Summer 2018 Bucket List…before it’s too late

With only a few weeks left before the autumnal equinox , I find myself wondering what happened to summer. I love autumn and everything about it, but I feel like this summer has flown by so fast that I did not get to enjoy it. So, in order to make the most of these last few weeks of hot weather here in the Northeast, I created my end of summer bucket list. I am going to try to fit in as many of these activities as possible before sweater weather (my nickname for fall) arrives.

1. Go to the beach. 🌊

I love the beach, but somehow I’ve gone two years without making it there.

2. Go to a local botanical garden.🌺

I think it would be cool to catch the colorful flowers before they say farewell until next year.

3. Have a cookout.🍻

Sure, this can definitely be done in the fall, but nothing screams summer like an ice cold beer and some kabobs on the grill.

4. Wear bright pink lipstick.👄

I prefer to keep the neon/bright colored lipsticks to the spring and summer, but I haven’t really worn any from my collection this year. I am going to change that before it gets too late (for my personal preference).

5. Go to an ice cream parlor.🍦

There’s something fun and nostalgic about going to a local ice cream shop. I’ve been once this summer, but I’d like to go one more time to enjoy a cold treat before it’s too late.

Have you guys made the most of this summer? Do you have any things you still want to do before Summer 2018 officially comes to an end? Let me know. I’d love to hear from you.

Thanks for stopping by!

💜Michelle Lisette

#1 Shopper Savvy Tip for the Sephora VIB Appreciation Sale

3 words: Book 👏🏾 a 👏🏾 facial👏🏾.

Earlier this year, some Sephora locations started offering the PERK facial. I’ve gotten a couple myself and they are wonderful. My skin always looks incredible afterwards.

These 30 minute facials as free with a $75 purchase. If you are anything like me, you will use this sale to it’s full potential and end of spending at least $75. So, make your list, then head over to a Sephora offering the PERK facial, and do your shopping then.

It’s like getting a free spa treatment.

You’re welcome. 😉

Have a great week everyone!

💜Michelle Lisette

A 2018 VIB Appreciation Sale Wishlist…with a firm grasp on reality

Hi guys,

As promised in my “Don’t Fall Into The Trap” post, I am back with what is on my Sephora VIB Appreciation Sale Wishlist. I’m forewarning you: this list basically has one or two products in each category. I am approaching this sale with caution and a firm grasp on reality.

Makeup:

Eyeshadow palettes

Lately, I have really been into the “perfect for every occasion” kinds of palettes, and the two that I’ve really been considering lately are the Urban Decay Born to Run palette (of course) and the Tarte Love, Trust & Fairy Dust. I think that I’ll just get the Urban decay since it has more options, and is really giving my fall vibes, but I like that the Tarte palette is smaller and more travel bag friendly.

Skincare:

To be quite honest, skincare is something I’ve been absolutely obsessing about recently. So, there are a ton of products that I want to try. Unfortunately for me, skincare tends to be much more expensive that most makeup. On my list of must-haves are a gentle cleanser for days when I don’t want to use my salicylic acid-containing cleaner; facial oil or heavier moisturizer (I currently alternate between the Tatcha Water Cream & Belif Pore Cleanser) since the weather is about to get much cooler and drier; an under eye cream to stop those fine lines before they start settling in; and a new serum since I just finished up my Drunk Elephant C Firma. 

In order to satisfy all those needs, while not breaking the bank and also not wasting a ton of money on full-sized products that I may end up not liking, I am planning on picking up the Drunk Elephant The Littles. For under $100, I will get minis of all of the products I need plus a few more. Once I test them out, I can always come back and purchase the full-size at the next VIB Sale.img_7518

One other thing that I have really been wanting for a while is the Tatcha The Pearl Tinted Eye Illuminating Treatment. I have been loving wearing minimal makeup these days, and this product works as treatment for fine lines as well as under-eye darkness PLUS it gives enough illumination that I can skip concealer.

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Haircare:

Since I have been considering straightening my hair (for the first time in years), I NEED a good heat protectant. Recently I’ve fallen in love with the Briogeo Roscaro Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray. It does wonders for my ultra-thick, but highly-porous natural hair and is the first leave-in conditioner that does anything for me. Because of the great results I had with that, I am more eager to try other products in this line. The one I am planning to grab this time is the Don’t Despair, Repair! Strength + Moisture Leave-In Mask. It doesn’t sound like a heat protectant, but along with deeply hydrating and conditioning the hair, this product is supposed to also provide heat protection. I am all about all of those benefits.

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That’s it guys. Even this list is a bit longer than I wanted it to be, but realistically, I would probably end up buying all of these within the next month or so. So, it only makes sense that I get them for 20% off while I can. 

What are you guys thinking about picking up? Let me know!

Thanks for reading!

💜Michelle Lisette, The City Girl

Sephora VIB Appreciation Sale 2018: Don’t Fall into the Trap

With the surprise Sephora VIB Appreciation sale starting Friday for Rouge members, it is super easy to get caught up in the hype. As as Rouge member myself, I understand how easy it is to have a list a mile long; wanting to grab, not only favorite products, but all of the latest palettes and newest skincare that all my favorite YouTubers are suggesting. 

Unfortunately, I’ve been caught up one too many times. So, in honor of trying to do the right thing for my wallet this time around, I wanted to dedicate my first return post to reminding myself how dangerous it can all be. Here are some of my beauty regrets: Products I Bought Because of YouTube, and wish I didn’t.

Disclaimer: This is in no way trying to shade any of the below listed brands or products. I just had no business making these purchases.

  1. Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette. img_7492I know people stan this palette. That is why I bought it… I also bought it because I’m the person who wants to own every palette in a collection. Both reasons are ridiculous. I love the ABH eyeshadow formula. Next to the Natasha Denona formula (the regular palettes, not the minis), ABH is my favorite. That being said, I am not the biggest fan of the color scheme. 4 of the 14 shades I never use, and never intended to use them. Of the remaining 10 shades, 5 I have either the exact same shade or similar in my other two ABH palettes (Prism & Soft Glam). So basically, I spent $42 on 5 shadows just because I wanted to be in on the hype…and late I may add because I bought Soft Glam and Modern Renaissance at the same time. (I also bought Subculture for the second time in that purchase because I wanted the full set, but we won’t bother going down that road.)
  1. Hourglass Veil Translucent Powder. img_7493I honestly have no clue why I bought this. I wanted a translucent powder that I could use to bake, and would keep me matte, that also would not give me flashback (I was going to a wedding). Do not get me wrong, the powder is okay, but it does not keep me matte, nor did it ever claim that it would. This powder is for giving a luminous, filter-like look to your base makeup. That’s not what I wanted, but I bought it because it was the new, hot item… It was also expensive. I also already have setting powders. So, to buy a powder that doesn’t even do what I needed at the moment just because everyone was raving about it…. Definitely a purchase I regret.
  1. Natasha Denona Tropic Eyeshadow Palette. img_7494Again, wtf was I even thinking?? When this palette came out, as soon as I saw it, I knew I did not want it. There were four shades that looked essentially the same, and the rest of the colors just did not speak to me. So, how in the world did I end up buying this? I will say that I do own the Natasha Denona Lila palette and it is my all-time favorite palette. So, I knew the formula would be great, but if the colors aren’t for me, why buy the palette, ESPECIALLY when the palette costs over $100. I’ll tell you how…. It was on sale. The palette was a part of the Weekly Wow, and was about $80. Now, thinking critically, I STILL should not have purchased it. Why? Because I had no interest in it. If you do not have interest in an item, you should not buy it, no matter the cost or “savings.” However, I got caught up in the fact that I could have ANOTHER ND palette for a majorly discounted price, and foolishly bought it. MISTAKE. I used it once, and have regretted it ever since.
  1. Fenty Beauty By Rihanna Gloss Bomb Universal. img_7495Let me start by saying, I understand the hype around Fenty Beauty. It’s Rihanna. Unluckily for me, none of her products have really worked for me. This includes the Gloss Bomb. This gloss costs $20, and basically looks like a crystal clear gloss on me. Besides that, it is very thick and I am not a fan of the scent. I knew all of this when I purchased it, and yet, I bought it anyway because it’s Rihanna and I wanted to be hype about the new brand along with everyone else. Looking back, that was dumb, and really, there’s no reason to spend my hard-earned coins on a beauty product when I don’t like anything about it. I shouldn’t have succumb to the hype, and should’ve waited for a product I actually would want to use.
  1. 70% of my foundation and foundation primer collection. Currently, I have about ten open foundations. As a normal person, and just casual blogger…there is absolutely no reason for me to have ten foundations, some of which are terrible for my skin type (oily combo). Instead of running out to purchase all of the most raved about foundations on YT, I should have gone to Sephora and requested testers. Instead, I just bought them to be able to say I had this amazing collection. What I ended up with was acne-ridden skin, and hundreds of dollars of half-used products. The moment that I realized I had become too obsessed with having high-end base makeup was when I was complaining about not being able to leave the house without a full-beat, and my step-mother commented that my skin was amazing before I starting “wearing all that makeup.” That was when I realized that I was no longer being discerning about what I put all over my face, and had fallen into the FOMO trap. 

So as to not leave you hanging, I will be uploading post shortly of a few things on my thought-out cruelty-free wishlist for the sale ranging from skincare to haircare, and everything in between. So stay tuned! 

Thanks for reading!

💜Michelle Lisette

*Note- This is not to say that I won’t try other products, especially ones I receive in my monthly BoxyCharm, but I will get testers when I can, and will not be running out to buy every new must-have product.