*This post is an advertised collaboration with Boots but all thoughts are my own
When I was a teenager back in the late nineties, my bedroom was often filled with the sweet, powdery scent of Jean Paul Gaultier’s ‘Classique’ Eau de Parfum.
I was first introduced to Jean Paul Gaultier perfumes by my friend Jennie. A glass bottle of ‘Classique’, showcasing that now-iconic feminine silhouette, was nestled away on her dressing table and piqued my interest. One spray later and fifteen-year-old Lisa was hooked on that floral yet subtly sexy smell.
Whilst I’ll always have a fondness for this scent and the associated nostalgia, ‘Scandal’ by Jean Paul Gaultier offers something different – and it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for.
I’ll admit that I have minimal knowledge when it comes to the science behind perfumes; I tend to purchase them purely on the basis of how they make me feel. ‘Scandal’ is bold and seductive, the kind of scent that you just can’t miss. It also manages to be mischevious whilst still retaining an air of elegance.
It gives me the same kind of flutter as carrying around a little secret does, like wearing your most exquisite lingerie underneath your work clothes on a Tuesday morning ‘just because’ (on that note, everyone should own at least one set of underwear that makes them feel like an absolute Queen).
French style is renowned for being simplistic, classy and effortless yet undeniably chic and radiates confidence. Being a big fan of classic vintage looks, I didn’t have to move too far away from my usual style when Boots challenged me to ‘Frenchify’ my look.
By keeping my skin almost bare with a beige matte eyeshadow on my lid, I then used a simple sweep of black eyeliner and mascara, topped off with a bold cherry red lip for a statement contrast. I kept my hair simple with brushed out curls tucked behind one ear to give a ‘morning after the night before’ effect.
Sophistication is the name of the game for our French sisters and they generally avoid heavy accessories and fussy jewellery. They also stick to navy, red, black and grey block colour and monochrome over bright patterns in their wardrobes.
With this in mind, I opted to finish off my look with my trusty Brenton stripe top, which I wear with black cigarette trousers, pearl stud earrings and bold red heels for a certain je ne sais quoi, and to embody the grown-up yet playful side of ‘Scandal’.
If you’d like to get your hands on a bottle of ‘Scandal’ by Jean Paul Gaultier, Boots have very kindly offered my readers the chance to do so with this competition*.
We’re asking ‘How would you ‘Frenchify’ your look?’. Simply enter your details via the Rafflecopter tool below and voila!
Don’t forget to add the #BeMoreFrench hashtag to your comment in order to be entered 🙂
BE MORE FRENCH WITH JOHN PAUL GAULTIER
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