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: 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: Trestique Tinted Face Stick and Concealer Crayon

As a person who will sacrifice food, looking alive, and being on time for sleep, the need for quick fixes and fool-proof products is as important as door-to-door delivery of anything and everything.

That’s how I met Trestique, a brand who aims to create makeup that is simple, no-fuss, long-lasting, and time-saving. Their products all have a magnetic seal to avoid accidents inside your purse and all products come with its own applicator so, you don’t have to bring brushes or sponges. The products are also cruelty-free and free of synthetic fragrances, D5, petrochemicals, and talc.

Their Tinted Face Stick ($30) promises to be a cream-gel tinted moisturizer for that no-makeup makeup look. It has a sheer to medium, buildable coverage and contains coconut oil to hydrate the skin. I love how this applies – it’s sheer and a bit powdery but doesn’t appear matte and I can build on the coverage and get it to medium coverage on areas I need to in order to even my complexion. I have the shade, Tulum Nude, and it suits my skin tone perfectly. It applies thinly and feels lightweight but the actual product is a bit sturdy. It can be quickly buffed with the sponge applicator it came with or blended. I found out, however, that this applies like second skin when you mist beforehand or wet the applicator. It also stays on longer. It’s not matte and full coverage so, I will still need to reapply after about four hours because I will have a shiny t-zone after a few hours but the actual product makes it easier to do that.

The Concealer Crayon ($24) is a gel-like cream concealer that promises to be long-lasting and be flexible in terms of coverage. It’s huge and pencil like and the actual product is as sturdy as the foundation. It’s also best blended with the applicator it came with. It tried using a brush with this one and I found that it wasn’t able to blend the concealer as smoothly. Those who are not fans of applying makeup with have an easy time using this because the pencil-size is easy to grip making blending easy. However, it’s not as long-lasting as I would like and I noticed that this doesn’t blend as smooth if my under-eye area isn’t moisturized. I stay in an air-conditioned room most of the day and when my eye area dries up, the concealer would crease or settle on the lines in that area. If I’m having a good eye day, though, this will stay on and not emphasize the lines under my eyes.

The Trestique Tinted Face Stick and Concealer Crayon were provided by @trestique. Available at trestique.com

Cult Favorite: First Aid Beauty Hello Fab Bendy Avocado Concealer

I saw the First Aid Beauty Hello Fab Bendy Avocado Concealer from Samantha Ravndahl and yes, I was influenced to try this. As someone who has dark circles under dry skin and the occasional dark spot under oily skin, I’m always on the search for a concealer that will be light, easy to use, and would work for both skin types and concerns

The #hellofab Bendy Avocado Concealer promises to be a full-coverage, buildable concealer that has a natural, luminous finish. It claims to stretch and bend with the skin’s movements throughout the day so it never cracks, creases, cakes or settles into fine lines. It contains avocado oil, vitamin e, and mushroom extracts to help hydrate, condition, and soothe while caffeine to diminish the appearance of undereye puffiness and dark circles.

I have the shade Medium and this #concealer is lightweight and easy to blend but packs a punch. It has a thin almost watery texture instead of the foundation-like and creamy consistency I usually get with most concealers. That was an instant like for me because it looks natural while slightly covering my dark spots and dark circles. First application provides medium coverage but can be buildable to achieve a fuller one.

It dries thinly on the skin and I literally do not feel like I have concealer on. What’s more, it doesn’t gather on the lines under my eyes and stays on for hours when I set it with powder. I get why people love this and I’m so happy to have gotten to try yet another concealer that works for my type of coverage and my type of laziness. This is my first First Aid Beauty product and I can’t wait to try more. Thank you @ssssamanthaa for opening my world to this.

The First Aid Beauty Hello Fab Bendy Avocado Concealer, Medium, was provided by @firstaidbeauty and @octoly . Available for $22 at firstaidbeauty.com #octolyfamily

Brand Overview: Salty Girl Beauty

Organic and Natural, #saltygirlbeauty offers #beautyproducts that are nourishing while supporting a bigger cause. The brand gives back to Foundation4Love, which provide gestures, something as simple as dinner or transportation, that may help relieve some of the stress and worry for people experiencing a cancer diagnosis.

The Skin Perfecting Concealer, Amanda ($24) promises to nourish, hydrate, and provide coverage using organic coconut, jojoba seed, castor seed oil, and cocoa seed butter. It feels a bit stiff but I like it. The color of this #concealer is close to my skin tone and I like applying this to some pesky dark spots that I have. The medium coverage lasts for about half a day. It comes with a small mirror inside that makes it an ‘On the go’ concealer so you can easily retouch. It can feel a bit tacky and thick for some with oily skin like me, so it is necessary to put a powder after applying.

For a rosy complexion, Multi-stick in Ali ($25) is a sheer, natural-looking flush using natural, vegan, and gluten-free ingredients. It applies matte and feels velvety when applied to the skin. It has a coral pink hue that freshens up the skin and for me, this is best worn during the day. It’s best applied over a foundation with a silky or dewy finish for the healthy look. I like that this is buildable and blendable – can range from subtle to full on rosy cheeks in 3 swipes. My only gripe with this is it doesn’t last long on my oily skin so you have to keep reapplying every 3 hours.

The Lipstick in Ryan ($28) is a matte rose/coral shade that uses jojoba, avocado, and coconut oils to nourish and moisturize the lips. It also uses naturally derived organic butters like mango, cocoa, and cupuacu to soothe, hydrate, and help heal dry lips & improve elasticity. This looks more coral on the site but looks really nude on the tube. It’s creamy and has a bit of gloss when applied. The #lipstick is super nude, almost beige on my lips. It doesn’t blend with the skin but stays on top of the lips, which I don’t like. It’s non-drying and non-sticky though so, that’s a plus.

Overall, this natural #makeup products are meant for those on-the-go and likes a simple, natural look for everyday. That’s honestly how I would describe their products, natural and simple.

These products were provided by @saltygirlbeauty for review. Available at saltygirlbeauty.com