Demeter Fragrance Library Black Pepper Review

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Demeter Fragrance Library ::

Black Pepper Fragrance Review

Ok, I love Demeter Fragrances, there is something very fun and cheeky about them. I have several and am always looking to try more.

Since they newly launched Kitten Fur as a new scent (of course I HAD to pick up a bottle to review on my YouTube channel), I decided to pick up a few other things I wanted. Some fun fragrances for a n April Fools video, and a large bottle of Mulled Cider (one of my favorite scents). They are usualy very generous with GWP, and they were offering a bottle of Violet with purchases over $30. Now if they run out of the gift, they will substitute it, which for me was a 1 ounce bottle of Black Pepper

Here is what is lifted off of Demeter’site about this fragrance.

Luxurious, subtle and mysterious, like the peppercorns themselves.
Black pepper’s pungent bite comes from the alkaloids – piperine and piperidine, combined with resins found mostly in the seeds. Its aromatic, slightly musty odor comes from the volatile oils found largely in the flesh and skin. These are the oils that go into creating this elegant Black Pepper scent.

by Olivia Wilde
At what point did waiters stop trusting us with the pepper grinder?

Now, I LOVE Pepper, in fragrances. I love the spicy notes it brings, so when I saw I got this instead of Violet I was really happy!! Ive worn it and decided I would review it for you!

What do I think?

With Demeter fragrances either you love them or hate them. They tend to be pretty polarizing (minus the general run-of-the-mill florals). This one is no exception.

I decidedly could not wear this for more then 2 minutes. Ive tried a few times. It is UNWEARABLE to me.

I have tried a few times, but this, this is a whole other level. I have tested out the infamous Secrections Magnifiques from Etat Libre d’Orange and I could wear that longer then this!

UGH!!!

I am sad, because I truly love black pepper in fragrances, but this is just a synthetic mess that burns. Its like poison to my nose!!!

I rarely think any fragrances are scrubbers, but this one most definitely is!

😦

 

My Favorite Sheet Masks!!!

I am a HUGE lover of sheet masks! They are amazing at revitalizing my face, and just give my skin the boost it so desperately needs! I figured I would share my favorite sheet masks with you guys! Also let me know YOUR favorites!

 

Sheet Masks!

April Skin Mummy Masks

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If you love the purifying power of clay masks, and the convenience of sheet masks, then these are the masks for you! They do an EXCELLENT job of removing impurities, deadskin, and brightening the completion! I get mine from Memebox!

 

Tonymoly I’m Real Masks

 

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I am such a fan of all of these masks. My favorite it the broccoli/vitality one. They do a great job at keeping my skin looking and feeling great! I also love how versatile these are, and also how inexpensive they are as well. I usually buy them as a multipack

 

Benton Snail Bee High Content Mask

 

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The packaging might leave a lot to the imagination, but don’t let that fool you. This is one of the BEST sheet masks on the market. Snails, bee venom, and other fantastic ingredients  that are perfect for healthy skin. I love this for its hydrating, and anti aging properties!!! Definitely a MUST TRY!

Honorable Mentions

These are other masks I enjoy a lot as well!!!

Brightest Fragrances Perfect for Spring & Summer

I did a video a bit ago and I shared the brightest and most vivacious fragrances in my collection, and I wanted to share them on here as well!

 

My Choices

Creed Acqua Fiorentina
D&G Light Blue
Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo Bergamotto di Calabria
Commodity Bergamot
Armani Prive Eau de Jade
by Kilian Bamboo Harmony
Elizabeth Arden Yuzu Green Tea
Atelier Cologne Clementine California
Tom Ford Neroli Portofino
Maison Francis Kurkdjian Aqua Universalis Forte

I chose these because they are bright, energizing, effortless and easy to wear. Since it is so ridiculously hot and humid here (South Florida!!) It’s always Spring and Summer fragrance season! I have been specifically interested in these recently, because it has been a lot hotter and humid more recently then the last few months (Christmas was like 90 degrees) and I have been super obsessed with specifically bright and biting citruses!

I’d love to know your favorite spring and summer fragrances!!! Let me know!

My FAVORITE Grab & Go Fragrances

Salutations friends!

I have been super busy and active on my YOUTUBE CHANNEL! But I haven’t forgotten about this blog either. I have bigger plans for BeautyMeow.com, so get excited! In any case I thought it would be fun to share with you my favorite Grab and Go Fragrances! These are easy and effortless fragrances I don’t have to think about or worry about. I can grab any one of these,  spritz on me, and know I will smell amazing!!

I am sharing the video below but you can just read my list below if you want! I will list them all along with notes! ❤

Fragrances Mentioned

Creed Acqua Fiorentina

Notes- Apple, Bergamot, Prune, pear, Carnation, Lemon

Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb La Vie En Rose

Notes- Tangerine, Rose, Bergamot, Patchouli

by Kilian Bamboo Harmony

Notes- Neroli, Bergamot, Mate, Fig, White Tea, Oakmoss

Jo Malone Wild Bluebell

Notes- Bluebell, Musk, Rosehip, Jasmine, Lily of the Valley

Gucci Bamboo

Notes- Ylang Ylang, Amberm Orangle Blossom, Sandalwood

Lolita Lempicka

Notes- Tonka Bean, Violet, Anise Seed, Vanilla and Musk

Bvlgari Rose Essentielle

Notes- Rose, Patchouli, Blackberry

Micallef Mon Parfum

Notes- Passionfruit, Vetiver, Mandarin, Musk, Patchouli

Library of Flowers Wildflower and Fern

Notes- Cucumber, Davana, Honeysuckle

Armani Prive Rose Alexanderie

Notes- Rose, Neroli, Bergamot, Benzoin, Mandarin

 

These are just a few but the ones I love the most!!!! Id love to know what your faves are!

XOXO-Kristin

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My ENTIRE Fragrance Collection

Salutations!

I wanted to share with you all my ENTIRE full sized little fragrance/perfume Collection!

I have been collection for years now, and I love my little collection! I will list them below but I also will link my youtube video where I share them all and get into each one (which I like, which I love, notes and longevity!)

 

My Fragrances

1- YSL Black Opium
2- YSL Mon Paris
3- Library of Flowers Moonchild
4- Library of Flowers- Wildflower and Fern
5- Lollia Believe
6- Lollia Wish
7- Lollia Inspire
8- Lollia Wander
9- Bvlgari Au de Vert**
10- Bvlgari Jasmin Noir
11- Bvlgari Rose Essentielle**
12- Serge Lutens Arabie
13- Serge Luten Serge Noire**
14- Dior Addict
15- Dior Hypnotic Poison
16- Dolce Floral Drops
17- Dolce and Gabbana Light Blue**
18- Dolce and Gabbana Pour Femme Intense
19- Roja Parfums Enslaved**
20- Elizabeth Arden Green Tea**
21- Elizabeth Arden Yuzu Green Tea
22- Elizabeth Arden Cherry Blossom Green Tea
23- Elizabeth Arden Spiced Green Tea
24- Pacifica California Jasmine
25- Etude House Pink Cherry Blossom
26- Royal Apothic English Rose
27- Fictions She Found Comfort In His Wild
28- Burberry Brit
29- Thierry Mugler Angel Muse
30- Lalique Le Parfume
31- L’Artisian Parfumeur Nuit De Tuberose
32- L’Artisian Parfumeur Tea for Two
33- L’Artisian Parfumeur Drole Rose
34- Viva La Juicy Rose
38- Besame Cosmetics 1910
39- Marc Jacobs Dot
40- Marc Jacobs Oh Lola
41- Marc Jacobs Lola
42- Jessica McClintock
43- Gucci Bamboo
44- by Kilian Imperial Tea**
45- by Kilian Bamboo Harmony
46- by Kilian Forbidden Games
47- by Kilian Liaisons Dangeruese
48- Creed Acqua Fiorentina**
49- Creed Fleurissimo
50- Derek Lam 10 Crosby SIlent St**
51- Commodity Gold
52- Guerlain Shalimar**
53- Guerlain Terracotta le Parfume
54- Aerin Tangier Vanille
55- Aerin Evening Rose
56- Aerin Rose de Grasse
57- Tom Ford Jasmin Rouge
58- Tom Ford Sahara Noir
59- Tom Ford Arabian Wood
60- Byredo Black Saffron
61- Amouage Ciel Woman
62- Amouage Memoir Woman**
63- Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb
64- Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb Rose Explosion**
65- Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb La Vie En Rose
66- Elizabeth and James Nirvana Bourbon
67- Elizabeth and James Nirvana White
69- Salvador Ferragamo Signorina
70- Louis Vuitton Rose de Vents
71- Givenchy A’Telier Immortelle Tribe
72- Givenchy A’Telier Iris Harmonique
73- Givenchy A’Telier Ambre Tigre
74- Maison Francis Kurkdjian Baccarat Rouge 540
75- Maison Francis Kurkdjian A La Rose
76- Maison Francis Kurkdjian Oud Cashmere Mood**
77- Maison Francis Kurkdjian Acqua Universalis Forte
78- Maison Francis Kurkdjian Féminin Pluriel
79- Le Labo Baie Rose 26
80- Prada Candy
81- Gorilla Perfume Lust
82- L’Occitane Miel & Citron / Honey & Lemon
83- Lolita Lempicka
84- Demeter Iced Berries
85- Demeter Sugar Cookies
86- Tocca Florence
87- Lady Gaga Fame
88- Chanel No. 5
89- Chanel Coco**
90- Chanel Coco Mademoiselle
91- Armani Prive Rose Arabie**
92- Armani Prive Au de Jade
93- Armani Prive Rose Alexanderie
94- Armani Prive- Vetiver Babylone
95- Aquolina Pink Sugar
96- Jean Patou Joy
98- Perufmers Workshop Tea Rose
99- Sonia Kashul Pink Innocencia
100- Aqua di Parma Rosa Nobile

the ones with the little ** By them are my personal favorites!

 

 

Winter Skincare Routine 2016

Hello!

I have recently updated my skincare routine! I did a youtube video on my night time routine which I will link below but I wanted to also list the items for you here. Also if you see a * by the product this item is HOLY GRAIL status! And will stay with me through all my skincare routines year round!

 

The Youtube Video!

 

MY Routine!

My Skin

I have a very pale complexion, with combination sensitive skin. I also suffered from enlarged pores. I have lived in South Florida my entire life, and would wear sunscreen everyday on my arms and neck but not my face. As such I had some sun damage, and some issue with a nice texture on my skin. At 30 (I’m  32 meow) I decided it was time to put on my big girl pants and start really taking care of myself. Diet, exercise, and SKINCARE!

I don’t like under-exxagerating how bad my skin was, because truly whats the point- I had bad skin. Breakouts, pores, flaking. All because I didn’t take proper care of it. It was MY FAULT. So when I owned up to that (rather then blame genetics) I started to see a VAST improvement.

My Routine

Morning

First CleanserClean It Zero From Banila Co. This is a great first cleanse in the morning. Sometimes I do not do a double cleanse in the morning, but if I wake up and my face is extra greasy then I do this. I can say I usually do a double cleanse in the morning. at least 5 times a week.
Foaming CleanserSecret Key Snow White Foaming Cleanser. I love this in the morning,. my complexion looks brighter and my face feels great.
TonerSunday Riley Martian Toner – I have been LOVING this. I switched up from my usually SK-II Toner
Treatment Lotion – La Mer the Treatment Lotion, Helps all my skincare work a lot better.
EssenceSK-II Facial Treatment Essence*– Put a small amount in my hands and gently pat into my face. I let it absorb completely before moving on
SerumsSK-II Genoptics Aura Essence,Skin INC Daily Dose Serum (Reborn, Repair Rebalance)
Eye CreamCaudalie Premier Cru Eye Cream. I got this as a deluxe sample and I ADORE it
Emulsion– Sunday Riley Tidal Water Cream. Another new addition to my routine, and I absolutely love it
Moisturizer – La Mer Soft Moisturizing Lotion. Love love love this!
I also apply Nature Republics Aloe Vera Gel all over my body and chest and neck area.

Evening/nighttime

First Cleanse – Clarins Cleansing Milk with Alpine Herbs– This leaves my face clean, and takes off all my makeup and is so refreshing!
Foaming CleanserLa Mers The Cleansing Gel, which is amazing, and during hormonal breakouts I use Tatcha’s Rice Enzyme Cleanser. I found a big difference when I catered my cleansers to certain times of the month, and different instances as well.
TonerBenton BHA Aloe Vera Toner
Exfoliate – Peter Thomas Roth Un Wrinkle Peel Pads
Pore Serum– COSRX Summer Pore Minish Serum– This is soso so good and it leaves my skin looking amazing and my pores looking noticeably tighter!
Treatment Lotion– La Mer The Treatment Lotion
Essence SK-II Facial Treatment Essence*– Put a small amount in my hands and gently pat into my face.
SerumsEstee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, La Mer Renaissance Serum*, both of these are EXCELLENT, and I just have to use the tiniest amount of each
Eye CreamCaudalie Premier Cru Eye Cream
EmulsionSunday Riley Tidal Water Cream.
MoisturizerCreme de La Mer from La Mer* Holy grail product, my favorite skincare product!

I also apply Nature Republics Aloe Vera Gel all over my body and chest and neck area.

 

Also if my skin is very sensitive I will spot treat with the Indigo Soothing Triple Recovery Cream from Tatcha. If I wasn’t wearing a lot of makeup I will use the La Mer Micellar Water for my first cleanse at night to Midday.

 

Thats my skincare! If you have any questions or recommendations let me know in the comment section!

Etsy Indie Brand Spotlight :: Cinis Labs, Fragrances, Beard Oils and more!

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I was really excited to be able to review this Etsy Indie brand, Cinis Labs.

Cinis Labs, operated and owned by Donnie Bovi specializes in Beard Oils, Unisex Fragrances, and Fragrance Supplies. They also sell pomades and other items as well. I  was interested in reviewing his fragrances and when I contacted Donnie about what products he would recommend I purchase to review he recommended a lot of amazing things. He also gave me pretty much most of his line to review. Fragrances, beard oils, and his new hair pomade. Since I don’t have a beard I gave some of it to some bearded buddies to try out, as well as some of the pomade, and some fragrances. I am going to have a youtube video on the fragrances, but I wanted to give his amazing products the review they deserve!

About Donnie and Cinis Labs

 

Story Behind Cinis Labs

I was never a big fan of perfumes, to me it was always like: Oh you smell nice, what is it? -It’s that brand.And I hated when I would smell a fragrance that I knew or owned on someone and I would recognize it. To me it just made it a bit less personal, it was more who you are wearing rather than what you smell like.
I was at a party one day about 6 years ago, and someone there smelled so good, that I kept getting closer, I couldnt help myself, I just wanted to smell more and more. So I asked him what he was wearing and he said: Molecule01.
I did my research and I discovered the ingredient (iso-e-super) and how it amplifies someones natural scent, I go my hands on it and I kept getting compliments. Then I thought maybe I should mix it up with something like cedarwood and see what happends.
Long story short, I got my hands on a few oils and I started mixing them up to try new scents. The more people would compliment the way I smelled the more oils I would get and experiment. After that I started doing more research on how to make a perfume last longer, stronger etc. A few thoussand dollars later, I realised that maybe I should try to make some money out of it, so I can keep going. So whenever someone would compliment the way I smelled I would explain that I make it myself and see if they wanted to buy some. thats how it started I guess. Its really more of a hobby still, I have never done any marketing or advertising and never tried to promote my products in any way. Whenever I come up with something I think is good i just list it and people just find my products and buy them.

When did you start Cinis Lab?

I started it in April.

What was the inspiration for your store and products?

I was mainly interested in making perfumes. I had ideas that I thought were weird, unusual, and wanted top make fragrances that I would wear. I have never tried to think what would be popular, everything I’ve tried mixing is because it made sense to me.
When I am mixing my oils I usually take old school fragrances and give them a twist. I also mix scents based on memories, from places or times in my life.My fragrance unholy water for example, has notes that i remember from my childhood, flowers, trees church. I added the twist, and holy water (from the church memories) became unholy.
Now the beard oils and the rest of the products are products that I wanted to make for myself once again. Made them, tried them, I thought they worked, I gave some to friends, I got great feedback, so I thought I’d start selling some of that too.

Where would you like to see this shop/brand go… in the next year, 5 years, beyond?

I want to make more products, like lotions, hair products, with cool scents. I do not have a business plan, it’s just something I do in my free time, a hobby. Having said that, sales keep rising in these first four months and that makes me think maybe I should see it more seriously.

Any new products, fragrances you plan on coming out with?

I want to launch a hair/beard putty, I am already working on it. I want to make it in all the scents the beard oils come in. Hopefully I will build some stock and launch it this month.
This week I am launching a new fragrance that I am very proud of. It is very niche and I am addicted to it and wearing it every day, I get comments everywhere I go. It smells like gasoline, motor oil, steel and spices. yes, gasoline. Its sharp, icy, musky
I call it “Fueled up

Beard Oil and Pomade Review

Firstly before I get into what my friends thought, I used the oils and pomade in my hair. I loved the way they made my hair smell, added a nice fragrance, and also I really loved how the pomade worked, how long it lasted, and how easy it was to use. Generally all of Cinis Labs products are unisex, so you can really use them however you want, I just wanted to add my initial thoughts on these items!

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The beard oils I got were

The Pomade was Rosewood/Oud/Amber (which isn’t available just yet)

Overall everyone really liked the oils. The feedback I got was that the oils really helped condition their facial hair, and the fragrances were unique and also not overpowering in a way that would make them not be worn. Distinguished manliness was mentioned, as well as “Where can I buy this for when I run out!?” The pomade was also liked as well. helped mainain the beard, their hairstyles (and mine) and was also very pleasantly fragranced (I LOVE the smell of it, OMFG). Friends and skeptics turned into believes (and future sales I am sure) and came with glowing recommendations.

The other thing they seemed to really get behind was the price. Cinis Labs products are extremely reasonable for the quality! ($9.50 for a 30 ml and $16.50 for 60 ml) so if you wanted to try a few things it won;t break the bank or hurt your wallet.

Also something else I’d like to add is the Customer Service and communication Donnie provided. Fast, courteous, and knowledgable about his products and brand!

 

Fragrances

I also picked up a few fragrances, but I will be doing a youtube video on them so I can get more into longevity of the perfume, how it smells, and things like that!

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Fragrances I got

Overall Impressions

Overall I really liked and enjoyed all the products I received. My friends loved them and really are psyched to use them more, and also become customers of Donnie’s. Cinis Labs is a no brainer. If you are looking for very unique fragrances that are deep, woody, and substantial, and want to support a small business and get an amazing product at an amazing price then Cinis Labs is definitely the place! Need a unique gift for a father, boyfriend and beard aficionado, definitely check them out!

Brand Grade and Product Grade- A+

Cinis Lab Store on Etsy

 

 

 

Drugstore faves!

I uploaded a video on my favorite drugstore makeup items! I have been doing a lot of favorite videos (and a lot of videos in general) which is why I haven’t been posting here as often, but I have some special reviews coming of for this blog so stay tuned!

Here they are, and if you want to watch the video and see why watch the video!

Products Mentioned
-Loreal Infallible Foundation- Pro-Matte and Pro-Glow
-Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Powder
-Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer
-Makeup Revolution Vivid Baked Highlighters- Golden Lights, Radiant Lights
-Milani Rose POwder Blush in Romantic Rose
-WetnWild/Fergie Around the Clock Blush
-Colourpop Highlighter- Spoon
-Colour Pop Eyeshadows – Coconut and Game Face
-NYX Jumbo Eyepencil in milk
-WetnWild Felt Tip Eyeliner
-Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Trap
-Milani Lipstick in 03 Orange-Gina
-Nyx Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Tea and Cookies
-Nyx Matte Setting Spray ❤