Crabtree & Evelyn Holiday 2018

Crabtree & Evelyn Canada Going Out of Business (Plus: Song de Chine and Lavender & Espresso)

One of the very first perfumes I ever bought for myself was actually a blind-buy (which, if you know me at all, is hardly surprising!), Crabtree & Evelyn’s Song de Chine. It is long-discontinued, and to be very honest, I don’t even remember why I bought it! The marketing blurb must have sounded very compelling to me, and I have to say that when it arrived in the mail, I was quite excited to give it a try. As luck would have it, I loved Song de Chine very much—it was a soft floral with tea and vaguely aquatic notes—and the thrill of the blind-buy has not left me since.

From Crabtree & Evelyn’s press release in 1997:

CRABTREE & EVELYN SONG DE CHINE SCENTED BATH AND BODY LINE marks the company’s first major launch since it was purchased by Malaysia-based Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad. The five-SKU range, which Crabtree is promoting as the “essence of tranquillity,” is available now in Crabtree & Evelyn doors in the U.S. Crabtree & Evelyn Song de Chine bowed in the U.K. and Canada in June.

I’m doing some perfume and makeup organizing at the moment and don’t particularly feel like tossing everything up in the air and digging around for my old bottle, but I found this photo online for the same item I had…I feel like I might have thrown out the box, which is sad as it’s kind of pretty, isn’t it?

Image: Sovrana Parfums

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Urban Decay Nail Enamel in Sin, swatch

Throwback Thursday! Urban Decay — Sin (Nail Enamel) Swatch & Review

Brand: Urban Decay

Finally this week, after posting about my Ipsy bag, doing a rare Award/Tag, and sharing my Sephora sale haul, I’ve got a nail polish for you all!

For Throwback Thursday today, I have quite an oldie! Urban Decay got their start with unusual shades of eyeshadow, lipstick, and nail polish. This particular polish is from their second revamp (c. early 2000s, maybe?) of their nail polish line, and it was simply called Nail Enamel, like the original.

The bottle was pretty similar to the first style, except the cap was changed to look a little less industrial and a little more luxe.

Urban Decay nail polish history: Curfew, Sin, Gash

Urban Decay nail polish history: Curfew, Sin, Gash

I was glad for the change, even though the new polishes contained 50% less product, because the original bottle caps were plain awful. They were awkwardly small to hold while polishing, and they never screwed on tightly enough so all of my original polishes dried out long ago (as you can see with my bottle of Curfew, above).

(Note how the bottles look progressively bigger, but the volume actually decreases! Ah, marketing.)

The new bottle was discontinued some time ago, though Urban Decay have occasionally reintroduced nail polish here and there as special editions. More recently, they’ve introduced more polish in nude (“Naked”) shades to go with their immensely popular Naked eyeshadow palettes, and they reissued some of their original colors, too. Despite the stupidly high Canadian price (C$18, the hell?!) I had to pick up Gash when UD ran a sale, since it’s one of my favorite red shimmers from back in the day! My original bottle, of course, dried out.

Sin is a pretty nude beige with a lot of silvery shimmer. Definitely one of the more conservative Urban Decay shades! It’s also one of UD’s most popular, as it still exists in eyeshadow form.

Urban Decay Nail Enamel in Sin

Urban Decay Nail Enamel in Sin

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New Release: China Glaze — Rebel (Fall 2016)

China Glaze has released their Fall 2016 collection, Rebel, and it’s totally ’90s-inspired!

I love me some Alanis, Nirvana, and Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, don’t you?

 

Collection: China Glaze 2016 Fall, Rebel

China Glaze, Rebel collection, Fall 2016

The 12 new shades are:

  • Holo at Ya Girl! (green-gold holographic glitter)
  • Jagged Little Teal (vamp deep teal)
  • Combat Blue-ts (tough as nine inch nails matte blue)
  • Blue-Ya! (sapphire blue)
  • Teen Spirit (gorgeous shimmery grape)
  • Purple Fiction (metallic plum)
  • Y’All Red-y For This? (hot-tempered orange-red shimmer)
  • Heroine Chic (sultry chocolate olive)
  • Dope Taupe (almond taupe)
  • Fresh Princess (pale pink)
  • Pearl Jammin’ (gray opal)
  • Don’t Mesh With Me (lavender shimmer)

I love the name Fresh Princess, though that Gwyneth Paltrow-Oscar-winning-dress color isn’t doing anything for me. I will definitely keep an eye out for Teen Spirit, Heroine Chic, and Pearl Jammin’, though!

What looks good to you?

It’s like ray-ee-aaaaaain…

And, any excuse to post Carlton Banks: