Well, unlike last week, there were no hugely stunning nasal revelations, alas, but there was still a lot to love about LipsNspritz this time around, and one nice discovery, which is good. If you’re wondering what LipsNspritz actually is, it’s my way of smelling something different every day in an attempt to cure my parosmia, and a way to force myself to actually wear ALL of my something like 6/700 different lipsticks. I’m documenting them daily over on Instagram, where you can join in with the hashtag if you like! As well as lipstick and perfume, there’s also generally gin, handbags, candles, the occasional sweary makeup bag, and very rarely (don’t panic) a glimpse of my face.
Anyhoo, this is how this week went:
Monday: Mercure Ombre by Terry De Gunzberg and Estee Lauder Empowered. Mercure Ombre is a warm and rich blend of violet and orris with hints of a very lipstick-y rose, and powdery ambre-sandalwood base. It’s really rather lovely indeed, and I liked wearing it a lot. Empowered is a sheer warm tomato red, which is really nice to wear.
Tuesday was L’Artisan Perfumer Nuit de Tuberose, alongside Givenchy Interdit Vinyl in Rouge Rebelle. I love Nuit de Tuberose, and it was a definite contender for my wedding fragrance back when I was searching for “the one”. It’s an unusual take on tuberose, starting off with a bright but sour (and slightly green) mango, which also has something a little damp and bosky (even … swampy?) alongside. Then the chewy bubblegum confection of tuberose arrives, and it’s fun from that point on. I love the unusual mango-opening (I love sour things generally), and this is a great fragrance. Givenchy Interdit Vinyl lipsticks aren’t actually in-store yet, but they’re sheer and lovely, and have some of the most pleasing packaging it has been my pleasure to photograph! Full review on this (I have a couple of other shades to wear yet) coming up soon.
Wednesday was my work Christmas party, so I dug out my bottle of Nuit de Noel by Caron and paired it with a fab red, Raspberry Blush by Pixibeauty. I love Nuit de Noel, and always save it for this time of year, it’s gently spicy, and doesn’t fall prey to any of the orange-pomander-cliches you expect. It’s soft and lovely, and a real skin scent. Raspberry Blush is a great example of the slightly pinked-reds I love, and the texture on this soft matte shade is great too.
Thursday I wore Alaia by Alaia for a full day for the first time, and wore it with ByTerry Rouge Terrybly lipstick in Cherry Cherry. Alaia by Alaia is a difficult fragrance to pin down, it has hints of suede, of rose, of apricot, but it also has a strangely addictive creamy quality (it smells like perfumed and well-lotioned skin after wearing suede gloves, I think) that reminds me slightly of the now sadly-discontinued Amaranthine by Penhaligons. All in all, rather lovely, but it’ll take me a couple more wears before I can really pin it down, I think. Cherry Cherry is a really matte red, that wears very well.
Friday saw me back in tuberose, but this time in a classic version, Fracas by Robert Piguet. I first heard about Fracas in Rivals by Jilly Cooper, and I’ve been a bit obsessed with it ever since. Jilly described it as a “sharp, dry scent”, and it was worn constantly by Cameron Cook. Jilly is sadly wrong about the fragrance, it’s neither sharp nor dry, but it’s a loud, strident, neon pink confection of hefty tuberose, and … just a hint of sex. And bubblegum (all tuberoses eventually smell like bubblegum to me, I have no idea why, luckily, I rather like the smell). I love wearing this. Almost as much as I love Jilly Cooper, now I come to think of it. Worn with my other Art Deco Dita von Teese (I have two, the other one is pinker), lipstick, which is blood red and hot.
Saturday was me in 1970 by Bella Freud (composed by Azzi Glasser), and Revlon Balm lipstain in Crush. My parosmia has caused 1970 to be troublesome to me since it arrived chez Lippie, as it opens with both vetiver and patchouli – both of which my post-parosmic nose still struggles with and registers as burned – but on Saturday something clicked and the smell finally registered properly for me. A happy occasion, as 1970 is really rather nice. Alongside the aforementioned patchouli and vetiver, there is saffron and rose, and after a rather full-on inital hippy-chick vibe, the rose and saffron take over, from that point on it’s a lovely and warm and slightly spicy rose. Happy to have discovered this one at very long last! I do seem to default to tinted balms at the weekend though, it’s too much effort to put on a full face of slap on a Saturday …
There’s one more LipsNspritz of the week to come, featuring all my favourite Christmas fragrances, and my brightest reddest shiniest lipsticks of the year, but that’ll be my final post of the year …
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