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gone swatching: fenty beauty Mattemoiselle lipsticks

Blog, Gone swatching


I’ve been following all of the new Fenty Beauty releases, but thus far there hasn’t been anything I’ve wanted to try myself. I talked about my opinions on the products that had come out thus far in this post on the Galaxy palette.

I do want to mention that just because those products don’t work for me, doesn’t mean I don’t like them. The famous foundation would be terrible for my (mostly) dry skin, but I couldn’t support the shade range more.

But these lipsticks? These work for me. I love lipsticks and really don’t need any excuses to buy more than I have, but I think I’m in love with them.

Let’s check out some swatches!

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Black Friday/cyber Monday deals (updating)

Blog, Lifestyle


This Black Friday/Cyber Monday, I’ll be updating this post with more information and deals regarding holiday sales for this weekend! Check back here for more information, or comment below if you’re interested in deals from a specific place.

You can click on the bolded name of each brand, and (if available) you can view all the posts I’ve made on that brand to see what my favorites, or least favorites are!

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October favorites

Blog, Favorites


This October, I’ve continued with my love of orange eyes, nude lips, and general enjoyment of pumpkins.  I’ve really been getting into the fall spirit this year, as I discussed in my fall makeup post.

I’ve continued my setup from last month of doing my makeup at a makeshift vanity (comment below if you’re interested in a full post on it), meaning I’ve been using palettes for weeks in a row. This is a great way to get a feel for a product, and it’s encouraged me to be more creative in getting different looks out of the same palette or mixing and matching palettes.

Keep reading to find out what I’ve been loving!

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E.L.F. blush palette in light review

Makeup Reviews, Reviews


I don’t consider E.L.F. to be a hyped brand like Morphe or Sigma, but it’s definitely well liked and very talked about in the beauty sphere. I’d heard a lot about this palette specifically on social media, and decided to pick it up while at my local drugstore.

Did I need more blush? No.

Was it only $6? Yes.

Into my cart it went.

E.L.F. has always seemed like a different type of drugstore brand. Their products are incredibly affordable, bested only by Wet ‘n wild. I mean, at $6, I might as well be paying for the full mirror (which is way bigger than the one that comes with Benefit Hoola and that’s 5x the price)!

Unlike most drugstore brands (I’m looking at you Milani), E.L.F. has incredibly sleek packaging. Most of it is their signature matte black, featured in this palette, but I’ve noticed how they’ve began to introduce a more high end reflective packaging.

So it’s clear that E.L.F. has a strong following for both it’s affordable prices, mostly good quality and sleek packaging.

But I was still a little skeptical. Does this palette reflect it’s price, or does it compare to those sold at Sephora and other high end stores?

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Blog, Lifestyle


This next week (or so) I’m going to be swatching some of my favorite products on my Instagram account (you can check that out here).

Which products? Mostly my old favorites that I feel haven’t been getting enough attention. However, I’ll definitely be featuring some new things I’ve fallen in love with. The best part is that I’ll be using stencils to swatch these products, meaning they’ll be much more interesting then the swatches found on the blog.

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Downsizing my collection

Blog, Lifestyle


After 3 weeks of traveling while wearing simple makeup and only using stuff from my small makeup bag, I though I’d be excited to come home and utilize the rest of my collection.

Instead I was overwhelmed with how much makeup I have.

So I decided to go through my makeup and pull out two piles:

  1. Makeup that is bad and I don’t use because I hate the color/how it performs. This was a small pile.
  2. Makeup that is okay to great that I just don’t reach for because it gets lost in my collection. This was a bigger pile.

The makeup I determined was bad, I put away to be reviews and then given away/thrown out. The makeup that wasn’t given enough use, I put into a box to use over the next few weeks. Am I not reaching for it because it gets buried underneath other makeup? Am I not reaching for it because it doesn’t have a place in my collection? Am I not reaching for it because I have other products that duplicate this?

Time to find out!

I’ll be updating my experience with what I get rid of in the end. The things I’ve already gotten rid of (given to a friend) are…

-NYX soft matte lip cream in London (the color was awful on me)

-Julep eyeshadow 101 in Bronze shimmer (color looked bad on my skin tone).

Ciao bella!

Ciao Bella!

Blog, Lifestyle

Ciao and welcome to my blog!

Here, I’ll be reviewing and talking about all sorts of beauty products, so I thought I’d use this post to break it all down.


The blog: where every post that isn’t a makeup review will go.

Favoriteshere is where I’ll be going through my monthly favorites for beauty.

Haulsa short first impressions (and photos) of a bunch of products bought together.

Lifestylea portion of this blog dedicated to travel, cooking, and life. This section will be less beauty related.

The Bella Edit: a weekly post about beauty musings/beauty tips/ beauty collections.

The Matchupa part of the blog that posts about products that compliment each other well, such as a similar toned blush and lipstick or an eyeliner and mascara that just go perfectly together.
Gone Swatchingin this section, i’ll be posting swatches of products that I don’t own and swatches in store. I’ll include my thoughts on the formula as well as photos of the product.

The Dupe TestHere I’ll be posting about dupes I’ve tested as well as dupes I’ve found.


Reviews: here is where the review section of the blog is.

Makeup reviews: self-explanatory.

Skincare reviewsself-explanatory.

Tool reviewsself-explanatory.

Test drivea short review of products that are free samples/gift with purchase/not the full size. I test them out, then explain whether I would suggest my readers buy the product.


My notes about PR samples, affiliate links, and honest reviews can be found here if you’re interested.


There you go! You now know all the parts of the blog to expect in the next few weeks. For now, enjoy what I have up and I’ll link parts in as I post!

Ciao bella!