The winter trend is to combine shimmery and sfrosted shades with a few flashy colours. The right plan: to search for iridescent white and silver gray tones, highlighted by touches of colour for a hint of fantasy. A ‘must-have’ is the Eccentrico palette from Armani revealing a harmony of four blushes with micronized powders. A simple brush stroke is sufficient to merge the four shades to your complexion. “Eccentricity has never been so chic,” says Linda Cantello, makeup artist at Giorgio Armani.
• Eccentrico Armani, $77
What shape for nails? The right colour? The fashion faux pas to avoid? Because taking care of your nails is the ultimate in pampering, the sSens Soins et Spa specializes in upscale manicures and pedicures. In addition to care, exfoliation, and paraffin treatments, this intimate and contemporary space offers lavish shiatsu massages on table and chair. A well-deserved escape to achieve softer hands, smoother feet, and a Zen spirit within an urban environment!
• 1950 rue Maurice-Gauvin, Laval L- 101 (450) 934 9033 ssens-spa.com
If nails play the glamour card with ruby shades worthy of Marilyn, eyelids do the same dressed in metallic eye shadow. The idea? Apply a dash of bright crystal to the tip of the brow bone and inner corner of the eye. For more options, choose from timeless shades of beige, bronze, and purple layered in satin or iridescent effects for a perfect fade and infinite array of effects and intensities. Final word? Luminous and intense!
• Ruby Red polish, $27, Les Ombres Matelassées Eyeshadow Palette in Charming, $74, and Rouge Allure Velvet La Précieuse by Chanel, $40.
Dark circles? Bags? Fatigue? For a concentrated youthful effect and the velvety texture of a ‘second skin,’ this eye mask is dermo-relaxing, conceals dark circles, and lifts baggy skin. At the heart of the formula is a veil of ultra-pure collagen enriched with oligopeptides, which releases into the skin a hibiscus infused cell serum that respects the hormonal level of individual skin types. The result? A total symbiosis and skin tolerance, a sleek, rejuvenated, relaxed look… akin to a week of rest. Cellective cellcollagene by Cellcosmet, $450 for a luxury box of 5 sachets of 2 mask patches.
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Because true love is the source of all Yves Saint Laurent creations, the brand has launched this winter a blush radiance collection. At the heart of the palette is a matte and iridescent pink duo that gives a sexy sheen that is natural and bright. For the love of pink, creative director of makeup Lloyd Simmonds explains his pro technique: “To sculpt cheekbones, use the light pink, and to add sparkle, an iridescent pink on the temples, hairline, and top of the cheek.” Warm and fresh.
• Collector YSL, $50.
Young, lovely, and talented, Ruby Brown has collaborated in the creation of Jouviance perfumes with Véronique Cloutier, brand ambassador. Brown is also the creator of the perfume atelier, Essence Workshop, a concept that aims at providing basic knowledge in perfumery. Imagine creating the scent of your dreams at a personalized workshop in only two hours. Magic! Where? Hôtel Place d’Armes in Old Montreal. $145 including 50 ml of personalized perfume.
• (514) 564 7240 essenceworkshop.com
Love, joy, mystery… Fragrances reveal secrets and open olfactory senses to emotion.
An explosion of flowers, Flowerbomb has the spower to evoke a more positive outlook on life. Decorated with a sparkling stopper, the spectacular bottle of this limited edition is bezeled inprecious crystal.
• $125 per 50 ml.
Under the artistic direction of Miuccia Prada: a triptych around White Musk, Benzoin, and Caramel enhanced by citrus and floral notes. Sparkling, elegant, and casual!
• Prada Candy L’Eau, Eau de Toilette, $82 per 50 ml.
This oriental interpretation of Valentina is a tribute to the pleasure, sensuality, and power of oud, a type of wood used traditionally in incense and Middle East perfume.
• Valentina Oud Assoluto, $148. Exclusively at Holt Renfrew.
The legendary Yves Saint Laurent perfume is adorned in gold. At the heart of this revisited formula, scents of mandarin and bergamot flirt with a bouquet of jasmine, warmed by vanilla absolute, amber, and vetiver.
• $100 per 50 ml. Exclusively at Hudson’s Bay.
Potion of absolute seduction, this floral and sensual fragrance is inspired by an historical masterpiece of René Lalique. The bottom of the bottle is dressed in pink, the name inscribed in black: L’Amour Lalique.
• $124 per 50 ml. >
By: Judith Ritchie