Portfolio Work

 

 

Since The Official Belva Dear website is currently down for maintenance I thought I would put a few portfolio photos here.

 

I do apologize for the website being down but there were a few issues that had to be taken care of unexpectedly.

 

Thank You for your patience.

 

In the mean time  you can find us on:

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Email: BelvaDear@live.com

Face Mask? Best secret beauty trick!  

I want to talk about one of my favorite beauty tricks that while I don’t mind disclosing I don’t really talk about it often and I don’t think many others either know about it or talk about it.  It is my favorite trick for getting that super smooth foundation finish.

Most people don’t want to talk about those baby hairs we have all over our face.  Some have more/ longer/ thicker than others but we all have them. I’ve only had one makeup educator bring up facial hair removal and I think more people need to be open about it.

I remove ALL the hair from my face, except eyelashes and eyebrows.  I picked this habit up from a childhood friend that is a cosmetologist and when we meet up years after high school she told me that she gets her entire face waxed.  I did the same thing you are probably doing right now.  I was stunned and made her repeat it a couple times, yes the whole face.

So she planted the seed in my head and I just couldn’t get it out,  so I scheduled my appointment and had my entire face waxed.

I got so many compliments the next day at work about how great my makeup looked,  that I looked like a photoshopped ad because all those baby hairs where no longer in my foundation!  I was hooked!

Shortly after that I got a prescription for Retin-A and one of the no-no’s for Retin-A is getting waxed so I had to find a new solution for those pesky blonde baby hairs all over my face.

First I tried treading but that really hurt and when it was over I still had lots of the short baby hairs left and I was not satisfied.  So then I switched to depilatory creams. First I used the Olay one and then I found out I preferred the CVS brand version, it’s less irritating to my skin.


It is about $23 a box, I get at least two full uses out of each box, and I can usually find them buy one get one half off which cuts down on cost as well.

This is how it goes; of course follow the instructions on the box.  You apply the protective balm stick all over your face and rub it in. Then I put a fairly thick layer of cream all over avoiding the eyebrows and areas where my lashes can reach.  Make sure to do weird spots like the end of your nose, and run it slightly under your chin and jaw line.  The first time I didn’t run it under the jaw and with all the baby hairs gone on the face the hairs under my jaw line looked a little too beard like.  I leave mine on for 15 minutes even though the box says 10.  This is how my skin looks immediately after removing the cream with a wet washcloth so you can see that it’s not very red or irritated.


If you try this out you will be amazing the next day when you put your foundation on how smooth your skin looks.
I hope you enjoyed my secret beauty tip!

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2015 Beauty Favorites

 

Foundation:

Too Face Born This Way –  If I had to pick just one non-airbrush foundation it would have to be this one.

 

Concealer:

MAC Pro Longwear –  I keep trying to find a replacement for this and it has just stayed my go to for years.

Applicator:

Beauty Blender – it just can’t be duplicated

Brushes:

Wayne Goss – these cruelty free, handmade brushes are amazing

Eye shadow:

Viseart – All of these are amazing,  I’m more than half way through collecting them all.

Eyeliner:

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner – Black or Brown this brush tip is amazing and I love it so much.  (Physicians Formula has a great second place but if its a big event I’m going with Kat Von D’s)

 

Lash Treatment:

Careprost – does amazing thisng for my lashes.  Shipping is expensive so I buy a years supply at a time.

Lip Treatment:

Fresh Sugar Advanced Therapy Lip Treatment – Slather this on at night before bed every day and you will see results in just a day or two.  So many brides ask me about dry lips and I always tell them this one is worth the price tag.

 

Lip Color:

Christian Louboutin Velvet Matte Lip Colour – It’s my power color: Rouge Louboutin 001M.  Yes it has a ridiculous price tag but its amazing, beautiful product, beautiful packaging, and always a conversation starter.

 

Skincare:

Retin A – My prescription from my dermatologist is a must have.  If you can’t get a prescription I would recommend Sunday Riley’s Luna Oil.

 

Shampoo:

Kerastase Reflection Bain Chroma Captive – This is recommend by my hairdresser, we started using this when I had violet hair as anything red tone likes to fade fast.  It’s amazing at keeping hair looking great no matter how many times or what color you are dying it.

Kerastase Reflection Bain Chroma Captive Shampoo, 34 Ounce

Conditioner:

Macadamia Oil Deep Repair Masque –  Amazing!!! I have tried this up against some much more expensive mask and it is my favorite.  Buy the big one, you won’t be sorry.

Macadamia Natural Oil Deep Repair Masque - 8.5 oz

Leave-in:

MoroccanOil Treatment Original – I’ve used it for years, like seriously around 6 years, and I can’t live without it and nothing duplicates it.

Moroccanoil Treatment - Argan Oil

Heat Protectors:

John Friday Frizz Ease 3 Day –  Comes in straight and now in Curly.  Love them and they are amazing.  The straight one I have use for years and a plus is that it helps prevent those ponytail creases.

 

 

Ending 2015 I am still searching for the following Holy Grail products, if you have some suggestions let me know:

  • Under eye setting powder
  • Mascara
  • Dry Shampoo
  • Highlighter
  • Blush
  • Hairspray

 

 

 

 

Le Tote

One of my favorite You Tubers mentioned this program on a video and I decided to give it a go.  The best way I can describe Le Tote is a Netflix type version for Clothing, kind of a blend between Rent The Runway & Netflix.
You pay a monthly subscription and the send you clothing & accessories (that may have been previously worn by another subscriber), you have the option of a Jewelry Only version or a Clothing & Jewelry which is the one I chose.  You get 3 garments (could be shirt, skirt, dress, or pants in any combination) & two accessories (bracelets, earnings, necklaces, scarves, etc.).
They ship you your items via 2 day mail and they arrive in a box that looks like this:
Inside are your items they have chosen based on the preference quizzes you did online and sizes & measurements you give them as well.   Here are a few photos of items I have received.

There is a portal on you account website that you rate each item that you receive on if you liked the style or not as well as how it fit.  If you mark the item as not fitting you then mark what about it did not fit so they can attempt to send you more accurate sizes.

If you like an item so much that you would like to keep it than you receive a discount member price that is listed.  Or you can purchase the entire box if you like.

After you have worn all the items you place them in the pre-paid bag that was inside the box, and no you do not have to launder the items they do all of that for you.  And you mail the items back via 2 day mail.  After they receive the items they send you another box, you get an unlimited amount of Le Totes for your monthly subscription, this is where it is very similar to Netflix.  So the more you wear and send back the more you are getting for you money.

I am loving this because I do like to have new clothes to wear, I get bored very easily.  But this way I am not filling up my closet and I am able to wear more new items a month for a lot less that it would be for me to purchase that amount of items.  The cost is equivalent to what I would spend a month buying new items if not less than what I would normally spend.  And I don’t have to find closet space for them or wash them!  So I’m cutting down on laundry & storage space but still get to rock awesome rotating outfits!

Most of the clothes are more business oriented or great for going out on weekends.  I think this would be particularly great for someone starting out in the business world that doesn’t have a huge budget to build a wardrobe but wants to keep a fresh look.

If you would like to give it a try here is a link: http://www.letote.com

Loving Tan

Love this!  This self tanner has finally made it to the United States and it is amazing!

My father is a melanoma survivor so my doctors highly frown upon me spending much time in the sun.  It is a sad fact for me as I am a sun worshiper and I always feel so much better when I have that golden glow.  A few years ago I was successfully talked into using spray tans for my main source of color, and while they have come a long way I was never completely satisfied.

I had been watching Australian you-tubers rave about this product so when it was finally available in the US I grabbed it right up.  It is a little on the pricey side compared to some other options but it is so worth it!!!  Let me share:
The color of this is so amazing that I fooled my dermatologist who is a self tanner herself.  This year when I went in for my annual check up she started to give me the you need to stay out of the sun speech when I stopped her and said “oh this color comes from a bottle”. She looked at me in a bit of shock, stared me up and down and then insisted on writing down the information I gave her on where to purchase.  When the nurse walked in she proceeded to tell her all about it too!
I get my color in the ultra dark because yes I like to look absolutely golden!  The other product from this line that is a must have is the exfoliating mitt.  Mine came free with a coupon code and at first when I looked at it I thought it would do nothing for me,  but after some scrubbing in the shower I saw the dead skin cells start to roll right off!  Best exfoliating mitt I have ever used, and getting rid of all that dead skin gives you a smooth consistent tan!
Go check out the website and pick up a mitt while your at it!

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$39.95 at Loving Tan

Sonia Kashuk Eyeshadow

I purchased this Sonia Kashuk Eye shadow Quad in The Metallics 08 from Target, which is the only retailer you can purchase Sonia Kashuk.
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I VERY rarely return products, does that mean I always purchase products that are absolute winners….no.  Most of the time when I buy something that I do not end up keep I think well this product just isn’t right for me (color, skin type, etc.)  or I think that I have something equal or better that I don’t want to keep it to just for the sake of clutter.  Most of those items I keep in a bag until here are quite a few and then I sanitize them and let me friends pick away, most of them are not as makeup addicted as I so they love picking though my extras.  I feel that return these items is not really justified because they are not bad, and I know makeup is not something that anyone can resell, so it feels a little unfair to me (I know some won’t agree) to return something to a retailer just because it didn’t live up to my very high standards when there is not anything actually wrong with the product.

This eyeshadow quad however went back, I’m sorry Target but this was complete crap and since i couldn’t swatch it in the store I had no idea.  At $13.69  I was not willing to just throw my money away and I was not going to give this to any of my friends because it was completely useless.  I would enter swatch photos but it literally didn’t swatch,  just like like a very slight glimmer of some pathetic glitter which didn’t show up in photos.

I do not typically like to bash products but I hope this post saves one person from the hassle of purchasing and returning.

Bite Lip Wipes

I purchased these little babies fully expecting them to be a little gimmicky but thought it was worth a try.  After buying them I now think these are a must have for anyone the loves to wear bright, bold, or dark lipsticks!!!  I have already made a repurchase just to make sure I do not run out.

These can be purchased at Sephora for $12 and come with the little bag and mirror kit that I keep in my purse at all times now.

For awhile there was a separate box you could purchase for refills but I no longer find that available and wish they would bring it back.

These are amazing!!! You know when you wear a bold lipstick and it starts to give-way; you are typically left with the decision of trying to touch it up, which depending on the formula can make things worse, or try to wipe it off which typically can leave you in a bigger mess than you started with if any strays onto your face and then you are touching that up too….

Not with these babies, these have the amazing ability to wipe off that lipstick in a quick few swipes.  The wipe is small enough that you have full control and that you don’t feel wasteful because it is just the right size for wiping everything off.

I don’t fine that they leave any horrible taste or after film.  There is a slight something but nothing I can put my finger on and as soon as you put on fresh lipstick you are back to perfection.

You really need to go pick these up, they are a game changer and leave you less hesitant to wear that amazing lipstick you just couldn’t resist purchasing at the counter, so take it for a spin.

Laura Mercier Undereye Concealer

I wanted to so badly to have this be my all time favorite concealer that I bought it in two colors (winter & summer).

However, my under eye is just way to dry for this concealer.  More than any other I have tried this is a very dry (but liquid/cream) product, which does in theory keep it from creasing.  However my under eye area is already so dry that this just makes it look worse.

I can get this to work by putting facial oil under my eyes before bed, the an eye cream in the morning.  Then this will apply just fine.  But that’s a lot of work to make a product work on my face and keeps me from doing other skin care needs overnight.

I think this would be a great product for anyone with oily skin.  If you have normal to dry skin I would not spend the money on this one, and it’s not cheap.