Bite Beauty Amouse Bouche Radish

Let me introduce you to the most adorable lipstick in my whole collection – this tiny little sample of the Beauty Beauty Amouse Bouche Lipstick in Radish.

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I got this as a gift with purchase a few months ago and while the little tube is probably the cutest thing I’ve ever seen, the product itself is absolutely gorgeous as well. A beautiful rich magenta, it is a showstopper in its own right and absolutely perfect for a modern twist on a summer lip.

The formula is amazing as well, hydrating but long lasting and super pigmented as well. I suggest going in with a lip brush for perfected edges, but you could totally apply this as a smudged out stain as well.

What surprised me the most about this is the completely yummy smell, it almost smells like a piece of pastry with a hint of lemon and a creaminess that almost makes me want to lick this off my lips. I’m sure the whole range smells as amazing and I am dying to get my hands on a few more shades as the collection is absolutely massive.

I am so in love with this formula and the brand in general. Bite Beauty is solely focussed on lip products and they are Canadian, which is a huge pro in my books, plus they are cruelty free, something that I really commend  and that I’m hoping more big brands veer towards in the future.

Tony Moly Aloe Sheet Mask

There’s only a few things that are more on trend right now skincare-wise than sheet masks. Along with the Korean beauty-hype, these things have found their way to our shores and are making big waves in the beauty community.

While in Canada, I made good use of the Asian beauty shops and tried out a sheet mask from Korean brand Tony Moly. Seeing as they are cheap and cheerful, I thought this would be a good way to dip my toes in and see if these types of masks are for me.

I’m forever trying to battle my dehydration, so I decided on the Moisturizing  Aloe Mask and slapped it on one lazy Sunday afternoon.

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So, are sheet masks for me? I’m not sure… I love the concept of putting the mask on and kicking back for a few minutes, but I don’t think the Tony Moly masks are the most sophisticated offering out there.

First of all, the sheet is drenched in product, which is a good thing at first glance but the product kept running down my neck and onto my shirt, making the whole thing seriously messy and wasteful. Secondly, putting a cold, slimy piece of fabric on my face is kind of gross, especially for someone like me who has issues with weird textures anyway.

My skin did feel soft and supple after using it, but the effects didn’t last especially long, so I think I’ll be sticking to the classic mask-in-tube versions for now.

It was a fun experiment and I’m happy I didn’t splurge on a luxury sheet but still it makes me wonder if there are better ones out there… If nothing else, this has left me very much intrigued.

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Moonstone

I know these last few posts have been very highlighter-heavy, but I couldn’t not do a review on the Highlighter range that started this craze – the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfectors.

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Foregoing the omnipresent Champagne Pop, I went for Moonstone, a lovely light golden yellow that works a bit better with my fair skin. Since these highlighters really pack a punch in terms of pigmentation and shine, I think it’s imperative to pick a shade that works with your skintone, otherwise it might look like a stripe of bronze shimmer down your cheekbone, which is far removed from the natural, glowy look we all aim for.

Ther formula is amazing, soft and buttery, almost like a cream. In fact the range does include a cream version of the Shimmering Skin Perfectors, But I thought I’d try the classic powder version and go from there.

It is also beautifully blendable and works into the skin seamlessly, which is important when the product itself is so intense. There is, thankfully, no chunky glitter so that while it is a highly shimmering finish, it doesn’t veer into disco ball territory.

If you haven’t tried this one yet and are a fan of an intense but natural highlight, check out the range as I think there is a perfect shade to be found for every skintone. Once again, Becca has totally wowed me with their quality and I am so glad I added Moonstone to my ever-growing highlighter collection.

L’Oreal Infallible Makeup Extender

Since glowy remains to be the operative word when it comes to base products, setting sprays have been on the upswing as well, seeing as the claim to provide longevity and a fresh look without the need for powder formulas.

There are many high end offerings in this category such as MAC Fix+ and the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray, but the drugstore is catching up as well.

Case in point – the L’Oreal Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray. Much like the rest of the Infallible range, this spray is geared towards creating a fresh and long-lasting face.

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Not wanting to commit to another make-up setting spray, I decided to try the travel sized version in order to see if the rave reviews are justified.

The spray is delivered in a fine, even mist and the pump works great as well, something that is often neglected in smaller versions of products. It disperses nicely without much of a heavy fragrance or sting to it and dries down considerably quickly.

Over powder and more matte bases, it actually manages to take away a good amount of cake and heaviness and gives a bit of dew back to the skin without making it look greasy.

My make-up lasts through a whole working day with this, but I do also use primers before my foundation that help with longevity as well. As always, there is some creasing under the eyes and around my dehydrated forehead area, but I didn’t think that a spray would rectify that anyway.

If you’re dipping your toes in the setting spray pool, this is a great option in my opinion. After all, make-up setting sprays are much of the same – it either works or it doesn’t.

Commodity Moss

As far as scents go, I usually favor something herbal and almost spicy smelling to a sweeter, more floral perfume. Case in point – Jo Malone’s Wood, Sage and Sea Salt.

While perusing the aisles of Sephora a few months back, I stumbled across Commodity‘s perfume line and was immediately intrigued by their concept. With unusual names like Book, Whiskey, Gold, or Mimosa, their scents evoke specific settings and moods and are made for layering to create a unique fragrance.

I finally decided on a travel sized version of Moss, a green, fresh, and enticing scent that reminded me of the outdoors after rainfall. It is not sweet in the slightest, so it truly is a unisex scent, but I found it so unique and lovely that I had to pick it up immediately.

A close runner up was the Rain fragrance, which is even more fresh and a good bit lighter than Moss (though I wouldn’t describe that as a heavy scent either), so I’m keeping it at the back of my mind for future reference.

Sephora also sell a sampler of all of Commodity’s fragrances, so if you are intrigued by their concept and want to get sampling and mixing, give that little set a go.

Music Monday #18

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Guys, I am in a serious music rut. I have been listening to the same few artists for a good while now and though I love all of them, I am craving some new discoveries.

If any artists or tracks that you love spring to mind, make sure to leave a comment down below. Until then, so you in a couple days time!