NARCISO Eau de Parfum

narciso eau de parfum perfume

I go nuts for the scent of roses, I’m not really a floral kind of girl, but there’s something about the rose fragrance I just adore. From room scents to body oils, I love roses! When the people at NARCISO contacted me and asked if I wanted to try the new perfume NARCISO Eau de Parfum, I thought I would try it out, as I read it has roses in it!

NARCISO is the new scent from Narciso Rodriguez, it is designed to be an extremely sexy perfume that ‘makes mens heads turn’. It is made up of rose, white florals, vetiver, musk and cedar wood, this is the perfume where florals meet wood. When I first sprayed it on, I found it too floral for my taste, it was the white flowers I could smell and not the roses. After a few minutes of my skin, it transformed and the rose, musk and woody tones came out and I started to really love it. It is clean and fresh while still smelling like rose and wood, which is lovely and a little less heavy than most rose perfumes.

I actually love this perfume, but only after a few minutes, as it needs time to settle on my skin and transform. Once it has settled, the rose is delightful and it is really nice and musky and woody. If I spray this onto my skin, I love it, but if it on my dress  or coat, it’s way too floral for me and just not my taste. It’s amazing how different it is on skin compared to not on skin. Perhaps on other people it remains floral and the rose and woods don’t come out as much. I would recommend popping into your local stockist soon (I know Selfridges sell it) and try it out, make sure you test it on your skin, not on the card, as it changes dramatically on me. I really love this perfume!

A little treat…

jimmy choo perfume free clutch bag

I get a *lot* of emails sent to me from brands and PR Companies, I sift through them on a daily basis to find the information which I think is the most exciting and interesting! Recently I got an email from the lovely people who look after Jimmy Choo’s perfume and I thought this was a really cool offer which is well worth hearing about.

For a limited time only, if you buy a bottle of 60ml (and 100ml) Jimmy Choo Eau de Toilette, you will get a free clutch bag. The clutch is small, black and glitzy and actually really cute! Available at Debenham’s while stocks last… you’re welcome!

Agent Provocateur ‘Fatale’

Agent Provocateur underwear is great quality and so is their perfume. I used to always wear Maitresse, I loved it’s powdery and vintage scent, but I think it was eventually discontinued. When I was asked if I would like to try out Agent Provocateur’s new scent ‘Fatale’, I jumped at the chance, as I loved Maitresse and I was keen to see what was new from the brand.

Agent Provocateur Fatale perfume

‘Fatale’ is inspired by the the 1940’s Hollywood femme fatale; mysterious, seductive and elegant. From the faceted glass bottle, to the scent itself, this perfume is fabulous, dark, sweet and luxurious. I have been wearing it for the last few weeks and I really adore it, it is exactly what I want from an Autumn/Winter perfume and it lasts all day and the scent lingers on my silk scarves and jumpers.

This perfume has top notes of Madagascan pink pepper, Mago nectar and Blackcurrent. Heart notes of Gardenia, Royal Orris Absolute and Indonesian patchouli. The base notes are musk, vanilla and cocoa.

This perfume is fabulous. Personally, I really pick up on the blackcurrent, musk, powdery patchouli and just a hint of the chocolatey cocoa. It’s unusual and fabulous! Normally ‘sexy’ perfumes are all about flowers and softness, but this is richer, fruiter and darker. I love it! Definitely worth popping into your local branch of Agent Provocateur or Selfridges to try it out!

Jo Malone London: Wood Sage & Sea Salt Cologne

Help! I am a Jo Malone London addict! I am obsessed with their incredible colognes and when there is a new fragrance launch, I get excited.

jo malone london wood sage and sea salt cologne

The new collection is inspired by the English coast, imagine walking along a windswept shore, rugged cliffs behind you and the fresh air mixed with the scent of sea salt and earthy sage. That’s what this cologne is all about! Finding it hard to imagine? You can try the scent for yourself by requesting a scented card here or go into your local Jo Malone London boutique.

Jo Malone London always encourage customers to combine their fragrances to create something a little more personal to the individual. This Cologne can be layered up with Lime Basil & Mandarin to create a fresh woody fragrance, aromatic with basil and sage. Or you can combine it with Peony & Blush Suede for an opulent floral enwrapped with woody warmth, luxurious with a touch of suede.  Or you can wear it alone for a fresh, coastal scent. Either way it’s fabulous and like no other scent out there!

No trip to the seaside is complete without a postcard home, so send your loved ones a e-postcard or traditional postcard via the Jo Malone website, the imagery is beautiful and it is a lovely opportunity to surprise a friend!

Wood Sage & Sea Salt can be bought as a cologne is two sizes, as well as a body creme and a home candle. Pop in to your Local Jo Malone London Store soon, you need to try this new scent, it is one of my favourites ever!

Contouring with Bourjois!

Contouring is HOT HOT HOT right now, and while I am mega afraid of bronzers (I’m crazy pale), I am interested in the idea of contouring and I have recently been trying to use my blusher to get a bit of the effect.

boujois bronzer summer contouring

I recently got an information pack from Bourjois Paris, all about how to contour and highlight. They have broken it down perfectly and made a product which provides you with two powder; one to highlight, one to tan. They also included a quick sketch of where to apply the powders and I couldn’t resist sharing the information. The colours can be built up so that you can use as little or as much as you want too!

Bourjois Bronzing Powder + Highlighter retails for £7.99 and you can buy it from Boots!

