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

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.

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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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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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!

 

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

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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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!

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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!

 

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December Digs and Duds

Hello my lovelies!

It’s that time again for me to share with you all my favorite items, and my not so favorite items of the month! I’ve got quite a few products to share with you guys, so let’s get started.


 

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LOC by Tati eyeshadow stick in Nite Owl – I got this in a Birchbox, and I’m happy to say that this eyeshadow stick is pretty great. The color payoff is wonderful, and blends really well with any brush of your choice. The color does appear slightly sparkly, but goes on a little more matte, which I prefer, however if you expect a sparkly payoff, then this shadow stick isn’t for you.

NYX cosmetics Liquid Blackliner in Matte – LOVE this eyeliner. Absolutely no flaking, and truly is a matte product. The brush is so incredibly tiny, making it great for lining your lash line and creating a perfect cat eye. I could not be happier with this product.

NYX Cosmetics the Skinny Mascara in Black – I love the cuteness factor of the tiny little brush, but the mascara quality is even better. I generally have a lot of issues with many drugstore mascaras, as they cause a lot of irritation for me. However, this mascara does not give me any problems, and it really grabs on to every single bottom lash, whether you have a ton, like me, or none.

Benefit They’re Real! Tinted Primer – I admit I did not expect much from this product, as I am not Benefit’s number one fan. Nothing personal, I’ve just never found products that work for me! I was pleasantly surprised by this primer, and I actually love it. I love that it separates my lashes and readies them for ANY mascara. I was so pleased to discover that this primer wasn’t part of the “only works with our brand” gimmick.

Maybelline Eyestudio 24hr Eyeshadow in Barely Branded and Inked In Pink – I’m going to be honest, I was initially disappointed in these eyeshadows. Now, I’ve realized that these make for GREAT bases under a regular powder shadow. Also on a good note, the pink eyeshadow does not make you look like you have Pink Eye with a more fabulous twist.

Maybelline Age Rewind Dark Circle Eraser in Brightener – I will be the first to tell you that I don’t need help with anti-aging, but I love this as a corrector. Does not crease at all, likely because of its thin but effective consistency. PSA, this is NOT a concealer, unless you like a pink under eye look, in which case I say, do you.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless Foundation in 110 – This foundation is one of the few drugstore foundations that I actually reach for in my collection. It has a watery consistency that I actually like, as it makes the product quite blendable. Although, if you have any dry patches, like I sometimes have during winter, this foundation will not only offer no coverage for them, but also highlight them. Despite this, I love this foundation especially during summer time when I need a more full faced look.

Maybelline Fit Me Matte+Poreless Face Powder in 110 – For a drugstore item, I really enjoy the coverage and quality of this powder. This powder does not lead to a lot of caking up, and definitely helps with controlling shine. I also find that this powder isn’t as drying as many matte powders end up being, which is also a huge plus.

Sephora Bright Set Loose Finishing Powder – I’ll say right now that I completely disagree with the “full face finishing powder” advertisement that this product gets. However, I love placing this powder under my eyes with a sponge to sit, then brush it away with a small powder brush. This powder does not crease me up and settle into my fine lines, which yes, I do have. As for brightening, it does appear to be more of a yellowy brightness, so if that’s not your thing, I would steer away from this product.

Real Techniques Beauty Sponge – As far as using this sponge for foundation is concerned, not my favorite. I feel that it is far too dense for liquids products. Fortunately, I do love this sponge for setting liquid items with powders. The flat side of the sponge works so much better than any brush I own to pick up powder and pack it on. I really want to love this sponge for my foundation so that I can stop spending 20 dollars on a beauty blender, so I will keep trying this sponge over and over until I (hopefully) do.


 

Duds

Too Faced Primed and Poreless Primer – I don’t hate this product, but I personally feel like it doesn’t do anything for me. This primer is supposed to minimize the look of my pores, but I find that it sits on top of my skin more than blur my imperfections. I also find that it makes my skin even drier around the areas that I am already having problems with, which I have never had before, even with my extremely mattifying primers.

NYX Cosmetics Wonder Stick in Universal – This product is the definition of a dud for me. The highlighting end is an extremely yellow painting stick, which has no highlighting qualities. The contouring end isn’t dark enough, even for someone as pale as me, and really doesn’t appear on my skin. Formula is fine, but the colors are completely wrong.

Maybelline Age Rewind Eraser in Creamy Ivory – I’m not sure if this is supposed to be a foundation or concealer, but it didn’t work for me either way. If this is a foundation, it doesn’t provide enough coverage to really be considered foundation, and if this is a concealer, it still doesn’t provide enough coverage to be a concealer. All in all, i am very confused by this product to say the least.

Benefit Roller Lash – Since the tinted primer was such a hit with me, I decided to try this new mascara from Benefit in the hopes that it too would be a new favorite. Unfortunately, the formula drives my eye bonkers, and I had to take it off after about 10 minutes the first (and last) time I used it. As for the lifting qualities, I really didn’t see any, which was highly disappointing for a mascara that is literally meant for that. Once again, I find myself mostly disillusioned with this brand.


That’s all for this month’s digs and duds! I hope at least one of you finds this useful!

Stay Beautiful!

 

 

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!

 

Digs


 

  • 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.

Duds


 

  • 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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