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All I Want For Christmas Is . . .

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All I Want For Christmas Is . . .

A happy, white (safe snow only though!) one. Oh and a little perfume, pretty please!
 I have always loved perfumes. I love the way that different scents seem to snapshot a time and place then years later, one whiff and you’re back. Davidoff, Cool Water takes me back to university and anything remotely resembling Kindred Spirit (Woolworths?!) takes me all the way back to school, making year 11 feel like yesterday.


I make my daily scent choice in one of two ways. Firstly, I ask myself how I feel today and simply pick the one that reflects that or secondly, I ask myself how I should be feeling today and I wear the one that reflects that. This is when scent is at its most powerful. My choice can change the way I walk in to a room. Maybe, one day, my choice will actually change my fate.

Here are some of my faves and how I use them

Elizabeth Arden Beauty- Do you remember how as a child, you had a dress that your Granny would make you save for best? This is that scent.

Ghost Original- I’m grown up.

Chanel Allure- I’m bigger then this town

Givenchy Very Irresistable, Beckham Intimately- I’m out to impress!

Gucci Rush 2- I’m just a girl!

Some scents I would love to try and add to this list include the new Benefit Gina one, Gucci Flora, Calvin Klein Euphoria, Vera Wang Princess and Thierry Mugler Alien.

What scents do you love? Are there any other scents I need on my wishlist?


Written by essjay23x

December 22, 2009 at 10:39 pm

My Top Five!

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My Top Five!

Okay, I confess I do have a few products already. Here are my top five . . .

 Barry M Dazzledust 51, Mushroom


Yes, you may say it is neutral and yes, you may say you’re playing it safe because you can never go that wrong with neutral and you would be right but this colour is truly gorgeous on the eyes and what is more, it looks great in the pot too. It is subtly alluring with its little sparkly flakes. It twinkles and almost winks at me in the pot, whispering ‘put me on, put me on’. OTT but true all the same.

 I like the way that I can not pinpoint the exact colour of 51. Purple, grey, brown. Everytime I look at it, it looks a little bit different. The best I can say is it seems good for this time of year, earthy. It reminds me of stewing skies and the changing colours of leaves.

And like all dazzledusts, its intensity can be played up and down. A great day look then add a little more and maybe a flash of something sultry and it becomes the perfect smoky eye or it would be if my application, was a little more skilled but that is why I am here.

Two warnings though! Firstly, the fallout can be messy so I like to deal with my eyes before I start the rest of my face. Secondly, these dazzledusts are relatively cheap (I think mine was around £4.50) and addictive. When I discovered them, I must have brought twelve in as many days.

Barry M Lip Paint 100 Baby Pink

Okay, it is Barry M again but I have my reasons. Firstly, I don’t know if this beauty mission is just a fad and I don’t want to break the bank. Secondly, I like the colours I see and what I get. I have only tried lip and eye products from Barry M. None of the face stuff or powders has appealed to me (though I’ve heard good things about the nail paints) Barry M has a slogan about been the most colourful name in cosmetics and maybe it is perfect branding cos that is how I see them, colourrr! Anyway Baby Pink is hardly a bright, bright colour but I like what it is. A pretty pink. My lips are strange and I have never got on with lipsticks, glosses. I’m eyes all the way but for probably the first time ever, I stop and go back in to the house to rub out my lips with concealer and put this lipstick on. Maybe it is the novelty of pink lips- my lips are a weird, orangy, red nothing colour- but I get a buzz wearing this and feel more like me then ever. This lip paint is currently retailing on the Barry M site for £4.25. Hmmm, nice stocking filler . . !

 Benefit Erase Paste No 1 Fair (advertised at £18.50 in their holiday 2009 brochure)

This actually is one of my own finds pre-mission. I have been wearing this for a couple of years and it is the only concealer I have been loyal to or to be honest, really used. I’m not sure if I’m meant to but I use it for the bags under my eyes, I conceal them with a triangle under my eyes and for me, it works. I also use it for the wretched little lines between my mouth and nose but I don’t actually tend to use it for spots much. I just don’t like putting anything different on my spots or making a fuss. Ignore them and they will go away, is just my gut instinct. That is not to say, I’ll always go bare faced but I treat the blemished area the same as the rest of my face. Maybe foundation and possibly a little powder.

I have heard good things about Powderflage and would like to try this. However, at the moment I can not afford to have two Benefit concealers on the go. 

Ghd Thermal Protector

This is the first time that I have used this heat protector spray but I do like it even though that pang it left in my purse is still resonating. I believe I brought it in a hair salon for over £10. I have hair extensions and both they and my natural hair are in much better condition since I started using this spray. I do not know if it is down to this particular spray or that I am just trying to take better care of my hair lately anyway. Whatever the case, I have nothing bad to say about this product. Again it is pricy but just like a tub of Erase Paste, one bottle of thermal protector lasts a long time.

L’Oreal Double Extension Beauty Tube Mascara

This seems to be one of the more expensive drug store mascaras. It is currently retailing online at Boots for £10.99. However, it was the first thing I brought after watching tutorials on YouTube, every ‘guru’ seemed to be talking about it in the summer. It consists of a white primer which you apply to the lashes before applying the black mascara in the other end of the tube. Considering the hype, I was initially disappointed with this mascara. My lashes have length but lack volume and this didn’t seem to add any volume. My lashes just looked spidery with the odd clump here and there. However, I think maybe less is more and when I started to apply less primer, my lashes looked much more glossy and groomed. It may just be me but I also thought that this mascara looked significantly better when I curled my lashes. I know eyelash curlers generally make the eye more attractive but I feel with this mascara, there is a very significant difference and I’m not sure that I would use both ends of this mascara if I was not going to use an eyelash curler as well. Now I love this mascara and once on, it has brilliant staying power but I don’t think it is one I can apply just like that without thinking.

So with these products, do you think my mission to make more of myself is off to a good start? What other products do you suggest?