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My Summertime Makeup Routine

by Lindsay on July 18, 2017

in eyes, face, lips

Summertime Makeup Routine on Belle Belle Beauty

My mornings are always rushed. When will I ever learn? But one thing I have mastered is a quick makeup routine. I’ve been so pleased with this set of products that I couldn’t resist sharing. And not to mention this whole thing takes me less than five minutes (4:26 minutes this AM thanks to my handy Apple Watch stopwatch).

  • After using my favorite Aveeno Baby Continuous Protection Lotion Sunscreen With Broad Spectrum SPF 50 (which is oddly moisturizing), I apply Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 in Warm Radiance, a medium peach beige/ for medium complexions with pink undertones. It camouflages my hyper-pigmentation without a heavy or cake-y looking coverage. I just apply with my fingers, but a beauty blending sponge would also work well. 
  • Next, I brighten under my eyes with NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer in Honey. Normally I don’t care for matte finish but this works nicely with the illuminating tinted moisturizer and it has great staying power. Sometimes I use a brush to blend this in, but usually I apply just with my fingers. I also do some spot coverage on blemishes if necessary if the tinted moisturizer doesn’t cut it on its own.
  • One of my favorite new products of the season is the Laura Mercier J’adore Le Soleil Sunrise Highlighter Crayon. I apply two stripes under my cheek bones and blend upward for just a wash of color – very sun-kissed and natural. Also, a little on the eyelids adds a touch of color.
  • Another favorite find of the summer is BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector Poured Crème Highlighter in Moonstone. I tap a little bit of this under my eyes, down my nose and above my cupid’s bow. It also adds a nice touch under the brow. The cream consistency allows for such a natural and “grown up” highlighter application.
  • I’ve really embraced a bold brow lately and have been using two products to get the look. First, I use the brush end of Dior Diorshow Brow Styler Ultra-Fine Precision Brow Pencil in Universal Shade to tame any unruly, rogue hairs. Next, I use the pencil to fill in any sparse spots. Lastly, I set the shape and add color with LASHFOOD BROWFOOD Tinted Brow Enhancing Gelfix in Brunette. It has a peptide blend promises to deliver fuller, stronger brows. While I have only been using it for a couple weeks, I am hopeful about some of my sparse spots getting some growth. Will keep you posted.
  • I am still hooked on Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper. Nothing has quite the precision and staying power. I apply a quick and thin line right against my lashes. I did try the brown shade, Mad Max Brown. But it had no where close the pigment and ultimately went into the trash can.
  • Last but not least, I use Lancôme DÉFINICILS WATERPROOF High Definition Mascara in Black. I am a waterproof mascara devotee – I just get way too much fallout with regular mascara. I make every effort to get the brush right against the lashes at the root for the best effect.

 

Lastly, I got a peel today by the fabulous Gabriel Horn here in Tulsa. It promises no downtime which I love in the middle of the work week. I will pop back in and share results in a couple of days.

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Wednesday on the Web

by Lindsay on July 12, 2017

in news

A Great Entrance on Belle Belle Beauty

Everything you need to know about pores.

Mosquitos love me, so naturally, I loved these ways to deal with bites.

Tips from makeup artists that I’m incorporating into my routine. (except for do eyes first… I just can’t) 

So tempted to pick up this forever piece at Shopbop‘s designer sale – 25% off luxe brands with code SOLUXE.

Don’t forget, Nordstrom Anniversary Sale early access starts tomorrow!

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Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask

by Lindsay on July 9, 2017

in skin-care

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask on Belle Belle Beauty

When a product repeatedly sells out at Sephora, you know it is a good thing. I had to wait about a month to get my hands on Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask and it was worth every moment. First, what is a sleeping mask? Inspired by Korean beauty rituals, a sleeping mask is one that works overnight. The formula is key here otherwise it could cause quite a mess. This bouncy gel is pillow-proof. It is also oil-free and surprisingly lightweight.

I’ve used the mask several times over the last couple of weeks and each morning, I wake up with hydrated, smooth skin that looks glow-y and radiant. The mask is infused with hyaluronic acid and watermelon extract to add moisture. AHAs clarify and smooth skin by exfoliating dead skin cells. I use two scoops for a generous layer after cleansing skin. Allow to absorb for several minutes and wash off in the AM. If sleeping masks aren’t your thing, apply a thick layer and rinse after 10 minutes (advised for more sensitive skin).

Vegan-friendly and cruelty-free made without synthetic dyes and mineral oils. Free of parabens and sulfates. I hesitated writing a review about something that is currently unavailable but Sephora made it so easy to get on the wait list, I thought I’d encourage you to hop on the list as well. They sent me an email notifying me the mask was in stock again and it was in my hot hands within days.

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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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