Maison Margiela ‘Replica’: Lazy Sunday Morning (Fragrance)

I’m very picky when it comes to fragrances and when I find one that makes me want to sniff myself all day long, I know it’s a winner.  Having fell in love with the ‘Beach Walk’ fragrance from Maison Margiela ‘Replica’, I ventured to try another on of their scents. I sniffed my way through about 6 of the MMReplica range and Lazy Sunday Morning was the one that I fell in love with straight away.

On the Sephora website:

This floral fragrance combines notes of lily of the valley, patchouli, iris, and white musk to evoke a familiar but forgotten moment—a sun-drenched morning of relaxation.

Close your eyes and let the fragrance transport you to the lazy memory of soft, sunlit warmth. You roll over to feel the delicate summer softness of cotton sheets and silky smooth skin. Breathe in the reassuring scent of fresh laundry from the line and feel completely at peace.

The silhouette of each ‘REPLICA’ bottle is inspired by classic apothecary jars, allowing the collection to be instantly identifiable. Each bottle carries a 100 percent cotton label, which is printed using black ink text and resembles the tags used on the clothing and accessories for the ‘REPLICA’ couture collection. The unique pumps are wrapped with a rope to symbolize the authentic reproduction of the original ‘REPLICA’ couture line.

Notes:
Aldehydes, Pear, Lily of the Valley, Iris, Rose Absolue, Orange Flower, White Musk, Indian Patchouli Oil, Ambrette Seeds Absolute.

Style:
Warm. Clean. Peaceful.

Pretty dramatic description huh?  But as cheesy as “…roll over to feel the delicate summer softness of cotton sheets…” might sound, I swear to you, every time I apply this to my skin, this is exactly what I sense!

I’m not a fan of overly floral perfumes – two of my favourite and most worn scents are Elizabeth & James Nirvana Black and Stella by Stella McCartney. They both have a deep, spiciness to them while managing to still smell really fresh somehow. I also am a big fan of very clean scents like the brand Clean’s fragrance called ‘Skin’ – a lighter fragrance for work or for days when I don’t want to wear something as obvious and noticable like E&J Nirvana Black or Stella.

As you can see from the notes of LSM, the first few are floral and then it moves into headier scents, like patchouli (oooo I love patchouli!).  This is why I love this – it’s a good balance of both.  You know how some perfumes smell different in the bottle once you put it on your skin, or one perfume can smell totally different on someone else, depending on body chemistry? Well, if you take a whiff of LSM, they way it smells is exactly the way it smells on me – and I love it!  Lasting power is quite long  – by the end of an average work day, I can still get a whiff of this from my wrist.

I do not wear this only on Sundays – almost everyday!

Can I also add that the Replica branding is right up my alley?  Beaute.

I purchased the rollerball from Sephora for $30 Cdn (and I’m quickly running out!).  No doubt, the $135 full size 100ml eau de toilette of this baby is going onto my Christmas/Birthday wish list!

Have you tried this fragrance?  Like or dislike?  Have you tried any of the Maison Margiela Replica fragrances?  What’s your favourite?

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Bite Beauty Multistick: Mascarpone

When this product came out I was instantly drawn to it – a lipstick, blusher and eyeshadow in one?  I suppose any makeup product can go beyond what it’s meant to be (I’ve used lipstick as blush before!) but to have something officially marketed as a 3-in-1, well, I got suckered in!

This is the Bite Beauty Multistick in Mascarpone:

As per Sephora:

What it is:
A multistick that applies like a cream and wears like a powder for weightless color application—just apply with your finger or a brush on the eyes, lips, and cheeks.

What it does:
With 35 percent powder in each Multistick bullet, this silicone-free formula creates a soft focus finish that’s blendable, breathable, and buildable. It features universal shades for the eyes, lips, and cheeks that compliment all skintones and are formulated to use anywhere on the face.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

What else you need to know:
Bite Beauty products are free of petrochemicals and silicones.

The shade range of the BB Multisticks are awesome – from nudes, pinks, corals, to deeper red and brown shades – there is something for every skintone. It was hard for me to choose just one shade to start with, but I settled on Mascarpone – a deep pink shade that I thought would look great on my medium skintone and would be a perfect transition shade into the autumn season – still fresh and natural, but with a bit more depth.

On the cheeks, I use the stick directly on my face, apply a couple little swipes and blend with my fingers. I use the Beauty Blender to clean up any wonky edges.  The finish it leaves is exactly as how Sephora describes:  “applies like a cream and wears like a powder” and “creates a soft focus finish”.  The lasting power of this as a blush is actually quite impressive – a full 8-hour day at work and by the time I get home the colour is still there.

On the lips, this gives a semi-matte finish. It’s surprisingly creamy to apply and feels comfortable on my lips, in spite of it being matte.  The colour pay-off is pretty amazing, easy to build up and doesn’t seem to cling to any dry patches. The lasting power is decent – not as long as a liquid lipstick but longer than a cream-formula.

I have not tried this on my eyes and probably won’t in all honesty – the shade I chose was one that I wanted primarily for my lips and cheeks. However, some of the deeper brown shades in the range would probably look amazing as eyeshadows.

The Bite Beauty Multistick is a great product for travelling – whether in your everyday makeup bag or if you’re going away  – you potentially have 3 products in one little bullet!

I’m already eyeing up another shade to purchase – loving this product.

Purchased at Sephora for $28Cdn.

Have you tried the Bite Beauty Multistick?  Like or dislike?

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boscia White Charcoal Mattifying MakeUp Setting Spray

Make up setting sprays are not necessarily essential, but I’ve tried out my fair share and the ones that do help with the longevity of my makeup is quite exciting.  Most recently, I’ve been trying out the boscia White Charcoal Mattifying MakeUp Setting Spray.

On the Sephora website:

What it is:
A setting spray that locks makeup in place while visibly minimizing shine and pore size with the power of white charcoal.

Solutions for:
– Pores
– Dryness
– Oiliness

If you want to know more…
The White Charcoal Mattifying MakeUp Setting Spray provides continuous oil control for hydrated skin, all-day makeup wear, and a matte finish. The fine mist sets makeup as it simultaneously treats the skin with a blend of effective botanical ingredients known for their absorbent properties. Binchotan white charcoal controls excess oil, detoxifies the pores, and balances the skin’s moisture content. Artichoke leaf extract and black tea visibly minimize the appearance of enlarged pores instantly and over time by increasing skin elasticity and brightening the pore wall. Vitamin-rich, antioxidant black tea also works to protect skin against free radical damage.

What it is formulated WITHOUT:
– Parabens
– Sulfates
– Phthalates

Now, if you know anything about charcoal as an ingredient in cosmetic products, one of its’ main appeals is it’s ability to mattify, which helps to lock things into place and help to control any excess oil that may pop up throughout the day. This spray doesn’t mattify too much it still leaves a natural-skin finish (on me anyway).

I have been trying out the “sample” size ($15 Cdn) where I found in the Sephora AISLE OF DOOM (you know).  By the time you read this, I’ll have finished the bottle – with everyday use, I say I got about 2-3 weeks worth of application on this smaller version.

First off, you have to shake this bottle up really really well to make sure the charcoal and liquid are mixed thoroughly.  Otherwise, upon spritz, you’ll find some white dots of the product on your face and you don’t want that (if that happens, I just used my beauty blender to tap it into my skin, no worries).

The mist is quite fine and about 3-4 spritzes is more than enough to set my makeup. I fan my face a bit and about 10 seconds later, I take my beauty blender and gently tap the moisture in to further set my face.

Anyway – performance?  Yes, this makeup setting spray did help to make my makeup last longer throughout my day. I think the cult favourite, Urban Decay All-Nighter setting spray is still my favourite, but this is not a bad option.

I give the boscia White Charcoal MakeUp Setting Spray: a THUMBS UP

Anyone try this?  Like or dislike?

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