Just Charlie G

Angel is a polarising scent, people tend to either love it, or despise it, personally I have waxed lyrical about my love for Thierry Mugler’s Angel and its variants many times over the years and I am firmly in the love it camp. It is in fact the closest thing that I have to a signature scent, as even though I don’t wear it daily, I’ve not been without a bottle of one kind or other since about 1992. My relationship with Angel in fact pre-dates its UK launch, as I tramped from store to store asking blank-faced sales staff if they had it. None had even heard of it. Once it did land in the UK it met all my expectations and as I say, has been in my life ever since!

The newest offering from the Angel stable is the Angel Passion Star.

ANGEL Edition PassionActually the Passion Star is the original Angel Eau de Parfum in a new limited edition bottle, replacing the angelic blue with fiery, passionate red. I think it’s got “christmas present” written all over it, but also a great gift for collectors. The Angel bottles are always exquisite and highly collectable, this would be a must for any collection. It’s also refillable like many of the Angel bottles are.

Beautiful. I won’t review the scent here, but you can find my review of the Eau de Parfum, within my review of the Eau de Toilette version. I’m wearing Angel today and it is truly beautiful!

Angel Passion Star Launches on the 1st October 2015 and will be available from Mugler.co.uk

And you can find all my Angel related posts here.

Thierry Mugler Angel Aqua Chic

I know I know! More Angel. What can I say? I just love the stuff.

Much as I love Angel, and I really do (I’m up to five variants now plus hair perfume and shower gel…) there’s no denying it’s not the ideal scent for Summer. In truth it doesn’t stop me and I wear Angel all year round, although I do tend to opt for the Eau de Toilette version for the warmer days because it’s a little lighter. To be honest though as I rule I don’t tend to go with my scents seasonally, I for how I feel on a particular day and just splash on what I fancy whatever the weather.

Now however, there’s a new addition to the Angel range, Angel Aqua Chic, which I lived in during our recent hot spell because it is Angel, but Angel for a hot sunny day! And so, whilst it’s fair to say that up to now I’ve not found myself seasonally matching my perfumes in the past, now I have a Summery scent, I did find on particularly hot days that I reached for that over and above my usual heavier Angel scents.

Angel Aqua Chic comes in a lovely white box with a blue holographic detail on it and the bottle itself is just like the usual bottles but for one difference.

Thierry Mugler Angel Aqua Chic
Thierry Mugler Angel Aqua Chic

It’s studded with silver glitter. It’s pretty but it’s also fresh, bringing to mind sparking water, which I guess is the intention. It’s very pretty.

As with all Angel variants, this one smells, at its core, like Angel, so that’s my beloved patchouli and vanilla but this is without a doubt, lighter and fresher and less sweet. It does open with lemon and there is a sort of watery element to it but it’s not overly lemony or aquatic, it’s just softer and fresher than Angel usually is.

If Alien is more your thing, there’s an Alien Aqua Chic too ūüėÄ

50ml will set you back ¬£40 but I notice it’s on offer for ¬£36 from House of Fraser at the moment.

*Disclosure – PR Sample*

Angel Perfuming Shower GelAngel Perfuming Shower Gel

My love for all things Thierry Mugler Angel related continues with no signs of stopping. ¬†I’m after several of the products available so I can layer up the scent. So I want everything…like ¬†true Angel Fan, there’s no such thing as too much Angel!

However, there is only so much you can say about a shower gel. Lovely bottle, gorgeous gel. The scent is utterly Angel and it lingers on the skin without being overpowering. You have to put your nose to your skin to get the scent but thats perfect for a shower gel I think.

Also,  you only need a tiny bit. I used far too much the first time and most of it went down the plug hole. A very small amount makes copious amounts of lather which is a good thing since 200ml will set you back £28. This was a press sample but I am just about to order the body lotion to go with it, such is my love for Angel.

Then there’s the Perfuming Hair Mist.

Angel Perfuming Hair Mist
Angel Perfuming Hair Mist

This is my favourite thing ever! I just spritz it over my hair for a finishing touch on the days where I’m wearing Angel. The scent is beautiful and light but seems to surround me with a halo of gentle scent. It’s not got the strength of the EDP but thats no bad thing, I wouldn’t want it to be that strong, I just want to be able to sniff it on myself when I turn my head. It’s beautiful. ¬†This one is ¬£18.50 for 25ml.

