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kiehl’s & The Canadian Wildlife federation

partner to support Canada’s Puffins

February 2015, Montreal, Canada – Kiehl’s Since 1851, the venerable New York-based purveyor of fine quality skin and hair care is proud to donate 100% of net profits of the Limited Edition Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado to the Canadian Wildlife Federation, an organization dedicated to ensuring an appreciation of our natural world and a lasting legacy of healthy wildlife and habitat through learning, awareness and research. The product will be available in all of Kiehl’s Canadian locations, as well as on kiehls.ca, as of April 7th, 2015.
(And if you hurry in to stores, you may be able to score an “adoption kit” with a cute puffin plushy and adoption certificate!)

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Maintaining Kiehl’s longstanding support of the environment, sales from the Limited Edition Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado will be used by Kiehl’s to symbolically adopt 300 puffins as part of the CWF Adopt a Species program. The Canadian Wildlife Federation will use the Kiehl’s adoption funds to support research projects to help better understand threats facing Canada’s at-risk seabirds and ensure their habitat is conserved through the CWF Endangered Species program. The program helps threatened and at-risk species through ground-breaking research projects and engaging education programs. Through “Kiehl’s Gives” initiatives to date, the brand has raised over $2,000,000 for environmental issues worldwide.

“Maintaining Kiehl’s longstanding mission of giving back to the community in support of environmental initiatives, we are delighted to be partnering with the Canadian Wildlife Federation to help conserve Canada’s natural environments, providing assistance to wildlife in need,” said Kristin Armstrong, Vice-President General-Manager, Kiehl’s Canada.

The unique label of the Limited Edition Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado features a work of art from the renowned Canadian artist Robert Bateman called “Bright Day – Atlantic Puffins”. Famous for his environmental paintings, Bateman’s art reflects his commitment to ecology and conservation.

KIEHL’S CREAMY EYE TREATMENT WITH AVOCADO

An eye cream providing a richer, creamier texture

Responding to customer requests and needs, Kiehl’s Since 1851 proudly introduced Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado in 2009 and it quickly became a Kiehl’s customers’ favourite.

This thick, creamy preparation helps keep the delicate skin around the eye area well hydrated. The fatty acids naturally found in Avocado Oil are superbly rich and act as effective moisturizers. Additionally, they provide a natural and gentle source of Vitamin A. Contains a high level of Shea Butter, known as a skin conditioning agent.

There is a unique two-part structure of the cream for dual hydration. Upon immediate application, the cream feels buttery to the skin. Gently blending the preparation on the skin will burst a barrier so that water is then released for maximum moisturization. This cream feels soothing to the skin and offers a most refreshing sensation. The texture also allows the cream to hold its place in the delicate under-eye area so it absorbs well and will not migrate into the eyes.

This colorant and fragrance-free treatment has been Ophthalmologist tested to be safe and gentle for use around the eye area. Additionally, this eye cream can be worn day or night. It also performs well under eye makeup.

Key Ingredients: Avocado Oil, Vitamins A & E, Shea Butter, Sodium PCA and Beta-Carotene.

Key Formula Attributes: A thick, creamy, superbly moisturizing treatment for the delicate eye area.

Retail Price: $57 (28ml)

The Limited Edition Creamy Eye Treatment with Avocado is available at Kiehl’s stores and www.kiehls.ca, as of April 7, 2015.

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KIEHL’S SINCE 1851

Kiehl’s was founded as an old-world apothecary in New York’s East Village neighborhood. Its unique, extensive background represents a blend of cosmetic, pharmaceutical, herbal, and medicinal knowledge developed and advanced through the generations. In addition to Kiehl’s freestanding stores nationwide, Kiehl’s products are available at www.kiehls.ca. Please join Kiehl’s Canada on Twitter @KiehlsCanada and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/KiehlsCanada

CANADIAN WIDLIFE FEDERATION

Named one of Canada’s top 25 charities by the Financial Post, the Canadian Wildlife Federation is a national charitable organization dedicated to ensuring an appreciation of our natural world and a lasting legacy of healthy wildlife and habitat. By spreading knowledge of human impacts on the environment, developing and delivering educational programs, sponsoring research, promoting the sustainable use of natural resources, recommending policy changes and co-operating with like-minded partners, CWF encourages a future in which Canadians can live in harmony with nature. For more information, visit CanadianWildlifeFederation.ca

ROBERT BATEMAN

Robert Bateman’s realistic painting style, featuring wildlife in its habitat, encourages the viewer to closely observe the natural world. Besides being one of Canada’s best-known artists, he is a naturalist, recognized by the Audubon Society as one of the 20th century’s “heroes of conservation”. He is a spokesman for many environmental and preservation issues, using his art to raise millions of dollars for these causes.

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!

Dior_IT-line_yeux_1b_001Dior Backstage How-to (Source)

 

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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The Rio Rush Collection by Gucci Westman for Revlon Summer 2014

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A colourful, vibrant limited edition collection from Revlon, the Rio Rush Collection feels like heat, summer, salsa! A little bit of info from Revlon:

The latest collection from Revlon Global Artistic Director Gucci Westman transports you to the lush city of Rio de Janeiro during the height of its famous ‘Carnaval,’ a celebration of life, of dancing, and colour. The Rio Rush Collection by Gucci Westman for Revlon Summer 2014 captures the essence of this festival and brings together bright, tropical colours that evoke the sexiness of this vibrant carnival south of the Equator.

“I pictured a provocative Brazilian woman, full of life and fun,” said Westman of her collection inspiration. “She is bold yet sensual; fierce with a touch of glamour.”

This highly anticipated collection for Summer ‘14 draws a tropical vibe with radiant makeup for a look that is both
sexy and alluring.

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Revlon ColorStay 16 Hour Eye Shadow is available in two new shades, Exotic and Wild.

Revlon_Rio_Rush_Eye_ShadowsColorStay 16 Hour Eye Shadow in Wild (L) and Exotic (R)

Wild is a gorgeously arranged quad containing a frosty vanilla, metallic taupe, sunburnt orange and deep teal (above left, clockwise from the lightest shade). You’ll notice it contains the complementary shades of teal and orange-red – perfect when paired! Unfortunately the beautiful taupe blended with my slightly tan skin, but you can see a hint of it at the top of the photo – it actually makes a gorgeous nude, even on my skin!

Revlon_Rio_Rush_Wild_Eye_ShadowsWild quad

Exotic contains a soft metallic bisque, a muted violet, a vibrant matte yellow, and a soft black. Once again, complementary colours yellow and violet are present, resulting in a fun ’80’s effect when paired!

Revlon_Rio_Rush_Eye_Shadows_ExoticExotic quad

Revlon’s famous Super Lustrous Lipstick is available in three new shades: Brazilian Tan, Carnival Spirit and Sultry Samba:

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Swatches on my hand, with Sultry Samba on top, Carnival Spirit in middle, and Brazilian Tan on bottom. You can see the sheer finish of Carnival Spirit:
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Brazilian Tan, a gorgeous nude creme that I absolutely loved, applied perfectly with an opaque, creamy finish:

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Sultry Samba, the most vivid of the three, is a bright fuchsia that can be built up to full opacity with a fairly matte finish:

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Finally, Carnival Spirit appears bright in the tube yet is the softest of the three, applying a shiny, sheer wash of orange on your lips. It can be built up but not to full opacity. Its finish is moist and rich and feels amazing!

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Revlon introduces four new limited edition shades with this Rio Rush Collection: Carioca Crush, Copa Sunset, Gold Goddess and Oi Beautiful. I have three of the four for you, starting with Oi Beautiful, a pretty mid-tone purple creme. Great coverage, high shine, all at two coats (no top coat):

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A gold flake glitter, Gold Goddess has a clear base, making it a perfect topper for any shade! I paired it with Oi Beautiful for a gorgeous, regal soft glitter gradient:

Revlon_Rio_Rush_lacquer_OiBeautiful_Gold_GoddessIs that not a perfect pairing?

Carioca Crush is a beautiful blue shade with a slight jelly finish (you can see the jelly ever so slightly at the tips of my nails), so does need careful application. The work is well worth it as the shade is a muted blue, making it very wearable, especially with that gorgeous shine:

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Also available, Revlon ColorStay’s Creme Gel Eyeliner in Rio Blue. This metallic blue is the perfect finish to your Wild or Exotic eyes:

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Join the festival and celebrate colour with The Rio Rush Collection by Gucci Westman for Revlon!

For more information, head to Revlon.com, or become a Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram fan!

What is your Rio Rush favourite so far?

~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

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.)

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