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A Peek At the Rakuten Affiliate Network Bonus Box That Seriously Brightened My Day

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Hello, and welcome to December! Let’s kick off this fabulous month with a look at the Q4 Rakuten Affiliate Network Bonus Box, a special gift sent to members of the Rakuten Affiliate Network.

Rakuten Affiliate Network Bonus Box

This isn’t a subscription service, but rather a way to introduce blog publishers to companies that work with Rakuten and become part of their affiliate programs. The majority of the affiliate links I use on Painted Ladies come from Rakuten, so if you do ever click on a link and purchase a product, I receive a commission. And for those of you who have, thank you! It is sincerely appreciated!

Rakuten Affiliate Network Bonus Box Q4 Review

It was around my birthday in November when I received the latest Bonus Box, and it was a welcomed surprise. Seriously, Rakuten, I have to thank you because it really made my birthday! The Bonus Box contained a mix of brands and altogether it was a really nice combination.

Rakuten Affiliate Network Bonus Box Q4

Here’s a peek at what I received in the Q4 Rakuten Affiliate Network Bonus Box:

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How I’m Adding Some Relaxation At Home With GuruNanda 100% Essential Oils With Diffuser

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Knowing of the relaxation benefits of lavender oil, I’ve been wanting an essential oil aromatherapy diffuser to use at home. I was glad for the opportunity to try GuruNanda 100% Essential Oils With Diffuser.

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I’ve been using this easy to use and clean diffuser for the last couple of weeks and I can tell you right now that a) it’s a win, and b) it’s right under $20, and c) it’s easily available at Walmart stores and Walmart.com.

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The GuruNanda 100% Essential Oils With Diffuser kit includes an ultrasonic diffuser with a color-changing LED light that works with tap water and releases a cool mist, so you’re not in danger of hurting little hands that are curious and want to to touch pretty much everything. Nothing about this unit gets hot, which is something I appreciate as the mom of a curious child. Ultrasonic techology breaks the oils into microparticles that are released in the air so you can experience their benefits.

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The kit includes two essential oils – one is lavender, which promotes relaxation, and the other is peppermint, which does exactly the opposite and is used to invigorate. Lavender oil aids in insomnia and muscle relaxation, and peppermint helps with respiratory issues, headaches, and nausea. As a disclaimer, please note that none of these benefits are meant to replace medical advice. If you have a serious issue with any of the above, please consult your physician.

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As I mentioned, the diffuser is plain old easy to use. You fill it to the red indicator button with plain old tap water, add a few drops of your chosen essential oil, place the top on the unit, plug in, and turn on. When the water is used up, the diffuser automatically turns off.

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My only problem with this diffuser is that the power button is a bit a challenge to turn off. I’ve found you have push it for about 5 second for it to power down. The fun part is that the top part cycles between 3 colors – red, blue, and green.

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My Final Thoughts: After a couple of weeks of using the GuruNanda 100% Essential Oils With Diffuser, it’s become a part of daily life. We’ve been enjoying the lavender oil and I think I’ll be introducing some new oils soon. You can use any essential oil of your choice, which is the really nice part about this diffuser.

Rating: A

Price: $19.95

Availability: Walmart and Walmart.com – it’s out of stock online, but I’ve seen it fully stocked at a couple of different Walmart locations recently.


3 Ways To Wear A Black Eyeshadow Pencil

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We’ve all seen and many of us own eyeshadow pencils, but what are the best ways to use them? Eyeshadow pencils are really versatile and can be used in many ways to enhance your eye makeup game. Here are 3 ways to wear a black eyeshadow pencil – or really any color, for that matter!

3 Ways To Wear A Black Eyeshadow Pencil Makeup Tutorial


For this eye makeup tutorial, I’m using Mirabella Beauty Blackmail Eye Crayon from the Jewel Thief Holiday collection. This is an excellent pencil that’s creamy and easy to blend plus it stays put! For a budget friendly option, I’m a huge fan of NYX Jumbo Pencil in Black Bean – you really can’t go wrong with NYX!

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Technique 1: Use It As An Eyeliner

I don’t recommend applying the eyeshadow pencil directly to your lids as an eyeliner, but instead I’ll take an angled eyeliner brush or another eyeliner brush to pick up the color from the crayon and apply to my lids. Simple and easy!

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This is similar to using a gel liner, but a little easier to control because of the cream texture that’s a tad bit more dry than a gel liner.

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Technique 2: Take Your Makeup From Day To Night With An Effortless Smoky Eye

If you’re going somewhere and don’t really want to fuss with your makeup much, I recommend applying the eyeshadow crayon up to the crease of your eye by itself over an eyeshadow primer, or on top of your already existing makeup.

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Stop at the crease, blend the edges with a clean blending brush, and you’re done!

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If you’re wearing the eyeshadow crayon on top of a primer, I recommend using a medium brown matte shadow at the crease to make sure things are properly blended.

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Technique 3: Create A Base For Other Eyeshadows

A black creamy base makes for intensely smoky eyes! You can use it all over the lid, or as in this case, only the outer corner of your eyelids.

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I created a stencil with some trusty old tape and blended out the creamy black base.

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Then I blended a coordinating powder eyeshadow on top, resulting in a super sultry eyeshadow look.

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Also, use the black crayon as a base for duochromes and glitter eyeshadows to really make them pop out! The possibilities are endless! Now, go forth and blend!

Take Note Of These Cyber Monday Beauty Deals!

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Cyber Monday 2015 is here, and there are quite a few deals to be had in the beauty world. Here are some of my favorites! I’ve included coupon codes where necessary and will be updating this list throughout the day – so stay tuned!

Cyber Monday Beauty Deals

ColourPop – 20% off everything and free shipping with over $30. I might have to stock up on some Ultra Matte Lips!

Paula’s Choice – 20% off of your purchase, free shipping, and a free book with purchases over $65 with code BOOK15. I’m totally taking advantage of this one – it’s time for me to reorder again!

e.l.f. Cosmetics  – 50% off sitewide, use code CYBER at checkout.

Borghese – 40% off your purchase. (check out their ecclisare lipsticks!)

Milani – up to 75% off.

Nars Cosmetics – use code TAKE20 for 20% off your purchase.

Frends Beauty – there are some fantastic beauty deals, including heavily discounted Bdellium brushes, Z Palettes, and Viseart eyeshadow palettes.



Makeup Of The Day 171 With Mally Beauty H3 Lip Gloss

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Today’s look features Mally Beauty H3 Lip Gloss in Pink Daisy, and it sure is a pretty pink! I also used Makeup Geek Duochrome Pigment in Hologram. As much as I love the color, the replacement jar they sent me also broke. The lesson? If you’re going to purchase any of the new Makeup Geek pigments, be aware and prepared to decant them in a non-Makeup Geek container!

Makeup Inspiration With NYX Prismatic Eyeshadow in Mermaid and Makeup Geek Duochrome Pigment in Hologram

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My Instagram Life, 11-29-2015

Happy Sunday! Here’s a look at what happened on the blog and behind the scenes last week, as seen on Instagram!

If gel or liquid eyeliner application is a challenge, use an angled brush. It makes the process so much easier!

Angled Brush For Gel Eyeliner

It was a creative day! I had fun with Sugarpill Goldilux, a color that’s been in hiding for a bit.

Sugarpill Goldilux

A look at the new ColourPop Gel Colours and Liners – and how I used Sugarpill Goldilux!

Colour Pop Creme Gels

Have you seen the new Disney Cinderella makeup collection at Walgreens?

Disney Cinderella Makeup At Walgreens

A handful of gold sequins.

Gold Sequins

This set from Smashbox = everything!

Smashbox Art Love Color Holiday 2015

The 5 beauty products I’m most thankful for.

Top 5 Beauty Products

The best you’ll get from us! Ha ha! Happy Thanksgiving from me and my little guy.


A look at the Dokibook I recently ordered – I didn’t realize it didn’t come with any of the actual calendar pages, though!

Small Lavender Dokibook

Gorgeous limited edition packaging for Borghese Fango.

Borghese Fango Limited Edition Aerosyn Lex

These glosses from Mally Beauty = gorgois!

Mally Beauty H3 Glosses

Here’s to a happy and blessed week ahead!!!

L’Occitane, ColourPop, KB Shimmer, and Bioderma

Here’s a look at some of the most popular beauty posts from the past week by members of the Beauty Blog Coalition.



Gorgois Is As Gorgois Does – Your Lips Will Be Hydrated For Hours With Mally Beauty H3 Lip Gloss

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Mally Beauty H3 Lip Gloss will make your lips shimmer and shine for hours …and that’s the truth!

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To use the words of Mally Beauty creator Mally Roncal, your lips will look gorgois!!!

Mally Beauty H3 Lip Gloss Review

H3 stands for hydration, hydration, hydration! And yes, these lovely glosses offer a lot of hydration, which is perfect for lips that might be dried from colder Winter and Fall temperatures.

Mally Beauty H3 Lip Gloss Review and Swatches

Mally Roncal is one of my favorite beauty industry people. I follow her on Snapchat and she is someone I seriously wish was my real life friend Mally is one of my favorites to follow on Snapchat and I truly enjoy her makeup products. There are six shades of the Mally Beauty H3 Lip Gloss and today I have three to show you: Pink Daisy, Orchid Berry, and Shimmering Nude.

Mally Beauty H3 Lip Gloss Swatches

Pink Daisy is a lovely shimmer-free light pink.

Mally Beauty H3 Lip Gloss in Pink Daisy

Orchid Berry is a medium berry pink, that’s also sans shimmer.

Mally Beauty H3 Lip Gloss in Orchid Berry

Shimmering Nude offers tons of multi-dimensional neutral shimmer.

Mally Beauty H3 Lip Gloss in Shimmering Nude

The packaging is adorable. I love this clear lucite top on the glosses, which is unique to Mally Beauty.

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These glosses are lightweight and can be worn alone as well as on top of other lip colors. They’re formulated with antioxidants to nourish your lips while looking their best.

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My Final Thoughts: From packaging to product, my lips are loving Mally Beauty H3 Lip Gloss. As a gloss loving kind of gal, what stands out for me with the Mally Beauty H3 Lip Gloss is the smooth texture and gads of shine. They’re definitely worth checking out!

Rating: A

Price: $20

Availability: Ulta

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Serve Some Art With Your Beauty – Check Out The Borghese & Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic Limited Edition Fango Packaging

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When Borghese collaborated with artist Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic on limited edition packaging for the Borghese Fango collection, something simply wonderful happened. The proof? You have to take a look at the results.

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There’s just something special about serving some art with your beauty treatments.

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From the outer packaging to the product, Borghese’s collaboration with Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic is an entirely artful production.

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Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic is a contemporary artist whose work has appeared in New York’s Museum of Modern Art and Art Basel in Miami. He has also collaborated with CFDA, Kenzo, Givenchy and Public School. To create this one-of-a-kind artwork for Fango, Mestrovic took inspiration from Japanese calligraphy to combine gesture and movement and create something that’s modern, abstract, and beautiful.

Borghese & Aerosyn-Lex Mestrovic Limited Edition Fango Packaging Review

I adore a good mask, and Borghese Fango treatments offer really lovely skin benefits. Borghese Fango comes from traditional Tuscan treatments.

Borghese Fango Mask

This mineral-rich mud mask that’s infused with Sweet Almond and Avocado Oils can be used on your face and body. The mud purifies and cleanses your skin and you will seriously see the difference. Fango is not only fun to say, it also works really well to keep your skin looking its best.

Borghese Fango and Fango Delicato

Borghese Fango Delicato is formulated to purify skin gently and contains Aloe Vera, Oat Protein, Mango Butter, Olive Fruit and Chamomile Extracts. This mask is so great for those of us with skin a little more on the sensitive side. You can use this mask on your face and body two to three times a week.

Borghese Fango Delicato

My Final Thoughts: I’m all about products that work well, regardless of packaging. However, why not serve some art with your beauty treatments with display worthy containers? After I’m finished with my Borghese Fango and Fango Delicato masks, the gorgeous glass containers are definitely going to be utilized around the house.

Rating: A

Price: $72.50 each for the full sizes, and $39 for a smaller sized duo. 

Availability: Exclusively at Lord & Taylor

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

5 Beauty Products I’m Thankful For In 2015

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Happy Thanksgiving! I hope all of you are enjoying this day and it’s a day of rest and enjoyment. I was thinking about some beauty MVP’s in my makeup collection and boiled all my favorites down to a list of 5 beauty products I’m thankful for in 2015.

5 Beauty Products I'm Thankful For In 2015

These products have pulled through again and again and proved that they are truly awesome and worthy of holy grail status.

Paula’s Choice Skincare

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Before I tried Paula’s Choice, I had my doubts. Major doubts. Paula and I have a difference of opinion on blue eyeshadow, so I wasn’t quite sure what to think of her skincare products. And then I tried them and my skin has never looked better. I’m so in love and am ready to place an order yet again, this time for the RESIST Weekly Retexturizing Foaming Treatment 4% BHA. There’s an amazing Cyber Monday deal coming – I’ll post links soon!

Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Foundation

Review Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Invisible Cover Foundation

This new foundation rocks my world!!! The coverage is incredible, it’s weightless, blendable, buildable, and looks so great in photos. It’s something you have to try!

e.l.f. Studio Makeup Mist 

For $3, you won’t get a better beauty bargain. I love the way this makes my makeup stay on my face and looking fresh for hours. In fact, I like it more than more expensive versions that are available!

Lush Lemony Flutter

Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter Review

Lush Lemony Flutter is the product I rely on to keep my nails looking their best. I’m serious about my cuticle care situation, and this not only smells delightful, it delivers big results.

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I have recommended this $2 top coat to so many people and am constantly stocking up on fresh bottles because it’s literally the best top coat of all time ever. All time ever! Ever! Not only does it dry in a minute or so, the glossy effect remains for days.

What beauty products are you thankful for this year? I’d love to know!