Dior Forever Undercover 24H Full Coverage Weightless Foundation………A New Skin!!

•January 28, 2018 • 4 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Recently, i finished my favourite matte foundation in the world; Chanel Perfection Lumiere Velvet. I love it and i will re-purchase.

I like to try out new foundations because technology moves quickly and foundations are forever becoming more skin-like each year.

Dior have just released their 24 hour wear full coverage foundation. Water based with high pigment.

Now, when i think of full coverage foundation, i conjure up the 1980’s with the heavy, cakey foundation that you can feel smothering the life out of your skin.

Not this one!

The Foundation.

It is weightless while being full coverage. Dior describe it as an ultra-fluid foundation that has correcting pigments which last 24 hours while only leaving the thinest of films on the face.

Apparently, the shades are a bit different to your usual ones because of the water/pigment mix. I found the 020, still works for me though. It provides a semi-matte finish.

There is 40ml of product for only £1.00 more than the Star foundation, (a great luminous matte foundation) and it comes in a plastic bottle, ideal for travelling with.

What I Like About It.

I have been wearing it now for almost two weeks and i really like it a lot.

It does cover blemishes and redness quite easily. In fact, my concealer is fast becoming redundant.

After 4 hours, my t-zone still becomes shiny but thats easy to correct with powder. It did wear off slightly around the base of my nose; however, i do rub my nose a lot out of habit so, that can only be expected.

It dries down quite matte on my skin. If i use a serum, this gives better results on the finish.

I have combination/normal skin with a slightly oily t-zone.

It never settled into any lines or clinged anywhere. Most importantly for me, it doesn’t look like i’m wearing a heavy foundation, while remaining flawless looking.

I used the Dior foundation brush to apply it and found that it blended out quite easily. It is important to shake it well before you use it to give an even finish.

What I Don’t Like About It.

To be honest, i struggled to find any real negatives. I suppose the only thing i could think was, i probably would only wear this foundation in the Autumn/Winter and not in the Summer. Reason being, i hate full coverage foundations in the heat and i get a oily t- zone very quickly in the Summer.

The plastic bottle isn’t quite as luxurious as previous glass bottles by Dior but that’s never going to affect the performance of the foundation.

The Freebie.

I got given this because i bought a foundation. Its contains 3 eyeshadows, one lip baume and one lip gloss and the quality is as good as any of these full sized products. Beats the skin care samples you usually get. I got the new serums as well.

Final Thoughts.

I have only tried one other new foundation last year, and that is Guerlain Lingerie De Peau Aqua, which i quite like.

The Undercover foundation does tick many boxes. I love Dior foundations in general; however, Dior Star is my all time favourite, still. I think Undercover is a great one if you have problem skin or want a really flawless look.

It gives a great finish without the heaviness of a full coverage foundation and it looks skin-like too.

40ml of product is great value and as far as i know, Dior is the only high end brand offering this much product.

Technology has really moved on since the heavy, cakey full coverage, unnatural finish foundations of the 1980’s and even the 1990’s. The words full coverage, are no longer scary and yes, you can have flawless skin that still breaths.


Dior Lip Glow Squad 2018 Haul………………Dewy and Holographic Lip Balms.

•January 21, 2018 • 2 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Dior have just released a collection of lip glow lip balms for Spring 2018, along with a gorgeous duo chrome holographic highlighter, Holo Gold. (Dior do highlighters so well).

I’ve had three of the balms for over a week now. In fact, i’ve had 006 berry for some months because they released this shade in a previous collection.

The lip glow squad consists of various shades of lip balms from pink, reds to purples and they come in various finishes, ranging from dewy, matte and holographic.

I bought the dewy 007 Raspberry, re-newed the 006 Berry and purchased 010 Holo Pink, (Holographic).

The Lip Glow Lip Balm.

Comes packaged in the gorgeous Dior Lipstick case, only this one is a transparent pink to symbolize the lip balm itself.

There is a healthy 3.5gm of product; however, it does wear down a little quicker than a lipstick so, thats probably a good thing. The dewy balms are £25.00 and the Holo/Mattes are £26.oo.

The balm itself reacts with the pH level in your own lips so will create a slightly different colour on everybones lips. They are enriched with wild mango butter and luffa cylindrica to give continuous hydration for up to 24 hours and can be worn as a base to lipsticks or by themselves.

They wear off naturally and can be worn with lip liner. Have an SPF of 10.

The colours and textures available are;

001 Pink (original); 004 Coral; 005 Lilac; 006 Berry; 007 Raspberry; 008 Ultra-Pink; 009 Holo Purple, (Holographic); 010 Holo Pink, (Holographic); 101 Matte Pink; 102 Matte Raspberry.

Lip Glow Dewy Lip Balm, 007 Raspberry. (Limited Edition)

Raspberry is a gorgeous reddish pink. Glides on like a balm without being sticky. In fact, these balms are not sticky or heavy either. They give a gorgeous slip and add shimmer to the lips, while also giving a slight plumped look as well. I get a transparent reddish pink to my lips with this shade and sadly, this one is limited edition.

This one will be ideal for Spring/Summer months to replace the Berry shade i have been wearing during winter.

Lip Glow Dewy Lip Balm 006 Berry.

I re-purchased this one because i loved the first one i bought. Balms very rarely impart any real colour to the lips however, this one gives a gorgeous mauvish deep pink shade to my lip. Ideal for Autumn/ Winter months and to give the lip a bit of life. Again, great dewy finish with a plumping effect.

Lip Glow Holographic Lip Balm, 010 Holo Pink.

This is the original pink shade that has undergone a transformation. It has a duo tone of shimmer going on that is quite beautiful. At my age, its all about making my lips look a bit younger. This does the trick.

The lipstick itself is pink and then turns slightly coral in other light with pink, silver and green micro shimmers. Really beautiful and very different. It is very similar to the highlighter that Dior has in this collection. That is pink and then turns gold in another light. I can’t wait to wear this in the warmer months when the sun hits off the shimmers. It gives a more frosty finish in ambient light.

Above left; without any product; right, with 007 Raspberry Lip Glow. 

My Favourite.

Berry is my favourite because it gives the most amount of colour to my lips in one swipe however, Holo Pink gives a lovely sparkly finish that i can use on its own or on top of another lipstick.

Final Verdict.

Dior lip glow lip balms don’t come cheap but the one thing i love about them above some other balms out there is; they come in a lipstick form and not in a pot you constantly have to dip your fingers into.

I love the various shades and finishes. I was not enamoured with the matte one i tried because, i just didn’t get the matte thing within a balm and it looked a lot like a patchy, dry lipstick on my lips. Not one i would buy.

They don’t sit heavy or sticky on the lips and feel quite comfortable. They will wear off when eating food or drinking hot drinks. That is to be expected with any lip product though.

Yes, i will buy again and i have done. Reason being is i can wear them in work and they can be applied without using a mirror; if they go over the lip line, they won’t look stupid and who can go wrong with a lip balm in the cooler months! They actually do stop my lips drying out and cracking and look great at the same time.

Dior Capture Totale Youth Serum.

When i bought the lip balms, i was given two of the new Youth Serums in Glow Booster and Plump filler. Normally, i’m not really bothered about the skin care because the sample sizes are not enough to reveal a noticeable difference in the skin. WRONG! The glow booster really does give the skin a subtle glow and works wonders under the new Dior Undercover Foundation, giving a healthy, not-so-matte finish.

The plumping one really did smooth my skin out. I even put some around my eyes. It will never fill in deep lines; however, it did diminish them and sorted out all the fine ones. Brilliant! This is next on my hit list.

Which lip balm is your favourite? Take care and i will see you all soon. 😉

MB’s Beauty Awards for 2017…………………The Winners and The Shocker!

•January 7, 2018 • 10 Comments

Hi Everyone,

I can’t believe its that time again. Working out which beauty products have hit the mark for me the whole year, is always a bit tricky. I try out so many things but i have finally narrowed them down.

I have done this post in 2015 and 2014 but didn’t do one last year!!!! I think my favourites were not that different from the previous year and that’s why i didn’t bother.

Lets Begin.


Guerlain Multi- Perfection Hydrating, Blurring Concealer.

This concealer is beautifully creamy and covers darkness really well while also brightening. It doesn’t settle into any lines and doesn’t drag the skin when you apply it.

Most heavy coverage concealers are usually quite drying but this doesn’t at all. I do set it down with a touch of ultra fine powder. Simply gorgeous and one of Guerlain’s finest products. A great product for more maturing skin like mine.


NARS Blush, Blissful.

What a difficult one. I love so many make up products; it’s ridiculous. I do however, adore NARS blushers and this one is a lovely deep rich burgundy red with a hint of blue undertone. Highly pigmented, never goes patchy, or fades and doesn’t oxidize either. Excellent for a mid price point and that’s why it gets this award.


Chanel Ombre Première Long Wear Cream Eyeshadow, 802 Undertone.

Fantastic for highlighting, using as a base product or as a primer for other colours. Chanel really upped the stakes with these new Ombre Premiere eyeshadows. (I have bought two more since their release.)

They are beautifully creamy, easy to apply and blend. Non-glittery and leaves a subtle amd classy natural look to the eye. They dry down and never crease. A super effective eyeshadow for multi use and travelling with.


Peter Thomas Roth.

I first heard about him through Pixiwoo sisters and I’m loving the hyaluronic cloud moisturizer.

It’s super light and works a treat on winter dry skin and non-greasy. Very impressive! I hate greasy, heavy moisturizers. There is no scent to it either. I am also playing with a selection of face masks from PTR to.

I hope it becomes mainstream in the UK soon. It is available to order on line. I bought mine in Sephora while on holiday.


Lancôme Monsieur Big Mascara.

Where Dior disappoints, (see below) Lancôme has come up trumps. They have come up with a mascara that not only delivers massive lashes, it gives massive volume for a very reasonable price.

Not that cost is an issue for me when it comes to beauty products that actually deliver, but this is fantastic for £21. Has a whopping 10ml of product and the wand is great for giving long fanned out lashes.

It actually beats my all time favourite from Lancôme; Definicils mascara! Which is very good to.

My only slight gripe with it is, the flat top end of the wand doesn’t give great lower lashes. Still, its a complete winner and it doesn’t smudge either.


Chanel Rouge Allure Velvet, Night Fall.

OH MY! OH MY! Talk about a statement lip.

Chanel make the best lipsticks ever! You know its true. The Rouge Allure is the cream of the Chanel crop in texture, pigment and longevity. The Rouge Allure Velvet is how a matte lipstick should feel on the lip and Chanel created the first ‘comfortable feel’ matte lipstick long before the mainstream brands.

Velvets do not look drying or flat like some mattes do either.

Nightfall from the Fall 2017 collection, just delivers a punch with a deep, vampish rich red that will suit anyone. It has a cool tone that keeps my teeth looking white, even though they’re not. I just love it. I always get great comments when i wear it too. Sadly, it is LE and still available, i believe. So get it quick!


Chanel CC Cream. SPF 50 PA++++

Chanel knock it out of the park with this CC cream. I used it everyday while i was in the US on holiday and i never got even the tiniest bit of colour on my face. Fantastic protection!

A lovely creamy, mid to high coverage cream and covers blemishes a treat. It can be set down with a good quality setting powder without looking cakey. The B30 gives me a nice colour without looking orangey; especially in the summer when i have a touch more colour.

The PA++++ offers the highest protection from the worst type of sun rays.

It is expensive for a reason. Probably the best foundation type product you will ever use. Or; at least, i have used.


Chanel ‘Les Exclusifs’ No 22. Eau de Parfum.

I first tried this at Caesars Palace Forum, Las Vegas. (There are no boutique stores where i live). I was lucky enough to get two samples of it from the lovely assistant.

Santa sent me a bottle for Christmas. It is part of the Les exclusifs range that offers a stunning collection of fragrances not available on the high street.  No 22 being my favourite!

It is very similar to no 5 in that it is rich in Aldehydes but it really packs a punch and isn’t as sweet. One spray lasted the whole day on my skin whereas, N05 EDP will last 3-4 hours.


Kérastase Aura Botanica Moisturizing Oil Mist.

This really should be under the best new release for 2017 but as its a hair care product i adore, i will put it in this category instead.

A beautiful and very light weight oil mist for hair.

I have extremely fine hair so, the very words hair oil, sends me running a mile. I conjure up greasy, lank hair. No thanks!! I had nothing to worry about with this product!

I ordered this because there was quite a good discount on it and i have very dry/split hair ends.

It is lovely. Used sparingly, its gives my hair lovely soft ends. (I have heat treated, dyed hair). I have only used it on towel dryed hair so far but it can also be used on blow-dryed hair to. Ideal for the hair ends and not the roots unless you have very coarse/thick hair, i would say. This bottle is going to last a long time.

I plan to get the whole range at some point and will keep you posted.


Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Eye Concentrate Matrix.

I always award this category to EL every year for their ANR. This time i am giving it to the new release eye matrix.

I really love this formula. I do like the other ANR Eye Serum to; however, this one has a wand which isn’t the best i have ever used but, It’s still better than putting my finger in the pot.

It soothes, reduces fine lines and actually moisturisers the area.

I always say, you can tell a great skin care product when you run out of it because, I notice the difference within a couple of weeks if i’m not using it. This applies to ANR every time.


Nivea Dual Phase Eye Makeup Remover.

Effective, cheap, great for sensitive skin and works a treat. I used to use the expensive ones but tbh, i couldn’t really see a difference.


Nuxe Prodigieux Precious Scented Shower Oil with golden shimmer.

I love the body and hair oil already. It has a lovely, very natural botanical fragrance. I can’t say i notice the golden shimmer unless it’s super fine.

The shower oil is no exception. It is a fragranced gel/oil that lathers up fairly well and leaves the skin with a mild fragrance and very moisturized.

Other than my high end body products that match my perfumes, this is my next all time favourite without a high end price.


Laura Mercier Fan Brush.

Still the best makeup brush i own. It is a mix of goat hair and synthetic fibres that give a very effective brush for highlighting and removing excess powders. Super soft and gentle. Its like a feather on the skin.

Washed many times, its never lost its shape or lost a single hair either. Worth every penny.


Diorshow Pump N’ Volume Mascara.

Seriously disappointing. Dior released it to replace my all time favourite mascara, Dior Extase. A poor substitute with 4gms less product and more expensive.

Don’t get me wrong, it made my lashes look great; false lash effect, full and spider-like but it started to dry out after just 5 weeks of use. The pump thing is too gimmicky and pointless. I will not be re-purchasing.

There you have my top picks for 2017. Which were yours?

Have a great 2018 and i hope to see you all then. 😉


2017…………. Taking That Leap and Living The Dream!

•January 2, 2018 • 8 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Just thought i would do a post reflecting on my year in 2017. I haven’t done as many beauty posts this year for various reasons and also; i am going to talk about other things to.

What beauty products did i buy?

The following photos above and below, are of my most favoured purchases during my holiday and in 2017. I thought i had bought mostly skincare, not more makeup.

My Dream Holiday.

It took a lot of saving up for and i had to curb the spending on beauty items along with that. Hence, less posts this year and probably 2018 too.

Anyway, i did the West Coast of the USA. A dream holiday for the past 20 years. It was a present to myself for my 50th Birthday. A real’ bucket list’ holiday of a lifetime.

Loved it and check out the photos. Highlights were; San Francisco, Santa Monica, Grand and Bryce Canyon, San Diego and Monument Valley.

I also went up to the Lake District earlier in March; Keswick, for a long weekend. It’s a lovely spot in the Lake District and very ‘chocolate box’ picturesque with the snow on the mountains and i did enjoy it.

My Career and Taking A Leap into The Unknown.

I had been in a mind numbing job for the past four and a half years up to November 2017. (One of the main reasons why i started my blog so i could use my brain somewhere along the way)!

I was beginning to give up on ever having a meaningful career again. I wasn’t 25 anymore and offers had dried up a couple of years ago so, i had resigned myself to the fact; this was it!

It was a steady job with low income, which offered a very good pension. I could stay there until i retired if i wanted to. (Dying a slow monotonous death with it). I was stuck in a rut.

I went on my holiday and that changed everything. Here i was, travelling on my own. Not one of the girls i worked with would have dared, or so they told me. Why couldn’t i apply that same verve to looking for work?

This made me realize that i still had balls and it was time to start living again. I saw my 36 year old brother fight tooth and nail to hold on to his last breath, until Cancer got the better of him. Wasn’t i somehow, being disrespectful to him?!!!

I got straight back to updating and posting my CV as soon as i got home. The time felt very right. My intention was so much stronger than previous times.

It’s funny how as soon as you become passionate about doing something, the universe responds in a very positive way.

Within a month i got a response! It was a small family run firm making sauces for the food industry and retail. Not my dream job, i thought. I had had my fill of family run firms. Making their own rules up; and operating below the radar as far as the law on treating employess was concerned.

They were looking for a Food Product Technologist. I applied reluctantly and; got the job. Did i accept it and take a leap of faith? I did. I had this feeling i was going to regret it if i didn’t. Mmmm! Little did i know!!!

Anyway, that small family firm has just sold to a global company. It just goes to show. It’s what i had actually wanted all along. It just presented itself from left field. Who knew it was going to be an incredible opportunity?

Not only that, the staff i work with are all just great. They consist of all nationalities and different parts of the UK too. A super nice bunch. I feel very blessed.

What’s next.

I have no firm plans for 2018. It’s a, ‘go with the flow’ year. Obviously, things will change with this new firm so, one day at a time.

I am currently decorating the house and going to save up for a car for next year; maybe do some small trips in the UK along the way.

As my job is now food based, i cannot wear a lot of makeup anymore so, i will be buying only necessary items such as; foundation, mascara, lip balm products and skin care.

Any new things i buy which i haven’t reviewed will get reviewed and i still will wear plenty of makeup outside the work place.

My blog is running out of space! I knew this would happen eventually. They only give you a certain amount of free space and then you have to pay after that. That means at some point i will become a .com. I will need to let you all know because you tend to lose your followers in the transition. I noticed that with a few others that have taken the plunge. It either has to be that or i have to start another blog somewhere else, which i don’t want to do. Or, give it up altogether and i don’t want to do that either.

I want to keep up with my photography as well, when i get the opportunity. I also love knitting. I did the snood above, over my Christmas break because it was so cold. Its a good thing i don’t have kids really!

I hope you will all stick with me and that you will have a great 2018. It is nice to hear from you and i always love the comments.

Take care and i will see you along the way. 😉




Empties……….Chanel, Estee Lauder, Dior and More!

•November 19, 2017 • 4 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Empties time. Not so many this time but i hate keeping them because they look a mess. I don’t bother putting in some empties i have talked about too many times before either.

Lets get right to it then.

Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair Serum.

I buy this time and time again. A complete cult beauty product and the original hyaluronic acid serum.

Its a must in anyones collection and i’ve already started my new one. I always notice the difference in my skin if i don’t use it for a month. It is really that good and worth every penny. Lines just half their thickness and fine ones almost disappear. Skin is smooth and soft and free from irritation.

Estée Lauder Resilience Lift, Firming Sculpting Eye Cream.

A very nice eye cream. Not sure if i noticed a huge difference with this. I certainly didn’t notice any negative effects though. It didn’t dry out my eyes or cause any puffiness. This was a deluxe sample size and i will probably use up my others before i decide what to buy next.

Batiste Dry Shampoo (Travel Size).

I buy the full sizes all the time but when i was travelling to the USA, I decided to buy the mini size for travelling.

You get a full weeks use out of using it every day, which is great. I bought 3 on 3 for 2. I’m so glad i did because, it is so expensive in the States to buy. 10 Dollars for the medium size. No Kidding! Its only £4.00 for the large one here.

It is however, the best dry shampoo out there.

Diorshow Maximizer 3D Lash Primer.

I always buy this one and it is great. Not sure why they needed to add 3D to the title though.It hasn’t changed over the years in any way. It gives fab long, lashes that make a great base for the second coat of mascara itself.

It works well with all other mascara brands too. A must for girls who want super lashes like me. It lasts ages too.

Elizabeth Arden Ceramide Lift and Firm Eye Cream SPF15.

The SPF attracted me to this eyecream. You don’t often see it in eye creams and i now know why.

It is a really nice eye cream but you really have to be super careful how much you apply. Even the tiniest amount too much and your eyes will be sore; at least mine where. The SPF in the cream acts as a bit of an irritant on sensitive skin.

It’s one of those situations! Great eye protection from the sun but suffer the slight chapped feelings at the outer corners of my eye or; no protection from the sun, no irritation from most other eyecreams without SPF.

I am still debating.

Kérastase K Laque Couture Medium hold Hairspray.

I bought this in a sale because i am never going to pay full price for it. Saying that, it is an exceptionally great hairspray. Gives really great hold with the lightest almost whisper of a spray.

Brushes out instantly and no harsh crispy feeling hair. Nice, very mild fragrance. A great product. A re-purchase for sure, when its on offer of course!

Chanel ‘Les Exclusifs de Chanel’ No22 Eau de Parfum.

OH MY! What a fragrance. I managed to get a couple of samples of this when i was in ‘The Forum’ shopping Mall in Caesars Palace, Las Vegas.

I was buying other Chanel items and tried this out in the store. I was immediately in love. The SA was very kind enough to give me a couple of sample vails to take away.

A seriously powerful fragrance rich in Aldehydes. If you like N0 5, you will love this. It is rich and powerful, how a high end fragrance should be. (Pictured above is the second vial i had left).

I added it to my Santa wish list for Christmas. Fingers crossed.

There you have it. My empties from the past couple of months.

Take care and i will see you all soon 😉

Chanel Haul……………….Holiday Numero 2. In The Red!

•November 13, 2017 • 3 Comments

Hi Everyone,

Well, i haven’t really got into the Chanel Holiday Collections for the past two years. Just not the colours for me and the collection lacks that special holiday feeling that was present in previous holiday collections.

Anyway, the one thing that I really like from this years Libre Numero Rouges holiday collection are; the Rouge Allure lipsticks.

All lipsticks in the collection are numbered 1-4 and number 2 is my favourite.

Number one has a very pink base. Number 3 is a blue-based true red and; number 4 has an orange undertone, which i don’t wear well.

Rouge Allure Velvet Luminous Matte Lip Colour No 2.

I really like this one because it is a cool toned raspberry red with a slight blue/purple undertone that shows in low light. It is a more wearable colour for people who have slightly yellow teeth, like myself.

Red is such a hard colour to wear anyway. Why make it harder than it needs to be?

The Rouge Allure lipstick is the best formula from Chanel. Saturated with colour and staying power and comes in beautiful click top packaging. They don’t cost a ridiculous price and are smooth and creamy. The matte is no exception. Chanel brought out the ‘comfortable matte’ lipstick a number of years ago and all the rest have followed suit.

Luminous and non-drying, they make even older lips like mine look great.

I also love this LE red packaging for the holiday season. Once the lipstick has finished, you can transfer the red top to any other Rouge Allure lipsticks you own. This is a real winner for me in the collection.

What i love especially about Chanel lipsticks is, they never transfer onto my teeth whereas; other high end brands do.

(Below are some comparisons with other red lipsticks i own. No 2 is very similar to Audacieuse and Romantic. Both are also Rouge Allure lipsticks).

Ombre Première Longwear Cream Eyeshadow. 806 Terre Brûlée.

The next thing i bought was; this wonderful Ombre Première eyeshadow.

Terre Brûlée is a highly pigmented warm copper shade which makes blue eyes pop. I do own other shades of copper from other brands but they are all different in tone.

I had been wanting this one for quite some time because i own Undertone, (Ombre Première) and; Rouge Brûlée, (new Illusion D’Ombre); other colours in this range and i love them so much.

(Above; Comparisons with some other copper eyeshadows i own. Tigre has pink sparkles and a pink undertone to it. Copperfield is a cooler tone and both shades from the quads are browner in tone. Météore is high in glitter and far less pigmented). 

These eyeshadows are nothing like the original Illusion D’Ombre eyeshadows, (although i like them too). They are more of a cream eyeshadow that do not dry and are without the glitter. They are very well pigmented and do not crease in the eye socket at all. Very multi-faceted in colour and just blend out beautifully and i’m so happy i bought this one.

(Below left; Fluffy wants some expensive lunch and right; just a typical Sunday in my back garden, taking photo’s of my arm. What must the neighbours think ?!!)

There you have it. My Chanel picks for the holiday season. Not much money spent there compared with other years.

Take care and i will see you all soon. 😉

Chanel Gabrielle Eau de Parfum……………..Chanel Playing It Safe?!!

•October 29, 2017 • 4 Comments

Hi Everyone

Chanel perfumes are probably my all time favourite. Decadent and distinct with their complex formulations. There isn’t many i don’t like. I never walk past a Chanel counter without spraying one of the gorgeous fragrances on myself.

When i heard that Chanel were to release a brand new perfume for the first time in 15 years, i was excited. It was to be called Gabrielle after the great lady herself. It had to be a winner.


Before it was ever released in the UK, bottles of Gabrielle were given out at official press launches to various Youtubers and Bloggers for review. (I would have loved to attend them events). Reviews were very polarising.

Everyone who reviewed it agreed that the bottle is beautifully designed, simple and quite light in weight. Some loved the perfume, some hated it; some disappointed, underwhelmed and some said it is reminiscent of Une Fleur de Chanel, a perfume released by Chanel in the 1990’s. So, what do i think?

The Packaging.

I totally agree with most on the bottle design. I love the square angular bottle with four facets that represent the four main notes of tuberose, jasmine, ylang ylang and orange blossom. It is very elegant, as you would expect from Chanel.

The box is a beige/gold and is instantly recognisable as Chanel packaging. Simple and understated.

The Perfume.          

Top Notes.

Mandarin, Blackcurrant and Grapefruit. All of these hit my senses with blackcurrant being prominant on the first spray. I don’t like the opening of this fragrance so, i’m glad it quickly fades after 5-10 minutes.

Middle Notes.

Tuberose, Orange Blossom, Jasmine and Ylang Ylang. I get a mild hit of these notes and the ylang-ylang and orange blossom stay quite some time. Approx. 3 hours

Base Notes.

Sandalwood, Musk. The musk remains until the end along with the top note, grapefruit. The sandalwood is fairly weak.My Thoughts.

What i do like about this fragrance is, that it isn’t sweet like the awful Poisin Girl or Candy. It’s more crisp and citrusy with orange blossom and woody/musky undertones. A very pleasant and inoffensive fragrance.

I don’t agree with other reviewers who claim it smells like a cheap scent. No it doesn’t! it isn’t instantly recognisable as a Chanel fragrance; however, It does have an even balance of the four middle notes.

What i don’t like about it is, it hasn’t got the complex depth or headiness of an EDP. Like some reviewers; i have to agree that it is missing the Chanel DNA. In fairness, Chanel do not market it this way. They do play on the current trend of the ‘less is more’, perfume.

I would hazzard a guess at, the more we spray the more we pay being the current trend.Comparisons.

When i decided to review this perfume, i was stuck on what to write. I just couldn’t decide on what i thought of it.

What helped me decide was; i compared it with Chance, (my favourite Chanel perfume) on one arm and Gabrielle on the other. I wanted to see how long it would last on my skin, in comparison. I know it wasn’t a test done in a lab under scientific conditions, but it would approx. determine how it lasted and what fragrance was still present near the end.

It didn’t last as long as Chance, (5 hours) while Gabrielle lasted 3 hours.

I then compared it with Chanel No 5 L’Eau and this is were it won the longevity race.

L’Eau is another ‘modern’ Chanel fragrance which fades on me quite quickly; although, the top notes of Aldehydes last quite well.

Gabrielle ends with warm musky, woody orange notes and finally; in its last 30 minutes i get more grapefruit than anything else.

Final Verdict.

I do like it! No I don’t love it the way i adore Chance or Coco Noir; however, i enjoy wearing it.

It has equal amounts of crispy citrus and warm floral notes. Very natural and not sweet. Not girly, nor ageing. Quite a good balance.

Would i buy it again? Given the choice, i would consider another Chanel perfume over this one, if i had finished that first.

Chanel opted for a crowd pleaser that will target all age ranges (and why not? They are in business to make money) because, it is a very safe perfume that will never offend your co-workers.

Modern perfumes have come full circle, because perfume started out with very few notes until; ironically, Gabrielle Chanel came along.

I believe Olivier Polge, (Perfumer who created Gabrielle) misses the point when it comes to Gabrielle, herself.

She built a very powerful company from nothing, by taking risks. She also challenged perfumers of her time, by introducing the complex layers of ingredients that make up heady; unforgetable perfumes while, they were still on one and two flowery notes.

I always want a fragrance that is risky; plays with my heart and leaves me wondering what is yet to emerge, as it warms on my skin one layer after another.

Gabrielle herself, delivered this with one of the worlds best selling perfumes, No 5. Hence, the legend!

Now! What would she have thought of her namesake?

Gabrielle retails in the UK for £112/100ml. Have you tried it yet?

Take care and i will see you all soon. 😉