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 -