OPI – Instinct of Color

OPI - Instinct of Color
OPI – Instinct of Color

OPI created their first international “brand film” called Instinct of Color. The results are very well done for a completely bizarre concept: “a surrealistic dance-off between four female dancers and a gorgeous Thoroughbred, as trained by equestrian stuntmaster Mario Luraschi.” Umm, WHAT!

OPI is owned by Coty so I wondered about the boardroom in which this concept was decided on. Did they choose horses because of their nail length or because typically chicks dig horses? Did the dance off idea come before the horse was decided upon?

“I always say that nail lacquer can change your look – and your outlook,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP and Artistic Director. “Today, nail color can convey feelings and emotions, expressing on the outside what the wearer is feeling on the inside. In this short film, four women communicate through dance and color. With a trained Thoroughbred who could replicate the dancers’ moves with very little digital enhancement, we were able to capture the unique, energetic and creative culture that epitomizes the OPI brand.”(source)

OPI - Instinct of Color
OPI – Instinct of Color

The horse’s name is Lady in Black and was named after OPI’s black nail lacquer (aka Black Onyx in North America). They did a little computer magic on this horse’s moves but I’m curious how much of the dances were performed by the horse. The commercial is bizarre but I’m strangely enjoying it. The four colours featured in the film are Pink-ing of You, Red My Fortune Cookie, Need Sunglasses? and No Room for the Blues.

OPI - Instinct of Color
OPI – Instinct of Color

images: Courtesy of danparis.fr

I want – I got Holiday Gift Guide – Part 4

So, part 1, part 2 and part 3 of the I want – I got Gift Guide Series are complete now it’s for the final installment, Part four.

This is the part four of four in the I want – I got Gift Guide series. I have so many favourite things I wanted to include. This gift guide is very much I want – I got. You’ll see things I want, things I got and other obsessions. Some things are affordable and some aren’t but I’ve tried to mix it up. The list covers fashion, beauty, electronics, art, toys and booze. Basically, all the items on the gift guide are I want – I got approved.

So, here is the last part of this exploration of things I would love to see under my tree at Christmas. I hope you had as much fun as I did exploring my Christmas wants.

Eighty Seventh St. Fashion Inspired Greeting Cards, Acne Velocite Shearling Jacket, Acne Rita Shearling Jacket, Rdio Gift Certificate
Eighty Seventh St. Fashion Inspired Greeting Cards, Acne Velocite Shearling Jacket, Acne Rita Shearling Jacket, Rdio Gift Certificate
Preen Tyler leopard-jacquard peplum top, Preen Blythe pleated stretch-crepe dress, Out of Print A Clockwork Orange Sweatshirt
Preen Tyler leopard-jacquard peplum top, Preen Blythe pleated stretch-crepe dress, Out of Print A Clockwork Orange Sweatshirt
  • Preen Blythe pleated stretch-crepe dress ($1,195) – Net-a-Porter – It wouldn’t be an I want – I got Gift Guide without some Preen.
  • Preen Tyler leopard jacquard peplum top ($880) – Net-a-Porter
  • A Clockwork Orange Sweatshirt by Out of Print ($42 USD) – Drake General Store, outofprintclothing.com
Essie Winter 2012 collection, Fan di Fendi Pour Homme, Lancome ÔSCILLATION INTENSITY Vibrating Intensifying Powermascara
Essie Winter 2012 collection, Fan di Fendi Pour Homme, Lancome ÔSCILLATION INTENSITY Vibrating Intensifying Powermascara
  • Essie Winter 2012 Collection ($11.99 each) – Shoppers Drug Mart, Nailpolishcanada.com
  • Fan di Fendi Pour Homme ($68 – $88) – The Bay, Sephora, Shoppers Drug Mart – It’s for men but I wear this myself. I’m also a big fan of the women’s version.
  • Lancome ÔSCILLATION INTENSITY Vibrating Intensifying Powermascara ($38) – Sephora – This new Oscillation mascara from Lancome looks amazing.

Till next year!

I want – I got Holiday Gift Guide – Part 2

Yup, this gift guide madness is continuing. I’ve got three more days of I want – I got Gift Guides. You might want to take a look at Part 1 of the I want – I got Gift Guide series.

This is the part two of four in the I want – I got Gift Guide series. I have so many favourite things I wanted to include. This gift guide is very much I want – I got. You’ll see things I want, things I got and other obsessions. Some things are affordable and some aren’t but I’ve tried to mix it up. The list covers fashion, beauty, electronics, art, toys and booze. Basically, all the items on the gift guide are I want – I got approved.

So, join me the second part of this exploration of things I would love to see under my tree at Christmas.

Clover Canyon Printed crepe de chine tunic dress, L designed by Linda Lundstrom Indigo dyed red fox Shawl Collar, RIMOWA Salsa Deluxe 3 Suiter Multiwheeler, Smythe Warbler Tribute Jacket
Clover Canyon Printed crepe de chine tunic dress, L designed by Linda Lundstrom Indigo dyed red fox Shawl Collar, RIMOWA Salsa Deluxe 3 Suiter Multiwheeler, Smythe Warbler Tribute Jacket
  • Clover Canyon Printed crepe de chine tunic dress ($238) – Net-a-Porter
  • L designed by Linda Lundstrom Indigo dyed red fox Shawl Collar ($395) – designedbylindalundstrom.com
  • RIMOWA Salsa Deluxe 3 Suiter Multiwheeler ($795) – RIMOWA’s flagship store, 101 Bloor Street West, Toronto
  • Smythe Warbler Tribute Jacket ($595) – eluxe.ca – The most perfect little jacket, must have in any closet
JdJ Studio collection Cushion-cut gemstone, Moonrox Treasure Bracelet, Dean Davidson Castle Ring
JdJ Studio collection Cushion-cut gemstone, Moonrox Treasure Bracelet, Dean Davidson Castle Ring
  • JdJ Studio collection Cushion-cut gemstone, sterling silver braided band in green amethyst, citrine or amethyst ($695) – 61 Bloor Street West, Suite 600, Toronto and Jewel Box at Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Lobby, 181 Wellington Street West, Toronto
  • Moonrox Treasure Bracelet ($95) – moonrox.ca, One of a Kind Show – This bracelet is made to order and you have a choice of colour schemes.
  • Dean Davidson Castle Ring ($170) – deandavidson.com, Holt Renfrew
1920s Lame Brocade Velvet Flapper Coat, Greta Constantine Skin for Danier Dress
1920s Lame Brocade Velvet Flapper Coat, Greta Constantine Skin for Danier Dress
  • 1920s Lame Brocade Velvet Flapper Coat ($2,400 USD) – ShrimptonCouture.com – I love browsing the 20s fashions on Shrimpton Couture dreaming of one day owning a piece
  • Greta Constantine Skin for Danier Dress ($299) – Danier in store and online
Krane Jonas Officer Coat, Jenny Bird Yin Spike Hoops, Holt Renfrew x Missioni Elephant, Moon Apparel Brocade Peplum Top
Krane Jonas Officer Coat, Jenny Bird Yin Spike Hoops, Holt Renfrew x Missioni Elephant, Moon Apparel Brocade Peplum Top
  • Krane Jonas Officer Coat ($1,175) – Kranedesign.com – Krane is a menswear company but I love his aesthetic and would love to get my androgyny on in his stuff.
  • Jenny Bird Yin Spike Hoops Earrings ($65USD) – Jenny-bird.com
  • Holt Renfrew x Missioni Elephant ($50) – Holt Renfrew in store and online – Adorable elephant for a great cause. The best offering of all the charity products over the years at Holts.
  • Moon Apparel Brocade Peplum Top ($69) – moonapparel.ca or 110 Bloor Street
North Star Fall Varsity Bomber, North Star Great White North Sweater, Givenchy Noir Couture Mascara
North Star Fall Varsity Bomber, North Star Great White North Sweater, Givenchy Noir Couture Mascara
BALMAIN red Suede Floral embroided Anita Ankle boots, Charlotte Olympia The Dolly suede platform pumps, Christian Louboutin Anita 85 buckled tartan pumps
Balmain red Suede Floral embroided Anita Ankle boots, Charlotte Olympia The Dolly suede platform pumps, Christian Louboutin Anita 85 buckled tartan pumps
  • I’m obsessed with everything that uses Anita in the style name. It’s total narcissism but it’s the easiest way to get my attention.
  • BALMAIN red Suede Floral embroided Anita Ankle boots ($1,068) – Net-a-Porter
  • Charlotte Olympia The Dolly suede platform pumps ($945) – Net-a-Porter
  • Christian Louboutin Anita 85 buckled tartan pumps ($1,395) – Net-a-Porter
Chanel Malice, NARS x Andy Warhol New York Dolls, NARS x Andy Warhol Superstar, NARS x Andy Warhol TV Party, NARS x Andy Warhol Back Room, NARS x Andy Warhol 15 Minutes
Chanel Malice, NARS x Andy Warhol New York Dolls, NARS x Andy Warhol Superstar, NARS x Andy Warhol TV Party, NARS x Andy Warhol Back Room, NARS x Andy Warhol 15 Minutes
  • Chanel Malice Nail Polish ($27) – Holt Renfrew, The Bay
  • NARS x Andy Warhol New York Dolls Nail Polish ($21 each) – narscosmetics.ca, Holt Renfrew, The Bay
  • NARS x Andy Warhol Superstar Nail Polish ($21 each) – narscosmetics.ca, Holt Renfrew, The Bay
  • NARS x Andy Warhol TV Party Nail Polish ($21 each) – narscosmetics.ca, Holt Renfrew, The Bay
  • NARS x Andy Warhol Back Room Nail Polish ($21 each) – narscosmetics.ca, Holt Renfrew, The Bay
  • NARS x Andy Warhol 15 Minutes Nail Polish ($21 each) – narscosmetics.ca, Holt Renfrew, The Bay
Grace: A Memoir, Kate: The Kate Moss Book
Grace: A Memoir, Kate: The Kate Moss Book

Phew, Part two done. Getting any ideas yet. There is more to come. Check back tomorrow for Part three!

