Fragrance Giveaway


Hey Luvs!
Last weeks I had posted a review about Franck Olivier's Bamboo perfume and I wanted to give back to my readers by doing a giveaway.

In this contest, one lucky winner will receive their very own full size bottle of Franck Olivier Bamboo perfume . 

Check out the post Bamboo Perfume by Franck Olivier Exclusively at Fragrance Outlet, for details on the fragrance.


Here are the rules:
1. Subscribe to Culture of Venus
2. Like us on Instagram @cultureofvenus
3. Share @cultureofvenus Fragrance Giveaway       Facebook post your Facebook account. You will automatically enroll yourself in the campaign once the share completed.

This is such a great way to experience a new fragrance! 

Contest closes on September 5, 2016 at 11:59pm
Good Luck Guys!





Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Lipstick Review


Hello Luvs!

A couple of days ago I received 3 shades out of the 45 shades of the Make Up For Ever Artist Rouge Collection. Unlike their previous lipstick collections, Artist Rouge is 25% more pigment, moisturizing  and long wearing. These 45 new formulated lipstick shades are bold, vibrant, fierce and captivating!  



All 3 lipsticks glided on smoothly. They were creamy with an intense shine. The 3 shades I received were C404-Passion Red, C211- Rose Wood and C502-Taupe Violet.

C404-Passion Red
You can tell by the name Passion Red, this lipstick color is a red. The color is vibrant, bold, eye catching and classy. Passion Red is definitely close to a true red...which I love! 


C211- Rose Wood
Rose Wood is such a pretty color! When I first saw the shade, I thought this color would have been a bit too light on my lips because of my deep/brown skin tone. But due the hint of pink tones in the lipstick, when I applied it to my lips....it showed up more as subtle rosy color. Rose Wood turned out to be my favorite color out of the three ♡

C502-Taupe Violet
My first reaction to Taupe Violet was. "I don't think this shade will work for me! Because I mostly wear shades of reds, pinks and nudes/ brown, this color seemed be a bit left field for me.  But hence MUFE hash tag #GETYOURBOLDON.... I kept an open mind about this color.  The color is in the family of purple, more like a  mauve. When I put Taupe Violet on I did feel that is was a bit too light for me, but with the help of a lip liner, I was able to achieve a desired look.

The packaging of these lipstick were super sleek and chic!  Each lipsticks cost about $22  for a .12oz size available at sephora.com


Please note that I did received these samples lipsticks complimentary for testing and reviewing purposes via influenster. Thank you Make Up For Ever for #MYARTISTROUGE lipsticks!

Bamboo Perfume by Franck Olivier Exclusively at Fragrance Outlet








Hey Luvs!
Today I am back with another review and this time I will be reviewing Franck Olivier’s Bamboo for women, an exclusive fragrance sold by Fragrance Outlet.

Before I get into my review on the perfume, I wanted to talk a little about Fragrance Outlet, Inc. Fragrance Outlet, Inc. recently launched their new e-commerce site. They own and operate over 100 Fragrance Outlet and Designer Fragrances stores. Fragrance Outlet is one of the nation’s largest retailers of genuine designer fragrances and related accessories.

Compared to other retail or department store prices for designer fragrances, Fragrance Outlet prices are substantially lower, which makes these high-end perfumes and colognes more affordable for the everyday consumer.



Ordering and shipping from frangranceoutet.com was a breeze. Once your order has been completed, a confirmation email will be sent to you where you are able to track your package. An order typically takes about 3 business days. My order was packaged in an adorable white box with a blue ribbon. They were also nice enough to provide four additional small perfume samples for me to try…fragrances that they exclusively carry.




Franck Olivier’s Bamboo is a beautiful, floral and elegant scent. I love the fact of how pretty and feminine this scent is. The wonderful sweet scent of lilies was very subtle and not at all overpowering.

The notes that make up this fragrance include:

Top notes: Blackcurrant, Violet leaves, Ivy
Middle notes: Lily, rose, Ylang-ylang, Freesia
Base notes: Musk, Cedar and Vetiver




The perfumes bottle itself was shaped beautifully. This fragrance is perfect for the spring and summer months. The only negative about this perfume is that the scent does not last long. Now, I do know that when wearing a fragrant, your sense of smell will get use to the scent of whatever you may be wearing. But, I found myself having to re-applying the fragrance throughout the day because I couldn’t catch a whiff of the scent after it has been applied for an hour or two.

Overall, I really like the scent. As I said, Bamboo is a feminine, beautiful, floral and elegant scent, but keep in mind that Fragrance Outlet carries other popular names in fragrance...so you’re not limited when selecting you signature scent.

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Achieving Healthy & Hydrated Skin with Aquation

 Hi Guys!!!

So lets talk about skincare! We all know that drinking plenty of water will help aid in having healthy skin, but what if  told you that by using dermatologist recommended AQUATION cleanser, daily moisturizing lotion and moisturizing cream, you can achieve healthy hydrated skin!


Clinically proven and with moisture balance technology, Aquation is a new line of skincare products which is sold at Walmart. For my honest review I was sent 3 full size samples: Gentle Moisturizing Cleanser, Daily Moisturizing Lotion and their Moisturizing Cream.

About the AQUATION
Aquation is powered by Hydro Balance™  their advanced dual phase technology that delivers hydration and creates an invisible barrier to help prevent moisture loss while encapsulated actives penetrate deeply for long-lasting hydration. 

100% of women in clinical trials saw more hydrated skin, even up to 24 hours. 93% experienced instant hydration. 93% found non-irritating.

Gentle Moisturizing Cleanser  
The moisturizing cleanser gently cleanse away dirt, oil and makeup while infusing moisture, revealing fresh, soft skin. Their formula won’t over dry or strip your skin and is enriched with ceramides and hyaluronic acid to help maintain the skin barrier. For use on face and body.
  • Washes away dirt, oil and makeup
  • Gently cleanses without stripping
  • Hydrates and softens
Fragrance free. Non-comedogenic.

I was a bit skeptical at first when it came to the cleanser. The consistency of the product was more like a light lotion(y) texture. Because subconsciously, I associate suds and bubbles as being clean or dirt free...I wasn't sure of this creamy like cleanser would have done a good job of removing the everyday elements from my skin. 

But to my surprise, my skin felt smooth, soft, clean and moisturized. I loved the fact my skin had a silky feel after all of the cleansing product was rinsed off. 
 

Daily Moisturizing Lotion
Replenish moisture daily with this lightweight lotion enriched with ceramides and hyaluronic acid to restore and fortify skin’s natural water balance. This quick absorbing formula provides all day hydration to help relieve dryness, soften skin and sooth the itch and irritation associated with moisture loss. For use on face and body.
  • 24 hour hydration
  • Enriched with ceramides and hyaluronic acid
  • Quick absorbing, non greasy
Fragrance free. Non-comedogenic.

The daily moisturizing lotion was exactly what it said it was...moisturizing! I like that this moisturizer was lightweight. I usually tend to stay away from heavy creams or lotions during the summer months. So the consistency of this lotion was just right for this time of year.

Moisturizing Cream 
Ultra rich formula penetrates deeply for 24 hour hydration and helps to relieve dryness, soften skin and sooth the itch and irritation associated with moisture loss. Our advanced dual phase formula enriched with ceramides and hyaluronic acid delivers instant moisturization and creates an invisible barrier to help prevent moisture loss. For use on face and body.
  • 24 hour hydration
  • Enriched with ceramides and hyaluronic acid
  • Quick absorbing, non greasy
Fragrance free. Non-comedogenic.
The moisturizing cream is definitely hydrating to the skin. This cream is heavy, its rich. and its absolutely perfect to use during the colder months or if you suffer from an extra dry skin condition. Again, due to the hot weather I really didn't use too much of the cream. I applied some only on my elbow, knees and feet... the areas that I tend to experience a bit more dryness.

Rest assure, during the cold winter month...this moisturizing cream will be my staple.


Aquation consists of a family of hydrating cleansers, creams, and moisturizers. You can learn more about Aquation at: http://aquationcare.com/discover-aquation/
If you'd like to stay in the know about Aquation ...you can follow them on Facebook @AquationCare Twitter @AquationCare and Instagram @AquationCare  #MyPerfectAquation


Aquation is available on walmart.com an in Walmart store nation!
For a special offer click AQUATION to redeem a coupon.



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MAKE Beauty's Skin Illuminator & Gel Eyeliner


Hi Guys!

I can't think of a better time to review MAKE Beauty's Skin Illuminator and Gel Eyeliner.  It's summertime, the sun is out...what  better way to enhance you're sun-kissed makeup look than to use these two products by MAKE Beauty!

Before I get into my product review, I would just like to say that I really like this brand! I have reviewed a few products for this brand in the past and so far the products have been well pigmented and they are of good quality.

A little about the MAKE Beauty:
MAKE Beauty is paraben-free and the brand never tested on animals.
Another great quality of this brand is that a percentage of sales is donated to their non-profit partner, We See Beauty Foundation, supporting women-led, worker-owned cooperative businesses across the Americas.


Skin Illuminator

MAKE's Skin Illuminator is packaged in an easy to apply brush applicator pen. With just a few clicks, the product is easy to dispense when applying to the face. The color I received was Llós: A soft, pale, gold pearlescent glimmer. MAKE's Skin Illuminatar contains green tea and ginseng extracts  which helps provide anti-oxidant protection while portulaca oleracea soothes and nourishes skin.
I applied the skin illuminator onto my cheekbone, brow bone area and the bridge of my nose. The product was not over powering,  I love the way the skin illuminator gave me a subtle and natural looking glow. I love that fact that this is a product that allows you to build...depending on how dramatic of a look you're trying to achieve.


Gel Eyeliner Pencil

MAKE's Gel Eyeliner Pencil is a high glossy, long-wearing gel formula. The color I received was Very Black. I applied the gel eyeliner onto my lash line for a defined eye look. I like the fact that this gel eyeliner is a pencil...I don't have to waste time to looking for my jar of eyeliner or my eyeliner brush.
This gel eyeliner is a good workable option that glides on smoothly with just a few small strokes. If you were trying to achieve more of a smokey-eye look this gel eyeliner definitely blends well.

There is one negative about this product. The fact that this pencil is gel formulated, there's a bit of a challenge to sharpen. Some of the product due to the sharpening process might get eaten up. 


Overall, I thinks that MAKE's Skin Illuminator and Gel Eyeliner Pencil are really good products. I believe that these two product should be added to someones list of staple products.

 

 

Now through 8.15.16 Get 25% off at makebeauty.com using the code MAKEBEAUTY25 at checkout ♡


Click here to check out MAKE's Skin Illuminator and Gel Eyeliner Pencil.
If you would like to know more about this brand or to view other products ....you can visit them at Makebeatuty.com.  Also, if you would stay up to date with the MAKE ...you can follow them on Instagram @makebeautyofficial or Facebook @makebeautyofficial



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Beauty Fav July 2016



We're officially a few days away from the start of a new month and I wanted to share with you my favorite beauty products/tools I've been using for the month of July.

 Lip Colors:
nyx.com
NYX - Lingerie 

What can I say! I Love....Love...Love this collection. The colors from NYX Lingerie collection are super pretty, romantic and matte. I've been wearing the color Embellishment a lot this month. Over all I feel that these colors are perfect for night on the town or a date night makeup look.


Skin Care/ Cleansers: 
kikocosmetics.com

Kiko Eyes & Lips Makeup Remover

I purchased Kiko Eyes & Lips Makeup Remover in late June and I started to incorporate this product in my makeup removal regimen in early July. I purchased the cleansing makeup remover for $10.
The product definitely helps when removing waterproof or matte product from my lips or eyes. The cleanser contains some natural oils and as you all know....I am all for products that contains a good amount natural products. I only thing that I didn't like about this product is that is was overly oily. But due to the fact that I was using this product as my first step in my makeup removal regimen... it really wasn't a huge deal since the oils will be washed away in the next couple of steps.

walmart.com

Silicone Facial Exfoliate Cleaning Pad

About three weeks ago my spin-brush died on me... so I needed a quick fix to help aid in exfoliating my skin. I purchased a 3-pack silicone facial exfoliating cleansing pads for about $5 from Walmart.

Beauty Tools: 

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Belle Brushes

I actually stumbled upon these brushes at Tjmaxx because I was traveling to attend a friend's wedding  and I had packed everything else beside by makeup brushes. That particular day I was on a mission to find a makeup brush set that was affordable (I was on a budget...attending a wedding is already costly) instead of buying brushes piece by piece. I paid $20 for the brush set and I was bit skeptical at first, but I must say,  I was quite happy with the application and the quality of the brushes. 




Valentia Beauty Sale!


                                                 Valentia.com                                                    
Hi Luvs!

A couple of weeks ago, I had written a review post about VALENTIA Skin Detoxifying Clay Mask and today I wanted to give you an updated on VALENTIA. On May 16, VALENTIA has launched their updated site that will include video reviews from customers and bloggers, as well as personalized reviews.

This updated is quite awesome because now you don’t have to search the web to find what other may think or feel about each product…the reviews and comments will all be in one place at Valentia.com.

In celebration of the updated site, VALENTIA will be offering a massive discount for customers on their entire product line.



Starting May 16th until June 1st when you use the coupon code: REFRESH35 you will get 35% OFF Valentia’s entire line of serums, masks, and scrubs on Valentia.com!



Happy Shopping!