The Case for Bigger + Bolder Brows

Eyebrows frame our faces. In fact, I dare to say that eyebrows have the transformative power to give our faces a new light. It’s quite fun to play with different eyebrow shapes and sizes, taking note of how each one changes our faces. I’ve been loving the big and bold look for my own eyebrows!

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Summer Glow – ft. Anastasia Beverly Hills

I firmly believe in having a formula for creating the perfect summer glow. For me, it starts with a smooth base. From there, I build up by adding in a warm glow, luminous blush, clean brow, full lash, and healthy lip color. Is it a lot? I don’t know; it may seem meticulous, but I love being able to complement my complexion using shade and light.

THE BASE

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My favorite smoothing foundation is the Too Faced Peach Perfect Comfort Matte foundation. With a Beauty Blender or other makeup sponge, it just creates the most soft focus (and comfortable) finish. I like to set it with the Peach Perfect Setting Powder to really lock it in and further blur any imperfections.

To add a bit of dimension, I like to use a fluffier brush to apply Benefit’s Hoola matte bronzer on the perimeters of my face.

THE GLOW

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I love a warm glow. The shade “Lyra” from the ABH Aurora Glow Kit imparts the most ethereal creamsicle – pink crystalline highlight, really blending effortlessly into the skin. I dusted this onto the high points of my cheeks, my hose, and cupid’s bow, and applied with a damp brush to the inner corners of my eyes.

I also sheered out Primavera from the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Eyeshadow Palette, along with Antique Bronze and some of the matte orange shades. I wanted to keep the eyes soft, blown out, and open.

THE LUMINOUS COLOR

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I kept the eyes fairly neutral, but definitely on the warmer orange side.

The flush of vibrant pink on my cheeks was created by applying the Becca Luminous Blush in Camellia with a damp Beauty Blender. This application sheered out the pigmentation, but made the bright pink color blend right into my skin. It faded into Lyra beautifully.

On my lips, I kept it simple and went with a killer formula for a healthy lip vibe. The Bite Beauty Matte Lip Crayon in Glace was perfect for adding a pop of color to complete the look.

TIE IT ALL TOGETHER

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Two cornerstones of every makeup look: clean, full brows and voluminous lashes.

Using the ABH Brow Definer in Dark Brown, I easily added shape and volume to my brows. The thicker triangular tip makes full, clean brows a breeze to create.

I curled my lashes to prime them for a wide-open eye look. The best curl-holding mascara I have is L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise in Waterproof, so I like to use this as my base for building a nice lash look. To add even more length, volume, and black, I finished with a few coats of Too Faced Better Than Sex mascara on my top and bottom lashes.

What do you think of this “formula” for a summer glow? Do you have any tips for playing up your complexion in a natural look?

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2 Corinthians 1:20  For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us.

Thank you for taking the time to hear what I have to say. I hope you’ve found something helpful, or at the very least interesting. You can keep up with my beauty adventures by following me on Instagram @offbeatvenusianI also share my favorite photo memories from travel and life on my photo diary Instagram account @offbeatandaway. Instagram isn’t your vibe? I’m on Facebook, too. If you have any questions or comments, I always love hearing what you have to say. You can comment below or you can contact me here.

 

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5 Underwhelming Beauty Products

Raise your hand if you’ve purchased a hyped up makeup product and have been utterly disappointed. If you haven’t raised your hand, I assume you are just a very positive person who is generally not disappointed with anything. Let’s be real — makeup is very personal; what works for one person is entirely dependent on their preferences, skin type, lifestyle, or whatever. Just because a product works for someone else does not mean it will work for you and vice versa. Here are five products that have recently really underwhelmed me. These are not by any means bad products, they just aren’t for me!

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URBAN DECAY NAKED EYESHADOW PALETTEurban decay naked eyeshadow palette

I’ll admit – this was my first eyeshadow palette EVER. It was everyone’s favorite for a while, quite frankly because it was one of the first palettes really marketed as a multi-use, everyday, and wearable palette. I love the shadows, have no complaints about the formula, and enjoy the simple packaging, but I find myself struggling to get any use of it now that it’s pretty much been sitting in my drawer for years.

I think a lot of the reason for me not reaching for this is the shade selection. Not only are there WAY too many shimmer shades, but the overall tone of this palette is very cool. I’ve learned that cooler colors don’t flatter me the same way that more warm ones do. That being said, I’ll hold onto this for a while because I absolutely love Sidecar and Toasted.

TOO FACED BETTER THAN SEX MASCARAToo Faced better than sex mascara

This mascara was SO hyped up. So many girls name this as their absolute holy grail, and being a mascara junkie myself, I had to give it a shot. I’ll admit that my lashes are not the greatest on their own, but I usually am able to get really nice results with most mascaras if I curl them.

While this mascara gives great volume and a nice black color, it does nothing in terms of curl or length for my lashes. Even when I use an eyelash curler, this formula is very liquidy and just weighs them down. For the price, I don’t get the hype, especially when there are gems like the L’Oreal Voluminous Lash Paradise at the drugstore for less than 10 bucks. If this works for you, I’m so jealous, but I think I’ll stick to my drugstore mascaras from now on!

NARS RADIANT CREAMY CONCEALER (TRAVEL SIZE)nars radiant creamy concealer

I’m so glad I only picked up the travel size of this concealer. I have friends who swear up and down that this concealer is the one, but it just didn’t work for me. I have finicky dry undereyes that crease and flake like crazy without the right products, so I was hopeful by the concealer’s namesake. Unfortunately, this formula was much too drying and just accentuated my fine lines. It did give a nice brightening effect, though!

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS LIQUID LIPSTICK (SARAFINE)anastasia beverly hills liquid lipstick matte sarafine

With so many great matte liquid lipstick formulas on the market, it’s tough to justify luxury prices for mediocre products. While I love the color of this gorgeous deep red, I’m disappointed in how drying the ABH formula is. I have another beautiful liquid lipstick from the brand in a stunning light lilac color and the formula is the same. I wish these weren’t so drying and crackly, because the colors are drop dead gorgeous.

CHOSUNGAH 22 SO TINY LIP & CHEEK TINT (NEON APPLE)lip and cheek tint red

This product was disappointing to me mostly due to the color. I love multi-use products like this because I appreciate the ability to customize my makeup, but the bright red color was just really unflattering on my skin color. It was so red that it made my skin look like I had an allergic reaction, so unfortunately I’m passing on this one.

I know these products are well-loved by many, so it pains me to be on the opposite side of the fence with my opinion! Let me know if you like any of these products — maybe I’m using them wrong?

What are your most disappointing beauty products?

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2 Peter 3:14 Therefore, beloved, looking forward to these things, be diligent to be found by Him in peace, without spot and blameless.

Thank you for taking the time to hear what I have to say. I hope you’ve found something helpful, or at the very least interesting. You can keep up with my beauty adventures by following me on Instagram @offbeatvenusianI also share my favorite photo memories from travel and life on my photo diary Instagram account @offbeatandaway. Instagram isn’t your vibe? I’m on Facebook, too. If you have any questions or comments, I always love hearing what you have to say. You can comment below or you can contact me here.

 

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A Pink Glow Using Colourpop’s Super Shock Cheek Highlighter in “Over the Moon”

Colorful highlights are so pretty in photographs. Not that they’re unappealing or lacking in real life, but they tend to be less wearable than our neutral tones. I’ve been loving the glittery pink glow given by Colourpop Cosmetics’ Super Shock Cheek in Over the Moon, so I decided to create a wearable look using this disco-worthy highlighter.

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ON SALE NOW: Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit

Anastasia Beverly Hills has been releasing the most gorgeous highlighting palettes. From their beautiful neutral tones to their ethereal Aurora and Moonchild renditions, I think the brand has been consistently delivering amazing collections for a variety of beauty-lovers. After lusting over these stunning palettes for so long, I impulsively ordered the Aurora Glow Kit from Sephora when it went on sale for $20USD during the VIB sale. With the additional 15% off and free Flash shipping (Rouge perks!), I was able to score this baby for less than $20 without even leaving my house.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Aurora Glow Kit

Can we talk about the generous pan size for a moment? These things are huge. I appreciate the “fair” pricing from the brand as a whole. I put fair in quotes because it’s still a high end brand and its pricing certainly reflects that.

I love the variety of colors in the kit. For someone who likes to play around with makeup and creative looks, this is great! The only shade I probably have something comparable to is Luna, which is a pearly-pink shift. I think that these colors would work well on many skintones upon first glance.

The one thing I was disappointed in was the fact that this palette did not come with a mirror. While at the sale price, I don’t mind this, I’m a little shocked that it sold at $40 original price without the mirror.

Swatches

Anastasia Beverly Hills aurora glow kit swatch

I am so sorry I went out of order here according to the palette, but from left to right I have finger-swatched Spectra (lavender with magenta shift), Eclipse (peach with warm golden shift), and Luna (pearl-pink).

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From top to bottom, I swatched Spectra, Eclipse, and Luna.

The formula to me seems very soft and creamy – the powders glided over my skin like butter. They are also highly pigmented upon first glance, making them appear more as “casts” of color than highlight.

ABH Aurora Glow Kit Swatch

Here’s the second row finger-swatched, from left to right: Lyra (tangerine with very gold shift), Orion (icy blue), and Helia (yellow-green with golden-champagne shift).

These three shades performed the same way as the first row did.

ABH Glow Kit Aurora Swatches

From top to bottom: Spectra, Eclipse, Luna, Lyra, Orion, and Helia.

Thoughts

For $20USD, this is a wonderful palette to add to your collection. I would say all of these shades, except maybe Orion (icy blue) could be made “wearable” as a cheek highlight. Even so, all of these would be great for eyeshadow or transformer shades.

On my warm-medium complexion (I wear MUFE Y365, Maybelline Warm Nude, and Too Faced Natural Beige for comparison), most of the shades worked. The icy blue and purple came across almost grey on my cheeks, but could definitely be made to work for an editorial look.

I would LOVE to add Moonchild to my collection, but I think I’ll be patient and wait for her to go on sale, too.

Also — apologies for not including any wear test photos. My skin has been breaking out in dermatitis thanks to the lethal combo of pollen and pet dander, so I don’t really want to put things on my face right now. I will definitely be playing with these in the future, so keep an eye out for an updated post and for subsequent Instagram shares. 

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Subtle Lavender-Pearl Shift: Spectra + Luna

Anastasia Beverly Hills Spectra Luna

ABH Aurora Spectra and Luna

These are very smooth powder highlights. If you have texture ( I have a dermatitis breakout right now so I definitely do), this won’t emphasize your dryness or bumps but rather creates a soft iridescence.

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Will you be picking this palette up while it’s on sale? Let me know why or why not!

Interested in more spring beauty inspiration? Be sure to read all about the trends I’m inspired by and the products I’ve been (literally) wishing for here.

My Favorite Curated Beauty Trends:

Wearable Peachy Glow Festival Makeup Look || The “Boy Beat” No-Makeup Makeup Trend || Desert-Inspired Khaki Green Makeup Look

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1 Samuel 2:2  There is no one holy like the LORD; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.

Thank you for taking the time to hear what I have to say. I hope you’ve found something helpful, or at the very least interesting. You can keep up with my beauty adventures by following me on Instagram @offbeatvenusianI also share my favorite photo memories from travel and life on my photo diary Instagram account @offbeatandaway. Instagram isn’t your vibe? I’m on Facebook, too. If you have any questions or comments, I always love hearing what you have to say. You can comment below or you can contact me here.

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Wearable Peachy Glow Festival Makeup Look

‘Chella season is upon us. Whilst scrolling through impossibly perfect pictures of celebs at the festival, I’ve noticed the beauty trends are quite polarized this year. Some went FULL GLAM festival crazy, but more than a few went with a natural desert glow. I wanted to try the latter, so here’s a super wearable look that’ll take you from pool party to weekend festival.  Continue reading “Wearable Peachy Glow Festival Makeup Look”