Belle Organique Scarlet Red Lipstick | Review and Swatches

I have heard a number of bloggers as well as non-bloggers say that they are over the matte lipstick trend and are leaning towards moisturising, glossy formulas in 2019. If you too are looking for a hydrating and nourishing lipstick this season then I have the perfect product for you. Today I will be talking about the Belle Organique Scarlet Red Lipstick, a lipstick that contains organic and natural ingredients that will heal and nourish your lips while adding a wash of colour.

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How To Make Your Own Makeup!

Guest Post by Jordan

Do you ever hit the store to replenish your favorite eyeshadow, glance at the price, and sigh, wishing there was a cheaper way to achieve your favorite look? Or have you ever randomly checked out the ingredient list on your most-used products and wondered what ninety percent of the stuff was, and whether or not it was actually good for your skin? Although the makeup industry is vast, and on average costs us about fifteen grand over the course of a lifetime, commercial makeup products are not the end-all, be-all in terms of beauty – especially if you like to look great, save money, and be kind to your body. Below are a handful of tips and beginner recipes for making your very own products from the stuff in your kitchen. DIY projects are so in right now – so get reading, and then start mixing!


Cream Foundation

The best organic DIY foundation we found is by far the most intense recipe in this list, so if you can make this one work, you’re good to go! To start with, set up your double boiler, or throw a glass bowl over a pot of water on the stove if you don’t have one. Bring the water to a simmer, making sure the bowl doesn’t actually touch the water, and use your kitchen scale to measure and throw in 1 ½ ounces almond oil, an ounce of shea butter, half an ounce of cocoa butter, half an ounce worth of beeswax chips, and ⅛ teaspoon of vitamin E. Stir this concoction until it is melted, remove from heat and allow to cool, and then whisk in half an ounce of zinc oxide (found at most herbal and organic specialty shops) and ⅛ teaspoon of cinnamon. Finally, to get the color right, start with adding half a tablespoon of cocoa powder, mix, and test it on your skin. Work your way up to the right shade with an additional ½ teaspoon of cocoa at a time, and once it looks just right, allow it to cool completely and store safely in a clean jar.

Eyebrow Filler

For this one, you’ll need more almond oil and cocoa powder, cornstarch, activated charcoal powder, and a small jar to store your mixture in once you’ve finished. Combine 1 ½ teaspoons of the almond oil and 2 ½ teaspoons of cocoa powder, and mix well to create your base and identify whether or not the color needs to be darker for your brows. If so, add the charcoal in tiny increments and stir after each until the color is just a shade darker than what you desire. Finally, add one teaspoon of cornstarch to thicken the mixture and bring the color back to the tone you want. You can play with adding more cornstarch or charcoal to even out the color, thickness, and texture. Give it a final few stirs, and store in a tightly-sealed, sanitized jar, applying with a thin brow brush as you would the commercial equivalent.


Blush and Bronzer

DIY blush is even easier, and the bronzer just requires an extra ingredient. Because this recipe is dry, it will obviously keep for much longer than the cream and oil-based recipes you can use, as long as you keep it safe from moisture and humidity. To whip up your own batch, you’ll want to toss together ¼ cup of cornstarch and between one and three teaspoons of hibiscus powder, depending upon how rosy you like your blush to be. You can also replace the cornstarch with arrowroot powder for a softer (but still natural) base that will work harder at absorbing the sweat and oils from your face. Take it a step further and mix in between ½ and a whole teaspoon of ground cinnamon to give the mixture a bronzy look. Again, play combining different amounts of the hibiscus and cinnamon to make the color all your own.

The most important thing to recognize when beginning to create beauty products at home is that, depending on what you use to make them, they will not last as long as the commercial products you’re used to buying. They will also not contain the dyes and preservatives that typically keep bacteria from thriving in your store-bought containers, which is why we need to take extra precautions to ensure that your concoctions will keep well. To do this, we need to eliminate the possibility of contamination by using only sterilized jars when storing any DIY recipes, and applying these products with clean swabs and brushes instead of fingers. You’ll also want to keep all homemade makeup away from light and excess moisture, both of which can promote the growth of unwanted bacteria.

It’s also a great idea to mix up your preferred recipes in small amounts that you’ll use up within a few days. Creating bulk batches of any homemade product leaves too much time for them to harbor bacteria and expire, especially if your recipe is wet or calls for any naturally perishable food items. So when mixing at home, consider the shelf life of the ingredients you’re using, and apply that timeframe to how long you will have to use what you’re making. If you struggle to find the time to do multiple mini batches a week, try adding some natural antioxidants and anti-microbials like Vitamin E and coconut oil to prolong the shelf life of your creations. And ultimately, if something seems off, don’t use it. Your products may separate on their own over time, much like organic nut butters, and can be stirred to restore them to the appropriate texture. But if the smell is off, or you notice discoloration even after mixing, it’s best to toss them and make another batch.

Author bio –
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Jordan is the beauty and brains behind Beautifully Alive! She loves eating healthy and trying new recipes.The self-proclaimed Zumba Queen has a passion for beauty products and loves reading new books. She’s always down for a DIY project!

How To Create The Bitten Lips Effect | Makeup Tutorial

When it comes to makeup, each year brings some unique trends and I thought of recreating a few of them for you. I am starting off this series of the hot makeup trends of 2017 with a tutorial on how to create the bitten lips effect. If you are not aware of this trend, it is basically a gradient of color created on the lips, with the center of the lips being the darkest and the outer boundaries being quite pale. This trend gives a natural flush to the lips, as opposed to applying a bold color all over them. Here are a few simple steps with the help of which you can recreate this trend at home using only two products.

Bitten Lips Makeup Tutorial Step

Step 1 – To make the color gradient more striking, you need to start with a pale base to work on. If you have naturally pale or light lips then you can skip this step but if you have darker or pigmented lips then apply a thin coat of concealer that matches the color of your skin. Place a few drops of concealer on the lips and gently pat them in with your fingers to get rid of any darkness.

Bitten Lips Makeup Tutorial Step

Step 2- Now, apply a dark pink or red lip color of your choice to the central portion of your lips. You can either choose a dark lip tint, a matte lipstick, or a lipliner for this step. Make sure that the formula does not dry down immediately and gives you some time to blend the color. I used the Wet n Wild Color Icon Lip Liner in the shade Berry Red for this step.

Bitten Lips Makeup Tutorial StepStep 3 – With the help of a cotton bud, gently spread the color outwards to create a natural gradient. You want to leave the center of the lips darker than the edges but make sure that the edges don’t look too pale. If you feel that the color is too dark then you can apply a dab of concealer to the edges to create the perfect contrast. And, there you go! Your bitten lips are ready! I would recommend pairing this lip look with nude makeup for a soft effect.

Bitten Lips Makeup Tutorial Step

Isn’t it amazing that you can create a look that has taken international runways by storm with just two affordable products? Do let me know if you try to recreate this look and share the pictures with me too 🙂 I will be back soon with my rendition of some of the other hot makeup trends from 2017!



Nykaa So Matte Lipstick – Taupe Thrill | Review and Swatches

I live by the philosophy that you can never have enough nude lipsticks in your collection, which is why I recently purchased the Nykaa So Matte Lipstick in the shade Taupe Thrill. I have already raved about the Nykaa So Matte Spiced Cabernet Lipstick in a previous blog post, and knew that this is a formula that I can trust, therefore I decided to opt for a lighter, more day-appropriate shade this time.

Nykaa So Matte Lipstick Taupe ThrillThe shade Taupe Thrill (12M) is a brownish pink which will look flattering on most Indian skin tones. The formula is an opaque, creamy matte that looks slightly glossy under bright lights. The fact that it is not a flat matte makes it more comfortable to wear and in fact, it seems to hydrate my lips as well. It is not heavily perfumed like some of the other drugstore lipsticks, which makes it more suitable for those with sensitive skin.

Nykaa So Matte Lipstick Taupe Thrill Arm SwatchesNot only is the packaging extremely luxurious (square packaging with a magnetic closure!) but the formula is reminiscent of high-end lipsticks as well. Despite being a lighter shade and having a creamy consistency, this lipstick lasts on my lips for a good 6-7 hours and has also survived multiple rounds of digging into greasy food! It seems like Nykaa has taken a cue from MAC when it comes to the longevity of the product 🙂

Nykaa So Matte Lipstick Taupe Thrill Lip Swatch ReviewPriced at INR 399, these lipsticks are definitely a bargain and the shade Taupe Thrill is a no-fail color that is suitable for all occasions. You can also look at the darker/brighter shades available in the range if nude lips are not your thing. Overall, both the color and the texture of this lipstick gets 5 stars from me 🙂

I hope that this review was helpful. You can buy the Nykaa So Matte Lipstick in the shade Taupe Thrill here.

Palladio Rice Powder Review

As I mentioned in my previous post, my skin has been breaking out terribly over the past few weeks. I am, therefore, trying to go makeup free on most days and have been sticking to just a moisturizer for my face. Unfortunately, my skin still gets very oily throughout the day and I try not to use a face cleanser more than twice daily. This quandary resulted in me fishing through my makeup drawers for a good powder and behold, I came across this gem.


The Palladio Rice Powder in Warm Beige matches my skin tone perfectly and provides a light coverage, while keeping my skin oil free for around 3-4 hours. I apply this to my bare, moisturized skin and this powder blends in perfectly without leaving any white cast or cakiness. I have used this powder previously as a setting powder for my foundation and it performed well in that case as well.


Palladio is an American brand that is well known for the inclusion of natural ingredients and vitamins in their makeup products. The concept of Rice Powder seems to have been inspired by Asian beauty, where rice powder has been used for generations for its blotting properties. The cute little box has an Oriental feel to it; it comes with a puff for application and a mesh based dispenser (which does get a little bit messy at times!). Warm Beige is the darkest shade in this range that also includes a lighter shade as well as a translucent powder. A container of Rice Powder is priced at $7, and Palladio has also introduced Rice Papers for blotting your face on the go.

Have you ever tried any product from this brand? I would love to know about your experiences!

Buy it here.