Saturday, November 18, 2017

Cliniderm's Hydra-Defence Hydrating Cream

Around this time every year, my skin tends to dry out and become dehydrated. So I've switched from facial moisturizer to Cliniderm's newest facial cream, Hydra-Defence Hydrating Cream, as a preventative measure and so far it's working!



"CLINIDERM Hydra-Defense Hydrating Cream contains 3% PatcH2OTM, a molecular patch formed on the skin’s surface to offer immediate and longlasting hydration as well as optimal protection against daily environmental aggressors. Skin’s natural barrier is strengthened and reinforced leaving the skin feeling regenerated, smoother and nourished. It also contains a rich and unique blend of emollients such as Macadamia Oil and Shea Butter that provide additional hydration to the skin."
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Cliniderm's Hydra-Defence Hydrating Cream is geared towards normal to dry skin types (they also have a Hydra-Defense Gel for combo to oily skin) and is suitable for those with sensitive skin. All Cliniderm products are formulated without parabens, dyes, perfume, lanolin, formaldehyde or proteins.


I love how this cream is in a tube with a pump. It keeps the product fresher and doesn't allow for contaminants to breed inside of it. The consistency is fairly fluid for a cream, and it spreads easily. Once it touches my skin, it instantly hydrates and forms a barrier.

I love the glow it gives my skin and how it forms a protective barrier; perfect for those windy days! It isn't heavy, although I can feel it if I touch my face. It wears well with makeup, helping to create a hydrated canvas and it doesn't cause my foundation to slide.


If you're looking for a scent-free, hydrating and protective cream for the fall/winter this might just be it 😉

You can find this and other Cliniderm products in store and online at beautyboutique.ca

*Press samples were generously provided for editorial consideration. As always, all opinions are my own!

Friday, November 17, 2017

Getting Hair-Free For The Holidays With no! no! PRO

Like many of you, I've seen the commercials for the no! no! PRO and wondered - does this thing actually work? With such a hefty price tag, I was hesitant to purchase it. I wanted to try it first.


The no! no! PRO is a pain-free alternative to shaving that promises to keep you hair free for longer - in some cases, permanently. Unlike traditional hair removers, the no! no! PRO uses thermicon technology (aka heat) to crystallize hair. You can use it pretty much anywhere you want to remove hair with the exception of your genitals (bikini line is ok - just nowhere near your bits) nipples, and near your eyes (no eyebrows).


The no! no! PRO comes with the device, 2 attatchments (small and large), buffing pad and mini brush to clean the device. Application is easy; glide the device in a steady motion against the grain of the hair, then follow with the buffing pad to remove crystallized hair. Sounds easy enough, right?


It takes a few minutes to get used to using the no! no! PRO. Constant, steady movements are required and it took me a few passes on my arm to get it right. The device will shine blue light when the correct pressure is used, and you will smell it when it's working. When the no! no! PRO is working, you will smell burning hair. Don't be alarmed; it's a normal part of the process! I'm not going to sugar coat it, it's a bit off-putting, but you get used to it. It's not painful but feels warm - I actually like the sensation!


Depending on the area I'm working on, multiple passes are needed. I will do a few passes, buff and repeat until the hair is thoroughly singed. Some hairs are completely removed while others are shortened. Not really noticeable and not a huge deal. You can shave them off, if they bother you. The process does take a while, so plan on doing it on your downtime. I use it while I'm watching tv.

After using it every other day on my arms for 2 weeks, I can see a difference in the amount of hair. It has definitely slowed down the growth! I'm excited to see what happens in the coming months and will update this post to share my results 😊


You can find the no! no! PRO in-store at Shoppers Drug Mart and online at shopatshowcasecanada.com



*Press samples were generously provided for editorial consideration. As always, all opinions are my own.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Guerlain's KissKiss Liplift, KissKiss Matte & Intense Liquid Matte

Hello beauties! As I'm sure you recall, back in September I attended Dave Lackie's #GuerlainLover dinner (recap of the event can be found here). In classic Dave Lackie fashion, all the guests received an amazing gift bag. Today, I'm sharing my thoughts on the lip products we received.

Before I talk about the products, I thought I'd share a bit about the brand. Guerlain is a luxury French beauty brand founded in 1828. From the start and to this day, Guerlain produces all of their products in France. The Guerlain House has been awarded the "Living Heritage Company" label by the French Ministry for Economy and Industry, a testament to the rich history of the brand. I could go on about Guerlain's history, but I'm going to jump right into my reviews.


"The indispensable partner to lipstick, the KissKiss Liplift smoothing base in stick form redefines your lip contour, smoothes and prepares the lips for long-lasting make-up. With its creamy, rich and supple texture and neutral translucent shade, it preserves and enhances the colour of your lipstick.
Lips are smooth and silky soft. Their contour is more defined. Lipstick is easy to apply. It offers lasting hold for guaranteed high-fidelity make-up without feathering." /source


The Guerlain KissKiss Liplift Smoothing Lipstick Primer ($44, 1.85g) comes housed in an exquisite, golden bullet. As the name suggests, it's a primer for your lips. To maximize its efficacy, apply it on your lips (prior to lipstick) slightly beyond your lip contour and blend in with your fingertips.


KissKiss Liplift Smoothing Lipstick Primer has a subtle vanilla-violet and berries scent, and it applies transparent. It feels smooth and balm like. I noticed it made my lipstick apply much smoother and it wore longer.

"Guerlain imagines KissKiss Matte, a hydrating and plumping matte lipstick, intense like a lipstick and comfortable like a balm! The subtle spice extract it contains gives the impression of voluminous lips while the precious oils and the hyaluronic acid smooth and hydrate them. KissKiss Matte offers 9 captivating shades for all special occasions. The iconic packaging is adorned with a golden matte veil."


Guerlain KissKiss Matte ($44, 3.5g) is housed in the same iconic tube as the original KissKiss, but it's matte (and gold). How fitting! There are 9 shades available and I was gifted the shade M330 Spicy Burgundy. This shade of red is universally flattering to most skin tones, plus it's literally the perfect shade for fall!




KissKiss Matte Lipstick applies smoothly and feels super comfortable on the lips. It's long-wearing, but not transfer proof. I can usually get about 6 hours of wear before I need to touch it up. It lasts longer when paired with the KissKiss Liplift Smoothing Lipstick Primer.


"Guerlain invents Intense liquid Matte: a smoothing matte liquid lipstick that’s easy to apply: creamy like a gloss and pigmented like a lipstick, with a stunning matte finish. A smoothing texture, which gives to the lips a highly pigmented and long lasting plumping look. The formula based on hyaluronic acid and tiger grass ensures a soft and enjoyable sensation. Seven captivating shades have been created for every mood."
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Guerlain Intense Liquid Matte Creamy Velvet Lipcolour ($40, 7ml) is available in 7 hydrating shades. I was gifted M71 Exciting Pink and I love it! This liquid lipstick applies very much like a gloss, but opaque and (mostly) matte. The doe-foot applicator makes lining and filling the lips easy and the colour dries down true to the shade in the tube. If you're looking for a luxe liquid lipstick that not only looks pretty but wears beautifully, I highly recommend you check these out!


You can find these and other Guerlain products Canada wide at Hudson's Bay, Sephora and Nordstrom.



*These products were generously gifted to me at Dave Lackie's #GuerlainLover event ❤


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Paul & Joe Holiday 2017

Cat lovers rejoice, Paul & Joe Beauté have released their holiday beauty collection and it's purrfect!


This super adorable set comes with a feline print makeup bag, a lipstick embossed with a red cat,  liquid eyeshadow and blusher. Before I get into my reviews, behold the beauty that is the Paul & Joe Holiday Lipstick 😍


 The Paul & Joe Lipstick Limited 003 comes complete with a red cardboard tube with feline print and a clear, shimmery lipstick, with a red cat face inside of it. Apparently the face will stay if you use the lipstick, but it's too pretty for me to test it. This lipstick is going straight into my collection vault!


