Sunday, April 26, 2015

Balcony Bliss

Can’t wait to relax under the sun this summer? But you are city dweller with a teeny tiny balcony? Don't worry because today I'd like to share with you some inspiring ideas to help you decorate your balcony with style. I have also rounded up an assortment of fun outdoor accessories perfect for narrow space. 

The following items are from Rona's Outdoor Garden Section. When I first visited their website, I was expecting to see mostly garden furniture for properties with massive outdoor space. I have been pleasantly surprised to discover that they don't only sell lawn mowers, patio heaters and outdoor furniture sets for 8 people. Indeed, they also have quite a nice selection of accessories for small city balconies just like mine. 

Bistro Set
Summer wouldn't be complete without barbecues. But how do you fit one on a city balcony? Not only is this one perfect in proportions, but it is so adorable.

Master Touch Charcoal Barbecue
Paloma Stackable Lounge Chair
9.8-ft. Umbrella
Outdoor Folding Chair Blue & Taupe
I know this day bed might not fit on your balcony, but can you just imagine sipping your mohito on it for one second. Ain't dreamy?

Sienna Day Bed

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Get Misting: 3 New Face Mists

Although I tend to shy away from face mists during the colder months, once April kicks in I like to add these mighty refreshers to my beauty routine. Here are my current favourites and how I tend to use them: 

Every day after my morning shower, I like to spray the Eau Thermale by French skincare brand Uriage onto my freshly cleaned face. It's an ultra-fine thermal water mist filled with minerals that's great for soothing any dry or red patch caused by harsh water. I let it sit for a minute or two, then pat it down a bit before applying my morning serum. While I mainly use it in the morning, I also enjoy having this massive bottle around whenever I need a skin pick me up in the middle of the day. 
Best thing about it: Its fine relaxing mist.
Eau Thermale by Uriage retails for $21/300ml and can be purchased in various drugstores.

My second pick is borrowed from the boys. It's the Clean Boost Soothing Antioxidant Toner from Jack Black. I have incorporated this gentle face mist as a toner during my nighttime routine. It is loaded with natural ingredients such as aloe vera to help revitalise skin and witch hazel to remove impurities, but it doesn't contain any alcohol, colorant or paraben.
Best thing about it: It's captivating scent.
Clean Boost Soothing Antioxidant Toner by Jack Black retails for $24/177ml and can be purchased at Sephora, Holt Renfrew as well at La Baie Centre-ville.

Since I have combination skin, my t-zone can appear quite shiny after a few hours once the days start to get warmer. I am thrilled to have recently discovered the Mist & Fix from Make Up For Ever, intended to improve make-up's wearability and skin's hydration. With one spritz of this lightweight mist, my make-up now stays put and looks fresh as long as needed. Does this alcohol-free formula stay on for 12 hours has claimed by the company? I couldn't really tell you since I don't usually wear my makeup for that long. But that being said, what an improvement it has made on my appearance.
A word of advice: If you don't want to end up drenched, make sure not to hold the bottle too close to your face because the nozzle hole is rather large compared to similar face mists.
Best thing about it: It adds the most natural and radiant finish to the face.
Mist & Fix by Make Up For Ever retails for $34/4.22 oz and can be purchased at Sephora.

Have you been trying out any new face mist lately? What are your favourite ones?

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Lierac Turns 40!

With blogger friends Patrick from OOTDMTL, Marie from La P'tite Madame and Julie from Le blogue du Julie
Lierac, the French powerhouse skincare brand is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. For the occasion, the brand recently had the most wonderful pink party with journalists and bloggers from the beauty industry. It was such a glam and playful evening filled with amusement, pink cocktails and interesting discussions about Lierac's anti-aging expertise. An undoubtedly festive evening!

PS. I'll soon share with you some of the best-kept beauty secrets unveiled at the event. Stay tuned!

Image credit: Lierac

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Seductive Polka Dots

Do you envy the Californians for having warm weather all year round? I certainly do. But I believe that there are so many things to be enjoyed about our springtime. For instance, I like wearing pretty polka dots tights when it's not warm enough outside to go bare legs. It's chic, playful and so sophisticated. And somehow it remind me of living in Paris where women utterly embrace their feminine, their seductive side. Here are some of my favourite looks featuring flirty polka dots pantyhose. Which one do you prefer?

