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All things beauty and then some. Andrea Claire has been a hairstylist and makeup artist for 23 years now. A Canadian based in Singapore since 2007, she has appeared on Asia's Next Top Model, Yahoo Asia, Canadian Idol, So Chic and more.

VIDEO! #EmbraceParis learns to chill and stretch with The Dailey Method

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By Andrea Claire · August 26, 2014 · 0 Comments ·
It's so hard to believe that weeks have passed since I was embracing Paris with 9 lovely ladies that I can now call friends. Well, maybe not Jennifer since she was giving me great comedy in the video above and... well... I left it in. She was talking about her 'bird'.  



The last day was spent lazing around our rooms at Le Meurice and I embraced a glorious breakfast in mine. I was alone. I could have fed the whole group with my breakfast tray.



Special thanks to Jill Dailey McIntosh / Kinesiology and owner of The Dailey Method

"After several years of running a Personal Training/Pilates business with a partner, she realized that what she really wanted to do was to help people reshape their bodies in a more assertive manner while still maintaining proper alignment and structure. What she didn't realize is that through this process she would be able to help guide people beyond exercise so that it transferred throughout their day of standing taller, breathing deeper and feeling better. Jill also envisioned moving from teaching in a private setting to a class setting. She found the energy and camaraderie in a group environment to be a more effective model for most people." TheDaileyMethod.com




And thanks to Juice It and Neal Brothers for the healthy drinks & snacks!



And, I'm sorry x2 because I can't remember who gave us these dirt balls. They looked promising like chocolate-covered-brownie-something but... I'm sure an acquired taste for those that aren't used to grazing on dirt and grass. Sital, my friend and fellow makeup artist who is currently in Paris and a vegan, loved it (like a child, I took a bite, made a face and then handed it to her.) I'm sure it looks like this coming out too - that's ok as that would be a good sign of health... relax! Everyone poops! [I did say I was like a child] 


VIDEO! #embraceParis gets chef schooled || L'Ecole de Cuisine Alain Ducasse

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By Andrea Claire · August 14, 2014 · 0 Comments ·
le sigh

Another fantastic experience with Embrace Paris that I filmed with stealth Spielberg skills on my Canon 600D just to share with you. (click the post title if you don't see the video, merci)

Alain Ducasse not only has a school for those who are looking to be a culinary pro but also team building classes where the gloves come off and the hair goes up.  

"We must open our doors to all lovers of cooking and let them get to know, try and understand where the delicious food served to them comes from. We are trying to offer classes to suit today's tastes, opening to other types of cooking, adapting to different levels in a modern and user-friendly space with efficient and easy-to-use equipment. This cooking school is a condensation of experiences and know-how, adapted to everyone's desires." le mot d'Alain Ducasse



I must say, I felt a little sorry for our Chef who was trying to teach us; a little like herding cats. The Embrace Paris ladies had spent a few days together already so we were a fun, cheeky bunch of global, professional digital influencers and many of us with on camera experience which means quite frankly that we are ON - and funny. I missed catching Chef on camera yelling (probably to get above our piercing cackles) with frustration "Focus Ladies!!!" 



Chef [omg, I forgot his name. Pas Alain...] with Lisa Ferguson

My question about why does asparagus make our pee smell was ignored with a smirk from the chef. See here. I can't help myself; I'm still a brat at 43, ask my mother. She'll confirm that. 

You have to look here on my Instagram too. It's a pretty layout. And check out Jennifer Brouwer, the tomato Picasso.

Hey - if I haven't bored y'all yet - can I just share a little tip for those who run online mags or blogs? Why am I asking?! 'Cause I'm not waiting for your answer... If you are linking from your post, set it up as 'open link to another window'. I've read posts, followed the link and then lost your post. It's annoying. Well, to me anyway. I'm easily annoyed. Maybe it's the red hair? Or brown as this beauty app suggests. Meh. 

Some photos to add colour to your green envy:



Pretty, right? Moldiv magazine app, not rocket science.   




Yes, I wore Michael Kors sequins to a cooking class and I took a selfie. The horror!! *shocked face* Instead of being all beyatchy about people and their selfies why not use your energy for good and not evil. Volunteer to make the world a better place. Sorry - I just can't deal with trolls



Speaking about envy... this is my 20 year old daughter, Sage, who is in culinary arts & management at George Brown who was tres jealouse about our class. Yes, I have a 20 year old. More horror and shocked face (from Sage because I posted this pic of her at school). Sage is wanting to be a chef but she is also doing some nails on the side. You can book her here so she can buy her own knives and stop calling me for my VISA number.



OMG! Another selfie. IT'S MADNESS! 

Not quite Tweezerman! This is for de-boning fish or Eugene Levy's brows.



Champagne and knives do mix! Not one sliced finger in the bunch!




Oh hey!!! Did you know that I'm a Wise Guides Ambassador?? I don't get red plates for my car or anything but... more to come on that travel APP launch soon!

[my sarcasm may be heightened in this post. I blame jetlag... maybe I should write more often when I'm tired... or maybe I only entertain myself... food for thought]

Want to be a perfect beauty? There's a Plum Perfect app for that!

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By Andrea Claire · August 13, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

Seriously cool.

  

I gave up on the selfie option because it wasn't recognizing me as a redhead but then when I loaded from my camera roll...same thing... fluctuated from 'deep brown hair' to 'soft dark brown hair'... Not quite Plum Perfect for redheads but close! 

I look fresh and super chill because this was post having the facial goddess' hands on my face. 

Plum Perfect beauty app helps you find your perfect makeup for you by scanning your face Hollywood-style, colour matching and suggesting brands from luxury to money savers to give you a day, office and glam look. You can click and drag the circles to an area of your hair, face, eyes and lips for colour matching. If you have freckles try not to hover over a freckle otherwise you'll end up with foundation that's too dark.

My 'office' look looks like it holds a Mimi potential but the glam I adore; Ladies, it's all about the choice of blue hue. 

um... I guess nothing is really perfect.

I actually love most of the recommendations regardless of being told that I have brown hair. The MAC High Strung? Brill suggestion. 

PS - the Perfect Plum beauty app is FREE right now! Get it. You'll like it. Takes a lot of guessing out for those who need the help and offers suggestions for the junkie who just wants a new addition to their arsenal. 

Beauty Pro approved!

[don't worry, the Embrace Paris recapping will continue.]

VIDEO #embraceparis visits Moynat Paris

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By Andrea Claire · August 6, 2014 · 0 Comments ·
Flashback to our Embrace Paris visit to Moynat Paris.


Moynat is one of the oldest luxury trunk and bag brands established in 1849 and was headed by a woman!

Watch the above video (click the post title if you don't see it) and join us on our exclusive backstage tour!

UPDATE

Basically as all of my new Embrace Paris friends post their blog posts from our social media retreat I'll be pressured to add more info. I didn't bring my laptop. Blog posting via an iPad is not so easy.

Take the lovely Claudia / My Paris Apartment for example with her Moynat post: Traveling in Style filled with informative colour and a shout out.

Now I feel bad for when we had our White Elephant gift exchange where you could choose to steal an already opened gift or open a new one. Guess who I stole from...? 




On second thought... these are cute for my cappuccinos. Thanks Claudia!! At least I'll have the fond memory of calling you all pussies and wrestling you to the ground for these Anthropologie mugs. 



The design of this briefcase is genius! Reflecting the curve of the original rooftop trunks, this unique design avoids friction on clothing which can cause pilling and breakdown of fibres.



I adore this bag! Watch my video to see the demo on how you can close the top of to avoid unwanted hands digging in.



I'm tired. Latenight cocktails at Le Meurice... but another fabulous Moynat design.



Spot the AC? Andrea Claire! We each got a luggage tag. When I finally returned to Singapore I was more concerned about the tag that had gotten wet in the airport luggage shuffle vs my soaked luggage.

VLOG || #embraceParis gets a VIP tour of Chateau Vaux le Vicomte

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By Andrea Claire · August 3, 2014 · 0 Comments ·
Take me back to le Chateau.

For most Canadians, that has an entirely different meaning because you don't picture this.


  photo of Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte by Carina Okula / France Unframed

The 9 women whom I embraced Paris with:

Ann author: Ann Garvin
Brooke : Elements I love 
Claudia : The Paris Apartment
Jennifer : Jennifer Brouwer Design
Lisa ; Lisa Ferguson Interior Design and Lisa is also a fabulous motivator and strengths coach : Strengths Mentor
Lynne : Design The Life You Want To Live
Mary Kay : Out and About in Paris
Norma, co-host of Embrace Paris: My Beautiful Paris 
Carina Okula, co-host of Embrace Paris: France Unframed
and last and certainly least; little ole me: Andrea Claire celebrity hair & makeup artist



A boudoir. Je veux.



 I love this sign for the 'throne room' aka les toilettes. 



Rainy days can be glamorous.



  I do have a photo with a few ladies whose facial expressions seem to be revealing (enamoured and gushing over our tour guide, Alexandre de Vogue), however I felt that not every photo and emotion needs be displayed publicly. I can say that such a personal VIP tour was amazing. To hear stories from Alexandre about he and his brother playing in the chateau as young boys to sipping champagne with his wife on their wedding night (sorry ladies) and more, was outstanding. And if that wasn't enough, we had a lovely lunch in Le Salon Privé! 

You too can book this VIP experience here.

Update! 

I thought I would include some photos shared with me via the Chateau Vaux le Vicomte presskit. 



Barbie's Dream House just dropped to second place.



The gardens at Chateau de Vaux le Vicomte were designed by French landscape architect Andre Le Nostre. Photo: A. Chassaigne

Want a French garden at home? 

"To create a French Formal Garden at home, a lot of space is needed, but it is possible to recreate its fundamental principles on a small plot. First you have to decide from which point you will be viewing the garden then you have to play with the heights of the garden's different elements. The rule you have to respect is to not overload. Le Nôtre did not place two statues per square meter!
In order to enlarge all the elements as you move away from the main point, to have an accelerated perspective, you set two statues relatively high at the very beginning and then you subtly reduce the width of the path and the size of the flowerbed.
You can also make a flowerbed of box trees. Begin by making a draft of the embroidery pattern, on which you will trace a grid pattern. Apply this pattern on your flowerbed. All you have to do now is reproduce the pattern, square by square. It takes a long time, but it's child's play." Patrick Borgeot, as Head Gardener at Vaux le Vicomte





The ultimate date night? SATURDAY EVENING (Candlelit visits) From May 3 to October 4, 2014 until midnight. Book online here.

VLOG #embraceparis TwizTour in electric cars

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By Andrea Claire · July 30, 2014 · 0 Comments ·
Every event needs an icebreaker to put attendees at ease and on an even playing field, and what better playing field than quirky electric cars, 10 women and the streets of Paris as their racing track embracing Paris. 



I chose not to drive and now wish I kinda did but I played the part of videographer and filmed the tour as best I could without a steadycam. Warning: may cause motion sickness! 

These TwizTour cars were a lot of fun, informative and easy to zip around the streets of Paris in.

A damage deposit is made on your credit card, but not kept as long as you don't treat these as bumper cars. *wink*

Embrace Paris: the 360 view atop Le Meurice, Dorchester Collection

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By Andrea Claire · July 27, 2014 · 0 Comments ·


I do realize that I was incredibly lucky to have been chosen as one of the 10 women to #EmbraceParis during a social media retreat organized by MyBeautifulPari blogger Norma Thiessen and Paris-based photographer Carina Okula hosted by Le Meurice Hotel of the Dorchester Collection.


Although this wasn't our first night together, I thought it fitting to begin with the view as we saw it this beautiful night in Paris from the Belle Etoile Royal Suite.



A private tour complete with a private butler serving us champagne and French fare. pinch me In this photo Lisa Ferguson/ Decor Mentor is being served. She has a rough life too. *wink*




The Spa Valmont offered each of us a complimentary facial. It would have been rude to decline. I had no idea that heaven could be found in a lower level. Because I have traveled so much lately (Singapore to Australia to Singapore to Canada to France) my skin had taken a jetlaggin' beating. My one hour in heaven was a collagen-boosting miracle. Agatha, my facialist, agreed that my current skincare was perfect but did suggest a miracle mask that she had used to continue at home. Mais oui! A morning mask to apply and let work it's magic while my caffiene works it's magic.



Le Meurice
kept us cocooned in indulgence with high teas, champagne, spas and countless gourmet meals all with the utmost attention to customer service without pretense. Without a doubt, this would be a hotel that I wouldn't hesitate to recommend and if the hotel is out of your budget consider a high tea in Le Dali or a visit to Spa Valmont.


Do check back as I will be sharing more of our Embrace Paris trip; or if you are impatient you can check out my YouTube channel which has most of our excursions filmed.

Beauty Lust Haves || July 1014

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By Andrea Claire · July 16, 2014 · 0 Comments ·
Apologies possums that my 2014 posts have been a little scattered and AWOL. It's been one helluva a year, but being the determined and tough red head that I am, I'm coming out of it with only a few scars. 
Let's begin this edition of AC's lust-haves with scar cream. Super fitting. 

Strataderm, a surgical repair cream with a high content of silicone. I've tried a few scar creams and this one had the results that really stood out. Although slow absorbing the results began to smooth my scarring for my surgeries this year quite quickly.



Velvety matte foundations are becoming all the rage with anti-shine textures that still give you skin-looking skin versus the old skool matte cake-face.  I have a few faves here: 
MUFE mat velvet+, NARS Sheer Matte and Burberry Velvet

Prefer a glow to your skin? Use matte foundation in your t-zone and dew-enhancing foundations like FACE atelier everywhere else; this is a great combo for those obsessed with selfies or those being constantly chased by the paparazzi. 

Sunday Riley I discovered recently at Mecca Cosmetica while in Sydney, Australia. Her Honest blush is a light, golden peach that suits many. 

Giorgio Armani Maestro concealer - ok, finally after 25 years as a hair & makeup artist I truly have found THE concealer. Light reflective qualities perks up tired eyes, it covers and sets without traveling into fine lines exaggerating them and the results are long-lasting. The liquid texture is buildable as well.


Clio neon black light nail stylers. I've been on a black light beauty kick for some time now and have a collection of lovely makeup from many companies - I may just have to channel my inner photographer to get what I want done - or maybe I'm channeling my inner 20-something raver and I just need to take this cougar-ass clubbing? This video is supposed to be embedded here however...might be glitching...  http://instagram.com/p/qSZoe8L2TC/ I'll fix the code in the post later., meanwhile just click it old school. Anyone else having trouble writing post via iPads?

Brush 'em if you got 'em! Aussie-based Original & Mineral has launched brushes that put up a good fight when in the ring with longtime champions like Mason Pearson and Denman. From top to bottom: Bristle round brush, Classic comb out brush and the Detangler. I've made the healthier colour switch for my clients to O&M last year and with the constant flow of O&M products in my session styling kit, it's safe to say that this professional brand has a long life contending with many global hair greats. 
*note: I'll add in hyperlinks to make your shopping easier when I have access to an laptop. Seriously hyperlinking is just not my iPad's friend


See who's braided updo has the beauty world abuzz!

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By Andrea Claire · July 9, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

Premiere Of FX's "The Bridge" - Arrivals

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JULY 07: Actress Diane Kruger attends the premiere of FX's "The Bridge" at Pacific Design Center on July 7, 2014 

Premiere Of FX's "The Bridge" - Red Carpet

To quote, I believe Mad TV: The back of your head is ridiculous!!

A braid within a braid. Genius! Modern, fresh and trendsetting; and her makeup is stunning too. 

Announcement via Australia! Ahhh - so you're a Wise Guide, eh?!

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By Andrea Claire · July 2, 2014 · 0 Comments ·

I am so thrilled to have been selected as one of the Wise Guides App Ambassadors! Wise Guides is a travel app that shares travel tips and suggestions geared to your interests. For example, I love shopping. SHOCKER. And working in fashion I do have some insider info to share; insider trading of fashion & beauty info is ok...

Take for instance my recent trip to Oz.

I fell in love with Cooper St dresses at Myer. This one I did not buy but...

 
This one yes.

Looking for beauty? Priceline in Australia's must-do for the beauty junkie. Moxie tampons in their vintage inspired matte containers. Hide ze microfilm. Sally Hansen nail strips for $3!! A One Direction musical toothbrush... however I didn't buy that one because I'm not a cougar.

Mecca Cosmetica, another beauty stop where I discovered Sunday Riley.

I met the man behind the lipstick line Red Burlesque. You need to check out their amazing app!

Zoie and I had lunch at VANTO in The QVB, an amazing Italian restaurant who also has amazing gluten-free pizza for those who have a self-diagnosed intolerance. So chic to be gluten-free these days. Yes. Zoie is wearing UGGS.

We both got a pair. I don't care what the fashion bitches say - UGGS are like walking on clouds. Sure, they're ugly; duh! That's why they're called UGGS.

With no help from our hotel we mustered our way into ALPHA for an awesome Greek dinner pre- The Lion King.

The Lion King IS a MUST SEE! The elephant walking in the aisles... WOW!

We hung out in The Rocks and found this cute wine spot for a snack that turned into dinner, The Wine Odyssey. With my flight of wine I tried kangaroo and croc... at least I can say I tried it...

Unlike the speed of the ladies who lunch in Singapore crowd, this is more my speed... well, in spirit not actually hunting. 

We hung with Royals.

Ventured on the Hop on Hop Off. They have a kids' channel to get the kid-friendly tour sans prostitute/red-light distract info.

And being whale watching season we embarked on that!

Actually saw a whale! Wahoo! Thanks FantaSea!

A lovely bonus of dolphins playing in the waves alongside our ferry to Manly Beach.

The Australian Museum had a GREAT dinosaur exhibit that projected dinosaurs right into the path of your child. stuffZoiesays   was clearly impressed.

It was the start of winter in Sydney and Darling Harbour had a darling winter festival with ice skating, hot chocolate and this slide provided by Thredbo Resorts.

We took the gondola up to the Taronga Zoo.

Whether you want to hangout and people-watch the locals with swagger, shop, tour or eat, you can see why having a travel app like Wise Guides would be worth having. You could get your to do list in a snap so you don't have to read boring blogs.

PS. It was fitting that I got my congratulations email from Wise Guides HQ when I did since I was on vacay in Sydney!

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