Skincare Review: Tarte Deep Dive Cleansing Gel, Rainforest of the Sea Radiance Drops, and Baba Bomb

I have also subscribed to the belief that only oily skincare products should only be all or one of these things – lightweight, watery, or gel-like. That products for my skin type should never be creamy. However, since I’m older (and, hopefully, wiser) I have found the truth – my oily skin can use creamy, heavier than usual products. It just all depends on the situation.

The Deep Dive Cleansing Gel, for example, is not the usual cleansing gel I would go for. In fact, it’s unlike anything I’ve ever tried. As per all cleansers, this promises to remove excess oil, impurities, and even waterproof makeup using a blend of algae and marine flower extracts along with allantoin, provitamin b5, indian gooseberry extract, and lavender oil. What sets it apart is its glue-like texture and consistency. Like the kind of glue you play with when you were a kid – sticky and dense. It removes makeup the way I’ve never seen before – lifting them up instead of melting the makeup. It’s very evident as I rinse. All the makeup products I used rose above the water. It’s fascinating. It removes face products but needs a little more massaging when it comes to lip products and eyeliners.

A whipped moisturizer best for cold days if you have oily skin, the Baba Bomb ($39) aims to hydrate, nourish, and moisturize the skin using babassu, avocado, green tea, and plant collagen. This moisturizes and soothes my skin on days when it’s feeling dry and parched. I don’t use this every day, only when my skin is reacting to the drop in temperature. Since this moisturizer is on the heavy side of the spectrum, I only use this on really cold nights.

Promising to be more than just a face oil, the Rainforest of the Sea Radiance Drops ($32) uses algae, marine flower extracts, jojoba oil, maracuja oil, coconut oil, vitamin e, and squalene to hydrate and nourish the skin. It can be used as a highlighting primer, a lip oil, or it can be mixed with the foundation for a radiant finish. It’s a lightweight and runny oil that, for me, works best when mixed with my foundation for natural-looking dewiness that doesn’t look greasy. I like that it doesn’t feel sticky and it sinks in the skin. I have been into because of its runny and lightweight texture, this gives my oily skin a healthy glow even on warm days.

The Tarte Deep Dive Cleansing Gel, Rainforest of the Sea Radiance Drops, and Baba Bomb were provided by @tartecosmetics. Available at tartecosmetics.com

Makeup Review: By Terry Starlight Rose Collection

I did not include the Starlight Rose Glow Booster CC Serum from By Terry in my 2019 makeup favorites because I got to try it so late into the year. However, I have been using it since 2020 started to give my fave a subtle yet healthy glow.

This primer brightens while hydrating the skin using rosehip butter, moonstone extract, and gemstone pearls. It looks creamy from the bottle but it applies lightly to the skin, providing a thin almost unnoticeable canvas before the foundation.

For my oily skin, I apply a mattifying primer before putting six little dots of this all over my face. I then buff this with my stick foundation. It brightens my skin and doesn’t leave too matte. It just makes me look like I had eight hours of sleep like I only eat fruits and vegetables. That’s how healthy this makes me look. If I want a little bit more glow, I also put this on the high points of my face and my lids after applying foundation.

To really up the ante, I use the Starlight Rose CC Powder on my lids and on my cheekbones. This illuminating powder has that provides a lot of shimmers. This is not for the faint of heart, not for those with a lot of texture either. I have on my cheeks so I really have to be careful when applying this. However, if I’m looking for impact, this is what I really go for.

For a big day, I use the Starlight Rose Baume de Rose Flaconnette Liquid Lip Balm before applying my makeup.

It contains rose blossom essential wax, shea butter, vitamin e, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid microspheres to combat dryness and strengthen, protect, and hydrate the lips. I have been using this before applying matte lipsticks to protect my lips and keep it from drying.

The By Terry Starlight Rose Glow Booster CC Serum, Starlight Rose CC Powder, Starlight Rose Baume de Rose Flaconnette Liquid Lip Balm were provided by @byterry. Available at byterry.com

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

Cult Favorite: Kosas Cosmetics High Intensity Color and Light Palette

It’s no secret that I love Kosas. Even before I received PR from them, I have been buying their products with my own money. I started with Stardust Weightless Lipcolor and even reviewed and raved about it. Over time, I have built on my Kosas stash, even having their other shades of lip colors and using their Color & Light Palettes every day.

I love cream makeup products so, I bought 8th Muse as soon as it came out a few years ago. As expected, it’s the perfect rosy glow for my skin. It’s a subtle blush that is good for daytime, giving you a brighter and rosier complexion. It’s not a question that 8th Muse High Intensity is the first shade I tried when I received the Color & Light High Intensity palettes.

High Intensity are the super pigmentations versions of their blush and highlighter duos, which is actually great because from time to time, I actually enjoy a strong punch of color in my cheeks.

When kosas said high intensity, they weren’t kidding. With the old cream blush and highlight duo, I have to dab my brush a couple of times to get the color that suits my skin. Out of habit, I did that with the High Intensity Cream Duos and wow, I have to really spread the product out.

These duos are strong and really pigmented. I always love the creamy consistency of their blushes and highlighters so this is an easy love for me. Despite the new pigmentation formula, the creaminess and the ability for these duos to look natural on the skin never changed. I’m just really happy about it.

Of course, 8th Muse High Intensity has become a mainstay in my makeup routine before going to work, for a deeper pink blush and a rosier glow. I also enjoyed using Velvet Melon High Intensity since I’ve been into peachy looks lately.

However, as someone who has and cream/liquid blush bias, I only have the original Longitude Zero, a pink rose powder blush and highlighter duo, that I like to use if I know my day is going to be longer than usual.

The shades of all the powders are a couple of tones higher. It’s especially noticeable in Longitude Zero because the highlighter in Longitude Zero High Intensity is pinker and, like all the powder duos, a tad deeper than the original.

Both still offer shades that I think works for a variety of skin tones, the powder finish is still the same, and the blendability is still similar to the original.

The Kosas High Intensity Color & Light Palette were provided by Kosas. Available for $34 each at kosas.com