October 28, 2020

Eye Love Wednesday - Swiss Line Cell Shock Magic Eye Mask

It's that time of year when magic is in the air and anything seems possible, so why not send a little bit of that pixie dust to your eyes with a magical mask:
 
Swiss Line Cell Shock Magic Eye Mask - 20ml - $160 - perfect for frequent travellers, irregular sleepers or anyone who can't live without eye concealer - this cream mask, with a blue-ish off-white shade, targets wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles and is dispensed through the metal applicator, releasing cooling and soothing ingredients into skin, including:
 
Cellactel 2 Complex - one of the brand’s secret weapons in the fight against aging skin, it helps to repair essential functions, increase cellular metabolism and regenerate the skin; 
 
Hyaluronic acid - acts as a “molecular sponge” trapping and holding water up to 1,000 times its own weight to provide an immediate film-forming and plumping effect;
 
Oligo-mineral complex - designed for stressed skin suffering from fatigue, it has the ability to stimulate the cellular metabolism, the synthesis of intracellular ATP and cell growth thanks to the actions of zinc, magnesium and manganese; and
 
Enzyme-probiotics complex - pumpkin enzymes and probiotics stimulate exfoliation and promote a more even texture. 
 
You use it in the same way you would a face mask: you can either apply a thin layer at night, allowing it to deliver benefits while sleeping. Next morning, if needed, remove left-over traces with cold water or during the day as an anti-fatigue mask - apply a very thin layer whenever needed and allow it to set for 5-10 minutes. Remove the traces of the film with a moistened cotton pad. 
 
My eyes always feel tired and puffy from staring at a computer screen all day and they especially appreciate the cooling metal applicator when I pop it into the fridge for a few minutes first!

Available at spas and beauty destinations across Canada - check out swissline-skincare.ca to find a location near you or to buy online.

- Lisamarie -

October 26, 2020

Everything's coming up roses with Physicians Formula, Scentuals and Yardley!

Physicians Formula Rosé All Night Ultra-Rich Restorative Cream
- 45g - $21.99 - a calming, hydration-restoring night cream that brightens and repairs skin for a firmer, youthful looking glow. With an ultra-rich, brightening formula enriched with brightening kakadu plum, calming rose water, anti-oxidant rich goji and wrinkle-relaxing sea mayweed while providing instant, deep and long-lasting 30-hour moisturization for supple and youthful looking skin without feeling sticky.
 
Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.
Scentuals Rose Facial Mist
- 120ml - $29.50 - hydrates and brightens with a 100% natural botanical formula of rose and rose geranium floral water, aloe vera extract and hyaluronic acid to delicately tone skin leaving it refreshed, radiant and younger looking. 

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.
Yardley English Rose
- 50ml EDT - $18.95 - a refreshing, light floral fragrance with sparkling citrus and rose top notes; and a heart subtly combining rose bud, magnolia, violet and cassis with warm woody notes; whilst patchouli and musks, add velvety tones to the base. 
 
Available at drugstores across Canada.
 
- Lisamarie -

October 21, 2020

This week I'm obsessed with... Oh K! SOS Detoxifying Peel Off Clay Mask!

Oh K! SOS Detoxifying Peel Off Clay Mask - 100ml - $13.99 - a super soothing and easy to peel off natural clay mask that removes impurities from the skin with witch hazel and gently exfoliates to help reduce the appearance of pores.
 
The best thing about it of course is that it peels off - I'm obsessed with peeling products - there is just something so satisfying about it! Just apply to clean skin, leave on for 20-30 minutes and then peel it right off - bonus points if you can do it all in one large piece sitting the couch while watching tv with your husband/boyfriend/girlfriend - they love it!
 
Available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.
 
- Lisamarie -

October 19, 2020

Must try eyeshadow trends with Quo Beauty, Mary Kay and Revolution!

Diamond's can be a girl's eyes best friend especially when it comes to eyeshadow trends...
Quo Beauty Diamond Eyeshadow Palette - $18 - includes 8 very wearable shades saturated with colour and just the right amount of sparkle.
 
I spent the weekend playing with this palette because - well - shiny - and all of the colours are something I would/will wear (esp. the silvery lavender in the middle). Best of all they lend perfectly to my preferred lazy technique of an all-over shadow wash. 
 
Part of the new launch of Quo Beauty products which includes new formulations and packaging - more on that in a few days so stay tuned!
 
Available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.
For eyes that shine like the stars go for Foil...
Mary Kay Foil Eyeshadow Duo - $20 - in Pink & Purple or Copper & Pyrite - a metallic eyeshadow duo that boasts a super reflective foil finish with an ultralight powder formula that applies with a silky texture that delivers glitter without the grit and comfortably stays put hour after hour.

Available now 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.
I admit it, Red scares me - it's one of those trends that when not done right, just ends up looking scary! The best tips I can give you after much experimentation is full-on red is hard - pair it with some pink (above), brown or burgundy to make it less intense; and don't forget your Visine - if your eyes are even a little bit bloodshot, red eyeshadow will bring out your inner vampire look - of course it's almost Halloween so that could be a good thing...
Revolution Reloaded Eyeshadow Palette in Neutrals 2 - $12.99 - includes 15 highly pigmented, long wearing options that include warm burnt shades for lovers of rustic reds and burnt oranges, in a variety of matte and shimmer finishes.

