It is in my nature to keep my eyes open for new beauty products in the market, especially drugstore. Why drugstore? Because of their convenience, high availability, and wallet-friendly price tags. Simple packaging and eye-catching ingredients (specifically natural) instantly grab my attention. Shea Moisture® is a brand that has stood out the most due to their recent and continuous product expansion, offering a variety of products and lines for hair, skincare, and body.
After sticking to the same everyday beauty routine for a few months now, I recently AND unexpectedly came across a new beauty gem that has officially replaced my go-to foundation. When it comes to drugstore beauty, CoverGirl always sets the bar high for me particularly with their foundations and mascaras. It’s safe to say their new Clean Matte BB Cream has become an everyday favorite.
Everywhere I go, first thing I see are shades of red, pink, and purple. Along with cute heart decor, roses, and chocolates nicely stacked next to one another. It wasn’t even mid January but it seemed like everyone was beginning to feel the love.
The Valentine’s Day galore started growing on me early, leading to the rediscovery of some favorite lippies that scream “Month of Love”. Something about pink and red tones that give lips a sweet, delicate look.
You can say there’s a love/hate relationship between cream eyeshadows and myself. Specifically ones that come packaged inside those little pots. I’m a bit particular with eyeshadow application because personally, I don’t like having to stick or tap my fingers into a pot. Not to mention the mess it leaves on your hands, especially if the cream shadow contains glitter!
My perception has definitely changed now that I discovered eyeshadow pencils & crayons. So easy to apply and small enough to take them on-the-go for a quick eye touch up. Lately, these cream eyeshadow sticks are what I reach for on occasions where I want a little more sparkle and color on my lids.
“Venetian Gold” x TréStique | “Bronze” x Jelly Pong Pong Cosmetics | “Champagne Toast” x Milani
TréStique’s “Venetian Gold” is a beautiful, deep gold with champagne shimmer and a creamy formula. The crayon glides easily all over the lid without any glitter fallout and if that isn’t convincing enough; it is retractable, meaning no need to sharpen. Simply twist-up till the product finishes. So pretty and daytime approved!
Pairing “Venetian Gold“ with Jelly Pong Pong’s “Bronze” creates a subtle, bronzy-smoky eye look as easy as applying “Bronze”on the outer corners of the eyes. Have a blending brush handy, as I find this matte cream eyeshadow to be a little difficult to blend. The shadow stick is also an eyeliner, making it safe to wear inside the waterline. The color is more of a copper-bronze but perfect to wear on it’s own or with another eyeshadow.
“Champagne Toast” by Milani is my absolute favorite of the 3 because of the beautiful color and the formula’s amazing pigmentation. Funny enough, I feel the color transfers as more of a frosty rose-blush and not so much a champagne (or could just be with my complexion). I love love love wearing “Champagne Toast” on it’s own as the sparkles give the lids a gorgeous brightening effect. The eyeshadow pencil glides on AND no glittery mess!
Eventually, I’d like to get my hands on some more cream eyeshadow pencils in a variety of colors (& by colors I mean neutrals lol). The advantage of shadow crayons are minimal creasing, long-wearing, easy application, no mess, and honestly its pretty cool how it feels like I’m literally drawing over my eyelids. What are some of your favorites? I’d love to know! 🙂
Oh summer, you’ve been extra brutal this year. This heat in Miami will have you in an extra bad mood honestly But that’s why getting ready and done up for the day gets me extra excited. Especially because I FINALLY found the perfect dewy foundation that works great with my skin. I have oily/combination skin and if you didn’t know, a foundation with a “dewy finish” basically means it provides a natural glow. There’s a big difference between looking oily and looking dewy.
The NARS All Day Luminous Weightless Foundation gives off a natural dew without the shiny/oily look . I’d say the product has a medium to full coverage, you can definitely build it up. Now, it doesn’t have the word “weightless” for no reason! I’ve worn this foundation during the day (hot!!), nights out, during work, you name it. I love that it does not give me the feeling of a packed-on foundation, it is light enough to wear at all times which is perfect. Sometimes I set it with a translucent powder and other times just bronze up a bit + blush and it’s still long-lasting.
Apply with a brush or Beauty Blender (sponge) for an even blended look. I highly recommend if you too are looking for a product with similar qualities. I use the “Barcelona” shade and it couldn’t match any better.
Happy Summer, ladies!