Liz Kleppinger, Freshman

Ah yes, Valentine's day. The most love-filled holiday for some, and for others... it bites. For the ones who spend this pink and red holiday alone, it's sad; no one to treat you with chocolate or a sappy love card. But I’m about to pose an insane notion. Ready? 

Why don't you treat yourself? 

Valentine's is on a Saturday this year, so luckily you’ll be spared of the indigestion induced by watching girls balancing books and bouquets while you feast on some Candy Hearts your teacher handed out.  Take yourself out to the mall and walk with your head up to the one, the only-- Sephora. It’s time for you to meet your one true love. Bite Beauty. 

The Toronto-based company, Bite Beauty, is a lip cosmetics company founded in 2010 by Susanne Langmuir after she couldn't find a lip product that wasn’t chemical based. I was shocked to find that my favorite MAC lipstick is filled with harmful chemicals. Now I’m not saying you’ll die if you apply it to your lips, but it isn't great for your body if you ingest it. Some of the ingredients used in MAC’s famous creme lipsticks include Glyceryl Triacetyl Hydroxystearate and Trioctyldodecyl Citrate, which I can’t pronounce and don’t know what they mean, but they sound terrifying.    

While most major makeup lines contain toxins, Bite Beauty’s products are all fruit based, as told to me by a Lehigh Valley Mall Sephora artist. Basically, if you were stranded on a deserted island with only the contents of your purse to keep you kickin’, you could eat your lipstick and not die. 

When I found out they were new-ish and natural I, of course, ran to my local Sephora and purchased a few products that set my bank account back a little, but it was totally worth it. 
One thing I picked up was the Luminous Creme Lipstick in the color Pomegranate, which I have to say is now my favorite red lipstick. It goes on so smooth and stays for a while without needing to be reapplied. Impressive. This color is great because it’s a tiny shade lighter than the classic red but packs such a pigmented punch. 

I also purchased a High Pigment Pencil in the color Syrah, which is actually my lifesaver. Besides the sleek grey packaging, Bite really makes a good lip pencil. It’s a jumbo lip pencil that goes on creamy like a lipstick. Syrah is a peachy-nude color perfect for pale skin-toned people, like myself. The pencil is full of color and has a tint of shimmer added. 

The last thing I purchased before I cried over how much money I spent was Bite’s Plumping Lip Oil in the Cinnamon flavor. Sounds weird, but let me explain. It’s a thick oil that you apply like gloss. It kind of burns when it first touches your lips, but after a few seconds it’s nice. Better than a kiss from a lover, I suppose. When it fades away your lips look fuller and a lot more hydrated; it takes all those old cracks and dried skin away with it. Its packaging is a glass tube, so you can see its contents, which looks nasty (it’s red, thick and ugh)-- but it works. Trust me.

Who needs a man this Valentine’s Day? Take yourself out and head to Sephora, because treating yourself can satisfy your sweet tooth with one little Bite. 

Left to Right: Luminous Creme Lipstick - Pomegranate - $24, High Pigment Pencil - Syrah - $24, Cinnamon Plumping Lip Oil - $22

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