September 30, 2015

Eye Love Wednesday - Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadow

Kat Von D Metal Crush Eyeshadow - $25 - in 11 striking shades: Thunderstruck - metallic pearl, Static Age - metallic silver, Black No. 1 - metallic gunmetal, Paranoid - metallic cobalt, Danzig - metallic violet, Iggy - metallic mermaid green, Electric Warrior - metallic citron green, Thrasher - metallic gold, Synergy - metallic bronze, Doce - metallic copper, Raw Power - metallic mahogany - with maximum pigment and a long-wearing, polished metal finish.

The idea of metallic shadow kind of freaks me out and I had visions of looking like some sort of brightly coloured circus clown... the colours are vibrant so I wouldn't use most of them over the whole eyelid - but they are great as an accent colour and amazing as a liner - the texture is creamy and they glide on really smoothly so lining is super easy!

Available at Sephora and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Formula X Infinite Ombré Nail Design Set!

Formula X Infinite Ombré Nail Design Set - $35 - includes 4 x 4ml Effects Nail Color in Boundless Berry - electric pink, Infinite Indigo - vivid bluish-purple, Timeless Teal - dynamic blue-green, Limitless Lemon - radiant yellow and a 12ml Effects Nail Color in Platinum Prime - silver anchor base that are uniquely designed to fuse with one another while wet, allowing you to blend, stripe, dot, and marble your way to never-before-seen nail art in a few effortless brush strokes.






It's easy to do, simply layer the colored lacquers over the Platinum Prime silver base once dry and watch your mani transform instantly into any effect of your choice - from ombré to tie-dye to water colour effects - the design possibilities are infinite.

If you lack inspiration of your own, the set also includes an illustrated, step-by-step tutorial for three eye-catching looks - making it easy even for someone like me who lacks any sort of artistic talent of my own!

Available at Sephora and sephora.ca.
- Lisamarie -

September 29, 2015

Prime to perfection with Givenchy, Make Up For Ever and Neutrogena!

Combat shine with:

Givenchy Mister Mat Matifying Primer - 25ml - $42 - a mattifying powder gel primer that can be used alone or under makeup for a velvety smooth complexion. The lightweight fluid softens and hydrates with silicone gum extracts while plant extracts work to control sebum production, which provides a long-lasting matte effect that remains light enough to let skin breathe. The subtle light-blue pearlescent shimmers counteract a dull look and minimize the appearance of large pores, leaving skin looking bright and glowing.

What's especially nice about it is not only can you use it under makeup, but you can also use it throughout the day over makeup to touchup any super oily areas!

Available at Givenchy counters across Canada.

Equalize tone with:

Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer - 30ml - $43 - a lightweight and creamy primer that assists with balancing the skin's tone to create the perfect canvas to achieve an ideal makeup result and leave skin  looking fresh for hours while it hydrates, firms, and smooths. With 6 colour options:

Radiant Primer Blue adds radiance to light skin.
Radiant Primer Yellow adds radiance to light to medium skin.
Radiant Primer Peach adds radiance to medium to tan skin.
Radiant Primer Caramel adds radiance to dark skin.
Radiant Primer Pink adds radiance to light to medium skin.

If blotchiness is an issue for you at all this primer is a must - just a thin layer underneath your foundation or BB cream and you will be amazed at how even and bright your skin will look - as an added bonus, it helps makeup go on so much smoother too!

Available at Sephora, sephora.ca and Make Up For Ever boutiques.
Refine texture with:

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Instant Skin Refiner - 30ml - $24.99 - with a lightweight formula that instantly smoothes imperfections so skin looks flawless and more even for up to 8 hours. Formulated with a rice protein complex which instantly absorbs oil to provide shine control without over-drying the skin and optical modifiers to brighten skin and minimize the look of imperfections all day.

Available at drug, food and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

CND Vinylux Holiday 2015 Aurora Collection - with swatches!

CND Vinylux Aurora Collection - $11.95 - with four new shades that help you discover the beauty of the Arctic tundra and capture a crystalline essence with icy, glistening finishes.
Nordic Lights
Winter Glow
Glacial Mist
if that's too much sparkle for you, Glacial Mist looks great as an accent nail paired with a deeper blue!
Tundra

Available at salons across Canada for the holidays - for more information or to find a salon near you visit cnd.com.

- Lisamarie -

September 28, 2015

Kat Burki for beautiful, radiant skin in just a few minutes!

Kat Burki embraces the idea of intelligent formulas for maximum beauty and proves it with the first certified Cold-Pressed, Cold-Poured and Cold-Processed  (under 120 degrees fahrenheit) method to ensure all vital ingredients retain maximal effectiveness.

Kat Burki Rose Hip Revitalizing Serum - 30ml $182 - a natural cell energy generator in a light, relaxing smelling serum that offers free-radical protection, energizes skin’s natural rejuvenation process and  defense against the visible signs of aging by minimizing fine lines and wrinkles. With a KB5 Complex that works in harmony with purified Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil and a uniquely stable form of Vitamin C to support skin’s natural defenses and collagen integrity, balance and brighten skin tone and reduce damage from UVA/UVB exposure.

And to really up the effectiveness of the formula the perfect tool to aid in application of it is:

Kat Burki Micro Firming Wand - $92 - a lightweight  transdermal delivery system that uses iontophoresis and micro vibration to help active anti-aging nutrients penetrate 30% deeper into the skin as well as increase micro-circulation.

What's neat is you don't have to worry about how long to use it, through ionic energy the wand automatically starts vibration once sensing moisture and automatically stops once product is completely absorbed!

But seriously, it vibrates... 'nuff said!

Available now at Murale and murale.ca.

- Lisamarie -

Mascara Monday - Physicians Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit

Physicians Formula Eye Booster Instant Lash Extension Kit - $19.99 -includes a potent Lash Boosting Mascara infused with Lash Boosting Technology plus dramatic Lash Extensions that instantly create length, density, fullness, definition and drama.
It's an easy application process - a layer of mascara followed by a layer of fibers and then another layer of mascara. The extensions themselves are all-natural, make primarily from cellulose with panthenol, botanical extracts and vitamin E - while the colourants are also natural from artichoke and basil.
Be warned, it's not a mess-free process - the extension fibers drop everywhere! Not a huge deal they wipe up easily, just be careful not to get them in your eyes, they aren't harmful but they are irritating!
On the left eye I used a clear mascara under the fibers (so you could see what the fibers look like when applied in the messy picture), on the right eye I used the mascara in the kit - which you can see offers a much more dramatic result!
It's a messy process with a great result that it's clumpy and very natural - I even got complimented on my natural looking false lashes!

Available now at drug and mass market retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

September 26, 2015

Fall colour for your legs from Bliss, Sephora and Secret!

Bliss Fat Girl Slim Hide & Glow Sleek Firming and Luminous Tinted Body Spray - 113g - $48 - in Fair to Medium Glow and Medium to Deep Glow - a tinted firming body spray that clinically firms and tones skin over time while instantly perfecting skin with a luminous glow. Dull, uneven skin is instantly perfected and becomes more luminous and radiant and as an added bonus over time skin tone is enhanced, firmness is improved and the appearance of cellulite is reduced. Use it everywhere except your face!

Available at Hudson's Bay and thebay.com.
Sephora Perfection Mist Airbrush Bronzer Face & Body - 150ml - $35 -  a long-wearing, oil-free, water- and transfer-resistant spray that creates an instant airbrushed tint and buildable colour. With a microfine dispersal that allows for even application and quick dry down so you don't have to sit around waiting to get dressed.

Available at Sephora and sephora.ca.
Personally though, if I want to put colour on my legs I go with the lazy-girl option of tights - not only do they come in every colour I could want, they keep my legs warm - I'm always cold!

Secret Fashion Tights - $9.99 - in 4 new colours for fall: Royal Purple, Ink Blue, Grape Wine and Dark Charcoal.

Available now at major retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

September 25, 2015

L'Oréal Studio Line #TXT Volume Supersizing Spray - all the volume with none of the hassle!

As any other fine haired ladies can attest to, we do a lot to try and add some oomph to our hair - it looks nice and full for awhile and then just falls flat again usually leaving a lot of sticky product behind. The best way I've found to add volume is a little backcombing in the crown but that is still only really effective if you do it in tandem with a really great product that adds texture to help the hair stay and for that I am loving:

L'Oréal Studio Line #TXT Volume Supersizing Spray - 200ml - $7.99 - with a texturizing micropowder that won't weigh hair down but rather give it instant backcombed texture and volume. Teases your hair from root to tip, leaving it glamorously texturized and sensationally volumized with an irresistible matte finish and no crunchiness. It's buildable and brushable so really, how can you go wrong?! Just spray it into sections of dry hair and put your teasing comb to work. If you aren't working with fine hair, ditch the comb and scrunch with your fingers! Pinup bombshell in no time!

Available now at drug and mass market retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

Fragrant Friday - Mary Kay Cityscape for Her and Him

Mary Kay's newest fragrances for women and men, Cityscape were inspired by the beauty of aspirations and undiscovered destinations and  celebrates the style of effortless elegance:

Cityscape For Her - 50ml EDP - $55, Silkening Shower Gel - 133ml - $22, Silkening Dry Oil Mist - 147ml - $22 - with top notes of bergamot, pink pepper, red currant, apricot and violet leaves; heart notes of phantomia orchid scenttrek, orange flower absolute, peony and Florentine orris; and base notes of sandalwood, dansom plum, sustainable vanilla beans from Madagascar orpur, angelica and amber.

Cityscape For Him - 59ml Cologne Spray - $52, Hair and Body Wash - 192ml - $22 - with top notes of Italian bergamot, French lavender and pepper; heart notes of geranium oil Egypt orpur, orange flower and whiskey barrel accord; and base notes of cedarwood, sandalwood, patchouli oil Indonesia orpur, vetiver, amber and Mediterranean rockrose.

I like the men's fragrance a lot but I'm on the fence about the woman's version. It starts off really nice on me and then the floral notes just take over and make it a bit more flowery then I want. I'm hoping a change in the weather will improve things because I sure do love the bottles!

Available now while supplies last until November 15th  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.

- Lisamarie - 

September 24, 2015

Artdeco Mystical Forest Fall/Winter 2015 Makeup Collection

Artdeco has a new collection for Fall/Winter 2015 - Mystical Forest that features earthy nudes, warm beiges, dark berry shades and smokey greys - all inspired by the atmosphere of a misty autumn day in the woods.
Beauty Box Quattro - $14 - with an all-new design that you can fill up with some of the six new shades of silky Eyeshadows - $8.50 - including Dark Queen (No.89A), Forest Flower (No.91A), Mystical Heart (No.190), Dimgray (No. 198), Matt Mystical Forest (No.587) and Mountain Rose (No.215) - that are gentle and soft to apply.
Eye Designer Refills - $14 - in Mountain Ash (No.83) and Dimgray (No.88) - are a long-lasting,
practical alternative for eye makeup and will make your eyes pop. By twisting the refills, the Eye
Designer Applicator  - $18 - picks up the highly pigmented eyeshadow powder and assures a professional
application every time.
Soft Eye Liner Waterproof - $12 - in Anthracite (No.97) is ideal for intensifying the upper eyelash contour and the lower eyelid with extremely long lasting colour that once dried is smear and waterproof.
Kajal Liner - $12 - in Dimgray (No.12) and Woodgrained (No.56) - can be applied softly and smoothly in the inner edge of the eye.
Blusher - $14 - in Crown Pink (No.40) a warm rose that highlights cheeks for a fresh look.
Soft Lip Liner Waterproof - $12 - in "Mystical Heart" (No.79) an elegant pink to define your lip contour.
Perfect Color Lipstick - $16 - in Mountain Rose (No.38A) and Mystical Heart (No.25A) makes lips shine with a creamy texture that pampers lips with nourishing wax and oils whileVitamin E protects
against free radicals and dryness.
Art Couture Lipstick - $22 - in Cream Skin (No.233) - subtle beige and Velvet Dark Queen (No.675) - vibrant redbrown - with creamy texture and rich colour containing natural extract of hops to smoothly nourish the lips
Hydra Lip Booster in Translucent Mountain Rose (No.46) - $18 - with blue sea kale - a marine plant extract that stimulates collagen synthesis along with a combination of sunflower oil and lupine seed extracts to smooth lips.
Art Couture Nail Lacquer - $14 - in Couture Mystical Heart (No.700), Couture Dark Queen (No.702), Couture Crown Pink (No.707), Couture Purple Emperor (No.741) and Couture Dimgray (No.794) - which contain patented ceramic particles which increase resistance, shorten drying time and reduce discoloration.

Available in October exclusively at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations.

- Lisamarie -

Marcelle Rouge Xpression Lipstick - with swatches!

Marcelle Rouge Xpression Lipstick - $11.95 - in 6 gorgeous new shades: Nude Pink, Pink Mademoiselle, French Rose, Vivid Coral, Fuchsia Flare and Rouge en Folie - enriched with avocado oil and vitamins C & E to help prevent chapped lips, restore hydration and smooth out fine lines.
Nude Pink
Vivid Coral

Available now at drugstores across Canada and online at www.marcelle.com.

- Lisamarie -

September 23, 2015

Eye Love Wednesday - sculpt, lift and firm eyes with Guerlain, Ole Henriksen and Kat Burki!

Guerlain Abeille Royale Gold Eyetech Eye Sculpt Serum - 15ml - $150 - with an intensive repairing formula featuring Royal Jelly and pure honey from Ouessant that leaves the eye contour repaired, brighter, decongested, smoothed and looking wide open.

What makes it awesome though is the golden tipped applicator - it even has a fingerprint etched into it so you can pretend your finger is made out of gold (fine okay, yes I have done that - it's also possible I have given my husband the golden finger when he annoys me) - the metal makes it cooling and if you are having an especially puffy morning, put it in the fridge for a few minutes for extra coolness!

Available at Guerlain Boutiques and counters across Canada.
Ole Henriksen Ultimate Lift Eye Creme - 15ml - $52 - a multitasking hydrating eye cream that helps to restore firmness and diminish the look of lines and wrinkles. Infused with a bio-peptide and hyaluronic acid complex, it leaves the delicate eye area looking more lifted and more refreshed all day long; along with nourishing avocado oil and oat kernel extract to lift firm and hydrate - with the added benefit of being a great  base for makeup application.

Available at Sephora and sephora.ca.
Lise Watier Lift & Firm 3D Ultra Firming Rejuvenating Eye Creme - 15ml - $58 - a light, fragrance free cream that offers 7 targeting actions: lifts the upper eyelid; reduces the appearance of wrinkles in three dimensions (length, width, and depth); minimizes dark circles, reduces under eye bags; deeply hydrates; soothes the eye contour for a well-rested look; and protects from dehydration.

With an advanced formula containing The Youth Profiler 2 complex that combines an ingredient that imitates the youth hormone (DHEA) to improve skin's firmness, elasticity and hydration while providing a smoothing effect and a peptide that reduces the appearance of wrinkles in three dimensions along with silk tree bark and darutoside extracts  which lifts the upper eyelid, reduces wrinkles, minimizes dark circles and reduces under-eye bags; polysaccharides - for an instant tightening effect and immediate reduction of wrinkles; and filling spheres instantly reduce the signs of aging with a blurring effect and smoothes skin's surface by filling wrinkles and fine lines.

Available at Lise Watier counters across Canada and online at www.lisewatier.com.

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Tyler Dawson for Clinique Pretty By Design Gift With Purchase!

It's Clinique gift with purchase time at Hudson's Bay and this time Clinique has collaborated with Los Angeles-based interior designer Tyler Dawson to create the exclusive Pretty By Design gift.

A classic California girl, Tyler personifies relaxed luxury. Her playful, colourful, and innovative design aesthetic marries perfectly with Clinique’s approach to beauty. Taking her cue from her favourite design spaces, Tyler modeled her Clinique bag on the pattern of a Parisian herringbone wood floor and modernized it by adding a vibrant colour palette - pinks, teals and a pop of chartreuse.
 
The gift includes:

Makeup bag designed by interior designer Tyler Dawson
Choice of Repairwear Uplifting Firming Cream SPF 15 or Even Better Moisturizer SPF 20
Liquid Facial Soap Mild
High Impact Mascara in Black
Clinique Smart Custom-Repair Serum
Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick in Matte Peony.

Yours with any Clinique purchase of $31.00 or more and if you need help making the minimum may I suggest:

Even Better Brightening Moisture Mask  - 100ml - $39 - helps restore luminosity and radiance while it revitalizes and intensely hydrates so skin emerges soft, smooth, and supple. Contains: Glucosamine - helps to reveal smoother, more luminous skin; Citrus Unshiu Peel Extract -  helps minimize irritation that can lead to darkening; and Licorice Extract - helps to brighten and counteract dullness.

The Tyler Dawson for Clinique gift is available only at Hudson’s Bay from September 15th through October 3rd

- Lisamarie -

September 22, 2015

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation

Too Faced Born This Way Foundation - 30ml - $49 - in 12 shades: Porcelain - fair with neutral to pink undertones, Ivory - fair with neutral to golden undertones, Vanilla - fair/light with neutral to pink undertones, Nude - light with neutral to pink undertones, Warm Nude - light with neutral to golden undertones, Light Beige - light/medium with neutral to golden undertones, Natural Beige - medium with neutral undertones, Warm Beige - medium with neutral to golden undertones, Sand - medium/tan with neutral to golden undertones, Golden - tan with neutral to pink undertones, Honey - tan with neutral to golden undertones, Caramel - caramel deep tan with neutral to golden undertones

The oil-free formula is pretty awesome: infused with a potent combination of coconut water to naturally replenish moisture levels; nature’s resilient alpine rose to brighten the skin’s appearance and promote elasticity; and hyaluronic acid for a smoother, more youthful appearance - what makes it really unusual is that it is full coverage so it covers everything but at the same time natural looking with a glowing finish that makes it look like you aren't wearing any foundation at all!

Available at Sephora and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

OPI Infinite Shine Summer 2015 Shades - with swatches!

OPI Infinite Shine Summer Shades - $18 - with 12 new shades inspired by the laid-back summer lifestyle that deliver 10 days of high-definition, gel-like shine that you apply as part of the 3-step system at home and easily comes off with nail polish remover.

Shades include:

To Be Continued... - periwinkle blue
Wild Blue Yonder - sky blue
The Sun Never Sets - tangerine sunset
Purpletual Emotion - expressive eggplant
You're Blushing Again - bashful pink
Patience Pays Off - nude pink
Enter The Golden Era - pearly gold
Bee Mine Forever - yellow honey creme
S-ageless Beauty - light sage
Lavendurable - sweet lilac
Follow Your Bliss - joyful pink
Silver On Ice - shimmering cool silver

Available at select professional salons and Hudson's Bay.

- Lisamarie -

September 21, 2015

Blur your way to skin perfection with Garnier, The Body Shop and Nudestix!

Garnier BB Cream + Blur - 40ml - $19.99 - available in a Light-Medium shade that offers all the tone evening benefits of a BB cream, the hydration of a moisturizer with the added benefit of a smoothing effect with a hint of perfecting primer, to blur wrinkles, pores and imperfections, reduce the appearance of shine, fine lines and to give skin a soft and velvety feel with a matte finish.

Available now at drug and mass retailers across Canada.
The Body Shop Wonderblur - 30ml - $25 - with a lightweight formula that instantly smooths skin texture, visibly reducing fine lines and pores for an even, flawless finish while offering 12 hour hydration. 

Formulated with Edelweiss stem cells and enriched with Community Fair Trade Babassu Oil

Available at The Body Shop and thebodyshop.ca.
Nudestix Blur Pencil - $28 - in a convenient pencil format that instantly blurs lines, creases and pores for smoother-looking skin texture making the complexion look flawless.

Available at Sephora and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -