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The Official Painted Ladies 2014 Holiday Beauty Gift Guide

Thanksgiving is officially over, which means we are on the Christmas countdown! For your shopping convenience, here are my 2014 Holiday Beauty Gift Guide suggestions. These are products I’ve used, reviewed, and loved and think would make great gifts for any beauty lover on your list.

Painted Ladies Holiday Gift Guide

1. ColourPop Anything! 

There’s no doubt that ColourPop has made a splash in the beauty world. Everything costs $5 and their Super Shock Shadows, Lippie Stix, and Lippie Pencils are tremendous values. I love their products and think a gift card or a quick selection of their products would be a great gift for anyone on your shopping list who is a hard core makeup lover. Check out my reviews of their Super Shock Shadow and Lippie Stix.

2. Beauty Books

I am a huge fan of beauty books – they’re how I learned all about makeup before the Internet! Books are so great to reference and there are a few great ones that were released this year.

Painted Ladies Beauty Books Holiday Gift Guide

500 Eye Makeup Designs by fellow blogger Kendra Stanton is full of great eyeshadow inspiration.

Toss The Gloss – A great general beauty guide and behind-the-scenes tidbits in the beauty industry.

Disney Princess Hairstyles and Disney Frozen Hairstyles – Sure to be a hit for any Disney and/or hair lover in your life.

3. Smouldering Shadow Sets

As an eyeshadow lover, I think palettes are a great gift to give.

Eyeshadow Palettes Painted Ladies Gift Guide

A few of my favorites are the Smashbox Full Exposure palette, Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna palette, and the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette. I also love the Sugarpill Burning Heart palette, which is full of bright goodness. You can’t go wrong with either of those!

4. Nail Polish Sets


You really can’t go wrong with nail polish sets! e.l.f. has a great set for $10 at Target stores right now, and I also love this Deborah Lippmann set which I included in my HSN gift guide recently.

5. At Home Spa Essentials

Who doesn’t love at home spa days? We all deserve a little pampering. My fellow beauty blogger Shannon Smyth has developed A Girl’s Gotta Spa, a line of high quality spa products that are cruelty-free and 94 – 100% natural.


The Energizing Citrus 3-Piece Gift Set ($84) includes the Energizing Citrus Body Wash, Energizing Citrus Body Lotion, and Energizing Citrus Salt Scrub. It comes in a silver matte gift box tied with a guava colored ribbon and is ready for gift giving. Sign up for the mailing list and get 15% off your next order!

6. A Funky T-Shirt

I have to give some love to Feminine Funk, designer of some of the cutest t’s I’ve seen in a quick minute. These are high quality t-shirts with attention grabbing  headlines that are sure to be a hit.

7. Designer Makeup

Artonit Makeup is some of the highest quality makeup I’ve ever used, and I mean that. Besides being a great product, the packaging is exceptionally gorgeous and features the artwork of the company’s founder.

8. Handmade Jewelry

Mamarazzi Druzy Earring Studs

I am a huge Etsy fan and love gifting friends and family with handmade art and jewelry. My most recent find is this adorable pair of rainbow topaz druzy studs from the Mamarazzi store. It turns out her store is filled with tons of adorable and reasonably priced jewelry. At time of publication, her Etsy store is on vacation, but I did notice her online store is up and on sale.

9. Personalized Nail Polish

Who wouldn’t love to get a beautiful bottle of nail polish with their name on it?I love the idea of Pretty Please Nail Polish and think it’s a great idea to make customized stocking stuffers.

Pretty Please Nail Polish Review

And there you have it – a great list to reference for all of your Holiday shopping needs! Happy shopping!

To snag some deals this weekend, make sure to check out my Black Friday/Cyber Monday bargain guide!


Makeup Of The Day 53 With BFTE I Believe In Reindeer & I Believe In Santa

Press Sample I Bought It

It’s been about time for me to do another makeup look featuring the two new collections BFTE has released for Holiday 2014. Today I’m using colors from BFTE I Believe In Reindeer & I Believe In Santa collections. I’m feeling very festive!

