February 28, 2015

mark. Naked Love Bath & Body Collection

mark. Naked Love will have you fresh and clean and smelling great with notes of apricot nectar, white peach, velvet freesia and skin musk with a bath and body collection that includes:

Body Butter - 200ml - $14 - with a super-rich formula that melts right into the skin leaving it looking and feeling soft and moisturized.

Body Wash - 236ml - $12 - with a moisturizing formula to leave skin feeling energized and silky smooth.

Body Mist - 200ml - $14 - adds a hint of scent to the skin while leaving it refreshed and hydrated.

Hand Cream - 100ml - $6 - with a creamy texture and an extra-rich formula that locks in moisture to leave hands feeling soft and silky.

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

- Lisamarie -

February 27, 2015

Fragrant Friday - Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Bamboo

Elizabeth Arden Green Tea Bamboo - 50ml EDT - $40, 100ml EDT - $56, 248ml Honey Drops Cream - $27 - a fresh, citrus-green fragrance with top notes of sparkling lemon, bergamot, grapefruit, bamboo scent trek, tamarind tree leaves and galbanum; heart notes of green tea accord, violet leaves, cucumber, syringa scent trek; and base notes of soft musk, white birch, lentisque resin, moss, Italian orris and mate.

This is exactly my kind of fragrance - clean, fresh and citrusy - perfect for closing your eyes and pretending it's spring!

Available now at Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs, Jean Coutu, Rexall and Hudson's Bay - where you will exclusively fine the 100ml fragrance and body cream.

- Lisamarie -

February 26, 2015

Fave lips and tips from Mary Kay Paradise Calling Spring 2015 Collection - with swatches!

Tired of the cold and craving some colour? Then look no further then Mary Kay Paradise Calling Spring 2015 Collection - full of everything your colour-craved self has been wanting including some fabulous lip and nail colours - since I couldn't pick just one favourite, here they all are:
Lacquered Lip Shine in Exotic Orchid
Lacquered Lip Shine in Sun Baked
Lacquered Lip Shine in Tropical Mandarin
Nail Lacquer in Exotic Orchid
Nail Lacquer in Lagoon
Nail Lacquer in Tropical Mandarin

- Lisamarie -

February 25, 2015

This week I'm obsessed with... Vita Liberata Trystal Self Tanning Bronzing Minerals!

Vita Liberata Trystal Self Tanning Bronzing Minerals - $68 - an oil-free, lightweight, loose mineral bronzing powder that combines an instant pure mineral bronze colour with a long lasting self tanner to create a tan that lasts up to five days - it even comes with a mini luxury kabuki brush for an easy, perfectly-blended, flawless application.

The natural bronzed effect suits all skintones and can be used to contour or provide allover glow. The tan deepens over a four-to-eight hour period and lasts up to five days.

I don't normally bother much with bronzer because I have such a hard time finding a shade that isn't too dark or orange and even when I find a good shade, my skin seems to just love bronzer and eats it up in a couple of hours! So I love the self-tanning aspect of this one. It is a fairly dark shade if you have pale skin so use it with a light hand - by the time my skin has gobbled the bronzer up, the colour that has developed underneath is really quite perfect - and because I prefer a light, healthy glow I only need to apply the bronzer every few days. If you wanted a deeper tan apply the bronzer everyday until you achieve the shade you want and then every few days to maintain it.

Available now at Sephora and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

February 24, 2015

L'Oréal Infallible 2-Step Nail Polish - with swatches!

L'Oréal Infallible 2-Step Nail Polish - $10.99 - in 12 shades: Iconic Indigo, Timeless Taupe, Eternal Grey, Irresistible Bonbon, Infinite Ocean, Keep Magenta, Red Infallible, Forever Mink, Orange Extreme, Petale Revival, Fuchsia For Life, Always A Lady - a hybrid gel-lacquer with a matching tinted top coat that together delivers up to 12 days of colour and shine with a silicon and flex-resin formula that optimizes wear and resists chipping.

I don't love the packaging, it's kind of bulky - but unlike other double sided polishes that have been on the market this one comes apart so you can actually detach the polishes from the holder which helps them take up a lot less space!
Petale Revival
Always A Lady

Available now at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

February 23, 2015

Kiss InstaWave Automatic Curler - for instant curl gratification!

