Selfcare wise, I’ve been enjoying having the time to focus on applying and reapplying lip balms. I’m okay with the application part, it’s the reapplying that I used to have a hard time reminding myself. My lips are not that dry, to begin with so forgetting is easy. Not saying it should stay that way. It’s just so easy to forget.
Now that I’m working from home, I have the luxury of reminding myself. While working, I’ve been using the Jelly Glaze Anytime Lip Mask from Tarte Cosmetics. These lip masks promise to hydrate and smooth the lips while offering a sheer tint. It uses squalane, hyaluronic acid, marine plant extracts, and a blend of avocado, jojoba argan oils.
I haven’t been wearing makeup everyday especially if I don’t have online meetings to attend to. If I do I just put brow makeup and one of the Jelly Glaze Anytime Lip Masks to add a bit of color and shine to make me look alive and not all nap-ready. They have the shades Strawberry (sheer pink), Grapefruit (sheer coral), and Toasted Coconut (sheer nude), which applies really sheer. I like Strawberry as the pink tint works for my lips.
These Lip Masks are pretty hydrating and moisturizing. I like about these lip masks because they apply thinly on the lips and it actually feels lightweight. It’s how I prefer my lip products because I do not like feeling something sitting on top of my lips while I work. It makes me want to eat, I don’t know why. I also like that even though they look slightly glossy, they don’t feel sticky. They claim to work both day and night but I usually use these in the morning as I prefer something much thicker at night. They also keep me from wetting my lips constantly, which prevents them from drying.
The Tarte Jelly Glaze Anytime Lip Mask were provided by @tarte. Available at tartecosmetics.com
I’m still one of those people who’s more comfortable using a brush to create the base of my makeup. However, I turn to makeup sponges/blenders if I want to use a full coverage foundation that will last for as long as I needed it to.
I have been using the Rose WTR and Splash Beauty Sponge from My Splash Care. Meant to be used together, the Rose WTR contains aloe leaf juice, rosa damascena, witch hazel, and chamomile to hydrate, soothe, and calm the skin. I spray this on the Splash Beauty Sponge before dabbing it on my foundation. The sponger promises to be latex and odor-free and easy to clean while offering to give a natural makeup look. It also claims to contain vitamin e to keep it from drying out.
As with most rose-scent products, the Rose WTR has a rosy smell that’s subtle. It can also be used as a finishing spray and it feels hydrating to the skin. However, I need more hydration when it comes to oily skin so I need to apply other hydrating products when I use this. The Splash Beauty Sponge is a bit hard and rough for my liking. This absorbs more product than most sponges and I also found it a bit difficult to clean. As a preference, I like my blenders and sponges a bit bouncy so it’s easy to apply foundation and so it’s easy to clean.
The My Splash Care Rose WTR and Splash Beauty Sponge were provided by @mysplashcare . Available at mysplashcare.com
I’ve currently been using the Super Serum Skin Tint from Ilia Beauty. It has SPF 40, which totally works for me. The skin tint is also formulated with a blend of hyaluronic acids, squalene, and niacinamide to even, hydrate, and plump the skin, soften fine lines and imperfections, and boost antioxidant effectiveness. It’s also oil-free and silicone-free.
I’m honestly surprised to find this not oily at all. it feels creamy but it applies thinly on the skin and provides enough coverage. When I mean enough, I mean this was able to lightly cover up discoloration and redness. Not everything but enough to make me look like I care. It doesn’t blur pores and texture but it just gives me healthy-looking and plump complexion. I also like that this doesn’t feel like it’s sitting on top of your face. Instead, it just leaves a slightly silky texture.
I like applying this is with the damp sponge and I like how this evenly blends well into the skin easily, without any streaking or pilling. I didn’t have any problems combining this with other creamy products like the Liquid Light, Color Haze, and Multi-Stick. This is what I use whenever I want to go for that natural dewy look.
The Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint was provided by @iliabeauty and @purplepr. Available at iliabeauty.com
The first time I saw the Air Heart Lightweight Natural Finish Lipstick from Kaja, it immediately intrigued me. It’s heart-shaped. I mean yes, it’s cute, but is it usable?
This lipstick promises to not only look cute on your shelf, but it also claims to have an air-light, cushiony formula that is pigmented and lightweight on the lips. I have the shades 01 Sweetheart (pale pink), 03 Ride or Die (dusty mauve), 04 Bae (rich mahogany), and 05 Sprung (nude rose).
They feel light and airy when applied. They have a satin-like feeling to them once you put them on your lips. I love the colors they sent over because they suit my skin tone well. I can apply this by swiping if I want to get the full color, which actually surprised me. Looking at the matte packaging, I expected a more muted version of the shades advertised but they are brighter and deeper when applied to my lips. I also apply these by gently dabbing them on my lips for a blurred look. I like 01 Sweetheart for some light color and 04 Bae if I want to have a darker look.
I thought the heart-shaped end would make the application difficult but it didn’t. The corners actually help me, especially in my cupid’s bow. The finish is indeed airy but the product feels creamy on the lips. They’re able to cover discoloration as the pigmentation on my lips is strong. They also don’t settle on the texture of my lips but they kind of feel like they’re sitting on top of it. However, if you blot, the color is still there but it dries to a matte finish. As a matter of preference, I blot after applying them because they look more natural that way.
What I like about them is that they are not drying at all. I think because of how they sit on the lips and the formulation, they don’t feel like they are sucking the life out of my lips.
The Kaja Air Heart Lightweight Natural Finish Lipstick was provided by @kaja.
Trestique reformulated their Shadow Crayons, which now promises to be more blendable, more flattering, and longer-lasting.
These stick eyeshadows come with a brush at the other end, as expected of Trestique products. These shadows in pen-shaped packaging can fit the thinnest and smallest clutches, making retouching or actual eyeshadow application quick and easy. The actual eyeshadows are sturdier than other stick eyeshadows I’ve dried. I found that if you need to blend this, it needs to be done urgently to avoid streaking. It feels smooth on the lids, though. I prefer using a softer brush instead of the densely packed brush the shadow came with. I’m able to blend the color easier with a softer and less dense brush. All colors have a shimmer finish to them.
Venetian gives a gold shimmer than can be used to highlight below the brows and in the corner of your eyes. Morimoto is a pink pearl, which works for a light eye look. The darker shade Kona (bronze), Aspen (earthy green), Tahitian (taupe), and Burgundy (burgundy wine) are for when you want depth in your eye looks. I like to use Kona and Venetian together. I use Kona all over the lid and Venetian on the corner of my eyes to provide color in my everyday look. I sometimes even use Kona as an eyeliner.
These are extremely pigmented. The application literally feels like your applying crayon on your lids because they are sturdy. I didn’t mind it that much but if you’re into complicated eye looks that require a lot of blending, these might be too dense for you. If you do simple, fuss-free eye looks, you would have an easier time. I also like how long-lasting these shadows are. Even without an eyeshadow primer and with my oily lids, these stay on the whole day.
These shadows are also vegan, cruelty-free, and are made without paraben, gluten, and synthetic fragrance.
The Trestique Color + Blend Shadow Crayons were provided by @trestique. Available for $24 each at trestique.com