“Go from Soccer Mom to Glamazon!” exclaimed the invitation. Hmmm . . . I am not a Glamazon by any stretch of the imagination, but I admit, I was intrigued. Besides, Michael at Anela Apothecary a. knows how to make a girl feel beautiful and, b. throws a killer party. A bit of beauty and a glass of wine sounded just about right for a Saturday afternoon.
Anela Apothecary is a family owned boutique that specializes in unique brands, “must haves” and hard to find beauty products. After spending years in luxury brand beauty companies from Beverly Hills to London to Hawaii, they decided to bring some glam to Temecula. From the looks of the make up class / party, they made the right choice!
We arrived to a room full of women of all ages and skin types, ready to learn. Michael greeted us with a hug and a glass of wine (seriously; my favorite way to be greeted) and the class began. Our instructor, Jessica deBen, is a make up artist by trade and works on movie sets in Hollywood. She entertained us for a moment with a few highlights of her career and showed us an amazing portfolio of her work. In her eyes, the real star is the product line that she uses to achieve her gorgeous results: La Bella Donna Mineral Line. I was immediately interested as I had never experienced a high performance look from a mineral makeup.
Jessica proceeded to address each of our questions about color, coverage, and the products as she deft demonstrated “the Smokey eye.” This trend is hot for fall and the results of her simple efforts were gorgeous. Not only do the La Bella Donna products achieve a beautiful look, they are 100% natural. Most make up, even mineral make up, has a myriad of unpronounceable ingredients. One mineral make up that we saw had Teflon listed on the label – yuck! La Bella Donna contains four all natural ingredients:
Micronized Titanium Dioxide – non-chemical sun block (SPF 20)
Iron Oxides – the source of color
Bismuth Oxychloride – anti-inflammatory properties
Zinc Oxide – anti-inflammatory properties (soothing to the skin)￼
That’s it! The look is flawless, the feel is light and the ingredients are all natural. This is a make up that I could fall in love with. With a complete line of foundation, concealer, eye shadow, lip color and more, La Donna Bella has something for every skin type and tone.
While I learned some great techniques from Jessica that I will use in my daily routine, I confess that the Glamazon look is not my forte. For those special nights out, I intend to rely on Anela’s Glam Squad. Anela offers complete makeovers for bridal, boudoir, prom; you name it! Their elite staff of make up artists will gladly glam you up in the store or at the location of your choice.
As a November special for Taste of Temecula fans, Anela Apothecary is offering a complimentary lip gloss with any $30 purchase – thanks Anela! If you are not sure what to buy, may I suggest any item from the Temecula Lavender Company? I am thrilled to see their products at Anela because I love the quality as well as the opportunity to support another local merchant. Another item that I have fallen in love with is the NeuLash active eyelash technology. I have applied the serum to my lashes each night for a few weeks now and they are already much longer and fuller! For a preview of all the premier products that Anela has to offer, please visit them on the web: www.anelabeauty.com, on Facebook or at the storefront:
41377 Margarita Road #F104