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Evian Facial Spray Review

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Would you believe one of the oldest beauty tricks in the book involves water? It’s true! Evian Facial Spray is one of those must have products you’ll spot in many, many, many makeup artist kits, and for a good reason.

Evian Facial Spray

You see, an extremely fine mist of water spritzed over your face after you’ve completed your makeup adds the perfect finishing touch to keep your beauty products in place. It’s a trick I’ve used for years and can definitely tell the difference when I’ve skipped this step in my makeup application routine.

Evian Facial Spray Review

Another way I love to use Evian Facial Spray is on my foundation brushes right before I apply primer and liquid foundation. Just a touch will do and I find this helps to blend out the beauty products and make them look seamless with your skin. You can also use Evian Facial Spray in the morning right before you apply your moisturizer to help make your skin look more supple. Use it throughout the day to keep your makeup feeling refreshed – I promise you your makeup won’t budge!

The fine mist is powered by pure nitrogen and I always experience an uniform application. Other facial sprays tend to come with pumps, and they can be hit or miss when it comes to an even spray on your face. One great feature about Evian Facial Spray is that the bottle is leak proof, something I have not found in any other facial mists.

Review of Evian Facial Spray Review

While I’ve known and used Evian Facial Spray for years, I just recently learned some interesting facts about this dermatologist tested and hypo-allergenic beauty tool.

Evian ®Natural Mineral Water’s journey starts as rain and snow high atop the French Alps after which it filters for over 15 years through glacial rock and sand to a deep underground catchment just outside the town of Evian-Les-Bains, France. The water contained in the spray is tested 300 times per day to insure quality and the consistent unique mineral content—guaranteed to be the same year after year—canister to canister. No other water has the same mineral content.

Evian Facial Spray was originally introduced in France in 1962 at the request of doctors for use on burn patients. It was the first facial water spray in France and was introduced as the first facial spray in the United States in 1978.

Fascinating!

 

My Final Thoughts: Evian Facial Spray is a beauty necessity with a multitude of uses. Keep it in the refrigerator or in a cool, dark location for optimal refreshing throughout the day. For more information, visit http://www.evianspray.com

Rating: A

Price: Varies, suggested retail as follows: Travel Size,  $7.00; Three pack, $19.50; 5 oz, $12; Economy size, $17.50.

Availability: Ulta, Sephora, Drugstore.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

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Could Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer Brush Be A Dupe For The Urban Decay Good Karma Brush?

I Bought It

‘Tis the season for sales galore, and I certainly took advantage of many of them to restock some favorite beauty products and try out some that I’ve had my eye on for a while. One of my favorite recent Holiday season purchases was the Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer Brush, which has quickly become a brush I constantly reach for during makeup applications.

Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer Brush

I’ve been using this brush made from synthetic fibers to apply my primer (I’m hooked on Cover FX Illuminating Primer at the moment), and then use the same brush to apply a liquid foundation.

Review of Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer Brush

The results are great, comparable to the Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring brush, which is also synthetic. While I’ve been a devotee of the Good Karma brush for the past year, it is constantly shedding and for that reason is very annoying to use and wash. Priced at $24, it’s also much more expensive than the Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer brush.

Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer Brush and Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush

Side-by-side, you can see the Coastal Scents Pro Fluff Brush and Urban Decay Good Karma brush are around the same size, but don’t look very similar. While the Urban Decay brush is rounded and firmly packed, the Coastal Scents version is flat and not quite as firmly packed.

Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush and Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer Brush

I don’t have many negative things to say about the fab Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer, but there are two concerns: 1) The brush came with a minor bit of shedding, but I think it has something to do with how the brush was constructed, because the protruding strays don’t budge, 2) The brush takes a little longer than any of my other brushes to completely dry. I’m not sure why, but it definitely needs extra time.

Looking at reviews on Coastal Scents, it seems that many others share my concerns. Great brush that sheds, but you don’t quite mind because it is such a great deal and a top notch foundation brush.

My Final Thoughts: While the Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer isn’t an exact dupe for the Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring brush and it does seem to have similar shedding issues, it’s definitely comparable and an excellent foundation brush on it’s own. This brush is worth snagging and at it’s low price of $7, worth stocking up on.

Rating: A- (minus for the shedding)

Price: $6.95

Availability: Coastalscents.com – shipping is usually around a week in my experience.

Cruelty-free? Yes

 

Christmas Week Nails With Salon Perfect Bellini Nail Lacquer

I’m feeling rather peachy these days, because my nails are currently sporting Salon Perfect Bellini Nail Lacquer.

Salon Perfect Bellini and Orly Mirrorball Nail Polish

Oh, how I love this peach nail color!

I also had a hankering for a holo, so I added Orly Mirrorball as an accent. The combination is my kind of festive!

What do you have on your nails right now?

 

My Instagram Life 12-21-2014

A look at the past week in my life and behind the scenes of Painted Ladies as seen on my Instagram account.

My December Ipsy Glam Bag arrived and it was a hit!

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A new makeup look I created with ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in So Quiche.

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More of So Quiche. This shadow is totally a must have.

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A doodle! It’s been so long since I’ve done anything like this, but it was so relaxing and rejuvenating.

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All he wants for Christmas are his two front teeth!

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I reviewed the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lip Collection and it’s another must have.

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Lush Santa Baby Lip Tint really is lovely. And it smells like Cola!

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A makeup look I created with the Santa Baby Lip Tint and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna palette.

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I raise my pre-teen gawkiness to your pre-teen gawkiness.

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My favorite Christmas gift.

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Penzey’s Northwoods seasoning = the business. My tastebuds were completely tantastlized by this flavorful spice made with salt, sweet Hungarian paprika, garlic, and Chipotle.

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Here’s to a blessed week!

YSL, Laura Gellar, Sephora and Last Minute Gift Ideas On The Beauty Blog Coalition

 

 

Keep Oily Skin At Bay With Cover FX Blotting Powder

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Oh, Cover FX. How I love you. How I adore every single Cover FX primer, concealer, foundation, and powder that has come my way. Cover FX has won a place in my makeup loving heart and that was recently confirmed when I tested Cover FX Blotting Powder in Medium.

Review of Cover FX Blotting Powder in Medium

As a member of the normal-to-oily skin group (with a greater tendency to be oily rather than normal), there’s nothing more essential to my makeup routine than a good setting powder.

Cover FX Blotting Powder Review

In my travels as a makeup artist I’d meet people who could wear foundation on it’s own, which always baffled me. My skin, without some kind of a powder product to hold everything in place, equals disaster! If you are one of those individuals who can rock foundation alone, mad props!

Cover FX Blotting Powder in Medium Review

While MAC Blot Powder has been my  mainstay for many years, I’ve been looking for alternatives and this one is a winner. Besides being cruelty-free and sans gluten, mineral oil, fragrance, parabens and talc, it’s truly translucent and disappears on my skin. Cover FX Blotting Powder is also available in Light and Deep, and I found Medium to be a perfect match for my medium olive skin.

Cover FX Blotting Powder in Medium Swatch

At $24, Cover FX is a couple of bucks cheaper than MAC Blot Powder, which I was honestly surprised to see priced at $26. In comparison to the much cheaper $3 version by e.l.f. Cosmetics, I have to stick with the higher end prices as I found e.l.f.’s Translucent Powder to be a little bit too pink and ashy for my preference.

My Final Thoughts: If you’re looking for a good pressed translucent powder, I think you’ll like Cover FX Blotting Powder as much as I love the entire Cover FX line. My shade, Medium, seems to be out of stock online, but check in Sephora stores.

Rating: A

Price: $24

Availability: CoverFX.com, Sephora

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

Makeup Of The Day 63 With Lush Santa Baby Lip Tint

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Lush Santa Baby Lip Tint is seriously one of my favorite red lip colors. Here I’ve paired with with a shimmery berry eye for an unique look. You know I’ll be wearing this color throughout the Holiday season!

Makeup With Lush Santa Baby Lip Tint

Lush Santa Baby Lip Tint Review

Eyeshadow With Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Palette

Eyeshadow Look With Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Palette

Face

Cover FX Illuminating Primer

Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation in G50

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

Cover FX Cream Concealer in G Medium-Deep

Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Delicate

MAC Harmony Blush

Eyes

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Lid: Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Palette Sangria

Crease: Tamanna Bengal

Outer Corner: MAC Folie

Browbone: Tamanna Blush

Liner: Smashbox Always Sharp in Storm

Brows: Paula Dorf 2 + 1 For Brows in Brunette

Mascara: Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes

Lips

Milani Anti-Feathering Lip Liner

Lush Santa Baby Lip Tint

Burt’s Bees Holiday Gift Collection Has You Covered For Last Minute Shopping

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The last minute Holiday frenzy is officially on! Are you ready for Christmas? It seems like the past month has zipped by and I definitely have some last minute goodies to pick up. Are you in the same boat? No worries, today I have a couple of super cute kits from the Burt’s Bees Holiday Gift Collection to show you that are easily available and guaranteed to please.

Burt's Bees Holiday Gift Collection

There are serveral kits available in stores at the moment, ranging in price from $5 to $15, featuring best selling Burt’s Bees products. This is a great opportunity to sample full size and deluxe sample size  products from the line that you (or your gift-ee) may not have tried before.

I don’t know about you, but I never tire of presents that involve lip balm. Make it tinted lip balm and it’s a major winner. I’m loving the Burt’s Bees Kissable Colors set ($9.99), which contains 3 warm toned tinted lip balms. This set is also available in cool tones.

Burt's Bees Kissable Colors

Burt’s Bees Hive Favorites ($4.99) is the set I’m buying in bulk. This contains a tube of the classic Burt’s Bees Lip Balm and a deluxe sample size of their Milk and Honey Body Lotion. A great deal on two great products!

Burt's Bees Hive Favorites

My Final Thoughts: If you need to pick up some last minute Christmas gifts, keep your eyes open for Burt’s Bees!

Rating: A

Price: $5 – $15

Availability: Burtsbees.com, Target, CVS, Rite Aid, Walmart and other stores that carry Burt’s Bees.

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

 

Look To Lush Cosmetics For Your Last Minute Holiday Gift Ideas!

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We are in the final stretch of the Holiday shopping season, and if you’re in need of last minute gift ideas, secret Santa presents, and stocking stuffers, look no further than Lush Cosmetics!

Lush Cosmetics Holiday 2014

Lush makes decadent bath and body products that are a guaranteed hit with anyone on your shopping list. Really, you cannot go wrong with gifts that promise relaxation, especially during the busy and chilly Holiday season! Today I have a few Lush products to show you that are perfect to give away and also to pick up for yourself.

The Rosy Christmas Gift ($16.95) is my favorite and one I’ll be picking up this weekend.

Lush Rosy Christmas

It’s a  hand-wrapped set of the Rose Jam Shower Gel and Ro’s Argan Body Conditioner.

Lush Rosy Christmas Review

Rosy Jam smells incredible, and when finished off with the Argan Oil-enhanced body conditioner, smooth, buttery skin is a guarantee and a good thing considering how cold Winter temperatures often lead to dry skin.

Lush Rose Jam

Lush Ro's Argan Body Conditioner

This set is a must have!

The zesty ginger, lavender, and lime oil scented Star Light Star Bright Bath Melt ($6.95) is so pretty I’d hardly want to use it, but you’ll have a sweetly scented and glittery bath to look forward to that will make your skin soft with Shea Butter and Coconut Oil.

Lush Star Light Start Bright Bath Melt

Dashing Santa Bath Bomb ($5.25) is a fun treat!  This citrus-scented Santa has seen better days, but what a cute and useful gift. Lush Bath Bombs are fun for all ages to enjoy.

Lush Dashing Santa Bath Bomb

Santa Baby Lip Tint ($8.95) is a MUST for the red lip color lovers in your life.

Lush Santa Baby Lip Tint

Not only does this striking Shea Butter-based red look and feel incredible, it smells like Cola, which is a huge plus, as far as I’m concerned. There’s also Santa’s Lip Scrub ($8.95) and the duo would  make an excellent gift.

Lush Santa Baby Lip Tint Review

My Final Thoughts: If you’re in need of last minute shopping ideas that are under $20 and sure to be a hit, head to your nearest Lush store ASAP! Their decadent (and cute!)  bath and body gifts always make for fun presents.

Rating: A

Price: $5.95- $20

Availability: Lush stores, lushusa.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation Is My New Quick Fix For Flawless Skin

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When it comes to beauty finds that truly impress me, I want to shout their wonders to the world ASAP. That’s exactly the case with Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation. Hello, amazing foundation!

Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation Review

We’ve all used cakey powder foundation products that leave our skin looking less than ideal. Having experienced my share (and then some) of those kinds of foundations, I have to say it feels quite amazing to find one that works as well as this highly touted variety from Cover FX.

Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation in G50

Not only does Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation helps my skin look like skin, it contains kaolin to absorb oil and is build-able. For more coverage, use the sponge included with the foundation, and for lighter coverage, use a powder or kabuki brush. As with all Cover FX products, this powder foundation is free from gluten, mineral oil, fragrance, parabens and talc.

Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation comes in 24 shades to accommodate a wide variety of skin tones. The shade I chose is G50, which is a step down from the G60 I was wearing the Natural Finish Oil-Free Foundation. If you need help navigating the Cover FX shade system, they have an online makeup shade finder which comes in handy!

Swatches of Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation in G50

When I pair the powder with the soon-to-be-released Cover FX Illuminating Primer, the results are fantastic.

Cover FX Illuminating Primer FOTD

My Final Thoughts: Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation is a winner! I love the buildable, oil-free coverage that makes my skin looks great and photographs so beautifully.

Rating: A

Price: $36

Availability: Coverfx.com, Sephora

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes