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I’m a big fan of moisturizing, be it for my skin, body, nails, as well as hair, so when I was recently invited to try out Fusio-Dose™ from Kérastase® at one of Montréal’s top hair salons (apparently Céline Dion is a client), I totally jumped at the chance.
Loved (and lauded) by stylists & celebrities alike, there are many reasons why luxury haircare brand Kérastase® has earned such a devoted following: these products work. They might be priced on the steep side, but the payoff is strong, healthy, and vibrant hair – I’d say that’s a pretty good deal, wouldn’t you agree?
Originally launched in 2011, Kérastase® Fusio-Dose™ is:
‘The first personalized mix of hairstylist-blended super-concentrated active ingredients for treating the surface of the hair without weighing down the fiber. Four concentrated care formulas are mixed with four powerful active ingredients offering multiple combinations for a custom-designed treatment to instantly and lastingly transform the hair’
For 2015, Kérastase® has reformulated the Fusio-Dose™ range to include 20 tailor-made treatment combinations (versus 16 before) that include:
- Concentré Pixelist – Intensification of radiance
- Concentré Oléo-Fusion – Instant nutrion and softness
- Concentré Vita-Ciment – In-depth reconstruction
- Concentré Densifique – Immediate densification
- Booster Brilliance – Amino-Shine active ingredient, 45 000 PPM + Zinc Gluconate
- Booster Densité – Body-enhancing active ingredient, 10 000 PPM
- Booster Reconstruction – Anti-erosion complex, 20 000 PPM + Resurrection Sap
- Booster Nutrition – Nutrition complex, 60 000 PPM + Iris Royal
- Booster Discipline – Smoothing agent, 15 000 PPM + Morpho-Kératine™
The beauty of Fusio-Dose™ treatments, is that not only are they tailored to your hair’s individual needs (a far cry from the one-size-fits-all mentality of conventional haircare treatments), but there’s also no downtime: after washing, the treatment is applied, rinsed out et voilà: you’re done, with the effects lasting easily over a month (more, for those who shampoo less frequently). Doesn’t get sweeter than that.
Opened just over a year ago, Privé par David D’Amours is a salon in the heart of historic Old Montréal and my first surprise was that it’s located at basement level (completely unexpected). The second surprise came upon entering the beautifully lit space, and viewing the stunning decor that while modern, is still in keeping with the ambiance of the neighbourhood, with its concrete floors and exposed stone walls. The club chairs at the washing station are über-comfortable while the adjacent colouring station is expansive and brightly-lit. There’s even a counter/bar area to treat yourself while waiting, along with a seating area that looks like it belongs in a magazine. I absolutely loved the minimalist yet effective layout found at each stylist chair: a floor-to-ceiling mirror flanked on either side by columns of light that also double as hidden storage for all the stylists’ tools and needs, thus avoiding the clutter one usually sees.
The reception desk with its stunning oversized floral display
At the entry, the full Kérastase® lineup
With my glass of champagne in hand (a custom drink was created for the event, but I never turn down bubbly!), I was given a consultation to determine my hair’s needs and learn which Fusio-Dose™ treatment would be best for me. Blessed with good hair genes (thank you, parents) and coupled with the fact that I totally baby my locks, it was decided that we would improve my mane’s overall condition via the Reconstruction booster, to add even more strength and protection against the colouring process.
My stylist for the evening, a charming Venetian-born gentleman named Dennis (yes, Dennis from Venice – and is it just me, or does he also bear a strong resemblance to Gerard Butler?), then led me to his chair and after a few quick questions, he then got to work. I wanted ‘Sexy Hair‘, something with waves and body and so totally a look I never do, mainly because I can’t. After blowing out my tresses using a combination of his fingers and a round brush and then strategically using both curling & flat irons, Sexy Hair, is exactly what he gave me – so much so, that I may have gone overboard with the photos.
Thank you, Dennis ♥
Flanked by my stylist Dennis & owner David D’Amours
My recommended Kérastase® range that I was sent home with
Another surprise that evening, was meeting Chinese-born illustrator Ben Liu and having my personalized illustration created by this talented artist (which I am SO framing).
Oh….haii, Alexa from www.stealing-beauty.com
Thank you to everyone involved for such a wonderful event!
Salon Privé par David D’Amours, 360 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest Suite 601, Montréal, Québec 514.303.4777
Mark your calendars: Spring Beauty Edit 2015, a hotly anticipated one-day-only event from SPACE.NK starts tomorrow and will be available at all 23 US locations, as well as to online shoppers at spacenk.com (US only). During this amazing event, clients are presented with the latest in Spring beauty (as well as looks from their ‘New Bohemian SS15 Campaign‘ going on right now) and can also meet with experts from some of their finest brands for makeovers, advice and tips (call your local store to learn event times, and featured experts/services, as this will vary by location).
Exclusively for the event and in addition to the one-on-one consultations available, SPACE.NK is also offering this Limited Edition Cosmetics Bag/Foldover Clutch that is filled with 28 well-curated selections of must-have featured brands (deluxe, travel, and full-size items valued at well over US $400.00) to shoppers who spend $250.00 or more.
This is SPACE.NK’s most popular event of the year and I encourage you to reserve your space in advance to avoid any disappointment, as this bag usually sells out at the speed of light (the gift bag will also be available to online shoppers, but you’ll need to act fast).
The oversized Cosmetics Bag is made of a heavy-gauge black nylon with a solid brass zipper & pull, and works beautifully as a travel-perfect makeup bag (guaranteed to hold all your beauty and skincare items with ease), but it can also double as a Foldover Clutch – very minimalist chic – again, turning this bag into an excellent travel essential (no need to drag an extra purse with you).
The selection of products included in the bag, are all brands I have been so curious to try and this is the perfect way to test them out, without committing to full-size versions. Considering how fanatic I am about skincare I may just find my next Holy Grail product amongst these lovelies.
SPACE.NK | Spring Beauty Edit 2015
SPACE.NK | Spring Beauty Edit 2015
SPACE.NK | Spring Beauty Edit 2015
Included in the Limited Edition Cosmetics Bag/Foldover Clutch:
· 37 Extreme Actives High Performance Anti-Aging Cream (7ml)
· African Botanics Pure Marula Oil (5ml)
· Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm (7ml)
· Bakel Nutriremedy (10ml)
· Bumble & Bumble Repair Blow Dry (15ml)
· By Terry Cellularose Brightening Serum (4ml)
· Darphin Stimulskin Divine Cream (5ml)
· Diptyque Scented Candle (70g)
· Goldfaden MD Fleuressence Native Botanical Cell Oil (4ml)
· Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF15 (5ml)
· James Read Tan Sleep Mask Tan (25ml)
· Kat Burki Hibiscus Antioxidant Face Mask (7ml)
· Kevyn Aucoin The Flesh Tone Lip Pencil in Medium (0.026oz)
· Lancer The Method: Polish (15ml)
· Malin + Goetz Vitamin B5 Body Moisturizer (29ml)
· Mio Double Buff Dual Action Enzyme Exfoliator (50ml)
· Natura Bissé Essential Shock Intense Cream (10ml)
· NIA24 Sun Damage Prevention SPF30 (75ml, full-size)
· Oribe Shampoo for Beautiful Color (15ml)
· Oribe Conditioner for Beautiful Color (15ml)
· Philip B Oud Royal Forever Shine Conditioner (15ml)
· Radical Skincare Extreme Repair (8ml)
· Ren Keep Young & Beautiful Instant Firming Beauty Shot (10ml)
· Rodial Glamtox Cleanser (30ml)
· Roloxin Lift Revitalizing Facial Treatment (2g)
· Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment (10ml)
· Tata Harper Moisturizing Mask (7.5ml)
· Verso Day Cream (15ml)
SPACE.NK | Spring Beauty Edit 2015
SPACE.NK | Spring Beauty Edit 2015
If you’re fortunate enough to live in an area that has a SPACE.NK store, do yourself a favour and go visit in person, so you can get a jump-start on what you might want to pick up from Spring Beauty Edit 2015 – then make sure to head back bright & early tomorrow to benefit from this amazing one-day-only gift bag (they literally sell out so fast in-store). Or for those who live in the US but don’t have access to a SPACE.NK location, you can also benefit from this promotion via online ordering. Either way, it’s one of the most generous beauty gift with purchase offers that I’ve seen in quite some time, and if you’re going to spend the money anyway, might as well get something fabulous in return, no?
Press sample provided for my unbiased consideration – this post contains affiliate links.
A few weeks ago, select members of the media and I were invited to attend the preview launch of several new Garnier products that have just started making their appearance onto store shelves. The event was held at NINI Meatball House – a quaint & cozy eatery in the heart of trendy Griffintown (Montréal), and while the weather may have been a little on the uncooperative side, the atmosphere at the event more than made up for that.
After a short and informative presentation about the products, we sat down to enjoy one of the most delicious lunches I’ve had in a while (some drooling over my food pics, below, is guaranteed). The place card for each guest was a lavender-scented soy candle in a covered tin and personalized with each person’s initials, while mini bottles of antioxidant rich smoothies (there were 2 varieties – day & night versions) from Montréal’s own Glow Cleanse (you can read about my experience with this brand here) were freely available to try or take home.
With Garner set to launch so many new skincare products (from the Clean, BB, and Skin Renew ranges respectively) the stars of the event, were undoubtedly the introduction of Garnier’s new Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream™ Anti-Age + Anti-Fatigue Night Cream and Ultra-Lift Miracle Sleeping Cream™ Anti-Age + Anti-Fatigue Eye Cream (what’s with these ridiculously long names?). This new technology hails from Korea where ‘sleeping creams’ have been all the rage for some time now, and whose intention is to target one of women’s (and men’s) primary concerns: the look of dullness and fatigue upon the skin. The texture is unique as well – reminding me of a hybrid Jell-O/yogurt mixture (which sounds so much weirder that it is), and a bouncy, almost ‘self-healing’ quality to it … and which just feels so good upon the skin (both products have been put into major testing since that day, and I’ll be sharing my thoughts in an upcoming review).
A huge thank you goes out to all involved for inviting me to such a wonderful event!
Love you, Katie! ♥
I have the same initials as the Queen of England. Just thought I’d point that out.
Asian salmon tartar (appetizer)
Meatballs in tomato sauce with Parmesan shavings & Moroccan lemon couscous
Ice Cream Cookie (caramel ice cream between white chocolate-chip cookies. To die.)
I absolutely love this message – LOVE!
Ever have your makeup done at a beauty counter, go home to try and recreate the same look, then come up with a big fail? In fact, how can anyone possibly mimic such detail, when our eyes are basically closed the entire time the makeup artist does their work, and then we only get to see the finished look, but not the steps leading up to it?
Well, starting January 2015, select Yves Saint Laurent Beauté counters are going to be entering a new hi-tech phase with the help of Google Glass — a couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of giving this technology a spin. Let’s just say that the future of beauty is here. In simple terms, it comes down to the makeup artist wearing the Google Glass gizmo while a look is created on you, while all movements – along with audio instruction – is recorded and presented to you (either via email or on a USB) once complete, which also includes a detailed listing of the products used. What you’re basically getting is the makeup artst’s perspective of how the look was achieved (techniques, placement, etc.), along with a breakdown of the products used, to facilitate re-creating the same look on your own. And this time, you actually get to SEE the process as it unfolds. Pretty neat, huh?
I attended my session with just foundation on – and having my ‘bare’ face recorded for all to see, is unsettling to say the least – but never let it be said I didn’t take one for the team. Featuring products from the upcoming Spring 2015 Collection (available January 2015, reviews coming), there were 3 looks to choose from, and I opted for a more edgy smokey look, featuring the pink shade of the Ombre de Jour Palette (review coming soon). After my makeup artist, Sophie, completed one eye, she then stopped the recording to work on the other eye and add some finishing touches (blush, face powder).
With the tutorial/experience over, I was then able to test drive the glasses for myself, and even though it takes some getting used to, it’s absolutely amazing to see how you can work on a client AND edit a video at the same time, simply by swiping your finger along the arm of the glasses, or even via voice command. Too cool, I tell you.
On another note, looking at Google Glass made me immediately think of that Star Trek: Next Generation episode (“The Game”), where the crew members become enslaved to this bizarre game they play while wearing similar-looking glasses. And yes, I am a Trekker (not Trekkie – there’s a difference) *sci-fi/beauty geek*
For those who live in either Toronto or Montréal, here’s your chance to try the YSL Google Glass experience – space is very limited, so book fast!
- Toronto: Hudson’s Bay Queen St. W, December 11th & 12th (call 416-861-4048 to book)
- Toronto: Hudson’s Bay Yorkdale, December 13th & 14th (call 416-789-7501 to book)
- Montréal: Hudson’s Bay Ste.Catherine St., downtown, December 18th & 19th (call 514-281-4901 x 2683 to book)
Thank you to Sarah & everyone at YSL Beauté/L’Oréal for this experience
Star Trek: Next Generation – The Game episode
YSL x Google Glass | the three looks to choose from
YSL x Google Glass | Pink Smokey look
YSL x Google Glass | Sophie, my makeup artist
YSL x Google Glass | My video. Not thrilled with the lighting and the way it gives my eyes these massive bags that makes me look like I haven’t slept in about 2 weeks, but whatevs. Try to keep the laughter to a low roar, please.
YSL x Google Glass | envy-inducing counter makeup station
YSL x Google Glass | Getting started …
YSL x Google Glass | … and we’re done!
YSL x Google Glass | makes me look smarter, am I right?
YSL x Google Glass | With the always gorgeous, Sarah
YSL x Google Glass | Spring 2015 Collection preview
YSL x Google Glass | Spring 2015 Collection palettes (sequins!)
YSL x Google Glass | Spring 2015 Collection palettes
YSL x Google Glass | Spring 2015 Collection lacquers
YSL x Google Glass | Volupté Tint-In-Oil (new for 2015, review coming)
I think this is one of the most unique beauty experiences I have come across to date, and even though I’m well versed in makeup artistry, I still found it useful to see how a pro wields her brushes and goes about creating a look. For anyone who has ever struggled with eye makeup placement, then you need to try this out. From what I was given to understand, the YSL Google Glass experience is basically in a trial phase right now and depending on how it is received, we can expect to see more makeup pros wearing funky glasses across YSL counters nationwide.
Holiday season is most definitely here, and Dermalogica wants to get your skin a-glowin’! Please join me – along with Jessica of Westmount Fashionista – as we host a fabulous exclusive flagship event at Dermalogica’s Montréal location. Get ready for a fun-filled informative evening on how to achieve your best skin ever, try out the brand’s Skin Bar® to receive that perfectly customized & personalized skincare regimen, and enjoy cocktails along with yummy appetizers – all before leaving with your VIP gift (not to mention tons of great gift ideas for the holidays & beyond).
Looking so forward to meeting you and seeing you there!
Thursday, December 11, 2014
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Dermalogica à Montréal, 132 rue McGill
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org – space is limited, so don’t delay! Mention ommorphia sent you!