Dior’s Glowing Gardens

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Dior’s makeup collection for the upcoming Spring 2016 is radiant and brimming with elegant, floral colours.

Entitled Glowing Gardens, the suite of beauty products evoke a bouquet of light that evokes the charm and springtime luminosity of gardens in bloom, inspired by the techniques of professional makeup artists and the products they use backstage, like Lip Glow, the Colour Reviver Lip Balm.

springlook16_slideshow_07From the 5 Couleurs palette, Dior Vernis, to the new Diorshow Colour & Contour eyeshadow-liner duo, this season’s makeup is fresh, joyous and profoundly Dior.

This spring, Peter Philips, Creative and Image Director for Dior Makeup, reinterprets the art of a gorgeous glow with a luminous makeup collection that teams new Backstage Pros essentials with eyeshadows and lipsticks in colours inspired by the flower gardens of Granville.

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The makeup designed by Peter Philips for this season is an alliance of pastels tones and light and luminous textures. To create a perfect glow, Dior Addict Lip Glow Pomade lends delicate shine to lips, before they are then subtly enhanced using Dior Addict Lip Glow Lilac which reacts to the skin’s pH, causing them to pinken naturally. Diorblush Glowing Gardens gives cheekbones a light pearlized shimmer to highlight the natural skin tone and mirror the eyes. Then to make eyes sparkle and optimise the freshness of the look, Dior Addict It-Lash Platine mascara lengthens and intensifies lashes, giving them an iridescent shine. Makeup has witnessed an influx of color. The shades of the 5 Couleurs Glowing Garden palette which come in sky blue, peach and pearl gray for Blue Garden or in pink, iridescent brown, anise and pale yellow for Rose Garden – are applied as a gentle cloud on the eyelids. They make reference to the colors of the garden at Granville where Christian Dior grew up, and which can be found right down to fingertips accented with Dior Vernis in blue or soft green, pink or peony red.

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Christian Dior Ambre Nuit

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After three popular Dior Colognes (Bois d’Argent, Cologne Blanche, Eau Noire) presented as three unisex editions in 2004 by Dior, Ambre Nuit, a fragrance inspired by amber arrived on the market in 2009. The refined, bold and sophisticated cologne brings a passionate and sensual fragrant arrangement.

This fragrance is phenomenal, let that be said first and foremost. Such a versatile companion in any and every occasion. Ambre Nuit from La Collection Privée by Christian Dior is blended with memories of love and its loss. It is a sweet remembrance of things that may never have been real but were none the less as tangible as a kiss in the rain, a look from a passing stranger who has the answer to unanswered prayers. It is a dream wrapped in smoky images and misty forms that make one never want to awaken to the dawn.

This is Dior’s Amber star. It is from beginning to end a lush romantic embrace of the most lustrous amber of the very best quality. Rich and full bodied like a great golden cognac.  Even more so it is musical and holds this note as a beautiful deep tone from a great old cello played by a master. It is not the whole orchestra booming majestically but a beautiful solo in Amber.

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There is in the opening spray a sparkle of bergamot and a twist of grapefruit that shimmers like champagne for a few minutes. Pink pepper is the pop of the champagne cork. The Amber is the goblet these citrus and pepper are pored into. As they settle down but never quite abandon the mix a gorgeous Turkish rose is added to the perfume. Like petals tossed in lazy abandoned onto a midnight pool this rose swirls in the center of the perfume to give it an oriental resonance of such splendor the senses are left reeling.

It opens boldly but never goes wild; it has restraint and an elegant dignity that never flags. It is beautiful on a man of great personal charisma and just as beautiful on a woman of magisterial mystery. As with all the perfumes in La Collection Privée, Ambre Nuit is outstanding in its unique signature. Nothing else smells like it in the line.  It lasts for a good eight to ten hours on my skin. The projection is very good and never fails to get a complement or two.

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Ambre Nuit is a sensuous silken experience that most certainly is for those with an understanding of and a desire for something rich but not overpowering. Of old world elegance and sophistication, it is a supper at ten and a ball that begins at midnight and ends in a barefoot walk along the Seine at Sunrise. Christian Dior Amber Nuit is available as 250ml cologne.

by Jean Amr