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A Festive Halloween Manicure

By Sheila Arkee

It’s October 31, 2014, and I have a festive Halloween manicure to share with you.

Halloween Manicure

If I had my druthers about me, I would have done something cute with nail art, but my nail art druthers are on hiatus. I do love nail art, so much that I have an entire Pinterest board filled with it, but in my real life, I face epic nail art fear of failure. Epic!

This year’s nails are Sinful Colors Cloud 9, which I purchased last year, and the accent is Milani Color Statement Nail Polish in Gilded Rocks (on top of Cloud 9), which is currently available in stores. I’ll be rocking these nails with sugar skull makeup and sweats. Single mom realness style. LOL!

Have a safe Halloween!

My October 2014 Beauty Favorites

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By Sheila Arkee

Happy Halloween! It’s the end of another month, gone by way too quickly, as usual. Here’s a look at my October 2014 Beauty Favorites that I reviewed and truly liked.

October 2014 Beauty Favorites Painted Ladies Blog

MAC Sushi Kiss Lipstick

MAC Sushi Kiss Lipstick

This light coral lippie is my new favorite light lipstick and is perfectly paired with a smoky eye. It’s going to be my Holiday season staple!

Cover FX

Cover FX Foundation Review on Painted Ladies

Cover FX comes with a well-deserved stellar reputation and I fell in love with this cruelty-free line of face products which include primers, concealers, foundations, and primers. Cover FX is rocking my foundation world!

IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette

 

IT Cosmetics is another beauty brand that gets raves across the board and I’m really enjoying this palette which includes a highlighting powder, blush, and contouring bronzer.

BFTE Halloween Haunted House Collections

BFTE The Shining Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014

BFTE Amityville House Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014

The Shining and Amityville House Collections are vanishing tomorrow, so get your hands on these pretty shadows while you can!

Scentbird

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This is a brand new fragrance subscription service that allows you to try a generously sized decanter of luxury fragrance for under $15 a month. Love this!

Lash Closet

 

Another new subscription service, this is an ingenious idea all about false lashes. I love the concept and love the lashes I received from Lash Closet.

500 Eye-Makeup Designs by Kendra Stanton

500 Eye-Makeup Designs Review

Kendra is a fellow beauty blogger and she did something I highly admire, which is write the book on eye makeup! She is so creative and I love how this book turned out. A great holiday present for the makeup lovers in your life!

Karora Self Tanning Products

Karora Gradual Tan and Karora Tinted Self Tan Mist

I was STUNNED by how well these self tanning products worked. Like, really, I was shocked. I wasn’t expecting the finish to be so natural, but they’re new must haves and they don’t have that awful typical self tanner smell.

Smashbox Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadow in Sapphire

Smashbox Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadow in Sapphire Review

This is dreamy cream eyeshadow goodness that stays on your lids and won’t fade away. It’s a keeper and I’m giving one away, so make sure to enter my giveaway if you’d like one of your own.

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

 

This is the neutral palette that usurped the power of the Urban Decay Naked series, in my opinion. Creamy, buttery, sparkly, and matte, it’s worth taking a look at and nabbing.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Review

This is a really gentle exfoliator that is extremely effective. It has gotten great reviews for years, and for a good reason! A bit pricey, but worth it, in my opinion.

I hope you all have a safe Halloween! In case you need last minute makeup inspiration, here are three makeup tutorials to help you out.

Halloween Makeup Ideas

1940′s/Mad Men-style Classic Makeup (super easy!)

Butterfly Mask

Dia De Los Muertos Sugar Skull

I’ll be trick or treating around our neighborhood with my son Andre. Our neighbors really get in to the spirit of the season and Andre really enjoys going from house to house. When I was his age (and even now, ha ha!) I was super shy, but he has zero fear! Go Andre, go! Yesterday I put together this collage of his past Halloween outfits – he was the cutest little Tootsie Roll, Donald Duck, Dinosaur, Woody, and now Charlie Brown.

PicMonkey Collage

Do you have any major beauty raves from October? What are your plans for Halloween?

Makeup Of The Day 43 Inspired By 500 Eye-Makeup Designs

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By Sheila Arkee

This look was inspired by 500 Eye-Makeup Designs. While I reviewed the book a couple weeks back, I never got the chance to show you the full MOTD. The day I created this look I felt inspired to straighten and braid my hair. I frustratingly tried to create a fishtail braid, but that’s something I’ll have to keep practicing!

500 Eye-Makeup Designs FOTD

FOTD 500 Eye-Makeup Designs

 

 

EOTD 500 Eye-Makeup Designs

500 Eye-Makeup Designs EOTD

Face

Cover FX Mattifying Primer

Cover FX Natural Finish Oil-Free Foundation in G60

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

Cover FX Cream Concealer in G Medium-Deep

MAC Invisible Set Powder

It Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette

Eyes

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Lid: Coastal Scents Hot Pot in Blackberry

Crease: Milani Bella Teal

Browbone: MAC White Frost

Liner: Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl in Sparkling Black

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: Milani Total Cover

Lips

MAC Stripdown Lip Pencil

Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Smooth Talker

Teadora Rainforest At Dawn Luxury Lip Butter Is A Lip Treatment You Won’t Forget

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By Sheila Arkee

Dry lips, meet Teadora Rainforest At Dawn Luxury Lip Butter and consider yourself a thing of the past.

Teadora Rainforest At Dawn Luxury Lip Butter Review

When it comes to the matter of lip balms, I am a tried and true fan and have gained a sense of balms that are good and balms that are no good through years of lip product experimentation. I’ve found a good thing in this vitamin-rich lip butter from Teadora, and I’m glad to spread the word.

Teadora Rainforest At Dawn Luxury Lip Butter

Unique is the word I would use to characterize the Teadora Rainforest At Dawn Luxury Lip Butter. It’s a visual and sensory delight and smells divine with a citrus scent called, Laranja, which is Portuguese for orange. I’m a huge fan of citrus scents, so this is right up my alley. The texture is a tad gritty, but that’s because this lip butter is mean to be used as a light exfoliant, as well. To wear this under lip balms, just blot your lips with a tissue and you’re good to go.

Review of Teadora Rainforest At Dawn Luxury Lip Butter

Teadora Rainforest At Dawn Luxury Lip Butter is chock full of antioxidants, vitamins, and oleic and fatty acids that help plump up and revitalize the delicate skin on your lips. The ingredients of this lip product include a 100% natural Rainforest Restoration Elixir composed of the antioxidant and vitamin-rich Buriti, Brazil Nut, Andoriba, Maracujá (Passion Fruit), Açaí oils, Cupuaçu, Murumuru, Mango butters plus Carnauba Wax for intense hydration.

Teadora Rainforest At Dawn Luxury Lip Butter 1

I’ve been using this lip butter at night exclusively for nearly three weeks and I have barely put a dent in the product. This is some serious lip butter action, y’all. While you can wear it throughout the day, I find I prefer it as a night time lip treatment and love waking up with completely smooth lips. Smooth lips are a great way to start your day!

Teadora Rainforest At Dawn Luxury Lip Butter Packaging

My one major ding against this lip butter is the packaging. It can take a bit of elbow grease to sufficiently loosen it up to get enough product on your fingers. With that being said, it would be nice if it came with some kind of a scoop or other applicator.

My Final Thoughts: If you are a lip balm lover, I predict you will really enjoy using Teadora Rainforest At Dawn Luxury Lip Butter, which adds a nice amount of moisture and has the added bonus of lightly exfoliating your lips. This is also available in the Teadora Rainforest At Dusk scent.

Rating: B+ (points taken off because I wish it came with an applicator)

Price: $15

Availability: www.teadorabeauty.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Non-GMO Tocopherol (mixed Ester – Vitamin E),

Is Your Hair Fried & Dyed? You NEED Nature’s Gate Pomegranate Sunflower Shampoo and Conditioner

By Sheila Arkee

Nature’s Gate Pomegranate Sunflower Shampoo and Conditioner recently came my direction and I had no preceonceived notions about how it would perform on my hair. And I liked it that way.

Nature’s Gate Pomegranate Sunflower Shampoo and Conditioner

Most often when I try products for Painted Ladies I’ve heard about them in some capacity or another, but with these two organic hair care products from Nature’s Gate I had no idea what to expect. I only knew that I’m fond of products that include pomegranate (one of my favorite fruits) and that I’ve seen but not really paid attention to Nature’s Gate products when I’ve seen them at Whole Foods or other natural food stores.

Nature’s Gate Pomegranate Sunflower Shampoo and Conditioner Review

Now that it’s feeling more like Fall here in Southern California, my  hair is getting the chance it deserves to recover from the effects of Summer heat. Hydration is key, and that’s what Nature’s Gate Pomegranate Sunflower Shampoo and Conditioner offers in spades. These products contain Nature’s Gate 7 Healthy Hair Nutrients, which are formulated to help revitalize, moisturize, and strengthen hair. These 7 Healthy Hair Nutrients include Panthenol, Soy Proteins, Vegetable Proteins, Jojoba Oil, Borage Flower Seed Oil, Vitamin C and Vitamin E.

I used Nature’s Gate Pomegranate Sunflower Shampoo and Conditioner exclusively for two weeks and what I found was very impressive. This hair care duo made my hair very soft and supple. My curls are happy. Very happy. That is a feat in and of itself, and so I have to say that I’d heartily recommend these products to anyone whose hair is in need of some TLC. I’ve also been using these products on my makeup brushes and they feel super soft and refreshed.

My Final Thoughts: Nature’s Gate Pomegranate Sunflower Shampoo and Conditioner surely surprised me by delivering on their claims to renew and revitalize hair. This is a great duo for those who color-treat and/or use hair products, or anyone whose hair needs moisture.

Rating: A

Price: $7.79

Availability: Your local health food store, or www.natures-gate.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Contains Vitamin E

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Is Gentle, Effective, & Skin Renewing

Press Sample

By Sheila Arkee

It was just a few days ago that I mentioned this tidbit about skin care: there are scrubs, and then there are scrubs. If you are averse to scrubs and need something non-abrasive (but still very effective), Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant might be right up your alley.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Review

While I’ve seen and heard great reviews of Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant through the years, I’d never tried it for myself until recently. This microbead-free exfoliant gets good reviews for a reason, providing a gentle and effective way of refreshing and renewing all skin types and conditions.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant

What’s really cool about this product – at least to me – is that it’s somewhat like a beauty science experiment.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Container

The container releases a rice-based powder that you mix with a bit of water.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant Before

Apply to your face in circular motions for about a minute and then rinse.

Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant After

No crazy microbeads stuck in your hair and you end up with brighter skin. A good thing! After using Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant I’ll apply my skin care (these days its all about serums!) and wake up to smooth and soft skin.

The ingredients that make Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant so special include Papain, Salicylic Acid and Rice Enzymes. Other skin boosting ingredients include Green Tea, Ginkgo and Colloidal Oatmeal. No artificial fragrances or colors are included. FYI, this is not recommended for those who use medically-prescribed exfoliation products.

My Final Thoughts: Gentle and effective, Dermalogica Daily Microfoliant gets two thumbs up from me and is a delight to include in my skin care routine. If you’re looking for a gentle way to exfoliate your skin, you’ll like this scrub, too. A little goes a long way so an investment in this product means you’ll be using it for quite some time.

Rating: B+ (points taken off because it’s a tad on the expensive side)

Price: $52

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

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Contains Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein

 

Makeup Of The Day 42 With The Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

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By Sheila Arkee

The Smashbox Full Exposure Palette has captured my attention! Stay posted for upcoming looks using these buttery colors.

FOTD Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Review and Swatches

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Review and Swatches FOTD

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette EOTD

EOTD Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Review MOTD Swatches

Face

Pur Minerals CC Cream in Tan

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

Cover FX Cream Concealer in G Medium-Deep

Smashbox Halo Loose Powder in Light

Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Enchanting

MAC Harmony Blush

Eyes

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Lid/Crease/Outer Corner/Browbone: Smashbox Full Exposure Palette

Liner: Urban Decay Black Velvet

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: L’Oreal Miss Manga

Lashes: Ardell 110 from Lash Closet

Lips

Milani Anti-Feathering Lip Liner

NYX Cosmetics Transylvania Soft Matte Lip Cream

The Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Is The Neutral Eyeshadow Set You Need In Your Life

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By Sheila Arkee

Hold the presses, I have found it! The neutral eyeshadow palette you need in your! Yes, the Smashbox Full Exposure Palette is a makeup must have. Put it on your Sephora Friends & Family sale wish list, because it really is a great buy.

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Review and Swatches

Priced at $49, the Smashbox Full Exposure palette is a great deal that comes with a lot of beauty goodies.

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Review and Swatches Full Palette

To give you a closer look, I put together a quick video overview of this fabulous neutral shimmery and matte palette.

 

The package includes 14 shimmery, glitter, and matte eyeshadows, a dual-ended makeup brush that is actually pretty great, a generous mirror, a face chart with application suggestions for different eyeshapes, and a mini Full Exposure mascara sample.

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Full Exposure Mascara

While I wasn’t too impressed with the mascara sample, I was surprised by how much I liked the brush that was included in Full Exposure. One end has a blended brush that is very similar to the MAC 217/Coastal Scents Pro Fluff Brush and other end has an ingenieus double-sided brush similar to the MAC 239/Bdellium 773 that you can use for the matte shades on one side and shimmery shades on the other.

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Review Brush 1

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Review Brush 3

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Review Brush 4

The shadows in this palette are a delight and easy to work with.

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Review

I found that the glittery shadows on the left side need a little more coaxing than the shimmery shadows on the right side, for whatever reason. Make sure to use a primer with them and pat the shadows into your lid with the brush to get the maximum impact. The matte shadows are much easier to work with and some of the most buttery mattes I’ve ever used, which is a feat in and of itself.

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Review Swatches 1

Swatches 2

Swatches 3

Swatches 4

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Review Swatches 5

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Review Swatches 8

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Review Swatches 6

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Review Swatches 7

Now, I’m going to say something that some might find shocking, but I like Smashbox Full Exposure more than Urban Decay’s Naked 2 palette, and I find the colors in this set to be creamier and more pigmented than Naked 2 and the matte shadows in the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette, as well. I think the color payoff is better in Full Exposure and easier to work with. While I do like my Urban Decay Naked 2 palette, I don’t tend to reach for it so often because the colors are a little too smooth and the colors blend in with each other.

The look possibilities with Full Exposure are endless and you’ll have a lot of fun creating looks from daytime to dramatic.

FOTD Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Review and Swatches

 

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Review and EOTD

My Final Thoughts: I really enjoy my Smashbox Full Exposure palette and have been reaching for it often. The shadows are buttery smooth and highly pigmented and the mattes are really easy to work with. Great job, Smashbox!

Rating: A

Price: $49

Availability: Sephora stores and Sephora.com

Cruelty-free? No

Paraben-free? Yes

Makeup Of The Day 41 With Smashbox Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadow in Sapphire

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By Sheila Arkee

Blue rules today, with a focus on Smashbox Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadow in Sapphire.

Smashbox Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadow in Sapphire FOTD

FOTD Smashbox Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadow in Sapphire

Smashbox Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadow in Sapphire EOTD

Face

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Hydrating Primer in Candlelight

Cover FX Natural Finish Oil-Free Foundation in G60

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

Cover FX Cream Concealer in G Medium-Deep

Smashbox Halo Loose Powder in Light

Kat Von D Bellisima Blush

MAC Harmony Blush

Painted Earth Seychelles Highlighter

Eyes

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Inner Lid: Milani Bella Sky

Lid: Smashbox Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadow in Sapphire

Outer Corner: Milani Bella Charcoal

Browbone: MAC White Frost

Liner: Urban Decay Oil Slick

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: L’Oreal Miss Manga

Lips

Milani Nude Lip Liner

MAC Nymphette Lipglass

Smashbox Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadow in Sapphire – Where Have You Been All My Life?

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By Sheila Arkee

Today I am about to reveal to you the secret to my eyeshadow wearing success. It’s not really a secret, because I’ve mentioned this tidbit on Painted Ladies in the past, but it does bear repeating and celebration, because it really is a good tip. The reason for this celebration? Smashbox Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadow in Sapphire, which is one of the best blue cream shadows I have ever encountered.

Smashbox Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadow in Sapphire

Now this, THIS is a blue worth writing home about. The secret? Layer on a coordinating cream shadow underneath your powder eyeshadow to enhance the color and endurance of the powder shadow. Simple and effective!

Smashbox Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadow in Sapphire Review

Look at this gorgeous richness. I love a good, rich, smooth cream shadow and the fact that it doesn’t fly off your eyes is a huge plus. Isn’t it annoying as all get up when cream shadows fly off your eyes within seconds of application? That’s always what happens to me with Revlon shadows, which is what kept me away from cream shadows for many years.

Smashbox Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadow in Sapphire Swatch

Thankfully, cream shadow technology  has come a long way.  To apply the shadow I used the Bdellium 773 brush and patted a bit on with the pads of my ring finger. I wore this eyeshadow look through a typical active day and found that it stood in place without melting or fading whatsoever. Also, it was easy to remove, not requiring a tremendous exertion of elbow grease on my part.

Smashbox Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadow in Sapphire EOTD

I was sent two of these cream shadows by mistake, so I thought it would be fun to give the second one away to a lucky reader. This giveaway is open internationally. To enter, fill out the Rafflecopter widget and let me know what your favorite eyeshadows of the moment are. This contest ends 11/8/2014 at 12 am EST. Good luck!

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My Final Thoughts: I was truly surprised and pleased with the results I achieved with Smashbox Limitless 15 Hour Wear Cream Shadow in Sapphire. It’s a gorgeous, jewel-toned blue that’s smooth to apply and truly long wearing.

Rating: A

Price: $20

Availability: Sephora stores and Beauty.com

Cruelty-free? No

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Contains Tocopheryl Acetate