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10 Must Have Smartphone Apps For Beauty Bloggers On Instagram

There’s no doubt that Instagram has changed things in a big way for the online beauty community. It’s a major source of inspiration for me and so many others, and it’s amazing to see so many makeup artists sharing their talents on this form of social media. I also love sharing photos, and over the past couple of years have discovered 10 must have smartphone apps for beauty bloggers on Instagram.

10 Must Have Smartphone Apps For Beauty Bloggers On Instagram

These apps are a mix of free and paid, none of which cost more than $3. They’re all intuitive and easy to use, and are some of my favorite tools for creating engaging visual presentations that will help you score tons of likes and followers.

1. VSCO Cam (Free, Android, iPhone)


For gorgeous filtered photos, VSCO Cam makes for photos you’d think were edited on a computer. This is one of my favorite apps for creating high quality images.


2. A Beautiful Mess ($0.99, Android, iPhone)

A Beautiful Mess App

I really admire the sisters behind the A Beautiful Mess blog. They are innovators! This app makes it easy to edit photos, add cute text and graphics, as well as filters and collages. It’s definitely worth paying a buck for!

A Beautiful Mess

3. Sephora/Ulta/CVS (Free, Android, iPhone)

Sephora App

As a beauty consumer and blogger, it’s important to keep up on my purchases and take advantage of any sales, coupons, or loyalty points I’ve accrued over time. It’s so convenient to have access on my phone – these are definitely essential apps!

4. Mirror Camera (Free, Android, iPhone)

Mirror Camera App

It took me a while to figure out what people on Instagram were using to create mirror image photos. This one is so easy to use and I’m having a lot of fun with it.


5. Insta Pic Frame (Free, Android, iPhone)

Pic Collage

Another great app for creating collages, I really like variety of layouts available with this particular app.

6. Repost (Free, Android, iPhone)

Repost App

This is the app I use to repost photos on Instagram. It’s easy and it gives credit back to the original poster.

7. Vid Pic Collage (Free, Android, iPhone)

Insta Pic Frame

This is the app that blows the mind of my 80’s child self. Who knew this kind of technology would have even been possible back in the days when social media consisted of rotary phones and fax machines? It’s so much fun to add a video clip to your photo collages.

8. More Beaute 2 (Free, iPhone)

morebeaute2 app

More Beaute 2 will smooth your skin in a way that is slighty creepy, and yet completely addictive. You can change up the brightness, tone, and saturation so you don’t look overly airbrushed.


9. Camera + ($2.99, iPhone)

camera+ app

This offers advanced photo editing and is a lot of fun to play with. It’s the most expensive app on my list and definitely worth the price tag.

10. Photo Shop Express (Free, Android, iPhone)

Photoshop Express App

This is SUCH a handy app to have, and I think it’s a must. Besides cropping and filters, you can also fix blemishes and any spots that you might have in photos with the bandage tool, which is a lifesaver when you’re on the go.

What are some of your favorite Instagram apps?

Makeup Of The Day 74 With Seattle Seahawks Inspired Eye Makeup

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Superbowl Sunday is coming up this weekend, and the only thing I know about it is … not much! Ha ha! I’m not much of a sports kind of gal, but I do know the Seattle Seahawks are playing because the eye makeup design I created last year is popping up all over Pinterest! In honor of the big day, I thought I do another take with a new Seattle Seahawks inspired eye makeup design. Enjoy!

Seattle Seahawks Eyeshadow

Seattle Seahawks Eye Makeup Design
Seattle Seahawks Eye Makeup

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Inner Lid: Sugarpill Absinthe

Outer Corner: Smashbox Cream Shadow in Sapphire and Milani Cobalt

Browbone: MAC Vanilla

Liner: Smashbox Always Sharp in Stormy

Brows: Paula Dorf 2 + 1 For Brows in Brunette

Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza

Sweet Smelling Treats, Lush Lashes, & A Fun Giveaway From Pacifica

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A package recently arrived at my doorstop that was filled with the most unbelievably gorgeous gift box from Pacifica, a beauty company that offers makeup, body, skincare, fragrance and home products that are 100% vegan and cruelty-free.

Pacifica Gift Box

Is this gift box beautiful, or what?

Pacifica Beauty

Inside this package was several lovely goodies – some for me, and some for you! Well, for two lucky readers, but I’ll get to that in just a bit.  The folks at Pacifica were so kind to send over three of their signature Roll-On Perfumes, along with two shades of the Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara.

Pacifica Roll-On Perfume

In my experience, I’ve never been disappointed with Pacifica beauty products. I’ve just recently become acquainted with their makeup line, and have long loved the Pacifica Roll-On Perfumes ($12 ). The three Roll-On Perfumes I received are Hawaiian Ruby Guava, Tuscan Blood Orange, and Tahitian Gardenia.

Pacifica Roll-On Perfumes

What I really love about these chemical-free perfumes is that they are perfectly portable and they are all long-wearing. As a lover of citrus sents, I’m drawn to Tuscan Blood Orange, which has a bright, fresh base. Hawaiian Ruby Guava is filled with citrus and coconut, and Tahitian Gardenia is a delicious classic gardenia scent with vanilla notes.

Pacifica Roll-On Perfume Review

Now let’s talk mascara and about how I had sincere doubts about the Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara ($14).

Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara

The shades I received are Supernova, which is black, and Stardust, which is brown.

Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara Review

My doubts were unfounded and was really impressed with the volume and length I achieved with this mascara. I do need to work the wand a bit, but the mascara is buildable and I end up with lush lashes that do not flake and last the entire day. Impressive!

Swatches of Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara

And now for the exciting contest details!

Two winners will receive 3 Pacifica Roll-On Perfumes in the scents Hawaiian Ruby Guava, Tuscan Blood Orange, and Tahitian Gardenia. Winners will also receive Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara in shades Supernova and Stardust.

To enter this contest, please leave a comment below and fill out the Gleam widget. There are a total of five ways to win, leaving a blog comment is mandatory. This contest is open internationally and ends 2/12/15 at 12 pm, PST.


Good luck!

My Final Thoughts: Pacifica is a beauty company whose core is built on compassion. Their beauty products are 100% vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, and carefully made in the USA.If you’re looking for a great Valentine’s Day gift, or just to pamper yourself, Pacifica offers some wonderfully indulgent beauty products.

Rating: A

Price: Roll-On Perfume, $12; Mascara, $14.

Availability: www.pacificabeauty.com, Target, and Ulta

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

Beauty Deal Time! Catch Tarina Tarantino Beauty On Hautelook

There are no deals I love more than great beauty buys, so it’s always a thrill to let you know when Tarina Tarantino Beauty is on Hautelook.

tarina tarantino beauty hautelook

The Tarina Tarantino Beauty line is one of my all-time favorites – from the gorgeous and intricate packaging to the top notch quality of the makeup, it’s definitely a makeup line worth checking out.

Starting today, you can get up to 45% off of Tarina Tarantino Beauty products on Hautelook. There are some amazingly priced sets, such as the Spring Florals Eyeshadow Set, which is going for $22 and is valued at $95. !!!!

I’m really impressed with the prices and quality. One of my favorites is the Conditioning Lip Sheen in Showroom-  I am flooded with compliments when I wear it. It’s good stuff!


The New Jordana Modern Matte Lipsticks Deserve Three Cheers

I Bought It

Makeup lovers, rejoice – it’s a new day and age in the world of lipsticks, and especially for budget friendly lipsticks that cost $5 and under. I recently picked up a couple of the new Jordana Modern Matte Lipsticks and I am completely wowed by their greatness.

Jordana Modern Matte Lipstick

I’m often surprised when I find new budget-friendly items locally. It’s often a wild goose chase to find the hottest new thing by my favorite low priced brands, but to my surprise I found a display of the new Modern Matte lipsticks at my local Walgreens. Costing a mere $2.49, I brought home Matte Caliente and Matte Blush. The tubes are safety sealed, which is a huge plus as far as I’m concerned.

Swatches Jordana Modern Matte Lipstick Matte Blush Matte Caliente

Matte Caliente really is it’s name. My lips are en fuego!

Jordana Modern Matte Lipstick Matte Caliente Review

I’m really loving this gorgeous red-orange and think it’s a must have for any red lipstick lovers.

