BITE Beauty Lip Lab Toronto Experience – Swatches on Dark Skin (and Lots of Photos!)

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Bite Beauty is an awesome Canadian brand using all food-grade ingredients. I have wanted to go to the Bite Beauty Lip Lab in New York to make a custom lipstick since I learned of its existence a few years ago. So when I heard that there was a new flagship Bite Lip Lab in downtown Toronto, I asked my mom if we could go when I was visiting her for Reading Week. I knew I wanted to make a rosey-brown, everyday colour similar to MAC Whirl, because #noodzarelife. But upon learning that one lipstick is $55 CAD and two are $80, I opted for two, and settled on a berry for the second one.

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OPI Washington DC Collection with Kerry Washington for Fall 2016

It’s been an extremely long time since I’ve gotten really excited about an OPI collection. Not since 2011’s Katy Perry collab (hello, Teenage Dream) have I been foaming at the mouth, waiting for a collection to drop. That coupled with my recent love of DIY gel manicures (do we want a blog post on that, by the way?) means I really haven’t been buying much from the brand.

Enter this fall’s Washington DC Collection. Most of the shades in the collection are permanent, but the limited edition shades in collaboration with Kerry Washington (and Squeaker of the House, which is permanent) really got my motor going.

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MAC x Taraji (AKA MAC’s Big Mistake)

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I am 200% here for Taraji P. Henson, but MAC messed up. Big time.

Taraji is a badass Black woman playing a badass Black character and she’s beautiful to boot. MAC doesn’t release a lot of collections in collaboration with Black folk, and I love seeing people who look like me represented, so I knew I needed something from this collection. I settled on the blush, Taraji Glow, because I thought the highlighter (Highlight the Truth) was dupable elsewhere and not that special. So when the collection came online, I ordered Taraji Glow. Imagine my confusion when a highlighter labelled “Taraji Glow” showed up a few days later.

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L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte Foundation

At the end of August, I went to Philadelphia for a conference. Naturally, I was insanely excited for US makeup. One of the things I was excited for was the L’Oreal Infallible Pro Matte Foundation, which we totally have in Canada, but Canadian drugstores do not carry the darkest shade of this foundation, which I thought was closest to my match. (Because, y’know, Black people don’t live north of the border. 🙄)

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Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette – Swatches on Dark Skin

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A few months ago, everyone lost their minds over the Anastasia Beverly Hills Modern Renaissance Palette, and with good reason.

When it comes to pigmentation in palettes, ABH have a pretty strong track record (the World Traveler palette is still my bbg), and Modern Renaissance taps into the warm-tone palette craze. That’s fine by me, because there are few things I love in this world the way I love an orange crease.

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Where Is Pore? Caolion Premium Hot & Cool Pore Pack Duo

I have pretty decent skin. I have occasional breakouts and it acts up from time to time, but overall, I’m fairly happy with it…with the exception of the minefield of clogged pores on my nose.

I’ve tried tons of clarifying masks. You name it, I’ve tried it. With the exception of a professional facial with extractions (ouch on the skin and on the wallet), nothing has worked and my desperation has increased.

In this desperation and based on good reviews on the Sephora website, I picked up the Caolion Premium Hot & Cool Pore Pack.

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Kat Von D Lock-It Concealer Crème

Look. I adore Kat Von D. I had the biggest crush on her on L.A. Ink because she was so cool and laidback and funny. Her liquid lipsticks are some of my favourites in my collection (um, hello Lolita). Nothing beats her Tattoo Liner. The original Lock It Tattoo Concealer is my favourite for covering blemishes. However, her foundation and powder shades for dark skin tend to be hopelessly out of touch with what actual dark skin looks like, and her contour kit is way too light to contour anyone darker than an NC40 or so.

So when I heard that Kat was reformulating her complexion line, adding shades, and bringing out a new Concealer Crème, I was excited and hopeful! Concealer is one of my staple makeup products, so you can bet I was down to try hers.

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