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Hello all and Happy New Year to those of you that have already welcomed 2014!! For the rest of us, I can’t believe another year has come to an end, bringing me to almost two full years of blogging and obsessing over nail polish, makeup, and other beauty products. (That is a lot of obsession!) It was also a year that brought me my own polish shade – more on that below.

To wrap up the year, I thought I would bring you some of my favourites from 2013. (Polishes in part 1, some of the other favourites will be in part 2 as this will be a picture-heavy post.)

How can I have a “favourites” list and not include my go-to nude/white alternative, OPI’s My Vampire is Buff? MVIB has quickly become a cult favourite, at least in the nail polish community, as many of us not only wear this beautiful bisque shade alone, but love to use it for nail art.

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And speaking of nail art, this was the year I ventured into the somewhat terrifying “nail art” territory, and found that I can actually nail (sorry, couldn’t resist) some cute looks!  Though hard to narrow down, my Top Ten Faves include MVIB and Essie The Girls are Out

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MVIB with Zoya’s Josie….

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…can’t leave out the Euro Centrale dotticure I tried (I love the entire Euro Centrale collection!)…

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…a cute jelly sandwich using Nicole by OPI and OPI’s Funny Bunny that even Nicole by OPI loved!  (you must know I simply adore jelly sandwiches!)…

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…another NOPI, two actually, together for an alternative French mani (also seen here on this Must Follow Canadian Nail Bloggers article!)…

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…some snow nail art with Zoya’s PixieDust Sunshine

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…a glitter gradient (my easy go-to nail art) using piCture pOlish’s Blogger over OPI’s Eurso Euro

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…my first foray into leopard spots using the stunning Zoya Cashmeres & Satins collections…

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…my entry into the NOPI and Prom Canada Prom Nail Art challenge

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…and last but not least, my spring gradient using Dior’s brand new Dior Vernis Bouquet!

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This was really hard to narrow down, as I have really LOVED many polish shades this year, but here are nine more of my favourite shades this year, including the amazing Selena from Nicole by OPI

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…these looks are actually two polishes: Ozotic Beam 907 over Nubar’s Jaded, both spectacular alone and even more together…

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…the gorgeous Rare Bear from Colors by Llarowe, a brand launched only this year but hugely successful…

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…as well as Smooth Criminal from CbL...

…OPI’s Neon mini-set was spectacular, especially Pink Outside the Box!! (still hoping for a full-size, OPI) 😉 ….

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…a bright but wearable, gorgeous orange from Zoya, Thandie

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…the incredible Pink of Hearts duo from OPI (for an amazing cause – Breast Cancer Awareness!)…

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…Dior’s entry into magnetic polishes, Dior Vernis Mystic Magnetics was a glamorous take on magnetics (see some of my other Dior Vernis favourites here and here)….

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…and OPI’s Ski Slope Sweetie, a huge LOVE for me…

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…and my favourite polish, as well as a huge accomplishment for me as a blogger, my very own piCture pOlish collaboration shade, Bewitch!! (Thanks to the amazing girls at piCture pOlish!)

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Thanks for reading my second Favourites list! Hope you enjoyed this, and look for part 2, which will include some non-polish favourites!

Happy New Year!!!

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Yesterday I shared with you Dior’s Trianon collection for Spring 2014, a collection of beautiful pastel shades with bright pops of colour. Although quite chilly in Toronto, today’s beautiful sunny day inspired me to reach for the coral, peach Dior Vernis in Bouquet… and what better way to add some pop to your life than with a gradient?

Here is the gorgeous Bouquet sponged over OPI’s My Vampire is Buff, my go-to base for nail art (and the perfect shade if you don’t love white):

Dior_Vernis S14 BouquetGradientHow absolutely pretty is Bouquet?

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Don’t forget to check out Dior Vernis in Porcelaine and Perle in yesterday’s post, if you missed it!

I absolutely cannot wait to wear the Dior Vernis Trianon shades – the colours are pure perfection and make me think of sunny days ahead. Dior Vernis has quickly become a favourite in terms of colour choices, wear and durability, and that shine is amazing! All four new shades are available in limited release beginning in mid-January.

 

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

What do you think of my summery gradient? 🙂

~xo

 

 

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

 

Continuing on in with its Versailles-inspired looks, this time from the 18th century Petite Trianon of Marie-Antoinette, Dior brings us the Trianon Collection for Spring 2014.

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She is fascinating… possessing a porcelain complexion. And on her cheeks, a burst of blush catches the light, proclaiming the radiance of her face. For Spring 2014, pop shades are refreshed by the delicacy of porcelain whites and powdery pastels for a fresh, edgy look.

 

Rosy cheeks are sculpted with panache with Diorblush Trianon Edition in Corail Bagatelle (763), a beautiful and universally flattering coral shade. Limited edition, $44 Cdn.

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Eye shadows are matte with a dense finish. The new Diorshow Fusion Mono Matte blends into the skin for seamless application, leaving an ultra-matte finish. Subtly powdery and graced with monochromatic intensity, eyes defy fashion in beige (Songe), pink (Fantaisie), chocolate (Mirage), mauve (Céleste – limited edition), and black (Nocturne), with two finishes:
Blend in with fingertips for soft fusion, or apply using the included brush applicator for intense fusion, a more extreme pigmented look. Available mid-January, $32 Cdn.

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Blend a halo of colour around the eye. Bet on monochrome or play with clashing harmonies. Blend sugared-almond pink, baby blue and golden pale yellow… be audacious. Adorned with the emblematic bow, a beaded ribbon and the Dior signature, the spring, limited edition of the 5 Couleur palette take a delightful dive into the world of the Petit Trianon. This gorgeous retro palette, almost too pretty to use!, will be available in limited release, $62 Cdn.

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Radiant and resolutely contemporary with blushing cheeks and pastel eyelids, Rouge Dior in coral, Rose Crinoline and pure fuchsia, Allégresse, play up the curves of femininity with bold lips. Both limited edition, $36 Cdn.

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The concentrated shine of Dior Addict Gloss is decorated in pastel shades of Pétillante peach and Exquise pink. A concentrate of sweetness gives the face an angelic aura in tonal complement to the season’s Rouge Dior shades. Limited edition, $31 Cdn.

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A play on texture inspired by the porcelain and china of the 18th century, the Dior Vernis Trianon Edition nail lacquer looks matte on application before revealing a completely new pearl-frost effect. Out in the garden, Dior explores the seasonal floral hues of cornflower in Porcelaine, soft peach (Bouquet), and pure fuchsia (Bloom). All limited edition, $26 Cdn.

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Here is a first look at Dior Vernis in Porcelaine, with two coats applied:

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It is truly a gorgeous cornflower blue. I added a touch of Dior Vernis in Perle to the ring finger. Look at the gorgeous matte, pearlized finish:

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And with top coat, Perle is lit from within, evoking a shiny and soft iridescence:

Dior_Vernis S14 Porcelaine PerleI cannot wait to try Perle over Bloom or dark, vampy shades!

 

All Dior Trianon makeup will be available mid-January.

 

In addition to the limited edition makeup, Dior releases four new additions to their Extreme Backstage professional line-up. The new Pore Minimizer is a perfecting, matifying base that diminishes pores and creates a matte effect upon application, refining skin texture and smoothing fine lines. Its filler spheres combined with soft-focus pigments even out the complexion and erase imperfections invisibly and weightlessly, leading to perfect-looking skin even in close-up.

Tips: Apply all over to hydrated skin, starting at centre of face and blending outwards and upwards with fingertips. Pore Minimizer can be used alone or under foundation for optimal application and hold.
Touch up during the day to matify and diminish pores by patting gently onto required areas then blending with fingertips.

Glow Maximizer radiance booster provides skin an infusion of light without shine or iridescence. Inspired by studio reflectors, its imperceptible texture contains microscopic mirrors to instantly illuminate the face, sculpting features and correcting colour imperfections. Dark shadows fade, and the complexion looks as radiant as under studio lighting.

Tips: As a booster: mix a pea-sized quantity with foundation and apply a light layer to well-hydrated skin, blending outwards and upwards.
To sculpt the face: pat gently over makeup onto the desired light-catching areas such as the forehead, bridge of nose, brow bone and cheekbones.

Both Dior Pore Minimizer and Glow Maximizer will be available at Sephora January 17th, everywhere on January 30th, 2014. $42 Cdn each.

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For the eyes, Dior makes professional perfection accessible to every woman with the introduction of its new eye primer Backstage Eye Prime. Its secret is a weightless volatile oil that once applied, evaporates to fix the makeup. Using pigments from foundation technologies, the eye primer unifies and corrects the lid complexion for a perfect eye makeup base. Throughout the day, the primer prevents eyeshadow from creasing, keeping colour even and true all day long. Dior Backstage Eye Prime will be available at Sephora January 17th, everywhere on January 30th, 2014. $30 Cdn each.

This was the first of the new products I had to test, and I must say, I am impressed. Eye Prime applies like a concealer-type cream, immediately drying to a powder-like finish. I have tried wearing it as a base to powder eye shadow as well as smudged kohl-type liner/shadows, and true to its promise, no creasing and no wearing off of my eye makeup. There are very few eye primers that have held up to my standards – in fact, I have relied on only one product thus far – but Dior’s eye primer is truly ‘backstage’ material.

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Finally, Dior introduces a new variation of its iconic Lip Glow: a coral edition! An exclusive for the Trianon collection, the universal lip balm imprints a flash of sunlight on your lips, heightening their natural colour. $35 Cdn, available mid-January.

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

What product are you most excited about? What do you think of thew new matte Dior Vernis in Perle or the new Lip Glow in Coral?

~xo

 

 

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

Happy weekend! Hope you all had a wonderful holiday, and were able to spend it with your loved ones. Have you gone Boxing Day shopping (and dared to brave the shops)?

Today I have for you two more Gwen Stefani for OPI shades, a collection that I am totally obsessed with (and it does not disappoint)!

The first shade, I Sing in Color, is a deep burgundy vampy creme that is right up my vamp-loving alley. I have lost count of how many dark to blackened polishes I own, but no matter, I Sing in Color is perfection and a must-have. The creme formula was so saturated that it was almost a one-coater, and not only did it apply easily, it dried to a stunning high gloss finish. Below are two coats over base, without top coat:

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In True Stefani Fashion is the only glitter of this 7-piece collection, and, like the rest of this collaboration, it perfectly captures Gwen Stefani’s punk-rock-yet-sophisticated-goddess spirit. A clear base, it is filled with holographic micro-glitter pieces, along with small round and square (!!) glitter. It is the perfect glitter top coat for all of Gwen’s shades and provides just the right amount of glitter. Here it is over I Sing in Color:

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I especially love In True Stefani Fashion as a gradient – the different sized glitters easily blend into the base shade to gradually build up… and the holo reflection? Like a disco ball on your nails!

See the gorgeous hot pink/fuchsia crème lacquer Hey Baby and the molten semi-matte gold Love.Angel.Music.Baby here! I hope to get the other shades along with the special base coat Lay Down that Base for the chrome finish Push and Shove soon and will share them as soon as I do!

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.

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

 

Which one is your favourite Gwen by OPI shade so far?

~xo

 

 

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

If you’re in the market for a new winter coat or raincoat, you’ll want to read this post… then scroll to the bottom for a special offer!

 

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And here is a coupon – only valid for the next few days!! – for The Obsessed Blog’s readers!!40% OFF! So if you are in the Toronto area… head over to Raindrops!

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Feel free to check out the Raindrops website for styles and more info!

~xo

Happy Monday!

Today I have a fun post for you featuring my piCture pOlish Collaboration shade Bewitch! Over the past year, piCture pOlish has released a ton of Collaboration shades with bloggers, and today we are celebrating our collaborations with Collab Fest posts. You will see a lot of Collab Fest 2013 posts today, and I hope you can read them all!

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I wanted to do some nail art with Bewitch, because I am truly so smitten with my shade… I know every blogger probably feels this way about their baby. 🙂 I finally settled on trying my hand at stamping, though I have to provide full disclosure here: I have never stamped before, and cannot believe I am sharing my first stamping attempt here…. so please go easy on me.

The plate I used is Konad’s M93, with Bewitch and Zoya Pixie Dust in Tomoko, a gorgeous champagne-coloured, glittery matte textured polish from their Fall 2013 collection.  I stamped the ‘cube’ design with Tomoko over Bewitch, except on my ringer finger where I reversed the colours. Tomoko and Bewitch look incredible together – the pale gold in Tomoko brings out the gold in Bewitch. I will have to do more nail art with these two colours, but not sure if this stamping attempt is my best work lol.

pp_Bewitch collab fest 2013As you can see, the pattern didn’t quite develop strong enough, probably because Tomoko wasn’t a thick enough polish. I still love how these two colours looked together!

One more pic:

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and finally, a macro:

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Check out my original Bewitch post here, and get your very own Bewitch directly from piCture pOlish (they ship internationally!), or from their Network. You can order the Konad plate and both Zoya and piCture pOlish from Nail Polish Canada. (If you’re in the US, you can order Zoya directly from Zoya as well.) And don’t forget to follow piCture pOlish on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram, and check out their YouTube channel!

~xo

I see a LOT of nail polish and makeup, and get easily excited about all of the latest collections, limited releases, beautiful colours. But I have been waiting with baited breath to see what Gwen Stefani would create with OPI. And she did not disappoint!

I’ve never done this before, but I was so thrilled and blown away once I saw the Gwen Stefani for OPI polishes that I am posting my Instagram photos here to give you a quick preview. Here are the absolutely gorgeous hot pink/fuchsia crème lacquer Hey Baby and as an accent nail, Love.Angel.Music.Baby, a new semi-matte satin finish lacquer that looks like molten gold!!!

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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.

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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