Quick Reads: LUSH vs. Amazon UK

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My friend T. just sent me a link to an article about the latest development in LUSH’s lawsuit against Amazon UK. It hinges on Amazon’s refusal to stop selling products by a company called Bomb Cosmetics. The products themselves are complete rip-offs of LUSH products. See for yourself:

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Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Martin Margiela “Replica” Fragrance Collection

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I was flipping through the latest issue of Lucky magazine and I stopped to snicker over this trend piece about perfumes that take their inspiration from—wait for it—flowers!! Whatever will they think of next?

Then I lingered longer on the page, because this new Maison Martin Margiela fragrance, Beach Walk, made me think. It’s a citrusy tropical floral designed to evoke “Sun kissed salty skin” in “Calvi, 1972.” (Calvi  is located on the island of Corsica. I had to look that up.)

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Things That Make You Go Hmmm: Sephora “Drop Dead Gorgeous” Clutch

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I was flipping through Allure magazine last night and I spied this item in a spread of new products for Fall 2013. It’s Sephora’s “Drop Dead Gorgeous” studded clutch case containing a set of five makeup brushes ($58).

I won’t go on and on about the way that skull motifs have become mainstream over the past decade, and how much this phenomenon annoys former-Goth me. (Just one thing, because I can’t resist: on a recent visit to Fairfield County, Connecticut, a place synonymous with bland suburban affluence, I saw a blond 6- or 7-year-old boy wearing a pair of preppy shorts embroidered with tiny black skulls rather than whales or sailboats. Now I’ll stop.)

So, my first thought about Sephora’s brush case was “oh, no, another skull,” and my second was, “but where have I seen this clutch purse before?”

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