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I make it my mission to get my hands on every single new Maison Margiela REPLICA fragrance, no matter what it smells like, which is something I would never do with any other label. Perhaps my bond with the range is fueled by the same concept of the collection itself—the powerful association of scent and memory. Knowing the fragrances were inspired by moments, places and dreams make them that much more special and I feel as if I’m transported into someone else’s memory with each whiff.
Three new fragrances join the REPLICA family—Music Festival and Sailing Day join the original eau de toilette line-up and Fantasies: Wicked Love, the first new addition to join the dream-inspired (as opposed to memory-inspired) eau de parfum collection since its debut last year.
All three fragrances are unisex; Sailing Day and Music Festival are ‘female and male fragrances’ (joining By The Fireplace which launched in 2016) while Wicked Love, as with the rest of the Fantasies collection, is ‘gender anonymous’.
So, how do they smell? Keeping in mind that fragrance opinions are very subjective, here are my thoughts on the three newbies:
REPLICA Music Festival was inspired by Woodstock, 1969 with (unsurprising) notes of cannabis, patchouli and leather. I was skeptical about this one, but it is actually my favourite out of the three. It smells much more sophisticated then what I’m sure you’re picturing. It has a warm spiciness to it and the patchouli is really the star note here.
I wasn’t alive in the 60s, but in my mind, this is exactly what I would imagine carefree, peace-and-love hippy vibes to smell like… if vibes had a smell. I really love this one and think it’s going to be very nostalgic for many.
REPLICA Sailing Day was inspired by sunny afternoons, sailing through the crystal waters of Greece, with nothing but clear blue skies ahead. This ultra-fresh fragrance combines an aquatic accord, coriander and red seaweed essence to evoke that Mediterranean holiday vibe.
It is very aquatic and quite different from Beach Walk, which has more of a salty, warm skin smell to it. I would love to smell this on a man, but I wouldn’t wear it myself (although my best friend really liked this one for her).
REPLICA Fantasties: Wicked Love is probably the most perplexing fragrance I have ever come across. While the eau de toilette names paint a picture that most people can imagine, the Fantasies are much more obscure and unconventional, so it’s hard to know what they are going to actually smell like. In this case, Wicked Love is a dangerous, intoxicating love potion that smells like “gunmetal and roses”—quite an accurate description, actually.
The fragrance begins with water hyacinth, unsuspectingly paired with green pepper and basil (I think this is where the metallic aspect comes from?). Then, it reveals a blend of rose and jasmine florals and finishes with white musk and earthy vetiver essence. I think this is a very complex and intriguing fragrance, but I don’t think it smells as seductive as the story makes it seem. Although, the more I smell it, the more I like it—so there’s that?
Maison Margiela REPLICA Sailing Day ($126/1.4ozEDT) and REPLICA Music Festival ($126/1.4oz EDT) fragrances are available online now at barneys.com (coming soon to Sephora, but not up yet) and REPLICA Fantasies: Wicked Love ($180/1.4oz EDP) is available online at sephora.com.
For the third year in a row, Canada’s homegrown fave lipstick brand Bite Beauty launches its 2017 edition of Mauvember. The Toronto-born brand launched its first Mauvember lipstick in 2015 as a nod to founder Susanne Langmuir’s father who fought (and won) his own battle with prostate cancer—one of the diseases that The Movember Foundation supports.
While this year’s shade is the same as the one introduced last year (if you recall, it had a warm pinky hue with the cute little ‘stache engraved into the bullet) , Bite Beauty is taking things one step further by launching the shade in two of its newest products: The Multistick and Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick. All of the proceeds for both limited edition products go directly to The Movember Foundation.
The Multistick ($24), a formula launched late last summer, is a semi-sheer Mauvember shade with a buildable, blendable formula that can be used on everything from your lips to your cheeks to your eyes. The Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick ($24), launched just a couple months ago, offers up a semi-glaze finish in a quintessentially hydrating formula that Bite does so well.
Known as the “Mo-Sistas,” Langmuir wanted a fun and innovative way to support men’s health and Movember while also rocking something we all love — a lipstick. And while some of us are definitely still hoarding sticks of last year’s Amuse Bouche Lipstick (anyone else buy multiples when they know it’s limited edition? Just us?) we’re always down to expand our makeup wardrobe (and be able to justify it when it’s for such a good cause).
Concealer, as essential as it is to nearly every beauty routine, hasn’t always been a focus for luxe brands. The idea of concealing blemishes, scars, dark circles and hyper-pigmentation isn’t exactly sexy, but we’re happy to see designer makeup lines putting out high-performing formulas and acknowledging at the same time that we ALL could use a little help.
With designer products come designer price tags, so while they are a bit more of an investment than your average concealer, I’m sure we can all agree that a flawless complexion is worth splurging on. Here are six new, high-end formulas that you should check out!
It’s no secret that shimmer, glitter, pearl and metallic textures are taking over the beauty world lately and Bite Beauty’s latest launch is right on trend. The new Prismatic Pearl Multisticks ($24) are now available online at Sephora and will be arriving at stores in the new year.
The new multi-use sticks have the same cream-to-powder formula as the original Multistick but with a glowing, pearlescent finish. Bite Beauty launched this metallic texture first in their Prismatic Pearl Crème Lipglosses and five of those shades have made the cut to be reimagined as cream sticks.
The five shades include Blush Pearl (white with pink shimmer), Pink Pearl (pink with red shimmer), Rose Pearl (deep rose with golden green and violet shimmer), Oyster Pearl (taupe with silver shimmer—I definitely see a teal reflect in here too) and Peacock Pearl (teal with black, red and green shimmer). Just the like lipglosses, the unique, multidimensional shades were inspired by rare Tahitian pearls.
The silicone-free sticks are formulated with 35% powder, which allows them to have a lightweight texture that works on eyes, cheeks and lips. Since these particular Multisticks have shimmery textures, you might feel a bit more limited by each shade as to where exactly you would wear them, in comparison to the original shades. I probably wouldn’t wear Peacock Pearl on my cheeks, but that’s just me—you’re free to let your artistic side run wild. A few ways I do like to wear them though: Blush Pearl to highlight the cheeks, Peacock Pearl and on the eyes and Oyster Pearl—my favourite shade—on the lips.
In typical Bite Beauty tradition, the Prismatic Pearl Mutlisticks are formulated with food-grade ingredients, handcrafted in small batches and enriched with Resveratrol, an antioxidant to soothe skin and fight the signs of aging.
(L-R) Blush Pearl, Pink Pearl, Rose Pearl, Oyster Pearl, Peacock Pearl
They can be applied straight from the bullet or with your finger or a brush and offer buildable coverage. To really amp up the intensity, wait a minute in-between layers. If you prefer just a touch of shimmer, use your finger to pat the product on lightly—great for adding a touch of sparkle to your favourite lipstick or a glamorous way to complete any eye look. They have such a fine, smooth texture for such a shimmery product—something that can be difficult to find (and uncomfortable if not), especially when it comes to lip products.
Bite Beauty Prismatic Pearl Multisticks retail for $24 each and are available online now at sephora.com (and will be arriving in stores in January 2018).
Each year, I look forward to seeing which final six shades end up in Essie’s winter collections (perhaps because I tend to wear bold shades a bit more often). Usually combining a few classic shades of the season along with a few trendy, unexpected twists, essie’s lineup for the Winter 2017 Collection is no different. The collection includes six shades, each with a cute name inspired by celebrating the holidays and ringing in the new year.
Social Lights: slate grey with warm amber shimmer
Suit and Tied: sand beige
Be Cherry: bright crimson red
Ring In The Bling: ruby red shimmer
New Year, New Hue: rich magenta purple
On Your Mistletoes: deep oxford blue
As soon as I saw the collection, I was instantly drawn to Social Lights, which was unlike anything I had ever seen before (I didn’t think that was even possible anymore)! It’s such a beautiful grey with a warm amber reflect, creating an unexpected—yet absolutely beautiful—mixture of cool and warm tones. It’s a bit hard to capture its beauty in a photo, so just trust me on this one! I also love Ring In The Bling, because you can’t ever have too many reds and this one had a touch of golden shimmer than made in stand out to me.
Be Cherry and New Year, New Hue are both pretty classic shades for the holiday season and On Your Mistletoes is a bold addition that would be stunning for a New Years Eve look, paired with a shimmery silver dress or jewelry.
Unfortunately, I just didn’t get along very well with Suit and Tied. I think it’s a pretty shade—a warm, mid-tone beige—but it just didn’t wear well with my skintone. I don’t think it jives very well with the rest of the collection either, but that could just be because I’m biased. I would have loved to see a fun, glittery gold, silver or champagne instead.
The Essie Winter 2017 Collection nail polishes retail for $9 each and are available at select retailers and online now at ulta.com.
— Social Lights
— Suit and Tied
— Be Cherry
— Ring In The Bling
— New Year, New Hue
— On Your Mistletoes
A bright, pearly white smile is something we would all love to have, especially with the holidays coming up—and all the photos that are sure to come along with them too. If you want to polish up those pearly whites, you can either go to your dentist for an in-office treatment (which is super effective but can also be super pricey, too) or head to the drugstore and grab a box of whitening strips. While whitening strips are much more cost-effective, they typically take weeks to show full results and—speaking from personal experience here—can make teeth unbearably sensitive.
There is a third option though, one that delivers quick and dramatic results but also can be done conveniently from home—the Philips Zoom! DayWhite Maximum White system. This take-home whitening kit can be purchased directly from your dentist and delivers optimal results in two weeks, wearing the trays twice a day for 30 minutes. The cost will vary depending on your dentist’s office, however it is significantly less expensive than in-office treatments.
When Philips asked if I would like to test the system out, I was both excited and nervous. I was looking forward to the professional grade whitening power, but as I previously mentioned, my sensitive teeth can barely tolerate drugstore whitening strips and I was going straight for the full-strength system.
But of course, I agreed and used the system twice a day for two weeks. Even though my teeth were fairly white to begin with, it wasn’t until I compared my before and after pictures that I realized how amazing the results were.
Take a look and see for yourself:
Pretty impressive, right? Now onto my experience…
It does require having teeth whitening trays made by your dentist at an additional cost, but you can use them for touch-ups in the future. Since they are custom-fitted to your teeth, they feel much more comfortable, secure and precise than standard whitening strips.
The formula contains 9.5% hydrogen peroxide to whiten, as well as ACP (amorphous calcium phosphate) to protect tooth enamel and reduce sensitivity at the same time. I also switched to a sensitivity-relief toothpaste to prevent any sensitivity as best I could.
I’m not going to lie, the first couple treatments weren’t very fun. First of all—I definitely filled my whitening trays too full with the gel, causing it to squish out onto my gums, causing quite a bit of discomfort. My bad. Once I figured out the right amount of gel to use, it wasn’t uncomfortable at all and to my surprise, I only experienced a bit of mild sensitivity the first few days then hardly any at all after that.
Even a tiny improvement can have a huge impact on your smile when it comes to teeth whitening. I made sure to use the exact same photography set up, camera settings and lighting equipment when taking my before and after pictures to stay consistent.
Let’s take a close-up look at the results…
Quantitatively, I technically only went one shade lighter on Philips’ colour guide. My inner science geek wanted to be a little more precise, so I sampled my tooth colour before and after in Photoshop to get their exact hue, saturation and luminosity levels. I found it quite interesting to see my “before” colour was in the yellow range and my “after” colour was in the blue range, while the saturation and luminosity levels were nearly the same. So, although they didn’t lighten substantially, they definitely did whiten, giving them a much brighter appearance.
What matters most though, is how happy I am and how confident I feel with my new smile!
If you’re interested in trying the system out, talk to your dentist about which Philips Zoom! whitening kit is best for you. You can also visit zoomwhitening.com for more information.
Your alarm blares, jolting you out of a deep slumber. Can anyone blame you for hitting snooze to steal a few extra minutes of shut-eye? But if you’re anything like us, one snooze turns into three and you’re running late before you know it.
Take a deep breath, because these double-duty beauty products earn major points for saving precious time—add them to your stash and you’ll be able to get your beauty sleep and still have time to squeeze in a coffee run.
You won’t often find us raving about a new grooming product or fragrance for men, but the new YSL Y Eau de Toilette ($72 for 3.3oz) is too good not to talk about. It’s no secret the vast majority of our readers are female, so even though this one was made for the boys… ladies, you’re going to love it too. Like a crisp, white tee or a perfectly tailored suit jacket, this eau de toilette is about to become equally as essential for many men out there.
The bottle has a minimalist, geometric feel with a touch of flair in the metal Y embedded into the side. Y has an aldehydic freshness—one that breathes clean and crisp, without being too sterile—thanks to juicy bergamot and spicy ginger. Together with earthier green notes like fresh balsam fir, woody cedarwood and herbaceous sage, the notes blend together for a fragrance that is crisp without being cold.
The idea of Y is one that is meant to embody “modern, creative masculinity.” While the notion of masculinity is prevalent even amidst the choice of notes—ones that are very classically used in men’s scents—it’s the message behind it that brings a sense of modernity to the fragrance. The concept that Gen-Y (it’s no coincidence that the two are connected) is the generation of trailblazers, the shakers and the questioners is not lost on YSL.
YSL Y Eau de Toilette retails for $72 (3.3oz) and is available online at sephora.com..
Whether you’re currently on the hunt for a perfect gift for someone on your list or creating your own to drop hints, you need to take a peek at this year’s collection of covetable holiday gift sets from Clinique. No matter what your budget may be, there’s a no-fail gift ready to wrap up and give to someone special this year—from skincare must-haves to makeup value sets and more.
As a brand with a long-lasting reputation for creating effective, high-quality and safe products (always fragrance-free and allergy-tested!), you can feel confident gifting these curated sets to any beauty lover on your list, knowing they’ll love them. We’ve rounded up six sets from $15 to $85 to help you cross names off your list and make your holiday shopping experience a bit easier. Be warned though—you’re going to want to pick up one of these sets for yourself too!