Fragrance Review

I know that we are always looking for a new scent or smell that could be our possible signature smell.  Well, LaPazions- I did the same thing but, there is a story that goes along with this… I have to take you back to my very early years right out of high school, going into university.  I had a good friend that worked as a “nanny” for a very well-known family.  The mother always smelled so divine, and I literally like fell head-over-heels for the fragrance that she wore.  I made it my mission to find out what it was and low and behold it was Antonia’s Flowers, well needless to say I couldn’t afford it on a high school/university budget… WHY!!!??

Now, we’ll fast forward to the present times, and now my favorite fragrance has been retired or no longer being produced… WHY!!?? Ergo, I started trying to locate perfumes that possibly had the same notes or familiar smells.  I purchased the fragrance NEST COCOA WOODS, needless to say, the notes aren’t anything close to “Antonia’s Flowers” (This is a face of disappointment).



Let’s get into the review, NEST COCOA WOODS FRAGRANCE is a havier scent, that I wasn’t really expecting since it was on the listing of perfumes that are comparable to Antonia’s Flowers.  The notes are rather strong of the bittersweet Cocoa (very predominant), also are notes wrapped in white sandalwood, Thai ginger, and dry sequoia woods (which feel like they are all competing for the front-line).  I’m not sure if it’s just my body-chemistry or what but, it didn’t smell that appealing.  With this being stated, I have to tell you all they really thought the packaging through completely.  I love the box; it’s a vibrant deep chocolate color with a floral print and the name placed in a signature way that catches your eye.


The bottle is just as stunning as the box, the thought that was placed in the production of this product is beyond beautiful.  The bottle is like a precise duplicate of the box, right down to the floral design, and the allure of keeping this on your beauty table is all there.



LaPazions, as you all know, I also am looking for the story behind the product, and by far, the Founder, Ms. Laura Slatkin, really delivers why she developed this fragrance.  The story is compelling, and has you fall in love with the idea of NEST.  I may not like this particular perfume for myself, but I will be investigating other fragrances that are offered by this brand.  Here is a behind the scent video that details Ms. Slatkin’s passion for this fragrance:


I hope you all enjoyed my review, and I hope if you try this fragrance, you’ll drop me a note and let me know your thoughts.


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6 Fall-2018 Makeup Trends

Wow, I cannot believe how quickly summer left and now we are headed into the fall.  Can you smell the pumpkin spice?  The leaves are falling and changing colors, we’re breaking out our cute sweaters, throws, booties, and most importantly we are introducing our fabulous rich color palettes for this fall season.Fall settingsWe’ve put together six (6) of our favorite looks for this season, as well as, how you can still work in your summer hues that celebrate and balance your stunning look.  With that being stated lets jump right into our selections:

The Bold and The Beautiful: 


Don’t  panic ladies that bold sexy red lip is still slaying the fall season. We love this beautiful trend and most of you ladies can rock this look as long as you pick the right base.  We love this Matte Ruby Red lipstick from MAC cosmetics- it’s a blue base.  Have a little fun ladies and allow your pout to say more than your words.

Pretty in Pink:


We love this gorgeous feminine look, and who can resist a little soft pink eye palette? Not ME!! The MAC X-9 Dusky Rose is perfect for a soft pink lid or maybe you’ll change-up that smokey eye (side note is still hot for fall 18) and give yourself the sexy pink panther smokey eye.. Try it you just might fall in love with it

Winged Eyeliner and Jeweled Appliques:


Ladies, I have to be honest I’m so feeling this jeweled applique- It’s so exotic and just accentuates the eye effortlessly.  When I first saw this on the runway,  I came back to my hotel and started purchasing the different appliques (which by the way several ESTY’s have them for such a steal).  You know they say the eyes are the window to the soul and when you place these appliques just so they make your eyes pop, and your windows seem to hold such incredible allure and secrets.  Don’t be scared to experiment with the different ways you can apply them and make sure you own the look.


Golden Touch

Bruno Mars isn’t the only one that feels 24k magic in the air, because a shimmer is hitting your lids and even your highlighter.  You know this is one fall trend that took a little getting use to and seeing if we liked it, loved it or was going to pass on it.  Here it is ladies, you have to use your golden palettes wisely, because if you do too much you will look like a clown.  My suggestion is use the golden touches as highlighters on your eyes and cheeks until you get the full hang of this beautiful warm tone.

The Brighter the Better:


This is where you can introduce the summer palettes- ladies BH Cosmetics introduced us to such an amazing eyeshadow palette, which is called “Take Me Back to Brazil,” which will give you gorgeous hues from summer, but still holding true to the season.  We produced this look on Sonya LaRae- from this collection, and I have to tell you all day everywhere she went,  she received compliment after compliment and so many wanted to know what brand she used to accomplish this very fashion forward look.  Experiment with the colors,  adding them into your darker palettes and giving you just the right pop that will take you deep into the fall season.

Gloss Is Your Friend:GlossyI have to tell you ladies I haven’t met a gloss I didn’t like.. LOL!! I think glosses give such a different look and makes your lips look so moist and sexy.  You’ll notice when you wear a gloss many seem to almost become memorized by your pout.. It can give that lipstick the needed boost that it lacked and take your look to the next level.

Now that you all have my top six (6) picks,  which is only a tip of the beauty iceberg.  Love for you to tell us your fall trends in makeup that you will be rocking for the season leave a comment and lets chat it up.

(this is not a sponsored post these are all products that we like at LaPaz Image Consultants)

pic 1   Article By: Jade – Certified Beauty Consultant, Fashion Journalist, Certified Image Consultant at LaPaz Image Consultants

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