October 20, 2021

3 items I love from the Quo Beauty Halloween collection (and will want to use all year round)!

Love the drama of Halloween makeup but hate spending money on something that you will only use for one night?! Fear not, Quo Beauty is here with a collection that you will be reaching for all year round and I have a top 3 fave from it:
 
Quo Beauty Limited Edition Gold Glitter Drops - $12 - add a sparkly finish to cheekbones, collarbones or an all-over face glow - post Halloween you will still need the glow, just use more sparingly! I would love it regardless just for the wonderful skull container - you will need to go in-store for this one, it's already sold out online!
Quo Beauty Eyeshadow Palette in Sweet as Honey - $25 - with lots of metallic shades to use liberally for a glittering Halloween eye look or deep shades for extra drama - post Halloween these shades will make for a beautiful wash of colour with the deeper colours adding the perfect pop of colour to the crease or as a liner!
Quo Beauty Lip Contour Pencil in Red Wine - $12 - perfect for lining in preparation for for deep Halloween lipstick and creepy blood effects - post Halloween I plan to use lightly all over my lips, blend in with my finger and top with a layer of lipbalm for a flush of colour that just won't budge (even under masks)!
While you are at the store, check out the Quo Beauty Fall Collection - with a couple of lovely eyeshadow palettes, a face palette, some quick drying nail polishes and my fave:
 
Quo Beauty Liquid Lipstick in Cashmere Scarf - $12 - a creamy liquid lipstick with lots of wonderful pigment in a nude shade that is your lips but better!

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

- Lisamarie -

October 13, 2021

This week I'm obsessed with... Pixi + Louise Roe Cream Rouge Palette!

I haven't had a lot to say about lipstick for the past 18 months because really, where was I going to wear it? But now that the world is getting out again my lips need to look great (when they aren't covered by a mask of course) and what better way to jump back into the world of lipcolour then with choices - so many choices...
 
Pixi + Louise Roe Cream Rouge Palette - $28 - a flattering palette of creamy hues curated and created by Louise Roe with a multi-use formula can be used on lips solo, mixed to create a custom colour or even dabbed onto cheeks for a fast pick me up to the complexion as well!
 
Anything that makes me feel like a chemist is always appealing to me and this palette just screams out for me to mix colours together and experiment - as a bonus, the inside lid is perfect for mixing!
Available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.
 
- Lisamarie -

October 6, 2021

Fake summer well into fall with Conair, Indeed and Essence!

For the perfect day-at-the-beach waves:
 
Conair Triple Barrel Waver - $49.99 - with a triple barrel that creates continuous, uniform deep waves, while the double ceramic technology delivers even heat for fast styling and long-lasting results. It's great for every hair type thanks to the 30 heat settings along with turbo heat that gives a 27°F burst of heat for difficult-to-style spots.
 
I have covid to thank for actually having enough hair to try something like this out. I have fine hair but a lot of it and in the past have found hair tools complicated that end up being useless because my hair just does not want to hold a curl. Curls may be a no but waves are a big yes - not only was it so easy to use, but the waves it adds are gorgeous and just last and last! I use the waver and then spray in a little  salt spray to give it a bit of texture and I look just like a mermaid (well a mermaid with clothes)!

Available at mass retailers and Trade Secrets stores across Canada and online at amazon.ca.
Get a sun-kissed look sans sun:
 
Indeed Nanobronze Bronzing Drops - 30ml - $24.95 - instantly bronzes, blurs, and hydrates skin with a tinted serum that combats dullness and provides an immediate and long-lasting bronzy glow that conceals imperfections and enhances natural beauty. The formula contains pea extracts - with proven tan enhancement effects; giant kelp extract - to protect skin against harmful daily stressors; cacao (cocoa) seed extract - to boost skin’s defenses against blue light; and hyaluronic acid - to hydrate skin for a full, plump, and glowing complexion. 
 
Suitable for all skin types and complexions, they can be blended with your serum or moisturizer for a light glow or used alone to intensify the colour - use it on your face, chest, legs or wherever you want/need some liquid sunshine!

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at indeedlabs.com.
Get a daily dose of energy (and glow) for your eyelids:
 
Essence Daily Dose Of Energy Eyeshadow Palette - $8.99 - a warm toned eyeshadow palette with a paraben, fragrance, alcohol and oil free formula featuring 9 shades and finishes ranging from matte to metallic that are highly pigmented and perfect for creating a multitude of looks while the compact size makes the palette perfect to take anywhere for travel or touch-ups. It also has that crazy red shade that everyone seems to be wearing so if you've been thinking about experimenting, here's your chance!
 
Available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.
 
- Lisamarie -

September 29, 2021

Feed your skin the ingredients it's been craving with serums from Antipodes, StriVectin and Avon Isa Knox!

Already losing your  summer glow? Get it back in a hurry with a nice big dose of vitamin C to help protect and illuminate for skin that looks radiant and full of life.:

Antipodes Glow Ritual Vitamin C Serum - 30ml - $62 - a light-wear brightening gel serum that offers luminous, dewy skin and protection from environmental damage. With an ultra-clean, 100% natural origin formula with its star ingredient Kakadu plum - which contains up to 100x the Vitamin C of oranges - helping to illuminate and protect from free radical damage; along with Vinanza Grape & Kiwi - to address pigmentation, help brighten skin, and protect against oxidative stress; Bakuchiol -  a gentle and natural retinol alternative, encourages smoother, firmer looking skin; and plant-based hyaluronic acid - boosts moisture for a plumped visage. Suited to all skin types and especially beneficial to help perk up dull skin.

