November Digs and Duds

“Learning is a gift. Even when pain is your teacher”

-Maya Watson

Hello my lovelies!

I haven’t done a post like this in SUCH a long time, but I finally have some new products to review! Due to budget restrictions with being in school full time, I don’t have a lot of products to talk about with this post, but nevertheless, we have some things to discuss.

Digs:


Cetaphil Oil Absorbing Moisturizer –

While this isn’t my favorite moisturizer of all time, I think this a really nice and inexpensive moisturizer for oily skin. I lean more toward the combination/acneic side of the skin type spectrum, and this has done a good job of helping to control my oiliness and keeping major breakouts at bay. While I still use a separate sunscreen in my skincare routine, the fact that this moisturizer contains an appropriate broad spectrum SPF 30 is also a lovely bonus.

L’Oréal Infallible Matte-Lock Primer –

I had previously used the glow version of this primer during my Accutane stint, so I decided to give this primer a whirl. I really like what this primer does for my nose area, which has definitely become much more oily again post-Accutane. It creates a matte base without completely depriving my skin of moisture, and has definitely helped my foundation last much longer.

L.A.Girl Pro Matte High Definition Longwear Foundation –

I’ve heard many great things about the luminous version of this foundation and figured that this particular formula would be more my speed. The color is actually light enough for me which is a rare occurrence in drugstore foundations. The formula is truly matte, long-lasting and has great coverage, all for a pretty reasonable $9.00 price tag.


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November Empties

“To be happy you must be your own sunshine”

-C.E. Jerningham

Hello my lovelies!

I can’t believe it’s already December. I knew it was coming based off of the Christmas music blaring in the mall by November, but this year has truly flown by. I strangely feel more excited than ever about the holidays, but that could be due to aging (ha).

I don’t have a lot of products to talk about for this month’s batch of empties, but I have products nonetheless. Grab some wine, maybe a snack, and keep reading to learn more about what I’ve used up this past month.

Let’s Get Started:


Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment –

You all know by now that I absolutely love this chemical exfoliant, even at a price tag of $158.00. This product has done so much for my skin and the vascular scarring that I have from old acne, and was fantastic in combination with the Accutane. Unfortunately, I heard a rumor that Sunday Riley will be switching over the active AHA from Lactic to Glycolic, which is not an ideal AHA for my skin type. While I love this product and am totally happy in justifying the price, I will have to find a new and equally effective alternative for my exfoliation product.

Would I repurchase: No!


Burt’s Bees Brightening Skin Perfecting Serum –

I originally was not the biggest fan of this product, but I’ve come around to the fact that it has done a lot for me. This has been a great product in combination with my Lactic Acid exfoliant in aiding to the scar fading process, but it definitely took a lot of time for this product to kick in fully. Although this is definitely not a fast results product (this was the second bottle), I think that for $14.00, it can be a great brightening serum to add into your daily skincare routine.

Would I repurchase: Yes!


The Body Shop Wild Argan Oil For Body And Hair –

While this stuff does cost a pretty penny at $25.00, I think it’s well worth the price tag. Body oils are best used immediately after a shower, when skin is at its peak moisture levels. This product serves to add extra moisture as well as seal in what you already have naturally. I adore the smell of argan oil and love the healing properties that it has for skin, so this product is definitely a huge win in my book.

Would I repurchase: Yes!


M.A.C Studio Fix Powder Plus Foundation “NC15” –

You all know how I feel about this powder already so I won’t go into too much detail, but this will always be an all-time favorite for me. I love the matte finish of this powder, the coverage is fantastic, and it dramatically increases the longevity of my makeup throughout the day.

Would I repurchase: Yes!


NYX Micro Brow Pencil “Chocolate” –

I’ve used different colors of these pencils in the past, and I’m still convinced they’re one of the absolute best in the game. I would happily pick these up any day over a Brow Wiz, mostly because they last forever. I was blessed with great brows, but that doesn’t mean I don’t generously fill them in when I’m doing a full face of makeup. I’m able to make these pencils last far longer than any other brand I’ve tried, and that’s what keeps me coming back.

Would I repurchase: Yes!


Marc Jacobs Velvet Noir Mascara –

Also a product that you already know I have major love for, the only difference being that this one came in a limited edition packaging. Admittedly, I kept this mascara around far longer than what is recommended and healthy, but that’s just a testament to how long this formula lasts. This is also a ride or die product of mine that I truly feel I cannot live without in my makeup collection.

Would I repurchase: Yes!


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September and October Empties

“Happiness is the secret to all beauty. There is no beauty without happiness”

-Christian Dior

Hello my lovelies!

It’s that time again! This round of empties isn’t anything overly exciting, but I have plenty of items to share with you from the past two months!

Empties:

Sonia Kashuk Blending Sponge –

When I initially used this sponge, I was not a huge fan. Now that I’ve had it for some time and have continued to try it out, I’ve decided that while it’s still not my favorite drugstore blending sponge, it is far better than I had originally thought. As I used it over time, the sponge became less hard and had a much spongier texture after repeated use. While I still wouldn’t recommend this as my number one Beauty Blender alternative, it is still a very nice alternative nonetheless.

Would I repurchase: yes!


CeraVe Skin Renewing Gel Oil –

While this product is not as effective for me now that my skin has leveled out to normal/oily t-zone, this product was fantastic for my drier Accutane days, even in summer time. This product has the consistency of an oil without the clogging effects of many oils. If you are in need of some major hydration without weighing your skin down, I would definitely check this out.

Would I repurchase: yes!


CeraVe Skin Renewing Day Cream –

Even in conjunction with the gel oil, I wasn’t particularly wowed by this product. It certainly did its job and having the SPF was a lovely bonus, but I didn’t see any major changes to my skin when using this product. It provided no more moisture than other moisturizers I’ve used previously, and also had a tendency to ball up on the skin if worked in too thoroughly.

Would I repurchase: no!


Burt’s Bees Complete Nourishment Facial Oil –

Even if you lean toward the oily or combination side of things, I would highly recommend this facial oil. A little goes such a long way, and it has a very soothing sensation on the skin. I noticed that my skin looked healthier, replenished, and some of my scarring even faded slightly. I would highly recommend this oil to, well, practically anyone.

Would I repurchase: yes!


Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser –

While I don’t use this to actually cleanse my skin, I love using this as my makeup remover. It does a great job of fully breaking down and removing my heavy makeup, and is far cheaper than most of those cleansers specifically made to remove makeup. I was able to keep this around for a solid five months, which goes to show how little you need to use in order to fully take the makeup off.

Would I repurchase: yes!


L’Oréal Infallible Glow-Lock Primer –

I no longer use this primer now because of my skin changes, but I still loved what this primer did for me during my dry skin days. I was able to use practically any foundation I wanted in combination with this primer, which I found to be a huge bonus since it allowed my matte foundations to be much less drying to my skin. This is a fantastic primer for the natural healthy glow look, and is an inexpensive option that packs as much of a punch as the higher end options.

Would I repurchase: yes!


Milk Makeup Blur Stick –

Milk makeup has never grabbed my attention in particular, but this product certainly caught my eye. I had seen Thomas Halbert use this in a review and was so impressed with his results that I immediately ran to grab it from Sephora. While my results weren’t as dramatic due to my slightly smaller pores, the results were definitely real. I also loved that this product provided a mattifying effect in addition to the pore filling. Milk Makeup certainly impressed me with this product and I have a newfound interest in exploring their other products.

Would I repurchase: yes!


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July/August Empties: Would I Repurchase?

“Be happy, and a reason will come along”

-Robert Brault

Hello my lovelies!

I’m back with another empties post! Since I missed July’s empties post, I’m combining the past two months for a mega empties party. Grab a coffee and a snack, it’s going to be a good one.

Empties:

Garnier SkinActive Soothing Cleansing Milk –

I really enjoyed using this cleanser and my skin always felt soft after washing my face. It’s a great price, fantastic for sensitive skin, and does the job pretty well. Despite being a cleansing milk, my skin always felt completely clean and my pores were never clogged. If you have dry, irritated and sensitive skin, I would absolutely give this cleanser a try.

Would I Repurchase: Yes!


Burt’s Bees Brightening Skin Perfecting Serum –

I’ve talked about this serum in a previous Digs and Duds post, and I have actually changed my mind slightly. It still isn’t the greatest serum that I’ve encountered, but I do genuinely believe that in combination with my Good Genes exfoliant, I’ve made some headway on my acne scarring, especially now that my course of Accutane has finished.

Would I Repurchase: The Jury is still out on this one!