Jordana Modern Matte Lipstick Matte Caliente Swatch

Matte Blush is a sweet light shade.

Jordana Modern Matte Lipstick Matte Blush Review

It’s really pretty for light makeup days, as well as to compliment a smoky eye.

Jordana Modern Matte Lipstick Swatch Matte Blush

Let me rave about the texture of these gorgeous lipsticks. These aren’t the dry mattes from years past. No, these are much easier to apply, and won’t dry out your lips at all. To boot, these lippies are definitely long-wearing and I found I can get about 4-5 hours of wear time without them pilling or peeling at all.

In comparison to the ColourPop Matte Lippie Stix ($5), I’d say these are a tad bit less opaque and more on the matte side. I find the Jordana Modern Matte Lipsticks to be more moisturizing than the Wet and Wild Mega Matte Lipsticks ($2). Neither are drying, in my experience.

Jordana, you’ve done good. I’m heading back to Walgreens to stock up on a few more of the twelve available shades, and keeping an eye out for the new Jordana concealers which I’ve read really great things about.

My Final Thoughts: The Jordana Modern Matte Lipsticks are a beauty bargain win. Costing just $2.50, these opaque, non-drying, long-wearing lippies are

Rating: A+

Price: $2.49

Availability: Walgreens, Jordanacosmetics.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes


Have You Heard About Boxycharm? It’s An Awesome Subscription Makeup Service

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Boxycharm has managed to impress me in a big way. I recently received the December installment of Boxycharm and have to say I was completely won over by the value of this monthly makeup subscription service.

Boxycharm December 2014

This little white box? Full of makeup goodness for the reasonable rate of $21 a month which you are able to cancel at any time. Everyone receives the same products in their monthly Boxycharm shipment.

Boxycharm Review

The contents of the December Boxycharm included 4 full-sized makeup products and one trial sized item. Every month you can expect at least 4 full-sized beauty items, which is a better value than Ipsy. At $10 a month, you are not guaranteed 4 full-sized makeup items.

Review of Boxycharm December 2014

The theme for the December Boxycharm was Jingle Bells. With festive false lashes, shimmery eyeshadow, berry glossy lip color, easy-to-transport hair spray, and a retractable makeup brush to keep in a clutch, these items are the ingredients for a fun night out.

Boxycharm Insert December 2014

I was really impressed with the content of the Boxycharm box I received, especially the Lina Lashes Luxury Mink Lashes. They’re $30 and I know I’ll have a lot of fun with these frilly falsies.

Lina Lashes Luxury Mink Lashes

I received the Be A Bombshell Lip Crayon in Shameless.

Be A Bombshell Lip Pencil

Every makeup user needs a retractable brush to carry with them. It’s a makeup saver! The  Mistura Beauty Solutions Retractable Beauty Brush ($20) is made of super soft synthetic bristles.

Mistura Beauty Solutions Retractable Beauty Brush

The winner of the December Boxycharm is the Coastal Scents Revealed palette which is comparable to the Urban Decay Naked 1 and 2 palettes. The texture and pigmentation of these shadows is great and you get 20 colors, so it’s an all-around great deal.

Coastal Scents Revealed Palette

The only sample sized item was a hairspray by Eva NYC Hair Products, which I always love to receive. Mini cans of hair spray come in handy!

My Final Thoughts: From what I’ve seen of past reviews of Boxycharm, their shipments tend to be this generous. The value of the full sized items in this Boxycharm comes out to $104, which makes it a fantastic deal. I’ll use and enjoy all of these products – it’s a win!

Rating: A

Price: $21

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Makeup Of The Day 73 With The BFTE Cosmetics Valentines Day Collection 2015

Press SampleI Bought It

The BFTE Cosmetics Valentines Day Collection 2015 sure is a sweet treat! It was fun to get dolled up with these shimmery pastel colors. They’re just what the doctor ordered!

Makeup Inspiration BFTE Valentines Collection 2015

Makeup BFTE Valentines Collection 2015

EOTD BFTE Valentines Collection 2015

BFTE Valentines Collection 2015 EOTD


Cover FX Illuminating Primer

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

Cover FX Cream Concealer in G Medium-Deep

Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation in G50

MAC Fleur Power Blush

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit


Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer


Lid: BFTE Be Still My Heart

Outer Corner and Lower Lid: BFTE Heartbreaker

Browbone:BFTE Heart Of Glass

Liner: Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl in Purple

Brows: Paula Dorf 2 + 1 For Brows in Brunette

Mascara: L’Oreal Miss Manga


Milani Nude Lip Liner

Wet n Wild Lipstick in Nouveau Pink

My Assistant

My assistant has had quite a history of appearances on Painted Ladies through the years.  First, here he is helping out with crushed makeup.


Fascinated with fancy packaging.


Demanding I take photos for his side project.


Helping himself to my props.

BFTE Valentine's Collection 2015 Review

I take the majority of the photos you see on the blog on Saturday mornings, and he is my constant sidekick. Sometimes he’s good with keeping himself busy, and other times, he needs a little more attention from mommy.


When he grows up, I wonder how he’ll remember these creative Saturday mornings we spent together. Will he take these memories and do something artistic, as well? Time will tell.


Andre was 2 when Painted Ladies started and now he’s 7 1/2. I’m in denial.


Over the weekend he must have grown a couple of inches, because when he got dressed on Sunday it looked like his clothes had shrunk. I am happy he’s growing and he’s healthy, but there there’s that realization my baby really isn’t a baby anymore. #tears #sadness #why Hold on tight to your babies, mamas.

Sealed With A Smooch – The BFTE Cosmetics Valentines Day Collection 2015

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Valentines alert! I recently received a package in the mail filled with a sweet makeup treat: the BFTE Cosmetics Valentines Collection 2015.

BFTE Cosmetics Valentine's Collection 2015

This set of four shadows really is quite sweet.

Review BFTE Valentine's Collection 2015

Even my assistant found it irresistible. Well, maybe just the props.

BFTE Valentine's Collection 2015 Review

I think this is a really cute set and I love the soft, shimmery pastels that are absolutely perfect for Valentines. BFTE owner, Kimberly, told me she wanted to make colors that are reminiscent of Valentines conversation hearts. She nailed it!

Review of BFTE Valentine's Collection 2015

The colors include:

BFTE Cosmetics Valentine's Collection 2015 Swatches

Heart Of Glass - A GORGEOUS duochrome light pink with violet and pink.

Be Still, My Heart – A bright violet-red with a pink sheen.

XXOO – A pink/coral with pink shimmer.

Heartbreaker – A light purple with pink shimmer.

Worn together or mixed in with other shadows, I think these pretty eyeshadows are just what the makeup doctor ordered to combat Winter doldrums.

EOTD BFTE Valentine's Collection 2015

BFTE Valentine's Collection 2015 EOTD

My Final Thoughts: Evoking memories of candy hearts and sweet treats, the BFTE Cosmetics Valentines Collection 2015 is filled with soft, shimmery pastel eyeshadows that are a nice chance from the smoky shadow colors from the Holiday season.

Rating: A

Price: Sample jar set, $8. Full-size set, $20.

Availability: Until 2/15/15 at bftecosmetics.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

My Instagram Life, 1/24/15

Here’s a look at what happened on Painted Ladies and behind-the-scenes, as seen on Instagram.

A look at products past that I can’t seem to throw out.

Painted Ladies 1-24 a

It was major a nail art experimentation night!

Painted Ladies 1-24 b

4 easy nail art techniques to jazz up your regular manis.

Easy Nail Art



I was interviewed.

Painted Ladies 1-24 c

ColourPop Grind is another fabulous Colour Pop Lippie Stix.

ColourPop Grind

I shared my 2015 beauty resolutions, along with other members of The Beauty Council.

New Year Beauty Resolutions

We love the Costco Food Court.

Costco Food Court

Late night work flow.

Beauty Blogger

A retro vintage inspired makeup look using the contents of my Ipsy bag.

Retro Vintage Inspired Makeup

My very first digital camera.

Kodak Easy Share Digital Camera

Wet n Wild got a makeover! The prices are the same, FYI.

Wet n Wild Lipstick

3 curly hair must haves.

Curly Hair Care Products

Relaxing and maxing, acting all cool with his whipped cream.

Painted Ladies 1-24 d

Here’s to a blessed week!