Fragrance Map of Britain, Life Sweeter Up North

Fragrance Map of Britain, Life Sweeter Up North

The North/South divide is proving alive and well in beauty halls across the country with the most floral, feminine fragrances a sell out success thanks to northern women. South of Watford Gap however, women are snapping up musky, woody and even male scents, according to findings released by one of the UK largest perfume retailers, Debenhams.

Northern and Scottish ladies are drawn to glamorous fragrances with a sweet, edible ‘gourmand edge. They choose the most ‘girly of fragrances with the current bestseller in the region, Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb.

Southerners opt for more masculine fragrances with an edge, such as Clinique Aromatics Elixir. Men fragrances are also popular with Southern girls who wear them on a night out for a more distinctive, dramatic scent.

Women in the Midlands and Wales are the most traditional, opting for the enduring classic perfumes such as Chanel No. 5 and Chanel Coco Mademoiselle.

Irish women are plumping for fresh, light fragrances, even through the winter months, choosing Calvin Klein Euphoria and Marc Jacobs Daisy.

Research from the retailer also showed that:

  • Northern women are very loyal to perfume brands and invest in big bottles that last months
  • Southern women are much more likely to buy several small bottles of fragrance that they interchange on a regular basis
  • Northern women spritz the most, topping up their perfume in the morning, lunchtime and often twice in the evening
  • Southern women are more likely to go fragrance free during the day, keeping a bottle in their handbags or office draw ready for a night out
  • Northern women wouldn t even consider borrowing their man scent, less than 5 per cent have done so
  • Southern women are frequent offenders and borrow their partner aftershave on average once a fortnight

Ruth Attridge, spokesperson for Debenhams says, “We see the same trends in fragrance as we do in fashion. Just as Northern women snap up our party dresses and highest heels, they also love the most feminine sweet scents.

“In the South however, it distinctive, often masculine fragrances that are teamed with a more edgy style.

√¢‚Ǩ≈ìAs perfume buying reaches its peak in the run-up to Christmas, we have altered our stock patterns to make sure that whether you are after a fruity fragrance in Folkestone or a woody whiff in Wigan, there is a scent to suit under the tree√¢‚Ǩ ù.

Debenhams sales figures also reveal that in contrast, there is hardly any regional variance in terms of male fragrance. 1 Million, Bleu de Chanel and Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male are the consistent bestsellers throughout Britain.

Attridge adds, √¢‚Ǩ≈ìAs long as they smell good, British men are quite happy to buy a brand they recognise and like without worrying about the messages their scent portrays√¢‚Ǩ ù.

REGION TOP FIVE FEMALE FRAGRANCES TOP FIVE MALE FRAGRANCES
North & Scotland
  1. Chanel Chance
  2. Gucci Guilty
  3. Paco Rabanne Lady Million
  4. Chanel No. 5
  5. Givenchy Play for Her
  1. Paco Rabanne 1 Million
  2. Bleu de Chanel
  3. Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male
  4. Boss Bottled Night
  5. Dolce & Gabanna The One
South
  1. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle
  2. Clinique Aromatics
  3. Dior Miss Dior
  4. Chanel Coco
  5. Calvin Klein Obsession
  1. Paco Rabanne 1 Million
  2. Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male
  3. Bleu de Chanel
  4. Dolce & Gabanna The One
  5. Boss Bottled
Midlands & Wales
  1. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle
  2. Chanel No. 5
  3. Estee Lauder Beautiful
  4. Dior J Adore
  5. Calvin Klein Eternity
  1. Paco Rabanne 1 Million
  2. Bleu de Chanel
  3. Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male
  4. Dolce & Gabanna The One
  5. Diesel Only The Brave
ROI
  1. Marc Jacobs Daisy
  2. Calvin Klein Euphoria
  3. Marc Jacobs Lola
  4. Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio
  5. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle
  1. Paco Rabanne 1 Million
  2. Armani Black Code
  3. Dolce & Gabanna The One
  4. Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male
  5. Boss Bottled
Northern Ireland
  1. Marc Jacobs Daisy
  2. Calvin Klein Euphoria
  3. Marc Jacobs Lola
  4. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle
  5. Giorgio Armani Acqua Di Gio
  1. Paco Rabanne 1 Million
  2. Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male
  3. Bleu de Chanel
  4. Armani Black Code
  5. Dolce & Gabanna The One

Debenhams predicted Christmas fragrance bestsellers:

  1. Chanel Coco Mademoiselle
  2. Chanel No. 5
  3. Gucci Guilty
  4. Marc Jacobs Daisy
  5. Estee Lauder Beautiful
  6. Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb
  7. Paco Rabanne Lady Million
  8. Dior J Adore
  9. Clinique Aromatics
  10. Thierry Mugler Angel

Do you live in the North or the South? Let me know if your perfume is on the list and where you fit in with the stats by leaving a comment. Did you get any of the predicted Top Ten for Christmas?

Prestige Lipstick in Romantic Red

For the first time I handed over the reigns of this post to a tweetmate Viv Smith. I got this lipstick and thought ooh red, one of the hot colours for this season. But it really wasn’t my shade at all. I know that Viv loves lipstick so I enlisted her help on this one. Here’s her review:

Prestige Lipstick in Romantic Red

I was a little horrified when I received the lipstick I was to review. Red is not a colour I wear or feel I carry off particularly well, but I had agreed to review it, so in the name of science I braved the red.

As a busy mum of two, I have little time to keep topping up my lippy. Usually I apply lipstick before I leave the house and then never get chance to check it as the day goes on, let alone reapply! However, on test day I did ensure I had a mirror and did sneak a peak several times during the day.

When drinking, I did leave lipstick marks on the cup/glass, but I’m pleased to report that my lips still had a good coverage of colour. Maybe not as deep as when freshly applied, but a good amount of colour (in fact I liked the colour as it softened with wear/transfer). A cup of tea, teeth brushing and a coffee and it was still evident that I was wearing ‘Romantic red’ lipstick.

The lipstick didn’t hold up so well to eating and after my sandwich and a blueberry muffin (about half a muffin as my little boy took a shine to it!), I did need to reapply. But, the reapplication was nearly 4 hours since I’d first coated my lips, which I think is fair.

To my surprise the colour actually grew on me and I’m thinking it’d be a lovely shade for a party or with some bright summery outfits – planning ahead! The lipstick stayed put well, but I do prefer a more moisturising feel and would in future add a dab of clear gloss or Vaseline to the lipstick, which would no doubt lessen the sticking power of this lipstick.

I think it looks gorgeous on Viv, much better shade for her than me!

Prestige Colour Treat Lipsticks are available from Boots Stores Nationwide and Gordon in Northern Ireland RRP £6.49

Get ‘The Look’ This Christmas With New Cid Cosmetics

Get ‘The Look’ This Christmas With New Cid Cosmetics

Its nearly Christmas and I’m sure most of you will have been partying till the early hours already. I tried this make up out on my daughter just by adding a small amount to what she already had on. It gave me the idea that you could take your make up from day to night with these 2 products. I love that they are compact and can fit into any handbag. So you can go from office to Christmas party in 10 minutes! Hayley was a willing model for the 10 minutes it took me to apply the make up! The trend this year is still towards the smokey eye look with nude lips.

The colours in this compact are great for a smokey eyed look. Use the darkest shade in the socket line for depth and the lightest colour on the brow bone to highlight it.

i-shadow Aspen £18.00

The finished look

If you really can’t be bothered with the eye-shadow. Then this pencil is great for quick touch ups too. I love the flat tip of this pencil, which makes application really simple. Even those with unsteady hands can use it. The other end of the pencil has a sponge with cream to give you a smudgey smokey look if you want that look.

i smoulder in Charcoal £18.00

The finished look

Two different looks and very simple

New Cid is available for House of Fraser, Debenhams and www.newcidcosmetics.co.uk

Be Drop Dead Gorgeous this Christmas

Christmas is nearly here so make sure you re ready to party by following a few simple tips. The basis of true glamour is a flawless skin so if you ve been working in a hot office all day it important to drink lots of water to re-hydrate your skin. Then, with the right foundation for your skin tone, you can achieve a soft, dewy complexion which can be contrasted with dramatic, vibrant eyes.
This season eye colours are gold, brown, plum, dark or vibrant blue and green. To simmer with a sexy, smoky eyed look, apply a neutral shade of eyeshadow on the brow bone, a mid colour shade over the rest of the eyelid and a darker shade to create depth in the socket line. Blend in and carry this under the lower lashes with a finer brush and apply eyeliner above and below the lashes.

To shimmer create some sparkle by adding a touch of glitter to your eyes, but if you re wearing a sparkly dress then you need to keep glittery make-up to a minimum. Experiment with glitter eyeliner over your usual eyeliner or try some glittery eye shadow, but if your eyes are too sensitive for this add some shimmer with a sparkly body cream.

False eyelashes give eyes a really striking party look and adding a few individual lashes to the outer corners of the eyes really open them up. Choose lashes that are slightly longer than your own lashes so that they look realistic. If you re going for the full effect then strip lashes can be found in different lengths, colours and designs.

Vampish red, dark burgundy or plum lipsticks are really in this festive season. Make sure they shine by applying a clear gloss over the top and use a matching lip liner to stop the lipstick bleeding. Put a little powder blusher on your cheekbones and some blotting sheets and concealer in your bag so, however much you partake of the Christmas spirit, you ll still look drop dead gorgeous and have a great night out.

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Don’t be a Hairy Christmas Fairy!

Last night I decided that I would give my eyebrows a home wax with some strips from Parissa. While I was at it I thought I’d get my upper lip done as well. That’s not saying I have a moustache but there is a shadow there sometimes and I prefer the smooth faced look. Below is a picture of everything that’s included in the kit.

These strips are fool proof. The packet contains an instruction sheet with step by step photos as well as text. I would use them on small areas but they could be a bit tricky for larger areas. You have to really warm them up between your hands and use the strip quickly before the wax gets cold. I used one strip for my eyebrows and one strip for my upper lip. They are double sided so are very economical.

This is a great product for quick touch ups in between salon treatments. Eyebrows frame your face so make sure your’s look great with the Christmas Party season coming up!

Here’s the result. I’m really pleased with it! All the little hairs gone.

The thing I like most about this brand is that they are an ethical brand and all the products are natural.

All Parissa ingredients are food grade ingredients that are sourced and produced in North America and the EU. Both markets are under strict regulatory regimes for food ingredients. Parissa refrain from using GMO’s, synthetic or chemical preservatives or parabens in their formulations. In fact, the products are so natural you could eat them! (although this is not recommended, they are not the most delectable of treats!)

Parissa Æ products are available at Sainsbury , Superdrug & Boots


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