15 Dec 2015

Dear Santa ~ Christmas Gift Guide

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There are so many wonderful beauty gift sets around at the moment, here are a few from Feel Unique that I think would be a great gift to give any beauty lovers. These sets contain some wonderful products and great for trying out a new brand or range of different products too!
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If you are looking for some stocking inspiration or smaller gifts then here a few more ideas. Little gifts like this can be a fun way to give some useful and fun new things to try too.

What is on your gift wish list?
Love Bella x 

15 Nov 2015

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara - Miss Bella blogs

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara - Miss Bella blogs

After hearing some good things about this newest addition to the Maybelline mascaras I thought that I should give it a try. This mascara has already featured on my blog in my mini haul post so I thought it would be good a write a post on my thoughts on it after having tried it. 

I really like the Maybelline mascaras and they are my go to for drug store mascaras so I had high hopes for this one too. However I was a bit disappointed by this one. There are some good things about it though, I found that the brush is good and easy to use, and I also like the pink packaging. On the other side I did find that I had to apply quite a bit to give any impact on my lashes (which I don't normally have to do with my other mascaras) and this did make my lashes clump together a bit. I use a lash brush to separate them, but it is just a bit of a hassle to do. I also found that after a while the mascara did flake a bit and doesn't have as much lasting power. When I came to take it off I did also find it a bit trickier than other mascaras and it was quite flaky when removing too. 

Overall I think that it is ok if you don't mind the hassle, however I don't think I will get this one again as there are other mascaras that I would prefer to use. 

Have you tired this mascara? What do you think of it?
Love Bella x 

5 Nov 2015

Blog Post Look Back

For today's post I thought that I would have a look back over the blog posts I have done so far this year. I like to look back over my posts as I find it interesting to read my previous posts and see how they have changed over time. So I thought I would share some of the posts I enjoyed rereading and maybe you would too, or if you are new to my blog this can be a good way to look over some of my past posts.

 Problems Only Beauty Lovers Will Understand

I hope you enjoyed these posts. What type of blog posts do you enjoy reading?
Love Bella x 

25 Oct 2015

Nails of the Day

Today's nails of the day features a new nail polish from Nails inc. It is called 'Belgravia Road' and is from the Nailpure range. It is said to be free from Phthalates including DBP, Toluene, Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde resin, Animal derivatives, Camphor but still just the same quality as their other polishes. I found that this polish is easy to apply and it also lasts well too. I also really like this dusky pink shade and it is the perfect pink polish for this time of year. 

Have you tried any of the Nailpure polishes? What do you think of them?
Love Bella x 

20 Oct 2015

Simple Micellar Water

I will start by saying that this is the first micellar water I have tried (I know slap on the wrist for being a bad beauty blogger and not having tried one sooner)! Micellar waters are something that I have wanted to try for a while now but I just haven't felt brave enough to try one, mainly because of my super sensitive skin and how it reacts to me trying new products/brands. However when I heard that simple were releasing one and simple being one of the few brands that my skin is ok with, I knew had to try it.

I am so glad I did try it as it has become one of my favourite products to use! It makes removing my make up so quick and easy. It is kind and gentle on my skin and also leaves it feeling fresh and soft. I also like to use this to 'freshen up' my skin and it is perfect for when I don't have time to do a full cleanse or I am just feeling a little bit lazy, as I know that this is cleaning my skin well! I have been using this for a good few months now (and have gone through a few bottles too!) and I can see this being a staple for me for many months even years to come!

If you are looking to try a micellar water or want to try out a new one then I would without a doubt recommend this one! 

What do you think of micellar waters? Which ones have you tried?
Love Bella x 

15 Oct 2015

Links I'm Loving

I have been convincing myself that buying things from the ASOS sale is saving money!

After some eyeliner help? Have a look at the Elle beauty school eyeliner hacks

Do you have make up stains that you don't know how to get rid of? Don't worry this guide will help you in your hour of need!

Looking for some new people to follow on Instagram? Check out these fashion illustrators 

Here are some Autumn flowers to brighten your day

What links have you been loving recently?
Love Bella x 

10 Oct 2015

Everyday Casual Autumn Outfit

Everyday Casual Autumn Outfit - Miss Bella blogs
Top  I  Jeans  I  Boots  I  Necklace  I  Bracelet  I  Bag  I  Socks

Autumn is one of my favourite months for fashion as I love putting together looks that would be perfect for this time of year. For today's post I have decided to share an everyday casual look. With this look you have a versatile base of the black jeans, boots and bag and from there you could change around the rest of the clothes and accessories to whatever look or colours you wanted. I really like the camel top with the gold accessories as it reminds me of the colour of the leaves when they start to change colour in Autumn. Another shade I think would work really well with this look is a berry red shade. 

What are your favourite colours of clothing for this time of year?
Love Bella x 

30 Sep 2015

September Favourites

September Favourites - Miss Bella blogs

Another month has already gone by and I am once again writing about my favourites while wondering where the month went! I haven't really used that many different products this month from the past few months however there are a few different ones that I have been reaching for. 

Balm Balm lip balm
With the weather getting colder I like to keep my lips moisturised. Last month I ran out of the small pot of this balm and when I went to repurchase I decided that I would have a bit of a change and get the tube. It is also perfect for popping in my bag to have at hand when I am out and about. 

Collection lasting perfection concealer
This is a firm favourite among many. My concealer also ran out this month so after not using this for a while I thought I would give it a try again. I have only been using it at the end of this month but I am finding that it is doing a good job of helping to hide any imperfections I have.

Maybelline color tattoo cream gel eyeshadow
I love the color tattoo shadows from Maybelline, they blend well, last a long time and have really nice colours too. I have been loving this one throughout this month, it is a leather effect one in the shade creamy beige. It looks great on it's own and also a base. I like to put a light layer all over my lid and blend a bit more into my crease and along my lash line. It is so quick and easy to use and really saves time in the morning by not having to spend more time applying and blending eyeshadows. 

Beauty blender
I do prefer makeup brushes over sponges however I do like to use this beauty blender when applying foundation and concealer. When I want to wear liquid foundation or have a bit more time to do my makeup I do like to use this sponge. It is easy to blend the product in well leaving a nice finish. I do prefer using this to blend in concealer a bit more than foundation however as I do prefer using a brush. 

What are your favourites from this month?
Love Bella x 

25 Sep 2015

Friday Five

Friday Five / Autumn Nail Polish Wish List - Miss Bella blogs
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As we are now into the Autumn months I have been looking around for some nail polishes that would be perfect for this time of year! As you may already see I love Essie polishes and would love to own every single shade! I'm sure one day that may happen seeing as my collection is slowly growing all the time and what better way to reach that goal then to pick out some new polishes to go onto my wish list! I love berry shades for Autumn and I am also a big neutral polish lover so these are the perfect shades for me.

What nail polishes are on your wishlist for Autumn? 
Love Bella x 

20 Sep 2015

Problems Only Beauty Lovers Will Understand

Problems Only Beauty Lovers Will Understand  - Miss Bella blogs

Loving beauty products so much sometimes comes with the odd problems. So in today's post I thought that I would share some of the problems I have found from loving beauty products so much!

  • Not having enough storage to store all your products
  • Either having to get an enormous make up bag or have lots of them to actually put all your make up in
  • Packing makeup for a trip or for travel becomes so difficult - especially if you need to pack light!
  • Other people just don't understand why you need so many products 
  • You will find yourself saying something like this or along the lines of this to others a lot 'yes I do need this eyeshadow and no I don't already have one exactly the same it is, it is a completely different shade of brown from the other browns that I have!'
  • You get so excited when there are any new product releases 
  • You love chatting to the people that work on make up counters and sharing make up tips with them
  • You often have many of the same products on the go at once 
  • Washing your many, many makeup brushes can be a real chore 
  • Even though you have so many beauty products you often find yourself thinking that you need more

What other beauty problems have you found?
Love Bella x 

15 Sep 2015

Beauty Wishlist

Beauty Wishlist - Miss Bella blogs

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As we are into the Autumn months now I have been looking around for some makeup perfect for this time of year. As you may know I love berry shades in Autumn, so this Nails inc nail polish and Origins lip balm fit right in! As I'm not a big lipstick fan and prefer something more nourishing for my lip,s this hydrating lip balm is the perfect fit for me. It will help look after my lips especially as the weather gets colder as well as providing colour. I also have my eye on two very pretty eyeshadow palettes! I love the beautiful colours in this Guerlain palette and think that they would fit perfectly with an Autumn look. Of course the other palette is the new Urban Decay Smokey palette which also has the perfect shades for Autumn and Winter too! Lastly this brush on brow mousse from Clinique, I personally prefer to use this type of brow product rather than filling my brows in with powder etc. It is said to stay in place for 24 hours and also through many different conditions so I know that my brows will stay in place all day.

What's on your beauty wishlist at the moment?
Love Bella x 

10 Sep 2015

Nails Of The Day

Nails of the Day - Miss Bella blogs

The nail polish that I am wearing today has already featured on my blog in my confessions of a mini haul post. It is an Essie polish in the shade 'sugar daddy'. It is a really pretty pale pink polish and makes the perfect nude polish. I have put on two coats of this polish and the colour does build up a bit with each coat so you could just choose to have a light colour that gives your nails a pretty shine or you could also build up the colour a bit to a pale pink shade. Nude polishes are perfect if you want a polish on your nails but don't necessarily want a colour.

What is your favourite nude polish?
Love Bella x 

30 Aug 2015

August Favourites

August Favourites - Miss Bella blogs

Urban Decay Naked Palette
I have been reaching for this palette pretty much everyday this month. My most used shades being 'sin' which I have been using all over my lid, and when I have wanted to define my crease I have been using 'buck'. These have been my go to shades the most this month and it is great for an everyday look.

Balm Balm Lip Balm
To keep my lips moisturised I have been loving the balm balm lip balm. It has natural ingredients and doesn't contain any nasty chemicals which I love! It also keep my lips moisturised and soft on days when I don't want to wear any other lip products.

Benefit Instant Brow Pencil
This is an old favourite of mine which I used to use all the time! However since I got Benefit's Gimme brow this product has taken a bit of a back seat. I re-found my love for this when my gimme brow ran out and I decided that I would give this a go again. I am so glad I did as I had forgotten how much I love it! 

Eco Tools Double Ended Eye Brush
I have been loving this brush for applying my eyeshadow. I like to use this brush to apply shadow in my crease and the other end to line my eyes. It is such a useful brush and also saves room in my brush pot too!

What are your favourites from this month? Have you re-found any old favourites?
Love Bella x 

25 Aug 2015

Confessions Of A Mini Beauty Haul

Confessions Of A Mini Beauty Haul - Miss Bella blogs

For today's post I thought that I would do a mini haul of the products that I have bought this month. I only went to boots to pick up one thing but as you can see that didn't happen! (In fact I am quite proud of my self for not buying more!) I went in to buy the seventeen eye eye shadow in rose quartz, after hearing some good things about these shadows I thought that I would give it a try. Of course as I was walking to the till the Maybelline lash sensational mascara caught my eye! Again I have heard good things about this product. There was also an offer on it and seeing as it was on my wishlist I thought what better time than now to get it!
I was doing so well, so far I got what I came in for and a little extra (which is totally ok seeing as it was on my wishlist, so not really an extra!) Then while waiting in the queue my eyes just happened to wander upon the cute little mini products they have lined up just waiting to temp you. That was when I saw the mini Essie polish! It was just sat there calling out to me, I couldn't not pick it up! I reasoned with myself, it's ok to get this, I love Essie polishes, I love pink polishes, it is only a small bottle if I don't like it it isn't as much as a waste as buying a bigger bottle. Ok, that is settled then I will get this and then that is it! All in all I thought that it was a good days shopping! 

What have you bought this month? Do you also end up buying more than you planned?
Love Bella x 

15 Aug 2015

Shoe Wishlist

Shoe Wishlist - Miss Bella blogs

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With this months Elle magazine there is a discount for 20% off on ASOS, so what better way to celebrate my inner shopaholic than to create a wishlist of shoes to spend this discount on! 

What shoes do you have on your wishlist?
Love Bella x 

10 Aug 2015

Nails of the Day

Nails of the Day - Miss Bella blogs

I haven't done any nail art for a while so I decided to clear some time to sit down and do my nails. I came up with this design using a pale pink and silver polish. The pale pink polish is one of my firm Essie favourites 'Fiji' and the silver is a Nails inc Kate Spade one from a magazine. To draw the arrow I used the silver Barry M nail art pen. I think that this is a really cute and simple to do nail design.

To create this design I started with a base coat then I painted two coats of 'Fiji' onto all of my nails except my ring finger, which I painted with the silver polish. When my nails had dried I then drew on the arrow with the nail art pen.To create the dot on my thumb nail I used the brush from the silver polish and tapped the end of the brush onto my nail to create a dot. When my nails were dry I applied a top coat. 

What nail designs have you tried recently? 
Love Bella x 

5 Aug 2015

Links I'm Loving

Links I'm Loving - Miss Bella blogs

The best brows for your face shape

4 beauty tips

Tips for mastering air drying 

Make up technique - how to 'baking'

Step by step editing Instagram pictures

What links have you been loving recently? 
Love Bella x 

30 Jul 2015

July Favourites

July Favourites - Miss Bella blogs

July seems to have just flown by and I can't quite believe how quickly the summer is going by. When looking back on the products I have been loving the most this month to put into my monthly favourites I noticed that I haven't really been wearing that much make up due to the warmer days. However there are a few constant staples that I have been reaching for.

Clinique High Impact Mascara
This is one of the best mascaras that I have tried so far. I loved it from the first time I used it and I have recently re-found my love for it! I have tried a good few mascaras but after using this one again I was reminded of how good it is. It lasts well throughout the day and gives also makes my lashes look beautiful, a win win!

Clinique Cheek Pop 
Another Clinique product that I have been loving is this beautiful blush in the shade 'plum pop'. I have a post all about this blush here if you want to know a bit more about what I think about it. I really like this blush for the summer months as it adds a really pretty pop of colour to my cheeks.

Essie 'Lovie Dovie'
This has been my go to nail polish for this month and was also featured in my nails of the day post. I just love this bright flamingo pink for this time of year and it is the perfect polish for both a summery manicure and pedicure!

Benefit POREfessional
Now if you have followed my blog for a while now you will already know how much I love this primer, all you have to do is scroll through my blog posts and it is use to pop up in a few posts! I have really been loving using this as my base over this last month, it helps to smooth out my skin meaning that I can have a light natural base for days when I don't want to wear much make up. 

What are your favourite products from this month?
Love Bella x