I thought I would try a bit of a different video, and I think in retrospect the execution needs a bit of tweeking, but I can work on that for the next one (hopefully the Chanel Fall video), but I wanted to do a makeup tutorial using products specifically from the Dior 2015 Fall collection to show how they wear etc. Hopefully the video isn’t too disjointed 🙂
Honestly I was not going to purchase any eyeshadows from Dior’s Cosmopolite Fall 2015 collection (said no one ever) because I’ve been trying really hard to only buy makeup that I was actually use, and stop purchasing stuff that just looks cool in photos (rainbow blush palette anyone!?) .
But I caved because I justified that I would get some use out of this palette called Exuberante ($103AUD / $63USD) due to the neutral shades. True or not, it’s still a beautiful palette that features 5 different shades. There are three neutral shades ranging from peach, taupe / soft brown to dark brown. Pretty much all I need for my everyday makeup look (this is how I justified the purchase). It also contains a deep shimmery navy shade which is beautiful but probably something I won’t use too much and in the middle is a stunning micro glitter shade! Perfect for inner corners or in my case, placing on the center of the lids for an extra pop. Now this I could see myself using, I love micro shimmer shades in palettes.
The quality is amazing, I completed the look using my standard eye makeup brushes and had no fall out or any issues. I could and have been using this all week now to really test it out. It’s a great palette but let’s be honest, you probably don’t need this exact palette if all you’re using it for is to create neutral eyes. Realistically you’ll likely pick this up if you love Dior (hands up!), appreciate designer makeup (hands up again) or the colours are somehow just perfect for you (…).
As part of the Dior Cosmopolite Fall 2015 collection they released three new nail polish shades ($39AUD / $27USD) and I decided to pick up Cosmopolite (signature shade) and Darling Blue. Usually I don’t feel like there is a huge difference between the shades in a collection in terms of quality but this time strangely enough I did think there was a noticeable difference. Darling Blue felt less pigmented, and almost a bit.. watery? Hard to explain, but it felt like the pigments tended to coagulate together and so I struggled a little to get an even spread. So weird, I’ve never had this problem before, potentially a defective bottle?
Cosmopolite on the other hand was sheer love, once applied it can look like a gel polish and the whole experience is just perfection. I didn’t bother picking up Metropolis which is a grey green shade because I’m not a huge fan of green polishes. All swatches are 2 layers with no top coat.
Dior recently released their Cosmopolite Fall 2015 collection and I’m usually not a fan of the “colder” collections (Fall and Winter). I’m always more drawn to Spring and Summer due to their softer pastel or bright colours, but I loved these two lip products I picked up from Dior as part of their Fall collection. One being the Rouge Dior lipsitck in Nouvelle Femme ($52AUD / $35USD) and the other is the Dior Addict Fluid Stick in Versalite ($52AUD / $35USD).
Rouge Dior first. If you are not a fan of the “old lady rose” smell, then you probably won’t like this because that’s essentially what hit me the second I opened this tube. Which I should have known because I own the same lip product in different shades but I guess I have short term memory? The shade however is beautiful, pigmented and very creamy without being too shiny or wet looking. I didn’t find the formula drying, but if you do suffer from dry lips you probably want to throw on a bit of lip balm first because this does have a tendency to sink into your lip lines.
Now on to the Fluid Stick! I’m in love, In Love! I forgot how much I loved the Fluid Stick range until I put this on and it was just instant. It’s a little like a lip gloss, lip stick and lip stain all thrown into one. Glides on smoothly on the lips and has this beautiful gloss, however over time (including eating) the glossiness will fade and you’ll be left with this stunning lip colour that doesn’t dry out your lips and can last almost an entire working day. I did have a tendency to reapply every few hours just to keep the gloss effect but I really didn’t have to.
Additionally, I didn’t find the consistency gloopy or sticky. It felt very smooth and slick and I’d often forget I was even wearing it.
I think it’s pretty obvious which one I love more, and what’s exciting is I actually purchased these two from Myer Online. Exciting because this is the first time I’ve ever purchased from a local departmental store online. I usually purchase off Nordstrom and have it shipped to Australia via a mail forwarder (how I purchase 90% of my makeup) but due to the dive in our currency it works out about the same to now purchase locally. I will admit though, the online shopping experience for Myer is nothing compared to Nordstrom nor Sephora. Australia have a loooong way to go.
I’ve been pretty lucky throughout my years regarding dark circles, I don’t have the brightest eyes but I rarely go out with any concealer as foundation always seems to do the trick. Unfortunately foundation alone can’t cover very dark pigmentation when you’re having skin issues, or in my case scarring from eczema breakouts 🙁 They don’t tend to last too long, but when they come they tend to sit around the inner corner of my eyes and so I decided to look for something that would conceal them without causing my dry skin to really stand out.
Diorskin Star Concealer ($55AUD / $36USD) does a pretty good job of that, admittedly I’m still not 100% satisfied but based on the concealers I’ve tried thus far, this is probably the best.
It provides a great pigmentation for just a small amount, the formula is not the least bit drying so it helps keep the skin around my eyes hydrated and it’s almost seamless. If you have amazing skin texture, but suffer from dark circles or various pigmentation then I think you’ll be happy with this concealer! It does a great job at covering up 🙂
If you follow me on Instagram then you’ll know I am completely obsessed with shooting sunrise and sunset photographs, especially when on holiday. Often for work trips I will try and book flights around those times so I can catch sunrise or sunset above the clouds. Sounds obsessive? Well then you know why I had to pick up both of these new blushes released as part of Dior’s Summer Tie Dye 2015 collection.
Dior released two beautiful Nude Tan Tie Dye Blushes ($84AUD / $57USD) as part of their Summer 2015 collection, it comes in a beautiful mirrored cannage case and an adorable white kabuki brush. The powder itself is designed to reflect the look of (surprise surprise) tie dye shirts in two different shades.
Coral Sunset is designed to sculpt more tanned skin tones and is a mixture of orangey and coral hues. Pink Sunrise is aimed more for people of fairer skin tones and contains a mix of soft pinks and pearly mauve.
Normally I love coral blushes, but I found Coral Sunset to be a little bit more orange for my personal everyday tastes. Still something I do will continue to use, however I did find Pink Sunrise to suit my own skin tone (NC15) a lot better.
One thing I really love however is the finish for both blushes, which has the slightly hint of shimmer, but leans more matte than anything else. It’s a refreshing change from typical summer collections which is usually packed with shimmer. The pigmentation I would say is middle ground, which is typical for more high end blushes as it gives you a degree of better control as opposed to more artistic brands that are completely saturated.
Dior has released two stunning limited edition eyeshadow palettes as part of the Dior Summer 2015 Collection, also known as Tie Dye. These two 5 eyeshadow palettes / 5 Couleurs come in Contraste Horizon and Ambre Nuit ($103AUD / $62USD)
If you’ve purchased and loved any 5 eyeshadow palette from Dior then you won’t be disappointed by the quality of these two. Rich in colour and highly pigmented as per the swatches and blends like a dream.
I picked up both of these online, I honestly was only planning to purchase the signature palette Contraste Horizon, but after seeing how beautiful (and neutral) Ambre Nuit was, I couldn’t leave either behind.
Contraste Horizon comes with a good mix of warm neutrals and vibrant summer shades. Starting with a shimmery light moss green, a great above the crease shade. The golden yellow shimmer shade is a great centre of the lid or inner corner shade. The white in the middle is actually matte and would work better as a bone shade to help prevent the look from being overly shimmery OR applied directly on the waterline instead. The rich brown shimmer shade would be a perfect outer corner or crease shade and finally the signature shade, a beautiful turquoise shade that is the better lower lash shade for that pop of colour.
Ambre Nuit I think speaks for itself. It’s a beautiful neutral palette that I can see being very popular. It comes with a satin peach shade, great for all over the lid. A shimmery bronze shade for the crease with a centre nude ultra-shimmery shade for highlighting your inner corner, brow bone or centre of your lids. A great chocolate brown for the outer corner and a darker tanned shade for your crease or lid.
Personally if I was picking a palette based purely on usability then without a doubt it would be the Ambre Nuit, but if you love the shades in Contraste Horizon then you will not be disappointed. Both palettes are work checking out, they have amazing quality and will be out of stock very soon!
This week I am experimenting with Dior’s Femme Fleur, which I thought was better as a top coat initially. Which is why I covered my ring finger with Dior’s Snow White first before applying Femme Fleur on top. But after seeing how Femme Fleur performed on my other nails, I actually much prefer it on its own! Granted it would still look amazing on top of a black nail polish, but I’m all about soft light colours at the moment so on it’s own works better for me.
This is a holographic micro shimmer polish and sets completely smooth, no rough surfaces what so ever. It’s a great “glam” addition to my otherwise pretty nude and neutral collection 🙂 Swatches are two coats as always with no top coat.
A few weeks ago I was lucky enough to be invited our by the lovely people at Dior to experience some of the new products they have released this month, as you may have already seen on the blog earlier this week. Today I wanted to share with you two new skin care products they have added to their Dior Prestige White Collection line. I’ve personally never tried the line before so I was extra excited to see what it was like.
The first was Dior’s Le Nectar Blanc ($460AUD), a concentrated whitening serum designed to eliminate dark spots and provide anti-aging benefits. After which the second product Dior’s La Creme Eclaircissante ($460AUD) is applied on top, which is designed to be a whitening moisturiser to also help eliminate the appearance of dark spots as well as anti-aging.
I’ve been using these together for a couple of weeks now, even though the instructions do state that results are visible after one month. I don’t have many dark spots besides my freckles that I’m trying to eliminate, but I can say that consistent use really leaves my skin looking brighter in the morning after. I use this as my night time treatment and I’m surprisingly enjoying the subtle rose scent that comes with this product. It’s more a fresh rose skincare scent rather than the typical “old lady” rose scent that comes with some makeup products.
I’m really keen to see if my skin will look very different after a few months of use so I’ll definitely let you guys know if my feelings change. What I love is the little spoon that comes with the moisturiser to use to helps prevent contamination (I personally use cotton buds for all my other skincare products that come in a jar, never ever use with my bare fingers) and the whole set honestly feels incredible luxe!
Given that, and the incredible price point, you definitely want to visit a counter and try this out in person first. I’m fairly confident you’ll love it at first ‘test” but you’ll certainly need to have a long and hard think about the price. I can say the products are amazing, but whether they work with your life style and budget is a very personal choice. As a beauty blogger who probably already spends way too much on her makeup and skincare products, you’ll likely find me checking out the other products within the Prestige range now, because I’m addicted like that.
Additionally, I recommend checking out Val’s blog post too as she’s included some great photos of what the product actually looks like. If you’re keen, you can check these out at a Dior counter at either Myer or David Jones.
This month Dior released a range of new products to join their Diorsnow makeup and skincare line, and I was fortunate enough to be sent a selection of items from the collection that I wanted to share on this blog. I’ve been using these products for a few weeks now so the photos below have been taken at different times and days, but I hope it gives you a good idea as to how each of the products work 🙂
The first product that caught my eye was the Colour Correcting Radiance Powder. It’s a beautiful multi-coloured powder that I personally use for very subtle highlighting. I found it to be a great alternative to traditional highlighters I use that often can come off a bit too shimmery for me. Especially if I’m feeling extra “fancy” for work and decided to throw on a bit of highlighter, I often find myself having to go over it again with my face powder brush to tone down the shimmer.
Loving any Dior eyeshadow shouldn’t come as a surprise, I’ve reviewed many of them in my day. Though I can’t admit that my first pick would be pink, I decided to try experimenting and I’m pretty happy with how I managed to use it over time, certainly more a weekend colour for me but the shades are soft enough to wear daily if you prefer 🙂 The quality is essentially the same as any other Dior palette so if pink isn’t your thing, you won’t be disappointed by the quality of the other shades.
I was admittedly a bit impartial to the Dior Addict Gloss in Edelweiss since I don’t personally use glosses much myself, let alone one that doesn’t have a ton of pigmentation but it was certainly handy bringing out the shine for some of my matte lipsticks and pencils. However the product that really grabbed my attention was the Diorsnow BB Cream. The pigmentation is very much like a standard foundation, not at all sheer. But I love how it left my skin during and after wear. It’s a bit like wearing a thick moisturiser the whole time. After I remove it my skin feels soft and supple. Massive bonus! That said, be aware that this is probably better for drier skins like myself, since it does give your skin quite a bit of shine and dewiness afterwards. Nothing a bit of powder can’t fix, but worth keeping in mind.