Well… Ok, so “date” may be a bit of an overstatement.

But we did have a coffee with Ricky Wilson, Dior’s International Celebrity Makeup Artist in an intimate setting at the Holt’s Cafe in Toronto. Sara of 29Secrets and I were the lucky bloggers at this event, also attended by DR’s lovely PR Executive Darline.

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Ricky was in town to attend the Magic of Dior Event at Toronto Holt Renfrew counters, and squeezed in a little bit of time to meet with us and share some of his tricks and ideas… and a few celebrity stories!

An easy-to-talk-to man with a creative gift for makeup and all things beauty, Ricky happily held court over his small audience, and shared with us his predictions for spring and summer 2014.

A Dior devotee, this was his 10th year with the brand! He was happy to share that in the past five years, he has felt that Dior’s head office in France has started to pay closer attention to the North American market, garnering inspiration from us and launching exclusives just for our markets. And who doesn’t love market-exclusive products?

Some secrets from the man

His go-to products from Dior?

He raved about Dior’s new Glow Maximizer and Pore Minimizer, which we had not seen at the time but have since launched as part of Dior’s Spring 2014 Trianon collection. He recently used them on celebrity Aisha Tyler, and raved about the lack of touch-ups needed during breaks of her talk show, The Talk. He loves to use Glow Maximizer all over to provide that healthy glow and boost radiance, while Pore Minimizer diffuses your skin, giving it a “velvety” yet matte finish, without looking dry. While many of us, me included, rush to blot and apply powder to make our faces matte, he finds these new products allow us to use less product and have a glow instead. (Rushing off to wipe that powder off my nose…)

He is also obsessed with Dior’s famed Lipglow, which he uses often on his clients.

Learn to love your imperfections:

While working on Rag and Bone one year, he covered up a model’s dark circles… only to be asked, “where are her dark circles??” Ricky was stunned to discover that this model was hired for her look, including those pesky dark circles… and nervously proceeded to remove her concealer. This experience taught him how beautiful imperfections can be, and today he finds that dark circles lend an air of sophistication.

Biggest trends for this year?

No surprise here, but lots of soft shades, pastels, in floral tones… something that we haven’t necessarily seen in a few years. Deconstructed eyes with washes of pastel colour rather than hard edges, with a pop on the lip in a softly bright pink. He feels nails are following in a matching sense, with soft pastels or pops of bright pink. Where you may have used bronzer, go lightly with a sheer pastel blush. Finally, he finds that we are headed back to more shine: lipgloss is back in a big way! (If you were paying attention, all these gorgeous colours and trends were found in Dior’s Trianon collection for spring!)

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An artist tip:

One of my pet peeves has always been applying mascara on others. Ricky offered to share his artist secret with me: gently place your thumb on the eyelid of the eye that you’re applying mascara to, protecting the eyelid while simultaneously positioning the thumb just behind the upper lashes. As the mascara wand is placed at the base of upper lashes and lightly wiggled through and up, your thumb will protect the eyelid from excess mascara, yet allow you to thoroughly coat your client’s lashes. He showed me this tip, then even allowed me an opportunity to practice on him!

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It was an honour to hear artist secrets, trends, beauty tips and tricks, as well as some celebrity stories from such a famed artist! Ricky was easy to chat with, completely down-to-earth, and best of all, a total pro! As a parting gift, we received a beauty touch up, and to be honest, I wish I could have stayed in Ricky’s chair for the entire afternoon! Would it really have been too much to ask for an entire glam makeover? ;)

Keep your eyes peeled for any future Dior Celebrity Makeup Artist events because you will not be disappointed!

~xo

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In 1963, Dior created an exceptionally popular treatment: Crème Abricot. This incredibly rich formula was capable of making nails stronger and encouraging their growth through a burst of nutrition and regeneration. Creators of the Couture manicure believed that beautiful nails were the essential finishing touch to a look.

Over the years, the Crème Abricot design has become iconic: its little round pot and beaded border is reminiscent of a neo-classical pillbox. A desirable and portable object to slip into your handbag for any occasion. The success of this star formula has never faltered and 50 years later it remains a must-have product.

Today, Crème Abricot is part of a complete manicure range, starting with Huile Abricot, an extremely refined treatment oil for daily use.

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A deeply nourishing and hydrating treatment for cuticles, it also helps strengthen nails:

Its unique formula protects and hardens keratin within the nails through a synergy of active oils. Firstly, argan oil, concentrated in essential fatty acids and anti-oxidant, vitamin E; camellia oil, reputed for its protective properties; and finally, apricot oil, rich in vitamins and minerals, indispensable for strong nails.

I like to keep Huile Abricot in my purse for convenience (love the simple tube and applicator!) – which was especially nice through our never-ending winter this year, or apply a drop to each nail before bed… If you follow my blog, you’ll know how much I swear by regular massaging of cuticles with some cuticle oil. Massaging your cuticles before bed really helps absorb the nutritive oil, and encourages nail growth, and is so easy to do! If you just do one thing to take care of your nails, this would be an amazing product to keep on your nightstand or in your purse for daily use.

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Going hand-in-hand with the amazing Crème Abricot or Huile Abricot is Dior’s Base Coat Abricot. A nourishing, smoothing and hardening base coat, it transforms the surface of the nail, preparing it for nail polish application and long lasting wear. With an ever-so-subtle beige tint in the bottle, it applies clear, but leaves behind a clean and shiny finish on nails – the perfect unpolished manicure! The first time I applied Base Coat Abricot, I actually skipped the polish, it looked so clean and well… pretty!

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Finishing up the Dior manicure is Dior Gel Coat, a gel-finish top coat with an extremely high-gloss finish to wrap and seal the polish. Smoothed over with a brilliant lacquered effect, Dior Gel Coat makes nails appear stronger and thicker with its gel finish, yet dries quickly. While not an actual quick-dry top coat, it dries to the touch within five or so minutes – that’s quick drying to me!   And when you are ready to change colours, Dior’s Gel Coat is simple to take off: just use regular nail polish remover – no pain, no scrubbing.

 

Finally, a little bit of luxe in a small bottle: Dissolvant Abricot, The Treatment Remover:

Described as an acetone-free solution ensures fast and efficient nail polish removal with care for your nails. Rich in treatment ingredients known to nourish, hydrate and strengthen, it instantly revives whiteness and shine.

 

All Dior manicure essential products are available at Dior counters.

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

What is your one luxe beauty splurge item?

~xo

 

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Happy weekend and Happy Easter to those of you celebrating!

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Today I have a quick pastel mani that is perfect for Easter… or just spring. I love pastels and my quest for the perfect yellow once led me to franken my very own pastel yellow that, if I say so myself, actually turned out quite pretty. And similar to today’s gem from Morgan Taylor: Ahead of the Game. A gorgeous pastel yellow with the subtlest hint of shimmer, Ahead of the Game caught my eye a few times and I somehow managed to walk away… not yesterday! It does apply a little sheer on the first coat, but with a generous second coat, leaves behind a perfect, streak-free finish:

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Ahead of the Game looked to be the perfect blank canvas, so I decided to make it into an Easter mani by adding some angled French tips with OPI’s Alpine Snow, and an accent of Zoya’s Cole from their Spring Awaken Collection, a beautiful pastel peach-orange cream:

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Simple, yet elegant, and easy to do with some striping tape or simple tape cut out into lengths or little triangles.

If you are celebrating today, Happy Easter and hope everyone enjoys this beautiful Sunday with their loved ones, furry and human!

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What do you think of my pastel mani?

~xo

 

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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

 

 

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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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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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