October 31, 2017

Stila One Step Collection for priming perfection!

Stila One Step - 30ml - $47 - a collection of lightweight, oil and fragrance free serum primers with major benefits:

One Step Prime - smooths and conditions with a clear white shade.

One Step Illuminate - brightens and evens skin tone with champagne - to highlight, peach - to brighten and illuminate and pale pink - to warm the complexion.

One Step Correct - colour corrects and neutralizes imperfections with green - to reduce redness, peach - to neutralize spots and dark circles and lavender - to counteract sallow undertones.

What makes them different then other primers is they're water-based, not silicone - which gives them a lighter, more refreshing feel - and are also great for your skin thanks to the Youth Revival Bio-Available Mineral Complex - a proprietary blend of 15 vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.

Available now at Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques, Murale and Sephora stores across Canada and online at beautyboutique.ca and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

Great Gifting - Amopé Pediucure Gift Set

Amopé Pedicure Gift Set - $59.99 - featuring the Pedi Perfect Electronic Foot File with Diamond Crystals, it provides all the convenience of a pedicure spa in the comfort of your own home making it great for all the women on your list who really need some pampering!

Everyone knows diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but did you know they’re also loved in the beauty world for their groundbreaking exfoliating properties?

Amopé’s unique-in-the-market electronic foot file encrusted with diamond crystals features an ergonomic handle and a rotating head for exfoliating feet. Easy to use, you simply run the file over hard skin and watch the roller-heads’ micro-abrasive particles and finely ground diamond crystals work their magic, buffing away dead skin in mere minutes to create beautifully smooth skin on all types of feet. 

The gift set includes everything needed for super soft feet:
Amopé Pedi Perfect Electronic Foot File with diamond crystals
extra coarse roller head (for hard, stubborn skin)
coarse roller head (for regular, hard skin)
soft touch roller head (for the perfect buffing, finishing touch)
roller cover (to protect the Pedi Perfect when not in use)
cosmetic bag
4 AA alkaline batteries

It could also turn out to be the best present you ever gave, five packs contain an unforgettable holiday surprise: an Amopé Diamond Crystal Card worth $1,000 - although come to think of it that might be kind of annoying too, like when you buy someone else a winning lottery ticket...!

Available now for a limited time at major retailers across Canada including Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mart and online at amazon.ca.

- Lisamarie -

October 30, 2017

Marcelle Revival+ Skin Renewal

As we age, our skin loses its natural luminosity and tonicity - enter the brand new Marcelle Revival+ Skin Renewal collection, with a formula containing chicory root extract which has been specifically formulated to stimulate cellular renewal to reveal a brighter complexion, more toned skin and a younger look.

Available in the line:

Anti-Aging Dedensifying 360° Serum - 30ml - $33.95 - offers 360° care that allows skin to recover its natural bounce and youthful luminosity. In only 4 weeks, skin texture is more refined and the appearance of dark spots is reduced, the skin's density, firmness and hydration levels are restored and skin has a beautiful, youthful glow. Apply morning and night to well-cleansed skin (face, neck and décolleté) under the day or night cream.
Anti-Aging Day Cream - 50ml - $33.95 - with an advanced formula that regenerates skin for a fresher, radiant look, helps redefine contours and deeply hydrates for smoother-looking skin that looks illuminated.
Anti-Aging Smoothing Eye Contour - 15ml - $33.95 - with a potent formula that regenerates skin to smooth out lines and instantly illuminate the eye contour applied with a ceramic applicator that helps reduce puffiness and dark circles while deeply hydrating to leaves eyes looking fresher and more awake.

Available now at drugstores across Canada and online at marcelle.com.

- Lisamarie -

Mascara Monday - Kiss Dead Sexy Lashes Mascara

Kiss Dead Sexy Lashes Mascara - $11.99 - an intensely black, mega volume mascara.
With tubing technology that coats each lash with a long-lasting wear and smudge-free formula that can be easily removed with warm water.
and a unique hourglass brush shape that curls and volumizes lashes.
I like that it adds a lot of volume without any clumping and is very dark near the roots giving that liner look - perfect for me since I am too lazy to actually apply liner!

