The Best of Beauty 2014: Face Products

Typing this while I am on house arrest due to severe throat infection. I finally got better after days of being on bed rest and going to the hospital last night for some quick IV/dextrose was the best decision. Anyways, here are my 2014 best of beauty (face products). Trust me, I will try finishing this series before the years ends. :) 

This year, I got was a bb and cc creams spree for me. Hence, I did not see the need for me buying foundations because the products sent to me were all pretty good. Despite being a funda addict, I am proud to say that I only bought two foundations this year!! I bought my all time holy grail MAC studiofix foundation for my birthday and got to try the NYX invinble foundation which is really really good. I will be including this product on my list but i threw away the tube already because it expired immediately. It only has a shelf life of six months.  
 Tony Moly Luminous Goddess Aura BB Cream: This is not love on first try. Hence, I have kept this inside my makeup drawer for  months and I began using it again when I can not find an everyday base with good coverage recently. The shade I got was No. 2 and  I find it a bit too light for my skin. Well, for the record, almost all bb creams look crazy light on my NC35 skintone so this should not be new to me, Later on, I figured that I was applying way too much of the product and I just need one-two pea sized amount to cover my entire face to. I let it set on my face and it slowly starts to blend on my skin (I do not know if it is the BB cream adapting to my skin color or my acidic skin reacting to the product). This BB Cream smells good, very moisturizing and blends really well on my skin. This has a natural finish and I find it perfect for everyday use.

Etude House Precious Mineral Perfect Fit BB Cream: Oh Please do not ask me which I like more between this BB Cream and that of Tony Moly because I can not really give a concrete answer. hehe Torn between two lovers ang peg. I love both but I first fell in love with this BB Cream. The packaging is just awesome because of the pump dispenser. The coverage is really good yet it feels lightweight. I love how it works well on my dry skin and is perfect on humid weather because it does not slip off my face. For more info about this product, 

Shiseido UV Protective Liquid Foundation: This foundation killed my lemming for foundations for months. As I have mentioned earlier, I just bought two foundations in the middle of the year and in November. I love this foundation. This has a very liquid and thin consistency but it provides excellent coverage. For the longest time,  I have this notion that the foundations with the best coverage are those thick ones but man, this funda proved me wrong!I love how it can instantly cover up my redness, rashes and can almost cover my dark circles with just one layer. It says on the bottle that it is VERY WATERPROOF, though, I have not tested it's waterproof factor, this foundation does not move and stays intact for the whole day even without primer. (This is the reason why I never got into primers during the first half of the year.) By mid day my skin looks gloriously dewy ala-koreanovela princess and I love it!  I just have to warn you that I have a combination normal to super dry skin and that's why this foundation worked for me. This foundation is not transfer resistant so setting it with powder is a must.  Despite the whopping SPF 43, this does not have any white cast on flash photography. I got the shade Medium Beige which is slightly darker than my skintone. Tell me if you want a full review on this. I always forget to post one. :)

NYX Invincible Fullest Coverage Foundation: This foundation may not have as many positive feedbacks in the beauty community but I seriously love this foundation and I do plan on repurchasing. The only con about this product is that it has a shelf life of only 6 months. Grabe napanis siya agad ng hindi ko namamalayan because I was trying to use products alternately. Anyways, this foundation has one of the most awesome coverage ever. It has a thick liquid mousse like consistency which I soo love. Adik lang talaga ako sa heavy foundations, Im sorry nemen.:) This works well for dry skin and I seriously do not recommend this for oily skin. It leaves my skin a very nice dewy finish after application. I got the shade Medium which looks orange on me. I think my acidity level turned it to a darker shade. 

Hard Candy Glamouflage Heavy Duty Concealer: This concealer is affordable and has an amazing coverage. The coverage is almost at par with my MAC pro longwear concealer. To cover up my under circles I just need a few dots to make me look more awake. It doubles as a highlighter for me because the shade medium is light for my skintone. For full review on this product, click this link: http://www.mylucidintervals.com/2014/10/hard-candy-glamouflage-heavy-duty.html

Skinfood Red Orange Makeup Finish Matte Type: I bought this in Korea and I really regret that I did not buy a back up. I got this for 9000 won or around 365 pesos. This smells super yummy (yes, like orange!!) and I love how it sets my makeup and makes my foundation, blush, bronzer and contour look more natural. It lessens cakiness or that too-made-up look whenever I use powder foundations. I love this way better than my MAC Studiofix Plus which costs triple the price. The MAC studiofix plus makes my skin look oilier (and man, I am not even oily!!). This setting spray also makes my makeup last longer. 
Tony Moly Crystal Blusher in No. 7 or Bronze Brown: If there is one product that I will be repurchasing anytime soon, As in pag gumaling na ako kasi 30% off ang Tony Moly, it has got to be IT. This product is one of my most abused products this 2014 and look, I hit pan (as in super hit pan ha!!!). I love how natural it looks on my skintone and because of that I have contouring and bronzing my fez every single day. If you want a full review of this product, check it here: http://www.mylucidintervals.com/2014/09/tony-moly-crystal-blusher-in-sugar-brown.html

Too Face Chocolate Soleil Bronzer (Medium to Deep): Aside from the fact that it smells like chocolate, this product has the perfect brown shade that looks very nice for contouring and works well for most skintones. The shade is very matte and blends really well on the skin. I like using it primarily as my contour powder for my nose and the rest of the face for special occasions because it looks so good on photos. You can check out my full review here: http://www.mylucidintervals.com/2014/04/warm-it-up-with-chocolate-soleil-matte.html

Maybelline Cheeky Glow Peachy Sweetie Blush: This shade is a pick me up color whenever I want to brighten my face. It is a nice peachy pink shade that creates the most flattering flush on me. Whenever I am lost on what blush to use for the day, this blush saves the day. The only con about it? It does not have a good staying power.

A'Pieu Pure Tint in Red and Pink: My travel to Korea has rekindled my college love for lip and cheek tints. Imagine those days when the only tints I have to choose from are those from Bench, Penshoppe or The Body Shop. Of course dun ako sa mura. hahaha I got for only 5000 won or 200 pesos something. I use it for both lips and cheeks and it stays whole day on me. To prevent blotching, I have to blend it fast and really well. 

Benefit Dandelion: This is an all over powder which I use as a blush. Looking at it on the pan, the cool toned pink shade would definitely not look good on my skin as I imagined it to be. It has the daintiest soft pink shade with golden shimmers. This is the blush that I literally go over board with. I swipe tree to five swipes to get a very pretty flush of pink which looks natural kahit na patong patong pa. 

Benefit Rockateur:   I often veer away from shimmery/those with sheen blushes because they tend to highlight my rashes but this one is definitely an exception. When I opened the box, it looked so beautiful that it took me weeks before I finally had the chance courage to try it This blush smells super good too. 
 This was described as Rose Gold but on my skin it looks like warm mixture of beige, peach and dusty rose with the most flattering sheen. The subtle sheen is incredibly pretty. This blush has a buildable coverage but due to its silky consistency, just a slight tap of the brush onto the pan is enough to pick up product for my cheek.

MAC Melba: This is a muted brownish peach that looks so flattering on my NC 35 skin tone. It goes on smooth when applied and does not leave any streaky marks. I love how it looks so natural on me without the usual pink flush. I would probably be using this on my wedding day or.... NOT. :)

That's it! What is on my list that landed on yours best of beauty 2014? I have to go.. :) My fever shoot up once again naexcite kasi ako kala ko makakapagblog na ako. hayy :(

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18 comments

  1. yes on the shiseido review pls!

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  2. Ang cool nman :) nakakaloka ung nyx invisible funda :) Ang bilis ma expired.Btw san nakakbili ng hard candy glamouflage?

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    1. Nagblog sale friend ko so sa kanya lang may online shops na nagbebenta niyan like vanity zone :)

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  3. I wanna try that Tony Moly Crystal Blusher in No. 7 or Bronze Brown one. It seems like a good one. So curious about it because you love it so much.

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    1. :) I really love it.. :)it look so natural on me

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  4. great year ender post! Been wanting to try those Shiseido liquid foundation. Have been using their powder foundations.

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    3. i have their powder foundation in the blue compact as well.. it is very finely milled :)

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  5. The Hard Candy concealer is REALLY good. But it smells like glue to me :(

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    1. OO it does not smell good talaga.. smells like crayon for me.. hehe

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  6. Binasa ko talaga lahat ng best of beauty mo sis! :)

    same tayo i love nichido liner in walnut yun din gamit ko pag tamad ako mag kilay kasi all purpose

    yung dandelion ano brush gamit mo? hindi talaga lumalabas sakin kahit anong pilit! maputi naman ako! boohoo

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    1. sis yung brush lang na kasama niya!! winner na.. hehe

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  7. I have been eyeing for the hard candy concealer talaga lahat nag rave dun even YT gurus and it really does a great job :) kaso parang maganda din ung naturactor ... have you tried naturactor po ba?

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    1. Hi Lei.. :) I have not yet tried the naturactor.. bet ko yun.. :) kaso when I tried it before parang drying siya..

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