How To Keep Lips Soft (even during the worst cold) feat. BITE BEAUTY

 
WEARING: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask and Lip Pencil in 76, a deep orange-red. Embroidered shirt by Free People, patchwork jeans by Thakoon,  GIRLS necklace  by Lisbeth, watch by Larsson & Jennings. 

WEARING: Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask and Lip Pencil in 76, a deep orange-red. Embroidered shirt by Free People, patchwork jeans by Thakoon, GIRLS necklace by Lisbeth, watch by Larsson & Jennings. 

 

Hello and welcome back! I've been sick with the flu for what feels like ages now and I'm finally getting better. After five consecutive days bed-ridden days, I told myself that enough was enough and I had to start at least acting like I was better so I could fool my body into thinking healthy thoughts again. I'm not exactly sure it works that way but they say "mind over matter" so why not give it a try.

I'm sure we can all agree that being sick is the pits but being sick when it's beautiful and sunny out is torture. On top of a fever I was battling an extremely runny nose and dry lips but let me just tell you that my savior, aside from the obvious Tylenol Extra Strength and NyQuil, were these little tubes of Bite Beauty's Agave Lip Mask.

I had tubes stashed in pretty much every room of my house.

I felt like a Sponge Bob character where at any moment my lips could turn into this gross crusty mess because I was so dehydrated. I also felt border OCD because every my lip mask would wear off, I'd reapply a new layer.

So, did it work?

Yes, but I still had some unwanted dry bits which is where the Agave Lip Scrub came in handy. 

Aside from being there for me when I get sick, I use the Agave Lip Mask every night before bed as part of my regular skincare routine. I also ALWAYS have a tube with me when I travel. Flying is so harsh on the skin and lips so it just makes sense. If you don't want to touch your fingers to your mouth when you're traveling, Bite gives us a solid version of their lip mask in a tube. Hygiene and convenience. Bite, you guys think of everything. 

 
 
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BITE BEAUTY AGAVE LIP MASK

$30 CAD, Sephora Exclusive

NATURAL - clear
CHAMPAGNE - sheer rose gold pearl
SMASHED - sheer candy apple red
MAPLE - sheer bronze
LAVENDER - pale pink

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Balm

Nourishes, hydrates, and protects, this lip balm feels like a harder, waxier version of the Lip Mask is excellent for travel! 

Bite Beauty Agave Lip Scrub

Exfoliate those dry bits away with this enzymatic scrub that includes brown sugar and pineapple enzymes to leave lips feeling soft and smooth. 

Both are Sephora exclusive and retail for $20 CAD

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Disclaimer: Lip products in this story are PR samples. All photos and opinions are my own.

 

What's In Your Bag Nathalie? "An obscene amount of red lipstick."

 
What's in my   pink Glossier makeup bag   - lots and lots of orange-red lipsticks and Armani's new   SÌ Passione scent  . 

What's in my pink Glossier makeup bag - lots and lots of orange-red lipsticks and Armani's new SÌ Passione scent

 

When Diana and I started the What’s In My Bag series I thought; A) it would be a cute and fun way to show you guys what we actually use in our lives, and B) it would be interesting to see how our lip products change month to month and season to season. 

What I’m most surprised about is B.

In January I was all about neutrals and nudes.

In February I started to introduce reds back into rotation.

Now in March, I don’t seem to want to wear any other shade than red. Whether it’s fully pigmented colour or a sheer wash on the lips, red is the clear winner for me this month. 

 
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WHAT'S IN MY BAG

CHANEL Rouge Coco Lip Blush in 412 Orange Explosif; sheer orange-red lip blush that can also be applied as blush.
CHANEL Rouge Coco Shine in 63 Rebel (Discontinued. See Rouge Coco Shine 138 Orange Poppy for similar shade); sheer orange-red.
GIVENCHY Le Rouge Lipstick in 304 Mandarine Boléro; semi-matte orange-red.
FRESH Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment in Punch (new shade); sheer red-orange.
FRESH Sugar Advanced Therapy Tinted Lip Treatment in Dream (new shade); sheer rosy pink
CHANEL Rouge Allure Ink in 164 Entusiasta; semi-matte red-orange liquid lip ink.
GIVENCHY Rouge Interdit (old packaging. Similar shade, 14 Redlight); sheer orange-red.
GLOSSIER Birthday Balm Dotcom; a clear hydrating universal salve with bits of shimmer. 
NYX Pin-Up Pout in 12 Fiery; saturated orange-red lipstick.
BITE BEAUTY Agave Lip Mask, original clear formula. Excellent for keeping lips hydrated.

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The best pairing for a red-orange lip: CHANEL nail polish in 634 Arancio Vibrante | CHANEL blush in 380 So Close | Giorgio Armani in SÌ Passione | Milani Luminoso blush | NARS x Man Ray Fetishized blush

 
 

HOW TO WEAR RED LIPSTICK WHILE LOOKING EFFORTLESS

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To bring a red lip to life and make it look effortless and less precious, I like to add a pop of red to the fats of my cheeks. I do this by first applying my blush as normal. Milani’s Luminoso is an all-around flattering peachy shade that flatters most skintones. Then I take a bright orange-red blush, like Chanel’s 380 So Close and I apply it only to the center of my cheeks. It brightens my complexion instantly and pulls together a red lip.  Finally, I like to keep my eye makeup to a minimum by only using mascara. This keeps the vibe more casual and not at all overdone.
 
