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  1. August 8, 2014 by Beauty Booty 411

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    TESTED: DIOR Nail Artistry Box

    Guest blogger: Jennifer Braun

     

    Dior, has recently released a beauty kit for nail enthusiasts. If you’re ready to tackle fall 2014 nail trends in the comfort of your home, keep reading.

    Artistry Box

    I wouldn’t consider myself a nail art enthusiast, but there’s something about having this Dior Nail Artistry Kit that brings whatever nail artist you have in you, out. The newly released artistry box is equipped with nail accessories inspired by the colours and designs of Dior’s Fall collection.

    Included in the box sets are one Dior Vernis mini nail lacquer in Chrome (072), one Dior Gel Coat, Swarovski Crystal elements, tweezers, and two stencil sheets in the shapes of Christian Dior’s famously superstitious symbols; clovers and stars.

    Nail Art 1

    Before you tackle this artistry kit, make sure you have a fair amount of time on your hands (no pun intended). The kit is fun and easy to use, but you need a little imagination and patience. I promise no nail artist experience is required.

    Before you dive in to the kit, remove the stencils and Swarovski elements from the packages to avoid smudging any of your nail polish (I learned this the hard way). The Dior vernis in Chrome goes on your nails really well and dries fast. The Gel coat is also very shiny and sets the manicure on well.

    Nail Art 2

    The first thing that I was excited to try was the star stencil. The stencils are placed on a clear sheet and peel off like stickers. The stencil sticks on to your nail and stays in place while you paint over it. The first time I tried the stencil, I put it right on top of a base coat, but I much preferred how they look placed over another nail polish. I used Essie’s “a crewed interest” (912).

    I would suggest you play with the juxtaposition of the stencils. Don’t just place a stencil on the middle of your nail, but instead place them differently to create a funky nail art design.

    I applied two coats of nail polish over the stencil (you shouldn’t be able to see the stencil outline) and I let it dry for 15 minutes before peeling it off. As long as you wait the proper amount of time to let the polish dry (this is where your patience needs to kick in), the stencil peels off beautifully and there is no smudging.

    I placed the stencil back on to the clear sheet once I was done to use again. Each stencil should be good for two to three uses and there are a total of 28 stencils.

    Nail Art 3

    Next I placed the Swarovski Crystal elements on my nails, which are a bit tricky to place. Pick up the gems with the tweezers that are provided and gently place them on your nail. I would then apply a bit of pressure on to the gem with my finger to assure they stay in place.

    I easily worked on my nails for an hour, but it was fun and I’m happy with the finished product. The Swarovski elements surprisingly stay on your nails all day. Most of them fell off however when I showered, so consider using the kit for a special evening.

    Nail Art 4

    What I love about this kit is that the possibilities are endless. You can play up the different designs or colour combinations to create a number of different looks.

    The Dior Nail Artistry Box is available at Holt Renfrew for $60.

     

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  2. July 14, 2014 by Beauty Booty 411

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    WIN IT: Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers

    Because Mondays are just as awful as pimples, your favourite beauty blogger is offering not one, not two, but TEN lucky readers the chance to win a free box of Nexcare Acne Absorbing Covers. Best way to kick off the week, right? Read on to find out how to enter for your chance to win, and discover why you need these covers right now!

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  3. July 4, 2014 by Beauty Booty 411

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    Get Your Hair Looking Fab with Yves Rocher Botanical Hair Care this Summer

    Managing your hair is a huge beauty challenge in the summer because the warmer weather (though much loved) can wreak havoc on your locks! Read on to find out more about the new Yves Rocher Botanical Hair Care line of hair products and which three products I think you most definitely need right now!

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  4. July 3, 2014 by Beauty Booty 411

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    Review: Dior It-Lash Mascara

    Whenever I receive a package of Dior goodies, I’m in heaven. I can’ wait to try out all the new products. Read on to find out what my thoughts are on the latest Dior mascara I just tested.

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  5. June 3, 2014 by Beauty Booty 411

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    Obsessed: COVER FX Total Cover Cream Foundation

    If finding the perfect foundation has been a losing battle for you, read the rest of this post to find out why this foundation is IT!

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  6. May 7, 2014 by Beauty Booty 411

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    You Need This: MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Cream Blush

    Yes, you most definitely need this product right now! Why? Read on to find out why you’ll absolutely love MAKE UP FOR EVER HD Cream Blush ($31)!

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  7. April 24, 2014 by Beauty Booty 411

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    Review: Fréquence by Gigi Anti-Aging Cream

    So I’m hitting the big 3-0 this year and in beauty blogger years, that’s like 106. Needless to say, wrinkles and other signs of aging are starting to worry me so I am a full-fledged anti-aging skincare user. No excuses, ladies: If you are 25 or older, you need to read on to find out why anti-aging care is so important and why Fréquence by Gigi may be a really great option for you.

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  8. April 23, 2014 by Beauty Booty 411

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    Spring 2014 Product Must-Haves

    Guest blogger: Jennifer Braun

    After a long winter , it’s finally time to play in the sun and your spring beauty routine is calling for a much-needed boost. Former Lise Watier Beauty Counter Manager and current Pharmaprix Beauty Advisor, Catherine Jetté, explains the key to spring is all about a radiant complexion and putting the accent on your lips, and cheeks. Read on to check out her product picks for the new season!

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  9. April 11, 2014 by Beauty Booty 411

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    Eden Tropical: The Summer 2014 Lise Watier Collection

    Spring has been here for weeks but it didn’t really feel like it until a couple of days ago. I found it difficult to get into the mood for spring but as the weather warmed and a package of Lise Watier‘s new summer 2014 collection arrived on my doorstep, I found it much easier to get into the spring mindset. Read on to see the Eden Tropical Collection for Summer 2014 up-close and get the scoop on my favourites.

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  10. March 19, 2014 by Beauty Booty 411

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    Dior Spring 2014 Must-Haves

    Dior is one of my favourite beauty brands (no surprise there) and for spring, they have a whole bunch of goodies out that you should be adding to your cart as we speak! Read on to find out which spring 2014 Dior products are absolute must-haves in my book.

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