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.


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


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.

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


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.

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


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.

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


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.

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


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. 😬


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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New at Sephora: Holiday Lip Sets

Purchase or pass? Holiday Lip set edition

Hi guys!

If you haven’t been on Sephora’s website recently, let me warn you, the holiday sets are out in full effect. Some seem like great values to try products you’re curious about, or to grab some you know you already love. This week, I want to pay purchase or pass with a few cruelty-free holiday lip sets that caught my attention to discuss which of these may actually go on my shopping list this season.

Kat Von D, Best of Nudes Mini Studded Kisses Creme Lipstick Set, $44

Purchase: I recently discovered the power of a good lipliner, and as such, have been kinda obsessed with nude lipsticks. Now that the weather is cooling off, I no longer want to reach for my glosses for a hydrating alternative to liquid lips. So, I am trying to find good bullet lipstick alternatives. I think this set has some really pretty nude colors that would work on my medium-deep skin tone, and the mini size makes me feel like I would actually get the full use out of them.

Grande Cosmetics, GrandeLIPS Hydrating Lip Plumper –Limited Edition Trio, $27

Pass: This set caught my attention because I did not know that Grande Cosmetics was sold at Sephora. I have tried two different lip formulas from this brand–one of which was the Lip Plumper), and I was wholly unimpressed. I actually recently decluttered it. So, I won’t be purchasing this one.

Too Faced, The Sweet Smell of Christmas- Mini Melted Liquid Lipstick Set, $25

Purchase: I have been really interested in try this formula, and I think mini sets are a great way to do so. I am not super impressed with the colors, but I think I’d enjoy at least two of them, and for the price, I would not mind giving the other two away as gifts to friends. I also think the packaging is super cute, and the Sephora description says they are scented based on their names.

BareMinerals, Ethereal Nudes 6 Piece Mini Lip Set, $29

Pass: I am definitely going to pass on this set. I think the colors are nice, but I own one of the Gen Nude Patent Lip Lacquers, and I think it is too sticky for my preference. I do wear it from time to time in the summer, but I would not repurchase it. There are two other formulas in this set, but they do not draw me in enough to overcome my dislike for 1/3 of the set.

Buxom, Full-On Fantasy Mini Plumping Set, $44

Pass: (probably) I am on the fence about this one. I absolutely LOVE the Full-On Plumping Glosses.  I have almost completely finished a full-size of Rose Julep in just a few months, but as I mentioned before, I tend to not wear glosses during the cooler months. I think these would be okay unopened until spring, but I’m not sure it I want to do that when I could spend that money on a product I know I can use now. I am leaning towards not getting it, but I do highly recommend it if you wear glosses year round.

So what do you guys think? Are there any holiday lip sets that have caught your attention? Are any of the five I discussed on your wishlist? If so, let me know.

Thanks  for stopping by!

💜Michelle Lisette


New at Sephora: Huda Beauty

Already available online, and coming to store 5/21: Huda  Beauty Obessions palettes in Coral and Gemstone.


I already own all four of the other Obsessions palettes. So, honestly, my first thought when I saw them was “yes, I have to have the full set.” Ridiculous? Yes. I know. But, I quickly grabbed a hold of my senses and took a step back and thought about it.

First off, looking at both palettes…Finish reading over at Everyday Royal.


New at Sephora- January Makeup Releases

15 Brand New releases at Sephora. This year, the makeup launches are starting off strong!

Hi guys! I hope this Hump Day finds you all doing well.

This month, we have seen tons of new releases in the makeup world. Here are fifteen of them, available now at Since this is a Mid-Week Mini, I will just leave the photos of the products below, with the names and prices in the captions.

Let me know in the comments if there are any of these that you want to see tested and reviewed. Teaser alert- a least one of these will be featured on the blog next month. I’m also curious if you guys end up trying any of these yourselves. If so, let me know!


Nars Natural Radiant Longwear Foundation- $49
Too Faced White Peach Eye Shadow palette- $45
Stila Glitter on the Go Liquid Eye Shadow Set- $25
Natasha Denona Diamond & Blush Palette- $89
Hourglass Vanish Flash Highlighting Stick- $42
Sephora Collection Pro Pigment Palette NEON- $20
Anastasia Beverly Hills Nude Matte Lipstick Set- $21
Becca Under Eye Brightening Setting Powder-$25
Fenty Beauty Mattemoiselle Plush Matte Lipstick- $18
Stila Nouveau Nude Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick Set- $20
Sephora Collection #Lipstories Lipstick- $8
Pat McGrath Labs Mothership IV Eyeshadow Palette: Decadence- $125
Too Faced Chocolate Gold Eyeshadow Palette- $49
Bobbi Brown Skin Long-wear Weightless Foundation SPF 15- $46
Kat Von D Studded Kiss Crème Lipstick- $19


Thanks for reading!

-LDS  👩🏾‍💻💜