Neutrogena Make-Up Removing Cleansing Wipes Night Calming - 25 wipes - $8.49 - quickly wipes away makeup (even waterproof mascara), dirt and grime
with a soothing scent that helps you relax and unwind after a stressful
day (or Halloween night). Skin is left feeling fresh and clean and not at all sticky so there
is no need to rinse, making them the perfect product to keep by the bed
for those nights you're too lazy to get out of bed to take off your
makeup! The formula is alcohol free and allergy tested and is safe to
use around the eyes even for contact lens wearers.
Garnier Skin Naturals Fresh Cleansing Cloths - 25 cloths - $6.99 - with soft, thick dimpled cloths that gently pick up dirt and oil from the skin while the two doses of removing lotion, formulated with rose extract and Vitamin E, in every cloth removes even waterproof makeup with less rubbing and no tightness to leave skin soft and comfortable.
Olay Wet Cleansing Towlettes - 30 cloths - $10.99 - textured cloths that combine alcohol and soap-free cleansers, Vitamin E and light Olay moisture to
exfoliate and condition skin while cleansing it of dirt, oil, and
make-up including mascara to leave it feeling clean soft and smooth.
All available at drug, mass and grocery retailers across Canada.
Marc Anthony introduces Deep Repair Aloe Vera Jasmine with a head to toe regimen for hair and skin in need of a little TLC with lightweight formulas that harness the properties of nutrient rich, healing Aloe Vera Juice and fresh Jasmine Extract to replenish moisture without heaviness and help correct the look and feel of extra dry, damaged hair and skin. Along with Sea Kelp Extract - known for its protection and conditioning properties - to help overworked hair and skin feel revitalized, refreshed, healthier, soft and like new.
Available in the collections are:
Sulfate Free Shampoo - 250ml - $10.99 - gently cleanses and nourishes while repairing dry, damaged hair strands.
Sulfate Free Conditioner -250ml - $10.99 - smoothes damaged, frizzy strands to reinforce strength and help prevent future damage.
Deep Repairing Conditioning Treatment - 50ml - $2.99 - extreme renewal for dry, damaged hair that instantly corrects, softens, detangles and creates healthy, frizz-free hair with shine.
Sulfate Free Body Wash -500 ml - $8.99 - revives and soothes overworked, dry damaged skin with intense moisture that leaves skin healthier and younger looking.
Extra Soothing Body Lotion - 500ml - $9.99 - rejuvenates tired, dry skin with moisture, antioxidants and nourishment for vibrantly healthy, younger looking skin.
Extra Soothing Hand Cream - 100ml - $4.99 - instantly absorbs to soothe, hydrate and replenish dry, chapped hands.
Available now at Shoppers Drug Mart, Pharmaprix, Walmart and other retailers across Canada.
The L’Occitane x Pierre Hermé Collection has arrived for the holidays -inspired by a 20 year friendship between L’Occitane founder Olivier Baussan and pasty chef Pierre Hermé, and their mutual love of Corsica. They both revel in
the sensory world and share a love and expertise of fine, authentic ingredients so collaborating on a fragrance was a natural progression. Baussan designed all the vibrant packaging while Hermé was
responsible for creating two powerful scents using his nose and knack for
bringing unique and unexpected ingredients together.
Jasmine-Immortelle-Neroli - 75ml EDT - $65, 250ml Body Lotion - $32, 250ml Shower Gel - $22, 30ml Hand Cream - $12 - a floral and feminine fragrance for women with top notes of petit grain, pink pepper and lemon; heart notes of jasmine, immortelle, neroli and orange blossom; and base notes of amber, white wood and musk.
Grapefruit-Rhubarb - 75ml EDT - $65, 250ml Body Lotion - $32, 250ml Shower Gel - $22, 30ml Hand Cream - $12 -a soft, subtle unisex fragrance with top notes of grapefruit,rhubarb, lemon and cypress; heart notes of clove, nutmeg and lavandin; and base notes of cedar and vetiver.
I just love this fragrance - grapefruit is one of my favourite scents and the rhubarb makes it extra tart (which just makes me happy) while the spice notes add a exotic sweetness to it that keeps it from being overly fruity.
Also available in both scents is a Gift Set - $80 - including a full size EDT, Shower Gel, Body Lotion and 50g Soap and a Travel Set - $26 - which includes a 30ml Hand Cream, 12ml Lip Gloss and 50g Soap.
You can feel especially good when buying a gift set, with the purchase of one of these, or any L'Occitane gift set, $10 from the sale (up to $120,000) will go to Dress for Success, a great charity which helps outfit
women in need for job interviews.
Available now in L'Occitane boutiques across Canada and online at on ca.loccitane.com.
Fresh Sugar Lip Delight - $65 - my favourite holiday collection of Sugar Lip minis are back, this time with a collection of natural to rich shades that
provide nourishment and a touch of shimmer and include: Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment along with 6 Sugar Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 in Sugar Fig, Sugar Ruby, Sugar Tulip, Sugar Rose, Sugar Nude and Sugar Untinted - all in a metallic-embossed gift
box topped with an oversized bow.
Available now for a limited time at Sephora and sephora.ca.
Maybelline ColorSensational The Creamy Mattes Lipstick - $9.99 - in 8 limited edition shades: Clay Crush, Nude Nuance, Blushing pout, Rich Ruby, Electric Pink, Pink 'N Chic, Vibrant Violet and Burgundy Blush - with a unique formula that offers a soft looking, matte finish while giving lips a creamy comfortable feel with no dryness!
Available now for a limited time at drug and mass retailers across Canada.
Hard Candy Shadow-Spheres Baked Eye Shadow Palette - $8.98 - in 3 shade collections: Nudes & Roses, Light n' Night and My Bright Life - each set includes a range of ten coordinated hues, a mirror and two applicators for on the go application.
Any of the shadows can be used wet or dry for buildable intensity. The dark shades make a great eyeliner when used wet or to achieve a sultry smoky effect. The colour payoff is great and I just love the sparkle!
As an added bonus, the back of the packaging also gives you a little guide as to where the shades can be used for an easy day or night look.
Available exclusively at Walmart stores across Canada.
Filorga Skin-Absolute Ultimate Anti-Ageing Night Cream - 50ml - $195 - with a galenic texture that targets signs of aging: wrinkles, loss of firmness, dark spots and lack of radiance - while you sleep o you wake up to a more defined and radiant complexion.
Ingredients include: chronosphere of hyaluronic acid and NCTF, meteorite extract, brown seaweed, collagen peptide, bran extract and vitamin C.
And no, your monitor isn't wonky and your eyes aren't deceiving you, the cream really is black! Don't worry though once you apply it, it soaks right in and disappears just leaving behind a beautiful glow!
Available now at Holt Renfrew Bloor Street and Yorkdale.
Givenchy Teint Couture Embellishing Concealer - $39 - in 3 shades: No. 1 Soie Ivoire, No. 2 Dentelle Beige and No. 3 Mousseline Halee - with a silky texture that glides easily onto the skin to hide imperfections and illuminate in one easy stroke thanks to its two-colour bevelled design.
One side features a universal pink, light-reflecting stripe that instantly brightens up dark circles, smoothing away the look lines and signs of fatigue - and can also be applied to the inner corner of the eye, the top of the cheekbones, the nose bridge and on the cupid's bow to brighten the face and give the complexion a healthy look; while the beige side corrects and erases imperfections.
If you are using both shades together around the eyes I recommend using a concealer brush to help blend the two colours togther and keep it from looking stripey!
Avon Anew Power Serum - 30ml - $40 - powered by an exclusive advanced boost technology designed to detect visible skin damage and deliver noticeable anti-aging result exactly where skin needs it and visibly improves hydration, texture, radiance, the look of fine lines and wrinkles and firmness. With a concentrated yet lightweight formula perfect for layering to boost the benefits of your day and/or night moisturizer.
