I love instagram at the moment, and one of my favourite things I do on there is cataloguing my daily perfume and lipstick choices via the hashtag #LipsNspritz. Lipstick and perfume are really the final finishing touches to any outfit, and, whilst no one needs to know how boring my eyemakeup and dress-choices are every day (cardigans ROOL!), perfume and lipstick do add life and colour to this accountants day, every day.
Occasionally you need a Tom Ford day, and I’m entranced by the Sahara Noir bottle. It’s just so blingy and OTT. But the fragrance inside is a good one, reminding me heavily of Serge Luten’s Ambre Sultan, but drier and with a touch less spice. I paired it with Tom Ford Cherry Lush, which is a wonderful cheerful cherry red. Far more after the jump…
Cartier La Panthere is another stunning bottle, carved from the inside into an intaglio of a panther head, and the contents are sophisticated and really interesting. Both waxy and leathery, and heavily floral with hints of gardenia once it dries down, it starts with muted fruit. It’s softer than this makes it sound, and I really like it. I paired it with No7 lipstick in Soft Ruby, another of my pinky-red favourites. This perfume really calls for a punchy shade of lip!
Jo Malone London Wood Sage and Sea Salt. I don’t really know what to say about this one, as it was at the launch of this fragrance where I discovered that I had lost my sense of smell completely. Being able to smell it now is a mixed blessing. It’s a sea-salty-herbal fresh fragrance, with a hint of something else beneath that my damaged nose now can’t put a name to. I’m annoyed that I missed such an interesting fragrance from Jo Malone London! I paired it with Tom Ford Scarlet Rouge, a bright and very, very warm red.
At a launch for a book written by a friend of mine (more about this later this week), I wore a fragrance I’d had a (tiny) hand in creating myself: Paradox by 4160 Tuesdays. It’s bright with violets and lemons, dark and earthy with orris and grounded by woods and musk. I truly love it, and can’t believe that something so lovely and unexpected came out of such a dark and horrible time of my life. It’s the only fragrance I’ll be repeating whilst #LipsNspritz is ongoing, because sometimes, familiarity is what you need. I paired it with the violet-plum of Becca Matte lipstick in Antoinette, because I’m good like that.
And finally this week, Lily and Spice by Penhaligons. I’m so annoyed that they discontinued this, I can’t even begin to tell you, as it’s a stone-cold classic fragrance. An almost photo-realistic lily fragrance over a bed of warm and creamy spice (saffron and clove, apparently), it’s a beautiful and glorious perfume for a chilly autumn day. Such a shame it’s impossible to get hold of now. I was wearing a dress on Friday, and fancied a more ladylike lipstick than usual then, so went with Clarins Joli Rouge in Pink Berry, a creamy pink that doesn’t scream LIPSTICK when you’re wearing it.
What have you been wearing this week?
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