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Happy 4th of July 2015!

As a naturalized American citizen, celebrating this day of Independence has always been special. Happy 239th to America, and may you all be safe this weekend!!!

Fourth of July Nails

While I didn’t prepare any nail art for today, I thoroughly believe that you can never, ever go wrong with a dotticure. Never! Here’s a peek back at last year’s 4th of July dotted nail art.

Best In Beauty June 2015

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It’s the first week of July and time for one of my favorite monthly blogging rituals, which is a look back at the best in beauty products from the month before.

Best In Beauty June 2015 Painted Ladies Blog


If I could sum up my beauty favorites from June 2015 in a few words, it would be glamorous and colorful. I really enjoyed the products on my list, which includes the makeup and skincare items that really impressed me.

1. CoverGirl The Super Sizer Mascara

CoverGirl The Super Sizer By Lashblast Mascara Swatch

This will make your lashes long, voluminous, and curled. It’s pretty much a wonder mascara, and I wonder what the beauty world ever did without it? Dramatic lashes are a guarantee!

2. Mirabella Colour Luxe Lip Gloss

Mirabella Beauty Colour Luxe Lip Gloss in Polish

Juicy lips for one, please! Saturated with moisture and color, I’ve been reaching for these glosses quite a bit, lately!

3. Milani Bella Eyes in Dolci

Milani Bella Eyes Dolci Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Palette EOTD

From a blink-and-you’ll-miss-it limited edition collection , this eyeshadow is rose gold perfection.

4. Haconut Original Coconut Scrub

Haconut Original Body Scrub Review

Smooth skin is a guarantee with this all-natural scrub that goes to a good cause!

5. Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Collection

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Collection

Eddie puts a lot of love into his products, and I have to say the Lux Light products I reviewed last month are perfectly lovely.

6. Makeup Geek Eyeshadow in Shore Thing and Roulette

Makeup Geek Roulette and Shore Thing Eyeshadow Inspiration

Last month I enhanced by Makeup Geek eyeshadow collection, which was long overdue! Shore Thing is my new favorite matte aqua and Roulette is a lovely copper eyeshadow.

7. Physicians Formula Argan Wear Blush in Rose

Physicians Formula Argan Wear Blush in Rose Review and Swatches

Physicians Formula makes the best drugstore blushes, and that’s the truth! Besides being oh, so pretty, the Argan Wear blush lives up to its reputation!

8. CoverGirl Intenstify Me! Liquid Liner

CoverGirl Intensify Me Liquid Liner Tip

CoverGirl is really impressing me with their products lately, and this liquid liner is not only fascinating to use, but one of the best liquid liners I’ve ever found at the drugstore.

9. Vegas Nay by Eylure Lashes in Grand Glamor

False Lashes Vegas Nay Lashes By Eylure Grand Glamor Review

Love dramatic eyes? You need to check out these super glam lashes created by Vegas Nay.

10. Urban Decay Electric Palette 

Urban Decay Electric Palette  Eyeshadow Inspriation

Bright eyeshadow lovers who do not own this palette need to put it on their shopping list. It’s a fantastic set of brights that are highly pigmented and easy to blend!

11. Wet n Wild High Flying Colors Palette

Wet n Wild Venice Beach Collection High Flying Colors Eyeshadow Inspiration

Another selection of bright eyeshadow colors, this option from Wet n Wild gives the Urban Decay Electric Palette a run for it’s money! In terms of color payoff and smoothness, it’s a major win.

12. Palladio The Definer

Strobing 101

Everyone is all about strobing these days, and The Definer is an easy, effective way to make it happen with beautiful results.

13. Walmart Beauty Box

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick Gladiolus

For a grand total of $5 every 3 months, you cannot beat the value of this subscription box. My Summer shipment included 2 full-sized items, and I especially love the lipstick I received.

And there you have it! These are the products that I’m loving these days.

What were your favorite beauty finds from June 2015? 


The e.l.f. Cosmetics An Enchanted Tale Face Palette Is Cheap, Cute & Functional

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Bet you didn’t know Belle from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast was such a makeup maven. She is! Well, at least that’s what the Belle themed e.l.f. Cosmetics An Enchanted Tale Face Palette would suggest. It’s pretty fabulous.

Review Swatches Disney Belle e.l.f

I’ve loved Disney for as long as I can remember, so it was quite a thrill to walk into a Walgreens store recently to find an entire section chock full of adorable Disney beauty products.

