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Perfect Your Pout With Pur Minerals Pout Pen Lip Stain And Hydrating Balm

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There are days when I cannot believe how time flies. Do you know those kinds of days? The ones where you look up and somehow the clock has flashed forward several hours before you know better. That’s one of the reasons I’ve been loving Pur Minerals Pout Pen Lip Stain and Hydrating Balm lately.

Pur Minerals Pout Pens

Ok, this stuff is legitimately one of the best long-wearing lip products I’ve ever used and I am overall extremely impressed by how well the dual-ended Pur Minerals Pout Pens work.

Pur Minerals Pout Pens Balm

One side has a lip felt-tip marker stain and the other side has a coordinating balm that has Vitamin C and other antioxidant and nourishing ingredients.

Pur Minerals Pout Pens Stain

The stain on it’s own is something that will stay on your lips no matter when the balm fades. Unlike traditional long-wearing lip products which are more like a paint, the stain is an actual stain. It’s some serious business, so do beware if you’re not interested in a day-long commitment to a lip color. These are my lips after some serious scrubbing with a cleansing oil. As you can see, there’s still a lot of the stain left!

Pur Minerals Pout Pens Removal

There are four bold colors available in the Pout Pens. I’ve been using are Fuzzy Navel and Sangria.

Pur Minerals Pout Pens Fuzzy Navel and Sangria Swatches

Fuzzy Navel is a bold dark coral, which makes me think about Summer (and how many of us are so ready for Summer?).

Pur Minerals Pout Pens Fuzzy Navel Swatches

Pur Minerals Pout Pens Fuzzy Navel

Sangria is a gorgeous magenta which is one of my favorite lip colors in general.

Pur Minerals Pout Pens Sangria Swatches

Pur Minerals Pout Pens Sangria

My Final Thoughts: My verdict? I like these lip colors which are definitely an all-day commitment and can be a challenge to remove. If you’re an on the go type of gal and/or prefer long-wearing lip colors, I think you’ll really like the durability, boldness and shine offered by the Pur Minerals Pout Pen Lip Stain and Hydrating Balm.

Rating: B+

Price: $20

Availability: www.purminerals.com and Kohl’s

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

The Best Nail Care Products $10 And Under

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Taking care of your nails is something that so many of us find enjoyable and relaxing. Maintaining well-groomed nails doesn’t have to come at a huge expense, and I recently realized that most of my must haves are easy to find and pretty cheap.

Here are some items that I use on a regular basis that I call the best nail care products $10 and under. I’ve included links to online retailers, and all of these products are easy to find at mass market retailers such as CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Walmart, and Target, as well.

The Best Nail Care Products $10 and Under

NYC Grand Central Station Top Coat

Like so many of us, I have been there and done that with the expensive nail polish top coats, and haven’t necessarily been all that thrilled with the results. After years of top coat experimentation, I have found NYC Grand Central Station to be the BEST top coat ever, and just $1.99. This is my bargain of all bargains in this list, and so super shiny on your nails. Available at CVS.

e.l.f. Concealer Brush

This is the best tool for dipping in nail polish remover and using around your cuticles after you’ve finished your manis. I have two, just because I love it so much. You can find this brush for just $1 in stores wherever e.l.f. is sold. It’s also available at drugstore.com, but the price is $3.

Nailtiques Formula 2 Plus

This changed my nail care game permanently for good. Price: $10. Available at drugstore.com.

Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

This is my be all, end all cuticle cream of choice and it’s what I’m constantly reaching for through the day, even more than lip balm! It’s a MUST HAVE, smells incredible, and is just $6. You can’t lose! Available at drugstore.com.

Cutex Baseworx

I really never expected to have such a fondness for Cutex products, but I’m alternating this as a basecoat with Nailtiques Formula 2 Plus. Price: $7. Available at drugstore.com.

Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover Pads

This is a product that left me stunned – in a good way! Unlike any nail polish remover pads I’ve used in the past, these WORK and then some, removing every single last trace of nail polish and even hard-to-remove glitter polishes. I can hardly believe it’s just $3.99, and Cutex better not discontinue this, ever! Available at drugstore.com.

Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover

I also really love the Cutex Advanced Revival Nail Polish Remover, which is incredibly effective and does not irritate your nails. It almost feels strange that it’s just $2.99 – it works so well I’d expect it to cost much more! Available at drugstore.com.

SpaRitual Lacquer Thinner

A good nail polish thinner is so handy to have to help revive polishes that have seen better days. Over time, polish will thicken up, and a couple of drops of thinner will make things smooth sailing once again. Price: $5. Available at beauty.com.

Sally Hansen Instant Cuticle Remover

The key to my success with at-home manicures and pedicures began when I started understanding and embracing the power of a good cuticle remover. To use, I soak my hands in warm water, apply the cuticle remover and wait for 15 seconds, wash off, push back my cuticles, and trim with nail nippers. This is a great product and it really does help keep your nails looking put together. Price: $5.98. Available at drugstore.com.

CoverGirl XL Nail Gel

There are quite a few bargain nail colors that I love and use, but I have to say the CoverGirl XL Nail Gel polishes are really some of the best I’ve ever used. Everytime I use one of these polishes, I marvel at the long-wearing shine and chip-free wear that goes on for days on end. Price: $7.49. Available at drugstore.com.

Lint-Free Nail Polish Remover Pads

It is beyond annoying to give yourself a manicure only to find leftover strands from your cotton pads polluting your nail space and then becoming inadvertent nail art. I love lint-free cotton pads like Swisspers, which are around $3 for a pack of 100. Available at drugstore.com.

Basic Manicure Implements

Nail files, cuticle pushers,  buffers, clippers, nail brushes, and cuticle nippers are essentials, and Kiss has a great kit that is just $10.99. Available at drugstore.com.

What are your must have nail care products?

Makeup Of The Day 85 With The Ipsy 2015 #ipsylove Glam Bag

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And now for the details on the makeup I wore in my Ipsy February 2015 #ipsylove Glam Bag post!

Makeup Inspiration With The Ipsy February Glam Bag 2015

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

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An Ode To Love – Ipsy February 2015 #ipsylove Glam Bag

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After a few months of Ipsy happiness, I was entirely eager to receive and dig into my Ipsy February 2015 #ipsylove Glam Bag.

Ipsy February 2015

Yes, #ipsylove is quite appropriate because the adorable pink bag with green and pink geometric designs is filled with products I am really going to enjoy using.

Ipsy Glam Bag February 2015

I received 3 full-sized products and two samples with a nice mix of makeup, skin, and hair products

– Mitchell and Peach Fine Radiance Face Oil (Sample size)

– Eva NYC Up All Night Volumizing Spray (Sample size)

– NYX Cosmetics Slim Eye Pencil in Silver Shimmer (Full-size, value $3.50)

– City Color Cosmetics Creamy Lip Stain in Flirtini (Full-size, value $5)

– Model Co Blush Cheek Powder in Peach Bellini (Full-size, value $22)

Now the blush is worth the price of the Ipsy Glam Bag itself and then some. This is such a gorgeous, shimmery peach and it’s definitely going to get a lot of play in my future makeup looks.

Model Co Blush Peach Bellini

The City Color Creamy Lip Stain is really pretty and long-wearing. It’s light weight, comfortable, a pretty opaque mid-toned pink.

City Color Cosmetics Creamy Lip Stain in Flirtini

City Color Cosmetics Creamy Lip Stain in Flirtini Swatch

NYX has some of the best eye pencils and this one is no exception. It’s gorgeous underneath the eye as a pop of color.

NYX Slim Eye Pencil in Silver Shimmer

NYX Slim Eye Pencil in Silver Shimmer Swatch

Makeup Geek Insomnia Eyeshadow Inspiration

I’m looking forward to trying the Mitchell and Peach face oil, and the Eva NYC Volumizing spray is also a heat protectant, so I’ll be using it for sure the next time I flat iron my hair.

Makeup Inspiration With The Ipsy February Glam Bag 2015

I don’t think my Glam Bag is quite as generous as some others, but I’m not complaining. I think overall I got a great value and I’m going to really enjoy using the products I received.

My Final Thoughts: My Ipsy 2015 Glam Bag doesn’t seem to have the same value as others I’ve seen this month, but I am overall really happy with the products I received. It was another great month for Ipsy!

If you’re interested in signing up for Ipsy yourself, here’s my referral link. Thank you!

Rating: A

Price: $10 per month (includes shipping)

Value of Full Sized Items: Approx. $30.50

 

Makeup Of The Day 84 With ColourPop Lippie Stix In Tipsy

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I’m in love with ColourPop Lippie Stix in Tipsy – it’s my favorite neutral lip color of the moment! Here, I’ve paired it with a smoky purple and shimmery copper eye.

Makeup Geek Unicorn MAC Print MAC Shale ColourPop Sequin ColourPop Lippie Stix in Tipsy

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

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ColourPop Tipsy Lippie Stix Is Possibly The Most Perfect Peach

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ColourPop Lippie Stix in Tipsy has been in my makeup kit for a couple of months, but I have to confess my lips were too much of a Winter-chapped mess for this perfect peach to get much wear time. It was rough going! Thankfully, my lips are recovered and I can give Tipsy the full justice it deserves.

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Tipsy

ColourPop has my full attention – this budget-brand offers top notch lip, eye, and cheek products that are well under $10. The Lippie Stix, Lippie Pencils, and Super Shock Shadows are $5 each, and their new blushes are $8 each. I have a couple of the blushes on the way and I am SO very excited to try them.

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Tipsy Swatch

Tipsy comes with an accompanying coordinating lip pencil, but you can use any neutral lip pencil you already have.

ColourPop Tipsy

There’s nothing more I can say, but this such a gorgeous neutral peach color that is STUNNING with smoky eyes.

Makeup Geek Unicorn MAC Print MAC Shale ColourPop Sequin ColourPop Lippie Stix in Tipsy

I paired Tipsy with a sparkly copper and purple smoky eye, one of my all time favorite eye shadow combinations.

My Final Thoughts: For a perfect peach glossy lip, my pick is ColourPop  Lippie Stix in Tipsy!

Rating: A+

Price: $5

Availability: www.colourpop.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

Ladies, Love Your Curls With Dove Quench Hair Care Products

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The Oscar’s Makeup Look On Margot Robbie By Hourglass Cosmetics

While searching through my Instagram feed this evening looking at the various celebrity looks from the Oscars, I could not help but adore the simple elegance on Margot Robbie. It turns out Hourglass Cosmetics is responsible for this look, and major kudos to the artist behind this glam. It’s perfection, as far as I’m concerned.

Margot Robbie - Oscars 2015 hires

Here’s the breakdown of this makeup, direct from Hourglass. Enjoy!

Margot Robbie sizzled on the red carpet at Sunday’s 87th Academy Awards. The sultry Australian actress, a presenter at the awards ceremony, looked breathtaking in a black Saint Laurent dress, a vintage Van Cleef & Arpels necklace and fiery orange-red lips. “We were inspired by old Hollywood glamour and wanted to make a statement,” says makeup artist Tyron Macchausen. “It’s the Oscars after all.”

Skin: Tyron began by prepping the skin with Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer to ensure a flawless makeup application. He then used Hourglass Veil Fluid Makeup in Honey & Beige on her skin and Hourglass Hidden Corrective Concealer in Sand under the eyes.

Cheeks: He lightly contoured with Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Radiant Light, and then applied Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Luminous Light as a highlight on her cheekbones.

Brows: He used a combination of Hourglass Arch Brow Sculpting Pencil in Blonde and Soft Brunette to add dimension to her brows.

Eyes: He kept her eyelids bare and only applied Hourglass 1.5 mm Mechanical Gel Eyeliner to the inside of her lash line. He followed with several coats of Hourglass Film Noir Mascara to her top lashes.

Lips: He lined her lips with Hourglass Panoramic Long Wear Lip Pencil in Raven, followed by Hourglass Opaque Rouge Liquid Lipstick in Raven, for a pop of matte orange-red.

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My Instagram Life, 2/22/15

A look behind the scenes of Painted Ladies, as seen through Instagram.

These Esqido lashes are so lush and luxe. Definitely worth checking out!

Esqido Mink False Lashes

I loved the Ardency Inn products I’ve been trying. I’m ready for Spring!

Ardency Inn Spring 2015

We both needed an afternoon to play in the backyard and eat oranges.

Painted Ladies Andre

My mani for the early part of last week. My favorite nail color – seafoam green – is even prettier complemented by chunky gold flakes.

LAQA & Co Lacy

Behind the scenes, unmade bed, beauty blogger realness! The ring light is my BEST recent blog investment. It’s made my life easier and I can now take pics after daylight!

Painted Ladies Beauty Blog Behind The Scenes

Another ode to seafoam green with Sugarpill Hug Life.

Sugarpill Hug Life Loose Shadow

A sweet Valentine’s photo sent to me by my son’s teacher. So sweet!

Painted Ladies Valentines

These LAQA & Co. polishes are fab! I have the lavender shade, Chuffed, on now.

LAQA & Co Swatches Birchbox

SKIN INC. makes some great skincare products – this week I showed you how I get glowin’!

SKIN INC GET GLOWIN

I needed a change of scenery and really enjoyed a trip to my favorite beach.

Redondo Beach

Bold lips and victory rolls with ColourPop Yasmin Lippie Stix.

ColourPop Yasmin

The latest Wet n Wild collection which is filled with gorgeous colors. I didn’t purchase yet because the line at my Walgreens was way too long.

Wet n Wild Silver Lake Eyeshadow Collection

Here’s to a blessed week!

I’m Helping My Hair This Year With ZenWise Labs Hair Growth Vitamins Plus DHT Blocker

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When I was sitting down to write my 2015 beauty resolutions, first and foremost was my determined goal to improve the quality of my hair. It’s in need of pampering and tender loving care, and ZenWise Labs Hair Growth Vitamins Plus DHT Blocker is one way I’ll be making that happen.

ZenWise Labs Hair Growth Vitamins Plus DHT Blocker

I just finished a bottle of these vitamins and I have to say I like them a whole lot. These vitamins with vegetarian capsules are packed with 5000 MCG of Biotin and a blend of 27 ingredients that target hair health.

ZenWise Labs Hair Growth Vitamins Plus DHT Blocker Review

Biotin is great for both hair and nails, and I have to say I noticed a difference in my nails, as well. They’re not chipping as much and that is a huge plus. I am a big believer in taking vitamins and definitely experience their benefits for overall health and for the health of my hair and nails.

ZenWise Labs Hair Growth Vitamins Plus DHT Blocker Ingredients

The key ingredients are designed to promote fuller hair, stimulate hair growth, and address vitamin deficiencies associated with hair loss. These ingredients include:

Biotin
MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane)
Grapeseed Extract
Saw Palmetto
Pumpkin (Seed-Curcubita Pepo)(4:1)
Gotu Kola (Herb-Centella Asiatica) (4:1)
Ginkgo Biloba (Leaf)
L-Lysine Hcl
L-Proline
Kelp
Citrus Bioflavanoids
Nettle (Leaf-Urtica Dioica)
Catalase
Resveratrol

My Final Thoughts: If your hair is in need of TLC, start from the inside out. ZenWise Labs Hair Growth Vitamins Plus DHT Blocker contains ingredients that promote hair health and will get your hair in tip top shape.

Rating: A

Price: $27.95

Availability: Amazon.com 

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