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Included in my preview of the stunning new Dior collection for Holiday 2013, Golden Winter, was the new Diorific Jewel Manicure Duo, a three-dimensional-effect mani which was inspired by the magnificent adornments of Versailles. Dior reinvents its jewel nail lacquer with this duo that teams a gold base with crystal micro-pearls to sprinkle over nails.

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Sold in a gold box, the duo also includes a beautiful matching mini gold funnel to return sprinkled micro-pearls into the bottle. The beads look like little balls of glass in the gorgeous retro Diorific Vernis bottle, and the golden polish is simply beautiful – a perfect shade of neutral gold.

The application is fairly simple:

1. Apply a coat of polish, let dry.
2. Working one nail at a time, apply a second coat of polish, and immediately sprinkle the pearls onto the nail.
3. Press the pearls gently onto the nail to help them adhere.
4. Et voila!

To show you both the beautiful gold base colour and the pearls, I applied an accent nail of “jewels” on my ring finger.

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Some macros of the nail art:

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The gold polish is simply beautiful, drying quickly to an almost lamé-looking finish. The metallic finish does allow for slight brush marks, but I found that applying two generous coats, from base to tip in a swift motion, limited these. What a gorgeous gold!

The three-dimension manicure has become a big hit in the recent past, but I’ve never really had a desire to try it – maybe because I can be very discriminating with texture on nails or the fact that this would not last longer than an hour on me!  Dior’s beautiful packaging and retro bottles take it from just nail art to gorgeous bottles of art, and the micro-pearls are sparkly and reflective, and I loved the easy application.

If you’re a Dior connoisseur, you will want to get your hands on this limited edition duo!

What do you think of Dior’s foray into 3D nail art?

The Dior Golden Winter Holiday Colour Collection will be available in limited release at Dior counters in November, as well as online at thebay.com! For more information (but no shipping available to Canada), head to Dior.com!

~xo

 

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

Recently I shared with you a preview of the stunning new Dior collection for Holiday 2013, Golden Winter. Included in this limited edition collection are three divine Diorific Vernis shades as well as the new Diorific Jewel Manicure Duo, a three-dimensional effect-mani which was inspired by the magnificent adornments of Versailles.

Today I bring you the three Diorific Vernis shades: Frimas (318), Minuit (995) and Marilyn (751), below left to right, in the most adorable retro bottles! These bottles are so pretty that they deserve to sit on your makeup counter or dresser, displayed as little treasures would be!

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Frimas is a greige (grey-beige) pink-leaning shade with a distinctive gold glass fleck. What is incredible about Frimas is how intense the shimmer within it is! Application was easy, and the polish was opaque by the second coat. Drytime with Dior Vernis seems to be great across the board.

Here are two coats of Frimas, pre-top coat in direct sunlight:

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Look at the shine in the shade:

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Well what can I say about Minuit, the vamp of this collection… Minuit will leave you breathless! A deep burgundy with red and gold shimmer, it seems lit from within – and the shiny finish will only serve to further seduce you.

Two coats of Minuit in artificial light:

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And speaking of seduction… this is Marilyn, a bright, classic red shade inspired by Miss Monroe. I believe this shade was first introduced for Holiday 2012 and I honestly can’t blame Dior for bringing it back. Everyone needs some Marilyn in their lives…

Marilyn had a slight crelly finish (cream-jelly), and was probably the easiest of the three polishes to apply due to its self-levelling and superior coverage. Don’t even get me started on the shine, seen below at two coats without top coat (artificial light):

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Which of these beauties is your favourite?

The Dior Golden Winter Holiday Colour Collection will be available in limited release at Dior counters in November, as well as online at thebay.com! For more information (no shipping available to Canada), head to Dior.com!

~xo

 

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

Inspired by Versailles at the heart of winter, the Dior Golden Winter Holiday Colour Collection is based around shades of pink and gold, emblematic codes of the House of Dior since the first couture collection in 1947. Dior was particularly influenced by the golden era of Versailles fashion, which celebrated femininity with its ornate fabrics and structured dresses that enhanced the waist.

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This holiday, the splendor of Versailles shines on in the Dior makeup collection, which draws inspiration from images of the iconic palace and its gardens covered in snow. Eyes are dressed in sparkling hues of white, yellow and rose golds, while lips are highlighted in sparkling fuchsia, vibrant red, and a rich burgundy. Nails complete the look in rosy taupe, red and golden plum.

Much like the 5 Couleurs palette from the Dior Mystic Metallics collection, the two 5 Couleurs Eye Shadow palettes in the Golden Winter collection are like tiny works of art. Beautifully finished with a quilted pattern, the 5 eye shadows in each Golden Flower (634) and Golden Snow (644) should have appeal to everyone.

Golden Flower is a beautiful warm palette, including a pearly peach, a vanilla shimmer, a rich chocolate, a gilded bronze, and a whitened gold glitter in the centre. I am totally obsessed with this palette! It is perfect for most skin tones and can be used for both day and night looks. What more can you ask for?

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The Golden Snow palette leans a touch cooler than Golden Flower, and includes a pale pink shimmer, a medium-toned gold glitter, a blackened-steel grey, a grey-lilac, and in the centre, a snow white glitter. Another spectacular colour combination, with a perfect name!

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Presented in a vintage-looking golden tube, the Diorific Lipsticks of this collection are presented in three gorgeous shades: Diva (038), Winter (042) and Minuit (046).

Diva is a a ruby red, perfect for the holiday and winter season. Winter is a deep burgundy creme for your inner seductress, and Minuit is a sparkling fuchsia. See Minuit and Diva below:

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Two sparkling Dior Addict Gloss shades are also available in Enchanted Rose (451), a sheer nude with pearl-pink finish, and Pink Fantasy (776), a scintillating sheer but vibrant raspberry sparkler (top to bottom):

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Three divine Diorific Vernis shades complete your look in Frimas (318), Minuit (995) and Marilyn (751), below left to right. Aren’t they magnificent?

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And finally, inspired by the magnificent adornments of Versailles, the Diorific Jewel Manicure Duo combines two versions of Diorific Vernis: a sumptuous gold lacquer to apply as a base and luminous crystal micro-pearls to sprinkle on top for a three-dimensional result!

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Swatches and reviews coming shortly!

(EDIT: See swatches HERE!!)

The Dior Golden Winter Holiday Colour Collection will be available in limited release at Dior counters in November, as well as online at thebay.com. For more information, head to Dior.com!

Daylight, indoors, in Monsieur Dior’s design studio.
Lucky, one of the couturier’s star models, is theatrically draped in scarlet satin fabric like an incandescent diva. Red sets the scene…

This seductive and dynamic signature colour was used constantly by the genius couturier, who was sensitive to the radiance of its myriad tones, from deep carmine to luminous poppy, which passionately outlined the contours of a highly desirable woman…

From the very beginning, Christian Dior dreamed of a unique and visionary style of beauty. “Dressing women’s smile,” was the leitmotif that led him to propose Dior’s elegance as a total look, from a dress, down to a lipstick.

In 1949, at 30 Avenue Montaigne, the first Rouge Dior was born, where it was sold exclusively in the Colifichets boutique. It was a concentrate of pure colour, whose shades were inspired by the couturier’s fabrics – the perfect lipstick. Women had waited for it so long it was an overnight success. Catapulted into the realms of style, Rouge Dior became the emblem of Dior make-up. Since 1953, more than 1500 shades of Dior lipstick were to follow…

Dressed in jeans, a Miss Dior bag, a pair of stilettos… and Rouge Dior 999 lipstick. Here is Natalie Portman in the new campaign:

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Following 60 years of the art of colour, the incomparable Rouge Dior is now celebrating its 60th anniversary, creating the perfect opportunity for the house to reinvent its cult lipstick. Resolutely Couture, each new shade carries a name linked to the Dior fashion world. Starting with the star shades that head each of the collection’s four colour ranges:

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999 is a tribute to Christian Dior’s first lipstick, 9, which would resurface later as 99, and then again, exactly 10 years ago, as 999. “I adore red, it is the colour of life,” Christian Dior would say of his lucky charm colour, of which he advised all women to wear a touch, to light up their complexion and their style.

Grége 1947

Grége 1947 is a subtle, definitively Dior blend of grey and beige that has always been inseparable from the history of the house, from the Bar suits of the very first collection, to the nude looks of the latest catwalk shows.

Darling

Darling, a sparkling, vivid pink, is reminiscent of Dior’s “Chéries,” his colourful, inspired and inspirational muses.

Trafalgar

And finally, Trafalgar is a coral that takes its name from the flamboyant dresses that the couturier would send out as a flash of colour to act like a gunshot, shaking up the rhythm of a show containing more than 140 designs.

Left to right: Rouge Dior in 999, Darling, Trafalgar, and Grége 1947

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and the iconic Rouge Dior 999 with the famous Dior imprint:

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Launching four new alluring shades of Dior Vernis with this launch, these shades work in perfect harmony with the new star shades of Rouge Dior. Three of the shades match their Rouge Dior counterparts (Trafalgar, Darling, 999), while one Dior Vernis shade fully deserves to stand alone (and stand out): Dior Vernis in Nuit 1947, a deep, blackened cherry in a cream-jelly hybrid formula with blinding shine.

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Reviews coming shortly!

The four newly re-launched Rouge Dior shades and four new Dior Vernis colours will be available October 2013 at Dior counters nationwide. For more information, head to Dior.com!

Shimmering lights of silvery pink and brocade prune: these two shades propel nail lacquers into a new dimension, for a half-shadow, half-light aesthetic that is always stylish.

As the shades in Dior’s Fall 2013 campaign, Mystic Metallics, reflect the mysterious colours of the galaxy, the three new shades of Dior Vernis truly play on this half-shadow and half-light dance. From the shadowy blue of Dior’s Mystic Magnetic polish (see it here) to the soft incandescence of Destin (382) and the magical depth of Galaxie (992), you will be easily transported to the stars.

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Dior Vernis Destin is described as a silvery pink, which is how it truly appears in the bottle (see above), but once applied, ranges from a pink-tinted greige to a neutral taupe with a silvery ribbon of shimmer. It is the perfect neutral, dare I say, and would be flattering for most skintones. Application and formula were a dream. The Dior Vernis brush is slightly rounded, making it easy to use and applying just the right amount of polish. Destin dried to a beautiful high shine, in great time. I used two coats over base coat for these photos.

Behold the cool sheen of Destin in the shade:

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Dior Vernis Galaxie, a brocade prune with a blue-red shimmer, is the perfect counterpart to Destin… deep, mysterious, and also extremely flattering. The barely-there shimmer is most noticeable in direct light, otherwise lending depth to the polish, much like the stars do for the galaxy. The formula was even dreamier than Destin’s – it was almost a one-coater with its perfect coverage. I used two coats over base coat.

Be mesmerized by Galaxie’s depth in the shade:

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In sunlight:

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Both shades would categorize as “office-appropriate,” and with formulas like these, I would venture to say they are must-haves.

These Mystic Metallics Dior Vernis shades are now available at Dior counters! For more information, head to Dior.com!

~xo

 

 

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

In my Dior Mystic Metallics preview, I held back the most hypnotizing Dior polish yet: Dior Vernis Mystic Magnetics! As far as I know, this is the first magnetic polish in Dior’s beautiful lineup of polishes, and it does not disappoint!

The shade is titled 802, and is described as a shadowy blue lacquer. I would describe it as more of a metallic steel-blue-green shade that leans very grey, depending on the light, and is truly mesmerizing. Even more so when magnetized! You can see the bottle shot below, far left, with the magnet in front of the polish:

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I used two coats over base coat for the photos below. Like most magnetic polishes, the directions are to apply the first coat, let dry, and apply the second coat one nail at a time and magnetize. To get the best effect, immediately after applying the second coat, hold the magnet very close to the nail for up to two min to get the strongest effect. Word of warning: I did get too close and even though the magnet did not touch my nail, the magnet pulled up the polish to the magnet… I had to start again.

I love the effect – it’s subtle and classic. And the colour once magnetized is even dreamier!

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And of course, a macro shot so you can see the slight holographic effect:

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Is this not gorgeous? It screams fall to me, and I absolutely cannot wait to wear it again!

Dior Vernis Mystic Magnetics is Limited Edition and will not be available at Sephora, so run to your nearest Dior counter before it sells out! For more information, head to Dior.com!

~xo

 

 

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

 

Although it’s not the official start of fall, today marks the start of a new school year and brings with it… well, the unofficial end to summer. It seems like this summer barely arrived and it’s already gone, but at the same time, I’m excited for fall’s fashions and beauty arrivals!

Today I bring you a preview of Dior’s gorgeous Mystic Metallics collection for Fall 2013!

Inspired by a lucky star that Monsieur Dior stepped on one evening in April 1946 that led to his opening his own House the following day, the Mystic Metallics reflect like this star in the Dior galaxy. The radiance of a stone, the magic of iridescence, and the intensity of a metallic hue. Eyes are dressed in shadow and light, whilst nails defy every colour in the spectrum. Prepare to be transcended by the mysterious colours of the galaxy in Dior’s fall collection.

The 5 Couleurs Mystic Metallics eyeshadow palette shimmers with metallic shades and reflections in blue-greens and browns in the Bonne Étoile set, aubergines and gold in the Constellation palette.  Starting with the luxurious case with a hidden CD emblem, which comes with its own protective sleeve, the 5 Couleurs set is the epitome of Christian Dior’s lucky charm. Each eyeshadow colour is embossed with a gorgeous star motif. The Bonne Étoile palette is Limited Edition and will not be offered at Sephora ($61 Cdn).

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The Diorshow Fusion Mono eyeshadows  ($31 each) recreate the depth and contrast of a catwalk look. an unprecedented, rounded, gel-mousse texture weightlessly illuminates the eye with multi-faceted, long-lasting colour. Eyes dress up in the dazzle of black diamonds, of amber or even the moon. Eight shades with intense shimmer and a powerful emotional charge.

Use two application techniques for two different looks:

Soft Fusion: applied with fingertips, the eyeshadow blends into the skin to create a light veil of colour and a subtly shimmering result.
Bold Fusion: applied using the smudging applicator that is included in each Fusion Mono shadow, the finish is intensified to reveal pure and extreme colour.
Tip from the pros: lightly wet the shadow for an extreme metallic effect with a dramatic lamé finish.

Here are four of the eight Fusion Mono shadows:

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Dior has created four new shades of Dior Addict Extreme lipcolour to go with the Mystic Metallics collection. From poetic rosewood to dramatic purple, colour is bewitching.

In harmony with the Dior Addict Extreme lipstick shades, the four new Dior Addict Gloss references capture light and accessorize the lips. Perfectly coordinated to be worn over Dior Addict Extreme or on their own.

See two of each of the Dior Addict shades here:

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Rounding out the collection are the Dior Vernis Mystic Magnetics ($27 Cdn and LE, not available at Sephora) in a shadowy blue lacquer, and Dior Vernis ($25 Cdn) in Destin (382) a silvery pink, and Galaxie (992), a brocade prune. (See Destin and Galaxie above.)

Finally, Diorshow Blackout mascara will be released in its new tube and with a new XL brush to finish the intense and mysterious collection ($31 Cdn).

I had a chance to test Dior Addict Extreme in Gri-Gri (546), a nude pink creme. The formula is rich and applies with buttery softness, finishing in a soft shine. Gri-Gri is a perfect nude lip to contrast the rich, metallic shadows of this collection.

This shade is a Limited Edition and will not be available at Sephora ($32 Cdn).

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The perfect complement to Gri-Gri is Dior Addict Gloss in Charm (364). An ultra-high shine gloss with a hint of the same nude rosy colour above, it applies with a small brush applicator which I LOVE and love to use. Here is Charm worn over Gri-Gri:

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This shade is also Limited Edition and will not be available at Sephora ($31 Cdn).

Even with my tan, I found the nude shades to be highly wearable and flattering. Whether going for a smoky eye/nude lip look or an overall soft look, both these shades will be added to my go-to arsenal!

This collection is available now at Dior counters. For more information, head to Dior.com!

Will you be picking up any of the Mystic Metallics this fall?

~xo

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

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