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BEAUTYCOUNTER · Desert Sunrise Collection Spring 2017


The move towards “green beauty” has been steadily growing over the last few years, but non-toxic beauty products have not always been all that … sexy. There’s no reason to trade quality over safety, and California-based brand BEAUTYCOUNTER is shrugging off the industry’s notion that clean = boring, and this latest Desert Sunrise Collection couldn’t be a better example of this line of thinking.



Guerlain · Shalimar Collection by Natalia Vodianova, Holiday 2016



Several weeks ago I was honoured to be amongst a select few invited to a special media preview of the Guerlain Shalimar Collection for Holiday 2016 which was held at Restaurant Europea in the heart of downtown Montréal. Discreetly tucked away on de la Montagne Street, the unassuming exterior belies the gastronomic delights we were about to discover, along with the exquisite beauty collection itself. Presented by key members of the Guerlain team along with International Makeup Artist for the brand, Maxime Poulin (whose talent is simply phenomenal), we were given a thorough breakdown of not only the entire collection, but of several other new releases, including Orchidée Imperial Black, the most über-luxurious skincare cream I’ve ever come across, and the newest additions to the Les Exclusifs de Guerlain fragrance range.

The Guerlain holiday release is always one of the season’s most highly anticipated (last year’s version sold out as soon as it hit counters), and the Shalimar Collection which was created by Shalimar face & muse Natalia Vodianova in collaboration with the house’s Creative Director, Olivier Echaudemaison, is no exception — drawing inspiration from Imperial India and one of history’s great love stories, that of Shah Jahan and Mumtaz Tahal. Their passion and love for one another has since reached legendary status and when she passed away, her grief-stricken husband dedicated one last homage to her: the creation of one of the seven wonders of the world, the Taj Mahal, a tomb fit for a queen.

I’m going to warn you right now: this post is quite picture-heavy so get comfortable and read on. I’ve begun with the event itself, immediately followed by my review with swatches of the entire collection. I’ve also included the Shalimar full-length video produced by Bruno Aveillan — an absolute must-see for any die-hard romantic. Personally, I can watch this on repeat all day long as it is just so beautifully crafted and visually arresting. Then there’s the divine jewelry worn by Natalia that I’m absolutely lusting after …

*Note that the entire collection is limited edition


Natalia Vodianova for Shalimar

The Legend of Shalimar, directed by Bruno Aveillan



The venue: Restaurant Europea, downtown Montréal, Québec


Brought to the event from the Guerlain vault: the Shalimar Talisman Bizantin by Maison Gripoix, bearing 1.5 litres of Shalimar Extract and valued at $11,500 — of which there are only 25 pieces in the world




It’s all in the details: delicate beading surrounds the neck with the iconic chauve-souris (bat) label in front




Table settings and ambiance — all perfectly meshed






Guerlain Shalimar Collection by Natalia Vodianova, Holiday 2016


Lobster Capuccino with truffle purée


Lower-River shrimps & pea gazpacho, creamy celery remoulade, citronnade, roasted sunflower seeds & wild pansy petals (*photo taken before the gazpacho was added)


Strips of cured meat paired with white wine


Caramelized scallops, citrus & yuzu juice, creamy risotto with green sprouts & crispy-fondant sautéed mushrooms


Lemon Pie Cristalline with fresh berries


Vanilla meringue buttons and raspberry cotton candy





Guerlain · Shalimar Collection by Natalia Vodianova, Holiday 2016


The uniqueness of this collections starts with the intense cobalt blue outer packaging, a  hue that’s also carried throughout the rest of the pieces. Inspired by the colours of India’s precious  metals and stones, blue & gold decorates the detailing of the Météorites container, a design which is reminiscent of elegantly delicate lapis lazuli jewelry boxes. Taking things to the next level, a faux-sapphire cabochon adorns the luxurious Rouge G lipstick, turning this ubiquitous beauty item into a covet-worthy work of art that just begs to be taken out in public. Rounding the collection out is the body & hair spray; delicate, ethereal and the only festive touch you’ll need for the holidays.


Precious Light Pink Pearly Illuminator (CAN $62.00) | A subtle highlighter in a pen format that you click to release the product onto the brush. The shade is a pale pink with pearly reflects and can be used to bring radiance to key points of the face: inner or outer corners of the eye, upper cheekbones, bridge of the nose, brow bone and/or cupid’s bow of the lips. The shade is actually universally wearable due to the complexity of the pearly particles, and should even suit the darkest complexions without appearing ashy.


