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New at Sephora | Bite Beauty The Lip Pencil

I’m very excited to show you guys the latest release from Bite Beauty, aka a super cool Canadian brand that specializes in lip products.

If you’ve never heard about Bite Beauty I’ll give you a little back story. Bite Beauty is a Canadian company that came to be after the founder was inspired by chemistry and the want to void her cosmetics of harmful chemicals. Their slogan is “lip colour that’s good enough to eat” because their products are 100% natural and you could technically eat them (note the name Bite). They’re known for having crazy pigmentation and comfortable wear, none of that cracked lip liquid lipstick junk here.

Now onto the newness. They just launched The Lip Pencil, which comes in 22 colours and retails for $20 for 0.05 oz at Sephora. To put this in perspective the Huda beauty lip pencils are $25 for 0.042 oz, Urban Decay and Makeup Forever are both $24 for 0.04 oz. I tried to find some drugstore option but literally no drugstore site had ounces on it so it wouldn’t really add to it. Looking in the realm of drugstore lip pencils these guys are on the less expensive side.

According to Sephora’s website these are described as “With high precision texture that defines the lip line, The Lip Pencil provides perfect, allover, opaque lip coverage. Bite Beauty’s lightest formula yet, it offers addictively creamy coverage that’s so lightweight it feels like nothing on your lips. The case is an artisanal wood barrel that encapsulates whipped shea butter and three times the amount of pigments for a perfectly defined line.” They are made without parabens, sulfates, and phalates as well as petrochemicals.

To use it says to prep lips with their Line and Define Primer, a clear balm like primer, then line and fill in lips with the pencil. You can finish the look with a pairing colour in the Amuse Bouche Lipstick (which is maybe my favourite lipstick formula ever).

I’ll stop rambling now and start with the review. I’m going to link my video on it here so if you’re less of a reader feel free to check that out instead.

http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_X5P8TAsNKM

To give you a breakdown I moisturized with the Bite Agave Lip Balm and then used the MUFE lip perfertor to prime the lips before using the pencils.

The overall performance of the pencils was fantastic. The went on smooth an creamy with absolutely no tug on the lips which I loved. My only issue with the application is that the tip on both colours broke off when I used them which is a shame. I topped them with the matching Amuse Bouche colours and proceeded to wear it to work the entire day. I applied it around 2:00 and it didn’t start to break down or flake until around 7:00 with no touch ups with is pretty impressive to me.

To wrap it up I’d give these guys a 9/10 only docking marks for the breaking on the initial application. I’m looking forward to more shades coming out to match all the fun colours Bite has in the Amuse Bouche line.

Makes sure you hit up my Twitter and Instagram to see what’s coming up before it lands here!

 

-lauren

xx

May VoxBox: imPRESS

imPress press on manicure voxbox from Influenster.
imPress press on manicure voxbox from Influenster.

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It’s that time again, I was chosen to try out another VoxBox from influenster. This time I was sent two sets of imPress press on manicures. This manicure claims to be revolutionary in the world of press on nails since there’s none of that pesky nail glue needed and they claim to be more flexible than your typical nail. First off I have to say that I’m not a big fake nail girl. I have really small nail beds so generally press on nails don’t fit me properly, plus I’m a nail polish junkie so I love changing up my colour every few days. Right away I found these a little too short to cover my natural nail, which obviously wouldn’t be an issue if you were using them to lengthen your nails, but oddly enough they fit decently in the width. The issue with this is that I think people with average sized nail beds would find them too narrow.

The two boxes I received were in Hottie and Evil Queen (from what I’m assuming is a Disney villain collection from the box). Hottie is very typical fake nail pattern, which I was not into. It looks like something something a 10 year old would ask for as a pattern at the salon on their birthday, it was so tacky I put them on for photos but couldn’t stand to keep them there. Evil queen is a really pretty green/purple duochrome modeled after the Evil Queen from Snow White. I don’t mind this colour as much but I could get the same colour from “For the Twill of It” by Essie without the pain of trying to get nails to fit an stick. I’ve seen other girl’s posts from their boxes so I know there are other colours and patterns that are nicer, but those are my opinions on the ones I got in my box.

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Now on to the application… I really appreciate that it comes with a prep pad to clean your nails before hand, and the application was simple (make sure you leave your thumbs for last though). After I got them on I was right in saying they were too short, also they were so squared off it was difficult to type and text in them. They do stay on well enough and I can see what they mean when they claim to be flexible. The only issue with having them on is that the adhesive didn’t cover the full nail so if I ran my fingers through my hair the hair would get stuck in between my nail and the fake one, not cute if you’re trying to get your ponytail on. P1020134

Then there’s removal… First off, I did take these off as soon as I had taken the photos so it’s possible that I didn’t have a great experience because I hadn’t worn them for the full week. I applied nail polish remover on the edges then kind of pried them off (the plastic nail itself almost melted at this point). I’ve read some places that these left people’s nails in perfect condition and came off flawlessly, which I disagree with. I’m not sure how well you can see but in the after photos it is visible that they ripped off the top layer of the nail and when I applied regular polish afterwards it didn’t go on smooth (even with a base and top coat).

Overall if you’re looking for a typical press on nail that isn’t too long, is easy to apply, and wears for a long time this may be the right fit. But if you like more of a round or oval nail and like them long this wouldn’t be my first choice. They’re simple and fast but I’d rather just paint my own. Sorry!

-Lauren xo

Influenster Mystery Box Revealed!

Just over a week ago I received an adorable little box in the mail from my friends at Influenster. It contained 3 50ml mystery bottles labeled as shampoo, conditioner, and a split end serum from L’oreal Canada. That was it. No brand name, no nothing. They asked us to try the products out for a week then they would send us the actual packaging and more information on the products. All I can say about the package I got today was, oh my goodness! I was beyond thankful to receive the gorgeous box below in the mail yesterday.

Damage Repair

The box contained 4 different Garnier Fructis Damage Repair products. The shampoo, conditioner, split-end damage serum, and the strengthening reconstructing butter.

This line claims to “reconstruct hair strength 90% from root to tip and prevent future damage”. I’ve personally been using 3 of these products for the last week and I must say I kind of sort of love it. The first thing I noticed that I adored is the scent. If you’ve ever been to a high end salon and know that ‘salon’ smell, that’s what these products have. The scent, feel, and results of these are identical to the result I get from a more expensive brand.

The shampoo is interesting. It has the same consistency has any other shampoo but it doesn’t leave my hair feeling try, almost leaves it feeling more moisturized if that’s possible for a shampoo. At first I was taken aback because I’m used to the ‘squeaky clean’ feeling but it wasn’t greasy by any means. It feels like it doesn’t strip my hair which is great for anyone who already has dry or damaged hair.

My gosh, this conditioner. It’s actually the thickest conditioner I’ve ever used. It’s the feeling of a deep conditioner but it’s also not heavy. I have no idea how they did it but I’m happy with it!

For the split-end serum I’m spit, you like that pun I know.  I don’t have terribly damaged hair so that might be why I don’t noticed a massive difference but I honestly didn’t notice much. I do have slit ends but they’re completely because I haven’t cut my hair in over a year and I’m asking for it. I’m going to keep using it and we’ll see if I notice any more but as of right now I’m neutral about it.

So that’s pretty much it, a super fast review of the 3 I’ve tried. I also may do a a separate review or an updated one once I add the deep conditioner to my routine. Overall I’m super pleased with these products, plus hello I’m not going to say no to free conditioner. My hair isn’t greasy but isn’t dry with these guys and they feel very high end compared to other drug store brands. I’m not sure if these are already available in store or when they’re being released but if you have drier hair be sure to give this line a shot because I’m a thumbs up form me!

xx

Lauren

Sally Hansen VoxBox

If you’ve looked through my blog before you would know that I’m an avid nail polish junkie. Last week my roommate looked utterly appalled when he exclaimed that it was the first day he had seen me with naked nails since he’s known me (approximately a year and a half). So needless to say I was very excited when I was told I would be receiving the January VoxBox from Influenster. This month was a Sally Hansen VoxBox and I received 3 of the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes. These polishes claim to gave 7 benefits in come bottle and also claim to make your life easier by acting as both a bottom and top coat as well as supplying opaque colour. If you’d like to see my full review on them I made a video in which I will link here (also photos are to come here when rush is over an I can have my nails a colour other than pink). Overall I really did enjoy the polishes. The lighter colour left a little bit to be desired, I applied 3 coats and could still see my nail through it, but the darker ones are gorgeous and definitely supplied that gel finish I was looking for. Once again, for a full review and look at the polishes be sure to go watch my video on them, but I hope this little write up supplies some insight on there loves polishes!

xx

Lauren

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