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: Lilah B. Glisten + Glow™ Skin Illuminator in Rose Bronze

A close up the Glisten + Glow™ Skin Illuminator in Rose Bronze from Lilah B. As always, the brand knocks it out with a luxe pebble packaging that not only looks good, it’s also very sturdy.

This highlighter aims to awaken and revitalize dull complexion using black currant seed oil extract, sunflower oil extract, carotenoids, plant sterols, fatty acids, and brown sea algae.

This is a very subtle highlighter. It’s more of a complexion enhancer for me. Unlike other highlighters, this cleanly provides a subtle glow to the high points of my face like the cupid’s bow and my nose (as seen in the photos of me using it). For someone with oily skin , it can be difficult to to find something like this – a highlighter that doesn’t make my skin look like an oiled grease pan after a few hours.

This has a very soft and creamy consistency so it’s easy to use. like using my fingers for a subtle sheen and a brush if I want a more precise and more defined highlight. The skin grabs the product easily and looks like it melts upon contact resulting in a natural-looking application.

The shade Rose Bronze is exactly as advertised. It’s a bronze highlighter with a pinkish undertone that works well for my medium brown skin. It gives off that summer glow that we all want to hold on to for as long as we can. I find that the shade complements medium to dark complexions as it makes the skin have that warm glow.

The Lilah B. Glisten + Glow™ Skin Illuminator in Rose Bronze was provided by @lilahbeauty . Available for $32 at lilahbeauty.com

Monthly Favorites: September 2019

What started as a farm has now evolved into a lifestyle brand. Beekman 1802 works with farmers, craftspeople, and artisans to produce everything from food, home items to apparel and skincare.

They sent over their Triple Milk Collection, which uses three kinds of milk – goat milk to soothe, coconut milk to condition, and milk protein to nourish. As a second cleanser, the Triple Milk Bar ($12) aims to draw out water-based debris before leaving the skin soft and hydrated. This is my favorite out of the set. It’s creamy and nourishing, it easily foams, and it cleanses the skin thoroughly without drying it.

This product were provided by @beekman1802. Available at beekman1802.com

Lilah B. Glisten + Glow™ Skin Illuminator

A close up the Glisten + Glow™ Skin Illuminator in Rose Bronze from Lilah B. As always, Lilah B knocks it out with a luxe pebble packaging that not only looks good, it’s also very sturdy.

This #highlighter aims to awaken and revitalize dull complexion using black currant seed oil extract, sunflower oil extract, carotenoids, plant sterols, fatty acids, and brown sea algae.

This is a very subtle highlighter. It’s more of a complexion enhancer for me. Unlike other highlighters, this cleanly provides a subtle glow to the high points of my face like the cupid’s bow and my nose (as seen in the photos of me using it). For someone with #oilyskin , it can be difficult to to find something like this – a highlighter that doesn’t make my skin look like an oiled grease pan after a few hours.

This has a very soft and creamy consistency so it’s easy to use. like using my fingers for a subtle sheen and a brush if I want a more precise and more defined highlight. The skin grabs the product easily and looks like it melts upon contact resulting in a natural-looking application.

The shade Rose Bronze is exactly as advertised. It’s a bronze highlighter with a pinkish undertone that works well for my medium brown skin. It gives off that summer glow that we all want to hold on to for as long as we can. I find that the shade complements medium to dark complexions as it makes the skin have that warm glow.

The Lilah B. Glisten + Glow™ Skin Illuminator in Rose Bronze was provided by @lilahbeauty . Available for $32 at lilahbeauty.com

I Dew Care Plush Party Buttery Vitamin C Lip Mask

The Plush Party Buttery Vitamin C Lip Mask ($16) from I Dew Care contains cocoa butter, hibiscus flower extract, and vitamins c and e to moisturize, nourish, and condition the lips.

This does what it claims to do – it moisturizes and nourishes the lips after use. It has a thick texture like most lip masks and lasts through drinking that 3 am water we sometimes need. It feels as if it leaves a film on the lips that doesn’t budge until I brush my teeth. While using this, I haven’t encountered chapping or drying.

This lip mask is also cruelty-free and are formulated without parabens, phthalates, or silicones.

The I Dew Care Plush Party Buttery Vitamin C Lip Mask was provided by @idewcare and @memebox.

Primera Miracle Seed Essence

I have known about Primera when I first got into skincare. The brand uses seed and sprout extracts captured at the peak of potency to enhance the glow of the skin and provide it with nutrients, vitamins, and minerals.

One of their best-sellers is the Miracle Seed Essence ($58), which promises to smooth texture, improve tone, increase hydration, and help protect the skin from environmental stressors using lotus seeds. This has the texture and consistency of most essences but this has some weight to it. It sinks in quickly but immediately plumps the skin after use. It also feels hydrating and has kept my skin feeling soft. I have been using this every day and consider it as one of the most hydrating essences I’ve tried.

As expected, this essence offers extreme nourishment and moisture to the skin. They also do not use parabens, mineral oil, animal-derived ingredient, synthetic colorants, and artificial fragrances in their formulas so I believe this would also work to those with sensitive skin.

The Primera Miracle Seed Essence was provided by @primera.us

Current Fave Lip Colors

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Some people can’t leave with putting on their mascaras; I can’t walk out the door without colored lips. It’s the only thing that can make me look like I tried, even if I didn’t. Here are my current favorites.

Kosas, Rosewater

For a barely there I woke up like this look, I always reach for this. This lipstick just feels so lightweight and yet it provides high-impact pigmentation. Whether I’m going for a made up or blurred-around the edges look, its blush pink color always gives my lips but better look. A great everyday lip color looks great no matter what the occasion, it also contains Green tea, rosehip, and grapeseed oils and mango and shea butter to help heal and moisturize your lips.

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 Lilah B. Divine Duo, B. Sassy

The Divine Duos from Lilah B. can be used on the lips and on the cheeks, making it a vacation must-have. The colors they offer are very versatile but B. Sassy is bright pink, perfect for daytime. This lip and cheek color is long-wearing and has a matte finish. They are all made with coconut oil, aloe, and agar to keep your puckers moisturized and hydrated. If you’re feeling really lazy, you can also use this as an eyeshadow for the bold monochromatic look.

Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution, Sexy Sienna

This is a pop of color that can be worn in the office and no one would bat an eyelash. It has a peach tone and feels like velvet. It will last through meetings and that salad you snuck away in between conference calls.

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 The Beauty Archives, LBD & Red

Perfect for touch-ups, these vegan lip tints give instant color that lasts longer than most lip tints. It has a balmy texture that is moisturizing but feels lightweight. LBD & Red has a poppy red color that can be applied sheer or built-up for a more intensified look.

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 Pat McGrath Labs Luxe Trance, Sedition

We are always in search of the best red lipstick and I think Pat McGrath is convincing me to stop searching. It’s classic red color, Sedition, looks and feels luxurious. The pigmentation is insane and has a satin finish. It’s also comfortable to wear and it’s long lasting.

Yves Saint Laurent Tatouage Couture Liquid Matte Lip Stain, Coral Anti-Mainstream

We all know we love makeup because it’s fun. We’ll a bold lip color will up the ante. This lightweight lip stain is matte, extremely pigmented, and it doesn’t budge. It’s a matte lip color that doesn’t feel drying and it lasts the whole day. Perfect for lounging the whole day by the beach.

Patchology Lip Service

Get perky, moisturized lips with the Lip Service from Patchology. It’s a gloss to balm treatment for your lips and it contains hyaluronic acid, aloe, and honey hydrate your lips and keeps it soft. I use this as an overnight treatment or for when I am running out for errands and just want to look put together. This can also be used as a topper for a light sheen.