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Inside Holt Renfrew’s new beauty space at Yorkdale Mall: Exclusive brands, a beauty bar and more


Holt Renfrew Beauty Bar Yorkdale Mall

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Holt Renfrew is continuing to expand its beauty presence with a new 10,000 square foot beauty space at Yorkdale Mall in Toronto. The new space, which opened to the public this week, offers a variety of luxe beauty services and international beauty brands, many which are exclusive to Holt Renfrew. The open environment features modern design concepts from favourite Holts beauty brands (including Chanel, Dior, La Mer and Shu Uemura), interactive digital features from Bobbi Brown and Clé de Peau and personal treatment and consultation space.

According to Holt Renfrew, the new beauty space is all about providing a personalized shopping experience for customers. “We’ve elevated our entire beauty experience,” explained Pat DiBratto, senior vice president of buying and merchandising, via press release.
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Kelly Osbourne’s $250,000 manicure has inspired an entire range of Black Diamond nail polish colours

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Azature Black Diamond nail polish

When Kelly Osbourne wore a sample of Azature’s $250,000 Black Diamond nail polish to the Emmy Awards last fall, reaction was split between jealousy and outrage. While the manicure was stunning, she was accused by many of exaggerating the actual cost. The lone bottle of $250,000 nail polish, which contains 267 carats of black diamonds, is still on display at Selfridges in London.

With a quarter of a million dollars price tag, it’s no surprise that the sole bottle of Black Diamond nail polish has yet to be purchased. However, in an effort to bring the luxe look to the masses, Azature removed a few zeros and released a $25 version last fall. The significantly cheaper Azature Black Diamond nail polish contains one real black pave diamond and coats nails with a black, glittery shine that resembles the sparkly $250,000 diamond look.
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Bella Thorne vs. Kat Dennings: Who wore florals best at the Iron Man 3 Los Angeles premiere?


Bella Thorne Kat Dennings Iron Man Los Angeles Premiere

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Last night in Hollywood, many young actresses took to the red carpet for the premiere of the highly anticipated Iron Man 3. Unsurprisingly, the red carpet was full of spring trends such as embellished dresses, vibrant colours and golden accessories. Two Hollywood It-girls who were in attendance—Bella Thorne and Kat Dennings—both looked super stylish in floral-print ensembles. But which look was best?

Bella Thorne took a risk with a bright and poppy two-piece outfit. The 15-year-old Disney star wore a matching crop top and floor-length skirt by New York designer Katie Ermilio, which was paired with black platform heels and a large statement necklace. A neon yellow manicure (offset by one silver feature nail on each hand) and bright red lipstick completed the look.
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Suno collaborates with Uniqlo making a shopping road trip even more necessary


Suno Uniqlo printed belted dress

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Ever since Suno was named a finalist in the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Award in 2011, the label has been one of the newest it-brands of New York fashion. Known for its bold prints and African-inspired looks, it is no wonder that Michelle Obama, Solange Knowles, and Rachel Bilson are all major fans of the label. Now with a new collaboration, you can get the Suno look for a more affordable price tag. The label has teamed up with Uniqlo for a capsule collection of spring clothing.

The collaboration was created in partnership with Suno designers Max Osterweis and Erin Beatty. It includes a range of printed dresses, pastel skirts, striped tops, and floral patterned jeans that are perfect for summer. We love the casual vibe to the collection that is similar to Suno’s main Spring 2013 runway looks.
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Gwyneth Paltrow vs. Jennifer Aniston: Who wore Dior best?

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As Raf Simons continues to define Dior‘s 21st century aesthetic, celebrities are becoming more and more receptive to his streamlined designs. Case in point: A-listers like Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Aniston. Both actresses both wore Dior at different events on Tuesday. Brad history aside, we couldn’t help comparing the two.

Gwyneth Paltrow wore Dior Tuesday while she was in London to promote her new film Iron Man 3 at a photo-call. She chose a more classic Dior look, wearing a black and white Dior wool dress with silk velvet details. With co-star Robert Downey Jr. at her side, Paltrow showed off her gorgeous legs in the elegant dress that she paired with two-tone Manolo Blahnik heels. Paltrow is currently on a press tour for the film, and we have to say that this may be one of her best looks yet.

Jennifer Aniston was at the premiere of Lifetime’s Call Me Crazy: A Five Film in Los Angeles, where she wore a Dior black silk bustier and matching black shorts. The look was accessorized with a Tom Fold clutch, Jimmy Choo heels and a tousled updo with side swept bangs. Reaction to this look has been mixed. While some appreciate Aniston’s willingness to take a risk, others feel that the short shorts were a bit over-the-top and the look was too far outside of her comfort zone. But we were happy to see her try something different from the little black dresses she often wears.
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Want samples of Nars, Chantecaille, Deborah Lippmann and more? Check out Holt Renfrew’s Spring Beauty Bag


Holt Renfrew Spring 2013 Beauty Bag

Holt Renfrew’s Spring Beauty Bag arrives in stores today and we have a sneak peek at this season’s contents. For those who don’t know, Holts releases a new Beauty Bag twice per year. The bag only costs $35, but it’s filled with numerous miniature beauty goodies as well as a $10 voucher towards future beauty purchases. And the bag itself is always an on-trend—this year’s has a unique ombre look (available in three different shades) and contains a removable pouch.

As for the samples, this year may just be the best one yet. The Holt Renfrew Spring Beauty Bag contains 13 different mini versions of products including Deborah Lippmann nail polish, Molton Brown body wash and Sisley makeup remover. Read more »

Michael Kors to launch a trio of colour cosmetics collections, designed for your sporty, sexy or glam personas


michael kors colour cosmetics collection

Michael Kors seems to be everywhere right now, but the American designer is showing no signs of slowing down. Today it was announced that Michael Kors is launching a new line of colour cosmetics and body care in late August. While there have been a slew of successful fragrances over the years, this line expands the brand’s beauty presence with several new makeup products.

In an interview with WWD, Kors explained that the inspiration behind the new collection came from his own family as well as the different personalities of the Michael Kors customer. “I think [these] three things—sexy, sporty and glam—have always been the DNA of Michael Kors,” Kors said, “and in a strange way, the Michael Kors woman really is all three of those things—it’s just that she feels more strongly about one of them at certain given times.” With that in mind, Kors worked his beauty and fragrance partners to create three different collections—appropriately titled “Sporty,” “Sexy” and “Glam.”
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Beyoncé vs. Solange: Which sister wears bold prints best?


Beyonce vs Solange: Prints

Left: Photography via Huffington Post. Right: Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Perrier-Jouet

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Beyoncé and Solange Knowles may be two of music’s most powerful sisters. But while they share the ability to create beautiful music, the two couldn’t be more different when it comes to style. Beyoncé’s style has evolved over the years, but recently we are used to seeing her in sexy bodycon dresses, short shorts, and lots of black. Solange, on the other hand, tends to favour bright colours, African prints and breezy, loose cuts.

So when Beyoncé was spotted in Cuba this week looking a lot like her little sister, we couldn’t help but do a double take. On vacation for her wedding anniversary with Jay-Z, Beyoncé donned a colourful Thakoon Addition Resort 2013 caftan overtop a dress while exploring the streets of Havana. With her hair tied up in a braided topknot, the singer looked spectacular while breaking slightly outside of her fashion comfort zone.

Printed mini-dresses are typically Solange’s forte. Last summer she wore a chic Stella McCartney frock with strappy sandals to an event celebrating Michael Kalish’s artwork in New York. After seeing Beyoncé in Cuba this week, we couldn’t help but be reminded of this Solange style hit.

Which of the Knowles sisters’ looks do you like best? Vote in our poll!
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