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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.)

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Included in my preview of the stunning new Dior collection for Holiday 2013, Golden Winter, was the new Diorific Jewel Manicure Duo, a three-dimensional-effect mani which was inspired by the magnificent adornments of Versailles. Dior reinvents its jewel nail lacquer with this duo that teams a gold base with crystal micro-pearls to sprinkle over nails.

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Sold in a gold box, the duo also includes a beautiful matching mini gold funnel to return sprinkled micro-pearls into the bottle. The beads look like little balls of glass in the gorgeous retro Diorific Vernis bottle, and the golden polish is simply beautiful – a perfect shade of neutral gold.

The application is fairly simple:

1. Apply a coat of polish, let dry.
2. Working one nail at a time, apply a second coat of polish, and immediately sprinkle the pearls onto the nail.
3. Press the pearls gently onto the nail to help them adhere.
4. Et voila!

To show you both the beautiful gold base colour and the pearls, I applied an accent nail of “jewels” on my ring finger.

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Some macros of the nail art:

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The gold polish is simply beautiful, drying quickly to an almost lamé-looking finish. The metallic finish does allow for slight brush marks, but I found that applying two generous coats, from base to tip in a swift motion, limited these. What a gorgeous gold!

The three-dimension manicure has become a big hit in the recent past, but I’ve never really had a desire to try it – maybe because I can be very discriminating with texture on nails or the fact that this would not last longer than an hour on me!  Dior’s beautiful packaging and retro bottles take it from just nail art to gorgeous bottles of art, and the micro-pearls are sparkly and reflective, and I loved the easy application.

If you’re a Dior connoisseur, you will want to get your hands on this limited edition duo!

What do you think of Dior’s foray into 3D nail art?

The Dior Golden Winter Holiday Colour Collection will be available in limited release at Dior counters in November, as well as online at thebay.com! For more information (but no shipping available to Canada), head to Dior.com!

~xo

 

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

Recently I shared with you a preview of the stunning new Dior collection for Holiday 2013, Golden Winter. Included in this limited edition collection are three divine Diorific Vernis shades as well as the new Diorific Jewel Manicure Duo, a three-dimensional effect-mani which was inspired by the magnificent adornments of Versailles.

Today I bring you the three Diorific Vernis shades: Frimas (318), Minuit (995) and Marilyn (751), below left to right, in the most adorable retro bottles! These bottles are so pretty that they deserve to sit on your makeup counter or dresser, displayed as little treasures would be!

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Frimas is a greige (grey-beige) pink-leaning shade with a distinctive gold glass fleck. What is incredible about Frimas is how intense the shimmer within it is! Application was easy, and the polish was opaque by the second coat. Drytime with Dior Vernis seems to be great across the board.

Here are two coats of Frimas, pre-top coat in direct sunlight:

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Look at the shine in the shade:

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Well what can I say about Minuit, the vamp of this collection… Minuit will leave you breathless! A deep burgundy with red and gold shimmer, it seems lit from within – and the shiny finish will only serve to further seduce you.

Two coats of Minuit in artificial light:

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And speaking of seduction… this is Marilyn, a bright, classic red shade inspired by Miss Monroe. I believe this shade was first introduced for Holiday 2012 and I honestly can’t blame Dior for bringing it back. Everyone needs some Marilyn in their lives…

Marilyn had a slight crelly finish (cream-jelly), and was probably the easiest of the three polishes to apply due to its self-levelling and superior coverage. Don’t even get me started on the shine, seen below at two coats without top coat (artificial light):

Dior_DiorificVernis_Marilyn2and in direct sunlight:

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Which of these beauties is your favourite?

The Dior Golden Winter Holiday Colour Collection will be available in limited release at Dior counters in November, as well as online at thebay.com! For more information (no shipping available to Canada), head to Dior.com!

~xo

 

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

Inspired by Versailles at the heart of winter, the Dior Golden Winter Holiday Colour Collection is based around shades of pink and gold, emblematic codes of the House of Dior since the first couture collection in 1947. Dior was particularly influenced by the golden era of Versailles fashion, which celebrated femininity with its ornate fabrics and structured dresses that enhanced the waist.

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This holiday, the splendor of Versailles shines on in the Dior makeup collection, which draws inspiration from images of the iconic palace and its gardens covered in snow. Eyes are dressed in sparkling hues of white, yellow and rose golds, while lips are highlighted in sparkling fuchsia, vibrant red, and a rich burgundy. Nails complete the look in rosy taupe, red and golden plum.

Much like the 5 Couleurs palette from the Dior Mystic Metallics collection, the two 5 Couleurs Eye Shadow palettes in the Golden Winter collection are like tiny works of art. Beautifully finished with a quilted pattern, the 5 eye shadows in each Golden Flower (634) and Golden Snow (644) should have appeal to everyone.

Golden Flower is a beautiful warm palette, including a pearly peach, a vanilla shimmer, a rich chocolate, a gilded bronze, and a whitened gold glitter in the centre. I am totally obsessed with this palette! It is perfect for most skin tones and can be used for both day and night looks. What more can you ask for?

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The Golden Snow palette leans a touch cooler than Golden Flower, and includes a pale pink shimmer, a medium-toned gold glitter, a blackened-steel grey, a grey-lilac, and in the centre, a snow white glitter. Another spectacular colour combination, with a perfect name!

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Presented in a vintage-looking golden tube, the Diorific Lipsticks of this collection are presented in three gorgeous shades: Diva (038), Winter (042) and Minuit (046).

Diva is a a ruby red, perfect for the holiday and winter season. Winter is a deep burgundy creme for your inner seductress, and Minuit is a sparkling fuchsia. See Minuit and Diva below:

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Two sparkling Dior Addict Gloss shades are also available in Enchanted Rose (451), a sheer nude with pearl-pink finish, and Pink Fantasy (776), a scintillating sheer but vibrant raspberry sparkler (top to bottom):

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Three divine Diorific Vernis shades complete your look in Frimas (318), Minuit (995) and Marilyn (751), below left to right. Aren’t they magnificent?

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And finally, inspired by the magnificent adornments of Versailles, the Diorific Jewel Manicure Duo combines two versions of Diorific Vernis: a sumptuous gold lacquer to apply as a base and luminous crystal micro-pearls to sprinkle on top for a three-dimensional result!

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Swatches and reviews coming shortly!

(EDIT: See swatches HERE!!)

The Dior Golden Winter Holiday Colour Collection will be available in limited release at Dior counters in November, as well as online at thebay.com. For more information, head to Dior.com!

Visions of Lacquer!

OPI Launches 4 NEW Limited Edition
Mariah Carey Holiday Gift Sets

OPI announces four new gift sets this holiday season – perfect for creating personalized nail looks:

  • Mariah Carey…The Look contains three full-sized lacquers: My Favorite Ornament (champagne glitter), Visions of Love (rich burgundy) and I Snow You Love Me (holographic confetti).
  • Mariah Carey Mini 3-Pack/Liquid Sand offers TWO trio gift set options, each containing three mini Liquid Sand shades.
  • Mariah Carey Mini 4-Pack includes four mini lacquers – two glitters and two seasonal hues.

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“Inspired by Mariah Carey’s iconic songs, these gift sets will put your nails in the holiday spirit and are perfect for gift giving,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “With Mariah Carey Holiday gift sets, you can create a festive manicure with different finishes using wintery tones, glitter and Liquid Sand texture.”

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Mini 3-Pack/Liquid Sand trio #1 includes Mariah Carey Holiday Liquid Sand shades Silent Stars Go By, Baby Please Come Home and Make Him Mine, trio #2 includes It’s Frosty Outside, Emotions and Kiss Me at Midnight. Mini 4-Pack includes Visions of Love, Warm Me Up, Wonderous Star and All Sparkly and Gold.

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Mariah Carey Holiday 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. Mariah Carey…The Look, Mariah Carey Mini 3-Pack/Liquid Sand and Mariah Carey Mini 4-Pack will be available October 2013, at Professional Salons and Spas for a limited time. Mariah Carey…The Look retails for $24.95 CAN, Mini 3-Pack/Liquid Sand retails for $12.50 CAN each set, and Mini 4-Pack retails for $14.95 CAN.

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

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