Guerlain · Precious Light Pink Pearly Illuminator


Guerlain · Precious Light Pink Pearly Illuminator swatches



Écrin Shalimar Precious Eyeshadows, Gold & Sapphire (CAN $51.00) | The two shades of this palette are not only incredibly complex formula-wise, but work in perfect harmony together. The gold has a nice balance of both cool and warm tones, therefore making it workable on a broad range of skin tones, while the sapphire is truly jewel-like with hints of indigo, purple and even a fine blue shimmer thrown in to keep it unique. The texture is incredibly smooth — almost creamy to the touch — and blends beautifully. The colour of both shades, while not initially overly strong, is also easily built up; you can apply either as a sheer wash of colour, or layered for more impact and depth of tone. One thing to note with Guerlain eyeshadows: if you opt to use the shades damp, then you probably won’t be able to go back to using either dry again, as wetting them changes the texture.


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Écrin Shalimar Precious Eyeshadows, Gold & Sapphire


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Écrin Shalimar Precious Eyeshadows, Gold & Sapphire


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Écrin Shalimar Precious Eyeshadows, Gold & Sapphire swatches


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Écrin Shalimar Precious Eyeshadows, Gold & Sapphire



L’Or Eyeliner, Felt Eyeliner Sparkling Gold (CAN $42.0) | A scintillating gold eyeliner with a felt tip for ease of use and precision application. The texture is initially cooling to the touch upon skin (but which dissipates fairly quickly) and you can build up the intensity  for more impact. Apart from using this in place of a traditional eyeliner (i.e.: to line either the upper or lower lash line), you can also apply some to your finger then lightly pat that on the mobile lid for some extra sparkle, or my favourite, along the tips of the outer lashes for a unique glittering touch. There’s about 30 seconds of play time before it sets, because once it does, it’s there until removed. True fact: I swatched a bit on my hand and even after showering, it was still there — how’s that for crazy staying power?


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · L’Or Eyeliner, Felt Eyeliner Sparkling Gold


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · L’Or Eyeliner, Felt Eyeliner Sparkling Gold


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · L’Or Eyeliner, Felt Eyeliner Sparkling Gold swatches




Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Terracotta Terra India Shimmering Bronzing Powder


Terracotta Terra India Shimmering Bronzing Powder (CAN $64.00) | There are several facets that make this Terracotta powder stand apart from the brand’s other versions: first up is the indigo outer packaging, followed by the intricate pattern embossed on the powder’s surface. Not meant to be a bronzer in the traditional sense, the hue appears more rose-gold when applied thus turning it into an almost hybrid highlighter/bronzer type of product. That being said, there’s a unique versatility to this shade in the fact that all skin tones can get something out of it: the über-fair can use this as bronzer without fear of overdoing things, it works as a gorgeous highlighter (neither blingy nor ashy) for women of colour, and makes for a gorgeous touch of radiance for just about everyone. The texture is [unsurprisingly] highly refined and blends/buffs into the skin flawlessly, while the product can be worn either as a sheer wash or layered for more depth — all depending on your preferences and the look you’re going for.


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Terracotta Terra India Shimmering Bronzing Powder


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Terracotta Terra India Shimmering Bronzing Powder


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Terracotta Terra India Shimmering Bronzing Powder


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Terracotta Terra India Shimmering Bronzing Powder swatches




821 Rouge Saphir Rouge G Exceptional Complete Lip Care (CAN $61.00) | The epitome of luxury lip colour, if a fairy-tale Indian princess carried a lipstick, then I’m betting this would have been it. The finesse starts with the casing, which here is a gleaming pewter that bears a solid heft to it and adorned with a faux-sapphire cabochon. Popped open, it reveals a mirror — perfect for touch ups and basically made to be pulled out in public to do so (I mean, how could you not?). The shade is a lush scarlet and so incredibly pigmented that you basically get full coverage/opacity from the first swipe. As to the texture, I almost have no words: buttery, velvety, and hands down superior to anything else I’ve ever applied to my lips. Even the staying power is impressive, lasting through eating & drinking with minimal fading, and leaving a beautiful deep-rose stain behind.


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · 821 Rouge Saphir Rouge G Exceptional Complete Lip Colour


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · 821 Rouge Saphir Rouge G Exceptional Complete Lip Colour


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · 821 Rouge Saphir Rouge G Exceptional Complete Lip Colour swatch





Météorites Perles de Légende (CAN $79.00) | I may have an slight obsession with Météorites, begun when I first discovered these little pearls of perfection years ago and saw first-hand the effect they can have on one’s skin. This collection’s iteration is no less amazing; housed in a stunning metal container that bears a design perhaps Peter Carl Fabergé might have imagined, the 3 shades it holds were personally selected by Natalia as they reminded her of ‘the colour of mosaics in Indian palaces’, although there’s more to them than that. The pink hue provides brightness and enhances the complexion with a touch of freshness, the blue shade works to even out the skin, while the golden hues act as subtle illumination and call forth light to the face.  Bearing the brand’s signature violet fragrance, it does dissipate fairly quickly after application and instead of the usual powder puff (which honestly, I never use) the pearls are protected by a foam cover. Slightly more shimmery than any of the Météorites in the permanent range by virtue of the golden pearls, the effect is still delicate enough that you won’t come off as appearing overly glittery. In fact, trying to describe what this powder does is beyond difficult; you basically have to try it to fully understand, but it’s like an invisible veil that somehow magically makes your skin look a zillion times better. The type that will have people asking what you did, because your complexion looks so good.


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Météorites Perles de Légende


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Météorites Perles de Légende


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Météorites Perles de Légende


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Météorites Perles de Légende


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Météorites Perles de Légende


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Météorites Perles de Légende swatches



Souffle D’Or Perfumed Iridescent Body & Hair Powder (CAN $105.00) | The final crowning touch, Souffle D’Or is literally bottled fairy dust. I kid you not.

Imbued with a subtle version of the Shalimar fragrance, this gossamer-light mist is meant to add delicate golden touches to either hair or skin and retains some of the scent long after it’s applied, only to be picked up ever-so-softly with movement. The indigo bottle bears the traditional Shalimar shape and has that Old Hollywood-glam style bulb for applying it with, lending a sensuous boudoir touch to the entire experience. The shimmery bits come in a variety of sizes and while some may fade, others stay behind along with a whisper of scent, just to keep things interesting.


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Souffle D’Or Perfumed Iridescent Body & Hair Powder


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Souffle D’Or Perfumed Iridescent Body & Hair Powder


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Souffle D’Or Perfumed Iridescent Body & Hair Powder


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Souffle D’Or Perfumed Iridescent Body & Hair Powder (in action)


Guerlain Shalimar Collection · Souffle D’Or Perfumed Iridescent Body & Hair Powder swatch


If you’ve made it all the way to this point, then I applaud you for sticking it out but sometimes you just can’t condense something so spectacular in just a few words or pictures. Guerlain is a luxury brand that refuses to comprise on details, and that fact is brilliantly apparent with the Shalimar Collection, a first for Natalia Vodianova who’s been the muse for the Shalimar fragrance range running on 8 years now. This collection has been beautifully curated and nothing has been overlooked, but it does lean on the steep-side price-wise; the lipstick alone is a hefty investment, but I can honestly say that I have never worn anything like it before (and trust me, I’ve worn a lot). Last year’s Météorites had a waitlist a mile long and something tells me that this year’s version will fare the same, especially when you consider that the shade range is so suitable to a much broader complexion range. With the Christmas season and holidays upon us, any one of the pieces here would make an absolutely incredible gift for the beauty-lover on your list … that’s assuming you don’t scoop everything up for yourself first.

Available November 1



Press samples/As always, all opinions are my own

L’Oréal Paris | Le Vernis à L’Huile Event with Tom Bachik

L'Oreal Vernis a L'Huile event opener

Several weeks ago, I was honoured to be invited to attend the launch of Le Vernis à L’Huile – the newest nail polish range from L’Oréal Paris. As if seeing these new lacquers wasn’t exciting enough, this event was made even more special by several other details: meeting L’Oréal’s Global Nail Designer & celebrity manicurist,Tom Bachik in person (crossed off my bucket list), staying at the über-luxurious Shangri-La Hotel in the heart of downtown Toronto, getting a pampering massage at the Miraj Hammam Spa by Caudalie (conveniently located in the hotel), and having dinner at Momofuko’s Daishō restaurant located adjacent to the hotel and above their famous Momofuku Noodle Bar.

A  review of Le Vernis à L’Huile lacquers will be coming soon.

A huge thank you to the entire L’Oréal Paris team for making this magical trip happen.

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Mandatory travel shot

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Hello, Toronto!

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The Shangri-La Hotel, Toronto

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Upon arrival at the hotel and thanks to my flight being a little late, I had just enough time to drop my bag off in my room, then I headed directly for my massage and some de-stressing time. With architecture and decor details drawing inspiration from the Middle East, Paris, & Marrakech, the Miraj Hammam by Caudalie Spa is an oasis of calm – as well as equipped with the award-winning Caudalie product range. The experience began in a soothing room that made me feel like I was entering a harem, and after being met by my masseur, Justin, I was led to another room where I received the most incredibly relaxing hour-long massage. Before heading back to the locker room to change, I was once again invited to once again relax in the ‘harem’ room, where I was also treated to piping hot mint tea, fruit & mini baklava (for the record, all were inhaled).

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I initially thought this fountain at the entrance was filled with Skittles…

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The ‘harem’ room

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I mean, can’t you just picture this filled with a bevy of giggling women?

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One of the massage rooms

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Post-massage treats

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I’m definitely glowing

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Getting back to my room, I was greeted by some wonderful goodies: a few treats to snack on from Momofuku Milk Bar (the restaurant is actually connected to the hotel) and a lovely welcoming note from my host, Kristina. As to the room itself (which was beautifully appointed & drop-dead gorgeous), I totally forgot to take pictures of it all — with the exception of the bathroom, which was not only vast but covered in marble and even came equipped with a tv built into the mirror, along with the cutest patio/balcony that even boasted its own lovely garden as well.

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The hallway leading to my room: totally museum-worthy

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L'Oreal Vernis a L'Huile event travel makeup

The least amount of makeup I’ve EVER travelled with

I had some time to rest up and get ready for the event, which was held at Her Majesty’s Pleasure, a combination salon/spa & cocktail bar located on King St. West in the city’s trendy Fashion District. Upon arriving at the venue, we were welcomed with glasses of bubbly and treats inspired by the nail polish shades (which were actually quite delicious, despite the unusual colours). A long marble bar in the room was transformed for the day with individual nail stations that were personalized for each invited guest, in preparation for the workshop we were about to receive and led by Tom Bachik. I was blown away to find my spot located at the top of the table, right beside Tom himself!

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Top: Denim & Supply ♦ Jeans: Frame Denim ♦ Shoes: Stuart Weitzman

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Lust-inducing: a wall of the new Le Vernis à L’Huile nail polish range

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After a brief introduction and learning Tom’s story of how he became involved in this industry, we were invited to choose our preferred shade and got to work painting our nails, all supervised by the master himself. I chose Blanc de Lune, a creamy off-white and my go-to colour of choice when testing out a new range (plus I have a thing for white nail polish). Putting some of Tom’s tips into effect, I was able to pull off a pretty decent manicure – considering that I wasn’t in my usual work space. Once the photo ops were done, the event was finished but my day was far from over, as I was invited to have dinner with the L’Oréal crew AND TOM BACHIK at the city’s newest hot spot, Daishō.

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Oh hai Tom & Kristina! (she’s going to kill me for this shot but I think she looks adorable)

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Blanc de Lune, a seriously gorgeous white

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Grabbed from Kristina’s Snapchat

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With Tom Bachik, who is truly such a genuine and nice person

Seated across from Tom at the dinner table was a pinch-me moment, but his humble and down-to-earth personality made it feel more like sitting with a longtime friend. Over a dinner of the most amazing food I’ve tried to date (there was this meat dish served with steamed rice buns that I’m still salivating over) we discussed nails (duh), sports cars (yes, I’m a fan), and family (we both have children of similar ages and have been married to our respective spouses for about the same length of time too!). Leaving the restaurant, we stopped downstairs for Momofuku’s famous Cereal Milk™ Soft Serve (it really does taste exactly like milk at the bottom of a bowl of Corn Flakes) that we enjoyed in the hotel’s lobby area, to the sound of live jazz playing around us. A bottle of Veuve Clicquot capped off the night, then it was finally off to bed, where a gift box filled with 12 of the new shades was waiting for me ∗insert happy squealing sounds

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Beef Brisket served with Steamed Buns, Crab Mayo & Green Papaya Slaw

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Milk Bar’s famous Cereal Milk™ Soft Serve X 6

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……le sigh……

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Ready to head for home

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Bonjour, Montréal

Guerlain | La Petite Robe Noire Fashion Show, Denim Jacket Nail Colour & meeting Thierry Wasser

Guerlain event & Denim Jacket opener


A few weeks ago, I was thrilled to meet Thierry Wasser, “nose” and Exclusive Perfumer for Guerlain, creator of so many unforgettable scents (literally, too many to list here) and the genius behind the brand’s latest La Petite Robe Noire fragrance. As charming and funny as he is talented (seriously, we were doubled over laughing at times), this special event was held at Montréal’s Centre des Sciences and the evening featured several launches: the latest iteration for La Petite Robe Noire, Eau de Parfum Intense, along with new shades for both nails and lips in the La Petite Robe Noire Maquillage collection.

