So, Dior blushes have had a make-over with a new formula and weightless feel. There are 13 shades divided into four colour spectrums (pink, red, coral and nude) and three finishes (iridescent, matte and satin). I haven’t had samples of these yet but I am so looking forward to swatching them.
So, that’s it for the autumn main events from Dior – what do you think?
Diego Dalla Palma Autumn 2013 Collection
Some gorgeous greens ahead from Diego Dalla Palma – I love the mix of pearly polish with a deep forest green. The double ended Jumbo Pencil & Kajal Eye Duo (£14) is my top pick – it’s beautiful! There’s definitely a sixties vibe to it with the creamy baby pink Lip Stylo (£15) that also contains Argan oil for softening.
It’s also worth noting that the Ciglione Lash Booster Mascara (not shown, £17) has, as its name suggest, a lash growth stimulator formula.
The collection launches in September 2013.
Dior Magnetic Polish
One of the things I’m really surprised about is that for the Mystic Metallic autumn 2013 range, Dior has included a magnetic polish which is a trend I thought had died out.
However, thinking back, Dior did a very late to the party Croc nail polish last year that turned out the be the very best of its type that I’d ever seen – I still wear it now. And, so it is with this – it’s more lustred and more seamless than previous magnetics although it does need a glossy top-coat to bring out the 3d depth.
Dior Magnetic Swatch
See? It’s gorgeous!
Dior Fall Look 2013: 5 Couleurs Mystic Metallics in Constellation
See, now THIS makes me happy! This is the Mystic Metallic Collection from Dior with some absolutely beautiful pieces. Above, one of the two star palettes (literally, as it turns out) in a purple-led array of five shades.
Dior Mystic Metallics 5 Couleurs in Bonne Etoile
And here’s the second version in beautiful green hues.
Dior Vernis Fall 2013
Above, the new shades of nail polish.
This is the paler of the two – Destin.. a satin pearl pink shade.
Dior Vernis GALAXIE
This is the one I can’t wait to get onto my fingernails! It’s far more shimmery in reality than it looks here and has so much depth.
I think it all goes on counter in August, so not too far away, but I’ll post the other parts of the collection tomorrow (some stunning blush to come!) and include date details then.
MAC Neon Orange
So, the All About Orange collection has launched and it’s this kind of mega shade in Neon Orange (above) that is perfect for that light-tan, slick-back hair, stunning-by-the-pool look that needs a couple of coats of mascara to go with it and nothing else. If I was brave enough for this I’d make it all about the lipstick, with nude nails and nothing to get in the way of the main event. It’s £14 HERE.
Melvita Nectar de Rose BB
Here’s a little scoop on a rose scented BB that’s arriving with us in September. I get asked a lot about BBs for pale skin types and this one is paler than many so could be a good fit for those who struggle with the darker, more tan tones of many.
Melvita BB Swatch 2
It’s pretty much blended right into the palest part of my arm, and looking at it half an hour on from when the picture was taken it’s almost imperceptible. It has colour adaptive qualities and comes in one universal shade, Nude Rose.
As well as being organic with a natural mineral SPF15, it’s got the Melvita Rose Nectar Solution (rose floral water, fresh rose extract and wild rose petals) which leaves skin feeling very hydrated and soft and also has a pro-biotic formula. And the smell! If you love roses, you’ll love the sensory experience of this – a burst of roses every morning? Yes, please.
It will retail for £25.
Laqa Lil’ Lip Duo
What I really love about Laqa & Co is that they use young designers who want to get their work seen on the packaging and they get a cut of the profits, too. I think that’s nice.
Anyway, above is the new lip pen duos – in the lip crayon sphere, these are probably some of the most buttery and moisturising in texture and the two new shades, Lambchop and Pinkman are spot on for a fuchsia filled summer.
The set is a very good price as well at £12 and launches in the next couple of weeks on Cutecosmetics HERE.
Kett Fixx Creme Blush
I have been loving using my Kett Fixx Creme Blush. Kett is a professional range and it’s not quite got the slip of the consumer ranges of creme blush, so you’ll find it’s not quite as pliable to put on. But once it’s on, it stays on.
Kett Fixx in Caicos
That’s it before blending.
Kett Fixx blended
The pigment is strong so you only need a little – I can see my pot lasting virtually a life time because I’ve barely scratched the surface and I’ve had it for a while. It’s £22, HERE.
Kett Fix Blush
This is the rest of the range.. some great colours for dark skin tones, too.
SkinCeuticals UV Defence
Whilst it really doesn’t look all that inspiring, the SkinCeuticals Mineral Radiance UV Defence is actually a very inspiring product. At SPF50, it has one of the lightest textures I’ve ever come across for protection at that level. It’s very liquid and therefore very, very light on the skin.
SkinCeuticals UV Defence Swatch
Although it looks quite dark (there is one shade: a ‘universal’ tint) once fully rubbed in it is the lightest of tints.
Skinceuticals UV Defence Swatch 2
I haven’t fully rubbed it in because I think it’s useful to be able to see the shading correctly, but once you get it all the way in, there isn’t a lot, colour-wise, to show for it. It’s certainly not the BB or CC coverage levels that we are used to. However, for the first time in my life, I’ve found a light-feeling, high coverage that I can use day to day on my neck (where I have most sun-damage – so all the SPF15+ foundations and BBs seemingly have made a difference because obviously I don’t make up my neck) without it feeling sticky or looking weird or made up.
There is, I noticed, a very slight white cast initially that does fade away after it’s been on the skin for a couple of minutes. It does need shaking well before application and it’s water resistant so any sweating (as if I would ) shouldn’t be a problem. On the skin, it’s weightless. All in all, a bit of a skin saving revelation. Its £35 HERE.
topshop sequin cami petite
I’m not going to wait til Accessory Wednesday to continue on with finding beautiful things for petites; I won’t be able to do them that often so I’m just posting as and when I find something really pretty. This is the Strappy Cami at Topshop in Petite HERE (and regular size HERE) which is perfect with anything from a maxi-skirt to jeans. I bought something very similar from River Island recently – I cannot resist a sequin! I generally find that regular sizes are absolutely fine for me on the top half.. it’s just the bottom half that’s more difficult. It’s £35.
The difference in Topshop petites and regulars is that the straps and body length tend to be shorter (so no gaping cleavage unless you want one!) but they still go up to size 14 – not everyone who is petite is skinny.