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November Favourites

Dec 1, 2016

 The holiday collection from La Vie en Rose
Want to find out what caught my attention this month? Plenty of good finds that would also make great Christmas gifts. Here are my November favourites:

La Vie en Rose
I recently had the opportunity to visit the head office of La Vie en Rose for the unveiling of their holiday collection. I'm always eager to discover their assortment of cozy pj's. Isn’t the best thing in the world to cuddle up in a soft new pyjama on Christmas morning? Their seasonal collection certainly didn’t disappoint this year! You’ll see plenty of pyjama sets in silk or flannel, plush robes and fun cocooning accessories such as this darling eye mask or this stylish cardigan. And you’ll fall for their assortment of lavish lingerie, which includes delicate bralettes and ladylike kimonos

Roger & Gallet Aura Mirabilis 
We all know Roger & Gallet for their refined fragrances and body care. But recently the French brand launched a surprising face care line named “Le soin Aura Mirabilis” after a formula created some 300 years ago. According to the legend, the powerful elixir, made with 18 distilled officinal plants, was once used by prominent women such as Josephine de Beauharnais and Queen Victoria. The Aura Mirabilis range includes four skincare products all infused with the iconic concoction: There’s the Extra-Fine Cleansing Mask, the Beauty Vinegar to remove impurities and tightens pores and the Legendary Cream, which acts as an anti-aging solution. But my ultimate favourite is the Double-Extract, a blend of silky soft water and essences perfect to restore hydration and radiance.

Jouviance PlumpFX
As a lip addict lady, I have certainly tried my share of lip plumpers over the years. But I couldn’t stand the tingling effect on my lips…until I tried PlumpFx from Jouviance. First of all, it’s not just a beautiful lip plumping gloss, it’s an anti-aging lip serum with plenty of long-term benefits. Aside from giving you fuller lips in just a few minutes, it also nourishes and softens your pout while helping to fill fine lines and wrinkles. It comes in a universally flattering pink shade, it is not tacky or sticky at all, and most importantly, the tingling effect is quite subtle. PlumpFX will be out in January.

Wella Elements Hair Strengthening Serum 
If you have fine or limp hair, you’ll be delighted with my latest discovery from Wella. It’s a paraben-free serum that gives root-to-tip volume without weighing down hair. Since it’s a thick formula, only a pea-size amount is needed; otherwise, it can quickly become sticky. I just love the fuller effect I am getting ever since I started to apply this hair treatment.

Looky Brushes
Did you know that the local beauty world went crazy when Elle R Cosmétiques released their oval-shaped makeup-up brushes? While this is a good example of a hyped beauty launch, I must say that there is at least one gem among these eight brushes, and it’s their number 1, aka the Foundation Brush. Much like the entire collection, the largest brush is incredibly soft on the skin. Unlike other makeup brushes or even the BeautyBlender, it is so compact that you’ll only need an infinite amount of foundation. But what’s unique about this brush is the fact that it applies makeup evenly, therefore providing a uniform application in no time. If you only purchase one brush, look no further than this one.

Catherine xo 


5 Key Pieces To Covet From The Upcoming Judith & Charles Collection

Nov 22, 2016

I’m always thrilled to discover the upcoming collections from Judith & Charles. I find their clothes polished and timeless, yet incredibly functional. There’s an understated elegance about their design that is so refreshing in a sea of trends. With their iconic coats, their minimalist dresses and their perfectly tailored suits, the label knows how to cater to the modern woman (aka #bosslady). Here are some of my favourite items from the upcoming collection, which will hit the store as soon as December: 

Catherine xo 

2 Highlighters For A Sophisticated Glow

Nov 16, 2016
My favourite highlighters: one powder, one cream

If there is a trend that caught the makeup world by storm in 2016, it’s most definitely highlighting and strobing. While I can’t say that I am the most passionate contouring fan—mostly because it can quickly appear murky and overdone—it's totally the opposite with highlighter. I enjoy how incredibly easy it is, whether it’s for a day or an evening look, to illuminate some key features such as the brow bone, bridge of the nose, high point of the cheeks and the cupid’s bow.  

I have had the opportunity to try a few highlighters over the past few months, and so today, I would like to share with my favourite ones with you. 

My first pick is the Fresh FreshFace Instant Glow Luminizer. I like this pearlescent cream for its natural-looking finish and its versatility. In fact, you can either decide to mix this lightweight formula with your foundation for a lit-from-within glow or use it over your makeup on the high points of your face for a dewy and radiant effect. Either way, it will give your skin a fresh and youthful glow.

My second favourite is the stunning Make Up For Ever Pro Light Fusion in shade 01 Golden Pink. This highly pigmented gel-powder is so finely milled that it blends effortlessly and lasts all day long. It might appear metallic in the pan but fear not because this highlighter imparts a subtle ethereal sheen without any chunky glitter. For an evening makeup, try to wet your brush before applying the product to achieve a more dramatic, but still very wearable look.

What are your favourite luminizers? 

Catherine xo

Le Mini Macaron: une manucure maison en seulement 15 minutes!

Nov 1, 2016

Une manucure maison en 15 minutes, cela vous dit? Si vous en avez marre de perdre un temps fou à aller faire votre manucure en salon toutes les deux semaines, alors vous allez adorer ma dernière découverte : Le Mini Macaron.

Il s’agit d’une nouvelle marque de vernis dont le kit de départ comprend une lampe LED en forme de macaron (trop mignonne!) ainsi qu’une formule gel 3-en-1 à appliquer soi-même, et ce n’importe où. Oui, peu importe que vous soyez à la maison, au bureau ou même en avion grâce à la lampe LED que l’on branche à un ordinateur. Il suffit tout simplement de mettre le vernis et de placer ses doigts l’un après l’autre sous la lampe pendant 30 secondes, puis de répéter l’opération. 

Le principal avantage de Mini Macaron est la simplicité de l’approche. En effet, il n’est pas nécessaire d’utiliser un vernis de base, suivi d’un vernis de couleur et de compléter avec une couche de finition. J’ai suivi les instructions à la lettre et je peux vous confirmer que c’est incroyablement facile à faire, entre autres parce que la texture du vernis est agréable à manipuler. Contrairement à plusieurs autres marques de vernis en gel, celui-ci est assez épais et fige très rapidement; ce qui en facilite l’application. Côté tenue, on peut aisément filer une semaine avec des ongles impeccables, ce qui peut être très apprécié au quotidien ainsi qu’en vacances.

Vous serez sans doute heureuse d’apprendre que le Mini Macaron est maintenant disponible à La Baie en plus d’être accessible en ligne à

Le kit de départ est vendu 45 $ et il comprend une bouteille de vernis 3-en-1 (6 choix de couleur), une lampe macaron LED assortie à la couleur du vernis, un adaptateur USB, une lime à ongles, un bâton pour repousser les cuticules de même que des lingettes spécialement conçues pour retirer le vernis. 

Je sens qu'il y en a plusieurs qui retrouveront le Mini Macaron dans leur bas de Noël!

Catherine xo

October Favourites

Oct 19, 2016

I can't believe that Halloween is just around the corner. If you're still looking for fun ideas, check out the original videos from MAKE UP FOR EVER. The Darling Deer is so precious and surprisingly easy to achieve. Since I have discovered many greats things lately, here's a round-up of my favourite picks regarding fashion, beauty and more!

