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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Farres Cosmetic Review

Okay, I am about to lose my mind!! Why? My dear friend, who lives in Russia, sent me a few products from one of the top cosmetic companies they use in the USSR…  I really never heard of Farres Cosmetics so, I had to do a little research on the company.  The Farres Cosmetic Company has been established since 2006 in China, and they focus on low cost, high quality, fashion, true-color, and pigmentation and being a company that does no animal testing.  Awesome!!

Now that we have all of the formal information out of the way, I have got to tell you about the 5 different eyeshadow palettes she sent me.  I am a pure lover of vintage style, so just the case alone caught my full attention.  They used the 50’s pinup girls, and each one is more alluring than the next… I know you want to see the packaging, I won’t make you wait any longer:


 Yesss!!  Aren’t they too cute for words?  I mean, look at the covers they catch your attention immediately, plus they make you want to try them out.  Each palette cover says nude on the front, which kind of makes you think all of them must be basically the same with just one-off in the color scheme.  NOPE!! They are all so very different, and I love the real pigmentation of the colors… You just have to see them:


They are gorgeous, each palette has such depth, and the colors are very complementary to each other.  I couldn’t wait (Show me to my brushes!!)  to try out these fabulous eyeshadows- I decided I wanted to try the Nude Naturals and the Berry Wine, which I wasn’t disappointed in either.  There was minimal fall out in the pan when I placed my brushes in the product, and the colors were highly pigmented, and I noticed you didn’t have to over swirl the brush to pick up the product.  They went on very smooth and blended beautifully… I’d say if I had to rate these shadows, I would give them 5 out of 5 stars, and you KNOW I don’t hand out stars that easily.


I was also told by my dear friend that the brand isn’t sold in the US but, more so in Europe, Russia, China, Ukraine, and there is a website for Farres located at I’m honestly blown away by them, and I hope I will be able to find more of the products… I’d love to hear your thoughts and feedback regarding our product review.

Extra shots that I took of the pallets:


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Ardell Magnetic Lashes

Ladies I am about to blow your mind with this review- you may be asking yourself how so?  Like this, I will NEVER  purchase another pair of lashes that have to be glued on, nor will I be going back to my girl for my lash extensions!!  Yup, you just read this correctly because, the magnetic lashes by Ardell are AMAZING.   

The Ardell lashes, that we are bring to you, are the Magnetic Accents that just make your eyes pop.  Let me tell you they look so natural, aren’t heavy , and they frame your eyes beautiful to add that little mystique.  I get more compliments wearing my Ardell Magnetic Lashes, then I have ever with the full-strip (glued), or my extensions.  I have to tell you the little tricks I’ve done that make them extremely easy to apply.20190404_133208

I apply mascara to my lashes 1st, which I’ve noticed it helps with the application process.  I place my top lash close to the rim of the lid, and because of the mascara, it helps them sit just on top.. I then place the bottom lash right under the top lash and you feel the magnets lock together, and Bam!! they are on and looking fabulous:

I’m really looking forward to hearing your thoughts and feelings on the products, and we would love to see your fabulous lashes on.  Please make sure you follow us on Instagram located at



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Top Beauty Products Reviewed

textgram_15426396171It all started with our trip to ULTA Beauty and we just knew we where going to highlight the products we purchased.  I cannot begin, to tell you how much our trips to ULTA run us because, were always looking into different brands and what we think our clients and you our fabulous LaPazions would like to try.

We came away with several products and wanted to bring forth a stunning day to evening look and we feel we accomplished it.  I’m going to give you our honest feedback on all the products we used, but first here is the list of products we purchased and used,  to accomplish our stunning day-to-evening transitional look:

Kylie Jenner Matte Liquid Lipstick and Lip Liner, Elf Flawless Finish Foundation/mixed with Profession BB Cream, NYX Midnight Chaos Eyeshadow Palette, Smokey Nudes Eyeshadow Palette by Color Story, Elf Makeup Mist and Set Spray, NYX Eyeliner, L.A. Colors Lose Powder and our tried and true Setting Powder we are addicted to!!

Drum roll ladies and gentlemen here is the fabulous look that we came away with using our fabulous finds:


Let’s start with our Foundation: E.l.f. Flawless Finish and mixed with Profession BB Cream: I absolutely love how it made my skin look, and the right touch of the two where perfect.  I don’t have my tan any longer so my color is a little harder to match with just one product, but blending the two gave such a barely their kind of feeling and was everything a makeup diva could ask for and want. How many stars out of 5 would you give these products?  5 out of 5 stars

Eye Shadow Palettes: We loved the collection for NYX Professional Makeup Midnight Chaos and Smokey Nudes Palette from Color Story: These palettes really offer such diversity in colors and the pigmentation is so brilliant and lush.  It was truly like we opened a little box of jewels and just let go and it breathed such life on to my lids and gave my green eyes that mystique.  How many stars out of 5 would you give these products?  5 out of 5 stars

Kylie Jenner Matte Liquid Lipstick and Lip Liner:  First things first this lip kit cost us $29.00 which isn’t bad at all, but the one thing we didn’t care for in the kit is this very important detail that Ms. Jenner may need to think of for her brand.. She needs to give us an automatic lip liner that doesn’t need to be sharpen.  I personally feel it takes away from the brand and if you happen to be out and you don’t have a sharpener, you will be just out of luck lining your lips.  The pigmentation is simply beautiful, it’s long-lasting and doesn’t have an unpleasant smell or taste.  How many stars out of 5 would you give this product?  3 out of 5 stars

NYX Professional Makeup Eyeliner: Here we go again, another great product that should be automatic and isn’t!! WHY?? Seriously what day and age are these brands living in (IJS) We live in a day and age of grab and go and no time for me to look for a sharpener.  Otherwise, the product is like butter it glides on and is beautiful pigment- I’m sorry that we bought several colors and will have to sharpen them.  How many stars out of 5 would you give this product? 3 out of 5 stars

IT Mascara:  The clouds parted- the birds started singing, and our lashes started popping! I think I’ve found my forever product and have gone back and purchased 16 tubes for our bags and not one of our clients have complained and now they have purchased the product and love it! How many stars out of 5 would you give this product?  5 out of 5 stars

L.A. Colors Lose Powder:  I really liked this product and it wasn’t heavy and didn’t clump or look cakey – was a great balance and just the little coverage we needed.  How many stars out of 5 would you give this product?  4 out of 5 stars

E.L.F. Makeup Mister and Set Spray: We are normally Urban Decay All Nighter fans, but honestly for a little less money this product was wonderful and set our makeup beautifully.  It didn’t give you that shiny, heavy feeling and it made your skin feel like it had a little burst of refreshment.  Definitely will keep this in my personal kit as well as recommend to others.  How many stars out of 5 would you give this product?  5 out of 5 stars

We hope that this review has helped you all and we cannot wait to hear your feedback on the products we have highlighted here in this article.  If you would like us to review a product or try a product please fee free to email us at Subject line: Product Review






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