I smelt Brilliant Wish on paper weeks before and found it
to be a synthetic, brash, and gaudy version of Angel by Thierry Mugler (my
uncle's HG). Gorgeous bottle, disappointing scent.
I chucked the tester in my purse and forgot about it until I found it again in
my wallet days later. I swear it didn’t even smell like the same perfume... This
was more pleasant, more angel-like. Could it be that I never gave it enough
time to develop? This scent may have mixed up with the other testers in my
wallet, but for a moment, it made a blind-buy of Brilliant Wish seem like ...an
okay idea. Logic Win…!
After all, it was released in 2008, and flankers could
be more successful and nose worthy - right?
... Right? :p
Fast forward 2 weeks later, and I received my bottle of Brilliant Wish in the
mail. I was over the moon! Running back to my apartment, I ripped the plastic
off the box, pulled the beautiful diamond-shaped bottle out, uncapped the perfume,
and spritzed it on my arm like a junkie hungry for a fix-
only instead of the comfort and joy that was anticipated,
I was slapped senseless with whop of bitter
This unexpected harshness initially annoyed me a
little; looking at the bottle in my hand, I was slowly overcome with
disappointment, ala the dismayed Asian parent woefully confused about their
child's scholastic B-average. You should never judge a book by its cover, but
quite honestly, the beauty of the bottle brought about high expectations.
this gold colored liquid more classy and pleasant?
Why aren't you more like lady million
(my guilty pleasure. :p Review on that coming up soonish).
Why aren’t you more
perfect, like your broth– errrrr – like that other perfume…!?
The scent of this one reminded me of long rides in the confines of a car
fumigated by 3 pine/lemon air fresheners hanging by the air-conditioner. I never
understood why we had that much car freshener then.With or without the freshener, the car didn't smell, and none of us stank. I entertained the thought that the fresheners were
purchased in bulk; that maybe there was a prize at the bottom of the
box (a mini air freshener! *glee*), or a golden ticket of some sort. One thing I knew for sure, was that it
was nauseating. Can you say death by freshener?
Thankfully, Brilliant Wish mellowed to a warm
saccharine amber - the sort of grown up sweetness locked behind the diabetic chambers
of Willy Wonka lawsuits that never came to be.
I honestly didn’t like it, but had to run a few errands so I left it on...
only to grow accustomed to the
scent 15 minutes after that nasty first spritz.
As I type this entry, it nuzzles up against my skin like a well-behaved pup.
It seems that Chopard has turned the 180 again.
Final thoughts and rating:
Though it lacks the bearing of a signature
fragrance, it seems pleasant enough to warrant a 6/10
(whereas i would have
given it a 3 on my initial spritz).
It's possibly more of a cold weather fragrance. I can imagine this getting too heady during summer -_-
Have you tried Brilliant Wish or any of Chopard's other fragrances before?
Fluffy and light cupcakes with a tang balanced off by the sweetness of white chocolate. I've made this several times and always got rave reviews!
I read somewhere that sour cream usually gives your final product a
boost of moisture, which is why I've taken to replacing a lot of the
liquids (like milk or water) in many of the recipes I've come across
with sour cream. Haven't regretted any of my substitutions so far :)
Another thing I tried and haven't regretted is subbing the white chocolate in this recipe with dark chocolate, and adding chocolate powder to the batter for a black-forest type cherry cupcake. Absolutely to die for. <3
Anyways, here's the recipe!
Cherry and White Chocolate Chip Cupcakes Ingredients
1.5 c sifted flour
⅔ c sugar, or any sugar substitute. I recommend Xylitol
2 dashes cinnamon or all-spice powder
¾ tsp baking powder
¾ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1 c (8 oz) sour cream
5 tbs butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract
¾ c white chocolate chips
½ c morello cherries, pitted and chopped (you can use fresh cherries as well)
Preheat the oven to 173 C
Prep your cupcake tins with cups
In a large bowl, combine butter, vanilla, sour cream and egg
Sift in the flour, and mix in the rest of the dry ingredients (except the cherries and white chocolate chips)
until just incorporated
Gently fold in the chocolate chips and cherries
Scoop in enough batter to fill 3/4s of the cupcake tin
Bake for about 15-20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean
Let cool for at least 5 minutes before serving it up! :)