Sephora x Bite: Beauty Insider VIB Rouge Rewards Bazaar Unboxed

For a couple of years, I patiently tucked away all of my Sephora Beauty Insider reward points in hopes of cashing them in for something big. Seasons passed before I had realized how many points were in my little bank. I caught wind of a Bite reward redeemable for 2500 points that seemed pretty unique: it included a Baggu tote filled with three deluxe sized lip products as well as a cute Bite-branded bomber jacket.

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Makeup Inspiration: Purples and Pinks

I love wearing soft colors on my eyes. I think they make a really bold statement without being loud, difficult to create, or annoying to wear! Recently, pinks and purples have been taking residence on my eyelids. I have so many pretty pastel palettes that look great all over the lids for a  simple wash of color, but my favorite has to be the Nars Narsissist Danger Control eyeshadow palette. These are really cool pastel holographic shadows, some being amazing duochromes and some having galaxy-inspired glitter glows. Here’s a look I created using some of the shadows in the palette along with some others!

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New Additions to My Growing BITE Beauty Collection

BITE Beauty has been growing on me. The first products I’d ever tried were the Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipsticks and I fell in love! I love the brand’s commitment to creating high-performing, on-trend products using “healthy” food-grade ingredients. The minimalist in me sings every time I see a new release! Anyway, I placed an order so that I could snag my Sephora BI Birthday Gift (coincidentally, a BITE set), and I decided to pick up the BITE Champagne Discovery Set as it was on sale for $29USD.

BITE beauty multistick champagne set

Can I just iterate that this set is $29USD and comes with three full-sized products? The Multistick in Cashew alone is worth nearly that much, and I’d been dying to try it. You may remember the love affair I documented with the Prismatic Pearl Mulstistick in Oyster Pearl.

How cute is this Taurus mug that was sent over from my #taurusszn Bestie? I’m a May baby and am truly stubborn as a bull.

Bite beauty multistick cashew

I didn’t think it would be possible, but Cashew exceeds Oyster Pearl on the “products-I-love” scale. It’s the perfect nude color with warm orange undertones. I’ve been using it all over my face as a true multi-use product – eyeshadow, blush, and lipstick. It blends onto the skin so effortlessly, which is a surprise for a stick product. Usually, these tend to be waxy and hard in texture. Not the case with the BITE Multisticks – they are unbelievably creamy, soft, and blendable. Plus, though they are emollient, they dry down to a transfer-proof soft-matte finish.

To use this as a blush, I recommend warming it up on the back of your hand and then using a beauty sponge to blend it onto the cheeks.

bite beauty champagne multistick gloss lip swatch

Here’s swatches of the set. From left to right, the Lip Gloss in Champagne (metallic champagne with nude and gold shimmer), Lip Pencil in 036 (matte rose taupe), and Multistick in Cashew (matte rose taupe).

I’ve played with the Lip Gloss and Lip Pencil a little; they are both great! BITE has the best lip products if you like yours to be nourishing, moisturizing, and long-lasting. These are no exceptions.

What do you think of this set? I’ll be using these products quite a bit, both on their own and in tandem.

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Genesis 50:20 You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

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).

Anastasia Beverly Hills aurora glow kit swatches

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. 

Updated with photos on 4.26.18

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.

By the way, if you don’t follow me on Instagram already, please do! It’s a much more flexible social media platform, especially with how quickly and hassle-free the polling feature is on Stories. I love getting feedback from you guys because it helps me out with creating useful content.

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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*Disclaimer: Links may be affiliate codes, meaning I will receive a small compensation for any purchase you make using my link. This never influences my opinion and I do so in order to support my ability to share content with you! A lot of the links offer you a discount or special gift. 

Spring/Summer Beauty Wishlist + Inspiration

Okay, I’ve been seriously envying so many amazing new makeup + skincare products. Of course, this comes after deciding that I probably needed to cut back on spending. Instead of going out and buying everything, I’ll just share a list of all my beauty crushes for the new season with you guys.

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