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Cleanse And Glow With Pacifica Purify And Alight

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The more I learn about Pacifica, the more I’m entirely charmed and in love with this 100% Vegan and cruelty-free beauty brand that offers scents, skincare, and a plethora of gorgeous makeup goodies. I recently had the chance to try both Pacifica Alight Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes and Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream, two products I’m using quite frequently these days.

Pacifica Purify and Alight Giveaway

Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes ($6) are naturally biodegradable makeup removing towelettes that are infused with coconut water, papaya, aloe vera, and calendula. There are 30 wipes in each pack and the towlettes can be used anytime and anywhere. Coconut water is a natural toner, skin balancer, and cleanser, and the other ingredients soothe and calm skin.

Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes

I find that these wipes work well to remove my face makeup, but not so much when it comes to my eye makeup, which needs another makeup cleanser to thoroughly remove.

Pacifica Purify Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes Review

Having used Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream ($16) for the past couple of weeks, I can say with full confidence that it might be one of the best BB creams I’ve ever used.

Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream

It’s an all-in-one, weightless formula that somehow adjusts to your skin tone and gives gorgeous, lit-from-within illumination.Alight is formulated with jojoba esters, coconut water, and kelp extract to diminish fine lines and pores and fight aging all at the same time.

Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream Review

I am really amazed by how well Alight adjusts to my skin tone and love the subtle glow. It’s perfect both on it’s own, and used as the first step in my makeup process. I’ve been using Alight as my primer and have to say I’m in love with the finish. This one’s going to be used quite frequently!

Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream Swatch

Now, March is going to be a month chock full of giveaways, and here is the latest one I have to offer my lovely readers!

Two lucky winners will receive both Pacifica Alight Coconut Water Cleansing Wipes and Pacifica Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream. This prize is valued at $22 and the giveaway is open to residents of the USA. This giveaway ends March 24, 2015 at 11:59 pm. Enter by filling out the Gleam widget below.

Pacifica Purify & Alight

Good luck!

My Final Thoughts: Pacifica offers lovely earth-friendly and cruelty-free beauty products. While I didn’t find the Purify wipes to work as well as I’d hoped, I’ll still use these to remove my face makeup at night. On the other hand, I’m thrilled with Alight Multi-Mineral BB Cream and can tell I’m going to need backups!

Rating: B-, Purify; A+, Alight

Price: $6 (Purify), and $16 (Alight)

Availability: Target, Ulta, Whole Foods, and Pacifica.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

4 Beauty Hacks For Perfect Eyeliner

Eyeliner application is one of those beauty things that can feel like a major beauty challenge. It sure was for me, when I first started wearing makeup! For that very reason, I created a handy list of 4 beauty hacks for perfect eyeliner application that will surely make the job a whole lot easier.

4 Beauty Hacks For Perfect Eyeliner

Believe it or not, there was a time I shuddered in fear when I tried to apply liquid liner. And pencil liner. And gel liner. There’s a learning curve for everyone, but the good news is that it’s not all gloom and doom in store for eyeliner newbies. With practice and time you’ll be drawing on cat’s eyes with complete confidence in no time.

Eyeliner Hack #1 – Trace Along The Dotted Lines

This is the beauty tip I used the most when I was first learning about eyeliner, and it’s great if you don’t feel like you have the most steady hand.

Eyeliner Beauty Hack 1

Use a soft kohl pencil to draw little dashes along your lash line and slowly connect them.

Eyeliner Beauty Hack 2

This is a really great technique especially for those outer corners, which can be quite a challenge to master!

Eyeliner Beauty Hack 3

Eyeliner Hack #2 – Smooth Things Over With An Angled Brush

Eyeliner Beauty Hack 4

An angled brush – the kind you’d use to fill in your brows – is a must have when it comes to smoothing out pencil liner application. Even to this day I need the help of an angled brush to blend my liner properly and make sure everything is looking just right.

Eyeliner Beauty Hack 5

Eyeliner Hack #3 – Create A Liquid Liner Stencil With Pencil

It took me years upon years to feel fully comfortable applying liquid liner straight from the bottle to my lids.

