FOTD Friday: Neutrals, browns and a pop of color

After cranking out blues and greens for the past few weeks, I wanted to take a look at the neutrals in the BH Cosmetics’ 120 eyeshadow palette. I wanted to do something simple and work appropriate. But y’all know me…I had to crank it up a bit with some colorful liners.

One thing that I wish the BH Cosmetics’ palette had was more golds and browns. They lack a bit in that area but I worked with what I had. I prepped my lids with Too Faced Shadow Insurance and L’Oreal HIP cream paint in Witty.

I grabbed a shimmery yellow gold and placed in the inner-V.

But the fall out was less to be desired. It ended up on my cheeks and all over the palette.

No bueno.

Next I grabbed a matte brown…

And theeeeen…

Liner time!

And last but not least…

Not bad…

I didn’t put anything on my face because uh, well…my skin has been acting SO crazy these days. Between trying these new products that my dermatologist has recommended, combating the acne, healing from former breakouts, preventing new ones and running in the sun resulting in sunburned skin, mi cara has been through Hades this summer.

It is ridiculously greasy and don’t let the flash fool you…it’s a terror. But like always, I will keep you guys tuned in with what’s working and not.

And as for brown nails…

I’m still diggin’ them. I’ve got Nubar’s Milk Chocolate on the pointer and ring and Sephora by OPI’s Studs & Stilettos on the middle and pinky.

I am SO glad that the weekend is here. I am going to be volunteering at a Natural Beauty lab and attending my friend’s housewarming party. And I may treat myself to a cookie or two if I can manage to run a good 5 miles or so. Wish me luck!

Love y’all! Have a fabulous weekend!
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FOTD Friday: Green like palm trees

If I HAD to choose a favorite color (which I won’t because that’s lame. How can you choose just ONE favorite color?), green would be at the top of my list. When I think of green, I think of money grass, and ever since that moment where I just went free and laid on the grass in the courtyard of my college, I’ve had an affinity for grass. And palm trees.

Palm trees are just so cool to me. So green is on my team. I like green.

But I REALLY love green on the lids. It’s a rarity. I hardly see brown girls wearing green eye shadow. And whenever I do it, people are staring at me like I’m an alien. And I’m thinkin’…”Did I not blend correctly? Is my phone in my bra…again?” But nope, they walk up to me and tell me that they like my green lids. Hollers! I guess your ole’ make-up newb is doing something right.

I decided to dabble around in my BH Cosmetics 120 eye shadow palette greens. They don’t have many. Tragic. But I tried to work with what I had and came up with this…


The greens in the palette were a bit of struggle to work with. They don’t have many! I don’t know what’s up with the green hatin’ but the ones that were in the palette were mattes. I don’t mind matte shadows but I realllly had to work with these.

I was suppose it was worth it.

My lips are NARS’ Afghan Red and MAC’s Superglass in Totally Bang in. Those two work beautifully together.

Uh yeah…sometimes I get a wee bit carried away with the FOTD photo shoots. LOL!

Excuse me while I drift away dreaming of palm trees.

Hey! Don’t judge me. We all have strange obsessions; one of mine would be loving palm trees.

I also did a look with some of the blues from the BH Cosmetics 120 eye shadow palette here.

Got any plans this weekend? I’ll be volunteering for the Oh, Woman! A Health Woman Conference here in Orlando and hangin’ out with the BFF and godbaby. I live for weekends.

Hope you have a wonderful one!
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FOTD Friday: BH Blues

As promised, I am going to start cranking out looks from my BH Cosmetics 120 palette. I want to try and dabble in each of the color families. First up…zee blues. I found them wonderful to work with! Both the mattes and the shimmers were pigmented, not too chalky and did fabulous on the blending tip.

I used 3 blues for this look. These two…

And then this gorgeous navy blue for my outer-V and crease.

To make the colors really REALLY pop, I used NYX’s Milk as a base. And since I’ve got that 3 mile space from my lid to my brow, I had to apply a matte brown shadow right after the crease.

I blended like mad and topped it off with a thick application of a gel liner and mascara.

Not bad, uh? Guess who turned 6 months today?

