INSIDE SCOOP: Marcelle for Thyme Maternity Skin Care

Are you an expectant mother, a new mom or know someone who is? I have exciting news to share with you!

Marcelle Cosmetics and Thyme Maternity have partnered up to create a skin care line targeted for moms-to-be and new moms. Marcelle for Thyme Maternity Skin Care will be launching at Thyme Maternity stores near you on November 5, 2015!

Marcelle for Thyme Maternity Skin Care

Being a new mom myself, I’m so thrilled for this collaboration (see my Instagram account where I sneak in a few baby photos here and there :P)! While I was pregnant I read that there are certain ingredients to avoid in skin care products to help prevent pregnancy complications and birth defects. Salicylic acid, retinol, and oxybenzone to name a few, are very common in many of our daily skin care products but are recommended to be avoided when pregnant or breastfeeding as a precaution. With already being careful with what I was eating, I didn’t want to add skin care ingredients to the list of “what not to do/wear/eat when pregnant”. This discouraged me and I must admit, resulted in me not really using many skin care products during my pregnancy (thank goodness for that pregnancy glow!).

With already being a fan of Marcelle’s skin care products, I would have totally gone out to buy the Marcelle for Thyme Maternity Skin Care line while I was pregnant. Marcelle is a brand that I trust and can rely on with its hypoallergenic and fragrance-free products (gaaawd knows how sensitive we are to scents while pregnant … gag!).

Thankfully it’s not too late for me to use this line as they also have products for post-pregnancy. Heck … pregnant, post-pregnant or not…anyone can really use these products for various reasons (stretch marks, unfortunately, can appear on anyone)! This would be a wonderful gift idea for a mom-to-be, by the way! 😉

Here is what Marcelle for Thyme Maternity Skin Care has to offer:

Stretch Mark Triple Action Cream – $28 CDN

To prevent or reduce the look of stretch marks we should keep our skin hydrated from day one — the day we find out we are pregnant (even though we don’t see that baby bump yet)! This product improves the skin’s elasticity and provides hydration to the skin. It is non-sticky and fragrance-free. I would recommend not only focusing on applying this on your belly, but also on your thighs, sides of your breasts and back, and triceps … pretty much any part of your body prone to stretching! For me, post-pregnancy, I find I can still benefit from this product as I find areas where I have stretch marks still need that extra hydration and suppleness.

Marcelle - stretch mark triple action cream 


Facial Moisturizer – Anti-imperfection + Radiance – $25

Ah, I wish I had this when I was pregnant. Although many are blessed with the “pregnancy glow”, we do need that extra radiance and hydration which this product can provide. This product also has properties which help prevent uneven skin tone and diminish fine lines.

Marcelle_Facial Moisturizer – Anti-imperfection + Radiance 

Moisturizing Body Oil – $20 CDN

I find best applied on damp skin after you get out of the shower, this product keeps your skin soft and hydrated to help reduce the appearance of stretch marks. This non-greasy product can be used in conjunction with the Stretch Mark Triple Action Cream or you can use the cream in the morning and the oil at night (or vice versa). Gently massage this oil in circular motions on your belly, side of breasts, thighs, butt, biceps and back (anywhere prone to stretching) to let it absorb into the skin.

 Marcelle_Moisturizing Body Oil

Lifting and Firming Cream – Bust and Body -$25 CDN

This product tones and firms the skin. We all know what happens to our body post-pregnancy and post-breastfeeding! LOL!

Marcelle_lLifting and Firming Cream – Bust and Body

Nursing Nipple Balm – $15 CDN

Any new mom would be thankful for this product! We all know how much we nurse during the first few weeks after baby is born (and during their growth spurts)! This product is lanolin-free and contains shea butter, sunflower oil, and vitamin E to help soothe the sore nipples and reduce redness. This is also safe for the baby. Gently massage this on your sore nipples after breastfeeding.

Marcelle_Nursing Nipple Balm


** All of these products are:


Gluten Free

Paraben Free

Perfume Free

Recognized Skin Health - CDA


A few weeks ago, I had the opportunity to attend the launch event for this new skin care line. Below is a photo of my baby and I with Roxane Liboiron, VP of Marketing of Thyme Maternity (left) and Geneviève Clermont, R&D Director of Marcelle Cosmetics (right) — the two women behind the idea of creating Marcelle for Thyme Maternity Skin Care!

Marcelle Thyme Maternity Launch Event

Keep an eye out on Cityline for the segment of this launch event. You may see my baby have her first television appearance! haha 

Thank you Marcelle & Thyme Maternity for creating a line of products to address the skin care needs of pregnant and post-pregnant women!

Marcelle for Thyme Maternity Skin Care will be in Thyme Maternity stores on November 5, 2015!



Eyes of the Day (EOTD)

Today’s eye make-up look is featuring Annabelle Cosmetics Quad Eyeshadow in “Chai Chai Chai”.


Annabelle Cosmetics Quad Eyeshadow

  • Very pigmented: Extremely impressed with the pigmentation and color pay-off of this product.With just a light touch, you get a lot of product on your brush. 
  • Silky touch: Very soft and silky and when you apply it on your lids there is little to no “fall-off”.

Check out Annabelle’s Quad Eyeshadow on to see other shades they offer.
Currently on special for $8.95 (reg. $10.95).

I paired up Annabelle Quad Eyeshadow with Marcelle Xtension Plus Mascara.

I highly recommend this palette. This eye shadow quad has been my go-to, everyday palette to achieve a natural smokey-eye look for months now. It can be taken from day to night by adding more smokiness with the darkest brown colour giving a sexy, sultry look.This product exceeds my expectations for a drugstore palette and is excellent quality for the price you pay. Thumbs up all the way!

{Beauty Panel} Summer Beauty

If you are like me, you would love to appear above the clear turquoise waters exactly as how you entered: fresh-faced and makeup right where you applied it! But many of you know, this is rarely the case! Even if you avoid the water, after spending a day outdoors in the hot, humid weather, makeup can transfer or melt off.

Here are some tips for waterproof, sweat-proof, sun-proof beauty:

  • To prevent your skin from getting shiny on a hot day, wear a primer or matifyer, such as, Make Up For Ever All Mat primer. To protect your skin from the harsh UV rays, wear an oil-free moisturizer with SPF, such as Marcelle Essentials Oil-Free Multi-Defense Lotion SPF 15. Sometimes I like to mix the SPF moisturizer in with my foundation for a sheer foundation coverage with the UV protection.
  • If you’re spending the day in the water, I would recommend Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow in #22E and #28E. Cream eyeshadows will definitely last longer than powder in the water. And say goodbye to raccoon eyes with Make Up For Ever Aqua Black Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow. I have used this as eyeliner and it survived during both my hot yoga classes and swimming sessions!
  • Wear a lip balm with SPF. My new favourite is Carmex Moisture Plus with SPF 15. But if you decide to wear lipstick, choose a matte formula such as Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate.
  • Set your makeup with a setting spray, such as Urban Decay All Nighter Longer-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray.
  • If you’ve started sweating, touching up your face with powder can cause clogged pores. Clean & Clear Oil Absorbing Sheets are a better way to reduce the shine: just dab the blotting sheet over areas that tend to get oily.


 Testing my make-up in the pool:

^^ Such an attractive photo! 😛
After an hour of swimming, this is what my make-up looked like after I showered:

{Products used}: 

  • Carmex Moisture Plus with SPF 15
  • Marcelle Essentials Oil-Free Multi-Defense Lotion SPF 15 
  • Make Up For Ever All Mat Primer
  • Make Up For Ever HD Foundation in “#153”
  • Make up For Ever Aqua Brow Waterproof Eyebrow Corrector in “#25” 
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua Black Waterproof Cream Eyeshadow 
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua Shadow in “#22E and #28E” 
  • Make Up For Ever Aqua Cream in “#06” 
  • Urban Decay All Nighter Longer-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray
  • Rimmel London Lasting Finish by Kate in “#110”

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    {Beauty Panel} The “No Make-up” Make-up Look

    I have exciting news!

    I have been asked to be a part of‘s Beauty Panel team which launched on March 7, 2013!

    What is the Beauty Panel?

    It’s a team of Canadian Beauty Bloggers who answer questions about make-up, hair, and nail polish!

    The first question is: 


    Mine is what I call, the “No Make-up” make-up look!
    A look that is very natural, easy-to-do, and presentable for a day in the office

    To see the actual post on click here

    Products used:

    Moisturizer – Embryolisse – Lait Crème Concentrè

    Foundation – NARS Firming Foundation in Syracuse
    Concealer – MAC Select Moisturecover in NW30
    Powder –  MAKE-UP FOREVER HD Microfinish Powder (set under-eye concealer) & MAC Blot Powder in Dark (face)
    Bronzer – Annabelle Perfect Bronze in Sun Goddess
    Blush – MAC in Gingerly


    Primer – Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden
    Eyeshadow – MAC Malt and Shroom
    Eyeliner – Annabelle Kohl Eyeliner in Brown
    Mascara – MARCELLE Power Volume Mascara in Black


    Lip balm – Aveeno Essential Moisture Lip Conditioner in SPF
    Lipstick – Yves Saint Laurent Rouge Voluptè SPF 15 in Beige Ultimate (#3)

    To see entries from the other beauty bloggers on Beauty Panel, click here

    What is your everyday make-up look?

    MUST-HAVE ITEM: Marcelle – Essentials Soothing Cleansing Water

    It’s always hard to find the perfect make-up remover. It’s either too oily, stings the eyes, or doesn’t remove everything!

    I think Marcelle’s Essentials Soothing Cleansing Water does the trick.

    It is very gentle and doesn’t sting the eyes.  It really does feel like water (a very light, liquid texture) and removes my make-up really well!

    Taken from Marcelle’s website (

    Not only is this great for everyday use, I think every make-up artist should have one in their make-up kit. This is great to cleanse and tone the client’s skin before the make-up application.

    Here is a photo of make-up I was wearing today …

    LOL! Goofy photo!


    LEFT: Eye make-up and foundation around the face || RIGHT: Lipstick and foundation around the mouth

    This is what it looks like after I removed all my make-up …

    EEEEK! Don’t mean to scare you without my ‘face’ on! 😛
    Good, huh?

    COMING SOON: First Canadian-Made BB Cream!

    BB Cream has been the talk of the cyber-world for a while now amongst make-up artists and beauty-lovers alike.

    For those of you who haven’t heard of it yet, BB Cream apparently works wonders for your skin. {I say apparently because I have yet to try it for myself! 🙂 }

    No, BB doesn’t stand for Blackberry (in this case lol)! 😛
    It stands for Blemish Balm (or Blemish Base, Beauty Balm — there are quite a few different meanings).

    First developed by a dermatologist in Germany,  BB Cream was created to treat and soothe the skin of laser-surgery patients as well as to help cover-up scars and blemishes. It then made its way to Asia where many Asian celebrities have been using  this product to achieve flawless looking skin — this is how the BB cream craze skyrocketed. 

    Now, BB Cream has made its way to our side of the world! Sold in specialty stores in the United States, BB Cream will soon be easily available to all you Canadians at a drugstore near you.  

    MARCELLE will be introducing the first Canadian-made BB Cream available in-stores on  
    February 6, 2012!
    Retails for $22.95 (45 mL)

    There are different BB Creams out in the market right now some have skin whitening attributes, anti-aging properties, SPF protection, etc.  The skin whitening and brightening attribute is more popular in the Asian market as they find lighter skin is more beautiful and relates to success. However, in Canada and the US, skin whitening isn’t as important as skin treatment. So you’ll find BB Creams will have more anti-aging and SPF properties.

    What benefits does the Marcelle BB Cream have?

    It’s a moisturizer, foundation, and primer in one!!

    Here is some information from the press release I received for Marcelle’s BB Cream:

    • Perfect for any age and suitable for all skin types
    • Comes in two shades but has self-adjusting pigments that transform and adapt to your skin tone.
    •  Oil-free and paraben free
    • Perfume free
    •  Non-comedogenic and hypo-allergenic
    8-IN-1 Multi-Benefits
    1. minimizes the appearance of imperfections and pores
    2. evens out skin tone
    3. provides an excellent make-up base and replaces primers
    4. matifies skin and controls shine
    5. offers immediate and long-term hydrating benefits
    6. soothes and calms skin
    7. protects from premature aging and environmental stresses
    8. promotes skin regeneration

     For those of you who are interested in ingredients, the KEY ingredients are:

    Hyaluronic Acid: improves skin elasticity, hydrates skin, and helps minimize wrinkles
    Auaxyl: moisturizes and helps correct imperfections
    Glycerine: hydrates
    Vitamin E: anti-oxidant to protect skin
    Aloe Vera: soothes and hydrates
    Green Tea & Camomile: stimulates, reinvigorates and soothes skin
    Soft Focus Powders: light-reflecting, enhance complexion

    This is a multi-use product:

    • You can wear it alone for a quick and easy morning application since it can act as a moisturizer, primer and foundation
    • You can wear it over your moisturizer as a foundation
    • You can wear it under your current foundation as a primer to get an even better coverage 

    I know most of you are pretty excited for this launch! For those of you who can’t wait, you can get your hands on Marcelle’s BB Cream even earlier than February 6th! 

    Marcelle’s BB Cream is available to order online starting on January 16, 2012! It will be $22.95 with FREE shipping if you spend over $25 before taxes.

    Thanks Marcelle, for sending me the test product! I can’t wait to try it!

    Have you tried BB cream before?

    Marcelle & Annabelle’s Beauty Premier Event

    Last week I attended a Spring 2012 launch event hosted by the well-known Canadian cosmetic brands — Marcelle and Annabelle Cosmetics.

    This trendy cocktail party was held at the Rooftop Lounge of the Thompson Hotel to show us a sneak peek of their new products launching next Spring 2012. We also had the opportunity to mix and mingle with the people working behind the Marcelle and Annabelle products! 🙂

    What a gorgeous view of the city on the rooftop

    The dress code was “urban chic” which caused an exciting stir amongst some of us Toronto Beauty Bloggers on Twitter!

    “Omg, what am I going to wear?”
    “Got my outfit for the #BeautyPremier!”
    “What are you going to wear!?”

    It was the most anticipated launch party I have attended thus far and I must say it definitely exceeded my expectations!

    Not only did they serve hor d’oeuvres on a platter, but they served make-up too! I was very impressed … and excited! I mean, who else does that? 😛

    Another thing that impressed me was their lipgloss lab! We got to create our own lipglosses which was a such a fun experience!

    How did it work?

    There was a gloss colour wheel on display and each colour had a letter. We were to choose 4-6 colours and hand the colour combo to the ‘lipgloss chemists’ and wish for the best!  (You don’t understand how nervous I was for the outcome! I was afraid my colour choices would look like mud. lol)

    The three glosses on the bottom right (photo above) are my creation! lol

    The gloss on the far left is actually created by spelling out my name: T E S S
    (Thanks to Jill ( for that idea!

    Are you curious to see what Annabelle and Marcelle have in store for us for Spring 2012? 

    Here’s a sneak peek:

    Marcelle – Xtension Plus Mascara (lengthening)
    Marcelle – BB Cream (the craze right now!)
     Marcelle Gene Youth Skincare  – Eye cream, Day cream and Night cream

    Marcelle – Waterproof Eye Make-up Remover
     Annabelle – The Big Show Lipglosses (12 shades)
    Already in stores:
    Annabelle Smudge Paints (beauty lover favourite)

    Annabelle – Glitterama Eyeliner (8 colours)
    [Sorry, I don’t have a photo :S]

    There were so many beauty bloggers and make-up artists at this event. It was great to see a lot of familiar faces!

     Left to right:
    Fiona (Fiona Man), Tess, and Donna Marie (MakeupByDonnaMarie)
     Left to right:
    Abigail (, Olivia (TheCheapGirl), Elaine (TOBeautyReviews), Farah (FacesByFarah), and Tess

    Tess and Donna Marie (MakeupByDonnaMarie)
     Donna Marie (MakeupByDonnaMarie), Lisa Marie (Beauty Crazed), and Fiona (Fiona Man)

     The photo above is of me with the lovely Isabel, Social Media and PR Director of Marcelle and Annabelle
    Doesn’t she look stunning?
    Hair & make-up done by MakeupByDonnaMarie!
    (I also did Isabel’s hair and make-up for her sister-in-law’s wedding when she was in Toronto. Check it out here!)
    Well … don’t mind if I do!
    One last take before heading off for the night! lol
    On our way out we got a swag bag! 🙂
    Unfortunately, the bag I received didn’t have all the new products launching. 🙁
    But at least I get to try their new lipgloss and mascara and the other products in the bag! 😀
     Thanks Isabel, Marcelle and Annabelle for hosting this wonderful event! 
    You probably noticed from our tweets that night, that all the Toronto Beauty Bloggers had an amazing time!

    Lovely Make-Over

    Some of you beauty bloggers out there, may know a wonderful lady named, Isabel Picard. She is the PR Director of one of Canada’s impressive cosmetics company, Marcelle.
    I initially meet her at our Toronto Beauty Blogger event held last spring (click here) but we didn’t really get to chat.
    I had the pleasure of meeting her again a few months ago when she contacted me to do her hair and make-up for a family wedding.
    I felt honoured and obviously couldn’t pass up on the opportunity.
    Being a beauty lover herself, as well as having a background in esthetics, I was a little nervous to be honest.
    What if I don’t live up to her expectations?
    Prior to the appointment, we were emailing each other back and forth. I could already sense she was a lovely lady and I couldn’t wait to meet her in person.
    She warned me to bring my concealers because I would have a lot of under eye correction to do. I was thinking in my head, “oh it can’t be that bad!”. Luckily I was right! When I arrived to her hotel room and she opened the door, Isabel had no make-up on and had her face prepped and ready for me. My first thought was, “Yes! A great canvas to work with!”

    Here are a couple of after photos:

    Isabel, being into make-up as well and working for a cosmetics company, she had a wide array of make-up herself. She let me go into her make-up bag and use some of her products on her.

    I fell in love with two products which I used on her:

    • Marcelle Power Volume mascara – Isabel has wonderful lashes to begin with, but this product just enhanced them like crazy! Who needs false lashes when you have this mascara! Some people find it clumpy, but it worked perfectly on Isabel’s lashes!
    • Marcelle Rouge Xpression Lipstick in Delirium and Paris Rose –  Both colours are beautiful on their own but I mixed both together to give a coral/pink look. During the wedding Isabel, reapplied with Paris Rose only and it looked gorgeous on her!

    Here is a photo during the wedding ceremony. She said it was crazy hot out to the point where everyone was sweating! But she still looked great!

    Isabel, it was a great pleasure to get to know you a bit more in person! It was nice to put a face to the name!