Whoohoo Ipsy


Hello Beauties! I would like to give you a sneak peek of my October GlamBag. I must say I am extremely excited about my Ipsy October GlamBag! I received some pretty amazing products this month and will be working on reviews. Ipsy Has yet to disappoint! If you love beauty products and haven’t joined yet click Here to get started! Stay tuned loves I will be creating looks and writing reviews of the product. 

 Have an outstanding week beauties❤️️

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Rose Glow

Hello Beauties, sorry it has been a bit since my last post. Things have been busy around my house. The twins are back in school and our new puppy is settling in. I hope you all are having a wonderful transition from summer to fall. The weather is starting to cool here in Canada and with cooler weather we must pay more attention to our skin. Today I would like to review a facial cleansing product I received in my Ipsy Glam Bag.


I received The Organic Pharmacy Rose Facial Cleanser in my Ipsy bag and it was instant love! It is a nice sample size and especially since it only takes a small amount.

First let me rave about the smell. It smells glorious, I am a huge fan of rose and it definitely doesn’t disappoint in the smell department.

A powerful but gentle cleanser. It cleanses outstandingly, it isn’t a thick lather but you are sure to see the results. It will leave your skin smooth and glowing. Lovelies I recommend this product as a must try.


Now let’s talk about price. It is a bit pricey, but since it only requires a small amount it is worth the investment.


I completely agree with what the company has to say. This product is gentle on the skin, but does a wonderful job cleansing. It only takes a small amount so your bottle will last a while. Your skin will be soft and glowing after cleansing.

All in all I recommend this product and give it an A+.

Have a wonderful weekend Beauties!!! Much love and remember love the skin your in.

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.
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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

Battle of the skin

Hello Beauties! I hope you all are having a wonderful week. I have been enjoying the wonderful warm weather and time with my boys. Today I would like to talk about skin care. I don’t know about you, but sometimes I take the quick road and just use soap and water to wash my face and a quick moisturizer. In the morning I can see the results of not properly loving my skin, but there are times I just don’t feel like going through the whole beauty regime.

I have maturing skin…I am 42 and as we mature our skin changes. I am continually trying products and weeding through the plethora of beauty products to find the ones that agree with my skin.

My sister has made me aware of a skin care line she is excited about. She has been using Nerium and she is amazed at the results. My sister has maturing skin and she was ecstatic telling me how her fine lines are decreasing and her skin is smoother and more supple.

I asked her how many products are you using? She said 1 at night and 1 in the morning. Wow 2 products….hmmmm my ritual is facial wash, facial mask 2 to 3 times a week, facial scrub once a week, eye serum, lip moisturizer and facial moisturizer and that is just the night routine!


I asked her how many products does Nerium offer…she said 4 skin care and 1 supplement.


Wow talk about cutting down the clutter of my skin loving shelf not to mention the time I spend on caring for my skin. Nerium is also safe and healthy for your skin. It is comprised of natural ingredients!!!! That is a huge plus in my books.

This line is for any skin type, age group and for men and women! So guys you’re not left out on this one. Let’s face it us ladies aren’t the only ones who like to have better looking skin.


For more information about Nerium click the link! Let’s show this line some love beauties! Currently they are shipping to US, Canada, Mexico, Japan and Korea so far!  Coming up Asia, Australia and Columbia.

If you are interested in joining the Nerium team click Here..currently looking for new team members in Japan, Korea, Canada, Mexico and Australia who are sharp and ready to join an amazing growing business.

I am looking forward to trying this line and I hope you are too. Have a wonderful week and if you have used Nerium please feel free to let me know what you think.

Much love beauties

bellamj 💕

Mr. Right (Now) Eyeliner *Review of The Balm Cosmetics Mr. Right (Now) Eyeliner


Hello Beauties. I hope you have had a wonderful week. The weather has been warm here in Canada and I have been enjoying time by the pool. Today I am going to review Mr. Write (Now) eyeliner by The Balm Cosmetics. The shade is Jac B Bronzer. I received this product in an Ipsy Glam Bag awhile back. I was not super enthused over it so it went into my beauty vault and I hadn’t thought about it since, until today…..


Since it is not a color I would normally wear on my eyes I had not given it a try. Well today I wanted to try a new look. Into my beauty vault I went and low and behold there was Mr. Write, the wheels started turning and voila an idea emerged.

I try to think outside the box when it comes to makeup. I like to experiment and use products in different ways. Today I did just that. I decided to line my lips with Mr. Write and used Dirty Little Secret highlighter to fill in. It was instant LOVE!

Mr. Write has stay power. I did not have to reapply it through the day. The application is smooth and it doesn’t smudge. I am now seeing Mr. Write in a whole new light!

What does The Balm have to say:

Get ready to meet Mr. Write (Now), a collection of charming eyeliners that are truly easy on the eyes. With high payoff, eight wearable shades and satin smooth texture, we can’t blame you if your eyes wander- but rest assured, your eyeliner wont! These pencils deliver the long-lasting color you’ve been looking for, and have built in sharpeners so they are always ready when you are.

I would say that is a pretty good description and at $17 usd it is worth trying. Here are the other colors offered.

Picture is from The Balm website

 

 



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Eyes on Fire *Review of Urban Decay Fireball Eyeshadow

Hello Beauties. I hope you are having a wonderful summer so far. Just a tip *With the temperature rising remember to drink lots of water, it is vital for your skins health. Let’s get to Urban Decay Fireball eyeshadow. I have been a huge fan of Urban Decay for a few years now. I love the pigment of their eyeshadows. What is pigments…pigments are fine, loose powder, they are usually shimmery, but can be matte as well. Pigments are the main ingredient in eyeshadow.

I received a sample of Urban Decay Fireball in my June Ipsy Glam Bag, needless to say I was very excited. I love the color, it is peach with a pink shift. This shade is available in a single at $19. Urban Decay Is well known for its multifaceted color. Here is what they have to say:

THE FORMULA

  • Even softer, amazingly velvety texture
  • Richer, more dense and decadent color
  • Smoother, more uniform pigment distribution and blendability
  • Longer-lasting, more crease-free wear

I agree completely. As with their other eyeshadows this shadow goes on smoothly and is long lasting. I love how it blends well with other shades and it can be subtle or bold.


I love makeup and when I come across a color or brand that makes an impression I love to share it. For me Urban Decay Fireball is a beautiful color to work with. *if you have blue eyes this is a color you must try!!

For this look I used Fireball on my eyes and also dusted my lip color with it.

I hope you enjoyed this post. Have a wonderful week. Let’s keep in touch you can follow me on Instagram for makeup looks.

Bellamj 💕

Lash Out *Review of Smashbox X-Rated Mascara

Hello beauties. I am always excited to share a review of a product I have found beneficial in my beauty routine. Let me start by saying I have very short eyelashes and because of that I wear false lashes most of the time. I have tried many mascaras to try and enhance my lashes. I have been using Loreal Telescopic mascara and it works pretty well. Last month I recieved Smashbox X-Rated mascara in my ipsy glam bag. I wasn’t over the moon about it and was reluctant about using it. I am a big fan of Smashbox products so I decided to give it a whirl.


First impression:

I am used to a brush with its tight short bristles so I was sceptical about the wider, longer bristles. Surprisingly this brush adds length and fullness.

I have sensitive eyes so many mascaras irritate them. No irritation upon application.

Some mascaras clump when you add multiple applications. I found no clumping with X-Rated mascara.

Some mascaras do not work well with false lashes. X-Rated mascara added fullness to the base of the lashes which helps make them look more natural.

Photo from Smashbox

What does Smashbox have to say:

  • Go from dramatic and defined to over-the-top, obscene volume—layer by layer.
  • Our breakthrough triple threat brush isolates, magnifies and mega-coats each lash with an interlocking fiber-loaded formula that never flakes or smudges.
  • Hyper thick, voluptuous lashes that photograph flawlessly in any close-up.
  • Our Triple Threat brush features three deep channels for mega-coating lashes and three rows of bristles that isolate, amplify and extend each lash. Tripod fibers twist and wrap around each lash, creating insane volume.

*I have to agree with their statements. I am very pleased with X-Rated Mascara.


*without false lashes*


*with false lashes*

Check out Smashbox website and discover their sensational line of products. For my Canadian viewers you can also find Smashbox products at Sephora and Shoppers. To try Ipsy and receive your pesonilezed GlamBag click the blue link.

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Beauties have a wonderful week. Until next time:

Bellamj74💕

Line with Ease *Review of Vasanti Waterline Eyeliner

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Hello Beauties, I hope you had a wonderful weekend. What better way to start the week than with a review of a wonderful product! I received Vasanti Waterline Eyeliner in my Ipsy June GlamBag and I am excited to be able to review this product for you. First let me start by saying not all liners are the same. Over the years I have tried from expensive to very budget friendly. There are good and not so good in both categories. When purchasing an eyeliner I like to go for one that is creamy and glides on smoothly. Recently I have been using liquid liner due to the fact of its application. I have to be careful with pencil type liners because as we mature the skin around our eyes tend to be more sensitive. With that being said let’s get to the review.

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What are the things I like about Vasanti Waterline Eyeliner.

  • It goes on creamy
  • It is a matte finish
  • No need for a sharpener just twist
  • Intense color
  • Easy application
  • Safe for sensitive eye areas

When applying the eyeliner it goes on like a dream. I did not have an issue with it smudging. It works wonderfully for thin lines. It is long lasting with out smearing or wearing off.

The only thing is with any pencil eyeliner it doesn’t keep a sharp point so you do have to sharpen especially if you are wanting precision wings. I don’t mind that little detail when it is such a wonderful product to work with.

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Here is what Vasanti has to say about thier product:

  • Gives you a defined, natural look that makes lashes appear fuller and longer while brightening your eyes for a youthful but polished gaze
  • Uses a creamy, easy glide formula that offers one-stroke color and a velvety matte finish that lasts all day on the wet rims of your eyes
  • Safe to use on delicate eye areas
  • Paraben free
  • Vegan friendly
  • Dermatologist and Ophthalmologist tested and approved
  • Made in Germany
  • Never tested on animals

*I love the fact it is tested and approved by Dermatologist and Ophthalmologist, paraben free and never tested on animals.

How do you accomplish a fuller and longer lash look? Make sure your liner has a sharp point, and line the eye with a thin line. This will give your lashes a longer fuller look.

Vasanti has a full line of beauty products. Take some time and check them out. For my Canadian viewers Shoppers Drug Mart and Rexall carry Vasanti. You can also check their website out, just click –> Vasanti

I hope you enjoyed this post, and have a wonderful week! For looks of the day you can follow me on Instagram

Bellamj74

Get your Glow on *Review of Dirty Little Secret Baked Highlighter

 

I was anxiously awaiting my  Ipsy June Glam Bag! I was so excited about the products this month. Today I would like to review Dirty Little Secret Baked Highlighter is Bellissima. This is one of the products I received and I have to say it is outstanding!!!


I absolutely love the iridescent glow it gives!

This highlighter is cool-toned and is a beautiful rose gold color and it is long lasting. It is outstanding to use to add a glow to your upper cheeks and even your eyes!


Today I used it on my upper cheeks and right under my brow for a soft glow which is sure to be noticed.

Application is quite easy and this product applies like a dream. I used a fan brush to apply just under the brow and a powder brush for the cheeks.

Beauties this is a must have in your makeup vault! It is reasonably priced at $9.00 and comes in three colors.

  • Bellissima
  • Rosa
  • Sunkist

For more of Dirty Little Secret click and check out their line!

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Bellamj74💕