May 31, 2016

Get glowing with Mary Kay Sheer Dimensions Powder!

Mary Kay Sheer Dimensions Powder - $36 - in Pearls - a pearlescent tone for a flawless, bathed in candlelight high-definition finish that works for any skin tone and features sheer, all-over luminosity with a sheer veil of buildable colour.

It's easy to wear:
• Swirl a clean powder brush in the poweder, tapping off excess.
• With a light, circular motion, dust in center of face and diffuse outward.
• Layer on extra highlights: apples of cheeks, cheekbones, temples, nose and chin.
• If desired, finish shoulders and décolleté with additional radiance.

Or if you crave more colour go with Lace - A sunny matte coral that creates intriguing, glowing warmth all
over skin - or is a fabulous sheer blush for fair skin.

So the bad news is I realized after writing this post that I held off telling you about these for a little too long - if you are in the States, they are still on the Mary Kay website so you're fine but in Canada they have already been discontinued - so check with your Mary Kay rep - 1-866-455-5454 - you might get lucky and find she stockpiled a few - or do it the old-fashioned beauty junkie way and hunt them down on ebay - they're worth the search!

- Lisamarie -

Aim To Misbehave with Essie's 1000th shade!

Essie launches its 1000th shade with a colour meant to put you in the mood to party:
Aim To Misbehave - shimmering citron with a new pearl technology that amps up the yellow

Available now at beauty destinations worldwide - but only for a limited time so don't wait to grab one!
- Lisamarie -

May 30, 2016

Clarins Multi-Active skin care duo helps repair those hectic days and short nights!

Clarins Multi-Active offers a skin care duo to keep skin radiant and beautiful in spite of that super-busy and stressful life we are all living these days.

Not only does it make you feel bad, but all that stress and lack of sleep is terrible for the skin - it leads to an overproduction of free radicals which is harmful for the key cell responsible for youthful skin - the fibroblast - in charge of the production of collagen and elastin fibres as well as the dermal matrix which ensures the smooth, toned look of the skin.

Thanks to cutting edge technology: capsules containing a powerful plant extract of teasel - with antioxidant and revitalizing properties which act like an energizing battery for the skin that target the fibroblast - the creams help skin remain youthful-looking for longer by correcting first lines and boosting radiance:

Clarins Multi-Active Jour - 50ml - $52 - available in Cream for All skin types, Cream for Dry skin Cream-Gel for Normal to Combination Skin - with myrothamnus - a South African plant with the capacity to survive water stress during the dry season, to help absorb the harmful effects of daily stress on the skin.

Clarins Multi-Active Nuit - 50ml - $55 - available in Cream for Normal to Dry skin and Cream for Normal to Combination skin -with organic California poppy extract - a flower that closes at night to regenerate itself, to offset the lowering of antioxidant defenses and boost collagen production so skin appears visibly smoothed and more toned upon waking.

Available now at Clarins counters across Canada and online at

- Lisamarie -

Mascara Monday - Covergirl The Super Sizer Fibers Mascara

Covergirl The Super Sizer Fibers Mascara - $9.99 - for full, fanned out lashes plus length.
The formula contains built-in fibers that extends lashes beyond the tip for a false lash extension effect.
While the Lash Styler brush finds and transforms even the smallest lashes resulting in 400% more volume and length.
I like that the fibers are right in the formula - so you don't have the mess of 2-step fiber mascaras, but still adds great length - the formula also adds a fullness to the base of the lash that makes it look like I am wearing liner when I'm not!

Available now at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

May 28, 2016

Guerlain Summer Collection 2016 by Terracotta

The Guerlain Summer 2016 Collection by Terracotta wants you to imagine yourself on a rooftop terrace with a sea view this season as you take the time to take it all in and feel the sun - which will be easy to do when you are glowing with:
Terracotta - Pause d'Ete - $79 - Limited Edition - combines a universally flattering bronze shade - Terracotta shade 03 with pink gold to enhance tanned skin with a touch of colour that illuminates the tan. It also smells amazing thanks to sun-drenched citrus notes, voluptuous white flowers, an elegant iris accent and a warm woody base enhanced by white musks.
Terracotta - My Terracotta - $64 - Limited Edition - for a sun-kissed glow with a natural luminous result from Terracotta 02 Natural Blonde that offers optimum comfort while maintaining the skin's moisture balance.
Terracotta - L'Eau Halee - $62- Limited Edition - a water, light as a mist that infuses the skin with a sense of well-being while offering an adjustable universal shade with a natural bronzing result that leaves the skin moisturized, soft, dewy and radiant with a sheer, golden glow. With a non-transfer formula that washes off with soap and water.
KissKiss Shaping Cream Lip Color - $43 - Limited Edition - in 342 Fancy Kiss - vibrant orange and 367 Kiss Blossom - soft bohemian pink - with a hydrating formula for soft lips and an immediate full-lip effect.

Available now at Guerlain counters across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

May 27, 2016

Drybar Detox Dry Conditioner

Here's an easy way to extend the life of a blowout by providing the benefits of a conditioner without the need to wet hair and blow dry afterwards:

Drybar Detox Dry Conditioner - 37g - $16, 93g - $29 - smooths, hydrates and detangles hair in between washes for a freshly conditioned look with ingredients that include: argan oil, mango butter, tiare flower and Marrakesh woods fragrance.

Pair it with the Drybar Detox Dry Shampoo and you'll never have to go near water again making it perfect for cats (not really)!

Available at Sephora and

- Lisamarie -

Fragrant Friday - Marc Jacobs Daisy Blush

Marc Jacobs has added a touch of Blush to the Daisy collection with everything from the scents to the bottles being re-imagined in pink!

Daisy Eau So Fresh Blush - 75ml EDT - $100 - a warm and radiant scent with top notes of mandarin, apple and pink grapefruit; heart notes of rose, lily of the valley and freesia; and base notes of apricot nectar, cedarwood and musk.

Daisy Blush - 50ml EDT - $90 - a sparkling and spirited scent with top notes of water lily, frozen pear and bergamot; heart notes of lily of the valley, mimosa and honeysuckle; and base notes of skin musks and precious woods.

Daisy Dream Blush - 50ml EDT - $90 - an airy and lush scent with top notes of violet leaves, waterlily and bergamot; heart notes of rose, lily of the valley and freesia; and base notes of vetiver and clean musks.

I love all things pink so this collection was a no-brainer for me, but if forced to choose, Eau So Fresh Blush would be my fave - the fresh and fruity scent just screams summer!

Available now at The Bay, Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart and Jean Coutu.

- Lisamarie -

May 26, 2016

Turn your daily shower into a spa experience with Vichy Ideal Body Spa Showers!

Make the most of your morning shower with Vichy Ideal Body Spa Showers - that will transform your skin in just 20 seconds:

Vichy Ideal Body Spa Shower Gel-Cream - 200ml - $16.95 - hydrates, nourishes and softens with a formula containing shea butter, white clay, 10 fundamental oils and enriched with Vichy thermal spa water with 15 mineral active ingredients and naturals oils for intense skin comfort.

Vichy Ideal Body Spa Shower Gel-Oil - 200ml - $16.95 - hydrates, illuminates and beautifies with a formula containing magnesium, zinc, copper, 10 fundamental oils and enriched with Vichy thermal spa water with 15 mineral active ingredients and naturals oils for skin that glows.

The formulas work for all skin types - from dry to oily - and are both soap-free making them perfect for dry sensitive skin that tends to dry out during the hot summer months  - you will love how moisturized they leave skin feeling, even before you put any moisturizer on!

Available now at drugstores across Canada and online at

- Lisamarie -

Mary Kay Beauty That Counts Hearts Together Lipstick - with swatches!

Mary Kay Beauty That Counts Hearts Together Lipstick - $18 - with a long-wearing, lightweight, creamy formula that provides instant moisture and maximum colour that lasts - and the hearts etched into the lipstick bullet are just adorable!
It goes on a lot lighter then it looks in the tube to become a soft, pretty pink with a touch of shimmer.

Not only will your lips look great, but for every one of these lipsticks sold in Canada, $1 will be donated from the sale to change the lives of women and children worldwide.

Available now through your Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant - if you don't have one you can locate one at - or 1-866-455-5454.

- Lisamarie -

May 25, 2016

Eye Love Wednesday - Blinc Fountain Of Youthful Color Eye Shadow Primer

The warm weather is finally back and it's been both a blessing and a curse - a blessing because of course I was totally sick of winter but a curse because now when you spend 30 minutes getting your makeup just perfect, heat and humidity can have is sliding back off your face in no time! This is the time of year that primers can be your best friend - especially a good eye primer like: 

Blinc Fountain Of Youthful Color Eye Shadow Primer - $24.95 - in Light Tone and Flesh Tone - offers full coverage by concealing and filling existing fine lines, eliminating redness and providing a smooth lid for shadow application that keeps eye shadow crease, fade, smudge and run-free all day, while providing skin with anti-aging benefits that clinical studies have shown to decrease fine lines after just six weeks by 67% and increase skin's moisture after just one week by 53%

Just the tiniest amount is needed to cover the eyelid - I found if you use too much, shadow won't apply as smoothly (and you'll run through the tube twice as fast). It also makes eye shadow so budge-proof that you would expect it to be impossible to get off but it's actually easily removed with any gentle makeup remover - it's like waterproof makeup without the removal hassle!

Available now at Sephora stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Delectable by Cake Beauty Everything Balm

Delectable by Cake Beauty Everything Balm - 20ml - $16 -a sheer multi-purpose beauty balm designed to naturally hydrate, smooth and condition just about everything from your head to your toes, including: softens skin; tames brows; plumps pouts; conditions cuticles; pops cheekbones; brightens dark circles seals split ends; glosses lips; nourishes dry patches; softens heels; shields skin; rejuvenates knees; smooths frizz; reduces itchiness; refreshes hands; soothes sunburns; nurses cracks; restores elbows; eases bug bites; prevents windburn; extends fragrance; relieves rashes; acts a a makeup remover; fills in fine lines; and probably does all kinds of other things that nobody has even thought of yet!

It contains natural castor oil - for its deep penetration capabilities, it stimulates the production of collagen and elastin, encourages hair, brow and lash strength and growth and soothes skin from head to toe; along with moisturizing shea butter, coconut oil, cocoa butter and sunflower seed oil.

I love the pump dispenser, making it much more sanitary then sticking your finger in a pot balm - my only issue, for everything it does, it's way too small - they need to make this in a bigger size!

Available now at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at, and

- Lisamarie -

May 24, 2016

Cover up with a concealer from Pupa, mark. and Maybelline!

Pupa Cover Cream Concealer - $20 - in Light Beige, Beige and Orange - neutralizes the blue of dark circles - conceals imperfections with a light, fluid texture and highly pigmented formula that offers medium to full coverage that is easy to blend and has a natural effect.

Available at Rexall stores across Canada.
mark. Super Conceal Full Coverage Concealer - $12 - in 7 shades: Very Light, Light, Light Medium, Medium, Medium Dark, Dark and Deep - with a lightweight liquid formula and buildable, medium-to-full coverage that stays all day with a natural-looking finish.

Available from your Avon rep - 1-800-265-AVON or online at
Maybelline Master Conceal Camouflaging Concealer - $10.99 - in 5 shades: Light, Light/Medium, Medium, Medium/Deep and Deep - with a creamy formula that provides seamless coverage and flawless blendability thanks to concentrated pigments for zero build-up coverage that instantly camouflages imperfections and lasts all day.

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

Essie Summer 2016 Collection - with swatches!

Essie Summer 2016 is inspired by the thrill of travel and and adventure filled getaway to Guatemala - take a trip through local colour and feel the inspiration of:
Viva Antigua! - sparkling turquoise with iridescent micro crystals
Coconut Cover - sweet cream white
Berried Treasures - bright ruby berry
Hiking Heels - scorching hot lava red
Loot The Booty - radiant blue sapphire pave
Tribal Text-Styles - black gold with crushed onyx

Available now at salons, drugstores and other beauty destinations across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

May 23, 2016

Protect your skin the light way with Coppertone, Neutrogena and La Roche-Posay!

Looking for a sunscreen so light that you won't even know you're wearing it? You can't go wrong with any of these:

Coppertone ClearlySheer Sunscreen Lotion for Body SPF 30 - 147ml - $9.99 - with a lightweight, moisturizing formula that won't clog pores or cause breakouts that feels clean and light on the skin and is water resistant up to 80 minutes - to leave skin feeling smooth, soft and protected with a light fresh, clean scent.

Available at drug, mass and grocery retailers across Canada.
Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen SPF 45 - 88ml - $14.99 - a waterproof, sweatproof, oil and PABA free lotion that absorbs throughout the UVA/UVB spectrum with innovative helioplex protection to help provide consistent protection from harmful UVA and UVB rays with dry-touch technology to provide an ultra-light, non-shiny finish that won't clog pores.

Available at food, drug and mass retailers across Canada.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF 50 - 125ml - $36 - with an ultra-light and non-greasy texture that absorbs quickly to a matte finish - sand won't stick to it! The formula is very water and sweat-resistant up to 80 minutes and is fragrance free making it great for super-sensitive skin.

Available now at drugstores across Canada.

- Lisamarie - 

Mascara Monday - Smashbox Indecent Exposure Mascara

Smashbox Indecent Exposure Mascara - $25 - for perfectly long, lavish and defined lashes in just a few strokes.
With a slim, Zoom Out brush that features a spiral of wavy-cut bristles and a micro tip so that you capture every last lash. I like the micro tip idea in theory but the mascara tends to clump there so you really need to be careful to wipe off the excess first or you end up with skin blobs.
The formula contains high-impact, innovative wavelength fibers to coat each lash for volume and stretch as you apply the from root to tip for length.
I would call this more of a lengthening and defining mascara then volumizing - but it builds very easily without clumping so a few more coats would add a lot more impact!

And I'll admit, the part I love best is the velvety wand handle - it will be a bitch to keep clean but it feels so luxurious1

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart/Pharmaprix, Murale, Sephora, and

- Lisamarie -

May 21, 2016

Paul & Joe Come Sail Away Summer 2016 Collection

Now that we are finally getting some warm weather - Paul & Joe introduces Come Sail Away - a limited edition, nautical themed summer collection outfitted in adorable sailboat and beach inspired packaging.

Face & Eye Colour Palettes - $36 - combine a trio of carefully crafted colours that can be applied to both the eyes and cheeks to achieve an optimal healthy glow and look their best under the fleeting summer sun and are nourished with moisturizing and skin softening agents including Orange Flower Water, White Lily Extract, Jojoba Seed Oil, Rosemary extract and Rose Canina Fruit Extract. Housed in adorable patterned palettes that open to reveal shades in the shape of a boat’s sail in three unique combinations of shades: Sunshine & Sand (001) (above) - a palette of nude retro shades that look best on the beach, shining under the bright summer sun;
Coral Garden (002) - a palette of cheery coral shades reminiscent of colourful coral reefs; and
Come Sail Away (003) - a palette of lively and dynamic summer shades, perfect for sailing the day away.
Cat Lipstick L Refills - $20 - in 3 summery shades: Catamaran (001) - the combination of a healthy red and soft natural beige gives lips a boost of dewy colour; Smooth Sailing (002) - perfect your pout with a pop of pink from this vibrant duo; Ahoy (003) - go for bold with the pairing of clear beige and vivid summer red - with a combination of dewy shine and vivid pigment for a light colourful glow, ideal for hot summer days - and what's really great, because of the process used to make them, the cat faces remain visible until the lipstick is used up. The outer lipstick is transparent, formulated with a generous amount of oils such as Cocoa Seed Butter, Jojoba Seed Oil and Lavander Oil to nourish lips and help the inner colour adhere while the inner, cat-shaped layer carries the light veil of colour.
Lipstick Case A - $7 - nautical inspired limited edition cases come in two chic colours; a two tone case in classic navy (001) and white and a soft and sweet version in powder blue and white (002).

Silky Pressed Powder Compacts - $48 - in two shades to cover all skin tones; 01 - a pale, pink hue to improve complexion and emphasize clarity; or 02 - a multi-beige shade that matches and enhances any skin tone - formulated with nourishing ingredients to prevent dryness while simultaneously keeping shine and dullness at bay - for a smooth, lightweight and long-lasting finish.
Housed in retro-inspired summer packaging and comes with an adorable matching patterned drawstring pouch and a softer than ever puff.

Available now for a limited time at and at select Shoppers Drug Mart beautyBOUTIQUE locations including:

Toronto/GTA: 2223 Bloor Street West; 5576 Yonge Street; 2345 Yonge Street; 9350 Yonge Street; Hillcrest Mall and Richmond Hill

Montreal: 1122 Rue Sainte Catherine Ouest

Ottawa: 50 Rideau Street, Rideau Centre

Vancouver: 748 Burrard Street; 3020 West Broadway; 6060 Minoru Boulevard and Richmond Centre

Calgary: 6455 Macleod Trails South Unit 24 and Chinook Mall

- Lisamarie -

May 20, 2016

Test Driving - Schwarzkopf color ULTÎME!

Schwarzkopf color ULTÎME - $15.99 - a professional quality colour in 22 vibrant shades that include iconic blondes, flaming reds, divine brunettes, magnificent blacks and glowing coppers - long lasting luxuriously shining colours that defy grays.

I went with Flaming Reds and tried out 8.4 Light Copper Red:
BEFORE: Normally you would use a light red shade on blonde hair to turn it strawberry blonde and as you can see my hair here is pretty dark - too dark actually - I had coloured it a few weeks previously and ended up with a shade way darker then I wanted for spring.
AFTER: Not strawberry blonde obviously but it did lift the colour a couple of shades to a much more spring-appropriate auburn - and as you can see, my hair actually looks smoother and healthier then it did before I coloured.

And to help colour last longer, improve hair strength, seal-in colour and intensify shine follow up with: Schwarzkopf essence ULTÎME Diamond Color & Randiance Shampoo and Conditioner - 400ml - $9.99 - containing a precious ULTÎME-4-Complex - a unique combination of pearl essence, panthenol, refined protein and keratin - along with diamond gloss serum and a UV filter.

Available now at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

Fragrant Friday - Guerlain L'Homme Ideal Eau de Parfum

The newest version of Guerlain L'Homme Ideal is for the man that provokes passionate declarations - all women dream of meeting him and all men want to be like him:

Guerlain L'Homme Ideal - 50ml EDP - $93, 100ml EDP - $125 - an intense woody-oriental scent with top notes of almond, spices and bergamot; heart notes of Bulgarian rose, frankincense and vanilla tincture; and base notes of  leather, tonka bean and sandalwood.

A much spicier version then the EDT, I don't actually smell a resemblance to it at all - so if you loved it and were hoping for a more intense version of it you will be disappointed but if you like almonds, leather and vanilla - you're going to want to give it a try!

Available now at Hudson's Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, Norstrom and other select Guerlain counters across Canada as well as Guerlain Boutiques.

- Lisamarie -