Tag Archive: Fragrance

Oct 31 2014

Wedding Inspiration: How To Find Your Perfect Scent

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I am such a lover of fragrances, I really do love how certain smells bring back memories, so when it came to my wedding day I knew that I wanted a new scent, something special and romantic, and ideally a fragrance that would conjure up memories of my wedding day for years to come.

Quite a hard task for a scent, especially as I wanted something new and I seem to have added a lot to my collection over the years. I asked a lot of my friends what they did on their wedding day and quite a few just used their favourite scent rather than a new one, but I do love the idea of a fragrance that represents the joy, happiness and love of a wedding day.

There are lots of gorgeous options out there, from the classic Christian Dior J’adore, the fun Dolce & Gabbana Dolce, as well as the sweet Marc Jacobs Lola, and the romantic Carven Le Parfum, which is my current go-to scent. I also loved Stella McCartney, Victor and Rolf Flowerbomb, Elie Saab Le Parfum, Giorgio Armani Code, and you have to try Oscar de la Renta’s Something Blue, which can be your scent as well as your something blue.

In the end it was a hard choice but I think I have found a winner in Chloé, I just fell in love with its romantic rose scent, as well as the hint of peonies and lychee. It just has an effortless chic about it, simply yet still sexy and luxurious, and as soon as I tried it I knew it was the one. The fact that the bottle is exquisite just made it even easier to commit. I really can’t wait to wear this beautiful scent on my wedding day.

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I kind of stumbled upon my wedding scent, after trying nearly ever fragrance in the store, so to make it a little easier for you I spoke to the experts at The Perfume Shop for the top tips on selecting the ultimate scent:

  • Perfume is individual, each scent is different to different people. As a conductor of our senses, everyone’s skin reacts differently to others! It is therefore important to spray the perfume on your skin rather than on a blotter and leave it to settle.
  • Everyone wants their perfume to be long-lasting and whilst EDP last longer on the skin than EDT, consider layering with body lines such as lotions and shower gels.
  • EDP gives a stronger scent so is perfect for evening occasions whilst an EDT is great for everyday use where it will be sprayed multiple times throughout the day.
  • There are other pulse points than just your wrists and neck. Try spraying behind the knees, the ears or in the hollow of your arms.
  • As winter approaches it is important to remember that scents vary from season to season. Scent does not usually last as long in cooler months as the skin is not as hydrated. Opt for a heavier scent during the winter.

Good luck on finding your wedding scent and leave me a message below with what you went for.

I can’t believe I get married in 4 days!!!

Mar 18 2013

Beauty: Nicki Minaj Pink Friday Fragrance

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On Friday I attended the launch of Nicki Minaj’s first fragrance, Pink Friday at Selfridges, which comes in a OTT bottle, a statuesque-Barbie version of the diva singer with a touch of the classic Jean Paul Gaultier fragrance bottles, and with the deluxe 100ml size the bottle also comes with a Nicki Minaj necklace.

Like the star herself, I think there will be a lot of people loving this bottle and some will find it a little creepy, I think it is the gold head with pink lips that does it – I love it though especially as you have to pull her head off to spray on the fragrance!!!

As for the fragrance itself, I have to be honest I was really impressed with it, celebrity scents can be a little hit or miss, but I actually liked the extremely sweet and fruity smell, which reminded me a little of Juicy Couture’s scent,  Viva la Juicy, with its top notes of Starfruit and Mandarin, mixed in with lotus and jasmine floral notes with vanilla and musks.

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The fragrance is exclusive to Selfridges until April, and Minaj fans or Barbz as they are more affectionately known can also pick up a limited edition handmade couture design to dress up the 100ml bottle – there is ‘Duchess Pink’, complete with an ice cream cone on her hat, ‘Whip It Like Minaj’, a bondage leather look, as well as ‘Starships Minaj’ that features a hooded designed with a jewelled necklace, and a secret look called ‘British Pink’, which I had a sneek preview at and it looked very bling!!!

The scent is available in three sizes, 30ml – £24; 50ml – £30; and 100ml – £39. There is also a sparkling body lotion, £15, and a hair mist, £12.50.

What do you think of Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday fragrance?

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Nov 07 2012

Beauty: Chanel Re-Launches Covent Garden Pop-Up

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Earlier this week I popped down to see the relaunch of Chanel’s pop-up store in Covent Garden and it has been turned into a winter wonderland filled with wonderful gifts for Christmas.

Last time I was greeted with a Chanel-clad mime artist and this time was all about the life-size Chanel No.5 bottles, huge pictures of Brad Pitt, masses of fragrances, limited-edition make-up and an amazing personalised gift wrapping service with an on-hand calligrapher who personally writes cards to go with your gifts, which of course feature famous Chanel quotes.

The pop-up was great before and now its like a Chanel Christmas grotto and heavenly.

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If you love Chanel fragrances, which aren’t the popular Chanel No.5 and Coco Mademoiselle then this pop-up is for you as they have the entire Chanel scent collection, and I would recommend having the one-to-one consultation with one of the house’s fragrance experts as there are some amazing scents, I am now quite partial to Chanel Jersey with its lavender notes.

The pop-up will also stock the Chanel Christmas make-up collection ahead of anyone else, and there is a special Chanel gift certificate just for the pop-up. Plus like before you can still book mini make-up consultations and manicures, which cost £25 and is also redeemable against any buys – so kind of win, win!!!

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So what would you like Santa to bring you from Chanel this Christmas?

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Oct 15 2012

Chanel N°5: Brad Pitt Leaves Me Underwhelmed

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The wait is finally over, Chanel has released the eagerly anticipated ad for its Chanel N°5 fragrance, staring its first male face, Brad Pitt, and I have to admit other than his hair I am left underwhelmed.

Directed by Atonement and Anna Karenina film director Joe Wright, the 30 second ad shows Brad just talking to the camera, no action, no seduction, no glamour, I miss the opulence that Chanel normally brings.

Shot in black and white, granted Brad looks hot, reciting a poem in his soothing, husky tone: “It’s not a journey. Every journey ends, but we go on. The world turns and we turn with it. Plans disappear, dreams take over, but wherever I go, there you are: my luck; my fate; my fortune. Chanel N°5, inevitable.”

Maybe it is the minimalist approach, but it just doesn’t wow me, I get the fact that it is highlighting Brad’s star power, his charisma, and that the poem is to stir up the emotions of wearing Chanel N°5, but does it compared to campaigns fronted by actresses Audrey Tautou, Nicole Kidman and Vanessa Paradis?

Let me know what you think – but seriously was this Brad Pitt ad really worth a reported fee of more than £4 million?

UPDATED

Chanel have released part two of ‘Wherever I Go’, there is a bit of glamour, but Brad you are still not rocking my world with this commercial.

[Image: Chanel]

Aug 20 2012

Beauty: My Summer Scent – Penhaligon’s Peoneve

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When thinking about how to describe this fragrance I kept thinking of the word girlie and that’s why I love it so much. Peoneve is basically an English garden in summer bottled and the floral and overly sweet notes make this scent completely radiant.

At the heart of the fragrance is one of my favourite flowers Peony and Penhaligon’s master perfumer Olivier Cresp has created a blossoming scent by combining the radiant Peony flower with the peppery Bulgarian Rose and the powerful white floral notes of Hedione and it is divine.

For me, Peoneve is the fragrance to cheer up the weather, I know we’ve been having a mini heat wave, but this little beauty from Penhaligon’s will be keeping me feeling summery long into winter!!!

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If the fragrance wasn’t good enough, and trust me one sniff and you will be sold, Penhaligon’s have teamed up with jeweller Alex Monroe to create a limited-edition line that captures the delicate, fluffy Peony flower and oh my what a collection. I am loving the silver peony earrings – delicate and intricate they are classics that you will wear everyday like the fragrance. There is also a necklace in the collection and both designs come in either silver or gold-plated – this is the perfect line to help launch the fragrance.

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The Peoneve fragrance comes in two sizes 50ml and 100ml, with prices starting from £85; and the Alex Monroe limited collection is exclusive to Penhaligon’s boutiques and the jewellery starts at £114.

Jul 17 2012

Beauty: Is Gulliver’s Travels Lady Gaga’s Favourite Movie?

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When it was announced that Lady Gaga was releasing her own fragrance I have to admit I was more excited to see what the campaign imagery would look like – and oh my words she certainly hasn’t disappointed.

Shot by Steven Klein, who has worked with Gaga before on her video Alejandro, it shows Gaga naked wearing just a black eye mask, oh and tiny men strategically placed climbing her body, check out the little man smelling her armpit, and the bottle of Fame is delicately place on her hand.

The image was released via Gaga’s social media site, LittleMonsters.com as well as on Twitter, which Gaga added:

Don’t get me wrong, she looks stunning, but come on surely the first thing we have to discuss is whether anyone else got a Gulliver’s Travels vibe from this image? Please say it isn’t just me.

After seeing this bizarre advert and the branded that claims it is the first ever black eau de parfum, and the crazy rumours from it smelling like blood and semen, which isn’t true apparently Grazia is reporting is smells more like an expensive hooker, which is much better. Even with all that I am intrigued to smell this scent, which launches in September, and I am sure will be a top seller.

Will you be buying Lady Gaga’s debut fragrance, Fame?

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Jun 30 2012

Beauty: Kristen Stewart’s First Fragrance Campaign

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After all the excitement of Blake Lively’s first fragrance campaign for Gucci I had totally forgotten that the first image for Kristen Stewart’s were due this week. I have to admit, when I first heard back in January that Kristen was due to be the new face of Balenciaga’s latest fragrance, ‘Florabotanica’, I wasn’t surprised Nicolas Ghesquière does love her, but I wasn’t wowed by the idea either, but I was intrigued to see what the imagery would look like.

Unlike most fragrance adverts this isn’t sexy or alluring rather odd and Kristen’s pose looks slightly uncomfortable and out-of-place among the metal floral structures. But that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, Balenciaga is aiming this new fragrance at a younger crowd, so I am think the aim of this Steven Meisel campaign is just to be cool, and it does quite a good job of that with Kristen rocking a gorgeous OTT floral dress.

It is quite a futuristic-psychedelic advert that I kind of feel needs to be accompanied by a dark and moody soundtrack, which of course is very much Kristen’s territory from her Twilight background, so it makes me wonder if we might see a short film to launch the fragrance in September like with Blake’s Gucci Premiere – now that will be an interesting head-to-head!!!

The fragrance itself is inspired by the 2008 collection that featured “nasty” and “nice” flowers, and the composition of notes of vetiver, amber and caladium-leaf accord, a hybrid rose, carnation and mint accord is suppose to offer a floral character that is very seductive and it’s flowers will not be just beautiful, but also very dangerous. I am serious intrigued and so want to smell it – sounds amazing.

The fragrance hits select stores in the US, Canada and France come September – but for some reason the UK date wasn’t announced – hopefully not long after the initial launch.

[Pic: Balenciaga via thefashionspot.com]
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