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After years of research and development, Dior Science is proud to introduce the latest breakthrough addition to the luxurious L’Or de Vie skincare collection: Dior La Cure. La Cure features exclusive technology derived from the Chateau d’Yquem Marcs, a strong, natural fertilizer composed of grape seeds and grape skin. The Yquem Marcs Extract found in La Cure works to both amplify the power of longevity and youth within the skin cells as well as gradually restore cellular fertility and collagen production. As a result of using La Cure, skin cells become more productive and fertile, resulting in an overall more youthful, radiant complexion.

 

The Story of The Yquem Marcs

The Yquem Marcs are a strong, natural fertilizer composed of the grape seeds and grape skin that remain after the grapes are pressed at the unparalleled Chateau d’Yquem vineyard in Bordeaux, France.
The best, most effective Marcs are obtained only after three full grape pressings, when the grape juice is completely removed an’Yquem discovered that these marcs have unsurpassed natural fertilizing power and began spreading them on the young Yquem vines each season to help restore the soil’s fertility and initiate the vineyard’s new life cycle.
Dior Science has studied the secrets of the Yquem vine for over 30 years and first became interested in the incredible fertilizing power of the Yquem Marcs several years ago, when they began researching and developing a new kind of technology that would allow them to transfer these incredible regenerative powers to the skin. The technology was finalized in 2013, which was coincidentally an exceptional year for the Yquem vine, thanks to ideal climate conditions, allowing for the first production of La Cure. At this point, there is only a possibility that Dior will develop a new vintage of La Cure as they must first wait for the Marcs to meet expectations in 2014 and the current climate conditions are satisfying but could change at any moment. As a result, the next vintage of La Cure could be 2014 or many years from now.

 

A Breakthrough New Extraction Process

In order to extract the Marcs’ entire molecular structure, Dior Science created a patented flash extraction technology that takes only 15 to 30 minutes and combines multiple new state-of-the-art technologies including micro-grinding, which helps to obtain smaller parts of the Marcs, micro-waves, which helps activate molecules and facilitate the extraction and micro-filtration, which helps obtain the absolute purest possible form of the Marcs extract.

Enriched with pure Yquem sap essence and Yquem Marc Extract, La Cure offers skin the greatest concentration of active ingredients (over 40 percent) ever developed by Dior and is designed to be used for three months as a boost in the daily L’Or de Vie skincare regimen. Just three months of using La Cure provides up to six months of benefits. La Cure is sold as a set of three separate, sealed vials to protect the product’s efficacy during use. When one vial is finished at the end of the month, the next vial should be opened.

 

The History of Chateau d’Yquem

Chateau d’Yquem is considered by many to be Bordeaux’s single greatest wine and is the only wine in France to hold the Premier Cru Superieur (Great First Growth) designation. Chateau d’Yquem’s uncompromising pursuit of quality is a standard that has been meticulously maintained throughout the estate’s history. Built in the 16th and partly the 17th centuries by the Sauvage d’Yquem family, it was transformed into a highly efficient business by Josephine d’Yquem in the late 18th century. In 1999, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy group acquired -classes all other Sauternes. One of the major contributing factors to the wine’s complexity is the unique set of climatic and geological conditions that combine notoriously severe with only one glass of wine produced per vine.

L'OR-DE-VIE-LA-CURE-2015-moodL’Or de Vie La Cure Mood Pack Set of 3

The Legacy of L’Or de Vie

Each L’Or de Vie product features a concentrated extract derived directly from the Yquem vine. The L’Or de Vie formula features a unique association of 11 molecules chosen for their unparalleled an’Yquem.

Namely, the Sauvignon vine, which is the rarest of the two as it represents only 20% of the Yquem terroir. A six-month maturation period of the selected vine shoots is needed to achieve the highest concentration of antioxidant and regenerating molecules, and it is only after a 17-step purification process, that the formula is ready. The L’Or de Vie formula acts on more than 200 genes in the skin via an anti-aging molecule , which has the power to neutralize the action of aging factors at the DNA level. In addition, the L’Or de Vie formula is the most powerful anti-oxidant on the market today, shielding the skin from free radicals.

L'OR-DE-VIE-LA-CURE-2015 L’Or de Vie La Cure with the Massage Ring

L’Or de Vie La Cure

suggested retail: $2,200.00

Holt Renfrew exclusive – launching December 2014

Bloor Street, Toronto & Vancouver Main only

 

This summer Dior introduced technicolor magic for the eyes – through the unveiling of its new IT-look: IT-Lash and IT-Line!

Dior-off_Addict_IT_lashDior Addict IT-Lash official campaign

Dior Addict IT Lash is Dior’s new “do it all” mascara: it pumps up extreme volume and dares to create an “it-look” lash effect. It gives lashes a gleaming coat of deep black or vibrant colour. It adds curves and definition. It adds intensity to eyes, transforming them, making them look sensational from every angle.

Dior-off-Addict_It_Lash_mascaraDior Addict IT-Lash official campaign

Dior’s new Addict IT-Lash mascara introduces a new thick brush, made from soft and supple elastomer, loading lashes from the roots for an instant lengthening and volumizing effect. The brush features a rounded, spiked end to reach lower and corner lashes, helping you coat every single lash.

Dior_Addict_IT_lashDior Addict IT-Lash in Blue, Black, Pink and Purple (top to bottom)

I’ve been using this mascara daily to put it to the test in every possible situation… I am a Diorshow Mascara addict, and thought this would be a nice alternative “for now.” However, I have been blown away by its performance and effect – it truly lengthens, curls and gives incredible volume. The effect is mind-blowing when used with Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum, giving the effect of false lashes.

Dior Addict IT-Lash is available in

-It-Black, a deep black
-It-Pink, a pop pink
-It-Blue, a saturated blue for electric eyes
-It-Purple, a dazzling, deep purple for a sophisticated allure.

For a subtle effect, apply any of the coloured IT-Lash mascaras over It-Black. For a vibrant, bright pop of colour, apply any of the coloured mascaras over a coat of Diorshow Maximizer Lash Plumping Serum!

Dior Addict IT-Lash in Black is my go-to, while the Blue has become a huge favourite! Blue is totally wearable on all eye colours, brightening eyes… I always receive so many compliments when I wear blue! I love Pink and Purple for special effects, or as a touch of colour on the bottom lashes.

Check out Dior’s promotional IT-Lash video:

 

No look is complete without a swipe of gorgeous liner. Dior Addict IT-Line provides intense colour and shine in a long-lasting formula. Applied easily thanks to its fine precision tip, IT-Line dries quickly and wears amazing well, though washes off easily.

Available in four vibrant shades to match Dior Addict IT-Lash: It-Black, It-Blue, It-Pink and It-Purple:

 

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Dior Addict IT-Line official photo

Dior_Addict_IT_lash_ITlineDior Addict IT-Lash and IT-Line

Dior_Addict_IT_line_swtchDior Addict IT-Line in It-Purple, It-Pink and It-Blue (top to bottom). Black not shown.

 

Dare to create colour combinations by pairing any of the vibrant liners with It-Black for a dual-lined look, or contrast using Diorshow Mono shades and Dior Addict IT-Lash. Learn more tips and tricks at Dior Backstage Makeup Mag!

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Four new shades of Dior’s backstage eye shadow were unveiled, especially created to work an infinite game of mix & match with Dior Addict IT-Lash and IT-Line. Diorshow Mono Eye Shadows possesses a unique texture with two professional finishes: apply dry for a subtle glow of colour, or wet for a graphic colour block. Adjust the intensity by applying more or less!

Dior_Addict_IT_lash_Diorshow_Mono_shadowsDiorshow Mono Eye Shadows in Pink, Khol, Purple and Yellow (counter-clockwise, top to bottom)

Dior_Diorshow_Mono_shadow_swtchDiorshow Mono Eye Shadow swatches: (L to R) Pink, Purple, Khol and Yellow, swatched dry

 

Dior Addict IT-Lash and IT-Line are all Limited Edition except for It-Black, which will remain in the regular collection.

Diorshow Mono Eye Shadows are Limited Edition except for Khol (black). All products are now available at Dior counters as well as online at thebay.com!

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

What is your favourite It-colour?

~xo

 

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On the bridge of an ocean liner blows the wind of liberty. Cruise elegance reigns. Dior renews ties with the world of the great transatlantic crossings, inspired by the travel spirits of its first Resort and Spring line in 1948. Created by Tyen, the 2014 Summer Look unveils a cruise make-up collection: a palette of navy blue, primary red and sandy beige. The skin wears the radiance of the sun and an outdoors glow. Eyes take to the seas in ultramarine blue, while lips light up in red, and nails wear the sailor’s strips.

