April 25, 2017

bareMinerals Invisible Glow Powder Highlighter

bareMinerals Invisible Glow Powder Highlighter - $35 - a silky, ultra-fine, baked highlighter in 4 shades to suit every skintone:
 

Fair-to-light skin tones: a beige and opal blend to create a glistening icy white;

Medium skin tones: a blend of pink and gold to create a glistening soft pink;


Tan skin tones: a champagne and copper blend for a glistening, warm copper hue;


Dark-to-deep skin tones: bronze and coral blend for a glistening warm bronze shade.
 
Whichever one you choose, expect it to impart a sheer, natural-looking, multi-dimensional glow that looks naturally radiant and never overdone. With a pigment-packed formula that feels creamy upon application but is actually an ultra-lightweight powder with ultra-fine reflective pearls that catch the light for a glowing look that mimics how sunlight reflects on skin.
What's really neat is that even if you compare the exact same shade with someone else who has it, they will both be different as they are hand made by Italian artisans, so no two are ever exactly alike!


Available now at Sephora and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

Essie by Monique Lhuillier Gel Couture 2017 Bridal Collection - with swatches!

Essie unveils it's first ever bridal designer collaboration which is the perfect marriage of Monique Lhuillier’s famed luxury and Essie’s renowned colour authority to create the ultimate indulgence for every bride to have and to hold with the Gel Couture 2017 Bridal Collection - and the results are magical!

The collection offers up long lasting commitment with a 2-step system of colour and top coat that will wear for up to 14 days with impeccable gel-like shine, no lamp needed and features 6 ring-worthy shades:
Lace To The Alter - elegant sheer ivory accented with iridescent pearls
Dress Is More - sheer creamy white dusted with pink
Blush-Worthy - feminine peony pink speckled with gold
Sage You Love Me - soft dusty gray with green undertones
To Have & To Gold - chic vintage rose gold
Berry In Love - deep, dazzling plum red

Available now at salons and other beauty retailers across Canada for $13.99 each.

- Lisamarie -

April 24, 2017

Vichy Normaderm Skin Balance Anti-Oiliness Hydrating Aquagel

Would you be surprised to know that the worst thing you can do for oily skin is to skip the moisturizer? We cleanse and tone trying to eliminate as much oil as possible and by skipping the  moisturizer step, actually throw the skin's balance out of whack and cause oily skin to create even more oil as it desperately tries to even things out - so do your oily skin a favour and keep things fresh and balanced with:

Vichy Normaderm Skin Balance Anti-Oiliness Hydrating Aquagel - 40ml - $19.95 - formulated for oily and acne-prone skin, it has an ultra-lightweight texture to rebalance and provide an all-day fresh skin sensation.

The formula provides oil control with 0.5% salicylic acid and 0.1% LHA - to keep skin smooth, dry and pure as well as reduce and tighten pores; and clean, 12 hour hydration thanks to the fresh aqua gel that offers an ultra-fresh and clean feeling with an instant mattifying effect.

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

- Lisamarie -

Mascara Monday - mark. Lash Act Build & Define Mascara

mark. Lash Act Build & Define Mascara - $12 - in Blackest Black - creates multiple looks - full and lush or long and defined - all with the twist of a brush!

What makes it different is a game-changer wand - twist its handle to either collapse or expand the brush head: 
Collapsed - the brush builds full, flirty lashes - which you can see on the right;
or expanded - the brush adds length and definition - as seen on the left.
The formula is non-smudging, non-clumping and ultra-black, so it looks great!

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

- Lisamarie -

April 22, 2017

Givenchy Gypsophila Les Saisons Summer 2017 Makeup Collection

Givenchy Gysophila Les Saisons Summer 2017 collection was inspired by the gypsophila flower, also known as baby’s breath, my least favourite flower in the world but thankfully when I look at the beautiful pattern on this powder, it doesn't make me think of them at all - just how I'll need two of them so I'll have one to use and one to admire...

Healthy Glow Powder Floral Edition in 02 Douce Saison - $78 - a talc-free, weightless bronzer for a healthy-looking glow featuring a powder design with a summery, floral impression that keeps skin  looking fresh and radiant without looking of feeling cakey thanks to a formula that provides colour without texture.

The colour is deeper then it looks in the picture and adds just the perfect amount of colour and glow - it was hard to bring myself to touch if of course, it's so pretty, I've been trying really hard to work around the flowers!

Le Rouge-à-Porter in 305 Red Gypsophila - $43 - a sheer finish lipstick that leaves lips soft and supple in a limited-edition red shade with a summery, aquatic blue genuine leather-clad case.  Formulated with hyaluronic acid, its balmy, ultra-sensorial and hydrating texture protects your lips while imparting subtle color with a shiny finish.

Le Rouge in 322 Coral Gypsophila - $43 - a semi-matte lipstick that delivers intense colour in a limited-edition summer coral shade with an aquatic blue, genuine leather case. The lightweight, ultra-smooth, non-sticky texture glides on beautifully to softly shape and contour the lips.

Available now exclusively online at sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

April 21, 2017

Bring dry hair back to life with Phyto Phytoelixir!

Phyto now has a way to give  ultra-dry hair the moisture and nourishment it's been craving thanks to it's new Phytoelixir line - which offers multi-benefits for needy hair - it hydrates and improves elasticity; nourishes and strengthens; and replenishes and protects - to repair and leave ultra-dry and damaged hair luxuriously soft and beautiful.

Available in the collection:

Subtle Oil Intense Nutrition - 75ml - $45 - a luxurious, renewal pre-shampoo oil with a fine, lightweight and easy-to-rinse, 98% natural and botanical formula that effortlessly penetrates into each strand.

Super rich in Vitamin E and ultra- nourishing egg yolk which blends with camellia and karanja oils to regenerate and protect the hair fiber from external aggressors for hair that feels immediately replenished and its original softness, elasticity and shine are restored.

Intense Nutrition Shampoo - 200ml - $30 - with a sulfate-free, gentle foaming formula that renews ultra-dry hair.

Narcissus flower wax is blended with encapsulated macadamia oil along with saponaria extract to replenish essential lipids and immediately transform hair and leave it soft, supple and hydrated with new radiance and the promise of long-lasting results.

Cleansing Care Cream - 75ml - $30 - a super concentrated, non-lathering cream that gently cleanses the hair and scalp while infusing hair with an unprecedented dose of care to give ultra-dry, impossibly thick hair with instant nourishment gratification.

It features narcissus flower to immerse hair in nourishment, softness and total beauty and works in tandem with lipid-rich, encapsulated macadamia oil designed to optimize continuous release of the essential lipids to the hair and provides long-lasting anti-dryness protection leaving hair incredibly soft and supple without the need to condition after.

Intense Nutrition Mask - 200ml - $54 - an indulgently rich mask that melts into a luxurious hair rescuer that transforms even the driest, most porous hair but is light enough that even the finest hair can use it too.

With a nutrient rich formula that includes narcissus flower wax, a beauty powerhouse envelops hair in prodigious nourishment while fatty acid rich macadamia oil replenishes hair lipids with the promise of new suppleness and radiance. It's encapsulated in chronospheres designed to offer continuous release to the hair, protecting it against the recurring drying-out process for hair that is  infinitely soft to the touch and totally manageable.

Available now at Murale and beautyboutique.ca.

- Lisamarie -

Fragrant Friday - Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum

Burberry introduces the latest chapter in the Mr. Burberry fragrance story - a deeper, more sensual interpretation of the iconic Mr. Burberry Eau de Toilette:

Mr. Burberry Eau de Parfum - 50ml - $85, 100ml - $110, 150ml - $145 - a warm sensual and woody fragrance that fuses the classic scents of British male perfumery with aromatic top notes of tarragon and spicy cinnamon; a heart of rich patchouli; and a dense, woody base of amber and smokey vetiver.

It's a classier smelling version of the original and as soon as I read it had cinnamon, I knew I would love it, that spicy note gets me every time! It's also a very good looking bottle - black, bold and modern with a weighted cap and gabardine ribbon - the 100ml and 150ml bottles can also be engraved with up to three initials for a dash of ultra-class!

Available now at Hudson's Bay, Sears, Sephora, Nordstrom, Shoppers Drug Mart, Jean Coutu and Murale.

- Lisamarie -

April 20, 2017

Avon Skin So Soft Aqua Express Collection

Introducing the limited edition Avon Skin So Soft Aqua Express collection which quickly quenches skin with hydration and refreshes with a watermint oil and fresh citrus scent.

The lineup includes:

Body Wash - 350ml - $10 - leaves skin refreshed, revitalized and with a radiant healthy glow.

Moisturizing Gel - 200ml - $10 - with a time-release formula that boosts skin's moisture by 143%, leaving skin feeling cool and refreshed.

Body Milk Spray - 350ml - $10 - a refreshing spray-on moisturizer that is quickly absorbed to smooth and soften skin.

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

- Lisamarie -

Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte Liquid Lip Color - with swatches!

Make Up For Ever Artist Liquid Matte Liquid Lip Color - $24 - in 6 shades: 101 Cream Beige, 103 Warm Beige, 105 Rosewood, 107 Neutral Beige, 109 Praline, 203 - Cold Pink - a comfortable,  ultra-matte liquid lipstick with insane color payoff and crazy long wear.

The concentrated pigments ensures that it provides saturated colour payoff while silica and kaolin powders, mineral clay and silicone oil deliver a truly matte, opaque  finish, saturated colour payoff as well as offering a lightweight feel thanks to a unique formula that boasts silicone resin and beeswax for no-transfer, long-lasting wear that lasts up to 20 hours along with glycerin and avocado oil for soft, nourished, hydrated lips.
103 Warm Beige
203 Cold Pink

I'm a big fan of the applicator which applies the perfect amount of colour and makes it easy to define the lips so no liner is needed! My best piece of advice, exfoliate your lips well first, the matte finish will accentuate every flaw so you want to start off with a perfectly smooth surface! 

Available now at Sephora and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

April 19, 2017

Eye Love Wednesday - draw a perfect black liquid line with Mary Kay, Hard Candy and Clinique!

Mary Kay Liquid Eyeliner Pen - $20 - with a longwearing, flakeproof formula that creates lines from delicate to dramatic with an easy to use one-step, smudgeproof, no-mess applicator that glides on without skipping, pulling or tugging to create the impression of fuller-looking lashes.

Available 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.
Hard Candy Bold & Gorgeous Dare To Flick Felt Tip Liner - $5.98 - features an intense black formula that lasts up to 12 hours for smudge-proof, budge-proof all day wear. The expertly designed tulip tip was created to achieve precise lines, but flexible enough to flick on the outer edges for the perfect cat-eye look!

Available exclusively at Walmart stores across Canada.
Clinique Pretty Easy Liquid Eyelining Pen - $24 - delivers precise, dramatic lines with a mistake-proof liquid liner creates a clean line in one steady sweep. Its tapered, precision brush design makes it easy to paint on pure, deep color for thin to thick lines with serious lasting power - up to 24 hours!

Available at Clinique counters across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Nivea Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Smoothing Treatment!

Nivea Q10 Anti-Wrinkle Smoothing Treatment - 8 x 7.5ml - $19.99 - a 10 minute intensive moisture mask that is an easy way to boost your anti-wrinkle routine, leaving skin intensively moisturized, smooth, radiant and younger looking.
 

The star ingredient is Coenzyme Q10 - produced naturally in the body, it plays an essential role in helping skin produce the energy needed to help maintain and improve skin's elasticity, while effectively fighting wrinkles from within, reducing their appearance and the visibility of dark spots.

The masks come individually wrapped making them great for travel which is always the time my skin needs a boost of moisture and perkiness - as an added bonus, if you're trying to get the guy next to you on the plane to stop bugging you slap one of these babies on, he won't bother you again, I promise!


Available now at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

April 18, 2017

Pür Bare It All 12-Hour 4-in-1 Skin Perfecting Foundation and Brush

Pür Bare It All 12-Hour 4-in-1 Skin Perfecting Foundation - 45ml - $49 - in 7 shades: Porcelain, Light, Blush Medium, Golden Medium, Light Tan, Tan, Medium Dark - with a high-performance, demi-matte formula containing Pür's proprietary Energy Complex and Ceretin Complex, designed for face and body to covers imperfections while helping to correct problem areas over time and renew the look of skin - without fading, quitting or crumbling.

For perfect application on face and body, apply it with:

Pür Skin Perfecting Foundation Brush - $40 - a super-soft brush that helps foundation apply flawlessly and evenly.

Available now exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at beautyboutique.ca.

- Lisamarie -

Dress up a manicure with Kiss Jewel Accents!

