July 31, 2012

Put a powder to work for you - Annabelle, Physicians Formula and Sephora!

Want powder and coverage?

Annabelle BB Compact Makeup - $15.95 -  a paraben and perfume free satiny lightweight powder foundation that glides over the skin for a perfectly even skin tone and radiant finish. With buildable coverage that doesn't look cakey thanks to the nifty double-sided sponge with a plush velvet side for extreme softness and a luminous finish and a sponge side for more coverage.

The powder is part of a new BB range - the BB Cream in light/medium is too dark for me so I was expecting the same problem with the powder but it is actually not a bad match - maybe a touch too dark but not dramatically so! I like how lightweight it feels and how it adds coverage without looking mask-like - if you prefer to apply your foundation with a brush rather than a sponge I find a kabuki brush works great with it for a flawless looking application!

Also available in the line: BB Cream Multi-Action Beauty Balm SPF 15 - 40ml - $15.95; BB Skin Perfect Concealer - $12.95 - a medium to high coverage concealer that camouflages imperfections and leaves skin glowing with renewed radiance; and BB Skin Retouch Crayon - $12.95 - a double-ended miracle crayon that erases fine lines and signs of fatigue to leave the skin looking visibly renewed.
Want to powder and perfect?

Physicians Formula Mineral Wear Talc-Free Mineral Airbrushing Pressed Powder - $19.99 -  in 2 shades: Translucent and Creamy Natural - an ultra-fine, mineral pressed powder made especially for sensitive, breakout-prone skin that delivers impeccable coverage for a flawless, smooth and silky finish.

With a non-comedogenic, fragrance and paraben free and hypoallergenic formula the helps to visibly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, pores and other skin imperfections as well as deliver good-for-your-skin benefits with soothing plant extracts, nourishing vitamins C & E and beneficial anti-oxidant ingredients: Chamomile, Ginseng, Gingko Biloba and Green Tea.

Want powder and a glow?

Sephora Microsmooth Bronzer Duo - $23 - in two shades: Honey Heat - shimmering brown sugar/matte medium brown and Spicy Heat - shimmering copper tan/matte warm toasted almond - offers a natural glow  with a combination of fine pigments that are carefully blended, infused with spring mineral water, shaped by hand, and then slowly cooked to achieve a unique, airy texture that effortlessly blends. The result is a flawless, no-makeup look and feel that wears comfortably day into night. Perfect as a finishing powder or worn alone, the pure, micronized pigments are so small that your complexion won’t look or feel cakey.

Available at Sephora and sephora.com.

- Lisamarie -

Dive into long-lasting hydration with Garnier Body Intensive 7 Days!

Garnier Body Intensive 7 Days - 250ml - $5.99, 400ml - $7.99 - in five formulas: Nourishing Shea - for extra-dry skin; Nutritive Mango - for dry, rough skin; Calming Honey - for sensitive skin; Brightening Cocoa Butter - for dry, dull or dark skin; and Moisturizing Aloe Vera - for normal skin

Offers a body care formula that provides long-lasting hydration; up to 7 days after the last application, skin will still display the nourishing effects of the cream's active properties - which if you think about it is kinda creepy, it's like the lotion is stalking you or something!

The stalker active-ingredient in question is a probiotic - L-Bifidus - which reinforces the skin's protective barrier to create an effective moisture shied, preventing moisture from escaping. As well, it activates cellular renewal, prevents cellular damage, soothes skin, hydrates & balances and restores skin's health - leaving you with soft, healthy and hydrated skin!

I'm sure you are supposed to use the formula that corresponds with your skin type but I just love the smell of the Mango one so I'm breaking all the rules!

Available in drugstores and mass retailers now.

- Lisamarie -

MAC Nail Lacquers - Impassioned, Discotheque and Midnight Tryst swatches

MAC has a new line of permanent nail lacquer's coming your way this Thursday. With 31 colours and 3 finishes, you're sure to find something to love!

MAC Nail Lacquer - $19

Overlacquer - clear topcoat
Faint of Heart - palest milky nude (cream)
Delicate  - pale sheer ballet pink (cream)
Skin  - light peach beige (cream)
Quiet Time - beige nude (cream)
Snob - light neutral pink (cream)
Saint Germain - light cool pink (cream)
Fiestaware - mid-tone orange coral (cream)
Impassioned - bright warm pink (cream)
Morange - bright cream orange (cream)
Steamy - bright mid-tone blue pink (cream)
Girl About Town - bright blue fuchsia (cream)
Shirelle - classic bright red (cream)
Flaming Rose - true red (cream)
Coffee Break - mid-tone cool taupe (cream)
Spirit of Truth - navy blue (cream)
Deep Sea - deep teal (cream)
Rougemarie - dark blue red (cream)
Vintage Vamp  -rich deep wine (cream)
Dark Angel - dark grape (cream)
Nocturnelle - rich true black (cream)
Discothéque - super glitter silver (pearl)
Screaming Bright -super glitter gold (pearl)
Soirée - sparkly light bronze gold (frost)
Girl Trouble - super glitter pink (pearl)
Mean & Green - purple with teal multi changing pearl (pearl)
Anti-Fashion - mid-tone dirty purple with pearl (frost)
Formidable! - teal green with pink multi changing pearl (pearl)
Midnight Tryst - dark cool grey steel with pearl (frost)
Nightfall - blackened frosty gunmetal (frost)
Sparks On Screen (Online Only) - super glitter red (pearl)

Available on counter and online at www.maccosmetics.ca August 2nd.

There's a colour available for every one of your personalities and the finishes are great!
Impassioned - I should have done a third coat to make this super bright!
Discotheque - this was my fave of the bunch, I love the foil effect!
Midnight Tryst

You'll be happy to know that the improved formula of the polishes is still in effect, I had no chipping issues at all even with the super sparkly one!

- Lisamarie -

July 30, 2012

Mascara Monday - Rimmel'Scandal Eyes Curve Alert

Rimmel has a couple of new editions to their Scandal'Eyes Mascara franchise including:
Scandal'Eyes Curve Alert - $7.99 - with a collagen and keratin enriched formula combined with Rimmel's Most curvaceous brush ever to take lashes to stunning new extremes of volume and curve.
They aren't kidding, the brush is freaking huge - big brush lovers will be in heaven let me tell you!
The spastic amongst us (yes, I'm talking about me) will only be able to use this mascara when we have plenty of time to be very careful and not get it all over our skin - you can see several spots here were I failed in this goal - this is not the kind of mascara that you (or at least) I can whip on really fast while running out the door in the morning.
Open, my lashes look fab albeit, very volumized, closed they look kind of clumpy to me.

As stated earlier, this brush is not for the faint of heart and it means business!

- Lisamarie -

Meaghan Martin and Acuvue show a Canadian some love!

I thought you might be interested to know that the Acuvue 1-Day Contest that we urged you to enter back in April was actually won by a Canadian! The Acuvue 1-Day Contest, which gave teens the opportunity to be paired with celebrity mentor Meaghan Martin to help achieve their goals. 

This year, she helped a young man from our very own Canada take a step closer to making his dream of being a music and video artist a reality. 

From Meaghan herself: "It was great to work with Acuvue and great to have the opportunity to mentor Dayton. He’s such a nice guy and he has so much talent and it was amazing to bring him one step closer to his dream and watch his smile grow throughout the day as all these surprises were unveiled for him."

You can check out the Lumby, British Columbia native’s mentorship with Meaghan here: 

mark. Plum Berry bath and body collection

mark. Plum Berry offers a splash of succulent plum deepened with notes of blackberry blossom and a rush of passion flower - if you're looking for something summer-light and like a fruity floral, you'll love this one!

Available in:

Get Misty Body Mist - 145ml - $14 - skin conditioning fragrance that leaves skin feeling hydrated, refreshed and lightly scented.

Three's A Charm 3-in-1 Body Cleanser - 180ml - $10 - a foaming cleanser that works as a body wash, bubble bath and shampoo that conditions skin as it cleanses.

Whipped Up Body Butter - 200ml - $12 - a super-rich, ultra-hydrating whipped body butter that leaves skin feeling soft and silky while locking in moisture that is great for all skin type including extra dry.

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

- Lisamarie -

July 28, 2012

Protect with an SPF 30 from Murad, Mary Kay, Aveeno and Biotherm!