My godbaby Sophie! Babies shouldn’t be allowed to grow up this quickly. I remember when she was an itty bitty baby. *tears* 

Sooo, what are you guys doin’ this weekend? For the first time in a long time, I don’t have anything planned. I think I’m going to pretend that I’m a tourist and spend the weekend snapping shots of the Orlando area. Namely the Eatonville and Winter Park area. I’ll post pics on my travel blog, of course.

By the way, I’m totally ignoring the fact that it’s Friday the 13th. If I think about it too hard, I’ll get creeped out. Bwahahaaa!
 

Love y’all! Have a great weekend!

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Beauty Review: BH Cosmetics 120 eyeshadow palette, 3rd edition

Prepare to be mesmerized. I can’t remember the last time I’ve seen so many tiny eye shadows in one sitting. BH Cosmetics have recently debuted the 3rd edition of their 120 color palette.

No need to adjust your computer’s settings. I waited for a super sunshine-y day here in Central Florida to photograph these shadows so that I could display their true awesomeness.
 While I haven’t tried the 1st and 2nd editions, I think the main difference are the color options. The 3rd edition has bright AND neutral/night time color options whereas the 1st and 2nd editions seem to fall moreso on the brights side.

What BH Cosmetics says about the palette:

• One 
palette 
contains 
2 
layers,
 which 
are 
portable 
and 
convenient 
to 
use

• Long
lasting, 
easy 
to 
mix
 and 
match
 for 
hundreds
 of
 different 
make‐up 
styles

• Super‐fine
 powder
 produces 
even, 
long‐lasting 
makeup.

• Feels 
light 
and 
soft

• Easily
 create 
clear
 and
 brilliant 
eye
makeup 
finish

• Includes 
matte 
and
 shimmer 
colors

• BH
 Cosmetics 
case
 size 
is 
9″
x
6″


Allergic to talc or mica? This is not the eye shadow palette for you as these shadows contain both.

Bottom line? I’m impressed! This palette is truly the best of both worlds. Every color you could ever need would be here. The mattes are rich and pigmented and the shimmers are adhere beautifully to skin without looking washed out.

The palette contains two plates that sit on top of each other. To reveal the one at the bottom, simply locate that little purple ribbon…

And gently lift…

You won’t damage your shadows with this simple action, but over time, I can see an accident happening. I think I would much prefer a flipping action…you know, kinda like a book. That way both palettes are in place and can be moved with ease. By removing one palette, my clumsy self is liable to accidentally knock it over. Which has happened one too many times in my beauty life.

*moment of silence for products that fell from the bathroom counter and died*

Other than that, I find myself dipping into this palette more than any other palette in my stash. The neutrals are perfect for work and the brights allow me to channel my inner rockstar on the weekends. Yeahhh baby! The shadows fit snuggly in their spots, so if you’re a depotter, I don’t think you’ll have much luck with depotting these kids.

Pics of the palette in natural lighting.

Indoor, no flash…

Some random swatches from the brights…

Not bad for a single swatch and no base, uh? A few of the mattes are frosty, but nothing that a good solid creamy base can’t take care of. I love that for every other matte shadow, there seems to be a similar color in shimmer. Such is the case with the two reds that are in the palette. One is a matte and the other is a shimmer. Genius!

From the neutral/night time palette…

I know, I know…neutrals and night time shadows are on opposite ends but this palette seems to cover all such colors. It goes from the matte browns that I love applying in my outer-V for work to the rich and highly pigmented chrome-esque shadows perfect for smoky eyes. Very well thought out, BH Cosmetics!

But you know what I would have liked to see? A mirror. All of their other palettes seem to have one. I tend to take palettes with me when I travel and when you’re fighting for a mirror with 3 of your sisters, a mirror attached to a palette is a necessity.

The palette retails for $34.95 and you can snag it from the BH Cosmetics website here. As far as getting bang for your buck, I think you’ll get it with this palette. I know that over $30 may be a little steep for some, but considering that you’re getting 120 shadows….it really isn’t a bad deal. Especially if you’re a newbie to the make-up world or just itching to find some inspiration.

Of course I’ll be cranking out several looks with this palette. I’m also going to do a video review so brace yourself for that. Y’all know how I am when I do videos. HA!

So what do you think?

Your fellow nail polish junkie,

Check out the blues look I did using my BH Cosmetics palette.

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