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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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This season, AERIN introduces the new ESSENTIALS COLLECTION – an updated selection of carefully edited AERIN products women simply can’t live without. The perfect blend of fresh, new favourites and easy, must-have classics create a perfectly tailored daily beauty routine that easily fits into a stylish lifestyle. From AERIN’s new multi-tasking Rose Balm, to an updated Brush Collection for effortless application, to your favourite Rose Hand & Body Cream, it’s a versatile assortment that blends sheer colour and subtle radiance with inherent ease.

As part of its new ESSENTIALS Collection, AERIN introduces the new AERIN Kaleidolight Palette. Encased in a pretty pale pink soft drawstring pouch is a beautiful square golden compact with a foil-finish on the top, and a large mirror inside.

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Easy and versatile, this pretty palette of five skin-loving, light-enhancing shades of bronze, beige, pink and lavender add a subtle glow in one sweep. Swirl the Aerin Kabuki Brush across the palette to highlight the face, or use The Brush Essentials to add light and colour to eyes and cheeks with select colours.

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Appearing very muted and soft, the five shades (the soft beige shade appears twice in the compact) are actually quite pigmented. So a word of advice, start with a very light hand and build if you wish.

Here are the colours, starting with the upper-left lilac, going clockwise in the compact and swatched left to right. The larger swatch on the right of my photo shows all the shades blended together:

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You can see the effect of all the shades blended is a subtle glow with a touch of warm bronze. Though the shades provide a delicate glow, there is no visible shimmer, and the powder is ultra-fine and applies easily, without streaking.

The Kaleidolight Palette is a fantastic multi-use palette, with colours that you can use as eye shadow, as blush, to contour (with the darkest beige), as a bronzer, or, sweep a kabuki brush over all the shades and apply it for an all-over glow. Talk about multi-tasking! (Makes a great travel companion!)

With shades suiting a variety of skin tones, I dare say this is a must-have… Like many luxury beauty products, it is a little higher-priced at $78 (Cdn), but worth the investment with its gorgeous, highly pigmented colours.

The NEW AERIN ESSENTIALS COLLECTION is now available at Holt Renfrew Toronto Bloor Street, Yorkdale, Calgary and Vancouver and online at EsteeLauder.ca. For more information head to AERIN on Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

What do you think of this palette?

~xo

 

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

Recently a number of bloggers and editors were invited to Dial & göt2b’s 2014 Spring Launch in Toronto, where we not only had a chance to learn about the amazing new products hitting shelves, but enjoyed hand massages, hair styling… and oh yes, and a fabulous lunch!

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Some highlights from the launch include Dial’s new Fro-Yo body wash with cooling properties which is just amazing and so refreshing (!!), new Vitamin Boost Body Wash with incredible scents, and a Lavender and Twilight Jasmine Body Wash, perfect for a calming, soothing effect… and from göt2b: four new revolutionary products in the göt2b Rise ‘n Shine line, a new Frizz Taming Hairspray from their Guardian Angel line, and the new Glued Spiking Wax!  Some information on both brands’ new launches is below!

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Dial’s new Yogurt Body Care line is enriched with protein-packed yogurt. There’s even a Greek Yogurt 7 Day Moisturizing Lotion! Dial® Greek Yogurt Body Wash contains a clean-rinsing formula that provides ultimate moisturization. Developed with an advanced moisture-attracting formula, your skin will be its healthiest and softest yet, with the same Vanilla Honey scent you already know and love from Dial!
Another option to keep your skin just as hydrated, and still containing the natural skin conditioning benefits of yogurt protein, Dial also introduces their brand new Frozen Yogurt Cooling Body Wash. Featuring a refreshing tingle that gently cools skin on contact, this innovative body wash is great for the warmer months, or just as a fresh kick-start to wake you up in the morning!

Dial also introduces the NEW Dial® Vitamin Boost Body Wash, in two varieties: Amazing B is a lotion-infused creamy formula that draws in moisture to keep skin hydrated and nourished, with the divine fragrance of fresh tropical kiwi and mango. Super C is oil-infused and contains antioxidants that protect the skin, creating a radiant and healthy glow through the power of Vitamin C, and leaving behind the invigorating scent of orange and grapefruit.

Finally, Dial’s Lavender & Twilight Jasmine Body Wash provides skin with all day freshness, and the light fragrance of lavender and jasmine to calm your mind and leave skin more healthy, smooth and beautiful than before.

Dial’s new Body Washes retail for a suggested price of Cdn $4.99 (473 mL) each, and will be available at mass retail locations nationwide beginning March 2014.

Dial also introduces new Deep Cleansing Moisturizing Hand Soaps in three great smelling scents: Yellow Raspberry – This fresh smelling aroma is perfect for in the kitchen where clean hands are a must!
Water Blossoms – This clean and relaxing scent is the perfect addition to your bathroom when guests are visiting.
Coconut Lime Verbena – Especially on a nice summer day, this cool scent is just what you need after you shake up those margaritas!

NEW Dial® Deep Cleansing Moisturizing Hand Soaps retail for a suggested price of Cdn $2.99-3.99 (236mL) each, and are available at mass retail locations nationwide beginning March 2014.

