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Seize the Summer!

Nicole by OPI Launches Four NEW Nail Lacquers for Summer

Nicole by OPI announces four new nail lacquers for the summer season. Seize the Summer includes bright, beach-ready shades of coral, citrus green, hot pink and metallic confetti glitter. These tropical shades add a burst of island-inspired flavor to fingers and toes.

“Bright nail polish colours are in this summer!” exclaims Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Co-Founder & Executive VP. “With warm weather comes beautiful, bold hues. Summer is the perfect time to experiment with fun colours!”

Seize the Summer shades include:

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This citrusy green is the limiest… and that’s the truth.

NI470_G_LeaPinkForJoyLeaPink for Joy
This playful pink makes me jump and shout!

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Glittering and frosty… this is one sweet treat.

NI446_G_TheCoralOfTheStoryThe Coral of the Story
I’ve learned my lesson… nothing but this bright coral for me!

Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality. These shades will be available June 2014 for $10.99 each at select Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart Canada, Jean Coutu, Loblaws, Rexall and London Drug.
For more information, visit http://www.NicolebyOPI.com.

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

 

Which of these shades are you most excited for?

~xo

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ZAC POSEN FALL / WINTER 2014 COLLECTION
HAIR DESIGN BY ANTONIO CORRAL CALERO FOR MOROCCANOIL®

Inspiration from the Designer:

This look was inspired by the alluring elegance of 1940’s American film star, Veronica Lake.

Zac_Posen_Toronto2Credit George Pimentel at WIREIMAGE/Getty Images

The Hair Look:

For the highly anticipated Suzanne Rogers presents Zac Posen Fashion Show, the first event Zac Posen runway show in Canada, Antonio Corral Calero for Moroccanoil® mimicked the “peek a boo curl”, Veronica Lake’s signature hairstyle – soft but structured flowing curls. “We wanted to create a hairstyle reminiscent of Old Hollywood with a contemporary twist” said Calero. “This look was the true depiction of timeless feminine elegance.”

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How the Look Was Created:

  • “I started by prepping dry hair with Moroccanoil Light throughout the mid-lengths of hair followed by Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream to keep hair hydrated and improve elasticity.”
  • “I saturated the hair with Moroccanoil Root Boost, from roots to ends.”
  • Next, I blow-dried the hair using my fingertips to lift pieces and create volume.”
  • “I then created a deep left side part using the arch of the eyebrow as a guideline to determine the depth of the part.”
  • “Using a 1 ¼ inch curling iron, I set all strands of the hair (on the base of the iron), taking horizontal sections.”
  • “Then, spraying each section with Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong I curled pieces toward the face, and pinned in place to cool, “brick-laying the sections at the back of the head.”
  • “I brushed out the curls to create a softer look using the Moroccanoil Boar Bristle Classic Brush moving behind the ears and forming a more defined wave on the heavier side of the hair part.”
  • “I finished with a spray of Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong to keep strands in place.

Zac_Posen_Toronto1Zac Posen’s Canadian Muse, Coco Rocha in some of his standout designs

The Products:

Moroccanoil Treatment Light is a remarkable, instantly absorbed argan oil infused formula found in the kits of virtually every major celebrity, runway, and editorial stylist. Exclusively designed to give fine and fair-colored hair a natural-looking silky, lustrous shine and a frizz-free finish, it strengthens, conditions and revitalizes hair while speeding drying time. (MSRP: $43.00 / 100ml)

Moroccanoil Root Boost a styling innovation that provides natural-looking height and lift — without the need for teasing, back-combing or adding any unnecessary stress to the hair. This high-performance, volumizing spray works beautifully for every hair type and texture, including straight, fine, or curly. (MSRP $29.00 / 250ml)

Moroccanoil Hydrating Styling Cream This argan oil-infused formula gives beautifully hydrating and natural looking hold, while eliminating frizz and adding definition and shine. (MSRP $36.80 / 300ml)

Moroccanoil Luminous Hairspray Strong is formulated with a combination of highly sophisticated ingredients infused with argan oil. A lightweight, workable hairspray, it provides lasting, healthy and strong hold with reflective shine that fights frizz and humidity. (MSRP: $23.80 / 330ml)

Moroccanoil Boar Bristle Classic Brush lightweight and durable, and handcrafted with 100% natural boar bristles of the finest quality. Suitable for all hair types, this brush helps to improve the overall condition of the hair, making it softer, more manageable and healthier with a boost of added shine. (MSRP: $72.00)

Zac_Posen_Toronto3The divine muse to Zac Posen, Coco Rocha

For more on Moroccanoil, head to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram! For more on this glamorous event, Best of Toronto has a photo recap.

I breathlessly devoured all press and photos of Zac Posen’s first-ever Canadian fashion show, and absolutely loved the looks, from the gorgeous, glamorous hair designs shown here, to the retro beauty look and of course, the sumptuous gowns that are eponymous with Zac’s brand. What did you think of the look?

~xo

All photos Credit George Pimentel at WIREIMAGE/Getty Images.

 

 

Happy Monday! Today I have for you a review of Tweezerman’s Grip & Snip Spiral Spring Cuticle Nipper, a very cool beauty must-have.

Some info from Tweezerman:

A new take on the traditional cuticle nipper, the Grip & Snip features a spiral spring for the ultimate in style, comfort and control. This sleek new one-of-a-kind design is highly stylish and highly functional. The looped handle maximizes precision and provides a no-slip grip, while the opening and closing action is ultra safe and smooth. This premium stainless manicure tool comes in two stand-out, fashionable colors: Lollypop Berry and Hawaiian Teal.

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I must admit, I was intrigued by Tweezerman’s cool spiral design – my other cuticle clippers have the regular, scissor-style handles. However, the entire handle being a spiral spring on the Grip & Snip is not only cool-looking, but highly functional. It allows you to simply use it without having to use those fold-away levers on less expensive clippers, and the design fits comfortably in the palm of your hand (left or right!) to make cuticle trimming easy. The looped handle is actually quite soft in your hand and requires almost no pressure to close the jaws.

A better look at the product:

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Some advice: the Grip & Snip is made for precision, so the blades are sharp (and pointy). Cut only loose and hanging cuticles rather than into the skin, and do so in small sections. As with many Tweezerman tools, this nipper comes with the famous Tweezerman ‘free sharpening’ guarantee! (For more, head to Tweezerman.ca.)

Available in Canada at Shoppers Drug Mart ($25). For more information, to shop or for some beauty tips and tricks, head to Tweezerman’s website!

 

Now the best part! One of you will have a chance to win your very own Tweezerman Grip & Snip Spiral Spring Cuticle Nipper by heading over to Twitter and tweeting to @Tweezerman.ca and @the_Obsessed what your favourite thing about spring is!

The contest entry link can be found on my Facebook page, or
enter the Rafflecopter giveaway here!

 

Though open to Canadians only, if you have a Canadian address you can ship the prize to, you can enter 🙂

 

(Contest open to Canadian addresses only. Contest runs until May 3, 2014 at 11:59 pm ET. All entries will be verified.)

 

~xo

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

This summer, Estée Lauder captivates the senses with a sultry limited edition colour look and alluring fragrance experience in the NEW Bronze Goddess Summer 2014 Collection. This modern yet sensual makeup look is inspired by a symphony of colour born from the enchantment of long stretched beaches of white sand that turn golden as night falls. When paired with the warm caress of Estée Lauder’s signature Bronze Goddess fragrance, stress is swept away, ushering in the carefree days and warm, golden embrace of summer.

A truly divine experience, the Bronze Goddess Summer 2014 Collection first tempts with the Bronze Goddess Color Collection featuring a spectrum of subtly nude hues accented by exquisitely rich colours from soft corals to deep blackberries and lavishly gilded metallics. Eyes glisten with nudes and metallic sparkle. Lips are glossed and brightened with luscious colour. Cheeks glow as if kissed by the sun.

Estee_Lauder_Bronze_GoddessAnd today I have for you one of the Limited Edition Pure Color Nail Lacquers from this beautiful collection, which is meant to complement the NEW Nudes Eyeshadow Palette (which I absolutely must pick up one of these days!).

Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Bare is a very pale nude shade, leaning slightly peach with beautiful warm undertones. This may be your mannequin shade if you are very fair, but on me, it was a divine, creamy vanilla shade, perfect for that soft-yet-manicured look. Don’t let this shade’s lightness fool you – I would say this will be a very flattering shade on many skintones due to its delicious warm hue. The formula is gorgeous as well: highly pigmented (read: not runny) and creamy, Bare was a tad ‘unfinished’ on coat one, but evened out perfectly on coat two.

Below, 2 coats over base, no top coat, in the shade (look at that shine!):

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In the shade you really see its peach, bisque undertones, and the amazing creamy coverage.

 

The sun brings out its vanilla, lighter side:

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This collection is perfectly named, even with the many nude shades, ranging from ultra-fair, like Bare to a Burnished Nude and to Lust. I am so looking forward to pairing Bare with sunkissed skin – I absolutely adore the opposing spectrums of polish: vamps and whites/nudes!

The Bronze Goddess Summer 2014 Fragrance Collection is now available at select Estée Lauder counters at Hudson’s Bay, Sears, Holt Renfrew and online at www.esteelauder.ca (since March 2014). NEW Bronze Goddess Summer 2014 Makeup Collection is now available at Estée Lauder counters at Hudson’s Bay, Sears, Holt Renfrew and online at www.esteelauder.ca with much of the collection in limited release.

What do you think of Bare? What’s your favourite nude lacquer hue?

~xo

 

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Just in time for summer, OPI will be launching a collection of six full-size (yes, full-size!) neon lacquers, along with Put a Coat On!, a special white base coat that is meant to boost neon colour.

If you recall my posts on last summer’s Neon Minis (see them here and here!), you will remember just how hot the little Neon Lacquers were. OPI fans wanted more, and unfortunately, last summer’s offering only came in a mini size. Fast forward to now, and OPI is offering both the full size collection of neons, as well as a mini set of all six lacquers (does not include the special white base coat).

Today I bring you a quick sneak peek at the six shades, as well as… well, let’s just inspiration struck.

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I started with a base of Put a Coat On!, an opaque white polish meant to be worn under these neon lacquers to help make them pop. I used only one generous coat which actually applied quite evenly, with minimal streaking (which is what white polishes are notorious for, unfortunately), and let that dry. Once it dried, I created some 80’s pop-art nails, slightly reminiscent of my abstract nail art seen here:

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And of course, a macro, because I can’t help but love macros!

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What do you think of today’s neon nail art? Are you like me, totally obsessed with neon shades for summer?

~xo

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Well… Ok, so “date” may be a bit of an overstatement.

But we did have a coffee with Ricky Wilson, Dior’s International Celebrity Makeup Artist in an intimate setting at the Holt’s Cafe in Toronto. Sara of 29Secrets and I were the lucky bloggers at this event, also attended by DR’s lovely PR Executive Darline.

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Ricky was in town to attend the Magic of Dior Event at Toronto Holt Renfrew counters, and squeezed in a little bit of time to meet with us and share some of his tricks and ideas… and a few celebrity stories!

An easy-to-talk-to man with a creative gift for makeup and all things beauty, Ricky happily held court over his small audience, and shared with us his predictions for spring and summer 2014.

A Dior devotee, this was his 10th year with the brand! He was happy to share that in the past five years, he has felt that Dior’s head office in France has started to pay closer attention to the North American market, garnering inspiration from us and launching exclusives just for our markets. And who doesn’t love market-exclusive products?

Some secrets from the man

His go-to products from Dior?

He raved about Dior’s new Glow Maximizer and Pore Minimizer, which we had not seen at the time but have since launched as part of Dior’s Spring 2014 Trianon collection. He recently used them on celebrity Aisha Tyler, and raved about the lack of touch-ups needed during breaks of her talk show, The Talk. He loves to use Glow Maximizer all over to provide that healthy glow and boost radiance, while Pore Minimizer diffuses your skin, giving it a “velvety” yet matte finish, without looking dry. While many of us, me included, rush to blot and apply powder to make our faces matte, he finds these new products allow us to use less product and have a glow instead. (Rushing off to wipe that powder off my nose…)

He is also obsessed with Dior’s famed Lipglow, which he uses often on his clients.

Learn to love your imperfections:

While working on Rag and Bone one year, he covered up a model’s dark circles… only to be asked, “where are her dark circles??” Ricky was stunned to discover that this model was hired for her look, including those pesky dark circles… and nervously proceeded to remove her concealer. This experience taught him how beautiful imperfections can be, and today he finds that dark circles lend an air of sophistication.

Biggest trends for this year?

No surprise here, but lots of soft shades, pastels, in floral tones… something that we haven’t necessarily seen in a few years. Deconstructed eyes with washes of pastel colour rather than hard edges, with a pop on the lip in a softly bright pink. He feels nails are following in a matching sense, with soft pastels or pops of bright pink. Where you may have used bronzer, go lightly with a sheer pastel blush. Finally, he finds that we are headed back to more shine: lipgloss is back in a big way! (If you were paying attention, all these gorgeous colours and trends were found in Dior’s Trianon collection for spring!)

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An artist tip:

One of my pet peeves has always been applying mascara on others. Ricky offered to share his artist secret with me: gently place your thumb on the eyelid of the eye that you’re applying mascara to, protecting the eyelid while simultaneously positioning the thumb just behind the upper lashes. As the mascara wand is placed at the base of upper lashes and lightly wiggled through and up, your thumb will protect the eyelid from excess mascara, yet allow you to thoroughly coat your client’s lashes. He showed me this tip, then even allowed me an opportunity to practice on him!

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It was an honour to hear artist secrets, trends, beauty tips and tricks, as well as some celebrity stories from such a famed artist! Ricky was easy to chat with, completely down-to-earth, and best of all, a total pro! As a parting gift, we received a beauty touch up, and to be honest, I wish I could have stayed in Ricky’s chair for the entire afternoon! Would it really have been too much to ask for an entire glam makeover? 😉

Keep your eyes peeled for any future Dior Celebrity Makeup Artist events because you will not be disappointed!

~xo

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In 1963, Dior created an exceptionally popular treatment: Crème Abricot. This incredibly rich formula was capable of making nails stronger and encouraging their growth through a burst of nutrition and regeneration. Creators of the Couture manicure believed that beautiful nails were the essential finishing touch to a look.

Over the years, the Crème Abricot design has become iconic: its little round pot and beaded border is reminiscent of a neo-classical pillbox. A desirable and portable object to slip into your handbag for any occasion. The success of this star formula has never faltered and 50 years later it remains a must-have product.

Today, Crème Abricot is part of a complete manicure range, starting with Huile Abricot, an extremely refined treatment oil for daily use.

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A deeply nourishing and hydrating treatment for cuticles, it also helps strengthen nails:

Its unique formula protects and hardens keratin within the nails through a synergy of active oils. Firstly, argan oil, concentrated in essential fatty acids and anti-oxidant, vitamin E; camellia oil, reputed for its protective properties; and finally, apricot oil, rich in vitamins and minerals, indispensable for strong nails.

I like to keep Huile Abricot in my purse for convenience (love the simple tube and applicator!) – which was especially nice through our never-ending winter this year, or apply a drop to each nail before bed… If you follow my blog, you’ll know how much I swear by regular massaging of cuticles with some cuticle oil. Massaging your cuticles before bed really helps absorb the nutritive oil, and encourages nail growth, and is so easy to do! If you just do one thing to take care of your nails, this would be an amazing product to keep on your nightstand or in your purse for daily use.

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Going hand-in-hand with the amazing Crème Abricot or Huile Abricot is Dior’s Base Coat Abricot. A nourishing, smoothing and hardening base coat, it transforms the surface of the nail, preparing it for nail polish application and long lasting wear. With an ever-so-subtle beige tint in the bottle, it applies clear, but leaves behind a clean and shiny finish on nails – the perfect unpolished manicure! The first time I applied Base Coat Abricot, I actually skipped the polish, it looked so clean and well… pretty!

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Finishing up the Dior manicure is Dior Gel Coat, a gel-finish top coat with an extremely high-gloss finish to wrap and seal the polish. Smoothed over with a brilliant lacquered effect, Dior Gel Coat makes nails appear stronger and thicker with its gel finish, yet dries quickly. While not an actual quick-dry top coat, it dries to the touch within five or so minutes – that’s quick drying to me!   And when you are ready to change colours, Dior’s Gel Coat is simple to take off: just use regular nail polish remover – no pain, no scrubbing.

 

Finally, a little bit of luxe in a small bottle: Dissolvant Abricot, The Treatment Remover:

Described as an acetone-free solution ensures fast and efficient nail polish removal with care for your nails. Rich in treatment ingredients known to nourish, hydrate and strengthen, it instantly revives whiteness and shine.

 

All Dior manicure essential products are available at Dior counters.

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

What is your one luxe beauty splurge item?

~xo

 

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