Launching just in time to brighten the winter days and warm winter’s chill…
FNUG’s Spring 14 collection!
In October of last year, Dior relaunched the iconic Rouge Dior in four stunning star shades: Grége 1947, Trafalgar, Darling and the infamous 999. These star shades head each of the collection’s four colour ranges.
Below, L to R: Rouge Dior in 999, Darling, Trafalgar, and Grége 1947
999 is a tribute to Christian Dior’s first lipstick, 9, which would resurface later as 99, and then again, exactly 10 years ago, as 999. “I adore red, it is the colour of life,” Christian Dior would say of his lucky charm colour, of which he advised all women to wear a touch, to light up their complexion and their style.
A highly wearable red leaning more warm than cool, 999 is gorgeous. Bright without overpowering, red, sexy, alluring, this creme applies like butter thanks to its nourishing formula. Best of all, applly 999 with its matching Dior Contour Lipliner Pencil in 999 for all-day wear. Below, worn without lipliner:
Grége 1947 is a subtle, definitively Dior blend of grey and beige that has always been inseparable from the history of the house, from the Bar suits of the very first collection, to the nude looks of the latest catwalk shows.
Rumour has it this is Natalie Portman’s favourite Rouge Dior shade, and Grége 1947 has also become mine. I’m a lipstick-girl, and this has become my go-to shade for everyday (as evidenced by the dwindling lipstick tube). Gorgeous, nude with a touch of pinky-beige, this no-fuss colour pretty much applies itself.
Darling, a sparkling, vivid pink, is reminiscent of Dior’s “Chéries,” his colourful, inspired and inspirational muses.
I feel like I am gushing over every shade in this blog post, but I can’t help it. Darling is darling! A fuchsia-pink, Darling is a bright gorgeous pop of colour, and makes for a wonderful substitute for a red lip. Daring and bold, wear Darling and transform into one of Dior’s Chéries!
And finally, Trafalgar is a coral that takes its name from the flamboyant dresses that the couturier would send out as a flash of colour to act like a gunshot, shaking up the rhythm of a show containing more than 140 designs.
Trafalgar is vibrant orange-red, much more vibrant than 999 was on me. This bold hue is intense but again, very wearable due to its creme finish.
The Dior website description explains why these shades are so moisturizing:
Rouge Dior is a wardrobe of 32 sublime shades directly inspired by the deep, luxurious colors of Dior Haute Couture gowns to reveal all the beauty of triumphant and radiant femininity! Instantly and day after day, this exceptional lipstick offers the lips the extreme splendor of full, smooth and perfectly defined youthfulness.
The secret? A new generation of plumping hyaluronic acid microspheres. Generously coated with pigments on the lip surface, they help boost the radiance and depth of color.
In a midnight blue Haute Couture case, with the canework motif dear to the brand, unveils the “Haute Couleur” stick, made even more extraordinary due to its unique shine and its engraved CD signature.
What I love is that the bright shades are buildable: for less intensity, apply a light swipe of lipstick, and for the bright look featured here, apply generously. I so wanted to choose a favourite for you but I simply couldn’t. The shades are each gorgeous for a different look, and I am enjoying every one for a different mood!
Prepare to be swathed in delicate luxury…
February 12, 1947. A new couturier became an international triumph with his very first show. Christian Dior’s silhouettes are an ode to femininity, with slender waists and skirts that bloom like corollas. He wanted this new regal allure to bring a smile back to women’s faces after the gloomy years of the war. To give them unparalleled weapons of seduction. At the same time, this optimistic fun-lover had a stroke of genius: to create a perfume in the image of his dresses. An elegant chypre composition with a bold yet sophisticated sillage.
And so, in 1947, Miss Dior was born, an ebullient, cajoling fragrance in which Jasmine from Provence mixes with sensual mosses and a surprising green note of Galbanum. Sprayed generously around the rooms, the first Dior perfume instantly charmed the audience at the New Look show. And hooked countless women, who flocked to 30 Avenue Montaigne to offer themselves this youthful, elegant Miss Dior.
Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet is a subtle floral composition that celebrates the beauty of flower buds and the velvet softness of petals.
It is a delicate evocation of Christian Dior’s legendary love of flowers.
Its subtle shades of femininity follow the new clean lines and floral colour codes in the silhouettes composed by Raf Simons for Dior Haute Couture.
It is a soft and gentle fragrance with a bucolic caress. The perfume of a new era, an ode to flowers for today’s Dior woman that also tells the story of an iconic dress, a blooming dress-bouquet that was made to adorn Christian Dior’s feminine ideals.
At Dior, flowers reign surpreme.
Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet upholds this credo. Its elegant composition is an invitation to a delicate springtime bouquet that reveals the softly swathed sensuality of tender notes.
Subtle, delicate and floral, Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet is a singular signature that radiates around a Peony accord. A harmonious composition that softly exalts Sicilian Mandarin Essence and Rose Essence on a velvety cushion White Musk base.
“Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet is a silky, sculpted perfume. Not a frontal invitation, but a halo, like an aura. It is a ‘cocoon’ fragrance that possesses the extreme elegance of softness.” François Demachy, Dior Perfumer-Creator
Sensually charming but unostentatious, Peony is at the heart of the melody in Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet. Or rather, a Peony accord, for everyone knows that this fragile flower cannot be coaxed and is so delicate to handle it has not yet been able to deliver its natural essence.
Its unique sillage can only be obtained by creating an Accord where Rose and fruity notes of Apricot and Peach compose a stirring evocation of this flower’s sublime scent. An elusive Peony that seems to have been recreated in a trompe-l’œil effect, just like the Miss Dior dress that bloomed in the Trompe-L’Œil collection in 1949.
A floral signature that seals the discreet sensuality and tender charm of Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet.
“Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet speaks in subtle undertones. It is a perfume that plays on the charm of seduction. The perfume of a woman full of grace.” François Demachy
The most Couture fragrance of all had to be elegantly dressed.
At first Miss Dior was housed in an amphora whose harmonious curves were moulded along the En Huit lines of the New Look. Then the famous bottle “tailored like a suit” made its mark in the early 1950s, matching the new verticality that inspired the couturier after the round shapes of the New Look. Its strict form was crafted like a fabric draped to hang just right. Houndstooth was added, like a flattering motif, engraved in its glass sides.
For the final touch, a Couture bow knotted at its neck recalls how the couturier loved to highlight a décolleté or the small of the back. Like a springtime bouquet, the rosy jus is coloured a tender shade.
All these emblematic details underscore the importance of the Dior touch.
Legendary codes that express eternal elegance.
A soft floral fragrance with just enough sweetness to be feminine, Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet is elegant without being overpowering. It truly is a “cocoon fragrance” that evokes sensuality and seduction. It is the perfect spring scent; intoxicating in the softest sense, almost like a whisper that leaves you (and him) longing for more. I am in love.
Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet 50 ml retails for $82 Cdn and 100 ml for $107 Cdn, and will be available exclusively at The Bay Dior counters and TheBay.com February 2014. Available at all other Dior counters May 1, 2014. For more information (no shipping to Canada), head to Dior.com!
This contest is not only sweet, but it will sweep you off your feet!
who: philosophy, the well-being beauty brand
what: the spread the love sweepstakes, in celebration of the launch of philosophy’s newest fragrance, loveswept. philosophy fans are invited to ‘spread the love’ by sending a digital love note tagged #loveswept for a chance to win prizes that will sweep them off their feet.
all love notes tagged #loveswept will be automatically entered to win!
when: friday, january 17th – saturday february 15th
why: to launch loveswept, a delicious reminder that to love is to live, and when you follow
your heart, you live a life full of passion.
*Sweepstakes will be open to residents of the US and Canada, excluding residents of Quebec.
Recently a fellow blogger wanted to feature some OPI nail art for an upcoming post. After reading “The Story of Essie Nail Polish” she had written on Shop and Track.com, I loved that she chose to feature some of my favourite OPI looks including my Euro Centrale Dotticurein her piece The Story of OPI!
Check out The Story of OPI for a little polish history lesson by the blogger known as The Shopper, and don’t forget to like her blog! The Shopper writes about shopping, features store and beauty reviews and brings you both high- and low-cost product options! Love!
(And… this is fits right into the recent #ShareTheLove happening over on Facebook!)
A few months ago I created a manicure for a Nicole by OPI Challenge that was run in collaboration with Prom Canada. (See it here and below!)
Liner and Glitter and Gloss, Oh My! was chosen as the challenge winner with her fabulous entry (congrats!) and you can see the other beautiful runner up entries in Prom Canada’s debut magazine, on stands now! (Available at prom stores and Chapters.)
I am so excited to finally be in print!
From perfumes to lipsticks and skincare, Avon is the company that not only brings beauty to doors, but also opens them. The company, that now for 100 years in Canada, has stood for beauty, innovation, optimism and above all for women.
To celebrate, Avon Canada is giving you the chance to win a new beauty product each day for the next 100 days!
Go to Avon Canada’s Facebook page to enter Avon’s #100DaysofBeauty contest!
Good luck everyone!