Makeup Review: BareMinerals Mineralist Hydra-Smoothing Lipstick

The Mineralist Hydra-Smoothing Lipstick from BareMinerals is a vegan lipstick that promises hydration, nourishment, and pigmentation while smoothing and softening the lips using european sea buckthorn fruit oil, mediterranean olive oil, moroccan pomegranate extract, and jojoba oil. It’s also formulated without parabens, phthalates, mineral oil, and synthetic fragrance. They have 25 shades from nude to reds to cater to a variety of skin tones.

They sent me the entire collection, all 25 shades, which I’m really thankful for. Not only that I got to try the shades, I finally found the right brown for me (something with a pink or peach tone) and I also knew how nude I can go (apparently lighter than I thought I would).

The lipsticks have a fragrant scent. The actual product is very pigmented but it applies almost like a balm would – soft and smooth. Due to the texture and finish, this doesn’t last long. However, applying these feel like just applying a lip balm, only with the color payoff of a lipstick. They don’t emphasize the lines of the lips and my lips felt soft and smooth after use. It’s indeed hydrating than most lipsticks.

I have been constantly reaching for the shades Presence (antique mauve), Memory (neutral rose), Grace (nude pink), and Focus (muted mauve) for every day while Fortitude (plum berry) and Intuition (brick red) is what I’ve been using for nights out.

The BareMinerals Mineralist Hydra-Smoothing Lipstick were provided by @bareMinerals and @tractenbergandco. Available bareminerals.com

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Makeup Review: Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin Full Coverage Foundation

I have always loved foundations from Make Up For Ever. I have the old Mat Velvet + Matifying Foundation, which I use during the summer and the UltraHD Stick Foundation, which I like using for every day. They just work for my oily skin best.

So, I was excited to get to try this new Matte Velvet Foundation. In terms of consistency, this seems creamier than the Mat Velvet. For texture, it applies thickly, fulfilling its promise for full coverage. One swipe and it conceals redness and pigmentation. I still have to use an undereye concealer but that’s a given because I really have dark undereyes. This, I also felt, has more coverage than its predecessor. It dries really matte so I sometimes like to mix this with a liquid highlighter for a more natural finish and use it alone if I know I’m going to have a full day. It applies evenly and, as expected, it looks great on my oily skin.

On the first day, I used a serum, a moisturizer, and SPF underneath this one. I didn’t use an oil-controlling setting mist on top to test its hold. It had a bit of shine after the 12-hour mark but it doesn’t look bad on photos. The foundation also didn’t settle on my lines nor did it gather on the oily parts of my face. I can say that this is a good full-coverage foundation for those with oily skin type. I like using this when I know I’m going to have a busy and long day so I wouldn’t have to worry about reapplying makeup, this base only needs a few touch-ups here and there to keep it fresh.

The Make Up For Ever Matte Velvet Skin Full Coverage Foundation was provided by @makeupforeverus and @influenster.

Makeup Review: Kosas Revealer Concealer

I have a lot of concealers, most of them target to cover my dark undereye area, which is also super dry. It also has one deep line each. An unfortunate combination, if we’re being honest. I can use a concealer with a matte finish, it will conceal darkness but it will emphasize the lines and texture under my eyes. I can go for a creamy but most of them don’t last or it moves around. I also once found a concealer that’s just perfect for my needs but they don’t offer it in my shade. It’s actually more difficult for me to find a good everyday concealer than finding a foundation that would work for my skin. I only have less than a handful of concealers I really use and the Revealer Concealer, a new product from Kosas, looks really promising.

This cruelty-free and leaping bunny certified concealer promises to be super creamy and brightening while covering dark circles and blemishes in a skin-like and dewy finish. It contains pink algae and caffeine to brighten, arnica and panthenol to soothe, and peptides and hyaluronic acid to plump the skin.

It’s true, it is creamy but if applies thin and smooth on the skin. It’s super pigmented, though, so I swipe excess product from its doe-foot applicator before applying some on my skin. I have been using this for a couple of weeks now and I have noticed that it felt hydrating on the skin. Even without using an eye cream beforehand, I never once saw this settle on the texture and lines under my eyes.

I got the shades Revealer Tone 5.5 (medium with olive undertones), Revealer Tone 06 (tan with olive undertones), and Revealer Tone 07 (tan with neutral undertones). I use Revealer Tone 5.5 to brighten my skin. Of course, I don’t do this every day but when I went for full makeup, this is what I use for more radiance on the center of my face. Revealer Tone 06 covers my dark undereye circle and it just makes me look awake and energized. I sometimes use this even without foundation because it gives me a cleaner look. The Revealer Tone 07 is what I use to spot conceal, which is rare, and to cover some red areas on my skin like under my nose.

