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: The YouTube Makeup Bubble (Part 1)

*Please check the What’s New at BBA page to find out the schedule for the entries at BBA.

Hello, Beautiful Blossoms! I know I gave a back-to-back entry last week with Currently Obsessed and then got really quiet until today, and I do apologize for the sudden silence. I was able to squeeze an entry early Saturday morning (think 1-3 AM) because I couldn’t get myself to sleep from excitement about the site, discussing Kiko Milano, and my out-of-town trip that day. It was also my sister’s birthday and my grandma had to fly out, so you can imagine how hectic it was in my apartment.

Then it was back to the work grind. I just found myself falling face-first onto my bed as soon as I got home. Staring at a screen for 7 hours does bloody murder to you.

And in the moments of free time that I get during my work shift, I’m trying to figure out a schedule for Currently Obsessed, BAFT, and The Raised Eyebrow – how many days in between should I schedule the posts? What topics do I go over for BAFT and TRE that hasn’t been beaten into submission in the beauty and blog scene? Do I include product recommendations or reviews on the site?

That’s just part of what runs in my head the moment I think about BBA. As Temptalia’s Christine once advised, “remember: content is KING.”
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Beauty Advice for Thought (BAFT): Sephora, MAC, and Cosmetic Sharing

Lately, this has made headlines:

The Hidden Dangers of Dirty Makeup Brushes.

The title seems self-explanatory at a first glance. Heck, if I was obnoxious I’d put this as an article for The Raised Eyebrow for the sheer fact that there is just no excuse behind not cleaning your brushes. At. All.

We’re all guilty of not cleaning our brushes after use at least once, but the most I’ve gone on without cleaning a makeup brush after using it is one day. Just the sheer thought of all the microbes that decided to hitch a ride on the bristles is enough to wake me up when I feel tired, lazy, or just in a procrastinating mood about the thought of washing my used makeup brushes. Along with the couple of bouts of infections on my eyelid that I’ve had.

But it isn’t just about makeup tool hygiene that’s got me writing about the article. It’s also the concept of sharing cosmetic tools in general.

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The Raised Eyebrow – Beauty Sample Subscriptions (Part 1)

Hi everyone! Glad to be finally back here after a pretty rough week! And yes, I suffered a case of vertigo while networking, which is why this blog went silent for two straight days. Wednesday was a whole day of networking for my blog and online store and when Thursday morning came, I got up and all of a sudden the whole world was spinning sideways – I couldn’t even stand on my own two feet. And this went on until Saturday night.

When vertigo hits me, it hits HARD, but I managed to recover well enough to write at least one entry since I went off the radar on Wednesday. And today, I’d like to discuss the beauty sample subscription service – basically, for a monthly or yearly fee, you get a box or bag of beauty samples – two prominent names in this sector are Ipsy and Birchbox. Glossybox and Boxycharm are also pretty popular.

Until now, I didn’t even know such a service actually existed until I saw an advertisement for Ipsy on Yahoo!’s homepage. So I decided to check and see what it’s about.

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Beauty Advice For Thought (BAFT): Budget Aesthetics

It’s no question that people are looking for the best value and price when it comes to their aesthetics. So when I came across the following article a little over a month ago, I had mixed feelings:

E.L.F Launches Affordable Skincare Collection (Yahoo! Beauty)

E.L.F is already known for their cheap (and I mean dirt cheap – their makeup brushes are at most $2-3 before taxes!) cosmetics line, but they figured that beauty isn’t just about makeup – it’s also about maintaining a healthy canvas that we all refer to as our skin. Yes, the skin is our personal canvas – the finished look is a testament to our cosmetic application skill. Damn, I just got wordy there. XD

Anywho, I wouldn’t be surprised if E.L.F.’s flagship store here in NYC starts carrying the company’s skincare line on their shelves. But I don’t see myself buying any of their skincare line anytime soon because I was severely disappointed by their makeup brush line. While it may seem unfair to compare skincare and makeup brushes (they’re practically apples and oranges), they do serve the same function: they are tools we use to create our personal aesthetic.

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The Raised Eyebrow: Brushes Brushes Everywhere!

Hi folks! Today, I’m going to take a break from my Motives Reviews Series to give the blog a fresh spin. I don’t want to get too focused on just reviewing products here because Blossom Beautiful Aesthetics is more than just a review blog: it’s a place to have fun and celebrate everyone’s natural beauty inside and out – regardless of what society has declared to be “aesthetically  beautiful” and what Photoshop comes up with.

So what’s with the entry title? The Raised Eyebrow is a series of blog entries about cosmetics that has me well… raising an eyebrow. Be it a trend or item, something about it just has me doing this:

evil media

Feeling adventurous today, I decided to explore the Internet for make-up brushes. Opinions will always vary on which make-up brush or brush set is the best, so I rely on the reviews with a little bit of salt. And what better place to start my search for make-up brushes than Amazon? Customer reviews are fairly thorough with product purchases, which is a big plus when shopping online.

For the heck of it, I typed “makeup brushes” to see what Amazon will deliver for me. Oh, they delivered alright – they just didn’t warn me that I’d end up with a raised eyebrow in the process.

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