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July 2015 Beauty Favorites

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Happy August 2015! What a great month we have ahead of us. Not only is my son turning 8, Painted Ladies is turning SIX this month. SIX! I have some surprises up my sleeve during the month, but in the meanwhile let’s take a look back at my July 2015 beauty favorites.

July 2015 Beauty Favorites

 

I had quite a few lovely beauty products pass my desk this month, and there are several that are officially favorites. Let’s take a look!

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

After publishing my tutorial on strobing, this highlighter was suggested by a few readers. I’m sure glad I picked it up, because it’s all that! Gorgeous, long-wearing glow is guaranteed.

Cargo HD Picture Perfect CC

I am awed and fascinated by this super cool CC cream, which self adjusts to your skin tone. Beautiful finish that photographs so well. The Cargo Gel Lipsticks I reviewed are also quite lovely.

Pur Minerals Cheek Stains

These stains last and last and last! I’m not the biggest fan of the attached brush (although it’s a great idea), but love how well these gels perform.

Redken Fashion Waves 07

I’ve recently discovered the wonder of sea salt spray for my hair when I wear it curly as well as when I wear it straight. This is a great sea salt spray that revives my curls and gives my flat ironed hair a gorgeous boho finish. I’m giving away a bottle of this and another Redken product, so make sure to enter!

Butter London Lippy Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayon

Over the past few years I’ve tried many lip crayons and these are some of the best. Pigmented, glossy, with a slight minty flavor, they’re worth checking out. I’m crazy about Trout Pout these days!

Vaseline Aloe Soothe Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer

Spray moisturizers are awesome! This is so easy to use, it adds lots of moisture my skin craves, and it absorbs quickly. I love it so much, I’m giving one away!

Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in Buttercup

Created by YouTube sensation Jaclyn Hill, this could be the perfect pinky nude lipstick!

Palladio Lash Obsessed Mascara

Palladio was the beauty brand I wasn’t expecting to love so much, but I’ve fallen hard for Lash Obsessed mascara, as well as several other products I’ve been using lately. Check out my review of The Definer and Line Out Loud.

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips and Sheer Lippie Stix

ColourPop has my heart and that’s a fact. I just placed an order for more colors of both their Ultra Matte Lips and Sheer Lippie Stix. They are just that good and at $6 and $5 each, a verified beauty bargain win.

Strivectin SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate

With ingredients that include shea butter and hyaluronic acid, my skin is looking good these days. I’m really impressed with this beloved skin care product. I’m hosting a giveaway, make sure to enter!

Nail Butter

Cuticle care is something I take very seriously, and I’m glad to report Nail Butter soothes and protects that delicate skin around my nails. The only downfall? I’ve already With almost finished my jar!

Lush Curly Wurly Shampoo

My curls need moisture and Curly Wurly gives my hair a lovely finish. I’m really loving this shampoo these days. A little bit goes a long way!

Touche Cosmetics 

I just reviewed this brand new beauty brand that has an awesome spray primer/moisturizer and handcream. They’re winners in my book – make sure to check out my review!

What a great month! I’m currently in the midddle of test driving some products I’m excited to share with you and I’m working on some fun tutorials, as well. Here’s looking forward to a fantastic August!

Do you have any favorite beauty finds from July 2015? 

Makeup Of The Day 137 With e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio in Lavender Love

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It’s a true case of love with the e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio in Lavender Love. I adore a great purple eyeshadow and this set is perfect for creating a shimmery, pretty look.

e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio Lavender Love Makeup Inspiration

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For A Cheap Makeup Treat, Check Out The e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio

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If you’re in need of a cheap eyeshadow treat, might I suggest an e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio that is conveniently available at most CVS stores for the low, low price of $4.

e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio Review

Last week I was a bit surprised to walk into my local CVS store to find the NYC makeup display replaced by one with e.l.f. Cosmetics. I’m not complaining because I have  The display has all of the products you’ll find at an e.l.f. display in Target stores, plus a few extras.

e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio Lavender Love and Stormy Sea

Some of those extras include the e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio which comes in 4 color schemes. I chose Stormy Sea and Lavender Love.

e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio Stormy Sea and Lavender Love

Purple eyeshadow will always hold a dear place in my heart, and I’m always looking for the next great blue. Stormy Sea contains a shimmery white, shimmery medium blue, and a shimmery graphite.

e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio Review Stormy Sea

e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio Review Stormy Sea Swatches

e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio Review Stormy Sea EOTD

Lavender Love contains a shimmery taupe with purple reflects, a shimmery lilac, and a shimmery deep purple.

e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio Lavender Love

e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio Lavender Love Swatches

e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio Lavender Love

Due to not-so-good past experiences, I’m always slightly wary of baked cosmetics. In the case of both Stormy Sea and Lavender Love, I found that both are easy to apply with a dry brush and give lots of beautiful color payoff, which is a huge plus as far as I’m concerned.

