Current Makeup Favorites || 2014

Hello, darlings!

March is over now, and I’ve been totally lacking in the “Monthly Favourites” posts. So, I wanted to make up for that by sharing with you guys what I’ve been loving as of late. I was originally planning to do a “What’s in my Makeup Bag” post, but I figured that I have a very basic routine so that might have been boring for you guys.

Some of these products I’ve been loving since December, and others from the past couple of weeks only. I can assure you though that I’ve been definitely enjoying these products a lot that they deserved to be in this post, and these are some of my everyday staples anyway.

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 1. Revlon Colorstay Foundation for Oily/Combination Skin (Warm Golden)

I’ve been wanting to try this since I first understood the difference between foundation for dry vs. oily skins (which was what, four years ago?). I knew this would be a medium coverage, so I expected it to be thick and heavy, but I was surprised at how light it felt after I applied it. It’s easy to blend, has a good amount of coverage and is buildable, but it doesn’t feel like much on the skin. You could probably detect a layer of makeup only if you zoomed in on my face. I felt comfortable wearing it on a daily basis (even though I absolutely hate wearing foundation for everyday) and with a good primer, it stays on so well!

2. Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous Foundation (Soft Honey)

I have yet to try it on its own, and I still feel the same way about it as I did when I talked about it in my haul. It’s definitely a very matte foundation, so I’d recommend this to people with oily skins. I’d also recommend using this when you don’t have unsightly dry patches on your face (so prep your skin well!). Other than that, I’d say this is my favourite one to wear lately. I still mix it in with my Body Shop All in One BB Cream since that one’s too dark, so mixing it gives me the perfect colour. (Seriously, I need to learn how to choose the right shades!) I love that it comes with a pump since I can control how much product I put on the back of my hand. It’s easier to blend it in with a brush rather than with fingers (for me anyway). It’s easier to move the product around the skin that way, and you can build up the coverage. I know you don’t have to put a primer beforehand since it has one built-in, but I’d rather not risk it (so I haven’t tried it by itself). You can definitely tell that you’re wearing foundation; it feels very tacky at first, but once it sets, it feels like skin again.

Image3. Maybelline Fit Me Concealer (#20)

This is a bit of a slightly lighter coverage than some of the concealers I’m used to. Since my skin has been behaving recently, I felt that I didn’t need to cover as much. I love that the consistency is very light, and it feels that way under my eyes. I have no problem with it looking cakey. It’s fine to use over blemishes because it doesn’t cling to dry patches and it covers enough. I wouldn’t suggest using this on massive spots; I’d opt for a heavy-duty concealer instead. It looks so natural on my skin that I can wear it on its own and not be scared about it looking a different colour to the rest of my face. They say this is a dupe for the Nars Creamy Concealer, but I haven’t tried that one yet so I can’t compare.

4. Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (#3)

I probably shouldn’t bother talking about this concealer anymore, right? :)) But then, since I’ve been loving it so much, I might as well say something you hopefully don’t know. It’s a lot thicker than the Maybelline one and is definitely more of a heavy coverage. I’m also a bit concerned that it’s slightly too pink to wear on its own, but it’s not that obvious so that’s okay. And that’s it. :D

5. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Eraser Dark Circles (Honey)

This is a miracle worker! It’s like cheap magic for making your dark circles disappear. I love it! It’s a lot more coverage than my usual under eye brightening products (i.e. YSL Touche Eclat), so it’s definitely more about concealing than brightening. It definitely has brightening properties though, and it cancels out any discolouration. I’m not too bothered about the sponge because I feel it pre-blends it for me before I go in with my blending brush or finger. I also feel like it runs out too quickly, or maybe that’s just me and I’m not used to running out of makeup. But other than that, it’s amazing!

Image6. Revlon Nearly Naked Powder (Medium Deep)

This is going to be a bold statement, but I’m going to say it anyway: This is the best powder I’ve ever tried in my life. I much prefer it to the MAC MSF Natural because this is a lot less high maintenance–––by this I mean, I can use it with any powder brush and I can layer as much as I want without it looking heavy on the skin at all. And, to be honest, I’ve NEVER hit pan on anything EVER! I’m not sure if the powder is finely milled, but like I said, it’s so light and doesn’t feel chalky in any way. The packaging could be better though, but that’s okay.  I use the Real Techniques Setting Brush (which I also adore) with this and touch up throughout the day. This only happens when I’m particularly oily or sweaty looking that day though. I usually stay pretty matte (and this powder is very mattifying) all day long and it sets my concealer so well. I use this and my concealer to even out my skin, and I’m done. It’s… AHHH <3

Image7. Shu Uemura Hard Brow Pencil 9

So far, this is the only eyebrow pencil I can tolerate and it’s so good. I usually prefer an eyeshadow since I’m paranoid about overly drawn on eyebrows, but this never happens when I use this. But, upon recommendation, I decided to go for it. It took quite a while before it became a little softer (they weren’t kidding when they said “hard”) and easier to work with. The colour used to be slightly too warm for me, but since I got my ombre done, it’s fine. It makes my eyebrows look so polished and pretty. It also doesn’t make them look drawn in, especially when I feather it lightly onto my brows—so natural looking! I always make sure it’s always sharp to get the full effect. I also think this’ll last me for-freaking-ever, since the pencil is super long! :) Also, I’m slightly concerned that it’s a bit creamier now since it’s way too hot in the country right now, but it still works really well. :)

8. Rimmel ScandalEyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Eyeliner (Nude)

You guys all know how much I adore my NARS Larger Than Life Eyeliners, but I can’t really say which I prefer since I only have one other to compare it with. So far though, I think this is a lot creamier and easier to work with than the NARS one—one swipe does the trick. It’s pretty much a bog standard eyeliner, but it’s so good that it beats most of the eyeliners I’ve ever tried. It’s such good quality: it’s long-wearing and very pigmented, plus the colour is just perfect and brightening!
9. Maybelline The Rocket Mascara
I was so in love with this mascara when I first tried it and I understood what the hype was all about. It did wonders for my lashes in terms of length and volume. I’m not picky about my wand preference (as long as it does the job, right?), but I felt that the plastic wand with small teeth really grips at my lashes which makes it a lot easier to apply. I would put one coat on, and it would look amazing; when I go in for another coat, it layers well without looking clumpy or heavy. It makes them look like I’m wearing false eyelashes (not that I ever do, but still). I don’t think the regular formula holds a curl well enough, but I think the waterproof version will suit me better. Surprisingly though, the regular formula lasts really well on me without smudging or flaking throughout the day despite my oily eyelids.
10. Benefit Gimme Brow
I will be honest and say that this not essential. You don’t need to rush out and buy it because it’s so expensive for what it is. You get little product for so much money that it’s practically extortion. I only bought this because I was running out of brow gel. But, despite what I said, it’s actually a really great brow set. It’s got the small packaging and the teeny wand that reminds me of the Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara, except for brows. I always make sure to take off the excess because a.) I don’t want to use too much product, b.) I’m scared of blobbing it on, and c.) I don’t want to waste my money. It’s supposed to add fibres to your brow hairs to make them look more realistic and give it more texture, and it does just that. It also keeps the hairs in place all day long. I’d have to say that this looks a lot better with groomed brows though (I’ve tried it both ways). I can wear it on its own, or to set any previously used brow products. I’d also suggest testing it out before purchasing because I personally think that the lighter of the two suits me better. The darker one gives a lot more brow definition and slightly more in your face; the lighter is the more natural and ash-toned colour.

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11. YSL Cream Blush (#7)

I featured this a long time ago in my Hong Kong Haul, but I got round to properly using it in December. I’m surprised that the baby pink colour works with my skin tone (I think), and I really love the finish. The product itself is very creamy and easy to blend. It’s not overly pigmented that I’m worried about applying too much, so it’s also easy to layer on. I’m not sure if it dries to a powder, but it has a velvety finish on my skin. It makes my skin look natural and glowing. It also stays on my face all day long. It’s rare to that my blush doesn’t fade throughout the day, so I love this! This is my favourite cream blush in my collection, but then I don’t have many to compare it with anyway.

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12. Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush (Exposed; Natural Beauty)

I’d have to say this is my favourite powder blush compared to my MAC and NARS ones. I’m not sure I like this better than my Dior Rosy Glow since that one’s just amazing, but this is definitely at the top. I love that it lasts so long, since like I said, blush is usually the first to fade when it comes to my makeup. It’s a lot more pigmented, less chalky, easier to layer and blend, and again, it lasts so long without turning patchy. The past months I’ve been loving Natural Beauty for a fresh and pinky glow, but recently, I’ve been loving Exposed for a more natural dusky rose flush to the cheeks. There is no noticeable shimmer in them, but it gives a definite glow to the skin when I have them on. I prefer using these with a MAC Blush Brush over the Real Techniques Blush Brush since I feel I pick up more product that way.

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13. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (Abu Dhabi)

This is my favourite range of lip creams because I much prefer matte lips to glossy ones. It’s so long lasting and there’s such a good colour selection. It comes with a doe foot applicator which makes it easy to apply. The product itself is very pigmented but doesn’t stain my lips, and glides on the lips so well. The colour is also very natural and I love it. I’d have to say that this looks a lot better with well moisturised lips though, but it doesn’t overly emphasise the dry skin though. Like I said, its lasting power is so good, but if and when it fades, it does so nicely without making your lips too dry or patchy.

14. Tarte Lip Surgence Natural Matte Lip Tint (Exposed)

I was slightly disappointed that I couldn’t find my perfect lip colour in the Revlon Matte Balm range, but I’m still going to try again. When I borrowed this from my mom and haven’t returned it since. It’s exactly the same thing, except more expensive I presume, but it is the absolute most perfect lip colour ever! It enhances my natural lip colour, isn’t too matte or drying and again, it lasts so long. I wouldn’t say that it’s particularly moisturising, but still! It isn’t as creamy when applied, but it feels soft once on the lips. I haven’t used this for too long though, but I can definitely say that it’s amazing. It hardly even looks like I’m wearing any lipstick at all!

15. Lancome Gloss in Love (#341) 

I don’t usually wear lip gloss, but for some reason, this one stood out to me when I tried it. It’s such a pretty pink colour that’s more coral than pink. It has flecks of gold shimmer in, but it doesn’t feel like chunky glitter at all. It’s definitely not as sticky as some of the other glosses I’ve tried, but it’s got a slightly thick and tacky consistency. It actually lasts pretty long for a lip gloss, and it fades nicely. It’s not a very pigmented gloss, but it just adds the perfect amount of shine to your lips without making them look gloopy. And, it makes my lips look bigger. The applicator is also really interesting because it’s bent at the centre so it just applies over the whole lip in one swipe. The packaging is also interesting because it locks and clicks open when you press the button on the cap. I can actually wear it on its own and it looks equally pretty when paired with a lipstick underneath. It’s expensive, but I use it sparingly so that’s okay.

16. Maybelline Color Elixir/Lip Polish (#13)

I also mentioned this in my last haul, and I still feel the same way. I’m honestly not a lip gloss girl, but since I started using this, I’ve been obsessed. It’s such a perfect natural lip colour (slightly more pink though) and I still use it as my everyday lip product. It makes my lips look so plump and juicy, and since it’s so long lasting, it stays that way all day. It’s also very pigmented and definitely not sticky. It’s very smooth and feels moisturising, and doesn’t look gloopy either. It’s a lot thicker than the glosses I’m normally used to, but I usually wear this alone since it gives enough colour already. It also fades so well that it leaves my lips with a nice sheen and a nice pink shade. It’s so good!

PHEW! That was a long one. :)) I felt I owed it to you guys for not having done a favourites post in so long. But anyway, there you have it! I know it’s a lot of stuff, but like I said, some of these have been my picks since December.

I hope you guys enjoyed! If you found anything you like and want swatches or if you want them featured in a look, please tell me below! I’ve also prepared my next posts which will either be My Skincare Favourites or my Boho Chic Makeup Look, so as always, stay tuned for those.

With love,

Julia

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4 Comments Add yours

  1. judyandmakeup says:

    I love maybelline the rocket! Great products! I’ll definitely be trying some of them :)

    1. theunicahija says:

      It’s so great. :D It hasn’t even dried up yet, and I’ve been using it for months! Oh, yay! I hope to see a haul soon then. Heehee! <3

  2. Nikki says:

    I love this post and how majority are drugstore brands. :)

    1. theunicahija says:

      Thank you! I’ve really been enjoying drugstore brands lately. :D

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