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: Em Cosmetics Color Drops Serum Blush

I have taken a penchant for liquid blushes so I was really excited when Em Cosmetics released their Color Drops Serum Blush ($25). I got the shades Pink Nectar, which is a watermelon pink, and Rose Milk, a blush pink shade. The Color Drops Serum Blush promises to provide sheer buildable color that looks dewy and feels lightweight. The blush contain sacha inchi oil, squalene, hyaluronic acid, and vitamin e. They are also vegan, cruelty-free, and are made without gluten.

It has a dropper applicator, which can be a bit difficult to use from time to time. As advertised, the texture and consistency feel like a serum. It’s creamy and easy to blend but the dropper applicator sometimes makes it difficult to get the product out. I would prefer a pump applicator than a dropper, to be honest.

As for the color pay-off, the blushes are pigmented and the color inside the cute bottle is what shows up in the cheeks. Both colors also have a muted tone to it, which I think helps create the natural and subtle look I always go for. They also apply matte so it can go with whatever look I planned for.

Pink Nectar is light and creates bright and radiant looking blush while Rose Milk gives a good, natural-looking flush to my cheeks. I use Pink Nectar when I’m going for a dark lip color or a darker eye look while Rose Milk is good when I want my cheeks to be the focus of my makeup. Both apply dewy but amazingly enough, they don’t make my skin feel or look oilier than usual. They also last longer compared to the liquid blushes I’ve tried. When I go home after work, I still notice a slight flush on my cheeks.

The Em Cosmetics Color Drops Serum Blush was provided by @emcosmetics. Available at emcosmetics.com

Monthly Favorites: October 2018

These are the things I kept on reaching for the past month. Most of these are Korean Brands as k-beauty is something I’m falling back in love with.

No lip tints or glosses here. Recently, I’ve seen more and more matte lip colors from k-beauty brands and for someone who has recently experience shorter matte lip color tolerance, I’m more than excited.

Created in collaboration with celebrity makeup artist and YouTuber Gaeko, Romand launched in 2016 to offer products with on-trend makeup shades and textures. The Zero Gram Matte Lipstick claims to be a light as a feather and soft as butter lipstick that lasts long and glides on the lips without flaking, drying, or caking.

It comes in 8 colors and I got mine in the shade Awesome, a bright coral pink that doesn’t look too shocking on my skin tone. The lipstick feels like a crayon and the pigmentation is true to the skin. It applies matte but doesn’t feel like it’s sucking every moisture on your lips. It glides on smoothly and gets you full application in one swipe. It lasts all day and will only require retouching if your lips touch food or water. For someone who doesn’t like retouching, this is a great plus. The color is good for every day and helps brighten the entire look. (This product was provided by @romandyou and beautytapofficial for review.)

Cream and liquid blushes are my favorite. For me they just apply more naturally, they are easier to control, and they just look better for me. Most of my favorite blushes are in cream or liquid form and I always check what new liquid/cream blush is out there.

The Petal Blusher from Innisfree used to be part of a collection last year. It became a permanent product for the brand and this year, they added two more shades. The liquid blush is inspired by floral colors and promises to be long-lasting with its water texture that adheres to the skin. One of the 2018 shades, Dried Pink Hydrangea, contains hydrangea extract to provide a natural color to the cheeks.

It has been a hard hit or miss with me when it comes to products from Innisfree. I never run out of their cleansers and yet their lip products, as many as I had before, I didn’t seem to reach for that often. This petal blushes, however, will be filed under the former category. I chose this product on a whim but have used this almost every day since I got it.

The frosted bottle packaging looks like a nail polish, even the applicator which is a brush. It always feels cooling when applied on the skin. Dried Pink Hydrangea has a mauve pink hue that looks dark on my cheeks than on the actual bottle. I use about three strokes on each cheek before blending it with a brush.

It blends so seamlessly, especially over liquid foundation. It creates that subdued flushed look that I always go for and lasts the whole day. I can also build this up by applying on top of my usual application, to get a more defined look. The blush applies matte so I never have to worry about this emphasizing my skin’s imperfections. The color also lasts for more than half a day so I don’t need to worry about retouching. It has become my everyday blush and I love it truly. I want to get more colors. (This product was provided by @innisfree and @stylekoreanglobal for review. Available for $9.72 or PHP574 at stylekorean.com)

My skin is extremely dry; so dry that I can easily get bumps on my arms and scales on my legs if I skip moisturizing for a day. The Resist Weightless Body Treatment 2% BHA from Paula’s Choice claims to be unlike other body lotions so, I was excited to give this a try.

This #bodylotion has skin-smoothing benefits that shed built-up layers of dead skin. It has a pH range of 3.5–3.9 and contains salicylic acid (BHA) formulated at a pH range (3.2-3.6) to soften rough, bumpy areas, ease dryness, help clear breakouts from the neck down, stimulate collagen production, and banish dullness for improved skin tone.

To be perfectly honest, I may have trained my self to apply skincare and SPF every day but I have not consistently used body moisturizers. I easily sweat and I don’t like a tacky feeling from a melting moisturizer so I skip it on warmer days. When I got this, I use it in the morning, or if I forget, at night. I put special focus on my bumpy arms, scaly legs, and other rough and dry patches like my knees and elbows.

I like this because if it had a faint medicinal smell, it fades quickly but not as quickly as it sinks into the skin. This feels so lightweight and one of the most easily absorbed moisturizers I’ve ever experienced. On first application, I have noticed instant softness on my skin. After a couple of months of semi-consistent use, it has lessened the bumps on my skin, lightened some of the scars from dried bumps. It has also softened and smoothened my skin, especially the dry patches. I cannot wait to use this more to completely eliminate the bumps. (This product was provided by @paulaschoice and the hut group. Available for $26 at skinstore.com)

Founded in 1945, Amore Pacific offers luxury skincare using Asian botanicals. One of the main ingredients they use, green tea, is grown and harvested in the brand’s own green tea field of 35.6 million square feet on Jeju Island. They believe that the first sprouted green tea leaves handpicked before 10 am within the 15 days prior to Grain Rain in early Spring are most potent in color, scent, and vitality, containing an antioxidant 200 times stronger than vitamin E.

Launched just last year, The Essential Creme Fluid is a moisturizer that contains 150 baby green tea leaves to capture green tea polysaccharides, green tea seed oil, and green tea vitamins to fortify and hydrate the skin, improve the skin’s moisture level, and enhance the anti-oxidizing capability of the skin.

The moisturizer has a strong powder smell that doesn’t linger. The fluid is runny and it feels extremely lightweight. It sinks into the skin quickly, leaving it matte with a slight powder finish. It attests to the “fluid” claims, which of course my oily skin likes. This is so light that it’s a good base for a sleeping mask at night. For the morning, I like using this right after a toner and a vitamin c serum. It doesn’t have mattifying capabilities but it helps manage the oil on my skin. Whenever I use this, it leaves the skin soft and supple. Considering the amount (90ml) you get for the price ($98), I’d say this moisturizer would last longer than other moisturizers but, yes, it is definitely an investment. However, people would oily skin would definitely understand how difficult it is to find a morning moisturizer that doesn’t aggravate the oiliness of the skin. (This product was provided by @amorepacific and @tractenberg for review. Available at amorepacific.com)