Kat Von D Lolita Lipstick Dupe Alert

Kat Von D Lolita is iconic. How can one rosey terracotta be so universally flattering? And versatile? I’ve worn my Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Lolita out at night, during the day, and to several special occasions. It’s just that good. The only downside? It’s a little pricey, at $20USD. If you’re looking for a budget alternative to the shade, keep reading.

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Trying on NEW Colourpop Lux Lipstick Shades

Colourpop always manages to put out AMAZING new products and collections at affordable prices. The Lux Lipsticks have received high reviews from bloggers and gurus alike, plus they come in super cute rose-gold packaging that lives up to the formula’s name. Recently, Colourpop ran a promotion for Buy 2, Get 1 Free Lux Lipsticks. Let’s just say I took advantage of the opportunity and picked up 6; some are new shades from the Matte Lux formula range and some are from the original Cream formula line.

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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.

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

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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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!

disappointing makeup urban decay palette eyeshadow

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?

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 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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Easy Disco Eye Makeup Look – Night Out Beauty

I used to have such a hard time deciding how to do my makeup when going out for a night. The two trends I fluctuated between were smokey eyes and bold lips, but that gets kind of old after a while. Here’s a crazy easy disco-worthy look that’ll turn heads but still get you out of the door in a reasonable time!

Focus on the Eyes

Offbeat Disco Eye Makeup

I’m so into the look of a bold shadow as a graphic wing. It’s simple, it’s customizable, and it’s so beautiful!

With the help of some MAC Fix + spray, I turned the foiled shadow in shade “Trance” from the Tarte Make Believe In Yourself Palette into the perfectly creamy product to glide onto my lids.

You can play around with the types of product you use (hello Stila Glitter + Glow liquid eyeshadows!), the colors, and the shapes until you find something that works for you.

Silver Disco Eye Makeup

I kept it simple with clean brows and a generous coat of Too Faced Better than Sex Mascara. I then brightened up the inner corner using the highlight shade “Believe” from the same Tarte palette.

Ready, Set, GLOW

Metallic Eyeshadow Beauty Look

With the focus being on your head-turning eyeshadow, keep the rest of your face glowy and natural.

I used my favorite long-lasting foundation combo: Too Faced Peach Perfect foundation, setting powder, and primer. This locks in a base that’ll stay in place all night.

To add some dimension, I reached for my favorite non-matte bronzers in the Tarte Tarteist Contour Palette Vol. 3. I wouldn’t describe these as “shimmery,” but they have a radiant finish that is sparkle-free. My favorite nude blush is Tarte paaarty, so I applied a generous amount to my cheeks, blending up to my temples to keep things looking seamless.

The finishing touch for the skin is definitely a cool crystal glow. In the Tarte Make Believe In Yourself palette, the center highlight shade “Believe” is an amazing opal glow that really looks ethereal on warmer skin tones. I love highlight shades with multiple colored undertones in them because they add a subtle complexity when the light hits them.

My lips are about as nude and simple as can be — my favorite pinky nude shade is NARS Lip Gloss in Chelsea Girls. While the color is also perfect, I love the formula. NARS glosses are pigmented, creamy, and nourishing without the uncomfortable stickiness.

Would you wear this look for your girls’ night out? I love disco-inspired and mod looks. I especially love making them easy to recreate and wearable!

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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Isaiah 59:1 Behold, the Lord’s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; nor His ear heavy, that it cannot hear. 

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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