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

- Lisamarie -

October 14, 2020

This week I'm obsessed with... Conair InfinitiPro Frizz Free Hot Air Brush!


These days we really need to put the power of salon styling in our own hands - which is now made easy with:
 
Conair InfinitPro Frizz Free Hot Air Brush - $49.99 - with a ceramic coated, 1½-inch thermal barrel that ensures even heat for exceptional performance, while ionic technology eliminates frizz, resulting in smooth, shiny, healthy-looking hair. Equipped with 2 heat settings to dry hair quickly yet gently as you style, it features a mix of nylon and ball-tipped bristles for optimal comfort and control, plus a cool setting to lock in your style.  
 
The nice thing about present circumstances is not having to run out the door in the morning so I have the time to let my hair mostly air dry - then I use the Hot Air Brush to give it a smooth finish and lots of shine! And I don't even have my usual complaint about hair appliances that the cord ends up being a mess making it hard to use - the cord on this one is great - 6' long and it swivels so I never find myself tangled up in it!
 
Part of a whole Conair InfinitPro Frizz Free Collection which also includes a Pro Dryer, Flat Iron and Curling Iron!

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

October 12, 2020

All the best in Vitamin C from StriVectin, Vichy and Indeed!

StriVectin Multi-Action Super-C Retinol Brighten & Correct Vitamin C Serum
- 30ml - $79 - with a lightweight, supercharged formula that combines the brightening power of vitamin C in two potent stabilized forms plus acerola cherry extract; with the correcting power of retinol to smooth fine lines and texture for visibly renewed, glowing skin. Sensitive to retinol? Don't worry, the formula also  contains NIA-114, StriVectin's patented form of niacin to help make the retinol more tolerable and effective.
 
Available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca and strivectin.com

Vichy LiftActiv Specialist Peptide-C Anti-Aging Ampoules
- 10 ampoules - $ 39.95 - formulated with only 10 ingredients including: 10% pure vitamin C - works on anti-aging, dark spots, glow and firmness; phyto peptides - approves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; natural hyaluronic acid - hydrates, smooths and plumps the skin; and Vichy mineralizing thermal water - in a clean formula without fragrance, alcohol and preservatives. 
 
A day's worth of serum is individually packaged in individual ampoules which is good and bad:

The good: you get a precise, fresh dose of the concentrated formula in a hermetic and photoprotective pack that preserves the actives against UV, heat and oxidation and allows the formula to be created without preservatives which is a great thing for anyone with sensitive skin!

The bad: the ampoules are glass and have to be opened in a very precise way or you end up with a jagged edge or a fistful of glass - the box does give you detailed instructions on how to open them so best to do it exactly as instructed! I imagine the glass must be important for the preserving of the formula or they would have made it easy and packaged them in plastic...

Another great tip - 1 ampoule used twice a day is more product then my skin needs so I have been stretching 1 ampoule to get 3 uses out of it - the formula is good for 48 hours after opening so this has worked well for me - if you don't have a pinhead like me you might not be able to get the product to stretch as far of course...

After 2 week of twice a day use I can definitely see a difference - my skin is smooth and glowing and feels perfectly moisturized!

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

Indeed Labs Vitamin C Brightening Drops - 30ml - $19.99 - a supercharged and perfectly lightweight serum that restores skin’s luminosity, radiance and brightness with the power of vitamin C  with a formula containing an encapsulated and non-phototoxic form of pure ascorbic acid (vitamin C) that absorbs into the skin 15x more effectively and boosts skin's defenses against environmental stressors and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for firmer, more youthful looking skin; volcanic soil; and hyaluronic acid that work together to even skin tone, reduce hyperpigmentation and brighten the appearance of skin; along with the power of tamarind seed extract and biosaccharide gum-1 that work to soothe skin, improve skin texture and enhance the skin’s moisture barrier for long-lasting hydration. 

And you can feel good that it's not tested on animals and free of fragrances, parabens, colourants, phthalates, SLS & SLES, denatured alcohol, and mineral oil.

Available now at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca and indeedlabs.com.
 
- Lisamarie -

October 7, 2020

This week I'm obsessed with... Live Clean Daily Moisturizing Shea & Coconut Body Lotion!

The seasons, they are a-changin' which means my lizard skin is starting to emerge making a good body lotion an absolute necessity - luckily one of my fave brands Live Clean has something new which is just what my skin needs:

Live Clean Daily Moisturizing Shea & Coconut Body Lotion - 532ml - $9.49 - with a 98% plant and naturally derived formula great for all skin types that is enriched with a triple moisture complex containing natural oils and certified organic extracts that absorbs quickly without being greasy to leave skin soft and hydrated for 24 hours.

Not only does it moisturize perfectly and smell great it also makes a great hand moisturizer - so if all that hand washing has left you with scaly hands - leave a bottle of this by your sink and apply after every washing (and if you are looking for a great hand wash try the Live Clean Aloe & Agave Foaming Hand Wash - 400ml - $5.99 - enriched with vitamin E and certified organic botanicals making it much less drying then your usual hand wash - available at Walmart, Sobeys and well.ca).

