Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Quick and Simple Smokey Eye and A New Favorite Nude Lip Combo | FOTD

A simple and quick makeup look I’ve been doing lately with very few products and a couple of newly discovered favorites. I love a good, quick smokey eye, preferably with less products that I don’t have to worry about cleaning up after. For the base, I used my new favorite, lightweight Guerlain Meteorites Baby Glow in Dore, NARS’ Creamy Radiant Concealer in Ginger for spots and under eyes and NARS’ Velvet Loose Powder in Eden to set. I did not bother too much about using a full coverage base and plan to do that all through summer. 

Quick and Simple Smokey Eye and A New Favorite Nude Lip Combo
Smokey Eyes and Nude Lips


I kept the eyes simple, soft and smudgy by using Giorgio Armani’s Eye Tint in Senso all over the lid, blended and sheered out the edges. Smudged the Urban Decay 24/7 Eyeliner in Zero along the upper and lower lash line and used the same for the waterline. Curled my lashes using my trusty Dior Backstage Eyelash Curler and applied two coats of the BUXOM Lash Domination Mascara. For the cheeks, I used a sheer wash of Burberry’s Blossom Blush, which I’m now using after quite a bit of a break.

Smokey Eyes and Nude Lips




For my lips, I used a new favorite combo I’m currently obsessed with. It creates a custom nude lip that is exactly the color of my skin tone, but doesn’t wash me out at the same time. It is super low key and pairs well with a smokey or neutral eye. I used a good swipe of the Bite Beauty Buter Cream Lipstick in Cream, which is a creamy nude beige, topped off with a dab of the BUXOM Lip Polish in Megan, which is a nude beige with gold shimmer. The BUXOM gloss adds a nice dimension and gloss to the Bite Lipstick and evens out any uneven pigmentation without the concealer lip look. 

Smokey Eyes and Nude Lips
Smokey Eyes and Nude Lips Makeup Look For Medium Dark Skintones

Monday, March 30, 2015

Bite Beauty Butter Cream Lipsticks Review, Photos & Swatches

I’ve been testing out the new Bite Beauty Butter Cream Lipsticks ($28; sephora.com) for a while now. I did swatch them briefly a while back, but din’t test the formula out until recently, so here are my thoughts with swatches of seven gorgeous shades from the range!

Bite Beauty Butter Cream Lipsticks Review, Photos & Swatches
Bite Beauty Butter Cream Lipsticks Review, Photos & Swatches
Bite Beauty Butter Cream Lipsticks Review, Photos & Swatches



The 'hand cut' bullet featured in these lipsticks ensures that the creamy lipstick core stays, sans the waxy part. I loved the super creamy formula and how hydrating these feel on my ever dry lips. They are a tad more creamy than Bite’s Luminous Cream Lipsticks, but surprisingly don’t move around as much. I did find the application directly from the tube to be a bit tricky since it is easy to go outside the lips, and a lip brush is needed to clean around the edges. Not a problem for me since the formula more than makes up for this and keeps my lips soft and supple even after the color fades, which is after about 2-3 hours. My most worn has been the color “Cream” which has been my go to nude of late, paired with a nude gloss on top. While I find Marzipan and Moka a bit dark against my skin tone , both look fabulous as a sheer wash, especially when paired with a shimmery gloss on top.

Bite Beauty Butter Cream Lipstick in Caramel
Bite Beauty Butter Cream Lipstick in Caramel Swatch
Bite Beauty Butter Cream Lipstick in Cream
Bite Beauty Butter Cream Lipstick in Cream Swatch
Bite Beauty Butter Cream Lipstick in Hazelnut
Bite Beauty Butter Cream Lipstick in Hazelnut Swatch

Bite Beauty Butter Cream Lipstick in Heather
Bite Beauty Butter Cream Lipstick in Heather Swatch
Bite Beauty Butter Cream Lipstick in Marzipan
Bite Beauty Butter Cream Lipstick in Marzipan Swatch
Bite Beauty Butter Cream Lipstick in Moka
Bite Beauty Butter Cream Lipstick in Moka Swatch
Bite Beauty Butter Cream Lipstick in Rosewood

Bite Beauty Butter Cream Lipstick in Rosewood Swatch


These lipsticks have the same scent that most Bite Beauty Lip products have and the packaging is neat - magnetic, petite and matte. Bite also did a great job with the different variations of nude, and gorgeous rosy browns like Hazelnut and Rosewood that would flatter just about any skin tone. Overall, I love them - the lipsticks are buttery smooth, pigmented and depending on the shape of your lips, you might still need a lip brush for neater application, but the formula is something I absolutely love.

Bite Beauty Butter Cream Lipstick Ingredients
Bite Beauty Butter Cream Lipsticks


Wearing the Bite Beauty Butter Cream Lipstick in Heather

Have you tried any of the Bite Beauty Butter Cream Lipsticks yet?

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beautyblender micro.mini

The new beautyblender micro.mini ($17.95 for a 2-pack; sephora.com) is a miniature version of the cult favorite beautyblender makeup sponge that canbe used wet for flawless makeup application. The bright green sponge is quite tiny and  good for quick touchups and spot concealing where you’d find the regular beautyblender a little too big.

beautyblender micro.mini makeup sponge review, photos


The micro.mini has the same density and softness as the regular beautyblender and is fairly easy to clean after use. If you are looking at using this for foundation application for the face, you may be disappointed with the small size, but it is a very good size for the under eye area, spot concealing blemishes and for me, discoloration and pigmentation around the mouth area. At times when I can’t be bothered with using and cleaning the regular beauty blender, I reach out to this for smaller tasks that just need a bit of dabbing and setting here and there. I do wish Sephora sold them as singles though, instead of the two packs and priced them lower that way. Overall, it all depends on the kind of task you use this one for - use it for something like foundation and contour for the face, you’ll be disappointed, but it is quite the perfect tool for spot concealing blemishes and under eye concealer, especially since the dampness helps sheer thicker products out a little and makes them look a bit less cakey.

beautyblender micro.mini makeup sponge wet and dry review, photos



Have you tried the beautyblender micro.mini?

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