I wear a lot of lipstick. As a result, my lips consistently feel dry and chapped. I decided to try Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask. I have not tried a lip mask before this one, but this one delivers intensive moisture!
The mask is contained in a triangular, slate-grey tube. It is sleek and sophisticated, bearing the ‘Bite Beauty’ logo on the outside. I like that this packaging is lightweight. The tube has a small nozzle to dispense the mask.
The mask itself is dense and thick, with a slightly grainy texture. Because of the thick texture, I find that the mask creates a transparent film on my lips that effectively locks-in moisture. The mask has a pleasant honey scent with hints of vanilla. To my surprise, the mask feels lightweight when applied to my lips.
How to use it
Squeeze a small amount of the mask onto the tip of your finger and apply to the lips.
Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask is available in 5 colours:
- Lavender – Pale pink
- Maple – Sheer bronze
- Champagne – Rose gold pearl
- Smashed – Sheer candy-apple red
- Natural – Clear
I own the shade Natural. If you are looking for a hydrating, quick lip mask I’d recommend Bite Beauty’s Agave Lip Mask. It retails for $30 at Sephora.
Skincare should be an essential component of your beauty routine. Taking care of your skin can be a daunting task if you don’t know your skin type, or the products that work best with it. Today I share my top tips to care for sensitive, oily, dry, and combination skin.
If your skin is dry, it is important to avoid over washing it. Instead, you should replenish moisture in the skin. Washing your face the night before then applying a moisturizer or serum in the morning helps maintain a delicate balance between your skin’s moisture barrier.
Excess oil produced by the skin can actually be beneficial! The oil produced by the skin contains antioxidants and vitamins. If you’re trying to reduce oil production without exacerbating it, a foaming cleanser will help. Applying a toner following cleanser will gently exfoliate while balancing the skin’s natural moisture.
Combination skin is usually more flexible – meaning that your skincare routine often changes each season. Tips for both oily and dry skin will work if your skin is combination. A face wash containing glycolic acid will balance both the oil and dryness.
My skincare routine changes all the time. When I used the last of my go-to face cleanser, I searched for a new product that is gentle but effective. I bought this one-step face cleanser from Philosophy and instantly loved it.
What is it?
A 3-in-1 facial cleanser that cleanses, hydrates and removes makeup.
This cleanser comes in a transparent bottle with a black lid. It is lightweight and simplistic. The transparent bottle displays the cream-colored cleanser inside. The written text on the bottle features the product name (Purity Made Simple) and a brief description of the brand.
I’ll admit – I was skeptical to use this cleanser. I often notice that pure cleansers do not clear my skin well, but this one did not disappoint. The cleanser has a gel consistency that gently lathers when dispensed onto your palm. It gently removes excess oil and makeup without stripping the skin of moisture. After I rinsed the cleanser off my face, my skin immediately felt softer and looked clearer.
The cleanser has a delightful, light citrus scent, thanks to the glycerin and meadowfoam seed oil. It is refreshing and clean.
How to use it
One aspect of this cleanser that I love is how easy it is to use. Simply wet your skin, apply the cleanser using circular motions then rinse. A little product goes a long way when using this cleanser. I typically use a quarter-sized amount each morning.
I’ve used this cleanser daily for the past 2 weeks, and have noticed an improvement in my skin. It prevents breakouts while maintaining my skin’s natural moisture.
Philosophy’s Purity cleanser retails for $32 at Sephora.
I adore dark red lipstick. When I first began wearing lipstick, that was not the case. Deep-toned hues can be intimidating to wear. Today I share tips to pull off a dark-coloured lip.
1. Exfoliate your lips
An important tip for wearing dark lipstick is to start with a smooth base. Exfoliating your lips ensures that the colour won’t settle into any dry patches. I often exfoliate my lips with a lip scrub or clean toothbrush.
2. Apply concealer to the edges of your lips to reduce any mistakes
Dark lipstick can get messy. If your lipstick bleeds, apply concealer to the natural lip line to reduce discolouration.
3. Prime the lips
Applying primer to the lips will ensure that lip colour will show its true shade. Priming the lips with a translucent colour also prevent feathering. If you don’t have a lip primer, a light concealer will work in a pinch!
Do you have any tips for wearing dark lipstick?
I love wearing vibrant, bright lipstick colours. When I apply my lipstick in the morning, I use a few simple tips to keep it in place all day long. (Just a note about these tips: Despite how many I’ve tried, I have discovered that even my longest-wearing lipstick is not kiss-proof.)
1. Exfoliate your lips
Applying a lip scrub to your pout before lipstick prevents your lips from becoming dry. Use a gentle lip scrub to exfoliate the lips and create a smooth canvas for lip colour.
2. Prime your lips with foundation
If you do not have a lip liner, your favourite foundation is a great substitute for a lipstick base! Apply your foundation to the lips and let dry. The colour will diminish the natural pigment of your lips to create a neutral base for lipstick. Lipstick also tends to adhere to the lips better if it is swiped over a base product.
3. Set your lip colour with powder
Apply a translucent/pressed powder to your lips between lipstick coats to strengthen the base for your colour. A translucent/pressed powder will also help set any liner that you applied to the lips.
What are you best tips for long-lasting lipstick?
Honey is often used as a sweetener. It is a delicious, sweet addition to recipes. It also has medicinal purposes. Honey is full of healthy antioxidants that are potent when used on the skin, hair, or nails. Today I share a few of the ways to add honey to your beauty routine.
1. Use it as an exfoliator
Honey contains antioxidants, enzymes and other nutrients that purify and nourish. The moisture in honey hydrates the skin. Create a gentle exfoliator by mixing one tablespoon honey with one tablespoon baking soda. Gently rub the mixture into your skin then rinse with water.
2. Use it to treat acne
Honey contains both antibacterial and anti-fungal properties. These ingredients help fight acne-causing bacteria. Honey also contains anti-inflammatory properties to reduce redness in the skin. Apply a dab of raw honey to any blemishes and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Rinse with water.
3. Use it as a hair conditioner
Raw honey is a great ingredient to add shine and lustre to the hair. The nutrients and enzymes won’t weigh the hair down. Add coconut oil into the mix to condition the hair. Mix one tablespoon raw honey with two tablespoons of coconut oil. Apply the mixture to the bottom of hair strands and work your way up. Let the mixture sit for 20 minutes and rinse.
I deemed 2017 as the year of the face mask. To give my skin a refresh, I decided to test different face mask products. I received a sample jar of this mask with purchase at Sephora, and was eager to try it. This is the first product I’ve tried from Fresh. The mask is composed of a vitamin fruit complex (and smells like citrus fruits!)
The product is packed into a heavy glass jar. I like the removable insert that sits on top of the product, it keeps the mask fresher. One issue I encountered with this packaging is the cover. It takes some twisting and turning to remove, which is not a quick process once hands are wet. The size is ideal. At 100 ml, this is a lot of product.
Once the jar is opened, you are greeted with a refreshing citrus scent. The mask itself is textured like a gel. I initially thought this to be a thick texture. Once applied to the face and mixed with water, the mask thins. It contains crystals of citrus fruit, which do not irritate the skin. It is light orange in colour. After the first use, I noticed my skin felt softer. My skin appeared more radiant and bright.
How to use the mask
Apply the mask to clean, damp skin. I rub it into my skin in a circular motion. Let the mask sit for 10 minutes and rinse with warm water. I use this mask 1-2 times per week.
I enjoy refreshing my skin with Fresh Beauty’s Vitamin Nectar Vibrancy-Boost face mask. The process of using the mask is not complex, and it is a quick addition to my weekly beauty routine. (Plus, the citrus scent is heavenly!)
This mask retails for $80 at Sephora. It is also available in a sample-size.
Have you tried any Fresh Beauty products before?
Your skin is a telltale sign of how you feel. Sometimes you and your skin need a boost. With a busy schedule, it is difficult to maintain a rigid skin care routine. Today I offer tips to give your skin a little TLC.
Rest your way to better skin
Maintaining an adequate sleep schedule will reduce tiredness. This applies to your skin, too. Your skin will look noticeably better and radiant.
Exfoliating weekly will keep skin glowing and fresh. Try using a mask with built in moisturizers and antioxidants to brighten skin. Face masks and other products with gritty textures exfoliate gently and are quick to use. One product I use weekly to exfoliate is Fresh Beauty Vibrancy-Boosting Face Mask.
Drink more water
Dehydration can cause skin to appear dull. Sometimes all it takes is a glass of water to fix skin woes. Drinking more water helps clear and brighten your skin by flushing out toxins. Another tip involving water: Splash your face with warm water to remove dirt, oil, and makeup from your pores.
Instead of skimping on your skincare routine, why not let your products do their work while you lather in the shower? If you are using a product that needs to sit on your skin for 5-10 minutes, apply it before you hop in the shower. Let it do its work while you shower, then wash it off before you step out. The warm water will open your pores, allowing the mask to penetrate deep into your pores.
A sugar scrub is a product used to exfoliate the skin. Brands such as Lush Cosmetics offer various scrubs. If, like me, you live in an area without a LUSH store, creating a sugar scrub is one of the best options! Today I’ll share my top tips for creating a sugar scrub.
Avoid getting water in the sugar scrub
This will melt the sugar, and cause the scrub to become runny. If any water does get into the scrub, you can pour out the excess water and leave the lid off to let the scrub air-dry.
Experiment with different scents and oils until you determine the best fit
The basics of a sugar scrub include oil and sugar. You can incorporate different oils and scents until you find a combination you like best. Different additions may include peppermint, avocado oil, and eucalyptus.