Eyeliner Beauty Hack 6

Today it’s become second nature, but for a long time I relied upon this beauty tip, which is to first line my eyes with a more forgiving kohl pencil, and then add liquid liner right on top.

Eyeliner Beauty Hack 7

Eyeliner Hack #4 – When In Doubt, Tape It Up

As I’ve mentioned before, Scotch tape is a beauty must have.

Eyeliner Beauty Hack 8

Besides creating a perfect eyeshadow application guide, a piece of tape placed at the outer corner of your eyes makes a great guide for your liquid liner.

Eyeliner Beauty Hack 9

Make a mistake? It’s easy to just peel away the problem.

Eyeliner Beauty Hack 10

I clean up the area with a small brush and translucent powder, and voila! Perfectly sharp liquid liner.

Eyeliner Beauty Hack 11

When it comes to my preferred eyeliners, my personal favorites are soft kohls and For pencil liners and gel pencils. On a bargain budget, I wholeheartedly recommend Rimmel’s Soft Kohls and Scandaleyes Kohl Liners, and for higher end I love Urban Decay 24/7 Kohl Liners and Smashbox Always Sharp. As far as liquid liners go, you really cannot beat MAC Boot Black, but e.l.f. has a $1 version that’s pretty great,  as well. I don’t tend to use a lot of gel liners in a pot, which is a total personal preference.

What are your favorite eyeliners? Do you have any eyeliner application tips to share?

Makeup Of The Day 88 With Pur Minerals Chateau Collection

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The lip colors from the Pur Minerals Chateau Collection that I reviewed earlier today really are something special. I’m in love with Pür Minerals Chateau de Vine Mineral Lipstick in Shopaholic and think it’s the perfect light pink for any occasion!

Makeup Inspiration With Sugarpill Hug Life and Pür Minerals Chateau de Vine Mineral Lipstick

More pics and details on what I used for this look after the jump!

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The Pur Minerals Chateau Collection Will Leave You With Plump Lips And Glowy Cheeks

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A little bit of wine extract is all it takes for the Pur Minerals Chateau collection to leave your with shimmery, smooth, and plump lips and glowy cheeks.

Pür Minerals Chateau Kisses Plumping Lip Gloss and Chateau Blush and Chateau Lipstick Review

I recently had the chance to review a few items from Pur Minerals that use two vital ingredients harvested from wine extract: Resveratrox and Vitisin. Resveratrox works to renew your skin’s cells and Vitisin combats UV damage and improves hyperpigmentation.

Review of Pür Minerals Chateau Cheeks Cream Blush and Chateau Kisses

Pür Minerals Chateau Cheeks Cream Blush ($18) in Flirt gives my cheeks a lovely, long-wearing glow. Just a touch is all you need and I do find that this wears for about 3 hours or so. This is available in 2 shades.

Pür Minerals Chateau Cheeks Cream Blush in Flirt

Pür Minerals Chateau Cheeks Cream Blush in Flirt Swatch

Pür Minerals Chateau Cheeks Cream Blush in Flirt Review

Pür Minerals Chateau de Vine Mineral Lipstick ($18) is available in 10 shades and is one of the smoothest, glossiest lip colors I’ve ever used. I’m slightly obsessed with Shopaholic, which is such a pretty light pink color that smooths and soothes.

Pür Minerals Chateau de Vine Mineral Lipstick in Shopaholic

Pür Minerals Chateau de Vine Mineral Lipstick in Shopaholic Swatch

Pür Minerals Chateau Kisses Plumping Lip Gloss ($18) in Glitzy and Exposed are two of the 8 colors available in this lovely shimmery gloss. While I don’t find them to be entirely plumping, these are defintely gorgeous glosses that are light weight and not sticky at all.

Pür Minerals Chateau Kisses Plumping Lip Gloss REview

Pür Minerals Chateau Kisses Plumping Lip Gloss

Pür Minerals Chateau Kisses Plumping Lip Gloss in Glitzy

Pür Minerals Chateau Kisses Plumping Lip Gloss in Exposed

My Final Thoughts: Chock full of good-for-you ingredients, the products in the Pur Minerals Chateau line are simply lovely. I’m really impressed with the products in this collection and have to say Shopaholic just might be my current favorite lipstick.

Rating: A

Price: $18, each

Availability: www.purminerals.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

 

Makeup Of The Day 87 With ColourPop Amaze

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ColourPop Amaze deserves its name, because it’s truly something special! Here’s a look I created using ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Amaze and ColourPop Lippie Stix in Go Fish.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Amaze Makeup Inspiration

Details on what I used for this look after the jump!

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ColourPop Super Shock Shadow In Amaze Is The Shimmery Rose Gold Of Your Dreams

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No, I really can’t get enough of the bargain beauty indie brand ColourPop these days, and so I had to indulge in ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Amaze, which I’ve heard nothing but great things about from everyone who owns it.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Amaze

Amaze reminds me of a souped up version of MAC’s Woodwinked. Shimmery rose gold goodness, but oh, so much better.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Amaze Swatch

Baby, I’m amazed by the way you shine so bright. When worn out in public, be prepared to field tons of compliments on your eyeshadow. It’s an eye catcher, for sure!

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Amaze Eyeshadow Inspiration

Amaze reminds me a bit of ColourPop’s So Quiche, but I’d say Amaze is a bit lighter, gold instead of bronze, and is missing the fuchsia reflect glitter.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow So Quiche

My Final Thoughts: If you’re contemplating a ColourPop order, you HAVE to have Amaze in your collection. This is an universally flattering eyeshadow that’s pairs well with a wide variety of other eyeshadow colors.

Rating: A+

Price: $5

Availability: www.colourpop.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Introducing ColourPop Super Shock Cheek

I Bought It

Last month, ColourPop Super Shock Cheek colors were released, sending ColourPop fans (such as myself) into a state of pure excitement. There are twenty gorgeous colors in the Super Shock Cheek collection, and today I have two to share with you: Pie and Swift.

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek

The ColourPop Super Shock Cheek are a bit larger than the Super Shock Shadows and that is reflected in the price of $8, a bit higher than the $5 for the shadows. The blush colors have a similar bouncy texture as the shadows, but they seem a little more creamy.

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Size Comparison

The concept behind the blush and the eyeshadows is the same – while you can use a synthetic brush to apply the color, you get the most impact with the use of your fingers. The colors are so incredibly pigmented, a little bit goes a long way and you just need a dab. You have a few seconds to blend out the blush before it sets, and when it does set, you’ll find the blush to last all the live long day. Seriously, these cream blushes offer incredible staying power.

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Review

Pie is a neon pink with a matte finish. I chose this color because I find that bright colors, applied with a light hand, lend a natural looking flush.

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek in Pie

Swift is a warm, deep brown matte. It works well as a bronzer and for contouring, which is exactly why I had to have this shade.

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek in Swift

Together they’re a gorgeous combination. I layered a bit of Swift under my cheekbone as a contour, and then blended some Pie on top.

ColourPop Super Shock Cheek Makeup

My Final Thoughts: ColourPop Cosmetics did cream blush RIGHT! I’m really impressed with how easily the ColourPop Super Shock Cheek colors I tested blend and last. With twenty shades to choose from, you know I’ll be back for more.

Rating: A+

Price: $8

Availability: www.colourpop.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Cutex Twister With SPA Formula Is One Little Jar With Powerful Results

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Cutex Twister With SPA Formula is one powerful and unique jar of nail polish remover and pretty much one of the coolest beauty contraptions I’ve used in recent times.

Cutex Twister Spa Formula

A brand new product in the trusted Cutex nail care line up, Twister is the solution to all the glitter nail polish that ever drove you crazy when it came time to remove. We have all been there. Tears may have been involved, as well as a resolution to never ever, ever buy another bottle of glitter nail polish. Like, ever!

