TRE: Complaints About Makeup Holiday Sets.

It is September and if you’ve been keeping up with the latest and the greatest in the beauty scene, brands have begun to roll out their holiday sets. Some of them are interesting to the makeup newbie, but there are a lot of complaints coming from the seasoned beauty buyers regarding the quality of these limited edition, seasonal products, predominantly neutral color selection, and, especially Too Faced, similar palettes.

I can’t say I’m a seasoned makeup buyer: there are still brands out there that I haven’t tried every brand out there or bought enough makeup products to know which ones to avoid (there are some but it’s a tiny list and quite subjective). Aw hell, some of the products I own are disliked by some people. But that doesn’t stop me from buying the ones that I personally want and skip on the ones that they personally want.  Continue reading “TRE: Complaints About Makeup Holiday Sets.”


TRE / BAFT: FLOWER Beauty and Insta Makeup

What’s up, beautiful blossoms?!

I did say I was going to attempt writing an entry today as scheduled and I’m here. And yes, BAFT is making a one-time comeback today, thanks to YouTube MUA Jordan Liberty’s video on Instagram makeup on the second half of today’s entry. But first, time to get my raised eyebrow back to its normal level.

FLOWER Beauty, as I’ve mentioned before, is a cosmetic brand created by Drew Barrymore that used to be sold in Walmart stores. The brand’s selling point is that it’s plant-infused, cruelty-free, made in America, and uses the same ingredients used in luxury makeup without the hefty price tag. I say “used” because Walmart no longer carries this brand, which raised both eyebrows.

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TRE: Coastal Makeup Conventions

Heylo, BBs! If you’re a New Yorker, are obsessed with any makeup event, both, or none of the above, the International Makeup Artist Trade Show (IMATS) took place this weekend and I ended up going to the Sunday portion of the 3-day event (I thought I initially bought the Saturday ticket).

Despite the event being the first massive makeup-related gathering I’ve ever attended, I actually didn’t walk away with a lot of things in terms of bags and bags of makeup products from vendors who showed up to sell. Even as I type, my legs and feet are berating me for walking 15 blocks after circling Pier 94 (the venue) for a good 30 minutes looking for the specific booths I was hoping to raid products from.

So what got me raising an eyebrow at IMATS 2016? Well, the event itself didn’t wrong me. No, I actually had a good time attending this year because I just found out about it last year and had enough sense to buy my ticket in December last year.


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The Raised Eyebrow: Sue Me!

Hello again, Beautiful Blossoms! I know I’m a day behind with this post but I wasn’t expecting to come home late last night from a trip with my cousin (time flies by really fast when you’re not on your smartphone) to our local mall. On top of that, I was hoping I’d find something that would make my eyebrow raise more than what I’m about to share with you.

And no, the title isn’t meant as a challenge to literally sue me in court. The featured piece for tonight’s entry comes from Yahoo! and USA Today – and to say that an eyebrow was raised would be an understatement.

In the US, people seem to be lawsuit-happy. A company does something or goes against your liking? Sue them and make it rain money! And with lawyers aplenty, no doubt there’s bound to be one willing to take up a case, no matter how frivolous it is. Thankfully, common sense won out this round.

You see, a woman tried to sue Fresh Inc., the makers of the popular SUGAR Lip Balm, because “the company tried to mislead consumers about the quantity of its lip balm” (USA Today).

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TRE: Biting the Hand that Fed

Happy Sunday, Beautiful Blossoms! And yes, today is Valentine’s Day. But in my case, it’s Single Awareness Day. If you’re in a relationship, happy for you. If not, well misery loves company as they say. With that aside, this week’s TRE topic is provided by Mashable’s interview with Michelle Phan.

Yes, THE Michelle Phan. The YouTuber who started the trend of creating makeup tutorials on YouTube. And now, she’s biting the hand that fed her: L’Oreal Cosmetics.

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The Raised Eyebrow: Kylie Cosmetics

Let me start this week’s TRE by saying that I’m not one to rain on someone’s parade. I’m not gonna make myself any more successful by being a Debbie Downer on someone else’s success, so why bother?

But sometimes, there are achievements that have me scratching my head in wonder. How the hell does THAT become successful? And by THAT, I’m talking about Kylie Jenner’s Cosmetic Line Lip Kit. I still can’t wrap my head around the fact that her original lip kits sold out – now that she’s released more colors, they sold out as well.

What. The. Freakin. Fuck.

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BAFT: Sponsorships in Makeup Blogs / Vlogs

Let’s face it: sooner or later, all the well-known / popular beauty vlogs / blogs will be wooed by the big cosmetic companies with sponsorship and free makeup in exchange for promoting their products. It’s the new form of marketing strategy: rather than have a stranger talk endlessly about the latest item, why not have a familiar face do it?

Familiarity increases vulnerability. That’s just the way the world works.

There is an old thread on reddit’s Makeup Addiction (link here) where redditors discussed their favorite and non-favorite Youtube beauty vloggers. One of the key reasons for the dislike? Sponsorship. Some redditors couldn’t tell if a beauty vlogger genuinely liked the product or did it for the money or freebies, whereas the more seasoned ones knew right off the bat and unsubscribed in protest.

But what really got me to consider this topic for this week’s BAFT was a chance reading of a fellow beauty blogger’s site, where she was consistently accused of selling out to cosmetic companies for free makeup.

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