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PSST, Annie Young Has an Odacité Exclusive in Quebec

We recently spotted Odacité in Dress To Kill’s Spring Issue Article Conscious Beauty and got really excited. The more people fall in love with this amazing skincare line the better!

The founder Valerie Grandury created Odacité after being diagnosed with cancer. Although she wanted to cut toxins, she didn’t want to sacrifice the results of traditional skincare. Her moto is “efficacy+purity.” Born in Paris and living in Los Angeles, she combined her French passion for luxury skincare with California green living. This certified organic, vegan & cruelty free, non-GMO line sources only the best ingredients from around the world. Talk about a commitment to purity!

The serums from this line target specific skin concerns such as wrinkles, pimples, or dullness. They can be used on their own or mixed with your current face cream. Like a good diet, it’s important to feed your skin with a variety of ingredients; one you finish one serum, go for a new one! Best of all, these essential oils glide onto the skin, absorb like a dream and smell heavenly.

She also has a range of creams, including a time release cream designed to maximize the impact of her serums.

So go green, go clean, go Odacité!


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Monochromatic Magic

In the spirit of the new year and trying new things, why not shake up your makeup routine a little? A monochromatic palette can be very whimsical and unifies your look. Depending on your coloring and the occasion in question, you could try a bolder look of plum or burgundy. For a softer look, try working in natural tones such as browns, pinks or peaches. Lily Collins does it very well; eyes, blush and lips can all be in the same tone, or the blush can be in different but flattering shade.

Whimsical Peach
















Lily Collins

Prep the skin as usual by cleansing and moisturizing.

After priming the eyelids, sweep a mid-tone peach shade in the crease. Apply a shimmery peach or rose gold on the lid. To add some depth and definition, apply a brown or black liner along the top and bottom lashes and smudge lightly to soften. Highlight the tear duct with a light shimmer. Finish off the eyes with several coats of mascara. Clean up under the eyes with a makeup wipe or remover.

For bolder brows, fill and shape them in with pencil or powder.

Apply a sheer luminous foundation with a Beauty Blender or kabuki brush. Use your favourite concealer under the eyes. Brush a soft blush across the cheeks starting at the outer corner of the eye and blending outwards.

For the lips, use a nice peach gloss or frosted lipstick.



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Oh My Glam Studio

I find fashion inspiring: it makes me dream of other worlds or people that I could be. Beautiful people and beautiful clothes set in exotic locations always look so delicious. After work I like to relax with a glass of red wine, some dark chocolate, and pour over glossy photo shoots.

One thing that I don’t like about the fashion industry though is the thin, “perfect” body image that it promotes with the help of editing. I think a lot of women become more insecure attempting to reach an ideal.

Enter Marinelle Jean Baptiste from Oh My Glam Studio. To launch her personal stylist business, she chose the girl next door as her model. The criteria? Friends and family nominate a woman for being amazing, brave, hard-working or for struggling with their self-esteem or health. Marinelle’s goal is to glam up everyday women with professional makeup and hair, and then turn them loose in front of a camera. When you look great and feel great, you are empowered to shine.

I fell in love with her concept right away! We had the privilege of teaming up with her to offer the makeup part of the photo shoot. We had such a great time on set with hairdressers Olga Novikov and Kaamini Deonaraine.

With the help of Photographer Gustavo Berardo, Marinelle and her team create glamourous looks worn by confident women!

The lovely clothes were generously donated by La petite robe noire and accessories the by French Fiasco.

Here is a little preview of the photo shoot, the edited versions will be released in the next couple of months.


MUA Alexandra Neill



MUA Stephanie Campbell



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Halloween Makeup

Pumpkins, skeletons, and enormous bags of candy are emerging for October 31st. Halloween isn’t just for kids; it’s the chance to try on another face for the night. While I have to admit that I’m not personally one for gory makeup, there are so many options! An amazing makeup can really make all the difference between an okay costume and an amazing one. Let your creativity run wild and let our artists work our magic!


Simple Detail – 45.00 (30 Minutes)

Full Face – 65.00 (1 Hour)

Full Face + Simple Detail – 80.00 (1 Hour 30 Minutes)

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Get the Look – Kevyn Aucoin

With fall officially underway, I’m sipping chai lattes, taking out my warm sweaters and changing up my makeup. Don’t get me wrong, fresh summer makeup is beautiful, but I love a dark lipstick.

Because a lipstick with red undertones will bring out any redness in your skin, it’s a good idea to use a fuller coverage foundation. That doesn’t mean that you have to be cakey! Go for a foundation with a lot of pigment that can still be sheared out to look flawless but fresh. Try the Sensual Skin Enhancer by Kevyn Aucoin. Make sure to prep the skin properly with toner to remove any excess oils. Moisturize with serum and cream to create a beautiful canvas to work with. If your skin is especially dry, try exfoliating after cleansing, then follow with toner, serum and moisturizer. (You should be exfoliating a couple of times a week anyway).

Since this look is all about a statement lip, keep the skin clean.  Avoid going overboard with contouring and blush and bronzer! I would suggest filing in your brows to create balance. Keep your eye shadow softer so the look won’t be overwhelming.

My favourite dark lipstick has to be Bloodroses by Kevyn Aucoin. It comes in two colors and textures. The Expert Lip Color in blood red has a sheer moisturizing texture and is beautiful for day or evening. The Matte Lip Color is a dark burgundy and more intense. The texture is extremely creamy for a long-lasting lipstick. It takes more guts and practice to do it well, but if you’re wanting more impact it’s perfect.





If you’re feeling inspired, here are a few other Kevyn product suggestions to pull the look together.

{Brows: The Precision Brow Pencil – Dark Brunette
{Eyes: The Eyeshadow Single, something light like Hint of Peach
{Cheeks: The Sculpting Powder – Medium, The Pure Powder Glow – Helena
{Lips: The Matte Lip color – Bloodroses
{Skin: Sensual Skin Enhancer , Celestial Skin Liquid – Candelight

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Fall 2016 Makeup

We could all use a little inspiration for fall makeup looks 😉 We are always here to help with tips and application.

La Biosthétique



A strong bronze eye with a whimsical rose or berry lip is a beautiful fall look.

{Brows: Automatic Brow Pencil
{Eyes: Eyeshadow Pen – Brown Cinnamon
{Cheeks: Contour Powder 02
{Lips: True Color Lipstick – Velvet Rose
{Skin: Teint Frais – 101 Light Beige

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Kevyn Aucoin




This look is all about a statement lip. Keep skin flawless but fresh, pair with a soft eye and defined brows.

{Brows: The Precision Brow Pencil – Dark Brunette
{Eyes: The Eyeshadow Single
{Cheeks: The Sculpting Powder – Medium, The Pure Powder Glow – Helena
{Lips: The Matte Lip color – Bloodroses
{Skin: Sensual Skin Enhancer, Celestial Skin Liquid – Candelight

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Fresh, luminous skin always looks delicious!

{Brows: Try brushing some seduce eye polish through your brows
{Eyes: eye polish – myth
{Cheeks: master mixer, living luminizer
{Lips: lip 2 cheek – beloved
{Skin: “un” cover-up – 11

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Can’t go wrong with a classic red!

{Brows: Any brow gel
{Eyes: Silken Shadow Stick – In Between Days
{Cheeks: Multi-Stick – At Last, Illuminators – Polka Dots & Moonbeams
{Lips: Crimson & Clover
{Skin: Sheer Vivid Tinted Moisturizer – T3 Hanalei

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Contouring makes a world of difference to add dimension and form to your face.

{Brows: Waterproof Eyebrow Designer
{Eyes: Long Lasting Liquid Liner
{Cheeks: Most Wanted Contouring Palette
{Lips: Perfect Color
{Skin: Hydra Make-up Mousse

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Artistri Sud – Making Up Change

We love empowering women and giving back to the community.

Artistri Sud is an amazing organization that empowers women and women entrepreneurs around the world. Come for a great night out, and make a difference!

Check out our event:

“Join us for a fun girls night out, for a good cause!

– Receive a free makeup touch-up and learn some tips and tricks of the trade from the professional makeup artists at Annie Young Cosmétiques.

– Enjoy a glass a wine (or two!) and some appetizers.

– Learn more about Artistri Sud’s work and how your contribution makes a significant difference to the lives of the women they work with.

All proceeds go to supporting Artistri Sud’s mission to empower women in developing countries. 

*Limited spaces available – book online to ensure your place.” 


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Mademoiselle Jules at Annie Young

Mademoiselle Jules, blogger par excellence, dropped into Annie Young Cosmétiques. Annie and Sharleen (who did her makeup) had a ball discussing cosmetics, beauty, and life as a modern woman! Aside from spending time with her husband and two little girls, Julie Etienne turns her passion for fashion, travel, beauty and the “finer things in life” into a wonderful blog – check it out!

Here is an article that she wrote about her experience at our boutique 🙂

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Inspiration from Cannes 2016

When some of the world’s most glamorous people gather, such as at Cannes 2016, it’s great to look to celebrity beauty and style for inspiration! Whether it’s orange lipstick, contouring or a bold cat eye liner, you’re covered. I personally love Rosie Huntington-Whiteley‘s (#9) fresh look and Marion Cotillard‘s (#59) timeless red lip! See the article in Vogue:

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Met Gala Makeup

How to Get a Soft Met Gala Look


The Met Gala is always a source of inspiration for makeup and fashion! Makeup artist Sam Bryant makes Lily-Rose Depp look soft and pretty with a combination of  rose, mauve and dark purple. This is a great look for spring and summer! To find out how to recreate it, check out this article in Harper’s Bazaar.


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