BBA Spotlight: BH Cosmetics Quick Change – Brush Cleaner

a.k.a. why you shouldn’t even spend $20 on the original Vera Mona or try to be cheap with a DIY version with an H&M Hair Donut and a tin can.

Today’s blog post sheds light on what has essentially become a very handy staple in my personal eyeshadow application: the BH Cosmetics Quick Change – Brush Cleaner. It’s self-explanatory: you can swipe your brush against the sponge inside to clean your eyeshadow brush when going from one color to another. No rinsing with soap and water or liquid cleanser required.

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The BBA Makeup Workhorses

Hey, Beautiful Blossoms!

I’m glad to be able to sneak in a blog entry today – between working my regular and overtime hours, shuffling between the old apartment and the new house, and trying to get my licensing exam in order, it’s nice to be able to talk about something that’s completely unrelated to all that: makeup.

I hate to admit it, but I realize that that there is a bit of a monotony in my life, but what surprises me is that it’s coming from the last place I expect it: my makeup. I may get picky with the eyeshadows I use, but when it comes to the rest of my face, I tend to use nearly the same product every time and I hadn’t really taken notice until today, when my mind has too much time to muddle over things.

But then again, when you have something that you consistently rely on, you don’t really give it much thought until it’s time for it to go to greener pastures. yep, we just went a tad bit dark with this one

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Me and Instagram Cateyes.

Or, to be fair, it’s more drag makeup cateyes than Instagram cateyes. Anyway, I finally convinced myself to practice cateye makeup after telling myself (and buying a couple of e.l.f. eyeliners for practice) that I need to do it to get better with the cateye. Because I have shitty hand-eye coordination and, if you noticed on the BBA Instagram face, my eyeshape is… asymmetrical. Basically, they’re not twins.

When I went to Sephora for my birthday two years ago, I asked the Sales Rep to do a cateye on me because I wanted to know how to do it. While she did a demo, she remarked that my eyelids were shaped differently – she was able to do a cateye seamlessly on my right eye but my left eye proved to be quite troublesome. My eyes are hooded but the skin layer on my left is more prominent than on my right – and I think it’s partly due to that stye I had on that one way back when (it runs in my dad’s side of the family).

If you follow BBA on YouTube, you’d be wondering why I haven’t taken the time to film a quick video and upload it. Surely, I have the time to practice an eyeliner and post about it here, so why can’t I film and upload too?

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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.

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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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.