Wednesday 29 November 2017

Anna Sui 'Fantasia' Perfume Review + Life Update!

Hello, my loves! I know that it's been a very long time since my last post, and I was actually considering writing a separate life update before jumping back into the usual content. However, there actually isn't all that much to be said, so I will add a short update at the end of this post instead. Today, I am back with a perfume review that I have been wanting to write for a while! Anna Sui recently launched a brand new fragrance, Fantasia (£28 for 30ml), and to be honest - the moment I laid my eyes on it, I just knew that I had to have it. I mean... Just look at this bottle! This has to be one of the most unique, gorgeous bottle designs that I have ever seen! I wasn't even remotely bothered with the actual fragrance or what it would smell like - I was out the door and at the local Fragrance Shop as soon as it launched. Today, I will be sharing with you my honest thoughts on this perfume, so I hope you enjoy - and welcome back! 

According to Anna Sui, Fantasia speaks to the dreams and aspirations we had as children, that remain with us somewhere down deep, even as adults. I think that makes for a really lovely fragrance concept, especially since the bottle and the box are already so beautiful and enchanting. I love the amount of detail on the bottle top, and the gold unicorn makes the overall design look so unique, and almost magical. This definitely doesn't look like a low-end designer fragrance, which is a huge plus from me! The scent itself is classified as a 'woody fruity floral', with raspberries, sweet praline and spicy pink pepper. 

Whilst I absolutely adore the bottle, the scent itself isn't really anything special. It's pleasant enough, but it feels a little generic and uninspired. Based on the description alone, I was expecting something that would transport me back to my childhood memories - the scent of bubblegum, cotton candy, crayola crayons or fresh Pokemon cards! This, however, smells very 'safe'; with vague nuances of flowers, fruits (mostly something that smells like grapefruits and pears) and pink pepper; all well-blended and difficult to tell apart. It all doesn't really smell like anything specific, but it's still very wearable and easy to enjoy. It's not a bad fragrance, but I expected something more, especially since the bottle is so unique and beautiful. If I had to compare this fragrance to something, I'd say that it smells like a big basket of fresh citrus fruits, with a hint of sugary sweetness. 

Overall, I think that whilst Fantasia falls a little short as a fragrance, the bottle is amongst the most unique and beautiful designs I have ever seen. The scent itself might be a little generic and uninspired, but it's pleasant enough and would appeal to a wide audience. I would honestly say that this is worth getting just for the packaging alone, especially since the price is fairly reasonable (£28 for a 30ml bottle). I think that Fantasia is definitely worth considering if you're looking for a lovely perfume Christmas gift for someone special! 
I think that a little update is in order, considering that I have gone over a month without posting! I'm really sorry for the radio silence - life has been quite rough lately, and I just haven't been in the right mindset to blog. However, I am trying really hard to get things back on track, which includes posting more regularly again! I have made quite a few changes to the blog layout, just to freshen things up a bit; and I am also trying to find a new direction for my content. I don't want to focus just on makeup and perfume reviews, and I'd like to make Shoes and Glitter a little more 'me'. I have quite a lot of interests that aren't beauty-related, but I have always held back on writing about them as I didn't think they would suit my blog. So, over the next few weeks you might see some weird and random posts - I want to experiment with a few themes and ideas, to hopefully bring something new to this little corner of the web. :) 

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