April 19, 2019

Fragrant Friday - Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Peony and support Look Good Feel Better!

This spring Dolce & Gabbana introduces a new flower in the Dolce fragrance family. Fresh, free and deliciously feminine, this new scent brings to the garden a cheerful riot of colour:

Dolce & Gabbana Dolce Peony - 75ml EDP - $142 - a fruity floral scent with top notes of spicy pink pepper, fruity white bergamot, nashi pear and cyclamen petals; heart notes of passionate peony, Bulgarian rose and dewy fresh freesia flowers; and base notes of yellow plum nectar, intense woody amber and patchouli.

A beautiful way to bring in spring!

Available at Hudson's Bay stores across Canada and online at thebay.com.

And while you're there be sure to pick up a Spring 2019 HBC Charity Tote Bag for $20 with this or any beauty or fragrance purchase. $8 from each tote sold before June 1, 2019, will benefit Look Good Feel Better - Canada’s only charity dedicated to helping women manage the appearance-related effects of cancer and its treatment. You can also buy a $10 beauty ticket  to get a 1:1 with a HBC beauty pro and receive a $10 coupon for any cosmetic or fragrance purchase over $75!

This all in support of Hudson’s Bay Company raising funds in support of women and teens with cancer at the Share Strength, Shop Beauty Charity Event, from April 12th - May 4th. The in-store events offer HBC customers exciting ways to give back while shopping their favourite beauty or fragrance products.

- Lisamarie -

April 18, 2019

Get the moisture your skin needs now with Dr. Teal’s Body Lotion1

Dr. Teal’s Body Lotion - 473ml - $9.99 - restores essential nutrients to the skin while it helps soothe  tired muscles thanks to a formula containing a blend of natural moisturizing cocoa butter, skin-softening shea butter and protective vitamin E that is paraben and phthalate free.

In 3 formulations :

Moisture + Ultra Rich Shea Butter Essential Oil - with a deeply nourishing formula that leaves skin feeling smooth and radiant. The ultra moisturizing formula also contains sweet almond oil and relaxing sandalwood essential oil.

Moisture + Rejuvenating Eucalyptus & Spearmint Essential Oils - with a lightweight, refreshing formula that relieves dry skin with a revitalizing touch.

Moisture + Nourishing Coconut Essential Oil - with a lightweight formula that brings moisture back to the skin leaving it soft and smooth.

Texture and scent-wise the Eucalyptus & Spearmint are going to be my go-to for spring and summer - light moisture that smells super clean and fresh - but I will be keeping the Shea Butter in reserve for when the weather cools down again - if your skin is on the dry side you will want to get your hands on its rich moisture and warm scent now!

- Lisamarie -

April 17, 2019

Eye Love Wednesday - Revlon ColorStay Brow Crayon

Revlon ColorStay Brow Crayon - $10.99 - in 4 shades: Blonde, Soft Brown, Dark Brown and Soft Black - defines and shapes in just one easy sweep with buildable, blendable, waterproof colour with a wax to powder finish that wears up to 24 hours.

This is a great pencil if you are looking to fill in sparse areas on the brow or darken the colour but not fine enough for drawing in individual hairs. I'm officially requesting that Revlon come out with an Auburn one, it's perfect for my lazy girl style of makeup!

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Patchology Resting Beach Face Kit!

Give post-sun skin a treat with: Patchology Resting Beach Face Soothing Sheet Mask & Lip Gel Kit - $20 - a sheet mask and lip gel duo designed to soothe, hydrate and renew beach-slapped skin.

The kit includes:

2 FlashMasque Soothe Sheet Masks - created with the best ingredients from mother Nature's medicine cabinet, this masque is your 5-minute remedy. With aloe vera and cotton seed extract -  natural anti-inflammatories that help soothe and calm redness; schisandra berry - de-stresses skin and improves moisture for a plump, youthful glow; and a blend of rosemary, sage and lavender - bursting with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to help repair irritated skin.

2 FlashPatch Hydrating Lip Gels - quickly moisturizes dry lips and preps your pout for that favorite lip product. Each 5-minute biodegradable lip mask provides essential hydration and delivers ingredients like peptides to improve elasticity, green tea to soothe and niacinamide to prevent skin from losing water.

