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Sunday, April 20th, 2014

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask
Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask ($26.00 for 0.52 oz.) is supposed to be a “soothing, leave-on lip mask that replenishes moisture in lips.” If you’re a regular reader, you’ll know that keeping my lips in tip-top shape is not just a priority but part and parcel for sharing lip swatches with all of you! I’ve been specifically trying to branch out and try new lip balms, and after being impressed by some of Bite Beauty’s other products, I figured this would be one to consider. It’s less “mask”-like to me and more like your overnight lip balm/industrial-strength lip balm.

It uses a lanolin base along with castor seed oil, shea butter, agave nectar, and jojoba oil. It also contains “triple the amount of antioxidant trans-resveratrol found in red wine.” I’ve been wearing this for a few weeks now, and I apply it shortly before bed. After eight to ten hours later, there is usually a sheer layer still on my lips, which is something I really want to have happen in a lip balm. My lips feel nourished, smooth, and comfortable the next day. The texture of this product is very thick, which makes it a bit harder to squeeze out of the tube, and it takes a few seconds to “melt” on the lips so that it can be smoothed across for even coverage. It is a fairly tacky product, though not to the level of feeling like glue. It has a sweet, non-descript scent and taste and a soft sheen (not too glossy, not matte).

For me, my lips usually just need an extra boost of hydration on an as-needed basis, but they’re not chronically dry any more and haven’t been for some time. That being said, the Agave Lip Mask maintained the health and smooth texture of my lips (and if I wear nothing for long enough, my lips will start to go back a horrible, winding path of dryness). A little goes a long way, and one tube will last quite awhile as you don’t need to frequently reapply, but I have heard of others having issues with the packaging cracking/breaking over time. I haven’t experienced any issues with packaging deteriorating over time, but I keep mine in my nightstand.

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For me, my lips usually just need an extra boost of hydration on an as-needed basis, but they're not chronically dry any more and haven't been for some time. That being said, the Agave Lip Mask maintained the health and smooth texture of my lips (and if I wear nothing for long enough, my lips will start to go back a horrible, winding path of dryness).
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Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Temptalia Asks You


Do you change your foundation formula as the seasons change? (Not color, the formula.) Share!

Temptalia's AnswerMy skin is pretty normal and doesn’t seem to get as dry as it used to, so it’s not as necessary to switch between finishes as it used to be, but I still find myself reaching for more luminous/less matte foundations in late winter. In the summer, I tend to look for more satin to semi-matte ones!

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Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Kat Von D Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette
Kat Von D Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette

Kat Von D Chrysalis Eyeshadow Palette ($46.00 for 0.73 oz.) is a cool-toned eyeshadow palette that features twelve shades ranging from soft beige to purple to deep navy blue. There is a variety of finishes as well, so there’s a lot of versatility in combinations within the palette. The larger eyeshadows are 0.095 oz. each, while the smaller eyeshadows are 0.049 oz. each, which brings the cost of the eyeshadows to $63.36/oz. The 8-pan eyeshadow palettes are $36.00 for 0.40 oz. (also includes a mini Autograph eyeliner, though, which would add 0.028 oz.), which is a cost of $90/oz. It’s a good quality palette overall, though Kat Von D’s eyeshadow formula tends to be particularly soft, which makes for easier blending, but some shades can sheer out a bit, and the texture can also be powdery at times. If you use an eyeshadow primer, some of the powderiness is minimized and will not be as noticeable. The eyeshadows wore well from seven to nine hours, depending on the shade (wear time noted by each shade below). The palette is on the larger size (physically), though it’s slim and its cardboard packaging will absorb impact, so it should still work for travel.

Lifelike is described as a “matte cream.” It’s a pale, creamy ivory with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, was a smidgen powdery, and wore well for nine hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Hybrid Moments is described as a “matte deep purple.” It’s a medium-dark, red-toned, muted purple with a matte finish. It had decent pigmentation, but the texture was soft and powdery enough that it didn’t bind as well. It wore well for nine houors. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Mezzanine is described as a “sparkle violet.” It’s a medium-dark, pinky-purple with a frosted finish that did have some fine purple sparkle. It had good pigmentation, and it applied evenly and smoothly, but some of the sparkle fell out over time, though the underlying color lasted for almost nine hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Transition is described as a “pearl mauve.” It’s a light, muted pink-plum with a metallic sheen. It had really good color payoff, while the texture was soft, creamy, and buttery (but not powdery!). This shade wore well for almost nine hours before showing signs of fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lunar Lights is described as a “pearl gray.” It’s a dirty, frosted, bright white with a frosted finish. It had rich pigmentation, and it had a really soft, smooth texture that was easy to apply and blend. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Glasswing is described as a “matte caramel.” It’s a light-medium, muted yellowed brown with a matte finish and subtle warm undertones. It had excellent color payoff, and the texture was soft, blendable, and balanced–not powdery at all. It stayed on for eight and a half hours before it started to fade. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Melancholia is described as a “pearl silver.” It’s a metallic, pewter gold with warm undertones and a sparkling finish. The pigmentation was really intense, but the texture was slightly powdery, so it didn’t hold together quite as well. A little goes a long way, and if you use a primer, that should take care of the lingering powderiness! It wore well for eight hours on me, and then it started to fade around the edges. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Black Milk is described as a “matte gray.” It’s a light gray with neutral-to-cool undertones and a matte finish. It had fantastic color payoff, and the texture was soft, finely-milled, and easy to blend. This shade lasted for eight and a half hours on me. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Lucid is described as a “sparkle rose.” It’s a light pink with cool, blue undertones and white sparkle. The underlying base color had good, true-to-pan color payoff, but the texture was a little chalky, and the sparkle didn’t really stick to the eyeshadow, so they didn’t translate as well when applied. Some of the remaining sparkle fell out during the day as it wore on, though the pink base lasted for eight hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Graphic Nature is described as a “pearl charcoal.” It’s a dark gray with a satin finish. The color payoff was decent, but the texture was rather powdery, so the color didn’t bind together well, which gave it a drier, sheerer appearance. On the lid, it lasted for seven and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Entombed is described as a “pearl blue.” It’s a dark, navy blue with a pearly sheen that leans just slightly purple. It had good pigmentation, and the texture was soft, blendable, and only a smidgen powdery. The color wore well for eight and a half hours. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Tornay is described as a “matte navy.” It’s a blackened blue with a matte finish. It had good color payoff, but the texture was somewhat dry, which made it stiffer to use, so the application was as even and the color was more difficult to blend out in the lid. It’s manageable, but it wasn’t as nice as some of the other matte shades in the palette. When applied, it wore well for eight hours before fading. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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Saturday, April 19th, 2014

NYX Powder Blush

NYX Powder Blush ($5.99 for 0. oz.) comes in 27 shades (at least, that’s what I counted on their website), and I recently purchased 12 shades to swatch and (possibly) review. Not sure when/if I’ll have a chance to review all of them, but I know I’ll have a few reviews, at least. I can, however, promise you photos and swatches. :) You’ll also find these have been added to the Swatch Gallery/The Dupe List features! Now, let’s take a look at the first six…

Apricot is described as a “pink peach with gold shimmer.” It’s a warm-toned, medium-dark pink coral with a satin finish. The gold shimmer is very subtle in this shade. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Summer Peach is described as a “peachy pink with gold reflects.” It’s a medium-dark, pink-coral with a semi-matte finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Pinched is described as a “coral pink with gold iridescence.” It’s a medium-dark, pink-coral with a soft golden shimmer. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Peach is described as a “matte baby pink.” It’s a medium-dark, subtly warm-toned pink with a satin-matte finish. (Why is it called PEACH!) See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Cinnamon is described as a “matte bright orange.” It’s a medium-dark, red-toned orange with a satin finish. I wouldn’t call it matte, as when it blends out, it develops a soft sheen–subtle but there. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Rose Garden is described as a “pink with gold reflects.” It’s a medium, subtly cool-toned pink with a satin finish. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

What’s Swatch Saturday? I can’t always review products with full, in-depth reviews, but sometimes, I can at least give you photos and swatches, and then also provide a link to dupes and comparisons for those interested! This also helps us to build up our Swatch Gallery and add even more entries to The Dupe List, which can be helpful to readers at any point.

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Saturday, April 19th, 2014

One of my favorite beauty products to bring out during summer is neon lipsticks! The brighter, the better! Let’s kick it off with a look at some bold, vibrant fuchsia lipsticks… You can see them all here in the Swatch Gallery.

  1. Estee Lauder Dominant — bold, brightened, medium-dark fuchsia pink
  2. Buxom Exhibitionist — bold, brightened cool-toned fuchsia
  3. Urban Decay Anarchy — a glossy, fuchsia-magenta
  4. Maybelline Fuchsia Flash –a brightened, electric magenta pink
  5. Bite Beauty Moscato — a satiny, neon fuchsia pink

What are your favorite fuchsia lipsticks to wear during the summer?

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

Bite Beauty Grape Matte Creme Lip Crayon
Bite Beauty Grape Matte Creme Lip Crayon

Today, I have the remaining three shades of Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lip Crayons ($24.00 for 0.05 oz.), so if you missed the first three, check out part one. The formula is supposed to be a “moisture-rich, matte-finish lipstick with a delicious citrus scent.” The colors are rich and opaque, while they’re lightly hydrating (I don’t know if I’d go as far as to say “moisture-rich”), comfortable to wear, and long-wearing. They have a lemony-herbal-y scent to me, which may or may not be appealing to you. The only true downside is that these are 0.05 oz., as compared to the average-sized lipstick, which is around 0.10 oz.

Bite Beauty Grape Matte Creme Lip Crayon is described as a “muted violet.” It’s a medium-dark, magenta purple with cool undertones and a satin-matte finish. It had intense pigmentation that fully covered the lips in smooth, even color. The shade wore on for almost six hours, and it was lightly hydrating while worn. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush (LE, $18.00) is slightly more fuchsia. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is more matte, pinker. MAC RiRi Boy (LE, $16.00) is more muted, purpler. MAC Up the Amp (P, $16.00) is more muted, purpler. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is brighter, pinker. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Satsuma Matte Creme Lip Crayon is described as a “fuchsia pink.” It’s a brightened, medium fuchsia pink with cool, blue undertones and a satin finish. It was extremely well-pigmented, and the color applied very evenly. This shade lasted for five and a half hours on me, and it was lightly hydrating. Sephora + Pantone Universe Radiant Rush (LE, $18.00) is darker. Bite Beauty Moscato (P, $28.00) is brighter. Chanel La Diva (44) (P, $34.00) is more matte. MAC Candy Yum Yum (P, $16.00) is similar. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Nylon (P, $18.00) is brighter. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

Bite Beauty Sweety Orange Matte Creme Lip Crayon is described as a “coral pink.” It’s a light-medium, warm-toned pink with a satin-matte finish. Like the rest of the shades in the range, the pigmentation-level was full coverage, and it applied beautifully without streaking or settling into lip lines. This shade lasted five hours on me, and it was lightly moisturizing during that time. MAC Viva Glam Nicki (LE, $16.00) is lighter. Le Metier de Beaute Fiji (P, $32.00) is more muted. See comparison swatches / view dupes.

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