A little Christmas reading suggestion for you; Down the Rabbit Hole by Juan Pablo Villalobos. Short and sweet but with incredibly dark and violent undertones, it’s a brief glimpse into the world of a small child (Tochtli) whose father happens to be a powerful Mexican drug baron. It’s written from the Tochtli’s point of view and so you get this wonderful childlike innocence on the one hand, but then a horrific realisation that men are being shot and tortured in front of him and that he’s reporting it all with an almost cold sense of detachment. It’s a brilliant, fresh way of presenting the well-trod “criminal underworld” theme and Tochtli has to be one of my favourite literary characters of the past decade. He is frequently laugh-out-loud funny, often heartbreakingly sad and always, always a masterful observer. If you’re looking for a colourful, short and snappy book to get you through Christmas at the in-laws’, then this is it: also the perfect stocking filler if you’re still short of a present or two.
Down the Rabbit Hole is £5.99 from Amazon.co.uk
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Yes ladies and gentlemen, the soft and ever coveted, light fragrances that are Marc Jacobs Splashes are back once again, and I for one couldn’t be more excited.
Hear me out: I live in Scotland, a place not exactly renowned for its tropical climate and as such, I do associate wet weather with the Spring months – we don’t have the term April showers floating around for no good reason but I wouldn’t have it any other way. Yes dear readers, I enjoy the rain, especially when the showers are light and leave the air smelling fresh with an earthy combination of wet soil and surrounding greenery. It’s a sensation and scent explosion that I find difficult to mimic, well that was until I tested out the Marc Jacobs Splashes for myself. Four, beautifully created scents that evoke the newness of the season in numerous aspects, and offer new yet non-fussy insights into refreshingly (they aren’t called Splashes for no reason), clean ready-to-wear fragrances.
The Marc Jacob Splashes are technically Eau de Toilettes but are intended to be worn fairly generously – think of them as a mature, incarnation of a body mist – spray on generously and enjoy the uplifting, refreshing tonic. As all four options are delicate, you don’t run the risk of ever overdoing it (or suffocating all that is near to you), yet they have the prolonged wear time, that so many of us crave. I deem these to be casual fragrance options: a wardrobe of four softened splashes of notes, that are effortlessly cool and ready for the day – be that work, play or brunch.
What I personally enjoy about the Marc Jacobs Splashes is that each fusion, captures a different aspect of Spring: Cotton – like freshly washed, air dried linen with notes of jasmine, cotton flower, musk and bergamot. For a non- fruity yet bright, sensory choice we have Cucumber – which of course contains a strong presence of cucumber combined with Freesia and musk. The fruity creation of this collection is Pear: bright, bold and not at all tart with hints of Pear, gin and woody accords. Last but not least we have the aquatic yet light, scent of Rain: with freshly cut grass and tropical rain accords, whatever they might be.
This is an old photo from last year, of my first two bottles – they are in storage and I’m not currently able to get to them so please excuse the sudden and dramatic photo quality change.
The wonderful aspect of this small curation of scents is that they are truly adaptable: each can be worn alone, layered with other options within the collection (Cotton and Rain particularly fuse well together) or combined with your current favourite fragrance. Although perhaps not to everyone’s taste (then again what is), I would say that the four Marc Jacobs Splashes are entirely universal (the bottles have been so well designed in this aspect) and are as at home on a female as they are male; Rain in particular has a fairly masculine presence and does happen to be my personal favourite.
At the moment, I can not say with absolute certainty if the Marc Jacobs Splashes are limited edition or are gearing towards a permanent position but they are currently available online in various locations which may suggest the latter?
In the U.K you can find the Marc Jacobs Splashes via Superdrug £38/100ml – link
In the U.S you can find the Marc Jacobs Splashes via Sephora $62/100ml – link
Now and then I like to do one of these “current makeup” videos just to demonstrate some of the products that I’ve been using the most. If a product has been used daily for weeks on end then (for me, at least) it must be pretty good and it’s worth having a bit of a chat about. If I don’t do a video and get everything down on film, then quite often I move on to pastures new and completely forget to record my favourites. Mainly because there are always so many new things to try (I feel it’s my duty!) and it’s easy to pass over the everyday staples in favour of the sparkly and unfamiliar things that are sometimes more interesting to write about.
So, a very quick makeup routine – skin-centric, mostly, with a gorgeous foundation and some healthy-glow powders to finish. A dash of something sheeny on the eyes and a fabulous mascara that I can’t really rave about enough (the Noir Couture 4-in-1 from Givenchy, worth every little penny) and then onto a brief hair update. I have only had my hair “done” twice this year and so lots of the top section is now completely natural – I think it shows off the immense skill of my colourist, John Spanton, that it blends so nicely with the honeyed colours that he has painstakingly added in through the lengths over the past couple of years. It’s definitely time for a colour re-fresh, but considering that my hair hasn’t been touched since June… The man is a genius, I tell you. You can find him “in residence” at Trevor Sorbie in Covent Garden.
OK, here’s the vid – if you can’t be bothered to watch it then the product list is below! If for some reason you can’t view the video then please click here to find it on Youtube.
Clarins Instant Light Radiance Base in Rose: http://tidd.ly/ef48b50f
Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet Foundation Shade 20: http://tidd.ly/aeab4d14
Chanel Les Beiges Shade 10: http://tidd.ly/aec26e78
Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in 1, Golden Light: http://tidd.ly/28630802 OR The Body Shop Bronzer in either shade 1 or 2: http://goo.gl/OFZRz2
Revlon Eye Primer: I use this OVER foundation as I like the effect, you can also use it underneath. http://tidd.ly/b726f5a1
Max Factor Excess Shimmer Eye Shadows in Copper and Bronze: http://tidd.ly/ed974726