The Importance of a Signature Fragrance

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For me the perfect scent is everything! I mean, who doesn’t want to smell like paradise? A woman or man’s choice of fragrance can have more of an effect than you would think. A lot of the time my friends will say to me “this smells like you” and it’s completely true that I douse all of my clothing and many belongings in my signature scent, because smell is a very powerful sense and if it’s how I’m going to be remembered it better be like a drop of damn heaven.

Think about it, every woman loves a guy who smells phenomenal. We love men’s cologne and how it smells on your shirts and sweatshirts, sometimes it even leaves the impression that you’ve got your shit together – even though we know that’s probably not true – but that’s the point right? A person’s scent can say a lot about them.

I personally have two fragrances that I rotate based on my mood or maybe even the occasion. My signature scent is the one that I spray on all of my belongings and am constantly stocked up on, I eat/sleep/breathe this scent because I’m so obsessed with it and have been for years, so for that I keep it a secret. My second favorite perfume is Chanel N°5 – which is said to be recognized as one of the most iconic fragrances of all time. Mademoiselle Coco Chanel once proclaimed: “A woman who doesn’t wear perfume has no future,” and the perfect scent truly does create a lasting impression. Aside from that there is a certain confidence in knowing that you smell fabulous – and confidence is key so there you have it!

Post shower, anytime I’m leaving the house, and even before bed – one thing I never ever forget is a spritz of perfume… It makes me feel like I have my life in order, even when I don’t.

 

SOS: Key to Keeping Your Skin Moist and Dewy

Don’t get me wrong, I love everything about Fall – the leaves change colors and illuminate the side walks with bright shades of red and yellow, notes of pumpkin spice fill coffee shops, and the air turns crisp and chilly over night – I mean what’s not to love?

Well for many, the chilly months of Fall and Winter can also mean dull, lack luster, dry skin – a major faux pas – and who has time for that when there’s pumpkin carving and delicious baking to be done? Skip the worrying about dry, irritated skin with a few easy tips that will do wonders for your complexion when the season changes won’t:

No matter what, hydration is always number one key! Water is your best friend and major skin saver for the harsh winter months ahead. A hydrated complexion is a glowing complexion so drink up, and in my opinion, a glowing complexion is your best accessory!

Next you’re going to want to lock in that hydration, so I also recommend a day and night moisturizer. My favorite is LaMer, it’s definitely an investment, but no doubt an absolute savior! Facial oils are also big in my cabinet, but definitely a little trickier because certain oils can clog the pores. It’s important to stay educated and know what your skin reacts to. Below I’ve compiled a list of my favorite moisturizers to help keep your face glowing when the going gets tough – all cruelty, paraben, sulfate free of course and courtesy of Sephora!

 

Drunk Elephant B Hydra™ Intensive Hydration Gel

Bobbi Brown Vitamin Enriched Face Base

tarte Rainforest of the Sea™ Drink Of H20 Hydrating Boost Moisturizer

GLOSSIER GOODS

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So as you can all tell I’ve been MIA for quite some time – apologies are in order – but you’ll be happy to know I’m back with a highlight on my favorite new skincare and makeup line, one that you won’t want to miss! Peep my Sunday glow routine with Glossier and a little Chanel xx

Glossier is a fabulous skincare and makeup line made for the cool girls – aka all of my readers! Simple, fun, real, and PINK are just a few words to describe this incredible company. Glossier focuses on the basics such as radiating beauty from within, after all, dewy skin is IN. The second I read that Glossier emphasized the importance of skincare I was immediately sold, we all know skincare is my main aesthetic – oh and not to mention the to die for pink glossy vibes! Above are the products that I’ve recently invested in (and am totally obsessed with)!

To start, I purchased the Super Packwhich is a trio of skin enhancing serums to save the day in any crisis! Also available for individual purchase, this trio includes Super Glow, Super Bounce, and Super Pure – each designed to energize dull skin, target stressed and breakout prone skin, then last but not least ease tight, dehydrated skin. What more could a girl want?!

Next, queue the Priming Moisturizer, which has been an absolute savior in my cabinet. During the winter months when my natural tan has faded and my skin is borderline snow-white, it tends to get inflamed and irritated really easy, and that’s where the Priming Moisturizer has become my best friend! This magical primer is soothing, redness reducing, oxygenating, and buildable. I apply it upon post-super pack, clean skin before any tinted moisturizer and voila! – glowing, dewy skin it is.

Now we’re onto two of the products that I officially can’t leave home without! The one and only Glossier Boy Brow and the most iconic pink Glossier lipgloss. When I say I’ve tried a handful of brow sculpting gels, pencils, powders, etc – I mean a very large handful – and when I say this is without a doubt the best brow gel I have ever come across I mean it! For awhile I started to think brows just weren’t my thing, that is until I came across THE product. Boy Brow thickens, fills in, and grooms your brows all in one so you don’t have to fuss with added pencils and powders! I swear this wand is magic. Add a little lipgloss and your Sunday skin perfection is finito!

Stay tuned for more on my latest addiction, Glossier, because I promise I’m not finished with this amazing line!

Beautifying Valentine's Day Treats

Let me start by saying HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY LOVAS, whether you participate in the celebration of love or not. Now, I definitely don’t have anything against February 14th, in fact I love scrolling through Instagram or my Vogue feed and reading Valentine’s themed memes… On that note I am also a firm believer in that we do not need a designated day of the year to show both ourselves and those in our lives extra love. Besides the fact that I splurged and ate half a box of pink frosted sugar cookies (ooopps), today is no different or better a day than tomorrow to be kind to yourself – but if you absolutely need a reason to indulge, then by all means commence Valentine’s Day!

As for my February 14th plans, I’ve got a hot date with my rose scented Voluspa candle, bath tub, and the fabulous skincare products pictured above – all of which are focused on achieving moisturized, baby soft, hydrated skin for a night of complete relaxation.

First, I’m going to cleanse my skin and then layer on Glossier’s Moisturizing Moon MaskAfter 10-20 minutes I’ll rinse off the mask and apply Glossier’s Super Bounce Serumwhich contains hyaluronic acid that plumps skin up with moisture and Vitamin B5 for added elasticity, resulting in an extra soft complexion. Next I’ll layer Glossier’s Priming Moisturizer Rich – AKA an EXTRA luxurious and soft moisturizer that acts as an Anti-Redness Complex and an Oxygenating Agent. Finally I’ll spritz the Soothing Face Mist all over, so my face not only smells like roses, but is extra hydrated from the rosewater and aloe mixture.

Oh and since it is Valentine’s Day I thought I would include the perfect routine for extra kissable lips to end the night:

1      Apply Sephora’s Rose Lip Mask to prep

2      Follow with Gossier’s Balm Dot Com for an extra hydrated and soft canvas

3      Finish with Glossier’s Generation G Matte Lipstick (I chose Zip) and/or lipgloss

Voila!

Now you have the ultimate guide to achieving both a relaxing Valentine’s evening and extra moisturized skin, because it all starts with the perfect canvas am I right?

WAIT there’s more! You can also shop my Glossier page for 20% off all products pictured (except the candle and Sephora lip mask, of course) at Glossier.com/reps/michaelabreaux , so treat yoself – and if you’re feeling extra kind then treat a loved one too xox