The Hookup: Bite Beauty Papaya and NARS Dolce Vita

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Magic happens when you wear Bite Beauty Multistick in Papaya and NARS Blush in Dolce Vita together

I’m thinking about starting a series on the blog called “The Hookup…”

No, it does not sound nasty! ๐Ÿ™‚ It’s not like nasty Hollywood hookups, although it does freak me out a little when I hear teenagers say the word “hookup.”


The idea is product pairings for things that I like to wear together, because I figure, there are so many products out there, and it’s not always easy to find stuff that looks good together.

In the look I’m wearing here, I’m using Bite Beauty Multistick in Papaya, which you can use as an eyeshadow, blush and a lipstick, and I’m wearing it as both a blush and a lipstick.

I’ve paired it with NARS Dolce Vita blush, which is one of my favorite NARS blushes of all time. In fact, I think it was the first (or the second?) NARS blush I ever bought, but don’t quote me on that.

Anyway, both have rosy tones, but Dolce Vita has a little more gold in it, and I think it goes great with Papaya.


You could wear it as a blush and use Papaya as a lipstick, or use Papaya as a cream blush and apply Dolce Vita on top, which is how I’m using it here.

I love this combo, and I think it’s really pretty with neutral eyes.

What’s one of your favorite product hookups right meow?

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Chris25 says:

    Papaya looks great on you!
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  2. Becky says:

    Oooh that is a beautiful combination! What have you used on your eyes? It’s a lovely look!

    (Ps-love the hat too!)
    Becky recently posted … NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu – a total bargain

  3. Chryztyners says:

    Love this! My fave hookup would be MAC Melba blush and MAC Ravishing for lips. I love how peachy these shades look on me.

  4. mimibelle says:

    Looks super pretty on you! I don’t know….I am a blusher failure ๐Ÿ™ Either looks like I have nothing on or like I have two red blobs or I look like I have a big pink face. I have been trying your ‘turn your face sideways’ idea. Still a work in progress!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mimibelle,

      It really helps to have an additional face brush around. Do you gave a duo fiber brush around? After you do your blush, gently run the duo fiber brush on your cheeks. This helps blend the edges so that they don’t look like blobs (I’ve been there! Feel ya pain!).

  5. akriti says:

    Hii karen..which eyeshadows r u wearing in the pics??

  6. akriti says:

    Does papaya have coral in it?? Looks soo gud on u.. i think it will wash out my face..

  7. Jessica says:

    I have a few Bite lippies and I really love them. They make an excellent product.
    Jessica recently posted … Mad: Animals

  8. Erin says:

    I love the combo! I’m a big fan of putting down a liquid or cream blush and then setting it with a little powder blush. My go to right now is becca beach tint in grapefruit and NARS orgasm.
    Erin recently posted … Tom Ford Vert dโ€™Encens

  9. Fran says:

    You’ve got me thinking, Karen! I love the Bite Multisticks, mainly as cream blushes. Now I’ve got to try laying Lotus with Urban Decay’s blush in Rapture, and Nectar with Hourglass Ambient Lighting blush in Ethereal Glow ๐Ÿ™‚

  10. Fancie says:

    I like this idea! I’m digging this combo too. They work extremely well together and look beautiful on you
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  11. Sarah says:

    Looks great on you Karen… I’m loving Bobbi Brown illuminating bronzer in Antigua on my cheeks and Bobbi Brown creamy lip colour in rose petal together. I get so many compliments !!! ๐Ÿ˜

  12. nai says:

    I am totally down for the Hook Up! I think a series like that would help many of us shop our stash!

  13. kwmechelle says:

    Ditto, I think a hook up series would be great. It’ll take the guesswork out of which colors/products work well together ๐Ÿ™‚

  14. jonirae says:

    Karen!! I am appalled and aghast and taken aback at your claim that dolce vita was your first nars blush!! ๐Ÿ˜ณ๐Ÿ˜จ๐Ÿ˜ฐ๐Ÿ˜ฑ

    mostly because I was just browsing through your “unsung heroes” archives… (like really, *just* now, I accidentally fell thru a link trapdoor into a nars-collection rabbit hole!! it was wonderful, tbh ๐Ÿ˜) … and I happened upon an article in which you told a lovely tale of finding your first nars/Power Blush… which was… AMOUR! ๐Ÿ’๐Ÿป
    (though okay, you did say the fairy tale meeting occurred because you were looking for the perfect partner for dolce vita — the lipstick! so really, it was just another hook up! see how I brought that back around? ๐Ÿ˜‰)

    but anyway this is a good combo, and I had thought I was gonna pass over the multi sticks, but the more I see you using them, the more I think I may have been too hasty! so thanks! ๐Ÿ˜˜

  15. Lisa says:

    Does that lipstick look anything like mac twig? I love that mac color but it dries my lips out- -and your lipstick looks a little like it, at least on my iPad.

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