A Glamorous Life – Beautiful and Rich

Better than Yves Saint Laurent?

Not so long ago, many of us would turn our noses up at the thought of even stepping into Primark or H&M. Their clothing range represented Granny Chic more than anything – but look at how they’ve turned out.

We almost never go home from a shopping trip without having a once-over in these stores to find any cheap yet stylish bargains.

Could the same revolution happen in the beauty world?
It would most certainly make alot of sense to our purses.

At the moment we have the high-end brand collections – some of which do the job promised and some which leave a lot to be desired. Then we have the affordable “drugstore” ranges such as Rimmel, Bourjois, Maybelline and L’oréal (although have L’oréal’s prices had a significant increase or is it just my imagination?). We buy a lot of staples from these trustworthy, satisfactory brands. They are the reason we can afford to experiment with new colour each season.

But how many of us would honestly buy from a makeup range who’s highest tier in pricing reached, say, two pounds? Would we be prepared to stay on the bottom level of budgetry when it comes to beauty? Is it because we are scared to put these cheap-as-chips lotions  and potions on our face in case we later are sporting an oily face bearing resemblence to a pizza?

No, I don’t think of many of us do.
And yet only a couple of days ago I published a post about Lidl’s new perfume being claimed as better than Chanel’s own Coco Mademoiselle.
It could be that we are missing out on spectacular quality items simply because we’re too snobby to venture into dirt cheap food stores such as Aldi and Lidl and have a rummage at the beauty isle for something other than tissues.

There are those who have cottoned on to this secret segment of the beauty industry. I’ve seen well-known beauty bloggers rave about the cheap ranges to be found in these supermarkets – some even comparing them to the quality of a NARS eyeshadow or Yves Saint Laurent Touche Eclat…

From which stores do you source the majority of your beauty regime – are you loyal to a high end brand or do you regularly look for similar “dopes” of products that perform well?

In this economy, I would love saving a few tenners on my own beauty regime to have more extravagant experiences in other areas of life.

Stephanie xx


The Glamour of Chanel, on a Budget…

Some of you may have seen the excessive coverage from more than a few magazines in regards to Chanel’s famous scent, Coco Mademoiselle. Recently it has been compared with uber-cheap supermarket Lidl’s own release of a scent – Suddenly Madame Glamour. Astounding results from a blindfolded consumer test showed the Lidl perfume (a direct copy of Coco Mademoiselle) was preferred over the classic Chanel fragrance.

How intriguing.

Chanel ask a sum of £61.00 for a 50ml eau de parfum of Coco Mademoiselle…and Lidl expect a mere £4.00 for the same measure of their Suddenly eau de parfum.

On first spray, both fragrances smell practically identical. I was pleased with the Lidl version as I was expecting the hype to be just that: over-exaggerated coverage of one person’s opinion who had nothing else to do that day but earn a tenner testing perfumes (probably having little knowledge in fragrance).

Both bottles claim to be Eau de Parfum. The Coco Mademoiselle holds a lot more strength. I would describe the Lidl perfume as an eau de toilette. So yes, the scent is beautiful but it doesn’t last long. This is to be expected as four pounds is nothing. It’s worth the while to buy a few bottles of the Lidl fragrance. Keep one in your handbag to spray regularly.

I can just imagine what the con-artists on ebay will be doing with this discovery. Using empty bottles of Chanel to fill with Lidl! If sticking with Chanel, make sure you buy from a reputable stockist…

Stephanie xx

The Forgotten Scent of Miss Dior Chérie

Have you ever been dismayed (or perhaps, at the other end of the spectrum, pleasantly surprised) about a fragrance changing over time? Not when the fragrance spoils or gets older but rather when the designer/creator changes or updates the fragrance notes, with a view to refreshing and relaunching the scent.

My mother’s expensive perfume collection was my biggest envy and obsession as a child (my interest in such things began from a very young age). She had all the main designer names like Gucci, Chanel, etc and on one occasion she was given Miss Dior Chérie.

I remember sneaking into her room, inhaling the gorgeous yet slightly faded scent still remaining in the lid of the bottle to brighten my mood. The bottle itself, with the classic Dior Houndstooth pattern adorning the base, holds a bow which gives a girly yet demure touch. I loved the sweet caramelized hint of candy and literally dreamed of owning a bottle of my own.

Well years later, the day finally came for me to have my own little Miss Dior Chérie. I cannot tell you how excited and happy I was.

Until I sprayed it.

It was a total anti-climax and no memories of my mum’s bedroom came flooding back. It was an unknown fragrance – a stranger. I couldn’t understand.

The box of the bottle claimed that it was Eau de Toilette, therefore I blamed it on the fact that it wasn’t Eau de Parfum.

I personally find Eau de Toilette a ruinful experience of buying from any fragrance range and believe it is better to buy the true Eau de Parfum version. The intention of the “Toilet Water” (mmm) is to water down and dilute the original fragrance, making it more subtle for everyday wear. Dior claims the Eau de Toilette is used to refresh oneself in the morning, almost like a substance you would splash over your body…And yet I find EDT is too sharp – almost uncomfortable to smell in most cases. Especially in this case.

Alas, I ventured to House of Fraser with my “toilet water” and took it straight to the Dior counter. The EDT tester did indeed resemble the sharp, horrid scent of my own. From observing the EDP, I noticed the colour was much darker. This provided a glimpse of hope; yet, upon testing, it proved to be merely a stronger version of the EDT.

What a disappointment.

Interestingly, the Gel Douche still contains a scent that faintly resembles the original. Perhaps they forgot haha!

Upon returning home, I did some research (yes, it did disappoint me that much.

The fragrance was deliberately changed due to a new fragrance designer entering the house of Dior, a “Mr Francois Demachy”. From inspecting some forums, it appears many former Chérie-fans are also upset. A small minority preferred the fresher update.

The older version was said to be inspired by John Galliano…which certainly does give clue as to its sudden change.

Compare the description of the Miss Dior Chérie Eau de Parfum 2011 Floral/Chypre version:

A sensual blend of Italian mandarin, Egyptian jasmine, and patchouli truly captures the dazzling Dior spirit in a modern, fruity-floral fragrance.

To the description from the 2005 version:

A scent of sugar and spice. An impertinent gourmand and modern chypre fragrance. Notes of Green Tangerine, Strawberry Leaves, Pink Jasmine, Caramelized Popcorn, Strawberry Sorbet, Patchouli and Crystalline Musk.

Have you ever been lucky enough to own the original Miss Dior Chérie – or do you prefer it’s younger sister..?

I’d love to hear any similar experiences with regards to any fragrance!

Stephanie xx

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