BEST YEAR-ROUND NAIL COLORS

If you’re like me, you get distracted and excited every season by all the new trends for nail colors. You run out to buy a bottle of the most amazing pool blue, use it once or twice and then throw it into the bucket of forgotten polishes, never to be used again. And while this is fun to do, what about those few dependable colors you can always rely on no matter what time of year, for any and every occasion? I’m talking work, play, holidays, the beach – you name it. Today, I’m sharing my best nail colors that work year round. 

TALES FROM CHARLESTON: DIY BODY SCRUBS + WHOLE …

I’m in Charleston for the month of December this year, and I’m going to write up a few of my adventures because this is an extraordinary city full of wonderful people and things to do! One of those was a recent Ladies’ Night at Whole Foods where we sipped on bubbly and made DIY bath scrubs from ingredients you buy right there in the store – perfect for inexpensive holiday gifts. I also found a locally-made bath and body brand to try! Read on for details, pictures, links and recipes.

GROOMING IN PUBLIC – ACCEPTABLE OR UNACCEPTABLE?

Grooming in public is rarely acceptable. I have always felt this way secretly, but I was recently inspired to publicly declare it after sitting next to a woman who filed her nails and combed her hair onto me throughout our entire 2-hour flight to NYC. At first I tried to talk myself out of my anger and disgust:  “Maybe I’m too sensitive,” I thought as I stared at her nail dust and hairs on my lap. Then I  got on the subway and ran smack into this sign, part of the MTA’s Courtesy Counts campaign. And now that I’ve been 100% vindicated by a public transportation ad, let’s get into specifics…

NEW BEAUTY PRODUCTS – THE GOOD, THE BAD, …

The best part about a blogger event is the goodie bag – that’s where I find all the latest and greatest new things to try and learn about. Sometimes I even get things sent to me in the mail to try – what a treat! In one of these fun bundles of joy I opened recently, I stumbled across a new beauty product so disturbing that I had to try it and write about it  – that’s the WTF?! of this post. I’ve also tried a few new products that I absolutely loved (‘the good’) and one that was rather disappointing (the bad). Let’s talk about them today!

LONGER LASHES AT THREE PRICE POINTS + WIN …

Fuller, longer lashes are all the rage among women right now, and there are so many different ways to get them – at so many different price points! From Drugstore D-I-Y extensions to fancy primers from Sephora to professional lash extensions applied in the salon, I’m here today to share all the different options you have at your fingertips. I’ve tried them all! And I’m gifting my favorite long-lash-method to one of you wonderful readers. Read on to learn and to enter to win!

NEW BEAUTY PRODUCT TEST – SOLUTIONS 24 CLINICAL CORRECTOR …

Today is a first for Belle Meets World – I’m conducting a new product test that will happen in two parts – the first being my first impressions, initial use and before photos (YIKES!) and the second being the results 4 weeks from now after I’ve given the Solutions 24 Clinical Corrector Sticks a real go to work their supposed magic on my puffy eyes, dark circles and dark spots.