Makeup Review: Erborian CC Creme + Primers Bundle

I have long wanted to try Erborian since I was introduced to the brand via videos from @gothamista. Thankfully Erborian gifted me the CC Creme + Primers Bundle.

This is my first CC cream so I really do not know what to expect. I know it stands for concealing and cover but I was surprised as to how much this concealed and covered.

I currently have a few pigmentations from healed blemishes on my cheeks and that was gone on my first application of the CC Creme. So did my dark circles and texture. I do not use concealer with this at all and I still look flawless.

It comes out gray in the tube which then turns into a skin-like shade once applied on the face. It also has a different slip compared to my foundation. The cream texture sort of feels like it mattifies once it’s applied. It’s just amazing really. I just wish it came with more shades as the shade Caramel is about three shades darker than my skin tone, it also has a yellow undertone that makes me look like I have an intense tan when I overdo my application.

This bundle also came with two primers. The Glow Crème Illuminating Primer has a lightweight and creamy consistency.

I like using this as an illuminator before applying foundation for the glow from within look.

Meanwhile, the Pink Perfect 4-in-1 Primer has the same lightweight consistency as the Glow Crème, but instead of highlighting and illuminating the skin, this one smooths, brightens, and blurs the complexion to minimize the appearance of pores and provide a radiant glow.

This primer gives me a soft-focus look on the skin, which I really like. It feels light and nourishing to the skin but it does a great job masking texture and providing a radiant complexion.

The Erborian CC Creme + Primers Bundle was provided by @Erborian_USA and #OctolyFamily.

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: 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

Makeup Review: BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick SPF 25 and BarePro Longwear Lipstick

I wear makeup every day but I wouldn’t call myself an expert. I just stay on my lane, do my makeup for not more than 30 minutes and hope it sticks the rest of the day. So when BareMinerals sent me a stick foundation and a couple of matte lipsticks, I felt like they really knew me.

Out of all the stick foundations I’ve tried, the Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick SPF 25 is the softest. This vegan and cruelty-free water-based liquid foundation has a satin finish and provides medium (when you use a brush) to full coverage (when you use a blending sponge). For me, this is best applied with a makeup sponge for a seamless application. I like how my skin looks radiant, glowing and “together” when I use this. It feels moisturizing and those would dry or normal skin would enjoy this. For my oily skin, this would be best applied on days when it’s not that humid. I have the shade Ginger and it has a neutral undertone that also helps eliminate some redness on my face.

The BarePro Longwear Lipstick has a matte finish and are very pigmented so one swipe can provide full color. For me, I like dabbing this instead on to build color.

Carnation has a pink tinge that is good for every day.

Cherry is just full-on red that is bolder and brighter.

They last through drinks. I like how even if I don’t apply lip balm beforehand, my lips don’t dry out when using these. In fact, both shades offer moisture on my lips the whole day. They are matte but they don’t settle on my lip lines or make my lips crack. I really like this for every day as it doesn’t make me worry that much, which of course supports my laziness in retouching and reapplying makeup.

Even though my experience trying their skincare products were okay, these makeup products really amazed me, especially the BarePro Longwear Lipstick. I would honestly recommend them especially for those looking for high-quality vegan makeup. Both products are also made without parabens, gluten, fragrance, and phthalates.

The BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Hydrating Foundation Stick SPF 25 and BarePro Longwear Lipstick were provided by @baremineralsuk.

Brand Overview: Kosas Cosmetics

I am just going to rave about Kosas Cosmetics. Their lip colors are one of the first I reviewed when I started my instagram and, not surprisingly, I still have the same thoughts.

All their products are also made without parabens, phthalates, BHA/BHT, mineral oil, propylene glycol, polyethylene glycol, phenoxyethanol, fragrance, and petrolatum. Their products are also vegan and gluten, egg, nut, soy, and cruelty-free.

When I saw the Tinted Face Oil from, I honestly didn’t pay it any mind. I mean, Tinted Face Oil? For my oily skin? I know a lot of people has said that you can fight oil with oil but this is just so new and so farfetched for me. I was curious, yes, because, in my opinion, this is the ultimate skincare meet makeup concept that I agreed on in such a long time but. It made me want to try but my oily skin is pulling me back. Then Kosas sent it over to me and it honestly took me a week before I got around into trying it.

For those who didn’t know the Tinted Face Oil ($42) promises to be both a feather-weight medium coverage foundation and deeply hydrating skin elixir. It aims to even skin tone, minimize pores, and erase imperfections. It contains avocado oil to hydrate, meadowfoam oil to lock moisture and plump, red raspberry oil to repair and tone, jojoba oil to soothe and balance, green tea seed oil to fight free radicals and pollution, and rosehip seed oil to brighten and clarify. It’s also cruelty-free, vegan, and is formulated without gluten, parabens, silicones, sulfates, phthalates, mineral oil, PEG, and petrolatum.

Predictably, it really does feel like oil, with a bit of graininess into it. What surprised me though is how fast it sunk into my skin and how it immediately dried into a velvet finish. It almost felt powder-like without the texture and streakiness. It also has medium coverage without feeling like it. This is just so unlike anything I’ve tried before – thinner than bb cream and tinted moisturizer and has better coverage, as thin as skin tints but not as sheer, not cake like powder foundations, and not heavy and drying like full coverage foundations. It has carved itself a new category and for that alone, I applaud them.

For my oily skin, this is best used over thin serums and moisturizers as this doesn’t play well over a thick sunscreen or moisturizer. I once had a mistake of doing that and the tinted face oil moved around after a couple of hours.

With my preferred application of about four drops and a damp sponge, this leaves a velvety finish and lasts long, especially when I’m just staying indoors. It was able to even out my skin tone, which I like, and seems like it also does the job of making the high parts of my face glow. It made my skin look bright and healthy and stayed that way for about 6 hours. It also played well with both powder and cream face products. It also kept my skin hydrated and it did not aggravate my oily skin. Though I wouldn’t be using this on a warm day while staying outdoors, it works as a daily foundation when I’m mostly staying indoors. Those who have dry skin will have a field day with this one as this will provide moisture to the skin and a velvet finish that will leave your complexion glowing and even.

With the expanding their portfolio of products come the Lipfuel ($18), a first in their capsule collection, Kosasport.

Lipfuel promises to be a hydrating lip balm that seals in moisture and protects from environmental damage to nourish the lips. It contains wild mint for flavor and sensation, konjac root to create a gel-like barrier to protect and to seal in nourishment, hyaluronic acid to lock in hydration, and vitamin e to smooth, repair, and plump.

To be honest, this is the only pocketable lip balm in my collection. Aside from the drugstore option, most brands have put balms in small tubs where you dip your fingers (which is icky that’s why I mostly use them at night), or have it in a tube but has a little bit of gloss (making in on-trend – a party but also a nourishment thing.)

So, Lipfuel is the good middle ground. It’s a light jelly texture that doesn’t feel heavy on the lips nor does it sit on top of it. It just settles into a thin protective film that feels hydrating and moisturizing. Of course, this isn’t one of those things that last through meals but since it’s easy to carry around, it’s easy to reapply. What I noticed though is that the gel-like film might be wiped off but the moisture stays for a few hours more. The color Rush makes my dull-colored lips look a bit pink while Pulse is on the redder side and Baseline applies clear.

Lipfuel is for those always on the go but wants a bit of natural color on their lips while nourishing it.

For more color and coverage, Weightless Lip Color contains green tea seed oil, grape seed oil, rosehip seed oil, mango seed butter, shea butter, and sweet orange oil to moisturize, heal, soothe, and condition the lips while providing colors on the lips that suits all skin tones.

Their Weightless Lip Colors ($28) are still matte but not drying, lightweight yet pigmented. You can either swipe this for maximum color or tap it on your lips and build until you get your perfect shade. What’s new this time are the magnetic caps and laminated packaging, which I love, because I like my Kosas Lipcolors with me at all times. I have honestly restocked my Undone just because I lost the cap.

One of the shades I played around with is Stardust, a medium-sheer, warmer tone peachy pink. I kept telling everyone that Undone is my perfect mauve nude then this came around. It’s my lips but better with a matte lightweight finish that’s really perfect for every day. It’s lighter and more peach/pink nude than undone so I like using this when I want to look like a have a clean face or when I’m doing really heavy eye makeup.

Darkroom, on the other hand, is a cooler wine tone but not as dark as I thought it would be. Dabbing it on my lips is my favorite way to apply it for the tinted effortless look, like I just happened to have a wine-colored lip color, no biggie. I had wine at 10 am or I just really had fun the night before, you will never know. You will also never ask because it looks good on me.

Phoenix, honestly, is a color I would never go for. It’s what I call too red (Kosas described it as fiery red.) The extent of my red experience is putting that color or my nails, never on my lips. I gave this a try, however, and this just brightened my whole look. It’s a statement color, yes, but it’s so nice to put on when I don’t have time to do my base makeup in the morning. I could just dab this on my lips and go on with my day.

Another color I have is Fringe, which I bought together with my Undone. It’s a warm toned deep red shade that applies on my lips a bit orange. It’s on the rusty side for and it what I like using when I want more depth in my lipcolor but do not want a shocking red or berry. It goes so well when I do a peachy bronzed look.

I have talked to @beautedefile and @stilblut about how amazed I am with these lipsticks. Kosas wasn’t kidding around when they claimed that their lip colors look good on everyone because I have been using Undone for about 2 years now and have seen it on them and it looks good but different. I honestly love these lip colors and I will forever use them.

With the many makeup products that I own, one would think that I have all the colors I would want and need for any situation. However, I have more nude pink lipsticks than I’d like to admit, and I’m not any better with blushes. Everythings mauve or rosy. The farthest I’ve gone is coral pink. Even when they released their Color and Light palettes ($34), I went with 8th Muse, a cool pink creme blush and highlighter. It’s what I have been using almost every day until I got to try Tropic Equinox and Contachroma.

Tropic Equinox, a bronze cream blush, and highlighter is my first dip into the peachy orange spectrum. Maybe since I’m on the medium tan side, I always thought these kinds of colors would look too similar to my skin tone? Anyway, I’m wrong and I’m willing to eat my words. While pink blushes brighten my face and mauve ones give off that sophisticated flush, Tropic Equinox gave me a modern and fresh look. The blush, with the highlighter, complimented my skin tone and gave off that simple, effortless complexion. If I build on it and double down on the highlighter, I would look sunkissed.

Contachroma, which contains a golden powder blush and highlighter, applies a bit coral on my skin. It’s a color I’m used to but this one gives more impact. It’s brighter than the coral pink blushes that I have but not to the point that it scares me. Though I much prefer cream blushes and highlighters, I like using this on top of Tropic Equinox if I’m going out or on its own when I need a face color that would last a little longer than my cream products. The highlighter on this one, especially, is more glistening than glowing. I also like that both products are finely-milled, no patchiness here.

I just love Kosas and I have not tried a product from them that would make me change my mind.

These products were provided by @kosascosmetics. Available at kosas.com