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Makeup Of The Day 18 – Going For The Gold

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By Sheila Arkee

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Face

Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup in Medium Dark

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Glow

MAC Desert Rose Blush

MAC Harmony Blush

Painted Earth Seychelles Highlighter

Eyes

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Lid: e.l.f. Studio Long-Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow in Toast

Outer Corner: MAC Quarry

Browbone: MAC White Frost

Liner (upper lid): Eddie Funkhouser Ultra Definition Eye Lining Stylus in Absolute Black

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly layered with L’Oreal Miss Manga

Lips

MAC Beet Lip Pencil

Bite Beauty Luminous Lip Cream in Quince

Get Your Glittery Gold On With e.l.f. Studio Long-Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow in Toast

I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

When I think of cream eyeshadow, my first thought is to run for the hills.  With creasing and migration at risk on my oily eyelids, I just can’t go there. It’s not worth the aggravation but then e.l.f. Studio Long-Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow in Toast happened. Hello, gorgeous gold!

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While I’ve seen and passed by these e.l.f. cream shadows at Target, I wasn’t really daring until recently and ventured to give it a go.If there’s one thing I cannot resist, it’s a gorgeous gold eyeshadow.

e.l.f. Studio Long-Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow in Toast

This cream shadow is a whipped gel and has a bouncy texture that is easy to work with. It’s best applied by using the pads of your ring finger, going on smoothly and staying in place with zero glitter fallout at hand.

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Creasing? Minimal.

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Thankfully my eyes stayed shimmery shiny all day with the help of an eyeshadow primer underneath. I had a teensy tiny bit of creasing, but it was not the end of the world. This is  not the best quality photo, but you can see my eyeshadow looks pretty fresh about 6 hours in to a hot, sweaty day.

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My Final Thoughts: The performance of e.l.f. Studio Long-Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow in Toast has taught me to not be so judgmental over beauty items I’ve never really given a chance. The color payoff is beautiful and this is worth checking out, especially if you love glittery and shimmery eyeshadow. At  $3 a pop, I’m definitely picking up more of these shadows.

Rating: A- (minus for the teensy bit of creasing)

Price: $3

Availability: Target and eyeslipsface.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

August 2014 Beauty Favorites

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By Sheila Arkee

Yes, September is here, which means it’s going to be New Year’s Eve in a blink. Not really. Kinda. Sorta. Right? Time’s zooming on by, which means it’s time to recap my August 2014 Beauty Favorites.

August 2014 Beauty Favorites

Here they are, in short order … Not really. Kinda. Sorta. I had a lot of products I really liked this month! These are all keepers that are currently occupying a place in my continually evolving makeup kit. Check out the video I made for this momentous occasion!

Due to current circumstances that would include a continually verbal 7 year old, recording anything of length is a challenge. So, here’s a different take on my favorites plus a quick little outtake featuring my best little buddy.

 

My August 2014 Beauty Favorites, in order of when they were reviewed, include …

1. Gerard Cosmetics BB Plus Illumination Facial Cream

This adds a fantastic sheen to you skin whether layered under your foundation or mixed in with your foundation. Gorgeous, all around.

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2. Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Quince

The color I’m wearing in the video, this lipstick is EVERYTHING! It’s $24, a bit of a splurge, but so creamy and long-wearing. A must for deep pink lip color lovers.

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3. Eddie Funkhouser Belle De Jour Collection

This collection of lavender and purples is extremely wearable and really high quality. Eddie has put a lot of love into his products, and it’s extremely evident in their performance.

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4. J. Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint

While I wouldn’t call these OCC Lip Tar dupes by a long shot, these are really nice long-wearing glosses that are definitely worth checking out!

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5. L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paint

In a similar light, I wouldn’t call these Too Faced Melted Lipstick dupes, but, again, these are great long-wearing glosses that won’t break the bank at all!

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6. Hourglass Cosmetics 1.5 Mechanical Gel Eye Liner

While this is a bit of a luxury splurge, the results from this super thin liner are nothing less than divine. How did they manage to make these skinny liners so powerful?

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7. e.l.f. Disney Snow White Lip Collection Gift Set

Dear Prince Charming, Let’s smooch. Your lips will be red for daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaays with this lip kit set, especially if you layer the lip stain with the balm and gloss. For $5 this is my steal of the month!

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8. Fusion of Color Cosmetics Perfect Lip Scrub and Lip Balm

This $12 lip set rocks my world! My lips are super soft thanks to the exfoliating power of sugar and nourishing properties of lanolin.

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9. Waxelene

I had major doubts about this beeswax-based balm, but its surprisingly great. Smooth and lightweight, it’s great as a base for lipstick, as well.

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10. Beauty Without Cruelty Full Volume Mascara

This little mascara truly blew my assumptions away! It’s all natural, builds up without smudging and provides really lush lashes. Just be careful not to cry when you’re wearing this, or else your eyes will sting!

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11. Carmex Fresh Lime and Strawberry Lip Balms

Carmex has come a long way in recent times and I love their updated stick balms with fresh flavors.

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12. CapriClear Spray On Moisturizer

If you like coconut oil but hate the mess, you’ll need to own this clear, scent-free, 100% fractionated coconut oil spray.  I applied it last night by spritzing it into my hands and smoothing on my skin and woke up to buttery skin.

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13. Reviva Labs Pomegranate/Lactic Acid Exfoliant

This scrub/mask is keeping my pores in tip top condition! I’m using this three times a week with excellent results. Priced at $19.95, it’s a steal!

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14. Beauty and the Bees Shampoo Bar and Conditioner Bar

Who knew bar soap and conditioner could be so great? I was pleasantly surprised by these product which left my hair thoroughly cleansed and in good shape.

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What were your favorite beauty finds from August? Are you as excited for Fall as I am?

My Instagram Life, 8-31-2014

By Sheila Arkee

Here’s a look back at the week on Painted Ladies and a visual diary of my life, as seen on my Instagram account.

While testing the Beauty Without Cruelty Full Volume Mascara, I cried tears of joy! My son had a major accomplishment and this mommy was so amazed! What I learned: don’t wear BWC Full Volume Mascara while feeling emotional. LOL!

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This week I posted a brand new 2 Minute Beauty Clinic with my tips for concealing and brightening your under eye area.

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A ray of light at one of our favorite walking trails.

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While getting a smog check, I happened upon a copy of the 2014 Guinness Book of World Records. I’m pretty sure I personally know people who could beat this number of lip balms!

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In life you have to wear your nice stuff. I had been squirreling away this pair of earrings for some special occasion ever since I bought them … 5 years ago!

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My darling son turned 7 this week!

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We celebrated at the beach with some of his school chums.

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A Makeup Of The Day post from this week. One of my friends said she’ll start calling me Miss Daisy, on account of my flower headband.

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School starts on Thursday (woo hoo!!!) which means I can finally get  back to my gym routine. With views like this, I haven’t quite minded the long walks and hikes we’ve been taking in lieu of gym sessions.

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A makeup free selfie. It’s been a year of making positive changes, and lately I’m making a habit of starting my day thinking about what I’m most thankful for.

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Everyone can find every new Wet n Wild collection except for me! There’s a new set of palettes I cannot locate, but I did manage to find these new polishes and lip balm stains.

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I took a look back at some photos from December 2013 and I was reminded of how far I’ve come in recent months. It isn’t always easy, work and effort are involved, and it doesn’t happen overnight. But stick with your plans to make positive health changes in your life. In my case, I’ve had to learn to say NO. Candy and sweets and chips might taste good, but my health is vastly improved and that is more important than anything.

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JORD Wood Watches Are Pieces Of Timeless Elegance

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By Sheila Arkee

When it comes to my accessories – jewelry, earrings, watches – I make a point to look for pieces that are chic, timeless, and with an edge of sophistication. That’s exactly how I’d describe the Fieldcrest model black of JORD Wood Watches, which I recently had the opportunity to review.

JORD Wood Watches

From the packaging to the actual product, this is such an elegant watch.

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I’ll  confess I wasn’t sure wood watches could look so great, but I love the way the Fieldcrest model in Black looks on my arm.

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This is not a clunky watch at all. It’s lightweight and quite comfortable to wear throughout the day.

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Expertly crafted, this watch has a sturdy clasp that ensures it won’t slip off your wrist. The Fieldcrest offers Citizen Miyota movement and is also available in Natural Green and Maple.

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I love the gorgeous inscription on the back of the face of the watch. It’s a beautiful touch!

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JORD Wood Watches were created as a throwback, a step back from metal and rubber. There are quite a few models developed from diverse woods from around the world that come with a 12 month warranty. The watches are splash proof and can take light drops of water, but they’re not to be submerged. If your watch needs to be adjusted, you can take it to a local jeweler who can adjust it with ease.

My Final Thoughts: Elegant and lightweight, I am really loving the JORD Wood Watch in Fieldcrest. It’s a gorgeous, timeless piece and I think these watches would be great to give as gifts for graduations, birthdays, and other celebrations.

Rating: A

Price: $120

Availability: www.woodwatches.com

Get Soft, Clear Skin With Reviva Labs Pomegranate/Lactic Acid Exfoliant

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By Sheila Arkee

Not-so-secret confession of the day: I am a major kaolin face mask junkie. My pores, which are apt to clog up, demand special treatment, and find myself masking at least twice a week, especially during the oily skin inducing Summer season. While I have several kaolin-based masks on hand at all times, my latest favorite is the Reviva Labs Pomegranate/Lactic Acid Exfoliant.

Reviva Labs Pomegranate Lactic Acid Exfoliant

Now that we’re at the tail end of the Summer, I have to confess that I am tad bit disappointed my area of the world isn’t experiencing slightly cooler temperatures. We had a bit of tease for a couple of days, but it’s steadily been in the roaring late 80′s and 90′s, and that means my skin is sweat central! Needless to say, my newest find from Reviva Labs has been a skin care darling and my pores are holding up extremely well in the present weather conditions.

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The exfoliants in this hybrid mask/scrub are gentle enough that you can use it three times a week. There’s no burning, tingling, or other irritations involved, and removing the mask is not an exercise in your patience. After cleansing your skin, apply the mask and wait 3 to 4 minutes before washing it off. After using the mask I’m left with smooth skin and clear pores, and I attribute it to helping prevent those pesky whiteheads that tend to show up along the sides of my face.

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This product is designed to remove dead skin cells, fight future skin damage, and help repair past damage. Besides kaolin, the key ingredients include soy, which is antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, pomegranate extract, lactic acid, thyme, ground pepper, and oregano leaves.

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Priced at just $19, this lovely skin care product is a steal. I love the way my skin feels after I’ve used Reviva Labs Pomegranate/Lactic Acid Exfoliant. This mask/scrub hybrid is gentle, non-scratchy, and will be a favorite for those who have oily skin types.

My Final Thoughts: Priced at just $19, this lovely skin care product is a steal. I love the way my skin feels after I’ve used Reviva Labs Pomegranate/Lactic Acid Exfoliant. This mask/scrub hybrid is gentle, non-scratchy, and will be a favorite for those who have oily skin types.

Rating: A

Price: $19

Availability: Health food sections of grocery stores and revivalabs.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

Makeup Of The Day 17

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By Sheila Arkee

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Face

BFTE Mineral Foundation in Olive

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Glow

BFTE Pumpkin Blush

MAC Harmony Blush

Milani Amber Nectar Highlighter

Eyes

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Inner Lid: MAC Amber Lights

Outer Lid: BFTE Cotton Candy

Outer Corner: Dark brown from NYX The Natural Palette

Browbone: BFTE Pyxis

Liner (upper lid): Urban Decay Demolition

Liner (lower lid): NYX Glitzy Gold

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: L’Oreal Miss Manga

Lips

MAC Stripdown Lip Pencil

MAC Nymphette Lipglass

Quench Your Skin With CapriClear Spray On Moisturizer

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By Sheila Arkee

So, my skin care world was recently rocked with a spray on moisturizer. A spray on coconut oil moisturizer, of all things, and one that is so great I’m going to have stock up on backups of CapriClear Spray On Moisturizer.

CapriClear Spray On Moisturizer

Who knew something so simple could be so good? I did have my doubts, per usual, and did not expect that this clear, lightweight skin quencher could be so effective.

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The ingredients of this wonderful spray, you ask? Coconut Oil. Just Coconut Oil. That’s it! The oil is fractionated, which means it’s been processed to be shelf stable and is not in a solid form, as we are accustomed to seeing Coconut Oil at the grocery and health food stores.

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Created by dermatologist Dr. Betty Bellman, CapriClear is clear, fragrance-free, PABA-free, pthaltes-free, dye-free, gluten-free, paraben-free, and simply put, just great stuff. CapriClear can be used by all ages and it’s really soothing for those who have eczema. I love using CapriClear on my hands and elbows and it’s a great cuticle oil. It absorbs quickly and is not overly greasy – a big plus!

My Final Thoughts: CapriClear is a clear spray on moisturizer made from Coconut Oil and only Coconut Oil. It leaves you with soft silky skin and then some with no mess or greasy after feel. Definitely worth checking out, especially if you have dry, sensitive skin.

Rating: A

Price: $10.99

Availability: CVS, Walgreens, Harmons Ulta, Ulta.com, and www.capriclear.com.

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

You’ve Come A Long Way, Carmex! A Look At New Carmex Lip Balms

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By Sheila Arkee

As a beauty junkie who has a multitude of lip balms at my disposal, there’s just something about Carmex that always brings me back to this classic line of lip products. Far from the original mentholated jar with a yellow and black cap, Carmex has been making some improvements with their balms that I’m excited to share with you.

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While waiting to get my car’s smog check completed earlier this week, I paged through a copy of the 2014 Guinness Book Of World Records and happened upon a record number of lip balms owned by one person. The number, 491, seems on the low end to me, and I’m sure there are other lip balm lovers out there who can beat this! Carmex must be part of this record setting lip balm collection, and no doubt in my mind, because it truly is a great brand.

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I’ve been using both Carmex Ultra Moisturizing Lip Balm SPF 15 Lime Twist and Carmex Everyday Protecting Lip Balm Stick SPF 15 Strawberry and can say they are both enhancements to the original Carmex balms. They don’t have the heavily medicated scent but they do work just as well as the tried and true so many of use know so well.

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The ingredients that make the Carmex Ultra Moisturizing Lip Balm Lime Twist so awesome include Beeswax (the first ingredient on the list), Lanolin and Cocoa Seed Butter. Petroleum is one of the key ingredients, so be aware if it’s something you are trying to avoid.

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Beeswax is a little lower on the list of ingredients on the Carmex Everyday Protecting Lip Balm Strawberry, which lists Petroleum as it’s first ingredient.

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The good news about both of these balms is that they have a waterproof, broad spectrum SPF so your lips are going to be well protected from the sun’s harsh rays. They’re great to use during the day on their own and under other lip products. I am also using them at night and wake up with super smooth lips.

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What are your favorite lip balms?

My Final Thoughts: Tried and true and excellent is how I would describe Carmex products. The Carmex Ultra Moisturizing Lip Balm Lime Twist and Carmex Everyday Protecting Lip Balm Strawberry are great enhancements to the brand and have become key balms in my lip routine.

Rating: A

Price: $1.50

Availability: Mass market retailers and drugstore.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes (products do contain petroleum, if this is a concern)

Gluten-free? Yes

2 Minute Beauty Clinic: How To Conceal & Brighten Your Under Eye Area

By Sheila Arkee

As a mom with an active child and a busy schedule, I take a lot of concern over the state of my under eye area. I’ve been using a new technique to make sure my under eye area is properly camouflaged for the past year or so, and thought I’d put together a video and photo tutorial to show you how I get the job done effectively and efficiently. Please enjoy a new 2 Minute Beauty Clinic: How To Conceal & Brighten Your Under Eye Area.

2 Minute Beauty Clinic Concealer

 

Here are the products I used in the video:

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- NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in CJ05 Medium – NYX really does a fantastic job with concealers. This is a dupe for the MAC Studio Finish concealers, but a little more emollient.

- NYX HD Photogenic Concealer in CW06 Glow – This concealer does a great job brightening up the under eye area.

- Milani Even Touch Powder Foundation in Beige

- Sephora Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush #57 – A must have in everyone’s makeup collection, as far as I’m concerned.

- The brush I used for the powder is sadly discontinued but any small fluffy brush will do the trick.

Here are the easy steps to concealing and brightening your under eye area:

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Step 1: After applying your foundation, use the Sephora brush to apply a full coverage concealer with a peachy undertone.

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Step 2: Place a couple of dots of a lighter, brightening concealer on top and blend out with the Sephora brush.

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Step 3: Set the concealer with a powder. A translucent powder works great!

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All done! Easy and effective – just the way I like it!

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Here’s to happy under eye brightening!