January 18, 2019

Revlon Professional Style Masters Amplifier Mousse

I'm always on the look out for must-haves for my fine hair and my newest find is:

Revlon Professional Style Masters Amplifier Mousse - 300ml - $23.95 - a volumizing fiber mousse perfect for adding body and volume. Will add volume or texture depending on how you use it:

I work it into towel-dried hair, concentrating on the roots for weightless volume and then add a small amount to the ends when my hair is dry hair to add texture and definition to my choppy layers!

Available at Revlon Professional salons across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

January 17, 2019

Test Driving - NowMi Pro Complete Facial Solution

Going to the spa is one of my favourite things but sadly time and money prevent me from doing it as often as I would like to - so I love discovering at-home treatments that make me feel all the spa relaxation and effectiveness without the time-suck and price tag!

NowMi Pro - $240 - an advanced anti aging facial solution that enables you to deeply cleanse skin on a daily basis and also perform a weekly skin rejuvenating facial - all performed in the comfort of your own home. Designed for today’s busy lifestyle, the treatment takes only 5 minutes and can be carried out anywhere, anytime - and best of all, it costs just a fraction of its professional spa equivalent!

On one side, the device offers daily cleansing with silicone micro-fingers which emit 6,000 sonic pulses per minute to help the cleansing gel penetrate and thoroughly remove all unwanted makeup, dirt and oil - for highly effective cleansing that is also very gentle on the skin and doesn’t cause any irritation. As well as cleaning there is also the benefit of facial massage which boosts blood circulation, increasing the production of collagen and elastin - both key proteins which restore the skin's elasticity and firmness.

To be used with the included NowMi cleansing gel with a formula which includes: vitamin E - a powerful anti-oxidant that helps the skin keep hydrated and plays an important role in skin healing; vitamin B3 - an anti-oxidant that is known for its anti-aging qualities and for its ability to protect the skin from damaging UV light; vitamin B5 -  enables the skin to retain greater quantities of water and as a result stay moisturized as well as helps the skin repair itself and reduces inflammation; and Dead Sea minerals - the richest source of healing minerals in the world to infuse skin rejuvenating minerals such as zinc, calcium, chloride and sodium chloride.

The other side of the device is used in conjunction with vitamin C effervescent tablets and lubricant gel for weekly spa-like treatments which easily performs 4 skin actions:

Sonic Exfoliation - performed primarily by the effervescent tablet which has a slightly coarse surface. When massaged into the skin, the effervescent tablet gently removes the outer layer of the skin leaving it incredibly soft and smooth and facilitates the optimal penetration of vitamins and minerals into the skin - and enhanced by the sonic energy which emits 6,000 sonic pulsations per minute which ensures the thorough cleansing of all pores.

Sonic Nourishment - during treatment the skin is infused with pure vitamin C - a powerful anti-oxidant that helps the body to neutralize free-radicals and slow down the signs of aging. It also reduces skin inflammation and pigmentation; vitamin E - helps the skin protect itself from extrinsic factors such as pollution, smoke, unhealthy food and more, anti-aging attributes as well as its skin hydration and scar reducing qualities; and hyaluronic acid - a powerful antioxidant that  The Hyaluronic acid plays a major role in hydrating the skin. It helps the skin to retain water and as a result slows the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. The Hyaluronic acid also helps the skin repair itself faster and reduces skin inflammation - the sonic energy dramatically improves the effectiveness of the infusion since it helps the ingredients reach deeper and faster into the skin.

Sonic Oxygenation: when the effervescent tablet comes into contact with the lubricant gel a chemical reaction occurs which creates a C02 rich environment. As a result, the body responds by sending 02 infused blood cells to the area. By doing so, it creates a natural facial oxygenation effect from within the skin which helps the absorption of the vitamins and minerals - the sonic energy further increases the oxygenation process- it degases the C02 microbubbles which significantly boosts the oxygenation effect.

Sonic Protection: replenishes the skin’s vitamin C supply and enables it to protect itself from extrinsic factors and repair damaged skin - the sonic energy plays an important role in the protection of the skin since it exponentially increases the infusion of the vitamin C.

