Maybelline City Mini Palette in Downtown Sunrise Review


*purchased by me

Maybelline recently released several new eyeshadow palettes called the “City Mini” collection. I normally steer clear of drugstore eyeshadow; however, that bright pink shade really spoke to me, so I decided to try one in a moment of weakness.


There are six shades in the palette: three satin/matte shades and 3 shimmers. I think this is a good palette for someone who does the same thing daily, doesn’t want to spend a lot of money, and wants an occasional pop of color.


The lighter shimmers aren’t intense but they provide a beautiful sheen. The matte tan shade, the transition shade of the palette, is the weakest of the bunch. It is a little difficult to blend, but not impossible. The best shade in the palette is the hot coral with gold shimmer.


I really liked wearing this palette and was pleasantly surprised by it! It is also worth mentioning that these shadows last for over 12 hours with primer, because when I went to wash my face, they were still there looking fresh. For $10, this is a win!

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Current Wishlist! NARS, Anastasia, Jane Iredale

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It’s time for a wishlist post! I’m excited to be writing this post on my new chromebook. I needed a new computer for work especially, and decided that this would be perfect for my needs. Today was a really fun day; I went to a museum with friends and did a little shopping, including perusing Ulta. I picked up a few items, but overall practiced great restraint (due to the new chromebook necessity).

This wishlist is a mix of new and old beauty items on my radar. First up is the Anastasia Aurora highlighter palette. Now that I have seen it in person, the lust is real! It is absolutely stunning and very unique.

wishlist1The Urban Decay Naked Skin One and Done has been on my radar for over a year. I can’t justify this purchase at the moment because I have my Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer and a few foundations to use first. I haven’t tried a sample, but I love the texture of it from swatching it in the store. I may have to make a trip to Sephora to seek out a sample.

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The Moroccan Oil hand cream is a completely frivolous item on my list. At $32 it seems steep for a hand cream, especially when I have hand creams already. If you have tried this, I would love to know your thoughts on it!


I mentioned the NARS Creamy Matte concealer in my June favorites post, because I have a sample of it. I am still using that sample and adore it. It is the perfect color for my skin, blends easily, and stays put. I love the texture. Unfortunately, NARS just lost their cruelty-free status, which is super disappointing. I also am not sure I can justify $30 for a concealer when it is something I don’t use daily. That brings me to my next item…

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…NYX Full Coverage concealer. I have no idea if this is even comparable to NARS, but I am apparently drawn to pot concealers at the moment. I am currently using Maybelline Face Studio, which I like. It is almost gone and I repurchased the NYX HD concealer already. I may still check this out.

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Last weekend, I did wedding makeup, and the bride had a stunning jar of Jane Iredale powder in her bag. I would like to explore this brand more and try the Amazing Base mineral powder, especially since it has sunscreen in it. I really want to find a powder with a sunscreen in it that I can refresh during the day.

If you have tried any of these products or have other recommendations, leave them in the comments! 🙂

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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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