Battle Pink aka Nail Art for Rethink Breast Cancer

Battle Pink aka Nail Art for Rethink Breast Cancer
Battle Pink aka Nail Art for Rethink Breast Cancer

Rethink Breast Cancer asked me to participate in Battle Pink this October.

What happens when you pit a radio host against a style blogger, or stage a battle with a beauty editor vs. a newspaper columnist? Rethink Breast Cancer presents BATTLE PINK! The charity has gathered writers, on-­‐air talent, stylists and bloggers to compete in a FIRST EVER creative battle royale during the month of October to raise awareness and funds for Rethink Breast Cancer.

On October 1st, 2012, Rethink will post images taken by the 24 contest participants showcasing 12 PINK products, and the public will be asked to vote for their favorite photos. Penguin Books Canada has pledged to match each vote cast with $1! Some of the face-­‐offs include: Taylor Kaye (KISS 92.5) vs. Anita Clarke (IwantIgot.com), Sarah Kelsey (Huffington Post Canada) vs. Tiyana Grulovic (The Globe and Mail), Afiya Francisco (TheStyleHouse.ca) vs. Sharon and Tara of the Backseat Stylers (BackseatStylers.com), and Jen McNeely (SheDoesTheCity.com) vs. Chenessa Lam (StyleEmpire.ca), amongst others.

My Pink Product was the Root watch pictured. I wasn’t really sure how I was going to style this watch and in the last hour I decided that nail art would be the way to go. I took the Rethink and watch colours as inspiration and went to town. I even did nail art pink ribbons. It took me about a hour to complete my nail art journey. Everything turned out good except for the ring fingers. I was trying to do a fishtail braid mani but I messed it up a bit.

Battle Pink Voting is open right now and it’s free. Vote for me, vote for others, it doesn’t matter because each vote is $1 donated to Rethink courtesy of Penguin Books Canada. Keep voting until October 14, 2012.

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A Fall – Winter 2012 Hair Trends Video by Hair on the Avenue

Hair on the Avenue recently created a video showcasing the hair trends for the fall winter 2012 season. They called the film Anastasi.

Toronto salon, Hair on the Avenue presents a short fashion film showcasing Fall/Winter 2012 trends in hair with a focus on four looks: tousled, atomic buns, fringe and braids. A film by Noam Kroll. Concept by Luis Pacheco. Hair by Kelly Araujo. Makeup by Robert Weir. Wardrobe styled by Tony Pham

Shop Like A Blogger: Anita Clarke

My friend Samra BBMed me with a video project involving Glow Magazine where she works as an online editor. I kinda get a kick out of doing video things so I said yes.

The video is part of their Shop Like A Blogger series. Basically, I went to Shoppers and talked about my top beauty products which were nails and mascara (duh). They also gave me a $100 gift card to make those things a reality. The video turned out really well and I’m pretty pleased with it.

Chanel x Fashion’s Night Out Nail Polish

Chanel x Fashion's Night Out
Chanel x Fashion’s Night Out

Chanel is creating another Fashion’s Night Out collection. Last year, Les Jeans de Chanel was only available in the US. I had a friend track them down for me. Luckily, Canadians will be able to purchase them at Chanel Bloor Street, Holt Renfrew Bloor Street and Holt Renfrew Vancouver this time around on September 6, 2012.

Les Twin-Sets de Chanel is a three shade collection of lipstick and nail polish duos. I really like Provocation and Infidèle with Provocation being my favourite. I’ll be tracking those two down on September 6.

images: fashionmagazine.com

OPI x James Bond – Man with a Golden Gun

OPI Man with a Golden Gun
OPI Man with a Golden Gun

OPI is the collaboration kings in the nail world. I think OPI Man with a Golden Gun will be the very best. That’s right, OPI and James Bond. OPI is celebrating James Bond’s Golden Anniversary with this special polish and a whole collection based on Skyfall, the latest Bond movie due out this year. Man with a Golden Gun is a top coat that contains 18 karat gold and comes in a limited edition gold coloured bottle. It will be released in October and will retail for $37.50. I need to get my hands on this badly.

image: OPI Facebook

i got: Dickensian Volume by strangebeautiful

Dickensian Volume by strangebeautiful
Dickensian Volume by strangebeautiful

I blogged about one of my latest nail polish interests, The Dickensian Volume by strangebeautiful. I ordered the set from the States and decided to share some photos of some of the colours.

Dickensian Volume by strangebeautiful
Dickensian Volume by strangebeautiful

Jane Schub (strangebeautiful) has drawn inspiration from the dark side of Dickensian times. Referencing the Brothers Grimm, Dickens, Edward Gorey’s The Loathsome Couple and dark earth elements such as coal and shale. The moody and mysterious polishes come in ten metallic shades.

Dickensian Volume by strangebeautiful
Dickensian Volume by strangebeautiful

The packaging for the Dickensian Volume is really pretty lovely. The forumla on the nail polish is thicker than most I use but it dries extremely smooth and perfect. I found the brush a bit difficult to work with. While I love the packaging to death but a shorter brush would be perfect for this polish.

Dickensian Volume by strangebeautiful
Dickensian Volume by strangebeautiful
Dickensian Volume by strangebeautiful
Dickensian Volume by strangebeautiful

None of the polishes have names or numbers so it’s a bit hard to tell the difference from photos. Some of the blacks have hints of red, blue or green and there are a number of different shades of grey.

Dickensian Volume by strangebeautiful
Dickensian Volume by strangebeautiful
Dickensian Volume by strangebeautiful
Dickensian Volume by strangebeautiful
Dickensian Volume by strangebeautiful
Dickensian Volume by strangebeautiful
Dickensian Volume by strangebeautiful
Dickensian Volume by strangebeautiful

i want: Chanel Fall 2012 Nail Polish

Chanel Fall 2012 Nail Polish – Frenzy, Suspicious, Vertigo

Chanel is one of my all time favourite nail polish brands. It looks great, applies easily and lasts long. When I saw Janine post a sneak peak at the Chanel Fall 2012 Makeup and Nail Polish collection I freaked out.

The three new Chanel Nail colours are Frenzy (milky greige, with a hint of lavender), Suspicious (bright fuchsia red) and my favourite Vertigo (black with a shimmery red undertone).

This beautiful trio will be hitting Chanel counters across the country on August 27, 2012.

image: imabeautygeek.com

i got: Tubereuse Noir Baxter of California Candle

Tubereuse Noir Baxter of California Candle

My Barber at Hollow Ground Barber Shop introduced me to candles from Baxter of California.  Since 1965 Baxter of California have provided men with grooming products.  They have a range of skincare, shaving and hair care products.  In addition grooming accessories, candles and fragrances round out the product selection.  Baxter of California also collaborates with brands like Saturdays NYC, Porter and Unionmade.

These soy wax-based candles are geared towards men and are produced with the brand Joya.  I love the Tubereuse Noir scent which has fragrance notes of  Tuberose, Bergamot, White Tea Rose, Geranium and Camellia.  The packaging, designed by Marc Atlan is very cool.

You can get a wide selection of Baxter of California products (including the candles) at:
Hollow Ground Barber Shop
1053 Bloor St W.
Toronto

image: baxterofcalifornia.com

Givenchy Dahlia Noir Ad Campaign

Givenchy Dahlia Noir Ad Campaign

I’m a little late on catching up with the Givenchy perfume news and I just recently discovered Dahlia Noir. The ad campaign features one of my favourite models Mariacarla Boscono and photographers Mert & Marcus. I have no idea how this fragrance smells but the ad campaign and description make me very curious.

The video for Givenchy Dahlia Noir is quite dramatic and fun.

Givenchy Dahlia Noir Ad Campaign

Riccardo Tisci gave an interview to vogue.com.au when Dahlia Noir launched.

Tell us about the notes, why did you choose rose and wood notes?
From my first meeting with François Demachy [the perfumer] when we were developing the Dahlia Noir range, I spoke to him about emotions and olfactory memories, not formulas. I remember the smell of my mother and sisters’ make-up, which had a distinctive powdery and rosy scent. This is why we constructed Dahlia Noir starting with a rosy note, enriched with iris and mimosa. We then added sophisticated woody notes such as sandalwood and patchouli to give the fragrance a contemporary edge.

What was the thought behind naming a fragrance after an odourless flower?
I thought about Dahlia Noir for a long time. I had been carrying this name inside me along with the totally imaginary flower it refers to, which doesn’t actually exist in nature. In my mind, it’s an abstract flower, very gothic, but also very whimsical and romantic. We conveyed this tension between force and fragility with rather potent top notes followed by a powdery softness.

The name Dahlia Noir evokes a very mysterious, almost dangerous femme fatale feeling. Was that your intention?
I wanted to materialise in the fragrance and its name a seductive black angel, a distinctive couture heroine emanating a dark softness, a fatal tenderness.

Does Dahlia Noir pay homage to James Ellroy’s novel The Black Dahlia?
The Black Dahlia, in the book by James Ellroy, is above all a heroine. In my opinion, this story is more about passion than crime. Passion pushes each individual to the summit, to excess. The culmination of emotions can then lead to acts committed under the influence of passion. (source: vogue.com.au via thefashionspot.com)

Givenchy Dahlia Noir Ad Campaign

images: thefashionspot.com

Neon Dotty Manicure

I embarked on my most ambitious nail journey this week, a 10 colour manicure.

Essie Poppy Razzi - Camera, Lights, Action, Bazooka
Essie Poppy Razzi - Camera, Lights, Action, Bazooka

The idea came to me as I was staring at the new Essie collection, Poppi Razzi. I wanted to use all four of these neon shades but I would need to use the dreaded white polish to make the neon pop. I hummed and hawed over using the white base for about half an hour before deciding that I would do this mani properly. I started with two coats of MAC x Liberty London Vestral White. I was very careful with these coats. I took my time, minimized streaking and allowed each coat to dry. I then used two coats of Action for the overall base color.

Chanel Coco Blue, Essie Funky Lime Light
Chanel Coco Blue, Essie Funky Lime Light

Initially, I was only going to use Camera, Lights and Bazooka for the dots but I realized I needed more variety. I turned to another neon polish from Essie called Funky Lime Light. I felt that some blue and green were essential. I don’t have a neon blue so I used Chanel’s Coco Blue instead.

