I have been parted from my favourite lipsticks for far too long* now, and have spent this week doing a random kind of “lucky dip” with my pot of “second favourite” lipsticks, which I keep stored in a lego storage case as compensation. Truly, I am one of the coolest people on earth, let’s face it. I love my lego-head storage though …
Monday morning after a full house move meant I wanted to wear something light and fun, not in the slightest bit serious, but still lovely, and Ananas Fizz from L’Artisan Perfumer fit the brief perfectly, as it smells of pineapple chunks in their juice. Fizzy, fruity, fun, and completely discontinued, alas. I wore it with Clinique’s All Heart, which isn’t really a second-best lipstick, but I do have two of them …
Tuesday I was in a springy Tom Ford kind of mood, so I dug out Ombre de Hyacinth, a soapy-green and clean floral, that is a breath of fresh air, after the long, long winter we’ve had. I found my long-misplaced Tainted Love lip and cheek stain this week, do determined to wear this lovely sheer wine shade as I move (slightly) away from winter opaques.
Wednesday I went to a perfume launch in the evening, so wanted something lovely, that doesn’t draw too much attention to itself, so I chose Clair de Musc by Serge Lutens, because I love it a great deal, it smells of warm skin, talcum powder, loving hugs and just a hint of nostalgia. Because I’m irrational, however, I paired it with Rouge Orage from Chanel, a medium-neutral red.
On Thursday, I wore a fragrance from the launch I’d attended the night before – something that very rarely happens – as I fell totally in love at first sniff with this one. Safran Rare by Amouroud, a buttery-soft chamois-leather fragrance, with hints of oud and spices won’t be released until July (at Harrods) and I’ll have a full review for you in a week or so. I recommend you check the brand out even if you’re an oud-hater, or are “over” the oud “trend”, the whole range is that good, even for the oud-phobic. Also, the price-point for a new niche brand is a good one, these big bottles will be £145, which when you consider that even the dreckiest department store brand is coming in around £70 these days, looks incredibly well-thought out. Lipstick was Chanel Passion, a bright red, because I felt like it.
On Friday I had some big meetings, and wanted not to look or smell threatening or disturbing, so I picked out one of my favourite colognes: Andy Tauer’s Cologne du Maghreb, a citrus with good lasting power. I paired it up with History by No7, which was from the limited edition collection Boots did with Poppy King a couple of years ago. A sheer soft red, this is just lovely.
And finally, on Saturday I was just opening and unpacking cardboard box after cardboard box after cardboard box, so I wore just a bit of lip balm (my favourite Nuxe de Miel) and a spritz or two of Aqua Manda which is a lovely reminder of years gone by. I love the retro-style packaging too, the orange and brown reminds me of the seventies so much!
What’ve you been wearing?
*About a week, in actuality
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