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Monday, November 24, 2014 by Belle

Ask Belle Roundup: Belle’s Makeup/Beauty Favorites

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I receive a lot of reader e-mails asking what beauty products I use every day.  So I thought I would take a moment to type out the current list of favorites.

Shampoo/Conditioner. Pureology Hydrate ($27/$29). Kirkland Signature’s moisture brand is rumored to be exactly the same for less.

Hairspray. Big Sexy Volumizing Hairspray ($18). Very good in the humidity.

Mousse. Pantene Stylers Mousse, Extra Hold ($7).

Face Wash. Bliss Fabulous Foaming Face Wash ($24) + Foreo Luna Mini ($139).  This is my squeaky clean and invigorated duo.

Makeup Removing Wipes. Yes to Grapefruit Makeup Removing Wipes ($6). I like the thicker wipes for strength.  Their larger size also means that I only need to use one.

Serum. iS Clinical Active Serum ($78).  It fights wrinkles and acne.  It’s also light enough that you can wear it without needing to moisturize.

Moisturizer. Tammy Fender Intensive Repair Balm ($130).  This is my favorite moisturizer ever, but it’s not cheap, so I ration.  If you’re looking for something comparable for less, Skincando Miracle Cream is a decent duplicate.

Acne Treatments. Yes to Tomatoes Daily Acne Repair ($12) + Glytone Body Acne Spray ($26).

Body Lotion. Kiehl’s Creme de Corps. I buy the liter size for $75, and it last for about a year.  I try to grab it at the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale.

Foundation. Clinique Age Defense BB Cream ($37).  The tube lasts four to six months.  It doesn’t have a tone of “BB” benefits, but it has good coverage and isn’t drying.

Concealer. Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer ($7). Good coverage, neither too heavy, nor too light.

Blush. Bobbi Brown Blush ($27) in Pale Pink or Plum.

Eyeshadows. Stila eyeshadows ($18) are my favorite.  I wear the Oasis shade every day.

Eyeliner. Tom Ford Liquid Eyeliner ($55).

Mascara. Kevyn Aucoin Volume Mascara ($28).

Monday, November 24, 2014 by Belle

Ask Belle: Holiday Cocktail Dresses

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Hi Belle!

Can you suggest some dresses for holiday parties?  I bought one that you recommended last year, and it was perfect.  Since I’ll only be wearing the dress a few times, I need to spend less than $150.  I’d prefer to spend less than $100.

Thank you. Love your blog!  J

The end of year party season celebrates the accomplishments of the past and the hope for the future.  It gives us all a chance to look beyond the humdrum and inject a bit of fun and glamour back into our lives.  So let’s don our best apparel, spend a little extra time perfecting our eyeliner, and make lasting memories.

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AQUA Metallic Crinkle Dress ($98) // Savannah Cut-Out Dress ($71) // Vince Camuto Lace Inset Sheath ($138) 

Party Dresses.  If you’re looking for a fun, flirty party dress, then you have come to the right place.  This crinkled dress from Bloomingdale’s is lovely.  It also comes in a metallic black.

I also love this fit-and-flare dress in a bright holiday red for that “all-in on the holiday” feel.  This metallic strapless dress would look lovely under a white tuxedo jacket.  And if you’re looking for something modern, this sheath dress with sculpted straps is awesome.

And if you’re looking for a dress that epitomizes Audrey Hepburn, this blush and black frock from Limited is it (also in petites).

Plus-size? I love this sparkling, silver Bettie Page dress.  Petite?  This open back dress with a cheeky bow is a lot of fun.

Relaxed Dresses. Not every holiday get-together is a glamorous event.  What do you wear to a non-cocktail, but not casual dinner?  I love this long-sleeve dress with small cut-outs in the back.  This Gabby Skye geo-print dress is another good choice.  This Adrianna Papell dotted short sleeve dress is lovely, as is this white Calvin Klein dress with a puff-sleeve and black belt.

Want a little glamour?  The deep plunge neckline on this long sleeve sheath can definitely give you that.

Plus-size? This fit and flare dress in midnight blue is a great choice.

Work-Event Dresses.  I like the long, lace sleeves on this Vince Camuto dress for a work event with a conservative clientele.  But I get so tired of black, so I also found this ABS lace dress in emerald-green and this navy VLabel tulip skirt dress has such glamour to it.  This sleeveless berry-colored dress from ASOS also caught my eye.

