Ariel R.
Review for Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick - 1 year, 11 months ago
When I first learned that Bite was reformulating their lipsticks, I was worried that they were messing with a good thing. After trying this reformulated line, I'm so glad they did. This line is the right amount of emollient and super pigmented.
Fair
Dark Brown
Review for Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Crème - 2 years ago
I'm seeing this get compared to the NARS Radiant Light Concealer & I love both. In my case, I actually switch between the two. They have some clear similarities, but they behave pretty differently.

The KVD Lock It Concealer is medium-full coverage. The shade range is extensive, and there's a pure white shade to use as a mixer. It's best to work in small sections because this stuff dries down fast so you have a fairly narrow window to blend it out. When it dries down the texture reminds of something in the direction of the Urban Decay primer potions with a little less tack. It's build-able once it dries, I've had the best results w/ tapping with a finger tip. The tack in turn is what gives it some of the best longevity I've seen in a concealer. As long as I moisturize, it holds up really well in the under eye area.

In contrast, the NARS formula has a touch less coverage - more medium-full than full. It is more emollient than the KVD & there's more time to work before it sets.
Fair
Dry
Blackheads, Dullness, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Uneven Skin Tone
Review for Kat Von D Lock-it Setting Powder - 2 years ago
My skin falls somewhere between normal and dry. For the past couple years, I haven't a lot of issues with excess oil or shine. As long as I don't get heavy handed, this powder sets everything without drawing attention to how dry my skin is.

This has worked really well for setting things like cream/liquid foundation. The powder itself has a slight light diffusing quality to it, but it stops short of being outright shimmery. It's colorless, but slightly tinted. Personally I haven't seen flashback in photos or any color distortion on top of other makeup.

The packaging is really nice compared to what I've seen for other loose powders. The container is made of plastic, but it feels hefty. Similar to a lot of other loose powders, the container isn't travel friendly. I'd recommend decanting into a smaller sifter jar to avoid accidentally deploying giant powder clouds.

In my case this has performed similar to the NARS Light Reflecting loose powder, which I also love.
Fair
Dry
Blackheads, Dullness, Fine Lines & Wrinkles, Uneven Skin Tone
Review for Deborah Lippmann The Cure - 2 years, 2 months ago
This cream strikes a balance between substantially moisturizing and quick absorbing. I have very sensitive skin and the winter weather plus hand washing just makes my hands a train wreck. This has been incredibly helpful for my cuticles and it doesn't have to be reapplied that often. It's also less messy than an oil.
Review for Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask - 2 years, 2 months ago
Review for: Natural more...
Pros:

If you have dry lips this is a must have. This is best to wear overnight since the texture is heavy (check out Glossier's BalmdotCom. I've heard some people liken it to Carmex. I don't mind it since the texture is what gives it staying power. I like wearing liquid lipsticks and this stuff allows me to wear matte lip makeup the next day without it looking terrible. I also like to throw this on if I'm going to be spending anytime outside if it's windy or cold. It's a great humectant and occlusive so this can pretty much handle any dryness/chapped skin you can throw at. A little bit of this product also works wonders for dry cuticles.

Cons:

Lanolin is a primary ingredient, if you're allergic or opposed to using it. I've been pretty familiar with Bite Beauty and they are generally ethical about their ingredient sourcing plus their manufacturing is primarily internal so they're in control of products/practices.

Secondly, the tube is not the greatest packaging. I haven't had issues myself, but the mask is packaged in a mini metallic, toothpaste type tube. The mask is very viscous, especially when cold so depending on how you apply pressure it can rupture. I found that holding the tube between my hands to slightly warm it has made dispensing easier while also keeping the tube from ripping. Also push from the bottom, but avoid rolling it up since these types of tubes can tear easily from being folded.

All in all this is different from many other lip balm type products I've tried. If you have constantly chapped or dry lips this definitely is worth a try.
Dark Brown
Review for Kevyn Aucoin The Eyelash Curler - 2 years, 3 months ago
I have weird eyes. I'm partially Asian, partially Hispanic, and partially Caucasian. Something I learned early on (the hard way with a Revlon curler) is that all lash curlers are not created equal especially when large/'Asian' eyes are involved. For a long time I used the Shu Uemura curler, while it was carried by Sephora. It became a slight pain to get it from the brand itself, and then I stumble onto a fun fact while reading about Kevyn Aucoin. He designed the Shu Uemura curler. And it just so happened his eponymous lash curler is now carried by Sephora. It is now my new standby. Aside from not ripping my eyes out, the little squishy pads are bright red which helps to increase visibility while working with it. This is my new ride or die/pry it from my dead hands eyelash curler.
Full, Long, Curled
Dark Brown
Review for Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Lash - 2 years, 3 months ago
This was my first mascara from Sephora. When I first bought it in 2005, it was one of the best mascaras I had used. However, in 2016 there's been advances and formulas that have left this in the dust especially in terms of longevity. The main issue I had with this was the persistent flaking and smudging.
Full, Long, Curled
Review for Urban Decay Vice 4 - 2 years, 3 months ago
The past few Vice palettes have felt really phoned in, this one included. Compared to similar palettes, this doesn't stand up in terms of formula or shade selection. The overall color story isn't very cohesive and it's not very intuitive to find color combos within the palette. At this price point, there's too many options that deliver a superior overall experience.
Fair
Review for tarte™ tartelette in bloom clay palette - 2 years, 3 months ago
I like wearing warm tones so I prefer this over the original Tartlette palette. It's one of the better eyeshadow palettes from Tarte, but in the overall sea of palettes it's just okay. I'd recommended this mainly if you like Matte shades over other textures. It's not bad, just not a must have.
Fair
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