2019 Makeup Favorites

These were the products that I consistently reached for when I was getting ready this year:

By Terry hyaluronic hydra-primer – blurs imperfections and hydrates the skin

BareMinerals complexion rescue hydrating foundation stick – like colored water. this is just so hydrating

First Aid Beauty bendy avocado concealer – this is my second tube. that’s how much I like this

Glossier stretch concealer – this is what I always use when I don’t want to put foundation on and just want some really light coverage

Onomie radical setting mist – I like spraying this on my brush before applying foundation. This just makes everything look better

Trestique highlight and perfect multipurpose stick – the subtle glow it gives is my favorite. It’s also so easy to blend.

Kosas color and light creme: velvet melon – I’ve always been an 8th muse girl but this year was the year of velvet melon for me. The peach tone of this one makes my face look healthy and fun. Like I just spent the weekend by the beach.

Innisfree petal blusher – easy to use, natural-looking, and gives a subtle-looking, pinch-on-the-cheek like blush

Kosas 10-second eyeshadow – I love all the colors but supreme just really takes the throne. It’s metallic, high-impact, yet so easy to apply and blend

Ilia Beauty the necessary eyeshadow palette, cool nude – this is my everyday palette. it doesn’t contain the usual neutrals which I really like but it still works in any setting.

Em Cosmetics fine liner brow pencil-thin, sturdy, and pigmented. Everything I need in a brow pencil

Lilah B glisten and glow skin illuminator – the shade b. captivating just gives my skin a healthy glow. I also like using this on my lids for a creamy-looking shimmer

Benefit Cosmetics they’re real mascara – forever and always

Pat McGrath Labs matte trance, flesh 3 – the most pigmented and longest wearing matte lipstick I’ve tried that doesn’t cake or settle between the lines. Flesh 3 is my go-to when going out

Bodycare Review: Lather Celebration Bamboo Scrub

Since I have a lot more time this holiday season, I’ve been focusing on self-care. One of the things I like to do is have a bath and light a candle at night.

The Limited-Edition Celebration Bamboo Scrub from Lather smells like a quiet celebration. It has hints of chai spices, ginger, and cinnamon that makes you smile and vanilla and cardamom that sort of subdues and sweetens the party. It smooths and soothes the skin. I like using this on my arms, legs, and feet because the large scrubs really massages the overworked skin on those parts. It contains bamboo, coconut powder, turmeric, and neem leaf extract that helps leave the skin feeling refreshed, smooth, and soft. This product is cruelty-free, vegan, and is also made without parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, and synthetic fragrance and colors.

For a feel of a warm hug, while exfoliating, I light up the Let’s Celebrate soy wax candle. This heightens the smell of cardamom, ginger, cinnamon leaf, and vanilla and makes me feel calm yet happy. I like the tin-like packaging because it’s small and can be placed anywhere in my bathroom without worrying about slips and breaking. This candle is also cruelty-free and is made without parabens, sulfates, mineral oil, synthetic fragrance, artificial color, and paraffin.

Since these products are created in time for Lather’s 20th Anniversary, they will donate $1 for every Celebration Bamboo Scrub sold to The Sundara Fund. They aim to help women in India out of poverty and educate the community on hygiene.

The Lather Celebration Bamboo Scrub and Let’s Celebrate Candle were provided by @lather. Available at lather.com

Makeup Review: Red Earth Have Fun Lipstick Matches

There are days when all you can do is put some lipstick and call it a day. That’s what I’ve been doing the past few days using these Red Earth products.

A very unique concept is their Have Fun Lipstick Matches ($18), which are literally shaped like old-school matches. It can easily slip into the thinnest clutches without bulging and are extremely pigmented.

Application takes a bit of getting used to as the applicator is thin and isn’t plastic so control and precision is something I learned after a few trials. It’s also a bit creamy so my trick is drawing this in the inner parts of my lips before spreading it out with my fingers for a gradient/bitten effect.

Have Fun is a fuschia shade while Sorry Not Sorry looks like an old rose.

The Red Earth Have Fun Lipstick Matches were provided by @redearth. Available at redearth.com

Skincare Review: Red Earth Pink Coconut Cloud Cream

The Pink Coconut Cloud Cream ($24) from Red Earth has a whipped consistency with a creamy texture, which surprised me because I associate clouds with something much lighter. It a heavier cloud, I guess.

What I like about this though is how it sinks in quickly onto the skin and, while to moisturizes the skin, it doesn’t feel greasy on my oily skin even after a few hours.

It contains pomegranate extract, shea butter, and gingko biloba extract to protect and moisturize the skin.

It does contain coconut oil, though, so those sensitive to that might have to veer away from this. I also would not choose to use this in the summer as it’s to thick for my skin.

The Red Earth Pink Coconut Cloud Cream was provided by @redearth_beauty . Available at redearth.com

Fragrance Review: Tocca Florence Eau de Parfum and Bagno Profumato

Composed of bergamot, pear, gardenia, and blonde woods, the Florence scent from Tocca smells like cozy spring. Its scent is floral with a certain musk to it.

The Eau de Parfum, expectedly last the whole day. This has a powdery musk that makes it feel like a more sophisticated floral that sets it apart from my set of fragrances.

The Bagno Profumato smells a bit fresher than the fragrance. It has a thick consistency and the gel texture lathers beautifully on the skin. It leaves the skin moisturized and smooth.

Using both the body wash and fragrance together makes the scent lasts longer. I like using both when I need a pick me up.

The Tocca Florence Eau de Parfum and Bagno Profumato were provided by @tocca and @tractenbergandco. Available at tocca.com