Laneige Lip Sleeping Mask –

I originally got this lip mask as a trial size at Sephora, and I’ve been hooked ever since. The sample size lasted for ages and kept my super dry lips moisturized throughout the night and prepped them for the next day. I also noticed that my lips looked far plumper after using this lip mask regularly. It’s a bit steep at $20.00 for the full size, but given how long my sample size lasted, this seems well worth it.

Would I Repurchase: Yes!



Sunday Riley Good Genes All-In-One Lactic Acid Treatment –

You all know how I feel about this product by now, and I finally went through my full tube of it. This has been a miracle worker for me, and at this point I can’t imagine my skincare routine without it, despite the $158.00 pricetag.

Would I Repurchase: Yes!


Sephora Bright Future Color Corrector in Green –

While I enjoyed the ability of this corrector to keep my redness at bay, I have used better products. The product itself is not as full coverage as I would like when it comes to correcting, and while it did help neutralize some of my redness, I had to use a lot to get the job done, and because of that, this corrector only last about 2 months for me. This is a great product if you tend to spot correct, but has someone who has to use this on my entire cheek area, I would much rather go back to my more expensive Urban Decay option.

Would I Repurchase: No!


CliniqueFit Workout Makeup –

I. Love. This. Product. This product lasted me over a year, even though I used it outside of working out pretty often. If you’re not a huge foundation lover but want to even out your skin tone, this product is a fantastic option. It dries down matte so you don’t need to set it, lasts through a great sweat session, and a little amount goes such a long way. I loved this product even for days where I didn’t want to do a full face of makeup for work, but still wanted to look polished. The color range leaves a lot to be desired at only four options, but I would highly recommend it nonetheless.

Would I Repurchase: Yes!


Sonia Kashuk Soft Focus Satin Matte Foundation –

I am honestly and truly so sad to have run out of this foundation, because it was so incredibly amazing and no longer exists. This was perhaps one of the best drugstore foundations I have ever tried. It had a great medium to full coverage, a beautiful matte finish, and lasted all day, even when I was far oilier than I am now. I have been on the hunt for something similar ever since I found out Sonia Kashuk was switching over to just cosmetic tools, but to no avail. This will definitely go into the makeup hall of fame for me.

Would I Repurchase: Yes, But I Can’t!


Covergirl Vitalist Healthy Elixir Foundation –

Despite the fact that even the lightest shade of this foundation is still at least three shades too dark for me, I really enjoyed the finish of this foundation. This truly made my skin look so healthy and naturally radiant, but also provided amazing coverage to help hide my imperfections. Having to use a white mixing medium was pretty tedious, but I still happily sought out this foundation to use on a regular basis.

Would I Repurchase: Yes!


NYX Total Control Drop Foundation –

For starters, while not perfect, I have to give NYX props for consistently putting out newer foundations that encompass more than fifty shades of buff beige. This foundation is capable of having great coverage, but does come at the price of using a lot of it. Despite that, I loved the finish of the foundation, and the undertone of my shade is truly neutral, something I desperately need in a paler foundation. I also loved using this foundation as a mix-in for other foundations, and it didn’t muddy up the consistency at all, no matter the foundation.

Would I Repurchase: Yes!


Urban Decay All Nighter Waterproof Full Coverage Concealer –

This concealer will definitely go down as an all time favorite. I loved the foundation but had to give it up while on Accutane, and when this concealer came out I knew I had to try it. This concealer is incredibly full coverage, stays creaseless for a good eight hours, and lasts forever since a little goes such a long way. I am actually able to highlight my face with this concealer despite my paleness. Even using this as an eyeshadow primer, I still managed to keep this concealer around for six months, far longer than any other concealer I’ve used thus far.

Would I Repurchase: Yes!


Maybelline Fit Me Loose Finishing Powder –

I have never found a setting powder that makes me as happy as this one does. It is essentially Laura Mercier on steroids and with better coverage. I love that this powder has some color and coverage to it, but doesn’t give any horrendous white cast or flashback. It is very finely milled and has a great texture comparable to higher end loose powders, but doesn’t punish your wallet nearly as much. I’m addicted to this powder and will have to have it pried out of my cold, dead hands before I ever give it up.

Would I Repurchase: Yes!


Maybelline MasterFix Setting + Perfecting Loose Powder –

I have talked about this powder previously as well and also am a huge fan. Unfortunately, it did not work nearly as well as I became drier and more flaky due to Accutane. While I still made it work, it began to look more like I sucked all of the moisture out of my skin. This powder is great for keeping your skin matte and looking airbrushed, but can make you look dried out if you aren’t careful.

Would I Repurchase: Yes!


Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner –

This liner is definitely a great product, but by no means does it blow me out of the park. The formula is wonderfully opaque, waterproof, and easy to finesse, but I absolutely hate the tip. I generally prefer a smaller, finer brush tip liner because of my deep set eyes, as anything larger means I can easily overtake my entire eyelid with a giant black line. While I genuinely liked the formula, the felt tip made this a bit of a bust for me and was much harder to work with.

Would I Repurchase: No!



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August Digs and Duds

“Happiness is a journey, not a destination”

-Ben Sweetland

 

Hello my lovelies!

 

Upon beginning to write this post, I realized I haven’t done a favorites post for the entire summer. This was definitely not out of laziness and more so due to the fact that I haven’t really bought anything this summer. I seemed to have been in more of a saving mode than anything, but at the same time, savings account? Can’t relate.

 

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All of that being said, I am here and ready to give you a breakdown of my favorite products for what was technically the entirety of summer, but because I’m the worst, we’ll go with the month of August. I still don’t have a lot of products to talk about, but what I do have is definitely worth the time.

 

 

Digs


CeraVe Skin Renewing Gel Oil –

I use this product as part of my morning routine instead of an actual oil, and I have seen great results. My smile lines are far less noticeable throughout the day when I use this product consistently, and it is very helpful in keeping my skin properly moisturized. This product has improved the overall texture and radiance of my skin and keeps my face hydrated by not heavy or clogged.

 

L’oreal Infallible Longwear Shaping Stick Foundation –

I have never been a huge fan of stick foundations as they can feel very heavy and emphasize texture, but this foundation stick is no joke. The finish leans more toward satin and the coverage is medium-to-buildable. While I wish there was more initial coverage to the foundation so I could use less over time and having just one more lighter shade to match me perfectly, it is still a fantastic, longwearing stick foundation that has changed my mind about using stick foundations completely.

 

Maybelline Super Stay Multi-Use Foundation Stick –

Yet another foundation stick that has converted me, this foundation leans more toward the matte and full coverage side. This lightest shade is light enough for me, and I’ve really come to enjoy mixing this foundation with the L’oreal stick foundation to create my perfect coverage and finish. My dry skin can handle the matte finish well on its own and the product fills in my pores very nicely and does not emphasize any texture. This foundation can be a little harder to blend on my dry skin, but once everything is finished, this foundation looks great.

Sephora Collection Matte Perfection Powder Foundation –

I have been looking for an alternative to my M.A.C StudioFix powder, and this product has definitely given M.A.C a run for their money. I appreciate that the lightest shade is both pale enough and in a neutral undertone, and the coverage is fantastic. The powder does tend to give a lot of kickback when dipping my brush in it and that does concern me for its longevity, but the product performs very well and I am still able to collect any excess powder around the rim of the compact itself. This powder is definitely up there on my list of faves.

 

Maybelline TattooStudio Waterproof Eyebrow Gel –

For starters, I would like to formally debunk the idea that this product is nontransferable, as I could still rub it off once the product dried and it fully came off when washing my face. That being said, this is still a great brow product that I have been reaching for instead of my pencil. This product is very easy to use, has good staying power throughout the day (so long as you don’t rub your brows), and just generally looks good. This brow gel is a great way to create more polished brows without the time consuming effort of a pencil or pomade.

 

 

Duds


 

CeraVe Skin Renewing Day Cream –

This isn’t necessarily a bad moisturizer, but it isn’t good either. The moisturization of the product is great, but I still struggle with the consistency of the product. It can be hard to blend properly into the skin, and strangely does not mix well with my gel oil of the same brand. This moisturizer tends to get very streaky on the skin the more you blend it in and can feel slightly heavy until it has dried down. While it is a good moisturizer to use in between finding other products, I would not purchase this again.

 

L.A. Girl HD Pro Conceal –

I’m incredibly bummed that the product didn’t work for me solely because of the shade range, because it was actually a decent product overall. Since the lightest shade was still 3-4 shades too dark for me, I used it on my models for my recent show as an eye base. It held up very nicely and was easy to use, however I find the shade range to be very off putting as a consumer. The product itself is pretty good, but the shades and accuracy of the shades displayed online was the biggest disappointment.


 

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