Prefer neutrals?  Try this midi-length dove grey dress from ASOS, or this navy, open-back dress with black sequins from Kay Unger.

Plus-size?  This BB Dakota dress with a scalloped lace sleeve is great.  Petite? This emerald-green surplice dress from Ralph Lauren is awesome.

Monday, November 24, 2014 by Belle

Morning Line: November 24

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Nine West Gushing Mary Janes ($54)

Holiday party season is upon us.  If you want to breathe life into an old dress, a new pair of shoes is the way to go.  I like these black and navy Mary Janes with a black, grey or white dress.  They also come in all black and patent black.

If you’re looking for a traditional evening shoe, these kitten-heel pumps from Nina are lovely.  I also like these sparkly pewter pumps; they’re simple, but unique.  And I LOVE these Enzo Angiolini pumps with a crystal embellishment and a bow ankle strap.

Looking for something more modern?  This Jessica Simpson pump has a laser cut strap and a pointed toe.  It’s to die for in both the black and the gunmetal.  These lizard gladiator sandals from Sam Edelman are superb.

Need metallic pumps?  I like these open-toe silver pumps with a knot detail.  I also like these simple gold pumps from Nine West.

Friday, November 21, 2014 by Belle

Belle’s Weekly Reading: November 21, 2014

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1) Wills & Kate are headed stateside for a two-day trip to New York and D.C..  The press corps is understandably atwitter, but Buckingham Palace felt the need to remind poorly dressed reporters that they better suit up.

2) I usually post under-$50 bags, but this $85 Kenneth Cole bag is sweet.  I love the green, but the basic black and the orange are also good choices.

3) The New York Times has a longer follow-up piece on the N.F.L’s domestic abuse scandal.  The article discusses how the player’s wives and girlfriends were ostracized for reporting allegations.

4) I love Deborah Lippmann polishes, and for $55, Sephora has a set 10 of Lippmann’s best shades.  The set contains several of my favorites including Good Girl, Gone Bad, Whatever Lola Wants, and It’s Raining Men.

5) The Glossarie has a review of First Aid Beauty’s Ultra Repair Liquid Recovery.  I need a sample.

6) Gilt is really on this week.  I spent too much time window shopping the Susanna Monaco and Cynthia Rowley sales.  But the must-have item I spotted, these black DvF wedges.  They’re 3″ high and perfect for wearing under trousers or with skirts.

7) Nikolay Lamm made headlines this year when he created “Normal Barbie,” a doll with the proportions of the average American 19-year-old.  Now, he’s selling a sticker kit that allows his doll to have tattoos, acne, stretch marks, etc.

8) I’m so in love with this Trina Turk Popover dress; I can barely stand it.

9) Nordstrom is ending their half-yearly sales.  Their new sale schedule will follow holidays like Labor Day and Thanksgiving.

10) Now that H&M has an online store, I find so many unique, inexpensive pieces that I want.  This ribbed jersey dress is the perfect bridge between casual Saturday and dinner Friday night.  They’re channeling Olivia Pope with this white, wide-collar coat.  And this pale pink biker jacket is not to be missed.

11) Looking for Turkey Day recipes?  This crispy sweet potato roast from Smitten Kitchen looks amazing.

12) I’ve been scoping out new rings to add to my collection.  This mixed-metal barrel ring from Michael Kors has a great mix of sparkle and texture.  Madewell also has some great, inexpensive rings.  I love this wide glider ring, and this helix ring.  Also, these stack rings in a mix of black enamel with a hint of shine, awesome.

Friday, November 21, 2014 by Belle

Morning Line: November 21

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BP Moveover Flat ($50)

When I need to give my basic separates a boost, I reach for my leopard-print shoes.  They add a little something extra to an outfit.  Color is important with leopard.  You don’t want too much leopard, and you want the hues to fall into a neutral palette.

These Ivanka Trump flats have a larger print that gives them a bolder look.  If you want a little lift, Steve Madden has a leopard wedge.  Or if you want a different color palette, this black and grey Oasis flat is a nice choice.  All of these flats are pointed toe; I think they’re a bit more versatile than round-toe flats.

Prefer leopard pumps? These Calvin Klein pumps have a softer taupe hue.  These Audrey Brooke ankle strap pumps are a modern take on leopard.  And if you prefer round-toe pumps, these Ivanka Trump Sophia heels are the way to go.

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