Lise Watier Bronzing Gel & Tinted UV Shield review, swatches, photos | Sun Destination

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Lise Watier Sun Destination 2013 reviews

The products: Lise Watier Sun Destination collection (part one)

Every summer, Lise Watier releases a summer bronzing collection, available only for a few months. I’m a little late with this one (the products are technically only supposed to be around until the end of July), but as far as I know you can still get all of these products — and some of them, on sale!

Here are two of this summer’s Lise Watier bronzing products, on shelves and online now. (Their summer Sensationnelle Dry Oil & Sun Bronzing Powder will be on theNotice shortly!)

Lise Watier Illuminating Bronzing Gel review

Lise Watier Illuminating Bronzing Gel

Illuminating Bronzing Gel, $30 $18

Described as a “lightweight, sheer illuminating gel that delivers a youthful, radiant finish,” the Illuminating Bronzing Gel is — well, kind of a stunner, really. Neither too orange nor too brown, it gives a great neutral-brown glow to the skin, sheer and sparsely shimmery.

I’d recommend this one to people with fair to medium skin who want to create a natural, softly bronzed glow. It can be worn with or without makeup, and I think (at $18 CAD) that it would be gorgeous on the décolleté, shoulders, and arms & legs, too.

Aqua, Cyclopentasiloxane, Zinc Oxide, Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate, Squalane, Cetyl Peg/Ppg-10/1 Dimethicone, Sorbitol, Octyldodecanol, Isononyl Isononanoate, Polyglyceryl-4 Isostearate, Steareth-21, Aluminum Starch Octenylsuccinate, Sodium Chloride, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Talc, Phenoxyethanol, Erythritol, Benzyl Alcohol, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Xanthan Gum, Tocopheryl Acetate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Hydrogen Dimethicone, Disodium Edta, Dimethicone, Glycerin, Nymphaea Coerulea Flower Extrat, Homarine HCL, Potassium Sorbate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sorbic Acid, Fragrance, Mica, Titanium Dioxide, CI 77491, CI 77492, Iron Oxides.

Lise Watier Illuminating Bronzing Gel swatches

Lise Watier Illuminating Bronzing Gel, swatched heavily/sheerly

Lise Watier Illuminating Bronzing Gel

Lise Watier Illuminating Bronzing Gel, swatched heavily/sheerly

Sun Smart Tinted Universal UV Shield SPF  30, $30 $23

I’m a lot less smitten with the colour of the SunSmart Tinted Universal UV Shield, but it does tout a shimmer-free matte finish and an SPF of 30, which may appeal to some.

Designed to give both chemical-free (physical) sun protection and a velvety, bronzed finish, this is a bronze version of Lise Watier’s Universal UV Shield (available year-round). It’s too orange, in my opinion, when you consider how much sunscreen you really need to be using to get proper coverage — about a teaspoon, for your face.

Lise Watier SunSmart Tinted Universal UV Shield review

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Some(one) Sweet: Jessica Kruger, the new face of Lise Watier Something Sweet

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Lise Watier Something Sweet

On July 11th, Lise Watier announced that Coquitlam-born Jessica Kruger would be the face of their newest perfume, Something Sweet. A fourth-year student at Simon Fraser University, Jessica was chosen by both consumers and judges to represent the fragrance with her “infectious enthusiasm, unfailing positive energy, determination and eloquence.”

Jessica is not only absolutely stunning, but she’s community-oriented, too. As a quadriplegic twenty-something, she gives motivational sessions for WorkSafeBC and the Rick Hansen Foundation, and is clearly beautiful both inside and out: the perfect pick for Something Sweet.

Lise Watier Something Sweet - Jessica Kruger

Jessica Kruger, photographed for Lise Watier by Shayne Laverdière.

As a fellow beauty lover with a disability, Jessica’s selection as the face of this campaign means a lot to me. In her words, voting for her to represent the fragrance also meant “choosing to embrace diversity and changing the world’s perception about what a model should be” – something that I’m sure resonantes with most of our readers, disabled or not.

There is still a huge stigma around about disability in the context of beauty in our society, and while I think we’ve made considerable gains over the years, it’s nice to know we’re still working to change what the face of beauty looks like.

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Lise Watier Sweet Lips “Pistachio” Yummy Lip Balm: Review, Photos | & something sweet for your lips, too

Friday, June 7, 2013

Lise Watier Something Sweet Summer 2013 collection

The product: Lise Watier Sweet Lips Yummy Lip Balm in Pistachio

Launching alongside the new Lise Watier Something Sweet perfumePistachio is one of three limited-edition Sweet Lips Yummy Lip Balms made to satisfy even the sweetest of sweet tooths. (I would love to say “sweet teeth,” but I think that would just be weird. And, yes, the “yummy” is right there in the sugary-sweet name!)

Lise Watier Sweet Lips yummy lip balm

Enriched with Vitamin E & shea butter, the macaron-inspired Sweet Lips balms apply as slightly-shimmery, surprisingly lightweight clear lip balms. I haven’t tried Sweet Berry or Chocolate, but I think Pistachio would be my favourite of the bunch even if I had: there’s something very novel about applying such a tasty-smelling blue lip balm, even if it’s practically clear!

Lise Watier Pistachio Macaron lip balm

The verdict?

While Something Sweet was, well, too sweet for me, Lise Watier’s Pistachio Sweet Lips Yummy Lip Balm hits the nail right on the head. The light, delicious fragrance dissipates quickly, but smells mouthwatering and edible in the super-cute tin. It may be more sugar than substance, but I’d take a wonderful gourmand lip balm over a pot of opaque blue any day!

Availability: $12.50 CAD for 9 g, exclusively at Shopper’s Drug Mart (Pharmaprix in Québec). Limited edition, but available in Sweet Berry, Pistachio, and Chocolate until they sell out.

PS: This little macaron closes very securely, and once you finish the balm (which, if you have a sweet tooth like me, you totally will), I bet this purse-friendly pot would make for awesome, macaron-inspired storage, too.

Lise Watier Something Sweet Review, Photos | A little something… sweet

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Gourmand perfume - Lise Watier Something Sweet

The product: Lise Watier Something Sweet Eau de Toilette

Like the name suggests, Lise Watier’s latest fragrance offering is a bright, lively gourmand with plenty of sugary notes to satisfy any sweet tooth. As someone who prefers (by a long shot) dry, masculine scents, the company’s description of this one had me on the edge of my seat in terror — but, unlike last week’s bright pink confection, I’m not quite running away in fear.

Lise Watier Something Sweet fragrance spray

Something Sweet is, to me, the angel food cake of this season’s perfume launches. With top notes of champagne bubbles & rainbow sorbet (no, I’m not pulling your leg), middle notes of melon fizz & red fruit, and base notes of juicy raspberry and chocolate mousse, it sounds like something that could give you a cavity in two seconds flat… and it is.

Beneath that too-sweet exterior, though, lies a surprisingly palette-cleansing heart. It presents in a surprisingly layered manner – almost as if you’ve just rinsed off a tropical body wash, and followed up right afterwards with a spritz of metaphorical cotton candy.

Lise Watier Something Sweet EdT packaging

The Lise Watier camp refers to the bright heart of this fragrance as “zest,” and it really is — instead of a single-note, nauseatingly overdone saccharine disaster, Something Sweet is the perfect perfume for someone who loves gourmands but doesn’t want to smell like a late-90′s Disney teenybopper. It’s still super-sweet, but it has a little something else going on, too;  something bright and playful and vibrant.

Lise Watier Something Sweet detail

The verdict?

While I could never see myself wearing Something Sweet, I think Lise Watier has brought something worthwhile to the already-overflowing table of gourmands on the market today. I wish the fresh notes of this Eau de Toilette stuck around a little longer, but this lively, fresh gourmand might be just what you’re looking for if you love gourmands (but you’re tired of smelling the same thing over and over again).

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Polished & Pink: Five Summer-Ready Spring Picks | On Our Radar

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Set to conquer in three… two… nope

I have zero inherent talent for anything design-related (or even design-adjacent, really), so product spreads are always a little tricky for me. If, by “a little tricky,” you mean “a time suck and a constant source of frustration,” that is.

Despite the sweat and tears and hours and hours and hours that go into these posts, though, I still quite enjoy putting them together — the challenge, when I can come out on top, is incredibly rewarding.

I hope you enjoy this week’s picks (even though I didn’t quite manage to conquer the image).

Skincare sweethearts

This week’s picks started off with the Sweet Leaf Bath Adzuki Bean & Rice Bran Face Polish, which caught my eye as a low-end Canadian alternative to the Tatcha Polished Rice Enzyme Powder ($65 USD). While Sweet Leaf’s version doesn’t have the same wow! factor or enzymatic powers, it’s still a very cool powder-format face polish for those of us on a tighter budget.

Also in the skincare department is the eos 24-Hour Ultra Moisturizing Shave Cream, which is a great silicone-free, scent-free shaving cream for those of us who want to keep our showers simple.

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