Mar 24, 2012

Pomegranate Noir Scented Baths.

There's no denying the distinct chill in the night air in Sydney right now.

I'm starting to need a hot cup of tea after dinner these days.

Made whilst wearing my pink ugg boots and flannel pyjamas.  Themselves further signs that winter is approaching in SSG Manor.

On the nights Mr SSG is in charge of dinner, hot chips from the fish and chip shop down the road feature as the carb of the evening.  Not that I put up much resistance.  In our minds, it all balanced out in the end because the chips (though doused in vinegar and ketchup) were eaten with home made salad and baked fish fillets.

For some reason, I always seem to visit Jo Malone as the weather gets cooler.  It must be the fragrances of hers that I like most.  They're often quite heavy and woodsy.

It was probably overkill celebrating my giving myself my first subcutaneous injection (without passing out and whilst standing in the kitchen) by getting and then bathing in this Jo Malone bath oil....
Today's purchase was a new bath oil.  To celebrate the fact that our bath is now fully functional as a bath since we changed the shower screen a few months ago.  The scent is Pomegranate Noir and I am very tempted to get the perfume as well.  It is a fruity fragrance but the raspberry and pomegranate in it give it a darker edge.  I had my first soak in it tonight.  I'm looking forward to many more baths this winter.  I can't decide what I love more - the soaking or those first steps you take after a bath with those newly and deeply relaxed muscles.

I did my shopping at the counter in DJs in the city and the lovely sales assistant gave me a sample of the matching body cream as well as a sample of the Dark Amber and Gingerlily Cologne Intense.  The latter is still wafting around the study from the Jo Malone bag sitting on the floor.  I'm feeing very centred in the olfactory world right now.

I also did a quick scouting round of Priceline today.  Nude Magique is in stock.  As is the Studio Secrets Smoothing Resurfacing Primer.  You might want to get a ticket to London and have a holiday on the side if you want either of these.  They retail for around $15 AUD in London and are $29.95 AUD each at home.  I know there are reasons for this - some legitimate and others not but it doesn't surprise me that many brands consider Australia the 'Treasure Island' of retail because they can charge pretty much what they wish here and largely get away with it.  There is talk now of local retailers demanding fairer prices from suppliers and finally getting online in a meaningful way but perhaps the horse has already bolted.

But enough about the business side of things.  I've talked previously about how good Nude Magique is (so much so that I would even repurchase at the Australian retail price) but the primer is also worth a look.  It has the consistency of a mousse and blends in very easily.  There is no frosty shimmer action, even though it looks pink in the pot.  Which means that you don't get a freaky white cast to your face when you apply your base over the top and look at yourself under work lighting conditions.  It also made my skin feel pretty smooth too.  Another L'Oreal product I'd pay Australian retail for.

Before I go tonight, I'd like to thank everyone who commented and gave such helpful feedback on my previous post.  I think the thought of starting was worse than actually doing it.  I'm much less anxious about the daily routine of treatment now that I've gone and given myself that first injection.  And lived to tell the tale.

Hope you're having a lovely weekend.


  1. Leanne Shea LangdownMarch 25, 2012 at 5:53 AM

    Congrats on the injection.  That must have been difficult. You deserve the woodsy scented perfume "cuddles" ... and the pink ugg boots :) 

  2. The Distressed MotherMarch 25, 2012 at 9:22 AM

    Good to hear it went so well.  Enjoy your reward!

    TDM xx

    ps i can't read half your post because the pic from 'not quite nigella' takes up the screen. this often happens. how can i make it reduce? 

  3. J,
    I've fixed the blog list so hopefully things are all good now.

    Thanks for the heads up.

    SSG xxx

  4. I love your goodies!! :)

  5. Seems like a great way to celebrate - nothing better than a relaxing bath! :)

  6. Dear Sidney Shop Girl, 
    here spring starts (today they changed time again). I love the perfumes of Malone, and have two fruity ones. Wish you a snuggly winter time! 

  7. Janelle MccullochMarch 25, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    I'm just about to have a deep bath on this wintry Sunday night. Wish I had some pomegranate noir now!
    Janelle McCulloch

  8. Red Phoenix StyleMarch 26, 2012 at 8:22 AM

    It is getting colder in Brisbane too and we are hideously unprepared for our first winter in our new open, breezy Queensland style home. Must buy a heater stat! Glad the injections aren't too bad. L xx

  9. I can't believe we are busting ugg boots out already in March! Your feet do look nice and cosy.
    ps. Love your choice of carbs. I'd eat chips anyday, anytime xx

  10. I might have to pick up some Jo Malone bath oil when I'm in Sydney in June... 

    MMM, hot chips. My carb-weakness.

  11. Renee - GC RealEstateGirlMarch 27, 2012 at 3:33 PM

    The Jo Malone bath soak sounds divine - may need to source some myself :)
    How do you rate the L'oreal BB over the Garnier out of interest?
    Good luck with those injections - the result will make them all seem miniscule.


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