Feel like a change? Get a Complete Makeover in time for the Holidays!
Stress at work, family life, household chores, finances, traffic and daily pet peeves can take a toll on one’s quality of life and overall appearance. Makeovers are a great way to feel pampered, have a much needed break from stress and get in touch with one’s creative self.
Recently I was introduced to a couple of beauty services that I had either yet to try or have been curious about. I generally lead a busy life filled with interesting work and leisure activities with plenty of time set asides for my loved ones. However, with work and family, that leaves little space for just ME time!
For the past three years I have let my hair grow past my shoulders and recognized that although the length was quite admirable, split ends have settled in and the hair fibers lacked luster and shine. Looking in the mirror...is that a grey hair I see!!! Oh horror ...Off to the beauty salon for a bit of much deserved pampering and TLC !
When searching for a beauty salon, I wanted quality that wouldn’t break the bank as well as a one stop destination for multiple services.
At Laurier Macdonald Hairdressing and Esthetics Career Centre, all hairdressing, aesthetics and electrolysis quality services are open to the public at a fraction of the cost of equally professional downtown salons.
Hairdressing services include cutting, shampooing, styling, coloring and color correction. The 22 students are supervised closely by experienced professionals as they work collaboratively to analyze the clients scalp, hair condition as well as to advise customers of what styles may best suit them.
I was taken under the wing by Michael and his professor Luciano who gave my long, brown locks a quick trim and transformed my hair into a daring swirl of vivid dark violet and red coral streaks: J’adore!
I loved the fact that the Center uses professional L’Oreal products with no ammonia and that left my colored hair feeling softer and shinier compared to regular home dye hair kits. It also helped that the staff could achieve the exact color shading I had in mind!
After my cut, I headed upstairs to try the Esthetics department where I treated myself to a relaxing facial, manicure and pedicure. The current 2014 student body are made up entirely of Chinese beauty students who were attentive to details and open to any requests I had.
I was initially welcomed with a relaxing shoulder rub while my feet bathed in a tub of warm aromatic water. Three separate students, carefully supervised by an instructo,r worked simultaneously on my feet, hands and face. I could feel the blood circulating while my skin soaked in the beneficial moisture from the hot vapor steam mask. The esthetics department uses the French Guinot Phytomer Skin Care line for all their clients, that left my skin feeling moist, re-nourished, impurity free and soft for days.
My manicure and pedicure sessions included short, but oh so relaxing massages with nourishing lotion that helped circulate the blood and release all tension in my body. The salon uses long lasting OPI polishes.
I left the career center with a healthy glow, being completely revitalized and with a light bounce in my step .
Laurier Macdonald Hairdressing and Esthetics Career Centre
5025 Jean-Talon Street East St. Leonard QC H1S 3G6 | tel: (514) 374-0245
Do you love your baby blue eyes but wish you could sport a dreamy brunette doe look for a day?
I have always been curious about colored contact lenses: I recently discover Air Optix Colors that is currently sold and distributed in Canada. Not only does this brand come in 9 flattering shades, but the brand claims to be the most breathable color contact lenses available on the market!
I tried them and thought the colors blended well with my natural dark shade and the overall look was a perfect way to "Live in Color" or as in my picture above, become a heterochromia muse!
You can find Air Optix at most optometrists / opticians once you've completed an "important!" eye exam.
Love you new look and feel like a star?
Why not book yourself a creative Photoshoot or Videoshoot?
Isabelle Stephen Photographe has gained quite a reputation in Montreal for offering Professional Photo Shoots, Photo Retouching and Modeling Workshop Services in the Montreal area. I went for a 2 hour session in her amazing new studio at the classy, Château Saint-Ambroise. The experience and results were incredible!
What I love about working with Isabelle is that she is quite intuitive about her customer’s personality, confidence level and physical appearance. While she generally suggests optimal poses and settings, her trained eye brings out the best in you while also letting you have creative freedom for concepts and themes.
She encourages her models to move with background music and let their inner star shine bright! What better way to capture your new look ?
A Complete Makeover : A Whole New You !!!