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Stella Bella, Kristen Provvidenti's Makeup Line

Stella Bella: Battling Cancer, One Eye Shadow At A Time

Kristin Provvidenti has come a long way since 2005. That year, her mother passed away from liver cancer. Just a few years later, Provvidenti began the battle with cancer herself.Stella Bella's Kristen Provvidenti

While going through chemotherapy and radiation for breast cancer, Provvidenti experienced a common side effect from the treatments – extremely sensitive skin. The sensitive skin made it difficult for her wear makeup, due to the chemicals in the products.

Provvidenti decided to put her experience as a paramedical makeup artist to work. For seven months during her chemotherapy, she kept herself busy by creating a makeup line that people with sensitive skin could use. Provvidenti named the line Stella Bella, after her late mother.

Provvidenti found that bismuth, an irritant to the skin, was an ingredient in many “all-natural” mineral makeups.  So when she created Stella Bella, Provvidenti developed a truly natural, bismuth-free makeup line. Stella Bella is a “cleaner” product to apply to the skin, according to Provvidenti.

Provvidenti sells her Stella Bella products both online and at Salon Boutique, where she offers “custom blending sessions.” These are personal sessions where either Provvidenti or tone of her employees finds a matching shade of makeup for a customer’s skin.

Stella BellaStella Bella is currently marketed through email, Living Social, and customer referrals. It is easy to see why customer referrals work for Provvidenti because she places an emphasis on a customer’s experience. Provvidenti understands a woman’s need for “normalcy” when undergoing cancer treatment.

“Anyone who is touched by the makeup… that’s my favorite thing,” she said. “When I can take someone and make them feel good about themselves, that’s the best part.”

A major part of being a woman is feeling confident in one’s own skin, Provvidenti said. Cancer can take away much of that confidence – including the ability to wear makeup.

“The disease takes over so much of your life. You no longer have a voice. Being able to wear makeup and feel confident gives you some control back,” Provvidenti said of the importance of Stella Bella.

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Stella Bella has become involved in the Pink Out, where a high school football team in the Valley wears pink in order to raise money for the cause. Stella Bella will also be giving away custom blending sessions to two cancer survivors.

Free of cancer for two years, Provvidenti is aware that cancer made a huge impact on life. “You don’t ever come out (of treatment) the same person,” said Provvidenti. “You’ve changed forever.”

More Stella Bella photos:

 Stella Bella Logo, Mixing Powder Stella Bella Mixing Jar Lipstick & Mixing
 Lipstick & Mixing Tools Applying Makeup at Stella Bella

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9689 N. Hayden Rd., #46
Scottsdale, AZ 85253
(623) 806-9705



Phoenix Breast Cancer Awareness Events

Breast Cancer Awareness Month – Events In Phoenix

October has not always been associated with the color pink. It was only after it was deemed National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in 1985 that the pink ribbon became the well-known symbol of breast cancer awareness.

Since then, organizations such as the Susan G. Komen Foundation and the Breast Cancer Research Foundation have been raising money in hopes of finding a cure for breast cancer.

During October, several businesses host fundraising events across the country in support of breast cancer research. This year, Arizonans can find many opportunities to take part in the fight against breast cancer.

The 18th annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure will be held Sunday in the vicinity of the State Capitol near Downtown Phoenix. The event raises funds and awareness while honoring survivors and those who lost their battle with the disease.

This year’s race will consist of the option to choose between a 1 mile Run/Walk, a 5K Run for Breast Cancer Survivors or a 5K Walk or Sleep In for the Cure.

Also on Sunday, Suddenly Slimmer Day Spa and Wellness Center in Phoenix is offering a 25 percent discount on all spa services for their Breast Awareness Spa and Wellness Day.

In addition, those currently undergoing cancer treatments can get complementary “pink” mini-facials and 15-minute chair massages. Cancer patients and survivors can also get their makeup done, receive brow makeovers and participate in a laughing meditation session at no charge.

Pick up a cupcake at Wildflower Bread Company between now and Monday and $1 of the purchase will go to support the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer funds. Since 2005, Wildflower has raised more than $26,000 with its Cupcakes for the Cure program.

Head over to Gallery 225 in Gilbert on Friday Oct. 15 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. where more than 36 donated mixed-media art pieces will be auctioned at the Saving the Tatas Fundraiser.

The night will consist of refreshments, a silent auction and a raffle with a variety of prizes including round-trip airline vouchers. One hundred percent of the proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Passionately Pink for the Cure Foundation.

Later on in the month, join Remedy Pilates and Massage Studio for its Pilates in the Park event to raise money for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Pilates for Pink will be held Sunday Oct. 24 at 10 a.m. at the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park in Scottsdale.

For every $5 donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, class participants will be entered into the “Remedy Raffle” which will include prizes such as massages, acupuncture sessions, nutrition consultations, and private Pilates sessions. Each participant will also receive $20 worth of coupons good toward a massage at Remedy.

Following the class, lunch will be provided along with instruction from Dr. Mary King, who will explain self-breast exams and how acupuncture increases prevention.