New In My Makeup Bag, Jan '20
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In this post I will be sharing my top five makeup discoveries of January 2020! Products so good, I had to write an article about them. Curious? Then please keep on scrolling!
Silicone-Free Priming Moisturizer
There is an amazing (and affordable) skincare brand that you need to know about: Good Molecules. Think The Ordinary, but cuter. I was introduced to some of their products a few months ago (more about it in my next post), but it was Silicone-Free Priming Moisturizer (14 USD; Made in Korea) that simply swept me off my feet.
As my regular readers would know, I have a dry skin type, which makes me a big believer in keeping skin properly exfoliated and hydrated at all times (otherwise any makeup will quickly take a no-bueno route). While I am still unsure how I feel about primers in general, I do enjoy prepping my skin with lightweight moisturizers.
This is when our first product comes in handy - made of the best nourishing ingredients (Shea Butter, Macadamia Seed Oil, Camellia Extract, Olive Oil), this Silicone-Free Priming Moisturizer is a plant-based alternative to silicone with all of the makeup pros and none of the skincare cons. It has no scent, feels light/creamy (never greasy), absorbs in a matter of seconds leaving skin feeling fresh, smooth and ready for makeup. Plus an airtight pump will ensure you don't miss a drop. Added bonus? This formula is vegan and cruelty-free.
Similarly to how you would use a face primer, apply a small amount of this product right before doing your makeup; let it sit for a minute first.
Best For: drier skin types that need extra love and care
Studio 54 Hyped Eyeshadow Palette
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As always all of my swatches are raw and unedited (no added saturation, brightness or finger-licking here)
NARS Studio 54 Hyped Eyeshadow Palette (59 USD; Made in Canada) took me by surprise. I think this was one of the most fun holiday collections that the brand came out with in recent years; you may rest assured that I dipped my brushes into this palette on more than just one occasion.
You get twelve eyeshadow pans here, where finishes vary between matte, frost and pressed glitter. While this is not the most pigmented palette I have ever worked with, I find that there is just something so flattering and sophisticated about how these shadows apply, blend and wear. They allow you to create a soft wash of color that you can build on, rather than packing a punch from the get-go. Even brighter shades of pink have more of a sheer nature to them, which is a beneficial factor for those of you, who prefer to layer their eyeshadows gradually.
If you enjoy neutral and rose tones, you might really fall for Studio 54 Hyped Eyeshadow Palette. It might not swatch the best (frankly I am not proud of that magenta swatch), but it does look effortlessly beautiful on the lids. A toned down palette that gets the job done.
Best For: someone, who appreciates a subdued and forgiving palette of colors
Tinted Cover Foundation
The formula is infused with some of the most calming, skin-loving ingredients (Tea Tree, Peppermint, Rosemary, Cranberry, Grape extracts etc.) that soothe and nourish the skin. Now, this foundation has a noticeable lavender scent (Lavender Oil being one of the key ingredients), which can be a red flag for some, but it does not linger for more than a few seconds. I personally have love/hate relationship with lavender in my makeup or skincare, however, I am here to report that even with my sensitive skin - I did not get any irritation, clogged pores or breakouts. On the contrary - my skin seems to love this lightweight cruelty-free, gluten-free and vegan formula.