Posts Tagged ‘Givenchy’
Bottled bargains? M&S take high-end perfumes as ‘inspiration’
Thursday, March 10th, 2011

Creating budget alternatives to high-end perfumes is no new idea. We’ve all seen those market stalls flogging DKMY, Channel No.5, OKOne or whatever else for £6 a bottle, and we all know the liquid inside is more likely to smell like loo cleaner than the perfume it’s been ‘inspired’ by.

But who knew that good old M&S was getting in on the act too? This time, it’s not so much about the scent itself, but the packaging. Someone in product design is clearly having a field day ‘designing’ these bottles…

Cheeky, isn’t it? None of the bottles are identical, so they’re not really doing anything wrong, but no perfume fan could miss the obvious inspirations – just look at those butterflies, tacked on in the exact same way as Marc Jacobs’ daisies!

Scent-wise, there’d have to be a sniff-test to compare properly, but I don’t think these are direct homages in that area. Take Marks and Spencer’s ‘Simply Divine‘. It’s described thus: “elegant fusion of tuberose and jasmine top notes are combined with sweet plum and mandarin and given a warm depth with amber and musk.” Very Hollywood Michael Kors, its big sis, meanwhile “makes its debut with shimmering jewels of mandarin and iced bergamot. Scene-stealing gardenia follows suit with a decadent performance of award-worthy glamour.” So they share the mandarin, but little else.

Have you tried any of the M&S fragrances and found them to be similar to their inspirations? Let us know!

New Year Honours List Nominees: Skincare Products
Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

Today we want to know what your skincare faves are from a list of new products from the last 12 months recommended by our beauty blogging experts. Take the poll and show your love for some of the best in the biz! Here’s the shortlist…

No 7 Protect and Perfect Intense Day Creama new addition to the beloved range
Soap and Glory Bright Here, Bright NowPrettily packaged miracle brightening cream
BIOEffect EGF SerumIcelandic skin serum with Epidermal Growth Factor
Givenchy Clean to Sublime Cleanserinnovative cleasing in serum form
L’Oreal Youth Code Moisturiseraffordable but effective anti-ageing skincare

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With thanks to everyone who helped us with the shortlist: Kiss and Makeup, Lipglossiping, Almost Zara, Beauty Swot, Beauty Bottled, The Beauty Quest, Oxford Jasmine, Fur Coat, No Knickers & HJI, DINKY London, OSOblog and Catwalk Queen.

And don’t forget you can still cast your votes for all the other nominees too!

Mascara Innovations
Sunday, September 7th, 2008

by Sarah-Jane

Hello ladies,
It’s not often that I get to write exciting things about mascaras. I mean how much can you write, apart from the fact that they come in various colours and the brushes look slightly different even though they pretty much all do the same thing? But that was then, and this is now.

Now, thanks to Lancome and Givenchy I have new and exciting things to say about mascara, so here I go. Givenchy’s new mascara, Phenomen Eyes may resemble a cactus but it does wonderful things to your lashes. Instead of applying it in the conventional way, with the wand coming across your face horizontally, hold the brush towards your eye, as if you’re going to poke your eye. It allows the brush to get to the very root of your lashes and automatically lifts them up. And as for Lancome, they have created the first vibrating mascara, Oscillation. Why does your mascara need to vibrate I hear you ask? Well according to Lancome, Oscillation coats every individual lash 360 degrees round, all I can tell you is that it works and your lashes will look amazing.

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