FOTD BFTE I Believe In Reindeer & I Believe In Santa

BFTE I Believe In Reindeer & I Believe In Santa  FOTD

BFTE I Believe In Reindeer & I Believe In Santa  EOTD

EOTD BFTE I Believe In Reindeer & I Believe In Santa


Cover FX Mattifying Primer

Illuminare Moisturizing Mineral Foundation in Sienna Sun

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

Cover FX Cream Concealer in G Medium-Deep

Smashbox Halo Loose Powder in Light

IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette


Base: BA Star Eyeshadow Primer

Inner Lid: BFTE I Believe

Lid: BFTE Santa’s Suit

Outer Corner: BFTE One Long Ride

Browbone: MAC Vapour

Liner (upper lid): Jesse’s Girl Liquid Liner

Liner (lower lid): Kat Von D Eyegasm

Brows: Paula Dorf 2 + 1 For Brows in Brunette

Mascara: L’Oreal Miss Manga


Hourglass Panoramic Lip Pencil in Eden

DHC Premium Lipstick GE in Petal Pink

Lip- tastic! Vaseline Lip Therapy In Crème Brûlée Is A Must Have

I Bought It

The moment my eyes met Vaseline Lip Therapy in Crème Brûlée, I knew we were meant to be.

Vaseline Lip Therapy In Crème Brûlée

Fellow lip balm enthusiasts, this one is a keeper.  A little heavier in texture than traditional Vaseline, Vaseline Lip Therapy adds moisture and offers a sweet scent.

Review of Vaseline Lip Therapy In Crème Brûlée

As with Vaseline Lip Therapy in Rosy Lips, this petite delight is adorable.

Vaseline Lip Therapy In Crème Brûlée Review

This cute balm is made with Cocoa Seed Butter and adds shine while nourishing your lips. It doesn’t taste like much, so don’t worry, you’re in no worry of licking it off your lips!

Review Vaseline Lip Therapy In Crème Brûlée

If you’re opposed to dipping your fingers into your balm throughout the day (as am I), in which case use this as a pre-makeup primer and overnight treatment.

My Final Thoughts: Sweet tasting and lip nourishing, Vaseline Lip Therapy in Crème Brûlée is a lovely (and cheap!) treat to nab for stocking stuffers.

Rating: A

Price: $1.99

Availability: Walgreens, Target, and other mass market retailers.

Cruelty-free? No

Paraben-free? No

Gluten-free? Yes

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Beauty Deals For 2014

It’s that time of the year when bargains abound and you can stock up on your beauty favorites! Here’s a roundup of Black Friday and Cyber Monday Beauty Deals For 2014.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday Beauty Deals For 2014

Now I don’t know about you, but I  plan on enjoying the deals from the comfort of my own home. I have many friends and family who will be working the day, so stay safe, all!

I’ve noticed that many brands are running the sales through the week, so you have time to indulge. Here’s a rundown of sales by brand in alphabetical order. If you have any to add to this list, please let me know in the comments and I’ll update this main blog post. Enjoy!

Aeveka - 50% off on Black Friday with code Special50%off and 70% off on Cyber Monday with code Sale70%off.

Anastasia Beverly Hills - 25% off all brow products on Black Friday, limit 3 per shade per customer. 25% off Original Contour Kit on Cyber Monday, limit 2 per customers.

BH Cosmetics - Save up to 75%, sale starts now through 11/28.

Cinema Secrets – 40% off all purchases Sunday 11/30 at 9 pm PST through Monday 12/1 at 11:59 PST. Free ground shipping with purchases $75 and up.

Coastal Scents (stock up on the Pro Fluff Brush!) – 50% off entire store through 12/1.

ColourPop – Now through Sunday 11/30: Spend $45 get a $5 gift card; spend $75 get a $10 gift card; spend $100 get a $15 gift card; spend $150 get a $25 gift card.

DermStore – 20% off everything with code HOLIDAY14, ends 11/30.

FutureDerm – Friday 11/28 only, FutureDerm Vitamin CE Caffeic Serum, FutureDerm Time-Release Retinol 0.5 (back order): 30% off. Also,  LAST CHANCE: FutureDerm Organic 8 Cleanser, Organic 8 Toner, Organic 8 Moisturizer, Phyrra’s Pretty Little Hair Elixir and My Beauty Bunny AHA Moisturizer: 1 for $10, 3 for $25, 5 for $30, 10 for $50. Free shipping on all orders.

iShopCandy.com - 20% off and free gift wrapping now through Friday 11/28 at 11:59 pm EST with code BF20.

L.A. Girl Cosmetics – 40% off Black Friday with code LAGIRLBLACKFRIDAY40. Ends 11/28 at 11:59 pm PST.

Lady Moss Beauty (stock up on Koko lashes!) – 30% off, ends 12/1 at 11:59 pm, PST. Use code LMBF14.

Lit Cosmetics-  All glitters are buy one, get one free on Friday, 11/28.

Mally Beauty - 30% off entire site through 11/28, as well as a gift with purchase. On Cyber Monday, a suprise value bag for $25 that comes with free shipping and has a value of $75- $100.

Morphe Brushes – 20% off storewide, online only 11/27- 11/28. No code neede.

Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics - 20% off entire site 11/28 – 12/1, plus the return of the Black Box Set.

Probelle – Buy one, get one free 11/28 only. Enter code BLACKFRIDAY14 at checkout.

Pur Minerals (I love their CC cream!) – 30% site wide 11/28 – 11/30 with code PURBF14. 30% off of your makeup and free shipping on Monday, December 1st  with code PURCM14.

Sephora – $10 Black Friday deals, while supplies last. 2 per customer.

Sigma Beauty - Free worldwide shipping through 11:59 pm PST, 11/28,  use code BF2014.  20% off site wide on Cyber Monday, 12/1, until 11:59 PM PST. Use code CM2014.

Skindinavia (you need The Makeup Primer Spray!) – 11/28 – 12/1 get a free Makeup Primer Spray, Free Shipping, and 20% off with code 20off.

Stila Cosmetics - Exclusive Black Friday duos for $15 with free shipping, use code BLACKFRIDAY at checkout. 11/28 only.

Sugarpill Cosmetics – Up to 50% off 11/27 – 12/1. No code necessary.

Tarte Cosmetics – 25% off with code FRIDAY through Friday 11/28. Free shipping and sample on orders $40 and up.

Violet Voss (get your glitter on!!!) – 40% off entire store though 11:59 pm,  12/1 with code 40offblackfriday.

Happy Thanksgiving 2014!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

My son, Andre, has been asking for a Cookie Monster cake for months! We saw one at our local supermarket and I figured today was a perfect occassion to indulge. And it’s been a hit amongst our family! As you can see, he was THRILLED when we picked up the cake.

Thanksgiving Painted Ladies

Thank you, all, for reading Painted Ladies, and for sincerely being the best readers a beauty blogger could ever ask for. I am so thankful for being able to do what I love!!!

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

NuNaat Real Me Curl-to-Coil Hair Care Collection Gives My Hair Well Deserved TLC


Press Sample

When the NuNaat Real Me Curl-to-Coil hair care collection came to my attention, my naturally curly hair did the dance of joy. Happy curls, happy girl.

NuNaat Real Me Curl-to-Coil Results

You see, my hair is always in need of TLC after Summer and I have to say I was thrilled to try out a suite of hair care products designed for curly hair types.

NuNaat Real Me Curl-to-Coil

I’ve reviewed NuNaat hair products in the past and have always been pleased with the results. My hair generally needs lots of moisture, so I anticipated good results when I learned the Real Me Curl-to-Coil hair care products that are designed with the exclusive Join Complex especially to deliver moisture to dry hair.

The NuNaat Join Complex formula is a blend of natural argan, avocado, coconut, macadamia and pracaxi oils and green collagen. The NuNaat Real Me Curl-to-Coil hair products are free from sulfates, parabens, and sodium chloride and have no harsh chemicals, making the collection ideal for those with curly hair, transitioning hair, and chemically treated hair. I also found that the products don’t have a heavy scent, which is a plus. The products in the NuNaat Real Me Curl-to-Coil collection include:

  • Lather Up & Hydrate Shampoo

NuNaat Real Me Curl-to-Coil Shampoo and Conditioner

  • Real Moisture Conditioner
  • Blast Of Shine Hair Mask
  • Natural Coil Activator

NuNaat Real Me Curl-to-Coil Natural Coil Activator

  • Perfect Do Pomade

NuNaat Real Me Curl-to-Coil Perfect Do Pomade

  • Pick Me Up Sheen

NuNaat Real Me Curl-to-Coil Pick Me Up Sheen

While I enjoyed this collection as a whole, the standout product is the Blast Of Shine Hair Mask which makes my hair look incredibly nourished. I do wish this came with some kind of a pump because I don’t enjoy opening containers in the shower – its is a messy proposition!

NuNaat Real Me Curl-to-Coil Blast Of Shine Hair Mask

To style my hair I’ve been alternating between the Perfect Do Pomade and Natural Curl Activator mixed with a bit of hair gel for hold. Both are great and offer shine and manageability, but I do definitely need to mix them with a gel for the structure my hair requires.

The one product I would skip from this line is the Pick Me Up Sheen as it contains dimethicone. I’ve found that over time any hair product with dimethicone tends to build up, so this is one I would use sparingly.

