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 -

July 13, 2020

Perfect summer moisture from Honest Beauty, Ok K! and Life Brand!

Honest Beauty Hydrogel Cream - 50ml - $29.99 - a lightweight, creamy moisturizer infused with two types of hyaluronic acid that help attract and bind moisture into the skin along with an advanced moisture-release formula that is cooling upon application for instantly dewy skin. With each use, skin feels firmer, smoother and softer with a more radiant-than-ever look.
Oh K! Chok Chok Hydrating Serum Mist - 60ml - $13.99 - hydrates and plumps skin for the ultimate no makeup glow with a pink shimmer formulation chock full of hyaluronic acid and ceramides to help support the skin's natural moisture barrier. The mist application helps to evenly distribute the serum formula to the skin with a cooling and soothing effect. Use as part of a daily routine before layering on moisturizer, a quick fix of hydration and a refreshing boost while on the go or to set makeup.
Life Brand Replenishing Hydrogel Facial Sheet Mask - $4.99 - infused with seaweed and ceramide to leave skin feeling hydrated and replenished in just 20 minutes. I like that it's a 2-piece mask - with pieces for the bottom and top halves of the face - making it much easier for a spaz like me to get it onto the right position!

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

- Lisamarie -

July 6, 2020

Soap & Glory Drop In The Lotion - for soft skin that smells like summer!


Give skin an instant moisture hit with:

Soap & Glory Drop In The Lotion Lightweight Body Lotion - 500ml - $16 - an ultra-absorbent hydrating body lotion with a formula containing  coconut and almond oils, shea butter, vitamin A and green tea extract for beautifully soft skin.

What you will love the most though is what it is scented with: magnifi-coco - for a coconutty and  clean fragrance that is like a day at the beach (minus the annoying people).

The lightweight and velvety soft texture absorbs quickly without leaving skin feeling greasy or sticky, just intensely moisturized - so there is no need to wait before getting dressed!

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

- Lisamarie -

June 29, 2020

Needful Things - Cocokind Oil To Milk Cleanser

Every summer the hunt for a new cleanser ensues - not just for one that will get rid of heat induced dirt and sweat, but also remove sunscreen without leaving skin feeling stripped and tight - to the rescue this year is:  

Cocokind Oil To Milk Cleanser - 86ml - $24.99 - a gentle oil cleanser that transforms into milk upon contact with water, allowing for an easy rinse off and leaving skin soft, replenished, and clean.

The clean, non-toxic formula is centered around prebiotic fermented oat with vegan, gluten-free, and organic ingredients. Not only does it take off make-up but also helps to create a healthy environment for microbiome to thrive, where healthy bacteria can obtain energy and nutrients to live and reproduce - as a result, skin is better able to defend us from external pathogens, inflammation or irritation and environmental stressors.

Even the packaging is healthy - the tube is make out of sugarcane materials and is plastic-free!

For using, water is the key: Use on dry skin for a more traditional cleansing oil and add water later to create a milky wash or apply with damp hands for a quicker milky wash and faster clean-up! Either way skin will be left feeling totally clean and soft.

My only complaint is the size - while it is nice that you can easily throw it in your bag to travel with, used every day I will go through it in no time - hopefully they will be introducing a larger, at home, dirty face size! (hint hint)

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

- Lisamarie -

June 24, 2020

This week I'm obsessed with... Bubble T Bath & Body Lemongrass & Green Tea Stimulating Hand Cream!

Bubble T Bath & Body Lemongrass & Green Tea Stimulating Hand Cream - 100ml - $5.99 - Nourish your hands with all the antioxidant goodness you can imagine. Containing goji berry extracts, bergamot oil and shea butter to soothe and moisturize - it also smells delicious with a tropical scent that includes zingy lemongrass blended with antioxidant rich green tea, sweet pineapple and gooseberry - in a cruelty, paraben and SLS free formula.

Inspired by the bubble tea phenomenon and the benefits of using tea-based properties in bath and beauty -

And if you love the scent there is an entire bath and body range that includes shower gel, body lotion, bath infusion tea bags, bath bombs, bath pearls and bath salts. The range also comes in a couple of other scents: Moroccan Mint Tea and Hibiscus & Acai Berry Tea.

Available online at  https://www.farleyco.ca/Bubble-T-Bath-and-Body/Products.html

- Lisamarie -

June 22, 2020

(Even) more proof that the world has gone crazy - CHROM Toothpolish!

Have you been sitting around lately  wondering what is missing from your life? Obviously it's the ability to match your teeth to your makeup!

Developed by (drug addled) dentists, CHROM Toothpolish is the only fashion tooth polish on the market (really?!) that lets you match your smile to your makeup for the day. A patented polish that comes in a variety of shades and styles to paint one, two or all of your teeth at a time and promises semi-permanent style for up to 24 hours of wear - or can be chipped off in a matter of seconds if/when you come to your senses.

Pastels, metallics, glitters, you name it - your teeth can have it - but it still begs the question why? - why did or would anyone think this was a good idea? And at $18 a bottle this isn't cheap weirdness...

Strangest of all as got to be Blacklight Blue - it goes on clear and glows in the dark - perfect for your next rave or rooms lacking a nightlight.

If you feel you need it go ahead, I don't judge (that's a lie, I totally judge) - it's non-toxic, vegan, cruelty-free, safe to use on teeth and dental work, so it's not going to kill you, but no guarantee you won't be mocked... available online at toothpolish.com.

- Lisamarie -

June 17, 2020

This week I'm obsessed with... Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb Aloe Vera!

It seems entirely possible that I might be part vampire - as soon as  the hot weather arrives, the least amount of sun makes my skin react and feel overly heated along with  hot and prickly even when back inside. This time of year, I always switch my moisturizer to something more gel like and this year, as an added bonus, I've found a gel-cream that also has soothing properties built right in:

Belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb Aloe Vera - 50ml - $50 - a cooling, lightweight gel-cream with a natural refreshing citrus scent that soothes irritated skin and delivers instant hydration for all skin types, even the most sensitive.

Chock full of organic ingredients including: aloe vera that is hand-picked and sustainably farmed in Guastatova - to soothe; lady's mantle - for its anti-inflammatory and astringent properties; and napiers aqua formula - a blend of apothecary herbs including chickweed and plantain that boosts hydration - to provide an explosion of cooling, soothing hydration for a fresh, vibrant-looking complexion.

Even better is what it doesn't contain: free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil and contains less than one percent of synthetic fragrances.

This limited edition reformulation is available at Sephora stores across Canada and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

June 15, 2020

Needful Things - 7th Heaven Gold Easy Peel-Off Mask

Say good-bye to excess oil and grime and hello to cleansed, purified skin with a mask that feels rich but won't break the bank:

7th Heaven Gold Easy Peel-Off Mask - 10ml - $2.99 - detox and brighten to reveal skin's radiance with this metallic gold, easy peel-off mask that minimizes the appearance of pores, as well as tones and rejuvenates the complexion with a formula of moisturizing jojoba oil, detoxifying malachite, vitamin rich mango and soothing jasmine.

Peel off masks are my favourite and this one has the added bonus of making you look like a Goldfinger Bond girl (without being dead and stuff) and thus terrifying to the cats! Just apply a thick layer on to clean and dry skin, leave until dry and peel it off - fun!

Available at select Lawtons Drugs , Walmart, London Drugs, Pharmasave, Brunet, Familiprix, Jean Coutu, Proxim, Uniprix, Value Drug and Overwaitea stores across Canada and online at shophali.com - and as a special bonus, you can get 15% off your order of anything and everything until the end of June with this code - BEAUTYCRAZEDHALI15 - so go nuts!

- Lisamarie -

June 10, 2020

This week I'm obsessed with... Indeed Labs Hydraluron + Moisture Mist!

We are spending so much more time in front of screens these days with our skin being impacted from blue light in negative ways - which means we need something to shield it!

Indeed Labs Hydraluron + Moisture Mist - 75ml - $24.99 - a face mist that provides lasting moisture to the skin while helping to defend against blue light and environmental stressors.

It features two key ingredients including: soliberine - reduces skin oxidation and inflammation by targeting the different harmful effects of UV-rays, blue light and IR wavelengths; and sodium hyaluronate (a low molecular weight hyaluronic acid) - increases moisture and enhances elasticity - which work to penetrate beneath the skin’s surface to provide lasting moisture and plumpness to the skin, helping to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, helps to restore skin’s protective barrier, brighten skin, and defend against outdoor pollution and blue light from computer screens, smartphones, and other digital devices that emit significant amounts of HEV light.

Apply in the morning before moisturizer and/or serum and  throughout the day over a bare face or makeup as an instant pick-me-up to refresh and hydrate stressed and tired-looking skin.

Best of all, there is nothing in it that's bad for your face, it's free of fragrances, colourants, parabens, drying alcohols, mineral oil, phthalates, sulfates and silicones!

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

- Lisamarie -

June 8, 2020

Fight aging of all kinds with Filorga Global-Repair!

Looking for a line that does it all? Then look no further than Filorga Global-Repair!

With a concentrated formula that works on dehydration, deep wrinkles, lack of firmness, sagging contours, hollow features, dark spots and tired looking complexion with intensive repairing factors to act intensely on all the major signs of aging boosting a combo of revitalizing nutrition with 3 super nutrients - ceramides, omegas and vitamins to restore vitality and suppleness; plus multi-intensive anti-aging correction - 50 meso-ingredients (NCEF) and 4 cellular boosters that act on radiance, wrinkles, firmness, dark spots and facial volumes.

Skin is left smoother, more luminous, firmer, resulpted, plumper and radiant.

There are two products available in the line that can be used day and night: Global-Repair Intensive Nutri-Restorative Multi-Revitalising Serum - 30ml - $145 and Global-Repair Nuti-Restorative Multi-Revitalsing Cream - 50ml - $145

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

- Lisamarie -

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 -