I just love everything that Kosas makes and that’s a difficult task to do. Congratulations and love you, guys.

The Kosas Revealer Concealer was provided by @kosas. Available for $28 at kosas.com

Skincare Review: Lilah B Aglow Cleansing Butter and Priming Oil

Fully veering away from the luxurious pebble Lilah B is known for, the brand showcases its new products in bottles and tubs. The thick rose gold-accented glass packaging is very different yet equally luxurious and very on-brand. Vegan and cruelty-free, these new drops are all welcome additions to my stash – new skincare products to compliment their pigmented and uncomplicated makeup siblings.

The thick glass bottle packaging first popped up when Lilah B launched the Aglow Face Mist ($48) last year. It’s a mist that helps create dewy and glowing skin. I like using it before applying my serums in the morning.

Joining the Aglow family are the Cleansing Butter and Priming Oil to help cleanse the skin and set it for makeup.

The Aglow Cleansing Butter ($44) promises to cleanse, soften, and condition the skin using rosehip extract, snow mushroom extract, and lavender essential oil. This buttery cleansing balm feels luxurious as it dissolves into an oil-like texture as soon as it comes to contact with the skin. It emulsifies on a milky consistency easily and rinses off quickly with water. It leaves the skin feeling so smooth and moisturized without the tacky filmy feeling, which really surprised me. I have never experienced my skin feeling this moisturized after the first cleanse. It’s something you really have to experience.

Upon first use, I had the feeling that the Aglow Priming Oil ($68) would work better with dry and normal skin types because of its oily yet runny feeling wrapped in a light cream texture. I was right. However, it also worked for my oily skin. Claiming to be a serum, moisturizer, and primer that aims to nourish, hydrate, soften, and smooth the skin with tamanu oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, purple tea extract, grapeseed extract, and lavender essential oil. I used this in the morning after spritzing the Face Mist and before applying SPF. It cuts my routine in half, which is really convenient. Since it’s colder nowadays, this helps bring plumpness and dewiness to my skin. What surprised me though is how this didn’t make my skin look greasy. It didn’t make my foundation slide off either. It’s become my go-to for that glowy look which is achieved when it’s combined with my stick foundation.

I’m really impressed with these new additions in Lilah B’s portfolio. They all feel gentle and nourishing to the skin and I would recommend them to those looking for products that would help in hydration, nourishment, and radiance. These products are also formulated without gluten, parabens, phthalates, sulfates, and synthetic fragrances.

The Lilah B Aglow Cleansing Butter and Priming Oil were provided by @lilahb. Available at lilahbeauty.com

Makeup Review: Paul & Joe Beaute Lipstick N Natural and Full Coverage

We all know how cute Paul & Joe Beaute products are. It’s just that I didn’t know how cute they can get until I got their Lipsticks and Lipstick Cases.

First off, the Lipstick Case CS is made from structured paper with beautiful prints. I got one inspired by the french rose garden (047) and two with cats (004 and 045) on them. Cats!

As for the actual product, the Lipstick N Natural creates a dewy shine while moisturizing the lips. It contains jojoba oil, lilium bulb extract, macadamia seed oil, orange flower water, orange oil, and shea butter.

I have the shade Fruit Rouge (213), a ripe red berry that is deep enough to use at night, and Flower Vase (207), a bright pink-red if you want something bolder during the day without the shock of an orange-red.

The Lipstick N Full Coverage aims to provide full coverage to the lips while leaving it moist and nourished. It has the same oils as the Natural variant. I have the shade Biscuit Sucre (308), a nude pink that appears neutral nude on my lips. I mostly use this as a base if I’m going fo a gradient lip.

All lipsticks have their shiny gloss without the stickiness. They feel like lightweight balms that provide more color payoff. At least most that tinted lip balms. They don’t offer the coverage a liquid lipstick but these lipsticks are pigmented enough that it only takes a couple of swipes to get color. These are the lipsticks I use if I’m rushing out. Since this doesn’t apply matte, precision isn’t necessary for these to look good on my lips. I can use this even if I’m not looking at a mirror and it would still look good.

The Paul & Joe Beaute Lipstick N Natural and Full Coverage was provided by @paulandjoebeaute.