September 23, 2019

Fight menopause's effects on the skin with Vichy Neovadiol Compensating Complex Densifying and Replenishing Serum!

Menopause may be a fact of life but that doesn't mean your skin has to suffer because of it. Restore the comfort and confidence you feel when skin looks great with the Vichy Neovadiol line - featuring  formulas that offset the cutaneous impact resulting from menopause.

And even without menopausal skin I still fell in love with one of the products from the line:


Vichy Neovadiol Compensating Complex Densifying and Replenishing Serum - 30ml -$59.95 - an advanced replenishing concentrate for mature skin that redensifies and redefines skin contours, providing freshness, radiance and a more even complexion.

It contains the 1st compensating complex of Hyaluronic Acid, Hepes and Pro-Xylane 3% able to reproduce the global benefits of the youth hormone (DHEA) on the skin along with soothing and fortifying Vichy Thermal Spa Water. The only textures specifically designed for mature skin in hormonal change, which combine comfort, freshness and gives instant radiance to the skin.

I'm all about the texture - a gel emulsion with golden micropearls and AQUAKEEP technology that feels so fresh and cool and the scent - hypoallergenic fragrances of apple, green tea, iris, jasmine and violet that makes it smell so delicious!

Also available in the Compensating Complex collection are day creams for normal to combination or dry skin as well as a night cream - all for $54.95 each.

Available at Vichy counters across Canada and online at vichy.ca.

With September marking the Menopause Awareness Month, Vichy Canada has launched No Pause At Menopause, a website devoted entirely to women’s physical, social, and mental well-being during this pivotal stage of life - a much need resource as many women don't know where to look for information concerning menopause!

From skin changes and skin issues, to nutrition and wellness, No Pause At Menopause addresses these topics through a plethora of articles written by dermatologists, gynecologists, dietitians, and endocrinologists including Canadian dermatologists Dr Genevieve Therien and Dr. Jennifer Beecker who will soon join the roster of female experts contributing to the platform.

- Lisamarie -

September 20, 2019

Say goodbye to dry hair with Phyto Phytojoba!

Phyto offers a newly updated  moisturizing care routine for dehydrated, dull and unruly dry hair - Phytojoba to intensely moisturize hair from roots to tips, without weighing it down providing lightweight softness and shine to dry hair.

The formula is rich in hydrating and beautifying jojoba - a  phenomenal plant, capable of drawing moisture from the depths of the arid land; and mallow extraction - renowned for its high concentration in mucilages which are capable of maintaining hydration at the heart ot the hair fiber -it also replaces water in the Phytojoba formulas to create unique active formulas.

Available in the collection:

Moisturizing Shampoo - 250ml - $20 - with a pearly jojoba milk light texture that gently washes the scalp, reinforces the hydrolipidic film and limits evaporation of moisture, hydrating dry hair to bring softness and shine, without weighing it down.

Moisturizing Mask - 150ml - $30 - with a rich texture that untangles and intensely hydrates dry hair, without weighing it down. Enriched with jojoba oil, it restores the hydrolipidic film and strengthens the hair fiber, thus protecting from dehydration.

Moisturizing Care Gel - 150ml - $30 - with a fresh, melting texture containing jojoba milk that hydrates and strengthens dry hair thanks to Hydra-Soin technology which forms a protective film on the surface of the hair and releases hydrating active ingredients into the heart of the fiber, making styling easy and offering a soft, silky finish.

Best of all, the entire line smells great with an irresistible coconut scent, refreshed by ripe peach and subtle warm and bewitching hints of vanilla and tonka bean - yum! And is good for you with a formula that is silicone, paraben and colourant-free.

Available at Murale and select Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca and phyto-canada.ca.

- Lisamarie -

September 19, 2019

Freeman Beauty Infusion Brightening Sheet Mask

Freeman Beauty Infusion Brightening Sheet Mask - 25ml - $3.99 - a concentrated serum-infused sheet mask perfect for all skin types boosted with vitamin C to help minimize dark spots and correct discoloration; along with hibiscus which instantly brightens, quenches thirsty skin and improves skin tone.

It's easy to use - just cleanse skin and remove makeup. Take the mask out of the package, carefully unfold and place the sheet on the face, keeping the eyes and the mouth free. Smooth and arrange mask to ensure the forehead, cheeks, nose and chin are covered. Leave on for 15-20 minutes and remove the mask. Let the skin absorb and receive maximum benefits from the excess serum by patting it into the skin - no need to rinse.

Use one as often as you need to give skin a boost!

Available at stores across Canada including  Walmart and Jean Coutu.

- Lisamarie -

September 18, 2019

Eye Love Wednesday - Mary Kay Chromafusion Eye Shadow and Petite Palette Bundles

Make a statement this fall with daring, pigment-rich, limited edition eye palette bundles:

Mary Kay Chromafusion Eye Shadow and Petite Palette Bundles -  $53 - in 2 shade collections:

Feel Fierce - explore warm, alluring neutrals with a stunning pop of colour in this vibrant palette.
Shades include: Rose Gold, Pomegranate (new), Hummingbird (new) and Onyx - make a great and interesting smokey eye too!

Radiate Confidence - play up modern neutrals with a punch of exciting colour in this empowering palette.
Shades include: Toffee (new), Golden Peach (new), Radiant Blue (new) and Mahogany - I love the blue for a fun and unexpected top liner!

Available now for a limited time through 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 -

This week I'm obsessed with... Boscia Thermal Black Cleanser and Quo Facial Cleansing Brush!

Boscia Thermal Black Cleanser - 150ml - $40 - a warming gel cleanser that heats up on contact with skin to effectively open and de-clog pores, deeply cleansing and detoxifing the complexion.
It has a gel texture that transforms into a gentle and effective lather to dissolve oil and makeup, rinsing away pore-clogging surface debris, impurities, and excess oil - to refine skin texture, brighten  clarity and minimize the look of pores over time.

And for the ultimate in deep cleansing pair with:
Quo Facial Cleansing Brush - $20 - designed to remove dirt, oil and sebum better than hands and water alone when paired with your favorite foaming or gel cleanser.

Just apply cleanser onto face and gently use brush to massage cleanser into your pores for a deep, ultimate cleanse.

You knew I was going to tell you that the Quo brush was available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada but here's some good news, you can also pick up your Boscia there now at the same time! Or find them both online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.

- Lisamarie -

September 17, 2019

Test Driving - Stila Hide & Chic Fluid Foundation

Stila Hide & Chic Fluid Foundation - 30ml - $51 - a liquid foundation that offers discreet, covert, medium coverage with a featherweight feel and natural finish in 30 shades:
Fair 1 - very fair skin tones with pink to neutral undertones, Fair 2 - very fair skin tones with yellow to neutral undertones, Light 1 - light skin tones with pink undertones, Light 2 - light skin tones with yellow undertones, Light 3 - light skin tones with pink undertones, Light 4 - light skin tones with neutral undertones, Light/Medium 1 - light/medium skin tones with yellow undertones, Light/Medium 2 - light skin tones with pink undertones, Light/Medium 3 - light/medium skin tones with neutral undertones, Light/Medium 4 - light/medium skin tones with yellow undertones, Medium 1 - medium skin tones with pink undertones, Medium 2 - medium skin tones with neutral undertones, Medium 3 - medium skin tones with yellow undertones, Medium 4 - medium skin tones with pink undertones, Medium 5 - medium skin tones with yellow undertones, Tan 1 - tan skin tones with yellow undertones, Tan 2 - tan skin tones with neutral undertones, Tan 3 - tan skin tones with red undertones, Tan 4 - tan skin tones with red undertones, Tan 5 - tan skin tones with yellow undertones, Tan/Deep 1 - tan/deep skin tones with neutral undertones, Tan/Deep 2 - tan/deep skin tones with red undertones, Tan/Deep 3 - tan/deep skin tones with yellow undertones, Tan/Deep 4 - tan/deep skin tones with red undertones, Deep 1 - deep skin tones with red undertones, Deep 2 - deep skin tones with yellow undertones, Deep 3 - deep skin tones with neutral undertones, Deep 4 - deep skin tones with neutral undertones, Deep 5 - deep skin tones with yellow undertones, Deep 6 - deep skin tones with neutral undertones.

The formula contains innovative silica-coated pigments that blur imperfections while the nutrient-infused formula with Irish sea moss - to improve texture and hydration, plant collagen extract - a combination of five roots and veggies to help firm skin and improve elasticity and baobab seed extract - helps defend and nurture skin - helps visibly smooth and refine for a more even-toned complexion.

What's notable about it is just how thin the formula is - which had me expecting sheer coverage at best but it's actually very customizable for everything from barely there to total flaw concealment - just remember is to shake really well before using. It's a pump formula which I like but because the formula is so liquid applying it directly to my brush got a little messy so I pumped it on the back of my hand and loaded my brush from there - half a pump is plenty for me for sheer to medium coverage or a full pump for medium coverage with a little extra in problem areas.

The shade selection is great, my perfect colour exists and I also don't find that it disappears during the day or melts off my face when the weather gets steamy so overall I am loving this new foundation!

Available at all Stila counters including select Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques and Sephora stores across Canada and online at stila.ca.

- Lisamarie -

September 16, 2019

Supplement the health of your hair, skin and nails with Viviscal, Nature's Bounty and Fountain! and

Viviscal Extra Strength Hair Nourishment System - 60 tablets - $59.99 - a 100% drug free, clinically proven supplement for women and men experiencing thinning hair to support healthy hair growth from within - now with a new formula!

The formula includes: Amino Mar C Marine Complex - the key active ingredient, along with biotin, iron and zinc - as well as:

Biotin - a water-soluble Vitamin B complex that helps the body to metabolize carbohydrates, fats and amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein and thus essential to the formation of the hair structure;

Vitamin C - a powerful antioxidant that helps to absorb more iron into the blood - derived from the Acerola Cherry, one of the richest sources of vitamin C available;

Iron - an essential mineral that helps to make red blood cells, which carry oxygen around to cells in the body, including hair follicles. Thinning hair can be one of the visible symptoms of anemia (iron deficiency).

You can expect full effects 6 months although most people notice a difference after 3-4 months with final results that should net you significant improvements in overall hair volume, thickness and scalp coverage after 3 to 6 months and a 125% increase in hairs after 6 months!

Just take 2 tablets daily for a minimum of 3-6 months (1 in the morning and 1 in the evening, taken with water after food). After that you can reduce your daily intake to 1-2 tablets daily in order to maintain optimal hair growth results.

Available at viviscal.ca and drug stores across Canada.
Nature's Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies with Biotin - 80 gummimes - $8.99 - provides a unique and delicious way to help maintain the good health of hair, skin and nails with just 2 gummies a day which contain 7.5mg vitamin C, 3.38mg vitamin E and 1250mcg biotin and helps:

the body to metabolize carbohydrates, fats and proteins;
in the development and maintenance of bones, cartilage, teeth and gums;
in connective tissue formation; and
in wound healing.

Just remember they are vitamins, not candy - which will be hard because that's exactly what they smell and taste like!

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.
Fountain - The Hair Molecule - 240ml - $35 - a concentrated beauty supplement with a liquid complex with each 2-teaspoon serving containing: 500 mg silicon, 20 μg biotin and a hyaluronic acid matrix to support hair from within to grow strong, healthy and full of shine and brilliance.

Just take two teaspoons (10ml) per day either directly or mixed with your favourite juice or beverage and look forward to a stronger and glossier pelt!

Available at Hudson's Bay and online at  http://fountain.co.

- Lisamarie -

September 13, 2019

Fine hair must have - Dove UltraCare Weightless + Volume Mousse Conditioner!

Dove UltraCare Weightless + Volume Mousse Conditioner - 198g - $8.99 - a lightweight mousse conditioner perfect for fine, dry hair that moisturizes hair without weighing it down leaving it nourished, smooth and detangled.

As all of us blessed with fine hair know - the more nourishing the product, the heavier the formula  seems to be. But fine hair demands something lighter that is still just as moisturizing - and this is it! Formulated with the lightest level of Dove Micro-Conditioning Complex technology, for all the  moisture without the weight!

It's easy to use, after washing hair, shake this foaming dry hair conditioner well to activate the foam formula. Pump a generous amount into the palm of your hand, then smooth evenly throughout wet hair, focusing mostly on mid-lengths to ends. Leave for just one minute before rinsing away for nourished, smooth hair - use daily for best results.

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

September 12, 2019

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Luminous Lip Crayon

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Luminous Lip Crayon - $27 - in a brand new bright fuchsia shade:  Healdsburg - named for the beautiful town of their Sonoma County Farm in California - as well as 7 already beloved shades: Montara - burgundy wine, Caramel - pale nude, Venice - nude beige, Malibu - nude pink, Pebble - pink rose, Laguna - pink rose, Salinas - rosy brown -combine the convenience of a pencil with the application of a lipstick in a jumbo-sized crayon design that provide beautiful, subtle shine and comfortable wear with a lightweight feel.

Summer parched lips will love the smooth, creamy texture thanks to the replenishing emollients in the exclusive Moisture Plant Blend (glycerin, betaine and phospholipids) that increases skin hydration and keeps lips soft and the Phyto-Pigments exclusive blend of rose, eggplant, moringa and eclipta daisy.

Available at Murale stores and select Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

September 11, 2019

Eye Love Wednesday - Lierac Hydragenist Hydra-Smoothing Eye Gel

Lierac Hydragenist Hydra-Smoothing Eye Gel - 15ml - $45 - a transparent fresh gel enriched with NMFs for an immediate rehydrating and smoothing effect.

It has a fragrance-free formula which makes it great for even the most sensitive skin and is based on the esthetic technique of tissue oxygenation, which combines biomimetic oxygen to stimulate cell oxygenation, with rehydrating hyaluronic acid to take care of those fine lines and wrinkles from dry skin along with a decongesting extract for puffiness and dark circles

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca and lierac.ca.

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Scentuals Vanilla Tangerine 100% Natural Lip Conditioner!

Scentuals Vanilla Tangerine 100% Natural Lip Conditioner - $4.49 -with organic shea butter - a superior moisturizer with remarkable healing properties; hemp oil - to nourish the lips while reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles; along with coconut oil, beeswax, cocoa butter, castor seed oil, jojoba seed oil and vitamin E.

What's best about it though is the scent - a  mouth-watering tangy sweet blend of vanilla and tangerine - and I hear there is a Skin Repair Balm Stick coming in the same scent - yum!

Available at select stores across Canada - to find one near you check out: https://www.scentuals.com/ca/where-to-buy - as well as to purchase online.

- Lisamarie -

September 10, 2019

Embryolisse BB Cream Complexion Illuminating Veil

Embryolisse Complexion Illuminating Veil - 30ml - $36 - a BB cream that is both skincare and makeup.

With a universal tone that conceals imperfections; mattifying powders and light reflecting pigments that blur pores and fine lines; hyaluronic acid to moisturize, plump up and smooth skin; and vitamin E - for antioxidant care - for a radiant complexion and soft and velvety skin.   

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca and embryolisse.ca.

- Lisamarie -

September 9, 2019

Aveeno Positively Radiant MaxGlow Serum and Primer

Aveeno Positively Radiant MaxGlow Serum and Primer - 45ml - $32.99 - a hydrating, illuminating face serum infused with a moisture-rich soy and kiwi complex that evens skin tone and creates a smooth, glowing canvas for makeup.

It has a lightweight, fast absorbing formula that is hypoallergenic, paraben free, phthalate free and non-comedogenic.

The super-light texture makes it perfect for layering and it does moisturize so if you have oily to combination skin you might find that you don't even need to add another moisturizer on top - either way expect it to enhance skin’s natural radiance for a lit-from-within glow and a healthy looking complexion.

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

September 6, 2019

OGX Active Beauty Green Tea Fitness Collection

Help recover exercise-weary strands with a fitness-inspired line from OGX - Active Beauty Green Tea Fitness - infused with rich in antioxidant green tea and refreshing lotus to keep hair feeling, looking and smelling fresh while adding healthy-looking shine!

Available in the collection:

Green Tea Fitness Shampoo - 385ml - $10.99 - refreshes hair with an extra cleansing blend to help extend time between washes.

Green Tea Fitness Conditioner - 385ml - $10.99 - boosts lightweight hydration to increase intervals between washes.

Green Tea Fitness Dry Shampoo Foam - 175ml - $10.99 - a quick drying foam that helps extend your style, soak up sweat and oil to add volume and keep hair looking, feeling, and smelling fresh with no white residue.

Green Tea Fitness Air Dry Cream - 177ml - $10.99 - helps keep strands refreshed and curls frizz-free with no heat while adding lasting moisture.

Available now at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

September 5, 2019

Love Beauty and Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Delicious Glow Body Lotion

Love Beauty and Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Delicious Glow Body Lotion - 400ml - $10.99 - provides 24 hours moisturization with rich, naturally sourced Amazonian murumuru butter - which comes from the white fat found in the nuts of the murumura palm tree which are known to be deeply moisturizing so it helps nourish, soften and protect against dryness and is scented with the freshness of ethically sourced, handpicked Bulgarian rose petals to leave skin luminous, soft and smelling oh-so gorgeous.

You can also feel good that this vegan body lotion is made with plant-based moisturizers and contains no parabens, silicones or dyes - to leave you and the planet a little more beautiful.

If rose isn't your thing there are a couple of other scent options: Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Luscious Hydration Body Lotion as well as Argan Oil & Lavender Smooth & Serene Body Lotion.

The brand is committed to acts of love with a goal of a carbon footprint so small it's like they weren't even here. Every one of their bottles is made from 100% recycled materials and are recyclable - and they are working on the same for their caps and pumps. Check out lovebeautyandplanet.com to learn more.

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

September 4, 2019

Eye Love Wednesday - Avon Glimmershadow Liquid Eyeshadow

Avon Glimmershadow Liquid Eyeshadow - $10 - in 8 shades and 2 finishes: Smoky Quartz - shimmer, Peach Sapphire - glitter, Bronze Age - shimmer, Rose Gold - shimmer, Fool's Gold - glitter, Jade - glitter, Iron Violet - shimmer, Ultramarine - glitter - with a silky, lightweight water-infused butter base that is buildable - from a sheer wash of glistening colour to full on glitter that blends easily and dries down smoothly. The formula is water resistant so it won't smudge, crease or move around - it stays all day to wow!

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

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... The Case Full Of Seoul - The Best Of Korean Skincare!

The Case Full Of Seoul - The Best Of Korean Skincare - $159.99 - makes it easy to discover all that K-Beauty has to offer with 8 skin-changing products - best when used together, each product has a purpose to target different skin concerns that work to unveil a flawless complexion.

This is a great way to introduce yourself to K-Beauty if you aren't already a fan. If you aren't familiar with the concept, Korean skincare is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach, rather than a one-off treatment it's where the secret to beautiful skin is knowing that it doesn’t happen overnight, but is rather a commitment to a daily routine that will deliver long-lasting results.

The set includes:

9 Wishes Rice Foaming Cleanser -  a micro-ground rice powder textured formula that
works to gently exfoliate away dead skin while cleansing away make-up and other impurities to
leave the skin bright and full of hydration thanks to its nutrient-rich rice water ingredients.

MayCoop Raw Sauce Mini - a toner and emulsion in one that intensely hydrates and revitalizes dull skin using ingredients that mimic molecules in human skin, such as maple tress sap, to help retain extra-high absorbency.

URANG True Rose Repair Essence - with a jelly-like texture containing organic Bulgarian rose water and rose essential oil for a cooling effect to calm down redness and re-energize sensitive skin.

Tov Camellia Wrinkle-Free Eye Solution - fills in fine lines and wrinkles in the delicate eye area with a formula of shea butter and macadamia nut oil.

MayCoop Raw Moisturizer - formulated with maple tree sap for the ultimate hydration experience, in a soothing complex that uses an oil/water balance to allow skin tissue to work as a barrier, absorber and regenerator.

Touch In Sol No Poreblem Primer - with a velvety smooth texture that creates a long-lasting, smooth canvas for flawless makeup application and contains a unique sebum catching powder that controls oil-production to keep skin from appearing greasy as well as minimizing the look of pores, wrinkles and uneven skin.

URANG Vitamin Oil Serum - hydrates and nourishes the skin with rosehip and jojoba oils that  penetrate deeply and provide a brightening effect while repairing the skin hiding discoloration and reducing fine lines.

I Woke Up Like This All-In-One Concentrate Treatment Mask - a tightly-woven microfibre fabric sheet mask with pearl powder, vitamin C and niacinamide to boost hydration that adheres perfectly to the skin for deep penetration of ingredients to provide a brightening effect and even out skin tone.
Along with the products are four different shorter beauty plans to accommodate every aspect of one’s lifestyle:

‘The Morning Glory’ plan for a quick everyday skincare routine to brighten up your day;

‘The Sleeping Beauty’ plan is to unveil the secret of the “I woke up like this” feeling.

the ‘Get Ready with Me’ plan is for whenever and wherever as skincare is the new makeup; and

the ‘Spa Sunday’ plan for when you want to be extra and Spa-ice things up!

Each plan is easy to follow with a step-by-step how-to no matter what your skincare needs might be that day or if you simply don’t have time for the full eight steps.

Available now at Costco stores across Canada (no Costco membership needed) and online at costco.ca.

- Lisamarie -

September 3, 2019

Nude by Nature Sunkissed Pressed Bronzer

Summer might be coming to an end but there's no reason to lose your sun-kissed skin thanks to:


Nude by Nature Sunkissed Pressed Bronzer - $30 - with a  feather-light, fragrance-free formula and soft universal shade that adapts naturally to all skin tones along with subtle golden luminous pearls and a neutral undertone, to all create the perfect natural tan with a radiant glow and a healthy, imperceptible finish.

The formula is made up of active natural ingredients, including the native Australian kakadu plum, known for its abundant vitamin C content and quandong to help provide antioxidant defense - as well as being enriched with moisturizing vitamin E, avocado and jojoba oils and shea butter to nourish the skin.

Especially handy is the mirrored compact that makes for easy application and touch ups on the go!

Available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca and nudebynature.ca.

- Lisamarie -

September 2, 2019

The key to younger looking skin - Vivier Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30!

Wouldn't it be amazing if there was one anti-aging product that would keep your skin looking healthy, prevent wrinkles and with faithful wear, make you look younger then you are?

That product already exists - sunscreen!

It really is a wonder product but the problem is that while most of us remember to wear it during the summer months, come Labour Day it tends to get put away and forgotten. This won't work, you have to wear sunscreen every day of the year, come rain or shine because the ultraviolet rays that are the cause of sun damage and skin cancer are always around regardless of the weather and even on cloudy days where there's no sun to be seen!

It's the easiest thing in the world to add to your beauty routine so start today and don't ever stop! And since sun protection comes in so many formulas and textures, there is one to suit absolutely everyone - I'm partial to:

Vivier Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 - 90ml - $64 - provides true broad-spectrum protection in a light, sheer formulation that absorbs quickly into the skin ultimately protecting it from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. Optimal for all skin types and ideal for daily use, it can be used alone, under makeup and even on sensitive skin.

Available at clinics and dermaspas across Canada - check out https://www.vivierskin.com to find one near you.

- Lisamarie -

August 30, 2019

Fragrant Friday - Watier by Lise Watier

Watier by Lise Watier - 50ml EDP - $85, 100ml EDP - $115, Body Veil Parfume - 200ml - $52 - an enveloping and unique fragrance with fresh and vibrant top notes of blood orange, pink pepper and bergamot to awaken the senses; a floral heart that reveals sensual hints of night blooming jasmine and turkish rose that interlace with the modern and assertive base notes of vanilla bourbon, sandalwood and musk.
I had a chance to chat with Michelle Defina, the creator and nose of the fragrance whose inspiration for it was to capture the spirit and modernize the ideal of what traditional luxury evokes for women. I was curious as to what it was like to create fragrances some of which wouldn't be to your own taste to which she replied that creating fragrances that you wouldn't wear yourself is part of the job but that it was a real joy to create Watier as it's a fragrance that she loves and would wear herself - I have to agree, it's beautiful and fabulous - sure to be a classic!

Available at Lise Watier counters across Canada and online at lisewatier.com.

- Lisamarie -

August 29, 2019

Easy travels with Ole Henriksen, J.R. Watkins, Lanolips, Carry Clean and Quo!

Whether you are gearing up for vacation, going back to school, stocking essentials to have at work or even hitting the gym - these must-haves are super portable and oh so useful!


Ole Henriksen Balance Babies Mattifying Oil Control Set - $55 - a four-piece skincare set contains: 28g Pore-Balance Facial Sauna Scrub, 30ml Cold Plunge Pore Mask, 65ml Balancing Force Oil Control Toner and 15ml Counter Balance Oil Control Hydrator - to control surface oil and improve the look of pores as well as fight dullness and uneven texture, without stripping skin.

With a pore purifying formula that includes: Green Fusion Complex (Green Tea, Eucalyptus, Algae/Kelp, and Irish Moss Extracts) - helps absorb excess oil and refine the look of pores; Snow Lotus and Alpine Willowherb Extracts - helps nurture and condition skin; and Salicylic Acid (BHA) + Glycolic and Lactic Acids (AHAs) - helps lift and loosen dead skin cells that clog pores.

Available at Sephora and sephora.ca.

J.R. Watkins Aloe & Green Tea Hydrating Face & Body Cleansing Towelettes - 30 pre-moistened towelettes - $7.29 - soothes and calms skin with a 98% natural formula containing olus oils to moisturize while fresh aloe and green tea extracts relax and restore.They also feature a clean, fresh scent of aloe and green tea that refreshes your skin and mood!

Available at well.ca.
Lanolips The Original 101 Ointment Multipurpose Superbalm - 15g - $23 - a multitasking, natural lip balm that locks hydration with the world's best lanolin that holds 200% of its weight in moisture.

Not only is it a great lip balm and base for lip colour, it goes everywhere else too! Apply to dry cuticles, cracked heels, or dry nasal passages. Use it to keep eyebrows in place; on windburn and cold-chapped cheeks; on dry, brittle nails; on paper cuts; or on insect bites. It's also a great beauty booster -  mix a tiny bit with foundation for a natural, dewy look or tap on top around brow and cheek bones to a little glow!
Available at Sephora and sephora.ca.
Carry Clean Dental Travel Pack - $3 - a convenient on-the-go travel kit that includes: a travel toothbrush that stays clean and dry in a ventilated storage handle, Colgate Total Advanced Health Professional Clean Toothpaste and 7 interdental piks.

Available at Walmart stores across Canada and online at walmart.ca.
Quo Minimalist Hanging Foldover Clutch - $24.99 - offers deluxe storage with 2 zippered compartments: 1 large spacious compartment with PVC window and the other with a mesh panel with a velcro, foldover closure and a loop so you can hang it up and free up counter space. The nautical stripes give it the perfect look for travel while the bright red interior lining adds a peppy attitude!

Available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.

- Lisamarie -

August 28, 2019

Eye Love Wednesday - Quo Tri-Tip Microblading Pen

Quo Tri-Tip Microblading Pen - $14 - in 4 shades: Warm Blonde, Warm Brown, Deep Ash, Cool Brown - for easy, perfectly precise brows that works for any brow shape.

It's easy to use: just shake well and apply to brows in hair like strokes, following the natural brow line until desired look is achieved.

Available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Hard Candy Glitteratzi Liquid Sparkler!

Hard Candy Glitteratzi Liquid Sparkler - $7.98 - an all-over glitter topcoat in 7 shades: Aurora, Star, Blaze, Confetti, Twinkle, Spark, Galactic - that can be applied to eyes, lips or anywhere you choose to dazzle - create a glitter highlight, glitter eyeliner, use on brows or in the center of lips to add pizazz.

Apply one coat for a sheer layer of sparkle or two coats for full-impact liquid glitter - it's great alone or adds a special something to other makeup!

Available exclusively at Walmart stores across Canada and online at walmart.ca.

- Lisamarie -

August 27, 2019

Add glowing colour with Marcelle Velvety Blush!

Marcelle Velvety Blush - $12.95 - in 6 shades: Dust, Blossom, Natural, Berries, Soft Coral, Pretty Pink - with superfine pigments and a soft, velvety texture for an irresistibly soft and easy-to-blend application and a natural, radiant finish.

Quickly wakes up tired looking skin by adding to the apples of the cheeks, or more dimension, apply a lighter shade to the apples and a darker shade to the hollows of cheeks. I love the Soft Coral shade, universally flattering on pretty much everyone for a soft, healthy glow.

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

- Lisamarie -

August 26, 2019

Eliminate dull, lacklustre skin with Eve Lom Radiance Face Oil!

Eve Lom Radiance Face Oil - 30ml - $104 - a powerfully concentrated, yet lightweight, hydrating oil

The formula was developed with a blend of moisturizing hemp seed oil - rich in antioxidant properties and essential fatty acids to moisturize the skin without being greasy; conditioning abyssinian oil - conditions the skin leaving a smooth and supple look as well as helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; avocado oil - packed with essential natural fatty acids to soften and moisturize the skin; amino acid-based emollient - a ceramide-like emollient that moisturizes and improves skin hydration while enhancing skin barrier function; vitamin C - an antioxidant which fights free radicals and helps to even skin tone for a brighter complexion; extract of  paracress - a remodeling active that enhances skin density and firmness; and sunflower seed oil/rosemary leaf extract -  a powerful antioxidant that leaves skin feeling soothed, smoothed and well conditioned.

It feels luxurious on the skin and even smells fancy thanks to the light scent of rose otto oil of Bulgaria!

Available at Murale as well as select Shoppers Drug Mart and Sephora stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.

- Lisamarie -

August 23, 2019

Instant hair nourishment from Wella Invigo Nutri-Enrich!

Wella presents Invigo Nutri-Enrich - perfect for dry or damaged tresses looking for instant nourishment, smoothness and hair full of vitality!

The formula contains panthenol - to provide moisture and nourishment, vitamin E - to protect from further stress; and goji berry - known to be extremely rich in vitamins, minerals and peptides.

I'm a fan of the whole line but have a special place in my heart for:

Nutri-Enrich Wonder Balm - 150ml - $18.50 - with an extra rich, leave-in formula that melts into the hair, penetrating the fiber to provide instant deep nourishment for smoothness, manageability and movement. It's easy to use, just apply to damp hair lenghts and ends and style as usual. As an added bonus it makes my hear smell great too!

Also available in the collection:

Nutri-Enrich Deep Nourishing Shampoo - 250ml - $16.50 - nourishes dry or stressed hair leaving it full of vitality.

Nutri-Enrich Deep Nourishing Conditioner - 250ml - $17.50 - instantly moisturizes dry stressed hair for nourished hair full of vitality.

Nutri-Enrich Deep Nourishing Mask - 150ml - $18.50 - deeply replenishes and moisturizes dry and stressed hair with a nutri-enrich complex.

Nutri Booster - 100ml - $18.50 - revives dry and dull hair into nourished and luscious locks.

Available at professional salons and online at wella.com.

- Lisamarie -

August 22, 2019

Lierac does a body good!

Looking to help combat the effects that a summer's worth of sun, wind, water and sand have had on your skin? Then check out:

Lierac Body-Nutri+ Anti-Dryness Body Lotion - 400ml - $35 - a lightweight, melting and non-sticky lotion for sensitive, dry skin that replenishes lipids and combats dryness while soothing skin and relieving tightness with a forula of 7% urea, safflower oil and shea butter for 48-hour hydration.

Lierac Body-Hydra+ Micropeeling Scrub - 200ml - $33 - resurfaces, smooths and evens out dry, rough, dull skin to leave it 100% renewed. Designed to facilitate massage and make it more comfortable to use thanks to a formula enriched with plant-origin, lipid-rich coco-glucoside, which provides immediate hydration, even after rinsing for skin that looks softer and plumper. It also doesn't hurt that it smells great: orange blossom, gardenia, and frangipani flower release a feminine and addictive fragrance.

Lierac Body-Hydra+ Plumping Milk - 400ml - $35 - with a fresh and ultra-lightweight active texture that forms a mesh on the surface of the epidermis for high-performance and long-lasting hydration and immediately replumped skin. The lotion has a concentrated hydra-plumping complex, which combines the actions of two hyaluronic acids: one provides immediate surface rehydration; while the other is gradually released for a deep-down, long-lasting plumping action for 48-hour rehydration - as well as being enriched with silicon and hibiscus extract, for their toning and smoothing properties.

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at lierac.ca.

- Lisamarie -

August 21, 2019

Eye Love Wednesday - Revlon So Fierce Mascara & Vinyl Eyeliner



Revlon So Fierce Mascara - $11.99 - in 3 shades: Blackest Black, Black and Blackened Brown - with a clump free, smudge proof, flake free formula for over-the-top length and volume for the boldest lashes ever.  Infused with a special blend of paraffin and rice bran waxes to  quickly build length and definition while lash lifting polymers extend and magnify with a molded, tapered wand that has 252 multilayered bristles that comb and grip each lash from root to tip for fierce length and dense, lifted eye lashes.

Revlon So Fierce Vinyl Eyeliner - $11.99 - in 6 shades: Midnight Mystery - black, Force of Steel - silvery charcoal, Mighty Mocha - deep chocolate brown, Powerful Plum - black violet, Righteous Rum - burgundy, Royal Blues - cobalt - with long wearing, waterproof gel formula that lasts up to 16 hours and a  pointed tip that makes it easy to create detailed, defined lines for glossy, high-pigment looks.

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Teaology Matcha Fresh Cream!

Hot, sticky and humid weather calls for a moisturizer as refreshing as a sorbet such as:

Teaology Matcha Fresh Cream - 50ml - $49 - a fast-absorbing gel-cream that contains a double hydrating complex which acts to simultaneously top up moisture reserves and maintain a perfect hydrolipidic film with a cocktail of antioxidants, amino acids and peptides to boost the skin’s hydration mechanisms and stimulate its natural defenses.

The formula features a matcha green tea infusion, with exceptional levels of antioxidant catechins - to protect from dryness caused by environmental stressors such as urban pollution; a double-hydrating complex - for 72hr hydration; hyaluronic acid - to moisturize and  plump skin; açai, blackcurrant and ginger extracts - to nourish and revitalize; and green tea extract - to purify.

Available at Murale and select Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques across Canada and online at: beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.

- Lisamarie -

August 20, 2019

Create the perfect custom tinted moisturizer with Shiseido and Joe Fresh!

I'm a big fan of tinted moisturizer in the summer and due to the general lack of fair shades available, have long been used to creating my own which isn't always easy - the texture of both the moisturizer and foundation is important and need to be just right so that they mix together seamlessly to give you that perfect no-makeup look while adding just enough moisture to make skin feel refreshed without feeling heavy or cakey!

During one of my recent experimentations I discovered two products that marry together beautifully:

Shiseido White Lucent Day Emulsion SPF 23 - 50ml - $92 - a dewy brightening moisturizer with a light lotion texture that visibly brightens the skin by improving the appearance of dark spots,  unevenness, dullness, while protecting against UV rays and pollutants and providing all day moisture to improve the appearance dryness and fine lines.

Available at Shiseido counters across Canada.

For a perfect, glowing complexion, I dispense the moisturizer to the back of my hand and mix in a quarter pump of:

Joe Fresh Hydra-Stay Liquid Foundation - 28ml - $16 - in 4 shades: Porcelain, Bisque, Sand and Almond - with an ultra-moisturizing, lightweight tinted formula enriched with argan oil which provides nourishment to the skin and provides medium coverage with a demi-matte finish.

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

August 19, 2019

The 2 best facial cleansing oils that you can't buy (and one you can) from Simple, Neutrogena and Burt's Bees!

there's nothing like a cleansing oil to easily rid the skin of dirt and makeup but as it seems that every beauty product I fall in love with is discontinued - my two favourite and extremely reasonably priced cleansing oils are no exception - if you find them kicking around anywhere I highly recommend you snag them while you can!


Simple Hydrating Cleansing Oil - 125ml - $10.99 - with a light-textured gentle, soothing 100% natural grapeseed oil formula enriched with skin-loving vitamins that easily dissolves makeup and deeply cleanses pores without irritation and easily rinses off to leave skin cleansed, hydrated and soft with no greasy finish or sticky residue.

As well, it contains no upsetting colours, dyes or artificial perfumes making it perfect for even sensitive skin.
Neutrogena Ultra Light Cleansing Oil - 133ml - $15.99 - with an ultra-lightweight formula that is a blend of fine oils that act like a magnet to effortlessly and effectively extract oil and impurities from the skin as well as removes make-up, even waterproof mascara without stripping, leaving skin clean and feeling soft with no greasy residue left behind.

Both products seem to have been discontinued in Canada but I am still seeing signs of them in the States so be sure to pick them up on your next cross-border trip!

Or stay closer to home and try out my latest find:

Burt's Bees Cleansing Oil with Coconut & Argan Oils - 177ml - $16.99 - gently removes dirt and makeup and softens skin with a 100% natural formula of a unique blend of natural moisturizers and antioxidant rich ingredients, including coconut and argan oils to help keep skin soft, clean, and beautifully nourished without leaving an oily residue. Best of all, it's dermatologist-tested and contains no parabens, phthalates, petrolatum or SLS.

Available (no, really) for your cleansing pleasure at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

August 16, 2019

Fragrant Friday - Chloé Eau De Parfum

Celebrate 10 years of Chloé and rediscover this beautiful classic with a special rose so integral to the scent:

Chloé Eau De Parfum - 50ml EDP - $122, 75ml EDP - $154 - embodies the timeless beauty of the Chloé rose but is also so different because new facets of its natural scent are enhanced by every ingredient that is combined with it:

Peony, lychee and freesia - highlight its green freshness and fruity side;

white musk - brings out its velvety, powdery notes;

while a lingering amber scent - reveals its sweet, woody undertones.

And of course you can't forget the bottle which embodies the style of the fashion house - with a streamlined allure from the geometric cube which is softened by an oval stopper and romanticgrooves that evoke the Fortuny pleats that is emblematic of the Chloé style.

Available at Hudson's Bay, Jean Coutu, Sephora and Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

August 15, 2019

Roll your troubles away with Avon Pure Roll-On Essential Oils

Avon Roll-On Essential Oil - 10ml - $22 - in 5 Canadian made formulas that are paraben, gluten, phtalate and sulfate-free - to make you feel good naturally:

Take the edge off with De-Stress - the perfect blend of calming and relaxing essential oils that will transport you away from the stresses of everyday life.

Beat that mid-afternoon slump with Energize - a specially crafted scent to help you feel refreshed and energized - like sunshine in a bottle.

Save your aching head with Head-Aid - with a blend used in aromatherapy to help relieve headaches so you can carry on with your day.

Start fresh with Detox - with a fresh and fortifying aroma that will awaken your senses.

Fix where it hurts with Aches Away - with a blend used in aromatherapy to help relieve muscle pain associated with strain.

Just apply the oil directly to the skin in the appropriate area and prepare to feel better!

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

- Lisamarie -

August 14, 2019

Eye Love Wednesday - Rimmel Wonder Wing Eyeliner

Enhancing eyes with a precise wing or flick used to be my ultimate beauty challenge - but no longer thanks to: 

Rimmel Wonder Wing Eyeliner - $9.98 - an innovative felt tip eyeliner that quickly gives a perfect, symmetrical cat’s eye with a  unique applicator.

It's the perfect beauty cheat - use the tip of the pen to line the eyelid with true black colour. Then turn the liner on its side and press the stamp applicator onto the outer corner of the eye… you’re left with the ideal flick that’s symmetrical on both sides. Best of all, the intense, smudge-proof colour lasts all day and night for wonder wings with staying power!

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Burt's Bees Hydrating Sheet Mask!

Burt's Bees Hydrating Sheet Mask - 9.35g - $4.99 - with a 99% natural formula infused with clary sage - to instantly moisturize, balance pH and improve the texture of  skin and extracts from plants and flowers - which  help to promote healthy skin and effectively keeps the skin hydrated, revitalized, and radiant.

It's super easy to use, simply lift the mask from the pouch, apply mask to clean skin, wait 5 to 10 minutes and gently remove - instantly skin feels soft and supple.

Good for all skin types craving some extra moisture, they are dermatologist tested and contain no parabens, phthalates or petrolatum.

Available at drugstores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

August 13, 2019

Get skin that glows with Fresh, Revlon and Nude by Nature!

Fresh FreshFace Instant Glow Luminizer - 30ml - $50 - in 2 universal shades: Starlight - starlit glow and Sunset -  sun-kissed glow - a sheer illuminating cream that imparts a natural-looking “no-makeup” glow to all skin tones while moisturizing for a soft, radiant complexion. Can be worn alone, over makeup or as a highlighter - the lightweight luminizer delivers instant glow to the complexion.

The formula is enriched with moisturizing meadowfoam seed oil; soothing cucumber extract; vitamin C - helps to tone; vitamin E - helps to soften; and evening primrose root extract - helps to keep skin supple and smooth - along with microshimmer particles that create a subtle luster.

Available at Sephora and sephora.ca.
Revlon PhotoReady Rose Glow Hydrating + Illuminating Primer - 30ml - $17.99 -  a water based primer with an ultra-light, fast absorbing formula infused with pearlescent, quartz and hydrating oil beads that preps skin for easy foundation application while boosting skin radiance and leaving it feeling moisturized for up to 24 hours. I especially like the dropper applicator that makes it easy to apply as much or as little product as I want!

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.
Nude by Nature Sheer Light Illuminator - 30ml -  $32 - a versatile, easy-to-use natural formula  with skin calming ingredients that blends flawless over makeup to instantly illuminate the complexion; as a primer to provide luminosity to the skin or mixed into liquids to add a subtle glow.

Available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.

- Lisamarie -