If you’ve read our blog previously, you may know we are just a little (okay…A LOT) obsessed with Canadian cosmetic and skincare brand, Lise Watier. Laura has been working in cosmetics for the past 15 years and since the beginning (even before starting our blog), we were always huge fans of the brand.
Lise Watier were recently awarded 6 prizes at the 2016 Elle Canada/Elle Quebec Beauty Grand Prix Awards!The Grand Prix Awards is an esteemed competition where a group of ELLE readers select their favourite beauty products. The products awarded are all tried, tested and their performance outshines the others.
The Havana Bronzing Powder is one of our all time favourite products by Lise Watier. We were not at all surprised to learn that it won the Grand Prix Award for ‘Best Bronzer over $15‘ for a second year in a row!
It is an essential product to have in your makeup kit, not just during the summer months but year round. I personally cannot live without bronzers. I have a pale skin tone so I like to contour and create a little bit of colour daily.
This LW bronzer provides a beautiful natural looking tan. You don’t have to worry about turning a fake orange-y shade with this bronzer! The bronzer can be built up for a more intense glow or applied lightly all over for a stunning subtle sheen.
Available in three shades, Havana is a universally appealing bronzer that will suit all skin tones. Havana Bronzing Powder is 100% paraben-free, blends easily, and holds all day long.
HAPPY NEW YEAR!! We wish everyone the very best in 2017!
It’s January 6th already and the holidays just seemed to fly by. However our Christmas tree is still up. I know, it’s coming down today. Or tomorrow. It’s just so hard to say good bye to the holidays! And so much work to pack up everything and put it all away. When do you guys take down your holiday decor? Immediately after Christmas, January 1st or later?
We’re slowly coming to terms and facing facts that it is indeed over. Now all that’s on our minds is Spring. And when will it get here already?! Here in Vancouver we were beyond excited to have snow for Christmas. Which is a rarity. But the cold and snow hasn’t stopped and everyone is totally over it. We’re not used to all of this snow, cold and ice here on the coast! Spring really can’t get here soon enough now.
So you can believe our faces lit up like a Christmas tree when we laid our eyes on the new Spring 2017 launch from Marcelle Cosmetics. See what I did there?… Christmas tree?… Just can’t let Christmas go. I kill myself. 😉
We have talked about MARCELLE before and anyone who knows us, know that we support and show immense love for amazing Canadian brands. You can check out what we said about some of our FAVE Marcelle products here and here.
Marcelle’s new CITY line up for Spring 2017 is fabulous. Beautiful new colours, incredible quality products and unbelievable price points.
NEWROUGE XPRESSION VELVET GEL LIPSTICK – Karine Vanasse Collection ($11.95)
Pictured from left to right: Red Carpet, Pink Blossom (Laura’s favourite~obsessed!), Rosy Nude, Buff Nude, Vivid Plum
100% hypoallergenic, perfume-free, gluten-free.
These new Spring shades of lipsticks are from the Karine Vanesse Collection. Karine is a talented French-Canadian actress and is the brand ambassador for Marcelle.
Natasha and I both deal with dry lips year round. But especially in the colder months. So lipstick is a tricky thing for us. Dry, chapped, peeling lips with lipstick ontop isn’t pretty. These velvet gel lipsticks leave a creamy matte finish that thankfully are not drying. They are incredibly smooth, have a light weight texture, not sticky, very pigmented and the wearability is superb. These are like a luxury brand lipstick but at a drugstore price point. Absolutely awesome. Highly recommend these!
These new Velvet Gel Waterproof Eyeliners are… how can I explain them? Amaze-balls! Stu-pendice! Fan-tastico! We can’t even deal with how much we love these liners. The only thing I can possibly find to be a problem with them is that I want,NEED them in more colours!
