Too Faced Eyeshadow Palettes: Chocolate Gold

I went years without lifting a finger or even coming close to purchasing a Too Faced eyeshadow palette, but after snagging the original Chocolate Bar palette for $25 at Sephora it’s been all downhill. I love the quality and shade selection of Too Faced’s Chocolate Bar and scented palette collection. Ulta recently offered a 35% discount on a limited selection of Too Faced palettes, so of course I had to take advantage. I added the delicious and rich Chocolate Gold palette to my collection and couldn’t be happier.  Continue reading “Too Faced Eyeshadow Palettes: Chocolate Gold”

Easy Makeup Looks for Resort Style Vacations: Orange Lips

When I am spending the whole day in relaxation mode, the last thing I want to do is bother with a full face of makeup. For nine days, I lived a wonderful life of luxury at the Iberostar Grand Paraiso in Playa Del Carmen, Mexico. After playing in the sun all day I wanted to keep my skin feeling fresh and healthy for a night of dinner and entertainment. I’ll be sharing some easy makeup looks that I loved wearing, as well as some great product recommendations that may make packing for your next beach vacation a little breezier! The first look is going to be hot and spicy: orange lips.

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Travel Beauty Essentials: Skincare Edition

Traveling wreaks havoc on my skin. The stress, the dehydration, the allergic reactions — they all contribute to making my once perfect complexion, well, not perfect. When I travel, I tend to get irritated and dry. I also will begin to breakout in acne! All of these things can make vacationing unpleasant, so I’ve learned to keep a foolproof stash of skincare items to quell my reddened skin. I brought a spread of travel-friendly skincare products on my recent vacation to Mexico that I personally think was PERFECT.


At home, I typically will use a 2-in-1 makeup removing cleansing oil to get all of my makeup off. I then follow with a second gentle cleanser to ensure all of the residue is off of my delicate skin!

I’ll usually use a variety of toners or treatment serums depending on my mood, but after this step I always moisturize.

I recently have fluctuated between using an oil (almond or marula) and using my OG cream moisturizer, the First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream.


travel skincare beauty

So, having been to Mexico many times in the past, I know how dry my skin gets after being in the hot sun all day. I knew I wanted to bring something extremely hydrating, and I also knew I wouldn’t be bringing my 2-in-1 cleansing oil, so I opted for something that could do both.

Nighttime Routine

I do most of my skincare at night. I love to ensure that my skin is perfectly clean and hydrated after wearing makeup and being out in the hot humid air all day!

Sweet Almond Oil is perfect for removing makeup at night. I apply a pea sized amount to my dry face and massage it in, making sure I’m dislodging all the makeup on my face. I then will rinse it off with a good, gentle gel cleanser. My favorite at the moment is from H2O+ Beauty; the Elements Keep It Fresh Face Cleanser is absolutely perfect for getting that squeaky clean feeling without drying out the skin! I love the gel texture of it. The brand was actually kind enough to gift me a nice little supply of the cleanser!

After cleansing, I like to use Boscia’s Sake Cleansing Water. This is such a soothing cleansing milk that reassures my skin is completely free of makeup at the end of the night! When at home, I use a cotton pad to sweep this on my face, but since I’m traveling, I just fold up a few squares of toilet paper to create a DIY pad. I find that my skin feels very soft and refreshed after using this!

If I feel like my skin is breaking out, I’ll use the First Aid Beauty Facial Radiance Pads. These are so gentle, but extremely effective! I love that the exfoliating pads will help manually exfoliate, too, so that the dry skin built up from sun and sand exposure can be cleared in the process. I bought the travel-sized package, but refill it with pads from my full-size container as needed for travel.

first aid beauty skincare

Depending on how my skin feels, I’ll either use sweet almond oil, First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream, or both to moisturize.  The oil is extremely hydrating, but the Ultra Repair Cream provides an amazing soothing effect. I do find myself laying the cream on top of my oil a lot to really seal in the moisture.

Morning Cleansing and Skin Prep

Because I have sensitive skin, I don’t like to use many products on it. My morning skincare routine is extremely simple.

I keep the Boscia Tsubaki Cleansing Oil-Gel in my shower to give my skin a refreshing, but soothing, deep cleanse in the morning. I like to let the cleanser sit on my skin for a few minutes while I’m showering so that it can really penetrate my pores. I’ll sometimes use this throughout the day to refresh my skin if I go to the gym or come back from the pool.

When I get out of the shower, I apply the Milk Makeup Matcha Toner onto my face. This has a relaxing, calming, and cooling sensation. I then follow with Sweet Almond Oil as a moisturizer — I feel as though the oil protects my skin a little bit more throughout the day than the cream.

boscia tsubaki cleanser oil gel

That’s all I bring with me as far as skincare when I travel! I realize that to some this may seem like a lot, but to some this may seem like nothing. It’s really up to what your skin needs and how it reacts to travel.

What are some of your travel skincare essentials? Let me know below!

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Psalm 25:15 My eyes are ever toward the Lord, for He shall pluck my feet out of the net. 

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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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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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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Milk Makeup: First Impressions

I ordered some new Milk Makeup products during the 2018 Friends & Family Sale last week. They just arrived and I am so excited to share my first impressions on both the brand and the products! I picked up a mix of skincare and makeup products, so I think I’m getting a pretty well-rounded idea of how I like the brand.

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