Saturday, 20 October 2012

Christian Dior's Grand Bal Make up Collection for Christmas 2012 at Selfridges! Xx

Once upon a time.... the Grand Bal Dior
“Now that Cinderella’s fairy godmother no longer exists, 
couturiers are the only magicians.”

On Thursday 18 October, we went to the Selfridges 
for the Exclusive Launch of Christian Dior's
 Grand Bal Make up Collection for Christmas 2012
First we were met at the Dior Fragrance Hall
and, while drinking champagne,
 tested the absolutely beautiful Grand Bal Perfume
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Then wearing golden masks, we were taken to the make up counter
to discover the Magical new Make up Collection,
for which Tyen has reinterpreted the spirit of Dior grand balls 

that were a constant theme beating at the heart 

of Monsieur Dior’s fashion and life.

From the extravagant parties in Granville, 

his childhood home, which gave him a glimpse of his 

destiny in couture, 
to the follies of the Parisian balls in the roaring 20s, 
the couturier was profoundly fascinated by transformation.

Grand Bal is a very elegant, Glamorous, grown up collection

with of course that modern twist that we expect from Tyen.
The packaging is luxurious and opulent, and just feels so special.
The lashes are right on trend, and there are many looks that
can be created with the platinum and gold eyeshadows
and the fabulous waterproof gold eyeliner.
Sparkle Style are loving the Vernis in Diorling - Pale Gold
and Lady - Pearlescent White (see below), and
the deep shades of lipstick for that Sophisticated finish
to your evening look! Xx

Above: the Grand Bal Make up Collection
My Grand Bal Look

Rachel and Me

Rachel prepared my skin with

Dior Hydra Life Pro Youth Sorbet Creme

to give a great base for this fabulous make up.

It is always really important to moisturise before
 starting your make up routine,
for a glowing finished look.

Rachel used the 5 Couleurs Night Golds on my eyes, 
using the bottom left colour first all over the lid
 and bottom right colour in the socket, outside corner
and under the eyes.
She smudged the beautiful magically sparkly gold 
(top right) on the middle
of the lid with her finger.
Eyebrows are brushed with the darkest brown shade to
sculpt and shape.

Rachel then used black eyeliner to start with
 all along the lash line and then,
after curling my lashes and applying Dior Show
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she applied the pearl drops lashes 
which are the most lustrous thick,
long and gorgeous lashes 
with 3 delicate sparkling drops along the outside lash
for that glamourous detail that 
makes all the difference to your evening look! Xx
Rachel then applied black liquid eyeliner with a flick along
the line of the eyelashes right into the inside corner of the eye.
And skinflash to brighten, illuminate and moisturise under the eye area.
Then with the flat brush she applied the new Nude make up
for a translucent natural look in 032
Blush is a gorgeous coral shade 553 Peechy Keen
533 Passion Fruit
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and used 169 Rouge Dior Nude in Grege
on my lips to keep them natural as my eyes are dramatic
with the rich gold shades, lashes and black eyeliner.

Grege is the flagship colour of the New Look 
imagined by Christian Dior in 1947, 
the association of nude beige 
and luminous grey that is oh so very Dior.
Proceeds from from169 Grege will benefit Natalie Portman's charity of choice, 
theFree Children Association which empowers and inspire the world’s youth.

The finishing touch for my lips is the completely gorgeous
 Dior Addict Gloss in 424 Lame Gold
for shine and plumping.

5 Couleurs in 764 Night Golds and False Lashes in Pearl Drops
My shade card beautifully drawn by Rachel
Shade Card and Champagne

Rachel and Me at the Dior Counter Selfridges

Here is the rest of this fabulous range:


Palette Grand Bal £60.00

Like an 18th Century Design - this is just beautiful,
including a pearl eye-shadow duo in platinum and gold, 
 two shades of lip gloss in pale gold and cinnamon rose,
and finally a deep black eyeliner.
All perfect to wear with the gold crystal false eyelashes.

The Gold Crystal lashes look fabulous with
a wide line of the waterproof liner in Gold
False Eye Lashes

 For the first time Dior has introduced False lashes to its Make up Collection,
and they are everything you would expect from the house.
Packaged in matt gold they are sheer luxury, 
and decorated in delicate silver drops 
or sophisticated gold Swarovski crystals,
they look stunning against the rich palette of Grand Bal - perfect.

001 Pearl Drops 
002 Gold Crystals (above)

Diorshow Liner Waterproof 
548 Gold

Diorskin Poudre Libre

431 Gold Dust

5 Couleurs Eyeshadow

524 Night Golds
764 Fairy Golds (above)

Diorific Lipstick in six shades

020 Victoire 038 Diva
024 Liz 039 Lady
037 Diorling 040 Marilyn

Dior Addict Ultra Gloss in two shades

424 Lamé Gold
774 Ceremony Red

Diorific Vernis in four dramatic shades:

011 Lady 207 Diorling 751 Marilyn 901 Diva

All available exclusively from Selfridges 19th October 2012 
Available nationwide from 2nd November 2012 


And to wear with the Grand Bal Make up? ...

 This is the cocktail and evening wear from the 
Pret a Porter Autumn Winter AW12/13 
Just right for your Grand Bal Make up Look:

 Bill Gaytten's swan song.
Bill had been Galliano's right-hand man 
and work colleague for 17 years.
This was his last show before Raf Simons took over
for the Haute Couture Show AW12/13.

...and our favourite and most beautiful pieces from
AW12/13 Haute Couture 
as Raf Simons takes over at Christian Dior
Perfect for your Grand Bal! Xx


Until next time J Xx

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