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This croissant candle will make your home smell like a Paris bakery

There’s a delectable and sought-after new scented candle inspired by Parisian bakeries. 

Admit it, we’re all obsessed with scented candles. 

Evidence comes in the form of the glut of new releases to gently scent our home, and how quickly the buzzed-about arrivals are selling out. 

Acknowledging we’ve all spent far too much time within our own four walls over the past year, many scent experts and perfumery brands have chosen to focus on giving us a way to mentally escape our current surroundings with scented home and lifestyle products, rather than personal perfumes. 

We’re not sure what that says for Gwyneth Paltrow’s decision to release her This Smells Like My Vagina candle, but she’s not the only one choosing less than traditional notes. See also: Boy Smells’ popular Kush candle, that wafts a heady mix of cannabis, suede, and amber, and Byredo’s new Altar candle, said to reinterpret prayer candles, with notes of clove buds, ylang ylang, carnation, guaiac wood and Haiti vetiver.

The newest release to covet is perhaps has a wider appeal and is an absolute win for carb lovers: Luxury French Perfume House Overose has just released a Croissant candle

The chic lavender glass candle is said to smell just like a ‘Warm Parisian Croissant’.

“What makes the perfect Croissant?” the brand asks on the candle’s page.

“A magnificent golden crispy puff pastry that smells as delicious as it tastes. A premium butter to indulge a lavish smoothness to the Croissant, one bite and it melts in the mouth.

“Overose Croissant captures the romantic air of Paris. The aroma of freshly baked Croissants from the bakery at the corner of the small street near the river Seine.”

There’s also a similarly scented candle called Euphoriasme that extends the idea with slightly sweeter gourmand notes of ‘Warm Croissant, Cranberries, Crème Brulée, Rose Blossom Water’.

Um, you had us at Bon Jour!

Now the bad news: The first run of both candles sold out almost instantly. Dry your tears though, the brand is restocking as fast as they are able. With the number of bakery-loving scent fanatics, we predict they’re onto a smash hit!

 

Five new must-have red lipsticks

Wearing red lipstick provides an undeniable mood boost, and there are some worthy new arrivals to consider.  

It’s clear we’re still in love with red lipstick.

Despite a new wave of glossy, shiny lip colours and sheer tinted balms arriving over summer, there are an equal number of pigment-rich classic lipsticks landing on counters right now.

From the weighty gold cases of high-end arrivals to the ease of accessible, on-the-go lip crayons, there is something for everyone’s taste – and budget.

What they have in common is a desirable one-swipe intensity that makes a serious impact, and with advanced formulas most keep your lips in kissable shape while you’re wearing them too. 

For those of use that need to wear masks regularly, helpfully there are options that won’t easily transfer.

The other appealing thing about classic reds is that despite the trend fluctuations that come and go – red lipstick is never out of style. Depending on what you wear it with, a red can be chic, sexy, edgy or the makeup equivalent of a power suit. 

How to wear them

There are a number of different ways to apply them.

To keep a classic matte in place, use a lip brush to define the outer edge of your lips, fill with the bullet and then bite down on a tissue to blot, before adding a second coat for longevity. 

To make lips look fuller, apply a matte lipstick and add a touch of clear gloss by pressing your ring finger to the center of your bottom lip. Press lips together, the shine should be concentrated in the middle section of your lips.  

For a subtle, low maintenance look apply a little lipstick to the center of your lips and use your finger to blend it into a diffused stain that will wear off evenly without looking obvious. 

Here are five stunning new arrivals on counters right now:

L’Oreal Paris Infallible Matte Lip Crayon, $23.99
A touch dryer than the other options but wow, the impact. This is a matte that turns heads. The tip shape makes it easy to get a precise edge and we were repeatedly queried on the shade when we wore this in the pinky red shade called Little Chilli (pictured). Lips needed a touch of balm later in the day but the colour lasts really well.

Dior Rouge Dior Couture Colour Refillable Lipstick, $66
Dior’s Rouge Dior range has long been a classic of the makeup world but now the French fashion and beauty house has expanded the offering. With the collection now numbering 46 shades, including the previous satin and mattes there are two new finishes, the extra-matte ‘velvet’ with long-lasting comfort and a bright, bold metallic option. Coming full circle, the newly designed cases are refillable, with new lipstick inserts available to click in place into the case once the original is done. The change harks back to Christian Dior’s initial vision, whose very first lipstick was created as refillable.

Estee Lauder Pure Color Illuminating Shine Lipsticks, $64
A chic new addition to Estee Lauder’s formidable lip line up, this has a melting gel texture that feels somewhat akin to a balm, slicks on smoothly for a shiny but not sticky finish and its sheer to  pigment can be built up if you feel like applying a second coat. Naturally for the skincare experts, it is full of lip conditioning properties including Hyaluronic Acid, Ceramides and Triglycerides.

Maybelline Color Sensational Ultimatte Slim Lipstick, $19.99
With a slightly more accessible price tag this is a beautiful everyday option with a full-coverage creamy finish that’s flattering and comfortable, never cakey. It comes in a number of modern shades but of course we prefer the bold red!

Guerlain Kiss Kiss Tender Matte, $63
With hyaluronic acid, shea butter and rose petal extract this new generation matte feels really nice to wear, it’s light and fresh and lasts like a dream without turning lips into a dry, puckered mess.