April 28, 2017

Monthly Favorites | April 2017

April was such a great month! My blog turned 2! I uploaded everyday for 18 days. It almost drove me to insanity but I did it! 

I have a nice short list of favorites this month. So let's get started!

April 26, 2017

The Lipstick TAG

This tag was made for me! If you are new to my blog you may not know how much of a lip product addict I am. I love lipstick. I wear the rest of my makeup just so I can wear lipstick. Lipstick alone would look weird wouldn't it?

So this tag is all about lipsticks. It has 10 questions. So please enjoy.

I tag Katie, Nikki, Lyd, Hannah, & Kimberly.

April 24, 2017

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Pencil in Blacquer | Review + Swatch

"Make a bold statement with this extreme-wear, waterproof eyeliner. Like a gel pot eyeliner encased within a crayon, this breakthrough formula is exclusive to Marc Jacobs beauty: a super-malleable gel eyeliner glides on smoothly for a flawless, precise application, then sets in place for all-day wear. A built-in sharpener helps mold product into a perfect point for an instantly sharp look."

- Marc Jacobs product description

"What it is: A gel pot eyeliner in a crayon that delivers intense color and 12-hour waterproof wear and amazing glide in shimmer and matte finishes. 

What it does: Experience the luxury of gel eyeliner with the ease of a pencil. Make a bold statement with this extreme-wear, waterproof eyeliner that glides on effortlessly to deliver instant color payoff. Exclusive to Marc Jacobs Beauty, the super-malleable formula offers versatility of application. Apply Highliner for flawless, precise lines, or smudge immediately after lining for an instant smokey eye. 

What else you need to know: Highliner contains a built-in sharpener at its base: To use, pop out the black sharpener and twist the tip of Highliner to sharpen. You can also sharpen Highliner against a tissue to form a precise point. Always close the cap tightly to keep Highliner's supple glide and long wear."

- Snippet of Sephora's product description

Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Pencil is available for $25 at Sephora and on marcjacobsbeauty.com 

Here is my experience with the Marc Jacobs Highliner.

April 22, 2017

The Beauty Blogger TAG

I've seen a couple different versions of the Beauty Blogger tag floating around and as usual I couldn't find one I liked all of the questions from so I mixed a bunch together.

I really love the questions I've ended up with. They are mostly have beauty but I tacked on a couple blog questions at the end.

I tag Tania, Emmy, Holly, Katie of Katies World of Beauty, and Katie Middleton.

April 20, 2017

Knowing Your Limits

I have a really hard time knowing when to stop something. Whether that be a very long binging session on Netflix or playing a game for too long.

I realized yesterday that I wasn't ready to upload everyday. I did about 13 days and started to go crazy. I kind of lost the will to write. I overloaded myself and started waiting until the last minute to write and upload a post.

April 18, 2017

Real Techniques Powder Brush | Review

 Real Techniques Powder Brush

On the Real Techniques website they promise that this brush is ultra soft, easy to clean and are long lasting. They also say that there will be no product build up in the brush and that it will apply makeup with no streaks and leave a flawless finish.

This brush has 100% synthetic bristles so this brush is 100% cruelty free. Real Techniques brush handles are made of aluminum and are color coded, gold for face, pink for cheeks, and purple for eyes. The Handles also have the brush names on the back.

This brush is available for $9.99 at Ulta and $7.99 at Target and for $10 on the Real Techniques website. It is also available for £12.99 at Boots.

Here is my experience with the Real Techniques Powder Brush.

April 17, 2017

5 Books/Book Series I Really Loved Reading

Today I thought I would talk to you guys about some of the books I have really loved reading. The books I couldn't put down.

April 16, 2017

Real Techniques Buffing Brush vs Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge | Product VS

It's no secret on this blog that I love Real Techniques. Today I wanted to talk about two of their products that get compared a lot. The RT Buffing Brush and the RT Miracle Complexion Sponge.

Since there are both for foundation and from the same company they get compared a lot. So I thought it was fitting that they would be the first in my new companion series, Product VS.

April 15, 2017

Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks | Review + Swatches

Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks

"The pigment load in Vice Lipstick is insane! Just one swipe provides an unbelievable laydown of color. And every shade applies smoothly (without dragging or skipping), hugs lips, and feels amazing! Our proprietary Pigment Infusion System™ gives the formula its super-creamy texture, rich payout and superior color dispersion."
-Snippet from Urban Decay's Product Description

So Urban promised that these lipsticks will have great pigment, a super-creamy smooth texture. 

The creamy formula is also "loaded with nourishing ingredients. A yummy butter blend comforts, hydrates and enhances, leaving lips soft and conditioned, never dry. Aloe Vera, jojoba, avocado and babassu oils nourish and soften lips. illipe butter (derived from Malaysian illipe trees) provides long-lasting moisture. And Vitamin C and vitamin E provide a hit of antioxidants."

There are 101 shades and 6 finishes. The shades range from pinks to nudes to reds to dark berries and everything in between.

The 6 finishes are Mega Matte: super-intense matte, Comfort Matte: our creamiest matte, Cream: the original, creamy, badass luxury, Metallized: cream with a high level of pearl, Sheer: a punch of color with a sheer, shiny finish, and Sheer Shimmer: slightly transparent finish with floating pearl and a smooth texture. 

Today I will only be reviewing the Mega Matte, Comfort Matte and Cream. I prefer Matte so I doubt I'll ever get the Metallized, Sheer or Sheer Shimmer.

Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks are available for $17 each in the US at Ulta, and Sephora. If you are in the UK they are available for £15.50 at Debenhams. You can also find them for $17 on urbandecay.com or find a store near you on UD's Store Locator.

Here is my experience with the Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks.

April 14, 2017

I Started Double Shampooing My Hair

I saw a post on MariaJ's blog called "Are you washing your hair properly?" She talked about how she has oily hair and how 24 hours after it was greasy like she never washed it. I've had the same problem for the longest time!

April 13, 2017

Products I Will Aways Re-Purchase

I've seen this floating around recently and really love the idea! There are quite a few products I adore and will always keep in my collection so I thought I'd tell you about some of them.

April 12, 2017

My Blog is 2! | My Blog Goals for Year 3

HAPPY 2ND BIRTHDAY ZombieGoddess Beauty!! I can't believe I've been writing this blog for 2 years! It doesn't seem like that long ago. I can't believe what a different person I am now. It is so surprising at how much someone can change in just two years.

I am so happy that I am still blogging! I hit a bit of a slump last year and didn't feel like writing at all. Whereas this year I'm writing more than ever and I've been uploading every other day and everyday this month!

April 11, 2017

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge | Review

"This versatile beauty tool was designed with a revolutionary foam technology to evenly blend makeup for a smooth, enhanced finish. Use damp for a dewy glow or dry for a full coverage."

- Snippet from Real Techniques Product Description

Real Techniques says that the "rounded sides blend large areas of the face with a dabbing motion" and the "precision tip covers blemishes and imperfections" and the "flat edge is for contouring around the eyes and nose."

Real Techniques says this sponge is "ideal for liquid foundation' and is latex-free and that for best results, replace your makeup sponge every 1-3 months.

The Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge is available for $4.88 at Walmart, $5.99 at Target, $6.99 at Ulta and $6 on realtechniques.com. It is also available for £7.99 at Boots.

Here is my experience with the Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge.

April 10, 2017

A Few of My Favorite Things

I love the song 'A few of my favorite things' and I wanted to share some of the simple things in life that I love.

I've seen some other bloggers do these and most of them are more like current favorites but I want to talk about the simple little things in life that I really love. Like the song.

April 9, 2017

Are you using Twitter correctly as a blogger? | How I Tripled My Blog Traffic w/Twitter

I've been writing this blog for 2 years. My page views and followers only ever gone up slowly. That is until this last couple of months.

I've been on twitter forever and I'd tweet out new posts once or twice after uploading but that was it. And I never really interacted with other bloggers either.

I read a post from skinnedcartree about how she tripled her blog traffic in a week and I realized I needed to step up my Twitter game.

April 8, 2017

LORAC Pro To Go Eye & Cheek Palette | Review + Swatches

LORAC Pro To Go Eye & Cheek Palette

"Go PRO with LORAC! Created by celebrity makeup artist Carol Shaw, this PRO artistry palette includes 3 Shimmer and 3 Matte Eye Shadows, 2 Eye Shadow Brushes, 2 Blushes, and a Bronzer - everything you need to look glamorous on the go. LORAC’S velvety-smooth Eye Dhadows and Blushes are ultra-pigmented and packed with long-lasting PRO power so you can easily contour, shade, line and define, just like a PRO!"

- Lorac Product Description

LORAC Pro To Go Palette is available for $38 at Ulta and loraccosmetics.com

Here is my experience with the Lorac Pro To Go Palette.

April 7, 2017

This Time Next Year TAG

I was tagged by the lovely Claire to do the "This Time Next Year tag." Make sure you check out her tag too! Thanks so much Claire! I love the idea of this tag!

I made a goals post in January with 5 goals I wanted to complete in 2017 so today I think I'll expand on them a little and give you all a little check in of where I am right now.

April 6, 2017

Mystery Blogger Award

I've been nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award! Thanks so much to Andrea of Andrea's Nirvana for nominating me. You can check out her award post here

I know I just did the One Lovely Blog Award but Andrea nominated me so I didn't want to push this back.

This Award was made by Okoto Enigma and you can find her original post here.

Thanks again to Andrea for nominating me for my second ever blog award! Make sure you check out her blog and her post!

April 5, 2017

150 Blog Post Ideas | Ideas for Every Kind of Blog

We all fall victim to writer's/blogger's block every now and again. It sucks. Sometimes you want to write everything but have no idea what to write and sometimes you have ideas coming out of your ears but no motivation.

When I'm out of ideas I like to read blog post idea posts and when I'm unmotivated I like to read through my favorite blogs and read through my old posts.

Sometimes I play writing games like the "7 second writing challenge" that Dan & Phil made. You pick a topic like penguins or YouTube and write as much as you can in 7 seconds. It is such a fun game. D&P made it for their book and reading their creations was so funny!

Or sometimes I write without thinking. Just write each word as it comes to mind. I just write whatever comes to mind. It's like a one word story game with yourself.

I think every blogger has done a "blog post idea" post. This isn't anything new but I wanted to share my ideas with you all and I wanted to share my favorite blog post idea posts with you too. Let's kick writer's block together!

April 4, 2017

Have Beauty Brands Lost Originality? | Let's Talk About Beauty Brands

In my post last month where I talked about dupes I mentioned that I felt companies spend so much time of copying each other that they never make anything new.

Every brand seems to be making the same things. Every brand made a matte nude palette with the same 5-8 colors last year. Every brand is making smokey and metallic palettes and it seems like no one is making anything new.

April 3, 2017

Tarte Amazon Clay 12 Hour Blush | Review

"A long-wearing, supremely soft blush infused with Amazonian clay harvested from the banks of the Amazon River and naturally baked by the sun.

Amazonian clay minimizes oil in and around pores to balance skin and keep product in place while also hydrating the skin naturally to restore moisture, reducing the appearance of dry, flaky skin.

Product performance: This 12-hour blush universally benefits all skin types for a fade-free, flawless finish in shades ranging from soft to vivid and matte to shimmer to suit a wide variety of skin tones."
Tarte Product Description

This blush is promised to reduce oil without making skin appear dry and to stay in place for long wear.

Tarte Amazon Clay blush is available for $28 at Sephora and on tartecosmetics.com and $29 at Ulta.

Here is my experience with Tarte 12 Hour Blush.

April 2, 2017

My Unpopular Geek Opinions

Life is full of opinions. A lot of people form very strong opinions on things. Most of the time opinions that people feel strongly about have 2 sides and one is usually more popular than the other.

The geek world has many debates and everyone always feels strongly about their opinions. So speaking your mind with an unpopular opinion in the geek community can be a little scary. A lot of people defend opinions about geeky stuff like you are trying to kill them.

But I decided today I would share my unpopular geek opinions so please be nice to me. If you disagree and make a comment please say it nicely.

April 1, 2017

One Lovely Blog Award

I was nominated by Claire to for the Only Lovely Blog Award. I am so honored! Claire has a great blog. Check it out. Thank you so much for nominating me Claire! Check out Claire's Award post.

Seriously thank you so much Claire. This is my first ever blog award, like ever! It truly means alot to me! 

If you haven't heard of the One Lovely Blog Award it is like a tag where when you are nominated you make a post about the award and include 7-15 facts about you and nominate 9-15 bloggers you love for the award.

I just did a 25 facts about me post in February so it was a little hard to think of facts for this one. So if you want some more interesting facts check out that post.

March 31, 2017

Monthly Favorites | March 2017

I can't believe March is almost over. This year is going so fast, but I am very excited for April! My blog's second birthday is April 12th! I can't believe it has been almost 2 years already.

To celebrate my blog's birthday I am going to upload everyday in April! Or at least try. Blogging everyday can be a challenge but I'm going to try to make it happen.

I have a fun April planned nonetheless, so get ready for a month of awesome posts! I can't wait. But before we get the April uploads we need to talk about my favorites from March.

March 29, 2017

My Month In Lipstick | March 2017

I'm so excited to do one of these posts. I've seen them all over Instagram and Twitter. I love lippies so the idea of a recap of the lippies I've been rocking this month is really exciting!

So today I want to share the lipsticks I have been wearing in March.

March 27, 2017

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation | Review

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation

"Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation face makeup, mattifies and refines pores and leaves a natural, seamless finish."

"Ideal for normal to oily skin, our exclusive formula with micro-powders controls shine and blurs pores. Leaves a natural, seamless finish."

Snippets from Maybelline product description

"Fit Me! Matte + Poreless from Maybelline goes beyond skin tone matching to fit the unique texture issues of normal to oily skin for the ultimate natural skin fit. While some foundations can exaggerate pores and oily skin, only Maybelline's pore-minimizing foundation contains their genius blurring micro-powders that erase pores and absorb oil for a naturally matte and poreless-looking finish."

- Snippet from Ulta product description

Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless foundation is oil free, dermatologist and allergy tested and is promised to not to clog pores.

Maybelline Fit Me Foundation is available for $7.99 at Ulta and on Maybelline.com. It is also available for $5.99 at Target and $5.94 at Walmart. It is also available for £5.99 at Superdrug.

Here is my experience with the Maybelline Fit Me Matte + Poreless Foundation.

March 25, 2017

Are we the ones being Duped? | Let's Talk About Dupes

Everyone has been talking about dupes lately. I really love reading people's sides on this debate and I wanted to share my thoughts.

A lot of you are probably tired of hearing about this and you are probably ready for this topic to die. But for those of you that are still interested or are new to the debate let's talk about the future of dupes and if companies are taking it too far.

March 23, 2017

My Kind of Video Games

I love video games. They are my favorite past time. When I have free time I always go to video games or reading books.

I've been playing video game for as long as I can remember. We had a Nintendo 64 in our living room and I remember playing Legend of Zelda Ocarina of Time and Super Mario 64.

Today I want to talk about what kind of videos I like to play.

March 21, 2017

My Favorite Cruelty Free Brands

I love makeup but I love it even more when it's cruelty free! If you are new to makeup or maybe just never heard the term, cruelty free means the products are not test on animals at any point, whether that means the ingredients in the products before production, or test of the product during or after production.

Brands that the considered cruelty free are brands that never test their products on animals in anyway. There are brands who do not test on animals themselves but sell their products in countries like China. China requires animal testing by law so if a company sells their products in China they must submit products for testing. So these brands are not considered cruelty free.

A lot of people in the cruelty free beauty community consider cruelty free brands that are owned by non-cruelty free brands to not be cruelty free. A few brands in this post are owned by non-cruelty free brands. I will mention if a company has a parent company that is not cruelty free.

March 19, 2017

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella | Review + Swatch

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella

"Lips are instantly saturated with rich pigments and a velvety matte finish. The long lasting, non-drying formula is enriched with emollients for a creamy texture, while a combination of unique silicones ensures long-lasting, seamless color for hours. Use for lining, all-over lip color, or pairing with another lip product."

-Snippet from NARS product description

"What it does: The Velvet Matte Lip Pencil provides seamless color that lasts for hours in a convenient applicator. It’s formulated with unique silicones to ensure long-lasting color while emollients and vitamin E leave a creamy feel that will not dry out your lips. Its smooth, comfortable texture keeps the matte finish looking fresh all day."

-Snippet Sephora's product description

"Virtually every color can work on everyone. Paired with a soft eye, even the darkest or brightest shade of lip color can create a striking makeup look on its own. With lips more than any other features, I follow a no rules approach."
-Fran├žois Nars, Founder and Creative Director of NARS Cosmetics via Sephora Product description

On the NARS site they promise "Convenient, easy application." This is credited to "the convenience of a pencil in a jumbo crayon design." Se[hora says that"its jumbo size provides the application of a lipstick with the convenience of a pencil." 

NARS says that this pencil is enriched with Vitamin E. That could give it a more lipstick feel.

NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil is available for $27 at Sephora, Ulta and narscosmetics.com and for £20 at Selfridges.

Here is my experience with NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil. 

March 17, 2017

Lion fish and Tiger Sharks and Stingrays, Oh My! | Oh the Places You Will Go | The Newport Aquarium

So I actually went to the Newport Aquarium last summer. But I never shared my photos from my trip on my blog. My sister is a pass holder and I got to go with her last weekend for free for Pass Holders Weekend. 

I decided to take my photos from both trips and make a post for you guys. The first time we went was the first time I had ever been to an aquarium. I love it so much! I was so excited to go back again! It was so beautiful!

March 15, 2017

My Drugstore Products Wishlist

I realized today that when I did My Beauty Product Wish List in February it was mostly high-end products. Today I decided to make a little list of drugstore products I want to try. I love drugstore makeup and I didn't realize how much it got left out of my wish list post.

Drugstore makeup is great. It is very affordable and had gotten exponentially better in quality over the last few years. Drugstore makeup used to feel really cheep but now I'd say some DS brands give high-end brands a run for their money.

I just did an anti-haul/anti-wishlist on Monday so doing this right after might not be the best timing. The idea of that post was to get away from the buy buy buy mentality beauty bloggers can give off so following it with a list of products I want to buy probably isn't the best idea.

But I thought what the hell, I want to share this list. So here are some drugstore products I want to try.

March 13, 2017

The Anti-Haul | Beauty Products I'll Never Buy

You might have seen this trend floating around the internet recently. If you haven't the basis is simple. Instead of doing a haul of products I just bought I give you a list of products I would never buy.

From the blog posts I've seen the idea of these posts came from the idea that blogs constantly taking about products they want or just bought or really love and it can feel like blogs are always saying buy, buy, buy, buy. 

So the idea of this post is to get away from that and tell you some of the products that would never make it into our collections. The products that just scream no to us.

I really loved the idea and decided to jump on board. There are a few products I just don't understand the hype of and why people would want them and some products that aren't necessarily hyped but that I just don't understand why they exist.

So today I thought I'd take you though some of the products I'd never by in a million years.

March 11, 2017

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara | Review + Lash Swatches

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara

"Take home our Better Than Sex mascara and all your desires for lush, incredibly intense lashes will be fulfilled. One application of our collagen-fueled formula and touch of our specially shaped brush will leave you begging for more. One coat and lashes are full, defined and stretched to unbelievable lengths. Two coats and they’re reaching unbelievable heights of drama. Three coats and you’ll believe in magic."

-Snippet from Too Faced Product Page

The details on Too Faced website says this mascara has a "film-forming Polymer for smudge-proof, all day wear" and contains "Acacia Senegal Tree Extract to nourish, thicken and lock curl in place" and "unique peptides for the deepest, intense black possible."

Too Faced also says that in a consumer study "100% saw longer lashes, 100% saw dramatic volume, and 93% saw base-to-tip curl." And Too Faced says in a clinical study this mascara gave "1,944% more volume."

So Too Faced promises this mascara will make lashes appear longer, thinker, fuller and have more volume. With a base-to-tip locked in curl that will wear all day without smudging. And that over time use of this mascara could help lashes grow longer and thicker.

Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara is available for $23 at Ulta, Sephora and the Too Faced website. It is also available for £19 at Selfridges if you are from the UK.

Here is my experience with the Too Faced Better Than Sex Mascara.