Acne/texture friendly highlighter
Product claims: A gel-based, anti-pollution serum highlighter that can be mixed with skincare or foundation or applied directly to skin for a natural, dewy finish Highlighter ingredients: Hydrolyzed Algae helps control oil and bacteria while conditioning skin Marine Actives help to firm and protect skin against free radicals and UV light Mastic helps refine the skin’s texture to give a smooth and even appearance My experience: This is such an innovative product for those who are looking for skincare benefits with makeup. If you have pores, texture and acne like me, you know it’s a struggle to find highlighters which doesn’t emphasize the blemishes. This adds such a nice glow to my skin when I mix it in with my foundation and I think it lives up to the claim of controlling oil. The thing that I love the most about it is that it doesn’t leave a white cast and doesn’t exaggerate my pores on the high points Do I recommend this to others? Yes definitely! This highlighter also comes in 3 shades and the packaging also has a pump to keep the product bacteria free! Price: $42 for 0.5 oz
Feb. 12, 2020
Ilia is THE brand to watch for clean makeup
After seeing amazing product shots of Ilia lipsticks and reading what seemed like hundreds of reviews; I finally had to try Ilia products myself. Their chic cream colored packaging is captivating and simple and I consider them an absolute leader in the clean makeup space. While I have yet to dive into their lipsticks (didn’t seem 2020 realistic) I did scoop up some awesome picks, these one’s are MUST BUYS. ILIA - Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40 If you like light coverage, this is for you. It quite literally feels just like a serum. It’s texture reminds me of Glossier’s Skin Tint but the Ilia product feels more premium. Much more smooth and glides on skin a little easier While light, it holds NOTHING back when giving you that dewy glow. ‘Dewy’ for an oily-skin gal sometimes just means more oil but not with this. This actually gives you a radiant look and doesn’t make piles of grease on your face. Plus, it’s SPF 40...you can’t beat that. We love a 2-in-1 queen. Get ready for silky skin realness. ILIA - ILIA Multi-Stick Cheek & Lip I’m obsessed with stick blushes. They’re so easy and they last forever. But they have to be done right. And if you’re looking for a stick that doesn’t require you to go back in with your fingers, they don’t exactly exist so just get used to the blending. Stick blushes can’t be too greasy, leaving streaks before or after blending. And they can’t be too drying otherwise it ends up looking cakey. With castor oil, cocoa butter, and beeswax this one is nourishing and soft. Ilia’s Multistick glides on your lips or cheeks and is highly buildable in pigment. ILIA - Limitless Lash Mascara My beauty editor friends call me a mascara snob. It’s true, but only because my lashes really need volume and if they don’t have it they just fall into my eyes. So not only do I want my lashes to look amazing and voluminous, I want to be comfortable! Ilia’s may have just become my new favorite, literally kicking my Essence Cosmetics Mascara to the curb. It’s light (but buildable), and has a dual-sided wand. The short bristles curl and bring your lashes volume and the longer ones lift and lengthen while making sure lashes don’t clump together. ILIA - Liquid Light Serum Highlighter Liquid highlighter done RIGHT! Liquid highlighter is getting more and more popular. I feel no one used to prefer it but with brands making more A+ formulas, everyone wants liquid now (vs. powder or sticks). Ilia’s Liquid Light alongside Saie’s Dew Balm have been my 2020 favorites. Ilia’s has BLUE- LIGHT protection! It melts into the skin so well just like a serum would, leaving behind only the best glisten. I read a tip that you can also use this on your eyelids which is a total gamechanger. I’ve never tried a better liquid highlighter, this texture, blend, and dry-down can’t be beat. What have you tried from ILIA and loved?
Full(ish) face of ILIA
ILIA has become one of my favorite beauty brands over the past year due to their gorgeous products, clean beauty stance, and amazing formulations. I’m wearing nearly a full face from them minus the brows (benefit gimme brow) and bronzer (milk baked, but they just came out with their own). - Super Serum Skin Tint: 8/10 This skin tint contains spf 40, niacinimide, squalane, and hyaluronic acid so its a three in one product perfect for busy mornings. I find it to be long wearing about 8 or 9 hours of wear, which is pretty high for a skin tint. This gives the skin such a glowy, hydrated look. - Color Haze Pigment in Stutter: 9/10 Used here as a blush these also look gorgeous on the lips. Stutter is my favorite of all the pigment shades, it is a deep burnt orange that is very rare to find. The pigment itself is probably the thickest cream blush I’ve ever used but that just means you need the smallest amount, a little goes a long way. - Liquid Light Serum Highlighter: 6/10 This product can be a kind of hit or miss with me, sometimes it looks so gorgeous and natural and other times it accentuates the texture of my skin so badly. My favorite ways to use this is either mixed in with a base or under the super serum skin tint. These methods of application allow the highlighter to appear more skin like and dewy. - Limitless Lash Mascara: 10/10 My favorite mascara ever! This gives amazing length, doesn’t get clumpy, adds volume, and last for hours. This is truly the best mascara I’ve tried by far. ILIA - Liquid Light Serum HighlighterILIA - Pure EyelinerILIA - Color Block High Impact LipstickILIA - Super Serum Skin Tint SPF 40
Primer: Smashbox VS. Shiseido
smashbox - Photo Finish Foundation Primer Super Light I have repurchased this primer several times as it's suitable for those with large pores and oily skin. It has a silicone feel to it with a satin finish, leaving my skin smooth, delicate and poreless while covering my skin blemishes. But some of my friends said they started to break out after a couple days. It doesn't even out the skin tone because it's transparent. You need apply other products to make your skin lighter. Shiseido-Fullmake washable base This primer from Shisheido can be used on lips and it separates the makeup from our skin well. It's a light pink lotion when squeezed out and very lightweight when blended. It boasts a slight touch-up effect and can be completely removed by just using a facial cleanser. It has a silicone as the second ingredient (after water) and although I prefer silicone-free primers, I like this base. It doesn't like a lot of primers with a high silicone content - sit on top of my skin and feel heavy. The downside is that it only has sheer coverage, so it's more suitable for those with flawless skin.
smashbox-Photo Finish Foundation Primer Super Light
Too Faced Hangover Rx Replenishing Face Primer is one of the best primers out there. This is a replenishing face primer that hydrates, smoothes, and brightens skin for a dewy, healthy looking finish. This is used as a base for makeup that is infused with coconut water that works together to boost skins radiance and helps hydrate as well as locks down the makeup for a fresher, longer, and flawless look. This products targets all the pores, redness, and wrinkles on the skin making them less visible and make the makeup look amazing. It’s feels super light on the skin and had a very silky feel to it. This primer costs about $34. I have used this primer for over 3 years now and I have to say that I love it. I would recommend this product to everyone. It’s amazing and works so well on the skin. The primer is super hydrating and does not make me break out nor does it cause redness on my skin. I give this product 5 stars.
Too Faced-Hangover Primer
Too faced papa don’t peach blush!
The too faced papa don’t peach blush is a brightening blush that is infused with a peach fragrance! This has a bronze hue that imparts fresh youthful looking radiance to cheeks for a touch of summertime warmth. The texture of this blush is a very smooth and creamy texture! I bought this blush a couple months ago and I absolutely loved it in the summer because it gave me a peachy but a great sun kissed glow! It is very hydrating, didn’t break me out, and I saw great results in my face being more bronzed and glowy! I definitely would recommend this to anyone in the summer time it is absolutely gorgeous on the skin. It is $30 for .32oz!🍑✨Too Faced - Papa Don’t Peach Blush
Too Faced-Papa Don’t Peach Blush
My favorite primer of all time is the hourglass veil mineral primer. This primer has it all. It’s an oil free primer with a silky texture that will definitely leave your skin so smooth so you can apply your makeup to the best. When I apply my makeup after using this primer my foundation literally glides onto my skin. This primer extends the wear of the makeup as well reduces redness and minimizes pores and wrinkles and leaves a perfect complexion. It’s texture is so airy and cloud like and layers onto the skin without any added weight or grease. This works for all skin types and the makeup stays on looking fresh all day long. I have been using this primer for over 2 years now and I absolutely love this. I decided to try to this one because one time I was at Sephora just looking around and one of the workers asked if I needed any help so I told her I was looking for a good primer and without evening thinking about it she said just stop looking and try the hourglass one. Once I tried it I loved it so much. This primer is super hydrating and it definitely did not make me break out at all. It’s worked so well for my skin. I would definitely recommend this product to everyone. It’s $54 for a full size product which is pricy but it works really good and will last a long time. I give this product a full 5 stars. Don’t even hesitate and just buy it. I promise you will love it.
No POREblem Primer✨
touch in SOL - No Poreblem Primer I got this sample through other purchases and I was excited to try since it was first time using this primer. This primer is supposed to blur your pore and make your skin look flawless! I have combination acne prone skin and have some large pores near my nose and cheek area. This is my favorite primer ever when I want to achieve beautiful porcelain skin. Texture is like silicone cream and smooth on skin. I like how long this primer lasts on my skin and make me look flawless despite having texture. My pore look like it shrunk! Price is affordable and it comes in a good sized bottle. I recommend this product! I can’t wait to purchase full size.
touch in SOL-No Poreblem Primer
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