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Merida Candle From Cire Trudon & L’Arquiste


Scented candles easily hover at the top of my list as favorite must-have accessories for the home. They provide the perfect final flourish in home décor, a bit like that spritz of Chanel before you head out of the door, dressed to the proverbial nines. 

Candle purveyors to French royalty since the 17th century, Cire Trudon, the oldest Paris-based candle company, has teamed with the Mexican perfume house, Arquiste, to create a new candle fragrance. Merida is the scent born from this Franco-Mexican collaboration. It conjures balmy evenings as described by Empress Carlota — ripe guava mingling with woody notes of mahogany, a bit of green and even a hint of gunpowder. (Gunpowder? Gotta love the folks who have to come up with this stuff. Having said that, I desperately want this pretty candle.) Made of natural wax for clean burning, this 9.5-ounce candle will be available in March for $90 at www.barneys.com

Estee Lauder Pure Color Stay-On Shadow Paints


This month, Estee Lauder launched Pure Color Stay-on Shadow Paints, which offer myriad possibilities for mixing and applying bold tints to your lids. Go intense with these buildable mousse cream shadows or add just a bare wash of color — the choice is entirely yours, depending on your mood. Formulated not to crease and to last for 12 hours, Pure Color Stay-on Shadow Paints come in a range of shimmering shades that include Chained (gold), Pink Zinc, Bold Cobalt and Sinister (black). Each glass pot of shadow sells for $24 at Estee Lauder counters and esteelauder.com. Is it just me, or do these bring to mind M.A.C Paint Pots? I’m all about options, so that’s not a slam.