive Skin - 200ml - $11.99 - cleanses and removes all traces of makeup from the face, eyes and lips in one step with no rubbing or rinsing. So gentle, it is suitable even for sensitive skin. With a fragrance free and hypoallergenic formula that reveals clean, soft and comfortable skin that is supple and silky-soft with no feeling of dryness.

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.
Yves Rocher Hydra Vegetal Hydrating Micellar Water 2 In 1 Normal to Combination Skin - 200ml - $16 - clean and hydrate with a fresh and light water with botanical ingredients including: maple sugar; organic agave sap; betaine; and organic witch-hazel water - that eliminates impurities and makeup as it tones the skin in just one step for skin that is luminous and moisturized.

Available at Yves Rocher stores across Canada and online at
Or go with a classic in a new larger size:

Bioderma Sensibio H20 Micelle Solution Sensitive Skin - 500ml - $26.95 - with an alcohol, soap and fragrance-free formula that gently cleanses the face and eyes, removes even water-resistant makeup and maintains the skin's pH balance while preventing the feelings of irritation often caused by cleansing with soothing and decongesting active ingredients.

Bioderma Sebium H20 Purifying Cleansing Micelle Solution Combination/Oily Skin - 500ml - $26.95 - with an alcohol and soap-free formula that gently cleanses the skin of impurities and excess sebum without over-drying it.

Available now at drugstores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

May 30, 2014

Now everything smells great with anti-perspirants from Degree, Secret and Dove!

Degree Motionsense Berry Cool Invisible Anti-Perspirant - 48g - $2.99 - it's a fruit bowel in your armpits with the scent of wild English strawberries and red raspberries are highlighted with notes of sparkling orange, juicy red apple, vanilla and pink grapefruit - contains Motionsense technology which responds directly to movement, so the more you move, the more it protects!
Secret Hawaii Citrus Breeze Antiperspirant/Deodorant - 45g - $4.99 - with 48 hour odour protection in an invisible solid and a wonderful fresh summer scent that will take you on a mental vacation to the islands even if you can't go on a real one! The scent is also available in a Body Spray for your fragrance layering pleasure!
Dove Go Sleeveless Soothing Chamomile Anti-Perspirant - 45g - $4.99 - notes of fragrant orange flower, dewy rose, soothing chamomile blossoms and delicate lily of the valley open up the fragrance while a sparkling splash of citrus and aldehyde notes brighten up the aromatic scent. With an improved formula that includes NutriumMoisture - a rich blend of moisture-rich nutrients naturally found in your skin, to effectively nourish deep down - for 48-hour odour and wetness protection as well as softer, smoother armpits in just 3 days.

All are available now at drug, grocery and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

Accessorize with colour from Keds for Kate Spade, Banana Republic, Avon and Sephora!

Casual becomes a lot less boring with:

Keds for Kate Spade - $89.95 - with canvas, cork or leather uppers - depending on the shoe, lace-up closures and rubber soles in all kinds of colourful options. I am especially taken with the lemon ones!

Available in Canada at The Shoe Company and online at
Make a colourful statement with:

Banana Republic Catalina Flutter Necklace - $110 - with turquoise glass and acrylic stones.

Available at Banana Republic stores and online at
Carry your colour with:

Avon Sabrina Collection Bag - $44.99 - faux leather, fully lined and available in pink and black - with 3 roomy interior compartments - a magnetic snap-close centre and 2 zip close outer sections as well as a cellphone slip and zip pockets and snap-close expandable sides - with padded double handles for comfortable wear.

Avon Sabrina Wristlet - $19.99 - faux leather, fully lined and available in pink and black - with 1 zip and 4 slip pockets, 3 card slots and a secure zip-close.

Available from your Avon rep - 1-800-265-AVON or online at
Or apply your colour with colour with:

Sephora Carnavale Makeup Sponges - $10 - A set of four soft and absorbent foundation sponges for flawless makeup application in brilliant summery colors with a triangular shape is ideal for achieving smooth, even coverage.

Available at Sephora and

- Lisamarie -

May 29, 2014

Fathers feel appreciated with Kenneth Cole and Jack Black and you feel great when you win the products in our Contest!

Father's Day may have you out hunting for the perfect fragrance for dad - none of these boys are actually old enough to be my daddy but I'd be willing to call them that if they really wanted...sorry off track there -on to a really great scent:

Kenneth Cole Mankind - 30ml EDT - $44, 50ml EDT - $54, 100ml EDT - $72, 100ml After Shave Balm - $40, 198ml Hair & Body Wash - $18, 75g Deodorant - $22 - with top notes of cardamom, tarragon leaves, zesty ginger and a splash of pineapple; heart notes of cedarwood, vetiver root and cinnamon; and base notes of sandalwood, oak moss, tonka and sexy skin musk.

It smells classically masculine yet modern and I especially love the bottle - sleek and masculine with leather and chrome accents.

Available now at fine department stores across Canada - or win a weekender bag with the fragrance and deodorant in our contest - see the bottom for details.

Jack Black Turbo Gear Duo - $27 - an energizing duo to keep you clean, cool, and in control that includes an 88ml Turbo Wash Energizing Cleanser for Hair & Body - cleanses completely to jump-start the body, awaken the mind, and leave skin feeling soft and hydrated and contains rosemary and eucalyptus to  help to naturally reduce bacteria on the skin’s surface. In one easy step it provides maximum convenience, minimal time, and immediate, noticeable results; along with a 75g Cool CTRL Natural Deodorant - contains clinically tested, time-released odor blockers that control odor for up to 24 hours while providing a cool, fresh sensation.

Available at Sephora and - or better yet, why not win it?! 

Of course that's not enough Jack Black we want to give you $250+ worth so along with the Turbo Wash and Cool CTRL Natural Deodorant we're also going to include: Bleu Mark fragrance, Body Rehab, Post Shave, Beard Lube, Double Duty Face Moisturizer and Deep Dive - how's that for a whole whack of skin care wonderfulness for your favourite guy?!

Up for grabs are 2 Kenneth Cole weekender bags or 1 Jack Black prize pack - Want in? Then read on...

This contest is open to all our Canadian followers and it's very easy to enter, just leave a comment letting us know that you follow through Google Friend Connect, Bloglovin' or Facebook Networked Blogs (if you aren't a follower you can do that now - sign up buttons are in the right sidebar).

1 entry for following and letting us know what the best thing is about your dad? Be sure to leave your e-mail address too so we can find you if you win!

And for extra entries:
Follow @Beautycrazedcan on Twitter and tweet the contest.
Follow @KennethColePrd on Twitter and tweet the contest.
Follow @getjackblack on Twitter and tweet the contest.

If you prefer not to leave your info on a public post, please leave a post saying you want to enter and then e-mail your info to, please put "Kenneth Cole and Jack Black contest" in the subject line. Remember to leave the post or you name won't actually end up in the draw! Winner to be decided by random drawing and you have until June 13th to enter. Good Luck!

- Lisamarie -

Crabtree & Evelyn Pear and Pink Magnolia Bath and Body Collection

The scent of delicious fruits and delicate flowers linger beautifully on the skin when you indulge in the new Crabtree & Evelyn Pear and Pink Magnolia collection - with notes of red pear, passion fruit and bergamot blended with pink magnolia, creamy lemon, jasmine, apricot-scented osmanthus and the violet tones of orris. The scent is lovely - fresh, delicious and slightly fruity but at the same time floral and romantic - and it comes in a whole range of products that are great for layering to help the scent last all day!

Available in the collection:

Pear and Pink Magnolia 30ml EDT - $27, 100ml EDT - $47 - the enticing aroma of fresh, juicy pear is blended with the delicate floral notes of pink magnolia, jasmine and osmanthus.

Body Lotion - 250ml - $22 - moisturizes and conditions with glycerine and panthenol for soft and silky smooth skin.

Body Wash - 250ml - $20 - with a soap-free formula that gently cleanses with moisturizing glycerine.

Body Souffle - 250g - $36 - a light, whipped cream that contains moisturizing glycerine and shea butter.

Soap - 100g - $8 - vegetable-based and containing shea and cocoa butters to gently moisturize and condition the skin.

Hand Therapy - 25g - $8, 100g - $20 - an intensive conditioning cream that leaves hands feeling softer with each use. Formulated with shea butter and macadamia nut oil to moisturize and soften hands and myrrh to help condition cuticles and nails.

Available now at Crabtree & Evelyn stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

Fave lips and tips from Yves Rocher Summer 2014 collection - with swatches!

If you're looking for a bright and metallic summer vibe then check out the Yves Rocher summer 2014 collection!
Bright Pink Gloss - like it wasn't enough that it's shiny and pink - but the raspberry extract also makes it smell wonderful!
Gold Nail Polish
Bright Pink Nail Polish - the best thing about these polishes is that they come in such tiny bottles that you never have time to get sick of the colour before it's all gone!

- Lisamarie -

May 28, 2014

Celebrate 100 years of Triumph with a bra that actually fits!

It's the perfect time of year to throw out all the ugly, dingy, ripped and ill-fitting underwear that has been lurking in the back of your lingerie drawer all winter and invest in some new lovelies like this set from Triumph - who have been making pretty things for 100 years now:

Triumph Forbidden Lace Bra - $48 - in sizes from B to DD and Forbidden Lace Bikini - $20 - in S to XL - both come in black, natural, beige and my particular favourite, blue - stretch lace. Available at Hudson's Bay.

And while it's important that your bra looks good in your lingerie drawer you also want to make sure that it's comfortable and doing its job on your body. 

Would you be surprised to know that Triumph recently discovered that 76% of women are currently wearing the wrong bra size? Aside from being very uncomfortable, wearing an incorrect bra size can have many negatively impacts on your day to day life from decreasing your confidence to affecting your overall health. 

The perfect fit should feel comfortable, weightless, improve your posture and create a flattering silhouette that makes you look and feel great - if you aren't feeling that way in your dainties, it may mean you are wearing the wrong size and should be fitted by an expert.  

Here are the major signs that you are wearing the incorrect bra size:

1)      You’re uncomfortable.

2)      Your straps are digging into your shoulder.

3)      Your straps are falling off of your shoulders.

4)      Your bra is leaving marks or indentations on your body.

5)      Your underwire is sticking out.

6)      You’re spilling out of the sides of your cup.

7)      You’re overflowing out of your cup.

8)      The strap is causing a bulge in the back.

9)      The band keeps moving up in the back.

10)   The band does not rest flat against your back.

11)   There is a gap between your bra and your bust.

12)   The center of your bra does not rest on your skin.

13)   The cups are sagging or baggy.

14)   You’re experiencing issues with back pain, indigestion, restricted breathing, or neck pain.

15)   You’re in pain.

If you are experiencing any of the above issues, it is time to visit a Bra Fitting Stylist at Hudson's Bay. Their expertise can help you identify what issues are related to wearing the wrong cup or size and ultimately find you the perfect fit. 

Of course even when you are measured by an expect sizing can differ from brand to brand depending on cut, materials and style so while ordering bras online can seem like a tempting time-saver, prepare to have to return some of them for sizing issues!

To book a personal fitting with an expert Triumph Bra Stylist, please email:

- Lisamarie -

Eye Love Wednesday - Philosophy Time In A Bottle For Eyes

Seeing as Philosophy Time In A Bottle Daily Age-Defying Serum is one of the few skin care products that I've ever used all the way up - when they came out with a version for the eyes, I knew it was a must-try!

Philosophy Time In A Bottle For Eyes - 15ml - $78 - a daily age-defying serum for eyes that brightens, tightens, and smooths the appearance of the delicate eye contour.

Contains: a DNA renewal complex that helps promote skin's natural renewal and protection processes; while a patented antioxidant repair complex helps provide powerful antioxidant protection; carnosine peptide works with vitamin C to help prevent and correct the appearance of multiple signs of aging - all resulting in a fresh, beautiful, youthful-looking eye area.

I especially like how light the serum is, making it a perfect hot weather eye treatment. But if you still suffer from dryness no matter the time of year, go ahead and layer a moisturizer over it!

Available at Sephora and select Hudson's Bay and Shoppers Drug Mart locations.

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Schwarzkopf Professional OSiS+ Session Label Dust It Flex!

Anyone who also has fine hair can appreciate what a pain it is - you need to wash it everyday or it looks greasy - and the downside to daily washing is that clean, fine hair has absolutely no texture or body so won't actually do anything - so I am so happy to have found:

Schwarzkopf Professional OSiS+ Session Label Dust It Flex - 10g - $24.50 - a fragranced mattifying powder that offers instant and flexible volume.

Contains lava rock and silica to give hair a matte finish and glycerine to keep the dry consistency of the powder smooth, allows the style to be remodelled at any time and ensures that the powder washes out easily.

Not only does it texturize but when scrunched  into the roots, also adds volume and keeps the midday greasies at bay! Love!

Available now at participating salons across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

May 27, 2014

Balmy for BB - Estée Lauder Double Wear All-Day Glow BB Moisture Makeup and Brush-On Glow BB Highlighter

Estée Lauder Double Wear All-Day Glow BB Moisture Makeup SPF 30 - 30ml - $45 - in 7 shade intensities: 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 3.5, 4.5, 5.0 and 6.0 - offers all the benefits of a BB cream with an oil-free, moisture-fresh, lightweight texture that instantly brightens and perfects skin's natural undertones and colour while providing immediate and all-day radiance - with Skin Vitalizing Pearlessence - a transparent, opalescent mica that delivers instant skin luminosity and a glossy luster to the skin, hydration with hyaluronic acid and glycerin for comfortable wear that lasts up to 8 hours. Can be used alone or layer under your foundation depending on how much coverage you need on any given day.

Estée Lauder Double Wear Brush-On Glow BB Highlighter - 15ml - $31 - in 8 shades: 1N Extra Light, 1C Light, 2C Light Medium, 3C Medium, 3/4 Medium, 5/6 Deep, 0N Soft Pink, 2W Light Medium - that brighten and conceal to diffuse light and minimize the look of imperfections all day long - contains Photo Optic technology, in an emollient formula that brightens shadows, helping erase the look of fatigue and dark circles as it highlights facial features.

Available now at Estée Lauder counters across Canada and online at

- Lisamarie -

John Frieda Sheer Blonde helps you go even lighter, brighter and blonder!

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Lightening Shampoo and Conditioner - 250ml - $12.99 - gradually lightens hair for a natural-looking lighter blonde with a lightening complex containing lactic acid lightening technology and chamomile which work to gradually lighten hair by breaking down colour pigments in the hair shaft resulting in a gradual, natural allover lightening effect.
John Frieda Sheer Blonde Go Blonder Controlled Lightening Spray - 105ml - $12.99 - offers versatility and control by allowing you to choose where to lighten - whether it's root blending, allover lightening or creating highlights. With a unique blend of hydrogen peroxide and fixative polymers to deliver fast results for visible lightening in 3-5 uses and violet pigment that helps neutralize brassiness for a more natural blonde colour. It's easy to use, just apply to towel-dried hair and activate with heat - the more heat you apply, the faster and more noticeable the results.
If you're happy with your blonde shade and are just looking to make it shinier and softer:

John Frieda Sheer Blonde Brightening Oil Elixir - 100ml - $12.99 - a lightweight oil that rejuvenates blonde hair to increase shine, colour intensity and improve texture. Specifically formulated for blonde hair with sunflower oil to brighten blonde hues and improve the texture of damaged hair as well as smooth the cuticle surface to reduce roughness and dryness leaving hair softer, silkier and easier to manage.

Can be used on towel dried or damp hair - apply a few drops and distribute evenly throughout or use as a styler on dry hair - just a tiny amount to the ends of hair for shine and softness.

Available now at all major drug, grocery and mass merchandise stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

OPI Summer Neons 2014 Collection - with swatches!

Just in time for summer are six new neon nail lacquers from OPI along with Put a Coat On! – a special white base coat that instantly boosts neon color. Not only are these the first full-sized neons from OPI, they are also part of the permanent collection so you'll be able to love them all year round!

Available in the collection are:
Juice Bar Hopping - tangerine cream
Hotter than You Pink - hot pink
Push & Pur-Pull - forceful purple
Down to the Core-al - brilliant coral
Life Gave Me Lemons - citrusy lemon-lime
You are So Outta Lime! - outspoken lime green

Available now for $10.95 each at professional salons and spas across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

May 26, 2014

Mascara Monday - Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara

Clinique Lash Power Feathering Mascara - $21 - provides longer, feathered and more defined lashes without flaking or smudging. 
Featuring state-of-the-art polymeric stretching technology in a clump-resistant formula that allows for buildable and customizable applications, resulting in perfectly separated and defined lashes. 
The long-wearing, 12 hour formula doesn’t smudge or flake - which is unusual as it's a drier formula which I find tend to be more flakey - I like dry formulas because they are less messy. No fancy removers needed either, it easily comes off with warm water.

You get a better sense of the feathery effect when closed, as you can see there is no clumps or flakiness - I will be sure to use my eyelash curler with it though from now on, the formula doesn't offer any curl.

Available now at Clinique counters across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

Take the day off with Clarins Extra-Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream!

So it's that time of year when my makeup gets lighter but my cleanser gets heavier. You would think that with less makeup I would need a lighter cleanser but the warm-weather culprit is sunscreen - with daylight arriving earlier I wear a lot more and after reapplying regularly (like you're supposed to) - by the end of the day my skin feels heavy and I want to make sure that all remnants of sun protection go down the drain! My skin-saviour for this year is:

Clarins Extra-Comfort Anti-Pollution Cleansing Cream - 200ml - $44 - for skin weakened by a polluted urban environment or simply in need of comfort and well being is a cleanser that eliminates all traces of pollution and detoxifies in addition to cleansing the skin of makeup and impurities and nourishing, softening and moisturizing the skin to restore balance for a youthful-looking, comfortable complexion.

Enriched with moringa seed extract - to eliminate all traces of pollution to ensure perfectly clean skin and detoxify for radiance; and a nourishing combination of one plant oil - jojoba, and two butters - mango and shea.

Available now at Clarins counters across Canada and online at

- Lisamarie -