La Bella Donna Makeup Line Review

Recently I had the pleasure of working using the natural makeup line La Bella Donna. While working I thought that I had to share this gem.

This is the only makeup line that I had seen claim that wearing their makeup was better than wearing nothing. Now that’s a first!

First a quick few facts about La Bella Donna before I get into the review.

  • LBD is safe for pregnant women and those with immune deficiency diseases
  • LBD has no chemicals, parabens or additives
  • The minerals in LBD have the ability to heal a number of skin conditions such as acne, melasma, eczema
  • LBD will not clog pores and is suitable for all ages

What impressed me the most was the way people’s skin seemed to like the foundation (both powder and liquid) it complimented a variety of skin types and textures. I could put it over acne, dry skin, oily skin, sagging skin and it transformed the skin into an airbrushed canvas for me to continue on. The only negative was the limited shades the liquid foundation came in, which I have to admit is not something unique to La Bella Donna. The coverage that you can achieve through their foundation alone or with concealer is remarkable. The best part was many people said they felt like they didn’t have anything on and they didn’t look it either. It gives you that look of having just been on vacation or getting the perfect amount of sleep.

Most of the palettes can be used interchangeably. For example the contouring palette does not limit you to only using it for contouring. I know most contouring palettes “could” double as an eyeshadow palette, but LBD actually encourages this and intends for you to do this.

The pigments in all the products in the line are incredible. If you ever get to play around with any of the makeup you’ll experience that moment where you are able to swipe one finger over an eyeshadow or blush and get such an intense color. Something else nice is that it’s common for mineral makeup to come up powdery, but thankfully not with La Bella Donna.

Would you expect this kind of line to offer a liquid eyeliner? Well, they do and it has a beautifully shaped felt tip, another surprise! The pencil eyeliners won’t have you pushing hard or pulling on your eyelid to get the desired intensity. The mascara that LBD developed nourishes your lashes and it went on smoothly.

If you like variety with lip products you won’t be disappointed. There’s their version of a standard lipstick, “Baci Baci” which is a moisturizing lip sheer, the regular lip sheer which is like a lipgloss, lip pencils and duo lip crayons.

Screenshot_20180117-182726.jpgAnyone with any sort of skin condition or allergic reaction to standard cosmetics should definitely consider LBD. If that doesn’t describe you and just want to find a more natural makeup line I would highly recommend La Bella Donna.




How To Test New Products Safely and Effectively

The holidays are approaching quickly and there’s a good chance you’ll receive some new beauty products. If your family and friends have been good they’ve been attentively listening to what you’ve been hoping for. There’s nothing better than getting to try out something new that could possibly be the miracle product you’ve been searching for. However, when you test out all your new goodies all at once and a mystery rash shows up a few days later you don’t know where to point to. Take these few tips along with you into the new year and any time you try something new to pinpoint what’s giving you trouble.


  1. Do a test patch. A reaction on half your face or part of your face isn’t good, but that reaction on your entire face and décolléte is even worse. A test patch is a way to put your toe in the water before going all the way in. I suggest doing the test patch where you intend on using the product. For example testing a face serum on your wrist isn’t going to give you the best results. Your face handles things a lot different than the rest of your body. Especially when we are talking about products that are supposed to have a dramatic effect in a short amount of time, like an acne treatment. If you’re concerned about having a serious allergic reaction a test patch on another part of your body will most likely rule that out, but that’s about it. For the most accuracy it’s good to put it to work where it needs to.
  2. One at a time. If you want to test an eyeshadow, lipstick and brow pencil out all on the same day that’s more than fine, but if you’re testing that all goes in the same place it may make things harder. For example if you test an eyeliner and mascara on the same day and something is irritating you it’s going to be difficult to figure out which is the culprit.
  3. Do not layer. This piggybacks off of the the previous thought, but is important enough to mention on its own. How can you tell which new product is  If you use a liquid foundation and primer use them both separately in the beginning for the purpose of testing them out. Try the primer out with an old foundation that you know doesn’t bother you and vice versa.
  4. At least skim the ingredients. It’s a pain, yes, but it’s always good to get an idea of what’s in the product you’ll be wearing. You know what works for you and what ingredients to watch out for. A product’s hype or popularity won’t negate the aggravating ingredients.

Happy Holidays and Happy Testing!

Review: NYX Color Mascara

Originally I bought this with the idea of using it for Halloween, but truthfully I had been looking for a product like this. I like the idea of color mascara and not many brands offer it.

I had high hopes for this mascara. In my mind, I envisioned a bright lavender mascara that curled and lifted my lashes as well as it colored them. Although I’ll be specifically reviewing the purple color mascara, things like the brush, formula and price point won’t vary from color to color.

I think that it’s common for us to give a pass to colored mascara in areas we wouldn’t for regular mascara. Almost as if because it has some color to it, it doesn’t have to serve as well being a regular mascara and doing the things mascara does. There may be some truth to this, after all most people don’t buy colored mascara to lengthen their lashes, that’s not really the point. However when these functions don’t exist you realize you miss them.


In the case of NYX’s colored mascara there was not much lengthening or curling to be had. It truly just served as something colorful to coat your eyelashes. The color itself was pretty good, I definitely liked the pastel purple as compared to the darker purples on the market. My only color related complaint was that the vibrancy did fade as time went on and it dried. Speaking of drying…it took a LONG time to dry. Even when it was seemingly dry it still felt tacky. During this tacky period my eyelashes stuck together every time I blinked. The smell of this mascara was really strong, most mascaras do not smell like anything that should go near your eyes if we are truthful, but this was that smell multiplied. The wand was the definition of nothing special. It was as straight as can be and resembled closest to a lipgloss applicator.

To put it simply this mascara left me with mixed feelings. I liked the color of it, but it was only temporarily the color that I wanted. The time it took to dry was definitely a downside. The good news is at only $7.00 I don’t feel like it was a mistake. I think having a colored mascara as a part of your makeup collection is a nice option to change things up and this product fills that spot.


Review: Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Aquacealer Concealer

This is the concealer to my current favorite foundation.I had high hopes going in because of how much I love the Rainforest of the Sea Foundation. Did I get lucky enough to find exactly what I had been hoping for?

Well… the truth is half and half. I will say that Tarte did an excellent job of making the formula thick enough to be recognized as a concealer without losing its identity as being from the Rainforest of the Sea collection.

The coverage is amazing and it goes on like a dream. It’s smooth, hydrating (perfect for under the eyes) and looks natural. Sometimes concealers can be a little too strong, we get it, you want to cover up, but you also compromise the look of skin looking like skin. This is a great balance between being able to  conceal and still seeing the texture and look of your own skin.

The applicator is one of my favorite things about this product. It’s thick, kind of chunky and is able to hold a lot of concealer. This is ideal for when you are in a rush; with a lot of other concealers the applicator is quite thin, so you end up making many skinny lines. In one swipe or applying a dot or two I can have the entirety of my under eye area taken care of. It’s nice to have something in your routine that you don’t have to think about and this is one of those things. It doesn’t have to be precise and it goes so quickly it will feel like you skipped a step.


All this is just peachy, but there is one thing I’ll mention about this that I wasn’t that excited about. The smell. It’s not even that it’s strong, which it is, it’s the nature of the smell. It comes off as something derived from chemicals. It reminds me of Wite-Out or something similar. I’m not sure what’s causing that smell and why it is present in the concealer and not the foundation, but it is not exactly pleasant.

I’m not sure if it’s the shape of the bottle or what, but it does seem like you get a better deal than with the skinnier tubes of concealer.

Bottom line:I like the performance, but not the smell. How important is the smell of something for you?



How To: 90s Dark Lips

If you were born in the 90s like me, the last thing you probably thought would happen would be growing up and taking cues on makeup from then. I don’t really know if I even thought about what makeup would be like when I got older, but I kind of like this throwback. It’s simple and bold at the same time. If you’re not sure how to pair a dark brown shade of lipstick then keep reading.

I’ll be honest and say that it wasn’t until recently that I got on the bandwagon with this makeup trend. I didn’t want to go the whole Kylie Lip Kit route and the idea of getting a brown lip color didn’t excite me at all. It was almost like those colors you used to scan over because they were “boring.” Now I’d venture to say that those colors are interesting, they are deep and uncommon. It’s not the classic red, pink or nude. After experimenting I’ve come to realize two very key elements in being able to pull of this look:

  1. Choice of blush
  2. Keeping things matte


  • What you choose to put on your cheeks can either bring the look together or tear it apart. I don’t think I’ve come across a family of lip colors that require the amount of care as with these grungey browns. Keep it neutral. Keep it in the same group of earthy reds or terracotta you can also substitute the blush for a chocolatey brown bronzer. Now’s not the time for bright pinks.


  • Keeping the rest of your makeup matte is kind of a shortcut to making the look appear authentic. If you were embellish anywhere, use a little highlighter just on the cheekbones.


Thankfully matte lip glosses and creams exist, in my opinion these last really well and don’t dry your lips out as much as you might imagine.

Now it’s up to you! Go out and try it, you never know you might like it. There’s lots of inspiration from celebrities of past and present if you get stuck.

Some of my favorite looks :

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Styled by Hrush Palette Review

This palette’s release was perfectly timed. It’s late summer and all the colors perfectly compliment sun-kissed skin. It’s limited edition so that brings an extra bit of excitement.

Who’s Hrush? She’s probably most well known for being one of the makeup artists of the Kardashians. After doing a little reading up on her I really admire her take on makeup itself, as she promotes on her site: I consider each face as an open canvas, I am a strong believer that makeup is art. Every face is beautiful in its own unique way. Absolutely.

To the palette! The colors remind me of a sunset. They are warm golds, peaches and browns. Then there’s a wine color that really sets it apart from all others.


If you’re familiar with Tarte and follow their palettes the first eyeshadow Bliss reminds me a lot of the highlighter from the Swamp Queen Palette called Gator Wings. Bliss is a little more intense and a little more yellow. It’s a beautiful yellow light gold.

Smitten is a warm beige gold it’s got a really nice sheen to it, applies very smoothly.

Royal is in my opinion the color that makes the whole palette. It is a deep burgundy wine color, but that description doesn’t do it justice. It is a color I haven’t seen anywhere else. I can’t wait to incorporate it into everything I’ll wear in the upcoming weeks.

Pinch just goes over the line of being a light cantaloupe matte shade. At a glance it looks matte, but there is a little something in there to make it sort of a dull pearl finish.

Kitty is a really nice matte cocoa brown. Great subtle crease color.

Vamp‘s a cool, ashy light brown (think a color you’d see used as a brow powder)

Last, but certainly not least is the blush, Cheeky. It’s a coral, but definitely more on the orange side of coral. It makes for the perfect pop of unexpected color on the face. It appears to suit any skin tone which is another plus.

Luckily all six shadows and blush is only $30. Not a bad deal! It’s Tarte quality mixed with Hrush’s style.




Absolute New York Illuminating 3D Liquid Highlighters Review

These are two really beautiful highlighters, but sometimes looks can be deceiving.

The two liquid highlighters I’ll be reviewing are Spot Light and After Glow. I’ve gotten so behind powder highlighters lately and I really wanted to switch it up and use a liquid highlighter.

Swatches Indoor/Outdoor

Spot Light- Spot Light reminds me a lot of High Beam by Benefit, only maybe a little more pink. Needless to say I thought it was absolutely gorgeous when I first swatched it. It had just the right amount of sparkle without being glittery.

When I went to try it out on my face I didn’t do a normal face routine because I really wanted the highlighter to be the focus. I applied a light coat of foundation and applied the highlighter with my finger distributing it in little dots. Much to my dismay it completely melded with my foundation. I thought I just needed to apply more, but it didn’t seem there was any amount that I could apply that would create the look of a quality highlighter. I’ll say my face looked less flat that if I had just left it with plain foundation, but that’s about it. It came out a little bit better on the bridge of my nose than my cheekbones.

After Glow- I was slightly more excited with this highlighter because at least this one has a color, so there was some evidence of putting it on. Again my high hopes had been let down as I applied the product. It didn’t have much of a highlighting effect. I see myself having more use for this one because it works as a blush.

For both of these I have to say I was very disappointed. I checked on their site on how to apply them and it reads “Use alone as a liquid highlighter on the high-points of the face for a strobing effect, or mix in with your favorite bases for luminous complexion.” The only way I believe one might get the most out of them would be to use them on their own with pretty much a bare face.