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312/365 Days of Makeup IV

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

MAC Deep Truth Makeup Geek Immortal Sugarpill Absinthe 3

MAC Deep Truth Makeup Geek Immortal Sugarpill Absinthe 1

MAC Deep Truth Makeup Geek Immortal Sugarpill Absinthe 2

Face

Illuminare Moisturizing Mineral Foundation in Sienna Sun

Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperlight

NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Glow

Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Powder 128

Physician Formula Airbrush Blush in Rose

MAC Harmony Blush

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light

Eyes

Base: Prestige Primed & Ready

Lid: Makeup Geek Insomnia

Outer Corner: MAC Deep Truth

Browbone: MAC Vanilla Eyeshadow

Lower Lid: Sugarpill Absinthe

Liner (upper lid only): Chella Eyeliner Pen in Indigo Blue

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly

Lips

MAC Stripdown Lip Liner

CoverGirl Decadent Lipstick

Does Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Color With LYCRA® Stand The Test Of Time?

By Sheila Arkee

With a busy lifestyle that doesn’t include a lot of time for changing nail polish colors, my hands depend on brands that stand the test of time.  I’ve heard good things about Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Color With LYCRA®, so I had to give this polish a chance.

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What better choice to test this polish than with a a vampy dark red color called Red Award? It looks very close to my treasured OPI Lincoln Park After Dark, so of course I had to have Red Award. Here it is right after application, and I have to say it did dry quickly.

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I’ve used gel polish in the past, and I have to say I don’t agree with Rimmel’s claims that it offers a gel-like finish. Also, I found the wand a bit hard to manipulate, but otherwise the application process went smoothly. I used a top coat by NYC and noticed that my polish application left my nails with tons of tiny bubbles. Not a big deal, but perhaps I should have rolled the polish bottle instead of shaking it, as I usually do.

Minor signs of tip wear and a chunk out of my left thumb appeared after three days.

Rimmel Salon Pro Nail Color With LYCRA®in Red Award 3 Days

A week later, which is about the time I’m totally ready for a new mani, and my nails have definite tip wear and don’t have the shine they had upon first application.

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However, there are no major chips, and that’s a huge plus. I’ve gotten similar results from Wet n Wild polishes, however, so I wouldn’t call this a bargain best. It’s just a really great nail polish.

My Final Thoughts:While I’m not a big fan of the wide brush this polish has to offer or the resulting bubbles that ensued, I have to say Rimmel Salon Pro Color With LYCRA® is definitely chip resistant, lasting a full week with only tip wear. There’s a limited color selection, and the polishes do not deliver a gel shine finish, as promised.

Rating: B+

Price: $2.99

Availability: Drugstores such as CVS, Rite Aid, and Walgreens

Cruelty-free? No

311/365 Days of Makeup IV

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

BA Star Eyeshadow Palette Midnight Smoky Eye FOTD 1

BA Star Eyeshadow Palette Midnight Smoky Eye FOTD 2

BA Star Eyeshadow Palette Midnight Smoky Eye FOTD 3

BA Star Eyeshadow Palette Midnight Smoky Eye FOTD 4

Face

Illuminare Moisturizing Mineral Foundation in Sienna Sun

Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperlight

NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Glow

Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Powder 128

Physician Formula Airbrush Blush in Rose

MAC Harmony Blush

Painted Earth Seychelles Lipstick

Eyes

Base: Prestige Primed & Ready

Inner Lid/Outer Lid/Outer Corner/Browbone: BA Star Eyeshadow Palette in Midnight Smoky Eye

Liner: Urban Decay Zero

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: Milani Total Cover

Lips

MAC Stripdown Lip Liner

Vincent Longo Lip Gloss in Baci XXX

The BA Star Midnight Smoky Eye Shadow Palette Is A Must For Blue Eyeshadow Lovers

Press Sample

By Sheila Arkee

Created for cheerleaders, athletes, dancers and performers in mind, the BA Star Cosmetics line has some gems for those of us who love and adore highly pigmented makeup.

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I recently had the opportunity to try their Midnight Smoky Eye Shadow Palette, and I must say, it is full of gorgeous blue eyeshadow goodness. There are five shimmery colors from white to denim blue, with one matte charcoal color that is perfect as a contrast color in the outer corner of your eyes.

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These colors are creamy, rich, and blend beautifully. The one downfall is that the shadows are very, very soft, which led to a bit of breaking in the palette as it was shipped to me. No biggie, but a bit of a bummer.

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The palette also came with the BA Star Eyeshadow & Glitter Base. It’s a liquid that worked well as a primer, though I prefer using my usual eyeshadow primer.

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My Final Thoughts: You don’t have to be a cheerleader to appreciate the pigmentation in the BA Star Midnight Smoky Eye Shadow Palette. Priced at just $8.95, I’ll definitely be taking a closer look at their other color offerings.

