Fans of Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb need to get down to Selfridges – as there’s a special edition bottle in town! Sold exclusively at Selfridges, the bottle has had a bit of a revamp for Christmas, with a Viktor & Rolf Fairytale adorning the bottle. Spaced out along the glass, the story goes…”She arrived home. The house smelt different. “Has he bought me flowers?” She thought with a smile. But it smelled of lilies, freesias and roses… “Has he bought me perfume?” She wondered, but there were no new perfume bottles in her bathroom. Then she felt a sudden gust of wind and turned around. Was she dreaming? A pink explosion clouded over the bed covering it in flowers. “I am Flowerbomb” it whispered. “your perfect gift…” and it seems it has been the perfect gift for many as it is the current top seller in the beauty department at Selfridges. If you’d have visited the London store last week you’d have seen a beautiful flower garden where people could go and have their photo taken and purchase their limited edition bottles. Yes, limited edition – so once these are gone, they’re gone.
Flowerbomb is one of those iconic fragrances that everyone seems to know what it is when they smell it. It’s a classic, very sweet, floral smell oozing femininity and youthfulness.
Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb Fairytale is available exclusively at Selfridges costing £90 for 100ml.
On Friday I went along to the new Benefit Boutique in Carnaby Street to have a nosey round – it is great! Not only can you purchase all the Benefit goodies you’d like, they also have a Shellac nail bar, Vita Liberata tanning room, and a little hair styling salon where you can choose from a list of hair styles to have done. To celebrate their opening they are offering a free hair styling sesh every time you purchase a product (for a limited time only so if you have anything you want to buy and you’re in the area, get there quick to take advantage!)
While we were there we got to have a look at the new Christmas collections coming out. This year the sets come in tins, which I love! They all feature a graphic print on them and stack on top of each other if you were to get more than one. They are perfect for re-using on your dressing table.
I took home the ‘It’s a love fest’ tin which contains a full sized The Porefessional Primer and They’re Real Mascara, and mini Sun Beam highlighter, and Coralista lipgloss. It retails at £39.50 and would make a fab gift for a makeup lover.
The other set I really loved the look of at the event was the Little Love Potions – a great way to try out lots of Benefit products and super sizes for if you travel a lot. This set is £29.50 and will definitely be going on my Christmas list!
Other new products joining the Benefit shelves is under my spell Noelle perfume, and Bathina body oil.
The perfume comes in the Benefit perfume trademark cute cocktail shaker style bottle. It’s a sweet but grown-up smell, with top notes of cardamom, black pepper and lingonberry. Middle notes of wild orchid, jasmine petals, vanilla flower, fresh rose and soft violet. Bottom notes of patchouli, accord oud, black amber, vanilla beans, benzoin resin and raspberry. They make a gorgeous wintery woody fragrance. Noelle is on sale now and retails at £29.50 for 30ml.
Bathina takes it back to the old-school with the original Benefit scent. If you remember Benefit from long ago, you will remember this smell – and it still smells gorgeous. Lightly floral and clean smelling, this body oil is great – the spray mists it on to your skin, and it dries as soon as you rub it in – so no feeling like a grease-bomb. It’s lightweight and hydrating and leaves the skin lovely and soft with a delicate smell left behind. It goes on sale on 26th October priced at £26.50 for 75ml.
Crescent Row is the new limited edition perfume set – with miniature 10ml bottles of Benefit favourite perfumes – the new under my spell Noelle, laugh with me LeeLee, ring my Bella and my place or yours Gina and is priced at £29.50
All of the Christmas sets launched on Friday, so if you’re near a Benefit counter, be sure to pop in and check them out, or you can have a look on the Benefit website.
The other thing to set a reminder for in your diary is the launch of the advent calendar, ‘Countdown to Love’ – it’s priced at £50 and filled with mini Benefit products. It goes on sale on 2nd November but each store will only be getting around 15 calendars each, so if you want one you need to be quick!
