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Wednesday On The Web

by Lindsay on April 19, 2017

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Spring Style on Belle Belle Beauty

Are you a Sephora VIB? If so, check your inbox because VIB 15% off with code VIBSPRING starts today through April 24th. Some of the things I am putting on my list:

Reading up on some tips before my trip – 6 Skincare Secrets from Iceland.

And one more roundup of Icelandic beauty products.

Whole Foods beauty finds.

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Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara

by Lindsay on April 18, 2017

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Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara on Belle Belle Beauty

I promise I am not prudish, but I hesitated for years to buy the fan-favorite Too Faced Better Than Sex Waterproof Mascara because of the name. It just sounds weird to me. But I finally pulled the trigger and wanted to share my thoughts on this cult-classic. But as a spin, I tried the waterproof version. As a matter of preference, I just gravitate towards waterproof formulas because I don’t want to think about fallout or streaking, especially during these allergy-prone months.

First, the shade – I love this rich, black pigment. The inky black coats my lashes making them full and defined. The high-performance and water-resistant polymers make this mascara absolutely waterproof, sweat-proof, and allergy-proof. I have zero fallout or streaking until I wash my face.

Now, the brush and it’s hourglass-shape. I am not a fan. For some reason, I get product accumulating on the tip of the brush and can have clumps if I don’t regularly clean the wand of product. Which I find just wasteful. The bristles aren’t as stiff as advertised and I wish there was a tapered end of the brush to reach those corner lashes that often desperately need pigment.

Overall, I get a pigmented and long-wearing, voluminous finish. And my lashes have appeared more conditioned since I started using this mascara. I find the brush less than desirable, but a great formula that makes it worth it. Available at Sephora.

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Wednesday On The Web

by Lindsay on April 12, 2017

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Iceland on Belle Belle Beauty

I have an upcoming trip… and I am very excited. I am a voracious traveller but haven’t been out of the country in years. I am finally headed to see my dream destination, Iceland. I know it has been trendy lately, but I’ve wanted to visit this tiny, arctic nation since 2002 when a friend studied there and had an amazing experience. Will be sure to post loads of snaps on instagram, so make sure to follow me there if you’d like to see what we are up to. While I am daydream of adventures, I drummed up some links to share:

Love these lessons from living in a tiny tiny apartment.

Charlotte Tilbury’s makeup tips.

A great guide to the cult product, P50.

Self-care from around the world.

Hilarious (and realistic) makeup tutorial.

Tips for applying false eyelashes.

I’ve been subscribing to daily harvest for AM smoothies and love! I make them the night before and just grab and go when I leave for work. My favorites are Cocoa + Mint and Blueberry + Hemp.

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Shopbop Sale Alert

by Lindsay on April 11, 2017

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Shopbop Sale Alert on Belle Belle Beauty

In a closet quandary already with the arrival of spring weather? Look no further than Shopbop for summer staples, always a favorite of mine. I love shopping Free People, Splendid, Vince and Golden Goose on the site. And the next three days is the time to snag some splurges. Beginning today through Friday April 14th at 11:59PM Pacific Time you can get up 25% off with code EVENT17. Also note, the sale begins for the general public on tomorrow but as a reader here, you get the green light to start shopping today!

 

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HUM Nutrition Hair Sweet Hair

by Lindsay on April 5, 2017

in hair, nails, skin-care

Hum Nutrition Hair Sweet Hair on Belle Belle Beauty

I was facing a double duty beauty hazard: broken strands and destroyed nails. I had resorted to buns for most of the winter. And gel manicures too. Both of those habits leaves me with broken, weak hair and thin, damaged nails. I knew I needed a supplement and a break from beauty treatments to get back into fighting shape.

HUM Nutrition Hair Sweet Hair is designed for a strong, healthy mane. The ingredients are a combination of nutrients including biotin, zinc, PABA, folic acid and fo-ti (a root used in Chinese medicine). Biotin and folic acid help with hair, nails and skin. PABA helps maintain hair color (yay!). And Zinc promotes hair growth (double yay! – went too short last time).

Fo-ti, this Traditional Chinese Medicine has a history of promoting hair growth by strengthening organs of elimination – think the liver. And increasing circulation which makes sense in helping with blood flow and healthy hair follicles.

These little guys were actually a nice treat after dinner. They have a strong fruity taste. And the texture was more substantial than a regular gummy but still pleasant. I have a hard time swallowing supplements so I love to see all these gummy options! Not to mention my nails are completely healed after a bottle of Hair Sweet Hair and a break from gel manicures. My hair appears to be growing faster and my baby hairs around my face have started growing out to substantial real hair!

The formula is vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, dairy-free, GMP certified, and sustainably sourced with no artificial colors or preservatives.

Available at Sephora.

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Perricone MD Nutritive Cleanser

by Lindsay on March 16, 2017

in skin-care

I am like Goldilocks with my cleansers. I can’t seem to find one that is just right. I love Drunk Elephant Pekee Bar and classic Neutrogena Oil-Free Acne Wash Cream Cleanser, but they didn’t demand my loyalty. Perricone MD Nutritive Cleanser might not be the end all, be all of cleansers, but it comes close.

This facial wash has a gel-texture but doesn’t strip skin like other gel cleansers. I find that the day is washed away but my skin is still supple and nourished – a delicate balance. The formula is designed to purify skin and remove makeup without removing skin’s natural oils. In addition, it delivers anti-oxidants like DMAE and Alpha Lipoid Acid to help fight aging.

I do need a swipe of makeup remover on my eyes first, but that is likely due to my addition to waterproof mascara. Other than that, skin is perfectly primed for treatment. I cannot detect a strong scent. While it is pricey for a cleanser, I am a sucker for packaging and it looks fab in my bathroom. And I’ve used it for a month and the bottle is still over 3/4ths full. Formula is paraben-free. Available at Sephora.

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