Kiss InstaWave Automatic Curler - $69.96 - a fully automatic curler that instantly creates beautiful, natural long-lasting curls with the touch of a button. Offers ceramic ionic technology for healthy, shiny styling results, two heat settings - low/high and a max temperature of 420 degrees F along with an auto shutoff after 90 minutes. What makes it really nifty is the Curl Dial which allows you to curl to the left or right for versatility and is designed to ensure tangle-free operation.

Available at Walmart stores across Canada.

Not having long enough hair to curl, there's not much I can tell or show you on my head so here's the official tutorial so you can see it in action:

- Lisamarie -

February 21, 2015

Itchy skin gets relief from Avon, Life and Aveeno!

Avon Moisture Therapy Calming Relief Anti-Itch Spray Lotion - 60ml - $10 - infused with collodial oatmeal and menthol for calming, temporary relief of dry, itchy and painful skin.

Available now from your Avon rep - 1-800-265-AVON or online at www.avon.ca.
Life Brand Skin Relieving Moisturizing Lotion - 354ml - $9.99 - specially formulated with shea butter and oat essence to protect and relieve itchy, dry skin with moisturizing that nourishes extra dry skin on contact and lasts all day - to help prevent and temporarily protect chapped, chafed and cracked skin.

Available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart.
Aveeno Soothing Bath Treatment - 8 x 42g - $13.99 - contains 100% pure natural colloidal oatmeal milled into an ultra-fine powder - which when dispersed in water, forms a soothing milky bath that works as a natural cleanser to provide temporary skin protection and relieve irritation and itching due to poison ivy/oak/sumac, rashes, insect bites, and eczema as well as soothing prickly heat, chicken pox, hives or sunburn. It's soap and fragrance free making it gentle enough even for sensitive skin.

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

February 20, 2015

MAC Cinderella Collection

Timeless and courageous, the most famous Disney princess of all inspires a limited-edition colour collection from MAC, magical enough to make all your fairytale dreams come true.

Lipstick - $21
Free As A Butterfly - semi-sheer golden nude (lustre)
Royal Ball - fleshy pink (lustre)

Lipglass - $20
Happily Ever After - cool milky pink with bluish pearl
Glass Slipper - light milky pink with pinkish pearl

Eyeshadow X 6 - Stroke of Midnight - $53
Phloof!- frosted off-white (frost)
Quarry - soft muted plum-brown (matte)
Omega - soft muted beige-taupe (matte)
Vapour - peach-pink with violet pearl (velvet)
Stroke of Midnight - black plum with sparkle pearl (velvet)
Sat in Taupe - taupe with silver shimmer (frost)

Studio Eye Gloss - $27.50
Lightly Tauped - light beige gloss with pearl
Pearl Varnish - white gloss with pearl

Fluidline - $21
Little Black Bow - grey with silver pearl
Macroviolet - deep smoked violet with red pearl

Iridescent Pressed Powder - $33
Coupe d’Chic - light golden peach with gold shimmer

Glitter - $28
Reflects Pearl - fine white glitter with pearl sheen

Pigment - $29
Evil Stepmother - black plum with plum pear
Pretty It Up - olive with pearlized pigments

Studio Fix Lash - $22
Boldblack - black

Beauty Powder - $33
Mystery Princess - pink beige with silver shimmer (matte)

217 Blending Brush - $28.50
168 Large Angled Contour - $42

Available March 5th at MAC locations across North America and online at www.maccosmetics.com.

- Lisamarie -

Fragrant Friday - Lady Gaga Eau De Gaga

Lady Gaga Eau De Gaga - 30ml EDP - $39, 50ml EDP - $59 - meant to appeal to both men and women, the fragrance is built around a beautiful heart of white violet, an intoxicating flower that fuses male and female attractions. To counterbalance this opulent woody-floral intensity, the scent opens with an invigorating burst of sparkling lime that exudes dynamic vibrancy. And it evolves into a sensual trail based on leather, adding a primal quality to the scent.

I honestly don't know what to make of it, every time I smell it the scent seems very different to me. Sometimes it smells very masculine and sometimes it's more neutral but I would probably never peg this as being strictly a women's fragrance. I would definitely recommend you try before you buy - it's likely a love it or hate it kind of scent!

Available now at stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

February 19, 2015

Big things are hapening to thin hair with L'Oréal Fibralogy!

Limp hair that lacks volume and firmness is going to love L'Oréal Fibralogy - a new haircare line that plumps up the volume of hair from within the hair fiber an adds substance - thanks to a wonder ingredient Filoxane - that deeply penetrates the hair fiber and expands it adding volume and body, every time you wash.

Available in the collection:

Shampoo & Conditioner - 385ml - $5.99 - creates thickness that you can feel ever after just one use with the added benefits of effective cleaning and body building in the shampoo and softening and untangling in the condition.

Thickening Booster - 30ml - $7.49 - contains a high concentration of Filloxane to infuse hair with unbelievable volume, body and bounce in-between washes or with your shampoo and conditioner..

Intense Texturizing Mask - 300ml - $7.49 - with a lightweight, jelly-like formula that instantly restores mass and body to thin hair. Enriched with a dry oil, restricting ceramide and candelilla wax to treat the fiber without softening it leaving a long-lasting feeling of cleanliness and thickness to hair.
L'Oréal Ambassador Julianne Moore was on hand during TIFF to promote the line and I totally forgot to post these pictures - luckily it's never too late for a gorgeous redhead  - of course I don't know whether to look at her beautiful hair or gravity-defying dress...

The line is available now at drug, mass and grocery retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

Fave lips and tips from Lise Watier Spring Expression Collection - with swatches!

If you've had enough of winter and are ready for some brighter colour then you will love the Lise Watier Spring Expression Collection - it's chock full of shades that will chase away the winter blues! Including:
Rouge Gourmand Velours in Expression
Nail Lacquer in Expression

- Lisamarie -

February 18, 2015

Eye Love Wednesday - Maybelline Eye Studio Color Molten Eye Shadow

Maybelline Eye Studio Color Molten Eye Shadow - $9.99 - in 8 shade duos: Plum Fusion, Teal Twist, Nude Rush, Endless Mocha, Sapphire Mist, Taupe Craze, Rose Haze and Midnight Morph - with a luminous, gel-powder formula, equipped with ultra-fine pigments that create two colours that flawlessly melt into a third, multi-dimensional shade for a unique look every time.

Available now at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation!

NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation - 30ml - $57 - in 20 global shades that range from super-light to dark -  that create instant polished perfection for all skin types and tones with full coverage in a single, weightless drop.

With a uniquely fluid, oil, fragrance and paraben-free formula that defies the expectations of long-wear foundation, delivering full, natural-looking coverage with unexpectedly weightless, 16-hour wear - and features a unique Weightless Long-wear Technology that moves with skin, delivering up to 16-hours of wear while always feeling light-as-air, and an Even Tone Technology that immediately neutralizes redness, dullness and discolouration to improve skin’s appearance over time. I especially appreciate the advanced pump that dispenses the exact amount of product needed to perfect the entire face.

NARS is big on the benefits of applying foundation with your fingers: less product is wasted and the heat from the skin is beneficial to helping the foundation apply evenly - if that works for you, go for it but there is nothing that is going to separate me from my foundation brush! The other helpful tip is to start by applying foundation in the center of the face and spread it outwards. I've always started at the outside and worked my way in but starting in the middle makes a lot more sense as I need more coverage around my nose, eyes and mouth and when I work from the outside in, I'm running out of foundation by the time I get to the places I need it the most! I'm not usually a fan of long-wear foundations finding them thick and cakey looking but this one really is super-light and feels like nothing on my face. I still have to wear a primer with it - long-wear of not, my face eats foundation - but with a primer under it, it easily lasts me all day!

Available now at Sephora, Hudson's Bay, Holt Renfrew, Norstrom and Murale as well as online at www.narscosmetics.com.

- Lisamarie -

February 17, 2015

Mary Kay Paradise Calling Spring 2015 Collection

Shake off winter and give in to the beckoning call of warm and tropical destinations from Mary Kay - with bright, tropical colours that feature bold, saturated, shiny lips to instantly awaken tired, winter complexions, easy eyes and vibrant nails!

Lacquered Lip Shine  - $19 - in 3 shades: Exotic Orchid, Tropical Mandarin and Sun Baked - with vibrant, high-shine full coverage colour that moisturizes and lasts for lips that feel plush and look luscious.

