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Easily one of the most highly anticipated products to come from CHANEL this year, the Water-Fresh Tint from the Les Beige 2019 Collection is as unique to look at, as it is to wear. Boasting a new breakthrough technology, let’s just say that your skin has now found its bestest BFF … or at least, mine certainly has.

The rest of the Les Beiges 2019 Collection previously reviewed here

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Les Beiges Water-Fresh Tint (CAN $85.00/each) | Available in 6 shades and housed in a rectangular tube with a dose-controlled pump dispenser, the transparent base not only displays the shade, but makes it easy to monitor product usage. Each Water-Fresh Tint also comes with its own kabuki brush which works beautifully for a smooth application. The cutting edge patented microfluidic technology of the formula is a first in the cosmetics field, and is composed of 75% water which provides an instantly refreshing sensation upon contact with the skin.

Micro-droplets of encapsulated pigments that are suspended in the base melt upon application, melding perfectly into the skin on contact and help create a radiant bare-skin effect. The ultra lightweight feel of this product also gives a slight blurring and smoothing effect upon the skin, while the sheer coverage provides evenness which still allows your skin’s natural texture to show through. The formula also includes Tamarind Seed Extract known for its moisturizing properties, to deliver long-lasting comfort and hydration throughout the wearing. Note that this produce bears a delicate Neroli Flower fragrance, one that is subtle and quite pleasant, dissipating immediately upon application.

The pump is one of the most efficient I’ve seen, enabling one to effectively control the amount of product dispersed without any waste. Instructions state to deposit an amount on the back of the hand first before application, but I actually prefer to pump it directly onto the brush and then apply it to the skin. The cooling fresh effect is immediately felt, and working from the middle of the face outwards using round buffing motions, the product blends seamlessly into the skin to leave behind the lightest veil of colour — but one that can be slightly built up — providing a lovely even-toned and healthy-looking tint to the skin. Note that there are in fact 3 distinct ways to wear this product: on its own for a sheer wash of colour, under foundation and/or bronzer as a base, or lightly patted on top of foundation to “wake it up“, as it were.

The short-handled kabuki brush has a bevelled flat top and includes soft dense bristles, but with enough flexibility to them so that they splay evenly along the skin.

Swatches of the entire range: just 1 small pump shown

Light – pale oyster/cream, ideal for fair to light complexions

Medium Light – soft ecru, ideal for light to medium complexions

Light Deep – light nude tan, ideal for light to medium complexions

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Les Beiges from CHANEL is probably the collection I anticipate the most, and this year’s grouping is majorly exceeding ALL my expectations. From the classic packaging to the utterly wearable shades, this entire collection has my name written all over it. Actually, it has Coco Chanel’s name written all over it, but you know what I mean.

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Is it crazy that this simple beige packaging excites me?

Healthy Glow Sheer Powder Exclusive Creation, limited edition (CAN $82.00/each) | Available in 7 shades, these face powders come housed in beige lacquered compacts printed with Mlle. Chanel’s signature on the cover. Each opens up to display a full-sized mirror on the inner lid, as well as a demi-lune brush. The surface of the powder is embossed with Mademoiselle’s signature and while delicately fragranced, the scent dissipates quickly after application. The texture, however, feels definitely different from what I remember; where the original is a slightly more pigmented and creamier both to the touch and upon application, the newer version feels somewhat drier. That said, I find that this year’s iteration to be more finely milled and able to provide a lightweight finish that melds seamlessly into the skin. My advice would be to use a dense brush for stronger coverage, or a dual-fibre brush for a more air-brushed finish. Overall, these powders are not designed for anyone looking for full-on coverage, but true to the French “bonne mine” (aka: healthy glow) effect, something they certainly accomplish with ease.

Before you ask, this makeup bag was a PR gift, and not available for sale – sorry!

  • N° 10 – champagne/ivory (the lightest available shade)
  • N° 20 – ecru (for light to fair complexions)
  • N° 30 – nude (the most neutral of them all, fair to medium skin tones)

The are several things to note in the above swatch; for starters, N° 10 literally disappears into my skin and in fact, I had a helluva time even trying to see it to accurately crop the picture (I’m still not sure I got it right, lol). Next, you’ll notice that even though the swatches for both N° 20 & N° 30 in the original formulation look several shades darker, they’re definitely still in the same tone.

Les Indispensables Natural Eyeshadow Collection, limited edition (CAN $110.00) | I’m going to call it right here and now: if there’s one item from this collection that you don’t want to pass up on, it’s definitely this palette. Housed in the same lacquered beige compact casing as the powders, it opens up to reveal a full-sized mirror on the inner lid, 9 neutral hues, and two mini dual-ended brushes (which work surprisingly well). The configuration of the shades is deliberate, clearly divided into 3 trios that are meant to work together — although that’s more of a guideline and not set in stone, obviously. With a beautiful mix of mattes, satins, & soft shimmers, this is a neutral-lovers dream palette. SERIOUSLY. As someone who tends to stick to these types of shades and happens to have enough nude eyeshadows/palettes to sink a battleship, I have a confession: this has been the one I’ve been reaching for 24/7 since it arrived, and I’m now even planning on getting a backup. Yes, it’s THAT good.

For the record, all the shades display stellar pigmentation and blendability, and the palette itself is a nice mix of cool, warm, and neutral hues — meaning it will suit basically all complexions. The texture is amazing as well, creamy-smooth, finely milled and when worn over primer, all..

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Inspired by the extravagant looks of Maison Louboutin’s LoubiGraf shoes & bags, the limited edition LoubiGraffiti Collection celebrates beauty in the most sun-drenched & colour-saturated way. And if the display-worthy packaging doesn’t grab you (although why wouldn’t it?), then wait until you get a closer look at the products …

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A few weeks ago I attended the launch of the new Beauty Hall at Holt Renfrew Ogilvy here in Montréal (seriously, it’s such a gorgeous space and well worth visiting), and came upon the full LoubiGraffiti Collection in what can be best described as the Christian Louboutin heaven corner — obviously, I couldn’t’ resist snapping a few shots of the gorgeous display.

The spirit of this collection is all about “boundless creative freedom“, something that’s perfectly exemplified by graffiti artwork and which constantly amazes me by the detail and creativity of this street style art form. Comprised of 5 vibrant Velvet Matte Lip Color and 6 vivid Nail Color hues, the goal is to mix & match and let the colours speak for themselves, spicing up both lips and nails, as it were.

These fiery colours, am I right? The packaging alone is totally eye-catching, and very much beauty art.

Velvet Matte Lip Colour (CAN $90.00/each) | Nestled inside the red flocked interior, is the equivalent of beauty treasure; that may be a stretch, but still. You know I’m right. The hefty brushed brass packaging of the lipstick bears an intricately worked “crown” cap adorned with a band of “studs”, an iconic symbol of the brand. It also includes a silk ribbon for you to wear the lipstick as jewelry, if desired — a unique touch, but not exactly practical. That said, I’ve actually used the ribbon wrapped around my wrist as a bracelet and absolutely love the look.

The texture of these lipsticks is buttery smooth with pigment saturation off the charts, providing full coverage by a single swipe. The “velvetized” look of the lipstick bullet designates its finish: not fully matte, but more velvet-like in both feel and finish, with a slight sheen for depth. As to staying power, we’re talking major and while reapplication will be needed at some point due to some emollience in the formula, does it matter? You’ll WANT to whip one of these out in public, I can assure you. Both shades fade to a light stain, long after most of the colour has gone.

  • Altressa – vivid raspberry red, cool leaning
  • Diva – true red, both warm & cool undertones
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I’ve said many times before that Summer collections are my favourites, probably because I’m a July baby, but it’s also because something about the seasonal hues really speak to me. Dior’s Wild Earth Collection is a perfect example of what I’m talking about: filled with warmth, jewel-like hues, and peppered with fire, this collection is definitely hitting ALL the right notes.

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696 Sienna 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette, limited edition (CAN $74.00) | One of two limited edition palettes (Terra, not shown), this is a slim profile compact which opens up to reveal 5 stunning shimmery shades that bear a “hand-hammered metal” motif upon the surface. The texture is buttery smooth and strongly pigmented, offering up an effortless blendability with all hues. Staying power over primer is excellent, with the colours staying vibrant until removed. The top 2 shades + the centre hue work for a soft daytime look, while the bottom 2 shades + the centre hue add a bit more depth and drama for an evening look, although that’s just a guideline and not set in stone. For what it’s worth, this palette may turn out to be a Summer staple for me, but I know that these shades will look great all year round.

  • top left: nude champagne with sparkle
  • top right: oyster shimmer
  • centre: copper gold shimmer
  • bottom right: bronze shimmer
  • bottom left: terracotta copper shimmer

10 Coral Pop Luminizer Blush, limited edition (CAN $58.00) | THIS BLUSH, OMG. Available in one other shade (Plum Pop, not shown) and packaged in a slim compact, the surface is printed with raised lettering that bear the brand’s iconic “cannage” motif. But it’s the shade that’s the real star here; what seems almost scary bright in the pan, turns out to be one helluva gorgeous shade applied. The texture is gossamer light and while strongly colour saturated, the pigment seems to lay down softly. Like magic, in fact. The shimmer seen in the pan imparts a lovely glowy sheen which never comes off as too sparkly, but more along the lines of a healthy-looking flush. Staying power over primer/foundation, is excellent as well, without any significant fading.

Dior Addict Lip Tattoo, limited edition (CAN $39.00/each) | There are 4 shades released with this collection (Natural Sienna & Natural Brown, not shown). Housed in a rectangular tube with the exterior coloured to match that of the shade found inside, they come with a bevelled flocked applicator which makes it easy to reach all of your lips’ contours. The texture is lightweight and liquidy with an initial cooling sensation felt upon application. Once applied, the dry down to a light stain that’s meant to be transfer-proof and without leaving lips feeling desiccated. You can wear these on their own, with a slick of balm on top, or even used as an anchoring base for lipstick on top.

  • 311 Natural Dune – orangey beige
  • 321 Natural Rose – dusty rose
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“A woman is only as good as the light & peace she radiates” (Coco Chanel)

In her second homage that’s inspired by the interplay of light captured throughout her photographic journey of East Asia, CHANEL’s makeup director Lucia Pica has created a collection that can be summed up in two words: easy glamour. With Summer just around the corner, these are exactly the types of products I’m all about — fuss-free yet still put together, and in my opinion, no one does that better than CHANEL.

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707 Lumières Naturelles Les 4 Ombres, limited edition (CAN $85.00) | Comprised of 4 nude shades in a mix of soft mattes & shimmering satins and marked with the iconic double C’s on the top left hue, Lucia Pica’s aim here was to create a palette that “enables you to let go without looking plain with your Summer makeup“. The texture on all is positively STELLAR, showing wonderful pigmentation and a smooth blendability, while staying power is excellent when applied over primer (as my lids tend to get oily, I never wear eyeshadow without primer). I’m all about neutrals all year-round and while I have plenty of said colours in my collection, I like how this palette takes the guesswork out of the equation; all you need to create an effortless Summer eye look can literally be found in these four hues.

057 Lunaire Ombre Première Gloss, limited editionmakeu (CAN $42.00) | CHANEL introduces a new chapter in the Ombre Première family: gloss (also available in Solaire – a gold version, not shown). With surprising colour saturation for a product that’s emollient in nature, this is a platinum/silver shade that provides a brilliant slick of colour. Best when applied using a finger, it looks amazing over bare lids and with a few coats of mascara, as well as against lightly bronzed skin to back it up. If you don’t mind a more editorial “deconstructed” look, then you can also layer this over eyeshadow — although be prepared for some creasing (which can be a unique effect that I totally don’t mind). In a pinch, you can even dab a touch under the brow bone, along the inner eye corner, or even along the tops of cheekbones as a unique highlighter.

224 Metallic Flash Stylo Ombre et Contour, limited edition (CAN $40.00) | When it comes to Summer makeup, retractable pencils such as this are my go-tos. Also available in Pure Flesh & Vogue (both not shown) in this collection, Metallic Flash is a gorgeous pewter shade with complex shimmer, and can be worn as liner, as a base to anchor colour on top, or smudged out on the lid as shadow. Staying power (over primer) is excellent, and the fact that it’s in this format makes it a perfect travel companion for on-the-go touch ups.

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CHANEL recently launched Rouge Coco Flash replacing the original Rouge Coco Shine range … and I’m so down for these lippies. With the iconic double C’s standing out thanks to new transparent caps and with a texture that has a lock on shine + comfort, I do believe I may have found my Summer faves … that will take me well into the other seasons too, I might add.

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Rouge Coco Flash (CAN $46.00/each) | Housed in similar black lacquered casings as the original Rouge Coco Shine range, these are differentiated by their transparent caps, enabling you to see at a glance what colour you’re reaching for. Available in 26 shades (some limited) and three transformative top coats, they have been created with a Hydraboost complex that contains waxes from natural origin (mimosa, jojoba and sunflower) which provides an easy glide to go with a melt-away texture, imparting a hydrated feel to lips. Thanks to oils that have been specifically selected to reflect light while adding long-lasting nourishment, these also leave a brilliant shine behind. Staying power is shade-dependent, with deeper hues lasting significantly longer … although I’ll take any chance to pull one of these out in public to reapply.

As the formula includes several emollient ingredients, they all display some slip (no mattes here, thank you) and will need reapplication at some point. That said, the deeper shades do leave a light stain behind, but nothing intense.

Below, I’ve broken them down in colour groups to make it simpler: neutrals, pink/corals, reds.

  • N° 53 Chicness – nude
  • N° 54 Boy – muted pink nude
  • N° 84 Immédiat – petal

Named for “Boy Capel”, the love of Coco Chanel’s life, I immediately pulled out the orginal Rouge Coco Shine version to see how the two compared. As can be seen in the below swatch, the original appears to be definitely more pink as opposed to the 2019 version which is also shinier (this is clearly visible more in person than in the photo), somewhat sheerer and more nude-leaning. Both are beautiful and totally wearable — and completely within my neutral-loving wheelhouse.

  • N° 76 Enthusiasm – rose
  • N° 72 Rush – soft pink
  • N° 60 Beat – coral pink
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When Urban Decay first announced their collaboration with HBO’s Game of Thrones, my heart almost stopped: a beauty collection from one of my fave brands + my ULTIMATE FAVOURITE TV SERIES OF ALL TIME (yes, that deserved to be said in caps) = worlds colliding and in the best possible way. As a seriously massive fan of the show (I’ve even read all the books), I was beyond thrilled and when the collection finally arrived, and that feeling has grown exponentially upon playing with all the pieces. The game is most definitely ON.

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Even the packaging & product names do not disappoint


The collection (minus the 2 brushes) in all its glory


Jon Snow & Daenerys Targaryen … THE power couple (but …)

When I learned that the collection was headed my way, I immediately knew that I wanted to do something special and then it hit me: dragon eggs. Considering they’re hard to find (lol), I decided to make my own & while I considered painting them to match the ones on the show, I finally decided to leave them as is. I’m inordinately proud of how they turned out … does this mean I can also be called “The Mother of Dragons” now?

From the entire collection, I’d have to say that Urban Decay really went all out with the packaging of the eyeshadow palette. Both the exterior box and outer casing of the actual palette depict close-ups of the Iron Throne, along with the gold embossing of the Game of Thrones logo.

At first glance, the palette resembles a heavy tome and displays a map of Westeros along its “pages”.

Upon opening the cover/lid, you’ll find a quote from Daenerys Targaryen on the inside.

Pulling up on the ribbon tab reveals a 3D pop-up of the Iron Throne, along with a quote by Tyrion Lannister, Hand to the Queen.

The prize at the end of all this incredibly detailed packaging, is the palette itself, revealed by slipping it out the side via another ribbon tab.

Game of Thrones Eyeshadow Palette (CAN $77.00) | Comprised of 20 eyeshadow shades in total, they are divided into 4 quads that represent the 3 main Houses (Stark, Lannister & Targaryen, respectively) and one quad inspired by “defeating the White Walkers”. The 4 individual hues alongside are there as complement to each quad they’re with, and also serve as “transformer” shades; they add an entirely new element to whatever eyeshadow they’re applied over. As seen in the swatches below, the pigment level of each shade is absolutely stellar and all display excellent blendability, while staying power (over primer) is wonderful, with the colours staying true until removed.

The size of the palette is undeniably large, making it rather unwieldily to travel with — but that’s fine with me, as I have no intention of risking this collector’s piece in any way. I initially found it puzzling that there are only 3 matte hues, but by playing with the shades I’ve realized that all 3 are versatile enough to work with the rest of the colours, thereby increasing their uses. The shimmers and glitters are all quite complex and absolutely beautiful, while the transformer shades can be worn applied over other shadows, on their own as a sheer wash, or with a dampened brush for amped up intensity & brilliance.

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I was recently invited to preview Stila’s Spring 2019 releases, where I also had the opportunity to personally try out the products. After being pleasantly surprised by what I saw and tested out, I was left asking myself how it was that I hadn’t explored this brand in closer detail? Let’s just say that Stila is most definitely on my radar now.

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Soufflé Lingerie Sheer Illumination Primer (CAN $47.00) | There are 2 new innovative primers in this range, both suitable for all skin tones. The gel-whipped formula feels slightly cooling upon application — most likely due to the fact that it’s made with over 70% water coupled with natural botanicals. The “gellifying ingredients” ensure that unlike traditional primers, this one has a non-tacky feel which allows for a smooth application, while light-refracting pearls provide a natural-looking glow and slight blurring effect. Best applied by either patting onto the skin with a flat paddle-brush or fingertips, this can be worn under foundation as a traditional primer, or applied on top of foundation during the day to help “refresh” the complexion.

Soufflé Lingerie Sun-Kissed Primer (CAN $47.00) | Created to provide more of a bronze glow to the skin, this primer can be worn on bare skin — either all over to warm up the complexion, strategically along the perimeter of the face in a contouring capacity, or along the cheeks & high points for a sun-kissed glow. Another neat trick is to apply this thinned out all over your face, then add a sheer-ish layer of foundation on top; this “naturally” deepens your skin tone without having to use a ton of other products needed to achieve the same effect. Lastly, you can also wear this primer as a more traditional cream bronzer over foundation for a realistic glow to the skin. Best part? It’s easy to blend out and doesn’t oxidize.

Soufflé Lingerie Skin Perfecting Color Shade 2.0 (CAN $49.00) | Created to work synergistically with either of the new primers, this foundation comes in 8 shades that range from fair to deep. The glass container is nothing short of display-worthy and differentiated by the primers via a gold coloured cap (as opposed to rose gold). Bearing the same airy texture as the primers, the foundation contains a unique blend of advanced pigments and light-refracting particles to provide a smooth application, giving skin a even-toned appearance. With an incredibly comfortable feel that never comes off as heavy, there is no oxidation seen with wear and in fact, I’d even go so far as to say my skin looked just as good at the end of the day as from the beginning of application.

At the event, I was actually matched to Shade 1.0 which was a bang-on match with my skin tone, but as it wasn’t in stock I was given Shade 2.0 — this turned out to be a better option as I’ll be getting more mileage out of this hue now that the weather is warming up and my face has begun taking on a bit of colour.

In The Buff Powder Spray in Medium/Deep (CAN $39.00) | Ok, now THIS is really cool: a loose setting face powder in spray form. Confused? I was at first too … until I saw it in action. In a nutshell, this is loose powder that you spray onto a brush (or the back of your hand) and then apply to the face. Easy-peasy. Available in 2 shades + one which imparts a translucent yet subtle glow (Illuminating, Light/Medium & Medium/Deep), this micro-fine powder is enriched with silica for oil-absorbing properties, helping to keep skin mattified without appearing dry. The silky & airy texture of the powder is spun fine enough to provide skin with an even-toned appearance while also adding a slight blurring effect.

There is a bit of a learning curve in using this powder, and I do suggest playing around with the dispensing mechanism to become comfortable with how it’s expelled as well as how much you’ll need for application. As with the foundation, I was provided with the deepest shade from the preview event and while in concentrated form it’s definitely quite dark for my skin tone, by using a dual-fibred brush I can still wear it as a light dusting to set my bronzer. I’m also thinking it’ll be perfect come the summertime when my skin is more tanned.

Little White Lies Heavenly Highlighting Palette (CAN $59.00) | This limited edition palette holds 3 white highlighters that each contain a different undertones: pink, gold, and blue. The cream/powder texture is unique as well, feeling bouncy to the touch and even slightly cooling upon the skin with initial application. The translucent base allows the pearlescent shimmers & micro-fine glitters to show up as a “glistening effect” upon the skin — absolutely gorgeous and totally ethereal. The gossamer light formula means it’s non-tacky and completely weightless in feel and while you can definitely wear each shade solo, you also have the option of layering them over blush for even more impact. Note that this does leave ultra fine glitter particles along the skin and while visible, they somehow manage to look ethereal just the same.

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A couple of weeks ago, I was invited to the launch of the spectacular new Beauty Hall found in the recently renovated Holt Renfrew Ogilvy store in my hometown of Montréal, where I also there to discover a first of its kind in Canada: Guerlain’s Parfumeur Boutique — and I even had the opportunity to create my very own personalized Bee bottle. When it comes to unique and customized beauty, this feature ranks high up there and most definitely warrants a visit.

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Couldn’t pass up this photo op, right?


A rainbow of Guerlain iconic Bee bottles


Large glass lab bottles filled with Guerlain “juices”


How beautiful are all these colours?


Here I am, going through the selection process (so easy, by the way)


My custom-built Bee bottle in it’s very own box

This new Guerlain Parfumeur Boutique is a unique olfactory world, and while this storied House already has many iconic scents in its roster (hello, Shalimar? To name but one in over 1,100), you can now take things even further by customizing your preferred fragrance … as I did.

The experience begins with a Digital Fragrance Consultation to help you narrow your options down. With over 80 “juices” available to choose from and after selecting your favourite (hint: knowing which scent families you’re not particularly fond of will definitely make the process of elimination easier), the next step is in choosing the shape, size, and colour of your bottle. You then get to select the ribbon (grosgrain, satin, wide, narrow) or rope (gold, silver) that will adorn your bottle’s neck, as well as the bow (tie knot, bow tie, twist). Finally, you can have your bottle engraved with a personalized message and again, there are options here too: the colour of the ink, the type of font, and even the language of your choice. A perk of of creating this scent profile, is that it’s always on file and you can use it for refills as well.

At this point, you get to sit back and enjoy the process as you watch your customized bottle created before your very eyes — the engraving included. The final custom feature is in selecting the tissue paper to match; a particularly nice touch if you’re planning on gifting the bottle.

