Sarah Jessica Parker has a love affair: Its not shoes but fragrance. In her life and travels she has sought scents and smells, bringing home oils and perfumes that have inspired her to create her own scents.
“One of the first things I bought as a young adult who was earning my own money was a fragrance.”
This quote reminds me of what I first did when I came to Great Britain. With my first pay I went out and bought Nina Ricci ‘Ricci Ricci’. My love affair with perfume had started.
I bought Covet because I loved the TV advertisement. SJP sees a bottle of Covet perfume and kicks the window in with her Christian Louboutin heels and before she can pick the bottle up she is arrested by the police shouting ‘I had to have it! I love it.
Covet was brought out in 2007, 2 years after her first perfume, Lovely. The bottle is a heavy short square shape with a plastic flower top. I also like her initials SJP on the atomiser.
The first hit is the green and citrus with white flower giving a sharp and spicy scent and a hint of dark chocolate. It is slightly sweet but not overbearing. It is a quite complicated scent to appreciate as there is so many things going on with it. The dry down is a little more conventional as the amber and musk took over with the subtle warmth of wood in the background. I have found it lasts on me for a good few hours as per usual with my perfumes.
This is a soft, subtle, distinctive and grown up fragrance. It could almost be Parisian with a modern American twist to it.
It’s the season for dark, bold and glittery nails so Barry M have released a couple of new shades from their Molten Metal collection. I bought the Antique Gold shade which is a gorgeous rich red wine colour with golden shimmer. One thing I always like about Barry M is that the brushes in their nail products are fantastic. They are quite flat and wide so easy to use. The formulas are always great. They are quick to dry and they last on me for a week.
I applied base coat as always and I did my usual 2 coats of nail polish and then applied top coat. The colour is fantastic, the perfect autumnal/winter/festive colour in my view. The only slight downside is that it does take a little longer than usual to remove the polish because of the glitter. Barry M, please make a nail polish remover for your glitter nail polishes!
The Golden leaves season is here and the weather is unseasonal warm and just think its only 2 months till Christmas! So lots of lovely beauty and perfume gift sets to enjoy!
Strong eyebrows is still fashionable and going strong so the shops are filled with an array of eyebrow pencils, gels and waxes to fulfill the demand. So my interest was piqued by Maybelline’s Tattoo Brow. The concept is simple. You apply a layer of the gel to the brows, leave it for 20 minutes and then peel off and reveal your newly tinted eyebrows. There are 3 shades and bought the medium brown colour. I applied to my eyebrows with the easy to use wand and waited for 20 minutes. After 20 minutes I peeled off the gel ( my fingers did stain a little) and you can see immediately you have tinted eyebrows. They claim up to three days of holding the colour but on me the next day it faded and turned into a slightly orangey tint and unfortunately I don’t have images of it to show! Maybe it was just me but I have to say I did not have any allergic reaction, redness or swollen eyebrow area from the product.
In my view its great if you are going out and you want good eyebrows and smudge proof look for one day. But I think you need to refresh it and apply the process again. As a professional therapist I did eyebrow tint and you still cannot beat this if you want the perfect eyebrow look to last for a week. As it is its a great idea for a one day application so you don’t need to fill in your brows with powder or pencil as it’s enough on its own.
Top six are the eyeshadows followed by the blusher, bronzer & highlighter.
Its a been awhile since I bought any face palettes but a couple of weeks I took advantage of a Boots No7 offer. Buy 2 products and receive a face palette for free. How could I refuse!
The packaging is sleek and simple. A black case with the No7 logo on it. The palette itself contains 6 eye shadows, 1 blusher, 1 bronzer and 1 highlighter. There is a fair amount of products and a large mirror is a wonderful bonus. As a wearer of glasses I do appreciate a large mirror and the fact that the hinge goes completely flat makes it so much easier to go closer when you need it.
The eyeshadows are all very wearable with added shimmer to them and the colours are easy to blend. I did find that I had some slight fallout but the pigmentation is very good when building up the colour. I have been wearing the eyeshadows without using other eyeshadows. The Blusher is peachy coloured with a matte finish. The bronzer has a matte finish with no orange tones. Perfect for me! The highlighter is a champagne shade and is beautiful to use, it stayed on all day until I cleansed my face.
This is a versatile, pretty palette. It is perfect for everyday use or for travel if you need just one palette. I’m rarely disappointed by No7 products and it is a firm favourite already.
Summer is stepping away and Autumn is nearly upon us. Some people like to change their fragrances according to the changing of the seasons. I wear heavy, heady fragrances in the cooler months because you can notice them more but not in the summer as they can be too overpowering and you won’t be able to feel the different notes which makes fragrances so interesting.
One fragrance that I will be looking forward to wear in the Autumn is YSL Black Opium. I have to mention the bottle design first. It looks like a hip flask with the open glass middle. The texture of the bottle is like glitter all over the bottle, so tactile.
The opening is creamy, warm and sweet with a hint of vanilla. The dry down is full of coffee, musk and a hint of floral, particular jasmine. Later the vanilla is still there but woodiness is there too.
This fragrance can be worn in the chilly days or a warm summer evening. You can rock this fragrance in a leather jacket and jeans but it is also sophisticated enough to be worn with a sleek sexy dress. It is a beautiful fragrance.
It’s a been a while since I posted and I hope you enjoyed the hot, sizzling weather we have had in the UK!
I’ve been inspired by the light blue sky and sea and enjoying living on the coast of East Sussex. I also love the baby blue colour because of my newly born son!
I love Mavala nail polishes and you can’t go wrong with this colour. Lagoon is a beautiful light turquoise blue, it reminds me of the sea colour I have seen some days .As always I applied two coats of colour to my nails and applied base coat and top coat as well. For me it lasts a week without chipping.
I think of the Great Barrier Reef when I hear the name lagoon. It is a perfect summer colour.
Its the summer so there must be a new Escada limited edition EDT for me to buy!
This new EDT has the Italian coast as its inspiration to Escada. Of course it has the classic Escada packaging that to me sums up the summer. The bottle is long and shapely and the packaging has the fun, bright summer feel to it as always. I love it.
The first spray is sweet, fruity composition. The middle notes are fresh,juicy with watermelon at the fore. Strawberries is also there to give sweetness to the fragrance.The dry down is musky with a nutty feel to it.
This is a girly, flirty fragrance for the summer. When I wear this, I think of the sizzling sun, the sand between the toes and the shimmering turquoise water walking along a beach wearing a floating dress!