Available at Rexall and London Drugs stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

October 28, 2017

Quo 2017 Holiday Collection

For all of us who wait all year for the Quo Holiday collection, it's back! With beautiful, festive packaging that makes it perfect for gift-giving or hoarding for yourself - we don't judge!

Quo 12 Days of Beauty Advent Calendar - $40 - contains: Lip Crayon, Eye Shadow Crayon, Highlighter, 2 Eye Duos, Mascara, Liquid Lipstick, Blush, Eyeliner, Lip Gloss, All Over Shadow Brush, large blending sponge and small blending sponge.
Quo Lip Gloss - $5 - in pink, neutral and sparkle top coat - lip gloss ornaments to hang on the tree and gift to your friends.
Quo Lip Gloss Trio - $10 - glossy tube of three Quo lip glosses (light pink, dark pink and bronze)
Quo Lip Gloss Bar - $20 - a collection of eight lip gloss shades.
Quo Liquid Lipstick Bar - $20 - a collection of eight matte liquid lipsticks.
Quo Luxury Lipstick Wardrobe - $30 -  collection of 4 lipsticks in beautiful silver tubes that includes: 2 cream formulas and 2 matte formulas.
Quo Brow Essentials Kit - $10 - contains 1 brow gel, 1 brow pencil and 1 highlighter.
Quo Deluxe Brow Sculpting Set - $20 - contains 2 eyebrow powders, 1 highlighter, 1 brow pencil, 1 brow gel and 2 applicators.
Quo Illuminating Palette - $22 - houses 3 highlighters, 2 bronzers and 1 blush.
Quo Face Sculpting Palette - $22 - houses 6 contour powders from light to dark.
Quo All about Eye Shadow Palette -$22 - houses 12 small eye shadows and 2 large eye shadows.
Quo Ultimate Colour Vault - $65 - an eye, lip and face collection which houses 48 eye shadows, 4 face powders, 4 colour correctors, 4 blush, 4 highlighters, 3 eyebrow powders, 3 eyebrow creams, 6 eye liners and 12 lip glosses.
Quo Cosmetic Crackers - $15 - a set of 6 each containing a mini lip gloss.
Quo Beauty On The Go Trio - $35 - includes a set of 3 palettes: Eye Palette contains 6 eye shadows, Face Palette contains 3 blush/highlighters and Lip Palette contains 6 lip glosses.
Quo Eye Shadow Contour Palette - $30 - contains 6 eye shadows and two eye shadow contouring Quo brushes.
Quo Deluxe Eye and Face Palette - $45 - contains 16 eye shadows, 1 face powder, 1 blush, 1 bronzer and 1 highlighter.
Quo Trendsetter Brush Set - $65 - contains: Powder Brush, Blush Brush, Foundation Brush, Concealer Brush, Definer Shadow Brush, Crease Blender Brush, All Over Shadow Brush, Shadow Smudger Brush, Lip Brush and Line Brush
Quo Ready Set Travel Brush Set - $17 - contains: Blush Brush, Liner/Brow Brush, Crease Blender Brush, All Over Shadow Brush
Quo Tools of the Trade Brush Set - $29 - contains: Powder Brush, Foundation Brush, Angled all Over Shadow Brush, Definer Shadow Brush, Crease Blender Brush, Shadow Smudger Brush, Liner/Brow Brush, Flat Concealer Brush
Quo Roll and Go Brush Set - $49 - contains: Powder Brush, Blush Brush, Foundation Brush, Concealer Brush, All Over Shadow Brush, Definer Shadow Brush, Crease Blender Brush, Lip Brush and Liner/Brow Brush
Quo Backstage Brush Set - $100 - contains: All Over Shadow Brush, Definer Shadow Brush, Brow/Lash Comb, Multi Purpose Brush, Crease Blender Brush, Shader Brush, Liner/Brow Brush, Fan Brush, Powder Brush, Angled  Contour Brush, Flat Concealer Brush, Angled Eye Liner Brush and Blush Brush 
Quo Ultimate Brush and Accessories Set - $130 - contains: Shader Brush, Liner/Brow Brush, Flat Concealer Brush, Definer Shadow Brush, All Over Shadow Brush, All Over Shadow Brush, Angled Contour Brush, Brow/Lash Comb, Crease Blender Brush, Angled Eye Liner Brush, Blush Brush, Contour Brush, Fan Brush, Foundation Brush, Multi Purpose Brush, Powder Brush, Blending Sponges, Eyelash Curler, Lash Separator, Brush Cleaning Sponge
Quo Artisan Brush Set - $79 - contains: Foundation Brush, Powder Brush, Blush Brush, Contour Brush, Concealer Brush, All Over Shadow Brush, Shadow Smudger Brush, Definer Shadow Brush, Eyeliner Brush and Lip Brush
Quo Emery Board - $3 - available in 3 colours: pink, gold and black
Quo Ladies Manicure Set - $20 - contains: scissors, toe nail clipper, nail clipper, buffer/file, slanted tweezers and cuticle nipper in a rose coloured travel case.
Quo Men's Manicure Set - $15 - contains: angled clipper, nail file, scissors, tweezers, cuticle pusher, nail clipper in a travel case.
Quo Beauty Blockbuster Set - $30 - includes all of Quo’s best-selling sponges with a bonus carrying case included with breathable mesh sides which allows for easy drying and storage of all your favourite sponges!

