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Three New Fragrances and Un Chat.

I wanted to take some lovely pictures for you, I really did. But it seems that my cat, Mr Bear, has a bit of his (adopted) mother in him, and likes to get in front of the camera.

I tried to coax him away with treats, violent threats and his favourite feather stick, but nothing worked. He was adamant that he would be part of my still life photograph. Which would have been fine, had he actually kept still, but he didn’t. That’s why every single shot has something out of focus.

Ho hum. Moving on. Three fragrances here; the first is Lancome’s La Vie Est Belle, which I think is utterly beautiful. You can read the full review here. I didn’t like it at first, not one bit – I thought that it was really old lady. But it has grown on me in the most remarkable way and now I’m spritzing it around my rooms too – I can’t get enough of it! The last time I wore it, THREE different men commented on how lovely I smelt. So there. It’s from £39 with free delivery from FeelUnique.com 

The second, in the cute little bottle, is Guerlain’s La Petite Robe Noir, and this one has also turned out to be a bit of a grower. At first, I couldn’t really “get” the black cherry that was supposed to be the selling point for the fragrance, but now that’s all I smell! It’s rich and fruity and fun and I think that it’s a brilliant fragrance for the autumn and winter months. From £35 with free delivery at Escentual.com

The third perfume that I want to mention is Chanel’s Coco Noir. I was getting bored to tears with Coco Mademoiselle, so thank God that they threw a new scent out into the mix! This one smells (and looks) a little more grown up than Mademoiselle, but only a little. Maybe it’s just me, but I find them incredibly similar! No bad thing, because I wouldn’t have worn Mademoiselle for so long had I not liked it, but I was expecting Noir to be very different. It’s a nice little change though, if you’re looking to switch up, and I can imagine that this will be VERY popular at Christmastime. (The C-Word. Shoot me.) Coco Noir is £75 from Selfridges.com

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  1. Charming how Mr. Bear loves the spotlight :-) My cats discover their ‘inner star’, too as soon as I try to take some photos…
    I had high hopes for La vie est Belle … but was quite disappointed. Maybe I should give it another chance. Have you tried Gucci Première so far? At first I thought “Much tooo heavy”… but after 15 Minutes it is a very unique perfume with a touch of leather, smokey Whiskey and very gentle orangeblossoms underneath. Worth a try!

  2. I bought the Lancôme one yesterday after reading your review and I love it! Debenhams have there Christmas gift sets and I got 30ml perfume 50ml shower gel and body lotion for £39! It was too tempting to turn down! :) x

  3. I don’t have much to say about perfumes as due to allergies I can’t wear them but I loved Mr Bear in your pictures :)

  4. I absolutely adore the Lancôme one too. Great post Ruth, & I love the photos even if they’re not as you hoped. Mr Bear is irresistibly cute! X


  5. If I didn’t know where the photos were taken you could have called that set ‘Puss in Boots!’

  6. im very interested in Guerlain’s La Petite Robe Noir though i never remember the name and only know it by its packaging but I think ill get it for the holidays does the scent last or fade very quickly during the day ?

  7. I love la petite robe noir, it was ove at first sight… but I didn’t like Noir. And your right, it is very (too) similar to Madamoiselle, but according to me, in a bad way. The Lancome one, I haven’t smelt yet.

  8. Mr. Bear is adorable! I can’t read anything else, but look at him, no offence AMR :)

  9. I love your perfume posts and these pics are cute :) I’ve fallen for La Petite Robe Noir every time that I’ve tested it in store. I think, next time, it may have to be a purchase.

  10. It wouldn’t surprise me at all if Mr Bear didn’t get some modelling work from this. He just fits in those photos with the perfume.


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