May 7, 2021

Fragrant Friday - Carolina Herrera Bad Boy

What seduces and captivates with the speed and precision of lightning...?
 
Carolina Herrera Bad Boy - 100ml EDT Natural Spray - $124, 50ml EDT Natural Spray - $92, 200ml Shower Gel - $42, 75g Deodorant Stick - $36 - a warm and spicy scent with top notes of red and white pepper and Italian green bergamot; heart notes of cedarwood and sage; and base notes of tonka beans and absolut of cocoa. A tribute to empowered men who dare to follow their own path and who aren't afraid to express and share their feelings - all I can say is enlightened men sure smell nice! 
 
What's really fun is the bottle, shaped like a lightning bolt in midnight blue with gold accents - very striking (get it?!) - and even more fun, the commercial...
 
 
 
Available now at Hudson's Bay, Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart and Jean Coutu stores across Canada and online at sephora.ca. The Shower Gel and Deodorant Stick are exclusive to Hudson's Bay.
 
- Lisamarie -

May 5, 2021

This week I'm obsessed with... Belif Aqua Bomb Brightening Vitamin C Cream

Get your spring glow back with:
 
Belif Aqua Bomb Brightening Vitamin C Cream - 50ml - $56 - with a light and moisturizing gel cream formula that brightens and hydrates thanks to a quadruple hyaluronic acid blend - to replenish moisture on the inner and outer layers of the skin while increasing moisture density; and a powerful burst of vitamin C & E - to brighten.

The light gel cream texture is perfect as the days get warmer and the desire to lighten up your skin cream intensifies. My only complaint is that it doesn't smell like citrus - my philosophy is that any beauty product that contains vitamin C should smell like citrus - it doesn't smell like hotdogs so I guess that is an improvement over many vitamin C products... but regardless of the smell, you will love how your skin feels (and what you don't feel - it's free of sulfates SLS and SLES, parabens, phthalates, mineral oil and contains less than one percent of synthetic fragrances. ) when you add this to your skincare routine!

Available at Sephora stores across Canada and sephora.ca.
 
- Lisamarie -

April 30, 2021

Fragrant Friday - Nica Ricci Nina Rose Garden

Nina Ricci has a new, limited edition fragrance just as delicious as an afternoon spent in the heart of nature in full bloom:

Nina Rose Garden - 50ml EDT - $85 - a green floral fragrance tinged with all the sparkle of Nina Ricci. Amidst burgeoning nature, the smell of cut grass mingles with the aroma of crisp pear to form a fresh accord enhanced by a dash of lemon and grapefruit. At this point appears a tender and sensual middle note composed of absolute of orange blossom and neroli blossom. Finally, vanilla absolute and white musk add a touch of addictive smoothness to this jus that is as refreshing as a spring breeze.

As lovely as I think the fragrance is, the true star of this for me is the bottle - ultra-glossy opaline pink with an oversized pink and white checked canvas ribbon that just screams "wear me on a beautiful picnic dammit!" And since picnics are really the only way to eat out these days, I believe I will! I also feel like this would make a great Mother's Day gift - it's just around the corner and you know mom won't have this one already either!
Available now at Hudson's Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, London Drugs, Jean Coutu, Brunet, Uniprix and Familiprix stores across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

April 23, 2021

Fragrant Friday - Bath & Body Works Sunshine Mimosa

The latest scent from Bath & Body Works - Sunshine Mimosa is a cheerful combination of bright bubbly champagne and the happy scent of sweet, fresh citrus that banishes all thoughts of winter - bring on spring!
 
Available in the collection:
 
Eau de Parfum - 50ml or 7ml - with a higher concentration of fragrance oils for a more intense, longer-lasting scent;

Fine Fragrance Mist - 236ml or 88ml - a conditioning aloe mist that nourishes skin for the lightest, most refreshing way to fragrance;

Shower Gel - 295ml or 88ml - with a gentle and non-drying formula that combines nourishing vitamin E and aloe to create a rich, bubbly lather to leave skin feeling fresh and clean;
 
Moisturizing Body Wash - 296ml - with a rich formula infused with shea and cocoa butter and coconut oil, the creamy lather gently cleanses and instantly hydrates skin;

Body Lotion - 236ml - provides 24 hours of nourishing moisture with a formula infused with shea butter, coconut oil and vitamin E -  it absorbs quickly into skin and feels noticeably softer after use;

Ultra Shea Body Cream - 226g or 70g - with a non-greasy formula infused with fluffy shea and cocoa butters along with skin-soothing aloe for 24 hours of moisture that leaves skin feeling noticeably softer after use;

Foaming Sugar Body Scrub - 226g - infused with vitamin E and sugar exfoliants, it gently exfoliates with a luxurious, rich lather that gently reveals radiance;

Gentle Foaming Hand Soap - 259ml - with natural essential oils combined with nourishing vitamin E and softening shea extract and aloe to deliver a luxurious foam that washes hands clean of germs while taking care to maintain skin's natural moisture barrier;
 
Hand Cream - 29ml - with a luxurious formula containing moisturizing shea butter and vitamin E, it  absorbs quickly to leave hands feeling soft, smooth and nourished; 

3-Wick Candle - made with natural essential oils and an evenly melting soy wax blend.

This is definitely my new favourite scent - it is impossible to smell it and not feel happy - with sweet citrus wonderfulness and a hint of bubbles!

Available in Bath & Body Works stores across Canada and online at bathandbodyworks.com.

- Lisamarie -

April 14, 2021

Needful Things - Dove Nourishing Hand Sanitizer & Love Beauty And Planet Hand Cream

 

I feel like in the last year I've become a real connoisseur of hand sanitizers and to be honest, most of them are really kind of terrible - they smell bad and they dry out my hands but since avoiding them isn't really an option, I'm happy to have found one that smells and feels great!
 
Dove Nourishing Hand Sanitizer - 236ml - $6.47 - in Deep Moisture or Shea Butter & Warm Vanilla, 59ml - $3.47 - in Deep Moisture - uses a breakthrough formula containing soybean oil, echium seed oil and stearic acid to deliver skin nourishment and moisturization, to help mitigate alcohol’s drying effect and improve skin hydration without compromising antibacterial efficacy.

And while I don't feel like all the moisture has been sucked out of my hands like with other sanitizers I still enjoy a bit of hand cream throughout the day...
and I love mini sized ones that I can tuck away anywhere and everywhere!
 
Love Beauty And Planet Hand Cream and Lotion - 28.3g - $4.99 - made with a signature natural ingredient and each sublime scent is infused with an ethically sourced oil or extract, without dyes or parabens - available are: All Snuggled Up - tucuma butter & vanilla; Walk In The Woods - marula oil & cedarwood; Divine Indulgence - coconut milk & white jasmine; Shea Velvet - shea butter & sandalwood; Delicious Glow - murumuru butter & rose; Luscious Hydration - coconut water & mimosa flower; and Soothe and Serene - argan oil & lavender

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.

- Lisamarie -

April 7, 2021

Spring into seasonal beauty with Bite Beauty, Catrice Cosmetics and Quo Beauty!

Bite Beauty Upswing Extreme Longwear Liquid Eyeliner in Solid Black
- $33 - a clean, ultra-pigmented liquid eyeliner that glides on smoothly for precise, stress-free application and extreme long wear that doesn't fade. The formula contains passionflower extract - nourishes and doesn’t allow the liner to flake or dry out; and fruit-derived pectin - to provide an even application and smooth glide. 
 
I like the nice clean look that comes from a liquid liner but generally find it messy and hard to apply - after trying this one I realize that my previous issues came from a lack of glide - the easier they glide on, the more precise your line will be - with very little effort!

Available at Sephora stores across Canada and online at sephora.ca and bitebeauty.com.
Catrice Cosmetics Blush Box
in Nude Peach - $7.99 - a silky matte powder blush with light-diffusing pigments for a healthy, natural looking flush on the cheeks that is waterproof and sweatproof for even the most active lifestyle!

This is the perfect spring shade that is so natural looking, it won't look too stark on winter-paled skin - and is buildable, so as you lose your pallor it allows you to add a little more colour!

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Quo Beauty Avocado Lip Balm in Coral Crush
- $10 - a lightly tinted lip balm formulated with avocado oil to help provide both moisture and a touch of colour to the lips.

The coral shade is universally flattering and the sweet scent is going to have you wanting to eat your own lips off!

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

- Lisamarie -

March 26, 2021

Fragrant Friday - Belif The Garden

Energize your senses with the first fragrance from belif:
 
Belif The Garden - 50ml EDP - $80 - an invigorating fruity citrus and floral fragrance that takes you on a stroll into the garden with opening notes of sparkling citrus and sweet berry; heart notes of dewy spring blossoms and white flower; and a base of smooth white musk and woods wrapped in an earthy base for an unforgettable fragrance with a bright, fresh feeling. 
 
The fragrance truly is an ode to springtime - my best description is light and happy - and really who can't use a bit (lot) of that?! Even the sunny yellow bottle has me thinking spring thoughts!

Available now exclusively at avon.ca and ca.naturecollection.com

- Lisamarie -

March 17, 2021

This week I'm obsessed with... Splat Naturals Semi-Permanent Hair Color!

Get the perfect ultra-vivid, head-turning colour transformation with:
 
Splat Naturals Semi-Permanent Hair Color - 177ml - $24.95 - available in 4 shades: Pink, Purple, Blue and Teal - features a 95% natural formula with an ultra-conditioning base that's infused with Baobab Seed Oil - moisturizes, provides shine and helps protect from UV rays; Quinoa Extracts  - packed with vitamins and minerals to help prevent breakage; and Pro-Vitamin B5 - for extra hydration to help increase shine and condition hair. 
 
Great for all-over color, streaks, ombre looks or dip dye - I especially like the easy squeeze packaging which is 90% sustainable and much easier to use then the pots of colour. Colour lasts 4-6 weeks or up to 30 washes. And it's free of bleach, parabens, sulfates, PPD, ammonia and fragrance. 
 
It's important to note that it's meant for blonde hair - I loved the idea of pink hair and gave it a try but my hair is a medium auburn so I have a pinkish glow in sunlight now but not the vivid pink I was imagining... I don't think I will be bleaching out my whole head anytime soon but I might give a few streaks a try...
 
Application is easy - check out the video below and start envisioning your own unicorn hair!

Available online at ShopHali.com.
 
- Lisamarie -

March 3, 2021

I'm just bananas for the new Quo Beauty Banana Cleansing Balm!

Quo Beauty Banana Cleansing Balm - 50g - $20 - packed with skin conditioning and hydrating agents such as banana extract this transformative formula melts away make-up and moisturizes thirsty skin - to leave it feeling deeply cleansed, hydrated and feeling soft and smooth with a visibly fresh and dewy glow.
 
You use it a bit differently then your usual cleanser - it's applied to dry skin, not wet and you just need a tiny dime-sized amount of product gently massaged into dry skin - rinse well with water and pat dry - and it really does just melt away dirt and makeup!
 
My skin feels so moisturized afterwards that I've given up moisturizer and moved to a serum instead - this new one from Quo Beauty does the trick:

Quo Beauty Hydrating Facial Serum - 30ml - $20 - with a lightweight texture that leaves skin feeling soft and smooth with a velvety finish. The formula contains vitamin C - to help even out the skin tone while helping diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles; sodium hyaluronate (a derivative of hyaluronic acid) - penetrates deeper layers of the skin to attract and hold moisture which, overtime, works to enhance and replenish skin.
 
Available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at shoppersdrugmart.ca.
 
- Lisamarie -

February 24, 2021

This week I'm obsessed with... Amika new and improved Kure Collection!

The Kure Collection we all love from Amika just had a huge revamp - they've added bond cure technology, plant butters and vegan proteins to the formulas to repair, strengthen and bring dry, damaged hair back from its breaking point!
 
A little more info about the new ingredients: Bond Cure Technology - an innovative complex that targets the most abundant bonds in hair; Plant Butters - rich in nutrients like omega fatty acids, vitamins and minerals; Vegan Proteins- made up of essential amino acids which can provide keratin-like benefits from a plant source; and Sea Buckthorn - one of the most potent natural ingredients on the planet, this "superfruit" is one of the few known plant sources of the fatty-acid Omega 7 typically found in fish oil - it's also rich in vitamin C & A and contains antioxidants, making it the ultimate holy grail ingredient for hair and scalp.  
 
Available in the collection are favourites with the new formula:
 
Amika The Kure Bond Repair Shampoo - 300ml - $24 and Amika The Kure Bond Repair Conditioner - 250ml - $29 - repairs and strengthens all hair types and textures with damaged strands caused by everyday stressors, heat, and chemical treatments.
 
and new to the lineup:

Amika The Kure Multi-Task Repair Treatment - 200ml - $37 - restores hair's elasticity for stronger hair that has bounce, body and the ability to hold a style/curl by strengthening hair, reinforcing the cuticle and preventing future damage and breakage. Can be used 2 ways: apply to damp hair and leave on for at least 60 seconds and rinse; or for deeper repair, apply to damp hair and leave in.

And if you also despair of ever having another hair cut and have a head full of split ends to show for that lack then you are going to love:

Amika The Closer Instant Repair Cream - 50ml - $33 - a lightweight, two-in-one leave-in treatment and styling cream for all hair types that instantly seals 96% of split ends while repairing and strengthening hair - it's like magic in a bottle!

Available at Sephora stores across Canada and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

February 12, 2021

Fragrant Friday - Bodycology Sweet Love Fragrance Mist

Get into the Valentine's Day spirit in a very affordable way with:

Bodycology Sweet Love Fragrance Mist - 237ml - $8.99 - indulge your feminine side with the delicate fragrance of whipped cream and sweet rose that will have you smelling good enough to eat!
 
Love the scent? You can also enjoy it in a fragrant, moisturizing soak with the Bodycology Sweet Love Bath Fizzies - 8 fizzies - $8.99 - each fizzy adds fragrant effervescence to your bath, while delivering skin moisturizing vitamin E.
 
Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.
 
- Lisamarie -

February 3, 2021

This week I'm obsessed with...Vichy Liftactiv Supreme H.A. Wrinkle Filler!

A lack of botox are making those little lines start to reappear on my forehead and between my eyes - since botox doesn't look like it's going to be a thing anytime soon it was time to start looking for a line fighting alternative...
 
Vichy Liftactiv Supreme H.A. Wrinkle Filler - 30ml - $62.95 - a potent face and eye serum that reduces the look of fine lines and wrinkles with a fragrance-free formula containing 1.5% pure hyaluronic acid, vitamin Cg and neuro-peptides all powered by Vichy volcanic water, this potent face and eye serum reduces the look of wrinkles and fine lines.
 
It is not only the best wrinkle filler for forehead; it also works as both an under eye wrinkle filler, a lip line filler and anywhere else you might need it. I really love the applicator which makes it very easy to apply the product exactly where you want it without wasting any! 
 
And for optimal efficacy on deep wrinkles, follow-up with the Liftactiv Supreme Day Cream or Night Cream. 

Available at drug stores across Canada and online at vichy.ca.

- Lisamarie -

January 25, 2021

Winter skin must-haves from SkinCeuticals, Bleu Lavande and CeraVe!

Feel like your skin has totally changed on you lately? It's not your imagination - the cold and dry winter weather accelerates water loss from the outermost layers of skin, causing it to become dry and flaky which can also lead to redness and irritation. So if you haven't switched up your daily seasonal skin routine from fall yet - now's the time and here are a few great choices to ensure a hydrated and healthy glow all winter long:

SkinCeuticals Triple Lipid Restore 2:4:2 - 48ml - $155 - helps restore the skin's external barrier and reinforce its natural self-regeneration while intensely nourishing mature skin to reduce visible signs of premature aging with a formula containing 2% pure ceramides 1 & 3 - synergistically proven to increase hydration and barrier function; 4% natural cholesterol - proven to accelerate barrier recovery in aging skin to improve the appearance of elasticity; and 2% fatty acids - aids in structural integrity of lipids to optimize skin’s overall lipid balance.
 
It has a very unique texture and a little goes a long way - take a bit from the jar and roll it between your fingers to warm it up before applying to the skin - it will soak in like magic!
 
Available from dispensing doctors, medical spas and high-end spas as well as online at skinceuticals.ca.
Bleu Lavande Body Butter
- 160ml - $21 - perfect for dry and very dry skin, it nourishes, soothes and hydrates the skin - even extra dry areas such as elbows, knees and heels - thanks to a soft and creamy gluten free formula containing 99.5% natural origin moisturizing ingredients including shea butter, olive oil and aloe leaf extract along with true lavender essential oil that makes it smell amazing.
 
Available at drug and grocery retailers across Canada and online at bleulavande.com.
CeraVe Therapeutic Hand Cream
- 85g - $13.99 - protects against and alleviates chapping, cracking and roughness due to dryness while helping replenish the skin's natural protective moisture barrier with a formula containing ceramides, niacinamide and hyaluronic acid for healthy, soft looking hands without a greasy feel.

Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada and online at well.ca.

- Lisamarie -

January 18, 2021

This week I'm obsessed with... Mary Kay Micellar Water!

Mary Kay Micellar Water - 147ml - $20 - gentle yet effective for all skin types, it attracts impurities to cleanse skin with just a few soft swipes of a saturated cotton ball or pad.
 
Sometimes I use it on its own for quick, refreshing cleansing but I especially love it for double cleansing, especially when using my facial brush - I use the Water first to get rid of most of the makeup and dirt that tends to clog up the brush - which makes for a much for effective brush cleansing experience!
And it goes perfectly with the Mary Kay Reusable Facial Pads - $18 - a set of 10 reusable pads that are made of 80% bamboo and 20% cotton and come with a drawstring laundry bag for easy cleaning. These are already sold out online but hopefully your Mary Kay rep was clever enough to stock up!
 
Available through your Mary Kay Independent Beauty Consultant - if you don't already have one you can locate one at - www.marykay.ca or 1-866-455-5454. 
 
- Lisamarie -

January 11, 2021

Night time necessities from Dr Teal's, Belif & Quo!

Dr Teal’s Melatonin Sleep Bath and Sleep Soak promotes a better night's sleep thanks to a formula  infused with melatonin - which helps regulate sleep and wake cycles; along with lavender and chamomile essential oils - to help reduce stress and encourage relaxation.
 
Foaming Sleep Bath with Melatonin - 1000ml - $9.99 - transforms your bath into a rejuvenating experience with essential oils to soothe the senses and help provide relief from stress and bubbles to gently cleanse.
 
Pure Epsom Salt Melatonin Sleep Soak - 1.36kg - $9.99 - restores and replenishes with pure, mineral rich epsom salt - eases aches and soreness from muscle pains and an essential oil blend to create a blissful soaking experience that soothes the senses and helps provide relief from stress while helping relieve aches and pains.
 
Available now at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Belif Aqua Bomb Sleeping Mask - 75ml - $45 - with a jelly-pudding texture and a formula containing skin-soothing Scottish heather and ultra-hydrating lady's mantle that locks and seals in explosive, powerful moisture all night long helping you wake up to ultra-hydrated and nourished skin with a dewy, radiant glow.
 
Available at Sephora stores across Canada and online at sephora.ca.
Quo Beauty Sleep Mask - $8.99 - a soft and smooth satin masks that helps block out light and visual distractions - with an elastic band for comfortable, easy fit.
 
Available exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.

- Lisamarie -