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: Ilia Necessary Eyeshadow Palette in Cool Nude and Clean Line Liquid Liner in Midnight Express

I don’t really do complicated eye looks because I suck at it but the Necessary Eyeshadow Palette in Cool Nude ($38) from Ilia just looks so gorgeous.

I just love the color story. It has the pinks that I love combined with muted mauves and browns. The shades can be used day or night. The shadows themselves are powdery but feel creamier as applied.

I always use the shade Undo, a matte nude, as a base. The shades Teardrop, a soft lavender gray, and Just, a slate brown, is what I like to use during the day. The shades are all matte and pigmented enough to create a light smokey eye for a subtle yet deeper eye look. I sometimes add Infinity, a taupe bronze, if I want to add some shimmer. For going out at night, I add Overcome, a deep burgundy to deepen the smokey eye look. If I’m feeling festive, I add Unravel, a dark violet shade with a tonal shift, that just looks amazing in the eye because of how it changes color depending on the lighting.

I also like that the compact is small enough to bring everywhere for retouches. It also has a mirror that I use for touch-ups.

To be honest, I am not friends with liquid eyeliners. I am not that good with eye makeup. I couldn’t apply an even cat eye, even a minor wing, to save my life. So, I have very low hopes when I used the Clean Line Liquid Liner in Midnight Express ($28). It has a felt tip and the liner is super black, which I like. It’s easy enough to apply and that’s saying a lot for someone who prefers pencils. I have yet to master an even application but the thin felt tip really helps.

The Ilia Necessary Eyeshadow Palette in Cool Nude and Clean Line Liquid Liner in Midnight Express were provided by @iliabeauty . Available at iliabeauty.com

Makeup Review: Kosas Cosmetics 10-Second Eyeshadow Game Changer Set

I honestly love the 10-Second Eyeshadow from Kosas Cosmetics. For someone who isn’t confident about her eye makeup skills, that’s saying a lot.

These water-based eyeshadows promise to have a fast-drying and crease-resistant formula that offers the high-impact color that stays all day. It’s made with apricot kernel seed oil, rosehip seed oil, jojoba seed oil and are formulated without parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, propylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, and synthetic fragrance.

It’s watery making it easy to apply. You have to act quick, though. As claimed, this is best applied with your fingers and it honestly feels like I’m playing with watercolor while applying them on my eyes. I tried using a brush with this one and found it easier to control using my fingers.

It’s really pigmented and the color on its doe-foot applicator is what transfers to my lids save for Waterfall, which looks a silvery-white shade on my eyes. Compared to other liquid eyeshadows, I like this better because it’s not creamy, it’s not messy, and it’s foolproof. It really works for someone who doesn’t do elaborate eye makeup like me.

I also like the finish. The slight sheen makes it look like I made more effort in the morning. It doesn’t look like I just swiped an eyeshadow once so as not to eat too much of my time. The sheen provides dimension so my simple eye looks and it doesn’t look flat. My favorites are Fahrenheit, a burgundy shade, and Supreme, a glittery gold shade that works on top of all the eyeshadows.

The Kosas Cosmetics 10-Second Eyeshadow Game Changer Set were provided by @kosascosmetics. Available individually at $28 or as a set for $160 at kosas.com

Makeup Review: Lancôme Ombre Hypnôse Stylo Shadow Stick Matte Metallics and L’Absolu Lip Lacquer

I have always gone for neutral shades but it’s nice to kick it up a little from time to time so it was fun when Lancôme gifted me their Ombre Hypnôse Stylo Shadow Stick Matte Metallics and L’Absolu Lip Lacquer.

The Ombre Hypnose Stylo Eye Shadow Stick promises to be a creamy and pigmented eyeshadow stick and liner that can last up to 24 hours. It also comes with a self-sharpener so it’s easy to sharpen and polish even when you’re on the go. I have the shades 26 Or Rose, 27 Bronze, 28 Rubis, 30 Amethyste, 31 Blue Chrome, 32 Onyx, and 34 Monogold.

Shadow sticks, like all other makeup sticks, are an instant like in my book. They are easy to carry around, can be disguised as a pen or a pill box or whatever I wanted to lie about, and are basically foolproof. These eyeshadows sticks look and feel creamy but don’t let that make you lazy. These sticks stick. I took my time the first time as I usually know shadows like this can be blended even after I drink my morning coffee but no, I was only able to blend the edges a bit. I was smarter the second time. I usually go for Rubis and Onyx but add some colored liner if I’m feeling funky. Since it sticks, it lasts longer than most sticks as well, even without a primer and that’s rare for my oily lids. I have a bunch stored in my office for when I’m feeling bored or when I have a fun dinner to go to afterward.

Adding to my very small gloss collection, the L’Absolu Lip Lacquer aims to deliver comfort, shine, pigment, and lasting power. I have the shades 468 Rose Revolution, 168 Rose Rouge, 328 Smile & Shine, 193 Rose Talisman, 306 Infra – Rose, 492 Celebration, 515 Be Happy.

This delivers the lacquer gloss promise. They are all sticky but in a balmy way. I also like that it only gives the right amount of shine. Being a teenager in the early 00s, I have seen the same shine from glosses we have reserved now for highlighters so, those in my age will know what I’m talking about. The level of shine and stickiness is something I would like to leave behind. This doesn’t do that, thankfully. Infra-Rose is nude for me with a subtle pink hue and the Rose Rouge is a deep color I like using for nights out. These shades are long-lasting, a few drinks won’t wipe this off, and they feel moisturizing even after the gloss is wiped out by my food from lunch.

The Lancôme Ombre Hypnôse Stylo Shadow Stick Matte Metallics and L’Absolu Lip Lacquer were provided by @LancomeOfficial and @octoly. Available at lancome-usa.com

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