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The Beauty Council Fall Beauty Guide Is Here!

I have two pieces of big news for you and I’m so excited to share it with you. 1. The Painted Ladies weekly newsletter is FINALLY HAPPENING! 2. If you subscribe, you’ll receive an exclusive link to receive The Beauty Council Fall Beauty Guide.

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My September 2015 Beauty Favorites

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Time is always flying by, but it seems especially so the last couple of weeks! It’s  two weeks into the month of October, and better late than never when it comes to sharing my September 2015 beauty favorites.

September 2015 Beauty Favorites

This – besides my monthly Ipsy bag review – is one of my favorite rituals during the month! Here’s a look at the products that really impressed me in September and have become a regular part of my beauty routine.

Living Proof Curl Leave-In Conditioner

I am so glad this curl specific leave-in comes in a larger container than the Living Proof No Frizz Leave-In because I am hooked! I use a generous amount through my curls after washing and the results are fantastic. It’s a keeper and then some. Living Proof can do no wrong in my book. It’s a fairly pricey brand, but you really get what you pay for.

Palladio POP SHINE Brilliant Lip Balm

The more makeup products I try from Palladio, the more impressed I am by this bargain beauty brand. This lip color is bright, shiny, and long-wearing. I approve!


Growing up in the Bay Area, I really love the fact that Ittse’s products are all named after San Francisco landmarks. There’s even a Painted Ladies eyeshadow! Their shadows and face products are high quality and budget friendly. Check the original post for a coupon code!

CHI Hair Care

In September I spent a lot of time with my new CHI Ultra Pearl Blossom flat iron and CHI styling products and let me tell you, it’s good stuff all the way around. If you’re in the market for a new flat iron, I really like the results from my CHI!

Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil

This sleekly packaged eyebrow pencil is long wearing and gives a very natural effect to your brows. The color I reviewed – Warm Brunette – could be the perfect taupe for brows!

Redken Frizz Dismiss

The weather in my neck of the woods has been humid and unpredictable, which is why I appreciate these frizz reducing shampoo, conditioner, and leave-in/treatment spray. The Lightweight Smoothing Lotion Spray is in my gym bag and is perfect for refreshing my curls after working out.

Smashbox Fusion Soft Lights Baked Starblush

For smooth, glowy skin, this is my new go-to highlighter that I love to wear on top of my cheekbones. It’s subtle and perfect for strobing!

IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes!

After realizing that two of my favorite mascaras (CoverGirl The Super Sizer and Maybelline Lash Sensational) were more trouble to remove than they were worth, Hello Lashes! was a welcome change! 

Pur Minerals Soul Mattes Eyeshadow Palette

Pur Minerals NEVER disappoints. Never! Soul Mattes is the perfect collection of silky smooth and matte eyeshadows that are so perfect for Autumn.

Osmosis Colour Water Color High Intensity Loose Shadows

These shimmery pigments are simply incredible! I’m so impressed and totally into these dry pigments that feel like a cream when applied.

Butter London ShadowClutch in Natural Charm

September was a great month for eyeshadow! I really do adore eyeshadow, and I’m so excited about the additions to my collection which include these perfect eyeshadows. If you’re looking for a gift to give yourself or makeup loving friends, look into this palette which can be customized with Butter London’s Wardrobe Duos.

A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Energizing Citrus Body Lotion

Stop the presses, my heart’s desire for the perfect citrus scented body lotion is completely fulfilled. This lotion is one of the best in the biz and plus, it’s the creation of a fellow beauty blogger. If you’re looking for great Holiday gifts, take a look at the gift packs from A Girl’s Gotta Spa!

OPI Venice Collection

These jewel-toned nail lacquers could not be more perfect for the season! The quality of OPI polishes cannot be beat!

Laura Geller Iconic Baked Sculpting Lipsticks

There’s just something about a great luxury lipstick that cannot be beat, and these gorgeous lippies fit the bill and then some. I believe we all need a luxury lipstick treat every now and then, and from packaging to product, these are an A+ product.

Mirabella Jewel Thief for Holiday 2015

Let the Holiday makeup collections begin in full force! Shimmery, blendable, and oh so wearable, the eyeshadows in this collection plus the wonderful eye and lip crayons are high quality beauty products.

Did you have any favorite beauty finds in September?

5 Tips To Make Your Halloween Makeup Last

October begins a festive few months in our lives, beginning with Halloween. It’s a fun time of the year! So many of us are planning our Halloween makeup, and considering how much time and effort we put into the day, it’s important to think about keeping your makeup on your face. To make sure your makeup stays on your face, here are my 5 tips to make your Halloween makeup last.

5 Tips To Make Your Halloween Makeup Last

#1 – Practice In Advance! 

This is my number one most important tip to make sure your Halloween makeup looks great. Take some time before the day to plan out your look and figure out what works and what doesn’t work. If you’re planning on wearing false eyelashes, definitely practice before hand!

If you need advice on applying false lashes, check out my tutorial for applying a full strip and also my tutorial for applying individual lashes.

How To Make Your Halloween Makeup Last Tutorial

#2 – Prime Your Skin 

While the temperatures are generally a lot cooler in October, you can work up a good sweat during the hustle of Halloween night. I really like Make Up For Ever Step 1 Skin Equalizer Mattifying Primer, which works extremely well to preserve your makeup and keep oilies away.

Another (and much cheaper option) is to use a thin layer Milk of Magnesia of before applying your  makeup. It really and truly works extremely well to keep your makeup lasting for hours!

#3 – Go Waterproof

Similar to bridal makeup, I recommend looking into waterproof eyeliners and long-wearing lip colors for Halloween. During both events you’re active for hours on end and don’t necessarily have time to touch up. Waterproof is the way to go!

Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Liners are fantastic and for long wearing lip colors, take a look at the ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip and NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks.

Halloween Makeup Grease Paint

#4 – Powder Your Face Down

Most of the cheap makeup you’ll find in stores is essentially just grease paint. It’s nothing that’s designed to last, and depending on your skin type it most likely won’t last a long time. Make sure to finish your makeup with a translucent powder. I like Cover FX Blotting Powder and e.l.f.’s Studio Translucent Matifying Powder.

#5 – Set Your Makeup

Model In A Bottle is one of my very favorite beauty products because it works extraordinarily well to make your makeup last. If you’re doing elaborate makeup, I definitely recommend investing in this wonder spray! Just spritz, let it dry, and you are set!

How To Make Your Halloween Makeup Last

With these 5 Halloween makeup tips in mind, you won’t have to worry about your butterfly mask sliding down your face an hour into trick or treating. Trust me, I’ve learned the hard way!

Makeup Of The Day 158 With NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick In Amethyst

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The Makeup Geek Duochrome eyeshadows are brand new and I’m so excited to share a post all about them next week. In the meanwhile, I’ll give you a sneak peek of a couple of the shadows here paired with NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Amethyst. FYI, Amethyst is bold lipstick perfection!

Makeup Geek Duochrome Eyeshadow and NYX Liquid Suede in Amethyst Makeup Inspiration

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Is The Dippity-Do Girls With Curls Product Line A Curl’s Best Friend?

I have a confession to make about the Dippity-Do Girls With Curls hair care product line, which is that I was initially not a fan of the entire Dippity-Do Girls With Curls hair care product line.

