Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer

Let’s face it… we all need a little concealer in our life.  Too many late nights… a few too many… we all have things to conceal.  And, why not treat yourself to the best?

Winner of the InStyle Best Beauty Award for the past 8 years in a rowClé de Peau Beauté concealer has been blogged to death for good reason… Often described as the holy grail.. a perennial makeup artist favorite… iconic. 

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A staple in my makeup bag basically forever, Clé de Peau Beauté concealer is highly editorialized and continues to win major awards year after year.  Both creamy and light reflecting, this cover up fixes everything; banishing under eye circles like a dream and obliterating blemishes in a flash, without leaving any trace of it’s hard work behind.  Just clear beautiful skin.

According to the company, this beauty stick is enhanced with Revitalizing Moisture Complex to lock in moisture and smooth out texture.  It blends sublimely to expertly conceal dark circles, spots and imperfections.  In addition, High-performance powders ensure flawless skin in any light, providing maximum coverage with a smooth, even finish that does not crease.

From my perspective, this makeup artist fave is your secret weapon to perfection.  I use it after or instead of foundation to banish dark circles (don’t blend right up to your lash line… it will make you look puffy), a touch blended down my nose and on my brow bone for a natural highlight, and to make any unsightly redness disappear in two shakes of a lambs tail.  Keep it in your purse at all times for quick touch ups.

Clé de Peau Beauté Concealer may be a bit pricey but one stick will last you a very long time.  And, I promise, you’re worth it.

Available at Holt Renfrew.

Skinceuticals AOX + Eye Gel

The secret is out!  Finally available in Canada (at Gee Beauty amongst others),  Skinceuticals AOX + Eye Gel is my beauty secret that packs a huge punch in a tiny little pump.  This Triple antioxidant treatment to combat photo aging and signs of fatigue- brightens, lifts and firms with effects that are obvious even after the first use!


You already know how brightening and firming Vitamin C serum is for your face (if you forgot, refer to my blogpost on Phloriten CF), and now that same miracle is available for the baby-sensitive eye area.  Now that summer’s over and our non-stop lives are in full swing again… trust me, you need this!

Skinceuticals says:

This breakthrough serum-in-a-gel contains a synergistic antioxidant combination to help protect the delicate eye area from oxidative stress, while targeted actives revive under-eye skin and reduce the appearance of puffiness.  Powerful ingredients prevent signs of aging; corrects signs of photo damage; helps reduce the appearance of puffiness; and combats signs of fatigue to restore a fresh, vibrant appearance.

I have been using this product for over a year when it was only available in the States, and I can personally attest to all these benefits.  Pick up this dream eye gel and say goodbye to that unsightly under-eye luggage and those pesky lines and wrinkles for good.  One pump is enough for use on both eyes.  Use mornings, by patting gently around clean eye area and refrigerate for that added ‘wake-me-up’ bonus effect.  May be layered with any eye cream of your choice for added moisture.

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Available at Gee Beauty and other Skinceuticals Outlets.


Marc Jacobs Remedy Concealer Pen

It’s a cruel irony: As we age, we have more to conceal, but the wrong concealer can draw even more attention to our ever-present signs of aging.. fine lines, wrinkles and puffiness can seem utterly magnified. What to do about this age-old conundrum?

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Listen for the satisfying click! The answer is a liquid product in a click pen with enough pigment to cover redness and dark circles, but one that is light enough to gloss over (as opposed to sinking into) any imperfections.  Sounds impossible, I know.  But, this product from Marc Jacobs long-awaited beauty line, is the answer to our prayers.


Remedy Concealer Pen is one of Marc’s personal favorites from his new luxury cosmetics range. “This all-in-one eraser, brightener and corrector is the perfect fix for the sins of a carefree youth (or just the aftermath of last night). Containing Remedy Complex™, a blend of hydrating and anti-aging ingredients, this next-generation concealer erases evidence of dehydration and fatigue. Remedy pen dispenses the perfect amount of product with just one click. Boy tested. Girl approved.”


Not only is the liquidy formula of this product perfect for highlighting and concealing, but this nifty pen features a patented palladium applicator that cools and reduces puffiness on contact.  Such a welcome bonus on those bleary-eyed mornings!!

To use:  Click the pen once to dispense the perfect amount of product.  Using the palladium applicator, smooth product on straight from the pen, massaging around eye area as you go.  May also be used to conceal any redness on the face and as a subtle highlight under brow bone.

Contains Remedy Complex™, an anti-aging blend of theine, collagen, vitamin water, and coconut extracts to soothe and hydrate.  Available in two universal brightening and correcting shades to flatter all skin tones and a range of 7 concealing shades as well.

Available at Sephora.

Stila Stay all Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner

There’s something about a ‘perfectly lined’ eye that gets my attention every time.  I adore the simplicity of a neutral (usually matte) shadow and that perfect swipe of black liquid liner with a touch of kitten ‘flick’ at the outer corner.  It’s subtle and sexy and NEVER goes out of style.

Stila has made the look easier than ever to pull off with their Stay All Day® Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
According to Sephora, this easy-glide, quick-dry precision liner stays in place until you say when—no smudges, feathering, or running. The thin, marker-like tip is easy to use, even for the beauty beginner, and delivers any look (from a thin line to a bold, dramatic stroke). It goes on smoothly without skipping, smudging, or pulling, and lasts all day!   With the risk of sounding overly dramatic, This eyeliner ROCKS MY WORLD.  It’s felt-tip pen makes application practically foolproof, and the pigment is super rich and dark and stays on forever- what more could you ask for?
To use, start at the inner corner and work your way outward with gentle controlled strokes, staying as close to the lashes as possible.  If colouring ‘in the lines’ is difficult for you, try making a series of small dots and connect them afterwards to make a perfect line.  It works like a charm!
Comes in a variety of basic and vibrant colors.  I think I own about 6, from basic black to a bright, sparkly teal!!
Available at Sephora, Murale and Select Shoppers Drug Mart stores.

YSL Crème De Blush

Nothing brightens my face quite like cream blush.  When I apply it, all of a sudden, my eyes seem clearer, my cheeks seem lifted and my whole face just comes alive.  I’ve always LOVED a cream formula for that natural, dewy flush of color and ‘lit from within’ quality.  Ideal for the hot weather because, as opposed to powders that can sometimes be very visible in sunlight, cream products really become one with the skin-giving you a gorgeous natural glow of color.

One of my fave versions lately is YSL’s Crème De Blush—it’s a mousse-like formula in the coolest packaging- just as luxe as you would expect from YSL!  It comes in a stunning array of colors, perfect for that doll-like complexion on pale skin, and to create the most gorgeous flush with a summer (fake) tan.


As paraphrased from YSL’s website:

“Unique cream-to-powder blush offers a luminous, radiant and healthy look. The remarkably soft formulation feels like silk upon application, ensuring a seamless result.  And because the non-waxy texture will not break through makeup, it is a cinch to touchup with throughout the day.”

To use: With fingertips, gently apply just a dot to the apples of the cheeks, blending up and outward toward the hairline. Tap into the skin for flawless blending.  For best results, apply over your foundation or concealer and top with a dusting of loose powder or a powder blush in a similar tone to set.


I know the colors seem crazy bright in the pans, but trust me, this gorgeous formula blends easily for a seamless and glowing result.  Use sparingly.  You can always build up a second layer for more intensity.

Be prepared for compliments.

Available wherever YSL products are sold.

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.