It's very easy to use and after 6 weeks I can really see the results:my skin looks and feels smoother and fine lines are less evident;
my skin is more hydrated and plumper;
but what I really notice is the radiance, my skin glows - like really, really glows!

What's also nice about the device, it doesn't require a lot of upkeep - it's highly hygienic since it's made of nonporous silicone which is resistant to bacteria buildup and is also completely waterproof so can be used in the shower or bath. And once you fully charge it up, it has enough power to supply a month’s worth of treatments which makes it a great travel buddy!

Each kit contains:
 NowMi Pro applicator (powered by sonic energy)
Vitamin C effervescent tablets for 6 weekly treatments
100ml NowMi lubricant gel
100ml NowMi facial cleansing gel for daily use

Score yours now at: https://nowmi.com/product/nowmi-pro/

- Lisamarie - 

January 16, 2019

Eye Love Wednesday - Zorah Ora Eye Cream

Tired of waking up looking tired? Then you need:

Zorah Ora Eye Cream - 30ml - $64.99 - offers both short and long term benefits: significantly reduces fine lines, wrinkles and dark circles with an anti-fatigue effect that also removes morning puffy eyes - making it the perfect first step in your morning skin care routine and a great base for concealer and/or foundation!

Not only will you look good but you can feel good to about the formula which is made using only organic, eco-friendly and fair-trade ingredients, packaged in recyclable materials and certified cruelty-free by PETA. 

As well, the products don't include mineral oils (petroleum) or animal fats, parabens, GMOS, propyleneglycol, synthetic perfumes, PEG, PPG, sodium laureth sulphate, EDTA, phthalates or other ingredients harmful for health or the environment.

Available at select natural food stores across Canada and online at zorahbiocosmetiques.com.

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Marcelle Cream Blush!

The time of year when your skin most needs the pop of colour that blush brings it is also the same  time when powder blush tends to look the worst on dry winter skin! No worries, switch over to a cream blush for a creamy flush and a bit of moisture - this is my particular favourite:

Marcelle Cream Blush - $12.95 - in 4 shades: Raspberry, Nude Blush Pink Paradise and Sparkling Coral - with a lightweight, creamy formula that blends easily and adjusts perfectly to almost any skin tone to create natural-looking, everyday radiance and enriched with vitamin C for an added brightening effect.

Not sure what shade to pick? Go with my fave - Sparkling Coral - a universally flattering shade that adds a healthy looking flush on cold winter days!

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

- Lisamarie -

January 15, 2019

Kiss Professional Pro Touch Matte Powder Foundation

Kiss Professional Pro Touch Matte Powder Foundation - $9.99 - in 5 shades: Porcelain, Classic Ivory, Nude Beige, Warm Nude, Soft Tan - dual pressed powder foundation with a buildable medium to full coverage that can be used wet for a velvety matte finish or dry as a matte powder - either way, it never looks chalky or cakey.

The advanced emulsion formula blends seamlessly and contains skin-enhancing green tea for anti-oxidation so skin looks great all day.

I like using it over my liquid foundation - in areas where I need mattifying or extra coverage - it adds both without looking like a bulky extra layer!

Available now at Rexall and London Drugs stores across Canada and online at londondrugs.com.

- Lisamarie -

January 14, 2019

Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence

Treat your face like your winter wardrobe and layer products to combat cold weather drying your skin out! Thanks to essences, there is no need to swap out your favourite moisturizer for a heavier version, you just need to add a thermal base like:

Fresh Black Tea Kombucha Facial Treatment Essence - 150ml - $85 - a  powerhouse antioxidant prep-step great for all skin types in a fast-absorbing, silky liquid that packs eight benefits into one bottle including:

pollution defense - which causes premature wrinkles;
makes skin more luminous;
fades fine lines;
minimizes pores;
improves elasticity;
smoothes texture;
boosts healthy tone; and
hydrates for 24 hours.

The star ingredient in the essence is kombucha, fermented sweet black tea rich in vitamins and organic acids - smooths, increases luminosity and protects against pollution and free radicals for younger-looking skin. The formula also includes;
moisture-locking hyaluronic acid - works to attract and seal in moisture for supple skin.look;
mandarin peel extract - helps promote a beautifully uniform complexion; and
kigelia africana fruit extract - helps smooth the appearance of skin texture.

This will be the first leave-on treatment in your skincare ritual (essence; serum; moisturizer; sunscreen) - it delivers concentrated ingredients and preps the skin for the products that follow - and you can look forward to hydrated, luminous, younger-looking skin!

Available at Sephora stores across Canada and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

January 11, 2019

Schwarzkopf Professional Osis+ Session Label Silk Shine Cream

Schwarzkopf Professional Osis+ Session Label Silk Shine Cream - 150ml - $21.99 - helps tame frizz, condition and moisturize hair while maintaining body - to give every strand perfect shine with a smooth, silky feel and subtle texture.

For shine I usually go with a spray because creams can really weigh my fine hair down - but this one is super light and applying it by hand rather then spraying gives more control as to where it actually goes making it a lot more effective!

Available now at Schwarzkopf Professional salons - check out www.schwarzkopf-professional.ca to find one near you.

- Lisamarie -

January 10, 2019

Brew the perfect cup of Davids Tea with the help of a Hamilton Beach Variable Temperature Kettle!

Chilly winter days call for a nice hot cup of tea which can now be in your cold little hands even faster thanks to:

Hamilton Beach Variable Temperature Kettle - $79.99 - get perfect results for a variety of teas, coffee and hot cocoa with 6 one-touch temperature settings. With a 1.7 litre capacity, it heats water faster than in a microwave and is safer than on a stove top - with just a push of a button, the powerful rapid-boil system provides heat within minutes while the 30-minute warmer keeps it at just the right temperature. It has a durable stainless steel body that is cord-free to make it easy to serve anywhere - the cord is attached to and stored in the base to keep it out of the way!

Available at mass retailers across Canada.
I actually never knew that you were supposed to use different water temperatures for different tea types but as my new friend Mel Hattie, Tea Sommelier assures me that it does make a difference - with green tea, for instance the water should not be as hot so as not to get that metallic taste you can get from green teas and thanks to this kettle it's so easy to make sure the water is the perfect temperature - my favourite green tea tastes even better now:

Davids Tea Movie Night Green Tea - 50g - $7.98 - yes, those are real pieces of popcorn! It tastes like a blend of caramel corn and apple - sweet, fruity and buttery for all the guilt-free deliciousness of our favourite movie-going snack with the added bonus of an energizing dose of feel-good green tea.

Available at Davids Tea locations across Canada and online at davidstea.com.

- Lisamarie -

January 9, 2019

Eye Love Wednesday - Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Amplifying Eye Primer

Fenty Beauty Pro Filt'r Amplifying Eye Primer - $28 - a weightless, colour-boosting eyeshadow primer that smooths lids for better application and blending, enhanced colour and longer, crease-proof wear.

It has a weightless, invisipink formula that melts into all skin tones, creating a super-smooth surface for effortless blending while enhancing colour vibrancy. Plus, it’s designed to help grip eyeshadow colour for some serious crease-proof, fade-proof stamina that is truly impressive!

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

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... MVMT Mod M1 Watch!

It's true, I still wear a watch... some of you might be content to look at the time on your phone but I still think of a watch as a fashion accessory so am always on the lookout for something great like:

MVMT Mod M1 Watch - $155 - with a super-sleek  brushed silver stainless silver 32mm case featuring a white dial and markers and silver hands fastened on a matte grey leather band - minimalist chic at it's best.

What I like about this model is how it goes with everything - it adds easy class to simple outfits but also doesn't clash when you are wearing something more formal, it just blends right in - or if you want something brighter - the strap is interchangeable - swap it out with one in whatever colour you like!

Available easily online at www.mvmtwatches.com with the added bonus of free shipping and returns - even to Canada!

- Lisamarie -

January 8, 2019

OPI The Nutcracker and Four Realms Collection - with swatches!