After briefing us about the inspiration behind this latest fragrance, we were then treated to an exclusive private fashion show featuring a variety of gorgeous black dresses (literally ‘la petite robe noire’, natch) with the makeup looks created by über-talent and Guerlain’s International Makeup Artist, Maxime Poulin. The breakdown (all using Guerlain products):

  • Skin: prepped with L’Or Primer, followed by Parure Gold Foundation & Precious Light Illuminator
  • Face: Terracotta Classique under cheekbones (to create soft definition), a touch of Morning Rose Blush on the apples of the cheeks and Meteorites Pearls used in the centre of the face and on tops of cheekbones for added radiance
  • Brows: kept soft with just a few pencil strokes, where needed

Eyes (three different looks):

  • Sultry Smokey: using an upcoming Fall palette and Khol Kajal as a base, with the deepest smokey look using the most pigmented black blended even above the crease, black pencil along the lower lash line and layers of Maxi Lash mascara.
  • Iconic: using upcoming new products with the lid kept ‘clean’ and the focus on the sharp liner
  • Deconstructed: Coloured liner used both on top and bottom lash lines, half-way and extended far out with blue or purple for a unique fun look
  • Lips: the 20 dresses seen in the show were all accessorized with a different La Petite Robe Noire lipstick and nail shade in unexpected mix & match ways

The show closed with the La Petite Robe Noire bride and Thierry Wasser riding off into the sunset (well, not really… just backstage) but the party continued and I was able to spend some quality time with my ‘Guerlain Family’, as I think of them all.

A review with swatches of the upcoming La Petite Robe Noire lacquer shade in Denim Jacket is at the end of the post — keep scrolling!

Photo Credits (Guerlain event): Tom Conides, aka: my amazing husband

My look: dress – Free People ♦ shoes – Christian Louboutin ♦ lace cuff – Sappho by Kim Smiley ♦ bag – Louis Vuitton

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With Thierry Wasser

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Thierry Wasser for Guerlain

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Scenes from the La Petite Robe Noire exclusive fashion show

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Here comes the bride…

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Thierry Wasser closing the show

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With Maxime Poulin — so grateful to call this lovely being my close friend

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With Josianne Gauthier & Sandrine Breathe, Guerlain Canada

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With William Lescure, Directeur General of Guerlain Canada (and yes, that’s cotton candy)

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Wanderlust #travelgoals (I’ll take any and/or all)

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How could I pass up an opportunity to play the ‘La Petite Robe Noire girl’ with the creator of the fragrance?!

Guerlain event & Denim Jacket

008 Denim Jacket Deliciously Shiny Nail Colour (CAN $27.00) | A true cornflower blue shade in a luxurious crème formula that can be summed up in one word: PERFECTION. With an excellent flow, density and opacity, this beauty is also self-levelling in application, comes to a glossy finish and is non-staining upon removal. As if all that weren’t enough, there’s the added bonus of it being scented with the La Petite Robe Noire fragrance, coming through once the polish has fully dried and which should last easily 48+ hours, although it can be revived with a layer of the matching top coat.

For those unfamiliar with Guerlain lacquers, you should know that their brush is one of my all time favourites; dense but slightly chiselled so that it splayed beautifully and evenly along the nail, making application effortless and a total pleasure.

Coats: 2, plus top coat

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Guerlain | 008 Denim Jacket Deliciously Shiny Nail Colour

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Guerlain | 008 Denim Jacket Deliciously Shiny Nail Colour swatch

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Guerlain | 008 Denim Jacket Deliciously Shiny Nail Colour swatch


La Petite Robe Noire Deliciously Shiny Nail Colour in Denim Jacket will be pre-launched at select Guerlain boutiques August 1, across Canada as of November 1


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A huge thank you goes out to the amazing Guerlain team

As always, all opinions are my own

Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal Benefit Gala 2016

Grand Ballets Gala opener


Earlier this month I was invited to attend the exclusive Benefit Gala 2016 of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal, the prestigious cultural event held every year that is so highly anticipated by some of this city’s most influential patrons (and who are willing to fork over $800.00 per person for). On the brink of Les Grands Ballets’ 60th anniversary, this year’s version was held at the Stade Uniprix and featured a sumptuous pre-dinner cocktail where the Moët & Chandon champagne was [literally] flowing, beauty touch-up stations were provided by CHANEL, and plenty of photo ops abounded.

