Fragrances I Used Up in 2017



In 2017, I decided to keep track of all the fragrances I used up. I have a lot of perfume and would like to put a dent in my products, but the fact of the matter is I simply love scents. Home scents, body scents, nature–I love it all! I am not very surprised at the assortment amassed here.

Atelier Cologne California Clementine x 4 travel sprays– I have a full-size bottle of this plus a bunch of travel sprays. This is one of my favorite scents and I will continue to repurchase as necessary!

Atelier Cologne Orange Sanguine x 2 travel sprays plus a mini bottle– Another one I have more backups of. Can you guess my favorite fragrance house? 😉

Atelier Cologne Mandarine Glaciale travel spray + sample– Surprise! I have more of these! 😀

Atelier Cologne Pomelo Paradis travel spray– I purchased a full-size bottle last year.

Atelier Cologne Bergamot Soleil travel spray– This one smells really nice, but it’s not at the top of my AC favorites. I would wear again though.

Fresh Brown Sugar rollerball– This smells really good (like lemons), but it isn’t groundbreaking. I wouldn’t repurchase as I have other lemon scents I like more.

Solstice Scents Estate Vanilla sample– LOVE this. I would like to purchase a bigger size. It’s so warm and sexy. Vanilla for adults.

Solstice Scents Rose Mallow sample– NOT a fan. The rose was too strong for me, but I appreciate the sweetness.

Pacifica Sparkling Star Passion Fruit rollerball– This is a gorgeous scent. Fruity, tart, and juicy. Plus, it reminds me of Boston now because I wore it there! I would repurchase.

Jo Malone Wood Sage and Sea Salt sample– I love this scent, but haven’t pulled the trigger on it just yet. I probably won’t since it isn’t long lasting on me.

Calvin Klein CK One mini bottle– I’ve been wearing this off and on since it released! I’m sure this won’t be the last time I wear it!

Ariana Grande Ari rollerball– I absolutely love this. It’s sweet, but not as sickly sweet as Pink Sugar. It really softens on my skin and my husband loves it. I repurchased the full-size bottle.

YSL Black Opium sample– I like this, but I probably won’t purchase a full size bottle as it is very strong and I still have a mini bottle. Coffee and cotton candy, if that’s your thing. It’s quite sexy!

Nest Paradise rollerball– This scent is so good, definitely my favorite from the Nest line. It’s sweet citrus with a bite of ginger. I would repurchase.

Note Honey Blossom sample– This is sweet, sweet honey. I love it! If other honey scents have had too much floral for you, this one is a great pick.

Acqua di Parma Blu Mediterraneo sample– Nothing to write home about, but nice and fresh.

Nicki Minaj Minajesty rollerball– This is surprisingly delicious and juicy! The fruit really has a kick to it and the scent lasts for a LONG time. I have a bottle of this now and I would repurchase. I love it!

Jean Paul Gaultier Le Male sample– I sprayed this on my scarf and loved it, but on my skin it’s just too masculine for me. I do think this would smell wonderful on a lot of women though, despite it being marketed for men. I actually bought this for my brother for Christmas.

Bath and Body Works Vineyard Champagne Kiss travel size bottle– I sprayed this on before bed and sometimes stuck it in my car to freshen up. I love the champagne notes and it is really fresh. I think this was limited edition, but I probably won’t repurchase since I have plenty of body sprays.

I’m rather impressed with what I used up! Atelier Cologne is definitely my favorite here, and one of the few houses I would repurchase. 🙂

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Recent Beauty Fails


Purchased by me

It’s time for some product fails! As usual, these are just products that I didn’t appreciate–that doesn’t mean someone else out there doesn’t love them or that they won’t work for you. 🙂

Shall we jump into it?

Etude House Lovely Cookie Blusher in Peach Parfait– Everything about this adorable, and the quality seems decent, but the fact is this blush does not show up on my complexion, as it’s just too light for me.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita II– Way too drying for me. I just can’t do it.

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara– I’m just not a huge fan of this mascara. It didn’t do much for my lashes, and flaked throughout the day.

Hard Candy Sheer Envy Coconut Water Primer Stick– I just can’t get this to work. I like that it’s cooling and it feels good on my skin, but as a primer it makes my foundation patchy. I think I’m simply not a primer person in general.

BlowPro Blow Out Spray– I actually really like how this hairspray performs, but I cannot stand the way it smells. Serious skunk vibes. I don’t want to smell that, and I don’t want to smell *like* that either!

Essence Lash Princess Mascara– I actually like this mascara, but it smudges like crazy on me, so it’s a no-go for a repurchase.

DLS Eyeshadow Crayon– This came in a Boxycharm box and it is crease central. It doesn’t stay on my lids at all, so this is not something I’ll continue to use.

Tom Ford Cheek Color in Sand Pink– This is a tiny sample of this product. I love the silky texture and consistency of the product; however, it fades quickly. I believe this is a $50-$60 product, so for that price I expected it to stay on longer.

MAC Vericolour Stain in Constant Craving– This is an awful lip formula. It isn’t drying; however, it is terribly clumpy and the stain left behind is uneven. Definitely won’t be purchasing more of these.

Olay Regenerist Microsculpting Cream– I actually received this as a freebie at a race I ran. I found it too heavy and drying for my skin.

Makeup Revolution Skin Kiss Highlighter in Ice Kiss– This is one of those products where I think, “why did I buy this?” It is chunky, frosty, chalky, and is difficult to blend. I don’t mind a blinding highlight, but this wasn’t finely milled enough for me.

Julep Love Your Bare Face Detoxifying Cleansing Stick– Now, I truly love this product. It smells amazing, is a wonderful cleanser, and I love that it’s in stick form so I can travel with it. Unfortunately, it really burns my eyes when I use it, and I just can’t subject myself to it anymore. I want a cleanser that I can use all over my face and remove eye makeup with, and this just isn’t that.

Do you love/dislike any of these products?

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Update: Where I’ve Been

Hello, and if you are still checking this space, I am truly grateful. 🙂 I am still alive and mostly well, but WOW–the end of 2017 was truly brutal. Within three weeks I had a death in the family and lost my full-time job (budget cuts). Mentally, this has been a lot to deal with and I have slowly been trying to recover from it all, not to mention finding work, which I have been unsuccessful with so far.

On the bright side, I’m teaching two classes this semester and substitute teaching (I could write a book about this experience, unreal), so it’s something.

I have been taking photos and want to get back into writing here. I miss beauty blogging. I love the beauty world and have a lot to talk about! I may not be able to keep up with what is new and trendy, but what really matters is my love for writing and that this is just a fun hobby for me.

Thank you for reading and sticking with me.

🙂 –Melissa



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NARS Orgasm Lipstick Review


*deluxe sample

NARS recently made some new additions to their very famous Orgasm makeup collection. I was quite excited about the liquid blushes (I have yet to purchase any), and I was also excited about the lipstick. I picked up the lipstick in deluxe sample size thanks to a Sephora code.


The lipstick is the same formula as their regular line, not the Audacious lipstick line. I actually prefer this line compared to Audacious because it isn’t drying. The color is the same as the blush–peachy pink with gold shimmer.


The gold shimmer isn’t chunky glitter for those wary of that; I don’t notice it feeling chunky at all. It’s glides on smoothly and the formula is pretty thin, but it does built up nicely. I love the color and find that it really freshens up the face, just like the blush of the same name does. This lipstick does not have any detectable scent either, if that is a concern.


The full-size lipstick is $28, so the price has gone up in recent years (I believe they used to be $26). I love the color but am not sure if I would purchase the full size lipstick since it takes so long to go through one; the sample will last a long time! Time will tell if this is a must have for me, but so far I do adore the color of this lipstick, and the formula.



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NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer Review



NARS has been one of my favorite makeup brands in the past, and I believe they make quality makeup that is long-lasting and pigmented. That said, it has been awhile since I’ve followed their new releases religiously, and I know the Soft Matte Complete Concealer has been around for nearly a year now. At $30, it is pricey, especially for someone like me who doesn’t really use concealer regularly.

Unfortunately, I have fallen in love with this concealer!


Vanilla, Custard, Caramel, Hazelnut

The sample has lasted for several weeks now, so I’ve had ample time to test it out. I typically use concealer for spot concealing redness, freckles that may show up if I’m slacking on sunscreen, or blemishes (which is rare for me). I have normal skin and since this is matte, I didn’t find it drying; however, if you have dry skin, it is worth sampling first.

I rarely wear concealer under the eyes, but for me, this is too heavy for that area. I prefer this formula for the face rather than for concealing and correcting dark circles.

This is soft, it is matte, it is full coverage, and it is very creamy and natural. It simply melts into the skin–I love easy this concealer is to apply! Another thing that I always appreciate about NARS is that their shade matches are spot on with my skin. Custard is a perfect match for my face; I was hoping to get away with vanilla in order to enjoy this little sample more, but it is simply too light.


This concealer comes in 16 shades; the selection can definitely use more colors on the deep side of the color spectrum.

This concealer is a huge win in my book, but I am unsure if I will purchase it at this time. It is also noteworthy that I think this is better than the Radiant Creamy Concealer, which I really enjoyed.

What is your favorite concealer?

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