Atelier Cologne Minis

atelier_cologneI like to rotate the perfumes I wear pretty regularly so it can take a while to use up a bottle. I used to buy the biggest sizes I could because they were generally a better deal but now I buy smaller sizes so I can try them out. If I love it and wear it all the time I can always buy another bottle. If I don’t like it as much as my other perfumes, I’m not stuck with a bottle that will take me years to finish. That’s why I really like perfume minis. They’re a great way to try a scent and the little bottles look so cute on my dresser. I’ve received a few Atelier Cologne samples and really liked them so I picked up a couple of their mini perfumes to try: Orange Sanguine, Vanille Insensee, and Rose Anonyme.

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Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Abricot Perfume

vanille_abricot2I’ve always loved the idea of a signature scent, something that suits me well and a fragrance that others can associate with me. But there are so many nice perfumes out there, it’s hard to stick with just one! Although I did strictly use Fantasy by Britney Spears for quite a few years (I still love it during the summer), now I tend to buy lots of different perfumes in the same scent family. I’ve found that I’m mostly drawn to sweet, vanilla-based scents and I hate anything floral. I like spicier vanillas during the winter and fruitier vanillas for summer. I recently discovered Comptoir Sud Pacifique Vanille Abricot and it is perfect for warm weather.

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April Beauty Favorites

april_beauty_favoritesLast month, my favorite beauty products were mostly makeup. This month was a little different. I used a lot of the same makeup products over the course of the month but none of them really stood out as something I was excited about. Instead, I fell back in love with an old perfume and discovered two other products from my stash that I’d never really used much before. My April beauty favorites ended up being Britney Spears Midnight Fantasy perfume, Julep’s Lissa, and Aveda’s Hand Relief.

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Prada Candy, Candy L’Eau, and Candy Florale

Prada CandyI love perfume, but I’m very picky when it comes to what my perfume smells like. Not only does it have to smell good, but it also has to smell like me. I’m a big fan of sweet scents (specifically vanilla and sugar scents- anything that smells like I’ve been baking) but they have to be balanced by something heavier and musky or else they get sickeningly sweet. Most florals are a “no” for me- they smell too perfume-y and old-lady like, and they tend to give me headaches. I like fruity fragrances (as long as they don’t smell like cleaning products) and I love the idea of more masculine fragrances, but they don’t quite fit for me. I want something that I can smell all day long, but I don’t want something that smells too strong. Because I’m so picky, I like to try smaller sizes of perfumes first to see if I really love them. Mini perfumes are a great way to try a scent, and they are usually available with promo codes or as gifts with purchases. Over the last year or so, I’ve managed to acquire minis of the whole Prada Candy line- Prada Candy, Prada Candy L’Eau, and Prada Candy Florale.

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