Fashion Inspiration Looks :: Easy Breezy Designer Summer Glam

I love these pieces together. Breezy, easy, and chic! The soft colors are perfect for summer! Glam it up with some pearl accessories and an extra pop of color with your bag! ❤

 

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Frozen in a Bottle | The Fragrance of Norway :: My Interview with Geir Ness

I was asked to review a new fragrance, Frozen in a Bottle, which was a collaboration between Disney, and Norwegian Perfumer- Geir Ness. Overall it was a very positive experience. The fragrance itself was beautiful, transportive, and a genuine pleasure to wear. Starting off sweet and somewhat icy, it enveloped you in luscious floral and herbal notes. I am a fan. So when I also had to opportunity to interview Geir Ness, I jumped on the chance. I have been familiar with him for quite some time, having worn, and enjoyed his first fragrance, Laila, for a good long while. However I didn’t want to do a standard interview. Rather I wanted to talk to him, pick his brain, and find out what made Frozen in a Bottle so special.

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Our conversation wasn’t to long, as we both are busy (him much more then myself). But if I could say one thing about the entire conversation was the pride he took in creating this fragrance, as well as how meticulously he crafted it. He told me he wanted to invoke, not just the movie, but Norway in and of itself. The beauty and splendor if it’s environment. After being approached to craft FiaB, he spent several weeks in Norway gathering herbs, flowers, and somewhat communing with everything, figuring out the best way to tackle his chosen task. Laila, and his masculine fragrance – Geir, are both sold in Disney’s Epcot Norway Pavilion. So when Disney approached him,  they knew what to expect when reaching out to Geir to craft their first real, signature fragrance. Having taken about 2 years to create and tireless effort, Frozen in a Bottle went live in March.

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If you have experienced Laila, you can definitely feel that same heart in Frozen in a bottle. Lighter, and a bit less sweet then Laila, it’s easy to see why it had such a positive response when it was launched. Not only drawing on Frozen’s already, cult like following. You had a lot of people also genuinely excited to experience something transportive, unique, yet very wearable. Geir said some people picked this out to wear on their wedding day, and it is easy to see why. Sweet, light, and refreshing, Frozen in a Bottle hits all the marks. Fragrances like this need to have mass appeal, and in a lot of ways compromises have to be met. Either in the formula, packaging, marketing and quality. Even if a lot of concessions had to be made, you couldn’t tell that in the final product. From the beautiful icy blue bottle and packaging, to the lovely wildflower and herbal notes to the juice, Everything was carefully picked out. Lavender was added to represent the end of the movie. And the together of two sisters, calming, pretty, clean and beautiful. The packaging’s beautiful blue hue was chosen to invoke light (it is also his favorite color) . Everything was very deliberate, yet when it all came together it was an effortless final product. You can almost feel the crisp breeze when you wear this, and smell the herbs and wild flowers, and most importantly, you can really identity Norway in this fragrance.

This fragrance isn’t the only thing in this lineup either. A shimmering hand and body cream, as well as a giftset are other things you can get your hands on if you enjoy this fragrance. On top of Laila, FiaB, and Geir he also has his own skincare line, The Skin of Norway. With moisturizers, Mist and serums, you have a plethora of amazing products to try as well.

Overall I greatly enjoyed speaking with him, and was very honored he took time out of his very busy schedule to talk with me. I learned a lot about the creative process in creating fragrances. And most importantly I got to experience his passion and expertise first hand! He told me he was most excited to really represent Norway and all its beauty with this fragrance, and I think he did it marvelously!

Here is some fun little tidbits

  • Geir’s Top 3 Favorite Disney Movies- Frozen, Lilo and Stitch, Zootopia
  • Describe FiaB in 7 words or less- Fresh, Clean, Light, Happy, All Ages

My Frozen in a Bottle YouTube Review-

You can purchase any of the fragrances right off of Geir’s Site, Laila.com

Beautiful Fragrance Dupes Perfect for Mother’s Day!

Hello hello!

I was really honored to have had MaxAroma.com contact me and ask me to review dupe/clone fragrance house La Rive. Now I had heard of La Rive before, and I have heard a lot of good things. The fragrance itself is manufactured in France, and everything is put together and sent out from Poland.

I am very skeptical of dupes/clones myself. Usually they smell very synthetic, and don’t do a good job of really capturing the fragrance they are supposed to be emulating, but I was very surprised with these. I found the juice to be very close to what they were duplicating, and in some cases they were twins! The other thing I loved about them was the price point. At Max Aroma, they were all $20 or less.

Overall I enjoyed them, and have been happily wearing them and enjoying them. If you want to see my full review of each I will linkmy Youtube video below! I think these would make amazing gifts for anyone who loves fragrances! And its a great way to save a few bucks too!

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Fragrances

  • Chatte– Dupe for Chanel No 5
  • Cute- Dupe for Chloe EDT (newer version)
  • Cash– Dupe for Paco Rabanne Lady Million
  • Fleur de Femme– Dupe for Dior Hypnotic Poison, Poison Girl
  • Madame in Love– Dupe for Gucci Flora by Gucci
  • Tender– Dupe for Calvin Klein’s Euphoria?
  • Beauty- Dupe for Giorgio Armani Si, Givenchy Dahlia Divin
  • Pearl– Dupe for Hugo Boss Jour Pour Femme ?
  • Lady Diamond– Dupe for Lady Million too (Cash is better/closer IMHO)

You can get them from Max Aromas Website, and to save a few more bucks use my code “Kristin” at checkout. You can save 10% on all La Rive Purchases!

 

Again I really enjoyed all of these fragrances, and think they would make perfect gifts, especially if you are on a budget!

 

The links are all affiliate links, but this is not a sponsored post

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!

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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!