Tag: Jane Iredale

Warm It Up!

Warm It Up! on Belle Belle Beauty

Well, hello there April. While it is cold and rainy here today, I’d like to officially mark this day as the beginning of spring. I know technically it was back in March, but I have a dirty secret for you. I absolutely hate April Fool’s Day. I fall for some prank every single time. On a more serious note, the ever popular “I’m pregnant” Facebook update really offends me as there are so many people in the world that struggle with infertility. So instead of Fool’s Day, April 1st will always mark spring in my book! Anyway… back to beauty.

Spring means a more natural, undone and bronzed look in my world. I just got a fresh hair cut, so I am enjoying my natural waves and letting my hair air dry. I’m skipping darker lips and eyes in favor of glowing, luminous skin. Behind the scenes here at Belle Belle, I’ve been test driving some goodies, and now I am happy to present my favorites to warm up the complexion:

1. benefit Dallas is a natural and plum-based bronzer that is on the matte side. Because it is so sheer, it works well for a wide range of fairer skin tones. Used all over, it can banish dullness or layered where the sun hits gives a vibrant glow.

2. NARS New Contour Blush Duos are also on the matte side and add that perfectly balanced warmth. Despite the “Blush” name, I find the darker shade of the duo works best under the cheekbones and around the temples. I’ve played around with the lighter shade and surprisingly love it under the eyes and down the center of the nose. It also doubles as a luminous face powder on the go. I tested both Olympia (perfect for the most fair to light skin) and Paloma (my pick for my light to medium skin tone).

3. CoverGirl TruMagic The Sunkisser has to be my most favorite drugstore find in the past couple months. What looks like a dark bronze cream transforms into a subtle, layerable glow on the skin. While you can use this to contour, I like using it liberally around the outside of my face, sides of my nose and even on my lids for a true “sunkissed” look.

4. jane iredale In Touch Highlighter in Comfort perfectly offsets bronzed areas with a pink glisten. The pale pink adds radiance and the cream formula lends to a more subtle glow. I like to apply directly from the stick to tops of cheekbones, brow bone and the bridge of the nose and then blend with my fingers.

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Get The Look Video: Pretty in Plum

Get The Look Video: Pretty in Plum // Belle Belle Beauty

For the last in our Get The Look series, Sara and Rebecca accent with plum shades. I love the soft, sophisticated look of this shade. Love these tutorials? Check out the other videos in the series hereherehere and here.

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“Using one color in various tones is anything but boring! Purple, plum, eggplant, and mauve combine perfectly on eyes and lips for the sultry winter look. Just make sure to keep your cheeks light to maintain balance.”

Get The Look Video: Pretty in Plum // Belle Belle Beauty

Links for brands used:

  • http://shop.janeiredale.com/
  • http://www.econveybeauty.com/

Get The Look Video: Smokey Goes Green

Green Smokey Eye // Belle Belle Beauty

I can’t really think of a more festive look for the holidays: a deep, smokey green eye. Sara and Rebecca use natural makeup from Jane Iredale, Ilia Beauty and Youngblood to get a party-ready look. Love these tutorials? Check out the other videos in the series herehere and here.

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“Who doesn’t love a sultry, sexy smokey eye? My favorite way to get a quick smokey look is by using RMS Beauty’s Cream Eyeshadow in Karma. With just a few sweeps of a brush I am ready for a night out. Pantone just named Emerald it’s 2013 color of the year so Rebecca and I thought we would update a smoky eye by having it go green!”

Final Look on SJM - Green Smokey Eye // Belle Belle Beauty

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images by Mia MacDonald 

Get The Look Video: How To Prep Your Skin

How To Prep Your Face by Sara Jane Mercer // Belle Belle Beauty

So excited to feature the third video from Sara and Rebecca in our “Get The Look” series. (Check out the first one here and second one here) Today, they adress the true foundation of a great look – prepping the skin. Using natural products, the achieve that perfect no-makeup makeup look.

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“A little black dress. The perfect bra. Nude platform pumps. Some basics take looks for ok to amazing! Like in fashion, every great makeup look starts with a great base. In this video Rebecca Casciano shows me how to get perfectly prepped skin using some of our favorite clean products from Jane Iredale, Kahina Giving Beauty, Young Blood, Tarte and CV Skinlabs. If you follow these skin prep steps any makeup look you follow with is sure to be flawless!”

How To Prep Your Face by Sara Jane Mercer // Belle Belle Beauty

How To Prep Your Face by Sara Jane Mercer // Belle Belle Beauty

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Editor’s note: This Kahina Eye Serum is one of my all time favorites.

images by Mia MacDonald