Available from your Avon rep - 1-800-265-AVON or online at www.avon.ca.
Bio-Beaute by Nuxe Flash Perfection Beautifying Serum - 40ml - $37 - with an ultra-melting texture that provides an unprecedented action on the 3 key factors of photogenic skin: Structure - skin is plumped up with encapsulated pear cellular water ad anti-oxidant pear seed oil extract;
Texture - is smoothed with a natural smoothing complex of botanical hyaluronic acid and marine-origin renewing sugar;
Luminosity - skin is illuminated and minor flaws appear minimized thanks to a combination "chameleon-effect" pigments and pearly particles.
After four weeks you can look forward to skin that is plumper, smoother textured, more luminous with minor flaws appearing minimized - for skin that looks more even and beautiful - and every day you can look forward to the subtle and sweet fragrance that is 100% natural origin that combines raspberry, rose and freesia.
Available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada.
Kosmea Eighth Natural Wonder Revitalising Facial Serum - 50ml - $74.99 - provides skin with protection against free radicals to help fight the visible signs of aging while it instantly lifts dull and tired skin with clinically proven natural ingredient, MYOXINOL - a unique hibiscus extract that has the effect
of freezing fine lines and wrinkles to give skin instant youthfulness
and vitality. Combined with organic rose hip oil, this duo form nature’s
answer to cosmetic surgery.
Stila HUGE Extreme Lash Mascara - $30 - with all-in-one volume, length, and curl for dramatic lashes.
With a smudge-proof and long-wearing formula with triple-pigments that saturate lashes with rich, virtually weightless colour with every
added coat for a bold, volumized look. Formulated with a blend of soft,
malleable waxes to keep lashes from feeling clumpy or crunchy, it allows
lashes to go fuller than ever before.
The innovative wand features
dense yet flexible, crimped fibers that work pull lashes up and out,
coating every last hair letting you create
bold, beautiful lashes.
The formula is pretty wet so be mindful when applying or it will end up smearing but I do prefer a wet formula for a volumizing mascara, it makes it much easier to add more coats without it getting clumpy!
Available at Murale, Sephora and select Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada.
Guerlain wants to carry you away in a snowy fairytale with holiday season with their Neiges Et Merveilles Christmas Collection 2015 - once you see it, you're going to want to be snowed in with it all!
Meteorites Enchanted Snowflakes - Light-Enhancing Powder - $89 - with a fresh mix of white, beige, champagne and gold pearls giving light and radiance to the face to create a soft iridescent finish to the skin.
Let's all take a minute now to sigh over the packaging - a pearly white and gold snowball of wonderfulness! And the tiny star shaped meteorites - too adorable! It looks amazing, it smells wonderful - the whole thing is complete heaven! If you love it as much as I do, get your hands on it fast, it's going to be a sell-out!
Palette Ors Et Merveilles - Eyes and Blush Palette - $95 - a two level palette containing 5 iridescent eyeshadows on the top level and 4 blushes on the bottom - 2 matte: Rosewood and Coral along with 2 pearlescent: Pink and Iridescent Red.
Meteorites Voyage Enchante - Skin-Perfecting Illuminating Matte Powder - $214 - in a translucent universal shade suitable for all skin tones to set makeup and mattify the complexion resulting in a soft focus effect.
Terracotta Collector - Classic Bronzing Powder - 03 Brunettes - $64 - in a white and sparkling silicone sleeve.
Rouge G Exceptional Complete Lip Colour - 867 Merveilleux Rose - $56 - in a silver collector's case decorated with snowflakes.
Gloss D'Enfer Top Coat - 902 Reflets Etoiles - $34 - a shimmering transparent shade that can be applied alone or on top of another colour.
Maxi Velvet Lip Colour - $34 - with a creamy and ultra matte texture and bold pigmentation (shade and formula similar to the Rouge G L'Extrait M65 Paress)
La Laque Couleur 903 Nuit Merveilleuse - $29 - a magnetic purple shade to illuminate the nails.
