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Have You Heard About Boxycharm? It’s An Awesome Subscription Makeup Service

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Boxycharm has managed to impress me in a big way. I recently received the December installment of Boxycharm and have to say I was completely won over by the value of this monthly makeup subscription service.

Boxycharm December 2014

This little white box? Full of makeup goodness for the reasonable rate of $21 a month which you are able to cancel at any time. Everyone receives the same products in their monthly Boxycharm shipment.

Boxycharm Review

The contents of the December Boxycharm included 4 full-sized makeup products and one trial sized item. Every month you can expect at least 4 full-sized beauty items, which is a better value than Ipsy. At $10 a month, you are not guaranteed 4 full-sized makeup items.

Review of Boxycharm December 2014

The theme for the December Boxycharm was Jingle Bells. With festive false lashes, shimmery eyeshadow, berry glossy lip color, easy-to-transport hair spray, and a retractable makeup brush to keep in a clutch, these items are the ingredients for a fun night out.

Boxycharm Insert December 2014

I was really impressed with the content of the Boxycharm box I received, especially the Lina Lashes Luxury Mink Lashes. They’re $30 and I know I’ll have a lot of fun with these frilly falsies.

Lina Lashes Luxury Mink Lashes

I received the Be A Bombshell Lip Crayon in Shameless.

Be A Bombshell Lip Pencil

Every makeup user needs a retractable brush to carry with them. It’s a makeup saver! The  Mistura Beauty Solutions Retractable Beauty Brush ($20) is made of super soft synthetic bristles.

Mistura Beauty Solutions Retractable Beauty Brush

The winner of the December Boxycharm is the Coastal Scents Revealed palette which is comparable to the Urban Decay Naked 1 and 2 palettes. The texture and pigmentation of these shadows is great and you get 20 colors, so it’s an all-around great deal.

Coastal Scents Revealed Palette

The only sample sized item was a hairspray by Eva NYC Hair Products, which I always love to receive. Mini cans of hair spray come in handy!

My Final Thoughts: From what I’ve seen of past reviews of Boxycharm, their shipments tend to be this generous. The value of the full sized items in this Boxycharm comes out to $104, which makes it a fantastic deal. I’ll use and enjoy all of these products – it’s a win!

Rating: A

Price: $21

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Makeup Of The Day 73 With The BFTE Cosmetics Valentines Day Collection 2015

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The BFTE Cosmetics Valentines Day Collection 2015 sure is a sweet treat! It was fun to get dolled up with these shimmery pastel colors. They’re just what the doctor ordered!

Makeup Inspiration BFTE Valentines Collection 2015

Makeup BFTE Valentines Collection 2015

EOTD BFTE Valentines Collection 2015

BFTE Valentines Collection 2015 EOTD


Cover FX Illuminating Primer

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

Cover FX Cream Concealer in G Medium-Deep

Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation in G50

MAC Fleur Power Blush

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit


Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer


Lid: BFTE Be Still My Heart

Outer Corner and Lower Lid: BFTE Heartbreaker

Browbone:BFTE Heart Of Glass

Liner: Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl in Purple

Brows: Paula Dorf 2 + 1 For Brows in Brunette

Mascara: L’Oreal Miss Manga


Milani Nude Lip Liner

Wet n Wild Lipstick in Nouveau Pink

My Assistant

My assistant has had quite a history of appearances on Painted Ladies through the years.  First, here he is helping out with crushed makeup.


Fascinated with fancy packaging.


Demanding I take photos for his side project.


Helping himself to my props.

BFTE Valentine's Collection 2015 Review

I take the majority of the photos you see on the blog on Saturday mornings, and he is my constant sidekick. Sometimes he’s good with keeping himself busy, and other times, he needs a little more attention from mommy.


When he grows up, I wonder how he’ll remember these creative Saturday mornings we spent together. Will he take these memories and do something artistic, as well? Time will tell.


Andre was 2 when Painted Ladies started and now he’s 7 1/2. I’m in denial.


Over the weekend he must have grown a couple of inches, because when he got dressed on Sunday it looked like his clothes had shrunk. I am happy he’s growing and he’s healthy, but there there’s that realization my baby really isn’t a baby anymore. #tears #sadness #why Hold on tight to your babies, mamas.

Sealed With A Smooch – The BFTE Cosmetics Valentines Day Collection 2015

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Valentines alert! I recently received a package in the mail filled with a sweet makeup treat: the BFTE Cosmetics Valentines Collection 2015.

BFTE Cosmetics Valentine's Collection 2015

This set of four shadows really is quite sweet.

Review BFTE Valentine's Collection 2015

Even my assistant found it irresistible. Well, maybe just the props.

BFTE Valentine's Collection 2015 Review

I think this is a really cute set and I love the soft, shimmery pastels that are absolutely perfect for Valentines. BFTE owner, Kimberly, told me she wanted to make colors that are reminiscent of Valentines conversation hearts. She nailed it!

Review of BFTE Valentine's Collection 2015

The colors include:

BFTE Cosmetics Valentine's Collection 2015 Swatches

Heart Of Glass - A GORGEOUS duochrome light pink with violet and pink.

Be Still, My Heart – A bright violet-red with a pink sheen.

XXOO – A pink/coral with pink shimmer.

Heartbreaker – A light purple with pink shimmer.

Worn together or mixed in with other shadows, I think these pretty eyeshadows are just what the makeup doctor ordered to combat Winter doldrums.

EOTD BFTE Valentine's Collection 2015

BFTE Valentine's Collection 2015 EOTD

My Final Thoughts: Evoking memories of candy hearts and sweet treats, the BFTE Cosmetics Valentines Collection 2015 is filled with soft, shimmery pastel eyeshadows that are a nice chance from the smoky shadow colors from the Holiday season.

Rating: A

Price: Sample jar set, $8. Full-size set, $20.

Availability: Until 2/15/15 at bftecosmetics.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

My Instagram Life, 1/24/15

Here’s a look at what happened on Painted Ladies and behind-the-scenes, as seen on Instagram.

A look at products past that I can’t seem to throw out.

Painted Ladies 1-24 a

It was major a nail art experimentation night!

Painted Ladies 1-24 b

4 easy nail art techniques to jazz up your regular manis.

Easy Nail Art



I was interviewed.

Painted Ladies 1-24 c

ColourPop Grind is another fabulous Colour Pop Lippie Stix.

ColourPop Grind

I shared my 2015 beauty resolutions, along with other members of The Beauty Council.

New Year Beauty Resolutions

We love the Costco Food Court.

Costco Food Court

Late night work flow.

Beauty Blogger

A retro vintage inspired makeup look using the contents of my Ipsy bag.

Retro Vintage Inspired Makeup

My very first digital camera.

Kodak Easy Share Digital Camera

Wet n Wild got a makeover! The prices are the same, FYI.

Wet n Wild Lipstick

3 curly hair must haves.

Curly Hair Care Products

Relaxing and maxing, acting all cool with his whipped cream.

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Here’s to a blessed week!

Guerlain, Ipsy, Nail Art & More On The Beauty Blog Coalition Weekly Roundup

Here’s a look at what the members of the Beauty Blog Coalition have been dishing about this past week!



3 Must Have Products For Curly Hair

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As I mentioned in my recent post where I discussed my 2015 beauty resolutions, this is the year I’m getting my hair in it’s best shape ever. Possessing curls aplenty, my hair needs special care, and over time I’ve learned there are 3 must have products for curly hair that I cannot be without.

3 Must Have Products For Curly Hair Care

1. A Wide-Tooth Comb

A hair brush is the mortal enemy of curly hair. If I were to brush my hair on a regular basis, madness would ensue. However, there are snarls and knots that need to be combed through, so I coat my hair with an oil and comb through with a wide toothed comb right before I wash my hair. Snarls are eliminated and as a bonus the oil acts as a conditioning treatment.

2. A Good Natural Oil

My hair can’t tolerate typical shine treatments that only seem to dump a bunch of dimethicone on hair. Instead, a couple of drops of a good oil do the trick when my hair needs a bit of a boost between washes. Lately I’ve been applying some oil to the ends of my hair at night – my dry ends need the moisture.

InstaNatural Argan Oil

Right now I’m using and loving InstaNatural Argan Oil ($17.95), a cold-pressed oil that can be used on your hair, skin, nails, and face.

InstaNatural Argan Oil Review

There are no chemicals or artificial fragrances used in this pure oil, making it ideal for hair that needs a lot of pampering.

3. A Hair Mask

While I will use a shampoo every few washes, I’m a co-washer, meaning I’ll only use conditioner to cleanse my hair. I’ve been doing this for many years with great success and have found that my hair takes on new life and vitality when I use a hair mask for this purpose.

InstaNatural Argan Oil Hair Mask

There are several nourishing hair masks in my current co-washing rotation, and one that I’ve been enjoying is the InstaNatural Argan Oil Hair Mask ($17.95). My hair really loves Argan Oil, and this  mask is so nourishing, giving my hair much needed moisture.

The key ingredients are: Argan Oil, Amino Acid Complex, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, and Vitamin B5. You can either use this as a daily conditioner, or leave it on your hair for 10 minutes as a hair mask.

Review of InstaNatural Argan Oil Hair Mask

With the use of these three products, my curls are supple and I can definitely say the “happy curl, happy girl” principal is in effect!

Do you have certain must have products you use in your hair?

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Makeup Of The Day 72 Featuring The Ipsy January 2015 Fresh Start Glam Bag

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So, my hair had seen better days when I took photos for today’s makeup inspiration, which features products I received in the Ipsy January 2015 Fresh Start Glam Bag. What better time to pull out my peacock fascinator? My skin is currently red and inflamed from allergies, but I give all credit to my foundation lineup for keeping things together!

Ipsy January 2015 Fresh Start FOTD

Makeup from Ipsy January 2015 Fresh Start

Makeup from the Ipsy January 2015 Fresh Start Bag


Cover FX Illuminating Primer

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

Cover FX Cream Concealer in G Medium-Deep

Illuminare Moisturizing Mineral Foundation in Sienna Sun

Smashbox Halo Loose Powder in Light

It Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette


Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Lid: BellaPierre Shimmer Powder in Whesek

Outer Corner: Lorac Pro Sable and Espresso

Browbone: Lorac Pro Cream & White

Lower Lid: Pacifica Treasure

Liner (upper lid only): Elizabeth Mott You’re So FINE Liquid Liner

Brows: Paula Dorf 2 + 1 For Brows in Brunette

Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza


Milani Nude Lip Pencil

J. Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint in Red Potion

My Skin Is Thanking Me For InstaNatural Hyaluronic Acid Serum and InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Gel

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InstaNatural Hyaluronic Acid Serum and InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Gel came into my life recently, and my skin is very thankful.

InstaNatural Hyaluronic Acid Serum and InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Gel

Over the past couple of months I’ve been trying many InstaNatural products, and have to say overall my skin is very impressed. This affordable, high quality skincare line offers serums, moisturizers, masks, and other products that target a variety of skin concerns. At the moment, my biggest skin care issue is dryness. InstaNatural Hyaluronic Acid Serum ($16.95) is exactly what my Winter-parched skin needs right now. Hyaluronic Acid is a natural hydrator and helps your skin retain moisture. It’s a must have!

InstaNatural Hyaluronic Acid Serum

InstaNatural’s Hyaluronic Acid Serum contains Hyaluronic Acid along with antioxidants that include Vitamin C, Jojoba Oil, Aloe, and Green Tea to plump up and firm skin. This serum absorbs into my skin quickly and I’ve never experienced any irritation.

InstaNatural Hyaluronic Acid Serum Review

You can use this alcohol-free serum both day and night under your typical moisturizer and other skincare items.

InstaNatural Hyaluronic Acid Serum Swatch

I must give InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Gel ($19.97) a round of applause, because it’s just that great. This firming gel has made my under eye area extremely happy. I’m wowed in a way I never expected!

InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Gel

This lightweight, fast absorbing eye gel is enriched with Plant Stem Cells, Hyaluronic Acid, Matrixyl 3000, Vitamin E and Jojoba Oil to target and improve the appearance of dark circles, elasticity, wrinkles, puffiness and sagging skin.

InstaNatural Youth Express Eye Gel Swatch

This is my current go-to eye cream and I love that it instantly makes my under eyes feel more taut. It’s something I didn’t expect to love, but cherish dearly.

My Final Thoughts: The prices of InstaNatural products are absolutely fantastic. You cannot beat them AND the products are effective. I’m definitely a new, repeat customer! Both the Hyaluronic Serum and Youth Express Eye Gel are fantastic – if you have dryness, you’ll love both.

Rating: A

Availability: InstaNatural Hyaluronic Serum is on Amazon.com, as is the Youth Express Eye Gel Amazon.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

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The Ipsy January 2015 Fresh Start Glam Bag Is Starting The Year On A Good Note

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Earlier this week I received my monthly Ipsy January 2015 Fresh Start Glam Bag, and I can tell you without a doubt Ipsy is starting the year on a good note.

Ipsy January 2015 Fresh Start Subscription Bag

Ipsy hasn’t been the most consistent in the past, but I was truly impressed with my contents from the get go. This is the first Ipsy bag that has it all right – I like everything I received and really feel like I got a great value for the $10 monthly subscription fee.

Ipsy January 2015

Besides that, the makeup bag matches my mani perfectly! A plus!

Ipsy January 2015 Fresh Start

Here’s what I got in my bag:

– Velvet 59 Velvet Lip Gloss in Noisette (full-sized, $19) – soft, plushy, and gorgeously shiny.

– Elizabeth Mott All Over Shadow Brush (full-sized, $10) – soft and supple and definitely something I’m loving.

– BellaPierre Shimmer Powder in Whesek (full-sized, $4) – GORGEOUS, gunmetal grey shadow.

– Pacifica Natural Mineral Coconut Eyeshadow in Treasure (full-sized, about $10) – another gorgeous gold shadow.

– La Fresh Eco-Beauty Good Day Moisturizer (sample size) – I love this packaging!

From left to right, here are swatches of Whesek, Treasure, and Noisette.

Ipsy January 2015 Fresh Start Swatches

Combined, these shadows and gloss make for a gorgeous look! I’m actually super impressed with all three colors.

Makeup from the Ipsy January 2015 Fresh Start

Everything in this bag is something I will use and I think it was balanced just right. It’s like the bag was acutally curated according to the preferences I’ve set over the time I’ve been with Ipsy. Not too much skincare, but 4 full-sized makeup products I’m excited to use.

J. Cat Wonder Lip Paint in Red Potion

I also cashed in some points for the J. Cat Wonder Lip Paint in Red Potion, which is a glorious, shiny oxblood red.

Swatch of J. Cat Wonder Lip Paint in Red Potion

My Final Thoughts: Overall, I’m entirely impressed with the Ipsy January 2015 Fresh Start Glam Bag. For $10 I received makeup and skin care products to try out, and I think it’s a great deal.

If you’re interested in signing up for Ipsy yourself, here’s my referral link. Thank you!

Rating: A

Price: $10 per month (includes shipping)

Value of Full Sized Items: Approx. $43