Add opulent colour to your manicure with OPI’s The Nutcracker and Four Realms Collection. With 12 new limited edition shades based on the film reimagining of the holiday classic that range from light, wintry shades to rich, moody colours:
Dancing Keeps Me on my Toes - shimmering snowflake white
Tinker, Thinker, Winker? - pearlescent silver white
Dreams Need Clara-fication - soft glacier blue
March in Uniform - inky navy blue
Dazzling Dew Drop - gold foil
Envy the Adventure - emerald green
Lavendare to Find Courage - lavender purple
Berry Fairy Fun - sparking purple pink
Toying with Trouble - fuchsia
Candied Kingdom - deep red
Ginger’s Revenge - maroon
Black to Reality - dark black shimmer
Along with three glitters designed to be worn alone as well as mixed and matched with the collection’s colours. Add to bare nails for a festive pop or create dimension by adding over colour.

Gold Key To The Kingdom - transparent with gold glitter
Dreams On A Silver Platter - transparent with silver glitter
I Pull The Strings - transparent with rose gold glitter

The Nutcracker and Four Realms Collection is available in classic Nail Lacquer - $13.50 and Infinite Shine - $16.95 formulas at professional salons, as well as Beauty Brands, beautybrands.com, Chatters, Dillard’s, Hudson’s Bay, Regis, Sally Beauty, ULTA, ulta.com and Amazon Beauty via Amazon.com - as well as GelColor as an in-salon professional service.

- Lisamarie -

January 7, 2019

Brighten and protect with Korres, Clarins and NIA24!

Skin in the grip of winter weather can look dull and lifeless so bring back it's glow with:

Korres Wild Rose Brightening Targeted Tone Corrector - 30ml - $60 - a daily facial serum that prevents as well as visibly corrects discolouration and evens out overall skin tone. Containing: cold pressed wild rose oil - a powerful antioxidant that evens skin tone, repairs fine lines, moisturizes, heals and softens skin; super C - a stabilized fat-soluble vitamin C derivative that improves skin’s absorption of Vitamin C by 1000% to offer advanced brightening and antiaging; pancratium (sea fern extract) - decreases pigmentation, has a lightening effect on the skin and acts against uneven skin tone; and sand lily extract - significantly reduces dark spot size and pigments - over time, discoloration and uneven skin tone are diminished for a more evenly balanced and brighter complexion.

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Clarins Mission Perfection Serum - 30ml - $69 - targets dark spots, redness, shadowy areas and discolourations without altering your natural skin tone. It visibly reduces the size, quantity, and intensity of dark spots while minimizing the appearance of redness and shadowy areas. Contains: acerola extract - targets dark spots for a unified complexion; gingko biloba - supports microcirculation to enhance radiance; fruit acids - eliminates the dull veil on the skin’s surface; and skin-perfecting beauty pigments - to illuminate the complexion - to promote even, luminous skin while respecting the natural skin tone.

Available at Clarins counters across Canada.
And even though you don't see the sun as much doesn't mean you don't still need to protect against it when you do so don't forget your sunscreen:

NIA24 Sun Defense Broad Spectrum SPF 30 100% Mineral Sunscreen - 75ml - $54 - delivers serious broad-spectrum sun protection in a lightweight, fast-absorbing, undetectable, oil-free, 100% mineral formula with Pro-Niacin - to strengthen the moisture barrier and visibly improve skin tone, texture and the look of age spots; zinc oxide and titanium dioxide - gentle, mineral sunscreens that provide UVA/UVB protection; vitamin E - a potent anti-oxidant used to protect and repair dry skin; and bisabolol - a skin-conditioning agent derived from chamomile to moisturize and condition skin.

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

- Lisamarie -

January 4, 2019

Take your hair colour to another level with Splat Vibrant Hair Color Kit Midnight Collection!

Dark haired and love the idea of extreme hair colour but have been holding off because you don't want to have to bleach first? Then you need to check out:

Splat Vibrant Hair Color Kit Midnight Collection - $14.99 - in 3 shades: Midnight Indigo - navy blue, Midnight Amethyst - deep violet and Midnight Ruby - black cherry red - designed for brunettes, this bleach free kit contains everything you need for one dye job: dye, instructions, gloves, the works. It's a semi-permanent colour so you can expect it to last up to 30 washes depending on your hair type.

Not to say blondes can't use it, just keep in mind that the lighter the hair the brighter the results! Also when using be ever so careful - this stuff stains everything - counters, skin, cats, etc - so cover everything up and use the Vaseline trick along your hairline to prevent it from getting on your skin and obviously wear the gloves! 

Available at select Shoppers Drug Mart, Jean Coutu, Pharmaprix and Pharmasave stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

January 3, 2019

Dry hand must haves from Korres, Jowae and Life Brand!

Korres Pure Greek Olive Blossom Hand Cream - 75ml - $20.50 - a non-greasy lotion that saturates the skin with moisture to soothe dry, cracked hands in an instant with a fortifying formula containing: cretan olive oil - naturally rich in fatty acids and full of Vitamins A & E; almond oil - to smooth; calendula oil - to heal, soothe and moisturize; shea butter - to moisutrize and restore skin  elasticity; vitamin E - to protect skin from environmental and oxidative damage; and aloe vera - with a light fresh scent.
Jowae Hand & Nail Nourishing Cream - 50ml - $10 - dry and damaged hands with love this rich and creamy 96% natural origin formula containing protective antioxidant lumiphénols, camellia oil, shea butter and nourishing coconut oil - leaving skin soft, moisturized and silky - lightly scented with freesia, magnolia and water musk.

After a long day out in the cold slip your hands into these for instant nourishment:

Life Brand Nourishing Hand Mask - 1 pair - $4.99 - specially formulated with intensely moisturizing ingredients - shea butter, avocado oil, jojoba oil and sweet almond oil - which help to reverse the effects of dryness and leave hands feeling beautiful and silky smooth in just 20 minutes.

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

- Lisamarie -

January 2, 2019

Eye Love Wednesday - Cliniderm HydraComfort Eye Contour Cream

A must-have for all dehydrated skin types - especially during the cold winter months:

Cliniderm HydraComfort Eye Contour Cream - 15ml - $28.99 - a light, hydrating cream that provides immediate and long-term hydration with a complex containing hyaluronic acid to help replenish the skin's moisture leaving it softer, more comfortable and supple. As well, it contains a blend of vitamins and antioxidants that offer a decongestant action to prevent and reduce under-eye bags and puffiness while soothing the skin with their anti-inflammatory and anti-irritation properties. 

Available at drugstores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... StriVectin Blue Rescue Clay Renewal Mask!

StriVectin Blue Rescue Clay Renewal Mask - 94g - $49 - rescues dull, lifeless skin with a formula of nourishing blue algae and red seaweed, balancing probiotic ferment along with white clay and shea butter.

I love a clay mask but they aren't as practical in the winter - they are great for drawing out dirt from the pores but also tend to draw out the moisture at the same time leaving skin dry. This one, on the other hand, packs all the pore shrinking power you still want, along with a healthy dose of moisture and nourishment.

What makes it fun is the buttery smooth texture which has a massage-activated, colour-transforming formula that transforms to an ocean blue colour - in just ten minutes it reduces the look of fine lines, enlarged pores, rough texture, redness and dullness for skin that is visibly refined, renewed and radiant!

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

- Lisamarie -

January 1, 2019

No7 Airbrush Away Primers

No7 introduces the perfect way to keep all skin types looking flawless:

Airbrush Away Primer - 30ml - $22 - an anti-aging primer that works to even out skin tone and smooth lines and wrinkles with optical blurrers - that reflect light creating a soft focus effect to make skin appear youthful; and hyaluronic acid and glycerin - works to hydrate and plump skin - creating the perfect base for makeup.

Airbrush Away Radiance Boosting Primer - 30ml - $22 - a light diffusing primer containing an innovative brightening complex that combines vitamin C and pearlescent particles - for a beautiful glow;and vitamin E - to keep skin hydrated - to leave skin looking healthy and radiant so makeup can be effortlessly applied and stays in place for up to 12 hours.

Airbrush Away Pore Minimising Primer - 30ml - $22 - an oil-free primer that creates an effective barrier with optical blurrers and oil absorbent powders to keep shine at bay and leave skin looking matte and smooth and makeup in place for up to 12 hours.

And I know the order of applying products gets confusing when there is more then 2 so here it is: serum; moisturizer; sunscreen; primer; foundation; concealer!

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

- Lisamarie -