Available at online retailers across Canada including well.ca.
Add some vitamin B3 to your skin to help restore super strength:
 
StriVectin Multi-Action Super-B Barrier Strengthening Oil - 30ml - $79 - a dual-focus treatment oil that nourishes dry, dull skin and helps to prevent moisture loss for an even, glowing complexion. Calms dry skin and reduces the appearance of redness for even-toned skin while restoring a visibly healthy, glowing complexion that supports the microbiome and skin barrier to target visible signs of aging and dry, dull, cranky skin. With a formula containing potent prebiotics sourced from French Hot Springs to help balance the microbiome while NIA-114 - a patented form of Niacin/Vitamin B3 strengthens the skin barrier. 
 
Available at stores across Canada including Shoppers Drug Mart and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.
 
Hibiscus flowers don't just smell good they also offer your skin lots of firming good:
 
Avon Isa Know LXNEW Platinum Sculpting Oil Serum - 40ml - $80 - a organic hibiscus extract infused serum with encapsulated violet droplets that help to deliver firming and plumping ingredients, collagen-boosting peptides and rejuvenating antioxidants to help visibly smooth wrinkles and tighten facial contours for a firmer, smoother, more lifted look in just one week.

Part of the new collection that helps to recapture the look of youthful contours that also includes: Sculpting Day Cream - 50ml - $70; Sculpting Night Cream - 50ml - $70; Sculpting Eye Cream - 25ml - $70 or try them all with the Special Trial Kit that includes 15ml Day and Night creams; 7ml Oil Serum; and 5ml Eye Cream - all for $46!

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

September 24, 2021

Fragrant Friday - Paco Rabanne Phantom

Introducing a feel-good perfume that boosts your sexiness, confidence, and energy: 
 
Paco Rabanne Phantom 150ml EDT - $148, 100ml EDT - $125, 80ml EDT - $92, 200ml EDT Refill - $154, 150ml Shower Gel - $42, 75ml Deodorant Stick - $32 - a futuristic aromatic fragrance born from the clash between luxury craftsmanship and new-tech with top notes of zesty lemon peel oil from Italy, "vintage" molecule styrallyl acetate and lavander oil; heart notes of lavandin heart, patchouli heart, smokey earthy accord and apple; and base notes of vetiver heart, lavandin absolute and vanilla absolute.

And while this might technically be for men, I would (and do) totally wear this - it has a smoothness to it that doesn't feel masculine or feminine - it just is... not to mention the adorable robot bottle and a commercial that is like the best acid trip you have ever been on!
 
 
Available now at Hudson's Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart and Jean Coutu stores across Canada. 

- Lisamarie -

September 15, 2021

This week I'm obsessed with... Teaology Infusion Serums!

Whether it is anti-anging, hydrating or brightening you are after - Teaology has a serum for that in their collection of Infusion Serums:
 
Peptide Infusion Anti-Aging Serum - 15ml - $33 - a rich and velvety serum that contains the optimal peptides concentration to improve the elasticity of the skin and stimulate the synthesis of collagen. Used every day the results are visible: the wrinkles are relaxed and the face regains a more toned and bright appearance. 
 
Hyaluronic Infusion Hydrating Serum - 15ml - $33 - a rich and silky serum that contains the optimal concentration of hyaluronic acid at low, medium and high molecular weight to instantly moisturize all layers of the epidermis. Used regularly, it leaves the face compact and rejuvenated, while wrinkles are progressively smoothed.
 
Vitamin C Infusion Brightening Serum - 15ml - $33 - a mild and impalpable serum that contains the optimal dosage of vitamin C in one of its most stable forms. Vitamin C is the molecule of youth because it protects the skin from oxidative damage, from photo-aging and stimulates the synthesis of collagen. From the first applications the result is visible: the skin is compact, smooth and the face shines with light.
 
And of course there is no reason that you can't alternate 2 different formulas or even all 3 to suit the ever-changing needs of your skin on alternating days or even at the same time on different parts of your skin!
 
Available at Shoppers Drug Mart and Hudson's Bay stores across Canada and online at teaologyskincare.ca.
 
Wish you could try them all at a lower price? You can! Right now if you buy them online at the Teaology website they are offering a Serum Infusion trio with all 3 serums for $75!
 
- Lisamarie -

September 10, 2021

Fragrant Friday - Avon Rare Intense Fragrances

Add some indulgent scent to your fall with three Rare Intense fragrances from Avon:
 
Rare Platinum Intense - 50ml EDP - $45, Luxury Body Wash - 200ml - $30, Luxury Body Creme - 150ml - $33 - an unforgettably confident fragrance with notes of iris, warm ambrette and smooth vetiver that immerses you in dreamy luxury.

Rare Pearls Intense - 50ml EDP - $45 - a warm and dreamy fragrance with a potent, luminous blend of shimmering magnolia, white pepper and creamy rosewood.

Rare Gold Intense - 50ml EDP - $45 - a warm and indulgent fragrance that envelops you in the warmth of pure gold with opulent notes of mandarin zest, ylang-ylang and golden amber.

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

- Lisamarie -

September 8, 2021

Shoppers Drug Mart glowing skin must haves from Dr Roebuck's, Versed and No7!

