BH Cosmetics Shaaanxo Palette Review

Hello beauties, 

I would like to start this post by saying I’m so happy for Shaaanxo. As a fellow beauty blogger I can only image the joy she feels having created this palette and seeing it come through to the gorgeous product it is today. I hope one day to be half as lucky to collaborate with a popular brand to create a product of my own. I hope any lover of the beauty commute has love for the incredible things so many beauty bloggers have been able to create. That’s enough of mt mushy sappy sentiment onto my review. 

This palette is only sold on the BH Cosmetics website, it retails for $14.50, you receive 18 colors in total, 9 eyeshadows, and 9 lip colors. The packaging is gorgeous and the double sided design is incredibly innovative. The shade range in both the lip side and eyeshadow side is awesome. The eyeshadows are pigmented, apply well wet or dry, and last on the lid when used with an eyeshadow primer or base. I love the shade range as well. I think there is a good mix of light and dark and matte and shimmer. 

The lip colors are pigmented, mix well together, and apply well to the lips. However, they are a bit drying, don’t last long, and as you can expect because they are in a palette, not easy for everyday portability. 

One thing I would like to note about this palette that is a BIG turn off for me is the smell. I’m not sure if it’s the packaging, the formula of the products, or what but this palette has a very chemically smell. I’m pretty sensitive to scents so some of you might not notice it but this palette has honestly been difficult to reach for for that reason. I’ve had mine for about 3+ weeks now and I thought over time the smell would fade but it still stinks. I don’t know how else to describe the scent other than to say it smells like a factory. 

If it weren’t for the smell of the packaging I would say this palette is a home run. The quality of the products and innovative packaging really make this palette outstanding and for $14.50 you get one amazing palette. 

Have you guys tried this palette? If so let me know in the comments below. Haven’t tried it? Let me know why not. 

xo, Brittany

Makeup Geek Haul + Review

Hello beauties, 

Makeupgeek is a brand I have been dying to try for so long now! I've created imaginary carts more times then I can count. That's why I'm even more excited to bring you this review today! I wanted to get my hands on a range of items so I could get an idea of the brand. I picked up an eye brush, two blushes, four eyeshadows, and four of the foiled eyeshadows. 

Yes I'm a brush addict. If I'm trying out a new brush brand, I like to start with eye brushes and more than face brushes. This is for a couple reasons. For one, eye brushes are generally cheaper so I'm not breaking the bank to try a new brand, and also if a brand can do an eye brush well, I'm willing to try their face brushes. I chose the Soft Dome Brush. I love the size and shape of this brush. It has a little point on the end and it's great for getting into the crease and blending out shadows. This brush is a great price at $7.99. The quality is wonderful, it's soft, doesn't shed, and it works well at blending and placing shadows on the lid. 

The blushes are my favorite item I purchased. The formula of these blushes is outstanding! They are smooth, pigmented, easy to blend and apply, and best of all they last on the cheek throughout the entire day! 

Spell Bound is a soft mauve rose shade. While there is no glitter or shimmer, this blush does leave a beautiful soft glow on the cheeks. Spell Bound is a gorgeous shade that I think a lot of skin tone can pull off. It is buildable so if you are fair like I am, a little goes a long way but if your skin tone is more deep you could really get a beautiful flush with this blush. 

The second blush I picked up is Bliss and this shade is wonderful! This is a little coral shade and as you can see in the swatch it is a soft coral. This shade is so wonderful because oftentimes with shades like this, the color payoff is too vibrant. Similar to Spell Bound, Bliss is buildable, smooth, easy to work with and blend, and also lasts all day on the cheeks!  Makeupgeek blushes retail for $9.99 which I think is a good price for the size and amazing quality of the product. 

Moving on to the eyeshadows. Their eyeshadows are extremely popular on YouTube and else where. I have been waiting forever to get my hands on a few shades to try out. Shimma Shimma is one in particular that I have heard rave reviews on. This is my kind of shade. I love some shimmer in my life and this shade is perfect. It's creamy, pigmented, and packs a big punch. It's also extremely buildable so if you just wanted a little glow, use a small amount and for more highlight use a little more. This eyeshadow is great for a brow bone and inner corner highlight but can also be used to highlight the center of the lid or the cheek bones! 

Prom Night is the second eyeshadow I went with. I was drawn to Prom Night and Shimma Shimma because one of my go-to eyeshadow looks is to use Nylon and Satin Taupe from MAC. Prom Night and Shimma Shimma resemble those MAC shades but they are not exact dupes in color or formula.  Prom Night is a great taupe with a little purple hint to it and I love this color for the crease and outer corner. 

Third shadow is Unexpected. I picked this shade because I love a plum colored matte shades. As a pale gal, browns can sometimes look a little moody on my skin, so for carving out the crease of my eye I tend to gravitate towards shades like Unexpected. Makeupgeek matte shades are amazing! The formula is just perfect. They are super matte, blendable, and the color actually stays strong. Some matte shades all blend out to look like the same color but the two matte shades I've tried stay true to their color. 

The last original formula eyeshadow I have is Peach Smoothie. I have heard so many awesome things about this eyeshadow. It is a soft matte peach beige shade. I love to use this as my first blending color in the crease. 

I've found all of the shadows are a little bit powdery so make sure you are tapping off your brush before applying eyeshadow to the lid to avoid fallout. These retail for $5.99 which is a pretty good price for the quality. I wish they were a little cheaper, but compared to MAC $5.99 is an awesome price! 

I thought the foiled eyeshadows would be my favorite but actually these are my least favorite products. The swatches look INCREDIBLE! However, these are a little difficult to work with. After watching Marlena's video on her new 10 foiled shadow where she talks a little bit on how to use these shadows, I've found it's best to sweep a dense concealer brush across the product and do that same motion on the eye lid. Sweep the shadow in one direction on the lid with a little bit of pressure. I also find they fade really quickly. Even with a base and really packing the shadow on the color intensity is dulled down after a few minutes. These shadows retail for $9.99 which I think it a little pricey for these shadows. The pan is extremely small and it takes a lot of product to get a great color intensity. 

The three shades I went with are Fantasy, Mesmerized, and Flamethrower. If you know me and my channel Fantasy screams ME! I love mint and this shade is beautiful! It is a frosty mint shade. I was drawn to Mesmerized because it looks a little like Prom Night with more shine. It's a taupe with a little purple throughout. Flamethrower is an intense true copper shade. 

If you are interested in trying these foiled eyeshadows I recommend starting with one or two shades to see if you like the formula and if you can work with these type of shadows.

As a whole, I'm extremely happy with everything I've purchased. What I would recommend most are the blushes! They are just fantastic and after trying these two I want to try all of her shades! I'm also extremely interested in trying out more Makeupgeek brushes and their original eyeshadows. I don't know if at this time I would purchase any more of the Foiled eyeshadows. 

Thanks so much for reading! Have a beautiful day!

xo

Brittany 

Top 5 Makeup Products of The Moment!

Hello beauties, 

So many times I'm asked what my holy grail products are and to be honest that is a difficult question to answer. As someone who is constantly adding new items to my collection it's hard to keep one product in my routine for long without going to another product to try out for review. However, the other day I realized these 5 products, and they have been apart of my makeup routine pretty much everyday!

First off the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Pearl (http://go.magik.ly/r/beautywithbrittanyxo/79ee/) has been a long time favorite of mine. I love the look this product gives to the skin. I add this on the high points of my face before I apply foundation. This gives the skin a gorgeous healthy glow without being too overpowering. This is one of my favorite tricks to do on my clients. Everyone wants their skin to look healthy and hydrated and adding this product before foundation will give you that look! The Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors have such an amazing formula; it can be added over top foundation as well. I have found it looks incredibly well over and under any foundation and concealer! 

Second is the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer (http://bit.ly/1DLDhOA). If you have been watching me for any length of time you know that this is my favorite concealer of all time. Collection is not sold in the USA but my amazing friend Aimee who lives in the UK has gifted the ones I have to me. This concealer feels light weight on the skin, has buildable coverage, works well on dry skin, and lasts all day! 

Third is my beloved IT COSMETICS Your Brows But Better Brow Power Skinny Pencil (http://go.magik.ly/r/beautywithbrittanyxo/6b92/). This is a universal brow product that is seriously universal! As a redhead it can be difficult to find a brow product that really works for my shade of red. Even harder as a makeup artist it's difficult to find a brow product I can use on all of my clients! This brow pencil is a life saver! It works for my red hair as well as on a number of other brow shades. It's buildable, it's the perfect shade, and it lasts in the brows all day. I also love that it has a spoolie on one end; it is seriously an all-in-one brow product! 

Fourth: Tarte Blushes Exposed (http://go.magik.ly/r/beautywithbrittanyxo/800a/) I have been a big fan of Tarte blushes for years now. Their formula is amazing! Blendable, buildable, smooth, and lasts all day! Their color range is amazing, I own a ton! Personally Exposed is one of my go to colors. It's a gorgeous shade that looks incredible on those days when you want a natural look but can be built up and used for days when you really want to rock your blush! 

Five and final is the new NYX COSMETICS Intense Butter Glosses (http://go.magik.ly/r/beautywithbrittanyxo/5ae7/). I have the shades  Napoleon, Toasted Marshmallow, & Funnel Delight. I mentioned Napoleon in my recent blog post and video talking all about my favorite bright lip colors! I am such a fan of this formula! It's creamy, pigmented, hydrating, and I LOVE the smell of the lip butters! I can't wait to build my collection up further! 

Ask me in a week, a month, or a year and I know these products will probably change but right now these are a few products I cannot live without! 

xo

Brittany