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Oh Bite Beauty, you never cease to amaze me. And in a summer where lipstick has ruled, I’m really happy that you’ve thrown your ring into the liquid lipstick ring because your version is, well, delicious. I’ve been playing with the new Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick for a little while now and there’s a reason why these have become so popular so quickly. Shall we?

“Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick is proof that a high pigment luxurious and nourishing formula is possible with natural ingredients.” – Susanne Langmuir, Founder & Creator of Bite Beauty

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Bite Beauty Liquified Lipstick L-R: Braised, Candied, Caramelized, Chutney, Demi-Glace, Eclair, Flambé, Infuse, Marsala, Purée, Supreme, Whip

Available in 12 shades, ranging from nudes to deep maroon with everything in between, the new liquified lipsticks bring their popular Amuse Bouche lipsticks into liquid form (with new shades). They were designed to be nourishing on the lips, using natural ingredients like coconut oil, monoi butter and citrus flavour, to ensure that the formula glides on the lips smoothly leaving a creamy feel that hydrates during wear. They feel luxurious on the lip, with a really soft touch that doesn’t ever feel heavy or sticky.

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The shades are gorgeous and highly pigmented, especially the deeper shades; I love the colour and how rich they are once applied. I do notice that the lighter shades apply a little streaky and need to be blended a little for a smooth finish, but I’ve had no issues with the darker shades. For me, standouts are Chutney (my absolute favourite), Supreme and Marsala.

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Bite Beauty Liquified Lipstick L-R: Braised, Candied, Caramelized, Chutney, Demi-Glace, Eclair, Flambé, Infuse, Marsala, Purée, Supreme, Whip

They apply really creamy and dry to what they call a demi-glaze finish, which means they feel satiny and have a nice hit of shine to them without being overly glossy. I do find that these transfer (especially to my teeth…), with reapplication needed every 3-4 hours to keep the colour up. For longer lasting colour, start with The Lip Pencil in a matching shade.

And now… I made my first YouTube video! Check out more swatches and a continuation of my review here:

 

Please, be gentle 😉 And if you want to see more videos, make sure you subscribe and let me know what you would like to see on my channel. This was a pretty big, nerve-wracking step for me that’s been a long time coming and it feels nice to finally make the jump. Thanks for checking it out 🙂

Which Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Liquified Lipstick shades would you like to try?

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I might not be ready to admit that summer is winding down, but it is. When the CNE is only a couple of weeks away, it’s a surefire sign that September is just around the corner, which also means back to school for many of us. I’m not heading back to school (a couple of online courses don’t count) but I still get excited thinking about BTS shopping – it was always one of my favourite things to do this time of year. Anyways, if you’re heading off for the first time or going back, check out my list of back to school essentials that will definitely make this year one to remember.

I’m notorious for having several notebooks on the go, which doesn’t always end so well. I’m totally coveting the  Rocketbook reusable notebook because it’s so cool. You write on the pages and scan the code on the page to upload everything you’ve just written (or doodled) to your computer so you have everything safely stored and organized. The pages wipe clean so you can use them again and again.

Of course, you’re going to need a backpack to lug your laptop and textbooks around in. I always love shopping for backpacks and totally go for cute (and functional) styles, like this Tibes Backpack, that makes bringing everything around with me that much easier.

Comfortable, stylish kicks are a must for getting around campus, and let’s face it, at some point you’re going to end up being late for class or an exam and will need to hightail it from one side to the other. Grab a cute pair of sneakers, like these Keds Sneakers, for comfortable days spent in classes.

  While yes, school is technically about academics, it also has a major social side to it. Print all of the snaps you capture at parties and events in an instant with the HP Sprocket Portable Photo Printer so you can decorate and remember it all. I so need to get one of these!

 

We all know that school can get a little stressful, especially around exam time. If you’re living off campus and have a tub you can use, take some time to dstress when things get a little hectic with a bath bomb and keep your skin in check with The Body Shop Tea Tree Facial Wash.

When you’ve been up all night studying or finishing an essay chances are you won’t have a lot of time to get ready to go before you head out the door. Get rid of bedhead in a flash with the InfinitiPro by Conair Hot Ionic Straightening Brush which quickly straightens and smooths the hair as you run it through your locks.

Oh, by the way, students get a free 6-month trial for Amazon Prime, and after that it’s 50% off – totally worth it, IMHO. What are you shopping for for your back to school essentials this year?

 


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Happy Monday! I hope everyone had a killer weekend. I definitely did since it was the first weekend in Toronto this summer that it hasn’t rained at all. Finally… Sunshine.

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Since it’s Monday, and Mondays aren’t always the most fun, I want to try to cheer everyone up with an amazing giveaway. My friend Gloria Chik from Rogue Stories spends a lot of her time traveling and recently put all of her time into creating The Flight Pack, a beautiful minimalistic tavel bag that takes the hassle out of packing and trying to find what you need when you’re on the go. It makes it easy to carry your essentials around without having to worry about clutter and losing sight of what you need.