Upon entering the ballroom, we were greeted with lavish gold accents on the dinner tables with a thoughtfully placed gift bag from Holt Renfrew/Ogilvy at each place setting (which included a fab Diptyque candle). The simple yet elegant menu featured 3 courses, each paired by its own wine duo. There were two stages set up at either end of the room; one featured the live band 1945 by Paul Chacra Entertainment who played a diverse range of music and literally had everyone on the dance floor from the second the dinner was over (my pounding feet at the end of the evening were testament to how amazing the band was), and on the other stage we were were treated to a live performance of excerpts of La Lueur de l’Aube by Ken Ossola — created in 2016 and featuring music by Sergei Rachmaninoff. As if all this wasn’t enough there was also the most amazing grand prize worth over $20,000 up for grabs, but which I sadly didn’t win: a trip to Paris (Business Class) with Air France in March 2017, which included the opportunity to attend the CHANEL fashion show during Fashion Week, a private tour of Coco Chanel’s apartment and the Fine Jewelry Shop at 18 Place Vendôme… and more. Yes, I’m still in mourning over not winning ∗sigh∗. I did buy a raffle ticket for which I won a lovely Aquascutum business card holder, however #consolationprize

While breathtaking to be a part of, it’s also important to note that the funds raised by this yearly event play a crucial role in maintaining the level of excellence that Les Grands Ballets has become known for. This troupe may be renown world-wide and acknowledged as one of the best there is, but what’s not as readily known is their altruistic side and how much they give back to society, from opening up their doors during the holiday season to give young children from Montréal’s disadvantaged neighbourhoods a chance to take part in educational workshops and to attend personalized performances of The Nutcracker, to their creation of the National Centre for Dance Therapy that works with several health and social services to promote the healing benefits of dance, amongst other goals.

All I can say is that this was certainly a night to remember and having met several of the dancers, I am in awe of all that they do and the dedication they bring to their craft. If you happen to be in Montréal, I highly recommend you catch one of Les Grands Ballets many wonderful performances – you will definitely be left emotionally moved.

Gown: Ralph Lauren ♦ Shoes: Prada ♦ Purse: Gucci ♦ Jewelry: Tiffany & Co


Grand Ballets Gala photo op

With my amazing husband (don’t we clean up well?!)

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With my lovely colleagues Eli Garcia (Eli In The Walk-In) & Catherine Forest (Pearls & Caramel)

Grands Ballets Gala Cocktail 3

Grand Ballets Gala chandelier

The Ballroom

Grands Ballets Gala 2

Grands Ballets Gala table decor

Grands Ballets Gala 4


Grands Ballets Gala 5

…always working…

Grands Ballets Gala dinner 1

Entrée: Seafood Gratin with Black Périgord truffles accompanied by a Printanière salad of fiddleheads, green asparagus, crab and lobster meat with a white asparagus cream & raspberry vinaigrette

Wines: Chardonnay Rita’s Crown 2011 (California), Sauvignon Quartz Kellerei, Cantina Terlan 2013 (Italy)

Grands Ballets Gala dinner 2

Main Course: Osso Bucco on the half bone with stuffed marrow, purée of Saffron Yukon Gold potatoes, fresh seasonal vegetables

Wines: Pinot Noir Hayley 2011 (California), Lolita Ranch Zinfandel 2012 (California)

Grands Ballets Gala dinner 3

Dessert: Feuilleté tout Chocolat over Madagascar vanilla Crème Anglaise and pistachio cream

Dessert Wine & Northern Harvest Rye Whisky, Crown Royal (Canada)

Grands Ballets Gala decor

Grands Ballets Gala 1


Grands Ballets Gala dancers 1

La Lueur de L’Aube (excerpt), performed by Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal

Grands Ballets Gala dancers 3

Grands Ballets Gala entertainment

1945 by Paul Chacra Entertainment

Grands Ballets Gala with Camille

With the gorgeous Camille (Le Cahier), a Montréal powerhouse 

Grands Ballets Gala with Ton Petit Look twins

My fab table mates, twins Carolane & Josiane Stratis of Ton Petit Look

Grands Ballets Gala Ogilvy's Beefeater

∗eye candy∗

Grands Ballets Gala 7

….and that’s a wrap!

Grands Ballets Gala panorama

Many thanks to the fundraising committee of Les Grands Ballets Canadiens de Montréal for this wonderful invitation