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My Instagram Life, 11/23/2014

A look at the past week on Painted Ladies and a peek behind the scenes, as seen on my Instagram account.

Early in the week I sneak peeked an EOTD I created with ColourPop Super Shock shadows.

Painted Ladies Instagram 11-23 a

My Ipsy bag arrived and I was really happy with it!

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Granny Smith Apples are my love language.

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ColourPop has stolen my heart! I’m in love with their I Heart This Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil.

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Rolling with his homies.

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A trek to a creek that’s nestled in between a bustling city.

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Cuteness found at Target. Who can resist?

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BFTE is selling Red Cherry lashes for $1 each. It’s a great deal!

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I wish I had an entire afternoon to read the Little House books. They are perpetual favorites.

Painted Ladies Instagram 11-23 i

Another EOTD created with the ColourPop Super Shock Shadows.

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This week I talked about a couple of hairstyling books inspired by Disney princesses.

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A behind the scenes look! Lot’s ‘o polishes!

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My Christmas shopping is complete.

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Wouldn’t this wall of carpet samples make a fab eyeshadow palette? Get on this, any makeup company!

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Here’s to a blessed week ahead!

Guerlain, ColourPop, Burberry & More On The Beauty Blog Coalition

A collection of the best blog posts by members of the Beauty Blog Coalition.

 

 

Disney Princess Hairstyles Offers Hair Inspiration For All Textures Of Hair

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When the new book Disney Princess Hairstyles came across my beauty desk, I had two thoughts: a) Where were awesome books like this when I was in my early formative beauty junkie years?, and b) When can I find some free time to try some of these beautiful hairstyling techniques on myself?

Disney Princess Hairstyles

Little known fact: I am a Certified Disneyholic. Need proof? I have a Pinterest board with that very title, Certified Disneyholic. Makes me all kinds of official, right? I’ve loved Disney for as long as I can remember. It’s amazing how so many little girls connect to Disney princesses and I love that the Disney Princess Hairstyles book exists.

Disney Princess Hairstyles Book Review

This beautifully designed book brings you tutorials for 40 hairstyles inspired by Disney Princesses. The photographs are easy to follow and every hair texture is represented in this book.

Disney Princess Hairstyles Hair Techniques

From Ariel to Aurora and Mulan, each princess is represented with at least 3 unique hairstyles.

Disney Princess Hairstyles The Litle Mermaid

Disney Princess Hairstyles Ariel

Disney Princess Hairstyles Jasmine

Disney Princess Hairstyles Rapunzel

Three cheers for including curly hair in the Merida (from Brave) and Tiana (from The Princess and the Frog) sections because as a child I so often felt left out with my head full of corkscrew curls.

Disney Princess Hairstyles Merida

Disney Princess Hairstyles Tiana

Disney Princess Hairstyles is sure to rank high with the Disney princess fans in your life, and besides that, it’s a great instructional book for anyone who is looking to learn how to create braids and updos. I give this book high marks for the beautiful photography and clear instructions.

Do you have a favorite Disney princess? I’ve always been fond of Snow White, Belle, Jasmine, and I can’t deny I love the curly hair factor represented by Merida.

My Final Thoughts: As with the Disney Frozen Hairstyles: Inspired by Anna and Elsa book I reviewed yesterday, I adore the fact that the models in this book look like little girls and are not made up to look years older than their actual age. Disney Princess Hairstyles is an excellent book and gift for little girls and also to anyone who is interested in learning hairstyling techniques.

Rating: A

Price: $10

Availability: Amazon.com

Makeup Of The Day 51 With ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Sequin

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a) I’m in love with ColourPop Super Shock Shadows, b) I want all the ColourPop Super Shock Shadows, c) I think ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Sequin is a must have! Enjoy!

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Sequin FOTD

FOTD ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Sequin

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Sequin EOTD

EOTD ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Sequin

ColourPop Lippie Stix in I Heart This and J. Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint in Mad Splatter

PicMonkey Collage

Face

Cover FX Mattifying Primer

Illuminare Moisturizing Mineral Foundation in Sienna Sun

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

Cover FX Cream Concealer in G Medium-Deep

Smashbox Halo Loose Powder in Light

IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette

Eyes

Base: BA Star Eyeshadow Primer

Lid: ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Empire

Outer Corner: MAC Fake

Browbone: MAC Vanilla

Liner: Rimmel Scandaleyes in Sparkling Black

Brows: Paula Dorf 2 + 1 For Brows in Brunette

Mascara: L’Oreal Miss Manga

Lips

ColourPop Lippie Pencil & Lippie Stix in I Heart This

J. Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint in Mad Splatter

Disney Frozen Hairstyles: Inspired by Anna and Elsa is A Great Book For The Hair Lover In Your Life

Frozen fever is in full effect. It’s amazing how the recent Disney film has captured the hearts of so many, which makes the new book Disney Frozen Hairstyles: Inspired by Anna and Elsa a perfect book for anyone who likes hair and Frozen.

Disney Frozen Hairstyles Inspired by Anna and Elsa Book Review

Now, don’t go throwing a snowball in my direction, but I still haven’t managed to see Frozen. I know the plot, I know the songs, but I still haven’t seen the film in its entirety. However, I know enough about Anna and Elsa to clearly see their appeal and love that this book was created and inspired by the two sisters.

Disney Frozen Hairstyles Inspired by Anna and Elsa Intro

Besides being entirely cute, this is book is an excellent instructional book and I think it’s something anyone who is interested in hairstyling can learn from. The introduction to the book demonstrates basic braid styles the the rest of the book builds on.

Disney Frozen Hairstyles Inspired by Anna and Elsa Braid Tutorial

Braids and updos have always mystified me and I’m glad there are resources that make creating them that much easier. It’s definitely a book to consult for prom and wedding updos. This book is filled with 28 hairstyles that are clearly and beautifully photographed and broken down step-by-step.

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Disney Frozen Hairstyles Inspired by Anna and Elsa 3

I have to say I love that the models in this book look like little girls and not overly made up beauty queens.

Disney Frozen Hairstyles Inspired by Anna and Elsa 7

Disney Frozen Hairstyles Inspired by Anna and Elsa 8

Disney Frozen Hairstyles Inspired by Anna and Elsa 5

Disney Frozen Hairstyles Inspired by Anna and Elsa 6

My Final Thoughts: I think this is a great book and a great buy for anyone who loves hair and loves Frozen. Best of all, the price is right!

Rating: A

Price: $10

Availability: Amazon.com

 

Nab Red Cherry False Lashes for $1!

False lash lovers! Deal alert for Red Cherry false lashes which are currently listed for $1 at BFTE Cosmetics.

Red Cherry False Lashes Sale

Red Cherry lashes typically sell for $2.50, so this is an exceptional value. The lashes are beauty industry favorites and I give them my personal seal of approval. I just placed an order and can’t wait to use the lashes.

My favorites are the 747M which give a gorgeous, flutterly look to lashes. Nab these while you can! BFTE charges $4 for shipping in the US  an d the company is notorious for super fast delivery.

Need help with lashes? I’ve got you covered!

Here’s my tutorial for applying false lashes.

A tutorial for removing false lashes.

And here’s all you need to know about individual false lashes.

Customize Your Holiday Presents With Pretty Please Nail Polish

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Pretty Please Nail Polish could be the most perfect Holiday present for the beauty lovers on your shopping list, and it’s one of the coolest concepts I’ve ever come across.

Pretty Please Nail Polish Personalized Nail Polish

What Pretty Please Nail Polish allows you to do (with ease) is to pick out a polish from 25 options and personalize the name.

Pretty Please Nail Polish Bottle

What a great gift idea, no? The name possibilities are endless – I’m wondering how my friends would like a polish called “Sheila Says Hi!”. Hmmm. Maybe “Painted Ladies Pink” would be a better idea!

Pretty Please Nail Polish Review

Housed in a sleek glass bottle with an easy-to-maneuver brush, this could be the perfect gift for so many on your list.

Pretty Please Nail Polish Swatches

The price for a solo bottle is $12, with rates going down when you order higher quantities of the same polish. Beyond the Holidays, these are great for birthdays, bridesmaids, baby showers, and so many other occasions.

Pretty Please Nail Polish - Review

Pretty Please Nail Polish is cruelty free, vegan friendly, and 5 free, meaning the polishes don’t include formaldehyde, DBP, toluene, formaldehyde resin, and camphor. I was able to sample Festival Of Lights, which is a gorgeous electric purple, aka #25. There’s a handy (literally!) color guide that makes it easy to see which colors you’d like to customize.

My Final Thoughts: I love the idea of custom nail polish and I can think of so many on my Christmas list that would love their own personalized bottle. From packaging to product, this is an excellent idea and one you’ll love to gift.

Rating: A

Price: $12 for one bottle, prices go down when you order higher quantities.

Availability: www.prettypleasenailpolish.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

Makeup Of The Day 50 With ColourPop Super Shock Shadows

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ColourPop Super Shock Shadows are currently at the top of my list of faves and I’ve been having a lot of fun with the shadows. Here’s a look that uses Empire and the Queen For A Day collection.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow In Queen For A Day FOTD

EOTD ColourPop Super Shock Shadow In Queen For A Day

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow In Queen For A Day EOTD

Face

Cover FX Mattifying Primer

Illuminare Moisturizing Mineral Foundation in Sienna Sun

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

Cover FX Cream Concealer in G Medium-Deep

Smashbox Halo Loose Powder in Light

IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette

Eyes

Base: BA Star Eyeshadow Primer

Inner Lid: ColourPop Sequin

Lid: ColourPop Empire

Outer Lid: ColourPop Bae

Outer Corner: ColourPop Shameless

Browbone: ColourPop Girly

Lower Lid: ColourPop Smash

Liner (upper lid): Urban Decay Black Velvet

Liner (lower lid): Urban Decay Smog

Brows: Paula Dorf 2 + 1 For Brows in Brunette

Mascara: L’Oreal Miss Manga

Lips

ColourPop Lippie Pencil & Lippie Stix in I Heart This

Your Lids Will Never Be The Same! ColourPop Super Shock Shadow In Queen For A Day & Empire

I Bought It

It’s no secret that eyeshadow is my thing, so when I first started reading reviews of ColourPop Super Shock Shadow I knew I’d eventually have to indulge. And indulge I did with my recent order of the ColourPop Super Shock Shadow set in Queen For A Day and Empire single shadow.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow In Queen For A Day

Besides their sleek, beautiful packaging, these unique, shimmery shadows are definitely something to write home about. With a low price point, beautiful pigmentation, and intense color payoff, I am all around wowed!

Packaging for ColourPop Super Shock Shadow In Queen For A Day

The Queen For A Day set includes 4 shadows that you’d assume would be in a palette but are actually 4 individual shadows. Well, 3 are full sized shadows and one goes halfsies with two colors.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow In Queen For A Day Palette Packaging

The colors in this set are:

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow In Queen For A Day Colors

Girly: Vanilla with a pink and gold duochrome.

Shamless/Bae: Shamless is a black with hints of green, gold and blue, and Bae is an eggplant with emerald and turquoise.

Sequin: A shimmery copper with pieces of silver glitter.

Smash: A neutral beige with gold undertones.

Here are the shadows swatched without a base:

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow In Queen For A Day Without Primer

Here are the shadows swatched with a base:

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow In Queen For A Day With Primer

I also picked up Empire which is an incredible mermaid sea green. I mean, incredible!

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow In Empire

As you can see, that gorgeous pattern is just an overlay and goes away after it’s used.

Empire ColourPop Super Shock Shadow

In this photo you can see Empire both without and with a base:

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow In Empire Without and With Primer

The texture of these shadows is not like your typical powder eyeshadow at all. These are spongy and they have a lot of moisture. As such, you’re advised to keep the containers closed tightly. Looking at the ingredients I am fascinated because they are not water based at all, but are formulated with dimethicone, cucumber fruit extract, and mango seed butter. Here’s a closer look at the texture of the shadows.


 

The ColourPop Super Shock Shadows are smooth like cream shadows, but you don’t have to worry about them fading away, especially not when worn with a cream base.To get maximum pigmentation you do have to use the pads of your fingers to apply, but you can also use a flat synthetic brush, as well. To be honest, it took me a minute to get used to using my fingers, but I found the application was easier and the color payoff more intense when I ditched the brush.

EOTD ColourPop Super Shock Shadow In Queen For A Day

The results? Fantasic! I’m having so much fun with my colors and can’t wait to share some FOTDs I’ve created with them.

My Final Thoughts: As a newbie beauty company, I have to give ColourPop major props for their unique products that have caught the attention of beauty lovers. From packaging to product, these are unique eyeshadows that pack a big punch and are going to be your new favorites. I do wonder how long the shadows will keep their spongy texture, but at $5 a pop I’m not worrying too much about it. As I said in my review of the ColourPop Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencils, I’ve already placed a second order, and that says it all!

Rating: A

Price: $5

Availability: www.colourpop.com - sign up for their newsletter and get $5 off your order!

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

Get Beauty Inspiration In A Snap With The New Bellashoot iPhone and iPad Apps

Over the past few months, Bellashoot has become one of my favorite places on the Internet to share my beauty blog posts and learn about and get to know a ton of other beauty fanatics. The brand new Bellashoot iPhone and iPad apps make sharing my love for makeup even easier.

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I made sure to download the apps as soon as they were available and really love the convenience they offer. It’s so easy to upload your own posts and to check out other posts I’m interested in. You can even use the in-camera function to upload photos and videos right from your iPhone or iPad. This technology fascinates me in so many ways, but overall, I am so thankful for the ability to share my work and to get ideas and inspiration from all the other talents who post on this site.

Next to Pinterest, Bellashoot is the only other place where I share my daily blog posts. I’d been going between a couple other beauty sharing sites, but ultimately Bellashoot won me over with the ease of using the interface. I also have to say the Bellashoot team is so sweet and you can tell they put all of their heart into this site and helping out their users.  The sisters who founded this site are doing all on their own and I wish them the very, very best in this endeavor!

Best of all, this is a free app! To download the apps, visit iTunes and make sure visit www.bellashoot.com.