 
 
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S.O.S For Your Dry Ass Winter Lips

Necklaces and earrings,  Lisbeth Jewelry  //   Nail polish,  CHANEL  in 592 Giallo Napoli, limited edition from the Neapolis: New City Collection, SS18

Necklaces and earrings, Lisbeth Jewelry // Nail polish, CHANEL in 592 Giallo Napoli, limited edition from the Neapolis: New City Collection, SS18

Oh hi, Happy New Year. I know it’s mid-January, but the year is still “new”, fam.

Don’t know where you are, but we’re in Toronto and it’s hella cold here. Not only is it cold, it’s sick season and everyone’s getting a piece.

Here are some basic rules when you’re trying to keep your lips looking good when conditions are harsh. Plus, some secret weapons to make sure you don’t get chapped.

1. DRINK UP
This is pretty obvious, but I sometimes neglect to do it and I instantly regret it. Drink all the water. Drink all the tea. Drink none of the liquor when you’re sick.

2. NO LICKING 
Saliva dries your lips out. End of story. Next.

3. BUY THE GOOD STUFF
Buy the good stuff – listen, I love saving money, but I don’t play around with facial tissue. Get the stuff with the lotion when you’re sick. Same with lip balm, don’t play and buy the super emollient, medicated stuff.

And now for your weapons – here are some products that I turn to again and again when I’m trying to keep my lips nice and supple.


3 Amazing Products to Cure Dry Lips

 
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A-DERMA Dermalibour+ Cream, $16
(Available at Shoppers Drug Mart)

When you’re blowing your nose non-stop, apply this dream cream to your nose and upper lip. It’ll keep your skin soft and chap-free.

 
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NYX Butter Gloss, $5
(available at nyx.com and select drugstores)

Cheap, cheerful, colourful and comforting – all the Cs you need for gorgeous lips in cold weather.

 
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BITE BEAUTY Agave Lip Mask,$30
(available at Sephora online and in stores)

This is advertised as a nightly recovery treatment, but I like to break rules. I wear it whenever I’m feeling like my lips need some extra help.

 

Diana Aldea

The name might be new to you, but Diana’s has been developing content for major brands for over a decade. She’s worked in advertising, ecommerce, broadcast TV and the public sector. That’s nice and all, but what does she know about lipstick? Aside from wearing it since the tender age of 11, she’s been a beauty contributor to WoahStyle since its inception, and actually pushed Nathalie to create the brand. She’s also real AF, so she ain’t gonna lie to you about products and how they work.

What's In Your Bag This January: Diana's Lipstick Diary

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Supposedly the average woman owns 40 makeup products and only carries 5 daily. This could easily turn into a post about how gender specific studies, especially about makeup, are antiquated and insulting but that’s beside the point. Imma talk to you real quick about what’s in my bag.

I own a lot more than 40 makeup products – I think I may own more than 40+ lipsticks alone. While the politics behind the aforementioned study are troubling, there is some truth to the fact that many of us own a ton of cosmetics, but only really use a few daily.

On the daily, I only really carry 3-4 lip products and a compact. Here’s some deets about what’s in my bag right now.

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1. Rouge Dior Couture Colour in 080, Red Smile

I’ve been a Rouge Dior girl for years, but this is a new shade for me. This highly pigmented, matte lipstick is quite comfortable and gives off a satin effect. For reference, I currently use Laura Mercier Flawless Fusion Ultra-Longwear Foundation in 3N2 Honey and this is red that contrasts very well with my skintone (warm/neutral).

2. Kiehl’s Butterstick Lip Treatment in Simply Rose

Perfect texture, ideal tint – that’s all you need to know about this stuff. Some of the reviews say it doesn’t taste very good, but honestly, I want to know who these people are cause it’s a lie. Fairly certain that this shade would look amazing on everyone.

3. Sage Tingle Lips Tingly Lip Balm

I feel like I’m living my best life when I put this stuff on. It’s made with all the good stuff – coconut, peppermint and shea. I’m actually obsessed with all of Sage’s Tingle Mint products, so good.

Diana's Louis Vuitton clutch includes Chanel face powder, Dior lipstick in Red Smile, Kiehl's Butterstick Lip Treatment In Simply Rose, Sage Natural Wellness Tingle Mint peppermint lip balm, Gucci sunglasses and eyeglasses, Louis Vuitton wallet and her Macbook Pro, all carried in a nylon Tumi bag for her work commute. 

Diana's Louis Vuitton clutch includes Chanel face powder, Dior lipstick in Red Smile, Kiehl's Butterstick Lip Treatment In Simply Rose, Sage Natural Wellness Tingle Mint peppermint lip balm, Gucci sunglasses and eyeglasses, Louis Vuitton wallet and her Macbook Pro, all carried in a nylon Tumi bag for her work commute. 

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View Decembers What's In My Bag from LIPSICK cofounder Nathalie.

 

Diana Aldea

The name might be new to you, but Diana’s has been developing content for major brands for over a decade. She’s worked in advertising, ecommerce, broadcast TV and the public sector. That’s nice and all, but what does she know about lipstick? Aside from wearing it since the tender age of 11, she’s been a beauty contributor to WoahStyle since its inception, and actually pushed Nathalie to create the brand. She’s also real AF, so she ain’t gonna lie to you about products and how they work.