Perfect Nautical Nails with Dior Summer 2014 Transat Collection |Yacht, Sailor, Captain | Photos, Swatches, Review

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There are three new shades of the impeccable Dior Vernis Nail Lacquer as part of the Dior Summer 2014 Transat Collection. Each one comes as a Vernis Transat Manicure Set ($31 CAD) including clear nail decals with painted stripes and the CD logo. There is a mini Dior emery board included for filing off the excess nail appliqué.

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210 Yacht is the perfect neutral tan. I’m not usually a fan of these kind of shades but this has a certain sophistication I can’t help but love.

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700 Sailor is an absolutely incredible cobalt blue. It is breathtaking and so glossy. I am infatuated with this shade.

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750 Captain is the perfect warm red. It is vibrant, shiny, and perfect for summer. I have shown the clear decal applied on my ring finger. My little nubbins aren’t the best demonstration but you can see how cute they are.

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These all applied with the ease and perfection I’ve come to expect from Dior polishes. The flat tapered brush is wonderful and coverage is excellent. I couldn’t possibly find a thing to complain about. Adore.

The Dior Summer 2014 Transat Collection becomes available May 1st, 2014 nationwide at Dior counters and TheBay.com. The Transat Manicure sets will not be available at Holt Renfrew.

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NARS Releases 16 Piece Artistry Brush Collection | Photos, Swatches, Review

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NARS Cosmetics recently expanded on it’s makeup artistry heritage with a 16 piece Artistry Brush Collection. This comprehensive collection features an exquisite design conceived by Founder and Creative Director François Nars and Fabien Baron, of New York design firm Baron & Baron.

“You cannot achieve good makeup without good tools.” – François Nars

I really love the look and feel of these brushes. Each brush is designed with the finest quality hairs and delicately weighted to provide the necessary balance for a professional and precise makeup application. The brush and packaging feature the iconic matte black finish with sharp debossed logo and signature pop of red. The red accent gives these such a fantastic look.

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The brushes are divided into three categories.

FACE CATEGORY to Refine. Blend. Conceal.

Powder Brush #10 ($58 CAD) Blends, buffs, and diffuses loose powder for a lustrous finish. Double domed with layers of full, soft hair to pick up and deposit powder evenly.

Bronzing Powder Brush #11 ($58 CAD) An artist essential for controlled application. The dense concentration of soft, natural hair holds and applies product for an even, all-over glow.

Cream Blending Brush #12 ($32 CAD) A versatile, multi-use brush for face and eyes. Designed for gentle application of concealer around the eyes and effortless blending of cream textures.

Precision Blending Brush #13 ($30 CAD) For precision application of concealer. Ideal for focused use on spots, pigmented areas, or around the eyes and nose.

CHEEK CATEGORY to Sculpt. Contour. Highlight.

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NARS Blush Brush #20

Blush Brush #20 ($47 CAD) Professional domed shape deposits blush pigments perfectly. Diffuses as it blends for smooth, effortless application. I adore this brush. It of course makes a fantastic blush brush but my favourite way to use it has been for applying bronzer.

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NARS Contour Brush #21

Contour Brush #21 ($47 CAD) Expertly angled for sculpting and highlighting the cheekbones. An artist essential to define and blend with controlled application. This brush has the perfect amount of firmness to precisely sculpt the face while maintaining the softness to blend and diffuse the application for a very natural look.

EYE CATEGORY Line. Define. Blend.

Eye Shadow Brush #40 ($36 CAD) Deposits the perfect amount of pigment for a masterful sweep of all-over shadow.

Diffusing Brush #41 ($37 CAD) A must-have for blending and creating the smoky eye. Lush bristles softly apply shadow for a light veil of color.

Blending Eye Shadow Brush #42 ($37 CAD) Ideal tool for applying high-shimmer shadows and effortless blending for a soft-focus effect due to softer, longer hair design.

Wide Contour Eye Shadow Brush #43 ($37 CAD) The go-to artist essential that does it all: tap, blend, or sweep shadow with ease. Angled shape allows for all-over or precise application.

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NARS Precision Contour Brush #44

Precision Contour Brush #44 ($32 CAD) The firm, flexible hair design of this brush is ideal for applying concentrated color in the eye crease. This brush is amazing. The compact size and dense bristles make it amazing for a more precise and concentrated crease colour application. My only complaint is that I find my brush to be a touch on the scratchy side but the exquisite design means it is still one of my favourite brushes at the moment.

Smudge Brush #45 ($32 CAD) The smoky eye artist essential. Expertly deposits colour along the lash line and diffuses and softens eyeliner.

Push Eyeliner #46 ($32 CAD) Transforms any cream or powder eye shadow into an eyeliner for a smooth, fine line at the base of the lashes. Use wet to apply powders for stronger colour impact.

Angled Eyeliner Brush #47 ($32 CAD) Designed for impeccable glide when applying liquid and cream textures along the lash line. Perfect for use with NARS Eye Paint to create a variety of effects, from natural to dramatic.

Brow Defining Brush #48 ($30 CAD) Define, shape and fill in sparse brows. Firm bristles provide control and deposit powder for a hair-like effect.

LIP CATEGORY

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NARS Precision Lip Brush #30

Precision Lip Brush #30 ($30 CAD) Designed with a wide, flat surface to evenly apply lipstick with precision. This is probably the most precise lip brush I have ever used. I’m loving this retractable lip brush. It may not give a super quick application due to it’s small size but if you are working with deep or bright colours you will appreciate the precision.

Available at select NARS retailers (including Sephora, Hudson’s Bay, Holt Renfrew and Murale) and www.narscosmetics.ca

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Boost Your Skin’s Glow with Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster

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The new Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster ($30 CAD/$30 US) has got to be one of the most genius products I’ve seen in a while. It is just so perfect! It is a made-to-measure self tan product.

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The cute 15ml vial/bottle holds the self-tanning liquid that you can add to your favourite moisturizer. Simply press the bottom of the vial to dispense 2-3 drops which is all you need to build a natural and beautiful colour that gives your complexion that added radiance and glow. No gross self tanner smell and no worrying about finding a formula that works with your skin and doesn’t break you out or cause sensitivity. You don’t have to add another topical product to your routine. You simply mix the drops of Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster with the product you are already using. One bottle will last you about 3 months.

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Very precise quantities of natural DHA and erythrulose were studied by Clarins Research, resulting in a formula that promotes a very natural-looking tanned colour. It gives fair complexions a pretty sun-kissed glow and warms darker complexions in just a few hours. You can also adjust the intensity of the tan by reapplying every day, until the desired colour is obtained. When the product is no longer applied, the tan gradually fades.

Shown with the Clarins HydraQuench Cream for Normal to Dry Skin. I perfect combo transitioning from dry winter ravaged skin into spring.

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I am loving the incredibly natural results this product offers and the way I can customize it’s use to suit me perfectly. I like my fair skin so I like that I can use it very moderately to give me a little bit of healthy colour and balance out my skin with my freckles while looking completely natural.

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