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. 🙂

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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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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. 🙂

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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. 🙂



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June 2017 Beauty and Skincare Favorites


June went by SO fast for me! I went to visit my sister, went on an amazing 5-hour lighthouse cruise with my husband, and prayed that my basement wouldn’t flood due to the heavy rains and massive flooding in the area (it didn’t!). In between all of that I did have time to rediscover some products.

First up are two charcoal masks: the White Egret Charcoal Mask and The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Mask. I absolutely love how my skin feels after using these! Each one is a little exfoliating, so I always feel super clean after rinsing them off.

I have two blush favorites: Besame cream blush in Apricot and Mariah Carey x MAC Sweet Sweet Fantasy blush. I have had the MAC blush since its release and had only worn it a couple of times. It’s a beautiful warm pink color. Apricot could easily turn into one of my favorite blushes of all time. This color is simply stunning and the formula is even better. I’ve never met a cream blush with such a long-lasting and pigmented formula!


Sweet Sweet Fantasy, Apricot, Only You, Hot Sand

Another MAC product I’ve been enjoying is the Ellie Goulding x MAC lipstick in Only You. It is a warm pink shade that is perfect for this time of year, and goes with practically anything. Plus, it is a cremesheen, which is my favorite MAC lipstick formula.

In addition to two MAC favorites, I also have two NARS favorites: Hot Sand highlighter and the Soft Matte Complete Concealer. I don’t actually own the concealer, but I have been using a sample of it for about a week now. I was a huge fan of the liquid Hot Sand highlighter, and now that there’s a powder I am even more thrilled! I plan on writing a separate review of the concealer, but let’s just say the sample has left a BIG impression on me. I love it!


As mentioned in the past, I have the world’s driest lips. This month I discovered the Tuore Conditioning Lip Oil, which I have been using daily. I usually put it on while I’m doing my makeup to condition my lips.

The Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer is a rediscovery for me. I’ve been really into lightweight, cream products this month, and I love that this tinted moisturizer has SPF in it. My shade is Nude.

The last product is a little random, but my husband and I have been loving the Dove Dry Oil Beauty Bar. This soap seriously changed my shower life! I’ve been using it to shave my legs, and I do not experience any razor burn, plus less cuts. The reason I discovered this soap is because of a YouTuber, which leads me to my next favorite: BarSoap Guy! As the name implies, he reviews soap.

Another favorite of mine is on Instagram, and her handle is mel_ladytrucker. She is a North American truck driver who posts makeup photos during her travels. She uses mostly drugstore makeup and is creative, fun, and just has a good vibe.

Thanks for reading, and have a safe 4th of July weekend!

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