I’m usually not so lucky when it comes to new beauty discoveries, but this year, I’ve gotten my hands on a swarm of them!
After testing out so many new products for the last several weeks, I thought I’d share with you the ones I’ve become utterly in love with!
First up is the Black Box collection from Zoeva. If you’re a black eyeliner obsessive like me, you’re definitely going to love this kit. It comes with a 4 black eyeliners – a liquid pen with a felt-tip applicator, two pencils (one kohl and one very similar to the Urban Decay 24/7 pencils), and then a traditional liquid eyeliner where the applicator twists off. The felt-tip liquid pen wasn’t exactly great, but the other 3 products made up for it. My favorites were the screw-top liquid eyeliner and the graphic eye pencil – both are pitch black and glide on so easily and smoothly.
Everyone has been asking me if these are worth the hype and YASSS! they absolutely are. I’m not a fan of wearing lipsticks all the time so these are the perfect match for me… You get really good color payoff without feeling like you’re wearing lipstick. They feel butter smooth, keep the lips moist, and are so beautiful on (wears exactly like a stain). This was just a teaser…didn’t want to spoil too much because I have a detailed review to come!
I wish I was less skeptical of Marc Jacobs Beauty from the beginning because this is the best primer I have ever tried (and there’s been quite a bit). It feels really cool, creamy, and gel-like, and sits so well on the face. I don’t know how to describe it… You get just enough slip without that weird greasy feeling and it makes you glow inside out! The scent is a bonus – I absolutely love coconut and it smells like coconut, but not that faux funny scent. Makeup holds up really well with this stuff, so it’s definitely an A++ primer.
For whatever reasons, I’ve found that moisturizers with SPF tend to break me out but not makeup with SPF, so I’ve refrained from facial sunscreens for a while now. I was super happy with this one from Tatcha because my skin had no adverse reaction. At first, I was a little turned off by the thick texture, but don’t be fooled… It blends so well into the skin and doesn’t leave that chalky white residue. It also mattifies the skin, which is perfect if you want to wear makeup on top!
I’m surprised by the amount of negative reviews this product has gotten. So let’s get one thing straight, don’t expect coverage out of this product. As the name suggests, you get a nude (natural, naked) finish. Your complexion will look healthy and luminous, but imperfections and redness still shine through. What you should expect is a “my skin but better“ and the Bobbi Brown team hit that target on the spot!
Not sure why I waited so long to try an Urban Decay concealer… I haven’t been disappointed by anything from this brand. So, I fall in the minority when I say I wasn’t completely crazy about Nars Creamy Radiant Concealer although it is a really good concealer. My problem with it was that the color selection wasn’t exactly accommodating and I found that the product dried out quite badly over time… Well, this Naked Skin Concealer is over here like “I offer you more”. No questions asked. It’s very on par with the Nars, but I like the color selection better, and it’s a lot more hydrating. I couldn’t ever wear the Nars concealer under my eyes, but this one does the job well. It’s HG status.