RG in NYC: Bite Beauty Lip Lab

As you can see from last week’s posts, we are kind of makeup addicts. So when heard about the Bite Beauty Lip Lab in SoHo we HAD to check it out! In case you aren’t familiar with the lip lab, it’s a store in Soho where you can create your own custom lipstick shade (they also carry all of their products in the store). Though walk in appointments are available, we saw about 5 people who were turned away because they hadn’t made appointments — and we were the first appointment of the day! So I would say you should make an appointment in advance.

Since we were the first appointment, we had a couple of minutes to look around the store and get inspiration for our lipstick colors.


 Look at all the pretty pigments! (they call them “chocolates”)


Who would think that navy blue, black and yellow pigment would be needed for pink, red and nude lipstick?

IMG_4867 To start off you pick some of the pigments that you like, along with telling your “lip lab artist” what color, how light and what finish (sheer, matter or glossy) you want your lipstick to be. Then, the artist works his or her magic and creates your own custom color. Both me and Sophie chose to have two completely different colors made and then choose between them — that’s another awesome thing about the lip lab, they don’t bat an eye when you realize the color they just made is not what you want.


My lip “sheet”. I was deciding between a vibrant neon red with a hint of peach and a sheer berry red.


Sophie’s lip sheet. She was deciding between a sheer berry, a orangey peach and a pinky nude.


Then it was time to choose our scent. We both went with vanilla but Sophie added a hint of mint too. Don’t all the fresh fruits look so pretty!


Then it was time to melt and pour the lipsticks.

We waited for about 15 minutes until the lipstick set and chatted with the artists.

And then we were done!

Sophie’s Lipstick:

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Sophie’s lipstick is a pinky nude that is a sheer finish with a vanilla mint scent.

My Lipstick:

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My lipstick is an extra sheer finish red that has a pink undertone with a vanilla scent.

Overall we LOVED this experience and would rate it 10 out of 10 stars!


My Makeup Essentials — Zoe


If you know me, you know I LOVE makeup. People will sometimes accuse me of having too much makeup that I don’t need (which might be a little bit true), but there are some products I absolutely cannot live without.

Here are my essentials:

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1.  Naked 3 Palette — Urban Decay

This Palette is my go to for natural, everyday eye looks. It has a rose gold color scheme and all the shadows are beautiful and super pigmented (I pretty much always gravitate towards the 8 lightest colors, but they are all beautiful, I just don’t really love doing smokey eye looks). Also, the brush is double-ended (fluffy on one side, “eyeliner brush” on the other) and it’s super versatile — I love it because if I’m going on vacation I don’t have to worry about packing brushes. I would highly recommend splurging on a Naked palette if you are just getting into makeup, because it has very versatile colors, a basic brush and even comes with 4 Urban Decay Primer Potion Samples (trust me, these will last an extremely long time, because you only need the tiniest amount).

2.   True Match Super Blendable Blush in Baby Blossom — Loreal

This is my favorite blush because it somehow manages to look super natural, yet makes my cheeks stand out just enough. It has a little bit of shimmer (it looks much more sparkly in the package) but it’s not noticeable on the face, except for bringing a bit of light to the cheeks.

3.  Professional Natural Lash Mascara — Cover Girl

For me, this mascara does double duty. This works as clear brow gel that doesn’t make my brows look too stiff, but also works as mascara when I want a natural look and don’t want to worry about smudging black mascara all over my face when I rub my eyes (it also works super well for bottom-lash mascara that doesn’t look weird/super unnatural).

4.   Smoothing and Brightening Concealer — Sephora Collection

This is my basic concealer. What I love about it is that you can layer it from basic to maximal coverage without it looking cakey. I  don’t have super bad undereye circles so this works for me, but I wouldn’t recommend this to people with really bad ones.

5.   Cremesheen Lipstick in Cream Cup — M.A.C.

Though I don’t usually wear lipstick (now that its winter my lips are super dry and lipstick doesn’t exactly hydrate them) I like to have a nice pinky-nude lipstick for special occasions. I love how the lipstick has a bit of shine, but doesn’t necessarily look as “shiny” as lipgloss does.

6.   Hand Sanitizer PocketBac in Vanilla Berry Sorbet — Bath and Body Works

This product is a win-win — no germs for me (or anyone else) and yummy smelling hands!

7.   Oil Free Foundation Primer — Laura Mercier

One of the things that I believe you should splurge on is a good primer — then you can wear drugstore foundation/powder and it will look like its high end. Why this one? NO SMELL. This is such a turn off for me (I didn’t like the Clinique primer for this reason). Also, it has a clean feeling — not thick and gooey.

8.    Sugar Shine Lip Treatment in Clear — Fresh

This looks good on its own or layered to make another color look just a little bit more pink. It smells A-M-A-Z-I-N-G, almost like sweet flowers, but is also subtle so other people barely notice it.

9.  READY to Go Complexion Perfection Palette — bareMinerals

I’m kinda obsessed with this set — great price for what you’re getting and the pans are GIANT for a kit like this from bareMinerals — I have been using it for 6 months and haven’t even made a dent (besides the concealer). It comes with powder foundation, pressed powder, concealer, the most stunning highlighter, and bronzer. Even though the pans are pretty big, its super travel friendly (I took it out of the case for the photo).

10.  Jumbo Eye Pencil in Cashmere — NYX

Depending on the day/look, this can be a primer, shadow color on its own or and inner corner highlight. It’s super pigmented and buttery.

P.S. This video is simple but amazing (I didn’t even know you could sharpen them! Is it like an obvious thing that I was oblivious to???)

11.   They’re Real Mascara — Benefit

I love this mascara because it is super long and voluminous without being clumpy at all — its title is so accurate because it makes your eyelashes look amazing but still natural!

12. Eyeshadow Primer Potion — Urban Decay

This is a great primer and is totally worth the money — it will last forever! In fact, I must warn you to be careful because it can be very hard to get rid of once you put too much on your eyelid!

Thanks so much for reading!

Tell me what YOUR essentials are, along with any ideas for posts, and feedback