OPI Releases Six New Neon Nail Lacquers with
Accompanying White Base Coat to Boost Bright Color

OPI Adds Its First Full-Size Neon Shades to Permanent Collection

OPI announces the launch of six new neon nail lacquers, the brand’s first full-size neon shades, along with Put a Coat On! – a special white base coat that instantly boosts neon color. Neons by OPI arrives just in time for summer, with electric hues in shades of lemon-lime, tangerine, hot pink, coral, lime and purple.

“With hands and feet constantly on display during warmer months, wearing nail lacquer is a must,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Executive VP. “I am a big fan of bright colors for summer, and Neons by OPI delivers a bold look that pairs perfectly with sun-kissed skin. To really make the neon shades pop, I recommend using Put a Coat On!, a new white base coat developed to be worn with bright lacquer hues to further enhance color.

“These six shades are the first full-size neons OPI has ever released,” adds Weiss-Fischmann. “With large demand for new bright lacquers, this collection is a welcome addition to OPI’s permanent line.”

Neons by OPI includes:

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This citrusy lemon-lime hits the spot every time!

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Here comes trouble and she’s wearing this outspoken lime green!

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This tangerine cream makes me jump for joy!

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Just when you think pink can’t get any hotter, there’s this!

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This forceful purple has got me coming and going!

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The beauty of this brilliant coral goes beyond skin deep.

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Amp up any bright shade with this color-boosting base coat.

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Neons by OPI will also be available in GelColor, marking the launch of OPI’s first neon gel shades. GelColor is a professional salon service that offers a high-shine, 100% gel finish that lasts for weeks with a 30 second LED cure.

“If you’re planning a summer vacation, try a GelColor manicure or pedicure,” said Weiss-Fischmann. “Not only will your neon nails look fabulous, they’ll remain chip-free and flawless while you’re having fun in the sun.”

Neons by OPI will be available in both nail lacquer and GelColor (for professionals only) formulas beginning May 2014. Nail lacquer shades each feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application and will retail for $10.95 at professional salons and spas across Canada.

GelColor is an in-salon, professional service only. Prices depend on the salon and range from $28 – $38 for a manicure and $35 – $45 for a pedicure.

For more information about OPI, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

With last summer’s Neon Minis (see them here and here!), there was a resounding call for full-size neons, and I’m so happy OPI listened!  Which shade are you most excited about?

~xo

 

Through the looking glass… The magic of Dior Addict

Prepare to be completely mesmerized by Dior’s latest innovation!

Daring. Dream-like. Amazing.
A glance at the mirror and instantly, the ecstasy of transformation. Yourself, different. Free. In technicolour.

Dior Addict is the power of imagination, in its purest expression. Reinventing yourself however you feel, however, you want.
Today Dior writes an unprecedented page in the Dior Addict saga. A door opens to a universe that is even more fantastic, even more wonderful, even more dream-like…
“Sur mesure” for those ready to be surprised.

Dior Addict Fluid Stick, the first all-in-one lip hybrid by Dior.

Is it a gloss? A stain? Can this be a lipstick?

A genuine makeup revolution… Dior creates Dior Addict Fluid Stick, its first lip hybrid that can do it all in a single stroke.

Not a gloss, not a lacquer, not a lipstick… Dior Addict Fluid Stick is a totally new kind of lip product. A spectacular fluid that you can barely feel… What it does is combine maximum colour impact, glossy shine and a “no makeup” feel in a lip colour boasting sensational hold and comfort.

Dior Addict Fluid Stick is an innovation bomb. The alliance of unique technology…

The result of a genuine formulation challenge

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Intense, long-hold pigments, like “markers,” are encapsulated in beads of gloss. Colour and shine meld into one, for maximum impact immediately on application…

Unlike a gloss, Dior Addict Fluid Stick contains no wax that could weigh down its texture. It is simply formulated with water. Daring, once again. As soon as the texture is applied, the water evaporates, leaving bursting colour like a shot of glossy pigments, moisturized lips, a nude skin feel and slight sensation of freshness… The pleasure of high-definition and ideal hold.

Hybrid, too… The exclusive foam applicator… is shaped like the stick of a lipstick. The texture is applied right on the lips, with both perfect precision and unsettling ease. Not to mention pure sensory pleasure… With this intelligent makeup tool, application couldn’t be easier. And the change in look, instantaneous.

Incredibly easy-to-apply, Dior Addict Fluid Stick glides on without effort, allowing you to start with a veil of your shade, or build up for a full effect of colour.

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Design like a mirage…

Startling. Stupefying. Dior Addict Fluid Stick is not what you think at first glance.
Dior creates an accessory that is an optical illusion, that looks like its most amazing lip product. Don’t trust your first impression: that of a lipstick, transparently. Easy to be fooled… The illusion is complete, until the bottle opens and the applicator filled with colour emerges. Dior has created a pure object of desire, dedicated to women who cultivate the art of surprise.

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Within the Dior Addict Fluid Stick palette of colours are four maximum impact, must-have shades. Sophisticated, ultra-trendy it-shades that evoke what Christian Dior said of his most spectacular creations, “breakthrough designs, symbols of new fashion… that will be on the covers or in features of magazines.”

Pandore. A pure, radiant, flamboyant red… In one word, explosive. And so bold that it could almost be forbidden.

Wonderland. A rush of fuchsia pink pigments, an extreme burst of colour that glorifies the look instantly on application. Magical…

Aventure. An electrifying coral, bright and filled with light, for uncompromising allure… A real flash of bold.

Mirage. An incredibly lively tone, beige at first glance but reveals itself to be enhanced with a hint of pink upon closer look. A beautiful illusion to flatter any complexion. (Mirage has quickly become a new favourite nude of mine.)

 

Applying easily, and setting in mere seconds after application, I was very impressed by Dior Addict Fluid Stick’s wear and wearability. Soft and moisturizing the entire time it is on your lips, it also lasts through your morning coffee(s), making it to your lunch hour with nary a dent in its beauty. Retaining its gloss and colour impact through coffee alone was impressive… but making it through lunch? Colour me happily fascinated!

Dior Addict Fluid Stick ($36 Cdn) will be on counter for an exclusive preview at The Bay starting April 1st, and nationwide at all counters on May 1st, 2014. A Sephora-exclusive shade called Tiny Pink will be available, and four of the shades (Frisson, Magique, Open Me, and Intrigue) will be Limited Edition.

For more information (no shipping available to Canada), head to Dior.com and shop online at thebay.com!

Swatches coming soon!

~xo

 

 

(Products were provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

This season, AERIN introduces the new ESSENTIALS COLLECTION – an updated selection of carefully edited AERIN products women simply can’t live without. The perfect blend of fresh, new favourites and easy, must-have classics create a perfectly tailored daily beauty routine that easily fits into a stylish lifestyle. From AERIN’s new multi-tasking Rose Balm, to an updated Brush Collection for effortless application, to your favourite Rose Hand & Body Cream, it’s a versatile assortment that blends sheer colour and subtle radiance with inherent ease.

As part of its new ESSENTIALS Collection, AERIN introduces the new AERIN Kaleidolight Palette. Encased in a pretty pale pink soft drawstring pouch is a beautiful square golden compact with a foil-finish on the top, and a large mirror inside.

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Easy and versatile, this pretty palette of five skin-loving, light-enhancing shades of bronze, beige, pink and lavender add a subtle glow in one sweep. Swirl the Aerin Kabuki Brush across the palette to highlight the face, or use The Brush Essentials to add light and colour to eyes and cheeks with select colours.

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Appearing very muted and soft, the five shades (the soft beige shade appears twice in the compact) are actually quite pigmented. So a word of advice, start with a very light hand and build if you wish.

Here are the colours, starting with the upper-left lilac, going clockwise in the compact and swatched left to right. The larger swatch on the right of my photo shows all the shades blended together:

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You can see the effect of all the shades blended is a subtle glow with a touch of warm bronze. Though the shades provide a delicate glow, there is no visible shimmer, and the powder is ultra-fine and applies easily, without streaking.

The Kaleidolight Palette is a fantastic multi-use palette, with colours that you can use as eye shadow, as blush, to contour (with the darkest beige), as a bronzer, or, sweep a kabuki brush over all the shades and apply it for an all-over glow. Talk about multi-tasking! (Makes a great travel companion!)

With shades suiting a variety of skin tones, I dare say this is a must-have… Like many luxury beauty products, it is a little higher-priced at $78 (Cdn), but worth the investment with its gorgeous, highly pigmented colours.

The NEW AERIN ESSENTIALS COLLECTION is now available at Holt Renfrew Toronto Bloor Street, Yorkdale, Calgary and Vancouver and online at EsteeLauder.ca. For more information head to AERIN on Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

What do you think of this palette?

~xo

 

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(Products were provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

For Spring 2014, Dior launched the very Limited Edition Trianon Collection, a selection of pastels for the eyes with blushed cheeks and pops of colour on the lips. See the entire range of this special collection here!

Today I present to you some of my favourites from this pretty collection!

Let’s start with Diorblush Trianon Edition in Corail Bagatelle (763) – a beautiful and universally flattering coral shade embossed with a beautiful vintage bow motif in Dior’s signature mirrored case with its own velour pouch.  I think this is one of my favourite blush shades ever! Truly suitable to almost any skin tone, this pinky-coral shade applies softly to start, yet is highly buildable to your desired level of blush. There is a hint of fine shimmer in this blush that translates to a glowing, but not sparkly, finish on the skin.

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Below, Corail Bagatelle on the skin with an intense swatch on the left, and applied with a brush on the right of the photo:

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Dior’s 5 Couleurs Eye Shadow Palette in Pastel Fontanges (234) includes a sugared-almond pink, baby blue/teal, golden pale yellow, a chocolate brown, and a soft, warm grey. Adorned with the emblematic bow, a beaded ribbon and the Dior signature, the spring, limited edition of the 5 Couleur palette takes a delightful dive into the world of the Petit Trianon. This gorgeous retro palette with two applicators and in a signature Dior velour pouch, is almost too pretty to use, no?

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Below, swatches of 5 Couleurs shimmering shades, starting with the warm grey (top left in the palette and going clockwise) from left to right: Warm grey, baby teal, almond pink, chocolate, golden pale yellow. Most of this palette is shimmering in very soft pastel shades, with the chocolate being the darkest and most matte, and the centre golden highlight shade possessing the most obvious sparkle. Angelic, girly, and so pretty!

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To amp up the lips against the soft eyes presented in Dior Trianon, Dior presents Rouge Dior in a bright yet pastel coral, Rose Crinoline and in pure fuchsia, Allégresse.

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Below, Rose Crinoline, a pale coral that leaned almost towards a brightened pink-nude on me:

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and Rouge Dior in Allégresse, a sexy, bold but creme, fuchsia:

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The concentrated shine of Dior Addict Gloss is presented in shades of Pétillante peach and Exquise pink. Both shades are complementary to the two limited edition Trianon Rouge Dior.

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Below, the soft and iridescent Pétillante, a sheer wash of shimmery peach over nude lips:

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The limited release Dior Vernis Trianon nail lacquer shades, inspired by the Trianon garden, included seasonal floral hues of cornflower in Porcelaine, soft peach of Bouquet, and the pure fuchsia of Bloom.

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A play on texture inspired by the porcelain and china of the 18th century, the matte topper Perlé provided the finishing effect! If you follow me, you know how much fun I had with these shades by using them in this abstract mani:

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With this collection, Dior introduced a new variation of its iconic Lip Glow in a Trianon-exclusive shade: Coral. Sheer, ultra-moisturizing, and a fantastic base for Dior Addict or Rouge Dior, I loved combining it with simply a hint of Dior Addict in Pétillante.

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Below, the natural finish of Lip Glow in Coral (please note that my lips can look light-red naturally, and Lip Glow simply amplified that):

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For more information (no shipping available to Canada), head to Dior.com and shop online at thebay.com!
As of last check, there were still a few of the Trianon Edition colours available online!

 

Did you have a chance to try out the Dior Trianon Collection? Which item is your favourite?

~xo

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(Products were provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

 

 

FINALLY, A SUBSCRIPTION BOX THAT READS YOUR MIND!

by ZOYA NAIL POLISH (MY)BOX

 

The latest beauty company to provide a subscription box is Zoya, with its new (MY) BOX service. Taking advantage of the fact that many beauty subscription boxes contain samples or unwanted cosmetics, Zoya is determined to give you a box you want! Take a quiz to help determine which style of the four boxes you are, and Zoya will tailor a box to you! More info below and head to http://www.zoya.com/content/category/mybox-subscription-box.html to take the quiz!

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HAPPY APRIL FOOL’S DAY!!

INTRODUCING FUSE™ GELNAMEL™, THE FIRST ALL-IN-ONE

GEL POLISH HYBRID, FOR HIGH SHINE, NO CHIP NAILS

March 2014 – It’s a Gel! It’s a Polish! No, it’s Gelnamel! Bringing together the best of polish and the best of gels, FUSE Gelnamel has created the next generation in nail color, deliveringsalon-worthy results at a speed, ease and price like nothing before. Created by the makers of SensatioNail®, the #1 at-home gel polish brand, FUSE Gelnamel features an all-in-one formula that delivers one-coat coverage from start to finish and a proprietary anti-chip technology that seamlessly provides megawatt shine that lasts!

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“Women want nail color with staying power, but without the time, effort, cost or commitment of gels. That’s where FUSE Gelnamel comes in. Offering the best of both worlds – - chip-resistant, high-shine color that flash dries in seconds, but with the flexibility to easily change – - FUSE let’s you have FUN with your nail color,” explains Melissa Kahane, FUSE Senior Marketing Manager. “Our high-powered, ultra-portable LED lamp allows nails to be done virtually anywhere! With the simple press of a button, the reflective interior cures Gelnamel in 30 seconds, while the groove on the inside promises proper placement under the LED bulb.  It’s affordable and so simple, you’ll nail it and love it!”

