I’m going to skirt over my absence and hope you forgive me! I had to have a little beauty rave. I’m beach crazy. Beach hair, beach skin, beach bags, sandals, swinmwear… you get the gist. If there is a scent of the sea incorporated into a fragrance, hair or skin product it is inclined to end up in my shopping basket. It just cheers me up, makes me happy and reminds me of relaxing times. I hated Secondary school and on bad Winter days I used to smear myself in Hawaiin Tropic… hey, whatever gets you through right!
Perfume / Fragrance
Blackcurrant/blackberry scents are very popular at the moment. The Body Shop’s offering, White Musk Smoky Rose, has been on my locker for the past few weeks. It’s not unlike Lanvin Couture or Lancome Midnight Rose but of course it’s far cheaper.
Does it smell like the original White Musk? Absolutely not. It’s quite a delicate scent, rose of course but much more than that. It’s warm and spicy, sweet yet a little mysterious.
- Top notes: Bergamot, pink pepper, blackcurrant
- Middle notes: Tobacco blossom, black rose, orange blossom, immortelle
- Base Notes: Olibanum and white musk
Smokey rose is the the perfect name for this fragrance. The dry down is nice and nowhere near as musky as the first spray. It doesn’t wear very well on my skin unfortunately, four hours at most but other people may have better luck! I’m usually a fan of light scents, they suit my personality better. Musks and seductive scents aren’t really me. This one is for fans of heavier perfumes.
Definitely a stand out fragrance for The Body Shop.
- €15.95 edt 30ml
- €23.95 edt 60ml
- This gift set is €32
- €13.95 body lotion
- €15.95 shower gel
Available from The Body Shop stores or online
Well the Katy Perry’s television adds are in full swing today to let the world know of the launch of her new fragrance Killer Queen. I’m not usually big on celebrity fragrances but the press images I saw a few weeks back really appealed to me. Ok, ok so it was her shoes that really appealed to me :) Well this morning a sample of Ms Perry’s perfume landed in my outstretched arms.
I love Agent Provocateur. In fact if I won the lotto it would be my first stop. There is nothing like luxury lingerie to make a girl feel like a million dollars. But since their items cost a small fortune I have been getting my Provocateur fix via their fragrance range. They just launched a new one – Petale Noir Eau de Parfum.
BeyoncePulse Summer Edition found it’s way to me a few weeks back. I was excited to try this out as I have heard people comparing it to EAU MEGA by Viktor and Rolf. I thought a review might be in order. The scent is described as fresh, playful, optimistic and an upbeat summer time compliment to the original.
This is essentially a floral – fruity scent. It has fresh sparkling top notes and a creamy base.
*Top notes: Icy mandarin, pear and pink pepper
*The heart: Exotic and floral, featuring ginger orchid, jasmine and orange blossom
*The base: Creamy. Sapphire woods, musk and benzoin
How does it compare to the original?
It is similar to the original but lighter, less sweet and more refreshing. If you like the first you will like the second. It does stand alone, to my nose anyway. The dry down is fresh and fruitier than the original , less creamy maybe? What pops out at me most pear and pink pepper. It might be useful to point out that although it’s more refreshing than the first edition it’s not fresh in the ‘clean’ sense. It’ll be good for Summer evenings, lounging at a beach bar sipping a Margarita – or a virgin cocktail in my case :(
The packaging and bottle are definitely suited to a younger audience. I quite like the main body of the bottle but I would pass on the pink petal like lid. In fact I think I may just remove it.
If you like Viktor & Rolf or Thierry Muggler but are tight on cash or have a thing for celebrity fragrances then you may very well like this. It lacks the complexity of the former but it’s a cheaper fragrance by far!
I got 3-4 hours of strong scent then it dd down. I could still smell it on my skin for a few more hours though.
It is available as 50 and 100 ml Eau de Parfum.
What is your thoughts on celebrity fragrances? Have you tried this one?
I love Summer fragrances. As soon as I see sunshine I raid my perfume collection and remove all the Wintery scents – I’ll get excited about taking those down again come Autumn. I have mentioned before that perfumes have always been an indulgence of mine. I used to save my pocket money as young tween and buy Davidoff Cool Water :)
This is the time of year for fragrance releases. One that has landed in my collection is Guess Seductive Sunkissed.
This fragrance is in short is floral and fruity with a sweet, powder, woody base. It’s definitely one for Summer and more a daytime fragrance. Although the powdery, woody base could take it nicely into evening.
- Top notes: grapefruit, black currant, raspberry and pear
- Middle notes: jasmine, vanille and orchid
- Base notes are violet, ebony wood and musk.
Although it smells sweet and fresh it does have a lot of warmth to it. The staying power is quite good – I got most of the day out of it yesterday, although it did fade.
This is definitely one for Britney Spears fragrance fans! It reminds me a little of Britney Believe. It might be too sweet for some noses if you are looking for something clean, citrus based aquatic, steer clear.
All in all, I like!
Elle 2012 Limited Edition fragrance hits the shelves this morning!
Sensual and refreshing, the fragrance of elle 2012 Limited Edition opens on a transparent veil of peony, heightened by sparkling notes of grapefruit before allowing sambac jasmine to invade the heart, impelled by the spicy savour of pink pepper berries. At the twilight of scents, the vibrant presence of vetiver and the warmth of benzoin blended with amber become irresistibly addictive.
I’m a fan of the original Elle fragrance so I was delighted to have the opportunity to try the 2012 Limited Edition version. I have the most unsophisticated nose on the planet. I would do an evening course on fragrance appreciation if such a thing existed in Ireland! I operate on two levels… it smells pretty …. it smells ick. Very articulate.
I’m going all out today – this perfume smells absolutely beautiful! It’s light and floral (in the youthful sense) thanks to the peony and grapefruit but with a peppery undercurrent. If amber features in a fragrance, I’m in. It gives a lovely warmth to the delicate top notes.
It is an eau de toilette but I find it lasts quite well on my skin. As far as when to wear this one, I feel that it’s suitable for day or night wear – it’s light enough for the daytime but warm and sensuous enough for night.
It costs €45.00 for 90ml at YSL counters and fragrance outlets.
Perfume addicts, noses at the ready! Let me know what you think once you have a smell!
Here is my April Favourites video. I have changed my make-up routine a lot in the last month or two so it was fun to record this one. All of the products I mentioned are listed below, as are any links to swatches I mentioned. Thanks for watching! :)
Links to Swatches/Reviews mentioned:
Products I mentioned:
Laura Mercier Oil Free Primer
Laura Mercier Oil Free Tinted Moisturizer – Nude
Daniel Sandler Mascara
Maybelline Gel Liner
Urban Decay Super Saturated Lip
Laura Mercier Powder
YSL Lacquer 22 Beige
YSL Lacquer Coral
Sigma Tapered Blending Brush
Jemma Kidd All over Radiance Cream in Iced Gold
Avon Lip Liner
NYX Whipped Lip Gloss
Think that’s everything!