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Happy Sunday! Here’s a look behind the scenes of Painted Ladies from the past week, as seen on Instagram.

There’s a first time for everything! My first attempt at water marbling nail art.

Water Marbling Nail Art Fail

A smoky burgundy eye.

Smoky Burgundy Eyes

3 ingredients for the perfect smoky eye.

3 Step Smoky Eyes

I’m loving this beloved facial spray by Mario Badescu lately.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray

Really and sincerely one of the best, best, BEST liquid liners I’ve ever used. The best!

Kat Von D Liquid Liner

Whoever thought of this false eyelash applicator was a GENIUS!!!

Ardell False Lash Applicator

My newest favorite ColourPop Super Shock Shadow, though ALL of the ones I’ve purchased are my favorites.

ColourPop Sunnies

Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate is awesome and there’s a reason why!


Smoky eyes with a side of sunny.

Smoky Eyes ColourPop Sunnies

The cutest nail polish packaging of all time ever. Ever!

LaurenB Beauty Nail Polish

I found these adorable rainbow roses in a grocery store this weekend and I’m kind of in love.

Rainbow Roses

My picks for 5 must have makeup setting sprays.

5 Must Have Setting Sprays


Finding the Wet n Wild Fergie Milano eyeshadow palette felt like finding a golden ticket! And I got another one to give away to one lucky reader!

Wet n Wild Milani Palette

These earrings tho. Needing a treat, I picked them up at Target, which is one of my favorite sources for budget friendly accessories.

Target Earrings

The Girl Scouts Thin Mint Lip Smacker I scored at Big Lots is possibly the best $1 I’ve spent all weekend!

Girl Scouts Thin Mint Lip Smacker

Here’s to a blessed week!

Vitabath, Embryolisse, Nail Art, Tony Moly & More On The Beauty Blog Coalition

Here’s a look at some of the best blog posts on the Beauty Blog Coalition this week.



An Interview With Michelle Villanueva, Creator Of Shadow Shields

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The tagline of Shadow Shields is:Be fearless. Be Flawless. Be Smudge Free. That’s an accurate description of  of benefits the self-adhesive cloth shields that you can use under your eyes to catch any kind of shadow or glitter fall out.

Shadow Shields

Shadow Shields are such a useful beauty tool that I named them one of my top 5 beauty inventions that have revolutionzed the beauty industry. They really are that great! Celebrity makeup artist Michelle Villanueva, creator of Shadow Shields, was kind enough to answer some questions about her great idea that’s a beauty industry must have.

Shadow Shields Collage

Painted Ladies: I recently named Shadow Shields as one my favorite beauty inventions. There’s no doubt that Shadow Shields have revolutionize the makeup industry. As a professional makeup artist, what inspired you to create these wonderful creations?

Michelle: You are so sweet for naming us as a Top 5 Beauty Invention. We feel extremely honored and so grateful to you and each of our customers/fans! Before creating Shadow Shields, I was a freelance makeup artist and always struggled with the issue of eyeshadow fallout. So I decided to do something about it; not just find a solution, but create one! The rest is history! :)

Shadow Shields Demo

Painted Ladies: How long did it take you to bring Shadow Shields into the market after coming up with the idea?

Michelle: I began researching in mid 2007 and launched in February 2008.

Review Shadow Shields

Painted Ladies: Besides being used to help prevent shadow fall out, what are other ways people can use Shadow Shields?

Michelle: We have customers using them in so many fun and creative ways; as a straight edge for shadow to keep it sharp and clean, as a guide for eyeliner- especially that winged cat eye that some can tend to struggle with (Love that saying “May the wings of your liner always be even” Lol!), and even for lipstick to prevent smudging!

Shadow Shields Lipstick

Painted Ladies: Do you have any plans to bring out more products that are similar to Shadow Shields?

Michelle: We currently have no plans to bring anything else to market! I’m exhausted just with the one!! LOL!!! Still continuing to grow and build even more brand awareness daily! So thank you for your support and posts- without you guys, there is no Shadow Shields!

Thank you, Michelle!!!

You can find Shadow Shields at beauty.com or www.shadowshields.com.

5 Must Have Makeup Setting Sprays

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When it comes to makeup, I have a confession to make. I am secretly obsessed with makeup setting sprays. They are my favorite way to start and finish a makeup application, and I love the way my makeup looks after I’ve used a setting spray. There are several in my arsenal that I rotate between. While it’s impossible for me to pick a favorite, here’s a look at my 5 must have makeup setting sprays that will not only give your makeup a polished look, but help it last for hours on end.

Five Must Have Makeup Setting Sprays

It really is impossible for me to pick a favorite because each of these makeup setting sprays has a special place in my heart. These sprays come at a variety of price points and each has their own selling point that makes them unique.

1. e.l.f. Studio Makeup Mist & Set ($3)

I sincerely did not expect to get such great results from this innocent looking $6 product, but I have to tell you this is one of the best budget beauty finds out there. e.l.f.’s take on the makeup setting spray works so well to keep your makeup in place and I’m particularly impressed by how well it keeps foundation looking great.

2. MAC Prep + Prime Fix + ($22)

Fix + was my gateway setting spray and it’s a perpetual favorite that somehow manages to add a gorgeous glow to your skin. It’s a perpetual favorite and one makeup product from MAC I’ll forever repurchase. I really love using MAC Fix + after using a powder foundation to take the powdery edge off of my skin.

3. Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herb, & Rosewater ($7)

This is a longtime beauty industry favorite, and for a good reason! Not only does it smell terrific, it can be used to set your makeup and also on your hair. I’ve been reaching for this spray a lot lately!

4. Model In A Bottle ($18)

The day I got married I was still early on in my makeup career and I sprayed hairspray all over my face keep my makeup in place. Not my smartest move, but it worked. However, Model In A Bottle works better and it doesn’t contain any potentially skin damaging ingredients. And when I mean it works, IT WORKS! It’s a lightweight makeup fixative that is fantastic if you need your makeup to truly last. It’s perfect for brides!

5. Skindinavia The Makeup Finishing Spray ($29)

The idea for Skindinavia came up in the middle of a nightclub 10 years ago, and it’s since become a beauty industry must have. Thank you, Allan Goldman, for saving our sweaty faces! Beloved by makeup artists and makeup lovers alike, Skindinavia set the standard for makeup setting sprays, and you’ll find it’s worth every single penny.

Skindinavia is also behind setting sprays for Urban Decay and Mary Kay, proving you can’t improve on a product that’s pretty much perfect. Skindinavia has a version of their spray catered toward brides, and also a spray that offers oil control. I also like Skindinavia’s spray version of a makeup primer, which is silicone-free and really gives your makeup an added edge.

How could I possibly pick a very favorite? Impossible! One beauty tip to remember is to fan your face with a piece of paper or an actual fan right after you apply your setting spray. It speeds up the drying process and you’ll love the results.

Do you have a favorite makeup setting spray?

Lauren B. Beauty Nail Couture Review & Swatches

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First and foremost, let me just state to the world that Lauren B. Beauty Nail Couture wins for best nail polish packaging I’ve ever seen, hands down.

Lauren B. Beauty Nail Couture

Is this not the cutest use of fonts and graphics? I am so taken by the sleek bottle design and calligraphy script that’s used so well. The question lies in this: Is the polish as good as the packaging?

Lauren B. Beauty Nail Couture Swatches

I recently had the opportunity to try the Lauren B. Beauty Nail Couture Nail Perfecter and Nail Polish in Pacific Palisades. This line of nail products is inspired by Los Angeles and the names of the polishes refer to area landmarks. There are some gorgeous colors in the line up!

Lauren B. Beauty Nail Couture Review

Lauren B. products are designed to give you a top notch, at-home salon gel manicure experience. The polishes are crafted in the USA and are eco-friendly, cruelty-free, vegan-friendly, and are 5-free, made without formaldehyde, DBP, toluene, formaldehyde resin, or camphor.

Lauren B. Beauty Nail Couture Nail Perfecter Review

The Lauren B. Beauty Nail Perfecter ($20) is the perfect prep product for polish. This product adds nourishment, fills ridges, hides discoloration, dries quickly, and leaves behind a buff, matte base. My nails are full of ridges and I’m impressed by how well it covered up my natural nails.

Lauren B. Beauty Nail Couture Nail Pefecter

I’m all about a lilac nail polish, so Lauren B. Beauty Nail Couture in Pacific Palisades ($18) is definitely the perfect color to try.

Lauren B. Beauty Nail Couture Pacific Palisades Review

I found the formula to be smooth, easy to apply, and quick to dry, with two layers needed for maximum opacity.

Lauren B. Beauty Nail Couture Pacific Palisades

Used with NYC Grand Central Station Top Coat, Pacific Palisades was chip-free for four days, but I did experience tip wear by day two.

My Final Thoughts: Bright, vibrant, and shiny, the Lauren B. Beauty Nail Couture line offers gorgeous nail colors inspired by Los Angeles. I’m not sure if you get better results with the Lauren B. top coat, but with my own top coat I didn’t find the polish to last as long as promised. Still, the products are lovely and Pacific Palisades is my new go-to lilac polish

Rating: B+

Price: $18 – $20

Availability: www.laurenbbeauty.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Makeup Of The Day 104 With ColourPop Sunnies Super Shock Shadow

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ColourPop Sunnies Super Shock Shadow just might be the color I’m reaching for time and again this Spring and Summer. What a fresh, fun color! Paired with darker shadows, it’s a gorgeous take on the traditional smoky eye.

Makeup Inspiration With ColourPop Sunnies Super Shock Shadow and ColourPop Cupid Lippie Stix

Keep reading for more photos and to find out what products I used for this look!

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3 Reasons You’ll Love Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate

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Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate is one of of those beauty products that gets nothing but good word of mouth from beauty pros to beauty lovers everywhere you go.

Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate

If you have been paying attention to the beauty world for any length of time, there’s no doubt you’ve heard about this wonder skincare product. Before it was distributed in the USA, it was highly coveted and an in-demand product from Europe. Mentioned in magazines or blogs, it’s continually picked as a must have by makeup artists and makeup lovers, alike.

Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate Review

This year Embryolisse is celebrating their 65th anniversary with special packaging. This gold and black tube is a fun alternative to the traditional white tube and a great way to pay respects to this beloved cream.


So, why is Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate so great? I’ll give you 3 reasons it’s a must have!

Reason #1: Perfect for all skin types, this shea butter-based cream melts into your skin and does not make your oil production go out of control.  As a person whose skin tends toward oily, this is a huge selling point. My skin looks good and nourished when I use Embroylisse.  Shea butter makes my world go round. Seriously, it’s one of my favorite skin and hair care ingredients.

Reason #2:  As a makeup primer, it helps your makeup look good for hours. I’ve been mixing Embryolisse with Cover FX Custom Cover Drops and I’m always told my skin looks good. Not my makeup, my skin. I’m sold on this combo for life!

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops and Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate

Reason #3: It’s a skin soother. On those occasions my skin is just irritated, I know Embryolisse will make it look and feel better on the quick. Going back to the fundamentals, it’s just a great skincare product all the way around.

My Final Thoughts: Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate will make your skin and makeup look great. As a person who tends to doubt products that get nothing but acclaim, if I like something it means it’s really that good! A fan of Embryolisse for many years, I am definitely impressed and think it’s a skincare item that everyone needs.

Rating: A

Price: Available in 2 sizes: 1 oz, $16 (regular packaging), and 2.54 oz, $28 (special edition packaging)

Availability: Sephora

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Orange You Glad I Bought ColourPop Sunnies Super Shock Shadow?

Little known fact: I am an avid lover and champion of orange eyeshadow, which is exactly why I couldn’t resist my recent purchase of ColourPop Sunnies Super Shock Shadow.

Colour Pop Sunnies Super Shock Shadow

Orange you glad I got it? You know you are.

Colour Pop Sunnies

Silly puns aside, orange eyeshadow is surprisingly lovely, and especially so for those of you who are blessed with blue eyes.

ColorPop Sunnies Swatch

While it looks super bright in the pan, I find Sunnies to sheer out nicely with a lovely, light shimmer that can be built up in intensity. As with all ColourPop Super Shock Shadows, Sunnies is best applied with the pad of your ring finger. I use a flat brush like the Bdellium 773 to get into the inner corner.

ColourPop Sunnies Shadow Inspiration

Pair Sunnies with a smoky eye for an unexpected pop of color. I’d also recommend wearing it with purple and brown, as well. Don’t you just love the name, too? It makes me want to put on a sundress and sandals and head over to a cafe for a spot of brunch.

My Final Thoughts: Orange shadow might seem a bit scary, but ColourPop Sunnies is a sheer, shimmery way to incorporate this bold color into your makeup collection.

Rating: A

Price: $5

Availability: www.colourpop.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

For more of my ColourPop Super Shock Shadow picks, check out my reviews of Chipper, Slave2Pink, Quiche, and Amaze.


Kat Von D Tattoo Liner In Trooper Is One Amazing Liquid Liner

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In the past few weeks that I’ve been using Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper, it’s quickly earned the title of being of the very best I’ve ever used.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper

At this point in my makeup game I have been there, done that, and have bought pretty much every kind of liner available. I’ve seen the good, the bad, the oh, so ugly, and know when I have the real deal on my hands.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper Brush

There are so many liners out there that come with overinflated promises to last all day, to provide consistently rich pigmentation and so forth. What makes Kat Von D Tattoo Liner so great? It’s smooth, super pigmented, and doesn’t get all weird and crinkly in the outer corners when I’m trying to make the upper flick with winged liner.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper Swatch and Review

I live for perfectly sharp winged liner. I do not live for weird and crinkly winged liner. I expect to wear winged liner for years to come, so the less I am reminded of my crinkly skin in my outer eye area, the better!

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper Swatch

Trooper is an intensely pigmented black and I’ve yet to experience any problems with it dragging or skipping.

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper Review

Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper comes with a sharp brush applicator, dries in a flash. and stays on your lid until you decided it’s time to remove your makeup.

My Final Thoughts: As a tattoo artist, you’d figure Kat would know what’s up when it comes to liquid liners. Kat Von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper has become my new go-to, and I see many winged eyes courtesy of this liquid liner in my future.

Rating: A+

Price: $19

Availability: Sephora

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? N0

Breaking Down Beauty: Ingredients For The Perfect Smoky Eye

Today I’m spilling my beauty secrets. Hop on over to The Beauty Council blog, where I’m giving you the ingredients for the perfect smoky eye.

Ingredients For The Perfect Smoky Eye