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!

 

 

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

My Nighttime Face Routine

Hello my lovelies!

 

SkincareNight

 

This is the second part to my skincare miniseries. You might notice it’s fairly similar to my previous daytime routine, and that’s because it is! I don’t love changing up too much between the two, since I’m so oily, and this is just what works for me.

 

Let’s get started:

  • CLEANSER – As I stated in my daytime post, I switch up my facial cleanser, depending on whether I’m washing my hair or not in the shower. I use the Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser (buy here), If I’m not washing my hair that night (which is most times), and the Lush Cosmetics Herbalism Cleanser (buy here), If I am washing my hair.
  • TONER – Once again, I use my same Thayers Witch Hazel with Lavender Toner (buy here), to help with my redness and overall acne issues. I generously distribute this with a cotton pad all over my face, neck, and chest if I have any breakouts.
  • EYE CREAM – For nighttime, I want a bit of a heavier eye cream to help with my under eye dryness. I use the First Aid Beauty Eye Duty Triple Remedy Overnight Balm (buy here) to help with that. I do NOT recommend using this during the day, even if you are dry under your eyes like myself, especially if you plan on wearing makeup.
  • MOISTURIZER – This moisturizer is (I think) meant for daytime use, but since I ran out of my night moisturizer and switched to a different daytime moisturizer, I’ve graduated this Yes To Tomatoes Daily Balancing Moisturizer (buy here) to my nighttime routine. I don’t absolutely love it because it is a cream based moisturizer, but it does the job well enough.

 

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 hump day!

 

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

My Daytime Face Routine

Hello my lovelies!

 

SkincareDay

 

I’m going to be posting a miniseries on my skincare routine, with this first one being my daytime routine. You’ll notice that I have a mix of both affordable and high end products. This is not due to me skimping on my skincare, this is because these are all products I genuinely like for my skin. You can ALWAYS find skincare at the drugstore that is as good or better than high end.

 

Let’s get started:

  • CLEANSER – Depending on whether I’ll wash my hair or not, I switch between two different cleansers. They both essentially do the same thing, but when I don’t wash my hair, I prefer to wash my face outside of the shower, so that I don’t get my hair all wet. I keep the Lush Cosmetics Herbalism cleanser (buy here) in my shower since it’s a little more messy, and the Yes To Tomatoes Detoxifying Charcoal Cleanser (buy here) by my sink.
  • TONER – I’ve been using toner off and on for ages, and I had started skipping this step for the past year or so. A little over a month ago, I looked up witch hazel, per my esthetician’s recommendation, and found this little gem, the Thayers Witch Hazel with Lavender (buy here). The brand has a few other scent infusions, as well as a plain one. I chose the lavender infused version, since lavender is known to be calming for redness, something I have a lot of with cystic acne. I just take a simple cotton pad, squeeze the toner on, and generously apply to my whole face and neck area, as well as my chest if I’m having any breakouts there. I am a firm believer in whatever you do to your face, you should be doing to your neck.
  • TREATMENT – I use this daily to help shrink down any topical acne that I may have, which is not often, but I attribute that to this product. My favorite treatment has been the Yes To Tomatoes Daily Repair Treatment (buy here), which I blend into my entire face, neck, and chest if there are breakouts.
  • EYE CREAM – Of all my day products, this is the only product that is 1) a sample size that I received for free, and 2) not exactly a product that I swear by, since I’m the type of person that switches eye creams almost every time I finish the previous one. Nonetheless, this Algenist Complete Eye Renewal Balm (buy here), is super nice and moisturizing, yet light for a daytime eye cream. This doesn’t make my concealer crease up or go on cakey either, so I consider that a huge bonus, and am able to use this generously for my extremely dry under eyes.
  • MOISTURIZER – This is the newest product that I have introduced to my routine, so I am still in the testing phase with it. However, I really like the gel consistency of this First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Oil-Free Mattifying Gel (buy here). This product has a pore filling, silicone-like texture, without being heavy or slippery on my face, and keeps oil in check. I massage this onto my entire face and neck once again.

 

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 Wednesday.

 

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.