Inspired by the Bloomsbury girl, Burberry’s Fall 2014 collection contains shades of slate blue, pinks and elderberry. Continue reading BURBERRY // FALL 2014
October 2nd to 4th, Pascal Grand’maison, Diorshow Make Up Artist Canada, will be at The Bay on Queen Street teaching tips and tricks from behind the scenes, and sharing his knowledge on Dior products as well as the Fall 2014 line. Continue reading NEWS // MEET PASCAL GRAND’MAISON, DIOR MAKEUP ARTIST
Dior is inviting everyone to come and discover their signature beauty look this Fall from September 3rd to 14th at Hudson’s Bay. Call to book an appointment with your closest beauty counter for a makeup, fragrance and skincare consultation from a Dior makeup artist and learn some tips and tricks. Continue reading NEWS // DIOR STYLE YOUR BEAUTY EVENT
A few weeks ago, I saw Maleficent (I know, super late). My sister and I were in awe at Angelina’s skilled contouring and also at how pretty Elle Fanning looked. Continue reading CLARINS // FALL 2014 LADYLIKE COLLECTION
I don’t think that I could write a better/more hilarious description of MAC’s new Fall 2014 collection, so here is the text from the press release itself (they must have hired a romance novelist, I swear, or the office had a lot of fun writing that day): Continue reading NEWS // A NOVEL ROMANCE FROM MAC FALL 2014
As if fall couldn’t get any prettier (see Chanel and Dior), Clarins is bringing soft pinks and taupes to the cooler months with their Ladylike collection.
The line features the new Ombre Matte eyeshadows (6 shades), 5 new additions to the Rouge Éclat lipstick collection, as well as a new blush, eyeshadow palette, brow palette and eye primer.
Personally, I’m looking forward to the lipstick, blush and new Ombre Matte shadows–Clarins has great lipstick formulations; the tone of blush looks like it would create a beautifully subtle flush; and I’m interested to see what these matte shadows are all about.
The Ladylike collection will be available at Clarins counters in August.
Also being released this Fall, a new foundation: True Radiance, which promises to perfect skin, while evening and illuminating the complexion. As Clarins loves to work with plants, this foundation is enriched with moisturizing and anti-pollution properties which provide luminosity and help protect the skin against external aggressors as well as the sun with an SPF of 15. True Radiance will be available in 12 shades.
As promised, here for you a have a small sampling of Chanel’s Fall 2014 collection, États Poétiques. As I mentioned before, Chanel’s Fall is all about innocence with a heart of darkness–all shades of pink punctuated with plums and navy.
What excited me the most when I received my package (more than just receiving packages in general), was the nail polish–as you know, I adore Chanel polishes–I think they are top notch when it comes to colours and I am a sucker for the packaging.
I received two of the three from the upcoming collection, Secret and Orage, a milky peachy-pink and a dark grey/navy mix.
Since it is still summer, I tried on Secret first–I assumed it would be a normal French manicure colour (and actually identical to my Tom Ford Sugar Dune), but I was mistaken. It’s quite opaque and finishes as a slightly brighter peachy-pink, which gives a really clean, elegant, polished look, while being more interesting than the usual light flesh tone. This one grows on me every time I use it. As for application, it goes on a bit streaky at first, but as a second coat is applied, it settles into a smooth finish. Regardless of the season, I think this would be a great shade to have in your polish wardrobe.
Orage is actually a complex little gem–when I first glanced at it, I thought it was just a charcoal grey, but when I looked at it a second time, I realized that there is quite a lot of dark blue in it, which made me love it even more. Once applied, it takes on more of a dark navy tone, looking more grey in some lights. Obsessed. This will be my Fall shade of the season.
The Écriture de Chanel eyeliner pen is not a new item, however the formula has been updated and the applicator has been changed, and it makes drawing on a cat-eye or flick a breeze. The felt tip is quite wet and saturated, allowing one-coat to do the trick.
Hésitation, a sort of browny-reddish shade (sort of like a red wine, reminds me of MAC’s Capricious lipstick) with a slight shimmer, applies quite sheerly, but could be easily built up. I was sort of, pardon the pun, hesitant, about this shade, worrying it might make me look scary, but this is quite wearable either for everyday or on a night out. It is quite a powdery texture, but that makes it quite easy to blend.
Winners all around! Well done Chanel! However, if you’re looking to splurge on only one item from the new collection, I would go for one of the nail polishes, they’re beautiful!
And then Jordan will start dressing like an old Englishman (it’s what he secretly wants, anyways)…
And then one day we will have super stylish children.
And someone willbuy me the Comme des Garçons Converse sneakers (in the canvas colour, please).
Why? Ya, I’m love all the wine shades this fall (and what seems like every fall…), but in terms of removal, I can’t just swipe it off and go. We all know the “I just killed someone” residue of red-toned polishes. And since I can’t have my nails done at work, I need a polish that’s easy-come-easy-go. Which leads me to the fabulous brush. It’s one of those not-too-flimsy, wider brushes that just seems to coat the nail faster and easier.
Now for the colour. It literally looks like a dull black in the bottle. I was completely fooled by it’s seemingly boring colour. Because it’s a completely not boring colour. When I wore it, I noticed that in some lighting it had a burgundy hue, then in different light it looked a bit like a really dark emerald shade and then sometimes it even had a blueish sheen. I mean how cool is that?! And to top it off, it’s thick formula lasts exceptionally long and dries exceptionally quickly. It’s now my go-to varnish for autumn, because it goes with everything and it’s such great quality. How’s that for a plain ol’ black?
Aurelia Probiotic Skincare, a new BioOrganic British brand, has created a line of products that work with the effects of probiotics and botanicals to promote healthy skin by fighting inflammation–the main cause of skin aging. There is no bad stuff in their products–you won’t find chemicals or pore-clogging ingredients here.
Probiotics are the good bacteria that you always hear about in the yogurt commercials; they create a healthy environment for your stomach and help digestion, and can help with eczema and acne among other things. I, myself, take probiotic supplements everyday to help my sensitive/lactose intolerant stomach. There is some new research that shows that since probiotics make for a happy tummy, they might also help to clear skin. The theory is that whatever is going on in your gut will show up on your skin (a.k.a. healthy gut=healthy skin).
Aurelia’s products are lush–the day and night creams are luxuriously silky and beautifully scented (as are all of the products) with bergamot, chamomile, eucalyptus, lavender, neroli, jasmine, plumeria, tuberose, rose, mandarin and rosemary. The aromatic cleanser throughly cleanses the skin, but leaves it feeling soft and supple. For an extra hydrating/anti-aging kick, a few drops of the Cell Repair Night Oil boosts your skin’s ability to repair your skin overnight. The oil can be applied every night under moisturizer for those with dryer skin, or a few nights a week for oilier skin. Essential fatty acids, antioxidants and oils help to fight free radicals and reduce oxidative stress.
Since starting to use their line, I get less pimples, my skin is clearer, more even-toned and well hydrated.
I’m so glad that Aurelia wanted to work with us on this video, as I love their whole range, and essentially, this video and post allows me to create one big review rather than a bunch of small ones.
In case you’re interested what other products I use in my routines, I’ve listed them here for you:
Cleanser: Aurelia Miracle Cleanser
Eye cream: Eysilix
Moisturizer: Aurelia Cell Revitalise Day Moisturiser
First cleanse: Ren Rosa Centifolia No.1 Purity Cleansing Balm
Second cleanse: Aurelia Miracle Cleanser
Eye cream: Eysilix
Face oil: Aurelia Cell Repair Night Oil
Moisturizer: Cell Revitalise Night Moisturiser
Aurelia’s products are also all available on Net-a-Porter.