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Monday, April 13, 2015

Bois & Cuir: Raw and Refined

On the hunt to find a special piece of furniture or simply need some striking accessories to complete your home or office decor? Head over to Bois & Cuir, an industrial chic concept store filled with beautifully curated furnishing, trendy lighting along with eclectic objects for every room. 

Located on St-Hubert Street, the immense showroom - 16000 square foot - offers a lovely mix of rustic and refined pieces with a subtle European flair. You'll find plenty of dramatic light fixtures, some Chesterfield sofas and harm chairs, a large selection of wood tables - including a replica of a dinner table from a French monastery - shelving units made with plumbing pipes as well as stylish home accessories such as dinnerware, glassware, candles and linens.

With its high ceilings, muted palette, aged wood, stark metallic accents, Bois & Cuir is one sleek and masculine store. It's the perfect place to furnish an industrial condo space or to find stunning pieces to balance out an overly feminine interior.

Want to see my favourite room? Have a look at my Instagram page.

Bois & Cuir is located at 6304 St-Hubert Street, Montreal, Qc H2S 2M2

Image credit: Bois & Cuir

Thursday, April 9, 2015

A Sophisticated New Look For The Georges Duboeuf's Brouilly

With Georges Duboeuf & Denis Garreau from Philippe Dandurand Wines
Quebec's best selling Beaujolais, the iconic Georges Duboeuf's Brouilly, has a chic new look. It's at a cocktail event held last week at the offices of Philippe Durand Wines that the new bottle was unveiled. 

As I enjoy meeting people passionate about their craft, you can imagine how pleased I was to get introduced to monsieur Duboeuf himself, aka the international reference in the production and promotion of Beaujolais Nouveau. With annual sales of over 30 million bottles around the world, La Maison Georges Duboeuf is undoubtedly one of the world's most admired wine brands. After we had our picture taken, Georges Duboeuf explained that his idea was to revamp the look of the Brouilly Major, which has had the same signature for over 30 years. While the shape of the bottle remains the same, the new label design presents different characters with a vertical band thus elongating its emblematic oval shape. 

The same fine taste but with a trendy new look, I bet this Beaujolais will appeal to a brand new generation of epicureans.

The old look and the new one

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Prime Coat

Fresh Spring Releases At Make Up For Ever
If you are keen on having fresh and long-lasting makeup, you'll be thrilled to hear about the new range of primers from Make Up For Ever. The new Step 1 Skin Equalizer line offers 10 unique formulas created to enhance tone and texture. To add some luminosity to my dull and lackluster skin, I picked up the Radiant Primer, a peachy colour corrector cream intended for fair skin. This particular primer is probably my favourite among the line. It's a great product to even out discoloured area - hello dark circles - while adding a healthy glow. 

I have also tried the Smoothing Base, a colorless gel designed to fill and blur imperfections before makeup application. The silky texture glides on easily and does wonders at reducing pores, fine lines as well as dry patches. A little goes a long way when you apply the Step 1 Skin Equalizers; you really don't need much to create a flawless makeup base. Plus, the small tip allows to release just the right amount of product, therefore preventing any waste.

While I am not the biggest contouring addict out there, I was quite intrigued when I first saw the Pro Sculpting Duo Undetectable Face Contour. It comes in two colour combinations; I choose the number 1/Pink Beige made for fair to medium skin. The gel-powder formula is unlike anything I have seen before. It's unbelievably lightweight and almost undetectable once applied. The bronzed powder has a satin matte finish and a light golden brown shade, which looks utterly natural against the pink champagne highlighter. The end result is incredibly natural, especially when you apply it with the 156 Large Flat Brush, a rounded brush with ultra-soft fiber bristles. 

I have always been into volumising mascaras, but I recently shifted my attention towards lengthening ones. It was at first application when I tried the Smoky Stretch Lengthening & Defining Mascara. No clumps, no flakes, no strenuous application thanks to its small silicon brush with fine bristles. The wand beautifully defines and elongates lashes with just a few sweeps.

What do you think of these exciting new releases?
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