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A good coat is invaluable to everyone’s wardrobe and finding a coat that marries form and function can pull together your look and keep you warm throughout the unpredictable season. Below are a collection of this season’s ‘coolest’ trends, as see on the international runways!

Bonus? Pull together your entire look quickly with a gorgeous camel-coloured or vampy polish, and add a swipe of a hot red lipstick and you’re ready for whatever life may throw your way!

Which is your favourite look?
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Visions of Lacquer!

OPI Launches 4 NEW Limited Edition
Mariah Carey Holiday Gift Sets

OPI announces four new gift sets this holiday season – perfect for creating personalized nail looks:

  • Mariah Carey…The Look contains three full-sized lacquers: My Favorite Ornament (champagne glitter), Visions of Love (rich burgundy) and I Snow You Love Me (holographic confetti).
  • Mariah Carey Mini 3-Pack/Liquid Sand offers TWO trio gift set options, each containing three mini Liquid Sand shades.
  • Mariah Carey Mini 4-Pack includes four mini lacquers – two glitters and two seasonal hues.

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“Inspired by Mariah Carey’s iconic songs, these gift sets will put your nails in the holiday spirit and are perfect for gift giving,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “With Mariah Carey Holiday gift sets, you can create a festive manicure with different finishes using wintery tones, glitter and Liquid Sand texture.”

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Mini 3-Pack/Liquid Sand trio #1 includes Mariah Carey Holiday Liquid Sand shades Silent Stars Go By, Baby Please Come Home and Make Him Mine, trio #2 includes It’s Frosty Outside, Emotions and Kiss Me at Midnight. Mini 4-Pack includes Visions of Love, Warm Me Up, Wonderous Star and All Sparkly and Gold.

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Mariah Carey Holiday nail lacquer shades each feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. Liquid Sand nail lacquers should always be worn without top coat. Mariah Carey…The Look, Mariah Carey Mini 3-Pack/Liquid Sand and Mariah Carey Mini 4-Pack will be available October 2013, at Professional Salons and Spas for a limited time. Mariah Carey…The Look retails for $24.95 CAN, Mini 3-Pack/Liquid Sand retails for $12.50 CAN each set, and Mini 4-Pack retails for $14.95 CAN.

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

All I want for Christmas is 18K!

OPI Announces NEW Limited Edition Mariah Carey 18K
White Gold & Silver Leaf Top Coat

Inspired by Mariah Carey, OPI has bottled luxury for the holidays. Elegant and dazzling, Pure 18K White Gold & Silver Leaf Top Coat adds precious metal texture over any OPI shade or can be worn alone for a subtle but luxurious look. This genuine18 karat white gold & silver leaf top coat comes packaged in a special limited edition collectable box.

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“OPI is known for creating unique textured nail finishes and this sophisticated top coat is the ultimate must-have accessory. Whether you prefer gold or silver this combination adds a glamorous touch to fingers and toes,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “This luxurious top coat was inspired by Mariah Carey’s extravagant style and allows us to embrace our inner
diva without breaking the bank. It takes nails to the next level!”

As with all OPI nail lacquers, Pure 18K White Gold & Silver Top Coat features OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. This limited edition promotion will be available beginning October 2013 at professional salons and spas for $37.50 CAN suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer.

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

Shades Fit for a Beauty Queen!

OPI Releases Limited Edition MISS UNIVERSE®
2013 Nail Lacquers

OPI announces the launch of three limited edition MISS UNIVERSE nail lacquers – the dusky purple I’m Feeling Sashy, the deep black plum Miss You-niverse, and the textured matte platinum This Gown Needs a Crown. Worn without top coat, This Gown Needs a Crown offers a new satin finish. Each bottle of this matte silver nail lacquer comes with a complementary bejeweled crown ring – the finishing touch for a manicure worthy of Miss Universe. All three hues are inspired by the gorgeous, sophisticated women entering the 2013 MISS UNIVERSE® competition, to be held November 9, 2013.

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“The women competing for the MISS UNIVERSE title are beautiful, intelligent and inspiring,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI co-founder and Artistic Director. “They are passionate ambassadors for many worthy causes, and through the Miss Universe Organization, they help to empower other young ladies around the world.

“The three new shades in the MISS UNIVERSE promotion were created with these exceptional women in mind,” continues Weiss-Fischmann. “The colors are very glamorous – ideal for special occasions, a night on the town, or even being named the most beautiful woman in the world!”

OPI was named the Miss Universe Organization’s official nail care sponsor for 2013 at the MISS USA® pageant, a precursor to the MISS UNIVERSE® competition.

MISS UNIVERSE nail lacquers each feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. This Gown Needs a Crown features a satin finish and should be worn without top coat for best results. These shades will be available October 2013, at Professional Salons and Spas for $10.95 CAN suggested retail for each nail lacquer.

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

One of the first shampoo lines I became obsessed with was Schwarzkopf’s Bonacure line… The products were great for my long colour-treated hair, and I became wise enough to start buying Bonacure’s Repair line in bulk. When I learned about their new BC Oil Miracle line, I knew I had to try it!

Some info on the line:

BC Oil Miracle offers a full care range for indulgent services in-salon and premium Oil Care regimes for:

• Opulent shine
• Caressable softness
• Non-overburdening

BC Oil Miracle Finishing Treatments are based on the breakthrough Evaporating Technology, bestowing precious softness & opulent shine without leaving residues on the hair or overburdening it.

BC Oil Miracle Shampoo with Micro Emulsion Oil Technology‚ ensures that just the right amount of nourishing oil remains at the porous spots of the hair surface whilst smoothening it at the same time – resulting in fascinating suppleness and opulent shine.

Ingredients include:

Argan Oil

The fruits of the Argan tree have a very hard kernel which contain up to three seeds. From these seeds it is possible to extract luxurious, precious oil which is a common and well known cosmetic ingredient. It delivers high anti-oxidative properties, is known to work against free-radicals and contains an exceptionally high amount of unsaturated fatty acids which help to refresh the natural lipid barrier of hair. Therefore it fortifies the hair, giving it brilliance, suppleness, smoothness and a shiny finish. It leaves the hair soft with a silky touch and a natural look.

Marula Oil

Marula Oil is extracted from the nut of the Marula tree fruit kernels, a tree native to the Sub-Saharan-Africa. It is rich in anti-oxidants and oleic acid. A marvellous feature of the Marula Oil is its high amount of Vitamin C which is said to be four times higher than in oranges. The mixture of high nutritional value and outstanding stability due to its high content of Vitamin C makes it a supreme selection for cosmetic formulas. It nourishes, protects, moisturises and imparts elasticity to damaged hair. It is also commonly used in aromatherapy.

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I had an opportunity to review the Finishing Treatments of this line: the BC Oil Miracle Light Finishing Treatment and the BC Oil Miracle Finishing Treatment. The difference between the two is that the Light formula is made for finer hair, so as not to weigh down your hair, while the regular formula is a hint richer for normal/thicker hair types. Both smell amazing, with a slight floral yet musky scent. The scent lingers ever so slightly if you don’t blow-dry and I just love shaking my hair out and smelling it!

The directions call for applying a pea-sized amount into towel-dried hair, then blow-drying or styling as usual. I also like to use a couple of drops on dry hair, to help smooth some of the frizziness and give my hair a little bit of moisture, especially at the ends.

Like my previous experience with Bonacure, these two products do not disappoint. I personally prefer the regular BC Oil Miracle due to my thicker, wavy hair, but I would absolutely use the Light formula, especially on dry hair. I’ve used the products both on towel-dried hair that I then styled/blow-dried, but I’ve also let my hair dry naturally and found it to help reduce frizziness. (That is my ultimate test: natural drying!) If I then flat-iron my dry hair, it lends an incredible shine and helps protect from the heat styling. I just loved Oil Miracle!

If you are a fan of treatment oils such as argan oil, then one of these products should definitely be in your haircare arsenal!

The new BC Oil Miracle Finishing Treatment and Treatment Light is now available at
Schwarzkopf Professional partner salons.

~xo

 

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

Seize your chance, follow your destiny…

Christian Dior’s lucky charm shines over the 2013 autumn collection and decorates the mythical 5 Couleurs palette. Sculpted with stars, the eye shadows shimmer with metallic shades and reflections. Shrouded in mystery, eyes have never been so magnetic.

Truly a work of art, the 5 Couleurs palette, below in Bonne Étoile (384), is cohesively comprised of blue-greens and browns that can be used in harmony or individually. The shadows apply easily, either with the included applicators, or your choice of eyeshadow brushes, and can be layered for maximum opacity or used sparingly for a lighter touch. The Bonne Étoile palette is Limited Edition and will not be offered at Sephora.

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Below are the shades swatched, starting with the centre brown and moving counter-clockwise through the palette. In natural light:

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and in artificial light:

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The colours are diverse enough to be used on a variety of skin tones and eye colours. I personally love that the palette offers a range of shades from a slight sheen to full shimmer!

The radiance of a stone, the magic of iridescence, and the intensity of a metallic hue… The Diorshow Fusion Mono eyeshadows easily blend across genres to recreate the depth and contrasts of a catwalk look. With an unprecedented rounded, gel-mousse texture, Diorshow Fusion Mono can be used both in its natural state, either with the provided smudging applicator or with fingertips, and can be used with a damp brush to create a totally different look. Applied damp, it provides an extreme metallic effect with a lamé finish. And it truly is an unprecedented product. You can feel the gel texture as you press the applicator onto the shadow. Highly buildable, Fusion Mono starts out slightly sheer, but builds quickly and effortlessly as you apply the product. When applied damp, it builds quickly, reaching opacity and delivering on its promise of the metallic effect! This has become one of my new favourite, must-have products!

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The swatches below are provided in the following order (L to R):

  • 381 Millenium
  • 081 Aventure
  • 881 Hypnotique
  • 281 Cosmos

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Last but not least, two new shades in a lipstick and lipgloss formula that can be worn together or individually.

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Dior Addict Extreme Lipstick in Bonne Aventure (986) is a deep, dramatic wine shade that applies lightly on its first coat, but much like the rest of this collection, is buildable to full depth. The formula is rich and applies with buttery softness, providing moisture, and finishing in a soft shine:

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Dior Addict Gloss in Ensorcelante (981), though appearing much darker in the gloss tube, is actually quite similar to Bonne Aventure once applied. It has a slight hint of a shimmer that sends light glimmering off your lips! My favourite part about the Dior Addict Glosses? They are moisturizing and non-sticky!
Here is Ensorcelante by itself:

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I am totally obsessed with this collection, and cannot get enough of the Dior Addict lip products!

See my other reviews of this line here!

The Dior Mystic Metallics shades are now available at Dior counters and you may want to run to get your hands on these Limited Edition products! For more information, head to Dior.com.

~xo

 

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

Shimmering lights of silvery pink and brocade prune: these two shades propel nail lacquers into a new dimension, for a half-shadow, half-light aesthetic that is always stylish.

As the shades in Dior’s Fall 2013 campaign, Mystic Metallics, reflect the mysterious colours of the galaxy, the three new shades of Dior Vernis truly play on this half-shadow and half-light dance. From the shadowy blue of Dior’s Mystic Magnetic polish (see it here) to the soft incandescence of Destin (382) and the magical depth of Galaxie (992), you will be easily transported to the stars.

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Dior Vernis Destin is described as a silvery pink, which is how it truly appears in the bottle (see above), but once applied, ranges from a pink-tinted greige to a neutral taupe with a silvery ribbon of shimmer. It is the perfect neutral, dare I say, and would be flattering for most skintones. Application and formula were a dream. The Dior Vernis brush is slightly rounded, making it easy to use and applying just the right amount of polish. Destin dried to a beautiful high shine, in great time. I used two coats over base coat for these photos.

Behold the cool sheen of Destin in the shade:

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Dior Vernis Galaxie, a brocade prune with a blue-red shimmer, is the perfect counterpart to Destin… deep, mysterious, and also extremely flattering. The barely-there shimmer is most noticeable in direct light, otherwise lending depth to the polish, much like the stars do for the galaxy. The formula was even dreamier than Destin’s – it was almost a one-coater with its perfect coverage. I used two coats over base coat.

Be mesmerized by Galaxie’s depth in the shade:

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In sunlight:

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Both shades would categorize as “office-appropriate,” and with formulas like these, I would venture to say they are must-haves.

These Mystic Metallics Dior Vernis shades are now available at Dior counters! For more information, head to Dior.com!

~xo

 

 

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

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