Haulage! fivezero's beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart Spend Your Points Plus Event Optimum redemption (June 2017)

Haulage! beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart (June 2017)

During last weekend’s Shoppers Drug Mart Spend Your Points Plus Event, I hopped onto their luxury beauty website, beautyBOUTIQUE, and redeemed 95,000 Optimum Points for $170 (plus $30 worth of Bonus Points to be added to my account later this month):

  • Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Coralium (562) [$32]
  • Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colour in Sargasso (558) [$32]
  • Clarins 4-Colour Eye Palette (LE) from Sunkissed Summer 2017 [$45]
  • Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Attract (867) [$72]

These were my 3 free samples:

  • Elizabeth Arden SUPERSTART Skin Renewal Booster (free sample)
  • Elizabeth Arden White Tea EDT (free sample)
  • Lise Watier HydraForce Hydra-Protective Creme-Gel (free sample)

My total was CA$181, so $170 was subtracted from my points redemption. You still have to pay tax (13% HST in Ontario) on the full amount, however.

The savings is like paying $1.94 for each Chanel polish, $2.74 for the Clarins palette, and $4.38 for the Dior palette!

$181 subtotal – $170 redemption + $23.53 HST = $34.53 Total

Plus the $30 worth of bonus points to come later, too.

As usual, my beautyBOUTIQUE order arrived very promptly and perfectly packaged.

Here are more detailed product photos:

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colours in Coralium and Sargasso

Chanel Le Vernis Longwear Nail Colours in Coralium and Sargasso (which doesn’t look this shimmery in real life, it’s the famed Chanel “invisible shimmer” type)

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Attract

Dior 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette in Attract

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New Release: Lise Watier — Arabesque (Holiday 2016)

Collection: Lise Watier 2016 Holiday, Arabesque

Canadian luxury beauty brand Lise Watier has released their collection for Holidays 2016, Arabesque.

The limited edition collection includes the usual beautifully-packaged makeup palettes, as well as a foundation primer, blush, highlighters, lipglosses, a makeup brush, and a set of two Nail Lacquers: Arabesque and Cerise noire, which are 3 mL (yikes, that’s tiny!) and retail for CA$9.

Happy shopping!

Lise Watier Arabesque collection Nail Lacquers, Holiday 2016
Images: lisewatier.com


Lise Watier Nail Polish retails for CAD/USD $9 and contains 3 mL. The company is cruelty-free.

Lise Watier Cosmétiques is a private company based in Montréal, QC, Canada.

Lise Watier HydraForce Hydra-Protective Comforting Creme

Lise Watier — HydraForce Hydra-Protective Comforting Creme Review

Ooh, happy Friday 13th!

And, completely unrelated to Friday 13th is the rest of my post today.

Lise Watier, a Québec, Canada-based luxury cosmetic and skincare line, recently released HydraForce, a line of “weatherproof moisturizers.” Even though Lise Watier is pretty much the premier Canadian beauty brand, I’d never actually tried any of their skincare—just their makeup (which tends to be very good). So, I was pretty excited when Glam Sense announced that they’d partnered with Lise Watier and I’d be receiving one of the new moisturizers to try out.

As a side note, Lise Watier announced earlier this week that Canadian actress Caroline Dhavernas (Hannibal, Passchendaele, Wonderfalls) as their new brand ambassador. It appears to be a perfect match, as both Lise Watier and Dhavernas are from Québec.

Caroline Dhavernas is the new brand ambassador of Lise Watier, May 2016
Image: lisewatier.com

I’ve made no secret of being a big fan of NBC’s Hannibal, in which Dhavernas’ character is almost always wearing the hell out of a wrap dress (be it from Le Château or Diane von Furstenburg). The costume, set, and food design in the show are absolutely first-rate—Mads Mikkelsen and Laurence Fishburne get bespoke suits from Garrison Bespoke in downtown Toronto, by the way!

Mads Mikkelsen, Caroline Dhavernas, Hugh Dancy in Hannibal
Caroline Dhavernas, Mads Mikkelsen & Hugh Dancy in Hannibal.
Image: allocine.fr

Poor Hugh Dancy, however, is usually seen dressed from head-to-toe in some nondescript combination of Dockers and Eddie Bauer.

But, I digress…

So, via Glam Sense, I received a full-sized tub of one of Lise Watier’s two new facial moisturizer to review. I got the Hydra-Protective Comforting Creme (for normal to dry skin); there is also a Hydra-Protective Creme-Gel for normal to combination skin.

I also received the Hydra-Detect Hydration Tool, which was quite a surprise when I first saw it in the box. I initially thought Lise Watier had just randomly sent some free audio equipment, too! It’s actually a skin hydration tester with a headphone jack that works in concert with your smartphone and the Lise Watier Hydration App (iOS, Android). The Android version has a few horrid reviews saying it didn’t work; I used the iOS version with my ancient iPhone and didn’t experience any issues. It was pretty fun to use!

Lise Watier Hydra-Detect Hydration Tool

Amusingly, the app icon looks like a blue macaroon (perhaps Schtroumpf-flavored?):

Lise Watier Hydra-Detect App icon looks like a macaroon

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Canadian Deals on Nail Polish (November 30, 2015) Cyber Monday Edition

This week’s post lists nail-related sales at the following stores: beautyBOUTIQUE, Birchbox Canada, Clinique Canada, Forever 21 Canada, Hudson’s Bay, Inglot Canada, Jean Coutu, Lancôme Canada, Lise Watier, MAC Canada, Murale, Nail Polish Canada, Rexall, Sephora Canada, Shoppers Drug Mart, Well.ca, and Yves Rocher Canada.

You can also check out last week’s Black Friday sales post; some of the deals overlap into Cyber Monday.

beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart has the following sales:

  • Lots of deals for Cyber Monday. See them all here.
  • Cyber Monday: Get 38,000 Optimum Points when you spend $200, online only
  • Cyber Monday: Get a free 3-pc They’re Real! best-selling sampler set with any $60 BeneFit purchase
  • Cyber Monday: Get a free hand and nail treatment cream with the purchase of 2 Clarins products.
  • Cyber Monday: Get 20,000 Optimum Points when you buy any Clarisonic device
  • Cyber Monday: 15x the Optimum Points when you purchase Clinique
  • Cyber Monday: Get a free Bi-Facil Makeup Remover (125 mL) plus 8,000 Optimum Points when you spend $85 on Lancôme
  • Cyber Monday: Rodial (selected) @ 30% off
  • Cyber Monday: Silk’n Flash & Go Permanent Hair Removal Device @ $159.99

Birchbox Canada (referral link) has the following sales:

  • Cyber Monday: 25% off any $45 purchase with the code PARTYON.

Clinique Canada has the following sales:

  • Free shipping on all purchases through Dec. 31, 2015.
  • Holiday online GWP. 7-pc plus a limited edition Long Last Soft Matte Lipstick in your choice of three shades. Plus, at the moment you also receive a GWP size Raspberry lipgloss. If you spend $50+, it looks like you also get a Clinique Happy edt mini.

    Clinique GWP Holiday 2015
    Clinique GWP. Image: clinique.ca

Forever 21 Canada has the following sales:

  • Cyber Monday: 21% off any $21 purchase with the code CYBER21. Free shipping on all purchases.

Hudson’s Bay has the following sales:

  • Cyber Monday: 10% off cosmetics & fragrances (excluding Hermès)
  • Cyber Monday: selected beauty deals, including great deals from Carven, Hanae Mori, 25% off MAC Kits, and StriVectin)
  • Clinique PWP: Best of Clinique 8-Piece Set ($190 value) is $75 with any $31 Clinique purchase

    Clinique Best Of GWP November 2015
    Clinique PWP. Image: thebay.com
  • Burberry GWP: Free Mini Kisses Satin Lipstick (in your choice of several shades) with any $125 Burberry makeup purchase
  • Estée Lauder PWP: Blockbuster Colour Edit ($330 value) is $69.50 with any Estée Lauder fragrance purchase (Cyber Monday: $62.55)

    Lancome.ca RENERGIE GWP October 2015
    Estée Lauder PWP. Image: thebay.com
  • Estée Lauder PWP: Travel Ready Skincare Collection is $45 with any Estée Lauder purchase (Cyber Monday: $40.50)
  • Illamasqua Nail Varnish @ $8.50 (reg. $17.00; this has been going on for months as Illamasqua is clearing out; available shades: Peruzzi).
  • Lancôme PWP: Holiday Blockbuster Set in Warm or Cool ($308 value) is $67 with any Lancôme purchase

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Sale Alert: Lise Watier — Fall 2015 Flash Sale

Lise Watier Fall Flash Sale 2015
Image: lisewatier.com

Lise Watier is holding their annual Fall Flash Sale!

I’ve previously posted about their Spring Flash Sale and my corresponding haul. The prices are really good (up to 70% off) and Lise Watier’s limited edition packaging is always a treat!

Lise Watier offers a wide variety of products, from makeup and nail polish to skincare and fragrance.

The sale is online-only and runs from November 6–8, 2015.

They’re offering free shipping plus a 4-piece GWP, too, if your purchase totals $125 or more:

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Lise Watier Holiday 2015 Majestique collection

New Release: Lise Watier — Majestique Collection (Winter 2015)

Collection: Lise Watier 2015 Winter, Majestique

Canadian luxury beauty brand Lise Watier has released their collection for Holidays 2015, Majestique.

The limited edition collection includes the usual beautifully-packaged makeup palettes, as well as some shimmery eyeshadows and lipglosses, richly-hued lipsticks, new makeup brushes, and a set of four Nail Lacquers: Perfect Spell, Purple Poison, Red Heart, and Seductive Envy.

Lise Watier Majestique collection Nail Lacquers, Winter 2015

I’ve never tried this product (only the Lise Watier Light Cap Nail Lacquers), so I need to go check out Purple Poison and Seductive Envy!

Lise Watier Nail Lacquer is 3 mL and retails for C$9. (3 mL seems excessively small; I’m going to have to seek these out in person and see if they really are that teensy!)

New Release: Lise Watier — Matte Nail Lacquer (Limited Edition)

Image: lisewatier.com

Lise Watier has released a new collection of limited edition matte nail lacquers. They come in 5 shades running the gamut from pink to red (not too exciting, huh?):

  • Nude
  • Magenta
  • Rouge Cerise
  • Hot Pink
  • Rose Pivoine

The retail price is CA$9, but—and I hope to heck this is a typo on their website—it’s a mere 3 mL. Good grief. Even those itty bitty OPI minis are 5 mL.