I fell in love this week, and I never expected to! It started on Monday with a brief squirt of Estee Lauder Youth Dew, and it continued later in the week and it ended up with my buying a bottle (or two!) of the matching bath oil, which is divine, by the way, and every home should have a (tiny) bottle. Youth Dew opens surprisingly bright with bergamot, and is fresher than I remember it, then once the top notes wear off, it is deep and rich with almost-medicinal balsams and resins. It’s not a fragrance for you if you prefer “clean” scents, but it’s a grown-up, sophisticated and no-nonsense kind of a fragrance. I love it very much.
On Tuesday (top row, middle), I wore Carven Le Parfum, which, after the confident brass balls of Youth Dew, seems a tiny, ladylike whisper of white flowers and office-appropriateness. It’s incredbly light and sheer and pretty, and as I generally prefer a bit of attitude with my fragrance, it’s not something I’ll wear too often in all honesty. But if you like clean and pretty and light, it’s very lovable indeed.
Wednesday (top right) saw me in Estee Lauder Sensuous Nude, which is another light and office appropriate fragrance, and one which I don’t wear too often as a result. It’s a little more interesting (to me) than the Carven, because this really does smell like warm, clean, freshly showered skin, and I like it, but it doesn’t feel very “me”.
Thursday saw me right back in my comfort zone, with Voyage d’Hermes by Hermes, in the parfum concentration. A spiced (cardamom and juniper) rose over a bed of amber, this is surprisingly sexy for a diaphanous Jean Claude Ellena concoction, and is one of my all-time favourite fragrances of all time. It’s one both myself and my husband wear (when I’m not hiding it from him that is), and we both love. Completely backup-worthy, this one.
Friday, I wore a vintage bottle of Nu by Yves Saint Laurent. The first fragrance released by Tom Ford for YSL, Nu is a symphony of black pepper and incense, and was a) the first time I’d ever heard of Tom Ford, and b) realised that perfume didn’t have to smell of just fruit and flowers. Nu is spicy, peppery, and at the time that I bought it (around 2001) didn’t smell like anything else on the market. It was truly and original, and the fact that around approximately 60% of all new “niche” perfumes try to rip it off just goes to show how influential it was. Another one of my favourites.
On Saturday I actually left the house and went for dinner with my husband (I never leave the house on Saturdays if I can possibly help it!) and to celebrate, I went with Elizabeth Taylor White Diamonds. Because: Elizabeth Taylor, White Diamonds. All powder and aldehydes, White Diamond is a true 80’s classic, as long as you don’t mind smelling like an exploded makeup bag. Which, of course, I don’t.
Lipsticks this week included (Mon-Sat) Max Factor lipgloss in Polished Fuchsia, Guerlain Kiss Kiss in Very Cherry, Estee Lauder Pure Colour Envy in Rebellious Rose, Dior Addict Extreme in Paparazzi, Nars Satin Lip Pencil in Grand Palais, and (not pictured, but please see Monday’s post this week), Max Factor Marilyn Monroe Collection No1 Red Ruby. Pictured bottom left is actually Bare Minerals Moxie lip colour in Live Large, which is excellent.
So, what’ve you been wearing?
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