Note that this service starts at CAN $200.00

I have a weakness for anything vanilla, and so my selection of fragrance was a no brainer: I went with Spiriteuse Double Vanille, a scent created in 2007 by Jean-Paul Guerlain, the great-great grandson of founder Pierre-François Pascal Guerlain (the brand is now part of the LVMH Group). As to the bottle colour, my husband is actually the one who chose red and it immediately felt “right”. Since the bottle was such a vibrant shade, I went with a classic gold rope tie and matching gold engraving — and I couldn’t be more thrilled with the final result.

Unfortunately, I had to leave a little early from the event and wasn’t able to stay and watch/shoot the customization process of my bottle — which is why there are no pictures of the process, but the Guerlain team made sure no detail was overlooked in the creation of my Bee bottle.

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Living in a climate with such extremes (ridiculously hot & humid in Summer, bone-cold in Winter), my lips are always in need of hydration and there are usually anywhere from 2-4 lip balms in my makeup bag at any given time. There are times when I also want a spot of colour thrown in along with the hydration factor, and to that end Givenchy’s Le Rose Perfecto not only meets that need, but does it with some of the most bougie packaging out there. For 2019, the brand has just added to the range with several new shades … all utterly wearable and incredibly comfortable to boot.

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Le Rose Perfecto (CAN $45.00/each) | Available in 7 shades, each comes housed in a slim tube with real pink leather adorning the outer case and bears the brand’s unique signature: a metallic “stud”, emblematic of the Maison’s couture fashion. The creamy feel of each balm is courtesy of a nourishing formula that contains hyaluronic acid spheres (which capture water molecules found on the surface of the lips and helps with filling in fine lines), as well as shea butter for exceptional hydration and nutrition. All glide easily along lips and provide a wonderfully comfortable wear, although as they are balms and have slip, re-application will certainly be necessary — basically giving you an excuse to whip one of these babies out in public (not that you really need an excuse).

  • N° 000 White Shield – iridescent, translucent
  • N° 201 Timeless Pink – soft baby rose
  • N° 301 Soothing Red – true red
  • N° 303 Warming Red – raspberry red

Live Irresistible Rosy Crush Eau de Parfum (CAN $136.00/75 ml) | This is the newest flanker to join the Live Irresistible family, housed in the same elongated triangular bottle shape with its geometric facetting but visually differentiated by its pink juice. Said to have been created for the “young woman who’s full of optimism, confidence, and spontaneity“, the scent is supposed to invoke the joie de vivre of youth. Designed by perfumer Dominique Ropion, this fragrance opens up with Rose that’s been tempered by the addition of Pink Pepper and Goji Berries, then the main body fills out via Rose Absolute and Peony for depth, and finally wraps up with a base of Chypre and Patchouli which add green and earthy overtones for a grounding finale.

We all have our scent likes & dislikes so reviewing a fragrance is highly subjective; I don’t usually reach for florals, although lately I find myself drawn to anything with rose in it — as long as it’s not overly cloying or old lady-like. Happily, Rosy Crush is neither, and even with the first spritz I get “fresh & light”, making this a scent that doesn’t overpower and one that I’m thinking will be even more appreciated during Summertime.

So there you have it; Le Rose Perfecto combines the best of both worlds, lip care + colour with an elegant exterior you’ll be hard-pressed to find with any other luxury brand. Florals may not be my usual cup of tea, but Rosy Crush has a fresh & fun side to it and I prefer my Summery scents to not take themselves too seriously, so this definitely fits the bill. And now I’m also thinking that any of these lovelies would also make a fabulous Mother’s Day gift; I know that I’d be thrilled, and I’m a mom … just saying.

Available at Holt Renfrew/Ogilvy & Sephora

Kindly provided by Givenchy for my unbiased consideration

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