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Happy almost-Halloween!

You may have seen the press release for OPI’s Rock Goddess mini-pack (see it here), and I thought today would be a great time to bring you the polishes!

This limited-edition mini pack includes four mini lacquers in orange, neon green, yellow and shimmery gunmetal, along with a black, adjustable woven bracelet featuring a gleaming skull charm. (If you’ve ever seen or owned OPI mini polishes, you know just how adorable they are!)

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Yellopalooza is a gorgeous bright yellow crelly, a cream-jelly hybrid formula. This polish is a bit streaky as it leans a little thin, so I applied three coats. The shine is gorgeous!

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Stand in Lime for Days is a beautiful bright green with a similar formula as Yellopalooza. I applied three coats for this one as well:

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The third creme/crelly of the set is The Drummer is Hot, a beautiful bright, but not quite neon, orange, and probably my favourite of the bunch. I decided to play with it a little and apply is as a French tip to Yellopalooza. I love the combination!

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Finally, Rolling Bones is the only non-creme in this mini-pack; a gunmetal shimmer with a metallic finish that immediately made me think of a gorgeous metallic OPI from the 007 Skyfall collection, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. The only obvious difference seems to be that Rolling Bones leans more green, while Secret Service is cooler, more blue-based. Rolling Bones looks like it has the same multi-hued tiny shimmer, and it truly is a gorgeous, complex polish:

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You can also see the skull charm on the woven bracelet in the photo above.

 

Rock Goddess is still available wherever OPI is sold, so hurry and get yours before they are gone!

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

 

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~xo

 

 

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

 

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Elizabeth Arden Introduces PREVAGE® Anti-aging Treatment Boosting Cleanser

A Three-Dimensional Skin Cleansing Experience that Boosts the PREVAGE® Skincare Regimen Efficacy

Committed to delivering skin’s best defense against environmental signs of aging, Elizabeth Arden proudly introduces PREVAGE® Anti-aging Treatment Boosting Cleanser. This anti-aging treatment cleanser provides a multi-dimensional deep cleansing experience while helping to enhance the efficacy of the PREVAGE® skincare regimen. Leveraging the brand’s 100 years of product innovation, scientific research, and hands-on spa experience, PREVAGE® Anti-aging Treatment Boosting Cleanser couples Idebenone antioxidant technology with three levels of cleansing power to prepare skin to receive maximum anti-aging benefits.Prevage-Cleanser-Bottle-with-carton Prevage-Cleanser-Bottle

Environmental threats produce an abundance of free radicals that can cause oxidative stress, which results in signs of accelerated skin aging. With the addition of a targeted cleanser to the PREVAGE® product range, Elizabeth Arden now offers its first 360° anti-aging treatment regimen to combat skin-damaging environmental assaults for a youthful, radiant, and healthy looking complexion.

Utilizing a unique three-dimensional approach to cleansing, PREVAGE® Anti-aging Treatment Boosting Cleanser’s creamy, light-foaming formula removes impurities, eliminates dead skin cells and refines skin’s appearance for a refreshing, radiant glow.

The PREVAGE® three-dimensional approach to skin cleansing includes three distinct cleansing systems:

  • Surfactant System: an effective and mild foaming wash cleanses dirt and impurities from the skin’s surface.
  • Mechanical & Enzymatic Exfoliation: a combination of active enzyme and natural bamboo beads removes dead skin and promotes cell renewal to reveal beautifully smooth skin.
  • Detoxiquin: a mushroom extract and hexapeptide complex that purify skin cells, supporting its natural exfoliation and leaving skin more receptive to further treatments.

PREVAGE® Anti-aging Treatment Boosting Cleanser is proven to improve the efficacy of your skincare regimen. When used in tandem with PREVAGE® Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Daily Serum, efficacy was boosted significantly.* After just 2 weeks, 94% of women saw an improvement in skin radiance and texture and 75% of women saw an improvement in the appearance of lines and wrinkles.† This cleanser is suitable for all skin types.

* Based on a US clinical study of 21 women
† Based on a US In-home use test among 110 women
‡ When Compared to Alpha Lipoic Acid, Kinetin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Coenzyme Q10

Key Ingredients:

  • Idebenone‡: the single most powerful antioxidant* with an EPF® rating of 95 out of 100, it provides skin with the maximum protection from environmental assaults.
  • Bamboo Beads: this gentle exfoliator provides skin with a natural, mechanical exfoliation, gently sloughing away dead skin cells for a beautifully smooth complexion.
  • Mushroom Extract: this antioxidant works in tandem with Idebenone to help protect skin from environmental free radical damage.
  • Enzyme Exfoliant: this active enzyme eliminates dead skin cells to smooth skin’s surface and support natural cell renewal.
  • Shea Butter & Glycerin: this emollients and humectant blend imparts skin with long lasting moisture.

Price: PREVAGE® Anti-aging Treatment Boosting Cleanser 125ml $59.00 Cdn

Availability: Beginning October 2013 at Shoppers Drug Mart and November 2013 at Hudson’s Bay, Sears, and London Drugs (in Canada).

For more information, head to Elizabeth Arden on Twitter, on Facebook, on Youtube and on Pinterest!

Elizabeth Arden Introduces New PREVAGE® Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Eye Serum
Reveal Youthful Looking Eyes After Just One Use*

Committed to delivering skin’s best protection against environmental signs of aging, Elizabeth Arden proudly introduces PREVAGE® Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Eye Serum. Leveraging the brand’s 100 years of product innovation, scientific research, and hands-on spa experience, this anti-aging eye treatment helps to reduce severe signs of skin aging, especially the look of deep lines and crepiness that affect the delicate eye area in just one use*. Eyes look more lifted with a beautifully firm appearance.

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Scientists have proven that exposure to smoke, pollution and other irritants can accelerate skin aging twice as fast†. These types of environmental threats produce free radicals that can cause chronic inflammation at skin’s cellular level. The result is an increase in the appearance of wrinkles and age spots and a breakdown of collagen and elastin.

To reduce the impact of environmental assaults and visible signs of aging resulting from chronic inflammation around the eyes, Elizabeth Arden has harnessed the power and science behind their PREVAGE® Anti-Aging + Intensive Repair Daily Serum into an equally efficacious formula that specifically targets the eye area. New PREVAGE® Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Eye Serum combines Elizabeth Arden’s exclusive Idebenone technology, the single most powerful antioxidant‡, with a blend of Arazine™ and Thiotaine. Arazine™ soothes skin and helps to reduce signs of aging caused by inflammation. Thiotaine is another effective antioxidant that complements Idebenone in protecting skin from free radical damage due to environmental assaults, allowing Idebenone to concentrate on repairing the look of signs of aging. By helping to protect skin from oxidative stress, Idebenone not only shields skin from environmental assaults, it also helps to support skin’s natural repair process and restore a youthful appearance. This powerful serum helps restore radiance and refine the look of the natural contours around the eyes. Elizabeth Arden Research & Development has discovered that the combination of Idebenone with Arazine™ helps neutralize 95% of environmental free radicals and minimizes the visible effects of cellular inflammation, the primary cause of signs of aging§.

PREVAGE® scientists have also advanced the methodology to measure the efficacy of their antioxidant blend, Idebenone, Arazine™ and Thiotaine. Known as Environmental Protection Factor™ (EPF®)**, this series of tests has now been expanded to not just include antioxidant efficacy but also signs of aging caused by chronic inflammation. When tested under this rigorous methodology, the blend of Idebenone, Arazine ™, and Thiotaine used in PREVAGE® Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Eye Serum scored 174 out of 180, demonstrating a stronger efficacy than the other common antioxidants tested including Alpha Lipoic Acid, Kinetin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Coenzyme Q10, Green Tea and Ferulic Acid.

* Based on a US home consumer test on 104 women aged 25-65 and a US clinical test on 16 women after 15 minutes.
† Bahman, G et all ( 2009), Factors Contributing to the Facial Aging of Identical Twins. Plastic Reconstruction Surgery. 123(4):1321-31
‡ When Compared to Alpha Lipoic Acid, Kinetin, Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Coenzyme Q10.
§ Based on in-vitro testing.

A feather light, silky formula, PREVAGE® Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Eye Serum is rich with ingredients that target the upper and lower eye area to provide dramatic results immediately and with continued use. With the addition of new Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Eye Serum to the PREVAGE® product range, Elizabeth Arden now offers the most effective regimen to help protect skin from environmental assaults and support its natural repair process.

Immediate Benefits:

  • Idebenone, Arazine™ and Thiotaine are a blend that neutralize and protect against free radical damage.
  • Moisture Trap Technology is a complex of hyaluronic acid, barley and sea plant extracts that works to help lock in moisture, plumping and smoothing skin’s texture upon application.
  • Optical Diffusers and Soft Focus Silicones deliver a soft focus effect to scatter light and diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles for immediate bright and luminous skin.

With Continued Use:

  • Idebenone, Arazine™ and Thiotaine are a blend that continue to help improve the visible signs of aging caused by free radical damage and cellular inflammation over time.
  • Biomimetic Peptide Blend and Retinyl Linoleate even skin tone and support skin’s own natural collagen to reduce the look of fine lines and wrinkles and firm the look of skin
  • Vitamin B3, Masterwort and Ash Tree Bark Extracts reduce the look of puffiness and dark circles, and increase skin radiance.

Results: PREVAGE® Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Eye Serum is clinically proven to immediately reveal younger looking skin after just one use.†† Results increased significantly through continued use of the serum as well as when it was coupled with PREVAGE®Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Daily Serum.

  •  75% of women noted a clinical improvement in deep and fine lines in just 15 minutes after use.‡‡

†† Based on a US clinical test on 16 women after 15 minutes
‡‡ Based on a US clinical test on 16 women after 15 minutes

Directions: New PREVAGE® Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Eye Serum is housed in a unique silver, cylindrical package that features an airless pump dispenser.

To apply, push the pump down once to dispense a small amount of product onto your fingertips. The dispensed amount will be enough to use around both eyes. Using ring finger, gently smooth on brow bone, upper eyelid and around eye area, concentrating on crow’s feet, 2 times daily after Prevage® Daily Serums. For enhanced benefits, apply PREVAGE® Anti-aging Eye Cream Sunscreen SPF15 on top of the serum for added protection when used in the morning. When used in the evening, the serum can be used alone.

Price: PREVAGE® Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Eye Serum 15ml $155.00
Availability: Beginning November 2013 at Hudson’s Bay and December 2013 at Shoppers Drug Mart, Sears, and London Drugs.

For more information, head to Elizabeth Arden on Twitter, on Facebook, on Youtube and on Pinterest!

Included in my preview of the stunning new Dior collection for Holiday 2013, Golden Winter, was the new Diorific Jewel Manicure Duo, a three-dimensional-effect mani which was inspired by the magnificent adornments of Versailles. Dior reinvents its jewel nail lacquer with this duo that teams a gold base with crystal micro-pearls to sprinkle over nails.

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Sold in a gold box, the duo also includes a beautiful matching mini gold funnel to return sprinkled micro-pearls into the bottle. The beads look like little balls of glass in the gorgeous retro Diorific Vernis bottle, and the golden polish is simply beautiful – a perfect shade of neutral gold.

The application is fairly simple:

1. Apply a coat of polish, let dry.
2. Working one nail at a time, apply a second coat of polish, and immediately sprinkle the pearls onto the nail.
3. Press the pearls gently onto the nail to help them adhere.
4. Et voila!

To show you both the beautiful gold base colour and the pearls, I applied an accent nail of “jewels” on my ring finger.

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Some macros of the nail art:

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The gold polish is simply beautiful, drying quickly to an almost lamé-looking finish. The metallic finish does allow for slight brush marks, but I found that applying two generous coats, from base to tip in a swift motion, limited these. What a gorgeous gold!

The three-dimension manicure has become a big hit in the recent past, but I’ve never really had a desire to try it – maybe because I can be very discriminating with texture on nails or the fact that this would not last longer than an hour on me!  Dior’s beautiful packaging and retro bottles take it from just nail art to gorgeous bottles of art, and the micro-pearls are sparkly and reflective, and I loved the easy application.

If you’re a Dior connoisseur, you will want to get your hands on this limited edition duo!

What do you think of Dior’s foray into 3D nail art?

The Dior Golden Winter Holiday Colour Collection will be available in limited release at Dior counters in November, as well as online at thebay.com! For more information (but no shipping available to Canada), head to Dior.com!

~xo

 

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

Recently I shared with you a preview of the stunning new Dior collection for Holiday 2013, Golden Winter. Included in this limited edition collection are three divine Diorific Vernis shades as well as the new Diorific Jewel Manicure Duo, a three-dimensional effect-mani which was inspired by the magnificent adornments of Versailles.

Today I bring you the three Diorific Vernis shades: Frimas (318), Minuit (995) and Marilyn (751), below left to right, in the most adorable retro bottles! These bottles are so pretty that they deserve to sit on your makeup counter or dresser, displayed as little treasures would be!

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Frimas is a greige (grey-beige) pink-leaning shade with a distinctive gold glass fleck. What is incredible about Frimas is how intense the shimmer within it is! Application was easy, and the polish was opaque by the second coat. Drytime with Dior Vernis seems to be great across the board.

Here are two coats of Frimas, pre-top coat in direct sunlight:

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Look at the shine in the shade:

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Well what can I say about Minuit, the vamp of this collection… Minuit will leave you breathless! A deep burgundy with red and gold shimmer, it seems lit from within – and the shiny finish will only serve to further seduce you.

Two coats of Minuit in artificial light:

Dior_DiorificVernis_Minuit2Minuit sparkling in the sun:

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And speaking of seduction… this is Marilyn, a bright, classic red shade inspired by Miss Monroe. I believe this shade was first introduced for Holiday 2012 and I honestly can’t blame Dior for bringing it back. Everyone needs some Marilyn in their lives…

Marilyn had a slight crelly finish (cream-jelly), and was probably the easiest of the three polishes to apply due to its self-levelling and superior coverage. Don’t even get me started on the shine, seen below at two coats without top coat (artificial light):

Dior_DiorificVernis_Marilyn2and in direct sunlight:

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Which of these beauties is your favourite?

The Dior Golden Winter Holiday Colour Collection will be available in limited release at Dior counters in November, as well as online at thebay.com! For more information (no shipping available to Canada), head to Dior.com!

~xo

 

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

OPI Partners with Music and Fashion Icon
Gwen Stefani to Launch Limited Edition Nail
Lacquers, Featuring Breakthrough Finishes

OPI joins celebrity partner Gwen Stefani in announcing seven new limited edition nail lacquers for 2014, featuring standout color in breakthrough finishes. Highlights from the collection include a bold red lacquer that pays homage to Gwen’s signature lipstick, a new semi-matte satin finish in shades of gold and black, and a mirrored chrome paired with a special base coat.

Inspired by the 2013 Metropolitan Museum Costume Institute Gala that featured the theme “Punk: Chaos to Couture,” OPI Executive VP and Artistic Director Suzi Weiss-Fischmann decided to create a collection of lacquer celebrating the role of music as a major influence in fashion. “With her expertise as a singer, songwriter and designer, who better to collaborate with than Gwen Stefani?” asks Weiss-Fischmann. “Known for her trademark red lips, bold eye makeup and nail art, Gwen uses beauty to accessorize her style.”

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Gwen’s signature red OPI hue – Over & Over A-Gwen – is available in a boxed set, which includes Swarovski black crystals and silver, gold and pewter studs in bar, square, diamond and circle shapes for creating unique nail designs, as well as nail glue for easy application. Love.Angel.Music.Baby. and 4 in the Morning feature a new, semi-matte satin finish designed to be worn without top coat. Push and Shove, a bold chrome hue, is also worn without top coat but requires a special complimentary base coat – Lay Down that Base. One thin coat of Lay Down that Base topped with two thin coats of Push and Shove yields an intense, mirrored finish. The collection is rounded out with two glossy crème lacquers and one sparkly glitter shade: Hey Baby, I Sing in Color, and In True Stefani Fashion.

“OPI wanted to create a collection as dramatic, diverse and glamorous as its namesake,” adds Weiss-Fischmann. “With crème and glitter hues, new satin matte texture, a mirrored chrome and SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS, Gwen Stefani by OPI presents the latest in pigments and finishes, while combining elements of haute couture and street fashion.”

Gwen Stefani by OPI includes the following seven limited edition nail lacquers: Hey Baby, I Sing in Color, Love.Angel.Music.Baby., 4 in the Morning, In True Stefani Fashion, Push and Shove* and Over & Over A-Gwen**. Gwen Stefani by OPI nail lacquers contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and
feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. This promotion will be available beginning January 2014 at professional salons and spas across Canada, for $10.95 suggested retail for each nail lacquer. The boxed set including Over & Over A-Gwen and SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS will retail for $18.95 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!

 

*Must be worn with Lay Down that Base, which is complimentary when purchasing Push and
Shove
**Sold only in a boxed set including SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS

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