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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.

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The Body shop matcha green tea face mask review

Reviews, Skincare reviews


I love face masks. Like really, I do at least one mask a week (sometimes 2 or 3) and I’ll watch YouTube while I do it if I want to relax or sometimes I’ll just use purely for skin care and do work while I have it on. Like this morning, I wrote a blog post while wearing this mask.

Last weekend, I was disappointed to know that the Lush near me (my usual stop for face masks) had closed, so I turned around and went to the body shop. I’d seen this mask advertised by Zoella on Instagram, and it was in the window at the body shop, so I went to check it out.

The Body Shop has a whole new line of face masks including one with Himalayan Charcoal, British Rose, Ethiopian Honey, Chinese Ginseng and Rice, and Amazonian Acai. I promised myself I wouldn’t get the Charcoal mask because I have far too many masks with charcoal or mud in them. The Acai one worried me slightly because of how it promised to “energize my face” through natural caffeine, and the ginseng and rice one was more meant for nourishment. It also had sesame oil in it, which my brother is allergic to. I ruled the honey one out because it wasn’t exciting enough and narrowed it down to this mask and the British rose.

Finally I decided that exfoliating and clarifying mask was probably meant for me (and Zoella liked it so…) and I bought it. The Body Shop also recently launched a mask brush for it that was available too. I didn’t get it, but now I wish I did because I loving giving myself a facial like experience at home. I also love The Body Shop’s makeup brushes in general (and they’re cruelty free!), so I can vouch for the quality.

But did I make the right decision in getting a highly advertised, hyped up face mask?

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Yes to Tomatoes charcoal sheet mask review

Reviews, Skincare reviews


Before this mask, I

A) hated sheet masks and

B) was suspicious of drugstore skin care.

I didn’t like how goopy some sheet masks were, and they felt too… luxurious. Even at $3, which seems cheep, the price of this mask builds up with each use. My Origins Charcoal mask is $17 (I have a travel size), I’ve had it for a year and I’ve used it an estimated 20-30 times. I’m not even finished with it! Something about the fact that sheet masks can only be used once, and I have to plan for each use I didn’t like. I would squirrel them away, never using them.

Since I’ve started using these, I’ve started to like that. I save them for special occasions when my skin needs a bit of extra help or when I have an event coming up. It’s relaxing to put on a face mask, and even more relaxing to know I’ve saved it for a special moment!

So I guess you have to take the good with the bad when you use sheet masks. Reasonably, a sheet mask would be 25¢ or so (which makes Charlotte Tilbury’s new mask all the more outrageous). Since no company is going to sell sheet masks for a quarter, I guess $3 isn’t all that bad!

Price aside, how does the product itself work? Read on to find out!

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Pre and post travel skincare

Blog, The Bella Edit


So this summer, I’ve been doing a ton of traveling. And despite my best attempts, my skin showed it. I have combination skin with incredibly oily eyelids, slightly oily nose, and a dry rest of the face. With all of the traveling I’ve been doing, I break out on my nose and the rest of my face feels like all of the moisture has been sucked out.

I actually had the idea for this post when I arrived home after a long flight and could barely keep my eyes open. In my sleep deprived state, I decided it’d be a great idea to recommend what I was using to everyone else. I can’t remember exactly what I put on that night, but here’s a bunch of things I think would be great!

So here’s a list of my skin care recommendations for travel. This is all for plane flights because I find my skin takes the hardest hit from those. Enjoy! Keep reading

Julep what your skin needs restorative face milk

Reviews, Skincare reviews


When I first got this, my reaction was sort of “what do I do with this?”

Full disclosure: I received this as a gift from Julep and I never intended to buy it. So when I got it, I was a little confused. I had no idea what a face milk was and I don’t know how I was supposed to use it. I’d always assumed face milks were either like toners (another mystery), or had anti aging purposes not intended for my skin.

Does it go under makeup? Does it work as a moisturizer? Does it clear my skin? Does it hydrate it? Keep reading to find out exactly what this does and what I thought of it!

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Julep love your bare face oil review

Reviews, Skincare reviews


This was my first ever cleanser. Of course, I loved it when I first got it, but the real miracle is that I still really like it two years later. There’s not many things that I can officially say I’ve liked for over a year or for over two years, simply because my taste in makeup has changed so much.

Two years ago, my daily makeup included a shockingly white eyeshadow swiped all over the lid, a highlighter brushed onto my cheekbones and my temples, a clumpy brown mascara, and lip balm. Now, I don’t like or use all of those products and have removed them from my collection, keeping them only for sentimental reasons (except the mascara).

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Glossier Invisible Shield vs Julep No Excuses

Blog, The dupe test


First, let me explain the thought process behind this.

Yes, I would agree that sunscreen is a pretty hard thing to find a dupe for. All sunscreens either work- or they don’t and for most people that’s all that matters.

However in this case, it’s less of a dupe and more of a one-of-these-is-cheaper-and-much-better.

Much better.

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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!