Jul 18, 2017

Updated Beauty Routine

This post has been a long time coming! As I’m sure you could tell from the content that I’ve been posting recently, I’ve really taken a stronger interest in beauty and skincare! Maybe that’s because I’ve been so focused on getting my skin to a better place, but I absolutely love trying and talking about new products on the blog! 

I mentioned before that my skin wasn’t the greatest when the school year ended but now that it’s in a really good place, I think I’ve finally narrowed down what works for me and I’m excited to share those products with you! If you’re interested in my skincare routine, leave a comment letting me know because that’s definitely something I can write about!

I pretty much do the same makeup routine every time (if I need to dress it up I’ll add liner and eyeshadow) and these are the products I use!

I truly think the most important part of a beauty routine starts with your bare skin! For your makeup to look its best, its needs a good canvas. That means clean and hydrated skin! My skin looks its best when I’m working out and hydrating enough - I love love love my new  bkr bottles and while it may seem silly to think that a pretty bottle will help you reach your water intake goal, think again! I have this gorgeous  pink glass bottle on my desk at work and I find myself refilling it at least 4-5 times when I’m at the office! I have the full  1L and 500mL bottles and couldn’t recommend them more! 

Primer - I use to swear by the  Smashbox primer but after getting suckered in my the Sephora minis at checkout, this one by  Too Faced might be a new favorite! It smells deliciously like coconuts and its a moisturizer like consistency so it blends and sinks right into the skin. I let that dry before I apply anything else. 

Concealer - While I don’t have many blemishes to cover up, I do have a bit or redness/scars to cover up. I read SO much about the  Tarte Shape Tape that I had to give it a try! It was hard to put my trusty  Nars creamy concealer away but it was worth it! I make a triangle shape under my eyes and cover the redness and then blend it in with a  beauty blender. I would say the Shape Tate is full coverage, meaning it gives my complexion an even base, but its not too heavy! It blends best with a beauty blender but also really well with a brush or just your fingers!

Foundation - This  CC Cream might be my most favorite beauty find in the past year. I’ve been through so many foundations, BB Creams, CC Creams, tinted moisturizers and I haven’t really been happy with most of them. I tried the  It Cosmetics CC Cream from a recommendation from someone at my work and since then I’ve repurchased it already! It’s called the ‘Your Skin but Better’ and I really think the name says it all! I wear the shade ‘Light’ and I think its the perfect match for me right now. It goes on smoothly, has a light citrusy scent, gives you a really flattering finish, and doesn’t break up throughout the day. I have combination/oily skin and I’ve noticed that my makeup still looks great when I come home from work. I appreciate that it has SPF and that its even moisturizing on the skin - I definitely think this product will be great even in the colder months too!

Blush - You might remember me raving about the  Glossier cloud paints in an earlier blog post and I am still loving them! I absolutely love the shade puff for the summertime…I do a dot on each side and blend it in with my blender or my finger!

Bronzer - I don’t do bronzer everyday, but when I do I use  this one by Benefit! A little goes a long way but the result is sun kissed looking skin! I love this 

Setting Powder - I let my face makeup sink in for a few minutes and after that, I’ll use this  setting powder to keep my makeup in place! It’s translucent and sits on my skin really well throughout the day. If you have oily skin, you’ll love this product!  This one by Neutrogena is a great drugstore one that compares nicely!

Brows - You’re probably tired of hearing this by now but I swear by the  Glossier Boy Brow to fill and shape my brows. I use the shade ‘brown’ and its great if you want a quick brow fix! 

Lashes - After curling my lashes with this curler, I do a layer with my all time  favorite mascara from Bobbi Brown! I wanted to find a drugstore one to add to my collection and finally settled on  this one! I do a layer of this on top and the finished result are full, long lashes!

Lips - Finally, I’ll apply one of my all time favorite lip products - this  rose salve with mint! It's so hydrating and smells amazing! 

These are all the products I use to create my everyday beauty look! You can shop them below!

What are your must-have beauty products? Let me know in the comments!

Jul 11, 2017

Our Trip to Maine

My family and I celebrated the 4th of July weekend with a trip to Maine, and it definitely made my list of favorite places that I’ve been. I had been trying to plan a trip up there ever since hearing about the amazing time my friend Julia had! 

After our trips to Washington and Alaska last summer, my family has been into finding places with great trails to hike. With Acadia National Park being there, we knew this summer would be the perfect time to take a road trip up to Maine!

Portsmouth, New Hampshire

While the drive was long (about 10 hours on the way up) I dowloaded a few episodes of my newest obsession the ‘My Favorite Murder’ podcast - has anyone listened to it? Do you love it?! On the way up we stopped to take a break and grab some dinner in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. It was seriously the most picturesque town. There was a band playing in the town center and everyone was strolling along the water. We got dinner and gelato and watched the sun set before we finished our last leg of the trip.

These were the  sunnies that I wore everyday of the trip - I've been loving them lately! I lived in these  leggings and  tank top on our hikes!

On our first full day we made our way to Acadia National Park to start hiking! It is gorgeous! We hiked up to the peak of Parkman Mountain and the views were amazing - it was strenuous but we made it! After a day of hiking we had dinner in Bar Harbor - it was the first of many lobster rolls:) 

We took a well deserved break the next morning and took a day trip to Camden! Tim Hortons coffee and donuts were a must for our drive there - so yummy and so much better than Dunkin Donuts - who agrees? Camden is a super cute coastal town and we couldn’t have picked a better day to visit - it was sunny and breezy and there were tons of people strolling around! After a quick lunch, we spent the afternoon exploring the shops, historic buildings, and everything the town has to offer! We couldn’t pass up a boat ride on such a beautiful day so we set sail for a sunset ride!

One of the gorgeously curated shops in Camden, ME

Since we were there for July 4th, we spent the day again at Acadia National Park. What better way to celebrate America than in one of most beautiful places in New England! We hiked around Jordan Pond and had the infamous popovers at the Jordan Pond House that morning. We spent the rest of day in the mountains and summited to 3 different peaks! We spent the night in Bar Harbor again having a rooftop dinner (of lobster rolls obviously) just in time to see the fireworks! 

The gorgeous sunset on our last hike of the trip!

Even though our trip was just for the holiday weekend, it was so much fun and everyone agreed that we definitely come back again! 

Have you been on a trip to Maine? Where did you go and what was your favorite part?

Jun 14, 2017

Farmacy Beauty Review

I'm back with another beauty post for you guys! I know most of my posts have been beauty focused so if there is something specific you want to see - just let me know! You can leave a comment or send me a quick message at belleadoreblogs@gmail.com

Farmacy Beauty kindly set me a few of their best selling products to try and I've been incorporating them into my beauty routine for the past two weeks. I have pretty sensitive, acne prone skin so I'm always hesitant to try new products, but I knew that Farmacy products were naturally derived and was curious to give them a go!

Let me just start by saying that I love these products! Like I said, I've been using them for about two weeks and I can honestly say that my skin has improved a considerable amount. When I came home from school in May, I was experiencing some pretty bad breakouts (probably stress related) and ever since then, its not so much acne that I'm dealing with as it is pigmentation and scarring. Since using these Farmacy products, I can say that I have a more even complexion and a reduction in overall redness/pigmentation.

The standout product for me is the Sleep Tight Night Balm! You guys, this stuff rocks! I was a bit turned off at first because it has a very different consistency - not an oil or a moisturizer. You take the balm and warm it up by rubbing your palms together. This activates it and makes it super easy to apply. I put it all over my clean face at night after using a toner and I've noticed that I wake up to smooth, moisturized, and even skin!

I was extremely excited to try the Honey Potion Face Mask - I'm a sucker for a good face mask and I heard such great things about this one! Its a very thick, honey like (obviously) mask that helps to nourish and moisturize your skin! The honey used in this product is from bees on the Farmacy farm in NewYork and includes propolis which is a healing ingredient found in beehives and is rich in amino acids to enhance your skins overall appearance! It was extremely soothing on my sensitive skin and I love that it warms up as you apply it to your skin - your skin looks great right after use but looks even better the next morning when used together with the Night Balm!

The Honey Savior salve has been great to treat the scarring on my skin. It's a universal product but I've only been using it on my face. It worked great on dry patches and even in place of an under-eye cream!

I've incorporated the Skin Dew into my makeup routine as the final step! It's a very refreshing mist that sets my makeup but also hydrates my skin - it also smells amazing!

You can try samples of all of these product in their Skin Savior Kit! Have you tried any Farmacy beauty products? What are some of your favorites?!

Jun 5, 2017

Life Lately

Ever since I came home for the summer, life has been SO busy! I don't think I've mentioned that much about my internship on here but I've been working at a PR firm in Philadelphia - so far it has already been an amazing learning experience and so much fun! I take the train into the city 3-4 times a week and when I'm not working there, I'm usually at the boutique I've worked at for the past two summers. Yes it's been busy but I wouldn't have it any other way! Here's a little look at the past few weeks!

1. There's a La Colombe right on the way from the train station to my office and I've been popping in there for a morning coffee everyday! I'm pretty sure the employees recognize me now which I'm not sure is a good or bad thing! La Colombe is definitely one of my favorite coffee shops in the city - next time you go, try the draft latte!

2. I was recently commissioned to take social media pictures for another local boutique! I love working in the boutique environment and it has been so fun getting to know and work with other small business owners! It's definite a plus that the clothes are so cute!


3. Besides doing general tasks for the PR firm that I work with, I also exclusively work on a few different clients! Last week we did a wedding showcase at a new boutique hotel in University City! Oh my gosh, it was literally a dream come true with a fully staged wedding planned out throughout the hotel. Complete with food, music, cake, and wedding dresses! Even though I was working during the event, I think I enjoyed myself just as much as the attendees!

The restaurant at this same new hotel held a blogger preview that I attended for work! I got to meet some of Philly's biggest food bloggers and writers and it was so funny to see them all standing in line to get the perfect picture of the food - we had a ring light and everything!!

Another one of the clients I'm working on is a new power yoga studio opening up in the city! We've had two pop ups and the last one was a sunset rooftop class! Besides learning more about PR, this internship has proven to be an amazing experience in getting to know Philadelphia better!

4. You might have seen this picture on Instagram a few weeks ago but I'm bringing it back because I'm doing a Glossier GIVEAWAY! I'll be posting about it on Instagram so be sure to follow and stay tuned for that announcement!

5. Some of my best friends are home for the summer as well so we've been trying to do some fun things before we all go abroad! Julia and I drove up to Hawk Mountain last weekend for a hike and it was amazing! Incredible views and such a fun drive too!

6. Saturday night, Julia and I went to the Chainsmokers concert and it was SO fun! We were right at the front of the floor and the vibe of entire night was amazing! They put on such a good show... if you watched my Insta story from that night you might have heard us singing the background of the videos:)

Happy Monday...let's have the best week!!

May 9, 2017

Warby Parker Summer 2017

Happy Tuesday! I've been trying to use my time at home before my internship starts productively, and that means more blog posts! I'm so excited to be working with  Warby Parker today to share their new Summer sunglasses line! I love my  Warby Parker glasses and even did their at home try on to find a pair of  sunglasses so I've been really excited to share this post with all of you.

I usually gravitate towards my trusty black Ray-Bans but I've actually been on the hunt of a pair of fun, oversized sunnies for the summer so this  collection couldn't have come at a better time! With my  internship in Philadelphia starting soon, I'm hoping to make it the showroom to check these out in person! 

These lifestyle image were seriously so inspiring. The collection's palette is bright but slightly sun faded: taupe, beach grass, wood, rosy crystals, periwinkle, and coral. If that doesn't scream summer then I don't know what does! 

What are your  favorite frames? The  Clementine in Espresso Tortoise is my personal favorite! So, I decided to create my ideal outfit to go along with my favorite pair! Just hover over each piece of clothing to shop!

You can check out Warby Parker's entire summer collection  here

May 8, 2017

Your Guide to Glossier

Hi all! It’s been too long since my last post (sorry about that 😬) but now that the semester is over I am excited to dedicate more time to the blog! I’m hoping to get a post up soon with a few life updates and my plans this summer!

I’m SO excited for today’s post…as most of you probably know, I’m a Glossier rep! If you follow me on Instagram then you probably see my dozens of pictures, stories, and comments related to Glossier products -  I get quite a few questions about my favorite products or my experience with them so I figured I would write an updated post all about Glossier products.

I have almost every product that they’ve released (call me crazy but I’m obsessed with everything!) so if you have specific questions about anything just leave hem in the comments below!

Cloud Paint This was one of Glossier’s newer launches and definitely one of my favorite products from them! I can honestly say that I use these everyday as part of my makeup routine. I have the shades Puff, Beam, and Dusk and love them all. I’m just missing Haze but I’m hoping to add it to my collection in the fall because it’s just a little dark for summertime! This was my first time ever using cream blushes and it’s safe to say that I’m officially a convert! They’re so easy to blend and build and I love that ‘dewy’ look it gives you afterwards. 

Balm Dot Com: As a hoarder of lip products, it probably comes as no surprise that I have about 4 of these floating around at all time! My personal favorite is the coconut because it reminds of summer! The rose is great too if you’re looking for something thats hydrating and slightly tinted. 

Boy BrowBoy Brow might be Glossier’s claim to fame…yes it really is that good! I never used to be the person who absolutely needed to have their brows ‘done’ before leaving the house because it was always so time consuming but now I always find myself swiping on some boy brow - even on the days I’m going makeup-free! I use Boy Brow in brown and its the perfect shade and consistency to fill them in and give them some shape

Priming Moisturizer: I’m already on my second order of this stuff! As someone who has oily/combination skin, I really appreciate a moisturizer that sinks into my skin and doesn’t feel too heavy. The priming moisturizer is great to use in the morning before applying makeup.

Priming Moisturizer Rich: I unfortunately just finished my second bottle of PMR and think its time to reorder! I found myself reaching for this day/night during the winter month and it was a total savior for my skin. I transitioned to using it just at night to let my skin soak up the moisture and lessen the redness on my face overnight.

Milky Jelly Cleanser: If you like using a cleansing oil to take off your makeup then you will love this! It has the most pleasant rose smell and whether you use it as a makeup remover or a cleanser and it’ll leave your face feeling soft and clean

Face Mist: I use this everyday, morning/night for a little bit of hydration and to give my face a bit of a refresh! Its also great to set your makeup with!

Face Masks: I can only give you my thoughts on the Mega Greens Mask but I have heard amazing things about the Moisturizing Moon Mask too! My sister and I love Mega Greens - it’s great for detoxifying because its packed with greens and antioxidants like spinach, avocado, acai, and more!

The Supers:
- Super Pure - I love this stuff. Not just for the super aesthetically pleasing packaging but I’ve found that it really helps with problem areas on my skin. I would put a bit on any redness I saw at night and by morning I saw a visible difference

Super Bounce - This one is newer to me and I’m loving the result! I definitely was not looking my best during second semester, finals, work, and moving out so when I got home I started using it more regularly and it definitely brought back some much needed life to my skin!

Generation GI love love love this lipstick! I wanted to try a nude color and ended up picking the shade ‘Cake’. It was a great everyday color during the colder month but I’m not so sure I would reach for it using summer. I’m thinking about trying “Like’ or ‘Crush’ for summer color!

HaloscopeGet your glow on!  I never really used highlighter before this one and now its a staple in my routine. I don’t use a ton but if I’m doing a full face of makeup I will dab some on my cheekbones and right under my brows! 

Lip Gloss: I have always been a lipgloss kid of girl - you really won’t ever find me with a matte lip - so I was extremely excited  when Glossier re-launched this product after their limited edition Black Tie Set from Christmastime! Wear it alone for a simple glossy look or try swiping on some Gen G in ‘Zip’ underneath for the ultimate lip!

Stretch Concealer: I reach for this when my under eyes need an extra bit of help - which is often. I use the shade medium and love how easily it covers up my dark circles! 

I hope this post gave you some insight into Glossier and their products! And don't forget that you can shop through my rep link for 20% off your first purchase  glossier.com/reps/jessica :)

If you have any more questions about any of the products, feel free to ask! And tell me what your favourite products are?

Mar 17, 2017

Ruffle Hem Dress

Happy Friday friends! This week was a harsh reality check after getting back to school from Spring Break (Would anyone want to see pictures from my Montreal trip?). I am SO grateful that its finally Friday, the weather is finally getting warmer, and for the fun plans I have with my friends this weekend!

Some of you may know that I do work for a local Richmond boutique called  Mod&Soul! If you live in Richmond then you should make a point to stop by the store soon - the new arrivals are SO GOOD (think whites, blues, and stripes)! The owner is super lovely and has a great eye for trends and styles! I write for the  blog and occasionally help them out by modeling for social media content. We had some very random warm days at the end of February and beginning of March so it was great that we could shoot some of the warmer weather pieces. I didn't want to share it with you since its not technically Spring yet (who got hit by the blizzard) but with the warm sunshine that we have today, I couldn't wait to share.

When it comes to Spring clothes, my color palate usually doesn't stray far from whites, blues, and pink - and if it's striped then I love it even more! This powder  blue and navy striped dress is everything I couldn't want and more in a Spring dress! The fabric is light and airy and the shape is super flattering! I wore them with my  favorite gold sneaks for an easy daytime look!

Check out Mod&Soul's  blog for more of my blog posts and outfits!

Check out  this post to see more pictures of the dress!

Mar 2, 2017

Glossier Cloud Paint

Happy launch day!!! I have been (im)patiently waiting to share this with you guys ever since I found out about Glossier's  new product! I'm a group chat with all the other Glossier reps and I'm not even kidding when I tell you we were all up and chatting at 7am just to place our  orders and shade what shades we got! 

If you follow me on Instagram then you might have seen my story already - if not, then I'm going to give you the low down on the new  Glossier Cloud Paints. 

These gel-cream  blushes are inspired by the gradient color palettes of the NYC sunsets - hence the name 'cloud paint'. The formula is pillowy and lightweight and the shades are semi-sheer so the color totally buildable!

Cloud Paint comes in four colors:

Puff: a light, cool pink that creates a healthy brightening effect

Beam: a coral-peach shade that gives skin an energized glow

Dusk: a brownish nude that warms skin and adds definition

Haze: a berry shade that provides the perfect post-workout flush

Each Cloud Paint is $18 or $30 if you buy 2 - just use the code  2BLUSH. And if you shop on  my page you can 20% off your order! 

If you have any questions about  Cloud Paint or any other  Glossier product, feel free to leave a comment or send me an email (belleadoreblogs@gmail.com). I want to know what  shades you get!

Feb 27, 2017

A Life Update

Hi friends! I know it's been a little bit since my last post but there's no denying that this can be just a busy time during the semester. I seriously can't even believe that Spring Break starts on Thursday - and once we get back there's only six more weeks until the semester! Since it has been a while since I last talked to you guys, I figured I would just give you a brief update on what's going on with me!

1. Like I mentioned, Spring Break starts on Thursday for me and I will be going to MONTREAL with one of my best friends, Julia! I'm not exactly sure how we decided on Montreal but we are both still SO excited to go! We're meeting up with  some of Julia's friends and spending our time exploring the city! From what I hear, there's a ton of French influence so I already know I'm going to love it! If you have any recommendations for things to do/see/eat in Montreal...please let me know in the comments!

2. On Friday, I had the absolute pleasure of job shadowing a University of Richmond alumna at Tuckernuck! They are one of my favorite brands - I would honestly wear everything they have on their site! It was so amazing and inspiring to see all the hard work and team work that goes on to make such a great company like Tuckernuck possible! If you haven't checked them out, I recommend that you do! I just ordered these  adorable sunnies!

3. In other exciting news, I recently found out that I am going to be studying abroad in the Netherlands next semester! I am SO excited about studying abroad and despite all the nerves that I already have, I really think I'm going to have an amazing time! 

4. The picture from above is from when my friend  Lauren and I met up with a another Richmond blogger,  Stephanie of She Saw Style. One of the best things about blogging is definitely getting to meet all the blog/instagram friends IRL. We had so much to talk about and it was great to hear different perspectives about blogging and networking! 

5. As you may know, I do blogging for a local boutique in RVA,  Mod&Soul! I've posting over there about spring styles and new arrivals that are in store! One of my personal favorites is  this off the shoulder top!

What are your Spring Break Plans? Let me know in the comments!

Feb 13, 2017

Design Inspo

Last week's  post (inside the gorgeous  Quirk Hotel) gave me some major interior inspiration so when I found this amazing velvet couch on  Furniture.com I knew I had to share my ideal room with all of you on the blog! I definitely have a love for interior design, but unfortunately my dorm room isn't really the best place to explore that creative side. Next year I will hopefully be living in an apartment and I already know that pink will be one of the reoccurring colors throughout the space. I absolutely love a clean and minimalistic design with a few pops of color! 

This  pink velvet tufted couch would definitely be my dream piece of furniture - I mean does it get any cuter?? Going along with the theme, I think this pink rug would look adorable in any space! I decided to accent with some gold pieces, like this gold and marble  coffee table, this  amazing floor lamp, and a  gorgeous gold mirror. Of course I had to decorate with my favorite  ginger jar prints! 

This would definitely by a design for my 'dream home' but I had so much fun creating this! What would you put in your dream room?

Feb 9, 2017

An Afternoon at Quirk Hotel

One of my absolute favorite places in Richmond is the Quirk Hotel. I already talked about my love for this place on the blog before, but I always have the best time whenever I go. One weekend, my blogging bestie Lauren and I decided to head downtown to grab a coffee at the Quirk cafe and take some pictures. We are both so in love with the entire of the hotel… I mean who wouldn’t love an entirely pink and white hotel?!

 These 'fuel the love' cups make for the perfect Instagram shot!

Now I'm determined to have a pink couch in my first apartment! 

I picked up these fun multicolored  flats from the boutique I work at when I'm home and I am SO obsessed with them! I couldn't find the exact same pair but here is a very similar one!

This outfit has quickly become my go-to for a put together put laid back look! I picked up this top at a local Richmond boutique for an amazing price and love it! It kind of reminds me of a pajama top but I’m totally ok with that! I pair it with jeans, my crossbody, and pair of cute flats for an instantly chic but comfortable look! The weather in Richmond has been all over the place and since I hate wearing heavy coats, this super cute trench has been what I’ve been reaching for.

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