Just gorgeous finishing touches for when you’re wearing the scent and want it head to toe. As I say I am about to order the body lotion, but can’t quite decide if it’s that or the body oil I really want.

*Disclosure – PR Samples*

Thierry Mugler Angel Liqueur de Parfum Review

My Angel collection is getting a bit out of control now I have to admit. I have the EDP and The Taste of Fragrance versions along with the Eau de Toilette. And then for Christmas my lovely Mum bought me the Angel Liqueur de Parfum.

Angel Liqueur de Parfum is a Limited Edition perfume that was released in 2009. The novelty of this variant of the perfume is that your normal Angel is ripened in casks made of cherry wood.

It’s, well its amazing. It’s a comforting scent with all the usual Angel notes, Patchouli, touch of honey, bit of chocolate. They are all there. Then there’s a bit of brandy and vanilla.

Describing perfumes is really not my forte at all, so I’m just going to say it’s warm and a more mature scent that the original Angel EDP and it’s perfect for these wintery nights.

Thierry Mugler Angel Liqueur de Parfum Review
Thierry Mugler Angel Liqueur de Parfum Review

Out of all the Angel’s that I have I’d be hard pushed to pick a favourite but they are all different. This bottle is exactly the same as the Taste of ¬†Fragrance bottle, which means it stands, although I think the glass is a different colour slightly.

As with all Angel fragrances a couple of squirts lasts all day but unlike the EDP version you don’t fill the whole room with your scent…although you don’t have to sniff your wrist to get the scent either. The balance of this one seems just right.

Beautiful.

Mine came from¬†www.Cheapsmells.com but they don’t appear to have it any more but there do seem to be a few knocking around if you google.

I think I’ve talked fairly extensively about my love of Angel and indeed the whole back story of how I fell in love with it. I won’t bore you with all that back story again but it’s fair to say that Angel has been my longest running love affair and although there have been others and we’ve broken up once or twice I’ve always gone running back to it.

I’ve told you about the new Angel Eau de Toilette and as part of that review I talked about the original Eau de Parfum but I wanted to tell you about a couple of the newest items to join the Angel family.

First up the Christmas Limited Edition Angel with Bracelet. A lovely bottle of the original Angel Eau de Toilette in either 25ml or 50ml.

Angel Eau de Toilette
Angel Eau de Toilette
Angel Eau de Toilette
Angel Eau de Toilette
Angel Eau de Toilette

The bracelet comes in a little leatherette pouch and looks really pretty on, it’s not made of silver or anything, it’s a steel bracelet and zamac (!) star but it looks really pretty on and I love it. I won’t tell you about the perfume itself as I’ve discussed it before, but it’s really gorgeous if you like that sort of thing, which I obviously do! The 25ml is ¬£51.50 and the 50ml is ¬£66.50.

The really special new addition is Taste of Fragrance Angel. This time Angel is enriched with a Gourmand note, in this case, dark bitter chocolate.

Taste of Fragrance Angel
Taste of Fragrance Angel
Taste of Fragrance Angel

As usual, a beautiful star shaped bottle, the great thing about this one is that it stands, unlike the Angel EDP which is a nice touch. I keep mine in their boxes always anyway but I know people like to stand their bottles up. As for the fragrance, well I’m just in love. Unsurprisingly. It is definitely chocolate, and I do mean POW in your face chocolate on it’s first spray. It’s a bitter chocolate and like all Angel scents it’s not for everyone, however, I do think if you’re on the fence about Angel, its worth giving this a sniff as it’s different. Whereas the original is very patchouli heavy, this is a mellower scent. The chocolate fades fairly to a much subtler trace after about 30 minutes, but its still there if you give it a good sniff, it just seems to mellow out the patchouli. It’s strong but it’s not as overpowering as the original Angel, but still the fragrance lasts all day. Love love love it.

When I first heard about this I wanted to try it and I’m so happy I love it as much as I hoped I would. Am also getting the Angel Liqueur de Parfum for Christmas so I’m Angel’d to the max at the moment.

This one is £42 for 35ml.

I should also mention that part of this Taste of Fragrance there are also others in the line. Alien has ¬†been given a twist of salted butter caramel, Womanity has a touch of fig chutney and A-Men has red peppers. I’d love to try them all!

