Video: My Deepest Regrets

I purchased a few things that I am not proud of, and I regret it.

In the video, I talk about two colors/formulas from Milani that are not as uncomfortable as the others. Those colors are Glamour and Emotion.

Products mentioned in this video include:

  1. Milani Amore Matte Lip Cremes that I mentioned here. See me wearing Dearest, Glamour and Emotion here.
  2. Be The Skin Botanical Pore Toner 
  3. Biologique Recherche Lotion P50V 1970 Balancing Exfoliator Toner
  4. Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick in Pure Hollywood and American Doll
  5. ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Beeper. See me wearing Beeper here.

Thanks for watching this video! Feel free to comment or ask me any questions. Subscribe to my site to keep up with me, too! 🙂

-Genevia 

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My Go-To Highlighters With Swatches

highlighters
Top left: Colour Pop Super Shock Cheek (Avalon) | Top right: Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector (Topaz) | Bottom left: Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush (Deep Bronze) | Bottom right: Nars Illuminator (Laguna)

Yasssssss to highlighters! They’re so much fun to use and look at. Who doesn’t like admiring a pretty face with a “come-through highlight?” On the flip side, I’ve been seeing a lot of people abuse highlighters – but that’s none of my business…

At the moment, these four products are my favorite illuminators. I’m always on the lookout for highlighters that will flatter my complexion because not all of them are suitable for all skin tones. Nars and Maybelline are my day ones. The other two are recent purchases that I’ve added to my collection. All of these products would work for women with darker skin tones.

When I first swatched ColourPop’s Avalon on my forearm, I thought it was beautiful. It’s a copper, cream-powder hybrid highlighter with warm orange to red undertones. It feels very satiny on the fingertips and has a pearlized finish, so when it catches the light it shifts from gold to pink. It also blends well. When I finally got around to wearing it on my face, I had mixed emotions. I was not expecting it to be so legit lol! The color payoff, texture and longevity for $8 are too boss and I was stunned, intimidated, impressed and confused. You see, it has a pearlized finish which means it’s frosty/shiny which means a little goes a very long way. In my opinion, that’s key for natural-looking makeup. So, be careful with pearlized illuminators because they have the shiniest finish. Eventually, I figured out how to work with Avalon so that it doesn’t look intense and I’m not out in these streets looking cray. It works for me because when I tan in the summer, my skin undertone goes from warm/golden to red. Anyway, I use my fingers or a flat foundation brush to apply this highlighter. A brush helps produce a more sheer finish whereas your fingers provide the most coverage. So, if you’re new to highlighters and want to try the ColourPop, a flat foundation brush or duo fibre brush will suffice to start. ColourPop also promotes the use of these tools on its site.

As far as the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Topaz, I use my fingers, foundation brush, powder brush or fan brush. Really, it just depends on my mood or what’s within reach or how much coverage I want. I like the Becca highlighter, but I wasn’t always fond of it. Becca’s highlighter in Topaz has to be one of the most hyped highlighters ever, and once I tried it – my only reaction was “oh, okay” and not “slayyyyy.” But, whatever. I’m not going to be fake. I use mine faithfully lol. I sometimes suffer from FOMO, so I had to buy it. I would describe this product as a golden, creamy-yet-light powder highlighter. It has the right amount of gold shimmer, but doesn’t look like glitter. It’s cute, long-wearing and feels like silk.

highlighter swatch

Maybelline Master Hi-Light Blush is my favorite drugstore product. It’s actually an illuminating blush. So, you can skip the blush when using this because it’s a two-in-one masterpiece! It offers a soft, luminous glow in any type of light. However, it’s not as moist and silky like the ColourPop or Becca. The formula is actually a bit dry, which is not a deal breaker for me because the color payoff is exceptional for $9.99! Master Hi-Light is a sort of marble/mosaic of four shades of blush that gives you a warm flush of light when applied to your face with a brush. It doesn’t have as much shimmer as the others and that’s what I really like about it. There’s a great balance due to the two matte blush shades it includes. I recommend using a brush for this particular product. It actually comes with a mini brush underneath the pan. I’ve never used it, though. By the end of the day, the color wears off, but I can still see a bit of a glow in the applicable areas. I have a tip for how to make it last longer. Keep reading.

Nars Illuminator in Laguna is a bronze illuminator. This will be your go-to if you’re looking to achieve a true, natural glow. I repeat, if you want to go bare with just mascara and lip, this is a must-have item. It’s truly the quintessence of Bare With Me. If I could have a mascot for this site, it would be the Nars Illuminator. It has a brown, creamy base with gold shimmer that provides a soft-and-sheer finish. This will not leave any kind of annoying cast including white or pearly ones. I like to mix it with my foundation/tinted moisturizer in the winter. It give me a very warm glow. TipSometimes, I use it as a base highlighter teamed with Maybelline. I find that it helps the Maybelline Master Hi-Light last longer since it has something to adhere to.

abh glow kit

A honorable mention is the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit.

abh glow kit palette

It’s a palette that includes four “metallic powder highlighters.”

abh highlight

I only use Golden Bronze. Everything else looks like shimmering ash on me. Not cute. ABH describes it as a “sultry, warm bronze with a gold-flecked finish.” I would describe it the same way. The palette will last a very long time as they are highly pigmented. Golden Bronze is intense, but also long-wearing and feels like velvet on my fingertips. I recommend swiping this on once with a brush and a light hand, if you want a more natural glow. I tend to use this for nightlife while I’m on vacation since it’s so luminous. It’s also very good for photo shoots.

That’s me in the featured image wearing both Colour Pop and Becca (heyyyy!). You can watch a tutorial of how I use Colour Pop and Becca to achieve a natural-looking highlight here.

What are some of your favorite illuminators? Please share.

Thanks for reading!

-Genevia

Want To Look Bomb In Minutes? Do This!

Do what? Do your eyebrows! Why? Because your eyebrows are everything! Your brows literally hold the highest value when it comes to your face, especially since they are the first feature at the very top of your face. They come first and should be treated with respect. It’s that serious. Not only do well-groomed eyebrows add symmetry to your face, but they also brighten your visage and add a youthful appearance. Groomed eyebrows manage to give you an instant makeup-in-minutes look without having to put on a full face. It’s the one thing that may just “save face” when you’re in a rush and want to still look cute and alive. If you have no time to do your makeup in the morning (like me), at the very least – do your eyebrows. It’s a game-changer. It’s the only thing I do every morning for sure – aside from showering and brushing my teeth, of course.

eyebrow tools

The above image includes my eyebrow essentials:

  1. M.A.C. Select Cover-Up – NW45
  2. Maybelline Great Lash – Clear
  3. Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz – Ebony
  4. Nars Precision Blending Brush #13
  5. M.A.C. Small Angle Brush #266

Application tips:

  1. The first thing I do is brush my errant hairs upward and over with an individual spoolie brush. This typically allows for smoother application. If you’re using ABH Brow Wiz, one side comes with a spoolie brush, so you’re covered. I find it’s too rough to start with and usually save it until the end. I prefer using something a little softer to start. 
  2. Next, I fill in my brows with Brow Wiz using soft, light strokes. I build on this until I’ve achieved my desired coverage.
  3. Now, my favorite part. Concealer! Basically, I go in and conceal my pencil mistakes and define my brows even more, which results in a more polished look. Concealer is used for concealing blemishes, highlighting, etc. and in this case – I’m using concealer to subtly highlight and define my brows with a shade that matches my complexion. Finding a concealer that matches your skin is key to achieving natural-looking brows, especially if you don’t want to wear foundation or tinted moisturizer. Please keep in mind that I don’t add more product to my angle brush when I’m cleaning the top of my brow. It’s really not necessary as you can use the residual product from when you cleaned up the bottom part of your brows. This is why I like to start with defining the bottom first.
  4. After that, you want to blend your life away using a blending brush. I even use my fingers to blend since that warms up the product and helps to blend it into your skin even more.
  5. Then, I use the spoolie end of ABH’s Brow Wiz and brush my brows upward and over to evenly distribute and blend the color for a more natural finish.
  6. To complete my eyebrows, I use Maybelline’s Great Lash in clear as a gel to hold my brow hairs in place.

Eyebrows, done! Add some mascara and gloss and be on your way! This is all I do for work, usually. Sunscreen and eyebrows. Basically, bare. 

I didn’t always know what I was doing, though. Curious about my eyebrow journey? Read on. Continue reading “Want To Look Bomb In Minutes? Do This!”