July 22, 2017

Brighten up with a serum from NeoStrata, MyChelle and Ole Henriksen!

NeoStrata Skin Brightener Serum - 30ml - $78 - fights loss of radiance, targets and inhibits discolourations to even out skin tone with a highly concentrated silky serum packed with a whopping 20% Vitamin C to reveal a radiant, flawless complexion.

This one is nothing to fool around with so if you are sensitive, it's a good idea to start using it on an every other day basis or if you're super sensitive, as a weekly treatment to build up skin tolerance - however often you use it, pat it onto damp, not dry, skin and don't rub in!

Available at drugstores across Canada.
MyChelle Perfect C Serum - 15ml - $56 - with a non-irritating, multi-tasking vitamin C formula that reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles and contains a high active level of 17% L-ascorbic acid - the only effective anti-aging form of vitamin C along with buddleja plant stem cells - to  brighten, protect skin from the elements and combat the visible signs of aging. 

Available at Murale stores across Canada and online at beautyboutique.ca.
Ole Henriksen Truth Serum - 30ml - $60 - like a daily multivitamin for the skin that fights dullness, dryness, uneven texture and loss of firmness and elasticity with a powerful anti-aging, oil-free serum formulated with vitamin C, boosted with collagen for brightening and all-day hydration and enriched with orange and green tea extracts to revive the complexion with a healthy and more youthful-looking glow - the serum is wonderful but I really love the citrus scent - like rubbing an orange grove on your face!

Available at Sephora and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

July 21, 2017

Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Color Lustre Dry Cleaner For Color Treated Hair

If you missed the memo and are still washing your colour treated hair every day and then wondering why your colour doesn't last - water is your colour's enemy so get ready to meet your new best friend:

Shu Uemura Art Of Hair Color Lustre Dry Cleaner For Color Treated Hair - 136g - $42 - gently cleanses by absorbing oils and impurities at the roots while moisturizing dry lengths and ends. 

What makes it different from other dry shampoos is the formula which has translucent, micro-fine powders that absorb oil without leaving any residue or unwanted texture behind - which is good if you are looking for just the clean, not good if you are also using your dry shampoo as a volumizer. What makes it great is its ability to blend with any hair shade - if dry shampoo tends to leave a whitish cast on your dark hair, I promise, you will not have an issue with this one!
 

Perfect for perking up a blow out on day 2, making post-gym hair look like something human and turning mid-day hair from blah to bouncy!

Available now at select salons across Canada and online at shuuemura.ca.


- Lisamarie -

Fragrant Friday - L'Occitane Verbena

Still on my list of summer faves is a scent I never get tired of:

L'Occitane Verbena - 100ml EDT - $65 - with an  aromatic herbal lemony freshness scent that revives the body and mind. When baskets are filled with the freshly picked green leaves, its captivating scent fills the air in the markets of Provence. Naturally generous, verbena thrives on the land reserved for it and for L'Occitane at the heart of an estate converted to organic farming.

Along with the rest of the usual line offerings there are a couple of new products in the collection that are must trys:

Frappe Body Cream - 150ml - $40 - a moisturizing and ultra-light body cream for summer that you can keep in the refrigerator for a more intense ice effect

Refreshing Exfoliating Sugars - 175g - $40 -  gently exfoliates the skin with refreshing verbena, leaving it smooth and silky

Available now at L'Occitane store across Canada and online at http://ca.loccitane.com.

- Lisamarie -

July 20, 2017

Avon Planet Spa Heavenly Hydration Bath & Body Collection

Avon Planet Spa Heavenly Hydration with Mediterranean olive oil indulges your skin in the Mediterranean beauty secret of ultra-moisturizing olive oil while basking in the refreshing scent of crisp greens and sandalwood.

Available in the collection:

Body Scrub - 200ml - $12 - an invigorating scrub that leaves skin feeling energized.

Dry Oil Body Spray - 150ml - $12 - absorbs quickly and leaves skin feeling velvety smooth.

