February 28, 2014

Get glowing with a highlighting blush from Revlon, Maybelline and Physicians Formula!

Looking for something to perk up your winter pallor? You need blush, preferably one with a bit of a glow to disguise the fact that your skin hasn't seen any sun in months! Here are a few that are just the thing to brighten you up: 

Revlon Highlighting Palette - $12.95 - in Peach Glow, Rose Glow and Bronze Glow - offer a palette of complementary shimmer shades that blend together to enhance the complexion for a natural sun-kissed look, to illuminate skin and achieve a multi-dimensional sculpted look with a lightweight, silky formula that looks freshly applied all day.
Maybelline Master Hi-Light - $13.99 - in Mauve, Coral, Nude and Pink Rose - a multi-tonal blush that illuminates the skin with natural radiance and sheer, iridescent colour that brightens and balances the complexion in a single swipe that applies easily and blends seamlessly.
Physicians Formula Nude Wear Glowing Nude Blush - $15.99 - in Rose and Natural - a lightweight, natural perfecting "no makeup" blush that provides sheer colour with a hint of luminosity for a lit-from-within blushing glow. With a perfect blend of complexion boosting blush tones that brighten and enhance skin tone while adding a touch of naturally radiant colour in a hypoallergenic, fragrance, paraben and gluten free formula.

All are available now at drug and mass market stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

Join the P&G Beauty Twitter Party for a chance to win great prizes on Oscar night!

If you aren't lucky (famous) enough to be joining Leo and Cate on the red carpet this Sunday then you will probably be home on the couch watching it on tv with the rest of us.

While you're at it, slap on some red lipstick, grab your computer and join @BeautyBlitz and @jennfalik as they co-host the P&G Beauty #RedCarpetGlam Twitter Party, providing commentary on the Academy Awards Red Carpet with insights about beauty and hair styling tips and tricks.

The more you tweet the better your chance is of winning one of the great prizes - so check it out from 7:30-8:30 on Sunday!

- Lisamarie -

Fragrant Friday - Calvin Klein Endless Euphoria

Calvin Klein has a whole new way to get us euphoric this spring with a seductive new fragrance:

Calvin Klein Endless Euphoria - 125ml EDP - $99, 75ml EDP - $79, 40ml EDP - $49, 200ml Sensual Skin Lotion - $49 - a feminine fruity, floral with top notes of cherry blossom, mandarin and bergamot; heart notes of violet, pastel rose accord and syringa; and base notes of bamboo, sandalwood and bare musk accord.

While I don't think I will ever love any Euphoria as much as I love Forbidden Euphoria, this one is running a close second - it's much lighter so a better choice for day wear and not too floral - but springy, fruity and sexy!

The advertising campaign features the far too beautiful model Vanessa Axente in a Calvin Klein Collection dress that is a good example of side-boob done well, and believe me, that's not an easy thing to do so kudos for that!

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

- Lisamarie -

February 27, 2014

Bliss Fabulips Pout-o-matic - 30 seconds to a soft and beautiful pout!

I've always gone old-school route for lip exfoliation by using an old toothbrush, but I'm always up for a new beauty gadget, and if it vibrates, all the better!

Bliss Fabulips Pout-o-matic - $58 - a spa-powered lip-perfecting system that revitalizes, rejuvenates and smooths for full, soft, healthy and beautiful lips.

The device looks like an electric toothbrush and uses gentle rotation and a custom designed head with massaging numbs to softly yet effectively stimulate and exfoliate your lips to buff away flakiness and dryness. Use it with the Fabulips Sugar Lip Scrub included in the kit and together they polish, nourish, and condition lips.

It's easy to use, just apply the scrub and gently move the polisher tool across the lips in a circular motion for half a minute - final result is lips that are softer, smoother, and while it's not a plumper, you aren't going to end up with Lisa Rinna lips, it does help out with filling in the little lines which helps make the lips look fuller - and you will not believe how much better your lipstick or gloss will look now!

Available now at Sephora and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

Needful Things - NARS NARSassist Eye and Cheek Palettes!

NARS has a couple of new limited edition palettes named and inspired by the brand’s devoted fans and cult followers which feature their most coveted and beloved shades:

The NARSassist Eye Palette - $85 - with 15  signature eye shadow shades for creating unlimited artistic effects including: All About Eve I - flesh toned neutral, Madrague II - matte caramel, Fez - velvety cocoa, Bali  - neutral, Coconut Grove - deep brown infused with reflections, Madrague I - matte cream, Nepal - soft sheer rose, Ashes to Ashes - shimmery violet based brown, Brousse II - black violet, Mekong - espresso infused with gold, Bellissima I - shimmering beige with subtle glitter, Lhasa - lavender grey, Bad Behavior - deep pewter, Dogon II - charcoal black, Pandora II - matte black

 The NARSissist Cheek Kit - $55 - a must-have kit containing all the essentials for luminous cheeks. Including: Devotee - luminous alabaster sheen - a luminous flush of highlighting blush that will give the skin an alabaster glow; Orgasm - peachy pink with gold shimmer - a soft, sheer powder blush that complements the complexion and adds a peachy pink shimmer to the cheeks; and Laguna - diffused brown powder with golden shimmer - a true brown-based bronzer with a gold shimmer fusion that is excellent for creating or enhancing the look of healthy, glowing, tanned skin. Packaged together with a travel-size blush brush, you can keep it in your purse and touch up your cheeks while on the go.

Available now (but probably not for long) at all NARS retailers including Sephora, Hudson’s Bay, Holt Renfrew and Murale.

- Lisamarie -

Fave lip and tips from the Mary Kay Hello, Sunshine spring collection - with swatches!

The Mary Kay Hello, Sunshine collection is full of happy spring colours that will have you thinking warm thoughts! Including:
Lip Gel in Cherry Twist
Nail Lacquer in Carefree Coral
Nail Lacquer in Lemon Parfait

- Lisamarie -

February 26, 2014

Reveal your skin's youthful energy with Yves Rocher Elixir 7.9!

Yves Rocher has a new collection - Elixir 7.9 that aims to smooth 1st wrinkles and signs of fatigue - and you won't have to wonder if it's working, you'll be able to see that it is:

In 1 day - skin appears re-energized
In 1 week - first wrinkles appear smoothed
In 1 month - skin appears radiant with youth

With a formula containing a combination of 7 plants with anti-aging power to boost skin's energy reserves and reactive its youth including: green rice inositol from Japan - to improve radiance and the overall look of the skin; santhorn seed extract from Asia - to improve volume, elasticity and density of the skin; aloe vera polyosides from Mexico - to strengthen the derm as well as strengthen and improve protection and hydration; tara seed extracts from Peru - to improve the skin's cohesion between the derm and the epidermis as well as fight against sagging skin; beet root extract from France - to protect against environmental stressors and dehydration as well as stimulate rehydration; aphloia extract from Madagascar - to protect against environmental stressors; and apple oligosides from France - to smooth wrinkles, boost radiance, refine skin texture and improve the global function of the skin.

Available in the collection are:

Youth Intensifier Serum - 30ml - $56 - with a fluid emulsion texture that penetrates quickly and more concentrated in active ingredients than regular skin care to make it more powerful and effective to leave skin with an incredibly smooth finish

Youth Energy Day Care - Normal to Combination Skin - 40ml - $56 - with a cream gel texture that offers the comfort of a cream combined with the light freshness of a gel.

Youth Energy Day Care - Dry Skin - 40ml - $56 - with a voluptuous, whipped cream texture that is enriched with shea butter for extra nourishment.

Youth Energy Day Care - Sensitive Skin - 30ml - $56 - with a fragrance free, fluid texture that offers the comfort of a cream as it envelops skin in a veil of ultimate softness.

Youth Energy Eye Care Roll-On - 15ml - $42 - with a gel texture that has an instant refreshing effect that revives the eye contour area upon application for eyes that are brighter, wrinkles smoothed and reduced under eye bags and dark circles.

Youth Energy Night Care - 40ml - $56 - with a creamy balm texture that envelops skin in a soft cocoon - in just 1 night skin is re-energized, moisturized with revived radiance upon wakening.

My faves are the Serum, which makes for a perfect layering product under my regular moisturizer for a concentrated dose of the anti-aging ingredients and the Eye Care Roll-On for its no-mess applicator and ability to reduce puffiness!

I also really like, and the environmentally friendly amongst you will really appreciate that there are Eco-Refills available for the Day Care for Normal to Combination and Dry skin as well as the Night Care for $49 - just pop out the old pod and replace it with the new to save money and packaging - as well as the fact that for every Elixir 7.9 product purchased, a tree will be planted as part of the Yves Rocher Foundation's Plant for the Planet operation!

