For the past 3 years, I've swooned after almost every Marc Jacobs fragrance I've seen, admiring their beautiful little bottles, the detail on them, and the marvellous scents within, wishing that one day, I'll be able to own all the ones my heart fancies.
Well, this week, I finally got another Marc Jacobs fragrance that I've been wanting for the past three years. It's gone on every Christmas and birthday list for the past three years, along with it's partner Dot, (which I was bought for my 20th birthday this past January and I adore) and finally, I've bought myself Honey.
Honey is quite a hard fragrance to describe. It's unlike any other perfume I've ever smelt really. It isn't at the forefront of my collection, it certainly isn't my favourite, but it is one of those scents you do enjoy on very specific occasions.
Since I couldn't fully explain this perfume myself, I've taken the extract from Boots online, where they've described the fragrance:
"Honey by Marc Jacobs is a sunny delicious floral - energetic and alluring, with a sparkling, golden touch. The perfect mix of brightness and warmth.
The fragrance energizes with the freshness of green pear brightened with a splash of fruity punch and juicy mandarin. At the heart of the fragrance is orange blossom, a note of sparkling femininity that mingles with nectars of honeysuckle and peach. Honey, vanilla and smooth woods dry down to a warm, golden base."
I can certainly smell the honeysuckle with a woody undertone, but I must admit, I can't smell all the other scents, and I do have a very good sense of smell. The warm, golden base is accurate though - it's extremely strong, and this is a good thing, because it's counterpart Dot, is a delicate, softer scent for days when you want to be airy and delightfully light.
Personally, I think all 'good quality' perfumes carry that designer price tag, afterall, you are paying not only for a trust worthy brand, but you're also paying for a long term investment. I personally chose the 100ml bottle, which retails for £67.50 in most retailers. I however got mine for £35, from a very reputable retailer, (the reason it was that much cheaper is because there is a lot of competition on the site I used, it's not fake, it is 100% genuine, BNIB never opened, all still stealed, from a retailer, not a second hand seller I will just clarify, before everyone kicks off that I bought a fake, or a second hand bottle, because I didn't!)
So overall, I highly recommend this beautiful perfume, and would definitely say, if you've been holding off on purchasing something, you should probably do it, if you've loved it for a long time, and really wanted it for a long time.
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So I titled this "the 'impulsive' purchase", (note brackets around impulsive) because this for me, was sort of, and sort of not impulsive.
Truth be known, the Zoeva Rose Golden Brush Set has been one on my wishlist for at least a year, if not more.
When I got my university money, it was the first thing (besides decor which I count as a separate 'wishlist') to 'go straight in my basket' (sorry that was done in quotation, because I honestly cannot say that with a straight face anymore after the famous YouTube vine of 'That's going straight in my basket' in the incredibly camp voice that never fails to make me laugh out loud, wherever I am.)
So, back on track.
The Zoeva Rose Golden Brush Set has the reputation that you know you can trust. It's reknowned as the 'bloggers brushes' as the high end version of the Real Techniques various ensembles - which don't get me wrong, I'm not in any way putting down - I think they're marvellous, and I have quite a few different kits and random brushes and tools myself, and I love them!
I finally took the plunge and splashed the cash on these brushes, and although I haven't used them yet, I have to say I am impressed.
The initial 'makeup bag' style carrier that they come in is dreamy - chocolate imitation leather with rose gold lettering - how could I not be in heaven? After all, I do have a penchant for rose gold and holographic numbers!
Once you hold the little bag too, you'll agree that the quality is incredible. Not a single detail has been spared and the weight of the bag, even when empty, suggests a high quality fibre.
Now, the brushes.
Okay, so if you're a lover of Real Techniques, and you've felt their powder brushes, you are in for a treat with these brushes.
If you thought the powder brush felt like the softest brush on Earth, you would be wrong. Having felt the softness of the bigger brushes in this kit, I can tell you that having compared both the RT powder brush, and these, that these are in fact, so much softer. Impossible? I thought it would be impossible to top the softness of the RT powder brush too, but these beauties have.
The kit comes with 8 brushes in total, including:
Soft Finish Brush
Luxe Sheer Cheek
Luxe Soft Definer
Luxe Petit Crease
The kit works out at £56.95 - that sounds a crazy amount of money - and trust me it took me over a year to justify it, but when you work it out, that's just over £7 per brush, so if you did want every single brush from the set like I did, it's well worth the money, however, if you only want a couple, then the price doesn't really make it justifiable.
At just over £7 per brush, it is essentially cheaper than a Real Techniques powder brush which retails at £10.99. Genius, I know.
I would highly recommend these brushes, they are dreamy, the rose gold is just the icing on the quality cake, and the pouch is amazing as a new make-up bag - I'll definitely be enjoying using it!
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However, being single, is the new power endower. You have the power to politely accept or decline future investments in terms of love, and yet, you still remain dignified, and keep all sanity at the same time, it's a win win situation.
Don't misunderstand me, being in a relationship is renewing, you find a whole new you that you didn't even know was within you, and you get to share your time with the love of your life whom compliments you, (and you them) beautifully and fittingly.
Being single was considered a terrible thing only a matter of years ago for women. Men have always had the gorgeous stereotyping of 'eligible bachelor' and all round available hunk who is free to do as he pleases, but us ladies on the other hand, gain stereotypes fit only for disposal, all you need do is Google 'single woman' to see the hideous and degrading synonyms attached with our illustrious, care free natures:
Old maid, hag, and spinster are a few.
Even when there are slightly less dehumanising terms, they're only the female equivalent of their male counterparts:
Why can't the modern, single woman of the Information Age be classed as simply:
Free, Elegant and Sophisticated?
Why must single women be forever doomed to wear a placard around their neck making out they're old, unattractive, unwanted and begrudging, when simply, we are young, we are wild, we are free to do, to be, and to choose what we want, and who we want. It isn't that the single women of the Information Age aren't inundated with date requests! Don't get me wrong, we are, frequently asked out, but some of us, are too busy, too detached, or simply just continuing to search for self completion, rather than the elitist idea of completion via another human being, be it of the same sex, or opposing sex, to feel validated?
Either way, we go about our lives, we do as we please, and we gain recognition in our own individual way.
Isn't that one of life's simple pleasures?
To simply live, and be free.
Perhaps this has left you pondering, maybe my next instalment can shed more light on the matter.