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I’ve had an amazing run with concealer lately, loving the last few new concealers I’ve tried (to the point of getting multiples!). When Urban Decay announced they were releasing All Nighter Waterproof Full-Coverage Concealer, inspired by their cult favourite All Nighter Liquid Foundation, I knew I wanted to try it. I have never tried their All Nighter Foundation, so I don’t necessarily have that to compare it to, but waterproof, 24 hour wear to last through all the troublemaking a night can bring?? Providing matte coverage that lasts all day and night?? Get me a tube of All Nighter Concealer!

UD promises that All Nighter Concealer is ultra-pigmented and blendable, drying to a matte, stay-put finish that not only controls shine but also hides dark circles. It even promises to cover tattoos! The formula features light-diffusing pigments to blur flaws with a soft-focus effect, without settling into fine lines. Urban Decay recommends pairing All Nighter Concealer with their All Nighter Liquid Foundation or Naked Skin Liquid Makeup for high coverage as needed. And to make sure everyone can enjoy All Nighter Concealer, it comes in 14 shades that range from pale to deep.

Urban Decay’s recommended application: there is no need to build up coverage, instead, apply a very small amount of product, after foundation, and tap, tap, tap it into skin with either a finger or a brush.

So, just how did it fare?

First off, can we talk about the tube? What a beautiful (and beautiful-to-photograph!!), intricate metal-effect bottle! (I’m partial to all of UD’s gunmetal packaging, though…) The concealer has an angled paddle wand applicator within its cap, and because of that, travels nicely. That always gets bonus points from me. The wand applicator provides a generous amount of product, which is amazing for large areas. I found that I could dab on a drop of product, then pat it out to cover the area I was working on. All Nighter really is pigmented, so a little goes a long way.

Let’s talk about the finish. The product seems to dry quickly, which made me slightly nervous the first time I used it. I quickly realized though that I was still able to blend All Nighter without issue, and without leaving behind telltale outlines of heavy concealer. It is a matte-finish product, and will dry and set if you don’t work quickly, but not so quick that I had difficulty finishing my coverage. With it being matte, I was also concerned about it settling into my fine lines (let’s face it, I’m not 20, not matter what *I* think! lol). I’ve had challenges with heavy concealers in the past and have mostly stayed away from anything overly drying.  I found All Nighter finishes looking dry, but not cakey, and though there was some slight settling, it did not cake deeply into lines or crows feet. (I used it both alone and over foundation, and added a dab of eye cream when I patted it under my eyes. I found the eye cream helps to make the product even more blendable – a nice touch for the delicate eye area!) All Nighter is also excellent as a base for your eyeshadow; my eye makeup did not budge until I washed it off!

Urban Decay recommends choosing your shade by testing the product on skin, letting it dry completely to see the true colour, and going with the lighter shade if you’re in between two colours. Here are the 14 shades:

I will say that the product dries a touch darker than in the bottle, and I personally found some of the gaps between shades a little large. For example, the jump from Fair or even Light Warm to Light-Neutral was at least a couple of shades, while Light-Warm is a steadier climb. With my slightly tan olive skin tone I could go between Light Warm or Med-Light Neutral. What I love to do is use two shades of concealer for different parts of my face; for example, while going maybe half a shade lighter under the eyes, I like a full shade lighter for my eyelid, and true-to-skintone on my face. With two tubes, I can achieve multiple hues for all my coverage needs. All Nighter Concealer blends out so nicely at its edges that you can even skip foundation, and just apply concealer where you need it (as I often do on ‘low-makeup’ days).  And the wear was amazing for me. It stayed right where I applied it, did not budge, kept my eyeshadow from creasing or fading, and came off beautifully when it was time to wash my makeup off at night. I used both an oil-to-milk cleanser (seen here) as well as a face wash; both times the makeup came off beautifully.

The one thing I did not test was All Nighter’s waterproof coverage, but I can promise you  that based on its wear so far, I’ll be taking it on my next vacation!

Available now wherever Urban Decay is sold, including Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart and Urban Decay ($35 Cdn).

What’s your favourite Urban Decay foundation or concealer?

~xo

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Vita Liberata is the current go-to brand for all things safe tan (read: self-tan). I’ve been obsessing over this brand since discovering their Trystal Minerals Self-Tanning loose powder (which I must restock!), and more recently, their incredible Ten Minute Tan and Body Blur – both reviewed here. Ten Minute Tan launched early last year and really delivers what it promises, a medium-coloured tan in 10 minutes. (Read my review for more!)

Today I wanted to tell you about the Trystal Pressed Minerals Powder, a gorgeous bronzer that you can take with you wherever you go. Described as a super-sheer face colour that applies and settles like skin, this on-the-go matte bronzer can be used to contour the face or as an all-over bronzer. Much like its sister loose powder, when used over a moisturizer or foundation, the organic DHA within the powder activates and will lead to a subtle tan that will last up to five days.

I’ve already shared that I love the loose powder version of Vita Liberata’s Trystal Minerals, and this Pressed Powder does not disappoint. The pressed powder provides a slightly more controlled application than a loose powder, with less opportunity for the powder to fall/waste. With a couple of swipes with a kabuki brush, it easily builds up to provide the desired bronzed look, or, with a stiffer brush, the desired contoured look. I love pressed powders due to the fact that they travel much easier than loose powders, and I love that the quality of this powder is very similar to its loose version. It applies smoothly, without streaking, for a gorgeous golden glow – without sparkle for those of you looking for a matte bronze! And what’s better than a bronzer that, with continued use, will leave you with a hint of a tan? Amazing side-effect if you ask me!

Trystal Pressed Minerals swatched on my arm (left) & blended out slightly (right)

And now for the giveaway! 

I’ve partnered with Vita Liberata to bring you the chance to win some of my favourite products from them! One winner will receive: One Ten Minute Tan, one Body Blur, and one Trystal Pressed Powder! Prize value is approximately $150.

How to enter: Leave a comment on this blog post telling me your favourite way to self-tan!
Additional chance to win! Head over to my Instagram page and find the Vita Liberata contest post, and follow the directions there!

Contest rules: Contest open to Canadian residents (sorry international friends. Though if you have a Canadian address, you can enter), 13 years of age or older. Contest ends on March 4, 2018 at 11:59 pm ET. All entries will be verified. Winner will be announced on my Instagram stories on Monday, March 5, 2018 and will have 48 hours to claim their prize!

Vita Liberata luxury at-home tanning solutions are available exclusively at Sephora stores and at sephora.ca. Learn more about Vita Liberata at VitaLiberataCanada.com!

So what’s your favourite way to self-tan?

~xo

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

It seemed appropriate to welcome fall this year with this review of Dior’s latest collection for Fall 2017, Metallics. Presenting a story of contrasts, the attraction of opposites, the alchemy of contradictory effects…

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Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director for Dior Makeup, explores the possibilities of a season with opulent colours and rich textures, producing a clash of vibrant metallics and muted mattes. This autumnal palette electrified by the glint of metal forms a beauty manifesto for women who are strong yet fragile, sensual yet subversive, almost insolent, but always sophisticated. A chic and multifaceted personality, who dares to wear colour and knows how to play with effects to forge a personal, confident look.

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New this season is the latest hybrid product from the House of Dior, Metalizer Eyes & Lips. This little tube with a nozzle houses metal-effect pigments in an ultra-creamy, quick-drying texture that can be used both on your lids and your lips. It can be applied with the finger to leave a light veil of colour with chrome effect (read: shiny, reflective metal look!) on the eyelids, or applied with a brush to intensify this for a bolder finish. It can also be applied all over the lips as a lip colour, or softly over lipstick to play with contrasts. Available in five screaming metal shades; shown are 528, 548, and 678:

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Although not brand-new in its category, I loved the Dior Metalizer simply for its effect and gorgeous shade selection. I adore gleaming metal lids, going back to my love affair with Dior Fusion Mono in 2013, and now love the ability to add this effect to your lips and complexion as well.  And just look at that shimmer in 678 Bronze Tension!

Dior’s iconic 5 Couleurs Eyeshadow palette boasts new formulas that glide beautifully on the skin, launched this fall in two smoky harmonies each containing matte, satin, glitter and shiny effects:

  • 007 Hypnotize features warm brown, gold and chocolate tones around an exuberant brick shade
  • 677 Magnetize starts from an almost frosted grey to explore a cooler scheme ranging from platinum and silver to fiery charcoal.
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677 Hypnotize

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Below you can see swatches of each palette, and each is absolutely gorgeous! I love that there is both a warm smoky palette in Hypnotize, and a cooler, more neutral-hued, true smoky palette in Magnetize. The shades are gorgeous, and apply like butter. I love that there are both matte and shiny options in each palette, as well as a bronze/golden hue. The one negative I found was the golden shade in Hypnotize: while it looks vibrant and deep in the palette, the shadow did lack some intensity upon application (second from left in the first swatch photo below). The remaining shades were perfect, deep, and beautiful. These are both stunning eyeshadow palettes in a fairly small size – definite must-haves if you don’t own a smoky palette like these!

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To add a finishing touch to the eyes, Diorshow Bold Brow Mascara is enriched with microfibers to achieve a lush, full brow shape. Available in three ash tones for a natural effect: 011 Light, 021 Medium and 002 Dark.

Dior also enriched its line with the addition of three new Diorshow Brow Styler pencils this fall: 021 Chestnut, 003 Auburn and 004 Black.

For its signature smile, Peter Philips designed five new Rouge Dior shades for fall to combine the opulent hues and metallic effects on the eyes, face and nail.

  • Sensual Matte, a pretty, irreverent beige
  • Hypnotic Matte, a fervent ultra-feminine rosewood
  • Eccentric, a rosy brown with strong sex appeal
  • Enigmatic, a mysterious wine-red
  • and finally, the iconic 999 with a metallic effect called simply, 999 Metallic.

Paired with matching shades of Rouge Dior, the Dior Contour pencil completes the look in 169 Grège, 223 Beige Lumière, 593 Brown Fig, 948 Enigmatic Matte, 758 Sophisticated Matte.

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Shown: 426 Sensual Matte, 481 Hypnotic Matte, 781 Enigmatic & 948 Enigmatic Matte Dior Contour Pencil

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I am absolutely obsessed with matte lipsticks, no matter the season, and I knew when I saw these that I would wear them immediately! The two nude Rouge Diors I received are absolute perfection – see swatches both above and below. Enigmatic, though not a matte, is a total fall colour, absolutely gorgeous, and I was lucky enough to test it out with the matching Lipliner Pencil (see below). Out of the three I tested, Enigmatic was the most moisturizing with a hint of shine (as expected), while both Mattes were still beautiful, not at all drying, and applied like a dream! See all my swatches below – what is your favourite colour?

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426 Sensual Matte

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481 Hypnotic Matte

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781 Rouge Dior Enigmatic shown with Enigmatic Matte Contour Pencil

 

All of Dior’s Metallics Collection for Fall 2017 is now available at Dior counters nationwide and online including at TheBay.comSephora and Holt Renfrew.

Which one of these is your favourite Dior Fall Metallics item?

~xo

 

 

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With summer coming to an unfortunate end for us sun and summer lovers, there is no better time than the present to talk about Vita Liberata, the most recent tanning it-brand. Earlier this year, Vita Liberata launched Ten Minute Tan, their answer to tanning in no time. VL calls this “the world’s fastest tanner;” it will provide a natural, medium tanned colour in just 10 minutes. Organic and super-charged with anti-aging ingredients such Matrixyl 3000 and Rosehip which work together to promote collagen production, this hydrating lotion cares for your skin as it tans.

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Too good to be true? I put it to the test.

Application is easy: apply generously to clean, exfoliated skin using the Vita Liberata mitt or your hands. Massage it in with long, circular movements. Wash palms immediately after application. Wait 10 minutes, or, for a deeper tan, wait 15 – 20 minutes. Rinse in the shower, gently pat dry. Et voila! The tan will develop over the next 6 – 8 hours.

I’ve tried other self-tanners in the past and while some will provide a nice tan, many can be streaky or difficult to apply. Or, there is the difficulty of applying the product, letting it dry enough so that one can get dressed, then dealing with the awful scent of the self-tanner. VL Ten Minute Tan eliminates these issues by allowing you to apply it, wait 10 (or more) minutes, then rinsing it off!! No more worrying about ruining clothing with self-tanner stains because once you’ve showered, you can get dressed as you normally would. Amazing! And while there is a faint scent that does linger, especially as the product deepens over the next few hours, it is subtle and completely bearable.

With my olive-toned skin, I have tried leaving the product on for different increments of time and found that the best duration for me was approximately 15 or 20 minutes before rinsing for a natural, deep result. I also loved the way my skin felt moisturized and had a beautiful glow. I cannot wait to use this throughout the winter months to keep my summer glow!!

(Note: I am not including swatch photos as with my summer glow, the photos just would not show the depth of my Vita Liberata tan. I’ll post photos on my Insta when I’m paler.)

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In addition to glowing, tanned skin, Vita Liberata also has a best-selling HD finish skin all-over makeup, Body Blur. According to Alyson Hogg, Vita Liberata’s founder, Body Blur is an instant body makeup that gives the most flawless skin finish and reduces the appearance of imperfections like cellulite and spider veins. It’s like wearing luxury sheer stockings! Launched with two new additional shades this past spring, Body Blur perfects the skin not only by masking blemishes, but also by adding a beautiful glow to the skin. Key ingredients include aloe, shea butter and vitamin E.

As easy to apply as the Ten Minute Tan, apply sparingly by dotting on the skin, then blending in long circular movements.

I’ll be honest, when I first saw this product, I did not want to believe the hype. Body makeup products are not a new category, and though can look beautiful, the work involved is not usually worth it to me. Plus the product transference is a pain, not to mention, dangerous when you’re wearing a stunning outfit that you risk ruining with smudged makeup! Alas, I finally relented and tried VL Body Blur. And was I ever glad I did! Body Blur has become my go-to leg and arm beautifier, especially when we are looking pale and lacking that summer glow. You’ll see in my arm swatches below how beautifully finished your skin looks with Body Blur, adding both a blurring and subtle tan effect, while providing a light veil of coverage to hide flaws and veins. And I love the glow it imparts! I used the shade 001 Latte.

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Body Blur – shade

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Body Blur – sun

I will warn you that you should definitely allow a good 5 or 10 minutes for Body Blur to dry after application to avoid getting any product on your clothing. And even with that, I did find some slight smudges on my car seat from behind my knees, and along the inside hem of my dress. It was very little product transference, but definitely something to be aware of especially if you’ll be sitting on, say, a white leather sofa.

 

Vita Liberata luxury at-home tanning solutions are available exclusively at Sephora stores and at sephora.ca.

 

Have you had a chance to try a Vita Liberata product, and what were your thoughts?

~xo

 

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For this season, Dior has composed a new facet for Diorskin Forever foundation and goes even further in long-wear complexion perfection, fulfilling women’s expectations in terms of texture and skin finish, from the most luminous, to extreme matte.

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According to Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director for Dior Makeup, correction, wear, colour and matteness are the essential foundations of all perfecting makeup. 

With the Perfect Makeup Extreme Control Compact, Dior creates an extra-matte complexion that stays vibrant and shine-free from morning to night, even in extreme conditions. Containing Smart Blotting Powders ™, a mesh of incredibly fine mattifying mineral powders, this compact promises to bend seamlessly with the skin, deliver perfect matte correction with lightweight comfort. Available in 12 shades. ($70 Cdn)

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My thoughts: Usually preferring compact/pressed powder foundations for on-the-go, I was super-excited to try Dior’s new Forever compact! Having already tested the Diorskin Forever Fluid foundation, I had high expectations when starting to use this compact…

Not at all “foundation-like,” the Forever powder is extremely finely-milled, applying lightly and evenly. In areas where I wanted a little more coverage, I was able to build up the powder; however, in my opinion, it does not build up to a cakey or 100% opacity finish. I found the powder to blend and almost disappear into your skin, providing a soft, blurred finish to the skin. I used this powder over Diorskin Forever Undercover concealer, and it provided the perfect amount of coverage. I did not feel like I was wearing anything throughout the day, and found myself touching up my t-zone only once to return it to a matte finish.

Pros for me:

  • lightweight compact, easy to travel with
  • matte, blurry finish to the skin
  • seamless and great finish even over Forever Fluid foundation or Undercover Concealer
  • beautiful-feeling soft powder

Cons:

  • definitely not heavy coverage, if that’s what you’re seeking
  • lightly-scented, for anyone averse to scent
  • on the expensive side

See below for swatches.

 

As a finishing touch that leaves no room for unexpectedly jeopardizing the perfect complexion, Diorskin Forever Undercover Concealer adds indispensable correction. Promising to provide instant camouflage for imperfections, water resistance and 8-hour wear, this highly-concentrated concealer was designed to adapt to all Forever foundations. It can be used after the Fluid or the Cushion, applied locally to imperfections or as a genius contouring concealer to add highlight or sculpt. Available in 10 shades that cover the full range of skin tones. ($42 Cdn)

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My thoughts on this concealer:

I thought that Dior’s FixIt 2-in-1 Prime & Conceal was my favourite concealer from Dior until Diorskin Forever Undercover came along. This concealer is magic! Where do I start… application with the wand is easy to control, even for the smallest of corrections. The product applies in a cream, and blends beautifully based on the amount of coverage you are seeking. When I was looking for heavier correction in an area, I would pat rather than spread the product, or reapply a dot of concealer. This concealer also dries on the quicker side, then sets and does not budge. In addition to concealing and correcting, I used it as a base on my eyelids, and my eyeshadow stayed put for the entire day without a single crease. In my swatches below you can see how nearly invisible the product is when blended out, even when the colour is too light for my skin (see 021 Linen). I have absolutely nothing negative to say about this product – I love it!!

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Promising a luminous matte finish for 16 hours, Diorskin Forever Perfect Makeup Everlasting Wear Foundation brings with it flawless correction and comfort for all-day wear. Throughout the day, the complexion remains smooth and the skin is more beautiful. The non-oily emulsion provides SPF 35 coverage to not only correct the skin, but protect it from the harmful elements of UVA/UVB rays. Available in 24 shades. ($64 Cdn)

 

My thoughts?

I have used quite a few Dior foundations over the years, and have loved both Diorskin Airflash and Dior Capture Totale Serum de Teint. While each of those have their perfecting qualities, Diorskin Forever Fluid Foundation is IT if you’re looking for a matte, but non-drying finish. Applying and blending easily, this foundation is very buildable so I start lightly then add to areas that may need more coverage. Like its concealer sibling, the foundation dries to a beautiful finish, almost not needing the usual dusting of powder because it dries matte. The foundation has lasted all day for me, without feeling gross or cakey as foundations sometimes can… the only thing I will say is that I did touch up my t-zone once or twice with the Forever compact on hot, humid days. Overall, I definitely recommend this foundation and hope you love it as much as me!

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Also available is the Diorskin Forever & Ever Wear Primer ($60 Cdn).

 

Diorskin Forever is now available at Dior Counters nationwide, including at TheBay.comSephora and Holt Renfrew.

What is your favourite Dior foundation and concealer?

~xo

 

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Today I learned that it has been two whole years since the launch of the last Urban Decay Naked Palette — the beautiful Naked Smoky filled with sultry shadows to create that gorgeous smoky eye. Who knew!

UD changed all that today with the news that they have launched a fifth Urban Decay Naked palette, the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette! “I’ve never been able to say this about a Naked palette, but this is the first Naked palette that satisfies both my need for neutrals and my craving for rich, sexy color,” UD founder Wende Zomnir told Allure. While UD calls it an “auburn-inspired, warm, steamy, sultry set of colors,” Glamour calls it ‘a trend lover’s late-summer dream. Naked Heat is filled with twelve new shadows that range from a pink-toned nude to coppery brown, with shades of brick in between. Each shade mimics a hot night on the beach and the changing leaves in autumn—and the colours fall right in line with the rusty reds and maroons that have been popping up on celebrities and Insta feeds. Subtle and sexy…’

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The 12 shades are:

  • Ounce: a satin champagne
  • Chaser: a nude clay
  • Sauced: a warm taupe
  • Low Blow: a toasted almond
  • Lumbre: a burnt rose gold
  • He Devil: a spicy paprika
  • Dirty Talk: a fiery gold
  • Scorched: a shimmering rust
  • Cayenne: a baked brick
  • En Fuego: a charred red
  • Ashes: a deep oxblood
  • Ember: a blackened copper

 

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And not only is Urban Decay launching this scorching hot summer palette, they are launching a limited-edition mini Heat collection, too. The collection will include three new Vice Lipsticks: Fuel (a warm, peachy nude), Heat (a metallic rust), and Scorched (a shimmering copper), as well as two new 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils: Alkaline (a deep burgundy) and Torch (a burnt cayenne).

The UD Naked Heat Palette will be available for an exclusive pre-sale on urbandecay.com for UD Beauty Junkies, and officially launch on June 30th! It will be available on sephora.com on July 10th, and in-stores on July 13th! 

With the incredible and cult-like recent success of similar warm-toned, rusty palettes like Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette and the Natasha Denona Sunset Eyeshadow Palette, both of which sold out in the blink of an eye, you must be feeling the heat. (I know I am!) Are you lining up to get your hands on this beauty?

~xo

 

Sources: Glamour and Allure

Today Dior shares some very exciting news!!

The House of Dior is delighted to announce Bella Hadid as the face of Dior Makeup!

Bella Hadid joins Natalie Portman and Jennifer Lawrence to become one of the iconic faces of Dior Makeup.

To inaugurate this new role, she lends her iconic beauty and her digital influence aura to the brand-new Diorshow Pump & Volume mascara created by Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director for Dior Makeup.

Inspired by the electrifying backstage atmosphere, this volumizing mascara gives her emerald eyes a touch of audacity and extravagance. This cutting edge creation delivers a precise dose of its unique formula to the brush with a simple squeeze.

Spectacular XXL lashes for beauty in tune with its time and with fashion!

 

Who else is loving this gorgeous look on Bella Hadid? I also cannot wait to try Diorshow Pump & Volume mascara!

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~xo

When you think of Urban Decay, you probably think of their incredible Naked Palettes, eyeshadow palettes that have become synonymous with “makeup must-have.” And imagine if one of the world’s coolest girls co-created a palette of her very own with this super-cool brand… Then you would have the Limited Edition UD | Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette, a collaboration collection of 15 shadows!

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A true creative partnership and design collaboration, and Urban Decay’s very first celeb-collab, Gwen spent countless hours chatting makeup with UD and was involved in every aspect of this palette, from the case to the final shades. Gwen wanted to create a palette of colours that she had always wished to have in her collection, finally settling on a large range of neutrals and a few jewel tones for pop… 12 of which are brand-new shades while three are from the UD shadow collection, making this Ms. Stefani’s very own go-to kit to achieve her own most iconic looks!

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Just look at this huge variety of neutral shadows — and in true Stefani style, Gwen threw in a metallic cool pink and metallic royal blue for the rockstar babe in you!

The 15 shades, many named after Gwen’s songs, are: Blonde – a pale beige w/pink iridescent shift, Bathwater – a pale beige w/gold pearl, Skimp – a pale nude satin, Steady – a medium rose w/metallic gold shift, Punk – a reddish brown matte, Baby – a beautiful cool metallic rose, Anaheim – a light taupe-brown matte, Stark – a nude-pink matte, Zone – a medium brown matte, Serious – a perfect smoky gray w/iridescent floating pearl, Pop – a pale coral w/iridescent sparkle, Harajuku – the metallic blue-pink w/iridescent micro-shimmer to throw you off the nudes you thought you were getting, Danger – a deep metallic royal blue w/blue micro-sparkle, 1987 – a bright metallic yellow-gold, and finally, Blackout – the blackest black matte must-have for every rockstar’s palette!

Below are the top two rows of the palette (unfortunately the lighting blended Stark into Anaheim three shades from the right — you can see it toward the lower right of the photo):

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And finally all 15 of the gorgeous shadows:

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I absolutely LOVE the metallic royal blue – bright but muted enough to be highly wearable. And that gold is so Gwen… subtle but buildable gold. Love!

All of these shadows were finely milled and super-pigmented, even the nudes. Application was silky and buttery, and I love that they can be built up very easily. Fallout was minimal, as I’ve come to expect from UD – unless you’re caking on your eyeshadow, you should not expect flaking! Even Serious and Blackout, the most pigmented of the mattes, will stay put and apply incredibly well – go crazy, Baby!

The only note I will make is that the three nude metallic shades are quite soft, and require only gentle pressure when swiping it with my shadow brush, otherwise you could get a bit of fallout on the shadow pan itself. And who wants to lose that much shadow! 😉

Here is another photo of the palette in artificial light:

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Another fun fact: Gwen and UD cofounder Wende first met back in the early days of both No Doubt and UD – UD was created right around the same time that Gwen hit the music scene.

And when UD says Gwen collaborated with us on every detail of this palette, we mean it—right down to the case, which was inspired by her love of black-and-white graphic prints and antique gold accents. She also handpicked most of the shade names, which were based on her songs. There’s even a nod to the No Doubt song “Magic’s in the Makeup” on the palette’s huge mirror. How cool is that? 🙂

 

Have you tried this beautiful eyeshadow palette yet, and which are your favourite shades?

Get your very own UD | Gwen Stefani Eyeshadow Palette now on UrbanDecay.ca, Sephora and Shoppers Drug Mart!

 

~xo

 

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Dior Glowing Gardens

“After women, flowers are the most divine creations,” said Monsieur Dior. Mr. Dior never ceased to reconstruct the poetry and magic of the original garden of Granville in his creations. Faithful to the love of Christian Dior for blossoming gardens, Peter Philips, Creative & Image Director for Dior Makeup, has created a ‘glow manifesto’ for the Dior Spring look. Elements of Mr. Dior’s magical Granville Garden flourish in this collection designed to create both graphic and natural looks that are at once radiant, luminous and bright. Floral and neutral shades blossom together in a fresh colour palette, balanced with deeper tones.

Dior Glowing Gardens Spring 2016

Peter Philips created three incarnations of Glowing Gardens palettes including two shades of 5-Couleurs, two shades of Diorskin Nude Air and one flattering shade of Diorblush, each imprinted with a floral pattern inspired by the beautiful gardens of Christian Dior’s childhood home in Granville. He also designed the brand-new Diorshow Colour & Contour eye duos, a two-sided pencil with a luminous, long-wearing eyeshadow on one end and an easy-glide eyeliner on the other.

Dior 5-Couleurs Glowing Gardens Eyeshadow Palettes

The two harmonies of 5-Couleurs Glowing Gardens palettes are:

Rose Garden #451 (top right in photo below) features shades of lilac, soft pink, vibrant yellow & crisp green
Blue Garden #031 (bottom left) features shades of peach, sky blue, blue iris and subtle Dior grey. $70 Cdn each.

I am absolutely blown away by the bright-yet-subdued shades selected for this collection, making them highly versatile and wearable. I absolutely LOVE the combo of green and yellow against the brown in Rose Garden, while I love the soft grey, peach and white of Blue Garden. And as if that were not enough, the Glowing Gardens motif is breathtaking. Zoom in for the stunning detail!

Dior Glowing Gardens 5 Couleurs

Diorshow Colour & Contour Eyeshadow & Eyeline Duo

This ingenious eyeshadow and liner duo creates an instant eye makeover in a few simple movements, for a quick contrasting eye look with a soft colour glow underlined by a graphic stroke. On one side a luminous silky and long-wearing eye shadow swaths the eyes in colour, while on the other side, an easy glide, pigment-rich long-wearing eyeliner sets the look. Available in shades of lilac, peach and flattering taupe, $40 Cdn each.

Diorskin Nude Air Glowing Gardens Illuminating Powder

Introducing two shades of Diorskin Nude Air Invisible compact powders, enhance with subtle shimmer for Spring 2016 to create two iridescent beige and rosy nude highlighters. The powders boast a weightless formula with sweet orange extract, vitamins and minerals to support a toned complexion. Glowing Pink #001 (below right), Glowing Nude #002 (below left), $64 Cdn each.

Glowing Pink has a subtle duochrome that makes it extremely wearable for a soft finish, while Glowing Nude provides a soft bronze highlight. The powders are so softly milled and apply like butter.

Diorskin Nude Air Glowing Gardens

Just look at this INTRICATE DETAIL! I absolutely LOVE the floral motif under the ‘nude’ insignia. These Illuminating Powders are almost too gorgeous to use:

Diorskin Nude Air Glowing Pink

Diorblush Glowing Gardens Vibrant Colour Powder Blush

Dior’s iconic blush imprinted with intricate florals for Spring 2016. The unique Diorblush formula allows for maximum colour expression with a texture that blends seamlessly with the skin, leaving nothing but a veil of pure weightless colour. Floral Pink #844

 

Dior Vernis Glowing Gardens Spring 2016 Shades

Two new shades of Dior’s bestselling gel-like nail lacquer enriched with organic silicon for extra-long wear and formulated without toluene, formaldehyde, phthalates or camphor. Bluette #301 and Lilac #491, $31 Cdn each.

Dior Glowing Gardens Dior Vernis

I knew right when I saw Bluette and Lilac that I wanted to do a gradient with them… but first, a nude and Lilac mani was needed. So I selected Dior Vernis in Lily (121) as my ivory base and created this gradient mani.

Dior Glowing Gardens Vernis Lilac Gradient

and is it not so candy-like? : )

Dior Vernis Lilac Gradient twist

Dior Addict Lip Glow Colour Reviver Balm

Dior Addict Lip Glow — the Dior Backstage must-have to enhance lips and bring out their natural colour. Formulated with Dior’s Colour Reviver Technology, SPF 10 and enriched with Wild Mango and Luffa Cylindrica to protect and moisturize. Wear alone as a lip balm or primer, or team with Dior lipstick or gloss for even more radiant results! Two permanent shades: Pink #001 or Coral #004, and a limited edition Spring shade: Lilac #005, $40 Cdn each.

 

I don’t even have words for my Lip Glow addiction. It’s an incredible balm or nude finisher if you don’t want to bother with lip products… and as the amazing Ricky Wilson, Dior Celebrity makeup artist extraordinaire, taught me, a softly blended pinkish liner like Dior’s Swan topped by Lip Glow results in the perfect rosy pout!

And now it’s here in limited edition Lilac, with a Lip Glow liner to boot. Run — don’t walk — to your nearest Dior counters!!

Dior Glowing Gardens Spring 2016 Collection is Limited Edition, and is now available at Dior Counters nationwide, including at The Bay.com, Sephora and Holt Renfrew.

Which of Dior Glowing Gardens pieces are you going to pick up?

 

~xo

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I realize I’ve been very quiet for a while…. There has been lots going on, and I’ve tried to stay active online, on my Instagram and on Facebook. 🙂  I’m hoping that things will finally return to a new kind of normal and we can spend time on here reviewing beautiful things again!!!

Now on to more important things. I’d like to introduce you to the newest love of my life, a little (ok, not-so little) rescue doggie whom we have named Coby!!

Hi!

(Those puppy eyes!!!)

Coby was a rescue saved from Miami-Dade, an awful place to be if you are a homeless or shelter dog… Unfortunately the simple fact that you are a dog, and alive, could be a death sentence. Their stories are sad, upsetting and often disturbing. And many are euthanized due to overcrowding.

Enter Dog Tales Rescue and Sanctuary. A beautiful place just north of Toronto, 50 acres of rolling hills and sprawling greens, this independent rescue has endeavoured to save dogs like my Coby from Miami-Dade (as well as many other places around the world such as Israel). This incredible rescue took the long drive to Miami, prepared with climate-controlled vehicles, and on their most recent trip, instead of saving the 40-50 they intended to, left with 110+ dogs ready to return to cold Canada (with ~half of them being brought up on an upcoming subsequent trip). My heart just shatters for those left behind… We really need to find a way to address this sad, sad overcrowding in Miami and address the animal control system’s issues. 😦

Here are some photos of Dog Tales Rescue:

I took this on a recent visit to the rescue… also a sanctuary for horses saved from slaughter….

Source – Dog Tales

 Source – Dog Tales

Well… my angel Cody was one of those babies saved from warm Miami and brought to Dog Tales for a new life! Is she not adorable? ❤️


Above two photos courtesy of Gotcha Photo Studios, an incredible photography studio that volunteers their services to help photograph these babies in natural serene locations, away from their sad shelter reality (although Dog Tales is far from sad– more like a luxe temporary “hotel” for dogs, if you will!!!!), in order to help them look happy and as beautiful as they really are and find a new forever home.

In a wonderful twist, my other baby girl Bella was also photographed by Jen from Gotcha a few years ago — which is how I found her. ❤️


Hope you enjoyed this glimpse into my life as well as the photos of my babies!

Please don’t forget to check out both Dog Tales Rescue and Sanctuary (and take a drive up there if you are anywhere near southern Ontario—their Bette’s cafe makes the best hummous you’ve ever had!) and Gotcha Photo Studios!! These incredible places dedicate themselves to the saving of innocent animals, and showing them love and compassion until we find them and adopt them.

And please remember: Adopt, don’t Shop.

xo

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