Murad Oil-Free Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30 - 50ml - $31 - with a patented antioxidant-rich formula including pomegranate extract that prevents signs of premature aging caused by environmental exposure by delivering powerful UVA/UVB protection, panthenol and sodium PCA to lock in moisture and keep skin soft and supple and micro-minerals to provide an oil-free matte finish.

I like the smell of this one, it has a slight fruitiness and don't be scared off by how white it seems to be when you put it on, it quickly absorbs and the whiteness disappears!

Available at murad.com and Sephora.
Mary Kay SPF 30 Sunscreen - 118ml - $20 - along with the UVA/UVB protection, this lightweight, oil-free sunscreen offers waterproof and sweat-resistant wear that won't block your pores and leave your skin feeling soft and moisturized.

I don't love the smell, I can't put a finger on what it reminds me of - I'm almost going to say cucumber but that's not exactly right - but it absorbs so quickly and the smell goes away when it does so I'm not going to hold that against it!

Available through your Mary Kay Beauty Consultant - if you don't have one, get yourself one at 1-866-455-5454 or online at www.marykay.ca
Aveeno Sensitive Skin Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30 - 88ml - $15.99 - a gentle formula with 100% natural-sourced sunscreen ingredients to provide protection against UVA/UVB rays and moisturizing oat extract - waterproof, fragrance and oil free, hypoallergenic and non-comedogenic.

If you have super-sensitive skin you might want to avoid anything with fragrance as it can be irritating and this one pretty much does smell like nothing - I also find it quite moisturizing which is nice to counteract how dry your skin can get when you are out in the sun!
Biotherm SPF 30 High Protection Lait Solaire - 200ml - $35 - this paraben sunscreen continues to be one of my summer faves - it's got the UVA/UVB protection and lovely light texture that's so important but what I love most of all is the scent - citrus - and you know how I loves me some citrus!

- Lisamarie -

28/07/12 - Link Love

Phyrra shares her picks for the Best Wordpress Plugins for Beauty Bloggers.

Ever wanted to know how to make a cheap and simple palette? Check out Midnight Violets straightforward DIY post!

Hate purchasing without a lip swatch? Check out the Revlon Balm Stain megapost on My Lips But Better.

Lisamarie from Beauty Crazed travels all the way to Germany to polish up her nails for the fall - okay, maybe not but she does swatch some of the OPI Germany Fall/Winter 2012 collection so check it out!

Benefit Cosmetics is kicking class, with a slew of awesome new palettes. Check out the details, over at Krasey Beauty.

Short and wimpy lashes everywhere can celebrate--Find out how Angela's lashes become sky-high with Marcelle Xtension Plus mascara on Do Want Makeup.

Looking for a bright, poppy summer blush? Have a peek at Illamasqua Hussy Blusher at Adorable On Your Vanity & help yourself from falling in love!

The Pink Sith uses the entire soundtrack from The Little Mermaid to talk about Deborah Lippmann Mermaid's Dream Nail Lacquer.

The latest skirmish in the Makeup Wars is The Battle of the Summer Lippie. Prime Beauty's soldier in this battle is YSL's Vernis A Levres Glossy Stain in #15-Rose Vinyl. Find out how she fared and check out the other warriors entries.

Are you ready for festival season? Check out Rae's floral braided hair tutorial and storybook daisies makeup look over at theNotice to add a bit of colour to your summer.

Beauty Reflections thinks these mark. Make It Rich Lip Crayons are as good as NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils!

It's summer giveaway time! Enter to win an Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette from Audrey Dao!

What's in my....? With Modesty Brown

Modesty Brown loves nothing better than a good snoop so on a visit to her Mother's house earlier this year, she went on a scouting expedition and unearthed three generations worth of perfume. It's an eclectic mix of old and new, including some memorable old favourites.

 Let's pay Modesty a visit to find out what's in her Mum's Perfume Archive.


