March 25, 2017

Caryl Baker Visage Coastal Spring 2017 Collection

Caryl Baker Visage Costal Spring 2017 Collection for a fresh-faced look of natural sun-kissed beauty inspired by east coast seaside minimalism and rugged natural landscapes from Nova Scotia to Nantucket and defined by an understated prettiness and a casual breezy style that goes from sunny sea salt air to a cozy bonfire at the beach.
Powder Eye Shadow - $18 - in 6 ocean-side inspired shades: C Shore - muted bronze rose, Starfish - warm apricot blush, High Tide - delicate sea-foam green, Crash - classic deep ocean blue, Adrift - rich cool sandy neutral, Sand Castle - peachy morning glow - in a pigment rich formula that offers silky, crease resistant colour.
Powder Blush - $22.50 - in 2 highly-pigmented shades: By The Sea - sun-kissed flush and By The Bay - natural rosy blush - with a light, silky smooth application.  
Lipstick - $18.50 - in 3 shades: Sunrise - sweet coral sheen, Sailor - neutral mocha, Sunset - dreamy plum berry - with a moisturizing formula containing shea butter and avocado oil.
Lip Lacquer - $24 - in 3 shades: Beach House - vibrant orangey pink, Dockside - creamy brownish pink neutral, Paddle - natural fleshy pink neutral - with maximum staining pigments and fade-proof staying power for glossy, high-impact colour that won't dry out the lips.

Available now until May 14th at Caryl Baker Visage Face Spas in Ontario and Alberta and online at carylbakervisage.com.

- Lisamarie -

March 24, 2017

The John Freida Luxurious Volume Core Restore collection - offers a new level of touchable volume!

Sick of the usual volumizing products that leave hair feeling stiff and weighed down? That's why John Freida Luxurious Volume Core Restore has a formula which uses the Protein-Strength Complex - with core reinforcing actives, that penetrate and strengthen hair from within - to transform fine, limp hair by boosting volume while maintaining a soft, natural hair feel!

Available in the collection: 

Luxurious Volume Core Restore Protein-Infused Shampoo - 250ml - $10.97 - strengthens to maximize volume and vitality and brings protein-deficient hair into balance by unlocking a new level of touchable volume.

Luxurious Volume Core Restore Protein-Infused Clear Conditioner  - 250ml - $10.97 - with an  innovative clear formula that detangles and weightlessly absorbs into hair without coating it to infuse hair with body and weightless volume.

Luxurious Volume Core Restore Advanced Protein Volumizer - 60ml - $12.99 - with heat-activated technology that protects and strengthens strands with every use. 

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


- Lisamarie -

Fragrant Friday - CLEAN Lovegrass

CLEAN introduces a new fragrance for spring embodying the connection between nature and the memories of getting lost running through the grass while chasing the sun.

CLEAN Lovegrass - 60ml EDP - $95, 30ml EDP - $54, 10ml EDP - $30 - a modern and captivating fresh fragrance with top notes of lemon blossom, clementine, cedrat and black pepper; heart notes of orris, orange blossom and eglantine petals; and base notes of
blonde woods, amber woods, skin musks, patchouli and labdanum.


The scent reminds me of a field of freshly mowed grass on a sunny day - very peaceful and yet refreshing!

Available for a limited time at Sephora and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

March 23, 2017

Cute Alert - Paul & Joe 15th Anniversary Makeup Collection!

Paul & Joe is celebrating 15 years of makeup wonderfulness the proper way - with an adorable 15th Anniversary Makeup Collection - $90 -  including a few of their most iconic cat-themed beauty products housed inside a gold-embellished vanity box..




Including six versatile shades, the Paul & Joe Limited Edition Face & Eye Colour are perfect for any occasion and contain: jojoba seed oil, rosemary extract and rosa canina fruit extract - emollient; orange flower water - moisturizer; and white lily extract - moisturizer and skin softener. Made very portable thanks to the Face & Eye Colour Case where you can mix and match the colours of your choice.

Also included is a zippered Makeup Pouch - with ears - too cute!
My favourite part of the whole collection has to be the Lipstick in Petite Princess (203)  with their classic cat lipstick design and the freaking cat is wearing a hat! In a peachy pink shade that is also super moisturizing thanks to orange flower water, white lily extract, jojoba seed oil, lavender oil and cocoa seed butter. I really feel they should include 2 of the lipsticks in the set so I would have one to use and one to gaze at adoringly - you would have to be a MONSTER to use the only one you have!

Available April 7, 2017 while supplies last at beautyBOUTIQUE.ca and the following Shoppers Drug Mart locations:

Toronto/GTA, ON
2223 Bloor Street West
5576 Yonge Street 
2345 Yonge Street 
9350 Yonge Street, Hillcrest Mall, Richmond Hill 
220 Yonge Street
66 Wellington Street West
Marie Labatte Rd –CF Shops at Don Mills (Murale) 
181 Bay Street 
7700 Markham Rd., Markham  
1800 Sheppard Avenue East
1601 Bayview Avenue, East York 

Montreal, QC 
1122 Rue Sainte Catherine Ouest
1 Place Ville Marie (Murale)

Ottawa, ON 
50 Rideau Street, Rideau Centre 

Vancouver, BC 
748 Burrard Street  
3020 West Broadway 
6060 Minoru Boulevard, Richmond Centre 
5000 Canoe Pass Way
West 41St Avenue, Oakridge Mall (Murale)

Calgary, AB 
6455 Macleod Trails South Unit 24, Chinook Mall

Rocky View, AB
 Crossiron Blvd, Crossiron Mills Outlet Mall

Edmonton, AB 
5970 Mullen Way

St. John’s, NL
390 Topsail Rd

- Lisamarie -

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil shade extension - with swatches!

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil - $33 - in 10 new shades: Get Off - pink beige, Intriguing - rose pink, Do Me Baby - chestnut rose, Famous Red - bright pink coral, Endangered Red - oxblood burgundy, Let's Go Crazy - vivid pink, Pussy Control - lilac, Dirty Mind - deep lilac, Lonely Heart - chocolate brown, Unspoken - midnight blue - with full-coverage colour formulated with unique silicones to ensure it's long-lasting, while emollients and vitamin E leave a creamy feel that won't dry out lips and a smooth, comfortable texture that keeps the matte finish looking fresh all day.
Intriguing
Famous Red

I like how smoothly and easily they apply, the only thing I don't love is trying to dig up the right sized sharpener - it's an old-school sharpening pencil, not the twist up kind I've gotten spoiled by!

Available now at Sephora and sephora.ca and coming to all NARS retailers May 1st.

- Lisamarie -

March 22, 2017

Eye Love Wednesday - Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Eye Mask

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Concentrated Recovery Eye Mask - 1 pair - $14, 4 pairs - $49 - infused with Advanced Night Repair technology - actually 20x more of the proven, soothing and hydrating repair ingredients to the delicate eye area, along with a surge of concentrated moisture and soothing anti-irritants to rejuvenate the look and feel of the eye area - just what you need after a crap day!  

What makes them different from the other eye masks on the market is the innovative, triple-layer fresh-delivery system that releases the formula into the pads right before applying for ultimate freshness that in just 10 minutes, leaves the eye area feeling cool and refreshed, eyes that look radiant, rested and renewed and skin that is significantly soothed,fine, dry lines are plumped and the skin is drenched with moisture that lasts for hours. They say you can apply your usual night eye cream afterwards but you won't need to, there is so much serum left on the skin after, just massage it in and you are good for the night!

Available now at The Bay, Shopper’s Drug Mart, Murale, Nordtrom, Saks and online at esteelauder.ca.

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Pür Cosmetics Vanity Palettes Eyes and Cheeks!

Pür Cosmetics Vanity Palettes Eyes and Cheeks - $49 - in two colour collections:

Goal Digger - with 4 shadows: Aim High, 24/7, Grind, No Limit; Glow Getter illuminator; Glambition blush; and Motivation bronzer.

Dream Chaser - with 4 shadows: Aspire, Utopia, Good Intentions, Fantasy; Illusion illuminator; Visionary blush; and Driven bronzer.

Both palettes are very wearable but I would say Dream Chaser has the more neutral shadows and lighter blush and bronzer while Goal Digger would be better if you were looking to do something more dramatic with your eyes or prefer a darker bronzer and blush.
Available now exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at beautyboutique.ca.

- Lisamarie -

March 21, 2017

Chanel Rouge Coco Collection Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour - with swatches!

There are so many new shades of gloss in the new Chanel Rouge Coco Gloss collection that it might be easy to overlook the new shades of Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour - $32 - included in it but don't, they are just what your fingertips need for spring - and you'll be happy to know that 3 of the shades will be ever after part of the permanent collection (or at least until you can't live without it at which time it will be discontinued...):
566 Washed Denim
568 Tulle (Limited Edition)
570 Androgyne
572 Emblematique

Available now at Chanel counters across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

March 20, 2017

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Face Cream - 50ml - $50 - a lightweight gel-cream perfect for normal to dry skin that delivers intense 24-hour moisture thanks to time-release technology that encourages ideal hydration levels by attracting and sealing in moisture throughout the day to banish dryness and uneven texture.

The formula contains an advanced combination of hyaluronic acids - to  help increase moisture for deep hydration that helps support healthy skin elasticity; rosewater to  soothe; rose flower oil  - to nourish; and enriched with antioxidant vitamin E. - for non-stop daily hydration resulting in petal soft skin.

Available now at Sephora and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

Mascara Monday - Rimmel Scandaleyes Reloaded Waterproof Mascara

Rimmel Scandaleyes Reloaded Waterproof Mascara - $8.99 - in Very Black - offers dangerously bold, lethally full lashes.
The formula has special flexible polymers that build extreme volume without clumps and lasts even in extreme conditions - up to 24 hours. 
And a max density brush that captures the full lash fringe, loading volume corner to corner. 
And while the original Reloaded is easy to remove - just requiring warm water, this version will require an oil-based remover making it much better for crying!
 
Available now at drug and mass retailers across Canada.
 
- Lisamarie -

March 18, 2017

Share a cup of courage with the Avon Breast Cancer Crusade Courage Mug

Avon Breast Cancer Crusade Courage Mug - $15 - this ceramic mug holds 325ml of your favourite beverage and is dishwasher and microwave safe. It comes with a coaster that has a hanging cord so you can use it as an ornament - also makes a great cover to keep liquids hot and keep spiders from crawling in your mug.

Also available in french.

Best of all, $5 from the sale of each mug goes to benefit breast cancer research, awareness and support services.

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

- Lisamarie -

March 17, 2017

Dove Nutritive Solutions Complete Fortification - strength boosting for fortified hair!

Dove Nutritive Solutions Complete Fortification - includes a concentrated elixir of nutrients to jumpstart activity deep inside the hair fiber by replenishing proteins and amino acids, the building blocks of strong hair. With a daily dose of the Complete Fortification system, hair is super charged with all it needs to be healthy, strong and resilient for everyday life. Available are:

Complete Fortification Shampoo - 355ml - $6.99

Complete Fortification Conditioner - 355ml - $6.99  

That together nourishes to strengthen normal, dry hair and protect from dryness while it reinforces proteins to boost strength and resilience for hair that is 100% fortified, making it healthier, stronger and more resilient with every use.

Best of all is the scent - kiwi, pineapple and ginger lily - delicious!

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

- Lisamarie -

Fragrant Friday - Guerlain Mon Guerlain

Guerlain Mon Guerlain - 30ml EDP - $78, 50ml EDP - $119, 100ml EDP - $168, 200ml Perfumed Body Lotion - $62, 200ml Perfumed Shower Gel - $55 - a fresh oriental fragrance that enhances exceptional raw materials: Carla Lavender from Provence, Sambac Jasmine from India, Santalum Album Sandalwood from Australia and Vanilla Tahitensis from Papua New Guinea.

While it's not technically considered a gourmand fragrance the combination of the vanilla and sandalwood turn into a kind of caramel candy scent on me so I'm a fan!

The scent has a glamour to it that speaks for itself but to make it even more elegant, it comes in the iconic Guerlain quadrilobe bottle - understated, simple and graphic - the perfect home for a scent that pays homage to contemporary femininity.
Mon Guerlain was created for an extraordinary, sincere and authentic woman - and as Jacques Guerlain has said - "We create perfumes for women we admire." - in this case it is Angelina Jolie, who was chosen as the face of the new perfume. Angelina actually already had an emotional attachment to the Guerlain brand originating with the memory of her own mother's love for a Guerlain powder, scented with iris and violet, that her mother kept among her treasured possessions.

I was very fortunate to get a chance to sit down and have a quick chat with Guerlain Exclusive Perfumer, Thierry Wasser, the creator of many great fragrances including Mon Guerlain and my particular favourite, La Petite Robe Noir Eau Fraiche. What he told me which was very interesting to me was he actually goes to all of the places where the raw ingredients for his fragrances come from - be it India for the Sambac jasmine or Papua New Guinea for the Tahitensis vanilla and personally meets with the people who grow, pick, extract and distill the ingredients to build relationships and make sure he knows every detail of the ingredients!
Things that make M. Wasser sad: vanilla coke, not celebrating important anniversaries and when I have to leave.
Things that make him happy include good coffee, a great collaboration and the thought of creating a fragrance inspired by me... Mon Lisamarie has a really nice ring, non?

Mon Guerlain is available now across Canada including at Hudson's Bay, Sephora and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

March 16, 2017

Avon Moisture Therapy Ultra Hydration

Avon Moisture Therapy Ultra Hydration with shea butter is clinically shown to help dry, flaky, chalky skin by providing immediate hydration and helping skin look less dull and flaky in just 2 weeks.

Petrolatum Ointment - 100ml - $10 - helps prevent, temporarily protects and helps relieve chapped or cracked skin - especially great for reducing dryness on elbows and knees.

Body Scrub - 200ml - $10 - exfoliates to smooth away the look of roughness and dullness to help reveal healthy-looking skin.

Body Lotion - 500ml - $10 - enhanced with jojoba oil to instantly correct the appearance of patchy, chalky, dry skin and moisturize for 24 hours.

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

- Lisamarie -

Maybelline Intense Velvet Lip Crayon - with swatches!

Maybelline Intense Velvet Lip Crayon - $8.99 - in 10 shades: 110 Pink So Chic, 120 Love My Pink, 140 Minimalist, 150 Fuchsia Desire, 310 Berry Much, 410 Fab Orange, 420 In With Coral, 510 Red Essential, 520 Light It Up, 630 Nude Perfection - super saturated velvet lipstick with a semi-matte finish in an easy to use pencil format!
In With Coral
Fuchsia Desire

Available now for a limited time at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

March 15, 2017

Eye Love Wednesday - Physicians Formula #InstaReady Multi-Finish Eye Shadow

Physicians Formula #InstaReady Multi-Finish Eye Shadow - $15.79 - in two palettes: Natural Nude and Smoky Nude - featuring perfectly coordinated eye shadows with three different finishes: matte, satin and shimmer of highly-pigmented shades to provide intense colour for an endless amount of mix and match looks that include natural, smoky dramatic and everything in-between!

The shadow formula features InstaFilter Technology - a proprietary blend of: Dual-Sphere Technology - innovative pigments absorb oil, but not moisture, so skin remains perfectly balanced; Colour Filter Pigments - hollow-sphere pigments absorb, reflect and diffuse light over the skin, creating an airbrushed finish; and High-Tech Polymers - deliver a silky feel and finish to the skin and extends the wear - instantly light is diffused, imperfections blurred and skin is retexturized  for a perfecting professional finish that looks and feels great.

Available now at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Keen Terradora Waterproof Hiking Boots!

Keen Terradora Waterproof Hiking Boots - $175 - in sizes 5 - 11 including 1/2 sizes and four colours: Dark Purple/Purple Sage, Astral Aura/Liberty, Raven/Rose Dawn and Gargoyle/Magnet - a lightweight hiking boot designed specifically for women can double as an around-town trekker. With a glove-like fit and a cushioned ankle panel, it delivers flexible freedom and all-day comfort.

They have all kinds of tech and features including: Cleansport NXT - for natural odor control; 4mm multidirectional lugs; breathable mesh lining; a cushion panel that takes pressure off the achilles; dual density PU footbed; ESS stability shank for support; KEEN.DRY - waterproof breathable membrane that lets vapour out without letting water in; lightweight breathable mesh and synthetic upper; low-density EVA midsole; and non-marking rubber outsole.

I actually picked them because I needed winter boots that I could actually walk in - I have a pretty long walk from transit to my office and my traditional winter boots weren't at all comfortable for walking!  My new Keen ones are super waterproof and made for walking so very comfortable and mostly warm enough, although on really cold days I add a pair of wool socks to make them cozier. They also come in really fun colours if you are sick of the usual black and brown winter boot choices!

They also come in a lower shoe version for $165 - I like the higher boot style because of those deceptively high curb puddles and the ankle support!

Available at retailers across Canada including Sport Chek, Sporting Life and Walking on a Cloud and online at www.keenfootwear.com.

- Lisamarie -

March 14, 2017

Rimmel BB Cream Beauty Balm

Rimmel BB Cream Beauty Balm - 30ml - $9.99 - in 4 shades: Very Light, Light, Light/Medium and Medium - a 9-in-1 skin perfecting super makeup, that offers flawless skin without having to endure heavy foundation.

It has a lightweight, ultra-comfortable formula with water-gel technology that creates the perfect 9-part regimen in one easy step that: primes, moisturizes up to 24 hours, minimizes pores, conceals, covers, smoothes, mattifies, brightens and helps protect for a flawless, natural looking finish with a healthy glow and is transfer and sweat resistant so lasts all day.

Available now at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

Essie Spring Collection 2017 - with swatches!

The Essie Spring Collection 2017 was inspired by a road trip with the girls down the sunny coast of California and bringing the final destination of Baja to life with 6 vibrant creme shades for a collection that is warm and free-spirited making it the perfect companion for any fashionable adventure:
On The Roadie - vibrant kelly green
Excuse Me, Sur - sun kissed coral mango
Backseat Besties - delicate pink plumeria
B-aha Moment! - pink pomegranate
Designated DJ - plum sangria creme
All The Wave - sapphire indigo

Available now at salons and beauty destinations for $9.99 each.

- Lisamarie -

March 13, 2017

Nip + Fab No Needle Fix Eye and Moisturiser

Want to smooth and soften skin, protect and restore while banishing fine lines and wrinkles? It's super-easy with:  

No Needle Fix Eye - 15ml - $19.95 -  a triple action cream that reduces the appearance of puffiness - with tetra peptide, dark circles - with red algae while hydrating with shea butter to fight against premature aging by breaking down stubborn crows feet and deep-set wrinkles around the eye area for a fresh, youthful glow.

No Needle Fix Moisturiser - 40ml - $29.95 - a firming and protecting supercharged day cream to fix and protect skin from  damaging outside impurities while providing moisture and smoothing out wrinkles.

The formula contains: Osolift R Bio - an elastic, flexible molecule found in the natural sugars of purified oats that immediately smoothes out fine lines and wrinkles; hysilk - the water reserve found in this molecule not only hydrates and moisturises, it also smoothes and softens skin providing skin with a silk-like touch; Biophiclic TM S - a natural oil found in water systems nourishes skin while acting as a ‘second skin’ restoring and protecting skin's barrier; and Vitamin E a super antioxidant that protects and prevents skin from dryness, lines and wrinkles.

Available now exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart.

- Lisamarie -

Needful Things - Sephora Ultimate 5-in-1 Sharpener

Sick of hunting through a multitude of single-size sharpeners every time you need to sharpen a cosmetic pencil? Then you need to keep all of your sharpening needs in one convenient place with:

Sephora Ultimate 5-in-1 Sharpener - $18 - a deluxe five-in-one pencil sharpener that sharpens virtually all cosmetic pencils to a perfectly rounded tip. With a protective lid that keeps the shavings from escaping, while the innovative design and German-made carbon steel blades give pencils a precise and easy-to-use tip. The sharpener also includes a blade cleaner for easy maintenance.

Available at Sephora and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

March 11, 2017

Shiny skin is banished with Neutrogena, Simple and Olay!

Neutrogena Rapid Clear Oil-Removing Foaming Cleanser - 175ml - $10.99 - for fresh skin that's visibly shine-free for hours thanks to an effective oil-removing formula that lathers into a rich, creamy foam that quickly dissolves pore-clogging dirt, oil and even makeup without over drying and then rinses thoroughly clean, leaving skin free of greasy residue.
Olay Fresh Effects Clear Skin {Swirled Mattifier!} - 40ml - $12.99 - offers just the right amount of  hydration as it mattifies skin to instantly reduce the look of pores, shine and redness, brightens, smoothes, evens out skin tone and primes skin for makeup leaving it instantly looking beautiful and shine free.

This moisturizer is formulated with 10 complexion benefits in one bottle to leave your skin instantly looking beautiful and shine-free.
Simple Oil Balancing Cleansing Wipes - 25 wipes - $9.99 - gently cleanses and refreshes skin while removing excess oil and shine without leaving any sticky residue behind or drying out skin. With a 100% alcohol free formula that combines pro-vitamin B5 and vitamin E with skin-loving ingredients such as glycerin, zinc PCA and phytosphingosine to protect the skin's moisture barrier while helping reduce surface oil and control shine.

All are available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -