National Fragrance Day: 20 Favorite Bottle Designs in My Perfume Collection

It’s National Fragrance Day! To celebrate, I’ve compiled a list of favorite perfume bottles in my collection. I’ve previously done a list of perfumes I want just for the bottles, so I thought this would be a fun one to do, as well.

I’m not wearing any of these scents today, though. Test driving ’90s classic Tommy Girl (which comes in a perfectly serviceable bottle, but it’s certainly not one of my favorites).

ANNICK GOUTAL Heure Exquise EDP
Image: annickgoutal.com

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ANNICK GOUTAL — Heure Exquise & Les Nuits d’Hadrien

Many of Annick Goutal’s fragrances come in this signature bottle and tagged with a ribbon and a card. The style is old-fashioned and very beautiful. The glass bottle’s ribbing is reminiscent of gathered tulle.


BADGLEY MISCHKA Badgley Mischka EDP (2006)

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BADGLEY MISCHKA — Badgley Mischka (2006)

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Empties for Winter 2015/2016

Here is my list of empties for Winter 2015/2016 (Dec., Jan., and Feb.). All prices are in Canadian dollars unless otherwise specified.

All Things Jill Lovin’ That Lanolin Cuticle Gel. I bought this last January on sale for $5.24 (reg. $6.99) at Well.ca. It’s a local Canadian brand, so I thought it’d be nice to try it out. Unfortunately, I never noticed that it did anything much for my cuticles that a regular moisturizer wouldn’t have done, and I wasn’t a huge fan of the slightly tacky feel of the lanolin gel. A year on, the consistency has turned so it’s stickier—time to toss.

All Things Jill Lovin' That Lanolin Cuticle Gel

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New Release: Lancôme — With Love Collection (Spring 2016)

Collection: Lancôme 2016 Spring, With Love

Lancôme’s With Love collection for Spring 2016 includes three new nail polishes in their Vernis in Love line. They’re soft, milky pastels (of course!):

Rose Haussmann (146), a beautiful bluish pink.
Jaune Grands Boulevards (149), a lemon yellow with none of the acidity.
Bleu Ciel Parisien (153), a subtly veiled azure.

MSRP is for US$15.50 / CA$19 and the bottles contain 6 mL.

Lancôme, With Love Spring 2016 Collection Vernis in Love
Lancôme Spring 2016 “With Love”: Vernis in Love in
Rose Haussmann (146) & Jaune Grands Boulevards (149) & Bleu Ciel Parisien (153)
Images: lancome.ca

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Haulage! November, Part II & Christmas

This post has been a long time coming!

I’m sure many of us have been insanely busy over the last month or two, and for me, I’ve finally reached a point where I can heave a sigh of relief and, hopefully, get back on track, blog-wise. I hope you haven’t been terribly bored by my recent non-nail polish related posts on perfume, more perfume, washing your hair in reverse, and handbags! While I enjoy collecting perfume and handbags, I’m no full-fledged perfumista or fashionista.

So, back in late November, I posted Part I of my birthday beauty haulage. In this post, I’ll combine Part II with my Christmas haulage.

I splurged on beauty products for my birthday; less so for Christmas. I tend to receive money for Christmas (our families like do that, including DH and myself simply exchanging Christmas budgets so we don’t have to go through the rigamarole of picking out unwanted gifts for each other), and while I spent a bit of it on beauty products—on sale post-holidays, of course!—I spent a lot of it on two non-beauty products, which I’ll post about at the end.

Unwanted Christmas gifts
Unwanted gifts! Image: gq.com

Without further ado, here’s Part II + Christmas:

November (Part II) & December Haulage

AMOUR & BARIELLE

Haulage: AMOUR June Is Here / MORGAN TAYLOR Mint Chocolate Chip / IBD Dolomite / BARIELLE Jess’ Champagne Toast
Amour Nail Lacquer in June Is Here, and Barielle Shades Nail Color in Jess’ Champagne Toast (yeah, I don’t get the name, either! Purple champagne?). Always like trying new brands! I actually have one other Barielle (Jordana’s Skinny Jeans) that I picked up from Winners some time ago, but it’s untried, so this brand remains new to me.

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Canadian Deals on Nail Polish (December 14, 2015)

This week’s post lists nail-related sales at the following stores: beautyBOUTIQUE, Clinique Canada, Estée Lauder Canada, Hudson’s Bay, Jean Coutu, Lancôme Canada, MAC Canada, Murale, Rexall, Sephora Canada, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Well.ca.

beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart has the following sales:

  • Dec 14–20: Free express shipping on all orders of $125 or more.

Clinique Canada has the following sales:

  • Free standard shipping on all purchases through Dec. 31, 2015.
  • Pick 5 free samples with any $35 purchase.

Estée Lauder Canada has the following sales:

  • Free standard shipping on all purchases.
  • All this December: 3 free samples with a $50 purchase. Use the code LITTLELUX.
  • PWP: Blockbuster Colour Edit ($330 value) is $69.50 with any Estée Lauder fragrance purchase.

    Estée Lauder Color Edit PWP Holiday 2015
    Estée Lauder PWP. Image: thebay.com

Hudson’s Bay has the following sales:

  • 7.5% cashback from eBates Canada on Monday, Dec. 14 (regular amount is 2.5%).
  • HBC GWP: Free evening bag in your choice of silver or black, with any $100 cosmetic purchase. Cannot be combined with other offers.
  • Bond No. 9 is 50% off (possibly being cleared out?). This is a fragrance company, but the deal was too good for me to ignore here. I’m not the hugest fan of Bond No. 9, but the deals are great if you are. The online selection is not huge (the famed Chinatown, for example, is not available online); perhaps try in store for more options.
  • Clinique PWP: 12 Days of Pretty Multi-Treatment Gift Set ($260 value) is $75 with any $31 Clinique purchase
  • Estée Lauder GWP: 4-pc GWP, featuring your choice of Pleasures or Beautiful fragrance and body lotion, with any $65 Estée Lauder fragrance purchase
  • Estée Lauder PWP: Blockbuster Colour Edit ($330 value) is $69.50 with any Estée Lauder fragrance purchase (Cyber Monday: $62.55)

    Estée Lauder Color Edit PWP Holiday 2015
    Estée Lauder PWP. Image: thebay.com
  • Illamasqua is being cleared out. The Nail Varnish is $8.50 (reg. $17.00; available shades: Peruzzi).
  • Lord & Taylor: 30% off.
  • MAC: 25% off Holiday Sets.

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Lancôme Vernis in Love in Rouge Midnight (425), swatch

Lancôme — Rouge Midnight (Vernis in Love)

Collection: Lancôme 2015 Winter, Holiday

Today’s polish is a shade that I nearly picked up on a whim during my last Shoppers Optimum haul, but I decided against it (since I’d already hit my $200 redemption). Soon after, Lancôme Canada held a 20% off Cyber Monday sale plus GWP which, with a whopping 15% cashback from ebates Canada, became a very nice opportunity for me to pick up some gifts and some goodies for myself.

Lancôme Vernis in Love in Rouge Midnight (425), box

Rouge Midnight (425) is Lancôme’s answer to the “ruby slippers” nail polish. It’s a deeper, neutral red packed with swirly gold shimmer. It’s pretty stunning in person, and in bright light, it definitely gives off a ruby slippers vibe, since the shimmer is less obviously gold once it’s submerged in the red polish.

In dim light, it’s a deep red with a touch of shimmer; bright light really brings out the best in this polish.

night sky with coniferous trees
Dorothy’s ruby slippers from The Wizard of Oz (1939). The slippers were silver in the original book by L. Frank Baum, but the filmmakers changed them to red to take advantage of Technicolor.
(Bonus: stuff you probably didn’t want to know about the movie.)
Image: telegraph.co.uk

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Canadian Deals on Nail Polish (December 7, 2015)

This week’s post lists nail-related sales at the following stores: beautyBOUTIQUE, Clinique Canada, Estée Lauder Canada, Hudson’s Bay, Jean Coutu, Lancôme Canada, MAC Canada, Murale, Rexall, Sephora Canada, Shoppers Drug Mart, and Well.ca.

beautyBOUTIQUE by Shoppers Drug Mart has the following sales:

  • Dec 1–13: Free standard shipping on all orders.

Clinique Canada has the following sales:

  • Free standard shipping on all purchases through Dec. 31, 2015.

Estée Lauder Canada has the following sales:

  • Free standard shipping on all purchases.
  • PWP: Blockbuster Colour Edit ($330 value) is $69.50 with any Estée Lauder fragrance purchase.

    Estée Lauder Color Edit PWP Holiday 2015
    Estée Lauder PWP. Image: thebay.com

Hudson’s Bay has the following sales:

  • Clinique PWP: 12 Days of Pretty Multi-Treatment Gift Set ($260 value) is $75 with any $31 Clinique purchase
  • Estée Lauder GWP: 4-pc GWP, featuring your choice of Pleasures or Beautiful fragrance and body lotion, with any $65 Estée Lauder fragrance purchase
  • Estée Lauder PWP: Blockbuster Colour Edit ($330 value) is $69.50 with any Estée Lauder fragrance purchase (Cyber Monday: $62.55)

    Estée Lauder Color Edit PWP Holiday 2015
    Estée Lauder PWP. Image: thebay.com
  • Illamasqua Nail Varnish @ $8.50 (reg. $17.00; this has been going on for months as Illamasqua is clearing out; available shades: Peruzzi).

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