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August 2015 Beauty Favorites

It’s that time of the month I love so much, when we take a look back at the month behind us and reminisce on the products that stood out among the throngs of products that come my way over the course of month. From skincare to eyeliner, here’s a look at my August 2015 beauty favorites.

August 2015 Beauty Favorites

Allure & Butter London Arm Candy Nail Lacquers

A collection of Fall-perfect nail colors, these offer high shine for days. I love the colors in this collection and will have fun wearing them in the upcoming months.

Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Liner’

Waterproof liner can often irritate my eyes, but that’s not the case with these smooth, colorful, long-wearing liners. They are so pretty and are a regular part of my makeup looks.

Salon Grafix

Why have I turned a blind eye to this bargain hair spray for so long? It’s excellent! I’ve never experienced so much hold!

Mirabella Borrowed Fom The Boys Eyebrow Collection

My brows are so happy. So, so, so happy with the super thin brow pencil and matching tinted brow gel. They’re officially available this month and definitely worth seeking out.

Disney Dare To Dream Makeup Bags

The cutest way to organize and story your makeup! These adorable makeup bags are a great value and store a lot of beauty products.

ColourPop Sheer Lippie Stix

So lush, so nourishing, so colorful. I think the ColourPop Sheer Lippie Stix are a fantastic deal at $5!

StriVectin Instant Revitalizing Mask

The title is correct! Your skin will instantly brighten your skin. This is one of my favorite masks to use during the week.

NYX High Voltage Lipstick

Smooth, glossy, and bright, these lipsticks are similar to ColourPop’s Lippie Stix, but a tad bit more glossy. They are fun and worth checking out.

Derma E Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask

My pores love this mask which keeps my skin smooth and cleansed. It’s all about the charcoal and exfoliation combination!

Wilma Schumann Hydra-Gel Masques

August was a month full of masks and these are definitely the coolest sheet masks I’ve ever seen. They’re soothing and really relaxing on hot days.

Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops

Cover FX has another hit on their hands with these skincare drops that you can use to customize your skincare and makeup. These drops don’t affect the texture of your makeup, which is a nice benefit.

I Love Lulu All-Natural Hair Care

It took about 3 washes for my hair to get the full benefits of this completely natural haircare that makes my curls look great. The shampoo is also a fantastic makeup brush cleanser!

Etude House My Beauty Tool Secret Brush 121 Skin

The coolest foundation brush I’ve ever used. Ever! I love the way this brush makes my foundation look and I love that it’s under $20.

Inglot AMC Eyeliner Gel 77

If you’re looking for an intense liner, this is what you’re looking for! It’s the blackest black eyeliner and lasts for hours on end.

All in all, it was a great month for beauty finds! What were some of your August 2015 beauty favorites? 

 

It’s A Case Of Curly Ever After With Living Proof Curl Leave-In Conditioner

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For a girl with lots of curls, Living Proof Curl Leave-In Conditioner is a clear cut case of my hair being curly ever after.

Living Proof Curl Leave-In Conditioner www.painted-ladies.com

I love this new leave-in conditioner from one of my all-time favorite hair care brands this much!

Living Proof Curl Leave-In Conditioner Review www.painted-ladies.com

In other words, a whole lot! Over the last few months I’ve become a huge fan of Living Proof, a brand that makes high quality hair care products to address a wide variety of needs. I’m HOOKED on their Curl Defining Styling Cream and No-Frizz Leave In, so when I heard about Living Proof Curl Leave-In Conditioner, their new leave-in specifically for curls, you know I was super excited.

Living Proof Curl Leave-In Conditioner Review

Living Proof Curl Leave-In Conditioner joins a suite of products tailored specifically to curls. I use and love them all – from the Curl Conditioning Wash, Curl Detangling Rinse, Curl Enhancing Styling Mousse, and Curl Defining Styling Cream, I’m hooked!

Living Proof Curl Leave-In Conditioner

What I really like and appreciate about Living Proof Curl Leave-In Conditioner (and all Living Proof products) is that it’s made without silicone or oil. The Curl Leave-In Conditioner is different from No-Frizz Leave-In Conditioner with added hydration, which is what curly hair needs more than anything. This conditioner is generously sized, which is also a huge plus with curls because I use a lot of leave-in! After washing, I’ll apply my leave-in from root to tips, then my styling product.

Review of Living Proof Curl Leave-In Conditioner

I’ve restocked my Curl Defining Styling Cream since my original Living Proof (and I’m about to restock again!) and when I did, got a really great hair care tip from a Sephora associate with the most glorious and shiny head of curls. She uses a diffuser to get her shine, and while I typically air dry mine, I’m using her tip of applying the mousse at the crown of my head with the styling cream throughout the length. It’s brilliant! Now my hair has some nice lift with minimal frizz.

My Final Thoughts: Dear Living Proof – Thank you for making such great products that make my curls look so good. Seriously, they’re fabulous and some of the very best I’ve ever tried. I’m living curly ever after with Living Proof Curl Leave-In Conditioner!

Living Proof Curl Leave-In Conditioner

Rating: A

Price: $26

Availability: Sephora

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

 

My Quick Trip To Walmart For Schick® Hydro Silk® Razor

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Schick®. The opinions and text are all mine.

I recently made a quick trip to my local Walmart on a secret mission. Well, not quite so secret. The complete details will be revealed soon! All I can tell you is that I made a beeline to the health care section and picked up Schick® Hydro Silk® Razor.

Walmart Schick® Hydro Silk® Razor

I’m near a great Walmart and I’m there frequently picking up must have items for home. Lately I’ve been heading there to stock up for school time. It’s that back-to-school time of year when people from all ages are stocking up on essential items. For elementary aged kids that means glue, pencils, papers, and backpacks. It’s the same for those heading to college, but includes a few more must have personal care items like Disposable razors.

Schick® Hydro Silk® Razor

Schick® Hydro Silk® Razor is one of those products that’s sure to be included in a going away or care package for someone heading off for their higher education.  It was easy to spot the selection of Schick® Disposable Razors and I found the Schick® Hydro Silk® Razor high up on the shelf of the Disposable razor section.

Schick® Hydro Silk® Razor at Walmart

Hair removal is oh, so important, and it’s important to use products that will get the job done right. I’ll never forget the first time I used something other than a standard Disposable razor. For the quality of the product you’re getting, the price is definitely right.

I’ll be back in a couple of days sharing more about Schick® Hydro Silk® Razor at Walmart and letting you know why I went to Walmart to pick this up. Stay tuned!

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Makeup Of The Day 146 With Mermaid Inspired Eyeshadow

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For today’s makeup inspiration, I got together with a group of my fellow beauty bloggers for a beautychallenge like no other – a mermaid challenge!

The Mermaid Challenge Makeup Inspiration

When I thought, what makes a mermaid? The answer was clear. Aqua and electric blue eyes and tons of glitter. And so it is!

Mermaid Eyeshadow Inspiration Featuring The Urban Decay Electric Palette

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My Instagram Life, 8-30-2015

Welcome to this weekly visual diary of the week of Painted Ladies on Instagram in review, plus tidbits from behind the scenes!

A blast from the past! I found this gorgeous khaki limited edition MAC eyeshadow color in Saturnal when I was cleaning up.

MAC Saturnal Eyeshadow

I had Kevyn Aucoin on my mind – what an amazing talent he was and how he impacted the lives of so many! He’ll forever be my inspiration.

Kevyn Aucoin Making Faces

My biggest accomplishment of August 2015 was figuring out how to use Snapchat! You can find me and add me by my username, paintedladies9.

Snapchat Paintedladies9

KB Shimmer Urban Camo is definitely the coolest nail polish I own.

KB Shimmer Urban Camo

Like a boss.

Disneyland Astro Blasters

I am loving, LOVING the CoverFX Custom Infusion Drops. What a great idea!

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops

The reason my curls have been on point lately.

I Love Lulu

Makeup Geek Shimmermint is a must have light green. It’s all kinds of everything!

