Review: Beautycounter Countermatch Collection

TGIF friends!!!
I hope you all had a great week!
Today’s post is a collab with Beautycounter consultant, Megan Rodgers! She gave me the opportunity to test out Beautycounter’s Countermatch Collection. Beautycounter’s mission is to strive on using healthier and safer ingredients in their skincare and beauty products.
I tested out the Countermatch Collection for almost a month. My review on the collection and details about a GIVEAWAY are below!
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Countermatch Intense Moisture Serum
Thoughts:  I LOVED this serum!!! The serum really helped hydrate my skin! I’ll admit,  I was a bit skeptical using this serum, because I’ve had bad experiences with serums in the past. I would get blotchy skin, breakouts and the size of my pores doubled!! The serum’s main ingredient includes two forms of Hyaluronic Acid, which moisturizes your skin without clogging your pores.
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Countermatch Eye Rescue Cream
Thoughts: The eye cream is great if you have dry under eyes and puffiness. I also noticed it helped maintain my under eye concealer throughout the day. If you are searching for a cream to cool down any puffiness and hydrate your under eyes, this is a must get!  NOTE: Due to my crappy sleep schedule, my under eye dark circles have become my new BFF. Unfortunately, I did not notice a change in my dark circles using this eye cream.snapseed-9
Countermatch Adaptive Moisture Lotion
Thoughts: If you are looking for a moisturizer that will give you a glow with and without makeup, this is it! I used the lotion every day before applying makeup. I also, wore it alone on my makeup free days. The lotion is not greasy, and it gives you an all day glow! I was very impressed with the amount of radiance this product provided!
Countermatch Recovery Sleeping Cream
Thoughts: The sleeping cream felt like a moisturizing sleeping mask. It hydrated my skin throughout the evening and soften my skin. NOTE: When using this cream, make sure you get the neck too! I noticed more smoothness on my neck after usage.
If you would like more information on the Beautycounter Countermatch Collection, click this link
Many thanks to Megan for giving me the opportunity to try the Beautycounter Countermatch line! If you are interested in any Beautycounter products, you may purchase them through her Beautycounter page.
GIVEAWAY!
Megan and I have teamed up to do an Instagram giveaway of the Countermatch Recovery Sleeping Cream and a few beauty items I picked out just for you!  To enter make sure you are following Megan and I on Instagram. And like and tag a friend on my latest IG post- that’s it!!
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One entry per person.
Giveaway ends March 16 at 11:59pm.
Winner will be announced on March 19.
Giveaway is not sponsored by Instagram.

Closet Favorites

Hello!
I’m rounding up three of my current favorites from my closet on Baltimore Belle today!
H&M Fine Knit Sweater: It’s so soft, perfect for spring and only $19.99!
Tiny Tassel St. Margaret Earrings: I bought these during my trip to Charleston last summer. These earrings go with anything!
I love searching for designer dupes! If you would like to see more dupe finds make sure to comment below!
Enjoy the rest of your week!
Xoxo,
Mia

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2018 Valentine/Galentine Guide

Hey there Baltimore Belle fam and friends!
Valentine’s Day, aka Single Awareness Day and Wasting Money Day is in four days- Ugh!
I’m kidding…sorta.
I’m on the fence about Valentine’s Day.  I wouldn’t turn down a day to make my boyfriend feel special or loved, but I’m also not going to spend a ridiculous amount of money on a made up holiday. Nonetheless, Kevin and I will celebrate it in our own way. This year, I made a very simple request for Valentine’s Day, Chick-fil-A! I loveeee me some CFA!

 

I made a guide, if you’re still in the search for gift or date ideas for your significant other or Galentine. I found great gifts for UNDER $50, a list of Vday/Galentine’s Day events and I included two of my favorite eating spots!

 

Men’s Gift Ideas

 

Women’s/Galentine’s Gift Ideas

 

Gifts ideas for yourself, side pieces (kidding!), or anyone else

Note: Some gifts are over $50

 

 Events

Favorite Eats

  • Diablo Doughnuts in Fells Point is my all time favorite spot for a sugar high! Gourmet doughnuts would make the perfect gift for the foodie in your life. Diablo Doughnuts are currently running a Valentine’s Day special. You can pre-order and pre-pay your Valentine’s day order, of six doughnuts for $16! Their doughnuts are HUGE and very filling, it takes me forever to just finish one, so take advantage of this deal!

 

  • The Elephant in Mt. Vernon, formerly the Brass Elephant has everything; history, a fun atmosphere, impeccable food, amazing drinks, knowledgeable staff and some nights they have live music! The restaurant has a casual and elegant ambiance, without that snobby-ish vibe you may get at other fine dining restaurants. The interior decor is one of my favorite things about The Elephant. The stained glass in the building is made of Tiffany, yes THAT Tiffany! Every time I visit, I always learn something new about the place. The restaurant is filled with so much history, it was originally a mansion in the 1850’s and a furniture store. They offer various foods, such as seafood, chicken, and meats. If you like trying new things, give their drink menu a try. Their selection is a mix of the usual and their signature drinks will soon become your favorite! My current favorites are the Tiffany martini and the Lockwood. One last thing I must mention, their staff is professional, friendly and filled with so much knowledge. I don’t know if a history exam is part of the application process, but the amount of history and detail of every aspect of the establishment is impressive! Whenever Kevin and I stop by, we eat and drink at the bar and our usual bartender is Chris. Chris always gives us the full experience. Watching Chris make drinks, is like watching a tv show. Chris will explain what he puts in each drink step-by-step, spit out random facts about the restaurant and shares a corny joke or two, which are so corny, there’s no way you can not laugh at them. If you are looking for a fun place to enjoy with your Valentine of Galentine, make a stop at The Elephant!

This blog post was once again, way longer than I expected. I hope you found this guide helpful and enjoy your Valentine’s/Galentine’s or Anti-Valentine’s day anyway you choose to celebrate it!

Xoxo,

Mia

 

On Wednesdays we Wear Pink

Hello my lovely Baltimore Belle followers and happy Wednesday! 

I’m sick of winter and have already begun shopping for spring! One of my first spring purchases were these Sam Edelman pumps. They were originally $130 and now are marked down to $58!  

In case you are having the winter blues, I made a round-up of my favorite shoes that you can wear this spring and all year around. Yes, I went with a color scheme, hence the blog title.

The majority of the shoes, listed below are under $100. 

Enjoy the rest of your week and cheers to spring getting here sooner!

Xoxo,

Mia

HEELS

Kate Spade New York Santarosa Heels

Alice and Olivia Heels

Badgley Mischka Dallas Pump

Kenneth Cole Reaction Michelle Heel <— theses are a good Gucci dupe!

Halogen Azaela Ankle Strap Pump *50% off

Jessica Simpson Polla Pump

 

FLATS

Kelly & Katie Malindi Oxford

Asos Leather Loafers

Nordstrom BP Maddy Mule

Ellen Degeneres Langston Ballet Flat

Lucky Brand Cristley Mule  *40% off

 

SNEAKERS

Adidas Courtset Sneaker

Steve Madden Lancer Sneaker

Adidas NMD_R2 Shoes

Nike LunarSolo Running Shoe

Tretorn Star Sneaker

 

BOOTS

Aldo Aurella Ankle Boots

Aldo Sailors Over-the-Knee Boots

Journee Collection Booties

Topshop Bow Suede Ankle Boots *50% off

INC Bootie *50% off

 

SPRING SHOES

Steven Madden Pikko Flatform

Marc Fisher Wedges <— These are a must have for spring!

Tory Burch Poppy Logo Espadrille

Jack Rogers Wedge Thong Sandal *46% off

Vince Camuto Pascal Sandal *45% off

 

 

Designer Dupes #2: Real vs Steal

Hello!!

Long time no post, so sorry! I was sick over the holidays and I’ve been slacking, tsk tsk.

I’m back and ready with my first post of 2018! You all voted on Instagram last month for another designer dupe post, check it out below!

If there is a dupe you are looking for and need help, feel free to contact me!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful start to the new year!

Xoxo,

Mia

 

Chloe Pixie Small Round Double-Handle Tote Bag

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Free People Secret Origins Pieced Lace Tunic

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Celine Nano Luggage Bag

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Free People Glam Embellished Denim Jacket

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Tom Ford Button Velvet Jacket

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Gucci Leather Belt

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Cult Gaia Ark Bag

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Self Portrait Mini Dress

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FRIDAY FAVORITES

Friday Favorites are a list of things that made me happy through the week. I’m a huge negative Nancy, so I promised myself to focus more on positivity and to embrace happiness. If you would like to join me, you can comment below on what made you happy this week! It can be absolutely anything, there’s no judgment here!

I’m happy because…

  1. I started journaling! I’m loving this one so far and I’m hoping to keep it up!
  2. It’s my bday month! Woohoo!
  3. I plan on going here this weekend, everything looks delicious!

NEW BEAUTY BOUTIQUE: Riley Rose

If Sephora, and Urban Outfitters had a baby, it would be the new shop, Riley Rose!
Riley Rose is the latest beauty boutique from the founders of Forever 21.
The new shop opened a few weeks ago, at Towson Town Center.  I highly recommend you visiting! I will warn you now, if you’re one of those people who loves to swatch every eyeshadow, touch and smell everything, then it will be difficult for you to leave this shop!
During my visit, I found an endless amount of K-beauty skin care. If you’re a K-beauty lover like myself, you know how difficult it is to get a hold of these items! I loved the price points, the cheapest K-beauty mask I purchased was $3! They also carry a lot of brands Sephora and Ulta do not have, such as Lime Crime, Lilly Lashes, and Winky Lux. Riley Rose is also stocked with hair products, stationery, hats, bags, snacks, and home decor. It’s pretty dangerous for your wallet, since it’s a one stop shop!
I took some pics from my Riley Rose visit, you can check it out below!

 

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Riley Rose just launched their website, currently they do not sell their products online. If you’re curious about their products, check out their YouTube videos! Their YT channel has great demos of  their makeup, skin care and hair products!

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FRIDAY FAVORITES

Friday Favorites is a new addition to my blog. I’m a huge negative Nancy, so I promised myself that one of my resolutions for 2018 is to be positive and embrace happiness.  Every Friday, I will include a list of things that made me happy that week. If you would like to join me, you can comment below on what makes you happy!
I’m happy because…
  1. This dry shampoo is amazing!
  2. This is the cutest video of the week!
  3. I only work two days next week! 🙂

Happy Holidays!!!

Xoxo,

Mia

GIFTS UNDER $50: MEN’S AND WOMEN’S LAST MINUTE GIFT GUIDE

Hola!
We are less than a week away from Christmas! Eek!!!
I made a mini men’s and women’s gift guide to help out any last minute shoppers. What’s great about this gift guide, is that everything is under $50!
Happy shopping!
Xoxo,
Mia
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WOMEN’S LAST MINUTE GIFT GUIDE

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MEN’S LAST MINUTE GIFT GUIDE