BH Cosmetics Forever Glam Palette Review and Swatches

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Hello all of my lovely ladies! I hope you are all doing well. I am back with another review of the Forever Glam palette from BH Cosmetics. 


Getting right into it, this palette has the same size, layout, and packaging as the Forever Nude palette that I reviewed recently. (Go HERE if you want to see that review!) It has a plastic case with a snap closure and a large mirror in the lid. It feels very sturdy and is a great size for traveling (smaller than an ipad mini). I appreciate that there's no excessive packaging with this palette. 


Included in the Forever Glam palette are 2 blushes, 2 lip colors, a highlighter, and 6 shimmer eyeshadows.

Blushes!
The blush duo consists of a light peachy shade with silver glitter and a matte bright pink. I really love the bright pink shade. It is pigmented and blendable and would be suited for most skin tones. The peachy shade has so much going for it, but that chunky glitter just kills. First of all, the glitter gets in the lip colors when you use it. That happened immediately after my brush touched the product the first time I used it. Secondly, glitter is just not attractive on your face unless you are in some sort of costume. I realize that glitter does have its place and can be appropriate, but it is incredibly unforgiving on skin. Making this shade a shimmer or another matte would have been a better choice. The bright pink is so nice that it sort or makes up for the glitter bomb.

Highlighter!
As was the case with the Forever Nude palette, I'm a bit confused with the highlighter, but I'm not as confused this time. It's a light shimmery lavender shade, so I have been using it as a highlighter for under my brows. This may work as a cheek highlighter, but I haven't tried that. I'm not sure if I would like it as a cheek highlight for these blush colors. It may work with a purple-y pink or plum blush, though.

Lippies! OMG Love!
For me, the lip colors were the surprise standouts of the Forever Glam palette. I mean, look at that! There's a vibrant pink with a creme finish and a watermelon red with a creme finish. I love these! Both of the colors are very on trend right now and would look great on so many skin tones. They feel very creamy and last. Usually when I see lip colors in a palette like this (as opposed to an actually lipstick), I expect the colors to be really sheer. That is not the case with these, or with the Forever Nude palette either for that matter! They are very creamy and apply easily with a lip brush.

Top colors:  shimmery peach - shimmery gold
Middle colors: Shimmery taupe - shimmery bronze
Bottom colors: Shimmery purple, dark shimmery blue with blue glitter

Overall, I really like the eyeshadows. All of them are pigmented and blend easily. I really like how you can use each of the rows as a duo! They work really well together. When you do that you get a natural look, a bronze/brown/taupe/neutral look, and a dramatic colorful look. The only eyeshadow I'm not crazy about is the blue color. The glitter causes a lot of fallout. The shimmery shades are so well done that they could have kept this color and just made it shimmery. That would have been a better choice than the added glitter. To me the best option would have been to have a matte black (or dark brown or dark gray), so you can create a more dramatic or smokey eye. I do like the versatility of the eyeshadows. You've got very neutral shades with the option to add a pop of color.

Here are some of the looks I have created using this palette.




Look 1: Eyes- Gold on inner lid and inner corner highlight, Bronze on outer lid, Taupe in the crease, Highlight shade under the brows, Blue used as a liner (Too Faced Better Than False Lashes for mascara)

Cheeks- Bright pink blush on the back of the cheekbones, Peach blush on the apples

Lips- Pink lipstick shade




Look 2: Eyes- Gold on inner corners, Peach on lid, Bronze on outer corner, Taupe in crease, Highlight color under the brows, Blue as liner on top lash line, Purple as liner on bottom lash line (Too Faced Better Than False Lashes for mascara-Go HERE for my full review!)

Cheeks-Peach Blush

Lips-Red lip color



Look 3: Eyes-Purple on lid, Bronze in crease, Highlight color under brows, Blue as liner (Too Faced Better Than False Lashes for mascara)

Cheeks- Bright pink blush

Lips- Pink lip color

I had such a great time playing around with the palette and coming up with looks! This palette is a really great option for a varitey of skin tones. Do you have this palette? What do you think? I love hearing from you!

-xoxo Lauren

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Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Lash Extension System Review

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I am back from a bit of a blogging break for another review! I had so much work during the week of Easter that it left little time for blogging, but I used that time to test out some products! Don't worry! I will continue on with my review of my BH Cosmetics goodness, but I wanted to go ahead and review The Too Faced Better Than False Lashes because this was requested from a friend.


The Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Lash Extension System first came to my attention during the Ulta 21 Days of Beauty sale, so I looked at the reviews on the Ulta website. People seemed to love it or hate it with little in between, so I decided to pass on it. Luckily, I had a coupon when this review was requested.

This product claims to give you the look of false lashes in just 3 steps.
1. Prime your lashes by applying a coat of the Activating Mascara Base & Top Coat.
2. Build your lashes by brushing on 1-2 coats of the Nylon Lash Fibers.
3. Seal and finish the look by adding another coat of the Activating Mascara Base & Top Coat.
I have found that this system works best for me if I add another step to this process and add another coat of a different mascara. I have been using the Lancome Definicils because that's what I have open right now, but you could use any mascara you want. I get the best results from using a lengthening and defining mascara over a volumizing one. I have a sample of the Chanel Inimitable Intense mascara and used it for my extra step once, but I didn't like it. Why I do this extra step will be explained below.

Activating Mascara Base & Top Coat Brush

Nylon Lash Fibers
The fibers look like fuzz!

With one coat of the Activating Mascara Base & Top Coat, my lashes were lengthened and well defined. If you blink this mascara will transfer to your bottom lashes, but that doesn't really bother me. What does bother me is that this mascara is extremely sticky, which is great for getting the fibers to stay on your lashes, but don't touch your lashes. Your lashes will go from defined to clumpy very quickly! Next, try to brush the Nylon Lash Fibers onto your lashes evenly. From this point on, you have to work carefully and take your time, or you will end up with a mess! You don't want the fibers to clump on one section of your lashes, so you have to really take your time to get an even coating. Then, I go back and apply the Activating Mascara Base & Top Coat to seal in the fibers and make my lashes black again. You could stop here, but this mascara is so sticky! It makes my top lashes stick to my bottom lashes at the outer corners if I don't add another mascara over it to prevent that from happening! Also, if anything touches your lashes at all, they will stick together and clump! I think this is the reason that so many people really don't like this product. It just needs an additional top coat in order to work.

The fibers are safe for contact lense wearers. I wear contacts, and I haven't had any issues with the fibers getting in my eyes or causing any irritation. Just take your time with it.

The staying power with this system is great. I haven't had any issues with fibers flaking off or anything. I really like the results I get from this system, and adding an additional step has made a huge difference in how this works for me. 

As with the application, the removal takes a little more time. According to the box, all you have to do is use warm water and rub on the tips of the lashes. For me, removing the mascara and fibers is more of a process. I start by using water to get the removal process started. Then, I gently work in my eye makeup remover to my lashes and wipe it all away with a makeup remover wipe. It's really easy to want to tug at your lashes, but resist as much as you can.

My lashes before!



One Coat of the Activating Mascara Base & Top Coat

The final product. Used exactly as stated in the directions without an extra mascara.

I have been wearing this system a lot recently, so there lots of pictures of me wearing this. It was the source of clumping in my BH Cosmetics Rose Blush Duo review. (Click HERE if you want to see!) Overall, I really like this product, and it's great once you get the hang of it.

Because I don't think you can get the full effect of this mascara just from the pictures above, here's a preview of my Forever Glam Palette Review. I am wearing this mascara system with my added step!




Pros: Adds length and volume to your lashes and really does give you the false lash look!

Cons: Sticky mascara that can be tricky! It takes longer to apply and to remove.

What do you think? Have you tried it? I love to hear your thoughts!

-xoxo Lauren

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BH Cosmetics Forever Nude Palette Review and Swatches

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I am back as promised with another review from my BH Cosmetics goodies! The Forever Nude palette was included in my sweet gift. With all of the nude and naked palettes out there,I was really excited to give this palette a try. Can you believe that I don't own any of the Urban Decay Naked palettes? For some reason, I haven't wanted to take the plunge just yet!



The packaging strikes the perfect balance of being cute while still practical. The outside of the palette is plastic with a secure snap closure. It has a mirror the size of the lid on the inside. For size, it's just a bit smaller than an ipad mini, so it is a great size to take with you on the go.


Included in the Forever Nude palette are two blushes, two lip colors, six eyeshadows (four shimmer and two matte shades), and a highlighter.  This palette has everything you need for a complete look.

Blushes!
The two blushes are very pigmented even though they are softer colors. There's a  brighter baby pink and a rosy mauve pink.  For the look I did below, I'm wearing the the darker shade on the backs of my cheeks and the baby pink on the apples.

Lip colors!

Both of the lip colors included are very easy to wear. There's a pink shimmer and a nude pink creme. I am pleasantly surprised by how pigmented and easy to apply these lip colors are. I typically prefer a lipstick in stick form or one with some kind of applicator, but this applied easily with a lip brush. I didn't have any "dust" from the blushes or eyeshadows get in the lip colors, but I have been careful. I used the Real Techniques lip brush to apply the shimmery pink on the look I did below. 

Highlighter!

I am a bit confused by the highlighter. First of all, it is not very pigmented, as you can clearly see. It's a matte shade that is very close to my skin tone. What has me really confused is the fact that I'm not quite sure if this is meant to be a highlighter for your face or your eyes. I guess it could be either. Some brands do have matte highlighters for your face. I used it under my brows for as a highlight shade, but it isn't very pigmented. I do like using it to blend out other shadows, though.

top 2 eyeshadows
I will say that I really like the eyeshadows. All of the colors are very pigmented and easy to blend. Fallout was not a problem at all. I used the shimmery lilac shade on my lid and the shimmery copper in the outer corner.

middle 2 eyeshadows
The middle two eyeshadows are a matte mid-tone mauve pink and a shimmery cream. In the look at the end of this post, I used the pink in my crease and the cream as an inner corner highlight. The matte pink was a little chalky when swatched, but I had no problems with applying or blending this shade.

bottom 2 eyeshadows
I used both of these eyeshadows as liners. I used the shimmery bronze along my lower lashes and the matte dark brown along my upper lashes. These colors worked very well used as eyeliners.




In this look, you may not be able to distinctly see each color. I kept adding and blending colors until I was satisfied with it. Overall, I am really pleased with this palette and will get a ton of use out of it. These colors are very wearable without being boring and are perfect for spring and summer.

Have you tried anything from BH Cosmetics? What are your thoughts on their products?


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BH Cosmetics Rose Blush Duo Review and Swatches

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I am so very lucky to have such wonderful and supportive people in my life. A few weeks ago, a very sweet friend sent me some items from BH Cosmetics. I have been aware of the site, but I have never purchased anything myself. I do have some old palettes from Coastal Scents that I use for stage makeup every now and then. I am very grateful to now have a chance to try out some things by this brand. Look for lots of reviews of these items soon! The one I will review today is the Rose Blush Duo.






The packaging of this blush is super cute! It's cardboard compact with a magnetic closure. The magnet feels strong enough that I'm not concerned about it opening too easily. I would be a little careful with it if I were travelling with it, though. There's a nice mirror inside. I really like how slim and easy to store this is.




This palette has a very pigmented rosy red and a light flesh toned peach color. Both shades have shimmer, but they don't look overly frosted when applied. The red is definitely the star of this duo. It is pigmented and blends out really well. The lighter shade works nicely as a highlighter. In the picture below, I am wearing the red shade as a blush and using the lighter shade as a highlight. The two pair nicely together. 

We will discuss the clumping lashes in another review.
I don't have an excuse for my crazy eyebrow, though.

I was curious to see how the two colors would look blended together, so I started swatching again! Below is a swatch of the red by itself on the bottom and the two colors blended together above it. The light color does tone it down a little. It tops it off nicely.



The wear time on this duo is great! It lasts all day, so I don't have to worry about it fading. The BH Cosmetics Rose Blush Duo is a quality blush at a very affordable price.

Have you tried any of the BH Cosmetics Blush Duos? 

-xoxo Lauren

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Chanel Spring Lip Combo -- La Diva with Sonic Pink liner

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Pink lips are always such a trend for spring, especially now that radiant orchid was deemed Color of the Year by Pantone. I always like seeing the collections that Chanel launches. I don't always make a purchase, but they are small, well thought out, and a good gauge of what other brands are doing. There's something about Chanel that makes drugstore brands follow suit with their color choices.

I will admit that I'm not completely a Chanel makeup gal. I really love the color choices for lips and nails, so I prefer to just stay in that territory when deciding what to buy. For the rest of their products, I have a cream eyeshadow, a single eyeshadow, and an eyeshadow quad.

From the choices in the spring collection, I picked the Rouge Allure Velvet lipstick in La Diva and decided to pair it with the Sonic Pink lipliner (in the permanent collection). Both of these are bright,"happy" pinks. The liner pairs so nicely with the lipstick, and I really cannot notice that I have on both because they are a dead match.

La Diva

Sonic Pink

The pencil applies smoothly and is nice and creamy. Even though La Diva is a Rouge Allure Velvet (matte finish), it applies easily and isn't patchy. I do recommend exfoliating your lips before you use this. Matte lipsticks tend to show everything, so exfoliating will take care of that. This lipstick is very long wearing and lasts for most of the day before I need to touch up. La Diva applies comfortably, but it starts to feel drying as it wears. If you are prone to dry lips, then I definitely recommend using a lip balm first. 

Perfect match!



Do you have a favorite lip combo for spring? Leave a comment letting me know. I love hearing from all of you!

-xoxo Lauren
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March Beauty Favorites

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The month of March has come and gone, making it favorites time! There's even one non-beauty favorite I decided to throw in here because I liked it so much! Most of these products were featured in previous blog posts, so I won't go into too much detail. That isn't intentional, but that's just how it worked out. I'm using and posting about products I really like, and then they make it to my favorites!

All of the pretties!


The Dior Diorshow Fusion Mono Long-Wear Professional Mirror-Shine Eyeshadow in Millenium is such a beautiful color to transition from winter to spring. It feels nice and light, and looks beautiful on its own or as a base for powder eyeshadows. You can read my full review with swatches HERE.


The Lorac Unzipped palette is so stunning all year round, but I have really been reaching for the gold and rosy shades in this palette. I'm not sure why I haven't done a post just on this palette because I really enjoy it. I have worn many of these shades over the Dior cream eyeshadow.


Wearing Nyx Butter Gloss in Maple Blondie with Dior Grege liner

The Nyx Butter Gloss in Maple Blondie is amazing! I'm not a gloss person, but this just may have converted me. It smells amazing and feels very moisturizing on the lips. No sticky feeling here! This is the only one I have, but I would like to get more. This is a beautiful peachy pink shade. It looks great with a liner or by itself. I wear it both ways. 


Because it is finally spring, I have been reaching for the Marc Jacobs Shameless Bold Blush in the color Outspoken. This bright lilac color just screams spring! This looks great with lighter eyeshadows and pastels and bright lips. I have a full review of this blush with more pictures HERE!


The Hask Argan Oil Healing Shine Hair Treatment is a really nice finishing treatment for your hair. It's lightweight and moisturizing. You don't need a lot of product, and best of all, it's extremely affordable! I have a review of this and other products from Hask HERE.


Because I recently got the OPI Glitter Off Base Coat (review HERE) I have really been into glitter polishes. It's too soon to tell if the Glitter Off Base Coat will be a favorite, but I can't get enough of the Maybelline Color Show Nail Polish in Gilded Rose.

On to my non-beauty favorite! I recently read Looking for Alaska by John Green and loved it. "Subverting the patriarchal paradigm" spoke to me. 


Did you have any favorite things in March? Beauty or non-beauty, let me know! Thank you so much for reading!

-xoxo Lauren

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