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Soirées FashiOmnistas!

Mar 31, 2015

Ladies! The Hotel Omni Mont-Royal has recently launched a unique happening: The Soirées FashiOmnistas in collaboration with Clarins and The Hudson's Bay. Every Thursday night, the fashionistas are invited to meet their friends for happy hour at the chic Alice Bar in Montreal's Golden Square Mile.

Since I have always had a thing for hotel bars, I was thrilled to be recently invented to attend the first edition of this sophisticated event. Located near the newly renovated hotel lobby and facing Sherbrooke Street, the Alice Bar is the perfect setting for an elegant cocktail reception. First opened in the 70s, the place is named after the late local artist Alice Winant and features a statuesque bronze, Alice, dedicated to love.

At the opening, the downtown bar offered some fancy hors d'oeuvres to nibble as well as a wide selection of fine wines, champagnes and signature cocktails designed by the resident mixologist. There was plenty of fun stuff to do aside from mingling with friends and meeting a new acquaintance. We were invited to stop by the Clarins station to have our makeup refreshed, to enter a draw to win a two-night luxury stay at the hotel and to try on flash tattoos, the sassy metallic temporary tattoos. The Bay also had models to showcase the latest trends available at their store. What's not to love?

Here's a picture from my Instagram feed:

With the lovely Marie from La P'tite Madame
It was such a relaxed atmosphere thanks to the cozy decor and the cheerful music played by DJ Olivia. I had so much fun! I even went back in February, a few days before Valentine's Day. That's when I had my picture taken with fellow bloggers...

With fellow bloggers Tornade Rousse, La P'tite Madame & Diva Joly

I hope to see you there soon!

Catherine xo

Image credit: Hotel Omni Mont-Royal & Clarins

Whimsical Easter Chocolates

Mar 30, 2015

Easter has always been one of my favourite holidays. It usually means that spring is here. We finally get to leave our winter coats home, wear shoes (or sandals, if we are very lucky), dress in pastel clothes and obviously eat plenty of chocolate bunnies. I went for a hot chocolate at Juliette & Chocolat the other day to help me cope with the endless winter we are having this year. While I was there, I fell in love with the playful Easter chocolates they had on display. They were just too cute, I couldn't resist picking some. Isn't the mouse on a piece of gruyère the sweetest thing ever (can you tell I'm half Swiss!)? 
Have a lovely week ladies!

Beauty Queen Hair With CHI

Mar 27, 2015
CHI, the brand who brought us the flat iron and the ceramic compound, has just released Miss Universe Style Illuminate, a new glam hairstyle collection. While I can't say that I am the biggest user of hair styling products - I pretty much have a free-spirited approach to hair care much like the French women - I'm always in when it's time to try new beauty products.

Initially created to help the Miss Universe contestants, who need to style their hair many different ways every single day during the course of a pageant, the line is also meant to be quite user friendly even for non-professionals. The main idea behind this line is flexibility in the sense that these products were developed to take you from day to night and allow you to create more than one style in one day. The key ingredients found in this new line are Moringa and Macadamia oils, both rich in vitamins and antioxidants to help nourish, add shine and protect hair against heat damage.

I have tried four different products from the line, the first one being Set The Stage Blow Dry Spray. I have used a few pumps of this heat protection spray before blow-drying my hair. Now, although I don't own the most sophisticated hair dryer, I have been surprised to see how fast my hair tend to dry whenever I used this product. 

The second product I have tried is the Spotlight Shine Spray. It's basically a spray that adds shine while taming flyaways. The result is instantaneous and very natural. Interestingly enough, this product is also used on beauty pageant to add shine to the legs before a swimsuit competition. The third product I have tried is the Rock Your Crown Firm Hair Spray. This is a maximum hold hair spray that also adds shine. I love how it gives firm control without adding stiffness. 

The Moringa & Macadamia Oil is the fourth product I have tried from the range. I might be quite biased to this oil because I am currently having a massive crush on face and hair oils. Like many other similar oils, this new one can be applied as a finishing cream, as a hair treatment to nourish hair and to protect hair from UV rays. The particularity of this oil is its gorgeous fragrance. In fact, the entire line has the same addictive smell that just puts you in such a good mood. To add to that, the four products I have tried don't seem to create much excess buildup, which is usually what I dislike about hairstyling products in general.

I hope this will inspire you to try new hairdos for spring. Let me know what you think of this line!

Catherine xo

Spring At Burberry

Mar 25, 2015
Burberry Kisses in Peach Delight and Rose Blush & Burberry Brit Rhythm For Her Floral
Spring is most definitely around the corner thanks to Brit Rhythm For Her Floral from Burberry. It's a fresh and sensual scent with a fruity twist. At first spray, it is rather citrusy almost as if you were visiting an orange grove in Calabria. But once it dries down, it turns out into the most pleasant woody and musky smell. It also has subtle powdery note, which reminds a bit of my beloved Chanel N.19 Poudré. While it is a light and delicate fragrance, it has a surprisingly long lasting power. And to add to that, the soft pink textured glass bottle is so chic.

As a lipstick lover, I was beyond thrilled when I heard that Burberry was launching a new collection of Burberry Kisses with 28 sophisticated shades inspired by their runway collection. Not only is the range of colour divine - with some endearing Brit names such as Union Red, English Rose, Devon Sunset - but also the packaging is to die for! Each lipstick is embossed with the iconic plaid design and comes in a gunmetal magnetic case. Oh so very elegant. With a blend of tea, lavender and rosehip, the Burberry Kisses offer an hydrating formula that can be buildable from sheer to full coverage depending on your preference. It's the perfect little luxury if you want to add bit of Burberry in your life.

Have you tried the Burberry Kisses? If you have a thing for soft peach shades, you'll love Peach Delight. 
Catherine xo

The Bridal Boudoir Affair

Mar 23, 2015

Newly engaged or already planning your dream wedding? 
Then head over to the Bridal Boudoir Affair this Sunday at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Montreal. Organized by wedding planner Maddy K, this boutique bridal show will bring together the most talented wedding professionals to help you pull off your big day. Under the theme "The Enchanted Garden" vendors will dazzle you with the finest gowns, jeweleries, bridal accessories, invitations, cakes, centerpieces and more to give you plenty of inspiration. 

And don't miss the highly anticipated fashion show scheduled at 3PM, which will feature splendid haute-couture dresses from Marchesa, Monique L'Huillier, Oscar de la Renta, Jenny Packham and Reem Acra. I'm sure brides-to-be will be swooning over the stunning assortments of gowns and lingerie collection.

I think we can expect another upscale edition filled with romantic ideas and wonderful surprises. It's Sunday ladies, book your ticket here!

Catherine xo
Image credit: Badger Photography

Not Your Classic Trench Coat

Mar 19, 2015

Although I have always had a thing for the classic British trench coat, it was love at first sight when I saw the Gilman coat from Judith & Charles. There is an understated elegance about the clean lines, the high collar and the sumptuous olive green shade that I find absolutely appealing. But again, have you ever seen an outwear piece from this Montreal brand that wasn't impeccable?

Trench coat: Judith & Charles / Shades: Dolce & Gabbana 
Timepiece: Triwa Ivory Lansen Chrono  /Earrings: Swarovski


Photo credit: Denis Vayer

6 Maybelline Finds Worth Trying

Mar 16, 2015
Have you checked the Maybelline display at the drugstore lately? As much as I enjoy high-end beauty products and fancy packaging, there is something to be said about discovering fun beauty bits at a fraction of the price while shopping for Kleenex and cough syrup. Here are some Maybelline finds that have rocked my world lately: 
Face Studio Master Conceal: A creamy concealer perfect for covering dark circles and blemishes. I like the slim packaging for carrying around.
Lash Sensational Mascara: The BEST drugstore mascara to add definition and give a lengthening effect without clumping. It gives beautiful long lashes in seconds.
Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara: An easy to apply wand applicator to add colour and texture to your brows. It gives a natural look and it stays all day.
Eye Studio Color Molten: This reminds me of a lighter version of the Color Tattoo line. I have the duo Plush Fusion, which I like to apply with fingers because it blends quite smoothly.
Color Sensational Vivids: I am in love with the shade On Fire Red, a vibrant and creamy red with long lasting staying power.
Color Elixir by Color Sensational: A pretty lipgloss palette ranging from soft nudes to bold colours. They feel like a balm on the lips and their lasting power is impressive for a gloss. My favourite shade is blushing petal (505)
Which Maybelline products have you discovered recently?

Catherine xo

3 High Tech Skincare Products To Covet

Mar 13, 2015

Want to know which skincare products I have enjoyed using lately? Read on...

Filorga Hyal-Defence Hyaluronic Acid Protection Serum ($88/30ml)
Similar to all the products created by French Laboratoires Filorga, the star ingredient in this serum is hyaluronic acid. This key anti-aging ingredient helps skin cling on to water since it has the ability to retain up to 1000 times its weight in water. I have used Hyal-Defence mainly to treat face dehydration due to the harsh winter we have had this year. I like how it imparts an important dose of moisture while providing a plumped and luminous effect.

The Body Shop Drops Of Youth Bouncy Sleeping Mask ($30/90ml)
First introduced in Korea, sleeping masks are finally arriving on the North America market. And what a luxurious concept it is. It's basically an ultra rich overnight cream which you apply in thick layer once a week, at the end your evening beauty routine (following your serum and moisturiser). You simply let the mask absorbed while you sleep and you'll wake up with a smooth and refreshed face. This sleeping mask contains Edelweiss stem cells, a protected plant, which grows in the Alps. The star ingredient offers many antioxidants properties, protects from the sun and increase collagen production. 

Optimera Day Cream by Nerium ($138 for day & night cream/30ml each)
This is the only skincare in the world to be made with the patent-pending SAL-14, which contains botanical extracts such as Bidens pilosa and Centella asiatica. According to Nerium, this product helps to improve smoothness, texture, elasticity and to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. While I can't attest the to latter, I have noticed that my skin feels hydrated, radiant and more even when I use this day cream. 

Which skincare products have you tried lately?

Catherine xo

Exotic Decor Ideas At HomeSense

Mar 10, 2015

Tired of the lingering winter? Then head over to HomeSense for vibrant and exotic ideas to add spark to your interior decor. This spring, the store will be filled with great finds to transform your home interior into an idyllic and restful place. From a dreamy Bali-inspired bedroom, to a wild safari sitting area, a chic Hamptons beach cottage or a cozy outdoor space, HomeSense will have plenty of captivating prints, unexpected artifacts - such as colourful handwoven rafia baskets and bowls fairly sourced from communities in Ouganda - and awesome furniture to swoon over. As you might know, the trick is to visit the store often as they receive new shipments of goodies every single week.

I felt so inspired by the Balinese style bedroom with pretty pastel pillows. Isn't inviting?

Catherine xo

Happy Women's Day!

Mar 8, 2015

In honour of Women's Day, I would like to share with you this quote from the iconic Audrey Hepburn: "I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong, I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls,  I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles".

Happy Women's Day ladies!

Catherine xo

Fav Beauty Bits

Mar 6, 2015
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!

Catherine xo