As always, the products are petrolatum, mineral oil, paraben, silicone, phthalate, phosphate and dye free - with recyclable packaging and biodegradable ingredients.

Available now at Shoppers Drug Mart and Jean Coutu stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca and well.ca.

- Lisamarie -

September 30, 2020

This week I'm obsessed with... Bite Beauty Yaysayer Plumping Lip Gloss!

Bite Beauty Yaysayer Plumping Lip Gloss - $33 - in 8 shades: Rose Mernigue - shimmering warm rose; Guava Puff - shimmering nude pink; Lavender Cookie - sheer lilac; Plum Tart - deep berry; Raspberry Swirl - shimmering hot pink; Cinnamon Twist - shimmering deep brown; Sugar Drizzle - clear with gold shimmer; and my fave:
Cider Donut - shimmering golden cocoa - such a pretty fall colour!

A clean, visibly plumping lip gloss with antioxidant-rich cinnamon oil - to give the gloss its spicy yet sweet flavor while helping to deliver a fuller and healthier-looking pout; along with sodium hyaluronate - to keep lips feeling hydrated and nourished.
I especially like the applicator - unlike most lip glosses that have a doe foot applicator, these lip glosses come with a plastic tip that helps the formula glides on effortlessly and just wipes off when you are finished so you can start with a clean applicator next time. I also like that it plumps without burning, just a nice little tingle and bam! - fuller lips!

Available now at Sephora stores across Canada and online at sephora.ca and bitebeauty.com.

- Lisamarie -

September 28, 2020

Wake up to better skin thanks to overnight formulas from No7, Versed & Pixi!

No7 Advanced Retinol 1.5% Complex Night Concentrate - 30ml - $44 - works night after night to deliver visibly younger looking skin with 5 in 1 action: lines look smoother; skin tone looks even; skin appears firm and lifted; skin appears brighter and more radiant; and pores and texture look refined.

The expert formula contains two powerful age-defying technologies: retinol - reboots skin, helping it to act like younger, healthier looking skin; and Matrixyl 3000 Plus - renews skin, kick-starting its natural repair process - delivered in a retinol optimiser - an intelligent slow-release oil encapsulation system for enhanced delivery throughout the night and helped along by a retinol soother - that helps to calm skin - for visible skin transformation.

I will caution that sensitive skin can find retinol uncomfortable so if your skin does anything more then tingle a bit when it's applied, start off by using it every other night for the first week or so until your skin gets used to it.
Versed The Shortcut Overnight Facial Peel - 30ml - $26.99 - a resurfacing peel that works overnight on dull and aging skin to gently smooth and renew with with an exfoliating and brightening blend of lactic acid, glycolic acid and vitamin A to refine texture and tone. 
Pixi Dream-y Overnight Mist - 80ml - $20 - a deep sleep enhancing elixir that is packed full of natural aromas, well known for their relaxing qualities and infused with humectants and antioxidants for maximum restorative benefits. Mist onto over regular nightime skincare to hydrate and seal it in - then mist onto pillow before sleep for added aromatherapy benefits.

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

- Lisamarie -

September 21, 2020

Combat the havoc Covid-19 plays on your face, hair and body with Vichy, Nioxin and St. Tropez!


We are living in Covid times my friends and along with all the other crap it's flung our way, we are also having our personal beauty routines messed with too...

Wearing a mask is the socially responsible thing to do but your skin might not thank you for it - it gives dirt and oil a nice warm place to hang out undisturbed in your pores creating mascne! Keep its breeding ground nice and clean with:

Vichy Normaderm Phytosolution Gel Cleanser - 200ml - $19.95 - the gentle oil and soap-free cleanser you already love has been improved and reformulated -  now charged with 0.5% salicylic acid along with active ingredients to not only target pimples, acne breakouts, pores and oily skin - but also to reinforce skin barrier function.

Vichy Normaderm Phytosolution Double Action Anti-Acne Lotion - 50ml - $29.95 - with a lightweight, serum texture  packed with 2% salicylic acid, probiotics, hyaluronic acid and mineralizing thermal water to help clear up acne concerns, such as pimples, pores and shine, ensuring 24-hour skin hydration.

Available now at drugstores across Canada and online at vichy.ca.
Whether isolation has you pulling your hair out or stress has it falling out - you need something that can help hair regain it's thickness and fullness:

Nioxin Hair System Kit - $59.95 - uses advanced technologies to deliver thicker, fuller, denser-looking hair with 6 sets which include a Cleanser - cleanses to provide thicker-looking hair while it helps remove follicle-clogging sebum, fatty acids and environmental residues from the scalp skin and hair; Scalp Revitaliser - a lightweight conditioner that helps provide hair resilience and control moisture balance; and Scalp Treatment - contains antioxidants and botanicals that help to provide a refreshed scalp environment.

With a different kit suitable for each hair type:

System 1 is specially designed for normal to thin-looking, fine, natural hair. It amplifies hair texture while protecting against breakage, refreshing the scalp and delivering a healthy shine.

The technologies include:
BioAMP - Cystine amino acids and lightweight conditioning and treatment ingredients increase the fullness of each hair strand, reducing hair loss by strengthening against damage and breakage
Transactive Delivery System - Antioxidants, botanicals, vitamins, and purifying agents help clean away follicle-clogging sebum and environmental residues from the scalp skin, giving a clean and refreshed feeling
Activ-Renewal - White tea extract, peppermint oil and cleansing agents help provide a refreshed scalp environment and healthy shine to natural hair.

System 2 is specially designed for noticeably thinning, fine, natural hair. It delivers denser-looking hair and a healthy shine while protecting the scalp and strengthening against damage.

The technologies include:
BioAMP - Cystine amino acids and lightweight conditioning and treatment ingredients increase the fullness of each hair strand, reducing hair loss by strengthening against damage and breakage
Activ-Renewal - White tea extract, peppermint oil and cleansing agents help provide a refreshed scalp environment and healthy shine to natural hair.
Scalp Access Delivery System - Vitamins, botanicals, SPF 15 sunscreen, and purifying agents help clean away follicle-clogging sebum and environmental residues from the scalp skin, while providing sun protection for the scalp.

System 3 is specially designed for normal to thin-looking, fine, chemically treated hair. It amplifies hair texture while refreshing the scalp and providing moisture balance to coloured hair.

The technologies include:
BioAMP - Cystine amino acids and lightweight conditioning and treatment ingredients increase the fullness of each hair strand, reducing hair loss by strengthening against damage and breakage
Glyco-Shield - White tea extract, humectants, peppermint oil and protective conditioning agents help provide protection and moisture balance to colortreated hair, and leave the scalp feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.
Transactive Delivery System - Antioxidants, botanicals, vitamins, and purifying agents help clean away follicle-clogging sebum and environmental residues from the scalp skin, giving a clean and refreshed feeling.

System 4 is specially designed for noticeably thinning, fine, chemically-treated hair. It delivers denser-looking hair while protecting the scalp and providing moisture balance to coloured hair.

The technologies include:
BioAMP - Cystine amino acids and lightweight conditioning and treatment ingredients increase the fullness of each hair strand, reducing hair loss by strengthening against damage and breakage
Glyco-Shield - White tea extract, humectants, peppermint oil and protective conditioning agents help provide protection and moisture balance to colortreated hair, and leave the scalp feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.
Scalp Access Delivery System - Vitamins, botanicals, SPF 15 sunscreen, and purifying agents help clean away follicle-clogging sebum and environmental residues from the scalp skin, while providing sun protection for the scalp.

System 5 is specially designed for normal to thin-looking, medium to coarse, natural or chemically-treated hair. It delivers smoothing control to hair while refreshing the scalp and restoring moisture balance.

The technologies include:
Glyco Shield - White tea extract, humectants, peppermint oil and protective conditioning agents help provide protection and moisture balance to colortreated hair, and leave the scalp feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.
Transactive Delivery System - Antioxidants, botanicals, vitamins, and purifying agents help clean away follicle-clogging sebum and environmental residues from the scalp skin, giving a clean and refreshed feeling.
Smoothplex - Silk amino acids, kukui nut oil and protective conditioning agents help provide moisture balance and smoothing control, reducing loss by strenghtening against damage and breakage.

System 6 is specially designed for noticeably thinning, medium to coarse, natural or chemically-treated hair. It delivers smoothing control to hair while protecting the scalp and restoring moisture balance.

The technologies include:
Glyco Shield - White tea extract, humectants, peppermint oil and protective conditioning agents help provide protection and moisture balance to colortreated hair, and leave the scalp feeling rejuvenated and refreshed.
Transactive Delivery System - Antioxidants, botanicals, vitamins, and purifying agents help clean away follicle-clogging sebum and environmental residues from the scalp skin, giving a clean and refreshed feeling.
Smoothplex - Silk amino acids, kukui nut oil and protective conditioning agents help provide moisture balance and smoothing control, reducing loss by strenghtening against damage and breakage.

Available at salons and retailers across Canada - check out www.nioxin.com to find one near you.
And since it's very unlikely we will be seeing a tropical vacation this year thanks to travel restrictions - treat your sun-starved skin to a faux getaway with:

St. Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Gel - 200ml - $54 - an advanced three-in-one hydrating, lightweight gel containing 100% natural DHA along with a hint of translucent, instant bronzer to guide application for a streak-free, natural-looking tan and hyaluronic acid to provide up to 72 hours of hydration. What's nice is it's great for any mood or skin tone - just rinse off after 1 hour for a light tan, 2 hours for a medium tan or 3 hours for a dark tan!

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

- Lisamarie -

September 16, 2020

This week I'm obsessed with... LastObject LastTissue!

It's kind of hard to remember pre-pandemic days now but in my foggy memories I seem to recall Greta dressing down world leaders and a big push towards eliminating one-use plastics. These days it's disposable masks as far as the eye can see which is a little disheartening. But not everyone is on the use it and toss it bandwagon...

LastObject has come up with a few ways to school a disposable society into reusing things we're all conditioned to see as garbage.

Items include LastRound cotton pads; LastSwab cotton swabs, with both hygenic and beauty options; and my particular fave - LastTissue - 6 tissues in a silicone case - $33 - old timey handkerchiefs for the modern world made from 100% organic cotton.
The case they come in has a clever design - clean tissues are separated from dirty ones and even the case itself can go in the dishwasher. Each tissue can be used and reused 120 times and there is no need to buy the whole thing again - refill packs are available for $17! I recommend washing them before using the first time, I found them a bit scratchy at first but they softened right up after washing - you will also want to throw them into a lingerie/delicates bag or it becomes a treasure hunt trying to find them among your clothes afterwards - and actually after taking a look at the site I realize that they also sell a laundry bag for them ($11) so they obviously already knew this would be a thing!

Available now at lastobject.com.

- Lisamarie-

September 14, 2020

The best in oils for your hair, face and body from Sebastian, Neutrogena and Burberry!

Sebastian Dark Oil - 95ml - $26.99 - infused with a special blend of oils for lightweight texture and shine that replenishes hair from the inside-out to smooth the cuticle and add body as well as protect against UV damage.

This is my favourite product from the Dark Oil line which also includes a Shampoo, Conditioner, Silkening Mist and Mask - not only does it make my hair look super shiny and frizz-free, it also smells amazing!

Available at salons across Canada - check out sebastianprofessional.com to find one near you.
Neutrogena Rapid Wrinkle Repair Retinol Oil - 30ml - $35.99 - an overnight treatment that reduces the appearance of stubborn crows feet and deep wrinkles using concentrated, intensely nourishing Retinol SA oil that intensely nourishes and replenishes dry skin for radiant, younger looking skin and visible results in just 1 week.

I have combination skin and find it plenty moisturizing so I don't feel the need to use anything with it - if you are dry though, you might want to use your regular night cream on top.

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.
My Burberry Shower Oil - 240ml - $72 - a nourishing shower oil infused with My Burberry Eau de Parfum and almond oil to leave skin moisturized, nourished and fragrant with notes of: sweet pea, bergamot, geranium, golden quince, freesia, patchouli, rain-tipped damask and centifolia roses.

What's nice about this is not only does it leave your skin silky smooth, but leaves a subtle fragrance that lingers so there is no need to put on your usual perfume if you don't want to!

Available at department and drug stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

September 9, 2020

This week I'm obsessed with... Benefit Hello Happy Air Stick Foundation!

Benefit Hello Happy Air Stick Foundation - $44 - in 12 shades: 1 - fair cool, 2 - light warm, 3 - light neutral warm, 4 - medium neutral, 5 - medium neutral warm, 6 - medium warm, 7 - medium tan neutral, 8 - tan warm, 9 - deep neutral, 10 - deep warm, 11 - dark neutral, 12 - dark warm - if offers medium coverage and 16 hour wear that glides on silky-smooth and dries down to a natural matte finish. The waterproof formula contains soft lightweight powders and shea butter to give it a weightless and breathable feel, blends and builds seamlessly for a natural looking - not cakey - complexion and includes a happy blend of chamomile and botanical extracts and a light lavender scent.

I have never been a foundation stick devotee before but this one is a game changer for me! I normally use a liquid foundation so I was finding the stick formula a little heavy until I discovered that it was a lot less messy to use the stick to make my own tinted moisturizer! On a clean face, I just swipe the stick down both sides, nose, chin and forehead and then apply my moisturizer - rubbing it in spreads the foundation around and dilutes it and then I finish with a quick once over with a foundation brush to smooth everything out. But it gets better - then in lieu of a concealer, I use the stick directly on anything that needs some extra coverage - blemishes, dark circles, redness - presto gone - I love this freakin' stick!

Score your own miracle stick at Benefit counters across Canada including Shoppers Drug Mart and Sephora and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

September 7, 2020

Keep summer going with Catrice, St. Tropez and Maison Margiela!

Catrice Sungasm Face & Body Highlighter - $11.99 - a generously sized, silky soft powder with light reflecting pigments for flawless, radiant looking summer skin all year round. just dust it onto high points of the face, collarbone and neck or wherever else on the body you want a shimmering glow!

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.
St. Tropez Purity Vitamins Bronzing Water Body Mist - 200ml - $54 - a lightweight and easy-to-use clear self tanner that simply spritzes onto skin for a supercharged glow and is infused with 95% natural skincare ingredients, hydrating hyaluronic acid, refreshing green mandarin water and vitamin C and D boosters to mimic the effects of the sun, without the damage. Apply day or night with no need to rinse and no transfer onto clothing or bed sheets - Simply spritz and blend with the Self Tan Double-Sided Luxe Velvet Applicator Mitt ($10) - for a sunkissed glow that will develop over 4-8 hours and fade evenly over time.

Also available in a Bronzing Water Serum - 50ml - $39 - designed especially for the face with a water-based texture and powder soft finish that is packed with hyaluronic acid, peach flower extract, green mandarin water and vitamin C and D boosters - known to brighten skin, protect from external aggressors and mimic the effects of the sun, without the harmful effect of UV rays. Apply directly onto skin as a primer or mix with your usual moisturizer/SPF for weightless, golden glow that develops over 4-6 hours.

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Sephora, Jean Coutu, London Drugs and Rexall stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca, sephora.ca and londondrugs.com.
Maison Margiela Replica Beach Walk - 100ml EDT - $159, 10ml EDT - $38 - a fresh floral fragrance with the scent of salt air, the perfume of sunscreen and the glow of sunkissed skin to evoke the memory of endless summer days with the radiant perfumes of bergamot, lemon, heliotrope, coconut milk, and musk.

Available at Sephora and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

September 2, 2020

This week I'm obsessed with... Mary Kay Unlimited Lip Gloss!

Mary Kay Unlimited Lip Gloss - $18 - in 14 stunning shades and 3 high-shine finishes - 6 cream: Iconic Red, Pink Fusion, Unique Mauve, Nude Blush, Tawny Nude and Chocolate Nude; 4 pearl: Pink Ballerina, Berry Delight, Evening Berry and Soft Nude; and 4 shimmer: Fancy Nancy, Sheer Illusion, Beach Bronze and Copper Aura - with lightweight formula containing high-moisturizing technology that glides on to immediately moisturize and leave lips looking healthy.

The gloss really does have a great feel and I especially like the applicator’s unique reservoir that picks up and distributes the perfect amount of product so you don't have to keep digging in the tube.
Fancy Nancy - with a name like that, how could you not love it?! And while I do love the colour, I prefer the cream and pearl formulations - this one is a shimmer and has a bit of a gritty feel.

Berry Delight - on the plus side it's super shiny - which meant I could not get a uniform picture of the colour on my lips, the light just kept bouncing off it and making the colour look uneven on my lips so this is a better representation of shine then shade - you'll have to take my word for it that it is a very bright and pretty berry!

Available now through your Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant - if you don't have one you can find one at - www.marykay.ca or 1-866-455-5454.


- Lisamarie -

August 31, 2020

Revitalize summer stressed skin with Dr Teal's Glow & Radiance!

I'm not going to say the "F" word (not that f word, the other one) but the F season is approaching and you've probably put your skin through some stuff this summer - especially with so much extra incentive to be outside! Time to perk it back up - introducing Dr Teal's Glow & Radiance - with all the skin-boosting benefits of vitamin C - a powerhouse ingredient that can reduce inflammation, replenish dry and damaged skin and reduce the appearance of discolouration and dark spots. The formula also includes pure epsom salt - to support and revitalize tired, achy muscles while providing glowing, moisturized skin; and citrus essential oils. Just add to a warm bath, lie back and let all the citrusy goodness do it's work while improving your mood - you just can't smell citrus and not be happy!

Available in a Soaking Solution - 1.36kg - $8.98 or Foaming Bath - 1,000 ml - $8.98 at Walmart stores across Canada and online at walmart.ca.

- Lisamarie -

August 26, 2020

This week I'm obsessed with... Zero 100% Natural Face Scrub!

Zero 100% Natural Face Scrub - 100ml - $26.99 - a daily facial scrub suitable for all skin types that gently removes excess oil, dead skin, pore-clogging surface debris and other impurities with a naturally scented blend of plant-based oils: sacha inchi oil, sweet almond oil and coconut oil that work to nourish and soften, while finely ground apricot seeds help to smooth and brighten the complexion.

It's very gentle, not a harsh scruby-scrub and does not have the fake scent that I find is added to a lot of scrubs - it smells very clean and natural. Best of all skin feels smooth and clean after using, not dry and tight!

The scrub is part of a newly arrived to Canada natural UK. beauty line which is all 100% natural, vegan and plant-based - for your skin and sustainably packaged and full recyclable - for the planet! The scrub is my favourite item from the line which also includes:

Zero 100% Natural Day Cream - 50ml - $34.99 - deeply moisturizes and soothes skin with a formula enriched with shea butter and coconut oil to hydrate and nourish skin all day long.

Zero 100% Natural Night Cream - 50ml - $34.99 - nourishes and rejuvenates skin while you sleep with a powerful blend of naturally healing shea butter; regenerating green tea extract that restore and hydrate skin to leaving it looking fresh and well rested every morning.

Zero 100% Natural Eye Cream - 25ml - $29.99 - with a rich formula enriched with shea butter and deeply moisturizing coconut oil to hydrate and nourish the delicate skin around the eyes.

Zero 100% Natural Face Wash - 100ml - $26.99 - gently washes away all traces of makeup, excess oil, pollution particles and other daily grime with a unique blend of coconut oil sweet almond oil and sacha inchi oil to leave skin feeling refreshed,, soothed and deeply hydrated.

Zero 100% Natural Hand & Nail Cream - 50ml - $19.99 - a luxuriously rich, yet easily absorbed cream enriched with sweet almond oil, coconut oil, sacha inchi seed oil and shea butter to help heal and restore dry and hands and maintain soft skin - especially useful in these high hand washing days!

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

- Lisamarie -

August 17, 2020

Needful Things - St. Tropez Self Tan Watermelon Bronzing Kit

Looking for an easy and natural looking tan without the damaging effects of actual sun? Then you need:

St. Tropez Self Tan Watermelon Bronzing Kit - $63 - infused with Vitamin E and watermelon extract for their moisturizing and protecting properties, to leave skin looking and feeling golden.

Apply with the super-fun, limited edition Watermelon Mitt for a flawless tan in just one application.

The mousse formula is quick-drying, non-sticky,   transfer-free and provides a medium golden tan that lasts up to 10 days. I appreciate that it is tinted, making it easy to see where you've applied it so you don't miss spots and that it doesn't have the usual yucky self tan smell - just a fruity scent that smells like summer - just apply and leave on for 8 hours before rinsing off for the perfect golden glow!

I always find that it's what you do before and after self tanners that makes the difference - so don't forget to exfoliate for smooth, even colour and moisturize daily to make the colour last!

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

- Lisamarie -

August 12, 2020

This week I'm obsessed with... Belif Aqua Bomb Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm!

Belif Aqua Bomb Makeup Removing Cleansing Balm - 100ml - $45 - with a unique texture like sherbet, this balm literally melts onto your skin, gently removing stubborn makeup and impurities to leave skin hydrated with a beautiful supple glow.

With a hydrating herbal formula containing: lotus flower - to cleanse dirt and provide radiance; marshmallow root - to protect and moisturize skin; and lady‘s mantle - to provide antioxidants and pore-minimizing effects.

What's really fun about it though is how the formula changes when it comes in contact with skin - it goes  from being a balm, turns creamy and then melts into an oil - making it perfect for effective cleansing and hydration! It's easy to use: just take a scoop of the balm with the enclosed spatula and roll onto dry skin, allowing the formula to melt into oil. Continue to massage on skin until all makeup traces are removed. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat skin dry. I was happy to discover that not only does it do a great job removing makeup, it also takes care of sunscreen which I usually have to double cleanse to get rid of! Follow your cleansing with one of the Belif moisturizers - I'm a fan of The True Cream Aqua Bomb Aloe Vera.

Available now exclusively at Sephora stores across Canada and online at sephora.ca. And you'll be happy to know it is part of the Clean at Sephora program which means it is formulated without a list of over 50 ingredients, including sulfates (SLS and SLES), parabens, phthalates and more!

- Lisamarie -

August 10, 2020

Needful Things - Physicians Formula Organic Wear Dewy Blush!

Tired of the humid weather turning your powder blush into a runny, cakey mess? An easy fix - just go liquid:

Physicians Formula Organic Wear Dewy Blush - $18.99 - in 3 shades: Pink Berry, Apricot Glow and Gorgeous Peach - a lightweight and easy-to-blend liquid blush that glides on effortlessly, enhancing cheeks with natural-looking colour and leaving a long-lasting glow. The formula is enriched with organic anti-aging superfruits: cranberry & blueberry and infused with a nourishing blend of organic aloe vera, organic jojoba oil and botanical cactus flower to revive cheeks for a visible smoother, plumper, fresh dewy look.

While you are picking up your new blush be sure to also check out a couple of other Physicians Formula Organic Wear products: the Dewy Highlighter - $16.49 - in 2 shades: Dew Frost and Honey Dew - a multi-use, cream-to-powder highlighter, infused with nourishing blend of organic jojoba oil, natural Indian senna seed, organic aloe vera, and botanical cactus flower to help achieve a naturally brightened look instantly; and the Tinted Lip Treatment - $12.99 - in 5 shades: Berry Me, Ginger Snap, Love Bite, Tawny Nude and Tickled Pink - with an ultra-nourishing, ultra-creamy formula containing skin-pampering organic shea butter and an organic oil blend that hydrates and conditions for a smooth, supple pout with a hint of color.

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

August 3, 2020

Self-care made easy with Philips Satinelle Prestige Wet & Dry Epilator!

You've heard I'm sure that waxing places are open again but I'm still pretty leery of any outside of the house grooming so if you have also been looking for an at-home replacement for waxing, give an epilator a try. It's a cost effective, fast, and convenient way to keep skin hair-free and smoother for longer - and works in a similar way to waxing, as it removes the hair from the root for smooth skin up to 4 weeks!

Philips Satinelle Prestige Wet & Dry Epilator - $129.99 - an effective at-home all-in-one grooming solution for the entire body that provides fast epilation  thanks to unique ceramic discs that rotate at a super fast speed and firmly grip even fine and short hairs to easily remove them.

The question of course is, does it hurt as much as waxing - and of course that depends. I find waxing excruciating while epilating is just mildly uncomfortable - but I've also heard people say the opposite...  I do know that the more you do either one, the less it hurts over time so suck it up and give it a try!
The wide head is slightly curved which makes it easy to steer over knees or other lumpy areas and has a light which ensures you don’t miss fine hairs. It also comes with a bunch of attachments:

a wide epilation head for optimal hair removal in one stroke as well as an attachments for face, underarms and bikini area as well as one for an extra gentle epilation; an exfoliation attachment to remove dead skin, a massage attachment to relax skin; and a shaving head and trimming comb for a close shave.

Available at mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

July 29, 2020

This week I'm obsessed with... Masque Bar Naturals Banana Sheet Mask!

Masque Bar Naturals Banana Sheet Mask - 20ml - $4.99 - with a 99% natural formula containing fruit extracts and infused with banana to deeply hydrate and illuminate skin.

I love everything banana so they had me at that but after 20 minutes of wearing the mask and seeing how glowy my skin was I had another good reason to love it!

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

- Lisamarie -

July 27, 2020

Social distancing can only go so far so up your no-odour game with No Pong and Perspirex!

No Pong All Natural Anti Odourant - 35g - $9.95 - an extremely effective, all-natural deodorant made in Canada that keeps you fresh for up to 12 hours. Containing baking soda, coconut oil, corn starch, beeswax and a bunch of wonderful certified organic essential oils that makes it smell wonderful including: lemongrass, orange sweet, vanilla oleoresin, cedarwood and geranium.

