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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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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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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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.”

Makeup By Seasons

Or why Filipino Beauty Bloggers are rare.

Do you Beautiful Blossoms adjust your makeup to the change in season? This is a concept I’ve never  understood, as I view makeup as a form of self-expression regardless of the weather. Lately I’ve been seeing berry lip colors in accordance with Fall.

I kinda figured I’d see more of the orange spectrum. But having lived in a country where the only seasons were fry-and-bake-in-the-sun or get-soaked-to-the-bone rain for a good chunk of my life, I doubt I will ever understand the need to adjust one’s makeup to the season. And that’s okay.

As for the other half of the title, it’s true. There aren’t any mainstream Filipino beauty bloggers out there (at least, as mainstream as the ones on YouTube). PatrickStarrrrr can be counted, but his style is more suited for drag performance. What about the everyday girl or woman?

ItsJudysLife can be counted as well – she is Filipino too and she’s fairly mainstream. But holy cow, the criticisms on her…

That and in the Philippines, makeup is a luxury only celebrities and high-income people who live in the higher altitudes can afford. You go anywhere below Baguio or the mountain areas, your makeup won’t last past 12. It’s that hot there. It’d be kinda nice to have a rep in the beauty community though.

Don’t forget to check out the new menu: BBA Makeup Product Gallery! I can FINALLY post pictures of products I’ve purchased or have!

Kiko Single Eyeshadow and NYX Stick Highlighters

Today, I went to Kings Plaza because I couldn’t stand being cooped up. I was supposed to have done training for a job that I would have worked, but it fell apart and we no longer fit like a jigsaw puzzle. So what to do on an accidental day off?

I wanted to get a Kiko single eyeshadow after seeing a quick review on it by MyStyleInsideOut.I originally gave the Infinity CLICS eyeshadow line a pass because I found it to be too chalky for my preference. But my AudaCITY’s bulky packaging made me reconsider. I didn’t want to be forced to lug a big palette just to use the matte shadows in it with my Kiko Duo Baked eyeshadow. And no, I’m not depotting that shit because it cost me $69 and I’ll be damned if I have to throw out the AudaCITY packaging in favor of a Z-palette.

I just can’t bring myself to like Z-palettes. I really can’t. The practicality of having aaaaaaall my eyeshadows in one palette couldn’t do it. Partly because I like knowing where my eyeshadows came from.

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