2018 Favorites-Makeup & Non-Makeup

Hi guys!  Welcome to the last blog post of the year (“Whaaat?”-minion voice).  It’s been a great year: I started this blog, obtained my Masters degree, and got a job at a retail store.  I don’t do New Year’s resolutions but feel free to share yours in the comment section. Now let’s talk about makeup and non-makeup favorites.

First, I discovered a face moisturizer that hydrates my skin without making me look like a grease ball and that will be Hydra Genius Daily Moisturizer for oily skin from L’oreal.  For taking my makeup off, I use a Micellar Foaming Cleanser for combination to oily skin, from Garnier Skin Active.  It takes all my makeup off, including waterproof mascara, without leaving my face feeling super dry.  As for my hair, I’ve been loving Herbal Essences Curl Defining mousse (strong hold) and discovered the amazingness of Aussie Kids Detangler in Bloomin’ Apple.  Smells good and incredibly helps with my knotty-curly hair.  Lastly for non-makeup products, I absolutely love ULTA Beauty’s Shadow Switching Pan for using the same eyeshadow brush repeatedly with different colors.

Now, I have a lot of favorites products in the makeup section (majority are drugstore/affordable).  Many of them, I’ve talked before so I’ll link the blog post.  For base products, the most I’ve been using are L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte foundation in 104 Golden Beige (blog post), Covergirl Clean Matte bb cream in 520 Light (blog post), Colourpop’s No Filter Concealer in Light 16, Colourpop’s No Filter sheer pressed powder in Light (blog post), and Maybelline Master Fix loose powder in Translucent.  For bronzer I have two: Bettina Sun Splash Bronzing Powder in Light to Medium, and Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer in Deep Bronzer (blog post).  For blush I have: Maybelline Fit Me in 10 Buff, Lottie London Blush Crush in zac, and Morphe Blush in Spirit.  These two last blushes I got in my Ipsy bag.  Last face product is highlighter, Smashbox X Casey Holmes Spotlight Palette in Gold and Pearl, Wet ‘n Wild Megaglo Highlighting Powder in 319B Blossom Glow (blog post), and Sleek Makeup Highlighting Palette in 032 Solstice (blog post).

For the eyebrows I used mostly the NYC Browser Bush-On Brow Kit in 876 Brunette but because of some Ipsy bags, I found two brow pencils that I like.  The Arch Arrival Brow Definer in 02 Taupe Tom from Sugar, and Skone Brow Wand in Chocolate.  I also have two eyeshadow palettes that I’ve been using like crazy: Pérsona Identity palette and Maybelline Soda Pop palette (blog post).  Love the ULTA Beauty Gel Eye Liners in general, but I have four colors: Black Out, Black Brown, Olive, and Bronze.  The two mascaras I’ve been using throughout the year are L’oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof in Blackest Black, and Covergirl Flourish by Lash Blast in Very Black (blog post).  The last products are for the lips: Maybelline Color Sensational lipsticks, Colourpop Lux Lipsticks, and L’oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Lipgloss.

These are all my favorite products for this year 2018. What products were your favorites through the year? Let’s talk in the comment section.


Tried 2, Like 1-Physicians Formula

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Hello! Welcome to the new series “Tried 2, Liked 1”. For the first post, I thought fitting to talk about Physicians Formula (since it’s the first time I try anything from the brand).

Let’s start with the product that I didn’t liked. I tried the Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Lash Boosting Mascara in Ultra Black Organics. It retails for around $10 (it’s on sale on Physicians Formula website and Ulta for $5). The wand is fat with short plastic bristles. The formula is extremely wet and it stays like that all day long. That’s why I didn’t liked it, my lashes felt wet and every time I touched the my fingers had mascara on them (I sneezed and my mascara went to my lids). At the end of the day, I had awesome panda eyes (never looked better). My eyes were black all around, it ruined my makeup and I was eager to take the damn mascara off.

The second product was the Butter Bronzer in Deep Bronzer. Believe me when I tell you that I know how late I am to trying this out. But I absolutely understand why basically everybody likes it. It’s a nice shade and it smells like pina colada which is somewhat strong for my preference (the scent lingers a bit after application).

Also, it has some subtle micro-shimmers so it leaves a nice sheen on the face (not glittery). It’s quite pigmented so take it easy with the application (or not, is up to you).

In conclusion, completely disliked the mascara but absolutely loved the bronzer.

Let’s talk in the comment section!


Probé 2, me gustó 1-Physicians Formula

¡Hola! Bienvenidos a la nueva serie titulada “Probé 2, me gustó 1”. Para la primera entrada, pensé que sería apropiado hablar sobre Physicians Formula (ya que es la primera vez que pruebo algo de esta marca).

Comencemos con el producto que no me gustó. Probé el rímel Organic Wear 100% Natural Origin Lash Boosting en el color Ultra Black Organics. La pueden conseguir por alrededor de $10 (en la página web de Physicians Formula y Ulta está en especial a $5). La varita es ancha con cerdas plásticas y cortas. La fórmula es extremadamente húmeda y se queda así todo el día. Por esa razón no me gustó, cada vez que tocaba mis pestañas mis manos tenían rímel y las pestañas se sentían húmedas (cuando estornudé, el rímel se pasó a mis párpados). Al final del día, tenía unos increíbles ojos de panda ya que tenía rímel alrededor de mis ojos. Mi maquillaje fue arruinado y estaba ansiosa por quitarme el bendito rímel.

El segundo producto fue el Butter Bronzer en el color Deep Bronzer. Sé que estoy tarde al probar este producto ahora, pero entiendo porqué le gusta a básicamente todo el mundo. El color está nítido y tiene un aroma como a piña colada el cual es algo fuerte para mi gusto (el olor se queda un poco luego de la aplicación).

Otra cosa es que tiene como unas micro-escarchas (brillo) por lo que deja un brillo natural en el rostro. Tiene bastante pigmento así que recomiendo que lo tomen con calma con la aplicación.

En conclusión, detesté por completo el rímel pero amé el bronceador.

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