Dippity-Do Girls With Curls Review

Dippity-Do is a brand I associated with old school hair gel, but I had no idea they have a line of budget-friendly, apple-scented products designed specifically for curly hair. The Dippity-Do Girls With Curls line are paraben and sulfate-free and enhanced with Coconut Oil and Shea Butter. The line includes 6 products:

Curl Shampoo & Conditioner 

Dippity-Do Girls With Curls Shampoo and Conditioner

Deep Treatment Conditioner Pack

Dippity-Do Girls With Curls Deep Treatment

Curl Boost Spray

Dippity-Do Girls With Curls Curl Boost Spray


Dippity-Do Girls With Curls Gelee

Curl Defining Cream

Dippity-Do Girls With Curls Curl Defining Cream

After giving these product a trial period of four hair washes, I came to the following conclusion: The Dippity-Do Girls With Curls Shampoo, Conditioner, and Leave-In Spray are not the right products for my curls. I found that neither the shampoo nor the conditioner gave my curls the moisture they need, and I didn’t get any spectacular results from the leave-in spray. The Deep Treatment, however, is lovely and gave my hair the level of conditioning it craves. I’d definitely use it again!

I used both the Gel and Cream separately and was not impressed with the results. Using both products individually, I had nice curls the first day, but not beyond. After deciding to mix an equal proportion of the Gelee and Curl Defining Cream together and then apply to my hair, my results were markedly improved. In fact, I’m totally digging this combination that gives my curls great definition that lasts 3 days before washing.

Dippity-Do Girls With Curls

My Final Thoughts: As anyone who has curly hair can tell you, we tend to be extremely protective of our hair. If I don’t like a product, I’ll be completely honest about my experiences, and unfortunately I’m not altogether impressed with the Dippity-Do Girls With Curls line. I like the styling options but won’t repurchase in the future.

Dippity-Do Review

Rating: C

Price: $6.99 per product

Availability: Walgreens and online


Paraben-free? Yes

Sulfate-free? Yes

It’s Liquid Lip Color Love With NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick

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If there’s one thing I know for sure in the beauty world, it’s that liquid lipsticks reign supreme. It seems like ever brand is releasing their version of this lipstick trend, so  When I came across the brand new NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick, I had to add this newest addition to the liquid lipstick category to my lip color collection.

NYX Liquid Suede

Coming in at $7, the NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks are nice. I mean, like really nice.  The gemstones at the top of the tubes are a nice touch!

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick Review

There are 12 colors in this range and I purchased Life’s A Beach (pink) and Amethyst (purple).

NYX Liquid Suede Lipstick Swatches

These colors are opaque, buildable, and dry to a creamy finish. They take a bit longer to dry down than other liquid lipsticks in my collection. I found it a bit of a challenge to make Amethyst completely opaque, but Life’s A Beach was easier to work with.

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick Amethyst and LIfe's A Beach (2)

NYX Liquid Suede Lipstick in Life's A Beach


One of the key ingredients is Kaolin, aka clay, which is what contributes to the wear time of lipsticks. Ingredients also include Avocado and Olive Oils. These colors do wear for a very long time, and although they don’t make it through the oily food test, I find they do last longer than many of my ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip colors. Some of my ColourPop colors last longer than others, it seems.

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick Amethyst and LIfe's A Beach (1)

I recently wrote a post comparing liquid lip colors if you’re curious to see I a variety. I’ll have to add the NYX LIquid Suede to the list, but int he meanwhile I made a little video to show you the difference between NYX Liquid Suede lipstick compared with the ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip Colors.

My Final Thoughts: Overall, I’m really impressed with the wear time and smoothness the NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipsticks have to offer. I’ll be back for more and have my eyes on Stone Fox, the dark grey color!

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick in Amethyst and Life's A Beach Swatches and Review

Rating: A

Price: $7

Availability: Ulta

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? No

When You’ve Fallen In Love To The Very Last Drop With Paula’s Choice Skincare


Something special happened in 2015, which is the fact that I fell in love. Yes, it’s true, I’m in a deeply committed relationship with several Paula’s Choice skincare products that I reviewed earlier this year. In fact, I’ve loved my products from the Paula’s Choice Resist Advanced line so much, I’m at the very last drop and on the verge of ordering replacements for some for the third time.

Paula's Choice Empties

I’ve found that Paula’s Choice offers high quality and reasonably priced skincare that keeps my skin looking it’s best and the perfect canvas for makeup. The Resist Advanced line targets wrinkles and breakouts, two areas my skin most definitely needs help with! While I go back and forth and often incorporate other brands into my daily skincare routine, the following Paula’s Choice products are core items that are always in the mix.

Resist Weightless Advanced Repairing Toner ($23)

I use this toner after cleansing my face. It gets rid of the very last traces of makeup and preps my skin for the rest of my skincare application.

Resist Daily Exfoliant With 2% BHA ($30)

This is the product I credit with keeping my skin looking clear. It’s wonderful and doesn’t make my skin sting at all. I’m so close to being done with this bottle it’s making me a bit nervous and I’ll be re-ordering ASAP.

Resist Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment With 4% BHA ($35)

My forehead wrinkles are great diminished and I would like to give the credit to this precious product. You use this once a week and the day after you apply it your skin will feel buttery smooth.

Resist C15 Super Booster with 15% Vitamin C ($48)

I’m literally down to the very last drops of this treatment! My skin loves the brightening effects of Vitamin C.

Resist Ultra-Light Super Antioxidant Concentrate Serum ($36)

This is what my tube of the serum looked like a few weeks ago!

My Paula's Choice Empties

It’s beloved! My 30-something skin does so well with Hyaluronic Acid, which is what this serum is chock full of. It’s the perfect serum that I use before my nighttime moisturizer.

I got started with Paula’s Choice products through Pretty In My Pocket, aka PRIMP, a beauty app you can download to your smartphone that allows your to share product reviews and makeup inspiration. It’s a lot of fun and I really enjoy seeing the creativity from my fellow beauty lovers.

Paula's Choice Empty Containers

Interested in finding out what the Paula’s Choice fuss is all about? As a Power Primper, I am offering 20% off + free shipping with promo code: PRIMPFALL20 to my readers. This offer ends Deecember 31st, midnight EST, one-time use only; cannot be combined with other offers or applied to previous purchase. And yes, I’m definitely taking advantage of this coupon code for myself!

This is a sponsored post made possible by Pretty In My Pocket’s collaboration with Paula’s Choice. All opinions expressed are my own.

Makeup Of The Day 157 With The Disney Villains Maleficent Cast A Spell Beauty Book

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The Disney Villains Maleficent Cast A Spell Beauty Book sure makes for a gorgeous smoky eye! Here’s a fun look I created using every single product in the palette. From blush to eyeshadow to lipcolor, it’s covered!

Makeup Inspiration Using The Disney Villains Maleficent Cast A Spell Beauty Book

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Disney Villains Maleficent Cast A Spell Beauty Book For Fall 2015

Well, lookie what I found when visiting the most perfect Walgreens ever, which just has to be located an hour away from home. It’s the Disney Villains Maleficent Cast A Spell Beauty Book for Fall 2015.

Disney Villains Maleficent Cast A Spell Beauty Book Review

Actually , there’s more to the collection than just the Maleficent Beauty Book, in fact, there’s a whole collection of makeup bags, nail colors, Beauty Books, makeup brushes, and individual makeup pieces with Disney Villains Maleficent, Ursula, and Snow White’s Evil Queen available in select Walgreens right now.

Walgreens Disney Villains Display

Display at Walgreens for the Disney Villains Makeup Collection

Produced by Disney exclusively for Walgreens, I had a hard time deciding which products to bring home. I have a couple of larger purchases I want to make, like the Urban Decay Vice 4 eyeshadow palette and a couple of Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks, so I’ve put myself on a beauty budget.

Review of Disney Villains Maleficent Cast A Spell Beauty Book

Although I really wanted everything, I knew I had to keep things under control! I ended up with the Disney Villains Maleficent Cast A Spell Beauty Book, which is priced at $9.99.

Disney Villains Maleficent Cast A Spell Beauty Book

Disney has been doing it right with these makeup collections, and I’ve been fairly impressed with the quality of products from the Snow White, Belle and Ariel sets. While previous Disney-themed makeup launches were under the e.l.f. Cosmetics label, I’ve noticed that the more recent collections are under the Disney brand with the same look and feel as the e.l.f. products.

Contents of the Disney Villains Maleficent Cast A Spell Beauty Book

The Beauty Books definitely offer value and for $9.99 you not only get nine eyeshadows, but an eyeshadow brush, a liquid liner, a lipstick and an eyeshadow primer.

Disney Villains Maleficent Cast A Spell Beauty Book Eyeshadows and Blush

Are these the best quality makeup products I’ve ever used. No. Absolutely not. Are they the worst quality makeup products I’ve ever uses? No. Absolutely not. They’re somewhere on the lower end of the middle of the road, and you get what you pay for.

Disney Villains Maleficent Cast A Spell Beauty Book Eyeshadows

The eyeshadows are pretty, but do need a lot of manipulation and blending to get them to show up as vividly as I want them to. I find myself tapping the eyeshadow on my eyelids with the pads of my ring finger to get maximum color payoff.

Disney Villains Maleficent Cast A Spell Beauty Book Eyeshadow Swatches 1

Disney Villains Maleficent Cast A Spell Beauty Book Eyeshadow Swatches 2

Disney Villains Maleficent Cast A Spell Beauty Book Eyeshadow Swatches 3

The quality of the brush, liquid liner, lipstick and eyeshadow primer are actually pretty decent, and I’m actually more impressed than I anticipated with quality the liquid liner and primer.

Disney Villains Maleficent Cast A Spell Beauty Book Lipstick Liquid Liner Eyeshadow Primer and Blush

Disney Villains Maleficent Cast A Spell Beauty Book Swatches

This would be a good set if you’re going to a Halloween party and want to create something fun without going through the whole costume shebang. Fun smoky eyes are a guarantee!

Makeup Inspiration Using The Disney Villains Maleficent Cast A Spell Beauty Book

My Final Thoughts: The packaging on the Disney Villains Maleficent Cast A Spell Beauty Book is indeed adorable and collectible, but beware you’re pretty much getting what you pay for in terms of product quality.

Rating: B

Price: $9.99

Availability: Select Walgreens stores.

Cruelty-free? Unsure

Paraben-free? Yes

My Instagram Life, 10-4-2015

Here’s a look behind the scenes at the week on Painted Ladies, as seen on Instagram! Are you on Snapchat? My username is Paintedladies9.

The Laura Geller Iconic Baked Sculpting Lipsticks are sublime.

Laura Geller Iconic Baked Lipsticks

Makeup Geek Duochrome Pigment in Hologram is divinely gorgeous, but there’s a packaging issue.

Makeup Geek Duochrome Pigment

A subtly smoky eyeshadow look created with the Butter London ShadowClutch in Natural Charm.

Smoky Eyes with Butter London ShadowCharm in Natural Charm

Enter to win this awesome pore refiner from StriVectin.

StriVectin Advanced Retinol Pore Refiner

Farmhouse Fresh Marshmallow Melt Shea Butte products = cozy perfection.

Farmhouse Fresh Marshmallow Melt

The Holiday 2015 Jewel Thief collection from Mirabella is so, so, so pretty.

Mirabella Jewel Thief

The cutest Dia De Los Muertos washi tape I’ve ever seen! I spotted this at Target.

Dia De Los Muertos Washi Tape From Target

I picked up the NYX Liquid Suede lipsticks and they are fabulous. Review coming soon!

NYX Liquid Suede Lipsticks

A comparison of the Michael Todd Soniclear and the Soniclear Elite.

Soniclear vs Soniclear Elite

Such pretty packaging!

Tarte Maracuja Oil Holiday 2015

Duochrome = where it’s at! Here’s a duochrome look I created with colors from the Butter London ShadowClutch.

Butter London ShadowClutch Duochrom

A new mani and Netflix – it was the perfect Saturday night!


Here’s to a blessed week!