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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 💕

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💕

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

 

 



I hope you have enjoyed this post. For looks of the day follow me on Instagram.

Bellamj 💕

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 💕

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!

I hope you enjoyed this post. Let’s keep intouch on Instagram.

Bellamj74💕

Confidently Beautiful 

Today I would like to talk about confidence. Some people are born with confidence and some people have to learn how to be confident. To me there is nothing more beautiful than to see someone that holds their head high and walks in the knowledge they are worthy. I am not talking about arrogance, I am talking about the self awareness of the beauty and importance one poses.
When I say beauty, beauty is not just about an outward appearance. Beauty is the whole package. It consists of how we present ourselves.


Life has many facets and as we live we grow in our knowledge of perception. Confidence is a perception of ones outlook of themselves. So how do we strengthen our perception of ourselves?

First…we should realize there is no such thing as ideal beauty. Beauty comes in many forms! Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I have known some outwardly beautiful people, but their beauty was an illusion.

Second…beauty can not be defined. Sure society has its opinions on what is beautiful, everyone has an opinion. A key is not to let an opinion have an effect on your persona.

Confidence is unique. Some of the hottest trends have taken confidence to step out and show the world a new way of doing things. Of course there is going to be those who have negative things to say. Just remember don’t let negativity take root and allow self doubt.

Third..this may seem silly, but to build confidence one must love them self. How does one love them self? It begins when you realize how special you are. You have a purpose and a plan. You may not know it yet, but you are capable of great things.

Each day look into the mirror and tell yourself “I am beautiful/handsome” “I have been uniquely made and have a purpose and a plan”. Learn to encourage yourself.


Much love to each of you and I hope that this post has been words of encouragement. I hope you have a wonderful week and see yourselves as beautiful and worthy. Let’s keep in touch follow me on Instagram for looks of the day. Feel free to re post if you have found this post helpful.

💕bellamj74