Milk Makeup’s Friends & Family Sale 2018: What I Ordered

Milk Makeup is by far the coolest makeup brand out there. All of their products are meticulously curated to give the most minimalistic and editorial vibe. Their packaging is right in line with the product collection, as well! I have never tried anything from the brand, mostly because of the higher price point and unfamiliarity with the product performance, but I have always been so drawn to its aesthetic. I would describe it as Glossier, but punchy. That being said, their Friends and Family sale began yesterday (6/11) and is currently over. With the offer of 25% off purchases $35 or more PLUS free shipping, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to dig into the brand’s beauty portfolio. As an added bonus, I got some gifts with purchase that have me super excited! Continue reading “Milk Makeup’s Friends & Family Sale 2018: What I Ordered”

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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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Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette- Initial Thoughts

Sephora’s Memorial Day Sale included some products that simply NEVER go on sale. Of these, the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette was knocked down 50% to $25USD. Having wanted this for so long, I didn’t hesitate before adding it to my cart. I wanted to share my initial thoughts on this gorgeous neutral palette as soon as possible because I am so smitten with it!

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THOUGHTS

  1. Scent – Can I just start by talking about how this smells like a legitimate chocolate bar? It’s a very appreciated little detail, but it’s not overwhelming. If you’re sensitive to scent, you may not like this part of it, but I personally don’t think it’s enough of a fragrance to be irritating.
  2. Color Range – This palette kills it as far as color range. It has so many great neutral shades with pops of warm reds, burgundies, khakis, and purples. I find the shade range to be similar to the Urban Decay Naked palette, but Chocolate Bar is much more wearable. There are much better neutral matte shadows for blending, plus gorgeous shimmer shades. It seems as though the colors are much more cohesive.
  3. Pigmentation – The colors overall are hit-or-miss. Most of the matte shades are excellent; they are buildable, smooth, and can pack a punch. The shimmer shades are buttery and easy to build up. Where this palette falls short on pigmentation is in the purple shades; they lack pigmentation and vibrancy, applying patchy.
  4. Shadow Quality – Upon first swatch, these shadows seem powdery. I was afraid they might be chalky! Despite this strange texture in the pan, they apply beautifully to the eyelids. The mattes and the shimmer shades perform so well. As I mentioned in the previous point, the violet shades are definitely a miss. They can be used as blending shades or in small areas, but they’re not standouts.
  5. Versatility – The shade and texture range in this shadow collection makes it very versatile. Yes, it’s mostly neutral, but the pops of color and spectrum of light-to-dark shades make this a day-to-day, smokey eye, and statement palette all in one. You can go warm, neutral, or cool with this, too. I think the best part is the wide assortment of mattes and shimmers.

What do you think of this palette? So far, I am very much loving it! It’s awakened my love for creating eyeshadow looks again; I can’t wait to keep digging into it.

I’m thinking of doing a comparison post between TF Chocolate Bar and UD Naked — comment below if you’d be interested in seeing this!

Let me know what your favorite neutral eyeshadow palette is and why.

P.S. If you aren’t already following me on Instagram, please do! I like to poll my followers to find out what content you’d like to see next. I think Instagram is just the easiest platform to get feedback on. Regardless, I love hearing the comments you have to offer on my blog posts, so let me know your thoughts below!

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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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Summer Beauty Essentials

Summer is almost here. With the warmer weather and brighter sunshine, I like to keep my makeup routine short and sweet. In addition to being simple, I want my makeup to last all day long so that I don’t find myself touching up or checking the mirror every few minutes. Here are my go-to products for a no-thought, lazy girl look.

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TOO FACED PEACHES AND CREAM

This has to be about the 100000th time I’ve mentioned this line of products. Firstly, the packaging makes me swoon. More importantly, however, the products all work together to give me a beautifully soft complexion that does not BUDGE. I won’t exaggerate in my claims – the foundation alone will last all day long without breaking up or getting oily, but pair it with the primer, setting powder, and setting spray for makeup that will last all WEEK long.

If I had to pick just the bare essentials from this collection, I would have to go with the foundation and setting powder. These two are phenomenal on their own; I’ve used the foundation with other setting powders and the setting powder with other foundations. In every case, my makeup stays fresher and lasts longer.

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GIVE ME SOME COLOR

Benefit’s Hoola Bronzer is my favorite matte bronzer. Just a little of this swept onto the perimeters of my face adds warmth, dimension, and tiny rays of emanating sunshine. It’s never patchy, either, so it just looks effortless on my skin.

I’ve also raved about the Multisticks from BITE Beauty about a hundred times. The shade Cashew is ideal for quickly adding a flush to the cheeks, color to the lips, and just a little life to the eyelids. What I love about the matte formula is that it’s extremely long-lasting, yet the cream formula makes it sink into the skin for a natural look. Easy, simple, and impactful. That’s my kind of product.

What are your summer beauty essentials? Do you find yourself wearing less makeup, or about the same? Let me know your thoughts below!

P.S. If you aren’t already following me on Instagram, please do! I like to poll my followers to find out what content you’d like to see next. I think Instagram is just the easiest platform to get feedback on. Regardless, I love hearing the comments you have to offer on my blog posts, so let me know your thoughts below!

The Offbeat Venusian

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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H2O+ Beauty Skincare Samples

I love when brands believe so much in their products that they are willing to share them! H2O+ Beauty reached out to me via Instagram when I showed interested in their products. They were kind enough to send me a few deluxe-sized samples from their skincare line, including cleansers, moisturizers, and treatment serums. I was thrilled to receive these samples, and I can’t wait to try them out so I can share my thoughts on them!

ABOUT THE BRAND

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H2O+ Beauty is dedicated to to showcasing the power of pure water in skincare.

From the brand’s website:

H2O+ Pure Water activates clinically tested ingredients and carefully curated
botanicals and extracts, delivering powerful, targeted skin care benefits.

Smart. Effective. Dermatologist Tested.

Sound right to me! Along with skincare products for a variety of needs, H2O+ has lines of bath, body, and hair products all with the same philosophy.

I have never tried ANY of the brand’s products, but I’d always been curious. I’m a sucker for high-quality skincare that’s safe for my sensitive skin.

Here are the products I received samples of:

h2o+ beauty skincare fresh

Elements Keep it Fresh Face Cleanser for Normal to Dry Skin ($20USD 4 fl oz) 

This luxurious face cleanser, with Water Lily extract, smooths and quenches as it gently washes away dirt, oil, and makeup. It preps your complexion for whatever comes next, whether that’s your pillow or more makeup.

I really enjoy this so far. After using an oil cleanser to remove my makeup, I go in with a dime-sized amount of this to make sure my skin is squeaky clean. So far, so good. No irritation, no dryness, and no discomfort. I like the gel cleanser formula, as well, because it really whisks away any oily residue.

h2o+ beauty skincare face cleanser

Waterbright Illuminating Serum ($56USD 1 fl oz)

Rich in Vitamin C, this serum is clinically proven to improve 7 different (amazing) aspects of skin tone*. Let us count the ways:

  • Reduce the intensity of dark spots 
  • Enhance radiance 
  • Improve clarity 
  • Even skin tone 
  • Increase brightness 
  • Enhance texture 
  • Improve complexion health

I have not tried this product out yet. I’m doing a bit of a skin detox right now using Bentonite Clay and Tea Tree Oil, so my skin is purging. I want to wait until I finish the purge to try this out for the most beneficial results!

Waterbright Color Correcting Mask ($42USD, 1.7 fl oz)

Supercharged with essential concentration of Vitamin C, this corrective face mask helps to fade the appearance of dark spots, improve uneven skin tone, and increase radiance. With added Pomelo and Snowflake Flower extracts, it hydrates and softens, all while improving the look of surface dullness.

Again, I have not tried this out yet because I’m waiting for my skin to finish purging!h2o+ beauty skincare product shot

Infinity Firming Eye Therapy ($46USD, .5 fl oz)

This all-in-one, over-achieving eye treatment targets six key signs of eye aging:

  • under eye circles
  • puffiness 
  • firmness 
  • fine lines and wrinkles 
  • eye lid elasticity 
  • dryness

I can’t speak to this product’s full efficacy, but the past few times I’ve used it, I’ve noticed increased hydration in my ultra-dry undereyes. I have sensitive skin around my eyes thanks to chronic allergies, but this product doesn’t irritate it. I’ll have to keep using this to give my thoughts on whether or not this is worth the price tag.

Oasis Hydrating Treatment ($38USD, 1.7 fl oz)

This water-gel moisturizer instantly quenches skin and provides ongoing moisture. Clinically proven to more than double skin’s hydration and hydrates skin for 24 hours.

This innovative lightweight formula absorbs rapidly and is great for dry to oily skin types. It features a high-performance formula powered by dual-hydration technology that combines replenishing actives to add moisture while attracting additional hydration, plus protecting actives that support skin’s barrier to preserve moisture.

I haven’t tried this out yet, as my skin has been very reactive as of recent. I’m trying to use heavier moisturizers to lock in moisture, but once my complexion calms down a bit, I’ll give this moisturizer a go! Lightweight hydrators are game changers when using a natural or dewy finished foundation.

Has anyone tried products from H2O+ Beauty? I’m so grateful for their generosity! It’s really refreshing to see brands reach out to us common folk, and I respect them so much for doing it.

Which product are you most interested in? Let me know below in the comments!

P.S. If you aren’t already following me on Instagram, please do! I like to poll my followers to find out what content you’d like to see next. I think Instagram is just the easiest platform to get feedback on. Regardless, I love hearing the comments you have to offer on my blog posts, so let me know your thoughts below!

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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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*Disclaimer: I received these sample products for free from the brand. While I received these free of charge, all opinions expressed are my own. 

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?

P.S. If you aren’t already following me on Instagram, please do! I like to poll my followers to find out what content you’d like to see next. I think Instagram is just the easiest platform to get feedback on. Regardless, I love hearing the comments you have to offer on my blog posts, so let me know your thoughts below!

The Offbeat Venusian

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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