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?

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💜Michelle Lisette

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Morning Makeup Musings #50

The jelly trend is going strong, and Wet’n Wild is jumping on board with some amazing new shadows.

It looks like the jelly trend is continuing strong in 2019, and Wet’n Wild has released a new collection of eyeshadows that I’m here for.

 

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Image credit | IG: wetnwildbeauty

These jelly shadows are available now at Ulta and Wet’n Wild for $4.99 each.

I absolutely love this trend. I love the wet, dewy look and I love the brighter colors that Wet’n Wild is offering. The good thing about purchasing trendy products or bright colors from drugstore brands is that you don’t have to feel bad about spending tons of money on a product that you won’t use often.

I am definitely going to be trying this product. The blue shadow is gorgeous, and would be fun addition to my collection. I also plan to grab one of the more neutral shades because I like a glossy lid for a quick work also.

What do you guys think? Are you willing to jump on the jelly trend?

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BoxyCharm | January 2019

Hey, Google. How do you define disappointment?

First, let me start by apologizing for not doing a December BoxyCharm review. I had actually gotten BoxyLuxe for the first time, but in the crazy rush of the holiday season I didn’t get great pictures of the products, and then it got to the point that it felt too late. My overall thoughts on it was that it was a decent box. There were some pretty awesome items, and I don’t regret upgrading at all. If you want a post on the highlights from that box, let me know. I can still do it.

Now January’s box…..

Here’s my current sentiment:

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Let’s just say I’m unimpressed.

Here’s what I got:

Briogeo | Don’t Despair, Repair! Stregth + Moisture Leave-in Mask, 2oz., MSRP $16

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This is one of the two products that I am going to keep. I love Briogeo and this leave-in mask is already I product that I own and love. It will be nice to have a small travel size version to have on hand.

Smith & Cult | The Tainted Lip Stain, MSRP- $24

 

First of all, mine came crushed. How a metal cap get’s crushed in a perfectly not-crushed box, idk. I have reached out to BoxyCharm about it, so we shall see what happens. In terms of the product itself, the packaging feels heavy and luxe (minus being crushed). From what I can see, it looks like it is a baby pink color. I’m not really into pink lip colors. I do own some, but I don’t often reach for them. So, I don’t really want to add another to my collection. If BoxyCharm ends up replacing it (which they ought to), I’ll put the not-crushed one into a future giveaway.

UPDATE: The cap is intentionally dented. Please see the below response from BoxyCharm.

Thank you for contacting Boxycharm. We agree that it is quite odd to see the cap of your lip gloss dented as such however, it is actually a unique indicator that the product is a Smith & Cult. As an overview, the brand is all about representing a woman’s duality. As also indicated on their website, the story is echoed in the name, too: “Smith” is the so-called “good girl”, while “Cult” is the edgy one. Hence, the silver-hammered bottle caps reflect the duality—one side is smooth and pristine, while the other side is dented. We hope this information helps. Stay charmed! ❤

Tarte | Limited-Edition Rainforest of the Sea Highlighting Eyeshadow Palette Vol. III, MSRP $36

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Unfortunately, this palette is not something I’m interested in. It comes with seven neutral shimmers and one beige matte. I would have been happier with it if it were an all shimmer palette (even though I own all the shimmer colors in other palettes), but the one beige matte just throws me off. I’m putting it to the side for a giveaway; for that reason, I don’t want to open it just for the sake of a photo.

Tatcha | Luminous Dewy Skin face Mask (2 Pack), MSRP $24

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I am actually really excited for this product. I love face masks and have been really wanting to try some more skincare items from Tatcha. Now that we are in the dead of winter, my skin is really drying out from both the cold outside and heater indoors. I am in desperate need of added nourishment, so this is perfect timing.

Starlooks | Luxe Longwear Eye Pencil, MSRP $19

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I have used one of this brand’s liquid eyeliners before and I thought it was decent. So, I do think this quality could be there for this. However, I really don’t need another brown eyeliner. I don’t tend to use them. That’s all. I will also be putting this to the side for someone else to enjoy.

Overall thoughts:

 

Google, how do you define disappointment?

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Truthfully, because the boxy was only $21, I cannot say that it was not worth the price only because I got the Tatcha face masks ($24) and the travel-size Briogeo conditioner ($16). I would have paid $21 for those two items. Unfortunately, this month’s box still felt like a fail because I only am interested in 2 of the 5 products. That’s only 40%.

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When you sign up for these kinds of subscription services, you cannot control what you get. That is just a risk we all take. Some times you get really incredible boxes, and sometimes you don’t. We can’t win them all, right? The good news is there’s always next month…

What did you guys get in your BoxyCharm this month? Are there any other beauty subscriptions that you’re currently loving?

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Cruelty-Free Brands| High-End

Last updated February 20, 2019.

Happy New Year!🎉🎉

I wanted to start of 2019 with a post that is meaningful to me.

As you may know, in the spring of 2018, I made the personal decision to go cruelty-free with my beauty products. I could no longer, with a clear conscious, support the unnecessary and inhumane testing of beauty products, a complete luxury item, on animals. I won’t go into the gruesome details of what that testing involves, but using one word to describe it, it’s torture. At this point, it’s not even about safety. Virtually every ingredient has already been tested, and there are more accurate alternative methods of testing. The continued testing on animals is totally inexcusable to me.

As I mentioned in my Top 3 Tips for Going Cruelty-Free article, I think it is a completely personal choice and have no desire to berate anyone not choosing to go cruelty-free. I also don’t think it’s reasonable to ask everyone to go cold turkey. Every dollar counts, and for every purchase you make that supports a cruelty-free brand, another animal is saved.

What constitutes cruelty-free? For me this means that none of the brand’s products nor their ingredients have been tested on animals. It also means that the brand is not sold in brick-and-mortar stores in mainland China. Why can’t they be sold in China? China requires beauty products to be tested on animals. (There are some exceptions to this.) I am also excluding brands that sell mink lashes. The process of getting mink fur to make false lashes is also quite inhumane. So, I cannot support those brands either.

The list below of high-end cruelty-free brands was compiled based on my own research. Some of these brands are certified cruelty-free (Leaping Bunny, PETA, etc.), while others attest to being cruelty-free. Unfortunately, there are some brands that claim to be cruelty-free while still selling in mainland China. I’ve had brand reps tell me they were to my face, knowing they sold in China. So, this list is accurate to the best of my knowledge. If you find any brand below that is not cruelty-free, please let me know.  This list is also not 100% comprehensive. If you know of any brand that IS cruelty-free based on the qualifications above, please let me know and I would be thrilled to add them.

To making searching the list easier, I have separated the brands by makeup vs skincare/haircare/fragrance.

Makeup 

  • Amazing Cosmetics
  • Anastasia Beverly Hills
  • Antonymn
  • Artis
  • Artist Couture
  • Bare Minerals
  • Beauty Bakerie
  • Beauty Blender
  • Becca
  • Besame Cosmetics
  • Biossance
  • Bite Beauty
  • Black Up
  • Buxom
  • Chantecaille
  • Charlotte Tillbury
  • Ciaté London
  • Cover FX
  • Dominique Cosmetics
  • Dose of Colors
  • Farsáli
  • Fenty Beauty by Rihanna
  • First Aid Beauty
  • Flesh
  • Grande Cosmetics
  • Hourglass 
  • Ilia
  • Indie Lee
  • IT Cosmetics
  • Josie Maran
  • Jouer Cosmetics
  • Kaja
  • Kat Von D
  • Kevyn Aucoin
  • Ko Gen Do
  • INC.credible
  • Lawless
  • Lila b.
  • Lorac
  • Marc Jacobs Beauty 
  • Milk Makeup
  • Natasha Denona
  • Nudestix
  • Ofra Cosmetics
  • Persona Cosmetics
  • Pretty Vulgar
  • Pür
  • PYT Beauty
  • Rms beauty
  • Smashbox
  • Stila
  • Tarte
  • Too Faced
  • Touch in Sol
  • Urban Decay
  • Violet Voss
  • Wander Beauty
  • Winky Lux

Skincare/Haircare/Fragrance

  • Amika
  • Amore Pacific
  • Anthony
  • Briogeo
  • Bumble and Bumble
  • Butter London
  • By Rosie Jane
  • Commodity
  • Coola
  • Deborah Lippmann
  • Dermadoctor
  • Dermalogica
  • DevaCurl
  • Dr. Dennis Gross
  • Drunk Elephant
  • Earth’s Nectar
  • Edible Beauty
  • Elemis
  • Elizabeth and James
  • Ellis Brooklyn
  • Farmacy
  • Foreo
  • Good Dye Young
  • Harvey Prince Organics
  • Herbivore Botanicals
  • IGK
  • Kate Somerville
  • Kilian
  • Kopari
  • KORA Organics
  • Korres
  • Neogen
  • NEST Fragrances
  • Nurse Jamie
  • OleHenriksen
  • Ouai
  • REN Clean Skincare
  • Sol de Janeiro
  • St. Tropez
  • Summer Fridays
  • Sunday Riley
  • Supergoop!
  • Tata Harper
  • Tatcha
  • Tocca
  • TokyoMilk
  • Verb
  • Vita Liberata
  • Volition Beauty
  • Voluspa
  • Youth to the People
  • Yuni
  • The 7 Virtues

I will be following up very soon with a lists for cruelty-free drugstore and indie brands very soon. So stay tuned!

I hope you all have a new year filled with peace, joy and accomplishment.

💜Michelle Lisette

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