A new fragrance star is born

Stellar crystal gurus Swarovski are about to add a touch of sparkle to the fragrance world with the launch of their first perfume Aura.

When I first heard the whisper of a collaboration with Clarins Fragrance Group I started to get very excited with visions of Crystal fortresses and amazing creations littering my imagination. So when my invitation to the Swarovski Crystallised lounge arrived back in November for the exclusive reveal I was more than a little curious…

Famed for its heritage in crystal figurines and beautiful Jewellery you’d be forgiven for not paying homage to their hollywood status, from Kate Hudson’s crystal red carpet dress to arguably one the most famous pairs shoes, I’m talking about Dorothy’s Ruby Slippers in the original Wizard of Oz to Audrey Hepburn’s necklace in Breakfast at Tiffany’s Swarovski has helped keep the sparkle and glamour in tinsletown over the years.

And so when Robin Vincent MD of Clarins UK made the reveal I was a little surprised at the understated glamour and sparkle of the bottle. The design is however beautiful and the juice a gorgeous dusky pink that is both classicly chic and feminine. So the most important part… what does it smell like?

The perfume is a real classic – you’d be forgiven for thinking Swarowski had a heritage in fragrance as this first scent is one that I think will be here to stay, it won’t be for everyone and is quite a grown up fragrance.  At its heart a  fusion of amber, benzoin and white musk,  blended lychee, white tuberose and pink pepper. The perfumes composers are Firmenich’s Jean-Pierre Bethouart and Olivier Cresp.

In line with the Clarins Fragrance Groups commitment to responsible development the bottles are all refillable with a perfume source available in stores similar to those by Thierry Mugler Angel and Alien.

In addition to the fragrance itself is a full line of sparkling iridescent makeup jewels – this is where this launch makes its mark and sets itself apart from the pack – the jewels are filled with luminous powders made up of mineralized Swarowski crystal no less! The fragrance and Makeup jewels hit the High Street on the 31 March – perfect timing for that Mother’s Day shopping trip…

Tell me what you think? It’s sure to be one of debate… is it sparkly enough?

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Hot on the High Street….

Girls (and guys) it’s time to get out your diaries and make some room for some all important beauty perk up time! Whether you’re a 5 minute lunchtime treat shopper, a sneaky online buyer at work or simply love a weekend trip around the beauty and fragrance aisles

Here’s my top pick of what not to miss…

Find your Mr Bright at Benefit – 19 March

Benefit Finding Mr Bright

This spring is dominated by hot brights as seen on the catwalk and now hitting the high street but the thought of really living this trend can be a bit daunting especially for those of us like me still clinging to their safe dark (aka black) winter wardrobe, now there is an answer! Thanks to Benefit you can give your make-up bag a spring over with their latest offering Finding Mr Bright.

My photo does not do the dayglo palette justice,  the oh so cutely named ‘brightening MANual’ comes with all your Benefit faves:

Girl Meets Pearl (which I love to twin with Nars Orgasm Blush – the two in combination give you a gorgeous pink flush with a pearly luminous glow!)

Posietint – I prefer this version than the original Benetint its shade is far more wearable and I find much easier to blend too, again you can easily mix this with Girl Meets Pearl for a similar effect as above.

Erase Paste – I like to think of this as industrial strength concealer, I tend to save this concealer for those post work drinks or nights out you know you need that bit extra coverage or brightening! Can be a god send on those mornings after the night before too….

High Beam – this product is the one that is in my most memorable make-up line up, it was THE thing to own when I was buying premium make-up for the first time.

It is a very cute palette and has a great dating make-up lesson that comes with it too, however I do have a few negatives namely that the palette isn’t that portable, it’s not huge don’t get me wrong, but for it to be a carry around palette I would have substituted High Beam for an Ultra Shine Lip Gloss – maybe even California Kissin’ to cover all your needs on the go – however this is just my opinion and does not distract from the fact this is a fab & fun little kit!

If you have time do check out the really fun dating video on Benefit UK’s YouTube Channel

(I picked James from Finance for Gabbi… you’ll understand when you watch it!)

Step into the world of CHANEL exclusively at Selfridges Oxford Street – 22 March

Keira Knightley for Chanel

I am always in awe of the truly amazing Chanel installations and creative design and to bring every beauty gals dream to life from 22 – 30 March you can step inside a supersized bottle of CHANEL’s Coco Mademoiselle – where you will find Chanel’s very own cinema!

You’ll be able to be one of the first to see the new Keira Knightley Chanel film for Coco Mademoiselle and take part in their interactive journey for your chance to take away samples of this coveted fragrance.  For Coco Mademoiselle lovers you can also get your hands on the limited edition 200ml bottle exclusive to Selfridges

I saw the amazing new film last month in a private CHANEL boutique courtesy of Chanel UK HQ and enjoyed being transported on a Parisian adventure… if you can’t wait till the 22nd you can also find a mini preview on Chanel.com and Chanel’s YouTube Channel