August 27, 2014

Red & Navy

I love red and navy together so I may have gone slightly overboard with the matching on this outfit... but at least my sunglasses are different? Speaking of, I really can't get enough of flash lenses these days. I want to collect them all!

Dress: The Kooples (similar) / Shoes: Joules (c/o) / Bag: Joules (c/o)
Sunglasses: Ray-Ban (here) / Bracelets: AVON (c/o) (here and here)

August 23, 2014

Mes Vacances: Québec City

Bonjour! I'm now back from my vacation and thought I'd share a few pictures with you all. The first stop on my east coast itinerary was Québec City.

Since this was my first time visiting, we made sure to hit up as many of the tourist attractions as we could. Old Québec is a popular destination with its historic buildings, fortifications, and view of the St. Lawrence River.

I especially loved how quaint and charming the neighbourhood was. BC is such a new province by comparison so we don't get to see architecture like this anywhere. Some of the structures we saw date back to the 1600s!

A relatively short drive away from the city is Île d'Orléans, which has apparently been described as the "microcosm of traditional Québec and as the birthplace of francophones in North America." With lots of farms and wineries, I can see this being a great place for locals to escape to.

Close by was the Chute Montmorency, a waterfall that is actually higher than the more famous Niagara Falls.

I spent a lot of my time in Québec eating copious amounts of carbs (I'll be posting some of my favourite vacation eats soon). Of course, brunch everyday was a necessity.

We also discovered a great lookout spot by the Citadelle de Québec, which gave us a different view of the famed Château Frontenac. So pretty, isn't it?

Hope you enjoyed this re-cap... Montreal is coming up next!

August 20, 2014

Lancôme Grandiôse Mascara

The beauty blogosphere has been abuzz recently over a very exciting launch: Grandiôse, Lancôme's newest mascara. With its patent-pending "Swan Neck" wand, this mascara allows easy access to all lashes from corner to corner and root to tip.

I was lucky enough to get a peek at this new launch from Influenster and although the wand took some getting used to, I really like it. Lancôme recommends positioning the brush at the root of the lashes starting at the outer corner of the eye moving inward and extending through the lashes using a zigzag motion. It was easy to capture all my lashes this way and the elastomer brush allowed for a more precise application.

Where the mascara falls short for me, unfortunately, is the formula. Those of you who love the look of super dark lashes will be pleased with the ultra black pigments. However, long-time readers know I have issues with many mascaras causing my stick straight lashes to droop and while Grandiôse didn't make my lashes fall completely, the curl did not hold as well as I was hoping.

Summary: loved the wand, disliked the formula. If only Lancôme would release this in a different formula!