Hey lovelies for those of you who haven't seen my exclusive guestpost for Vexinthecity here it is..
A couple of weeks ago Yinka hit me up asking me if I wanted to attend a press event on her behalf and do a guest post about it. At the time I knew I'd be in Miami and would be returning on the day of the event so I was a little unsure, but when she told me it was for Kim Kardashian's perfume press launch there was no way I could miss it! I HAD to be there!
Kim Kardashian has always been such a style and beauty inspiration to me, everything about her just screams girly glamour! I was so excited to finally get to see the lady who is all over our TV screens and magazines and to smell her debut fragrance. So, there I was on Wednesday morning quite literally 'DASH-ing' home from Miami to London and then straight back out to the Dorchester on Park Lane.
A champagne reception was held in the hotel, in a small, intimate room upstairs. We browsed and soon came across the fragrance and homed in to have a sniff. I have to say being a huge Kim fan, it left me feeling a little disappointed. It's not what I had expected from her. I had almost envisioned the perfume to smell of an infusion of something sweet like Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb combined with something super-sexy like Tom Ford's Black Orchid. Instead to me it smelt a little bit too floral and slightly dated, I don't see this fragrance being one I would wear simply because it's just not me. The fragrance notes include Orange Blouson, Pink Jasmine, Tuberose, Musk and Sandalwood. To me it smells very similar to a discontinued Space NK fragrance, which was either 'Tuberoli' or ''Champaca' ( I can't actually remember). In my opinion there was just nothing unique about the fragrance and I felt it didn't reflect Kim K in a way I had expected it to.
After smelling the fragrance we waited eagerly for the lady herself to grace us with her presence. She took to the stage and looked as amazingly beautiful as you'd expect her to. Totally picture perfect, her hair was amazing, make up was immaculate, nails were nicely manicured and she looked impeccable - Not a single flaw, almost like a Barbie doll. She wore a fitted pencil skirt, a black and white striped top, synched in at the waist by a black geisha style belt and she wore Christian Loubotuin 'Daffodil's' in lime green suede. It felt a little surreal as I was literally standing in front of her but she didn't even seem like she was real, I don't know if it was because of my lack of sleep or the jetlag, but I don't know her personality didn't shine as much as I'd hoped it to. She spoke for about one minute and that was it she was then escorted away. Check out my video below.
She later came back and stayed for approximately 10-15 minutes taking photographs. It was over crowded and she just stood there striking the same pose over and over again, not saying anything. By this point I felt totally deflated - had I really rushed all the way from the airport to see this beautiful woman who I adore, just standing there barely saying a word. In all fairness I can imagine how intimidating it must be as the room was literally hounding her, but you'd expect her to be a little more accustomed to it by now. As I stepped up to take a picture with her I actually felt quite sad and so wanted to make conversation to try and catch a glimpse of that Kim we see on TV with that personality that we all love. So there I was trying to make conversation "Hi Kim it's so nice to meet you, I just flew in from Miami to be here today" ..and she pretty much ignored me and just smiled..UHMM!?! OK THEN!
As I then walked away she gave me the generic "Nice to meet you". Yeah ...it was just great meeting you too.
(Press reports later that day stated that Kim is facing accusations of cheating on her new fiance, basketball player Kris Humphries - it may explain the vacant, zombie like persona. Or maybe not.)
It all felt a bit rushed and I couldn't help but leave feeling a little let down. The fragrance was nothing I had expected and that was the first disappointment and then the way Kim came across was another disappointment. I am a big Kimmy fan but maybe it's right what they say about you shouldn't meet your idols. I think she has become too much of a celebrity now and has definitely adopted that persona. I got the impression that people were too scared to get close to her when taking photos and acted hesitantly around her. At the end of the day she is just famous for being famous and her beauty has a huge role to play in that. I'm a little bit over it to be honest, will I continue to follow her blog for make up and style inspiration? - Probably! Will I look at her in the same way? - Probably not!
If you want to have a smell of Kim Kardashian's perfume to see if it's for you, it's available at Debenhams and priced between £23-£40.
Let me know what your thoughts are on the fragrance. Also what do you think about meeting your idols?