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FINALLY, A SUBSCRIPTION BOX THAT READS YOUR MIND!

by ZOYA NAIL POLISH (MY)BOX

 

The latest beauty company to provide a subscription box is Zoya, with its new (MY) BOX service. Taking advantage of the fact that many beauty subscription boxes contain samples or unwanted cosmetics, Zoya is determined to give you a box you want! Take a quiz to help determine which style of the four boxes you are, and Zoya will tailor a box to you! More info below and head to http://www.zoya.com/content/category/mybox-subscription-box.html to take the quiz!

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HAPPY APRIL FOOL’S DAY!!

INTRODUCING FUSE™ GELNAMEL™, THE FIRST ALL-IN-ONE

GEL POLISH HYBRID, FOR HIGH SHINE, NO CHIP NAILS

March 2014 – It’s a Gel! It’s a Polish! No, it’s Gelnamel! Bringing together the best of polish and the best of gels, FUSE Gelnamel has created the next generation in nail color, deliveringsalon-worthy results at a speed, ease and price like nothing before. Created by the makers of SensatioNail®, the #1 at-home gel polish brand, FUSE Gelnamel features an all-in-one formula that delivers one-coat coverage from start to finish and a proprietary anti-chip technology that seamlessly provides megawatt shine that lasts!

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“Women want nail color with staying power, but without the time, effort, cost or commitment of gels. That’s where FUSE Gelnamel comes in. Offering the best of both worlds – – chip-resistant, high-shine color that flash dries in seconds, but with the flexibility to easily change – – FUSE let’s you have FUN with your nail color,” explains Melissa Kahane, FUSE Senior Marketing Manager. “Our high-powered, ultra-portable LED lamp allows nails to be done virtually anywhere! With the simple press of a button, the reflective interior cures Gelnamel in 30 seconds, while the groove on the inside promises proper placement under the LED bulb.  It’s affordable and so simple, you’ll nail it and love it!”

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FUSE Gelnamel launches with six Starter Kits that each contains the patent-pending FUSE LED Lamp, one Gelnamel shade, Cleanser, Manicure Stick and Nail Buffer. Additionally, the initial 12 high-voltage color line includes:

  • Gone Fission*: A glistening pink glitter that transports you to another world
  • Sonic Blue-m*: An electric blue that will send shock waves
  • Na-no Way!*: A seriously bright pink that’s out of this world!
  • Elec-tric or Treat*: A coral guaranteed to ignite the room
  • Intens-so-fly*: A teal that will make you squeal
  • V-amp*: A rich, alluring red that take the volume to the next level
  • Watt’s Your Color?: A powerful red that you’ll want to brag about
  • Lightning Jolt: A glittery purple that’s a “royal” shock to the system
  • E-motion: A vibrant purple that you’ll be passionate about
  • Lights, Camera, Re-action!: A shimmery silver that lights up the room
  • Polar Bare: A nude you’ll sparkle in (that works at the north pole)
  • Such a Laser: A golden beam of light

*Indicates color is available in a FUSE Starter Kit

FusestarterFUSE can also be used on toes. Simply lift and reattach top portion of lamp angled outwards and follow normal usage instructions.

To remove, use 100% acetone with the SensatioNail® Gel Polish Removal Kit and Gel Polish Removal Tool.

Beginning March 2014, FUSE Starter Kits and individual Gelnamel colors are available for $39.99 and $15.59 respectively, as well as the Cleanser and Wipe Refill Kit for $8.99 at Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart and Rexall.

 

ABOUT FUSE

FUSE is the first Gelnamel to the market from the makers of SensatioNail, the #1 at-home gel polish brand. FUSE provides women with beautiful results that are easy-to-use and affordable for everyday wear. SensatioNailand FUSE are owned and developed by Pacific World Corporation, a global innovator and leader in the nail category, located in Aliso Viejo, California. For more information, please contact McCaughey Consumer Products (www.mcptri.com or 905-319-2246), visitwww.pacificworldcorp.com and watch a step by step tutorial on how to fuse.

 

 

Each time that A-England’s creator teases us with hints of a new collection, Adina’s eager fans wait with baited breath for what will be unveiled. The incredible formulas, the colours, the historic inspirations behind each collection…  Many of us have become devotees of the brand! And today I have for you the gorgeous Ballerina collection. (For inspiration details, head over to Ommorphia’s launch post.)

A-England’s Ballerina is a collection of four beautiful, delicate holographic polishes in whisper-soft colours. The collection immediately reminded me of the tulle on dancers’ skirts… how perfect!

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The first shade, and probably my favourite of the four (though it’s nearly impossible to pick a favourite) is Fonteyn. Fonteyn is a lavender-tinged silver holo with a formula so perfect, so divine, that it was a one-coater. It applied with buttery perfection, fully opaque on the first coat, and drying quickly to an incredible shine. (If you own any A-Englands, you’ll know that this brand is renowned for its high-shine finish!) Here is Fonteyn without top coat:

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Dancing with Nureyev is blue-purple holographic with a metallic finish that almost changes colour depending on the light. It is a little more indigo in some light, then a little more purple, but always demure.

I paired Fonteyn with Dancing with Nureyev for a subtle holo gradient:

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And two coats of the gorgeous Dancing with Nureyev, no top coat:

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I had to include a macro of Dancing with Nureyev because it is so beautiful:

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Encore Margot is described as an “icy blue prismatic hue,” a pale-silver holographic that dries to a cool dove grey shade. The holo effect on Encore Margot appears a little softer than that of Fonteyn or Dancing with Nureyev, but the effect is breathtaking. Another amazing formula, a little more fluid than Fonteyn, requiring two easy coats. Below, without top coat:

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Finally, Her Rose Adagio, a delicate soft pink holo described as “faded roses in a silver prismatic base, as romantic as it is ‘en pointe’.” Possessing a similar soft holo and formula like Encore Margot, I used two coats for the photos below:

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What always stands out for me is A-England’s incredible glossy finish, and its beauty whether in sunlight or in the shade. These colours are so demure and perfect, so aptly named that it is impossible not to fall in love…

 

A-England is available directly from their website for those in the UK, or from several stockists this side of the pond (check out Where to buy), including Nail Polish Canada (with free shipping within Canada!). Don’t forget to follow A-England on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, and Nail Polish Canada on Facebook and Twitter!

Have you tried any of the Ballerina shades, and which one is your favourite so far?

If you liked this post, please take a moment to ‘like’ this post and/or comment! I love to read what you think.

~xo

 

 

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

 

 

 

I recently partnered with PREVAGE to give you a chance to win a trio of must-haves in my first part of an epic giveaway… and this morning, Part 2 of the giveaway will be live! (It will be live at 12 am ET March 24.)

Prevage Anti-aging + Intensive Repair Eye Serum

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.

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Prevage Clinical Lash & Brow Enhancing Serum

PREVAGE® Clinical Lash + Brow Enhancing Serum supports and enhances the look of lashes and brows at all three stages of their life cycle and provides key ingredients and conditioners to help maintain healthy-looking lashes and brows. The serum also helps shield upper and lower lashes and brows from future environmental assaults.

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PREVAGE® Anti-aging Moisture Cream SPF 30

Your face needs serious environmental protection and it craves moisture. PREVAGE® Anti-aging Moisture Cream SPF 30 delivers both all day long in an award-winning performance. Advanced Idebenone technology provides powerful environmental protection while broad spectrum UVA/UVB sunscreens help shield skin from the sun and future damage. Moisturized skin feels ultra-soft and smooth, looks healthy, radiant and younger than ever.

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Part 2 of our Prevage giveaway includes:

Approx retail value of over $400 Cdn!

Enter to win ALL THREE PREVAGE products:

Head on over to my Facebook page to enter, or enter the Rafflecopter giveaway !

Contest open to Canadians only (or if you have a Canadian address to ship the prize to, you can enter).

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

(Contest open to Canadian addresses only. Contest runs until April 5, 2014 at 11:59 pm ET. All entries will be verified. Approx retail value: over $400 Cdn.)

Earlier this year Nicole by OPI launched a new celebrity collaboration of 14 new lacquers inspired by mega-star country singer Carrie Underwood, and what a beautiful collaboration! Running the gamut from nudes to pinks to vamps… and a few sparklers and textures thrown in for good measure. There truly is something for everyone here!

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Let’s look at the gorgeous lacquers! (Just a note that I did not receive Carrie’s namesake polish, Carrie’d Away, a beautiful gold, so I have only 13 of the 14 lacquers for you.) All polishes are swatched over Nicole by OPI’s new 3-in-1 base/top coat and strengthener.

One of the immediate standouts for me was the soft, pale rose-petal-pink Love My Pups. This one reminds me of some of my favourite OPI crellies (cream jellies) like Bubble Bath and Funny Bunny – sheer at first but buildable and totally office-and-also-wedding-appropriate! Here are two coats:

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Look how gorgeous Love my Pups is with a hint of Party Bus, a beautiful silver holographic glitter polish with macro glitter and…  flower glitters! I didn’t know if I would like this glitter by looking at the bottle, but it totally blew me away once I had it on!! It’s so fun!! And summery, and really like a Party Bus, no?

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Look at the macro… sigh:

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Southern Charm is a gorgeous peach-leaning tan creme. Another beauty! This colour is slightly darker/more peach than nude on me, but this is the kind of nude lipgloss I usually fawn over, so no surprise, another love here! Below, 2 coats:

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I paired Southern Charm with Lips are Dripping Honey, a gold holographic glitter bomb in a clear base. This one is filled with golden hex and micro glitter, making it sparkle no matter how much or how little of it you use. It’s like a gold version of Party Bus, minus the flower shapes. Doesn’t it make a gorgeous combo with Southern Charm?

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And of course, a macro for my macro-lovers:

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I love the holo glitters Nicole by OPI used in this collection!

Sweet Daisy is a beautiful salmon pink creme. I loved Nicole by OPI’s description “southern peach blossom” which I could almost imagine. In some lights it leans a bit more peach, and had a crelly quality as well. Another beauty! Here are two shiny coats:

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A little bit brighter is Color Me Country, another crelly formula polish in a hot, medium-pink. It’s totally a hot summer shade and will sizzle with a little summer sun and tan! Here are two easy coats:

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A sugary pink confection, I loved how Carnival Cotton Candy looked with Goodbye Shoes, used as an accent on my ring finger. Goodbye Shoes is a dustry grey-green, very different, but gorgeous. I usually don’t love green polishes but the grey-base totally called out to me! Both below at two coats:

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Some Hearts is a polish I have already used a few times in a couple of recent nail art manis (here and with Color Me Country here). A beautiful bright coral, this is another sizzling beauty for summer! It looked really bright on me and I love it! Look at that shine! Again, two coats:

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I have worn the next shade so many times that I’ve lost count. You have to know how hard it is for me to wear the same polish over and over again, given how many new or unworn polishes I have at any given time… not to mention the swatching that I do… but somehow, American as Apple Pie, this stunning red creme, just keeps calling to me! If you only purchase one colour from this collection, get this – sure to become a classic red in your stash. Amazingly easy to apply, self-levelling, quick drying. Two coats, no top coat and this shine!:

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Moving on to the two vamps in this collection, another namesake polish, this one a play on her married name, Fisher Queen is a deep eggplant with a beautiful hidden shimmer. In the sun, as in below, it is very vibrant and the shimmer dances (click the pic to see full size), while in the shade, it is a mysterious vamp. Another easy application, two coats below:

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Backstage Pass is a burnished purple, appearing brown in the shade, but with a hidden copper shimmer in the sun. If you click the picture, you can see some of the sparkle. Application was great with a gorgeous shine to the finish. Two coats:

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Finally, the only textured polish in this collection is Sing You Like a Bee, a white frost with tons of golden shimmer. You can see the textured finish best on my pinky. This was a breeze to apply if you let the coats dry in between, and you have to apply it lightly as the formula was a bit thick. I used two coats below:

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The gold shimmer is actually more of a gold flake if you look at the macro shot below. The iridescence of this polish is divine. It actually looks angelic!

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Which of these shades is your favourite?

Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality. This limited edition collection will be in newly designed bottles featuring the NEW Nicole logo. These shades are available (in Canada) at Shoppers Drug Mart, Target Canada, Walmart Canada, Jean Coutu, London Drug, and Loblaws.

For more information, visit Nicole by OPI on the web, on Facebook, on Instagram and on Twitter!

If you liked this post, please take a moment to ‘like’ this post and/or comment! I love to read what you think.

~xo

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

VERY exciting news in the world of Dior this week!

