Bespoke Beauty :: My Maison Francis Kurkdjian and Atelier Renard SLG

Bespoke Beauty, Perfumed Leather Perfection

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Now normally I don’t talk to much about my luxury items on here except for beauty, skincare and of course fragrance. But I do also collect and have an appreciation for bags and small leather goods (SLGs). Recently my SA at Neiman Marcus let me know about a special trunk show they were having, and about some very incredible little SLGs from Atelier Renard and Francis Kurkdjian.

When my SA told me about these pieces I was instantly excited. I love the history behind fragrances. How is spans and intertwines with different times, cultures and religions. And I was always fascinated with the perfumed gloves of the 17th century. So when I found out one of my favorite houses (and noses) was partnering with a master leather workshop to create special perfumed leather items I knew this was something I had to check out.

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Francis Kurkdjian and Brigitte Montaut looking through leather samples and notes. Credit FrancisKurkdjian.com

 

I think what really fascinates me about this collaboration between these two masters of their craft is that at started with a bag: That Bag then created a spark of admiration, respect which then blossomed and breathed life into a beautifully perfect collaboration.

The pieces range from single card cases to twin sets: in either American Alligator or Calfskin. In an assortment of colors you can really find just about anything you would want looks wise. SMELL wise the fragrance is unreal!

It’s safe to say I LOVE leather fragrances, so the beautiful resinous and rich fragrance paired with the supple leather is something truly special. I wish Francis Kurkdjian would make a fragrance like that with the leather. It reminds me very much of Grand Soir and Cologne Pour le Soir. The fragrance is supposed to last at least 2 years so I am excited to be able to enjoy this for that long!

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Me comparing my choices to my current SLGs in Use (Bottega Veneta Cardcase, LV Key Holder and Prada Saffiano Leather Wallet). That Green Alligator was almost the winner, but I got the calfskin twinset instead. Photo Credit, Me

Overall I am completely enraptured with the quality of my piece and the fragrance. It’s a beautiful union of 2 perfect worlds colliding to create something amazing. I am looking forward to what they have in store for us in the future!

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Alligator and Calfskin Twinsets in a beautiful assortment of colors. Credit Atelierrenard.com

Purchase

I was lucky to be able to experience these firsthand. They are not available online, only in select Bergdorf Goodman Stores and Certain Maison Francis Kurkdjian boutiques. I would contact them directly to see what is available.

Articles and Additional Information

Review of my piece is up on my Youtube Channel.

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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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Beautiful Fragrance Dupes Perfect for Mother’s Day!

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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!

 

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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

 

 

 

Sephora and Ulta Haul High End & Drugstore Beauty

I went to Sephora and Ulta this past week and wanted to share what I got. I got some higher end stuff from Sephora, and got a few drugstore things from Ulta

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  • Smashbox HALO Hydrating Perfecting Powder in Fair (I have wanted to try this out)
  • Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Bauhau5 (this was a repurchase since I had ran out of it a few weeks ago)
  • Kat Von D Ink Liner in Trooper
  • Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Pearl

Swatches

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Swatches of Bauhaus and Pearl. I LOVE Bauhau5. Its one of my favorite colors ever! (no wonder I ran out of it and needed another!)

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  • Maybelline Master Fix Setting Spray
  • NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Tea and Cookies
  • NYX Studio Liquid Liner Extreme Purple
  • NYX Studio Liquid Liner Sapphire
  • NYX Face and Body Glitter Copper
  • NYX Face and Body Glitter Ice

so those were my higher end and drugstore goodies I got.  I am working on a review on some of these items so if you want to learn more stay tuned!

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

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  • 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!

 

Drugstore Haul :: Fun New Goodies and Glitter

I have been wanting to get the Butter Bronzer from Physician’s Formula so I went to CVS. I ended up picking up a few extra things too!

ONWARD!

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The Goods

  • Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer -This smells amazing BTW!
  • Wet n Wild Megaglo Illuminating Palette- Catwalk Pink
  • Wet N Wild Coloricon Eyeshadow Glitter- Vice, Bleached, Brass
  • Wet N Wild Felt Tip Proliner
  • NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil- Milk

Swatches

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The NYX Pencil and the WnW eyeliner. I am most excited about the NYX. Hoping it works well for my lower waterline.

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The bronzer. This is so smooth and buttery, I have a feeling I will really love this. Also again, can I mention how amazing it smells!

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The illuminating palette. The top is them all swished together, and the bottom is them all separately. I think this is realllllly pretty.

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The glitter, in Vice, Bleached, and Brass. These glitters have mixed reviews. some say they slide off eyes. They are basically glitter mixed in with some type of balm. I got this to add a touch of glitter to my eyes, and for only a buck apiece I figured they were worth trying out. I will review these soon (so stay tuned)

Thats my little haul. I would have gotten more but they were doing inventory when I went there, and I didn’t want to be rude and get in there way while they worked.

Let me know if you all have an experience with these products!

Pat McGrath Skin Fetish Review!

OMG OMG I died when I realized I could order these. I tried getting them off of her website but the site was crashing and they sold out super quick. Fast forward a bit and as a Sephora Rouge member I was able to buy them a week before they launched on Sephora’s site. I know these will sell out FAST! and once they are gone they are GONE, so don’t miss out!

Also if you don’t know who Pat McGrath is what rock have you been living under? She is probably one of the most talented and amazing MUA ever.

Also if you can tell by my hype that I obviously LOVED these. so yeah, lets get on with it!

The Kit

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Pictured it the gold kit. The Kit includes a Buffer Brush, a Duo Stick with the Balm and Highlighter color, and a powder highlighter as well.

Also can we take a sec to appreciate the packaging!

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SO freaking pretty and unique. I am such a sucker for fun amazing packaging, and this was something super fun to open and experience!

Swatches

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The nude set swatches

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The camera made this look really subtle on my bare arm but Left to right its the powder highlighter, the highlighter stick, and the balm

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The golden set swatches

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Left to right, is the balm, the powder highlighter, and the highlighter stick.

Here is what the golden looks like on me. I was debating actually posting this because the lights were washing out the colors but Meh….

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This is the golden. I had put on the nude earlier. Its hard to really see but it has the most beautiful shimmer and gives a beautiful glow to the skin. Its positively ethereal.

Final Thoughts

This met, and in some ways exceeded my expectations. I will go into each part separately.

  • The Stick Duo- The balm is magnificent. it gives this healthy dewy look to the skin. It almost makes you glisten and look kinda juicy in the most positive way possible. The highlighter stick is impressive as well. Beautiful colors from both the nude and the golden set. You could also use it as an eyeshadow as well.
  • The Buffer Brush- Is nice and soft, and does a good job. Only gripe is that the label for is is kinda a sticker. could have stepped up that game a bit in my opinion.
  • Powder highlighter- GOOD LORD these were the winners for me. Both were stunning, and you could build them up for a subtle glow to a show stopping strobing effect.

I would say that if you are unsure which to get, if you are paler go for the nude and if you are a darker complexion, or even have a warm undertone the golden would be best.

Seriously If you were on the fence about this don’t be. My only complaint is the packaging  for the products seems a little cheap. But the quality of the products is outstanding!

Grade – A++++