January 2023 Favorites

Beauty of Joseon Relief Sun: Rice + Probiotics SPF50+ PA++++

This is a pretty popular Korean SPF and I was eager to try. It's got 30% of rice extract, as well as niacinamide, a bunch of extracts and some probiotics. It's chemical sunscreen, so there is no white cast. It's like a nicely moisturizing cream, but fairly light. It leaves amazing shine on the skin, which isn't greasy per say, however it might be too much for oily skin. My skin in winter is much less oily, but in general combination with occasional dehydrated parts. I probably wouldn't wear it in the summer, but for winter it's perfect. I can even skip moisturizer with it. It wears lovely under makeup as well, because it has a bit of that sticky layer which grabs makeup well. It's definitely not satin or velvet like in my opinion.

Filorga Flash-Nude (Fluid) SPF30 01 Nude Beige and Missha Perfect Cover B.B. Cream 21 Light Beige

This is my current favorite foundation combination. I love mixing several foundations, because I can get a better color match as well as personalized finish. Filorga is a more moisturizing and lighter finish with some glow, plus the color is quite warm and too dark for me. So I pair it with my absolute favorite Missha B.B. Cream which has been my favorite for years. It gives much more coverage with a natural finish, but it has grey tone to it, which I try to warm up with other foundations. Together I get a good medium coverage, light warm shade and natural finish with just a bit of glow that doesn't make me look greasy through the day, but I always set it with powder anyway.

L'Oreal Pro XXL Lift Mascara - Black

This was all over Tik Tok a few months back and I decided to give it a try, though I usually don't buy those double sided mascaras. At first I wasn't a fan of it at all. It just seemed a bit messy, clumpy and it still can crumble a little. But as it dried up a little, it got better. I like it now, because I can get amazing volume in just a few swipes. Side 1 feels more lengthening and a bit more separating, while side 2 packs on volume and it makes my lashes look so much more visible. I like the volume a lot, but wouldn't necessarily count on it for any physical activity. It can crumble through the day. 

I have colored my hair a bit more copper toned again and that requires a makeup change. I love the shade Hope, but now I was using Bliss more, because it's a light apricot shade with a matte finish. These blushes have amazing pigmentation, you really need the smallest amount. They blend out like a dream and have great staying power for a cream products. I really like this formula and Bliss is perfect for fair and light skin tones. 

Kiko LE Joyful Holiday All You Need Face Palette Act of Beauty

This was part of the holiday LE from December and I believe it's still available online. I was ordering a few Kiko products on their sale and decided to get this palette as well, as it just looked so nice and for some reason the pattern in it reminded me of Hourglass Ambient lighting palettes. Well the quality is obviously nothing like it, but still nice. I like light powder in it, because it's got a bit of unnoticeable sheen in it, which makes it look just a tad more natural on the skin, because it's not super matte. It just works for my winter complexion, when I don't want completely matte look. Bronzer is nice as well. The same satin finish, but very warm undertone, plus it's harder to the touch, so it doesn't pick up much products when you go in with a brush. I also like blush, but it can look a bit patchy, if I am not careful how I apply it. It's a very natural warm pink color. I am not a fan of the highlighter though. The shade is just a tad too dark for me right now and I am not used to wearing so much sparkle anymore. However, it has the most payoff and is the easiest to pick up. The rest of the products feel almost a bit too harshly baked where the payoff is compromised.

Revlon Ultra HD Gel Lipcolor - 710 HD Desert and Essence Soft & Precise Lip Pencil 05 legendary

And this is my current favorite lip combo. I usually just pat a bit of Revlon color all over the lips lightly and then I go in with the liner to overline a bit. I like the combination of cooler brown lip liner and warmer lipstick. I blend them together. Matte lip liner keeps my color in place and it visually makes my lips bigger with overlining, while Revlon lipstick gives me the sheen and comfort as well as warm peachy shade that warms up my complexion. Both formulas are great, I highly recommend. 

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