June 3, 2020

This week I'm obsessed with... Glossier Hand Cream!

Constant hand washing means we are all thinking about hand cream a little more - but luckily so is Glossier who recently added one to their lineup (with the first 10,000 units having been donated to hospital and healthcare workers in the US):

Glossier Hand Cream - 50ml - $22 - offers fresh scented, supercharged moisture in a palm-sized pod with sleek curves, a  360º squeeze and a precise nozzle that dispenses the perfect amount of product - topped off with an attached, flip-top lid for easy, one-handed application.

With a nutrient rich formula that includes:
glycofilm pollustop - helps form a film against skin-stressors;
fermented coconut fruit extract - optimized with nutrients for thirsty skin, fermented for better absorption;
meadowfoam seed oil and coconut fruit extract - rich in fatty acids to help lock in moisture; and
a botanical blend of antioxidant-rich extracts of rosemary leaf, echinacea, sunflower and rice bran to soothe and soften - it soaks in immediately, leaving behind soft smooth hands and nothing else.

As an added bonus, the soft-touch body is recyclable—when you’re finished, just pop the top off, rinse it out and recycle!

Available now at glossier.com.

- Lisamarie -

June 1, 2020

Stop that summer shine with Garnier SkinActive Mattifying Cleanser and Toner!

Garnier SkinActive Mattifying Cleanser - 200ml - $10.99 - 
deeply cleanses and mattifies skin with a 96% naturally derived formula including green tea extract while reducing the appearance of pores and rinses clean without any pore-clogging residue. And for complete mattifying, follow it with:

Garnier SkinActive Mattifying Toner - 200ml - $10.99 - removes the last traces of makeup, pollutants and dirt to tone for perfectly purified skin

Both products feature a 100% vegan formula with no nasties: no parabens, no silicones and no dyes - making them suitable even for sensitive skin.

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

May 27, 2020

This week I'm obsessed with... Embryolisse Eau de Beaute Rosamelis!

Embryolisse Eau de Beauté Rosamélis - 200ml - $22 - the paraben-free formula contains four natural origin flower waters: rose, orange blossom, cornflower and hamamelis to purify and tone the skin after cleansing leaving it feeling so soft and comfortable skin with a tighter texture and fresh glow.

Use it as a toner and apply in the morning and evening with a cotton pad after cleansing or these days it is amazing as a refreshing mist (especially if you store it in the fridge) and it also makes a great  makeup fixing mist!

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

- Lisamarie -

May 25, 2020

Superdose your skin with Liftactiv Specialist Peptide-C Anti-Aging Ampoules!

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 to 3 uses - 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.

- Lisamarie -

May 20, 2020

This week I'm obsessed with... Guerlain Abeille Royale Honey Nectar Lotion #ThankYouBees

It's World Bee Day so let's hear it for those indispensable pollinators! Bees and bee products do amazing things in all kinds of ways including helping skin look great! I'm a big fan of the Guerlain Abeille Royale Honey line born from the exceptional power of bee products - I especially love:

Guerlain Abeille Royale Honey Nectar Lotion - 148ml - $80 - a soothing and hydrating non-sticky lotion with a lightweight texture formulated to infuse skin with essential nutrients and restore it to its optimal condition and left appearing firmer, smoother and radiant.

It has a somewhat gel like texture that turns into a water when applied - use twice a day - morning and evening after cleansing - just smooth onto face and neck using a cotton pad or by patting in with fingertips - to boost the effectiveness of your moisturizer.

And be sure to visit the Guerlain Instagram page - @guerlain to score some amazing bee inspired stickers free for the printing!

Available at Guerlain counters across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

May 18, 2020

Tighten, firm and anti-age with a serum from No7, Belif and StriVectin!

No7 Laboratories Firming Booster Serum - 30ml - $44 - designed for areas of the face most prone to loss of firmness, it contains a super concentrate that is 4x more firming to deliver fast visible results - skin looks visibly firmer in just 1 week - and in 2 weeks, face and neck look visibly lifted.

The built-in, massaging applicator makes it easy and effective - twice a day, just massage a tiny amount from the left side of the mouth outwards and upwards to the brow and repeat on the other side - then massage the same amount into the neck and jawline - and just remember to turn the applicator to the off position!

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Belif Youth Creator Age Knockdown Bomb - 50ml - $80 - an anti-aging, gel-textured serum that improves the appearance of enlarged pores, boosts elasticity and reduces fine lines and wrinkles for smoother, younger-looking skin with a highly-moisturizing formula of cedrol - helps boost skin elasticity and firmness; winter aster - helps support a healthy complexion; and water pennywort - soothes skin.

Available at Sephora stores across Canada and at sephora.ca.
StriVectin Peptight Tightening & Brightening Face Serum - 50ml - $109 - with a dual-focus formula that visibly tightens and firms skin while brightening and evening skin tone by harnessing  the power of two unique types of peptides: tetrapeptides and botanical tensors - visibly tighten, and firm for more sculpted-looking contours; and Hexapeptides - to brighten and help even skin tone; along with vitamin C-rich Australian kakadu plum extract - to enhance clarity and radiance; and  proprietary NIA-114 and potent botanical extracts for visibly tighter, brighter skin with a more sculpted-looking contour.

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart and Hudson's Bay stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca and thebay.ca.

- Lisamarie -

May 13, 2020

This week I'm obsessed with... Lanolips 101 Ointment Multi-Balm Minty!

I am a longtime fan of Lano's 101 Ointment Multi-Balm and while it is great to use everywhere I do find that I mostly use it on my lips but always thought it was missing something... Apparently Lano reads minds and divines secret wishes because they just came out with:

Lanolips 101 Ointment Multi-Balm Minty - 10g - $19 - a peppermint-charged super balm that’s 100% natural and has 101 uses.

Along with peppermint oil and vitamin E, the balm contains pure lanolin which moisturizes with a molecular structure that closely resembles and mimics your own skin’s oils making it perfect for anyplace you feel dry:
lips, skin patches, cuticles, elbows, and everything else - it has a super-dense formula that seals in moisture.

Along with mint, Lano also knew I wanted a balm with colour and indulged me with Lanolips Rose Gold 101 Ointment - as long as Lano realizes that I still have one wish left...

Available exclusively at Sephora and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

May 11, 2020

Needful Things - Rodial Soft Focus Glow Drops

I've pretty much given up on foundation these days but the video meetings just keep on coming - so I've learned to cheat great looking skin with:

Rodial Soft Focus Glow Drops Illuminating Ultimate Glow Primer - 31ml - $58 - illuminates the complexion for a ‘lit from within’ glow formulated with actives to brighten the complexion, delivering a soft glow to instantly boost luminosity and radiance.

The smoothing formula creates the perfect illuminating base for makeup application while antioxidant ingredients deliver further skincare benefits by promoting healthy looking skin and the rosy formula instantly provides a soft focus effect to perfect the look of the skin.

Shake well and pat two drops into a clean, dry face. Use before makeup as the ultimate illuminating primer or use on its own for a dewy complexion.

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

- Lisamarie -

May 6, 2020

This week I'm obsessed with... Uriage Bariederm Cica-Oil Massage Oil for Stretch Marks and Scars!

Uriage Bariederm Cica-Oil - 105ml - $22.95 - a light, non-greasy oil that corrects and prevents stretch marks and scars with $99.9% natural origin ingredients including:
tamanu oil - rich in polyphenols and fatty acids to soothe, restore and promote skin repair;
plant squalane - rich in film-forming lipids to restore the skin's lipid barrier and prevent dehydration;
organic jojoba oil - rich in fatty acid and vitamin E to protect, nourish and soothe the skin;
organic avocado oil - rich in fatty acids and vitamins C and E to soften and soothe the skin while maintaining the hydrolipidic film;
sunflower oil - naturally rich in omega-6 and vitamin E to intensively nourish the skin and preserve hydration; and
GF repair patent - restores and promotes regeneration while improving the look of scars.

Perfect for use during pregnancy and weight fluctuations - just apply twice a day on stretch marks by massaging circularly or pinching the stretch mark until penetration. And for scars and recent brands - best rule of thumb is if the scar is still red it will work, if the scar is already white, it's too late - and don't apply on broken skin.

Available at drugstores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

May 4, 2020

Get moisture that's the bomb... Belif Aqua Bomb that is!

A change in seasons means all kinds of new and wonderful skincare problems: dryness, pores, dullness and uneven texture to name just a few - wouldn't it be nice if there was an easy way to deal with them?

But wait, there is:

Belif Aqua Bomb Hydrating Toner - 200ml - $37 - a lightweight, water based toner that provides a refreshing splash of hydration to help nurture skin for a healthy-looking glow.

The hydrating formula includes:
honeysuckle - to soothe and calm the skin;
baobab - locks in moisture and prevents water loss; and
sodium hyaluronate - helps keep skin hydrated.

 and dries to a satisfying satin finish for a smoother, softer and healthier-looking complexion.

If your skin is oily you might find  the toner adds enough moisture on it's own - other skin types will probably want another layer so the toner pairs well with - for combination skin: The True Cream Aqua Bomb - 50ml - $50 - a weightless gel-cream that cools and refreshes skin while providing an explosion of intense hydration; or for dry skin: The True Cream Moisturizing Bomb - 50ml - $50 - a cushiony cream that provides dull, flaky skin with an explosion of comforting moisture, leaving it feeling supple, smooth, and deeply nourished. I also noticed a discovery kit with a bunch of travel sized products for $30 if you want to try them out first without committing to full sizes!

Available at Sephora stores across Canada and online at sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

April 29, 2020

Eye Love Wednesday - Mary Kay Liquid Eye Shadow

Mary Kay Liquid Eye Shadow - $16 - in 4 pigment packed shades: Purple Nova, Pink Starlight, Meteor Shower and Light Beam - with a lightweight, creamy formula that glides on weightlessly with a doe-foot applicator to easily add instant intensity.

I'm a fan because it's totally foolproof - just swipe, finger blend  and done! It has a flattering amount of shimmer and you can easily create a multi-dimensional look by layering a powder shadow on top - the Mary Kay Chromafusion Eye Shadow works perfectly for that! They also make a great eye primer that I would recommend using underneath to help lock everything in place!

Available 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 -

April 27, 2020

Show you face, hair and body some love with oils from Kosmea, Keri and Scentuals!

Kosmea Rose Hip Oil - 20ml - $30.99 - smooth wrinkles, even out skin tone, reduce the appearance of acne, scars moisturize and soothe dry skin, nourish and hydrate ageing skin, balance oily skin and reduce the appearance of blemishes with an easily-absorbed, organic formula rich in essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants from both the fruit and seed of the rose hip - it protects, repairs and adds radiance to your skin like nothing else can.

Available at well.ca.
Keri Moisturizing Shower & Bath Oil - 450ml - $9.99 - moisturizes dry skin by by hydrating the outer skin layer during bathing or showering - or apply to wet skin after showering to leaves an emollient film on the skin that helps retain moisture. Unlike some bath oils, it doesn't form globules on the water surface but rather a uniform dispersal of oil in the water so it spreads evenly and uniformly over the skin to provide a moisture-retaining barrier to protect skin against dryness and irritations.

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.
Scentuals Organic Moroccan Argan Beauty Oil - 60ml - $29.95 - a do-it-all oil that preserves skin's youthful radiance with a formula rich in antioxidants and omega-6 fatty acids to soften skin on both face - after cleansing, warm a few drops with palms and massage into face and neck to lock in moisture, while improving the look of fine lines and wrinkles;

and body - apply after showering to damp skin for best results to hydrate, while improving the look of scars;

repair damaged hair - after showering, while hair is still wet, add a few drops to ends of hair and scalp to hydrate, moisturize and protect against split ends; and is great for nail and cuticle care.

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 -

April 22, 2020

This week I'm obsessed with... StriVectin Multi-Action masks!

Social distancing and a lack of fresh air and sunshine is playing havoc with my skin! The upside is that not seeing people means I can apply a mask and perk up my skin whenever the need arises - here are a couple that have been on my face recently:

StriVectin Multi-Action Cloudberry Moisture Plumping Cream Mask - 70ml - $49 - drenches skin in nourishing, superfruit-infused moisture with an advanced formula that is powered by antioxidant packed, radiance boosting Cloudberry and water-binding Prickly Pear extracts, two resilient adaptogens known to survive extreme, dry environmental conditions; along with a superfruit blend of watermelon, apple and lentil fruit extract - to immediately plump skin with moisture and softens the look of lines; and hyaluronic acid - to replenish dry, dehydrated skin.

Unlike other hydrating masks, no overnight use is needed to reap all the benefits - just apply to clean, dry skin for 15 to 20 minutes and rinse or pat off to flood skin with intense moisture.

StriVectin Multi-Action Supergreens Soother Cooling Gel Mask - 70ml - $49 - detoxes skin with a cooling, calming cocktail of fresh-pressed supergreens with a super blend of essential nutrients and antioxidants: garden cress sprout extract - highly concentrated in phytonutrients, detoxifies and neutralizes pollutants that dehydrate skin; cannabis sativa seed oil, aloe vera and holy basil - soothe and moisturize dry skin; chlorella extract - a superfood derived from algae, visibly rejuvenates skin and helps reduce redness; and extracts from celery plant cells and green tea - both rich in polyphenols, help soften and smooth skin.

