BH Cosmetics Makeup Haul

BH Cosmetics is somewhat of a throwback brand for me.  It was one of the first brands I ordered online once I became interested in doing makeup.  It’s super affordable and they almost always have a sale.  You can subscribe to their mailing list for updates and coupons.

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Although affordable the quality is definitely better than the price tag.  Makeup is super pigmented and performs just as good as some of my higher end makeup.  Their makeup brushes are good too.  They offer sets based on brush type.  my favorite brushes are from their vegan line.

Recently I had to order some items for my kit.  I’ve been needing more color options for fair skin so  I ordered some setting powders, concealers and a blush palette.

 

These powders are the Studio Pro Matte Finish Pressed powders & are so smooth with great pigmentation.  They remind me of the MAC Prolong Wear pressed powder except MAC’s powder is $27; these were on sale for $5.59……Yes, a good powder for less than $6!!!!  FTW!

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Regular price is $7.99 but that’s still less than 1/3 of the MAC powder.  Yall know I love a deal and I’m super frugal so if I can get a good quality product for a cheap price I’m all in.  I tried it for 2 days and I’m happy with how it performed.  I used it to set my makeup and kept me matte for a good part of the day.

The concealers were on sale for $4.19 each, regular price is $5.99.  The blush palette ended up being around $5.  I’ve used their blush in the past and it lasts all day with pretty good pigmentation.  I haven’t tried the concelers out yet but I’ll let you know how they do.

Let me know if you guys have used BH Cosmetics products before.  If you haven’t give it a try and let me know how you like it.  You won’t be disappointed!

Skin Care Summer Essentials

 

Summer is right around the corner and there are some essentials that you need in order to keep your skin glowing and healthy.

1. First thing’s first…..sunscreen!  My friend recently got married and I gave her and her husband 4 cans of spray on sun screen for their honeymoon in St. Lucia.  Yes, it’s that serious.  Her husband was grateful because his skin started peeling on their last vacation.

Sunscreen should be applied any time you’re going to be exposed to the sun.  People tend to forget when on vacation; just remember to pack it in your bag.  You’ll be thankful later.  Not using sunscreen can cause your skin to burn and peel as well as suffer from long term issues like sun spots (hyper pigmentation) or wrinkles.  Don’t forget behind your ears, chest, back and neck.  People tend to forget about those areas.

2. Don’t forget about lip care.

I like Jack Black’s lip balm.  It’s super affordable and keeps your lips moisturized long term.  It has SPF 15.

3. I don’t wear makeup to the beach, but if you do I suggest wearing a bb cream or tinted moisturizer with an spf.  These products are lighter than a foundation and the sunscreen will protect your face from the sun.  You can also add some bronzer to your chest, shoulders, and arms to create a sexy glowing look at the beach.

4. A face mist can be a life saver on a hot day at the beach.  There are several brands that make facial mists.  I like MAC’s Fix Plus.  I like to put it in the refrigerator before going to the beach, then I throw it in the cooler with my drinks to make sure it stays cool once I get there.  A few mists on your face will keep you cool and your skin hydrated.

5. Make sure you have plenty of water!  Not drinking enough can cause so many issues besides dehydrated skin.  I carry a meal water bottle with me everywhere in the summer.  I fill it up every time I see a water fountain.

Stay tuned for the next post on what not to do when going to the beach!

Skin Care Summer Essentials: Prepping Your Skin for the Beach

While enjoying that time at the beach there are things that you shouldn’t do prior to your beach trip in order to protect yourself.

If you suffer from hyperpigmentation from post acne scarring to age spots make sure you prep your skin with that in mind.  Either use a Vitamin C product (which protects from environmental factors and helps lighten dark marks) or if your dark spots need to be treated you should be using a product with hydroquinone, which will help lighten, and eventually get rid of the spots.


There are also things you shouldn’t do before going to the beach:

  1. Don’t exfoliate within 2-3 days before going to the beach.  If you exfoliate and happen to get sand on your body and/or face it can leave your skin irritated and feeling raw.  That includes physical (i.e. a scrub) and chemical exfoliators (i.e. retinol).
  2. Don’t have any invasive treatments done.  Microdermabrasion, certain facials that exfoliate, and chemical peels are just a few of the things that should also be avoided.  The sun can cause reverse damage, undo the benefits and even cause more issues.  If you are going to have one of these done wait for at least a week after you’ve left the beach.
  3. Treat damaged skin.  If you have skin that is broken, irritated, red, or extra dry treat that skin before going to the beach to avoid more irritation.  The sand will exfoliate your skin; if you go there with irritated skin it will just over exfoliate.
  4. Avoid dehydration by increasing your water intake.  Sometimes we end up being at the beach all day.  Make sure you have enough water in advance and take water with you to the beach.

Most importantly have fun while at the beach.  This list may sound like a lot but it’s not.  You and your skin will appreciate the preparation.

Stay tuned for the next post that explains what you should do while at the beach!

Confessions of a Makeup Artist/Esthetician

As an Esthetician and Makeup Artist I help people achieve a desired look, whether temporary or long term.  I offer a variety of services like waxing, full makeup application, facials, chemical peels, etc.  There are services that I offer/perform that I, personally, don’t enjoy or do myself.

These are my confessions……

1. I’d rather Nair my legs than wax or shave.

2. I only get rid of hair leg 3-5 times per year…..No lie.  My leg hair is super fine so it’s hard to see.  If people can’t see it I’m cool.  Yes, I’m that lazy.

3. I don’t like wearing fake eyelashes.  I can count how many times I’ve worn them.  They do enhance makeup looks and I encourage clients to get them, especially for special occasions, but me no likey.

4. I don’t wear makeup every day.  I used to when I worked in cosmetics because it helped me to sell more makeup, which led to me making more commission.  Now I work in a corporate atmosphere and have to be at work at 8 am and am NOT a morning person.  I’d rather sleep for the 20-30 minutes it would take me to do my makeup.

5. I’m either all or nothing.  When it comes to makeup if I can’t wear a whole face of makeup I won’t wear any, not even lipstick.  I don’t feel right.  At the very least I need foundation, filled in brows, blush, mascara, and a lip color.  Most of the time I put on eyeshadow but it doesn’t make or break anything.

My face is pretty much how I advertise and have gotten clients just because they liked how I did my own makeup so I don’t half ass it.  Go big or go home.

Product Review: Maybelline 24K Nudes Palette

I was sent another complimentary Influenster box of products.  This time I was sent the new Maybelline 24K Nudes Palette.  Just to be nice they also thew in a mascara and eye liner.

 

The Palette

According to the Mabelline web site “The 24K Nudes Eyeshadow Palette feature 12 expertly curated shades for custom eye makeup looks.”  Regarding benefits it goes on to say……”This 12-shade eyeshadow palette features dazzling colors infused with metallic gold pigments.  From sparkling gold and shimmering nude to gilded smoke and aubergine spark, this makeup palette is perfect for creating versatile eye looks.”

I’ll be honest.  This palette is decent.  I was surprised at the quality.  In the past, drugstore palettes haven’t been the best quality so my expectations weren’t that high.  The web site lists it at $11.99 for 12 shadows which is a good deal.

Here are swatches of what the colors look like on me:

The darker colors are pretty pigmented and have good color payoff.  Some of the shimmery shades could have been more pigmented.  Those colors had more shimmer than actual color.  I also wish there were more matte options.  There is no matte color that I wanted to use in my crease, which I usually use a tan or brown matte shade.

The Mascara – Falsies Push Up Angel

This mascara is very different.  The wand is plastic and has small bristles on one side.  The web site says its supposed to give “long, flared and flirty” lashes.  I was a little disappointed with this product because I’ve always loved Maybelline’s mascaras in the past.  Out of all the drugstore brands I think they do mascara the best.  This one gives a very natural looking lash, nothing over the top, and nothing like what the description says.  It does do a good job of combing your lashes and it doesn’t clump.

It’s not practical is you’re someone who puts mascara on your bottom lashes.  This brush would make that very challenging.  In fact, applying this mascara was a little challenging because the wand is so different, with bristles only on one side.

I could do without it.  I prefer a more dramatic eyelash.  If I’m going to wear mascara I want to see a big difference between my natural lash and the lash with mascara.

The Eyeliner – Lasting Drama Waterproof Gel Pencil

This eyeliner is amazing!  I actually already had this exact eyeliner in a vibrant blue color.  They sent it to me in black.  It’s super smooth and easy to use.  It reminds me of the Marc Jacobs eyeliner I reviewed in this post.

I would definitely recommend this eyeliner.  It performs like a high end product.

My Overall Thoughts

The palette is just ok.  On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the best I’d give it a 5.  Even though the price is good there are other drug store brands that are cheaper with better quality.

I would recommend the mascara to people who like a light application.  I wouldn’t buy it because like I said I like a heavier application.

The eyeliners are a YES YES YES!  They’re smooth and glide on so easily.

Let me know if you guys have tried any of these products and what you think.  Check out my Instagram for pictures of looks I’ve created with these products. Until next time!

 

Brand Spotlight: Soap & Glory

Soapy and Glory is one of my new favorite brands.  It’s been around for a while but has only been available in the US for the past 2 or 3 years.

 

 

A lot of my favorite  Youtubers were always talking about this brand and how great their body products smelled, so when it was available at Ulta I decided to try some body butter first.  Then I tried a face primer, then a makeup remover, then a cleanser.  Annnnd now I’m hooked.  Here are my favorite products from the brand.

One Heck of a Blog Primer

One Heck of a Blot is a face primer that works great for oily and combination oily skin.  It is not silicone based like so many other primers.  It keeps my face matte and absorbs excess oil throughout the day.  It also has Vitamin E, which is great for anti-aging and keeping skin soft.

Vitamin C Facial Wash

This is my new favorite face wash.  I was running out of my other one and wanted to try something new because my skin was getting used to it.  I love Vitamin C and Ulta was having a sale (like they always do) on Soap and Glory so I tried it.  I did read reviews and watched some Youtube videos before I tried it and heard  nothing but good things.  I love the way it foams just enough, not too much, on my sonic brush.  It’s a gel with small beads and leaves my skin feeling clear, refreshed and clean but not squeaky clean.  Your skin shouldn’t feel squeaky clean.

Peaches and Clean Cleansing Milk

 This claims to be a makeup remover/cleanser but I use it strictly as a makeup remover.  It’s very creamy and does a good job of getting off makeup including mascara and liquid lipstick.  This is the first step in my skin care routine and I follow it with the Vitamin C cleanser.  Whenever you wear makeup you especially need a makeup remover before using a cleanser.  Or you can cleanse twice; my preference is to use a makeup remover.

The Righteous Butter

This body butter is so heavenly.  It’s a great moisturizer and smells divine.  They also have a lotion version; I just prefer body butters because they’re thicker.  I used this in the winter.  Sometimes I would include a few drops of vitamin E oil if my skin was dry, but most times it was fine on it’s own.  And it’s not too heavy for the spring weather.

It’s scented with their signature “Pink” fragrance, which is very sexy.  I have no idea how to describe this scent and the brand doesn’t have a description for it.  Just go smell it the next time you’re in Ulta.

Let me know what are some of your favorite brands and products!

Skin Care Tips That Make Your Makeup Application Look Better

Skin care and makeup go hand in hand.  There are some who try to use makeup to cover up their skin care issues but the best way to deal with it is to get rid of skin care issues.  Taking care of your skin consistently can also help your makeup application look and apply better, and also last longer.  Here are a few tips that can help your makeup look it’s best:

 

Use an Eye cream

Using a good eye cream will help to keep your under eye skin hydrated.  When you apply concealer and/or foundation to any part of your face it should be set with powder.  If you set your dry under eye with powder that skin will look substantially different from the rest of your face.  If that skin is hydrated everything will blend, giving a natural finish.

Exfoliate your face

Exfoliating gets the dead skin removed from the top layer of your face.  Doing that on a regular basis helps all products penetrate and apply better, including your moisturizer and foundation.  Your foundation and powder will look more flawless with a natural look.

 

Moisturize/Prime Your Skin

This is a HUGE one for me.  Moisturizing your skin is a must, regardless of what the weather is like or what kind of skin type you have.  Your skin needs moisture.  After applying your moisturizer, wait for it to penetrate your skin before adding any makeup items.  Usually I wait about 5 minutes; I use that time to brush  my teeth, clean my ears, etc.  After the moisturizer penetrates a primer should be applied.  Both the moisturizer and primer help prep your skin for the foundation, allowing it to guide on effortlessly.

Exfoliate your lips

Your lips also need to be exfoliated.  Just like your face your lips are exposed to the elements and probably take more of a beating than your face does.  If your someone who wears lipstick, especially mattifying ones, you need to get rid of that dead skin and moisturize at least every other day so your lipstick and lipstick will always be popping.  I exfoliate my lips at least 1-2 times a week.  If you wear lipstick everyday you may want to bump that up to every other day.  After exfoliation follow with a good lip balm or Aquafor, which is a skin protectant.  You’ll notice the next time you go to apply your lipstick your lips should have little to no texture and last longer.

 

Everything you do or don’t do impacts how your skin looks when it’s bare and when you apply makeup.  Makeup is not a miracle worker; it can cover certain things but having a good skin care regimen will give you healthy skin that eventually won’t need a lot of cover up.

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