Covet: Lipstick Queen Frog Prince Lipstick (With an Art Historical Reference)

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I’m eyeing the latest product launch from Lipstick Queen, a color-changing lipstick named Frog Prince. It’s bright clover green in the tube, but when it’s applied to lips, it adjusts to a rosy pink shade.

I’m a fan of LQ’s Hello Sailor, and I’d probably enjoy Frog Prince even more. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to nab a press sample, but I’ll check it out next time I’m near Barneys or SpaceNK.

In the meantime, I’m smiling over the illustration of a frog reclining in front of a fairytale castle, because it reminds me of something…

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Covet: LUSH Jason And The Argan Oil Shampoo Bar

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I’m a longtime fan of LUSH”s Rose Jam (you can read my review on Now Smell This, here), so I’m thrilled to learn that LUSH has begun creating similarly scented products. The latest is a solid shampoo bar called Jason and the Argan Oil (get it?).

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I can’t wait to try it.

UPDATE: It’s been delayed due to a necessary reformulation, but it’s supposed to arrive in stores by the end of March!

Info via the LUSH website.

Covet: Joya x Snarkitecture Secret Souvenir Candle

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I love New York. I love fancy candles. I can’t help coveting these new products from Joya Studio in collaboration with “art and architecture company Snarkitecture.”

Here’s the official description:

“The offset wick of this otherwise plain cylindrical candle suggests something unexpected beneath the surface. As the candle burns down, a metal souvenir is unearthed and a new and evolving topography of wax is formed. The image of a building in a landscape comes into focus. Each candle in the New York City edition of the Secret Souvenir series contains an Empire State Building, Chrysler Building or Statue of Liberty souvenir at random.” …

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Covet: Boots by Francois Pinet, 1870s-1880s

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I didn’t know about the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto until recently, when a friend sent me a link to the Bata’s current exhibition, Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century. (I definitely need to make a special trip to Toronto to see this show. Fortunately, it runs through June 2016.)

In perusing the Bata Shoe Museum’s website, I came across these beauties. They were made in the late 1870s or 1880s by the luxury footwear firm of François Pinet. Just look at the perfect heel and curvy lines, not to mention the intricate floral hand-embroidery.

I would wear these boots in a second, if someone could reproduce them in a present-day size 8.

Here’s a video of the Bata’s senior curator, Elizabeth Semmelhack, discussing the Pinet boots.

Collection of the Bata Shoe Museum.
Photo credit: Image © 2014 Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada

 

 

Covet: Jean-Michel Basquiat Candles from Ligne Blanche Paris

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I’ve been an admirer of Jean-Michel Basquiat (1960-1988) ever since I saw a retrospective of his work at the Whitney Museum in 1992. (I have to confess that I even enjoyed the 1996 biopic Basquiat, directed by Julian Schnabel.)

If Basquiat were still alive, he’d surely be collaborating with designers, musicians, filmmakers, and so on—after all, he did all that in his lifetime, long before Takashi Murakami ever thought of teaming up with Louis Vuitton. Maybe that’s why I don’t mind when I see (authorized) Basquiat merchandise for sale.

This high-end candle is one of six in a series produced by Ligne Blanche Paris, with fragrances by Givaudan. The porcelain holder is printed with a reproduction of Basquiat’s Trumpet (1984, below), and the scent is a blend of almond and cherry.

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Ligne Blanche’s Basquiat candles sell for $65 at Twisted Lily.