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

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Nail Colour that Rocks!

Nicole by OPI Announces NEW Limited Edition Roughles Textured Nail Lacquers

This March, Nicole by OPI launches Roughles (“ruffles”) — 4 new textured nail lacquers featuring speckled, pastel shades of purple, pink, turquoise and yellow. When the lacquer dries, Roughles lacquers reveal a unique pebbled finish. Roughles should be applied without a top coat to achieve a matte effect.

“Chic pastels were a major trend throughout the runway collections at spring/summer 2014 shows and textured, matte nails are going to be one of the hottest looks this spring,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “Wearing these feminine shades on fingers and toes is a refreshing take on this trend. Pair these lacquers with candy colored fabrics and flirty floral prints to really make a statement!”

Roughles shades include:

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I terra-“cotta” have this textured purple on my nails!

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The edgy side of girlie…a textured pink all your own.

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Stop in the name of this textured turquoise beauty!

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I “beacha” just love this grainy golden yellow in me.

image007image008Nicole by OPI formulas are long-lasting, fast-drying, and salon-quality. The 4 new nail lacquers will be available in stores beginning March 2014 for $10.99 each at select Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart Canada, Jean Coutu, Loblaws and London Drug.

For more information, visit Nicole by OPI on the web, on Facebook, on Instagram and on Twitter!

Happy Friday!

I have had a few lovely days of vacation, just hanging out at home (I LOVE to cuddle up, be warm at home when it’s cold out), and really wanted to do something fun on my nails before heading back to work… My nail art started off with some stamping, and that did not go so well, so I changed gears and decided to try something new on my nails. I think I needed a palette cleanser because I’ve been craving a nice, white polish base, so I started with two coats of Butter LONDON’s gorgeous crisp white Cotton Buds.

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One of my favourite types of art is abstract – the more colourful the lines, the better. I’ve also had my eye on the recent watercolour nail art trend, so beautiful and bright… What finally pushed me to give abstract nail art a try was The Nail Polish Challenge’s gorgeous “inspired by art work” manicure that I spotted on Instagram. My hope was that it would turn out even almost as nice as hers!

I knew the perfect polishes to try this with would be Dior’s new Trianon Spring 2014 colours.

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Once my white base was completely dry, I started brushing on little wisps of colour with a nearly-dry brush (I wiped the brush on the bottle neck until there was almost no polish left), starting with Porcelaine, the pale blue. In order, I then added strokes of Bouquet, Bloom, and finished up with a few dabs of the iridescent Perlé (note that Perlé actually provides a matte finish but I applied top coat which made it shinier). Et voila!

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You can see the little iridescent areas in the macro shot (click to see full size image):

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So simple, but I was blown away. Dior’s Trianon colours are perfect over this white ‘canvas’ and I could not be more happy with my first go at this!

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I am almost inspired to paint this on a real canvas!

These gorgeous Dior Vernis shades will be released shortly, on January 15th! For more information (no shipping available to Canada), head to Dior.com or shop online at thebay.com!

What do you think of this look? Please take a moment to leave a comment or like this post if you like these!

~xo

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

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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I see a LOT of nail polish and makeup, and get easily excited about all of the latest collections, limited releases, beautiful colours. But I have been waiting with baited breath to see what Gwen Stefani would create with OPI. And she did not disappoint!

I’ve never done this before, but I was so thrilled and blown away once I saw the Gwen Stefani for OPI polishes that I am posting my Instagram photos here to give you a quick preview. Here are the absolutely gorgeous hot pink/fuchsia crème lacquer Hey Baby and as an accent nail, Love.Angel.Music.Baby, a new semi-matte satin finish lacquer that looks like molten gold!!!

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Gwen Stefani by OPI nail lacquers contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. This promotion will be available beginning January 2014 at professional salons and spas.

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

Launched recently as part of OPI’s Holiday offerings, the limited edition Mariah Carey Holiday collection is as extensive as they come – 18 new shades in all! The selection includes 6 new Liquid Sand shades, and today I bring you a few of these beauties.

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All I Want for Christmas (is OPI) is a slightly deepened cool red, the epitome of Christmas, with a gorgeous formula that applies like a dream! This was so highly concentrated, it could easily have been a one-coater. And the shine! Here are two coats over base coat, with top coat:

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You may recall how I love playing with textured Liquid Sand polishes, and decided to top All I Want with a French tip of Baby Please Come Home, a beautiful pale lilac textured polish with almost a foil finish. I don’t know what made me pair a lilac with red, perhaps the cool undertones, but I loved this combination! (Skip the top coat to maintain the textured finish!)

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Another favourite of mine from this collection was Underneath the Mistletoe, a deep yet vibrant red jelly, packed with red and silver micro glitter. I absolutely adore a beautiful jelly shade, and Underneath looks like it glows from within. The formula was not great on this one – the jelly dragged and created bald spots, so needs a quick and careful first coat, but it covers beautifully on the second coat. The downside is that this was a top coat-eater – it dries to a bit of a dull finish, and needed two coats of top coats for that squishy jelly finish I love. Totally worth it in my opinion!  And removal? Easy! I was prepared for a glittery painstaking removal, but the jelly melted off and took the glitter with it! Here are two coats over base, with two thick coats of top coat:

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Another shade that will probably sell out (if it has not already), Warm Me Up, oh-so-reminiscent of OPI’s elusive My Private Jet… a gorgeous metallic, burnished, browney-grey shade that is so hard to describe, and so beautiful to look at. Desribed as a “spiced coffee” by OPI, that’s probably the best way to describe this complex shimmery shade. Application was dreamy: it applied like a cream with amazing coverage, drying to a streak-free high shine. Two coats over base:

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I topped Warm Me Up with a French tip of Silent Stars Go By, a pale peach Liquid Sand textured polish with sparkly pieces of glitter. I fell in love with this shade from the bottle shots and cannot wait to wear it on its own! Talk about a sparkly neutral!

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I feel like I am calling every polish in this collection “a favourite,” and All Sparkly and Gold is another hit: a sheer base jam-packed with ultrafine gold glitter, this one is like the golden sister to Underneath the Mistletoe. A warm polish that can be worn as a topper like I have over All I Want for Christmas (is OPI) below (if applied very sparingly), or worn full-strength by itself to reach opacity in 2 generous or 3 thin coats. Absolutely Christmas/holiday-appropriate and gorgeous! I applied 2 coats below except middle finger, where I used one thin coat over red, topped with top coat:

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And last but not least for today, the ultimate standout for me (I know, I know, I love them all!) that I knew I had to purchase the moment I saw it, Ski Slope Sweetie, a golden sheer off-white with a pearl finish. This complex polish captures such a range of colours, flashing gold to pink to yellow, and looks like a glass fleck, foil finish. Easily worn on its own with 2 or 3 coats, or an amazing polish to layer, I applied one coat over My Vampire is Buff on my ring finger below, and 2 coats on all other nails plus top coat:

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I read a couple of mixed reviews about Mariah Carey’s Holiday Collection, which I cannot understand as I find this large collection has something for everyone. Ranging from reds to glitters to neutrals, I feel like I need every single polish.  And though at first I was unsure about wearing textured polishes, the Liquid Sands have grown on me and I absolutely love them now. They have evolved since their first offering with Mariah Carey’s debut OPI collection, and have become even more fantastic: less gritty, finer texture with phenomenal colour selections.

I’m off to find My Favourite Ornament, the champagne sister of All Sparkly and Gold… and I suggest you run to get your hands on this limited edition collection, too!

Do you have any favourites yet?

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

~xo

 

 

(Some product provided for consideration and review. All opinions are my own.)

I was recently invited by the good people over at Nail Polish Canada (they do a good job of supporting my polish addiction!) to participate in their second annual Holiday Nail Art Challenge. Though I fancy myself a nail polish connoisseur, but hardly a nail “artist,” I still decided to give it a try and participate this year! Let’s see if I can keep up. 😉

The first week’s nail art challenge is “snow” – and I decided to go for an abstract look. My snow-themed nail art is inspired by the beauty of a sunny, cold day in the middle of winter, when the ground and trees are totally covered by sparkling, fluffy snow.

I started with a base colour of OPI’s Ski Slope Sweetie (which I was wearing over a coat of OPI’s My Vampire is Buff already) – this was completely dry. I then sponged on a gradient of Zoya’s gorgeous blue Pixie Dust Sunshine with a hint of a blue-grey holo Colors by Llarowe called Rare Bear in the middle and OPI’s Ski Slope Sweetie toward the base of the nail. Finally, I applied a few dots using Butter LONDON’s gorgeous white Cotton Buds and OPI’s glitter Which is Witch? for sparkling snow.

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Mariah Carey for OPI’s Ski Slope Sweetie epitomizes a gorgeous, snow-covered ground – it is a beautiful white with golden shimmer, so I thought it would be the perfect base for this “snow-covered” mani. I love the sparkle and texture of Zoya’s Pixie Dust Sunshine, and thought the blue was a beautiful contrast to the white mani. Finally, OPI’s Which is Witch contains holographic glitter in a clear base, making it the perfect finishing touch for a “snow” themed manicure!

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And a macro shot:

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What do you think?

 

If you like my nail art, would you vote for me on the Nail Polish Canada challenge page?
Feel free to also register and participate here!

 

~xo

 

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