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April 21 2014

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56 posts tagged "Christian Dior"

Miss Dior Cherie, In 3-D

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It looks like Alice in Wonderland-themed cosmetics ranges aren’t the only way the 3-D movie spectacular has infiltrated the beauty world. Dior has just released a new “augmented reality” Web site for its Miss Dior Cherie perfume to bring the popularity of three-dimensional technology to fragrance. The idea is to provide a live direct or indirect view of a physical real-world environment with elements that are enhanced by computer-generated imagery. In this case, the physical real-world environment is a colored picture of the Dior fragrance ad that you can print out from your computer. Once it’s printed, you simply hold it up to your Web cam to reveal a pop-up book version of the image on your screen. From there, all the newly visible elements are clickable, including a bouquet of flowers that leads you to information about the feminine eau’s floral notes (which include violet, pink jasmine, and strawberry leaves) and a camera icon that takes you to a cut of Sofia Coppola’s fantastically happy commercial for the scent starring Maryna Linchuk. The short film itself is not in 3-D, unfortunately, but we would happily don a pair of those black-rimmed, cornea-bending glasses to watch its scenes of candy-colored macarons and warm Parisian sunlight jump out right in front of our face. Virtual reality can be oh-so satisfying.

Photo: Courtesy of Parfums Christian Dior

A Modest Proposal

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Boudoir details have revealed themselves to be a major trend this season. It started for Fall at Balenciaga and Louis Vuitton; continued for spring at Dolce & Gabbana and Christian Dior, among many others; and has slowly but surely trickled down to mass market retailers—head to Urban Outfitters for all manner of lacy dresses, shoes, and bodysuits. But, whether because of plummeting temperatures or inherent prudishness, you would prefer not to show skin, you can still make a nod to the trend with a lacy headband. That this Goody number will cost you little more than a five spot makes it the ultimate holiday-party-ready cheap thrill.

$5.25, at Target stores.

A Boon To At-Home Brow Maintenance

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I swear by my brow groomer. Jimena and I have been together for almost three years now and I won’t let anyone else tend to my arches—except, of course, myself, when intense workloads and social obligations conflict with my ability to get to Robin Evans Skincare every three weeks. While I’m fairly confident in my tweezing and trimming abilities (a borderline OCD personality demands bright light, a magnifying mirror, and a very sharp set of Tweezerman tweezers), every once in a while I take it a little too far, plucking one too many hairs and leaving some sparse areas. I still haven’t completely mastered the art of brow powders, pencils, and waxes, but it’s at these moments that I try to hone my skills. Dior’s Diorshow Brow Styler was the subject of my latest trial and error effort; it comes in one universal shade with a brush on the other end for blending. The deep brown color was a surprisingly good match for my onyx hairs once I realized that the trick was to tread lightly when using its ultra-fine point (a heavy-handed application is very, um, apparent and can leave you worse off than when you started). A few quick upward brushstrokes and my brows looked almost as good as if Jimena’s divine hands had shaped them herself. Almost.

Photo: Courtesy of Sephora

A Post-Couture Week Recharge At The Dior Institute

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I was recently in Paris for a four-day jaunt and did my best to make the most of the trip. Foie gras and fine cheeses were consumed. Euros were spent in the Marais. And I almost witnessed a Jarvis Cocker show at Bataclan, but apparently headliners go on a bit earlier in the City of Light than in downtown Manhattan (a missed opportunity). I also made a point to book an appointment at the new Dior Institute in Plaza Athénée right before I left, where I imagine members of the fashion tribe, weary from couture week, are heading en masse right now. You can’t get more Parisian than a spa associated with the legendary French house, built in the confines of Monsieur Dior’s favorite hotel on Avenue Montaigne, where he shot his couture creations in the 1940′s and ’50′s and treated his best clients to intimate lunches. Sixty-some years later, a flagship for his age-defying skincare line was finally completed last fall, designed with the same luxury that has defined the brand since its inception. It’s an oasis unlike any other I’ve seen, glistening in a white light that seems to go on forever, an optical illusion assisted by a central pool, marble tables, tiled pillars, and mirrored walls. And while there’s something undeniably Zoolander-ish about the five treatment rooms—they’re as white as the lobby and are staffed by an unusually attractive team of aestheticians, also clad in all white—the overall effect is a futuristic tranquility that sets the experience apart before your service even begins. After a diagnosis to determine my “youthfulness profile,” a compulsory back massage was performed as a means of stimulating, re-oxygenating, and draining the body so my skin could fully benefit from the antiaging concentrates applied throughout the treatment. I got the “Just In Time” facial, which targets first wrinkles, and if the 60 minutes of washing, exfoliating, massaging, and pore-tightening weren’t enough, a complimentary makeup application—with Dior cosmetics—made me feel extra-pleased with my complexion as a I boarded my flight back to New York. I even got a compliment from a stewardess, who simply looked at me and said, “You look good.” Money well spent.

Photo: Courtesy of the Dior Institute

Drugstore Discovery Of The Week

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We’ve done our part to add to the statement lip discourse currently going on in the beauty world by making an effort to keep you abreast of the shades and products that will help you perfect your pout as vivid color continues to make a comeback. But we’re aware that more often than not, we have expensive taste. By now, readers of this blog are familiar with our affinity for YSL’s gorgeous Rouge Volupté range, which lines our makeup drawer alongside offerings from Makeup Forever, Chanel, and Dior. Truth be told, it’s rare to find a mass product that performs as well as our favorite high-brow models. Which is why this next bit of information is particularly exciting. Rather than downscale its operation in the midst of economic decline, Maybelline has embarked on one of its largest launches to date, unleashing a 48-piece color collection two years in the making of high-opacity lipsticks modeled after successful prestige lines. Color Sensational features four shade groups—reds, pinks, plums, and naturals—with options for every kind of customer. Muted nudes and “safe” mauves will appeal to more conservative types, while bold shades of red, hot pink, and fuchsia will excite the adventurous crowd. For our part, we’ve taken a liking to Coral Crush, as we’ve been searching for the perfect pastel orange to complement our newly bronzed skin (don’t hate on the Jersey shore). For $7.49 at the Duane Reade, it’s a designer knockoff at its best.

Photo: Courtesy of Maybelline