Dry Shampoo by Batiste Original

Dry Shampoo by Batiste Original on Belle Belle Beauty

Ah, the sweet joy of finding a fabulous beauty buy at budget prices. Because I wash my hair every other day, I rely on dry shampoo more than a couple times a week. Since this summer, Dry Shampoo by Batiste Original has been my go-to.

The spray works well even on my dark brown hair (but there is a dark formula – I just haven’t found the need to try it). The formula provides a giant dose of clean freshness while adding body and texture. It targets oil and grease without looking dull or lifeless. I also like using this in the evening (even on clean hair) for body and volume. The original scent is classic and fresh, but I also like tropical for a fun change.

Available on Amazon.

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen SPF 30

Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen on Belle Belle Beauty

My good friend, Tom, recommended a SPF his mom gave him last summer. I tried it out at a pool party in August and immediate went out to purchase. And on my trip to Mexico last week, I didn’t hesitate in stocking up on this now Belle Belle favorite.

The Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist Sunscreen comes in multiple SPFs (30, 70, 100+) but I have stocked up on 30 and 70. The mist works well on my sensitive skin and protects without being heavy. The Neutrogena Helioplex Technology is a stabilized sunscreen that is non-greasy. And this spray works at all angles. There is little to no fragrance. And the protection is powerful and long-lasting. Win-win. Don’t forget to pack on your winter vacation.

Available at Amazon.

Urban Decay Naked Vault Volume IV

Urban Decay Naked Vault Volume IV on Belle Belle Beauty

Just this last week, I was talking to a co-worker about the wonder of Naked palettes by Urban Decay. The original arrived on shelves years ago, but it still is a best-seller. And Urban Decay continues to introduce variations of it that sell like crazy. So if you have a serious makeup aficionado on your holiday, shopping list, allow me to suggest the Naked Vault Volume IV.

You couldn’t ask for a more comprehensive and wearable collection of eye shadows and lipsticks. The three neutral palettes (Naked, Naked2 and Naked3) has rich and velvety shadows and a pro-quality brush. Each palette has three coordinating Vice Lipsticks. These are seriously long wearing, packed with pigment.

Available at Nordstrom.

Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes

Burt's Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes with Cotton Extract on Belle Belle Beauty

I’ve been a fan of micellar water to remove makeup for the last several years – still love this one. But lately, I have been turning to wipes. It could be because I’ve been traveling a bit more. But I am willing to guess it is because it is also because the Burt’s Bees Sensitive Facial Cleansing Towelettes with Cotton Extract are just too good to resist.

These clothes don’t irritate my sensitive skin, and actually sooth with rice extract and aloe. The formula is simple without fragrance. And is dermatologist-tested as hypoallergenic. I like using before I wash my face and setting aside to clean up any remaining eye makeup after cleansing. And they also come in handy those nights when a full regime is just too daunting.

 

This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray

These days, I am all about a solid night sleep. In my late thirties, I really can tell the difference between a night of toss and turn and a full night of deep sleep. I used to use a diffuser with lavender oil (love this one from Amazon). But my friend brought a pillow spray to Iceland on our trip in May. I was getting a little tired of all the maintenance on the diffuser.

So I picked up This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray a couple months ago and my third bottle is on its way to me this very week. I spray this on my pillows and duvet before I climb in bed. The blend of Lavender, Vetivert and Wild Camomile instantly relaxes my shoulders and mind. And I have found my night is more restful and restorative.

Available at Net-a-Porter and Amazon.

Beauty Gift Guide

Beauty Gift Guide on Belle Belle Beauty

Much to celebrate on here today – thanks to the team at EmPress Themes, I am rocking a whole new look. Excited to be back blogging regularly with a sleek appearance and updated features. I now have a Shop Page for you to browse, which is currently stocked with shopping ideas for the holidays, just in time for Cyber Monday. And on that note, EmPress Themes is offering a sale through tomorrow if you are needing to refresh your blog!

If you are here on my corner of the web, likely you yourself are a beauty junkie. I certainly am. But if not, I am sure you have one on your Christmas list. Here are some ideas for your wish list or shopping list from affordable to luxury.

 

AESOP London Kit – a wonderful introduction to the brand and a truly luxe toiletries kit for those new year travels.

GLOW RECIPE Watermelon Glow Sleeping Mask – this mask smells great, leaves skin refined and smooth and looks great on the vanity.

TARTE Tartelette Toasted Eyeshadow Palette – I love the finish of these eyeshadows and the shades are neutral and so wearable.

La Mer Mini Miracles Collection – this is my current skin care brand obsession and this relatively price-friendly set allows you to try out some favorite products.

OUAI Hair Care Set – this hair care line smells incredible and plays perfectly with my fine, wavy hair (this might be on my to-me, from-me list).

RMS Beauty Luminizer X Quad – my favorite highlighters all packaged into one neat compact (and they are natural and cruelty-free).

Nest Fragrances Votive Candles – the best holiday candles in my opinion and with this set you get to try some of their non-seasonal scents as well (Holiday, Birchwood Pine, Grapefruit, Bamboo and Sugar Cookie).

MAC Snow Ball Prep + Prime Fix+ Kit – I snagged this on Black Friday without having tried Fix+ and am already a fan of the refreshing spray to prime or revive makeup throughout the day.

LE LABO Discovery Set – I am getting a couple of these for my friends who love Santal on me, but need to check out some of Le Labo’s other super-popular scents.

SLIP Embroidered Silk Eye Mask – I received SLIP’s pillow case last Christmas and am angling for the skin care-friendly eye mask this year. It looks pretty enough to wear on a long flight.

Jo Malone London Cologne Collection – I started wearing these fifteen years ago and they still are a favorite. This set is a perfect way to reacquaint with an old staple.

Tata HarperWinter Wonders Set – if RMS is my favorite natural color brand, Tata Harper is my favorite natural skin care brand. This set has such a nice array of products for winter skin.

Tom Dixon London, Orientalist and Royalty Set – these candles are almost too pretty to burn, but if you do, your house will be filled with sophisticated and warm fragrance.

Dyson Supersonic Hair Dryer in White – the hottest beauty product of the season, this ultra-luxe hair dryer is a dream to use and will make your morning routine so much easier.

Laura Mercier Flawless Contouring Palette – she knows her face products and this palette is packed with shades and colors that look wonderful on a wide range of skin tones. Plus, I am a huge fan of cream formula on winter skin.