...okay. Actually, maybe you can kill me because I'm pretty ashamed of it myself. I have no excuse other than I'm just a lazy, lazy sod. I'M SORRY (again). Hopefully, this will make up for it?
Anyway, this post is going to be about my makeup favorites. Since I haven't posted for a while, I thought that I'd do something that you guys have been requesting for a long time. You guys ask me all the time what products I use on a regular basis. And I've finally listed them down for you. Some of them I've been using for ages and I can't live without. This is gonna be a list of my all-time favorite makeup products + a mini review of all of them.
First up is the Benefit the Porefessional primer. Now, this one is a bit higher end, so it's on the expensive side, but to me, it's totally worth the money. I've been using this tube for ages, so a little goes a very long way. I definitely see the difference when I have this on under my makeup. It keeps my (really oily) skin matte for longer, it helps my makeup stay on, and it minimizes the appearance of pores. When I don't have it on, my face just gets so much oilier and my makeup doesn't last as long. So, if you have oily skin like me and makeup doesn't stay on your face and you want to save up and splurge on something higher end, definitely give this a try. Or have someone give it to you as a gift! ;)
Okay, so, I have three foundations to tell you about, which is a bit much, I know - but I do love all three and I use them alternatingly.
|when worn: NARS Sheer Glow|
+ Wet 'n Wild Megalast Lip Color in Bare It All
+ IN2IT Brow Pencil and Powder
+ Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
+ Maybelline Gel Liner
The first one I'm going to tell you about is probably my all-time favorite foundation; it's the Nars Sheer Glow Foundation in Gobi. This one is quite high end and quite expensive, just a little disclaimer. This is probably the most expensive thing in my makeup collection, but my love for it knows no bounds. As I've said before, I have oily skin, but I do hate matte foundations. They look cakey and patchy on me and I just don't like matte finishes, I think they make skin look flat and dull, so I tend to go for a more glowy foundation. The Nars Sheer Glow isn't a super dewy finish, which I love, because as much as I love a glowy finish, I don't really want that overly-shiny-almost-greasy look. It has a satin finish, just the right amount of glow that makes skin look healthy and nice. And it looks like skin. It has a medium to heavy coverage depending on how you build it up, but I tend to go for a lighter coverage. I don't really like to pack this on my face, I like the look of it when I just put a thin layer on because it looks so natural and skin-like. This also lasts ages on me which I don't really expect with non-matte foundations, but it does. Since it is quite expensive though, I don't really use it every day. More on special occasions or just days where I need more of a pick-me-up. I always say, though, if you're gonna splurge on something, splurge on foundation. You can always find really good drugstore/cheaper dupes for other makeup products but foundation, I think, is just something to splurge on if you want a really good one. I bought mine from @as_cebu (on Instagram) because it's super hard to find my shade in Nars outlets, they're always out of stock, so I decided to special order mine online since they were taking so long to restock.
|when worn: Revlon Colorstay|
+ NYX Lip Lingerie in Push Up
The third foundation I'm gonna be talking about isn't really a foundation. It's the FACEit Aura CC (Color Control) Cream in 01. This one is a bit more expensive than Colorstay but less expensive than Sheer Glow. This one is more for everyday use. It's the dewiest finish out of the three because it is a Korean brand and we all know Koreans love their dewy foundations. This one doesn't last as long as the other two on me because really, it's not meant to. It's a CC cream so you can't really expect it to act like a foundation. It's light coverage if you put a thin layer on but you can build it up to a full coverage which is actually really surprising since it's supposed to be a light coverage CC cream. I do have to put primer on under this and a lot of powder on top because it is so dewy that I tend to look like I can fry an egg on my face if I don't. There are a few things I don't like about it like; the color's not the best on me - it's a bit pink, I do like the finish though I wish it didn't look so shiny on me but that's just because I have oily skin, the staying power is good but it gets cakey and greasy if you don't touch up with powder for a long while, and the cream itself is a bit sticky, but it's probably the best CC/BB cream I've tried so far and it's fine for everyday use.
I have two things to put on here, but the first one I'm going to be talking about is the Collection Lasting Perfection concealer in 1 Fair. This is a drugstore brand so it is super cheap but it's probably my favorite concealer. The coverage is amazing. A little goes a very long way so don't put too much on or it'll get a bit cakey, however, if you put just the right amount on and blend it, the coverage and finish is really nice. It also stays on for ages and doesn't move around. It's great if you want to hide a spot or brighten and cover up your undereye circles. It's an amazing concealer and it's so inexpensive as well! The one con about this concealer, however, is the availability. I used to be able to buy this in Mercury Drug outlets, the Ramp, and Trinoma, but after a while, when I ran out and went to get some more, their stores just randomly disappeared. I went as far as emailing Collection because I kept looking for other branches and I just couldn't find any. It turns out, they've pulled out all their Collection branches here. However, they said there was going to be a sale on CashCashPinoy for a brief amount of time so I stocked up on the concealer while I could. Unfortunately, though, I have no idea how I'm gonna get another one once I run out.
The next concealer favorite is a classic, but a lot more expensive than the Collection one. It's the MAC Studio Fix concealer in NC20. This one is easier to find obviously, just go to a MAC store and they'll have it. The finish on this is great, less matte than Collection and the lasting power isn't as good but it's not bad at all. I mean, it is MAC. The color is also a perfect match for me because MAC just excels at color-matching. But we all knew that. This also lasts ages. One pot has lasted me so long, so it's definitely worth the money. I've had this for a long time now, and I haven't even hit pan.
I have two powder favorites for you. The first one is a classic and you either love it or hate it; it's the MAC Studio Fix Powder Foundation in NC20. Now, I say that you either love it or hate it because I have had tons of friends that didn't like this powder at all, but also a lot of friends who swear by this powder. I, myself, love this powder, however. Yes, it is a heavy coverage powder but I don't really like to use a lot of it. I just dip my brush in once and dust it all over my face and I'm done. You can build it up, of course, but I prefer to keep it lighter. I know some people hate that it's so heavy on the face, but I don't really get that if I just put a thin layer on. It's MAC so it is high-end and bit expensive, but again, it lasts ages. I did hit pan on mine already but I bought this a long time ago, and I use it almost every day so it's definitely worth the money.
The second powder I have for you is gonna be a bit of a weird choice. It's the Pigeon Baby Powder Compact or whatever it's called. I can't really tell because all it says on the compact is Pigeon and then it's all in Japanese. This is just a translucent, white powder (like baby powder) pressed in a compact. For days I don't really want much coverage, this is the powder I use because it's super light but it keeps my face matte for longer. I tend to use it with the CC cream, because that stuff gets super greasy on me and this powder does a lot to prevent that. This is actually better than MAC at keeping my face matte. I don't really know how much this costs because it was gifted to me but I would imagine it's inexpensive because it's Pigeon.
I have two brow products I use on a regular basis. Sometimes, I alternate them and other times, I use them together. Both are inexpensive and from the same brand. The first one is IN2IT's brow pencil in EBT 02 Dark Brown. I'll be honest, I bought this because I needed a brow pencil and while I was browsing through the beauty section, this was the first one that was offered to me. I bought it, and I have to say, now that I've been using it while, it actually a good brow pencil. The tip part is soft enough to give a lot of pigment so I tend to apply it with a really light hand so I don't get really intense, crazy-looking, drawn-on eyebrows. It's not waxy like other brow pencils I've tried before, so the product glides on easily. It stays on really well, too. I used to use this on its own for a while but now I use it just to outline my brow shape and fill in my brows with powder.
My other brow favorite is IN2IT's waterproof brow colour in ER 01 eyebrowns. It has three colors in it: a really light brown that's good for people with light or even blonde hair, a reddish brown, and a really dark ashy brown. I like to mix the light brown and the dark brown for my brows. If I feel like getting my brows really on fleek, I use the pencil to outline them first and use this to fill them in. If I don't really feel like doing too much to my brows, I just use this on its own. The lasting power of this is also quite good and surprisingly, it is waterproof! I know it actually says it's supposed to be waterproof, but I've just never encountered a powder product that's actually waterproof, but this does a good job staying on even while swimming.
My fav eyeliner so far has been the Maybelline Gel Liner in Black. Surprisingly, it works better than any high-end waterproof eyeliner I've tried. They all seem to smudge on me and at the end of the day, I look like a panda or like I've had no sleep. Which is a bit crappy because I payed a lot more money for those high-end ones I tried first. I bought the Maybelline one for half the price and it does a way better job of staying on where I actually put it even if I'm sweating or my eyes water a bit. And yes, if you cry, it still stays on!
I'll admit, I'm not that picky with blushes nor have I bought and tried many. I mostly just used a lip and cheek tint and one powder blush. The powder blush I use is the BH Cosmetics Blush Duo in Daisy. It has a matte, neutral pink blush and a gold, champagne-y highlighter in the palette that you can use separately or together to create a shimmery blush color. I love the blush, it's the perfect color for my skin tone, and it gives a healthy flush to my cheeks that looks really natural. I love matte blushes so I like using it on its own. I use the highlighter just on the top of my cheekbones. I don't use highlighter much because I do have oily skin and that in itself is like a natural highlight, but I do use it on special occasions where I want my highlight to look nice in photos. The staying power of this blush is good. It wears away a bit but it's still there at the end of the day. It also got a little bit hard after a while so I had to get a really dense brush in there to get the pigment but then again, I have had it for ages so that's understandable. I got mine as a gift from @vivastyleph (on Instagram) and I've used it for my every day makeup ever since!
My lip and cheek tint fav has just recently run out but it's the Ever Bilena Lip and Cheek Tint. It's super cheap but so far, this is my favorite lip and cheek tint. I used to use the The Body Shop one but I liked this one better because of the color. It's a red-orangey tint that I think looks best on me, I don't really like the purple-y red tints on me. The staying power isn't that good, I do have to reapply once or twice during the day, but I don't really mind that. I'm hoping to try that organic lip and cheek tint everyone's been raving about! So I might have a new lip and cheek tint fav soon!
I have one mascara fav that is also my Holy Grail mascara so far; that's the Maybelline the Falsies Volume Express Waterproof Mascara in Black. Again, I've tried a lot of high-end waterproof mascaras before this, but I guess Maybelline jut does waterproof the best. I wear this for shoots and tapings and I can cry (like a lot) without this smudging and running at all. This also gives my lashes a lot of volume and length which I love because my lashes are basically nonexistent, but this makes them look awesome. Once I run out, I might try the Maybelline Lash Sensational since it's been getting so many good reviews, but the Falsies is definitely my Holy Grail mascara so far.
|when worn: NYX Lip Lingerie in Push Up|
+ IN2IT Brow Pencil and Powder
+ Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer
Lipstick, oh lipstick. I have a few favorite lipsticks and I'm gonna tell you all about them. The first one is a recent find but it has quickly become my every day lipstick and my favorite. It's the NYX Lip Lingerie in Push Up. I have another fav lipstick which I'll tell you more about later that's just the perfect nude for me, in my opinion, and this is like, the liquid lipstick version of it. Although it is called a liquid lipstick, the consistency is a bit more like a mousse. The staying power is awesome, it doesn't smudge or budge at all when it's dry. It does wear away a bit on the inside of the lip with oily foods but then again, I've never encountered a lipstick that survived oily food. I do wish the wand could've been a bit better (shorter, fluffier), but so far, this has been my go-to lipstick every day. I got mine as a gift from @the_coralreef (on Instagram) and I've loved it ever since.
|when worn: Wet 'n Wild Megalast Lip Color in Bare It All|
Okay, the other fav lipstick I was talking about before is the Wet 'n Wild Megalast Lip Color in Bare It All. This is the normal lipstick version of the NYX Lip Lingerie, basically. I've been using this one for ages and it's also the one I use for shoots or tapings where they require a really natural, no-makeup, makeup look. The staying power isn't as good as MAC or liquid lipsticks, obviously, but the color and consistency is just really lovely and it's also super cheap. Both Push Up and Bare It All have the same peach-y, brown-y, pink-y nude. That's the best I can describe it, and I think it's just the best nude for my skin tone since I'm really pale and I tend to look dead with a lot of nude colors. I bought mine from an online shop that doesn't sell anymore (it's even cheaper online!) but you can definitely find this in Wet 'n Wild outlets really easily.
|when worn: Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Midi|
+ FACEit Aura CC Cream
The next one is another nude (can you tell I love nude?), and it's the Colourpop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick in Midi. I got this without actually swatching or trying it on because there were no testers and obviously, I wasn't allowed to swatch the sealed ones, so I just Googled the swatches and decided that okay, I can work with that and got it anyway. The first time I tried it on, I was a bit horrified. I looked dead. I was disappointed as well because I had wanted a Colourpop lipstick for a while and the first one I got was completely the wrong color. Or so I thought. It took a couple of tries and a couple of different techniques, but I finally managed to make it look nice on me. Midi is a really picky color so definitely swatch and test it on your lips before buying it, but I found out that if I put some Chapstick on before and apply it in a thin layer, it actually looks quite good! Midi is a very pale nude pink with a blue undertone, so you can understand why it's a bit of a picky color in terms of skin tone. Once I managed to make it look good though, it actually became one of my all-time fav lipsticks. It's not an everyday shade, but I do wear it to parties and other special occasions where I have a bit of a smokey eye. It goes particularly well with a brown smokey eye! I got mine as a gift from Uniqube at the University Mall in Taft, but they also have an Instagram which is @uniqubeph.
|when worn: MAC Viva Glam III|
The next lipstick favorite is on the high-end side and - surprise, surprise - not a nude. It's actually far from a nude; it's the MAC Viva Glam III. This is what some would call a "vampy" lip color. It's a matte brown-ish, plummy color and when I wear it I always think, "I look like I've just freshly eaten a person" which I love. It's limited edition in MAC which is appropriate because I've never tried or seen a color like this before, it's super unique and I love it a lot. Obviously, I don't wear this every day, but when I'm feeling a bit vampy, like I need a bit of "freshly eaten a person" vibe, a night out, or slap on some sassy sunnies and this lippy and I immediately feel a little bit more badass.
My next lip favorite is not a lipstick but a lip tint. It's the Peripera Lip Marker in Red. First of all, it literally looks and acts like a sharpie. It has a felt tip and you just kind of draw on your lips which is kind of awesome. It's smudge-proof but it does wear on the lips after a while. It's a bit of a berry red which means it does have a purple-y undertone but in this instance, I do like it. I wear this when I don't really feel like wearing lipstick but I don't really wanna look pale af so I just dab a bit of this on and go.
Lip balms are a must for me. Since I was just a wee child, I've had the problem of itchy, irritated, burning, swollen and after a few hours of that, dry lips. I've never really gone to the dermatologist about it but it basically happens in cold weather, if I've been in an air-conditioned area for too long, or if I eat salty and spicy food. It's really annoying, and I've tried so many expensive, medicated lip balms to try and get rid of it. You know which one that worked though? Good old Chapstick. Yes, that's right. I've tried just about every lip balm out there to help my lips out a bit when they get irritated, but the only one that actually worked was good, old-fashioned, cheap-as-all-heck, Chapstick. I do sort of dislike the artificial smell of Strawberry and Cherry, but this is the only one that can handle my super sensitive lips and I'm just gonna have to deal with that.
My other lip balm fav is the EOS Lip balm in Honeysuckle Honeydew. Now, this doesn't work as well as the Chapstick in terms of healing my irritated lips, but it does work, just not as fast or effective. If my lips aren't irritated though, this works super well at just moisturizing my lips. It's not as sticky as Chapstick as well. And the smell. I absolutely love the smell of this. It tastes and smells like Melona ice cream which is my fav. And EOS also only uses organic ingredients which makes me feel better about putting it on my lips because while Chapstick heals my lips a bit better, it does have still have some chemicals in it. I got this one as a gift from @the_coralreef (on Instagram) as well.
And... That's it! That was a long one, wasn't it? But those are my makeup favorites! I'm gonna keep updating these as I find new products that I love and maybe turn this into a monthly favorites type thing? Let me know what products you love and maybe want me to try out as well. Maybe it'll end up on my next favorites!
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Disclaimer: This post contains products that were kindly gifted to me, but of course, all opinions are my own.