For more information about Dial’s wide range of products for everyone in the family, visit them on Facebook!

göt2b’s new Rise ‘n Shine product line features four brand new revolutionary products, and delivers volume and shine together:

  • göt2b Rise ‘n Shine Radiance Bounce Whipped Mousse provides root-to-tip shaping, and A-list finishing shine.
  • Prep for heat styling with the göt2b Rise ‘n Shine Glistening Full Blow Dry Cream; an easy to disperse balm that leaves you with lasting lift and high heat protection for any hair type.
  • For slick styles, hold and remold with the göt2b Rise ‘n Shine Gleaming Height Pomade. Water and oils provide excellent hold without a greasy or heavy look, and panthenol enhances the reflection of light for even more gloss! Equally suitable for adding texture, height or shine to short or long styles.
  • Finish your show-stopping style with göt2b Rise ‘n Shine Luminous Lift Hairspray. Just a spritz will keep your strands starlet worthy all night long with enviable shine. Plus, available in göt2b’s studio-size can and guaranteed not to flake, you don’t have to worry about using more for a little extra oomph.

göt2b’s new Glued Spiking Wax is the latest innovation to the brand’s iconic spiking glue. It provides men the liberty to craft, mold and remold their do into what they want, when they want – with very little effort required!  göt2b Glued Spiking Wax is ideal for those who like the texture and consistency of glue or gel, but want a fashion-forward product to create controlled and touchable styles that coincide with what’s hot!

Last but not least, göt2b proudly extends their Guardian Angel line with NEW Frizz Taming Hairspray! Proven to deliver 90% humidity defense and combat frizz, your style stays calm under pressure.
Featuring special neutralizing agents that fend off the most humid of weather, göt2b Guardian Angel Frizz Protect Hairspray provides exceptionally high style retention over time in rain or shine.
The search for heavenly hair ends here!

göt2b new Rise ‘n Shine product line will retail for Cdn $7.99-$9.99 per product; Glued Spiking Wax, Cdn $7.99 and new göt2b Guardian Angel Frizz Protect Hairspray, available in studio-size, will retail for Cdn $9.99 each, all available beginning March 2014 at mass retail locations including Shoppers
Drug Mart, Walmart, Loblaws PharmaPlus and Jean Coutu across Canada.

For more information about göt2b, contests and tips, visit them on Facebook!

A Valentine’s Day-and-beyond pick for the eternal romantic!

Continuing the success of crafting understated and beautifully feminine fragrances, philosophy, the well-being beauty brand, is proud to unveil a new addition to its spirited collection. Introducing loveswept, a sparkling fragrance that uplifts the senses and inspires the emotion that love is where it all begins—love for life—and love for yourself.

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the story: loveswept unfolds as a sensorial love story… opening with a feeling of effervescence from bergamot and blue violet flower, then blooms with the enchantment of a spring bouquet of jasmine, lotus blossom and purple passion fruit, finally, warm musk, creamy amber and white cedarwood linger, creating an unforgettable trail of love ever-after.

Through loveswept, philosophy encourages women to follow their hearts every day, in all that they do. its vibrant and romantic scent captures the memorable moments that go along with finding a true love—be it another person, an undiscovered place or a newfound passion. loveswept is a beautiful reminder that love is what compels us to live fully.

my review: A very spring-like, fresh fragrance, loveswept made me think of a meadow at dawn… it has a very green scent – green as in fresh, grassy, spring bouquet. I definitely smelled the floral bloom and bergamot, which, by the way, I adore! Just its opening note of bergamot captured my heart, but the fragrance is more complex than that, lingering with its fruity notes and finishing up with a sweet warmth. Definitely a romantic fragrance, definitely something to try on your skin for spring.

The loveswept fragrance collection includes forms for layering to your heart’s content

  • loveswept edt spray, 60ml, $55.00
  • loveswept body lotion, 480ml, $44.00
  • loveswept shower gel, 480ml, $31.00
  • loveswept rollerball, 10ml, $23.00
  • loveswept edt spray, 15ml, $20.00

The loveswept collection is now available at Sephora, and will be available at Hudson’s Bay and Shoppers Drug Mart beginning in April 2014.

~xo

 

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

Apologies about the barrage of press releases, but I had to share OPI’s latest news with you. I personally cannot WAIT to try these new washes of colour on my nails. How exciting are these new Tinted Top Coats by OPI?

“A touch of color can change everything!”

OPI Launches NEW Color Tinted Top Coats

This spring OPI takes nail color to the next level with revolutionary Sheer Tints; the brand’s first-ever, pigmented top coats. Sheer Tints by OPI offers a fresh take on traditional top coats with the introduction of 4 new vivid hues in Blue, Pink, Yellow and Purple. An infusion of transparent color with high shine, these top coats can be worn alone, with a base coat for a playful sheer or layered over any shade to create an alternate finish for a progressive nail look.

“Nail color is all about self-expression; apply Sheer Tints over your favorite OPI Nail Lacquer to achieve your dream shade, accent glitters and darks or transform crèmes and shimmers,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Executive VP. “Make a statement by creating an ombre design that is on-trend then add several coats to create dimension.”

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  • I’m Never Amberrassed
    Liquid amber morphs into a veneer of yellow tint that is anything but bashful.
  • Be Magentale with Me
    Give your nails the sweet treatment with this sheer pink tint.
  • Don’t Violet Me Down
    You can count on this crystal sheer amethyst.
  • I Can Teal You Like Me
    It’s obvious you’re head over teal in love with this sheer blue.

Sheer Tints features OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. Sheer Tints will be available March 2014, at Professional Salons and Spas for $10.95 CAN suggested retail

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

Endless Sparklebilities!

OPI Announces a NEW Line of Sparkling Shades
with Spotlight on Glitter

Glitter takes center stage with the launch of Spotlight on Glitter, a new collection of OPI’s best and brightest sparkling lacquers. The line showcases OPI’s most popular metallic and holographic lacquers in rainbow, gold, silver and pink iridescent confetti; these glitters may be worn alone or layered over any nail color for a dazzling effect.

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“Glitter isn’t just for wearing on New Year’s Eve! Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean you can’t still wear sparkle,” explains Suzi Weiss Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Executive VP. “Try creating an ombré effect or accent nails by adding a layer of sparkle for a fun night on the town.”

Spotlight on Glitter by OPI includes the following:

YouPinkTooMuchYou Pink Too Much
I’m obsessed with this rosy glitter set in a shimmery base.

DesperatelySeekingSequinsDesperately Seeking Sequins
This prismatic glitter on a backdrop of shimmer is just what you’re looking for.

RoseOfLightRose of Light
A million points of light radiate from this rosy gold and rainbow sparkle.

IReachedMyGoldI Reached My Gold!
The cache of gold confetti in this clear rainbow glitter is all yours!

ChasingRainbowsChasing Rainbows
Your pursuit of gorgeous has won you this rainbow with pot-of-gold highlights.

BlushHourBlush Hour
Sorry, gotta blush… this super dense fuchsia glitter is way too charming.

These can be used with Glitter Off (see more here)— a new, peel-able base coat that allows for quick and easy removal when applied beneath any glitter shade. To remove, use a cuticle stick to gently push and peel the glitter lacquer off the nail. No nail polish remover is necessary for this final step.

Spotlight on Glitter by OPI nail lacquers feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. These six glitter shades and Glitter Off will be available March 2014 at Professional salons and spas across Canada for $10.95 suggested retail for each nail lacquer.

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

Imagine my surprise when I received unexpected news from OPI in my inbox! After the thrill of the Brazil Collection, I did not expect further OPI releases for some time… well colour me happy with: 

OPI Celebrates the Muppets with Limited Edition Nail Lacquers

Inspired by Disney’s New Film Muppets Most Wanted

OPI announces the launch of eight new limited edition nail lacquers inspired by Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted. With an all-star cast including Kermit the Frog, Constantine, Ricky Gervais, Miss Piggy, Ty Burrell, Tina Fey and the whole Muppet gang, this family comedy is directed by James Bobin and written by Bobin and Nicholas Stoller. Muppets Most Wanted opens in theaters on March 21, 2014.

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“The Muppets are a fun-loving, colorful cast of characters. These eight new nail lacquers were inspired by their latest adventures in Disney’s Muppets Most Wanted, which include a glamorous international stage tour – and lots of surprises,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Co-Founder & Executive VP. “Fashionable Miss Piggy is represented through soft pink, peach and pearlescent hues, as well as a frosty sapphire blue – Miss Piggy’s Big Number – to match her fabulous tour gown. The remaining four shades highlight the film’s unexpected elements and include a color-shifting mauve and three sparkle-packed lacquers – including my personal favorite Gaining Mole-mentum, a gold and rose chunky shredded glitter.”

Muppets Most Wanted by OPI includes the following shades:

MuppetsWorldTourMuppets World Tour
This white quartz with colorful sparkle is a global sensation.

MissPiggysBigNumberMiss Piggy’s Big Number
Stand back… Miss Piggy’s on sapphire!

ILoveApplauseI Love Applause
This sheer, sweet pink deserves a standing ovation.

LetsDoAnythingWeWantLet’s Do Anything We Want!
There’s no holding back this rose gold glitter with white confetti.

KermitMeToSpeakKermit Me to Speak
Listen up… I’ve got lots to say about this rosy mauve.

GainingMole-mentumGaining Mole-mentum
Make your beauty mark with this shredded gold and chunky pink glitter.

IntlCrimeCaperInt’l Crime Caper
To miss this opalescent pearl would be the crime of the century.

ChillinLikeaVillianChillin’ Like a Villain
My evil plan… to get away with this precious, sheer nude.

Muppets Most Wanted by OPI nail lacquer shades each feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application. Muppets Most Wanted will be available March 2014, at professional salons and spas for $10.95 CAN suggested retail each.

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

“Muppets Most Wanted” hits the big screen March 21, 2014. For more information, visit Disney.com/Muppets, like us on Facebook: Facebook.com/Muppets, and follow us on Twitter: Twitter.com/MuppetsStudio.

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