Life & Links | 04.17.15

spring in nyc

// How tasty do these beef empanadas look? I made empanadas once for a Superbowl party a couple years ago. They were a bit labor intensive, but they were very yummy.

// The highs were above 50 degrees all week, so I’d like to thank the weather for finally cooperating. *pats on the back*

// Here are a few tips for working more efficiently. I’m all for deleting emails that I don’t need or filing them away (I’ve got folders on folders). I’m always striving for inbox zero!

// I liked these tips on getting the most out of your Sephora experience. I only recently started taking advantage of samples and such and it’s so great to be able to test something before you buy it.

// Carrie of Wish Wish Wish posted a new spring wallpaper yesterday and it is lovely.

// I wish these emojis were real because I’d get so much use out of them. In other non-news, I haven’t updated my iPhone yet so I’m still seeing aliens instead of the new emojis (lolz).

// One of my friends is visiting this weekend and I’m looking forward to catching up her.

// New arrivals at Rifle Paper Co. (yassssss) and they’re 10% off.

(image via)

Bite Beauty 5 Night Fix For Lips Review

bite beauty agave lip mask, bite beauty, bite beauty reviews,  bite beauty 5 night fix for lips review, bite beauty scrub stick

Like many people, I suffered from dry lips during the winter. I wrote a post about how I was looking for a product to combat dry lips and one of the items I had on my list was the Bite Beauty Agave Lip Mask. I’d heard people rave about it and I wanted to give it a try, but the $26 price tag made me hesitate.

That’s why I was so excited when I saw the 5 Night Fix for Lips! It contains mini versions of the Agave Lip Mask and their Scrub Stick. The set costs $15 and this way I could test out the lip mask before splurging on the full-sized version. You’re supposed to use the duo in combination- first you exfoliate your lips with the scrub stick and then you apply the lip mask, which is a thick balm. Within five nights, you should have soft and healthy lips.

Oh boy did I need this. During winter my lips were constantly chapped and it was unpleasant. I definitely noticed a difference within a couple days of using this set. Let’s talk about what I did and didn’t like:

PROS

The Agave Lip Mask does work. Once I started using it, it only took a few days for my lips to return to their normal state. It felt so good not to have chapped lips anymore!

They smell good. I believe both products contain honey and they have a pleasant honey aroma.

A little goes a long way. The lip mask is so thick and I only need a small amount to coat my lips. I’ve been using it for nearly a month now and I still feel like I have a lot of product left in my mini tube.

CONS

– The Scrub Stick is too gentle. It’s supposed to be an exfoliant, but I didn’t think it did a great job of getting rid of the dead skin on my lips. I have this $3 lip exfoliator from e.l.f. and I like it a lot better.

The Agave Lip Mask is very thick. This is a good and bad thing. It is really moisturizing, but it does make it a little difficult to get it out of the tube. Now that it’s a little warmer, the ingredients have softened up and it’s no longer as difficult to squeeze it out of the tube.

The Lip Mask is a bit sticky. I don’t love the way it feels on the lips. I usually put it on right before bed so that it can soak in overnight. When I go to bed, my lips feel sticky and there’s still a bit of sticky residue when I wake up the next morning. It’s not uncomfortable or anything like that, I just wish it wasn’t quite so sticky. I’ve combated that problem a bit by putting on a thin layer of Vaseline, then applying the lip mask on top. The Vaseline gives a little more slip, so I feel less like my lips are sticking together constantly.

Bite-Beauty-5-Night-Fix-for-Lips

THE SHORT VERSION

Overall, I’m happy that I purchased this little kit. I got to try out both products for a fraction of the price (and I think the packaging is totally adorable). The Agave Lip Mask really did rescue my lips and aside from a couple little issues, I think it’s great. The Scrub Stick doesn’t do too much for me, so I probably wouldn’t purchase that again. I would, however, buy the full-size version of the Agave Lip Mask.

Have you tried either of these products?

Colorful Spring Finds Under $100

colorful spring dresses, spring 2015, spring 2015 colors, spring clothes 2015, spring clothes on sale

I have a real neutrals problem in my closet right now. I’m still mainly wearing clothes from my fall capsule wardrobe. When I was putting that list together, I wanted everything to mix and match well and it was easier to achieve that with neutral colors. I have a solid foundation of basics, so I am glad for that. Now that the sun has come out and temperatures are rising, I really want to inject some color back into my wardrobe. I picked up a few new things last month, but then I realized that they were all neutrals too. These are a few items that caught my eye while I was browsing online. They’re all under $100 (and many of them are under $50)!

Is your closet more colorful or more neutral?

Tops: Layered Cropped Tank, Printed Slit-Neck Peplum Top, Matte Crepe Sleeveless Top, Lace Crochet Shell Top

Skirts & Dresses: Pleated Lady Skirt, Scallop Insert Mini Skirt, Sleeveless Curved Hem Overlay Dress

Shoes & Accessories: Red Sunglasses, Leather Slip-On Sneakers

More Tops: Tie-Strap Bardot Top, Layered Open Back Top, Layered Chiffon Tank

Shop the Post

[show_shopthepost_widget id=”663250″]