What Went Wrong: UD’s Naked Palette

In today’s WWW, I’d like to blog about the palette that kicked off the never-ending craze for warm (arguably) neutrals: Urban Decay’s Naked palette.

Commonly referred to as Naked 1 – even though it was never released as such – this was hailed as an all-time favorite by beautytubers… that is, until the next free PR product came along. I’m not calling out those who genuinely like the palette and have consistently used it since they got it, but when was the last time the Naked palette has been mentioned as a favorite by the big leagues?

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Outside My Beauty Bubble (2)

In the previous entry, I dabbled a bit about coming across counterfeit makeup. I’ve seen Internet talk about their existence and even saw news reports about them, but to see them in person is a bit of a rarity.

You see, in NYC, counterfeits of major makeup brands is rare to see – there’s just far too many SephUltas in Manhattan alone that buying counterfeit seems… well, counterproductive.

But that isn’t to say that I’ve never seen counterfeit makeup being sold in the streets of NYC – I actually did, and it was in the last place I expected to come across: 34th Street, a.k.a. Herald Square.

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FoD: The MLM Adventures (Part 2)

From Part 1:

I’m all for the “work grind” mantra – Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson lives and breathes it and so does Daymond John, “The Peoples Shark.” Sure, I may not seemingly practice that because I update the blog once in a while (switching jobs is not as easy as it looks – a lesson I’ll take to heart, while moving (as in I’m FINALLY bringing some belongings over to the new place) and dealing with transportation for the new job), but I really am trying – right now, my main concern is keeping my head above the water.

You can ask anybody who did an MLM adventure – one way or another, they will tell you that they felt relegated to doing the above, except that they had someone who consistently raised the water level to the point where they’d sink into financial ruin.

The MLM I signed up with, Market America, I was fortunate enough to have my parents as my upline and even then, they were thankfully not aggressive about it. Granted, they’ve been in a few themselves before where I wasn’t a downline to them, but there were other MLMs I got indirectly involved in where I didn’t have that pleasantry.

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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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Currently Obsessed: e.l.f. and Laura Mercier (Part 2)

It wasn’t long before I ended up at my favorite (wouldn’t say local, since there are e.l.f. stores that are much closer to me than the one I like) e.l.f. store – my Planet Fitness was literally less than a 5 minute drive from it. Keeping the e.l.f. lipstick in mind, I made sure to snag it with the new blending and swirly brushes from the Beautifully Bare line that, surprisingly, were available in-store too.

From previous experience, the store usually gets products that get dropped on e.l.f.’s online store much later, so to see the blending and swirly brushes on the store shelves right after they dropped online was a bit of a surprise, but one that I wasn’t gonna protest because I didn’t have to worry about shipping.

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Life Update Part 2

So I decided to give the good ol’ site a browse from an outside perspective and I noticed that I wrote an entry that had Part 1. I remember writing that title because there was going to be Part 2. And I intended to write Part 2 but when life sent me on a tide, I forgot about # 2, since Part 1 didn’t tell the whole story.

So what’s the rest of the story?

If you don’t keep tabs on the BBA Insta, I posted some tidbits about going back to school and the resulting diploma from it. I took a course to become a Pharmacy Technician and I’m set to take the certification exam at the end of this month. Doing so would allow me to work as a pharmacy tech anywhere, though I know hospitals prefer the PtCB, which is the more difficult version of the exam. Continue reading “Life Update Part 2”