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Hair Straightening Brush 


Hello loves have you tried a Straightening Brush? I have used a straightener but not the Straightening Brush before.

I received this Apalus Hair Straightening Brush complimentary to review.

What I like about this brush:

  • It has a digital display
  • It is ceramic
  • It is not bulky
  • Easy to use
  • Nice design
  • Does a beautiful job styling the hair

How to use…


To add volume to you hair brush upward. This adds volume at the roots. I angle the brush down to add a bit of a down curl at my ends. This brush is super easy to use and does a fabulous job styling the hair.

You can find this brush on Amazon and it costs around $50. Apalus Hair Straightening Brush Just click the link and it will take you right to it.

All in all I am impressed with this Straightening Brush! I will be putting away my old straightener and using the Apalus from now on.

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Much love 💕

Bellamj74

Winged Eyeliner…Tape It


Look at that wing! How do I get wings so sharp they could cut? Watch the video 😉

 

 

Hello loves. Do you struggle with winged liner? I did….most of the time my wings were lopsided or just disastrous!

I watched multiple videos and I tried using pencil liner, felt tip liner and liquid liner with no avail.

I stumbled across a tip awhile back that using tape helps with making a beautiful wing.  Tape has become my new friend. It definitely helps provide te perfect boundary and guide for your winged liner. So I decided to make a video to share with you on how I use tapefor my winged eyeliner.

As you can see it is quite simple. The Brush I am using to apply the eyeliner is by SimpleGlamGirls these oval brushes have made a world of difference in my makeup application. Use my code bellamj74 to receive 20% off your purchase.

For makeup looks check out my Instagram bellamj74

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Much love

Bellamj74 💘💘

*Disclaimer: I received these brushes to give my honest opinion. By using my discount code I will earn a commission. If I had not liked the brushes I would not have reviewed them nor displayed them on my account.

Oval Makeup Brushes Tutorial and Review 

 

 

I was fortunate enough to get my hands on the Lush Rose Gold Oval Makeup Brushes by Simple Glam Girls to review. I have never used Oval Brushes before so I had no clue what to expect. My stipple brush seamed to work just fine for me.

My first impression: these brushes are beautiful! The design is perfect, they are light weight and so easy to work with. The bristles are super soft and close; which is a plus to give a smooth flawless foundation finish. As you see in the video they fit comfortably in the hand, are easy to use and foundation goes on like a dream.

Let’s talk about foundation application with these gems. With my stipple I would use a fair amount of foundation and then blend with my beauty blender. I am so excited that with these Oval Brushes I use less foundation and have a fantastic application and blend (no beauty blender needed).

Contour like a pro! These gems are wonderful for contouring and blending. The contour brush allows for a perfect contour line and with the blending brush you have a perfect blend.

Do you fight to get that perfect wing? I was overjoyed that I am able to get a sharp wing with these brushes!

About Simple Glam Girls:

They are a fairly new company that is all about supporting aspiring beauty and fashion bloggers. Their mission is to provide every aspiring beauty and fashion blogger the right makeup tools to achieve their best.

They designed their brushes with makeup artist of every level in mind.

About the Lush Rose Gold Oval Brushes:

They are designed for those who love luxurious products! The set includes 10 silky soft brushes that are made from premium synthetic nylon contoured to give the perfect makeup blending.

Simple Glam Girls Also has other Oval brush, Makeup Brush sets, Sponges and a Perfect Glam Hair Straighter.

Prices:

Oval Brushes range from $99.00 to $129.00

Makeup Brush sets range from $69.00 to $99.00

Sponges from $12.99 to $19.49

Hair Straightener $69.00

And when you use my code bellamj74 you receive 20% off your order!!!


I created look using my 10 piece Lush Rose Gold Oval Makeup Brush Set. I am completely hooked on these brushes 💗💗💗

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Simple Glam Girls

Use code bellamj74 for a 20% discount

I hope you enjoyed this review and found the information useful. Let’s keep in touch on Instagram

Much love Beauties,

Bellamj74💕
*Disclaimer: I received these brushes to give an my honest opinion. By using my discount code I will earn a commission. If I had not liked the brushes I would not have reviewed them and displayed them on my account.

Elf Haul


Hello Beauties. During the week of Black Friday Elf Cosmetics had some fabulous sales with free international shipping. I had to take advantage.

I had just recently tried Elf Cosmetics primer and was impressed with the quality to be so reasonably priced. The only thing I have found is it has an odd odour, but that just may be me because my sense of smell is extremely sensitive. Have any of you beaties found the smell odd?

Since I have been enjoying the primer I decided to give some of their other products a try.

The Packaging:

Elf definitely has the packaging down. It is simple but good quality. On the large eyeshadow palette the packaging is not flimsy (I was expecting a thin plastic package)

The Beautifully Bare all over Face Palette packaging is perfect. It is sleek and travel ready. Slip it into your makeup bag and your ready to go.

The Quality:

I was expecting the quality of the products to be so so. I wasn’t expecting the eyeshadows pigment to be very good and was expecting it to be muted. Well I was in for a pleasant surprise. The colours are beautiful and last. No reaply needed.


I also purchased the baked eyeshadow palette and swatches the colours so you could see how lovely they are. The top row is lighter colours which are perfect for base and highlight. The bottom row has vivid colours that are gorgeous for your crease and under eye.

I hope you enjoyed this post and if you have been wanting to try Elf cosmetics but concerned about the quality, I say give them a try!

Have a fabulous day beauties and I will be posting some looks I created using some of the elf products in a future post.

Bellamj74💖

The Balm and Essence Cosmetics


Hello Beauties ❤️ I am sorry I have been MIA. As mentioned in an earlier post I received some pretty exciting products in my Ipsy October GlamBag. I have had the chance to create an eye look with 2 of the products and I am very pleased with them.


The first product is The Balm Cosmetics Hot Mama Blush. Yes I said blush, but this product is multi use! Two product for the price of one, who doesn’t like that!

The colour is quite nice. It is a pink/peach with a hint of highlight to give your cheeks a glow or your eyes a touch of shimmer. With outstanding pigment Hot Mama last all day. I love that this product is powerful enough to stay but light enough to not crease on the lids.

The second product is Essence Superfine Waterproof Eyeliner.

This is a lovely precision eyeliner. It allows you to create perfect cat eye/winged eye looks. It has a wonderful fine tip and it is waterproof! The price is very reasonable as well at $2.99 this is a must have in your beauty vault.

I hope you enjoyed this post loves! You can follow me on Instagram for makeup looks.

Bellamj74 💕

Bow to the Brow *Review of JCat Beauty perfect duo brow pencil*


Hello Beauties ❤️ I hope you are having a wonderful week. Today I want to talk about the brows. Do you tame your brows? Do you fill in your brows? I tweeze to manage mine and I also fill. In the past I used eyeshadow to fill and that worked fine for me. I have used brow pencils before, but wasn’t to keen on them.

I received Jcat Beauty perfect duo brow pencil in my Ipsy July GlamBag and wow it has made my brow game strong. I absolutely love the creamy velvety texture. It glides on with ease and it is retractable so Yay No sharpening. It also has a brow brush!


The dark brown matches my lashes perfect. It is very reasonably priced at $3.99, and comes in 8 shades.


The spoolie brow brush is soft and does a beautiful job of shaping those brows.


I love the angled tip of the liner, it gives you precision when it comes to the arch. It is also also long lasting and resist smudging.


I would say Jcat Beauty perfect duo brow pencil is a beauty must have at a very affordable price.

If you are interested in more info on receiving a GlamBag Just click Ipsy to check them out. I look forward to receiving my GlamBag each month and hopefully you will too.
Let’s keep in touch! You can follow me on Instagram or looks of the day 😊

I hope you have a wonderful weekends till next time….

Bellamj💕

The Art of Beauty


Hello Beauties. I hope you are enjoying the weekend. Today I am going to bare all with you and show before and after makeup photos. I hope you will find some inspiration in this post and maybe a new trick on how to enhance your beauty 🙂

Let me start by telling you a bit about myself. I am 42 a mother of 5 and a grandmother of 5. I have always been intrigued with makeup and how the application can transform and enhance beauty. My journey is a continual learning process and I love to experiment and think outside the box.

I enjoy sharing beauty experiences with people and when I stumble across a new product (one that I haven’t tried) I love to tell people about it. I focus strongly on skincare. Healthy skin is the key to beautiful makeup application. Keep your skin moisturized!!! Moisturized skin is supple and allows you to apply foundation smoothly.

Before applying your foundation I have found that using a primer helps smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps your foundation stay in place.

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I have used every way imaginable to apply foundation. Here are the three ways I apply foundation:

  • Fingertip-Yes I use my fingertips…the important thing to remember with this application is to make sure you have washed your hands before application. You do not want to transfer bacteria from your fingers to your facial skin.
  • Brush-I sometimes use a brush to apply foundation. This is not my favorite way of applying foundation but it is effective. To ensure even and smooth application watch how you are applying. I have found that applying in small circular motion helps keep the foundation smooth and even.
  • Sponge-This is my favorite way to apply foundation. In the past I would fill the sponge with foundation and apply by rubbing all over my face…yeah it was affect but there is such a better way. Now I apply a small amount of foundation on the sponge and start at the T zone and dab. The dab application leaves a smooth and beautiful coverage.

Note if you are using liquid highlighter and/or contour apply before you apply foundation. Again using the sponge application makes foundation so much easier when you have applied liquid highlight and contour. If you are using a powder highlight and contour or no highlight and contour than use the sponge and dab foundation on skin and continue dabbing until you have covered your facial skin and it is even and smooth.

Remember to set your foundation. I use a loose translucent powder to set my foundation. I have found that if you use a colored powder it takes away from the foundation itself. If your foundation is a bit too light you can use a bronzer to  add a bit more color. If your foundation is a bit too dark you can use a lighter powder, but that doesn’t always help.

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Highlight and Contour. First you will want to know what face shape you have.

  1. Oval- Face gracefully tapers toward chin, wider forehead and prominent cheekbones.
  2. Long-Face gracefully tapers toward chin, elongated feature from forehead to chin and some have prominent chin.
  3. Round-Face width and length almost the same and widest at the cheeks.
  4. Square-Forehead, cheekbones and jawline almost the width and square and bony jawline is prominent feature.
  5. Heart-Face strongly taper toward chin, chin tend to be pointy and forehead maybe a prominent feature.
  6. Diamond-Face highly angular and somewhat bony and widest at temples.
  7. Rectangle-The width of your hairline and jawline are about even and your face is longer than it is wide.

What face shape are you?

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How to highlight and contour for your face shape. It is important to highlight and contour properly to enhance your facial structure. Contouring will help add depth, slimming qualities and enhance your bone structure,:while Highlighting will add a glow and bringing life to your face.

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The dark areas are for contour and light areas for highlight.

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After I have applied your highlight and contour I add blush just above the contouring on the cheeks and the apples of the cheeks. To add to the apples of the cheeks the easiest way is by smiling. It is always nice to give yourself a smile because it is an excellent facial exercise and will also give you a boost of confidence 🙂

Next I focus on my eyes. I absolutely love the eyes, there are so many looks you can use to enhance the beauty of your eyes. From a natural look to a bold and colorful eye look. The key is do what you are comfortable with. It is so important for you to apply your makeup in a way that makes you feel comfortable. I like bold and vivid and bright, so that is how i apply my makeup.

I like to use false lashes due to the fact I do not have long lushes lashes. Check out my blog post Lash not the Question for tips on how to apply.


The finished look before I styled my hair and after I styled my hair.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend. If you have any questions or have a tip leave a comment. Let’s keep in touch follow me on Instagram.

bellamj