Atelier Cologne Hand Cream, California Clementine, & Citron d’Erable


*purchased by me

One of my dirty little secrets: I’m hoarding Atelier Cologne perfume samples. I adore this brand and they are masters of citrus, which just happens to be my favorite kind of perfume note. This post is curated of a massive favorite, one of their hand creams, and a Great Lakes inspired perfume (perfect for someone residing in the Great Lakes State, right?).

Citron d’Erable is a limited edition scent that is comprised of lemon, maple syrup, and woodsy notes. Inspired by the Great Lakes region, this scent has a fall vibe. I expected this to be “cooler” than it is and have a stronger aquatic vibe. That said, I think this scent is nostalgic to someone who has spent her entire life living next to one Great Lake or another (grew up on Superior, residing near Huron).

The Bergamot Soleil hand cream is a pungent and strong citrus; it takes the word “fresh” to the next level. Some may even find it bitter because the bergamot is very strong. While the scent is beautiful, the quality of the hand cream is so-so; if you want something highly moisturizing, this is not it. I would not repurchase this hand cream, but could probably be persuaded to buy another scent if I wanted to match another perfume.

Clementine California is my number one Atelier Cologne scent. I wish I could fill a bathtub with this and just soak in it; that’s how much I love it! I also have a happy scent memory associated with it (Disneyland trip). This is a light and happy citrus with notes of clementine, mandarin, and sandalwood. This is the kind of scent that would not be a bother or offend anyone, but instead projects pure joy!

Do you have any favorite scents from Atelier Cologne? This is just a small selection of the ones I enjoy. πŸ™‚

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Wet ‘n’ Wild PhotoFocus Foundation Review


*purchased by me

The drugstore has hit some major home runs in the foundation department in the last two years. After hearing many raves about this newer one from Wet ‘n’ Wild, I decided to spend the six bucks and test it out for myself! I purchased the shade Light Medium Neutral, which is a perfect match for me.


This foundation is in a glass jar and the applicator is a plastic wand. Since the foundation is very fluid and runs easily, this can get messy, so take care not to get this all over your clothes! The glass jar does feel very nice and luxurious; it certainly has some heft.


Wet ‘n’ Wild Light Medium Neutral, L’Oreal Pro-Glow 203 Nude Beige

One thing that impressed me with this foundation is the color match; it truly is neutral and very similar in tone to my L’Oreal Pro-Glow foundation in the shade 203 Nude Beige. I love both of these foundations; however, Wet ‘n’ Wild is cruelty free and $5 cheaper than L’Oreal, and while similar on the skin, I think it looks better than the L’Oreal counterpart.


Wearing PhotoFocus foundation in Light Medium Neutral

I hands down love this foundation. It has a beautifully natural finish and doesn’t look cakey; it blends easily and doesn’t irritate my skin. It actually reminds me a lot of NARS Sheer Glow, but with a touch more coverage. PhotoFocus is medium coverage, but buildable. I love that this foundation isn’t heavy and doesn’t feel like my pores are clogged when I wear it. It is also long lasting, but doesn’t wear away in a patchy manner the way some foundations do. This foundation has me wanting to try the powder counterpart as well!

Between the beautiful finish and the small investment, this foundation is worth trying! I love it!

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6 Skincare Products I Want to Use Up


I’m back from my summer vacation, feeling refreshed and inspired. πŸ™‚ Today’s post is about skincare–more specifically, skincare I want to use up. Due to my job I find myself testing skincare often, and I sometimes receive skincare products in Boxycharm, so it’s easy to let things build up.

Most of the items here are almost gone, as you can see in the photo.

First up is the Yves Rocher Hydra Vegetal scrub. This is just about halfway gone; I actually really like this scrub, but think it would be better for someone with very sensitive skin. I love the gel consistency and it is gentle enough for daily use.

Next is the Aloepure Time Repair Serum. I love this serum but have another serum (different brand) waiting in the wings.

My Coola sunscreen is almost done; I love this for my face, but I don’t think I will repurchase since I want to find something else that serves as a suncreen and tinted moisturizer in one.

The Osea Sea Minerals Facial Mist is another product that I really like, but I have several bottles of facial mists to go through, so I probably won’t repurchase this one.

The next product I’m not a huge fan of–the AmorePacific Moisture Bound Hydra Gel. This is a Sephora 100 point perk, which is why I’m using it up. I can’t stand how this product smells and the performance is average, at least to me.

I reviewed these Body Shop masks last year, and I love them! I would like to use them up before they go bad, so I’m going to start with the British Rose Plumping Mask because it is gentle enough to use several times per week.

Isn’t it satisfying to see products being used? πŸ™‚

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NYX Lid Lingerie Eyeshadow Palette


*purchased by me

I’m not usually one for drugstore eyeshadow, but every once in awhile I find something that I like, and the NYX Lid Lingerie falls under that category. This is definitely a “YouTube made me buy it” purchase, and I’m really happy with it! This palette has 6 matte shades, mostly warm colors. I like palettes like this to supplement my single shadows, and palettes that do not have matte shades.


I took these photos after having the palette for just a few days, but I have been using it for about a month now and the shadows still look quite new. Each shade in here is very soft and easy to blend. I have to admit I was very impressed that I found workable matte shadows in a $10 palette! There is also a metallic palette to complement this.


I usually use the cream shade, or the pale pink shade, as a base shadow for blending, or on the brow bone. I even used ONLY this palette a few times!


Used with the Urban Decay After Dark palette

One palette I love to use this with is the Urban Decay After Dark palette. Since there aren’t any matte shades in that one, this one works really well with it! Another thing I like about this palette is that it is very compact; I could definitely see myself taking this on a weekend away if I needed just one palette.

I think this is worth checking out if you like matte shades but don’t want to spend a lot of money. πŸ™‚

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LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean Collection


*purchased by me

I am a complete Disnerd, so I am thrilled whenever a new Disney collaboration is released in the makeup world. It’s even better when the collaboration contains colors right up my alley! The LORAC Pirates of the Caribbean collection contains an eyeshadow palette, a face palette, and several lip products. I purchased the eyeshadow palette and face palette.


One feature that I love about the eyeshadow palette is the compartment in the bottom where the face palette slides into. This is so handy!


The eyeshadow palette contains 18 shades, ranging from cool neutrals to a few brighter colors. The formula contains matte, satin, and shimmer shades. The shadows seem a little different from LORAC’s pro palettes; they are still pigmented and easy to blend, but not as soft. This is neither a good or bad observation-simply neutral!


Black Pearl, Starry Night, Treasure, Sea Haze, Lost at Sea, Silent Mary

I love this eyeshadow palette. The colors are really unique compared to other shades that I have, and LORAC really captured the murky pirate vibe. Black Pearl is actually a duochrome shadow that isn’t picking up well in the photo. My favorite color in the palette is Sea Haze.


The face palette really hits a home run. It includes three blushes and three highlighters. Every shade in this palette is super pigmented; plus, I adore the color selection. Some people may find this a little too pigmented, so definitely use a light hand. They blend like a dream; I can’t rave about the quality of this palette enough. I also think this palette would be perfect for travel. I plan on bringing it to a wedding to do makeup on a few bridesmaids this summer.


Fortune, Lost Soul, Destined, Caribbean, Star Reader, Bold Spirit

I am really happy with this collection and think it is worth checking out, especially for all of you Disney fanatics out there. πŸ™‚



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