14th September 2015

Lipsticks and Perfumes of the Week 13.09.15 #LipsNSpritz

By Get Lippie

I’m mainly to be found over on Instagram at the moment, I love it.  Part of it is having a new camera, of course, but I’ve enjoyed finding different ways to show off products when I don’t have enough time for writing during the week.  I’ve started a new hashtag series “#LipsNSpritz” (named by the glorious Katie from Lady From A Tramp) to show off my lipstick and perfume combinations every day.  Would love it if other people joined in, btw, but this is what I really enjoyed wearing last week:

Monday was Joan Collins Timeless Beauty I Am Woman (which I wrote about in full last Monday), and I’m not even slightly apologising for mentioning again here – nor for when it pops up again, either – as it’s lovely.  Really, really lovely.  I paired it with Zelens Lip Glaze in Rouge, which is my favourite go-to red for when I don’t really want to think about wearing “proper” red lipstick.  Easy to wear, and feels lovely on the lips, Zelens Lip Glazes are ace, I just wish I could wear more than two of the five shades – the corals and pinks all have too much white in the base for me.

Tuesday was Jo Loves Pomelo, which I love an unhealthy amount.  A light and zesty grapefruit-y citrus with just a hint of vetiver giving it a slightly grassy edge, it’s a perfect scent for when you want something bright, but not too girly.  It’s a clean “grapefruit” (Pomelo is, essentially a green grapefruit), lacking the sulfurous aspect many other grapefruits can have.  I paired it with Joan Collins Timeless Beauty lipstick in Helena (pay attention, you may notice a theme this week) which was a lovely rich, statement red.

On Wednesday, well, let’s see if you can figure what I was up to on Wednesday just based on my fragrance and perfume choices, shall we?

Well, on Wednesday, I was meeting with Joan Collins HERSELF at Claridges, so what else is a girl going to wear except Joan Collins from head to toe?  I slathered myself in I Am Woman in every form, and wore my favourite Joan Collins lipstick, which is the bright pink Fontaine, then tried not to hyperventilate too much in her presence.  I failed miserably, btw, but more about that in tomorrow’s blog post.

On Thursday I shook myself out of my Joan Collins (JOAN COLLINS!) coma, and wore:

Etat Libre d’Orange’s Like This, which is a firm favourite in the Lippie household.  It smells of purest autumn (and apparently a bit like Tilda Swinton, who had a hand in creating it), containing pumpkin and ginger and it always reminds me a little of tweedy clothes, too.  No idea why, but I always start to reach for Like This at this time of year when you want to wear something warm, and comforting and slightly edible.  I paired it with Pixi Mattelustre Lipstick in Raspberry Blush, which is a very nice lipstick indeed, I do love a deep, deep pink lip.

On Friday I wanted to wear something fun, so I dug out an old and unusual favourite from the archives, which was:

L’Artisan Perfumer Ananas Fizz.  Long discontinued by L’Artisan, this one.  It smells exactly (and I do mean exactly) like a bottle of pineapple pop.  It’s fizzy and fresh, and … unexpected.  I love it.  The perfume equivalent of a quarter of pineapple cubes, yes, it’s sweet and it’s fruity, but no one ever expects a fully-grown human to smell of pineapple, so it works.  I wish they’d bring it back.  I said I wore no makeup whatsoever on Friday, and so I did, except for a tiny slick of Saint Wine by Lipstick Queen first thing in the morning, but it had worn off by the time I got to the office, and I didn’t bother reapplying it all day.  Saint Wine is my all-time favourite “nude” lipstick of all time.

On Saturdays and Sunday’s I don’t normally bother with lipstick and perfume, but for a laugh this week, I did.  On Saturday I went for Boucheron Quatre paired with Dr Perricone’s No Makeup Lipstick

I love Boucheron Quatre, and I didn’t expect to.  It’s a fruity-floral, which isn’t usually one of my favourite categories, but something about the pairing of bitter orange with strawberry (!) makes this a really compelling and gorgeous fragrance.  Whenever I wear it, someone always comments on how lovely it smells, and it does.  Well-blended, rather discreet, but very longlasting (and very reasonably priced), it’s a lovely and easy-to-wear fragrance that won’t scare the horses.  It’s sweet and ladylike, most unlike its wearer …  Perricone’s No Makeup Lipstick is just one step up from a lipbalm on my lips.

And finally, this is the combo I’m wearing right now as I type this (Sunday afternoon):

I only write on Sundays, and admittedly, I usually write in my pyjamas.  But that doesn’t mean I can’t smell nice.  And Amaranthine by Penhaligons doesn’t just smell nice, it smells beautiful.  Often referred to as a “corrupted fruity oriental”, it’s a creamy, spicy, floral evocation of, apparently, the inside of a woman’s thigh.  So that’s nice.  A hint of creamy banana (but not really banana, more banana leaf, tbh) from the ylang ylang, and carnation and cloves, with sandalwood and a hint of evaporated milk, alongside some dirty jasmine, Amaranthine is a perfume masterpiece.  So of course Penhaligons discontinued it this year.  If you see a bottle of this anywhere, snap it up.  It doesn’t smell like anything else, and it’s all the better for it.  I paired it with Fresh Sugar in Coral, because apparently I can’t wear perfume without lipstick any more, and what’s the problem with that?

What have you been wearing recently?

The Fine Print: PR samples, purchases, and random things what are lying around the flat when it comes time to take pictures.

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