YSL Black Opium Floral Shock 50ml* £61 Debenhams Perfume
As a bit of a perfume collector (I now have about 10 different bottles on the go - Don't tell me I'm a hoarder, I know), I put off buying Black Opium Floral Shock since it started appearing. Trying to cut down my collection to 1-2 key bottles, I decided I had to finish at least 5 before adding any more. Dan had different ideas though, as he knew I loved this scent, spraying it every time I walked through Debenhams or the YSL make up counters. Then I was offered a bottle for review - Literally just after my birthday. And as if I could say no? So now I have a big bottle at home, and a smaller bottle at work. Signature fragrance found, it looks like the bottle collection won't be shrinking any time soon.
I was asked to think of a time when I'd felt exhilarated, to reflect the bold and electrifying aura of YSL's Black Opium Floral Shock. For me, its easy. I've always had a problem with anxiety, and although sometimes I come across as outcome (sometimes) I'm actually a bit of an introvert. Which is fine, until you're shooting 40+ weddings a year with your husband and feel a bit of a plonker being a bit shy. Until now. I've recently lost my excess weight, completely overhauled my wardrobe, and went on a course. It was a Photography course, but a good portion of it was about your own belief systems, positivity and a bunch of other stuff that I'm sure sounds so cliche and boring. But honestly - I walked out of that course a different person. I've told myself time and time again that 'enough was enough,' but I'd never been able to overcome those 'demons,' that hung over me. Until now. I'm not sure what was different about that course, but since then, and alongside everything else, I've felt unstoppable. I've faced fears knowing full well that the fear was much worse than any potential outcome of facing that fear. I've talked to strangers and actually enjoyed it, I've navigated myself around public transport, I've opened the front door to the post man! And at weddings I've well and truly got involved, been a part of the party and been the brides best friend. And my photos are SO MUCH BETTER for it. I've been getting those real value moments I usually only capture by 'candid photojournalism.' I've actually been creating those moments, and that puts me at a whole new level. Exhilarated doesn't even come close. Finding out you're the subject of a bit of a bitch fest? Not bothered. Usually I'd be a nervous wreck. Say what you want, come at me. I don't care. I'm being be - You be you.
So yeah, I think this splendid little bottle of sass arrived at promptly the right time. The description, if they ever make sense to anyone, includes black coffee, bold citrus notes, and a cool mysterious notes of white musk. In my words, its definitely says sexy rock-chick (reflected perfectly in the pink and black glittered bottle) and is the epitome of edgy femininity. Does that make sense? Definitely give it a sniff - You'll be obsessed, (and it lasts forever)!