Walgreens Disney Princess Makeup


There are palettes and various beauty products designed around Mulan, Pocahontas, and Beauty and the Beast. While the products look similar, only the Beauty and the Beast products are made by e.l.f. Cosmetics, while the rest are private label products by Disney.

e.l.f. Cosmetics An Enchanted Tale Face Palette

Belle has always been my favorite Disney princess, even though she’s not technically a princess, per se. I was about 13 when the movie came out and sang every single song around for at least a year. What’s not to love about Belle? She’s a brunette, bookish, and bold enough to stand up to the Beast (who was so much more appealing as Beast and not his human self, right?!).

Review Swatches e.l.f. Cosmetics An Enchanted Tale Face Palette Review Swatches Disney Belle


I’m not quite sure how much Belle knew about contouring and highlighting, but the e.l.f. Cosmetics An Enchanted Tale Face Palette is pretty much perfection and I’m glad I took a chance on this $7 drugstore bargain win. These colors are not only buttery smooth and pigmented, but the delicate shimmer and golden glow offered by the highlighter is some kind of wonderful.

Swatches e.l.f. Cosmetics An Enchanted Tale Face Palette Review Swatches


This glow, though.

e.l.f. Cosmetics An Enchanted Tale Face Palette Review Swatches

It’s really pretty and long-wearing, lasting for many hours beyond what I was initially expecting. If you’re practicing strobing, it’s the perfect highlight.

e.l.f. Cosmetics An Enchanted Tale Face Palette Makeup Inspiration


My Final Thoughts: Three cheers for unexpectedly fabulous products! I wasn’t sure what to really expect when I purchased the e.l.f. Cosmetics An Enchanted Tale Face Palette, but it turned out to be a cheap drugstore beauty treat that I’ll be using quite often.

Review and Swatches e.l.f. Cosmetics An Enchanted Tale Face Palette


Rating: A+

Price: $6.99

Availability: Walgreens, drugstore.com 

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Makeup Of Day 128 With Glo Minerals

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The Glo Minerals Summer 2015 collection does not disappoint! Here’s the details on the look I created for my review and swatches of this cruelty-free stunner of a set of makeup.

Glo Minerals Summer 2015 MOTD

Keep reading for the details!

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Glo Minerals Summer 2015 Offers Gorgeous, Colorful Fun

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If you follow Painted Ladies on social media, you may have noticed that I was part of a fun Twitter party last week for the Glo Minerals Summer 2015 makeup collection.

glominerals Summer 2015

It was my first Twitter party and it flew by in a snap! Glo Minerals has been a favorite beauty brand for years and I’m really loving their latest and greatest. Today I have a few products from the Summer 2015 release to share that I know you’ll love as much as I do.

Glo Minerals Summer 2015 Eyeshadow and Cream Glaze Crayons

There are a four new single eyeshadows ($18.50) including Graphite and Dove.

Glo Minerals Eyeshadow Graphite and Dove Swatches

These colors are smooth, pigmented, and long-wearing.

Glo Minerals Eyeshadow Graphite and Dove

Graphite is a shimmery gunmetal grey that is so pretty worn as a smoky lid shade or used as an eyeliner.

Glo Minerals Single Eyeshadow Graphite

Dove could be my new favorite grey. This is a super smooth matte shadow that blends beautifully.

Glo Minerals Single Eyeshadow Dove

It’s the year of shiny, buttery lip pencils, which is why I’m reaching for Glo Minerals Cream Glaze Crayons in Bloom and Jetset ($16).

Glo Minerals Cream Glaze Crayons in Bloom and Jetset

These Mango Oil and Shea Butter enhanced pencils are AWESOME!

Glo Minerals Cream Glaze Crayons Bloom and Jetset Swatches

They’re the next generation of lip crayons, offering long-wearing, non-sticky, glossy color that last and fade to a stain when they’ve worn off.

Bloom is hot pink.

Glo Minerals Cream Glaze Crayon Bloom

Jetset is an orange-red.

Glo Minerals Cream Glaze Crayon Jetset

I love that these lip crayons have a sharpener in the lid, making it so easy to freshen up the color as needed.

Glo Minerals Cream Glaze Crayons

Good sun protection is a MUST and I’m a fan of Solar Shade SPF 50 ($34). This is a lightweight lotion that provides broad spectrum coverage.

Glo Minerals Solar Shade SPF 50

It absorbs quickly and nourishes your skin with antioxidants and conditioners.

