2017: Year of Moar Selfies

That’s right: this year, I’m going to try and work up the nerve to post more selfies. While wearing a face full of what’s in my stash.

I’m not a selfie person. To me, people who constantly take selfies are perceived as narcissists – it doesn’t bother me if you’re by yourself and snapping away, but if I’m in your company and we gotta haul ass somewhere and you’re snapping pictures nth amount of times trying to get that perfecti angle, don’t be surprised if by the time you finish, I’m miles ahead of you. I just don’t have the patience to just stand idly while someone snaps away trying to get that perfect selfie or snaps one selfie after another with different poses.

In the end, it’s still you.

Rant aside, I also have reservations about putting my face out in public while wearing a full gear of makeup. Aside from having my image stolen for catfishing purposes (watch MTV’s “Catfish: The Series” and you’ll see what I mean), it’s also something I never really understood or could ever get into. But it appears to be a mandate when you want to call yourself a beauty blogger/vlogger soooo…

Moar selfies it is, I guess. Because the makeup culture demands sacrifice from its netizens.

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When You Have a Massive Makeup Collection

And most of it has already been reviewed to death by other beauty bloggers / vloggers because it’s all about the latest and the greatest… I swear, I probably made a blog post similar to this at some point last year but I can’t remember and I don’t feel any motivation to go through my older entries just to see if I did. But it’s a topic worth mentioning again because I see more and more people trying to jump the beauty bandwagon in the online makeup community, hoping to be the next hit guru. Even if they voice the opposite.

Am I gonna stand on my soap box and preach to them that it’s a futile attempt, that they (as well as me) are too late on arriving to the scene and that they would either need a massive amount of money or lots of PR to keep up with the Joneses? Nah, I’ve done that enough last year. While I’m typing away the second blog entry of 2017, I find myself looking at my massive makeup collection. 5 rows of an door-hanging shoe rack filled with lots of lip, eye, and face products of varying companies.

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Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays!

Yes, it’s been at least a month since I last made an entry. Unfortunately, my job has become more hectic to the point where all I want to do is just sleep as soon as I get home and whenever I can.

Plus, when I’m off screwing my body clock, my mind is keeping tabs on the current state of the makeup community. At this point, I wonder if it’s even worth keeping a YouTube channel when there are so many videos that teach the same thing or blogs that review the same products, rat race style.

Does that mean that I’m quitting beauty blogging and vlogging? Nah. With 2017 around the corner, I took some time to find my beauty anchors and planned out what it is that I want to do to improve BBA’s current state of stagnation.

Let’s just say I have a loooooot of beauty products to mull over blog about.

See you in 2017!

Day 4: I Quit This Challenge.

Yep. I am officially throwing in the towel on my self-imposed challenge. The more I tried to get myself to be enthusiastic about cracking open my Vice 4 palette, the more frustrated I became with using it. And no brush I owned in my arsenal could transfer the damn eyeshadow from pan to palette the way I felt like it should have.

Then there’s the fact that I work 5 bloody days a week in a cubicle. At most, I’d be wearing my Vice 4 colors for a couple of hours before I have to take them off eventually for bed. I didn’t see the point of struggling with meh eyeshadow quality for a 2 hour wear (and don’t even get me started on the attempt of taking pictures to show my handiwork).

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Cubicle Makeup.

Or the frustration of wearing eyeshadows with them not being noticed. 

At one point or another, you’ve heard about it or noticed that every brand’s got that one palette with safe colors. 
Cubicle makeup. Sometimes called “professional setting makeup, “office makeup,” “work-safe,” or something along that line. There’s always a new term used to describe the same thing. And Shapeskeare is an underrated genius. 

They are mainly neutral – shades of brown and black, matte or shimmer but never bold or daring like a rainbow. Unless the workplace is that chillax, the most you can pull off is either smoky or no-makeup. 

It can be frustrating. Even more so if you like wearing eyeshadows and you wanna showcase your handiwork because:

A. You work in a cubicle. Your computer is your main audience. 

B. The eyeshadow blends right into your skin. Which is usually the case for me. 

C. You wanna be colorful but you can’t. Unless you don’t mind washing your whole face and going the whole nine yards of making your face. Again.

My workplace puts me in a cubicle corner. That’s it. I have to spin my chair around to interact with my coworkers and when I do step outside to walk off the hours that I have to spend sitting down, I wear my sunglasses. Which hide my handiwork. 

I don’t know if that’s for better or worse. Considering my handiwork from Day 3 with the Vice 4, it’s probably better that way. But shit, it would be nice to wear makeup that doesn’t fade into my skin color. 

Day 3 of 30: Frustration Outlet

Heylo, Beautiful Blossoms. I felt well enough to make an entry from this year’s flu (very, very contagious) which had me tossing and turning in bed because my joints were achy – something that I’ve never had happen to me in all my years of having the flu.

I also needed to let out some frustration and this challenge was part of what contributed to it. The more I look at my Vice 4, the less it speaks to me. I really, really want to make the palette work out for me but the color scheme does not suit warm skin tones (at least, for me). The pigmentation could be better – I feel like I really need to pack on a good amount of eyeshadow just to make it visible in a picture.

Even if I use a primer. And no, I’m, not gonna be using the NYX Milk pencil – I want the product to perform with just a primer because it’s a standard in eyeshadow application and I’m already using the UD PP.

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