Project Pan: Using up my non-cruelty-free products #1

As I mentioned in my Tips for Going Cruelty-Free post, you absolutely do not need to just start throwing away products in your collection because you decide to go cruelty-free. The way that I have chosen to handle it is to just use up what I have and replace those products with cruelty-free products in the future. In most cases, I already have cruelty-free alternatives because I like trying new makeup, but I still do not want to waste what I’ve already spent money on.

So, this will be a rolling project pan. Focusing on a few items at a time, I will be going through my collection panning the remaining non-cruelty-free items that I have. As I finish them, I will give some suggestions on cruelty-free alternatives.

Benefit Cosmetics Ka-Brow in #4This one is actually starting to dry out, so I will likely be done with this in a month or so.

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Caramel

I just took the stopper out of this about two weeks ago. This should be gone before November (taking out the stopper gives access to so much more product)

(also) Coty Airspun Loose Face Powder in Translucent Extra Coverage

This powder is huge. I’ve been using it consistently since last winter. This will be in the project pan until at least January.


Once I have finished with these products, I will update you with their cruelty-free replacements.

Thanks for stopping by!

💜Michelle Lisette

Beauty Steals: Sale Alert

Hi guys!

Just a quick mid-week Sale announcement.

If you have ever been interested in trying the Physicians Formula Healthy Foundation, now probably one of the best chances you’ll get to do so. Ulta is currently having their Fall Haul Sale event where tons of products are discounted by 50% or more.

I went to pick up the foundation yesterday and this foundation rang up to less than $4– that’s 75% off. I didn’t have any coupons or special codes. Apparently, certain items are actually 75% off. So, if you’re interested in trying it, or already love it and could use a back up, run to your nearest Ulta ASAP!

Have you guys found any crazy beauty steals recently? Let me know!

Thanks for stopping by!

Michelle Lisette

New At Sephora: Natasha Denona & Charlotte Tilbury (Bonus- First Impressions)

Hi guys!

If you guys have not already heard, Sephora just added another incredible, cruelty-free brand to their offerings— Charlotte Tilbury! I was so excited when I heard. I have always wanted to try out the brand after hearing so many good things, but I was not willing to spend 💰 💰 at the department store (at least at Sephora I get points that I can redeem for stuff later 🤷‍♀️ ). So, when I heard that the brand was coming to Sephora, and would be available at my local store, I was overjoyed. 

As my first foray into the line, I decided to try out the Magic Foundation. I heard her complexion products were really top notch, and included skincare benefits as well as making your skin look immediately amazing. 

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First impressions:

I may have found my new holy grail luxury foundation. Honestly. This product sinks in as if it is a moisturizer, but simultaneously gives a perfect medium coverage (not full coverage as it claims). Even close up, you cannot tell that there is product on your face. I tested this foundation for a full week and it lasts all day, even through a Soul Cycle class. 🤯. I will continue trying this product to see how I feel after wearing it for some time, especially as the weather is getting colder to bring you guys a full Splurge-worthy review, but for now, I love it.

Natasha Denona Safari Palette

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Guys, I will admit it. I am a Natasha Denona stan. I am kinda obsessed with her regular shadows. (Quick sidenote- I will always specfiy the regular shadows because the minis are awful. There is a difference in formula. I’ve purchased both.)

As soon as I saw that she was releasing an all-matte palette, I was instantly intrigued. Her matte shadows blend so well and last so long. I have tons of shimmer shades in palettes, individuals, liquids, etc. So, I was not put off in the least that it was all matte. Then, when I saw the shades… 😱 …so perfect for fall. Cool-toned, autumn colors in an incredible formula…what better way to bring in the new season. So, I bought it at the Rouge holiday preview event before it even hit shelves. (Someone literally had to go get it out of the back for me…don’t judge me, okay? 🙈). 

First impressions: I love it. Surprise, surprise. As I said before, her mattes are incredible, and these are no different. I have created completely matte looks (I’ll put a picture of one below), as well as used it with other shadows. In all cases, the palette has worked well. 

As with the Charlotte Tilbury product, I do want to keep trying the palette out a bit more. I want to at least use every shade, and try it with different bases (primer vs concealer, etc) before I give a full review. 

Well, that’s it guys. Are you thinking of picking up the ND Safari Palette or anything from the Charlotte Tilbury line? I’d love to know in the comments. Here’s me wearing both products.

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Thanks for stopping by!

💜Michelle Lisette

Weekly Makeup Inspiration #3

9/16-9/22/2018

Here are the makeup items in my collection that I pulled out the last week of summer because I felt inspired to create with & use them. I apologize for posting this so late. I thought I had scheduled it but alas…

I mostly base my section on what inspires me, but also realistically looking at my calendar and seeing what will work with my schedule for that week.

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Surprisingly, of all of the eye products, the one I was most excited to use (not counting the new Safari palette), was the only one I did not touch– the Kat Von D Shade + Light Glimmer Eye Contour Palette. I will have to take note of whether I reach for this palette over the next few months. If not, I will probably declutter it.

Another product that I was surprised by was my Wander Beauty Unlashed mascara. I thought I really liked this mascara, but every time I used it, I found myself topping it with the Butter London.

Now that it is officially fall, all of my more bright lippies have been tucked away, and I am excited to start creating more vampy looks.

Thanks for reading

💜Michelle Lisette

Drugstore Discoveries #1: Essence Metal Shock Liquid Eyeshadows

Hi guys & happy autumn 🍂🍁🍂

So, I recently discovered an amazing drugstore product that I have become obsessed about– the Essence Metal Shock Liquid Eyeshadows. They are similar to the Stila Glitter & Glow Liquid Eyeshadows, but the glitter is way less chunky (which is my personal preference).

They come in several really beautiful shades, go on super easily with minimal fallout, and last all day. The best part? They are only $4.99 USD at Ulta. If you can find them in a store near you or order online, I highly suggest them. With one color in the crease, and one swipe of this product, you can have gorgeous multidimensional eye look. Scroll down for the swatches of the four shades I picked up.

Thanks for stopping by!

💜Michelle Lisette

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September 2018 BoxyCharm Unboxing & First Impressions

Was it worth the $21 price tag? Let’s see.

Hi everyone!

This month’s theme is Wild Flower. To be honest, I do not see the correlation between the items and the theme. Nonetheless, I am very pleased with the items I received. 

Pretty Vulgar Nightingale Smokey Eyeshadow Palette, MSRP $35 USD

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First Impression: In my first time trying these shadows, I thought they blended well and were nicely pigmented. Even the shimmer shades went vibrantly using just a dry brush. I am really happy about this palette. The autumn, cool-tones are going to be right on trend, and I am looking forward creating a ton of looks with this.

Laura Geller Baked  Blush-N-Brighten in Tropic Hues, MSRP $28

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FI: Super pigmented with a natural, non-glittery glow. This blush will work well over the more matte foundation look that I will be going for this fall to add a healthy glow to the cheeks. The color is really beautiful and great for everyday on deeper skin.

Alamar Cosmetics Ojitos Brush Set, MSRP $18

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FI: My favorite two brushes of the set are the tight liner and the flat painter brush. The blending brush is okay, but the bristles are a little longer than my preferred style of brush. However, it does do a good job of diffusing color in larger areas.

Lorac Pro Liquid Lipstick in Black Cherry, MSRP $19

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FI: Long-lasting and comfortable, but don’t smile. The color goes on smoothly, and dries down nicely. I thought I really liked it, but then I smiled, and there was a giant crack in the color down the center of my bottom lip. I tried reapplying, but still had the same issue. The color lasted for hours through a smoothie (no straw) and did not transfer, but I would have to try it with a liner underneath or something to see if I can get it to not have that cracked effect. 

Butter London Stroke of Wow Roll On Liner in Pitch Black, MSRP $19

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FI: There is a slight learning curve, but the innovative roller wheel applicator helps create precise wings. The black ink is a rich satin-finish black, and it stayed on all day. So far, so good. 

Was this month’s box worth the $21? Absolutely, at a value of $119, I can definitely see myself getting use out of all of these products. So, in the end I feel like I got $99 worth of free beauty products. Not bad!

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In next month’s unboxing I plan to do a follow-up on these products in addition to my first impressions on October’s box. So stay tuned!

Thanks for stopping by!

Michelle Lisette

Weekly Makeup Inspiration #2

9/9-9/15/18

Here are the makeup items in my collection that I pulled out last week because I felt inspired to create with & use them.

I mostly base my section on what inspires me, but also realistically looking at my calendar and seeing what will work with my schedule for that week.

L to R: Top E.L.F. Highlighting Holographic Duo in Siren’s Call, the Balm Take Home the Bronze Anti-Orange Bronzer in Graham E.; Center: ColourPop Super Shock Cheek in High Five; E.L.F. Baked Highlighter in Blush Gems, E.L.F. Blush palette in Deep
L to R: Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Glosses in Jawbreaker & Big Bang, Fenty Beauty Universal Gloss Bomb in Fenty Glow, Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Metallic Rose, Essence Vibrant Shock Lip Paint in Twisted Sister, Smashbox Always on Metallic Matte in Crystal Baller
Palettes Top to Bottom: Morphe The Jacyln Hill Palette, Urban Decay Born to Run; Eyeliner: Urban Decay 24/7 Eye Pencil in Overdrive; ColourPop L to R: Super Shock Shadows in By My Side & Donna, Super Star Loose Pigment in Up Shot, Super Shock Shadows in Static & Moonwalk

I actually realized that I do not like the Jaclyn Hill palette. The shadows just do not last for me no matter how I prep my lids. I tried wearing it all day, and it lasted less than half a day. Then I tried wearing them out on a movie date, and they didn’t even last through that. So, I will be decluttering this palette.

My favorite item of all of these products that I found myself wearing the most was….nope not Born to Run, but the ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Moonwalk. It looks lime green in the pot, but is a beautiful green-brown duochrome that makes for a perfect everyday, one swipe color across the lids. On medium-deep to deep skin, it can just look like a nice sheen from some angles, and a beautiful gold haze from other. I love this shadow. It may be one of my favorite singles in my collection.

I’m hoping to continue finding some more absolute favorites that I haven’t given a fair shot in these weekly rotations.

Thanks for stopping by!

💜Michelle Lisette