Dior recently added a new generation of skincare, Dior Hydra LIFE to its skincare regimen. The collection includes nine new products that hydrate the skin using gentle, effective, natural-derived ingredients, in bright and fresh packaging.

I had a chance to try out four Hydra LIFE products consistently, and have my review for you below, after the Collection List!

In creating Hydra LIFE, Dior is also the first brand to partner with the Human Microbiome Project, a worldwide collaborative project based on the research of Skin Flora Genes, wherein research has discovered that rebalancing and preserving the skin flora is essential in maintaining a healthy glowing complexion, while an unbalanced skin flora leads to dehydration, redness and imperfections.

Another added bonus about Dior’s Hydra LIFE? The line features 90% natural non-toxic ingredients and is free from silicones, parabens, petrochemicals and allergens. Its lightweight glass packaging and streamlined outer carton made with natural inks and produced without cellophane reduces the line’s impact on the environment by 30%.

The Collection:

Dior Hydra LIFE Fresh Hydration Sorbet Creme
Hydrates and nourishes the skin with a Mallow and Harberlea flower leaves mixture in a fresh gel-creme.

Dior Hydra LIFE Deep Hydration Sorbet Water Essence
Also including Mallow and Harberlea leaves, this 3-in-1 essence offers ultra-concentrated moisturization, skin refining and toning for the skin.

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The Masks:
This collection of three nature-infused masks is meant to be applied all over the face, left on for 3 minutes, and rinsed off with water. 

Dior Hydra LIFE Glow Better Fresh Jelly Mask
Highly concentrated smoothing citrus fruit extract and exfoliating apricot seed powder, this radiance mask offers a powerful yet gentle exfoliation in a water-rich gel texture.

Dior Hydra LIFE Pores Away Pink Clay Mask
Highly concentrated natural jojoba and natural pink clay allows this mask to purify the skin and minimize the appearance of pores. Its creamy pink texture transforms into a fine foam when rinsed!

Dior Hydra LIFE Extra Plump Smooth Balm Mask
With natural pine oil and nourishing botanical ingredients, this plumbing mask provides intense nourishment in a creamy but lightweight texture.

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The Cleansers:
Four transformative cleansers to cleanse, purify, exfoliate and remove makeup with natural cleansing agents. 

Dior Hydra LIFE Lotion to Foam Fresh Cleanser
This fresh lotion containing naturally infused white tea transforms into an airy foam cleanser to remove makeup and deep clean.

Dior Hydra LIFE Oil to Milk Makeup Removing Cleanser
Upon contact with water this highly effective makeup-removing oil containing sweet almond extract transforms into a rich creamy emulsion, and removes makeup without an oily residue.

Dior Hydra LIFE Micellar Water
Enriched in echinacea flower extract, this soothing micellar water offers a concentration of powerful makeup removing properties, and a soft, comforting texture.

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Dior Hydra LIFE Time to Glow Ultra Fine Exfoliating Powder
Enriched with natural lotus seeds and sugar crystals, this gentle exfoliating powder transforms into a light foam upon contact with water, and gently polishes and deeply cleanses the skin for a natural glow. (To be used 2 – 3 times/week.)

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Last but not least, the Dior Hydra LIFE line includes the existing Hydra LIFE Pro-Youth Silk CremeHydra LIFE Pro-Youth Sorbet Eye Creme, and the Jelly Sleeping Mask.

The Film:

 

My Review:

I was sent four items for review from Dior: The Hydra LIFE Oil to Milk Makeup Removing Cleanser, Pro-Youth Sorbet Eye Creme, Fresh Hydration Sorbet Creme, and Extra Plump Smooth Balm Mask. Rather than just try them a few times, I put the line through the wringer, and have been using them faithfully as part of my regular skincare regimen for the past 6-8 weeks.

Dior Hydra LIFE bottles

Let me just start with the packaging and initial thoughts on the line… Wow. I absolutely LOVED the packaging and jars Dior used for this line, as it really seems to suit the airy, fresh image I feel this line has. The jars are gorgeously minimalistic, matte (for the masks) or shiny (cremes), and just look decadent once opened! All the items I tested had a very light, deliciously subtle scent, not at all overpowering like some skincare lines, which I know is music to the ears of some of my more sensitive readers. And the texture… also very decadent — more on that below.

 

Those who know me well know that I love my cleansing oils (I really do!), and was super-excited to try the new Hydra LIFE Oil to Milk Makeup Removing Cleanser. I use my Dior Instant Gentle Cleansing Oil all the time, and was eager to see how the new Hydra LIFE Oil to Milk Cleanser compared. As promised, once water is added, this oil becomes a creamy emulsion that is then massaged over the face and rinsed with lukewarm water. Personally, I prefer to use a facial cleansing cloth to massage off the cleansing oil, which removes my makeup. I did find that the Oil to Milk Cleanser had a bit of a harder time with my mascara, but removed all other makeup easily. And it leaves the skin supple and moist.

Eye creams are absolute must-haves to me and Hydra LIFE’s Pro-Youth Sorbet Eye Creme was a nice surprise for me. This eye cream promises to reduce puffiness and visibly lighten dark circles, and despite usually favouring richer eye creams, I was not disappointed. A delicious sorbet (gel-cream) texture, it spreads over the delicate eye area gently with a cooling feeling, absorbs very quickly and makes a perfect base for makeup (no creasing of makeup overtop). I will say that it is a very light texture, and thus, may not be moisturizing or rich enough for some, but I find it perfect for the warm, humid summer months. The only negative comment I have about the Hydra LIFE packaging is that with the small container, it does get a little difficult to get the cream out from the sides of the jar once the amount dwindles…

My favourite of the four products had to be the Hydra LIFE Fresh Hydration Sorbet Creme! With the same sorbet, gel-cream cooling texture as the Sorbet Eye Creme, this light moisturizer absorbs quickly enough to apply makeup right overtop. I found it refreshing, hydrating with a delicious texture. I love its lightness for summer, and absolutely love the subtle scent! I will definitely continue using this Sorbet Creme for the remainder of the summer!

Dior Hydra LIFE

My last product to test was the Hydra LIFE Extra Plump Smooth Balm Mask. What I loved about the mask was the quick, 3-minute application and super-quick results! Intensely hydrating and nourishing, this mask promises to leave skin instantly soft, while becoming plumper and more comfortable day after day. And nourishing it was! A great quick treat, suitable even for daily use, I loved applying this Mask and and being able to remove it almost immediately. I’m much more used to wearing masks for 10-20 minutes, which I still love to do as a relaxing treatment, however, it’s so nice to be able to garner similar results without a time commitment especially when we’re in a hurry. I will definitely be trying the other two Hydra LIFE masks after this and recommend you do the same!

 

The Dior Hydra LIFE skincare line is now available at Dior Counters nationwide, including at TheBay.com, Sephora and Holt Renfrew.

 

Have you tried any of Dior’s Hydra LIFE products yet, and how do you like them?

~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…’

Urban Decay Naked Heat

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

It has been a few years since I last brought you a CbL Collection, and I’m so excited to share their brand-new collection for Spring/Summer 2017 today! There are seven beautiful shades that will have you screaming for sun and heat, especially if you’ve been under rainy skies like we have. This collection launched yesterday, May 1st on Llarowe.com!

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The first of the seven shades is She Sells Sea Shells, a bright pinkish-red linear holo with pink to lilac shimmer. Totally passable as a one-coater, She Sells Sea Shells applied smoothly and provided perfect, lush coverage with its second coat. I can’t wait to wear this cool bright polish for my summer pedis!

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The other shade in this colour family is You’re a Little Firecracker, a bright deepened fuchsia-red multi chrome holo with a purple/blue flame that shifts from deep fuchsia to copper orange to bright fuchsia. Llarowe calls this one a “summer vamp for your nails!” Another polish with perfect coverage and dreamy application, YaLF was almost a one-coater and its holo, perfection. Just a warning that the intensity of this one could stain a little, so use a good basecoat and don’t smear a polish-soaked remover pad when removing. Just LOOK at the holo in the slideshow below!

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Dream Big, the only purple in this collection, is described as an indigo-purple creme base with delicate but intense pink to gold to red shimmer. Although it looks quite deep in the bottle, once applied, I found it to be more of a midtone with beautiful complexity. I live for hidden shimmer!

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If you love neons, you will need Radioactive in your life! An intensely bright neon green creme base with intense red to gold to chartreuse shimmer, this one is truly blinding. I found this polish to be more of a jelly, and therefore a bit on the sheer side, even at two coats. To make it truly pop even more, wear this one over an opaque white!

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One of my favourites from this collection has to be The Bluest Eyes in Texas. Siiigh… Described as a bright milky turquoise blue creme base with intense gold shimmer and hints of gold to red/pink to green shimmer, this beautiful light blue shows intense fiery and pink flashes. Leah Ann was inspired to make this beauty by her sister’s eyes. Oh to have such lovely eyes!

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The Bluest Eyes in shade

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The Bluest Eyes in sunlight

The last two polishes in this collection bear the same name. The first, The Deep End, is a vivid turquoise-based multi-chrome that shifts from turquoise to green to blue to purple to pink. I found The Deep End to be a bluish teal with intense shifts in colour, needing a full two coats for complete opacity. It’s almost like a crelly (cream-jelly) polish, and so so gorgeous:

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And last but not least, my other favourite from this collection, The Deep End (H), which is basically the holographic version of the above polish. Described the same as its non-holo twin, a “vivid turquoise-based multi-chrome that shifts from turquoise to green to blue to purple to pink,” it has an incredibly gorgeous added holo sparkle. Do you see the two-toned nails in the slideshow below?? The deep blue-to-algae-turquoise looks exactly like the depth of the ocean!

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Look at these macros of holographic The Deep End!! I was utterly mesmerized by the beauty and sparkle of this polish!

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All Colors by Llarowe polishes are 5-free, cruelty-free and vegan.

In addition to Llarowe.com, you can find Leah Ann’s collections at a number of international stockists. As always, be sure to follow CbL on Instagram and Facebook for the latest news, restock updates, and for more swatches!

Which of these beauties is calling your name? Are you in love with the blues like me, or tend to lean for pinks and brights?

~xo

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OPI Announces NEW California Dreaming CollectionFeaturing
West Coast-Inspired Hues for Summer 2017 
 

 

This summer, tour the west coast with the California Dreaming Collection by OPIExperience the brand’s beloved home state with a palette of fun, flirty shades ideal for big adventures, from a day at the beach or a quick surf session to a hike in the mountains or wine tasting in Napa.

 

The California Dreaming Collection features 12 new hues in classic Nail Lacquer and Long-Wear InfiniteShine formulas, allowing consumers to experience the colours of California’s majestic sunsets and diverse landscapes with a variety of nail wear options. Shades are as unique as the collection’s namesake destination, including rich merlot and punchy pink, orange and coral hues, along with soft, warm shades of rose, pink, peach and nude that conjure the state’s most picturesque locales. Have this summer’s perfect bright red, while deep metallic gold evokes the hazy twilight golden hour. Shimmerings late with brown undertones offers a softer take on classic black. The collection’s hero shade Time For aNapa is a pink coral hue ideal for matching bikinis and wearing on both fingers and toes while exploring California’s 800 miles of coastline.

 

“I always draw inspiration from fashion, food and travel, and California’s unique mix of cultures, cuisines and landscapes serves as a constant source of creativity,” remarks OPI co-founder and brand ambassador, Suzi Weiss-Fischmann. “From San Diego to San Francisco, the state is filled with breathtaking vistas; from active adventurers wearing yoga pants to Hollywood stars in sequins,California fashion is completely unique. And when it comes to food, there’s something for everyone!The California Dreaming Collection offers a flexible palette ranging from berry to nude, with gold and black hues ideal for nail art and two-tone looks – providing wearers with a taste of the beauty found in ‘The Golden State.’”

 

California Dreaming Collection by OPI includes the below shades in classic Nail Lacquer and InfiniteShine formulas:

 

OPI Nail Lacquer in This Is Not Whine Country
This is Not Whine Country
The merlot the merrier I always say.
OPI Nail Lacquer in GPS I Love You
GPS I Love You
I couldn’t have pinked a sweeter travelling companion.
OPI Nail Lacquer in Malibu Pier Pressure
Malibu Pier Pressure
This cotton candy pink has a very persuasive vibe. 
OPI Nail Lacquer in To the Mouse House We Go
To the Mouse House We Go!
This magic red is for kissable lips, polka dot bows and tempting apples.
OPI Nail Lacquer in Me Myselfie I
Me, Myselfie & I
But enough about me, doesn’t this coral look good in my selfie?
OPI Nail Lacquer in Santa Monica Beach Peach
Santa Monica Beach Peach
Go ahead and hit the beach, this punchy orange has your back.
OPI Nail Lacquer in Time For a Napa
Time for a Napa
It’s always the right moment for this bubbly hot coral.
OPI Nail Lacquer in Excuse Me Big Sur
Excuse Me, Big Sur!
This rose may be soft, but it’s not afraid to speak up.
OPI Nail Lacquer in Barking Up the Wrong Sequoia
Barking Up the Wrong Sequoia
Finding the perfect peach is a tall order.
OPI Nail Lacquer in Feeling Frisco
Feeling Frisco
This nude’s bound to put you in a Bayful mood.
OPI Nail Lacquer in Sweet Carmel Sunday
Sweet Carmel Sunday
You’re always a treat in this glistening gold.
OPI Nail Lacquer in Dont Take Yosemite For Granite
Don’t Take Yosemite for Granite
Of quartz not! Everyone appreciates this shimmering slate.

 

California Dreaming Collection by OPI will be available in classic Nail Lacquer and Infinite Shine formulas beginning May 2017. Nail Lacquers will retail for $10.00 ($13.50 CAN) each and Infinite Shine colors will retail for $12.50 ($16.95 CAN) at Professional Salons, as well as Beauty Brands, beautybrands.comChatters, Dillard’s, Regis, Sally Beauty, ULTA and ulta.com and Macy’s. OPI is guaranteed only when purchased through authorized professional beauty outlets and prestige stores, not from a drugstore, supermarket, mass outlet, or other unauthorized sources.

 

For more information, please visit OPI.com. Follow OPI on Twitter and Instagram @OPI_PRODUCTS and go to OPI Products on Facebook to become a fan!

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

dior-colour-gradationFor this season in full colour, Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director for Dior Makeup, celebrates the gradient makeup trend with COLOUR GRADATION. This intuitive yet precise technique works vivid shades tone on tone for eyes emboldened with a clash of colour, lips bitten with a gradation of electric pinks and cheeks aglow with a radiant tie-dye…

With bright, sunny days on their way, colour Gradation gives women the freedom to use pigments on the skin or create more avant-garde gradation effects. A unique colour experience for the most vibrant right of spring.

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On March 4, 2016, Dior will be launching its brand-new beauty-only Instagram account @diormakeup !!!

With this new instagram account, Dior entire beauty universe will be on display in exclusive photos and videos. Follow Peter Philips backstage or on the road!

First post goes live at 12 pm Paris time! What are you waiting for? Head to Instagram/DiorMakeup !
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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!

UD Gwen Stefani Shadow palette

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):

UD Gwen Stefani Shadow swatch

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 consider myself obsessed enthused with all things beauty and fashion, which has led me to own more than enough a few watches in my accessories collection. There are lots of metals in a spectrum of colours in this collection, leather, rubber even… But surprisingly, one material I never connected with the word “watch” was wood! When Jord reached out to introduce me to their collection of Wood Watches by Jord, I was hesitant, but intrigued… How can one make watches of wood, I wondered… Until I finally relented and headed over to the Jord site.

Not only does Jord create unique masterpieces of watches from wood, they create luxurious, high-quality models ranging from minimalist Swiss calibre to chronographs. The watches are computer-cut and hand-finished and treated, leaving them with a very natural aesthetic while allowing us to wear them without too much worry in our everyday lives (more on the care of the watches later).

I finally selected the beautiful Sidney model in red sandalwood and mother of pearl, a mid-toned, chic chronograph with a gorgeous bezel inlaid with Swarovski crystals.

The watches arrive in a natural wooden box with slide-off lid, with the watch safely secured on a soft pillow inside.

Jord Unboxing

I absolutely love that Jord keeps the natural theme commencing at its website, where you find out more about the species of wood you’re purchasing, to the delivery and presentation! The Sandalwood used in my watch, for example, is described as prized for its fragrance which it can retain for decades after cutting, the oil in sandalwood has been used for centuries in cosmetics, eastern medicine and religious ceremonies. JORD uses various species of sandalwood, each chosen for their unique and varying color tones. Red, black/brown, and green sandalwood can all be seen in our line. Unfortunately it is also listed as a “vulnerable species” as opposed to some of the more sustainable woods available; however, I love how informative their website is to share this with the consumer.

These wooden watches, even my Sidney model with its weightier chronograph, are lightweight but very sturdy (i.e. no rattling or ‘loose’ sounds). The watch’s stainless steel double butterfly clasp is secure once locked in place, and the watch is easily size-adjusted by a pro (if you didn’t order it sized to your wrist, which is an option).

I absolutely love chronographs, and love larger, bulky watches on women, and knew that I could dress Sidney up or down very easily. The style’s simplicity and neutral colours make it highly wearable no matter the colour of your outfit.

The first time I headed out with my new Jord watch, I was wearing yoga leggings with a cute top – super-casual, with a hint of bling arm candy. I absolutely love the sparkle of Sidney’s Swarovski crystals against my nude bracelet!

Jord Sidney casual 1

Jord Sidney casual

To showcase its versatility, I took Sidney out for a night on the town. In the winter, I love wearing watches over fitted sweater sleeves – it’s both stylish and cozy! And who doesn’t love arm candy?

Jord Sidney Watch

Jord Sidney Watch2

Oh, and do you know what’s great about a wooden watch? You don’t have to worry about matching it to either silver or gold or rose gold — it goes with any metal!!  (Who would have thought….)

For its care, the natural red sandalwood is hand finished and pretreated with tung oils. The Sidney is splash-proof but should not be submerged in water (3 ATM). Lemon or orange oil extract is best for cleaning the natural wood. When storing this timepiece, avoid extremely hot, cold, and excessively dry/humid environments. All Jord watches come with a 1 YEAR LIMITED WARRANTY.

Prices range from a moderately priced $100 USD upward to about $395, with free shipping in the USA!

For more info, head on over to the Jord website, and be sure to follow them on Facebook and on Instagram!

 

And now for the very best part??? Head on over to my giveaway and enter to win a $129 (USD) credit toward your very own watch!

Good luck!

~xo

 

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

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