The neat thing about Paul & Joe lipstick is that you purchase your tube and then the lipstick separately. This allows you to customize your lipstick however you like. Should you decide to use this holiday lipstick, you can keep the LE tube and buy another lipstick to put inside of it!


Paul & Joe Shimmering Blush 001 is a stunning coral shade that adds natural flush and radiance. It's sheer but pigmented and applies like a dream. It's housed in a small compact and the blush is embossed with a floral design. This blush is a real winner!


Paul & Joe Eye Gloss 001 is a shimmery, golden eyeshadow that comes housed in a clear tube with a doe foot applicator. The packaging is quite luxurious and I love it's compact nature. It's easy to apply, but takes awhile to dry down and will settle into your crease. I use a bit of translucent powder to minimize creasing and it helps. If you try to blend it, it will lose its base pigment leaving you with just glitter. All in all, I like it but I don't love it.


This holiday set is just too cute to pass up. So if you see it, grab it before it disapears!

You can find this and other Paul & Joe products online at beautyboutique.ca and in-store at select Shoppers Drug Mart's.


*Press samples were generously provided for editorial consideration. As always, all opinions are my own!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Shu x Mario Art of Hair Holiday Collection 2017

It's that magical time of year again when the air gets colder and the days get shorter. With fall in full swing and winter fast approaching, it's time to start thinking about the holidays. Although I loathe the cold, I'm a huge fan of the holidays. Mainly, because...shopping! As a beauty blogger and lover, I eagerly anticipate the limited edition sets. Often times you get more bang for your buck and the beauty of the packaging amplifies. This year I thought I would do something a little different, and share a holiday gift guide. Follow me on my journey as I review these beautiful holiday collections on the blog and social media.


Kicking off my holiday gift guide is Shu Uemura Art of Hair. Shu Uemura is known for thinking outside of the box, often bringing a unique approach to their collections. This year they teamed up with Super Mario Bros, creating the Shu x Mario collection. They revamped some of their Art of Hair products and adorned them with out favourite pixalated characters that will appease the kid in all of us!


"Shu Uemura Art of Hair collaborates with Super Mario for a limited holiday edition of our Cleansing Oil Shampoo for all hair types. This gentle oil shampoo gently cleanses while respecting the balance of the scalp. The lightweight cleanser provides radiance with a unique airy touch. The lightweight finish makes it perfect for all hair types, including those with oily hair. Safe on color-treated hair and silicon and paraben-free." 
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First of all, how cute is that bottle?! Pixalated Mario looks like he's swimming up a pipe and I can't even deal! Packaging aside, this shampoo is amazing. The pump looks stylish and ensures you don't squeeze out too much. The shampoo has a light scent and lathers nicely. It deep cleans without stripping my hair and it leaves it soft, manageable and full of life. They weren't kidding when they said it's suitable for all hair types; it works on my hair (short, straight and fine) and on my daughters hair (long and curly).


"Shu Uemura Art of Hair collaborates with Super Mario for a limited holiday edition of our Cleansing Oil Conditioner for all hair types. This gentle oil conditioner softly detangles, giving hair immediate shine and radiance. The unique, lightweight translucent gel texture offers ultimate spreadability and absorption for a truly effortless conditioning experience. The lightweight finish makes it perfect for all hair types, including those with oily hair. Safe on color-treated hair and paraben-free."
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Shu Uemura Cleansing Oil Conditioner ($56, 250 ml) has the same pixalated Mario print, but with a solid cream coloured background. It too comes with a handy pump and I can't be more thankful for that. This conditioner has a thin texture but don't let that fool you into applying more than you need! It's incredibly hydrating so a little goes a long way. It's working pretty good in my hair, but even better in my daughters hair.


"Shu Uemura Art of Hair collaborates with Super Mario for a limited holiday edition of our Essence Absoulue nourishing protective oil. This nourishing and protective essence infused with camellia oil helps protect the hair fiber against dryness, frizz and uv damage while providing intense nutrition." /source/


Essence Absoulue ($69, 150 ml) can be used as a pre-shampoo treatment or as a leave in after washing and conditioning hair. It's formulated with camellia oil to soften and smooth hair. Camellia oil contains essentials lipids to deeply nourish and maintain the lipid balances of the hair fiber. Fun fact: Geishas used this to maintain the overall beauty of their hair! Sadly, this oil is too heavy for my fine hair. I can (and do) use it as a pre-treatment though. My oldest daughter uses it, and it adds so much shine and life to her curls when she uses it as a pre-treatment.


"Shu Uemura Art of Hair collaborates with Super Mario for a limited holiday edition of our Master Wax Styling paste, perfect for all hair types. This cream to wax formula offers powerful high hold styling with a high shine finish. The innovative texture allows for styling simplicity; easy to work and rework through the hair to achieve multiple styles and looks. Never stiff or greasy. Suitable for all hair types. " /source


Super Mario Master Wax ($42, 75 ml) is perfect for slicked back styles, high hold updos, texturized blowouts and so much more! This cream to wax formula boasts high hold and high shine. I like to use it to smooth flyaways and hold the shape of my bob. It's easy to work with and leaves my hair in place without being greasy or stiff.

This collection is super fun and The products do exactly what they say they do - a definite winner in my books!

The Shu x Mario Art of Hair collection is available in Shu Uemura salons and online at shuuemura.ca

What do you think of this collection? Are you a fan of Super Mario? Lets chat in the comment section below 👇



*Press samples were generously provided for editorial consideration. As always, all opinions are my own!

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Vichy's New Pureté Thermale Makeup Removing Micellar Wipes

How do you remove your makeup? I often use a garden variety of different removers such as makeup removing wipes, micellar water, eye makeup remover and cleansing oil. One of my most favourite makeup removers is Vichy's Pureté Thermale Water Proof Eye Makeup Remover, so when I learned that Vichy was releasing a makeup removing micellar wipe, I was beyond excited.


Vichy Pureté Thermale Makeup Removing Micellar Wipes come in a pack of 25 at a price of $14.95 CAD. They claim to cleanse, remove makeup and soothe skin. They're hypoallergenic, suitable for sensitive skin and contain no paraben, alcohol or fragrance.

The wipes are thin yet durable, and have texture to remove makeup. They don't have any scent and they're just the right size. But do they completely remove all of my makeup?


I found that the Pureté Thermale Makeup Removing Micellar Wipes did a good job of removing my base makeup, brows and lipstick, but they couldn't break down my mascara. This is fairly common with makeup removing wipes, so I'm not overly surprised. I am slightly disappointed though considering they claim to be able to remove waterproof makeup - and they don't (at least not for me).


If you're looking for an on-the-go facial wipe to freshen up or one for light makeup removal, these are a good choice as they're gentle on the skin. You can find Pureté Thermale Makeup Removing Micellar Wipes in-store where Vichy products are sold.


*Press samples were generously provided for editorial consideration. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Robin McGraw Revelation

When it comes to skincare, I typically shy away from celebrity endorsed or created brands because I feel like they can get over hyped or sometimes, flat out gimmicky. So why am I writing a post about Robin McGraw Revelation you ask? The answer is as simple as this; I had no idea who she was (FYI she's Dr. Phil's wife).


Robin McGraw skincare came to be in 2014 and has been expanding since then. There are a few different lines available, and today I'm sharing my thoughts on a few products from the Brightening, Dryness and Anti-Aging ranges.


"Turn on your inner light! Reveal your most radiant, youthful complexion with this multi-action polishing scrub. Featuring a proprietary Triple Action Brightening Complex, this formula works to refine pores and fade the appearance of dark spots and discoloration."
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Twinkle, Twinkle, You're A Star! Triple Action Brightening Polish ($28, 50ml) contains pumice (ground volcanic stone) to soften and smooth as well as Bentonite Clay to draw out impurities and remove excess oil. This polish is gentle and effective. I use it twice a week in the evenings and my skin looks so much more radiant after using it.

Serum is an important part of any skincare routine (especially after the age of 30). I've been using two different serums from Robin McGraw and I'm in love with them both!

"Promise your complexion a brighter future. Formulated with a proprietary Triple Action Brightening Complex and highly stabilized 10% Vitamin C, this potent serum fades the appearance of existing spots and discoloration, protects, brightens and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles." 
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Let There Be Bright Triple Action Brightening Serum ($66, 30ml) contains a triple brightening complex consisting of Lumiskin, Brightenyl and Vitamin C to help fade the appearance of dark spots and to brighten the complexion. There's also SulforaWhite (sourced from Swiss Cress Sprouts) to inhibit melanin production and Coconut Fruit for intense hydration.

This serum has the typical Vitamin C scent but it's not overpowering. The texture is along the lines of a moisturizer and 3 pumps is enough to cover my face and neck. It absorbs quickly and it leaves my face with a nice glow. Although it is hydrating, my skin definitely needs moisturizer after.

"Gift yourself a younger-looking complexion. This serum with 0.3% Retinol helps diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, hyperpigmentation and pores, while Vitamin C helps visibly brighten dull skin. Powered by a unique time-released technology, this potent yet balanced serum gradually delivers Retinol to minimize irritation and maximize visible results."


Welcome Back Youth Serum ($38, 15ml) contains 0.3% Retinol to target fine lines and wrinkles, AcquaBio & Larch Tree Extract for retaining hydration and Vitamin C for brightening and free radical protection.

I've been using this serum 3x a week in the evening and it's definitely made a difference in my skin! I appear more rested and my face is soft and smooth. It absorbs very quickly and it has a light scent to it that dissipates fairly quickly. A lot of products containing retinol can be quite harsh, but this serum is so gentle. I highly recommend it!

"This non-greasy daily moisturizer infuses thirsty skin with the hydration it needs. Our unique formulation combines Sodium PCA, Apple Fruit, and Green Tea extract to help restore moisture for optimum skin health and a younger-looking complexion." /source/


Hydrated Skin = Youth Plump Perfecting Moisturizer ($42, 45 ml) is a light moisturizer that's perfect for everyday use. It's formulated with Safflower Seed Oil for it's antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, Bentonite Clay to absorb excess oil and Apple Fruit Extract to create a barrier to aid in water retention.

I've been using this moisturizer consistely (it's basically empty) and although I like it, I'm not in love with it. I found that I needed to use a lot (4 to 5 pumps) for my face to feel quenched. I could make it work for the summer and early fall,  it it definitely won't work for me come winter. I think this moisturizer would be best for those with normal to combination skin.

"Wake up to brighter, smoother, healthier-looking skin every day! This nourishing night treatment contains a proprietary Triple Action Brightening Complex and stabilized Vitamin C to help reduce the appearance of dark spots for a more supple, radiant complexion." /source


Starlight, Face Bright Triple Action Brightening Night Cream ($50, 30ml) contains the same triple brightening complex as the serum as well as a peptide blend to support collagen maintenance and AcquaBio to ensure optimal moisture levels are maintained.

This night cream has quickly become a favourite of mine! It's thick and rich, yet not heavy at all. A little goes a long way and it leaves my face feeling instantly hydrated. When I wake up my skin looks so calm and my skin tone is even. I'm seriously loving this night cream.

Robin McGraw really did a great job with this range of skincare products. The packaging is gorgeous and the products work well. I give this line two thumbs up!


If you would like to purchase Robin McGraw's skincare products, visit robinmcgrawrevelation.com



*Press sample were generously provided for editorial consideration