November 12, 2019

Quo 2019 Holiday Collection

As far as I'm concerned it's not really holiday time until the Quo Holiday Collection comes out - and they've really outdone themselves this year! Admire all the pretties and start making your list:

All About Eyes - $65 - create endless looks with a diverse collection of 52 eyeshadows, 5 glitter eyeliners, and 5 eyeliner pencils.
Lip Gloss Trio - $10 - includes three beautiful shades of lip gloss that compliment any makeup look.
Pucker Up Lip Gloss Set - $20 - contained in a large beauty cracker are 8 gorgeous and on-trend shades of lip gloss.
Matte Lip Crayon Set - $20 - set includes 8 trend colours to suit every mood that are great for on the go touch-ups.
Party Perfect Eye Shadow Palette - $30 - contains an assortment of light and dark coloured eye shadows to sculpt, shape and define the eye.
Face Glitter Kit - $20 - set includes a roll-on face and body glitter, gold star stickers and two liner and face stamps.
Winter Rescue Set (face gloss, lip balm, face serum) - $30 - say goodbye to dull skin with
everything you need to get your skin radiant and glowing again! Use the rose-scented face serum to add hydration and soft glow to the skin. Dab gloss onto cheekbones or to areas that need an extra boost of moisture. Finish off by applying the ultra-hydrating lip balm for a soft looking pout!
Starry Night Accessory Kit - $25 - includes gold star face stickers, star and heart-shaped face tattoos and roll-on face / body glitter, perfect for application on your face, collarbone, arms, and more. Just apply to the face and body as desired.
Highlight & Glow Palette - $25 - contains six shades of pressed highlighting powders for intense luminosity.
Face Stick Trio - $25 - includes three cream face stick to contour, sculpt and highlight your face.
Ohh La La Eye Shadow Palette - $25 - includes 12 stunning shades that will help you achieve a dramatic or subtle holiday look.
Glow Getter Illuminating Drops Set - $25 - with 3 shades that can be layered together or used separately to provide a touch of luminosity.
Holiday Ready Makeup Set - $40 - with everything needed for on the go touch ups including a highlighter, cream brush, eye shadow and all over-shadow brush.
Cosmetic Crackers in Rose or Gold - $15 - cute holiday crackers with a beautiful lip gloss inside.
Mega Matte Lip Trio - $22 - pamper your holiday pout with 3 beautiful shades for all occasions.
Multi-Chrome Eye Trio - $22 - achieve a multi-dimensional eye look with these stunning shades of chrome eye shadows.
Lip Gloss Ornament - $6 - doubles as a cute ornament or gift tag - in tree, star, solider, champagne and ornament shapes.
Eye Shadow Duo Ornament - $6 - in 3 shades duos, it makes a perfect gift for your favourite beauty lover and also doubles as a cute ornament or gift tag.
Festive Sponge - $8 -  adorably festive blending sponges in snowman, tree, gingerbread man, penguin and reindeer that make perfect stocking stuffers - use them to flawlessly buff and blend your foundation or other liquid and cream makeup products.
Mini Blush Ornament - $6 - in 2 shades, it makes a perfect gift for your favourite beauty lover that also doubles as a cute ornament or gift tag.
All That Glitters Gold Manicure Set - $15 - includes: nail clippers, nail scissors, nail scoop, tweezers, and emery board.
Lash Allure Eyelash Curler - $12 - get lashes that reach towards the heavens with this luxurious eyelash curler!
Face & Body Tattoos - $10 - temporary tattoos add an unexpected yet stunningly beautiful element to your makeup look.
A Touch of Gold Temporary Nail Stickers - $8 - shimmery gold nail stickers.
Shine Bright Like a Diamond Blender with Stand - $12 - a diamond shaped blending sponge and matching holder to add sparkle and glam to your daily makeup routine - use the larger flat sides to buff and blend foundation, then use the tip for precision concealing and blending.
Party Like a Rockstar False Lash Pack (2 sets of lashes w/ mini glue) - $18 - includes a set of glitzy gold lashes and glamourous faux mink party lashes. Each pair is wearable up to 15 times. and includes lash adhesive.
Heart of Gold Rose Quartz Facial Roller - $20 - a travel friendly rose quartz facial roller that gently stimulates circulation to help relieve tension and the appearance of puffiness.
Beauty On The Go - $20 - includes: mirror, emery board, nail clippers, mini tweezers, blotting papers, hair elastic, foam tip applicators, bobby pins, and mini blending sponge.
Everyday is Spa Day Hairband - $10- a bunny ear style headband to keep your hair out of the way during skincare and makeup routines, and look super cute while doing it!
Gel Eye Mask - $12 - a gold, glittery eye mask that calms and cools the eyes and keeps you looking glamourous while doing it.
Blend & Glow Blending Sponge Set - $25 - a set of 5 sponges to flawlessly buff and blend foundation or other liquid and cream makeup products.

Sparkle & Shine Travel Brush Set - $18 - a 4 piece set including: powder, eye crease, all-over shadow and liner brushes with a sparkling pouch.
Merry & Bright Brush Set - $25 - includes 4 essential, travel sized brushes including: powder, eye crease, all-over shadow and smudge liner with gold handles along with a sequined pouch.
Glitz On-the-Go Brush Set - $25 - includes 6 mini brushes: powder, foundation, fluffy crease, all-over shadow, smudge and pointed liner - that feature show-stopping glitter handles and fit perfectly into a metal canister to help provide the chicest way to store and protect your brushes while on-the-go.
Glam On-the-Go Brush Set - $25 - includes 6 mini brushes: powder, foundation, fluffy crease, all-over shadow, smudge and pointed liner - that feature show-stopping glitter handles and fit perfectly into a metal canister to help provide the chicest way to store and protect your brushes while on-the-go.
Double Duty Brush Set - $35 - includes 3 double ended travel sized brushes: complexion, face dimension and eye - for twice the application perfection, perfectly paired with a glitter gold pouch to hold your beauty essentials.
Glow Beyond Skincare Brush Collection - $35 - includes four tools designed to help elevate your skin care routine and help get the most out of your skin care products: facial cleansing brush, mask applicator brush, facial hydrating brush and scoop primer brush along with a pouch.
Highlight & Go Complexion Set - $40 - includes 3 essential complexion brushes: winged powder, tapered blush and full fan - paired with a trio of complexion powders to help add luminosity and dimension to any look.
Must Have Brush Set with Roll - $55 - includes 10 must-have tools in a pouch: powder brush, blush brush, rounded foundation brush, highlighter brush, multi-purpose brush, crease blended brush, all over shadow brush, liner brow brush, eye shadow smudger brush and rounded concealer brush - that will take your beauty arsenal to the next level with everything you need to create a flawless complexion and build color intensity for a custom look, no matter the occasion.
Sleek & Chic Brush Set - $70 - includes your favorite five essential brushes: tapered blush, blush, angled foundation, flat shader and crease diffuser - paired with a beautiful gold clutch that will make this set the season’s most coveted accessory.
Luxe Links Brush Set - $80 - includes five must-have brushes: powder, flat buffer, angled blush, concealer, winged shadow and liner - that have been paired with a red patent statement clutch for a head-turning night on the town.
Total Indulgence Skin and Beauty Collection - $100 - the ultimate gift for any makeup or skincare lover, this limited-edition brush set is packed full with all of the must-have tools of the trade including 3 skincare tools, 7 makeup brushes and 1 brush roll.

Available now (while they last) at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online here: Quo Holiday online. If you see something you love don't wait - it moves fast!

- Lisamarie -

November 11, 2019

Get skincare as individual as you are with Universkin!

It's possible to get bespoke everything these days so why not also for your skincare - a concept that Universkin has brought to life with pharmaceutical-grade serums that are tailored just for you. Just remember that personalized skincare is not for the faint of heart - or for those short on time - it's a process...

First - take a quiz:
Before you even go in to to meet anyone, they have you fill out  an online quiz  - the questions cover everything from the skin itself to your lifestyle to really understand what they are working with before even meeting you and get an idea of what active ingredients might work best.

Second - the consult both personal and AI:
I made my way to Sovereign Skin in Toronto for a personal consult with aesthetician Samantha Tajik who also does the marketing for the clinic - she checked out my quiz and then put me in their Visia Skin Analysis machine for an objective measure of my skin's health and appearance and to get a baseline so we would be able to tell without a doubt how well the serums work.

Third - whip up a custom serums for day and night:
Each custom serum includes up to three active ingredients from a choice of 19 pharmaceutical-grade actives, available in a total of 57 concentrations - for almost 1,200 possible formulations. For my custom day serum we decided to work on skin redness, pigmentation and anti-aging with vitamin B3, arbutine and vitamin C. While we picked out ingredients for the night serum to deal with hydration, redness and texture from vitamin B5, rutine and glycolic acid

With the actives decided on, Samantha mixed my serums right before my very eyes. Each individual  ingredient comes in its own container and is added on the spot to the nourishing base formula that includes vitamin E, hyaluronic acid, biomimetic peptides and omega-3 camelina sativa - and then the complete formula is placed in a centrifuge for a thorough mixing.

Fourth - test driving said serums:
They are extremely easy to use just 4 or 5 drops morning and night of the corresponding formula followed by a moisturizer if needed. The only thing you can't do is use other active ingredients on top of your serums - so no retinols, AHA's, etc. You just have to remember to give the bottle a good hard shake before using to make sure it's well mixed.

Finally - the results:
After using for a couple of months I went back in to see Samantha and get checked out again with the Visia. Comparing the results:
Spots - 37% to 53%
Wrinkles - 44% to 71%
Texture - 87% to 52%
Pores - 84% to 47%
UV Spots - 15% to 33%
Brown Spots - 32% to 68%
Red Areas - 63% to 67%
Porphyrins - 18% to 9%

What the percentage number means: out of every 100 women your age with your skin type - your skin is better then that % of them - so the higher the number the better.

As you can see from the numbers, my skin dramatically improved in the areas of wrinkles and all spots, got a bit better for redness and worse for texture and pores. Bad numbers, no worries, the nice thing about a personalized formula is that on the next round you can choose to focus on different issues or change ingredients or strengths to make the serum more effective - making it ever-changing, just like your skin!

Universkin P Magistral Serum - 15ml - $235 - is available at select dermatologists, cosmetic surgery clinics and medispas - find one near you on the website: universkin-canada.com. Or if you're in the GTA I highly recommend Sovereign Skin - 59 Hayden Street, 7th Floor in Toronto - 647-343-0801 - www.sovereignskin.com.

- Lisamarie -

November 8, 2019

Fragrant Friday - Bath & Body Works Into The Night

Bath & Body Works presents a new fragrance that’s both timeless and feminine, can easily be worn from the beginning of the day and Into the Night.

With an elegant combination of fruit, floral and rich fragrances, it  evokes natural confidence and brilliant beauty with a rich blend of raspberry noir, amber crystals, velvety rose petals, creamy patchouli and mocha notes.

The full Into The Night collection includes:

Eau De Parfum - 50ml - $42, Fine Fragrance Mist - 236ml - $15.50, Mini Perfume Spray - 7ml - $13.50, Diamond Shimmer Mist - 236ml - $18.50, Shower Gel - 295ml - $14.50, Moisturizing Body Wash - 296ml - $15.50, Glowing Body Scrub - 226g - $18.50, Ultra Shea Body Cream - 226g - $15.50, Body Lotion - 236ml - $14.50, Whipped Glow-Tion - 185g - $18.50, 3-Wick Candle - $25.50, Single Wick Candle  - $13.

Available now for a limited time at Bath & Body Works stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

November 7, 2019

Great Gifting - Ole Henriksen O.M.G. (Oh My Glow) Brightening Set

Ole Henriksen O.M.G. (Oh My Glow) Brightening Set - $64 - includes a 4-piece set of vitamin C favourites:

15ml - Banana Bright Face Primer -improves and extends makeup wear all day while delivering skincare benefits, too;

7ml - Banana Bright Eye Crème -inspired by makeup artist must-have “banana powder,” instantly illuminates and addresses all eye area concerns;

15ml - C-Rush Brightening Gel Creme - loaded with three sources of vitamin C and rose of winter extract, instantly delivers a burst of energizing hydration and targets fine lines and wrinkles; and

30ml - Truth Serum - formulated with True-C Complex and collagen, helps brighten and firm skin.

Together they fight dullness, uneven texture, fine lines, wrinkles and dryness with targeted ingredients and whether you are gifting someone else or stocking up on your own favourite skin care it's a great deal - $123 worth of products for only $64!

Available at Sephora stores across Canada and online at sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

November 6, 2019

Eye Love Wednesday - Revlon PhotoReady Eye Contour Kit

Revlon PhotoReady Eye Contour Kit -$15.99 -  in 8 expertly coordinated palettes: Avant Garde, Eclectic, Impressionist, Metropolitan, Pop Art, Romanticism, Rustic and Watercolors - easily create limitless looks with one easy-to-use palette: each features a primer, three highly pigmented shadows and a shimmer top coat.


Use dry for a more subdued daytime look or amp it up for evening and use wet to add more colour intensity.

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Mary Kay Mad About Masking Set!

Mary Kay Mad About Masking Mask Pod Gift Set - $30 - features four unique facial masks in portable pods perfect for travel, spa time at home or masking with your friends:

Miss Pore-fect - with the absorbing properties of clay to leave skin looking mattified and shine-free.

Energy Queen - an uplifting mud mask that features Japanese green tea extract.

Lady Serenity - a cream mask that soothes skin  with aloe vera extract and provitamin B5 (panthenol).

Dewy Gal - a moisturizing gel mask that gets skin glowing with hyaluronic acid, glycerin and vitamin E.
You can also maximize your masking sessions with mess-free application and less product waste with:

Mary Kay Silicone Mask Brush - $15 - with a flexible silicone applicator that delivers full, even coverage to the contours of the face.

Available now until the end of the year or while supplies last 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 -

November 5, 2019

Pores disappear with primers from Avon Catrice Cosmetics and Hard Candy!

Avon MagiX Prime Face Perfector - 30ml - $15 - with a colourless, gel-to-powder, oil-free formula that  provides invisible coverage for a naturally flawless finish and keeps skin looking naturally matte for 7 full hours. Not only can be used as a primer, but also can be used on its own to blur away pores, fine lines and imperfections, as well, it contains SPF 20 to help protect skin from harmful rays to keep skin looking smooth, glowing and radiant.

Available from your Avon rep - 1-800-265-AVON or online at avon.ca.
Catrice Cosmetics Goodbye Pores Prime and Fine Poreless Blur Primer - 30ml - $9.99 - with a light mousse texture that mattifies and preps the skin for foundation with an instant soft-focus effect for a visibly smooth, pore-free complexion that also helps makeup last longer.

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Hard Candy Sheer Envy Blur Primer - 33ml - $7.98 - with a liquid-to-powder formula that glides on effortlessly and weightlessly to blur away imperfections and can be worn alone or beneath makeup to leave skin feeling natural and silky smooth. The blurring effects work with the natural light to colour-correct, fill and minimize fine lines and reduce the appearance of pores to create a perfectly flawless skin finish.

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

Don't like applying primer with your fingers? Go ahead and use your foundation brush or be super fancy and get a brush just for applying primers, moisturizers and facial oils like:
Quo Prep and Prime Facial Brush - $20 - with synthetic fibers specially designed to pair with moisturizers, daily defense creams and facial oils and allow for even application and increased penetration.

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

- Lisamarie -