September 17, 2019

Test Driving - Stila Hide & Chic Fluid Foundation

Stila Hide & Chic Fluid Foundation - 30ml - $51 - a liquid foundation that offers discreet, covert, medium coverage with a featherweight feel and natural finish in 30 shades:
Fair 1 - very fair skin tones with pink to neutral undertones, Fair 2 - very fair skin tones with yellow to neutral undertones, Light 1 - light skin tones with pink undertones, Light 2 - light skin tones with yellow undertones, Light 3 - light skin tones with pink undertones, Light 4 - light skin tones with neutral undertones, Light/Medium 1 - light/medium skin tones with yellow undertones, Light/Medium 2 - light skin tones with pink undertones, Light/Medium 3 - light/medium skin tones with neutral undertones, Light/Medium 4 - light/medium skin tones with yellow undertones, Medium 1 - medium skin tones with pink undertones, Medium 2 - medium skin tones with neutral undertones, Medium 3 - medium skin tones with yellow undertones, Medium 4 - medium skin tones with pink undertones, Medium 5 - medium skin tones with yellow undertones, Tan 1 - tan skin tones with yellow undertones, Tan 2 - tan skin tones with neutral undertones, Tan 3 - tan skin tones with red undertones, Tan 4 - tan skin tones with red undertones, Tan 5 - tan skin tones with yellow undertones, Tan/Deep 1 - tan/deep skin tones with neutral undertones, Tan/Deep 2 - tan/deep skin tones with red undertones, Tan/Deep 3 - tan/deep skin tones with yellow undertones, Tan/Deep 4 - tan/deep skin tones with red undertones, Deep 1 - deep skin tones with red undertones, Deep 2 - deep skin tones with yellow undertones, Deep 3 - deep skin tones with neutral undertones, Deep 4 - deep skin tones with neutral undertones, Deep 5 - deep skin tones with yellow undertones, Deep 6 - deep skin tones with neutral undertones.

The formula contains innovative silica-coated pigments that blur imperfections while the nutrient-infused formula with Irish sea moss - to improve texture and hydration, plant collagen extract - a combination of five roots and veggies to help firm skin and improve elasticity and baobab seed extract - helps defend and nurture skin - helps visibly smooth and refine for a more even-toned complexion.

What's notable about it is just how thin the formula is - which had me expecting sheer coverage at best but it's actually very customizable for everything from barely there to total flaw concealment - just remember is to shake really well before using. It's a pump formula which I like but because the formula is so liquid applying it directly to my brush got a little messy so I pumped it on the back of my hand and loaded my brush from there - half a pump is plenty for me for sheer to medium coverage or a full pump for medium coverage with a little extra in problem areas.

The shade selection is great, my perfect colour exists and I also don't find that it disappears during the day or melts off my face when the weather gets steamy so overall I am loving this new foundation!

Available at all Stila counters including select Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques and Sephora stores across Canada and online at stila.ca.

- Lisamarie -

September 16, 2019

Supplement the health of your hair, skin and nails with Viviscal, Nature's Bounty and Fountain! and

Viviscal Extra Strength Hair Nourishment System - 60 tablets - $59.99 - a 100% drug free, clinically proven supplement for women and men experiencing thinning hair to support healthy hair growth from within - now with a new formula!

The formula includes: Amino Mar C Marine Complex - the key active ingredient, along with biotin, iron and zinc - as well as:

Biotin - a water-soluble Vitamin B complex that helps the body to metabolize carbohydrates, fats and amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein and thus essential to the formation of the hair structure;

Vitamin C - a powerful antioxidant that helps to absorb more iron into the blood - derived from the Acerola Cherry, one of the richest sources of vitamin C available;

Iron - an essential mineral that helps to make red blood cells, which carry oxygen around to cells in the body, including hair follicles. Thinning hair can be one of the visible symptoms of anemia (iron deficiency).

You can expect full effects 6 months although most people notice a difference after 3-4 months with final results that should net you significant improvements in overall hair volume, thickness and scalp coverage after 3 to 6 months and a 125% increase in hairs after 6 months!

Just take 2 tablets daily for a minimum of 3-6 months (1 in the morning and 1 in the evening, taken with water after food). After that you can reduce your daily intake to 1-2 tablets daily in order to maintain optimal hair growth results.

Available at viviscal.ca and drug stores across Canada.
Nature's Bounty Hair, Skin & Nails Gummies with Biotin - 80 gummimes - $8.99 - provides a unique and delicious way to help maintain the good health of hair, skin and nails with just 2 gummies a day which contain 7.5mg vitamin C, 3.38mg vitamin E and 1250mcg biotin and helps:

the body to metabolize carbohydrates, fats and proteins;
in the development and maintenance of bones, cartilage, teeth and gums;
in connective tissue formation; and
in wound healing.

Just remember they are vitamins, not candy - which will be hard because that's exactly what they smell and taste like!

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.
Fountain - The Hair Molecule - 240ml - $35 - a concentrated beauty supplement with a liquid complex with each 2-teaspoon serving containing: 500 mg silicon, 20 μg biotin and a hyaluronic acid matrix to support hair from within to grow strong, healthy and full of shine and brilliance.

Just take two teaspoons (10ml) per day either directly or mixed with your favourite juice or beverage and look forward to a stronger and glossier pelt!

Available at Hudson's Bay and online at  http://fountain.co.

- Lisamarie -

September 13, 2019

Fine hair must have - Dove UltraCare Weightless + Volume Mousse Conditioner!

Dove UltraCare Weightless + Volume Mousse Conditioner - 198g - $8.99 - a lightweight mousse conditioner perfect for fine, dry hair that moisturizes hair without weighing it down leaving it nourished, smooth and detangled.

As all of us blessed with fine hair know - the more nourishing the product, the heavier the formula  seems to be. But fine hair demands something lighter that is still just as moisturizing - and this is it! Formulated with the lightest level of Dove Micro-Conditioning Complex technology, for all the  moisture without the weight!

It's easy to use, after washing hair, shake this foaming dry hair conditioner well to activate the foam formula. Pump a generous amount into the palm of your hand, then smooth evenly throughout wet hair, focusing mostly on mid-lengths to ends. Leave for just one minute before rinsing away for nourished, smooth hair - use daily for best results.

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

September 12, 2019

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Luminous Lip Crayon

Juice Beauty Phyto-Pigments Luminous Lip Crayon - $27 - in a brand new bright fuchsia shade:  Healdsburg - named for the beautiful town of their Sonoma County Farm in California - as well as 7 already beloved shades: Montara - burgundy wine, Caramel - pale nude, Venice - nude beige, Malibu - nude pink, Pebble - pink rose, Laguna - pink rose, Salinas - rosy brown -combine the convenience of a pencil with the application of a lipstick in a jumbo-sized crayon design that provide beautiful, subtle shine and comfortable wear with a lightweight feel.

Summer parched lips will love the smooth, creamy texture thanks to the replenishing emollients in the exclusive Moisture Plant Blend (glycerin, betaine and phospholipids) that increases skin hydration and keeps lips soft and the Phyto-Pigments exclusive blend of rose, eggplant, moringa and eclipta daisy.

Available at Murale stores and select Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

September 11, 2019

Eye Love Wednesday - Lierac Hydragenist Hydra-Smoothing Eye Gel

Lierac Hydragenist Hydra-Smoothing Eye Gel - 15ml - $45 - a transparent fresh gel enriched with NMFs for an immediate rehydrating and smoothing effect.

It has a fragrance-free formula which makes it great for even the most sensitive skin and is based on the esthetic technique of tissue oxygenation, which combines biomimetic oxygen to stimulate cell oxygenation, with rehydrating hyaluronic acid to take care of those fine lines and wrinkles from dry skin along with a decongesting extract for puffiness and dark circles

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

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Scentuals Vanilla Tangerine 100% Natural Lip Conditioner!

Scentuals Vanilla Tangerine 100% Natural Lip Conditioner - $4.49 -with organic shea butter - a superior moisturizer with remarkable healing properties; hemp oil - to nourish the lips while reducing the look of fine lines and wrinkles; along with coconut oil, beeswax, cocoa butter, castor seed oil, jojoba seed oil and vitamin E.

What's best about it though is the scent - a  mouth-watering tangy sweet blend of vanilla and tangerine - and I hear there is a Skin Repair Balm Stick coming in the same scent - yum!

Available at select stores across Canada - to find one near you check out: https://www.scentuals.com/ca/where-to-buy - as well as to purchase online.

- Lisamarie -

September 10, 2019

Embryolisse BB Cream Complexion Illuminating Veil

Embryolisse Complexion Illuminating Veil - 30ml - $36 - a BB cream that is both skincare and makeup.

