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In 1947, Miss Dior was born, an ebullient, cajoling fragrance in which Jasmine from Provence mixes with sensual mosses and a surprising green note of Galbanum. Sprayed generously around the rooms, the first Dior perfume instantly charmed the audience at the New Look show. And hooked countless women, who flocked to 30 Avenue Montaigne to offer themselves this youthful, elegant Miss Dior.

Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet is a subtle floral composition that celebrates the beauty of flower buds and the velvet softness of petals. It is a delicate evocation of Christian Dior’s legendary love of flowers.

And now, as the world changes at high speeds, reinventing daily life and removing boundaries, the House of Dior rolls out its new Roller-Pearl bottle. An innovative design, this new application method provides sensual, casual perfume application for an instant sensorial hit that adds new pleasure to perfume.  A miniature and portable version of the original, Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet Roller-Pearl is small but generous. Featuring a wide crystalline bead atop a gorgeously elegant and architectural bottle, Dior Roller-Pearl is also hermetic thanks to a screw-on cap.

One of the biggest challenges of on-the-go perfume application is the bottle size, which is beautifully addressed by this miniature Miss Dior accessory-style bottle. Fitting not only in the palm of your hand, but also in a purse, there will be no more carrying around a large 50 ml or 100 ml bottle. And removing another barrier to public perfume application (or PPA 😉 ), there is no spray to potentially offend another! PPA away with this beautiful Roller-Pearl! I personally cannot wait to throw this stunning bottle into my purse, and use it to my heart’s content. (An aside from a new mom: spray perfume can sometimes also be offending to apply around baby. This gem will make it so much easier for me to apply a dab of my favourite Miss Dior as I’m running out of the house.)

Miss Dior Roller-Pearl is available in Limited Edition in Blooming Bouquet ($49) and Absolutely Blooming ($59), in a perfectly-sized 20 ml bottle, exclusively at Shoppers Drug Mart stores and beautyboutique.ca starting today, April 20th!

For more information (no shipping to Canada), head to Dior.com!

What is your favourite Dior perfume or cologne?

~xo

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After years of research and development, Dior Science is proud to introduce the latest breakthrough addition to the luxurious L’Or de Vie skincare collection: Dior La Cure. La Cure features exclusive technology derived from the Chateau d’Yquem Marcs, a strong, natural fertilizer composed of grape seeds and grape skin. The Yquem Marcs Extract found in La Cure works to both amplify the power of longevity and youth within the skin cells as well as gradually restore cellular fertility and collagen production. As a result of using La Cure, skin cells become more productive and fertile, resulting in an overall more youthful, radiant complexion.

 

The Story of The Yquem Marcs

The Yquem Marcs are a strong, natural fertilizer composed of the grape seeds and grape skin that remain after the grapes are pressed at the unparalleled Chateau d’Yquem vineyard in Bordeaux, France.
The best, most effective Marcs are obtained only after three full grape pressings, when the grape juice is completely removed an’Yquem discovered that these marcs have unsurpassed natural fertilizing power and began spreading them on the young Yquem vines each season to help restore the soil’s fertility and initiate the vineyard’s new life cycle.
Dior Science has studied the secrets of the Yquem vine for over 30 years and first became interested in the incredible fertilizing power of the Yquem Marcs several years ago, when they began researching and developing a new kind of technology that would allow them to transfer these incredible regenerative powers to the skin. The technology was finalized in 2013, which was coincidentally an exceptional year for the Yquem vine, thanks to ideal climate conditions, allowing for the first production of La Cure. At this point, there is only a possibility that Dior will develop a new vintage of La Cure as they must first wait for the Marcs to meet expectations in 2014 and the current climate conditions are satisfying but could change at any moment. As a result, the next vintage of La Cure could be 2014 or many years from now.

 

A Breakthrough New Extraction Process

In order to extract the Marcs’ entire molecular structure, Dior Science created a patented flash extraction technology that takes only 15 to 30 minutes and combines multiple new state-of-the-art technologies including micro-grinding, which helps to obtain smaller parts of the Marcs, micro-waves, which helps activate molecules and facilitate the extraction and micro-filtration, which helps obtain the absolute purest possible form of the Marcs extract.

Enriched with pure Yquem sap essence and Yquem Marc Extract, La Cure offers skin the greatest concentration of active ingredients (over 40 percent) ever developed by Dior and is designed to be used for three months as a boost in the daily L’Or de Vie skincare regimen. Just three months of using La Cure provides up to six months of benefits. La Cure is sold as a set of three separate, sealed vials to protect the product’s efficacy during use. When one vial is finished at the end of the month, the next vial should be opened.

