Let me start out by saying that I didn’t realize until now how much DIGS ‘N DON’TS looks like DICKS ‘N DONUTS. Freudian slip? Secondly — this post is NOT sponsored, nor does it contain affiliate links. It’s merely an innocent compilation of products I enjoyed in May. I’ve included links to the various products on Amazon, but aside from the non-beauty things (and the H&M nail polish) you should be able to locate most of these things in your local drugstore.
1. Neutrogena Norwegian Formula Hand Cream (Amazon)
I use this stuff on my lips, and let me tell you: it’s the only thing that works when my lips are chapped and dry, which is pretty much every day of my existence(!) This cream contains glycerin, which leaves your lips smooth and soft, and it obviously does the same for your hands! I also use it on my cuticles occasionally, which also works great.
2. Elizabeth Arden’s Visible Difference Skin Balancing Exfoliating Cleanser (Amazon)
My brother gave this to me as a gift, and it’s AWESOME. I use it in the shower and love how gentle it is and how clean my face feels afterwards. I don’t usually buy high-end products for myself, but this is so good I might just buck up and get myself another tube once this one is done.
3. Pond’s Dry Skin Cold Cream (Amazon)
This is more like an all-time favorite, but still. This right here is my favorite facial moisturizer, and the best part is – it’s cheap! At least in the U.S, which is why I always stock up when I go to New York. It’s nice and thick and perfect on my dry skin. I can also highly recommend the Pond’s Cold Cream Cleanser when it comes to makeup removal. It’s very gentle and efficient!
4. Maybelline’s The Nudes Eyeshadows (Amazon)
This has been my go-to eyeshadow palette lately. I know the reviews are sort of mixed on this one, but I like it – especially the color that the arrow points to. Even though it’s quite shimmery, I like to use it as an everyday-shade on my lids. I just pat it on with my ring-finger and I’m good to go!
5. W7’s Power Puff Makeup Sponge (Amazon)
I’m too cheap to buy a Beauty Blender and would rather spend half the money on two possibly junky sponges in the hopes that I can find something cheap that will work for me. The W7 brand is a little… I’m not sure how I feel about it. I picked up one of their eyebrow pencils and it was one of the worst eyebrow products I’ve ever tried in my life. It was SO pigmented and SO creamy that it was impossible to control, and the result was absolutely atrocious. However, I gave them another chance and picked up their (obvious copy of the BB) sponge because I thought, hey, that’s pretty hard to mess up – and I’m glad I did! While I’m clearly a makeup amateur, I think this is a decent sponge for the value. It does suck up a lot of water when you wet it, but if you just squeeze it for a while and then leave it for a few minutes, it becomes big and soft and easy to use. It might not be a dupe for the BB, but this cheapskate digs it! (NB: Be aware that it does release a lot of the pink dye when you wash it for the first time, which might be off-putting to some.)
6. H&M’s nail polish in Toprock (601) (Available on H&M’s website)
I can’t recommend the H&M nail polishes enough. The brushes are nice and wide, the color range is huge, and the wear-time is excellent. I picked up this color a couple of weeks ago and have already worn it several times. The color is very mermaid-esque and summery. LOVE!
7. Revlon’s Super Lustrous Lipstick in Pink in the Afternoon (415) (Amazon)
The scuttlebutt is that this is the shade of lipstick Audrey Hepburn wore in the infamous taxi scene in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. You know, the scene where she says: “Hand me my purse, will you, darling? A girl can’t read that sort of thing… with… without her lipstick.” Who doesn’t want to be Audrey Hepburn?
8. Wet ‘N Wild’s Eyebrow Pencil (Amazon)
This is the best eyebrow pencil I’ve ever used. I was using Maybelline’s Brow This Way eyebrow kit for quite a while until I decided to switch back to pencil, and this is my favorite. It comes in four shades – ginger, black, brown, and blonde – and while I’m a brunette, blonde is definitely the best fit for my hair color and complexion. The brown shade is quite dark and looks very harsh on my pale skin. It’s also a dual-ended product, with the pencil on one end and a spoolie on the other. Very handy!
9. Leuchtturm 1917 Hardcover Lined Notebook (Amazon)
So, Sofie decides that she wants to start bullet journaling (again), and with that she also decides to buy a super fancy and expensive notebook that all the “professional” BuJo’ers are using because only the best is good enough when Sofie takes on a hobby. Was this notebook worth the splurge? I think so. Am I using it and keeping up with my bullet journaling? Yes. I chose the medium-sized version with lined pages, and I never realized how much I needed lines until I got lines. I’m the kind of person who needs lines in her notebooks, plain and simple.
10. Espresso House’s Mean Green juice
So this (and the Ruby Red juice) has been my favorite drinks at Espresso House lately (a place that make our wallets scream but our hearts sing). I love that I have found an option that is cold, fulfilling, and tasty, and doesn’t make me break my diet. It’s also cheaper than their coffee drinks, which is also quite nice.
L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation (Amazon)
This foundation has been a complete fail for me, and I have only recently figured out why, which is quite embarrassing seeing how obvious the answer is. You see, I’m becoming more and more certain that I suffer from dry skin on my face, and what does a dry-skinned face NOT need at any time ever? A mattifying foundation. I guess this is the problem with YouTube sometimes – you hear a person you trust rave about a foundation and forget to counter in the fact that that person’s skin type might be totally different from your own. Despite using a primer, this foundation gives me major crease-face (NOT grease-face – I think I’d prefer this, actually), especially underneath my eyes. I’m still going to use it up because it would be a waste otherwise, but it ain’t pretty, my friends – it ain’t pretty.
Hope you enjoyed this little compilation post of mine. Can you recommend a foundation that works well for dry skin? Preferably drugstore.