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On the bridge of an ocean liner blows the wind of liberty. Cruise elegance reigns. Dior renews ties with the world of the great transatlantic crossings, inspired by the travel spirits of its first Resort and Spring line in 1948. Created by Tyen, the 2014 Summer Look unveils a cruise make-up collection: a palette of navy blue, primary red and sandy beige. The skin wears the radiance of the sun and an outdoors glow. Eyes take to the seas in ultramarine blue, while lips light up in red, and nails wear the sailor’s strips.

This season, chic is taking a breath of maritime air.

A radiant tan, a natural glow and a nude skin sensation: under the sun of fashion, Dior has created a new wardrobe for the perfect, dream holiday complexion.

Both a foundation primer and a gradual self-tanner, Diorskin Nude Tan Prime & Bronze is a revolution in self-tanning make-up. From the very first application, skin looks warmer and the complexion is smoother and more even. As the days pass, the tan becomes deeper.

It is the first step in the summer make-up routine: apply Diorskin Nude Tan Prime & Bronze to cleansed and moisturized skin for instant beauty and radiance. Apply every day for a week for a lasting tan.

Diorskin_Transat_Nude_Prime_mascaraDiorshow Iconic Overcurl Waterproof in Over Black & Diorskin Nude Tan Prime & Bronze 

Dior_Transat_Diorskin_Prime_swatchDiorskin Nude Tan Prime & Bronze, before spreading

Dior_Transat_Diorskin_Prime_swatch2Diorskin Nude Tan Prime & Bronze, massaged into skin

Created especially for summer, lashes find their sea legs with Dior’s waterproof version of its professional volume and spectacular curve mascara,  Diorshow Iconic Overcurl.

Diorshow Iconic Overcurl Waterproof mascara is not Limited Edition and will remain in the line beyond Summer 2014.

Jettison all but the essential: radiance. Dior has created Diorskin Nude Shimmer. A subtle combination of shimmer and pigment, this illuminating powder recreates the effect of nude skin bathed in freshness. With one stroke of the brush the skin blushes gently, catching the light and revealing a sculpted face. The complexion has a naturally dazzling outdoors glow.

Note that Diorskin Nude Shimmer is not Limited Edition and will remain in the line beyond Summer 2014.

Dior_Transat_Diorskin_Nude_Shimmer_Diorskin Nude Shimmer in 001 Pink (L) and 002 Amber (R)

 

 Dior_Transat_Diorskin_Nude_Shimmer_AmberDiorskin Nude Shimmer in 002 Amber with included Kabuki brush

 

Under the aegis of ocean blue, eyes dive into summer.
With a rope motif signed Dior, shades of blue and brown, sand and orange, are layered in shimmer, iridescent and satin finishes. These new colour harmonies captured by the 5 Couleurs palette are a make-up version of the luxury sportswear look so cherished by Christian Dior. A uniform for eyes that is both elegant and casual, worn both in town and on the beach.

Dior_Transat_5Colour5 Couleur Transat Edition in 564 Sundeck (L) and 344 Atlantique (R)

“On holiday, you may wear all the colourful and casual clothes you like. But you must remain elegant at all costs.” Christian Dior

A flash of brightness on a summer night, lipstick adds warmth to your tan and lends sophistication to a nude face all on its own. In incendiary carmine (Mayday) or radiant mandarin (Cruise), Dior Addict Lipstick displays its incomparably chic signature look.

 

Dior_Addict_lipstick_Transat2Dior Addict Lipstick in 651 Mayday (L) and 611 Cruise (R)

 

 

Dior_Addict_lipstick_TransatDior Addict Lipstick in 651 Mayday (L) and 611 Cruise (R)

As for Dior Addict Gloss, it captures the season’s energy, making smiles gleam in poppy (Seafarer) or golden sand (Offshore). Maximum shine and yachting style, 2014, for lips that attract all the attention.

Dior_Transat_Dior_AddictDior Lip Maximizer in 005 Fresh Pink (top), Dior Addict Gloss in 642 Seafarer (middle) and 412 Offshore (bottom)

Lastly, Dior has produced its famous Lip Maximizer in juicy pink for the very first time. Lips are fresh and dazzling, emphasizing the healthy glow effect. Enjoy this never-ending summer cruise.

See the limited edition Dior Manucure Transat selections in this post!

 

An absolutely gorgeous nautical summer collection, Dior has managed to bottle the essence of summer. From bright pops of red to sandy tones of neutral, Dior’s Transat Collection encompasses the heat and warmth of summer while providing something for everyone. Upon the first swipe of Diorskin Nude Shimmer Powder on your skin, you will feel the glow that only summer can provide. Put on a wide-brimmed sun hat and head to your nearest Dior counter!
Dior’s Summer Look for 2014, Transat Collection, is now available in Limited Quantities at Dior counters everywhere!

 

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

What is your favourite Transat item and shade?

~xo

 

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This summer, Estée Lauder captivates the senses with a sultry limited edition colour look and alluring fragrance experience in the NEW Bronze Goddess Summer 2014 Collection. This modern yet sensual makeup look is inspired by a symphony of colour born from the enchantment of long stretched beaches of white sand that turn golden as night falls. When paired with the warm caress of Estée Lauder’s signature Bronze Goddess fragrance, stress is swept away, ushering in the carefree days and warm, golden embrace of summer.

A truly divine experience, the Bronze Goddess Summer 2014 Collection first tempts with the Bronze Goddess Color Collection featuring a spectrum of subtly nude hues accented by exquisitely rich colours from soft corals to deep blackberries and lavishly gilded metallics. Eyes glisten with nudes and metallic sparkle. Lips are glossed and brightened with luscious colour. Cheeks glow as if kissed by the sun.

Estee_Lauder_Bronze_GoddessAnd today I have for you one of the Limited Edition Pure Color Nail Lacquers from this beautiful collection, which is meant to complement the NEW Nudes Eyeshadow Palette (which I absolutely must pick up one of these days!).

Estee Lauder Pure Color Nail Lacquer in Bare is a very pale nude shade, leaning slightly peach with beautiful warm undertones. This may be your mannequin shade if you are very fair, but on me, it was a divine, creamy vanilla shade, perfect for that soft-yet-manicured look. Don’t let this shade’s lightness fool you – I would say this will be a very flattering shade on many skintones due to its delicious warm hue. The formula is gorgeous as well: highly pigmented (read: not runny) and creamy, Bare was a tad ‘unfinished’ on coat one, but evened out perfectly on coat two.

Below, 2 coats over base, no top coat, in the shade (look at that shine!):

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In the shade you really see its peach, bisque undertones, and the amazing creamy coverage.

 

The sun brings out its vanilla, lighter side:

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This collection is perfectly named, even with the many nude shades, ranging from ultra-fair, like Bare to a Burnished Nude and to Lust. I am so looking forward to pairing Bare with sunkissed skin – I absolutely adore the opposing spectrums of polish: vamps and whites/nudes!

The Bronze Goddess Summer 2014 Fragrance Collection is now available at select Estée Lauder counters at Hudson’s Bay, Sears, Holt Renfrew and online at www.esteelauder.ca (since March 2014). NEW Bronze Goddess Summer 2014 Makeup Collection is now available at Estée Lauder counters at Hudson’s Bay, Sears, Holt Renfrew and online at www.esteelauder.ca with much of the collection in limited release.

What do you think of Bare? What’s your favourite nude lacquer hue?

~xo

 

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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:

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

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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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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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