Mid-week Sale Announcement: Flower Beauty

Happy Halloween folks!

I just saw that Flower Beauty is having a site-wide 20% off sale. If you were ever curious about some of their products, now is a great time to try them out!

Hurry though, the sale ends at midnight!

💜Michelle Lisette

Holiday Set Haul

I picked up some holiday sets and new releases. I already have some favorites.

Hey Guys!

So, I know the Sephora VIB Sale was this past weekend (and next weekend too!), but I ended up not getting anything because I had JUST picked up a bunch of items not too long ago from both Sephora and Ulta. Most of them are holiday sets, a few are just new collections/sets.

Honestly, the biggest thing I learned from my shopping excursion is that Ulta is THE best for picking up holiday sets. Everything I picked up ended up being from Ulta with the exception of the Becca highlighter set (see below). They have tons of items in all price ranges, and the sets are just more diverse and interesting.

So far, I can say that the Laura Geller and Smashbox are my top two in terms of value. The Laura Geller The Weekender set gives you three complete face and eye palettes, and the Smashbox set gives you five full-sized lipsticks. Each of those two sets cost less than $30.

In terms of favorites, I think the Laura Geller and Becca sets are my highest recommendations based on initial impressions. I think most people could really love and get use out of both sets, and the quality seems to really be there. Also, they are both super cute.

I will post reviews for each set/collection once I can test them all out more thoroughly.

There are definitely a few more holiday items that I want to pick up. Do you guys have anything on your wishlist? Have you already tried any of this year’s holiday releases? Let’s chat.

💜Michelle Lisette

Morning Makeup Musing #3

Quick chat about a new makeup release over my morning coffee.

Good morning!

So, I saw on TrendMood1’s IG this morning that Nabla Cosmetics is releasing a new palette and omg it is beautiful.

Image credit: IG: @trendmood1

I have heard good things about Nabla Cosmetics from one or two YouTubers that try indie makeup, but I have never tried them myself. I rarely order makeup directly from a brand, and have never ordered from any indie brands because of the horror stories I’ve heard about it (none tied to Nabla). Also, indie makeup can be a bit more pricey than you are expecting because they make much smaller quantities of products than large brands (the bigger the quantity, the smaller the cost per item).

All of that being said, I think I’m going to wait to hear some reviews on this palette. Their first palette was a big hit, but then the last one got mixed reviews saying it wasn’t bad, but not as good as the first.

What do you guys think about the palette? Have you tried any indie brands that you absolutely love? Let’s chat!

☕️Michelle Lisette

Morning Makeup Musings #2

Quick chat about a new makeup release over my morning coffee.

Good morning, guys!

Bright and early this morning, I saw that ColourPop has released a new collection in collaboration with Karrueche- the Brown Sugar Collection.

Image from ColourPop’s IG

Despite having a bunch of neutral shadows in my collection, I still may pick this palette up. I really love the ColourPop shadow formula, and I have a weird obsession about having “the perfect everyday palette.”

Looking at the lipsticks, I have yet to try the ColourPop Luxe lipstick formula, but I think the colors in this collection are beautiful for fall and I may pick one or two up.

Are you guys interested in anything in this collection? Have you ordered anything? Let’s chat!

☕️Michelle Lisette

Morning Makeup Musings #1

Quick chat about a new makeup release over my morning coffee.

Good morning guys!

So, I saw on @beautynewsofficial that Makeup Geek has teamed up with Marste Fashion to release nine 9-Pan eyeshadow palettes of existing shadow colors to match the color story of some of Marste’s clothing.

I do think this is a super unique concept. I can’t recall any other makeup brand that has done that kind of collection before.

I do think some of the palettes are really pretty. I especially love the cool-toned ones for fall, but I’ve never tried any Makeup Geek shadows, and at $35 per palette, I think I would pass until I can at least swatch the MG shadow formula.

Would you guys grab any of these? Let’s chat.

☕️Michelle Lisette

Another Sephora Sale??

Hey guys!

So Sephora is having ANOTHER sale that still isn’t the main holiday sale.

This time is it for Rouge members only (they can bring a friend in-store to receive the sale discount) and will be two weekends in a row. This Friday-Sunday, and the same days next week as well.

You must spend at least $1000USD per year to become a Rouge member. That means that you can still spend a significant amount every year at Sephora ($999!) and not be able to participate in this sale.

I think Sephora must feel some of the disappointment from the lackluster “improvement” of their rewards system from earlier this fall (summer?? 🤷🏾‍♀️). I know I’ve decided to start spending less there and more at Ulta because I know I can use my points for cash at Ulta–unlike Sephora where I have to stalk the Rewards section for the elusive $100 gift card (they they don’t even offer regularly).

Still, since I am a Rouge I’m considering picking up a few skin- and hair care products that I kinda need anyway, and can’t get at Ulta (Briogeo and Farmacy products). I may as well take advantage of the discount. I may also get a facial while I’m at it.

Will you guys be picking anything up? If you’re not a Rouge member, what are your thoughts on the sale? Let’s chat.

💜Michelle Lisette

Battle of the Brands: Wearable Tech: Apple Watch vs. Fitbit Alta

Hi guys!

Cold-weather tends to keep us indoors so wearable fitness trackers are great ways to make sure you are staying active until the warm weather returns. Two of the biggest brands in wearable tech, specifically fitness trackers, are Apple and Fitbit. I’ve personally owned both, so I’m here to give you my opinion on which one I prefer.

The Apple Watch

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Image from Apple.com

 

Pros:

  • Tons of apps- The Apple Watch has a ton of apps. You can connect email, banking apps, social media, games, etc. to your watch. So, you can perform a lot of essential functions without ever picking up your phone.
  • Make & receive calls- You can make calls from your Apple Watch. I had the Series 2. So my phone had to be in close proximity, but it was nice to be able to make and receive calls without taking my phone out of my purse.
  • Activity Rings- The Apple Watch Activity rings tracked 3 key metrics: How many hours per day you stood for at least 1 minute; Minutes spent exercising (elevated heart rate); Calories burned. The calorie tracker changes based on your weekly average. It was fun trying to close my activity rings everyday.
  • Waterproof- If you like to swim, you can take your watch with you to track laps, calories, time, etc.

Cons:

  • Too connected. It was essentially like having my phone in front of me at all times. You can choose which notifications you want to receive, but realistically, you’re not going to pay hundreds of dollars to not be connected. Once I stopped wearing it, I was amazed at how much more focused I was during the day on the task at hand.
  • Bulky. You can get different bands, but in general, the Apple Watch is bigger than traditional watches that I like to wear. So, I found myself having to choose between fashion and function (missing out on my calories and steps) when going to formal events.
  • Battery life. You MUST charge your Apple Watch daily. It will die early into the second day, even if you put it into Battery Saver mode (using it only as a watch sans other functionality).

The Fitbit Alta

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Image from Fitbit.com

 

Pros:

  • Small and sleek- This fitness tracker is thin and sleek, which I prefer since I have pretty small wrists.
  • Fitness challenges- The Fitbit app lets you join various step challenges, both by yourself and with friends. I’ve found these challenges to be fun ways to motivate me to try to get more steps in throughout the day (as opposed to just standing for the Apple Watch).
  • Battery life- You can wear your Fitbit for SEVERAL days without charging it. I throw it on the charger when I shower everyday, and that’s enough for me to be able to wear it non-stop throughout the day and at night (which it important since I like to use it to track my sleep).
  • Options- You can get a Fitbit Alta for under $200. Fitbit also makes other styles of fitness trackers for a range of prices and with a range of functions based on what you are looking for.

Cons:

  • Limited functionality. The Fitbit Alta does let you see text, calendar & call notifications. However, you cannot respond to them on the Fitbit.
  • Not waterproof. If you swim as your main exercise, you cannot wear your Fitbit to track it.
  • Calorie tracking. The Fitbit Alta does not seem to accurately track how many calories you burn. I think it overestimates by a lot, which means you may not be meeting the goals you set if you take it as absolute truth.

Verdict:

Personally, I think I prefer my Fitbit. 😱😱😱😱😱😱

It’s funny to me because I had my Fitbit first, lost it, and bought the Apple Watch. Once I had the Watch, I thought it was the greatest thing since sliced bread and vowed to never live without it again. Interestingly, it eventually broke, and the day it stopped working I found my Fitbit again.🙈.

Since having my Fitbit, though, I feel a lot less stressed. As I mentioned, the Apple Watch forces you to be more connected, which means I was constantly getting notifications with no way to escape. I do miss the Activity Rings, but that’s mostly it. The Fitbit tracks key metrics, and I can now track my sleep since I don’t have to charge my Apple Watch overnight. Tracking my sleep has also helped me because I make more of an effort to get more than 4 hours of sleep per day, making me more productive (and less anxious) during the hours that I am awake.

Of course, everything is about personal preference, but I don’t know if I’ll ever buy an Apple Watch again. I strongly considered it, but I think my Fitbit Alta has re-captured my heart.

Do you guys have any wearable tech that you love? Let’s chat!

💜Michelle Lisette