Sponges include:
All In One – Designed with the professional makeup artist in mind this all-in-one sponge is great for blending, highlighting, contouring and shading. The wedge end allows this sponge to provide precision application of foundation, while the rounded end is perfect for flawless blending. Use sponge dry for full coverage and wet for a sheer, natural finish.
Ellipse – This ellipse shaped sponge allows for smooth and easy application of liquid makeup. The flat oval shape allows for precision application around nose and eye area and blending around jaw and hairline for a natural finish. Use flat side for blending blush and bronzer over cheeks to create a streak-free and flawless application.
Set of three minis – Blend your way to a flawless finish with these cute mini latex-free sponges. These sponges enable precision application of cream and liquid foundation in hard to reach areas.
Blending Sponge – This classic Quo multi-purpose sponge allows for unparalleled blending of cream and liquid foundations for all over flawless finish. Use sponge dry for full coverage and wet for a sheer, natural finish.
Quo Blending Sponges - $8 - full size blending sponge ornaments to hang on the tree and gift to your friends.
Four different sponges available: Definition Sponge, Perfecting Sponge, Precision Sponge and Angled Diamond Sponge.
Quo by ORLY Breathable Marvelous Minis - $16 -
Nude Collection contains: Down To Earth, Barely There, Kiss Me I’m Kind and Fairy Godmother
Deep Collection contains: Namaste Healthy, Pick-Me-Up, Stronger Than Ever and  Good Karma
Quo by ORLY Breathable 12 Days of Colourful Healthy Nails Advent Calendar - $40 - contains mini-bottles of: Treatment + Shine, Fairy Godmother, Heaven Sent, Aloe Goodbye!, Pep In Your Step, Stronger Than Ever, Detox My Socks Off, Power Packed, Barely There, Love My Nails, De-stressed Denim, and The Antidote.

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada now while they last!

- Lisamarie -

October 27, 2017

It's that wonderful time of year again - Contessa Awards #Contessa2018 !

Toronto is gearing up for the 29th Annual Contessa Awards coming to town Sunday, November 12th, 2017 when the best hairstylists, makeup artists and nail technicians throughout Canada recognized at the award ceremony which is something like the Oscars, but for hair.