Claude MARTINEZ, President & CEO of Parfums Christian Dior, announces
the appointment of Mr Peter PHILIPS as Creative and
Image Director of Christian Dior Makeup!

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In this respect, Claude Martinez said:
We are delighted to welcome Peter Philips to Parfums Christian Dior. His talent and his unique and modern vision of beauty are recognized around the world. I’m convinced that Peter will contribute to an even more radiant and spectacular Dior Makeup. ”

I am honored by the responsibilities that are entrusted to me by Christian Dior Makeup, whose values, savoir-faire and innovation I respect. I am very excited to work with all the teams involved and immerse myself in the world of Dior,” says Peter Philips.

I am personally very excited to see what Peter Philips will bring to the world of Dior Makeup, as his time at Chanel was electrifying. (Anyone remember Chanel’s Jade Le Vernis nail lacquer that was sold out before it even hit shelves?) I cannot wait to see his first collection for Christian Dior Makeup!

What are you most excited about? I love to read your comments!

~xo

 

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Robert Pattinson, the new face of Dior Homme, brings casual seduction to the Dior Homme campaign.
Unfettered, in the wind and the sun.
He states his elegance outdoors, with cool sophistication.
Throwing conventions and constraints to the wind.

Dior_EauForMenThe fragrance resembles the man himself, a unique territory where elegance can be light and free.
Where sophistication shuns ostentation.
The legendary Dior Homme accord is revisited by François Demachy in its timeless clean signature.
An olfactory cotton freshness, crisp but lingering, sober yet bright.
An exercise in style that reflects the quest for fine materials: Calabrian Bergamot, Grapefruit Blossom and White Musks.
The simple luxury of an instant pleasure.

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Dior Homme, the clean fragrance of a free man, photographed by Kim Chapiron behind the scenes on the set of Romain Gavras’ film, featuring Led Zeppelin’s Whole Lotta Love on the soundtrack:

The fragrance is a fresh and gripping composition with incisive, spicy top notes of Moroccan Grapefruit, Calabrian Bergamot and Crimean Coriander.
The heart unfolds with elegant, sexy Tuscan Iris while the invigorating base of Virginia Cedar Wood powerfully unfurls with a masculine and sophisticated signature.

Top Note:

Crimean Coriander, mainly used in cooking is classified as an aromatic. It contains linalool, adding fresh, peppery and zesty notes to Fougere, Citrus and Chypres fragrances. Captivating and mysterious, it is the enchanting top note of Dior Homme Eau for Men.

Heart Note:

Tuscan Iris, Iris Absolute is one of the most precious elements of the perfumer’s palette. Its extraction is a very long and delicate process. The rhizome must first be dried for at least three years. Its extraordinarily strong, almost pervasive fragrance of powdery accords reveals its woody green tones, bringing to mind the reassuring aroma of warm bread.

Base Note:

Virginia Cedar, native to the United States, Cedar Wood Essence is obtained using steam distillation. Its refined, noble aura makes it a perfect base note in a host of men’s fragrances, to which it brings an intense, energetic quality.

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My Verdict?

At first spray, I fell in love. Dior Homme Eau for Men immediately emits a scent of masculinity and sexiness. Provocative thanks to its spicy top notes. I am very particular about men’s cologne; preferring spicy and sultry, sometimes a hint of sweetness… I love crisp aromas. I veer between a clean, fresh scent, linen-like, for summer, and a stronger, spicier scent overall. Dior Homme Eau completely fits the bill. One word of advice: spray lightly until the fragrance settles to find your perfect aromatic balance.

The bottle… oh the bottle. Like an architectural masterpiece, Dior Homme Eau’s bottle stands tall and rectangular in a minimalist fashion. With a slight smoky gray tinted glass matching its box, and subtle black details (on the atomizer), the bottle is elegant, simple yet luxurious, reminiscent of a tall glass skyscraper.

And I should note that Dior Homme Eau has already won over the husband. (That did not take long.)

Dior Homme Eau 50 ml: $66 Cdn
Dior Homme Eau 100 ml: $88 Cdn

Dior Homme Eau for Men. Exclusive to the Bay (in Canada) and available April 2014.

For more information, head to TheBay.com  or to  Dior.com (no shipping to Canada).

 

If you liked this post, please take a moment to ‘like’ this post and/or comment!

~xo

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

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