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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.

Instagram Painted Ladies 2

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

Instagram Painted Ladies 1

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

Instagram Painted Ladies 3

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

Instagram Painted Ladies 4

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.

Instagram Painted Ladies 5

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

Instagram Painted Ladies 6

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

Instagram Painted Ladies 7

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

Instagram Painted Ladies 8

I love pretty flowers. Anemones are an unexpected delight.

Instagram Painted Ladies 9

I totally want this. For myself.

Instagram Painted Ladies 10

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.

Instagram Painted Ladies 11

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

Instagram Painted Ladies 12

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.

Instagram Painted Ladies 13

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

Milani Lip Intense Liquid Colors Will Knock Your Socks Off

I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

When it comes to the lip category, Milani Cosmetics has sure been knocking out some hits lately. First, it was the reformulated Color Statement Lipsticks and Liners, then Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss, the gloss/lipstick hybrid Power Lip, and now their Lip Intense Liquid Colors which take long-wearing lip colors to the next level.

Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color in Violet Addict and Fiery Coral 1

With all products priced at under $7 (and frequent “Buy One Get One Half Off” promotions available), these are some of the best deals in the beauty industry, high or low end.

Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color in Violet Addict and Fiery Coral 2

Now, how to describe the Lip Intense Liquid Lip Colors? I purchased two of the four shades available to test out – Violet Addict and and Fiery Coral. These are BRIGHT colors that offer a smooth texture, high gloss, and longevity.

Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color in Violet Addict and Fiery Coral 3

Seriously, you will have these on your lips for hours and hours without them fading, transferring, or feathering away. I didn’t keep the best track of time, but if I didn’t eat something oily, I got about 5 hours of these wearing long and strong. Color me impressed!

Here is Violet Addict.

Sugarpill Mochi MAC Club Makeup Geek Corrupt Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color Violet Addict 2

Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color Violet Addict

And Fiery Coral, which is going to be all kinds of amazing during the Summer.

Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color in Fiery Coral 1

Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color in Fiery Coral 2

My Final Thoughts: Bright lip color lovers rejoice! Milani’s Lip Intense Liquid Color lippies offer long-wearing shine and are definitely worth checking out.

Rating: A

Price: $6.49

Availability: CVS, Walgreens, and Milanicosmetics.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? No, contains Tocopheryl Acetate

307/365 Days of Makeup IV

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

Sugarpill Mochi MAC Club Makeup Geek Corrupt Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color Violet Addict 1

Sugarpill Mochi MAC Club Makeup Geek Corrupt Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color Violet Addict 2

Sugarpill Mochi MAC Club Makeup Geek Corrupt 1

Sugarpill Mochi MAC Club Makeup Geek Corrupt 2

Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color Violet Addict

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

Milani Delizioso Pink Baked Blush

MAC Harmony Blush

Hourglass Ambient Powder in Ethereal Light

Eyes

Base: Prestige Primed & Ready

Lid Base: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk

Inner Lid: Sugarpill Mochi

Outer Lid: MAC Club

Outer Corner: Makeup Geek Corrupt

Browbone: MAC Vanilla eyeshadow

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

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly

Lips

MAC Plum Lip Liner

Milani Lip Intense Liquid Color Violet Addict

My Top 8 Makeup Fails

By Sheila Arkee

In life and beauty there are winners and there are losers. There are those products you’re all hyped up about, because they really are as wonderful as everyone says they are, and then there are the ones you never want to see or deal with ever again.

Top 8 Makeup Fails

Through the years of my life as a makeup lover, I’ve come across my share of duds, the top 8 of which I am sharing with you here. .

1. Maybelline Great Lash Mascara

Why can’t you let my lashes be great, Great Lash? I so wish this worked for me, but sadly, it’s just a flaky fail from start to end.

While there are some in this world who adore and swear by Great Lash, it’s just not for my body chemistry.

2. Smith’s Rosebud Lip Salve

Another much-adored item I wish worked with my lips, but all this does is induce mega blisters. I think it has something to do with the red tint. Oh, well. Fortunately, I’ve discovered Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy Lips which has a similar effect and doesn’t bother my lips at all.

3. Jordana Best Length Extreme

While I should have returned this to Walgreens, it wasn’t worth the gas money to get my $3 back on this incredible dud of a mascara. Considering how much I have liked other Jordana mascaras, it was a major disappointment!

4. Wet n Wild Mega Protein Mascara

More like mega awful! Yes, you can definitely find great mascaras for under $5, but this just isn’t one of them. Limpy lashes guaranteed!

5. CoverGirl Outlast Fabulous 3-in-1 Foundation

I know there are many out there who consider this a grail foundation, but it just isn’t that wonderful to me and leaves my skin in an awkward state of existence. After trying to make this work for a while, we sadly had to part ways recently.

6. Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation

Revlon and I barely get along, and this is one reason why. While I like their lip, nail, and some eye offerings, their foundations make my skin look terrible!

7. Revlon Cream To Powder Eyeshadow

Ugh. Ugh. Ugh! I have gone through a couple of rounds with these shadows, trying desperately to make them work and not turn into crease city at the snap of a finger. Can anyone make these shadows last? Why are they still on the market?

8. NYX Primal Colors

The latest on my list of disappointments, these powders (which aren’t intended for use in the eye area) are just completely powdery, under pigmented fails. I typically love NYX, but would advise everyone to stay far, far away from these deceptively bright colors.

What are some of your top makeup disappointments?

