February 15, 2019

Test Driving - InfinitiPro by Conair 3Q Straightener

InfinitiPro by Conair 3Q Straightener - $119.99 - provides super-fast styling thanks to 1 inch plates that heat up to 455 degrees F within 30 seconds, lasting smoothness with 100% more ion generation that actively eliminates static and tames frizz for exceptional shine. The luxurious black titanium plates give ultimate glide for effortless smoothing and the electroplated plates enhance heat conductivity for soft, manageable hair while advanced CeraTherm technology gives superior fast-action heat transfer.

The straightener features12 digital heat settings that allow optimum temperature for different hair types and intelligent sensor technology that adjusts the temperature to protect hair from excessive heat. What I like best is the gentle setting which allows you to instantly reduce heat to help minimize damage when styling - perfect if you have fine hair like mine that heats up really quick - I find it takes only a couple of passes with the iron but if it takes more then that I can easily reduce the heat so my hair doesn't fry! The other options that make me really appreciate it are practical but so very necessary - auto shut off for those Monday mornings when you can barely remember to put on pants never mind turn off your straightener and a 5 foot long swivel cord so there is lots of room to maneuver and you don't have to worry about the cord getting all tangled up!

Available at mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

February 14, 2019

Coppertone Pure & Simple Mineral Sunscreen Lotion

It's coming up to that time of year again when you really need to start thinking about sun protection - as in making sure you are applying sunscreen each and every time you leave the house during daylight hours! Personally I like a mineral sunscreen but I'm not crazy about the white cast they tend to leave on the skin - this is until I discovered a new mineral sunscreen that rubs right in - no white!

Coppertone Pure & Simple Mineral Sunscreen Lotion - with a gentle, hypoallergenic and fragrance-free 100% mineral-based (zinc oxide) formula that offers SPF 50 broad-spectrum UVA/UVB protection that includes botanical extracts from fresh plants including Sacred Lotus Flower extract, Tea Plant extract and Giant Kelp extract to soothe dry skin and water resistant up to 80 minutes.

And also great for what it doesn't have including: PABA, parabens, phthalates, fragrances, dyes and  oxybenzone.

Available in the Pure & Simple collection:

Pure & Simple SPF 50 - 177ml - $11.99
Pure & Simple Face SPF 50 - 59ml - $10.99
Pure & Simple Kids SPF 50 - 177ml - $11.99
Pure & Simple Baby SPF 50 - 177ml - $11.99

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

- Lisamarie -

February 13, 2019

Eye Love Wednesday - Physicians Formula Eye Booster Gel Eyeliner Trio

Physicians Formula Eye Booster Gel Eyeliner Trio - $15.49 - in Black and Brown - includes a perfect trio of long-wearing, smudge-resistant eyeliners with three different finishes: Shimmer, Satin, and Matte.

Featuring a high-tech formula that is long-wearing, water-resistant, and smudge-resistant that glides on and then sets in place for an all-day wear and is infused with an exclusive Lash Boosting Complex to nourish, strengthen and enhance the appearance of lashes and nourishing vitamin E.

I especially like the shimmer finish, it's a great find if you are wanting to add a little something to your eyes without going all crazy with glitter - it adds discrete sparkle without being obvious - and don't worry about finding a way to sharpen them - the perfect sharpener  is included!

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Puressentiel Purifying Air Spray!

Puressentiel Purifying Air Spray - 75ml - $12.99, 200ml - $20.99 - purifies the air to get rid of unpleasant odours and their origin to help you breathe in a purer air with a 100% natural origin formula chock-full of essential oils including: Dill, Anise, Sweet Basil, St Thomas Bay, Asian Rosewood, Cajuput, Cassia Cinnamon, Atlas Cedar Wood, Lemon, Lemon Verbena, Cumin Seed, Cypress, Eucalyptus, Fennel, Juniper, Geranium, Ginger, Clove, True Lavender, Lavandin Grosso, Lemongrass, Mace, Mandarin, Wild Marjoram, Melissa, Curled Leaf Mint, Peppermint, Myrrh, Niaouli, Orange, Oregano, Parsley, Petitgrain, Scots Pine, Rosemary, Savory, Sage, Wild Thyme, Tea Tree, Thyme and Wintergreen.

It's easy to use - just 6 to 8 sprays, in the four corners of the room, will purify the air in a smelly room - leave to act for at least 30 minutes and air the room afterwards. It can also be sprayed onto carpets, bedding and other soft surfaces to freshen and remove odours. Or for daily use, just a couple of sprays per day will keep things smelling fresh!

Available online at amazon.ca.

- Lisamarie -

February 12, 2019

Test Driving - Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation

Dior Backstage Face & Body Foundation - 50ml - $50 - in 40 shades designed to suit a wide range of skin tones from light to deep: 0 Cool Rosy, 0 Neutral, 0 Warm, 1 Cool, 1 Cool Rosy, 1 Neutral, 1 Warm, 1.5 Neutral, 2 Cool Rosy, 2 Neutral, 2 Warm, 2 Warm Olive, 2 Warm Peach, 2.5 Neutral, 3 Cool, 3 Cool Rosy, 3 Neutral, 3 Warm, 3 Warm Olive, 3 Warm Peach, 3.5 Neutral, 4 Cool, 4 Neutral, 4 Warm, 4 Warm Olive, 4 Warm Peach, 4.5 Neutral, 4.5 Warm, 5 Neutral, 5 Warm, 5 Warm Peach, 6 Neutral, 6 Warm, 6 Warm Peach, 6.5 Neutral, 7 Neutral, 7.5 Neutral, 7.5 Warm, 8 Neutral, 9 Neutral - with medium buildable coverage that dries to a natural matte finish

It has a waterproof formula that fuses with the skin, resisting extreme conditions like workout sessions, water, and even high temperatures and humid environments. Enriched with beauty-enhancing pigments, the formula creates a perfect, natural look, both in real life and through the lens of a camera. Its natural finish and lightweight texture can also be used on the body, revealing the skin's radiance while camouflaging minor imperfections on the neck, shoulders, and legs.

It comes in a sturdy plastic bottle which makes it easily portable but I find the tip on the bottle tends to leak a bit when opened if the bottle has been in transit so be careful! And it really is very budge-proof so an oil-based remover to get if off at the end of the day is a must have!

Available at Dior counters across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

February 11, 2019

Give your skin its daily energy boost with Marcelle Hydractive!

Marcelle introduces something much needed for our skin in this cold winter weather - Hydractive - featuring a combination of  natural ingredients to deeply revitalize skin delivering a super active moisturizing effect that offers 3 actions:

hydration - moisturizes and strengthens skin's natural defenses with glacier water from the Canadian northwest - drawn from the depths of the ocean and incredibly rich and pure, containing more than 60 minerals and rare earth elements;

skin energy boost - to revitalize and restore with spirulina - a well-known food supplement that has energy benefits and an extremely high content of vitamins (A - prevents free-radical damage, B12 - moisturizes and E - strengthens skin moisture barrier) calcium, iron and phosphorus, all of which are vital for the skin’s health. It acts as a skin energy booster while simultaneously protecting against free radical formation and environmental stressors;

and skin protection - reinforces skin barrier to lock in moisture with water lock complex - a unique and exclusive blend of natural sugars derived from raw ingredients such as beets, corn and sweet potatoes.

Marcelle Hydractive 24H Day & Night Moisturizing Gel Cream - 50ml - $25.95 - with an oil-free, 90% natural origin formula good for all skin types, it provides immediate and lasting hydration as it quenches skin’s thirst for a healthy-looking glow, reinforces skin’s moisture barrier and re-energizes skin to visibly restore luminosity and purity with a fresh and aquatic scent.

Marcelle Hydractive Anti-Fatigue Eye Contour Gel - 15ml - $25.95 - with a 86% natural origin formula that moisturizes the eye contour area for a healthy-looking glow as it reduces the appearance of dark circles and instantly illuminates  for a rested and radiant look.

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

- Lisamarie -

February 8, 2019

Batiste Rose Gold Dry Shampoo

One of my favourite trends in colour now comes to my most must-have hair product - dry shampoo - with:

Batiste Rose Gold Dry Shampoo - 200ml - $10.99 - the perfect fix for great looking hair, even between washes. A few quick bursts instantly transforms lank looking locks to clean and fresh, with added body and texture thanks to an innovative starch based “no water needed” formulation that  targets excess oil and grease, helping to eliminate it at the roots. Boosting body it gives dull, lifeless hair the makeover that it deserves without water. Just spray, massage in and style!

It’s the perfect way to extend your blow dry, free up time in the morning or give hair a boost after a gym trip. It also smells great with fresh and fruity notes - so not only will hair look great, it will be  instantly refreshed, leaving it feeling and smelling irresistible.

Available now while they last at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

February 7, 2019

Brush your way to great skin with The Organic Pharmacy!

Looking for an easy and natural way to exfoliate dry winter skin without robbing it of moisture the way a hot shower can? Give dry brushing a try, not only does it eliminate flaky skin and unclog pores, it also helps detoxify by increasing blood circulation and promoting lymphphatic flow/drainage and stimulate the nervous system, which can make you feel invigorated afterward!

It's important to pick a brush with firm bristles but if you have sensitive skin (as I do) go with something a little softer - I like:

The Organic Pharmacy Ultimate Natural Skin Brush - $23 - with natural bristles that gently exfoliate to shed dead skin and boost circulation keeping the lymphatic system in great condition. As an added bonus, it has a long handle making it easy to reach your back!

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

It's easy to use and I like to do it before I shower so I can wash away any loosened dead skin cells - just start from the ankles and work your way up in long upward strokes and circular motions - feel free to adjust the pressure on any sensitive areas - if it hurts you are doing it too hard and can even cause bleeding so ease up. And of course don't brush over skin that is already broken or damaged: cuts, scrapes, sores, burned skin - including sunburns or areas of infection, redness or inflammation.

Some people swear by these brushes for their face too but I'll give that a pass - and if you find that even the softest brush is too much for your body's sensitive skin you can get the same kind of effect in a much more gentle way with a dry washcloth!
- Lisamarie -

February 6, 2019

Eye Love Wednesday - Kiss Pro Touch Under Eye Concealer

Kiss Pro Touch Under Eye Concealer - $10.99 - in 5 shades: Porcelain, Ivory, Classic Ivory, Natural Ivory and Warm Nude -  with a lightweight, creamy texture that offers ultra-long lasting, full coverage concealment of dark circles, redness, discolouration, hyper-pigmentation, scars and pretty much every other kind of imperfection you can think of.

What makes it really great for the under eye area is the innovative cushion tip that helps to evenly distribute product as well as the oil-free and waterproof formula that dries to a semi-matte finish so you don't end up with dry looking half circles under your eyes!

Available at Rexall, London Drugs and online at londondrugs.com.

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Yes to Tomatoes and Coconut 2-in-1 Scrub & Cleanser Sticks!

Say Yes to easy, portable, multi-tasking products that cleanse and exfoliate in just one swipe:
Yes to Tomatoes Clear Skin Detoxifying Charcoal 2-In-1 Scrub & Cleanser Stick - 70g - $13.49 - formulated with charcoal powder to remove impurities and excess oil, as well as tomato extract to help leave skin naturally clear. Convenient stick formula melts into a creamy lather on wet skin, for a quick and easy detox, and deep clean and is perfect for use on-the-go!

Yes to Coconut Ultra Hydrating Energizing Coffee 2-In-1 Scrub & Cleanser Stick - 70g - $13.49 - formulated with coffee to energize and enhance skintone and coconut for the much needed moisture that dry skin craves!
They're easy to use:

Just twist up stick from the base and apply generously onto wet skin. You’ll feel the exfoliation go into action and the formula melting on contact.

Massage with hands to create a milky lather, activating the cleansing experience. Rinse face clean with water and you're good to go!

Available now at drugstores and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

February 5, 2019

Nude by Nature Beach Glow Liquid Highlighter

Missing summer? Bring a little of it back into your life now with:

Nude by Nature Beach Glow Liquid Highlighter - $21 - in 3 shades: Moonlight, Sunrise and Sunshine - an easy to apply enhancer with a lightweight, gel-like texture infused with light reflecting pigments that glides onto the skin for a luminous finish - highly pigmented, it can be used alone or mixed with your favourite liquid product for an all-over glow and dries quickly to help prevent smudging.

The formula is composed of active natural ingredients, including the native Australian kakadu plum - known for its abundant vitamin C content; quandong and lilly pilly - to help provide antioxidant defense; and enriched with moisturizing vitamin E and avocado oil.

Available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada or online at nudebynature.ca.

- Lisamarie -

February 4, 2019

Elevate your skin with a new skincare routine from Filorga!

Filorga introduces the best in lifting with a new formulation that combines the best injectable ingredients from the latest lifting techniques to reshape features, plump the skin and sculpt the contours for smoother features, redefined volumes and a complete anti-aging effect.

Available in the collection:

Filorga Lift-Designer Ultra-Lifting Serum - 30ml - $110 - provides a double tightening action with a biological stimulation with active ingredients: Plasmatic Lifting Factors that combines cell factors, collagen and hyaluronic acid that stimulate the skin’s firmness and restore its lifting properties and resistance to mechanical stress along with mechanical stimulation from a stainless steel roll-on applicator that stimulates the skin tissue and boosts effectiveness of active ingredients while providing an instant tightening effect.

Filorga Lift-Structure Ultra-Lifting Cream - 50ml - $110 - provides an intense firming action with a duo of btanical active ingredients that stimulates the synthesis of elastic tissues for smoother features and redefined volumes and Plasmatic Lifting Factors which combines cell factors, collagen and hyaluronic acid to visibly tighten the features, plump the skin and sculpt the face for facial contour, cheekbones and neck.

Filorga Sleep & Lift Ultra-Lifting Night Cream - 50ml - $110 - with an ultra-cocooning balm texture that regenerates the skin proteins and stimulates its elasticity and density while you sleep with Plasmatic Lifting Factors which combines cell factors, collagen and hyaluronic acid to visibly tighten the features, plump the skin and sculpt the face while an amino acid duo regenerates the skin to restore its elasticity and density overnight.

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

- Lisamarie -

February 1, 2019

Klorane Nourishing with mango butter for nourished, soft and radiant hair!

Dry and dehydrated hair has a new best friend in Klorane's latest range: Nutrition! Plant-based products with 96% of natural ingredients - the star of which is mango butter - harvested and extracted in a responsible way, it's rich in fatty acids and polysaccharides that offer amazing nourishing and protective properties for hair that is left soft, supple and shiny from the very first application.

Available in the collection:

Nourishing Shampoo - 200ml - $11.60 - cleans and nourishes dry hair without weighing it down while protecting the hair shaft. Once nourished and protected from dryness, the hair regains suppleness, softness and shine.

Nourishing Conditioner - 200ml - $12.60 - nourishes and perfectly detangles dry hair without weighing it down.

Nourishing Leave-In Cream - 125ml - $12.95 - nourishes and enhances dry hair without weighing it down - acting as a protective coating over the full length of the hair, especially the split ends - to restore silkiness and bounce while making hair easier to style.

Nourishing Mask - 150ml - $15.25 - a highly nutritious, creamy and generous treatment that restores the hair fibre to life by providing suppleness, softness and shine in just 5 minutes.

And as wonderful as the formula will leave your hair looking, the best thing about it has got to be the scent - wonderfully fruity, fresh-cut mango - yum!

Available now at drugstores across Canada and online at shoppersdrugmart.ca.

- Lisamarie -