this time of year, i cannot survive without this overnight mask. it sinks into skin, replenishing moisture lost to freezing temperatures and best of all, it does not need to be washed off. it’s a lifesaver to say the least, but i have often felt that my lips are a bit left out in the cold – until now.
this past week in nyc, i popped into the bite lip lab to see what the fuss is all about.** to say that i am a huge fan of this brand would be an understatement. they only do lips and they do them damn well, with a run of colors and formulas to suit every pair of lips on the planet.
at my visit, i walked away with bite’s newest product release, their agave lip mask. the manager, melissa, told me to put it on before bed and leave it on overnight for soft lips that will last all day – and that’s exactly what happened. the beauty of this mask is that it eliminates the dead skin that can make your lip color look terrible and it plumps up fine lines so that things wear smoother, and longer. out of the tube it’s extra thick, but it melts onto lips (with a simple and sweet taste) and feels very hydrating. for a boost, try applying this after you’ve applied a lip scrub. you’ll find yourself using less lip balm on the following day since it helps lips to stay moisturized. amazing! this product is innovative and luxurious, and so necessary while we weather this wicked winter.
bite beauty agave lip mask, $26 >
**note: the fuss is underplayed! this place allows you to create a custom lipstick, from designing the perfect shade to layering in your favorite scent, then watching it be poured, molded, and packaged into a one-of-a-kind lip just for you. i’m hoping to review this process for you soon!
it’s been a very good year for the glossarie and the growth of my beauty bag and makeup routine is further proof of all the wonderful products that i was introduced to in 2013. ten products have become everyday, you-will-have-to-pry-them-out-of-my-cold-dead-hands favorites. these are the bars against which all other products in their category are measured. so without further ado, here are the best of the best:
1 – chapstick hydration lock
2 -stila countless color pigment in lyric
3 – mark. make it rich lip crayon – how these never made it into their own post,
i will never know! coverage is creamy and intense, super comfortable and long-wearing. peony is my winter shade of choice, with punch being my year-round go-to.
4 – maybelline volum’express the falsies big eyes
5 – smashbox camera ready cc cream
6 – bite lush lip tint in orchard – another product that snuck into the top 10 without a post. this glossy, moisturizing, hot pink is the one thing that wakes me up each
morning. i’m obsessed with the formula and the color is so poppy and fresh.
7 – benefit gimme brow
8 – my partnership with simple skincare in 2013 was a true blessing for my problem skin! i have fallen in love with every product in the range and i love the calm, clear effects
that each one delivers with no surprises as to how my skin will react.
9 – real techniques expert face brush
10 – jouer perfume oil
is there something that you discovered via the glossarie
that’s still holding steady in your daily beauty routine?
the holiday season is hectic enough, but add in the need to monitor finishing touches on our new house and combine that with packing to move – you’ve got a normally calm beauty blogger running around like a crazy person. i need to keep some things simple, so i’ve been relying on these three products to make my face look put together, while my mind spins around in loops. the combination of a coral blush and a sheer berry lip is the easiest way to give off the impression of being cool and collected, and the addition of lots (and lots) of lash just seals the deal.
kevyn aucoin ‘the essential’ mascara, $32
the curved brush on this fat brush means that your lashes get all kinds of glamour. it perfectly fits the shape of my eye and delivers dark, lush lashes that are long and thick. there’s less of a need to layer so lashes don’t feel heavy and overdone. it comes off easily at the end of the day with no flakes or smudges while you wear.
tarte amazonian clay 12-hour blush in achiote, $26
when i’m looking for a new shade of blush, i always check this tarte lineup first. it’s natural (no matter what color you choose) and long lasting, adding beautiful color to your face without a lot of thought or effort. achiote is a light coral, a true peachy pink, that’s unique and super pretty on fair skins. it packs a silky matte finish and it’s a cinch to blend.
bite beauty lush lip treatment in watermelon, $24
i absolutely love this product. it’s part lip treatment, part sheer lip color, and all gorgeous. on my hunt for a new berry lip, i fell in love with the watermelon shade which is a medium cool-toned pink that wears down to a nice stain. the formula is hydrating and glossy, with an opaque creamy finish that you can easily build.
internet home: city girl in me
number of products: 8
she says: i’m embarrassed to say this was not staged. i actually had 8 lip products stuffed in my little SJ bag.
revlon just bitten kissable balm stain in crush, $7.49
bobbi brown rich color gloss in dusty rose, $24
bobbi brown creamy color for lips and cheeks, $20
covergirl lip perfection lipstick in rush, $6.99
bite beauty high pigment matte pencil in pomegranate, $24
burt’s bees tinted lip balm in red dahlia, $6.99
burt’s bees ultra conditioning natural lip balm, $3.99
clinique chubby stick in fuller fig, $16
nicole and i met at the ifb conference in 2012 and it was beauty love at first sight. she is a super talented make up artist (she did my face for my head shots that you see around the blog) and an all around sweet-as-sugar girl. nicole’s beauty expertise comes through clearly through her #lipbomb! like most of you, we definitely share an affinity for the three b’s: bobbi brown, bite, and burt’s bees. i miss her terribly since she and her hubby made the move back to nyc, but i’m happy to say that we keep in touch through the ‘net and have even managed to connect in the big city on one of my many business trips. i highly recommend that you take a journey over to nicole’s blog for a full dose of beauty and fashion goodness!
i love seeing your #lipbombs, so please keep sending them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
there is no shortage of crazy good new lip products on the market and six of them make up my january rotation. here’s the latest rundown of what’s on my lips, top to bottom:
clinique chubby stick intense in roomiest rose, $16
bite beauty lush lip tint in orchard, $24
covergirl lip perfection jumbo gloss balm in rose twist, $6.64
maybelline baby lips in melon mania (new limited edition shade), $3
tarte lipsurgence skintuitive lip tint, $24
jouer spf15 lip sheer in positano, $22
what’s new and exciting in your lip wardrobe?
i can get behind anything that the bite beauty team puts out. i love that the line is dedicated exclusively to lips and more importantly, i love that they do lips so well. they’ve already got me covered with a go-to lipstick, balm, and tint - now i can add the perfect gloss to my collection.
the problem with lip gloss in general is that while it gives a great finish, most of them pack no punch in the staying power department, but thanks to the addition of manuka honey, bite’s gloss isn’t going anywhere. your lips will feel the difference right away and you’ll notice the way that this stuff grips on to them (yet somehow does not feel sticky), locking in moisture. you get balm-like feel, glossy look, and a stain-like finish with none of that tacky weirdness.
bite really nailed it with these lovelies – and their glass tubes make them look like a million bucks. the wet look lasts for a couple of hours and even as the shine dulls down, you’re left with a good stain-y pop of color so that there’s less need for touch up – highly impressive performance from an all natural product.
bite beauty honey lip lacquer is available at sephora for $24.
i think the only thing that rivals my lip product obsession is my earring collection. call me crazy, but nothing makes me feel like a new girl more than a killer new lip color or shiny pair of chandeliers. ear adornments aside (that’s a whole different blog post!), i am building up my lip wardrobe for fall. top to bottom, here’s what’s on the list:
korres lip butter in mango, $12
bite beauty luminous creme lipstick in fig, $24
perfekt lip perfection gel in vine, $24
youngblood mighty shiny lip gel, $25.50
urban decay super-saturdated high gloss lip color in naked, $19
what’s on your lips?
the allure contest winner was announced yesterday and the grand prize went to shannon of gloss & dirt. i just wanted to take a minute and thank all of you for all of your time spent voting (so much voting! no more captcha codes :)), tweeting, and facebook sharing the contest over the last five weeks. i really appreciate all of the support and i truly feel the love.
i had a blast being a part of the contest and i’m still completely thrilled that allure took notice of me and the glossarie. i adore writing this blog and having you as my readers makes me feel so lucky! i wanted to do a little something for all of you, so i tapped into the glossarie archives and chose some amazing products for a crazy fun giveaway.
stephanie johnson mini pouch in malibu royal
stephanie johnson mini pouch in palm springs mint
bite beauty high pigment matte pencil in bramble
trish mcevoy thickening mascara in jet black
physicians formula hydrating eye cream
super by nicholas perricone crinkle eraser firming serum
topshop lips in rio rio
revlon photoready airbrush mousse makeup in medium beige
revlon photoready concealer in medium
sheswai nail lacquer in babe
any and all of the above are up for grabs! to enter, just leave a comment below (please be sure to include your email address, open to u.s. residents only) with the product you would like to win. you may enter multiple times, but please only once per product. the giveaway closes next thursday, june 7th at midnight your time, and i will announce all of the winners next friday!
i hope you have a fabulous weekend. i’ll be back + blogging for birchbox all next week!
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bag: c. wonder small floral pouch, $28
balm: bite beauty spf 15 sheer balm, $19
how cute is the nylon pouch from c. wonder? i love the shiny gold hardware and the matching floral lining. they come in five sizes and a variety of colors and prints making them uber pretty while being perfectly practical. (if you’re in the new york area, you likely already know the phenomenon that is christopher burch’s delightful shopping experience. if you’re not in the ny area, you can partake in all of the pleasures this spirited collection offers online.)
as for the balm, i’m having a moment with bite beauty as you know from this post. this balm has prime real estate on my bedside table and i have not gone a night without wearing it to bed sine it arrived on my doorstep. it has just the right balance between tug and glide when you apply it (lip balm connoisseurs will totally know what i mean by this – you don’t want a balm to be too slippy or too grippy) and feels lovely on the lips. the cream shade is a tender, nude pink, depositing nearly no color but refreshing my mouth in the best possible way.
ps – we’re down to the wire! i would love your continued votes and support as we round out the final days of the allure beauty blogger of the year competition :)