Nicki Minaj’s New Perfume Smells Like "Angels Playing"

Get ready to have your olfactory senses blessed, because Nicki Minaj’s much-hyped fragrance (well, mostly by her) is about to drop like the Second Coming. The larger-than-life, pint-sized rapper provided a sneak peek today of the deluxe packaging, which—surprise, surprise—is a miniature bust in her holy likeness, pink hair and all.

Called Pink Friday, the scent distills her essence into a sleek little femme-bot bottle, hitting beauty counters next month. As to the actual fragrance, she mysteriously tweeted to one inquisitive fan: “like Angels Playing.” We’re not exactly sure how this breaks down as a mix (maybe notes of myrrh and gardenia?), but it’s a welcome change from most celebrity fragrances that smell like demons dying. This might also be penance for that ill-conceived exorcism-themed performance.

The fragrant annunciation comes on the heels of rumors that the pop superstar will be heading to American Idol, where she can plug Pink Friday to the three people who still watch the show. 

Aug 22, 2012 10:52:00
Serge Lutens cloche

Serge Lutens is the Bell of Barneys

In 1992 the parfumeur Serge Lutens opened a store in Paris’ Jardin du Palais Royal, destination shopping for those—visitors, mostly—seeking his signature cloche ("bell") bottles and the fine fragrances they contained. Displaying a Serge Lutens cloche on one's vanity signified a trip to the Palais Royal boutique, the only place the curvy glass jars could be found.

Until now. Those cloches have made their way to U.S. shores with the newly expanded Serge Lutens boutique in the hallowed beauty department of Barneys New York, where some three dozen scents are on gleaming display. In addition, Barneys has dedicated a phone line—212-833-2425—for those overwhelmed by the possibilities.

$280-300, exclusively at Barneys New York, 660 Madison Avenue

Aug 15, 2012 15:39:00
Valentina Assoluto

The Valentino Girl Has More On Her Mind than Roman Architecture

There seems to be no end to the drama unfolding in the fashion world (it's safe to say the revolving door at Bill Blass has reached propeller speed). But at least one house is staying au dessus de la mêlée. Indeed, although the Valentino brand is forever equated with spoiled European heiresses, yacht escapades, and a bountiful supply of hairspray, the design duo of Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli has managed to imbue that aristocratic elegance with a youthful spirit. 

Last fall, the brand reached a new high with Valentina, an elegant fragrance promoted by an irresistible David Sims film, with model Freja Beha as a poor little rich girl who escapes a chic Roman family party, causing a major hunt across town (part Roman Holiday, part La Dolce Vita). The elusive beauty ends up making out with two boys in the back of a car. Well, the Valentino lady has always had a strong sex appeal (how else could she get those rich husbands?), but a ménage à trois is clearly a first.

Now a brand in itself, the scent (a rich mixture of bergamot, white truffes, vanilla, cedar and patchouli) hits shelves this month in a new version called Valentina Assoluto, enriched with stronger cyprus notes. The ad campaign, shot again by Sims, shows Freja in a see-through white dress with the back unbuttoned, proving that the wayward heroine has more than just Roman architecture on her mind.

Aug 10, 2012 09:32:00
Yves Saint Laurent Manifesto

A New Read on YSL's Manifesto Fragrance

Stefano Pilati may have bowed out of Yves Saint Laurent after his pitch-black show in March, but the olfactory finale of his tumultuous stint at the house will occur when Manifesto, the house’s new juice, hits stores in Europe (early September) and the U.S. (early 2013). 

The very word Manifesto brings to mind Pilati's tenure, as it references the loose-bound YSL booklets handed out on city streets during Fashion Week in a bid to give the brand a more democratic, agit-prop feel. A spokesperson confirmed to Hint that the Italian designer indeed had a hand in the fragrance, although he was more involved in Parisienne.

The scent itself has all the subversiveness of a Jackie Collins novel. In an hourglass-shaped bottle, the eau de parfum is a user-friendly cocktail of jasmine and green notes that include lily-of-the-valley and blackcurrant (bringing to mind In Love Again). And although actress Jessica Chastain appears in the campain with her hands dipped in purple paint, she looks more sexy art-class teacher than first-time voter.

It was also confirmed to us that the fragrance would keep the house's famous Cassandre logo and that Hedi Slimane would obviously be involved in all beauty activity. Manifesto comes at a time when everything happening at the maison comes under intense scrutiny. Needless to say, this fall will be all about Yves. Or should we say Saint Laurent?

Aug 03, 2012 11:46:00
Givenchy Gloss Révélateur by Liv

Givenchy's Lip-Synch

Women have long been synonymous with pink—swaddled, outfitted and adorned in various shades of the sugar-sweet color from birth. And while most of us have left a closet full of the singular hue behind, our faces haven't.

After all, pink-tinted lips are the ultimate in flirty femme makeup, but finding that perfect match can be daunting. Not anymore, thanks to Givenchy's game-changing new lipgloss, Gloss Révélateur by Liv. While it appears to be clear goop in the tube, once applied it's a totally different story, as it blends with your own PH to transform into a unique shade of the springtime hue, customized just for your pout. Like magic.

Around $30, available August 20 

Aug 01, 2012 16:33:00
Amazingreen

Comme des Garçons' Green Thumb and Trigger Finger

The Comme des Garçons world is a lush and verdant place. Case in point, its new unisex eau de parfum, Amazingreen, a blended bouquet of plants ranging from palm tree and ivy leaves to green pepper and coriander seeds. And here's the twist (because at Comme, there always is one): the garden of delights is given a shot of...gunpowder accord. Perhaps it's a comment on the brutality of hunting, or the history of exploration, or the rage for all things green. However you see it, the unexpected explosion of smoke and flint will keep you on your toes. 

Jul 24, 2012 14:20:00

L'Artisan Parfumeur at Your Fingertips, Literally

Before fragrances found their modern home in glass bottles and flacons, they were literally at your fingertips, gently soaked in leather gloves. It's how the art of perfumery began.

Now, L'Artisan Parfumeur is bringing the 17th-century tradition back with their limited-edition Mûre et Musc Extrême scented gloves, as part of its new Grasse collection. An updated version of the house's signature eau de parfum, created in 1993, Mûre et Musc Extrême is a "gourmand" fusion of blackcurrant and blackberry, infused in silk-lined, black kid-leather gloves by house of Causse, handmade in the south of France. Limited to 100, these are accessories you'll want to get your hands on—and in.

€320 at L’Artisan Parfumeur boutiques only (beginning in October)

Jul 24, 2012 08:45:00

Karl Lagerfeld and Shu Uemura, Proud Parents of a Bouncing Baby Girl

First came Choupette, now comes Mon Shu, the illustrated mascot of the new collaboration between Karl Lagerfeld and the Japanese beauty brand Shu Uemura. Part Hello Kitty, part Nora the Explorer, she bounces all over this cute video wearing a bob, white shirt, and black tie. She clearly takes after her dad. A product of his imagination, she even has her own origin myth...

Jul 17, 2012 14:46:00

Chanel Beauty Heads to the Olympics

It's unlikely any of the Olympians will be popping in for a bottle of N°5, but for the rest of London and its out-of-town guests this summer, Chanel is opening a beauty outlet on July 24, just three days before the games begin. The label's complete fragrance and beauty range will be on offer, as well as makeover stations and a manicure salon. The two-floor pop-up in Covent Garden's Market Building will remain open for six months, possibly longer.

Jul 16, 2012 08:21:00

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