This month I’ve developed a few new firm favourites in foundation and fragrance. After a couple of months of testing all these recent purchases (and Christmas gifts) I wanted to shout out about a few just in case you were considering a little splurge…

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In years gone by a floral focused scent was rarely my poison of choice. I preferred my floral notes laced with pink pepper and sitting comfortably under a fruiter note to make the perfect powdery elixir.

That being said! The recent Chelsea Flower Show in London inspired me to pull out my collectibles of flower focused fragrances…

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nirvana black and white sephora

{Elizabeth and James Nirvana Black & White}

Okay let me be honest with you. I was outrageously sceptical when I saw these fragrances. “Great, another celebrity perfume I have no desire to admit I’m wearing,” I said. The next 10 seconds proved to be an entirely different story. 

elizabeth and james nirvana review 

{Nirvana White}

Following the success of their clothing line – Elizabeth and JamesMary Kate and Ashley Olsen decided to add a  fragrance duo to their arsenal.

Nirvana White was my first spritz and I was immediately whisked away in to a warm spring morning in Paris on my way to a bakery (one of many for the day) with the feeling of utter bliss. Perhaps it was the floral story of the fragrance that took me there. A beautiful blend of  peony, muguet (also known as lilly of the valley) and tender musk. This is the ultimate in feminine, fragrance housed in the chicest of packaging.

 nirvana black and white

{Nirvana Black}

This immediately took me to a memory that I’m yet to form. Dressed in an emerald, silky gown at a James Bond-esque ball, what else would I wear as my perfume? A weaving of vanilla, sandalwood and violet, this is for the events at which you want to exude class and sophistication. It’s feminine, dark, strong and sexy all in one perfume. To boot, it’s encased in a masculine package that makes me feel almost naughty opening. Did I mention this is the scent my man loved the most?

Three guesses what I’ll be wearing on Friday…


best perfume 2013 Marc Jacobs Daisy Roses de Chloe

best perfume 2013 Marc Jacobs Daisy Roses de Chloe

{The Perfume Edit}

Yes, the gift of fragrance is absolutely a personal one but when you know who you’re buying for, it makes it all the more fun, doesn’t it? Being a beauty addict makes things a little more fun though – satisfy more than one personality, that’s what I say.

best perfumes to gift

These five fragrances are a personification of the different sides of me that need tending to. After all, isn’t that what a fragrance is for? Adding a little scented sensuality in to a girl’s life?

Fresh Life Perfume

{So fresh and so clean}

Fresh Life, is for the girl that hates those warm, vanilla scents. Gift this gentle and clean perfume to the girl that likes to step outside of the mainstream fragrance trends. The girlfriend that I know would love this is sporty but sassy and sexy. She’s a real chameleon so you can’t over-complicate a perfume.

marc jacobs perfume

{The University girl}

I fell in love with this fragrance roughly six years ago whilst in awe of a classy roommate of mine. She was eastern european and made of money but she never showed off. She was so softly spoken and so well put together. Marc Jacobs’ Daisy is the fragrance that completes the classiest of women with a dry down that wouldn’t overwhelm the smallest of creatures. Utterly delicate.

Notes: Strawberry, Violet Leaves, Ruby Red Grapefruit, Gardenia, Violet Petals, Jasmine Petals, Musk, Vanilla, White Woods.

Miss Dior perfume

{My mum comes with me every where – Miss Dior}

I know I’m not the only one who does this. I miss my mum so much I sometimes wear her perfume just to be reminded of her. This scent reminds me of the times we shared on a summer vacation years ago. I know women of all ages that enjoy this vibrant fragrance.

Go for this if you know your girl is hooked by a fruity top note with a floral dry down.

Notes: Italian Mandarin Essence, Egyptian Jasmine Absolute, Indonesian Patchouli Essence.

Roses de Chloe

{The one, The Romantic}

This fragrance is everything I’m in love with right now. It’s feminine, it’s dainty it’s soft and it’s pretty. It’s for the girl that falls in love with everything around her.

Roses de Chloe is a perfume that’s soft and powdery with a hint of sweet flower. the best way to describe this? As tender as a petal. Quite honestly, I just want to bathe in it.

Notes: bergamot, damascena rose essence, magnolia accord, white musk and amber

Tom Ford Violet Blonde

{The Money Maker}

Sure, this one isn’t for every one. It may even be a deterrent to most for the simple fact that it featured those intense, opulent notes. An extravagant gift at $80 for 30ml of juice but the price is reflective of the ingredients. Complicated, strong and bold, this is for a woman that already has a library of perfume.

Notes: Violet Leaf Absolute, Italian Mandarin, Baie Rose, Tuscan Orris Absolute, Tuscan Orris Butter, Jasmin Sambac, Sampaquita, Benzoin, Cedarwood, Vetiver Absolute, Musk, Soft Suede

If you had to pick one?


{Scent stand}

I’m losing my mind over fragrance lately. Every time I smell a new fragrance that I love, it engrains itself in to my mind and I can’t stop thinking about until the moment i decide i’m going to Sephora tomorrow and buying it before I really do lose it. This olfactory addiction will probably become the death of me until I’m bathing in fragrance but at this point I don’t care.

As it stands, on my stand. There are currently four fragrances that I’m rotating between throughout the week but they all hold a dear place in my heart.

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