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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

Enjoy!

3 Reasons The Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herb and Rosewater Is A Beauty Must Have

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While beauty fads will come and go, there are some products that are loved, cherished, and adored by so many for so many years. When that happens, you know you have a good thing on your hands, which is exactly the case with the Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herb and Rosewater.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herb and Rosewater

I don’t want to call this facial spray a cult classic, since it is so widely known, but it’s definitely an industry standard, and for a reason. In fact, I’m going to give you 3 reasons the Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herb and Rosewater is a beauty industry must have.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herb and Rosewater Review

Reason #1: This spray does it all! It’s an all-in-one product you can use for a variety of situations throughout the day. Not only is this a great way to prep your skin for makeup, you can also use it as a skincare toner, a makeup setting spray, and even to refresh your hair during the day. I like it the most as a makeup setting spray and find the fine mist takes the powdery edge off and keeps my makeup set in place during the day.

Reason #2: The rosewater scent. It’s lightweight and divine! With a minimal ingredient list that includes water, Thyme, and Aloe Leaf Extract, the rosewater really stands out and it’s a nice way to start out your makeup application when you spritz it on as a makeup prep product.

Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herb and Rosewater Ingredients

Reason #3: It’s a steal! At $7, you can’t beat the price and you definitely get the bang for your buck with this multi-functional wonder.

My Final Thoughts: The Mario Badescu line of skincare items has a solid and reliable reputation, offering excellent skin solutions at reasonable prices. I really enjoy the Mario Badescu Facial Spray With Aloe, Herb and Rosewater and think it’s a an enhancement to any makeup collection.

Rating: A+

Price: $7

Availability: Ulta

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

I’m a big fan of makeup setting sprays. If you’d like to take a look at some other favorites, make sure to check out my review of Skindinavia’s The Makeup Setting Spray.

Caress Forever Body Wash Offers An Unforgettable Floral Experience

Read on to learn more about Caress Forever Body Wash!

Review of Caress Forever Body Wash

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My Instagram Life, 4/19/2005

Here’s what I’ve been talking about on Instagram this week!

Of the many different eyeliners I’ve ever tried, the Scandaleyes Kohls by Rimmel are some of the best I’ve ever used. It doesn’t hurt that they’re under $5!

Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohls

Stilazzi shadows are $3 and $3.50 and so incredibly pigmented. I’m planning on snapping up some more!

Stilazzi Eyeshadow

Gold eyeshadow is my love language. Liquid Gold by Makeup Geek is an all-time favorite.

Makeup Geek Liquid Gold Pigment

A snapshot from last weekend, which is when my 7 going on 18 year old child informed me he wants a beard. Kids these days!

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I was HANGRY before I ordered this wonder and it hit the spot unlike anything else I consumed last week. My usual order of over a dozen years is a Double Double, Animal and Protein style.

Double Double Animal Style Protein Style

The bloggers of The Beauty Council collaborated with Glo Minerals and we shared our Spring makeup looks. I’m in love with the shadow palette I used to created this metallic smoky eye.

Glo Minerals Spring Makeup The Beauty Council

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops are RAD, y’all. This is a foundation concentrate you can mix with any liquid and completely customize your foundation experience. It’s a game changer!

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops

Hidden away behind our local library lies a secret rose garden. This lovely specimen was such a joy to see and sniff!

White Rose

I think Glamcor Hand Palettes are super cool, and so do you! These disposable hand palettes are such a smart idea.

Glamcor Hand Palette

Fellow beauty blogger Mina Slater collaborated with Ofra Cosmetics and created her very own Long Wearing Liquid Lipsticks. Click through for the details and a 30% discount code.

Ofra Cosmetics Mina Long Wearing Liquid Lipstick

My picks for the top 5 beauty inventions, many of which were created by makeup artists.

The Top 5 Beauty Inventions

A review of my April 2015 Ipsy Glam Bag.

Ipsy April Beautifully Bohemian

Here’s to a blessed week!

Makeup Of The Day 103 With The April 2015 Ipsy Glam Bag

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The theme of the April 2015 Ipsy Glam Bag is Beautifully Bohemian. My bag inspired me to create this easy, breezy makeup look that I think is perfect for the season.

Ipsy April 2015 Glam Bag Beautifully Bohemian Makeup Inspiration

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

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I’m Feeling All Kinds Of Beautifully Bohemian With My April 2015 Ipsy Glam Bag

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My April 2015 Ipsy Glam Bag arrived earlier this week and, as always, it was a thrill to see the pink foil mailer in the mail box.

Ipsy April 2015 Glam Bag Beautifully Bohemian

Oh, Ipsy. We’ve had good times, bad times, some great times. This time I have to say you were on the good side of things. From the actual straw bag to the contents within, I am overall happy with my beauty loot.

Ipsy April 2015 Glam Bag Beautifully Bohemian Review

The theme of Ipsy for April 2015 is Beautifully Bohemian. I’m really feeling the Coachella-esque vibes from this bag.

Review Ipsy April 2015 Glam Bag Beautifully Bohemian

The contents of my adorably cute Ipsy April 2015 Glam Bag are:

Review Of Ipsy April 2015 Glam Bag Beautifully Bohemian

– Julie G nail polish in Damsel. This fuchsia is my favorite color for Summer. It also has a $1 coupon for Jesse’s Girl/Julie G products at Rite Aid (full size, $3.99).

Julie G nail polish in Damsel

– Evelyn Iona Cosmetics Concealer in Flawless (sample size). Not my shade at all, but something I’ll pass along.

– Starlooks Satin Finish Lip Gloss in Cuddle (sample size). Gorgeous color and lightweight texture.

Starlooks Satin Finish Lip Gloss in Cuddle

– theBalm Nude Dude Single Eyeshadow in Flirty (sample size).

– Klorane Dry Shampoo (sample size)

Here’s a close look at swatches of the lipgloss, concealer, and eyeshadow.

Ipsy April 2015 Beautifully Bohemian Swatches

And here’s a look I created with the gloss and eyeshadow. I’ll have details in a separate post!

Ipsy April 2015 Glam Bag Beautifully Bohemian Makeup Inspiration

My Final Thoughts: The April Ipsy bag is that it’s mostly sample sizes with just one full-size item. While Ipsy started out promising 2-3 full-sized items back in the beginning, I’ve found this to vary each month. However, I actually really like the mix of products I received in the Beautifully Bohemian bag and can’t complain. My $10 monthly investment got me products I’ll use and enjoy and you can’t beat the cuteness of the straw makeup bag.

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

Rating: B+

Price: $10 per month (includes shipping)

Value of Full Sized Items: $3.99

 

The Top 5 Beauty Inventions That Have Revolutionized The Beauty Industry

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This week on Painted Ladies I’ve discussed a couple of beauty inventions which had me thinking about other recently created beauty products and tools. These items, which fill specific needs, have become known and loved by makeup artists and consumers alike. Interestingly enough, the majority of my picks were thought up by professional makeup artists. Here, in random order, are my choices for the top 5 beauty inventions that have revolutionized the makeup industry.

Top 5 Beauty Inventions

The Beauty Blender

Created by a professional makeup artist, the original Beauty Blender has gone on to spawn a wide variety of accessories and sponges that are beloved by makeup artists and makeup lovers alike. While there are many imitations on the market, you can’t beat the flawless finish results from the original egg-shaped Beauty Blender.

The Z Palette

Another beauty tool created by a makeup artist, the Z Palette makes your makeup accessible with a clear cover. This magnetized palette makes organization simple and best of all, gives you access to the colors you need and use with ease. The Z Palette is available in a variety of colors, patterns, and both small and large sizes.

Shadow Shields

Proving that necessity is the mother of invention, Shadow Shields were also created by a makeup artist. These self-adhesive shields ensure your eyeshadow doesn’t fall out or otherwise disturb your makeup, which is perfect for those times you’re getting your glitter on.  Shadow Shields can also be used for lip color application.

Glamcor Hand Palettes

After I published my review on the ingenious Glamcor Hand Palettes, it was pointed out that these sterile stickers have a history in the medical industry. Whoever figured out the cross-industry application was smart! The clear, disposable palette makes it easy to keep your makeup application clean and sanitary.

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops

A foundation concentrate that you can completely customize with the skincare of your choice is one of the best ideas. Flawlessly accomplished by Cover FX, these drops take DIY beauty to a whole other level. I’ve been experimenting with my bottle of Custom Cover Drops, and the possibilities and finishes are endless.

What are some of your favorite beauty inventions?

Ofra Cosmetics Long Wearing Liquid Lipstick In Mina

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When fellow beauty blogger Mina Slater announced her collaboration with Ofra Cosmetics, I had to have Ofra Cosmetics Long Wearing Liquid Lipstick in Mina.

Ofra Cosmetics Long Wearing Liquid Lipstick In Mina

What a cool thing to have a beauty product of your very own!  Mina is the very first blogger to work with the Ofra team and their joint efforts turned out fantastic. Mina is a gorgeous, matte, deep wine that’s enhanced with antioxidants and universally appealing to a wide variety of skin tones.

Ofra Cosmetics Long Wearing Liquid Lipstick In Mina Swatch

The texture of Ofra’s liquid lipstick is very similar to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick I recently reviewed. Ofra’s version is just as lightweight and sincerely wears all the live long day.

Ofra Cosmetics Long Wearing Liquid Lipstick In Mina Review

And I mean alllllllll the live, long day, up to five hours of solid wear. In fact, you don’t even remember or notice you are wearing anything and you don’t have to worry about smudging because these lipsticks don’t budge. The main difference between Ofra and Anastasia is that the Ofra version is opaque with one layer and I have to keep adding and blending the Anastasia Liquid Lipstick.

Stilazzi Makeup Inspiration Ofra Cosmetics Long Wearing Lip Color Mina

Ofra Cosmetics is offering a 30% discount with coupon code “mina” at checkout. Now, get your long wearing lipstick on!

My Final Thoughts: Lipstick technology has come eons in recent years and Ofra Cosmetics Long Wearing Liquid Lipstick in Mina is a shining example comfortable and plush long wearing lip products.

Rating: A

Price: $19.90

Availability: www.ofracosmetics.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

The Glamcor Hand Palette Is A Must Have Makeup Tool!

Ever since I first came upon the Glamcor Hand Palette at The Makeup Show LA, I’ve been extolling its virtues, crowing about this cool and innovative makeup tool. It really is one of the coolest beauty products I’ve ever seen.

Glamcor Hand Palette

Designed for professional makeup artists, the Glamcor Hand Palette is one of those product that’s handy (pun intended) for anyone who uses and applies makeup.

Glamcor Hand Palette Review

When I was an active makeup artist, I’d often find the back of my hand filled with a rainbow of colors, the evidence of a day of hard work creating painted faces. Good sanitation practices are an on-going concern for makeup pros, and it’s important to keep things as clean as possible. For makeup artists, the eyeliner swiped against the back of your hand might not be a good thing to use on clients. That’s why Glamcor Hand Palettes are so genius – sanitation is a snap!

Review of Glamcor Hand Palette

These single-use adhesive palettes are super thin and flexible. The palettes come in sterile packets that have step-by-step instructions.

Glamcor Hand Palette Review and Swatches

FYI, they’re a bit tricky to learn how to apply, so don’t get discouraged if the first try is a bust.  Once you’ve practiced a few times and really get the process, it’s easy as pie to stick on these lightly textured hand palettes, which stay on your skin until you’re finished.

Review of the Glamcor Hand Palette

The best part about the Glamcor Hand Palette is that it’s something anyone can use.

Glamcor Hand Palette Swatches

These palettes just keep things clean and as a makeup user who regularly blends things on my hands, I really appreciate the convenience factor.

My Final Thoughts: Reasonably priced at $12 for 50 pieces, the Glamcor Hand Palette is an unique beauty innovation that’s something that can be used and appreciated by both makeup artists and non-makeup pros. I love everything about the Glamcor Hand Palette and think it’s a must have makeup accessory!

Rating: A

Price: $12 for a box of 50

Availability: www.glamcortec.com

 

Customize Your Foundation With Cover FX Custom Cover Drops

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The ultimate in customizable makeup, Cover FX Custom Cover Drops make it easy for your to perfect your foundation application. In short, this is one of those genius products I’m so, so glad exists.

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops gives you complete control over your foundation application. This foundation concentrate isn’t to be worn alone, but is to be mixed in with anything liquid to create the finish you desire. From serum, to sunscreen, to primer, to moisturizer, your foundation wish is your desire.

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops Review

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops come in a container with a dropper. You can take your foundation from sheer to full coverage depending on the drops you use. The fewer drops, the more sheer your coverage and vice versa.

Review of Cover FX Custom Cover Drops

I’ve been playing mad makeup scientist and have been trying several experiments with my skincare and with BB creams, and found I had the best, most natural looking results when I mix three to four drops of Cover FX Custom Cover Drops with moisturizer. The drops are extremely lightweight and easy to blend.

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops in G50 Review and Swatches

The shade I wear is G50, a great match for my skin right now. Another great thing about the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops is that they can be mixed and matched as needed. This is great for makeup artists, and for those of us whose pigmentation varies through the year.

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops in G50

Since I like a lot of coverage, I’ve been mixing 3 to 4 drops of Cover FX Custom Cover Drops with Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate.

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops and Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate

What completely sold me on Cover FX Custom Cover Drops is the reaction I get when I wear my mixture of Embryolisse and Cover FX. My skin, I’m told, looks amazing. Not my makeup, but my skin. That’s a very positive indicator that Cover FX is on to something good. According to Cover FX, the pigments are coated with lecithin, which is biochemically similar to the skin, giving you flawless results.

Glo Minerals Spring Glow Makeup Inspiration

On a side note, I really love the shea butter-based Embryolisse, which is a makeup industry standard to use as a primer and moisturizer. It works oh, so well on my normal-to-oily skin without making it look any oilier than normal. That’s a huge plus!

My Final Thoughts: Cover FX Custom Cover Drops are a really great idea and something I think will be so useful to so many. I’m  hooked on the results I’m experiencing and am looking forward to mixing my own foundation to my heart’s content.

Rating: A

Price: $44

Availability: Sephora

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes