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!




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.




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!


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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