January Favorites

January Favorites

I apologize for the lack of posts but Chinese New Year started on January 31 and the celebration continues for 15 days so I’ve been busily cooking and entertaining non-stop. It’s kind of a big deal in my family so it takes precedence but I didn’t want my blog to go entirely silent for the next two weeks so I thought I would share the products I’ve been using and loving this past month.

Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Palette – I’m so glad I bit the bullet and got this because I’ve been using it everyday. For the most part the pigmentation and textures of the shadows are great and it’s a cinch to create an easy, work appropriate neutral eye with this palette. Even that purple shade that I was initially disappointed with ended up being a color that I use often. The pigmentation of that shade is a little sheerer compared to the others but I actually like it for that reason. In hindsight I don’t think I could easily pull off a strong, ultra-pigmented violet eye. A lighter, shimmery wash of lilac on my eyelids however is doable, softly feminine and super pretty. Bonus points for the delicious cocoa scent of the shadows.

Cargo The Big Easy – This is the blush I reached for the most during the month of January. For those with lighter skin searching for a peachy pink blush I can’t recommend this blush highly enough. For shimmer-phobes, The Big Easy does contain shimmer but it comes across as more of a sheen on the skin. The pigmentation is sheerer compared to some of the other Cargo blushes I’ve tried so that’s why I’m recommending this specific color to people with paler skin but the quality is excellent. It has a soft, silky texture and it’s easy to blend. I plan on doing a separate blog entry with swatches of all my Cargo blushes soon.

IT Cosmetics – I’ve been obsessed with this brand as a whole lately. I spent my own money to buy their stuff and I literally love every single product from them I’ve tried so far.

One of the first products I ever tried from the brand was the Bye Bye Under Eye Concealer. I reviewed it awhile ago and I still think it’s as amazing now as I did then. The concealer has excellent coverage that’s quite similar to my previous favorite concealer, Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer, but a little less thick in consistency and with an even dewier finish. It’s perfect for very dry skin but I think it would work on anyone. I had one tube that was stolen by my sister after she discovered how wonderful it is and she has very oily skin. I’d just started using my backup tube but a few days ago IT Cosmetics was on QVC promoting their jumbo 1 oz tube that’s only available once a year, so I decided to upgrade and I’m selling off my full-size tube.

I plan on doing full reviews and swatches for the following products so I’m only going to give a brief rundown for now.

While I’m waiting for my super-sized concealer to arrive I’ve been using the peachy IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Under Eye Corrector Concentrate which is good for a lighter coverage.

The CC Cream and Bye Bye Redness are as amazing as everyone claims. The Bye Bye Redness is especially mind-blowing but definitely not a product that can be worn alone by anyone lighter than NC20. I’m NC10-15 and I can only use it under foundation. Its ability to neutralize and cover up redness though are better than any concealer or corrector I’ve ever used. I’m also loving the CC cream which is medium coverage with a dewy finish and moisturizing enough for my dry skin.

On days when I can’t decide which blush, bronzer and highlighter combination to use the Vitality Face Disc is perfect. Everything’s already laid out for me. It comes with a very pigmented shimmery peachy pink blush, an extremely glowy highlighter and a matte bronzer. The blush in this palette is the first I’ve used from the brand and now I’m itching to try more shades.

January Favorites

L’Oreal Visible Lift Repair Absolute Foundation – I stepped away from this product for a little while in order to test out some other foundations, came back to it recently and remembered why fell in love with it in the first place. As you can see I’ve even hit pan, my first time ever for a foundation. I recommend this product to anyone with very dry skin who doesn’t need oil control because this foundation is quite moisturizing. The coverage is medium with a satin finish. Whenever I wear this foundation I find myself constantly checking my reflection in the mirror throughout the day because somehow it looks better and better the longer I have it on my face. That almost never happens with my dry skin. Foundations usually start looking powdery on me by midday so for the Repair Absolute to maintain its satin finish is quite a feat and a testament to how moisturizing it is.

Real Techniques Blush Brush – I’ve owned this brush for months but set it aside because it seemed too large and only started using it one day because all of my other brushes were damp from being washed. I regret not using it sooner. The fluffy, dense brush head is perfect for diffusing and softening the color of extremely pigmented blushes. I love this brush so much I even bought a backup to use with my bronzers.

Sigma P80 Precision Flat Brush – Believe it or not this is my favorite brush not only for concealer but foundation too. If you’ve ever used the Sigma F80, this is the smaller version. Like its big sister, the P80 is a flat top brush that’s very soft and dense. I actually like it more than the F80 because the smaller version is better at getting into every nook and cranny on my face, and by that I mean my large pores. I use it to stipple on my foundation (i.e. stamping rather than buffing) and it pushes the foundation into my pores but doesn’t cause it to pool in them. I’m also able to achieve a slightly higher coverage with the P80 versus the F80. It may sound time-consuming to use such a small brush for foundation but I only need coverage on my cheeks, so it actually doesn’t take a lot of time or effort. I blend out the edges with a beautyblender makeup sponge.

Bath & Body Works Country Chic Triple Moisture Body Cream – I got this at the most recent semi-annual sale and I’m so happy I did. It’s a nice body cream but I mainly love this product for the scent. I used to think I hated Country Chic but that was because I’d only tried the fragrance mist version and that smelled sharply floral on my skin, almost like room freshener. The body cream version however is totally different. It comes across as predominantly lemon on my skin with a musky vanilla dry down that’s at once bright and cozy. Love!