We are terribly picky and choosy when it comes to eyeliners. Especially me since I suffer from the dreaded oily eye lids. So most pencils transfer, then I get that 2nd line on the top of my eye. And it smears all over the place, no one tells you and you end up catching a glimpse of yourself later on, or worse, in a photo and you are horrified at how messed up your eyes look.
These pencils are smudge-proof, water-proof, glide on smooth like a liquid liner and are highly pigmented. I love lining my eye then blending it out a little with a brush to soften the line and creating a subtle smokey eye. I’m obsessed with the Deep Navy liner lately. It wears literally from morning application until I remove it at night. Doesn’t move, disappear or smear.
These pencils, as with all Marcelle pencils are 100% Hypoallergenic, Perfume Free, Ophthalmological Tested, safe for sensitive eyes and contact lense wearers.
NEW KOHL EYE PENCILS:
Copper Coin (Laura’s favourite) Eye Brightening Beige, Classic Navy, Mother Of Pearl, Black Plum, Chocolate.
These Kohl pencils are the first and onlyKohl recognized by the Canadian Dermatology Association.
NEW VELVET GEL WATERPROOF LIP LINERS:
Rosy Nude, Pink Blossom, Buff Nude, Red Carpet, Velvet Plum and the Universal Anti-Feathering Lip Liner.
Made with an innovative gel based formula they simply glide onto the lips and make it very easy to maneuver a smooth line to outline the lips. They are waterproof, water resistant and long wearing.
We have used Marcelle’s Waterproof Lip Liners for many years. The Nude shade being 1 of my go to’s for a long time. So I was super excited when I seen these new Waterproof gel pencils. And the colours! Just stop it! Obviously I can’t get enough of the Pink Blossom. Gorgeous shade of pink that is perfect for Spring/summer. I get so many compliments whenever I wear it.
The formula is creamy and applies so easily that I have been colouring my whole lip in with the pencil then apply a clear gloss ontop. I find the colour lasts for hours on my lips and I just reapply gloss throughout the day.
NEW CITY TINTED CREAM SPF 25 ($19.95/30ml) & CITY CONCEALER ($9.95)
The new City multi protection tinted spf cream is like having everything you need on your face in 1 bottle. It’s a light weight formula that you can wear alone or as a makeup base. It is available in 4 shades, made with anti-oxidants, green tea and chamomile. It evens skin tone, protects from harmful external factors, hydrates, tightens pores, enhances and adds radiance to the skin.
It is 100% Perfume Free, Paraben Free, Oil Free, Hypoallergenic, Non-Comeodogenic, Dermatologist tested.
It’s been extremely cold weather lately and this is all I’ve been using with a serum, primer and mineral powder ontop for a little extra coverage when I work. Surprisingly it has been enough hydration for me. I’m a normal/combination skin type. Natasha on the other hand is a drier skin type so she finds that she needs to add a moisturizer as well in order to feel her skin is adequately nourished during the cold winter days.
Where to buy:
MARCELLE products are available online and at London Drugs, Shoppers Drug Mart, Pharmasave and Walmart stores across Canada.
What product from Marcelle’s new Spring 2017 lineup are you most excited about?!
Laura & Natasha xo
(written by/cityscape backdrop painted by Laura, photos by Natasha)
It’s already mid November, which for us means…”It’s the Holidays!” Every season we look forward to new cosmetic launches and discovering all of the latest, hottest colours. The holiday season is always one of our favourite times for makeup choices because it means lots of bold, rich, shimmery and shininess. It’s the time of year you can go for the gusto and get as glitzed and glittery as you want. And not look totally out of place.
Saying we love highlighters would be an understatement. I mean, who isn’t highlighting now adays? Before the whole ‘contour/highlighting/strobing’ craze started, I had been highlighting and contouring my own face and anyone else’s I did makeup on. For years. I was calling it the Jlo Glow before even Jlo was! Okay, perhaps that’s a slight exaggeration. But certainly it was before cosmetic companies were actually manufacturing ‘contour & highlighting kits’!! Even just a few short years ago there were no ‘highlighting’ products. For some contrast on my cheeks I would use the lightest, most glowy pink or peach blush (sometimes an opal shimmered eyeshadow) and apply it on the highest points of my cheek bones. Voila. Contoured cheek bones. I think I’ve always had a ‘cheek bone’ obsession. When I was around 9 or 10 years old, Bo Derek was in a movie called ’10’ and I was mesmerized by her cheekbones. Seriously. Her defined cheeks made a permanent mark in my mind and I wanted to be her! I’ve always loved that look.
MAKE UP FOR EVER’s new Pro Light Fusion is made with a soft-shimmer gel formula which provides a beautiful natural-looking highlight. We love that this luminizer is subtle yet pigmented which can be built up for a more dramatic look. It’s very easy to blend and like all of MUFE’s products, the staying power is incredible. You don’t have to worry that your highlight will fade away halfway through the day. Once applied, Pro Light Fusion’s luminous glow will last the entire day.
We have been using this insanely gorgeous highlighter like crazy and loving it. Obsessed. Thank you MAKE UP FOR EVER for answering our perfect highlighter wishes! 😉
Pro Light Fusion is available in 2 shades: Rose Gold #01 (pictured above) & Golden #02.
If you are like us and just can’t get enough of falsies, you have to give ESQIDO a try. These lashes are like the cadillac of lashes. Amazing quality and absolutely beautiful. These lashes make a huge difference by taking your overall makeup look from ‘very pretty‘ to ‘wowzers’! And who doesn’t want to be a wowzer after all?
Handcrafted with 100% premium mink hair, ESQIDO false eyelashes are supremely luxurious. Seen on the red carpet, celebrities and professional makeup artists frequently use Esqido lashes.
These are definitely the best quality lashes that we have ever tried. They exude perfection and feel extremely comfortable to wear. We tried the ‘Oh So Sweet’ pair which we found to be the perfect length and fullness for that extra ‘va va voom’ effect! It’s crazy to say but wearing these amazing lashes made us feel extra special!
We also tried Esqido’s Companion Lash Glue ($10) and we both were super impressed with the formula. It’s an invisible glue specially designed for mink lashes. It is latex-free and designed to hold lashes all day long.
Ranging from $24-$42 a pair, there is a variety of different lash styles available. ESQIDO recently launched in Holt Renfrew stores across Canada.
It’s no secret that we love our Canadian brands! So anytime we try products made in Canada and we love them we want to share it with everyone. Jouviance recently launched their new 10% AHA Peel lotion and the 5% Glycolic Acid Peel Mask. We’ve used glycolic for years and I could write all day long about how much we love Glycolic and AHA’s but I will spare you all!
What I will say is that these ingredients are proven to work and are extremely effective skincare treatments. Plus, Oprah and Dr. Oz have mentioned numerous times how great these ingredients are. So…
To sum up in a few words just what Glycolic Acid and AHA’s do… exfoliates to eliminate the dead skin cells which help reduce lines and wrinkles, brightens dull skin, produces collagen and elastin and hydrates. Basically it is a little miracle in a bottle that makes your skin look young, healthy and beautifully radiant.
The GlycoLaser 10% is a fluid lotion that you apply onto the skin after cleansing. This detoxifies and hydrates the skin. I have an oily T-zone so I apply it only on this area where as Natasha likes to use it all over her face. We both use this product nightly after cleansing off our makeup.
The Glycolic Acid Mask 5% can be used 2-3 times a week. We both love, and I mean love this mask because it helps deep clean our large pores around the nose area. God I really hate those nose pores! Oh, and while I’m on the subject of nose pores, pores don’t ever really ‘just disappear’. What happens is they become larger through time from not cleansing properly. To help make them appear smaller keep the skin extremely clean so the pores don’t collect dirt. When you see those little black heads on and around the nose, that is dirt/oil in your pores. This mask is like a magic helper! Keeps the pores clean and blackheads away!
What are some of your current favourite beauty products?
Laura & Natasha xo
(written by Laura, photos by Natasha)
It’s the Holiday season! Well, okay there’s technically 46 sleeps left until it’s officially Christmas day. But all of our holiday decor is already out, lit up and sparkling bright. Everything that is except our tree. Even that is sitting in a box in the hallway ready and waiting for us to set up! Besides, the Lifetime & ShowCase channels started showing Holiday movies on November 1st! I’ve already watched 5 festive movies. Infact, as I’m writing this, Home Alone 2 is on. So unless Lifetime is showing holiday movies just for Natasha and I, I’m pretty sure it’s Christmas time y’all!
Since it’s the holidays… let’s talk about what’s new and exciting in Holiday makeup. Our beloved Canadian brand, Lise Watier, recently launched their Holiday collection in stores. Appropriately named Arabesque, which is a ballet pose, this collection reveals all of the elegant elements of an actual ballet. Designed by their head International makeup artist, David Vincent, the collection exudes his inspiration from ballerinas and the minimalist style they present. Everything from the gold mirrored packaging to the gorgeous colour choices of the makeup. The collection is romantic and ultra feminine.
The two eyeshadow palettes in the collection are honestly gorgeous. We’ve been wearing them constantly, playing with different variations and loving every single minute of it! Made with a creamy powder texture, they go on so incredibly smooth and feel like silk to the touch. We are very impressed with the colour combinations, pigments, wearability and lasting power.
There are 2 palettes available: Coppelia (violet shades) and Isadora (neutrals).
Natasha: Lise Watier’s blushes and highlighters are always stand out products in their collections. We always get giddy with excitement in anticipation of seeing their latest blush/highlighter release!
LW’s new Arabesque Powder Blush is no exception. The design and packaging is incredibly stunning & the product quality is even better. Two blendable shades in a rich, silky texture designed to illuminate and contour the cheeks.
This blush is not very pigmented which some people may love and others may not. I (Natasha) personally really like that this blush is soft and not an overwhelming bright pink. I rarely use blushes and when I do, I apply it with a very light hand. So I was extremely happy with the pigmentation of this blush! It’s soft enough to use as a illuminator, providing a very pretty soft glow. Gorgeous for the Holiday season.
Laura: I like to use this blush with a firmer and shorter haired brush rather then a big fluffy blush brush. This way more product attaches onto the brush and deposits more colour onto the cheeks. The colour of this blush is the bomb. Seriously. I am in love with it. Like all the kids are saying… ‘this blush is everything’! Baiser Velours Velvet Liquid Lipstickin the shadeSwan Kiss – limited edition ($28) Rouge Gourmand Lipstick in the new shadeCerise Noire ($25)
Natasha: Pictured above are two of Lise Watier’s new lipstick releases for Holiday 2016. The new Baiser Velours Liquid Lipstick, Swan Kiss is a limited edition release. I’m a big fan of LW’s Baiser Velours Velvet Liquid Lipsticks and wear them often. They are extremely pigemented and insanely long-lasting! I’ve gotten 8-10 hours wear with one application before even with eating/drinking during the day. Seriously impressive formula. We also like that the creamy matte formula doesn’t dry out your lips at all.
After I tested and wore the new Swan Kiss shade I was quite bummed that it is a limited edition release and won’t be available for repurchase! It is an absolutely stunning matte, deep muave shade. The colour totally represents Winter.
Laura: I was totally surprised when I tried the Cerise Noir lipstick and actually loved how it looked on me. This is a colour I typically would NEVER choose for myself let alone wear. Out in public. Being a blond and ghostly pale, I tend to wear the predictable pink-ish shades. But after I swatched the Cerise Noir on my hand, then on my lips, I was all like, ‘Hot damn girl!’ Now I’ve been wearing the heck out of it and rocking the whole dark mysterious Fall lip look. Loving it so much!