Miss Wild is the latest release from the Joop! camp which hits stores this week. It’s an addictive floral oriental fragrance created for Miss Wild – the nice girl that falls for the bad guy and becomes someone else in his company – sexy, wild and indomitable. It’s a mixture of spicy pink berry top notes, vanilla heart notes, and rum in the base – giving it hints of masculinity perfect for all kinds of wild girls.
I have been given a 50ml bottle worth £42 to giveaway to one of my readers – if you’d to get your hands on a bottle, here’s how…
- Take the Joop! test to see just how wild you are over at www.joopmisswild.com
- Share a photo on instagram depicting your result (it can be you being wild, or your result – whatever you see fit)
- Make sure you are following me on Instagram (supergorgeous)
- Include the hashtags #supergorgeous #misswild #badfeelssogood on the photo
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Regular readers of my blog will know I am very fussy when it comes to perfumes – so I was over the moon when I found a new one which I actually I
Midnight Rain by La Prairie is my newfound love, and I’ve been reaching for it every day. The set I have includes a 50ml bottle of the eau de perfum, and a 100ml tube of body lotion (or Body Veil, as they like to call it).
The packaging is a really clever play on the title; with the black casing, and perfume shaped like a rain drop. The black bottle is covered in silver flecks which show up as rainbow sparkles when the light hits them. It was really hard to capture this in a photograph, so I took one out of focus to try to get the vision across.
I initially found the bottle really hard to open, my hands kept slipping off the pointed lid, but I’ve since discovered twisting it off works a treat. My only other gripe is the price. This is an expensive perfume – very much worth the money, but unfortunately not something I’d be able to afford on a constant rotation, as much as I like the idea.
Cheap perfumes often have a distinct smell to them – the same can be said for this but the other way round. It has none of the trademark cheap whiffs to it, instead smelling full-bodied, luxurious, and is long lasting on the skin.
It is described as a ‘fruity floral’ perfume, but I don’t get much of a floral vibe from it myself. To me it’s musky, with hints of vanilla, a subtle fruity sweetness and woodyness. I find that the smell seems to change as well, from when you first put it on to ones it dries down and sinks into the skin. I can’t really notice it on myself after a while, which I believe is a sign of a good match of a perfume.
The top notes are actually exotic fruit and freesia. Middle notes of textural white florals, white lilty, exotic fruity florals, vanilla orchid, plum flower and amber flower, with Base notes of feathery musks, enigmatic patchouli, earthy vetyver and smooth cashmere woods.
For nights out, I’ve been using the Midnight Rain Body Veil after showering to layer up the scent for a bit more of a kick. As I would expect, it smells just the same as the perfume – both good enough to eat!
La Prairie is one of the last places I would have thought to have looked for a perfume, but I’m so pleased with my new discovery. Next time you’re passing a counter, please have a sniff for me!
La Prairie Midnight Rain is available from Harrods.
I have gone from being a person who wears only two different fragrances, ever, on rotation, to suddenly loving a lot of perfumes that are out at the moment. Burberry Summer is one of those.
You can tell from the first whiff, that it’s a summer fragrance – sweet, fruity, crisp – it oozes summery fun. It’s a re-work of the orignal Burberry for Women fragrance, using the same notes, but giving it a bit of sunshine treatment.
The top noes are pomegranate, mandarin and fresh green leaf, the heart notes are made up of rose, freesia and lily of the valley, and the base notes are made up of cedarwood, sandalwood and white musks.
Even if the sun is no longer shining out side, this is definitely getting me in the mood – just gorgeous.
Last week I went along to Superdry’s Autumn Winter Press Day to see the collaboration with Timothy Everest for the women’s Sibero Collection and sip some rather yummy cocktails created by the Experimental Cocktail Club!
The show was really interesting – rather than a catwalk, they had the four models in a room doing ‘stuff’ and posing every once in a while. I fell in love with the Town Coat, which the model on the left is wearing. It’s navy but the back of the collar is pink (it also comes in other colour options).
The collection sees a tailored look for all different types of people. I, of course, was also checking out the models make up, which varied depending on the personality of the look. They all had matte orangey lips with the variation on the eyes – from simple liner to grungey smokey – definitely a look I will try to recreate myself!
I had a play with some of the Superdry make up while I was there too – I really love the look and feel of the bronzer and highlighter. If you get a chance in store, have a look at them – I was really impressed – although I only swatched them on my hand so do let me know if you’ve got them what you think!
I was lucky enough to take home with me one of Superdry’s fragrances – Neon Pink.
The packaging is very Superdry-esque – cool and functional. It comes in a large neon pink cube box – which is held together with a magnetic flap. Opening the flap reveals the cute, neon pink glass bottle with matte black rubbery lid. It opens like a big zippo lighter and smells really good. It’s quite a grown up fragrance – I couldn’t imagine my teenage sister wearing it – and I really like it. The blurb on their site says it contains Bergamot, pineapple, galbanum, water fruits, jasmine, rose, sandalwood, vanilla and musks – it has a lovely fresh, summery, powdery smell, and I have been reaching for it every day since I’ve had it. It costs £35 from their website.
Pink Friday is the new fragrance created by Nicki Minaj. You can read all about the launch event and my thoughts about it here
I’ve managed to get my hands on another bottle of the fragrance which is currently exclusive to Selfridges, to give away to one of my readers!
|Don’t worry – yours will be new and sealed in the box, this is my bottle I took as an example.|
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Yesterday marked the launch of Nicki Minaj‘s first ever fragrance – Pink Friday, which debuts exclusively at Selfridges. I was lucky enough to attend the launch breakfast yesterday morning, ahead of opening hours at Selfridges (which was very exciting in itself; I felt like Lady Loxley!)
We were greeted with strawberry smoothies, pink grapefruit juice, pink fruit salad, pink macaroons, and pastries with pink icing, and introduced to the perfume.
The fragrance itself is described as “an intoxicating floral musk”- Perfume buffs may like to know that the topnotes are Starfruit, Italian Mandarin and Boysenberry. Heartnotes are Lotus Flower and Jasmine Pearls, and the drydown is Vanilla, Caramelized Pear, Musk and Woods.
It’s sweet and floral but not overly-so in either department. Celebrity fragrances can sometimes be sickly and cheap smelling, so it was really nice to see (or, smell, rather) that that wasn’t the case at all – Pink Friday is refreshingly exotic and wearable. I am really fussy with fragrance but I will definitely wear mine.
Like everything else Nicki Minaj does – the bottle is mad, crazy, bold, loud and proud – a statuesque glass bottle depicting Nicki herself wearing a nameplate necklace, with a golden face complete with pink lipstick, and her trademark pink hair as the lid – making it somewhat of a collectors item.
To give something a little extra to her UK fans, Nicki also decided to launch a handmade clothing line for the perfume bottles (crazy but zany cool and oh, so Nicki!), ‘Couture by Nicki’. There are 4 different designs, with only 100 of each being made – 30 of which being in London Selfridges and are given free to customers buying a 100ml bottle of fragrance. Her fans (or Barbz as they are known) were very eager to be the first in the queue for when the doors opened yesterday morning to make sure they got one of the outfits – some even slept on the street the outside to ensure they were one of the lucky ones!
The designs are each inspired by Nicki’s outfits, which the Nicki models showed us yesterday morning…
Duchess of Pink was the outfit that went on sale yesterday – the first 30 Barbz rushed in to pick up their bounty. This one is the “master of sassy sweetness” – I love the little ice cream cone on her hat!
|Photo courtesy of Nicki Minaj Beauty|
Here is my Nicki bottle in all her Whip It Like Minaj glory!
Pink Friday is available from Selfridges priced at £39 for 100ml, £29 for 50ml and £24 for 30ml.
The lovely people at KMI Club have given me one of these lovely Ted Baker Woman fragrance sets worth £25 to give away to one lucky Super Gorgeous follower – it contains the fragrance, body lotion and shower gel. The hard part will be deciding whether you keep it for yourself or give it as a Christmas present, eek!
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Please note, due to the fact the fragrance is flammable, this is restricted to the UK only.