Friday, 9 October 2015

Histoires de Parfums

beauty fragrance

Smell is intrinsically linked to memory. You get a little whiff of your favourite sweet as a child and there you are remembering your mum giving it to you after scraping your knee from falling off your bike. Histoire de Parfums follows a similar experience, only with historical times, people and places. Have you ever wondered what the Moulin Rouge might have smelled like? Or maybe the Olympia Music Hall? Now you can thanks to the imagination of Gérald Ghislain. Histoires de Parfums is “an olfactive library that is telling stories about famous characters, raw materials and mythical years.” Gérald Ghislain, who founded Histoires de Parfums, tells his stories and mythologies through different smells of his perfumes. It’s an interesting and alluring concept. 

I chose a selection of samples:

1804 George Sand  “On the first of July of that year, at number 15, rue Meslay in the 3rd ardt of Paris, Amantine Aurore Lucile Dupin, who was to become the baroness of Dudevant was born. She was to become renowned through her androgynous pen name, George Sand. A writer of genius, great lover and committed, she was the incarnation of the first modern woman. For her contemporary heiresses, a perfume reflecting her generosity and sensuality. An amber flower bouquet, in remembrance of George Sand’s bond uniting her with nature, warmed with heady spices and colored by sweet fruits.” (more info here)

1826 Eugénie de MontijoThe future and last French empress, Eugénie de Montijo, was born in Granada, the jewel of Andalusia. A sparkling beauty, her seductive nature and temperamental elegance delighted Napoleon the third..." (more info here

Noir Patchouli This is from The Irreverents collection.(more info here)

Vert Pivoine Also from The Irreverents collection. (more info here)

Mouline Rouge How could I not choose this? It smells feminine, gaudy and debaucherous. Brilliant.  (more info here)

And finally, Olympia Music Hall. Again, how could I not? Another really interesting perfume. It’s orangey, giddy and delightful. (more info here

I think these would make an excellent gift for someone (man or woman) who likes something a bit different, or indeed for yourself. The perfumes range from strong, bold, heady and even overpowering to delicate, soft and sensual. Every one I’ve smelled is interesting, not all of them suit me but I appreciate them all. The thought that’s went into the fragrance is exceptional. A unique and thoughtful product.

Have you tried anything from Histoires de Parfums?

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Wednesday, 7 October 2015

H&M's New Makeup Range

I've been really keen to try out the new H&M beauty range since I first read about it back in the early Summer.  H&M have had beauty products for ages now ( I reviewed a cheap and rather wonderful blusher here) but the new range looks more grown up, similar in styling to their sister company & Other Stories. The range has pretty much everything covered foundation, concealer, blushers, eyeshadow, lip products, nail polishes to beauty tools and even cleansers . You can check out the full range here .

I chose a lip stain and eyeliner. The gossamer lip stain is called Leading Lady. It's a cool toned red with raspberry undertones. With more applications the colour gets very deep, almost a dark blood red. Perfectly vampish for Halloween. I found it applies easily with the doe foot applicator. Despite is being described as gossamer I found I could always feel it on my lips, it doesn’t feel sheer nor light but beside this misnomer (for me) I like this. The colour is strong, it applies evenly and it lasts. For me the eyeliner is the winner.

The eyeliner I have is called Bewitched and as you can see from the swatch it is beautiful. I found this easy to apply, it has a thin tip which makes for precision. Once it’s on it really doesn’t move or smudge, and it lasts all day. The colour pay-off is fantastic, one application gives full colour. It looks really pretty as a simple liner or as a thicker, bolder line it gives much more impact. I’m really impressed with this, if you don’t fancy this colour is comes in a range of shades and finishes.

Have you tried anything from H&M’s new beauty range?

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Monday, 5 October 2015

Stranger London Hexagonal Earrings

Firstly, please ignore my hair on the last photo, I’m trying to grow it out and it is currently a mess, argh. Anyway, following on from my previous blog post. I also bought myself these beautiful hexagonal earrings from the very lovely Stranger London shop for my birthday. Hey, we should all treat ourselves, I’m a big believer of that. 

The earrings themselves have been composed from plated rose gold and they are stunning in their simplicity. I don’t wear big or dangly earrings, I much prefer minimal stylings and these are perfect. They go with pretty much anything. I love geometric styles too, there’s something very stylish about them. Unfortunately, they’re now sold out but there’s a triangular version available here . They only cost £6 which I think is a magnificent bargain for something handmade and so beautifully dainty. The packaging was also beautiful and thoughtful. This is why shopping independent can be so much more fulfilling. The personal touches really matter.

You should also check out Worship Blues blog if you don’t already. It’s the blog from the maker behind Stranger London and it’s one of my longstanding favourites. It features stunning photography, quiet moments from life, travel and much more.


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