July 18, 2019

Makeup stays with a spray from Artistry, Joe Fresh and Catrice Cosmetics!

If the tropical-like temperatures we have been enjoying lately have been causing your makeup to go sliding off your face then a makeup setting spray will help keep things in place - a few to try out include:

Artistry Studio Makeup Setting Spray - 45ml - $28 - locks in that fresh, just-applied makeup look all day with a micro-fine mist that floats over skin to create a barely-there veil of boosted hydration and silky-smooth staying power - and of course the packaging is adorable - it's part of their Parisian Style collection!

Available from your Amway rep or online at amway.ca.
Joe Fresh Stay All Day Setting Spray - 100ml - $10 - A long-lasting setting spray that locks in makeup for extended wear.Long-Lasting. Sets makeup with a weightless feel. Helps makeup resist smudging, sliding, or fading.

Available at Loblaws and Real Canadian Superstores across Canada.
Catrice Cosmetics Prime and Fine Multitalent Fixing Spray - 50ml - $9.99 - a lightweight and quick drying beauty mist that improves makeup wear and provides a flawless, long-lasting finish that  can be used as a primer, a setting spray, or a makeup refresher throughout the day.

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

They also all make a refreshing pick-me-up as well when stored in the fridge!

- Lisamarie -

July 17, 2019

Eye Love Wednesday - Embryolisse Secret De Maquilleurs Lashes & Brows Booster

Embryolisse Secret De Maquilleurs Lashes & Brows Booster - 6.5ml - $45 - a daily care ritual to make the lashes stronger, longer, thicker and help to densify the eyebrows.

The colourless formula contains castor oil and arginine to strengthen and help to grow eyelashes and eyebrows - for stronger, longer, thicker lashes, and denser, fuller brows.

Apply daily in the morning and/or evening on clean, dry lashes and brows before applying makeup - it makes a great lash primer!

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

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Quo Dynamic Duo Mask Applicator and Vichy LiftActiv Hyalu Mask!

Quo Dynamic Duo Mask Applicator - $20 - with an innovative double ended design that makes applying masks quick and easy. One side has a lightweight, durable silicone head that is perfect for scooping the formula out of jars and spreading on an even, precise layer while the brush side is great for getting into small areas and applying liquid masks. Designed using innovative, easy to clean and quick-drying cruelty-free vegan fibers.

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

And what's my favourite mask to use it with right now?...
Vichy LiftActiv Hyalu Mask - 50ml - $59.99 - help skin recover from tiredness, uneven skin tone and fine lines with a 5-minute mask made to improve natural skin plumpness and preserve hyaluronic acid in the skin. The formula combines 2 types of hyaluronic acid for instant skin replenishment:  high weight HA - gives the skin a second “replumping” effect; while low weight HA - offers replenishment of the trans-cutaneous quantities of HA; along with agave extract - to stimulate the natural HA production in the skin.

Just apply a thin, even layer on clean, dry skin 3 times a week, leave on for 5 minutes and remove with a damp cotton - but do not rinse with water - for skin that looks soft and radiant in no time at all!

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

- Lisamarie -

July 16, 2019

Needful Things - Quo Highlight & Glow Palette

Quo Highlight & Glow Palette - $20 - a universal highlighter palette with six gorgeous shades that offer skin an all-over glow that looks like it's from within.

The powders are silky-smooth powders and easily blendable with colours so universally flattering, they also make the perfect eyeshadow wash.

Get the perfect glow by applying after makeup over the cheekbones, bridge of the nose,
cupid's bow, chin and inner corners of the eyes.

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

- Lisamarie -

July 15, 2019

Moisturize the Climate-Smart way with Pour Moi Skincare Day Creams!

What if you moisturized not for your skin type but rather for the climate that your skin was living in?

Pour Moi believes that's exactly what we should be doing and has introduced moisturizers with unique formulations that work in response to the features of 5 distinct climates: temperate, tropical, desert, polar and mountain - that optimize skin-saving results across a wide spectrum of weather elements, man-made conditions and pollution levels and work as barriers to protect the skin, depending on the temperature and humidity percentage in different regions.

Pour Moi Skincare Climate-Smart Day Cream - 30ml - $49.50 - with a unique combination of hydrators and emollients to counteract transepidermal water loss while peptides and botanicals, including white truffle, help address the premature signs of aging-fine lines, wrinkles and dull skin, helping improve the skin's surface with their rich anti-aging properties.

Available in five smart skin-balancing blends:

Temperate Day Cream: Temperate Climate Energized Beautifiers revamp skin in comfortable, baseline conditions, such as mild summer, spring, and fall seasons where temperatures
and humidity levels are average. Humectants like hyaluronic acid draw and trap moisture from the
atmosphere and promote an optimal moisture balance.

Tropical Day Cream: Tropical Climate Energized Beautifiers like hyaluronic acid, attract moisture from the humid atmosphere to keep skin hydrated without sticky effect. Coconut acid unclogs pores caused by high temperatures while agarikon mushroom extract soothes, nourishes and
prevents skin eruptions and shiny skin effect.

Desert Day Cream: Desert Climate Energized Beautifiers provide skin-saving results in an extreme environment with a hot and dry atmosphere. Cutting-edge hydrators help skin to reduce
water loss and lightweight regenerating oils, including squalane oil, create a thin barrier that helps retain moisture and amend the lipid barrier.

Polar Day Cream: Polar Climate Energized Beautifiers soothe the skin and provide a healthy barrier in extreme, cold and dry conditions. Humectants and emollients reduce water loss. shea butter hydrates and protects the skin while protective agents prevent redness and irritation.

Desert Day Cream: Desert Climate Energized Beautifiers help provide skin-saving results when temperatures are high (75°F - 120°F), humidity is low (5% - 45%), and when exposed to an extreme environment, such as strong sun, wind, air-conditioning and pollution during those hot and dry summers.

In addition to their specific ingredients, each formula is made of peptides, antioxidants and plant
extracts that fight the signs of aging due to biological or environmental factors, thanks to their anti-aging properties.

Picking a day cream has never been so easy - now you just change it when the climate changes -  whether geographic or seasonal - making life easier for those of us who live someplace with changing  seasons or those who like to travel!

I generally change the texture of my moisturizer depending on season but this makes it much easier - I'm in Toronto so it's Temperate in the spring, Tropical right now in the summer and Polar for the winter! I'm finding the Tropical formula nice and light and it's amazing how little I need to use - 2 drops is enough for my whole face and neck!

More info is available at pourmoiskincare.com and they are available to buy now in Canada at The Shopping Channel - tsc.ca.

- Lisamarie -

July 12, 2019

Dove Care Between Washes Coconut & Invisible Dry Shampoos

Dove Dry Shampoos perk up hair in-between washes by instantly absorbing oil and getting rid of the greasies with just a few sprays and brush strokes they leave your tresses looking and feeling clean and refreshed:

Dove Care Between Washes Fresh Coconut Dry Shampoo - 142g - $8.99 - refreshes hair with the scent of coconut and sweet lime.

Dove Care Between Washes Invisible Dry Shampoo - 142g - $8.99 - refreshes without visible residue making it great for any hair colour including darker shades.

The biggest mistake that people make with dry shampoo is not applying it correctly - spraying a layer over the top of your head is not going to do much good! What you want to do is lift sections of your hair and direct the spray towards the roots where the hair is the oiliest - massage through the roots and then brush thoroughly - for extra volume flip your head upside down while you brush and get ready for major va-va-voom!

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

- Lisamarie -

July 11, 2019

Avon 2-In-1 Lip Tattoo Lip Line & Fill Duo - with swatches!

Avon 2-in-1 Lip Tattoo Lip Line & Fill Duo - $15 - in 6 shades: Gnarly Nude, Pinup Plum, Misunderstood Merlot, Renegade Ruby, Inked Rose, Rebel Raspberry - a dual-ended, semi-permanent, weightless lip stain. that offers saturated colour and all-day wear with no smudging, feathering or budging! Infused with sunflower seed oil to help hydrate lips
Gnarly Nude
Rebel Raspberry

It features an ultra-fine lip liner on one end to outline and define and a felt tip on the other end to colour lips in. Application is very easy but I do find that the colour doesn't go on evenly as you can see from the pictures above - my fix was to add a layer of lip balm on top (I like the Avon Sun+ SPF 15 Lip Balm - $2) - not only does it help smooth out the colour, it also adds moisture. I don't find the product formula drying but it is so light that it doesn't really feel like there is anything on your lips at all which tends to make me want to lick them, and that of course is drying!

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

- Lisamarie -

July 10, 2019

Eye Love Wednesday - Klorane Waterproof Eye Make-Up Remover

Klorane Waterproof Eye Make-Up Remover - 100ml - $9.99 - ultra-gentle and rich in soothing and decongestant organic cornflower extract, this dual-action make-up remover instantly and fully removes all types of long-lasting make-up, including waterproof, without harsh rubbing while it strengthens eyelashes - all without leaving any oily residue.

With a hypoallergenic formula tested under ophthalmological control specifically developed for the most sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers that is free of detergent cleansing agents, silicone, paraben or phenoxyethanol.

Available at drugstores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Hard Candy Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer!

Hard Candy Glamoflauge Heavy Duty Concealer - $6.98 - in 14 shades: Ivory, Ultra-Light, Fair, Light, Light-Beige, Medium-Light, Nude-Beige, Medium-Warm, Medium, Tan, Honey, Caramel, Fawn, Honey - a full coverage, multiuse concealer that provides the ultimate in coverage.

It has a highly pigmented, long wear formula that creates a flawless canvas by covering blemishes, freckles, dark circles and even tattoos!

Best of all, the package includes a tiny shade matched pencil perfect for layering or getting into small areas.

Available exclusively at Walmart stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

July 9, 2019

Get your glow on with Pixi, Rodial and Quo!

Pixi On-The-Glow Multi-Use Moisture Stick - $24 - a travel friendly solid moisturizer that can be used on face, lips, body & hair to provide easy and targeted hydration. Formulated with a unique mix of vitamin D2 - a powerful antioxidant; ginseng - to revitalize and balance; and glycolic acid - to protect, treat and increase moisture levels immediately and longterm.
Rodial Vitamin C Glow Tonic - 200ml - $60 - an exfoliating and brightening tonic with a 5% acid complex and vitamin C that removes dead skin cells while simultaneously improving skin clarity and evening out skin tone for smoother, visibly younger looking radiant skin.

The formula contains: vitamin C - to boost radiance, illuminate and brighten the complexion; amino acids  - to condition and visibly even out the skin tone; lactic, glycolic and multi fruit acids - to gently exfoliate and improve the texture of skin; salicylic acid - to condition the skin whilst keeping it visibly clear to decongest and tighten pores; and vitamin B5 - to hydrate and deeply moisturize.

To use just moisten a cotton pad and wipe over face after cleansing every other evening.
Quo Glow Beauty Oil - $18 - a lightweight oil that works alone or underneath foundation for beautiful, glowing skin. For a subtle look add a drop or two to your favourite liquid foundation or apply alone as a base before makeup application for a luminous glow.

All available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores and/or select Beauty Boutiques across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.

- Lisamarie -

July 8, 2019

Teaology White Tea Miracle Drops

Teaology White Tea Miracle Drops - 30ml - $49 - a silky liquid infusion and revitalizing complex for the face and neck that in just a few seconds leaves the face suppler, more compact and moisturized.

The formula is an effective anti-aging concentrate that contains a precious white tea infusion, full of powerful antioxidant polyphenols, combined with a peptide complex that helps redensify skin tissue along with stabilized vitamin C which enhances the complexion's brightness.

It's ideal for all skin types - just apply morning and evening on face, neck and décolleté on its own (if you are oily - combination), or before your usual cream (if you are dry) and massage in gently with circular motions until completely absorbed. When used every day, the results are quickly visible with skin that appears fresher, smoother and more radiant.

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

- Lisamarie -

July 5, 2019

Fragrant Friday - Narciso Rodriguez Pure Musc For Her

Narciso Rodriguez’s signature Musc has been reinterpreted and refined with a disarming purity and a rich depth with:

Narciso Rodriguez Pure Musc For Her - 50ml EDP - $115, 100ml EDP - $148 - a powdery floral scent with a singular olfactive composition that includes a sublime heart of musc that is enhanced with a white floral bouquet of orange blossom while cashmeran lends warmth.

The scent is a warm floral - a little too floral for my taste but I am certainly impressed with it's staying power, especially in this hot weather when scents tend to fade really fast on me I could still smell it 6+ hours later!

I'm more a fan of the black and white bottle for it's modern  clean lines and pure form.

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

- Lisamarie -

July 4, 2019

Double up your sun protection with la Roche-Posay!

Fun sun fact: UVA rays represent 95% of UV rays and penetrate through
clouds and glass, making these rays damaging all year long and even when it doesn't seem sunny outside - these are also the rays that cause wrinkles and sunspots, making you look older so it's especially important to use a broad-spectrum product with a filtering system reinforced against UVA as well as UVB such as:

La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Melt-In Cream SPF 50 - 100ml - $29.95 - with a comforting, non greasy texture that melts quickly into the skin leaving it soft and velvety.

It's important to note that the SPF number indicates the UVB protection factor and is not a measurement of the time you can stay out in the sun without burning! Just remember that you should apply sunscreen 30 minutes before going out in the sun and then reapply every 2 hours - or more often if you are sweating excessively or go in the water!

And while I'm good for applying the cream before I go out, I don't have the time or patience to reapply cream once the 2 hours are up so I always switch to a spray formula to make things quicker and easier.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Mist SPF 50 Ultra-Light Mist - 155g - $32 - offers a non greasy, ultra-light, fresh, water resistant mist with  an easy to apply continuous spray for even application that penetrates quickly with an invisible finish leaving skin dry and clean.

Also great for layering over other products if you are especially sun sensitive or prone to missing areas with your cream!

Both available at drugstores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

July 3, 2019

Eye Love Wednesday - Lise Watier Dress Code Solo Eyeshadow

Lise Watier Dress Code Solo Eyeshadow - $24 - in 20 highly-pigmented shades with matte, satin and metallic finishes reminiscent of luxurious fabrics:

Metallic Finish: Boho Chic - light metallic rose beige, Stiletto - metallic intense pink, Cocktail - metallic golden copper,  Hot Pants - metallic intense rusted copper, Glam Rock - metallic golden taupe, Sequin - metallic smoked eggplant;

Matte Finish: Corsage - light warm beige, Loafer - light pinkish taupe, Crinoline - light baby pink, Twinset - medium taupe brown, Peplum - soft plum,  Tailored - dark cold brown;

Satin Finish: Dentelle - light beige, Strapless - warm beige, Retro - light steel blue, Urban - dual tone smoked purple, Faux Fur - dark brown/taupe, Blazer - dark cobalt blue, Romper - medium cold green, Perfecto - dark navy blue.

The vitamin E enriched, fragrance-free formula has a creamy powder texture that provides smooth application and impeccable staying power.

I do admire the look of an eyeshadow palette but let's face it, how often do you get a palette where all the shades are wearable so it just makes more sense to buy singles. I love Strapless (pictured) it is the perfect all-over wash for my usual lazy daytime look which I can then jazz up with Perfecto in the crease and as a liner to easily take it from day to night!

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

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Florale!

Nuxe’s iconic care product introduces a new scent containing a bright bouquet of floral and fresh notes including blossoming magnolia, grapefruit zest and white musk.

Nuxe Huile Prodigieuse Florale - 100ml - $46 - with the same dry oil texture and effectiveness on the body, face and hair.

The formula contains natural-origin active ingredients with seven 100% botanical precious oils: moisturizing tsubaki oil, repairing argan oil, nourishing macadamia oil, smoothing borage oil, moisturizing camellia oil, protecting hazelnut oil and softening sweet almond oil.

It's great all year round but I like it best in the summer because the texture is so light, it doesn't weigh down my skin making it feel hot and sticky and it's very multi-purpose:

Use on your face by itself or mix a few drops with your favourite moisturiser in the palm of your hand;

On your body, apply using circular movements (bust, legs, etc.) and over stretch marks; or

On your hair, it can be used as a hair oil on the lengths and ends as often as required. For intense conditioning, apply to your hair once or twice a week as a mask for 10 minutes before shampooing.

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

- Lisamarie -

July 2, 2019

Stila In The Buff Powder Spray

Stila In The Buff Powder Spray - 11g - $39 - in 3 shades: Illuminating - translucent with a subtle glow, Light/Medium - matte finish and Medium/Deep - matte finish - a microfine, loose setting powder spray that feels like spun silk with skin-loving, oil-absorbing ingredients that mattifys skin without making it look dry or illuminates it without making it look oily while it instantly smooths, blurs imperfections, sets makeup and leaves skin feeling silky to the touch.

Enhanced with silica and other oil-absorbers, it  keeps skin looking fresh for hours - no oil breakthrough and no cakey, heavy look or feel.

The innovative powder spray has a locking pump that makes it perfectly purse-friendly and portable. Simply spray the powder onto a brush or puff and buff into skin for a silky-smooth finish.

Finally loose powder that really is purse portable with no fear whatsoever of mess - my skin (and handbag) has so been waiting for this!

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

- Lisamarie -

July 1, 2019

Needful Things - The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Serum

Let's face it, skin just looks better when it's well hydrated and there is nothing better for that then  hyaluronic acid, naturally found in the skin to maintain hydration, it works like a magnet for moisture, helping cells retain as much of it as possible so that your skin feels and appears hydrated, plump and healthy.

Sadly, hyaluronic acid levels gradually reduce over time which can result in dullness, fine lines and uneven tone and texture - ensuring skin is hydrated is essential for healthy looking skin making hyaluronic acid a must have! Luckily it doesn't have to be an expensive ingredient - there are very affordable ways to get your hyaluronic acid fix that won't feel heavy on the skin during the hot summer months such as:

The Inkey List Hyaluronic Acid Serum - 30ml - $10.99 - helps to hydrate the skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles with hyaluronic acid, a powerful moisture-binding ingredient that works beneath the skin's surface and can hold up to 1000X its weight in water - leaving skin looking healthy and hydrated.

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

- Lisamarie -

June 28, 2019

Fragrant Friday - Scentuals 100% Natural Perfume Roll-Ons

Scentuals Perfume Roll-On - 9ml - $24 - 100% natural perfume roll-ons blended with essential oils to create 6 alluring scents:

Wild Rose - a beautifully dramatic and sensuous floral scent that is a classically romantic blend of the world’s finest 100% natural rose oils.

Soft Jasmine - a charming, alluring and luxurious scent that is the perfect balance of sweet, floral and woody and is scented with 100% natural jasmine, ylang ylang, rosewood and vanilla.

Ylang Meadow - a relaxing, balancing and harmonious scent that is the perfect balance of sweet, floral and citrus and is scented with 100% natural Madagascan ylang ylang and uplifting bergamot.

Vanilla Sunset - a classic, luscious scent that is the perfect balance of sweet, warm and citrus and is scented with luxurious 100% natural vanilla and tangerine.

Beautiful Champa - a delightfully tranquil and pleasant scent that is the perfect balance of floral, fruity and citrus and is scented with 100% natural champa, bergamot and sweet orange.

Neroli Twist - an elegant, subtly seductive scent that is the perfect balance of floral and woody and scented with 100% natural patchouli, ylang ylang and sweet orange.

All of the scents contain essential oils to refresh and scent the skin with a pleasant aroma, while providing aromatherapy along with omega-3 fatty acids to help rejuvenate the skin - and come in a compact roller-ball format that is portable and travel-friendly, making it easy to carry and to reapply on-the-go - just roll behind the ears, wrists or neck and enjoy the aroma!

Available at 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 -

June 27, 2019

Face up to sun protection with Avon Anew!

Avon Anew Hydra Fusion Daily Beauty Defense Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 - 50ml - $35 - with broad spectrum sun protection formula that is super moisturizing, glides on smoothly and is quickly absorbed.

Use it over your moisturizer if your skin is dry or if your skin is combination like mine, you might find that you don't need any extra moisture at all!

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

- Lisamarie -

June 26, 2019

Eye Love Wednesday - Ardell 3D Faux Mink Lashes

Ardell 3D Faux Mink Lashes - $10.99 - in 4 new and exciting 3D styles:

852 – Dark, flared lash with uneven lengths;
853 – Beautiful, lightly feathered lash, slightly longer in center to open eyes;
854 – Dark, full volume lash with uneven length and double layered curl; and my fave
857 – Flared with heavier lash volume on the outer edge of the lash to create a dramatic look

The lashes add volume and multi-dimensionality while maintaining the luxuriously lightweight feel and ultra-soft fibers that helped popularize faux mink lashes in the first place. Each 3D style provides medium to full volume on a knot-free Invisiband for a seamless look and comfortable wear and features finely tapered fibers and a delicate curl.

Available now at retailers across Canada including Walmart, Jean Coutu, London Drugs and Loblaws.

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Hadaka Blackhead Facial Mask!

Hadaka Blackhead Facial Mask - 50ml - $14.95 - provides for a deeper level of clean as it removes impurities from underneath the skin’s surface, working to expel excess sebum that clogs pores thus preventing blackheads. 

The formula is chock-full of natural bioactive ingredients including: activated carbon (bamboo charcoal) - removes dirt and build up and cleanses pores to reveal brighter, fresher and smoother looking skin;

oat extract - creates a protective barrier and promotes the retention of moisture with soothing and healing properties that decrease inflammation and redness;

grapefruit - high in antioxidants, which decrease unwanted signs of wrinkles, provide for relief from discolouration and can brighten the overall complexion of the skin;

vitamin B5 - increases hydration, softness and elasticity as it creates a barrier for water lost through the skin. It contains healing properties and protects and provides relief for itchiness and inflammation as it moisturizes, soothes, heals and regenerates the skin;

rosemary extract - improves overall skin complexion as it targets dark spots and blemishes with its anti-inflammatory properties - reducing redness, puffiness and swelling, as well as healing burns and soothing the skin;

calendula extract - beneficial to dry and damaged skin as it prevents it from thinning with anti-inflammatory properties that promote healing;

vitamin A - stimulates collagen production with antioxidant properties known to treat and prevent acne as well as promote cell turnover and exfoliate dead skin cells to produce new ones.

vitamin E - contains antioxidants that repair skin and help to lighten and smooth, promoting moisture and the regeneration of skin cells; and

citrus peel extract - revives dry and scaly skin as it cleanses and removes dead skin cells from the surface, stimulating new cell growth. It also has the ability to brighten skin.

It's easy to use: just apply an even layer to clean, dry skin, avoiding eye area, eyebrows, hairline and lips - usually most needed in the T-zone area where the skin tends to produce the most oil and where blackheads are visible or commonly found; allow to dry for 20-25 minutes then gently peel off mask starting from the bottom and pulling upwards; cleanse face of any residue with warm water and follow up with your usual moisturizer.

Manufactured in Canada using 100% natural, organic and fair-trade ingredients and available at salons across Canada as well as online at www.hadaka.ca.

- Lisamarie -

June 25, 2019

Physicians Formula The Healthy Powder SPF16

Physicians Formula The Healthy Powder SPF16 - $20.99 - in 12 shades organized by Light, Medium and Dark with Cool, Warm and Neutral tones: LC1, LW2, LN3, LN4, MC1 MW2, MN3, MN4, DC1, DW2, DN3, DN4 - in a convenient,  long-wearing, buildable and breathable formula that provides lightweight coverage with a healthy, satin finish that can be worn alone or with foundation for even more coverage.

Compatible with all skin types and featuring an exclusive brightening complex - with wu-zhu-yu extract and hyaluronic acid to hydrate, brighten and improve uneven skin tone along with an added boost of vitamins A, C & E to provide the boost skin needs to look its flawless, healthiest best and SPF16 to protect.

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

June 24, 2019

Age gracefully with Avène DermAbsolu!

Avène DermAbsolu doesn't want you to fight the aging process, but rather, to age as gracefully as possible with an anti-aging line that can be used on even the most sensitive skin - to leave it redensified, fuller and bursting with vitality; contours of the face are reshaped and facial volumes rebalanced with a complexion that is fresher and more vibrant.

Available in the collection:

Recontouring Serum - 30ml - $62.00 - revitalizes skin with a dropper format that delivers the perfect dose in just one press.

Defining Day Cream - 40ml - $58.00- redensifies skin with an innovative airless jar pump.

Comforting Night Balm - 40ml - $59.00 - with a rich balm texture to nourish and rejuvenate.

Youth Eye Cream - 15ml - $47.50 - with a hydra-nutritive texture and a metallic cool-effect massage applicator.

Available now in pharmacies across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

June 21, 2019

Fight curl droop with Live Clean Super Fruit Waters Quenching Curls Shampoo & Conditioner!

The worst thing about summer for curly hair is the high moisture level in the air that can make your curls go all droopy and of course frizzy - help combat it with: 

Live Clean Super Fruit Waters Quenching Curls Shampoo  - 350ml - $7.99 - with a moisture rich formula containing micellar water and a blend of certified organic extracts: watermelon seed, aloe vera and papaya - to cleans without stripping moisturizing while ridding hair of product build-up as it hydrates, nourishes and helps de-frizz.

Live Clean Super Fruit Waters Quenching Curls Conditioner - 350ml - $7.99 - provides just the right amount of curl hydration while taming the dreaded frizz to leave hair wonderfully soft and silky for light, buoyant, moisturized curls.

I don't have curly hair but I confess I've been using them just because I love the fruity smell so much!

And as with all Live Clean products, they contain biodegradable ingredients that are free of silicone, petrolatum, paraben, SLS, dye, DEA and phosphates with recyclable packaging.

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

- Lisamarie -

June 20, 2019

Neutrogena Hydro Boost for the body!

Neutrogena Hydro Boost brings their advanced facial hydration expertise to body care for clinically proven supple, hydrated skin. The dermatologist-tested, paraben-free, moisturizing formula is powered by hyaluronic acid, found naturally in skin and capable of holding up to 1000x its weight in water, to boost skin cells' hydration and then lock it in, resulting in smooth, hydrated skin.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Body Gel Cream - 453g - $17.99 - in formulas for normal to dry skin and a fragrance-free one for sensitive & dry skin replenishes skin - with a unique and ultra-light gel-cream formula that absorbs instantly with a non-greasy feeling and continuously releases moisture to give skin the daily boost of hydration it needs as well as help improve the look and feel of dry skin over time.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Whipped Body Balm - 189g - $10.49 - designed for dry to extra-dry skin - with an ultra-light, luxurious, velvety, non-greasy whipped texture that is fast absorbing to instantly boost hydration, helping to improve the look and feel of dry skin over time.

Neutrogena Hydro Boost Hand Gel Cream - 85g - $10.49 - a non-greasy, absorbs instantly with no residue to instantly quench and replenish dry, thirsty hands and moisturize for 24 hours, leaving them noticeably softer and smoother. 

Available at drug, grocery and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

June 19, 2019

Eye Love Wednesday - Kiss Professional New York Magical Ink Eyeliner

Kiss Professional New York Magical Ink Eyeliner - $13.49 - in 2 richly pigmented, waterproof shades: Blackest Black and Darkest Brown - a high precision liquid eyeliner with a super-fine and flexible brush tip for an effortless, precise application making it easy to create a variety of looks.

Available exclusively at London Drug stores across Canada and online at londondrugs.com.

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Masque Bar Rose Gold Foil Sheet Mask!

Masque Bar Rose Gold Foil Sheet Mask - 30ml - $3.99 - enriched with soybean extract, mushroom extract and witch hazel water to help nourish and hydrate skin. Offers a quick skin pick-me-up and takes just 10-20 minutes making it perfect to use when you need an extra boost before a special event!

Available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

June 18, 2019

Needful Things - Burt's Bees All Aglow

Burt's Bees All Aglow - $20.99 - in 2 bronzer shades: Golden Shimmer and Bronze Splash; and 1 highlighter shade: Opal Mist - instantly enhance the skin's natural sheen while providing a long-lasting sun-kissed glow with a 100% natural, lightweight and non-sticky formula that includes moisturizing coconut oil, jojoba oil, cupuacu butter and daikon radish extract in an easy to apply stick form that goes on smoothly and blends easily without a heavy or cakey feel to nourish and hydrate skin for hours.

Available now at drugstores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

June 17, 2019

Get double the protection for your skin from SkinCeuticals!

It's the perfect time of year to be thinking about your skin protection and what it means for your skin! You are probably already aware that most of visible aging is caused by environmental damage - mainly from the UVA and UVB exposure you get from the sun - but what you may not know about is infrared radiation (IRA) exposure which is what is responsible for accelerated skin aging - yikes!

Studies suggest that IRA penetrates the skin more deeply than UVA and UVB causing free radical damage which accelerates signs of aging. This means that ideally, not only do you need a daily sunscreen, but also something to protect skin from free radicals.

SkinCeuticals already has that covered with topical antioxidant serums that work below the skin's surface to neutralize UV and IRA induced free radicals which cause environmental skin damage such as fine lines, wrinkles, dark spots and lost elasticity. By strengthening skin's natural defense system against free radicals not blocked by sunscreens, they help protect the epidermal and dermal layers from the inside to correct visible premature aging.

You have a couple of choices: C E Ferulic - 30ml - $180 - increases firmness and replenishes lipids to reduce wrinkles and is ideal for dry, normal and sensitive skin; or

Phloretin CF - 30ml - $180 - diminishes hyperpigmentation and accelerates cellular renewal to help retexture skin and is ideal for oily, problematic and normal skin.

And of course you still need the sunscreen - great choices are: Sheer Physical UV Defense SPF 50 - 50ml - $46 - a weightless, mattifying fluid great for all skin types - even very sensitive, oily and acne prone. Or if you like to add a bit of tint try Physical Fusion UV Defense SPF 50 - 50ml - $46

Available medical and high-end spas across Canada or easily online at: https://beautysense.ca/brands/skinceuticals.html

- Lisamarie -

June 14, 2019

Fragrant Friday - Hugo Boss Bottled Infinite

The new fragrance from Hugo Boss believes that finding balance is the key to a happy life and to the perfect fragrance - introducing Boss Bottled Infinite, a new interpretation of the iconic Boss Bottled scent that combines a fresh burst of citrus with aromatic and woody notes to create a confident, sophisticated finish.

Hugo Boss Bottled Infinite - 50 ml EDP - $84, 100ml EDP - $103 - an energizing and sensual scent with  refreshing and sparkling top notes of mandarin and apple, spiced up by a hint of cinnamon and sage; warm, aromatic heart notes of patchouli, rosemary and lavender; and deep, smooth base notes of rich olive tree combined with sandalwood.

It's the kind of scent that I think of as sporty - fresh and a little spicy - the way I like men to smell!

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

- Lisamarie -

June 13, 2019

Quo Summer 2019 Collection

The Quo Summer 2019 Collection is all about glowing, healthy looking skin and lots of colour everywhere - eyes, face and lips!

Quo Face Brush - $14 - delivers precise blending with silky-smooth bristles that are velvet to the touch and a wide handle that fits easily into the fingertips for eff ortless application.
Palettes with perfectly paired shades that can be mixed and matched for a colourful ombre effect - in 2 shades:

Quo Ombré Eye Shadow Palette in Cotton Candy - $18 - combines pastel blue and purple shades for a shimmery summer-sky eye look.
Quo Ombré Eye Shadow Palette in Popping Peach - $18 - off ers pink and peach tones for a warm, neutral eye look.
A radiant blush and brozer palette that creates a sun-kissed, summer glow with gradient, shimmery shades that allow you to blend the colours for a true ombré look or use alone for a pop of
colour - in 2 shades:

Quo Ombré Face Palette in Dancing Lights - $20 - holds 1 bronzer and 1 cool-toned pink blush.
Quo Ombré Face Palette in Berry Beam - $20 - with 1 bronzer and 1 golden peach blush.
Quo Transforming Lip Kit - $16 - in two options that come with 1 cream lip stain and 1 strobe topcoat: Bright to Light Bubble Gum and Bright to Light Raspberry - can create a multitude of summer lip looks: layer the strobe topcoat over the cream lip stain; or use the topcoat by itself for a sheer iridescent, glossy look; or wear the cream lip stain alone for a bright pop of colour.
Quo Glow Beauty Oil - $18 - a lightweight oil that works alone or underneath foundation for beautiful, glowing skin. For a subtle look add a drop or two to your favourite liquid foundation or apply alone as a base before makeup application for a luminous glow.

Available now for a limited time exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

June 12, 2019

Eye Love Wednesday - Revlon ColorStay Looks Book Eye Shadow Palette

Revlon ColorStay Looks Book Eye Shadow Palette - $15.99 - in 5 shade collections containing matte, satin, shimmer and metallic finishes: Maverick - shimmering and matte browns, Enigma - shimmering and matte purples, Player - multi finish blues, greens and browns, Original - shimmering and matte neutrals, Insider - matte browns, purples and nudes - with a smooth, silky texture and highly pigmented formula for an intense color payoff in just one stroke that wears up to 24 hours.

The palette is tiny but that's actually what I like best about it - the ultra slim size makes it easy to throw in your bag for the gym, travel or to add intensity to take your look from day to night!

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Avon Anew Vitamin C Warming Peel!

Avon Anew Vitamin C Warming Peel - 100ml - $28 - an invigorating warming peel that visibly restores dull, tired skin to its natural radiance. It works with a warming sensation that is  activated with water which opens pores to remove impurities and a gentle dual exfoliator that combines vitamin C flakes plus seeds that buff skin as it's massage on.

Apply to cleansed, dry skin, leave on for 10 minutes, rinse, then apply a serum. Can be used 2 - 3 times a week as needed.

And to really up your Vitamin C game:

Avon Anew Vitamin C Antioxidant Lip Treatment - 3.8g - $20 - a colourless treatment that plumps, nourishes, conditions and protects lips to keep them looking youthful.

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

- Lisamarie -

June 11, 2019

Stila Lingerie Souffle Skin Perfecting Color & Skin Perfecting Primer

Stila Lingerie Souffle Skin Perfecting Color - 30ml - $49 - an  opulently-whipped, yet refreshingly lightweight, delicately tinted skin perfector that creates a translucent veil, allowing each one of 9 shades to cover a multitude of skin tones - with advanced pigments and light refracting particles to smooth, blur and even skin tone creating the optimal illusion - skin that looks naturally fresh and perfected.

The skin-loving formula with botanicals and over 70% water feels amazing - fresh and super  comfortable - this is going to feel so good on hot summer skin! And of course you have to love the packaging, so opulent, it will decorate any dressing table - it has a lot of heft to which makes it look great but also less practical to travel with.

You can also get the same look and feel in a primer:

Stila Lingerie Souffle Skin Perfecting Primer - 30ml - $47 - a multi-function gel primer that smooths skin and blurs imperfections, with the benefit of two finishes - either illuminating or bronzing.

 Available at Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca and stila.ca.

- Lisamarie -

June 10, 2019

Sanctum Men's has products worth stealing from the boy!

Another great brand from our friends in Australia has come along: Sanctum Men’s - a wellness brand that produces a variety of men’s holistic skincare and body products that are certified organic,  vegan and of course not tested on animals. The range combines ingredients with cosmeceutical levels of active vitamins, herbal extracts and essential oils grown predominantly locally while also supporting fairtrade producers in underdeveloped communities overseas for all ingredients needed outside of the local community capabilities.

I liked the sound of the line so I passed along a few of the products to my husband to try but ended up stealing this one back when I ran out of shave cream and promptly fell in love:

Sanctum Men’s Shave Gel - 150g - $13.49 - a 95% certified organic and 100% naturally derived, soap-free shave gel that is ideal for even the most sensitive skin and designed to lift the hairs on the face to achieve a closer shave. The formula contains soothing organic extracts including aloe vera leaf juice - to help calm reddened and irritated skin while essential oils including jojoba and cedar wood bark leave skin smooth, hydrated and nourished.

Not only good for men's faces, it also works great on our legs - I got a super close shave and my skin felt silky smooth and soft afterwards. I adore the cedar wood scent - which has me eyeing the Moisturizer from the line which has an amazing sandalwood scent... that will teach me to ever pass things along again!

There's a lot to feel good about with the brand, not only does Sanctum Men’s manufacture products using sustainably produced ingredients that are beneficial for the planet they have also now added a proprietary enzyme to all product tubes during manufacturing to ensure that they will breakdown in landfill within 5 years!

Available at drug health food stores across Canada such as: Rexall, Goodness Me and Healthy Planet  as well as online at Well.ca and AbundanceNaturally.com.

- Lisamarie -