Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Literary Notes: Anais Biguine's 'Junky' Perfume

A rather unique perfume offering today; from Jardins D'Écrivains comes 'Junky', a scent for both men and women, created by Anais Biguine and inspired by the novel of the same name by Beat Generation writer William Burroughs.  It's described as "unashamedly different" and I have to agree that I haven't sniffed anything remotely like it on the high street.  So much so, that I wasn't sure I liked it on the first inhale.  It was just a bit odd.  (I felt the same way when I first heard some of Burroughs' spoken word recordings.)  I took the plunge and squirted it on my skin, where somehow, after a minute or so, the odd first scent mellows into something heady and addictive.

Junky Jardins d'Ecrivians

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Beauty Roundup July 2014

I've done another little video just to chat through a few products I've used recently - two SPF moisturisers, a red lipstick (of course!), a liquid blush, and a hair protection spray.  Only 5 minutes long, hope you have time to watch it.

Do let me know if you've tried any of these products?  How did you get on with them?

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Gingham Hell Bunny Dress

Another black and white dress, I make no excuses - the last one was picnic check and this one is gingham!  I love a halterneck dress for warmer days, and this one by Hell Bunny has heart-shaped pockets and frilled trim to boot.

Gingham Hell Bunny Dress

Friday, 11 July 2014

Superdrug Launches Beauty Studio in Cardiff

Events are like buses - none for ages, and then they all come along at once!  Last week I was fortunate enough to be invited to the opening of the new Beauty Studio in St Davids shopping centre.  Beauty Studio is a new concept store by Superdrug, where as well as picking up your cosmetics, toiletries and fragrance, you can also have your hair, nails, brows and lashes attended to - a one-stop shop as it were, so that you can leave occasion-ready.

Superdrug Beauty Studio

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Book Review: The All Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg

The latest offering from Fannie Flagg is 'The All Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion'.  Renowned for her humorous and heartwarming stories, including 'Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistlestop Cafe', Flagg serves up another sweet tale that I ultimately found satisfying and joyful.

The All Girl Filling Station's Last Reunion

The book alternates between two story lines, one modern day, and one that starts back in the 1930s.  In the present day, Sookie is a middle-aged lady with an identity crisis, ever since she accidentally discovered some adoption papers that throw into question her esteemed Southern lineage.  The other storyline starts as America becomes involved in WWII, and shows Fritzi and her sisters doing their bit for the war effort by signing up to become 'WASPS' (the equivalent of the UK's ATA, Air Transport Auxiliary), ferrying planes around the US to free-up male service personnel for combat.

Sunday, 6 July 2014

Red 1940's Tea Dress

This red tea dress from Vivien of Holloway has been in my wardrobe for years and years now.  The colour has faded, and I've made the odd repair over time, but I still love it!  I wore this to my Dad's birthday last month.  Elvis came along too.

Vivien of Holloway Tea Dress

Friday, 4 July 2014

Giorgio Armani Makeup Bloggers Event

Last week I had the great pleasure of going to a bloggers event at the Giorgio Armani beauty counter at Debenhams in Cardiff's St Davids centre.

Giorgio Armani Makeup

I was excited to try out some more Armani products - I have already tried their 'Eyes to Kill' mascara (excellent - feather-like lashes in a stroke!) and I've previously talked about their wonderful lipstick in a true 1950's red in a video (here).  I've heard nothing but excellent things about their foundations (India Knight in the Sunday Times Style section raved about it, among others), but was keen to see the rest of their range, as they've recently released some 'Eyes to Kill' eyeshadows.

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