Before makeup, my oily skin plays better when I only use serums. For about two years now, I would combine hydrating serums and mattifying or hydrating primers, depending on what my skin needs. Moisturizers, however, is a product I only use at night. I was really hesitant to use the Silicone-Free Priming Moisturizer from Good Molecules.
It promises to be a primer/moisturizer that smoothes, hydrates, and preps the skin before makeup. It contains macadamia seed oil, shea butter, and naturally derived silicone alternative.
The creamy texture has a little weight to it made me put off trying this even more. My skin has just recently adapted back to the weather here after being exposed to cold and dry temperatures for weeks so. I have been using my usual serums and makeup but since I got back, I be greasy-oily after just a couple of hours. I felt like it wasn’t the right time to try this creamy primer/moisturizer so I waited for my skin to normalize. That was two weeks ago and honestly, I’m impressed.
It feels creamy, yes, but it applies thin and light on the skin, like a light gel-type moisturizer. It doesn’t have a grip and leaves the skin feeling dewy. I was afraid it would make me look oilier but it didn’t. My skin felt hydrated and nourished. Makeup holds better because I’m actually less oily than usual. One busy day, I forgot to retouch and after about six hours, my makeup still looked okay. There’s still some shine, especially in my t-zone, but I didn’t look slick at all. Even when used under foundation with dewy or satin finishes, it hydrated and moisturized my skin enough that I can go for more than half a day without checking my makeup.
For $14, I would recommend this to those looking for a nourishing and hydrating primer that lasts. This is also vegan, cruelty-free and is made without fragrance, alcohol, mineral-oil, and PEG.
The Good Molecules Silicone-Free Priming Moisturizer was provided by @goodmolecules. Available at $14 beautylish.com
I did not include the Starlight Rose Glow Booster CC Serum from By Terry in my 2019 makeup favorites because I got to try it so late into the year. However, I have been using it since 2020 started to give my fave a subtle yet healthy glow.
This primer brightens while hydrating the skin using rosehip butter, moonstone extract, and gemstone pearls. It looks creamy from the bottle but it applies lightly to the skin, providing a thin almost unnoticeable canvas before the foundation.
For my oily skin, I apply a mattifying primer before putting six little dots of this all over my face. I then buff this with my stick foundation. It brightens my skin and doesn’t leave too matte. It just makes me look like I had eight hours of sleep like I only eat fruits and vegetables. That’s how healthy this makes me look. If I want a little bit more glow, I also put this on the high points of my face and my lids after applying foundation.
To really up the ante, I use the Starlight Rose CC Powder on my lids and on my cheekbones. This illuminating powder has that provides a lot of shimmers. This is not for the faint of heart, not for those with a lot of texture either. I have on my cheeks so I really have to be careful when applying this. However, if I’m looking for impact, this is what I really go for.
For a big day, I use the Starlight Rose Baume de Rose Flaconnette Liquid Lip Balm before applying my makeup.
It contains rose blossom essential wax, shea butter, vitamin e, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid microspheres to combat dryness and strengthen, protect, and hydrate the lips. I have been using this before applying matte lipsticks to protect my lips and keep it from drying.
The By Terry Starlight Rose Glow Booster CC Serum, Starlight Rose CC Powder, Starlight Rose Baume de Rose Flaconnette Liquid Lip Balm were provided by @byterry. Available at byterry.com
I’m a sucker for cute packaging. That’s how I came across My Mood. Founded by Thea Green, the brains behind Nails Inc and Incredible Cosmetics, My Mood is the adorable little sister filled with cute things you take to sleep, to bed, and to school.
They offer bath bolts – the Muscle Hustler Bath Bolt to chill with sage, rosemary, and seaweed and the Get Up Show Up Bath Bolt to wake up with scents of cardamom, black pepper, and sandalwood. For those running low on mental and physical health come Friday, the I’m Like 104% Tired Just Chill Bath Bolt is a good treat to relax, containing lavender and orange peel.
To top that off, the I’m Like 104% Tired Switch Off Sleep Spray can be a nightstand buddy. It’s a gentle, calming essential oil spray that mixes lavender, poppyseed, and valerian to fight away nervous vibes and alleviate tension, to help you relax. Just spray on some of the oil before bedtime, to get the full effect. My first impression was that it smelled like massage oil, which was perfect for relaxing after a busy day. The sweet lavender scent was nice, but it didn’t last too long. The light scent of the spray was too light to leave a lasting effect and seemed to fade away after a few minutes. Maybe those with a preference for softer fragrance notes would enjoy this, but those who want a stronger scent may find it too mild to be effective.
For the lips, the Smoothing On Jelly Lip Balm I’m Shook PH Pink feels moisturizing and hydrating on the lips. It has pinkish tint that looks so natural.
The Smoothing On Jelly Lip Balm I Eat Rainbows For Breakfast Glittery Pink has a pinkish-red tint when applied on the lips.
The Smile Everyday Smoothing Lip Balm Hustle On Iridescent, on the other hand, smells like candy and offer a light sheen to the lips.
I like putting this on top of matte lip colors to add some shine. I love that they all don’t feel heavy on the lips but I wish they were more moisturizing.
These My Mood products were provided by @mymoodlondon. Available at boots.com
I have long wanted to try Erborian since I was introduced to the brand via videos from @gothamista. Thankfully Erborian gifted me the CC Creme + Primers Bundle.
This is my first CC cream so I really do not know what to expect. I know it stands for concealing and cover but I was surprised as to how much this concealed and covered.
I currently have a few pigmentations from healed blemishes on my cheeks and that was gone on my first application of the CC Creme. So did my dark circles and texture. I do not use concealer with this at all and I still look flawless.
It comes out gray in the tube which then turns into a skin-like shade once applied on the face. It also has a different slip compared to my foundation. The cream texture sort of feels like it mattifies once it’s applied. It’s just amazing really. I just wish it came with more shades as the shade Caramel is about three shades darker than my skin tone, it also has a yellow undertone that makes me look like I have an intense tan when I overdo my application.
This bundle also came with two primers. The Glow Crème Illuminating Primer has a lightweight and creamy consistency.
I like using this as an illuminator before applying foundation for the glow from within look.
Meanwhile, the Pink Perfect 4-in-1 Primer has the same lightweight consistency as the Glow Crème, but instead of highlighting and illuminating the skin, this one smooths, brightens, and blurs the complexion to minimize the appearance of pores and provide a radiant glow.
This primer gives me a soft-focus look on the skin, which I really like. It feels light and nourishing to the skin but it does a great job masking texture and providing a radiant complexion.
The Erborian CC Creme + Primers Bundle was provided by @Erborian_USA and #OctolyFamily.
When it comes to makeup, k-beauty brands are where I get the ‘my lips but better’ lip colors that are natural-looking and not drying. So, when I saw the am11 shade from Yulip, I know I wanted to try it.
Yulip was created when the founder was pregnant and was looking for a lip color that is made with natural ingredients. Their lipsticks are cruelty-free and are toxin-free, paraben-free, lead-free, gluten-free, chemical-free, and non-GMO. Instead, they are made of food-grade plant-based oils, organic beeswax, and shea butter to provide anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and soothing benefits.
These lipsticks feel creamy on the lips but it looks semi-matte. It can emphasize the lines on your lips so be wary if you have a lot. It does feel thicker than most lipsticks but I didn’t really mind because it stayed on longer than most as well. This isn’t one of those tints that compliment the color of your lips. This applies and covers as liquid lipstick would do without the dryness.
Iconic, a light pink beige with a peachy undertone, applies the exact color of the bullet. It takes about two solid swipes to completely cover my lips. I like how this brightens my face instead of making me look sick. Even without the dark eyes or bright cheeks, this works for my skin. AM11 is a burnt orange, deep coral color. It’s an everyday lip that looks bold enough if you want some color but not too much that it’s distracting. Angry Rose, a brick red, dried rose color with pink undertone, is good to use at night to deepen the look or in the morning if you want to be a bit bold.
The Yulip Lipsticks were provided by @yulipbeauty. Available for $26 at yulipbeauty.com