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!

 

 

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

 

 

Digs and Duds

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.

Digs and Duds

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!

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.

Digs and Duds

November Digs and Duds

Hello my lovelies!

It’s that time again for me to talk about what was a hit this month and what was a bit of a doozy!

 

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  • Too Faced Born This Way Foundation – While I can believe that this foundation is ultra moisturizing and amazing for dry skin, it actually worked perfectly for my oily skin as well. The lightest shade is pushing it for someone as pale as me, but if you’re any darker, this foundation is perfect. The only tiny drawback is that it does oxidize, so prepare yourself for that ahead of time. This foundation genuinely does look like a better version of my skin!
  • Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita – I decided to brave civilization on black friday, and finally stumbled upon this beauty being back in stock! Of course I questioned nothing and threw it in my basket, and I’m glad I did. I know this lipstick may seem overhyped, but the formula really stays on, doesn’t fade on the inside of your lips giving you that weird peeled off look (you know what I’m talking about…nice butthole mouth), and has beautiful color payoff. My one drawback is that the formula does stay pretty tacky for at least 10 minutes after you put it on, but the color is so rich and gorgeous that I am able to survive this.
  • Lush Cosmetics Lip Scrub in Mint Julips – I love this stuff. For once, this scrub genuinely exfoliates my lips, acts as a natural lip plumper because of the mint, and the best part is you can lick it off and eat it once you’re done. If you don’t find that as fabulous as I do, there’s something wrong with your happiness.
  • The Buzz (feat. Mataya & Young Tapz) by Hermitude – This song was recently featured in a Samsung commercial, and I couldn’t stop thinking about it. If you like electronic, R&B, as well as rap, then check out this song. Great underrated group coming from Australia that really knows what they’re doing.

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  • Origins GIn ZIng Refreshing Eye Cream – I wanted to love this eye cream because it’s supposed to target something I happen to have a huge problem with; under eye circles, dark ones at that. Unfortunately, this eye cream did not live up to its reputation. While it does come with quite a bit of product and is a fairly reasonable price for an eye cream, I find it overhyped and not necessarily worth a try. I will finish it up before I buy a new eye cream, because I refuse to waste products unless absolutely necessary.
  • NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick  in Amethyst – I feel severely disappointed to say this, but I just wasn’t digging this formula. Maybe it was just this particular color, but the consistency was fairly patchy, and gave me major butthole mouth if I moved my lips at all. I had to apply three layers to get it to be opaque, and by then I felt like I was wearing a cloth over my lips. Again, maybe it was just this color or a lemon of a product, but I feel like NYX’s lip creams are soooo much better.

 

 

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