Nice is Nice

The city is called Nice la Belle, which means Nice the Beautiful. Located on the south east coast of France on the Mediterranean Sea, Nice is the second-largest French city on the Mediterranean coast after Marseille.

Nice gained its popularity when English upper class aristocratic families in the second half of the 18th century, took to spending their winters there. The city’s main seaside promenade, the Promenade des Anglais (‘the Walkway of the English’) owes its name to these visitors.

Nice experiences a Mediterranean climate. The summer/holiday season lasts for 6 months, from May to October, although in April and November sometimes there are temperatures above 20 °C (68 °F). Winters are mild, with average temperatures of13.4 °C (56.1 °F) during the day and 5.8 °C (42.4 °F) at night in the period from December to February.

The best time to go is September. Thats when the majority of tourist have left. I would also recommend either staying on the promenade des anglais or finding a cozy hotel in the old section of nice. The old section is loaded with outdoor terraces, buskers, markets, restaurants and nightlife. I chose to stay at the Hotel West Minister located on the promenade. Most of the “ocean view” hotels are across the street from the hotel. It was only a five minute walk to Old town, and I had the most spectacular view of the mediterranean. This is one place that I would have loved to have spent more time discovering.

 

Puttin on The Ritz

The best way to get in touch with good old english tradition is to stay at The Ritz downtown London. Their afternoon tea is famous! Opened by renowned hotelier Cesar Ritz in 1906, The Ritz still today retains all the excitement and glamour synonymous with this legendary hotel. The 133 guestrooms combine Louis XV1 style interiors and sort of feels like your at grandmas house.

If you are planning to experience the afternoon tea (which I highly recommend) make sure to make reservations way in advance!

Park Guell Barcelona

Park Guell is one of the most impressive public parks in the entire world. I was blown away with every turn and step I took. Pictures just don’t do it justice. This place is Huge! It’s located in Barcelona and was designed by the famous architect Antonio Gaudi. That name might sound familiar because it’s the same architect that created that famous church in Barcelona, the Sagrada Família. And I’m now up to speed on where the term “Gaudi” comes from.

It’s a playground for the mind: visual jokes, like columns that simulate palm-trees, rubble-surfaced arches that grow out of the ground, quilts of ceramic tiles and warped passage ways.

Park Guell is one of the most important sights in Barcelona and one of Gaudi’s masterpieces. A sight not to be missed if planning a trip to Barcelona.

Brushes a girl can’t live without

Just like artists don’t always paint with their fingers, neither do Make-up artists. Don’t get me wrong fingers are great for applying make up but there are just some things better left to brushes. I’ve put together a list of all the brushes I use on a daily basis, my everyday so-to-speak (evenings out will look different). But as always with make up; It comes down to personal preferance. (This is just my personal list that I use on my own face)

mac 1501. Powder brush M.A.C 150- I don’t wear powder daily but I do wear bronzer daily. This brush is slightly rounded to pick up just the right amount of product, and it’s hairs aren’t densely packed so they spread beautifully. This shape is also amazing for contouring your cheek and jaw bones when you squeeze it with your fingers to form a straight line with the hairs.

makeup brush-mac-1872. Blush brush M.A.C 187 – I don’t go anywhere without applying blush. Yes, even the gym. I enjoy this brush because it works with creamy formulas as well as powders. I will sometimes layer a cream blush under a powder blush for a more intense look. (mainly at night)

mac brush 2173. Blender brush M.A.C 217 – I don’t usually wear eyeshadow unless I’m going out for a good time. So I generally use this brush to apply my daily concealer. Yup, thats right my concealer. Be it liquid, cream or pencil concealer I apply it and blend it with this brush.

sephora-professionnel-mineral-powder-brush-#454. Blending mineral foundation brush – Using circular motions, this brush can give you that airbushed foundation look. Another amazing tool for this is the Beauty Blender Sponge. It has a pointed tip to get around the nose and under the eyes. Get it wet and then apply the foundation as if you were sponge painting (this is my fav!) You will get the same effect as if you were airbrushed

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As you can see, all of the brushes are M.A.C except the mineral foundation brush. That one you can find at Sephora along with the Beauty Blender Sponge.

Spring/Summer 2013 Makeup

Wondering what’s in this season for makeup aside from the obvious full brows (I mean really, are skinny Pamela Anderson eyebrows ever making a comeback.. lets hope not)

Well, it’s always a variety of different looks, however this seasons range is quite adaptable to almost anyone. It’s a mixture of very strong bold colours and fresh face nudity.

To emphasize this mix of strong versus subtle, play up the features you want to draw attention to with colour. Blue and green hues on the eyes were spotted on most of the runways while others opted for vivid crimson hues on lips. Then others emphasized neutral lips and glowing skin.

The best way I can suggest for looking like a “pro in the know” is to bust out a blue or green eyeliner. Don’t go overboard, try using these methods of applying.

wing eyeliner The Winged Shape – draw the upticked winged line in a light brown shadow first, then trace over it with a colourful pencil or liquid liner using short strokes. The brown shadow acts as a stencil and is easy to wipe away if you make mistakes.

cat eyelinerThe Cat-Eye – Make the standard wing more dramatic by adding liner along the lower lash line, and connect the two lines at the outer edge. If it’s heavier on the top it’s Marilyn Monroe style. If it’s heavier on the bottom it’s Sophia Lauren.

smudged eyelinerSmudged – The softness of this look makes it so versatile. It’s the easiest look to accomplish, even if you’ve never applied liner. Simple draw a line and rub it out with your finger, sponge or make up brush.

lower lash eyelinerLower Lashes – Drawn along the inner rims or “waterline’, colourful liner can actually make eyes appear lager. Experiment with a variety of colours and see which colour works for you.

The cheekbone-chiseling pony tail

The easiest and quickest way to a sculpted facelift is with a simple elastic band. Simply back comb the crown of your head, then pull front sections straight over the teased crown. Follow the lines of your cheek bones to figure out where the ponytail should be. Doing this will optimized the face-lifting effect. Use a bungee elastic rather than a bare rubber band (really would anyone still do that in 2013) Eh Voila! time for your close up!

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The Burj Al Arab Dubai

Do you remember way back in the day when you saw a photo of two tennis players playing tennis atop a heli pad on the top of an outrageous hotel? And you thought, yeah right that’s not real. Well, it is. I’ve been there in the flesh. It’s called the Burj Al Arab hotel and its in Dubai. It’s modern architecture meets Donald Trump godliness interior.

Their Skybar located on the 27th floor holds the Guinness World Records for the most expensive drink (altho i think its been beaten now)

The cocktail is made from Macallan 55-year-old single malt natural colour whisky, exclusively produced dried fruit bitters and homemade passion fruit sugar.

The resulting cocktail is then served over ice cubes made of water from the Macallan distillery in Scotland, along with an oak stirrer made from a Macallan Cask. The cocktail is presented in a Baccarat 18-karat gold glass, which the buyer gets to take home.

The food, cocktails, ambience are all as breathtaking as the views. Definatly a place to go to if you’re seeking out the extravagant lifestyle.

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Worlds Most Expensive Blow Dry

One of my favorite places to shop when I visit London aside from the obvious carnaby street is Harrods. It’s the U.k version of Bergdorfs on steroids. It’s pure shopping heaven on earth. All the latest designers, brands, makeup and skin care in one luxurious place. There’s also places to have tea inside (that means something to eat in England) as well as and upscale urban retreat salon.

This is where you’ll find the worlds most expensive blow dry. A 1 HR that will run you £275(Including takeaway complimentary shampoo and conditioner)Using the exclusive Truffle by Fuente Shampoo and Conditioner which is infused with the skin of white truffles, pure diamond dust and meteorite extracts, The World’s Most Expensive Blowdry will inject you with a little radiance and feed your hair with the rarest natural ingredients available on Earth. A cranial massage followed by a glossy blowdry – this treatment will leave you with shiny silken locks and a spring in your step! Take home the fullsize bottles of Truffle formula afterwards too, so the luxury endures long after you’ve left the salon.. Amazing!

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Balnea Spa

Balnea spa Montreal 

Wow! What a spa! This is how I like em. Secluded, tranquil and far away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Located in Bromont-sur-le-lac, roughly an hour drive from downtown Montreal is where you'll find this gem. It's amenities include.. Saunas with panoramic views, Turkish baths, outdoor hot tubs resembling wooden barrels, beach club, Forrest pool, thermal waterfall, sweat lodge, solarium, spa cinema, cafe, walking trails and a private lake. Now that's a whole lot-a stuff!

While I was there, I decided to try out their Swedish massage. My masseuse was 'Melanie' and her magical moves and pressure put me into a relaxing state of mind right away. I was in need of some neck relief after feeling really sore for the last couple of days. Turns out a few days later i came down with strep throat; so even Melanie wasn't able to fix that. 

I highly recommend this place for your own getaway, a couples retreat or even a girls get-together. (Just keep in mind to keep the noise down)

A days visit to the spa will cost you $60 on weekends & public holidays
$50 on weekdays
$35 after 5pm
When combined with a treatment:
$30 on weekdays
$40 on weekends & holidays

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