Dr Roebuck's No Worries Hydrating Face Moisturizer - 50ml - $60 - a silicone-free, non-comedogenic daily moisturizer formulated with: hyaluronic acid - an anti-aging active that smooths and plumps skin, helping to retain moisture and aid in decreasing the appearance of fine lines; macadamia oil - an essential fatty acid that works to heal, nourish and hydrate the skin; and rosehip oil - a vitamin and antioxidant rich skin protectant. 
 
Part of The Thoughtful Choices at Shoppers Drug Mart lineup, curated to help make it easier for you to shop consciously for products that are cruelty-free as well as paraben, phthalate, SLS/SLES, formaldehyde, BPA and aluminum salts-free; and mindful of our planet.
Versed Weekend Glow Brightening Solution
- 120ml - $24.99 - a powerful brightening toner for dark spots and post-acne marks. With an exfoliating formula that includes a four-acid complex of lactic, glycolic, azelaic, and kojic acid; along with bearberry extract and vitamin C to deliver a glowier complexion without any of the tingle. Also part of the The Thoughtful Choices at Shoppers Drug Mart lineup.
No7 Lift & Luminate Triple Action Night Cream
- 50ml - $29 - a multi-tasking night cream that targets the three key signs of aging: reducing wrinkles; firming skin; and evening skin tone - while sleeping, nourishing and restoring skin's moisture overnight. In just 2 weeks, wrinkles are reduced, skin appears lifted and firmed, while the unique lightening complex helps to fade stubborn pigmentation and dark spots for a more even skin tone. After 3 weeks, you will awaken to rested, more radiant and healthy-looking skin.  
 
All available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.

- Lisamarie -

September 3, 2021

Fragrant Friday - Caroline Herrera Very Good Girl

Caroline Herrera Very Good Girl - 50ml EDP Natural Spray - $168, 50ml EDP Natural Spray - $130, 10ml EDP RollerBall - $42 (sephora.ca exclusive) - a seductive fruity floral fragrance inspired by the duality of a modern woman: with top notes of playfully mischievous red currant and exotic lychee; a seductive heart of rose; and base notes of vetiver and warm vanilla to provide a surprising and modern finish.
 
Of course it wouldn't be Good Girl without the glamorously sexy stiletto-shaped bottle - this one featuring red-lacquered interior and impossibly high gold heel. The scent is just as sexy - a little sweet, a little fruity, a little rosy and a lot awesome - it will make you feel like a total vixen  - or as Carolina would say - "It's so good to be bad"!
 
Available at Hudson's Day, Shoppers Drug Mart, Nordstrom, Sephora and Jean Coutu stores across Canada and online at sephora.ca.
 
- Lisamarie -

September 1, 2021

Enjoy the sun and a great read this long weekend with Blue Lizard, Physiogel and Behind The Read Door by Louise Claire Johnson!

The last long weekend of the summer is the best time to soak up the last of the summer sun and relax with a good book (and a cocktail)!

Enjoy the sunshine but don't forget to protect yourself from it with:
 
Blue Lizard Australian Sunscreen Sensitive Mineral Sunscreen SPF50 - 89ml - $14.99 - offers head-to-toe sun protection with a zinc oxide based mineral formula that provides broad spectrum protection from 97% of the sun’s burning rays. Great for sensitive skin as it contains no skin-irritating chemical sunscreen ingredients, no parabens and no fragrances and is made without oxybenzone or octinoxate to help protect fragile reef ecosystems and is water resistant up to 80 minutes. The bottle also acts as a great reminder to reapply - the cap turns blue in harmful UV light! It also comes in a Baby formula that I love - it's even gentler!

Available online at well.ca and amazon.ca.
When your sun worship is over be sure to moisturize - your skin will thank you - and using a regular moisturizer for sensitive skin is way more effective then the typical after-sun lotions - I particularly like:
 
Physiogel Calming Relief A.I. Lotion - 200ml - $59 - offers triple, long-lasting relief from dryness, itchiness and irritation for all sensitive skin (even babies) with an advanced hypoallergenic formula containing skin-soothing essential lipids and B that is free from fragrances, preservatives and colourants - to soothe and protect dry, irritated skin.

Can be used on face or body and also comes in a cream formula if you prefer a thicker texture - Physiogel Calming A.I. Cream - 100ml - $59.
 
Available from your Avon rep - 1-800-265-AVON or online at www.avon.ca

 
The perfect book to go along with a weekend of horizontal activity:
 
Behind The Red Door - How Elizabeth Arden's Legacy Inspired My Comping-of-Age Story in the Beauty Industry - Louse Claire Johnson - $38 - there aren't a lot of books that I sit down to read and can't put down until it's done, but this is one of them! A unique blend of biography and memoir, it's about two women a hundred years apart, and follows both women as they turn themselves into the success stories they once dreamed of becoming. Historical and modern all at the same time with lots of behind the scenes looks at the beauty industry - this was right up my alley. It's a great weekend read and see if it doesn't leave you satisfied and inspired!
 
Available at bookstores across Canada and online at indigo.chapters.ca.
 
- Lisamarie -

August 25, 2021

This week I'm obsessed with... Fruits & Passion Alo Bonus Size Shower Gel!

There's even more to love now from Fruits & Passion with their Alo Shower Gels available now in a giant bonus size!
 
Fruits & Passion Alo Shower Gel - 950ml - $19.99 - in 3 delicious scents: 
 
Orange Cantaloupe 
Grapefruit Guava
Ocean Flower

With a biodegradable formula enriched with vitamins E & B5 to antioxidize and hydrate, leaving skin feeling soft, smooth and delightfully scented.
 
They smell great, lather like a dream and best of all, come in a pump bottle - truly a necessity with a bottle this big!

Available at Fruits & Passion stores across Canada and online at fruits-passion.com and avon.ca.

- Lisamarie -

August 20, 2021

Follow your Bliss to amazing skin!

Bliss holds a special place in my heart - a zillion years ago when Sephora first opened their first Canadian store in Toronto my very first purchase was a pair of Bliss Glamour Gloves (I still have them!) and I continued to buy and love their products ever since - well almost ever since... some years ago the products became harder to come by here - but no longer - Bliss has arrived in Canada and you can now find it at Shoppers Drug Mart!
 
Now that I can Bliss to my heart's content I've been on a mission to try everything out and see what I like best and have come up a top 3 fave list:
 
Bliss Clear Genius Clarifying Toner + Serum - 130ml - $19.99 - a game-changing treatment, clinically proven to deliver clear, calm skin in 14 days by combining the benefits of a toner with all the joys of a serum to purify pores, tone skin and deliver concentrated ingredients for ultimate clarity without over-drying or irritating skin. Powered a proprietary CLARITY 5 COMPLEX containing BHA (salicylic acid), witch hazel water, niacinamide, zinc PCA & cica. Masking has been giving me some issues that I thought were behind me in my non-teenage years - and this has sorted things right out and so quickly too without giving me the dry patches that I usually suffer from when I use stronger ingredients - yea!
 
Bliss Bright Idea Vitamin C + Tri-Peptide Collagen Protecting Serum - 30ml - $32.99 - this collagen-protecting and brightening serum boosts brightness and elasticity in one use with a high concentration of the most effective, non-irritating form of clinical-grade vitamin C plus tri-peptide to brighten, diminish the look of dark spots and visibly firm skin. I am super-obsessed with vitamin C these days and love that this one comes in serum form that absorbs quickly making it easy to layer and with none of weird smells that some vitamin C products have!
 
Bliss Incredi-peel 10% Glycolic Acid Spa-Strength Resurfacing Peel - 15 facial treatments - $29.99 -with a spa-strength formula that gradually releases the 10% glycolic acid formula overnight to target fine lines, discoloration and imperfections for smoother, brighter skin by morning. Also great for travel (if we can ever do that again) thanks to the convenient, single-step, no-rinse peel pads that are individually packaged.
 
Bliss also goes above and beyond to ensure its products are clean and safe. The brand uses only ethically-sourced, high-quality ingredients and has thoughtfully formulated its products to be 90% vegan and 100% clean, cruelty-free and blissfully free from the bad stuff including parabens, phthalates, SLS and SLES. I also appreciate how accessible the line is to everyone - nothing will set you back more then $32.99!
 
Go to your favourite Shoppers Drug Mart store across Canada or online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca to try my favourites or discover your own!
 
- Lisamarie -

August 11, 2021

This week I'm (still) obsessed with... Belif The True Cream - Aqua Bomb Aloe!


My favourite summer moisturizer is back and better than ever... a gel-cream with soothing properties built right in that is now even more moisturizing and refreshing: 
 
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 - the new formula also includes a multi-level blend of hyaluronic acid that penetrates different layers of the skin for intense hydration, along with vitamin E to visibly smooth texture and even tone.
 
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 avon.ca and ca.naturecollection.com
 
- Lisamarie -

August 6, 2021

Fragrant Friday - Nina Ricci Nina Rouge

Nina Ricci is bringing all of the magic of its emblematic perfume Nina to a creation which is even more Nina, even more Ricci:
 
Nina Ricci Nina Rouge - 50ml EDT - $85, 80ml EDT - $105 - a floral fruity gourmand fragrance with top notes of juicy raspberry and lively citron; heart notes of delicate gardenia and slightly spicy ginger flower; and base notes of indulgent bourbon vanilla and crunchy caramel. 
 
The famous nibbled apple bottle has been reinvented as a lacquered version, in an irresistible glossy red - it will be hard to keep yourself from wanting to bite it!

I bought my first bottle of Nina at an airport when I realized that I had forgotten to bring fragrance for my vacation - they didn't have testers so I bought it strictly because I liked the apple shaped bottle. Since that first purchase many, many years ago I have tried a lot of variations of the fragrance and I have to say, I have rarely been disappointed - there is just something wonderful about the Nina fragrances and this one is no exception - I can really smell the lemon notes on me and it dries down to a caramel like lemon - delicious!

Available at Hudson's Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs, Jean Coutu, Brunet, Uniprix and Familiprix stores across Canada as well as their online counterparts.

- Lisamarie -

July 28, 2021

This week I'm obsessed with... Vichy Dercos Fortifying Treatment 5!

I don't know about you, but I've found the last year or so stressful AF - not only have I not been able to get a haircut, but I have been finding large quantities of my hair in the shower drain - I mean I've got enough hair for a comb-over now but I'd really prefer not to have to go there! Whether it is stress, fatigue, seasonal changes or even internal fluctuations, Vichy has come to the rescue with something to shore up weakened hair...
 
Vichy Dercos Fortifying Treatment 5 - 21 x 6ml ampoules - $74.95 - with 5 targets for anti-hair loss: hair breakage reduced after 1 application; thicker, more resistant hair; helps promote stronger hair fiber; fortifies the scalp skin barrier through hydration; and sooothes scalp discomfort due to dryness.
 
With a formula that is an exclusive combination of Aminexil, the gold standard anti-hair loss molecule with proven clinical efficacy, using 5 active ingredients for comprehensive action - from root: helps anchor hair in the scalp - to tip: promotes strong, resistant fiber + scalp strengthening action: reduces micro-imbalances of the scalp and boosts the scalp's resistance to promote hair growth. For great results in just 3 weeks: scalp is strengthened, hair becomes more resistant and stronger - after 6 weeks: hair  loss is reduced.
It's easy to use and can be applied on dry or wet hair. For intensive treatment: 1 monodose per day for 6 weeks. As an upkeep hair care treatment: 3 monodoses per week.
And to compliment the treatment there is Vichy Dercos Energising Fortifying Shampoo and  Conditioner - 200ml - $19.95 - Enriched with vitamins Niacinamide + Panthenol the shampoo brings vitality and vigor to hair to help fight against hair loss due to breakage. Revitalized, hair is less fragile; while the conditioner enriched with Aminexil and a complex Niacinamide + Ceramide, has a fortifying formula that nourishes the hair and targets fragilized zones to reinforce the structure of the hair fiber and envelop it with a protective film.
 
Available at drugstores across Canada and online at vichy.ca.
 
- Lisamarie -

July 7, 2021

This week I'm obsessed with... StriVectin Advanced Hydration Hyaluronic Omega Moisture Lip Mask!

StriVectin Advanced Hydration Hyaluronic Omega Moisture Lip Mask - 8.5g - $32 - with a deeply nourishing formula that wraps lips in a replenishing layer of omega-rich fatty acids to soothe dryness and prevent moisture loss. 
 
Even better than a balm, this deeply nourishing formula is clinically shown to strengthen the lip barrier for lasting moisture with: hyaluronic acid - helps plump lips by drawing in hydration and retaining moisture for a naturally plumped lip; omega-rich fatty acids - derived from raspberry seed oil, to help strengthen the lip barrier by hydrating and sealing in moisture on the lips; and Moroccan pomegranate flower extract - highly concentrated in powerful antioxidants to help improve lip contour for fuller looking lips.
 
It's easy to use - it comes with a spatula that you use to apply to clean lips before bed and leave on overnight - they also recommend applying twice during the day. I love the texture, which starts as a rich, velvety, blackberry-flavored balm in its jar, and upon contact, transforms into a transparent, silky veil that smooths dry, dehydrated lips. I'm actually pretty well versed in lip masks - I have been using the Laneige one since Christmas and I had already decided that I wasn't buying it again because it just wasn't doing enough of anything better then my usual balm to merit the price - now I'm also not buying it again because the StriVectin one is a million times better - I now actually wake up with smooth, hydrated lips that look healthy and plump - I'm sold!

Available at drug and department stores across Canada as well as their online counterparts and amazon.ca.

- Lisamarie -

June 30, 2021

Summer essentials you can feel good about from Tarte, Green Beaver and Native!

Keep your foundation from sliding off your face and look less shiny:
 
Tarte Shape Tape Setting Powder - $41 - a loose powder that absorbs oil and mattifies as it diffuses light for radiant-looking skin while blurring fine lines and imperfections and preventing flashback. The netted sifter dispenses the perfect amount of powder and eliminates mess -  and it even comes with a puff if you like that kind of thing (I prefer my brush). The formula includes Amazonian Clay - to absorb excess oil; Vitamin C - to brighten; and Mineral Pigments - to blur. It even comes in a Translucent Tan-Deep shade if you want to add some colour!
 
Like to travel with your powder? It also comes in a perfectly portable 4g mini size for $18.

Available at Sephora stores across Canada and online at sephora.ca and tartecosmetics.com.
Sun protection that's good for your skin:
 
Green Beaver Natural Mineral Sunscreen SPF 40 - 90ml - $24.99 - a 100% natural mineral sunscreen that is hypoallergenic, non-greasy and hydrates and nourishes skin, like a lotion, so not only does it protect skin from the sun, it also makes it better! The best part is the non-whitening formula infused with Canadian-grown organic raspberry extract which is rich in natural antioxidants that is water and sweat resistant up to 80 minutes and reef friendly.
 
Available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Summer doesn't have to stink:
 
Native Deodorant - 75g - $18.99 - with an aluminum-free formula containing naturally derived ingredients, with effective long-lasting odour protection and some really nice scents including Lavender & Rose; coconut & Vanilla; Cucumber & Mint; Eucalyptus & Mint; and Citrus & Herbal Musk. I found the price a little scary at first but if I think of how many terrible smelling natural deodorants that I have tried (and not worked) - a bit extra for one that does is worth it!

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

The last 2 products are part of an excellent new initiative: Thoughtful Choices at Shoppers Drug Mart - which is a curated range of products meant to help make it easier for you to shop consciously. All products with this seal are (at a minimum): Cruelty-free; Paraben, phthalate, SLS/SLES, formaldehyde, BPA & aluminum salts-free; and mindful of our planet. Just look for the Thoughtful Choices seal when you shop to discover all of them! 
 
BTW, I feel like if Shoppers carried Tarte, due to the brands philosophies and ingredient non-no's, it would also qualify for that program - so you can feel good about that purchase too!

- Lisamarie -

June 23, 2021

This week I'm obsessed with... InfinitiPRO by Conair Smoothwrap 2-In-1 Styler!

A year with no haircuts has left me with more hair then I know what to do with -  which has me super-interested in anything that will make me look less like I'm sporting a mop on my head and more like I intend to have this much hair that now looks sleek and polished  thanks to:
 
InfinitiPRO by Conair Smoothwrap 2-In-1 Styler - $69.99 - features a 1 1/4" ceramic-coated barrel and plate that straightens or curls with even heat distribution that helps promote fast  styling to reduce damage while the dual ion therapy has positive and negative ions that work together to condition hair, giving it volume and body with less frizz and flyaways, leaving it feeling moisturized, softer and shinier.
 
It has 2 heat settings: 320F (160C) & 392F (200C) and is perfect for travel thanks to the ergonomic handle for styling ease that folds up and dual voltage - while the auto shut off and cool tip are nice safety benefits.

Also available in the collection is the Smoothwrap Hair Dryer - $79.99 - with the same ion benefits and ceramic technology that minimizes heat damage for the best healthy-looking hair.

Available now at mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

June 11, 2021

Fragrant Friday - Paco Rabanne Invictus Victory

Whether you are looking for something new and interesting for a Father's Day gift (yes, it's coming up soon!) or wanting to make the man in your life smell better - you can't go wrong with this new winning fragrance from Paco Rabanne:

Paco Rabanne Invictus Victory - 100ml EDP Extreme - $125 - a warm and spicy scent with intense duality - a fresh boost of sharp lemon and powerful incense followed by full-bodied tonka bean and potent vanilla for perfectly matched freshness and intensity - and the trophy-shaped bottle with a "V" for victory will show him what a winner you think he is (and smells)!

Available now at Hudson's Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, Sephora, Jean Coutu and London Drugs stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

June 4, 2021

Fragrant Friday - Louis Vuitton On The Beach

Louis Vuitton introduces a new unisex fragrance as dazzling as the summer sun at its zenith over the beach:

Louis Vuitton On the Beach - 100ml EDP - $310; 200ml EDP - $480 - a fragrance meant to bring together the boundless emotion of a day spent on a sunny beach - the ecstasy of the sun, the unique surging of the sea and the gentle warmth of sand on skin. With brilliant top notes of yuzu - a rare citrus from Japan that has a complex scent, like a cross between grapefruit, mandarin and orange along with calming neroli; a sandy heart of thyme, rosemary, pink pepper and cloves; and a woody base of cypress. 
 
I don't really get "beach" from it but I am a fan - the yuzu gives it that citrus tone that I love in a summer scent while the spicy notes make it more interesting then your usual run of the mill citrus. Available at select Louis Vuitton stores across Canada and online at ca.louisevuitton.com. 
 
 - Lisamarie -

June 2, 2021

This week I'm obsessed with... Benefit Precisely, My Brow Pencil!

  
Are your brows also showing the effects of stay-at-home boredom that culminate in a pair of tweezers, a glass of wine and a morning full of brow-regret...?
 
Benefit Precisely, My Brow Pencil - $32 - in 12 shades: Grey - cool grey; Shade 1 - cool light blonde; Shade 2 - warm golden blonde; Shade 2.5 - neutral blonde; Shade 2.75 - warm auburn; Shade 3 - warm light brown; Shade 3.5 - neutral medium brown; Shade 3.75 - warm medium brown; Shade 4 - warm deep brown; Shade 4.5 - neutral deep brown; Shade 5 - warm black-brown; Shade 6 - cool soft black - with an ultra-fine tip makes that makes adding definition to brows easy by allowing you draw incredibly natural-looking, hair-like strokes - perfect for spot-filling sparse or over-tweezed areas, and the smudge and water-proof formula is firm for precise application and lasts 12 hours.  

If I was some kind of brow genius I wouldn't have found myself in this situation to begin with so when I say it's easy to use - that means even an idiot (me) can do it - the preciseness of the pencil makes it super-easy to draw little hair strokes to add fullness that doesn't look fake - I also really appreciate that it comes in an auburn shade (most pencils don't)!

Over the pencil I like to apply Benefit 24-HR Brow Setter - $32 - it locks the colour into place and also keeps all the hairs going in the right direction - perfect if you have unruly brows! And under the pencil I have been trying out Browvo! Conditioning Primer - $38 - a nutrient rich primer for fuller looking brows you can wear it under your brow pencil to enhance colour and extend wear and/or overnight to condition, helping brows look thicker, fuller and healthier - I've been going the overnight route because 3 layers of products on my brows during the day feels like a bit much.

All 3 products are also available in a mini size for $19 perfect for travel (when we can do that again) or if you just want to try a smaller size first before committing to a full sized one!
 
Available at Shoppers Drug Mart and Sephora stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca and sephora.ca.
 
- Lisamarie -

May 28, 2021

Fragrant Friday - Jean Paul Gaultier La Belle and Le Beau


Enter into the garden of Jean Paul Gaultier; a place of temptation and attraction between La Belle and Le Beau, the new tempting fragrances for women and men:

La Belle - 50ml EDP - $110, 100ml EDP - $148 (exclusively at Hudson's Bay) - a fusion of addictive Oriental vanilla, fresh bergamot and stunning pear - an addictive, luminous trail for an attractive and ultra-feminine woman.

Le Beau - 125ml EDT - $120 - built around addictive tonka bean and coconut wood combined with the fresh facets of bergamot - a fresh, powerful trail for a seductive and ultra-sexy man.
 
I would actually wear either of them - I find them both warm, sweet and a bit fruity, my favourite kind of scent - Le Beau does have more of a masculine edge to it but it smells great on me so why not?!
 
The bottles, as always are lovely and provocative - sure to lead you into temptation - La Belle: a red woman's bust dipped in pink with necklace of gold roses and Le Beau: a green man's chest with a gold modesty leaf.

Available now at Hudson's Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, Jean Coutu and London Drugs stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

May 19, 2021

Lockdown skin issues solved with a mask from 7th Heaven, Oh K! and Masque Bar!

It's been a long time since you've been able to go get a facial:
 
7th Heaven Superfood Avocado Clay Mask - 10g - $3.99 - with a rich, hydrating clay formula loaded with exfoliating walnut, softening avocado and juicy aloe vera to reveal brighter, purified and nourished skin. Best of all, you won't have anyone tsk tsking over the size of your pores!
 
Available at drugstores across Canada and online at shophali.com.
We are spending way too much time in front of the screen these days and since overexposure to blue light can prematurely age skin and is associated with oxidative stress, causing our skin to release free radicals which disrupt and slow down our skin’s natural elastin and collagen production we need to do something to offset it:
 
Oh K! Anti-Blue Light Sheet Mask - $3.99 - with ginger and antioxidants to hydrate and support blue light defence. I like to really thumb my nose at the blue light and wear it while on the computer!
Those damn (but necessary) masks are messing up your skin:
 
Masque Bar Clinic Shield & Soothe Hydrogel Facial Under PPE Mask - $5.99 - helps hydrate and soothe stressed out skin caused by prolonged use of medical.protective masks. You only keep it on for 20 minutes so not sure how practical that would be if the mask is part of your job that you wear all day but it sure feels great to put it on at the end of a day of wearing a mask!
Handwashing, handwashing and more handwashing:
 
Masque Bar Moisture & Nourishing Hand Mask - 1 pair - $5.99 - helps to moisturize and nourish dry, rough and overworked hands. You will not believe how soft 20 minutes of wearing them will make your hands!
 
All available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.

- Lisamarie -

May 12, 2021

This week I'm obsessed with... Dr Teal's Hemp Seed Oil (Cannabis Sativa) Collection!

Out of all the products I have tried lately with hemp oil (and don't they seem to be putting it in everything these days?!) this is by far my fave...

Dr Teals Hemp Seed Oil (Cannabis Sativa) Collection, for a soothing experience which includes:

Soaking Solution - 1.36kg - $8.98 - combines pure epsom salt with hemp seed oil (cannabis sativa) to help revitalize weary muscles, add silkiness to skin and help fall into a deep sleep; along with a blend of white thyme, cedarwood and bergamot essential oils to help create a soothing soaking experience that calms the mind and body providing relief from stress. 
 
Foaming Bath - 1000ml - $8.98 - with a unique bubbling formula that combines luxurious essential oils like white thyme, cedarwood and bergamot with pure epsom salt to soothe the senses, revitalize tense muscles, provide relief from stress while leaving you feeling refreshed and renewed; along with hemp seed oil (cannabis sativa) to moisture, nourish and soothe dry irritated skin. 

Not only does my skin look and feel great after using but best of all is the way it smells - if you are expecting hemp to have natural, hippie kind of smell - adjust your thinking - it's more like a really expensive spa (without the price tag)! The scent is also so relaxing, be prepared to do nothing useful for the rest of the day/night!
 
Available at Walmart and walmart.ca.
 
- Lisamarie -

May 7, 2021

Fragrant Friday - Carolina Herrera Bad Boy

What seduces and captivates with the speed and precision of lightning...?
 
Carolina Herrera Bad Boy - 100ml EDT Natural Spray - $124, 50ml EDT Natural Spray - $92, 200ml Shower Gel - $42, 75g Deodorant Stick - $36 - a warm and spicy scent with top notes of red and white pepper and Italian green bergamot; heart notes of cedarwood and sage; and base notes of tonka beans and absolut of cocoa. A tribute to empowered men who dare to follow their own path and who aren't afraid to express and share their feelings - all I can say is enlightened men sure smell nice! 
 
What's really fun is the bottle, shaped like a lightning bolt in midnight blue with gold accents - very striking (get it?!) - and even more fun, the commercial...
 
 
 
Available now at Hudson's Bay, Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart and Jean Coutu stores across Canada and online at sephora.ca. The Shower Gel and Deodorant Stick are exclusive to Hudson's Bay.
 
- Lisamarie -

May 5, 2021

This week I'm obsessed with... Belif Aqua Bomb Brightening Vitamin C Cream

Get your spring glow back with:
 
Belif Aqua Bomb Brightening Vitamin C Cream - 50ml - $56 - with a light and moisturizing gel cream formula that brightens and hydrates thanks to a quadruple hyaluronic acid blend - to replenish moisture on the inner and outer layers of the skin while increasing moisture density; and a powerful burst of vitamin C & E - to brighten.

The light gel cream texture is perfect as the days get warmer and the desire to lighten up your skin cream intensifies. My only complaint is that it doesn't smell like citrus - my philosophy is that any beauty product that contains vitamin C should smell like citrus - it doesn't smell like hotdogs so I guess that is an improvement over many vitamin C products... but regardless of the smell, you will love how your skin feels (and what you don't feel - it's free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil and contains less than one percent of synthetic fragrances. ) when you add this to your skincare routine!

Available at Sephora stores across Canada and sephora.ca.
 
- Lisamarie -

April 30, 2021

Fragrant Friday - Nica Ricci Nina Rose Garden

Nina Ricci has a new, limited edition fragrance just as delicious as an afternoon spent in the heart of nature in full bloom:

Nina Rose Garden - 50ml EDT - $85 - a green floral fragrance tinged with all the sparkle of Nina Ricci. Amidst burgeoning nature, the smell of cut grass mingles with the aroma of crisp pear to form a fresh accord enhanced by a dash of lemon and grapefruit. At this point appears a tender and sensual middle note composed of absolute of orange blossom and neroli blossom. Finally, vanilla absolute and white musk add a touch of addictive smoothness to this jus that is as refreshing as a spring breeze.

As lovely as I think the fragrance is, the true star of this for me is the bottle - ultra-glossy opaline pink with an oversized pink and white checked canvas ribbon that just screams "wear me on a beautiful picnic dammit!" And since picnics are really the only way to eat out these days, I believe I will! I also feel like this would make a great Mother's Day gift - it's just around the corner and you know mom won't have this one already either!
Available now at Hudson's Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs, Jean Coutu, Brunet, Uniprix and Familiprix stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

April 23, 2021

Fragrant Friday - Bath & Body Works Sunshine Mimosa

The latest scent from Bath & Body Works - Sunshine Mimosa is a cheerful combination of bright bubbly champagne and the happy scent of sweet, fresh citrus that banishes all thoughts of winter - bring on spring!
 
Available in the collection:
 
Eau de Parfum - 50ml or 7ml - with a higher concentration of fragrance oils for a more intense, longer-lasting scent;

Fine Fragrance Mist - 236ml or 88ml - a conditioning aloe mist that nourishes skin for the lightest, most refreshing way to fragrance;

Shower Gel - 295ml or 88ml - with a gentle and non-drying formula that combines nourishing vitamin E and aloe to create a rich, bubbly lather to leave skin feeling fresh and clean;
 
Moisturizing Body Wash - 296ml - with a rich formula infused with shea and cocoa butter and coconut oil, the creamy lather gently cleanses and instantly hydrates skin;

Body Lotion - 236ml - provides 24 hours of nourishing moisture with a formula infused with shea butter, coconut oil and vitamin E -  it absorbs quickly into skin and feels noticeably softer after use;

Ultra Shea Body Cream - 226g or 70g - with a non-greasy formula infused with fluffy shea and cocoa butters along with skin-soothing aloe for 24 hours of moisture that leaves skin feeling noticeably softer after use;

Foaming Sugar Body Scrub - 226g - infused with vitamin E and sugar exfoliants, it gently exfoliates with a luxurious, rich lather that gently reveals radiance;

Gentle Foaming Hand Soap - 259ml - with natural essential oils combined with nourishing vitamin E and softening shea extract and aloe to deliver a luxurious foam that washes hands clean of germs while taking care to maintain skin's natural moisture barrier;
 
Hand Cream - 29ml - with a luxurious formula containing moisturizing shea butter and vitamin E, it  absorbs quickly to leave hands feeling soft, smooth and nourished; 

3-Wick Candle - made with natural essential oils and an evenly melting soy wax blend.

This is definitely my new favourite scent - it is impossible to smell it and not feel happy - with sweet citrus wonderfulness and a hint of bubbles!

Available in Bath & Body Works stores across Canada and online at bathandbodyworks.com.

- Lisamarie -

April 14, 2021

Needful Things - Dove Nourishing Hand Sanitizer & Love Beauty And Planet Hand Cream

 

I feel like in the last year I've become a real connoisseur of hand sanitizers and to be honest, most of them are really kind of terrible - they smell bad and they dry out my hands but since avoiding them isn't really an option, I'm happy to have found one that smells and feels great!
 
Dove Nourishing Hand Sanitizer - 236ml - $6.47 - in Deep Moisture or Shea Butter & Warm Vanilla, 59ml - $3.47 - in Deep Moisture - uses a breakthrough formula containing soybean oil, echium seed oil and stearic acid to deliver skin nourishment and moisturization, to help mitigate alcohol’s drying effect and improve skin hydration without compromising antibacterial efficacy.

And while I don't feel like all the moisture has been sucked out of my hands like with other sanitizers I still enjoy a bit of hand cream throughout the day...
and I love mini sized ones that I can tuck away anywhere and everywhere!
 
Love Beauty And Planet Hand Cream and Lotion - 28.3g - $4.99 - made with a signature natural ingredient and each sublime scent is infused with an ethically sourced oil or extract, without dyes or parabens - available are: All Snuggled Up - tucuma butter & vanilla; Walk In The Woods - marula oil & cedarwood; Divine Indulgence - coconut milk & white jasmine; Shea Velvet - shea butter & sandalwood; Delicious Glow - murumuru butter & rose; Luscious Hydration - coconut water & mimosa flower; and Soothe and Serene - argan oil & lavender

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -