BITE Beauty

After perusing, I came across a new makeup line called BITE Beauty. With it’s sleek black packaging, BITE Beauty is a collection of lip products made from all natural and food grade ingredients that help improve the appearance of aging. 
BITE Beauty makes a good point: your lips age too, and it’s just as important to take care of them as well as the rest of your face. BITE Beauty’s secret weapon is Red Wine Resveratrol (a powerful antioxidant found in red wine) which is found in all of their products. A fun fact: each Bite lipstick has the antioxidant equivalent of five glasses of red wine. 
As a makeup artist, I am always on the lookout for new and innovative products that not only have lasting power, but are good for your skin. If you’re interested in trying Bite Beauty out, check out my top three picks below.

High Pigment Matte Pencil- $24
This pencil gives a long lasting, matte color using all natural products that are “good enough to eat” (literally)

Superfruit Butter- $18 
Right now this is only available via the Spring Cleaning Trio on the Sephora site. The Superfruit Butter contains concentrated whole superfruits for antioxidant age-repair. This all-natural butter is also scent-free. It comes in Acai, Blueberry, Cranberry and Pomegranate. Use it on lips, cuticles – anywhere skin could benefit from a super boost of antioxidants and intensive conditioning.” YES PLEASE!

Vitamin Gel- $18
This yummy vitamin gel is made with 5mg of vitamin C and 100% pure essential oils, helping to soften your lips, while the red wine Resveratrol improves your mood and smooths fine lines. Comes in Blood Orange, Ginger, Pink Grapefruit, Mint and Pineapple. This sounds weird but I would totally mix the Mint and Pineapple together!

New Stuff I’m Excited About

Sephora is rolling out the big guns! With spring finally here (even though it doesn’t feel like it…brrr!) every beauty line is launching fun, new items. Here are just some of my favorites carried at Sephora: 

DiorShow Heat Curl Heating Lash Curler: $25

This limited edition item is a heated lash curler that you can use before or after mascara. 

Sephora Collection Eyelash Curler: $16

Sephora’s trusty and affordable lash curler now comes in fun colors like Rose Quartz, Emerald and Aquamarine

Betsey Johnson Too Too Scented Nail Colour: $9.50

This opaque hot pink nail polish is actually scented with Betsy Johnson’s Too Too Perfume!

Holiday Gift Guide 2011

The holidays are approaching, ya’lll! If you are looking for a gift for the Beauty Fashionista in your life, you have come to the right place. I compiled my gift favorites that Sephora is offering this season to make it easy for you. Nothing is worse than walking into a store and being bombarded with 500,000 gift sets and not having a clue about any of them! What’s great is that all these gifts are under $30!

For the nail fiend in your life, Sephora recently started carrying British brand Nails, Inc. in their stores. Nails, Inc. is a high quality nail polish brand that I’m beginning to be a huge fan of. The Wyndham Collection features the Teal Black Kensington polish and The Wyndham Overglaze top coat, “which contains hand cut, irregular particles to create dramatic holographic effects when applied over other polishes.” I’m already swooning.

Clinique’s Black Honey Glow gift set includes the High Impact Mascara in Black, a limited edition Black Honey Gel Blush (LOVE), a moisturizing Super Balm gloss in Black Honey, and a shadow duo is Lucky Penny and Rose Chocolate. Flattering for all skin colors and YUMMY!

Philosophy’s set caught my eye when I read “Hot Salt.” According to the site, “the Gingerbread Man Hot Salt Scrub features sea salt and natural extracts to exfoliate and polish dry, rough skin, leaving it feeling silky soft, super smooth and conditioned.” I read the reviews and the salt actually heats up and gives you a tingly scrubby feeling all over. Yes, please!

I’ve had my eye on this since last year, but I already have every thing in it. This gift set features all of Makeup For Ever’s best sellers in smaller sizes so you can sample what you’ve been missing out on. If you are looking to get into Makeup For Ever, this is a perfect place to start. And let’s not even talk about how soft and heaven-sent their HD powder feels! This set includes: the HD powder, HD primer, the waterproof version of the Smoky Lash mascara in Black, Lab Shine gloss in S4, and a shimmery champagne Aqua Cream. *Sigh

My heart palpitates when I think about this amazing little set from Fresh. This set includes a full size of their AMAZE BALLS Sugar lip balm in Plum, which is flattering for everyone. You also get small sizes of their SuperNova Mascara in Black, their Twilight Glow moisturizer (with red pearl, it’s gorge), and Soy Face Cleanser (great for sensitive skin). 

Anastasia Pro Wax Kit– Product Review

Hola Senioritas!

I wanted to share my thoughts on a poquito (sp?) little wax kit that was given to me by a friend to try. Anastasia is known for coming up with great tools and products for perfecting your eye brows. The Pro Wax Kit is an unbelievable $12 at Sephora. It’s third of an ounce of wax is easily microwavable and manageable. Surprisingly, this small amount of wax lasts quite a while. Contrary to its name, you don’t have to be a “pro” to use this. While I consider myself a connoisseur at plucking and trimming brows, I have never ventured into the wax arena and was a little nervous. However, the tiny little birchwood sticks the kit came with made it easy to control where the wax went, and how much of it went on my skin. I use one muslin strip each time I have to wax my brows (about once every 3 weeks). You can use them over and over again in one sitting.
I rubbed a little baby oil to the areas I waxed immediately after to help remove any stickyness and soften the skin, then finished off with a creamy moisturizer. Done and done.

DISCLAIMER: when waxing, do not re-wax the same area -your skin will be highly sensitive and may form a rash from being so raw. Again, I am by no means an esthetician, but simply a Middle Eastern girl with facial and body hair expertise.

Makeup For Ever: Gold Icon

Hello Blog Buddies! For Christmas, I got a ton of makeup (of course) and one of my favorite gifts was my sister’s. Chantal got me a Sephora: Beauty in a Box in Makeup For Ever’s Gold Icon. She knows I love gold anything! Thank goodness for little sisters 🙂 
The kit includes: 

Metal Powder in Sunflower Gold 1 (yellow gold shimmer)
 Diamond Powder in Gold 16 (gold shimmer)
Kohl Pencil Black with Metal Highlights 6K (black with gold flecks)
 Lab Shine Diamond Collection D16 (glimmering beige)
 Smoky Lash


Winter 2011 Product Review

Happy December!

I am excited to share with you a plethora of beauty products that I recently got on my last (few) trip(s) to Sephora. I’ve recently started branching out and trying different brands. Most of my makeup career, I’ve relied heavily on MAC Cosmetics products, mostly because of my training there for 5 years and also because I get a SWEET discount with them. However, lately, I’ve felt a craving for more… variety. I mean, I can’t call myself a good makeup artist if I mainly use one line of cosmetics! This recent urge has taken me on many trips to Sephora and several beauty counters, as well as poring through Youtube tutorials and online reviews. Every waking moment I have had the last few weeks has been spent educating myself on all the different brands and TRYING everything! I feel like I have a whole new world at my fingertips, but also, like I am doomed because of course all of this is COSTLY up the wazoo. Anyway, below are my new findings and what I thought of them.

Makeup For Ever HD Foundation– $40
 I don’t know where this foundation has been all my life, but I am AS excited about this as I was about NSync in high school. For the first time in my life, I am applying foundation on with my fingers. It glides on smoothly and gives beautiful coverage without feeling heavy. The color dries down true to what it looks like in the bottle, which is hard to find, as most foundations end up drying down darker than they look, or more yellow or pink. It looks gorgeous in photos as well as in person. Long-wearing and even a little sweat-proof. 
FRESH Magic Wands Mini Mascara Duo — $10
I bought these in the checkout line at Sephora. Fresh’s full size mascaras are a bit pricy, so I wanted to try them out before I committed. Supernova (the black one) looked beautiful at first, then slowly weighed my lashes down. It also doesn’t dry feels like gel even hours after you apply it. Firebird (the blue one) however, is AMAZING. The wand can whip any flimsy lash hair into shape and LIFT your whole lashline. Dried down well and stayed on all day. 
Tarina Tarantino Sparklicity Pure Gold — $19
This is part of Tarantino’s limited Gold Collection and is simply divine. The light reflects off the mineralized crystals in this golden dust and just heavenly. I applied some MAC Cream Color Base to my cheekbones and dusted it on with a flat-tipped blush brush. The result? ETHEREAL 
Makeup For Ever Waterproof Eyebrown Corrector– $19
Once again, where on God’s green earth has this been all my life? I have always been very disappointed with the quality of eyebrow-filling products in the market, until this. I’ve tried everything: eyebrow waxes (too greasy), eyebrow liners (to harsh), eyebrow gels (crusty and pointless), and eyeshadow-as-eyebrow-filler (not strong enough). I hate when people’s eyebrows dissappear in photos because of the flash, or just look faded or even worse SHINY because of the product they put in them (mine included!). This silicone-based gel feels more like a cream and is applied with an angle brush. The color STAYS PUT (even through a workout at the gym), stays MATTE and stays SOLID. Washes off with soap and water. One tube will probably last you a lifetime, and no, I’m not joking. The only jest I have is that it only comes in 4 shades. I’m hoping they expand this line because it’s honestly amazing.
Attention Blondies: This product also doubles as a lash darkener when applied with a clean mascara brush! And on graying sideburns and mustaches, so Grandpa and your Dad will be happy campers as well. 
FRESH Prime & Glow Duo– $10
Freshface Primer and Freshface Glow
Once again, I was trying not to break the bank, so I bought the sample-sized version of these two products in the checkout line of Sephora. The Freshface Primer smells amazing (like roses!) and a tiny bit does go a long way. I’m not sure if it’s worth the hefty price though ($36) , since there are so many other primers that are cheaper and can do the job just fine. The Freshface Glow  ($36) is a moisturizer with a red pearl glow. It’s really gorgeous, but reminds me of MAC’s Strobe Cream ($29), which is slightly cheaper. My thoughts? If you got the $$ go for it. If not, there are cheaper options.
Sephora Face Wipes (25)– $8
What…an utter dissappointment. I jumped at the price– 25 wipes for eight bucks!– but gravely regretted it later. First of all, the wipes feel like they are SOAKED in Palm Olive. Secondly, it didn’t remove jack sh*t. After using one wipe, I looked like Heath Ledger’s The Joker. I still had to wash off the remainder of my makeup with my Philosophy Purity cleanser and warm water. I still stand strongly by MAC’s wipes (45 for $18).