One of the more enjoyable parts of my chosen vocation is that it’s like Christmas everyday.Â My concierge is constantly presenting me with UPS, FedEx or dropped off packages, envelopes, boxes, baskets, cartons, you name it.Â These items aren’t, mind you, just because vendors like me, because 99.999% of them don’t even know me, nor I them.Â It’s because they want their product reviewed.Â So, yes, while there are some days my apartment (refrigerator included) resembles a cluttered boutique version of Target filled floor to ceiling with everything from chips, to crackers, to wines, to energy drinks, to lip glosses, to books, to tequila, I cannot complain.Â It’s a fantastic way to sample the best, most interesting (and sometimes most not ideal) things under the sun.
Recently, we got to try out the brand new Burberry Body Eau du Toilette, a new lighter version of the Burberry Body fragrance. The glass wand bottle resembles something that could double as weapon (ladies should always be prepared) if need be, but it’s what’s inside that counts.Â Now, let me preface this review by saying I’m very very very picky when it comes to my scents.Â As you know, everyone’s chemistry is different and what smells intoxicating on one person may smell so bad on another it drives you to get intoxicated.Â So when I am asked to try out new perfumes, I am wary.Â I confess, I sprayed it last night before my boyfriend came over (could have been a BIG MISTAKE. HUGE.) and after spritzing lightly, I waited for the fall out as I read my crib sheet.
Top notes: crisp green apple, illuminating elegant peach, fresh green absinthe
Heart notes: seductive tea, natural rose absolute and sandalwood
Base notes: woody cashmeran, creamy vanilla, musk and amber
The words that stuck out in my mind as I drank in Burberry Body were “seductive, creamy, and musk”.Â I didn’t want to jump in the shower again before he entered, in fact, I hit the bottle one more time.Â By the way, as I sit and write this post, I’m wearing the scent.Â I’m very drawn to it, but would Jason be?Â I asked Jason to drink it in.Â He did.Â He stopped, thought about it and said, “I really actually like it. It’s not too flowery, or overpowering.Â It’s more spicy. I really like it.”Â Whew, when it’s all said and done, I want him to find my scent desirable and wanting more. Believe me, if he didn’t like it, I’d know and I’d not be wearing it at all.
I find Burberry Body to be clean, fresh, feminine, girlie, fun, the kind of scent that is ideal for summer because it’s light and attractive and when it’s 105 degrees with a mugginess factor of off the charts, you want that.Â It reminds me (as all scents seem to bring forward memories) of going to a ladies brunch or bridal shower, when everyone looks pretty, the occasion is a happy one and there are smiles and laughs all around.
So, I’d say Burberry Body is a happy scent, ready for you to wear this July.Â You can find it exclusively at Burberry Boutiques and Burberry.com (Eau de Toilette retail pricing: 2.8 oz $80 and 2.0 oz $65)
The other product I just tested is also Burberry, the Lip Mist lipsticks from Burberry Beauty.Â I have tried Pink Heather No. 210 and Field Rose No. 213 (retails for $30).Â First, I love the tube, a silver metal rectangular shape with the Burberry pattern that magnetically closes (no more losing the top in your handbag ladies!), brilliant.Â The barely there shades of the season contrast to the popular “I wear red matte lipstick and no eye makeup”, but it’s nice to highlight your eyes with the new pops of blue mascara, soft purples eyeshadow shades, or bright oranges with creamy, sheer shades on your lips.Â Beauty experts advise we pedestrians to emphasis either the eyes or the mouth, not both, unless you are looking for the wrong kind of attention, ahem.
Crib sheet: emollient based formula for sheer moisturized lips, lightweight creamy texture (true!) and the sheer light shades are designed to natural lip tones.
The lipstick glides on easily, has a nice “flavor” (you know what I mean) and stays on for a few hours.Â I’ve tried some other versions of “sheer” and it tends to be either too nude-like or not even worth buying the tube because you can’t even see it.Â The Lip Mist shades are light, but very similar. Jason told me the pink and the rose were both the same color but men are color blind. I’ll be wearing the new summer shades well into the season.
You can purchase your Lip Mist shades at Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstrom.
Pamela Lynne Sorensen is the founder of Pamela’s Punch, a leading source of information for the “who, what, when, and where” of Washington, DC’s elite social, professional, and philanthropic scene, which she founded in November of 2006. In 2012 she launched Pacific Punch, based in Los Angeles. Pamela comes from an extensive background in sales and business development from a variety of industries, has been involved with charities and fundraising for a number of years and holds several Board and leadership positions. She currently resides in Arlington, Virginia and when she’s not out on the town, she’s reading or writing while sipping fine wine, or traveling the country and the world ISO adventures, beauty, fun, food, style, libations, music, and the good life. Follow her on Twitter at @pamelaspunch.