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 -