June 30, 2017

Kérastase Aura Botanica offers beautiful hair in a natural way!

Kérastase has gone super green with the launch of their Aura Botanica hair care range which is 98% of natural origin - refining nature into a luxurious experience featuring handpicked Samoan coconut and Moroccan argan oils, with no silicones, no sulfates, and no parabens - for effective care to enhance natural, lightly devitalized hair - leaving it resplendent, glowing and reawakened to its natural beauty.

Available in the collection:

Aura Botanica Bain Micellaire - 250ml - $45 - revolutionizes natural cleansing without sulfates or silicones that instead comes from naturally effective and foaming active ingredients found in Samoan coconut oil so there is no added weight, coating or oiliness - for hair that can truly breathe, glowing with healthy vitality and the feeling of clean, liberated hair. The gentle yet effective cleansing removes all impurities, preparing hair fibres to receive the optimal benefits of:

Aura Botanica Soin Fondamental - 200ml - $50 - with a lightweight, creamy texture that instantly melts into hair fibres for 48 hours of deep, durable nutrition and frizz control. Detangling, even without silicones, is easy thanks to a high concentration of natural oils - coconut, argan and sunflower - that are all in perfect affinity with hair. Just leave on for up to five minutes, then rinse for hair that is strengthened from within, smooth and soft to the touch. 
Ara Botanica Essence d'Éclat - 100ml - $57 - offers customizable care for hair that needs added nutrition with a DIY solution that is packed with 99% natural origin ingredients for an utmost pure boost of replenishing energy including: avocado oil - rich in omega 6 and 9, adds softness and shine;  jojoba oil - with its velvety, dry-to-the-touch feel, enhances the sensory allure; argan oil - to tame  frizz and boost nutrition; along with rosemary extract and sweet orange essential oil. 

What I really like about this product is how versatile it is: use it for the scalp - massage into a dry or tight scalp before shampooing for added nutrition; as a pre-shampoo for normal to thick, sensitized hair -  massage into hair lengths or ends before shampooing; as a treatment - blend into your Soin Fondamental to add intense conditioning to sensitized hair - for fine hair add 4 to 6 pumps and for medium and thick hair add 4 to 8 pumps before use; and it even works great as a body oil for dry  hands and body!

Aura Botanica Concentré Essentiel - 50ml - $60 - a lightweight, ultra-fine mist that nourishes hair for two days, while offering three days of anti-frizz control. It has a bi-phase formula - the first phase has four highly nutritious oils - jojoba, avocado, coconut and argan - and for the senses, a touch of sweet orange essential oil. The second water phase contains a dilution of subtly scented damask rose water for added hydration. Just shake well and the oil molecules become suspended in the water, ready to be released in the form of a fine mist that delivers the beneficial oils deep within the hair. It can either be sprayed onto towel-dried hair; misted over dry hair to boost softness and glow or even applied as a finish product to hair ends.

Next to how well hair products works, the next most important thing to me is how they smell and these ones smell great, both soothing and invigorating! The velvety, woody floral accord was developed in collaboration with the perfumers at MANE, as a blend of noble raw materials, essential oils, resinoids and natural extracts. Each ingredient was chosen for its transporting fragrance, its aromatherapy properties and its biodegradability. The top notes vibrate with citrus zests and freshly crushed mint leaves; with a heart of spicy coriander seeds and sparkling pink pepper, enveloped in the purity of white jasmine petals; and base notes that caress with warm amber woods, subtly blended with Indonesian patchouli leaves and vanilla pods for a lingering sensation of absolute comfort - yum!

Available now in Kérastase salons and online at kerastase.ca.

- Lisamarie -

Fragrant Friday - Avon Haiku Reflection

Go on a journey to inner peace and balance and discover the essence of enlightenment with:

Avon Haiku Reflection - 50ml EDP - $26, 150ml Perfumed Skin Softener - $6, 200ml Shower Gel - $12, 200ml Body Lotion - $12 - a cool and balanced bouquet of radiant water accord, acacia blossom and amber wood.

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

- Lisamarie -

June 29, 2017

Vita Liberata Ten Minute Tan

Vita Liberata Ten Minute Tan - 150ml - $49 - delivers a perfect, natural-looking, golden tan in as little as four hours with absolutely no risk of transfer. 

The advanced organic technology uses Matrixyl 3000 Peptide Complex to plump and condition the look of skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and supporting natural collagen production; while vitamin C from neroli and omega oils from rosehip further lock in moisture for rich hydration and the look of smoother, more radiant skin. 

There are a couple of things I really love about this product:

No big time commitment - it just stays on for 10 minutes and then washes off - and best of all, no stinky self-tanner smell - it has an organic formula that uses proprietary patented Odour Remove technology so there is none of the usual self-tan stench.

It's super easy to use:

1. Just apply the silky smooth lotion into clean, exfoliated skin for a deeply hydrating skincare treatment;

2. Wait ten minutes for the tan to develop and enjoy the collagen boosting body treatment you get at the same time;

3. Now hop in the shower and rinse the lotion off using water for skin that instantly feels smooth and soft;

4. Get ready to glow - over the next 4-6 hours your tan will gradually develop - apply in the morning and you'll be all-a-glow by late afternoon!

Available now at Sephora and sephora.ca as well as other  select retailers across Canada. 

- Lisamarie -

Lipstick Queen Mornin' Sunshine Lipstick - with swatches!

Lipstick Queen Mornin' Sunshine Lipstick - $33 - light up your face and your life with this sunny yellow lipstick that transforms before your eyes - it works with your pH to turn it into your own unique shade ranging from an uplifting coral to edible watermelon - and packed with vitamin E and sunflower oil, it's as hydrating as it is fun!
From yellow to this beautiful coral on me - love it!

Available at Murale stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

June 28, 2017

Eye Love Wednesday - Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Extreme Shimmer Kohl Kajal + Liquid Liner Trio

Physicians Formula Shimmer Strips Custom Eye Enhancing Extreme Shimmer Kohl Kajal + Liquid Liner Trio - $15.99 - an ultra-shimmery trio that includes two eyeliner types in each tube that can be used individually or layered together for maximum glamour and definition:

Kohl Kajal Eyeliner - dramatic inner rim liner for sultry, intense definition.

Liquid Eyeliner - ultra-fine shimmery liquid liner for precise, sophisticated definition. Includes felt-tip applicator for easy, mistake-proof glamour.

Includes 3 shades, each of which creates a unique look: Natural - bronze, Playful - gold and Dramatic - black.

And you don't have to worry about them going anywhere in the summer heat thanks to a formula that is water-resistant and smudge-proof that delivers seamless colour definition and extra-long wear.

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... A-Derma Dermalibour+ Repairing Cream!

A-Derma Dermalibour+ Repairing Cream - 50ml - $16 - repairs, purifies and provides daily relief to damaged, irritated and fragile skin for everyone from babies to adults.

It has a formula free of all the extra crap that you don't need and contains only the essentials: zinc oxide - to protect, copper and zinc sulfates - for their antibacterial properties; and rhealba oat plantlet extracts - to soothe and repair.

This is my summer go-to product for insect bites and sunburn - it's anti-inflammatory so it intensely and immediately relieves the irritated or damaged area, antibacterial - to prevent secondary infection and heals and repairs in about 4 days - best of all you can use it anywhere on the face and body and is even gentle enough to use on delicate areas like the mucus membranes.

Available now at select drugstores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

June 27, 2017

Avoid makeup meltdown with Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme!

I don't tend to wear a lot of makeup in the summer months - foundation just ends up feeling like a hot and sticky mask that eventually just slides off my face. A girl still needs some cover though so I really can't do without concealer and here's one I'm in love with for it's amazing staying power:

Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Creme - $34 - with an incredible array of shades - 21 to be exact with easy-to-navigate names that feature the undertone: White Out - pure white, Light 1 - fair honeysuckle with neutral undertone, Light 3 - fair shell with neutral undertone, Light 5 - fair cashmere with neutral undertone, Light 7 - fair buttercream with warm undertone, Light 9 - light parchment with neutral undertone, Light 11 - light blonde with neutral undertone, Light 13 - light bisque with cool undertone, Light 15 - light sand with neutral undertone, Medium 17 - medium taupe with warm undertone, Medium 19 - medium peach with cool undertone, Medium 21 - medium khaki with neutral undertone, Medium 23 - medium bisque with cool undertone, Medium 25 - tan caramel with warm undertone, Medium 27 - tan almond with warm undertone, Medium 29 - tan apricot with neutral undertone, Deep 31 - deep nutmeg with warm undertone, Deep 33 - deep cider with warm undertone, Deep 35 - deep clay with neutral undertone, Deep 37 - deep auburn with warm undertone, Deep 39 - deep hickory with cool undertone.

It does everything a traditional concealer does: brightens the under-eye area, covers blemishes, corrects discoloration, contours and bakes - with a rich and formula that applies smoothly and blends easily for a locked-down, crease-proof, smooth, even finish that is loaded with complexion-brightening pigments and ultra-nourishing Hydra-Boost Complex to add moisture.

I really like the applicator which was modeled after an artist's paintbrush, with a tapered tip for precise corners and a wide base to efficiently coat larger areas - making a concealer brush unnecessary!

Available at Sephora and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

OPI California Dreaming Summer 2017 Collection - with swatches!

Kick off your summer adventure with the OPI California Dreaming collection. Inspired by the brands home state, this collection allows you to experience the colours of California from its majestic sunsets to its diverse landscapes. These twelve unique shades conjure the state’s most picturesque locales and include rich merlot and punchy pinks, orange and coral hues, and warm shades of rose, pink, peach and nude.
This is Not Whine Country - merry merlot
GPS I Love You - sweet pink
Malibu Pier Pressure - cotton candy pink
 To the Mouse House We Go! - magic red
Me, Myselfie & I
- perfect coral
Santa Monica Beach Peach
- punch orange
Time For a Napa - bubbly hot coral
Excuse Me, Big Sur!  - soft rose
Barking Up the Wrong Sequoia - perfect peach
Feeling Frisco - moody nude
Sweet Carmel Sunday - glistening gold
Don’t Take Yosemite For Granite - shimmering slate

Available in both classic Nail Lacquer and Long-Wear Infinite Shine formulas. Nail Lacquers retail $13.50 each and Infinite Shine retails for $16.95 at Professional Salons, as well as other beauty retailers across Canada including Hudson's Bay and Trade Secrets.

- Lisamarie -

June 26, 2017

Boost your hydration with Vichy, Make Up For Ever and Neutrogena!

Vichy Mineral 89 Fortifying and Hydrating Daily Skin Booster - 50ml - $39.95 - gives skin its daily boost of strength in a non-greasy, gel formula that combines all the power of high-dose Vichy Mineralizing Thermal Water with natural origin hyaluronic acid. The combination strengthens the  skin’s barrier function and makes it more resistant, helping it to protect against external aggressors like pollution and cold weather and boost hydration as well as replenish the skin's moisture barrier for skin that feels more hydrated, plumped and toned and radiates with a healthy glow.

Available now at drugstores across Canada.
Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Skin Booster Hydra Plump Serum - 12ml - $51 - delivers a plumped look, preps skin for makeup, and hydrates to smooth the appearance of fine lines with a formula rich in hyaluronic-acid and argan oil extract.

My only complaint is that it comes in a very small bottle for the price - luckily it has a dropper applicator making it easy to apply just the right amount of product without any waste for a perfectly smooth canvas ready for makeup application.

Available at Sephora and sephora.ca.
Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hydrating Serum - 30ml - $24.99 - with a concentrated, oil-free formula  that instantly absorbs to immediately quench skin and boost hydration leaving skin smooth and supple with a healthy-looking glow. The star ingredient in the serum is hyaluronic acid - naturally found in the skin, it acts as a sponge for dry skin cells, moisturizing with up to 1,000 times its weight in water, resulting in softer and smoother skin.

Available now at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

Needful Things - St. Ives Cleanse & Hydrate Aloe Vera Hydrating Facial Cleansing Wipes

St. Ives Cleanse & Hydrate Aloe Vera Hydrating Facial Cleansing Wipes - 25 wipes - $9.49 -  instantly wipe away impurities and make-up - even waterproof mascara - to gently cleanse, soothe  and hydrate skin in one easy step and reveal skin’s natural radiance. 

The 100% naturally sourced aloe vera extract is gentle enough to be used around the sensitive eye area, while the alcohol free formula leaves skin feeling soft and hydrated. They're ideal for normal to  dry skin but they aren't oil free, so if you're combination to oily you're probably going to want to pass on these.

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

- Lisamarie -

June 24, 2017

Show your Canada Day pride with Kiss, Elastoplast, Good Luck Sock and MAC!

It's almost time for our big birthday which you should spend in whichever celebratory pursuit will make you feel the most Canadian - paddle a canoe, watch some fireworks, have a few drinks on the patio - but whatever you do, dress it up with some patriotic Canadian pride!
Obviously a tattoo is the way to go if you want to show true patriotism, but those deathly afraid of needles (yes, me) can take the easy (and much less painful) way out with Kiss Body Tattoos - $4.97.

Available now at Walmart stores across Canada.
Elastoplast Limited Edition O Canada Assorted Bandages - $6.19 - with 40 strips featuring 9 classically Canadian designs so you can deck out all your scrapes and scratches in patriotic red and white - no boo boos? no worries - they also make for great Nelly approved face and body decor!

Available now for a limited time at drug and mass retailers across Canada.
Do Canadian have the coolest (and hottest) PM ever? Yes, we do! Part of that is down to his love of a funky pair of socks like these Good Luck Sock Canada Maple Leaf Socks - $13 - in size 5-9 and 7-12 - where you can show how much you love Canada (and be Justin's twinsie) with these Canadian themed knitted cotton/poly socks featuring a maple leaf print.

Available online at www.goodlucksock.com.

And of course there is nothing more patriotic then a nice bold maple leaf red lip like from our very own MAC Proud To Be Canadian Lipstick - $21 - true red (matte) - embracing 150 years of nationhood with a specially packaged lipstick in truest red that embraces their homegrown start in a Toronto salon in 1984 to sharing fearless artistry in over 150 countries around the world, proving they're as proud as ever to be Canadian!

Available now at MAC stores across Canada and online at www.maccosmetics.ca.

- Lisamarie -

June 23, 2017

Revlon Professional Uniq One Conditioning Shampoo

Revlon Professional Uniq One Conditioning Shampoo - 300ml - $19.95 - available in original scent and coconut and acts as a one-step product that provides ten great benefits:

washes hair and scalp gently;
protects and moisturizes the scalp;
maximum silkiness and smoothness;
doesn't weigh hair down;
boosts shine;
frizz control;
makes hair easy to manage and style;
strengthens hair;
reduces hair breakage;
helps to prevent split ends.

It's gentle enough to use everyday and repairs and nourishes all hair types by strengthening hair from the roots to ends, and restoring it to its natural condition. If you're like me and can't quite wrap your mind around a one-step cleansing routine - go ahead and use the Uniq One Hair Treatment as your leave-in conditioner afterwards for even more hair benefits!

Available now at tradesecrets.ca and chatters.com.

- Lisamarie -

Needful Things - Saje Limited Edition 25 Pocket Farmacy

Spread some wellness during Canada 150 and Saje's 25th birthday with the limited edition Saje 25 Pocket Farmacy - $59.95 - with five of Saje's original essential oil roll-on remedy blends designed to support your overall wellness, including: 

Peppermint Halo Headache Remedy
Immune Germ & Virus Fighting Remedy
Eater’s Digest Digestion Easing Remedy
Stress Release Tension Reducing Remedy
Pain Release Analgesic Remedy
They all come packed together in a really snazzy limited edition case with rose gold hardware and a botanical print lining - not only is it a travel essential, it's also a great gift to a visitor wanting to take home a little bit of Canada!
Available now while they last at Saje stores across Canada and online at www.saje.com/ca.

- Lisamarie -

June 22, 2017

Body loving oils from Nivea, Nuxe and OGX!

Nivea Q10 Firming Body Oil - 200ml - $13.99 - evens the look of skin tone, reduces the look of stretchmarks, nourishes intensively while leaving you with firmer feeling skin in just 2 weeks thanks to a formula containing co-enzyme Q10, avocado oil, cottonseed oil and macadamia oil.

I like how easily it soaks in without leaving any kind of greasy film or residue, which means I don't have to wait to get dressed and it has a lovely soft scent - so I look good and smell good!

Available now at major drugstores and mass retailers across Canada.
Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Multi-Purpose Dry Oil - 100ml - $46 - this multi-usage oil has a reinvented formula in honour of its 25th birthday - now with 7 precious plant oils to nourish, repair and soften skin and hair including two new additions: tsubaki and argan, along with macadamia, hazelnut, borage, sweet almond and camellia oil and vitamin E. The formula contains 98.1% ingredients of natural origin and is still preservative and silicone free and with its recognizable scent  of orange blossom, bergamot, rose, magnolia, coconut and vanilla.

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Pharmaprix, Jean Coutu, Familiprix, Uniprix, Brunet and Hudson's Bay stores across Canada.
OGX Extra Hydrating Radiant Glow + Argan Oil of Morocco Body Oil Mist - 200ml - $9.99 - with an indulgently hydrating formula containing argan oil of Morocco and silk proteins that intensely nourishes skin to leave it feeling silky-soft and lightly scented for an extravagant and alluring radiant glow.

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart and Walmart stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

mark. Havana Sol - Colour and Bath & Body Collections

mark. Havana Sol Colour Collection brings the sizzling heat of Havana to your face with radiant cheeks, bold lips and defined eyes.

Eye Contact Hook Up Eyeshadow Mojitos by the Sea - $18 - includes 9 mix-and-match shades with a blendable, crease-proof formula that glides over lids and can be used for anything from a sheer wash of colour or built for intense colour payoff.

Cheek Magnet Hook Up Blush-Bronzer Sun and Sand - $18 - includes two buildable cheek colours along with a radiance-boosting bronzing powder in a unique palette that recalls a stunning beachy Havana sunset.

Lipclick Full Color Lipstick - $12 - in Rumba - chili red and Mambo - pink-coral - that deliver creamy, shiny colour with a comfortable lightweight feel. I like that the top won't fall off in my purse, the case is magnetic so it clicks closed and stays closed!
Celebrate the energy of Havana with the mark. Havana Sol Bath and Body Collection with a vibrant blend of freshly cut papaya, deep Cuban orchid and warm velvet woods.

Body Scrub - 200ml - $14 - with a foaming formula the cleanses as it exfoliates with natural walnut and bamboo powder, leaving skin softer and smoother.

Body Mist - 200ml - $14 - adds a hint of scent to the skin as it leaves it refreshed and hydrated.

Body Wash - 236ml - $12 - with a gentle formula that moisturizes as it cleanses, leving skin feeling soft, smooth and refreshed.

Body Butter - 215ml - $14 - the ultra-rich formula contains aloe, shea and cocoa butters along with coconut oil to melt right into the skin and keep it feeling moisturized all day.

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

- Lisamarie -

June 21, 2017

Eye Love Wednesday - Hard Candy Look Pro! Metal Eyes Chrome Eyeshadow Kit

Hard Candy Look Pro! Metal Eyes Chrome Eyeshadow Kit - $8.98 - an innovative shadow kit that allows you to achieve the hot runway trend of metallic eyes containing: 4 highly pigmented metallic pearl eyeshadows, mixing liquid, a mixing well, a professional dual-ended eyeshadow brush and a mini black eyeliner.

It's easy to use and allows you to choose your own intensity - use dry for a less metallic effect or  combine the eyeshadow and mixing liquid together to make it intense - it also makes a great metallic liquid eyeliner! Best of all, once dry, the metallic eyeshadow will be smudge proof and last for hours.

If you've been wanting to try the Stila Magnificent Metals Foil Finish Eye Shadows but didn't want to pony up the $42 - these are a great alternative - and for less then $10 you get 4 shades, not just one!

Available exclusively at Walmart stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Aveeno Positively Radiant 60 Second In-Shower Facial!

Aveeno Positively Radiant 60 Second In-Shower Facial - 141g - $10.99 - works with the steam of the shower to clean deeply revealing  radiant, velvety soft glowing skin.

With an oil-free formula that contains Active Naturals Total Soy Complex - to visibly transform the look of all 5 factors of radiance including: tone, texture, dullness, blotchiness and brown spots as well as glycolic acid and biodegradable, naturally-derived exfoliants - to gently remove all traces of dirt, oil and dead skin cells and lemon peel extract - to help purify and brighten skin.
 

Use it in the shower 1-2 times per week in place of your favourite cleanser and not only will you love the way it makes your skin look, you'll love the way it smells - the perfect morning citrus pick-me-up!

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

- Lisamarie -

June 20, 2017

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops

Cover FX Custom Enhancer Drops - 15ml - $52 - in 3 new shades: Halo - holographic effect, Blossom - soft pearlescent pink, Rose Gold - warm pink - that can be used to create a buildable highlight - use them alone for a light reflective strobing even on top of powder or add them to your favorite liquid foundation or skincare product for an all-over glow. Or you can do it the easy, lazy way that I do it, just dab a few small drops on bare skin after moisturizing but before foundation and as you apply your foundation with a brush or sponge it will automatically mix the illuminator in - no extra work required!

They're formulated with a high concentration of ultra-fine pearl particles that produce a lit-from-within glow without ever appearing too glittery or overdone. As an added benefit, they contain a  nourishing trio of jojoba, sunflower and mimosa  to soften, moisturize and plump skin. Each weightless, silky drop diffuses light and imparts a soft-focus look that helps blur out skin imperfections, such as fine lines and scars for a perfected, lustrous finish - the more drops you use, the more luminosity you’ll get, allowing you to customize your glow.

Available now at Sephora and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

See more of yourself then you ever wanted to see with Tweezerman!

Tweezerman LED 15x Mini Mirror - $32 - a small and convenient illuminated magnifying mirror  for purse or travel - it's lighted around the entire perimeter for total, crystal clarity making it ideal for tweezing, makeup application or contact lens insertion when on the go - just attach to any smooth, clean surface with its suction cups and you're ready to see yourself in scary magnification!

Available now online at tweezerman.ca.
And if you have to tweeze, you might as well do it in glittery style with:

Avon Glitter Tweezers - $5 - with a slanted tip that can grab multiple hairs at once or use for precision removal of sorter, more delicate hairs.

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

- Lisamarie -

June 19, 2017

Jouviance Restructiv Collagen Boost Needle-Free Wrinkle Filler

Jouviance Restructiv Collagen Boost Needle-Free Wrinkle Filler - 30ml - $55 - offers all the same skin-plumping effects as a hyaluronic acid injection without the needle or procedure with an ultra-effective serum concentrate that works in just 2 weeks.

Formulated with Pro-Collagen Activator - an amino acid copper complex that stimulates cell energy, promotes growth of new collagen and elastin and prevents against future breakdown; Pro-Coll-One - stimulates production of collagen 1 and diminishes fine lines and wrinkles; Prohyal - reactivates hyaluronic acid production mechanisms to hydrate skin from the inside out and diminish fine lines and wrinkles; and pure retinol - works at the cellular level to increase production of collagen and elastin, improve skin tone and radiance, reduce fine lines, fill wrinkles and diminish dark spots - to significantly reactivate youth collagen and strengthen elastin fibres to plump skin, smooth facial lines and wrinkles and restore a radiant youthful appearance.

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Brunet, Familiprix, Jean Coutu, Pharma Plus, Proxim, Pharmaprix and Uniprix stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

Test Driving - Crest 3D White Whitestrips Supreme FlexFit!

3 common whitening complaints solved by one little box of whitestrips...

Crest 3D White Whitestrips Supreme FlexFit - 42 strips - $79.99 - whiten as well as a $500 professional laser treatment to give you a megawatt smile with exclusive FlexFit technology that allows the strips to stretch, covering 30% more surface and molds to custom fit your smile.

My complaint - I have had Zoom Whitening and every 3 months I have to do a touch-up using gel in trays worn overnight for 3 nights - messy, uncomfortable, I'm not really a fan...

Crest 3D Whitestrips are used once a day for 1 hour - for full benefits you would use them for 21 days but for maintenance, 7 days is perfect so a box of the strips lasts me 9 months!

My friend Anna's complaint - other strips she has used slide around in her mouth so she doesn't get the full whitening effect on all her teeth or she basically had to stop talking to keep them in place...

Crest 3D Whitestrips Advanced Seal Technology’s no slip grip stays put so you can talk and drink water while whitening teeth - Anna was skeptical but had to agree that these suckers really grip and stay where they are supposed to - she was really happy with how even the whitening was with these - no blotchy spots from where the gel didn't adhere to the teeth properly!

My friend George's complaint - other strips he has tried make his teeth uncomfortably sensitive so he never ends up using the full treatment...

The Crest 3D Whitestrips use the same enamel-safe teeth whitening ingredients dentists use - if you are prone to sensitivity though, start off by using them every other day - which is what George did, after the first week he started using them everyday and got through the box with no issues!

Available now at drug and mass retailers across Canada.
- Lisamarie -

June 17, 2017

Solving problems one sheet mask at a time with St. Tropez, NeoStrata and Life Brand!

Sheet masks are the perfect way to get all the benefits of a mask without the mess of traditional formulas - instead of goopy mess out of a tube, all the benefits are packed into a paper or cloth sheet that is applied to the face and whatever is left over after your 5-15 minutes just gets rubbed into your skin (don't forget your neck and décolletage) and your good to go! Here are a few must haves:

Need some glow?

St. Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Face Sheet Mask - 1 mask - $10 - with a fast-acting formula that fuses hyaluronic acid and self-tanner to instantly revitalize your complexion with an ultra-hydrating dewy glow that develops into a long-lasting golden tan. The mask has been designed to work with the face’s natural contours, and the fibers ensure that it doesn’t slip resulting in a streak-free, even finish. What's really great about this mask is your ability to control the colour level: leave on 5 minutes for light colour; 10 minutes for a medium glow; and 15 minutes for dark bronzed beauty!

A few tips for a better experience: apply a non-oil based moisturizer around hairline to prevent the tanner from discolouring your hair (especially if your hair is light); make sure you wash your hands thoroughly with hot water and lots of soap after applying the mask and blending; and if your skin has any areas of severe dry skin, dark pigmentation or areas of enlarged pores, blend a little moisturizer over top to help even things out.

Available now at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at beautyboutique.ca.
Skin dry and/or dehydrated?

NeoStrata Hydrating & Plumping Sheet Mask - 1 mask - $8.50 - provides fast-acting relief for dehydrated skin. Featuring 0.15% pure hyaluronic acid, as well as a blend of botanicals, to fully rehydrate the skin and replenish its moisture barrier, while also enhancing its protection against external aggressions. On a plane ride with a seat mate that won't shut up? Slap this baby on and not only will buddy leave you alone, you will deplane without the usual parched skin caused by dry cabin air.

Available now at drugstores across Canada.
Need a deep clean?


Life Brand Deep Cleansing Facial Sheet Mask - 1 mask - $1.99 - with rose oil, cherry blossom and other botanical ingredients infused into a sheet mask to remove impurities, revealing a brighter, youthful complexion and leaving skin feeling hydrated, soothed and cleansed. Skin actually feels so clean after using you will really notice how much quicker and easier your usual skin products will soak in!

Available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

June 16, 2017

Get rid of frizz with Kérastase, John Frieda and got2b!

Kérastase Discipline Keratine Thermique Smoothing Taming Milk - 150ml - $49 - offers blow-dry care for unruly hair with a must-have pre-styling milk that consolidates the hair fiber to restore all of its smooth evenness, ensure protection from humidity by enveloping the fiber with a water-resistant shield all while ensuring high-heat protection up to 180º C/356º F.

Available now in Kérastase salons across Canada and online at kerastase.ca.
John Frieda Frizz Ease Forever Smooth Anti-Frizz Primer - 90ml - $14.99 - creates the perfect foundation for smooth, long-lasting, style with a formula containing Frizz Immunity Complex and  pure coconut oil to even out and smoothe the hair's surface, block frizz and gradually build a powerful defense against humidity that lasts up to 72 hours - for hair that is instantly smooth and frizz free.

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.
Schwarzkopf got2b Smooth Operator Smoothing Lustre Lotion - 200ml - $7.99 - a decadent lotion insfused with luxurious cashmere to shape, smooth, control fly-aways and impart an amazing weightless lustre and softness while helping to protect against damage from heat styling along with a UV protectant to guard from sun damage..

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -