BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter on Belle Belle Beauty

When something achieves “cult” status, it becomes hard for me to resist it. And when it is a highlighter promising to add just the right amount of glow, I just have to see for myself. On one of my rare in-person visits to Sephora last week, I picked up BECCA’s Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed Highlighter in Moonstone (a pale and neutral gold).

I really like RMS Living Luminizer, but prefer BECCA because it is slightly creamier (and easier to apply) and comes with lasting staying power. It provides what best is called “shine” thanks to luminescent pearls that absorb and reflect light. The pigment is nuanced making it both dramatic and natural because it molds to undertones. The neutral Moonstone works with my redness and both over tinted moisturizer and on bare skin.

My favorite part is the creaminess. There is no caking and my drier skin soaks up the nourishment. The finish is sophisticated and healthy. Other shades include:

  • Sephora exclusive Champagne Pop shade, a soft gold with sunny, peach undertones—created in collaboration with Jaclyn Hill.
  • Pearl: A soft, luminescent white that’s perfect for fair skintones
  • Rose Gold: A rosy pink with warm-gold undertones
  • Opal: A neutral, white gold with universally flattering, soft pink undertones; adds a perfect amount of radiance
  • Champagne Pop: Bestselling shade that’s a soft gold with pinky peach undertones
  • Prosecco Pop: True, ethereal gold, that flatters medium to deep skintones; perfect for anyone who wants a flash of golden radiance
  • Topaz: Radiant bronze with golden undertones that’s perfect for deeper skintones; adds a sunkissed, bronzy glow on fair-to-medium skintones

Available at Sephora.

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Taramar Icelandic Skin Care

by Lindsay on June 21, 2017

in skin-care

Taramar Icelandic Skin Care on Belle Belle Beauty

During last month’s trip to Iceland, my friend and I made a detour on our way back to Reykjavik before our final evening at the Blue Lagoon. I had read about Taramar and was dying to try it, especially since it is a little tricky getting your hands on stateside. We visited their marketing center and met with their charming head of marketing. I learned that the line was started in 2005 by Dr. Gudrun Marteinsdottir, a professor of science, on the hunt for skin care with more pure ingredients. She began by making creams for herself, and soon after, her friends were clamoring to get their hands on her creations. Dr. Marteinsdottir’s line is comprised of fresh products, designed to be used in 12-24 months. Ingredients include seaweed from the west of Iceland. In fact, 98% of the ingredients are from the island nation.

I had the opportunity to try out all four core products: Day Treatment, Night Treatment, Purifying Treatment and The Serum. The Purifying Treatment is an oil-based cleanser that I used at night. I followed with The Serum and then moisturized in the AM with the Day Treatment and in the PM with the Night Treatment.

The Day treatment works to unclog the cells and illuminate skin and works beautifully under makeup. The Night Treatment provides deep nourishment and antioxidant protection. The Serum is the star, working against anti-aging and discoloration. It strengthens skin, giving my skin texture its best look ever. Lastly, the Purifying Treatment gives skin a deep clean while leaving behind hydration. After a month of using the products, my skin was more even and my pores were dramatically clearer. For one of the first times, I was sad I had to rotate through my editorial calendar and start trying out a new skin care line. I could envision using the four Taramar products as a permanent part of my skin care routine.

While you can’t order this stuff on Amazon or pick it up at Sephora, it is worth tracking it down at nammi.is where they ship to the US directly from Iceland.

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AVEDA stress-fix composition oil

by Lindsay on June 14, 2017

in bath and body, skin-care

AVEDA stress-fix composition oil on Belle Belle Beauty

I regularly go to an AVEDA salon for cut and color but I tend to skip the products after my service. I am usually testing something else or in a hurry to get somewhere. On my most recent visit, I couldn’t help but be distracted about the new composition oils. I am a huge fan of body and essential oils, and these seemed like the best marriage of both. I snagged both this one and a cooling version.

The AVEDA stress-fix composition oil is a nourishing and moisturizing blend of sunflower and jojoba seed oils that can be used on skin and hair. But the real treat is the stress-relieving scent. The lavender, lavandin and clary sage is soft and soothing. The mixture manages to silence my still wandering mind at bed time. And puts me in the right space to zen out in bed. I put a couple drops on my hand and spread over my neck, chest and arms.

Also a note, if you are in Tulsa, Nic at Ihloff salon at Utica Square is incredibly talented! I’ve been seeing her for years. 

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Wednesday On The Web

by Lindsay on June 14, 2017

in news

Dream Desk on Belle Belle Beauty

 

Looking for some summer wardrobe deals? Shopbop is currently offering and additional 25% off sale items with code SCORE17 through the 16th. Happy Shopping! And some other links from around the web:

Virtually everything in this weekend beauty bag is on my wishlist.

The sweetest story of a tidy marriage.

This super-modern tiny house is so appealing to me.

I love these beauty uniform interviews!

After my friend brought it to Iceland, I am addicted to having this spray on the road.

How to get in shape without trying hard – love these tips.

 

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Father's Day Idea: Jack Black Turbo Body Bar Scrubbing Soap on Belle Belle Beauty

This year is not the first time I’ve gifted Dad with the Jack Black Turbo Body Bar Scrubbing Soap
with Blue Lotus & Lava Rock. I hate to be repetitive but it is just such a hit every time. There is something guys love about that deep, exfoliating clean. And I can’t say I blame them. I am considering picking up a bar for myself!

This deep-cleansing bar removes build-up and can reveal healthier looking skin. Like their other Turbo products, the scent is revitalizing and masculine. While the lava rock exfoliates, Shea and Murumuru butters and hydrate and nourish skin.

Vegan and Cruelty-free. Available at Amazon.

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TULA Urban Defense Hydrating Mist

by Lindsay on May 30, 2017

in skin-care

TULA Urban Defense Hydrating Mist on Belle Belle Beauty

I have always liked mists but mostly used them on a whim during the summer. Honestly, they never became part of my everyday routine. But TULA Urban Defense Hydrating Mist is worth keeping on the regular. It is perfectly designed for my needs for hydration, protection and to fight against redness.

I have heard about TULA products and accolades for their hydrating products but hadn’t had a chance to try the line. The nourishing properties of the mist makes me want to branch out! The mist works via all sorts of interesting ingredients, many which I have seen in health foods and eastern medicine (not to mention a goop article or two). Included:

  • Coconut water acts like a natural moisturizer that helps reduce excess oil.
  • Ashwagandha extract is a stress-relieving, anti-aging herb that calms skin.
  • Reishi mushroom extract has anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic agents that fight free radical damage.
  • Algae extract hydrates and detoxifies, while replenishing essential vitamins and minerals.
  • Probiotic technology protects against harmful bacteria and restores skin’s natural balance.

After my skin drinks in the mist, it is supple, remarkably soothed and even in appearance. The fragrance is incredibly light – vaguely clean and crisp. I give my face 4-5 sprays from about eight inches away. I like to finish my nightly skin care routine with a round of mists, but it also works great during the day over makeup. It also came in handy when I rolled in from the pool directly to a casual dinner over the long weekend.

Available via TULA on Amazon.

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