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.

Pretty in Pink

Hello Blog Family!
Today on Baltimore Belle, I’m sharing a mini life update, my favorite spring coat and the cutest pom-pom shoes to add to your spring wardrobe.
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My Graceanne Flutter Sleeve Coat is from Anthropologie, unfortunately it’s no longer available, but I was able to find similar ones at different price points! My Sam Edelman Haroldson Heels are still available at a few retailers.
Pink Coat
Show Me the Way Blush Coat  <—- This is a steal!!

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Shoes
6pm – they have several sizes available!

Similar styles are available for under $40 at Asos and Missguided.

Life Update
My life has been a bit busier than usual. I’ve been helping my parents with the opening of their new business, a tea room! My mom AKA the boss lady, was the brains behind the new venture. If you’re looking for a place with great tea and an endless amount of pastries, come to Bella’s Tea Room! We had the preview party and grand opening last weekend, it was a great turn out! It was wonderful to be in the same room with so many family and friends, I also met some blog followers (heeyyy!). The site for Bella’s Tea Room will be up soon, you can find them on Facebook and Instagram.
Vacation… My boyfriend and I are going to M E X I C O!!!! It’s a quick vacay, but nonetheless it gets me away from real world for a few days. We will be in Playa del Carmen in April. It will be our first time visiting, so if you have any recommendations, leave a comment below.
Enjoy the rest of your week!
Xoxo,
Mia

 

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

 

A special message for you & my spring wish list

First things first…

Many, many thanks to everyone that read my blog post last week! I received such a great response, and read so many of your sweet and encouraging messages!

Now, that I have opened up to all of you, I’ve become a bit more comfortable about posting online. This may sound so small and stupid, but over the weekend, I decided on a whim to post a video of my beauty haul on IG stories. I HATE my voice, but I didn’t let it stop me, and you all gave me great feedback on it! I had fun doing it and I’m looking forward to making more videos. Thank you again for supporting me! Sending you all virtual hugs!

Trend to Try: The Kimono

Kimonos have been pretty popular the past few years and this year, kimonos are making bigger statements with their versatile styles. They are so easy to style and make the perfect statement piece. Lately, whenever the weather gods want to give Baltimore a temperature above 50, I like to bring out my favorite kimono from Anthropologie. * If you remember, this kimono is from my Anthropologie Fitting Session. I was able to snag this on clearance, last month!

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My kimono is sold out, but I found a very similar one from Forever 21 here.

If you’re in the search of a good kimono, I found a few great ones below!

Screw Phil!

We all know that stupid rodent, Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter.  I don’t know about you, but Phil does not exist to me. I’m sick of winter and moving forward into spring- mentally at least! To get me in the spring mode, I put together a small spring wish list.

 

Let’s hope, Phil is wrong and spring arrives sooner rather than later! Enjoy the rest of your week and thank you for taking the time to read my post!

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

MEN’S GIFT GUIDE 2017

Hey there!

Thanks for the feedback on my women’s gift guide last week!

It’s the men’s turn this week! I set up the guide in the same format as my women’s gift guide. I added low price alternatives and discount codes. There are several gift ideas for your boyfriend/husband, brothers, dad, etc. Feel free to contact me if you have any questions on any of the items on the list, or just to say hi!

I’m going to brave the toy stores this weekend and start Christmas shopping for my nephew. He’s almost 2 and all he wants are trains and cars. Pray for me as I take on Toys R’ Us.

Enjoy your weekend!

Xoxo,

Mia

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MEN’S GIFT GUIDE 2017

GIFTS FOR THE SPORTS FAN

GIFTS FOR THE TECH FAN

GIFTS FOR THE BALTIMORE BOH

GIFTS FOR THE BUSINESSMAN

MEN’S LUXURY GIFTS

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Tom Ford Ernesto Sunglasses

GIFTS FOR THE ENTERTAINER

GIFTS FOR THE WORLD TRAVELER

GIFTS FOR THE STYLE ICON

FITNESS GIFTS

RANDOM GIFTS