9 posts tagged "Bite Beauty"
If you’ve never experienced Bite Beauty’s all-natural array of lip products, its Collector’s Edition might be the crash course you need to get acquainted with the brand. Twenty shades of its Luminous Créme lipsticks were selected to comprise a comprehensive gift set that almost replicates the mixing-matching experience you’d get at the company’s lab in Soho. Double-ended tubes make creating a custom color easier than ever—whether you want a multidimensional ombré effect (seen at Rag & Bone this past season) or, if you’re feeling extra adventurous, a two-tone look (circa Emanuel Ungaro Spring 2010).
Bite’s bullets are also packed with the antioxidant resveratrol (the same ingredient that justifies a nightly glass of red wine), so over time, fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth are diminished. Each duo is boxed separately to make sharing and stocking stuffing a snap, but we won’t tell if you take the Ebenezer Scrooge approach and keep them all for yourself.
Bite Beauty Collector’s Edition Lip Layers Set, $98; available at sephora.com.
London-born stylist Penny Lovell has been trolling the various facets of the fashion world since the tender age of fifteen, when she landed her first job outfitting the mannequins in a local boutique. Lovell also logged time as a publicist for Burberry and, in the editorial realm, assisted the fashion director at British Elle before setting her sights on New York and a styling career. Since crossing the pond in 1999, and then crossing the country for L.A. in 2004, she has built a steady editorial and celebrity clientele: Emma Watson, Rose Byrne, Taylor Schilling, and Mary Elizabeth Winstead, among them. Lovell also lends her styling wisdom accrued from many years in the biz to Harper’s Bazaar’s website, for which she writes a bimonthly “Tricks of the Trade” column. Here, the woman behind some of the most well-heeled celebs on the red carpet shares her own beautifying favorites.
The Pout Outfitter: Bite Beauty
“I love this lipstick store on Prince Street in New York. You can customize your own lipstick—both the color and the scent—and everything in the formula is organic and edible. It’s so fun! I take a girlfriend every time I am in NYC for an after-lunch treat. I can easily spend an hour in there mixing up new colors, and I generally leave with at least three. For those not in New York, Bite’s standard lipsticks are also great and available online at Sephora.”
The Skin Expert: Kate Somerville
“My go-to facial place. I can’t wait for my next Ultimate Kate facial. In between visits I use the Dermaquench Liquid Lift and Cytocell Dermal Energizing Treatment at home to keep the benefits going. My husband always comments on my skin and how ‘young’ I look after this facial without knowing I had an appointment! He also steals the Derma quench lift….”
The Getaway: Ojai Valley Inn & Spa
“I just returned from another spa weekend here and can’t recommend this resort enough. The spa is lovely and the staff lovelier; the resort itself is so lush, gorgeous, and peaceful. It has its own microclimate so the weather here is good pretty much all year round. Bike rides, hiking, delicious organic food, gorgeous little town down the road—there are way too many options to cover in one weekend, but next time I am determined to take the Apothecary Aroma Custom Blending class to make some bath oil. Most of all, it’s perfect for my three-year-old daughter, with a large children’s pool and multiple activities—all far, far away from the adults.”
The Signature Scent Purveyor: CB I Hate Perfume
“Until I discovered CB I Hate Perfume I, well, hated perfume. Then, my client Bella Heathcote bought me Mr. Hulot’s Holiday for my birthday and it smells just like the beach—a fresh, evocative, not-cloying, scent that improves my mood immediately and is perfect in the summer or year round to remind me of the season. Now, I’m obsessed. Recently I added Burning Leaves, Winter 1972, and Fire From Heaven to my collection, and I not only use them as perfume, but also in the office as a room scent before fittings, selecting one depending on my mood. Bella tells me his shop in Brooklyn is amazing and I can’t wait to visit next time I am in the city.”
The Skincare Brand, Par Excellence: The Organic Pharmacy
“There is not much I don’t love about this U.K. brand, but I am never without their Carrot Butter Cleanser, which takes off my makeup (including waterproof mascara) in a second and never feels dry or stings. I am also a huge fan of their supplements and buy all my vitamins and homeopathic remedies there—the one for stress is particularly effective, as I discovered during award season one year!”
The Daily Regimen
“Elemental Herbs All Good Lips lip balm is the best ever; I cannot live without it. And I wear Arbonne Water Resistant Sunscreen—which is all natural—all year round, no matter wherever I am, whatever the weather.”
The Makeup Musts
“I love the Chanel Perfect Brows all-in-one compact. There are three colors to mix together to match your eyebrows, and mini tweezers and brushes. A magnifying mirror seals the deal. Laura Mercier’s Caviar Stick Eye Color in Sugar Frost is my go-to for everyday; it’s a sheer subtle gold-beige sparkle and looks great with just mascara or over another eye color as an added highlight. I use it all the time. And for nails, Marc Jacobs Beauty polish in Gatsby—it’s a rose gold, the perfect new neutral, and it’s long lasting.”
The Multipurpose Miracle: Body Bliss Mood Melt
“The essential oil has multiple uses for me; this blend is balancing, and I put a drop on my pillow at night and a few drops in my bath. It really chills me out and smells divine.”
Finding the perfect lipstick that encompasses the ideal shade, texture, and finish all in one tube is never as easy as it seems. In fact, it’s often hit or miss whether you can actually find what you have in mind at the makeup counter. And with brands constantly refreshing their spectrum of colors, once you find “the one,” it’s never guaranteed that it will still be for sale when you wear it down to a nub. There are a few companies that offer shade-matching services (in which you send your precious leftovers off via mail), but Bite Beauty’s Lip Lab offers consumers the opportunity to participate in the process by creating their own bespoke bullet on-site.
The pop-up store the brand opened mid-May in Soho was so well received that the Canadian company set up a permanent shop this month—revamping the space from floor to ceiling to include stainless steel countertops fitted with light boxes (optimal for blending the gluten-free, food-grade pigments), as well as expanding the options available to customers. In addition to the existing range of hues, it included colors normally only available to cosmetic chemists, such as blue and yellow, which can be used to punch up the standard burgundy or red. While only four essential oils (cherry, mint, lilac, and superfruit) were previously available to scent your concoction, the company added two more fragrances (vanilla and mango) to the line. Another added benefit is deciding on the level of opacity and shine you desire: matte, luminous crème, sheer, or crème deluxe (infused with Japanese silk).
With trained makeup artists on site, you can opt to do the mixing yourself or leave it to the pros while you keep an eye on the process. Once you’ve finally devised your unique hue (mine was a moody bordeaux tinged with violet), the pigments are melted, blended with the oils in a centrifuge, poured into a mold, cooled on plates at -2 degrees Fahrenheit, extracted, and put into a soft-touch tube. It sounds complicated, but the entire process takes approximately ten minutes. You can even rent out the space on Thursday and Sunday for a flat rate ($500 per hour, for a maximum of two hours) and host your own lipstick soirée—giving a new meaning to the notion of cocktails with friends. But with the lab hosting only two of these events per month, you better start planning now. I have a feeling snagging one of those coveted slots will be tougher than getting a Cronut from the Dominique Ansel Bakery up the street.
$36 per lipstick ($48 for the crème deluxe finish), 174 Prince Street, New York, NY, (646) 484-6111.
As far as I’m concerned, women fall into two distinct camps: those that prefer gloss, and those that opt for lipstick. I myself am a lipstick girl—the slippery texture and hair-to-mouth situation every time the wind blew never appealed to me. I’ve tried liquid lipsticks that claim to provide the rich color of a classic bullet, but go on like a gloss. For the most part, I find them drying and lacking the creamy finish I so crave. But Bite Beauty may have successfully found a way to bridge the gap between gloss addicts and lipstick lovers with their Cashmere Lip Cream. The new cream-to-powder color goes on via a doe-foot applicator (like your typical gloss), but the formula is much thicker (like a melted-down lipstick) and contains four times the pigment load found in the average lip product. The blend of butters, moisturizing sunflower wax, plant-based silicone oils, and Japanese silica powder produce a nonsticky, slightly shiny finish that stays put without feeling tight. My only complaint: Because the product is more dense, the skinny applicator can be a bit tricky if you’re used to the swipe-and-go method associated with a mistake-proof, sheer gloss or an easy-to-wield lipstick. However, with practice (or a lip brush), perfection can quickly be achieved. It seems that the dividing line between the two beauty classes is finally being blurred—and replaced by the best of both worlds in a single tube.
Since launching Bite Beauty two years ago, entrepreneur Susanne Langmuir has had a string of successes. Her lipcentric lineup of crème lipsticks, rouge pots, matte pencils, and sheer balms—all formulated with food-grade ingredients, such as organic shea and fruit butters spiked with red-wine resveratrol, a powerful antioxidant—was picked up by Sephora, where it has been sold exclusively ever since. The range’s point of difference on the primping emporium’s increasingly crowded shelves is not just its green-leaning ethos, but its shockingly vivid color payoff; we’ve used all manner of all-natural lipsticks before, but none that deliver quite like Bite, which is a real passion project for Langmuir. “My favorite experience is when I am mixing and blending new and inspired color creations,” she says—an experience that will now be part of the public domain.
Starting tomorrow, the Toronto-based brand will officially open the doors to its first-ever pop-up shop in Soho, where customers can mix their own lip color and then watch as a troop of Bite professionals actually melt, pour, and package the customized bullet. “We wanted to create something that is totally new,” Langmuir explains of what will evolve into a permanent brick-and-mortar, on Thompson Street, come September. Designed in collaboration with the Austrian firm EOOS, the space is equipped with a center bar, “play stations,” where you can actually blend multiple different cream lip colors—a zinfandel red with a little white and some peach to create a warm rose, perhaps—before you choose a scent (current choices include a superfruit blend, cherry, peppermint, and lavender) and watch as trained technicians churn out your personalized product following a five-minute heating-and-cooling process. In today’s world of complicated ingredient labels and constant clamor over the hazardous chemicals that are readily put into cosmetics, it doesn’t get more transparent than that.
Bite Beauty, 174 Prince Street, NYC, open from 11 AM – 7 PM, Tuesday-Sunday; www.bitebeauty.com.