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

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

Review Color Club Nail Polish in Rocky Mountain High

By Bella

Instagram:  @bellassima_essex

Twitter:  @bellassima

So, I was gifted this nail varnish, Rocky Mountain High by Color Club, by someone special whom I would never point toward reading this blog or it would hurt her feelings a bit… I’m always ready to try new items and the colour is one I like – a deep burgundy which was very right for the time of year, Christmas, when she gifted it me.  I regret to report that the polish itself was problematic at best.

First, it went on quite sloppily.  I don’t believe that was quite down to me. I have a lot of problems at my age, but shaky hands aren’t one of those and I have been varnishing my nails for half a century or a bit more, therefore, I’m a dap hand at getting between the lines.

Next, no matter what tricks I tried – and I have a few for these circumstances – it just wouldn’t go on smoothly.  It kind of reminded me of when I was a child, my Aunty Win would give me her old varnishes to play dress up with.  For an 8-year-old, I felt ever so much an adult when Aunty Win gave me a handful of old varnishes and lippies to play with, I felt like I had won the pools!  So, I would never, ever complain that they were gloppy and stringy and downright difficult to put on my little chewed down stubs.  Not to mention, I felt damned glamourous once they did dry… eventually!

Rocky Mountain High Color Club 1
Rocky Mountain High by Color Club ~ photo by Bella

This is exactly how the Color Club varnish went on:  Quite puddly, stringy, and all over the shop.  However, I managed to clean down the cuticles and after several lashings of topcoat, I could take this snap to let you see that, it is quite an incredibly lush burgundy.

The best part of this experience, however, is that it fondly brought back to mind my Aunty Win and how she trusted I would know exactly what to do with all those old nail varnishes she gave me… and how she helped form my love for all things cosmetic as I grew older.  She isn’t around any longer, sadly, but I’m quite sure she would be proud of how much I’ve learned over the years.  And prouder still that I did the same thing for my daughters as she did for me.

And, I’m grateful to my friend and this gift of nail varnish that fought me tooth and nail, because of the dear memory it conjured.  That is why I shall keep it.

Many thanks for reading,

Bella x

Bella’s First Blog

By Bella

Instagram: @bellassima_essex

undefinedHello to all stopping by. As you can see, I’m only beginning here.  I’m Bella, if you haven’t guessed and I’m a 64-year-old woman with a renewed passion for beauty and feeling special.  When I was young, I was already into lighted make-up mirrors, finishing sprays, fake lashes, the works! And that was when I was only thirteen! For the following 45 years I would not go out the door without a full face. We used to call it “putting on our slap” in the day…if you ever hear me use that, now you will know.  But then, I slowly began to leave off taking so much care of myself.  But why?

I look back and it was around the time I was coming out of a very bad relationship. I was verbally and physically abused for about 5 years until thankfully it ended with him being locked up and me getting a divorce.  All that pity party aside, I still made the effort most days until I was made redundant on my job another 4 years later.  So, by the time I turned 58, I seemed to give up…and I had finished menopause about 4 years earlier so I think my hormones must have taken a walk, ha ha….

Anyway, for about the last 5 years I have not made much of an effort.   But I got noticing that there were a load of gorgeous older women on telly and out and about.  And I began seeing videos on YouTube where women who really looked as bad as I thought of myself looking were getting makeup done that made them really gorgeous!  It was the same woman, but makeup, deftly and strategically done, made them look so stunning it would bring tears to my eyes.  I wanted to learn to do the same for myself.

Well, here I am now.  I still don’t have that “I’m gorgeous” mentality but that doesn’t mean I can’t try, does it? What I want to try to do in my blog and on my IG account is show “women of a certain age” that we can be beautiful – oh let’s go out on that limb – we ARE beautiful, makeup or not. 

But it’s not always about the wrinkles, or the rough, dry skin, or blotches, or droopy jowls.  Some women lose much of their hair by their 60’s to 80’s.  Some women have lost their teeth, or at least some of them.  Some women, bless them, have lost even more important things.  But read this if you read nothing else… it doesn’t matter.  You are beautiful, and so am I. Come celebrate your beauty with me!

And, we won’t leave the younger ones behind here, either!

Thank you for reading,

Love, Bella x