Whipped Eye Color - $18 - in Tiki Hut and Seafoam - with a lightweight, airy formula that glides on smoothly and blends seamlessly, for creamy, crease resistant, long-lasting colour that you can build from sheer to full coverage and dries to a weightless, luminous, pearlized finish that doesn’t flake or cake.

Nail Lacquer - $10 - in 3 shades: Lagoon, Exotic Orchid and Tropical Mandarin - for strong, bold nails  that dry to an instant glossy finish and a formula that goes on smooth and even, while protecting and strengthening nails.

Moisturizing Spray Lotion - $18 - a body milk with a coconut water fragrance that quenches skin with lightweight moisture that's easy to apply, isn't sticky or greasy and dries fast.

Available now while supplies last until May 15th exclusively through Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultants - to find one go to: www.marykay.ca or call 1-866-455-5454.

- Lisamarie -

Essie 2015 Resort Collection - with swatches!

Get some simply chic resort style with the latest collection from Essie - the perfect thing to pack when you want to get away from it all...
Suite Retreat - blissed out blue orchid
Time For Me Time - iridescent blush sheer pink
Stones ‘n’ Roses - petal pink coral
Cocoa Karma - molten milk chocolate

If you're in the States, go out and grab them now! Canadians will have to wait until April 7th to find them at salons and drugstores!

- Lisamarie -

February 16, 2015

It's Clinique Bonus Time at Hudson's Bay!

With the total crap weather going on right now we need something that will at least hint at spring... 

And right now, Clinique is offering an exclusive gift with any $31 purchase at Hudson’s Bay until February 22nd which includes a vibrant, large-scale floral print cosmetic bag that houses a curated collection of the brand’s signature pieces with a retail value of $85 and includes:

Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+; Rinse-Off Foaming Cleanser; All About Shadow Trio – in a choice of shades (greens or pinks); Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm; High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara and Repairwear Sculpting Night Cream –

which is a brand new launch for Spring 2015 - and the deluxe sample size isn't going to be enough so go ahead and buy the full sized one while you're at it!

Clinique Sculpting Night Cream - 50ml - $75 - a luxurious hydrating cream-gel appropriate for all skin types that offers an anti-gravity effect for face and neck. Skin will feel instantly softer and smoother thanks to 8 potent de-aging ingredients that help support skin during its sleep cycle, when skin’s repair ability peaks supporting natural skin cell regeneration and includes:

Centella Asiatica, Whey Protein and Acetyl Hexapeptide-8 - to improve natural collagen production, helping to enhance skin’s firmness and resilience, increasing skin’s “bounce-back” quality for a defined facial contour that appears lifted; Coleus Barbatus Extract - a powerful ingredient that helps improve sagging facial contours; White Birch Extract - helps fight environmental damage caused by UV exposure; Vitamin C - helps protect against free radical damage; while Murumuru Butter and Linoleic Acid work to prevent dehydration and maintain an optimum balance of moisturization leaving skin feeling soft, smooth, comfortable, more luminous, with improved texture and softened lines and wrinkles.

The Clinique Repairwear Sculpting Night Cream is available now at Clinique counters across Canada but if you want the GWP - get it at Hudson's Bay before February 22nd!

- Lisamarie - 

February 14, 2015

Lise Watier Expression Spring Collection 2015

Lise Watier wants you to release your inner artist this spring 2015 and become your own canvas with the Expression collection!
Palette Expression - $42 - Limited Edition - with five soft yet vibrant shades with a cream-powder formula and finishes that range from semi-matte to iridescent that allow you to express your every mood with multiple colour combinations.
Feline Eyeliner HD in Vert - $20 - New Shade - a liquid liner with a soft, high-precision felt-tip applicator for a high-definition line that is super easy to apply and won't transfer.
Eye Shine in Expression - $20 - New Shade - creates highly pigmented lines with a metallic finish that applies easily and is long lasting.
Ombre Souffle in Fairy Pink - $24 - New Shade - a long-lasting shadow that is a blend of cream, powder and mousse for a silky, airy texture and an iridescent, luminous finish.
Expression Blush Trio - $38 - Limited Edition - with three gentle iridescent shades which can be used separately: brown - perfect along the hollow of the cheekbone to structure the face; rose - use on the cheeks for a healthy glow; and orange - place on the temples to illuminate the complexion - or blended together for a beautiful effect on any skin tone.
Multifunction Powder Brush - $35 - the ideal tool for all types of powder products, both loose and compact - with long, soft bristles that help powder glide over the face and body for a natural looking result.
Rouge Plumpissimo in Rose Nu and Rose Petale - $22 - New Shades - with a rich, creamy silky formula and a subtle glossy finish as well as plumping agents to make lips look irresistibly lush.
Rouge Gourmand Velours in Expression - $22 - Limited Edition - offers richly pigmented colour, unrivaled comfort and an ultra-matte look with a smooth, creamy and hydrating finish that keeps lips from drying out thanks to the jojoba oil in the formula.
Nail Lacquer in Expression - $13.50 - Limited Edition - with a fine-tip brush and a cap that lights up for an easy application.

Available now until April at drugstores across Canada and online at www.lisewatier.com.

- Lisamarie -

February 13, 2015

Fragrant Friday - Dolce & Gabbana The One Collector's Edition

Here's the perfect gift that embodies the passion of Valentine’s Day and ultimate luxury with an iconic red bottle:

Dolce & Gabbana The One Collector's Edition for Her - 75ml EDP - $127 - a rich Oriental floral fragrance with top notes of sparkling, fruity accords of bergamot, mandarin, lychee and peach; a heart of Madonna lilies; and base notes of soft vanilla, hot amber and sensual musk. It really is a romantic and sexy scent!

And while you're at it, you should probably get a little something for the boy too:

Dolce & Gabbana The One Collector's Edition for Him - 100ml EDT - $97 - with top notes of grapefruit, coriander and basil, heart notes that feature a strong blend of cardamom and ginger; and base notes of masculine tobacco accord, amber and cedar.

Available now for a limited time until April 2015 exclusively at Hudson's Bay stores and Dolce & Gabbana boutiques across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

February 12, 2015

Test Driving - Annabelle Stay Sharp Waterproof Lipliner!

I love lipgloss even though it can be a bit of a pain - like it's tendency to migrate outside of my lipline to other parts of my face. A problem easily solved with a lipliner which have their own drawbacks - like never being able to find a sharpener when you need one... problem solved with:

Annabelle Stay Sharp Waterproof Lipliner - $9.99 - with a creamy formula in 6 intensely pigmented shades: Nude, Java, Glam Red, Berry, Strike A Rose and Vintage - with a fine tip for extra-precise application that stays sharp thanks to the twist-on cap which includes a sharpener. Every time the cap is twisted back on the pencil, the blades sharpen the tip to perfection and neatly keep the shavings for no fuss or mess!
But my favourite thing about lipliners is they add great lasting power to a gloss - on it's own, gloss usually only lasts about an hour on me, so after lining the lips, I use the liner to colour in my lips as well and it  doubles the wear time of the gloss - and even when the gloss is gone, the liner colour stays so I don't look entirely un-done until I get a chance to reapply! Here is Annabelle Stay Sharp Waterproof Lipliner in Strike a Rose with a topcoat of Big Show Lipshine in Gasp - after being on my lips for an hour, there is still a bit of shine left but most of the colour you see is just the liner!

And if you really love the self-sharpening aspect, you'll be happy to know that there is a collection of Stay Sharp Eyeliners as well!

Available now at drugstores across Canada and online at www.annabelle.ca.

- Lisamarie -

February 11, 2015

Eye Love Wednesday - Vichy Idealia Eyes

Unsatisfied with the tone, texture and glow of your eye area? Then check out:

Vichy Idealia Eyes - 15ml - $39.50 - with a light hydrating texture that offers double correction - both on the surface: with blurring agents to instantly diffuse light to optically smooth and mattify skin texture; universal illuminators to instantly optimize the reflection of light and provide continuous diffusion to eliminate shaded areas; and LHA to refine skin texture with an exfoliating action that stimulates cell renewal -

and works below the surface: with DRM-Bright Complex + Vitamin B3 for their anti-redness and pigmentation evening; Vitamin Cg to help limit the formation of fine lines and dark circles; and Caffeine to reduce puffiness

- so not only do the optical correctors offer immediate gratification by immediately hiding the signs of tired eyes, but the active ingredients help correct the cause of the problems so they look even better over time!

Available now at drugstores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -