StriVectin Clinical Corrector Advanced Anti-Aging Face Tint Broad-Spectrum - SPF 30 - 30ml - $43 - in two shades: Light and Medium - with 9 complexion-correcting actions in one easy step including: diminishing the appearance of wrinkles; brightening shadows; minimizing the look of pores; smoothing texture; evening skin tone; reviving complexion with sheer colour; hydrating skin; creating a dewy-fresh finish; and protecting against damaging UV rays - for a perfectly corrected, fresh and glowing complexion. Contains the patented NIA-114 molecule to help rebuild the skin's barrier and help fight off the visible signs of aging for a youthful look and feel.
Available now at Shoppers Drug Mart, Murale, London Drugs, Rexall, Hudsons Bay and online at
Murale, Hudsons Bay and London Drugs.
Rimmel Provocalips 16HR Kiss Proof Lip Colour - $8.99 - in 9 budge-proof shades: Dare To Be Pink, Heart Breaker, I'll Call You, Kiss Fatal, Kiss Me You Fool, Make Your Move, Play With Fire, Pucker Up, Skinny Dipping -that offer, kiss proof, transfer proof, food proof, high impact colour that doesn't feel tight or dry on the lips. Lips feel smooth and moisturized all day long and man, this stuff really does stay all day - this is what I affectionately call porn lipstick!
It's easy to use - just apply colour and keep lips apart for 60 seconds until the product sets.
Then apply topcoat to lock the colour, moisture and add shine.
And just keep in mind that you will need an oil based makeup remover to get it off, this ain't coming off with soap and water!
I'll Call You
Available now at drug and mass retailers across Canada.
Tired of looking tired? Instantly wake up fatigued eyes and reduce the look of dark circles with:
Neutrogena Rapid Dark Circle Repair - 3.9ml - $29.96 - formulated with an exclusive accelerated brightening complex the micro-stimulates the skin with moisture, diffusing the look of dark circles and offers visible results in just one week - along with instant gratification with light-reflecting minerals that instantly brighten under-eye shadows.
Available now at drug, food and mass retailers across Canada.
Quo Mother's Day 2015 Collection Brush Set - $50 - with eight brushes with pink and purple handles including: foundation, concealer, blush, shadow, definer, crease blender, gel liner, liner/brow definer and lip brushes - all together in an adorable pink and purple pouch.
And if you're looking to give mom (or yourself) the gift of beauty, there are lots of sets and palettes also available in the collection including:
Perfectly Prepped Palette - $18 - includes four wearable shadow colours.
Lots of Lip Lip Gloss Set - $20 - with 10 shades of gloss.
Day to Night Palette - $20 - includes eight eye shadows, four lip glosses and two blushes of subtle day colours to bold evening wear.
Beauty Contest Box - $30 - with an array of 13 eye shadows, four cream liners and two cheek colours.
Total Package Portfolio - $50 - a deluxe beauty palette that includes 45 eye shadows, six cheek colours, nine cream liners and 18 lip colours.
Available now for a limited time exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart.
H Project x ela x Burt’s Bees Editor’s Pouch - $50 - Holt Renfrew’s H Project has partnered with Canadian handbag company ela and Burt’s Bees to create an exclusive Editor’s Pouch in support of Pollinator Partnership Canada. The adorable ombre floral motif of the pouch was inspired by the celebration of bees and it comes with three newly released Burt’s Bees 100% natural Lip Crayons in Carolina Coast, Hawaiian Smolder and Napa Vineyard.
100% of proceeds of the pouch will go to Pollinator Partnership Canada - a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the protection and promotion of pollinators and their ecosystems across Canada.
Available May 1st, exclusively at Holt Renfrew stores across Canada.
Kiehl's Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado - 28g - $35 - gently moisturizes the delicate eye area with a concentrated texture does not migrate into the eyes.
100% of net profits, up to $10,000 from the sales of the Eye Treatmentwill support the Canadian Wildlife
Federation to conserve the puffin’s environment and to support research projects to help better
understand threats facing Canada’s at-risk seabirds and ensure their habitat is
conserved through the CWF Endangered Species program.
Available now at Kiehl's stores across Canada and at www.kiehls.ca.