Kiss Jewel Accents - $4.97 - accessorizes your manicure with super easy to use nail jewelry - using tweezers, peel jewel accent sticker from film and place on desired area of nail.

I am in love with the little chandelier looking ones - I feel all classy when I wear them and nothing perks up one of my terrible self-inflicted manicures like a little bling! Lessons I've learned using the jewel accents - let the polish dry first before applying, if you put it on wet polish there is a good chance you will smudge your polish trying to adjust it and to really make it last, add a top coat which will help it stay on!

And if you are looking for other ways to dress up a manicure, also check out Kiss Accent Stickers and Polish Pop!

Available now at Walmart stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

April 17, 2017

Peel and reveal great skin with The Body Shop!

The Body Shop introduces three peels that work as a gentle alternative to traditional exfoliators. They help to gently peel away tired, grumpy skin to reveal a healthy looking, happy glow, without water, abrasive particles or enzymes.

The Body Shop Vitamin C Glow Revealing Liquid Peel - 145ml - $25 - with a transforming gel-to-peel texture that lifts and traps impurities and dead skin cells sitting on the skin’s surface, even the most reluctant ones for skin that feels fresh, clean, renewed, prepared for cleansing and moisturization.

Enriched with vitamin C rich camu camu berry extract and softening  Community Trade honey from Ethiopia

The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Liquid Peel - 145ml - $25 - uses enzymes and a very gentle physical scrub made up of soft clusters of fibers to exfoliate and gently peel off impurities from your skin, lifting dead skin cells and residuals leaveing skin clean and purified from the day’s pollutants - continued use will leave a fresh, smoother and more luminous youthful-looking skin.

The formula contains 3 plant stem cells: Edelweiss from the Italian Alps, Sea Holly and Criste Marine from the Brittany Coast, infused with Community Trade Babassu Oil from Brazil - that will leave your skin feeling soft and smooth.

The Body Shop Drops Of Light Pure Resurfacing Liquid Peel - 145ml - $25 -  visibly brightens skin's appearance with transforming gel-to-peel technology that traps and gently peels off impurities and dead skin cells to unveil healthy-looking skin that feels resurfaced from first use - with continued use, skin looks more luminous and skin texture is refined.

Contains brightening red algae extract from the North Atlantic and vitamin C to help skin appear smoother, brighter, refined and more even along with Community Trade marula oil from Namibia and Community Trade organic olive oil from Italy for their hydrating and smoothing properties.

Whichever peel you pick, it's recommended that you use it in the evening, 2-3 times per week for best results. Just dispense 2 pumps onto fingertips and massage onto a dry face for up to 20 seconds until exfoliating ‘residues’ appear noticeably and are peeled off - then rinse thoroughly with water. Tada! Your skin instantly feels and looks noticeably softer and smoother!

These are my favourite kinds of beauty products - that let me see for myself the wonderfully gross things they are doing - in this case by letting me see the dead skin coming off - this ranks right up there with pulling black crap out of my pores!

Available now at The Body Shop stores across Canada and online at www.thebodyshop.ca.

- Lisamarie -

Mascara Monday - Avon True Color Super Extend Nourishing Mascara

Avon True Color Super Extend Nourishing Mascara - $10 - in black, brown black and navy - for lashes that look longer, healthier and conditioned.
The clump-free, smudge-free and flake-free, fortifying formula is enriched with argan oil, coconut oil and vitamin E for lashes that look longer, healthier and condioned.
While the flexi-brush gently coats each lash without tugging or pulling.
And it removes easily with soap and water. I thought I'd try something different this time, this is actually the navy shade - which isn't a dramatic blue at all and has the added benefit of making the whites of the eyes look whiter!
And if you're tired of mascara smudges - check out:

Avon Mascara Applicator - $5 - acts as a barrier between your eyelid and lashes while applying mascara then use the dual-sided comb on the bottom handle to comb lashes and brows.

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

- Lisamarie -

April 15, 2017

Needful Things - Physicians Formula Murumura Butter Blush

Physicians Formula Murumura Butter Blush - $15.99 - in 2 shades: Natural Glow and Plum Rose - with a powder-cream hybrid formula that melts into skin to deliver a radiant glow thanks to the powerful blend of murumuru butter, cupuacu butter and tucuma butter - nutrient rich and packed with essential fatty acids and pro vitamins that help soften, condition and moisturize skin, leaving it silky soft - along with ultra-refined pearl and soft-focus pigments that smooth skin's texture and brighten skin tone for the ultimate blushing glow.

Not only is the texture something new and different, so is the applicator - rather then the usual mini brush, it comes with a sponge applicator which I find really useful for targeted application but not as helpful for creating a more natural looking flush - and if you wear foundation you might find that it moves that around too - I'm sticking with my usual blush brush for this one - the blush has some creaminess to it so make sure you use one with synthetic hair and enjoy the glow!

Available now at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

April 14, 2017

Live Clean Biotin Extra Body Shampoo & Conditioner

Live Clean Biotin Extra Body Shampoo & Conditioner - 350ml - $7.99 - creates luxuriously fuller, thicker, healthier looking hair with a 98% plant and natural based formula that combines biotin with certified organic botanicals ginseng and lavender to restore depleted moisture and add lustrous shine (and also make them smell great)!

And of course as with all Live Clean products, they are made with plant and natural based ingredients that are renewable and sustainable and are free of any petrolatums, silicons and phosphates - for hair that feels good that you can feel good about!

Available now at Walmart and Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

Fragrant Friday - Avon Today Tomorrow Always Absolute Parfum

Avon Today Tomorrow Always Absolute Parfum - 30ml EDP - $35 - an oriental-floral crafted with fragrance oils in their highest concentration for a luxurious scent that's truly long lasting - with an everlasting floral heart of orange blossom along with  accords of sparkling Calabrian bergamot and sensual sandalwood from Sri Lanka.

It's a warm and pretty fragrance that really does have some staying power - I was going to a fragrance free space later in the day after trying it and not only was the scent still going strong, I couldn't wash it off with straight soap and water, it took some serious muscle!

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

- Lisamarie -

April 13, 2017

Fill your basket with the LUSH Easter Collection!

LUSH presents a collection of sweet treats - handmade with cruelty free ingredients - they are bright and beautiful and won't make you gain 10 pounds like the rest of your Easter treats!

There are a bunch of new items this year including:
Which Came First? Stripes or Spots Bath Bomb - $12.95 - a sweet and citrusy fizzer that cracks open to reveal the surprise inside - meaning you can enjoy three egg-cellent soaks over a couple of nights or be really decadent and use the entire bomb at once for deliciously sweet, fuchsia waters brimming over with fruity fragrance.
Chocolate Easter Egg Soap - $5.95 - get your chocolate fix in the shower or bath when you suds up with this uplifting lemon, grapefruit and vanilla bar that's made with cocoa butter for extra luscious lather.
Golden Egg Bath Bomb Melt - $8.95 - soak in a dazzling bath of moisturizing olive oil and golden luster until your skin feels softer than caramel and smells amazing - with uplifting bergamot and sweet, wild orange oils help to tone and brighten the skin and give a sweet fruitiness to this most luxurious soak.
Chick 'N' Mix Bath Bomb - $10.95 - a jumbo fizzer that opens up to reveal an adorable baby bunny inside - giving you three beautiful baths to look forward to! Or, drop them all into your tub at once for a big dose of sunny, citrusy bergamot oil and sweet, caramel-like tonka.
Wash Behind Your Ears Shower Gel - 100ml - $10.95, 250ml - $26.95, 500ml - $44.95 - lavishes  your body with thick shower gel to let luxurious jasmine and rose oils bloom on your skin and create a fresh bouquet of fragrance. The refreshing scent of neroli will lift your spirits while conditioning organic sunflower oil goes to work softening your skin and leaving it feeling irresistible.
Chocolate Lip Scrub - 25g - $9.95 - scrub lips to smooth perfection with cocoa powder and castor sugar as organic jojoba oil preps your pout for the softest smooches and a divine combination of orange and chocolate make them smell good enough to eat!
Not new but still my favourite LUSH Easter treat:

Bunch of Carrots Bubble Bar - $12.95 - hop into the tub with piles of rich, frothy lemon-bergamot bubbles thanks to these brightly covered carrots  - each one will create at least one bubbly bath, so you’ll get loads of bathing bliss out of this bunch!

Available now while they last at LUSH stores across Canada and online at lush.ca.

- Lisamarie -

Eve Lom Tinted Kiss Mix - with swatches!

Eve Lom Tinted Kiss Mix - 7ml - $33 - in 3 shades: Cheeky - berry, Demure - nude, Lippy - pink -  that along with a subtle hint of colour, deliver an instant cooling, invigorating and plumping effect with a luxuriously moisturizing formula fortified with amino and palmitic acid - to deliver long-lasting moisture; a triple firming agent to stimulate collagen; and beeswax - to deeply nourish. and soothe.
Demure

 I love the creamy delicate texture, subtle sheen and the light tingling effect but most of all I love the minty taste, now instead of just chewing off my lipstick during the day which is a normal thing for me, I get to freshen my breath at the same time!

Available at Murale stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

April 12, 2017

Eye Love Wednesday - NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette

NARSissist Loaded Eyeshadow Palette - $74 - a limited-edition palette containing a full lineup of essential shades - from creamy nudes to decadent darks in matte and shimmering finishes that features both cool and warm toned neutrals including:

Newbury Street - white gold shimmer
Windsor - warm beige matte
Privilege - gold metallic
Dover - neutral brown matte
Foix - peach matte
Castille - umber brown matte
Alnwick - copper shimmer
Beaumaris - chocolate brown shimmer
Splendor - pewter sparkle
Versailles - bronze shimmer
Montaillou - dark brown matte
Reale - black satin

In the new, sensorial eyeshadow formula that has a botanical infusion of pomegranate seed oil, vitamin E, and gingko biloba extract - known to help smooth skin - creating the perfect base for effortless blending, while delivering rich, saturated colour.

I have been rocking the most amazing smokey eye made up of Montaillou and Beumaris - the brown is so much more flattering and wearable on me then the usual black!

Available now at Hudson's Bay, Nordstrom and sephora.ca and come May 1st, also at Sephora stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash!

Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash - 400ml - $6.99, 650ml - $8.99 - cleanses and moisturizes in one easy lock-in-moisture technology formula containing  petrolatum, a dermatologist-recommended moisturizer, as well as Pro-Glycerin, a naturally derived essence from sunflowers that helps to penetrate skin faster than ever before. The result is long-lasting moisture that actually absorbs, rather than just sitting on the skin’s surface.

I'm not normally a fan of moisturizing body washes because they always seem to leave a greasy film behind that they call moisture but I just find gross - this Olay one is different, it infuses my skin with moisture without leaving behind a coated feel - just the feeling of  smoothness and softness!

Available now at drug, grocery and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

April 11, 2017

Needful Things - Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray

Cover FX Illuminating Setting Spray - 120ml - $39 - a quick-drying, alcohol-free, ultra-fine setting spray that sets makeup for all-day wear, while it imparts instant, all-over illumination - on face and body. Spray a little for a discreet glow or layer on to intensify.

Not only does it look great over makeup as well helping to prevent it from fading, melting, smudging, caking and settling into fine lines, but it also adds a nice sheen to bare skin for a little polish when you don't feel like making up!

Available now at Sephora and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

Tweezerman Bright Complexion Facial Dermaplaner

Tweezerman Bright Complexion Facial Dermaplaner - $40 - an easy and safe at home facial tool that exfoliates and rejuvenates skin by exfoliating the top layer to clear away dead, dull skin-cells and promote skin renewal.

It has a small ergonomic design that fits easily into the palm of the hand, is made of a single piece of satin-finished (pink!) that is easy to clean and keep hygienic plastic, and comes with 3 replaceable blades that simply click into place in a specially-designed cartridge that keeps the blade at the perfect angle for safe and effective application.

Don't let the idea of self-dermaplaning freak you out, it's not like salon dermaplaning which is done with a straight edge razor and will take all the peach-fuzz off your face too - this way is much less lethal, you can actually dig the device into your skin and it won't cut you - just take the dead skin off - and you will love how smooth your skin will feel afterwards and how much better products will absorb!


Available now online at www.tweezerman.ca.

- Lisamarie -

April 10, 2017

Test Driving - Caryl Baker Power C+ Facial by Skeyndor

Caryl Baker Visage has partnered with global skin care leader, Skeyndor to introduce three new corrective and progressive, state-of-the-art solutions to skin concerns and anti-aging with in-salon Professional Power Skin Care Treatments that deliver superior antioxidant protection and help support the skin's own renewal processes and rejuvenation including: Power C+ - to brighten and protect; Power Hyaluronic - to maximize hydration; and Power Retinol - to repair and rejuvenate.

I am all about the brightening so I spent an hour at the Vaughan Mills location with the lovely Angie and experienced the joy of:

Caryl Baker Power C+ Facial by Skeyndor - 60 minutes - $120 - an intensive, advanced treatment for all skin types that effectively treats fine lines, full and tired skin, photo damage and pigmentation for amazing radiance and luminosity as well as helping firm the skin for superior anti-aging benefits.

It's a 9-step treatment that left me refreshed and glowing:

1. Impurities and makeup are removed from eyes and lips with Aquatherm Sensitive Eye Makeup Remover - a gentle, effective gel  formulated with hamamelis water, pre-biotic sugars and pumpkin extract;

2. Skin's entire surface is thoroughly lathered with a purifying and exfoliating cleaner Resurfacing Peel Cleansing Gel - formulated with A-hydroxy acids and enzyme protease to dissolve dead cells and help stimulate cell renewal;

3. A fine mist of refreshing and restorative mineral spring water AquaTherm Thermal Concentrate Water is sprayed over the entire face to reninforce the skin's barrier, instantly diminishing discomfort and tightness, plus soften and restore skin's natural balance;

4. A 2ml ampoule of Pure C Concentrate 15% - ascorbic acid vitamin C combined with phytic and ellagic acids is massaged into skin with relaxing, gentle pressure and pumping strokes to help absorption to quickly improve skin's brightness and radiance plus provides antioxidant protection;

6. 8ml of an enriched Pomegranate Concentrate 6% is completely massaged into skin to complement the activity of the concentrated Pure C with a boost of anti-free radical action;

7. A thick layer of creamy Aloe Vera Mask with a formula enhanced with German chamomile plant extract is massaged into skin and absorbed during ten relaxing minutes, then thoroughly removed with warm water and gauze - a natural antiseptic, it soothes, refreshes and hydrates skin;

8. Another light spray of refreshing AquaTherm Thermal Concentrate Water is applied to restore skin and balance pH levels;

9. Finally, Energizing Cream SPF15 with a moisturizing formula of 3% high absorption vitamin C derivative and 3% pomegranate HG extract is massaged into skin to hydrate, help support collagen production, illuminate and unify skin tone while protecting skin from sun damage.

They recommend doing the facials in a series of 3 or 4 a few weeks apart - I had a chance to have 2 of them and I really can see the cumulative effects - my skin is brighter, softer and a few red marks I had from past acne disappeared much quicker then they normally would have! I am going to recommend for the peacefulness of your facial that you not going during the day on a Saturday - while the mall locations of CBV are very convenient, it also tends to make it very loud during busy periods - next time I'm going during the day on a Tuesday!

And if Vitamin C isn't your thing, you can check out one of the other Caryl Baker by Skeyndor facials available/coming your way:

Power Hyaluronic - $140 - available now - an intensive, advanced hydrating treatment for all skin types that effectively combats dehydration on multiple levels to plump and help improve skin's structure to treat fine lines and wrinkles and diminish build-up of dead skin cells and irregularities.

Power Retinol - $140 - coming in October - an intensive, advanced treatment for all skin types, especially mature to effectively treat and repair natural and photo-aged skin to reduce wrinkles, dark spots, pigmentation, scars and enlarged pores.

Available at Caryl Baker Visage Face Spas in Ontario and Alberta.

- Lisamarie -

Mascara Monday - Covergirl Total Tease Mascara

Covergirl Total Tease Mascara - $10.99 - in Very Black, Black, Black Brown, Brown and Deep Blue - for full, long, refined, sexy, teased lashes!
The smudge defying formula darkens and thickens lashes for maximum lash definition and allows you to tease with ease for ultimate lash separation - also available in waterproof.
While the brush features a specialized detailing tip that allows for no-mess targeted application and a precision tease just where you need it.
This is my kind of mascara, lots of length, definition and just enough volume without being clumpy - and the little detailing tip makes it easy to get the lashes in the outer corners that I would normally ignore and works great for grabbing the bottom lashes too!

Available now at drug, grocery and mass retailers across Canada.

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