April 30, 2018

The Body Shop Roots Of Strength

Unveil your skin's strength with a new line from The Body Shop - Roots Of Strengthenriched with 3 root extracts: ginger from Madagascar - for plumping, ginseng from China - for firming and ruscus from Europe - for stimulating along with Community Trade soya oil from Brazil.

Available in the collection:

Firming Shaping Essence Lotion - 160ml - $22 - a refreshing and lightweight daily essence lotion that combines the lightweight freshness of water with the comfort of a moisturizing gel for skin that is instantly replenished with moisture and comfort. Use after cleansing to activate  skin before using the serum.

Firming Shaping Serum - 30ml - $42 - with a lightweight silky texture that leaves skin feeling smoother and refined, wrinkles appear less visible and signs of aging reduced and skin feels more plumped, firmer and denser, as if re-shaped.

Firming Shaping Cream - 50ml - $34 - a rich yet non-greasy cream that leaves skin feeling comfortably moisturized, firmer and denser - fine lines appear reduced and skin feels strengthened and plumper.

 All products have a 100% vegan formula that doesn't contain mineral oil, paraffin or silicones.

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

- Lisamarie -

April 27, 2018

Design.Me Hold Me Three Ways Hairspray

Design.Me Hold.Me Three Ways Hairspray - 330ml - $22 -  a unique adjustable hairspray that offers 3 levels of support in 1 can. Just adjust nozzle to desired control level - light, medium or high and spray on hair in short bursts.

Light finish is great for beachy waves, to take flyaways and for after blowdrying;
Medium finish to help sleek and flat, pre-curl set and style shaping;
High finish for updos and braids, tight wand curls and slick looks.

With a hair-loving, sulfate, salt and paraben free formula that has UV protection and won't flake.

Available at Trade Secrets and select salons across Canada - check out https://designmehair.com/salon-locator/ to find one near you.

- Lisamarie -

Fragrant Friday - Coach Floral

Coach Floral - 50ml EDP - $92, 90ml EDP - $118 - a delicate feminine scent with top notes of citrus, effervescent pink peppercorn and radiant pineapple sorbet; fragrant heart notes of tea rose, jasmine, sambac and gardenia; and base notes of elegant creamy wood, patchouli essence and crystal musks.

It's a positive and uplifting scent meant to evoke the lightness of spring and summer - and it really does - along with the tea rose charm and rose gold finishes including hangtag it practically screams that the warm weather is finally here and please wear me with a pair of strappy sandals!

Available now at Hudson's Bay, Shoppers Drug mart, Jean Coutu, Uniprix, Brunet, Murale and London Drugs.

- Lisamarie -

April 26, 2018

Proraso Green Tea & Oatmeal Shaving Cream

Proraso Green Tea & Oatmeal Shaving Cream - 150ml - $12.50 - offers great protection for sensitive skin with a rich, creamy lather to prepare skin prone to irritation for a close shave without razor burn.

Containing oatmeal and green tea to  soothe and protect inflamed, sensitive skin it helps get a softer, closer shave and slower hair growth so you don't have to shave as often.

It also smells great, featuring a hint of the light, refreshing scent of lime and apple.

For best results you should use it like a barber: apply one coat of lather with shaving brush, shave in hairs direction, up-down, only once, just to get rid of the roughness - then, reapply another coat of later with the shaving brush and then shave against the grain - with this method you'll get a lot less cuts, in-grown hairs and irritation plus a closer shave!

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

Add radiance and glow with a sheet mask from Masque Bar, Avon and Blitz Facial Bar!

If you haven't jumped on the sheet mask bandwagon yet, you are missing out! Originating from South Korea, sheet masks are made of different materials such as paper, silk, fiber or gel and are  packed with a variety of highly concentrated serums that contain various types of vitamins, anti-oxidants and hyaluronic acid. The advantage of a sheet mask is that the sheet contours to the face like a second skin for consistent, more even and better release of vital nutrients into skin and also  provides a barrier, which prevents the active ingredients from evaporating. 
One of the things I love sheet masks most for are instant brightness - 20 minutes with one of these babies on your face and you will glow!

Masque Bar by Look Beauty Brightening Sheet Mask - 3 masks - $9.99 - contains orange extract, licorice root and Vitamin C to brighten, correct and illuminate skin.

Other types available include: Wrinkle Reducing, Pore Refining and Anti Blemish.

Available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada.

Blitz Facial Bar Radiance Mask - 26ml - $15 - formulated with grape stem cell extract, Vitamin B3, allantoin, liquorice, hyaluronic acid and enzyme extract to aid in cell regeneration and diminish dark spots and pigmentation.

Other types available include: Plumping Collagen and Vitamin C.

Available at Blitz Facial Bar salons and online at blitzfacialbar.com
Avon Anew Brightening Sheet Mask - 4 masks - $30 - with white pearl essence for skin that looks radiant, refreshed and feels instantly nourished with rich hydration.

Also available in Firming with Royal Jelly Essence for skin that looks firmer, toned, lifted and feels instantly nourished with moisture.

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

- Lisamarie -

April 25, 2018

Eye Love Wednesday - Avon Anew Platinum Eye & Lip Cream

Avon Anew Platinum Eye & Lip Cream - 15g - $45 - a dual-purpose treatment for eyes and lips  formulated with Paxillium Technology to boost the production of paxillin by 60% and help restore youthful cell shape. 

What's really nice about this cream  is you don't have to wait forever to see results - in just 3 days, the skin around the eye area looks and feels more elastic and deep lines above and below lips visibly fill in. In 2 weeks, it smoothes the look of thin, wrinkled skin on eyelids and the contour and shape of lips is visibly improved.

It also comes with a dual-tip precision applicator - with a rounded silvery tip on one end that helps cool and refresh eye area; and a flat tip on the other end that evenly applies cream on and around lips. 

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

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Make-Up Removing Wipes!

Neutrogena Naturals Purifying Make-Up Removing Wipes - 25 wipes - $12.99 - for complete makeup removal powered by nature these bio-degradable wipes are made with renewable fibers from sustainably-managed forests and a 95% naturally-derived formula infused with Peruvian Tara Seed Bionutrient - and no harsh chemical sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals, dyes or phthalates - to completely remove dirt, oil and makeup in one simple step that's gentle enough for sensitive skin and eyes and won't leave any greasy residue behind.

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

- Lisamarie -

April 24, 2018

Physicians Formula Organic Wear Bright Booster Oil Elixir

Physicians Formula Organic Wear Bright Booster Oil Elixir - 30ml - $19.99 - with a lightweight and fast-absorbing texture that melts into the skin, leaving a smooth, non-sticky finish, leaving skin silky, soft and never greasy. 

The high-performance formula is made up of 100% natural origin ingredients that are 99.5% organic and free of harsh chemicals, synthetic solvents, polymers and perservatives and features a proprietary Bright Boosting Blend loaded with natural antioxidants including mongongo oil and rhodiola extract to promote beautiful skin instantly and long-term with continued use. 

Not only is it a great moisturizer that could be layered with your usual moisturizer if you have dry to normal skin or used on it's own if you are oily - it also makes a great primer - makeup just slides on and looks great when you use it as a base!

Available now at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

TIPS Nail Bar takes on Toronto's West End!

East end girls needing their manicure fix don't need to hoof it to the east end anymore - TIPS Nail Bar has just opened a west end location at 1243 Dundas Street West!

Owner Leeanne Colley has done good with the new location - all sleek and funky with black and white decor and a very fun feature - Toronto's first permanent "Mani-Cam" so you can snap a pic of your amazing new manicure and e-mail it to yourself or anyone else you want to make jealous! You can see it in the middle picture above along with my mani-cam snap on the left as well as a close up of my cherry blossom nail art on the right.

The TIPS girls never disappoint - from a simple polish change to complicated nail art they can turn a vague explanation of what you think you want into exactly what you had in mind - and don't worry if you have a fave nail artist at the Danforth location but prefer the new Dundas shop - the artists will be rotating between locations so you will still see their friendly faces in the new space!

Make an appointment for your spring mani or any of their other services that include facials, microblading and waxing at 416-405-8477 or online at tipsnailbar.ca.

- Lisamarie -

April 23, 2018

Clarins presents the next generation of extra-firming!

Clarins introduces a firming expert duo aimed at women in their 40s that reduces wrinkles, firms and lifts as it evens the complexion, adds hydration and comfort and fights pollution and free radicals. The formula contains powerful plant extracts that offer short-term and long-lasting benefits including kangaroo flower, the main active ingredient, that helps to preserve the skin’s youthful look and gives it some "bounce".

Clarins Extra-Firming Day - 50ml - $88 - an anti-aging day cream with a silky, melting texture for visibly firmer, smoother, and younger-looking skin. 

Day after day, it works to help skin look more youthful - wrinkles are visibly reduced, facial contours appear sculpted and features appear refreshed.  

Clarins Extra-Firming Night - 50ml - $93 -  an anti-aging night cream with an enveloping, comfortable, melting texture that firms the look of the skin and reduces the appearance of wrinkles while you sleep. 

Night after night, it works to regenerate the look of skin, making it appear firmer and reducing the appearance of wrinkles so that skin wakes up looking radiant and more even. 

I must admit, my favourite thing is the light fragrance, with notes of rose and camellia it leaves a soft, fresh sensation on the skin.

Available now at Hudson's Bay and Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at clarins.ca.

- Lisamarie -

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 -