Body Cream - 200ml - $12 - contains moisturizing beads infused with olive oil to leave skin silky soft with no greasy after-feel.

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

- Lisamarie -

Layer your way to total sun protection with Vichy, Coppertone, IDC and Prevage!

The biggest mistakes most people made when applying sunscreen is either not applying enough or missing spots - an easy fix - just use a couple of different products and layer! The lotion will help add moisture which the sun loves to strip away and the spray will fill in any missed or hard to reach areas! My go-to combo right now:

Vichy Ideal Soleil Sport Ultra Light Refreshing Lotion SPF 60 - 200ml - $29.95 - with a light refreshing formula perfect for active people - not only does it protect them from UVA and UVB rays, it's resistant to water and sweat for over 80 minutes! And to make life even easier, it can be applied directly to wet or dry skin and absorbs quickly without leaving any white traces.

Available at drugstores across Canada and online at vichy.ca.

Coppertone Clearly Sheer Sunscreen Spray SPF 50 - 142g - $9.97 - with a lightweight, moisturizing matte formula that feels lightweight on the skin, won't clog pores and a has fresh, clean scent - provides broad spectrum UVA/UVB coverage and is water resistant for 80 minutes.

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.
As for the face, if you have dry skin and need to wear a moisturizer under your sunscreen anyhow, use one with an SPF - there is no harm is doubling up on it and chances are, you aren't wearing enough sun protection anyhow so this way you will be entirely covered! If you are oily/combo skinned you probably don't need both so make sure you really slather on the one you do use!

Here's a great duo and what's interesting about both of them is that they aren't just offering protecting from sun damage but also the aging effects of pollution - ongoing exposure contributes to skin’s lack of oxygen, loss of moisture and compromised natural anti-oxidizing actions - with visible signs that may include dullness, dryness, greater sensitivity and intensification of fine lines - which means yes, there is now something new to worry about!

IDC + Hydra UV Protect Anti-Pollution Moisturizing Cream SPF 30 - 50ml - $50.99 - the power of intense hydration comes together with natural mineral sun filters and an anti-pollution complex to protect skin from UV rays and a variety of pollutants including desert gold (jojoba) extract - quickly penetrates the skin, where it intensely hydrates and nourishes to help restore evenness and radiance resulting is soft, silky, protecting skin.

Available now at beautyboutique.ca.

Elizabeth Arden Prevage City Smart Broad Spectrum Sunscreen SPF 50 Lotion - 40ml - $85 - with a sheer, hydrating, invisible formula that offers a new level of skincare defense by combining pollution and UV protection with a DNA Enzyme Complex to strengthen skin and support natural repair systems, protect against skin dulling pollutants with smart polymers that form an invisible skin shield and defend against 98% of harmful UVB rays with a broad spectrum formula containing 100% micronized titanium dioxide and zinc oxide -and a powerful antioxidant blend - to  maintain optimal skin health and visibly improve skin's condition to help it look  younger, longer.
Available now at Elizabeth Arden counters across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

July 19, 2017

Eye Love Wednesday - Tweezerman Expertweeze Lighted Slant Tweezer

Tweezerman Expertweeze Lighted Slant Tweezer - $36 - with an ergonomic design that is easy to hold for maximum comfort, stability accuracy and fingertip control that features the award winning Slant Tweezer's perfectly aligned, hand-filed precision tips for expert brow shaping outfitted with a convenient LED light that is great any time illumination is needed.

I was amazed at how many little hairs I was missing with regular tweezers that became easy to see and eliminate with the added light - you don't have to use the light either if you are in a well lighted room or it just freaks you out, there is an on/off switch for it!
Available now online at tweezerman.ca.

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Recovery Mask-In-Oil!

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Recovery Mask-In-Oil - 30ml - $76 - a revolutionary skin-strengthening treatment for radiant, younger-looking skin with a concentrated formula containing Chronolux that nourishes and rebuilds skin, helping to create a virtual nighttime cocoon and lock out life's aging assaults with potent anti-oxidants and skin fortifiers and prepares skin for the day ahead by boosting its natural resistance to daily environmental assaults.  

And to keep you from making the same initial mistake that I made, it's meant to go on over your serum - it helps lock in the power of your Advanced Night Repair Serum - but feel free to use it over any serum or even on its own - I was treating it as the serum and putting a cream over top which was just creating a mess - over a serum it's heavenly!

Use it correctly every night and awaken to skin that looks more healthy, renewed and radiant.

Available now at Estée Lauder counters across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

July 18, 2017

Stellar Haze Cosmic Face Powder

Stellar Haze Cosmic Face Powder - $36 - a universal, translucent, loose super-powder with powerful blurring and perfecting properties.

It can be used as a setting or finishing powder or both for a mattified, yet radiant finish that results in an airbrushed, poreless look that is water-resistant and looks flawless.

My best tip, even though it appears to completely disappear on skin,  don't overuse it if you are going to be taking pictures or you will get the dreaded flashback - which we all know from celebrity photos is not a pretty look!

Available at select Sephora stores across Canada and online at sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

Bubble away skin troubles with Skin Republic!

Skin Republic Bubble Purifying + Charcoal Face Mask Sheet - $9 - a black charcoal-infused sheet mask that turns into an oxygen-rich foam when exposed to the air with millions of microbubbles that dive deep into the skin's pores to clean out dirt and impurities while fruit acids gently exfoliate helping to smooth and even out skin tone for a bright, fresh and luminous complexion.

I'll admit it, my foaming expectations were low, I figured there would be a few little bubbles that would appear and disappear and that would be the end of the foaming experience - wrong! This sucker foams up like nobody's business and keeps foaming away the whole 20 minutes it's on your face - once removed my face felt soft and squeaky clean!

Available now at Murale stores across Canada and online at beautyboutique.ca. There's also a duo pack available for $15 exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart and Pharmaprix stores until September 30th.

- Lisamarie -

July 17, 2017

For Beloved One Melasleep Brightening Lumi's Key Collection

Any skin type with a yen for brighter skin need look no further then the latest and greatest collection from For Beloved One - Melasleep Brightening Lumi's Key - containing dual-brightening mechanisms Lumiskin and Wonderlight that work together to reverse dull, uneven skin and  encourage skin-darkening enzymes to remain in hibernation for brighter skin that looks clear and healthy.

With 5 products in the collection that each contain exclusively-formulated brightening ingredients that treat and encourage healthy and brilliant skin:

Melasleep Brightening Lumi's Key Toner - 200ml - $52.99 - accelerates metabolism, softens skin and brings ultimate luminosity to skin by stopping the cycle of dark spots and hyperpigmentation while helping remove dead skin cells and accelerate skin metabolism for softer skin while also enhancing its barrier function.

Melasleep Brightening Lumi's Key Lotion - 50ml - $45.99 - contains botanical extracts to strengthen skin, inhibit dark spots, prevent pigmentation and encourage brightness to improve dull and dark skin for a brighter more even complexion. It also contains olive leaf extract Eurol BT to provide skin repair throughout the day and vitamin B3 to prevent the appearance of dullness in the skin.

Melasleep Brightening Lumi's Key Bio-Cellulose Mask - 3 masks - $62.99 - lovely, thick sheet masks that induct active ingredients deep within the skin for a rapid brightening effect including Matrixyl 3000 that penetrates deep into the skin generating collagen and elastin for plump, bright skin.

Melasleep Brightening Lumi's Key Essence - 30ml - $79.99 - immediately brightens skin to stop the cycle of dark spot generation and restore brilliance to its appearance while the Multifruit BSC in the formula also penetrates deep within the skin to fade spots for a flawless and clear appearance.

Melasleep Brightening Lumi's Key Jelly - 50ml - $69.99 - stops hyperpigmentation, prevents the generation of dark spots and unveils brightness with Dermawhite WF which releases into the skin overnight - also contains rosa alba extract to calm and soothe fatigued skin and white wine extract to keep skin vibrant and moisturized.

Available now at T&T stores across Canada and online at YesStyle.ca.

- Lisamarie -

Bags that love to travel from Quo, Avon and Sephora!

Quo Tropical Summer Clutch - $16.99 - there's lots of room for all your beauty essentials in this frond printed, canvas coated case - the tassel makes it extra sassy!

Available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada.
Avon Train Case with Mirror - $20 -  with a roomy interior that is lined for easy cleaning, wraparound zip closure and a mini mirror for on-the-spot touch-ups.

Available from your Avon rep - 1-800-265-AVON or online at www.avon.ca.
Sephora Sprinkle Me With Kisses The Voyager - $25 -  a medium-sized, coated canvas makeup bag that holds and protects your beauty essentials and has a pop-up frame that provides you with better visibility of the products inside - and of course who doesn't love the whimsical design?!

Available at Sephora and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

July 15, 2017

Sleep your way to better everything with Masque Bar, Nip + Fab and Sephora!

Masque Bar Sleeping Facial Mask with Lavender - 100ml - $19.99 - wake up to better skin thanks to a cream that helps relieve dry irritated skin overnight with a formula enriched with calming lavender extract while aloe and witch hazel moisturize and brighten. You don't need to use a lot and you don't have to worry about finding it all over your pillow, it soaks right into the skin - just make sure you wash your face in the morning - you won't believe how soft and glowy it will look!

Available now exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada.
Nip + Fab Body Bust Fix Night - 100ml - $16.25 - a super-charged version of the original bust fix that works extra hard while you sleep to visibly plump, firm and smooth with a formula containing chronodyn which actively promotes cell regeneration while adding volume and firming the bust area.

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada.
Sephora Hair Sleeping Mask - 30ml - $6 - in 4 types targeted to specific hair concerns: Coconut Mask - Nourishes and repairs hair fibers; Shea Mask - Fortifies and helps to prevent breaking and split ends; Rose Mask - Smooths and prevents frizzing; Acai Mask - Protects color and boosts radiance - just apply to dry hair, cover with the included cap and wake up to hair that is softer, more flexible and visibly more beautiful!

Available at Sephora and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

July 14, 2017

Spray for hair that stays with Herbal Essences, Pantene and John Frieda!

Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Flexible Airspray Alcohol-Free Hairspray - 200g - $8.99 - offers Level 2 hold and all day humidity protection for soft, free-flowing hair thanks to a formula that contains a signature blend of essential antioxidants, aloe and bamboo, designed to help purify and protect hair against impurities.
Pantene Airpsray Alcohol-Free Hairspray - 200g - $6.99 - an ultra lightweight, alcohol and ethanol-free spray that provides a smooth finish with brushable, flexible hold. It has a Level 2 hold and leaves hair feeling moisturized and silky soft for sleek style without stiffness or stickiness.
John Frieda Luxurious Volume Forever Full All-Day Hold Hairspray - 283g - $14.99 -  with an ultra-fine mist ideal for giving fine hair lush body and a lasting, all-day hold and a formula containing Caffeine Vitality Complex, it offers thehighest level of hold with brush-ability to create and keep touchably full style all day long.

All are available now at drug, grocery and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

Fragrant Friday - Avon Be Fragrance Collection

Avon introduces the Be Fragrance Collection with three expressive scents that capture all your fabulous sides making it easy to switch up your scent to match your mood:

Like floral scent and want to - Be Romantic - 50ml EDT - $26 - express your love with this dreamy fusion of luscious black currants, feminine rose and creamy sensual musk.

Like a fresh scent and want to - Be Daring - 50ml EDT - $26 - release your inner dynamo with this bold blend of spirited bergamot and blooming magnolia warmed with sensual skin musk.

Like a fruity/sweet scent and want to - Be Fun - 50ml EDT - $26 - lighten up with a playful blend of sparkling pear and pink freesia lit with glowing amber.

The scents are all nice and light, making them perfect for summer and I am especially taken with the whimsical bottles - so playful!

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

- Lisamarie -

July 13, 2017

Rodial Bee Venom Body Serum

Rodial Bee Venom Body Serum - 200ml - $78 - an advanced performance lightweight body serum that helps nourish and lift the appearance of skin with slow release, highly concentrated retinol - that also resurfaces and improves skin texture while bee venom melittin peptide - plumps and firms the skin for a more youthful appearance - for skin that feels instantly hydrated, irresistibly soft and is left with a lingering scent of uplifting soft rose and honey.

What makes this especially great for summer is the texture - which is soft and light, nobody wants heavy creams gunking up their skin when it's hot outside - and since it is hot so you're showing more skin, it's nice to use a product that will help with the lift and texture of what you are showing off!

Available now at Murale stores across Canada and online at beautyBOUTIQUE.ca.

- Lisamarie -

Hard Candy Lip Artiste Lip Contouring Wand

Hard Candy Lip Artiste Lip Contouring Wand - $7.98 - in Nude to Brown, Pink to Mauve, Plum to Berry, Coral to Peach, Red and Wine to Burgundy - a transformative lip contour and highlighting duo that enhances lips in a two-step process designed to modify the appearance of lip shape and size. The matte lip contour pencil revises lip shape and creates shadows, while the iridescent highlighter shade enlarges the appearance of the pout by creating light.

It's super easy - use the liner side to line lips as well as correct any uneven lip shape and size. Next apply your favourite lip product in a shade that coordinates. Finally, apply the lip highlighter to the center of lips, creating the illusion of a plump, pillowy pout - and you're done! 

Available exclusively at Walmart stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

July 12, 2017

Eye Love Wednesday - MUD Cosmetics 3-Step Smoky Eye

Have you heard the news? Internationally renowned New York- and Los Angeles-based cosmetics brand, Make-Up Designory (MUD), is now available in Canada! A much-loved brand by make-up professionals and consumers alike that is known for its innovative, unique and honest make-up products, systematic lines of precision tools, how-to guides and insider tips that help take the guesswork out of make-up application, with its commitment to quality, long-lasting wear, flawless application and radiant, accurate colour.
I'm a fan of how-to's from the pros especially for trends that I admire but can never seem to get right on my own - like a smoky eye which I love and have struggled with - luckily for me, MUD makes it easy to get the perfect smoky eye in 3 easy steps! All that is needed are 4 Eye Colour Refill Pans in Dulce de Leche, Chamois, Espresso and Onyx - $8.50 each and a 4-Hole Eye Colour Refillable Palette - $10 to - keep them in:

Step 1: using a fluffy blending brush, apply the Chamois shade across the lid as an even base of colour - lightly sweep from the outer corner of the lid all the way across and up into the fold or crease.

Step 2: apply the Espresso shade with a smudge brush on the outside corner of the lid and work across the fold or crease - to prevent the eye from drooping, don't exceed the outer corner - place the brush on the outer corner of the crease and use small circular motions as you follow the crease toward the inner corner.

Step 3: apply the Dulce de Leche on the brow bone, directly below the eyebrow to create a beautiful highlight that will accentuate the brow - then apply the same shade to the inner portion of the eye lid, using the brush to blend the lighter colour into the Espresso shade.

Use the Onyx shade to line which you can then layer with a swipe of Eye Pencil Liner in Black - $18 for staying power - finish with a touch of Volumizing Mascara - $19 - and you just finished the easiest, most beautiful smoky eye ever!

MUD Cosmetics are available now online at sears.ca and in-store at the following Sears Canada locations: Fairview Mall, Erin Mills Town Centre, Stone Road Mall, Oshawa Centre, Promenade and Mapleview Centre – all in Ontario; Galeries d’Anjou, Laurier Québec and Promenades St-Bruno in Québec; and South Centre Mall in Calgary, Alberta. 

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Cover FX Clear Cover Invisible Sunscreen SPF 30!

If your excuse for not wearing sunscreen each and every day (like you should, even it's cloudy outside) is you don't like the way it feels on your skin - your excuses are over thanks to a sunscreen that feels like absolutely nothing!

Cover FX Clear Cover Invisible Sunscreen SPF 30 - 30ml - $58 - an ultra-lightweight sunscreen with broad-spectrum SPF 30 coverage that is suitable for all skin types and invisible on all skintones.  

It has a weightless gel-like textures that melts seamlessly into the skin creating a smooth, non-greasy finish that’s ideal for wearing alone or underneath makeup. And if that wasn't enough, it's a skincare and sun care product in one, formulated with squalane and natural sesame extract to nourish, soften and moisturize skin, while antioxidants from tomato extract help boost the skin’s ability to defend itself against free radicals, sun damage, pollution and other environmental aggressors.  With consistent daily use, skin appears brighter, healthier, and more youthful.

Available now at Sephora and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie - 

July 11, 2017

Givenchy Teint Couture Cushion Portable Fluid Foundation

Need a foundation that's portable enough to travel but aren't a fan of powder formulas? Then you will love:

Givenchy Teint Couture Cushion Portable Fluid Foundation - $62 - in 5 shades: 2 Fresh Shell, 3 Fresh Sand, 4 Fresh Beige, 5 Fresh Honey, 6 Fresh Gold - a fluid foundation that offers skincare benefits with buildable medium coverage and a natural-looking, radiant finish.

The multi-benefit formula combines long-wearing pigments, active skincare ingredients, a perfecting blur effect and contains a high concentration of water, giving it a  fluid texture that plumps, corrects, and unifies the skin, offers ideal glide and leaves the skin with an immediate sensation of freshness with a lightweight result.

And you don't have to worry about over-dispensing the product, with just one push, the signature logo delivers the right amount of foundation while the metal plaque protects the formula from the air for fresh skin and a glowing finish. It comes with a sponge applicator which is handy for applying on the go, I prefer to apply it with a brush though, I find it gives it a lighter finish.

Available at Sephora and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie - 

Essie Gel Couture Gala Bolds Collection - with swatches!

In celebration of the 1st anniversary of Gel Couture, Essie has released a new collection of 12 shades with their Gala Bolds Collection - sadly because Canada seems to be considered the idiot cousin, we are getting shafted and only getting 6 of the shades - I'll guess we'll just make do with what we can get!

Beau-tie - rich, jewel-toned amethyst
PR Stunt - creamy lavender pink shimmering with gold
Last Night's Look - bright salmon pink
Living Legend - rich crimson
Star Studded - rich pearlescent golden honey 
Fashion Faceoff - smokey gray with a soft pearl

Available now for $13.99 each at beauty destinations across Canada.


- Lisamarie -

July 10, 2017

Peel to reveal beautiful skin with NeoStrata!

NeoStrata has made it easy to get all the benefits of a professional peel in the comfort of your own home with 3 different formulas - skin renewal, anti-aging and brightening - of one-step peels, that were inspired by dermatological treatments - that feature a highly concentrated 20 - 25% exfoliating complex to deliver maximum results, yet are gentle enough for at home use, with no recovery time necessary - they will not only make your skin look and feel great, but also help improve the absorption and performance of all your skin care products!
NeoStrata Skin Renewal Peel Solution - 50ml - $75 - great for dilated pores, rough skin texture, dull skin tone, it provides an immediate smoothing effect along with long-term benefits for a renewed, healthier-looking skin with continued use - for skin texture that looks smoother, pores look tightened and skin tone looks more even and radiant.

NeoStrata Anti-Aging Peel Solution - 40ml - $78 - great for wrinkles and lack of elasticity, it  combines the immediate skin smoothing effect of a chemical peel with the anti-aging benefits of a potent treatment for a younger and healthier looking skin - to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while improving skin elasticity and firmness - for skin texture that looks smoother, pores look tightened and skin tone looks more even and radiant.


NeoStrata Brightening Peel Solution - 40ml - $78 - great for dark spots, uneven skin tone, it  combines the immediate skin smoothing effect of a chemical peel with the brightening benefits of a potent treatment for a more even and brighter looking complexion - to even the look of skin tone and boost radiance, reduce the appearance of dark spots and skin discolouration, smooth skin texture and tighten pores.

And to help soothe the skin after you peel:

NeoStrata Post-Procedure Repair Cream - 50ml - $45 - great for irritated, dry skin this intensive triple-action skin cream has a light, non-greasy texture that quickly absorbs and is specially designed to help repair, restore and soothe post-procedure skin providing moisturization for optimal comfort to the skin.

Available now at drugstores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

Cute Alert - Marvis Toothpaste Wonders Of The World Gift Box!

Marvis Toothpaste Wonders Of The World Limited Edition Gift Box - $23 - 3 x 25ml - with 3 new limited edition flavours in sizes perfect for travelling: Royal - a unique, sophisticated flavour that combines zesty Italian lemon oil, tangerines, fragrant rose extract and nutmeg enhanced with mint to create an exclusive sensation with an exhilarating tangy taste; Kakarum - a sophisticated flavour that combines the finest peppermint with the sweetness of orange juice along with enchanting and aromatic cardamom to create a lasting sensation of alluring freshness; and Rambas - has a fruity, velvety taste that combines ripe peach and sweet pineapple with a twist of sweet Alphonso mango along with a rich aroma of mint to create a lasting sensation of vibrant freshness.

All with the cutting-edge classic formula that uses natural ingredients and powdered alum to polish teeth and remove coffee, wine, tea and tobacco stains without damaging the enamel or irritating the gums - leaving teeth clean and silky smooth like after a visit to the dentist.

Available now for a limited time at Hudson's Bay stores across Canada or you can find the 75ml individual tubes at Holt Renfrew.

- Lisamarie -

July 8, 2017

Moisturize while you prime with Korres, Nivea and Quo!

Summer is the perfect time for multi-use products, the less layers I have to put on my skin, the happier it is - which is why I love getting my moisturizer and primer in one easy product with:

Korres Greek Yoghurt Smoothie Priming Moisturiser - 30ml - $55 - offers supreme hydration, smoothing and priming before makeup with a weightless lotion rich in probiotics, proteins and minerals to nourish and support skin's natural defense - boosted with 3 types of hyaluronic acid, it promotes skin elasticity and reduces the appearance of pores and fine lines for plumped, healthy-looking skin.

Available now at select Shoppers Drug Mart locations across Canada.
Nivea 2-in-1 Moisturizing Primer - 50ml - $10.95 - in normal or dry to sensitive skin options - have a non-greasy formula with an ultra-lightweight texture that instantly absorbs enriched with natural almond oil and soothing calendula extract to provide long lasting moisturization and an even and smooth base for effective makeup application and help it last even longer.

Available now at major drug and mass retailers across Canada.
Quo Nourish and Prime Hydrating Primer - 28ml - $24 - contains a blend of skin care actives that absorbs instantly to intensely nourish and instantly hydrate skin while preparing it for makeup application to help it go on smoother and last longer.

Available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada.

Love your new hydrating primer a lot, limited for space or traveling? Go ahead and use it as or with your night cream too!

- Lisamarie -

July 7, 2017

Avalon Organics Clarifying Lemon Shampoo & Conditioner

If you've been looking for a way to gently and effectively bring luminance and manageability to your hair without the use of harsh preservatives or cleansers then you really need to check out:

Avalon Organics Clarifying Lemon Shampoo - 325ml - $12.99 - with lemon essential oil, quinoa protein, aloe and vitamin E to clarify and brighten, ridding the hair of excess oils and dulling build-up and restore natural highlights and shine.

Avalon Organics Clarifying Lemon Conditioner - 325ml - $12.99 - strengthens hair strands and provides critical moisture as lemon essential oil, quinoa protein, aloe and vitamin E gently condition and continue the clarifying process.

Even if you aren't looking to change up your usual shampoo routine, I would still recommend using a clarifying shampoo for a week or two every other month to get rid of product buildup - you will see how much better your usual shampoo will work after you take the break and if you are a swimmer, make sure you keep this in your shower bag, it's amazing for eliminating chlorine which can do a real number on the hair if you don't effectively wash it out!

Best of all is the scent, pure, aromatic and natural - and sooooo lemony good!

Available in Canada at Loblaws, Whole Foods, London Drugs, Safeway and Sobeys West stores and online at well.ca.

- Lisamarie -

Fragrant Friday - Comptoir Sud Pacifique Pomelo Fizz

Take a trip to the Mediterranean with a new fragrance inspired by luminous notes of citrus:

Comptoir Sud Pacifique Pomelo Fizz - 100ml EDT - $89, 30ml EDT - $53, 10ml EDT Rollerball - $30 - a refreshing, fruity floral fragrance with top notes of bergamot, grapefruit and mandarine; heart notes of orange blossom, blackcurrant and davana; and base notes of musk and myrrh.

This is one of my favourite fragrance lines and they don't come out with new scents very often but this one was worth waiting for! I love me some citrus and this one is just so sunny, it's the perfect summer scent! My only complaint would be the lasting power, it's an EDT so I don't expect a lot but it seems to fade really fast on me - I've been layering it over a random lemon body lotion and that seems to help some - I wish their was a Pomelo Fizz lotion in the line!

Available now at Sephora and Hudson's Bay stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

July 6, 2017

Happy hair removal with Philips, Parissa and Avon!

I love my epilator and even though it's only meant for the body I've actually tried to use on my face - bad idea! It's not gentle enough and I ended up with a nasty red rash - so I'm happy that there is now one actually designed for all those delicate areas:

Philips SatinTouch Precision Epilator - $39.99 - with a slender, precision design designed for more subtle yet effective hair removal on sensitive areas and face, it features 8 tweezing discs that firmly grab and remove the hair from the root, helping to avoid discomfort and reduce pulling of sensitive skin. Comes with an additional cleaning brush for easy cleaning and optimal hygiene and a protective pouch ideal for storage and travel.

Available now exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada.
Parissa Persian Cold Wax - 240ml - $15 - includes cold wax, 2 spatulas, 20 reusable non-woven fabric strips and easy to follow instructions - the original natural sugar hair removal treatment effective for removing medium-fine hair on legs, body or face and made up of 3 basic ingredients: sugar, lemon and water that have been cooked down into a thick taffy-like paste - making it a great choice for people who have sensitive or allergic skin and require a simple, all-natural product.

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.
Avon Skin So Soft Fresh & Smooth Moisturizing Shave Oil - 150ml - $10 - with a fresh cherry blossom scent and a formula enriched with shea butter extract and vitamins A & E that transforms from an oil to a creamy lather on wet skin for a silky smooth glide, it moisturizes while you shave leaving legs (or whatever) feeling soft and smooth.

Available from your Avon rep - 1800-265-AVON or online at www.avon.ca.

- Lisamarie -

mark. Lipclick Matte Full Color Lipstick - with swatches!

mark. Lipclick Matte Full Color Lipstick - $15 - in 5 shades: Starlet - hot pink, Goddess - warm medium nude, Vixen - rich berry, Siren - classic red, Rebel - indigo - that deliver vibrant colour with state-of-the-art pigment technology with a velvety matte finish.

I tried out the 2 newest shades and quickly learned that I am too pale to pull either of them off:

Goddess - makes me look like a corpse
Rebel - made me look like a crazy person so I tried blotting it down to give it more of a stain effect instead of full on blue and it turned into this fun purple shade!

I imagine either of the shades would look better on someone with a darker skin tone.

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