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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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tarte’s Skin Squad Deluxe Discovery Set from Sephora

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skinsquad skinsquad2Raeanne, back at it again with another tarte post. I literally love tarte and I have another post to do about their Swamp Queen palette too…someone please take my debit card away from me!

Anyways, I love deluxe samples and discovery sets/value sets. You get to try out different types of products, without spending a fortune AND you get enough to see if the product is something you’d actually like before splurging and buying the full size. I decided to pick up the skin squad discovery set from Sephora so I could try out a few more items from tarte’s Rainforest of the Sea collection and a few other items.

This set is $22, but it says that its a $68 value, so that’s pretty neato I guess. You also get 6 products, which you can get a decent amount of use from them. I was most excited to try the H2O hydrating boost, but I think I’m now excited to try them all.

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Here’s a little bit of a closer look (I’m sorry for the horrid lighting, that’s what I get for taking pictures at 9pm.) So, you get a mascara, a tinted primer, a small blush, 0.24 ounces of the marine boosting mist, 0.25 ounces of the deep dive cleansing gel, and 0.33 ounces of the H2O hydrating boost.

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So here’s the BB tinted treatment primer that has SPF 30 in it. I did get the set in the “light” shade but this primer is definitely too dark for me so I passed it along to my sister. I think it’s a great size for traveling, and you wouldn’t really need foundation since it has a tint to it. Plus the SPF in it is also a huge plus.

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Here is the Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in the shade Oasis. It’s a beautiful pinky-nude and I think I would actually wear this color as a blush. It’s pigmented and can be built up if you want a bold cheek, or if you want a sheer cheek, you can accomplish that too. I think this color would be a good fit for many skin tones!

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This is the Marine Boosting Mist. My sister has the full size, so I have used it before I got this. I absolutely love this stuff. It smells so GOOD. It has a citrus scent to it and it feels so refreshing on the face. It wakes you up and definitely revitalizes your skin and makeup. (Perfect size for travel too!)

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This is the Deep Dive Cleansing Gel. I haven’t used this yet, but I am looking forward to using it in the future. It’s a hypoallergenic daily cleanser that removes makeup and impurities. It’s also fragrance free!

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The H2O hydrating boost is amazing. It smells so great and refreshing and feels absolutely amazing on the skin. It soaks into the skin quickly and leaves your face feeling so smooth and moisturized. I will definitely be purchasing the full size. (I recommend that you do too! It’s awesome.)

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And lastly, Lights, Camera Lashes! I haven’t tried a mascara from tarte before and this one looks quite cool. I love the textured packaging and the purple color is so cute. I love the way that the wand looks and I have a feeling it might be my second favorite mascara (after Better Than Sex) but I will obviously keep you updated!

What’s your favorite product from tarte? 🙂 Mine is definitely the Swamp Queen palette so far <3

Thanks so much for reading & I hope you enjoyed!

Xoxo, Rae

 

Disclaimer: All products were purchased with my own money. All opinions are my own.

June 13, 2016
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Too Faced Haul from Ulta (Primer, Mascara & Melted Lipstick!)

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Too Faced is such an amazing brand, even though they are on the pricey side, I just can’t help myself. I picked up a couple items from Ulta and received a Melted lipstick for free with my purchase (so definitely check out all of the deals before finalizing your order!)

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I don’t really wear primers, just because the ones that I have used just don’t sit well on my skin and leave me feeling greasy but I heard good things about this primer, so I wanted to try it out (I haven’t yet, but I’ll elaborate on why I wanted to get it). It’s a “replenishing” primer, so it hydrates, smoothes and brightens skin for a dewy, healthy looking finish. My skin type has changed slightly, I’m not as dry as I used to be (I had bad dry patches) but I do still feel like my skin is dry and needs some extra hydration, so I’m hoping that this primer does the trick without feeling icky on my skin. Too Faced says that you can wear this on its own for a dewy, healthy finish, which I think is super cool because foundation can be too much sometimes.

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So here’s the free gift that I received, since I spent over $25 on Too Faced at Ulta. I believe this is a deluxe sample size and I got the shade Chihuahua (which I think is the only one they were offering). I do have another one of these melted lipsticks, in a bright pink so I think this color would better suit me since it’s more of a nude. Check out the swatches below! The color is so beautiful, I almost felt guilty using so much for a swatch.

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And lastly, the show stopper. I love the Better Than Sex mascara, so I just had to get the waterproof version (I’ve heard that waterproof mascara holds a curl better – is that true? Who knows.) I love love LOVE the packaging. Too Faced has such amazing packaging, I honestly can’t get over it. That’s one of the reasons why I love their brand, they care about how their products look and how they’re presented. The original Better Than Sex is in a pink aluminum-like tube without any texture. This one is in a gorgeous blue color with a super cool raised water drop texture on it, it’s drool worthy! The mascara tube is a little bit “heavy” but that just makes me feel like it’s made out of high quality materials (am I just sounding like a goof? Probably.)

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I have used it a couple times, and I do really like it. The original Better Than Sex that I was using was an old deluxe sample and I noticed that it did tend to flake and didn’t have too much volume or color payoff, so I’m super glad that this one works better than the one I was using. I highly recommend it if you’re looking for a new lengthening & volumizing mascara – it’s flipping fantastic.

 

Hope you enjoyed my little haul 🙂 I’ve been spending way too much money on makeup lately and I do have a Colourpop shipment coming in soon, so I guess stay tuned for a Colourpop haul in the future weeks.

What’s your favorite Too Faced Product? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

 

Xoxo, Rae

 

Disclaimer: All products were purchased with my own money and all opinions are my own.

June 13, 2016
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