As well, this year the Contessas are partnering with the Movember Foundation, who is developing a curriculum for barbers to become "Movember Certified", so they can spot signs of mental health distress in their male clients.

Not only do the biggest names in hair show up but all the major haircare brands are on hand as well - this of course makes me think of haircare products and which new products are going to be must haves for my hair this winter - this is my top 3:

Moroccanoil Mending Infusion - 75ml - $37 - with a vitamin-fueled, quinoa protein-packed formula that nourishes, conditions, strengthens and helps seal split ends for a silky, fresh-cut appearance. The ultra-lightweight argan oil formula reduces visible signs of damaged hair - such as frayed ends, dryness and color damage - as well as taming frizz and preventing further damage; whil a blend of argan oil and baobab extracts, packed with antioxidants and amino acids, transforms ends from dry and brittle to silky and touchable.

Available at select salons across Canada - check out moroccanoil.com to find one near you or to purchase online.
Wella Oil Reflections Light Luminous Reflective Oil - 100ml - $34.99 - a lightweight version of the original that offers luminosity without weighing the hair down with a formulation of camellia oil and white tea extract and is especially great for fine to normal hair types and won't leave a greasy residue while leaving hair up to 86% shinier.

Available at select salons across Canada - check out wella.com to find one near you.
Aveda Shampure Dry Shampoo - 56g - $39 - great for all hair types, it revives hair with naturally derived powders that absorb excess oil and impurities. Of course my favourite thing about Aveda products is the aroma with 25 pure flower and plant essences including certified organic lavender, petitgrain and ylang ylang.

Available at Aveda salons and stores across Canada - check out aveda.ca to find one near you or to purchase online.

- Lisamarie -

Fragrant Friday - CLEAN Eau de Toilette

Now available to enjoy is your favourite classic CLEAN fragrance now in an eau de toilette form - with original formulas that have been tweaked to make them even better:

Cool Cotton - a fresher version with a marriage of muguet and jasmine petals; adding layers of floralcy that are made effortlessly fresh by watermelon and grapefruit. Honey in the dry down makes the fragrance sweet but is fully balanced by musks and cedar woods and is made even fresher with bursting grapefruit which perfectly mimics a juicy, vine picked zestful grapefruit.

Warm Cottona linear composition of warm aldehydes, delicate florals and sultry musks with the addition of mandarin to illuminate the composition by creating a complimenting inviting brightness that makes it a more alluring fragrance.

Fresh Laundry a modern, lavendaceous twist that opens with a juicy-sweet pineapple and fruity top-note, lending a nectarous character to the floral heart of night blooming jasmine, star anise, orchid, fresh cut grasses and lavender, and finishing with notes of precious woods, amber, patchouli, tonka bean and musk.

Rain - brings to mind the scent of rain's impact on dewy fresh florals - with melon and coconut interacting to bring out a sun kissed exotic rain and in an effort to take that freshness further, pear is added to the top for a sparkling and juicy impact.

Air - adds a youthful touch and rebalancing with the overall effect of coconut water on the fragrance that adds an element of playfulness while maintaining the original inspiration of a breath of clean, mountain air without losing the notes of lemon, rose and musks.

Available now in a 60ml size for $65 at Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques across Canada and online at beautyboutique.ca.

- Lisamarie -

October 26, 2017

Soak away your troubles with Live Clean Aromatherapy Foam Bath!

As winter makes it's way ever closer I try to turn my thoughts to the positive parts of cold weather like hot baths full of wonderfully smelling bubbles - like those from:

Live Clean Aromatherapy Foam Bath - 750ml - $8.99 - in 3 scents:  Tropical Coconut - blends certified organic coconut and citrus botanicals with vitamin E and chamomile for a rich, foaming bath;
Fresh Water - in an original scent blended with vitamin E and plant derived moisturizers for a deeply hydrating bath;
and Lavender Vanilla - blends certified organic lavender and vanilla extracts in a rich, naturally foaming formulation that promotes deep relaxation - this one is my favourite and is the perfect thing to add to your pre-bedtime bath if you want to sleep like a baby!

All are made with 98% plant and natural based ingredients and have the eco-friendly formulas that we love Live Clean for including all the things we are happy not to find in their products like phosphates, dyes, silicone, petralatum, parabens and phthalate.

Available now at Walmart stores across Canada, Sobeys Ontario and online at walmart.ca and well.ca.

- Lisamarie -

Ombre to lust after from It Cosmetics, Avon and Pixie Mood!

It Cosmetics Ombre Radiance Blush - $32 - in 3 universally flattering shades: Sugar Plum, Je Ne Sais Quoi and Coral Flush - blush and highlighter in one to give skin a naturally pretty flush of colour in just one sweep with a talc-free powder formula that transforms from matte to radiant, letting you customize your results for the perfect combination of brightening colour and soft luminosity.

Available at Sephora and sephora.ca.
Avon Purple Peace Infinity Ombre Scarf - $28 -  with a chunky acrylic knit and beautiful tones of purple - measures 178cm x 25cm.

Not only does it look good on you, it also helps others in infinite ways - 10% of the price will be donated to Avon Foundation for Women, Canada to support Speak Out Against Domestic Violence programs across the country.

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

Pixie Mood Rachel Ombré Faux Leather Tote - $120 - in black/grey or mocha - with tons of room to haul all of your crap around and an ombré finish that accentuates the sleek, sculptural silhouette of this faux pebbled leather tote that is detailed with winged side gussets and rolled shoulder straps. 
Available at Nordstrom stores and online at nordstrom.com

- Lisamarie -

October 25, 2017

Eye Love Wednesday - Olay Eyes Deep Hydrating Eye Gel

Olay Eyes Deep Hydrating Eye Gel - 15ml - $35.99 - a fast-absorbing, cooling gel treatment that helps fight visible signs of fatigue on tired and dehydrated eyes with a hyaluronic acid formula that instantly hydrates for a wide-awake, refreshed look. 

The super-light formula is supercharged with hyaluronic acid, peptides, pro-vitamin B5, witch hazel and cucumber extract and quenches skin for long-lasting hydration.

Used to using a richer cream around your eyes? It's easy to forget just how delicate the skin around the eyes really is and think that using a heavy cream will do a better job hydrating - it won't! Not only can using something heavy  actually drag the skin around the eyes down and make you look like you have even worse bags but it can also clog the pores and give you those little white bumps (milia)! So do your eyes a favour and treat them differently then the rest of your skin - hydrate without smothering!

Available now at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... L'Occitane Signature Advent Calendar!

L'Occitane Signature Advent Calendar - $69 - with beautifully illustrated packaging containing 24 irresistible beauty products including:

- 35ml Almond Shower Oil
- 10ml Almond Delicious Hand Cream
- 50g Almond Delicious Soap
- 5 ml Shea Light Comforting Cream
- 20ml Almond Milk Concentrate
- 7.5ml Arlésienne Eau de Toilette
- 50 g Arlésienne Perfumed Soap
- 35ml Aromachologie Shampoo
- 35ml Aromachologie Conditioner
- 35ml Aromachologie Relaxing Shower Gel
- 35ml Cherry Blossom Shower Gel
- 35ml Cherry Blossom Shimmering Lotion
- 30ml Citrus Verbena Shower Gel
- 40g Aromachologie Revitalizing Sugar Cube
- 10ml Peony Flora Hand Cream
- 30ml Shea Butter Shower Cream
- 30ml Shea Butter Body Lotion
- 10ml Shea Butter Hand Cream
- 10ml Shea Butter Foot Cream
- 3ml Shea Butter Lip Balm
- 25g Shea Butter Milk Soap
- 25g Verbena Leaf Soap
- 30ml Verbena Body Lotion
- 10ml Verbena Hand Cream 

Available now while they last at L'Occitane boutiques across Canada and online at loccitane.ca.

- Lisamarie -