Makeup Geek Shimmermint

These Make Me Nails wraps are so much fun!

G. Hannelius Make Me Nails Garden Party

Really and seriously, the coolest makeup brush I own!

Etude 121 Foundation Brush

It’s hard to believe this sweet little grumpy baby turned 8!

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I’ve been torn between the Too Faced Born This Way and Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation, so I crowd sourced for my final purchasing decision.

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The most intense gel eyeliner you will ever use.

Inglot 77 Gel Liner

It’s all about that ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Avenue!

ColourPop Avenue

KB Shimmer! Yay! Here’s a look at the first two colors of my collection.

KB Shimmer Review

Yes, I am a total child of the 80s!

Evian Troop Beverly Hills

Here’s to a blessed week!

CoverFX, Wella, Colbert MD, and OPI

Here’s a weekly look back at what the members of the Beauty Blog Coalition have been covering in the beauty world!

 

 

Well Hello, Gorgeous! A Look At My Very First KB Shimmer Nail Polish Order

As I’m going over the list of beauty products I tried and reviewed in August, I had to call attention to the lovely KB Shimmer nail polish I received and have been wearing most of this month. On a side note, how is it almost September?!

KB Shimmer Nail Polish

 

KB Shimmer is known for a gorgeous selection of nail colors in a variety of textures. From holos, to creams, to mattes, to jellies and more, this nail brand offers over 90 beautiful nail colors with additional seasonal collections. They also offer a variety of nail accessories including soaps, scrubs, decals, cuticle oils, and implements.

 

KB Shimmer Swatches

 

My first order consisted of two colors – a duochrome and a holo. I love a good green nail polish and couldn’t resist Urban Camo.

KB Shimmer Urban Camo

This is the coolest nail polish I own! It looks like many different colors depending on the angle of your nails against the light. Sometimes its green, sometimes its gold, and sometimes it’s purple. I’m going to try this over black polish, per KB Shimmer’s recommendation.

KB Shimmer Urban Camo Duochrome

KB Shimmer Urban Camo Review

KB Shimmer Urban Camo Swatch

I also love a holo, so I had to have Whole Lava Lovin‘, which is a beautiful cherry red. Oh, how I love a holo! This one is super pretty, offering a fine glitter and tons of shine.

KB Shimmer Whole Lava Lovin'

Both nail colors are long wearing and lasted about 4 days before showing signs of wear. I had to apply 3 coats of each polish to get the full coverage I prefer. I’m especially impressed with Whole Lava Lovin, which is not only beautiful, but easy to remove. I’ve waged polish removing battles of epic proportions with holos in the past, but this was easy to remove with Zoya Remove Plus.

My Final Thoughts: My first KB Shimmer order was a big hit! I’m really loving the long wear time of the two colors I picked and will definitely be back for more. I’m currently taking all KM Shimmer color recommendations you have to offer!

Rating: A+

Price: $8.75

Availability: www.kbshimmer.com

Cruelty-free? KB Shimmer polishes are cruelty-free, vegan, and 4-free

Makeup Of The Day 145 With ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Avenue

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So remember when I first reviewed the ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip Colors? I was really disappointed with the wear time of the colors I purchased. And then I bought ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Avenue. It’s a huge improvement and stays on my lips a bit longer than the lighter colors I own. It might be a pigmentation issue? I’m not sure, but I do know that I’m crazy about this deep burgundy red.

Milani Dolci Paula's Choice The Nude Mattes ColourPop Avenue MOTD

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Eye Lining Bliss Is Found In Inglot Cosmetics AMC Eyeliner Gel 77

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In this edition of “Bloggers Enabling Other Bloggers”, may I present Inglot Cosmetics AMC Eyeliner Gel 77, perhaps the greatest gel eyeliner I’ve ever used.

Inglot Cosmetics AMC Eyeliner Gel 77 Review

While I’ve purchased and loved an Inglot Gel Eyeliner in the past, I didn’t think much of the liners until Julia Graf recently recommended Inglot Cosmetics AMC Eyeliner Gel 77. Of course I had to order the liner and eagerly anticipated it’s arrival. It was well worth the wait because it’s pretty fabulous.

Inglot Cosmetics AMC Eyeliner Gel 77 Swatch and Review

This is the most intensely black gel liner I’ve ever seen. It’s intense!

Swatch Inglot Cosmetics AMC Eyeliner Gel 77

The good news is that this liner glides on smoothly, dries quickly, and will not transfer, which is a good thing when you have slightly hooded eyelids like mine. To apply, I like to use a thin and straight liner brush like the e.l.f. Studio Angled Liner Brush ($3). I love using a bent brush that makes it easier to apply gel liner, which can be a scary proposition!

Eye makeup inspiration With Makeup Geek Shimmermint MAC Mystery and MAC White Frost

My only concern with Inglot is their lack of communication when it came to my order. I didn’t hear anything after getting my receipt. After an email to customer service I got a quick response, and I ended up receiving my order in a week’s time. This liner is also available via Beautylish and Macy’s.

My Final Thoughts: Inglot Cosmetics AMC Eyeliner Gel 77 is definitely worth picking up, especially if you’re looking for an intense black eyeliner. Need help applying liner? Check out my list of handy eyeliner hacks!

Rating: A+

Price: $14

Availability: Inglotusa.com 

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free?

Giving Your Smile A Makeover Is Easy With The Colgate® Optic White® Toothbrush + Whitening Pen

With the Colgate® Optic White® Toothbrush + Whitening Pen, giving your smile a makeover is easier than you’d think. In fact, it just takes two quick steps that get you results in two days. All you do is “BRUSH.WHITEN.GO.®” twice a day. Literally!

Colgate® Optic White® Toothbrush + Whitening Pen

Now that Summer is over, I am getting my act together again. Not that anything in my typical routine went wildly awry, but I’m always a little more busy during the Summer months and find some of the self-care things I do get left on the back burner. Fall is the time of the year I spend doing deep conditioning hair treatments, nourishing skin masks, and making sure my smile is in top notch condition is a big part of my Summer beauty recovery list.

Colgate® Optic White® Toothbrush + Whitening Pen Review 2

 

This year I’ve just started using the Colgate® Optic White® Toothbrush + Whitening Pen, which is definitely the most convenient tooth whitening system I’ve ever used. Acutally, it’s genius! The team that came up with this product was really smart, because the whitener is designed in a way that it’s automatically part of your daily brushing routine. It fits perfectly into the base of the brush. 

Colgate® Optic White® Toothbrush + Whitening Pen Review 7

 

The toothbrush itself is sturdy and has lots of useful features, including a thumb grip.

Colgate® Optic White® Toothbrush + Whitening Pen Review 3

The head of the brush is fitted with a plastic scrub to clean your tongue.

Colgate® Optic White® Toothbrush + Whitening Pen Review 5

And let’s talk about those bristles! Aren’t they something? They’re designed with polishing bristles and stain removers to thoroughly cleanse your teeth and remove surface stains.

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I like the way this brush is gentle, yet effective, and I love that I can whiten my teeth with ease. I just detach the whitening gel, turn the base to get the gel, apply directly to my teeth, and go on my way. That’s it! No need to rinse and the formula does not irritate my teeth.

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I’ll be using the Colgate® Optic White® Toothbrush + Whitening Pen faithfully over the next few weeks, then I’m coming back to share my results with you all.

In the meanwhile, I have a giveaway to share! Two readers will have the opportunity to win the entire Colgate® Optic White® Regimen, which includes the Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening Pen, Colgate Optic White Express White Toothpaste and Colgate Optic White WhiteSeal Mouthwash. This is open to residents of the USA and will end on 9/15/15 at 11:59 pm. To enter, fill out the Gleam widget below.

Colgate® Optic White® Toothbrush + Whitening Pen

How does the Colgate Optic White Toothbrush + Whitening pen fit into your daily beauty routine? Share your experience here and check out what other products Colgate Optic White has to offer!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.