I am sure I told you this story 4749 millions time but, hey, do you wanna know something ? My Mum had a make up shop!
I was raised playing with make up and perfumes and if there is a brand that I remember, for its iconic artistic bottles, for its elegant make up cases..and for the waiting list associated for some must haves, is Guerlain.
Every time I visit in House of Fraser I indulge at the counter, testing make up, drooling on the new collections and going back with memories, closing my eyes and trying some very well known perfumes (aahh Samsara, if your bottle could talk...).
When I was invited for a personal introduction to the brand, my very posh answer was "Oh hell yes!!!", so together with Lily, Irena and Precious Baby, I spent few hours mesmerised by scents, creams, oils and make up.
The first thing we did, was going through the Guerlain fragrances wardrobe, that goes from some of the most famous perfumes of history, as the aforementioned Samsara, Shalimar, Champs Elysees, Mitsouko, to the more recent releases as La Petite Robe Noire and L'Instant de Guerlain.
Every single one of this perfumes gives me that idea of a personal elegance, these are not what you will smell on everybody and their mother, these are fragrances that will make you feel exclusive and different, the signature of this brand.
Guerlain skincare is pure luxury, starting from the packaging, where every single bottle, pot, ampoule is so stylish it could be left on your bathroom shelf as an ornament.
My eyes were all for the Abeille Royale Eye Sculpt Serum, packed with healing ingredients to repair wrinkles around the too delicate eye area and the Abeille Royale Face Oil, that can be used on its own or underneath your normal face cream.
Guerlain was actually one of the first brand to come out with a cleansing balm, at a time when gel washes where the rule, the Creme Secret de Bonne Femme was one of the rare cleansing creams around and now The Creme de Beaute' has been reformulated with white tea, jasmine and musk.
The final part of our visit was all about make up.
Guerlain's Christmas and Summer collections are the one I am always looking forward to see.
It's not holiday season if the Terracotta collection is not out and the exquisite packaging of the festive releases are the most coveted presents in between all us beauty addicted.
There Guerlain eyeshadows palettes are legendary beautiful to look at and to use and this year's new ones did not disappoint me.
The Bloom Of Rose Fall 2015 collection introduced two new palettes, Les Cendres where dusty pink, mauve and cream are the main shades and Beaugrenelle, with the combination of gray taupe and blue.
After swatching and trying all I could fit on my wrist, on top of my wishlist there are three products.
* Ombre Eclat Base Paupiere
An eyeshaodw primer that comes in a case, has a solid consistency, helps to even out the eyelid, doesn't crease and helps longevity of the shadow.
The consistency is very peculiar, it appears solid to start to but then, once you start to work it on the lid, it melts and glides onto the skin.
* Kiss Kiss Lip Lift
Another prepping product, this time for lips.
As its collegue, it smooths the lip making the lipstick application easier, lasting longer and keeps lips hydrated.
* Meteorites Baby Glow Fluide De Tint Lumiere
This can be applied by itself or as a base, works magic on the skin giving a flawless, poreless and glowing look, I tried this myself few months back and I was utterly impressed with the results.
All this comes with a price. Guerlain is one of the most established luxury beauty brand and all this doesn't come cheap.
But sometimes, this makes the purchase of that red lipstick even more spacial isn't it (I keep my Les Meteorites on my vanity table!)?
I spotted on Instagram the Christmas Collection and I must admit, I don't think I will be able to resist to the new palette.
If you are like me a fan of the brand, I can totally recommend the counter in House of Fraser, these guys know what are they talking about and I am sure they will give you the right advices.
Thank you so much Charlotte for having us, for coping with my messy Precious Baby and for the sample box. I cannot wait to try everything!