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

Makeup Review: Em Cosmetics Color Drops Serum Blush

I have taken a penchant for liquid blushes so I was really excited when Em Cosmetics released their Color Drops Serum Blush ($25). I got the shades Pink Nectar, which is a watermelon pink, and Rose Milk, a blush pink shade. The Color Drops Serum Blush promises to provide sheer buildable color that looks dewy and feels lightweight. The blush contain sacha inchi oil, squalene, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin e. They are also vegan, cruelty-free, and are made without gluten.

It has a dropper applicator, which can be a bit difficult to use from time to time. As advertised, the texture and consistency feel like a serum. It’s creamy and easy to blend but the dropper applicator sometimes makes it difficult to get the product out. I would prefer a pump applicator than a dropper, to be honest.

As for the color pay-off, the blushes are pigmented and the color inside the cute bottle is what shows up in the cheeks. Both colors also have a muted tone to it, which I think helps create the natural and subtle look I always go for. They also apply matte so it can go with whatever look I planned for.

Pink Nectar is light and creates bright and radiant looking blush while Rose Milk gives a good, natural-looking flush to my cheeks. I use Pink Nectar when I’m going for a dark lip color or a darker eye look while Rose Milk is good when I want my cheeks to be the focus of my makeup. Both apply dewy but amazingly enough, they don’t make my skin feel or look oilier than usual. They also last longer compared to the liquid blushes I’ve tried. When I go home after work, I still notice a slight flush on my cheeks.

The Em Cosmetics Color Drops Serum Blush was provided by @emcosmetics. Available at emcosmetics.com

Makeup Review: Lilah B Fall Picks

Into mauves and pinks at the moment so the fall picks from Lilah B came at the right time.

The Palette Perfection Eye Quad in b alluring ($58) has muted and deeper tones of pink and mauve perfect for a subtle sultry eye look. If I’m feeling funkier, I add the Glisten + Glow Skin Illuminator for more shimmer.

The Divine Duo Lip & Cheek in b charming ($46) is a mauve shade that applies like a light tint on my lips. I sometimes apply this on my eye for a dewy lid, in combination with the eye quad.

The Virtuous Veil Concealer & Eye Primer in b bright ($44), however, is a favorite because it brightens up my under eyes. This is too creamy for me as a primer but it’s just right as an undereye concealer. I have extremely dark under eyes and the undertone of this one is enough to cover the dark hallows. I also apply this around my nose to cancel redness.

Of course, since they’re in that signature pebble packaging, I can bring them anywhere and reapply.

The Lilah B Fall Picks were provided by @lilahb. Available at lilahbeauty.com

Makeup Review: Lancome Blush Subtil and Matte Shaker Liquid Lip

Really been into exploring colors lately, especially the products that Lancome gifted me.

I never go out of the house without blush because if I do, people will ask me if I’m okay. This has happened more times than I’d like to count. The Blush Subtil from Lancome is a powder blush that feels soft on the skin. It’s pigmented and I like the shades Blush 4 U as it gives me a bright flush and Shimmer Mocha Havana because it works as a subtle bronzer with a slight sheer for my skin tone. Though I prefer cream blushes, this is a good option for touch-ups.

If I can only describe the Matte Shaker Liquid Lip from Lancome in one word, it would be flirty. I haven’t tried the original shaker but this one feels like a watery tint with more pigmentation. It takes a bit of time to dry however, I like how this doesn’t dry out my lips. It also feels light when as it dries, it doesn’t feel like most liquid lips though. I especially enjoy the cushion sponge applicator because it provides that gradient look I always go for. I have gripes on its staying power though because it doesn’t last even after one drink. I have to touch up and thankfully it’s so small. The shade Beige Vintage is a nude that’s exactly my lip color and Dark Fiction is great for nights out.

The Lancome Blush Subtil and Matte Shaker Liquid Lip was provided by Octoly.

#Lancomegiftedme @lancome #OctolyFamily @lancomeofficial

Cult Favorite: Kosas Cosmetics High Intensity Color and Light Palette

It’s no secret that I love Kosas. Even before I received PR from them, I have been buying their products with my own money. I started with Stardust Weightless Lipcolor and even reviewed and raved about it. Over time, I have built on my Kosas stash, even having their other shades of lip colors and using their Color & Light Palettes every day.

I love cream makeup products so, I bought 8th Muse as soon as it came out a few years ago. As expected, it’s the perfect rosy glow for my skin. It’s a subtle blush that is good for daytime, giving you a brighter and rosier complexion. It’s not a question that 8th Muse High Intensity is the first shade I tried when I received the Color & Light High Intensity palettes.

High Intensity are the super pigmentations versions of their blush and highlighter duos, which is actually great because from time to time, I actually enjoy a strong punch of color in my cheeks.

When kosas said high intensity, they weren’t kidding. With the old cream blush and highlight duo, I have to dab my brush a couple of times to get the color that suits my skin. Out of habit, I did that with the High Intensity Cream Duos and wow, I have to really spread the product out.

These duos are strong and really pigmented. I always love the creamy consistency of their blushes and highlighters so this is an easy love for me. Despite the new pigmentation formula, the creaminess and the ability for these duos to look natural on the skin never changed. I’m just really happy about it.

Of course, 8th Muse High Intensity has become a mainstay in my makeup routine before going to work, for a deeper pink blush and a rosier glow. I also enjoyed using Velvet Melon High Intensity since I’ve been into peachy looks lately.

However, as someone who has and cream/liquid blush bias, I only have the original Longitude Zero, a pink rose powder blush and highlighter duo, that I like to use if I know my day is going to be longer than usual.

The shades of all the powders are a couple of tones higher. It’s especially noticeable in Longitude Zero because the highlighter in Longitude Zero High Intensity is pinker and, like all the powder duos, a tad deeper than the original.

Both still offer shades that I think works for a variety of skin tones, the powder finish is still the same, and the blendability is still similar to the original.

The Kosas High Intensity Color & Light Palette were provided by Kosas. Available for $34 each at kosas.com