Morning Makeup Musings #51

A luxury multi-use makeup set?

I love a good multi-use cream product. I recently rediscovered my Milk Makeup Lip + Cheek stick and have been loving it. If you love creams and you’re in the market for a luxury lip + cheek set, Lilah B. has recently released their Say It Out Loud Divine Duo Lip & Cheek Trio.

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This is a limited edition set that the brand is offering for $89, but they say it is a value of $138. Each of these creams comes with 0.08oz, and can be used on the eyes, lips and face. Considering that these multipurpose Divine Duos are regularly $46 each, that’s a great deal. You’re getting one free plus some.

Personally, I am going to pass on this set. I think they are great for summer and people who enjoy bright colors often. Had this set included some of their regular colors, I definitely think I would’ve been swayed. Their regular line of colors are more neutral and include shades like mauve and beige (looks like a rosy brown tone) because they are less bright and something I could see myself wearing often.

This is a brand that I am hoping to try in 2019. I am transitioning into more cream and they have tons of cream products. Additionally, a lot of their products are considered “Clean” by Sephora. So I am hoping that they release a similar set in the future with different shades.

What do you guys think? Have you tried any luxury multi-use products? Would a set like this be of interest to you?

Let’s chat in the comments below!

💜Michelle Lisette

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Best of Beauty 2018: Briogeo Rosarco Milk

We’ve made it to the end of my 31-day Best of Beauty 2018 countdown. I’ve saved my favorite product for last. It’s an actual miracle worker.

Of all of the beauty products I loved in 2018, there is one that actually performs miracles: the Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-in Conditioning Spray.

My hair is both a gift and a curse. It is ultra thick (so thick that my scalp won’t dry for days if I don’t part my hair when air drying), highly porous, dry, and a random mix of curls and tight coils (with a few random straight strands strewn throughout). Because it is so porous, it gets dry insanely easily.

There really aren’t too many products that can hydrate my hair, and keep it feeling soft and moist (not greasy or oily) for more than a few hours after it is washed. The Briogeo Rosarco Milk spray is on the short list… aka is the entire list. Whether damp or dry, this leave-in conditioner imparts a moisture that penetrates my strands and keeps them feeling soft and hydrated way longer than any other product I’ve ever tried. Like, insanely soft.

My hair never feels soft, even fresh out of the shower. It’s like water just goes right through the hair shaft without touching it. Once I spray the Rosarco Milk, it immediately gets soaked up and seals itself in. It leaves my hair feeling good, looking shiny and smelling heavenly.

My only qualm about this product is how fast I go through it, but honestly, I don’t think it can be helped because of the amount of hair I have. I’ve already repurchased it twice this year, and am down to the last few drops. As soon as I’m out, I will be reordering it. I don’t think I will ever bother trying to find something else to replace it in my haircare routine because it’s really just that good.

What are your favorite hair products? Any miracle workers?

Well guys, we made it to the end of my 31-day Best of Beauty products! I sincerely thank you for sticking with me to the end. Of all the products I mentioned, were there any that you’ve put on your list to try in 2019? I’d love to know!

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Best of Beauty 2018: Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream

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.

For the next few days, I will be talking about my favorite skincare products. I am starting with my favorite moisturizer for the colder weather, or when my skin is really going through it and needs some extra love– The Drunk Elephant Protini Polypeptide Cream.

I mentioned this cream as a product recommendation not too long ago in my Top 5 Cold Weather Beauty Essentials post. As I mentioned then, during the warmer months, this was too heavy for my combo/oily skin during the day. However, once my skin started to dry out in the cold winds of autumn in the Northeastern US, I started using this both day and night.

Why do I love this?

There are several things that I love about this product, some of which are common to all Drunk Elephant skincare items. It is made of all clean ingredients. The packaging products the product from light (which can disturb formulations) and bacteria; you don’t have to dip your fingers into any jars. Also, not only is the brand cruelty-free, but they also actively support the International Elephant Foundation. So, this is skincare you can feel good about both for your face and the world. 

The most important thing that I love about this formula is what it does for my skin. After adding this to my skincare routine, my skin was noticeably more hydrated and dewy. During the summer, I’d put this on before bed under my night oil, and I’d wake up to my skin being actually luminous. Especially now when my dry patches are expanding, this cream is a much needed, heavy shot of moisture without being greasy. Along with my other products, the texture has been improving and my skin tone has been getting more even overall. 

Despite the higher price tag, I really feel like this is one skincare product that my routine just cannot go without for more than a few days. Do you guys have any face creams that you just refuse to give up? Let me know in the comments. 

Let’s chat!

💜Michelle Lisette

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

Hi guys!

I typically don’t wear glitter, but to me, the holidays are the perfect time to turn up the sparkle. The Marc Jacobs See-Quins Glam Glitter Eyeshadows are perfect for getting quick, glitter looks, both day and night.

Each shadow comes in a pretty glass pot, with a gold lid. While packaging isn’t everything, these definitely look pretty sitting on a vanity. Inside the lid is a small black press. Do not throw it away. Every time you use the shadow, the product is pressed back down to keep it mess-free.

While it will probably be more of a hassle once I get down to the bottom, this shadow is super easy to apply using a finger. I just dip my finger in to the soft textured putty-like shadow and enough product comes out to cover an entire lid. With just one crease color, and a single swipe per eye, this shadow makes it super easy to do a five-minute glam look to get you out the door and to all your holiday events in minutes. 

The pay off is gorgeous and lasts all day, with or without a primer (or glitter primer). I have oily eyelids so that is major for me. The only downfall for this product is that the fallout is insane. You MUST apply this before doing the rest of your face makeup, or even skincare, because you will have to wipe it all off. I didn’t notice any fall out during the day after I finished my eye makeup.