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

- Lisamarie -

April 16, 2019

Mary Kay Illuminating Drops

Mary Kay Illuminating Drops - 15ml - $25 - in three shades: Silver Sands, Golden Horizon and Bronze Light - silky, pigment-packed drops of light that are reminiscent of a desert glow and are blendable and buildable so they can be worn on bare skin or over foundation with sun-catching effects.

There is no wrong way to use it - achieve a more  natural look by softly applying on cheekbones, cupid’s bow and brow bones or create some drama and also add to collarbones and décolleté.

Play amateur chemist and mix with foundation or body lotion to give skin an inner glow - and of course go ahead and mix and match various shades to add a cool complexion and build dimension.

Available for a limited time through your Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant - if you don't have one you can locate one at - www.marykay.ca or 1-866-455-5454.

- Lisamarie -

April 15, 2019

Spray your way to rose hydration with Korres, Kosmea and Fresh!

Korres H2 Rose Hydrating Face Mist - 100ml - $44 - an invigorating mist made with 97.5% natural ingredients including: rose water combined with hyaluronic acid and Imperata cylindrica extract to instantly moisturize to relieve thirsty skin;  aloe vera and orange blossom flower water - to hydrate, refresh, tone and minimize the appearance of pores with every spray. Use throughout the day to refresh skin and as a setting spray for longer makeup wear and a youthful-looking, glowing complexion. As an added bonus, it contains no silicones and smells (really) amazing without any synthetic fragrances added.

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Kosmea Hydrating Rosewater Mist - 150ml - $34.99 - a cooling facial spray made from delicately distilled rose petals that revitalizes and rehydrates tired skin for an invigorated feeling. As well, it quenches dry skin when traveling, nourishes skin that's parched from heat, perks up skin during a busy day and is even great for setting makeup!

Available at well.ca.
Fresh Rose Floral Toner - 250ml - $49 - a soothing, cooling, alcohol-free toner and makeup setting spray that delivers hydration with a heavenly scent. With a gentle formula containing pure rosewater, revered since antiquity for its calming and balancing benefits. It moisturizes for 24-hours, adds a healthy, dewy look as well as making a great refresher for skin throughout the day.

Available at Sephora and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

April 12, 2019

Help is here for damaged hair with John Masters Organics!

Bring your damaged, brittle, over-processed hair back to life this spring with a little help from John Masters Organics for Damaged Hair. With a natural formula starring organic honey and hibiscus flower extract, to infuse hair with nutrients that deliver moisture, strength, resilience and shine.

The perfect rehab program for anyone with dry, brittle, breakage–prone, dull and listless hair caused by chemical processes, blow dryer burnout, and mechanical damage such as over-brushing. With just 3 steps to gorgeous looking and feeling locks:

John Masters Organics Shampoo for Damaged Hair with Honey & Hibiscus - 177ml - $29 - has a silky, sulfate-free  formula that gently sweeps away debris, dirt and buildup without drying the scalp and builds resilience from the root, helping prevent future damage, breakage and split ends. Perfect for damaged, chemical and colour-treated hair, this daily shampoo restores the integrity of brittle strands and helps prevent future damage.

The formula contains: organic honey - coats hair in essential nutrients and draws in needed moisture;
organic hibiscus water and flower extract - work to gently slough off dead skin and dirt, while balancing scalp’s natural oil production; and coconut-derived foaming agent - provides a rich, gentle lather that won't strip essential oils

John Masters Organics Conditioner for Damaged Hair with Honey & Hibiscus - 177ml - $29 -  an intensive, silicone-free conditioner with an ultra-rich formula that deeply conditions as it repairs damaged, brittle hair and guards it from future breakage.

The formula contains: nourishing shea butter; organic honey - coats hair in essential nutrients and draws in needed moisture; organic hibiscus flower extract - rich in amino acids, it helps restore strength, elasticity and a silky texture; and sunflower seed oil - rich in fatty acids that help to retain moisture over time.

John Masters Hair Mask for Damaged Hair with Honey & Hibiscus - 125g - $39 - a rich and decadent silicone-free hair mask for weekly intensive care for extremely dry, damaged hair that rebuilds broken bonds to restore strength, movement and shine and protect hair from further damage.

