Get ready for a gush fest. This is full on love people. This product from Bite is straight up amazing.
First, its the perfect size. The nib isn’t as thin as a lip liner but not as big as your classic lip crayon. This means you can use it to both line and fill in your lips. It actually has a small enough tip to line well, its not too big and chunky (you all know I love lip liner, so I’m less fond of lip crayons, generally they are just too big).
Secondly, This stuff is matte. A beautiful matte finish, which I love. Matte lips last longer on me and, if you don’t like the look, a lip balm or gloss over the top can change everything.
Thirdly, and this is the magic, this product is hydrating. I mean it. I am not kidding. Most matte lip products are lucky if they don’t dry out your lips like the sahara. The best I’ve ever given another matte lip product (of which you will find many reviews on my blog, as I love them) is indifference on the moisture front. They get a “does not dry my lips out” or “isn’t overly drying”. None, before these, have been hydrating. Full on hydrating. Not just comfortable on my lips or well textured. Moisturizing.
It amazing. I am so completely in love. I can’t help but smile.
You can get these lip products at Sephora and online for $24.
I know metallics are in and all that but, man, matte shadows in the fall time are my jam. It happens every year. The weather starts to cool, the leaves start to fall and, my matte shadows are back out on my vanity.
I don’t know what it is about this season that does it. I think its the pretty pink/plum cheeks. They just look so clean and beautiful with matte eyes. Plus matte eyes are super easy and look great on everyone. The picture above is of some of my favorites. Urban Decay Naked2 Basics, MAC shadows and, Bare Minerals mattes.
Do you have a look you go back to with a certain season? I find I enjoy trends but there are certain looks that are timeless. I always go back to those.
I tried this mascara as a mini when I traveled recently. I always like having a mini mascara when I travel, it is just much more convenient.
Smokey Extravagant has a great brush. Its a fiber brush and it is huge. I love how it tapers so you can get into the inner corners and get the lower lash line easily. Its great. It also does a great job of keeping your lashes separated and fanned out.
Its the formula that I’m not a huge fan of. I find it mostly lengthening, which is great, if that is the effect you are looking for. I am a volume girl, so its not for me. The formula is also very wet, which is also not my favorite. Not to say either of those things are bad, they are just not my mascara preference. One thing I do find odd about this mascara is that it never actually sets. It stays wet/tacky on my lashes all day. It doesn’t transfer or smear, but somehow it just doesn’t dry. I find this doesn’t flake either, I really had no wear issues with this.
This is a good mascara, its just not my style. I think if you are looking for some good length and a pretty awesome brush, this one is for you.
You can get this mascara at Make Up For Ever stores, Sephora and online for $24.
I have been on a foundation kick lately. I wanted a new one for fall. I feel like every fall I want a new foundation, its something about this time of year. I tried the Dior Star but with the shade I had (I returned it because of shade, not because its a bad foundation) too light and the next shade up too dark I just couldn’t. I decided not to get the two and mix because seemed like a hassle. Instead I got NARS Sheer Glow.
I have been wanting to try this one for a long time, considering everyone and their mother loves this stuff. I was a bit apprehensive with my full-on oily skin but, I figured why not, its only makeup. I got the shade Deauville, which is a great match for me. For reference I have about NC/NW20 skin (I’m pretty neutral, I have an almost olive undertone).
I am currently spotty, thanks to my lovely hormones but, it does make for a good coverage check.
I have to say, this foundation has really great medium coverage. I still use a spot concealer but, this covers most imperfections and all discoloration/unevenness. The finish is beautiful, the glow is as advertised. You get a beautiful, skin like glow once this foundation sets. I find with my oily skin a thin layer of this over a primer works best. I don’t really build this since it will slip and move more easily on my skin once my oil gets going. I can get this to last about 8 hours on my skin with a primer and powder, but not on my nose (the devil).
I really enjoy this foundation. I am actually pretty surprised. I will say the longevity isn’t as great as I wish (but only because I work long days and have oily skin). Its a great everyday foundation option that looks natural on, but has great coverage.
You can get this foundation at NARS counters, online and at Sephora for $45. It does not come with the pump (which is crazy and annoying) but you can get the pump separately for $6 (which I clearly did).
I have tried out a lot of different liquid liners. I prefer pen style liners and, recently, I have found ones I love. Really love.
I love the Kat Von D liquid liners. I prefer the brush style tip of the Tattoo Liner, but the felt tip on the Ink Liner is also quite good. I have found that most liners with felt tips wear away very quickly and then you can’t get a good, sharp wing anymore. The Kat Von D version works very well and doesn’t go too dull too quickly. But that is the main reason I love the Tattoo liner, the brush doesn’t wear so you can always get a great wing.
As I mentioned, I have tried many liners. I would have to say my next favorite is the Eyeko Eye Do liner (the tip on this one is felt, but it holds up very well). I like the Revlon pen liquid liner from the drugstore, but there is some variation in quality from liner to liner. Some of them are not as black, which is fine if you layer the pigment.
There is actually one liner I have tried that I dislike (which I usually don’t share since I don’t enjoy being negative, I would usually just not mention it but, I wanted to be honest). I have actually reviewed it here on the blog before, but it needs a serious amendment. I find the Stila liner that everyone loves just falls apart. The tip goes messy and blunt in a week, I swear. I don’t know if I’m especially hard on my liners, but no other I have used falls apart so quickly.
What liners do you love? I’m always looking to try others.
I have been into lip liner lately (you heard in my favorites video) and I have gravitated towards one combination in particular lately.
I like how it is subtly fall, but still light enough that my small lips don’t look silly (like a dark classic fall shade can do to them).
There isn’t too much to say about this combo. I love the final color. I also find the combination of products is long wearing (thank you lip pencil) and still moisturizing (thank you Clarins Lip Perfector magic). You guys know I am all about lip pencils and pairing them with a gloss helps make the whole situation more wearable.
What have you been wearing on your lips lately? Are you feeling the fall berries and plums?