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Posted on May 11, 2014

Top 3 primers for smooth skin

product review/ Top products

primer collage

Now that the sun has finally started to come out, it’s only fair that I do a review on the products you (and I) will probably need in the next couple of weeks (if we’re lucky, that is).

bareMinerals Prime Time
This is a reasonably priced primer that has a velvety finish. Unlike the other two, the bareMinerals Prime Time is gel based. This means, it’s pretty easy to work with. It’s great for flaky skin as well as oily skin (as long as you only use a pea-size amount). I don’t think it does much for hiding pores,but it does help your makeup stay put for much longer.
PRICE: €23.00, Debenhams

Garnier 5 Sec Blur
This primer is perfect for older gals as it’s great for filling in fine lines and wrinkles. It creates a smooth base for your foundation and you only really have to use a tiny bit of product to get the full effect. The mousse-like consistency makes it the perfect dupe for Clarins Instant Smooth Perfecting Touch,meaning you get the same results for only a fraction of the price!
PRICE: €16.39, Boots

Benefit The POREfessional
If you read my review on this primer, you’d know that I’m a big fan of it. I think it pretty much does what is says on the tin (minus the smoother than silk part).It has lasted me for over nine months now and I still have a lot of product left – that’s what you call getting your money’s worth! Have a look at the full review of this product here.

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Posted on March 18, 2014

Top 3 mascaras for longer lashes

product review/ Top products

As you might or might not know, I am crazy about eyes. A strong brow and long lashes always get the job done. Especially when you’re going for the ‘natural’ look.

Here my top 3 picks for mascaras that really make your eyes stand out:


1. BareMinerals Lash Domination,  €21.00 in Debenhams (see full review here).

2. Rimmel Scandal Eyes, €8.65 in Boots (see full review here).

3. Benefit They’re Real, €26.00 in Brown Thomas

Unlike the first two, They’re Real mascara by Benefit doesn’t give you that spider eye look. They do make your lashes longer, but I just find that Lash Domination and Scandal Eyes make my lashes look much thicker than they are (a bit of deception never killed anyone!)

Let me know if you use any of these mascaras and what you think of them!

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Posted on September 14, 2013

Rihanna’s RIRI Hearts MAC Fall Collection 2013



I figured Bellefbeauty might as well give her piece on Rihanna’s RIRI Hearts MAC Fall Collection 2013 since there’s only a few weeks left before we can all get our hands on this highly talked about makeup line. Well that’s of course if we start queuing up now…..

After the launch and success of RIRI Hearts MAC Summer 2013 Collection, the singer/designer (don’t know what to call these artists lately!)  decided to step up her game and launch an even bigger line that is due to release in US stores on Sept 26th and between Oct 3rd – 31st everywhere else (that’s if it will stay on the shelves for that long!)

So what’s there to like about Rihanna’s RIRI Hearts MAC Fall Collection?

For starters, if you missed out on the Matte red Riri Woo the first time around, consider yourself lucky because not only will it be back in the fall collection as a gorgeous lippie, Riri Woo will also be in a lip pencil AND  a lipglass! (doesn’t it feel like Christmas?)

As well as those fabulous shades of red, Rihanna’s RIRI Hearts MAC Fall Collection will also include three other fabulous lipsticks: Talk that Talk [Dark Plum (Retro Matte)], Who’s That Chick [Mid-tone Orange (Frost)] and Nude [Cool Nude Cream (Matte)] as pictured below.

riri mac fall collection

As you know, Bellefbeauty is very welcoming to new lippies. I love my matte lipsticks  (as well as my nudes) so the lipsticks from Rihanna’s RIRI Hearts MAC Fall Collection are definitely the products that I think are worth lining up for! As for everything else?

I think I’m doing just fine with my LASH DOMINATION mascara from BareMinerals, not to mention my eye shadow palette from Fuschia and I’m really not feeling the gold/pink packaging either! I probably would if you told me this was from Nicki Minaj’s makeup line, but Rihanna and pink just don’t go! (Green would have suited her a lot better I’d say!)

What do you all think of Rihanna’s RIRI Hearts MAC Fall Collection for this mega beauty brand? Are we excited or is it just another few products by MAC?

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Here is the COMPLETE RIRI Hearts MAC Fall Collection 2013 for your viewing pleasure……

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riri mac fall collectionIf you want prices on each of these,

find out here

Posted on September 9, 2013

BareMinerals Get Started Kit

Beauty/ product review

bareminerals get started kit

Before I tell you about how much fun I had at the Dublin Fashion Festival, I think it’s fair to tell you a bit about Bellefbeauty‘s visit to BareMinerals and my a mini lesson on using the BareMinerals Get Started Kit (56-58 euros). Anyone who knows me personally would know that I am against drag makeup ,instead, I always strive for the most natural look possible. So if you’re anything like me (and even if you do enjoy the occasional drag makeup) you will find that this kit is still perfect for an everyday ”no makeup” look.

For those of you who are cosmetically challenged, worry not, because the BareMinerals Get Started Kit has everything you need, from the right brushes, to a ‘Get Started Guide Book’ that will truly help you master their signature Swirl, Tap, Buff makeup technique (which I’m very happy to have mastered myself)

bareMinerals GET STARTED kit

So what’s in the Get Started Kit and how do I use it?

  •  After cleansing and moisturizing your face, you can start off with the Prime Time Foundation Primer (As you know I’m quite liking Benefit’s POREfessional primer at the moment, so I will definitely have to do a comparison post to see which primer I prefer)
  • When that is all set and done, use your Full Flawless Face Brush to apply the  BareMinerals SPF foundation that you choose from 20 different shades and 3 different formulas (original, matte or ready formula) but of course if you pop into BareMinerals they can help you decide on what’s the best formula for your skin type!

1.SWIRL a small amount of BareMinerals in the lid with the brush until it’s all tucked into the bristles. 2.TAP away any excess. There should be no visible bareMinerals on the outside of the brush. 3.BUFF bareMinerals onto the skin in a circular motion all over the face, concentrating on your forehead, cheeks, nose and chin.

  • Follow these instructions until you’re happy with the coverage you have built. If there are still some areas you would like to conceal, apply the Swirl, Tap, Buff technique but use the Max Concealer Cover Brush instead and apply to desired areas.
  • After that you can use the smaller Flawless Face Brush and apply the same Swirl, Tap, Buff technique to use the Warmth All-Over Face Color. Apply it in a 3 motion starting from the side of your forehead to under  your cheekbones and then backwards from the cheekbone to your jawline. This should add color to your face and give you a healthy sun-kissed glow.
  • Lastly, use your Full Flawless Face Brush to apply the Mineral Veil over your face in a circular motion. This will further absorb any oil and will keep your complexion fresh.

bareMinerals Gert started kit

The BareMinerals Get Started Kit is about all you need for a natural and healthy everyday look! After the lovely staff in BareMinerals were finished with me I felt so much more fresh and alive! Especially after they used LASH DOMINATION (which you all know I love!) 

What impressed me the most about the BareMinerals Get Started Kit is that you really only need a tiny bit of product followed by the Swirl, Tap, Buff technique to easily build the coverage you’re looking for. That aside, the Mineral veil that you apply at the very end to keep everything in place actually prevents the makeup from smudging (I witnessed it myself!!) so you no longer have to worry about wearing that pretty white blouse you’ve been dying to wear!

Have you picked up your BareMinerals Get Started Kit yet? If so, what are your favorite products so far, if not, what are you waiting for??? 🙂

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Posted on August 26, 2013

Maybelline GREAT LASH vs BareMinerals LASH DOMINATION

Beauty/ product review


If you read my first post on mascara (or eye lash growth for that matter), you would know that I’m big into thick and long eye lashes. So When I popped into BareMinerals to pick up a free sample of their LASH DOMINATION mascara I was chuffed, even though I had bought Maybelline mascara a few weeks beforehand!

I guess you can never had enough mascara in your makeup bag


I must admit, it was good thing I did pick up a sample of BareMinerals LASH DOMINATION,because if I hadn’t, I would be left with not so lengthening mascara.

Maybeline’s GREAT LASH mascara claims to have a precise lash building brush, but I honestly think that it really doesn’t give the same effect as the ”PROTWIST” 180 wand on LASH DOMINATION.

After only two coats of BareMinerals LASH DOMINATION I managed to get the desired effect.

   Bare Minerals LASH DOMINATIONAs you can see, BareMinerals LASH DOMINATION really    does add a lot of volume and colors to my eye lash here.    With only two coats, they looked fuller, darker and            longer and at only 20e, BareMineral LASH DOMINATION    offers a 10-in-1 lash benefits:

    1. Volume              6. Length

    2. Thickness        7.Mineral fortified

    3. Seperation           8. Smudge- free

    4. Lifts                       9. Clump-free

    5. All-day wear       10. Flake- free

maybelline great lash

Maybeline’s GREAT LASH on the other hand, does not  offer the same benefits!

In fact it doesn’t offer half of what LASH DOMINATION offers. I’m happy that I got a 30% discount on the day so it only came up to about  7 euros, but other than that this mascara only works for a daytime look, it just isn’t dramatic enough!

It’s not negative now, it does a great job at separating the lashes and making them look nice and healthy, but in terms of volume and thickness? This mascara was a miss for me!

Have you tried any of these two mascaras? If so feel free to share your thoughts below!

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Posted on July 30, 2013

Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie: First Finish

Appearance/ Beauty/ maintenance/ product review

bare minerals marvelous moxie finish first best nude lipstick

Those of you who know me would know that I tend to go through a series of phases. Ever since my matte phase started dying on me I slowly started building an obsession with something new (I guess it’s true what they say ‘the only way to get rid of one obsession is to find another’) and in this case, my new obsession is with nude lipstick.

Of course it started off with nude nails (first indication of obsession), but as always I managed to find a way to get my hands on a nude lipstick that really blew me away: Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie: Finish First (19e)

This lippy really does glide on like a dream! So those of you who suffer from chapped lips will be more than happy to know that this product is very forgiving !

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What I Iove:

1.This nude lipstick has a plumping effect so it gives you a nice and healthy pout (operating word being healthy)

2. It has a creamy texture it’s almost like putting butter on your lips!

3.It gives you a rich satin finish (you really  can’t go wrong)

4.It’s a nude lipstick that applies evenly

5. It’s long wearing so you don’t have to retouch too many times with this

6. It’s great for a day-time look and night-time look so you could get the best wear out of it

and last but not least……

It smells amazing!

If that isn’t enough for you to want one of your own, then I really don’t know what is! Even I have to admit that I’m glad they didn’t have the nude lipstick I was looking for in MAC the day I bought this, otherwise I would not have discovered this fabulous lippy at all.

Have you tried anything from the new Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lip collection? If not, don’t you worry because you have loads to choose from! Bare Escentuals have recently released 20 new lippies, 10 liners, and 4 brand new Moxie lip glosses so I cannot wait to get my hands on more!

Nude lipstick: Are you a fan or a foe?

Bare minerals moxie lipstick finish first before and after

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