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Items of Intrigue, Vol. 004


Items of Intrigue, Vol. 004

Whew — there are so many new holiday products, kits, and sets coming out this month!  It can be so hard to keep up sometimes!

  • philosophy holiday shower gel duos ($15.00) are popping up, and it’s SO SO hard to resist! I just keep looking at the cabinet full of shower gels to keep myself from adding them to cart, but ahh!
  • Chanel Recourbe Cils de Chanel ($34.00) recently debuted, and as a long-time fan of shu’s curler, I am interested in seeing how this performs. Interestingly enough, one of the artists I saw working backstage at NYFW had this in their kit and raved about it!
  • Cle de Peau Vintage Holiday Palette ($125.00) looks gorgeous, but I am very curious to see if the product is as good as the design. I like that the exterior of the palette is designed, too.
  • Bobbi Brown Ruby Sparkle Eye Palette ($45.00) is one of several holiday palettes that have already launched online at Neiman Marcus. This looks so pretty in the compact, but I wonder whether there are fall out issues.
  • Guerlain Nuit d’Amour Eau de Parfum ($250.00) caught my attention from the elegantly designed bottle. I’m also a total sucker for orange + pink color combinations, which is really why I was like, “Oooh! Pretty!”

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Nubar Pink Flame Nail Lacquer

Nubar Pink Flame Nail Lacquer
Nubar Pink Flame Nail Lacquer

Nubar Pink Flame Nail Lacquer

Nubar Pink Flame Nail Lacquer ($7.49 for 0.50 fl. oz.) is a red and orange duochrome. First it’s a vibrant, pinky-red, then it shifts to a coppery orange. I love the intensity of the polish; it’s so vibrant that it looks like it glows, which is difficult to capture in a photo! It’s shimmering without being metallic or overly frosty. The formula was a good balance between thick and thin, so the polish flowed easily and evenly across the nail and yielded opaque results in two coats. I usually get a full week of wear with minimal tip wear with Nubar’s polishes, including Pink Flame, which I tested a few months ago (and yes, only just reviewed now).

Nubar Nail Lacquer Pink Flame
A+

Permanent

10
Product
10
Pigmentation
10
Texture
10
Longevity
5
Application
100%
Total

Bond No. Holiday 2011 Collection


Bond No. Holiday 2011 Collection

At Bond No. 9, we’re bold and daring perfumers—but never more so than at holiday time. That’s when—we admit it!—we throw any hint of caution to the wind and present a limited-edition collection of gifts that are at least as sumptuous as the celebrations themselves—in fact, probably a lot more so. But this year, we’ve gone for a level of sheer, unadulterated radiance that frankly amazes even us. Here is a stunning array of treasures whose lustrousness, whose incandescence will boggle the mind and mesmerize the eye, just as much as our scents excite the senses. And for our keynote eau de parfum this season, the one that most warrants being surrounded by splendor, we’ve chosen the best-selling Scent of Peace—a male/female mélange of black current, lavender, and lily of the valley, which we’ve made available in several sizes and shapes. Of course we’ve included other Bond No. 9 scent favorites, as well. And as always at holiday-time, we offer a generously wide price range. So, the artisanal scents … the optics … the keepsake boxes … the luxury quotient: Bond No. 9 has got it all.

Fantasy-Stone Fountain of Peace ($7,500.00)

This year’s official, unabashed extravaganza gift is our now-perennial 42-ounce spigoted amphora vitrine, filled with the Scent of Peace, its gracefully curvaceous exterior glistening everywhere with a new Swarovski crystal design: a profusion of stones in varying sizes and shapes, carefully pieced together onto a surface as intricate and tactile as an incandescent moon-glow tapestry. True, perfume containers have always had an element of fantasy. But this one is ultimo in every way.

Incadescent Shooting Super Star ($1,000.00)

The Scent of Peace is likewise the eau de parfum chosen for the classic Bond No. 9 superstar bottle that’s been decked out all over with those Swarovski fanci-crystals—the moonlit exterior emphasizing the preciousness of the contents. Even the oval cap and the keepsake silver-toned presentation box are studded with stones.

Swarovski All-Stars Quartet to Go ($700.00)

What woman wouldn’t adore having her daily choice of four Swarovski pavé-studded pocket sprays—one in glistening fuchsia (Chinatown), one in cobalt blue (Nuits de Noho), one in silver-crystal (the Scent of Peace), and one in black (Bond No. 9 Perfume). Standing tall in their own neat golden coffret equipped with a handy gold-tone mini-funnel (yes, these pocket sprays are refillable), they add up to the perfect gift presentation for those who long to casually whip out an impossibly stunning perfume flacon from their handbag, wow everyone around with its jewel-like sheen—and then do it all over again the next day in a different color.

Coffret Trio ($550.00)

Fitted into a square gold-foil box, the Bond No. 9 signature coffret contains three of our most beloved top-sellers—the aforementioned Bond No. 9 Perfume, as well as Astor Place and Nuits de Noho. Their appeal is unabashedly to women who are romantically or seductively inclined—or both at once.

Peace Offering ($430.00)

The Scent of Peace once again, this time in a signature gift collection featuring a 100 ml. eau de parfum, body cream, and candle. Lovers of peace will find sublime contentment here.

Perfumista’s Perfect Ten ($250.00)

Imagine the Bond No. 9 superstar flacon precisely scaled down to 5 ml. How beguiling! Then imagine a wardrobe of ten such flacons—each containing a different best-selling eau de parfum–standing at attention in a beautifully embossed coffret. What an exquisite dream-gift that will turn any fashionista into a devout perfumista—and vice versa. The scents: Andy Warhol Union Square, Bleecker Street, Bond No. 9 Signature , Chelsea Flowers, Chinatown, Eau de New York , Hamptons, Nuits de Noho, The Scent of Peace and Wall Street.

Amethyst Serenity ($500.00, $225.00)

The Scent of Peace again, this time in a Swarovski amethyst pavé-covered superstar bottle; 50 ml, $500; and in a 7 ml pocket spray, $225. Both are refillable. Available separately: amethyst velvet pouches, sized to fit.

Oudissimo/Oud on the Skin ($170.00)

So in-demand is Bond No. 9 Perfume, our provocative East-West signature blend of oriental oud and beautifully balanced rose, along with edible almond and caramel that our customers absolutely insisted we create an accompanying body cream and candle. Here they are, enveloped in blazing gold, just in time for the holidays.

availability: November 1st, 2011

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L’Oreal Paris & Project Runway Colors Take Flight Collection


L’Oreal Paris & Project Runway Colors Take Flight Collection

Just in time for autumn’s fashion-forward styles, L’Oréal Paris, in conjunction with Emmy-nominated Project Runway, introduces “Colors Take Flight” – a limited-edition cosmetics collection of four palettes inspired by the captivating colors of exotic birds. L’Oréal Paris Consulting Makeup Artist and Project Runway featured artist Collier Strong helped develop this collection which offers new and stunning shade ranges, rich textures and the tools to create distinctly different makeup looks. Inspired by the Cockatoo, the Owl, the Raven and the Amazon Parrot, these four cosmetics sets bring runway-inspired beauty to new heights.

Charming Cockatoo

  • Charming Cockatoo’s Gaze Eyeshadow Quad ($8.95)
  • Charming Cockatoo’s Blush ($9.95)
  • Charming Cockatoo’s Pout (8.95)
  • Charming Cockatoo’s Wisdom ($4.99)
  • Charming Cockatoo’s Mystery ($4.99)

Watchful Owl

  • Watchful Owl’s Gaze Eyeshadow Quad ($8.95)
  • Watchful Owl’s Blush ($9.95)
  • Watchful Owl’s Pout (8.95)
  • Watchful Owl’s Night ($4.99)
  • Watchful Owl’s Lust ($4.99)

Audacious Amazon

  • Audacious Amazon’s Gaze Eyeshadow Quad ($8.95)
  • Audacious Amazon’s Blush ($9.95)
  • Audacious Amazon’s Pout (8.95)
  • Audacious Amazon’s Flare ($4.99)
  • Audacious Amazon’s Flash ($4.99)

Sultry Raven

  • Sultry Raven’s Gaze Eyeshadow Quad ($8.95)
  • Sultry Raven’s Blush ($9.95)
  • Sultry Raven’s Pout (8.95)
  • Sultry Raven’s Dream ($4.99)
  • Sultry Raven’s Strength ($4.99)

availability: October 2011 at ULTA locations, drugstores, and mass market retailers nationwide.

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