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In LIFESTYLE on
June 2, 2016

may favourites// beauty addition + Nu Skin GIVEAWAY

Nu Skin Beauty

It’s been awhile since I last shared with you a wrap up of my monthly favourite items so I am talking a break today from the regular outfit posts to share with you a couple of my favourite beauty products I had the chance of testing out during the month of May.

For pretty much all of my life I have struggled with problems with my teeth. During the past few years I was fortunate enough to be able to complete a few dental procedures to fix many of the cosmetic aspects of my teeth. One of the procedures happened to be professional teeth whitening; a process that was painful but left my teeth stunningly white. Unfortunately after a short period of time, my teeth started to fade away from the pristine white colour they once were and getting teeth whitening done again just wasn’t in the budget. I started trying out different kinds of whitening tooth pastes and although I can say that I did see slight results, they weren’t as great as I had hoped. Recently I started testing out Nu Skins AP Gorgeous Bright Fluoride Whitening Toothpaste  and was thrilled with the results. Within the first couple of uses I started to see my teeth really becoming noticeably whiter, even on certain problem areas on my teeth where plaque can build up. I will keep you updated with this teeth whitening journey and provide you a final outcome when I have finished the paste. Until then, if you are interested in trying out the product you can by it here.

Nu Skin AP Whitening Fluoride Tooth Paste

Another product I have currently been loving from Nu Skin is their Replenishing Lipstick in shade Berry Glaze. I thought this shade would be the perfect addition to my collection for summer. I will admit that when I received the product the shade looked much darker than I expected but once on your lips that isn’t the case at all. I ended up loving the colour and it really is a great shade for summer to switch up from my regular nude and pink lipsticks. I was really impressed with how long-lasting the lipstick was. I literally can go the majority of the day without a reapplication.  It also feels amazing on my lips with a smooth application that dried in a matte like finish.
Nu Skin Replenishing Lipstick in Berry Glaze

Nu Colour Replenishing Lipstick
Nu Colour Replenishing Lipstick

Because I am so excited about these two new beauty finds I’ve partnered up with Isabel Beauty from Nu Skin to provide you with the chance to win BOTH of these products.

The contest rules are as follows: 

  1. Follow me @lovefrombella AND @isabeldebeauty on Instagram
  2. Like the Nu Skin giveaway photo on my Instagram

The contest will run until June 6th at 11:59 PM and be drawn the following day. The winner will be notified through Instagram.

If you aren’t successful in this giveaway- Isabel Beauty is offering all her products at wholesale price  on her site if you are interested in trying them out.

This post has been sponsored by Nu Skin & Isabel Beauty. All opinions shared are my own.

In LIFESTYLE on
April 7, 2016

an inspiring company to keep your eye on: under the stairs paper co.

under the stairs paper co

If you don’t know me on a personal level, you probably don’t know that I have lived in quite a few places. One city I was proud to call home for 5 years is Toronto, Canada. During my time in Toronto, I made many lasting friendships and worked with many inspiring individuals.

One of those individuals is Julia Mace, a complete ray of sunshine. Julia has the best sense of humor and many other wonderful qualities that make her someone I could never forget about! Julia is inspiring to me because she has recently started up her own business, fulfilling a dream she has had for quite a few years. Not only is she inspiring for fulfilling this dream but also for creating a business that is so true to her talents.

HOW IT ALL BEGAN

Under the Stairs Paper Co. was started in 2015 and is growing every day. Julia and her business partner Diane create one of a kind, handcrafted cards that reflect their personalities perfectly; full of joy and laughter. Their business motto is to share their joy through their handcrafted cards, one card at a time. Some of their best selling cards to date are below.

under the stairs paper co

(OUTSIDE)
under the stairs paper co

(INSIDE)under the stairs paper co

Under the Stairs Paper Co. not only has pre-made cards (singular and in bulk) available for you to purchase through their Etsy site but also will customize a card to your liking. Currently they run their business mainly through Etsy but you can also find them at Toronto boutique Coal Minors Daughter. They are also coming soon to Toronto and Ottawa boutique Victoire and soon to be open The General located in Prince Edward County. If you are interested in working with the duo to create a customized card, simply direct your messages to: Under the Stairs on their Etsy page.

under the stairs paper co

^Perfect for that friend or family member who’s expecting!

under the stairs paper co

To your bestie for life! under the stairs paper co

If you are scrolling through this post, smiling as much as I am at these wonderful cards, then I know you would love to get your hands on some. Well it is your lucky day! Under the Stairs Paper Co. and I have teamed up to share with one lucky winner your choice of three handcrafted cards by Under the Stairs Paper Co. ($18.00 value!)

 TO ENTER CONTEST:

Simply tell us, in the comment box below, about someone that has inspired you or is an inspiration to you to fulfill a dream! *One entry per person. All entrants will be entered in a random draw on April 13th and the winner will be contacted directly.

If you are currently searching for the perfect greeting card or just need a laugh, I encourage you all to take a look at their Etsy site and Facebook page. Happy Shopping and good luck!!

 

xx Bella

In LIFESTYLE on
March 31, 2016

march favourites: the face edition

As someone who has suffered from quite persistent facial acne in the past and has only got it in check over this past year, I am very cautious about what I put on my face. During this acne struggle I only washed my skin with doctor recommended cleansers and only used make up products that were well made, recommended by experts and tested before purchasing. Since I feel confident that the worse of this acne struggle is behind me (fingers crossed) I am becoming more open to trying new products.

While caring for my acne, I always used moisturizer and creams that were either prescribed or recommended by a doctor. Although these creams were great and I definitely feel they are a major part of why I may have won this battle with my acne, they were only helping that one facial concern. As I am aging I am noticing the most signs on my face and I wanted to buy a moisturizer that not only kept my face moisturized and hydrated but also would help to slow down the aging signs I have started to notice.

I purchased Nivea Mattifying Day Cream w/ SPF 15 because I have had great experiences in the past with Nivea as a brand. I was drawn to this product because it is suited for combination skin. Since this is the first step away from the moisturizer recommended by doctors, I still wanted to be cautious. After the first couple days of wearing this face moisturizer, I was very impressed. A little bit of cream goes a long way; it doesn’t feel greasy or thick on my face, and does not look oily. My face feels extremely moisturized, it is protected everyday with SPF 15 and I have not once had a breakout. It is the perfect base under my makeup, truly giving off a soft, mate look.

nivea mattifying day cream

As you now know I have struggled with acne problems and have always been very cautious in regards to what I apply on my face. In the past, I have spent hundreds of dollars on designer powders and foundations, only wanting the absolute best for my skin. Not only did I want a product that wasn’t going to make me break out but also cover my problem areas. I was encouraged by a few people (one including my mama, who like me, also wore Lancôme press powder religiously) to try out Mineral Wear by Physicians Formula. I have been giving it a go over this past month and I do not have a single complaint. I personally don’t like to put a lot of face makeup on so when I saw how this mineral powder looked on my face, with only moisturizer underneath, I was immediately sold. Not only do I love this product because of the way it looks but it also feels so light and smooth on my skin and works well to cover any problem area. I purchased this mineral powder at Winners but you can also purchase this product here.

physicians formula mineral wear powder

I have been a fan of blush for quite some time and lately have found myself using it much more than bronzer. In the past I purchased very typical blush shades such as dusty roses and bright pinks. I was attracted to this blush by Cargo because of the mixture of rose and gold sheen. I thought it would be the perfect combination of bronze and blush; and that is just what it was. Not only does this blush highlight the apples of my cheeks but also defines.  I love how the colour blends into my somewhat fair skin tone, adding the perfect final touch to my makeup. This blush has worked fantastic during this past winter month and I am sure it will look even better once I’ve gained back more sunny colour to my skin. You can purchase this fantastic blush by Cargo here.

cargo cosmetics blush mendocino

What are some of your favourite products you put on your face? Do you have a go to moisturizer or powder? Let me know! You know I love to hear from you 🙂

 

xx Bella 

This post is not sponsored in any way by these brands. All opinions are my own!

In LIFESTYLE on
March 23, 2016

a few things I love about easter

Since I was a young child I have always had fond memories about Easter. As the Holiday quickly approaches, I am finding myself reminiscing about how my family and I have celebrated this holiday over the years. Growing up within the Catholic faith, Easter always meant more to my family and I then hunting for chocolates, or decorating Easter Eggs. Although I did take part in these activities, my family and I had many other traditions we followed year after year.

Today I wanted to share some of these traditions with you, along with some other Easter inspired ideas for all of you to enjoy this long weekend.

An unforgettable tradition was decorating Easter Eggs with my siblings and cousins over the Easter Weekend. Our families always got together during Easter to celebrate, and decorating eggs was often on the weekend agenda.

easter egg decor idea

Though this may be a more mature style for Easter Egg decorating and may not exactly be how we would’ve decorated as children, the simplicity and cuteness will for sure be beautiful in your home.

Easter to me has always been another holiday where we celebrate with food, and a lot of it. Not only did we celebrate because we were all together as a family, but also because it was Holy Week, marking the end of Lent. Often during lent, we had given up a certain something, maybe chocolate, or potato chips- the Easter weekend was an exciting time to be able to enjoy these things once again.

On the upcoming Friday, as is it Good Friday, my families meal would normally be a Pasta or Fish dish since typically, if you are celebrating Easter within the Catholic faith you are not to eat meat on Good Friday. New traditions are beginning for me this up coming Easter, and even though I am still celebrating with my parents, my whole family wont all be together.

Good Friday meal ideas

This Puff Pastry Salmon with Sun Dried Tomatoes is on my list for potential meal ideas. Since I will be serving quite a few, having to consider a couple dietary restrictions- I think this may be the winner. This recipe makes a typical Salmon dish a little more special.

I cannot forget about my love for all the fresh baked goods that come about during the Easter Holiday. Having the opportunity to live in larger cities, I was able to see how many other cultures celebrate Easter with their cultures food. One tradition that isn’t so specific to my Italian heritage, yet I still love, is Hot Crossed Buns. This delicious baked good completely says Easter to me, and I am so excited when I start seeing them in the local bakeries.

Last year was my first attempt at making my own Hot Crossed Buns and although they did not exactly turn out how I’ve enjoyed them before, I am eager to attempt them again this Easter.

Hot Crossed Bun Recipe

Just looking at this picture of these yummy Hot Crossed Buns makes my mouth water! Though this recipe may not be easy to accomplish, I know it will be worth it!

As I am becoming older and no longer live close to home, I am beginning to create my own holiday celebrations. Through out these holidays, I am noticing how much of an influence my mother and grandmother have made on my current day to day life, along with the life I aspire to live in the future. Growing up, through every holiday my mom would always decorate. My father goes nuts each time my mother begins to decorate for each holiday because it is his duty to get everything out of storage. I am sure you can only imagine how many decorations my mother has. Though it makes me laugh just thinking about it, I can see why it is so important to my mom. Decorating your home for an upcoming holiday truly makes your home that much more inviting and is a great way to enjoy each holiday.

The decor Easter brings about is always so fresh and is a great reminder that Spring is here. The final tradition I love about Easter is celebrating with the beautiful flowers that Spring brings us. Decorating my home with fresh Tulips and Easter Lilies has now become a tradition for me. I love having fresh flowers in my home!

Easter Decor Ideas

These Flowering Egg Shells are a cute floral decor idea for an Easter table setting, and they caught my eye for two reasons specifically. Firstly, because I know my mom will love the idea, knowing that she has quite the collection of Egg Holders and does not have much opportunity to use them (I hope you are laughing, mom!) Secondly, because I will be hosting an Easter meal and do not have a large amount of space. I think it is a simple and small touch that can be easily done and will not overcrowd my dinner table, allowing me to decorate with the flowers I love.

What do you think about my Easter Traditions? Do you have some of your own that you love and are excited to enjoy over the upcoming weekend? I’d love to hear them 🙂

 

xx Bella 

 

In LIFESTYLE on
March 14, 2016

music monday // volume 3.

best pop music

This weeks Music Monday posts’ inspiration is routed from last weeks celebrations of #internationalwomensday. Just like any other day of the week, I opened up my Mac and went straight to Spotify, searching for the playlist that would keep me concentrated as I work. It was then in that moment that I found the playlist “Women of Pop”, immediately I was intrigued. This title is so specific but yet so vague. What kind of pop? Are we talking Spice Girls and Taylor Swift? Many thoughts went through my head, because just like any girly gal who lived through the 90’s- pop music was a major part of becoming the cool cat I am today.

best of pop

Much to my surprise the playlist was even more than I imagined, not only was it filled with todays current pop hits but SO MUCH MORE….. Like, I’m talking major throwbacks that I am sure many of you can relate to/ make you wanna dance around and jump on your bed. Throughout many years, women have truly dominated the pop scene and I am so okay with that. There is/ was so many talented Pop Stars that wrote great music. Whether it was the tune to dance to or cry over, these Pop Starts were there for us in the moments we needed them the most. So today, I am celebrating Women of Pop, providing you with a few of my top Pop hits (from only Women of course) because 1. Women are awesome 2. I dig pop and have no shame 3. Throwbacks make everyone’s day.

best of pop

  1. (There’s Gotta Be) More To Life – Stacie Orrico
  2. I Don’t Want To Wait- Paula Cole
  3. Hand in My Pocket- Alanis Morissette
  4. Everywhere- Michelle Branch
  5. Torn- Natalie Imbruglia
  6. Fantasy- Mariah Carey
  7. Be My Lover- La Bouche
  8. Kiss Me- Sixpence None The Richer
  9. Bitch- Meredith Brooks
  10. Hold On- Wilson Phillips 

What are some of your all time favourite pop tunes? Share with me below! You know I love to hear from you.

Happy Monday all you lovelies! 

xx Bella 

In LIFESTYLE on
March 7, 2016

february favourites

lashem brow tint

Happy Monday!

I know this post comes a little far from the actual Month of February as we are already entering week two of the month of March but I figured better late than never. This post marks my first beauty related content on lovefrombella as I am about to share with you 4 of my top favourite beauty items from the month of February.

I wanted to write this first “my favourites” post about beauty as a leeway into the topic of beauty on the blog. I am no where near considered a beauty expert and am probably more on the opposite side of the spectrum (a complete noob) when it comes to the topic- but as I am slowly learning, I am finding new products along the way. Products I love so much that I figure I should share them to the world, so maybe I can help out my fellow beauty noobs.

I have been playing around with the bold lip trend for quite some time, and had yet to find a red option that I felt comfortable enough to walk out the door wearing. I used to think that red lips were not for me and I should leave it up to Taylor Swift to perfect this style. I decided to give it another go with the Cargo ‘Essential Lip Gloss in their shade Prague, hoping for an alternative to a bold lipstick finish. With luck, that happened to be the case. Since this product is a gloss it smooths over your lips easily, with the added help of the slender applicator, allowing you to easily colour within the lines. The overall appearance is the perfect tint of deep red over your lips, still bold enough to make a mark but allow you to remain in your comfort zone.

cargo lip gloss prague

cargo lip gloss prague

Unfortunately I wasn’t blessed with the most full and shaded eyebrows as others and like many have to result in finding ways to make the two hairy friends on our faces pop! I have tried multiple options to perfect #browgoals and it wasn’t until this path month that I feel I have almost accomplished it. I purchased the Lashem Colour Strokes Brow Tint & Lift  as my third attempt with a liquid form of eyebrow perfecting. In the past I have purchased other eyebrow mascaras that were either too thick, leaving way too bold of a brow for my liking and a clear option which was supposed to help sculpt but I didn’t feel it did that. The eyebrow mascara from Lashem is light in colour and in weight so it doesn’t apply onto my eyebrows looking heavy and overly bold, it adds the perfect amount of tint and grooms to perfection… allowing you to achieve your #browgowls.

lashem colour strokes brow tint

Since the mark of the moment where I realized that I have become an adult, I added a couple actions to my list of daily rituals. One of the beauty related rituals includes better face and skin care. I am someone with a mixed complexion and need to give my skin a little extra loving on a very regular basis. I had been focussing on the cleansing aspect to skin care quite well but was missing out on moisturizing and preservation. I didn’t have a care about products that would potentially help the look of wrinkles or make my skin look more youthful because I figured, I am youthful and I don’t have wrinkles. Well, I was wrong- these are the years, the years of your early twenties, the years where we should start to extra care if we want our skin to hopefully remain looking its best as we age. I was lucky to receive a fair sized sample of Vivier Skin C E Peptides, a liquid form of the highest level of Vitamin C, designed to help damaged skin look and feel younger. The serum is applied through a dropper applicator and a little drop truly goes a long way. I had been noticing that my under eyes were starting to show the most major signs of skin aging and had been testing this product mainly on this area. After a month of use I can truly see a difference- not all of my concerns have diminished but I can see the skin looking tighter and the few wrinkles that were starting to appear, have thinned out remarkably.

vivier skin CE peptides

 

On a daily basis, my overall makeup look is quite neutral and I tend to stick to the basics (mascara, foundation, blush and something on my lips) the statement piece I prefer on my face is my eyes. Going back to the topic of my brows, I was born with light shades of hair and this unfortunately includes my eyelashes. Mascara is truly key to making my eyes pop and be the statement piece on my face. I prefer to showcase more length versus volume on my lashes and with all of the mascaras out there, there hadn’t been one that I was overly obsessed with just yet. I really don’t like the look of clumpy lashes and Fusion Beauty Lash Fusion XXL assures that will never be the case. This mascara goes on clean, clump free adding length and subtle volume to your lashes, truly making them be the statement piece on your face. With perfectly designed wand, you can add more with the thicker section and add detail with the small tip.

 

Fusion beauty lash fusion XXL

What are some of your favourite beauty items? I’d love to know! Comment below to share with me 🙂

xx Bella