306/365 Days of Makeup IV

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

MAC Folie Sweet Libertine Pretty Floral Bonnet Milani Purple Shock Eyeshadow 3

MAC Folie Sweet Libertine Pretty Floral Bonnet Milani Purple Shock Eyeshadow 4

MAC Folie Sweet Libertine Pretty Floral Bonnet Milani Purple Shock Eyeshadow 1

MAC Folie Sweet Libertine Pretty Floral Bonnet Milani Purple Shock Eyeshadow 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 Powder in Ethereal Light

Eyes

Base: Prestige Primed & Ready

Lid Base: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk

Lid: Sweet Libertine Pretty Little Bonnet

Outer Corner: MAC Folie

Browbone: MAC Vanilla eyeshadow

Liner (upper lid): Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl in Purple with Milani Shadow in Purple Shock

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly

Lips

MAC Plum Lip Liner

Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss in Ravish Raspberry

Lots Of Makeup Fun In Store With Sugarpill Absinthe and Subterranean Eyeshadows

By Sheila Arkee

Having had stars in my eyes for quite some time over Sugarpill Loose Eyeshadow in Absinthe and Pressed Eyeshadow in Subterranean, I recently made them an official part of my eye makeup collection.  These two eyeshadows are glorious! (Spoken like a true makeup junkie.)

Sugarpill Absinthe and Sugarpill Subterranean Painted Ladies Blog 1

Absinthe is a gorgeous lime green loose eyeshadow.

Sugarpill Absinthe Loose Eyeshadow Painted Ladies Blog 2

Sugarpill Absinthe Loose Eyeshadow Painted Ladies Blog 1

MAC Fake Sugarpill Absinthe Urban Decay Velvet Black 1

Subterranean, the peacock green/blue of my dreams. It’s part of the Cold Chemistry collection, and I knew I had to have it at first glance.

Sugarpill Subterranean Pressed Eyeshadow Painted Ladies Blog 1

Sugarpill Subterranean Pressed Eyeshadow Painted Ladies Blog 2

Sugarpill Subterranean Makeup Geek Corrupt BFTE Dragon Slayer 2

I’m having all kinds of fun with these two shadows, which do not disappoint at all. I’ve been extremely happy with the Sugarpill pressed and loose shadows I’ve used to date, finding them to provide high pigmentation and blending beautifully, no chalkiness involved at all!

If you’d like to take a peek at the other Sugarpill colors in my makeup collection, here are my reviews on …

Mochi, Midori, and Golidlux.

Tiara

and, the Burning Hearts Palette.

What are your Sugarpill must haves?

My Final Thoughts: Sugarpill has never let me down! I love both Absinthe and Subterranean and forsee lots of fun eyeshadow combinations in the near future.

Rating: A+

Price: $12

Availability: Sugarpillshop.com and makeupgeek.com (where I buy my Sugarpill!)

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

305/365 Days of Makeup IV

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

Painted Ladies Blog 365 Days of Makeup 2

Painted Ladies Blog 365 Days of Makeup 5

Painted Ladies Blog 365 Days of Makeup 1

Painted Ladies Blog 365 Days of Makeup 4

Painted Ladies Blog 365 Days of Makeup 3

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

Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Enchanting

MAC Harmony Blush

Painted Earth Highlighter in Seychelles

Eyes

Base: Prestige Primed & Ready

Lid Base: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk

Lid: Sweet Libertine Carnivale

Outer Corner: MAC Embark

Browbone: MAC Vanilla eyeshadow

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

Wet n Wild Mega Last Matte Lipstick in Just Peachy

Vincent Longo Lip Gloss in Baci XXX

You’ll Need Vincent Longo Angel Kiss Lip & Cheek Gel Stain For Smooch Proof Lips

Press Sample

By Sheila Arkee

This small tube of Vincent Longo Angel Kiss Lip & Check Gel Stain looks innocent enough, but contains one of the most powerful and beautiful, long-wearing lip products I have ever experienced.

Vincent Longo Angel Kiss Lip & Cheek Gel Stain 1

With a doe-foot applicator, Angel Kiss is one of several stains by Vincent Longo that have rightfully earned adulation and congratulations from makeup lovers and makeup artists alike.

Vincent Longo Angel Kiss Lip & Cheek Gel Stain 2

Newly reformulated to be both gluten and paraben-free, this isn’t just any ordinary stain. It’s a stain with heft and a hint of vanilla flavor that won’t dry your lips or skin out and will last for pretty much as long as you want.

Vincent Longo Angel Kiss Lip & Cheek Gel Stain 3

If you’re on the go and need something to last all day, this is perfect for lips and can be worn alone as well as with a little gloss. It’s perfect for brides, and won’t dry out your lips. For even application, make sure your lips are moisturized and exfoliated beforehand. Angel Kiss is a beautiful bright raspberry that looks beautiful on lips.

Vincent Longo Angel Kiss Lip & Cheek Gel Stain 4

Angel Kiss can be used on the cheeks, but my advice is to use it sparingly and quickly because it is a challenge to blend it out oncethe stain has set. Use it right after your moisturizer or primer and follow up with your foundation and setting powder for a beautiful, natural glow.

Printcess Forest Lorac Pro Garnet 1

My Final Thoughts: Vincent Longo Angel Kiss Lip & Cheek Gel Stain has earned it’s stellar reputation and it’s a stain I’d recommend to anyone looking for a long-wearing solution. Besides Angel Kiss, there are several other shades of this lip and cheek stain.

Rating: A

Price: $24

Availability: Vincentlongo.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes