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3 Body Shop Face Must-Have For Summer

Jun 30, 2014
If like me you toss away the heavy formulas in the warmer months, here are three effective and all-natural Body Shop products you'll want to try this Summer to achieve a fresh and glowing complexion.

Skin Primer Matte It (now on sale at $9.60)
While I enjoy a streamlined beauty routine in the summertime, there is one thing on which I won't compromise: a good face primer. It's my go to product to prevent makeup from sliding off when it gets muy caliente outside. This one is lightweight, sets quickly into a soft velvety finish and it lasts all day. I like to apply it with fingers on my t-zone to prevent shine and reduce the appearance of pores.

All-in-one BB Cream (now on sale at $12.00)
Everything has already been said about BB creams, yet this one is rather different than the ones I have tried before. While it's much more fluid than average, I find the coverage surprisingly good. The white shade is strange at first, but once in contact with the skin, the colour adapts to fit your skin tone. The formula is lightweight, moisturizing and blends into a beautiful dewy glow. Plus, the application is a charm with fingers, which makes it the perfect weekend and travel companion. I'm just surprise that it doesn't include SPF, but since I tend to apply sunscreen separately, it's not a major issue for me.

Brush On Radiance - Sunlight (now on sale at $13.20)
I tend to shy away from anything too shimmery in general so when I first saw these iridescent beads, I thought they would be a bit too much for the day. But once swirled together, these apricot shimmering beads create a light flush of colour. The satiny finish adds dimension to the face without being too frosty or metallic. It's a fun product that gives the skin such a luminous glow in just a few brush strokes.
What are your Body Shop Summer favourites? I'll would love to discover your must-have.
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Unveiling The First Karen Millen Boutique In Canada

Jun 26, 2014

A few days ago, I was invited to a store opening of a British clothing labeI I had never heard of before. Curious as I am, I eagerly went to Montreal's Centre Rockland to discover the luxurious and utterly feminine world of Karen Millen.

The first Canadian store of the brand features chic separates such as their iconic biker jacket in a butter-soft leather as well light and on-trend summer essentials. 

But it's their beautiful assortment of figure flattering dresses that caught my eyes. With their brilliant embroidered designs, gorgeous embellishments or contemporary prints, the dresses combine classic elegance with modern tailoring. While some dresses are made for everyday wear, I have seen several ones that can easily be taken from day to night paired with the proper accessories. 

Aside from the polished European aesthetic, I must say that I have been quite impressed with the attention to details. The quality and craftsmanship of every single item from their SS14 collection is simply breathtaking. From the simple t-shirt to the elaborated evening dress, the brand is about impeccable cut and fabulous fabric to achieve an elegant and comfortable silhouette.

I had so much fun trying on various dresses with the help of their attentive staff. I did eventually fell for a body-hugging sheath in a bold, yet sophisticated Jacquard. I even wore the dress the following day at the opening cocktail for the Romero Britto exhibition. And I just can't wait to wear it again, it's such a true modern-day lady dress.

Welcome to town Karen Millen, I have a feeling I will see you again quite soon.




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Shoe Lust: Sophia Webster Flutura Butterfly Sandals

Jun 19, 2014

There is nothing I like more than having butterflies in my stomach. And it's not a rear occurrence in my life. Upon discovering this pair of Sophia Webster Flutura butterfly-back sandals my heart just skipped a bit. There is something utterly whimsical, yet so sophisticated about these heels.

I don't believe you can have a bad day when you have silver butterflies on your heels, can you?
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Bodybag By Jude Is Turning 15, Get Shopping And Save 15%!

Jun 13, 2014


One of my favourite ready-to-wear line made in Montreal, Bodybag by Jude, is turning fifteen this year! To celebrate this important milestone the brand, known for its urban and sassy style, is having an exclusive customer appreciation event for all the readers of Pearls & Caramel. 

Here's the deal: Until July 15, get a 15% discount on any online purchase by using promo code 15offp&c. 


Wouldn't the jumpsuit above be the coolest thing to wear on a hot Summer day?



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Happy 25th Anniversary MARIAGE Québec!

Jun 11, 2014

Last week, I was invited to attend the 25th anniversary of MARIAGE Québec, the sister publication of Wedding Bells. The event took place at one of my favourite venue in Montreal for weddings and corporate events, the prestigious Le Windsor.

The invitation said, "Cocktail, gifts and surprises". Therefore, I was expecting a typical industry event. But we were in for a much bigger treat than what I had anticipated.

One hour into the event, a beautiful smiling bride appeared at the top of the stairs accompanied by the Wagner's Bridal Chorus (aka "Here Comes The Bride" chorus). Like most guests there, I thought we were about to watch a fancy bridal fashion show and discover the latest designer trends for bridal gowns and tuxedos. 

Now what had started as a festive cocktail ended up with a BIG surprise; MARIAGE Québec had planned to celebrate a real wedding following the cocktail! Isn't a fabulous idea? You must have seen our faces. Some were in awe while others manage to capture the moment with their phone.

The ceremony was simple, yet so moving and emotional. The bride and groom stood in the middle of the room surrounded by their relatives and close to hundreds of guests who all felt so privileged to be part of such a spectacular event.

It was such a memorable evening.



Last week, I was invited to attend the 25th anniversary of MARIAGE Québec, the sister publication of Wedding Bells. The event took place at one of my favourite venue in Montreal for weddings and corporate events, the prestigious Le Windsor.

The invitation said, "Cocktail, gifts and surprises". Therefore, I was expecting a typical industry event. But we were in for a much bigger treat than what I had anticipated.

One hour into the event, a beautiful smiling bride appeared at the top of the stairs accompanied by the Wagner's Bridal Chorus (aka "Here Comes The Bride" chorus). Like most guests there, I thought we were about to watch a fancy bridal fashion show and discover the latest designer trends for bridal gowns and tuxedos. 

Now what had started as a festive cocktail ended up with a BIG surprise; MARIAGE Québec had planned to celebrate a real wedding following the cocktail! Isn't a fabulous idea? You must have seen our faces. Some were in awe while others manage to capture the moment with their phone.

The ceremony was simple, yet so moving and emotional. The bride and groom stood in the middle of the room surrounded by their relatives and close to hundreds of guests who all felt so privileged to be part of such a spectacular event.

It was such a memorable evening.


Here is a fun shot taken at the photo booth, which was strategically located at the entrance of the room. Isn't a great way to add glamour to an event?

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Jouviance Makeup Line & Giveaway!

Jun 6, 2014

Jouviance, the brand that took the beauty world by storm with their kick-ass dermatologist-developed skincare line, is back with a brilliant makeup line. 

Call it intelligent makeup. Intriguing, isn't?

With its rich dermatological heritage, the fancy new line blends the lavishness of colour with the science of skincare. All the products from the line are infused with antioxidants that help boost skin's radiance, which means that the more you use them; the better your skin will look. 


I just can't remember the last time I was that giddy to open makeup products. I am a real sucker for beautiful packaging and this one is quite awesome. They really had me with the modern and sleek white mixed with nice silver details. Usually, I tend to prefer understated elegance, so this line is right up my alley.

Lucky for me, the products inside are just as lovely as the outside. I haven't had the opportunity to try the entire collection, but so far, I really love the products I have chosen.

I have a soft spot for coral lip products, especially around this time of year. It's so fun to add a vibrant pop of colour to a sun kissed look. When I first laid eyes on the collection, I was instantly drawn to the peachy coral shades of lip products named "bisou de Véro" after Véronique Cloutier, the beautiful Jouviance brand ambassador. 

As a lip product addict, I am always thrilled to add some gorgeous new babies to my collection. Now what first caught my eyes with this lip line is the range of colours. It is so elegant, flattering and easy to pull off from day to night. I also have been quite impressed with their moisturising ability and that's not surprising considering that they all contain vitamin E and some other good things such as beeswax, shea butter and seed oil.

Whenever I try a new line of beauty products, I always try to figure out to one product that stands out. In this case, I would definitively pick the Gloss XOXO. It's a sheer, shimmering, plumping lipgloss that makes lips look fuller thanks to hyaluronic acid and Maxilips. It has a nice minty flavour that tingles just a little and creates a feeling of freshness. I really enjoy how smooth, shiny and non sticky it is. It looks very sexy with the Rouge Magistral lipstick. 
Giveaway  
I have paired up with the lovely people at Jouviance to give one lucky reader an elegant beauty kit (an overall value of $85), perfect for the warm season ahead. The prize includes a bright cosmetic bag with the following products: 
Gloss Xoxo, shade bisou de Véro (value of $20)
Rouge Magistral, shade bisou de Véro  (value of $20)
Duo de couleur Hydra, shade bisou de Véro (value of $25)
Le Stick, shade bisou de Véro (value of $20)

a Rafflecopter giveaway
Entries must be submitted by noon on June 19th and a winner will be selected at random on June 20th.
*The prize can only be awarded to a resident of Canada*

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Birks Bee Chic

Jun 2, 2014
Birks for Bees

A few days ago, I was invited by Birks to sip bubbly at a garden party in honor of their 135th anniversary. 

To celebrate this important milestone, the Canadian jeweller decided to pay homage to the honey bee through a bold new collection Birks Bee Chic.


I had heard that Birks had recently unveiled a beekeeping installation and suspended green roof at its Square Phillips flagship in Montreal to mark its support of honey bee conservation with concrete actions.

But I wasn't aware of the issue behind it all.

Did you know that in each of the past six years, one-third of honey bee colonies have been lost in North America and Europe? This is known as Colony Collapse, and if it continues our agricultural production will be decimated. Bees play a central role in sustaining almost 90% of wild plants, supporting biodiversity, whole ecosystem, and the critical balance of water, oxygen and carbon dioxide that supports all life. And the most fascinating aspect, it's that bees pollinate the plants that provide one out of three bites of food we eat.

If you wish to support this cause and need an excuse to visit Birks, you'll be pleased to know that 10% of the sale of the dainty Birks Bee Chic honeycomb-shaped pendant in silver (shown above) will benefit the Honey Bee Research Centre. 

Now that's what I call mindful shopping!

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