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Back! With a Review! SauceBox Cosmetics

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Hey there world!! So yea, I uh…yea. I’ve been pretty damn busy. October is usually one of those crazy months for a dancer around here, and then there was an awesome vacation, and a bunch of other stuff.

One of the reasons I haven’t updated with nail arts of the month is because I’ve felt pretty damn uninspired by the polish collections that have come out lately. I don’t know, just…bleh. I feel like everything’s been done before and I’m rather disenchanted. I did pick up some new polishes while on vacation from the Fergie Wet n Wild collection, but I didn’t do much with them and was a bit disappointed with the Dutchess color….aaaaanywho…

I finally feel inspired enough to do a blog post! I had a blast this Black Friday, celebrating from my couch and only fighting internet traffic. Although, I did learn a lesson…don’t shop online exhausted! I could barely remember everything I ordered!!

Shadow SwatchesCaramella, Russian Rouge, and Neon Yellow. No base.

Shadow Swatches
Caramella, Russian Rouge, and Neon Yellow. No base.

Anywho, I’ve been eyeing Sauce Box Cosmetics for some time, and following them on Facebook. When I saw they were having a Black Friday sale and many of their products were 50% off plus free shipping…? Hello! I decided it was time to give them a try!!

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I’m SOOOO glad I did!!! I’m not glad I didn’t order more!! Ug! Sometimes I hate being cautious. I won’t buy full sized things until I get to try a brand…Hell, I wouldn’t even buy an Urban Decay liner set before I tried a sample pencil for myself…much to the chagrin of the sales man. (Sorry, I’ll pay 12 bucks for a duel ended black and brow, not 38 for a full set of colors I may never use or like!)

What caught my attention was that SauceBox offers a matte red. Like a REAL red. Not a burgundy, or a pink-rose. Red. Red shadows are so flippin hard to find, even more so when they’re matte. All swatches are on bare skin, no base.

Russian Rouge

Russian Rogue is a smooth matte finished red. On the site, it looks just plain red, but in person there are very VERY sparse flecks of gold glitter in it. They’re barely noticeable and down show up in swatches at all, you really have to squint and move it around in the light to see it. The staying power of Russian Rogue is INCREDIBLE! I tested this by swatching it on my wrist and going to dance class.

Over 12 hours later!

Over 12 hours later!

Not only did it stay through class and on the way there and back (With a hoodie cuff rubbing on it for 90min) but it stayed on ALL NIGHT. I LOVE THIS SHADOW!!!

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Caramella was the second shadow I nabbed. I’ve been in the market for a bold matte brown, and this little baby didn’t disappoint! Similar to the Russian Rogue, it had really amazing staying power. It too lasted through the night, but not quite as boldly as the red. I was still very VERY impressed with this shadow!

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The last of my picks was Neon Yellow. Like most neon colors, this formula is a little chalky but over all not bad at all. It could benefit from a base like NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk. Not only will this help smooth the shadow, but it will also make the color show more true (which is true with all neon colors!). This had the least sticking power, which didn’t surprise me, being a neon pigment and all.

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They were super nice, and included a mascara in the box! I love the formula  doesn’t clump and doesn’t bother my eyes OR flake!! I have a lot of problems wearing mascaras to be honest, and I’m very picky about them. Most give me a headache, so I love when I can find one that not only is pain free for me, but doesn’t flake at all. So happy about this, at the end of the day I didn’t look like a raccoon at all! The applicator was super…well…sproingy! I just a huge kick out of it. It’s sort of awesome!

Sproingy!!!

Sproingy!!!

The packaging is super adorable, and it arrived in a neon pink box which just made me grin.

Shipping is reasonable, and fast too! I’ll totally be reordering from them in the future!

Check them out at http://www.sauceboxcosmetics.com!

!! BH Cosmetics Review and HUGE Sale!!

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EEEE!!! I am SOOOO excited about this review!!

I have been lusting after the 120 pallet for at least 2 years now.

I know many beauty bloggers who own this pallet under one name or another…BH Cosmetics, Costal Sense, Mac120…although be warned. Mac does NOT make a 120 pallet for general sale, and any auction offering one is a knock off (If it’s from China, it’s most def a knock off!)*.

*A little side note. I called Mac awhile ago, both of the stores local to me (Southland Mall, Macy’s and Crocker Park in Westlake). I got mixed answers. The first place said that Mac doesn’t make the 120 pallet at all, and the ones on ebay are fakes. The second said that Mac may make a 120 pallet, but it’s only available from their pro shops if they do. Also, Mac eyeshadow is not cheap, and a 120 pallet from Mac would run upwards of 1400 dollars when you consider 1 pan of Mac shadow is 12 dollars. A custom 15 color pallet is 188.50. So yea, if it looks too damn good to be true, odds are it is.

So anywho, I’ve been lusting after this pallet for some time, and I’ve been afraid to order one off ebay. I had seen many people unhappy with their orders, mostly because the color pay off was poor, or the shadows crushed in shipping.

A few months ago I found a make up company called BH cosmetics.  http://www.bhcosmetics.com

They were recommended by a beauty vlogger I follow, and I decided to check them out. She seemed very happy with her purchase, and the price on the site was decent. Also, when I ordered they were giving away free black gel eyeliner, so I decided to place my order and try the free product! I like free!! I also ordered a red (Yes RED!) gel eyeliner!

It took about a week to get to me, and the box was stuffed with paper and paper honey-comb. Everything arrived almost completely intact…I was a little miffed. When I opened my pallet, one of the yellow eye shadows popped out of it. It’s completely fine, just seems like the glue gave on it, which could have been because of the cold? I dunno, it’s really not a huge deal, I plan to just glue it back in.

Here it is! The BH Cosmetics Pallet First Edition.

I chose the first edition over the others because it had mostly matte shadows with a few shimmers…I also chose it because it had 3 different Reds. And real RED eyeshadow is like impossible to find. (Mauve, Burgundy, Blush, no RED!)

There are three other 120 pallets available currently, but this is by far my favorite. Not only does it have the bold red, but the color gradient is more uniform. The other pallets seem sort of random to me.

Here are some of the basic colors, no base. To do these swatches, I pressed my finger onto the shadow, then smeared it across my hand. There was NO RUBBING to pick up the pigments. Yellow, Orange, Lavender, Red, Blue, Teal. The color pay off impressed me with such little effort involved. I can’t wait to actually try these with a proper base!!

This is the color pay off just pressing my fingers gently onto the shadows. Very impressive!!

Over all, I’m extremely pleased with this pallet!! It’ll help cut down on the clutter when I travel to gigs, and when I do other people’s makeup.

Also in my order…

Here are the two gel eyeliners. Burn (red) and Onyx(black).

Onyx was my free with order gift.

Swatches of both, no flash. Every time I used a flash the glare was too much. Unfortunately, Burn looks more orange in this picture. It’s RED. RED RED. But the pigment and the spreading ability of these liners is wonderful. I did however notice they can be a little on the waxy side, so keep that in mind. I don’t consider that a bad thing with my oily eyelid issue.

The site claims they can double as an eyeshadow, which I can see…but I would use them as a color base if anything, like the Maybaleen Color Tattoo or Mac Paint Pots.

I really REALLY like these, and can’t wait to use the red one at Qaina!

I do plan to place an order from them again in the near future. I’ve got my eye on the blush and contour pallet, their lip glosses, as well as some of their brushes!

I like this company, ordering was smooth and easy. If you’re new to make up or just don’t have much and want to expand your collection these 120 pallets are well worth the investment. They also offer 88 pallets of the 120 is a little too much for you!

So for everyone who’s stuck through this blog…here’s a little something awesome!

If you’ve decided you want a pallet…or two…now would be the time to get it! As a thank you to their fans for 400,000 likes on Facebook, BH Cosmetics is offering an AMAZING deal! You can get their 88 Matte Tropical Pallet, 88 Cool Matte Pallet, and their Liquid Eye Liner for 20 dollars!! 176 eye shadows AND a liquid liner!! Holy!! I’m sort of sad I didn’t wait another week!!  http://www.bhcosmetics.com/deal-for-day/