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Baking Your Makeup 101

Summer 2015 is the season of makeup techniques galore. From strobing to baking your makeup, the collective beauty industry is abuzz with methods to take your makeup to a whole other level. We’ve talked about strobing here in the past, so let’s take a look at what baking your makeup means.

Baking Makeup Tutorial

To be clear, “baking” your makeup does not mean sticking your beauty products into the oven. Sounds like it, but the only heat we’re relying on in this tutorial is your own body heat. The ingredients for this tutorial are simple. All you need is a powder that’s a bit lighter than the powder you use to set your makeup, and either a brush or a sponge to apply to powder.

Mustaev Silky Cotton Loose Powder

The powder I’m using in this tutorial is Mustaev Silky Cotton Loose Powder, a really lightweight powder I picked up at The Makeup Show LA recently. It’s super silky! This powder is a bit too light for me to use as a setting powder, but it works perfectly for baking and strobing. Some love using Ben Nye Banana Powder for baking makeup, it’s all a matter of personal preference. I’m also using my handy Beauty Blender and a small highlighting brush from Real Techniques.

Baking Makeup Silky Cotton Loose Powder Mustaev

Derived from drag culture, baking your makeup is the final step of your makeup application. that means applying an extra level of a light, loose powder on the areas where you would apply highlighter.

 

Baking Your Makeup Tutorial 1

I use a brush under my eyes, forehead, and chin, and a Beauty Blender down the center of my nose and on my cupid’s bow.

Baking Your Makeup Tutorial 2

Once the powder has been applied, it’s time to bake! Baking your makeup simply means letting this extra layer of powder set for 5- 10 minutes. File your paperwork, wash some brushes, then come back to your face.

Baking Your Makeup Tutorial 3

 

After waiting for a bit, come back and brush off the excess powder, which by this point has warmed up by your body heat. At this point, I go back and add a bit more contour around my nose. My nose loves a good contour!

Baking Your Makeup Tutorial 5

The end result? Highlighted strobing fantastic-ness! When you bake your makeup, you’ll find the areas you’ve baked look brighter, smoother,and perfectly melded into your skin.

Baking Your Makeup Tutorial 7

While I wouldn’t say baking your makeup is necessarily a technique you’ll use every day, but it does add a really pretty extra touch for those occasions you want to take your makeup up a notch.

Baking Your Makeup Tutorial 6

Here’s to happy baking!

 

Allure & Butter London Arm Candy Collection Review And Giveaway

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When two beauty industry forces combine, the results are spectacular. That’s the case with the Allure & Butter London Arm Candy collection of nail colors. Let’s take a look!

allure & butter London Arm Candy Collection

With a total of six individual nail lacquers and an additional 4-piece fashion lacquer collection, the Allure & Butter London Arm Candy Collection is full of gorgeous, vibrant, trendsetting nail colors that are absolutely perfect for the upcoming Fall months.

allure & butter London Arm Candy Collection Swatches

Over the past few months, I’ve grown to know and love the Butter London. With high quality nail lacquers and more, this is a brand that delivers smooth, vibrant, fashion ready products. When I saw these colors, I gasped because they are fabulous!

allure & butter London Arm Candy Collection Review Part 1

allure & butter London Arm Candy Collection Review Part 2

Today I have swatches of all six of the Allure & Butter London Arm Candy individual nail lacquers to show you. Are you ready for nail greatness?!

Disco Nap – This is a charcoal glitter worn with Lust or Must? – an opaque charcoal brown cream. To me this looks like a deep olive green, but in any case it could be my must-have color for Fall. It’s gorgeous!

Butter London Lust or Must and Butter London Disco Nap

Statement Piece – An opaque orange-red cream. I’m in love with this color – its a perfectly cheery pedicure color.

Butter London Statement Piece

It’s Vintage – An opaque rust cream. I like this worn on the nails more than I thought I would. It’s a modern vintage rust. Think 70’s/early 80’s with an edge.

Butter London It's Vintage

I’m On The List – A rose-gold metallic. I can see this one being a big hit!

Butter London I'm On The List

Nude Stiletto – A sheer pink-nude cream, and what’s currently on my nails. The perfect light pink!

Butter London Nude Stilettos

Now for some awesome news – one lucky reader will win all six of the Butter London Arm Candy nail colors featured in this post. This giveaway is valued at $90 and is open to residents of the USA. Giveaway ends August 17, 2015 at 11:59 PM PST. To enter simply fill out the Gleam widget below.

allure & butter London Arm Candy Nail Polish Collection

My Final Thoughts: When Allure and Butter London collide, the result is a collection of vibrant, fashion-forward, trendsetting nail lacquers. These are going to get a lot of play in my nail polish rotation!

allure & butter London Arm Candy Collection Review and Swatches

Rating: A

Price: $15 each

Availability: Sephora, Butterlondon.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

My Instagram Life, 8-2-2015

Happy August! Here’s a look back at the week on Painted Ladies as seen on Instagram. 

Play time! My favorite indulgence.

Pretty Makeup Photo

 

My at-home mini photo studio finally came together. I’m a bit challenged with space, so the best part of this setup is that everything is collapsible. My blogging photography essentials can be seen here.

Ring Light Photo Studio

Lush Curly Wurly Shampoo truly makes my curls happy.

Lush Curly Wurly Shampoo

The best popcorn ever. I mean it.

Trader Joes Movie Theater Popcorn

Oh, my – the ColourPop Sheer Lippie Stix are fantastic! The other 4 colors are on the way!

ColourPop Sheer Lippie Stix

ColourPop Game Face is one of the most gorgeous bronze shadows I’ve ever seen.

ColourPop Game Face

A look at Touche Cosmetics – a brand new beauty brand.

Touche Cosmetics

Even though I’m pretty sure we also had National Lipstick Day a couple of months ago, it was National Lipstick Day!

MAC Cosmetics

Line Out Loud! in Sapphire by Palladio is the prettiest blue!

Palladio Line Out Lout Sapphire

At $4, the e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trios are irresistible.

elf Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio

This is Summer!

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A look back at some of my beauty faves from July 2015. 

July 2015 Beauty Favorites

Here’s to a blessed week ahead!

Tatcha, Touche, Chia Seeds, Minion Nail Art, and Ole Henricksen

Here’s a look at what members of the Beauty Blog Coalition discussed in the world of beauty this week. Enjoy!

 

 

July 2015 Beauty Favorites

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Happy August 2015! What a great month we have ahead of us. Not only is my son turning 8, Painted Ladies is turning SIX this month. SIX! I have some surprises up my sleeve during the month, but in the meanwhile let’s take a look back at my July 2015 beauty favorites.

July 2015 Beauty Favorites

 

I had quite a few lovely beauty products pass my desk this month, and there are several that are officially favorites. Let’s take a look!

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

After publishing my tutorial on strobing, this highlighter was suggested by a few readers. I’m sure glad I picked it up, because it’s all that! Gorgeous, long-wearing glow is guaranteed.

Cargo HD Picture Perfect CC

I am awed and fascinated by this super cool CC cream, which self adjusts to your skin tone. Beautiful finish that photographs so well. The Cargo Gel Lipsticks I reviewed are also quite lovely.

Pur Minerals Cheek Stains

These stains last and last and last! I’m not the biggest fan of the attached brush (although it’s a great idea), but love how well these gels perform.

Redken Fashion Waves 07

I’ve recently discovered the wonder of sea salt spray for my hair when I wear it curly as well as when I wear it straight. This is a great sea salt spray that revives my curls and gives my flat ironed hair a gorgeous boho finish. I’m giving away a bottle of this and another Redken product, so make sure to enter!

Butter London Lippy Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayon

Over the past few years I’ve tried many lip crayons and these are some of the best. Pigmented, glossy, with a slight minty flavor, they’re worth checking out. I’m crazy about Trout Pout these days!

Vaseline Aloe Soothe Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer

Spray moisturizers are awesome! This is so easy to use, it adds lots of moisture my skin craves, and it absorbs quickly. I love it so much, I’m giving one away!

Gerard Cosmetics Lipstick in Buttercup

Created by YouTube sensation Jaclyn Hill, this could be the perfect pinky nude lipstick!

Palladio Lash Obsessed Mascara

Palladio was the beauty brand I wasn’t expecting to love so much, but I’ve fallen hard for Lash Obsessed mascara, as well as several other products I’ve been using lately. Check out my review of The Definer and Line Out Loud.

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips and Sheer Lippie Stix

ColourPop has my heart and that’s a fact. I just placed an order for more colors of both their Ultra Matte Lips and Sheer Lippie Stix. They are just that good and at $6 and $5 each, a verified beauty bargain win.

Strivectin SD Advanced Intensive Concentrate

With ingredients that include shea butter and hyaluronic acid, my skin is looking good these days. I’m really impressed with this beloved skin care product. I’m hosting a giveaway, make sure to enter!

Nail Butter

Cuticle care is something I take very seriously, and I’m glad to report Nail Butter soothes and protects that delicate skin around my nails. The only downfall? I’ve already With almost finished my jar!

Lush Curly Wurly Shampoo

My curls need moisture and Curly Wurly gives my hair a lovely finish. I’m really loving this shampoo these days. A little bit goes a long way!

Touche Cosmetics 

I just reviewed this brand new beauty brand that has an awesome spray primer/moisturizer and handcream. They’re winners in my book – make sure to check out my review!

What a great month! I’m currently in the midddle of test driving some products I’m excited to share with you and I’m working on some fun tutorials, as well. Here’s looking forward to a fantastic August!

Do you have any favorite beauty finds from July 2015? 

Makeup Of The Day 137 With e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio in Lavender Love

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It’s a true case of love with the e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio in Lavender Love. I adore a great purple eyeshadow and this set is perfect for creating a shimmery, pretty look.

e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio Lavender Love Makeup Inspiration

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For A Cheap Makeup Treat, Check Out The e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio

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If you’re in need of a cheap eyeshadow treat, might I suggest an e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio that is conveniently available at most CVS stores for the low, low price of $4.

e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio Review

Last week I was a bit surprised to walk into my local CVS store to find the NYC makeup display replaced by one with e.l.f. Cosmetics. I’m not complaining because I have  The display has all of the products you’ll find at an e.l.f. display in Target stores, plus a few extras.

e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio Lavender Love and Stormy Sea

Some of those extras include the e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio which comes in 4 color schemes. I chose Stormy Sea and Lavender Love.

e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio Stormy Sea and Lavender Love

Purple eyeshadow will always hold a dear place in my heart, and I’m always looking for the next great blue. Stormy Sea contains a shimmery white, shimmery medium blue, and a shimmery graphite.

e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio Review Stormy Sea

e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio Review Stormy Sea Swatches

e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio Review Stormy Sea EOTD

Lavender Love contains a shimmery taupe with purple reflects, a shimmery lilac, and a shimmery deep purple.

e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio Lavender Love

e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio Lavender Love Swatches

e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio Lavender Love

Due to not-so-good past experiences, I’m always slightly wary of baked cosmetics. In the case of both Stormy Sea and Lavender Love, I found that both are easy to apply with a dry brush and give lots of beautiful color payoff, which is a huge plus as far as I’m concerned.

My Final Thoughts: If you’re looking for a cheap beauty treat, the e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio in any of its four varieties are a great choice!

e.l.f. Studio Baked Eyeshadow Trio

Rating: B

Price: $4

Availability: CVS stores, eyeslipsface.com 

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Palladio Line Out Loud Intense Shimmer Liners Need To Be Seen!

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When it comes to colorful liquid eyeliners, precision and pigmentation are key. These qualities (and a couple more) can be found in Palladio Line Out Loud Intense Shimmer Liners.

Palladio Line Out Loud

One of my issues with liquid liners I’ve used in the past is that many need to have multiple layers applied so the intensity of the liner shows up in the first place. All those layers can end up flaking right off your eyes, often at the most inconvenient times. Don’t ask how I know!

I’ve been having fun with the Palladio Line Out Loud Intense Shimmer Liner in Sapphire lately and kind of, just might be smitten with this shimmery blue.

Palladio Line Out Loud Intense Shimmer Liner in Sapphire

How could you not be?

Review Palladio Line Out Loud Intense Shimmer Liner in Sapphire

This liner applies smoothly, the color shows right up without needing lots of layers, and it wears all day long.

Palladio Line Out Loud Intense Shimmer Liner in Sapphire Review

My dear readers, we have a win! To boot, it’s $7, making it entirely affordable and another high quality product from Palladio. I’ve been loving many Palladio products lately, and cannot speak highly enough about Palladio Lash Obsessed mascara – it’s good stuff!

My Final Thoughts: If you’re looking for to have some colorful fun with your liquid liner options, give Palladio a try! Besides Sapphire and traditional black, Palladio Line Out Loud is available in 4 vibrant colors.

Rating: A

Price: $7

Availability: Sally Beauty Supply, palladiobeauty.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

A Chat With McKenzie Westmore About Face Off & Westmore Beauty

McKenzie Westmore isn’t just the host of SyFy’s Face Off, the special effects competition/elimination series that just debuted it’s 9th season this week, she’s the scion of the Westmore family, who’s contributions to the beauty industry are countless! McKenzie carries on the family tradion through Westmore Beauty, which can be found on QVC.

McKenzie Westmore Westmore Beauty

As a lifelong makeup lover, I was thrilled when I had the opportunity to chat with McKenzie about Face Off and one of the staples of the Westmore Beauty line, the Lasting Effects Coverage Perfector ($38).

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It’s a 2-in-1 foundation and concealer which allows for flawless, airbrushed and comfortable coverage that lasts for over 24-hours. The Perfector is a cream formula that features Versa-Coverage and Micro-Layering Technology that can be used for a full range of coverage, from light to full. I’ll have a review of this lovely product on Painted Ladies soon!

You have no idea what a full-circle moment I’m having with this blog post. As a teenager, I would spend hours in the library reading whatever books I could get my hands on about the beauty industry. The Westmore family were innovators who had a large role to play in old Hollywood, which is why it’s a thrill to have the opportunity to interview McKenzie Westmore. I also happen to love watching Face Off, which features some incredibly talented artists and can be seen Tuesdays, 9/8c on the SyFy channel.

Painted Ladies: I have to tell you that as a teenager I spent hours in the library learning about the makeup industry and was fascinated by the story of the Westmore family. How did your family’s rich heritage help you when you were developing your makeup line?

McKenzie Westmore: I am obsessed with my family’s history. As a teen I remember a magazine calling my father the last of the living dinosaurs meaning he was the last to do it all in the make up industry. It broke my heart and I couldn’t let the family name die. I decided to learn the craft and art of the make up world. At the end of the day I eventually told my dad that I really wanted to be an actress however I would carry on the family name somehow. All that backstory has led me to where I am today. The fact that we had a make up line that was so popular decades ago has inspired me now to bring the Westmore name back! For my family, for my dad, and for our generations to come :)

Painted Ladies: I’m also a fan of Face Off and really enjoy seeing the creativity of the contestants. What’s your favorite part of hosting the show?

McKenzie Westmore: I love everything about my job! :)

From getting to meet the contestants day one. Seeing the incredible artistry unfold before my eyes. Working with my father every week. And of course it doesn’t hurt to have the most amazing wardrobe! 😉

Painted Ladies: Is there anything special we should look forward to in Season 9?

McKenzie Westmore: Season nine is very special because we hit our 100th episode! There are new challenges that we introduce. One called a focus challenge and the other called the gauntlet. That one pretty much speaks for itself! lol!

I also became an ordained minister for our 100th episode and married seven couples live on our stage.

Painted Ladies: What can you tell me about your newest product, Lasting Effects Coverage Perfector? What inspired you to develop it and who would this work for?

McKenzie Westmore: I was tired of having foundations wear off my face throughout the day whether it be on or off camera. I was also tired of having to do touchups all day long. This inspired me to create something that could be a long wear for what ever type of life you’re living. I also wanted to have that everything in one. I don’t have time in my busy schedule to do foundation, concealer, BB cream, cc cream so I decided to make my own.

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That is exactly what the Coverage Perfector is. It’s that all in one for any skin type. it’s perfect for anyone that wants their foundation to last all day long. The layering technique is also a plus. If you want light coverage you use less if you want full coverage you use more. You can also simply spot conceal. The hydration and vitamins that have been added are also incredible for any skin type and will not cause breakouts. Something else that I was tired of dealing with. My fiancé has even thanked me as this has no transfer so I no longer leave a streak of foundation on his white shirt when I go to give them a hug :)

Thank you, McKenzie! 

You can find Westmore Beauty on QVC and QVC.com. You can watch season 9 of Face Off on SyFy every Tuesday at 9/8c.

Makeup Of The Day 136 With ColourPop Game Face Super Shock Shadow

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I’ve been waiting my whole life for a bronze as gorgeous as ColourPop Game Face Super Shock Shadow. This bronze, tho!

Makeup Of The Day ColourPop Game Face Super Shock Shadow

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