*Disclosure – Both perfumes were PR Samples*

Back in 1992, when I was 18 years old, I heard tell of an exotic perfume called Angel by Thierry Mugler. I didn’t know much about it, I can’t even remember where I heard about it, all I knew for sure was that it had chocolate notes, was not a cheap perfume and that was about it. I went and asked at every beauty counter in town if anyone had it but all I got was blank looks. I took I trip to Birmingham and asked in all the department stores there, again no one had heard of it. An expensive perfume that smells of chocolate, being asked for by a goth in Doc Marten boots…

I don’t know how long exactly after that Angel hit UK shores but I do remember I got my first bottle as soon as I could and a love affair was borne. I loved (and still do) the simple blue glass bottle and I’ll wager that in the years since I’ve perhaps had 6 bottles? I suppose that makes it the most likely candidate for my “signature scent”. I’ve worn it on and off for many many years now in various guises, Angel EDP (several times over), the body lotion, the shampoo and conditioner, Angel Innocent, and my favourite and much missed Angel Garden Stars, Violette Angel (if anyone has this, send it to me, I miss it!). So you see, I’m a fan.

It’s a fragrance that provokes strong reactions and there was a period in the late 90’s where this became a hugely popular fragrance and some women seemed to have no concept of the the fact that this was an Eau De Parfum, extremely strong and you’d step into a shop or someone would walk past you on the street and your senses and nose would be destroyed by this overpowering scent. During that time I stopped wearing it, but it was probably only a short break of two years before I was drawn back to the fold.

The other thing with Angel is, it smells different on everyone. My Mum says she doesn’t like it, she hates the smell of it on her, but there was a time where whenever we got together she’d proclaim how lovely I smelled and ask what it was… always to be shocked it was Angel.

So I’m going on and on, but other than chocolate I’ve not really explained how Angel smells. That’s partly because descriptions of perfumes is not my strong point but I’ll give it a whirl. ¬†The official description is top notes of melon, coconut, mandarin, cassia, jasmine, bergamot and cotton candy, middle notes of honey, apricot, blackberry, plum, orchid, ¬†peach, jasmine, red berries, lily-of-the-valley and rose and base notes of tonka bean, amber, patchouli, musk, dark chocolate, caramel and vanilla. Well, I don’t know about all that, what I do get is patchouli, chocolate, vanilla, candy, tonka bean, a smidge of coconut and something oriental, and indeed it does fall into the category of Oriental Vanilla. And I love it. In case you hadn’t guessed.

And so as a blogger when the rare chance comes along to review a new version of something you are SO passionate about, you jump at it right? Well I did. I get excited about products all the time, but it’s utterly brilliant when something you are really passionate comes your way.

So there’s a new Angel in town. Angel Eau de Toilette.

Angel Eau De Toilette

Angel Eau de Toilette is a new fragrance, inspired by the Angel EDP but softer, smoother and subtle. This version is described as being in three “waves”, the Heavenly Wave – an airy freshness as bergamot accord encounters pink peppercorn in a subtly spicy burst, then the Delicious Wave ¬†– the gourmand aspect is more delicate, discreet praline and pink fruits and finally the Voluptuous Wave – newly added cedar and white musk.

Well lets start with the beautiful bottle. A gorgeous blue circle surrounded by a silver shooting star, magnetised lid and refillable. Beautiful and whimsical as always.  And what of the fragrance? I love it! Of course I do. Every Angel fragrance smells overwhelmingly of Angel! The first observation is that is is softer, gentler, less pungent, this obviously makes it infinitely more suitable for those who liked Angel but just felt it was too strong.

The similarities I can note are all the Angel notes, especially patchouli, vanilla and chocolate, but it’s somehow less gourmand. I’ve pretty much worn this every day since receiving the sample and I do absolutely adore it. The only problem is, it doesn’t seem to last so long on me…if I put it on at 7am, I can’t still smell it at lunchtime but the original version of Angel is SO incredibly strong you can smell until you wash it off (your bedding, your clothes, your skin, whatever) and it’s impossible to not compare the longevity!

Gorgeous anyway, and perfect for those who liked Angel but wouldn’t wear it because it was just TOO much. For me personally, I’m going to be rocking the EDT in the day and keeping the EDP for weekends! Gorgeous.

The Refillable Spray comes in two sizes 40ml and 80ml and the RRP is £46 and £65 respectively and is out now.
*Disclosure – PR Sample*

I’ve been so lucky since I’ve been blogging and reading blogs, in that I’ve entered and won a few giveaways. The most recent being a Rouge Bunny Rouge Fire Drops Loose Glitter Pigment in Wishing For Wings from the lovely Delicate Hummingbird. I think I found her blog via ¬†the Rouge Bunny Rouge Facebook page and it quickly became a favourite. Lovely writing, beautiful swatches, beautiful products from a wide variety of (mostly) luxury brands…what’s not to love. So I was thrilled to win her giveaway. What I received in the post was this:

The pigment, a sample of Thierry Mugler Alien (I’m definitely in the loves-Mugler camp), a teeny Bourjois lipgloss, a lovely note and two samples of products. It was truly a delight to receive. Thank you!

So the product itself. Well I’ve yearned for this for ages. I kept putting it in my Zuneta shopping basket, but never buying it. I’m not sure what was holding me back.

Anyway have a look. No idea why these pictures make the product inside the vial look a beige colour, it’s not beige, it’s a silvery lavender.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Wishing For Wings
Rouge Bunny Rouge Wishing For Wings
Rouge Bunny Rouge Wishing For Wings

So what you get is a wand, with a sponge tip, that when you pull it out, already has the product in place for you to put where you want it. It’s neat. I find it a little unwieldy though. You can see in the bottom picture there that in the background there’s some product on the counter top… I found I lost a tiny bit in this way when I pulled the wand out.. It’s no biggie. ¬†Here’s the obligatory swatch:

Rouge Bunny Rouge Wishing For Wings

You see? Not beige, it’s a lavender-y grey/silver and very very sparkly. It’s very pretty. I’ve not played around with it loads yet but have chosen to wear it sheerly. Here it is with Mac White Gold pigment (love), I dabbed it onto the outer corner and in the crease and blended out with a brush. Very sheer, very natural, very pretty.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Wishing For Wings
Rouge Bunny Rouge Wishing For Wings

Love. This is without primer but I do intend fully to pack it on over a dab of Paint Pot or some Urban Decay Primer Potion in the near future because I’m fairly sure you could create something pretty striking with it.

So thank you so much to Delicate Hummingbird, I love it. I’ve worn it rather a lot since I got it. The only problem is that now I want Night Wind Sailing (pewter with pink pearl) and Sleeping Under a Mandarin Tree (gold with pale mandarin). I’d best get saving then!

Clinique Happy in Bloom Perfume Review

Clinique Happy in Bloom. I should really have taken a photo of the bottle as it’s so pretty, basically the flowers you see there on the box are also on the bottle inside, very pretty indeed.

I’m not a fan of Clinique perfumes, well in particular I don’t like Happy. I never have, there’s something in it I just don’t like, I don’t like it on me and I don’t like it on anyone else. I’ve never worked out what the note is that I don’t like. I know it’s extraordinarily popular though and just walking through town sometimes you can smell it over and over as you walk past people

Anyway, Clinique Happy in Bloom is a limited edition fragrance, out now, and it comes out every year I believe and is quite limited, I hear tell of each counter only having about 10 bottles, I don’t know how true that is!

So anyway, I was interested to try this given my dislike of Happy to see if it was different, or rather, to see how different it is.

The official word makes it sound delicious. “a fresh, frosty floral that opens up with notes of yellow plum, a cocktail of frozen fruit, and watery green notes for a crisp introduction. Notes of lily of the valley, white freesia and a mimosa accord from the original Happy, lend a tactile nuance of petals. Transparent amber and white wood provide depth with a natural feminine softness.”

So what do I think? Well at first spray the original scent of Happy was there but different. I was a bit disappointed as¬†I was hoping the scent of Happy would be less and the “in bloom” bit more evident. With a bit of patience though as this dried down on my skin it became¬†less Happy¬†and a bit more citrussy and floral. It’s very light, but detectable and not at all heavy in any way, it doesn’t last terribly long on me though. I should think this would be a great perfume for the office or any other environment where strong scents aren’t especially appropriate. It also bought to mind Thierry Mugler’s Angel perfume which I do love but dont’ tend to wear much anymore. Its much lighter and different, but in that first spray I get a little whiff of it

I don’t love this because it is of course not terribly far removed from it’s mother perfume, Happy, but I do prefer it to Happy and if you love Happy it’s well worth checking out. And its worth saying I don’t dislike it either and I plan to finish up the bottle as a day scent.

Next on my list, Clinique’s Aromatics¬†Elixir. I need to get in store and have a spray of that, I believe it’s a love or hate it perfume and I’m keen to see if appeals.