With a universal tone that conceals imperfections; mattifying powders and light reflecting pigments that blur pores and fine lines; hyaluronic acid to moisturize, plump up and smooth skin; and vitamin E - for antioxidant care - for a radiant complexion and soft and velvety skin.   

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

- Lisamarie -

September 9, 2019

Aveeno Positively Radiant MaxGlow Serum and Primer

Aveeno Positively Radiant MaxGlow Serum and Primer - 45ml - $32.99 - a hydrating, illuminating face serum infused with a moisture-rich soy and kiwi complex that evens skin tone and creates a smooth, glowing canvas for makeup.

It has a lightweight, fast absorbing formula that is hypoallergenic, paraben free, phthalate free and non-comedogenic.

The super-light texture makes it perfect for layering and it does moisturize so if you have oily to combination skin you might find that you don't even need to add another moisturizer on top - either way expect it to enhance skin’s natural radiance for a lit-from-within glow and a healthy looking complexion.

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

September 6, 2019

OGX Active Beauty Green Tea Fitness Collection

Help recover exercise-weary strands with a fitness-inspired line from OGX - Active Beauty Green Tea Fitness - infused with rich in antioxidant green tea and refreshing lotus to keep hair feeling, looking and smelling fresh while adding healthy-looking shine!

Available in the collection:

Green Tea Fitness Shampoo - 385ml - $10.99 - refreshes hair with an extra cleansing blend to help extend time between washes.

Green Tea Fitness Conditioner - 385ml - $10.99 - boosts lightweight hydration to increase intervals between washes.

Green Tea Fitness Dry Shampoo Foam - 175ml - $10.99 - a quick drying foam that helps extend your style, soak up sweat and oil to add volume and keep hair looking, feeling, and smelling fresh with no white residue.

Green Tea Fitness Air Dry Cream - 177ml - $10.99 - helps keep strands refreshed and curls frizz-free with no heat while adding lasting moisture.

Available now at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

September 5, 2019

Love Beauty and Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Delicious Glow Body Lotion

Love Beauty and Planet Murumuru Butter & Rose Delicious Glow Body Lotion - 400ml - $10.99 - provides 24 hours moisturization with rich, naturally sourced Amazonian murumuru butter - which comes from the white fat found in the nuts of the murumura palm tree which are known to be deeply moisturizing so it helps nourish, soften and protect against dryness and is scented with the freshness of ethically sourced, handpicked Bulgarian rose petals to leave skin luminous, soft and smelling oh-so gorgeous.

You can also feel good that this vegan body lotion is made with plant-based moisturizers and contains no parabens, silicones or dyes - to leave you and the planet a little more beautiful.

If rose isn't your thing there are a couple of other scent options: Coconut Water & Mimosa Flower Luscious Hydration Body Lotion as well as Argan Oil & Lavender Smooth & Serene Body Lotion.

The brand is committed to acts of love with a goal of a carbon footprint so small it's like they weren't even here. Every one of their bottles is made from 100% recycled materials and are recyclable - and they are working on the same for their caps and pumps. Check out lovebeautyandplanet.com to learn more.

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

September 4, 2019

Eye Love Wednesday - Avon Glimmershadow Liquid Eyeshadow

Avon Glimmershadow Liquid Eyeshadow - $10 - in 8 shades and 2 finishes: Smoky Quartz - shimmer, Peach Sapphire - glitter, Bronze Age - shimmer, Rose Gold - shimmer, Fool's Gold - glitter, Jade - glitter, Iron Violet - shimmer, Ultramarine - glitter - with a silky, lightweight water-infused butter base that is buildable - from a sheer wash of glistening colour to full on glitter that blends easily and dries down smoothly. The formula is water resistant so it won't smudge, crease or move around - it stays all day to wow!

Available from your Avon rep - 1-800-265-AVON or online at avon.ca.

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... The Case Full Of Seoul - The Best Of Korean Skincare!

The Case Full Of Seoul - The Best Of Korean Skincare - $159.99 - makes it easy to discover all that K-Beauty has to offer with 8 skin-changing products - best when used together, each product has a purpose to target different skin concerns that work to unveil a flawless complexion.

This is a great way to introduce yourself to K-Beauty if you aren't already a fan. If you aren't familiar with the concept, Korean skincare is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach, rather than a one-off treatment it's where the secret to beautiful skin is knowing that it doesn’t happen overnight, but is rather a commitment to a daily routine that will deliver long-lasting results.

The set includes:

9 Wishes Rice Foaming Cleanser -  a micro-ground rice powder textured formula that
works to gently exfoliate away dead skin while cleansing away make-up and other impurities to
leave the skin bright and full of hydration thanks to its nutrient-rich rice water ingredients.

MayCoop Raw Sauce Mini - a toner and emulsion in one that intensely hydrates and revitalizes dull skin using ingredients that mimic molecules in human skin, such as maple tress sap, to help retain extra-high absorbency.

URANG True Rose Repair Essence - with a jelly-like texture containing organic Bulgarian rose water and rose essential oil for a cooling effect to calm down redness and re-energize sensitive skin.

Tov Camellia Wrinkle-Free Eye Solution - fills in fine lines and wrinkles in the delicate eye area with a formula of shea butter and macadamia nut oil.

MayCoop Raw Moisturizer - formulated with maple tree sap for the ultimate hydration experience, in a soothing complex that uses an oil/water balance to allow skin tissue to work as a barrier, absorber and regenerator.

Touch In Sol No Poreblem Primer - with a velvety smooth texture that creates a long-lasting, smooth canvas for flawless makeup application and contains a unique sebum catching powder that controls oil-production to keep skin from appearing greasy as well as minimizing the look of pores, wrinkles and uneven skin.

URANG Vitamin Oil Serum - hydrates and nourishes the skin with rosehip and jojoba oils that  penetrate deeply and provide a brightening effect while repairing the skin hiding discoloration and reducing fine lines.

I Woke Up Like This All-In-One Concentrate Treatment Mask - a tightly-woven microfibre fabric sheet mask with pearl powder, vitamin C and niacinamide to boost hydration that adheres perfectly to the skin for deep penetration of ingredients to provide a brightening effect and even out skin tone.
Along with the products are four different shorter beauty plans to accommodate every aspect of one’s lifestyle:

‘The Morning Glory’ plan for a quick everyday skincare routine to brighten up your day;

‘The Sleeping Beauty’ plan is to unveil the secret of the “I woke up like this” feeling.

the ‘Get Ready with Me’ plan is for whenever and wherever as skincare is the new makeup; and

the ‘Spa Sunday’ plan for when you want to be extra and Spa-ice things up!

Each plan is easy to follow with a step-by-step how-to no matter what your skincare needs might be that day or if you simply don’t have time for the full eight steps.

Available now at Costco stores across Canada (no Costco membership needed) and online at costco.ca.

- Lisamarie -

September 3, 2019

Nude by Nature Sunkissed Pressed Bronzer

Summer might be coming to an end but there's no reason to lose your sun-kissed skin thanks to:


Nude by Nature Sunkissed Pressed Bronzer - $30 - with a  feather-light, fragrance-free formula and soft universal shade that adapts naturally to all skin tones along with subtle golden luminous pearls and a neutral undertone, to all create the perfect natural tan with a radiant glow and a healthy, imperceptible finish.

The formula is made up of active natural ingredients, including the native Australian kakadu plum, known for its abundant vitamin C content and quandong to help provide antioxidant defense - as well as being enriched with moisturizing vitamin E, avocado and jojoba oils and shea butter to nourish the skin.

Especially handy is the mirrored compact that makes for easy application and touch ups on the go!

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

- Lisamarie -

September 2, 2019

The key to younger looking skin - Vivier Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30!

Wouldn't it be amazing if there was one anti-aging product that would keep your skin looking healthy, prevent wrinkles and with faithful wear, make you look younger then you are?

That product already exists - sunscreen!

It really is a wonder product but the problem is that while most of us remember to wear it during the summer months, come Labour Day it tends to get put away and forgotten. This won't work, you have to wear sunscreen every day of the year, come rain or shine because the ultraviolet rays that are the cause of sun damage and skin cancer are always around regardless of the weather and even on cloudy days where there's no sun to be seen!

It's the easiest thing in the world to add to your beauty routine so start today and don't ever stop! And since sun protection comes in so many formulas and textures, there is one to suit absolutely everyone - I'm partial to:

Vivier Sunscreen Lotion SPF 30 - 90ml - $64 - provides true broad-spectrum protection in a light, sheer formulation that absorbs quickly into the skin ultimately protecting it from the sun’s harmful UVA and UVB rays. Optimal for all skin types and ideal for daily use, it can be used alone, under makeup and even on sensitive skin.

Available at clinics and dermaspas across Canada - check out https://www.vivierskin.com to find one near you.

- Lisamarie -