The following giveaway is open to US and CAN residents.
Let’s kick off this Summer Beauty & Fashion Guide with a Canadian fave – Marcelle Cosmetics!
“Canadian women’s trustworthy beauty partner for almost 75 years, Marcelle is the cosmetics and skin care brand that offers every woman high quality, effective and affordable products.”
I have fond memories of lusting after Marcelle’s skin care products when I was just a teenager. Faced with acne-prone skin, I would spend copious amounts of time hanging around the drugstore cosmetics counter, staring at pictures of flawless models and turning the products over in my hands. Of course, a well-meaning cosmetician normally shooed me away before long, but I always remembered feeling Marcelle was my “it” brand.
Today, given the opportunity to review some of Marcelle’s newest, hottest products – including their sought-after skin care – makes me feel like my beauty obsession has come full circle.
Marcelle generously sent over soon-to-be faves for Summer and Fall 2011, and y’all are in for a treat; some of these products don’t hit the stores until mid-August!
Pictured Above, Clockwise from Left: Essentials Foaming Cleaning Gel, AC-Solution Daily Purifying Exfoliating Gel, Rouge Xpression Lipstick (Amour), HYDRA-C Perfect Fusion Make-Up*, Revival Brown Spot Corrector Roll-On, Concealer Palette, Multi-Colour Powder Blush (Pink Fusion). Liquid Eyeliner Pen, Volume Precision Mascara, HYDRA-C Ultra-Light Matifying Fluid* and HYDRA-C Energizing Hydrating Gel*.
Since it’s summer (woot!) and it’s hot outside (woot!) you can bet my skin is extra shiny these days (womp). So I was really excited to try the NEW HYDRA-C Ultra-Light Matifying Fluid. I’ve been wearing it on and off for about 2 weeks now over freshly cleansed skin, and while I don’t have a before and after picture for you (please excuse me – if you read a few posts down you’ll know I’ve been fighting a summer cold for the past week – ergo not camera ready) I can tell you that I’ve seen a noticeable decrease in the amount of shine on my face by mid-afternoon. However, I did still feel blotting was necessary, so this product will not eliminate shine altogether, but it’s a quick and easy way to keep your skin feeling freshly washed for longer. A bonus: the addition of silica microspheres absorb sebum without drying the skin or making it feel overly tight.
Now I’ve been on the quest to find the perfect foundation for a long time, because this 33-year old feels it’s finally time to be modest and over up. Brown spots, under eye circles, fine lines – there’s only so much a gal can blame on sleepless nights and toddler-filled days. I was quite happy to see that the NEW HYDRA-C Perfect Fusion Make-Up promises even coverage while vitamins C and E moisturize, and after one quick swatch I can attest that it blends in easily and weightlessly. It actually feels silky on the fingertips – a far cry from some of the more heavy, chalky foundations.
The shade is a tad light for my sun-kissed face at the moment, but I am very excited to wear this come fall, and promise to post a FOTD then.
Other buzz-worthy products:
Multi-Colour Powder Blush (Pink Fusion) – I’m a huge fan of strip blushes because I feel like a chemistry major – or perhaps Ashley Abbott a la Y&R – mixing my own concoctions to come up with the perfect product (or in this case, colour). After seeing the rosewood base (swatched below) I assumed I could warm up the blush for a beachy look, but alas, the mid-tones are decidedly cool and when blended together (see above swatch) give off the perfect petal pink – more suited to summer nights than days. Still incredibly pretty, even on darker skin tones.
Volume Precision Mascara – no Marcelle review would be complete without a shout out to their famous mascara!
“Its ultra-flexible polymer brush with microchambers seizes lashes one by one, without clumps. The bristles come in variable lengths and are cleverly aligned to ensure clean, precise definition. Enriched with olive oil and rice brand wax, the revitalizing lightweight gel formula provides maximal volume without any heavy feeling.”
For a limited time and in participating stores only, buy one Volume Precision Mascara and get the second one FREE OF CHARGE!
(This promo is valid on ALL Marcelle mascaras, including their Power Volume, Lash Extreme and Ultimate Lash mascaras as well.)
Visit Marcelle’s YouTube Channel for tips and techniques on how to get their hottest looks, including step-by-step tutorials and product and shade selections.
And don’t forget – for a limited time, when you buy any of Marcelle’s three best-selling products – Cleansing Cloths, Multi-Colour Powder Blush (Timeless Charm) and Lux Gloss Sheer (Sorbet) – $0.50 will be donated to Because I am a Girl. The three products are available at the majority of retailers across Canada that sell Marcelle products, and are easily recognizable in their special pink packaging.
Marcelle Cosmetics can be purchased online (Canadians only) and at more than 2,500 drug and mass retailers in Canada. Americans can purchase Marcelle by calling 1-800-387-7710 ext 352 or 353.
One lucky Listen to Lena! reader will win a gift basket with ALL the Marcelle products you see above! (Value $200). To enter, simply visit Marcelle Cosmetics and choose three (3) other products that you have your eye on, and then leave a comment here telling us what they are. Who knows, some of them may make their way into your gift basket ;)
You can also qualify for extra entries! Remember, you must leave a separate comment for each. You can:
(1) Follow my blog, Listen to Lena! (2 extra entries!)
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(4) “Like” Marcelle on Facebook
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(6) Tweet daily: Please use this Marcelle Giveaway Tweet.
I’ll draw for a winner on July 31st. Good luck everybody!