April 20, 2018

L'Occitane eco-refills - a great way to feel beautiful on Earth Day!

Love your beauty products but feel guilty - especially on Earth Day - about all the waste the packaging creates?

Then you need to head down to your friendly neighborhood L'Occitane where you will find their best-selling formulas in earth-loving eco-refills that have 80% less plastic than a bottle!

My favourite is the Aromachologie Repairing Shampoo - 500ml - $29 (the matching conditioner is also available, same size, same price) - as well you can also indulge in:

Almond Shower Oil - 500ml - $34, Immortelle Precious Cleansing Foam - 300ml - $39, Shea Verbena Liquid Soap - 500ml - $21, Shea Lavender Liquid Soap - 500ml - $21, Verbena Shower Gel - 500ml - $34, Lavender Foaming Bath - 500ml - $29, Verbena Cleansing Hand Wash - 500ml - $34, Lavender Cleansing Hand Wash - 500ml - $34, Citrus Verbena Shower Gel - 500ml - $34.

Available now at L'Occitane store across Canada and online at loccitane.ca.

If you can, check out the Canadian flagship boutique at the Yorkdale Shopping Centre which has been fully redesigned with a strong sustainability focus at its core. For the first time in North America, L'Occitane Yorkdale offers an in-store bottling recycling program in partnership with Terracycle. Customers can bring in any full size product of any brand to recycle, and will receive a 10% discount on any purchase.

- Lisamarie -

Fragrant Friday - Clean Ultimate Beach Night

Clean Ultimate Beach Night - 60ml EDT - $74 - inspired by breezy nights on the beach when the sun starts to set and the day is coming to a close; sitting around a bonfire, looking out into the ocean, and wishing the moment never ends - with top notes of bergamot, lemon, orange and ocean mist; heart notes of night blooming jasmine, tuberose, lilac blossom, lavender, neroli, violet leaf and bougainvillea; and base notes of  ambergris, white musk and burnt smoky driftwood.

I always find it amazing how many of the Clean fragrances smell like a memory and this one really does remind me of twilight at the beach - a bit of surf, some night blooming flowers and a campfire - whimsically wonderful!

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

- Lisamarie -

April 19, 2018

Bio-Oil - celebrating 10 years of keeping Canada beautiful from head to toe!

There aren't a lot of products that I can say I've been using for 10 years, actually there's probably only one...

Bio-Oil - 25ml - $6.99, 60ml - $12.99, 125ml - $21.99, 200ml - $29.99

I started using it when I was trying to fix a scar that a sloppy dermatologist left me with while removing a mole - it wasn't an instant fix but after several months it was greatly improved - since then I've discovered everything else that Bio-Oil is great for - from stretch marks, uneven skin tone, dehydration, fine lines and wrinkles, skin texture and even cuticles and hair!

It's a versatile wonder made up of PurCellin Oil along with vitamins A & E and calendula, lavender, rosemary and chamomile oils. It sinks quickly into the skin, leaving no oily film behind and it's great for all skin types, even sensitive.

Here's to spending another 10 years together!

Available at major retails across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

Prevage City Smart Double Action Detox Peel Off Mask

Peel to reveal a brighter, smoother, virtually poreless-looking complexion with:

Prevage City Smart Double Action Detox Peel Off Mask - 75ml - $98 - acts like a liquid magnet to lift and remove impurities instantly while resurfacing skin and enhancing its natural detoxification system.

Instantly, smart polymers gently lift away dirt and oil to gently resurface skin, tree mushroom extract minimizes the look of pores and powerful antioxidants fight environmental aggressors to ease aging signs. It's not all instant gratification, over time, a botanical blend promotes skin's natural detoxification system.

Just apply a generous layer to the skin, leave for 20 minutes and peel off - I must admit, I love peel off masks, it's like pretending to be a snake - a snake with really smooth and glowy skin of course!

Available now at Elizabeth Arden counters across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

April 18, 2018

Eye Love Wednesday - Maybelline TattooStudio Waterproof Brow Gel

Maybelline TattooStudio Waterproof Brow Gel - $14.99 - in 4 shades: blonde, soft brown, medium brown, deep brown - fills and colours brows to create fuller-looking definition with an ultra-resistant and waterproof eyebrow gel that lasts for up to 2 days without smudging or ending up on your pillow. 

It's easy to apply = the applicator comes with a sculpting tip and also included is an eyebrow spoolie brush that work together to create fuller-looking eyebrows:

Step 1. Use sculpting tip to fill mid-brow and tail, moving outwards.
Step 2. Lightly fill in inner brow.
Step 3. Blend using grooming spoolie. 

Most importantly, give it time to dry - it's not instant and if you touch it too soon you will end up with brow gel in places where  you don't want it!

Available now at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... InfinitiPro by Conair Diamond Brilliance Ionic Straightening Brush!

InfinitiPro by Conair Diamond Brilliance Ionic Straightening Brush - $69.97 - in pink or black - add silkiness and shine to hair with a hot paddle brush with a combination of nylon, silicone and diamond-infused ceramic bristles that gently guide styler through hair while advanced ionic technology enhances manageability and reduces frizz. 

Don't understand exactly how this whole ion thing works? Me neither - but as I gather - the ionizing function generates negative ions, which neutralize positive ions in the air. The neutralization process flattens and seals the hair cuticle, reducing frizz and leaving the hair shiny and more manageable - I might not exactly understand it, but it does work!

It's very user friendly with 3 heat settings for all hair types, heats up instantly - with a high heat up to 400°F - and has an auto-off in case you forget. What I like best is the swivel style cord making it much easier to switch from side to side without ending up with a tangled cord mess!

And just to clarify - this is not a "straightening" brush that is going to make curly hair straight - more like a smoothing brush that will get rid of frizz, tame errant hairs back into line and add tons of shine! 

Available now at drug and mass retailers across Canada. 

- Lisamarie -

April 17, 2018

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Soft Light Liquid Highlighter

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Soft Light Liquid Highlighter - 12ml - $36 - in 4 shades: 20 - pink pearl, 30 - golden champagne, 40 - pink copper, 50 - golden copper - a unique, sparkle-free liquid highlighter that works to give the complexion a glowing luminosity as well as soft, subtle sheen as it blurs and smooths texture. 

Created with mother-of-pearl to exude a natural, lit-from-within glow, it has a really smooth texture that melts into the skin with a luminous, second skin finish for a complexion that looks all glowy and  radiant.

You can wear it a couple of ways: either alone: tap a pea-size amount directly on skin using fingertips on a small, flat brush - to enhance features like cheekbones or cupid’s bow;or mix the same amount with your foundation for an all over radiance.

Available at Sephora and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

Essie Spring 2018 Collection - with swatches!

Chart a course for the Essie Spring 2018 collection - with six sea-loving shades with a nautical palette that add vivid colour to spring whites and a touch of elegance to sandaled feet.
Anchor Down - preppy blue with pewter gray undertones
Stripes and Sails - intense teal green
Bon Boy-age - nautical mint green
Pass-port To Sail - soft sandy beige
Perfect Mate - coral pink
At The Helm - fire orange tinged with salmon red

Available now at beauty destinations across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

April 16, 2018

Whip your skin into shape with Olay Whips!

New Olay Whips transform from cream to liquid on contact flash absorbing into the skin with a smooth matte finish - giving you all the benefits of powerful skincare without feeling like there is anything on your skin - the secret is the Active Rush Technology that holds and quickly releases 1000x its weight in hydration and active ingredients - leaving skin feeling perfectly hydrated without being greasy, sticky or tacky!

Regenerist Whip - 50ml - $39.99 - powerful wrinkle results without heaviness - diminishes the look of fine lines and wrinkles as it actively hydrates to improve elasticity and firm skin for a lifted look. Formulated with advanced Amino-Peptide Complex II to regenerate surface cells.

Total Effects Whip - 50ml - $39.99 - ultimate nourishment without weight - with 7 skin benefits in one: actively replenishes nourishing moisture; evens skin tone appearance; enhances brightness; visibly smooths fine lines and wrinkles; minimizes the look of pores; restores firmness and visibly reduces dark spots.
Formulated with VitaNiacin Complex II and vitamins C & E to fight the early signs of aging.

Luminous Whip - 50ml - $39.99 - lasting radiance without shine - actively moisturizes to even skin tone and minimize the appearance of pores.
Formulated with PearlOptics science for lasting radiance.

I'm loving this new formula - I hate a heavy moisturizer but I find that a lot of the lightweight ones don't feel like they add enough moisture - the Whips have an almost mousse like consistency that immediately soaks into the skin leaving it feeling comfortable but like there is nothing on it at all - genius!

Available now at drug and mass retailers across Canada with or without SPF.

- Lisamarie -

April 13, 2018

Maui Moisture Color Protection + Sea Minerals Shampoo and Conditioner

It's hard to believe that it might ever be warm again but I promise, it will - and when it is, your coloured hair will love:

Maui Moisture Color Protection + Sea Minerals Shampoo and Conditioner - 385ml - $10.99 - keeps colour treated hair glowing all year long with a 100% aloe juice based formula that incorporates the nutrients of sea minerals, algae and sea kelp to shield coloured hair from early fading from heat or too many dips in chlorine filled pools for hair that stays soft and vibrant through any adventures that the summer  season brings!

Of course there's no reason you can't use it now - hair colour doesn't have quite as many stressors during the colder months - but if nothing else, it has a tropical-like scent that will help you forget the cold and remind you that warmer days are ahead!

Available now in drug and mass retailers across Canada including Walmart, Shoppers Drug Mart, Rexall, Jean Coutu and London Drugs. 

- Lisamarie -

April 12, 2018

The Body Shop Spa Of The World Japanese Camellia Cream Velvet Moisture Body Cream

The Body Shop Spa Of The World Japanese Camellia Cream Velvet Moisture Body Cream - 350ml - $36, 50ml - $11 -  a rich body cream with a light, velvety texture containing camellia oil from Japan which has been used by Japanese women since the 8th century to gently soften and moisturize skin. 

Not only does it do a great job of deeply hydrating skin, it smells so pretty and luxurious that it's very relaxing - just apply and breath in deeply for instant tranquility!

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

- Lisamarie -

Shiseido Rouge Rouge Lipstick Matte - with swatches!

Shiseido Rouge Rouge Lipstick Matte - $35 - in 8 shades: Primrose Sun - bold reddish pink, Peruvian Pink - rose red pink, Fire Topaz - fiery orange, Curious Cassis - dark burgundy red, Amber Afternoon - amber brown, Rose Syrup - nude with hints of rose, Dusky Honey - warm flesh, Desert Quartz - pinkish nude - in a new matte formula that features a rich, creamy texture, which applies evenly and allows the colour to melt into the lips and supply up to eight hours of moisture while the texture creates a smoother lipline and defines the lip shape, making them appear even and full. 
Amber Afternoon
Peruvian Pink

 Available now at Shiseido counters across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

April 11, 2018

Eye Love Wednesday - Avon True Color 8-in-1 Eyeshadow Palette

Avon True Color 8-in-1 Eyeshadow Palette - $16 - in 3 colour combos: Nude Muse, Rock and Stone and Smoky Nights - that offer all-day, crease-resistant wear that can be applied wet - for vibrant colour and a more dramatic look or dry - for a soft and more subtle effect.

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

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Lierac Sébologie Imperfections Correction Localized Concentrate!

Lierac Sébologie Imperfections Correction Localized Concentrate - 15ml - $27 - a two-phase textured concentrate that reduces the appearance of localized imperfections of acne-prone skin including sebum, dilated pores and residual marks. 

Its formula works thanks to several active ingredients inspired by the resurfacing technique:
zinc gluconate - works on the shine and dilated pores;
salicylic acid - works on the spots and residual marks;
azelaic acid - works on the spots.
and contains two distinct phases to maximize the synergistic efficacy of each.

This isn't your usual spot treatment - it is dual-phase but don't shake it! Instead, take a q-tip and insert into the bottle until it touches the powder at the bottom and apply that to affected areas - it leaves a powder residue on the skin so you will only want to use it at night. And not only is it great on blemishes and marks that already exist - it's a wonder product when you use it on places where you can feel something about to pop up - get it early enough and it keeps the blemish from ever appearing or at the worst, comes and goes very quickly!

I don't have overly acne-prone skin so this is the only product from the line I use on a regular basis but if you need more - there are a couple of other products available in the Sebologie line: Imperfections Correction Regulating Gel - 40ml - $40 - that you used twice daily all over the face and Imperfections Correction Keratolytic Solution - 100ml - $35 - applied at night with a cotton pad and not rinsed off.

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

- Lisamarie -

April 10, 2018

Glow rose gold with highlighters from Hard Candy, Maybelline and Sephora!

Hard Candy Just Glow Rose Glow Highlighter - $7.98 - a creamy all over powder highlighter that gives skin an ultra-reflective glow. Inspired by a sunset, this rose gold hue blends smoothly onto skin and instantly flatters all skin tones. Use the three shades individually or mix together to create one gorgeous shade.

Available exclusively at Walmart stores across Canada.
Maybelline Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter in Molten Rose Gold - $12.99 - with a creamy, highly pigmented formula that melts beautifully into the skin - it's very easy to create a dramatic look with a little layering so go easy unless drama is what you are after! Also available in Molten Gold.

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.
Sephora Golden Hour Luminizing Powder in High Noon - $20 - an ultra-blendable highlighting powder with a soft, suede-like texture that creates a soft, luminous rose gold toned glow with a sheer wash of colour that gives the effect of warm radiant light and can be worn alone or layered over blush and bronzer. Also available in:
Dawn - a peach tone that give the effect of glowing morning light
Dusk - a pink tone that gives the effect of sultry evening light
Twilight - a lilac tone that gives the effect of ethereal moonlight.

Available at Sephora and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

Kiss Jewel Fantasy High Fashion Glamour Nails

Kiss Jewel Fantasy High Fashion Glamour Nails - $11.97 - get intricate jeweled nail art in an instant with two luxe looking styles: Empress and Your Grace - statement manis with handmade jewel nails and mega crystal shine. Each pack includes 30 nails including 6 jewel accent nails along with adhesive tabs and glue - giving you 2 options for application.

They'll last up to 7 days and when your ready to take them off you can either peel or soak off depending on how they were applied.
 Available now at Walmart and Jean Coutu stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

April 9, 2018

Have confidence in your skin care with It Cosmetics!

It Cosmetics introduces some new must-have skin products that will have skin glowing:

Confidence in a Cleanser Skin Transforming Hydrating Cleansing Serum - 148ml - $36 - a one-step skincare solution for all skin types to cleanse and hydrate while leaving skin feeling soft, refreshed and perfectly balanced. With a sulfate and soap-free formula containing proprietary Anti-Aging Armour Rejuvenating Concentrate to help skin appear rejuvenated and restore moisture; along with anti-aging collagen, hyaluronic acid, colloidal oatmeal and a super ceramide complex - ingredients that work over time to deliver dramatic results.

Best of all it removes all traces of makeup - even waterproof eye makeup - so your skin feels completely clean without being tight.

Confidence in a Cream Transforming Moisturizing Super Cream - 60ml - $62 - an ultra-hydrating moisturizer that absorbs quickly and boosts skin's natural regenerative cycle to rejuvenate, repair and restore skin for softer, smoother, younger-looking results with a proprietary anti-aging armour rejuvenating concentrate that's activated upon contact to immerse skin in moisture and reduce the look of pores, discoloration and key signs of aging. The exclusive concentrate combines collagen and hyaluronic acid to visibly plump fine lines and wrinkles, while niacin, peptides, a super ceramide complex, and other active ingredients smooth texture, intensely hydrate, and enhance firmness.

Confidence in an Eye Cream Brightens, Transforms and Repairs - 15ml - $48 -  transforms the  entire eye area - from helping to restore the look of firmness to reducing the appearance of puffiness, dark circles, lines and wrinkles - and is safe for even the most sensitive skin. Brightens the look of eyes to make them appear instantly more awake with an exclusive apricot tint to visibly colour-correct and Drops of Light Technology; proprietary Anti-Aging Armour Rejuvenating Concentrate and other high-performance skin-loving ingredients - including a super ceramide complex, chrysin, licorice root, avocado and squalane - work to hydrate, smooth and refresh - and look forward to more dramatic results over time.

Have no fears, this isn't one of those weirdly tinted products that make it look like you have blotches of colour under your eyes - it blends right in and really perks thing up making you look like you had a really good night's sleep!

Available at Sephora stores across Canada and online at sephora.ca, ITCosmetics.ca and theshoppingchannel.com.

- Lisamarie -

April 6, 2018

Phyto Phytomillesime for hair colour that looks like new day after day!

Anyone who colours their hair knows the joy of fresh colour and the agony of colour fade-out even when just a week or two old...

Now with Phyto Phytomillesime there is an innovative hair care ritual that prevents color stripping all  thanks to the anti-fading action of extraordinary anti-oxidative powerhouse Red Love Apple contained within each formula along with apple blossoms and fruits and hibiscus extracts - for colour that has a vibrant intensity and dazzling shine, like the first day of application.

Available in the collection:

Washing no longer needs to be the enemy of colour retention thanks to:

Color Locker Pre-Shampoo - 100ml - $48 - with a unique gel in oil texture, the gel smooths down the scales of the hair and the oil strengthens the natural protective film - together they form a cosmetic mesh that traps the leakage of pigments when washing the hair while a complex of plant-based active ingredients rich in amino acids, delicately coats the fiber.

It's easy to use - just apply on dry hair from the roots to the ends, leave on for one to two minutes then, without rinsing, proceed directly with the shampoo - protected against stripping, colour remains intact and intense, its shine is maintained and lasts longer.

Color Enhancing Shampoo
- 200ml - $30 - with a delicate sulfate-free lather that gently washes the scalp and hair while preventing colour from fading with exclusive care formula that also contains edelweiss flower extract.

Color-Enhancing Mask - $54 - with a thick, creamy texture and a formula containing argan butter - rich in fatty acids and protective vitamin E - to nourish and repair fibers - for hair that is incredibly soft, supple and shiny.

Beauty Concentrate Leave-in - 150ml - $45 - makes styling easy, strengthens the hair fiber and gives it a radiant shine, while protecting the hair against daily aggressive factors - caused by the environment and successive styling - which alter colour intensity and radiance - for hair that doesn't frizz, falls sensuously and has a radiant shine. Can be used on hair that is wet or dry every day to enhance or protect the hair.

Color Protecting Mist - 150ml - $40 - keeps colour from stripping while enhancing and helping hair colour last longer - as well, it contains  hibiscus extract to boost shine and sunflower extract for its photo-protective properties to protect the intensity of the reflections.

I have the best hair in the world to really test out this line, not only is it coloured, it's red - the hardest colour there is to maintain! And I must admit, I am totally sold on the pre-shampoo - the vibrancy and shine of my colour 3 weeks now after colouring is amazing, by now my colour would normally be really faded but it looks like I just had it done! The other product I really love is the mask - it makes my hair so super-soft!

Available now at drugstores across Canada and online at phyto-canada.ca.

- Lisamarie -

Fragrant Friday - CLEAN Fresh Linens

Ever wanted to capture that perfect moment when you have just changed the sheets on your bed and you slip in post shower - how extra cool and crisp the bed feels... now you can in a scent:

CLEAN Fresh Linens - 30ml EDP - $54, 60ml EDP - $95 - a fresh scent with notes of clean sheet accord, rain lily and skin musk that was inspired by the softness of fresh cotton linens on a sunny weekend morning, and is meant to evoke memories of lying wrapped in bed for hours, feeling the warm sun shine through your window and a light breeze tickle your skin as you rest, relax, and daydream.

I think it has a fresh citrusy scent that I really do get the idea of clean sheets from - it would even be great to spray on sheets if you needed to freshen them up and don't have time to wash them!

Available at Sephora and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

April 5, 2018

Treat your skin and senses to Avalon Organics Hand & Body Lotion!

Avalon Organics Hand & Body Lotion - 355ml - $14.99 - full of certified plant-based organic ingredients that are good for your body and the earth - not only will your skin thank you for these, so will your nose - do they ever smell good!

A few of my faves include: 

Nourishing Lavender - with lavender essential oil, aloe, plant lipids and nutrient-rich beta-glucan that work together to restore skin's natural lipid balance. Long-lasting hydration instantly replenishes, rebalances and softens extra dry skin.

Refreshing Lemon - with lemon essential oil, safflower oil, aloe, shea butter and nutrient-rich beta-glucan that work together to restore skin's natural lipid balance. A daily dose of nourishing moisture keeps skin soft and supple.

Revitalizing Peppermint - with peppermint essential oil, aloe, vitamin E and nutrient-rich beta glucan that work together to restore skin's natural lipid balance. Long-lasting hydration immediately revives and softens extra dry skin.

Available now at Loblaws, Whole Food Markets, London Drugs, Safeway and Sobeys West stores across Canada and online at well.ca.

- Lisamarie -

The Body Shop Lip Juicers - with swatches!

The Body Shop Lip Juicers - $10 - in 5 smoothie-inspired scents with their own tint: Strawberry, Pomegranate & Aloe, Raspberry, Beetroot & Ginger, Kiwi, Kale & Watermelon, Acai, Blueberry & Ginger, Coconut, Passionfruit & Carrot - 100% vegan, moisture-boosting balms with blends of naturally derived extracts that easily glide onto lips for a smooth, soft and soothing finish. I especially like the size of the package and the unusual shape, makes it easy to find in your purse!
Coconut, Passionfruit & Carrot - a really pretty coral shade - I applied 2 coats for extra pigment.

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

- Lisamarie -

April 4, 2018

Eye Love Wednesday - Avon Eyebrow Stencil Set and Perfect Eyebrow Kit

Avon Eyebrow Stencil Set - $4.99 - achieve the perfect arch with 4 stencils and a brow brush - the reusable stencils make it easy to accentuate your face with perfectly shaped brows.

It's easy to use:

Step 1: Choose the stencil that best matches your natural brow shape.
Step 2: Trace the shape onto your face with your favourite brow definer (like the one below).
Step 3: Groom brows with the brush and comb.
Avon Perfect Eyebrow Kit - $9.99 - in 4 shades: Blonde, Auburn, Soft Brown and Deep Brown - that offer a powder - to define and wax - to set duo for long-lasting, smudge-proof shape and hold.

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

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Cover FX Custom Cover Drops!

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops - 15ml - $56 - in a range of 25 light to deep shades, it's a revolutionary dropper bottle of pure pigment to mix with your favorite liquid beauty products for your own custom creation.

It's like having a personalized foundation and tinted moisturizer in one bottle - you can customize the desired finish by what you use the drops in:

For a radiant finish, add to products like oils, serums, or creams or a matte finish, mix with a mattifying primer or lightweight lotion.

 And the level of coverage by the amount you use:

1 drop =  sheer coverage
2 drops = medium coverage
3 drops = full coverage
4 drops = total coverage

You can also use it to adjust the shade of a foundation you already own - lighten or darken it depending on the shade of the cover drops you add - which is great for turning a winter foundation darker once you get some sun or a summer foundation lighter once your tan fades!

Available now at Sephora and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

April 3, 2018

Beautycounter Color Sweep Blush Duo

Winter-weary skin could use a little colour right about now and what better way then a blush duo that  cares about how you look as well as your skin health by using safe ingredients for better beauty:

Beautycounter Color Sweep Blush Duo - $50 - in 3 satiny powder shade duos with two complementary shades - one slightly deeper than the other: Tawny/Whisper, Bloom/Tulip, Flamingo/Apricot - that give the look of naturally flushed cheeks with the perfect amount of healthy-looking, luminous colour - the shades can be worn alone, layered, or even mixed together to make a third shade option and are good for your skin thanks to Porcelain Flower Extract - a Thai bloom known for its antioxidant benefits.

Available online and through independent consultants - check out www.beautycounter.com for more info.

- Lisamarie -

Experience a brush with greatness with the Mary Kay Essential Brush Collection!

Spring clean your makeup bag and replace the tired old brushes you have been lugging around with a set that will help your makeup application look really expert!

Mary Kay Essential Brush Collection - $75 - includes six synthetic, precisely shaped brushes ideal for creating a range of looks, packed in a stylish, portable zippered clutch:

All-Over Powder Brush - helps pick up and evenly distribute the right amount of face powder or bronzing powder.

Eye Smudger Brush - with a dense, tapered tip designed to help create detailed accents and allows you to smudge at the lashline to achieve a covetable smoky look as well as helping add detail in hard-to-reach places.

All-Over Eye Shadow Brush - fits naturally into the eyelid’s delicate contours with flexible bristles that  makes blending easy to help diffuse edges.

Eye Crease Brush - designed to fit within the contours and crease of the eyelid to add professional dimension to any eye look.

Cheek Brush - with a 3-in-1 shape that helps enhance, sculpt and highlight cheekbones without leaving harsh lines.

Lip Brush - with a specially designed, tapered tip that allows for precise lip colour application and soft bristles to make application smooth and easy.
All the brushes feature master-crafted, high-grade synthetic bristles that are durable and flexible, minimizing fallout with super soft fibres that are compatible with liquid, cream or powder while their unique flexibility allows them to hug every contour and blend to perfection.

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

- Lisamarie -

April 2, 2018

Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Liquid Essence

Chanel Hydra Beauty Micro Liquid Essence - 150ml - $135 - with a lightweight, water-like formula that immediately boosts skin's hydration as it refines, moisturizes and prepares the complexion for further skincare.

The formula combines: intensely moisturizing Camellia Micro-Droplets - which are cold-extracted from camellia petals to boost the potential of their incredible energizing power. Dispersed in camellia oil, they demonstrate a particular affinity with the skin owing to their membrane, whose composition is similar to that of skin cells. Like an “injection” of essential nutrients - vitamins, carbohydrates, amino acids and lipids - they refine the skin texture and give incomparable radiance to the complexion;

with Camellia Alba PFA - which stimulates natural hydration mechanisms to maintain the skin’s moisture levels. It also activates the production of lipids that strengthen the skin barrier. Combined with glycerin and hyaluronic acid, it ensures hydration and maintains it with each application; and Blue Ginger - a powerful antioxidant.

I must admit, the most confusing thing about essences for me is how to apply them. They are so liquidy that I want to treat them like a toner, which I keep reminding myself they are not! Rather, think of it as a very fluid serum - to apply, dispense on to palm of hand and press into cheeks, forehead and chin, smoothing from the center of face outward. Follow with a serum and then your regular skincare ritual - you will love the invigorating feel and how energized your skin will instantly feel as well as how plumped and refined it will look!

Available now at Chanel counters across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

March 30, 2018

John Frieda Frizz Ease Forever Smooth Leave In Cream Primer

John Frieda Frizz Ease Forever Smooth Leave In Cream Primer - 90ml - $10.99 - creates the perfect foundation for smooth, all-day style with long-lasting smoothness and 72-hour humidity resistance.

Just dispense 1 pump into the palm of your hand and spread evenly through hair from mid-stand to tip and the formula with Frizz Immunity Complex and pure coconut oil will even out and smooth the hair's surface, block frizz and gradually build a powerful defence against humidity that lasts up to 72 hours - hair is instantly smooth and frizz free for longer.

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

Fragrant Friday - Chloé Nomade

Chloé Nomade - 75ml EDP - $154, 50ml EDP - $122, 30ml EDP - $86, 10ml EDP Travel Spray - $35 - a warm floral chypre scent that is a mix of softness and strength with the intense, mineral character of oak moss which is shrouded with the sweetness of the Mirabelle plum and from this freshness emanates a sensation of flowery luminescence carried by freesia.

The scent is hard to describe - on me it smells floral but with kind of an edge to it, like a bad-ass floral and then dries down to something very warm and comforting - I like it, it's unique! I'm also a fan of the bottle - the graceful modern lines and a touch of femininity with the pink ribbon make it very striking.

Available now at Hudson's Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, Holt Renfrew, Sephora, Saks Fifth Avenue and PJC.

- Lisamarie -

March 29, 2018

Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub

Soap & Glory Smoothie Star Breakfast Scrub - 300ml - $18  - with an exfoliating blend of oat, shea butter and sugar combined with organic cupuacu bio scrubs, bananas, almond and honey extracts along with three powerful moisturizers - shea butter, glycerin and sweet almond oil to leave skin as smooth as the proverbial baby's bottom. 

Probably best to use only after breakfast though, it has a great new maple fragrance that will leave your tummy smooth and rumbling!

Available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

Givenchy Gloss Interdit Vinyl - with swatches!

Givenchy Gloss Interdit Vinyl - $37 - in 12 shades with a high shine finish: 01 Rose Revelateur, 16 Noir Revelateur, 03 Electric Pink Revelateur - booster with blue reflective pearls, 04 Framboise In Trouble - deep raspberry with purple pearls, 05 Rock N Rose - fuchsia pink, 06 Gangsta Nude - luminous and discreet rosewood, 07 Nude Addiction - perfect universal nude for pinky beige lips, 08 Coral Graffiti - must have coral, 09 Crazy In Rose - pastel pink, 10 Overose - fresh and deep authentic pink, 11 Bold Orange - bright orange with golden pearls, 12 Rouge Thriller - sensual bold pearly red - with medium coverage for high-shine, naturally-voluminous-looking lips in a new formula containing black rose oil helping lips remain soft and supple with an absolute feeling of comfort along with an improved foam applicator - stamped with a G to take up more product for a pleasant, even spread of colour over the lips. 

I was interested in the boosters that work with your pH to offer a customized colour so it will be different on everyone or can also be used as a top coat:
01 Rose Revelateur - made to measure booster that enhances natural lip colour
16 Noir Revelateur - an audacious booster that deepens natural lip colour

Available now at Sephora and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

March 28, 2018

Eye Love Wednesday - The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Bouncy Eye Mask

I must admit, I am immediately drawn to anything with the word "bouncy" in the title - bouncy castles, bouncy balls - bouncy is just such a happy word which also makes for a happy eye cream...

The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Bouncy Eye Mask - 20ml - $32 - with a refreshing, non-sticky formula with a bouncy, memory-shape texture that can either be applied to instantly give tired eyes an instant perk up by instantly cooling down skin around the eyes, helping to depuff bags under eyes, reducing signs of fatigue and fade dark circles or used as an overnight mask to wake up with skin that looks bounced back to a more youthful appearance, feeling replenished and appearing healthier.

The 100% vegan formula is enriched with cucumber extract and Community Trade organic babassu oil from Brazil along with 3 plant stem cells: edelweiss from the Italian alps, criste marine and sea holly from the Brittany coast and contains no mineral oil, paraffin or petrolatum - and it's bouncy - what more could you possibly want?!

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

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Lip Smacker Easter Tsum Tsums!

Easter just became ever sweeter thanks to:

Lip Smacker Easter Tsum Tsum - $5.95 - in 4 Easter ready characters with their own special dome shaped flavoured balm hidden inside: Mickey Mouse - Cherry, Minnie Mouse - Strawberry Lollipop, Eeyore - Buttercup and Thumper - Caramel Kisses - collect and stack for your own little tower of cuteness!

Available at select Rexall, London Drugs, Toys R Us, Uniprix and Red Apple stores across Canada - and be sure to check out all the other Lip Smacker Easter adorableness available including Lip Smacker Easter Trio Egg packs - $5.95 - that come in Starburst, Skittles, M&M's and Coca Cola flavours or the Lip Smacker DIY Easter Egg Duo - $5.95 - includes 2 balms and an Easter egg topper in a variety of colours along with 21 stickers to decorate the topper with.

- Lisamarie -

March 27, 2018

Hard Candy Fox In A Box

Hard Candy Fox In A Box - $7.98 - in 5 custom blended shades with signature fragrances: Girl Boss - vanilla frosting, Glamour Girl - pina colada, Party Girl - chocolate, Girl Next Door - strawberry, Uptown Girl - sweet peach - with a smooth, marbleized baked formula that delivers multi-dimensional yet sheer, buildable colour for a healthy and natural glow thanks to finely milled mica pigments that blend seamlessly into the skin.

The packaging is adorable and I love that they each have a distinctive scent - it comes with a brush which works in a pinch but if you have a choice, use your big fluffy powder brush for easier and more even application!

Available exclusively at Walmart stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

Quo by Orly Breathable Treatment + Color new shades - with swatches!

Quo by Orly Breathable Treatment + Color has added 8 new shades to their line of good-for-you all-in-one basecoat, treatment, colour and topcoat - new shades available are:
Almond Milk
You Go Girl!
Heaven Sent
Detox My Socks Off
Inner Glow
Morning Mantra
Pep In Your Step 

What makes these polishes unusual is their similar technology to contact lenses, which allows oxygen and hydration to pass through, along with a blend of argan oil, vitamin B5 and vitamin C to help promote nail growth, increase nail thickness and help heal damaged nails.

Available now for $11 each exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada.
- Lisamarie -