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JORD Wood Watches Are Pieces Of Timeless Elegance

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By Sheila Arkee

When it comes to my accessories – jewelry, earrings, watches – I make a point to look for pieces that are chic, timeless, and with an edge of sophistication. That’s exactly how I’d describe the Fieldcrest model black of JORD Wood Watches, which I recently had the opportunity to review.

JORD Wood Watches

From the packaging to the actual product, this is such an elegant watch.

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I’ll  confess I wasn’t sure wood watches could look so great, but I love the way the Fieldcrest model in Black looks on my arm.

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This is not a clunky watch at all. It’s lightweight and quite comfortable to wear throughout the day.

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Expertly crafted, this watch has a sturdy clasp that ensures it won’t slip off your wrist. The Fieldcrest offers Citizen Miyota movement and is also available in Natural Green and Maple.

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I love the gorgeous inscription on the back of the face of the watch. It’s a beautiful touch!

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JORD Wood Watches were created as a throwback, a step back from metal and rubber. There are quite a few models developed from diverse woods from around the world that come with a 12 month warranty. The watches are splash proof and can take light drops of water, but they’re not to be submerged. If your watch needs to be adjusted, you can take it to a local jeweler who can adjust it with ease.

My Final Thoughts: Elegant and lightweight, I am really loving the JORD Wood Watch in Fieldcrest. It’s a gorgeous, timeless piece and I think these watches would be great to give as gifts for graduations, birthdays, and other celebrations.

Rating: A

Price: $120

Availability: www.woodwatches.com

Get Soft, Clear Skin With Reviva Labs Pomegranate/Lactic Acid Exfoliant

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By Sheila Arkee

Not-so-secret confession of the day: I am a major kaolin face mask junkie. My pores, which are apt to clog up, demand special treatment, and find myself masking at least twice a week, especially during the oily skin inducing Summer season. While I have several kaolin-based masks on hand at all times, my latest favorite is the Reviva Labs Pomegranate/Lactic Acid Exfoliant.

Reviva Labs Pomegranate Lactic Acid Exfoliant

Now that we’re at the tail end of the Summer, I have to confess that I am tad bit disappointed my area of the world isn’t experiencing slightly cooler temperatures. We had a bit of tease for a couple of days, but it’s steadily been in the roaring late 80′s and 90′s, and that means my skin is sweat central! Needless to say, my newest find from Reviva Labs has been a skin care darling and my pores are holding up extremely well in the present weather conditions.

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The exfoliants in this hybrid mask/scrub are gentle enough that you can use it three times a week. There’s no burning, tingling, or other irritations involved, and removing the mask is not an exercise in your patience. After cleansing your skin, apply the mask and wait 3 to 4 minutes before washing it off. After using the mask I’m left with smooth skin and clear pores, and I attribute it to helping prevent those pesky whiteheads that tend to show up along the sides of my face.

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This product is designed to remove dead skin cells, fight future skin damage, and help repair past damage. Besides kaolin, the key ingredients include soy, which is antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, pomegranate extract, lactic acid, thyme, ground pepper, and oregano leaves.

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Priced at just $19, this lovely skin care product is a steal. I love the way my skin feels after I’ve used Reviva Labs Pomegranate/Lactic Acid Exfoliant. This mask/scrub hybrid is gentle, non-scratchy, and will be a favorite for those who have oily skin types.

My Final Thoughts: Priced at just $19, this lovely skin care product is a steal. I love the way my skin feels after I’ve used Reviva Labs Pomegranate/Lactic Acid Exfoliant. This mask/scrub hybrid is gentle, non-scratchy, and will be a favorite for those who have oily skin types.

Rating: A

Price: $19

Availability: Health food sections of grocery stores and revivalabs.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

Makeup Of The Day 17

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By Sheila Arkee

BFTE Pyxis BFTE Cotton Candy 3

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BFTE Pyxis BFTE Cotton Candy 2

Face

BFTE Mineral Foundation in Olive

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Glow

BFTE Pumpkin Blush

MAC Harmony Blush

Milani Amber Nectar Highlighter

Eyes

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Inner Lid: MAC Amber Lights

Outer Lid: BFTE Cotton Candy

Outer Corner: Dark brown from NYX The Natural Palette

Browbone: BFTE Pyxis

Liner (upper lid): Urban Decay Demolition

Liner (lower lid): NYX Glitzy Gold

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: L’Oreal Miss Manga

Lips

MAC Stripdown Lip Pencil

MAC Nymphette Lipglass

Quench Your Skin With CapriClear Spray On Moisturizer

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By Sheila Arkee

So, my skin care world was recently rocked with a spray on moisturizer. A spray on coconut oil moisturizer, of all things, and one that is so great I’m going to have stock up on backups of CapriClear Spray On Moisturizer.

CapriClear Spray On Moisturizer

Who knew something so simple could be so good? I did have my doubts, per usual, and did not expect that this clear, lightweight skin quencher could be so effective.

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The ingredients of this wonderful spray, you ask? Coconut Oil. Just Coconut Oil. That’s it! The oil is fractionated, which means it’s been processed to be shelf stable and is not in a solid form, as we are accustomed to seeing Coconut Oil at the grocery and health food stores.

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Created by dermatologist Dr. Betty Bellman, CapriClear is clear, fragrance-free, PABA-free, pthaltes-free, dye-free, gluten-free, paraben-free, and simply put, just great stuff. CapriClear can be used by all ages and it’s really soothing for those who have eczema. I love using CapriClear on my hands and elbows and it’s a great cuticle oil. It absorbs quickly and is not overly greasy – a big plus!

My Final Thoughts: CapriClear is a clear spray on moisturizer made from Coconut Oil and only Coconut Oil. It leaves you with soft silky skin and then some with no mess or greasy after feel. Definitely worth checking out, especially if you have dry, sensitive skin.

Rating: A

Price: $10.99

Availability: CVS, Walgreens, Harmons Ulta, Ulta.com, and www.capriclear.com.

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

You’ve Come A Long Way, Carmex! A Look At New Carmex Lip Balms

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By Sheila Arkee

As a beauty junkie who has a multitude of lip balms at my disposal, there’s just something about Carmex that always brings me back to this classic line of lip products. Far from the original mentholated jar with a yellow and black cap, Carmex has been making some improvements with their balms that I’m excited to share with you.

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While waiting to get my car’s smog check completed earlier this week, I paged through a copy of the 2014 Guinness Book Of World Records and happened upon a record number of lip balms owned by one person. The number, 491, seems on the low end to me, and I’m sure there are other lip balm lovers out there who can beat this! Carmex must be part of this record setting lip balm collection, and no doubt in my mind, because it truly is a great brand.

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I’ve been using both Carmex Ultra Moisturizing Lip Balm SPF 15 Lime Twist and Carmex Everyday Protecting Lip Balm Stick SPF 15 Strawberry and can say they are both enhancements to the original Carmex balms. They don’t have the heavily medicated scent but they do work just as well as the tried and true so many of use know so well.

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The ingredients that make the Carmex Ultra Moisturizing Lip Balm Lime Twist so awesome include Beeswax (the first ingredient on the list), Lanolin and Cocoa Seed Butter. Petroleum is one of the key ingredients, so be aware if it’s something you are trying to avoid.

Carmex Lime Twist

Beeswax is a little lower on the list of ingredients on the Carmex Everyday Protecting Lip Balm Strawberry, which lists Petroleum as it’s first ingredient.

Carmex Strawberry

The good news about both of these balms is that they have a waterproof, broad spectrum SPF so your lips are going to be well protected from the sun’s harsh rays. They’re great to use during the day on their own and under other lip products. I am also using them at night and wake up with super smooth lips.

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What are your favorite lip balms?

My Final Thoughts: Tried and true and excellent is how I would describe Carmex products. The Carmex Ultra Moisturizing Lip Balm Lime Twist and Carmex Everyday Protecting Lip Balm Strawberry are great enhancements to the brand and have become key balms in my lip routine.

Rating: A

Price: $1.50

Availability: Mass market retailers and drugstore.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes (products do contain petroleum, if this is a concern)

Gluten-free? Yes

2 Minute Beauty Clinic: How To Conceal & Brighten Your Under Eye Area

By Sheila Arkee

As a mom with an active child and a busy schedule, I take a lot of concern over the state of my under eye area. I’ve been using a new technique to make sure my under eye area is properly camouflaged for the past year or so, and thought I’d put together a video and photo tutorial to show you how I get the job done effectively and efficiently. Please enjoy a new 2 Minute Beauty Clinic: How To Conceal & Brighten Your Under Eye Area.

2 Minute Beauty Clinic Concealer

 

Here are the products I used in the video:

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- NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in CJ05 Medium – NYX really does a fantastic job with concealers. This is a dupe for the MAC Studio Finish concealers, but a little more emollient.

- NYX HD Photogenic Concealer in CW06 Glow – This concealer does a great job brightening up the under eye area.

- Milani Even Touch Powder Foundation in Beige

- Sephora Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush #57 – A must have in everyone’s makeup collection, as far as I’m concerned.

- The brush I used for the powder is sadly discontinued but any small fluffy brush will do the trick.

Here are the easy steps to concealing and brightening your under eye area:

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Step 1: After applying your foundation, use the Sephora brush to apply a full coverage concealer with a peachy undertone.

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Step 2: Place a couple of dots of a lighter, brightening concealer on top and blend out with the Sephora brush.

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Step 3: Set the concealer with a powder. A translucent powder works great!

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All done! Easy and effective – just the way I like it!

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Here’s to happy under eye brightening!

Makeup Of The Day 16 – Cool Blue Eyeshadow

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By Sheila Arkee

Milani Bella Teal Milani Bella Cobalt Milani Bella Sky 1

Milani Bella Teal Milani Bella Cobalt Milani Bella Sky 2

Milani Bella Teal Milani Bella Cobalt Milani Bella Sky 3

Milani Bella Teal Milani Bella Cobalt Milani Bella Sky 4

Face

Lumene Vitamin C+ BB Cream in Medium

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Glow

Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Pressed Powder 128

Milani Delizioso Pink

MAC Harmony Blush

Milani Amber Nectar Highlighter

Eyes

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Inner Lid: Milani Bella Sky

Outer Lid: Milani Bella Teal

Outer Corner: Milani Bella Cobalt

Lower Lid: Milani Bella Gold

Browbone: MAC Vanilla

Liner: MAC Phone Number

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: L’Oreal Miss Manga

Lips

Hourglass Eden Lip Liner

Rimmel Notting Hill Nude Lipstick

When Mascaras Are Shockingly Amazing: Beauty Without Cruelty Full Volume Mascara

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By Sheila Arkee

I’ll admit, I wasn’t feeling all too thrilled or excited about the possibility about reviewing the Beauty Without Cruelty Full Volume Mascara.

Beauty Without Cruelty Full Volume Mascara

If I’ve seen one natural mascara, I’ve seen ‘em all, and I’ve never been too thrilled with the results. They’re just too … natural … if you know what I mean, with no oomph whatsoever. My lashes love oomph. I love oomph. Oomph is awesome. I wonder if oomph is in the Urban Dictionary. (Side note- it’s actually in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. That’s a surprise!)

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The Beauty Without Cruelty Full Volume Mascara comes with a full bristle brush that is easy to work through your lashes with no major smudging issues to deal with.

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The mascara dries quickly and is really easy to build up without having a major clumping situation to handle. I was immediately wowed by the dramatic results and found the mascara doesn’t flake whatsoever during the course of the day. This is good stuff! I took this mascara through the high intensity gym work out and it passed with flying colors.

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Here it is compared to L’Oreal Miss Manga mascara, and you’ll see that Beauty Without Cruelty holds up quite nicely next to L’Oreal.

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Now, one little warning, this mascara doesn’t hold up to tears quite so well. My son had a huge accomplishment over the weekend and I found myself having a major boo hoo fest. I mean, I booed and hooed with the best of them to the point where I considered wiping my tears away with a sock I randomly had in my purse because I couldn’t find any tissues. The mascara stung my eyes through the tears and smudged away, so it’s not perfect, but you should be aware lest you find yourself in an emotional situation.

My Final Thoughts:Offering tons of volume that lasts all day, the Beauty Without Cruelty Full Volume Mascara is definitely worth a try!

Rating: A

Price: $24.95

Availability: Your favorite natural foods retailers and beautywithoutcruelty.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

My Instagram Life, 8-24-2014

By Sheila Arkee

A visual diary and a look back at the week on Painted Ladies and in my life, as seen on my Instagram account.

One of the coolest pictures I’ve ever taken on my phone. Edited with the PicTapGo app.

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A farewell to the $10 no-name generic sneakers I bought at Ross last year that served me well. I wore them to the point there were holes in the soles.

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I posted a new YouTube tutorial creating an eyeshadow look with the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette. I am experimenting with different video production methods and think the sound is highly improved in this latest video!

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What a fun Summer we’ve been having.

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My precious! I had my heart set on Milani Cosmetics Color Statement Nail Lacquer in Rainbow Prisms and finally made it mine. Pure gorgeousness!

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This lip scrub and balm duo from Fusion of Color Cosmetics is a new favorite and guarantees smooth lips.

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Taking my new kicks on an inaugural hike!

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This week I worked on a super awesome product shoot for a cosmetics company. Can’t wait to show you the final pics!

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Honey from Honey Girl’s World had me lemming a flower headband ever since I saw her wear one in a recent video.

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The Summer is almost over for us and we are taking advantage of lots of outdoors time. To be honest, I’m behind on everything and it’s a struggle not to feel frustrated about it, but on the other hand I am cherishing the time I am spending with my son. This was on a hike on one of our favorite trails. He thinks there’s a scary tiger in the woods!

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a) The barista who took the time to artfully write my order needs a hand of applause. b) I am so impressed with the nail polish I’m wearing – it’s from Crabtree & Evelyn and has worn perfectly for over a week. A review is coming soon!

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There is nothing like that post-gym glow! I love a good sweat and I used the opportunity to test out some new products that definitely passed the sweat test!

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Here’s to a blessed week ahead!

Get Smooth Silky Lips With Waxelene

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By Sheila Arkee

As a beauty blogging certified lip balm junkie, I derive a large amount of joy from coming across new lip products like Waxelene. Waxelene might just be one of my new lip balm must haves!

Waxelene

A cruelty-free alternative to petroleum jelly-based products, Waxelene harnesses the power of beeswax and is a multi=purpose product that can be used for other areas of your skin besides your lips. It’s soft, smooth, non-sticky, and will leave your lips silky smooth.

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In fact, there are a whopping FOUR ingredients in Waxlene: Organic Soy Oil, Beeswax, Vitamin E Oil (derived from organic soybeans), and Organic Rosemary Oil.  To me it has no scent, but some have reported it has a scent of honey or rosemary oil.

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The texture of Waxelene is surprisingly lightweight and sinks into your skin with ease. In fact, this little tube of balm can also be used to treat diaper rash, eczema, lipstick primer, eyelash conditioner, and as a makeup primer. It comes in larger sizes, as well.

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My Final Thoughts: Upon close reflection, I do recall coming across Waxelene at Sprouts at CVS. I’m glad I got the chance to try this multi-purpose balm because it’s quite great, totally natural, and will be a permanent part of my lip balm rotation.

Rating: A

Price: $3.99 for the tube. Also available in larger sizes.

Availability: A variety of brick and mortar stores, including Sprouts, CVS, Whole Foods, and Waxelene.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes