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A good coat is invaluable to everyone’s wardrobe and finding a coat that marries form and function can pull together your look and keep you warm throughout the unpredictable season. Below are a collection of this season’s ‘coolest’ trends, as see on the international runways!

Bonus? Pull together your entire look quickly with a gorgeous camel-coloured or vampy polish, and add a swipe of a hot red lipstick and you’re ready for whatever life may throw your way!

Which is your favourite look?
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Shimmering lights of silvery pink and brocade prune: these two shades propel nail lacquers into a new dimension, for a half-shadow, half-light aesthetic that is always stylish.

As the shades in Dior’s Fall 2013 campaign, Mystic Metallics, reflect the mysterious colours of the galaxy, the three new shades of Dior Vernis truly play on this half-shadow and half-light dance. From the shadowy blue of Dior’s Mystic Magnetic polish (see it here) to the soft incandescence of Destin (382) and the magical depth of Galaxie (992), you will be easily transported to the stars.

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Dior Vernis Destin is described as a silvery pink, which is how it truly appears in the bottle (see above), but once applied, ranges from a pink-tinted greige to a neutral taupe with a silvery ribbon of shimmer. It is the perfect neutral, dare I say, and would be flattering for most skintones. Application and formula were a dream. The Dior Vernis brush is slightly rounded, making it easy to use and applying just the right amount of polish. Destin dried to a beautiful high shine, in great time. I used two coats over base coat for these photos.

Behold the cool sheen of Destin in the shade:

Dior_Vernis_DestinIn sunlight:

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Dior Vernis Galaxie, a brocade prune with a blue-red shimmer, is the perfect counterpart to Destin… deep, mysterious, and also extremely flattering. The barely-there shimmer is most noticeable in direct light, otherwise lending depth to the polish, much like the stars do for the galaxy. The formula was even dreamier than Destin’s – it was almost a one-coater with its perfect coverage. I used two coats over base coat.

Be mesmerized by Galaxie’s depth in the shade:

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In sunlight:

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Both shades would categorize as “office-appropriate,” and with formulas like these, I would venture to say they are must-haves.

These Mystic Metallics Dior Vernis shades are now available at Dior counters! For more information, head to Dior.com!

~xo

 

 

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

Although it’s not the official start of fall, today marks the start of a new school year and brings with it… well, the unofficial end to summer. It seems like this summer barely arrived and it’s already gone, but at the same time, I’m excited for fall’s fashions and beauty arrivals!

Today I bring you a preview of Dior’s gorgeous Mystic Metallics collection for Fall 2013!

Inspired by a lucky star that Monsieur Dior stepped on one evening in April 1946 that led to his opening his own House the following day, the Mystic Metallics reflect like this star in the Dior galaxy. The radiance of a stone, the magic of iridescence, and the intensity of a metallic hue. Eyes are dressed in shadow and light, whilst nails defy every colour in the spectrum. Prepare to be transcended by the mysterious colours of the galaxy in Dior’s fall collection.

The 5 Couleurs Mystic Metallics eyeshadow palette shimmers with metallic shades and reflections in blue-greens and browns in the Bonne Étoile set, aubergines and gold in the Constellation palette.  Starting with the luxurious case with a hidden CD emblem, which comes with its own protective sleeve, the 5 Couleurs set is the epitome of Christian Dior’s lucky charm. Each eyeshadow colour is embossed with a gorgeous star motif. The Bonne Étoile palette is Limited Edition and will not be offered at Sephora ($61 Cdn).

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The Diorshow Fusion Mono eyeshadows  ($31 each) recreate the depth and contrast of a catwalk look. an unprecedented, rounded, gel-mousse texture weightlessly illuminates the eye with multi-faceted, long-lasting colour. Eyes dress up in the dazzle of black diamonds, of amber or even the moon. Eight shades with intense shimmer and a powerful emotional charge.

Use two application techniques for two different looks:

Soft Fusion: applied with fingertips, the eyeshadow blends into the skin to create a light veil of colour and a subtly shimmering result.
Bold Fusion: applied using the smudging applicator that is included in each Fusion Mono shadow, the finish is intensified to reveal pure and extreme colour.
Tip from the pros: lightly wet the shadow for an extreme metallic effect with a dramatic lamé finish.

Here are four of the eight Fusion Mono shadows:

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Dior has created four new shades of Dior Addict Extreme lipcolour to go with the Mystic Metallics collection. From poetic rosewood to dramatic purple, colour is bewitching.

In harmony with the Dior Addict Extreme lipstick shades, the four new Dior Addict Gloss references capture light and accessorize the lips. Perfectly coordinated to be worn over Dior Addict Extreme or on their own.

See two of each of the Dior Addict shades here:

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Rounding out the collection are the Dior Vernis Mystic Magnetics ($27 Cdn and LE, not available at Sephora) in a shadowy blue lacquer, and Dior Vernis ($25 Cdn) in Destin (382) a silvery pink, and Galaxie (992), a brocade prune. (See Destin and Galaxie above.)

Finally, Diorshow Blackout mascara will be released in its new tube and with a new XL brush to finish the intense and mysterious collection ($31 Cdn).

I had a chance to test Dior Addict Extreme in Gri-Gri (546), a nude pink creme. The formula is rich and applies with buttery softness, finishing in a soft shine. Gri-Gri is a perfect nude lip to contrast the rich, metallic shadows of this collection.

This shade is a Limited Edition and will not be available at Sephora ($32 Cdn).

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The perfect complement to Gri-Gri is Dior Addict Gloss in Charm (364). An ultra-high shine gloss with a hint of the same nude rosy colour above, it applies with a small brush applicator which I LOVE and love to use. Here is Charm worn over Gri-Gri:

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This shade is also Limited Edition and will not be available at Sephora ($31 Cdn).

Even with my tan, I found the nude shades to be highly wearable and flattering. Whether going for a smoky eye/nude lip look or an overall soft look, both these shades will be added to my go-to arsenal!

This collection is available now at Dior counters. For more information, head to Dior.com!

Will you be picking up any of the Mystic Metallics this fall?

~xo

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

Yesterday I showed you a couple of the new Colour Clash polishes, released for fall 2013 from Butter LONDON. Today I bring you a cute skittle mani featuring three of their bright colours!

You’ve already seen the beautiful crisp Cotton Buds, and look how gorgeous it looks with Pimms and Silly Billy!!

 

ButterLONDON_ColourClash-skittlesPimms is a term for a “gin-based tradition at its finest,” and is desribed as being a “refreshing beverage that is almost as popular as English tea.” A gorgeous opaque, sun‑flower yellow cream shade, Pimms is a crelly (cream jelly) polish that applies easily and dries to a gorgeous shine. On my middle finger I blended it lightly with Cotton Buds to lighten and brighten it, and on my ring finger: 2 coats alone.

Silly Billy is an opaque bright orange orange crème, and is a term for a popular clown “at fairs in Britain, and a fab nickname for anyone named William.” Another crelly-type polish, this was another dream to apply! I used two coats on my ring finger above on its own, and as you can see, it dried to a high finish.

I am totally obsessed with the Colour Clash collection and… consider me converted! I am in love with Butter LONDON lacquers.

The Colour Clash Collection is now available where Butter LONDON lacquers are sold. For more information, check out their website or follow on Facebook!

~xo

 

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

A surprising twist for a fall launch, Butter LONDON has launched the Colour Clash collection for Fall 2013, consisting of five bright shades and a gorgeous, opaque white. You may have expected these to be summer shades, but Butter LONDON dared to live on the edge, fully expecting them to be paired with the muted shades of fall!

Today I have for you two of my favourites of this collection – let’s start with the crisp, clean beauty of Cotton Buds! A pure, opaque white creme, Cotton Buds was a dream to apply and wear. If you love white polish (I adore white polish!), you know what a pain it can sometimes be to apply, including streaking. Cotton Buds was incredible; applying with buttery, creamy ease, and drying to a super high shine. I think I wore Cotton Buds for five days before finally changing it, but all I had in that time to indicate wear was a tiny chip on one nail. Talk about endurance!

And here is the gorgeous shade at two coats:

ButterLondon_CottonBudsLook at that amazing shine!

 

Changing gears to a bright hot pink, described as a nearly-neon pink cream, Cake Hole is a beauty. Venturing into coral territory, Cake Hole is hot, hot, hot and just as dreamy to apply as Cotton Buds. It has a slight jelly consistency, making it a touch less opaque than Cotton Buds, yet it applies evenly and dries quickly. I had to use top coat to bring out the shine in Cake Hole as it did not dry to quite the high shine as the above polish. Here it is at two easy coats with top coat:

ButterLondon_CakeHoleThis was my first experience with Butter LONDON’s lacquers, and now I finally realize what the fuss is about. The lacquers are incredible from application to finish to wear! Even after days of wear, the polish held up and refused to fade. I noticed the longevity when removing the polish – it is definitely built for endurance. The Colour Clash Collection is now available where Butter LONDON lacquers are sold. For more information, check out their website or follow on Facebook!~xo

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

NewBanner_copy.1KBSHIMMER ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF SEVEN NEW GLIMMERING POLISHES

KBShimmer Fall Polish Line Set For Release September 1st, 2013

KBShimmer is excited to announce the addition of seven new fall colors to their 3-Free glitter polish line. Owner Christy Rose says “With a bit of chill in the morning and school buses out in force, I can’t help feel that fall is almost here.  I am ready put away the neon and embrace the warmer, softer tones that accent the feeling of Autumn.”

“The fall KBShimmer line up has a bit for everyone, from the glitter lover to those that want a more subtle look.” says Rose.  “We are again expanding our matte line with both a fun cranberry red, and a blue toned gray.  For those that love the look of jelly polishes, we offer three versions in black, red, and a blue with hints of purple.  A white crelly, and a unique teal with heavy pink shimmer completes the new collection.  We think this is our most diverse collection yet, and the perfect start to the season.”

KBShimmer – FALL 2013 COLLECTION

FallCollectionGroupVicious Circles: A blood red jelly loaded with silver holographic circles in two sizes, sliver holographic hex glitters and holographic sliver micro slices.  Best in two or three coats.

ViciousCirclesEvery Nook & Cranberry: A cranberry satin matte polish with a subtle pink and gold shimmer.  This polish with its blue undertones is one that will work on many skin tones.  Best in two coats.

EveryNookAndCranberryYou Autumn Know: A white crelly polish loaded with fuchsia, gold, and orange glitters.  Micro bars accent the fall pallet of this polish. Best in three coats, or two coats over white.

YouAutumnKnowTeal Another Tail: A dusty teal green polish with a strong pink almost duo-chrome shimmer. A color I imagine would be on a mermaid’s tail.  Best in two coats.TealAnotherTail

Turbulence: A satin matte finish slate gray polish inspired by storm clouds.  Silver flakes are surrounded by micro blue and fuchsia sparks inspired by lightning and rain. Best in two coats. Turbulance

You Go Ghoul!: This Halloween polish is one that you will wear year round.  A black jelly sparkles with glitters in grape, berry and orange for a polish even a witch would love.  Best in two coats over black or three coats alone.YouGoGhoul

Excuse Me, I Blurped: A shade not quite blue, not quite purple shade with glitters in many shades of blue, purple, with a hint of copper. Best in two coats.

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Shipping September 1, 2013

KBShimmer products can be found at KBShimmer.com.  For sales outside of the US visit Harlow & Co.

So which one are you most excited about??

FALL INTO THE BEAUTY OF RICH COLOR

China Glaze® Introduces 12 Luxurious Shades

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Los Angeles, CA – (July 2013): As the season begins to change and the weather cools, China Glaze® invites you to step inside for an evening of cocktails, gossip, flirtation and gorgeous nail color with the new Autumn Nights collection. Gab with the gals, clink those glasses and cheers to a fabulous Fall with nails that strike up a conversation.

The China Glaze® Autumn Nights collection includes:

CG_GossipOverGimletsGossip Over Gimlets: Platinum shimmer soiree

CG_GoldieButGoodieGoldie But Goodie: Eternal rust gold shimmer

CG__StrikeUpACosmoStrike Up A Cosmo: Sparkling rose gold shimmer

CG_RendezvousWithYouRendezvous With You: Shimmery purple affair

CG_PublicRelationsPublic Relations: Impressionable violet gunmetal shimmer

CG_KissMyGlassKiss My Glass: Feisty blue gunmetal shimmer

CG_TongueChicTongue & Chic: Playful emerald shimmer

CG_ScandalousShenanigansScandalous Shenanigans: Rich blue shimmer

CG_QueenB_HRQueen B: Regal blue-purple crème

CG_CharmedImSure_HRCharmed, I’m Sure: Gracious purple crème

CG_DontMakeMeWineDon’t Make Me Wine: Reserve-worthy red-violet shimmer

CG_Red-yWillingRed-y & Willing: Frisky red shimmer

Cheers to China Glaze® Autumn Nights, available in September 2013 at fine salons and beauty supply stores as open stock colors, 6 piece box collections, 6 piece counter display, 12 piece counter display and 36 piece rack.CG_IMG_StrikeUpACosmoCG_IMG_GossipOverGimlets

 

China Glaze® is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.

China Glaze® nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, please visit http://www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Urban-Inspired Nails!

OPI Launches the San Francisco Collection

For Fall/Winter 2013

San Francisco by OPI brings street chic style with West Coast flair to nails and toes for Fall/Winter 2013. This new collection features a palette ranging from sky and sea-colored hues of blues and gray to reds, burgundies and browns inspired by some of the city’s most iconic elements – Chinatown, the Golden Gate bridge and the Embarcadero. This fall mélange is mixed with texture, seen in three new Liquid Sand™ nail lacquers in earthy hues of taupe, blue and gray: It’s All San Andreas’s Fault, Wharf! Wharf! Wharf! and Alcatraz…Rocks. Liquid Sand lacquers dry to a textured, matte finish, infused with reflective sparkle.

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“To me, the women of San Francisco and the city itself really epitomize today’s multifaceted beauty consumer,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “San Francisco offers a European flair with distinct West Coast attributes. These elements inspired a collection of urban chic nail lacquer shades, thanks to the sophisticated combination of high fashion and eclectic street style.

“With twelve colors ranging from moody grays and blues to garnet and ruby jewel tones, these lacquers are designed to accessorize fall’s hottest looks, from military details to winter whites,” continues Weiss-Fischmann. “On fall runways, models were seen wearing luxurious textures from head to toe. The three new Liquid Sand nail lacquers incorporate the texture trend through nails, with rich matte finishes in colors to complement the season’s fashion.”

San Francisco by OPI includes the following shades:

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I shore do like this chocolaty tan.

NLF54_P_DiningAlFrisco.loresDining al Frisco
Just feast your eyes on this fresh-air blue!

NLF55_P_HaventTheFoggiest.loresHaven’t the Foggiest
Can’t tell you why I love this misty gray…I just do!

NLF56_P_PeaceLoveAndOPI.loresPeace & Love & OPI
This holographic sage and eggplant is far out!

NLF57_P_KeepingSuziAtBay.loresKeeping Suzi at Bay
There’s no holding back this assertive navy blue.

NLF58_P_IncognitoInSausalito.loresIncognito in Sausalito
You better keep this almost-black blue under wraps.

NLF59_P_LostOnLombard.loresLost on Lombard
Oh garn-et! I’m all turned around!

NLF60_P_IKneadSourDough.loresI Knead Sour-Dough
Are you bready to wear this toasty warm brown?

NLF61_P_MuirMuirOnTheWall.loresMuir Muir on the Wall
This trailblazing plum is the fairest of all.

NLF62_P_InTheCableCarPoolLane.loresIn the Cable Car-Pool Lane
Good golly, Miss Trolley, this rich burgundy takes me away!

NLF63_P_EmbaracaDareYa.loresEmbarca-Dare Ya!
Betcha can’t pass up this marvelous magenta.

NLF64_P_FirstDateAtGoldenGate.loresFirst Date at the Golden Gate
You and me and this shimmery ruby make three.

NLF65_P_ItsAllSanAndreassFault.loresIt’s All San Andreas’s Fault
I’d move mountains to get this textured earthy taupe!

NLF66_P_WarfWarfWarf.loresWharf! Wharf! Wharf!
Dog-gone it…fetch me that textured matte blue!

NLF67_P_AlcatrazRocks.loresAlcatraz…Rocks
There’s no escaping this arresting textured gray.

San Francisco nail lacquer shades each feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. Liquid Sand nail lacquers should always be worn without top coat. San Francisco by OPI will be available August 7, 2013, at Professional Salons and Spas for $10.95 CAN suggested retail for each nail lacquer.

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

CASHMERES & SATINS

Twelve sultry new ZOYA Nail Polish colors for Fall 2013.

Six new long-wearing decadent, cashmere creams – five silky, satin metallics – one super luxe gold topper! All created to work together with this seasons most stylish runway designs and luxurious fabric blends. Try the topper as an accent or gild each nail – no matter what this Fall duo has you covered.

ZOYA FALL 2013: CASHMERES & SATINS COLLECTIONS

CASHMERES

Zoya_Nail_Polish_697_LIVINGSTON_HAND SHOT 400x400_CLivingston (ZP697) – Fall Red Cream
Full Coverage.

Zoya_Nail_Polish_685_PEPPER HAND SHOT 400x400_CPepper (ZP685) – Brick Red Cream
Full Coverage (Originally designed for Peter Som/AW13).

ZP_696_SAILOR_Hand shot 400x400_CSailor (ZP696) – Dark Navy Cream
Full Coverage.

ZP_695_HUNTER_HAND SHOT_400x400_CHunter (ZP695) – Dark Sea Cream
Full Coverage.

ZP_694_LOUISE_HAND SHOT 400x400_CLouise (ZP694) – Chocolate Brown Cream
Full Coverage.

ZP_693_FLYNN_HAND SHOT 400x400_CFlynn (ZP693) – Camel Brown Nude Cream
Full Coverage.

SATINS

Zoya_Nail_Polish_691_CHANNING_Hand shot 400x400_CChanning (ZP691) – Rust Red Copper Metallic
Full Coverage.

Zoya_Nail_Polish_692_MASON_HAND SHOT 400x400_CMason (ZP692) – Red Violet “Fandango Pink” Metallic
Full Coverage (Originally designed for Zang Toi/SS13).

Zoya_Nail_Polish_in_Claudine_150Claudine (ZP690) – Meteorite Gray Metallic
Full Coverage.

Zoya_Nail_Polish_679_NEVE_HANDSHOT 400x400_CNeve (ZP679) – Sapphire Blue Metallic
Full Coverage (Originally designed for Zang Toi/AW13).

Zoya_Nail_Polish_680_GIOVANNA_HANDSHOT 400x400_CGiovanna (ZP680) – Lush Emerald Green Metallic
Full Coverage (Originally designed for Zang Toi/AW13).

Zoya_Nail_Polish_662_MARIA_LUISA_HANDSHOT 400x400_CSPECIAL EDITION – SATINS TOPPER Maria-Luisa (ZP662) – Sparkling Cellophane Gold Topper
(Originally designed for Rafael Cennamo/AW13).

Photo credits: Zoya Nail Polish

Ultra long-wearing, nail lacquers by Zoya are BIG5FREE – all formulas are completely free of harmful industrial chemicals such as toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.

Find over 300 stunning Zoya colors on www.zoya.com.
Each and every color has a name as unique as the women who inspired it.

ZOYA IS THE NEW COLOR OF FASHION!
Zoya Nail Polish – Fall
$8.00 ea. (US)

AVAILABLE JULY 15, 2013!

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