My Final Thoughts: If you’re looking for a cheap beauty treat, the e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio in any of its four varieties are a great choice!

e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio

Rating: B

Price: $4

Availability: CVS stores, eyeslipsface.com 

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Palladio Line Out Loud Intense Shimmer Liners Need To Be Seen!

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When it comes to colorful liquid eyeliners, precision and pigmentation are key. These qualities (and a couple more) can be found in Palladio Line Out Loud Intense Shimmer Liners.

Palladio Line Out Loud

One of my issues with liquid liners I’ve used in the past is that many need to have multiple layers applied so the intensity of the liner shows up in the first place. All those layers can end up flaking right off your eyes, often at the most inconvenient times. Don’t ask how I know!

I’ve been having fun with the Palladio Line Out Loud Intense Shimmer Liner in Sapphire lately and kind of, just might be smitten with this shimmery blue.

Palladio Line Out Loud Intense Shimmer Liner in Sapphire

How could you not be?

Review Palladio Line Out Loud Intense Shimmer Liner in Sapphire

This liner applies smoothly, the color shows right up without needing lots of layers, and it wears all day long.

Palladio Line Out Loud Intense Shimmer Liner in Sapphire Review

My dear readers, we have a win! To boot, it’s $7, making it entirely affordable and another high quality product from Palladio. I’ve been loving many Palladio products lately, and cannot speak highly enough about Palladio Lash Obsessed mascara – it’s good stuff!

My Final Thoughts: If you’re looking for to have some colorful fun with your liquid liner options, give Palladio a try! Besides Sapphire and traditional black, Palladio Line Out Loud is available in 4 vibrant colors.

Rating: A

Price: $7

Availability: Sally Beauty Supply, palladiobeauty.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

A Chat With McKenzie Westmore About Face Off & Westmore Beauty

McKenzie Westmore isn’t just the host of SyFy’s Face Off, the special effects competition/elimination series that just debuted it’s 9th season this week, she’s the scion of the Westmore family, who’s contributions to the beauty industry are countless! McKenzie carries on the family tradion through Westmore Beauty, which can be found on QVC.

McKenzie Westmore Westmore Beauty

As a lifelong makeup lover, I was thrilled when I had the opportunity to chat with McKenzie about Face Off and one of the staples of the Westmore Beauty line, the Lasting Effects Coverage Perfector ($38).

Westmore_with_Brush

It’s a 2-in-1 foundation and concealer which allows for flawless, airbrushed and comfortable coverage that lasts for over 24-hours. The Perfector is a cream formula that features Versa-Coverage and Micro-Layering Technology that can be used for a full range of coverage, from light to full. I’ll have a review of this lovely product on Painted Ladies soon!

You have no idea what a full-circle moment I’m having with this blog post. As a teenager, I would spend hours in the library reading whatever books I could get my hands on about the beauty industry. The Westmore family were innovators who had a large role to play in old Hollywood, which is why it’s a thrill to have the opportunity to interview McKenzie Westmore. I also happen to love watching Face Off, which features some incredibly talented artists and can be seen Tuesdays, 9/8c on the SyFy channel.

Painted Ladies: I have to tell you that as a teenager I spent hours in the library learning about the makeup industry and was fascinated by the story of the Westmore family. How did your family’s rich heritage help you when you were developing your makeup line?

McKenzie Westmore: I am obsessed with my family’s history. As a teen I remember a magazine calling my father the last of the living dinosaurs meaning he was the last to do it all in the make up industry. It broke my heart and I couldn’t let the family name die. I decided to learn the craft and art of the make up world. At the end of the day I eventually told my dad that I really wanted to be an actress however I would carry on the family name somehow. All that backstory has led me to where I am today. The fact that we had a make up line that was so popular decades ago has inspired me now to bring the Westmore name back! For my family, for my dad, and for our generations to come :)

Painted Ladies: I’m also a fan of Face Off and really enjoy seeing the creativity of the contestants. What’s your favorite part of hosting the show?

McKenzie Westmore: I love everything about my job! :)

From getting to meet the contestants day one. Seeing the incredible artistry unfold before my eyes. Working with my father every week. And of course it doesn’t hurt to have the most amazing wardrobe! 😉

Painted Ladies: Is there anything special we should look forward to in Season 9?

McKenzie Westmore: Season nine is very special because we hit our 100th episode! There are new challenges that we introduce. One called a focus challenge and the other called the gauntlet. That one pretty much speaks for itself! lol!

I also became an ordained minister for our 100th episode and married seven couples live on our stage.

Painted Ladies: What can you tell me about your newest product, Lasting Effects Coverage Perfector? What inspired you to develop it and who would this work for?

McKenzie Westmore: I was tired of having foundations wear off my face throughout the day whether it be on or off camera. I was also tired of having to do touchups all day long. This inspired me to create something that could be a long wear for what ever type of life you’re living. I also wanted to have that everything in one. I don’t have time in my busy schedule to do foundation, concealer, BB cream, cc cream so I decided to make my own.

Westmore_Cap_off

 

That is exactly what the Coverage Perfector is. It’s that all in one for any skin type. it’s perfect for anyone that wants their foundation to last all day long. The layering technique is also a plus. If you want light coverage you use less if you want full coverage you use more. You can also simply spot conceal. The hydration and vitamins that have been added are also incredible for any skin type and will not cause breakouts. Something else that I was tired of dealing with. My fiancé has even thanked me as this has no transfer so I no longer leave a streak of foundation on his white shirt when I go to give them a hug :)

Thank you, McKenzie! 

You can find Westmore Beauty on QVC and QVC.com. You can watch season 9 of Face Off on SyFy every Tuesday at 9/8c.

Makeup Of The Day 136 With ColourPop Game Face Super Shock Shadow

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I’ve been waiting my whole life for a bronze as gorgeous as ColourPop Game Face Super Shock Shadow. This bronze, tho!

Makeup Of The Day ColourPop Game Face Super Shock Shadow

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Prep Your Face And Soothe Your Hands With Touché Cosmetics

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For skin that’s soothed and perfectly primed for makeup, consider Touché Cosmetics Supercharged Moisturizer & Primer and Supercharged Hand Crème.

Touché Cosmetics Review

Created by makeup artist Thomas Charles to simply skincare, Touché Cosmetics Supercharged Moisturizer & Primer ($28.50). and Supercharged Hand Crème get you great results with fewer steps. The Supercharged Moisturizer & Primer adds a nice level of lightweight moisture and gets your skin fully prepped for makeup with a couple of easy spritzes.

Review Touché Cosmetics Supercharged Moisturizer & Primer

I’ve been using the Moisturizer & Primer before my makeup applications and love how easy it is to distribute this primer. Not only does it sink into my skin immediately,  it’s also very soothing and can be stored in the refrigerator for even more cooling on warm days. It’s ideal for use after chemical, laser, or exfoliating skin treatments that can leave your skin feeling raw!

Touché Cosmetics Supercharged Moisturizer & Primer Ingredients

Now when it was time to take to Touché Cosmetics Supercharged Hand Crème ($24.50) on a test drive, I enlisted the help of some friends.

Review  Touché Cosmetics Supercharged Hand Crème

The responses were positive – the fragrance described as earthy and familiar.

Touché Cosmetics Supercharged Hand Crème Review

The lightweight texture was also a favorite and it was generally agreed that the hand cream absorbs into skin quickly without leaving a film.

Touché Cosmetics  Supercharged Hand Crème Ingredients

This hand moisturizer is in my purse at the moment, which tells you it’s gotta be a goodie!

My Final Thoughts: Touché Cosmetics Supercharged Moisturizer & Primer and Supercharged Hand Crème are both lovely skincare products. They both add a nice level of moisture to your skin and the primer preps for makeup applications. I have not experienced any irritation with either products with multiple uses, but be aware if your skin has a sensitivity to Dimethicone.

Rating: A

Price: $24.50 – $28.50

Availability: www.touchecosmetics.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Bronze Eyeshadow Lovers! Get A Look At ColourPop Game Face Super Shock Shadow!

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ColourPop Game Face Super Shock Shadow recently came into my life, and it’s pure bronze eyeshadow love.

ColourPop Game Face Super Shock Shadow

I say this about every single ColourPop Super Shock Shadow I purchase, but this time I really mean it – it’s THE best! Say hello to smooth bronze perfection. It’s rich, shimmery, buttery, and layers beautifully.

ColourPop Game Face

 

ColourPop’s eyeshadows are unique in that they have a spongy texture and are best applied with your fingers.

ColourPop Game Face Super Shock Shadow Swatch

You can use a flat synthetic brush, but the pads of your fingers are truly the best way to apply and layer these colors.

ColourPop Game Face Super Shock Shadow Eyeshadow Inspiration

Can you believe there was a time in my life when I completely eschewed bronze and brown eyeshadows? As a colorful eyeshadow lover I straight up refused to have anything to do with these colors! It was a different time and place in my life, but I’ve since come to learn how to truly appreciate these hues. And that’s a good thing, because Game Face is really something special.

My Final Thoughts: I have to admit I love ColourPop Super Shock Shadows. ColourPop Game Face is a beautifully rich, shimmery bronze that looks great as a smoky eye color and will be perfect for the coming

Rating: A+

Price: $5

Availability: www.colourpop.com 

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

It’s A Party On Your Lips With ColourPop Sheer Lippie Stix

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ColourPop, my favorite online beauty brand, has been bringing out some major hits lately! The ColourPop Sheer Lippie Stix are brand new and today I have swatches of Juice Bar, Whip, BYOB, and Tiger to share with you.

Review ColourPop Sheer Lippie Stix

At the low price of $5, it’s easy and affordable to snap up any of the 8 lovely sheer lip colors. And lovely they certainly are.

ColourPop Sheer Lippie Stix Review

The main difference between the new Sheer Lippie Stix and the original ColourPop Matte, Cream, and Glossy Lippie Stix has to do with the moisture factor. ColourPop Lippie Stix are formulated with coconut oil, and I find these to feel a lot smoother than the other ColourPop finishes.

The ColourPop Sheer Lippie Stix have lots of shine as well as the same long wear time as the other finishes. I love the way these feel on my lips, and I love that I don’t have to worry about them fading away quickly. I’m definitely picking up more of these colors.

Here’s a look at the colors I purchased:

Juice Bar – berry pink.

ColourPop Sheer Lippie Stix Juice Bar

Whip – blue violet.

ColourPop Sheer Lippie Stix Whip

BYOB – neon pink.

ColourPop Sheer Lippie Stix BYOB

Tiger – rich plum.

ColourPop Sheer Lippie Stix Tiger

My Final Thoughts: ColourPop has hit the mark with the new ColourPop Sheer Lippie Stix. These are winners and offer lots of moisture, shine, pigmentation, and they wear extremely well.

ColourPop Sheer Lippie Stix - www.painted-ladies.com

Rating: A

Price: $5

Availability: www.colourpop.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

5 Reasons Your Naturally Curly Hair Will Love Lush Curly Wurly Shampoo

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Lush Curly Wurly Shampoo came into my life recently, and I love it this much.

Lush Curly Wurly Review

This unique shampoo has impressed me so much, it’s definitely worthy of awe and respect. My curls? Revitalized!

In Love With Lush Curly Wurly Review

Why exactly am I so gaga for this entirely unique shampoo that eases frizz and dryness? I have 5 reasons why your naturally curly hair will love Lush Curly Wurly Shampoo so much.

Lush Curly Wurly Shampoo Review

1. It’s fresh.

Lush Curly Wurly is so fresh, it contains fresh free-range eggs. That’s fresh! It harkens back to egg shampoos of days past that cleanse and strengthen hair.

Review Of Lush Curly Wurly Shampoo

2. It’s nourishing.

Besides eggs, Lush Curly Wurly contains good-for-you ingredients including Lemon Juice, Papaya, Cocoa butter, Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil, and Organic Extra Virgin Oilve Oil. That’s a whole lot of nourishment!

Lush Curly Wurly Shampoo Ingredients

3. It has actual chunks of coconut.

Yes, coconut!

Lush Curly Wurly Shampoo Lathered

4. It smells like a tropical vacation.

It might be a tad bit on the strong side, but your shower and shampoo experience will be completely transformed by the freshness of Lush Curly Wurly.

5. Bouncy, long lasting curls. Enough said.

Anything that helps encourage this kind of frizz-free curl, especially in the midst of major Summer heat and humidity, is a keeper.

Lush Curly Wurly Review and Results

Lush Curly Wurly

The only downfall to the fabulousness that’s Lush Curly Wurly Shampoo? The chunks of coconut. It can be worrisome whether or not you’ll be able to get the coconut completely out of your hair. However, I typically comb my hair out after shampoo and after conditioner and find that’s enough. Also, keep in mind that you don’t need a lot of the shampoo to thoroughly cleanse your hair.

My Final Thoughts: I’m really pleased by the nourishing benefits of Lush Curly Wurly Shampoo. While the chunks of coconut might be a tad distracting, I’ve found that just a small amount is needed and it leaves me with nourished, bouncy curls.

Lush Curly Wurly Shampoo Painted Ladies Review

Rating: A

Price: $25.95

Availability: Lush stores, Lushusa.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes