Our beauty professionals outdo one another, seducing us once again with concepts, products, and exciting services to entice and delight. An overview of the latest beauty aids.
A LOOK UNDER THE INFLUENCE
In the summer of 2013, Giorgio Armani interprets light in a makeup collection with colours inspired by the purity and variations of amber. A harmony of gold and mineral tones for a glowing complexion, nested in a dual compartment black lacquered case easy to slip into a purse. The bronzing face powder for eyes and complexion comes pressed in a wave pattern studded with pearly iridescence, together with three new eye shadow colours.
• Powder for complexion and eyes from the Amber Collection of Giorgio Armani, $95. Holt Renfrew. armanibeauty.com
TESTED AND WORSHIPPED
To feel beautiful, women need healthy skin. Chanel adds to its line of concentrated oligomer products that replenish hydration in the deep epidermal layers. In this formula, the camellia, fountain of hydration, and blue ginger from Madagascar, a skin protectant, defend and beautify the skin. Hydra Beauty is the new benchmark for moist, radiant skin, in any conditions. A welcome addition!
• Eye gel, stimulating spray and hydrating lotion, ‘Moist’, make up the Chanel Hydra Beauty line, $62, $69 and $73 per 15 ml, 50 ml and 150 ml. At Chanel counters.
STYLISH AND BRANDED
Dusk, that magical time when the sky wears a subtle palette of warm and captivating Saharan colours, this is the signature look of summer 2013, by Yves Saint Laurent. The Y-conic product of the season, Terre Saharienne, is a blend of golden hues to bring out the eyes, mouth, nails, and enhance the complexion. A centerpiece of Saint Laurent heritage since 1968, this essential summer accessory dresses for the occasion in an emblazoned case inspired by the moucharabiehs of the Majorelle Gardens.
• The Summer Look makeup collection from Lloyd Simmonds for Yves Saint Laurent, from $27 for lacquers. Yves Saint Laurent counters, Sephora, Holt Renfrew, Murale, and The Bay.ysl.com
ICONE + EXPERTS = TAMED HAIR
In 2013, the «Couture Styling» collection from Kérastase reinvents glamour styling. Custom construction and a perfect finish are now possible thanks to eleven iconic styling formulas created by Italian Luigi Murenu. An age-old problem, women have always sought to control their hair. On the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of the brand, Kérastase welcomes Kate Moss as spokesperson to introduce their first line of hair products. A major advance in the field of styling, the ultimate goal is nothing less than to render hair the most beautiful attribute of feminine beauty.
• Couture Styling collection from Kérastase, Lift Vertige, Spray à porter and Forme Fatale, $36, $36 and $38. In specialized salons. kerastase.com
Every summer, Estée Lauder, the grande dame of the beauty industry, intoxicates the senses with a seductive fragrance and a collection of colours reflecting the golden sands of an exotic Caribbean paradise. The makeup line and limited edition Eau fraîche (and dry oil for the body) will give you a sun-kissed glow. A heat wave of colour for the eyes, lips and nails presented in elegant packaging for the goddess in you.
• The Bronze Goddess makeup collection and Eau fraîche from Estée Lauder, from $20 for nail polish, to $72 per 100 ml of Eau fraîche. Estée Lauder counters.
Star hair-dresser Véronique Beaupré and partner Linda Lapointe have made Local B on the Plateau the place to go to show off a celebrity mane. Véronique is the Queen of hair extensions. Using high-end Great Lengths (only human hair) to shape your new look, she has elevated the laying of extensions to high art! Allow a good two hours for the procedure. A consultation is required for the choice of colour, length and other care considerations prior to your metamorphosis! In addition, the salon offers a complete range of services. Prices on request.
• Local B, 1221 rue Bernard, Montréal (514) 844 9515. localb.ca
SO BRITISH Eau de parfum Stella Summer, from Stella McCartney, $72 per 100 ml. Sephora, Holt Renfrew and The Bay.
CHIC MOI Me perfume by Lanvin, $130 per 80 ml. Exclusively at Holt Renfrew.
MATCH POINT Eau de Toilette Eau de Lacoste L.12.12 Black Lacoste, $78 per 100 ml. At Lacoste boutiques.
MASCULINE ACCENT Montblanc Legend Eau de Toilette Limited Edition, $68 per 100 ml. At The Bay, Ogilvy and Murale.
Discover our favourite locations for pampering this summer.
A professional center for pampering nails is the raison d’être of this new ‘mani-pedi’ stop in the heart of downtown. A concept originating in Dubai comes to life in a chic, modern, near-clinical facility. Thirty minute service is offered using high quality house brand varnishes in more than 300 colours. Beautystas are already sold on this little haven.
• Only the famous need apply! NStyle Nail Lounge, Place Montréal Trust, 4th Floor, 1500 McGill College, Montréal (514) 849 5777
Mythical places where the grand dames of the city and the stars come together to nourish body and soul. This haven of cosmetic, therapeutic, holistic and personal care is the final word in Montreal beauty parlors. The use of exclusive Sojourn hair care products only adds to the legendary reputation of the salon. The best kept secret is without doubt, stylist Irene, guru to the perfect blond. And considering her client list of celebrities and who’s who, we don’t doubt it!
• O Coiffure et Spa, Ogilvy, 4th Floor, 1307 Sainte-Catherine Ouest, Montréal (514) 287 8996
PLEASURE FOR THREE
Balnea, Bota Bota spa-sur-l’eau and Le Bath Room, offer a whole new way to relax: a passport to travel and to be gently lulled by the warm and cold waters of three renowned Quebec spas. By purchasing the Passport 3B, members can visit these spas at their leisure. Passbook to happiness! Available at the ‘friendly’ price of $150, Passport 3B includes the water circuit journey at Bota Bota, a thermal experience at BALNEA spa and thermal reserve, and a floating bath session at Le Bath Room urban spa.
• On sale at the three participating spas.