Brand Overview: Onomie Beauty

Every morning, I would rather use hydrating products than a moisturizer that can either make my face oilier or clog it or both. These are the products from Onomie that I’m currently playing around with.

A not so new addition to my #morningroutine, the Powerful Priming Serum ($50) promises to be an antioxidant-packed #serum and makeup #primer in one. It contains blackjack botanical and willow bark extract to smoothen and moisturize, daisy flower extract and vitamin c to brighten and improve texture, and chaparral to even the skin tone.

Using it again, it’s still as good as I remembered. It’s creamy, it sinks in quickly, and it leaves the skin satiny. It has a serum texture with a yellowish color that contains tiny flecks. On first look, it looks like something someone with oily skin would stay away from.

When applied, however, there’s no trace of the glittery mess, just a luminous effect to the skin. A glow from within look that is badly needed on days I feel sluggish. It also minimizes the redness around my nose, cheeks, and forehead. I really enjoy using it under makeup every morning as I don’t get extra oily in the afternoon, despite the other reviews I’ve read about this saying so, fortunately. I use a mattifying primer when I have to stay out until the evening but use it alone for every day. It helps smooth, brighten, and moisturize my skin.

My eye area has always been a challenge. I have a god-given eyeshadow, oily lids, and extremely dark and dry under eye circles. Add to that the lines that are forming under and on the corner of my eyes and it’s just a sad party. I once got rid of them. Well, not me, but the makeup artist on my wedding and it took minutes of baking. I can’t always do that but I’m always on the lookout for products that can help without taking too much of my time.

The Bright Concealing Elixir ($30) is a welcome addition to my stash. Concealers are my second most bought makeup product next to lip colors.

Free of fragrance, parabens, alcohol, and phthalates, this #concealer is creamy enough to spread around and doesn’t feel tacky. It may come in a small package but a drop of product goes a long way. It doesn’t gather around my fine lines, which isn’t an easy feat as I’ve had many concealers create lines where they don’t exist.

It claims to be full-coverage but for me, it only has medium coverage plus the ability to brighten. I also like that it has vitamins B, C, D, E, and K. This is enough as a daily concealer but would need to be built on if I’m trying to cover the fact that I only had three hours of sleep.

The A.C.E Illuminating Eye Treatment ($40), on the other hand, is both a #highlighter and an #eyecream. A.C.E. is the vitamins in the product for anti-aging, moisture, and brightening.

This has a soft emulsion-like texture and has a fine shimmer. It acts as a brightener and a reflector, which makes me look alive, like I didn’t stay up all night to watch reruns of The Office. As for its actual brightening effect, my dark under eye circles lightened a bit and the fine lines on the corner of my eyes are somewhat managed. I like to put this on before my concealer to brighten. I also sometimes use this as a highlighter under my brows because of its light but vibrant sheen.

They also have the Brilliant Blending Sponge ($5), made free from latex, for blending the concealer and highlighter. The pointed end can be used on the corner of the eyes and the rounded end can be used under the eyes or the high points of the cheeks. The #blendingsponge is a bit harder than the other blending sponges I have but I like it that way because it makes patting the concealer easier. Perfect for applying makeup that requires precision, it also helps in blending my highlighter, especially when you go a bit overboard with liquid and cream ones. It gives me more control when getting in the nooks and crannies of my face.

The AHA! Perfecting Setting Powder ($30) contains lactic acid for hydration and exfoliation, peptides for collagen boosting, and vitamin c to block free radicals, even skin tone, and smooth fine lines.

This is a finely-milled #settingpowder that feels luxurious on the skin. Even for my medium toned skin, this disappears and doesn’t give a white cast at all. I love the packaging because, for someone with oily skin, retouching is a must and this is easy to lug around without any fear of the powder spilling on my bag. It helps sets concealer and mattify the oily parts of my face.

I first wore this on a warm day and I was surprised that the whole day I didn’t feel the need to blot. Yes, my skin is not as matte as it was that morning but my t-zone doesn’t look shiny at all. I’m amazed as to how this hydrated my skin. It worked well even with my foundation that has a radiant finish. I like using this all over my face, especially on the areas I applied concealer on. It doesn’t make me look like I applied powder on, honestly. This is a revelation for me because I am not a fan of applying powder on my face but this made me a convert.

As a final step, the Radical Setting Mist ($30) aims to refresh and replenish while leaving a glowy and dewy finish using rosewater, extracts of algae, blackberry, calendula, and chamomile extracts, and moringa seed oil. It gives a light and fine mist that instantly refreshes the skin. It feels lightweight, gentle, and most especially, it doesn’t sting. It helps set everyday makeup but I find a better use for this as a refresher in the middle of the afternoon after being stuck in an air-conditioned room or under the sun for a long period of time, like other face mists.

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

I have repeatedly professed my love for cream and liquid blushes despite my oilyskin – they are blendable, easy to apply and reapply, and they look more natural. That’s why I never saw a #creamblush that didn’t interest me. So, when Onomie sent over some of their products, the Boosting Lip + Cheek Stick is the first product I picked up.

This lip and cheek stick is formulated as a hydrating, plumping balm promising a healthy, natural glow. It contains spilanthes acmella flower extract and caprylic to hydrate and smooth, cacay oil to improve skin’s texture and radiance, sunflower seed oil to tighten and protect, and shea butter to soften the skin.

As claimed, this has a balmy texture. It applies creamy on the cheeks and but its sheen is more noticeable when applied on the lips. I also apply this on my eyes for a glossy look. This has a smooth and soft glide that can be buffed and blended with your fingers or the Cheeky Blending Brush ($10). Despite the balmy texture, the pigmentation of these sticks a good and colors stays true to the packaging and the colors are also buildable and blendable. As a blush, the color stays on for about 5 hours, and before drinks or food as a #lipbalm. It’s available in 6 shades that I think would have something to offer for a lot of skin tones.

⁃ Tamar is wine colored and it suits my skin tone. It creates a natural flush on my cheeks and a subtle tint to my lips.

⁃ Cruz is a berry shade and provides a deeper flush if that’s what you’re going for during the day.

⁃ Nightingale is nude and works as a subtle bronzer on my skin. I also like blending this with the other bright colored sticks to deepen or add definition.

⁃ Caria is a pink nude that brightens the entire face and looks great on me if I’m just doing a quick simple makeup. This just brightens my face.

⁃ Aquitaine is an orchid color that looks a bit weird to me because of its purple tone but blends well with my medium skin tone. It provides a subtle blush and gives off a darker lip tone.

⁃ Rani is a toasted papaya shade for a sun-kissed look.

#skinwhimsreview Onomie Boosting Lip + Cheek Stick

This product was provided by @onomie. Available for $30 at onomie.com

Skincare Review: Murad Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum and Vita-C Eyes Dark Circle Corrector

I’m a vitamin c fan so I am happy to see a lot of vitamin c-focused products. Newly launched from Murad is the Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum and Vita-C Eyes Dark Circle Corrector – both gold-stabilized (for enhanced stability, efficacy and potency) and promising healthier and brighter skin.

Containing vitamin c and glycolic acid, two ingredients that my skin loves, the Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum aims to protect, brighten, and combat dullness. First off, the serum looks metallic. It has a creamy consistency and it feels light and nourishing on the skin. It spreads thinly and sinks in quickly, leaving a plump surface. It does have a tingling sensation seconds after application, which I didn’t really mind. I like that it virtually doesn’t smell like anything. After a couple of weeks , I can see how it brightened my skin and left it looking plump and soft. I do not have grave skin problems right now, which I’m thankful for, but I do need to protect and maintain it that’s why I like products like this to help me.

Similar to the serum, the Vita-C Eyes Dark Circle Corrector glistens and is light-reflecting. It uses gold-stabilized vitamin c, red and brown algae extracts, light-reflecting micro-minerals, and cucumber extracts to protect, de-puff, soothe, brighten, and hydrate the eye area. The glowing cream spreads thinly on the eye area and feels hydrating on my dry under eyes. A little goes a long way on this one. A couple of dots cover both areas and still leave a creamy finish. It prevents my eye area from feeling too dry. It also leaves a bit of tingling but not as strong and as long as the serum does. I will have to use this more to see it’s brightening effects but the light-reflecting particles help cover my dark undereye circles when I use it in the morning. It also hydrates and keeps my eye area from feeling and looking dry.

The Murad Vita-C Glycolic Brightening Serum and Vita-C Eyes Dark Circle Corrector were provided by @collectively and @muradskincare. Available at @muradskincare, @sephora, and @ultabeauty

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Skincare Review: Hanskin Hyaluron Bubble Pop Cleanser and the Hyaluron Eye Serum

New from the Hyaluron line of Hanskin is the Hyaluron Bubble Pop Cleanser and the Hyaluron Eye Serum both promising to hydrate the skin.

The Hyaluron Bubble Pop Cleanser uses sodium hyaluronate, hydrolyzed hyaluronic acid, and soap bark extract to draw water into the skin while plumping, hydrating, and moisturizing it. A liquid cleanser from the packaging, it pumps a foamy face wash that feels gentle on the skin. I prefer cleansing foams so I enjoyed using this. However, this leaves a thin film after rinsing.

Using irish moss extract, sodium hyaluronate, and sugarcane extract, the Hyaluron Eye Serum aims to plump and hydrate the skin. This eye cream has a metal applicator, which has a cooling sensation. It helps depuff the eye area. I have not seen its effect on fine lines but it does hydrate my dry under eyes and helps prevent my lids from getting oily. I like to use this in the morning, especially when I’m applying eye makeup as this helps keep it longer. This is one of the eye creams that doesn’t leave my under eyes dry and my lids slick.

The Hanskin Hyaluron Bubble Pop Cleanser and the Hyaluron Eye Serum were provided by @hanskin. Available at ulta.com

Skincare Review: Farmacy Beauty Cheer Up

New from the Cherry family of Farmacy Beauty, Cheer Up, a brightening eye cream that uses vitamin c from acerola cherry, hyaluronic acid, sacha inchi peptide, and caffeine. Aside from brightening, it also aims to firm, smooth, hydrate, and rejuvenate the eye area.

Cheer Up has a bouncy gel-like texture that is fun to touch. It’s like a soft frosting to cakes. It applies like a thin cream but it feels moisturizing to the skin, especially to my dry eye area. After almost a month of using this, I noticed how this keeps my skin from feeling too dry. It’s also plumping and it does help brighten the eye area. My eye area are natural dark and I have long given up on eradicating the dark circles under my eyes but this does help at least provide a bit of radiance.

The Farmacy Beauty Cheer Up was provided by @farmacybeauty. Available for $45 at farmacybeauty.com

Skincare Review: Bliss Bright Idea Collection

Powered by Vitamin C and Tri-peptide, the new Bright Idea collection from Bliss promises to brighten, plump, and hydrate the skin while boosting its natural elasticity.

The Bright Idea Serum ($27) also contains licorice root extract and glycerin to smooth and calm the skin while protecting it from free radicals. I really enjoy the light and airy consistency of Bliss serums. Like their other serums, this sinks in and leaves a silky finish to the skin after application. Compared to other vitamin c serums, this doesn’t only brighten the skin, it also feels hydrating on the skin.

To smooth, protect, brighten, and revive the eye area, Bright Idea Eye Cream ($24) also contains licorice root extract. This is my first Bliss eye cream. It has a light but creamy to the feel to the skin, which works well with my dry eye area. It feels moisturizing and it sinks in beautifully. A small amount goes a long way and it’s extremely nourishing.

The Bright Idea Moisturizer ($24) also uses green tea extract and plant-derived carbohydrate complex to reinforce the skin’s natural defenses against free radical damage while hydrating the skin. This is really creamy but it feels lightweight once massaged onto the skin. It also has this slightly cooling sensation as you massage it to the skin and it leaves a satin finish.

I like using products with Vitamin C in the mornings and while I have no problems using the Serum and Eye Cream, I found the Moisturizer’s consistency heavier than I would prefer, especially since it’s so warm and humid these days. I have also been reviewing a lot of products with vitamin c and peptides and these products are definitely in the more inexpensive price range so, these are a good option for those looking for brightening, plumping, and hydrating products.

The Bliss Bright Idea Serum, Eye Cream, and Moisturizer were provided by @bliss. Available at blissworld.com