As an oily girl, I rarely reach for highlighter since my skin likes to make its own. However, its impossible to not get sucked into the wild highlighter craze going on in the beauty community. I have picked out my favorite highlighters when I want to add a subtle glow that don’t make me want to blot everything away.
The first is the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light ($46, Cruelty Free). This is technically not a highlighter but it does give a really nice glow and healthiness to the skin. I use the e.l.f. pointed powder brush to place this on the skin and the result very nice. I went back and forth on getting this product but I’m glad I have it in my collection. I wouldn’t say it is a must have product because the result is so subtle, but it does blur the pores and texture in my skin which is something I am always looking for. I can dust this all over my face or concentrate it on the high points of my cheeks for a touch of shine.
The second is the Laura Geller Baked Highlighter in French Vanilla ($43, Cruelty Free). I could only find the duo available online but I purchased it as a single for $16. This is the most pigmented highlighter mentioned here and has a very soft glisten. I have seen others put this under their eyes for some brightening and it looks beautiful. I use this on my cheeks for a soft glow and it makes a great powder for day appropriate nose highlighting. I use the e.l.f. blush brush to place this on the face.
The last is the Essence Pure Nude Highlighter in be my highlight ($4.49, Cruelty Free). There is only one shade of this currently available but I hope they release more. This is the most highlighty shade of the bunch. It has a lovely sheen to it but it is not glittery at all. It is a beautiful everyday highlighter that doesn’t emphasize texture, but still offers some glow. I also use the e.l.f. blush brush for this highlighter (can you tell I love e.l.f. brushes?).
Thanks for reading! I wonder if one day we will look back and wonder why we used so much highlighter.
Left to Righter: Essence, Laura Geller, Hourglass
Pictured: Ambient lighting powder, Pure nude highlighter, and baked highlighter
I am very slow with using up mascaras. It is not an everyday product for me. Mostly because I hate taking it off and seeing an eyelash fall off. I already have very small, few eyelashes so losing any breaks my heart. The two stars of the show today are the Benefit They’re Real Mascara ($24, Not Cruelty Free) and the Covergirl LashBlast Mascara ($6.97, Not Cruelty Free). The Benefit mascara gives great results but it is a pain to take off. It is waterproof, if that’s what you’re into, so only oil will remove this one. I would take a grape seed facial oil and put a few drops on the lash line. Any oil will work and I find its easier than rubbing with a cleanser or cotton pad. Plus it moisturizes the eye area. The mascara does have a neat spiky ball at the end that is useful for the inner corner but it’s still not work it to me.
The Covergirl mascara had great volume to offer but lacked in the length department. I also found that the curl didn’t last as long as with the Benefit Mascara. I usually have two mascaras open: one to add volume and another to lengthen. These two paired nicely because the Benefit mascara does it all and the Covergirl added the extra push up, which is always appreciated. I wouldn’t recommend or repurchase either since they both test on animals. Unfortunately, I don’t have a cruelty free option to recommend at the moment. I have been eyeing the Essence Lash Princess and Julep Length Matters Mascara to try out.
I have three product regrets today. Two are cleansers and one is a foundation. In a cleanser I want something that removes my makeup easily without having to go in multiple times. I also don’t want it to leave a residue. The two cleansers I didn’t like are the Everyone Face Exfoliate ($8, Cruelty Free) and the Shiseido Pureness Deep Cleansing Foam ($22.50, Not Cruelty Free). The Everyone Face has little granules in it that do nothing except stick to your skin. This didn’t remove makeup efficiently at all. It left a residue on the skin that made it feel like it was still dirty. The granules were impossible to completely take off. I would go in with moisturizer and still feel some little particles on my face. I don’t think this is worth the trouble. The second product is from Shiseido. I don’t think I am a fan of any foam cleaners. This one made my skin feel dry and almost like there was a film on top. It took 2-3 tries to get all of my makeup off usually. I think there are better cleansers out there.
The last product is a foundation. It is the Rimmel Lasting Finish Foundation ($6.59, Not Cruelty Free). I never liked this foundation. After years of trying to work with it, I have finally given up and thrown it away. I will admit that I had a color way too pink for me, but the finish was not desirable. It was really sticky no matter how much powder was on top. The coverage was light to medium. The oil control was not impressive to me, but not the worst. My biggest issue was the stickiness. I also have a suspicion that it broke me out but I have very acne prone skin so it doesn’t take much to see new bumps.
Products I prefer:
Avalon Vitamin C Cleanser ($9, Cruelty Free). I love this cleanser so much. It removed makeup beautifully and left my skin feeling really clean and refreshed. I have finished a bottle of this and I’m already missing it.
I use a ton of different foundations but my favorite right now is the Marc Jacobs Remarcable Foundation ($55, Cruelty Free). The coverage is incredible, oil control is good, and it smooths out the texture on my skin. It is great as long as you don’t use too much.
I’ve been on a roll with going through products and it continues to feel satisfying. I am going to be talking about three today: Loreal True Match (shade W4), Almay TLC (shade 260 sand), and Revlon Colorstay Whipped (shade 150 Buff). These were not my exact matches, especially the Revlon one because it is way lighter than my skin but I kept it around to mix in with other foundations. The Almay shade is also too light but it was the darkest in the range. The Loreal foundation matched me in the fall months. I used up the Loreal and Almay foundations and I’m actually decluttering the Revlon one which makes me feel like a quitter but it is really old (about 4 years). Before I get into sharing my thoughts, all three brands mentioned test on animals.
Let’s begin with the Loreal True Match. Many people love and adore this one and the range is really special because of all the available shades. The coverage was a light to medium depending on how you applied it and your skin situation. It was very buildable which I enjoyed because I wouldn’t need a separate concealer and could just build up where I wanted. The lasting power was not impressive. That was my biggest issue with it. It didn’t last and did not control my oily skin. However, it did apply nicely and looked natural. I would recommend this to normal to dry skin. Those with oily skin might enjoy it for short makeup days. One last note: the pump in the picture is from an old covergirl foundation.
The Almay TLC foundation is something I went back and forth on. Some days I liked it and some I didn’t. I do think it had good longevity. I would often mix it with a different foundation to boost the long wear. Something I didn’t like was the way it would separate in the bottle. There would be a layer of oil on top of the pigment if it sat for a few days. I would need to mix it before use. Another issue was the pump. It clogged up and stopped working when I was about halfway through the bottle. I would have to take the pump off, mix it it, and use the straw of the pump to put some foundation on the back of my hand, then twist the pump back on. One day I actually forgot to twist the pump back on and a bunch of foundation spilled out. I was quite irritated. In terms of coverage, I found it to be light to maybe medium for some. I mostly used this my mixing into other foundations with more coverage. The shade range is not great. The shade sand was too light for my NC35 skin and the color was neutral. I think all skin types would enjoy this if they weren’t looking for too much coverage.
Lastly is the whipped Revlon foundation. This foundation is thick. Its also messy because its a tub and the cap ends up collecting foundation on the rim. The cap on mine also broke after a while. The coverage was medium to full. This was a foundation that looked heavy upon first application but got better throughout the day. The oil control wasn’t very good and because its very whipped it emphasized some of the texture on my skin. I do think it had good lasting power thought. You also get 0.2 ounces less than the normal foundation which is disappointing because its high in price for a drugstore foundation. I think this was best suited for those with normal skin because it could emphasize dry patches and didn’t have good oil control.
Well, that’s all for this round. The foundations I’m using right now are the Kat Von D lock it and the Maybelline Matte and Poreless.
Even though I live in Florida, it still gets cold (for us) and the wind can make it pretty chilly. In the last couple of years my oily skin have become prone to dehydration in the winter. It always throws me off because dryness is not something I focus on with my skincare. This year I found some good products to keep away those stubborn dry patches.
The first one is YU BE Moisturizing skin cream. This product is from japan and it is so moisturizing. It can be too rich for me sometimes but when my skin is dehydrated it is perfect for balancing it out and restoring some of that moisture. I got this from my mom and she swears by it. She has extremely dry skin and this has helped her so much. The fuul size retails for $25.
The next product is the 2B Makeup Base. This product is so nice for when you want a little extra boost of moisture before your makeup or even if you’re not wearing makeup. It is really light and absorbs quickly but feels like a drink of water on your face. Its the same concepts as the Marc Jacobs coconut primer or the Too Faced hangoverx. It retails for $8.99 but is currently on sale for $7.19 on the Ulta Website.
The next product I got in a Vegan Cuts Box and its the Wonder Seed Facial cream. I have been using this since I got it and its been really nice. I use it every morning with my sunscreen and it products the perfect amount of hydration for the day. It does smell earthy so if you’re sensitive to smells you might not enjoy it. It took me awhile to get used to it. Great day time moisturizer. I even used it sometimes at night and I enjoyed but I prefer something more hydrating at night.
The last product is not technically a skincare item but this was definitely my MVP of the winter. Its the equate cortisone cream. I had some really really stubborn dry patches right above the left corner of my mouth and on my left cheek. I’m talking really stubborn. No amount of oil, creams, or exfoliating could get rid of them. The second it dropped below 60 degrees they popped up. Well one day I put some cortisone on it and I noticed so much improvement in just one night. It truly blew me away. After weeks of dealing with these gross dry and peeling patches after just a week they were completely gone using cortisone. Highly recommend to anyone struggling with stubborn dry patches. This is now a winter time staple in my skincare routine. I used the 1% Hydro cortisone anti itch cream I found in my apartment.
The last last product is an alternative to the YUBE cream. I started using this just one month ago and its less rich and more emollient version of the YUBE. Its also not as moisturizing but it’ll be easy for those not used to rich creams to use. Its the Derma e Super repair cream. I found this product at TJ maxx for $8. I recommend checking out your local TJ maxx or Ross to find cheap and different cruelty free products.
Thanks for Reading!
Left to Right: YUBE Moisturizing cream, 2B Primer, the Wonder Seed Facial Cream, Equate Cortisone cream
Since I’ve done so well with using up products, I thought it would be alright if I added some new goodies to my collection. I have been eyeing the RCMA no color powder for a long time because it got quite a bit of hype a few months ago. I have been using it the past week and its good but it doesn’t blow me away.
I have a lot of natural creases under my eyes and it is not the best for preventing creasing there.
The packaging is very messy. I plan to transfer the powder to my ELF HD powder container once I finish that.
It’s a good powder just not my favorite. I would recommend the It Cosmetics bye bye pores powder or the ELF HD powder over this one.
The second product I treated myself to is a lovely lipstick by Ilia. The line is natural, nontoxic, cruelty free, and vegan. I have had my eye on these lipsticks for a long time and I’m so glad I tried them out. I got the shade Madam Mina from beautylish for $26. It is limited edition unfortunately. The shade is a very pretty neutral mauve. Close to my natural lip color but a bit deeper and more neutral. The shade needs to be built up on the lips but it layers super nicely and looks natural. It goes on smooth and lasts a surprisingly long time. The formula gets a bit drying on the lips throughout the day but if you’re used to matte liquid lipsticks it won’t bother you. I would definitely consider getting another shade.
As an oily girl, powder is a very good friend of mine. It is the fastest thing I go through because I used it every day sometimes twice a day to blot and increase the wear of my foundation. I also have a bronzer that went bad but I used it quite a bit.
First is the Physicians Formula Healthy wear SPF 50 Powder foundation in translucent medium.I really enjoyed this and it was super light weight on the skin. It never looked cakey even if I went heavy handed. The oil control was surprisingly good. It wasn’t super matte but gave me a solid 5 hours before the oil became intense. It has the slightest of slight pink tints to it. I would definitely purchase another physicians formula powder but they tend to run really light so picking a shade can bit tricky. think this has been discontinued but you can still purchase it on amazon. Physicians formula is cruelty free.
Next is a powder foundation from Maybelline. I won’t say much because it is discontinued and maybeline tests on animals. The oil control wasn’t good but the coverage was nice.
The rimmel stay matte powder gets a ton of love on the internet, especially from those with oily skin. I, however, was not a fan. I found that the finish was way too matte and made my face look really flat and I didn’t like the look. I want to be matte but I still want my skin to look like skin. I worked with it by applying it with a big fluffy brush so the application wasn’t so heavy. I got the shade 004 sandstorm. It doesn’t really have a lot of coverage so I wouldn’t worry about finding the perfect match. Rimmel is not cruelty free.
I just finished the Prime and Fine powder from Catrice. The shade is translucent so medium-deep skin beware because it does have a white cast if you are heavy handed. I really liked the powder despite that. I found the oil control to be really good and the finish was light. Out of all the powders mentioned above this one is my favorite (it had better longevity than the physicians formula powder). It is not confirmed that Catrice is Cruelty free.
Lastly, is the NYC sunny bronzer. This is definitely a youtube made me buy it product. I really liked it at first because it was nice and blendable but I liked it less as I experimented with other bronzers. It isn’t very pigmented,which can be good for beginners, but I felt like I had to build it a lot on my medium skin. It also went bad on me as you might be able to see from the picture. NYC is not cruelty free.
Products I am currently using: NYX #no filter finishing powder (medium olive) and Too face Cocoa powder (light medium).
I think foundation is one of the harder things for me to get through because I am such a foundation hoarder. I definitely one of my weaknesses. In this post I am talking about the Covergirl Outlast foundation in Soft Honey. This is honestly the closest I have ever come to finding my “Holy Grail” foundation. I am currently on my third bottle, but I won’t be repurchasing because Covergirl tests on animals. This formula goes on so smoothly and never looked cakey or too obvious on me. It really did last a long time and managed my oils. The coverage was medium to full and is build able. My biggest complaint was the color. I could never find the right shade and the closest shade to me (soft honey) had looked a bit pink on me. Besides that its a great foundation.
Next is the L’OREAL true match roller foundation in W4. This product is so old and a huge gimmick. I actually used this solely as concealer. I only used this as foundation twice and it just didn’t last very long on me. If you have used the liquid true match foundation it is really similar but I found this cream version a bit more buildable. L’OREAL is not cruelty free.
Last is the Revlon photoready stick concealer. This product reminds me of high school because I used it a lot my last years of High School (roughly 4 years ago). The formula was creamy and had some solid medium almost full coverage. I didn’t love it for blemishes because it some some specks of glitter/sparkle in it. It wasn’t super obvious unless you looked at it closely in sunlight. It did a good job of covering my dark circles. Revlon is not cruelty free.
Current products I am using: Tarte Shape Tape(medium) and Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer (medium light).
Here we with a lot of used up products. Finishing a product brings me so much satisfaction, especially if I’ve had a product in my collection for way way too long. I will be breaking up all my empty products so it’s not too overwhelming. First up is lip balms! I use these every morning and day so I’m not surprised I have gone through so many.
First is the Maybelline Baby Lips in Peach Kiss. This gave a nice sheen and slightest of color to the lips. I really like the baby lips formula but unfortunately they do test on animals .
Next is the Fresh sugar lip treatment in the original and Rose. These have SPF 15 and are quite moisturizing. However, they have an odd slip to them and don’t really sink into the lips. They are still good and the Rose one gives a nice rosy/red tint to the lips. These are pretty pricey at $24 and can break or melt pretty easily. You can purchase them here. Also the ones pictured are deluxe sizes not the full size.
Last is the EOS lip balm and I 100% do not recommend this. I couldn’t even finish it because it irritated my lips so much. This was the first product I ever just gave up on because it was so bad and just didn’t work as a lip balm.
In case you’re curious, I am currently using a lip balm by Hard Candy and Jack Black (my favorite).
My last subscription box review for awhile. I promise. This was a good box though.
Lets start with the most exciting part! A set of three luxie eye brushes. I love these brushes. I use them every single day I apply eyeshadow. So soft and well made. I highly recommend them. They are shaped so nicely and blend shadows out effortlessly. Included were the #205, #237, and #229. I think this set was exclusively made for boxycharm but you can find similar brushes on the luxie website. This set retails for $36 but individually they retail for $12.
My second favorite product was a blow dry perfection heat protectant by Briogeo. This product is a cream used on damp hair to protect against heat damage and it also smooths hair. I liked this a lot but I needed to add something extra for hydration. I have really dry hair so this wasn’t hydrating enough. I do really enjoy it as a heat protectant and would recommend it. This retails for $24.
Next is an eyeshadow trio by IBY. The shades are nice and basic. Included is a matte brown shade, light champagne color with a sheen, and a deep shimmery bronze. Really pretty, however, the gold shade is best applied with a finger. If you’re into warm shades, which I 100% always am, you would like this. This can be purchased for $19.
I was not excited to receive the Temptu shimmer bronzer but it grew on me. This is a thin liquid bronzer that appears really dark but blends really nicely into the skin. The simmer isn’t super noticeable but does a nice job of warming up the skin without looking heavy or obvious. This retails for $29.50.
Last is the ultra matte lip paint by starlooks. I thought this product was okay but after some time I realized its pretty bad. You have to use a VERY thin layer or else it’ll crumble off. Also, it doesn’t apply true to color unless you use two layers. There are way better products out there in this category. This retails for $19.
The value of this box is $127.50 and you only pay $21. Really great value.