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.”

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TRE: My Half-Baked Lighting Studio

This week, I made an exception to The Raised Eyebrow because for the first time, a makeup product or trend didn’t have me raising it: rather, it was an incomplete order that I recently made that did it. And not in a what-the-actual-fuck way, but more of a the-fuck-is-this-bullshit way.

You see, I felt like I needed to upgrade from the itty bitty lightbox that my brother gave to me because he no longer needed it. So I had to invest in a giant one that Temptalia uses (because shit damn, those snapshots in the posts look goooooood) and after a mishap with ordering what I initially thought was the same product for a really cheap price (the damn thing costs $100 at its lowest before taxes), I managed to order the correct one. Two days later, I got it.

Only to find out that I was short of a fluorescent lamp. ಠ_ಠ

At first, I thought it was strange. Maybe I missed a box that contained the lamp? But I remember the box being light as fuck and having only the wrapping paper in it when it was set to be thrown out. The lamp would have given the box some weight. So I checked the materials that I pulled out of the box for setup. Nope. No lamp whatsoever.

I checked the product details. The damn set was supposed to have a lamp.

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TRE: Finger-Lickin’ Good (Literally)

Heylo, BBs and happy Sunday! I hope you all had a good day celebrating the commercial Mother’s Day with your moms or mom-figures, whether that be in person or paying their grave a visit. And no, I didn’t forget today’s entry: I had spent nearly every day looking for a video editing program for my last recorded video, which I could not upload because Windows Movie Maker decided to give me the middle finger.

So I had to download and uninstall a plethora of video editing software and holy shit, that was a pain. And when I FINALLY found the right video editing software, I had to learn how to work it. So with that all being done, I can finally present this week’s The Raised Eyebrow, courtesy of Kentucky Fried Chicken.

Yep, Kentucky Fried Chicken.

If you haven’t heard of it, Kentucky Fried Chicken is releasing nail polish. Yep, nail polish. But that’s not all: living up to its motto, “Finger-Lickin’ Good!” KFC’s nail polish is also going to be edible. As in you can eat that stuff off your finger nails.

Let that sink in for a moment.

According to BuzzFeed, the nail polish is going to have only one flavor and people can vote for either the Original Recipe or Hot and Spicy flavor. And it’s the point of a KFC campaign in Hong Kong. I guess business ain’t doing so hot in that particular city that someone suggested that they take an extreme route to prove how hardcore they are about American cuisine.

The first thing that popped into my head when I first saw this was, “am I going to attract the ants and cockroaches when I go to sleep with this shit? Because I sleep with my nail polishes on.” And let me stop there because my brain just came up with a handful of really fucked up scenarios that need not be mentioned anywhere.

I like KFC – I grew up with their chicken and loved the sandwiches they served back in my home country. But this? I can’t even. I really can’t.

And that’s it for this week’s The Raised Eyebrow! It’s so fucked up that even I’m at a loss for words. 

TRE: $17,000 Makeup Splurge

Or how my latest bout of depression has left me emotionally crippled for hours on end to the point where I’m convinced there is no end in sight.

Hullo, BBs. Yes, I’m aware that today is Monday. I do apologize for the fact that I just can’t be on schedule with my posts. Aside from the fact that I’m in the process of moving, I’m suffering from a debilitating bout of depression – it’s bad enough that all I could do was lay in bed and burst into tears.

Somehow, my frustration at the fact that I was supposed to post a TRE entry yesterday was enough to temporarily get me out of my funk and type away here. But not enough to keep me from just tearing up every now and then.

But let me not ramble on with my own personal demons. Let me bring you the entry you all deserve.

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The Raised Eyebrow: Walgreens “Polished” Off

Welcome to the first entry of The Raised Eyebrow (TRE) for 2016, and yes, I went for a pun with today’s entry. Today’s entry is brought to you (not sponsored) by BuzzFeed’s regurgitated article of a heist at a Walgreens in Midtown Manhattan. Regurgitated in the sense that the news originally appeared on DNAInfo and BuzzFeed decided to pick up on the story for its bizarre nature.

Now, having worked in a CVS Pharmacy branch for a year, the news of a Walgreens being robbed didn’t really surprise me: it happens. People have stolen beer (on my first day at the job. My boss was giving me a briefing when he got paged to the floor and caught someone stealing beer red handed), laundry detergent (apparently someone just walked out with a Tide jug while I was trying to help a customer at the friggin’ Self-Checkout machine), and cheap cosmetics from my store (this person got busted by security that were hired to deal with the abnormally low loss prevention rate. Employees are not allowed to confront thieves in the store, since it was the job of Loss Prevention to do so). There was another involving a kid but I can’t remember exactly what it was that he stole.

Point is, retail theft happens. Even more so in retail pharmacies. But the theft that took place in Walgreens in Midtown Manhattan is what made it worthy to be the first entry of TRE 2016: a man stole an entire display’s worth of Essie Nail Polish.

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