2019 Skincare Favorites

As you know, I love cleansing and these are the new cleanser I’ve added to my favorites.

Sekkisei treatment cleansing oil – I’m usually a balm person but this cleansing oil feels nourishing and gentle on the skin.

Youth to the People superfood cleanser – I love cleansing foams but this is just on a league of its own. it’s watery but foams, it smells great, and it feels so good on the skin.

Then I Met You living cleansing balm and soothing tea cleansing gel – this is just a very nourishing duo. it does the job of cleansing the skin while refreshing and nourishing the skin.

Ole Henriksen phat glow facial – this zaps my blemishes and gives my skin a ridiculous glow the morning after

Korres hydra-biome – this came in at the latter part of the year and I have barely a few months trying this but it’s just so good. It plumps, brightens, and improves my skin overall. Love it. Love it.

Youth to the People 11% AHA exfoliation power toner – this is strong on the skin but it does give stellar results of glowing and clear skin.

Whalmyung skin elixir – my go-to hydrating toner this year

Peach and Lily the good acids pore toner – gentle and good for daily use, this toner doesn’t just brighten the skin. It nourishes them too

Then I Met You birch milk refining toner and the giving essence – if you haven’t noticed I love @charlottejcho for giving me TIMY products this year. This duo are gentle and nourishing but not only that but they also plump and brighten the skin in the long run. I always recommend these for those who have sensitive skin or those who are just building up their skincare routine

Farmacy Beauty very cherry bright – with a heavier texture, I use this brightening serum when my skin is feeling dehydrated

Peach and Lily glass skin serum – this just makes my skin look so damn good

Volition Beauty strawberry-c serum – another brightening serum, this is lightweight and gentle

Caudalie vinopure serum – my go-to serum when my skin is acting up

Korres wild rose spotless serum – yes, I love brightening serums. this one is watery and great before applying makeup

Bliss renew and smooth, glow and hydrate serums – amazed by this. they both have enjoyable texture and for the price, what they do to my skin js more than worth it.

Paula’s Choice power berry serum – a staple in my morning routine

Paula’s Choice antioxidant pore purifier – this just helps when my skin is irritated

Drunk Elephant a-passioni – this made me love retinol. It doesn’t sting, it doesn’t make my face red, and it has improved the overall texture and firmness of my skin

Wander Beauty do not disturb – this has retinoid and I love using this treatment when my skin is feeling dry and dull

Wander Beauty layover – my skin just drinks this in. it light yet so nourishing to the skin

Wander Beauty glow ahead – it calls itself a face oil but it doesn’t feel like it. It’s light and it doesn’t feel oily at all. I use this before applying SPF and makeup and it just a boost of radiance to my skin

First Aid Beauty retinol eye cream – see what I mean by loving retinol this year? I have it for my eyes as well.

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

Skincare Review: First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser, Facial Radiance Pads, Facial Radiance AHA Intensive Peel, Fab Skin Retinol Eye Cream with Triple Hyaluronic Acid

Textures from some products from First Aid Beauty that I’m playing around with.

On top is the Face Cleanser ($21), which has a creamy whipped texture that promises to calm, soothe, nourish, hydrate, and protect using aloe, allantoin, glycerin, and the brand’s FAB antioxidant booster (licorice root, feverfew, and white tea extracts).

This leaves my skin leaves my skin feeling supple and soft. It cleanses but doesn’t feeling tight so I like using this in the morning for a gentle cleanse.

Next is the Facial Radiance AHA Intensive Peel ($32) which combines lactic acid, salicylic acid, and mushroom enzyme to clear, smooth, and brighten the skin and improve its texture. It has a thin texture and a pasty consistency. It’s not that creamy but easily spreadable. It dries quickly and even though I usually just let this stay on my face for a minute, I got a tingling sensation afterward that lasted until after I finished my pm routine. The results are great though, it left my skin soft and smooth and I have a glowing skin the morning after.

The one in the bottom is the Fab Skin Retinol Eye Cream with Triple Hyaluronic Acid ($42). This eye cream aims to combat the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while smoothing and firming the eye area using microencapsulated retinol and tri-molecular weight hyaluronic acid. This feels light on the skin but it feels creamy and nourishing. It sinks in fairly quickly and due to its creamy consistency, a little goes a long way. This is my first time trying retinol on my eye and after more than a month of use, this has become my new go-to eye cream. It brightens the eye area. I have extremely dry under eyes and this hydrates them so well while keeping them plump and smooth.

They also sent the Facial Radiance Pads ($32) that uses lactic and glycolic acids to exfoliate, tone, and brighten the skin. It also has lemon peel, indian gooseberry, and the FAB Antioxidant Booster. I do not use peeling pads that often but this is handy when traveling. It feels gentle enough for the skin. Lactic and glycolic acids work well for my oily skin and just smoothes and brightens the skin.

The First Aid Beauty Face Cleanser, Facial Radiance Pads, Facial Radiance AHA Intensive Peel, Fab Skin Retinol Eye Cream with Triple Hyaluronic Acid were provided by @firstaidbeauty. Available at firstaidbeauty.com

Makeup Review: First Aid Beauty Hello Fab Pores Be Gone Matte Primer with Fig Extract, Hello Fab Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer, and Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer SPF30

First Aid Beauty sent me two primers and you bet your ass I tried the matte one first.

The Hello Fab Pores Be Gone Matte Primer with Fig Extract promises to be an oil-free, matte primer that blurs pores and grips makeup using, you guessed it, fig extract. It also contains nordihydroguaiaretic acid and oleanolic acid to control oil, salicylic acid to improve skin texture, and mineral silica for a soft-focus finish. This amazingly has a creamy texture, almost like a light moisturizer, but it applies thinly and mattifies the skin. It blurs pores subtly as well. I really like using this on warm days because it hydrates the skin and blurs texture at the same time. It’s not as matte or as blurring as my other primers but it’s good enough base for light everyday makeup.

A primer that aims to brighten, hydrate, and smooth the skin, the Hello Fab Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer ($28) uses coconut water, quinoa protein, and a blend of zinc, copper, magnesium, iron, silica. It also contains micro-pearls for a luminous look. Based on the description, it seems heavy but it’s not. It’s creamy, yes, but it feels light on the skin. It has a dewy finish so I like using this when I use an extremely matte foundation for a more natural look. I also reach for this on days when it’s colder because it provides that healthy look to my skin.

They also sent the Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer SPF30 ($28), which works to hydrate and soothe the skin while providing a luminous finish using colloidal oatmeal, hyaluronic acid, vitamin e, micro-pearls. I like how this has SPF but it feels a bit thick for my skin. True to its claim, it gives a luminous finish, which for my oily skin, takes a bit of getting used to. My face won’t feel greasy but it’s really luminous. I go for this on times when I want to look a beacon of light, which has its advantages, especially on days when I am looking dull and sallow.

I like how these products are all light and how much they advocate radiance to the skin, whether you prefer a moisturizing or a matte finish or you want SPF. I feel like there is something for everyone here. I still prefer the Hello Fab Pores Be Gone Matte Primer with Fig Extract over the Hello Fab Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer on a normal day but the Priming Moisturizer has its target audience. The Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer SPF30, on the other hand, are for days you want to protect and perfect your skin but still look like you had a good sleep the night before.

The First Aid Beauty Hello Fab Pores Be Gone Matte Primer with Fig Extract, Hello Fab Coconut Skin Smoothie Priming Moisturizer, and Ultra Repair Tinted Moisturizer SPF30

These products were provided by @firstaidbeauty. Available at firstaidbeauty.com

Skincare Review: First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser, Acne Clearing Charcoal Cleanser, Purifying Mask, and Acne Clearing Pads

Promising to provide skincare solutions that have long-lasting results, First Aid Beauty formulates their products without artificial colorants, artificial fragrances, parabens, ethanol, ethyl alcohol, denatured alcohol, methanol, n-butyl alcohol, isopropyl alcohol, sd alcohol, lanolin, propylene glycol, phthalates, mineral oil, petrolatum, formaldehyde, oxybenzone, coal tar, hydroquinone, triclosan, triclocarban, talc, and sulfates, among others. They sent over their products for oily skin types and I jumped right in and played with them.

They sent over two face cleansers, the Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay and the Skin Rescue Acne Clearing Charcoal Cleanser with Probiotics.

Both priced at $24, the Deep Cleanser with Red Clay helps draw out impurities, remove excess oil, and unclog pores using red clay, rosemary leaf oil, bisabolol, glycerin, and the Fab Antioxidant Booster, which is a blend of licorice root, feverfew, and white tea extracts. It’s always fun to try something new, which is a bit difficult when you get to try a lot of products, but this cleanser is it. I mean, it is red and it’s not every day you get to try a red cleanser. Surprisingly, it doesn’t feel severe or harsh. The gel texture this face cleanser has is gentle on the skin. It doesn’t leave my skin too dry or too stripped of oils so I like using this in the morning.

The Acne Clearing Charcoal Cleanser with Probiotics, on the other hand, aims to eliminate current and future acne breakouts, detoxify and purify pores, and boost the skin’s natural defenses with 2% salicylic acid, bentonite and kaolin clays, and yogurt extract. The texture of this one almost feels like a gel mask but easier to spread. I use this every other day to deeply cleanse my skin but that’s just a preference because my skin didn’t find the formula of this cleanser too severe. Both cleansers actually felt gentle on my oily skin.

To exfoliate, the Skin Rescue Purifying Mask with Red Clay ($30), is a 20-minute peel off mask that promises to purify the skin, reduce the appearance of pores, and control excess oil using red clay, rosemary leaf oil, glycerin, and the Fab Antioxidant Booster. I find it funny that the texture and smell of this mask are similar to a glue I used to play with when I was younger. It also doesn’t help that it has a red color. It always makes me smile whenever I use this. It tightens almost immediately and feels like it’s clinging onto the skin. It doesn’t hurt though, which is what usually happens with other masks. Somehow, this still feels gentle during and after application. I prefer exfoliating with wash-off masks though as it’s easier to apply and remove.

The Skin Rescue Acne Clearing Pads with White Clay ($30) helps treat and prevent acne, prevent breakouts, reduce oil, smooth skin texture, and brighten the skin with salicylic acid, kaolin clay, evermat, tea tree oil, and willowbark extract.

It’s been a while since I had a breakout so it took me some time to test this product. So as soon as I spotted a few bumps on my chin area, I immediately went for these pads. I don’t break out often, so I would only use this a few times a week or as needed and works great in preventing any future breakout. What I like about this product is that I’ve never experienced any dryness or peeling while on it. It softens the bumps on my face and leaves my skin incredibly smooth.

The First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay, Skin Rescue Acne Clearing Charcoal Cleanser, Skin Rescue Purifying Mask with Red Clay, and Skin Rescue Acne Clearing Pads with White Clayask with Red Claywere provided by @firstaidbeauty. Available at firstaidbeauty.com