Last week ColourPop fans rejoiced and yet were in complete agony when their brand new Ultra Matte Lip colors were released early, only to find the process of ordering them to take hours upon hours. Even now, the entire Ultra Matte Lip line is temporarily sold out! I managed to get my order through and I’m eagerly anticipating the arrival of 4 of the colors very soon. It’s been reported that some of the bottles leak product, so we will see when I start using them.
In the meanwhile, I have several yet-to-be-blogged ColourPop products to show you, including Flipper. Flipper is a light, bright orange with silver and pink glitter.
This is the easiest way to apply glitter – contained within this shadow so it doesn’t get all over the place,
I always apply an eyeshadow primer with ColourPop Super Shock Shadows, and found the glitter in Flipper to stay on my lid and not migrate to other areas on my face. A big plus!
To be honest, I cannot ever get enough of ColourPop. Besides my issue with their highlighters, I have to say I love everything from this budget boutique brand and have my eyes on so many more shadows and lip colors. My next order will include the Metamorphosis collection, some of their new Tie Dyed Super Shock Shadows, and hopefully some more Ultra Matte Lip colors.
My Final Thoughts: ColourPop Flipper Super Shock Shadow equals Summer fun! This is a gorgeous light orange that works worn by itself, as well as paired with a variety of other eyeshadow colors.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?!).
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.
This glow, though.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These Mango Oil and Shea Butter enhanced pencils are AWESOME!
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.
Jetset is an orange-red.
I love that these lip crayons have a sharpener in the lid, making it so easy to freshen up the color as needed.
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.
It absorbs quickly and nourishes your skin with antioxidants and conditioners.
Combined, these products make for tons of Summer beauty fun!
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!
My Walmart Beauty Box Summer 2015 arrived last week and, in short, it was completely awesome.
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.
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.
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.
The lipstick is gorgeous – super moisturizing and long-wearing.
I’ll definitely check out other shades of the Revlon Ultra HD Lipstick line. Hello, red!
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.
Price: $5, every three months. You’re charged when the box is shipped.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.