Kathy and Nichole Tracy

Kathy and Nichole Tracy
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Friday, July 22, 2011

From Kiss and Make Up Blog


Meet the Brand: La Bella Donna

Fun fact: while the term Bella Donna is Italian for "Beautiful Lady," it is also a plant...a member of the deadly nightshade. Years and years ago, drops were made from the belladonna plant that were used by women to dilate their pupils. Apparently, dilated pupils used to be considered attractive, so women would use the drops to look their best. The only problem? Belladonna can cause minor visual distortions, inability to focus on near objects, and increased heart rate. Prolonged usage was reputed to cause blindness.

Fear not...belladonna is no longer used for cosmetic purposes and is not in anything from the brand I'm introducing you to today: La Bella Donna. Just wanted to share my fun facts with you (I was a history major, so give me a break!) and remind you about how far we come with the use of potentially harmful beauty products.

Ok...back to the original point of this post: La Bella Donna Cosmetics! I received a lovely box filled with products to try out. La Bella Donna makes "mineral makeup that is truly good for your skin." Their products include loose mineral foundation, liquid mineral foundation, highlighting creme colors (in moonlight and candlelight), bronzers, concealers, mineral eye shadows, and even mineral makeup for men(!). Their products are all natural, and their mission is to "bridge the gap between wellness and sophisticated beauty." Their foundations contain non-chemical SPF20 and are free of dyes, oils, talc, alcohol and other chemicals.

My favorite product I've tried is their face compact called Vision of Mineral Lights Compact Colours ($45). Here's how they describe this product: "Quads of compressed mineral bronzing colours give your skin an après sun-kissed glow. Naturale-created for those with a more fair complexion and may also be used as eyeshadows. Bronze- utilizes both the skin’s naturally occurring tanning undertones of gold and red. Both colours options are a beauty makeup kit must-have."

I love that this quad of color can be used in so many different ways: as a bronzer, an eyeshadow, etc. You could throw this compact in your bag and be set for the day...nice!

The La Bella Donna products I've tried have been of good quality and have been easy to use. They're a bit spendy, so they're not for everyone. If you have the budget for it, you may want to check this brand out!


Gina Reedy said...

Wow. Looks like some high quality stuff.

Bushra said...

Oh really great collection of Beauty Item

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

La Bella Donna's Compressed Eye Shadow Compact Colour Collection, Sedona Sunset

The glorious World-Class Destination Spa Resort, Miiamo has inspired the creation of La Bella Donna's Compressed Eye Shadow Compact Colour Collection, Sedona Sunset. Amidst the red rocks of Arizona and glorious beaute of Sedona's sun sets, the EYES become the face focus for spring 2011. The Compact Colour of compressed mineral eye shadows may be described as a fiery glow, just as the day gives way to night on a fantastic evening in Sedona. The silky textured, laser-milled mineral eye shadows do not irritate the lid and may be used wet and dry, containing no FD&C dyes, talc, oil, alcohol, cornstarch or fragrance.

THE COLLECTION: Mineral shades of: Rust, Grey, Deep Taupe and Bone are presented in four quads of colour, placed in the La Bella Donna Slim, Silver Mirrored Compact and Signature Grey Pouch. These new mineral colours offer numerous application techniques with Rust as this spring season's dominant colour of choice.


A. Apply Bone to your lid from lash line to crease, wet your Eye Shadow Brush and apply the Rust to your lid. Blend Deep Taupe into your crease and your lower lash line for a reverse cat eye effect, use Grey, (wet for a more dramatic look, dry for a softer look) as your eyeliner close to the lash lines for both top and bottom application, slightly smudge after application.

B. Apply Bone from lash line to brow bone, use Rust to create a crease, now blend, using an Oval Fluff Eyeshadow Brush. Using Eyeliner Brush take Rust and apply to lower lash line and in the corners for a monochromatic look, use your Oval Fluff Eye Shadow Brush to press the Rust colour onto the center of the lids.

Blend, blend and blend again regarding both Master Makeup Artist application techniques to achieve the perfect face focus for spring... THE EYES.

Limited Edition Co-Exist Gel Creme, 1oz

Limited Edition Co-Exist Gel Creme, 1oz

CO-EXIST GEL CRÈME immediately brightens the skin. Apply after shaving, fine lines will appear diminished from within. Improves clarity of the skin and works well around the eye area. Creates a moisture barrier for all day protection, promoting skin's volume. Naturale ingredients promote a naturally hydrated skin. No fragrance or dyes. A fusion of technology and nature. High-performance ingredients provide clear and visible results. Qty

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