If you can get past the fall out at application, I think these shadows are amazing… and for $28 each, they should be. There are some really wear-able everyday colors, such as the Topaz Flash and Copperazzi shades that I got. If you don’t mind wearing a bit of glitter to work, I think you could get a lot of use out of these, making them worth the splurge.

L-R: Topaz Flash, Copperazzi

Would you guys go for the glitter this holiday season? Or do you wear glitter shadows year-round? Let’s chat!

💜Michelle Lisette

Check out some of my other reviews from my Holiday Haul:

Splurge-worthy? #4: Tatcha The Silk Canvas

$52 for a PRIMER?!?

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$52 for a PRIMER?!?

I have been trying to put some new products to the test recently, and I realized that I never talked about this one. Back when this product first launched, everyone on YouTube raved about it. Then, like most other products, it feel off of the map. So, I’m here to give you guys the full tea on whether or not this primer is worth the splurge.

First of all, I already know that some people will never in life even consider spending over $50 for a primer. I understand that. I don’t like spending $50 for any single makeup product, and this one is just a base upon which another product will be layered… still hear me out.

So what is it? According to Sephora.com it is “a velvety priming balm of pressed silk that smooths and makes makeup last longer while keeping it out of skin, helping to prevent clogged pores and breakouts.”

Why is it so expensive? Because it is made of real silk and pearl extracts plus a bunch of other superfoods. Based on geisha tradition (like all products in the Tatcha line), this primer acts as a barrier for you skin from pollution and your makeup, keeping your pores clear, fine lines smooth, etc. You can even wear it alone on no-makeup days to act as a protectant for your skin and tie you a filtered look.

Does it block oil? No. Would I use it as an eyelid primer as it says you can? No, because my lids have been extra oily recently.

Bottom line. Is it splurge-worthy? I’d say yes. I have tried a million primers, and I have found that this one really makes a major difference in how my makeup applies and wears. I have also noticed a difference over the past several months in the quality of my skin. Keeping the makeup out of my pores and using a primer with antioxidants and silk (along with a solid skincare routine) has really brought back a youthful glow to my skin.

Living in a city, I also think that the added protection from environmental aggressors is really important. Aside from that, I think that using a base product that has real benefits and good ingredients is more important than all the products that go over it, because if the base sucks…..

So what do you guys think? Would you make the splurge?

As always, thanks for reading!

💜Michelle Lisette

Like this post? Check out some of my other Splurge-worthy reviews:

Natasha Denona Lila palette

Marc Jacobs The Wild One palette

YSL Beauty

Battle of the Brands: Lip Stains: YSL vs Dior

Hello beautiful people!

Have you ever found yourself unable to decide between similar products from different brands? This new series- Battle of the Brands – is here to help.

For my first installment, I am bringing to the ring, two brands in a category that I am OBSESSED with for Spring/Summer: Lip Stains. The two that I have been wearing most recently are the Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain & the Dior Addict Lip Tattoo.

Let’s start with YSL:

Here are the key specs from sephora.com:

Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain

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“What it is:

A lightweight lip stain with a revolutionary formula for ultra-matte, high impact color and a lightweight, naked-lip feel.”

  • Lightweight
  • Non-drying
  • Up to 8 hours of wear
  • Tattoo-like color
  • Applicator allows for precision outlining & filling in

After months of wearing this product I can definitely say…

To read the rest of this brand battle, check out the full post over on Everyday Royal

Splurge-worthy? v. 3: Natasha Denona Lila Palette

Over $100 for ONE PALETTE?!?!

I purchased and tried it out so you don’t have to. Let’s see about this. Swatches included.

Hello beautiful people! I hope you are all doing well.

It has been a while, but I am back with another edition of the Splurge-worthy series. This time, I’ll be talking about the most expensive palette in my entire collection- the Natasha Denona Lila Palette, which retails for $129 (USD- for all of my international folks. Hi!👋🏾)

Just a quick reminder, this year, I started judging all of my eyeshadow palettes using three categories— packaging, colors, and wear. So, I will judge this one using those three as well.

Packaging

Honestly, as soon as you look at this palette, you know it is expensive because it is completely bound in a purple metallic leather-like case with the brand name and palette name embossed on the front. For closures, there are four (two on each side) small magnets that securely keep the palette closed. There is a nicely sized mirror inside, as well as a thick plastic sheet with all of the color names that lay perfectly centered over each shadow pan. The pan sizes look generous, also.

Colors

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I bought this palette because I did not have any purple or vibrant pink shadows. I honestly love all of the colors in this palette, though. There are both cool and warm toned neutrals (the first and last columns of colors). Then, in the middle you have purples, pinks and then the orange, yellow & green (well- it looks like a green/brown duo chrome in the pan, but really comes off brown). There are both mattes and shimmers, and the palette can be used to create a variety of looks by itself. I tend to use this as my everyday palette because the colors are so versatile & I can do so much with them.

Wear

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This palette is fantastic to work with. The colors are insanely creamy & blendable. I used this palette for the “use every color in the palette challenge” (pictured above) and the transition between shades was flawless. The pigment is definitely there, even on a deeper skin color like my own. I was hoping, in the challenge that I mentioned above, that the colors would stand out a bit more, but you can get more punch from them pretty easily. The eyeshadow lasts all day on the lids. Aside from the colors, I bought this for its super easy blending, and long-wear. It stands up to everything you would expect from an ultra-luxury palette.

Overall thoughts

I would definitely say that if you like the colors, and would actually wear them, the Natasha Denona palette is splurge-worthy. Because I like this one so much, I actually want to also get the Sunset palette.


So, there we have it. Do you guys have any super expensive makeup products that you think are splurge-worthy? Are there any that you are curious about and would like for me to try? Let me know in the comments below.

Thanks for reading!

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