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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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ESCAPE TO ITALY
WITH THE VENICE COLLECTION BY OPI

THINK: Romantic color inspired by Baroque period decadence

WHAT THEY ARE: New lacquers and gels that pay homage to one of the world’s most beautiful cities. The leading nail professional and color experts at OPI have created a collection this Fall/Winter 2015 that captures the essence of one of Europe’s most romantic ancient capitals. A city of opulent pleasures, lavish artwork, and breathtaking Baroque architecture, for centuries Venice has inspired artists and composers to create works of timeless beauty. The world’s number one salon brand has created its own tribute to the famed “Queen of the Adriatic” with the all new Venice Collection. Featuring 15 new lacquer shades with matching GelColor to evoke the sumptuous elegance and grandiose splendor of the floating city, the OPI Venice Collection brings the alluring spirit of Venice to life anywhere.

OPI Co-Founder & Brand Ambassador Suzi Weiss-Fischmann explains, “Dreaming of Venice calls to mind people- watching in the piazza, sipping champagne in a gondola, or enjoying a gelato in an outdoor café as you stroll and float through this extraordinary city. So we created a collection of romantic reds, decadent blues, striking corals, dreamy pastels, elegant nudes, dramatic darks, and luxurious metallics that celebrate this vision of over-the-top indulgence.” This bold and elegant collection will introduce 12 new shades to the permanent OPI color family, and three limited edition offerings to ignite and renew your passion for color with a touch of Italian seduction.

OPI Venice Collection

The Complete Venice Collection Includes:

  • Venice by OPI Nail Lacquers ($4.75 salon, $9.50 retail) ($5.95 CAN salon, $11.50 CAN retail): Enjoy 15 shades of on-trend color that puts Venice at your fingertips. Available as part of the permanent OPI color offerings in lush melon A Great Opera-tunity, persimmon crème It’s a Piazza Cake, shimmery copper Worth a Pretty Penne, coffee cream Tiramisu for Two, ravishing red Amore at the Grand Canal, red shimmer Gimme a Lido Kiss, opaque crème Be There in a Prosecco, pale gray I Cannoli Wear OPI, icy-sweet Gelato on My Mind, pastel lilac Purple Palazzo Pants, bold eggplant O Suzi Mio, luscious black My Gondola or Yours?. Catch these three LIMITED EDITION shades of bold aquamarine Venice the Party?, glittering gold Baroque…But Still Shopping, and deep navy St. Mark’s the Spot.
  • Venice by OPI GelColors (salon price $15.99): Enjoy the same 15 Venice Collection lacquer colors in long wearing, durable OPI GelColor: A Great Opera-tunity, It’s a Piazza Cake, Worth a Pretty Penne, Tiramisu for Two, Amore at the Grand Canal, Gimme a Lido Kiss, Be There in a Prosecco, I Cannoli Wear OPI, Gelato on My Mind, Purple Palazzo Pants, O Suzi Mio, My Gondola or Yours?, and the LIMITED EDITION shades of Venice the Party?, Baroque…But Still Shopping, and St. Mark’s the Spot.

I have to say, OPI’s preview boxes of the Venice Collection were adorable, with an Italian theme including a gold masquerade mask, Dean & Deluca tiramisu caramels along with some Ferrero Rochers to tantalize your taste buds.

How cute was this box??

OPI Venice Collection box

OPI Venice Collection contents(If you noticed that the two reds on the left look the same, you have a great eye. 🙂 My box is missing Amore at the Grand Canal, instead having two Gimme a Lido Kiss {probably the cutest name ever!}. Now I want just a “lido kiss…”)

Now for a few swatches of some of my very favourites from this collection!

Two immediate standouts for me (as you can see from the above photo of the Venice Collection box where I had displayed the two bottles) were I Cannoli Wear OPI and the sweet Gelato on My Mind. I mean… I LOVE these two shades! Of course I had no choice but to combine them into one of my favourite looks, an easy sponge gradient. Seriously though, how stunning are they together?

OPI Venice I Cannoli Gelato Mind GradientDaylight

OPI Venice I Cannoli Gelato Mind Gradient2Artificial light

Another standout, and sure to be a hit for years to come, the pink-leaning nude Tiramisu for Two… truly a colour for divinity:

OPI Venice Tiramisu for Two sun

Direct sunlight

OPI Venice Tiramisu for TwoIndirect natural light – Drooling yet??

The beauty of the Venice Collection continues with A Great Opera-tunity, a pale salmon that makes for a darker nude.

OPI Venice A Great Opera-tunity

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Which of the Venice Collection shades are your favourites?

~xo

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For this summer, Nicole by OPI launched a mini-collection of four new nail lacquers called Seize the Summer. Including bright, beach-ready shades of coral, citrus green, hot pink and metallic confetti glitter, these tropical shades are beautiful and will have you dreaming of the islands!

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One of the first shades I wore from this collection, against my usual preference of pinks and corals, was Lay it on the Lime, the bright lime green shade.

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Having seen just how bright this gorgeous neon can be, I wanted to experiment with a fun way to soften it. If you follow my blog, you have surely noticed my love of gradients, and why not gradient over Lay it on the Lime!

To make this beautiful neon softer and more wearable for those that are neon-shy, I thought a nude, taupe-y shade would do the trick. Enter That’s Putting it Mild, a creamy nude shade!

The look I wanted was similar to a soft, unstructured French manicure, with neon tips. What do you think of the end result?

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I also experimented with this gradient using OPI’s amazing nude Don’t Bossa Nova Me Around… another gorgeous combo you may have seen on my Instagram.

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

 

Would you like to see a tutorial for this look?

~xo

 

 

Just in time for summer, OPI will be launching a collection of six full-size (yes, full-size!) neon lacquers, along with Put a Coat On!, a special white base coat that is meant to boost neon colour.

If you recall my posts on last summer’s Neon Minis (see them here and here!), you will remember just how hot the little Neon Lacquers were. OPI fans wanted more, and unfortunately, last summer’s offering only came in a mini size. Fast forward to now, and OPI is offering both the full size collection of neons, as well as a mini set of all six lacquers (does not include the special white base coat).

Today I bring you a quick sneak peek at the six shades, as well as… well, let’s just inspiration struck.

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I started with a base of Put a Coat On!, an opaque white polish meant to be worn under these neon lacquers to help make them pop. I used only one generous coat which actually applied quite evenly, with minimal streaking (which is what white polishes are notorious for, unfortunately), and let that dry. Once it dried, I created some 80’s pop-art nails, slightly reminiscent of my abstract nail art seen here:

OPI_Neons_by_OPI_2014_Nailart

And of course, a macro, because I can’t help but love macros!

OPI_Neons_by_OPI_summer2014_macro

What do you think of today’s neon nail art? Are you like me, totally obsessed with neon shades for summer?

~xo

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

 

 

Happy weekend and Happy Easter to those of you celebrating!

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Today I have a quick pastel mani that is perfect for Easter… or just spring. I love pastels and my quest for the perfect yellow once led me to franken my very own pastel yellow that, if I say so myself, actually turned out quite pretty. And similar to today’s gem from Morgan Taylor: Ahead of the Game. A gorgeous pastel yellow with the subtlest hint of shimmer, Ahead of the Game caught my eye a few times and I somehow managed to walk away… not yesterday! It does apply a little sheer on the first coat, but with a generous second coat, leaves behind a perfect, streak-free finish:

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Ahead of the Game looked to be the perfect blank canvas, so I decided to make it into an Easter mani by adding some angled French tips with OPI’s Alpine Snow, and an accent of Zoya’s Cole from their Spring Awaken Collection, a beautiful pastel peach-orange cream:

MorganTaylor_ZoyaEaster_mani

Simple, yet elegant, and easy to do with some striping tape or simple tape cut out into lengths or little triangles.

If you are celebrating today, Happy Easter and hope everyone enjoys this beautiful Sunday with their loved ones, furry and human!

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What do you think of my pastel mani?

~xo

 

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Yesterday I announced that I was participating in a new Nicole by OPI challenge that runs until February 25th (please head to twitter to tweet or retweet to help me win!), and today I wanted to share some more details about the nail art. 🙂

The challenge was to come up with a manicure to complement any of Carrie Underwood’s amazing songs using only shades from her new Nicole by OPI collection.
I chose the song “Before he Cheats.” Colours used (all from the Carrie Underwood for Nicole by OPI collection): Love My Pups, Carnival Cotton Candy, Some Hearts and American as Apple Pie, as well as the new 3-in-1 as my base/top coat:

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Here is the mani before I added the nail art, with the beautiful pale nude Love My Pups on my index and ring (2 coats), red beauty American as Apple Pie on my middle, and deep pink crelly Some Hearts on my pinky:

NOPI_Carrie_contest_aAren’t the colours beautiful?

And the final look once I added striping tape and the topping colours (middle and pinky fingers done freehand, and index is a sponge gradient of American as Apple Pie and Carnival Cotton Candy):

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Once again, if you happen to like my mani and are on twitter, would you vote for me by heading over to Twitter and tweeting or retweeting the following photo of my nail art, including my hashtag #Aire4Nicole?

Nicole_the Obsessed-1Everyone can tweet once as well as retweet once per day (that’s two votes per person, per day)!

Thank you! ~xo

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Happy weekend!

Today I tried a saran wrap mani for the first time! I have seen this mani around a lot lately, and it seemed relatively easy with not many tools needed… so here goes…

I had been craving the gorgeous American as Apple Pie from Carrie Underwood’s (stunning!) Nicole by OPI collection for the past few days, and finally decided to use it as the base for my saran wrap manicure attempt. American as Apple Pie is a beautiful true red creme with an incredible formula – truly a one coater with an intense glossy finish. I have worn this shade multiple times already, which speaks to how much I love it (given the number of polishes I have, haha)! Below are two coats of this gem:

NicolebyOPI_AmericanAsAplIs that not a perfect, shiny red? Love!

Here’s what you need for a saran wrap manicure:

  • base coat and a good top coat
  • base colour
  • second colour in a complimentary or contrasting shade
  • saran wrap from your kitchen – cut into squares, one for each nail is best although I sometimes reused a piece
  • clean up brush or Q-tip

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I started with a base coat of Nicole by OPI’s new 3-in-1 base/strengthener/top coat, and added one coat of American as Apple Pie. I let that dry naturally.

Once the colour is dry, work one nail at a time.

I applied a generous coat of At Least I Pink So from Nicole by OPI’s 2014 collection, a bright bubblegum pink creme. While still wet, I blotted the crumpled saran wrap on the wet polish to lift the pink/second polish. (Blot it a couple of times to get the desired effect.)

This seems easy however I found it lifted a bit too much at times, but thankfully the fix is easy: simply apply another coat of the second polish and dab the saran wrap on your nail again. For me, I found it best to let the polish sit for a few seconds after I applied it before blotting. Once all nails were done, I used my cleanup brush to remove some of the excess polish I got on my skin and cuticles. Because the effect can be a bit bumpy, I used two coats of top coat: first, a generous coat of the 3-in-1 to top my finished mani, and then I added a coat of Nicole by OPI’s new Quick Dry top coat.

Here is the finished result with each of the two polish bottles (click for larger images):

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And a macro:

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I love the marbled effect that’s achieved!

So what do you think of my first saran wrap manicure? 🙂 If you liked this post, please take a moment to ‘like’ this post or comment!

~xo

 

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

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