Dating and a little ALMAY Velvet Foil Cream Shadow

A little glimpse of missing the blog hit me today. It was a a reminder of how much I miss writing. As someone from a couple different disciplines, I have a love-hate with writing. Most of my day-to-day is in finance and excel. And my education is all engineering and law.

What prompted this? A truly horrible date this evening…. more to come on that…. I reflected and turned on a favorite movie about cooking and blogging. Julie and Julia.

and it made me want back.

So, this is about beauty, so I will share that first. My find is once again by my mother. Who has sensitive eyes but somehow has found the best cream eyeshadow no less in the aisles of CVS.

I admit to being a bit of a snob. Everyone knows it. But this find makes for a sophisticated metallic. And I love all the shades. The shadows are crease-proof, smudge-proof, and fade-proof. Perfect for hot days. I love that this brand is hypoallergenic, ophthalmologist tested, suitable for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers.

Shopbop Sale

I was so excited to learn another Shopbop sale is upon us! This one snuck up on me so I don’t have much of a wishlist put together, but I did find a swimsuit and some sneakers that will be perfect for the summer.

The sale runs through April 12th. With code EVENT19 you receive 20% off orders under $500 and 25% off order over $500. Happy shopping!

TIZO 3 Tinted Face Mineral SPF40 Sunscreen

As a beauty junkie, I’ve been pretty surprised to finding myself skipping foundation completely these days. My rosacea has cleared up thanks to a new Rx. And I’ve found that my skin does better when it gets a break from makeup. Instead of foundation, I have been using tinted SPF. Turning 40 sure does make me what to up my sunscreen game.

Both my mom and I love TIZO 3 Tinted Face Mineral SPF40 Sunscreen. I hadn’t purchased it in several years, but I am sure glad it is back on my regular rotation. I apply after a vitamin C serum every morning. Then skip foundation, add a little Glossier concealer under the eyes and mascara. Boom – done. My skin looks better with a more natural, paired down approach. Plus, my morning routine is significantly more efficient. Win-win.

Shopbop Sale

Today through March 2rd, Shopbop is having a stellar event just in time to stock up for spring fashion. I love taking these opportunities to pick up a splurge piece that I have been saving for. Last event, I finally got my dream leather jacket that I’d been admiring for (literally) years. I wore it today for probably the 50th time – never will regret investing in an item I was sure I loved. This time around, I am considering this utility shirt and this crisp, white sweater. Happy Shopping!

Marc Jacobs Beauty Fineliner Ultra-Skinny Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner

I just returned from very fun visit to see my mom in sunny Florida. It was so nice to thaw out and be outside. Back to the grind now in Tulsa where it is positively freezing, although we escaped the snow dump that has affected to many this week.

I managed to raid my mom’s makeup drawer during my visit which always yields some fun discoveries. This time, my find was from one of her favorite brands, Marc Jacobs. This tiny little eyeliner packs a punch and has replaced my previous favorite.

The ultra-skinny pencil has a two millimeter tip that is unbreakable. The gel formula glides on effortlessly. The small size allows for precise application which is ideal for my preferred tightline look. And the waterproof formula lasts on the waterline throughout the day. For extra drama, I also work the pencil in between my lashes for a full lash effect.

I have been using Blacquer, a deep, inky Black. But I cannot wait to pick up Truffled (caramel brown) and Marine (dark blue).

This product is cruelty-free. Available at Sephora and Neiman Marcus.

Thanksgiving Shopbop Sale

Thanksgiving Shopbop Sale on Belle Belle Beauty

I know I am always chatting about Shopbop, but living in Tulsa, it is my go-to for staples that are hard to find here. I looked down at my outfit for work today and it was literally head-to-toe Vince, all of which I have purchased on Shopbop. Granted, not everything I order works out. But they are champs about returns. But once I find I a line I love (Rag and Bone, Jenni Kayne, RAILS, Vince, etc.) it is so easy to make it a shopping resource. And I love they are adding more favorites to their inventory like the all time best laundry splurge here and great beauty buys like this device.

The details are shop with code MORE18 and get:

  • 15% off orders of $200+
  • 20% off orders of $500+
  • 25% off orders of $800+

Some of my favorites right now are below.