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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

Recent Reads

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It may not come off since I rarely talk about my love for it anymore and I’ve been so busy that I haven’t even had time to think straight recently but I absolutely love reading. I was an early reader as a kid and throughout high school I’d rather get a Chapter’s gift card for Christmas than one for the mall and had accumulated hundreds of books before I graduated. When I started university I was filling my reading time with text books and case studies instead of teen dramas and the fact that I was living in a tiny dorm room didn’t exactly give me an ideal housing situation for my books (although I must say I packed quite a few into my freshman dorm room).

Recently the Chapter’s on Robson in Vancouver had a massive liquidation since it’s closing and everything was 50% off. Although I felt like crying a little bit since I absolutely love that store I must admit I was pumped to pick up some new reads. I’ve only started on one of these so far so I don’t have any real opinions yet (believe me I will make an update post when I do) but I wanted to show these babies off.

The first one, and the one that I’ve actually started, is Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht. I was a huge fan of #GirlBoss and thought this was going to be along those lines so I decided to give it a shot. Another thing that intrigued me is that it was in the business section, compared to non-fiction or lifestyle which most others are filed under. I must say so far it has lived up to its name, it has the same vibe as Girl Boss but is a little more life guide and a little less memoir. I haven’t finished it yet but so far so good, and as I said I’ll keep you updated.

Next up is one that I’ve been looking to get my hands on for quite a while now but since it’s pretty recent it’s only available in hard cover, which inconveniently made it almost $30 Canadian which is a little steep for my student budget but reasonable when it was half off during the sale. I haven’t started this one yet but if you want a full description of It Was Me All Along check out the Amazon page here, but I’m also gonna give you my little summed up version of it. This is a memoir that depicts the author’s struggle with being overweight up until 20 and then trying to change her relationship with food and find herself in the process. I’ve read a few books that are along these lines and have really enjoyed them so I’m interested to see how I feel about this guy.

Last but not least is one that shows off my weird side that absolutely loves true crime (insert heart eyes emoji here). I stumbled upon the little wonder called Death by CannibalI own quite a few different weird true crime books and I’m a sucker for cheesy ones like this (also a sucker for crazy stories and cannibals tend all be a little insane). I haven’t started this one either, mostly because I don’t want to be seen in public reading this, but I have high hopes. There’s really nothing exciting to this besides lots of messed up true stories.

-lauren

xx

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Spring Staples: Nail Polish

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Around this time last year I released a blog post on my top 5 nail polishes for summer, which I’m pretty sure has been my most popular post to date. I must say I was being a little premature last time around considering summer doesn’t actually begin until the end of June… So this year I decided to actually get my seasons straight and give you guys some spring polishes first (I mean I know I’m a little late sorry about that). So here you have it ladies, some of my fav springy nail polishes.

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This is either the ugliest or the cutest colour ever. It’s true to the name “American Denim”, a true blue jeans blue. Also this guy is on sale at American Apparel for 50% so I mean you need it right (I can’t find it online but my store has like a bajillion so you can probs track on down in store still)?

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It wouldn’t be a spring nail post without a little lavender am I right ladies? This one is pale without making my super pale sense look even more washed out and I love the Formula X formula (actually cringed while writing that I’m sorry you had to read it). Side note: Sephora describes this colour as “lavender mist” and I don’t even know what that means but it’s pretty so whateva.

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I don’t even need to talk about this one. It’s salmon and adorable and Essie’s formula is on point and isn’t streaky and this colour gets me a million compliments every time I wear it to work. Van D’Go is flawless, okay bye.

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This guy has all the swatches because I wanted to try and show how one layer compared to two (tops is one, bottom is two). I think it’s super cute by itself but it looks great on top of another colour as well, Van D’Go here. This may not be everyone’s cup of tea but sometime I just want to feel like a pretty princess and this does it for me. Sorry… Can’t find this one online either but it was also 50% off in store if you can track it down!

NailSwatch5.1First things first, sorry this is the messiest swatch ever but my nails were struggling. This one is probably my most worn polish from the past few months. I think white nail polish look so chic and effortless and as you can see I love American Apparel’s formula (fun fact they’re made in the same place as OPI but are $3 less expensive). I’ve heard raves about Blanc from Essie but I’m gonna stick to this bad boy for the time being.

So there you have it folks, just a little handful of both my old and some new favourites. My favourite two are T-Shirt and Van D’Go but clearly I like the rest of them enough to put them in a post so they’re all pretty fab. So if you don’t have any of these go get yourself some (or at least try to find some similar colours)!

-lauren

xx

 

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Haul: Sephora VIB Rouge Reception

Last Wednesday night I had the joy of being able to go to a VIB Rouge event help at Sephora stores all across Canada (I believe they had them in America but they were on the weekend) that went along with the 4X beauty insider points promotions going on. I’ve been to a VIB event before but this one was exclusive to Rouge clients and was a bit fancier than the one I went to before. As always they had adorable little name tags, water/coffee, and little red and white cupcakes (which were adorable). They had brand reps, were giving contour and highlighting based demos, and introduced the new lip IQ. I expected it to be something fancy but all they do is colour IQ you and use that code to match you with different lip products that match well with your undertones, apparently it worked though because they talked me into buying my match. The other perk of the reception was a free sample bag and VIB Rouge tote with a $50 purchase. So let’s move onto what I actually got…

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The first thing I picked up was a big ass bottle of Purity Made Simple by Philosophy. I received a small bottle for gratis around Christmas and have fallen in love since it’s one of the only cleansers I can use with my Clarisonic and that doesn’t sting my eyes. I was going to get the little one but then saw this 480ml on for less than double the price of the 250ml bottle and I couldn’t say no (I may even go exchange it for the 700ml bottle). No idea how I’m going to bring it back on my flight but I’ll make it work.

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The next is the lip product I mentioned before. After getting my lip IQ she asked if I was into daring colours (which I totally am) and got matched with this liquid lipstick from Too Faced, I got Melted Violet. I’m a sucker for something innovative and these had good reviews on Temptalia (like A+ god) so I splurged and picked it up. I must say I’m super disappointed. I don’t know if my lips just suck or not but within about 2 hours, no eating and only drinking out of a water bottle, the middle of my lips were flaky and it was wearing off. I don’t know if I got a bad one or if my lips just rejected the product for some reason but this did not work for me. I love the colour though so I think I’m going to go to Sephora when I’m back in Vancouver and try to find a better formula product to exchange it with.

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This one is boring but necessary. The weather here is crazy how and I’m prone to sunburns so I picked up the Jack Black lip balm in lemon (again because Temptalia raves about it). I haven’t tried it yet but I may do a full review when I do, let me know if you’d read a super basic lip balm review.

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The last thing picked up is a little weird. I had originally planned to pick up the St. Tropez Bronzing Mousse since everyone loved it but after chatting with one of the artists (shout out to Kathy)she talked me into trying out the Vita Liberata self tanner than I had previously receive in gratis but never tried out since it was medium and I was scared of it. So instead of shelling out the $44 for a new system I just grabbed the “Everything under the sun tanning set” from Sephora’s house brand that come with a reusable mitt, exfoliating mitt, as well as a tan ‘eraser’ to use on your hands. The best part? It was on sale for only $6! She said it had just gone on sale and it wasn’t out on the floor anymore but she pulled from from the back for me and I’m super excited to give it a try.

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Now the most exciting part… SAMPLES. I swear I was willing to spend that $50 just to get the tiny bag of samples. This specific bag was an adorable leather bag with very subtle Sephora logos on it with the following products inside: Buxom’s Lash Mascara in Blackest Black, Living Proof’s Perfect Hair Day Styling Treatment, Philosophy’s Hope in a Jar, Benefit’s Watts Up Highlighter, Clinique’s High Impact Mascara, Algenist’s Complete Eye Renewal Balm (the best part about this sample is the full size is only twice as big as this sample and retails for $81!), Escada Born In Paradise Eau de Toilette, and MUFE HD Blush in 410 (I also received a tiny Clinique acne solutions clinical clearing gel with my purchase).

So there you have it, my mini haul from the event. Hope you enjoyed!

-Lauren 

xx

Zero Calorie Manicure: OPI/Coca-Cola Collaboration

 

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OPI is well known for coming out with collections with everyone and their mother, so it’s about time they collaborated with Coca Cola and came out with some new polishes based off of different Coke products. If you know me you’d know that I practically bleed Diet Coke so I couldn’t dare pass this opportunity up (Also nailpolishcanada.ca had a discount on OPI polishes so I justified it).

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To be honest I only purchased “My Signature is “DC”” because it was the polish based off of Diet Coke but I must admit I was pleasantly surprised. It is described as a super shimmery silver, and that’s exactly what it is! This polish is a beautiful silver, almost chrome, colour with very very find silver glitter throughout it as well. I am a fan of the colour but it’s really the formulation of this polish that does it for me. In one coat it was completely opaque and wasn’t chunky or rough in any way, which I find is an issue sometimes with glittery polishes. I like this polish way more than I expected when I purchased it and will definitely be reaching for it come the holiday season.

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OPI’s Today I Accomplished Zero

The other polish I purchased is “Today I Accomplished Zero”, based off of my second favourite beverage Diet Coke. This polish is described as a red glitter suspended in a black jelly base. I’m glad they called it a jelly base and not a regular polish base because it’s as sheer as sheer can be. With the first coat I was not too impressed, although there was enough red glitter for my liking the black was almost non existent. Luckily the second coat was a lot better but still nothing fantastic. My other issue with this one is the texture; after drying it was matte(ish) and chunky. Even with a top coat on it I can see feel the lumps of glitter underneath it, not cool. It is a pretty colour and I’ll probably include it in my Halloween/fall picks but if you’re debating shelling out the $10 for this one I’d say no.

If you want to take a look at the rest of the collection you can take a look here! My only other comment is how I must gush about Nail Polish Canada again, free shipping in Canada and they look less than 2 full days to ship it this time (love them!). Moral of this post, Diet Coke wins my heart… Again.

-Lauren 

xx

Summer Staples: Nail Polish

If you’ve been here for a while you’d know that I’m a nail polish junkie, so I thought it’s only fair that I give you guys a few suggestions for fabulous summer polishes. Whether you’re a pastel, neon, and dramatic nail polish girl I’ll try to supply you with a little bit of everything with these favourites.FlipFlopFantasySwatch

I’m going to start it off with everyone’s favourite neon, “Flip Flop Fantasy” by China Glaze. This polish is a neon coral and dries to a matte-ish finish, so a top coat is necessary for a nice finish, that is opaque in 2 coats. If you’re looking for a summer colour that’ll give you the illusion of a tan this will become your go to. (Photographed with “Teenage Dream” by OPI’s Katy Perry collection on top.

FijiSwatchIf you’re looking for something a little more subtle pink a perfect substitute is “Fiji” by Essie. I find Fiji to be the perfect pastel pink polish. I used to be a sucker for Ballet Slipper but ever since Fiji walked into my life I find it way too sheer. Opaque in 2 coats, possibly 1 if you’re risky like that, it gives you that tan look without the shock of a neon.

MintCandyAppleSwatchWhile we’re on the topic of Essie cult favourites it’s only fair that I bring up “Mint Candy Apple”. Although it is a bit more of a spring than a typical summer shade, it’s still a polish that I find myself reaching for when I don’t know what else to wear (besides Fiji, I always pick Fiji first). It’s once again an opaque pastel polish with a beautiful cream finish. I have mint greens from several different brands and I have to say this one is miles ahead of any other dupes.

NaughtyNauticalSwatchI’ve realized that not every girl is a into pretty pastels so this polish is a deeper more mermaid inspired colour, “Naughty Nautical” by Essie. Originally it was featured in a summer collection last year but to my knowledge it’s now permanent polish (but you can still find discounted last year bottles at Winners so check for it there!). This shimmery blue-green beach day out on the boat. Like all the previous Essie colours it’s fantastic quality and a perfect match for your bikini and beach tote. (The photo makes it look a lot greener than it comes off in persona which is more of a teal)

 

*All photo have Julep Freedom as a top coat and with flash

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

All About maikanguyen.

So this week I was given Maika’s first paper to review. In her paper she discusses how different parts of a blog itself impacts the voice of the blog as well as how blogging as a whole has become integrated in the technological society we all now call our lives. She also discusses what exactly publishing is in the modern day, touching on how publishing is no longer just books but spreads itself out to social networking sites such as YouTube and Tumblr as well.

Overall her paper was quite enjoyable to read. It opened up with amazing stat on how many of us bloggers are really out there and seamlessly moved onto different topics from there. I like that she looked at different points outside of just the blogging world as publishing as well. When most people discuss this shift they see it as book vs blogging instead of the mass amount of other social media that also controls the technological world of publication.

I think my favourite part of this paper is the quote she used from Matthew Sadler that said, “Publication is not the sale of books, per se; it’s not the pursuit of beauty or the creation of a record or an archive. It’s not simply a tool for transmitting information; publication is a political strategy, the creation of a public”.  I think that quote really show how modern online publication can hold it’s own and is more than just some kids in their parent’s basements typing away about there lives.

Like I said before, overall I really enjoyed her paper and the different aspects it discussed throughout it. I think anyone who is a firm believer that publication is only for books should take a look at a few of these points and see that the modern generation has a lot more going for it is publishing that they may have thought.

So now that you’ve read this go over to Maika’s blog and read the paper for yourself!

A Little Review

I know I’m a tad bit late, and this shall be riddled among all of the other papers but better late than never to post a review on a fellow publishing student’s blog. I was given Caitlan’s blog. I guess I’ll comment on a few different sections; the style/setup, and then the content.

From first look I’m absolutely in love with the overall appearance of her blog. I may be a tad bias since I’m such a sucker for clean lines and black and white. I find it a lot easier to take in and to navigate around which is a massive selling point to me when it comes to reading (half of the time if I don’t like the first appearance I can’t even keep up with reading the content). On top of really enjoying her choice of theme, something a little less typical than a lot of student’s choice, I’m also a fan of how she set up pages/widgets. By having them sitting at the top of the page it makes it easy to get access to her instagram and tumblr without taking up the massive amount of room it would take to completely display the content which is the only option for so many widgets. The only thing about it that isn’t the greatest is the fact that it repeats itself right below it but I’m assuming that’s just something that’s mandatory with the theme and it most likely isn’t her choice.

Then there is the topic of the content. I don’t exactly know where to start since her blog is on everything, which can be both a pro and a con. Generally the blogs that I read are themed or focus on a specific topic so I never know exactly how to approach one that doesn’t have a focal point. But at the same time I also really like her blog for the point that there’s not a ton of direction. You get to see a lot more of her as a person and not just her opinions on one thing. This way you get to see a bit of her writing, taste in music, as well as her personal thoughts and style. Although I’m usually a fan of the orderly I do enjoy the way she sets up and titles her posts. They may not explain what the post is about but since the full article is displayed it doesn’t affect the content itself that is below it.

Overall I highly enjoy her blog. I feel as though the colour pallet and theme were catered to me with it’s neutral tones and clean lines. Then when it comes to the content I honestly do enjoy the content, although it’s skewed it’s very much her and you can tell which is nice. So that is all. I like it. End of story.

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