Life Update Part 1

Holy shit, a new post from BBA!

Yes, it’s been a good while since I last posted – I’ve been busy with short staff at work, moving issues, career change, running a giveaway for the first time, and minor body issues. I’m gonna split the updates into parts so you don’t get blinded with lengthy block paragraphs.

I’m gonna start with work because this has been the biggest time consumer and relates to the career change part.

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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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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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When You Have a Massive Makeup Collection

And most of it has already been reviewed to death by other beauty bloggers / vloggers because it’s all about the latest and the greatest… I swear, I probably made a blog post similar to this at some point last year but I can’t remember and I don’t feel any motivation to go through my older entries just to see if I did. But it’s a topic worth mentioning again because I see more and more people trying to jump the beauty bandwagon in the online makeup community, hoping to be the next hit guru. Even if they voice the opposite.

Am I gonna stand on my soap box and preach to them that it’s a futile attempt, that they (as well as me) are too late on arriving to the scene and that they would either need a massive amount of money or lots of PR to keep up with the Joneses? Nah, I’ve done that enough last year. While I’m typing away the second blog entry of 2017, I find myself looking at my massive makeup collection. 5 rows of an door-hanging shoe rack filled with lots of lip, eye, and face products of varying companies.

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Day 3 of 30: Frustration Outlet

Heylo, Beautiful Blossoms. I felt well enough to make an entry from this year’s flu (very, very contagious) which had me tossing and turning in bed because my joints were achy – something that I’ve never had happen to me in all my years of having the flu.

I also needed to let out some frustration and this challenge was part of what contributed to it. The more I look at my Vice 4, the less it speaks to me. I really, really want to make the palette work out for me but the color scheme does not suit warm skin tones (at least, for me). The pigmentation could be better – I feel like I really need to pack on a good amount of eyeshadow just to make it visible in a picture.

Even if I use a primer. And no, I’m, not gonna be using the NYX Milk pencil – I want the product to perform with just a primer because it’s a standard in eyeshadow application and I’m already using the UD PP.

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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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