We were on the way to have dinner in Manhattan with my husband’s old college buddy and his family this past Friday. Since we arrived earlier that afternoon to expressly browse through some shops, like McNulty’s Tea & Coffee on Christopher Street, I happened to also tack on a quick walk to Bite Beauty’s Lip Lab located in Soho. Too bad they were getting ready for a private party since I would have had an old favorite lipstick remade… a beautiful mid-tone pink I can’t seem to find a good dupe for believe it or not though I’ve looked everywhere and driven various SAs mad over it in the process. I will have to schedule an appointment one of these days. I heard that they do an amazing job so I can hardly wait ;)!
If you are ever in Mrs. Greens or Whole Foods and are looking for a great cosmetics company, please give Mineral Fusion a try. So far I have purchased their eyeshadow trio in Fragile and 3 of their Sheer Moisture Lip Tints in Glisten (my favorite), Blush, and Flicker.
I bought Fragile from Mrs. Greens (might have seen it at Whole Foods too) and really love that it goes on smoothly, the color pay-off and lasting power is quite good. I’d definitely re-purchase this since it’s a great neutral trio to have and plan to buy this product in some of the other colors. It’s nice for travel due to its compact size. If you are wondering about the packaging of their products, I would say it’s reasonably good quality, feels relatively sturdy, has a transparent lid (helps you to easily see what you are looking for as you dig through your makeup; I’m not a fan of opaque covers), and I love the touch of micro glitter embedded throughout the earthy tan bottom of the compact I have.
Around the time I bought their jumbo lip pencils, I was also really into Bite Beauty’s jumbo lip pencils and wanted to do a comparison. Both goes on smooth and are very moisturizing. On occasion I have chapped lips and prefer using a moisturizing lipstick, lip pencil, or gloss over applying a lip balm then a color product… most times the application ends in disappointment when the color doesn’t deposit well. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that there’s a slight sweet flavoring to this product. I often wonder about such things since I’m sensitive to scents and can be very particular about it. I wish more reviewers would include such details in all their product reviews but very few do :(. BTW, if I ever forget, please don’t be afraid to ask. My favorite is the scent of MAC’s lipsticks I must admit.
I recommend MF’s products :). Also, best of all there’s no testing on animals! I’m under the impression that not all of their products are vegan. It’s best to call or email them if you want to make sure of this.
*Photocredit: Mineral Fusion
For a long time I believed red lipstick simply looked awful on me. One day, I was inspired by CamiLovesKiwi on You Tube to give reds another try. At first I wasn’t used to the bold look of red on me, even with very minimal eye makeup minus winged liner, so I quickly gave up and went back to wearing mostly light to medium neutrals… I continued to hide within my “safe” colors. I finally learned that if I wanted to get comfortable with pulling off bold shades like reds and corals, it’s best to stick with it for even a little while ;); afterall, there’s a shade out there for everyone… just takes a bit of patience to find it.
A few years later and most recently I discovered Besame Cosmetics because of You Tube Chrissstttiiine‘s Lipstick Collection video. Since I love vintage glamour and retro looks, I was easily seduced by their Noir Red 1930, Merlot 1933, and Red Velvet 1946. I love their attention to detail, whether the gold packaging with pretty chrysanthemum motif or whistle-shaped lipsticks! Great formula too! So give them a try! Mwahhh ♥
*Photocredit: Besame Cosmetics
Before venturing to the United Kingdom, I fantasized about what cosmetic brands I wanted to buy. Besides learning about a country or culture through its food & drink, I learn via its cosmetics. The obvious choices were brands that were not readily available in the U.S. I had narrowed the list down to Sleek, Gosh, Me Me Me, and Barry M.
It was off to London’s shopping district! First stop, Boots =) I ended up buying a cute owl necklace and hair scrunchy; surprising not one makeup item. A few Boots associates were kind enough to point me to the right direction. It was really SuperDrug that I wanted. The next morning I happily trotted into Holborn’s SuperDrug and shopped to my heart’s content. This was what I bought…
*Picture to follow soon.
For those of you who want to proudly display your lip product possessions and obsessions, I have the perfect holders and caddies for you!
*Photocredit: Various eBay Sellers
I recently saw this brand carried by TracyPorter.com and the New York Botanical Garden gift shop. If it wasn’t for my desire to downsize my makeup collection or use up previous cosmetics I bought within these past few months (be on better behavior hehe), I would have purchased a few of these lovely little items. Just look at the packaging; isn’t it sweet?! So pretty! I’m a sucker for thoughtful pretty packaging. The NYBG shop had a few testers available. Everything smelled so yummy. So if you are not currently Project 10 panning like me, treat yourself to a kissing kit or lip balm or two…
I just want to say YEAHHHH she’s back! The first time I saw Poppy King Cosmetics was in 1996 at Barney’s New York and the spotlighted collection was called Seven Deadly Sins. It disappeared before I could get better acquainted with the brand =(. Now I’m overjoyed that her new line Lipstick Queen recently launched and is readily accessible to most lip product lovers. Medieval may be the one magical way I can pull off a red shade without looking too “unlike me.” Below are a few things I’m very excited to try…
*Photocredit: Lipstick Queen