Best of Beauty 2018: Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine Lipgloss in Beso

Less than seven days left of my 31-day countdown of my favorite cruelty-free beauty products in 2018. Today’s spot goes to a lipgloss that acts more like a lipstick.

2018 was the year of the glow for me. Contrary to the “everything matte” movement of 2017, I wanted my entire face to look healthy and dewy, including my lips. So, I found myself leaning heavily towards lipgloss year-round as my go-to lip product of choice.

Since I already mentioned one lipgloss in the Best of Beauty list, you may be asking: “Why do you have two HG lipglosses? They are lipgloss. How?” If you’ve ever tried to go into an Ulta or Sephora to ask for lipgloss, you know that you can get anything from crystal clear, to metallic gold, to iridescent blue, to solidly opaque red with plumping technology… and everything in between.

The Buxom gloss that I mentioned early on this month is a sheer rose color that slightly plumps the lips. On the other hand, the Urban Decay Hi-Fi Shine in the shade Beso is a way more opaque gloss whose pigment is comparable to some of my traditional bullet lipsticks, but with tons of shine.

For most of my makeup looks and daily activities, the mauve shade of this gloss is perfect for most occasions. It’s not too bright, but not quite a nude either. I keep it in my purse as my go to if I forgot my lipstick, or if I just don’t feel like trying to decide on a color. Additionally, the wear time on this gloss is pretty good. I can definitely have it on for a few hours before having to reapply it.

What were your favorite lip glosses in 2018? Do you prefer sheer or more opaque colors?

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💜Michelle Lisette

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Best of Beauty 2018: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Vanilla Quartz

2018 was the year of great beauty discoveries for me. So instead of just doing the top 18 of 2018, I’m using the entire month of December to give you the deets on all of my favorite cruelty-free beauty products that I picked up this year. From makeup to personal care, I’ve got you! One product for each day. Today’s product gives the ultimate dewy highlight and is perfect for mid-toned complexions… not too gold and not too icy✨

2018 was the year I really got into highlighters. Of all of the single highlighters that I’ve tried, the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Vanilla Quartz has been the most natural, wet-looking highlighter (on my complexion) that I have found.

I got this highlighter as a part of the Mini Macaroons set that Becca offered this holiday season. While I enjoy the other shades, this is the one I consistently reach for. It is the perfect champagne color that looks completely natural on my skin (Opal is a bit too gold, and the other colors are rose and purple shades).

Besides the color, the texture of this highlighter is amazing. It blends gorgeously into the skin without emphasizing texture, and gives it a dewy, wet shines that makes my face look radiant and not at all metallic.

I will definitely be purchasing the full-size of this highlighter once I inevitably finish up this mini size.

What is your go-to highlighter?

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💜Michelle Lisette

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Best of Beauty 2018: Pretty Vulgar The Ink Gel Eyeliner

In the ten plus years that I have been wearing eyeliner, I’ve tried dozens of them. This one really stands out.

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Eyeliner is something dear to my heart. Before I knew how to shape my brows or began looking for the right foundation shade, I was wearing black eyeliner. For years, if I did nothing else, I was wearing eyeliner. I got so good at it that I would apply winged eyeliner on the train on my way to school (to the shock and concern of my fellow passengers… no one wants to watch a kid stab themselves in the eye on their way to work).

So, when I say an eyeliner has made my HG list, it really must be amazing because I’ve tried dozens of them. The Pretty Vulgar The Ink Gel Eyeliner in Black List, is a Holy Grail for me.

The Ink is a potted gel formula in an inkwell pot (that looks super cute on my desk btw). The gel is an ultra-black gel cream with a super smooth, easy to apply consistency. Once it quickly dries down, this liner does not budge. I know that even if the rest of my face melts off, my wings will stay in tact all day. (I will caution that it will transfer if you rub your eyes, but I don’t often do that.)

If you are looking for a good gel liner, that you apply with a brush, this is a really good one. With so much product in the pot, it will last you quite a while as well.

What is your favorite way to apply eyeliner- Pencil, liquid, gel? Let’s chat!

🎄Michelle Lisette

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Best of Beauty 2018: ColourPop Brow Kit

This kit has replaced all other brow products in my collection, both high-end and drugstore.

Fall 2018 has brought me a treasure trove of amazing products. Yesterday’s See-Quins shadows, the Cover Girl BB cream and Vitalist foundation, Tarte Maracuja Oil…. all products that I’ve only had for a few months, but have fallen in love with. Today’s product is no different. I got the ColourPop Best in Brows Brow Kit less than two months ago, and it has quickly replaced every other brow product in my collection.

I purchased this kit back in November in my ColourPop Haul. It contains four full-sized Brow products in the shade of your choice for $20:

  • Brow Boss Gel
  • Brow Boss Pencil
  • Precision Brow Pencil
  • Precision Brow Colour

I have tried all every one of the products, and I think all of them stand up to both their drugstore and high-end competitors. For less than the price of an ABH Brow Wiz you can have the micro-tipped Precision Brow Pencil plus 3 other products to help complete the look.

My favorite of all of the items in Best in Brows is the Precision Brow Colour. Previously, I wasn’t sure what I was going to use once I finally finished up my Benefit Cosmetics ka-Brow, but I’ve already cast it aside for this. I’ve never done my brows faster than when I use this product; plus, it’s budge proof and waterproof. So, my brows look just as good at the end of the night as they did first thing in the morning.

Besides all of the products being great, the value of this Brow Kit is phenomenal. For $20 you can have enough products to keep your brows sculpted for at least half of the year. Definitely will repurchase this once I eventually run out.

What kind of products do you use to do your brows? Let’s chat!

💜Michelle Lisette

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Best of Beauty 2018: ColourPop Single Pressed Eyeshadows

While I am obsessed with eyeshadow palettes, sometimes it’s nice to just create your own. ColourPop Cosmetics has my all-time favorite single shadow formula for doing just that. That’s why they make my Best of Beauty 2018 list.

I love a good eyeshadow palette. It’s nice to have the colors already laid out in a way that makes it easy to visualize which shadows work together to create cohesive looks.

This year, I discovered the magic of single eyeshadows. Singles allow you to build any palette that you want–whether you take inspiration from a palette that already exists or you just put together colors that you love. You could even buy them for the sole purpose of serving as companions to the palettes you own.

One of my favorite, most trusted brands to buy single pressed eyeshadows from is ColourPop Cosmetics. They have a very large, ever changing collection of the most pigmented, creamy and easy to work with shadows. Plus, ColourPop is super affordable, and you can catch deals several times per year to save even more money.

My current ColourPop single pressed shadow collection.

I actually purchased all of these shadows at the same time. I was inspired by the green in the ABH subculture palette, and built around that with unique shades that I didn’t already have in my palette collection. Then I decided to add a few staple colors that would make it easy to travel with just this and still be able to create tons of looks.

If you have every wished you had a particular shade in your eyeshadow collection, I strongly recommend checking out ColourPop’s single pressed eyeshadows. They work just as well as, if not better than, even some of my high end eyeshadows. Plus, with all of the color options, it’s almost certain that you’ll find one you like.

What is your favorite brand for single eyeshadows? Or do you only use palettes?

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💜Michelle Lisette

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Best of Beauty 2018: Pretty Vulgar Make Them Blush

2018 was the year of great beauty discoveries for me. So instead of just doing the top 18 of 2018, I’m using the entire month of December to give you the deets on all of my favorite cruelty-free beauty products that I picked up this year. From makeup to personal care, I’ve got you! One product for each day ✨

I was never a blush person. But when you find the right one, blush can really make a huge difference in bringing a bit of life to your face. This blush from Pretty Vulgar, Make Them Blush in the shade Hush Blush, does just that.

It is the perfect neutral-tones blush that gives me the perfect flushed look. It blends out smoothly no matter what base makeup I have under it. Since it is a neutral tone it works no matter what makeup look I’m wearing, year round. This is the blush I take with me every time I travel because I can always trust it.

What is you favorite blush product? Let’s chat!

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Best of Beauty 2018: The Balm Take Home the Bronze

2018 was the year of great beauty discoveries for me. So instead of just doing the top 18 of 2018, I’m using the entire month of December to give you the deets on all of my favorite cruelty-free beauty products that I picked up this year. From makeup to personal care, I’ve got you! One product for each day ✨

Welcome (or welcome back) to my Best of Beauty MONTH-LONG countdown! Every day of this month, I will be doing reviews on 31 of my favorite beauty products that I tried in 2018.

The difference between a good bronzer and a bad one is that a bad bronzer will make your skin look orange or red, while a good one will make you look sun-kissed and tan. They can help give a healthy and youthful complexion- whether glowy or matte.

This bronzer does everything you’d expect hope for. It warms up the face, blends easily on the skin without disrupting any other products, and lasts all day. My face just looks like I came back from a tropical vacation, even in the dead of winter.

The Balm’s Take Home the Bronze line of bronzers are the perfect matte bronzers. Even if I am just doing minimal makeup, I love reaching for mine in the shade Graham E (I am trying to pan a non-cruelty-free powder I have so I have to alternate 😞). Btw- how cute are the shade names?

Do you use a bronzer year round? What is your favorite? Let’s chat!

💜Michelle Lisette

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