2020 Lipstick Chronology #5: Bite Beauty Molten Chocolate

Product: Bite Beauty Crystal Crème Shimmer Lip Crayon in Molten Chocolate Date Purchased: April 2020 Grade: A- Can someone tell me what the hell happened to Bite Beauty? For close to a decade, everyone knew them as the brand that produced food-grade, food-themed lip products. Then it was like we collectively glanced away for a … Continue reading 2020 Lipstick Chronology #5: Bite Beauty Molten Chocolate

Glosses of Autumn, Part 1: Bite Prismatic Pearl Gloss in Rose Pearl

I'm back, bearing makeup! For the first time in the 4.5-year history of Auxiliary Beauty, I went over a month without blogging. A lot happened in those six weeks: I moved to a new apartment with my boyfriend; finished my summer job at a university office and began an adjunct gig in Jersey City; got more … Continue reading Glosses of Autumn, Part 1: Bite Prismatic Pearl Gloss in Rose Pearl

Bite Beauty Spice Things Up Collection: Smoked Za’atar and Star Anise

Oh, Bite Beauty. The intensity of my love-hate relationship with this brand is second only to that of my love-hate relationship with Glossier. On paper, Bite is my ideal beauty brand. It makes nothing but lip products, offering a wide range of complex, well-balanced colors. It releases thoughtful, interesting limited-edition collections, most of which are … Continue reading Bite Beauty Spice Things Up Collection: Smoked Za’atar and Star Anise

FOTD: Cyborg Easter Bunny ft. NYX Twilight Tint

Happy Easter! Full disclosure: I'm one of those secular assholes who welcome the Easter season not for its religious significance but for the positively pagan abundance of egg-shaped chocolate. Growing up half-Jewish, I couldn't help noticing the difference in quality between Easter candy and kosher-for-Passover candy, which consisted (and still consists) primarily of coconut-covered marshmallows … Continue reading FOTD: Cyborg Easter Bunny ft. NYX Twilight Tint

My 13 Least Favorite Beauty Products of 2016

Welcome to the first, and saltier, of my two 2016 roundup posts! A few notes before we begin: There are thirteen products on this list simply because I was disappointed by thirteen products last year (not a large number, considering how many I tried). As always, the products are listed in chronological order of purchase, … Continue reading My 13 Least Favorite Beauty Products of 2016

Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Lavender Jam

I own between fifty-five and sixty lipsticks, more than a few of them purple. It's rare that a mainstream brand releases a lipstick unlike any I own, and even rarer that a mainstream brand releases a purple unlike any I own (yes, I'm using a lipstick junkie's definition of "unlike," but still). So when Bite … Continue reading Bite Beauty Amuse Bouche Lipstick in Lavender Jam

June Favorites (Beauty and Otherwise)

Welcome to another installment of my not-actually-monthly compilation of monthly favorites! Some bloggers use favorites posts to spotlight new purchases, but I prefer to feature older favorites as well as non-makeup discoveries. Let's begin with my main makeup fixation in June: 1. Purple Lipstick Purple has been my favorite lip color since I started wearing … Continue reading June Favorites (Beauty and Otherwise)