Lipstick Advent Calendar Day Nine: Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick

I own a million of these Bite Beauty Lipsticks. The entire brand is my holy-grail, desert-island lipstick brand. Even the multisticks are divine. There is something magical in these products. They are super pigmented, comfortable to wear, and seem to self re-apply as the day goes. And the smell. Ugh. So Good. I can’t explain them. I bought one, and I’ve found endless reasons to continue to add more and more to my collection.

This particular shade is Pepper. It’s a cool rose color, and I’M OBSESSED. I recommend this shade to everyone. I find weird ways to insert my recommendation into conversations. I won’t let an opportunity pass to sing this lipstick’s praises. I tend to reach for this one when I don’t know what I want to wear that day, or if I need a lipstick to WORK, no matter what I’m wearing, or did with my makeup. If you know what’s good for you, GET IT.

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Lipstick Advent Calendar Day Eight- MAC Cosmetics See Sheer

This is a great MLBB lipstick. MLBB, for those not in the know, means ‘my lips but better’. This shade is peachy and sheer, so it applies easily without a mirror. It’s so great to throw in my bag and have on hand if I know I need to look put together and natural. I’d recommend it for anyone whose coloring leans slightly warm, or for lipstick nubes. If you want something very user friendly, this is a great place to start.

See Sheer by MAC Cosmetics is a shade I often overlook this lipstick because it isn’t a bold, in-your-face color, but I’m adding it to the stash of lipsticks in my bag to give it a bit extra love next month.

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Lipstick Advent Calendar Day Seven: Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour

Hmm. Day Seven. Before I get into my thoughts on this lipstick, can I share how weird it is to take selfies everyday? It’s more difficult than I thought to look at my own face so often. Completely and totally odd. But I’m persevering in the name of lipstick.

I’m going to be honest, I wasn’t excited by this pick. And in case I haven’t shared, my husband is randomly selecting these lipsticks each morning. The random selection forces me to wear shades I wouldn’t on my own. Today’s lipstick is a great example. I can’t tell if I love this lipstick, or if I feel middle aged in this lipstick. I don’t know. I vacillate.

Now, the texture is stunning. It wears beautifully. I don’t reach for it, ever, because when I catch myself in the mirror, or I see a photograph of myself wearing this color, I don’t love it. Life’s too short for a lipstick I don’t love, right? I should stop waffling long enough to say that it’s Laura Mercier Creme Smooth Lip Colour in Audrey. It’s described as a neutral red. Maybe that’s why I don’t love it. I like my reds to be NEON. All my faves, ColourPop’s Frenchie, MAC Cosmetics Dita von Teese (this was limited edition- soz) and Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Persimmon, are all SUPER vibrant and bright.

I actually would love to try another of these lipsticks in a different color. I have absolutely no complaint about the product. The color is just not for me. I’ll make sure it finds another lipstick-loving home.

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Lipstick Advent Calendar Day Six: MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Sin

I can’t stop with these super dark lipsticks. Frankly, I can’t stop with any and all lipsticks, but that’s an ongoing issue. I was in Vancouver this weekend (hence the backlogged posts) and I went to the world’s largest Nordstrom. I swatched and swatched and swatched, and I kept coming back to Sin by MAC Cosmetics. So I treated myself. It’s matte, my favorite texture, and it wore so well throughout the day. I tend to get pretty bad lipstick bleed, but this one stayed put. I was really impressed. The texture stayed comfortable, and it didn’t get terribly patchy like it’s other dark lipstick brethren. When I wear it, I feel fierce, and that makes it a winner in my book.

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Lipstick Advent Calendar Day Five: NARS Satin Lip Pencil (Again)

Guess who’s back? NARS. That’s who. This time, my lipstick of the day is the NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Rikugien. (I spelled that right after 4 tries, and that’s a win.) This pencil came as a free birthday gift from Sephora, and for longer than I care to admit, I ignored it. It seemed so unremarkable, but I’m here to tell you I COULDN’T HAVE BEEN MORE WRONG. This is the absolute best color when I want “my lips but better”. It’s pink, but not too pink. Nude, but no too nude. And the best part? I can swipe it on without a mirror. It’s become a staple that I keep in my bag at all times.

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Lipstick Advent Calendar Day Four: Dose of Colors

This is the perfect time of year for this color. Dose of Colors liquid lipstick in Brick is a deep brown red. I have both positive and negative things to say about this product. First, the good- I absolutely love the color. The pigmentation is great, and the color applies well with one coat. The formula, however, isn’t anything exceptional. It’s comfortable if you aren’t a lip smoosher, like me. (Lip smooshing is the art of constantly and consistently smooshing lips due to lipstick patchiness paranoia). If you can apply and leave it alone, it wears well.

Here are my issues with this product- the applicator makes it very tricky to get a sharp line. Liquid lipstick isn’t liquid lipstick without crisp edges. I had to get a stiff lipstick brush to help clean up, which means I’ll be picky about when I reach for this lipstick. I also find that it goes a bit patchy as it wears, particularly in the middle where the lips meet.I’ll be honest and say that I haven’t worn it enough to report on how it does with reapplication during the day. If it crumbles, it will be cast aside. That’s my liquid lipstick pet peeve.

It’s fierce in photos, though. Get it here.

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Lipstick Advent Calendar Day Three: NARS Satin Lip Pencil

Day Three! This one is a mega throwback. I bought this NARS Satin Lip Pencil in Luxembourg years ago, and I’ll admit that I’ve neglected it as my collection has grown. To be honest, I wasn’t sure if I’d like it after wearing so many different formulas and brands. But I’ll give credit- this lip pencil is amazing! Sephora describes the shade as ‘watermelon’. Pigmented, comfortable to wear, and fades the best of all the lipsticks I own. I drank three cups of coffee and because this lip pencil stains a bit, the fade was so natural. NO CLOWN MOUTH FOR ME, THANKS. This is a bright, fun pink, and now that I’m back to brown hair, the pinks have become my fav.

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I Smell Like Summer: MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA’s ‘Replica’ Beach Walk Perfume

I smell like summer. Actually, MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA’s ‘Replica’ Beach Walk perfume smells like summer, but I’ll happily take the credit. There are official ‘notes’ in this fragrance that I can’t describe other than to say it smells like the best parts of sunscreen, the good smells of the beach mixed with rays of sun and something slightly delicious. It’s incredible. I got the rollerball because I tend to wear perfume conservatively, but I regret not being able to walk through a cloud of this in the morning. Since buying it, I’ve stopped wearing anything else, because all I can think when I get dressed is “I want to smell like summer!” Get some if you do too.

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My Daily Makeup: Matte and Peachy

Matte eyeshadows have become my life. It may be the fact that fine lines are showing up ALL OVER THE PLACE, but I’m really into single-shadow looks in a matte formula. And with Spring right around the corner, I’ve felt the need to simplify my routine. Second only to not having to grunt my way into tights every time I wear a dress, changing my makeup routine is what I look forward to the most. And recently, I’ve been compelled to sweep on a matte shadow, slap on some mascara and call it done. I know this will be my go to Spring makeup.

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Let’s See What Happens- Stila Eyes Are the Window Palette

It’s been a while. Life happens. It’s only been recently that I felt ready to sit down with the camera and play with makeup. The recent purchase of this beautiful Stila palette didn’t hurt:
Stila Eyes Are the Window
I’ve had this palette on my Sephora wishlist for ages, and I finally pulled the trigger when I got a bit burned out on defining a crease, wearing liner, etc, and all I wanted to do with my makeup is wash a one-sweep shadow over my lids, sweep on mascara and go. Turns out, this palette is great for both of those options, and since I bought it in December, it’s all I’ve used.
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