August 19, 2017

Givenchy L'Autre Noir 2017 Autumn-Winter Collection

Givenchy goes super dark for Fall/Winter 2017 with L'Autre Noir, a limited edition makeup collection that is so much edgy fun, everything else will seem boring in comparison!
Universal Noir Révélateur Lip Liner - $35 - reshapes and redefines lips while enhancing the look of your lipstick, and preventing the colour from bleeding. Enriched with Noir Révélateur, it also adds depth to the shade of your lipstick. Use it as a liner or apply lightly to the center of your lips to add contrast, creating an ultra-fashionable, graduated look or when used all over, the black is gradually diffused and intensifies the natural color of the lips.

Gloss Révélateur - $35 - an enigmatic black gloss with a shiny and non-sticky formula that results in a rosy pink that varies according to the pH of your skin and can be worn on its own for a just-bitten look, or as a top coat to add shine and depth to the colour of your lipstick.

Liner Vinyl - $39 - in 6 Rosy Black - black infused with pearlescent rose and violet flecks for an intense, iridescent black finish - an ultra-precise liquid eyeliner that results in a highly pigmented, unique texture with a super-thin brush that allows you to create from a full to thin line.

Blush Noir Révélateur - $43 - reacts to the pH of the skin, creating a unique colour on every face, from sheer rose to deep plum. Use it on its own or layer over/under any other cheek product.
Ombre Couture - $32 - in 6 Rose Black - black infused with pearlescent rose and violet flecks - glides on, drying down to a powdery finish for up to 16 hours of long-wearing, waterproof colour.
Le Rouge Sculpt Two Tone Lipstick - $45 - in 5 shades: No 1 Sculpt'in Rouge - magic black and red, No 2 Sculpt'in Violine - deep berry and red pink, No 3 Sculpt'in Fuchsia - fuchsia and pink, No 4 Sculpt'in Corail - coral and brick red, No 5 Sculpt'in Rose - rose and berry - that adds contrast, contour and volume in one easy tube - the core shade highlights the center of the lips, while the darker, tone-on-tone shade, enriched with the secret Noir Révélateur formula, contours the edges with a deeper color.

Available now exclusively at Sephora and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

August 18, 2017

Redken No Blow Dry NBD Cream

Redken No Blow Dry NBD Cream - 150ml - $23.99 - offers effortless texture and a no-product feel that features Air-Tex technology with flexible polymers for control with movement and quick-dry polymers for faster drying time.

In three formulas:

Airy Cream for Fine Hair - provides a quick air-dry with effortless texture and body.

Just Right Cream for Medium Hair - provides a quick air-dry with effortless control and movement. 

Bossy Cream for Coarse Hair - provides a quick air-dry with effortless manageability and frizz control.

Whether you're tight on time, taking a break from heat tools, or want an effortless it-girl look, getting an amazing air-dry is no big deal.

There's also lots of different ways to use the cream: apply to damp hair, create a loose braid and let hair air-dry, undo the braid and shake out hair for loose beach waves or my favorite trick right now to create a soft bend by the face - apply the cream to damp hair, clip it behind the ears and let it air-dry, unclip and gently tousle - magic!

Available at select salons across Canada - visit www.redken.ca to find one need you.

- Lisamarie -

Fragrant Friday - Gabrielle: A Story Of Passion



Here's a sneak peek of the 21st chapter of Inside Chanel, Gabrielle, the Pursuit of Passion, which will be released officially on Saturday, August 19, Gabrielle Chanel's birthday.

A rebel at heart, free, stylish and passionate: these are without a doubt the four most defining characteristics of Gabrielle Chanel's personality. Traits that guided the destiny she had chosen for herself, her whole life through.
An open book on the history of the House and the personality of its founder, Inside Chanel is an illustrated heritage to be discovered again and again. The short films can be viewed in any order, each an invitation to read a story in total freedom, with no constraints. Just as Gabrielle would have done...
Be sure to check out the rest of the chapters of the film “Gabrielle: A story of passion” on the Inside Chanel website - inside.chanel.com - starting tomorrow - a great way to celebrate Gabrielle Chanel's birthday!


- Lisamarie -

August 17, 2017

Cleanse and smell great without breaking the bank with Le Petit Marseillais, Olay and Dove!

Transform your shower into a soothing, sensorial oasis with 3 amazing scented body washes:
Le Petit Marseillais Orange Blossom Shower Crème - 400ml - $6.99 - with a pH neutral formula that gently foams to cleanse skin and then easily rinses away leaving skin scented with a delightfully sweet and floral fragrance and feeling soft, moisturized and nourished.
Olay Fresh Outlast Purifying Birch Water & Lavender Body Wash - 400ml - $5.99 - with a mild formula that works together with skin's natural pH to revive and hydrate dry skin leaving it feeling clean, refreshed and beautiful and lightly fragranced with a soft and calming scent.

Dove Purely Pampering Sweet Cream with Peony Nourishing Body Wash - 354ml - $7.99 - nourishes and pampers with mild cleansers, NutriumMoisture technology to provide softer, smoother skin and a cloud of rich, creamy lather with a comforting and indulgent scent to leave skin feeling renewed.

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

- Lisamarie -

Fave lips & tips from Chanel Travel Diary Fall/Winter 2017 Collection - with swatches!

The Chanel Fall/Winter 2017 Travel Diary Collection is full of all kinds of beautiful, lust-worthy products but as usual, I'm drawn to the lip and nail colours... I know the typical fall trend is to go all rich and dark but I'm really loving the softer options available this year including:
Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour in 156 Lost - a soft peach that is the perfect compliment to a deep smokey eye!
Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in 578 Horizon Line - a cement grey cream which can look a little khaki-ish in some lights.

- Lisamarie -

August 16, 2017

Eye Love Wednesday - Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramind Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Eye Serum

Elizabeth Arden Advanced Ceramind Capsules Daily Youth Restoring Eye Serum- 60 capsules - $77 - a lightweight, silky-smooth serum with a fast absorbing formula  that delivers an enhanced complex of skin-identical ceramides that help  support skin's own natural collagen to visibly smooth and firm skin, minimizes the appearance of lines, wrinkles and crow's feet, visibly reduces puffiness around the eyes, improves texture for noticeably smoother, softer, younger-looking skin and helps fortify the skin's moisture barrier  and support natural lipid levels. 

The formula contains ingredients for skin barrier protection including an enhanced ceramide lipid complex, fatty acids, cholesterol, phytosphingosine and sea fennel extract which also increases luminosity and skin smoothness; botanical complex technology and vitamin E for moisturization and tsubaki oil, vitamin A palmitate, palmitoyl + hexapeptide-14, hops extract and butcher's broom extract for anti-aging.

I'm a fan of the capsule format - not only does it take the guesswork out of what the right amount of product to use is, it's also great for travel, just throw the number of capsules you need for the number of days you are traveling into your makeup bag and save some space!

Available now at Hudson's Bay, London Drugs and Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Mary Kay TimeWise Vitamin C Activating Squares!

Mary Kay TimeWise Vitamin C Activating Squares - 12 squares - $30 - supercharges your skin with the power of pure vitamin C in a clever dissolvable tablet that is designed to be mixed into a skin care serum.

Why go to all the bother of putting it in tablets? Pure vitamin C degrades and loses its power over time when exposed to air, light or water, but with the vitamin C square you get  fresh, stable, pure and potent vitamin C elixir - just pair it with the Mary Kay face serum of your choice to supercharge it with a benefits boost!

They're easy to use - just place one square in the palm of your hand, cover with 3-4 drops of water and mix with your fingertips until dissolved. Then add whatever normal amount of Mary Kay serum you would use to the solution and mix to activate the dissolved square. Apply to your face and allow to dry completely before continuing your skin care routine. And of course as with all brightening products, be especially sure to wear your sunscreen as not to negate all your hard work!

In just two weeks, skin looks more radiant and even-toned, and fine lines and wrinkles are improved.

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

- Lisamarie -

August 15, 2017

Origins GinZing SPF 40 Energy Boosting Tinted Moisturizer

Origins GinZing SPF 40 Energy Boosting Tinted Moisturizer - 50ml - $49 - an energy-boosting, lightweight, oil-free tinted moisturizer that hydrates, energizes, perfects, and protects in one simple step. With a formula powered by coffee beans and panax ginseng, it wakes up your skin and instantly boosts moisture levels, while a sheer tint lets skin shine through amping up the appearance of radiance, combating dullness, uneven skin tone and texture along with an added bonus of SPF 40 to provide sun protection.

As with most tinted products, it's meant for medium toned skin so if you are fair to light, you are going to see the colour so be sure to blend well so you don't end up with dreaded foundation lines! 

Available now at Origins counters across Canada and online at origins.ca

- Lisamarie -

Avon Gel Finish 7-in-1 Nail Enamel - with swatches!

Avon Gel Finish 7-in-1 Nail Enamel - $9 - offers shine, gel-like finish, vivid colour, base coat, top coat, protection and strengthener in one easy bottle. Best of all you get all the high shine of a gel polish without hassle of having to use a UV light!
Violuxe
Head In Clouds
Clover
Terracotta
Rose Noir

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

- Lisamarie -

August 14, 2017

Moisturize the light way with NeoStrata, Neutrogena and Caryl Baker!

Don't make the mistake of thinking that oily/acne prone skin doesn't need a moisturizer - skip moisturizing and you will actually make the oiliness worse - so keep skin balanced with something that will moisturize and treat acne is one easy step:

NeoStrata Acne Clear Acne Treatment Fluid - 50ml - $29 - helps clear up and dry acne pimples, absorb excess oil and minimize dilated pores while also moisturizing, leaving skin with a shine-free finish, while soothing and relieving redness. With a formula containing 2.0% Salicylic Acid, 0.4% Allantoin and 3.0% Cytobiol Iris A² - it offers all the benefits of an acne treatment without the usual skin drying side effects that can make the acne better and the rest of the skin worse.

Available now at drugstore across Canada.
Need a little more weight then a gel but not as much as a cream? Gel-cream!

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Gel-Cream SPF 15 - 50ml - $22.99 - with a unique lightweight, oil-free and non-comedogenic formula that absorbs quickly to instantly quench dry skin, boost the hydration level and lock in in all day to keep it looking smooth, supple and hydrated all day.

The secret to the ultra-moisturizing formula is purified hyaluronic acid -  which is naturally found in skin and acts as a sponge for dry skin, moisturizing with up to 1,000 times its weight in water, resulting in more supple and smooth skin - along with SPF 15 for effective broad spectrum protection against damaging UVA and UVB rays.

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.
Don't have time/patience to mess around with multiple products?

Caryl Baker H20 Restore Hyaluronic Hydrating Gel - 60ml - $75 - a non-greasy, fast absorbing, concentrated, vitamin-enriched gel that supplies a targeted solution, supporting delicate skin around the eyes and crease-prone areas on the forehead and around the mouth, as well as a moisturizing and nutritious boost to the entire face; virtually anywhere vulnerable skin is a concern.

Contains Vitamin B5 and Niacinamide B3 - to help reduce moisture loss, improve elasticity and revive skin tone while CoEnzyme Q10 (Ubiquinone) - helps to prevent damage to collagen and elastin; anti-inflammatory Ginseng Root de-stresses skin and works alongside micro-circulation boosting Caffeine - a key active to reduce puffiness and the appearance of dark circles under eyes.

Only problem with this one, because it's such an easy, no-fuss, all-over formula, you'll have to hide it from the boy or he'll want to use it too!

Available now at Caryl Baker Visage stores across Ontario and Alberta and online at carylbakervisage.com.

- Lisamarie -

Mascara Monday - Avene Couvrance High Tolerance Mascara

Avene Couvrance High Tolerance Mascara - $19 - offers well-defined eyelashes with a natural look that doesn't run or flake and is perfectly safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.
With a "less is more" formula that contains ultra pure pigments that have a minimum metal content and non-irritating ingredients so of course no parabens, phenoxyethanol, chorophenesin or fragrance and a comfortable texture that is highly resistant and feather light - with an oil-in-water emulsion with a high glycerin content to make the lashes supple and elastic - meaning that the mascara doesn't ever get stiff or flake off.
And a unique brush that has the same curve as an eyelid to make it easier to apply for the roots to the outside edge of the eyelashes in a single stroke including the lashes at both corners - capturing even the smallest and most inaccessible lashes.
It's a really clever brush - first you use the concave side to make the lashes fuller and lusher while curling them at the same time - then, you turn it over and use the convex side to separate the lashes for better definition - if you remember how much I love my lash comb you will understand how much I appreciate this feature!

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

- Lisamarie -

August 12, 2017

Chanel Travel Diary Fall/Winter 2017 Collection

If there's anything that helps temper the bittersweetness of summer's end, it's the fall makeup collections and as usual, Chanel doesn't disappoint. Chanel's Travel Diary Fall/Winter 2017 collection was inspired by Chanel Global Makeup Artist and Designer Lucia Pia's road trip across California - the lights, the colours and the landscape all contributed to a collection inspired by fleeting photographic moments that will now live on, on your face...
Palette Essentielle Conceal-Hightlight-Colour - $85 - in 150 Beige Clair, 160 Beige Medium and 170 Beige Intense - an all over 3-in-1 face palette containing a balm textured concealer, cream highlighter and a cream blush (that also works great as a lip colour) - for a fresh and glowing complexion. Pair it with the Retractable Dual-Tip Conceal Brush - $66 - for perfect application.
Les 4 Ombres Multi-Effect Quadra Eyeshadow - $68 - in 286 City Lights (Limited Edition) and 288 Road Movie - with four shades that blend endlessly together to define natural, intense, sophisticated or smoky eyes.
Ombre Premiere Creme Longwear Cream Eyeshadow - $40 - in 818 Urban (Limited Edition) - deep petrol blue and 820 Memory - bronze - with a cream texture that becomes one with the eyelid and dresses up the eyes in vibrant, easy-to-blend colour with a satiny, luminous and long-wearing result.
Stylo Sourcils Waterproof Defining Longwear Eyebrow Pencil - $38 - in 806 Blond Tendre, 808 Brun Clair, 810 Brun Profond and 812 Ebebe - a retractable double-ended brow pen that is easy to apply for impeccably shaped brows and a waterproof formula for a long-wear result that resists water. On one side, its tapered tip defines and colours in the brows with an adjustable thin or thick line. On the other side, a spiral brush to groom brows and blend in colour.
Signature De Chanel Intense Longwear Eyeliner Pen - $45 - in 10 Noir - deep black - with intense, long-wear, highly pigmented colour that gives eyes a signature look with an adjustable line. It has an ultra-soft brush applicator that glides perfectly along the base of the lashes for easy, continuous application and a tapered shape that traces an extremely precise customized line, from the thinnest to the thickest.
Rouge Allure Ink Matte Liquid Lip Colour - $43 - in 156 Lost and 158 Highway
Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour - $43 - in 63 Nightfall and 64 First Light
Rouge Coco Ultra Hydrating Lip Colour - $43 - in 472 Experimental and 474 Daylight
Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour - $32 - in 576 Horizon Line (Limited Edition) and 578 New Dawn

Available now at Chanel counters across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

August 11, 2017

Keep hair colour fresh and vibrant with Alterna Caviar Infinite Color Hold!

Looking for something that will preserve hair colour, vibrancy and shine, replenish lost moisture and provide powerful colour-fade protection? Then you need to check out the Alterna Caviar Infinite Color Hold line and bid farewell to dull hair color and brassy tones. Containing ingredients like real caviar extract, hydrating Seasilk and Age-Control Complex, each product in the range was curated to show each strand of hair the love and nourishment it needs to retain color.
When used together, the line works to provide 70-day vibrant colour along with a synergy of anti-aging benefits and powerful UV protection to help prevent wash-out, dry-out, and fade-out for healthy-looking hair.

Available in the collection:

Caviar Infinite Color Hold Shampoo - 250ml - $42.50 - features dual capture complex to provide UV protection, minimize colour fade for lasting colouring vibrancy and replenish lost moisture.

Caviar Infinite Color Hold Conditioner - 250ml - $42.50 - features dual capture complex to replenish moisture while reducing oxidative color damage with a synergistic blend of natural UV filters including red raspberry leaf oil and sunflower seed oil.

Cavier Infinite Color Hold Vibrancy Serum - 50ml - $42.50 -  an innovative dual-use serum that  can be used as a leave-in treatment to add shine, tame frizz and provide protection against UV exposure, or mixed with any Alterna conditioner to transform it into a color recharging mask - boosting the level of conditioning and adding radiance to hair. 

Cavier Infinite Cold Hold Topcoat Shine Spray - 125ml - $40 - with an ultra-lightweight formula that nourishes and protects instantly providing multidimensional colour and reducing oxidative colour damage with a synergistic blend of natural UV filters and providing powerful colour-fade protection

If you don't want to commit to a full sized products before trying or are looking for a great travel set - the shampoo and conditioner also come in 40ml sizes along with a 25ml Topcoat Shine Spray for $31 at sephora.ca.

If you're going to test out products for their colour retention abilities, I have the perfect shade for it - red - normally after fresh colour I can see it start to fade in about a week and also become really dull. It's been about 3 weeks and I won't say there hasn't been any colour fade with this line but to be fair, red is a really hard colour to retain - what I have noticed is how shiny my hair has stayed, making the colour look richer which really makes the fading less noticeable!

Available at select salons across Canada - check out their store locator to find one near you at:  https://www.alternahaircare.com/pages/store-locator - as well as online at sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie - 

Fragrant Friday - Guess 1981

Guess presents their most alluring and sensual scent yet, just added to their fragrance collection:
Guess 1981 - 50ml EDT - $60 - described as sophisticated, elegant and graceful, it promises a strong aroma with crisp and clean top notes of ambrette seed and violet; a fruity-floral heart of juicy pear, jasmine petals and sandalwood; and a woody-musky base of accord of cedarwood, musk and amber.
I really like the way the fragrance layers the different notes - it starts out very fresh, turns girly and then dries down to warm and sexy - for all your personalities in one easy bottle!
Available at Guess stores across Canada and online at guess.ca.
- Lisamarie -

August 10, 2017

Indulge your skin with Be. better Coconut Oil Body Butter



Be. better Coconut Oil Body Butter - 200ml - $10.99 - contains a  rich, ultra-nourishing combination of aloe vera, vitamin E, shea butter and inca inchi oil along with the coconut oil to moisturize and protect skin against dryness. And you'll be happy to know that it contains no artificial colours, dyes, parabens or paraffins. 

I don't normally go for a body butter in the summer as they tend to be heavier and my skin doesn't usually need the extra moisture - but for some reason this year my legs have been crazy dry so I've been using a lighter lotion everywhere else and slathering this on my legs to keep them from becoming snake-like! The soft, coconut scent makes it seem very much like a summer appropriate product so there is that!

Available exclusively at Rexall stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -