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:

 

Digs


 

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.

 

Duds


 

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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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?

 

Digs


 

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.

OOTD

Springtime Shades with Warby Parker

Hello my lovelies!

 

With spring officially here, it’s time to break out the sunglasses in every style, color, and shape we can find. Spring means new ideas and innovations, and the people behind Warby Parker are championing those principles.

Today, with the help of Warby Parker, I have chosen three of my favorite styles from their latest women’s sunglasses styles in their spring collection. As an avid collector of beautiful sunnies, I wanted to show all of you how I would work with these three particular styles, as a way to let the lenses shine, along with three completely different outfits.

Let’s get started:

Style: Madison 349

 

I ADORE the bright blue frames of these sunglasses. They are out of the norm, but still so cute and fitting for the pastel colors that we usually associate with spring time. I paired these with an outfit that I consider my “Everyday Uniform”, something that I can get away with in almost any daytime situation. The sporty casual look that this emulates is so on trend with street style.

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Madison 349
Madison 349

 

Style: Margot 195

 

I personally don’t own any tortoise sunglasses, but I love my chocolate brown shades, and arguably wear them the most out of my collection. I enjoy that tortoise looks so incredibly sleek and high fashion, but it’s really perfect for a minimalist look, which I created today.

 

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Margot 195

Margot 195

 

Style: Pearl 365

 

I’ve seen a wide array of colors for sunglasses, but I feel like I don’t see navy very often, if ever. Like tortoise, black, and brown sunnies, navy is a fantastic neutral color that can be paired with so many outfit combinations. I love the idea of this frame with an outfit leaning toward boho. Moreover, I enjoy the color combination of navy and yellow, which are both features in this set.

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Style Pearl 365

 

 

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 start to your week, and be sure to check out this beautiful collection from Warby Parker! Thanks so much to Warby Parker for allowing me this opportunity to style their new collection!

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. This post is in collaboration with the brand Warby Parker, however I am not receiving any compensation from this brand. All opinions are my own. 

Does It Work?

Does It Work: NYX Total Control Drop Foundation

Hello my lovelies!

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Today I am going to review the NYX Total Control Drop Foundation. I’ve seen a lot of buzz over this new drop foundation, so let’s get started right away!

 

Ingredients:

Cyclopentasiloxane, Water/Aqua/Eau, Glycerin, Vinyl Dimethicone/Methicone Silsesquioxane Crosspolymer, Propylene Glycol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Isododecane, Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Polymethyl Methacrylate, Triethoxycaprylylsilane, Trimethylsiloxysilicate, Propylene Carbonate, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol. MAY CONTAIN / PEUT CONTENIR (+/-): Mica, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891), Iron Oxides (CI 77491, CI 77492, CI 77499).

Mostly undecipherable, however I notice that there is glycerin in this product, meaning it will stick well, but can cause reactions in some. This product also might contain Mica and Titanium Dioxide, so please use caution.

 

Claims:

The formula claims to be matte and velvety. You can build the coverage from sheer to full by adding more drops.

 

Instructions:

Apply using the dropper

Adjust coverage by adding more drops

Blend out with a brush or sponge

Set with a powder

 

My Results:

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No Foundation Used
NYXFoundation2
Initial Application
NYXFoundation3
Full Makeup Application
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After 4 Hours With No Touchups
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After 7 Hours With No Touchups

 

Would I recommend It:

I have mixed feelings about this foundation.

I want to start by saying that I do very much like it. I really appreciate the large shade range, and “Porcelain” isn’t even the lightest shade. The finish is definitely on the matte side, but I wouldn’t consider it as matte as my Sonia Kashuk Soft Focus Satin Matte Foundation, which is a drugstore buy as well. This foundation lasts very well on the skin, and does not appear cakey at all, no matter how much you use (I used a LOT).

However, there are some aspects of this foundation that aren’t my favorite. My biggest con is the extreme wateriness of this foundation. I prefer using a beauty blender, which works fine with this product, but I do think it soaks up a lot of product even so. I used a brush the second time around, and found that the bristles still soaked up a ton of product. I know this is not due to the brush, because I use the brush often and never have issues with it. I like the idea that you can build this foundation up with a controllable dropper, but unless you’re looking for sheer to light coverage, it’ll take more than 3 or 4 drops. I used an entire dropper’s worth for half of my face; that’s a LOT of product to use. So, yes, you can build this up, but be prepared to use up a lot of foundation in your quest to do so.

Overall, there are things I really like about this foundation, and also things I’m not so much a fan of. I think that if you like a lighter coverage, matte foundation, this is perfect for you. To me, this is an average foundation. I have many others that I reach for over this, but I will happily use it for days when I have less breakouts. At $14.00, it’s a little on the pricey side for drugstore (as is NYX in general), but I do think it is fair for what you get.

 

As always, this is my opinion ONLY, and you may absolutely love this foundation, or despise it, and that’s ok! There really is no universal product for everyone. If you have had a different experience or something similar, please let me know! I LOVE hearing about foundation reviews!

 

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 awesome weekend full of love and happiness!

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!

 

 

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Digs and Duds

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.

 

Duds


 

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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Digs and Duds

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.

 

Duds


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!

 

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.

Does It Work?

Does It Work? Urban Decay All Nighter Foundation

Hello my lovelies!

 

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Today, I am going to be reviewing the latest Urban Decay foundation for all of you. I’m super excited to get this under way, so let’s jump right into it!

 

Ingredients:

Cyclopentasiloxane, Water, Methyl Methacrylate Crosspolymer, Dimethicone, Isododecane, Butylene Glycol, Acrylates/Dimethicone Copolymer, PEG/PPG-18/18 Dimethicone, Phenyl Trimethicone, Magnesium Sulfate, Lauryl Polyglyceryl-3 Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Phenoxyethanol, Dimethicone Crosspolymer, Disteardimonium Hectorite, Triethoxysilylethyl Polydimethylsiloxyethyl Dimethicone, Isopropyl Titanium Triisostearate, Dimethicone Crosspolymer-3, Propylene Carbonate, Tocopherol. [+/- (All Shades May Contain): CI 77891 (Titanium Dioxide), CI 77491/77492/77499 (Iron Oxides)].

In other words, undecipherable ingredients that most of us know very little about. However, if you are familiar with one of these ingredients and you do not react well to it, steer clear!

 

Claims:

This formula claims to be matte, oil free, waterproof and full coverage. This formula is supposedly comfortable enough to wear every day as well.

 

Instructions:

About one pump should be plenty

Use a foundation brush or sponge

Set with a powder

My Results:

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Would I recommend It:

Honestly, I think this is one of the most emotional makeup moments I’ve ever had. I decided to test out only one pump, and initially, I thought I looked HORRIBLE. I was sure that my skin looked dried out and wrinkly, and had to fight the itch to take it off and quit this review from the start. Because I am one dedicated mofo, I kept it on and went about my makeup application.

I noticed immediately that all of my products went on BEAUTIFULLY on top of this foundation. I also happened to notice that, lo and behold, the foundation looked a million times better after I let it settle and sink into my skin. I look matte, but not flat.

As I wore this foundation throughout the day, I was able to wear sunglasses with minimal/no indentation whatsoever. Even after a long day at 8 hours of wear, I look slightly oily, but I would still go out with zero touch ups. Generally, I have to blot up to twice a day, but in this case, I would realistically only have to blot once, if at all.

In my opinion, this foundation is VERY comparable to the L’oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation, albeit with a little more coverage.

I would absolutely recommend this foundation for people with normal or combination skin, but especially oily skin. I think that if you have dry skin, you could make this work with a moisturizing primer, but that is entirely up to your discretion. The color range is great and I love the number system. The only setback is that this foundation does oxidize, but I honestly think  it went back to its original color after about an hour. Despite the color change, I had no demarcation lines. I understand that the price is a little steep at $44.oo, however I would absolutely go back to Sephora and buy four more bottles of this, because I am head over heels.

 

That’s all I have for you guys today. Please remember to like, comment, and subscribe, it helps me out so much. Also don’t forget to have a wonderful weekend, and good look to everyone that has started or is starting a new school year!

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.

Beauty, Does It Work?

First Impressions: Summer Glow

Hello my lovelies!

Now that July is old news, I was finally able to take some time and purchase some brand spankin’ new products to try for all of you. Because I have so many new things, I have decided to create a post detailing my initial thoughts on all of these products, including their wear throughout my day.

Please note that some of these products are not necessarily new items, but are new to me personally. With the exception of three or four items, I have not used any of these products before, and will be testing them out for the very first time in this post.

Let’s get started:

First off, I want to point out that I have oily and acne prone skin. I am neutral toned, but can generally pull off warm or cool tones regardless. Most of these products are considerably glowy and dewy, and I will take that into account, despite my oilier skin.

 

FirstImpressions

The Primer

Laura Mercier Foundation Primer – This was a no go for me. It felt GREAT to put on, but did absolutely nothing for the longevity of my makeup. I received this as a sample size and would not purchase in the future.

Too Faced Shadow Insurance – This is a product that I have used a few times before. Personally, this primer doesn’t come close to my Urban Decay eye primer. I think the priming power is fine, but the texture and oiliness is not my thing. I received this as a sample size and would not purchase in the future.

The Base

L’oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Glow foundation “201 Classic Ivory” – I had VERY high hopes for this product as I’m in love with the Pro-Matte foundation, and I must say that this product delivered. While I’m sure the powder I used to set this helped tremendously, I did not look greasy at all during the day, and I had to blot as often as I did with any other foundation of mine (about twice daily). This foundation lasted through a ridiculously muggy and hot dinner, and just made my skin look great. My only two cons would be that the shade is just a kiss too dark for me, and the coverage is not as high as I would personally prefer. Nonetheless, I think this product is fantastic, and will be awesome during the winter months. I purchased this as a full size product and would purchase again.

Too Faced Born This Way Naturally Radiant Concealer “Very Fair” – I’m really not sure how I feel about this product yet. Part of me likes it, and part of me regrets buying it. The pros are the consistency and texture of this product, and while the coverage isn’t super high, it absolutely looks natural and beautiful. The cons are the weird coconut-meets-chemicals smell, and the intense yellowiness of this shade, which is hard to work with for someone as pale as myself. I purchased this as a full size product and would likely not purchase again.

M.A.C Studio Fix Powder “NC15” – I know that this is a Youtube beauty cult favorite, and I now see why. This definitely set my foundation down, and gave me some pretty flawless extra coverage. It also lightened my foundation slightly, which I was actually really excited about, given that my foundation shade was a tad too dark. I Purchased this as a full size product and would purchase again.

Laura Mercier Loose Setting Powder “Translucent” – Again, I’m really not sure about this product. My sifter doesn’t seem to be working 100%, so I ended up using minimal product to begin with. I will keep trying this product, but so far, this sifter is enough to make me dislike it. I received this as a sample size and would likely not purchase in the future.

The Highlight and Contour

Sephora Collection Radiant Luminizing Drops “Morning Light” – I have used this product once before in a natural look. I really like this product under all of my powders as a base for highlight. It’s not overpowering, which is something I want in a liquid highlighter, especially for one as gold toned as this one. I purchased this as a full size product and would purchase again.

Too Faced Chocolate Soleil Matte Bronzer “Medium/Deep” – All hail cult favorite number two. I actually think this product is all that it’s cracked up to be, but that may be the delicious chocolate scent talking. I personally think the deeper shade is a bit too intense and dark for me, but I can definitely make it work, which is not something I can say about all bronzers. Plus, it actually is matte, which I enjoy. I received this as a sample size and would purchase in the future.

Laura Mercier Matte Radiance Baked Powder “Bronze 03” – As of yet, I haven’t been crazy impressed with Laura Mercier, but this bronzer changes everything. This bronzer is the most gorgeous color on my pasty white skin, and while it says matte, it does have the tiniest amount of shimmer, giving the most natural look. The product is very neutral toned as well, so it’s easy to use on anyone with warm or cool tones. I received this as a sample size and would purchase in the future.

Nars Blush “Goulue” – How the hell you pronounce that, I don’t know, but this was an overall OK product. The deep pink color is gorgeous, but I’m really not into shimmery blushes, as this emphasises my texture in all the wrong ways. The staying power is great, but again, the shimmer is just not something I can get past. I received this as a sample size and would not purchase in the future.

The Eyes

Kat Von D Innerstellar Palette – I rarely see cool toned neutral palettes, but upon seeing the colors, I fell in love. These shadows went on super smoothly and are very pigmented, and the colors are just…I can’t. I purchased this as a full size product and would not purchase again, simply because it is being discontinued, and I never buy duplicate palettes.

Make Up For Ever Aqua XL Eye Pencil “M-26” – completely off topic, but it really irks me that MUFE doesn’t give their products actual names. I find the letters and numbers boring and lacking personality. I digress, this eye pencil is everything I’ve ever wanted in an eye pencil. Putting anything in my waterline generally makes my eyes tear up no matter what, and even though that did happen in this case, this liner stayed put. I know this says waterproof, but so do many other liner products that end up not working, so I was skeptical. This color is SO pigmented and SO beautiful, I just can’t say enough good things about it. I purchased this as a full size product and would purchase again.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner “Trooper” – I used this eye liner religiously about two years ago, but moved on to try different things. Recently, I came back to this, and rediscovered how much I love it. The pigment, the felt tip, the ease of use, all of these things are why I think this is such a great product. I purchased this as a full size product and would purchase again.

Smashbox X-Rated Mascara – I love Smashbox, but this mascara was very underwhelming. With such a scandalous name, I expect some sexy results. The fanned out effect was all there, but I feel like the formula of  this product dried in such a way that my lashes looked as if they were sticking straight up, and that’s not cute. I really wanted this to work, but I find myself disappointed. I received this as a sample size and would not purchase in the future.

 

That’s all I have for you guys today. Please remember to like, comment, and subscribe, it really helps me out. I hope every single one of you has a wonderful Friday, and I also hope that this post helps you make informed choices in the future.

Stay Beautiful!

 

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Digs and Duds

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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Digs


 

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.

 

Duds


 

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.