Available now at Yves Rocher stores across Canada and online at www.yvesrocher.ca.

- Lisamarie -

Winter ravaged hands are rescued with Avene, Jurlique and Avon!

Avene Cicalfate Hand Repairing Barrier Cream - 100ml - $18 - a water resistant cream that repairs and offers second-skin protection for very dry, chapped, cracked and irritated hands. The formula contains Avene thermal spring water - to soothe weakened skin; sucralfate - to repair and protect skin; and a zinc and copper sulfate combination - to limit the risk of bacterial growth.

Available at drugstores across Canada.
Jurlique Rose Hand Cream - 40ml - $29 - deeply hydrates the hands with a protective, emollient formula that uses the living energy of rose, calendula, and viola to deeply nourish the skin, creating sublimely smooth results to restore a soft, supple feeling to the hands.

Available at Sephora and sephora.ca.
Avon Skin So Soft Winter Soft Hand Cream - 100ml - $5 - absorbs quickly and moisturizes for 24+ hours leaving hands feeling silky smooth.

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

- Lisamarie -

This week I'm obsessed with... Make Up For Ever HD Blush!

There is nothing like a cream blush to give your face a dewy, healthy glow and making my face glow right now is:

Make Up For Ever HD High Definition Blush - $31 - a second skin cream blush in a wide range of 16 shades that range from light to deep with both cool and warm undertones: 210 Cool Pink, 215 Flamingo Pink, 220 Pink Sand, 225 Peachy Pink, 310 Rosewood, 315 Peach Beige, 320 English Rose, 330 Rosy Plum, 335 Fawn, 410 Coral, 415 Light Rust, 420 Indian Rosewood, 425 Brown Copper, 510 Raspberry, 515 Tangerine and 520 Blackcurrant.

Formulated for HD technology with the perfect balance of silicone oils, dry oils, waxes and powders that combine the second skin look of a cream with the ease of a powder - blends into skin with no visible texture for a truly natural flush of color. And since it's completely weightless, it can be worn over or under powder to flawlessly sculpt and highlight cheeks.

And while some people like to apply cream blush with a brush, I prefer my fingers, I find that the body heat from my fingers helps it apply smoother and makes it easier to blend in - and this one is really great on both counts. I also really prefer this new formulation of blush to the former Microfinish Cream Blush - you needed to use so little with it that I could never pump out the perfect amount and always ended up wasting a bunch!

Available now exclusively at Sephora.

- Lisamarie -

February 25, 2014

Refresh and revive hair colour with John Frieda, Shu Uemura and Joico!

As a redhead, I spend a lot of time trying products that promise to keep my red from fading, sadly they almost never work so I've taken to using products that refresh the colour so that I at least don't have to colour as often. Red is the worst of the shades for fading but every colour has its challenges staying vibrant so here are a few products I've found that will do the job:

John Frieda Colour Refreshing Gloss -177 ml - $12.99 - restores vibrancy and tonal dimension between colouring sessions to counteract fading and neutralize colour change, correcting the appearance of dull, washed out colour with a gentle, ammonia and peroxide free non-damaging process that refreshes the tone of colour, regardless of the brand of colour you use at home or at the salon.

Available in 6 shades:

for cool blondes - neutralizes brassiness for a brighter blonde colour;
for cool brunettes - restores deep espresso colour and eliminates red-orange tones for rich brunette colour;
for cool reds - restores vivid red tones and counteracts fading for intensified, vibrant red colour;
for warm blondes - restores golden tones and eliminates dullness for fresh blonde colour;
for warm brunettes - restore rich chocolate tones and eliminates dullness for multi-dimensional brunette colour
for warm reds - restores fiery copper tones and counteracts fading for rich, vibrant red colour.

Available now at drug, mass and grocery retailers across Canada.
Shu Uemura Art of Hair Color Lustre - 200ml - $50 - a silicon-free balm that provides an effective medium to channel a high concentration of micronized pigments to adhere strongly to the hair fiber for colour that lasts up to 5 shampoos. Includes 2 ingredients known for their colour protection virtues: linseed oil - helps provide an evenness of shade revival along the hair fiber; and rose musk oil - rich in fatty acids and anti-oxidants to nourish the hair and help prevent the oxidation and fading of colour.

