Active on Insta. Blogging… Not So Much.

Intagramming is hella easy. You just gather the stuff you like, snap a pic with a phone or tablet or an iPod, and voila: easy peasy lemon squeasy result.

My Insta feed has featured a shit ton of haul pics. It’s no secret that I’m a makeup addict (and I don’t say that with pride, either… but it’s kinda hard not to when buying makeup makes you happy). Am I gonna review ALL the stuff I’ve been picturing on the BBA Insta?

That’s actually a good question. Not to brag or anything, but I’ve been fortunate enough to love a good chunk of the stuff I’ve bought. Really. The ones that do come to mind that failed are the Tony Moly Intense Care LS CC Cream (I snapped a pic of myself wearing it and sent it to my cousin. She agreed with my sentiment that it looked horrible on me) and the UD Vice 4. I swear, I don’t have a raging boner for the UD Vice 4 – I’m really trying to be more open minded to it in the sense that it may not be the pigment-in-your-face kinda palette. I’ve made this peace with my AudaCITY and in a way, I’m kinda glad that it was done the way it was because it lets me wear makeup in a professional setting where it would have been frowned upon if I went for the Instagram in-your-face look.

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IMATS NYC 2017

What’s up, Beautiful Blossoms? I hope you’re all alive and reasonably well in spite of all the craziness that’s happening all over the planet. But I’m not gonna make this into a political rant (because there’s just an oversaturation oozing from pretty much every major media outlet in existence) because even I’m tired of it. And I’ve always been keen on keeping BBA strictly about makeup (and the occasional skincare that works across the board regardless of skin type).

Thankfully, I was able to come home with some energy to spare from work to write about my excitement for this year’s IMATS. Februrary already starts tomorrow and the event itself is held in April and I had a reasonably good time last year when I went for the first time ever. The only reason I found out about IMATS was because I was desperate to find a convention for makeup. We have Comic-Con, Winter-Con, Pax East (okay, not held in NYC but still), SXSW (South by Southwest), DragCon (West Coast only), but none that really caters to a makeup enthusiast.

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Day 2 of 30: Decisions, Decisions…

While I’m waiting for the Urban Decay Primer Potion to dry a bit, I managed to find my Vice 4. And I learned that I am rather shitty when it comes to keeping my palette brushes clean: I haven’t washed the double ended brush that came in the Vice 4.

But that’s minor compared to the moment I cracked the palette open. When I did a vlog review on the YouTube channel, I claimed that the palette wasn’t as bad as it was made out to be: there are colors that encourage experimenting and, as one redditor pointed out, are jewel toned. If you wanted to rock an 80s eyeshadow look, Vice 4 got you covered.

The thing is, when I looked at this palette a third time, I finally realized why it didn’t appeal to me: the color selection was all over the place. I could see 2 shades working together since once was matte and another was shimmer, but the rest?

How the fuck was I gonna make them work somehow?

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What Went Wrong: WnW Reserve Your Cabana

What’s up, Beautiful Blossoms? My chronic depression did not win today so here I am with a blog entry! And it’s been a while since I posted a product disappointment to me, so I figured I’d post one – and it’s about a hyped product to boot!

And yep, another new series: What Went Wrong. I swear, I just don[‘t come up with these on the fly. I thought about putting this entry under the “My Neglected Makeup” category, but I realized that I barely even touched the damn thing to consider it as neglected. To me, a neglected makeup means that I use it more than one time but it’s not something I consistently turn to when I do my makeup.

Plus, there are so many rave reviews about Reserve Your Cabana being a sent-from-the-makeup-heavens product. So what was I doing wrong? And that’s when it hit me: the product isn’t necessarily bad – it just didn’t work out for me. I’m sure it works wonders for other people, though, and there’s nothing wrong with that.

Plus, it does challenge me to really assess the product from a more objective view than the simple “it just didn’t work out!” or “I just didn’t like it!”

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Arm Swatches: Good for Pigmentation.

That’s it.

That’s all they’re good for. They’re not an accurate representation of what the product is going to look like on its designated body part. So when people do those arm swatches of lip products? Yeah, they look nice and swanky, but you won’t really know if they’ll end up in every crack or crevice of your lips when you wear that baby for the first time.

I learned this lesson when I took a chance on the new e.l.f. High Shine Liquid Lipstick in Naked Nude. That shit went straight into the cracks in my lips and stayed there. The fact that the shade is actually lighter on my skin than in the container does not help.

Or you won’t know if it’ll highlight the craters or bumps on your face if it’s a highlighter. And no, this isn’t negativity: this is being realistic. Just look at how many guys can’t tell a woman is wearing makeup and cite women who have a “natural” appearance, but are really rolling with the “no makeup makeup” look.

I can’t tell you how many swatches I’ve done on my arm with product testers, thinking they’re gonna be hot shit when I wear them. Only to find out that they weren’t so hot when I wore them as they were supposed to.

I’m looking at you, swatches-in-true-color-on-my-arm-but-not-on-my-lips red lipsticl.

Hobbies are Expensive.

And makeup is no exception. Right now, makeup is a hobby to me. And holy shit, it’s burned quite a hole in my finances. But it’s not something I regret at all – I’d do it all again if I could. Except I’d probably skip the contouring shit because my contouring products are barely touched, despite numerous self-made promises to play with that stuff more.

Sure, I could sanitize my barely used makeup products and sell them, but I personally don’t believe in selling used makeup. Even if you autoclave the damn thing, I still wouldn’t buy it because when you’ve been in the healthcare circle long enough, you’ll never look at germs the same way you did when you were outside of it.

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