Starting with the Hello Results Wrinkle-Reducing Daily Retinol Serum-in-Cream (C$) is a retinol serum-in-cream that works on fine lines and dark spots. This formula is infused with dual retinol meaning that it contains a blend of free and encapsulated retinol that reaches at least 15 layers into the skin’s surface in just 1 hour. At the same time, the formula is consists of vitamin E & B to soothe and hydrate the skin while balancing common effects of retinol usage like redness, dryness, and flaking. It is designed for all skin textures.
I have tried to stay away from retinol products as much as I could for the fact that it adds sensitivity to the skin or I use them during the wintertime on my nightly skincare routine to keep my skin away from getting more sensitive. It’s important to know when you’re using any kind of retinol products to make sure you wear your sunscreen regardless of sun exposure on a daily basis for the time you’re using retinol.
I have been using this Hello Results Wrinkle-Reducing Daily Retinol Serum-in-Cream for the past 4 weeks (avoiding the under-eye area) and I have been loving the formula. I love that the formula is not too intense and works on sensitive skin. Although I don’t have any fine lines and wrinkles on my complexion yet dark spots and discoloration is some of the concerns that I have introduced retinol into my skincare routine. Although it claims to be safe using it twice a day on morning and night skincare routine I take extra measures to keep my skin from sensitivity so I only been using it on my nightly skincare routine. It’s very easy to use and the results are quite visible.
Up next is the Brow Power Filler Volumizing Tinted Fiber Eyebrow Gel (C$32.00) is a waterproof tinted eyebrow get that immediately fills, shapes, tint,s and sets brows for up to 16 hours and comes in 4 shades. The formula is infused with Biotin that maintains the healthy growth of the hair and Green Tea and Lecithin keeps the hair hydrated and nourished. I have been loving the brush-out trend and natural look of the brows lately and yet this is that one-step brow product that I have been reaching to achieve that look.
The applicator is unique and quite practical to use. The innovative design of the applicator allows you to fill in brows with its micro-flocked tip and molded bristles to tint and shape the brows. So the product does everything you need to do from making the brows looking fuller to color the grey brows to fill in and set it for the entire day.
I received it in two shades Universal Auburn & Universal Dark Brunette which I found both were not a perfect match to my brows but I was able to manage to wear the Universal Dark Brunette. You do want to start from the arch of your brows and fill in first with the tip of the applicator then brush the entire brow to set it. In case you deposit more product accidentally an angle brush or a spooley will take care of it.
Bottom line, I loved these new additions from It Cosmetics. I was actually looking for a subtle retinol formula for my skin and this couldn’t get any better. It works great on sensitive skin and you really see visible results when using it religiously. At the same time, the Brow Power Filler been something I have been reaching out to on daily basis. It gives my brows that nice brush outlook while sets it for the entire day. It slightly has a learning curve it but once you know how to shape your brows with it, it’s going to be a hit for you.
Laura Mercier just introduced a new product to expand her Secret Camouflage line, Secret Camouflage Concealer Duo Stick (C$41.00). If you are a lover of Laura Mercier beauty products then you might have not missed her Secret Camouflage Concealer that came in a compact. Yet this time she brought back the same product but in a simpler version where you can apply it easily while carrying it out anywhere.
Just in case if you’re not familiar with Laura Mercier’s Secret Camouflage Concealer, this formula is known for hiding dark circles and brightening up the under-eye area without looking cakey or thick with amazing lasting power.
This Secret Camouflage Concealer Duo Stick is a two in one full-coverage concealer where you get both your corrector and brightening concealer in one stick. This new formula melts into the skin with a weightless texture. I feel she is one of the most genuine ladies who know what to bring to the market. As we all stay home with minimal makeup looks and showing off only eyes while we’re out. we really need something easy to use to look after our dark circles immediately, and it was just the perfect time to introduce this formula.
The new formula is matte, and full matte coverage with a creamy texture. It comes in 16 shades to cover all skin tones.
I was able to get my hands on the two shades 2N & 2W. I find both shades work on my skin tone but I find the 2W really covers my dark circles. The formula doesn’t crease nor sets into the fine lines with great lasting power.
Final thoughts are that it’s one of the best ways to correct and brighten the under-eye area easily and anywhere. I am absolutely loving this concept, as many of you know I love to retouch my concealer while on the go and this is going to be a product that I would be reaching mostly this year.
I haven’t shared much about brushes before yet I think brushes are one of the best ways to apply your makeup mess-free and make the final results look flawless. At the same time, you need to know which makeup brushes you really need for a particular product to brings out the best it. I love to invest in my brushes since it really does make the application perform amazingly with less effort. I have included some of my favorite drugstore brushes in this post that I reach out from time to time and really can swear on them for their quality and performance.
Favorite Complexion Brushes:
Powder Foundation/ Buffing Foundation Brushes:
I love to use brushes for my powder foundations rather than sponges and I find they apply really nicely and smoothly with a flawless finish. I like them more dense yet super soft.
Dior Backstage Face Brush No. 18 is of the softest brushes I have tried so far and the design gives more control over its application. It’s more like a buffing brush that smooths out the product evenly. I love to use this for my powder foundations and it gives me that flawless finish. I also like to use this for applying my primer which evens out my skin.
BareMinerals Beautiful Finish Foundation Brush is a brush that builds up the coverage for your powder foundation while the finish is flawless. This brush is not only very unique, but it’s also a brush that works with all kinds of powder beauty products and the finish is seamless.
Cream/Liquid Foundation Brushes:
I like brushes that would evenly spread the product as well as to not leave lines on my complexion. The lighter is your foundation texture the more spread you want your brush and the thicker the texture the more dense the brush.
It Cosmetics Heavenly Luxe Flat Top Buffing Foundation Brush #6 is a fabulous brush for foundation. You can use this for any type of textured foundation and it gives out that super smooth finish. I love how it offers that full coverage looks while finishes the skin flawlessly. This is one of the brushes I use regularly.
Shiseido DAIYA FUDE Face Duo is a multi-purpose brush that is so so soft yet applies powder and cream products amazingly all over the face. You can use this multiple ways as well as you have more control over the coverage of your base with this brush. It’s a must-have for me.
Fenty Beauty Full-Bodied Foundation Brush #110 is an amazing foundation brush for thicker textured products. It’s slightly dense while the bristles are super soft. It applies the product evenly all over the complexion. It’s also a good one to apply any other cream products like cream bronzers or cream blushes.
I use the same brush style for my bronzer and blush. I love them to be a little fluffy and medium size to fit my face frame.
Make Up For Ever Flat Round Blush Brush #156 is a multi-tasking blush, bronze, and highlighting brush that works amazing setting and distributing that powder on the skin. It’s one brush that I can carry when traveling and I will do everything I need for setting purposes with this brush.
Quo Beauty’s Brush is another one that I have been reaching out to lately. This is actually from their Holiday set that comes with a great range of brushes that I have been loving. I love how it’s fluffy and the perfect size to add those bones some highlight.
This includes every I use within the powder range (blush, bronzer, and setting powder). I love my powder brushes a little on smaller size yet fluffily enough to dust the product evenly all over my face that will offer a more diffuse look. If you’re a long reader and follower of Million Idole you know I have a brushing technique that I use a plain brush or dipped in a loose powder lightly and I go over my entire complexion diffuse all the products together and by doing this technique it will give an airbrushed look. And these brushes are perfect for that technique as well.
The Real Technique Blush Brush is another favorite of mine. I have used this brush for more than 8 years now and it’s one of the drugstore brushes that work insanely amazing. Although it’s for a blush brush it works great for my small face frame and I like to have more control over my powder and bronzer application so I prefer smaller brushes.
Quo Beauty also carries a very good shape to dust your powder all over your face. It carries that perfect shape and perfect size with quality assurance.
Beauty sponges are one of my favorite tools to apply my complexion products especially concealer. I can literally use these to apply all my complexion products including my powders. The only time I use them are when I have more time for my makeup application since I believe with beauty sponges it slightly takes longer to apply you makeup than the brushes. Here are my favorite ones:
BeautyBlender is one of my all-time favorites. I feel like there is nothing like BeautyBlender in terms of quality, performance, and price range.
Givenchy Beauty Sponge if you haven’t tried this sponge then you’re missing on this. I know BeautyBlender is a great option but once you get your hands on this beauty sponge then it’s all a new world. The shape and quality are what make this sponge perform so well.
Real Technique is a favorite of mine when it comes to drugstore sponges. I love the shape and quality as well as it performs really well.
Favorite Eye Brushes:
Crease Detailing Brushes:
Laura Mercier Eye Crease Brush is a super soft brush with a perfect shape that nicely layers the eyeshadow as well as blends it beautifully. I love it works on the crease to add depth as well as eyelids.
Quo Beauty is another favorite yet a much affordable brush. It almost carries the same shape as the Laura Mercier Eye Crease Brush with great quality. I would say probably a good Dupe to Laura Mercier brush.
Laura Mercier Eye Crease Brush is a brush that easily dusts over the transition shade all over the eye crease. It’s super soft and what I love about this brush the most is that I can sweep and pad the shadow all over my crease which helps my mascara don’t smudge.
The Real Techniques Eyeshadow Makeup Brush Set is one of my favorite ones because it works as a multi-purpose brush for me. I use it for my crease as well as it works great for concealers. It has that perfect size that works great for everything.
It Cosmetics Tightliner 10-In1 Dual-Ended Brush is one of the brushes that you really need in your life, especially when you’re on the go. The one side carries a fence-shaped brush that lays in between the lashes to really give that precise and gap-free tight-lining eye look. While the other side has the precision-cut brush that offers a smooth tight-lining eye look again that reaches very close to the lash-line.
Many of these brushes comes in sets that I find them quite convenient when you’re on the go, here how the sets looks like:
Laura Mercier Sweeping Beauty Essential Brush Collection I love this collection, it has everything I need for a perfect makeup look. It also comes with a brush bag that keeps the brushes nice and in good shape while on the go. I think Laura Mercier brushes been one of the best brushes I have used by far, for their quality and performance. It is really worth the splurge.
Quo Beauty Holiday Set is one of the best sets you can get at an amazing price. You get 10 wonderful and a pack of an amazing selection of brush for the face and eyes with a nice golden brush bag. I have owned Quo Brushes before I started blogging and it lasted me quite a long time. I do love the quality and performance it offers for the price.
This is a wrap! This post was one of the longest posts that took me to put together for you guys in terms of time. I have been working for more than 3 months on this. Yet I hope you find this post helpful.
Press samples were provided and courtesy of brands while some of the brushes were purchased by me.