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: Red Earth Have Fun Lipstick Matches

There are days when all you can do is put some lipstick and call it a day. That’s what I’ve been doing the past few days using these Red Earth products.

A very unique concept is their Have Fun Lipstick Matches ($18), which are literally shaped like old-school matches. It can easily slip into the thinnest clutches without bulging and are extremely pigmented.

Application takes a bit of getting used to as the applicator is thin and isn’t plastic so control and precision is something I learned after a few trials. It’s also a bit creamy so my trick is drawing this in the inner parts of my lips before spreading it out with my fingers for a gradient/bitten effect.

Have Fun is a fuschia shade while Sorry Not Sorry looks like an old rose.

The Red Earth Have Fun Lipstick Matches were provided by @redearth. Available at redearth.com

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

Skincare and Makeup Review: Frank Body Lip Products

Just look at these gorgeous-looking lip products from Frank Body.

Their Lip Scrub ($14.95) smells exactly like the body scrub and it’s an easy way to exfoliate my lips. It contains coffee, sugar, cold-pressed macadamia oil, and beeswax so it smells and tastes so sweet before leaving it feeling soft and moisturized.

At night, I apply the Lip Balm ($11.95), which contains coffee arabica seed oil, vitamin e, coconut, and grapeseed oils, and lanolin to soothe, hydrate, and nourish the lips.

It’s similar to most lip balms but I like the packaging, specifically. It’s easy to carry around, especially when my lips are extremely dry. It dispenses products easily the texture and weight of the balm feel light.

For some color, the Taupe-Less And Cherry Bomb Lip & Cheek Tints ($11.95 each) uses lanolin, coconut oil, coffee seed oil, and honeycomb to moisturize and hydrate the lips while adding some tint. Taupe-Less has a nude tint while Cherry Bomb offers a wine-colored tint that looks fun. Both offer a slight sheen but it applies thinner than the lip balm, making it feel lightweight.

The Shimmer Lip Gloss can be used alone or as a topper to your matte lip color if you’re feeling celebratory. It has glow dust, coffee seed oil, grape seed oil, citrus extract, and lanolin to moisturize with an additional oomph to your look.

The Frank Body Lip Scrub, Lip Balm, Taupe-Less And Cherry Bomb Lip & Cheek Tints, and Shimmer Lip Gloss were provided by @frankbody. Available at frankbody.com

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