Although I feel younger than my age and refuse to be anything less than forever young, there have definitely been some changes in my neck area over time. Things just aren’t as firm. You know how that goes. I want to keep things looking as good as possible, which is why I appreciate this Shea Butter-based day and night cream that works with StriVectin’s patented NIA-114 technology and Gravitite-CF Lifting Complex to make neck skin more firm, supple, and smoother.
This cream has been clinically proven to provide visible results in the neck and jawline are. While I can’t say I’ve noticed dramatic results after 3 weeks of use, my neck area definitely feels more supple with all the attention it’s been getting, and I believe some products work best over time.
I’m so thankful that StriVectin provided an extra jar of StriVectin TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream because now I can give it away to one lucky reader. This giveaway is valued at $95 and is open to residents of the USA and Canada. Giveaway ends 10/31/2015 at 11:59 pm PST. To enter simply fill out the Gleam widget below.
My Final Thoughts: While a bit on the pricey side, I’ve seen first hand that StriVectin products deliver results. If your neck needs a little TLC, look into the StriVectin TL Advanced Tightening Neck Cream which improves elasticity and delivers clinically proven results.
It took a few days to come up with this year’s Halloween makeup design, but my inner 80’s child was super excited when the thought of doing a Jem Halloween makeup tutorial came to mind. Truly outrageous!
Growing up in the 80’s I loved Jem and the Holograms and remember being fascinated with her pink hair and awesome makeup. The cartoon show was a hit with me and my elementary school friends and we all had to have a Jem doll. Who knew 30 years later I’d be fulfilling my childhood dreams and actually transform myself into one of my favorite cartoon characters?
Jem’s makeup is actually pretty easy. There’s a lot of pink and glitter involved, but it really comes down to a few simple steps. Here’s a look at most of the makeup I used to create Jem. I have a full list at the very end of this tutorial.
Ready to get started? Here we go!
Step 1: Prep Work
To ensure this makeup will last for hours, I took some of my own advice and primed before applying foundation. I contoured my face but didn’t apply blush.
I also applied an eyeshadow primer all the way around my eye area, extenting to the lower eye area. Because the eyeshadow goes right up to my browbone, I filled in and set my brows first.
Step 2: Stencil Work
To avoid unnecessary stress, trace your eyeshadow design before hand with a neutral pencil. This way you can make mistakes and clean them up before adding color.
Step 3: Color Inside The Lines!
I bought a generic cream color palette from eBay recently and it’s a really great set of cream colors to work with. You can use any cream product as your base – NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk is a great option to use as a base for pink eyeshadow.
A little warning: pink can stain your skin, so beware you will be pink after you remove your makeup. Also, I recommend using a bit of olive oil on your brushes before washing them to help break down the pink. So much pink comes with a price!
I’ve been flirting with a few different foundations, but I have to say I keep coming back to the Cover FX Custom Color Drops. I love that you can make this foundation whatever you want and the finish is divine.
Inspiration is everywhere, even in a $0.29 pack of crayons!
Never Say Die Beauty: Allison’s been using an amazing Advanced CoQ10-based facial serum, MitoQ Power Antioxidant Rejuvenating Serum, that brings back healthy, younger skin by working with mitochondria in skin cells. Remember them from biology?
I have two pieces of big news for you and I’m so excited to share it with you. 1. The Painted Ladies weekly newsletter is FINALLY HAPPENING! 2. If you subscribe, you’ll receive an exclusive link to receive The Beauty Council Fall Beauty Guide.
The Beauty Council is a blogging group I’m so proud to be a part of, and I’m super proud of how our first e-book turned out. To get your copy, subscribe to the newsletter and you’ll receive an exclusive link immediately!
Time is always flying by, but it seems especially so the last couple of weeks! It’s two weeks into the month of October, and better late than never when it comes to sharing my September 2015 beauty favorites.
This – besides my monthly Ipsy bag review – is one of my favorite rituals during the month! Here’s a look at the products that really impressed me in September and have become a regular part of my beauty routine.
I am so glad this curl specific leave-in comes in a larger container than the Living Proof No Frizz Leave-In because I am hooked! I use a generous amount through my curls after washing and the results are fantastic. It’s a keeper and then some. Living Proof can do no wrong in my book. It’s a fairly pricey brand, but you really get what you pay for.
Growing up in the Bay Area, I really love the fact that Ittse’s products are all named after San Francisco landmarks. There’s even a Painted Ladies eyeshadow! Their shadows and face products are high quality and budget friendly. Check the original post for a coupon code!
In September I spent a lot of time with my new CHI Ultra Pearl Blossom flat iron and CHI styling products and let me tell you, it’s good stuff all the way around. If you’re in the market for a new flat iron, I really like the results from my CHI!
The weather in my neck of the woods has been humid and unpredictable, which is why I appreciate these frizz reducing shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in/treatment spray. The Lightweight Smoothing Lotion Spray is in my gym bag and is perfect for refreshing my curls after working out.
September was a great month for eyeshadow! I really do adore eyeshadow, and I’m so excited about the additions to my collection which include these perfect eyeshadows. If you’re looking for a gift to give yourself or makeup loving friends, look into this palette which can be customized with Butter London’s Wardrobe Duos.
Stop the presses, my heart’s desire for the perfect citrus scented body lotion is completely fulfilled. This lotion is one of the best in the biz and plus, it’s the creation of a fellow beauty blogger. If you’re looking for great Holiday gifts, take a look at the gift packs from A Girl’s Gotta Spa!
There’s just something about a great luxury lipstick that cannot be beat, and these gorgeous lippies fit the bill and then some. I believe we all need a luxury lipstick treat every now and then, and from packaging to product, these are an A+ product.
Let the Holiday makeup collections begin in full force! Shimmery, blendable, and oh so wearable, the eyeshadows in this collection plus the wonderful eye and lip crayons are high quality beauty products.
Did you have any favorite beauty finds in September?
October begins a festive few months in our lives, beginning with Halloween. It’s a fun time of the year! So many of us are planning our Halloween makeup, and considering how much time and effort we put into the day, it’s important to think about keeping your makeup on your face. To make sure your makeup stays on your face, here are my 5 tips to make your Halloween makeup last.
#1 – Practice In Advance!
This is my number one most important tip to make sure your Halloween makeup looks great. Take some time before the day to plan out your look and figure out what works and what doesn’t work. If you’re planning on wearing false eyelashes, definitely practice before hand!
Similar to bridal makeup, I recommend looking into waterproof eyeliners and long-wearing lip colors for Halloween. During both events you’re active for hours on end and don’t necessarily have time to touch up. Waterproof is the way to go!
Model In A Bottle is one of my very favorite beauty products because it works extraordinarily well to make your makeup last. If you’re doing elaborate makeup, I definitely recommend investing in this wonder spray! Just spritz, let it dry, and you are set!
With these 5 Halloween makeup tips in mind, you won’t have to worry about your butterfly mask sliding down your face an hour into trick or treating. Trust me, I’ve learned the hard way!
The Makeup Geek Duochrome eyeshadows are brand new and I’m so excited to share a post all about them next week. In the meanwhile, I’ll give you a sneak peek of a couple of the shadows here paired with NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Amethyst. FYI, Amethyst is bold lipstick perfection!
Dippity-Do is a brand I associated with old school hair gel, but I had no idea they have a line of budget-friendly, apple-scented products designed specifically for curly hair. The Dippity-Do Girls With Curls line are paraben and sulfate-free and enhanced with Coconut Oil and Shea Butter. The line includes 6 products:
Curl Shampoo & Conditioner
Deep Treatment Conditioner Pack
Curl Boost Spray
Curl Defining Cream
After giving these product a trial period of four hair washes, I came to the following conclusion: The Dippity-Do Girls With Curls Shampoo, Conditioner, and Leave-In Spray are not the right products for my curls. I found that neither the shampoo nor the conditioner gave my curls the moisture they need, and I didn’t get any spectacular results from the leave-in spray. The Deep Treatment, however, is lovely and gave my hair the level of conditioning it craves. I’d definitely use it again!
I used both the Gel and Cream separately and was not impressed with the results. Using both products individually, I had nice curls the first day, but not beyond. After deciding to mix an equal proportion of the Gelee and Curl Defining Cream together and then apply to my hair, my results were markedly improved. In fact, I’m totally digging this combination that gives my curls great definition that lasts 3 days before washing.
My Final Thoughts: As anyone who has curly hair can tell you, we tend to be extremely protective of our hair. If I don’t like a product, I’ll be completely honest about my experiences, and unfortunately I’m not altogether impressed with the Dippity-Do Girls With Curls line. I like the styling options but won’t repurchase in the future.
If there’s one thing I know for sure in the beauty world, it’s that liquid lipsticks reign supreme. It seems like ever brand is releasing their version of this lipstick trend, so When I came across the brand new NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick, I had to add this newest addition to the liquid lipstick category to my lip color collection.
Coming in at $7, the NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks are nice. I mean, like really nice. The gemstones at the top of the tubes are a nice touch!
There are 12 colors in this range and I purchased Life’s A Beach (pink) and Amethyst (purple).
These colors are opaque, buildable, and dry to a creamy finish. They take a bit longer to dry down than other liquid lipsticks in my collection. I found it a bit of a challenge to make Amethyst completely opaque, but Life’s A Beach was easier to work with.
One of the key ingredients is Kaolin, aka clay, which is what contributes to the wear time of lipsticks. Ingredients also include Avocado and Olive Oils. These colors do wear for a very long time, and although they don’t make it through the oily food test, I find they do last longer than many of my ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip colors. Some of my ColourPop colors last longer than others, it seems.
I recently wrote a post comparing liquid lip colors if you’re curious to see I a variety. I’ll have to add the NYX LIquid Suede to the list, but int he meanwhile I made a little video to show you the difference between NYX Liquid Suede lipstick compared with the ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip Colors.
My Final Thoughts: Overall, I’m really impressed with the wear time and smoothness the NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks have to offer. I’ll be back for more and have my eyes on Stone Fox, the dark grey color!