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.


Sleek Makeup “Bring On The Night” Holiday Set-Review

Hi guys!  Welcome back.  Today I have yet another review, but this time is for a holiday set.  I’ve seen Sleek Makeup products online but never imagined I would see it in my local Walgreens.  Yes, you read that right…At Walgreens!  You can imagine the dumb face I had when I saw various holiday sets at affordable prices from this brand.  Because I’m not a millionaire (sadly), I grabbed one that would give me a general idea of the brands’ performance.  For $25 I got the holiday set “Bring On The Night” which includes an eyeshadow palette, a blush trio and a highlighter palette.

Here are two looks I created using Sleek Makeup’s gift set. For more looks, go to my Instagram

Let’s start with the eyeshadow palette, as it was my least favorite.  I’m not saying it was bad, just a little hard to work with.  It’s a dry formula (not smooth/creamy), so I encounter some issues when trying to blend the shadows.  The color selection is full of cool tones/smokey shades with little matte (transition) colors.  Even the darker shades had some type of shimmer in them.  As for pigmentation, it was average because there’s a lot of building the colors and the shimmery shades needed to be applied with the fingers for a better color payoff.

Now, the blush trio is another story.  Colors are intense, soft, blendable and very pigmented (a little goes a long way).  The shades are not my typical choice, but I enjoy using them from time to time.

Finally, the highlight palette included 3 powders and 1 creamy formula.  The powders give an intense, kind of icy glow to the skin and tend to emphasize large pores/texture.  But the cream one gives you a less intense but more natural glow.

Overall, I think the holiday set is worth it.  Sure, the eyeshadow palette is a little hard to work with, but I love the smokiness.  Also, it got me interested in trying more products from Sleek Makeup.

What holiday set have you tried?


Reseña Estuche de Regalo “Bring On The Night” de Sleek Makeup

¡Bienvenidos!  Hoy les tengo otra reseña, pero esta vez es de un estuche de regalo.  He visto productos de la marca Sleek Makeup en internet, pero nunca imaginé que los vería en un Walgreens cercano.  Sí, leyeron correctamente… ¡En Walgreens!  Así que se pueden imaginar la cara de tonta que tenía cuando vi varios estuches de regalos de esta marca a precios asequibles (accesibles).  Pero como no soy millonaria, sólo compré un estuche que me diera conocimiento general sobre el desempeño de los productos de Sleek Makeup.  Así que por $25 obtuve el estuche que incluye una paleta de sombras, un trío de rubores y una paleta de iluminadores (highlighters).

A continuación incluyo dos looks creados utilizando este estuche de regalo de Sleek Makeup. Para más looks, visiten mi Instagram

Comencemos hablando sobre la paleta de sombras, ya que fue lo menos que me gustó.  No digo que sea mala, solamente fue algo difícil para trabajar con ella.  La fórmula de las sombras es algo seca (no es cremosa ni suave), por lo que tuve problemas al momento de difuminarlas.  La selección de colores fríos y ahumados (cool/smokey) con pocos tonos mates o de transición.  Incluso los tonos más oscuros tienen algún tipo de brillo/escarcha.  En cuanto a la pigmentación, es promedio porque hay que aplicar varias veces los colores para tener la intensidad deseada.  Además, los colores que tienen mucho brillo tienen que ser aplicados con los dedos para que el color y el brillo sean visibles.

Ahora hablemos del trío de rubores.  Los colores son intensos, suaves, con gran pigmentación y de fácil difuminación (sólo se necesita un poco para cubrir ambas mejillas).  No son tonos que elegiría usualmente, pero me gusta utilizarlos de vez en cuando.

Por último, la paleta de iluminadores incluye 3 en polvo compacto y 1 es cremoso.  La fórmula en polvo compacto te da un resplandor intenso que tiende a enfatizar los poros y la textura de la piel.  Pero el color en crema da un resplandor menos intenso, aunque un poco más natural.

En general, pienso que este estuche de regalo vale la pena.  Por supuesto, la paleta de sombras es algo difícil para usar, pero me encantan los tonos.  Además, ahora tengo curiosidad de probar otros productos de Sleek Makeup.

¿Cuáles estuches de regalo han probado?