Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Buy This If You Want To Smell Like Kate Moss' Baby

"You smell like milk," my boyfriend whispers to me as we awake in bed one sleepy Sunday morning. On initial thought, I'm confused and somewhat offended... that is, until my brain whirrs back into action and I recall what I'd misted onto my neck and wrists the night before. A strange sense of pride washes over me as I realise he's correctly identified a note. But hadn't I sprayed it on 12 hours ago? Good God, the longevity. The sillage!

Launched in September, This Is Her! is the latest women's eau de parfum by chic-rock brand Zadig & Voltaire. This Is Her! and its partner scent, This Is Him! mark the French fashion house's third stab at nailing the feminine/masculine edition concept. This time, I think they've done it - thanks in most part to perfumer duo Sidonie Lancesseur and Michel Almanac.

Both unique and edgy, yet laced with a can't-quite-put-your-finger-on-it familiarity, neither fragrance lets the other down. Peppery, woody and mouthwateringly true-to-life gourmand notes work with, not against, each other when paired together (but fellas, keep an eye on your bottle as the incense-laden, vanilla-rich base will smell just as good on the women in your life).

This Is Her!, my personal choice, boasts a comforting sweetness set to please the Starbucks Christmas drink-swigging crowd. A heart of milky chestnut cream and warm benzoin could easily lead to sugar overload, but the scent escapes a sickly fate - only lingering on the saccharine side for a few seconds before evolving into a rich, deep indulgence, offset by bright jasmine in the opening.

Think milky notes can't prove alluring? Never underestimate the olfactory power of scents from your childhood, and I'm not just talking that new baby smell. The Library of Fragrance credits the runaway success of its Baby Powder eau de toilette to a subliminal reminder of being soothed and cared for - perhaps why we've seen the 'baby perfume' business do nothing but thrive.

One of the first to hit the market, 2002's Burberry Baby Touch, may have initially been met with Daily Mail disdain. But cue the public catching on to how sweet-smelling it was, and stock began to sell like hotcakes - yummy mummies all but clashed pushchairs like antlers trying to nab a bottle of the stuff! Now everyone's in on the action: Dolce & Gabbana, Bulgari, Le Labo. And we all know it's not just the babies wearing them...

If you're looking for a similarly soft and snuggly perfume, but housed in a sleek bottle you'd proudly host on your dressing table, This Is Her! is an ideal choice. Plus, it's got a dark side - the milkiness stays put like a trusty safety seat while sensual sandalwood and punchy pink pepper spin a more mysterious and risqué aroma around it.

This isn't just any run-of-the-mill baby. It's a boho baby, a rock 'n' roll baby, and exactly what I imagine the inside of Kate Moss' Balenciaga baby bag smelled like back in the noughties (sandalwood and pink pepper notes also run throughout the supermodel's eponymous line of perfumes, no less).

Saturday, 15 October 2016

WAH London X ASOS: My Top 3 Picks

rosy cherrington
rosy cherrington
rosy cherrington

Love a blast from 90s fashion's past? You'll want to check out ASOS' latest collection. Designed in collaboration with Sharmadean Reid (founder of cult nail salon WAH London) the 17-piece line pays homage to the late Princess Diana, taking inspiration from her most memorable outfits, favourite fabrics and signature pearls.

This is Reid's first ever foray into clothing, and the range doesn't disappoint. Above are my favourite three pieces, including the soon-to-be-sold-out pink mini dress - a classic cocktail cut with WAH's signature streetwear edge (think bold colours, gold accessories and statement-making vibes).

Oh, and in case you hadn't noticed, I've gone pink! Thanks to the uber-talented Harriet Muldoon at Blue Tit in Clapton, I can now match my hair to my outfit - a sure fire way to beat those winter blues!

Sunday, 9 October 2016

Flower Jelly Lip Balms: Worth The Hype?

flower jelly lip balms
flower jelly lip balms
flower jelly lip balms
flower jelly lip balms

People the world over lost their collective minds when flower jelly lip balms hit the internet back in June. Chinese cosmetics brand KailiJumei were the first to create the super-cute products - clear, jelly-like lip balms with tiny flowers suspended inside (essentially a beauty blogger's dream). But thankfully for us Brits, a similar invention launched in the UK this month and I'm here to tell you all about it!

Sold exclusively on ASOS, the Winky Lux Flower PH Balm Set features three lipstick-style balms, all packaged in a mini gold makeup case. Each balm has a different coloured flower inside - yellow, pink, and green - but, when applied, are all the same shade... well, in a way. They swipe on clear, but quickly change to a differing pink hue - either super subtle, or slightly brighter - completely dependent on the pH of your skin.

A fluorescein-based dye adjusts the colour within 60 seconds to what is supposedly your most flattering colour. Kind of like a mood ring, but for your lips! Shown on my hand, above, the tone looks quite bright, but on my lips it's a more subtle rosebud pink. Sadly the Winky Lux flower balms are currently sold out at present but, seeing as they've been so popular, I'm sure ASOS will be restocking soon. Fingers crossed...

Saturday, 1 October 2016

By Kilian Perfume: My Latest Obsession

By Kilian Back To Black, Aphrodisiac Eau De Parfum 50ml - £195

It's not often that I'm completely blown away by beauty products, but by god! By Kilian is a game changer. To tell the brand story in a nutshell, it was launched in 2007 by Kilian Hennessy - aka, the grandson of the founder of the LVMH group (Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton) - so he pretty much has luxury running through his veins, and luxury his perfumes are. They're probably the most fancy things I've ever sprayed on myself, and not just because of the price tag. Kilian says his goal is to "put perfumery back on its pedestal", returning the art of fragrance-making to its alchemistic glory in the late 19th century, and he really has - the scents have this hypnotic, mood-altering quality. One sniff and you're in a another world.

The two above are Courtney Love's favourite Kilian perfumes (I first discovered the brand while reading her Into The Gloss interview), and definitely the most rock'n'roll out of the four I was lent to try. Courtney refers to Straight To Heaven as an "amazing mood" in a bottle, and I can't disagree. Rum-soaked, boozy top notes are melded with a deep patchouli, spiced up with dried fruits and nutmeg. The dry down is equally addictive - warmed by ambergris, cedarwood, white vanilla and soft musk. It's described as a unisex scent, but the woody notes definitely evoke a more 'masculine' feel - as does the hedione, included in a lot of men's fragrances for its proven ability to turn women on (yes, really).

Back To Black is, after tough deliberation, my personal fave of the bunch. Now, I love a gourmand scent, and this one is truly special. A cognac and tobacco accord is steeped in ripe raspberry, sweet honey, almond and vanilla - almost tooth-achingly saccharine, but quickly offset by cooling cardamom, coriander, vetiver and moss. It lingers on the skin for hours with a sensual amber glow, faintly animalic thanks to the blue chamomile note. Sex in a bottle, basically. No wonder it's heralded as an 'aphrodisiac'!

 By Kilian Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi Eau De Parfum 50ml - £215

From my teenage years spent doused in Michael Kors, I've always been a sucker for tuberose-laden scents (read more about why I'm still so enamoured with them here). Kilian's Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi blends the narcotic night-blooming tuberose with sweet ylang ylang and vanilla, lush Bulgarian rose and smoky cedar and sandalwood.

The shared notes with Dior Addict  - Bulgarian rose, vanilla, sandalwood - give it a faint similarity but Kilian's feels far more glam, opulent even! A small spritz is like throwing on a fur coat (over lingerie) and heading to the opera. It's so heady and intoxicating, wearing this is almost like putting on a new persona for the evening.

I haven't even got started on Kilian's packaging, so let me introduce you. The women's fragrances come housed in sleek lacquer clutch bags, decorated with gold enamel decals (the men's come in black wooden coffins with a lock and key. Do. You. Die?). The above is Good Girl Gone Bad in its limited edition clutch, which will be available just in time for Christmas.

The aforementioned perfumes are rich, sumptuous and most definitely more suited for winter-wearing, whereas Good Girl Gone Bad is a lighter, summery scent. It's an elegant floral with a creamy sweetness and warmth to the base - aka the 'bad' side - like a lush garden just as dusk starts to fall. Apricot sweetness of Chinese osmanthus, honeyed heat from the rose petals and buttery tuberose are blended with spicy amber and free-spirited patchouli. It's subtle, but so beautiful and the notes all seem to spin - each scent rising and falling as the day, or night, goes on.

Have you tried By Kilian perfumes? Which ones do you like best?
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