Tuesday, April 23, 2013

REVIEW: Bite Beauty Matte Creme Lipstick, Luminous Creme Lipstick, and High Pigment Matte Pencil

It is absolutely no secret that I love Bite Beauty. I have a special affection for the brand because it ultimately caters to my favorite kind of cosmetics: lip products. I love when Bite Beauty releases new shades, I'm always excited to see what new beautiful shades Bite Beauty adds to the already existing gorgeous shade selection. Recently, Bite Beauty added Pomegranate to the Luminous Creme variety. Pomegranate is an existing shade in the High Pigment Matte Pencil, my sister bought it last Christmas and she loves it. It's one of her favorite reds! I decided to swatch "Pomegranate" High Pigment Matte Pencil next to the new "Pomegranate" Luminous Creme Lipstick to show how the two colors are alike, and how they differ:

Pomegranate High Pigment Matte Pencil and Pomegranate Luminous Creme Lipstick swatched

Pomegranate is the newest addition to the Luminous Creme Lipstick color selection, and I'm so glad this shade was introduced. I'm a huge fan of reds (and bold lip colors, in general) so I knew I would love this even before I tried it on for the first time. This is a gorgeous blue-toned red, that I think would contrast nicely against the fairest fair skintone (like mine) and even the deepest ebony skintone, and all shades in between. I noticed a bit of a teeth whitening effect, but that tends to be true for most (if not all) blue-based reds.

Corvina is one of the three new shades launched by Bite Beauty. The three shades are perfect for Spring/Summer! Syrah (nude peach), Violet (lavender violet) and Corvina (bright coral pink).
The shade I'm raving about today is "Corvina". I have (faux) red hair, so I love my corals. I have been searching for a light to medium coral infused with enough pink tones to keep it from going "creamsicle orange" on me. Bite Beauty has not let me down, as I knew they wouldn't. The opacity is divine, and the comfort of wear is impressive. One of my biggest gripes about certain lip products is how uncomfortable some can be to wear, but I usually forget I'm wearing anything when I slick one of these pencils on. I really prefer a light-weight lipstick formula, and Bite Beauty more than delivers. Besides the comfort of wear and opacity, the color itself is just amazing and brightens up my face.

In my most recent review for Bite Beauty, I showed two of four Pastille Matte Creme Lipsticks (Pastille Violet and Pastille Lilac). This bright beauty is Pastille Rosebud. Like Corvina, I feel that this shade is an instant complexion brightener. This reminds me of a shade Snow White would wear. There is a healthy looking sheen, but a simple blot with a tissue should tone that down if a truly matte look is desired. I can imagine this shade suiting many skintones. I really like the contrast this shade has against my super fair skin.

Bite Beauty is amazing and if you haven't tried a product from Bite yet, you really need to get on that - asap. :)


Protect Your Skin this Summer with Neutrogena!

For for in the sun (and water!) this summer, Neutrogena makes a wide range of sunscreens that can fit your busy lifestyle. I'm a surfer, so for me in the summer I like to be in and out of the water, so Neutrogena Beach Defense Sunscreen offers SPF 70 and stays on your skin even in the water. So ideal for those who will be swimming or surfing or at the beach this Summer!

I'm loving this Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen, it has a broad spectrum of SPF 100+! Awesome! Not to mention, it comes in a nice cooling mist, that you can just spray on your body and allow to dry, without having to worry about doing a lot of rubbing it in. It's also fast drying, non-greasy, and feels light on the skin! It's oil free and protects from UVA/UVB rays. It's also water resistant, which means you can still have a little fun in the water in between applications. This is a must-have for me this summer!

Don't forget about that pretty face of yours! Neutrogena Clear Face Liquid Lotion Sunscreen is oil-free and ideal for your face, so you don't have to worry about the formula causing you any breakouts. It's oil free, fragrance free, and has a matte finish. It's ideal to have a different sunscreen for both your face and your body. Don't forget, even if you're not outside for too long, your face needs sunscreen!

Sensitive skin? No Problem. Neutrogena Sensitive Skin Sunscreen offers a Broad Spectrum SPF of 60+ and fragrance, oil free, and hypoallergenic. This sunscreen is made with PureScreen™ technology, which blends natural sunscreens like titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to create a sunscreen for sensitive skin!

Neutrogena even has some great products for the little ones. The Neutrogena Wet Skin Kids Beach and Pool Sunscreen that offers an SPF of 45+ and is hypoallergenic, oil free, and fragrance free. It's water resistant, and it can be applied to both dry and wet skin. Making touch-ups easy! Once applied, it forms a barrier on the skin that helps protect from the UVA/UVB rays of the sun using Helioplex® technology. The packaging is so cute too! Keep your little ones protected when they are outside playing in the grass or even in the pool.

You need a gentle formula for baby's skin. Try the Neutrogena Pure & Free Baby Sunscreen with a SPF of 60+ this sunscreen forms a barrier over your baby's skin to protect it from the suns rays. It's fragrance free, oil free, and hypoallergenic and is also water resistant in case baby wants to play in some water! This sunscreen is made with Purescreen, which is fragrance free and contains titanium dioxide and zinc oxide, which are naturally-sourced sunscreen ingredients that are gentle on your baby's skin.

Neutrogena literally offers sunscreen varieties for the entire family! Also, these sunscreens are are $10 or less, which means it won't break your budget. It's a affordable sunscreen that you can rely on to protect your skin from the UV rays so you can just have fun in the sun! You can find this sunscreen at stores like Neutrogena.com, CVS, Rite Aid, or Drugstrore.com