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FUSE Gelnamel launches with six Starter Kits that each contains the patent-pending FUSE LED Lamp, one Gelnamel shade, Cleanser, Manicure Stick and Nail Buffer. Additionally, the initial 12 high-voltage color line includes:

  • Gone Fission*: A glistening pink glitter that transports you to another world
  • Sonic Blue-m*: An electric blue that will send shock waves
  • Na-no Way!*: A seriously bright pink that’s out of this world!
  • Elec-tric or Treat*: A coral guaranteed to ignite the room
  • Intens-so-fly*: A teal that will make you squeal
  • V-amp*: A rich, alluring red that take the volume to the next level
  • Watt’s Your Color?: A powerful red that you’ll want to brag about
  • Lightning Jolt: A glittery purple that’s a “royal” shock to the system
  • E-motion: A vibrant purple that you’ll be passionate about
  • Lights, Camera, Re-action!: A shimmery silver that lights up the room
  • Polar Bare: A nude you’ll sparkle in (that works at the north pole)
  • Such a Laser: A golden beam of light

*Indicates color is available in a FUSE Starter Kit

FusestarterFUSE can also be used on toes. Simply lift and reattach top portion of lamp angled outwards and follow normal usage instructions.

To remove, use 100% acetone with the SensatioNail® Gel Polish Removal Kit and Gel Polish Removal Tool.

Beginning March 2014, FUSE Starter Kits and individual Gelnamel colors are available for $39.99 and $15.59 respectively, as well as the Cleanser and Wipe Refill Kit for $8.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart and Rexall.

 

ABOUT FUSE

FUSE is the first Gelnamel to the market from the makers of SensatioNail, the #1 at-home gel polish brand. FUSE provides women with beautiful results that are easy-to-use and affordable for everyday wear. SensatioNailand FUSE are owned and developed by Pacific World Corporation, a global innovator and leader in the nail category, located in Aliso Viejo, California. For more information, please contact McCaughey Consumer Products (www.mcptri.com or 905-319-2246), visitwww.pacificworldcorp.com and watch a step by step tutorial on how to fuse.

 

 

Each time that A-England’s creator teases us with hints of a new collection, Adina’s eager fans wait with baited breath for what will be unveiled. The incredible formulas, the colours, the historic inspirations behind each collection…  Many of us have become devotees of the brand! And today I have for you the gorgeous Ballerina collection. (For inspiration details, head over to Ommorphia’s launch post.)

A-England’s Ballerina is a collection of four beautiful, delicate holographic polishes in whisper-soft colours. The collection immediately reminded me of the tulle on dancers’ skirts… how perfect!

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The first shade, and probably my favourite of the four (though it’s nearly impossible to pick a favourite) is Fonteyn. Fonteyn is a lavender-tinged silver holo with a formula so perfect, so divine, that it was a one-coater. It applied with buttery perfection, fully opaque on the first coat, and drying quickly to an incredible shine. (If you own any A-Englands, you’ll know that this brand is renowned for its high-shine finish!) Here is Fonteyn without top coat:

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Dancing with Nureyev is blue-purple holographic with a metallic finish that almost changes colour depending on the light. It is a little more indigo in some light, then a little more purple, but always demure.

I paired Fonteyn with Dancing with Nureyev for a subtle holo gradient:

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And two coats of the gorgeous Dancing with Nureyev, no top coat:

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I had to include a macro of Dancing with Nureyev because it is so beautiful:

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Encore Margot is described as an “icy blue prismatic hue,” a pale-silver holographic that dries to a cool dove grey shade. The holo effect on Encore Margot appears a little softer than that of Fonteyn or Dancing with Nureyev, but the effect is breathtaking. Another amazing formula, a little more fluid than Fonteyn, requiring two easy coats. Below, without top coat:

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Finally, Her Rose Adagio, a delicate soft pink holo described as “faded roses in a silver prismatic base, as romantic as it is ‘en pointe’.” Possessing a similar soft holo and formula like Encore Margot, I used two coats for the photos below:

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What always stands out for me is A-England’s incredible glossy finish, and its beauty whether in sunlight or in the shade. These colours are so demure and perfect, so aptly named that it is impossible not to fall in love…

 

A-England is available directly from their website for those in the UK, or from several stockists this side of the pond (check out Where to buy), including Nail Polish Canada (with free shipping within Canada!). Don’t forget to follow A-England on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and Nail Polish Canada on Facebook and Twitter!

Have you tried any of the Ballerina shades, and which one is your favourite so far?

If you liked this post, please take a moment to ‘like’ this post and/or comment! I love to read what you think.

~xo

 

 

(Product provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

 

 

 

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