July 27, 2012

Lancôme Midnight Roses Fall Colour Collection 2012

If you love purple as much as I do then you're in for a treat with the fall Lancôme collection! Inspired by the atmosphere of Parisian nights and the mystery and magic of the purple colour spectrum it's a both sophisticated and feminine collection.
Blush Highlighter - $48 - 001 Moonlight Rose - Limited Edition - crafted with a new technology that combines a high-comfort "marshmallow" texture with an illuminating effect, this extremely fine, light-infused powder is adorned with an embossed rose - come on, admit it, this one deserves a oooooooooooo!
Le Regard Pro - $58 - Limited Edition -with three universal shades of brown for shaping and defining the brows as well as a highlighter to apply just below the arch for added depth. Aslo included is a brush and a pair of tweezers for perfect brow grooming.
Hypnôse Brow Shaper - $28 - Limited Edition - a transparent gel to structure the brows that can be used alone for a natural effect or combined with Le Regard Pro to ensure makeup lasts.

Le Crayon Khôl - 014 Prune Crepuscule - bewitching purple - Limited Edition
L'Absolu Rouge Mat Lipstick - $35 - 160 Rouge Hypnôse (swatch here) and 361 Rose Sortilege - Limited Edition - in a new matte velvet finish.
L'Absolu Creme de Mat Lip Gloss - $33 - 100 Potion D'Amour, 300 Magie Pourpre (swatch here) and 301 Pure Elixir - Limited Edition - the smoothness of a gloss, the coverage of a lipstick and the compfort of a cream texture with a matte finish.

Color Design 5 Shadow and Liner Palette - $54 - Violet Magnetique - Limited Edition -
Vernis In Love - $16 - 453 Infusion de Prune - intense purple (swatch here) and 030 Givre Magique - transforming top coat that turns nails velvet-matte - Limited Edition -

Available at department stores and select pharmacies (except for Vernis In Love) as well as Lancome.ca mid-September.

- Lisamarie -

Victoria's Secret helps you take sexy to the beach (or where ever else you may be going)!

Be it vacation, camp or a stint in rehab, you don't want to lose your golden glow while you're away but you also don't want to take up valuable packing (shoe) room by having to lug around full sized products - Victoria's Secret Beauty to the rescue!

Victoria's Secret Glow-to-go Travel Kit - $19.50 - includes smaller versions of their Tinted Self-tan Lotion - 75ml and Tinted Body Lotion with Shimmer - 75ml as well as a full size Lip Gloss in Sunkissed to perfect your beach babe look - tucked inside a clear pouch with just enough room left for a teeny bikini!

Available now at Victoria's Secret and www.victoriassecret.com.

- Lisamarie -

Fragrant Friday - Secret Scent Expressions Va Va Vanilla

When the weather gets especially humid I have to stop wearing perfume because my body chemistry does something weird and everything just turns nasty on me! Of course humid weather is not the time I want to be fragrance free, the subway is a stinky enough experience in the summer without me adding to it so I go for traditional scent alternatives like a fragranced deodorant! Knowing my love for all things sweet, it won't surprise you to know that my pick right now is:

Secret Scent Expressions Antiperspirant/Deodorant in Va Va Vanilla - $4.29 - it's sweet without being sickly sweet and it has the necessary wetness and odour protection which is vital on humid days! There is also a matching Secret Scent Expressions Va Va Vanilla Body Spray - 89ml - $4.29 - perfect for spritzing on before the subway ride home!

If vanilla isn't your thing check out the Secret Fresh Effects line - same wetness protection with an Orange Blossom Verbena scent that is wonderfully crisp, Spring Cotton which is very subtle and Freshwater Orchid if you prefer a floral.

- Lisamarie -

July 26, 2012

Protect and perfect with Vichy Liftactiv Eyes and UV and win them with our Contest!

Vichy Liftactiv Eyes - 15ml - $39.50 -here's something new - an eye cream that even you sensitive types can use all around the eye - even on the lid - to  combat wrinkles, sagging eyelids, dark circles and under-eye bags!

With Rhamnose (for soothing and anti-aging); Caffeine (for dark circles); Escine (for puffiness); and Vichy Thermal Spa Water (to soothe, fortify and regenerate)

I am one of the sensitive eyes crowd and I am always really careful not to put products on my lids for fear of blinking it in so I was a little scared to try even though the package is very clear that you can -  I needn't have worried, I have had no adverse effects and it is really awesome for getting rid of puffiness in the lid area which I never even realized that I had a problem with until I saw the difference!

Vichy Liftactiv UV - 50ml - $47 - chronological aging may be unavoidable but on top of that we have photo-aging (caused by the sun) to deal with too - so a product that lifts and firms while protecting our skin from harmful UV rays can only be a good thing!

With a whole bunch of powerful ingredients for your skin including: Rhamnose (for anti-aging and soothing); Sun Filters (SPF 15); Octocrylene and Ethylhexyl salicylate (UVB protection); Butyl methoxydibnzoylmethane (reinforced UVA protection); and H.E.P.E.S (a gentle exfoliant and hydrating agent). With a velvety texture and a sticky-non-greasy finish it feels great on.

And of course both products are dermatologically tested, hypoallergenic and paraben-free.

Does this sound like something your skin has been waiting for all of it's life? What better way to find out then to win it - and we want to give a set of products to 2 of our wonderful readers! 

This contest is open to all our Canadian followers and it's very easy to enter, just leave a comment letting us know that you follow through Google Friend Connect or Facebook Networked Blogs (if you aren't a follower you can do that now - sign up buttons are in the right sidebar).

1 entry for following and answering the question - where are you seeing or starting to see the first signs of aging that you hope these products will help you with? -  Please also leave your e-mail so we can find you if you win! 

And for an extra entries: 
Follow @BeautyCrazedCan on Twitter and tweet the contest.
Like Vichy Canada on Facebook - http://www.facebook.com/VichyCanada

If you prefer not to leave your info on a public post, please leave a post saying you want to enter with your answer to the question and then e-mail your info to info@beautycrazed.ca, please put "Vichy Contest" in the subject line. Remember to leave the post or you name won't actually end up in the draw! Winners to be decided by random drawing and you have until August 10th to enter. Good Luck!

- Lisamarie -

Summer damaged hair receives relief with the Marc Anthony Oil of Morocco collection!

Sunshine, chlorine, humidity and all the other fun things that come with summer are hard on the hair - throw in damage from your flat iron or blow dryer and your head can be a big mess of rough, frizzy, dull and less then inspired locks!

There are a couple of ingredients that can help: Argan Oil - to strengthen, moisturize, add shine and relieve damage; and Keratin - to fortify, protect and ensure a healthy cuticle - both of which can be found in Marc Anthony's Oil of Morrocco Argan Oil collection. Available are:

Argan Oil Treatment - 50ml - $9.99 - a daily, lightweight oil suitable for all hair types that offers stronger, glossier, frizz-free hair - with Mediterranean Olive Oil and Argan Oil, it deeply penetrates to fortify, protect and condition hair as well as Keratin, Vitamin E and Shea Butter to hydrate and soften.

Argan Oil Shampoo - 250ml - $9.99 - a sulfate free shampoo that deeply cleanses to rejuvenate and rid hair of impurities with Keratin, Grape Seed Oil and Argan Oil to help restore strength, protect from damage, control frizz, preserve colour and revive shine.

Argan Oil Condition - 250ml - $9.99- an ultra-hydrating conditioner that instantly smoothes frizz while creating soft, shiny, supple hair with Keratin, Grape Seed Oil and Argan Oil, it deeply penetrates to fortify, add high lustre, protect from damage and colour fade as well as improve manageability.

As with most haircare lines, I do find it works better if you use all of the products together - my hair seems to feel softer and look shinier but there have been times when I have just used the Oil Treatment with other products and it still does a nice job fighting frizz!

Available now at Shoppers Drug Mart, Pharmaprix, Loblaws, Walmart and other retailers.

- Lisamarie -

Go bright with Rimmel Lasting Finish Kate Lipstick - 05 & 12 swatches!

I went hunting for a bright lipstick lately and was overwhelmed with choices - I decided that if Rimmel is good enough for the the upcoming crop of scheming, desperate singletons on the upcoming season of The Bachelor Canada then it's good enough for me - I can be as desperate as the next girl!

I'm really not much of a lipstick girl, I tend to go more for gloss but I have been admiring bright lipstick colours on everyone else these days and decided it was time for me to take a stab at it. Why did I choose Rimmel? My philosophy when trying something I'm not sure if I will like or will look good is I try to not blow too much money in case I hate it but still get something with good quality so it actually can look good - I went for:

Rimmel Lasting Finish Kate 8 HR Lipstick - $6.49 - is available in 15 creamy shades that sadly only have numbers, not names. Kate is a supermodel so she is likely hungry all the time which makes it hard to think of good names...

I often have a problem with lipsticks looking cakey on me and accentuating any dry areas on my lips but these ones are very moist, smooth and comfortable feeling - they also didn't migrate out of my lip line during the course of the day - score!

- Lisamarie -

July 25, 2012

shu uemura Chocolat-Donna Fall 2012

Any makeup collection inspired by chocolate already has me hooked - now if it only tasted and smelled like chocolate too...
The choco-inspired limited edition eyeshadow palettes really do look like little boxes of fancy chocolates and as an extra bonus are refillable!
Orange & Pistachio Palette - $85 - a hint of spicy orange glitter; nutty pistachio, hazelnut and crystallized ginger peel with gold accents in pearl. Blend with rich shades of matte milk chocolate with golden accents or define the eyeline with cacao
Mint & Vanilla Palette - $85 - a fresh spice and savory herb selection that includes glittery golden vanilla and mind and powdery matte vanilla shades. Complimented with pearl mocha with gold accents and rich cacao for defining the eyeline.
Raspberry & Mocha Palette - $85 - a fruit infused set that includes glittery mocha, raspberry, creme mocha and gold accented mocha in pearl. Blend or layer with matte milk chocolate with subtle gold accent or rich cacao to define your eyeline.
Apricot and Framboisier Glow On - $21.50 - Limited Edition - in sun kissed or luscious berry shades.
Choco-Lash False Eyelashes - $32 - Limited Edition - brown feather with gold and silver accents.
Rouge Unlimited Supreme Matte - $36 - new regular shades: RD165 - delicious bright red, WN275 - wine beige, PK335 - sugar pink, PK348 - sweet pink, PK375 - dark cherry, OR1 - orange marmalade, PK376 - hot cherry pink, BR761 - mocha brown, BR790 - dark chocolate spiked with a hint of chili pepper red, BG931 - milky beige, BG944 - soft beige with a hint of pink, OR2 - mandarin orange
Nail Color - $20 - Limited Edition - in Dark Chocolate or Icing Glitter - ultra-fine silver and golden glitter.

And as always, there are beautiful looks to go with the collection - my fave is called Bitter & Sweet Memories and features the Orange & Pistachio Palette -

Eyes: Apply the 4th colour in the palette over the eye area for a warm nutty highlight. Use colours 1 & 2 along the upper eye line for fresh accent then blend colour 3 over the eye socket. Apply colour 6 over the center of eyelid for a spicy accent.

Cheek: Layer Glow On Framboisier and Apricot in your preferred order for a pop of sweet glow.

Lip: Finish the look with PK348 for sugar sweet pink lips!

Available August exclusively at Holt Renfrew.

- Lisamarie -

Eye Love Wednesday - liners to love from Avon, Annabelle and L'Oréal!

Avon Metallic Liquid Eyeliner - $9.99 - in 5 hot metallic shades: Plum Craze, Gold Flash, Electric Blue, Shimmering Silver and Shiny Black - that can go from superfine to bold in a single stroke!
Avon Glimmersticks Chromes Eye Liner - $7.99 - a retractable and self-sharpening liner in 6 new shades: Veluxe Blue, Flashy Steel, Electric Pink, Burgundy Shock, Vivid Grey and Ultra Violet with a reflective pearl chrome finish that catches the light for a colour-changing effect - waterproof and smudge-proof for up to 12 hours wear.

Available from your Avon rep - 1-800-265-AVON or online at www.avon.ca
Annabelle EyeInk Liquid Eyeliner - $9.95 - a water-based liner that creates a long-lasting precise line from soft to dramatic with a highly pigmented black shade.
L'Oréal Infallible Lacquer Liner 24H Eyeliner - $12.99 - in blackest black and slate - a luxurious gel eyeliner with a unique black lacquer effect that's incredibly dimensional - never flat or ashy - combined with the legendary infallible long-wear technology and a luxurious brush for professional precision and 24 hours of absolute perfection.

- Lisamarie -