Brand Overview: Onomie Beauty

Every morning, I would rather use hydrating products than a moisturizer that can either make my face oilier or clog it or both. These are the products from Onomie that I’m currently playing around with.

A not so new addition to my #morningroutine, the Powerful Priming Serum ($50) promises to be an antioxidant-packed #serum and makeup #primer in one. It contains blackjack botanical and willow bark extract to smoothen and moisturize, daisy flower extract and vitamin c to brighten and improve texture, and chaparral to even the skin tone.

Using it again, it’s still as good as I remembered. It’s creamy, it sinks in quickly, and it leaves the skin satiny. It has a serum texture with a yellowish color that contains tiny flecks. On first look, it looks like something someone with oily skin would stay away from.

When applied, however, there’s no trace of the glittery mess, just a luminous effect to the skin. A glow from within look that is badly needed on days I feel sluggish. It also minimizes the redness around my nose, cheeks, and forehead. I really enjoy using it under makeup every morning as I don’t get extra oily in the afternoon, despite the other reviews I’ve read about this saying so, fortunately. I use a mattifying primer when I have to stay out until the evening but use it alone for every day. It helps smooth, brighten, and moisturize my skin.

My eye area has always been a challenge. I have a god-given eyeshadow, oily lids, and extremely dark and dry under eye circles. Add to that the lines that are forming under and on the corner of my eyes and it’s just a sad party. I once got rid of them. Well, not me, but the makeup artist on my wedding and it took minutes of baking. I can’t always do that but I’m always on the lookout for products that can help without taking too much of my time.

The Bright Concealing Elixir ($30) is a welcome addition to my stash. Concealers are my second most bought makeup product next to lip colors.

Free of fragrance, parabens, alcohol, and phthalates, this #concealer is creamy enough to spread around and doesn’t feel tacky. It may come in a small package but a drop of product goes a long way. It doesn’t gather around my fine lines, which isn’t an easy feat as I’ve had many concealers create lines where they don’t exist.

It claims to be full-coverage but for me, it only has medium coverage plus the ability to brighten. I also like that it has vitamins B, C, D, E, and K. This is enough as a daily concealer but would need to be built on if I’m trying to cover the fact that I only had three hours of sleep.

The A.C.E Illuminating Eye Treatment ($40), on the other hand, is both a #highlighter and an #eyecream. A.C.E. is the vitamins in the product for anti-aging, moisture, and brightening.

This has a soft emulsion-like texture and has a fine shimmer. It acts as a brightener and a reflector, which makes me look alive, like I didn’t stay up all night to watch reruns of The Office. As for its actual brightening effect, my dark under eye circles lightened a bit and the fine lines on the corner of my eyes are somewhat managed. I like to put this on before my concealer to brighten. I also sometimes use this as a highlighter under my brows because of its light but vibrant sheen.

They also have the Brilliant Blending Sponge ($5), made free from latex, for blending the concealer and highlighter. The pointed end can be used on the corner of the eyes and the rounded end can be used under the eyes or the high points of the cheeks. The #blendingsponge is a bit harder than the other blending sponges I have but I like it that way because it makes patting the concealer easier. Perfect for applying makeup that requires precision, it also helps in blending my highlighter, especially when you go a bit overboard with liquid and cream ones. It gives me more control when getting in the nooks and crannies of my face.

The AHA! Perfecting Setting Powder ($30) contains lactic acid for hydration and exfoliation, peptides for collagen boosting, and vitamin c to block free radicals, even skin tone, and smooth fine lines.

This is a finely-milled #settingpowder that feels luxurious on the skin. Even for my medium toned skin, this disappears and doesn’t give a white cast at all. I love the packaging because, for someone with oily skin, retouching is a must and this is easy to lug around without any fear of the powder spilling on my bag. It helps sets concealer and mattify the oily parts of my face.

I first wore this on a warm day and I was surprised that the whole day I didn’t feel the need to blot. Yes, my skin is not as matte as it was that morning but my t-zone doesn’t look shiny at all. I’m amazed as to how this hydrated my skin. It worked well even with my foundation that has a radiant finish. I like using this all over my face, especially on the areas I applied concealer on. It doesn’t make me look like I applied powder on, honestly. This is a revelation for me because I am not a fan of applying powder on my face but this made me a convert.

As a final step, the Radical Setting Mist ($30) aims to refresh and replenish while leaving a glowy and dewy finish using rosewater, extracts of algae, blackberry, calendula, and chamomile extracts, and moringa seed oil. It gives a light and fine mist that instantly refreshes the skin. It feels lightweight, gentle, and most especially, it doesn’t sting. It helps set everyday makeup but I find a better use for this as a refresher in the middle of the afternoon after being stuck in an air-conditioned room or under the sun for a long period of time, like other face mists.

These products were provided by @onomiebeauty for review. Available at onomie.com

I have repeatedly professed my love for cream and liquid blushes despite my oilyskin – they are blendable, easy to apply and reapply, and they look more natural. That’s why I never saw a #creamblush that didn’t interest me. So, when Onomie sent over some of their products, the Boosting Lip + Cheek Stick is the first product I picked up.

This lip and cheek stick is formulated as a hydrating, plumping balm promising a healthy, natural glow. It contains spilanthes acmella flower extract and caprylic to hydrate and smooth, cacay oil to improve skin’s texture and radiance, sunflower seed oil to tighten and protect, and shea butter to soften the skin.

As claimed, this has a balmy texture. It applies creamy on the cheeks and but its sheen is more noticeable when applied on the lips. I also apply this on my eyes for a glossy look. This has a smooth and soft glide that can be buffed and blended with your fingers or the Cheeky Blending Brush ($10). Despite the balmy texture, the pigmentation of these sticks a good and colors stays true to the packaging and the colors are also buildable and blendable. As a blush, the color stays on for about 5 hours, and before drinks or food as a #lipbalm. It’s available in 6 shades that I think would have something to offer for a lot of skin tones.

⁃ Tamar is wine colored and it suits my skin tone. It creates a natural flush on my cheeks and a subtle tint to my lips.

⁃ Cruz is a berry shade and provides a deeper flush if that’s what you’re going for during the day.

⁃ Nightingale is nude and works as a subtle bronzer on my skin. I also like blending this with the other bright colored sticks to deepen or add definition.

⁃ Caria is a pink nude that brightens the entire face and looks great on me if I’m just doing a quick simple makeup. This just brightens my face.

⁃ Aquitaine is an orchid color that looks a bit weird to me because of its purple tone but blends well with my medium skin tone. It provides a subtle blush and gives off a darker lip tone.

⁃ Rani is a toasted papaya shade for a sun-kissed look.

#skinwhimsreview Onomie Boosting Lip + Cheek Stick

This product was provided by @onomie. Available for $30 at onomie.com

Makeup Review: Laneige Glowy Makeup Serum

I’m happy that we’re all about that glow nowadays and of course, Laneige wouldn’t just let it pass. Hence, the creation of the Glowy Makeup Serum.

This serum/primer hybrid promises to lock moisture, boost glow, and extend makeup wearability using ceramide moisture gel, diamond mineral powder, and light-fit prep technology. This feels light a light watery serum, which I like. It also dries matte so, it works for my oily skin. As you can see, it has glitter like specks, which is left on the skin even after the serum dries. The light-reflecting particles provide the glow factor, I think.

With my face, I really have to be precise when I apply this. I prefer a liquid highlighter without specks as it just looks better on my skin. I would gladly use this as a serum, without the specks, though as it’s oh so hydrating. It’s what I always expect from Laneige.

This product was provide by Laneige and Octoly.

Cult Favorite: Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40, Defense Refresh (Re)setting Mist SPF 40, PLAY Everyday Lotion SPF 50 with Sunflower Extract

I’m trying to be really diligent when it comes to applying and reapplying sunscreen and Supergoop is really helping me with that.

I got a restock of the Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40, which I like using on my face. It has an oil-free formula but the gel texture of this SPF surprisingly feels oily. I like using it when I want a dewy finish to my look. It blends well with my hydrating foundation and it doesn’t leave a white cast.

If I want to reapply, the travel-size version of the Defense Refresh (Re)setting Mist SPF 40, which comes in a liquid formula, comes in handy. It has a spray nozzle, making reapplication easy. I like how light it feels and it made me not forget reapplying every two hours.

For the rest of my body, I have been using the PLAY Everyday Lotion SPF 50 with Sunflower Extract. I easily get warm, which makes me sweat a lot so the water and sweat resistant of this sunscreen is really a plus.

The Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen SPF 40, Defense Refresh (Re)setting Mist SPF 40, PLAY Everyday Lotion SPF 50 with Sunflower Extract were provided by @supergoop. Available at supergoop.com

Skincare Review: Lilah B Aglow Cleansing Butter and Priming Oil

Fully veering away from the luxurious pebble Lilah B is known for, the brand showcases its new products in bottles and tubs. The thick rose gold-accented glass packaging is very different yet equally luxurious and very on-brand. Vegan and cruelty-free, these new drops are all welcome additions to my stash – new skincare products to compliment their pigmented and uncomplicated makeup siblings.

The thick glass bottle packaging first popped up when Lilah B launched the Aglow Face Mist ($48) last year. It’s a mist that helps create dewy and glowing skin. I like using it before applying my serums in the morning.

Joining the Aglow family are the Cleansing Butter and Priming Oil to help cleanse the skin and set it for makeup.

The Aglow Cleansing Butter ($44) promises to cleanse, soften, and condition the skin using rosehip extract, snow mushroom extract, and lavender essential oil. This buttery cleansing balm feels luxurious as it dissolves into an oil-like texture as soon as it comes to contact with the skin. It emulsifies on a milky consistency easily and rinses off quickly with water. It leaves the skin feeling so smooth and moisturized without the tacky filmy feeling, which really surprised me. I have never experienced my skin feeling this moisturized after the first cleanse. It’s something you really have to experience.

Upon first use, I had the feeling that the Aglow Priming Oil ($68) would work better with dry and normal skin types because of its oily yet runny feeling wrapped in a light cream texture. I was right. However, it also worked for my oily skin. Claiming to be a serum, moisturizer, and primer that aims to nourish, hydrate, soften, and smooth the skin with tamanu oil, jojoba oil, sweet almond oil, purple tea extract, grapeseed extract, and lavender essential oil. I used this in the morning after spritzing the Face Mist and before applying SPF. It cuts my routine in half, which is really convenient. Since it’s colder nowadays, this helps bring plumpness and dewiness to my skin. What surprised me though is how this didn’t make my skin look greasy. It didn’t make my foundation slide off either. It’s become my go-to for that glowy look which is achieved when it’s combined with my stick foundation.

I’m really impressed with these new additions in Lilah B’s portfolio. They all feel gentle and nourishing to the skin and I would recommend them to those looking for products that would help in hydration, nourishment, and radiance. These products are also formulated without gluten, parabens, phthalates, sulfates, and synthetic fragrances.

The Lilah B Aglow Cleansing Butter and Priming Oil were provided by @lilahb. Available at lilahbeauty.com

Skincare Review: Tarte Deep Dive Cleansing Gel, Rainforest of the Sea Radiance Drops, and Baba Bomb

I have also subscribed to the belief that only oily skincare products should only be all or one of these things – lightweight, watery, or gel-like. That products for my skin type should never be creamy. However, since I’m older (and, hopefully, wiser) I have found the truth – my oily skin can use creamy, heavier than usual products. It just all depends on the situation.

The Deep Dive Cleansing Gel, for example, is not the usual cleansing gel I would go for. In fact, it’s unlike anything I’ve ever tried. As per all cleansers, this promises to remove excess oil, impurities, and even waterproof makeup using a blend of algae and marine flower extracts along with allantoin, provitamin b5, indian gooseberry extract, and lavender oil. What sets it apart is its glue-like texture and consistency. Like the kind of glue you play with when you were a kid – sticky and dense. It removes makeup the way I’ve never seen before – lifting them up instead of melting the makeup. It’s very evident as I rinse. All the makeup products I used rose above the water. It’s fascinating. It removes face products but needs a little more massaging when it comes to lip products and eyeliners.

A whipped moisturizer best for cold days if you have oily skin, the Baba Bomb ($39) aims to hydrate, nourish, and moisturize the skin using babassu, avocado, green tea, and plant collagen. This moisturizes and soothes my skin on days when it’s feeling dry and parched. I don’t use this every day, only when my skin is reacting to the drop in temperature. Since this moisturizer is on the heavy side of the spectrum, I only use this on really cold nights.

Promising to be more than just a face oil, the Rainforest of the Sea Radiance Drops ($32) uses algae, marine flower extracts, jojoba oil, maracuja oil, coconut oil, vitamin e, and squalene to hydrate and nourish the skin. It can be used as a highlighting primer, a lip oil, or it can be mixed with the foundation for a radiant finish. It’s a lightweight and runny oil that, for me, works best when mixed with my foundation for natural-looking dewiness that doesn’t look greasy. I like that it doesn’t feel sticky and it sinks in the skin. I have been into because of its runny and lightweight texture, this gives my oily skin a healthy glow even on warm days.

The Tarte Deep Dive Cleansing Gel, Rainforest of the Sea Radiance Drops, and Baba Bomb were provided by @tartecosmetics. Available at tartecosmetics.com