My forays into beauty have never been completely fruitful, I’ll put my hands up and admit it. But how so? You’re a blogger!’, you may say. First of all, I could be here for decades if I had to fight our collective corner and say the blogosphere does not exist to shill products, etc. for our own gain, and secondly, I think I just completely missed the memo when all of the popular girls at my school learned to apply makeup, discover their signature scent, achieve that straightened but not poker-straight thing with their hair and have all of the boys and ‘other’ girls at their beck and call. My friends, I was certainly not that girl.
Instead, I was a shy, awkward and gawky Chinese girl who would soon find out she required glasses, and whose parents forbade her from using makeup until she was at least eighteen. (By which time, I was already about five years behind the pack and turned to YouTube to learn the makeup ropes from Bubzbeauty, Fleur De Force and lollipop26.) Oddly enough, my adventures in beauty give me much worry even today. I’ve never worn foundation before, don’t know how to acquire that effortless polish that almost every blogger and woman I admire has… Brands in the UK simply don’t cater for East Asian skin tones and types, I have little reference in the media to take inspiration or lessons from (God bless StyleSuzi), and I still haven’t mastered my signature scent.
I mean, is that even a thing?! I’ve such a fickle beauty heart.
Hands down, my signature scent is BYREDO’s Rose of No Man’s Land. Or at least, it was throughout 2017. Every time I wore it, I’d be complimented on it (said in the least arrogant way!) and so I’d absolutely say it was my signature, a little bit of me. The year before that, I was regularly complimented on my Chanel No 5 Premiere, and the year before that, Jo Malone’s Peony and Blush Suede. You get the gist. John Lewis are currently running a campaign at the moment around Signature Scents. You see, 86% of perfume-wearers (you and I probably included!) like to be able to smell their own perfume, yet once you wear a single scent regularly over a period of time, you can’t even smell it anymore. The idea behind their Signature Scents campaign is that John Lewis’ beauty buyers will take your ‘signature scent’ and handpick a new fragrance based on its’ notes to give you something a little different to shake up the beauty mix. You can see other bloggers’ signature scent pairings here.
Based on the BYREDO fragrance that I typically wear, the buyers at John Lewis paired me up with 100Bon’s Bergamote and Rose Sauvage. And I can totally see why! Fresh, a little floral and a little flirty, it’s a beautifully light version of the BYREDO one I hold so dear to my heart. I noted that I wanted to be paired up with a cruelty-free option too, so was over the moon to discover that this is wholly natural and not tested on animals. See the buyers’ comments below:
“Our customer is becoming evermore environmentally conscious, and care greatly of the provenance of the products they buy into. As a result we have just launched new brand 100Bon (pronounced ‘Scent Bon’). It is made out of 100% natural, organic ingredients, all packaging is 100% recyclable and the bottles are refillable. They also do not test on animals. As well as a way to buy into fragrance guilt free, it is also an EDP, and therefore it has great longevity, often not associated with 100% natural fragrances.”
As for my other beauty signatures, could I ever be without badly applied Kat von D Tattoo Eyeliner – winged slightly, and a few strokes of an Eyeko Bespoke mascara through my lashes? I don’t think I could.
What are your beauty signatures?
This post was created in partnership with John Lewis.