My apologies, this was meant to have gone live last Friday for Victoria Day weekend but there was a scheduling snafu so please enjoy, albeit a little late!
Yardley London, one of the world's leading purveyors of quality perfumes and bath and body products since 1770 with a succession of Royal Warrants was kind enough to send me a package so I could try out the collections in honour of Queen Victoria’s 200th birthday in 3 light and fresh smelling scents perfect for spring:
English Rose - a refreshing, light fresh floral with sparkling citrus and rose top notes blended with tea accord. Combining a complex floral heart of rose bud, magnolia, violet and cassis with warm woody notes, it’s enhanced with patchouli and musks, adding velvety tones to the base.
This was my favorite scent of the trio - I don't normally like rose scents but I really love this one, it has a freshness to it that makes it totally unlike an "old-lady" rose fragrance that I would usually reject!
English Lavender - a beautifully fresh, clean elegant fragrance combining bergamot and clary sage with a heart combining English Lavender, eucalyptus, geranium, jasmine, chamomile and violet, enhanced with deeper, warm notes of wood, vanilla and patchouli.
Lily of the Valley - a light, feminine white floral with fruit pear accords in the top note and a beautiful floral bouquet heart of lily accord blended with freesia and enhanced with a pretty, musky base.
With each scent available in:
Moisturising Fragrance Body Mist - 200ml - $12.99 - a long-lasting, quick-drying, non-staining light fragrance with a vegetable derived alcohol base and 97% naturally derived ingredients.
Luxury Body Wash - 200ml - $9.99 - helps maintain the skins natural moisture levels with a 85% naturally derived, paraben-free formula containing a nourishing blend of revitalizing rose water, moisturizing shea butter, evening primrose oil and monoi oil, rich in essential fatty acids and antioxidant vitamin E, it cleanses and hydrates the skin leaving it feeling soft, smooth and delicately fragranced.
Silky Smooth Body Lotion - 250ml - $9.99 - a light and easily absorbed paraben-free lotion made of 90% naturally derived ingredients that leaves the skin feeling soft, smooth and delicately fragranced.
Available now exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart stores across Canada.
Fellow lazy lipstick appliers rejoice - here's a lipstick that is easy to apply perfectly, no prep needed:
Annabelle Edge Lipstick - $9.95 - in 12 neutral to bright shades: Anna, Brigitte, Serena, Gabrielle, Taylor, Michele, Iris, Rita, Soo, Kelly, Kristen, Winnie - a diamond-shaped lipstick that defines the edges of your lips to give them volume and dimension with a creamy, smooth formula that glides on easily.
The great part about his lipstick of course is how it makes it easy to draw a perfect lip, no liner needed!
Just place the pointed tip on your cupid’s bow and glide on your upper lip; pivot the tip to fill your lower lip; and finally press your lips together to blend the colour along your pout.
Available at drugstores across Canada and online at annabelle.com.
Damn those signs of advancing age: unsightly wrinkles, loss of firmness and elasticity - and it's the eyes they hit first! Luckily help is here with: Embryolisse Smoothing Eye Contour Care - 15ml - $42 - a non-greasy eye treatment that has been specially formulated for the fragile area around the eyes and is rich in active ingredients to help improve skin tone, firm skin, reduce the appearance of small wrinkles and crow’s feet, dark circles and puffiness.
Ingredients include: soothing and regenerating cornflower and oak meristem extracts; moisturizing hyaluronic acid, nourishing sesame oil and antioxidant vitamins A & E - which combined fight the wrinkles, dark circles and bags leaving eyes looking rested and rejuvenated. Best of all it absorbs quick so you don't have to wait to apply makeup!
No7 Resurfacing Skin Paste - 50ml - $28 - combines the instant skin-enhancing boost of a mask with the efficacy of a skin transforming treatment to visibly brighten and refine the skin's texture, reduce the appearance of pores and improve the appearance of hyper-pigmentation for brighter, more even looking skin.
Powered by Derma-Peel Complex - an optimized AHA & PHA blend that delivers high efficacy exfoliation without being harsh on skin. The formula gets to work instantly to deliver visible results in just 15 minutes and from first use, complexion appears brighter and more even-looking; skin feels smooth and pores look visibly clearer. After 1 week, skin texture is dramatically improved, pore size and uneven skin tone are visibly reduced.
It's easy to use, just apply an even layer to cleansed skin, avoiding the eye, brow and lip area. Wait for 15 minutes, during which time you may experience a light tingling sensation. Remove with warm water and the muslin cloth included. Use 2-3 times weekly but ease up if you experience irritation and take a break before resuming use. Also keep it mind that because it contains an alpha hydroxy acid, your skin's sensitivity to the sun may be increased so be sure to use a sunscreen, wear protective clothing and limit sun exposure while using and for a week after use of the product has stopped.
This spring, embrace soft, sheer color with OPI Always Bare for You - with six shades in the prettiest neutral, feminine hues that offer a hint of color – -ideal for anyone seeking a delicate nail look, especially brides and brides-to-be.
Baby, Take A Vow - blushing pink
Throw Me A Kiss - flirty iridescent pink
Chiffon-d of You - metallic nude
Bare My Soul - chic nude
Engage-meant To Be - alluring pale lilac
Ring Bare-er - elegantly understated blue
The collection is available in classic Nail Lacquer - $13.50 - with a rich formula for even application without streaking; Infinite Shine - $16.40 - offers a high-shine finish with up to 11-day wear; and GelColor - (an in-salon professional service only) - provides a salon-perfect finish with up to three-week wear, while Infinite Shine and traditional lacquer application.
Aveeno Positively Radiant MaxGlow Micellar Gel Cleanser - 150ml - $12.99 - with a mild and gentle gel formula containing a moisture-rich soy and kiwi complex that works like a magnet to draw out and wash away makeup, oil, and other skin-dulling impurities and leave skin feeling hydrated, soft and dewy.
I don't normally love gel cleansers as they tend to leave my skin feeling tight and "over-cleaned" but that has not been an issue with this one - my skin feels and looks soft and plump after using and I love the pump dispenser!
Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.
Bourjois Micellar Cleansing Water - 250ml - $18 - cleanses the skin and removes makeup in one sweep with an alcohol and fragrance free formula containing white lotus extracts, with soothing and hydrating properties, to help to comfort the skin and is a great option for all skin types, even sensitive.
Available at drugstores across Canada.
Life Brand Micellar Facial Cleansing Wipes - 25 wipes - $9.99 - soft, textured wipes formulated with 100% plant-based fibres and pre-moistened with fragrance-free micelles to help trap and lift away dirt, oil and makeup to gently remove complexion dulling impurities, leaving skin feeling clean, hydrated and refreshed.
Garnier SkinActive Micellar Eye Makeup Remover Pads - 100 pads - $9.99 - offers ultra gentle, precise and convenient eye makeup removal with no rinse, harsh rubbing and zero greasy residue that is ophthalmologist and dermatologist tested and safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. Available at drug and mass retailers across Canada.
Sebastian Whipped Crème - 157ml - $22.95 - a luxurious, nourishing, lightweight styling whip to define bouncing curls and soft waves. The protein-rich formula strengthens and nourishes hair as it whips up sensual curvaceous shapes, while conditioning and protecting hair for a silky soft and gloss, shiny finish, without leaving hair dry or crunchy.
It's easy to use, just shake well and dispense downwards into the palm and distribute evenly into damp hair. Then air dry for sleek waves or blow-dry for tousled locks or set for glamorous, bouncy curls.
Available at salons and Trade Secrets stores across Canada.
Have extra dry skin that desperately needs nourishment? That's an easy fix with Aveeno Cracked Skin Relief - formulated to intensely moisturize and help repair problem skin with two products that dry, thirsty skin will love:
Aveeno Cracked Skin Relief CICA Ointment - 48g - $15.99 - instantly soothes and helps heal extra dry, cracked skin thanks to a unique targeted tip applicator applicator that applies a protective layer with a fragrance and steroid-free formula leaving skin feeling soft and smooth, just the way nature intended.
Aveeno Cracked Skin Relief CICA Balm - 312g - $19.99 - helps protect and relieve cracked skin by intensely moisturizing on contact, adding a layer of protection to the skin and reducing moisture loss with a fragrance, paraben and steroid-free moisture-rich triple oat complex that helps shield skin from the weather's drying effects adding moisture from head to toe.
Available now at drug and mass retailers across Canada.
Kiss Professional Hexa Eyeshadow Palette - $12.99 - in 4 shades: Matte Nude, Nude Brown, Pink Nude and Pink Taupe - an everyday eye shadow palette with six natural, complementary shades that include a mix of mattes and shimmers to create a variety of looks for everyday use and features a long-lasting formula that doesn't require a primer.
Available at Rexall and London Drugs stores across Canada and online at londondrugs.com.