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: Kosas Wet Lip Oil Gloss

As a 90s kid, my preference for matte lip colors is just innate. I treat lip glosses as a product you use when you want to have a little fun or when you want to be a little extra.

So, when I saw Kosas recently launches their Wet Lip Oil Gloss about a month ago, I found it cute. When I got the package, I decided to seriously give glosses a try. That’s how me, a matte lip believer ended up bring five lipglosses to my vacation.

During the first few days was a struggle, to be honest. The hybrid lip treatment applied like a gloss, with a bit of heaviness to it. It left my lips feeling sticky and I have to reapply more frequently, which are pain points for me but I don’t have to retouch every hour, which is what I do with other lip glosses.

The wet lip look is what really got me hooked. This left my lips looking fresh and cute, my whole fave jollier and more youthful. The moisturizing benefit, with the gloss containing hyaluronic acid, peptides, and evening primrose oil, also greatly helped with me enjoying this, especially on a -15 degree weather. My lips were never chapped or dry. The color payoff is also commendable as with a few swipes, it was able to provide an even color to my uneven-colored lips.

I use Jelly Fish (clear) as a topper if I want my matte lip colors to have an extra sheen and Bikini Nude (nude) when I want to highlight my nude lipstick. Malibu (pink), Jaws (blood red), and Fruit Juice (magenta) when I want a one-and-done shiny color on my lips. I reach for Jelly Fish and Fruit Juice the most because I just love how it looks on me.

I still prefer the Weightless Lip Color but the Wet Lip Oil Gloss is its fun and moisturizing cousin you just can’t easily ignore, especially on a fun night.

The Kosas Wet Lip Oil Gloss were provided by @kosas . Available for $27 at kosas.com

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

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

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