MAKEUP CORNER//My highly emotional journey to finding a new favorite lipstick

You guys may know me for long rants on organization and easy recipes, but I haven’t talked a lot about my other love here: makeup 👄

Bite Beauty lip in Beetroot

I have loved makeup for as long as I can remember. For a long, long time, I was only allowed to wear neutral eyeshadow, clear (CLEAR!) mascara, and blush. As an adult, I totally get the why of these rules, but that doesn’t mean the preteen me liked it. I remember applying multiple layers of a champagne-colored eyeshadow from lashline to browbone, coating on that clear mascara, and heading off to a high school football game (I was probably 14).

Don’t worry, my makeup skills have improved over the years. But I am still just as obsessed. I’m not the woman that needs a full face to hit the gym or the grocery store, but you best believe I take a good hour to get glam before an event (or a random date night, if I’ve got the time).

Makeup has always been more than just fun for me, though. I’ve had acne since I was nine. I literally don’t remember what it’s like to have clear skin, and it’s possible that I’ll never have that experience. In the past five years or so, a bold lip or fake lashes (or both if you’re lucky 😍) have been a way to take control of my face. I don’t think that either of these accessories totally hide the acne — I know that they don’t — but manipulating my face in a way that I can totally control makes me feel confident about my looks in a new way.

If you have a big pimple, wear a really bold lip. #distraction
Bite Beauty lip in Hazelnut

Almost six months ago, Grant was diagnosed with new allergies to several really common cosmetic chemicals. Like really common. His dermatologist supplied us with a PDF of “safe” products, and you know what wasn’t on there? A single lipstick that I owned.

I am not proud to tell you that I cried. My poor husband was physically suffering, and I was crying over vanity. (In fact, I’m writing this in public and just had to take a bathroom break to pull myself together.) In the months leading up to this diagnosis, I’d been using Lipsense (I’m sure a FB friend or two of yours sells this permanent lipstick), including on our wedding day. It’s a two-step application, including a gloss. The SECOND ingredient of the gloss, which I had been wearing daily, is one of G’s new allergens. His poor lips had been splitting on a regular basis after being exposed to my stupid, vain lipgloss.

Wearing my beloved Lipsense: One coat of Fly Girl and two coats of Sheer Berry.

I also had to replace hair and body products, but nothing hit me quite as hard as my lipstick collection. I took the PDF of safe products to Ulta, and they didn’t carry a single thing that was safe for me to use.

I cried in an Ulta. I was a mess.

After a lot of tears and some journaling, I came to those realizations I outlined above. The why of my emotional reaction changed everything. Yes, lipstick is superficial, but it’s also really important to me. 

So, after all of that, my mom and I went to Sephora, where I found my NEW holy grail lipstick.

Bite Beauty lip in Fig

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche. It’s creamy, moisturizing, long-wear if you blot it well enough, heavily pigmented, AND the colors are named after foods. PERFECT. The formula is made of edible oils, and the ingredients are a lot cleaner than the average lip color. AND, it’s safe for my boo, which is the real end-all, be-all qualification. (I wouldn’t call this formula kiss-proof, but it’s definitely quick-peck-proof, as long as you blot first.)

Wedding-ready in Bite Beauty lip in Gazpacho

Honorable mention: Bobby Brown Art Stick. Also really good, but not as wide of a color range, and not quite as creamy.

Hazelnut, Fig, Radish, Beetroot, Gazpacho, Jam, Cayenne, and Ginger, all by Bite Beauty.
Caitlin

Caitlin

Hi, I’m Caitlin! Thanks for reading. If you're new, here's a little about me: I'm a writer, editor, eater, and reader living in the Kansas City area. When I'm not working my 9-to-5, I'm cooking without a recipe, exploring the city, and probably procrastinating. I start from scratch each morning: progress is way more important to me than perfection.

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Caitlin

Author: Caitlin

Hi, I’m Caitlin! Thanks for reading. If you're new, here's a little about me: I'm a writer, editor, eater, and reader living in the Kansas City area. When I'm not working my 9-to-5, I'm cooking without a recipe, exploring the city, and probably procrastinating. I start from scratch each morning: progress is way more important to me than perfection. Connect with me on Instagram and Pinterest, and subscribe to The Fruitful Blog for tips on intentional living, meal planning, and more.

5 thoughts on “MAKEUP CORNER//My highly emotional journey to finding a new favorite lipstick”

    1. I can use the Burt’s Bees fat pencil, so that’s awesome. I have a pink one. It’s good, but not AS good as the Bite. The shittiest part of G’s allergy is that several of the chemicals he’s allergic to are allowed to be used in “all-natural” products 🙄

    2. I have the Burt’s Bees fat lip pencil in a pink color. I like it, but I don’t love it. The worst part about G’s allergies is that several of the chemicals he’s allergic to are allowed in “all-natural” products 🙄

  1. That stinks! I’ve been working on switching the products in our life to safer alternatives and am loving BeautyCounter and hear great things about Crunchi. Glad you found something that is safe and works well!

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