GUERLAIN | Mon Guerlain Fragrance


Earlier this spring, the house of Guerlain introduced a new fragrance to its core lineup – Mon Guerlain* was created to represent new modern femininity. To be honest, I had been waiting for years for Guerlain to launch a true power scent as its recent releases seemed lackluster and felt more like fillers with its attempt at playful chic. With grandiose, there was no detail left unpolished. From the selection of the bottle to the gold accents and the cushion cut cap, this looks like a beautiful heirloom sitting on my vanity. 

The notes read on the page like a familiar love story… carla lavender, sambac jasmine, album sandalwood, vanilla tahitensis which translates into a floral oriental that the house has a legacy of creating in decades past. Warm, sensual and confident, this fragrance is unapologetically feminine and while it takes on sweet notes that currently quite trendy, it does so in a sophisticated and grown up way. It reminds me of My Burberry Black but done up in Guerlain tradition; a little softer, grounded and honest. 
SHOP GUERLAIN | Sephora | The Bay (50ml @ $119)

On my skin, Mon Guerlain pulls a little powdery and musky with a definite flower overtone. A morning application will last me the entire day out and while the first spray can come on strong, the scent settles very quickly and I find this perfectly lovely even in the warming weather. 
Yet while all the elements seem to align for this fragrance, I can’t call it a favourite. Despite not being a frequent wearer of orientals, my signature scent is actually a Guerlain classic with a very similar profile and while I desperately wanted to love this as a modern take – it just doesn’t feel that special in comparison. It lacks a sparkle that is perhaps merely sentimental attachment or a figment of my imagination but either way, it won’t be a replacement anytime soon. For those who are encountering Guerlain for the firs time, this could very well be your new stand by.
Take care,

Review | Guerlain: Bloom of Rose FW2015 + Look

Guerlain Bloom of Rose Makeup fw2015

Guerlain has always been known for a refined sophisticated beauty and this winter they bring that to life with Bloom of Rose, iconic colours for the FW2015. It seems that Guerlain has quite a soft spot for pink as it was the theme for their spring collection earlier this year.


  • Kiss Kiss Rose Lip | 371 Morning Rose, 372 Chic Pink, 346 Peach Party, 329 Crazy Bouquet, 373 Pink Me Up*, 374 Wonder Violette
  • Rose Aux Joues Blush | 01 Morning Rose, 02 Chic Pink, 03 Peach Party, 04 Crazy Bouquet, 05 Sunny, 05 Wonder Violette, 06 Pink Me Up*
  • Ecrin 6 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette | #15 Beaugrenelle
  • Ecrin 4 Couleurs Eyeshadow Palette | #19 Les Cendres
  • Kiss Kiss Lipstick | #345 Orange Fizz, #370 Lady Pink
  • Gloss d’Enfer | #472 Candy Hop, #442 Nahema Smack
  • Nailift La Base

Guerlain Bloom of Rose Asian Makeup
Guerlain Bloom of Rose Makeup fw2015

Pink Me Up* #06 (6.5 grams) | $57CAD
As part of a 6 shade release, the Rose Aux Joues blushers are presented in large pan format with delicate scalloped details embossed into the powder. A full sized mirror under the magnetic flip top and a flat blush brush makes this ready to use on its own and conveniently paired for travel (albeit a little heavy). Scented with Guerlain’s classic violet fragrance the texture of the powder is quite dry to the touch and has medium pigmentation on the skin. The colour Pink Me Up contains a fine shimmer that is barely detectable when applied but visible in the pan. The wear on this colour is amazing, lasting from 6am to almost 6pm by the time I get home again but I’m not completely sold on the texture and finish. For the luxury price tag (and Guerlain’s capability) I felt the blush lacked translucency and softness on the skin. Thankfully it wasn’t powdery!

Guerlain Bloom of Rose Makeup fw2015

Pink Me Up* #R373 | $41CAD

Encased in weighted stylized casing, the Rose Lip series is formulated to be a moisturizing tinted balm with rose oil to impart a fresh and natural glow. Now this is definitely a stunner! The rose scent is subtle (less than Anna Sui) and it offers a soft glaze of colour. Smooth and very comfortable to wear, what I loved most is how delicate and plump it makes my lips look! It’s not just the tint or simply the shine but it somehow manages to make my winter ravaged lips instantly look full of life again. I think this is a very likable product for pros and beginners of makeup alike in the luxury category.

Guerlain Bloom of Rose Makeup fw2015
Guerlain Bloom of Rose Asian Makeup

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For my makeup look, I really wanted to highlight the softness of these colours so I went light on the eyes and lashes. Here I’m wearing MUFE Ultra HD Foundation to create a natural light base, Rose Aux Joues blush, MAC Constructivist on the eyes and of course that lovely Kiss Kiss Rose Lip. Altogether I thought it made for a great easy to wear casual sweater weather makeup and I’ve often used this combination when I’m in a quick rush to get out the door. Five minute makeup made easy.

Stay beautiful,

REVIEW: Guerlain | Blanc de Perle Whitening Skincare (before & after)

Guerlain BlancDePearl Reviews

Skincare lovers, today’s post is just for you. A few months ago, I did a quick preview of Guerlain’s Blanc de Perle skincare range which was released in January. Having been popular in Asia for quite some time, I was anxious, excited yet ever so slightly nervous to write my review.


This is a very extensive range and there is quite a lot to say but let’s start with a review of the basics. Guerlain is no stranger to the skincare realm, having created skin tone correcting products for decades before it even became a hot topic in North America. Blanc de Perle is the newest update to their whitening/brightening range meant to reveal your most beautiful luminous skin.

Guerlain BlancDePearl Review

“Rare and precious, the pearl is a fascinating jewel: pure and immaculately white, it glows with a deep, rich radiance. A genuine miracle of nature, pearls create themselves, layer after layer, to become perfect. The BLANC DE PERLE range, a complete skincare routine with the P.E.A.R.L complex, accomplishes this miracle of perfection on the skin by revealing its extraordinary whitening power.”

                                                                        – Guerlain

Now whenever we talk about luxury skincare, I think it’s important to know that in this realm (and price point), skincare is not just about what’s inside the bottle but also what is outside. From the presentation, to the design and overall skincare experience, all of that is considered an essential aspect of the product.

With this, Guerlain has done an impeccable job. Colours of beige, pearl white and sliver really bring together the range cohesively and fits the brightening theme perfectly. Packaging is appropriate to the product but done up in sophisticated presentation from satisfying glass jars to easy dispensing droppers and pumps. All the products are scented with a soft sweet floral note but delicately done so there’s no overwhelming lingering fragrance and I actually find it more manageable than some of their other skincare products which can borderline on perfume.

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Because of the large range of products here, I’m going to talk briefly about each one, whether or not it will stay in my personal routine moving forward and lastly a quick before and after comparison of one month of usage.
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GUERLAIN | Blanc de Perle Cleansing Foam*
Price: $65 CAD (150ml) | Staying in my routine: Yes
Every day’s morning and night routine started off with this thick moussey cleanser. And when I say thick, I mean you have to really massage the tube to get the product softened enough to come out of the single whole dispenser. A small amount is all you need to foam this cleanser into a soft and rich texture. It doesn’t make the thickest foam I’ve encountered but it’s a very gentle clean that did not irritate or dry out my combination skin. My skin felt refreshed and soft after every wash. Small exfoliating beads are present but they are so sparse and so small that you might as well forget about them. I recommend a slow and thorough massage with this before rinsing off with warm water.

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GUERLAIN | Blanc de Perle Brightening Lotion*
Price: $78 CAD (200ml) | Staying in my routine: Yes
Post cleansing, I take 2 pumps of this brightening toner either on a cotton wool or simply on my hands and pat/sweep it over my skin. It does contain some alcohol but I never felt any stinging or discomfort and in fact I really enjoy how light weight and gently moisturizing it is. If my skin is feeling extra rough or dull during the day, I’ll do a refresher with this toner as a quick pick me up! Notable ingredients include Japanese “dragon’s beard” (an herbal plant), sea lettuce (anti-oxidant), yeast extract and sophora angustifolia extract (suppression of darkening melanin). The formulation itself feels like water but leaves behind an ever so slight film on the skin.
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GUERLAIN | Blanc de Perle Whitening Day & Night Treatment*
Price: $260 CAD/set (15ml x 2) | Staying in my routine: Undecided.
Formulated with the most concentrated amount of Guerlain’s active P.E.A.R.L. Complex, this set of day and night treatment is meant to be the power booster in your routine. Sealed in small pump dispenser bottles, the day treatment is
formulated with protective properties while the night treatment is created to rapidly dispense dark spot correcting ingredients to the skin. Although they look very fluid in the bottle, the day variation has a more watery consistency whereas the night option is thicker with a slightly gel-like feeling on the skin. In addition to the aforementioned medicinal ingredients in the toner, the day treatment also contains sunflower seed extract and evening primrose extract while the night treatment boasts a cocktail of vitamin C and lactic acid for mild exfoliation. Unfortunately, nothing about this duo really stood out to me and still remains a major mystery of this range. I alternate between using this as well as the Essence.

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GUERLAIN | Blanc de Perle Whitening Essence/Serum*
Price: $150 CAD (30ml) | Staying in my routine: Yes

Much more suited to my personal taste, this serum/essence dispenses via a dropper as a milky viscous fluid which turns almost watery when massaged into the skin. While light weight, it doesn’t leave any uncomfortable residue behind yet does a notable job of hydrating my skin without added greasiness. It’s easy to layer with other products and I’ve used it both on its on but also mixed right into my day cream when I’m in a rush. Either way, this seems to do much better for me while having an extremely similar mix of ingredients as the Night Treatment.

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GUERLAIN | Blanc de Perle Whitening Sleeping Concentrate Night Cream*
Price: $120 CAD (50ml) | Staying in my routine: No

Formulated to protect the skin from oxidative stress during sleep, this triple duty night cream is meant to hydrate, repair and protect. It has a gel cream texture that feels light to the touch but which I found quite hard to spread evenly. This meant I either used more product than I though necessary or I had to mix the essence to make it more blendable. Strangely this actually felt a little heavy on my skin and often pilled as well when rubbed too extensively. It didn’t seem to layer well with other products in the range although it did a fine job of moisturizing my skin. This contains sodium hyaluronate for hydration, isoparafin (a mineral oil complex), peach extract, citric acid, vitamin C as well as similar ingredients to the treatments. Throughout the month I was almost inclined to say this clogged my pores a little so I often used the day cream at night instead. Now looking at it’s mineral oil content, something my skin just does not like, it all made sense. If you’re very breakout prone, skip this night concentrate.

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GUERLAIN | Blanc de Perle Whitening Refreshing Day Cream*
Price: $110 CAD (50ml) | Staying in my routine: Yes

With a light, milky soft consistency this day cream is indeed refreshing and perfectly suited to my skin type. It’s moisturizing yet feels balanced even when layered over the treatments and essence. No suffocating feeling here at all and my skin just feels plump, soft and with a healthy glow that’s fresh, not greasy! This does not contain mineral oil but instead adds white lily bulb extract as well as sanguisorba officinalis root extract which is known to have medicinal healing properties. One of my favourite textures from this range by far and a pleasure to put on every time.

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GUERLAIN | Blanc de Perle Whitening Sleeping Mask*
Price: $100 CAD (60ml) | Staying in my routine: Probably yes

If you’re new to Asian skincare, the concept of a sleeping mask probably sounds rather perplexing. In short, it’s usually a hydrating treatment (much like a facial mask) that comes in a cream/gel form and is used overnight. In the case of Blanc de Perle, this mask is mean to accelerate the effect of the active ingredients of your serums while also helping to repair daily UV damage. It has quite a nifty silicone spatula applicator which, after much fiddling, I decided was too cumbersome to use. Ideally it helps to smooth the product evenly over the skin but I found it easier to just use my fingers instead. The mask itself is quite lovely with a milky light consistency unlike most of the heavier sleeping products I’ve used previously. It leaves a slightly moist layer on the skin but I always wake up to well rested, smooth baby skin after using this. No breakouts, no extra greasiness. Marketed as a treatment product, this can be used 2-3x a week or as needed. It contains similar ingredients as the other products without the mineral oil.

Additional international products include: Double Action Spot Eraser, Matifying Hydrating Emulsion, UV Shield SPF50/PA+++, UV Protect Spray SPF40/PA+++, Lightening UV Base SPF30/PA+++, Correcting UV Base SPF30/PA+++, Smoothing UV Base SPF30/PA+++

Guerlain BlancDePearl Review beforeafter

Now with all those products working their magic for a month (actually probably a bit more than that), let’s look at the before and after results. As always, I started by letting my skin “reset” to a more normal and natural state by using simple skincare with little to no active ingredients before switching over to the Blanc de Perle range. Note that the sun was out in the before photos so my skin looks just a tinge warmer than the after photos.

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From here, I don’t see a very significant overall skin improvement, at least not at first glance. The results are not dramatic but what I noticed the most is the refinement of my skin texture throughout the weeks. My skin felt very soft and my pores actually looked less visible on a regular basis. Makeup applied wonderfully over the day cream and even during the colder months my skin felt  well balanced. It did well at maintaining a bright and well rested complexion but did little for my dark spots and red spots (from blemishes) as you can see in my after photograph. The darker area on my forehead saw a minor improvement.
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The Guerlain Blanc de Perle Whitening Skincare range is a very gentle, well rounded set of products best for the maintenance of bright, luminous skin. The extensive range of items layer well with each other but you can always select your favourites to customize your regime. Overall the textures would sit best with dry to normal skin types as well as slightly mature skin. Blanc de Perle was excellent at balancing my combination skin and I especially liked the results on refining my usually problematic skin texture but it wouldn’t be my personal first choice for treating dark spots or scarring. That being said, note that these were my results over only one month of usage and continued usage may provide better results. I will keep some of these products in my routine but I certainly need a few other things to treat my personal skin issues. For those interested in trying Blanc de Perle, I’d recommend the Whitening Essence, Refreshing Hydrating Cream and Sleeping Whitening Mask as my top picks from the set. 


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Review: Guerlain | Meteorites Compact Powder

In 1987, Guerlain created its iconic powder pearls which has captivated the beauty world. It was named Meteorites for the soft and ethereal glow it gave to the skin and for decades it remained one of the world’s best known powders. To update this keystone product for the modern era, Guerlain has pressed it into Meteorites Light Revealing Compact* powder for slipping into small purses and touching up on the go.

Brand: Guerlain
Product: Meteorites Compact Light Revealing Powder* #02 Light
Colours: 3 shades (Light, Medium, Golden)
Size: 10grams
Price: $71CAD
Things to note: Talc based, heavily scented, appears refillable
Availability: Guerlain counters worldwide, The Bay, Sephora
Would I (re)purchase: Yes, probably.

I should probably start by admitting that I have an eternal soft spot for Guerlain powders. I recall saving my pennies for my first high end powder years ago and the lady at the beauty counter bringing out a small golden compact to put in my hands. (Bonus beauty veteran points if you know which product I’m referencing.)

The Meteorites Light Revealing Compact is presented in a weighted silvery toned plastic case, engraved with Guerlain’s signature logo on the lid and is paired with a well sized mirror on the underside. As with all powder products from the brand, it is heavily scented with the fragrance of violets which is something to be aware of if you are sensitive to scents.

The colour I have on hand is #02 Light which is a pastel blend of green (matte), peach (matte), purple (matte), champagne (shimmer) and white (shimmer). I’ve use it with a big powder brush swirled all together or a smaller precision brush, just picking up some of the shimmer shades. Altogether this cocktail is meant to offer light colour correction, perk up your complexion and provide a translucent natural glow to the face.

Personally I don’t find this formulation very oily controlling so I will use it paired with a more matte foundation or around the outer areas of my face and with a matte powder in the center. As with all Guerlain powders I’ve used in the past, the texture of the talc is some of the finest on the market but the finish of this is sheer so do not expect it to offer any coverage. Think of it more as a light finishing powder to buff and enhance your skin, something you can wear on full makeup days as well as bare skin days. And because it is so sheer, I don’t notice any significant cracking or patchiness as Meteorites is practically invisible once applied.

Compared to the Meteorites Pearl Powder (in the box) which I’ve previously owned, I think the pressed format is just easier to pick up and use altogether and although this is slightly more expensive, I’d would recommend version over the other.

Now as iconic as the Meteorites powders are, there seems to be a very distinct split between those who swear by it and those who just don’t get it. It’s not a product that will immediately amaze you nor will it correct all your skin problems but I think those who do appreciate the subtleties in makeup will enjoy this. Note that the colour correcting shades will not replace a tinted primer if you are looking for more serious skin tone correction. It is also a slightly drier textured powder so it won’t cause any dryness, it certainly does not add hydration for dry or easily dehydrated skin types.


The Guerlain’s Meteorites Light Revealing Powder is a fresh modern take on an iconic status product. This multi-tonal powder with its combination of matte and shimmer shades imparts a subtle radiance to the skin and is very versatile for those who wear a little or a lot of makeup. Its fine textural quality is something to be admired as is the way it sits invisibly on the skin and I would recommend this as a finishing powder as the last step in your beauty routine. I wouldn’t call this a must have product for everyone but if were to start building my luxury beauty collection from scratch, this is probably where I would begin.


Review: Guerlain Baby Glow Foundation & Perles de Blush | Spring 2015

LES TENDRES | “Dream of a spring sprinkled with softness. Indulge in a divinely fresh glow….Wrap yourself in discreetly cozy light. Adorn yourself with an angelic complexion. Enhance your skin with an evanescent halo of beauty.” —- Guerlain

Guerlain’s Spring 2015 Makeup Collection is perfectly angelic with it’s soft rosey hue and delicate colour selection. The focus this spring is about creating a youthful radiant complexion enhance by a natural makeup look.

Product: Meteorites Baby Glow Light Revealing Sheer Makeup* SPF25/PA++
Shades:  Light, Medium, Dark
Sunblock: Ethylhexyl Methoxycinnamate
Size: 30ml
Price: $60 CAD
Availability: Guerlain Boutiques and counters nationwide
Would I (re)purchase: Possibly.

Let’s start with what I think is the star of this spring release and that is the new Baby Glow foundation from Guerlain’s adored Meteorites range. Labeled as a light revealing, sheer makeup created to fight the signs of fatigue and everyday stressors that can make skin look dull and lackluster. It promises to restore natural radiance and leave you with an even, plump and radiant complexion. In other words, the magic of Meteorites in a liquid foundation form.

Top : #02 Light / Bottom : #03 Medium

The swatches (above) show the 2 lighter shades of 3 total shades offered. While the shades do range quite a bit between each other, it is of course not enough to cover everyone so do try to compare colour swatches and see if you may be a fit or even better yet, stop by a counter for a personal colour fitting.
On me, shade #02 Light still runs a smidgen dark and is slightly too peachy, something that may or may not translate in photography (my camera doesn’t seem to pick up peach very well) but it is evident to my naked eye in real life. Do other people notice? Probably not. While peach is not my undertone, it could be a strategic choice as it is a colour that generally brightens up the skin.
Packaging is a soft tube with a pump on one end that allows a precise amount of product to be dispensed. Simple and function but very well made.
The product itself is a creamy smooth consistency that looks creamy out of the pump but blends easily and seamlessly with my skin and is very forgiving over fine lines and pores, softening them with a blurring effect.

With a name like “sheer makeup”, I was really expecting a tinted moisturizer type of product and in a way it both is and is not. When swatched on my hand the coverage appears to be sheer to light but on my skin it is more of a light-medium. This almost completely evens out my skin, knocks out redness and gives a soft satin sheen. There’s not a trace of noticeable powdery residue on my skin and it just feels comfortable and is very easy to wear without a fuss. Obvious spots, scarring and under eye circles will need the help of a concealer but I think this type of coverage is probably acceptable by most people for day to day wear.

Makeup look wearing only Baby Glow as base (un-enhanced)

What really impresses me about Baby Glow other than the beautiful finish is the fact it manages to look good without the help of a primer or a powder. It’s a one step product you can put on with your fingers and be done with your skin. Lasting power is a good 5-6 hours on my combination skin in the winter weather. No breakouts or other adverse reactions.
Product: Meteorites Perles de Blush*
Shade: Angelic Radiance (Limited Edition)
Size: $67 CAD
Availability: Guerlain Boutiques and counters nationwide
Would I (re)purchase: No.

To bring a fresh kiss of colour to the face, this spring collection also brings a limited edition Meteorites blush. It contains a trio of pressed pearl spheres with fuchsia to revive the cheeks, petal rose to refresh the skin and iridescent champagne to highlight. Packaged in a vintage themed cardboard box with a thick velor puff.

As with all Meteorite product, the combination of colours in each box may vary slightly but it should more of less impart a similar pinky/coral flush on the cheeks. The product is mean to be used swirled together so the highlight really becomes part of the blush instead of an extra step but it’s neither shimmery or glittery on the skin at all. One curious ingredients I found on the box is actually diamond powder! Talk about glow!

I find this best applied with a looser blush brush that would allow a bit of colour to be picked up from each pearl for a more even application. On my cheeks I get an almost translucent flush that can be built up from a sheer innocent blush to a more lively bright pink.

NOTE: As with most Guerlain makeup products, both the foundation and blush are heavily scented. It lingers and can be a bit overwhelming for those with sensitive noses.

Both the Meteorites Baby Glow Foundation and the Meteorites Perles de Blush from the Guerlain Les Tendre Spring 2015 collection are perfectly fitting to created a youthful complexion. The colours and textures are softly illuminating and would be something that works for both younger skins and more mature skin. With that being said, I think the Baby Glow Foundation has to be the more innovative and satisfying of the two with the way it evens out my skin for a natural looking base. While the latter is beautiful, I just don’t feel the blush is worth the high price tag (even for a luxury brand) as the colour and finish can be easily replicated with other products. Of course, if you are a Meteorites collector (and some people are) then you certainly must have both.


Preview: Guerlain Spring2015 Les Tendre Makeup Collection

There’s something innocent and romantic about hazy mornings in the early months of the year. The weather, temperamental still, has begun to occasionally give away a slight hint of the welcoming spring. This January, Guerlain’s new Spring 2015 makeup collection translates this censorial experience into a glowing radiance awash in pink.

  • Meteorites Baby Glow | Sheer Makeup* | 2 shades | $60CAD
  • Meteorites Compact | Light Revealing Pressed Powder* | 3 shades | $71CAD
  • La Lacque Couleur |  Nail Polish* | 368 Baby Rose | $29CAD
  • Cils D’enfer | Volume Creating Curl Sculpting Mascara* | Shade: Marine | $34CAD
  • 4 Colour Eyeshadow Palette | Shade: 504 Les Precieux | $69CAD
    • Deep khaki, light pink, white gold, bronze
  • Meteorites Perles de Blush* | $58CAD
Available: January 15th  via Guerlain boutiques & counters nationwide.
Note: Select items are limited edition while others are part of the permanent line or are new colours to a per-existing range. There could be additional products available internationally.
I’m super excited to see some Guerlain classics in this spring collection. All the shades are very wearable, including the blue mascara which appears to a subtle marine sheen. Having previously owned some Guerlain powder products, they are some of the softest and finest milled talc on the market that I’ve encountered. The only item I’ve actually used thus far is the nail colour which applies smoothly and really seems to enhance my pale skin (not too cool, not too warm). I’ll be reviewing select items from this collection next few weeks so look forward to that!


Preview: Blanc de Pearl Skincare | Guerlain

“Rare and precious, the pearl is a fascinating jewel: pure and immaculately white, it glows with a deep, rich radiance. A genuine miracle of nature, pearls create themselves, layer after layer, to become perfect. The BLANC DE PERLE range, a complete skincare routine with the P.E.A.R.L complex, accomplishes this miracle of perfection on the skin by revealing its extraordinary whitening power.”

 – Guerlain                                                    
This January the house of Guerlain celebrates the new year with beautiful luminous skin. The Blanc de Perle skincare range, previously only available in select Asian markets is now available right here in Canada. As an avid reader of Asian magazines, I’ve oogled over this range by Guerlain for years from their glossy advertisements but to have it in my hands courtesy of the brand is something else altogether.

They say you always have at least one stylish woman in the family and in mine that was my aunt. When I was a younging, she’d let me sneak a smudge of lipstick on my birthday and gave me mini samples of perfumes from her department store purchases which I held preciously like little gems. On top of that, she was most definitely a Guerlain woman and the scent of Guerlain skincare still reminds me of her.

  • White P.E.A.R.L. Cleanser* | $65CAD
  • White P.E.A.R.L. Essence in Lotion* | $78CAD
  • Advanced White P.E.A.R.L. Drop Essence* | $150CAD
  • White P.E.A.R.L. Infusion Day/Night Treatment* | $260
  • White P.E.A.R.L. Sleeping Mask* | $100CAD
  • White P.E.A.R.L. Refreshing Hydrating Cream* | $110CAD
  • White P.E.A.R.L. Sleeping Concentrate Night Cream* | $120CAD


Additional international products include: Double Action Spot Eraser, Matifying Hydrating Emulsion, UV Shield SPF50/PA+++, UV Protect Spray SPF40/PA+++, Lightening UV Base SPF30/PA+++, Correcting UV Base SPF30/PA+++, Smoothing UV Base SPF30/PA+++
As I’m currently on a bit of a skincare backlog right now it won’t be a month or so before I can start testing out the Blanc de Pearl range for myself. You all know I prefer to take a good amount of time testing skincare, especially those with treatment claims and I want to give this the proper trial period. However the range is now available in Canada via Guerlain counters so do pop in to have a peak if you can!

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EVENT: 60min with Maxime Poulin | Guerlain’s International Makeup Artist

One of the most absolutely rewarding things about beauty blogging is being able to meet those who are passionate about what they do and a few weeks ago I had the pleasure of sitting down with Guerlain’s International Makeup Artist Maxim Poulin to chat beauty philosophy, holiday makeup and of course that elusive je ne sais quoi that surrounds French women.

For those who are a fan of luxury products, Guerlain would be no stranger. Originating as one of the oldest perfume houses in the world, the brand was established in 1828 in Paris by Mr. Pierre-François-Pascal Guerlain who later became the royal perfumer to French royalty Napoleon III and his wife Eugene. Success passed from generation to generation and the house of Guerlain soon delved into skincare as well as colour cosmetics and is now an iconic name in French beauty and might I add is one of my personal guilty pleasures.

As a member of the Art Team working alongside Guerlain’s Creative Director Olivier Échaudemaison, Maxime quickly found an affinity to the brand’s philosophy that spoke true to his own ideals about beauty.

“Let the individual woman shine through.”

For him, having made up different women from all over the world, the idea of a singular beauty look isn’t the goal. Instead, the makeup should bring out and enhance each persons individuality in a way unique and intimate to them.


Not having traveled very far myself, I was eager to hear his thoughts on how Canadian women think about beauty compared to other parts of the world that he’s visited. His answer was somewhat unexpected.

“Canadian women” he begins, “have the great advantage of learning from other cultures. Being exposed to so many multi-cultural influences, they often pick up on certain elements and add it to their own routine.”

For Maxime, there isn’t a well defined beauty aesthetic here in Canada like there tends to be in other countries but rather a mixing of different styles that blend into one another. In short, we’re interested in experimenting with new things and aren’t afraid to mix and match.

Being one of the iconic French beauty houses, the subject natural drifted to the topic of that elusive je ne sais quoi which seems to surround all French women.

“What is it about French women?” I ask. “What is this beauty secret that make them so chic even when they are simply out grocery shopping?”

“It’s just an intuitive feeling” Maxime explains, his own French accent very much befitting this conversation at this moment. “It more about an attitude rather than a particular look or product or style. Actually, the style is usually never perfect and this is done purposely. If the hair is very done up then the makeup is more casual or vice-versa. Women in France, whether they wear a lot of makeup or not usually have a certain beauty routine, where they dedicate a small amount of time each day just to themselves to engage in their own small beauty rituals. It’s the way of living a womanly lifestyle.”


At this point, I could no longer deny the constant flicker of my eye towards the beautiful display of makeup that lined the counter. I asked Maxime to talk me through a few ways to create a fall and winter look, even something you could wear to all those holiday parties which we all use as an excuse to wear our fancy lipsticks.