You've got a week to start saving - available November 1st at Guerlain boutiques and select counters across Canada and online at sephora.ca. - or just add the whole darn collection to your Christmas list - you've been (kinda) good this year, right?!
L'Oréal Professionnel Pro Fiber is here for those of you sick and tired of getting a fabulous salon treatment that makes your hair look great, that is until you shampoo at it home, at which time the results are pretty much washed down the drain. Thanks to a revolutionary damage repair molecule those crazy hair-scientists were clever enough to come up with - APTYL 100, those disappointing days are over. Now with Pro Fiber, the APTYL 100 is not only deposited on to the hair,
but is anchored deep into the fiber for long-lasting repair - and then
reactivated again at home using the shampoo and re-charge treatment.
There are 3 collections that work on different levels of damage:
Revive - designed to resurface hair fiber and provide long-lasting care for slightly damaged hair from demi-permanent colour and mechanical damage caused by heat styling tools - scented with the brightness of citrus and the sweetness of honey.
Restore -designed to repair hair fiber and provide long-lasting care for damaged hair from permanent colour and/or highlights and mechanical damage caused by heat styling tools - scented with a blend of spice notes and a floral touch.
Recover - designed to restructure hair fiber and provide long-lasting care for very damaged hair from multiple permanent colour and frequent mechanical damage caused by heat styling tools - with a rich vanilla scent.
The at-home Pro Fiber routine promotes the long-lasting effects of the molecular complex APTYL 100 on the hair fiber. Each time you shampoo, the unique formula is reactivated - to leave hair looking as soft and shiny as when you left the salon!
Available in the at-home collections are:
Shampoo - 250ml - $27.50 - Revive: untangles hair leaving it healthier, as if resurfaced and feeling smoother and softer; Restore: treats damaged hair leaving it smoother, softer, shinier and easy to comb; Recover: leaves hair feeling extremely soft and silky from root to tip. Conditioner - 200ml - $28.50 - Revive: instantly nourishes weakened hair fiber for hair that feels stronger, softer and looks silkier: Restore: damaged hair fibers are richly nourished to leave them feeling softer and smoother; Recover: relaxes and softens hair leaving it nourished and reinvigorated. Mask - 200ml - $28.50 - Revive: revitalizes hair to leave it looking shiny and feeling light and soft; Restore: hair instantly feels softer, looks smoother, silkier and easy to comb and style; Recover: cots the hair fibers for an immediate sensation of deep treatment resulting in smoother hair with a silkier feel that is easy to comb. Leave-In - 150ml - $28.75- Revive Serum-in-Gel - tips of the hair are instantly smoother and softness is restored; Restore: Emulsion of Serums - hair instantly becomes smoother from root to tip and ready for styling; Recover: Serum-in-Cream - hair length and ends are treated and become radiant. Re-Charge - 6 x 20ml - $35.00 - use it in place of the shampoo every fourth wash to prolong the results up to 6 weeks.
Having experienced many times the disappointment of having a fabulous salon treatment that was basically washed away the first time I shampooed at home, I was excited to try the Pro Fiber treatment for myself and I visited Lisa at Mosaic Hair Group. I wasn't sure exactly which treatment program I needed but no matter, there's an app for that and Lisa took me through a questionnaire that quickly pinpointed my hair's particular issues and decided that we would do the Restore treatment in the salon but send me home with Revive home products because my hair wasn't super damaged and she figured that the salon treatment would be enough to bring it back to perfection - she was right - look at it - amazing!
At home I just wash and condition with the Revive products and every 4 washes I replace the usual conditioner with a serving of Re-Charge and my hair still feels as soft as the day I left the salon, looks as shiny and is practically frizz free, even with this stupid weather! It's a very quick and affordable treatment to add to your regular salon visit - takes 10 minutes and costs $25 - $35 depending on hair length.
Available now at L'Oréal Professionnel salons across Canada including Mosaic Hair Group - feel free to go see Lisa, she's great - at 325 Lonsdale Road in Toronto - 416-482-8899 - there is an Avenue Road location as well - check out their website at www.mosaichairgroup.com for more details.
Avon celebrates 30 years of Imari fragrance with a new addition to the collection:
Avon Imari Elixir - 50ml EDT - $26, 200ml Body Lotion - $12 - an oriental-floral
fragrance in which passion is highlighted with juicy, fruity essences of
blackberry, seductive rose absolute and hypnotic pure vanilla extract.
A well, in honour of the anniversary, two of the former Imari fragrances - Imari - a warm sensual scent blossoming with incense, musk and alluring hints of vanilla orchid and Imari Seduction - with notes of luscious plum, purple orchid, dark rose and tantalizing hints of dark vanilla - are back in new bottles.
Available from your Avon rep - 1-800-265-AVON or online at www.avon.ca.
Bella Vita Miracle Balm - 80g - $15 -heals chapped or cracked skin and provides total care for hands or any dry spots on the body. It contains the healing and protection of propolis - a blend of bee secretions, pollen and tree resin which is created by the bees to protect their hives from infection and it's natural antiseptic and antibiotic properties are equally beneficial for people; along with emu oil, castor oil and comfrey for additional restorative and soothing properties.
Available in health food stores across Canada.
Avon Planet Spa Blissfully Nourishing Hand, Elbow and Foot Cream - 75ml - $10 - contains African shea butter harvested from the tropical regions of Africa which is rich in vitamins to perfectly nourish, moisturize and renew dry skin.
Available from your Avon rep - 1-800-265-AVON or online at www.avon.ca.
Lotus Aroma Intensive Hand Repair Cream - 50ml - $15 - available in Citrus Zest, Exotic Verbena and Unscented - specifically designed to relieve damaged, dry and chapped hands with a silky textured formula containing: organic shea butter - to protect, nourish and regenerate; organic cupuacu butter - to moisturize and soothe; organic baobab oil - to soften, rejuvenate and heal; cranberry extract - an antioxidant; organic cranberry oil - an antioxidant that is anti-aging for sensitive skin; aloe vera juice - to moisturize, soothe, nourish and firm; vegetable glycerin - to moisten and moisturize; and oligoline 2C - a red algae extract that protects, moisturizes and smooths.
Available at fine pharmacies and health food stores across Canada.
Soap & Glory Sexy Mother Pucker Pillow Plump XXL Lip Gloss - 10ml - $24 - in 4 shades: Clearvoyant, Nude In Town, Coy Toy and Pinkwell - with an ultra-shiny, smoothing and hydrating formula that features Lipswell natural flower oil infusion,glassy-shine technology and 3XL-Peptide Plump complex - to help increase levels of hyaluronic acid, support fat cells, and give an ‘auto plump’ built-in cushioning effect for lips that are left lustrous, moisturised, and looking perfectly plumped!
The box does warn that as lips plump, I might feel a bit of a "buzz" but holy freaking understatement people - there was a whole friggin' bee hive in my lips!! So be prepared for a couple of minutes of super-tingle but once you get past that, it doesn't feel like much of anything at all - and it smells like chocolate so you have that!
Available now at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada.
Jouviance Gloss XOXO Hydrating & Plumping Lip Gloss - 4.7ml - $20 - in 6 shades: Sweet Kiss, Bisou de Vero, Premier Baiser, Kiss & Make Up, Kiss Kiss and Bise - blends ultra-shine with maximum volumizing action to plump both instantly and over time with regular use. With exclusive
Maxilip technology and hyaluronic acid spheres to deliver exceptional
moisturizing and restructuring properties for instant, long-lasting
plumpness, leaving lips incredibly fuller and softer along with a hint of mint to create a feeling of freshness.
NYC New York Color CityProof 24HR Waterproof Eyeshadow - $3.99 - in 11 shades: 5th Ave Gold Rush, Murray Hill Champagne, Wall Street Bronze, Brooklyn Mocha, Tribeca Taupe, Rockefeller Center Snowflakes, Empire State Building, New York At Night, Central Park Tulips, Long Island Blue, East River Romance and Madison Square Park - inspired by the city that never sleeps in a convenient twist-up pencil format that has a waterproof cream formula that offers smear-proof, tear-proof eye vibrant colour that never fails.
Available at mass retailers across Canada.
Mary Kay at Play Shadow & Liner - $15 - in 4 shades: Mint To Be, Rebel Rose, Iced Lilac and Caramellow - a perfectly portable multi-tasker that
delivers buildable colour in a double-ended format that is slim on one end making it perfect for lining and thick on the other for easy, quick shadow!
Available now 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.
SST Cosmetics Power Stay Shadow Stick - $33.90 - in 5 shades: Purple Rain, Liquid Bronze, Water Lily, #GR8 and #OMG! - a multi-purpose stick for effortless, long lasting looks featuring a water-based formula that is also waterproof so it stays in place. Smooth onto the eyelid directly from the pencil for an effortless long lasting shadow and blend using finger or brush. It can also be used an eyeliner or brow pencil.Only downside is the pencil isn't retractable but it can easily be sharpened.
Don't shoot the messenger but winter is coming my friends! I immediately start to see and feel the change in seasons with my skin. What is combination/oily in the summer becomes combination/dry in the fall and winter - and much like we start to layer our clothing, I also layer my face products. I don't like to wear a heavy moisturizer so look to a light product that carries a heavy moisture punch that I can wear under my usual moisturizer to save my skin from being a dry, flaky mess!
Skyn Iceland Arctic Face Oil - 30ml - $39.50 - a daily age-defying omega face oil that absorbs quickly and penetrates deeply to replenish natural moisture while sealing in round-the-clock hydration with 99.9% naturally sourced camelina oil that is cold-pressed to retain maximum nutrients and is composed of 9 essential fatty acids that are curative and rejuvenating for the skin as well as being a natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory to soothe, calm and protect the skin; vitamin E - a powerful natural antioxidant that helps enhance skin's elasticity, tone and texture; and sunflower oil - a natural preservative.
Together they deliver powerful hydration, helping to repair and balance skin's lipid barrier while locking in lasting moisture. Over time, it smooths fine lines and wrinkles to reveal a softer and more youthful complexion.
Don't let the word "oil" scare you, this isn't an oily, oil - it soaks right in and leaves skin glowing - if your skin is dry or you have dry areas, go ahead and layer your moisturizer over it, if you tend more towards oily, use it on it's own! And if you have any extras left on your fingertips, don't waste it, it works great on flyaways and dry cuticles too!
GOSH #Foundation Drops - 30ml - $26 - in 5 shades: 002 Ivory, 004 Natural, 006 Tawny, 008 Honey, 010 Tan - a water-free, ultra-light textured foundation that offers a natural nude look for the skin that feels like wearing nothing. Infused with beneficial ingredients such as argan oil and antiderm for their soothing and hydrating properties and you'll love how smoothly it applies thanks to the silicone base.
It just takes a few drops for medium-coverage so it's nice that it comes in the dropper format, making it easier to control how much you apply. The formula is also buildable, for places you need more coverage, and has a silky, flawless finish.
H&M stores recently launched their beauty department in Canada and what a beauty department it is my friends! With hundreds of products that include makeup, nail polish, hairstyling and bodycare.!
There's such a staggering variety of products and shades that you will likely be overstimulated and not know where to look first - which was my issue - so I headed for the nirvana of colour also known as the nail polish section!
H&M Nail Polish - $6.99 - with dozens of colours to choose from I still couldn't resist the blues...
The Real Teal
They apply smoothly, have great colour and lasted almost a week without chipping - my only surprise was the price, not that $6.99 is that expensive for a nail polish but I did find many of the products in the H&M beauty collection were pricier then I would expect something from H&M to be - the lipsticks for example are $12.99 which is not inexpensive!
You can check out the beauty department now at H&M stores across Canada.
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!