Apply a generous layer to clean, dry skin for 10-15 minutes allowing for full cooling and calming effect and rise off with water to feed and fortify dry, over-exposed skin for a healthy-looking, even-toned, glowing complexion.

And if you have dull skin that needs rescuing don't forget about the StriVectin Multi-Action Blue Rescue Clay Renewal Mask!

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

- Lisamarie -

April 20, 2020

Nuxe Creme Prodigieuse Boost 5-in-1 Multi-Perfection Smoothing Primer

As long as we are stuck on lockdown, I figured it would be great for my skin in give up foundation and just let it breathe - and everything would be perfect if it wasn't for those dreaded video calls that everyone is insisting on now - so I went looking for something that would perfect my skin without clogging it up or weighing it down:
Nuxe Creme Prodigieuse Boost 5-in-1 Multi-Perfection Smoothing Primer - 30ml - $38 - with a non-tinted blurring texture that reveals perfect skin, even without make-up, for a natural “bare skin” effect. In just 15 seconds, irregularities are blurred and over time, 1st signs of aging are faded.

The non-comedogenic, anti-oxidant complex contains natural-origin active ingredients including: jasmine flower, calendula flower, cellular sugar and silica perfecting powders which act on 5 visible signs caused by a hectic lifestyle: 1st signs of aging, signs of fatigue, dull complexion, imperfections and shine.

And when this is all over, it will also make a great primer under foundation - until then, Zoom perfection!

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart and Hudson's Bay stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.

- Lisamarie -

April 15, 2020

Eye Love Wednesday - Indeed Labs Peptalash II

Grow the lashes you’ve always dreamed of with no falsies or extensions needed - longer, thicker and fuller lashes are just a swipe away!

Indeed Labs Peptalash II - $24.99 - now new and improved with newer technology and powerful actives for 3 times more lash volume in just 15 days thanks to an innovative formula uses plant stem cells from a rare Swiss apple and two types of peptide blends to intensify, strengthen and nourish natural lashes to visibly improve lash thickness and density while repairing and preventing lash breakage while nourishing the eye area to smooth skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and crow’s feet.

Key ingredients include:

phytocelltecmalus stem cells - helps to slow hair follicle aging, allowing lashes to grow longer;

sympeptide x lash plus - thickens and lengthens eyelashes by stimulating the production of keratin (the protein that makes up hair, skin and nails);

widelash - conditions eyelashes, increases the production keratinocytes and strengthens hair anchorage to help eyelashes grow longer, fuller and stronger;

DL-panthenol 50L - acts as a humectant and readily blinds to hair, helping to moisturize and condition each eyelash;

hairspa -  restores scalp microflora for long lasting moisture and relief of dryness, itching, dandruff and irritation; and

matrix YL morphomics - visibly reduces the appearance of vertical lines and crows feet.

The pen applicator makes it easy to use - just twist and apply a small amount of serum to both upper and lower lash lines 2 times per day.

And be sure to check out my 2012 post where I showed off the results of the original Peptalash - here!

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca, ulta.com and indeedlabs.com.

- Lisamarie -

April 13, 2020

Vichy Neovadiol Phytosculpt Neck & Face Contours

Vichy Neovadiol Phytosculpt - 50ml - $59.95 - fights skin sagginess and lack of firmness in two key areas: the neck and face contours based on skin changes during menopause.

With a powerful formula containing tensing Phytosterol - that reduces skin fold and improves skin thickness, to correct visible signs of elastic fibers degradation; and antiaging Proxylane - a compensating complex that acts on structural fiber to improve skin density and firmness; along with an AHA anti-dark spot mix of citric and glycolic acids - smooths the skin and  reduces dark spots - to leave skin refined, defined and brighter.

A tensing daily care in balm-to-massage texture tightens skin on targeted zones - just massage and knead energetically to activate formula and let it do it's work!

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

- Lisamarie -

April 8, 2020

This week I'm obsessed with... Mary Kay Beauty Unearthed Illuminating Bronzer!

Is that shut-in pallor getting you down? Problem solved with:

Mary Kay Beauty Unearthed Illuminating Bronzer - $22 - in 2 shades: Copper Glow and Gilded Glow - combines a glow-inducing highlighter with a bronzer base to create a multidimensional finish that brings warmth and illumination to the skin that you just sweep on for an all-over glow!

You can also keep your bronzers safe in style with the Beauty Unearthed Perfect Palette - $21 - with a geode inspired pattern of copper and blue hues.

Available for a limited time 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 -

April 6, 2020

Sleep your way to better skin with Uriage Eau Thermale Water Sleeping Mask!

Uriage Eau Thermale Water Sleeping Mask - 50ml - $19.95 - with an ultra-light jelly water texture that regenerates hydration and helps rebuild the cutaneous barrier to avoid dehydration thanks to a hydro-thermal complex, hyaluronic acid and edelweiss extract that recreates a surface film to progressively release moisturizing agents from the cream - all while being fast asleep.

Best of all, even if you don't get a good night's sleep, you will wake up with fresh and bright glowing skin that looks well rested - like you got a full 8 hours!

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

- Lisamarie -

April 1, 2020

Eye Love Wednesday - No7 Laboratories Dark Circle Corrector

Looking for a way to instantly look more wide awake? Then check out:

No7 Laboratories Dark Circle Corrector - 15ml - $32 - in light/medium and medium/dark -  delivers fast visible results with a neutralizing effect while the cooling massaging applicator instantly improves the appearance of dark circles to revitalize and brighten the eye area - and clinically proven to reduce the appearance of dark circles in 2 weeks in all skin tones.

The active complex includes hyaluronic acid to help visibly plump skin; algae extract to soothe skin; and lightening technology to target the three causes of dark circles so skin appears firmed, calmed and less hyperpigmented.

It's easy to use - turn the pack to the on position and gently squeeze the tube to prime, then glide the cooling massaging tip under the eyes - just remember to turn it to the off position when done!

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

- Lisamarie -

March 30, 2020

Skin Authority Super-C Serum

With the lack of outside time these days you might think it's a good time to give up on the photo-aging protection you find it your Vitamin C serum - not so fast! I hope you are still getting outside a bit but on top of that it does so much more, it's worth keeping as part of your skincare routine...

Skin Authority Super-C Serum - 30ml - $139 - combines the UV absorbing power of 20% vitamin C with the advanced environmental protection of pycnogenol for visible improvement of fine lines, skin firmness, tone, brightness and discolouration - to leave skin looking fresh and beautiful. 

Available at Murale and select Shoppers Drug Mart Beauty Boutiques across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.

- Lisamarie -

March 25, 2020

This week I'm obsessed with... Glysomed Fragrance Free Hand Cream!

I don't know if it's the change in the weather or all this hand washing but my hands are dry and peeling like crazy! It's hard to find something that not only is effective, but also doesn't leave my hands a greasy mess which is why I love:

Glysomed Fragrance Free Hand Cream - 200ml - $11.99 -  softens, smoothes and renews with a fragrance free formula that contains a unique blend of glycerine, silicone and chamomile to provide indispensable care for rough and dry hands of all skin types, including sensitive skin.

Don't just stop at your hands though, it's also great for elbows, knees and feet - or wherever skin needs a little extra help! And I'm especially happy that it now comes in this super-duper large size - not great for traveling but perfect for home use!

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

March 23, 2020

Needful Things - FOREO LUNA Mini 3

FOREO LUNA Mini 3 - $209 - in 5 colours: Sunflower Yellow, Fuchsia, Pearl Pink, Mint and Midnight - a compact, gym-bag-friendly, ultra-hygienic cleansing device specifically designed to care for active skin that offers a 30-second glow-boost mode for fast yet gentle facial cleansing.

The t-sonic pulsations are gentle yet still powerful (8,000 per minute at 12 intensities) and the silicone cleansing tips are not only ultra-hygienic, but also so soft on the skin that it feels more like a spa experience then a serious cleansing session but it still manages to effortlessly remove dirt, oil, and sweat for fresh, glowing skin!
It has a practical compact size (this is pretty much actual size) that easily fits in a gym or travel bag - and even with daily use, only needs to be fully charged a couple of times a year!

Available now at Sephora and sephora.ca and coming soon to Hudson's Bay and Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

March 18, 2020

Eye Love Wednesday - Shiseido Waso Eye Opening Essence

Shiseido Waso Eye Opening Essence - 20ml - $32 - a cooling gel that visibly counteracts signs of eye fatigue, dark circles and puffiness for brighter under-eyes.

Just a pinch of the moisture-rich jelly droplets instantly defines and enhances the eye area, similar to the way momijioroshi brings out the umami (flavour) of a dish. Eyes look clearly defined and revitalized with essential vitamins.

The texture and cooling sensation are inspired by daikon, a radish ingredient used in Japanese traditional cusine (“washoku”).

You can also customize your tube with the included YAKUMIX (“yakumi” is Japanese for “condiments”) stickers, a fun ode to Japanese ingredients and cultural motifs.

Available at Shiseido counters across Canada but these days you are better off getting it online so check out beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca or sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

March 13, 2020

Looking forward to sunnier times with Mary Kay Love & Lashes Bundle!

Those beach going days are coming, I promise, so get ready for them with the:

Mary Kay Love & Lashes Bundle - $59 - which includes almost everything you need for a day at the beach (minus the margaritas):

Mary Kay Suncare SPF 50 Sunscreen - with a creamy, smooth, ultra-lightweight and breathable formula that glides on evenly and absorbs quickly without feeling oily or greasy- great for  use on  face and body:

Mary Kay Lash Love Waterproof Mascara in I ❤ Black - defines, defends and delivers significant volume without looking overdone thanks to a flexible, sculpted brush that separates and coats even fine, hard-to-reach lashes, so volume looks instantly magnified – with no clumps in sight for lashes that appear fuller, lifted and multiplied, while looking naturally flawless, soft and healthy - with a Panthenol-Pro Complex and vitamin E - to help moisturize, strengthen and condition lashes, defending them against breakage and brittleness;

along with a super-fun, limited edition, microfiber Love & Lashes Round Beach Towel!

Available now while supplies last 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 -

March 11, 2020

Eye Love Wednesday - Catrice Cosmetics BAE Eyeshadow Palette Collection

Catrice Cosmetics presents an eyeshadow collection that's all about celebrating you. Whether you’re a boss, a bad ass or even feeling basic AF, they want you to own it with help from the BAE Eyeshadow Palette Collection! With 3 Instagram inspired palettes featuring 12 intensely pigmented and buildable eyeshadows with a rich powder formula that is easy to blend:
Basic BAE Eyeshadow Palette - $16.99 - in classic neutral shades with matte and shimmering finishes that include: #BASIC, #WIFEY, #SQUAD, #GOALS, #NOFILTER, #MUA, #TWINNING, #EXTRAAF, #MOTD, #MCM, #WCW and #TBT.
Badass BAE Eyeshadow Palette - $16.99 - in warm and fiery shades with matte and shimmering finishes that include: #BADASS #CLAPBACK, #SAVAGE, #REBEL, #BREAKRULES, #OWNIT, #LITAF, #IDGAF, #RBF, #GETATME, #YASS and #BYEFELICIA.
Self-Made BAE Eyeshadow Palette - $16.99 - in deep berry and earthy shades with matte and shimmering finishes that include: #SELFMADE, #SLAY, #HBIC, #MONEY, #CEO, #EMPIRE, #HUSTLE, #BOSS, #WERK, #QUEEN, #ROLEMODELand #EQUALPAY.

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

- Lisamarie -

March 9, 2020

Sleep your way to better skin with Indeed Labs!

Indeed Labs introduces In-Circadian Night Mask - inspired by the skin’s natural circadian rhythm it works alongside the skin’s regeneration process while you sleep. Also known as your 24-hour sleep/wake cycle, your circadian rhythm can influence body temperature, cell regeneration, water loss, hormone release, and skin’s natural healing process so it's the perfect time to let it do all the hard work:

Indeed Labs In-Circadian Night Mask - 50ml - $24.99 -  a  thirst-quenching mask ideal for tired or dry skinthat you wear overnight to wake up to a perfect morning glow and boost of hydration.

The formula contains lespedeza capitata plant extracts and the powerful dawnergy peptide to work with the skin’s circadian rhythm to help fight skin damage caused by environmental stressors, improve skin circulation and complexion, decrease morning puffiness, and reduce the appearance of dark circles; along with duraquench iq sa which hydrates for up to 72 hours and polyglutamic acid to help build the skin’s moisture barrier to lock in hydration leaving skin more radiant and even toned.

Can be used two ways depending on how much time you have: for intense hydration, apply onto cleansed skin and massage until absorbed, leave on overnight then rinse in the AM. Or for instant hydration, leave on for 15 minutes then rinse.

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at ulta.com and indeedlabs.com.

- Lisamarie -

March 6, 2020

Get excited - Live Clean has launched an eco-conscious dry shampoo!

Knowing that frequent washing can actually damage hair we have all become addicted to our dry shampoo fix. Sadly though, most dry shampoos are not only harmful to  the environment, but also to the people using them. Bad news - they are full of harsh chemicals such as aluminum, talc and silicones - and  when used regularly, they can suffocate the scalp and clog pores!

Don't worry though, you don't have to give up your dry shampoo habit - Live Clean has introduced a new Dry Mist Shampoo - an innovative  air-powered dry shampoo made from plant and naturally derived ingredients and free from harsh chemicals typically found in standard dry shampoos, providing a healthier and eco-conscious alternative for extending the time between washes!

Live Clean Dry Mist Shampoo - 120g - $10.99 - in four scents suitable for all hair types and colours: Fresh & Clean, Salon Volume, Tropical Coconut (smells like summer) and Lightly Scented - with a clear formula that is mess free which means there is no leftover residue or
powder. The vegan formula contains certified organic extracts including witch hazel, nettle and arrowroot - to leave hair manageable and smelling great. And it's air-powered which is an important distinction as most dry shampoos on the market contain harsh gases, utilizing propellants including propane, butane and isobutane - instead, it uses a continuous spray powered by oxygen - which is much better for you and the environment!

It's easy to use, just spray on lifted sections of dry hair, 6 - 10 inches away from roots; massage through roots to refresh and deodorize; then brush through hair and style as usual.

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart, Jean Coutu, Uniprix, Familiprix stores across Canada and online at well.ca.

- Lisamarie -

March 4, 2020

This week I'm obsessed with... Patchology Soothe 5 Minute Flashmasque!

Stressed out skin? Take a chill pill with this soothing masque: 

Patchology Soothe 5 Minute Flashmasque - 21ml - $7 - stressed out and irritated skin is instantly soothed on contact thanks to a formula packed with natural anti-inflammatories that mimic the aloe vera plant to de-puff irritated skin and calm redness on contact - while rosemary, sage, and lavender leave behind a protective barrier, which fights against free radicals long after the mask is off - leaving skin de-puffed, hydrated and softer than soft.

Available at Murale and select Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada as well as online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca and patchology.ca.

- Lisamarie -

February 28, 2020

Soak dry skin (and your cares) away with Dr Teal's Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution!

Dr Teal’s Pure Epsom Salt Soaking Solution - 1.36kg - $9.99 - with a rich skin caring formula that combines pure epsom salt - to help ease sore, achy muscles; with extra rich and hydrating shea butter extracts; almond oil - to relieve and soften dry skin along with natural essential oils, known for their ability to help soothe the senses and clear the mind.

To enjoy, just pour at least 2 cups under warm, running bath water, immerse yourself and relax for 20 minutes while letting the rich minerals soak away discomfort. It also makes a great exfoliator - just mix a handful with your favourite body wash and gently massage mixture onto skin to slough away dry patches, revealing a healthier-looking complexion!

Available at drug, grocery and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

February 24, 2020

Polish skin to perfection with the Mary Kay TimeWise Microdermabrasion Plus Set!

Get the look of polished, younger skin and significantly smaller pores with:

Mary Kay TimeWise Microdermabrasion Plus Set - $60 - the same great formula with new packaging which includes:

TimeWise Microdermabrasion Refine - 70g - an advanced fragrance and oil-free exfoliator that immediately energizes skin by effectively removing dead skin cells from inside and around the edges of pores; and

The Pore Minimizer - 29ml - a nourishing serum that helps calm and comfort skin, reducing any appearance of redness and soothing delicate skin.

Just use 2 to 3 times a week and together, the duo significantly reduces the visible number of pores and dramatically improves skin texture for close-up-confident skin that just gets better over time.

Available 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 -

February 21, 2020

OPI Mexico City Spring 2020 Collection - with swatches!

Experience the eclectic colours of the world's most thriving art scene - Ciudad de Mexico - for Spring 2020 with the Mexico City Collection by OPI. With this collection, OPI makes nails a personal canvas and the collection becomes an artist's palette of rich, fashion-forward colour with shades inspired by the city's vibrant art and fashion scenes, jet-set appeal with trendy locales and award-winning cuisine and exploration of individual self-expression.

Available in the collection are 12 new shades:

Mexico City Move-mint - soft understated green
Verde Nice to Meet You - lush and verdant green
Don't Tell a Sol - warm inviting yellow
Suzi's Slinging Mezcal - shimmering gold
Mural Mural on the Wall - coral with scattered specks of coral confetti
Coral-ing Your Spirit Animal - warm coral glow
My Chihuahua Doesn't Bite Anymore - exciting orange
Viva OPI! - vibrant red
Telenovela Me About It - intense soap opera pink
Mi Casa Es Blue Casa - vibrant blue
Mariachi Makes My Day - intense saturated deep purple
Hue Is the Artist? - pale, wispy lavender

Available now: Nail Lacquers - $13.30 and Infinite Shine - $16.40 at professional salons and Hudson's Bay stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

February 19, 2020

This week I'm obsessed with... Indeed Labs Watermelon Melting Balm!

Indeed Labs Watermelon Melting Balm - 100ml - $24.99 - an oil-based cleansing balm that melts onto the skin and creates a gentle lather when mixed with water to break down and  dissolve makeup, dirt and oils
without stripping or irritating
skin’s natural barrier, all while nourishing dry and dehydrated skin.

The formula is chock-full of antioxidant-rich ingredients including:

refined hemp seed oil - due to its rich concentration of fatty acids and antioxidants, it provides deep nourishment to skin, leaving it healthy and glowing;

watermelon seed oil - a concentrated source of antioxidants, vitamin A and vitamin E, it helps to condition and brighten skin;

bisabolol - a natural, powerful remedy for very sensitive and easily inflamed or irritated skin, it helps to address common concerns like premature aging, lack of moisture, sebum oxidation, sensitivity and skin discoloration; and

ethyl panthenol - also known as vitamin B5, it acts as a humectant to condition dehydrated skin - with continued use, skin will appear plump and healthy.

Ideal for all skin types including sensitive and acne-prone, it works to improve skin tone while leaving skin replenished, moisturized, and brightened.

I'm a fan of the packaging - most cleansing balms come in a tub which seems unhygienic to me - but this one is in a tube - making it less messy and a lot more portable! Also keep in mind that as a balm, the formula contains no water and therefore the texture of this product changes in different temperatures - so try and store it in a warm room to make it easier to use.

Simply warm up in dry hands and massage onto a dry face. Take your time with this step, and luxuriate in a little extra “me time” while you massage! Add a few drops of warm water and watch as the product starts to lather and makeup melts away right before your eyes!

To use - warm up in dry hands and apply onto dry skin and massage to dissolve makeup and dirt. Add warm water to lather, and continue to massage for 1 minute. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry. May also be removed with a soft, damp cloth.

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

- Lisamarie -

February 17, 2020

Pai Skincare Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil - pure magic in a bottle!

Does the weather lately have your skin going crazy? Just add of couple of drops of this on to damp skin before your regular moisturizer and get ready for the ultimate skin boost:

Pai Skincare Rosehip Bioregenerate Oil - 30ml - $50 - contains a highly concentrated blend of organic rosehip fruit and seed oil - rich in omegas to help regenerate skin; and beta-carotene - acts as an antioxidant, helping to provide protection against free radicals such as UV light and pollution.

With regular use, it deeply conditions skin, improving firmness and elasticity and promoting a clear, even skin tone, as well it can be used to improve: dry patches, flaky patches, blemishes, dull skin tone, fine lines, scars and sun damage.

Available at Murale and select Shoppers Drug Mart BeautyBoutique locations across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

February 14, 2020

Needful Things - Laline Body Scrub

Eliminate winter dullness and restore your body's shine with:

Laline Body Scrub - 240g - $20, 500g - $35 - in 10 scents: Musk, Coconut Verbena, Vanilla Pink Pepper, Lemongrass Verbena, Monoi, Frozen Pear, Ocean, Violet Amber, Vanilla Patchouli and my fave - Cherry Blossom - contains the perfect combination of deep cleansing from natural minerals and super nourishment thanks to avocado and grape seed oils - to get skin glowing.

Just massage gently onto wet skin in a circular motion and rinse thoroughly - follow with the Laline  Body Souffle for skin that will be left ridiculously smooth and soft!

Available at Laline stores across Canada and online at laline.ca.

- Lisamarie -

February 12, 2020

Eye Love Wednesday - Burt's Bees Skin Nourishment Eye Cream

Burt's Bees Skin Nourishment Eye Cream - 14g - $20.99 - reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with a 99% natural formula featuring Royal Jelly that contains vitamins A, B2 and E to leave skin looking healthy and radiant.

With a light nourishing formula perfect for normal to combination skin, this fragrance-free anti-aging eye cream has no parabens, phthalates, petrolatum or SLS so you can feel as good about using it as you will look!

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -