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.


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

5-minute Holiday Makeup Tutorial

I’m finally back with a quick tutorial on creating a gorgeous holiday look in five minutes using some new 2018 holiday makeup releases.

Hey guys!

It’s been basically a year since I’ve done a pictorial. So, with less than one week until Thanksgiving, why not bring it back to share with you guys a five-minute eye look using the Marc Jacobs See-Quins Glam Glitter Eyeshadow.

This look uses one eyeshadow and five quick steps to get a gorgeous multidimensional look perfect for the holidays.

Step 1: Using a blending brush, sweep your bronzer or contour into your crease. This helps bring in color from the rest of your face, while also giving the shadow something to blend out onto.

For this step, I used one of my Project Pan products- the Make Up For Ever Pro-Finish Multi-use Foundation Powder.

Step 2: Press the Marc Jacobs See-Quins shadow all over your entire lid, dragging it slightly into the crease.

This is one of the Marc Jacobs 2018 Holiday Releases. I picked up the shades Copperazi and Topaz Flash (shown/used here) during one of the recent Sephora weekend sales.

Now do the rest of your face. With this eyeshadow, it’s important to apply the shadow first because, as with most glitters, there WILL be fallout. I even wait to do my skincare (unless I put on under-eye masks) because I’ll just have to wipe it off anyway.

Step 3: Using a pencil brush, smudge the same bronzer or contour along your entire lower lashline.

Step 4: Smudge a gel or pencil liner onto your top lash line. I like to pull mine out to a not-so-sharp wing.

This is another 2018 Holiday item- The Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade Goddess (a gorgeous navy with glitter) from the 5-pack of minis that I got in my Holiday Haul.

Step 5: Using your pencil brush and the highlighter you used on your face (not a glittery highlighter- I don’t suggest those around the eyes), highlight the inner corner of your eye.

Yep, guessed it! Another holiday item- the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Highlighter in the shade Rose Quartz. I also picked this one up in the Holiday Haul, and just did a review on the entire set.

After that, add a lippie and your look is complete! With the multicolored glitter, your eyes will be lighting up the room from every angle.

(In case you’re wondering, I choose the Becca Glow Gloss in the shade Chocolate Geode for a monochromatic look.)

So what do you guys think? Would you be willing to rock a quick look like this for Thanksgiving? Do you have any quick makeup tips for the holidays?

Let’s chat!

💜Michelle Lisette

Guide to Shopping the Sephora Spring VIB Sale

It’s here guys! The Sephora VIB Sale is upon us.

Even for a well-seasoned shopper like myself, this sale can have my head spinning with all the beauty-buy possibilities.  Shopping from my loves list doesn’t help, because that is a mile long. So, how does one manage to make the most of this semi-annual sale without also going bankrupt? Well, take a deep breath and check out my list of tips for shopping without regrets.

1. Limited edition items

These sales are the perfect time to grab some of the limited edition items, such as seasonal eye shadow palettes or collaborations. Once these items are gone, they just are. Everyone else will be using this time to grab these kinds of items. So, don’t be left out in the cold wishing for a product that will never be available again.

2. Makeup collection staples

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Gift Guide: Timeless Gifts for the Guys in Your Life

Great, unique & timeless gift ideas for the men in your life. He’ll love it, I promise!

Welcome to another Midweek Mini. Christmas is less than 1 month away, can you believe it? I definitely can’t. That means it is time to start, if you have not already, grabbing those gifts for the special people in your life. For me, I am always looking for great gifts for the special men in my life; not just my husband, but also other male family and my close male friends, and even the guy at work for the company Pollyanna. So, to help you guys out, here are some cool things I have in mind for the fellas I know (none of which are a watch, sweater or tool set):

  1. For the beer aficionado: Beer of the Month Club membership from monthlyclubs.com. Prices vary, and you can select the length of the membership. beer of the month
  2. Is he into wine instead? The same website offers wine clubs (also cigars, flowers, chocolate and cheese).
  3. For the guy who care about a good shave: Art of Shaving has kits starting at $30 including pre-shave oil, a luxe shaving cream, after-shave balm and a Badger shaving brush. art of shaving
  4. For the (not e-) book reader and/or geology fan: Geode book ends starting at $19.95.geode bookends
  5. The at-home barber: The Cut Buddy Hair & beard shaping tool. $14.95 cut buddy
  6. The Year-round griller: Grilling essentials kit. $49.95 grill set
  7. The cologne wearer: The Sephora Favorites Cologne Sampler. He can try several samples and get a full-size bottle of the one he likes most for no extra charge. (Plus it comes with a faux leather travel bag.) I mentioned this in my Sephora shopping guide. $65.00  cologne sampler
  8. For the guy who likes to get comfortable. Seriously, who says men don’t like to feel cozy.: A hooded bathrobe from Target. $39.99 robe
  9. On-the-go music lover (especially guys who run or workout outdoors): A beanie hat with wireless headphones built in. $29.99 earbud hat
  10. The traveler: A monogramed overnight bag, made in the USA. $42 (includes a three initial monogram).


Hopefully this list helped lessen your gift-finding stress this holiday season. For more tips on how to get through this, often stressful, time of year, check out my post on Surviving the Holidays.

Happy Holidays!♥



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2017 Sephora VIB Sale Buying Guide

MY guide to the top products in every category that you should pick up during the Sephora VIB sale.

Guys….today is the day. It is the day that beauty lovers wait for every year…that our wallets wait for every year… Today starts the annual Sephora VIB sale (round 2 if you are Rouge member like mois). I am quite sure that some of you already have a list long enough to rival a child’s Christmas list, but in case you still need help narrowing it down, for everyone else who does not know where to start, I am here to help. Here are some of my MUST HAVE products that I think are absolutely worth picking up at this sale. Some of the items are splurges, while others are staples in my collection. Either way, though, who doesn’t want to save money when they can?

To make this guide a little easier to navigate, I will divide the products by use, explaining each item individually. Then, have all the items in a chart at the end of each section with the prices and whether it is limited edition or not. The prices listed are the regular prices, since the discounts vary by Insider status.


I am starting with tools because really make a difference in how your makeup applies and performs.

Two of my favorite foundation brushes are from the Sephora Collection: PRO Flawless Airbrush #56 and Classic Mini Multitasker Brush #45.5. The #56 brush is amazing and an absolute must-have for me. Since I’ve gotten it, it has been the only brush I’ve used to apply my liquid foundations; I even use it to blend in my concealer. The #45.5 brush is a travel-size version of Sephora’s Multi-tasker brush that I think is great for traveling. You really can you this brush for almost all of your face products—both powders and liquids. If you travel, or want a good brush to keep in your purse for touch-ups, this is a great option.

SEPHORA COLLECTION PRO Flawless Airbrush #56 $32.00
SEPHORA COLLECTION Classic Mini Multitasker Brush #45.5 $14.00


Starting with my favorite eye shadow primer, I have to recommend the TOO FACED Shadow Insurance. Even when compared to the legendary UD primer Potion, this one comes out on top for me. Although the primer is a beige cream, unlike the Primer Potion, once applied to the eyelids, this disappears. I also think it does a much better job of not creasing throughout the day.


Another TOO FACED product that is my regular rotation is the Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette. This classic palette is a solid neutral palette that really works for most skin tones. As a deeper skinned woman, this palette contains my all-time favorite transition shade- Puree. Overall, this palette is so versatile and has such great colors that even though I can easily create tons of looks with it by itself, I find myself reaching for it regularly to help pull together looks using other shadow palettes.


There are two limited edition, splurge palettes that I think are worth picking up during the sale (and while they are available): Marc Jacobs Beauty, The Wild One Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Palette &  SEPHORA COLLECTION, Sephora PRO Editorial Palette. Starting with the Marc Jacobs palette, since I just did an entire splurge-worthy post on it <here>. I won’t go too much into it other than saying if you want a good high-quality shadow palette that is versatile, this is a great one to get. The Editorial Palette is absolutely fantastic if you are into brightly colored eye shadows. I will admit that I do not reach for this every day, however, it an awesome pigment palette to have when you want to do some fun looks. One way you can get a lot of use from it is to use the pigments as eyeliners. Just wet a liner brush with some setting spray, and these work really well for that. It also keeps you from having to buy a ton of different liners in different colors.

Listen guys, if you are looking for a mascara that eliminates the need for falsies, the MAKEUP FOREVER Excessive Lash Arresting Volume Mascara is it. That’s all I have to say about that—get it. Period.  It is kinda expensive for a mascara, so now is the time to get it.

MUFE excessive lash

If you are the kind of person that likes a more natural looking mascara that just slightly enhances you lashes, or if you want a great option for your lower lashes (which is what I use this for), the Benefit Cosmetics Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara is perfect for you. It separates and lengthens your lashes and does not transfer (which is especially critical if you use it on your lower lashes).

roller lash

I am also going to include two brow products in this section, both from Benefit Cosmetics—ka-BROW! Cream-Gel Eyebrow Color with Brush and Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel. In general, Benefit Cosmetics has some pretty solid brow products, but these are my two current favorites. Using them together has been giving me the best brow days of my life…and that is without having to pluck, wax or thread my eyebrows.

TOO FACED Shadow Insurance $20.00
TOO FACED Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette $49.00
MARC JACOBS BEAUTY The Wild One Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Palette $99.00 LIMITED EDITION
BENEFIT COSMETICS ka-BROW! Cream-Gel Eyebrow Color with Brush $24.00
BENEFIT COSMETICS Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel $24.00
MAKEUP FOREVER Excessive Lash Arresting Volume Mascara $25.00
BENEFIT COSMETICS Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara $24.00


I pretty much exclusively use only one kind of lip liner: SEPHORA COLLECTION, Rouge Gel Lip Liner. These liners come in a million shades, and deliver such  intense color that I have used them with a balm and skipped the lipstick. The gel texture makes them very easy to apply. You don’t have to worry about skipping and tugging on your lips.

SEPHORA leg lip liner

One product that I know I personally want to try is the Tarte Limited-Edition Tartiest Lip Bling Top Coat – Holiday Kiss Collection. This lip topper looks like it adds the perfect amount of bling to make the lipsticks you already own holiday party-worthy.  I’m definitely going to grab this, especially since it is limited edition.

Tarte Lip bling top coat

SEPHORA COLLECTION Rouge Gel Lip Liner $12.00
TARTE Limited-Edition Tartiest Lip Bling Top Coat – Holiday Kiss Collection $20.00 LIMITED EDITION


So… since there are QUITE A FEW face products that I love from Sephora, I’ll just group them by product category.


Although I have several primers myself because I use them depending how I’m feeling that day, if you are looking to get a new one, I would suggest you purchase one depending on what you want your primer to do MOST of the time.

Blurring- The YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer is the best for completely blurring any imperfections and large pores on your face. There are gold flecks that are supposed to make your skin look radiant, but if you want a primer for radiance, I have a way less expensive one in this list.


Radiance- The Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – Radiance makes your skin look like gold. I wore this faithfully all last winter. It added a gorgeous glow in the months where skin can easily look dry and dull. Even with my oily skin, this did not make my skin look too oily. It also kept my makeup looking great for 12+ hours per day, even after heavy gym workouts.


Mattifying- The Givenchy Mister Mat Mattifying Foundation Primer is fantastic. It is smooths and mattifies your skin to perfection. The only reason I prefer the Touche Eclat pirmer for daily use is because this one will clog your pores if you wear it all day, everday. I generally save it for parties or other special occasions that I really want to guarantee a matte face.


Color correcting/skin perfecting-The Stila One Step Correct primer (not to be confused with the One Step Prime primer) is a gel serum primer that color corrects and perfects you skins tone and texture over time. I used this all summer and loved it. Let me give you this word of warning, though, if you need significant color correcting, you will still need to use additional color correctors. This is for more mild color correcting.



I give the same advice for all of the face products as I did for the primers: go with the one that best suits your needs.

Mattifying (Liquid)- The MAKEUP FOREVER Mat Velvet + mattifying foundation is a really good liquid matte foundation. It is pretty full coverage and definitely matte. Keep that in mind. Matte. Not skin-like. There is a difference that not everyone picks up on until they put on a truly matte foundation and realize that they wanted a more satin matte finish.

MUFE Mat Velvet

Mattifying (powder)-The SEPHORA COLLECTION Matte Perfection Powder Foundation is really nice and is reasonably priced, even before the discount. I have tried applying this foundation various ways, and using a damp Beauty Blender/ makeup sponge is the best way in my opinion. This is how I would get the fullest coverage.  This is one of the first products I ever hit pan with. I really do love it.


CC cream- The IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better™ CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+ is fantastic. This CC cream has just as much coverage as some foundations I have used (which is why I put it with the foundations). This was my everyday foundation all summer. Not only does it have great coverage, but it is good for your skin. I can honestly say that I saw a noticeable improvement in my skin while wearing it. There really are no negatives to this other than shade range (I wear the darkest shade…and I’m relatively light on the dark/deep foundation spectrum)… I just prefer a more matte, foundation during the winter. I know it seems backwards, but I like lighter, more fresh-faced makeup during the hotter months. Less fuss. If I want a no makeup look, this will always be my go to.


Budge-proof- I have not tried this foundation for myself, but I have heard pretty great things. I want to try the ESTÉE LAUDER Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup. So, I put this on the list. As I have said before, now is the perfect time to try new products since you can get them at a discount instead of paying full price.


Concealers/ Color correctors:

The SEPHORA COLLECTION Bright Future Gel Serum Concealers and Bright Future Color Correctors are fantastic. I think both of these products are on par with their higher end counterparts. For example, I own the Nars concealer that everyone loves. I think that the Sephora concealers have a lighter, gel-like texture and work just as well, if not better. I have already repurchased this several times. I have even used them in place of foundation this summer. The color correctors have a similar feel. I like the texture better than the Urban Decay correctors which feel similar. I have also repurchased these.


I have tried several contour palettes, both high-end and drug store, cream and powder, and my favorite is the SEPHORA COLLECTION Contour Palette. This is a powder contour palette. The formula is great and blends easily. I believe there is only one palette that is supposed to work on most skin tones. I think the colors will work on most.

sephora contour palette

The BECCA, BECCA X Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette is the best. The colors are gorgeous for tan to deep skin tones. I use this literally every day. I’m not a person who likes my highlight beaming to the heavens, so this palette is perfect for me as it gives a gorgeous natural glow. This palette is limited edition, so if you are interested, move quickly.


Finishing spray/powder:

Powder: No, I am not going to say everyone’s favorite translucent powder. What I am going to say is one of my current obsessions (and was featured in our October Monthly Obsessions post <here> and my OctoberGlam Bag review)- the IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Pores Pressed™ Poreless Finish Airbrush Pressed Powder. I use this before applying liquid foundations to perfect my skins texture and provide extra matte staying power. I also use it to set my foundation. I ALSO use it to touch up my makeup throughout the day. Check out the obsessions post to get my full list of reasons as to why this is so great. Just know that it is.


Spray: The TOO FACED Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer & Setting Spray is just as versatile as the IT Cosmetics pressed powder. I use it to prime my face, set my makeup AND refresh my makeup throughout the day. It is hydrating, but does not make my skin oily. It dries down quickly, and it also smells like coconut. All the thumbs up.



SEPHORA COLLECTION Bright Future Gel Serum Concealer $14.00
SEPHORA COLLECTION Bright Future Color Correctors $14.00
SEPHORA COLLECTION Contour Palette $28.00
MAKEUP FOREVER Mat Velvet + Mattifying Foundation $41.00
SEPHORA COLLECTION Matte Perfection Powder Foundation $20.00
TOO FACED Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer & Setting Spray $32.00
YVES SAINT LAURENT Touche Eclat Blur Primer $52.00
BECCA BECCA X Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette $46.00 LIMITED EDITION
IT COSMETICS Your Skin But Better™ CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+ $38.00
IT COSMETICS Bye Bye Pores Pressed™ Poreless Finish Airbrush Pressed Powder $29.00
STILA One Step Correct $36.00
GIVENCHY Mister Mat Mattifying Foundation Primer $38.00
LAURA MERCIER Foundation Primer – Radiance $38.00
ESTÉE LAUDER Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup $42.00

Skin care

So I have two things on here specifically for men, both relate to grooming.

THE ART OF SHAVING, The 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave™ is a really great kit for men with sensitive skin, or who just want the best shave they can get at home. My husband could not use razors on his face before he found this. This kit gives the guys everything necessary to get a close shave without the skin irritation and razor bumps. It comes in the full-size and travel size. I suggest either one, honestly.


I heard about the TOM FORD Conditioning Beard Oil from a popular beauty guru’s husband. Beards are itchy to the women who have bearded men. This oil softens the beard to help that out, it also acts as cologne. I plan on getting this for my hubby to try.

tom ford beard conditioning oil

The third item under my skin care list is also something that I have not tried personally yet- the Peter Thomas Roth Mask-A-Holic 6-Piece Kit. This limited edition holiday set of deluxe size masks (they look like full sized, but are not as big as the regular individual products). I have heard that the PTR masks are fantastic. I think this set is a wonderful value considering you can pay the same price for ONE of the masks regularly that you do for the set. I grabbed one last weekend in the early Rouge VIB sale. If you are not into face masks, this would make a great gift for someone who is.


THE ART OF SHAVING The 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave™ $120.00
TOM FORD Conditioning Beard Oil $50.00 ONLINE ONLY


The last item on my list is also primarily for the guys (although there is a perfume version). Sephora released their SEPHORA FAVORITES Cologne Sampler for the holidays. It may seem pricey for a bunch of samples, but the value in this set is that once you (or the other person) picks their favorite sample, they can bring the sample (can be empty) to a Sephora store in exchange for the full size cologne for no extra cost. There are some higher-end fragrances in here, so it is definitely worth the price.



Well, guys, we made it to the end! Yay! I hope this guide has helped give you some direction on what you may want to purchase this year at the VIB sale. In the comments below let me know what you are thinking about buying. Do you agree with my list? Is there anything different that you are planning to purchase?

À bientôt!
♥la développeur sophistiquèe♥

MUFE Mat Velvet + Mattifying Foundation $41.00
MUFE Excessive Lash Arresting Volume Mascara $25.00
SEPHORA COLLECTION Bright Future Gel Serum Concealers $14.00
SEPHORA COLLECTION Bright Future Color Correctors $14.00

Contour Palette

SEPHORA COLLECTION Rouge Gel Lip Liner $12.00
SEPHORA COLLECTION Matte Perfection Powder Foundation $20.00
SEPHORA COLLECTION PRO Flawless Airbrush #56 $32.00
SEPHORA COLLECTION Classic Mini Multitasker Brush #45.5 $14.00
TOO FACED Shadow Insurance $20.00
TOO FACED Hangover 3-in-1 Replenishing Primer & Setting Spray $32.00
TOO FACED Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette $49.00
YVES SAINT LAURENT Touche Eclat Blur Primer $52.00
BECCA BECCA X Chrissy Teigen Glow Face Palette $46.00 LIMITED EDITION
IT COSMETICS Your Skin But Better™ CC+™ Cream with SPF 50+ $38.00
IT COSMETICS Bye Bye Pores Pressed™ Poreless Finish Airbrush Pressed Powder $29.00
STILA One Step Correct $36.00
MARC JACOBS BEAUTY The Wild One Eye-Conic Eyeshadow Palette $99.00 LIMITED EDITION
GIVENCHY Mister Mat Mattifying Foundation Primer $38.00
BENEFIT COSMETICS ka-BROW! Cream-Gel Eyebrow Color with Brush $24.00
BENEFIT COSMETICS Gimme Brow Volumizing Fiber Gel $24.00
BENEFIT COSMETICS Roller Lash Curling & Lifting Mascara $24.00
LAURA MERCIER Foundation Primer – Radiance $38.00
THE ART OF SHAVING The 4 Elements of the Perfect Shave™ $120.00
TARTE Limited-Edition Tartiest Lip Bling Top Coat – Holiday Kiss Collection $20.00 LIMITED EDITION
ESTÉE LAUDER Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup $42.00
TOM FORD Conditioning Beard Oil $50.00 ONLINE ONLY

Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored in any way. All thoughts are my own. 

Surviving the Holidays: Tips for Dealing with Stress 

Here are some helpful (non-BS) tips to deal with stress and survive the holiday season (or just daily life).


Now that Halloween is over, and it is finally November, the holiday season is upon us. With Thanksgiving only a few short weeks away, followed by the December holidays and New Year’s, we are already seeing stores packed with Christmas décor and commercials about how to host the grandest holiday dinner of them all.

For some of us, the holidays and family gatherings may be a source of stress. Especially in these tense political times, family dinners can turn into heated debates. And even if THAT is not a concern, just the sheer amount of things to do, buy and prepare is stressful in and of itself.

But still, there is no need to dread this time of year. Here are some helpful tips to deal with stress and survive the holiday season (or just daily life).

  1. Remember that whatever situation you’re dealing with is finite.

Absolutely nothing lasts forever, and certainly not that family dinner. By keeping in mind that there is a tomorrow and life will continue after whatever this stressful event is, you are providing yourself with the light at the end of the tunnel. Once you get through it, it is done.

For example, say your great-aunt is talking your head off. It maybe supppppper boring, but remember: The night will end and the talking will have ceased. Better yet, remember that your time in these moments are finite. They do not last forever and you do not get to repeat them. By thinking in that way, you find yourself being able to tolerate things that seemed like a bother and really appreciate (if not fully enjoy) the moment. Cooking that large dinner becomes less of a hassle when you realize it’s only once a year for people who you love and will gather with you just for one holiday meal. Once the dinner is done, it’s done and life goes on to something else with these moments behind you.


  1. Don’t get so absorbed in the details that you miss the big picture (and ruin the experience).

This is something I learned from planning my wedding. At the time I was so stressed about the tiniest things, trying to make sure everything was perfect. By the time it was all over, I had had such a blast that I totally forgot about the tiny things that did not go my way (like my ceremony décor not coming out how I wanted it). Overall, the moment was NOT ruined. I had the best night of my life, and MY GUESTS had a great time. Almost two years later and people are STILL telling us how great it was…not how the lights weren’t dimmed properly and the candles not grouped how I wanted them.

So… when it comes to your holiday events don’t get so upset or stressed by the smaller details, such as your perfectly crafted tablescape missing a votive or a burnt sweet potato pie, that it ruins your entire evening (and that of your guests because you are in a funk). Sure, you may have to run out and grab a box of Entenmann’s cookies from Rite Aid for dessert, but there’s always next year. Plus it makes for a funny story.


  1. Don’t craft a story in your head.

This is probably the vaguest of all my tips. Does it mean you can’t make up stories for the kids after dinner? No. Of course not. It simply means to accept things as they are, and not to create your own version of what’s  going on in your head.

One example, that I’m sure we all encounter daily, is someone cutting us off on the road. Personally, I used to get extremely angered by this. But, when you think about it, I was mad because I felt like the person was being a jerk and just zooming around recklessly for no reason. The FACT of the matter is that I had no clue what was going on in the other person’s car. They could be on their way to deal with a crisis situation of some sort. If I knew that that was the case, I wouldn’t be mad, I’d be sympathetic. But we don’t know what’s going on in someone else’s car, in other people’s heads (i.e- if someone appears to be looking at you “the wrong way”). SO, instead of working yourself up, just let it go because you truly don’t know.

Here’s another example, your Aunt Jean is thirty minutes late and is supposed to be bringing the turkey. In your mind, you start going off about how she is always late, this is inconsiderate, etc, etc. OR you either start to worry about if something happened on the road. Is she okay? Etc., etc. In both scenarios you are causing yourself more stress by trying to create a story about why she is late– BOTH of which are causing you negative emotions and stress. Instead of doing that, just acknowledge that she is late and you are not happy about it, but move on. Start a family game while you wait. Take that time to mingle with the other guests and catch up with loved ones that you haven’t seen for a while. Surely, someone has something interesting going on. If people are getting too hungry, give her a call. But the bottom line is not to make up stories about what’s going on.


  1. Don’t underestimate the power of a positive statement.

If all else fails, just search for the silver lining. If you are determined to pick out three positive things about a situation you hate, you will either change your mind about you feel about it, or will amuse yourself trying to figure out the three things. In either case, your mood will lift. For example: the food sucks. Three positives (and now you’ll have to find three more positives if you find yourself in this situation): 1. But the company I am with is fantastic. 2. The tablescape is IG-worthy so I’ll have some great photo-ops. 3. Someone brought a Brown’s Shoprite sweet potato pie (if yall have never had one….go find one now).  By making a list of the positive things, you shift your focus from the negatives. You can do this for a situation, a person, pretty much anything. When you force your perspective to good, you change the way you experience the moment.

Well folks…Those are a few tips for dealing with stress from your resident secular Buddhist. lol. I wish all of you a joyful and stress-free holiday season. I hope you can make the most out of every moment. Here are some pictures from my trip to Hong Kong and Singapore last year that really taught me a lot about inner peace and changing your mindset.


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