Sarah Jessica Parker Stash Eau de Parfum Review

Sarah Jessica Parker Stash Eau de Parfum Review

I wanted to kick start the New Year with a new fragrance; a scent that would remind of all the optimism, hopes and dreams, held for the coming months and offer a sensory kick up the butt, or warming embrace should I need it. Said scent would also have to suit all occasions and be a somewhat power player (year of the “Boss Lady” and all) and yet not be so demanding that it becomes cloying at the mere mention, of an admittedly optimistic heat wave. The answer may surprise you, a celebrity launch that is far more affordable than the packaging may suggest, and is easily the best attempt at a truly ambiguous and unisex fragrance, I have encountered in a long while. Yes I am gently swaying you to give Sarah Jessica Parker’s Stash Eau de Parfum a chance, regardless of how you feel towards the now adopted New Yorker’s (SJP was born in Ohio) past fragrance launches.

Sarah Jessica Parker Stash Eau de Parfum Review

What sets Sarah Jessica Parker Stash Eau de Parfum aside from the mountain of other fragrance launches of 2016 is that it is entirely universal; Stash will be as at ease worn by a female as it will be a male, thanks to the harmonious and perfectly blended woody notes. It is sensual, rich, all consuming, yet unidentifiable and entirely enigmatic, which is no mean feat and entirely glorious in concept. Stash all but screams “let’s take away gender labels” and enjoy the product for what it is and as a result wonderfully simplifies an overcomplicated world of fragrance.

The bottle – which I imagine was carefully crafted – too echoes such sentiment of gender neutrality, all the while capturing the robust, almost cognac tinged fragrance inside – the little hints of NYC cool and luxury gold gilded details don’t go unnoticed either.

Sarah Jessica Parker Stash Eau de Parfum Review

Sarah Jessica Parker Stash Eau de Parfum is a classic in the making; as painful as it may be to read, I do believe that had this been a launch by a non-celebrity fragrance house it would have reached cult status by now. Sadly yet understandably, we don’t always give the handy work of the rich and the famous, all the credit it is due and often dismiss said launches as being a little tacky. Sarah Jessica Parker fragrances are the beacon of hope needed within an often overcomplicated, unimaginative celebrity endorsed and created market.

Sarah Jessica Parker Stash Eau de Parfum Review

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Weekly Window Shop: Cosy Cable Knits

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It’s back by popular demand – the Weekly Window Shop. All feedback duly noted, though the suggestion to make it monthly or bi-monthly does sort of mess with my alliteration! Monthly Window Shop doesn’t have quite the same ring to it.

We return with a bit of a selfish one, because I am obsessed with all things cable knit – it’s just so tactile and autumnal and cosy – and this post is sort of satisfying my craving. Get excited for these little knit-picks – there’s something for everyone, whether you want to add a bit of wool to your wardrobe or get something seasonal for your home.

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Lancome Juicy Shakers

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I felt it would be remiss of me to go through another week without writing about the new Juicy Shaker lip gloss/oils from Lancome. I did include them in my March Favourites, but they deserve a bit more applause than that, for the concept and packaging at the very least. I love it when a beauty product launches that’s just completely and utterly crackers, especially when it’s as fun to use as this. Who would have thought that Lancome would be the ones to bring out a miniature cocktail shaker filled with a bi-phase, glossy-finish, juicy-coloured lip oil? Who would have thought that Lancome would provide us with an applicator that looks – and feels – like one of those foam strawberry sweets? It’s like applying lipgloss with a marshmallow or a teddy bear’s nose.

As you can see from the photograph above, I took the opportunity to use some of the objects from my dolls house to “bring the products to life”, but I’m not quite sure that even the very best cocktail shaker could make a decent tipple from milk, Evian, Pepsi, San Pellegrino and a dodgy-looking bottle of red wine. Sorry, it’s a very random photo, but I’ve been desperate to put some of my miniatures into a still life for ages, so. There you go.

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I’d say that Lancome’s Juicy Shakers are most definitely beauty things that you want rather than need; none of them have a particularly bright pigment and you do have to shake-shake-shake and dab-dab-dab quite a lot if you want to achieve any depth of colour. But I think that they’re supposed to be far more frivolous than that, anyway – each has a different flavour (reminiscent of the Juicy Tube glosses of my late teen years) and because the applicator is so soft, it’s actually a joy to reapply the lip oil frequently throughout the day. The finish is glossy but non-sticky, oily but non-greasy – sort of the perfect shine, really. Very plumptious and flattering.

There are thirteen shades in the shaker line-up as well as a limited edition in minty blue. My favourite is Freedom of Peach, pictured above – I find that it gives a lovely pastel sheen. Not so keen on the “juicier” pink and red shades, ironically, but then that’s just personal preference. Lots of them are so sheer that they look quite similar anyway, so it may be a case of resorting to trying out the different flavours and seeing which one you like best! It’s all very juvenile, but a nice change from the more serious collections and launches with their long-lasting this and twelve-decades-in-the-making that. And the bi-phase formula really does feel moisturising, so it’s not at all a silly purchase, if you’re after a non-sticky lip sheen.

Lancome’s Juicy Shakers cost £18 – you can find them at Boots.com

*the melon wrapping paper in the background of the photograph is from Ohh Deer.

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