Digs and Duds

May Digs and Duds

Hello my lovelies!

 

It’s that time of the month again (no, not your period), and while I was pretty busy and unable to get this post up properly last month, I’m finally here to do it now!

 

Let’s get started:

 

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Thayers Witch Hazel Alcohol-Free Toner in “Lavender” – my aesthetician recommended that I find some witch hazel and use it as a toner. However, she suggested a brand on Amazon, and I generally hate having to resign myself to the mercy of buying beauty products online. I found this little gem at Target, and while I was originally looking for the plain O.G. one, I found Lavender only, which is also great for calming redness. This toner is alcohol-free, moisturizes, helps with any inflammation and redness, and has reduced my breakouts dramatically. Do I still break out? of course, I have oily skin; but most of my skin is made up of old scarring which I am currently treating. Maybe it’s psychosomatic, but I genuinely believe this has made a huge difference with my cystic acne.

Urban Decay Self-Adjusting Complexion Primer – I honestly have not heard any great press about the new UD primers, and I have not tried them all myself, but I am a huge fan of this one. Again, I struggle with redness from my scarring and breakouts, and this really does help combat the issue. It also helps keep my oiliness at bay, which is great for summer. The important thing about this product is to use it correctly, and not too much of it, or it will crumble off your skin in a weird, unappealing way. A little goes a long way, it is long lasting, and the effect looks super cool as you apply it.

M.A.C 133 Brush – While this brush is meant to be a blush brush, I like to use it for highlight, because I’m extra as hell. I know that everyone has said before that M.A.C brushes are fantastic, but I just want to let you know again; they’re pretty fan-fucking-tastic. This brush picks up a ton of product, even from highlighters that are generally more sheer, and blends them out so beautifully, it’s pretty unnecessary to go back in and blend out with the BB or a powder brush. I’ve cleaned it a good 3 to 4 times now as well, and the bristles have still maintained their softness.

Jeffree Star Cosmetics x MannyMua Collab Skin Frost in “Eclipse” – I’ve never owned a JSC highlighter, so this was new for me, and let me tell you, this product exceeded my expectations. This is pretty perfect for my skin tone (although it could work on you medium kids, I don’t know about dark), and is incredibly pigmented. Dead serious, I did a little scream when I put this on because it was so awe inspiring. I think that for the amount of product you get and the quality, $29.00 is a fair and reasonable price. *Side Note* I’ve gotten a few emails from some of you asking why I use JSC cosmetics given the *drama* surrounding him. Much like what I stated with my cruelty free post, I will use what’s best for me, and what I like. If I were to stop using JSC cosmetics, then I would also need to stop using KVD and Too Faced to be an equal opportunist; I’m not doing that. If my decision to use JSC genuinely bothers you, I’m sorry, but this is my blog, and I am allowed to like these products, drama aside.

Jeffree Star Cosmetics x MannyMua Collab Velour Liquid Lipsticks in “I’m Shook” and “Daddy” – First off, these names make me giggle, I love them and they are so Manny. Second, the colors are gorgeous. “Daddy” is an amazing brown-toned nude that looks pretty edgy on my complexion, and “I’m Shook” is an amazing Coral/Red/Pink mixture. I own quite a few of these lipsticks already, and I absolutely love them, so I’m so happy that this collab included these two new shades. Once again, not here for the drama about these colors being reboots, guys. Welcome to the world of makeup, where all brands essentially make 3 of the same color.

 

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I’d like to point out real quick that I only realized just before this post went live that I had “Dudes” instead of “Duds”. H’durr.

Soap and Glory On Heck of a Blot Instant-Perfecting Power Primer – This product is not bad, however it just didn’t do anything for me in terms of oil control, which is what it claims to help with. Maybe I’m just too oily for this primer, but I really felt that this didn’t do nearly as good of a job as my UD Self-Adjusting Primer in combating any of my problems. I still want to finish it, so I tend to mix it with my UD primer now. I would say, maybe if you’re dry but have some mild T-Zone issues, this could probably work out. I’m bummed, because it was such an amazing price, and a rare occurrence at the drugstore (decent oil control primers).

Soap and Glory Kick Ass Instant Retouch Pressed Powder – Man, Soap and Gory and I don’t jam together right now. I really like the finish and quality of this powder, I think that aspect is GREAT. However, this color is a disaster for ghosts like me. Even when I use darker foundations, this powder looks like I smeared yellow dye right under my eyes, and ends up darkening the area badly. I’ve seen medium toned individuals use this powder no problem, but I really think it’s meant for that specific range, since I’m not sure this would look great on deeper tones either. Again, good quality, just a horrible color for me.

Milani Fierce Foil Eyeshine in “04 Venice” – I’m not even going to sugarcoat it, I fucking hate this thing. The applicator picked up no product, the shadows creased SUPER bad, and I do not have oily eyelids and always prime. I tried a glitter glue to see if that would help; still awful. I tried virtually every brush possible, and my fingers; still horrid. I don’t get this product, and I know I’m being harsh, but I’m here to be honest with you guys. Milani is practically non-existent in the drugstores surrounding my neighborhood, so generally my only option is online ordering. While I will absolutely try more Milani products (Foundation in the works), this does not give me high hopes, especially since I ordered this after a fellow beauty blogger highly recommended it. Again, because I have to order online most times, I wont be including this brand often, NOT because I’ve decided that after one product, I hate it. The colors are so pretty and they’re decently pigmented, I just want to incinerate it because everything else is the worst.

 

That’s all I have for you guys today. Please remember to like, comment, and subscribe, it really helps me out. Also don’t forget to have a lovely Monday. If you have any bad weather heading your way, I currently feel your pain.

Stay beautiful!

 

 

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March Digs and Duds

Hello my lovelies!

 

I’m late again, but I didn’t have a ton of items to discuss for the month of March, so I wanted to make sure I REALLY liked the few items I had. Once again there are no duds! Unfortunately, that won’t be true for next month, but we can focus on the now, right?

 

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Tarte Shape Tape Contour Concealer – I took a while to finally try this, as I was pretty sure that it was overhyped and wouldn’t be as good as my Urban Decay Naked Concealer. I’m really sorry Shape Tape, I shouldn’t have doubted the universal love for you, because now I’ve become one of your admirers. You’re light enough, bright enough, and perfect for my pesky dark circles. I bow down to your superiority.

Too Faced Cocoa Powder Foundation – I never hear people talk about this powder, so I figured, what the hell, I’ll formulate my opinion and put it out there. I actually think this mattifies me LONGER than my M.A.C. powder, and that shit is pretty bulletproof. I have to say, while the Too Faced powder does not provide as much coverage as the M.A.C. powder, it is going to be an absolute must for me during the hot summer months coming up.

Wet N Wild Coloricon Bronzer in “Reserve Your Cabana” – I saw Jordy from Itslikelymakeup use this as an all over glowy face powder, and while I’m not usually one for the all over glowy look, I picked this up anyway. As a bronzer, I think this powder is way too light, even for my pale ass, but as a glowy powder, I think it’s pretty beautiful, if used sparingly. There is a significant amount of shimmer in this powder, so if you do pick this up and use it as a face powder, be very aware of that.

Laura Geller Baked Gellato Swirl Illuminator in “Gilded Honey” – In my opinion, this highlighter is fairly natural, which is generally not my thing, but this has created a rare exception. It is slightly too dark for me to use on its own, but I love combining it with my other favorite highlighters as a base. I know some people will disagree with me and say “Zoey, this is like applying a disco ball to your face, what drugs are you on?” but here’s the thing: If I COULD apply a disco ball straight to my cheekbones, I would. My favorite highlighters tend to have a metallic finish, Becca being a great example, and while “Gilded Honey” is not to this level, there is still something I really love about its color and shine.

 

Told you it would be short. That’s all I have for you guys today. Please remember to like,comment, and subscribe, it really helps me out. Also don’t forget to have an excellent start to your week, and I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter, if you are one who celebrates.

Stay beautiful!

 

 

Disclaimer: I will never edit my pictures in a way that misrepresents my natural weight and body type. Some Links may be affiliate links. All opinions are my own.

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February Digs and Duds

Hello my lovelies!

I’m pretty excited about this month’s review blog post, because there’s no duds! This might be because I haven’t tried many new products this month, but either way, that’s pretty great!

 

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M.A.C. 224 Brush – At this rate, I’m pretty sure that every beauty blogger has this brush, and with good reason. This brush is large and very fluffy, and makes for a great all over blending brush for the eyes.

Colourpop Blending Brush – For a $6.00 brush, this is fantastic quality. I am a bit of a brush snob, and besides this recent find, the only affordable brushes that I truly like are Bh Cosmetics brushes. I enjoy that this brush has the ability to blend out larger spaces, but is also awesome for getting into the crease and not making a mess everywhere. For 6 bucks, I highly recommend picking this up.

Rimmel London Kate Sculpting Palette “002 Coral Glow” – On days when I want a bit more of an allover glow, I really love using the bronzer and blush in this palette. The highlight is a little too natural for me, but I love using it as a base for my other highlights. None of the shades are matte, so keep that in mind if you plan on purchasing this. The only issue I have with this palette is the name for the bronzer, which is “Contour”. This shade does have a more neutral tone to it, but the shimmer is just a bad idea for contouring. Otherwise, I find this to be an overall great purchase.

NYX Micro Brow Pencil “Ash Brown” – I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I like this pencil better than my ABH brow definer. The formula as much less waxy and more creamy, which did worry me initially, but I LOVE working with this product. The packaging is kind of annoying to me because I have a hard time removing the caps, but compared to the actual project, this is a pretty minor annoyance.

Colourpop Creme Gel Liner “Prance”, “Show Me”, “Get Paid” – These creme liners are awesome! The color payoff is absolutely insane, and they are super easy to apply. The only annoyance is that these liners are so creamy, they tend to break off. Not much harm done in my eyes, since I tend to just stick the product back in and continue to use it anyway.

Marcelle Curling and Lengthening Mascara – While I don’t really plan on going out of my way to purchase this (I received it as a sample from Birchbox), this is a REALLY great mascara. The formula is great for holding a curl and length, and the brush also gives the desired effect. The only reason I don’t plan to purchase this, is because I am hopelessly attached to my Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara.

That’s all I have for you guys today! Please remember to like, comment, and subscribe, it really helps me out. Also don’t forget to have a lovely midweek.

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January Digs and Duds

 

Hello my lovelies!

I feel like I haven’t done one of these in a long ass time, but I’m back with my monthly favorites and not-so-favorites for you all!

 

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M.A.C 221 Brush – In case some of you are fairly new to my blog, I have slightly hooded eyelids, which can make blending transition shade and crease shades pretty difficult with a standard blending brush. This is because I have a relatively short space between my lid and my brow bone, which can make blending look really messy pretty quickly. This brush is an angel sent from heaven to answer my blending needs. The bristles are tighter, making the overall brush smaller, and a MUCH better fit into my crease. Bonus, it blends any shadow like a dream too.

Urban Decay Self-Adjusting Complexion Primer – Based on the reviews, I kind of bought this product thinking I would dislike it, and initially, I was right. After trying it multiple ways though, I realized that a little goes a very long way, much like any other adjusting/pore filling/mattifying primer. I don’t even use a full pump, and this product definitely does what it advertises.

Sonia Kashuk Soft Focus Satin Matte Foundation – While the shade range is pretty disappointing in my opinion (much like most drugstore items), I LOVE the finish and coverage of this foundation! I’m genuinely shocked that I haven’t seen more hype surrounding this product, because it is damn good. Like I previously said, the only con is the shade range, but I am easily able to fix this with my shade adjusting drops, which I will also be talking about.

Maybelline Dream Cushion Liquid Foundation On-The-Go – I’m not sure how I feel about calling this foundation “on the go”, but I’ve been using this foundation constantly ever since I bought it about three weeks ago. The finish isn’t crazy dewy, and the coverage is definitely a medium but buildable coverage. Again, shade range isn’t great, but I’m head over heels anyway.

The Body Shop Lightening Shade Adjusting Drops – Admittedly, I was pretty worried about using these drops, fearing they would totally change the formula of my foundations. Luckily, they didn’t but they sure as hell lighten any of my foundations that are currently too dark for me. In my eyes, this is a great money saver, because it allows you to use your foundations all year round, meaning there’s no chance for your products to expire, since you’ll be using them!

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder – I originally got a sample version of this from a Sephora rewards perk, and the sifter made me hate the product, mostly because it didn’t give me any product to begin with. I took a risk and bought a full size version, and not only does the sifter work REALLY well, but the powder definitely deserves the hype it gets from beauty gurus. This powder is truly wonderful for setting the under the eyes, however it does not add coverage, so if that is what you’re expecting, stop now.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Master Palette by Mario – I know this was limited edition (I’m sorry!), but I’m just in love. I’ve never owned any ABH shadows previous to this palette, and I honestly am not sure why I didn’t. These shadows are GORGEOUS, and are probably the highest quality that I own. I only have 1 and 1/2 downsides to this palette, and I say 1/2 because I personally don’t consider it a downside, but some of you may. For me, the true downside is that I can’t create a full look with these shadows 100% of the time, but realistically that’s ok for me, since I own plenty of other palettes anyway. Second, these shadows do have kickback, but this just isn’t something I worry about.

M.A.C. Warm Neutrals Shadow Palette – I’m pretty sure I didn’t need another palette full of warm neutrals, but my mom got me this and I’m obsessed with it anyway. What makes this palette unique is the warm pinks, which are super fun to work with. However, much like the Master palette, I feel like I can’t get a full look out of this palette all the time, especially since it only has two matte shades. Regardless, these shadows are great quality, and every single color is beautiful.

 

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L’oreal Paris Infallible Total Cover Foundation – I want to start by saying I don’t hate this product, but I don’t love it either. I do very much like the coverage, however I’m not particularly wowed by this foundation. I can’t help but compare this to the pro matte foundation, which is one of my favorite drugstore foundations, and offers virtually the same effect as this one.

Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Concealer and Corrector – Again, I don’t hate this product, but it just doesn’t work for me, mainly due to the minimal coverage and shades. I of course picked up the lightest shade available, and for whatever reason, it’s darker than my actual skintone. Weirdly, I love the better skin foundation and have no shade issues with it. Rarely do I return products, but this was sadly returned to Target.

 

That’s all I have for you guys today! Please remember to like, comment, and subscribe, it really helps me out. Also don’t forget to have a wonderful weekend.

Stay beautiful!

 

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August Digs and Duds

Hello my lovelies!

I may be a little late, but I would never miss the month’s digs and duds!In this particular post, I don’t have a lot of new things to share, however, if you take a look at my First Impressions post, you’ll get a fairly in depth reviews of a lot of products!

 

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Maybelline Super Stay Better Skin Foundation – I’ve not seen much talk about this foundation, and I honestly can’t understand why. This is such a beautiful, natural-yet-full coverage foundation, and gives the best satin finish. This foundation is a perfect drugstore option for when you want something that isn’t dewy or matte (48.99 at Target. Available in 16 shades).

Maybelline Super Stay better Skin Powder Foundation – I always used to think that putting powder foundation over my liquid foundation was a big no, but when you find the right powder, it’s a huge yes. I LOVE using this powder to touch up throughout the day, because it’s super light, and doesn’t appear cakey in the slightest. I am VERY impressed with this powder, especially for one that comes from the drugstore ($8.99 at Target. Available in 8 colors).

NO 7 Shimmer Palette “Bronze” – While this Palette is way too dark for me to act as a highlighter, I love this for my eyes. The color payoff is very nice, and the colors go beautifully with my blue eyes ($14.99 at Walgreens. Available in 2 other colors).

Akira Uptown Chiffon Bomber “Yellow” – This bomber has been my shit as of lately. While it’s a little too hot to use at the moment, I feel like this color speaks to me on so many levels. I’ve had a lowkey obsession with bomber jackets as of late, so stay tuned for some posts on those (On sale for $20.00 at Akira).

“Gasoline” by Halsey – I first heard this song in an offshoot music video for Suicide Squad, and immediately went to hunt down this song on itunes. I love how different it sounds, with the different pitches and instruments used.

 

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Revlon Colorstay 16 Hour Eyeshadow “505 Decadent” – This eyeshadow quad is just not doing it for me. The pigmentation is very blah, and I have a hard time picking up any product onto a brush. The colors are very pretty, however, I have a hard time wanting to use this product at all.

 

That’s all I have for you guys today! Please remember to like, comment, and subscribe, it really helps me out. Also don’t forget to have a wonderful start to your week!

Stay beautiful!

 

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July Digs and Duds

Hello my lovelies!

I may be a little late this time, but I would never forget another round of digs and duds. Unfortunately, I was so ridiculously busy this past month, that I don’t have a ton of new products, but regardless, I have some exciting items to share!

Let’s get started:

 

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Mara Hoffman for Sephora Collection: Kaleidescape Charcoal Brush Set – First off, the packaging of this product 100%. I love the pattern and wood handle mix of these brushes, and the brush hair quality is to die for. These brushes pick up and deposit product like a dream, especially the face brushes. If you are looking for some fun yet high quality brushes, these are absolutely it. This set comes with an allover face brush, a cheek brush, a highlight brush, a shadow brush, and a crease brush ($64.00 at Sephora).

Rimmel London Match Perfection 2-in-1 Skintone Adapting Concealer and Highlighter – While that is quite the name for a product, I adore everything about this concealer. Not only is the applicator awesome with a brush tip, but the formula and its light, airy creaminess is to die for. Surprisingly, the lightest shade does highlight for me, which I consider a great accomplishment for a drugstore item. Unfortunately, like many Rimmel products, there isn’t a huge color range for anyone much darker than your standard tan, but the actual product is fantastic nonetheless ($5.99 at Ulta).

Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder in Golden Light – This bronzer has the most creamy and beautiful texture to it, and the actual color is amazing. Thankfully, this shade does not come out looking super orange on me, which I consider a huge bonus for someone as pale as myself. While I do enjoy that I am, for once, not THE lightest shade in a product (there’s lighter shades for those of you paler!), I am slightly disappointed that the darkest shade isn’t very dark, and would definitely not work for any of my chocolate girls and boys out there ($42.00 at Sephora).

Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in Natural Beauty and Dollface – If you are looking for a blush that is super pigmented AND lasts forever, look no further. This blush will seriously stay on your face until you force it off, and the color payoff is amazing, so much so, that it’s easy to overdo it on occasion. The color range is awesome an can work for anyone, especially colors like Natural Beauty, with its red tones ($28.00 at Sephora).

Too Faced Lip Injection Glossy in Milkshake – Initially, I was somewhat disappointed in this product because it seemed to lack pigment. However, after using it more often, I’ve decided that I enjoy the lack of pigment, as the plumping sensation gives my lips a more natural pink look as it does its magic. This is a plumping product, so you will absolutely feel a slight burning and tingling sensation, but it is definitely manageable, and the results are beautiful ($22.00 at Sephora).

Michael Kors Sadie Pilot Sunglasses – I only bought these about two weeks ago, but the moment I saw them, I knew I needed them. I love the reflectiveness of these shades, and the gold metal frame with a pop of print is so beautiful. These are the perfect aviator sunglasses for the classic girly girl ($185.00 at Michael Kors).

Sucker for Pain by Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and Imagine Dragons, featuring Logic, Ty Dolla $ign, and X Ambassadors – Again, quite the mouthful, but I really enjoy listening to this song. The lyrics are slightly dark, but that doesn’t bother me at all, because to me it’s…creative? That’s the best way I can describe this song; creative. There’s some singing, some rapping, like the kitchen sink of the music world. This song is featured on the Suicide Squad Album, so if you’re interested, you can find it there.

 

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Jergens Natural Glow Daily Moisturizer for Fair to Medium Skintones, Jergens Natural Glow Instant Sun Sunless Tanning Mousse in Light Bronze – I really wanted to like these products because I am a major fan of Jergens, but these just didn’t work for me. The major problem is that I am allergic to large amounts of glycerin, and both products list glycerin as the second ingredient. Ergo, these two products give me intense rashes that are painful and take days to go away. Despite this, I did genuinely like the color these gave me, but it’s just damn near impossible for me to use them!

 

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June Digs and Duds

Hello my lovelies!

It’s that time again. Time for another update on what’s hot, and what’s not.

Let’s get started:

 

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Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Mattifying Primer – I decided to find out what all the hype was about for these primers, and I’m genuinely impressed. On occasion, some matte primers are SO matte, they pretty much ball up on your face when you try to apply makeup on top. This primer sinks into my skin so well, keeps me matte but not looking dry, and stays put ($37.00 at Sephora).

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Skin Perfecting Full Coverage Foundation – I LOVE this foundation! The coverage is absolutely full, especially for a drugstore buy, and is so comfortable to wear. The only con is the tiny shade range, which doesn’t go much lighter  for my pale skin, and definitely does not cover any person of significant color ($6.99 at Target).

Morphe Concealer – While I find it weird that a concealer has the vanilla scent associated with lipsticks, I don’t find it unappealing. This concealer reminds me of the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, but in a much more positive way. The coverage is great, and so is the shade range. If you don’t like thicker concealers, (again, think NARS) then this isn’t for you. However, if you’re looking for an inexpensive concealer that doesn’t crease, check this winner out ($4.99 at Morphe.com).

Smashbox Step-By-Step  Contour Stick Trio – While I don’t have a ton of use for the bronzer and highlighter sticks,being that they’re too orangey and too yellowy for me respectively, I absolutely ADORE the contour stick. As a neutral toned pale girl, I can generally get away with a warm or cooled toned contour, but personally, I prefer cooler tones. this stick is the perfect color for someone as pale as myself, and the formula is so blendable and amazing on the skin. The only downside is, once again, a lack of range for all of the darker girls and boys out there ($45.00 at Sephora).

NARS Contour Blush Olympia – Again with the cooler tones, I very much enjoy this shade for contouring. The yellow shade IS light enough for me, and I use it to carve my cheekbones under my contour even more, for a clean look. I love using the darker shade to set my cream contour, or just by itself. Luckily, this duo does come in two other shades, which absolutely cover many darker girls and boys. However, unlike the Olympia shade, the darker duos tend to become more warm toned, so always be careful if you happen to be a cool toned individual ($42.00 at Sephora).

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Pearl – Often times, the makeup world only wants to contribute to light through tanned skin tones, which ends up leaving everyone else out. This generally bothers me a LOT, so I love seeing brands like Becca contribute to ALL colors of the spectrum. Finally, there is a highlight that’s white enough to show up dramatically on my skin. It is full of chunky, glittery goodness, and applies so smoothly, with not a choppy line in sight. Major kudos to Becca for keeping EVERYONE in mind when it comes to beautiful products ($38.00 at  Sephora).

BH Cosmetics Waterproof Lip Liner in Retro – I genuinely don’t think I’ve found a better lipliner out there. This liner stays on no matter what I do, and provides a beautiful base for any lipstick. The formula is creamy, glides well on the lips, and is super pigmented. Bonus, they’re SO inexpensive for such a quality item (Currently $4.50 at bhcosmetics.com).

Madewell 9″ High-Rise Skinny Crop Jeans: Button-Through Edition – Since I’m so short, these crop jeans hit me right at the ankle, which is a perfect cut for me. I love that these are high rise, button through, and a lighter wash. If you’ve got a larger behind like yours truly, check out Madewell jeans, they ACTUALLY sit above your bum without that awkward dip in the back. Bonus, Madewell stores will give you a free hem if you need it ($128.00 at Madewell).

“Panda” by Desiigner – I know this song came out back in December, but I just now decided that I like it. I really don’t understand a word the guy is saying, but I really like the beat, an it’s something I can bob along to. Hopefully, this new rapper comes out with some more interesting beats.


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I’ve got absolutely ZERO duds this month! It’s been a great month for new products so far, and I can’t wait to dive into July and discover more new things!


 

 

That’s all I have for you guys today. Please remember to like, comment, and subscribe, it means a lot to me. Have a wonderful Independence day if you’re in the USA!

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April Digs and Duds

Hello my lovelies!

I’ve got another round of digs and duds for you guys this month, so let’s get started!

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Too Faced Meltoff Mascara – In case you missed my in depth review, you can find it here. I absolutely love this product, and I genuinely believe that it is worth the money ten times over. I won’t go into too much detail for this particular product, so click the link above if you want to know more.

Tarte Tarteist Sculpt and Slim Contour Brush – I am super happy with this contour brush. I love that it’s dual ended with a precision brush on one and, and an angled blending prush on the other. I also enjoy that the angled side is more in the shape of a fan brush, which I prefer to blend out my contour with. After spending a lot of time not loving the contour brushes I already had, I am glad I have added this to my collection.

BH Cosmetics #5 Shader Brush – What have I been doing without this brush in my life is my question. I love this brush for packing shadow close to my lashline, and it also does an amazing job blending out shadows on my lower lashine. Plus, it’s super cheap and great quality, you really can’t beat that.

Tony Moly Panda’s Dream Brightening Eye Base – When I was first trying this out, I didn’t think it was anything special and stopped using it entirely. I decided to give it another try and finally realized that it does help me quite a lot. It’s very smoothing for my under eyes, and it helps my concealer go on so much nicer.

BH Cosmetics Carli Bybel Palette – These shadows are so creamy, and one swipe has an insane amount of pigment. I love that this palette is like a mini version of Urban Decay’s Naked 1 and Naked 3 palette combined, the color schemes are so similar. However, I happen to love the color similarities, since browns and mauves are my favorite. This palette does come with 4 highlights, but only one of them works as an actual highlight for me. This palette would work for ALL skintones though, because all of the colors can be sued in different ways.

Marc Jacobs Fineliner Ultra Skinny Gel Eye Crayon in Blacquer – The staying power of this crayon in my waterline is AWESOME, and I have annoyingly watery eyes. I don’t usually use this on my waterline, just out of preference for my Urban Decay pencils, but this works beautifully and is so blendable.

Tarte Tarteist Lash Paint Mascara – I was pleasantly surprised by the formula of this mascara. While I like the clay mascaras from Tarte, they don’t really do anything special for my lashes. Lo and Behold, this mascara is more of a wet consistency and allows for some pretty good volume. If you’re in the market for a reasonably priced mascara, I would go for this one.

River Island Belted Kimono top – In case you missed my last OOTD, I’ll leave you a link to check out what I’m talking about. This top is structurally stunning, and is incredibly figure flattering for anyone. It screams high fashion for your every day girl, which is totally me.

Calvin Klein Vegan Leather Jacket – I’ve had this jacket for about 2 years now, and I absolutely adore it. The vegan leather feels amazing, and I love the gold hardware. Please note I’m not against the use of real leather, I just can’t afford it, and don’t have any need for it.

“Like a Boy” by Ciara – This song is an oldie but a goodie. I really like the message that Ciara sends, whether you’re a boy or a girl. Remember that cheating is hurtful, unacceptable, and definitely not ok!

 

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Too Faced Shadow Insurance – There’s nothing wrong with the quality of this product, however I had a really bad reaction to this primer. Again, I enjoy using this product for my friends and family, just not on me personally.

Tarte So Fine Micro Liner – I really like the formula of this product. My beef is the applicator tip. I don’t think it’s at all flexible, which again is unfortunate because I really like the formula.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara – I really love the wand for this mascara, however it’s just too thick and dry for my liking. I like really wet mascaras, it’s just my preference, and this formula is more clay-like. If you’re into that kind of formula, then I would definitely go for this mascara, as the wand is absolutely awesome.


 

That is all I have for you all today. I hope you all have a lovely and sunny week. Remember to like, comment, and subscribe, it really helps me out!

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March Digs and Duds

Hello my lovelies!

The start of April, for me, has been absolutely crazy. Starting April 1st, I’ve had show practice for my ice arena, for which I am participating in two numbers, co-coaching two numbers, and solo-coaching two numbers, for a total of six numbers. Yes, I put a lot on my plate. Additionally, my 18th birthday was on the 7th of April, so of course I had a couple large family get togethers for that event.

Moving on, March was a good month for new beauty products. I feel that spring in general is great timing for new products, but so many brands did an amazing job with new spring items, and I am just in awe.

Here’s what I have for you this month:


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Sephora Color Switch by Vera Mona – I LOVE LOVE LOVE this thing. The sponge in this tin undoubtedly removes any powder products on my eye brushes, and I can even use it on my larger powder brushes. I actually made my own replica using store bought items to see if it was *really* the same thing. Don’t believe people who say it’s the same. I promise you, it’s absolutely not the same end product. The price may seem obnoxious at 18 dollars, but you definitely get great use out of this. Disclaimer, this product is NOT a replacement for using actual brush cleanser. You still need to clean your brushes with soap at least every two weeks to eliminate bacteria.

It Cosmetics Number 106 Airbrush Foundation Brush – I generally do not like using brushes for my liquid foundation products, simply because I prefer the finish of a beauty blender application. However, I love using this brush for color correcting, as it pushes the product into my skin as if it were a foundation. This is especially nice for my under eye corrector.

Up&Up by Target Powder Brush – I feel kind of silly saying this, but I am really loving this brush for blending out my blush. I like to initially pack on my blush for color saturation, then buff it out with an all over face brush like this one. The hair is SO soft and doesn’t shed at all. Seriously, check out the target makeup brushes, they’re quite the hidden gem.

Lancôme Blush Subtil in Aplum – I know many people often complain about Lancôme blush textures, but to me, they feel exactly like the face powders which I am in love with. When I look for a blush, I look for consistency, not pigmentation, because blushes can be buildable. However, I do love this color. It’s a plummy mauve that I adore, especially for my skin tone. Also, quick shoutout to Lancôme for being one of the more diverse cosmetic brands out there. It really grinds my gears when brands don’t bother to appeal to ALL skin tones, and I feel that Lancôme is pretty inclusive for a high end brand.

Stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara – I feel like Stila often doesn’t get much talk about their products, and I find it to be one of the most underrated brands out there. This formula is SOOO nice, like I would rub it all over my face if that weren’t weird nice. The formula is very creamy, which I prefer, as I don’t like stuff formulas. I think it is easily comparable to Lancôme’s formula, just a cheaper version. Funnily enough, I also really like the brush. If you like the brush of Too Faced’s Better than Sex mascara, then you would definitely like this brush as well.

Max Factor Color Elixir Lip Liner in 02 Pink Petal – at first, I really wasn’t impressed by this lip liner. The quality is great, however I noticed as I swatched it that it had a small amount of sparkle to it. I sat there thinking “well what the hell is this” but I ended up putting it on and loving it. The sparkle factor was nowhere near as aggressive on my lips, and I really like the peachy color. In fact, I think the sparkle helped make the liner look less dried out and cracked.

NYX Lip Liner in SPL854 Pale Pink – This is my absolute favorite nude liner of all time. This pencil is matte, yet so incredibly creamy and pigmented, and it pretty much works under whatever lip color you want, or on its own. I actually go for my NYX liners over my Urban Decay liners now, something I thought would never happen.

BEAU Chelsea Boot from Topshop – Now that I am out of school, I have all this freedom to wear heeled shoes, which I prefer to flat shoes. I have been wearing my boots pretty much every other day. They’re so comfortable to walk in, I actually put them to the test while in London, and they’re actually a pretty easy style to find, regardless of the brand you choose.

“Close” By Nick Jonas ft. Tove Lo – I am shamelessly on the Nick Jonas bandwagon, always have been, always will be. I don’t really have anything in particular about this song that I like, I just know that I REALLY like it. I can’t wait for the full album to be out, that’s for sure.


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Quick disclaimer: While these products are under my “duds” category, it should be noted that I disliked none of these products, I just don’t find them special in any way.

Revlon Blush Brush – This brush is great for packing on blush, but it does an absolutely terrible job at diffusing the saturation of your blush. Again, just not a favorite of mine. It works, but this brush is just too dense and stiff to lend any blendability.

Kiko Cosmetics Skin Evolution Foundation in 101 Ivory – Another shoutout to a brand that makes a conscious effort to include differing skin tones, this foundation ACTUALLY matches me perfectly. Unfortunately, this foundation formula didn’t wow me at all. It reminds me of all the qualities in the Loreal Pro Matte Foundation that I don’t admire nearly as well. Again, the product is fine, it just wasn’t special.

Max Factor Creme Puff Blush in Number 30 Gorgeous Berries – This blush is PIGMENTED. You barely touch the product and it’s all over your brush. However, the texture is very chalky to me, which makes it very hard to blend out, but not impossible.


That’s all I have for everyone today. Make sure to have a lovely week. Also, please like, comment and subscribe to my blog, it really helps me out!

Stay beautiful!

Digs and Duds

January Digs and Duds

Hello my lovelies!

It’s that time again; time for January’s hot items, as well as the not so hot items. Let’s get started.

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L’oreal Paris Magic Perfecting Base Primer – Forewarning, I have a lot of new L’oreal products to share with you guys. I personally think that this is a pretty good drugstore primer. I’m not going to lie to all of you and claim it’s my ride or die favorite, but I like the consistency and it keeps everything in place.

L’oreal Paris Infallible Pro Matte Gloss in Statement Nude and Forbidden Kiss – I’m going to start off by saying that these glosses aren’t at all matte in the traditional sense. Yes, they’re not as shiny, but I do have a bit of a beef with the name. Other than that, I love the color payoff, and the consistency of this is amazing, not at all sticky. I say stick with the more nude color selections, as they have the most color payoff.

L’oreal True Match Lumi Cushion in N2 Classic Ivory – If you like a luminous but still flawless finish, then this is absolutely the foundation for you. I love the slightly runny consistency of this foundation, and it applies like a dream. Be warned that a little certain goes a long way, which is great because in terms of foundation amount, you don’t get as much as a regular bottled foundation. Nonetheless, you can build this foundation up very easily without looking super cakey.

L’oreal Paris Infallible Pro Matter Foundation in 101 Classic Ivory – Generally, I don’t believe any drugstore foundation that claims to be matte. Case en point, I love my Maybelline Matte and Poreless, but I wouldn’t consider it super matte by any means. However, this Pro Matte foundation surprised me, in the best way possible. I love that it’s truly matte, but doesn’t cling to my dry patches or look cakey. I would go so far as to say that this on my list of top 5 foundations.

NYX Above and Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Beige – I love this concealer for covering my acne spots, as cystic acne can look like big red welts and be a bear to cover up. This concealer is VERY yellow toned, so it ends up being perfect to counteract the redness that I often have. Warning, this is TERRIBLE if you try to cover your under eye circles. This concealer is just too thick for that kind of purpose in my opinion.

NYX Ombre Lip Duo in Poppy & Lilly – As much as I wasn’t crazy about the consistency of the liquid suedes in bright hues, I adore this particular lip duo. The colors are so vibrant and beautiful, and they blend so easily to actually create an ombre look. Best part yet, you can also wear them as colors on their own.

Clarins Multi Blush in 02 Candy – I wasn’t into this blush at first, because it has a strange consistency. I think the best way I can describe it, is that it’s almost like a puddy. It’s not a creme, but it’s not powder either. Either way, you CAN pick it up with a brush, and the color is gorgeous.

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January was really a good month for beauty, so I don’t have anything bad to report on so far. I’m so happy and excited for what this year has to offer, and I hope you all are too!

Stay Beautiful!