New Year, Old Me
Year! If you’re anything like me you will be utterly bored with
all the “New Year New Me” nonsense and be wanting to shove anything “detoxing” up the
jacksie with a rolling pin. At least, I think
that’s what they’re recommending; I tend to switch off after
someone mentions a detox. Instead, I’ve decided to do the exact opposite
and track down some of my old, and hopefully classic, beauty and
fragrance favourites; Thierry Mugler’s Angel, Mac Spice lip pencil, and Chanel’s Rouge Noir.
have been longing to try Angel again, ever since I realised it’s in
the Luca Turin and Tania Sanchez top ten Classic Fragrances. I felt simultaneously very
pleased with myself that it was my signature scent for years, and
irritated that I had pretentiously let it go when it became
ubiquitous and much copied. Well I started my first Angel day off in
a haze of gourmand nostalgia, but after a couple of hours the spicier
notes came through and I fell in love with it all over again, more
than twenty years later. I had remembered it as a sweet but fresh
fragrance with a certain something unusual about it. Maybe that was
where I was at with my perfume appreciation at that stage; I
certainly feel I have learnt a lot since, not least due to hanging
around with other fumeheads and lippie-aficionados.
This is an amazing scent –
the fresh zesty peel notes that appear after the initial sweetness
give way and turn into a deep spiciness with a hint of church incense
and patchouli. It’s like wandering into a shop that sells crystals
and tarot cards whilst wearing a diamond tiara. I suppose it’s no
coincidence that I wore this in my grungiest years, but I was a
rubbish grebo; my standard issue German army boots were contrasted
with little black dresses and deep red lipstick. I always wanted that
touch of glamour. Angel now feels elegant and sparkly but with an
earthy depth that’s just perfect. I think it might be my new [old]
you’re all familiar with Mac Spice and all its dupes. Like Angel,
it was launched in the nineties and quickly gained cult status as the
perfect nude shade. It’s a long time since I wore it, or even lip
liner at all; I tend to just go straight for the bullet these days. In
red, OBVS, as the children say. But the odd cool neutral has made it
into my everyday routine so I thought I’d give it another go. Pixiwoo in particular are lip liner devotees and they inspired
me to get back on point, so to speak.
Unable to get hold of a Mac
Spice when I needed it, though, I hunted out a Bourjois dupe
recommended by them, Crayon Contour Des Lèvres
in 12 Facétieuse.
It is a perfect nude, and I’d forgotten how great a toffee coloured
lip liner can be at giving you a brilliant bee-stung pout. I used to
push the edge to the very limit, (not over though, never over…)
filling from the outside in, then topping with some lip balm. More
recently, I’ve been using Laura Mercier Lip Glacé
in Blush on top, which looks great with a smudgy smoky eye. I’ve now resurrected the few lip liners I have and am using them more and more
as a result. They’re really long lasting and I love the fact that
you can use them as a stain of colour not having to reapply as much
throughout the day.
I was so
excited when I finally got hold of some Chanel Rouge Noir back in the day –
I had to go on a waiting list for it. Crazy, but we all wanted the
shade that Uma Thurman wore in Pulp Fiction. I had to have it. It
also reminded me of Shirley MacLaine in the 1988 film Madame
Sousatzka. I was a strange teenager; there was something about the
strands of beads, short dark nails and beautiful decorative fabrics
in her costume that I adored. So as soon as the short dark nail thing
happened I was there, and I don’t think it’s ever really gone
away for me.
I haven’t worn actual Rouge Noir for years though,
until my friend got me some as a present a few months back. I still
really love the rich bloody-black sheen of it, I couldn’t stop
looking at my hands. I feel like it goes with anything too, hold it
against denim or black lace and it will look fantastic. It is
straight up elegance with a touch of bohemian gothic and suits
everyone in my opinion. My old [young] self wasn’t so bad really;
quite a stylish girl.
What are your old favourites?
The Fine Print: Angel starts at £48, Mac Lip Pencils are £12.50, Bourjois Crayon Contour Des Lèvres are £5.49, Chanel Rouge Nail Polish is £18. All were bought by me, except the Chanel Rouge Noir which was gift from a friend.
The Even Finer Print: We’re not featuring full fragrance reviews on Get Lippie at the moment owing to illness – please see The Parosmia Diaries for more.