The formula contains: mongogo oil - to replenish strands; organic honey - coats hair in essential nutrients and draws in needed moisture; organic hibiscus flower extract - contains amino acids to repair and strengthen strands; and bacuri butter - intensely softens and nourishes hair.

There's a lot about this line to love - not only does it leave your hair super soft and shiny, but also smells so good you'll never want to leave your shower! 

Available online at johnmasters.com.

- Lisamarie -

April 11, 2019

Indeed Labs Hydraluron + Volumising Lip Treatment

Indeed Labs Hydraluron + Volumising Lip Treatment - 9.3ml - $14.99 - an all-in-one lip treatment with a lightweight, smooth and non-sticky  formula to hydrate, soothe, nourish, volumize, plump and treat lips.

The formula contains very soothing and hydrating actives and ingredients including:

a combination of pomegranate sterols - a super fruit ingredient increases moisture levels, enhances the skin’s barrier function and further protects against environmental stress; coffee; tea and tropical fruit extracts - that work to increase moisture levels and enhance barrier function while helping to brighten skin and promote skin elasticity;

volulip - a plant extract and a natural modified matrikine-mimeic peptide that mimics hyaluronic acid injection to improve lip volume, hydration and softness;

ultra filling spheres - penetrate the upper layers of the epidermis to plump and smooth out deep and superficial wrinkles;

BV OSC -  helps mitigate the damaging effects of UV damage while being anti-oxidizing and melanin-inhibiting as well as helping to brighten skin and reduce the appearance of age spots;

hydrasynol IDL - a unique anti-ageing ingredient that has been shown to improve multiple signs of ageing and improve roughness, dryness, skin tone, elasticity and radiance.

Unlike other lip treatments that feel good at first but end up making lips feel even drier, this one works immediately upon application to coat lips with a cushiony texture for instant relief, while the actives go to work to treat, moisturize and add volume - apply as often as needed throughout the day for lips that feel hydrated, nourished and kissably soft!

Available at select Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online athttps://ca.indeedlabs.com/.

- Lisamarie -

April 10, 2019

Eye Love Wednesday - KISS Lash Couture Naked Drama Collection

KISS Lash Couture Naked Drama Collection - $11.99 - in 3 styles: Chiffon - wispy with a feathery finish, Tulle - full density and sheer volume, Lacey - medium volume and multi-lengths

Faux mink lashes that combine Cushion Flexi Band Technology that hugs your lashline for a contoured fit with Split-Tip Lash Design for full and fluffy volume that looks like real mink and are so light and comfortable to wear it feels like you have nothing on - and if you treat them gently, you can reuse them up to 10 times!

Available at Walmart, Jean Coutu and London Drugs stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Quo by Orly Tough Cookie Strengthener!

It's been a long, cold winter and everything including my nails need some extra love so I've been treating them with:

Quo by Orly Tough Cookie Strengthener - $12 - contains African okoume extract which helps strengthen dry, brittle nails, helping them grow stronger and prevent snapping and breaking.

Part of the new Quo by Orly Treatment line which also includes Glosser - a topcoat for super-slick shine, Bonder - a basecoat for longer lasting manicures and pedicures, CC Creme - a brightening treatment for nails and Nail Defense - a strengthener for splitting and peeling nails.

Available now exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

April 9, 2019

No7 Airbrush Away Tinted Skin Perfector

Looking to lighten up your makeup routine for spring but still want flawless looking skin?

No7 Airbrush Away Tinted Skin Perfector - $22 - in 3 shades with colour adjusting, smart pigments that blend to match skin tone: Light, Medium and Dark - the perfect hybrid between a primer and foundation that couples the benefits of a skincare treatment with the coverage of a sheer foundation.

It has a velvety soft, easily blendable texture that provides coverage that is so lightweight, you'll forget it's even on as it evens tone and imperfections while a silicone elastomer blend instantly blurs pores, lines and wrinkles.

As well, the formula contains an antioxidant complex that includes vitamin A - to condition and care for skin and vitamin E - to help defend skin from the damaging effects of free radicals

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

- Lisamarie -

April 8, 2019

Yves Rocher Anti-Age Global for the best in natural anti-aging!

Yves Rocher introduces new skincare range - Anti-Age Global - offering anti-aging benefits with an effective formula that respect the skin and the planet.

The heart of the formula is a patented plant biotechnology process that uses a single extract from a selected and preserved plant, to create an innovative active: Botanical Bud Nectar - through a natural process, these precious cells are amplified, multiplied and then fragmented to make them and their content naturally assimilable by the skin and acts at the core of the cells for exceptional cell renewal helping fibroblasts - the source of collagen production, renew themselves faster.

Anti-Aging Correcting Supra Essence - 50ml - $75 - with a fluid, moisturizing, ultra-concentrated texture that fights against all signs of aging and intensely renews for skin that is firmer, with reduced wrinkles and a more even complexion.

I am in love with the texture of this, it is so light it easily layers under any product - no matter how rich it is - without feeling like you have too much extra stuff on your face! If you have oily to combination skin your skin might feel perfect with just this layered on top of the Lotion!

Anti-Aging Activating Lotion - 200ml - $25 - with a fresh and moisturizing texture that works in combination with the Essence to prepare skin and activate radiance in a single step.

Anti-Aging Beautifying Cream - 50ml - $69 - in 2 formulas: Dry skin - with a smooth texture that provides dry skin with immediate comfort or All skin types - with a moisturizing texture with a powdery finish that reveals silky and velvety skin - both fight against all signs of aging, nourishes and beautifies skin all day.

Anti-Aging Comfort Cream Night - 50ml - $69 - with a melting cloud texture that fights against all signs of aging, revives radiance and reduces fine lines and wrinkles while you sleep.

Anti-Aging Illuminating Care - 15ml - $52 -  fights against all signs of aging, immediately reducing wrinkles and illuminating eyes.

Not only does the range care for your skin, it also care for the environment with eco-designed packaging that includes recyclable glass jars and bottles, a plastic bottle containing 25% of recycled plastic and carton packaging from sustainably managed forests.

Available now at Yves Rocher stores across Canada and online at yvesrocher.ca.

- Lisamarie -

April 5, 2019

Fragrant Friday - Clean Endless Summer

Clean Endless Summer - 60ml EDT - $78 -  blends sun-drenched florals with addictive woods by including the key notes of sunny accord, rose and coconut water in a fresh floral scent that is meant to evoke both the joyful feeling of a sunny summer day - clear, fresh and airy - as well as the sensuality of warm sun on bare skin.

The scent reminds me of what your skin smells like after a day at the beach - kind of a sunscreen, fresh air and sand scent - very summery!

Available now for a limited time exclusively at Sephora and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

April 4, 2019

Repair winter skin damage with Aveeno Repairing CICA Hand & Fooot Masks!

If winter has left your hands and feet looking and feeling extra-dry have no fear, relief is at hand with:

Aveeno Repairing CICA Hand Mask - 1 pair - $4.99 - restores balance and essential moisture to dry hands leaving them smoother and softer in just 10 minutes.

Aveeno Repairing CICA Foot Mask - 1 pair - $4.49 - intensely moisturizes and helps repair problem skin.

Both have a paraben and fragrance-free formula enriched with shea butter and prebiotic oat that is gentle enough for dry, sensitive skin and are super easy to use. Just wash hands and/or feet thoroughly, insert hand/feet into glove/slipper, leave on for 10 minutes and remove - no need to rinse, just massage any excess product into the skin.

And if your hands/feet are especially dry go ahead and leave the glove/slipper on longer - the formula doesn't have any peeling aspect to it, just straight moisture, so it doesn't hurt to let the moisture soak in for as long as you like!

Available now at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

April 3, 2019

Eye Love Wednesday - StriVectin Advanced Hydration Hyaluronic Tripeptide Gel-Cream for Eyes

We all know that sun exposure causes photoaging damage to unprotected skin. But new research shows that the sun isn't the only wrinkle-causing culprit. Blue light from devices is now thought to contribute to photoaging damage such as wrinkles, loss of elasticity and discoloration. If you spend time on a digital device, dim the brightness - some of them even have "blue light filter" settings - go "hands-free" with your mobile device and add some blue light fight to your skincare routine with:

StriVectin Advanced Hydration Hyaluronic Tripeptide Gel-Cream for Eyes - 15ml - $69 - a dual-phase, swirled gel-cream for eyes that intensely hydrates and corrects the key signs of eye aging while neutralizing the visible effects of blue light exposure.

The cooling gel phase combines hyaluronic acid - to deliver intense hydration; oligopeptide & tripeptide blend - improves appearance of wrinkles and thin skin around the eyes, blue daisy extract - offers powerful anti-inflammatory properties and helps to calm and soothe; biomarine extracts - helps diminish the look of crow's feet and dark circles; and apple & watermelon extracts - provide an extra boost of immediate and long lasting hydration. The nourishing cream phase features naturally-derived rice extract antioxidant - neutralizes the visible effects of blue light exposure resulting from both the sun and digital devices; and patented NIA-114 technology - an exclusive form of niacin/vitamin B3 that is clinically proven to strengthen the skin barrier and supercharge the performance of other ingredients.

Instantly your eye area will feel intensely hydrated and moisturized and in just one week the look of fine lines, dark circles and puffiness will be reduced while the visible effects of blue light exposure will be neutralized.

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

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Skin Authority Brightening Peel Pack!

It's just five days to fabulously healthy-looking skin that is brighter, smoother and fuller with:

Skin Authority Brightening Peel Pack - 5 treatments - $21 - with a leave-on serum formula of AHA glycolic from sugar cane, natural skin brighteners from the bearberry bush, and complex oligopeptides which work to transform the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while helping fade spots, freckles, and splotches aggravated by hormones, sun or UV exposure with naturally derived brightening agents as well as hydrates skin.

Just use once a day for 5 days and look forward to skin that is bright, radiant, smooth and soft - any skin type can use it, including sensitive and it's even safe to use while pregnant or nursing!

Available exclusively at Murale stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

April 2, 2019

Kiss New York Professional Pro Touch Liquid Foundation

Kiss New York Professional Pro Touch Liquid Foundation - $9.99 - in 8 shades: Porcelain, Classic Ivory, Ivory, Natural Ivory, Natural Beige, Nude Beige, Warm Nude, Soft Tan - keeps the complexion fresh with a hydrating formula infused with green tea for anti-oxidation and offers  medium to full coverage that dries to a velvet finish while keeping oil and sebum under control.

The foundation has a nice light feel and texture and it doesn't take a lot of product to cover which makes the pump applicator especially useful!

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

- Lisamarie -

April 1, 2019

3 must-have facial oils from Caudalie, Indeed and Darphin!

Caudalie Make-Up Removing Cleansing Oil - 100ml - $34 - deeply cleanses as it melts away all traces of makeup, including waterproof and eliminates impurities with a mineral oil free formula containing organic sunflower and castor oil that infuses vitamins and nourishment into skin without  clogging pores or leaving behind any residue to reveal incredibly clean, hydrated and clear skin.

Best of all the formula is dermatologist and ophthalmologist tested, vegan, non-toxic, non-irritating, cruelty-free, hypoallergenic, safe for sensitive skin and free of all synthetic chemicals, gluten, GMOs and fillers.

Available at Sephora and sephora.ca.

Want the benefits of an oil but dislike the weight and greasy feeling of typical oils? Then you'll love:

Indeed Squalane Lightweight Facial Oil - 30ml - $17.99 - contains 100% highly stable and renewable sugarcane derived squalane to instantly hydrate, lock in essential moisture, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and improve skin’s moisture balance. With a lightweight, fast absorbing, non-comedogenic, non-irritating, paraben, colourant and fragrance-free formula suitable for all skin types that slows water loss, provides intense hydration, retains moisture from the environment and increases cell turnover,  leaving skin feeling instantly hydrated, plump, soft and smooth.

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada.
Darphin Petal Infusion Lip Oil = $25 - contains real flower petals including nourishing rose, rejuvenating calendula, and smoothing blue cornflower infused in nutrient-rich apricot and grape seed oils - to create a high-shine gloss and define the look of lips while barrier-protecting vitamin E comforts and prevents dryness and conditioning omegas 6 and 9 plump, condition and protect lips from dryness.

Available at sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -