Friday, 25 July 2014

Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayons

Top to Bottom: Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Blood Orange, Framboise, Sucré
I'm 98.7% sure that my worst kept secret is my love for Bite Beauty. I'm currently planning a comprehensive review of the brand soon, but in the meantime I wanted to highlight the Matte Crème Lip Crayons. Bite first launched these gorgeous crayons for Spring 2014 in six bold and bright shades. Another set of six shades, more suited for fall, have just been released. Word has it that another six will be released in August. 


Back in the spring, I picked up the shade Blood Orange, a reddish orange. I was immediately enamored of the formula and I was more than excited to see that new shades were coming. As soon as I saw they were available on Sephora.com, I ordered one (in the shade Framboise). While waiting for that to arrive, my local Sephora got them in stock and I dutifully headed in to swatch them. I promptly fell head over heels in love with Sucré and decided that my life would not be complete without it. I am going to try to hold off on buying more at the moment, but I am sure that will change once the six new shades are released in August.

The Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayons are like no other matte product I have. They are creamier and smoother than absolutely anything (even my beloved Givenchy Le Rouges!) They aren't a true matte, but rather they fall into the more modern 'soft matte' family. Blood Orange is the least matte of the three I own (it has more of a satin finish), but all three are exceptionally and surprisingly hydrating. 

They are twist up pencils and my only complaint regarding the packaging is that the newer versions don't have any indication of their color on the outside of the packaging. Blood Orange, in contrast, shows its color at the base. It's rather a nitpicky thing for such a stellar product, but it makes picking out the right one so much easier!

Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Sucré
Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Sucré
Of the three shades that I own, Sucré is easily my favorite. Not that the other two aren't gorgeous (they are), but there is just something special about Sucré. It is described on Sephora.com as 'Warm Pink' but that is a rather bland and generic description for something so beautiful! I would describe it as a warm strawberry and in certain lights it takes on an ever so subtle hint of orange--and I mean that in the best possible way. The matte finish makes the color quite sophisticated and flattering. And in addition to being long wearing and creamy, it doesn't sink into lines on the lips. I also have never found a need to wear a lip liner with any of the Matte Crème Lip Crayons, making them easy to apply and touch up throughout the day. 

Bite Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Framboise
Bite Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Framboise
As its name suggests, Framboise is a beautiful raspberry shade. This is easily one of the most wearable berry shades I've encountered! It is not so dark that it would be considered vampy, making it appropriate for daytime wear. And unlike many berry shades, it livens the face rather than drains color from it. I think this is because despite being a berry shade, it's not overly cool. The warmth in this color keeps it wearable.

Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Blood Orange....and uh, sorry for looking extra annoyed in this photo. #restingbitchface
Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayon in Blood Orange
 Blood Orange is a surprisingly wearable reddish orange shade. Orange lips were a huge trend this year, and I for one will continue sporting this color into fall. As I mentioned above, this is the least matte of the three shades I own. It has a creamy texture and a satiny finish. I think this looks great with a bronze eye.

The spring offerings of the Matte Crème Lip Crayons, including Blood Orange, are no longer available on Sephora.com but I just saw a fully stocked display of them at a local Sephora inside of JC Penney. So, if you are still on the hunt for these, there's still hope! And if they aren't out on display at your local Sephora, there is no harm asking a sales associate to check if there is stock in the back! But don't fret too much if you cannot find the older collection, as the new shades are just as--if not more--stunning!

Overall, I can not say enough good things about the Matte Crème Lip Crayons. They are truly A+ products: beautiful colors, excellent pigmentation, and a stellar formula. If you are able to swatch these in person, I challenge you to walk away without at least one!

The Bite Beauty Matte Crème Lip Crayons are available for $24 exclusively at Sephora.

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Dior Fluid Stick in 669 Rose Tricheuse


Dior launched their line of Fluid Sticks, highly pigmented lipstick/gloss hybrids, earlier this year. After getting a number of samples of the Fluid Sticks, I knew that I liked the formula (I reviewed it, along with a bunch of other lipstick/gloss hybrids here) but none of the shades in the range stood out to me. Undoubtedly, there were a number of gorgeous shades, but none of these felt unique enough to warrant purchasing. The only exception to this was the shade 872 Mona Lisette, which was--until recently--exclusive to the UK. I blame my massive lemming for Mona Lisette on Kate at Drivel About Frivol. She has the most impeccable taste and the best eye for color of any blogger I've ever come across, so the second something gets her stamp of approval, onto my wishlist it goes!


Once I saw that the U.S. Dior Fall 2014 Color Icons Collection included Mona Lisette, I knew that I would seize the opportunity to get my hands on it. You might be wondering, therefore, why this blog post is about the shade Rose Tricheuse and not Mona Lisette. In short, it is because I am a fickle, fickle creature. Once I started looking into these two shades, I decided that the orangey rose tones of 669 Rose Tricheuse were more appealing to me than the cool fuchsia tones of Mona Lisette.  I have no doubt that I will eventually grab Mona Lisette, as I am nothing if not excessive, but in the meantime I am super pleased with Rose Tricheuse! 


When swatched or first applied to my lips, Rose Tricheuse is a beautiful warm strawberry shade. On my lips, which turn everything cool, it becomes a deeper rosey berry tone. In terms of formula, the Fluid Sticks are almost like a creamy gel to me. I realize that is a contradiction in terms, but hear me out: they have excellent pigmentation and are high shine, but they feel comfortable and creamy on the lips. They lose a bit of the shine and they do get a bit stickier the longer you wear them, but it's nothing too extreme. And so far, I've had literally zero problem with these feathering on my lips.  These don't have the extreme wear time of the YSL Glossy Stains (I assume this is because they are not a stain, as such), but they last a good couple of hours before I need to top them up. 


While part of me wishes that Rose Tricheuse remained more of a true warm strawberry on my lips, the color I do get is beautiful and highly wearable. The formula is comfortable and easy to wear, and while I would say that I prefer the Lancôme Lip Lovers (like this one reviewed here) ever so slightly more, I am thoroughly enjoying my first Dior Fluid Stick!

Both 669 Rose Tricheuse and 872 Mona Lisette are limited edition and are available exclusively at Nordstrom for $35.

Have you tried these yet? Help me decide what shade to get next!

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Monday, 21 July 2014

Blogsale, Part Deux.

Hi All! I just wanted to let you know that I've update the Blogsale that I started back in June.

I've lowered prices on items and added a ton of new stuff, including Chanel Blushes, limited edition MAC items, stuff from Guerlain, Korres, Benefit, Revlon, etc. You can access the Blogsale by clicking the link in the sidebar on the right....

Or click HERE!!

Thanks and happy shopping!


Aloha by Lipstick Queen


This lipstick purchase is 1000% a result of the Essiebutton Effect (girl really knows how to pick a lipstick). Aloha is part of the Endless Summer collection, which features three other shades in Perfect Wave, Stoked, and Hang Ten. This collection was inspired by the iconic 1960s surfing movie 'Endless Summer'. They all contain Vitamin E and natural oils to nourish the lips and they have SPF 15, along with UV-A and UV-B filters.
Wearing Aloha on the Lips. Eyes: Chanel 234 Poésie quad. Cheeks: Make Up For Ever HD Blush 210.
Aloha is described as a 'bright, sheer, fire-red' but on both Estée and on myself, it is most definitely pink. The shade comes across as a rose with a hint of coral. It is a fresh and wearable shade that is perfect for summer.


The formula of Aloha is also fantastic. Unlike many sheer lipsticks, which can feel greasy on the lips, this one manages to have an almost creamy texture while retaining its sheer finish. I love lipsticks that allow your natural lip to show through a bit, especially in the summer. And if you are just branching out into the world of bolder lipsticks, this would be a fantastic choice for you!


Another reason I'm so in love with this lipstick is because of Poppy King, the creator of Lipstick Queen. Time after time, those in the beauty industry who have met or interviewed Poppy rave about how passionate she is. I love how involved she is with her company and you can tell she has a true love for making women feel good about themselves. That is super refreshing and pretty admirable, if you ask me. And her lipsticks are consistently some of the most innovative in the business! I now have around a dozen of her products, and have been impressed with just about all of them!


Lipstick Queen lipsticks can be a tiny bit difficult to find in person, but some Ultas do have them in store. Alternatively, you can find LQ products on Nordstrom, SpaceNK, Beauty.com, and on LipstickQueen.com. Aloha is available for $22.

Have you ever tried anything from Lipstick Queen?

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