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Hello all and Happy New Year to those of you that have already welcomed 2014!! For the rest of us, I can’t believe another year has come to an end, bringing me to almost two full years of blogging and obsessing over nail polish, makeup, and other beauty products. (That is a lot of obsession!) It was also a year that brought me my own polish shade – more on that below.

To wrap up the year, I thought I would bring you some of my favourites from 2013. (Polishes in part 1, some of the other favourites will be in part 2 as this will be a picture-heavy post.)

How can I have a “favourites” list and not include my go-to nude/white alternative, OPI’s My Vampire is Buff? MVIB has quickly become a cult favourite, at least in the nail polish community, as many of us not only wear this beautiful bisque shade alone, but love to use it for nail art.

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And speaking of nail art, this was the year I ventured into the somewhat terrifying “nail art” territory, and found that I can actually nail (sorry, couldn’t resist) some cute looks!  Though hard to narrow down, my Top Ten Faves include MVIB and Essie The Girls are Out

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MVIB with Zoya’s Josie….

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…can’t leave out the Euro Centrale dotticure I tried (I love the entire Euro Centrale collection!)…

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…a cute jelly sandwich using Nicole by OPI and OPI’s Funny Bunny that even Nicole by OPI loved!  (you must know I simply adore jelly sandwiches!)…

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…another NOPI, two actually, together for an alternative French mani (also seen here on this Must Follow Canadian Nail Bloggers article!)…

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…some snow nail art with Zoya’s PixieDust Sunshine

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…a glitter gradient (my easy go-to nail art) using piCture pOlish’s Blogger over OPI’s Eurso Euro

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…my first foray into leopard spots using the stunning Zoya Cashmeres & Satins collections…

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…my entry into the NOPI and Prom Canada Prom Nail Art challenge

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…and last but not least, my spring gradient using Dior’s brand new Dior Vernis Bouquet!

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This was really hard to narrow down, as I have really LOVED many polish shades this year, but here are nine more of my favourite shades this year, including the amazing Selena from Nicole by OPI

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…these looks are actually two polishes: Ozotic Beam 907 over Nubar’s Jaded, both spectacular alone and even more together…

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…the gorgeous Rare Bear from Colors by Llarowe, a brand launched only this year but hugely successful…

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…as well as Smooth Criminal from CbL...

…OPI’s Neon mini-set was spectacular, especially Pink Outside the Box!! (still hoping for a full-size, OPI) 😉 ….

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…a bright but wearable, gorgeous orange from Zoya, Thandie

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…the incredible Pink of Hearts duo from OPI (for an amazing cause – Breast Cancer Awareness!)…

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…Dior’s entry into magnetic polishes, Dior Vernis Mystic Magnetics was a glamorous take on magnetics (see some of my other Dior Vernis favourites here and here)….

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…and OPI’s Ski Slope Sweetie, a huge LOVE for me…

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…and my favourite polish, as well as a huge accomplishment for me as a blogger, my very own piCture pOlish collaboration shade, Bewitch!! (Thanks to the amazing girls at piCture pOlish!)

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Thanks for reading my second Favourites list! Hope you enjoyed this, and look for part 2, which will include some non-polish favourites!

Happy New Year!!!

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Yesterday I shared with you Dior’s Trianon collection for Spring 2014, a collection of beautiful pastel shades with bright pops of colour. Although quite chilly in Toronto, today’s beautiful sunny day inspired me to reach for the coral, peach Dior Vernis in Bouquet… and what better way to add some pop to your life than with a gradient?

Here is the gorgeous Bouquet sponged over OPI’s My Vampire is Buff, my go-to base for nail art (and the perfect shade if you don’t love white):

Dior_Vernis S14 BouquetGradientHow absolutely pretty is Bouquet?

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Don’t forget to check out Dior Vernis in Porcelaine and Perle in yesterday’s post, if you missed it!

I absolutely cannot wait to wear the Dior Vernis Trianon shades – the colours are pure perfection and make me think of sunny days ahead. Dior Vernis has quickly become a favourite in terms of colour choices, wear and durability, and that shine is amazing! All four new shades are available in limited release beginning in mid-January.

 

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

What do you think of my summery gradient? 🙂

~xo

 

 

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

 

Continuing on in with its Versailles-inspired looks, this time from the 18th century Petite Trianon of Marie-Antoinette, Dior brings us the Trianon Collection for Spring 2014.

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She is fascinating… possessing a porcelain complexion. And on her cheeks, a burst of blush catches the light, proclaiming the radiance of her face. For Spring 2014, pop shades are refreshed by the delicacy of porcelain whites and powdery pastels for a fresh, edgy look.

 

Rosy cheeks are sculpted with panache with Diorblush Trianon Edition in Corail Bagatelle (763), a beautiful and universally flattering coral shade. Limited edition, $44 Cdn.

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Eye shadows are matte with a dense finish. The new Diorshow Fusion Mono Matte blends into the skin for seamless application, leaving an ultra-matte finish. Subtly powdery and graced with monochromatic intensity, eyes defy fashion in beige (Songe), pink (Fantaisie), chocolate (Mirage), mauve (Céleste – limited edition), and black (Nocturne), with two finishes:
Blend in with fingertips for soft fusion, or apply using the included brush applicator for intense fusion, a more extreme pigmented look. Available mid-January, $32 Cdn.

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Blend a halo of colour around the eye. Bet on monochrome or play with clashing harmonies. Blend sugared-almond pink, baby blue and golden pale yellow… be audacious. Adorned with the emblematic bow, a beaded ribbon and the Dior signature, the spring, limited edition of the 5 Couleur palette take a delightful dive into the world of the Petit Trianon. This gorgeous retro palette, almost too pretty to use!, will be available in limited release, $62 Cdn.

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Radiant and resolutely contemporary with blushing cheeks and pastel eyelids, Rouge Dior in coral, Rose Crinoline and pure fuchsia, Allégresse, play up the curves of femininity with bold lips. Both limited edition, $36 Cdn.

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The concentrated shine of Dior Addict Gloss is decorated in pastel shades of Pétillante peach and Exquise pink. A concentrate of sweetness gives the face an angelic aura in tonal complement to the season’s Rouge Dior shades. Limited edition, $31 Cdn.

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A play on texture inspired by the porcelain and china of the 18th century, the Dior Vernis Trianon Edition nail lacquer looks matte on application before revealing a completely new pearl-frost effect. Out in the garden, Dior explores the seasonal floral hues of cornflower in Porcelaine, soft peach (Bouquet), and pure fuchsia (Bloom). All limited edition, $26 Cdn.

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Here is a first look at Dior Vernis in Porcelaine, with two coats applied:

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It is truly a gorgeous cornflower blue. I added a touch of Dior Vernis in Perle to the ring finger. Look at the gorgeous matte, pearlized finish:

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And with top coat, Perle is lit from within, evoking a shiny and soft iridescence:

Dior_Vernis S14 Porcelaine PerleI cannot wait to try Perle over Bloom or dark, vampy shades!

 

All Dior Trianon makeup will be available mid-January.

 

In addition to the limited edition makeup, Dior releases four new additions to their Extreme Backstage professional line-up. The new Pore Minimizer is a perfecting, matifying base that diminishes pores and creates a matte effect upon application, refining skin texture and smoothing fine lines. Its filler spheres combined with soft-focus pigments even out the complexion and erase imperfections invisibly and weightlessly, leading to perfect-looking skin even in close-up.

Tips: Apply all over to hydrated skin, starting at centre of face and blending outwards and upwards with fingertips. Pore Minimizer can be used alone or under foundation for optimal application and hold.
Touch up during the day to matify and diminish pores by patting gently onto required areas then blending with fingertips.

Glow Maximizer radiance booster provides skin an infusion of light without shine or iridescence. Inspired by studio reflectors, its imperceptible texture contains microscopic mirrors to instantly illuminate the face, sculpting features and correcting colour imperfections. Dark shadows fade, and the complexion looks as radiant as under studio lighting.

Tips: As a booster: mix a pea-sized quantity with foundation and apply a light layer to well-hydrated skin, blending outwards and upwards.
To sculpt the face: pat gently over makeup onto the desired light-catching areas such as the forehead, bridge of nose, brow bone and cheekbones.

Both Dior Pore Minimizer and Glow Maximizer will be available at Sephora January 17th, everywhere on January 30th, 2014. $42 Cdn each.

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For the eyes, Dior makes professional perfection accessible to every woman with the introduction of its new eye primer Backstage Eye Prime. Its secret is a weightless volatile oil that once applied, evaporates to fix the makeup. Using pigments from foundation technologies, the eye primer unifies and corrects the lid complexion for a perfect eye makeup base. Throughout the day, the primer prevents eyeshadow from creasing, keeping colour even and true all day long. Dior Backstage Eye Prime will be available at Sephora January 17th, everywhere on January 30th, 2014. $30 Cdn each.

This was the first of the new products I had to test, and I must say, I am impressed. Eye Prime applies like a concealer-type cream, immediately drying to a powder-like finish. I have tried wearing it as a base to powder eye shadow as well as smudged kohl-type liner/shadows, and true to its promise, no creasing and no wearing off of my eye makeup. There are very few eye primers that have held up to my standards – in fact, I have relied on only one product thus far – but Dior’s eye primer is truly ‘backstage’ material.

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Finally, Dior introduces a new variation of its iconic Lip Glow: a coral edition! An exclusive for the Trianon collection, the universal lip balm imprints a flash of sunlight on your lips, heightening their natural colour. $35 Cdn, available mid-January.

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

What product are you most excited about? What do you think of thew new matte Dior Vernis in Perle or the new Lip Glow in Coral?

~xo

 

 

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

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):

Dior_DiorificVernis_Marilyn2and in direct sunlight:

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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:

999

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!

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