Mary Kay Beauty That Counts NouriShine Plus Lip Gloss - $18- in two new shades: In Harmony - a combo of Pink Sateen and Berry Tart and Create Change - a combo of Café Au Lait and Cream & Sugar. $1 will be donated from the sale of each of these glosses to benefit the Mary Kay Ash Charitable Foundation in its efforts to support women living with cancer through the Look Good Feel Better program and to help end violence against women by providing grants to women's shelters and community outreach programs.
Available May 16th until August 15th or while supplies last through your Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant - if
you don't have one you can find one at - www.marykay.ca or 1-866-455-5454.
Physicians Formula Organic Wear Bigger! Better! Lashes Mascara - $15.79 - the 1t ever multi-tasking BB mascara with 100% natural origin and 70% organic ingredients, combines instant lash appeal and care for gorgeous, healthy lashes.
With a revolutionary, multi-tasking formula that features a potent 100% natural coconut cocktail - featuring coconut oil, coconut water and coconut lipids and a botanical blend that works overtime to volumize, lengthen, thicken, define, primer, build, lift and sculpt all while conditioning, nourishing and boosting lash luster with every swipe.
And a 2-in-1, 100% recyclable BB brush that builds fullness and volume while it defines, soft and separates as it coats every lash from root to tip for long, full, defined lashes instantly.
This turned out to be a lot less clumpy then I expected - when I first applied and was brushing through my lashes, there were globs of mascara everywhere but the brush does a great job of distributing the mascara evenly and turning globs into gorgeous!
Available now at drug and mass retailers across Canada.
You'd have to be living under a rock not to know that the big thing in beauty these days is contouring! The whole process can seems daunting, especially with some of the kits having half a dozen different contouring shades sure can make it seem complicated! So keep things simple and stick to one contouring shade and one highlighting shade and you'll be saying hello to the cheekbones you never knew you had in no time!
Don't know where to start? Just suck in your cheeks - a swipe of contouring goes in the hallow that appears underneath, a bit of highlighting goes on top of the cheeks and then just blend away! Fingers are the best tool for this, the heat from your skin will warm the cream and help it blend smoothly.
Here are a few of the latest and greatest in stick contouring and highlighting:
Clinique Chubby Stick Sculpting Contour and Sculpting Highlight - $24 - offers smooth, dewy and mistake application in stick form - contours by creating enhanced depth and definition while the highlight contains pearlized, light-reflecting pigments to add a luminous sheen that makes features appear more prominent in the prettiest of ways.
Available now at Clinique counters across Canada.
Nudestix Sculpting Pencil - $28 - in 2 shade duos: Contour - medium/Highlight - light and Contour - deep/Highlight - medium - a dual-ended, matte cream sculpting pencil that provides long-wearing,
blendable coverage in shades that are ideal for highlighting and
contouring features and infused with skin-conditioning and
moisturizing ingredients like shea butter and vitamin E. The double ended pencil makes it easy to contour and highlight in one go - accentuating your best features for a
barely-there, fresh-faced look with a natural finish that evens
the look of your skintone.
Available now at Sephora, sephora.ca, Space NK and Urban Outfitters.
Tarte The Sculptor Contouring Face Slenderizer - $29 - in 3 shades: Park Avenue Princess, Park Avenue Princess 2 - medium and Park Avenue Princess 3 - medium to tan - a contouring and sculpting stick with a lightweight, non-sticky colour that blends flawlessly into all skintones and highlights the face for a slimmer look and create the illusion of
high, chiseled cheekbones in seconds - also great for slimming the neck,
jawline, and nose.
The luxurious French hair care sensation Dessange Paris has finally arrived in Canada and is all set to give Canadian women the healthy, smooth and shiny hair we crave!
With four collections available, with my favourite being:
Dessange Paris Oleo Miracle Collection is infused with nutrients from nature's most precious oils - argan oil, camelia oil and pracaxi oil - to repair hair suffering from thermal, chemical and environmental damage.
Available in the collection is:
Oleo Miracle Replenishing Shampoo - 250ml - $12.99 - with a lightweight formula that offers supreme nourishment without weighting hair down.
Oleo Miracle Replenishing Conditioner - 200ml - $12.99 - boosts shine while repairing the external layer of the hair's fiber to healthier, restored strands.
Oleo Miracle Replenishing Oil - 100ml - $14.99 - a leave-in treatment that nourishes dry, damaged hair without leaving a greasy residue.
Not only does it leave my hair smooth, bouncy and ultra-manageable but it also smells amazing thanks to notes of orange, gardenia petals and sandalwood.
Also available is a Color Restore Collection including a Protecting Shampoo, Conditioner and Top Coat Serum which helps protect colour-treated hair with a formulation of AHA, Vitamin E and UV Filters to restore hair fibres for a smooth, shiny look with prolonged colour vibrancy;
along with a couple of collections that embrace Dessange's roots of creating Brigitte Bardot's blonde bombshell look:
California Blonde Collection including an Illuminating Shampoo, Conditioner, Elixir and Brass Colour Correcting Creme to give hair the moisture it craves while bringing radiance to colour-treated blonde hair; and a Solar Blonde Naturale Collection including a Lightening Shampoo, Conditioner, Gelee and Sun Spray - a lightening haircare system formulated to beautifully clarify and lighten natural blonde hair for a stunning "just-returned-from-vacation" look.
All available now exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart.
If you've always envied your boy his Azzaro, you'll be happy to know there is now an Azzaro made just for you - a woman's fragrance that is dedicated to a glamorous and seductive woman who is confident,
playful, hedonistic and sensual and wants a scent that is solar, refined, sexy and elegant.
Azzaro Pour Elle - 50ml EDP - $70, 75ml EDP - $88 - a solar and sensual floral-woody-amber scent with top notes of cardamom,fresh,
exhilarating, lemony-spicy notes blended with a rosy, tangy and sparkling
accord; a floral heart of rose and
lily; and base notes of warm, dense and sexy notes of olibanum incense
and cashmere wood.
And if you act fast you can still get in on the Azzaro Love Story contest to win an Azzaro Couture handbag or one of 10 fragrances just by posting a picture on social media - go to http://bit.ly/1HJ0Hsj for full details - the contest ends April 26th so don't wait if you want in!
Available now at Hudson's Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, Jean Coutu, Sears, Familiprix, Brunet and Uniprix.
The Runnymede Theatre in Bloor West Village in Toronto is home to the latest Shoppers Drug Mart beautyBoutique and you can't help but be wowed by it - shopping for cosmetics is now like being on stage - which seems pretty appropriate...
The Enhanced beautyBoutique offers 18 prestige brands including: Chanel, Lancome, Clarins, Pur Minerals, Paul & Joe, Dior, Stila, Guerlain, L'Occitane, Clinique, Smashbox, Clarisonic, Darphin, Urban Decay, Biotherm, Benefit, Elizabeth Arden and Estee Lauder.
Being the good friend that I am, I'm going to help you start your shopping list with a few things I think are must haves from the new store including:
Urban Decay Ultra Definition Powder Foundation - $43 - in 14 shades ranging from Fair to Dark - that offer a demi-matte, full-coverage
makeup look that lasts all day. With an advanced, velvety formula that delivers
weightless, buildable coverage and can be applied wet or dry, to create a
radiant, no makeup look that doesn’t leave the skin looking dusty or
cakey. Formulated with coated, micro-milled powders, this foundation
diffuses light to blur the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while
Highlighter Performing Pigments Technology offers rich color and the
perfect balance of coverage to even out your skintone.
Paul & Joe Illuminating Touch Pen - $28 - in 3 shades: Dragee: a radiant pink hue to brighten and add clarity; Miel: an orange colour to even tone and add radiance; Neige: a clear brilliance for subtle glow - all add depth and dimension with just one click with the tantalizing light effect of Secret D'or - a combination of champagne gold frost, control colour and highlighting pink pearls that blend together to create a thin veil with superior coverage while creating a naturally brilliant glow. The base spreads on smoothly with a dewy, fresh finish while key ingredients like sodium acetylated hyaluronate and other moisturizers treat skin to improve texture and tone.
L'Occitane Almond Shower Oil - 250ml - $24 - with a divine texture that helps to hydrate and tone the skin as it comes in contact with water and foams up, creating a luxurious lather - leaving a satin-like softness all over the body and a delicious sugary scent behind.
Stila Lush Lips Water Plumping Primer - $27 - a water-based lip primer that plumps, smoothes and moisturizes lips. With pigments to neutralize discolouration and imperfections creating the perfect base for your favourite lipstick or gloss and a high water content that offers lips a cooling sensation and also leaves a shield of moisture that enhances the lip line, fortifies the lips with moisture and powerful anti-aging ingredients.
Feel free to add some of your own stuff to your basket too - you'll find the new Shoppers Drug Mart beautyBoutique location at 2223 Bloor Street West - happy shopping!
Burberry Kisses Hydrating Lip Colour - $40 -in 28 shades that range from nudes to brights: Nude Beige No.01, Nude Pink
No.05, Tulip Pink
Rose No.17, Nude No.21, Nude
Cashmere No.25, Blossom
Pink No.29, Rose Pink
No.33, Pink Peony
Pink No.41, Claret Pink
Crimson No.49, Crimson
Pink No.53, Peach
Delight No.57, Devon
Sunset No.61, Coral Pink
Peach No.69, Bright
Coral No.7, Blush
No.81, Sepia No.85, Rose Blush
No.97, Bright Plum
No.101, Poppy Red
Red No.109, Union Red
No.113 - with a formula that includes a rich blend of pigments and shiny polymers, giving lips
luminous colour brilliance and enriched with the Burberry signature blend of tea,
lavender and rosehip for a whisper-light formula that glides on and gives up to six
hours of continuous hydration to leave lips
feeling smooth and hydrated and looking luminous.
Military Red - a universally flattering red that I love because of the buildable coverage - it can be a strong, true red, or if you're a bit of a red wimp like me, apply with a light hand for a red that is sheer so less intimidating!
Available now on Burberry.com, TheBay.com and instore at Nordstrom Chinook
Centre (Calgary), Richmond Hudson's Bay (B.C.) and selected Burberry stores.
SST Cosmetics Hydrating Lipstick - $24 - in 18 shades: Stripped, Violent, Altered, Poised, True, Real, Desire, Drama Queen, Naked, Melodramatic, Red Alert, Azura, #BFF, NYX, #XOXO, Quiet Beige, Tone, Vivid - that offer great coverage and staying power along with a hydrating formula infused with grape seed oil, cocoa butter and vitamin E, to keep lips soft and moisturized and smelling great with a sweet vanilla scent.
#XOXO - the perfect shade of pink - it isn't too bright and Barbie looking and isn't so pale that you look washed out!
1-Day Acuvue Define Contact Lenses - heighten the appearance and brightness of the eyes by creating a clearly defined outline around the iris and increasing colour contrast of the eyes with "iris-inspired" designs that don't change the natural colouring of the eyes. With a proprietary Beauty Wrapped In Comfort Technology that encloses the design pigments within two ultra-thin clear layers of etafilcon A material, giving the lenses a smooth, moisture-rich surface, ensuring that the design elements are not in direct contact with the surface of the eye.
In 3 colour options:
Natural Sparkle - with a clean edge that amplifies contrast; highlights that create brightness and dimension; and an iris inspired design to create a natural-looking effect.
Natural Shimmer - with a clean edge that amplifies contrast; distinctive highlights that create depth; and an iris inspired design to create a natural looking effect.
Natural Shine - with a clean edge that amplifies contrast with an enlarging effect; highlights that create contrast and depth; and an iris inspired design to create a natural looking effect.
An added bonus to the clean edge that all the styles offer - research shows that those with a more defined limbal ring (the outline of the iris) are perceived as more attractive! Added bonus - it makes you look younger!
This is the point where I should be showing you what they look like on me and I was all set to do it but sadly contact lenses are my kryptonite. No matter how hard I try I can not get them in my eyes and it's not the fault of these particular lenses, it happens with all of them - so you'll just have to enjoy the before and after on the model!
There is also something clever on the website - you can check out all 3 lens colours on a model with your own eye colour so you can see what they will look like on you - https://www.acuvue.ca/define/
Available now from your eye doctor for around $40 for a 30 pack of lenses.
With the weather finally heating up, it's time to switch out foundations to something that feels light on the skin but that still has great staying power, even during makeup melting temperatures:
Foundation+ SPF 15 - 30ml - $41 - in a wide range of 10 shades: 102.5 Porcelain, 103 Ivory, 105 Nude, 107 Beige, 109 Wheat, 110 Honey, 112 Amber, 114 Cappuccino, 116.5 Coffee, 117 Hazelnut - that offers perfect hold, radiance without shine and a flawless complexion with no dark spots or imperfections with a matte finish that lasts for 18 hours.
With bamboo powder - to mattify, organic quinoa extract - to maintain supple skin and reinforce moisture, extracts of white tea and succory dock-cress - to defend skin against the harmful effects of pollution and free radicals and 100% mineral filters - to protect against the harmful effects of the sun and ensure a perfectly fine texture.
I love how light the texture is - I can still layer sunscreen underneath (the SPF 15 in this one is not enough) and it doesn't feel at all heavy!
Available now at Clarins counters across Canada and online at clarins.com.
Hard Candy Nail Lacquer - $3.98 - comes in 45 shades including 9 new shades to celebrate spring - with 5 metallic shades: Fairy Godmother, Wild Child, Bronze Champion, A Mermaid's Tale, Emerald Cut and 4 glitter shades: Lace Me Up, Flower Bomb, Girl Crush, Mr. Winston - that deliver high shine colour with style!
Fairy Godmother with a Girl Crush accent nail
Wild Child with a Lace Me Up accent nail
Available now exclusively at Walmart stores across Canada.
Guerlain Cils D'Enfer Maxi Lash So Volume! - $34 - intensifies and enhances the eyes with incredible instant volume and a
deep black shade.
With a gentle, creamy and
elastic formula that creates significantly thicker lashes and is infused with a
conditioning action to protect the lashes, it is enriched with adhesive
oils to prevent running or smudging and ultra-glossy oils for an intense
Its fine elastomer brush weaves in to easily catch and precisely
coat lashes one by one – even the shortest and those at the very corners of the eye – to offer
sensational curve. Lashes are coated and sculpted to perfection, with no
risk of excess. Stunning captivating volume, magnetic black.
As the name states - it's meant to give you maxi lashes, making the formula a lot thicker then the more natural mascara I wear on a regular basis - so to me it looks clumpy - I logically understand that for a mascara to be volumizing that it needs to add heft to the lashes so this isn't a bad thing, just not something I'm used to!
Mainting and respecting the balance of combination skin is a challenge that Bio-Beauty by Nuxe recently took up using a groundbreaking technology in a 100% natural botanical complex including cranberry extract that effectively and gently corrects all the annoying skin flaws that affect combination skin in two easy steps:
Bio-Beaute by Nuxe Rebalancing Cleansing Gel - 200ml - $22 - a rinse off, sulfate-free gel that gently cleanses while removing impurities and excess sebum leaving skin clean without drying. Bio-Beaute by Nuxe Multi-Correcting Rebalancing Cream - 40ml - $31 - a non-greasy cream that absorbs quickly and moisturizes for 8 hours while at the same time mattifing and correcting all skin flaws including imperfections, blackheads and dilated pores. With organic apple cryo-extract to promote the release of B-endorphins to improve the skin's comfort.
With regular use you can look forward to skin that is softer, healthier an clearer; with excess sebum eliminated and improved skin quality.
Lise Watier takes you to the beach for the Rivages Summer 2015 Collection - for days filled with lazy sunshine, hot sand and ocean breezes!
Palette Rivages Eyeshadow Palette - $54 - Limited Edition - includes 10 neutral, easy to wear eyeshadow shades with finishes that range from matte to satin and offer a long-lasting cream-powder formula - in the most adorable compact that is iridescent and looks just like the inside of a seashell.
Rivages Bronzing Powder - $39 - Limited Edition - with a blend of bronze, pink and gold shades for a complexion that looks perfectly sun-kissed with a lightly shimmering finish to add a luminous, healthy-looking glow.
24 hrs Glam Eyeshadow - $23 - in 2 new shades: Sexy Glam and Chic Glam, and a limited edition shade: City Glam - a waterproof stick perfect for summer as it won't transfer and offers extreme hold - can be used as a base, liner or an eyeshadow.
Smokey Kohl Velours - $21 - in a new shade: Nude Velours - the ultimate eye brightener that can be applied to the eyes' outer and inner rims for a smooth, matte finish to make eyes appear larger and less red.
Blush Fondant Supreme - $30 - Limited Edition - in Shell and Sand - with a creme-to-powder formula for great blendability with antioxidant properties to give the skin gentle, overall protection.
Rouge Sublime - $25 - in 3 new Shades: Ginger, Amour and Eclectique
Magic Lip Colour Enhancer - $24- with advanced colour-refresh technology which uses the skin's pH level to enhance the natural colour of lips and create a unique rosy shade for each wearer. Contains mango butter to hydrate and protect lips.
Available now at Lise Watier counters across Canada and online at www.lisewatier.com - the limited edition products will only be around until the end of July but I expect they will disappear sooner then that so don't wait if there's something you can't live without!
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!