Friday, February 24, 2012

Saving Face: Obagi Therapeutic Moisturizer

It seems as of lately, my face just can't catch a break. First the breakouts {which are still being a thorn in my side}, then a weird bumpy rash, and we come to the last of the tribulations of my skin issues, dry skin from all of the above { also cold weather AND a cold}. My skin hates me

Thanks to my lovely cold, under my nose became really dry, I'll spare you the details but it was not pretty. My face was still a little bumpy from all the issues going on and I needed something really moisturizing and extremely gentle...ASAP. Dry face + foundation = horrendous! 

A while back I was sent a beauty cache from skincarerx  for hosting a contest and had tried the Obagi Clenziderm M.D. Therapeutic Moisturizer {link to product!} a few times. Every time I tried it I was "Wow, this is really nice!" yet it never stuck in my routine for some odd reason.  So, 3 days ago I pulled it out to try again because the words therapeutic, calm, soothe, protect SCREAMED at me. My sad skin drank this up like a cold glass of water on a hot day. 
I've seen so much change in just 3 days it's unbelievable. My skin is so soft, smooth, the bumpiness has subsided, and my make up goes on like a dream. 

I don't think everyone will like this though {but most will}. It's very dewy and a tad bit greasy but I don't mind, not one little bit. I love the softness it gives. I just know some people can kind of be picky about that but it does quickly absorb into the skin.

Here is what the website says:
The lightweight, hydrating formula is designed to work for skin prone to and blemished by acne, as well as dry and irritated skin. Also protects your skin from drying out when using Benzoyl Peroxide

Key Ingredients:
Dimethicone 1% and Glycerin 20% act as protective, moisturizing barriers to the skin. Allantoin is derived from Comfrey leaves to soothe and act as an anti-inflammatory.

Warning: scarrrryyyy... zero make up on but I wanted to show you my skin without make up after using this for 3 days. It's nowhere where it should be but it's getting closer to healing. 

Left- cream pumped out, Right- mildly rubbed in but not to full absorption.

I am so thankful I started using this, it's really helped to heal and protect my face. Can't fail to mention the glow it gives! That's healthy skin. We are on our way...

I highly recommend. 

This also comes in a 3 part acne set or sold alone... I'm really curious to see how the whole set works. Maybe someday. One thing at a time. 

Have a wonderful night, day, afternoon...wherever you are. Stay happy and beautiful.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

The boots that kept me awake at night: Sam Edelman Pierce Boots

The Sam Edelman "Pierce boots {in color Whiskey}". I lost sleep over these. 
Remember being a kid and wanting a toy so badly it's all you thought about for days? I felt like a little kid inside dreaming about these and quite frankly obsessing. 
I don't know but I am such a sucker for rich brown riding boots to start with and over the knee? These sent me into a frantic tizzy. 
This was not just a find, point, click, buy transaction. These darlings were a feat to find {with the requirements I was looking for}. Whist no longer for sale on our everyday department store websites, I did find them on various other websites but oh... "6.5 no longer available"  "whiskey no longer available" Let's get real here, I was starting to panic. How pathetic am I? Panic over boots? There are more important things in life than boots {MUCH MORE} but hey I wanted them and bad. *shakes my head at myself*
So, I finally found them on {but I just checked and they only have one size left in this color} and they arrived today! 
I want to say I love them but I don't think we are at that point yet. They are everything I thought they would be. I think they are beautiful. It's just that... they are tall, really tall. I guess over the knee boots look better on me in my mind... being only 5'2 I'm afraid they overwhelm my body a little but what the hay... I don't care.

They fit wonderfully. I wear a 6.5 and they are very true to size. They are extremely comfortable. I really debated between the colors Whiskey and Olive but I think I am happy with my choice. The color is very pretty in person and I love how the leather is darker near the feet. 

Jeans: Target
Top: H & M for $9.99 {still in stores}

Tip: If you are interested in these boots google them and search sites that may have them in your desired color and size. Ebay had quite a few listings {over what I wanted to spend}, as did Amazon. Before buying anything online always look around and compare prices and most importantly... look for coupons! I used the coupon code "mastercard" on and I saved over $50!

It seems everywhere you go... everyone is wearing boots these day. I love it. Are you big into boots? What is your favorite boot trend, style and color? 
Do you own the Sam Edelman boot? If so, how do you like them?
I'd love to hear!

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Pin it on me: Pinterest!

Are you a Pinterest addict? Yeah? Me too. This site is just so fun. It honestly does inspire you to be more creative, resourceful, organized, fashionable... to name a few. 

If you are wondering where I always get the quotes for my blog... that would be my source. :)
Come follow me and let me know if you have a board because I would love to follow you as well!

Here are some of my favorite pins { I have 4,283 and growing...  so, yeah, I did say I was I'll just pick a few}

Save quotes!



Beautiful home decor!


and much, much, much more!

Join me on Pinterest and remember to comment me your user name! :)

Have a wonderful night!

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Changes at Bella Make up!

I've officially transitioned from blogger to my own domain! I'm still figuring it out and quite honestly I haven't a clue what I am doing... I am tech-challenged at times.

My new blog will be {and it now up}....

Please save the name but I believe you can still access my blog through
Like I said, I am still figuring it out so it may take me a few days to read up on it when I get the time... it's not always easy when I have two little guys running around wanting my full attention. :)

Thank so much! Hope you have an amazing day!



Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Seeing red! Chanel "Gabrielle" swatch and review

Loving this color. If you have been searching for the perfect red... Gabrielle is your gal. I'm not one to pull off red very well but this color is so wearable and beautiful. Since I am not the biggest fan of red... well, I am I suppose, I think it's the ultimate color of class and everyone else seems to look amazing in it however it just never looked right on me. I think I was just picking the wrong tones of red for me. I saw a picture of one of my favorite fashion blogger icons Jennifer Stanto and knew I just had to have it. Like right now. Right away.
I mean... hello! how amazing does that look on her {everything does... but that's besides the point here}

I tried it on in the store and instantly loved it but trying to be somewhat of a savvy shopper these days I didn't buy it {being $32 a tube and all} and wanted to test it out to see how it wore/looked. As soon as I got home I wanted to run back to the store right away.

A few days later my husband took me out for dinner and handed me something wrapped in white...  Chanel "Gabrielle". What an amazing and thoughtful surprise. He knew how much I wanted it and told me he loved the color on me. *Swoon* Two thumbs up for a thoughtful men. 

The wear of this is amazing and lasts a really long time. It's definitely a matte which I really like because satin's seems to slip around a lot and you end up with red teeth. It's a very true red (blue based) and the color I think it's more comparable to is MAC Russian Red...however I didn't care for the wear of the MAC. I don't put this lipstick on full force... more of a dab action going on and voilĂ ... it's perfection. 

Have you tried this beautiful red? What are some other REDS you like? I'd love to know.

Hope you are having a fantastic day!