It Cosmetics Tightline Waterproof Full Lash Length Black Primer Mascara - $24 - a waterproof mascara with a built-in primer and lash enhancing serum containing proteins, biotin, callagen, olive, jojoba, avocado and peptides.
It has the tiniest little brush that I've ever seen on what is meant to be a regular mascara which means the mascara needs to be applied in a certain way in order to do the job properly.
Starting at the root of your lashes, hold the wand horizontally, then wiggle and sweep the brush up and through your lashes from the very base through to the tips. Add additional coats for more drama and it can be worn alone or under mascara as a primer.
For a more visible eyeliner effect, lightly and gently press the wand along the root of your lash line filling in the gaps between your lashes, move along the entire upper line for an eyeliner effect - which sounds easier then it is, as hard as I tried I could not make mine look like the model in their promo pictures - I ended up either jabbing the wand in my eye or getting mascara all over my eyelid, I obviously need more practice. I like the little brush though, it makes it much easier to hit all the lashes without getting mascara on my skin!
The fine folks at LUSH are suggesting you give the gift of good bath this year instead of chocolate, which to me is crazy talk! Of course there's no reason you can't have both and I can't think of anything better then relaxing in a wonderfully scented bath with a chocolate bunny head in one hand and a glass of wine in the other... Golden Egg Bath Melt Ballistic -$8.95 - a bath bomb coated in bath melt mixture of fair trade, organic Colombian Peace Village cocoa butter and olive oil from Palestine. It will unexpectedly sink to the bottom
of the bathtub while the outer layer dissolves, popping to the surface as the
fizzing centre is revealed. Scented with the
best selling Honey I Washed the Kidsfragrance, it’s coated with PET free
Bunny Bubble Bar - $6.95 - a white rabbit, made with a brand new formula of shea butter, coconut oil and cornstarch for a more condensed bar that can be broken in half and used over two baths. Or you
can use the whole thing for masses of softening Creamy Candy scented
bubbles and little cornstarch flowers to float in your
Carrot Soap - $6.95 - a carrot-shaped soap with a bunny hiding in every slice! The orange part is made
with carrot oil to moisturise; while the white bunny inside is made with cocoa
butter to soften. The fragrance smells nothing like carrots however, as we’ve
used fruity essential oils such as buchu, lemon and bergamot to really make your
Bunch of Carrots Re-usable Bubble Bars - $12.95 - a bunch of three smaller carrots, so each one can be used quicker when it’s at
its freshest. As a re-usable bubble bar, place under the running taps to create
lots of bubbles, then pop it on the side for another time. Fragranced with the
same fruity oils as the Carrot soap, there’s also a little bit of nutritious
carrot oil in each one, which is rich in vitamins and an extraordinary skin
soother and rejuvenator.
Brightside Bubble Bar - $10.95 - back this year and this time to stay even after Easter - a bright and cheerful swirl of a bubble bar scented with a trio of uplifting and invigorating oils including: Sicilian mandarin, tangerine and bergamot oil and just a squeeze of
lemon. All are energising and also incredibly toning oils that will lift the
spirits and clear the mind. Crumble under the running taps and watch as the
water turns into a hazy red and orange sunset with frothy white clouds of
Fluffy Egg Bath Ballistic - $5.95 - a sweetly scented pink egg adorned with a candy flower. It’s like bathing in a
bubbling mass of marshmallow, candy floss and jelly bean scented water and it's my personal fave … get your sugar fix without anything passing your lips!
The Immaculate Eggception Bath Bomb - $12.95 - innovative double-layered bath ballistics, these are hollow eggs with a surprise
inside … crack the outer layer bubble bar and ballistic mix to reveal either a
mini chick or bunny ballistic inside! You can then throw the outer eggshell and
its inhabitant into the bathtub and enjoy a vanilla absolute, lemon and
grapefruit scented soak. There are two colours to choose from, the yellow egg
with green decoration contains the bunny; while the pink egg with yellow or blue
decoration contains the chick.
Available now for a limited time at LUSH stores across Canada and online at www.lush.ca.
Spa Week by WaySpa.com is back in Canada from April 21-27 in Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver and surrounding areas as well as adding Calgary, Edmonton and Ottawa this year - now even more spa lovers can enjoy an affordable $50 spa experience!
It's easy to participate:
1. Explore WaySpa.com/SPAWEEK and find your perfect $50 treatment
2. Purchase your $50 Spa Week treatment voucher
3. Book an appointment with the spa of your choice – call early they book up fast!
4. Enjoy a relaxing day at the spa
For a complete list of participating spas and treatments, or to purchase a voucher and book your appointment check out: www.wayspa.com/spaweek.
Aveeno Positively Radiant Make-Up Removing Wipes - 25 wipes - $11.99 - with an oil-free formula that combines Active Naturals Total Soy Complex with gentle cleansers to reveal brighter, smoother, healthier-looking skin with improved tone and moisture that removes makeup, including waterproof mascara in one easy step.
And unlike some cleansing wipes that can be rough and scratchy, these ones are super soft - making makeup removal a pleasurable experience!
Available now at drug, food and mass retailers across Canada.
Jurlique Purely Bright Facial Treatment Mask - 5 masks - $60 - a 10 minute at-home facial that saturates the face and neck with a complex containing kakadu plum - the world's richest source of brightening vitamin C for a week's worth of brightening in a single application - helping to reduce dark spots, freckles, acne scars and uneven skin tone as well as increasing moisture content and reducing the look fo fine lines and wrinkles.
I especially like that it covers the neck area too as most cloth masks only take care of the face and if you're going to brighten, you want your neck the same colour as your face!
Available at Holt Renfrew, Sephora and select spas across Canada and online at www.jurlique.ca.
Alyria Brightening Complex - 50g - $80 - can be used as a spot treatment or all over to even out the complexion with key ingredients that are clinically proven to target dark spots and provide a more even tone - including: titanium dioxide - provides an immediate concealing effect and works to reduce the appearance of dark spots and provide a more uniform complexion; retinol - to increase cell turnover and revitalize the appearance of sun-damaged skin; and pro-coll-one+ - to stimulate collagen synthesis to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. As well active ingredients target melanin production: actiwhite - decreases the quantity of melanin produced; radianskin decreases the quantity of melanin that reaches the surface and the two ingredients together target the maturation of melanin so less is available to travel to the skin's surface.
Available exclusively at doctor's offices - check out www.alyria-med.com to find a participating one near you.
At Musing on Beauty, Mariella revisits some old favorites: Barry M. Dazzle Dusts. Go down the memory lane with her!
Spring is finally here and FabDiva20 has got some Spring related goodies from NARS Final Cut Collection! Check out her NARS Final Cut Collection Haul!
Are you short on time yet you still want a high-end, results-oriented, and spa-like treat for your skin? See why Pammy Blogs Beauty loves reaching for these Age-Defying Exfoliating Pads from Radical Skincare. From the effervescent feel to the amazing results, these are totally worth checking out!
Avon Centennial Beauty Blogger Box - $20 - features 6 beauty must-haves curated by 5 of Canada's top bloggers - and includes a card with said bloggers thoughts on why they love/can't live without their chosen product!
The box includes:
Mega Effects Mascara in Black - transforms
lashes from corner to corner! Combs through lashes easily to put more
mascara to lash without clumping. Delivers panoramic volume for lashes
that look darker, denser and more dramatic for 24 hours.
Ultra Color Absolute Lipstick in Red Velvet - protect your lips from the elements! Featuring vitamin E, vitamin C, phytol, collagen, SPF 15 sunscreen and antioxidants.
Anew Clinical Skinvincible Deep Recovery Cream - 7g - a moisturizing
Night Cream that targets visible age damage that your skin has had for
years! Diminishes the look of lines, wrinkles and sun spots.
Moisture Therapy Intensive Healing & Repair Hand Cream - 45ml - No
more dryness, no more cracking - just massage it on and cocoon yourself
in calming comfort, from wrist to fingertip. Fragrance-free and hospital-tested.
Nailwear Pro+ Nail Enamel in Luxe Lavender - 12ml - With
an improved formula, and a high shine finish that resists dings, bangs
and nicks, get up to 12 days of lasting color! Increases nail strength
Sprinkle Nails Nail Decorations in Purple Confetti - 8g - Simply
coat, dip & press, and there you have it - a mani that's as sweet
as candy! Accent one nail or give all of them the sprinkle treatment!
In case you are wondering - yes, I was one of the bloggers involved in this box - the products I chose were the polish and sprinkles - I expect Avon was sorry that they asked me because they then had to edit my blurb - apparently talking about sticking your tongue in the sprinkle jar is a big no-no! Be sure and order yourself a box if you want to see my G rated rec and an adorable picture of me which is already handily wallet sized - because I know you've been wanting one!
Having a sensitivescalp
isactually more of a widespread problem then you might imagine but probably shouldn't be surprising astheskin on the scalpis 4Xthinner thanfacial skinand suffers frommultipleattacks, like
coloringand styling. After dying my hair my scalp always feels itchy and irritated so I thought this duo would be the perfect solution - this time when colouring my hair I used the shampoo and masque the day before - to prepare it, the day of - to soothe it and the day after - to repair it - and this worked to eliminate all irritation!
Rene Furterer Astera Sensitive Scalp High Tolerance Shampoo - 200ml - $30.95 - gently cleanses and maintains the balance of the scalp with a formula rich in active ingredients including asteraceae extract - to strengthen the natural defenses of the scalp and reduces its reactivity; and hamamelis floral water - to protect the scalp and reduce its sensitivity threshold.
Even if your scalp is constantly sensitive, you don't need to use it every day, every other day will do the job and it's even gentle enough to use on children!
Check out www.renefurterer.com
to find a salon near you that carries the line - See more at:
KérastaseSensidote Dermo-Calm Masque - 200ml - $59 -
a calming and relaxing masque treatment that creates asoothinginstantcooling effectthat reducesthe sensitivity of thescalpto calmscalp irritation and leavehairsoft
and supple in just a few minutes. Even if I didn't need it for scalp sensitivity I would probably use it anyhow, it smells amazing!
Dolce & Gabbana Dolce - 50ml EDP - $106, 75ml EDP - $132 - a rich white floral fragrance with top notes of neroli leaves and papaya flowers; heart notes of white amaryllis, white daffodils and white water lily; and base notes of cashmeran, musky notes and sandalwood And while the fragrance itself is a little too floral for my taste, the bottle is so pretty and girly I can hardly stand how much I love it - it's both vintage and modern at the same time!
The commercial will have you booking the next flight to Italy for the beautiful scenery, clean air and the lemon harvest with cute boys...
Available now at Hudson’s Bay, Holt Renfrew, Shoppers Drug Mart, Jean Coutu, Murale, Sephora and Ogilvy.
Here's some good news - Pink Tartan is coming to The Shopping Channel - with a curated
selection from the lifestyle concept shop in Toronto’s Yorkville Avenue, right into
the homes of Canadian shoppers!
On Sunday, March 30 be sure to tune in at 8am, 11am, 1pm, 4pm and 8pm EST as Kimberley Newport-Mimran, President and Head Designer of Pink Tartan, debuts
her modernized classic designs and easy-wear, easy-wash collection as well as
share her stories of well-fitted, elegant pieces. Prices range from $95 for a zipper tee to $395 for the trench and come in sizes XS to XXL, so there's something for every price range and size!
I got the chance to do a little advance drooling and check out the pieces they will be offering and have already picked out my faves, #1 of which is this beautiful Floral Trench - $395 - which totally has me feeling springy!
Squares Wrap Dress - $295 - you can't beat a wrap dress for hiding all of those chocolate Easter bunnies I plan on eating soon!
And while I love the breezy summer look of the Crop Air Knit Tee - $125 and Midi Tabitha Skirt - $245 - in white...
I would immediately spill something all over the white one so I would get it in black instead!
Side Zip Pant - $245 - I just like to look at these and pretend I have long, skinny legs...
We think your spring wardrobe needs at least one Pink Tartan piece in it and want to give you a $150 gift card from The Shopping Channel to make it happen!
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).
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Rodial has a new Super Acids collection of products guaranteed to get tired and dull looking skin perked up and ready to party!
I especially like a couple of the products used one right after the other:
Rodial Super Acids X-Treme After Party Scrub and Hangover Mask - 75ml - $56 each - whether you're actually hung over or not, this miraculous combo will instantly have your skin revitalized, radiant and evenly toned.
First use the After Party Scrub - an effective combination of purifying bentonite clay beads and micro-scrub beads to buff away dead skin cells and unclog pores; glycolic and salicylic acids which work to deeply cleanse and retexture, diminishing the look of imperfections and smoothing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; along with vitamin E and shea butter to calm and soften the skin - which gets the skin ready for the Hangover Mask - a triple action resurfacing clay mask which deeply, cleanses, exfoliates and restores a healthy looking complexion to instantly erase all the terrible things the night before is leaving on your skin the morning after!
I probably wouldn't use both of these products together all the time as my skin can be sensitive and either of these products would do the job on their own under normal circumstances, the combo is for mornings when I can tell that just one is not going to cut it!
Also available in the collection:
Super Acids X-Treme Pore Shrink Pads - 50 pads - $48 - effectively removes makeup, sweeps away dirt and oil and visibly reduces the appearance of enlarged pores leaving the complexion instantly refreshed with increased skin clarity. Contains a blend of apple amino acids, olive oil and salicylic acid to deeply cleanse and soften;Evermat to shrink the appearance of pores and refine the skin's texture for a more toned appearance; and biotilys probiotic technology to help strengthen and protect skin from daily external aggressions by boosting hydration. Super Acids X-Treme Acid Rush Peel - 50ml - $94 - contains a potent combination of azelaic, glycolic and lactic acids which effectively exfoliate and retexture to reveal a new layer of skin with the appearance of imperfections, fine lines, wrinkles age spots, skin blotches and uneven skin tone reduced to leave the complexion looking smooth, clear and with a renewed youthful glow.
Super Acids X-Treme Dark-Spot Sun Filter SPF 30 - 50ml - $56 - with a multi-beneficial formula that not only offers broad spectrum protection against harmful UV rays to combat visible signs of aging but also corrects the appearance of dark spots and uneven skin tone already existing.
The Super Acids collection is available now at Murale stores.
Pupa Vamp! Compact Eyeshadow - $17 - in 10 shades with matt and satin finishes: 100 Whipped Cream, 101 Vanilla, 103 Cookie, 105 Chocolate, 200 Pink Grapefruit, 204 Black Aubergine, 300 Shocking Blue, 302 Carbone Blue, 304 Tropical Green and 405 Black Out
That offer pure colour with a high concentration of pigments for dramatic payoff that feels ultra-light on and lasts for hours.
Pupa Made To Last Eyes Long Lasting Waterproof Automatic Eye Pencil - $16 - in 12 high definition colours: 100 Black, 200 Dark Brown, 201 Gold Brown, 202 Taupe, 300 Intense Purple, 301 Ultramarine Violet, 302 Dark Violet, 400 Dark Blue, 401 Turquoise, 500 Emerald, 501 Marachite and 600 Glamour Grey - intense colours that are easy to use thanks to the retractable applicator and built-in sharpener.
I must have some sort of childhood trauma that happened on a beach because the smell of coconut just doesn't do it for me - this makes me sad because nothing says summer is coming like the smell of coconut not to mention that there are all kinds of moisturizing benefits to be found in it! I keep trying them in hopes that someday I will get over it and of course I'm not going to let my phobias spoil your fun, so here's the latest and greatest in the world of coconut products for the hair...
Marc Anthony Hydrating Coconut Oil & Shea Butter -offers nourishment and protection to winter weary hair that strengthens and smooths while it moisturizes and conditions hair leaving it supple and shining.
The collection includes: Hydrating Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Sulfate Free Shampoo - 250ml - $10.99 - washes away the accumulation of dirt, pollution, grease and products that clog up your hair and scalp to leave it open to the benefits of the: Hydrating Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Sulfate Free Conditioner - 250ml - $10.99 - with a hydrating formula that helps to smooth frizz and seal in moisture while protecting your hair from pollutants; and follow that up with: Hydrating Coconut Oil & Shea Butter Oil Treatment - 50ml - $10.99 - penetrates the cuticle to help nourish and hydrate your hair leaving it smoother and shiner while protecting it from splitting and breaking.
Available at retailers across Canada including Shoppers Drug Mart, Pharmaprix, Walmart and Loblaws.
La Coupe Orgnx Coconut & Macadamia Oil - uses certified organic coconut and macadamia nut oils to restore hair's health, softness and shine and for the rejuvenating properties for the hair's cuticle and scalp. The gluten free formula is ideal for those with sensitivities, relieves dry, itchy skin and can help stimulate the hair's growth.
Available in the collection are: Coconut & Macadamia Oil Nourishing Shampoo & Conditioner - 300ml - $9.99 - moisturizes hair and scalp while calming frizz and repairing dry and damaged hair. ; and Coconut & Macadamia Oil Intensive Repair Treatment - 150g - $10.99 - improves hair's quality and strength by deeply nourishing and revitalizing course, dry hair for silky smooth hair without weighing it down. The coconut and macadamia oil complex also includes soy bean extract to deeply condition hair and repair it from within. The whole line is free of gluten, sulfates, phthalates and parabens.
Available at Shoppers Drug Mart.
OGX Weightless Hydration Coconut Water - provides parched hair with residue-free hydration with coconut water naturally derived from young green coconuts - packed with electrolytes to infuse strands with potassium, magnesium and calcium. The formula is then combined with coconut oils for a pure and natural formula that provides weightless hydration that is especially great for fine hair.
Available in the collection is a Weightless Hydration Coconut Water Shampoo & Conditioner - 385ml - $9.99 - that provide sulfate-free lather, a clean, residue-free rinse and moisturizers that infuse dry strands with weightless hydration; and Weightless Hydration Coconut Water Weightless Hydration Oil - 118ml - $9.99 - a spray of an extra light blend of coconut water and oils to infuse hair with nutrient-rich non-greasy hydration as well as elasticity and shine.
Available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart and Target.
P.S. Monetary donations to be used for coconut aversion therapy will be gratefully received.
I'm a fan of blotting papers in general, thanks to my oily t-zoneI am constantly touching up and if I use powder every time I do, I end up with a big cakey mess of a face! So I have been alternating powder with blotting papers and I recently came across these:
Sephora Cooling Mint Blotting Papers - 50 sheets - $12 - infused with refreshing mint to cool and soothe the skin while removing excess oil.
If you're a lunchtime gym goer too and don't like to apply makeup right after working out these are really great for subduing redness and getting rid of exercise shine!
AERIN introduces the Essential Collection for spring - an updated selection of products that women can't live without for a perfectly tailored daily beauty routine that easily fits into a stylish lifestyle.
Kaleidolight Palette - $78 - with five skin-loving, light-enhancing shades of bronze, beige, pink and lavender to add a subtle glow to the face or light and colour to eyes and cheeks.
Pretty Bronze Illuminating Powder - $50 - in 2 shades: Level 1 and Level 2 - for radiant, sun-kissed skin.
Multi Color for Lips & Cheeks in Natural - $48 - for a wash of colour on lips and cheeks.
Rose Balm - $64 - a pure rose petal based balm that soothes and deeply moisturizes, plumping super dry skin anywhere needed - from eyes to lips, face to cuticles.
Rose Balm Lipstick - $34 - in 10 universally-flattering natural shades: Cabana, coral Sand, Geranium, Lady Beige, Liebling, Perfect Nude, Poppy, Pretty, Whisper and Wild Lilac - with a base of Rose Balm to help smooth and plump dry lips.
Rose Lip Conditioner in Nude - $30 - with intensive skin conditioners to help nourish and repair dry lips - wear alone or over/under lipstick.
Rose Hand & Body Cream - $45 - silky and lightweight moisture with a delicate rose scent.
Brush Essentials - $165 - a set of five luxurious brushes packaged together in a rose and white signature patterned bag. Includes: bronzer/powder brush, lip brush, blush brush, eyeshadow brush and eyeliner brush.
Kabuki Brush - $54 - blends a natural wash of colour on face and cheeks.
Essential Makeup Bag - $54 - featuring the rose and white signature pattern.
Available now at Holt Renfrew Toronto Bloor Street, Yorkdale, Calgary and Vancouver and online at www.esteelauder.ca.
We're all seriously sick of winter and even though it seems like it will never end, what better way to fool yourself into believing spring is possible then with a scent that will at least make you think of warmer times to come! My favourites include:
Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau So Fresh Delight - 75ml EDT - $89 - a lush and fruity floral fragrance with top notes of blood orange, pink pepper and white tea; heart notes of tiare tahiti, violet and raspberry; and base notes of apricot skin, musk and amber.
Marc Jacobs Daisy Delight - 50ml EDT - $79 - a luminous floral fragrance with top notes of apple, quince flower and freesia; heart notes of iris, gardenia and peony; and base notes of musks, cedarwood and sandalwood.
Available now at Hudson's Bay, Sears, Holt Renfrew, Sephora and Shoppers Drug Mart.
Philosophy Sunshine Grace - 60ml EDT - $55, 480ml Body Lotion - $44 - a relaxing, carefree and refreshing fragrance to help you think warm thoughts with top notes of bergamot, sparkling freesia and honeysuckle; heart notes of jasmine, orange blossom, tiare flower and fragniapani; and base notes of solar musks and soft blond woods.
Available now at Sephora as well as select Hudson's Bay and Shoppers Drug Mart locations across Canada.
Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Yuzu - 100ml EDT - $56, 50ml EDT - $40, 250ml Honey Drop Cream - $27 - a sparkling, uplifting feminine fragrance with top notes of yuzu zest, bergamot, sparkling lemon, green tea vapors and lemon tree petitgrain; heart notes of yuzu pulp accord, wild thyme, spearmint, black currant buds, green tea leaves and tunisian neroli; and base notes of musk, white birch and ambrette seed.
Available now at Shoppers Drug Mart, Sears, Hudson's Bay, London Drugs, Jean Coutu and Pharma Plus.
Lisamarie - the happiest day of my life was the day Sephora opened it's first store in Canada (thankfully in Toronto), second happiest day was before this when Sephora finally started shipping to Canada, third I guess would be my wedding day (but don't tell my husband where he ranks please!)
*** Christelle - I enjoy shoe shopping and drinking martinis...preferably at the same time!