Dior Kingdom of Colors Swatches

Kingdom of Colors

Kingdom of Colors

The Kingdom of Colors Palette is the stand-out item from the Dior Spring 2015 collection. It’s a very interesting palette – I’m not sure it works to achieve what it needs to but in terms of being a looker, it’s up there! As you can see, it’s got a bit of everything, but in reality it’s a little bit too jam packed – you need to be very precise with your brushes not to disturb the sections.

Kingdom of Colors

Kingdom of Colors

So, the swatches. First, it’s the cream eyeliner in a strong black – there’s a brush with angled bristles that applies very nicely indeed for a tiny palette brush. Next is the Touche Lumiere Regard Eye Shine – a wash of silver/green to illuminate the lid. You can use it over a colour or on its own. Then, it’s on to the purple shadow – a soft, greyish lavender that blends beautifully, and beside that is a silver, glimmering shade that I didn’t think had any natural partner in the palette. The nude wash is a Mattifying Skin Perfector – actually, I like it as an eyelid base – but you can’t really get your finger to it because it’s so tiny. My natural instinct was to want to use finger application rather than brush. Next to that is the Skin Highlighter – a silver shimmer wash; very pretty and smooth but I wouldn’t naturally think to put it anywhere near the blush shade which is a vivid pink/coral.

Kingdom of Colors

Kingdom of Colors

I love the lip colours – the first two shades are gloss and the final, coral-pink is lipstick, so more pigmented. I’d wear all of these in a flash. So, you can see that the Kingdom of Colors palette is jam packed with ten individual colours and four (good) applicators! The palette is £55. The rest of the Kingdom of Colors collection is so beautiful though, that if you’re looking at what to buy from the collection, I’d bypass the palette.

Kingdom of Colors Lip & Cheek Glow

Kingdom of Colors Lip & Cheek Glow

Yes, the Kingdom of Colors Lip & Cheek Glow really is this vivid! It’s the strangest item in the collection, but I love its quirkiness.

Kingdom of Colors Lip & Cheek Glow

Kingdom of Colors Lip & Cheek Glow

Luckily, it doesn’t go on quite as bright as it looks in the bottle! The texture is very watery – and it’s minty. That’s all very well for lips, but minty cheeks is a whole other thing! The product performs best on the cheeks – it is such a mild tint for the already pigmented skin on the lips that it barely shows. But on the cheeks, it gives a wash of freshness that’s really pretty. The stain stays a while, too.. it didn’t disappear immediately like some stains do. The Lip & Cheek Glow is £27.

Kindom of Colors Nails

Kindom of Colors Nails

There are four nail shades in the Kindom of Colors collection – including Majesty and Lady above. I’d wear both in a heartbeat (in fact, I’m going to do my nails in Majesty this afternoon). Majesty is a milky apricot colour, while Lady has grey and mauve nude tones. These shades are the perfect interim palette for the winter-spring blend. The other shades are an ultra bright pink called Glow and a topcoat called Eclosion with green, white and yellow micro-confetti.

Kingdom of Colors Fusion Mono

Kingdom of Colors Fusion Mono

While there is a new deep purple Fusion Mono, and a new Iris Purple mascara, I love the Golden Beige shade above (I can’t tell if it’s new or not) for its instant brightening effect. I’d wear it with a grey shade, I think. It’s £24.

Dior Rouge Baume

Dior Rouge Baume

It’s the new Rouge Baumes that I’ve really fallen for. They’re a soft, balm texture with enough colour that they look like lighter shade lipsticks with plenty of sheen. These have both gone straight into the keep drawer!

Rouge Dior Baume

Rouge Dior Baume

The two shades I have here are Palaise (a warm nude shade that doesn’t drain the colour from my face) and Gala, a brightening pink-coral. There are three other shades in poppy red, rose and pink. They’re £26 each and it’s where I’d put my pennies from this collection.

I have the new Diorshow Khol which I’ll feature on its own in a separate post and hopefully will be able to get a couple of the five colour palettes to swatch.

The Dior Kingdom of Colors launches officially on 14th of January, but Selfridges has an early exclusive of the collection if you can’t wait! You can find it HERE.

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Ruth’s Annual Candle Video…Merry Christmas!

annual candle video

Merry Christmas everyone! If you’re reading this on Christmas Eve then you’ll be feeling very festive no doubt – Christmas Eve is actually my most favourite part of the whole deal. It’s just so filled with memories of the excitement that I felt when I was little; there’s something totally magical about the night before. Being made to go to bed so that “Father Christmas” could come down the chimney, leaving out the mince pie and carrot…

annual candle video

Here’s my Annual Candle Video – please do watch it if only to laugh at Mr AMR lighting the candle wicks. He refused to waste a new match on each candle and so the flame kept getting nearer and nearer to his fingers! I actually filmed over a dozen of the candles being lit but these were the only ones I could include – I was envisioning a million health and safety complaints landing in my Youtube comments section. I will possibly do a more in-detail candle post early next week with my favourite picks – though they were all pretty lovely, to be quite honest! I have listed them all, with a few “tasting notes” underneath the video pane. Maybe some of them will go into the sales – I shall keep my hawk eyes open and keep you updated.

But it’s goodbye for now; I’m taking the next few days off! I will be back next week with a renewed sense of purpose and lots of exciting posts.

Have a wonderful Christmas, everyone. Eat, drink and be merry.

Ruth xx

Candles Shown:

Space NK Shimmering Spice Small Candle: http://goo.gl/qNjGuH – this is small but perfectly formed and smells amazing. Really good value at £15 but with a true luxury scent.

The London Oil Company, Christmas Spice: http://www.thelondonoilcompany.co.uk/… – costs from £7! Really unusual and quirky little number from a tiny London business.

Diptyque Resine: http://goo.gl/LeJp2z – oh, just delightful, as always.

Elemis Spa Light Candle: http://tidd.ly/faf9b276 – I love the way the jar glows and the Elemis name lights up! Smells very relaxing too.

Large Red Jo Malone Candle – Frosted Cherry and Clove: http://www.jomalone.com/product/3555/… – erm, seriously luxury this one. V expensive. Not usually into clove but this works well with the cherry.

Green Foil Candle is Cire Trudon Gabriel – AMAZING! Possibly my favourite, apart from the one below from This Works. http://goo.gl/vS9CKM

Swirly green-jarred candle is Malachite by Fornasetti: http://tidd.ly/347a8472 – total indulgence and the jars are like little pieces of art!

Deep Sleep Heavenly Candle by This Works: http://goo.gl/DK9saM – just amazing, this one and truly does help you to relax!

Ormonde Jayne Etoile Scented Candle: http://www.ormondejayne.com/tolu-scen… – properly thought-about scent. Unique and rich and indulgent.

Emma Bridgewater Candle: http://tidd.ly/c421dd03

Hush Pomegranate & Peppercorn: http://tidd.ly/dfe42801 – so chic! If you like Pomegranate Noir and want a slightly more affordable version, then this is quite similar…

l’Occitane Arlesienne: http://goo.gl/Ud1YsD – light and florally and sweet.

Tori Burch (on top of orange box): http://www.toryburch.co.uk/fragrance-…

NEOM Perfect Peace Candle: http://tidd.ly/5866bd44 – gorgeous, but sold out pretty much everywhere, sorry…

Shiffa Prosperity Candle: http://goo.gl/cz1qp6 – LOVE this! Shiffa is a mega-expensive brand so thought this would be incredibly dear, but is £35. Not tooooo bad.

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