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Bite Beauty| Lip Love

My loves,

Bite Beauty has to be one of my favorite make up lines when it comes to lip products. And you all know how much I truly truly love my lip products. Whether it be a lip mask, a lip gloss, lipstick or even a lip scrub, I’m all over it and I love trying new lip products. Which is why I was incredibly happy when I received Bite Beauty’s Lip Love gift set for Christmas. I know I know (I’m a Slacker), but I wanted to properly try out the product before I gave you my opinion. Now unfortunately this set is not available any more but don’t fret, Bite Beauty has some new sets out now that you buy. And all these products are available to purchase at Sephora.

IMG_5167“Give Your Lips Some Love”

This lip kit is filled with four essentials lip products to help keep those luscious lips of yours soft, supple, nourished and hydrated. This kit offers everything you need to treat lips day and night.

  • 2 Lush Lip Wipes
  • 1 Whipped Cherry Fruit Scrub
  • 1 BB for Lips ‘Tawny’
  • 1 Agave Lip Mask

IMG_5174Whipped Cherry Lip Scrub  $21.00

“A 100-percent natural cherry-flavored mousse infused with exfoliating beads to smooth and condition lips. Made from antioxidant Resveratrol, fruit acids rich in vitamin C and rice bran, the Fruit Scrub exfoliates and helps to brighten lips over time while fighting free radicals and conditioning around the lip line.”

I don’t know if any of you know this about me but cherry is one of my favorite scents/flavors when it comes to just about everything. The lip balm I use on a regular basis (from Epic Blend) is cherry flavored, so I was clearly thrilled when I discovered that this scrub was none other than cherry flavored. For those of you who are worried that lip scrubs can be too aggressive, this one is far from that. It has a gentle/moisturizing texture and smells oh so sensational I could just eat it! And you can do just that (well kind of) you can either lick it off or wipe it off. It’s gentle texture makes it feel great when using it, not too harsh on the skin. You can use this product a couple of times a week, it’s gentle enough to use every day if you so choose. It’s a great size, easy for traveling and overall just awesome. Your lips will be silky smooth after a few uses of this delicious cherry lip scrub.

IMG_5176BB for Lips ‘Tawny’  $28.00

“A lip enhancing, five-in-one balm. Essential for the look and feel of just-kissed, healthy, and hydrated lips, this color-rich balm repairs, primes, and protects with SPF 15. Natural lip repair lipids mimic the lips’ natural surface to revitalize, replenish, and restore texture for the ultimate softness.”

I have literally been using this product every single freaking day since I got it. It’s absurdly amazing, mind-blowing, just awesome. This BB for lips is an actually must for the winter! My lips are softer than ever since using this product on a daily basis. It goes on smooth and with minimal effort and provides a little pop of colour. I love lip products that provide colour as well as moisture. You do have to reapply throughout the day but considering this is a lip balm first and lip colour second I find that impressive. The consistency is super rich and keeps your lips nice and moist, no more chapped lips!

IMG_5178Agave Lip Mask  $30.00

“A soothing, leave-on lip mask that replenishes moisture in lips. This innovative, natural formula smooths, nourishes, and moisturizes lips with a bio-active blend of organic agave nectar, jojoba oil, vanilla CO2 extract, and triple the amount of antioxidant trans-resveratrol found in red wine.”

I reviewed this product last year roughly around this time actually! And let me tell you, I still love it! I actually was so pleased that this product was in this kit because I was running out of the one I previously bought. This is must, must, must for the winter. For those winter runners out there this is a fabulous product to apply while running in the cold because it creates a protective barrier on the lips from the cold winds. It’s also great for those snow birds that enjoy skiing and snowboarding. This is a great product to have to keep those lips hydrated while enjoying winter sports. For the full review on this product click HERE.

IMG_5165Lush Lip Wipes  $14.00

“A set of lip wipes to remove color, replenish, and mattify.
Infused with BITE’s signature Superfruit flavor, these wipes are the first ever formulated just for lips. They soothe and hydrate while removing your old lip color to leave lips healthy and ready for a color reset. They can also be used to hydrate and mattify any time.”

Last but definitely not least Lush Lip Wipes which I reviewed a couple of weeks ago HERE. Again another essential lip product that any woman who enjoys wearing a bold lip should definitely have in her hand bag. It can be very stressful wearing a bold lip on a night on the town. If you are going for dinner or might be having a couple of drinks it can be challenging to maintain that perfect bold lip. With the help of these lip wipes you can slip away wipe off that lip and reapply or go with bare lips for the rest of the evening. A brilliant product in my opinion (I have a lip wipe in every bag!)

Go on now, give those lips some love they so rightfully deserve!

Laurelle, xo

Mani Monday| Classy as…Well I’ll let you finish that

My loves,

Nail art can be oh so much fun, but sometimes it’s nice to go with something simple and pretty. I for one love simple nail art. I think it can look so feminine and dainty. Which is why I’m always happy to create such manicures. My friend was attending BPM which is an electronic music festival held in Mexico and wanted nails that would obviously complement this exciting event. I’ve been told that it’s not so much a colourful event but black and white. So obviously we had to go posh with this vacation manicure.

IMG_2005 IMG_2007 IMG_2010These are classy as… well I’ll let you finish that sentence. I absolute love this design for nails, you can use so many different colour combos, taking it from classy to flashy. I will definitely have to steal this mani idea for myself in the future.

What do you vacation nails look like?

Laurelle, xo

No More Winter Woes

My loves,

I don’t know about any of you but I can very easily fall into a makeup routine. I wear the same makeup every single day and I forget to switch it up. Since it’s January and the beginning of a new year, I decided that I was going to try harder to switch up my makeup looks. I’m going to be more daring with my looks, try different shades of eyeshadow and try to wear liquid liner FAR more often, because it makes my eyes look oh so glam! SO here’s my ‘No More Winter Woes’ makeup look of the day.

IMG_5249IMG_5244Okay, okay, I know this is not a daring look by any means. Please people, it’s called baby steps. I do love my matte eye shadows however, so this lovely palette works perfectly for me and has a variety of shades for me to choose from. I decided to go for a very subtle gray smokey eye. I used only two colours to achieve this look; ‘Matt Molly’ a creamy beige nude for the base of course, which I blended up towards the brow bone and ‘Matt Abdul’ a soft purple grey that I blended into the outer corner of my eyes to give a nice subtle pop of colour while still maintaining a natural day look. Soft, pretty and fit for getting over those winter woes.

If you are anything like me and prefer those matte eye shadows, this is a perfect palette to purchase. It is from theBalm and is called Meet Matt(e), it’s $42.00 and has 9 wonderful shades to choose from with cute catchy names (which is obviously a plus). I swear every marketing scheme works on me. I’m a sucker for cute packaging, cute names and darn right enticing advertisements.

IMG_5276Products Used: Buxom Lip Gloss ‘Samantha’, Make Up For Ever’s HD Microfinish Powder, Benefit ‘Hoola’, Smashbox Brow Tech ‘Dark Brown’, Cover Girl Lash Blast Mascara ‘Very Black’, NARS ‘Amour’ Blush, Kat Von D’s Tattoo Liner ‘Trooper’, Cover FX Cream Foundation, Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer, Annabelle Khol Pencil Liner ‘Black’, theBalm ‘Meet Matt(e)’ Nude Matte Eyeshadow Palette, Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer

Laurelle, xo

tarte| LipSurgence Skintuitive Lip Tint

My loves,

One of the wonderful ladies I work with always has perfectly pink lips. Always. It looked so natural and beautiful that I didn’t even think to ask her what she had on her lips. Until one day I saw her apply a lip product and I practically tackled her! I just had to know what product she was using on her lips. She showed me the lip tint from tarte and I immediately took a picture of it with my phone so that I wouldn’t forget to buy it! Seriously my loves when you see the way this lip tint applies you will be as baffled as me.

A lip tint that delivers a personalized shade of pink and a proprietary blend of plant bionutrients, vitamins, and essential oils.

IMG_4986 IMG_4989“Like all LipSurgence™ lip tints, this one combines pure color with natural moisturizers and glides on smooth for a sheer finish. The ethereal hue complements every skintone to deliver a natural-looking glow and brighter complexion—customized just for you! The skintuitive™ formula responds to your skin’s natural pH and energy, giving you a personalized tint that is truly your own unique shade of pink. Bonus: you can bump up the intensity of the color with an extra swipe.”

Available at Sephora   $29.00

As you can see it comes in this cute little tube that you twist-up. The lip tint appears to have no colour to it, until however it is applied to your lips. This tint picks up on the natural pink tones in your lip colour to give you a natural beautiful pink lip. It’s very subtle and looks oh so pretty! If you want a little more of an intense pink, you simply apply more! It gives you a nice healthy glow and no one but you would know it’s not natural (except me of course!).

It’s glides on nice and smooth, leaving no sticky residue, as lip glosses tend to do. It gives you little moisture but I wouldn’t go as far to say it can act as a lip balm. If your lips are really dry, this product won’t help resolve that issue. It is however a perfect lip product for every day wear! It gives you that nice little pop of colour without being to intense and having to worry about reapplying. It’s definitely a must have in my opinion. I love it.

IMG_5096Have you tried tarte’s LipSurgence Skintuitive Lip Tint? What are your thoughts?

Laurelle, xo

Mani Monday| Brrr, Brrr, Burberry

My loves,

It’s been a little warmer over the last few days which I will 100% not complain about because anything warmer than below 20 is okay by me. In January that is… Anyone who knows me, knows how much I despise winter. And yes I was born in Canada, but I don’t think that’s any reason for me to accept the cold weather and grin and bear it. I simply believe that I was born in the wrong country, therefore I’m allowed to hate winter. Which is why I create fun nail art to make myself feel better when it is so miserable outside. And then I can also create fun names for my Mani Mondays! Brr, Brr, Burberry, get it!

IMG_1988 IMG_1989 IMG_1992 IMG_1991Who doesn’t love a Burberry themed nail? Especially with such a beautiful red! I absolutely love the way this turned out and it certainly cheers me up when it’s freezing outside! So if you are anything like me and hate the winter, find something that cheers you up! Focus on something that makes you happy! Trust me it helps.

Happy Monday!

Laurelle, xo

LG Canada| G3 Smart Phone Giveaway

My loves,

Since I am running a giveaway for a brand new LG G3 smart phone I thought I would highlight some FAB-ulous features to entice you just a little bit more! When choosing a new phone you want to make sure it has all the tools you need on a day-to-day basis. And of course the camera is your number one concern (well at least it’s my number one concern). I mean who wants a phone with a crappy camera?! Helllllooo, it’s the 21st Century!

Simple Is The New Smart

lg-g3SMART NOTICE:

  • Smart Cleaning “Would you like to erase the 9 apps you haven’t used for two months?” ( a phone that notifies me when I have apps taking up space on my phone that I’ve forgotten about? YES PLEASE)
  • Call Log-based Reminder “Call received from John. Call back?” (An extra reminder to call back the call you missed, Brilliant)

KNOCK CODE:

Unlock your phone by creating your very own personalized knocking pattern of three to eight taps. From over 80,000 possible combinations, it makes it fun and easy!

QUICK CIRCLE:

Circle Window displays the six apps you use the most, making it easier to access them. Plus, its soft ambient glow around the circle adds an aesthetic aspect that accentuates your exquisite taste.

ADVANCED OIS+ CAMERA:

Not only does the OIS (Optical Image Stabilization) function reduce blur and shaking, the laser measures the distance to the object instantly, giving you perfect quality photos with 13MP. YOu can also take brighter, clearer pictures even in dark conditions.

(Having these little added touches to your camera on your phone makes it that much easier to quickly snap a photo when you on the go! It’s always great to have a feature that reduces blurriness.)

Plus, with this fine smart phone you have the Selfie feature. And in this day and age a hands free selfie option is like a dream come true. Simply hold up your hand, then make a fist and your camera will count down from 3 and snap your photo, allowing you to move the camera to a more flattering angle! You can also say the words, ‘Cheese’, ‘LG’, ‘Smile’, ‘Whisky’ and ‘Kiimchi’ and it will snap your photo without you even pressing a button! It really is a fabulous idea and I for one LOVE it.

Now, if your still not sold on this phone, what if I told you that the camera also has a beauty feature? That’s right my friends this features takes your ordinary picture to magazine quality photos. You never looked more beautiful!

Now getting snapping and show me your favorite beauty looks for the chance to win your very own LG G3 Smartphone! Here are the rules:

This giveaway is only open to Canadian residents.

  • Post on Twitter or Instagram your favorite beauty look!
  • Follow @LGCanada as well as myself on Twitter (@laurelle_xo) or Instagram (@paintmepretty)
  • Use the Hashtags #LGG3Beauty and #PaintMePretty

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Getting snapping those beauty selfies! I can’t wait to see them.

Laurelle, xo

Make Up For Ever| The Ultimate Jet Black Liners

My loves,

We all know how much I a) LOVE Make Up For Ever and b) LOVE my blackest black liquid liner (or any liner for that matter!) So when Make Up For Ever introduced me to their new liquid liners I was super stoked. I had the choice between the Ink Liner and the Graphic Liner. I decided to try the Graphic Liner, but I’ll give you a little information about both.

IMG_5205MAKE UP FOR EVER introduces Ink Liner and Graphic Liner, two new black liners in the purest and darkest black.

These liners will allow you to created lines as precise as long-lasting in a mat or vinyl black.

INK LINER- $27.00

Screen Shot 2015-01-13 at 10.28.16 PMInk Liner combines professional precision with easy handling to master any line, from ultra-fine to graphically bold, and everything in between. The flexible , ergonomically designed, calligraphy pen tip perfectly renders the lightest stroke, producing intense, super-matte and quick drying black lines on the skin with flawless wear and hold. Simply dip the felt tip into the bottle and apply along the lash line for the perfect amount of transfer-proof color.

GRAPHIC LINER- $29.00

Screen Shot 2015-01-13 at 10.28.31 PMThis all-in-one ultra-fine pen liner is ideal for beginners or experiences pros, providing ultimate ease and control to define the eyes with artistic precision. Graphic Liner’s felt tip glides along the skin, creating a clean and long-lasting line of carbon black color along the lash line with a glossy plastic finish.

IMG_5160I chose to try the Graphic Liner because I usually prefer a felt tip for my liquid liners. I find they are the easiest to work with and give the best winged liner! And this specific liner is no exception, its fabulous. The thin pen helps you achieve the perfect liquid line. I decided to go for a very sophisticated winged-liner. I absolutely love the look of a perfect winged-liner! Very Marilyn Monroe and so obviously I love it because I love everything even remotely relevant to Marilyn Monroe.

IMG_5201 IMG_5200If there is one product that we all have in our makeup bags it’s a black liner! And if you don’t then you should grab one of these black liners. They are great for beginners, extremely easy to use and long-lasting. I may have to make this an essential in my beauty bag.

Both liners are available at Sephora, sephora.ca and Make Up For Ever Boutiques.

Have you tried Make Up For Ever’s New Jet Black Liners?

Laurelle, xo

Mani Monday|Don’t You Cheet-ah Me!

My loves,

Ahhhh January, how I truly hate you so. It’s still cold… It’s still gray… and everyone is hibernating. Which is why we have to sport fantastic manicures to make ourselves feel better! At least that is what I am doing! It may be gray and cold but my nails look fab which means life is fab! I convinced my mother (whom always wears black on her nails…like her soul…HA JUST KIDDING) to go with a nude! I absolutely love this manicure, it’s so sleek and feminine.

IMG_1993 IMG_1996 IMG_1998 IMG_2003 IMG_2001I think she’s still not sure about the colour, but I think it looks great on her. My mother is oh so fashionable and gorgeous that this suits her just so. Leopard print is very feminine and pretty, I just love it.

What’s on your nails? What nail designs make you feel less blue?

Laurelle, xo

Rebels Refinery| Capital Vices Skull Lip Balm – Unisex

My loves,

I’m about to introduce to you the cutest and best lip balm probably on the market. I know, I know that’s a pretty bold statement. But the packaging on this lip balm is pure genius. I mean I basically bought it just for the packaging. What can I say I’m an easy target when it comes to marketing, you could literally make me buy anything. But this lip balm from Rebels Refinery not only has the best packaging but it works! It’s an all natural lip balm, which makes it even more awesome.

IMG_5144 IMG_5146“Oh hi there. Sorry that from hereforth all other lip balms will seem boring. We had to.

Function meets design with the Capital Vices Collection Skull Lip Balm. The highest quality coconut and sweet almond oils moisten, nourish and protect while Vitamin E provides essential antioxidants.

Did we mention it’s unisex?

The bottom of each balm is embossed w/ the quotation:

“Be all my sins remember’d”- Hamlet”

This lip balm comes in 3 different flavours: avaritia-natural, superbia-mint, luxuria-strange-fruit. I chose the mint flavour because I’m not a huge fan of fruit flavours and I love me some mint lip balm. It goes on super smooth and keeps your lips hydrated. And I mean LOOK at the packaging. It’s a freaking skull. Is that not the coolest thing you’ve ever seen? You could literally place this on your desk and people would think it was a paper weight, a really really cool paper weight.

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$7.99

Ingredients: Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Beeswax (Cera Alba / Cire d’abeille), Canola Oil (Canola / Huile de colza), Glycine Soja (Soybean) Oil, Lanolin, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Honey (Mel / Miel), Tocopherol (Vitamin E),

If you live in Toronto you can purchase this wonderful lip balm at The Detox Market downtown (Queen and Bathurst). It’s a cute little store the carries all things natural an organic (and they really mean it). They research products and companies before they bring them in to make sure they are giving you 100% natural products. And they are all very lovely people. They also sell my all time favorite cold pressed juices there, Greenhouse Juice! It’s worth it to pay them a visit, trust me.

Otherwise, you can purchase this product online HERE.

Well my loves, I hope you find this lip balm as fascinating as I do. I really do think it’s just the coolest packaging ever. It doesn’t get much better than a skull head for lip balm. Except for the fact that Rebels Refinery  also gives back! They raise money and awareness for the most notable Prostate Cancer Foundations. If that’s not bad ass, I don’t know what is.

Have you tried Rebels Refinery Capital Vices Skull Lip Balm?

Laurelle, xo

LG Canada| Beat The January Blues Giveaway

My loves,

At the beginning of December I was given an LG G3 smart phone to play around with and fall in love with. I’m usually an iPhone girl but this smart phone has me leaning in the opposite direction. Mainly because it has a freaking sweet selfie option. And by sweet, I mean blow your mind, nothing is cooler than this feature sweet. You can basically use hand signals to start a 3 second count down for a ‘hands free’ selfie! How cool is that?! Or you can use voice recognition to shout ‘LG’, ‘CHEESE’, ‘SMILE’, ‘WHISKY’ and ‘KIMCHI’ and it will snap your picture. MIND BLOWN. And the fun doesn’t stop there! It has many fun and fantastic features that I will share with you next week.

lg-g3But now onto more exciting news for all of you! I am very pleased to tell you all that I will be running a Giveaway from NOW until February 2nd where you will have the chance to win your very own LG G3 phone!

This giveaway is only open to Canadian residents.

Here is what you have to do:

  • Post on Twitter or Instagram your favorite beauty look!
  • Follow @LGCanada as well as myself on Twitter (@laurelle_xo) or Instagram (@paintmepretty)
  • Use the Hashtags #LGG3Beauty and #PaintMePretty

It’s that simple my friends. Get creative! Time to get social! Show me your best beauty looks and let me know what products you might be using so I can give them a try to! I cannot wait to see all your beautiful faces all over Instagram and Twitter! All you bloggers/social media addicts will love this smart phone. The beauty feature on the camera takes your pictures from Instagram filters to magazine quality! Now I know you want to get your hands on that.

PhotoGrid_1420599345100Look at the quality of this lovely photo. It goes to show it take fabulous pictures. And take notice my camera button pushing hand is on my hip! HANDS FREE SELFIE. Your selfies will never be the same my loves.

Come on now show me those beauty shots!

Laurelle, xo