Glo Minerals Solar Shade SPF 50 Review

Combined, these products make for tons of Summer beauty fun!

Glo Minerals Summer 2015 MOTD

My Final Thoughts: Glo Minerals products are some of my favorite and I’m loving their new options for Summer 2015. The Glo Minerals Cream Glaze Crayons are truly something special and worth checking out!

Glo Minerals Summer 2015 Review

Rating: A

Price: $16 – $34

Availability: Select salons and online at www.gloprofessional.com 

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Walmart Beauty Box Summer 2015

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My Walmart Beauty Box Summer 2015 arrived last week and, in short, it was completely awesome.

Walmart Beauty Box Summer 2015 Review

The basic premise of the Walmart Beauty Box is simple. Every three months you are automatically billed $5 and sent a box filled with samples and full-sized products. There is no way to customize your shipment, and everyone gets the same products. The cost of the box includes shipping.

Walmart Beauty Box Summer 2015 Unboxing

I’ll admit that was I tempted and intended to cancel after the Spring shipment, which was completely lackluster. As it happens, the cancellation slipped my mind completely until I received the auto-shipment notification by email. Shortly after, my Walmart Beauty Box arrived and it was well worth the $5 and then some with the inclusion of two full-sized items.

Walmart Beauty Box Summer 2015 Contents

My box included a plethora of goodies:

– Caress Body Wash in Adore Forever
– Neutrogena Cool Dry Sport Sunscreen SPF 70
– John Frieda Sea Waves Sea Salt Spray
– Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick in Gladiolus (Full-size, value $8)
– Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy Shampoo
– Olay Total Effects Anti-Aging Eye Treatment (Full-size, value $16)
– Generous coupons for brushes from EcoTools and Real Techniques.

These are all products I’m interested in using and trying and I’m thrilled with both the lipstick and eye cream. Together the two full-sized items are valued at $24, making it a great return for a $5 investment.

Olay Total Effects Anti-Aging Eye Treatment

The lipstick is gorgeous – super moisturizing and long-wearing.

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick Gladiolus

I’ll definitely check out other shades of the Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick line. Hello, red!

Revlon Ultra HD Lipstck in Gladiolus


After seeing some other posts about the Walmart Beauty Box, it looks like there were two versions, one of which includes a lip gloss from NYC instead of the Revlon lipstick.

My Final Thoughts: I love good values and the Walmart Beauty Box for Summer 2015 was excellent. While the contents of these quarterly shipments are inconsistent, for the low price of $5 I can’t complain much.

Rating: C

Price: $5, every three months. You’re charged when the box is shipped.

Value of Full-Sized Items: $24

Availability: beautybox.walmart.com

Cruelty-free? No

Strobing 101: How To Glow Like A Pro With Palladio The Definer

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When it comes to makeup trends of the day, there’s no doubt that strobing has caught the attention of the beauty world en masse. It was even featured on Good Morning America recently! If you’re not quite sure what strobing really is, I’m here to help with a Strobing 101 makeup tutorial which will have you glowing like a pro in no time.

Strobing 101

Strobing is another name for a technique we’re all familiar with – highlighting. While contouring uses darker shadows and creams to make areas of our face recede, strobing ditches this concept entirely and relies on light creams and powders to enhance the high planes of our face that are lit up when hit by light.

Strobing Makeup Tutorial

Strobing How To

For this demonstration I’m going to use Palladio The Definer ($12) dual-ended pencil, which is a nifty tool to have. This pencil is universal and can be used on a variety of skin tones.

Palladio The Definer

One end has a medium brown matte cream that you can use to contour the sides of your nose, cheekbones, and jawline, and the other end has a shimmery cream that is perfect for strobing.

Palladio The Definer Swatches

Personally, I believe in a healthy mix of both contouring and strobing, so I did use the darker end of the pencil to contour the sides of my nose. Sorry strobing purists, my nose contour is going nowhere!

My one warning with cream products? They can enhance pores real quick. If you are of the large pored variety, you know what I’m talking about. In that case, I recommend sticking to shimmer free creams, especially down the center of your nose. You don’t always have to use a shimmery highlighter to make strobing happen – a concealer 2-3 shades lighter than your typical choice works, and so does a lighter colored pressed or loose powder.

Here’s my recipe for strobing your face to perfection:  

1. Apply your primer, foundation, concealer, and setting powder.

2. Apply highlighter on the high planes of your face: your forehead, cheekbones, down the center of your nose, inner eyes, on top of your cupid’s bow, and in the middle of your chin.

You can blend with a beautyblender.

Strobing With A Beauty Blender

Or, a brush.

Strobing Blending With A Brush

Or, tap the product in with the pads of your fingers.

Blending Highlighter For Strobing

3. Set with a translucent powder.

4. Glow!


Now, go get your strobe on!

Strobing Makeup Tutorial Painted Ladies Blog

My Instagram Life, 6-28-2015

Here’s a look back at the week on Painted Ladies and my life, as seen on Instagram!

A sweet friend sent me the Urban Decay Electric Palette, which I’ve been having tons of fun with!

Urban Decay Electric Palette

I have lots of love for Pacifica! Besides being cruelty-free, all natural, and generally awesome, they make great products. I’m giving one lucky reader the opportunity to win a Pacifica prize pack valued at $56.

Pacifica Makeup Giveaway

Yes, yes I did buy yards upon yards of lavender tulle. I have dreams of making the tulle skirt that was recently on A Beautiful Mess. Technically, I don’t know how to sew, but I can totally do it! Right?


My Walmart Summer Beauty Box arrivedand it was AWESOME! I’ll have a more thorough blog post up soon, but in the meanwhile, just know it was a huge improvement on the last shipment. 

Walmart Summer Beauty Box

And now for the details on the look I created with the Electric palette. Vivid goodness guaranteed!

Urban Decay Electric Palette FOTD

Summer is HERE and here are the products I rely on to keep my skin and makeup together.

Summer Beauty Must Haves

The first week of Summer vacation is in the books for this guy and he is having a great time. He’s going to a program during the week that’s got him wiped out by the end of the day –  he’s having a blast! It does a mom’s heart good to see him having so much fun.


Definitely the most interesting toothbrush I’ve ever used.

Issa Foreo

Another bright palette SCORE – check out my thoughts on High Flying Colors from the Wet n Wild Venice Beach collection.

Wet n Wild High Flying Colors

A cookie for my son + iced coffee for me = perfect Summer morning.

Cookie and Coffee

Bouganvilla is in abundance in my area – I love the bright blooms! This fuchsia is a perfect lipstick color, too!


Here’s to a blessed week! xo! 

Smashbox, FOREO, Borghese, and Too Faced On The Beauty Blog Coalition This Week

Here’s a look at what members of the Beauty Blog Coalition talked about this week!


The No Go Report: Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup

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In life and in makeup, things that work out for others might not work specifically for you. That’s the case for Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup, which I finally purchased after hearing raves and positive reviews of this drugstore foundation for years and years and years. It’s a beloved product!

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup

I don’t post many negative reviews because I generally like and love the vast majority of products I come across. However, there are stinkers that pop ever once in a while. Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup is one of those stinkers.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup Natural Beige

It’s not the fact that there’s no pump or safety seal, making it one of those drugstore products that pretty much may have been tested by many others before you got your hands on it. It’s also not the texture or color match – I’m not opposed to either. The texture is a bit on the thick side, but it’s easy to blend it out and vary the coverage from medium to full, as you desire. Thankfully, it’s easy to look up your color match online before you venture out to pick out a shade in a land with no testers.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup Review Natural Beige 60

It’s the flashback. The awful flashback.

Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup Review and Swatches

This, this, this … .it’s just not acceptable. In this and in other photos I’ve taken wearing Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup, there’s a big difference between my neck and face to the point where it’s ghostly. FYI, the it’s not this way in real life.

Review Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup

The culprit? Good old titanium dioxide, the first ingredient listed, which is what gives this foundation SPF 20. While it’s great for keeping your skin safe from the sun’s rays, it’s just something that I don’t believe has any place in foundation for this precise reason. It’s ok and that’s why it’s important to hang on to receipts – I’m taking this foundation right back to where it came from and will reinvest the funds in another makeup venture, because that’s how this beauty blogger rolls.

So, you may ask, do I wear SPF when I’m wearing makeup? Yes, I often use a lotion with SPF as my first step in my daily makeup application and sometimes for photos that end up on Painted Ladies, but I find that the layers of
foundation and powder I wear that don’t contain SPF keep severe flashback from happening.

My Final Thoughts: While Neutrogena Healthy Skin Liquid Makeup is a foundation that generally gets great reviews, it just didn’t work out in my case.

Rating: F

Price: $12- $17

Availability: Ulta, CVS, Rite Aid, Walmart, Walgreens, and other drugstore retailers.

Cruelty-free? No

Paraben-free? Yes