Mini Sephora Haul || YouTube Made Me Buy It

Face it, the influencers have influence.

There’s a reason big YouTube stars can make tens of thousands of dollars for a single sponsored video– it’s because they are effective at marketing products. Here are some products that I picked up on my last Sephora run because an influencer (or several) convinced me that I needed it.

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Smashbox Studio Skin Foundation (shade 4.0)|| Influenced by Jasmine Rose

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After I watched her rave about how flawless and natural-looking this foundation was on combo/oily skin, even without primer, I knew I had to try it. I grabbed this one in the shade 4.0.

1st Impressions | I love this foundation. In just a few uses, it has shot to the top of my list of, not just higher end foundations, but foundations in general. The shade match is spot on, and it looks completely natural on the skin.

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Look how hydrated and plump the skin on the back of my hand looks; that is all the work of the foundation, no primer.

Smashbox Primer Oil | | Influenced by Jessica Braun

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In the past year, I have really learned how vital oils are for healthy, dewy looking skin. Once I started using them, my combo-oily skin STOPPED producing as much oil because it wasn’t trying to overcompensate for the dryness. Jessica Braun was really big push for me to try this primer oil. Although she has dry skin, I could still see the benefit of the oil for me. In my case, I just use this oil in place of my regular facial oil.

1st Impressions | Wow. If I was impressed by the Tarte Maracuja Oil, I am doubly impressed by the Smashbox Primer Oil. It is ultra-lightweight and skins into the skin immediately. It instantly gives my skin a healthy, hydrated glow and even blurs any fine lines and pores. I am utterly and completely blown away. It definitely transforms my matte foundation into natural-looking dreams, and even made me like my most hated foundation ever- Cover FX Power Play.

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I placed the primer oil on one side of my hand. Inside the blue circle you can really see the amazing blurring properties of the primer- no editing or anything!

Nudestix Nudies All Over Face Color || Influenced by Jamie Paige

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I’ve been really heavy on a cream product kick these days thanks to multiple YTers including (especially Jessica Braun and Kelly Gooch). I already have a cream blush – the Lip + Cheek color from Milk Makeup- but I feel like it’s a bit too greasy. So, I was thinking about grabbing a new one anyway. I saw Jamie Paige use this product the day before I went to Sephora, and it looked so effortless and amazing that I had to try it. She swears by Nudestix in general, but the way that the blush just blended out to look like a truly natural flush…..

1st Impressions | Love. Love love love. Nudestix really does make the ultimate on-the-go products. The blush (which can also be used on the lips and eyes) comes in a cute little stick- my favorite for cream products- and also has a brush built-in. The brush really is soft and the perfect tool for gently (but quickly) blending the product out to look like your cheeks are just flushed. I’m 100% obsessed. Plus, I love that all of the Nudestix tins come with a mirror in the lid.

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This is in the shade In the Nude. I love neutral peachy blushes because they go with every look. On the bottom is a quick swatch, above it is a little bit blended out on my hand.

Kaja Beauty Bento Bouncy Shimmer Eyeshadow Trio || Influenced by Tati Westbrook

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This is a brand that I’ve wanted to try for a while, it was even on my list of brands to purchase from in 2019. I think their products are super cute and definitely travel/gym bag friendly. So, all it took was Tati confirming the incredible quality of the shadows to be the extra push I needed to make the jump.

1st Impressions | This little trio is really nice. The first time I used it, I just patted the color on with my finger, and had one matte shadow blended into the crease. There was no fall out and the eyeshadow lasted ALL DAY. The second time I used it, there was some fallout, but I was using more of a sweeping motion. The color was still really great and lasted all day. Both times I just used my regular eyeshadow primer.

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They look even more glittery and reflective on the eyes.

Last but not least…

Fenty Beauty Stunna Lip Paint in Unveil || Influenced By Alissa Ashley

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I have been hoping for a win with Fenty since the brand first launched. So far, I’ve tried multiple products, and haven’t liked any of them. 😩 As my last chance, I decided to go for a lip product. When Alissa Ashley applied a Stunna Lip Paint in one of her videos, it looked extremely soft and not the least bit dry for a matte liquid lip. That coupled with everyone raving about how long-lasting it was, I decided to give it a try. I’ve been looking for a great everyday liquid lipstick that was comfortable and long lasting.

1st Impressions | This now has a permanent place in my purse and I am planning to pick up more colors. While I it wore down a bit within the first hour or two of a beer fest, it was super easy to reapply standing up in a line, using my phone as a mirror. If I was only drinking water from a bottle, it lasted for hours, making it perfect for work, an interview or running errands. Plus, this lipstick was comfortable. The one thing I’ll caution is that you have to wipe some of the product off of the applicator. Otherwise you’ll end up with product all over your teeth. 😬

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Based on first impressions, I’m really happy with all of the products I purchased. Maybe these influencers really do know what they’re talking about…

What products were you guys influenced to by based on YouTube? Did you end up happy with them?

Let’s chat!

💜Michelle Lisette

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ColourPop | Haul Follow-up Reviews

Full face of ColourPop products reviewed.

Hello, hello!

I am finally back with the update to my ColourPop haul! I have finally given all of the products enough of a test to know my full thoughts… (Make sure to check out swatches down below after the reviews).

No Filter concealer in Dark 42

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This is a decent concealer. If you want a hydrating formula, this isn’t it. It is pretty matte, but I still felt like I always needed to set it with a light powder. I don’t think there is anything really wrong with it unless you have dry undereyes, but I would not repurchase it. I found myself just wanting to use it to get it out of my collection,

No Filter Foundation Stix in Dark 175W

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Here’s the bad news: I really, really, REALLY hate this as a foundation. I tried it several ways– different application techniques, primers, etc. In every instance it felt heavy and greasy all over my face. The good news? It works GREAT as a cream bronzer. The color ended up being a shade too dark, and the undertone too red for me so it worked in this way (🙏🏽). I wouldn’t recommend it as a foundation, but if you want an affordable cream bronzer, this is it. I may actually repurchase it for that use specifically. Surprise surprise. 

Best in Brow Kit in Dark Brown |includes Precision Brow Pencil, Brow Boss Pencil, Precision Brow Colour & Brow Boss Gel(not pictured)

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This kit was mentioned in my Best of Beauty 2018 countdown, so it’s no surprise that I love it (unless you’re new here- welcome!!). The products all work really well, and the price is really good. Moving forward, since the cream Colour is going to way outlast the other products, I will probably only re-purchase the Precision pencil because it is less fuss when I travel or to just throw in my bag.

Crème Gel liner in DTLA

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At first, I loved this liner. It was creamy. The payoff was great. It stayed all day. And best of all, no sharpener required. The downside to this product (like many other ColourPop products) is that is dried out super quickly. Once that happened, it would tug and pull on the lid (and subsequently break) and the payoff wasn’t that great on top of shadow. I thought I had found my new favorite navy liner (aka favorite period), but alas…. the search continues…

Jelly Much Shadow in Sweet Dreams

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This is another item that dried out super quickly (and yes, the lid was screwed on tightly). I only used it a few times before it got too dry and clumpy. Before that, it was a gorgeous cream, glitter option that mimicked the look of the Stila glitter shadows, and was easier to apply (less fallout) than my Marc Jacobs cream. Ah well…. I think they would be a good option for festival season since they are affordable and perform well when fresh. However, only buy them if you don’t plan on using them months later once they are open.

Crème Lux Lipstick in Cinnamon

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This lipstick really surprised me. Initially, I really did not like it. It felt dry and was rough to apply. After one or two uses, the formula seemed to get creamier. It started to glide onto the lips like a satin-finish lipstick, but would then dry down to an almost budge-proof matte. It did not quite have the staying power of a liquid lipstick, but it was insanely more comfortable, and wore down more evenly. Two thumbs up. 

Well, there you have it folks. Of almost a full face of ColourPop, it was basically a 50/50 split on products I liked versus the disappointments. What are your favorite ColourPop products? Let’s chat in the comments below.

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Lux Lipstick
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No filter Foundation & Concealer
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Gel Liner
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Brow Kit

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1st Haul of 2019| Juvia’s Place

Haul & swatches.

As I mentioned in my Brand I Want to Try in 2019 post earlier this week, I am determined to diversify my makeup collection in 2019. I’m tired of missing out on great products just because I’ve never tried the brand before or because it isn’t the latest thing trending on IG.

Juvia’s Place has been on the top of my list for over a year now. I remember when the brand first launched, a few people were raving about the quality of the pigments and the extra large pan sizes. At first, I was hesitant because people were having shipping issues with the small indie brand, but once they starting selling through Ulta, I really no longer had an excuse. So, as my first makeup purchase of the new year, I decided I would be trying this brand.

Thankfully, Juvia’s Place has a massive 50% off sale to celebrate 2019, so it was the perfect time to grab all of the palettes that I had really been eyeing. Check out which ones I grabbed below, along with swatches. Once I have had a chance to really try them out, I will follow-up with full reviews. (Also, stay tuned because you may see one of these palettes in an upcoming month of Swatch Stories.)

The Saharan Blush Vol. II

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The Warrior

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The Warrior II

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The Douce

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The Tribe

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Close-up of the the duo-chrome blush topper, Zoba, from The Saharan II. Gorgeous pink-gold-champagne shift.

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Have you guys tried anything from Juvia’s Place? What are your thoughts?

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Flashback Friday: Where are they now? Products from my 2017 Winter VIB Sale Haul

I bought 21 items in my largest-ever haul- the 2017 Sephora VIB Sale Haul. Where are they now? Spoiler: There was one product I never even used….🙄

Hi guys!

Every time Sephora or Ulta has a major sale, lots of us jump at the chance of saving money on beauty items. Who wouldn’t, right? But looking back, and seeing how much I’ve gotten rid of, don’t use, etc., I have to wonder, did I do myself any favors spending money just for the sake of saving some? So, let’s see together by taking a look back at my Sephora VIB Sale Haul from last year and see where those products are now.

Fenty Beauty by Rihanna Gloss Bomb.

Even when I bought this, I hated how it smelled…. I still hate how it smells. It is a very artificial coconut scent that reminds me of a hair product I used growing up. (Yikes!😬) So combining the smell and the ultra thick texture, I have the very unpopular opinion of disliking this product. It is still in my collection because I use it as a topper over matte lipsticks, but I never wear it alone.

Tarte tarteist Lip Bling top coat 

I do still have this lip gloss also. I think it adds a really pretty gold sparkle to whatever you wear under it. I’m not mad about having this one. I do think it is a nice topper. Plus the packaging is super pretty.

Urban Decay Vice Matte Meets Metal Lipstick palette

So, almost immediately after purchasing this lip palette, I stopped using it. Honestly, I’d rather carry five individual lipsticks in my bag than use a palette. I just don’t like them. The brush is inconvenient; you either have to clean it every time or the colors get mixed and a bit gross. This is in my collection for some reason, but I’m going to either give it away to family or throw it away. Terrible buy. 😒

Sephora Crème lip stain in Pretty Auburn (26)

I do still have this product, but I don’t think I’ve ever worn it. 🙄 I don’t even have an opinion on it. I just know its not cruelty-free so I definitely couldn’t recommend it even if I had liked it. 🤷🏾‍♀️

Marc Jacobs Eye-conic palettes in Frivoluxe (730) & Smartorial (760)

I do still own both of these palettes. As I mentioned in Saturday’s Morning Makeup Musing, I do enjoy the Marc Jacobs Eye-conic formula and especially like the 7-pan palettes.

Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil in Zero

As I mentioned in the Holiday Haul Review of the mini set of the Urban Decay 24/7 eyeliners, I think UD makes the best gel liners. This is no exception. I still have it and the only reason it hasn’t been used up is because I need to buy an eyeliner sharpener. Great product.

Makeup Forever Excessive Lash Mascara

This is no longer in my collection because I used it up. I can’t repurchase it because MUFA is not cruelty-free. I did enjoy it, but there are some other good mascara options, such as the Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect which gives the same effect for a fourth of the price (and is also cruelty-free).

Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation in Rich Caramel

This is another product that is still in my collection. Unfortunately, I love this product so I have been saving it for special occasions when I need something that I know won’t fail me. However, it’s not cruelty-free. 😔

Sephora Serum Gel concealer in Toffe, Crème Caramel & Pecan Pie 

These were my favorite concealers. I used them up, but ended up buying other concealers to try out. These are also not cruelty-free and cannot be repurchased. I’m working on finding a good drugstore concealer that’s also cruelty-free.

Urban Decay Velvetizer

I do still have this product. I used it during the summer to help keep me matte. I do think that it is helpful and does what it claimed. I’ve also found that it helps smooth out the under eye area nicely as a finishing powder.

Tarte Blush Bazaar- Amazonian clay blush palette

Of everything I bought last year, I am happiest about this blush palette. I think it was a great buy, and I use it all of the time. At one point, I actually had to cycle it out of my everyday collection just so I could use some of my other blushes. Since Tarte is a cruelty-free brand, I can happily use this product and recommend it. It was limited edition, so I can’t recommend this one specifically, but I do recommend the Tarte Amazonian Clay blushes both individually and in the blush books that Tarte releases from time to time.

Peter Thomas Roth Mask-a-holic Kit

I do have and use these masks. Peter Thomas Roth is not cruelty-free, but the quality of these masks is really high and they were worth the price. I have to find cruelty-free alternatives, but in the meantime, I really enjoy this set of masks.

Too Faced Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer & Setting Spray

I actually finished up and repurchased this product. Until recently, the Too Faced Hangover Rx was the only high-end makeup spray I would use. I’m currently using (and loving) another brand that I received as a giveaway from a YouTuber, but I was very happy with this spray.

Beautyblender the original BeautyBlender

I was thrilled with the BeautyBlender for a long time. I actually used it until it basically fell apart…That’s also when I vowed to never buy another one. I washed my BeautyBlender regularly until it was clean…or so I thought. One day the I was washing it, it tore. Despite the outside of the sponge being clean, the inside was filled with foundation from who knows when. 🤢 Never again.

BeautyBleander blendercleanser solid

The cleanser bar worked well enough, but I prefer dish soap to throughly clean my brushes and sponges. I did use this up completely though.

Sephora mini color switch

Great buy, and I did use this (probably longer than I should have). Now I just use the foam from my monthly BoxyCharms, but I think the Color Switch is a great product and super convenient if you don’t want to have to use a bunch of eyeshadow brushes.

Sephora Favorites Cologne Sampler

 I got this as a gift for my husband. Ask me if the man ever redeemed his cologne. 😑 I do still think it was a good buy because he does use it when he wants to switch up his cologne, but smh…. I do need to mention that this set includes non-cruelty-free colognes. So, I can’t recommend it, but I love the concept.

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We made it to the end!! Still here? Yay! I have to say, out of about 20 products, I did get good use out of most of them. There were definitely some duds, but for the most part, I think I actually picked products that I ended up using and loving.

Did you guys purchase any beauty products around this time last year? Do you still have them? Did you end up loving them? Hating them? I’d love to know.

Let’s chat!

💜Michelle Lisette

ColourPop Haul & Full Face of 1st Impressions

Hi guys!

Two hauls in one week? Yep. Which is why I won’t be buying any new makeup until 2019. 😂 (but seriously).

I was drawn in by the ColourPop holiday collection, and figured I may as well try a few more items from the brand that I’ve been hearing a lot about recently.

Here’s what I got along with my first impressions of each:

No Filter concealer in Dark 42

This concealer is a bit more matte than I was expecting. I prefer a hydrating concealer, but the next time I wear this I think I will try skipping the powder setting. I see zero creasing a few hours in, so that’s a good sign. I’m looking forward to trying this more.

No Filter Foundation Stix in Dark 175W

This product went on really easily and blended out (with a brush) super fast and with no streaking or splotchiness. It really just glided over my skin like a dream and left me looking airbrushed, but still natural. It also has really good coverage. I have to see how this holds up throughout the day, but so far…this is amazing.

Best in Brow Kit in Dark Brown (includes Precision Brow Pencil, Brow Boss Pencil, Precision Brow Colour & Brow Boss Gel, all in the Shade Dark Brown)

I used the Precision Brow Pencil, Brow Boss Pencil and Brow Boss Gel (yes, all three). I have to say, I don’t think I’ve ever done my brows so fast. I was really impressed. I also think the color of the products is perfect for my brows.

Crème Gel liner in DTLA

This eyeliner is so creamy omg, even moreso than my Urban Decay 24/7 liners. I have to see how well this wears, but so far so good on my top lash line. The one con is that the point wore away immediately. I couldn’t get a sharp line when trying to line my second eye because the point had completely dulled just that fast.

Jelly Much Shadow in Sweet Dreams

 I really like this shadow. It is a really thick jelly, but it goes on super smoothly. It reminds me of the Marc Jacobs glitter, but less chunky and suspended in more of a gel. I didn’t notice any fallout at all from this during application nor during the wear. I applied it to my lids with a glitter glue and my fingers. On my lower lash line, I had no primer (only my concealer which had bee nest with powder) and used a small pencil brush. 

Gliterally Obsessed in Wish Me Luck, Starfire & Dream About Me

Annoyingly, when I placed this order (which was before I posted about it in a Morning Makeup Musing), I had only seen this product on the product page. On that page, it is just listed as Gliterally Obsessed. No where on the page does it say that this is for Hair and Face/Body. Only on the Holiday Collection Set page is it listed as a body glitter. So, I have no use for these so. 🤬

Crème Lux Lipstick in Cinnamon

Although this is a cream formula, it is matte. It actually feels way more matte than I was expecting, and dries down to almost the equivalent of a liquid lipstick (it also doesn’t stick well to the inner rim of the lips). I think the color is beautiful, and since it is a creme it is pretty easy to apply. I just wish it adheres to my lips better. The one benefit of the dry down is that it is much more (but not 100%) transfer resistant than a normal cream lipstick and seems to last a long time. Since it’s a crème, it is also easy to reapply.

Pencil Sharpener

I just really needed a pencil sharpener for my lip and eye pencils. I like that this one has a cover to catch the filings.

💜 After testing everything out more thoroughly, I will come back with full reviews on each product. In the meantime, what are some of your favorite ColourPop products?

Let’s chat!

💜Michelle Lisette

Check out some of my recent hauls and updates:

Holiday Set Haul

Black Friday Mini Haul

Holiday Review: Marc Jacobs Beauty See-Quins Glam Glitter Eyeshadow

Holiday Review: Smashbox Holidaze: Be Legendary Lipstick + Lip Mattifier Set

Holiday Review: Stila Shimmering Heights Shimmer & Glow Liquid Eyeshadow Set

Holiday Review: Urban Decay Hex Remedy Mini 24/7 Eye Pencil Set

Holiday Review: Laura Geller, The Weekender palettes

Holiday Review: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter Mini Macaron Set

Black Friday Mini Haul

Happy Monday!

Despite not wanting to go out into the madness, I ended up braving the crowds and heading to Sephora on Black Friday. I had two of the Sephora Rewards cards. You have to use the full value of each in one purchase, and also cannot exchange or return products bought with them. So, I wanted to shop in store to make sure I got items I knew I’d be happy keeping. Here’s what I got:

Tarte Maracuja Gold Oil: I wanted to add a facial oil to my daytime skincare routine since the one I used at night was too heavy. This one claimed to check all of the boxes of what I was looking for in an oil. I got the gold edition because…well why not?
Ole Henriksen Sheer Transformation: A super popular moisturizer that is lightweight and perfect skins over time. This brand is really giving Drunk Elephant a run for its money in my opinion.
Marc Jacobs Beauty See-Quins Glam Glitter Eyeshadow in Glamethyst. I actually got this as a gift for my sister-in-law. She mentioned that she was looking for a good glitter shadow as chunky as I had worn to Thanksgiving dinner the night before… So I got her the same one but in a gorgeous purple shade.
Bare Minerals Lunar Light Gen Nude Lip Duo: This was an impulse buy tbh. I’m not mad at it though. Two full-sized lip products for $12. I can’t complain. I may gift this to someone since I haven’t used or even swatched them, but I do think this is worth the money 100% either way.
Anastasia Beverly Hills Sultry palette: I love the ABH eyeshadow formula. This is my fourth palette from the brand (not counting Subculture which I returned). I have been loving neutral shadows these days, and what better palette for that. I will admit that I almost purchased another Marc Jacobs See-Quin shadow (in the shade Gleam Girl) instead of this, but this gave me more options so it won out.
Nest Holiday Candle (8.1 oz size): This photo is from the Sephora website because I already gifted this to someone. I love Nest. It is a great cruelty-free brand for perfumes as well as home scents. I thought the scent was absolutely perfect for this time of year, and made a great unisex gift. The scent profile includes the following scents: pomegranate, mandarin orange, pine, cloves, cinnamon, vanilla and amber. The packaging (both the other box and the glass itself) are really beautiful also.

That’s all I got this Black Friday. How did you guys do? Did you use this time to start your holiday shopping or to treat yourself? Are you doing any shopping today for Cyber Monday? Let’s chat!

💜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