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Makeup Of The Day 29 With MAC Antiqued & Makeup Geek Appletini Eyeshadow

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

Here’s the makeup I wore in yesterday’s YouTube tutorial where I showed you how to apply cream blush!

 

FOTD MAC Antiqued Makeup Geek Appletini NYX Butter Lipstick in Frizzies

MOTD MAC Antiqued Makeup Geek Appletini NYX Butter Lipstick in Frizzies

EOTD MAC Antiqued Makeup Geek Appletini

MAC Antiqued Makeup Geek Appletini

Face

Cover FX Mattifying Primer Cover FX Oil Free Foundation in G60

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

Cover FX Cream Concealer in G Medium-Deep

MAC Invisible Set Powder

e.l.f. St. Lucia Cream Blush/Bronzer

Eyes

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Inner Lid: Makeup Geek Appletini

Outer Lid/Crease: MAC Antiqued

Browbone: MAC Vanilla pigment

Liner: NYX Slide-On Liner in Sunrise Blue

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: Milani Total Cover

Lips

Hourglass Eden Lip Liner

NYX Butter Lipstick in Fizzies

Expectations? Exceeded With The New ChapStick® Dual-Ended Hydration Lock Lip Balms

Press Sample

By Sheila Arkee

As much as I’ve tried to love Chapstick® through the years, I’ve been at odds with this well-known lip balm brand since way back in the day. As a young girl, lip balm was the only beauty item my parents allowed me to wear and there was something about the texture and smell of Chapstick that threw me in the arms of Carmex (which also has a distinctive smell,go figure) and Bonne Bell. Old memories are the reason I was wary about trying the new ChapStick®: Dual-Ended Hydration Lock Lip Balms, but I’m sure glad I did.

ChapStick® Dual-Ended Hydration Lock Lip Balms

Chapstick® has come a long way from their basic balms and their latest are these nifty little dual-ended lip products that were designed to nourish and create clinically proven healthier looking lips. What makes lips look healthier, to you? To me this means lips that are flake free, plump, and have a light sheen to them. That’s easily accomplished with both the non-tinted ChapStick® Hydration Lock Day & Night and ChapStick® Hydration Lock Moisturize & Renew.

ChapStick® Dual-Ended Hydration Lock Lip Balms 1

According to the brand, ChapStick® Hydration Lock Day & Night is the first dual-sided lip balm to offer 24-hour lip care.  On the “Day” end you’ll find an aloe and Vitamin E enriched balm that offers 8 hours of protection and SPF. The “Night” balm contains tamanu and coconut oils to nourish lips overnight.

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ChapStick® Hydration Lock Moisturize & Renew offers lip hydration along with anti-aging formulas. On the “Moisturize” side you’ll find CoQ10 and hyaluronic spheres for long-lasting hydration, along with shea and mango butters on the the “Renew” end.

ChapStick® Dual-Ended Hydration Lock Lip Balms 2

In both balms I found the signature ChapStick® scent and texture to be missing but replaced with a very soothing fragrance and feel that indeed nourishes and protects my lips.

ChapStick® Dual-Ended Hydration Lock Lip Balms 3

I love these balms as a base for other lip products as they are not too shiny and add moisture. As I mentioned in my “What’s In My Purse” video from last week, the only problem I have with these dual-ended products is that you have to be careful about which side you twist up, lest a balm gets smashed into the cap. Annoying, especially because I like the balms so much!

My Final Thoughts: Proving old dogs can have new tricks, the ChapStick®: Dual-Ended Hydration Lock Lip Balms are hydrating, nourishing, protecting, and worth checking out. Just be careful how you twist up the balms!

Rating: A-

Price: $2.99

Availability: Mass market retailers nationwide. Visit Chapstick.com for more information.

Cruelty-free? No

Paraben-free? No

Gluten-free? No

e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Cream In St. Lucia Is A Bargain Beauty Best Bet

I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

For the past couple of weeks I have been on the prowl around the various Target stores in my area, on high alert for a new matte blush duo called Fiji by e.l.f.  I’m determined to find this elusive product in stores and avoid e.l.f.’s high shipping charges, not regarding the fact that I’ve surely spent their shipping fee in gas by now. To satisfy my bargain blush fix, I settled on e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Cream In St. Lucia.

e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Cream In St. Lucia

Their are certain bargain beauty products I can’t get into trying, and that would certainly apply to cream blushes. Call it too many good intentions gone awry, but past experiences have made me wary of cheap blushes that promise to deliver but always pull a slip and slide. On the flip side, I’ve always had a high regard for Stila’s Convertible Colors which are $25 but deliver gorgeous color and do not pull a disappearing act.

e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Cream In St. Lucia

St. Lucia surely surprised me in a big way. I wasn’t expecting much, but I’ve found this duo to have beautiful pigmentation, smooth wear, and it doesn’t disappear in under a minute. For $3, I was wowed. The blush is a beautiful peachy color and the bronzer is perfect – not too orange at all.

e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Cream In St. Lucia Swatches

Cream blush and bronzer can seem tricky to apply, but I’ve put together a quick video and photo tutorial showing you just how to get the job done. I intended the video to be a 2 Minute Beauty Clinic, but it somehow became 4 minutes!

 

1. Apply your foundation and concealer.

2. Use a brush to apply the cream bronzer in the shade of a “3″ (or “e”) along your browbone, under your cheekbone, and under your jawline. I also apply a bit along the sides of my nose to contour. A little bit goes a long way, and make sure to blend!

e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Cream In St. Lucia Tutorial 3

e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Cream In St. Lucia Tutorial 1

e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Cream In St. Lucia Tutorial 2

e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Cream In St. Lucia Tutorial 4

3. Use the pads of your fingers to pat the blush on the apples of your cheeks. Reference this Breaking Down Beauty if you need help locating the apples of your cheeks.

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4. Blend any harsh edges away with a Beauty Blender.

e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Cream In St. Lucia Tutorial 6

5. Set your foundation and cream blush/bronzer with translucent powder. I’ve been loving the Mary Kay® Translucent Loose Powder lately.

e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Cream In St. Lucia Tutorial 7

And the results are gorgeous!

MAC Candy Yum Yum Wet n Wild Vanity Palette FOTD

How to apply cream blush and bronzer

 

My Final Thoughts: I was expecting to be utterly disappointed, but instead was utterly thrilled by the performance of e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Cream In St. Lucia. Long wearing, creamy, and easy to blend, it’s a universally appealing duo worth every single penny of it’s entire $3.

Rating: A

Price: $3

Availability: Target stores, and eyeslipsface.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

My Instagram Life, 9-28-2014

By Sheila Arkee

A look behind the scenes of my life and Painted Ladies, as seen on my Instagram account.

The last couple of weeks have been about major clutter clearing and getting around to projects I’ve been putting off. I put together a new intro video for Painted Ladies TV that sounds much better than the last one, which was done when I had a raging cold! Please check it out and subscribe.

 

I have a slight gel pen obsession.

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Frozen strawberry yogurt chips! Not a fail! My technique could use improvement but I was really happy with how this Pinterest idea turned out and my picky little eater liked them, too.

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Milani Constellation Gel Liner in Enchanted Black Opal sure is pretty, but highly smudge-able!

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It was a good week of drugstore makeup finds – I’m so glad I was able to nab this Melrose at Night palette by Wet n Wild.

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My first jobs out of college (UC Davis – go Ags!) were in the radio industry. While on my clutter clearing mission I found headshots from my last job at KGO AM 810 in San Francisco. I made the necklace I was wearing in the pics!

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I posted a couple of videos on YouTube including this 2 Minute Beauty Clinic showing you how I flat iron my hair.

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It sure doesn’t feel like it, but hello, Fall!

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The second video I posted shares my love for Pur Minerals CC Cream and I reveal the essential items I carry in my purse.

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After clearing clutter I found enough MAC empties for a couple of Back 2 MAC lipsticks and snagged Candy Yum-Yum.

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TGIF! He earned this cookie after a busy week at school.

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A sneak peek at a video coming up soon!

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Although I have no idea what to design, I know it’s time for a Halloween mani!

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My handsome son.

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I <3 mint green nails!

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Here’s to a blessed new week!

Charlotte Tilbury, evanhealy, BFTE, YouPolish & More This Week On The Beauty Blog Coalition

 

 

 

More Mint Nail Love With Milani Color Statement Nail Lacquer in Mint Crush

I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

So, I have to admit, I have a thing for mint nail colors. Not exactly a secret, right? At this point, it’s an ever-expanding collection and my most recent acquisition is Milani Color Statement Nail Lacquer in Mint Crush.

Milani Color Statement Nail Lacquer in Mint Crush

It’s all kinds of gorgeous. And I’m in love, per usual. My application skills are a continual work in progress – one day I will figure out the secret to making polish even around the cuticles. I will!

The texture reminds me of Essie’s Mint Candy Apple, a little bit on the thick side and could probably use a dash of polish thinner to make the application process a bit easier. Overall, though, it’s a gorgeous, long-wearing, and priced at under $5.  If you’d like to see the other mint polishes in my collection, here’s a list of my favorites, along with another recent review of Beauty Without Cruelty’s Mermaid.

My Final Thoughts:Milani delivers the minty green goodness with Mint Crush, another lovely color from the perfect Milani Color Statement Nail Lacquer line.

Rating: A

Price: $3.99 – $4.99

Availability: CVS and Walgreens and Milanicosmetics.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

 

Consider José Eber Beauté Cheveux The Conditioner Completely Curl Friendly

Press Sample

By Sheila Arkee

It’s no secret that I have curly hair and tons of it. Curls are a blessing and also a challenge, because caring for them requires products that will keep the frizz factor in control while maintaining shine and manageability. I had my doubts when the José Eber Beauté Cheveux The Conditioner came across my path, but I found it to be a good curl thing.

José Eber Beauté Cheveux The Conditioner

A sometimes co-washer (or no-poo’er, as we used to say), I used José Eber Beauté Cheveux The Conditioner  as a co-washing (aka, conditioner only) product. It comes out of the can just like a mousse you’d use as a hair fixative, which is why I was WORRIED the first couple of times I used this conditioner. I did have to use quite a bit on my hair, but the bottle lasted longer than I anticipated.

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While it’s a little more lightweight than a traditional conditioner, it went through my hair with ease and left my tresses looking shiny and feeling great. The worst thing that can happen to curls, in my opinion, is that heavy, sticky feeling when you’ve used a product that is just too heavy for your situation, but that was not a problem in my case.  FYI, this conditioner does contain Dimethicone, if you are sensitive to hair products with silicone. I do have problems with silicone, but I alternated this product with other silicone-free products, which might account for why I didn’t have an issue.

José Eber Beauté Cheveux The Conditioner 2

The unique delivery system is part of the reason this conditioner works so well. The aerosol allows for a delivery system by which micro-molecules penetrate the root sheath of the hair and in to the cuticle for moisture-rich and environmental damage blocking ingredients. The nourishing,antioxidant-rich ingredients include brown seaweed, algae, and cacti extract.

My Final Thoughts: José Eber has been a fixture in the hair care industry for many years. I was looking forward to trying his product line and I’m glad to say I wasn’t disappointed. The paraben and sulfate-free José Eber Beauté Cheveux The Conditioner is definitely a product worth trying and made my curls happy.

Rating: A

Price: $17.50

Availability: HSN.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Contains Hydrolized Wheat Starch.

 

Makeup Of The Day 28 With MAC Candy Yum-Yum

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

MAC Candy Yum Yum Wet n Wild Vanity Palette FOTD

MAC Candy Yum-Yum Lipstick MOTDMAC Candy Yum Yum Wet n Wild Vanity Palette EOTD

MAC Candy Yum Yum Wet n Wild Vanity Palette Eyes

Face

Cover FX Mattifying Primer Cover FX Oil Free Foundation in G60

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Glow

MAC Invisible Set Powder

e.l.f. St. Lucia Cream Blush/Bronzer

Eyes

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Inner Lid/Crease/Outer Lid/Browbone: Wet n Wild Vanity Coloricon 5-pan palette

Liner (upper lid): Milani Constellation Gel Liner in Black Opal

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: Milani Total Cover

Lips

MAC Beet Lip Pencil

MAC Candy Yum-Yum Lipstick

Lipstick Of The Day: MAC Candy Yum-Yum

I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

Earlier this week I felt inspired to dash over to my local MAC counter and hand over 6 empty MAC containers in exchange for one brightly colored MAC Candy Yum-Yum Lipstick.

MAC Candy Yum-Yum Lipstick

The Back 2 MAC program is pretty much one of the most awesome rewards systems in cosmetics history. If you bring back your empties, you can receive a free lipstick of your choice at any MAC counter, or, if you visit a freestanding MAC store, a lipstick, Lipglass, or eyeshadow of your choice, as long as they are not from the Viva Glam line, or limited edition, as I have been told. As I used to work for MAC and was a hard core devotee of this brand afterwards, I naturally have years worth of Back 2 MAC ahead of me, which is quite a treat!

MAC Candy Yum-Yum Lipstick

I am currently in the middle of a mad, passionate obsession with bright pink lips, so Candy Yum-Yum was my obvious choice.

MAC Candy Yum-Yum Lipstick Swatch

It’s a matte lipstick, and while I’ve found matte textures to be drying in the past, I can say this one is smooth sailing and feels comfortable on my lips. It totally reminds me of candy … yum, yum! (Yeah, I so had to go there. LOL!)

MAC Candy Yum-Yum Lipstick LOTD

The only problem you might have with this particular color is that it stains! You’ll be left with bright pink lips for hours after you remove it, FYI.

MAC Candy Yum-Yum Lipstick MOTD

My Final Thoughts: Hot pink lips for the win! I quite fancy MAC Candy Yum-Yum Lipstick and will have lots of fun incorporating it into future makeup looks.

Rating: A

Price: $16

Availability: Your local MAC counter or www.maccosmetics.com

Cruelty-free? No

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Contains Tocopheryl (Vitamin E)

Pür Minerals CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40 Is A Multitasking Makeup Must Have

Press Sample

By Sheila Arkee

Things are looking a lot brighter these days in my makeup bag, with the addition of my newest essential, Pur Minerals CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40 in Tan.

Pür Minerals CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40

A multitasking wonder product, this CC cream offers a heap of benefits to the user. Where the CC creams differ from BB creams is that they offer color correction, which is something that is not typically seen in the BB creams.

Pür Minerals CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40 b

I’ve been using this CC cream – or “color complexion corrector” for about a month now and I can tell you that it’s not only the perfect shade for my skin tone, it offers a broad spectrum SPF 40 foundation and primer, brightens, conceals, clarifies and offers anti-aging factors.

Pür Minerals CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40 c

What I really like about this product is the coverage and knowing I don’t have to worry too much about my skin holding up when I throw this on in a hurry. There’s no slipping and sliding around with the Pur Minerals CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40 and that is a GOOD thing when you’re on the go.

Pür Minerals CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40 a

For really beautiful coverage, I pair this CC Cream with the Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup. It’s a gorgeous combo and I have yet to experience any skin discomfort or irritation while wearing these products.

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All together, I’m impressed. The only downsides are the price, which is up there at $38 and the fact that this only comes in 4 colors, from light to dark, so it won’t be suitable for those with darker skin tones.

It’s such an essential item in my life, it’s found its way into my purse, where I use it after the gym for great coverage that I don’t need to worry about. Speaking of what I carry around with me, I thought it would be fun to do a video showing you exactly what I carry around with me in my silver Estee Lauder GWP bag that was passed along to me recently.

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It was seriously steaming hot when I taped this video, as you’ll hear me mention. It’s been a little more Autumn-like recently, which is a huge improvement over what we had!

 

The products I mention in this video include:

Jordana Best Lash Extreme Mascara
Colorescience Sunforgettable Sunscreen
Pur Minerals CC Cream
Milani Even Touch Powder Foundation in Beige
Pentel Energel
Carmex
Body Glide
NYX Butter Gloss in Peaches and Cream
NYX Incredible Waterproof Concealer
Chapstick Dual Ended Balms
MAC Whirl Lip Liner
MAC Lingering Brow Pencil
Vincent Longo Baci XXX
Nailtiques Formula 2 Plus

My Final Thoughts: I’m really loving the Pur Minerals Offering coverage, skin benefits,  and broad spectrum sun protection, I’m a big believer in Pür Minerals CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40, which has earned a coveted spot in my purse.

Rating: A

Price: $38

Availability: Ulta stores, Ulta.com, and Purminerals.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Contains Wheat Germ Extract