Fragrances: LUSH knows Love and Cocktails

Have I told y’all how much of a fragrance snob I’ve become? I haven’t worn anything other than all-natural roll-on’s and solid perfumes all year. There’s just something about traditional fragrances. I don’t really like them anymore. They make my allergies go nuts and I just prefer lighter close to natural scents. Hence why I love my LUSH Gorilla perfumes.

Remember when I reviewed that bad boy Karma? Uh yeahhhhh. I am still in love with that fragrance. But wait, there are some new kids on the block.

LUSH has added 13 new scents to the Gorilla Perfume line-up and I’ve got my hands on two of ‘em.

Say hello to Love and Cocktail.

Love: With a name like Love, you’ve got expect a scent to smell good. Because if it doesn’t, you’re all like, “Love stinks” and well, that….that just ain’t good. Kudos to LUSH for giving Love justice. Literally. This fresh apple and cinnamon spice fragrance can fancy girly girls, manly men and everyone in between. I absolutely love this scent but The Guy didn’t think it would suit him too well. But whatever. What does he know anyway? 8) Love’s main notes Lemon, lemongrass, bergamot, apple, cinnamon, cassia, jasmine, rose, ylang ylang

Cocktail: The Guy, however, DID like Cocktail. “Now this,” he said. “Is better.” Cocktail certainly has a bit of bite to it. It is unique in its own right and its creation is an homage to traditional French 1930s perfumeries. It is a little on the stronger side for me but somehow…I still like it. It’s a floral fragrance with notes of ylang ylang, cananga, jasmine, rose, orange blossom, oakmoss and sandalwood.

I can’t wait to get my hands on some more of these fragrances. I’ve got Superworld Unknown and 1000 Kisses on my radar. Solid perfumes are so what’s hot when on the go.

You can toss ‘em in your purse, carry-on and bookbag. The solid perfumes retail for $12.95 but if you are more of a spritz-y guy or gal, LUSH has them in various sizes to suit your needs. But you can only snag ‘em  online here.

Beauty Review: YSL Parisienne perfume

Even as a little girl, I wanted to smell like like a grown woman.

I know…ain’t that somethin’? I was like 7 years old and would sneak in my Mom’s bathroom to spritz a little eau de parfum on my neck. YSL Parisienne reminds me of one of those fragrances that I would have used back in the day. Only now I’m twenty fo’ and I’m at the right perfume wearin’ age.

Introducing YSL’s Parisienne…


Parisienne is a floral fragrance that has hints of sandalwood and blackberry. I like it. I’m not sure how popular it would be among many chicas my age but it is definitely something that I can spritz on when I’m headed to church or to some luncheon. It makes me feel grown up.

Has anyone tried it? Love it? Hate it?

…and I know, fragrances don’t seem to last all that long on me either. I usually have to dab grapeseed oil my neck and wrists before spritzing. I find that it helps the scent last longer.

You can grab this fragrance from Sephora and Sephora.com. Find out more about it here.

Beauty Review: Harajuku Lovers Baby perfume

Hi my darlings!

I REALLY enjoyed Labor Day. It is amazing what an extra day in a weekend can do. I feel super renewed and ready to tackle the week! Woo-saahhh!!

Lately I have been playing around with fragrances. In the next few weeks, you will see a good 2-3 perfume reviews. What can I say? A sista likes to smell good, yo.

Check out what greeted me when I took a stroll to Ulta one fine weekend…..

Awww, how darling. Yes….I am a girly girl. I grew up with baby dolls and Barbies and pretty little trinkets. The packaging is right up my alley. Harajuku Lovers Baby looks like a pretty paper weight from far away, right? Nooooot…


What Ulta.com says about Harajuku Lovers,
“Harajuku Lovers Baby by Gwen Stefani is a powdery musk combined with freesia, bergamot, rose, jasmine, musk, heliotrope, vanilla and violet. Adorable, collectable figurine bottle tops represent Gwen and her backup singers.”

This is a different kind of scent for me but I love it. I am usually drawn to slightly muskier smells but Baby is sweet and I find it perfect for before bed.

Yes, I wear perfume to bed. Don’t laugh at me.

.3 oz for $30 isn’t that much of a stretch for me considering I never hit the bottom of my fragrances. Aaaand…at the time, Ulta had an amazing “Spend $30 on any fragrance and get a travel bag for free” deal. Y’all know me….always catchin’ some deal. Loves it!

I have a new fragrance and my Hello Kitty Easter egg has a new playmate.


And all is well with the world.

Have you tried any of the Harajuku Lovers fragrances?

What about Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B.? I totally love that one!

A Sweet Weekend Giveaway: M by Mariah Carey

Oh my darlings,

Please excuse my lack of posts yesterday. FOTD Friday will resume next week. I promise, I promise. Since I know you all are just devastated having not seen my face yesterday (hahaaa) I have a smashing giveaway for you.

I have a new type of fragrance to add to my perfume reviews.

I’ve reviewed J.Lo’s Deseo and Carol’s Daughter Pearl. I am still heavily rockin‘ both and I am glad to have Mariah Carey’s M to add to the collection.


How sweeeeet is this? M by Mariah Carey has toasted marshmallow notes which makes for an interesting yet pleasant scent. Topped with a darling mariposa (butterfly en Espanol) the scent is quite flirtacious and girly. I have been a Mariah Carey fan for as long as I can remember. Her Music Box album was my very first album. I even supported my girl in the movie Glitter, which the dork in me, actually liked. And I should also mentioned that M can help you watch your figure.

Don’t give me that look.

Say you are craving the mess out of some toasted marshmallows, or a funnel cake or a CinnaBon….spritz this on my neck and wrists and it will satisfy all of those cravings—at least temporarily. Don’t laugh! This is true, my darlings.

TWO lucky Clumps readers will get a chance to snag M by Mariah Carey. Check out the details below and answer this question:

What is your favorite dessert?

Details:
-Readers everywhere are eligible! International? That means you. :)
-Provide your answer and email address in THIS comment section only. My sister will choose the winners. Do NOT email me this time around.
-Have you won a contest/giveaway at Clumps in the past 6 months? Keep it movin‘, sister…give someone else a chance.
-No submissions will be accepted after Sunday, July 12, 2009 at 2:00 p.m. EST. Winner will be selected at random..

That’s right…this is the a quick weekend giveaway. You don’t have much time. Winners will be announced on Monday, July 13, 2009.

Good luck!!!