July/August Digs and Duds

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop”

– Confucius


Hello my lovelies!


JulyAugust Digs and Duds


Bear with me here, I wanted to try out a new concept for my monthly reviews. I’ve decided to start including a look featuring all of the products I’ve liked and disliked for the month, so I can better explain why I feel the way I feel. I did not have a lot to try out for July or August, so I’ve combined the products from those two months to review today. Everything listed below will be on my face so that you are able to reference accordingly.

The only products I am not featuring on my face today are a foundation that I reviewed, simply because it broke me out so badly the first time and I’m not willing to go through that again, as well as two other lip products that don’t go with the lipstick I’m already wearing.




First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Oil-Free Mattifying Gel – If you’re acne prone and oily like me, consider this moisturizer. The gel formula is fantastic for oily skin, and this product does a great job at keeping you matte all day. It’s also slightly tacky once applied, meaning that if makeup primers aren’t necessarily your thing, your makeup will still have a great base to stick onto. I’ve already gone ahead and repurchased this moisturizer since I’ve started using it, so you could say it’s become a staple in my skincare routine.

Milk Makeup Blur Stick – What made me so interested in this product initially, was the fact that it’s meant to fill in pores, while also being silicone free. Because of that too-good-to-be-true premise, I figured this product wouldn’t do much to help with my oiliness or have any true blurring effect. Not only does this product definitely blur out my pores, it grips my makeup amazingly well and keeps me matte for quite a few hours. No matter the product, I will always get oily at around the four hour mark, but this primer has helped me curb blotting until the six hour mark, which I consider a huge win.

L’oreal Pro Glow Powder – For my skin personally, I have mixed feelings about this powder. However, objectively speaking, I do think that this is a great product if you want an all over glow. The powder is split in half, with one half being the actual setting powder, and the other half being a subtle highlight. I prefer to mix the two together and use this powder after I have set my face with something more substantial. Despite the daunting glitteriness of the highlight half of the powder, it does go on quite beautifully when swirled with the setting half of the powder. It does appear a little chunky on the skin initially, but once you’ve finished your face, it does leave a healthy glow. The only reason my feelings are mixed, is because I personally can’t use it on its own, but that’s something I can get over if the product is good enough, and I think it is.

Maybelline The City Mini Palette in Downtown Sunrise – I’m not going to tell you that this is in my top ten eyeshadow palettes, but for a drugstore buy, the quality is very nice. The shadows are pretty creamy and have some good pigment to them. The red shadow was a little hard to work with when I tried it out initially, but there’s really nothing a wet brush can’t fix. This is a truly beautiful shadow palette, and the entire City Mini collection is filled with fun colors at a very reasonable price.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Matte Lipstick in Staunch – In my personal opinion, ABH’s new matte lipsticks are up there with the quality of M.A.C and Urban Decay, two of my favorites. I have chronically dry lips and an insatiable love for matte lipsticks, and this formula is both matte and comfortable to wear. I really enjoy the staying power of this lipstick as well, despite the fact that some will inevitably come off when eating or drinking. I have fairly pigmented bare lips, so this particular color is truly a “my lips but better” shade for me. I wish they had a few more darker nude shades for people with a darker complexion, but that’s my only complaint with the line. Overall, good job ABH.

Boscia White Charcoal Mattifying Makeup Setting Spray – Truthfully, I don’t know how well this setting spray performs when spritzed on the face after my makeup is done, but I love spraying this onto my beauty blender, then bouncing it on my face after I’ve applied all of my powder products. It could be psychosomatic, but I really think this method helps my makeup last longer. Granted, I still use another setting spray after I’ve finished everything up, but allowing this particular spray to really soak into my makeup gives it an airbrushed look, and I can tell when I haven’t included this step in my routine.

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Lip Ammunition in Star Witness – I love the JSC lip products, both the liquid and bullet versions, and this was no exception. My only small complaint is that the color shown on the website did not look at all the same when I used it, but this could be attributed to the skin color difference between myself and the model. This color shows as more of a bright orangey coral on my lips, and I still love it, but I do secretly wish it was the more muted orange shown on the model. Nevertheless, I think this is more of a me problem, rather than a product problem..

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Velour Liquid Lipstick in Candyass – First off, the name is hilarious. Second, I actually really appreciate that this metallic glitter formula isn’t as potent as a few others that I own. If I want to wear it on its own, I usually need two layers, but it also looks really pretty over one of my many other pink liquid lipsticks. In the end it’s all up to personal preference, but objectively speaking, this isn’t the most opaque metallic liquid lip; I still love the outcome of the product.




Revlon Youth FX Fill + Blur Foundation – I’m not even talking about this product anymore. We aren’t friends, it was mean to me, and I am now holding a grudge. Fortunately, I did manage to write a more in depth review here, if you want to watch me be miserable.

Jeffree Star Cosmetics Skin Frost in Crystal Ball – I really wanted to like this highlighter because it reminds me of a gigantic version of Becca’s Pearl highlighter, but it’s just not doing it for me. The formula is quite chunky for whatever reason, and unlike Pearl, it gives me a weird gray cast on my cheekbones that I don’t enjoy. I like to layer this with Pearl if I want something a little more glittery, but I feel like I can’t use this highlighter on its own, and that’s fairly disappointing.  Strangely, I feel like it looks deceptively good in the picture above, but I really had to work hard to make it presentable, which I shouldn’t have to do.



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 beautiful Friday, just like you.


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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