Maison Margiela | REPLICA Memory Box & Candle in Beach Walk

Maison Margiela Replica scents are quite exquisite. This is my first time trying their collection from their fragrance department and it’s definitely the perfect scents I have tried. I was supper excited to find their new offering for the holiday season the new limited-edition Replica Memory Box and their home scented candle in Beach Walk.

Replica Memory Box ($41.00 for 10 x 0.06 oz/ 2mL Eau de Toilette) is filled with 10 of Maison Margiela’s evocative fragrances that is inspired by timeless experience. This is a perfect way to discover their most amazing and timeless scents in a box. Each scent is different keeping it strong enough to notice hours after application but aren’t overpowering when first spray them which is really nice. Their scents are medium to long-lasting on me. This Box consists of:

  • Lazy Sunday Morning – This is a classic floral fragrance scent with high notes of of fresh pear, iris, and tender white musk. It brings memory of soft, velvety skin enveloped in fresh and comfortable linens.
  • Jazz Club – This one is a woody and spicy fragrance balmy notes of rum absolute blended with an underscore of tobacco leaf absolute. This is one of the scents that I was not really into it but if you’re into classic cocktail scents, you definitely want to try this one.
  • Beach Walk – This is one of my favorite ones with a modern floral fragrance that evokes the memory of a stroll along the ocean, carrying scents of a summer day with radiant notes of lemon, coconut milk, and cedarwood.
  • At the Barber’sThis is a woody, citrusy fragrance which is super refreshing and with invigorating notes of basil accord and sensorial lavender.
  • By the Fireplace – This one is a warm and spicy fragrance that brings so much coziness and comfort to the mood with high notes of clove, chestnut, and vanilla accord.
  • Woodstock on a sun – This is a with rich and heady notes of cannabis, Incense oil and leather accord. To me it smells primarily of red apply accord while brings endless verdant landscape of greens and fresh buds, you feel the brightness of sunshine.
  • Flower MarketThis one is a fresh, floral fragrance that brings my memory of a Parisian floral shop. The delicate and innocuous scent of freshly-cut blooms brings an abundance of florals to the forefront of this composition.
  • Sailing Day – It’s clearly feminine to me, but it’s not girly like Flower Market if that makes any sense. It come with high notes of aquatic accord, iris asbolute, and red seaweed accord which makes this one aromatic and pure.
  • Under the Lemon Trees – This one is one of the most cleans scents I have ever tried. Brings in that countryside feel with high notes of cypresses and lemons.
  • Whispers in the Library – This one is enchanted with high notes of pepper essence blending into a soothing tonka bean absolute and bewitching Vanilla, which is inspired by the old books of library. It definitely brings old school memory back in live.

Since it was the first time I’ve played with this line, I found the scents are onto the next-level kind of sophistication. They’re quite on the luxury side and quite expensive but definitely worth to have it on your vanity. This is a great way to find and discover your favorite scent without breaking the bank. Each scent gets personalized once its mixes with your body chemistry. I have been wearing couple of floral ones for the past couple of days and I think I need to try more scents to find that perfect scent for this season. I found the floral ones are very classic and you can’t go wrong with them. Flower Market is one of my most favorite scent from the box. While you can wear them all year-long any where. Meanwhile as many of you know i love to layer my scents i found they layer beautifully with any of your own fragrances as long as you have a common note in both fragrances as well as they layer amazingly with each other to make it your very own personalized scent.

 

Yet I’m thrilled to share the Replica’s Candle in Beach Walk ($85.47 for 5.82 oz/ 165 g). I’m a die-hard lover of home scents and good candles, they help change the mood of a room every season and especially during the holiday seasons. Although I find this one to be perfect for the spring/summer time but I find the candles are superior with their quality. They come in a sleek classic look of clean white smoked glass jar along with white colored wax and silver cap and a full detail of candle banner on the exterior. It’s really just simply beautiful! They come many beautiful scents like their fragrances.

Beach Walk particularly is definitely one of my favorite scents with super fresh notes of bergamot, lemon, heliotrope, coconut milk, and musk. The scent is fresh and radiant and refreshes the mood. I have already placed it in my setting area where I can smell it al the way into my kitchen area. The scents itself seems on the subtle side once it burns but it’s definitely noticeable and has a descent throw. There is a refreshing and uplifting feel to this one and the citrus notes gives this one an awakening feel.

The Replica’s scents are very exclusive, and the Memory Box is limited-edition. I find it’s a perfect way to discover the brand and a perfect way to find your very own scent. I highly recommend this one. There are quite some amazing and different scents that brightens your day. Yet if you’re a home scent lover, you absolutely need to discover the Replica’s scented candles. I feel it’s a perfect time to discover the brand if you haven’t so. It’s a perfect way to gift some one who has every thing. Make sure to browse in the Replica’s counter to find the newness at Sephora, and Nordstrom.

Press samples provided and courtesy of Maison Margiela

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5 Ways to Upgrade Your Winter Skincare Routine

We are almost done with the fall seasons, although Fall doesn’t stay long for us in Canada. But officially we’re onward to winter time. So its time to upgrade your skin care products if you haven’t done so during this Fall season. For me change in my skin care starts when the weather changes from summer to fall, that’s the time I majorly change my skin care products. Growing up as a teenager into a hot and humid climate in Asia, I never consider the difference in between summer and winter skin care routine, till I as a grown up felt here in my home land Canada. I feel the older I get the more I pay attention to what and how to use the products. My skin usually gets dry and flaky all over my body once the winter season starts. Here I share some simple yet effective ways that will get you through the harsh dry winter months with glow.

  1. Use an balm cleanser over oil cleansers – cleanser is very important part of skin care routine and it’s always a good idea to use richer texture cleansers during winter time. They’re not only gentle on skin than any other foam or gel cleansers, they also nourish skin and doesn’t remove facial oils and minerals we need to protect our skin from dryness.
  2. Always layer your skin care products from lightest to thickest – layering skin care products is another way to maximize skin’s hydration levels, yet knowing how to layer is even more important. It’s always to remember to layer your skin care products from lightest to thickest since lighter moisturizer absorbs into the skin much quicker while the thicker versions is meant to stay on top of the skin as a protective veil for the skin, except facial oils always goes last.
  3. Switching to richer textured skin care products – switching from jelly or lotion form of your moisturizer to thicker, richer and balmy type of moisturizer will help the skin to stay hydrated longer.
  4. Keep handy a nice hydrating facial mist – it’s always a good idea to keep a nice hydrating facial mist along side on your vanity and maybe a smaller version in your bag to refresh and hydrate the skin.
  5. Keep a hand cream in your handbag – this is something I always recommend to keep a nice hydrating hand cream in your bag. Hands are one of part of the body beside face that is exposed to dry and cool weather and having a super dry hands and nail cuticles aren’t so flattering at all.

Theses few quick and simple steps and ways where you can really do a quick fixes to your over look of skin during the winter time. For me all these 5 steps are a must when season changes, do you have a skin care tips for the winter time? I would love to hear what’s in your skin care routine for winter time.

 

 

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La Prairie | Skin Caviar Eye Lift Serum & Creme Luxe Yeux

Latest from La Prairie on their Skin Caviar line is the new Skin Caviar Eye Lift Serum and Skin Caviar Luxe Eye Cream. This is one of the most exciting and one of the most anticipated launches I was waiting for this year. Skin Caviar line is designed for all skin textures and probably a phenomenon encapsulated delivery system which contains active ingredients, including Caviar Extract in caviar beats that makes the line very unique. La Prairie presented these products by hosting a nice and grand dinner evening.

Skin Caviar is a skin care line from La Prairie that have been an amazing and very ideal skin care line for my skin texture. I have been continually been using the products in between my testing session. As many of you know I have always been struggling with my under eye area for the longest years yet this year I was supper happy with quite some of the launches and new finds from many brands including the Skin Caviar line.
There are quite different forms of caviar but here I want to show case the four forms of Caviar that La Prairie uses in their Skin Caviar formulas:

  • Caviar Extract – A rich source of marine nutrients that help nourish skin
  • Caviar Water – Is produced using a state-of-the-art steam distillation process that ensures that most volatile active ingredient of Caviar are completely captured
  • Caviar Absolute – Through pressing and centrifugation, lipids and proteins are  isolated to better capture their power
  • Caviar Priemier – Is a breakthrough Caviar science that augments natural Caviar Extract with Caviar Mimetics, pushing the boundaries of performance

This was just a glamps of how the formulas works while you will have a better idea of how these products been formulated with different forms of Caviar to maximize the effectiveness and quality of the formula for better results. 

Skin Caviar Eye Lift Serum ($625.00 made in Switzerland) is a lightweight gravity-defying eye serum that is formulated with Caviar Extract and provides an immediate lifting effect while helping skin to left and firm over long-term. This is one of the eye  serums for the entire eye area, including brow bone. This is a combination of encapsulated Caviar beads along with gel-cream emulsion that is enriched with Caviar Premier. Both formulas are kept separately to maximize the efficiency of the ingredients, and it gets activated with every pump out of the packaging.
Skin Caviar Eye Lift Serum is one of the formulas where you really see the results within a week of regular use. It not only works on the under eye bags, wrinkles and dark circles, you also see a much noticeable results on brow bone area and upper lids which I find over time they snug up the skin, creating more lifted look.

The results are quite unprecedented. I have introduced the formula about more than two weeks ago to my daily skin care routine (day and night) and seeing my upper lids look more tightened and under eye are looks super smooth weekly. The texture feels and smells super luxurious. It gets into the skin immediately and the subtle plumpness is noticeable, I have been wearing it many times before applying my makeup to prepare my skin and it literally smooths out every thing i need to smooth out under my eye area and foundation and concealer looks flawless. This is one of the products that a little goes a long time while the results are quite noticeable.

Skin Caviar Crème Luxe Yeux ($523.00) is a remaster version of their eye moisturize infused with new caviar incarnation. This is one of the eye creams that goes beyond what was previously introduced to the Skin Caviar line. Unfortunately I have not used the pervious formula to give out in-depth analysis of the difference between two but I’m just supper happy with this newly reformulated version.

The formula targets all signs of aging in the most delicate area of the face like loss of firmness and elasticity as well as fine lines, wrinkles, dryness and under eye circles. I think the formula is really suitable for all skin texture especially for those with dry skin. The Skin Caviar Luxe Yeux crème penetrates quickly without feeling too greasy or heavy on skin.

The texture carries a super rich finish with soft silky feel. It is accompanied with a silver spatula to sweep out a small amount onto the fingertips. I personally always slightly warm up the product between my finger tips and after I start applying to all over the under eye area and with this one continue going over upper lids as well. Yet I always message the area with a super gentle tapping motion for couple of seconds starting from inner to the outer corners of the eyes and slowly I transform the motion to more lifting massage going upwards till the product is absorbed into the skin.

La Prairie have always been a brand very close to my heart and the Skin Caviar line is a line I can see myself as long as I can imagine. I think their products are versatile, where there are no boundaries for skin types and textures. I think its a perfect time to gift any of the products for your loved ones and I can assure you that they will appreciate you for their look for the up coming year. At the end both products are quite amazing and a super hit for me! You can find both now available at Nordstrom, and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Press samples are provided and courtesy of La Prairie. 
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