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Highlighters vs Lighting Powders
Makeup trends are constantly evolving, we saw “Instagram” brows turn into fluffy soap brows and opaque matte lipsticks transition into soft gradient lip colors. A huge trend that’s almost synonymous with its year in makeup was strobing in 2015, or the use of extreme highlighter. Highlighter was hot, particularly the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors which everyone had on their wishlist because of the brand’s collaboration with beauty influencer, Jaclyn Hill that year. However, 2020 has birthed a new decade of makeup trends, mainly focused on natural, minimal, and subtle makeup that accentuates our natural beauty. While highlighters are nice, they are not as subtle and luminous as lighting powders, which I anticipate will make a huge comeback in makeup this year. So what’s the difference between highlighters and lighting powders in the first place? Well I’ve tested out two of them today to demonstrate. BECCA - Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter Highlighters are usually high in shimmering pigment, meaning they are very intensely bright on the skin. While they pair beautifully with many makeup looks, I don’t prefer to use them because they are so intense compared to my everyday makeup. The shimmering effect is a bit too obvious for me and also often emphasizes the texture on my skin underneath my makeup. HOURGLASS - Ambient Lighting Finishing Powder Lighting powders are essentially finishing powders that contain micro pigments which give off a subtle glowing effect. The reason I adore lighting powders is because they blend smoothly into my skin with other makeup while also softly illuminating the highpoints of my face. Lighting powders definitely align with the new generation natural makeup trends of 2020 and I foresee them becoming a hot trend in the beauty community soon.
HOURGLASS-Ambient Lighting Finishing Powder
Why I don’t dry my face after cleansing
Since living on my own during college, I’ve tried to live a less wasteful life. Whether it be with food, clothing, or beauty, I’ve dramatically cut down my amount of consumption. With skincare, I worked on simplifying my routine to a few core products. However, I was still contributing immense waste with the paper towels I used to dry my face after cleansing every day. I never liked using fabric towels because they tend to build up bacteria and require washing often. Eventually, I just stopped replenishing on paper towels and started using my fingers to wipe off excess water on my face before applying skincare. Originally, my intention was to just stop being so wasteful, but I’ve also recently learned about the skincare benefits of this practice. Dermatologist, @dermangelo on TikTok says that applying skincare on top of damp wet skin actually helps with the absorption of humectants as well as keeping moisture locked in your skin barrier. So not only am I spending less money, contributing less waste, but I’m also hydrating my skin at the same time!
Dupe: Tarte Shape Tape vs Elf Camo Concealer
While scrolling through Cherie, I saw a post about how the Elf Camo Concealer may be a potential dupe for the Tarte Shape Tape. I was super excited to test it out because I love the shape tape and have also been super interested in Elf’s products lately. They’ve really been hitting it out of the park for drugstore beauty. I chose the Hydrating Camo concealer (Medium Sand) rather than the 16 Hour Matte Camo concealer from Elf because I prefer a satin finish. When I first screwed the applicator out, I immediately noticed the smell, it’s STRONG. However, the scent doesn’t linger after application and it’s really no surprise that $6 makeup may smell like paint sometimes. In terms of consistency, it’s very similar to the Tarte Shape Tape; creamy and thick. The coverage is almost identical, so so full. The finish of the Tarte Shape Tape is a bit more matte than the Elf Hydrating Camo, but I actually prefer the Elf’s natural looking satin finish. For wear time, after a 5 hour check in, they looked very similar with slight creasing, but nothing out of the ordinary. One thing to note is that the Elf concealer does oxidize if applied in a very light layer. Under the eye, it’s fine, but for some reason, on other places on my face, it oxidized a lot. Overall, I like the Elf Hydrating Camo concealer and think it is a great value for the price!
e.l.f.-Hydrating Camo Concealer
Lychee Jelly Ball Cleanser
Although I am a huge proponent of simple, no frills skincare; I also advocate for self care and skin-tertainment moments, especially during these stressful times. This Jelly Glow Ball Cleanser by Bliss is definitely a non essential skincare item, but something I thought would be super fun to try out! The hydrating bouncy pink ball claims to wash off makeup, dirt, and oil leaving your face fresh and glowy. It takes one poke in the hole for the ball’s protective layer to burst and the jelly ball is ready to use. The ball leathered up rather quickly, but it was a bit slippery and challenging to use on the face at first. I would definitely recommend lathering the ball in your hands and massaging the cleanser in with your fingers rather than directly with the ball as instructed. It’s a good standard cleanser and was able to wash off my makeup. I have combo to normal skin, and it wasn’t too stripping. The Jelly Ball Cleanser is not a must, but something super fun to use and I recommend! #CherieCreator