 

The History of Chateau d’Yquem

Chateau d’Yquem is considered by many to be Bordeaux’s single greatest wine and is the only wine in France to hold the Premier Cru Superieur (Great First Growth) designation. Chateau d’Yquem’s uncompromising pursuit of quality is a standard that has been meticulously maintained throughout the estate’s history. Built in the 16th and partly the 17th centuries by the Sauvage d’Yquem family, it was transformed into a highly efficient business by Josephine d’Yquem in the late 18th century. In 1999, Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy group acquired -classes all other Sauternes. One of the major contributing factors to the wine’s complexity is the unique set of climatic and geological conditions that combine notoriously severe with only one glass of wine produced per vine.

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The Legacy of L’Or de Vie

Each L’Or de Vie product features a concentrated extract derived directly from the Yquem vine. The L’Or de Vie formula features a unique association of 11 molecules chosen for their unparalleled an’Yquem.

Namely, the Sauvignon vine, which is the rarest of the two as it represents only 20% of the Yquem terroir. A six-month maturation period of the selected vine shoots is needed to achieve the highest concentration of antioxidant and regenerating molecules, and it is only after a 17-step purification process, that the formula is ready. The L’Or de Vie formula acts on more than 200 genes in the skin via an anti-aging molecule , which has the power to neutralize the action of aging factors at the DNA level. In addition, the L’Or de Vie formula is the most powerful anti-oxidant on the market today, shielding the skin from free radicals.

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L’Or de Vie La Cure

suggested retail: $2,200.00

Holt Renfrew exclusive – launching December 2014

Bloor Street, Toronto & Vancouver Main only

 

Well… Ok, so “date” may be a bit of an overstatement.

But we did have a coffee with Ricky Wilson, Dior’s International Celebrity Makeup Artist in an intimate setting at the Holt’s Cafe in Toronto. Sara of 29Secrets and I were the lucky bloggers at this event, also attended by DR’s lovely PR Executive Darline.

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Ricky was in town to attend the Magic of Dior Event at Toronto Holt Renfrew counters, and squeezed in a little bit of time to meet with us and share some of his tricks and ideas… and a few celebrity stories!

An easy-to-talk-to man with a creative gift for makeup and all things beauty, Ricky happily held court over his small audience, and shared with us his predictions for spring and summer 2014.

A Dior devotee, this was his 10th year with the brand! He was happy to share that in the past five years, he has felt that Dior’s head office in France has started to pay closer attention to the North American market, garnering inspiration from us and launching exclusives just for our markets. And who doesn’t love market-exclusive products?

Some secrets from the man

His go-to products from Dior?

He raved about Dior’s new Glow Maximizer and Pore Minimizer, which we had not seen at the time but have since launched as part of Dior’s Spring 2014 Trianon collection. He recently used them on celebrity Aisha Tyler, and raved about the lack of touch-ups needed during breaks of her talk show, The Talk. He loves to use Glow Maximizer all over to provide that healthy glow and boost radiance, while Pore Minimizer diffuses your skin, giving it a “velvety” yet matte finish, without looking dry. While many of us, me included, rush to blot and apply powder to make our faces matte, he finds these new products allow us to use less product and have a glow instead. (Rushing off to wipe that powder off my nose…)

He is also obsessed with Dior’s famed Lipglow, which he uses often on his clients.

Learn to love your imperfections:

While working on Rag and Bone one year, he covered up a model’s dark circles… only to be asked, “where are her dark circles??” Ricky was stunned to discover that this model was hired for her look, including those pesky dark circles… and nervously proceeded to remove her concealer. This experience taught him how beautiful imperfections can be, and today he finds that dark circles lend an air of sophistication.

Biggest trends for this year?

No surprise here, but lots of soft shades, pastels, in floral tones… something that we haven’t necessarily seen in a few years. Deconstructed eyes with washes of pastel colour rather than hard edges, with a pop on the lip in a softly bright pink. He feels nails are following in a matching sense, with soft pastels or pops of bright pink. Where you may have used bronzer, go lightly with a sheer pastel blush. Finally, he finds that we are headed back to more shine: lipgloss is back in a big way! (If you were paying attention, all these gorgeous colours and trends were found in Dior’s Trianon collection for spring!)

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An artist tip:

One of my pet peeves has always been applying mascara on others. Ricky offered to share his artist secret with me: gently place your thumb on the eyelid of the eye that you’re applying mascara to, protecting the eyelid while simultaneously positioning the thumb just behind the upper lashes. As the mascara wand is placed at the base of upper lashes and lightly wiggled through and up, your thumb will protect the eyelid from excess mascara, yet allow you to thoroughly coat your client’s lashes. He showed me this tip, then even allowed me an opportunity to practice on him!

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It was an honour to hear artist secrets, trends, beauty tips and tricks, as well as some celebrity stories from such a famed artist! Ricky was easy to chat with, completely down-to-earth, and best of all, a total pro! As a parting gift, we received a beauty touch up, and to be honest, I wish I could have stayed in Ricky’s chair for the entire afternoon! Would it really have been too much to ask for an entire glam makeover? 😉

Keep your eyes peeled for any future Dior Celebrity Makeup Artist events because you will not be disappointed!

~xo

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Through the looking glass… The magic of Dior Addict

Prepare to be completely mesmerized by Dior’s latest innovation!

Daring. Dream-like. Amazing.
A glance at the mirror and instantly, the ecstasy of transformation. Yourself, different. Free. In technicolour.

Dior Addict is the power of imagination, in its purest expression. Reinventing yourself however you feel, however, you want.
Today Dior writes an unprecedented page in the Dior Addict saga. A door opens to a universe that is even more fantastic, even more wonderful, even more dream-like…
“Sur mesure” for those ready to be surprised.

Dior Addict Fluid Stick, the first all-in-one lip hybrid by Dior.

Is it a gloss? A stain? Can this be a lipstick?

A genuine makeup revolution… Dior creates Dior Addict Fluid Stick, its first lip hybrid that can do it all in a single stroke.

Not a gloss, not a lacquer, not a lipstick… Dior Addict Fluid Stick is a totally new kind of lip product. A spectacular fluid that you can barely feel… What it does is combine maximum colour impact, glossy shine and a “no makeup” feel in a lip colour boasting sensational hold and comfort.

Dior Addict Fluid Stick is an innovation bomb. The alliance of unique technology…

The result of a genuine formulation challenge

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Intense, long-hold pigments, like “markers,” are encapsulated in beads of gloss. Colour and shine meld into one, for maximum impact immediately on application…

Unlike a gloss, Dior Addict Fluid Stick contains no wax that could weigh down its texture. It is simply formulated with water. Daring, once again. As soon as the texture is applied, the water evaporates, leaving bursting colour like a shot of glossy pigments, moisturized lips, a nude skin feel and slight sensation of freshness… The pleasure of high-definition and ideal hold.

Hybrid, too… The exclusive foam applicator… is shaped like the stick of a lipstick. The texture is applied right on the lips, with both perfect precision and unsettling ease. Not to mention pure sensory pleasure… With this intelligent makeup tool, application couldn’t be easier. And the change in look, instantaneous.

Incredibly easy-to-apply, Dior Addict Fluid Stick glides on without effort, allowing you to start with a veil of your shade, or build up for a full effect of colour.

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Design like a mirage…

Startling. Stupefying. Dior Addict Fluid Stick is not what you think at first glance.
Dior creates an accessory that is an optical illusion, that looks like its most amazing lip product. Don’t trust your first impression: that of a lipstick, transparently. Easy to be fooled… The illusion is complete, until the bottle opens and the applicator filled with colour emerges. Dior has created a pure object of desire, dedicated to women who cultivate the art of surprise.

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Within the Dior Addict Fluid Stick palette of colours are four maximum impact, must-have shades. Sophisticated, ultra-trendy it-shades that evoke what Christian Dior said of his most spectacular creations, “breakthrough designs, symbols of new fashion… that will be on the covers or in features of magazines.”

Pandore. A pure, radiant, flamboyant red… In one word, explosive. And so bold that it could almost be forbidden.

Wonderland. A rush of fuchsia pink pigments, an extreme burst of colour that glorifies the look instantly on application. Magical…

Aventure. An electrifying coral, bright and filled with light, for uncompromising allure… A real flash of bold.

Mirage. An incredibly lively tone, beige at first glance but reveals itself to be enhanced with a hint of pink upon closer look. A beautiful illusion to flatter any complexion. (Mirage has quickly become a new favourite nude of mine.)

 

Applying easily, and setting in mere seconds after application, I was very impressed by Dior Addict Fluid Stick’s wear and wearability. Soft and moisturizing the entire time it is on your lips, it also lasts through your morning coffee(s), making it to your lunch hour with nary a dent in its beauty. Retaining its gloss and colour impact through coffee alone was impressive… but making it through lunch? Colour me happily fascinated!

Dior Addict Fluid Stick ($36 Cdn) will be on counter for an exclusive preview at The Bay starting April 1st, and nationwide at all counters on May 1st, 2014. A Sephora-exclusive shade called Tiny Pink will be available, and four of the shades (Frisson, Magique, Open Me, and Intrigue) will be Limited Edition.

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

Swatches coming soon!

~xo

 

 

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

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