January 31, 2015

Clarins Garden Escape Spring 2015 Make-up Collection

The Clarins Garden Escape Spring Collection offers up bright colours and luxe textures to help you put some spring in your face even while it's total crap outside!
Garden Escape 6-Colour Eye Palette – $44 - Limited Edition - a spring-time harmony of long-lasting and smoothing satin and pearly eyeshadows.

Crayon Khôl Eye Pencil 09 Intense Green -  $26
Blush Prodige 08 Sweet Rose - $32
Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector - $22 - in 6 shades: Rose, Coral, My Pink, Red, Orange and Rosewood - with a formula enriched with extracts of wild mango and shea to moisturize, plump and illuminate the lips.

Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil - $23 - in 2 shades: Honey and Raspberry - with a unique melting formula rich in active plant ingredients to nourish and enhance the lips.

Perfect Shine Sheer Lipstick - $27 - in 2 new shades: Coral Dahlia and Rose Petal - for fuller, softer and ultra-shiny lips.

Available now at Clarins counters across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

January 30, 2015

Fragrant Friday - L'Occitane Fleurs de Cerisier L'Eau

Just in time for Valentine's Day comes a new fragrance from L'Occitane that celebrates the poetic beauty of the cherry blossom and its delicate feminine flowers:

L'Occitane Fleurs de Cerisier L'Eau - 50ml EDT - $45, 14ml Fragrance Touch - $28, 250ml Shower Milk - $22, 250ml Moisturizing Milk - $32, 30ml Hand Cream - $12 - a fresh and delicate fragrance with top notes of lemon, blackcurrant and watermelon; heart notes of cherry blossom, violet and rose; and subtle base notes of musky woods.

It's a fruity floral that's a little more flowers then fruit in a soft and pretty way - definitely a romantic fragrance perfect for Valentine's Day!

Available for a limited time at L'Occitane boutiques across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

January 29, 2015

The perfect Valentine's Day red is yours in a lipstick from Elizabeth Arden and Arbonne - with swatches!

Elizabeth Arden Beautiful Color Moisturizing Matte Lipstick - $32 - in 8 shades: Barely There, Chocolate, Coral Crush, Nude, Pink Pucker, Raspberry, Rose Petal and Bold Red -with a highly pigmented and fade-resistant matte formula that glides on with silky smooth comfort while saturating lips with intense colour payoff that lasts for up to 12 hours. Contains moisture-enriched pigments, mango, shea and Murumuru butters to protect, condition and nourish lips with moisture while satin-texture powders form a unique film that flexes and blends with every smile and pucker for a supple matte look that won't fade all day.
Bold Red - which doesn't look bold on me at all - a much less scary way to wear red!

Available now at Hudson's Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart and London Drugs.
Arbonne Lipstick - $31 - in 14 shades: Earth, Scarlet, Coral Reef, Strawberry, Shell, Bordeaux, Copper, Rose Petal, Satin, Mauve, Vintage Rose, Jam, Runway Rouge and Candy - long-wearing and feather-resistant, it glides on easily for full coverage and intensely conditions and hydrates lips.
Long-wearing, feather-resistant lipstick glides on easily for full coverage, and intensely conditions and hydrates lips. - See more at: https://www.arbonne.ca/shop_online/showitem.asp?ProductId=7889&menuId=154&withLinks=1#sthash.8jFyn4qx.dpuf
Strawberry - a glossy and much more red, red  but the slim applicator makes it possible for even the application-ally challenged like myself to apply!

Available from your Arbonne rep - you can locate a consultant or shop online at www.arbonne.ca.

- Lisamarie -

January 28, 2015

Eye Love Wednesday - Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate

Fresh Black Tea Age-Delay Eye Concentrate - 15ml - $100 - with a cooling formula that helps reduce the look of puffiness and dark circles and a  proprietary complex containing black tea proven to inhibit damaging free radicals and help improve skin's elasticity which is further optimized by antioxidant-rich noni fruit juice, known to retain and increase moisture, bringing back luster to dull skin and firming the complexion for skin that feels better and looks younger and fresher.

Available at Sephora and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Yves Rocher Beautifying Dry Oil!

My legs get so incredibly dry in the winter that I really should be using a thicker moisturizer but I just don't like the heavy way they feel. Then I discovered the joys of layering - it works with sweaters and moisturizer! I had never thought of layering with an oil because I figured oil = greasy so won't allow for another layer to go on top of it - but all along what I needed was a dry oil to soak right in allowing me to layer to my heart's content - with a perfect option being:

Yves Rocher Beautifying Dry Oil - 100ml - $20 - with 99% natural ingredients including sesame seed oil and andiroba nut oil from Brazil which is highly concentrated in Omega 9 and has extraordinary nourishing properties for the skin.

Free of preservatives, parabens and mineral oil - and you can feel good that the andiroba nuts are harvested by a women's collective in Brazil - keeping you looking good and them employed!

Available now at Yves Rocher stores across Canada and online at www.yvesrocher.ca.

- Lisamarie -

January 27, 2015

Nails shimmer and shine thanks to polishes from MAC and Avon - with swatches!

MAC Studio Nail Lacquer - $14 - 16 new shades shimmer and shine in the new collection including:

Fabulous Fete - dirty platinum with gold pearl
Tiara on Top - soft pink glitter with pink pearl
Diva Fierce - pink with gold glitter
Overaccessorized - soft peach with pink and yellow glitter
Party People - black with gold, lime green and light pink glitter
Too Short Skirt - coral glitter with pink pearl
Fashion Fizz - soft yellow glitter with pink pearl
Kale Salad - light green with yellow and blue glitter
Sparkledust - dark blue with light blue and soft pink glitter
Cocktail Hour - bright copper with pearl
#Obsessed - pink with multi color glitter
Special Potion - violet with gold and purple glitter
Haute Octane - frosted blue with blue glitter
Rich Kid Blues - forest green with green glitter
Cyber Lime: soft green glitter with teal pearl
Spoonful of Sugar: soft blue glitter with purple and blue pearl

Available now at MAC counters across Canada and online at www.maccosmetics.com.
Avon Dazzlers Top Coat - $6.99 - in 5 dazzling shades: Show Stopper Copper, Va Va Violet, Bling It On Blue, Disco Ball and Glitzy Gold that can be worn alone or over polish to create an over-the-top dazzling accent nail or fabulous French tips.
Va Va Violet - livens up a boring beige polish.
Disco Ball - did an excellent job of hiding chipped nails when I don't have time to re-polish!

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

- Lisamarie -

January 26, 2015

Mascara Monday - L'Oréal Voluminous Miss Manga Black Angel Mascara

L'Oréal Voluminous Miss Manga Black Angel Mascara - $10.99 - if you love the Miss Manga formula but wished it was blacker - now it is!
With the same 360° flexor wand that amplifies upper lashes and a cone tip to maximize lower lashes - that envelops lashes with 15X volume for an innocently flirty, wide-eyed look.
And a mega impact formula with collagen spheres and trilogy of polymers, that adheres to lashes and enlarges them for sensational volume that will stay flake free all day. Fiercely painting every single lash - top to bottom to create a wide open and full look just like a Kawaii doll!
It is a super black formula that adds great volume but I do find it a bit clumpy, I would need a lash comb to use it on a regular basis.

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

January 24, 2015

Cold weather help for your alligator skin from Aveeno, Spectro and Bioderma!

Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Body Wash & Body Lotion - 354ml - $9.99 & $8.99 - chock full of natural colloidal oatmeal to soothe skin even the most sensitive skin along with a unique blend of natural oils - oat, soy and sunflower - and emollients to lock in moisture for softer, smoother skin every time you shower. The creamy, lightly-fragranced, soap-free  body wash lathers gently then rinses clean while the moisturizer locks in moisture for 24 hours with a naturally nourishing, fragrance-free, non-greasy formula that absorbs quickly - perfect for all dry skin types, even sensitive.

Available at food, drug and mass retailers across Canada.
Spectro Dry Skin Therapy Moisturizing Body Wash and Face & Body Moisturizer - 275ml & 100g - $9.99 & $16.99 - sensitive skin care that includes a gentle, fragrance free wash along with a intensely hydrating moisturizer that relieves itching, reduces redness and soothes and protects dry and sensitive skin on both face and body.

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.
Bioderma Atoderm Gentle Shower Gel & Nourishing Cream - 500ml - $28.95 - start with the high tolerance, soap-free, foaming cleansing gel to clean without stripping the skin and making it feel tight and uncomfortable and finish off with the ultra-rich moisturizing and restructuring daily barrier cream that helps hold the water int he upper layers of the skin to prevent it from evaporating leaving skin well moistirized and renewed while feeling soft and supple.

Available at drugstores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

January 23, 2015

Make Up For Ever Fifty Shades Of Grey Spring 2015 Collection

Fall in lust with the spring collection from Make Up For Ever which celebrates the soon to be released Fifty Shades of Grey movie. The makeup collection is inspired by the Anastasia Steele character, whose makeup look transforms her from an innocent college student to a sultry, passionate and sophisticated woman - now you can get Ana's makeup look (minus the handcuffs - unless you want them of course in which case go for it, we don't judge) with these sets that also include techniques and backstage secrets from the film's makeup director Victoria Down:

Desire Me Cheeky Blush Trio - $56 - includes an Artist Shadow Cheek Trio Blush Palette with I-526, I-808 and S-748 along with a travel sized Artisan Blush Brush 150 inside a slinky velvet pouch with a key charm
Give In To Me Alluring Color For Eyes & Lips - $79 - for easy smoky eyes and soft sensuous lips with: 4 Artist Shadow Palette in I-514, S-556, ME-612, I-628, Graphic Liner, Smoky Extravagant Mascara, Rouge Artist Natural N4 and Lab Shine Lip Gloss D14 inside an adorable keepsake box with a hidden compartment perfect for keeping secrets and silk ties safe.
Tease Me Lip Trio - $38 - line colour and shine with Innocent Nude including Aqua Lip 3C, Aqua Rouge 3 and Lab Shine Lip Gloss D16 or Passionate Berry with Aqua Lip 10C, Aqua Rouge 50 and Lab Shine Lip Gloss D4

Available now at Sephora and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

January 22, 2015

Maybelline ColorSensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick - with swatches!

Maybelline ColorSensational Rebel Bloom Lipstick - $9.99 - in 8 flirty pastel shades: Peach Poppy, Coral Burst, Rose Rush, Barely Bloom, Hibiscus Pop, Petal Pink, Lilac Flush, Blushing Bold -that aren't your usual washed out pastels - these have a special Color Bloom Technology which uses a white base for punched up, bright pastels that are comfortable to wear and last for ages. As you can see from the pics, there is no chalkiness to the colours although the first one would look better on someone darker, it washes me the hell out!
Hibiscus Pop
Coral Burst
Rose Rush

Available now at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

January 21, 2015

Eye Love Wednesday - do more than just conceal with It Cosmetics, The Body Shop and Covergirl!

Conceal and brighten...

It Cosmetics Eyelift In A Tube - 5.67ml - $29 - available in Fair, Light/Medium, Deep and Tan - a double ended tube with Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer on one side and  Hello Light Liquid Brightener on the other - for bright looking eyes and beautiful looking skin in one easy package!

Available at The Shopping Channel - www.theshoppingchannel.com.
Conceal and prime...

The Body Shop InstaBlur Eye - 10ml - $15 - with a yellow tint that works to conceal under eye dark circles, neutralise redness on the eyelid so eyes look less tired as well as enhance the vibrancy of eye shadow colour as well as help it wear longer.

Available at The Body Shop stores across Canada and online at www.thebodyshop.ca.
Conceal and de-puff...

Covergirl + Olay The De-Puffer Eye Concealer - 10ml - $13.99 - in Fair, Fair/Light, Light, Light/Medium, Medium and Medium/Deep - covers dark circles while reducing the look of puffy eyes with a cooling metal applicator.

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Masque Bar by Look Beauty Nail Treat Mani Fingernail Mask!

I already loved Masque Bar for all their great facial mask options and now there's even more to love with their new options for hands and feet:

Masque Bar by Look Beauty Nail Treat Mani Fingernail Mask - 4 sets of 10 finger masks - $9.99 - gently exfoliate rough skin around nails and help repair damage caused by manicure products. Rough hands and brittle nails are softened and moisturized with parrafin wax, milk protein extract, coconut extract and argania extract.

The masks are meant to be worn for 30-60 minutes which unless you are very good at sitting still can become a problem. I have small fingers and the fingernail masks tended to slip around a lot on me so I solved the problem by wearing cotton gloves over them to keep them in place - this also offered the added benefit of adding heat which helped the serum penetrate more leaving me with the softest, smoothest fingers ever!

When you need help for the whole hand there is also a Moisture & Nourish Hand Mask - designed to restore suppleness to dry, rough, overworked hands with peach extract, shea butter and witch hazel or pamper winter-dry feet with Intensive Moisturizing Foot Mask - with shea butter, apple extract and peppermint to soften and repair cracked and calloused feet and heels from the first application.

Available now exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

January 20, 2015

Nicole by OPI 2015 Collection - with swatches!

Nicole by OPI introduces 11 new highly pigmented nail lacquers for 2015 that offers an array of options to transition nails from one season to the next and encourages self-expression through colour - whether you’re looking for a colour that’s playful, glamorous, chic, cheerful, or sophisticated, this collection has the shade to fit your every mood and includes: 
My Claim to Flame - hot red
Who are You Calling a Shrimp? - melon-pink
That’s Just Plain Nuts! - nutty brown 
Simply Sub-lime - tart lime green
Profoundly Purple - deep eggplant
Keep Your Gray Job - power gray
In Sync with Pink - bubblegum pink
Get a Mauve On! - cool mauve-y purple
Count to Tan - sophisticated nude
Bee in the Moment - sunshine yellow 
A Heart of Gold - gold super-shimmer

Available now for $10.99 each at select Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaws, London Drug, Jean Coutu,
Target (ha), Walmart and Rexall locations. 

- Lisamarie -