Today I was able to preview Diptyque’s limited edition candles for the 2013 holiday season. The Madison Avenue boutique was offering them just for two days; they’ll return, for the full holiday season (until they run out!), in November.
This year, the candles’ glass containers are gilded over their coloring, which gives them an added luminosity when they’re lit. The oval decals have delicate gilt motifs inspired, reportedly, by the art of Gustav Klimt as well as The Arabian Nights.
I decided to stop by Barneys on my way home tonight, to check out the newly renovated Foundation (the beauty and fragrance level) and maybe to perk myself up with a new lipstick. I entered from Madison Avenue, passed this interesting sneak peek, and descended the steps…
It’s that time of year again, only slightly later: Barneys’ annual fall beauty bag event has been delayed slightly due to major renovations at the Madison Avenue flagship store, but you can still Love Yourself from October 15-19 .
As you can see from the mailer above, the minimum purchase to receive a gift-bag full of samples has risen yet again, to $250. Ouch. On the other hand, if you’re in New York and just need to pick up one or two little things this month, you can still enjoy experiencing the newly unveiled Foundation, the beauty and fragrance floor. I visited a few weeks ago and saw a few counters that had already been completed, and they really did look promising. I’m looking forward to getting the full effect on my next visit.
**UPDATE: For a peek at the bag’s contents, visit Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog.**
Image: photo by Tinsel Creation
On Friday evening I took the subway out to Brooklyn’s DUMBO neighborhood. DUMBO stands for Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass; you can see the bridge here, from the Brooklyn side of the river, with the lower Manhattan skyline in the background. I took this photo from the roof of the building where Aroma M Perfumes has just opened its new “atelier.”
On Friday afternoon I decided to visit and review Bite Beauty’s pop-up “Lip Lab” boutique in SoHo. I’ve always been curious about Bite’s lip color line (food-grade ingredients! shades named after different wine varietals!), but I usually find the atmosphere in Sephora too chaotic for any sustained browsing. The Bite pop-up seemed like a perfect opportunity to learn more about the brand and maybe, just maybe, to purchase a lipstick…