November 29, 2023

Great Gifting at Shoppers Drug Mart for everyone one on your list - Beauty - Electronics - Stocking Stuffers - Last Minute - and More!

Gone are the days of running around to a bunch of different stores to find something to please everyone on your list! Shoppers Drug Mart has a little bit of everything which is perfect for saving time, energy and collecting lots and lots of wonderful Optimum Points...

For the best friend:
r.e.m. beauty Naughty & Iced Cheek & Lip Set - $39 - includes 2 best-selling flight crew favourite products including a limited edition holiglitch shade of the best-selling lip & cheek stick and must-have highlighter in miss neptune - so pretty!

For the nephew (an added bonus if it will drive your brother/sister crazy that you got it for him):
Nintendo Switch Mario Kart 8 Deluxe Bundle - $399.99 - this bundle has everything you need to start your Super Mario adventures, including a Nintendo Switch system with Neon Red and Neon Blue Joy-Con controllers along with a download code for the Mario Kart 8 Deluxe game and a 3-month Nintendo Switch Online Individual membership.
For the sister that has a hard time making a decision:
Shoppers Beauty Derm Discovery Collection - $85 - a set of eight mini, best-selling anti-aging & hydrating serums: Avene Hydrance Aqua Gel, Ducray Keracnyl Serum, Jouviance- 3D-Retinol+, La Roche-Posay Hyalu B5 Serum, Reversa Biomimetik Regenerative Serum, StriVectin Multi-Action Super C Retinol Serum, SVR Serum Ampoule Anti-OX [C], Uriage Age Lift Intensive Firming Smoothing Serum 10mL and Vichy Liftactiv B3 Serum - try them all, decide which one you like best and then redeem the enclosed certificate for a full-sized one! There is also an Eye Discovery Collection (I got it last year and loved it!).
Have a couple of these on hand in case you need a last minute gift - that you will love using if you don't need to gift them:
The Body Shop Nutty & Nourishing Shea Treats - $13 - includes a shower cream and body butter enriched with handcrafted Community Fair Trade shea butter from Ghana for some serious dry skin TLC. 

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at

And be sure to keep an eye out for the Optimum Points deals - there seems to be a different one every week - as long as you are shopping for everyone else you might as well gift yourself with points!
- Lisamarie -

November 24, 2023

Fragrant Friday - Paco Rabanne Fame Parfum & Phantom Parfum

Paco Rabanne Fame and Phantom up their fragrance game with female sensuality and sultry masculinity:
Fame Parfum Natural Spray - 50ml - $146, 80ml - $188, 200ml Refill - $256 -  an intense woody chypre blend with top notes of mango, pink pepper and bergamot; heart notes of sensual jasmine, patchouli and frankincense; and base notes of sandalwood, benzoin and addictive musk. The scent has a definite gourmand leaning on me - I smell more musk and sandalwood then I do jasmine - which suits me fine! The glossy black dress on the shiny gold bottle amplifies the sense of seduction and will keep you from getting this one mixed up with the original!
Phantom Parfum Natural Spray - 50ml - $122, 100ml - $158, 150ml - $188, 200ml Refill - $202 - an intense blend with top notes of cardamom, bergamot, lemon and rhubarb; heart notes of electrifying lavender, patchouli, geranium and cedarwood; and base notes of addictive vanilla, tolu balsam and enticing Haitian vetiver. I wasn't sure how I would feel about so much floral in a men's fragrance since I don't like it in a women's one - but these particular notes combined with everything else is actually really intriguing - I would even wear this myself! The iconic chest piece of the original bottle evolves from chromatic silver to matte black as a signifier of the danger within and reflects the assertive facets of masculinity.
Not only will you smell good, but can feel good about the sustainable ingredients - with 90% being of natural origin, not to mention they are refillable!

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

- Lisamarie -

November 22, 2023

This week I'm obsessed with... Joico Defy Damage Invincible Frizz-Fighting Bond Protector!

Looking for an easy way to keep hair frizz-free and soft? Look no further than...
Joico Defy Damage Invincible Frizz-Fighting Bond Protector - 180ml - $28.99 - a light-weight, multi-tasking conditioning spray that is a quick and easy way to protect hair from humidity-induced frizz and thermal damage, add a hint of holding power and a boost of shine and softness. 
It mists quickly onto dry hair and offers 24-hour protection against frizz and pollution with a formula of: vanillin - an extract from the vanilla bean that acts as a protective barrier for hair to help keep frizz at bay; moringa seed oil - a rich source of antioxidants, vitamins A and E, and silica - all fundamental to creating healthy, strong, damage-resistant hair while helping to boost shine and softness; arginine - a naturally occurring amino acid crucial to hair’s strength that helps protect hair and rebuild it from the inside out; and SmartRelease Technology - a one-of-a-kind liposome delivery system that packs a punch - continuously releasing rosehip oil, arginine and keratin - to help repair, strengthen and protect hair from the damaging effects of daily styling. 
As an added bonus it smells great so also makes a great hair refresher! 
Part of the Joico Defy Damage line that also includes Protective Shampoo & Conditioner and my other fave product from the line - the Protective Masque - for bond strengthening and colour longevity - it leaves my hair amazingly smooth!
Available online at
- Lisamarie -

November 17, 2023

Fragrant Friday Jean Paul Gaultier "Le Male" Elixir

There is a new addition to the Le Male line that you are going to want to get on board with...
Jean Paul Gautier "Le Male" Elixir - 125ml - $168 - a woody aromatic amber fragrance with top notes of sensual lavender and fresh mint; heart notes of sweet vanilla and benzoin; and base notes of honey, subtle tonka bean and tobacco.
I found it quite sweet at first but it dries down to something lovely that I could just not stop smelling! My husband didn't care for it at all but certainly appreciated how it kept me close to him sniffing at his neck so that's a good lesson that scent does not have to be to your taste as long as it is to the person smelling you!
And of course the bottle... the gold, very fit torso bottle sports an amber-coloured sailor's blouse that will have you saying Hello Sailor!
Available at Hudson's Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, Jean Coutu and London Drugs stores across Canada.
- Lisamarie -

November 15, 2023

3 products my skin is loving from Belif, Trinny London and Ole Henriksen!

A change in weather means a change to my skin care - cold temperatures start to dry out my skin so it's time to break out more moisturizing products and here are 3 that will be in my winter rotation for sure:

Belif Moisturizing Bomb Toner - 200ml - $40.50 - a milky-textured toner that feels like a toner and serum in one with ultra-nourishing benefits thanks to a combination of: napiers moisture formula - reduces oils and provides moisture; comfrey leaf - an ultra-moisturizing herb that heals and soothes dryness; and a hydro-cream complex that contains nature-derived oil, shea butter and ceramide for moisture and to nourish the skin's barrier.

This is a truly cool product! It's like a super thin serum - and you can layer it. (I am already thinking about how great it will be for hot summer days when I would normally skip the moisturizer because even the lightest gel-cream seems like too much, but this would be perfect!)

If you are dry and like/need a thicker moisturizer follow it with Belif The True Cream- Moisturizing Bomb.

Available at Sephora stores across Canada and online at
Trinny London Bounce Back Intense Peptide Moisturiser
- 50ml - $88, 50ml refill - $70 - powered by a high-tech, 4-peptides complex that works to increase skin elasticity and firmness while visibly reducing the look of wrinkles along with hyaluronic acid - offers 24-hour moisture and restores plumpness to the skin while squalane and oat lipids help repair the skin barrier. our high-performing formulation visibly smooths wrinkles and brings vibrancy back to your complexion - for skin that feels plump, bouncy and full of life. 

It packs a really nice and lasting moisturizing punch without being too thick: if I use something too heavy my skin will let me know by breaking out in tiny red bumps and I am bump free with this one; or not thick enough: which is when my skin will feel tight and dry - this formula is Goldilocks approved - just right!

Ole Henriksen Pout Preserve Peptide Lip Treatment - 12ml - $30 - An advanced lip treatment with skin-supporting peptides and kokum butter that instantly hydrates and improves elasticity; smooths, brightens and revives dull lips; reduces the look of fine lip lines and quickly, visibly plumps for fuller looking lips in just one week.

It adds a lot of moisture and a little bit of shine so not recommended to wear under lipstick but is great if you are looking for a more natural day look or as an overnight treatment (it's replaced my Laneige Sleeping Mask). My very favourite thing about it though is the smell - it also comes in Lingonberry Jam option but as far as I'm concerned you can't beat the Original which is Citrus Sunshine and to me smells exactly like an orange creamsicle - yummy!

Available at Sephora stores across Canada and online at

- Lisamarie -

November 8, 2023

This week I'm obsessed with... InfinitiPro by Conair DigitalAire Hair Dryer!

I've been looking at hair dryers lately, not only for myself, but also as a gift for a good friend. While I have been considering treating us both to a Dyson, the price just seems crazy-pants to me so I have been checking out other options and believe I have found the winner:

InfinitiPro by Conair DigitalAire Hair Dryer - $249.99 - with accelerated drying with 1,875 watts in a digital motor that spins up to 90,000 RPMs for up to 5x more speed and 75% more air pressure. It also offers honeycomb ceramic technology that helps prevent hotspots to minimize heat damage and an internal ionic generator which diffuses conditioning ions to eliminate frizz. With the added bonus of 3 heat and 3 speed setting for customized styling of every hair type and texture plus a locking cold shot button to set your style in place. Also included  are a couple of attachments: a concentrator for sleek, straight styles and a diffuser for volume, waves and curls.
One of my big concerns was the weight, but it's a lot of power without the heft, weighing in at just 1.2lbs - that's 30% lighter compared to other AC motor dryers! And of course it looks all sleek and sexy and is a lovely shade of ice-blue - looks great, works great - I'm sold!

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada and online at

- Lisamarie -