Bourjois guide to contouring and bronzer

Victoria’s Secret Fragrance Reviews

I find the Victoria’s Secret brand so interesting. I don’t often shop there, but I love reading about them as a business and a brand. From their history, to their explosive catwalk shows, this brand have changed the way girls think about and shop for underwear. They have make their models into household names and they have a fan base so huge and dedicated, any brand would kill for their level of following. They have shops so big they are basically department stores of underwear and little else. Victoria’s Secret is a phenomenon.

On a Saturday morning, at 9:55am you can see people outside the Bond Street store waiting for the doors to open. All day long you will see crowds of people outside; taking selfies, looking at the window displays and generally just hanging around outside the underwear mecca, clutching pink striped bags and looking happy.

To be fair, their bra’s are good, so are their knickers, they have a huge selection of undergarments. Everything from sports bras, to tee-shirt bra’s to something a little more ‘Fancy’. Every colour, every size, every fabric, you name it, they have it!

Victoria’s Secret also have a large range of perfumes and since I love perfumes, I wanted to give them a whirl and see what I think of them. So here are my Victoria’s Secret Fragrance reviews.

First of all, Victoria’s Secret have just released a collection of Limited Edition Fragrance Mists, I have my hands of three of them; Sexy Escape Ocean, Sexy Escape Island, Sexy Escape Paradise.

These fragrance mists all come in big square, plastic bottles. They are really pretty with ombre colours, each bottle is different shades and they look really cute. They are not perfume or they are fragrance mists, which I *think* is a fancy version of a body spray. I am sure these are aimed at girls slightly younger than I am, I can imagine school girls go nuts for these, they are perfect for holiday’s with friends, days in the mall and gym kits. They are perfect for displaying in your room and showing them to your friends, you would probably want to collect the full set too, as they look so nice together.

All these mists are very summery, floral, fruit and youthful. They come in fun packaging and they are like teenage holidays in the sun with friends, eating tropical fruits and berries with flowers in your hair. They do smell quite alcoholic when you first spray them, but they settle down after about one minute and then they develop into the scents they were intended to smell like. They also wear off pretty quickly, but I remember being young and really enjoying reapplying body spray during the day. Since these bottles are so big, even if you do reapply, they will last a good amount of time.

Ocean is a fresh scent in a blue bottle, it’s floral and fruity, containing pink current, fresh peach and island peony. It smells like a holiday, and the main scents I can smell are cherries and peach with a tiny hint of flowers. Island is again fresh, fruity and floral, in a pink bottle. Containing the scent of star fruit, jasmine petals and white amber. This fragrance is more floral with a hint of fruit. Again, it is really fresh and summery, it smells like a tropical summer holiday. Paradise is more tropical, it smells like citrus and tropical fruits with a hint of floral. Think pineapples, mangos, pina coladas and jasmine. It smells like a cocktail on a beach.
victoria's secret fragrance mist These fragrance mists are not my style, I’m too old. They are for teenage girls and maybe girls in their early 20’s, they are tropical, fun and fresh and look cute on your dressing table. They are actually a great price and I am sure young girls will love these and they will last a whole lot longer than a tiny can of Impulse’s Vanilla Kisses did in the 90s. If your teenage girl asks you for one of these for her birthday, it’s not a bad gift, she’s going to love it, it will last for ages and make her friends jealous/impressed!
victoria's secret heavenly perfume So, let’s move on to the eau de parfum, Heavenly. It is in a retro glamorous glass bottle and it has been a signature scent of the Angels for 13 years now. It contains white musk, sandalwood, vanilla and white peony. It lingers on the skin all day long with no need to reapply, it is warm, pretty, floral, feminine and sexy. It is not my style, but it is really nice and it is aimed for women and if floral, feminine, sexy scents are for you, this is a really good perfume.

So what do I think of the Victoria’s Secrets scents? The fragrance mists are perfect for young girls, pretty packaging, fresh young scents in a big bottle. A glamorous, yet reasonably priced version of a body spray. If you are a Victoria’s Secret girl, they are perfect for you. As for Heavenly, the Eau de Parfum, this is aimed at woman. This one is my favourite by far; the bottle is glamorous, the scent lasts all day and it is a pretty, sexy perfume. If you are a Victoria’s Secret woman, this is perfect for you and a really fair price.

Are you an Angel?

Penhaligon’s Tralala

Let’s take a minute to talk about Penhaligon’s Tralala! meadham kirchhoff x penhaligon's tralala perfume cologneIt’s official! I have Meadham Kirchhoff fever again! Remember how much I loved the ‘Courtney Love inspired’ collection? Since then I have purchased too much of the Topshop collaboration, attended their studio sample sale, saw their V&A show and generally swooned over everything they have ever designed on Tumblr.

I am so excited I have a bottle of the new Penhaligon’s perfume, it is inspired by the world of Meadham Kirchhoff and it is incredible! Think Whisky, saffron, violet, ylang ylang, cedarwood, vanilla and so much more. It is a beautiful perfume and not because it is inspired by Meadham Kirchhoff, I really do love this perfume. It smells warm and rich, with layers and layers scents and both sweet and spicy notes, it smells like old Hollywood might have done.

I see the Meadham Kirchhoff boys roaming around East London and believe it or not, I don’t run over to them. Instead I try not to look directly at them… like the sun!

What do you think of Penhaligon’s Tralala? Isn’t the packaging beautiful too? There is nothing that I don’t love about this perfume!