November 29, 2014

Give the gift of glossy lips with Burt's Bees, Sephora and Stila!

Burt's Bees Endless Shine Trio - $9.99 - with 3 shades of gloss: Blush, Wink and Flutter that offer natural, sheer colour enriched with moisturizing Apricot Wax and softening Sunflower Seed Oil to glide on lips for a sweet and super shiny finish.

Available now at drugstores across Canada.
Sephora Endless Kisses Lip Gloss Set - $35 - with 10 luxurious lip glosses  in Clear Shine, Gold Shimmer, Pink Shimmer, Soft Pink, Peach Shimmer, Hot Pink, Neutral Rose, Brown Shimmer, Red and Purple that  showcase flattering effects from wet to iridescent to shimmery and are specially designed to be layered for unique custom shades and flattering ombre looks.

Available at Sephora and

Stila Putting On The Glitz Lip Glaze Set - $54 - includes eight best-loved, iconic deluxe lip glazes in Glamour, Glory, Glisten, Glitter, Glint, Glimmer, Glow, Gleam to keep lips hydrated and protected with vitamins A, C and E along with a rose gold leaf headband.

Available at Sephora and

- Lisamarie -

November 28, 2014

Take the stress out of holiday shopping with Murale!

I have a hard and fast rule not to go anywhere near malls come December - they're too crowded, I hate Christmas music and they just make me feel stabby, so it's better for everyone that I just stay away! So unless I am super organized and get everything bought ahead of time (not) I rely on online shopping to get everything on my list.

You probably won't be surprised to know that I give a lot of beauty gifts - I like giving products that I've tried myself and know are good so I've ordered from and have an opinion on all of the major beauty retailers. Murale is a great one for finding all of my favourite brands like Caudalie, L'Occitane, Guerlain and Burberry and what I really like is they are super-quick to ship - I had my package 2 days after I ordered - and it came all nicely packed in a pretty Murale box with a handwritten note thanking me for my order - now that's service! Here are a few things I picked up for some ladies on my list:
NARS Modern Future - Roman Holiday Lip, Cheek and Nail Set - $57 - add sheer delicate pastel pink to lips, tips and cheeks, housed in a clear acrylic container making it perfect for gifting.

What I like about high end sets is they cost less then buying the products separately and you can break the set up to give to a couple of girlfriends while still looking super-generous!
Smashbox Try It Kit - $22 - a collection of bestsellers in sizes perfect for trying and travel including: Photo Finish Foundation Primer, Photo Finish Lid Primer, Lip Enhancing Gloss in Illume, Full Exposure Mascara and Limitless Eye Liner in Onyx.

Perfect for that traveling friend or the one you want to get hooked on Smashbox! I should have bought something else too - right now when you purchase $35 or more of Smashbox products you get a free Be Legendary Lip Gloss Duo!
RapidLash - $59.99 - a serum that improves the overall appearance and condition of lashes and brows in just 30 days with daily application.

Anyone who knows me knows how much I love Rapidlash so at least one person gets this from me as a gift every year - this of course is my passive-aggressive way of saying "hey bitch, you have skimpy eyelashes, do something about it already"!
A collection of our best-selling superstars in try-me sizes!

• Smashbox/Photo Finish Foundation Primer
• Smashbox/Photo Finish Lid Primer
• Lip Enhancing Gloss in Illume
• Full Exposure Mascara
• Limitless Eye Liner in Onyx - See more at:
A collection of our best-selling superstars in try-me sizes!

• Smashbox/Photo Finish Foundation Primer
• Smashbox/Photo Finish Lid Primer
• Lip Enhancing Gloss in Illume
• Full Exposure Mascara
• Limitless Eye Liner in Onyx - See more at:
A collection of our best-selling superstars in try-me sizes!

• Smashbox/Photo Finish Foundation Primer
• Smashbox/Photo Finish Lid Primer
• Lip Enhancing Gloss in Illume
• Full Exposure Mascara
• Limitless Eye Liner in Onyx - See more at:

·         Earn Optimum points

·         Every transaction gets Free Samples, and for Holiday specifically, Murale is offering 5 samples instead of the usual 3

As an extra bonus, there is free shipping on orders $75+ for the holiday season and you get 5 free samples right now instead of the usual 3!

The other great thing about shopping at Murale is access to brands that can be hard to find elsewhere including Tata Harper, Foreo Luna, Eve Lom, Rodial, Juice Beauty, Darphin and Rococo Nail Apparel - you can find all the brands available here.

And of course if you are one of those people that insist on going into stores and subjecting yourself to holiday shopping in person you can do that too - there are 6 physical locations for Murale and you can find the store locator page here which will also give you info on the services offered at each particular store, upcoming events and general store information. 

Either online or in person, happy Murale shopping!

- Lisamarie -

Hair gets a clean start with Live Clean, Neutrogena and Matrix!

If your hair is looking dull and feeling heavy - and no matter how much you wash it doesn't get any shinier or lighter then you might be suffering from product build-up. Just using a clarifying shampoo for a week every month or two can easily solve this problem - and once the week is up, you will notice that your regular shampoo and conditioner will work even better!

My only caution is for those with colour treated hair - these shampoos will probably strip a bit of your old colour. There is an upside to it though - use it the week before you are going to re-colour - getting rid of all that residue makes the new colouring job much easier and will look more vibrant! Also, if you ever find your fresh colouring job is too bright/dark/not what you wanted, a clarifying shampoo will help get rid of/tone down the unwanted colour!

Live Clean Apple Cider Clarifying Shampoo - 350ml - $6.95 - a gentle, vegan daily shampoo for oily hair and a weekly deep cleanser to clarify all hair types. Made with Bragg's Organic Apple Cider Vinegar to gently remove dulling residue without stripping the hair, while the vinegar's high acidity and powerful enzymes support a healthy scalp along with certified organic botanicals of Chamomile and Sunflower Seed extract to restore moisture and shine.

Available at Rexall, Shoppers Drug Mart, Target, Walmart and Uniprix stores across Canada.

Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo - 350ml - $7.99 - a mild, non-irritating shampoo treatment that works on all hair types to instantly remove up to 90% of dulling residue caused by shampoos, conditioners and styling products - for hair that is clean and residue-free.

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.
Matrix Biolage CleanReset - 400ml - $17.95 - the paraben free formula contains lemongrass extract to leave hair fresh and clean. It purifies deeply without leaving hair dry and gently cleanses build-up and residue and can be used on all hair types, even colour treated.

Available at participating salons - go to to find one near you.

- Lisamarie -

Fragrant Friday - Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Collectors

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire has gotten glammed up for the holidays with a new bottle design and the addition of a hair mist!

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Robe de Star Collector - 50ml EDP - $96 - a fruity floral with top notes of black cherry, almond, berries and bergamot; heart notes of Bulgarian rose essence and Turkish rose absolute; and base notes of black licorice and black tea

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Robe de Star Collector - 50ml EDT - $82 - a fresh floral fragrance with sparkling fruity notes with top green notes as well as rose and jasmine; heart notes of black cherry, orange blossom blackcurrant and apple; and base notes of white amber, white musk and patchouli.

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Robe de Star Collector - 50ml EDP Couture - $96 - a woody floral with top notes of sparkling bergamot and raspberry;  a heart of  rose; and base notes of patchouli, vetiver, tonka bean and moss.

Guerlain La Petite Robe Noire Hair Mist - 30ml - $47 - with a fresh floral scent based on the EDT it has top notes of rose, jasmine and green notes; heart notes of black cherry, orange blossom, blackcurrant and apple; and base notes of white amber, white musk and patchouli

Available now at Guerlain boutiques and counters across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

November 27, 2014

Do your body good with L'Occitane, Nip + Fab, Philosophy and mark.!

L'Occitane Shea Butter Whipped Body Cream - 125ml - $30 - with a light, ultra-nourishing texture that has the ultra-nourishing properties of a balm and the lightness of a mousse - it immediately melts into the skin so that the 10% shea butter can get to work nourishing, softening and protecting the skin. Don't be surprised when you pick up the container and it feels like it's empty, it's that light!

Available now for a limited time at L'Occitane boutiques across Canada.
Nip + Fab Bee Sting Deluxe Body Souffle - 200ml - $14.99 - a super-rich intensely moisturizing body cream with bee venom that when applied by gently massaging into the body with circular movements, helps skin look visibly plumper, firmer and overall more youthful looking. Contains bee venom - to immediately plump, fill and smooth fine lines and wrinkles; propolis extract - for it's healing properties; beeswax - to soften and smooth and help retain moisture; shea butter - softens and moisturizes; and honey - to moisturize and nourish.

Available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart.
Philosophy Almond Glazed Body Souffle - 240ml - $26 - with a lightweight, whipped formula that hydrates, soothes and softens skin and a sweet, nutty scent of almonds blended with a hint of warm sugar - for moisturized skin that smells delicious!

Available now for a limited time exclusively at select Hudson's Bay stores across Canada.
mark. Passionate for Plumberry Body Butter - 200ml - with a super-rich formula that melts right into the skin and feels silky to leave skin looking moisturized with a pampering scent of succulent plum, blackberry blossom and passionflower.

Available from your Avon rep - 1-800-265-AVON or online at

- Lisamarie -

All I Want For Christmas Is... !XAM Stacked Emerald and Diamond Rings!

If you're still having trouble figuring out what I would like for Christmas might I suggest...

!XAM Custom designed 0.81ct Emerald ring set in an openwork milgrain band with 0.32cts of diamonds, 18k white gold - $5,200 - prettied up with:
A pair of milgrain eternity bands set with a total of 0.98cts of diamonds, 18k white gold - $3,700

Available by special order at the !Xam Diamonds store in Toronto at 366 Bay Street, Suite 800 and Vaughan at 9302 Bathurst Street, Suite 2B - go to for more info.

- Lisamarie -

Maybelline Color Sensational The Creamy Mattes - with swatches!

Maybelline Color Sensational The Creamy Mattes - $9.99 - in 8 rich shades: Daringly Nude, Touch of Spice, Lust for Blush, Ravishing Rose, Faint for Fuchsia, Mesmerizing Magenta, Craving Coral and Siren in Scarlet - made with a unique formula that combines mattifying cream with saturated colour for a soft looking, matte finish with a moist, creamy feel.
Touch of Spice
Ravishing Rose

Available now at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

November 26, 2014

Think warm thoughts and enjoy the Nine West Spring/Summer 2015 Preview!

Spring came early to Toronto last week as the Sherson Group displayed some of the Spring/Summer 2015 offerings in shoes and bags. Brands included: Nine West, Anne Klein, Easy Spirit, Circa Joan & David, Bandolino, Mootsies Tootsies, Adrianna Papell, Taryn Rose, Adrienne Vittadini, Charles by Charles David and Flogg. Grouped by trends which included: Metallics
Of course I can't resist a glittery ballet flat!
or this studded metallic clutch!
Rock Star
I know, more flats - but they are adorably be-jeweled!
I saw a lot of these block heels which seems like something that even I could walk on!
Cut Outs
The flower-shaped cut outs are so dainty and ladylike!
Animal Print
Love the snakeskin print combined with the floral print in the matching shoe and bag!
Black & White
I'm a sucker for an oversized buckle (and of course a flat)!
The bright colours are so cheerful - and of course the sparkle is awesome!
How much do you love the bright orange??!!
Textures & Detail
Love the mix of leather with fabric!
Men's Wear
Why go neutral when you can have cobalt blue?!
Too cute for running?
And the introduction of the Nine West Custom Pump Program - coming in December, you will be able to customize an exclusive pair of heels with different colours including - disco blue, sour apple green, purple amethyst, hot pink orchid, blush and grey and 3 different materials - suede or faux snake ski or multi leopard/floral at select Nine West locations across Canada and online at

I don't know about you but winter isn't even here yet and I'm already ready for spring!

- Lisamarie -