Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil

In the last few years, oils have literally exploded in the beauty world.   I already love them for my face, body and hair… so when I first caught wind of the new Hourglass No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil, I knew I had to get my hands on it.

This gem is no ordinary lip balm, its like the Rolls Royce of lip balms. The packaging is stunning, housed in a shiny brown tube with a 24-karat gold tip for dispensing the super-luxe treatment.  Yes, you read that correctly… A 24-karat gold tip, for applying this super-hydrating, anti-aging treat for the lips.


Recently added to the company’s permanent line for summer, Hourglass Lip Treatment contains a blend of vitamins and 28 cool plant compounds and essential oils.  And… did I mention the 24-karat gold tip?   Sure, it’s gimmicky… but the minute I tried it I was hooked.  It feels like a dream on my lips… all cool, soothing and ultra-hydrating.  In a word… totally addictive.

Straight from the horses mouth, AKA The Hourglass website…This uber-luxurious lip oil is, “An advanced anti-aging treatment for lips that combines botanicals, vitamins and three powerful active ingredients in a supremely luxurious oil blend. No. 28 Lip Treatment Oil hydrates, rejuvenates and regenerates the delicate lip area by boosting moisture levels, reducing the appearance of wrinkles, and improving lip shape, volume and softness. Equipped with an opulent 24-karat gold-plated anti-bacterial tip—it’s the gold standard for lips.  Free of parabens, phthalates, sulfates, synthetic dyes and petroleum derivatives”.

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I love Hourglass Products… they are innovative, super-high quality and the packaging is beautiful.  If you’re looking for a rich emollient, anti-aging balm that will hydrate like nobody’s business; provide volume you didn’t know you had; and over time, smooth lines and wrinkles, then this product is for you.  At $40-ish dollars, it’s a splurge.  But, you’re worth it.

Available at Sephora.



Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

I’ve never really been a bottom lashes girl… the top gets all my love.  I don’t know about you but, every time I try to play up my bottom lashes by meticulously applying mascara, by the end of the day I look like a raccoon in heat….flaking, smearing. So, not pretty.


To rectify this issue, the experts at Clinique have come out with the coolest thing… Bottom Lash Mascara.   Now bottom lashes get in on the fun with a brush engineered for tiny tasks and a ‘thermal active’ formula that resists smears.  The brush is micro-mini, which is designed, of course, to adorn and define your bottom lash line.  As a bonus, the tiny brush serves double-duty by isolating the teeniest lashes in the hard-to-reach corners of your upper lash line too.  You’ll discover lashes you didn’t even know you had!!

Raccoon Eyes are a thing of the past thanks to its impressive fomula: a stretchable ingredient called bentonite gives lashes flexibility, while acrylates copolymer make the mascara waterproof in cold water.  I can wear it all day with absolutely no smudging or flaking and it removes easily by simply soaking a cotton pad with warm water, pressing gently, and allowing the “fibers” to loosen and fall away.

Pair it with any mascara on top and watch the magic happen.  One teeny tiny tube contains a full 90 day supply.

Available wherever Clinique products are sold.


Rodial Glam Balm™ MULTI

“A beauty secret the stars swear by” GRAZIA

“A true indulgence” VOGUE

“The Swiss army knife of beauty products” TATLER

Rodial Glam Balm™ MULTI has a cult following and it’s easy to see why.  Aptly named as ‘The Swiss army knife of beauty products’, Glam Balm is an intense anti-ageing miracle with 100 different uses to solve all your beauty concerns.

Designed with 3D Hyaluronic Filling Spheres, this multi purpose balm instantly hydrates to smooth skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while Calendula, Shea Butter and Vitamin E soothe and restore moisture and promote elasticity.


I personally reach for Glam Balm all the time.  To soothe my skin post retinol, I will apply a generous layer as a mask at night and wake up with baby soft, flake free skin; as an eye cream to provide the best canvas for concealer ; as a primer before face makeup, guaranteeing a smooth and even application; to soothe dry cuticles; and even as a plumping lip balm.  Glam Balm is also ideal for use in-flight or post-sun to restore moisture.

With countless ways to use this multi-tasker, Rodial Glam Balm makes the ideal travel companion.  Keep one at home and one at the cottage for skin emergencies!!!  Shake well prior to using.

Available at Gee Beauty and Murale Stores.


Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base

How many times have you carefully crafted your eye makeup just to have it disappear and fade within just a few hours? Whether you’re a ‘smoky eye’ girl or natural is more your speed, spending time and effort on ‘the windows to your soul’ will be tossed to the wind unless you have a good base underneath to keep it ‘freshly applied’ looking all day long.

For me, the perfect primer has been hard to come by… until now.  I’m now onto my second tube of lightweight, colorless NARS Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base, and I officially cannot live without it.


As paraphrased from the Nars website, This creamy, lightweight eye primer is an insider ‘trick of the trade’, creating a seamless canvas that keeps cream and powder eye color looking brilliant and fresh all day. A polymer and mineral-powder blend establishes a firm grip on color, ensuring hours and hours of gorgeous wear.  Fortified with a special deep-sea extract and an antioxidant rice extract, Nars Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base takes just seconds to dry and keeps the delicate eyelid smooth and prepared for color application.

HOW TO: After applying your skincare, use the applicator to dot some product on each eyelid (a little goes a long way) and pat it in up to your brow bone.  Allow a few minutes to dry and you are ready to roll.   Your powder/cream shadows and liners will apply like a dream without any budging, smudging, creasing, or moving- even during the most sweltering of summer days.  Its truly a miracle to behold!!

Bottom line, my friends… After years of experimenting with different primer products, including Laura Mercier Eye Basics, Mac Paint Pots and Urban Decay’s rather famous Primer Potions, Nars Smudge Proof has blown them all out of the water, winning it a permanent spot in my makeup bag.

Available at Holt Renfrew, Sephora and wherever Nars products are sold.


Soap and Glory Flake Away

Now that summer is upon us, it’s time to pay some serious attention to your skin.  As I always say, the secret to clear, glowing summer-ready skin is to exfoliate!!  If you are going to self-tan your body to perfection, a great scrub is key to a perfect result every time.

Wandering through Target in Buffalo a few years back, I happened upon Soap and Glory products.  I picked up ‘Flake Away’ and have been a convert ever since.   Soap & Glory is known for its unparalleled ability to mix fantastically effective formulations with FUN, headline-getting products.

Flake Away is a superhero strength skin smoothing body polish with shea butter, sweet almond oil, peach seed powder, sea salt and sugar. With just one use, this thick, non-abrasive scrub will transform your scaly legs from reptilian to radiant! Scented with ‘Soap and Glory’ Original Pink fragrance, Flake Away smells fresh and clean and is guaranteed to put a spring in your step.


To use: In the shower, apply a handful of Flake Away onto damp skin and massage in circular motions until most of the grains are gone. Rinse well, pat dry and apply body glossing oil, moisturizer or self tanner and you will notice the glow will linger for days. Careful! Do not use over irritated skin or abrasions, as salt scrubs can sting.  Use twice a week for optimum results.


Available at select Shoppers Drug Mart and Target stores.


Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer

Just hearing the word ‘glowy’ makes me giddy with excitement, so it will come as no surprise that I’m giving a special shout out to the holy grail of highlighting perfection- Giorgio Armani Fluid Sheer.

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The best of the best, Fluid Sheer ‘dresses skin in an illuminating veil of radiance’.   And what, my friends, could be better than that?  These unique, translucent multi-taskers have quickly become a go-to in my cosmetics line-up.   Plus, Armani have just revamped the packaging, and added some new shades (gorgeous blush and bronzing colors), so now is the perfect time to jump on the bandwagon.  With endless uses, from highlighting, blusher or even a sheer wash of shadow on the lids, there’s much to love about this product.

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For luminous skin (without a trace of disco-ball shine), mix one pump of fluid sheer with a pump of your regular foundation or tinted moisturizer and apply all over the face; or for spot highlighting, take ½ pump and use over foundation on the high points of cheeks, brow bones and even a touch on the cupids bow. Use a foundation brush or beauty blender for perfect results.  For reference, I love #10, a gorgeous golden shade to mix with foundation; #7 a pearly pink as a spot highlight; and check out #9, for the perfect pink flush.

Available at Holt Renfrew