Makeup Review: Good Molecules Silicone-Free Priming Moisturizer

Before makeup, my oily skin plays better when I only use serums. For about two years now, I would combine hydrating serums and mattifying or hydrating primers, depending on what my skin needs. Moisturizers, however, is a product I only use at night. I was really hesitant to use the Silicone-Free Priming Moisturizer from Good Molecules.

It promises to be a primer/moisturizer that smoothes, hydrates, and preps the skin before makeup. It contains macadamia seed oil, shea butter, and naturally derived silicone alternative.

The creamy texture has a little weight to it made me put off trying this even more. My skin has just recently adapted back to the weather here after being exposed to cold and dry temperatures for weeks so. I have been using my usual serums and makeup but since I got back, I be greasy-oily after just a couple of hours. I felt like it wasn’t the right time to try this creamy primer/moisturizer so I waited for my skin to normalize. That was two weeks ago and honestly, I’m impressed.

It feels creamy, yes, but it applies thin and light on the skin, like a light gel-type moisturizer. It doesn’t have a grip and leaves the skin feeling dewy. I was afraid it would make me look oilier but it didn’t. My skin felt hydrated and nourished. Makeup holds better because I’m actually less oily than usual. One busy day, I forgot to retouch and after about six hours, my makeup still looked okay. There’s still some shine, especially in my t-zone, but I didn’t look slick at all. Even when used under foundation with dewy or satin finishes, it hydrated and moisturized my skin enough that I can go for more than half a day without checking my makeup.

For $14, I would recommend this to those looking for a nourishing and hydrating primer that lasts. This is also vegan, cruelty-free and is made without fragrance, alcohol, mineral-oil, and PEG.

The Good Molecules Silicone-Free Priming Moisturizer was provided by @goodmolecules. Available at $14 beautylish.com

Makeup Review: By Terry Starlight Rose Collection

I did not include the Starlight Rose Glow Booster CC Serum from By Terry in my 2019 makeup favorites because I got to try it so late into the year. However, I have been using it since 2020 started to give my fave a subtle yet healthy glow.

This primer brightens while hydrating the skin using rosehip butter, moonstone extract, and gemstone pearls. It looks creamy from the bottle but it applies lightly to the skin, providing a thin almost unnoticeable canvas before the foundation.

For my oily skin, I apply a mattifying primer before putting six little dots of this all over my face. I then buff this with my stick foundation. It brightens my skin and doesn’t leave too matte. It just makes me look like I had eight hours of sleep like I only eat fruits and vegetables. That’s how healthy this makes me look. If I want a little bit more glow, I also put this on the high points of my face and my lids after applying foundation.

To really up the ante, I use the Starlight Rose CC Powder on my lids and on my cheekbones. This illuminating powder has that provides a lot of shimmers. This is not for the faint of heart, not for those with a lot of texture either. I have on my cheeks so I really have to be careful when applying this. However, if I’m looking for impact, this is what I really go for.

For a big day, I use the Starlight Rose Baume de Rose Flaconnette Liquid Lip Balm before applying my makeup.

It contains rose blossom essential wax, shea butter, vitamin e, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid microspheres to combat dryness and strengthen, protect, and hydrate the lips. I have been using this before applying matte lipsticks to protect my lips and keep it from drying.

The By Terry Starlight Rose Glow Booster CC Serum, Starlight Rose CC Powder, Starlight Rose Baume de Rose Flaconnette Liquid Lip Balm were provided by @byterry. Available at byterry.com

Makeup Review: Erborian CC Creme + Primers Bundle

I have long wanted to try Erborian since I was introduced to the brand via videos from @gothamista. Thankfully Erborian gifted me the CC Creme + Primers Bundle.

This is my first CC cream so I really do not know what to expect. I know it stands for concealing and cover but I was surprised as to how much this concealed and covered.

I currently have a few pigmentations from healed blemishes on my cheeks and that was gone on my first application of the CC Creme. So did my dark circles and texture. I do not use concealer with this at all and I still look flawless.

It comes out gray in the tube which then turns into a skin-like shade once applied on the face. It also has a different slip compared to my foundation. The cream texture sort of feels like it mattifies once it’s applied. It’s just amazing really. I just wish it came with more shades as the shade Caramel is about three shades darker than my skin tone, it also has a yellow undertone that makes me look like I have an intense tan when I overdo my application.

This bundle also came with two primers. The Glow Crème Illuminating Primer has a lightweight and creamy consistency.

I like using this as an illuminator before applying foundation for the glow from within look.

Meanwhile, the Pink Perfect 4-in-1 Primer has the same lightweight consistency as the Glow Crème, but instead of highlighting and illuminating the skin, this one smooths, brightens, and blurs the complexion to minimize the appearance of pores and provide a radiant glow.

This primer gives me a soft-focus look on the skin, which I really like. It feels light and nourishing to the skin but it does a great job masking texture and providing a radiant complexion.

The Erborian CC Creme + Primers Bundle was provided by @Erborian_USA and #OctolyFamily.

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

Skincare Review: Beekman 1802 Triple Milk 5-Piece Set

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.

To melt makeup and oil-based products, the Triple Milk Cleanser ($35) uses argan oil, olive oil, and sweet almond oil to cleanse the skin. This is a bit creamy for my preference but it was able to remove makeup easily. It also feels gentle on the skin. It leaves a film but it was easily removed by the second cleanser.

As a second cleanser, 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.

The Triple Milk Peel ($40) promises to lift dead skin for a softer, glowing complexion. I was prepared for this to sting but it didn’t. It actually felt so gentle so this would be a good exfoliator for those who are just starting with exfoliants and those who have sensitive skin.

The Triple Milk Skin Milk ($50) works to hydrate and protect the skin. I like the milky and watery texture of this moisturizer. It applied beautifully but it felt heavy on the skin after a few minutes. It also made my skin oilier so this might be best used by those with dry skin.

The Triple Milk Primer SPF 35 ($30) is designed to be an oil-free, weightless, invisible, pore-perfecting primer with a broad-spectrum zinc oxide sunscreen with UVA/UVB filters. This, like the moisturizer, felt heavy on the skin. I will have to pull this out on the colder months as I have a feeling it would work better for me by that time.

Overall, those with dry and sensitive skin would enjoy using this EWG certified set as they are moisturizing, gentle, and nourishing to the skin.

The Beekman 1802 Triple Milk 5-Piece Set were provided by @beekman1802 . Available individually or as a set for $140 at beekman1802.com