Here’s his quick break down

  • Go for gold. It illuminates the skin in a beautiful warmth which is especially welcomed this time of the year in the dull weather when skin can look a bit lackluster.  Gold tones run through most of Guerlains colour products from primers to eye shadows and these colours bring a touch of warm radiance to any skin tone.
  • A smokey eye never fails. One of his favourite ways to wear an easy smokey eye is to create a layered look using a brown gel pencil blended from the lash line upwards then layered with a black kajal pencil at the base of the lash line which is smudged with a cotton bud or small brush, mixing with the brown and transforming the looking into a softly shaded smokey eye that is easy to wear for day but can also be transformed for night time.

“You can not go wrong with a red lipstick” Maxime insists.

And to this I must agree. There’s almost a magical transformational quality about a crimson lip that makes even the most simple of makeup styles look chic and presentable. It’s of my favourite ways to put on an event ready face when I’m not in the mood to match eye shadows colours.

Guerlain’s lipsticks are an indulgence and rightfully so. From the exquisite mirrored compact of its Rouge G range to the creamy formulations and beautiful shine infused with mango and shea butter. Maxmine introduces me to #25 Garconne, a richly pigmented classic red that is infused with ruby powder. How’s that for holiday glamour!
But the trick to the perfect red lip,
whether it’s a cherry, merlot or scarlet, is the right preparation. Taking the effort to do the proper steps will ensure the most beautiful results and do justice to the colour as well. Your red lip routine should ideally include; exfoliation, hydration, primer, lip liner, lipstick, blotting and then a reapplication of lipstick to built up lasting saturation.

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Having jetted his way from Paris to Montreal, Toronto and then Vancouver I’m sure Maxime has been living out of a suitcase for weeks. Even so, his enthusiasm is infectious and there was never a dull moment chatting with him about makeup, beauty philosophies and detox juice…yes we went there as well. It was his first time in Vancouver and I wondered if any of you had the chance to meet him at the makeup event at The Bay downtown later that day?

Until next time Maxime, come back any time.

HAUL: Spring fabric, crafting goods & makeup books!

A mummble jumbo of fun items in today’s 2 for 1 haul video. That’s right, one for beauty items and makeup books and the other for my fabrics and notions. Though you might want a chance of topic once in a while and since I am a crafty bunnie at heart, what better joy to share than some wonderful spring fabrics and sewing accessories.

Let’s jump in with the beauty goods!
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As you can see today’s beauty haul had a different twist to it, I am currently in a huge reading/book phase and of course I went hunting for new ones to add to my collection. Two classic beauty items made its way back into my life and I couldn’t be more thrilled…

Through all my experiences with beauty products, in the end you realize that when it comes to certain products…it is what it is and boy are these two bottles special. I won’t leak too much juicy details right now but you can be sure this is not the last time you’ll see of them.
 Shalimar and Escada samples
At both Sephora and the Guerlain counter I was gifted sample vials of perfume. Shalimar, which is the other Guerlain legend (next to Samsara of course) and Escada’s new release named Sexy Graffiti. It took me a second to realize that the Escada vial came in a stick format which I thought was particularity clever as it allows you to precisely control the application and amount used. Sprays on the other hand, tend to go everywhere!
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Well how gorgeous are these faces!
I have been a fan of Scott Barnes products since I first tried it out about 2 years ago but alias it’s rather difficult to get a hold of (as it is now discontinued, I think) and the selection is poor from the few places that you can still find them online. I was especially interested in his face sculpting technique and the way he uses it to transform and define the features, quite brilliant I must say and very Hollywood!

And for a little something extra, here’s a look at some fabric and trim I picked up recently. A good selection of spring hues, fun lace and yards of crochet just waiting to be incorporated into a flowy sundress.

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A quick compilation of the pieces themselves, I just love the soft tones and beautiful textures of these fabrics. I’m already thinking a shabby chic blazer and a Laguna Moon inspired denim jumper with crochet trim (Lena was wearing it in VIVI, what can I say?)… if anything happens, you’ll definitely see a post!
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 That’s all for today, I will have a review on something awesome posted next so don’t forget to check back soon. Wishing you all dream wonderful crafty dreams….