Cutex Twister Spa Formula Nail Polish Remover

As I’ve experienced, the Cutex SPA Formula Nail Polish Remover is a powerful agent to easily get rid of glitter. The Twister contains the SPA Formula, along with a sponge designed to eliminate cotton pads, and a bristle brush that will have glitter and other nail polishes off your nails in a couple of minutes.

Cutex Twister Spa Formula Nail Polish Remover Review

As you’ll see in the short video I put together, I found that the most effective way to remove the glitter polish is to dip your finger in the jar, let it set for a few seconds, and then twist a few times.

What really impressed me about Cutex  is that it does work quickly and removes all of the polish you have on your nails, which is no small feat. The polish I was wearing previously needed a lot of elbow grease to remove when I used a regular polish remover with a cotton pad.

Starting this month you’ll be able to find four top-selling Cutex products at Target stores nationwide, including Cutex Twister. In honor of this occasion, one very lucky Painted Ladies reader will win Cutex Twister, along with a prize pack of Cutex nail care products valued at approximately $20. Except for the Regular Polish Remover, I’ve reviewed these products in the past and LOVE each and every single one. Seriously, Cutex rocks it in the nail polish remover category!

Cutex Nail Care Package Giveaway

Contest ends March 20, 2015 at 11:59 pm, PST  and is open to residents of the USA.

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My Final Thoughts: I am really impressed with the difficult nail polish remover power contained in the jar of Cutex Twister. It’s definitely going to make my life easier, and I’ll need to pick up a backup jar!

Rating: A

Price: $4.99

Availability: Check you local Target stores, which will be stocking Twister and other Cutex products in March 2015.

Cruelty-free? Yes

ColourPop Lippie Stix In Go Fish Is Hot Pink, Glossy Amazingness

I Bought It

Well, hello there, ColourPop Lippie Stix in Go Fish.

ColourPop Cosmetics Go Fish Lippie Stix

I do believe you are one of the most gorgeous hot pink and glossy lipsticks I’ve seen in a quick minute.

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Go Fish Review and Swatch

Le sigh.

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Go Fish Swatch and Review

I’m slowly but surely building up my ColourPop Cosmetics collection, and the Lippie Stix I purchased in my last order had to be Go Fish, which has a hyper glossy finish. While I call it hot pink, ColourPop describes Go Fish as a vibrant coral red. Either way, it’s pretty perfect.

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Go Fish Swatch

As with the matte ColourPop Lippie Stix, Go Fish is opaque and long wearing, some of the longest wearing lip colors I’ve ever seen.

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Go Fish Makeup Inspiration

There are coordinating Lippie Pencils available, but I find any neutral lip pencil works well. I tend to reach for Milani Anti-Feathering Lipliner, which is clear.

My Final Thoughts: If you’re in need of a bold, glossy hot pink lip color, ColourPop Lippie Stix in Go Fish is your best bet!

Rating: A+

Price: $5

Availability: www.colourpop.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

 

My Instagram Life, 3-1-15

A look back at the week in Painted Ladies and my life, as seen on Instagram!

If you visit Painted Ladies on your smartphone or tablet, you may have noticed the new mobile site, which is way overdue!

Painted Ladies Mobile Site

This week I showed you how Dove Quench has been nourishing my curls.

Dove Quench

Lashes and lips!

Koko Lashes Foxy ColourPop Tipsy

It was a good month for Ipsy.

Ipsy February 2015

Can’t you just smell this jasmine?

Jasmine

The best nail care products under $10.

Best Nail Care Products

I always look forward to the personalized notes from ColourPop. :)

ColourPop Personalized Note

The Pur Minerals Pout Pens are something awesome!

Pur Minerals Pout Pens

My February beauty favorites (is it really March 1st?).

February Beauty Favorites

There’s nothing like a fresh pack of crayons.

Crayola Crayons

Adventures in Mascara! A look back at the mascaras I loved (and didn’t love) recently.

Adventures In Mascara

Here’s to a blessed week!