Happy Valentines and Galentines Day!

By Bella

Instagram @bellassima_essex

And on Twitter @bellassima

Oh, ladies and gentlemen, you know it is the day! And today I list my top five beauty picks to present to the ladies in your life, whether your best gal or your best pal!  That is, of course, if she is into makeup and beauty.  If not, disregard and buy her what she really loves!  But, if she is into all beauty-related items, these won’t lead you wrong… unless she already owns them!

morphe brittany bear nose contourFirst of my favourites is the Morphe Brittany Bear Nose Contour Brushes.  The brush kit was developed by Brittany and Morphe to help users “master the art of transformation.” There is a brush to slim and and shorten the nose (the M3), a brush to help create a button-like nose (the M6), and a brush to highlight, buff and blend it all together (the M0).  In a nutshell, it’s using your skills as a makeup artist to achieve the look of a smaller, slimmer nose. Basically, a nose job without going under the knife. And, the elegant style of the brushes and packaging won’t go amiss, either!

morphe 8h hi fi palette openSecond favourite is, again, Morphe.  If you’re going to contour your nose or any other part of your face, you need the best in sculpting palettes, which in my books is the Morphe 8H Hi-Fi Sculpt & Shimmer palette.  It’s so much better than an assortment box of chocs! And, do note that it says “shimmer”? You also get, in addition to the lovely shades of Donut, Debutante, Blogger, and Fabulous for sculpting/contouring, you get the bonus shades of Beam, Mirage, Big Bang, and Venus for highlighting! Oh, and do they ever shimmer!

huda beauty liquid matteThird fave on my list, as we move on from lovely Morphe… anything from Huda Beauty!  We ladies love a lot of eyeshadows and the bigger the palette, the better for most of us, however, there are times… for overnight or extended travel… we must down-size and the Obsessions line from Huda is perfect!  My favourite is Amethyst Obsessions, but there is a huge array of choices so just follow the link to choose the right palette for your gal or pal!

Fourth fave, also from Huda Beauty, is their liquid matte lippies. I’m particularly loving Trendsetter shade for myself but check out the stunning selection you can buy for your lovely here. And, believe me when I say, these last all day!

Benefit 24 hour browLast, but never least, here is the thing every girl needs for her brows.  Never mind if they are skimpy, non-existent, or thick and lush, she needs Benefit Cosmetics 24-hour Brow Setter!  And, if you will indulge me a little story here, I can attest it lasts longer than 24 hours. I decided to test how long it would last recently.  Mind you, it was a bit tricky washing my face without rubbing off my brows [I am one of the skimpy brow gals] but I managed.  It is now day 5 and although today they are looking a bit peaky, I have had glam brows for at least 4 of those 5 days!  She will love you forever.

Hope you’ve enjoyed my Valentines/Galentines Day picks and I’m hoping even more that they were useful to you.  May the day bring all the love you want.

Love,

Bella x

Review of Pixi Beauty Glow Tonic

By Bella @bellassima_essex

And on Twitter @bellassima

I’ll preface this by saying, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this stuff!  Still, I don’t expect you to take my word for it, so I’ll tell you for why.  Glow Tonic is my second step after cleansing, morning and night.  With a cotton wool or a cotton beauty pad, squeeze a little on and gently go over your neck and face with it.

Now the magic happens…

bella fixedI found out quite on accident how nice this tonic really is.  One morning, in my usual hitherdither rush-a-thon, I had washed my face and settled down to my usual routine of toner, serum, eye cream, moisturiser, however, something else cropped up needing doing – as per – so after apply the Glow Tonic, I was off and running.  Somewhere along the way the thought occurred to me that I had not finished the morning face ritual… but… my face wasn’t feeling dry! I felt my skin and it felt moisturised!  This couldn’t be.  Let’s face it, if any of you have had to cut short your routine at normal toner, you would be cracking at this point… well, I know I would be!  My skin would feel as dry as parched earth.  Not so with Glow Tonic, but why?

pixi glow tonicHere is my answer straight from Pixi Beauty’s website:

“Our Pixi Glow Tonic Collection helps you achieve glowing, refined skin whether you’re at home or on the go. Pixi Glow Tonic is a radiance-enhancing toning necessity that helps remove impurities while also hydrating and protecting your skin. Our 5% glycolic acid formula gives a deep yet gentle cleanse, leaving the pores refined and purified. Then, aloe vera soothes while nourishing and hydrating the skin to Pixi perfection.”

Not to mention “All our Pixi Glow Tonics are alcohol-free and cruelty-free. So, go ahead – get glowing!”

Well done, Pixi 😊 I will always get my glow on with you!

Many thanks for reading!

Love,

Bella x

Update Friday, New Product Review Soap and Glory

By Bella

Instagram:  @bellassima_essex

Twitter:  @bellassima [please give us a follow…my one follower is getting lonely ☹]

Vitamin C facial wash Soap and Glory
Vitamin C Facial Wash, Soap and Glory at Boots.co.uk

Just a quick one, really.  Firstly, I just tried out another amazing Soap and Glory product – Vitamin C Facial Wash. I have used their products off and on over the years, but this facial wash is the loveliest soapy – not soapy [read the label and you’ll see why I said that] cleanser I’ve ever used.  It is lightly scented, so it won’t offend your nose.  It is for all skin types, and it is packed with Vitamin C which is good for our skin of any age group.  It does not leave my skin feeling stiff and left for dry afterwards and does it ever clean! I should have taken a snap of my white crocheted face flannel after!  Makes one wonder how dirty a face can get overnight.

Next, I wanted to let everyone know that I have created a YouTube for Bellassima.  Mind, the first video is only a small one about the very product I touted in the first paragraph.  But I’m hoping to start getting brave and pop up some how-to vids, makeup haul vids, reviews of products, giveaways, and the like…And, please don’t forget to suscribe! Which brings me to the next update…

In a few weeks [I promise it won’t be very many], I am planning a giveaway.  I just need to work out the details and make sure all the products are in order.  So, stay tuned for that one and I will tell you more as the time grows nearer.

I hope everybody is having a fab Friday and I shall be back next week… unless I feel the need to shout out about something fabulous again 😊 Have a lovely weekend.

Love,

Bella x