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The Multistick by Bite Beauty

September 2, 2016

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There is something so refreshing about finding a makeup product that makes you feel so pretty with just a few seconds of swipes and that’s it. The Multistick by Bite Beauty is a celebration of minimalism and a natural, bared down approach to makeup. Feeling beautiful shouldn’t mean layers of foundation, heavy contouring, false eyelashes and all those other things big beauty brands promise to do to our faces to make them look more attractive. I mean, of course, concealer is my number one essential, but going beyond that and some mascara and maybe a little bit of blush . . . sometimes it feels all too much. And instead, it can cover up our natural glow. I love that The Multistick puts all three steps into one, in natural shades that come in a wide range for women of every skin tone. It’s a lipstick, a cheek stain and color for your eyelids. After trying some of the colors all over I was blown away at how much it brightened up my face and gave me that radiating glow. It did indeed make me look more youthful and fresh . . . funny to think that this can be achieved with less makeup and just one color. See, simplicity really is key.

Even the packaging of the product, so streamlined and chic, is an inspiration to follow suit in the process of the application. After a few weeks of sticking to The Multistick, plus a few swipes of mascara, some brow gel and maybe a little bit of concealer and illuminator, it felt like a nice change to look in the mirror and be able to see myself as I truly am. The face I was born with, not one that is contoured or over-shadowed or heavily lined along the edges into something it’s not (even thought that is fun to do every now and then, of course). Bite Beauty has just came up with the perfect way to achieve that sought after look to match a state of well rest. A well rest that is well deserved. The color I am wearing here is Macaroon, a slightly pinkish brown hue that I think brings out the gold in me eyes.

Come find your color . . . The Multistick is now available at Sephora.

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New Summer Top 5 Essentials

July 22, 2016

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1. Beauty for Real for Aerie Sea Salt + Marine Water Styling Spray
always easy to use and always reliable for sexy, messy hair. i bring it with me to the beach and spray throughout the day, or in the morning on wet hair and let it air drive. easy peasy.

2. Mario Badescu Summer Shine Body Lotion
i never thought i’d be into super shimmery skin again since i was 10 years old, but this one is so subtle and makes me feel so smooth. it really makes all the difference on my bare legged days!

3. Murad InstaMatte Oil-Control Mask
my one major issue in the summer is oily skin, which in my case can lead to annoying breakouts when i want them the least! this mask takes care of it all by dissolving oil and preventing breakouts. it gives a nice tingle, too.

4. Bliss Fabulips sugar lip scrub
i thought i only had to worry about dry, flaky lips in the winter, but it happens in the summer, too. especially when you have a cute boy around that you always want to kiss. i noticed my lips being dry, and needed a quick resolution. this scrub is so fun to use with the battery-run lip exfoliating tool. it really takes the flake away and the end result is bee stung, soft lips.

5. L’Oreal Invisible Protect Clear Finish Spray 70
i swear that i cannot survive summer without this spray on SPF. i like to go for the big numbers for ultimate protection. but most of all, i love how easy it is to apply on all the hard to reach spots. and it doesn’t feel heavy or greasy at all. i even use it on my face. plus, it moisturizes, which is a given plus!

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Dr. Dennis Gross Instant Radiance Sun Defense SPF 40

July 13, 2016

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It’s summertime and that means a brand new beauty routine. Well, maybe not an entirely new makeover to my routine, but some smart tweaks here and there to complement the change in the weather. The new major player on my beauty counter is Dr. Dennis Gross Skincare Instant Radiance Sun Defense Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 40. Now girls, believe me when I say that this product really kicks ass. It covers all grounds when it comes to my skincare coverage and protection. Blows all other day moisturizers out of the water!

Dr. Dennis Gross Instant Radiance Sun Defense SPF 40 is now part of my daily routine. It goes on right after washing my face and right before applying my makeup. It’s a tinted moisturizer, illuminator, and sunscreen all in one, so it helps me get ready effortlessly in the morning. Just maybe a little dab of concealer afterwards, some blush, brows, mascara and I’m good to go. It definitely has cut my morning makeup routine in half. Hallelujah!

My main goal with makeup, and especially so in the summer month, is to achieve that endless summer sort of skin that looks dewy and glowing, and feels absolutely well-rested. When my skin looks sun-kissed, evenly toned and a little bit luminescent, I feel like my most confident self. I love the idea of a “Glotion,” which is exactly what this product is, because it takes care of all my beauty and skincare needs all in one. It illuminates, moisturizes, evens out skin tone and provides protection from the sun all in one layer. This product is basically a dream in a bottle for me. And depending on the amount of coverage you need, it can be layered for the desired effect (but will never look cakey because it’s extra moisturizing).

Okay, so you guys totally get the fact that it has super powers in the hydrating department (that really work). And it’s a sunscreen, which is so great for someone like me who sometimes forgets the very important step of applying sunscreen right after my moisturizer. This product makes sure I never forget that step because SPF is built right in, and a good amount of it! But what stands out to me the most is the illuminating factor of the moisturizer. I love, love, love a good glow that subtly reflects light. The extra radiance that this moisturizer provides is ace. It’s like walking around with a person following you around holding a beauty light in front of your face all day, but without the hassle of the actual beauty light. hehe. It’s color correcting in an instant just by its illuminating factors, but also has pigment adaption technology that blends to match most skin tones.

Now that’s a science that speaks to me, Dr. Dennis Gross Instant Radiance Sun Defense SPF 40 is available at Sephora, and I’m telling all you babes that it works like a charm, and is nearly life-changing, and that one must use it to keep on looking like a babe all summer long (although it does also work in spring, fall and winter, as well). Because who doesn’t want that glow all year long, yo?

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This post was created in partnership with Sephora

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NEW IN | iluminage PRECISE TOUCH

July 11, 2016

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This is definitely the summer of me trying new things when it comes to my beauty regimen. And hey why not? Summer is a time to enjoy all the little moments, not worry about hairy legs when you forget to shave and are stuck with only a bikini. I just started using the iluminage PRECISE TOUCH permanent hair removal device, and it has made my life so much easier. First of all, it’s special because it’s the only FDA-cleared technology for permanent hair removal results on all skin tones, and clinically proven to be effective on the widest range of hair colors. My body hair is dark brown, and while I’ve always shaved and never had a problem always shaving, if I miss a spot, it can be very noticeable. Those damn hairs on the knees are always so annoying! Not sure if anyone else notices, but I sure do! The ilumiange PRECISE TOUCH is super focused for these kinds of areas, which is great, although I am also currently using it on my lower legs area right now.

It uses a combination of Intense Pulsed Light (IPL) energies, which are attracted to the hair follicle and prevents re-growth, and Radio Frequency (RF) energies, which are a secondary heat source that delivery energy to the hair follicle, eliminating the need to target pigment in the hair. And this can all happen in the comfort of your own home. How convenient, eh?!

And for someone who is only used to using shavers, this device was super simple. It’s almost the same thing, just more focused and with repeated actions to deliver the right amount of energies to the areas you want to target. First, prepare the skin by removing hair from the surface of the skin. I make sure to do a close shave all over my legs and knees. Turn on the device, and select the level of energy you want to apply (low, medium, or high). Glide the device over targeted areas once a week for seven treatments over a period of six weeks. Of course, there might be some touch ups on certain areas after this full treatment course, so just give them some extra loving. I’m excited to see how my legs will be looking after a few weeks! I’ll keep you guys posted! It’s also great for underarm and annoying facial hair, too 🙂

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