November 23, 2022

This week I'm obsessed with... the Quo Beauty Holiday Collection!

The Quo Beauty holiday collection never disappoints and 2022 is no exception! From luxe sets and palettes to tiny treasures to stuff your stocking with, you can find it all!
 
My fave item this season is the All The Glam Brush Set - $26 - six travel sized brushes with glitzy handles and luxurious, easy to clean 100% synthetic fiber bristles that fit perfectly into the tin canister to provide a chic way to store and protect them at home or on the go - including: Powder Brush,  Foundation Brush, Crease Brush, All-Over Shadow Brush, Smudge Brush, Pointed Liner Brush and a Tin Canister.  

Others you need to check out include: Deluxe Lip Gloss Set - $20.00 - with 8 shades from peach to plum to make it easy to find the perfect lip gloss shade for your everyday wear or evenings out; Fresh Start Hydrogel Eye Patches - $12.00 - a pair of hydrogel eye patches that help keep the under-eye area bright and moisturized; and the always favourite Quo Beauty Cosmetic Crackers in Red or Gold -  $18.00 - a six-piece set of holiday crackers - crack one open for a glossy surprise!

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

- Lisamarie -

November 11, 2022

Fragrant Friday - Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal Le Parfum

Jean Paul Gaultier has brought Scandal back and it's more intense than ever with...
 
Jean Paul Gaultier Scandal Le Parfum - 50ml - $122, 80ml - $158 - an amber floral fragrance with top notes of radiant jasmine and sparkling mandarin; a heart of indulgent salted caramel; and a sweet base of black vanilla.
 
The fragrance has a nice sweetness but has a little too much floral in it for my taste - but the bottle is unforgettable - shiny, lacquered red with silver accents including a pair of up-in-the-air legs - even the box is luxurious and different - all draped in vermilion velvet!

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

- Lisamarie -

November 2, 2022

This week I'm obsessed with... Stratia Interface Firming & Repairing Peptide Cream!

Stratia Interface Firming & Repairing Peptide Cream - 50ml - $25 - a quick absorbing, daily moisturizer enriched with barrier-strengthening peptides upregulate filaggrin, loricrin and keratin -  to keep skin strong and resilient while reducing transepidermal water loss; along with panthenol, rosehip seed oil, hyaluronic acid and squalane - to nourish, moisturize, and plump; while licorice root and allantoin gently brighten and even skin tone - combined in a luxurious formula that melts into your skin to help hydrate, firm and repair with each use for healthy, bouncy, rested skin.
 
What's interesting to me is that these aren't your  ordinary peptides, but actually encapsulated and lined with targeting peptides strategically engineered to release when and where they’re supposed to, to reduce wrinkles and stimulate the production of essential proteins for healthier skin from this inside out. Sounds like science fiction - but unlike time travel, I actually kind of understand it (and doesn't have the potential to wreck everything)! I also really like the weight of the formula, it soaks right in and my foundation goes easily over it without piling. If you like to layer it also works well with other products.  
 
Best of all, no weird smells, which at the end of the day is what really makes or breaks a product for me!
 
Formulated and bottled by hand in Los Angeles, it's vegan, cruelty-free and free of common irritants like fragrance, alcohol and essential oils.
 
 
- Lisamarie -

October 21, 2022

Fragrant Friday - Carolina Herrera Bad Boy Le Parfum

Carolina Herrera redefines the iconic Bad Boy scent with an electrifying new formula that's bolder than before...
 
Bad Boy Le Parfum - 50ml - $102, 100ml - $138, 150ml - $180 - with top notes of grapefruit and hemp; heart notes of black pepper and geranium; and base notes of leather and vetiver for a scent that is unapologetic, authentic and mysterious.
 
I'm a fan of men's fragrance with grapefruit in them so I was already prepared to like it, although I do find that grapefruit tends to fade quickly - but not in this case - the grapefruit lingers while the spicy heart notes gives the fragrance some real kick with the vetiver adding some soothing green notes - overall I am loving this one - and the lightning bolt bottle is just cool!
 
Available at Hudson's Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, Sephora and Jean Coutu stores across Canada and online at sephora.ca.

And of course there is a fun commercial to go with it...

- Lisamarie -

October 12, 2022

The latest and greatest in serums from Avon Anew, Trinny London and Vichy!

Help keep time at bay with:
 
Avon Anew Platinum Age Delay Serum - 30ml - $84 - a fast penetrating serum that visibly minimizes multiple signs of aging with an innovative antioxidant technology containing niacinamide (vitamin B3) and panthenol (pro-vitamin B5) plus collagen-stimulating peptides. Use morning and night before moisturizer or great on its own if you have oily/combo skin. And if you are fancy and like a separate night serum, check out the new Avon Anew Ultimate Repair Night Serum - 30ml - $84 - with an advanced restorative formula that diminishes the appearance of fine lines and visibly improves skin and tome and texture.
 
Available online at avon.ca
Give your skin back it's bounce with:
 
Trinny London Plump Up Peptide HA Serum - 30ml - $118 - a lightweight yet intense treatment with a high-tech formula chock full of  advanced peptides - that help champion your skin’s collagen and elastin production to plump skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines; hyaluronic acid - brings hydration to quench skin’s thirst and restore bounce - which are clinically proven to visibly firm and lift, the ultimate miracle worker for plump, hydrated skin. 
 
And the nice thing about it, as with all Trinny London products, it's refillable - so when you need a new one, the refill will only set you back $94!

Available online at trinnylondon.com/ca.
Get your glow back with:
 
Vichy Liftactiv Supreme Vitamin C Serum - 20ml - $59.95 - a pure and powerful formula with 15% pure vitamin C, vitamin E, hyaluronic acid and Vichy volcanic water to hydrate, brighten, illuminate, even skin tone, firm and visibly reduce fine lines. In just 10 days of use, you can look forward to a complexion that looks brighter, more even and your fine lines will appear reduced.

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

September 30, 2022

Fragrant Friday - Paco Rabanne Fame

Paco Rabanne introduces a new fragrance for the woman that is  playful, sensual and empowered:
 
Paco Rabanne Fame - 50ml EDP - $122, 80ml EDP - $158, 200ml EDP - $212, 200ml Body Lotion - $54 - an irresistible floral, woody musk fragrance with top notes of mango and bergamot; heart notes of jasmine and incense; and base notes of sandalwood and vanilla that  combined radiate joy and audacious sensuality. Made in France of 90% natural origin and 100% crafted in Grasse from sustainable ingredients.

The scent is fresh and spicy from the combination of the mango and incense which is what I smell the most on me to start with and then it dries down to really get the sandalwood and vanilla creaminess - a lovely fragrance for fall!
 
The avant-garde bottle is of course all kinds of adorable - from the dress of silver pastilles to the cat's-eye sunglasses to the edgy piercings - like jewelry for your dressing table!
 
Available now at Hudson's Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, Sephora, Jean Coutu and Nordstrom stores across Canada.

There's also a commercial to love starring Elle Fanning - and of course you'll never guess what the song it uses is...
 
  
 
 - Lisamarie -

September 14, 2022

This week I'm obsessed with... Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Perfecting Lip Sugar Scrub & Quo Beauty Lip + Cheek Stick!

I have to say, masking sure was great for hiding sins of the mouth such as dry, flaky lips! Now that there is less masking going on and lips are on full display there is a delicious way to solve that problem at least:

Andalou Naturals 1000 Roses Perfecting Lip Sugar Scrub - 14.2g - $13.99 - buff, smooth and nourishes dry flaky lips with a formula that contains a sweet blend of upcycled pomegranate seeds - to fight free radicals and exfoliate; sugarcane infused with naturals AHAs polishes away dull, dry surface cells to reveal youthful texture; and organic rosehip oil Alpine Rose Stem Cells help boost vitality and longevity of the lips sensitive surface - for a polished and soft look and a perfect pout.

Available online at andalou.com and amazon.com.

Perfectly smooth lips means that colour will go on evenly and last longer so a great lipstick is now in order such as:
 
Quo Beauty Lip + Cheek Stick in Fantasea - $14 - infused with golden seaweed & algae extract, use on cheek or lips or both to create a soft, fresh-faced look. Housed in a stick applicator made from 45% Ocean Works materials to help you feel and look good while helping remove plastic from the ocean!
 
Part of the Quo Beauty summer collection that you can still find it online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca and in Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada - it also comes in Sail Away - a perfect coral shade that works for just about everyone!

- Lisamarie -

August 31, 2022

This week I'm obsessed with... Fenty Beauty Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint and Fenty Skin Hydra Vizor Invisible Moisturizer!

 Looking for the perfect go-to complexion product for a “no-makeup” makeup look? Then look no further...
 
Fenty Beauty’s Eaze Drop Blurring Skin Tint - 32ml - $42 - in 25 flexible shades: 1 - light with cool neutral undertones; 2 - light with neutral undertones; 3 - light with warm neutral undertones; 4 - light medium with cool undertones; 5 - light medium with warm yellow undertones; 6 - light medium with cool neutral undertones; 7 - light medium with warm neutral undertones; 8 - light medium with warm undertones; 9 - medium with neutral undertones; 10 - medium with warm yellow undertones; 11 - medium with neutral undertones; 12 - medium with warm golden undertones; 13 - medium with warm undertones; 14 - medium with warm olive undertones; 15 - medium  with neutral undertones; 16 - medium with neutral olive undertones; medium deep with warm neutral undertones; 18 - medium deep with warm yellow undertones; 19 - medium deep with warm undertones; 20 - deep with warm golden undertones; 21 - deep with warm neutral undertones; 22 - deep with warm undertones; 23 deep with neutral undertones; 24 - deep with warm bronze undertones; 25 - deep with neutral undertones -  with light-to-medium coverage that adds a blurring, flawless filtered, and natural effect to the skin without the heavy, cakey look and feel of a traditional complexion product and contains sodium hyaluronate to nourish the skin leaving it soft, hydrated, and smooth without clogging pores and settling into fine lines. 
 
Up to now my go-to has been Benefit Hello Happy Soft Blur Foundation because I like a very light feeling product, especially during the hot months. Eaze Drop has the same light feel but a much softer finish and a way less annoying bottle so sorry Benefit, I think you have been knocked out of first place! 
 
Moisturizer that pairs well with my foundation is also important especially because I often either mix them together for a sheerer look or realize that I forgot to put moisturizer on altogether (in my defense, morning...) and end up applying it on top of the foundation - this one is a winner, smooth and sheer with no piling or flashback...
 
Fenty Skin Hydra Vizor Fragrance-Free Invisible Moisturizer with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Sunscreen - 50ml - $49 - an everyday hydrating, light as air, invisible moisturizer infused with sun protection with a unique pink tint that allows it to work beautifully on all skin tones and a formula containing: niacinamide (a form of vitamin B3) - helps reduce the look of dark spots, even skin tone, and fight excess shine; hyaluronic acid and aloe - helps hydrate, soothe and condition; and kalahari desert melon (wild watermelon) - rich in antioxidants and vitamins to help hydrate and make the product smell clean and fresh. A true multi-tasker that brightens skin, reduces the look of pores and dark spots and makes fine lines and wrinkles less visible, instantly and over time - what's not to love?!
 
Available at Sephora stores across Canada and online at sephora.ca and fentybeauty.com.
 
- Lisamarie -