Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream in Sancerre.

Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream in Sancerre is the most recent unnecessary addition to my makeup bag, and I've come to learn that purchases like these tend to happen when I'm wandering around Sephora without a purpose. *slaps wrist*

I was intrigued by the Cashmere Lip Cream formula after since it's not everyday you hear the term "cream-to-powder" used to describe the finish of a lip product. As expected, it has a velvet-matte finish that is feels luxurious and insanely comfortable on the lips, and it doesn't feel at all drying. Bite Beauty clearly does not use the term cashmere loosely!

Sancerre is a breathtakingly beautiful raspberry shade that made my heart skip a beat upon first swatch. The pigmentation is out of this world. I'm talking completely-opaque-with-one-swipe kind of pigmentation. And although the shade isn't exactly summer-appropriate, I couldn't help but justify the purchase as it was too gorgeous to pass up.
The doe foot applicator is rather large and flat, and I find that it picks up quite a bit more product than you actually need for one application. I often get frustrated with pigmented lip colors that come equipped with a doe foot applicator because I find it difficult to apply the color as precisely as I'd like, and this is no exception. Sancerre is definitely not a swipe-and-go kind of product, but the result is so worth it!

Sancerre lasts for ages on me. With drinking but no eating, it doesn't wear off, fade or settle into lip lines at all. AT ALL, people. However, I did notice the tiniest bit of bleeding above my top lip, so it might be worth it to pair with a lip liner. After my meal, Sancerre was still 90% intact after having faded only slightly and in the most even and subtle manner possible. The kind of fading that is only noticeable to the person wearing it.

Interested in a drugstore dupe? Try the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams. The formula isn't quite as comfortable on the lips (think more drying), but it's pretty comparable and for a fraction of the price. NYX Strawberry Jam seems suspiciously similar to Sancerre too, although I learned prior to writing this post that Strawberry Jam is apparently M.I.A. right now so I can't compare.

This is my first taste of Bite Beauty, but I already know it won't be my last. Any recommendations for me? Please and thank you :)

Bite Beauty Cashmere Lip Cream in Sancerre is available from Sephora for $28.


Incoco Nail Polish Appliqué: No Drying Time Necessary.

If you're anything like me, you tend to spend all day considering whether or not you want to paint your nails (but never actually get to doing it), and then right as you're getting ready for bed, you're like, "You know what? Imma paint my nails right now." And between dozing off between coats and waking up the next morning with dreaded "sheet marks," it never seems to end well, and yet, it happens time and time again. When will we ever learn?

Luckily, there are now ways for me to have my cake and eat it too.

The Incoco Nail Polish Appliqués are strips of real nail polish that adhere to your nails and require absolutely no drying time. They don't require a base coat or top coat (they already have a shiny finish), and once they're on, they're on, and you're free to go about your day as usual without having to spend the next half hour flapping your hands in the air, unable to button your jeans, asking your boyfriend to grab something out of your purse for you, all out of fear of ruining your hard work. Better yet, I can apply them right before bed and be assured that when I wake up, they'll still look perfect.

Blazing Pink (L) and La Rambla

Each set comes with 16 appliqués, so if you mess up a few times, you'll have extras, but there won't be enough for two uses.

I appreciate that the instructions are simple and easy to follow. One qualm, however, is that when I file off the excess (step 5), it often leaves the tips a bit rough to the touch and not completely smooth the way actual painted on polish looks. 

The shade I'm wearing below is called Tapas for Two, and it's a striking seafoam green.

The appliqués, though opaque, are not as thick as my usual two coats of polish, and when I look closely, my nail ridges are still slightly visible through the appliqués. Incoco recommends you buff your nails prior to applying the appliqués, but I didn't since I didn't want to ruin my nails. Another thing to note is that since the appliqués are somewhat rounded on both ends, they won't fit perfectly at the base of your nail if your nail tends to be shaped more squarely.

Compared to normal painted on nail polish, I noticed more tip wear with the Incoco appliqués, whereas normal polish tends to chip off in larger chunks on my nails. Although they definitely did not last perfectly for 14 days, they definitely looked presentable for a few days longer (around 7 days total) than the average polish does on me. As far as removal is concerned, since they're made from real nail polish, normal nail polish remover works just fine. 

Overall, I think the Incoco Nail Polish Appliqués are a nice to have product, provided they're within your budget and particularly if there is a design that strikes your fancy. At $7.99-8.99 a set, they're more of a splurge/special occasion kind of thing for me.

A set of Incoco Nail Polish Appliqués can be purchased from Incoco for $7.99 (solid colors) or $8.99 (designs).

Disclaimer: The Incoco Nail Polish Appliqués were sent to me for consideration for a review. I am not affiliated with the company, nor am I getting paid for this review. The opinions expressed in this post are honest and based solely on my own experience with the products.


Chanel Ombres Contraste Duo in Sable.

You know when a seemingly boring product/shade just takes you by surprise and knocks your socks off? That's what Chanel Ombres Contraste Duo in Sable did to me.

Sable consists of a warm, reddish brown and a peachy beige. The brown contains just the right amount of soft shimmer, while the beige has more of a pearl finish. Both shades are smooth and easy to work with. Others have said that while the duo is hardly revolutionary or exciting, it's also incredibly wearable and useful to have in one's collection, and I'd have to agree wholeheartedly.

Since acquiring it, I've worn it a ton but always in the same way. When it works, it just works, you know? I sweep the peachy beige shade all over the lid and apply the warm, reddish brown shade on top, just on the outer 1/2 of the lid, as well as to the lower lash line. Easy peezy.

I'm thinking on days when I might want a softer, barely-there type of look, dusting the beige shade all over the lid, MAC Wedge through the crease and using the brown shade as liner would be simple and equally as pretty.

Evidently, I thought I had done a much better job blending than I actually did. Fail.

I also went for a bit of winged liner today (Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner - LOVE this stuff!), but sometimes I'll opt for a tiny bit of black pencil liner for definition instead, and that tends to keep the eyes from looking too dramatic, especially for day time.

The rest of my makeup:
Hourglass Immaculate Foundation in Shell
Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
Bourjois Délice de Soleil Bronzing Powder
NYX Mega Shine Lipgloss in Nude Peach
Illamasqua Blush in Hussy

Have you ever tried something that you thought would be a snooze, but it actually ended up becoming a staple in your collection?

Chanel Ombres Contraste Duo in Sable is available from Nordstrom for $42.


My Favorite Look This Week #3

This week, I rediscovered MAC Trace Gold and decided to put it to use again as it seemed like a great shade for summer. I paired it with Rouge Bunny Rouge At Goldcombe Bay for a barely-there bronzey glow and loved the effect it gave my skin. The subtle shimmer in Trace Gold meant that I could forgo highlighter without having to skimp on luminosity. I also love how Trace Gold just enhances bronzer, and it actually doesn't add too much color on its own. I think on darker skin tones, it would make a beautiful highlighting shade.

In continuing with the MAC rediscovery theme, I opted for two of my favorite eyeshadows - All That Glitters on the lid and Quarry softly through the crease and on the lower lash line. I added a bit of Urban Decay 24/7 Liner in Whiskey to my waterline and top lash line just for definition rather than as overt eyeliner.

For my base, I relied on the La Roche-Posay Anthelios Tinted Sunscreen Fluid to even out my skin tone while also providing sun protection, and my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard was used to add coverage only where I needed it. Hourglass Diffused Light was then lightly dusted all over to set the concealer and also to cancel out any remaining redness in my complexion. 

Lastly, on my lips, I wore MAC Shy Girl because I thought the peachy tones complemented Trace Gold's peachy golden hues perfectly.

What was your favorite look this week? 


The Current Edit.

A few things I've been using lately...

.Illamasqua Powder Blusher in Hussy. I started using Hussy again recently after my makeup routine experienced a bright blush drought, and I fell in love with it all over again. It's the most beautiful, insanely pigmented watermelon blush that just screams summer. One extra light tap of my blush brush for each cheek is more than sufficient, and unlike some other matte blushes, Hussy blends out seamlessly and isn't chalky in the slightest.

.Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder. I randomly reached for this one day in an attempt to utilize more products in my collection, and I've been loving using it to set my under-eye concealer. It's so finely milled that I find it actually makes my skin appear softer, and I love that it truly is translucent (i.e. none of that dreaded white cast business). Occasionally, I'll use it to set the rest of my makeup as well, but I prefer my Hourglass powders for that.

.Guerlain Terracotta Bronzer in 04 Sun Blondes. Though I liked Sun Blondes when I first got it, I'm completely and utterly enamored with it now! The red tones in it just seem to mimic a real tan so much more naturally than more orange-toned or exclusively brown bronzers do. A classic 3 shape on each side of my face and I'm one happy (not to mention sunkissed and bronzed) lady.

.Physician's Formula Happy Booster Blush in Warm. I've been reaching for this some mornings when I'm running short on time and can't be bothered to put any thought into what blush shade to go for. The formula is good, not great, but its sheerer pigmentation means that I can be heavy-handed and rather careless with my application and no one would ever know. Yessss.

.EcoTools Bronzer Brush. I LOVE this brush. I can't believe I've only just added it to my collection. I thought I didn't need another bronzer brush, but I was so, so wrong! It's dense enough that it can really pack on the color if you want, but not so dense that it can't blend it out too. And the bristles! They're SO. FREAKIN'. SOFT. Like a puppy.

.NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in Custard. Another product that I dug out from my makeup drawer after neglecting it for a while. Since my skin has been decent lately, some days I'll just throw on a bit of tinted SPF and concealer and consider my base makeup done. I appreciate how long lasting and full coverage it is, and now that I've gotten just a bit of sun, Custard matches me perfectly. Finally.

.MAC Lipstick in Shy Girl. I thought I had lost this for the longest time, but I finally found it again about two weeks ago and have been wearing it most days since its return. It's the perfect peachy nude, and I love it paired with lightly bronzed skin and a peachy golden blush like NARS Luster.

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