This is supposed to be a beauty blog, right? Damn. All of this politricks is raising my blood pressure right now. I had planned a pissed-off rant about Geraldine Ferraro, but I might blow a gasket if I really start to analyze her comments… and Keith Olbermann said it all better than I ever could. So let’s keep it light and positive. I’m way behind on product reviews. So today I’m gonna write about perfume instead. YAY, perfume!
I’ve revealed my reluctant fondness for celebrity perfumes — sometimes even if they’re by celebrities I can’t stand. Like J Lo. I can’t even name a song of hers that I’ve enjoyed. Ever. But I gotta admit, Live smells like heaven on me. As does M by Mariah Carey. As much as this might horrify a singer’s singer like Mizz Mariah — her perfume kinda reminds me of J Lo’s. Just a tad. It’s the sweet base notes that cling to my skin so warmly — Live features a caramel base, M is a base of marshmallow. Both scents are feminine and seductive with an inner core of sweet deliciousness.
So because I put myself out there as the beauty blogger who loves celeb scents, I was asked to review another one. And all I can say is, oh Britney. Britney, Britney, Britney. Why do you make your PR people work so hard?
In 2004, Britney was still the most covered celebrity, but more or less she was a pop star known for her songs and dancing talent as well as the inescapable paparazzi presence. She kicked off the year with a quickie marriage to Jason Alexander. She was coasting on the success of songs like Toxic, and about to release a greatest hits album and her (completely unnecessary desecration) of Bobby Brown’s My Prerogative. KFed and Chaotic wouldn’t hit the fan for another year. In 2004, people definitely wanted to smell like Britney Spears. In fact, when she released Curious, the fragrance made more than $100 million in sales, and was the best selling fragrance of the year!
Since 2004, Britney has been through a LOT. Is it even worth adding to the list of articles that have gleefully recounted her downward spiral? I ride with Chris Crocker — leave Britney alone! Seriously! I’m kinda sick of hearing about her!
For a long while it was Brit Brit overkill, and she seemed poised (and willing) to be America’s Next Anna Nicole Smith. I didn’t want to write about her perfume just yet and kick a girl when she was down, so I sat back and waited. And waited. Now Britney’s life shows some positive signs of turnaround. She’s got a better weave, her daddy’s got her on lock down, and she’s guest starring on How I Met Your Mother. Good for her! Finally, I feel ready to speak my mind about her latest scent reincarnation. In my opinion, there’s nothing special at all about Curious â™¥ Heart. Sorry, Britney. I gotta call it like I see it.
Curious â™¥ Heart is Britney’s 2004 fragrance, repackaged in an adorably pink, VERY Betsey Johnsonesque atomizer bottle that would look perfect on a teenager’s dressing table. (note — the readers of Now Smell This vehemently disagree). I am a sucker for bulb atomizers, so even though the bottle still looks like an alien chick’s spaceship, the packaging enthralled me — two thumbs up for atomizers! Two thumbs sideways for Curious itself. The scent smells like… perfume. It didn’t do anything for my body chemistry. It’s sweet, summery, and lasts slightly longer than your average Bath & Body Works spritz. The scent is so light that it needs to be reapplied midway through the day, and it makes me smell pretty but doesn’t get me that “wow you smell awesome” reaction that I get when I spritz on Mariah. It’s a white floral, accented with Louisiana magnolia and vanilla. There’s nothing distinctive or memorable about the scent for me, which I imagine would be what Britney would want of herself — to have everything she touches be thought of as memorable. Having said all of that, just because it didn’t grab me by the nostrils and make me beg for more, doesn’t mean it won’t do the same for you. It’s worth stopping by your neighborhood department store for a spritz before you splurge, especially if you’re seeking a light summer scent.
However, there’s added incentive to spring for this spray — each Curious â™¥ Heart EDP comes with a membership card which contains a secret password. Go to the official website, and every month you’ll be eligible to win prizes like Nintendo Wii Game Systems (OMG I would KILL for a Nintendo Wii, they are so fun), travel/hotel packages to New York City that include a visit to TRL, Britney gear, and Apple gift certificates, among other things. So for $50, you get the perfume and a chance to win these prizes. Not a terrible deal, right? I guess. I dunno. Shrug.
For me, I’m back on the hunt for the next amazing pop star fragrance. Which will I try next? Hillary Duff’s With Love? Halle Berry’s? Celine Dion? Jesus take the wheel!
The only celebrity fragrance I am honestly intrigued by is Erykah Badu’s upcoming collaboration with Tom Ford. According to my girl Najwa Moses’s videopodcast, the scent will be a response to Black Orchid, and they’re calling it White Petunia. Love that already. And like everything Erykah touches, I am sure it’s going to be just extra, beyond, and stop-in-your-tracks notable. Can’t wait! And in honor of that, here’s one of my favorite Erykah Badu videos. I hope her new fragrance smells like Didn’t Cha Know looks — out there and fabulous.
Happy weekend, bellas! I’ll be back soon with the Creme of Nature giveaway winners — I got so many birthday wishes and responses, I haven’t even had time to read ‘em all yet!
Have you tried any AMAZING fragrances lately? I’m always on the hunt, so tell me about it!