Beauty Buys: Pastel Nail Polishes

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I think I’ll always have a weakness for pretty nail polishes. I mentioned that I did a bit of shopping a couple weekends ago and I picked up three new nail colors. I’m in love with them all!

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I went to Topshop specifically to pick up the color on the left (Blue Rinse). I first saw it on Anna’s instagram and it immediately shot to the top of my wish list. Blue is my favorite color and this shade just looked so pretty. This was my first time really looking at the Topshop nail polishes and they actually have a very nice color range. Since there was a 2/$15 deal, I thought, “Why not grab another color?!” I already own a few mint green nail polishes, but that won’t stop me from buying more. This one from Topshop is called Boy Next Door and it has a little more blue in it than my other mint nail colors (you can see how it looks on me here).

I finally visited & Other Stories in Soho and thought that the clothes were cute, if a bit overpriced. They have a nice section of the store filled with skincare and beauty bits, so I enjoyed browsing that. I was really excited when I saw this pale yellow nail polish because I’ve been looking for a color like this for a while. I hope that when I apply it on my nails, the color is just as pretty as it is in the bottle.

Bite Beauty 5 Night Fix For Lips Review

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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.

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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?