How To Revive Your Hair This Spring?

Live Clean Shampoo and Conditioner (price: 6,26$)

We all have a hair care routine and this routine should evolve as season changes to keep our hair healthy. I use Live Clean shampoo and conditioner for years because those vegan eco-friendly Canadian products made with certified organic botanical (more than 96%) and biodegradable ingredients deliver wonderful results. Live Clean hair care products do not contain: sulfate, petroleum, DEA, paraben, silicone, phthalate and phosphate. Based on my shopping experience, Live Clean brand is available at Walmart, Pharmaprix and Jean-Coutu.

To transition from Winter to Spring, I received in early March Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Pre-Wash Protein Treatment and Pai-Shau Supreme Revitalizing Mask. Easily integrated to my routine, I use them twice a week for better results.

Madam C.J. Walker Pre-Wash Protein Treatment (Price: 32$ US)

Sarah Breedlove, founder of Madam C.J. Walker Manufacturing Company, is one of the twentieth century’s most successful self-made African American women entrepreneurs and her legacy inspired Sundial Brands to launch in 2016 a new brand named Madam C.J. Walker Beauty Culture that is sold exclusively at Sephora (online and stores).

The Pre-Wash Protein Treatment really helps fortify and protect against breakage. Suitable for all hair types, this treatment penetrates deeply to restore damages caused by chemical treatments, hair styling or environmental factors.

Made with certified organic and fair trade ingredients, this cruelty free product is easy to use. Before application, I spray my hair with warm water then I apply a generous amount of Pre-Wash Protein Treatment on hair and scalp by paying attention to mid lengths and ends (where breakage happens most of the time!). I put a shower cap to create natural heat then after 15-30 minutes I rinse with warm water and cleanse with Live Clean shampoo and conditioner.

Pai-Shau Supreme Revitalizing Mask (Price: 43$)

After cleansing, I apply a generous amount of Pai-Shau Supreme Revitalizing Mask on wet hair from mid lengths to ends, comb through and rinse well after 5-10 minutes. Suitable for all hair types, this mask hydrates and adds softness.

Pai-Shau products are made in Canada using Signature Tea Complex, a mix of African Red Bush (known as Rooibos), White, Black, Pu-erh and Japanese Matcha Green Teas. This mix provides rejuvenating properties that strengthen, nourish and protect the hair. Moreover, Pai-Shau products are eco-friendly, vegan, paraben free, gluten free, sulfate free, sodium chloride free and color safe. Sold only in professional environments, products are available at Pai-Shau website, fine beauty salons and professional distributors such as Capilex Beauté.

Happy Spring !!

5 Reasons To Wear Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Makeup Stick

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Makeup Stick (price: 53$)

Looking for an oil-free, highly pigmented and long wear foundation stick? Here are 5 reasons to wear the new Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Makeup Stick

1) 20 chances to find the perfect shade

Teint Idole Ultra Makeup Stick is available in 20 shades which means you have 20 chances to find the shade that fit your skin tone. Lancôme extends its color range to be able to reach as many women as possible. At least 4 shades are potentially suitable for dark skins: 500 Suede (W), 510 Suede (C), 550 Suede (C) and 555 Suede (C).

2) Perfect travel size

No more dilemma when traveling! You don’t have to choose between putting your foundation in your checked baggage or leaving it at home because of its size. Now, you could bring this 0.31 oz foundation stick with you directly in your hand bag without any issues at the security check.

3) Moderate to high coverage

I have been testing this foundation stick for more than a month and I can assure you that depending of your desired finish look it delivers homogeneous coverage from moderate to high with a natural-looking matte finish (perfect for oily skins!).

4) Versatility

Thanks to its pigment-rich, this foundation stick is far beyond a basic foundation and can also be used as a concealer or for contouring. Here are Lancôme tips to guide you…

Apply Teint Idole Ultra Makeup Stick with a brush, makeup sponge, your fingers, or directly onto the skin, depending on your preferred method of application.
• When using a foundation brush, lightly feather the product, starting at the center of your face or where you see the most discoloration, and blend outward. Or, apply using fingers, blending with a cross-hatch pattern.
• As a concealer, apply where needed to spot treat and conceal imperfections. Using your finger or a brush, apply in a stippling motion for best results.
• To contour, pick a shade 2-3 shades darker than your base complexion, then apply and blend to sculpt and define your features.

5) Skin benefits

Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Makeup Stick is fragrance-free, transfer-resistant, noncomedogenic and tested under dermatological conditions.

Teint Idole Ultra Makeup Stick is available at all Lancôme counters and online at Lancôme.ca.

Healthy Brunch at Liv Salades in Mile-End

Opened few months ago in the heart of Mile-End on Saint-Laurent, Liv Salades is specialized in gourmet salads made with fresh ingredients coming from their garden harvests and the market.

Liv Salades is not a typical salad bar, when you enter you instantly feel like home! The atmosphere is cozy and intimate with a minimalist decoration. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a guilt-free meal with your fitness partner, friends or family!

Within their vision of growing, brunch menu will be serve on Saturday starting on March 25th. From avocado toast to salmon bagel, everyone is welcome regardless of your food habits. The philosophy of Liv Salades is to invite you around the table whether you are vegan, vegetarian or meat lovers.

Over the weekend, I had the pleasure to try this delicious menu! To give you a taste of what awaits you, here is my selection…

Avocado Toast – Liv Salades

Crêpes Anna Banana – Liv Salades

Finally, guess what? This little green oasis has two outdoors terraces to welcome you during summer to enjoy sun and nutritious meal!

Liv Salades

5350 Saint-Laurent, Montreal

New Menu At Crudessence Raw Vegan Restaurant

Beetroot Carpaccio – Photo credit: Sylvie Li

Since its first steps with delivery service of organic lunch boxes to cooking classes, Crudessence celebrates 10 years of healthy food with new raw vegan menu revisited by executive Chef Sarah Karook available in Greater Montreal and Quebec locations (restaurants and counters).

Chef Sarah Karook – Photo credit: Sylvie Li

Chef Sarah Karook is very familiar with vegan cuisine with 15 years of experience in this specific food field. Today, as a proud ambassador of Crudessence, her mission is to democratize vegan cooking and make it more accessible.

The new menu is inspired by foreign cuisine of several countries and reflects the image of people of our beautiful Quebec province. From Italian flavor to vadouvan Indian spices, each meal is highly nutritious, organic and sustainably sourced.

Lasagna – Photo credit: Sylvie Li

Salad and Vandouvan Plate – Photo credit: Sylvie Li

The idea of raw menu is to offer the optimal potential of food for a fully healthy experience. I invite you to visit one of their restaurants or counters at Avril Supermarché Santé and Comptoir la Moisson to try the new menu.

COS 10th Anniversary Capsule Collection

Since its beginning in 2007 at London based boutique on Regent Street, COS offers high-quality collections of wardrobe essentials featuring modern, minimalist and tactile design. After several years of international expanding, the Swedish brand opened its doors in Montreal in Fall 2015.

To honor its 10th anniversary, COS launches on March 24th a limited worldwide capsule collection influenced by art and Japanese design. This collection features 10 garments  for women, men and children created in puzzle style. These methods create a refined collection with slumped volumes and rectilinear silhouettes.

The collection is designed with lightweight cotton and technical polyester fabrics in a minimalist palette of sand and white. Just in time for Spring!

COS

1310 Ste-Catherine W, Montreal

Food and Health: Expo Manger Santé et Vivre Vert 2017

The 20th edition of Expo Manger Santé et Vivre Vert will be held on March 24th, 25th and 26th at Palais des Congrès de Montréal. More than 35,000 visitors are attending for one of the most largest food exhibition in Quebec. This exhibition is the unmissable event of the Spring which gathers in one spot the best resources in food, health and environment.

This year the theme of the Montreal Vegetable Cuisine Championship is ecogastronomy and will be hosted by Caroline Dumas on March 25th at 10:30 am. Participants will have to come up with a gourmet hand held that uses local products and anti-waste. Each candidate will have 30 minutes at its disposal to create the meal under the watchful eye of the jury composed of the cuisine editor-in-chief of Coup de Pouce magazine, Catherine Clermont, columnist and author Bob the Chef as well as the nutritionist Bernard Lavallée.

Moreover, among the exhibitors, several of my favorites vegetarian and vegan restaurants will be represented as Lola Rosa, Aux Vivres, Copper Branch, Crudessence and more.

Entrance: 11$-14$ ( free for 16 and under)

Info about opening hours and exhibitors list : expomangersante.com

Palais des Congrès de Montréal

1001 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle, Montreal

New Brunch Menu At La Société Montreal French Bistro

La Société Montreal – Photo Credit: Patricia Brochu

With the upcoming Spring season, La Société Montreal French Bistro located in Loews Hotel Vogue welcomes you with a new brunch menu elaborated by Parisian Chef Gilles Tolen who made his debut at well-known establishment Café de la Paix in 2009.

For those who are familiar with Montreal foodie scene, Chef Gilles Tolen created two menus at Decca77 as Executive Chef and was also involved in culinary events such as Le Chop, Cuisine du Quebec and MTLàTable.

Chef Gilles Tolen – Photo Credit: La Société Montreal

The new brunch menu offers revisited classics such as Eggs Benedict, various types of Omelet, Mimosa cocktails and more. Moreover, the menu allows you to plunge into La Société spirit with fresh Oysters, Champagne, Tartars with croûtons and lunch plates.

I particularly appreciate the fact that the menu offers healthy and varied choices. Even as a vegetarian, you will easily find something that fit your need without having to ask for special treatment. With my sweet tooth, I chose the Belgian waffles (maple syrup comes in supplement), the Mount Royal granola bowl (proud Montrealer) and the Moulin Rouge cocktail ( Paris is always on my mind).

La Société Brunch Menu: Belgian Waffles and Moulin Rouge Cocktail

La Société Brunch Menu: Mount Royal Granola Bowl

To make your foodie experience even better, reserve your seats with OpenTable.

La Société Montreal

1415 de la Montagne Street, Montreal

Centaur Theatre: You Will Remember Me

Centaur Theatre Company presents the Quebec English-language Premiere of You Will Remember Me until April 2nd. The play is the translation of Tu te souviendras de moi originally written by François Archambault in 2014.

Edouard, the main protagonist, is a highly respected history professor and political commentator who is suffering from Alzheimer disease. As ironic as it sounds, Edouard can recite famous historical dates but can’t remember recent events. Breathless, his wife Madeleine decides to abandon him to their daughter Isabelle for an undetermined time…

Edouard: “Well, don’t be gone too long … I might not remember who you are.

Isabelle (Johanna Nutter) and Edouard (Jean Marchand) – Photo Credit: Andrée Lanthier

Isabelle: ” I’m in the moment with you, Dad… My wonderful Dad who I love, even if, sorry, you drive me crazy most of the time.”

As the author explains “I didn’t want to make a play that only talks about Alzheimer’s; I wanted it to be wider than that. (…) I explore what we retain of our family history and the history of the society in which we operate; the things that we remember and those we prefer to forget.

Next shows: Matinées (1:00 pm & 2:00 pm) and Evenings (8:00 pm) until April 2nd.

Centaur Theatre Company

453 St. François-Xavier, Montreal

Femmes Ensemble: International Women’s Day Show

On the occasion of International Women’s Day, Marie-Lise Pilote will be hosting the 3rd edition of Femmes Ensemble show on March, 8th with the participation of distinguished and inspiring guests at Étoile Banque Nationale theater.

Femmes Ensemble is a daring show that highlights talented women from art, politics, business and charity fields. This year the show welcomes on stage: Marie-Claude Barrette, Brigitte Lafleur, Fanny Malette, Jenny Salgado, Meryem Saci, IMA, Marie-Pier Perreault, Arlette Cousture, Uriel Arreguin, Fabrice Vil, Caroline Codsi, Gabrielle Tremblay, France Gauthier and Marie-Christine Pilotte.

To get a glimpse of the show, take a look at Marie-Pier Caron’s interview on Youtube. Tickets are available on Admission website.

L’Étoile Banque Nationale

6000 Rome Boulevard (Suite 100), Brossard

New Brunch Menu at LOV Restaurant in Old Montreal

Brunch at LOV Restaurant – Photo Credit: Patricia Brochu

Because weekends are made for brunches, LOV Restaurant now offers brunch menu from 10 am to 3 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Chef Stéphanie Audet and her experienced team put together local and botanical ingredients to prepare this brand new brunch menu.

Whether you have large or small appetite, you will definitely find a plate suitable for you! The brunch menu proposes toast, salads, waffles, trendy smoothie bowls and more. Each dish has its own signature with a unique combination of ingredients. My two favorite plates are the avocado toasts and the waffles with fresh fruits and cashew yogurt topping!

Avocado toast – Photo Credit: Patricia Brochu

Waffles – Photo Credit: Patricia Brochu

If you have an account on OpenTable, note that you won’t be able to make a reservation during brunch hours because it’s first arrived first served. That being said, reservations are accepted by phone for groups of 6 people and more. Consequently, if you want to skip the lineup you know what you have to do 🙂

LOV Restaurant

464 McGill Street, Montreal