Lipstick is the ultimate accessory. It is a small, yet bold detail of a woman’s self-expression. Until my dream of becoming a famous lipstick designer is realized, there is always the Bite Beauty Lip Lab in Soho, New York City, and not to mention, those trendy beauty pop-up shops in L.A.

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Bite Beauty is one of my favorite brands, because it uses some of the best, most natural ingredients. I discovered the brand at Sephora. I soon fell in love with Bite’s edible formulas, because they make my lips feel like butter, and look like fashion. I paid a visit to the lab when I was in New York and created a custom lipstick. There were literally almost 200 shades.

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The whole experience was dope. The Lip Lab Artists greeted me and put me on the waitlist (piece of advice: make an appointment, because this place is always packed). I went to grab brunch, came back, and there were still some folks in ahead of me on the waitlist. I have to give a major shoutout to the artists for accommodating me when I had to catch a flight a few hours later. I never felt rushed or pressured to pick a particular shade.

I originally was going for a dark blue shade, which I would name, Denim. But, instead, I tried on some violet colors, then eventually opted for a deep green. What’s so cool about this shade is that it goes on so dark that it appears black, and with about an hour of wear, it lightens up to a gorgeous emerald green.

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Once I settled on my color, I chose a the popular Amuse Bouche cream finish and the fresh citrus scent. Golden. You get to watch the artists mix up your lipstick, freeze it, and package it.

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My affinity for customizable lipstick did not start at The Bite Beauty Lip Lab. In fact, I had attended a Yves Saint Laurent Beauty pop-up shop here in L.A. about a month prior to my New York trip. Now, this shop featured some of YSL Beauty’s most coveted shades and complimentary lipstick engraving.

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It’s safe to say that this experience inspired me to go a step further with Bite Beauty. You guys may think I’m joking, but give me 10 solid years, and I’ll be maintaining my own lipstick empire.

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