Saturday, 22 January 2011

Cheap Smells haul + a big shout-out to Charlie of Lady of the Lane

Cheap Smells. Not the most attractive name for someone looking for good quality products at good (aka bargain) prices. Works on a 'does-what-it-says-on-the-tin' way. Direct. To the point. But charmless.

YSL Rouge Volupte Brun Vibrant £4.95. I'll swatch it soon. But the packaging is worth that money! Feels so satisfying in the hand. The sort of thing I pop in my pocket and just fondle to give myself a thrill....Is that TMI? I really don't need to develop an expensive lipstick habit but when did need trump desire?
 The La Perla was £25.95 but it IS eau de parfum and the OH finds it irresistible. Odd because I don't much like it. Too woody and the patchouli is too strong but (as mentioned) the OH is crazy about it/me. So I need it in my arsenal.

Now the Peony is more my thing. I go for florals and gourmand fragrances so this is right up my rue. Got a polish too but I'll post that separately as it merits its own pearls of wisdom. Ahem.

I also use fragrance direct, cosmetic kingdom and probably scores of others. Any discount recommendations?

And thanks to Charlie of
I won a Dove prize in her giveaway so expect more pix of my hair soon! I just know you can hardly contain yourselves. Such is the excitement generated. ;o) I had better purple it a bit before I test the products! I like Dove body cream a LOT so have high hopes of the hair stuff.



  1. Are you collecting perfumes too? Love the bottle.

    I have a few and want to get more. I bought chanel no.5 at a flea market large bottle too for $25...I love it too! :)

  2. I have loads of perfume. Well, that's subjective. I THINK I have plenty. Will post some.

    Lena, my hair is too black at the moment. I need to cut some out before I can go purple.

  3. you are very welcome indeed!

  4. Uma graça o formato dos vidrinhos.


  5. I hope the color pay off is good from the lipstick! I love the packaging of it. it's gorgeous. =) 4.95 is a good deal for it

  6. yardley peony sounds interesting.ysl's pakaging is gorgeous.lovely post.