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Currently Loving: Bite Beauty

Every once in a while, there’s a brand that just gets everything right. Even if their product range isn’t expansive, it’s exceptional—a quality over quantity philosophy, if you will. That’s how I feel about the Bite Beauty brand.

Their collection isn’t large, in fact, they only make lip products. But they’re SO. GOOD. Every single one of them. Handmade, with simple ingredients, and stunning, saturated color, their products are well-worth their price tag. Their whole philosophy is that the ingredients used in a lipstick should be “good enough to eat,” and so they formulate all their products with food-grade, quality ingredients. (Not that I recommend eating your lipstick…) I’ve tried a handful of items from Bite, but I wanted to share two of my favorite products with you: their Luminous Crème Lipsticks and their Matte Crème Lip Crayons.

Products I’ve Changed My Mind About

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As all beauty-junkies know, love can be a fickle thing. Favorites come and go, and products that were once, “the best thing ever!” sometimes lose their wow-factor when newer products come along. As someone who’s constantly testing new formulas, I have a pretty good sense of what I like and dislike, but every so often, that changes.

Here are a few of the items in my collection I’ve changed my mind about, for better or worse.

November Favorites

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Is it December already? The final months of the year just keep flying by… At any rate, I kicked off the beginning of November with a “Wine in the Woods” trip with some friends. We rented a treehouse in Western Maryland and drove around to a bunch of vineyards. It was so much fun, and I came away with plenty of great wine! Thanksgiving was spent with Dave and my family in Wisconsin. We definitely appreciated the time off from work! Now time to crack down on grad school applications…

In terms of favorites, November was a  really fun month for beauty! I did a fair amount of experimenting and I enjoyed just about everything I tried. Here are a few of the standouts!

The Ultimate Guide to MAC’s Pinky-Nude Lipsticks

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Confession: I am a lipstick hoarder. That probably doesn’t come as a surprise to many of you, but it’s true. I love lipstick. Maybe more than any other beauty product. You can change up your entire look with a single product. In my hoard collection, two colors dominate: reds, and pinky-nudes. This post includes a small selection of the latter.

Over the past year or so, I have amassed quite a few MAC lipsticks. Their shade range is incredible, and they have a number of formulas so you can select just the right color and finish. For those of you looking for something specific, I thought I’d do one giant swatch-post.

I’m Back! (With a Haul…)

Hi everyone! Sorry to leave you hanging! I realize I haven’t been blogging much lately, and I apologize for falling off the face of the earth.

As many of you know, my fiancé, Dave, and I moved into a new apartment in April. During all of the chaos that comes with moving into a new place, Dave was working 70+ hour weeks and traveling a lot, so the two of us didn’t have much time to enjoy the “moving in together experience.” During that time, I wanted to put a lot of effort into my blog, but it just wasn’t coming naturally. I was either exhausted from unpacking, or trying to enjoy the little time I had with Dave, and blogging began to feel like a chore. So I decided to take a breather and come up for air.

Now, after nearly a month off, I’m feeling refreshed, inspired, and ready to put my nose to the grindstone again. A lot has happened in the last few weeks. I got my first promotion at work, I’ve begun studying for the GRE, and Dave and I have been in full-blown wedding planning mode. (When I got engaged, I promise myself that I wouldn’t let myself be totally consumed by wedding planning, but man– it’s tougher than I thought. And it’s actually been kind of fun.)

Speaking of wedding-related things, it’s become my latest excuse for splurging on makeup. (“Oh, wouldn’t this be a great lip color for the wedding?”) I’ve actually been pretty good recently, but this past week I decided a little splurge was in order. As usual, I wanted to take a moment to share my new finds with you.

April Favorites

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Moving is hard y’all. The big move was two weeks ago, but I’m still exhausted! So far, I’m really loving the new place, but it feels a little like living in a really disorganized hotel. Nothing feels familiar and pretty much all of our stuff is still in boxes.

It’s been a pretty plain-Jane month, beauty-wise. With all my stuff in boxes, I’ve gone for the “no makeup makeup” look most mornings. I’m going to be getting a new makeup vanity, and so I haven’t bothered to unpack the boxes with my beauty products inside. So when I say that these are the things I’ve been using all month—I mean it! I didn’t have much choice! Luckily, I’ve been really happy with many of the items I set aside for the move.

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