In 5 shades that can be used as touch-up maintenance between colourings; a correcting tool for highlights; or a toner for natural sensitized hair:

Cool Blonde - refreshes platinum tones and neutralizes unwanted yellows.
Golden Blonde - refreshes golden tones on coloured or highlighted hair.
Intense Red - boosts colour on red hair and accentuates warm burgundy highlights on brown shades.
Radiant Chestnut - refreshes caramel tones on chestnut hair and adds warmth and radiance to neutral brown hair.
Cool Brown - neutralizes yellow tones on chestnut hair and helps avoid red tones on dark browns.

Hair is left with beautiful colour and an ultra-glossy shine - available at participating Shu Uemura Art of Hair salons and online at www.shuuemura.ca.
shu uemura Art of Hair Salons and online at www.shuuemura.ca - See more at: http://www.beautycrazed.ca/2013/07/sleek-and-shiny-hair-is-yours-thanks-to.html#sthash.ivBsdcvX.dpuf
Available at shu uemura Art of Hair Salons and online at www.shuuemura.ca - See more at: http://www.beautycrazed.ca/2013/07/sleek-and-shiny-hair-is-yours-thanks-to.html#sthash.ivBsdcvX.dpuf
The red in this line is great for perking up red hair or if you are looking to do something a little different without the commitment:

Joico Vero K-Pak Color Intensity - 118ml - $13.99 - extremely concentrated pigments create vivid, on-trend, insanely intense shades

Available in 7 shades: Red, Yellow, Orange, Pink, Indigo, Cobalt Blue and Peacock Green along with a Clear Mixer, that can be used straight from the tube or mixed and matched to create your own custom formula.

Each hue can be used with or without the Clear Mixer, for a range of intensities from extreme to moderate to less intense. Ideally applied to pre-lightened hair, results from these highly-pigmentized semi-permanents can last up to 8 shampoos, depending on hair's condition and porosity and it reconstructs as it colors, thanks to Joico's exclusive Quadramine Complex. Hair emerges shiny, healthy and manageable.

Available at professional salon suppliers and online at www.canadabeautysupply.ca.

- Lisamarie -

Crazy for CC - Physicians Formula Super CC+

A flawless and youthful complexion becomes a one step process thanks to the newest line from Physicians Formula which offers colour correction + care in one simple step!

Physicians Formula Super CC+ has all the benefits and multi-tasking ability of a BB and additionally visibly corrects uneven skin tone, imperfections and visible signs of aging with colour-correction technology and anti-aging specialists. Invisible micro colour-correcting pigments and high-tech actives effortlessly deliver a flawless complexion without imperfections.

Available in the collection:

Physicians Formula Super CC+ Powder - $19.99 - in Light/Medium - a lightweight pressed powder that visibly transforms the complexion and instantly corrects the appearance of the most common skin imperfections - age spots, dark circles, blemishes, dullness, uneven skin tone, redness, dark shadows, discolouration, signs of fatigue, fine lines and wrinkles - while protecting skin.

Physicians Formula Super CC+ Cream - $18.49 - in Light and Light/Medium - an ultra-blendable and lightweight cream glides on effortlessly to prime, perfect, even out skin tone, conceal imperfections and instantly smooth out the look of fine lines while protecting skin. Instantly corrects, conceals and covers - age spots, dark circles, blemishes, dullness, uneven skin tone, redness, dark shadows, discolouration, signs of fatigue, fine lines and wrinkles - the ultimate multi-tasker that replaces an anti-aging treatment, moisturizer and foundation all in one.

Physicians Formula Super CC+ Concealer - $12.99 - in Light/Medium - with a flow-thru brush applicator that glides on to instantly correct the most common imperfections while smoothing skin texture and evening out skin tone. Instantly corrects, conceals and covers - age spots, dark circles, blemishes, dullness, uneven skin tone, redness, dark shadows, discolouration, signs of fatigue, fine lines and wrinkles - that never looks or feels like heavy makeup and can be worn alone or with the Super CC+ Cream and/or Powder to provide a flawless finish.

All 3 products are hypoallergenic, non-comedogenic, fragrance, paraben and gluten free and contain:

Interference Pearl Pigments - designed for invisible skin correction and provide transparent coverage for a natural complexion without a masklike effect, with: yellow - to correct blue imperfections and warm skin tone; green - to tone down redness; and pink - to brighten and illuminate;

Anti-aging Actives: Renovage - to fight against functional and structural signs of aging - dehydration, age spots, compromised barrier function, wrinkles, enlarged pores and redness; Lipobrite - brightens 5X more effectively than kojic acid and offers a reduction in the appearance of age spots, pores and photo damage;

Alpha Mixt MM - mild AHAs for a line smoothing effect

Vitamin C - promotes healthy collagen and hydration levels for a brighter and younger looking complexion.

Available now at drug and mass merchandisers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

Sally Hansen takes nails to spring with Sugar Shimmer and Triple Shine - with swatches!

Sally Hansen Sugar Shimmer Textured Nail Colour - $7.95 - in 6 new shades: Berried Under, Cinny Sweet, Mint Tint, Sugar Cloud, Sugar Plum and Work of Tart - that dry to a 3D matte finish for nails that look like they're delicately coated with sugar crystals.
Work of Tart
Cinny Sweet 
or if the texture bothers you or you like a shiny finish go ahead and add a topcoat!
Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Colour - $6.95 - in 30 shades that include iridescent pearlescent pastels and shimmering metallics; vibrant, saturated bold brights; and glittering aquatic tones: Top Coat, Bait Me, Clam Up, Blow Bubbles, Drama Sheen, Pool Party, make Waves, Great White, Oyster Bar, Slick Black, Pixie Slicks, Reef-Raf, Flame On, Red Snapper, Play Koi, Lemon Shark, Statement, Kelp Out, Dive In, Vanity Flare, Pearly Whites, Twinkled Pink, Dream Sequins, Fanta-Sea, Scale Up, Seanic, Sparkling Water, Hypnautical, Wavy Blue and Sparks Fly - with a formula designed to help polish withstand the wear and tear of everyday living while delivering high impact colour and maximum shine.
Slick Black
Lemon Shark

Available now at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

 - Lisamarie -

February 24, 2014

Mascara Monday - Marcelle Xtension Plus + ProLash Growth Complex Mascara

Marcelle Xtension Plus + ProLash Growth Complex Mascara - $14.95 - gives lashes extra length and curl with a formula and brush that curl, define and separate lashes while minimizing clumps.
It offers a nice feathery effect with a true black shade.
The designed soft polymer brush offers a side with a row of longer bristles which reach even the shortest lashes and stretch them from root to tip, achieving their maximum lengthening potential. The tapered brush tip is perfect for extreme definition - just wipe it off first so it doesn't also add clumps.
As well, the formula is infused it with a multifunctional conditioner to stimulate the growth of healthy lashes, making them more resistant to breakage.

Available now at stores across Canada and online at www.marcelle.com.

- Lisamarie -

Covergirl Kicks Off #GirlsCan Movement at Olympic Closing Ceremony

Covergirl has always believed that women CAN change the world and the Closing Ceremony for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games seemed like the perfect place for the official launch of their #GirlsCan movement and inspirational video - our fellow females have done such a great job raking in the medals so what better place?! 

The movement aims to help girls overcome barriers to break boundaries, empowering them to be the next generation of women who rock the world.

Check out the video and share it with the awesome women in your life!

- Lisamarie -

The perfect manicure begins with nail tools from Revlon, Sephora and Avon!

Revlon Create-A-Shape 2-in-1 Nail Clip - $5.99 - offers two different clipping options: square or round that can be used separately or combined to get a variety of nail looks with precise blades to give a quick and near result.

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.
Sephora 4-Step Nail Buffer - $7 - a colorful tool for smoothing, filing, and shaping nails to perfection - and the block shape makes it super easy to handle!

Available at Sephora and sephora.ca.
Avon Dual Ended Nail Brush and Dotting Tool - $2.99 - one side provides the perfect precision to create unique designs while the other dots. I don't do much nail art but I do find the brush side very handy when used with a bit of nail polish remover to clean up a messy manicure.

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

- Lisamarie -

February 22, 2014

Light lotions with light protection from Murad, Artistry and Simple!

Murad Sheer Lustre Day Moisture SPF 15 - 50ml - $70 - instantly hydrates and protects hormonally aging skin. A blend of essential fatty acids and starflower oil provides and locks in intense hydration to combat dry, lackluster skin as luminescent minerals give skin a youthful glow; phytoestrogens and retinol improve elasticity and help smooth skin.

It also contains a couple of interesting ingredients: RepleniCell, Murad’s patent-pending, proprietary technology - helps skin act younger in three ways: it helps skin attract water; it binds water to the skin; and it helps skin retain water; and Murasol -  provides an advanced level of sun damage defense that preserves a glowing, youthful complexion. It protects skin against both broad-spectrum UV rays and free radicals by penetrating skin’s top layers and creating a protective barrier of encapsulated free radical neutralizers.

Available at Sephora and sephora.ca.
Artistry Youth Xtend Protecting Lotion SPF 15 - 50ml - $100 - addresses the first visible signs of aging including fine lines and wrinkles, crow's feet and loss of skin clarity and radiance caused by UV exposure, free radical damage and lifestyle to help repair the appearance of past damage as well as protect it against future damage. Contains African baobab fruit extract, plus black currant, green acerola cherry, powerful antioxidants and other botanicals to help protect from environmental stressors and add all-day moisture for more radiant-looking skin.

Available through an Amway Independent Business Owner or at Amway.ca/Artistry
Simple Protecting Light Moisturizer SPF 15 - 124ml - $16.99 - an oil free blend of skin-loving ingredients and added vitamins, moisturizes with a light, non-greasy feel and helps protect your skin from UVA and UVB rays that's perfect even for sensitive skin because there's no artificial perfume, dyes or harsh irritants that can upset your skin.

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

February 21, 2014

Quo Cosmetics Spring 2014 Collection

Quo Cosmetics Spring 2014 Collection awakens your spring beauty senses with splashes of colour for eyes, warm neutrals for cheeks and petal-perfect gloss for lips - complete with one-of-a-kind iridescent mosaic packaging.

Colour Quake Eye Shadow Palette - $20
Forward With Nature Eye Shadow Palette - $20
Spring Fling Eye Shadow Palette - $20
Bare Minimum Face Palette - $21 - with a blush, bronzer and highlighter
Sunset Beach Face Palette - $21 - with a blush, bronzer and highlighter
Arcade Eyebrow Palette - $12 - with 2 brow powders, a setting wax and double-sided applicator brush.
Lip Gloss - $10 - in Desert Dust, Sugar Rush, Think Pink and Earth Balance
Spring Brush Set - $60 - features 8 essential brushes with pearl handles including: Powder, Blush, Foundation, All Over Shadow, Shadow Smudger, Crease Blender, Liner/Brow and Concealer brushes inside a cosmetic bag for storage and protection.

Available mid-March exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart.

- Lisamarie -

A Honey of a collection from Crabtree & Evelyn and The Body Shop!

You many already love honey on your toast or in your tea but did you know that other then being delicious, it also has amazing moisture, curative and beautifying properties?! Here's a couple of lines you need to check out:

Crabtree & Evelyn English Honey and Peach Blossom - not only smells great, but all the products contain conditioning peach blossom extract and moisturising wild flower honey renowned for its ability to hydrate extremely dry, parched skin. Available in the collection:

Body Wash - 250ml - $20 - an intensely moisturising wash that also contains glycerine.
Body Lotion - 250ml - $22 - lightweight moisture for skin that perfectly moistursed skin.
Body Butter - 250g - $36 - formulated with shea butter and moringa oil for soft and silky smooth skin.
Hand Therapy - 25g - $8, 100g - $20 - an intensive conditioning cream that leaves hands feeling softer with each use. Contains shea butter, macadamia nut oil to moisturise and soften hands, along with myrrh to help condition cuticles and nails.
Glistening Face Serum - 50ml - $32 - apply before moisturiser for intense moisture that contains yeast extract from the blue agave leaf to hydrate.
Moisturising Cream - 50g - $32 - contains shea butter along with hydrating glycerine for ideal moisture.
All Purpose Balm - 15g - $15 - contains shea butter and skin conditioning beeswax for use on any area of skin requiring targeted deep moisturising
Lip Salve - 4.2g - $4 - formulated with soothing and conditioning beeswax, olive fruit oil, sunflower seed oil and shea butter to moisturise and condition.

Available now at Crabtree & Evelyn stores across Canada.
The Body Shop Honeymania - a fragrant collection containing Community Fair Trade rich, wild-harvested floral honey from Ethiopia- available in the collection:

Shower Gel - 250ml - $8 - leaves your body cleansed and subtly scented.
Body Butter - 200ml - $20 - delivers 24 hours of hydration that leaves skin lightly scented and feeling sensationally soft and smooth.
Body Scrub - 200ml - $20 - a rich exfoliating scrub that leaves skin feeling velvety soft and super-smooth.
Bubble Bath Melt - 300ml - $12 - sink into a honeypot of bath bubbles and enjoy an indulgent honey experience.
Eau de Toilette - 30ml - $14 - offers a burst of concentrated honey scent.
Soap - 100g - $4 - with a honeycomb design embellished with an adorable bee.
Lip Balm - 10ml - $6 - melts in straight away for kissable, moisturized lips.

 Available at The Body Shop and online at www.thebodyshop.ca.

- Lisamarie -

Fragrant Friday - Victoria's Secret Forbidden

Inspired by the girl who seduces her way through life which is so obviously me, it's not even funny...

Victoria's Secret Forbidden - 100ml EDP - $68, 200ml Fragrance Lotion - $20, 250ml Fragrance Mist - $25 - a warm scent that is tempting and entirely addictive with notes of exotic pear, jasmine, amber wood, juicy blackberry and warm notes from sustainable sources including incense wood, roasted tonka and Australian sandalwood.

I don't know how seductive I think this scent is, it's warm and sweet, men might want to eat you up like a cookie so I guess there's that! Even with the pear and blackberry notes I don't find it that fruity which is a disappointment to me - but overall I like the scent a lot.

If nothing else I have to love the pink, subtle animal print on the bottle!

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

- Lisamarie -

February 20, 2014

Vichy LiftActiv Advance Concentrate Daily Wrinkle Corrector

If you're noticing your facial features are looking drawn due to frown lines, nasolabial folds and mouth lines getting deeper you'll be happy to know that there is an alternative to injections and facial fillers:

Vichy LiftActiv Advanced Concentrate Daily Wrinkle Corrector - 30ml - $49.50 - works to visibly fill and smooth all wrinkles, even deep and vertical ones as well as assist with drawn facial features helping you look younger and more positive.

The product works on both the epidermis to activate cellular renewal and global skin improvement and the dermis to prevent the degradation of collagen fibres responsible for deep wrinkles with a formula made up of  pure retinol - to smooth and fill all types of wrinkles; adenosin - an anti-inflammatory that also boosts the efficacy of the retinolLR2412 - to help fill in deep vertical wrinkles; hyaluronic acid - fills wrinkles, plumps and deeply hydrates skin; and glycerine - ensures a constant rate of water in the upper layers of the epidermis.

With a lightweight texture it  can be used alone as a moisturizer, layered on top of a serum or as a treatment only wear you need it, your choice!

Available now in drugstores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

Damaged hair gets a second chance with Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser!

We all know that using styling tools can be hard on the hair but that certainly doesn't stop any of us from doing it so it's important to find products that will repair and protect damaged hair like the new Garnier Fructis Damage Eraser line.

With a formula that contains 2 potent ingredients to reconstruct and protect damaged hair: Phyto-Keratin Complex - a 100% natural protein source of wheat, corn and soy with active fruit concentrate that reconstructs damaged areas within the hair; and Cupuacu Butter - a rich, nourishing superfruit with intense protecting lipids that restores smoothness and softness and protects hair.

In four easy steps:

Step 1 - Fortifying Shampoo - 384ml - $5.29 - with a creamy formula enriched with repairing cationic agents which coat the hair from root to tip and easily rinse off to leave hair feeling clean, fresh and weightless with the entire hair fibre being uniformly soft and repaired.

Step 2 - Fortifying Conditioner - 384ml - $5.29 - the rich, creamy formula has a melt-in texture that is directly absorbed by the hair for hair that stays silky and soft even after 12 hours.

Step 3 - Strength Reconstructing Butter - 250ml - $5.79 - with a rich butter texture that wraps itself around each hair strand for a deep-down repairing and strengthening effect to nourish and repair even the most severely damaged hair. You don't need to do this step everyday unless you really want to, a couple of times a week will do the trick!

And my favourite product:

Step 4 - Split End Bandage - 125ml - $5.79 - a daily treatment enriched with phyto-keratin complex and cupuacu butter that acts like a bandage on split ends, instantly sealing them making your hair look like it just had a fresh trim. I especially like this for my fine hair - I worried it would weigh my hair down and make it look greasy but it doesn't, just makes the ends look perfect!

With just 3 uses of the routine you can expect to see and feel hair that is softer - with up to one year's worth of softness restored; stronger - ensuring hair is more resistant to aggressive treatments; and with 4 times fewer split ends!

Available now at mass and drug retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -