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I’m Going Queen Of Country With Mary Kay For The Annual Academy Of Country Music Awards

Are y’all ready to get a little bit country with me? Mary Kay® is the Official Beauty Sponsor of the 50th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards in April. Celebrity artist Moani Lee has designed 3 stunning beauty looks for this event: Queen of Country, All-American Girl, and Boho Beauty. Mary Kay Academy Of Country Music Awards I love award show makeup inspiration and had a lot of fun re-creating the gorgeous looks and putting my own spin on things. Today I’m sharing my renditions of all three gorgeous looks, but I have to say my very favorite is Queen of Country, which is described as being “sexy, beautiful, and confident.” Mary Kay Queen Of Country Makeup Inspiration With a palette of smoky purples and pink, this look is smoldering and perfect for a fancy night out. I just love a good smoldering makeup design. Mary Kay Queen Of Country Makeup Inspiration Purple Eyeshadow This purple eyeshadow is the Mary Kay® Mineral Shadow in Sweet Plum, and it’s pretty much my new favorite shadow. I mean, it’s everything! Mary Kay Queen Of Country Products The products are all well-pigmented and long-wearing. A huge plus! Mary Kay Queen Of Country Swatches I had a lot of fun playing with the other collections as well, including All-American Girl, which has a light, fresh, and pink palette of colors. Mary Kay All American Girl This is such a pretty look and it’s perfect for spring. I’ll be reaching for these colors often! Mary Kay All American Girl Products Mary Kay All American Girl Swatches Boho Beauty is a sun-kissed, bronze design. These sunny shades are so pretty and will work so well for spring and into summer. The orange cream shadow I used for this look is such a great everyday color and I’ll be using it quite frequently in the upcoming months. Mary Kay Boho Beauty Yes, I had to add a flower garland to this look! Mary Kay Boho Beauty Makeup Mary Kay Boho Beauty Swatches All three looks are versatile and very wearable. I know I’ll be wearing these lovely products and having a lot of fun mixing and matching. For more about these looks, Mary Kay® has further breakdowns of these looks and a video you can check out on the main landing page. What do you think about these looks? Queen of Country has my heart, but I love them all and think they’re universally appealing. One very lucky Painted Ladies reader will receive a Mary Kay® prize pack! To enter for a chance to win, simply leave a comment letting me know which of the three country music-inspired makeup looks you like the best.

Brought to you by Mary Kay. All opinions are my own.

 

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My Instagram Life, 3/29/15

Can you believe it’s nearly April? It seems like March flew by at super sonic speeds. I hope you’re all having a fab weekend. Here’s a look at what happened on the blog and behind-the-scenes, as seen on Instagram.

This is one of my eyeshadow secrets. A dab of a cream base on the lid makes your powder shadows so much more vibrant.

MAC Pearl Cream Color Base

Last week I reviewed the City Color Contour Effects palette. Is it worth the $14?

City Color Contour Effects

Sugarpill Countess is a new favorite shadow. My thoughts and how I used it here!

Sugarpill Countess Loose Shadow

Really and sincerely one of the best teas I’ve ever tasted. From Trader Joe’s it’s the Rooibos and Honeybush Tea – it’s so sweet and flavorful and worth checking out!

Trader Joe's Rooibos and Honeybush Tea

A #throwback Thursday to my days working for MAC. I asked on IG if anyone knew what collection the t-shirt was from and no one knew! Can you guess?

Sheila Arkee MAC Cosmetics

My hair is really loving the Macadamia PRO line and I shared my 3 favorite tips for maintaining curly hair sanity.

Macadamia Pro Hair Care For Curly Hair

It was a good day when I got my hands on e.l.f. Cosmetics Fiji!

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I had a great time at the blogger preview event at The Makeup Show LA this past Friday. More details coming soon, but it’s always a pleasure listening to James Vincent talk about the beauty industry.

James Vincent The Makeup Show LA

It was even more awesome to meet up with my fellow beauty bloggers that I know so well online but have never met in person. We got along so well! On the left side of the photo is Krystal from Beauty By Krystal and on my left is Jamie Lewis from Makeup, Life, and Love.

Beauty By Krystal Painted Ladies Makeup Life And Love

I was so, so, so, super excited to see my former co-worker from MAC Cosmetics Erik Soto. Erik was a Pro Artist for Sephora for many years before recently becoming the Global Beauty Director for Kat Von D Beauty. He is super talented! Kat was at the event as well, and she is gorgeous in person!

Erik Soto and Sheila Arkee

Also at The Makeup Show LA event was Shrinkle from Sugarpill Cosmetics, and she is beyond adorable. Beyond! The day of the event I featured Sugarpill CandyCrush eyeshadow, a lovely cool minty shadow.

Sugarpill CandyCrush

One of my all-time favorite beauty tips is to use a recycled brown napkin to soak up excess oil. It works wonders!

Beauty Tip Use A Brown Napkin For Oil Control

I have a few posts coming up with my Makeup Show LA finds, but one of the greatest was these disposable hand palettes from Glamcor. They’re genius!

Glamcor Palettes

With my day-to-day life and busy schedule as a mom, I don’t often get out to events, but by sheer serendipity my mother-in-law was able to watch my son on Friday evening so I could attend The Makeup Show LA event in Downtown LA. I am so glad I went and connected with old and new blogging friends. I’m really hoping to attend more events this year – networking in person is a good thing!

Here’s to a blessed week!

Urban Decay, YSL, Wet n Wild, and Tom Ford On The Beauty Blog Coalition

Here’s a look at what members of the Beauty Blog Coalition talked about this week!

 

SolScents Continuous Spray Sunscreen Is Good-For-You Sun Protection

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SolScents Continuous Spray Sunscreens will be my constant companions in the upcoming warm Summer months.

SolScents Continuous Spray Sunscreen

It’s already warm (and getting warmer) in Southern California, which means it’s time to take a little more care with sun protection. I’m always wearing SPF and love learning about new sun care products.

A while back I reviewed SolScents liquid sunscreens and have since fallen in love with these products that are in permanent residence in my purse. The lightweight texture and lovely scents make SolScents sunscreens a must have in my life.

SolScents Continuous Spray Sunscreen Review

I’ve been testing the Continuous Sprays and they’re definitely winners. Just as with the liquid sunscreens, The SolScents Continuous Sprays offer a lightweight, fast-absorbing, moisturizing product that’s antioxidant-rich and does not have the traditional cloying sunscreen fragrance.  They’re available in broad spectrum SPF levels of 30 and 50, with a portion of proceeds going to benefit various causes.

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SolScents Continuous Spray Sunscreen is currently available in two scents and SPF levels:  Deep Love, and Flower Blast. Deep Love benefits Breast Cancer Awareness and has SPF 30 and a scent of Sugared Plums & Freesia.

SolScents Continuous Spray Sunscreen Deep Love

Flower Blast benefits Bullying Awareness, has SPF 50 and a scent of Jasmine and Cattleya Orchids.

SolScents Continuous Spray Sunscreen Flower Blast

My Final Thoughts: For a different take on sunscreen that’s full of good-for-you ingredients and refreshing scents, SolScents are worth checking out! I’ll be using both Deep Love and Flower Blast a lot in the Spring and Summer months!

Rating: A

Price: $12.99

Availability: Solscents.com and select Target stores. Check the store locator!

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Makeup Of The Day 97 With Sugarpill CandyCrush

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Sugarpill CandyCrush is just the cool, minty green eyeshadow my makeup collection needed! I thought it would amazing in a little twist on the traditional smoky eye. This is a fun Summer color combo!

Makeup Design With Sugarpill CandyCrush and MAC Sketch and Makeup Geek Poolside Eyeshadow and ColourPop Lumiere Lippie Stix

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I’m Crushing Hard For Sugarpill CandyCrush Eyeshadow

I Bought It

An eye makeup lover through and through, I’ve been on a bit of an eyeshadow spree lately, with Sugarpill CandyCrush being one of my latest acquisitions.

Sugarpill CandyCrush Eyeshadow Review

It was love at first sight with this cool, shimmery, icy mint green, which leans a tad bit more on the blue side of the color spectrum and gives off a bit of an old school makeup vibe.

Sugarpill CandyCrush and MAC Sketch and Makeup Geek Poolside Eyeshadow

I really don’t own enough light mint or blue colors, so CandyCrush is the perfect addition to my shadow collection.

Sugarpill CandyCrush Swatch

I love shopping for shadows at Sugarpill, finding their loose and pressed shadows to offer tons of color payoff and with a wide variety of both matte and shimmery eyeshadow options.

Sugarpill CandyCrush

CandyCrush is a bit soft, so be careful about not dropping it or letting it fall too often. That’s what happened to me, and while the shadow isn’t shattered, it’s definitely showing some cracks around the edges.

My Final Thoughts: You can’t go wrong with eyeshadow from Sugarpill. I love this indie brand and I’m glad I picked up CandyCrush – it’s a fun color to wear on it’s own, or paired with a smoky eye.

Rating: A

Price: $12

Availability: www.sugarpillshop.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Is e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in Fiji A Bargain Beauty Best Buy?

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e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in Fiji is one of those beauty items I spent months hunting down. And I mean, months! When I hear good things about certain products, I’ll search high and low, and that’s pretty much exactly what I did at any and every Target store I have come across since late 2014, when Fiji was first released.

e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in Fiji

So, what’s the deal with Fiji that makes it oh, so attainable?

Review of e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in Fiji

For starters, it’s matte, which makes it perfect to use for contouring purposes. Also, the $3 price tag makes it extremely attractive.

e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in Fiji Review

The blush in this duo is a deep berry color that is easy to build up. The bronzer has a nice amount of warmth to it, which I find makes it ideal for contouring purposes.

e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in Fiji Swatches

The matte texture is what sets Fiji apart from the rest of e.l.f.’s blush and bronzer duos. The pigmentation is really nice, and while I won’t claim it’s THE most pigmented blush I’ve ever used, it does offer a nice amount of long-wearing color. Fiji and the rest of the the colors in this collection remind me of similar products from Nars, and offer great color payoff with much better pricing.

Makeup With e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in Fiji

So, why didn’t I just order Fiji online to begin with? Well, when I first wanted this product, e.l.f.’s standard shipping was $8, and I didn’t really want anything else from e.l.f. at that time to justify that price. To my surprise, e.l.f.’s standard shipping rates have gone down about $3 and I was able to find and use a coupon code (BDAYFIVE) for $5 off my order, which also included a few other e.l.f. items I’ll be sharing with you soon.

My Final Thoughts: Price and product quality considered, I’m naming e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in Fiji a bargain beauty best buy. It’s definitely worth checking out, especially if you’re a fan of contouring.

Rating: A

Price: $3

Availability: www.eyeslipsface.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

3 Steps To Curly Hair Sanity With Macadamia Pro Hair Care

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It’s always an exciting day when I have great hair care products to share with you all, especially when they’re the reason for good curly hair days. For the past few weeks I’ve been using three Macadamia Pro Hair care products that are catered to curly hair: The Ultra Rich Moisture Shampoo ($22), the Ultra Rich Moisture Conditioner ($22), and the Nourishing Moisture Oil Spray ($31.95).

Revive Your Culs With Macadamia Pro

As a lifelong member of the naturally curly hair club, I’ve picked up a few beauty tips over time that have been hair lifesavers. Literally, they are the key to curly hair sanity! Don’t believe me? Just take a peek at my high school senior photo, aka, a trip down memories lane to frizz-ville.

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That photo is one I LOVE to show off when ever I review hair care products. It’s hilarious. And yet it’s not. And  yet, that’s exactly how my hair looked for so, so, so many years of my life. Large. Unruly. Unnecessarily layered. Just say no to unnecessary layers on curly hair, kids. However, there’s one photo from my youth I haven’t shown on Painted Ladies. Curls, gloriously defined, non-frizzy, non-layered curls.

Sheila Arkee Curly Hair

This was taken a mere three years after the first photo, and in that time span I managed tinker with my hair care routine and gain decades of curly hair sanity. There are 3 easy steps to my routine that give curly hair the TLC it needs and deserves.

Step 1: Embrace natural oils.

Macadamia Pro Nourishing Oil Spray and Wide Tooth Comb

Using natural oils on my hair was the key for taking my hair from frizz to fab. I like to use oils like the Macadamia Professional Nourishing Moisture Oil which contains Argan Oil, Vitamin E, and Macadamia Oil, as a pre-wash treatment. When I apply some to the ends of my hair and comb out with a wide-toothed comb, it prevents breakage and gives my dry ends added moisture.

The Macadamia Professional Nourishing Oil is also great to use as a pre-heat treatment and to spritz on your hair periodically as needed.

Step 2: Wash sparingly with moisture-rich products.

Macadamia Pro Ultra Rich Shampoo and Conditioner

What my curly hair needs more than anything is moisture, moisture, moisture and to be left alone. I wash my hair every other day and sometimes stretch it to every three days.

One of the reasons I love the Macadamia PRO Ultra Rich Moisture Shampoo and Conditioner is the fact that they’re free from sulfates and parabens, and rich in nourishing Omegas 7’s that work to repair hair from the inside out. The ingredients are rich with hair enhancing goodies, that include Macadamia Oil, Argan Oil, and Mongogo Oil, which is rich in lineolic acid. My curls can tell the difference!

Step 3:  Dry your hair with a t-shirt.

As funny as this sounds, wrapping my wet hair with a t-shirt eliminates so much frizz! I haven’t used a regular towel in years and will never look back. The soft knit of a t-shirt absorbs water quickly and doesn’t rough up your hair the way a terry towel does.

The results of my 3-step approach? Complete curly hair sanity. It’s a good thing!

Macadamia Pro Hair Care For Curly Hair

I’m truly enjoying the Macadamia Professional Hair Care products that I’ve been using the last few days. As I mentioned, they are chock full of Omega 7, more than any other hair care product on the market. The reason Omega 7 is so great for hair is that it’s the closet oil to hair’s natural sebum and helps to transform the natural texture of hair. Expect to see a whole new level of easy-to-manage hair with shine and bounce!

MAC-PRO-Logo-w-TM-3My Final Thoughts: The Macadamia Pro line of hair care products are definitely worth checking out for all hair types. My curls are really loving the Omega-rich shampoo, conditioner, and oil and I’ll be back for more!

Rating: A

Price: $22-$31

Availability: www.macadamiahair.com, Ulta, Ulta.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Need Some Sweetness? Add Born Sweet™ Zing™ Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener To Your Day

Over the past couple months, Born Sweet™ Zing™ Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener has become an essential part of my day-to-day life. In fact, I can’t imagine my day without Zing™! Born Sweet™ Zing™ Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener It’s been over a year since I made a complete lifestyle change. What I’ve learned over time is that my body is at its best on a low carb diet and I’ve made changes accordingly. In addition, I’ve also resolved to add natural sweeteners to the mix, and have to say Zing™ Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener is just what I was looking for. Born Sweet™ Zing™ Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener Review Zing™ initially impressed me with its incredible taste. Made with only real ingredients — nothing artificial, it has the sweetness extracted from Mother Nature’s stevia plant. Zing™ tastes sweet to the point I can hardly believe it has zero calories or artificial ingredients. Zing™ is available in boxes with 40 packets for around $3, which is a great deal. The packets are perfectly portable and go so well with my morning, afternoon, and evening coffee. I just love coffee. Born Sweet™ Zing™ Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener For Coffee Now, here’s a little secret I have to share about my cooking skills. They’re minimal. Sure, I can throw down a mean lemon chicken dinner when the time avails itself, but for the most part I’m all about tossing things together, and the quicker and more convenient the better. Born Sweet™ Zing™ Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener and Chia Seeds A chia seed pudding is so easy to assemble and it really satisfies my needs for dessert. I eyeball the amount of chia seeds I use, typically just a palm-full. Hydrated with unsweetened almond milk and half a packet of Zing™ in the mix, it’s a similar to tapioca only with health benefits attached and tastes SO GOOD! Chia seeds are rich in fiber, antioxidants, protein and Omega-3 fatty acids. Born Sweet™ Zing™ Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener and Chia Seed Pudding If I’m needing a little more sustenance, I’ll make a quick quinoa cereal. Typically I’ll match protein-rich quinoa with more savory ingredients, but I’ve found a bit of Zing™ with about a 1/4 cup of quinoa and sometimes some almond milk is super satisfying. Really, it’s a morning dream come true! Born Sweet™ Zing™ Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener and Quinoa I’m a huge fan of Zing™ and highly recommend looking for it in the Sweetener Aisle at mass merchandiser and grocery stores nationwide. If you’d like to try new Zing™ Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener for yourself, visit www.zingstevia.com to request a Free Sample of Zing™ Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener, plus a $1.50 coupon, which is a great deal! One lucky Painted Ladies reader will be entered to win a $100 gift card! To enter for a chance to win, simply leave a comment letting me know how you’d use Zing™ Zero Calorie Stevia Sweetener. Good luck!    

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Makeup Of The Day 96 With Sugarpill Countess

Press SampleI Bought It

I am in burgundy eyeshadow love with Sugarpill Countess. It’s definitely going to be one that I reach for frequently. For this look I paired it with a shimmery bronze and a pop of lime green on the lower lid.

Sugarpill Countess Makeup Inspiration With ColourPop BFF Lippie Stix

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