Maison Margiela Fragrances

I recently picked up Maison Margiela Replica ‘Jazz Club’ for the Husband after getting a sample of the scent. He’s partial toward vanilla based scents so I knew he’d like this one.

‘Jazz Club’ reminds me a little of E&J’s Nirvana Bourbon and Tom Ford’s Tobacco Vanille. It’s deep and heady. The vanilla and tobacco stand out at first while the dry down is quite powder-y – at least when I tried it on. While I appreciate masculine and androgynous scents on myself, this one was too powdery for my liking but it’s great on the Husband!

‘Lazy Sunday Morning’ is a staple scent of mine. Anyone who knows me personally knows I love the scent of patchouli, so I gravitate toward perfumes with it as a main note.

Like with most of the Maison Margiela scents they’re similar to existing perfumes on the market. This one in particular is a lighter version of Fresh ‘Cannabis Santal’. Honestly, if I had to choose I’d pick Cannabis Santal because of the longevity. Unfortunately though, Fresh doesn’t make a travel size version of their popular scent so I like to keep LSM in my bag for the days I forget to put on perfume (this happens often #mombrain) or need a mid-day running after the little monsters pick me up.

As a rule we tend to only buy the travel or small versions of fragrances because we like to try new scents all the time. I can’t tell you how many little samples we have between us! Also, it’s fun to experiment with new scents and even layer them together.

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DV by Dolce Vita Sneakers

Normally, I’m not a sneakers kind of girl. After working in “corporate America” for several years I was used to getting dressed up and slipping into heels every day. Once I became a SAHM I realized I didn’t have as many casual options in my wardrobe. Sure, living in SoCal, I can get away with throwing on jeans, a tee and flip flops (and I have and it’s totally cool if that’s your MO) but I want to at least make some “self-care” effort.

I went from only owning one pair of (15+ years old, beat up) black Converse Chucks to having my choice of silver metallic Vans slip ons, Adidas Superstars (red/white) and now these pretties…

The DV by Dolce Vita Ruth high top sneakers! Shipping took a while but that’s the norm for all Target orders (at least in my experience).

I’m so in love with the dark charcoal grey color and happy I chose it instead of the black version. They fit true to size (I’m an 8 for reference) and the zipper closure make these super easy to put on/take off. Plus, the perforated cutouts are on trend (and will keep your feet cool). Highly recommend these!

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Influenster : Laura Mercier

I recently downloaded the Influenster app after signing up for it years ago (like, back in 2011!) because I was looking for product reviews. After updating all my info, interests and linking to my social media accounts, I was surprised to receive a complimentary @lauramercier TLSP VoxBox in the mail!

I’ve had the Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder saved in my Sephora ‘Loves’ list with the intention of buying it eventually but, I always end up getting other things instead. I’m sure y’all know how that goes, ha. Now that I’ve had a chance to play around with it, I have to say it’s has lived up to its hype.

• PROS :
finely milled
doesn’t cake up
translucent
no scent
a little goes a long way
can be applied with puff, brush or makeup sponge
various uses

• CONS :
may not be for those with very dry skin
puff is larger than container
not travel friendly

• OVERALL :
My skin is normal to dry and sensitive so I was a little wary about using a mattifying setting powder. However, I was pleasantly surprised with how this product performed. It left a nice, non-cakey appearance. And yes, it is translucent even on my skin. I applied a light dusting over my t-zone with the puff and brushed off the excess with my MAC 187 stippling brush. My face stayed matte all day, there was no oxidation and I did not experience any skin reactions.

While I do like the product and plan to incorporate it in my makeup routine, I wasn’t too thrilled about the puff being bigger than the container itself. It will have to be stored separately which can lend itself to being misplaced, getting dirty etc.

Since you can’t store the puff inside the container, it does not make it travel friendly. Once the protective sticker/cover is removed the powder will come out and accumulate on the lid when tossed around in your makeup bag. I had a similar issue with Bare Minerals containers until they changed to a twist closure. I hope this will be something they’ll look into for the future.

Despite those two nitpicky things, I am quite impressed with this powder. The price point is reasonable especially for the amount of product you’re getting. It’s available at Sephora for $28-$38 and comes in two shades; ‘translucent’ and ‘translucent medium deep’.

• Note : Opinions are my own. I received this product complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes.

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Makeup Monday : FOTD

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I’ve been averaging about 5-6 hours of sleep a night. That’s pretty good considering I’ve got a 16.5 month old who still wakes every 4 hours and I’m almost 35 weeks pregnant. I’ll take any sleep I can get at this point because I won’t get ANY next month!

As a form of self-care I try to always shower and put my face on in the mornings. It helps wake me up and get my mind right for our busy weekdays.

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• FACE :
Olay Complete moisturizer
Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth foundation (220)
Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer (Medium Beige)
MAC MSF Natural (Medium)
Too Faced blush (Papa Don’t Peach)
ABH Illuminator (So Hollywood)
NYX Dewy Finish setting spray

• EYES :
ABH Dipbrow Pomade (Ash Brown)
ABH Brow Gel
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye palette (Laetus, Ludwin, Succubus, Sytry)
Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Crayon (black)
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On eye pencil (Lucky)
Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara

• LIPS :
Maybelline Babylips Balm
NARS lip pencil (Rikugien)
Too Faced Creamy Peach Oil gloss (Papa Don’t Peach)

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Thursday Feature : FOTD

Rainy day today = minimal make up

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• FACE :
Olay Complete moisturizer
Maybelline Fit Me Dewy + Smooth foundation (220)
Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer (Medium Beige)
Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye palette
NARS blush (Torrid)
Too Faced blush (Papa Don’t Peach)
ABH Illuminator (So Hollywood)
NYX Dewy Finish setting spray

• EYES :
ABH Dipbrow Pomade (Ash Brown)
ABH Brow Gel
Urban Decay Primer Potion
Kat Von D Shade + Light Eye palette (Laetus, Lazarus, Samael)
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On eye pencil (Smog)
MAC Fluidline (Blacktrack)
Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara

• LIPS :
Maybelline Babylips Balm
Too Faced Creamy Peach Oil gloss (Papa Don’t Peach)

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