The Flight Pack will be launching on Kickstarter on August 2nd, so be sure to check back on the site in the next few days to grab yours. In anticipation of this, we’ve partnered up to give one of you a chance to win The Flight Pack and a Carry-On Cocktail Kit so you’ll be ready for your next trip!

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Win The Flight Pack and a Carry-On Cocktail Kit. (Valued at $150)

Whether you’re a frequent traveler or an aspiring nomad, this might be for you.  The Flight Pack is a minimalistic, modular travel bag that’s carefully designed to keep your travel essentials organized your way. Made with premium vegan leather, gun metal details and microsuede lining, this water resistant bag will be your partner in crime when traveling.  We’ll announce the winner on August 2nd.

Where are you planning on traveling next?

 

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The best part of summer? Definitely getting to enjoy a little time relaxing on the beach. We’ve pulled together our top beauty & fashion picks to make your days by the lake even better.

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Let your mane go wild and give it some beachy texture with Sun Bum Beach Formula Sea Spray. A few spritzes on damp hair will help enhance waves and volume while adding protection from UV rays and the elements, and adding a little bit of a leave-in treatment, like Herbal Essences Bio:Renew Argan Oil Infused Crème will keep it feeling soft.

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Look stylish while staying cool and protected with a cute hat. Go wide brimmed for a luxe look or stay chic with a banded raffia cap, like the Tilley Women’s Raffia Hat while you relax on a lounger.

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If you’re planning on spending the day in the sun, you’ve got to make sure your skin is protected. For your face, a lightweight sunscreen with a tint (Garnier Ombrelle Ultra Light Advanced Tinted Lotion SPF 60) or a mineral compact with protection (Bioderma Photoderm Compact SPF 50+) will give your skin light coverage while keeping it safe. If you’re planning on spending time in the water, make sure you protect your body as well by using a waterproof sunscreen (Vichy Ideal Soleil Sport SPF 60, $30) and reapplying throughout the day.

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Make sure you bring everything along in a cute bag, like the TOMS Blue Spatter Denim All Day Tote ($95, which helps to provide a safe birth for a mother and baby in need). Pack a few Instagrammable must haves, like a round towel and fun inflatable flamingo, for the perfect beach shot.

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While protecting your skin from the sun is a must, you can still rock a golden glow easily (minus the skin damage) thanks to the magic that is self tanner. Vita Liberata Ten Minute Tan ($49) gives you a natural looking tan in, you guessed it, ten minutes, while its advanced technology supports natural collagen protection.

What do you like to bring along for a day at the beach?

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I have to start this post off with a bit of exciting news for my Canadian pals – it Cosmetics has made its way in store at Sephora across the country. Seriously, this is such an exciting development for me. I fell in love with the brand (and their Bye Bye Under Eye concealer) a few years ago and I’m looking forward to trying out more of the products now that I can actually see them in store!

Anyway, enough about that – let’s get to the goods. Today I want to talk about the it Cosmetics CC+ cream, a new favourite of mine. The CC cream boasts that you’ll have “Your Skin But Better” with use and I knew that I had to put it to the test – my pal Jess from Beautezine has always raved about this, and I really trust her opinion on cosmetics.

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First, I love the fact that this cc cream actually takes care of your skin while you wear it – it also acts as an anti-aging serum with a combination of hydrolyzed collagen, peptides, niacin, hyaluronic acid, antioxidants and vitamins A, B, C and E. Products that multitask and do double duty are so amazing in my book, especially when it comes to makeup. I feel a lot better about wearing something on the daily when I know that it’s providing added benefits for my skin. It also contains SPF 50+, which means it protects from the sun while wearing – throw it on before you head out for the day & you’ll feel better knowing that you’re going one step further. I love products with high levels of SPF so you don’t even have to think about sun protection!

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The it Cosmetics CC+ cream claims to be full coverage, but I see it as more of a medium coverage foundation. It does provide nice coverage and helps to hide imperfections, but I find that you need to spot conceal or add a second layer to really get full coverage. It does a really nice job of evening out the skintone and hiding redness; my skin is left with a really glowy look and a dewy finish. I’ve also noticed that my pores appear smaller and my skin feels hydrated while wearing it. Make sure you blend in to avoid a cakey finish. I like to start off by applying with the Heavenly Luxe Complexion Perfection Brush before blending with a Beauty Blender.

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it Cosmetics CC+ Cream swatches in Fair, Light, Medium, Medium Tan, Tan, Rich & Deep

The CC cream is available in 7 shades as of right now, ranging from fair to deep. I’m currently wearing shade Light, but will probably need to switch up to Fair as we move later in the year; the lighter shades do tend to wear a bit darker. If needed, you can totally blend a couple of shades together for a custom match.

Before/after wearing it Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream

Have you ever tried it Cosmetics CC+ Cream? Let me know what your favourite CC is in the comments below!

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