I've never used a cream deodorant before so that part took some getting used to - just think of it as a moisturizer for your armpits and it just takes the tiniest amount to work.

Keep in mind that it's a deodorant not an antiperspirant so it's not going to keep you from sweating - although it is my understanding that after using it consistently you will eventually start sweating less. 

Available at nopong.ca.
Perspirex Comfort Extra Effective Antiperspirant - 25ml - $17.99 -with a fragrance-free formula that contains ingredients to hydrate the skin for extra skin comfort while also being clinically proven to provide extra effective protection against sweat for 2-3 days.

It's easy to use, just apply at night every few days to completely dry, unbroken skin and let it fully dry - no need to reapply in the morning.

Available at Familiprix, Jean Coutu, London Drugs and select Guardian, IDA and Value Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at farleyco.ca.

- Lisamarie -

July 22, 2020

This week I'm obsessed with... Physicians Formula Butter Collection x Weylie Hoang Palette!

Physicians Formula Butter Collection x Weylie Hoang Palette - $24.99 - a limited edition, all-in-one face palette filled with Weylie-curated shades of Butter Bronzer, Butter Blush and Butter Highlighter for the perfect sunset-inspired glowing look. 

The palette includes:
Two Butter Bronzers in Deep Bronzer and Sunset Bronzer;
Two exclusive Butter Blushes in Apricot and Wildflower; and
Two exclusive Butter Highlighters in Whimsical and Golden Hour.

I'm in love with Whimsical - a soft pink with just a touch of gold, it adds a perfect healthy glow to my skin!

Available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca or if you are in the US you will only find it at Target stores or online at physiciansformula.com.

- Lisamarie -

July 20, 2020

Needful Things - Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam Light/Medium

You probably aren't going to get to Australia (or anyplace else) this year so bring the beach to you with:

Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam Light/Medium - 200ml - $33.99 - a lightweight self-tanning foam from Australia enriched with aloe vera and infused with a coconut scent for a golden glow finish that makes skin look sun-kissed, never orange.

The light/medium shade is perfect for my fair complexion, first time tanners and anyone not looking for dramatic colour - but if drama is what you want, it also comes in Dark and Ultra Dark formulas for a more tropical look!

I personally find the foam much easier to apply then a lotion and it dries quicker but whichever kind you use, do yourself a favour and use the application mitt - it only costs $8.99 and makes it much easier to apply - as an added bonus it saves me from the patchy coloured hands I always end up with because I don't wash it off properly!

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

- Lisamarie -

July 15, 2020

Gone but not forgotten... products I have loved and lost and what I am ready to love (again)!

As a beauty blogger I'm sure you can imagine that I have a LOT of products and am always testing out something new - so it's actually rare for me to use something up, never mind four somethings - these are strange days indeed!

Benefit Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation - such a perfect light formula that perfects skin with a no-makeup look;
Revlon PhotoReady Candid Anti-Pollution Setting Powder - the built in sifter makes it mess free, so easy to use and travel with;
Dior Serum de Rouge in 855 Carmine Crystal - the perfect red and the stick format made it so easy to apply anywhere - sadly discontinued;
Urban Decay 24/7 Concealer Pencil - the format and colour were perfect so of course arrrrrrrrrg - discontinued!

And when I do use something up I see if I have anything new to try or rummage through the vaults where I keep anything that I tested already and liked enough to keep - and this is what will be replacing the empties:
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 - I tested it out in September last year and loved it enough that it went in my "definitely" stash for when I needed a foundation replacement.

Nude by Nature Translucent Loose Finishing Powder - $30 - sets evenly over the skin, naturally extending make-up wear with a unique feather-light formula that helps control oil and shine, while disguising fine lines and wrinkles with its light-reflecting micro particles. The powder is composed of active natural ingredients including the native Australian kakadu plum, known for its abundant vitamin C content; and kaolin clay for a radiant flawless complexion. Available at Shoppers Drug Mart and beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.

Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek Mini - $20 - a two-in-one cream blush and lip color formulated with hydrating ingredients including mango butter, avocado oil and apricot oil for a buildable, blendable tint. I debated getting Flip which is a true red but ended up picking Werk which is a dusty rose figuring that would be a more natural look on fair skin when I use it as a blush - I also really appreciate that it comes in a full and mini size - if I don't end up loving it and it languishes in the "meh" pile I won't have wasted as much money! Available at Sephora and sephora.ca.

Know the feeling you get when you reach into the pocket of a jacket you haven't worn for a while and find a $20 bill? I got that same feeling when digging through my concealer drawer (yes I have a concealer drawer, what of it?) looking for a replacement for my Urban Decay and what did I find...
Holy crap - I was hoarding another 24/7 Concealer! And now I remember that when I bought the first one and loved it I picked up another one assuming that by the time I used up the first one it would be discontinued - I adore it when I'm right! Of course by the time I use this one up Urban Decay will have read this post, seen the error of their ways, and started making it again (hint, hint UD!)

Would love to hear stories of what you have used up lately and what you replaced it with or any must have products in your stash - tell us all about it in the comments or share directly with me at info(at)beautycrazed(dot)ca.

- Lisamarie -