I’ve kept Mr BBB and my friend Margo busy with shopping lists on their NYC trips. Both managed to scoop up some things I’ve been wanting to try for ages.


First of all the Physician’s Formula Happy Booster. It’s so cute in the packaging that I really wanted to believe it could boost my mood. Sadly, it didn’t and in fact probably put me in a worse one because it failed so miserably! I’d love to see how brushing your face with powder infused with natural plant extracts ‘shown to promote a feeling of happiness by mimicing the effect of endorphins’ is going to at all make you feel joyful in any meaningful way whatsoever. Thank god this was cheap and cheerful.

Bite High Pigment Pencil in Pomegranate
Bite Luminous Creme Lipstick in Rose
Bite Luminous Creme Lipstick in Rose and Bite Lipshine in Prosecco
Bite Vitamin Gel in Blood Orange

More luck with the beautiful, lip-specific Bite range of products for lips which use food-grade ingredients. As part of the boxed set, Lip & Define Lip Trio, I got High Pigment Pencil in Pomegranate which I think could probably out-pigment anything I’ve tried before. It is wild! Of course, even though the colour really suited my olive complexion I was far too shy to wear it out of the house (bit of a culture shock anyway for Matalan I felt) but it is amazing with a slight sheeny texture and very easy to apply in chunky pencil format. I also got Lip Shine –  a clear lip shine containing red wine derived Resveratrol (said to have antioxidant and anti-ageing benefits) and with a beautiful Prosecco flavour (actually just rather sweet, but lovely nonetheless). Trying to figure out why I liked it so much, I checked the label and of course, it contains Lanolin, which works really well on my lips. To complete the box is a very pretty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Rose. Finally, from the Bite range, I got Vitamin Gel, a sleek lipbalm/gloss that contains multi-vitamins and mood enhancing essential oils (don’t get me started again!) in almost clear Blood Orange. Whatever, it’s a lovely product. All the products are made without the usual nasties including parabens, petrochemicals, GMOs, triclosan etc. I don’t really know why we don’t have Bite here – it would go down a storm I think.

Finally, I scooped the new Rita Hazan Root Concealer in Light Brown which I already thought was pricy at $24, so nearly passed out when I got my hands on the mini-size can containing a measly 1oz of product. It’s got a very fine nozzle for accurate aim when spraying over grey roots. I picked the light brown shade which actually seems quite dark and while I haven’t tried it yet (I only dyed my hair yesterday!), I’m looking forward to seeing exactly why it costs nearly as much as gold.


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