NuNaat Real Me Curl-to-Coil Pick Me Up Sheen 1

My Final Thoughts: If you are the possessor of curly hair, I think you will really enjoy products from the NuNaat Real Me Curl-to-Coil hair care collection, which are my main hair care products at the moment. The winner in the set is the Blast Of Shine Hair Mask and it’s definitely worth checking out.

Rating: A

Price: $10 and under.

Availability: Walgreens stores, visit the NuNaat store locator for locations.

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Get Great Beauty Gifts At Your Fingertips Over At HSN

Holiday shopping is one of my favorite things to do, especially when it’s done at my convenience–sitting at home with my laptop in peace and quiet. HSN is one of my favorite places to seek out beauty products for the makeup lovers in my life…and myself, of course!  And now there is the HSN Gift Store for the holidays!

HSN Beauty Gift Guide

There really is something to be said about the ease of avoiding crowds and confusion at stores during the bustling Holiday season with online shopping. I also love having centralized online locations that allow me to buy gifts for everyone on my list without having to make a zillion different transactions. Thank you, technology, for being awesome like that! HSN has so many great options in their beauty category with many well-loved brands available. There truly is something to meet every need for the beauty lover on your list! For the newbie beauty lovers in your life, I love Benefit Cosmetics Fun-Size Flirts, which at $38 offers you a chance to try a variety of Benefit products. I’m definitely going to have to get one for myself, as well! benefit-fun-size-flirts-d-20141006174912257~384916 For the serious beauty fanatic in your life (aka, yourself, ahem!) I am loving Benefit’s Box O’ Powders. Benefit is known for their box powders and this set offers 5 full-sized powders at $110 which is a fantastic deal considering they’re $28 individually. benefit-cosmetics-box-o-powder-collection-d-20141014172944767~387299

The nail care lovers on your list will adore the Deborah Lippmann I’ve Gotta Be Me 6-Piece Nail Lacquer Collection ($34.95) with a variety of six beautiful, high quality nail lacquers. deborah-lippmann-ive-gotta-be-me-6pc-nail-lacquer-set-d-20141021142536693~366998

I’ve heard so many great things about Jouer and have always wanted to try this brand. My gift pick is the Joeur Naturally Radiant 4-Piece Collection ($59) which comes with a blush, highlighter, eyeshadow duo, and lip gloss.


One of my favorite purchases from the past year was the Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette. It smells divine and is filled with gorgeous shadows that are universally appealing. The Too Faced Everlasting Chocolate Set ($49) comes with a primer and I guarantee you it will be a loved present.


A good set of makeup brushes is always an appreciated gift and you can’t go wrong with the 5-piece Too Faced Pro-Essential Teddy Bear Hair Brush Set ($65) which is super soft and luxurious and comes with a cute carrying case.


I’ll admit that I want one of everything on my gift guide, which is why FlexPay is such a great deal. One of the best options HSN has to offer is their free FlexPay program. This is such a great deal and it makes it possible to get your gift list taken care of without having to worry about stretching your budget too far. With FlexPay you get your items now and split the cost into interest free monthly payments with your debit or credit card. Get your items home now, and pay over time. This is definitely a great option for big items on your wish list.

For one lucky Painted Ladies reader, I have a $100 HSN gift card to giveaway! To enter, check out the gifts at the HSN Gift Store and leave a comment letting me know which item you’d love to give or receive this year. I know I’ll be spending a lot of time on HSN.com in the upcoming weeks. Happy shopping!

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This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. The notification email will come directly from BlogHer via the sweeps@blogher email address. You will have 72 hours to respond; otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.

This sweepstakes runs from 11/25/14 – 12/26/14.

Be sure to visit the HSN brand page on BlogHer.com where you can read other bloggers’ posts!







Makeup Of The Day 52 With The Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Dress Your Face Palette

Press Sample I Bought It

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Dress Your Face Palette is giving me such life! Here’s one of many makeup looks to come with this gorgeous collection of shadows.

FOTD Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Dress Your Face Palette

Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Dress Your Face Palette FOTD

EOTD Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Dress Your Face Palette

Anastasia BH Tamanna palette


Cover FX Mattifying Primer

Illuminare Moisturizing Mineral Foundation in Sienna Sun

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

Cover FX Cream Concealer in G Medium-Deep

Smashbox Halo Loose Powder in Light

IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette


Base: BA Star Eyeshadow Primer

Inner Lid: Tamanna Palette China Rose

Lid: Tamanna Palette Sangria

Crease: Tamanna Palette Bengal

Outer Corner: Tamanna Palette Chocolate

Browbone: Tamanna Palette Fresh

Liner (upper lid): Urban Decay Zero

Liner (lower lid): MAC Powersurge

Brows: Paula Dorf 2 + 1 For Brows in Brunette

Mascara: L’Oreal Miss Manga


Milani Nude Lip Pencil

NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Strudel

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Dress Your Face Palette Is Worth The Splurge!

I Bought It

‘Tis the season for gifting others as well as ourselves, and I’m sure glad I took the leap and recently purchased the Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Dress Your Face Palette.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Dress Your Face Palette Revew

The Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Dress Your Face Palette is a collaboration with makeup artist Tamanna Roashan, who is best known on Instagram as Dress Your Face. She has a large following and creates gorgeous, dramatic eye makeup looks. I have been wanting this 10-pan eyeshadow palette filled with sumptuous, warm colors ever since it was first released a few months ago. Armed with a generous coupon code, I splurged and I’m sure glad I did.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Dress Your Face Palette Mirror

Anastasia Soare of Anastasia Beverly Hills has been building her brand beyond her focus on eyebrows and the results have been fantastic. I commend the brand for reaching out and working with makeup artists to create a series of eyeshadow palettes with a moderate price point. The shadows in this palette work out to being around $3 each, which is a great deal altogether.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Dress Your Face Palette Inserts

The packaging is sturdy cardboard and includes a generous mirror, a dual-ended shadow brush, and inserts with complete tutorials for 5 different eyeshadow looks.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Dress Your Face Palette Brush

What I really like about the Tamanna palette is that it’s versatile. The possibilities are rich with colors that can be used to create looks from natural to smoky. Four of these shadows (Fresh, Bengal, Chocolate, and Noir) are matte, the rest are shimmery.

Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Dress Your Face Palette

The shadows are all highly pigmented and I will admit to being surprised – I had the assumption I’d have to deal with at least a couple that were overly powdery, but not so! I love the way these colors work together and can’t quite pick a favorite, but I’m really loving Bengal as a crease shade. It’s a perfect brown with a hint of orange.

Here are the shadows swatched without primer:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Dress Your Face Palette Swatch No Primer

Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Dress Your Face Palette Swatched Without Primer

Here are the shadows swatched with primer:

Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Dress Your Face Palette Swatch With Primer

Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Dress Your Face Palette Swatched With Primer

And here’s one of many “Makeup Of The Day” posts you’ll be seeing featuring this lovely set of colors:

FOTD Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Dress Your Face Palette

My one knock against the Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Dress Your Face Palette is that it’s nearly impossible to keep open and I need to lay something on the mirror side in order to keep it flat and not closed. A minor problem, but definitely an annoyance!

My Final Thoughts: Offering 10 richly pigmented eyeshadow colors, the Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Dress Your Face Palette is a new favorite and definitely worth the indulgence.

Rating: A

Price: $29

Availability: Sephora, Ulta, and Dermstore.com (free shipping!), and anastasiabeverlyhills.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Contains Tocopheryl Acetate

My Instagram Life, 11/23/2014

A look at the past week on Painted Ladies and a peek behind the scenes, as seen on my Instagram account.

Early in the week I sneak peeked an EOTD I created with ColourPop Super Shock shadows.

Painted Ladies Instagram 11-23 a

My Ipsy bag arrived and I was really happy with it!

Painted Ladies Instagram 11-23 b

Granny Smith Apples are my love language.

Painted Ladies Instagram 11-23  c

ColourPop has stolen my heart! I’m in love with their I Heart This Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil.

Painted Ladies Instagram 11-23 d

Rolling with his homies.

Painted Ladies Instagram 11-23 e

A trek to a creek that’s nestled in between a bustling city.

Painted Ladies Instagram 11-23 f

Cuteness found at Target. Who can resist?

Painted Ladies Instagram 11-23 g

BFTE is selling Red Cherry lashes for $1 each. It’s a great deal!

Painted Ladies Instagram 11-23 h

I wish I had an entire afternoon to read the Little House books. They are perpetual favorites.

Painted Ladies Instagram 11-23 i

Another EOTD created with the ColourPop Super Shock Shadows.

Painted Ladies Instagram 11-23 j

This week I talked about a couple of hairstyling books inspired by Disney princesses.

Painted Ladies Instagram 11-23 k

A behind the scenes look! Lot’s ‘o polishes!

Painted Ladies Instagram 11-23 l

My Christmas shopping is complete.

Painted Ladies Instagram 11-23 m

Wouldn’t this wall of carpet samples make a fab eyeshadow palette? Get on this, any makeup company!

Painted Ladies Instagram 11-23 n

Here’s to a blessed week ahead!