Tuesday, December 11, 2012

FOTD: Electric Blue

FOTD: Electric Blue
I created a fun look using very bright liner paired with a neutral lid. This look is great for an extra splash of color when headed out for the night or anytime you want to brighten things up!


Products Used: 
Eyes: 
Darling girl shadows - Boy with the beard crease &
Camellia all over lid
Urban decay Liner in Electric lower lash line
Korres Navy liner on top lid and water line
Lancome Mascara in black


Face:
Estee Lauder Double Wear in Ecru 
Bodyography Loose powder in Porcelain 
Elf Hd Blush in Diva 
Darling Girl Pixie soft focus blush 
Elf Contour powder palette 
Elf Golden bronzer light shade use as highlighter

Lips:
Wet and Wild Lipstick in Pinkerbell 


Sunday, December 9, 2012

ART of EYES: Subtle Smokey Estee Lauder


 

Ordered this a few weeks ago, and I am very excited to use it! 


Here is a close up of the products it came with, and I have heard really good things about the eyeliner and that it lasts all day. I have also been wanting to try the concealer by the Double Wear line since it claims to cover skin very well. 


Loving the colors on this! All of them look like they will work together nicely, I have yet to try these colors, but I am excited to swatch them soon with a FOTD Look! 
The only negative thing that I would have to say is the size of this compact is fairly small which might be a problem with using them with some of my larger eyeshadow brushes...but we will see. 
                                                   


The bag and the box it came in, I like the bag it's very cute and I will most likely use it in my purse for traveling purposes to keep my fav products with me. 


Saturday, December 8, 2012

FOTD: Lancome Shadows and Foundation Look


                   
Me wearing the shadows from my Lancome GWP quad. I didn't use the peachy color in this particular look, but I do love that color! I wanted a classic look for day or for night time fun, and I thought the colors blended very well together. The look lasted the whole day without using any primer on my eyes!

I am also wearing the Lancome foundation, which I have enjoyed wearing. I found it lasted me a good 8 hours with one powdering since I have oily skin. I like that it does not get cakey or separate during the day, which I have had some problems with in the past with wear time on some other foundations. The finish on this is more on the dewy side I would say, so I had to set my face with some loose powder for a more matte look. 

On my lips I have on Shy Girl from MAC, I got this shade about 2 months ago, and I really like it for my skin tone. It has been a great nude for me to wear when I don't feel like wearing a bold lip. I find that it can show chapped lips, and I would put some lip balm on before applying this. 





Monday, November 19, 2012

FOTD: Fall in Love with GREEN

Add Some Green to Your Eyes!
 Wanted to do a soft green shadow look for everyday wear. 
Products Used:
Eyeshadows used were all from the Elf palette I got a while back in my Elf Haul Post
Eye Liner: Brown pencil liner by Sephora Brand 
Mascara: From Lancome in Back

Face Products Used:
Estee Lauder Double Wear in Ecru
Hard Candy Concealer 
RCMA setting powder
Blush, Contour and Highlighter all from the Elf Palette
Lips: Mac Shy Girl with nude gloss over that

Colors Used on my eyes from the Elf Palette! I have found soo many looks using this palette, and for such a great deal I would recommend putting this on your Christmas list!

Thursday, November 1, 2012

A Little Bit of Me



  • How long have you been blogging?I have been blogging consistently for about 2 months, although I have had my blog for over a year only posted a few posts then I forgot about it. This time around I can truly say I have begun blogging!
  • What/who inspired you to start blogging? I would say all the beauty bloggers out there that I frequently visit, I would always look at their blog and be like wow I should do this! Then one day I really got serious about it and started blogging. I think if I hadn't seen someone else doing it I would never do it myself, and it makes you feel good to know that anyone can create a blog, but you have to really want to do it to keep it going. 
  • Did you tell your family and friends about your blog? If so, what was their reaction? Are they supportive or "in the dark" about your blogging? I didn't tell everyone, but they soon figured it out, and they are supportive. I don't think they all get the concept though, which is alright. 
  • What goals or dreams did your have for your blog when you started? Have you accomplished them? I would say that at the beginning I did not understand blogging much at all, it wasn't until my second attempt.  I knew how to finally get in the groove of blogging. I feel that I am just beginning, and just starting to get my stuff out there. I hope by this time next year my following will be much greater, and my blog itself will be much better! 
  • If you could give your beginner-blogger-self one tip of advice, what would it be? I would say to stick to your mini goals, and to be consistent with all that you do. 
  • What is your favorite and least favorite thing about being a blogger? Knowing that there is a negative comment out there just waiting around the corner, and I really do not look forward to that moment. 
  • What does your blog name mean? How did you decide on it? I love my blog name, and it had to have venus in it which we all know represents love and beauty. Having that in my name was key and I knew I had to find something catchy to go along with it, and a blog is like an oasis to whatever your reading about. That's how I came up with Vivacious Venus Beauty Blog Oasis!

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Holiday Shopping and Deals!

Holiday Deals!
Never too early to start shopping for the holiday season!
I have put some popular brands and some not to popular brands to check out on here, so you just might want to try something new!

100 Percent Pure
A gift for someone who loves all natural products!


Too Faced Cosmetics
Too Faced has some great holiday collections...can't wait to get my hands on those!


MyChelle Dermaceuticals
No a very known brand, but I love this line also all natural with some great products!



Murad Skin Care

Love the gift with purchase!


Great Selection to chose from at this site!


Better snatch this deal up!

Great gifts for someone on a budget!


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Ebay Lashes Hit or Miss?

Ebay Lashes

Here are a few looks with me wearing different kinds of lashes that can be purchased on Ebay, just go to the beauty section and search lashes. There should be some that sell 10 pair boxes!


The more natural looking lash, I like these for everyday looks.


I have two different kinds of lashes here, even though it is barely noticeable. These are pretty dramatic lashes on me, but I like to cut them in half and use them as corner lashes. 

Final Thoughts:
I really enjoy these lashes for only about 2-5 dollars for 10 pairs! Can't beat that price. There are some cons though, like the fact you must trim these up before applying. Also they need to be shaped a bit before putting on. Other then that they are good for people who are just starting to wear lashes, and need some practice. With this price for soooo many, if you mess up it really isn't a big deal! Another thing to remind people, there is usually a long wait for shipping since they do come from overseas..so be very patient. 

A great buy for the everyday lash wearer! 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

E.L.F Haul!

E.L.F Haul

I couldn't pass up this deal when I got the email about it, $3.50 for the 83 piece essential makeup collection! Wow what a deal, I had been wanting to try one of their kits for awhile so why not! I ordered a little bit of everything as you can see. I will be doing a FOTD look using mostly E.L.F product very soon, and reviewing some there product as well.
I got a few their face brushes, because I really liked their flat top one a lot! I have also heard positive things about their other brushes and you can't beat $3 dollars each!!!



I'm really excited to try both of these products out, I hope they work pretty good as dupes for my expensive products that I like to use. I will be testing these two out very soon!

I'm always on the look out for a great brow product, and this looked SUPER good and I had to buy it, also it's only $3! The HD Blush also very cool, and I got another one a week later in HOT PINK...stay tuned to see swatches on a upcoming post.

Finally the big one! I have used this a few times already and I love everything BUT the lipsticks/glosses, but you can't complain since I only had to pay $3.50 for this thing! The color pay off is very good for price, the shadows a little powdery, but besides that pretty darn good! Love the blushes, bronzers, contour and highlight colors. All around a great buy!

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Fall Look - Red Lips Are In

RED LIPS
Different shades of red...in the first image I'm                   Burnt Red or Brick Red is another great red 
wearing a Reddish Orange Lipstick from MAC                shade to try this Fall/Winter. I'm wearing hear
Morange Lipstick                                                                                NYX Very Berry Lipstick












         













My Favorite Reddish Pink Lipstick Kid Kat                             A girl should always have a true red, this
by MAC                                                                                    one is the Sephora The Red 04 - Classic 
                                                                                                                                                 Bright Red

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Purple & Gold FOTD



Eyes: 
- Elf eye primer
- MAC Mystical Mist on lid and lower lid
- Ben Nye Pigment Amethyst over that 
- Mac Amber Lights Crease
- Darling Girl shadow in Champagne on brow bone and inner eye 
- NYC Liquid Liner on top lash line
- Maybelline Mascara 
- Elf Brow kit in medium



Face:
-Lancome Tient Idole 24HR
-Hard Candy Glamoflague for concealer
-RCMA setting powder
-Elf Contour in St. Lucia 
-Gold Shimmer for Highlighting 
-Elf Blush in Tickled Pink

Lips:
Lancome Lipstick Rendez-Vous 
Lancome juicy tube - Touched By Light


Friday, October 12, 2012

Lancome Goodies!

Lancome Goodies

I was shopping online at Macy's for a new foundation, and there was a GWP going on for Lancome. I was really excited, because one of the foundations I was interested in was the Tient Idole Ultra 24Hr! I have seen great reviews on this foundation, and I just couldn't pass this deal up so I added it to my bag. I did also add a few other things, but I will save them for a different post :).


Eye Shadows! I really was happy with the choice of colors from this collection, they work really nicely together and have great color pay off. I will be doing a FOTD with LancĂ´me Color Design Eye Brightening eyeshadows very soon, so you can see how great they look on too! They have a very smooth texture and blend very nicely together, I don't have to use a primer to get good color pay-off either which is a plus. 

 

Lipstick: I usually never like the color of lipstick that comes with gifts like these, but I was pleasantly surprised with this nude color. It is a little on the brown side for me, but I just put a frost lipgloss over it to brighten it up. It is very moisturizing and lasts a good 4-6 if your not doing any eating or drinking. I would say it is more of an opaque matte/satin color, so make sure you do have moisturized lips sometimes it can enhance chapped lips.

Mascara: I have not used this yet, but I will being using the Definicils mascara for the FOTD when I use the eyeshadow colors, and then we can see how this looks actually on my lashes. I have always heard great things about their mascaras. I am expecting it to work very well, but we will see!



Teint Idole Ultra 24H: I really enjoyed this foundation, I tested it out before I bought it to make sure I really wanted it in my collection of foundations. It is a keeper! It does last a very long time on the skin I would say a good 8 hours with little powder and longer with powder touch-ups for my oily skin. I have never found a foundation where I haven't had to powder my face after 6-8 hours this is no exception. Someone who has normal skin will do great with this,because you might not have to touch-up at all! I bought the 3rd lightest color in the collection. It is a neutral tone even though it looks more yellow in the picture it isn't that yellow at all. The foundation will not leave your face ultra matte, but it leaves a satin finish. They have a HUGE range of color options, and I would recommend having the people at the counter match you at the store. Unless you know what colors you usually fall within like I do I wouldn't try and guess your color. The coverage is medium and can be layered to full-coverage, I was told it was full-coverage, but it isn't unless you take time to layer the product. I don't have a lot of time for that most days, so I do use some concealer for a fast cover-up. When I do have time to layer this on, I does layer nicely and leaves my skin looking very smooth with out going into my pores!

Overall Thoughts: I think this is a top pick foundation for me, since it isn't a matte finish I will be using in colder months when my skin is a little on the dry side which mean just regular oily skin not extremely oily skin hehehe. The price is a little high for me being $44, but I got it with a GWP, and it balanced it out a little for me. I would recommend this for anyone who likes a long wearing foundation with good coverage. I also didn't notice any new pimples from this, and for my skin it was a safe choice. It also feels very nice on the skin and doesn't look like a mask. I hope you enjoyed this review! 



Thursday, October 11, 2012

SkinCeuticals- UV Defense

Favorite Sunscreen!!!


Don't mind the mess hehe....but I had to post this product! This is the best SPF lotion I have ever used on my skin by SkinCeuticals: Physical Fushion UV Defense and let me tell you that this stuff is not your usual SPF Lotion from the past.

I noticed this feels very light on the skin, which I love. When applying it all over it does even my skin tone out with a slight tint of color. This is also good for any skin color, and you can wear it during photo shoots or any kind of photo session you may have planned. 

This is not supposed to break you out or at least it says it won't. I on the other hand DID NOT have any problems experiencing any irritations in that area with my skin. It has no parabens,chemicals and is WATER/SWEAT RESISTANT!

Here is a swatch I did so you can see the flesh tone in the product. This will not leave your skin greasy, but if you do have dry skin I would pair this with a moisturizer for extra hydration. I will apply extra moisturizer to any dry areas I might have. My makeup also does very well with this product I haven't noticed anything unpleasant with the application with this underneath. 

Anyone who is looking for a product with very high SPF and wants something light and very wearable I would try this out. I have to wear high SPF on my face everyday, and this is my favorite lotion so far that I have tried. 



Sunday, October 7, 2012

Mario Badescu Review



Mario Badescu

I received some samples in mail from Mario Badescu to try and test to see if I'd like them on my skin. The other products are other items I got in the mail to help my hair and skin, and you know the dreaded Flu Season!

On to the products I will be reviewing............
I have pictured here the Strawberry facial scrub, flower & Tonic Mask, Oil Free moisturizer Spf 17 and Ceramide Herbal Eye Cream.
Here is a close-up of the Strawberry Scrub, I really liked this product, but it was a little too gentle for my skin type. There was actually strawberry seeds in the scrub and it smelled just like fresh strawberries... a great plus for me! It would be great for people with sensitive skin and normal to dry if you need the extra exfolation. But for my oily skin it was only ok, and I don't think I would buy this scrub from their line. But they do have sooo many options for every skin type online, and I would like to try something better suited for my skin.
The next product was the Mask, and this product was a hit for me personally. It smelled really fresh and soft nothing too overwhelming. I used it after I washed my face about 2 times a week and it lasted about 3 weeks for me. I then applied it all over my face and left it on for about 20 mins, I then removed with warm water. I had a fresh face after washing it away, and I could tell my pores were a bit tighter. I liked this mask because there was no burning when I applied it, and I tend to have sensitive skin just after washing my face. I think this is great for all skin types and if you have larger pores. Here is a picture of me with it on SCARY! 

                                       

On to the Eye Cream and Facial Lotion, which were pretty nice all around. The eye cream did not irritate my eyes at all and left them very dewy, which I liked a lot since that area actually gets dry on me who knew! There was no strong smell just a very light scent. The Facial lotion wasn't too heavy and was oil free, and that is always a must for my face. I liked the fact that it left my face dewy but not shiny while moisturizing all the spots I needed it too and leaving the rest not overly moisturized. 

I would say this will work for all skin types, and they did not make me break out at all, and I was a little worried about that happening. I was pleasantly surprsied of the quality of this skincare line, and I look forward to trying more!

Here is a close up of the products I discussed 

When I do get the chance to order some of Mario Badescu Products I will most likely order their line for oily skin to acne prone. I have seen a lot of other products that I really want to try and I can't wait to get my hands on them! Also anyone can get samples on their website, and they sent me ones for "all skin types" which is the reason why some of them weren't the best fit for me. I highly recommend this skin care line, because of all the options they give you on their site, and they literally have something for everyone!