Friday, March 6, 2015

Fav Beauty Bits

A few of my recent beauty favs...the sensual fragrance Burberry Brit Rythm, a ladylike pink and a vampish dark purple nail polish from Color Club, a fun poppy red lip and cheek stick from The Body Shop and the powerful C 12 Pure Bright serum from Dermalogica to clear dark spots and even out skintone.

Happy Friday everyone!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Have You Met Pierce, Antonio And Brad?

As a lipstick collector - because it's definitely more stylish than saying a lipstick hoarder - I am always eager to try out new things. While I usually have 5 or 6 lipsticks on rotation in my handbag, I am always on the hunt for new formulas, new shades, and most definitely attracted by fancy new packaging. 

My latest finds in lip department comes from Jouviance. They bear iconic names such as Antonio, Pierce and Brad. I was familiar with their colored lip balms, aka Le Stick, but I had only tried the shade Bisou de Véro, a lovely coral hue named after brand ambassador Véronique Cloutier. The 3 new guys offer the same soothing and nourishing formula thanks to peptides, shea & cocoa butter. But the best part is that they are so easy to pull off for an everyday look since they subtly enhance the natural color of the lips. The three shades flatter the complexion, but I have strong preference for Antonio. Muy sensual.

On my recent trip to sunny Florida, I have also enjoyed wearing the gorgeous Sunkissed Duo, which combines a perky pink blush with a delicious terracotta bronzer. A glam palette to bring on your next vacation...

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Another darling Elle By RW&CO Dress Collection

Attending a wedding this summer? You'll be pleased to know that another ELLE by RW& Co collection will land in store on May 2nd! After a first glitzy and glam holiday collection, the second line will feature eight romantic silhouettes from the mid 50s to the mid 60s. 

It's at the Ritz Carlton that the exclusive collection was unveiled on a freezing February morning. All the ladies swooned over the elegant pastel dresses with utterly feminine details. But the other fun and flirty dresses, in black and blown-up prints, got an equally enthusiastic response from the fashion crowd gathered in the oval ballroom.

Tea, scones, mimosas and millefeuilles...

Dusty pink, powder blue, floral prints, scalloped lace hem, fit and flare designs, trapeze cut, sleek sandals, pretty pink lips...

Plenty of inspiration in such a wonderful setting...perfect to escape the cold and dream about spring's inspiring styles.

I hope you enjoyed getting a glimpse of this fresh and exciting collection. Fancy a particular dress yet? For my part, I can't decide between the breezy maxi-dress and the sophisticated one with bold pastel blossoms. What about you?

Photo courtesy of RW&CO

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Triwa Timepiece


I have got thrilling news to share with you today! I am delighted to have been named a brand ambassador of the Swedish eyewear and timepiece company Triwa.

The first look I have decided to showcase features the Ivory Lansen Chrono. There is an understated elegance about this unisex watch that I find particularly appealing. The stainless steel link bracelet is quite chic, but it's the stunning white case that first caught my attention. The delicate black and gold details work seamlessly with the large white chronograph dial. I have had shy away from big watches for a while, because they seemed to be on everyone's wrist these days. But when I first saw this one, I just couldn't wait to try it on. 

On these images, I have paired my new watch with one of my favourites gold bracelet from Tiffany & Co. It is the Tiffany T chain bracelet from their eponymous collection, which was designed by the very talented silversmith Francesca Amfitheatrof. These two pieces have such clean architectural lines on their own, which is why they look so modern and sophisticated together. 

Stay stylish and warm!

Monday, February 16, 2015

Parisian Flair

Having once lived in Paris, I enjoy anything that adds some Parisian flair to my daily life. So when I recently stumbled across these whimsical watercolour paintings on Etsy, I had to share my latest discovery with you. These fine images are from Laura Row Studio. My favourite pieces from her portfolio are the beautifully executed paintings showcasing the Parisian architecture, such as the Royal Monceau featured at the beginning. But the pink ladylike details and the black lace bralettes are just as exquisite.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Be Your Own Valentine

Alone for Valentine's Day? It doesn't mean that you should miss on all the fun. Why not take this opportunity to pamper yourself a little...or a lot? You deserve it! Treat yourself to your favourite takeout and enjoy a Netflix marathon. Book yourself a massage, a manicure or a delicious chocolate body scrub. Or spoil yourself with fancy red heels, a luxurious face cream, a hot new lipstick or a sparkly case for your phone. In case you need other ideas... 
Alberta Ferretti red leather shoes $985
Valentino Patent Couture Bow pumps 
Mansur Gavriel black bucket bag $790
David Yurman long earrings $945
Tom Ford Black Orchid Perfume $200
 Lise Watier Baiser Velours $27
Too Faced Semi Sweet Chocolate Bar $62 
Declaré Caviar Perfection Cream $145 
 Aritzia iPhone case $9.99
Happy Valentine's Day!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Lip Balm Line Up

If you suffer from dry or dehydrated lips, I would like to suggest 6 lip treatments that will pamper your lips right in time for Valentine's Day:

1. The retro lip balm
Smith's Rosebud Salve ($7.50)
This is one of these things I like to keep around; the vintage tin is just so pretty. Don't be fooled by its delicate packaging and rose scent, this light pink balm is great for chapped lips and also for cuticles. A great stocking stuffer gift.

2. The medical lip balm
Uriage Bariéderm Soothing Repair Barrier Lip Balm ($11.95)
This one doesn't come in a pretty packaging, but it doesn't matter since it provides instant and long-lasting relief. I like its airy and comforting texture that helps heal cracked lips. Perfect for snow bunnies.

3. The high tech lip balm
SkinCeuticals Antioxidant Lip Repair ($39)
This is not your average lip balm. It's a white lotion that you massage onto your lips to exfoliate dead skin cells and prevent premature aging. Although I can't tell at this stage if it helps to smooth deep lines, my lips are definitely softer and fuller thanks to this lip treatment. For the antioxidant junkie. 

4. The no-fuss lip balm
Maybelline Baby Lips Dr. Rescue ($4.66)
If you like Vicks, you'll definitely enjoy using this medicated lip balm formulated with eucalyptus and menthol. There is something so refreshing about applying a good old minty balm to smooth wind-chapped lips on the go. A fun budget buy.

5. The innovative lip balm
Clarins Instant Light Lip Comfort Oil  ($23)
This is an exciting kind of lip treatment formulated with plant oils. It has a delicious honey taste and a texture similar to a thick lipgloss but without any stickiness. I just love the sleek packaging, the soothing formula and the big sponge applicator. Absolutely addictive.

6. The deluxe lip balm
Nuxe Rêve de Miel Ultra-Nourishing Lip Balm ($17)
I keep this healing salve on my nightstand. Since it is quite a thick waxy paste, I prefer to use it before going to bed. I let it work its magic while I sleep and always wake up to the softest lips. A precious find with a divine citrus scent.
Discovered any must-have lip balm lately? 

Friday, February 6, 2015

Valentine's Day Gift Guide

Valentine's Day is just around the corner! I don't know about you, but I have always enjoyed planning a decadent meal at home to celebrate Cupid. It's much more cosier and intimate than going out to a crowded restaurant. And it's the perfect occasion to indulge in delicacies and sweets. For me, this special day is about simple, yet elegant details to make your loved one feel extra special. While flowers and chocolate will always win a woman's heart, sometimes a delicate gift can add many spark to the day. Here is my curated Valentine's Day gift guide:

Lancôme My French palette, eye shadow palette from the French Innocence Spring collection $68
Make Up For Ever Tease Me nude lip trio inspired by the Fifty Shades of Grey movie $38
Chanel Coco Noir Eau de Parfum $114/50ml
Tiffany & Co. Enchant heart pendant in Rubedo $635
La Couleur Couture shade 1950 vegan friendly nail polish $12.99
Miyu Beauty Made With Love Kit $50
Chocolates from Suite 88
And one of my favourite reads...Love in the time of cholera by Gabriel Garcia Márquez

Have you read this book? Isn't the most beautiful love story of all time?
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