Rating: A

Price: $8.95

Availability: www.bastar.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? No

Gluten-free? Yes

Reebok Skyscape Shoes Are Comfortable and Cute Must Haves

By Sheila Arkee

Dear Reebok Skyscape Shoes: You’re comfortable, cute, practical, and you’ve improved the quality of my life. Let’s go steady. Love, Me.

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If I were to think about a phrase to adequately describe my lifestyle, it would be “on the go.” As a mom and a blogger, I am constantly dashing about from one activity to the next – from school, errands, shopping, and a variety of appointments, I’m always on my toes.

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A great pair of shoes that will carry me comfortably from one thing to the next is a must, and that’s something the Reebok Skyscape gives me and then some. The tagline for these shoes is: “So lightweight and comfortable, you’ll forget you have them on,” and I enthusiastically vouch for that!

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In my 20’s I had an unofficial title that I wore just as proudly as my 4 inch heels – Queen of Uncomfortable and Impractical Footwear. After many years of painful footwear, I heavily pursue shoes that will guarantee foot comfort, but they have to be colorful and stylish.

These shoes are made with the same materials and soft molding process that goes into making lingerie and are extremely light, weighing only 5.0 ounces. The upper part of the shoe contains foam for softness and flexibility, with a seamless, low-cut design that offers added mobility. The Skyscape is uniquely designed with Skyspring technology to support your foot for all-day comfort with minimal rubber accents for traction.

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What I love most about Reebok Skyscapes – besides the comfort factor – is that you can just throw them in the wash. The material is such that I’ve found most stains can be wiped away, but it’s great to know I can have them freshly laundered when needed. If you do toss them in the laundry machine, make sure to remove the insole and laces beforehand.

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These are great shoes for my lifestyle, and my feet are extremely happy. The Reebok Skyscape can be purchased online or in select Kohl’s stores and retail for $64.98.

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310/365 Days of Makeup IV

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

MAC Sketch Be A Bombshell Bora Bora Sugarpill Goldilux 3

MAC Sketch Be A Bombshell Bora Bora Sugarpill Goldilux 4

MAC Sketch Be A Bombshell Bora Bora Sugarpill Goldilux 1

MAC Sketch Be A Bombshell Bora Bora Sugarpill Goldilux 2

Face

Illuminare Moisturizing Mineral Foundation in Sienna Sun

Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperlight

NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Glow

Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Powder 128

Physician Formula Airbrush Blush in Rose

MAC Harmony Blush

Painted Earth Seychelles Lipstick

Eyes

Base: Prestige Primed & Ready

Lid Base: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk

Inner Lid: Sugarpill Goldilux

Outer Lid: Turquoise from Be A Bombshell Bora Bora palette

Outer Corner: MAC Sketch

Browbone: MAC Vapour

Liner (upper lid): Makeup Geek Gel Liner in Immortal

Liner (lower lid): NYX Slide On Liner in Glitzy Gold

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly

Lips

Milani All Natural Lip Liner

Wet n Wild Mega Last Matte Lipstick in Just Peachy

DermOrganic Fragrance-Free Skin Care Offers Luxurious Results

Press Sample

By Sheila Arkee

When you’ve discovered skin care that does your skin a favor, it kind of makes you want to run around exclaiming, “Eureka! I have found it!” Or maybe that’s just me.  That’s how I felt about some items from the DermOrganic Fragrance-Free Skin Care line I’ve recently had the opportunity to try.

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After having tried DermOrganic’s hair care products last year, I knew my skin was in for a treat when I received their Soapless Facial Cleanser, Facial Moisturizer, Hand & Body Moisture Lotion, and Pure Argan Oil. The main magic-making ingredient in these skin care items is Moroccan Argan Extract, which provides the soothing benefits of Vitamin E and Lineolic Acid. According to DermOrganic:

“Our regimen is based on the simple idea that less is more. Only the finest, most essential, and fully researched
ingredients go into our formulas. Nothing else. The results are youthful-looking skin every day.”

DermOrganic products are vegan, cruelty-free, sulfate-free, gluten-free, ph-balanced,  4.5-5.5, and free of artificial preservatives, sodium chloride, parabens, MEA, DEA, and dyes. What impresses me the most about their skin care products is the texture, which is very rich, and yet not overwhelming at all.

The DermOrganic Hand & Body Moisture Lotion (2 oz, $6.99; 12 oz, $20) is extremely moisturizing and sinks right into my skin. It’s rich in Lipids, Omega-6 and Vitamins C&E and contains Yuzu fruit extract and BotaniCollagenTM.

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The Soapless Facial Cleanser (2 oz, $6.99; 8 oz, $20) is one of the most decadent facial cleansers I’ve ever used. It’s super creamy! This doesn’t remove all of my makeup, so I’ll use it as a follow up on top of a cleansing oil.

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Daily Moisture Renewal (1 oz, $6.99; 3.4 oz, $20) is my new go-to and I’ve been using at at night after using the Ellen Lange Peel Accelerator Pads.

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DermOrganic Daily Moisture Renewal 2

Pure Argan Oil (1.7 oz, $36) is pretty much my newest favorite all-around item which I use for my face, body, and hair. I use a little bit on the ends of my hair before I comb out my curls, pre-shower and proceed with my typical hair routine. The results leave my curls softer and more manageable.

DermOrganic Pure Argan Oil 1

DermOrganic Pure Argan Oil 2

My Final Thoughts: Luxurious and decadent are two words that come to mind when I think about DermOrganic Fragrance-Free Skin Care. My skin loves these products that are made with Moroccan Argan Extract.  This vegan and cruelty-free line is full of win, and I’m definitely repurchasing the Pure Argan Oil and Facial Moisturizer.

Rating: A

Price: $6.99-$36

Availability: www.dermorganic.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

309/365 Days of Makeup IV

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

Sweet Libertine Ether Binge MAC Print Sugarpill Subterranean 3

Sweet Libertine Ether Binge MAC Print Sugarpill Subterranean 4

Sweet Libertine Ether Binge MAC Print Sugarpill Subterranean 1

Sweet Libertine Ether Binge MAC Print Sugarpill Subterranean 2

Face

Illuminare Moisturizing Mineral Foundation in Sienna Sun

Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperlight

NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Glow

Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Powder 128

Nars Exhibit A Blush

MAC Harmony Blush

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Ethereal Light

Eyes

Base: Prestige Primed & Ready

Lid Base: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk

Inner Lid: Sweet Libertine Ether Binge

Outer Lid: Sugarpill Subterranean

Outer Corner: MAC Print

Browbone: MAC Vanilla eyeshadow

Liner (upper lid): Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl in Sparkling Black

Liner (lower lid): NYX Slide On Liner in Sunrise Blue

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: Milani Total Cover

Lips

MAC Stone Lip Liner

Painted Earth Skin Care Brazilian Bare

The Instagram Life Of A Beauty Blogger, April 20, 2014

By Sheila Arkee

It’s crazy to think how fast social media is changing and all in the snap of a finger. While Facebook is making it harder and harder for people to see updates of their favorite blogs and brands, many people are turning to Instagram for the latest and greatest.

Instagram is a lot of fun and I’ve connected with some really amazing people via this social media service. For the past couple of years I’ve been using Instagram as a catch-all, sharing photos and videos that relate to Painted Ladies, but also my real life.  Here’s a roundup of my Instagram life. Follow me!

A boy and his love of cars.

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Talk about signs. I kind of needed to see this, which I found at the park.

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I couldn’t help swooping up Rimmel Salon Pro nail polish in Red Award, especially after reading many rave reviews!

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It’s a glorious day when your Ipsy bag arrives.

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Every night I put my head down on my son’s beanbag and swear I’ll get up in just a minute. That minute always turns into hours. Seriously, most comfortable bed ever.

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Do not disturb, I’ll be listening to 80′s sitcom theme songs. All day. Every day.

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Mother-son mid-day, mid-week hijinks.

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Day 1 of the Rimmel Salon Pro polish. I’m on day five and it’s still going strong, for the most part.

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I love pretty flowers. Anemones are an unexpected delight.

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I totally want this. For myself.

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Exciting news! It’s the brand new BFTE collection that’s going to come out very soon. BFTE was bought by a beauty blogger and I am really looking forward to the store reopening.

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#throwbackthursday with my forever best friend, at age 4 months.

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My forever shopping buddy being very patient! The little boy behind Andre found a kindred spirit and decided their cars looked great together. Hilarious. I love kids.

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308/365 Days of Makeup IV

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

MAC Knight Divine Makeup Geek Kryptonite Milani Luminous Lip Gloss 1

MAC Knight Divine Makeup Geek Kryptonite Milani Luminous Lip Gloss 3

MAC Knight Divine Makeup Geek Kryptonite Milani Luminous Lip Gloss 4

MAC Knight Divine Makeup Geek Kryptonite Milani Luminous Lip Gloss 5

 

Face

Illuminare Moisturizing Mineral Foundation in Sienna Sun

Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperlight

NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Glow

Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Powder 128

Jordana Touch of Pink Blush

MAC Harmony Blush

Eyes

Base: Prestige Primed & Ready

Lid Base: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk

Inner Lid: Makeup Geek Kryptonite Pigment

Outer Lid: MAC Knight Divine

Browbone: MAC Vanilla eyeshadow

Lower Lid: Sugarpill Subterranean

Liner: Urban Decay Velvet Glide-On Pencil in Black Velvet

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly

Lips

MAC Stripdown Lip Liner

Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss in Luminous