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

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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Some New Stuff :: Recent Haul Goodies!

I got a lot of new stuff recently! Here are some of my favorite new thingamajigs!

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Stuff!

  • Nordstrom’s Best’ Cheek Palette from Nars *Nordstrom Anniversary Sale
  • Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer
  • Sonia Kashuk Pink Innocence Perfume
  • Hourglass Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick in Blanc
  • Hourglass Vanish Foundation Brush

About the stuff!

I Love love LOVE the concealer, I did a whole review video on it!

 

The Nars cheek palette is the only thing that peeked my interest from Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale!

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Come with…

  • Orgasm Blush
  • Luster Blush
  • Deep Throat Blush
  • Desire Blush
  • Albatross Highlighting Blush Powder
  • Laguna Bronzing Powder

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Also here is how pale the hourglass foundation is. I got the lightest one, I  haven’t tried it (or the brush yet) I am hoping it is as magical as I believe it will be!

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anyways! That is all the new favorite things I recently got!

UNBOXING :: Beautycon Kandee Johnson Summer 2016 Box

I got my Beautycon box today and I am super duper excited! It as filled with some amazing stuff! ❤ I wouldn’t expect anything less from the amazing and talented Kandee Johnson! Check it out below!

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What Came in the Box

  • Cover FX Contour Brush
  • Benzac Acne Solutions- Blemish Clearing Hydrator
  • La Fresh – Beauty Wipes
  • Garner Skin Active- Clearly Brighter Moisturizer
  • NYX- Ombre Lip Duo
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil – in Cashmere
  • Veraspa – Gradual Tanner
  • Too Faced – Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara
  • Neutrogena- Ultra Light Cleansing OIl
  • Redken- Fashion Waves Sea Salt Spray
  • Smashbox – Brow tech shaping Powder
  • Promo card for the edit by Seventeen

I am really loving everything. Only thing I can’t use is the gradual tanner, but my sister will love it. I really really love Beautycon boxes, you get so much amazing stuff for so little!

I also posted a youtube video of me unboxing all of it too if you wanted to watch my weird shaped head talk about all the goodies in here!

Haul :: ColourPop and Morphe

I just got some packages in from Colourpop and Morphe and I am so stoked. I bought some more Morphe Elite brushes (I heard they are being discontinued) and a bunch of stuff from Colourpop!

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The Goods

Morphe

  • E30 – BLENDING FLUFF
  • E5 – PRO MINI FAN BRUSH
  • E23 – DELUXE BLENDER
  • E2 – ROUND POWDER

ColourPop

  • Highlighter-  Wisp
  • Creme gel liner – in Brew Haha *not pictured
  • Eyeshadow – Effect
  • Eyeshadow – Coconut
  • Ultra Satin Lip – Frick’n Frack
  • Ultra Matte Lip – Trap
  • Ultra Matte Lip – Are & B
  • Ultra Matte Lip – Bumble

I am going to do a first impressions video (Since I haven’t used any Colourpop lip products before) and also will have swatches up  with the video very soon!

Also like I said, Morphe is discontinuing their Elite collection, and the remaining stock is on sale, so if you want some nice brushes for a really cheap price go grab some before they are all gone!

 

Haul :: Random Items From Memebox.com

I wanted to buy a few different things from Memebox.com and wanted to add a few extras to bump it up to get free shipping.

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The Goods

  • Innisfree Jeju Volcanic 3 in 1 Nose Pack
  • Innisfree Eco Beauty Tool Ribbon Hair Band *not pictured
  • Innisfree Eco Safety Perfect Sunblock SPF50+ PA+++ 50ml *repurchase
  • I’m Meme I’m Rubycell Puff pack 5
  • Darkness Eyelashes K.Ma5
  • Darkness Eyelashes VN
  • Berrisom Oops My Lip Tint Pack Lovely Peach
  • Nooni Root Energy Cleansing Water Mini (for travel)
  • ETUDE House Tear Drop Liner #01
  • Tosowoong Platinum Miracle Skin Pore Tightening Pack

I had reviewed the pore pack recently and I fell in love, so I wanted to buy a full size! Its so amazing!

That’s my little haul. I love all the things! ❤

Kashoen Brush Unboxing

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I got the rest of my Kashoen Brushes. I ordered these from ALEXICIOUS which is an amazing company with high end products from Japan. They have everything, including Kashoen Brushes. I could be wrong but I think its one of the only places to get them online.

I am a huge sucker for makeup brushes, and I wanted to do a small order to see how these worked, before I invested a lot more in a more full set.

I got a small makeup brush set (that comes in a pretty pink silk pouch) and a cleanser brush. I have the Cleanser brush set from Tatcha (WHICH I AM LOVING!), and read that the cleansers are good for powder and bronzer, thus why I got a second!

I am going to show you how they come because good golly the packaging is just STUNNING and I am a sucker for packaging!

The Kashoen Cleanser Brush

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This is a beautiful wooden box, that has the name and decal etched onto the box, it has some designs on the side too! So lovely! And ensures it arrives safely! ❤

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after opening the box.

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Wrapped in rice paper

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I got the one with the red handle because I just fell in LOVE with the color!

The bristles are super duper soft, and it is such a pleasure to hold. I like the little chain so I can hang it while it dries. Love love LOVE!

Little Hana Basic Brush Set

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The box.

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You can barely see, but the paper has the pretty floral decal printed in pale pint all over it.

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After you open the box. The attention to detail when it comes to packaging these is insane.

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Outside of the silk pouch. It’s a pretty ballet shoe pink.

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Inside.

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The Brushes

  • Cheek Powder Brush
  • Eye Shadow Applicator
  • Eye Shadow Brush
  • Comb and Brow
  • Lip Brush

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And here is the set put together.

I haven’t had a chance to try the makeup set set. It is a very petit set, perfect for my bag or travel. If I love them I may invest in the larger more extensive set in the future! But I am OBSESSED with the cleanser brushes!

I am also wanting to try some Hakuhodo, and Chikuhodo brushes as well. so I may get those in the future as well.

I hope you enjoyed this unboxing! ❤

Haul :: BeautyNetKorea.com Goodies

I got another package today (I feel like I have gotten so many recently) and it was my BeautyNetKorea.com order!

It was just a few products, most I wanted to try and one was a refill/restock for me!

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The Goodies

Aqua Petit Jelly BB Cream From Holika Holika, This is a refill for me, because my other one is almost out. I LOVE this.

Snow White Cleansing Foam by Secret Key

Eglips Chop Chop Lips Color Oriental- Beautiful rusty red

Jewel light Under eye maker by Holika Holika- Color white. I want to try this out for some shimmer around my tear ducts.

Jewel light Peach Eye Maker by Holika Holika

Jewel Light Water Proof Eyeliner by Holika Holika– In colors Diamond and Gold. I have been wanting to try these out forever!

Tonymoly Kiss Lover Lip Master [Minis]- I got 3 of the same color, so that means one will be apart of an upcoming giveaway!

Also they sent be a boatload of samples!

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I can’t wait to try out this stuff! ❤

MemeBox Haul

Weeeee, so happy I got my Memebox order in! I was stocking up on some things I was almost out of and I am also trying some new things as well!

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Also Look at that Panda Bear! TonyMoly has the CUTEST packaging! ❤

The Goods!

Dinoplatz UFO Multibox from Too Cool for School – I have wanted to try this forever. the cushion has a little compartment on then bottom that has blush, concealer and a pore balm! I wanted this to throw in my small purses so I don’t have to lug around a lot of products.

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JeJu Volcanic Pore Cleansing Foam from Innisfree – I LOVE this cleanser, makes my face feel so fresh and clean! This is a refill because I am almost out! ❤

Panda’s Dream White Magic Cream from Tony Moly – I wanted to try this to see if it helped brighten my completion. I am plenty pale, but having my complexion be brighter has always been something I try to achieve, make my skin look luminous and not dull. So we will see how this works!

Green Tea Cleansing Water from Innisfree – I have wanted to try out this cleansing water, so I am super excited!

Green Tea Moisture Cream from Innisfree – Another product I have wanted to try!

Proof 10 Eye Primer from Etude House – I was almost out so I grabbed another little jar of this. If you want a good eye primer TRY THIS! Seriously it is amazing!

Pig Nose Clear Blackhead 3 Step Kit from Holika Holika- I LOVE these, I was out so I picked up another little kit of them!

I am really excited to try these things!!!! So yeah, woohoo!

For the Love of Pearls

Ok, on top of being a skincare and makeup junkie I also have an obsession with pearls. Its pretty much the only jewelry I wear minus a ring from my mother and my wedding set! After years of collecting I have found a few amazing places to get amazing pearl jewelry at a fraction of the cost.

One thing I learned is, that the expensive $3000 akoya necklace is usually only that much because Brick and Mortar (BM) stores have to jack up their prices because of things like higher cost to keep the inventory, limited inventory, cost to maintain their store, employees, ext. But if you KNOW about pearls you can find the exact same necklace (or even a higher quality one) for over half the price! Now some people like to buy name brand pieces (from say Mikimoto) and Generally I would say go for this. Mikimoto has some amazing pieces, but before you take the plunge into a set of Mikis, you should get your feet wet and see what you truly want out of your pearl jewelry (do you like larger necklaces, do you like graduated. Do you prefer South Sea to Tahitian to Akoya, how about length?)

The PERFECT place to start educating yourself on pearls is the forum Pearl Guide

This forum has been around for years and features an amazing community of pearl farmers, pearl distributors, jewelry designers, online and BM store owners and pearl collectors. You can ask any question, learn anything about pearls. Have a necklace that was an heirloom and what to know if its real or not without going to your jeweler. Just snap a few pics and ask. Want to compare a few online necklaces to see which looks best and is a better bargain, just ask. Want to share your pictures of your collection and drool over the people amazing pieces, this is the place for you! Everyone is so knowledgable, so welcoming and it is the greatest place to get started if you are green to the world of pearls.

Where to buy online?

I have a few recommendations for purchasing online. These online vendors I have frequently bought from myself AND they have AMAZING return policies and excellent Customer service!

Pearl Paradise– Well know and loved pearl online store. They have sold jewelry to Angelina Jolie, and other a list celebrities. Hisano Shepard who is an award winning Jewelry designer (designs under the name Little H, you can find her stuff at Pearl Collective also) Has Designed Jewelry for the first lady, celebrities, you name it. She designed the necklace I wore on my wedding, and her and her team give every order, big or small the most excellent level of customer service I have ever seen. Jeremy Shepard is the companies founder, and he is pleasant, knowledgeable and passionate about his pearls!

Pearls of Joy– Kevin Canning runs this, and he is always a pleasure to work with. His curated collection of exotic pearls (Maven Collection) is truly stunning. He carries limited quantities of things because he is so picky about finding the most perfect pearl. He will spend hours at gem and jewelry shows in Hong Kong sorting through huge bags of pearls to find the best ones. Don’t believe me? Check out his blog

Kojima Company– Truly one of the most creative use of pearls. Every piece is hand made, and she takes such care to really deliver a powerful statement with pearls. She also carries true Japanese Kasumi pearls and Sea of Cortez pearls. Definitely worth a look!

Below are pictures of a Tahitian Necklace from Pearl Paradise, One of Hisanos creations, the Gorgeous Geode Tahitian Earings, with Black Diamonds and Rubies, some beautiful Chinese ripples from Pearls of Joy and some gorgeous Sea of Cortez Mabe Earring from Kojima!

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A Few other places to get gorgeous Pearls

West Pearls,The Pearl OutletPure Pearls

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From West Pearls

For the love of Pearls ❤