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ABH Stick Foundation Review

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I’ve been on the hunt for a foundation that I truly love and can’t live without…I’m still on the hunt. I want a foundation to be able to cover my blemishes, without looking to heavy and one that doesn’t make me look too dry AND one that I don’t have to mix with a white foundation- is that too much to ask for? Probably. I picked up the ABH Stick Foundation on a whim, especially because of their amazing color selection. I picked mine up in Alabaster and surprisingly, it’s a pretty good match. Most of the colors in this line are towards a yellow undertone (I believe) so it may not be suitable for everyone. I also purchased this before I realized it was for oily skin but decided to try it out anyways. Curious about what I think of it? Keep on reading!

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ABH claims:

A highly pigmented, buildable cream formula that leaves a natural matte finish. Apply Anastasia Beverly Hills Stick Foundation as an all-over foundation, sheered out as a tinted moisturizer, or for highlighting and contouring.

The stick is $25 which is cheaper than most stick foundations, but it comes with a lot less product, so pick your poison.

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I do agree that it is highly pigmented (I apologize for the horrid swatch, but top is the foundation blended and bottom is it just plain). The foundation has a dry texture to it, but it does apply smoothly (not sure how that’s possible, but just trust me!) I usually do three lines on each section of my face, but you can start with a thin layer and build up your coverage. I like to blend mine out with a brush, I’m not sure how it would blend out with a sponge to be honest with you. Some say that it’s tough to blend out, but I didn’t have a problem. I would also like to point out that I do have dry skin, it does cling to dry patches but that doesn’t bother me too much. I wore this with the Too Faced Hangover Primer and it separated horribly on me after a few hours of wear, so I definitely won’t be doing that again.

Pros:

  • Color Selection
  • Price
  • Easy to apply & blend – go to foundation when in rush
  • Convenient for travel
  • Not too drying, but does cling to dry patches (doesn’t make you look textured!!!)

Cons:

  • Not a lot of product
  • Stick broke after 3rd use (I can still use it, but still)
  • Separated with Too Faced Hangover Primer (maybe just in my case)

As you can see, I think the pros outweigh the cons! I do have to admit that this isn’t my favorite foundation, and I probably could live without it, but it is a pretty good foundation for the price and quality of ABH.

Have you tried a stick foundation out? Let me know what kind and how you liked it!

I hope you enjoyed the post.

Thanks for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

November 16, 2016
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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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Bdellium Tools Review + Video *

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Hey lovelies! Today’s post is going to be about some brushes that Bdellium was nice enough to send me to try out and let you ladies know what I think of them!

Bdellium carries professional eco friendly tools that are 100% cruelty free and have hypoallergenic bristles. They have a variety of brushes ranging from special effects, travel size and a studio line + more. I also think that they are affordable for the quality that you get, because they are pretty amazing.

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“Creates the perfect light finish with the versatility of being able to blend face powder and water-based foundation beautifully.”dbelliumtools3

First up is the Green Bambu 955 Brush ($14), which is a finishing brush. It has a really nice bamboo handle and super soft synthetic bristles. The brush isn’t dense, so it’s really great for applying powder to set/finish your face. I used this brush with my bareMinerals to set my foundation, and it did a spectacular job and really created a flawless finish. I also really like the colored bristles (does anyone else think that colored brushes are more fun? No? Just me? Okay…)

dbelliumtools4I think that this brush is really great and is different than my other finishing brushes. I will definitely keep grabbing this one when doing my makeup!

 

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“The Purple Bambu Sultry Eyes 5 piece Brush Set includes a collection of brushes that are the perfect blending and lining tools you need to create beautiful sultry eyes.”

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Next up is the Purple Bambu Sultry Eyes 5pc Brush Set ($30). This set has everything you need to create a complete eye look. The brushes that are included are:

  • #783PU Small Tapered Blending
  • #777PU Shadow
  • #762PU Small Angle
  • #716PU Smoky Eyeliner
  • #708PU Bent Eyeliner

So you’re really getting a variety of brushes that all do different things (I hate sets that have brushes that do similar things). These brushes are amazing quality, they didn’t shed and aren’t scratchy. They’re perfect for the eyes and I was able to create an edgy look with this set! I’m super stoked to try out the bent eyeliner brush with a gel liner (that I will purchase in the future) because I think it will make applying it a breeze.

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I honestly prefer the small tapered blending brush from this set more than I like my Luxie tapered blending brush, which is saying a lot because it was my absolute favorite. This brush is more dense and gives you a high color pay out while still being able to blend your shadows seamlessly. The smoky eyeliner brush is perfect to smoke out the bottom lashline or create a really smoky liner on the top of the lashes.

dbelliumtools8Overall, I really really really liked this set and think that you should try it out, if you take into consideration that there’s 5 brushes (so $30/5) you’re really only paying $6 per brush which I think is an absolute steal. I know that some companies may have cheaper brushes, but I highly doubt that they could live up to the quality of these brushes.

Check out my most recent video of me using the brushes to create a grunge inspired look!

 

What do you think of the brushes from bdellium tools? Let me know!

Thanks so much for reading, as always <3

Xoxo, Rae

 

Disclaimer: These products were sent to me for free in return for a review. All opinions are 100% my own and are honest. I am not being paid for this post.

July 20, 2016
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