March Favorites (aka BH Cosmetics Haul)

April 6, 2018lifewithcattitude

Well, we have made it into April! My birthday month is over, but I still have exciting things coming my way! With that said, I have my favorites post all ready to go! This one was tough in the sense of deciding whether or not to make it very long and convoluted with ALL of my favorites, or just dedicate this post to all of the BH Cosmetics makeup I’ve purchased over the course of the last month; I decided to go with the latter!

In the last month, I have purchased over $100 worth of products from this company. Mostly because the price runs low, so you get a lot of bang for your buck. But, don’t let that fool you into thinking these are cheap products because a lot of these products are literal (or as close as you can get) dupes for other high-end brands like the Anastasia Beverly Hills products or Jeffree Star highlighters, etc. (Let me say something real quick: me suggesting dupes for these high-end products is in no way me trying to bash or disrespect those brands or their creators. I have nothing but mad respect for the work they put into their brands and the quality of the products. I just also believe that there are plenty of people out there, myself included, who happen to enjoy buying on a budget and consider these a treat or a splurge) After using all of these products, I wholeheartedly would buy them again.

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Without further ado, let’s get started! I’ll start with my favorite and work my way down. I don’t have any bad ratings for these products, but I definitely have an order of how much I love them! Most of these pictures come from the website, but I also provided pictures of me wearing the products to give you an idea of what it all looks like!

The Naturally Flawless Foundation in 201 Ivory

Anyone who knows me or has been following my makeup journey knows that I have pretty much struggled from the beginning to find a foundation that a) had the perfect non-drying or caking formula and b) was the right shade or c) bonus points for both. I’ve never found one that was the right shade without it being too gunky or really emphasizing the dry patches on my face, or was a decent enough formula but maybe two shades too dark. I was just about to give up on foundation, and then I found this little bottle on a Beautuber’s haul video. She mentioned that it was perfect for fair skin and that it was a fair dupe to the drugstore or even high-end brands. I found this bottle on sale for $8.99, so I just HAD to try it. It’s absolutely perfect. The finish is flawless, especially with setting spray, and it’s literally the perfect shade for my skin. I will say, it’s a little thick to apply with a sponge, so I will stick to my flat top foundation brush.

The Studio Pro Brow Pencil and Pomade in Auburn

Wow. Wow wow wow. I don’t even know where to start with these guys. I have been struggling so hard lately to figure out the best product for my brows. They’re not the thickest, but they certainly grow in different directions, especially on the outer tail. Powder does absolutely nothing, even with the included wax, and pencils somehow exaggerate the sparse areas, as seen in pictures.

 

 

Something had to give. I saw in the same haul video that these were DAMN near perfect dupes for the ABH Brow Wiz Pencil and the Dip Brow Pomade. Because my hair is red right now, I decided to opt for the “Auburn” color instead of my natural “Blonde.” I’m still figuring out the go-to technique for those perfect Instagram-beauty-guru-eyebrows, but I’d say these products are definitely helping me get there. The pomade is perfect for keeping the outer tail in place, while the pencil lines and fills in the inner area.

 

I have only one piece of constructive criticism, and it’s that they need a few more shades in the line. But other than that, these products are perfect for those who aren’t ready to splurge on ABH products.

Blacklight Highlight Palette

 If you’ve ever been curious about purchasing a powder highlight palette, I wholeheartedly recommend this palette. They have another one called the Spotlight, but that one is definitely for darker toned people. These powders are so pigmented that light just bounces right off. People notice my highlight right away, and when I tell them I got the palette for $12 (that day’s particular sale) their jaws drop to the floor. With bigger brands dropping palettes closer to $40 and $50, this palette is definitely a steal.

Liquid Lipsticks in “Serena” and “Samantha”

I’ve been trying more and more to get out of my comfort zone by wearing lipstick because I’m super self-conscious about my teeth, ever since I used to smoke and I religiously drink dark coffee and soda. Something inside me told me to just go for it, and I’m so glad I did. I bought “Serena” first, and then “Samantha.”

Me wearing “Samantha”

I’m not going to lie, “Serena” is just a touch more peach-y than I thought, but it’s perfect for those looks when I need a nice nude lip, because I’ve always subscribed to the theory that if you have dramatic eyes you don’t need a dramatic lip, but it seems like that trend has shifted. The formula is on par, but I really need to figure out how to properly prepare my lips so they’re not dry and flaky throughout the day. Any tips in that area would be most appreciated!

Cream Contour Palette

I purchased this palette because honestly, I just got tired of powder bronzer and highlight looking muddy and texturized on my skin. I gotta say I’m pleased with this product. I may just be using a god awful cheap brush, but I noticed it was a little patchy. Again, could just be user error. There is a good range of colors so whenever I go freelance with this, I’ll have a nice collection to test on clients.

Studio Pro Total Coverage Concealer in White

Anyone with pasty fair skin understands this struggle: even the lightest concealer literally matches your skin tone so there is no “brightening the undereye area to make you look more awake” or anything like that, it’s literally just another layer of thinner foundation. This concealer solves everything! I put a drop of it in my normal concealer and it instantly makes it two shades lighter, perfect for helping you achieve that “fresh and awake” look. Here’s a pro-tip though: do NOT use this alone. It is very thick and very pigmented and it will make you look like a sheet of paper.

Modern Neutrals 28 Color Matte Eyeshadow Palette

I have been wanting a nice cool plum and burgundy palette for a few months now, and I’ve been meaning to buy the Morphe 35P palette, but I just haven’t been able to pull the trigger just yet. I found this palette to work my way into the plums and burgundies. The colors are very buttery and pigmented, and they blend really well! I’m very happy with this purchase.

Studio Pro Lashes

I’m going to be totally, completely, 100% honest here. I’ve been converted. I used to judge all those girl on Instagram who constantly wear lashes. “Omg, you’re so high-maintenance, why do you have to wear lashes every day? That seems so unnecessary.” Then, I decided to try them. And let’s just say after an hour of failing and getting glue everywhere and the band coming off I ripped them out and threw them, the pack, and the glue in the trash and swore them off. This past February, I gave another pair of Ardell lashes another try, and I felt way better about them. So by the time I came across BH Cosmetics’s lashes, I had already known that I liked lashes and was willing to give them another try. These lashes, while they may not be as expensive as the Velour lashes or those other big brand lashes, these are certainly just as good quality. They are so comfortable, and wearing lashes has become my low maintenance equivalent to wearing stilettos. I get compliments on them every time, and now I feel naked without them.

If you take care of them by soaking them in water with a little baby shampoo and brushing out the mascara and peeling off the glue, you can get four, MAYBE five wears out of them, so you definitely get your money’s worth!

Overall, I feel like every product I got was worth it. This was over $100 very well spent. If you are looking for dupes of expensive brands, I highly suggest giving this company a try. The variety is pretty good, the collaboration products are cute, the quality is on par, and they have amazing customer service! They also literally ALWAYS have a sale going on so you never know how much money you can save depending on what day you go shop! Be careful though, the products are so good that they do run out of stock sometimes, but they’re quick to restock! I hope you’ll read this and consider patronizing them because they definitely deserve it!

I hope everyone has a great week!

 

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