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Cutex Twister With SPA Formula Is One Little Jar With Powerful Results

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Cutex Twister With SPA Formula is one powerful and unique jar of nail polish remover and pretty much one of the coolest beauty contraptions I’ve used in recent times.

Cutex Twister Spa Formula

A brand new product in the trusted Cutex nail care line up, Twister is the solution to all the glitter nail polish that ever drove you crazy when it came time to remove. We have all been there. Tears may have been involved, as well as a resolution to never ever, ever buy another bottle of glitter nail polish. Like, ever!

Cutex Twister Spa Formula Nail Polish Remover

As I’ve experienced, the Cutex SPA Formula Nail Polish Remover is a powerful agent to easily get rid of glitter. The Twister contains the SPA Formula, along with a sponge designed to eliminate cotton pads, and a bristle brush that will have glitter and other nail polishes off your nails in a couple of minutes.

Cutex Twister Spa Formula Nail Polish Remover Review

As you’ll see in the short video I put together, I found that the most effective way to remove the glitter polish is to dip your finger in the jar, let it set for a few seconds, and then twist a few times.

What really impressed me about Cutex  is that it does work quickly and removes all of the polish you have on your nails, which is no small feat. The polish I was wearing previously needed a lot of elbow grease to remove when I used a regular polish remover with a cotton pad.

Starting this month you’ll be able to find four top-selling Cutex products at Target stores nationwide, including Cutex Twister. In honor of this occasion, one very lucky Painted Ladies reader will win Cutex Twister, along with a prize pack of Cutex nail care products valued at approximately $20. Except for the Regular Polish Remover, I’ve reviewed these products in the past and LOVE each and every single one. Seriously, Cutex rocks it in the nail polish remover category!

Cutex Nail Care Package Giveaway

Contest ends March 20, 2015 at 11:59 pm, PST  and is open to residents of the USA.

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My Final Thoughts: I am really impressed with the difficult nail polish remover power contained in the jar of Cutex Twister. It’s definitely going to make my life easier, and I’ll need to pick up a backup jar!

Rating: A

Price: $4.99

Availability: Check you local Target stores, which will be stocking Twister and other Cutex products in March 2015.

Cruelty-free? Yes

ColourPop Lippie Stix In Go Fish Is Hot Pink, Glossy Amazingness

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Well, hello there, ColourPop Lippie Stix in Go Fish.

ColourPop Cosmetics Go Fish Lippie Stix

I do believe you are one of the most gorgeous hot pink and glossy lipsticks I’ve seen in a quick minute.

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Go Fish Review and Swatch

Le sigh.

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Go Fish Swatch and Review

I’m slowly but surely building up my ColourPop Cosmetics collection, and the Lippie Stix I purchased in my last order had to be Go Fish, which has a hyper glossy finish. While I call it hot pink, ColourPop describes Go Fish as a vibrant coral red. Either way, it’s pretty perfect.

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Go Fish Swatch

As with the matte ColourPop Lippie Stix, Go Fish is opaque and long wearing, some of the longest wearing lip colors I’ve ever seen.

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Go Fish Makeup Inspiration

There are coordinating Lippie Pencils available, but I find any neutral lip pencil works well. I tend to reach for Milani Anti-Feathering Lipliner, which is clear.

My Final Thoughts: If you’re in need of a bold, glossy hot pink lip color, ColourPop Lippie Stix in Go Fish is your best bet!

Rating: A+

Price: $5

Availability: www.colourpop.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes


My Instagram Life, 3-1-15

A look back at the week in Painted Ladies and my life, as seen on Instagram!

If you visit Painted Ladies on your smartphone or tablet, you may have noticed the new mobile site, which is way overdue!

Painted Ladies Mobile Site

This week I showed you how Dove Quench has been nourishing my curls.

Dove Quench

Lashes and lips!

Koko Lashes Foxy ColourPop Tipsy

It was a good month for Ipsy.

Ipsy February 2015

Can’t you just smell this jasmine?


The best nail care products under $10.

Best Nail Care Products

I always look forward to the personalized notes from ColourPop. :)

ColourPop Personalized Note

The Pur Minerals Pout Pens are something awesome!

Pur Minerals Pout Pens

My February beauty favorites (is it really March 1st?).

February Beauty Favorites

There’s nothing like a fresh pack of crayons.

Crayola Crayons

Adventures in Mascara! A look back at the mascaras I loved (and didn’t love) recently.

Adventures In Mascara

Here’s to a blessed week!

Chantecaille, Sisley, Jordana, and Wedding Day Beauty Tips

Here’s a look at what members of the Beauty Blog Coalition discussed this week!



Adventures In Mascara 2015

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I was thinking it was about time for an Adventures In Mascara post, but didn’t realize it had been an entire year since the last post! Time! Flying by!

Adventures In Mascara

Every once in a while I like to do a collaborative post showing you the different mascaras I’ve reviewed here on Painted Ladies. It’s fun to look back and see which ones have stood the test of time.

Tarina Tarantino Fleur De Lash

Full lashes are my thing. I love a good volumizing mascara, and Fleur De Lash has a full wand that gives the kind of lashes I just can’t help but love.



NYC City Proof

A bargain beauty surprise, this $4 mascara offers impressive volume that I wasn’t expecting. It’s a great overall mascara and one to check out.



Beauty Without Cruelty Full Volume Mascara

I wasn’t expecting much from this mascara but the results were fantastic. My eyes are a bit sensitive, and I found that something in the ingredients really irritated my eyes, so I haven’t been using it much.



L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess

As much as I love L’Oreal mascara, this particular one proved to be an exception to the love. It’s a stinker! It didn’t do much for my lashes and was quickly tossed.



Milani Total Lash Cover



2014 was the year of extremely unique mascara wands, and I have to say Total Lash Cover took the cake! It’s about $5, which is an exceptional value to a mascara that provides major results.

Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes

I’ll admit it- I was really amazed by the way Younique made my lashes look. Alas, the fibers that are an integral part of this mascara system irritate my eyes to the point I cannot use it at all.



L’Oreal Miss Manga

My mascara love of 2014, I can’t imagine a more perfect mascara than Miss Manga. I’m sure I’ll find something I like more at some point, but Miss Manga has a hold on my heart for sure.



L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza

A step up from the original L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly mascara, I was definitely impressed with Intenza, which has a super fancy wand that creates defined, full, lush, long-wearing lashes.



Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Mascara

This is definitely one of the coolest mascaras I’ve ever used. You twist the wand to create four different wants and layer accordingly to create extremely full, lush lashes.




This mascara is all-natural, vegan, and cruelty-free. It’s the mascara that’s currently in my purse and layers to create lovely lashes.

Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara Review

Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara Swatch

From this list the mascara that won my heart was clearly L’Oreal’s Miss Manga. I have repurchased this so many times and it’s a never fail, which is funny because I really was so doubtful about this mascara at first.

Adventures in Mascara Collage

Here’s a look at past Adventures In Mascara posts:

Adventures In Mascara 2012, Part 1

Adventures In Mascara 2012, Part 2

Adventures In Mascara 2014

What are your current favorite mascaras?

February 2015 Beauty Favorites

Even though February is a short month, it’s hard to believe we are encroaching upon March! Here we are and I have to say it was a great month of beauty finds of every variety. My February 2015 beauty favorites include eyeshadow, foundation, nail polish, and lots of lovely lip colors.

February 2015 Beauty Favorites

Wet n Wild Silk Finish Lipsticks

I was actually really suprised by how much I liked the $0.99 lippies that are in newly revamped packaging in drugstores right now. These are not the waxy lipsticks from years past, and they’re definitely worth trying out.

Manna Kadar

I sampled a couple of Manna Kadar lip products via Gloss 48 and I have to say I was more impressed than I anticipated. The Liplocked Priming Gloss Stain in Manna Babe has pretty much become one of my favorite fuchsia lip colors!

Lush Cosmetics

In February I gave you a peek at some Valentine’s goodies from Lush. By far the favorite in my house was the Unicorn Horn Bubble Bar, which offers tons of awesomely scented bubbly bath time fun.

Tarina Tarantino Jewel Shadow Palette in Magical

This purple eyeshadow palette was made just for me because these colors and textures are exactly what I love. Purple eyeshadow = true love!

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cheek Palette

Pretty pinks and coral blushes galore are offered in this blush quad. It’s my go-to blush choice of the moment, with long-wearing shades that flatter skin tones across the board.

LATHER Tinted Lip Balms

These balms are pretty, moisturizing, and offer a really nice, shimmery tint to lips. They’re cruelty-free and carmine-free, and have a really soothing and light minty feel.

Hourglass Modernist Palette

The Modernist palettes get many mixed reviews, but I was really impressed with the Exposure palette, finding it fully of silky, pigmented, and blendable colors. It’s also a work of art and display-worthy!

Black|Up CC Cream

I reviewed and loved many Black|Up Cosmetics products this month, but the CC Cream was by far my favorite. With incredible coverage and a gorgeous finish, it’s definitely hitting my foundation rotation in a big way.

Sugarpill Hug Life Loose Shadow

Sugarpill released a slew of new loose shadows for 2015, and Hug Life is definitely my best bet. Seafoam green eyeshadow = true love!

Ardency Inn Spring 2015

Designed for rock stars, the Ardency Inn line offers top quality makeup products that wear for hours and hours on end. Their smooth, shimmery, and long-wearing MODSTER liners are a must to check out.

Esqido Lashes

These are luxury mink lashes that cost a bit more than synthetic lashes, but are also the most natural looking falsies I’ve ever worn and can be reused multitudes of times. I’m saving my pairs for my wedding to a man I haven’t met yet. LOL.

LAQA & Co. Polishes

With a rainbow of long=wearing colors at your selection and the prettiest packaging I’ve ever seen, LAQA & Co. nail polish is a fun treat!

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Tipsy and Yasmin

ColourPop can do absolutely no wrong in my book, and this month I showed you two of my favorite $5 lip colors, Tipsy and Yasmin.


From the actual makeup bag to the hair, skin, and makeup products within, it was a good month for Ipsy and I’m already anticipating my March shipment.

Pur Minerals Pout Pen Lip Stain and Hydrating Balm

For seriously pigmented lips that will NEVER fade, these lippies are something you have to check out! But, for serious, they will never fade!

And there you have it! I’m entirely pleased with the beauty products I picked as my very favorites from February and I’m excited about some products I have on slate to review in March. Spring and the time change is almost here! Plus, I have a few super cool makeup giveaways to share with you, so stay tuned. March is going to be an excellent month!

What were your beauty favorites from February 2015. I wanna know!

Makeup Of The Day 86 With Pur Minerals Pout Pen Lip Stain And Hydrating Balm

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Bold lips – like the ones I get with the Pur Minerals Pout Pen Lip Stain And Hydrating Balm - deserve bold eyes!

MAC Stencil MAC Sketch Milani Bella Teal Makeup Inspiration

Details on what I used for this look after the jump!

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Perfect Your Pout With Pur Minerals Pout Pen Lip Stain And Hydrating Balm

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There are days when I cannot believe how time flies. Do you know those kinds of days? The ones where you look up and somehow the clock has flashed forward several hours before you know better. That’s one of the reasons I’ve been loving Pur Minerals Pout Pen Lip Stain and Hydrating Balm lately.

Pur Minerals Pout Pens

Ok, this stuff is legitimately one of the best long-wearing lip products I’ve ever used and I am overall extremely impressed by how well the dual-ended Pur Minerals Pout Pens work.

Pur Minerals Pout Pens Balm

One side has a lip felt-tip marker stain and the other side has a coordinating balm that has Vitamin C and other antioxidant and nourishing ingredients.

Pur Minerals Pout Pens Stain

The stain on it’s own is something that will stay on your lips no matter when the balm fades. Unlike traditional long-wearing lip products which are more like a paint, the stain is an actual stain. It’s some serious business, so do beware if you’re not interested in a day-long commitment to a lip color. These are my lips after some serious scrubbing with a cleansing oil. As you can see, there’s still a lot of the stain left!

Pur Minerals Pout Pens Removal

There are four bold colors available in the Pout Pens. I’ve been using are Fuzzy Navel and Sangria.

Pur Minerals Pout Pens Fuzzy Navel and Sangria Swatches

Fuzzy Navel is a bold dark coral, which makes me think about Summer (and how many of us are so ready for Summer?).

Pur Minerals Pout Pens Fuzzy Navel Swatches

Pur Minerals Pout Pens Fuzzy Navel

Sangria is a gorgeous magenta which is one of my favorite lip colors in general.

Pur Minerals Pout Pens Sangria Swatches

Pur Minerals Pout Pens Sangria

My Final Thoughts: My verdict? I like these lip colors which are definitely an all-day commitment and can be a challenge to remove. If you’re an on the go type of gal and/or prefer long-wearing lip colors, I think you’ll really like the durability, boldness and shine offered by the Pur Minerals Pout Pen Lip Stain and Hydrating Balm.

Rating: B+

Price: $20

Availability: www.purminerals.com and Kohl’s

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

The Best Nail Care Products $10 And Under

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Taking care of your nails is something that so many of us find enjoyable and relaxing. Maintaining well-groomed nails doesn’t have to come at a huge expense, and I recently realized that most of my must haves are easy to find and pretty cheap.

Here are some items that I use on a regular basis that I call the best nail care products $10 and under. I’ve included links to online retailers, and all of these products are easy to find at mass market retailers such as CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Walmart, and Target, as well.

The Best Nail Care Products $10 and Under

NYC Grand Central Station Top Coat

Like so many of us, I have been there and done that with the expensive nail polish top coats, and haven’t necessarily been all that thrilled with the results. After years of top coat experimentation, I have found NYC Grand Central Station to be the BEST top coat ever, and just $1.99. This is my bargain of all bargains in this list, and so super shiny on your nails. Available at CVS.

e.l.f. Concealer Brush

This is the best tool for dipping in nail polish remover and using around your cuticles after you’ve finished your manis. I have two, just because I love it so much. You can find this brush for just $1 in stores wherever e.l.f. is sold. It’s also available at drugstore.com, but the price is $3.

Nailtiques Formula 2 Plus

This changed my nail care game permanently for good. Price: $10. Available at drugstore.com.

Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

This is my be all, end all cuticle cream of choice and it’s what I’m constantly reaching for through the day, even more than lip balm! It’s a MUST HAVE, smells incredible, and is just $6. You can’t lose! Available at drugstore.com.

Cutex Baseworx

I really never expected to have such a fondness for Cutex products, but I’m alternating this as a basecoat with Nailtiques Formula 2 Plus. Price: $7. Available at drugstore.com.

Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover Pads

This is a product that left me stunned – in a good way! Unlike any nail polish remover pads I’ve used in the past, these WORK and then some, removing every single last trace of nail polish and even hard-to-remove glitter polishes. I can hardly believe it’s just $3.99, and Cutex better not discontinue this, ever! Available at drugstore.com.

Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover

I also really love the Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover, which is incredibly effective and does not irritate your nails. It almost feels strange that it’s just $2.99 – it works so well I’d expect it to cost much more! Available at drugstore.com.

SpaRitual Lacquer Thinner

A good nail polish thinner is so handy to have to help revive polishes that have seen better days. Over time, polish will thicken up, and a couple of drops of thinner will make things smooth sailing once again. Price: $5. Available at beauty.com.

Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover

The key to my success with at-home manicures and pedicures began when I started understanding and embracing the power of a good cuticle remover. To use, I soak my hands in warm water, apply the cuticle remover and wait for 15 seconds, wash off, push back my cuticles, and trim with nail nippers. This is a great product and it really does help keep your nails looking put together. Price: $5.98. Available at drugstore.com.

CoverGirl XL Nail Gel

There are quite a few bargain nail colors that I love and use, but I have to say the CoverGirl XL Nail Gel polishes are really some of the best I’ve ever used. Everytime I use one of these polishes, I marvel at the long-wearing shine and chip-free wear that goes on for days on end. Price: $7.49. Available at drugstore.com.

Lint-Free Nail Polish Remover Pads

It is beyond annoying to give yourself a manicure only to find leftover strands from your cotton pads polluting your nail space and then becoming inadvertent nail art. I love lint-free cotton pads like Swisspers, which are around $3 for a pack of 100. Available at drugstore.com.

Basic Manicure Implements

Nail files, cuticle pushers,  buffers, clippers, nail brushes, and cuticle nippers are essentials, and Kiss has a great kit that is just $10.99. Available at drugstore.com.

What are your must have nail care products?

Makeup Of The Day 85 With The Ipsy 2015 #ipsylove Glam Bag

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And now for the details on the makeup I wore in my Ipsy February 2015 #ipsylove Glam Bag post!

Makeup Inspiration With The Ipsy February Glam Bag 2015

Details on what I used for this look after the jump!

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