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making faces :: moka and spinach dip

that title probably inspired in you a pretty decent facsimile of what my stomach felt like for a great part of the day. i'm thinking it was because there was some ingredient that didn't sit well in the spinach dip i consumed with lunch, but it's also possible that i'm having a bit of a reaction to some changes in medication, or that i've been out in the sun too much in the past few days. seriously, if you leave me out too long in the summer, i get a bit sick. sometimes i get a rash. but i don't ever sparkle [except once, last halloween, but that was part of a costume and it's never fucking happening again].

this post is supposed to be the "paranoid theory of the week", but it isn't, because ptotw requires some research that i just did not feel like doing with an upset stomach. much easier to talk about lipstick, particularly one that i've had kicking around for a while, but haven't yet reviewed. it's another spring launch and despite the fact that seasonal launches happen way too early, even i have to admit that august is ridiculously late to be talking about a spring release. however, since it's a permanent item, it's not like i'm just informing you of something you could have purchased months ago but didn't know you were interested in because me and people like me didn't bother telling you it existed.

the item in question is bite beauty buttercream lipstick. [i feel like bite are really after having me eat one of their products, scenting one line with maple and naming the other after cake frosting. i haven't yet succumbed, but i have a feeling it's just a few stiff cocktails away from happening.] the buttercream line was launched this spring with a half a dozen shades, all of them very natural/ neutral, although more or less so depending on your skin tone. the story with these lipsticks is that they've had the outer layer pared back, leaving nothing but the creamy centre with which to pamper your lips. i find that sounds interesting and by "interesting" i mean hooey. i've seen a bite beauty lipstick made directly in front of me. it's not a geological process. there is no outer crust containing the magma of pure lipstick power. at most, you might get a slightly "toughened" outer layer that comes from being exposed to oxygen, but i think that even that would happen only if you exposed the entire bullet to air for a period of several hours, and if you do that, you deserve to have your lipsticks confiscated.

but we'll indulge bite in their little fairytale, because they make very nice products and it's not like fibbing about lipstick technology aids isis or anything. [i don't think.]


the buttercream lipsticks are slightly thinner than usual and are perfectly round with a flat top, so they do look like a lipstick that's been peeled. i'm not crazy about "flat top" lipsticks, because i find it a little more difficult to follow the contour of the upper lip without an edge. that's a bit of an issue with these, i won't lie, but the extent to which it will bother people is highly subjective.

the consistency is a little creamier than regular bite lipsticks [and "regular" means the luminous creme formula to me, although bite has a lot of permanently available formulas], so perhaps there is something to shaving away the skin of the lipstick. it's a beautiful, comfortable formula that does actually make my lips feel better, possibly even better than the regular ones, although i wouldn't swear to it. the coverage is also a bit glossier and a little less opaque than most bite lipsticks. again, it's a matter of personal preference, but i like it when neutral shades are at least a little sheer, because, to me, a natural shade is augmented by allowing some of the natural lip colour to come through.

the formula seems a little less smooth on application, but not in a bad way. maybe like a slightly stiff balm that softens with the warmth of the lips. i didn't have trouble getting even coverage that stayed in place for a few hours, maybe even a little longer than the luminous cremes.

i received this lipstick as a gift and the colour, "moka" is perhaps not one i would have selected for myself. it's the deepest shade of those released, which isn't surprising, but it's a deep brown, which is something that can go horribly wrong. however, the first time i put it on, dom commented that he really liked it, so that has to be a good sign. clearly, the shade is not natural-looking on me, although it is kind of earthy. the nice thing about it, aside from the fact that it "makes room" for my natural lip colour, is that there's a bit of purple in the brown base, that makes it more agreeable on my complexion. i can't necessarily see the purple-ness in swatches, but it is there. trust me. no, really, it's there. stop looking at me that way.

moka
it's perhaps not the most unique kind of colour. i compared it to bite's own "shiraz" and "pepper" and both are kind of similar, but clearly not the same. "shiraz" is cooler and plummier. "pepper" is lighter and pinker. as with all things, the extent to which you appreciate the difference between the shades will be a personal thing. if you're fair-skinned, "moka" is going to be a fairly sharp contrast compared to the others. the darker your complexion, the less that will be an issue. also, differences tend to be more noticeable if you have a lot of shades within a certain family. you start to see subtleties, even if others don't.

l to r :: bite shiraz, moka, bite pepper

here's how "moka" works on me.



products used

the base ::
nars all day luminous weightless foundation "mont blanc"
nars radiant creamy concealer "vanilla"
mac paint pot "painterly"

the eyes ::
nars e/s duo "kauai" [metallic antique gold/ shimmery deep cool purple]
inglot matte e/s "351"
nars e/s duo "tropical princess" [icy lilac shade only]
urban decay 24/7 e/l "smoke" [charcoal grey]

the cheeks ::
clinique blush "pansy pop" [pinky lavender]

the lips ::
bite beauty buttercream l/s "moka"

because a lot of the shades are lighter, which can get very sketchy on me very quickly, i'm not sure how many more of these i'll be bringing home. the pleasant formula, however, makes me think that i want to take a chance. if you want something bolder, you can always investigate the maple collection. this is for people who enjoy the bohemian, or earth goddess look and it's a very good example of that.

and by the way, that image at the top of this post is indeed a mocha spinach smoothie. you can find the recipe here

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