American Apparel Neon - Purple, Red, Green
American Apparel Neon - Purple, Red, Green

The American Apparel neons were perfect for keeping with the neon theme. I used a dotting tool to make my perfect circles. I used two sizes to keep the dots from overlapping as much as possible. It’s a lot easier than it looks but I still feel I don’t have the perfect dot alignment yet. That will come with practice. It took me about an hour to do this manicure which is about 40 minutes longer than my normal times. I really took my time with it as I wanted the white base coats covered by the coloured polish completely.

i want: NARS x Thakoon Nail Polish

NARS x Thakoon Nail Polish

My latest nail polish obsession is the NARS x Thakoon Nail Polish collaboration. I’ve been waiting for over a month for this collection to come out. I absolutely love the vibrant colours. I can’t wait to rock an ombre nails with these beauties or use my new nail dotting skills to come up with something.

In conceptualizing the shade range, Thakoon was inspired by the vibrant colours found in Indian spice markets. The highly saturated, high-shine shades come in an opaque finish, perfect for spring. Formula is long-wearing, chip-resistant and toluene, formaldehyde and DBP free.

The shades are Anardana – Azalea pink, Ratin Jot – Orchid purple, Amchoor – Bright yellow, Kutki – Powder blue and Koliary – Cyan blue.

The collection is available now at NARS counters across the country and online at narscosmetics.ca for $21 bucks a piece. NARS has a great formulation for their polish and is one of my favourites.

image: courtesy of NARS.

i want: Dickensian Volume by strangebeautiful

Every season there are nail polish releases that make me go crazy. This season it’s the Dickensian Volume from American company, strangebeautiful.

STRANGEBEAUTIFUL Stunningly Provocative and Richly Perverse but wearable colors developed by Jane Schub, a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, blends the best elements of beauty, formulation and design. STRANGEBEAUTIFUL colors are deliberately nameless as designer Jane Schub finds it thought provoking and stimulating to remember and refer to each color by its reference or inspiration.

STRANGEBEAUTIFUL is super saturated and heavily pigmented with color.(40% – 60%) Therefore the more pigment in the color the better the coverage and the heavier the polish is, as a result each bottle contains bottle with 5-6 steel mixing balls to ensure the color will always be evenly dispersed throughout. As a result STRANGEBEAUTIFUL is extremely long wearing.

I have to admit that I’m a bit of a nail polish snob so I was salvating after reading the above description of the company.

Jane Schub has drawn inspiration from the dark side of Dickensian times. Referencing the Brothers Grimm, Dickens, Edward Gorey’s The Loathsome Couple and dark earth elements such as coal and shale. The moody and mysterious polishes come in ten metallic shades.

This “I want” is already on its way to becoming an “I got”. I ordered the set from Need Supply Co. today and I can’t wait until delivery. Watch this space for updates and photos.

images: nymag.com

New Year, New Nails

This is the first Nails post of 2012, yay! Shall we take a look at what I’ve been up to recently.

Nails by Melissa at @tipsnailbar

After two great Shellac applications, I decided to try Gelish. They had different colours to CND and I was willing to give them a shot. My nails are on the bottom and have the tie dye effect. I loved the way they looked and the Gelish lasted a very long time. Removal was a huge bitch and my nail were splitting pretty badly. So much so that I don’t’ recommend Gelish at all.

Getting used to this yellow nail polish. Colour doesn't seem right

I purchased some nail polish from American brand Rescue Beauty Lounge. This yellow polish called Mellow Yellow went on very well.

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I can’t remember what polish I used for this but I think the thumb is YSL Midnight Blue and the digits are NARS

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I’m incorporating the glitter polish at lot to. I like putting it on the tips only.  I believe the thumb is YSL Midnight Blue and the digits are Butter London Blagger.  The glitter is Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow.  She does some good glitter.

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NARS Galion and Deborah Lippmann Today was a Fairytale

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This is from the Daphne Guinness x MAC Collection. This colour is called Hyperion and I love it!

Red-DiorApparatBritRed

Still playing around with the thumb as a different colour. Here I use a random red I got as a gift from London, England and Dior Apparat.

Nails-ChanelPeridot

Chanel Peridot is a classic and I love adding the L.A. Girl Glitter Addict Uninhibited polish to the tips

Nails-Purples

I love the Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow on the tips of this purple to pink gradient mani. From left to right: RGB pink, Elmspa Anita (yes, the colour is called Anita), Butter London Queen Vic, Cheeky Monkey Brazen Hussy, American Apparel Neon Violet.

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This was the product of a boring night at home, Random metallic mani.  Left to Right: Lancome MF072, Deborah Lippmann Believe, Dior Apparat, Chanel Peridot, Chanel Quartz.

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My latest discovery is matte top coat. Its changed my life. Here I’ve used a Lancome red with L.A. Girl Glitter Addict Uninhibited polish. I then decided to try out this Deborah Lippmann topcoat I’ve had laying around. OMFG, I love the results.

On the hunt for some of the polishes you saw here, well hit up the following:
Holt Renfrew
The Hudson’s Bay Company
Donato Salon and Spa

I received the L.A. Girl Glitter Addict polish as a Christmas present but you can order online here. I also ordered the Rescue Beauty Lounge polish off their website.

i got: Fall Winter 2011 – 2012 Nail Binge: NARS, Dior, Chanel

I’ve had some fun buying some of the Fall Winter 2011 – 2012 nail polish options.

NARS

NARS Nail Polish
Left to Right: Galion, Night Rider, Night Porter, Night Flight, Night Breed

NARS is one of my go to nail polish brands.  It has a beautiful, slick finish and with a nice brush.  The polish wears well for me too.    I got the entire Night Series collection (Night Rider, Night Porter, Night Flight, Night Breed) because I couldn’t choose. The Night Series collection is based on the iconic NARS Night Series Eyeshadows.  I also had to have the Fall 2011 colour, Galion.

Chanel

Tips Gradient Manicure
Left to Right: Chanel Coco Blue, Chanel Blue Boy, Chanel Blue Rebel

I got The Oracle to pick me up the Les Jeans de Chanel colours that were limited edition for Fashion Night Out 2011.  I had Melissa from Tips Nail Bar to incorporate them into a great blue gradient manicure because I couldn’t choose just one to wear.   I love Chanel nail polish it wears very well and has staying power.

Tips Gradient Manicure
Left to Right: YSL Moonlight Blue, Chanel Blue Rebel, Chanel Blue Boy, Chanel Coco Blue, Chanel Riva

Dior

Weird brush on the Dior polish but I have to love the results

I saw Apparat, the new limited edition Dior Nail Lacquer for Holiday 2011 on my new favourite beauty site Temptalia.  The photos on Temptalia looked so good.  Apparat is a gorgeous ruby colour with a hint of gold.   I immediately started a twitter search to find it.   With the help of the Hudson Bay twitter account, I found Apparat at the Queen Street flagship store.

Gareth Pugh x MAC

Gareth Pugh x MAC

MAC has teamed up with Gareth Pugh for their next makeup collaboration. It’s pretty damn cool looking.

To think Gareth Pugh is to think beautifully distorted, sculptural, otherworldly proportions… avant-garde mash ups of materials (from PVC and Perspex, latex to leather, mink to metal, Gareth reworks them all into breathtakingly original clothes)…an extreme attitude… In short, no one could accuse Gareth of being conventional. Or predictable.

Cue heavyweight geometric packaging encasing some seriously chic standouts: a duo-chromatic nail polish that flashes from emerald to amethyst. A compact Beauty Powder that turns all skin-tones a sophisticated matte. Lipglasses that go from super-subtle (worn alone) to statement-making when layered over Lipstick. Lashes that redefine the shape of what a fake lash could, or should, be…

“They’re about contradiction and the struggle between lightness and darkness,” says Gareth of how he creates his inspired collections. So too his debut approach to makeup. Every piece is unique, experimental, precious and intriguing (just like Gareth’s designs)…and ready to be played to your lighter (more ethereally natural) or darker (sinisterly sophisticated) side.

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Inert,  Hyper

As usual the nail polishes are what I’m gravitating to. It would be nice if they included some swatches as the images provided don’t show enough of the polish. The metallic polishes remind me of holograms. The 3 colours are Inert (Creamy midtone greyed nude), Ascension (Grey with blue violet reflective pearl) and Hyper (Deep blue with violet pearl). Each polish costs $27.50.

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Fervent,  Ascension

I like the lipstick and lipglass options. Fervent (Glossy blackened berry) is a satin finish lipstick and cost $27.00. I like both lipglass colours. Vacant (Sheer light lavender grey with violet pearl) and Outrage (Sheer light lavender grey with violet pearl) both cost $27.00.

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Outrage, Vacant

I’m very excited about the eyelashes. The geometric shape are so crazy looking. The lashes cost $21.50. The MAC staff will apply them for you to when you purchase. Perfect for those of us that suck at applying false lashes.

Gareth Pugh x MAC

The press kit included a Q&A with Gareth. I’ve posted some of the questions I found interesting.

MAC – HOW DID THIS COLLABORATION WITH M·A·C COME ABOUT?
Gareth – M·A·C have supported me since my first show and are such a great company to work with, so when they came to me with the idea of doing something collaboratively I was obviously very interested. Initially, the idea was to create makeup products linked to a particular catwalk show, where they would come backstage and take colour swatches from what we used on the catwalk and then create products from that. But I wanted to do something much more specific, something that distilled my aesthetic in a wider sense than just being about one particular season – something that was a complete package.

MAC – THE PACKAGING IS AMAZING, GIVING THE COLLECTION A REAL 360 DEGREE GARETH PUGH FEEL…DID YOU INSTIGATE THIS?
Gareth – Yes, it was really important to me that the collection we did together was more broad ranging than just being about the colour or texture of the makeup – I understand that that’s obviously one of the most important aspects of course, but I wanted it to encompasses great packaging too so it wasn’t only about the product inside. I just feel that it gives the whole range a much more special feeling – I think it all looks very ‘me’ and very slick – M·A·C did a really great job on it!

Gareth Pugh x MAC

MAC – HOW DID YOU EMBARK ON THE CREATIVE PROCESS THEN?
Gareth – To start the ball rolling, M·A·C asked me to send them some references for the various products… basically, anything that I liked the finish, colour or texture of. I had a very clear idea of what I wanted the collection to be and was able to put together a very concise reference board made up of a lot of things that I love and have kept in my studio for years for one reason or another – I never throw anything away! There was fabric in there from previous collections, a feather from some head pieces I made for my Spring/Summer 2010 show, a hematite coloured rock that I’d brought at this amazing shop called Evolution in New York, a butterfly wing that someone had given me in Paris…an amalgamation of things that I’d kept because I like them, and this was the perfect opportunity for me to use them.

MAC -THE LASHES REALLY STAND OUT: TELL ME ABOUT HOW YOU DESIGNED THESE?
Gareth – The idea with the lash was my way of getting something very graphic into the actual product. I just took a load of the biggest lashes that M·A·C makes and started chopping them up into different shapes. The thing with lashes is that they tend to be a very ‘lash’ shape whereas I wanted to do something that looked more non-conventional and angular: not something you tend to see a lot with lashes. From shooting our video and seeing how they work on the film, I really feel that these triangular lashes make the eyes look very beautiful. Worn top and bottom, they give this very angular, horse blinker, effect. Fake lashes can be very referential of old Hollywood and film noir glamour whereas I wanted to do something that was much more fresh and modern looking.

Gareth Pugh x MAC

MAC – HOW DID YOU WORK ALONGSIDE PRODUCT DEVELOPMENT?
Gareth – There was a lot of backwards and forwards between us – I was being very specific! I don’t use a great deal of colour in my work but I knew it was incredibly important with this to get it right – it’s sort of the most important aspect of the collaboration really, and it had to work together as a collection. The end result was worth all the tweaking: everything is going in the same direction and singing from the same song sheet – it’s very satisfying to see it all come together.

I think the collaboration has done a great job of translating the Gareth Pugh aesthetic. The collection hits all North American MAC stores on November 23, 2011.

images: courtesy of MAC

CND Fall Winter 2011 – 2012 LookBook and Video

The CND Fall Winter 2011 – 2012 LookBook was a neat little take away from my Shellac manicure experience. It talks about CND trends on the runways, designer partners and even step by step instructions to recreate a few styles.

I’ve included a few pages of the lookbook here but you can download the full thing on the CND website.   Jen Kao’s nails (1st photo and below) are amazing.  So much work and layers of polish were needed.

 

Our cover concept plunges into the moody, trippy twilight-world of Jen Kao, embellished underwater-Avatar fantasy swirls and dominatrix swagger.  Our team created cloisonné-like, decidedly decadent nails edged in golden dagger-tips. The designer’s new collection spins a psychedelic head-rush of peacock tones in silhouettes cut for strutting: cinched, fringed corsets and the pure funk of purple satin platform boots. Flyness overload! Ziggy Stardust era references, like sharp-shouldered jackets in acid-bright prints and lurex leggings, call for nails that can’t wait to boogie down the dance floor. (source Lookbook)

CND also created a video for the fall winter 2011 – 2012 season during New York Fashion Week. They interview the designers (like Jen Kao, Jason Wu, Diego Binetti and) and head CND artists. It’s really interesting to see how much work goes into these shows.

I love this look from Jason Wu.  The colours are perfect together

For Jason Wu’s show this season, our team crafted almond nails in layers of Dark Ruby and Bloodline,
with baroque, 24-karat tips. (source Lookbook)

I love the look from Diego Binetti’s show. I’d love to have this manicure but I don’t like my nails that long and this style looks like length helps the effect.

For Diego Binetti’s show,  we created a darkly dangerous nail with a wicked, whip-thin silhouette. This designer’s lavishly beaded fabrics and black headwraps met their match with CND’s slim-line  enhancement contoured and slenderized with a base of Blackjack, then armed and dangerous with Dark Ruby and Bloodline detailing. (source Lookbook)

images: CND.com

geekiviews: CND Shellac Manicure Part 1

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I decided to put aside my fears of gel manicures as a TIFF experiment. High View Communications and CND invited me to Shellac SpaManicure Day where guests would be treated to a Shellac manicure and meet CND president and founder, Jan Arnold. The event was just in time for TIFF and I liked the idea of CND reps doing my nails.

There are a couple of things that make me wary of these types of manicures.

  • I like to change my nail polish up a lot. I worry about being bored with the one colour.
  • The colour palettes aren’t as extensive as regular polish
  • I’m pretty good at doing my nails myself. I don’t get a lot of manicures during the year
  • I have a large amount of nail polish colours
  • Hmm, I need to return to the salon to remove this stuff.
  • UV lamps, pure acetone and protective masks
  • Nail recovery horror stories

The CND team setup their manicure pop-up in the Hazelton Hotel. I browsed the CND lookbooks while waiting for my nail tech. I was feeling adventurous when I accepted the invite and the runway looks from the fall winter 2011 – 2012 season fueled the fire. I would give the nail tech free rein over my nails. My only condition was to use the new Hotski to Tchotchke colour which is a bright teal colour. It was the first time I found a colour I loved from CND. I also learned about the 15 effect polishes that combine with the base coat to produce finishes like shimmer, pearl and sparkle.

Jen Mather of Polished Nail Design Group was my skilful nail tech. She commented on how I didn’t have any visible veins on my hands. Black don’t crack she quipped at me. I laughed my ass off. I was an open canvas to play for Jen to play with. She used Hotski to Tchotchke as the base and Purple Purple (I think) on the tips. Gold foil was part of the initial plan but soon turned into fine blue and green sparkles which she placed in a way to create a sparkly blue-green gradient effect on my nails. I loved it.

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The Shellac process is way faster than I expected. My nails had the glossiest shine I’ve ever seen. I was smitten with them and I couldn’t stop starting at them for days afterwards. I can see the appeal now in my pre-removal euphoria. The real test is will happen in a week or so when I book my removal at twitter approved, Tips Nail Bar. I’m hoping for an easy transition back to regular polish.

I love my nails but I’m getting a little bored with them 6 days later. They are holding up very well. There is some wear at the tips but not chips. The glossy shine has dulled a bit too. One of the great things about CND is that you can use regular polish over your Shellac layers. Regular polish can be removed with a non acetone based nail remover without damaging the underlying Shellac layers. Chanel Peridot here I come.

Look for Part 2 of this review, when I get my manicure removed.

If I Had Hair, I’d Want This Cut

I usually delete all hair related emails that come to me. I don’t have hair and because of that I never cover hair products on I want – I got. Emails that provide me offers of free haircuts and styling services often receive a snide remark on twitter. Sassoon Salon has been on the receiving end of one of my twitter rants but the press release I received about the MINIMUM collection got my attention.

The MINIMUM collection’s latest colouring techniques, developed exclusively for Sassoon Salon by European Colour Director Peter Dawson, precise placement of ‘accents’ of colours add tone and contrast, working in tandem with the shape and cut of the hair to create sweeping accent lines that bring the look to life.

I love the colour and shape of this haircut. It has a very futuristic mod feel and I love hunter green. If there was some way to transport this blonde woman’s hair to my head I might consider returning to team hair. Until then I’m a loyal member of team bald.

Birthday cut. Thanks Beej

images: courtesy of Sassoon

Illusions d’ombres de Chanel

Illusions d’ombres is name of the new Fall Winter 2011 – 2012 makeup collection from Chanel. I only really concern myself with the nail polish but I loved the imagery that went a long with the product shots.

There are 3 polishes for fall, Peridot, Quartz and Graphite. They will be available at Chanel counters beginning August 22, 2011.

I’ve placed a lot of my metallic nail polishes on the back burner recently because their bright counterparts are more fun and a bit obnxious.  However, Chanel’s metallics are making me rethink that decision.

Peridot is a green and gold combination. Graphic sounds really interesting with silver, gold and platinum combined together. Finally, Quartz is a bronze and pink mixture.

images: courtesy of Chanel Canada

More Nail Fun at I want – I got

Here is another installment of my not so regular Nail fun column. This is what I’m wearing these days.

Doing MAC Venomous Villians Mean and Green nails today

MAC Venomous Villians Mean and Green

Loving @NARSissist Kismet right now. Cc @TheHudsonsBayCo

NARS Kismet

Deborah Lippmann - Lara's Theme

Deborah Lippmann - Lara's Theme

Deborah Lippmann Lara’s Theme – I decided to copy the nail bloggers typical pose with the bottle.  I love nail polish that matches my ToyWatch.  This is my favourite orange nail polish at the moment.

Love, love this colour nail polish. Artful Dodger by @butterLondon

Butter London Artful Dodger – I just love this shade of blue.

Coral nails for Saturday. It's Delovely

Deborah Lippmann It’s Delovely – This isn’t the best photo but this is a vibrant coral colour.

Waiting on my bday nails to dry at @elmspa. Bright colours FTW

For my birthday I got a mani and pedi at ElmSpa. A great feature of the service at Elm Spa is that you get to take the colour you choose home with you.

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Lancome Le Vernis Nail Polish Rouge Saint Honore – This polish is from the new Fall 2011 collection coming out in September 2011. I got a sneak peek at the collection thanks to L’Oreal Canada. I’ve never worn the traditional red nail before and now I’m hooked. I didn’t think it would look good.

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Essie and I don’t get along. This nail polish always chips immediately which is such a shame, I love this colour.

i want: NARS Summer 2011 Nail Polish

NARS has two new nail polish colours for Summer 2011 that I’m liking. NARS makes great, long lasting nail polish and I really enjoy my Spring 2011 colour, Desperado.

NARS Kismet Nail Polish
NARS Kismet Nail Polish

Kismet is described as “Fate, destiny, a predetermined course of events. This metallic sunflower nail polish was simply meant to be.”

NARS Ecume Nail Polish
NARS Ecume Nail Polish

Ecume is described as “An opaque white nail enamel that is at once vintage-inspired and avant-garde in sensibility.”

NARS Summer 2011

The entire Summer 2011 NARS collection is quite pretty too. There is lots of bold colour.

images: courtesy of NARS.