This season, chic is taking a breath of maritime air.

A radiant tan, a natural glow and a nude skin sensation: under the sun of fashion, Dior has created a new wardrobe for the perfect, dream holiday complexion.

Both a foundation primer and a gradual self-tanner, Diorskin Nude Tan Prime & Bronze is a revolution in self-tanning make-up. From the very first application, skin looks warmer and the complexion is smoother and more even. As the days pass, the tan becomes deeper.

It is the first step in the summer make-up routine: apply Diorskin Nude Tan Prime & Bronze to cleansed and moisturized skin for instant beauty and radiance. Apply every day for a week for a lasting tan.

Diorskin_Transat_Nude_Prime_mascaraDiorshow Iconic Overcurl Waterproof in Over Black & Diorskin Nude Tan Prime & Bronze 

Dior_Transat_Diorskin_Prime_swatchDiorskin Nude Tan Prime & Bronze, before spreading

Dior_Transat_Diorskin_Prime_swatch2Diorskin Nude Tan Prime & Bronze, massaged into skin

Created especially for summer, lashes find their sea legs with Dior’s waterproof version of its professional volume and spectacular curve mascara,  Diorshow Iconic Overcurl.

Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Waterproof mascara is not Limited Edition and will remain in the line beyond Summer 2014.

Jettison all but the essential: radiance. Dior has created Diorskin Nude Shimmer. A subtle combination of shimmer and pigment, this illuminating powder recreates the effect of nude skin bathed in freshness. With one stroke of the brush the skin blushes gently, catching the light and revealing a sculpted face. The complexion has a naturally dazzling outdoors glow.

Note that Diorskin Nude Shimmer is not Limited Edition and will remain in the line beyond Summer 2014.

Dior_Transat_Diorskin_Nude_Shimmer_Diorskin Nude Shimmer in 001 Pink (L) and 002 Amber (R)

 

 Dior_Transat_Diorskin_Nude_Shimmer_AmberDiorskin Nude Shimmer in 002 Amber with included Kabuki brush

 

Under the aegis of ocean blue, eyes dive into summer.
With a rope motif signed Dior, shades of blue and brown, sand and orange, are layered in shimmer, iridescent and satin finishes. These new colour harmonies captured by the 5 Couleurs palette are a make-up version of the luxury sportswear look so cherished by Christian Dior. A uniform for eyes that is both elegant and casual, worn both in town and on the beach.

Dior_Transat_5Colour5 Couleur Transat Edition in 564 Sundeck (L) and 344 Atlantique (R)

“On holiday, you may wear all the colourful and casual clothes you like. But you must remain elegant at all costs.” Christian Dior

A flash of brightness on a summer night, lipstick adds warmth to your tan and lends sophistication to a nude face all on its own. In incendiary carmine (Mayday) or radiant mandarin (Cruise), Dior Addict Lipstick displays its incomparably chic signature look.

 

Dior_Addict_lipstick_Transat2Dior Addict Lipstick in 651 Mayday (L) and 611 Cruise (R)

 

 

Dior_Addict_lipstick_TransatDior Addict Lipstick in 651 Mayday (L) and 611 Cruise (R)

As for Dior Addict Gloss, it captures the season’s energy, making smiles gleam in poppy (Seafarer) or golden sand (Offshore). Maximum shine and yachting style, 2014, for lips that attract all the attention.

Dior_Transat_Dior_AddictDior Lip Maximizer in 005 Fresh Pink (top), Dior Addict Gloss in 642 Seafarer (middle) and 412 Offshore (bottom)

Lastly, Dior has produced its famous Lip Maximizer in juicy pink for the very first time. Lips are fresh and dazzling, emphasizing the healthy glow effect. Enjoy this never-ending summer cruise.

See the limited edition Dior Manucure Transat selections in this post!

 

An absolutely gorgeous nautical summer collection, Dior has managed to bottle the essence of summer. From bright pops of red to sandy tones of neutral, Dior’s Transat Collection encompasses the heat and warmth of summer while providing something for everyone. Upon the first swipe of Diorskin Nude Shimmer Powder on your skin, you will feel the glow that only summer can provide. Put on a wide-brimmed sun hat and head to your nearest Dior counter!
Dior’s Summer Look for 2014, Transat Collection, is now available in Limited Quantities at Dior counters everywhere!

 

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

What is your favourite Transat item and shade?

~xo

 

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On the bridge of an ocean liner blows the wind of liberty. Cruise elegance reigns. Dior renews ties with the world of the great transatlantic crossings, inspired by the travel spirits of its first Resort and Spring line in 1948. Created by Tyen, the 2014 Summer Look unveils a cruise make-up collection: a palette of navy blue, primary red and sandy beige. The skin wears the radiance of the sun and an outdoors glow. Eyes take to the seas in ultramarine blue, while lips light up in red, and nails wear the sailor’s strips.

This season, chic is taking a breath of maritime air.

The Transat collection takes its cruise style codes right to the fingertips: painted vibrant red, sailor blue or rope beige, nails parade in maritime stripes with a transparent sticker kit featuring the CD logo. Also included in the kit is a mini nail file and instruction card.

Incredibly easy to apply for a chic and playful manicure.

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Available in three limited edition shades, Vernis Transat Manicure will impress even the harshest beauty critics.

Let’s start with Sailor (700)! Blue is my absolute favourite colour, and Sailor was immediately a stand-out. As I’ve said before, I don’t always wear blue nail polish (as much as I adore the colour), simply because I feel that some shades can look… well, immature. No such worries here! Sailor is a beautiful royal blue, just deep enough to be sexy and classic, and just bright enough to draw compliments from strangers. Seriously, I received more compliments about my manicure than I can remember while shopping and lunching one day, with Sailor on!

Sailor is a crelly (cream-jelly) formula that leans slightly more jelly. Possessing the tiniest hint of silver shimmer (like the other two shades), Sailor dries quickly to a mirror-like shine, making top coat virtually unnecessary. Its jelly formula can dry with a hint of shrinkage, so I do recommend wrapping the tips of your nails as you paint to ensure coverage dries right to the tips. And there was absolutely no staining upon removal. Below, two coats of Sailor over Dior Base Coat Abricot:

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You can see the gorgeous delicate silver shimmer in the sun, below (click pic for full size):

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A beautiful bright red, Captain (750) leans slightly warm without being overtly orange. It is truly a vivid, spectacular red possessing the same hidden silver shimmer as Sailor. Also a crelly formula, it applies flawlessly and covers perfectly even on its first coat. Drying to a stunning high shine like Sailor, it too, can skip top coat. Here are two coats over Dior’s Base Coat:

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Rounding out a trio of sublime polishes, the neutral in this collection is the sandy greige Yacht (210). A very neutral beige, I wish I had at least two backups of this beauty, because it is that deserving. I have worn this polish multiple times already and am starting to worry about the wear in my bottle! Another Dior Vernis, another spectacular formula, this time in a gorgeous creme. Yacht has the same hidden silver shimmer as Captain and Sailor, though it is almost invisible in this nude. Below, two coats over Dior’s Base Coat:

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Dior Vernis Transat Manicure sets in Yacht, Sailor and Captain ($31 Cdn each) are available now in limited release (since May 1, 2014) at Dior counters everywhere. I heard that Sailor quantities were running low at some Dior counters, so call ahead!

 

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

What is your favourite of the three shades (if you can pick one)?

~xo

 

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Dior Presents Cruise Collection 2015 Makeup!

For the first time ever, Peter Philips has created and styled the make-up for the Dior Cruise Collection runway show.

Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director for Dior Make-up has, for the first time, worked with Raf Simons on the Dior Cruise 2015 runway show.

He has created make-up in total symbiosis with the collection, in harmony with the looks, which are colorful with splashes of black. “I wanted to create make-up that was both light and sophisticated,” emphasizes Philips, “in keeping with the Cruise spirit, fluid clothing and the summery atmosphere. The common theme in this collection is in fact the color black, which links all the looks together. Raf Simons and I wanted the make-up to be graphic and elegant, to accentuate both the beauty of the silhouettes, and this omnipresent black color.”

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Make-Up

Eyes

Peter Philips emphasizes that “the eyes are the focal point of this make-up look thanks to the black eyeliner drawn straight across the upper eyelid using the new Dior It-Line Eye-Liner in black (Summer 2014). The same eyeliner is also drawn across the outer half of the eyelid, making the eyes look bigger and adding sophistication. I also chose to shade the eyelids with the new Bar 5 Couleurs Palette (Fall 2014), which contains a color scheme of iridescent black, gray, pink and white. Lashes are coated with Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Waterproof in black or Dior Addict It-Lash Mascara in black (Summer 2014) and eyebrows are accentuated without looking too heavy, using Diorshow Powder Eyebrow Pencil.”

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Complexion

A semi-matte complexion is obtained using Diorskin Star foundation. “I wanted to create the illusion of a perfect complexion that is both matte and radient,” he explains. “Cheekbones are emphasized with a light sweep of DiorBlush Vibrant Color Powder in My Rose which is also brushed across the chin to frame the face.”

Lips

“We chose a discreet and natural lip in a beige tone, which is simply accentuated with Rouge Dior in Trompe-l’Oeil.”

Nails

“Hands are also discreet and very natural in Dior Vernis in Muguet, which adds a hint of soft pink to nails.

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Hair

Hair by Guido Palau. The styling here is also natural, with hair falling freely over the shoulders.

 

Cruise 2015, Dior show Backstage
Dior Make-up created and styled by Peter Philips
Photographer: Thibault de Saint-Chamas for Christian Dior Parfums

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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Through the looking glass… The magic of Dior Addict

Prepare to be completely mesmerized by Dior’s latest innovation!

Daring. Dream-like. Amazing.
A glance at the mirror and instantly, the ecstasy of transformation. Yourself, different. Free. In technicolour.

Dior Addict is the power of imagination, in its purest expression. Reinventing yourself however you feel, however, you want.
Today Dior writes an unprecedented page in the Dior Addict saga. A door opens to a universe that is even more fantastic, even more wonderful, even more dream-like…
“Sur mesure” for those ready to be surprised.

Dior Addict Fluid Stick, the first all-in-one lip hybrid by Dior.

Is it a gloss? A stain? Can this be a lipstick?

A genuine makeup revolution… Dior creates Dior Addict Fluid Stick, its first lip hybrid that can do it all in a single stroke.

Not a gloss, not a lacquer, not a lipstick… Dior Addict Fluid Stick is a totally new kind of lip product. A spectacular fluid that you can barely feel… What it does is combine maximum colour impact, glossy shine and a “no makeup” feel in a lip colour boasting sensational hold and comfort.

Dior Addict Fluid Stick is an innovation bomb. The alliance of unique technology…

The result of a genuine formulation challenge

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Intense, long-hold pigments, like “markers,” are encapsulated in beads of gloss. Colour and shine meld into one, for maximum impact immediately on application…

Unlike a gloss, Dior Addict Fluid Stick contains no wax that could weigh down its texture. It is simply formulated with water. Daring, once again. As soon as the texture is applied, the water evaporates, leaving bursting colour like a shot of glossy pigments, moisturized lips, a nude skin feel and slight sensation of freshness… The pleasure of high-definition and ideal hold.

Hybrid, too… The exclusive foam applicator… is shaped like the stick of a lipstick. The texture is applied right on the lips, with both perfect precision and unsettling ease. Not to mention pure sensory pleasure… With this intelligent makeup tool, application couldn’t be easier. And the change in look, instantaneous.

Incredibly easy-to-apply, Dior Addict Fluid Stick glides on without effort, allowing you to start with a veil of your shade, or build up for a full effect of colour.

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Design like a mirage…

Startling. Stupefying. Dior Addict Fluid Stick is not what you think at first glance.
Dior creates an accessory that is an optical illusion, that looks like its most amazing lip product. Don’t trust your first impression: that of a lipstick, transparently. Easy to be fooled… The illusion is complete, until the bottle opens and the applicator filled with colour emerges. Dior has created a pure object of desire, dedicated to women who cultivate the art of surprise.

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Within the Dior Addict Fluid Stick palette of colours are four maximum impact, must-have shades. Sophisticated, ultra-trendy it-shades that evoke what Christian Dior said of his most spectacular creations, “breakthrough designs, symbols of new fashion… that will be on the covers or in features of magazines.”

Pandore. A pure, radiant, flamboyant red… In one word, explosive. And so bold that it could almost be forbidden.

Wonderland. A rush of fuchsia pink pigments, an extreme burst of colour that glorifies the look instantly on application. Magical…

Aventure. An electrifying coral, bright and filled with light, for uncompromising allure… A real flash of bold.

Mirage. An incredibly lively tone, beige at first glance but reveals itself to be enhanced with a hint of pink upon closer look. A beautiful illusion to flatter any complexion. (Mirage has quickly become a new favourite nude of mine.)

 

Applying easily, and setting in mere seconds after application, I was very impressed by Dior Addict Fluid Stick’s wear and wearability. Soft and moisturizing the entire time it is on your lips, it also lasts through your morning coffee(s), making it to your lunch hour with nary a dent in its beauty. Retaining its gloss and colour impact through coffee alone was impressive… but making it through lunch? Colour me happily fascinated!

Dior Addict Fluid Stick ($36 Cdn) will be on counter for an exclusive preview at The Bay starting April 1st, and nationwide at all counters on May 1st, 2014. A Sephora-exclusive shade called Tiny Pink will be available, and four of the shades (Frisson, Magique, Open Me, and Intrigue) will be Limited Edition.

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

Swatches coming soon!

~xo

 

 

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

For Spring 2014, Dior launched the very Limited Edition Trianon Collection, a selection of pastels for the eyes with blushed cheeks and pops of colour on the lips. See the entire range of this special collection here!

Today I present to you some of my favourites from this pretty collection!

Let’s start with Diorblush Trianon Edition in Corail Bagatelle (763) – a beautiful and universally flattering coral shade embossed with a beautiful vintage bow motif in Dior’s signature mirrored case with its own velour pouch.  I think this is one of my favourite blush shades ever! Truly suitable to almost any skin tone, this pinky-coral shade applies softly to start, yet is highly buildable to your desired level of blush. There is a hint of fine shimmer in this blush that translates to a glowing, but not sparkly, finish on the skin.

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Below, Corail Bagatelle on the skin with an intense swatch on the left, and applied with a brush on the right of the photo:

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Dior’s 5 Couleurs Eye Shadow Palette in Pastel Fontanges (234) includes a sugared-almond pink, baby blue/teal, golden pale yellow, a chocolate brown, and a soft, warm grey. Adorned with the emblematic bow, a beaded ribbon and the Dior signature, the spring, limited edition of the 5 Couleur palette takes a delightful dive into the world of the Petit Trianon. This gorgeous retro palette with two applicators and in a signature Dior velour pouch, is almost too pretty to use, no?

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Below, swatches of 5 Couleurs shimmering shades, starting with the warm grey (top left in the palette and going clockwise) from left to right: Warm grey, baby teal, almond pink, chocolate, golden pale yellow. Most of this palette is shimmering in very soft pastel shades, with the chocolate being the darkest and most matte, and the centre golden highlight shade possessing the most obvious sparkle. Angelic, girly, and so pretty!

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To amp up the lips against the soft eyes presented in Dior Trianon, Dior presents Rouge Dior in a bright yet pastel coral, Rose Crinoline and in pure fuchsia, Allégresse.

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Below, Rose Crinoline, a pale coral that leaned almost towards a brightened pink-nude on me:

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and Rouge Dior in Allégresse, a sexy, bold but creme, fuchsia:

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The concentrated shine of Dior Addict Gloss is presented in shades of Pétillante peach and Exquise pink. Both shades are complementary to the two limited edition Trianon Rouge Dior.

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Below, the soft and iridescent Pétillante, a sheer wash of shimmery peach over nude lips:

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The limited release Dior Vernis Trianon nail lacquer shades, inspired by the Trianon garden, included seasonal floral hues of cornflower in Porcelaine, soft peach of Bouquet, and the pure fuchsia of Bloom.

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A play on texture inspired by the porcelain and china of the 18th century, the matte topper Perlé provided the finishing effect! If you follow me, you know how much fun I had with these shades by using them in this abstract mani:

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With this collection, Dior introduced a new variation of its iconic Lip Glow in a Trianon-exclusive shade: Coral. Sheer, ultra-moisturizing, and a fantastic base for Dior Addict or Rouge Dior, I loved combining it with simply a hint of Dior Addict in Pétillante.

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Below, the natural finish of Lip Glow in Coral (please note that my lips can look light-red naturally, and Lip Glow simply amplified that):

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For more information (no shipping available to Canada), head to Dior.com and shop online at thebay.com!
As of last check, there were still a few of the Trianon Edition colours available online!

 

Did you have a chance to try out the Dior Trianon Collection? Which item is your favourite?

~xo

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

 

 

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