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bhcosmetics Haul + Swatches & Review

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Hey lovelies! Per usual, I broke my spending ban – I know, I know, I’m awful. I just want all the things. Anyways! I picked up some new goodies from bhcosmetics. bhcosmetics is leaping bunny certified and they have incredibly affordable makeup! I purchased my Carli Bybel palette from them, a modern mattes palette and a brush set – all of which I have loved. I do suggest them for the price point and quality of their products. Since I’ve loved the other products I purchased from them, I wanted to try out their new vegan single brushes (brushes range from $5.50-$8 each which really isn’t that bad for a nice quality brush (p.s. I got mine on sale, so keep an eye out to catch a good deal!!!)) and I also wanted to pick up some lipliners since I don’t own any and I’ve been getting into wearing more lipstick and find it easier to apply with a liner, I might have gone a little overboard and purchased a lot, but I do have a lot of different lip colors. Then lastly, I picked up their pro beauty sponge! If you want to see more pictures of all of my goodies, then keep on scrollin’ 🙂

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So, I don’t want to say that all of the makeup brushes from bhcosmetics are synthetic/vegan, but I think most of them are. If you’re concerned about that, I definitely suggest picking up these vegan single brushes (really wish they had more to the range + a full set sold together, but I’ll take what I can get!) I like that the brushes came in boxes, rather than just wrapped in plastic. I feel like it seems more sanitary (even though it’s probably not) but I don’t know, I’m a packaging junkie and I just love when things come in boxes. (I’d rather boxes than plastic, ya know?) I picked up four brushes – two for the face, one for the eyes and one for the lips.

bhcveganbrushesHere are the two face brushes! The top one is V1 and the bottom brush is V2. I really like the way that these brushes are designed and the rose-gold/metal colored ferrule on the brush. These brushes are seriously so soft, like I wish you could feel them through my computer. I also like the different colors of the synthetic fibers in the brush – not sure why, I just like the way it looks. Overall, sturdy brushes for the price and when playing with the fibers none of them were loose and I didn’t experience any shedding when using them!

veganfacebrushesI definitely suggest the V1 brush to set your face since it’s so fluffy (I’m gonna die), but they also suggest using it for blush or bronzer to create a very natural, soft-focus look (I agree about using it for blush too – creates a nice natural look!). The V2 is suggested for blending (that’s because it is a blending brush), so you can easily blur harsh lines with this brush, soften your contour or highlight to give a natural finish.veganfacebrushes3

Basically, the face brushes are ah-mazing, and you need to get them. Seriously.

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The next two brushes I got were the V5 and the V8 (haha, shoulda had a v8). The top brush is the V5, which is a blending brush for your eyeballzzzzz (which I love!) The quality is outstanding. Super soft bristles and this brush is honestly comparable to the Luxie 205 Tapered Blending brush, which retails for $12, but this one is half the price, so I’d grab this one instead! The V8 brush is the lip brush – I haven’t used it yet, but I’m sure it will do the job that it’s supposed to do.

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So here is their pro beauty sponge! I picked this up since I thought that I had heard good things about it (but turns out, the person was talking about the Profusion cosmetics sponge.) This sponge is kind of hard and dense, unlike my Real Techniques sponge. It does grow quite a lot when you wet it though, but wetting it doesn’t make it any softer or “bouncier”.

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Here is a comparison of the Real Techniques sponge and the bhcosmetics pro sponge while dry. The RT sponge is a little bit bigger, but also has more surface area since it’s not the typical teardrop shape.wettingsponge

I also noticed that when wetting it, it started to foam (and no, I didn’t add any cleaner to it before wetting it). I don’t know if this should be alarming or if it was normal. You can see the bubbles/foam in between my fingers and throughout me wetting it and squeezing it, a ton came out.

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Here is another comparison of the sponges, the bottom two are wet and the top RT sponge is dry (and a little deformed due to how I stored it). They do grow quite a bit. The RT sponge is definitely more squishy and softer than the bhcosmetics sponge.

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You can see the difference in these pictures, I tried to squeeze them with the same amount of pressure. I did not try the bhcosmetics sponge yet, and I’m kind of afraid too because of how hard it is and I don’t want it to soak up my foundation. (But, please do let me know if you have used it and if you like it!)

 

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Now onto the real reason for my haul! The lipliners. Their vegan lip liners are $6 each which will cost you more than most drugstore brands but, I got mine on sale for $4.50 which is a comparable price to NYX liners. These lipliners are waterproof and they have a variety of colors! They also have great reviews about them too. They say that they are non-feathering, long wearing, waterproof and non-irritating, so I will have to try them out to see if the above is true.

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I got 7 out of the 15 different colors, ranging from light shades to dark ones. I like the feel and look to the lip liners.

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So from left to right, we have:

Peachy – peachy pink

Rosy – rose pink

Stripped – pinkish nude

Spiced – brick red

Earth – nude beige

Rouge – deep eggplant

Petal- warm pink

These are really creamy and smooth and are pretty much smudge proof (they obviously wouldn’t be if you’re making out with someone, but just accidently touching your lips you should be in the clear). They are matte and apply really nicely. It did take a while for me to wipe off with a makeup remover wipe, so I would say that they are waterproof – but again, I will have to try them out on my lips and see how they go! Overall, I do think that they’re worth the money and that their color choices are really nice. They are very pigmented too, so that’s another reason why I would grab these.

That’s all that I got for this haul! I hope you enjoyed reading about what I got and what I thought about the products so far.

 

What’s your favorite item from bhcosmetics? Let me know in the comments 🙂

Thanks for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

 

Disclaimer: All products were purchased with my own money. I am not being paid for this post, nor does it include affiliate links.

 

August 18, 2016
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A Perfume Subscription Service? Try ScentBird *

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Hey lovelies! Hope you’re all doing well and that you’re having a fantastic week. Today’s post is going to be about a subscription service, that you may or may not have already heard about before!

Scentbird is a monthly subscription service that sends you a 30-day supply of a designer fragrance of your choice. You are given a generous amount of fragrance, so you can use up to 4 sprays per day and still have enough to last you an entire month! They consider this “dating” the fragrance before “marrying” it. Sure, you can get perfume samples from a local boutique, but you don’t get nearly enough product as you would from Scentbird. They have of 450+ designer and niche fragrances, so you really can’t run out of options. Scentbird will cost you $14.95 a month and you can cancel at anytime.”

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This is what you’ll get with your subscription (you get the reusable case for free with your first purchase).

 

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For my first fragrance, I picked Rain by Clean. I wanted to try something different and I’m glad I did. This perfume is so refreshing and kind of like, a neutral scent? Not too strong, not too soft, just the right amount of fragrance that will last all day. As far as I know, this is a cruelty free perfume brand (on their website they had listed that they did not test on animals, but have since changed their website and no longer state that. I have contacted them a couple of times and have not received a response about their cruelty free stance, but I have seen other cruelty free bloggers talk about them before, so that’s why I chose this perfume brand, so please take my words with a grain of salt because their company morales could have changed, and I was just going off of what I could find.) I could not find any other cruelty free fragrances that they provide on Scentbird but the Clean and Clean Reserve fragrances should be cruelty free, but again, don’t quote me on that. (*EDIT: Clean has since then got back to me and has confirmed that they do not participate in animal testing of any kind nor do they have others do testing on their behalf. They do not sell in China since China requires animal testing- so yay!)

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The case that holds the perfume is really chic and I love the color of it (white with some shimmer). It would also be awesome for travel since the spray part twists up and down for perfect storage.

Let me know if you’re interested in trying out Scentbird in the comments below! I’d love to hear why or why not.

Thanks for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

 

Disclaimer: This product/service was sent to me for consideration. All opinions are my own. I am not being paid for this post.

August 11, 2016
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Oz Naturals Ocean Minerals Facial Cleanser | Review *

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I’m a cleanser junkie, I’m always trying them out and trying to figure out which ones work best for my skin. I have combination skin, usually oily in my t-zone (sometimes) and dry everywhere else. My skin is also very sensitive so I have to be careful what I use and since I recently went cruelty free, I have to look more into what items I’m purchasing. I was fortunate enough to have this product sent to me through Brandbacker to review for you guys, and I’m so glad I stumbled upon it!

Oz Naturals is a brand that is cruelty free and proudly made in the USA. They also have vegan formulas,  biodegradable products & use recycled products – plus so much more. Companies like these make me really happy and proud to use them since they do so much extra to make sure their products are high quality and are also helping the Earth. It’s a win-win for us all.

Now onto the review…
First off, it’s a cleanser so it’s obviously going to have that normal cleanser smell, but it’s not too overwhelming and the smell didn’t turn me off to the cleanser. There are 92+ ocean minerals that heal and soothe skin, something I need for my dry irritated skin. It gives you a deep clean to unclog your pores and fight toxins on your face to help prevent future breakouts. Since my skin is sensitive, I need something that is going to be gentle on my skin and this product totally is. No burning or irritation after I’ve used it (I think that’s a first for any cleanser that I’ve used before). This cleanser also lathers very well, which makes it easier to apply in my opinion. The lather also makes me think that it’s actually doing a better job of cleaning since it’s all bubbly (am I the only one who thinks that?) Overall, this product has made my skin so SOFT and clear. I had a few small breakouts and it helped to reduce the redness and bumps which I’m so happy about. I totally recommend this product if you’re looking for something that will be gentle on your skin and actually cleanse like it’s supposed to.

If you’re interested in trying the Oz Naturals Ocean Mineral Facial Cleanser, then click here. They also have tons of other products that I can’t wait to get my hands onto, you can check those out here.

Disclaimer: Yes, this product was sent to me to review, but sponsorships/items sent to me do not alter my opinion in anyway. I’m here to help you (my readers) to find new products that you may have never heard about. I am all about giving 100% reviews, whether I’m paid for the review, sent the item or I purchase it myself. Just something to keep in mind for my past/future reviews.

Thank you for reading and let me know if you want to try this cleanser out 🙂

Xoxo,

Rae

January 19, 2016
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