First Impressions: L’Oreal Truematch Lumi Cushion

Hey Beautiful Blossoms!

I gave my self-purchased L’Oreal Truematch Lumi Cushion in N4 (Buff Beige) a run today because I’ve been itching for a more convenient way to put on  face makeup on the go without having to bust out a foundation brush and take a painstaking 10 minutes (this is the fastest I can ever clock myself doing this) and decide which foundation I’m going to work with (they all have their quirks).

And the other problem was that I had to dig through my primers and see which ones were silicone-based and which primers were water-based. Fun…

NOT. It was a pain in the ass because I had to look for the Dimethicone and its cousins in the ingredients list and I bought the MAC Prep + Prime at the suggestion of a MAC employee that it was silicone based (it’s not), so I’m debating whether to return that because I have a lot of water-based primers already… but I’ve never owned a MAC primer on the other hand…

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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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So I Bought Me an Artis Brush Set.

Like I mentioned in the BBA Insta, some people got bae. I got me. And for Valentine’s Day, I decided to treat myself to a 5-piece Artis brush set because I wanted to see what the hype was all about.

Price aside, the biggest appeal of any Artis brush is the soft bristle. This thing is supposed to be straight-from-heaven soft. My set arrived today and I popped one out to finally see what the fuss is all about.

I’m not too impressed. I was expecting the brush softness to be something to write home about. Nope. Some of my other cheaper brushes (and by cheaper, they all count as cheap compared to how much one of the brushes in the set would have cost) have softer bristles than the Artis. So what gives?

Then, an “aha!” moment: the bristles are densely packed – they are bunched up together so tightly that you can hardly see any space between each bristle hair. So maybe that’s why it wasn’t as soft as I was expecting it to be?

Or maybe the other lines from Artis have that straight-from-heaven brush softness that I’m expecting?

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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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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Day 4: I Quit This Challenge.

Yep. I am officially throwing in the towel on my self-imposed challenge. The more I tried to get myself to be enthusiastic about cracking open my Vice 4 palette, the more frustrated I became with using it. And no brush I owned in my arsenal could transfer the damn eyeshadow from pan to palette the way I felt like it should have.

Then there’s the fact that I work 5 bloody days a week in a cubicle. At most, I’d be wearing my Vice 4 colors for a couple of hours before I have to take them off eventually for bed. I didn’t see the point of struggling with meh eyeshadow quality for a 2 hour wear (and don’t even get me started on the attempt of taking pictures to show my handiwork).

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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.