Last month, Sephora had its Spring Sale and while I don’t think I can continue being a ROUGE member (less purchase this year), I caved in just so I can try out some clean, vegan and cruelty-free makeups that were recently released and also partake in their sale on sale items. What normally takes under a week for my order to arrive took two weeks due to this pandemic. No rush here, where am I going anyway (check out my fun post: lockdown resort-inspired outfit ideas). So let’s jump right into it!
As you can see, it’s not a big haul either. Quite a paradox even because when I go back to work , I will not be wearing these makeups except for eyeshadow perhaps. My new normal would be untinted suncreen/moisturizer, groomed brows and who knows, splash of color on my lids behind the face shield, N95 or surgical mask as a Nurse Injector/Laser Specialist at our medspa. Of course when things spring back to normalcy, I’m all for glamming up again!
ILIA is one of Sephora’s clean and cruelty-free brand and most of their products are vegan. This skin tint serum foundation is a recent release; touted as serum, sunscreen and lightweight foundation in one, I knew I had to get it. It has SPF 40 (a physical sunscreen which I favor because my sensitive skin is more compatible to it and reef-friendly as well). It is lightweight as you can tell from the swatch but it does require quite a bit of blending. The color match from the Sephora website is off because this shade Shela which is supposed to be light medium with neutral warm undertone leans more on the cool side when applied on the face. But since it’s technically just a tinted moisturizer, a quick hack is to add some warmth to my face with bronzer or blush. Per website, it claims to work on all skin types. I’d say no. If you have oily skin and would prefer matte coverage, this ain’t the one for you. For dry, normal, combination and aging skin, you’re in for the dewy treat. The longevity is not there; again this is not a heavy duty foundation so that aspect is forgivable. It comes with a dropper, typical of a serum packaging, but it can be messy (you can see the product seeping to the side of the bottle). I tried wearing it with very light setting powder from Hourglass and it looked cakey about 3 hours into wearing it. On its own, the dewiness I desired lasted about 5 hours then nearly gone after that. I’ve actually noticed tiny dry patches on my cheeks but then again, I have microscopic vision and things I see, my husband can’t even tell.
The next purchase is this liquid light serum highlighter from ILIA. This reminds me of By Terry lumi-serum which was a favorite back in the day but the brand abandoned its cruelty-free stance so I stopped supporting it. This highlighter is a win for me because of its versatility. You can apply and blend on areas you want to highlight, mix with your foundation, or in my case, use it as eyeshadow base. I have it in rose gold. I’m debating if I’ll get the other two shades which are soft gold and pink pearl.
This was a wrong purchase as I have Kosas concealer in mind (don’t shop at 12 midnight, don’t be like me). Kaja is cruelty-free but not all their products are vegan. However, I’m going to keep it simple. This concealer is a fail for me, it cakes up real bad. Setting it with a light powder made my under eyes look old and crepey.
Now we’re talking real Kosas. I like this baked bronzer which is a recent release. Simple packaging and available in 3 shades, do I really need more? The shade I got is called golden bronze. It’s buildable and renders a lovely sun-kissed look. I also use it as eye makeup so it’s a keeper certainly. Kosas markets itself as clean beauty, cruelty-free and most of their products are vegan.
This has to be the cutest photo for today, baby Winkles who turned 11 last May 4 is checking out her gorgeous face! I think she approves of this highlighter from Lawless called lucid skin highlighter. I like it too because it gives a beautiful glow when applied lightly on cheekbones and eyelids. Lawless markets itself as clean beauty and cruelty-free. This product is vegan.
Can you believe I got this palette sale on sale? I believe I saved more than 40% with this solstice eyeshadow palette. Aether Beauty is vegan, cruelty-free, organic and their products are infused with gemstone powder. As a gemstone lover myself, I think it’s a unique brand proposition. This particular palette has a mixture of matte, sheen, metallic and duochrome. The swatches above are single swipes so they are pretty decent in terms of color payoff.
Here’s my mini MOTD (makeup of the day) and OOTD (outfit of the day). I am wearing ILIA skin tint, ILIA highlighter on my cheekbones and lids as eyeshadow base, the wrong purchase concealer under my eyes, Kosas bronzer, and two shades from the eyeshadow palette. I made the sodalite necklace and hoop earrings with blue AB crystals. The kaftan dress comes only in one size so it does come pretty long for me (quick hack: tuck the middle part under bra to bring it up). But overall, I like how airy and comfortable it is to wear at home.
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