May 11, 2022

Needful Things - Physicians Formula Butter Dream Team Face Palette

If all this wonderful warm weather has you realizing just how long it has been since you have seen sun or been on a vacation - and your skin shows it - then help is on the way - fake it until you make it with:
 
Physicians Formula Butter Dream Team Face Palette - $25.99 - achieve a gorgeous tropic glow with a palette chock full luxuriously smooth butter blended bronzers, blushes, highlighter and face powder that seamlessly work together to create the look of a tropical vacation dream. Palette includes: Murumuru Butter Bronzer in Bronze; Matte Monoi Butter Bronzer in Deep; Murumura Butter Blush in Saucy Mauve; Butter Believe It! Blush in Pink Sands; Murumuru Butter Highlighter in Champagne; and Butter Believe It! Face Powder in Translucent
 
Made with a blend of murumuru butter, cupuacu butter, and tucuma butter from the nutrient-rich Amazon, this makeup is packed with essential fatty acids and pro-vitamins that soften, condition, and moisturize the skin. As well, they are talc-free and are extra-breathable, making them a perfect match for those even with sensitive skin. A few swipes of this palette will have you looking like you just got home from a tropical vacation - the coconut-y scent will help with that feeling too!
 
Available now at drugstores across Canada including Shoppers Drug Mart.
 
- Lisamarie -

May 6, 2022

Fragrant Friday - Nina Ricci Nina Soleil

Nina Ricci brings us a ray of sunshine this spring with...
 
Nina Soleil - 50ml EDT - $88 - an oriental citrusy floral fragrance with fresh top notes of bergamot and mandarin orange; heart notes of whipped cream and gardenia; and base notes of vanilla and soft cedarwood.

Let me start by saying - the bottle - delightful! If there ever was packaging that just made you happy looking at it, this is it! There is also a lot to like about the fragrance itself. On me, it's very citrusy, I do love a citrus but after the description I was hoping for a sweet citrus but it is definitely citrus on the floral side - still lovely though!

Available now at Hudson's Bay, Shoppers Drug Mart, Jean Coutu, Brunet, Familiprix and Uniprix.

- Lisamarie -

April 29, 2022

3 steps to glowing skin with Conair, StiVectin and Alya Skin!

Start your glowing skin regime with...
 
Conair True Glow Facial Sauna - $49.99 - cleanses, hydrates and refreshes skin with a warm steam  moisturizing mist that loosens dirt, oil and blackheads for a complete deep cleansing while promoting overall skin health and protection by improving skin tone and elasticity that brings out skin's natural beauty and glow. It has 7 timer settings making it great for all skin types and is also great for reducing nasal congestion during colds and allergies.

I was a little worried when trying this, my skin is prone to redness and I thought I might turn out less glowy and more boiled lobster but no worry needed - my skin pinked up a bit but did not boil!

Available at mass retailers across Canada and online at conaircanada.ca.
After steaming, this is the perfect time to exfoliate and get rid of any lingering embedded dirt and to slough off dead skin 

StriVectin Advanced Resurfacing Pro Glowfoliant Mix-In Microderm Crystals - 36g - $49 - finely textured, dermatologist-grade microdermabrasion crystals plus a gentle blend of AHAs offer results comparable to a professional microdermabrasion treatment.
 
It's very easy and versatile - just mix a bit with any cleanser to thoroughly exfoliate dulling, pore-clogging dead skin cells for visibly renewed, ultra-smooth glowing skin in just 15 seconds without disrupting skin’s barrier. The "any cleanser" part is what I really appreciate about it - a lot of exfoliants are too thick and heavy for my taste but this one mixes easily into my light gel cleanser so I get all the exfoliating benefits in a texture of my choice!

Available at drugstores across Canada.
And now that your skin is perfectly smooth and soft finish it off with some Vitamin C to keep the glow going - I would recommend...

Alya Skin Vitamin C Supercharged Serum - 35ml - $41.99 - boosts the skin with a blend of Kakadu Plum, Desert Lime, Finger Lime Caviar and Lilly Pilly. These Australian natives are packed full of Vitamin C - a powerful antioxidant which plumps, brightens, and increases collagen production to brighten and even skin tone. 
 
Available at select Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.

When my skin feels this clean and soft I hate to put on makeup, but if I have to it is amazing how easily foundation glides on and how much better it looks -  just add these 3 steps to your routine twice a week and admire the glow with and without foundation! You will also definitely want to add this to your special event prep or for anytime you want to look especially good!
 
- Lisamarie -

April 20, 2022

This week I'm obsessed with... Schwarzkopf Professional BC Bonacure Peptide Repair Rescue Spray Conditioner!

Anyone with fine hair knows that too much or too heavy a conditioner will just leave hair  looking greasy and limp, while no conditioner leaves us with a tangled, flyaway mess! Our conditioning woes are now over thanks to...
 
Schwarzkopf Professional BC Bonacure Peptide Repair Rescue Spray Conditioner - 200ml - $15.99 - with a bi-phase, leave in formula perfect for fine to normal damaged hair that combines an efficient concentration of ingredients that instantly improve the feel of the hair, leaving it soft and supple. 
 
The benefits are immediate - moisture and elasticity are vastly improved bringing instantly enhanced manageability and vitality - and it detangles like a dream! It's easy to use, just make sure you give it a good shake so the two parts mix together and spray on towel tried hair - style as usual and prepare to be amazed! 
 
There is a whole line of products to compliment it I also love the Peptide Repair Rescue Micellar Shampoo - and if you don't have the fine hair issue, there are also products for thick to normal damaged hair so you don't need to feel left out!
 
Available at salons across Canada as well as a bunch of online retailers including Matt&Max, Chatters and Amazon.
 
- Lisamarie -

April 6, 2022

A few of my favourite things from Vasanti, Alya Skin and Le Mieux!


Vasanti Liquid Cover Up Oil-Free Foundation & Concealer - 16ml - $27 - in 12 shades made to mimic skin and deliver a natural finish: V0 - Fair; V1 - Fair to Light; V2 - Warm Light to Medium; V3 - Medium Neutral to Medium, V4 - Medium Golden to Tan; V6 - Tanned to Medium Deep; V8 - Medium Deep Warm; V10 Medium Deep Golden; V12 Deep Golden; V13 Deep Golden Red; V14 Deep Golden Yellow; V15 Deep Rich - with a lightweight formula that blends into skin and buildable coverage that evens out skintone while disguising under eye circles and camouflaging blemishes - a moisturizing, brightening concealer and foundation in one!
 
The brush applicator makes it very easy to apply and especially helpful under the eyes - it's a pretty small tube though to use as an all-over foundation every day. What I have been doing is drawing a line down each cheek and then applying my moisturizer - instant tinted moisturizer - then I apply under my eyes and on any problem spots that need covering and lastly finish off with the Vasanti Lotus Brightening Powder - $25 - in 4 shades: 100 Volts - Fair to Light; 200 Volts - Warm Soft Yellow; 300 Volts - Warm Peach; 400 Volts - Golden to Deep - it brightens the skin under eyes and blurs the appearance of pores, fine lines and wrinkles - the whole process takes less then 5 minutes and my skin looks flawless without any obvious makeup!

Available at select Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at vasanticosmetics.ca and amazon.ca.

If you haven't tried anything from the Alya Skin line yet, it has become a lot easier - Shoppers Drug Mart is now carrying it! There are many wonderful products available that your skin will love but if your budget doesn't stretch to getting one of everything, I highly recommend you start off this:
 
Alya Skin Pink Perfect Australian Pink Clay Mask - 120g - $51.99 - specifically formulated with Vitamin E, Aloe Vera, Witch Hazel and Australian Kaolin Clay - a natural, gentle, soothing ingredient composed from a mix of incredibly natural minerals including quartz, mica and montmorillonite. Used every other day, this unique treatment defends the skin against the pollutants of oil, dirt and toxins, cleansing and revitalizing for bright, beautiful skin - that will feel so soft and smooth you won't believe it - best of all, unlike some clay masks, this one doesn't dry into a hard uncomfortable lump that has you running to wash it off!

Available now exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.
Le Mieux Exotic Blossom Hand Cream
- 40ml - $8 - with a velvety soft formula enriched with exotic cupuacu and kukui butters along with macadamia and cannabis oils work together to soothe, protect, and deeply moisturize dry hands and fingers while the rich aromas of Bulgarian rose, helichrysum, and chamomile flowers unfold and linger. For some reason my hands become drier with the season change from winter to spring then they are during the coldest days of winter - this softens them right up and makes them smell sublime!

Available online at lemieuxskincare.com.

- Lisamarie -

April 1, 2022

Fragrant Friday - Paco Rabanne 1 Million Elixir Parfum Intense

Paco Rabanne introduces the newest addition to their masculine line - deeper, stronger, richer and more intense and sensual than ever before:
 
Paco Rabanne 1 Million Elixir Parfum Intense - 50ml - $108, 100ml - $138, 200ml - $188 - with top notes of natural sweet apple oil and the first hints of the Davana leaves; heart notes of hand picked Turkish rose and osmanthus, a floral with leathery, apricot notes and wild grown tonka beans; and base notes of patchouli and cedar wood oil distillations and black vanilla seed pods.

Described as an amber woody fruity elixir it almost sounded like something that I would be wearing not the boy but as it turns out, it smells great on him - there is a little bit of sweetness to it but nothing I would call overly girly - does it make him smell confident and successful like it's supposed to? He smells great so sure, why not?! You will also appreciate that the formula is vegan with 91% natural origin ingredients and 100% cruelty free!

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

- Lisamarie -

March 23, 2022

This week I'm obsessed with... Fenty Skin Pre-Show Glow!

You know the way your skin feels after a really good facial and how easily your makeup glides onto perfectly polished skin? That's exactly the same feeling you will get with... 

Fenty Skin Pre-Show Glow - 30ml + Reusable Applicator - $52, 30ml Refill - $42 - a powerful exfoliating treatment loaded with 10% AHAs - glycolic, citric and lactic acids - help fade the look of pores and dark spots and improve skin's moisture content; rooibos - rich in AHAs and zinc to help revitalize and renew the appearance of skin; pomegranate, papaya, and cranberry enzymes -  help to visibly digest, lift, and loosen damaged surface cells.  The reusable applicator delivers gentle physical exfoliation, leaving skin feeling ultra-soft, looking radiant, and makeup-ready - with no redness or irritation, so no downtime. 
 
I like to do a little research before actually trying new products to get an idea of what other people think and the most complaints seemed to be about the smell and the bottle size. For me, neither was a concern - it's described as a a light, fruity-floral scent inspired by pomegranate and hibiscus and that's exactly how it smells to me - not the least bit objectionable. As for anyone complaining about the size - they must be using too much - I have been using it twice a week for over a month now and I have barely made a dent in it! You really just need a very small amount on a wet applicator. All I can think is they were doing it with the applicator dry in which case you would need a lot to make it wet enough to use - so just remember, wet face, wet applicator, a little bit of product and scrub face for 30-60 seconds - rinse face and prepare to have your skin feel just like a baby's butt - follow with your serum/moisturizer and makeup and admire the glow!
 
Part of the Clean at Sephora collection so free of all the crap that we don't want or need in our beauty products and available at Sephora stores across Canada and online at sephora.ca.
 
- Lisamarie -

March 2, 2022

Needful Things - Belif Aqua Bomb Hydrating Body Moisturizer

If you've ever wished for a giant vat of Belif's Aqua Bomb so that your whole body could just sink into it - wish granted (kind of)!
 
Belif Aqua Bomb Hydrating Body Moisturizer - 300ml - $39 - a fast-absorbing, lightweight body-moisturizing gel that intensely hydrates skin  with a unique silky finish without leaving a sticky or greasy residue behind. 
 
With a body quenching formula of: niacinamide - a visibly brightening, smoothing, hydrating ingredient that supports skin protein production; hyaluronic acid - helps skin retain moisture for a smoother, plumper appearance; and Lady's Mantle - to soothe skin - leaving skin looking hydrated, healthy and glowing - and because of the nice light feel will be just as great to use in the summer as it is now!
 
Available at Sephora stores across Canada and online at sephora.ca.
 
- Lisamarie -

February 23, 2022

This week I'm obsessed with... Vichy Liftactiv B3 Serum!

Vichy Liftactiv B3 Serum - 30ml - $62.95 - a silky light serum that works on dark spots and wrinkles to leave skin smooth and radiant.

The dual-action formula works on both the epidermis and skin surface and contains: 
 
5% Niacinamide (Vitamin B3) - visibly reduces the appearance of dark spots at the basal skin layer;

Glycolic Acid + Vitamin CG - works at the skin's surface level to help peel visible dark spots leaving skin more even and luminous;
 
and of course all the skin strengthening wonders of Vichy Volcanic Water.

Use it day and night - just a couple of drops under your regular skin care and look forward to reduced wrinkles and radiant skin!

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

- Lisamarie -

February 9, 2022

Great Gifting - Physicians Formula Rosé Kiss All Day Lip Kit

Looking for a last minute Valentine's Day gift or some new lippies for yourself at a great price? Then check out the gift of perfect lips...
 
Physicians Formula Rosé Kiss All Day Lip Kit - $14.99 - includes 3 antioxidant-packed, luxurious and flattering lip colours: Rosé Kiss All Day Glossy Lip Color in Blushing Mauve, Rosé Kiss All Day Glossy Lip Color in She’s A Wild Rose, Rosé Kiss All Day Velvet Lip Color in First Kiss along with a universal 3-in-1 pencil sharpener suited for a multitude of pencil sizes and types to give a precise point.
 
The pencil format makes them easy to apply and their stay-all-dayness gives them lots of staying power, even under a mask! 

Available at select drug and mass retailers across Canada and online at physiciansformula.com.

- Lisamarie -

February 4, 2022

Fragrant Friday - 3 classic fragrances from Carolina Herrera, Mugler and Chanel perfect for Valentine's Day!

Looking for a new fragrance for a gift or yourself? Sure you could buy something new but there is a lot to be said for a tried and true classic - and any of these will bring a smile to yours or your Valentine's face...
 
Carolina Herrera Good Girl - 50ml EDP - $120, 80ml EDP - $155 - a daring yet sophisticated fragrance with the sweet, alluring qualities of jasmine, richly fragrant cocoa, intoxicating tonka, vibrant almond and bold coffee.
 
Mugler Angel
- 25ml EDP - $102, 50ml EDP - $145 - a sweetly addictive fragrance that blends delicious praline with a long-lasting base of patchouli leaf countered by bright Calabrian bergamot for a touch of freshness, igniting playful memories and sweet sensations.
Chanel Chance Eau Tendre - 50ml EDP - $135, 100ml EDP - $189, 150ml EDP - $227 - a floral fruity fragrance with notes of quince, grapefruit, hyacinth, jasmine, musk, iris, Virginia cedar and amber.

All are available at Hudson's Bay stores across Canada - with some or all also being available at Shoppers Drug Mart and Sephora stores as well as online at thebay.ca, beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca and sephora.ca.

- Lisamarie -

January 26, 2022

This week I'm obsessed with... Korres Santorini Grape Poreless Skin Cream!

I know firsthand that it's hard for oily and combination skin types to find a moisturizer that is light enough not to make oily skin feel worse while still adding necessary hydration - until now that is...
 
Korres Santorini Grape Poreless Skin Cream - 40ml - $46 - a lightweight gel moisturizer that blurs pores, controls shine, and hydrates skin all-day long with a powerful blend of hyaluronic acid, salicylic acid, willowherb extract and the antioxidant-rich, santorini grape. 
 
Oily skin sufferers rejoice! A balanced and poreless complexion that feels great all day long is what you have to look forward to as well as skin so smooth, makeup just glides right on! You're welcome! 
 
The only thing I will caution is use less then you think you need - I find a little goes a long way with this cream, it really spreads out!

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart and Sephora stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca, sephora.ca and korres.ca.
 
- Lisamarie -

January 19, 2022

The Lunar New Year made even better with beauty products from Quo Beauty, Dior and Clinique!

Celebrate the Year of the Tiger the right way - with gifts of beauty! There's lots to choose from but here are a few of my favourites - just remember that everything is limited edition so grab it while you can...
 
Quo Beauty has a whole collection of beauty and accessories to help you get in the New Year spirit -  so much actually that it's hard to pick favourites but I tried...

Tiger Eye Stone Facial Roller - $25 - in Asian cultures, Tiger Eye stone is believed to represent prosperity, good fortune and grounding - so get all that while helping improve lymphatic drainage and reducing the look of puffiness over time with regular use!

Lunar New Year Eyeshadow Palette - $16 - soft, shimmery shades for looks that range from demure to dramatic.

Faux Nail Kit - $14.99 - glue on nails with a fun pointy french manicure design with bands of red and gold.

Available at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada and online at beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.
 
Dior Lunar New Year Rouge Lipstick Coffret 5-Piece Set - $245 - includes 3 refillable Rouge Dior lipsticks: 999, the ultimate red of the House of Dior, velvet finish; 100 Nude Look, the union of gray and beige, the velvet finish nude; and 720 Icône, a voluptuous rosewood, velvet finish.  and 2 Rouge Dior coloured lip balms:  000 Diornatural, the lip balm in a universal shade, satin finish; and 772 Classic, the rosewood lip balm, satin finish - all in a fabric case with a revisited Toile de Jouy pattern inspired by 18th-century textile archives.  
 
Available at thebay.com.
Limited Edition Jumbo Dramatically Different Moisturizing Lotion+ - 200ml - $54 -softens, smooths and improves with a limited-edition jumbo size that comes in this super-cute Chinese New Year design to celebrate the Year of the Tiger. 
 
Available at Shoppers Drug Mart and beauty.shoppersdrugmart.ca.
 
- Lisamarie -

January 12, 2022

This week I'm obsessed with... Veilment Hemp Seed Oil Shower Shake!

Veilment Hemp Seed Oil Shower Shake - 300ml - $33 - with a dual-phase formula infused with hemp seed oil and gentle cleansers to leave skin feeling sumptuously soft and smooth.  

Created with hemp seed oil, an ultra-nourishing, naturally-derived oil with omega 3, 6 and 9 fatty acids, as well as vitamin E, to help nourish, hydrate and soften skin for the look of youthful, healthy radiance. 

Just shake well to mix the two formulas together making for a creamy shower experience - and while sometimes hemp products do have a lot more of an "earthy" scent then I enjoy, this one is just light and fresh!

Part of the Hemp Seed Oil Ultra-Nourishing Collection that also includes: Dry Body Oil, Bathing Bar, Lip Balm - and my other favourite - Tinted Lip Balm - a hemp-infused lip balm enhanced with moisturizing jojoba and coconut oils and a touch of colour for lips that feel hydrated and look healthy!
 
Available online at avon.ca.
 
- Lisamarie -