Ogilvy's 150th Anniversary
Ogilvy, one of the most stylish shopping destinations in Montréal, is turning 150 years old this year! And to mark the occasion some prestigious brands such as Stuart Weitzman, Christofle and Links of London have created unique pieces inspired by the store's DNA. These limited-edition items will be available for an online auction to raise funds for the Montréal Children Hospital Foundation. Fancy this Stuart Weitzman bootie with the iconic Ogilvy's plaid? You have until November 16th, the day of the highly anticipated Ogilvy en fête shopping and gastronomy extravaganza, to participate

Fresh Sugar Cream Lip Treatment ($29)
Tired of overly drying matte lipsticks? Give your pout a well-deserved break with these incredibly nourishing lip moisturizers from Fresh. These beauties come in three different versatile hues — Blush, Buff, and Pink — which you can wear alone or mix and match to create distinctive shades. If you love the brand's famous range of Tinted Lip Treatments, you'll love the Sugar Cream's divine whipped texture. 

Did you know that Montréal is now celebrating its 10th anniversary as a UNESCO city of design? For the occasion, the city's Bureau of design has released CODE SOUVENIR MONTRÉAL, a catalogue of gift ideas showcasing Montréal through the eyes of our most talented designers. From the rich chocolates of Geneviève Grandbois to the whimsical porcelain cups of Alice in Montréal, the adorable Paperole greeting cards, the delicious caramels from Dinette Nationale, the Milan bracelets in soft leather from Holdur, there's something for absolutely everyone. Visit their website for other unique gift ideas.

Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon and Nivarna Rose ($107 for 1.7 oz)
I never thought I'd straight away from my two beloved fall fragrances: Chanel Coco Mademoiselle and Coco Noir. But I just can't get enough of the latest releases from Elizabeth and James. Here are two alluring, yet sophisticated autumnal scents with a sleek, masculine bottle. While Nirvana rose is a dark and sensual floral with an intriguing mix of vetiver and patchouli, Nirvana Bourbon is a sultry oriental with strong vanilla and woodsy notes.

HydraFacial MD ($150)
I recently had the chance to try the most coveted non-invasive facial treatment in Hollywood at the Etiket spa on Sherbrooke Ouest, and I am totally hooked. In less than one hour, HydraFacial MD combines an exfoliation, a chemical peel, a painless extraction and concludes with a gentle delivery of antioxidants, Hyaluronic Acid, and peptides. Not only is it incredibly fast and efficient, but the results are immediately visible. Want poreless, glowing and plumped skin? Head over to Etiket or one of the eight other locations in the Greater Montreal.

Catherine xo

5 raisons d'aller voir Roméo & Juliette interprété par les Grands Ballets

Oct 15, 2016

«Avec un baiser, je meurs.» 
                     William Shakespeare

C'est en proposant Roméo & Juliette, l'oeuvre magistrale de Jean-Christophe Maillot, que les Grands Ballets ont lancé leur 60e saison cette semaine au Théâtre Maisonneuve de la Place des Arts. Si la mythique histoire d'amour des amants de Vérone demeure la plus connue du répertoire de William Shakespeare, la relecture du chorégraphe des Ballets de Monte-Carlo est résolument moderne.

Voici donc 5 raisons de courir assister au ballet néo-classique qui sera présenté jusqu'au 28 octobre prochain :

1. L'interprétation des Grands Ballets est somptueuse. J'ai été particulièrement séduite par l'élégance de Lady Capulet (Vanesa G.R. Montoya), la candeur de Juliette (Christie Partelow) et la fougue de Mercutio (Jerimy Rivera) ainsi que par le corps de ballet qui interprétait la rivalité entre les Capulet et les Montaigu avec beaucoup de justesse.

2. La musique ensorcelante de Serge Prokofiev divinement jouée par l'Orchestre des Grands Ballets sous la direction de Florian Ziemen.

3. La splendeur des costumes de Jérome Kaplan nous transporte dans un univers flamboyant. On se croirait presque dans un défilé haute couture à Milan. 

4. La scénographie épurée d'Ernest Pignon-Ernest est frappante et met l'accent sur le drame avec une grande efficacité.

5. La brillante chorégraphie de Jean-Christophe Maillot rend l'oeuvre encore plus fascinante et pertinente. La fluidité, la sensualité et la finesse des mouvements sont remarquables. On tombe rapidement sous le charme.

À voir ou à revoir absolument!

Catherine xo