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Makeup Of The Day 5

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

Makeup Geek Kryptonite OCC Hum Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma Wet n Wild Mega Last Matte Lipstick in Just Peachy

Makeup Geek Kryptonite OCC Hum Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma 1

Makeup Geek Kryptonite OCC Hum Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma 2

Face

Lumene Vitamin C+ BB Cream in Medium

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Glow

Milani Even Touch Powder Foundation in Beige

Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Enchanting

MAC Harmony Blush

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light

Eyes

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Inner Lid: OCC Hum

Lid: Makeup Geek Pigment in Kryptonite

Crease: Makeup Geek Cocoa Bear

Outer Corner: Makeup Geek Mocha

Browbone: Makeup Geek Shimma Shimma

Liner (upper lid): Urban Decay Black Velvet

Liner (lower lid): Urban Decay Velvet

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: Milani Total Cover

Lips

MAC Stripdown Lip Pencil

Wet n Wild Mega Last Matte Lipstick in Just Peachy

The Bdellium Tools 773 Shading Blender Brush Is A MAC 242 Brush Dupe

I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

Crowdsourcing for beauty suggestions is possibly my favorite by product of social media. When I was looking for a dupe to replace some well loved MAC 242 brushes in my collection, I took to Instagram where the Bdellium Tools 773 Shading Blender Brush was suggested by pro makeup artist and beauty blogger Norah Salazar from Norah Loves Makeup.

Bdellium Tools 773 Shading Blender Brush

Knowing Bdellium’s good reputation and being quite pleased at the decent price of $10, I snapped up this brush immediately. The 773 is a soft, firm brush that’s made from a combination of natural and synthetic fibers. The “B” in the name Bdellium is silent, if you’re wondering how to pronounce it! All Bdellium Tools brushes are antibacterial, eco-friendly, and vegan.

Bdellium Tools 773 Shading Blender Brush 1

With over a month of experience using this particular brush, I can say with full confidence that it’s an excellent dupe for the much more expensive MAC 242 brush, which is currently $25.

Bdellium Tools 773 Shading Blender Brush 2

The MAC 242 brush has been a staple in my professional and personal brush rolls for well over a decade. This flat synthetic brush changed my life when I first started using it and I’ve collected about 6 or so through the years. While I’ve always been a good steward of my makeup brushes – making sure to wash them regularly and keep them stored properly – several of my good ol’ 242′s are starting to fray and show signs of wear and tear. That’s 10 years of being put to serious work!

Bdellium Tools 773 Shading Blender Brush 3

In comparison to the Bdellium 773, the 242 is a tad longer. I compared the Bdellium 773 in between the MAC 242 and 239 brushes and found it to be a happy medium. Where the 242 is completely synthetic and the 239 is made of animal hair, the Bdellium 773 brush is a mix of both natural and synthetic. With the 773 I can achieve the same results as with the 242 along with the added blending capabilities of the 239.

My Final Thoughts: After years of a fruitless search, I am so glad to have come upon the Bdellium Tools 773 Shading Blender Brush. It’s an excellent dupe for the MAC 242 and I will definitely purchase more! I have noticed that the brush needs to be conditioned after every few washes to keep it supple and soft. Otherwise, this brush is a steal and worthy dupe.

Rating: A+

Price: $10

Availability: Visit https://bdelliumtools.com/

 

My Instagram Life, 7-27-2014

By Sheila Arkee

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

In need of a good one-stop-shopping hair care product, I picked up this Ion curly hair cream from Sally Beauty Supply and it was the best $5 I’ve spent on my hair in a while. Good stuff!

PaintedLadies_Sheila IG 7-27 a

The controlled chaos that is my life as a beauty blogger and makeup junkie.

PaintedLadies_Sheila IG 7-27 b

This is Summer vacation. My sweet son has been so attached to me lately with his arms permanently slung around my neck. I better enjoy this time before he turns into a teenager and wants nothing to do with me.

PaintedLadies_Sheila IG 7-27 c

The sweetest CVS employee let me dig in their stock room to get some of the new Milani Color Statement Nail Lacquer.  I went by later in the week and the new display was up, but it was wiped out already!

PaintedLadies_Sheila IG 7-27 e

I posted two new YouTube videos this week, and this is a quick one-minute post about Batiste Dry Shampoo.

PaintedLadies_Sheila IG 7-27 g

I looooooove the new Milani Color Statement polishes I scored at CVS. 5 days in and ZERO chipping or tip wear. Pretty amazing!

PaintedLadies_Sheila IG 7-27 h

A #throwbackthursday … my love bug on the job with mommy. I don’t usually bring him to photography jobs, but this was a backyard wedding and an exception.

PaintedLadies_Sheila IG 7-27 i

If you’re in South Orange County, CA, you must visit We Play Loud, a brand new indoors playground. Me and Andre had a BLAST. I love that the facility is exceptionally clean and the friendly staff is always wiping down the equipment.

PaintedLadies_Sheila IG 7-27 j

My second YouTube video is a long awaited makeup tutorial with the Milani Bella Eyes shadows. I had fun doing this one!

PaintedLadies_Sheila IG 7-27 k

My two nighttime essentials – this Painted Earth lip balm is soothing and I’d be lost without my Burt’s Bees Cuticle Cream.

PaintedLadies_Sheila IG 7-27 l

My little love has been extremely attached to mommy lately. I can’t say I mind at all!

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ICU Eyewear Sunglasses Are An Anti-Aging Must Have

Press Sample

By Sheila Arkee

As a life long beauty junkie, there are some constants that have remained in my life from a very young age. For instance, I have always insisted on proper sun protection and I try my very hardest not to squint. I’ve slathered on sunscreen as a teen and haven’t been without a pair of wrap around sunglasses for over two decades!  I recently had the opportunity to try ICU Eyewear sunglasses and am quite delighted with these super cute anti-aging must haves.

ICU Eyewear 1

ICU Eyewear sunglasses are polarized which mean they offer extra protection from the sun’s glare and are also 100% UV A and B protective. I tried both the Blue Modern Cat Eye Metallic Temple Sunglasses and the Tortoise Cat Eye Sunglasses. Both pairs of sunglasses are sturdy, yet lightweight. Neither leave dents on the bridge of my nose, and that’s just a huge plus right away.

The Blue Modern Cat Eye Metallic Temple Sunglasses are very sleek and sophisticated and give your vision a light grey view.

ICU Eyewear Blue Modern Cat Eye Metallic Temple Sunglasses 1

ICU Eyewear Blue Modern Cat Eye Metallic Temple Sunglasses 2

The Tortoise Cat Eye Sunglasses are just all kinds of darling and give your vision a light amber view.

ICU Eyewear Tortoise Cat Eye Sunglasses 1

ICU Eyewear Tortoise Cat Eye Sunglasses 2

My Final Thoughts: ICU Eyewear sunglasses are stylish and practical and offer great sun protection. I love these glasses and think you will, too. To try on their eyewear at your own convenience, download their free mobile app!

Rating: A

Price: $21.95

Availability: http://www.icueyewear.com - sign up for the newsletter to receive 10% off of your first order.

Makeup of the Day 4 With Milani Bella Eyes

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

Here’s the breakdown of my Milani Bella Eyes Eyeshadow Tutorial.

Milani Bella Eyes Eyeshadow Tutorial 1

Milani Bella Eyes Eyeshadow Tutorial 2

Milani Bella Eyes Eyeshadow Tutorial 3

Milani Bella Eyes Eyeshadow Tutorial 4

Face

L’Oreal Youth Code BB Cream in Medium

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Glow

Jerome Alexander Magic Minerals

Benefit Bella Bella Bamba

MAC Harmony Blush

Eyes

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Lid Base: MAC Cream Color Base in White

Inner Lid: Milani Bella Pink

Lid: Milani Bella Pink

Outer Corner: Milani Bella Purple

Browbone: MAC Vanilla

Liner (upper lid): Urban Decay Oil Slick

Liner (lower lid): NYX Retractable Eye Pencil in Silver

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: L’Oreal Miss Manga

Lips

MAC Stripdown Lip Pencil

MAC Lickable Lipstick

Milani Bella Eyes Eyeshadow Tutorial

I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

The new Milani Bella Eyes Eyeshadows have managed to capture the attention and hearts of the blogging community and makeup lovers everywhere. These really are great shadows and I’ve been having a lot of fun working with them. I’ve created a YouTube Milani Bella Eyes Eyeshadow Tutorial showing you how I combine Bella Purple, Bella Teal, and Bella Pink.

This is the first makeup tutorial I’ve done in a long, long time! I had a lot of fun doing this and I have to say, recording a narration instead of speaking into the camera made me feel a lot more comfortable. I’m learning as I go with these makeup tutorials and having a lot of fun with it! Looking at this video, I’ll know better to get closer to the camera next time!

Milani Bella Eyes Eyeshadow Tutorial

For full details on the makeup I used, there’s a breakdown on Makeup of the Day.

I haven’t reviewed the Bdellium brush I referenced yet, but it’s their Studio 773 Shading Brush, and the closest dupe to the MAC 242 brush I’ve ever used. I also mentioned the Coastal Scents Pro Blending Fluff Brush, which is a straight on dupe for the MAC 217 brush. Here’s a post with my full review of the Milani Bella Eyes colors.

Thank you for watching! If you have any specific requests for future tutorials, please let me know! Would you like to see more of my MAC collection? The palette in this video is just the tip of the iceberg!

Lipstick of the Day: Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Notting Hill Nude

I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

Yet another Instagram-made-me-do-it purchase. I saw a few raves and then when Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Notting Hill Nude was right, smack, dab in the middle of my view at Walgreens, I couldn’t say no.

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick Notting Hill Nude

I am she of little resistance.

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Notting Hill Nude 3

Neutral with a touch of pink, this is the perfect lipstick color for those of us who want a lighter look without being washed out in the process.

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Notting Hill Nude 5

My Final Thoughts: This lipstick is quite moisturizing with a Vitamin A, C, and E enriched formula, and it has a really pretty sheen. I think we’ll have good times together, Notting Hill Nude and I. Does that even make sense, gramatically? I don’t think so. But it has a nice ring, so it stays. LOL.

Rating: A

Price: $5.99

Availability: Your local mass market retailers, and ulta.com

Cruelty-free? No

Paraben-free? No

Gluten-free? No, contains Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)

Radical Skincare Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum – Is It Worth The Splurge?

Press Sample

By Sheila Arkee

When it comes to good skincare, I am all for worthwhile splurges. After all,  your face is a canvas that has to be in the best shape possible for a great makeup application. Can I say the $190 Radical Skincare Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum is worthy of the high price tag?

Radical Skincare Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum 1

The Radical Skincare Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum is billed as a serum that will work universally for all skin types, ages, and ethnicites to fight the 16 causes of aging. These 16 aging agents include free radicals, poor nutrition, glycation disorders, and the slowing down of collagen synthesis. I’m all for products that fight any causes of aging!

Radical Skincare Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum 2

What’s key about this serum is that each ingredient has been subject to vigorous lab testing to make sure they’re effective and work with each of the 13 main ingredients that include 9 powerful antioxidants and 2 hexa peptides reinforced by Trylacel proprietrary technology. This serum has been shown to improve elasticity, firmness, clarity, and brightness in the vast majority of those who have used it in 4 week clinical trials.

Radical Skincare Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum 3

You use this product as the first step in your skincare routine, applying a moisturizer on top. While I think this is a good product and has ingredients that will work to improve the appearance of skin, unfortunately my skin did not have a good reaction to this serum. I gave it a full four week trial period and found in that time my skin broke out to the point where I had to discontinue use, something that is unusual in my case. While I’ll get monthly hormonal breakouts, it’s not typical for me to experience continued breakouts on my forehead and cheeks, which is what happened with the use of this product.

Knowing how many other people really enjoy and have benefited from this serum, I hesitate to give it a completely bad review, but all I will say is that your experience will vary with any product.

My Final Thoughts: Unfortunately Radical Skincare Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum did not work for me and I had to discontinue use. However, many others have had positive reactions and I encourage you to do further research if you’re considering purchasing this product.

Rating: B-

Price: $190

Availability: Visit www.radicalskincare.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? No, contains Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)

Makeup Of The Day 3

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

Makeup of the Day Fusion of Color Cosmetics 1

Makeup of the Day Fusion of Color Cosmetics 2

Makeup of the Day Fusion of Color Cosmetics 3

Makeup of the Day Fusion of Color Cosmetics 4

Face

L’Oreal Youth Code BB Cream in Medium

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Glow

Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Powder 128

Milani Baked Blush in Delizioso Pink

MAC Harmony Blush

Eyes

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Lid: Fusion of Color Cosmetics Damask

Outer Corner: Fusion of Color Cosmetics Rainstorm

Browbone: Fusion of Color Cosmetics Frosty Morning

Liner: Urban Decay Demolition

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: L’Oreal Miss Manga

Lips

MAC Stone Lip Pencil

Fusion of Color Matte Lipstick in Nude

Let’s Look At Some Beautiful Mineral Eyeshadow From Fusion of Color Cosmetics

Press Sample

By Sheila Arkee

When I had the opportunity to try out some makeup from Fusion of Color Cosmetics, I could hardly say no to these three beautiful mineral eyeshadow colors in Frosty Morning, Damask, and Rainstorm.

Fusion of Color Cosmetics

Fusion of Color Cosmetics is an all-natural, vegan line of cosmetics created by Kathy Duncan. She’s taken a lot of care into designing this line of makeup and beauty products, which is evident in the results they provide. These products are manufactured in small batches, which ensures the same quality across the board. The colorants are all custom made, so these colors are unique to the brand. I’ve been using quite a few Fusion of Color products lately and have good things to say about them, starting with this trio of lovely eye colors.

Fusion of Color Cosmetics Frosty Morning Damask Rainstorm

Frosty Morning is a sheer beige with a hint of pink that can be used to highlight the browbone, and also on other areas of the face.

Fusion of Color Cosmetics Frosty Morning

Damask is a gorgeous, rich gold that has knocked my socks off. I love this velvety color that is a refreshing take on gold.

Fusion of Color Cosmetics Damask

Rainstorm is described as a medium/dark blue with a hint of green shimmer. This is gorgeous as a smoky lid color.

Fusion of Color Cosmetics Rainstorm

I found these shadows to apply smoothly, and they build up quite nicely underneath a base. The nice part about these shadows is that you can opt to purchase them with or without a sifter, for your convenience.

Makeup of the Day Fusion of Color Cosmetics 1

Makeup of the Day Fusion of Color Cosmetics 3

My Final Thoughts: If you’re a mineral eyeshadow lover, you’ll enjoy the smooth pigmentation offered from Fusion of Color Cosmetics. I will be using these colors often in my upcoming Makeup of the Day posts!

Rating: A

Price: $4.85, samples are available for $1.75

Availability: Visit www.fusionofcolor.net

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes