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New Year’s Eve Smoky Eyeshadow Inspiration

If you’ve been reading Painted Ladies for any significant amount of time, there’s zero doubt that I’m a fan of smoky eyeshadow. It’s a true passion of my life! New Year’s Eve is one of those times when smoky eyes turn up, and so with the Holiday approaching, I thought it would be helpful to create a roundup of smoky eyeshadow inspiration for you. Here are few of my favorite looks from the past year on Painted Ladies, with a special guest appearance!

Smoky Eyeshadow Inspiration

A bit of white glitter is never a bad thing!


I’ll admit to having a soft spot for smoky blue eyeshadow.


Just say yes to smoky taupe.


Smoky khaki eyes are a but unexpected, but totally work.


This shimmery mint shadow is a lot of fun!


I’ll never tire of a smoky purple eye.


Add a little gold to your inner lid to keep things interesting.


Duochromes are always a good thing.


One of my favorite techniques is adding a shimmery shadow right smack dab in the middle of my lid.


Purple and gold is a great combo.


My fellow beauty blogger Retrodiva has a lovely smoky eyeshadow with a tutorial.


Enjoy, and stay safe this New Year’s Eve!

Makeup Of The Day 64 With the Mirabella Faerie Collection

Press SampleI Bought It

And now for some more details on the look I created with the Mirabella Faerie Collection earlier today. That highlighter? All kinds of fantastic!

Mirabella Faerie Collection Makeup Look

Mirabella Faerie Collection MOTD

Mirabella Faerie Collection EOTD

EOTD Mirabella Faerie Collection Tutorial 2


Cover FX Illuminating Primer

Illuminare Moisturizing Mineral Foundation in Sienna Sun

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

Cover FX Cream Concealer in G Medium-Deep

Smashbox Halo Powder in Halo

IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette

Mirabella Swirling Pearl Brilliant Highlighting Powder


Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Lid: BFTE Cotton Candy

Outer Corner: Mirabella Myth Visionary Long Wear Eyeshadow

Browbone: MAC Vanilla

Liner (upper lid): Rimmel Scandaleyes in Sparkling Black

Liner (lower lid): NYX Slide On Liner in Glitzy Gold

Brows: Paula Dorf 2 + 1 For Brows in Brunette

Mascara: L’Oreal Miss Manga


MAC Oak Lip Pencil

Mirabella Gossamer and Luminosity Colour Luxe Gloss

My New Year’s Eve Beauty Look And Tutorial With The Mirabella Faerie Collection

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While I’ll admit to wishing the Christmas season lasted a bit longer, I’m definitely ready for the New Year and expectantly waiting for 2015. I know it’s going to be a great year, and I’m so excited to celebrate! New Year’s is such a fun time and I love creating special makeup looks just for the occasion. I recently received the gorgeous Mirabella Faerie Collection and came up with a gorgeous, soft, shimmery romantic New Year’s beauty look with an accompanying tutorial.

Mirabella Faerie Collection Review

The Mirabella Faerie Collection is nothing but gorgeous. The products include:

  • Gossamer Colour Luxe Lip Gloss ($26)
  • Luminosity Colour Luxe Lip Gloss ($26)
  • Myth Visionary Long Wear Eyeshadow ($29)
  • Swirling Pearl Brilliant Highlighting Powder ($40)

Everything in this set is lovely, but we need to have a moment of silence for the Swirling Pearl Brilliant Highlighting Powder. It’s just that good!

Swirling Pearl Brilliant Highlighting Powder

It’s one of the most beautiful pieces of makeup I’ve ever set eyes on!

Swatches of the Mirabella Faerie Collection

The eyeshadow is a creamy, bouncy wonder that is reminiscent of ColourPop eyeshadow, except you can apply it easily with a brush, which isn’t so with the ColourPop shadows.

Mirabella Beauty Myth Visionary Long Wear Eyeshadow

Myth is a deep golden brown that blends beautifully and stays put on your eyelids, which is always a good thing.

Mirabella Faerie Collection Colour Luxe Lip Gloss in Gossamer and Luminosity

The glosses come with a doe foot applicator and have the benefit of being shiny and feeling comfortable, while offering glittery shine.

Mirabella Faerie Collection Swatches

And now for a quick tutorial to show you how to create a gorgeous New Year’s Eve beauty look.

New Year's Eve Beauty Mirabella Faerie Collection Tutorial

The look I created is a different take on the traditional Holiday smoky eye. Before I get started on the eyes, I made sure to apply the highlighter to my cheekbones, down the middle of my nose, right above my lips, and in the middle of my forehead.

Mirabella Faerie Collection Tutorial 1

Step 1: After priming my lid with an eyeshadow base, I use a flat brush to apply Myth eyeshadow to the outer corner of my eyes. The brush I used in this step and step 2 is from the Smashbox Full Exposure palette.

Mirabella Faerie Collection Tutorial 2

Step 2: I use a fluffy blending brush (same brush from step 1) to make sure the color is evenly distributed and to blend out the edges.

Mirabella Faerie Collection Tutorial 3

Step 3: I use my finger to pat Myth on my lid for high color payoff.

Mirabella Faerie Collection Tutorial 5

Mirabella Faerie Collection Tutorial 4

Step 4: I use a flat brush (Bdellium 773) to add a shimmery pink (BFTE Cotton Candy) to the inner lid.

Mirabella Faerie Collection Tutorial 6

Step 5:  I use a small brush (MAC 213) to add a satin cream color to the browbone (MAC Vanilla).

Mirabella Faerie Collection Tutorial 7

Step 6: I finish off the look with brows,  a shimmery black eyeliner on top (Rimmel Scanadaleyes in Sparkling Black), and a gold on the waterline (NYX Glitzy Gold).

Mirabella Faerie Collection EOTD

Step 7: The look is completed with a mixture of both Mirabella glosses on my lips.

Mirabella Faerie Collection Makeup Look

And there you have it! Happy 2015!

My Final Thoughts: The Mirabella Faerie Collection offers shimmery goodness all around. The piece de resitance is the Swirling Pearl Brilliant Highlighting Powder, which is a work of art!

Rating: A

Price: $26- $40

Availability: www.mirabellabeauty.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? yes


This is a special post because I paired up with my fellow bloggers of The Beauty Council to create New Year’s looks with the Mirabella Faerie Collection. Visit their blogs to see how they used this collection to shimmer and shine their way into 2015!

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Merry Christmas!

From me and Andre to you, our most sincere wishes for a happy Christmas!

Christmas Painted Ladies Blog

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counseller, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6 KJV

Last Minute Christmas Eve Beauty Gift Ideas From Bath & Body Works

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Happy Christmas Eve! Are you in need of some very last minute Christmas gift ideas? I have a couple of Bath and Body Works Holiday products to share with you today in case you’re brave enough to face the mall today. Also, these are great gift to pick up in the next week or two if you’d like to treat yourself, especially since they’re on mega sale.

Vanilla Bean Noel Shower Gel (currently $6.25) has been a huge hit in my home for the last few weeks. It’s such a great Holiday scent that evokes coziness. Vanilla Bean Noel anything is worth stocking up on! This gel contains Shea Butter, Vitamin E, an Aloe to smooth your skin.

Bath and Body Works Vanilla Bean Noel Shower Gel

Winter Candy Apple Ultra Shea Body Cream (just $3!) is indulgence your skin deserves! Besides having a creamy texture that melts into your skin, this cream smells incredible and is a lovely treat with Shea Butter, Aloe Butter, an Cocoal Butter. I’ve nixed sugar from my diet the last couple of months and I don’t miss it a single bit, especially not with this scrumptious treat. It’s a winner!

Bath and Body Works Winter Candy Apple Ultra Shea Body Cream

So, what are you doing Christmas Eve? In a few hours, my son and I are heading up North of us for an hour’s drive to my in-laws house for our traditional Christmas Eve gift exchange. Although I’ve been single for seven years come this February, I have to say my in-laws are the poster children for a fabulous in-law relationship. They’re the best and I am so thankful for their care and love for me and Andre. We are so blessed in so many ways.

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Andre is eagerly anticipating opening a present he’s asked Santa for and has reminded me of pretty much every single hour of every single day since. Ha ha!

Have a lovely day, everyone!!!

The Winter Walmart Beauty Box – A Cheap Treat!

I Bought It

Last week I received my much anticipated order of the quarterly Walmart Beauty Box. Did you know such a thing was even in existence?

Walmart Beauty Box Winter 2014

I didn’t until recently, having seen a mention of it somewhere in Beauty Blog-ville. The concept is simple. Every three months you receive a box of full-size and sample-sized beauty products from Walmart at the bargain price of $5. I couldn’t resist and so signed up for the Winter Beauty Box way back in November.

The contents of the box include 2 full-sized products and four deluxe samples. I received:

- Dove Oxygen Moisture Shampoo/Conditioner (deluxe sample sizes)

- Dove Nutrium Deep Moisture Body Wash (deluxe sample size)

- Ponds Rejuveness Anti-Wrinkle Cream (full size)

- CoverGirl Outlast in Canyon (the perfect 90′s/Kylie Jenner pink/brown color, full size)

CoverGirl Outlast Lipstick in Canyon

- Pond’s Wet Cleansing Towlettes (sample size)

- An insert with a very small sample of  Maybelline Dream Wonder powder. I’m not counting this as a sample, but it does include a $1 coupon.

Review Walmart Beauty Box Winter 2014

This box is heavy on skin and hair products, and while I wish there had been a mascara in addition to the lip product, for $5 who can complain? The Walmart Beauty Box was a great deal!

My Final Thoughts: While I wasn’t so thrilled about mostly receiving hair and skin care products, for $5 I cannot complain about the abundance I received and I’m looking forward to the Spring Walmart Beauty Box.

Rating: B

Price: $5, you’re charged when the box is shipped.

Availability: beautybox.walmart.com

Cruelty-free? No

Evian Facial Spray Review

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Would you believe one of the oldest beauty tricks in the book involves water? It’s true! Evian Facial Spray is one of those must have products you’ll spot in many, many, many makeup artist kits, and for a good reason.

Evian Facial Spray

You see, an extremely fine mist of water spritzed over your face after you’ve completed your makeup adds the perfect finishing touch to keep your beauty products in place. It’s a trick I’ve used for years and can definitely tell the difference when I’ve skipped this step in my makeup application routine.

Evian Facial Spray Review

Another way I love to use Evian Facial Spray is on my foundation brushes right before I apply primer and liquid foundation. Just a touch will do and I find this helps to blend out the beauty products and make them look seamless with your skin. You can also use Evian Facial Spray in the morning right before you apply your moisturizer to help make your skin look more supple. Use it throughout the day to keep your makeup feeling refreshed – I promise you your makeup won’t budge!

The fine mist is powered by pure nitrogen and I always experience an uniform application. Other facial sprays tend to come with pumps, and they can be hit or miss when it comes to an even spray on your face. One great feature about Evian Facial Spray is that the bottle is leak proof, something I have not found in any other facial mists.

Review of Evian Facial Spray Review

While I’ve known and used Evian Facial Spray for years, I just recently learned some interesting facts about this dermatologist tested and hypo-allergenic beauty tool.

Evian ®Natural Mineral Water’s journey starts as rain and snow high atop the French Alps after which it filters for over 15 years through glacial rock and sand to a deep underground catchment just outside the town of Evian-Les-Bains, France. The water contained in the spray is tested 300 times per day to insure quality and the consistent unique mineral content—guaranteed to be the same year after year—canister to canister. No other water has the same mineral content.

Evian Facial Spray was originally introduced in France in 1962 at the request of doctors for use on burn patients. It was the first facial water spray in France and was introduced as the first facial spray in the United States in 1978.



My Final Thoughts: Evian Facial Spray is a beauty necessity with a multitude of uses. Keep it in the refrigerator or in a cool, dark location for optimal refreshing throughout the day. For more information, visit http://www.evianspray.com

Rating: A

Price: Varies, suggested retail as follows: Travel Size,  $7.00; Three pack, $19.50; 5 oz, $12; Economy size, $17.50.

Availability: Ulta, Sephora, Drugstore.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

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Could Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer Brush Be A Dupe For The Urban Decay Good Karma Brush?

I Bought It

‘Tis the season for sales galore, and I certainly took advantage of many of them to restock some favorite beauty products and try out some that I’ve had my eye on for a while. One of my favorite recent Holiday season purchases was the Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer Brush, which has quickly become a brush I constantly reach for during makeup applications.

Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer Brush

I’ve been using this brush made from synthetic fibers to apply my primer (I’m hooked on Cover FX Illuminating Primer at the moment), and then use the same brush to apply a liquid foundation.

Review of Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer Brush

The results are great, comparable to the Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring brush, which is also synthetic. While I’ve been a devotee of the Good Karma brush for the past year, it is constantly shedding and for that reason is very annoying to use and wash. Priced at $24, it’s also much more expensive than the Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer brush.

Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer Brush and Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush

Side-by-side, you can see the Coastal Scents Pro Fluff Brush and Urban Decay Good Karma brush are around the same size, but don’t look very similar. While the Urban Decay brush is rounded and firmly packed, the Coastal Scents version is flat and not quite as firmly packed.

Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush and Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer Brush

I don’t have many negative things to say about the fab Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer, but there are two concerns: 1) The brush came with a minor bit of shedding, but I think it has something to do with how the brush was constructed, because the protruding strays don’t budge, 2) The brush takes a little longer than any of my other brushes to completely dry. I’m not sure why, but it definitely needs extra time.

Looking at reviews on Coastal Scents, it seems that many others share my concerns. Great brush that sheds, but you don’t quite mind because it is such a great deal and a top notch foundation brush.

My Final Thoughts: While the Coastal Scents Bionic Flat Top Buffer isn’t an exact dupe for the Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring brush and it does seem to have similar shedding issues, it’s definitely comparable and an excellent foundation brush on it’s own. This brush is worth snagging and at it’s low price of $7, worth stocking up on.

Rating: A- (minus for the shedding)

Price: $6.95

Availability: Coastalscents.com – shipping is usually around a week in my experience.

Cruelty-free? Yes


Christmas Week Nails With Salon Perfect Bellini Nail Lacquer

I’m feeling rather peachy these days, because my nails are currently sporting Salon Perfect Bellini Nail Lacquer.

Salon Perfect Bellini and Orly Mirrorball Nail Polish

Oh, how I love this peach nail color!

I also had a hankering for a holo, so I added Orly Mirrorball as an accent. The combination is my kind of festive!

What do you have on your nails right now?


My Instagram Life 12-21-2014

A look at the past week in my life and behind the scenes of Painted Ladies as seen on my Instagram account.

My December Ipsy Glam Bag arrived and it was a hit!

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A new makeup look I created with ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in So Quiche.

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More of So Quiche. This shadow is totally a must have.

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A doodle! It’s been so long since I’ve done anything like this, but it was so relaxing and rejuvenating.

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All he wants for Christmas are his two front teeth!

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I reviewed the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lip Collection and it’s another must have.

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Lush Santa Baby Lip Tint really is lovely. And it smells like Cola!

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A makeup look I created with the Santa Baby Lip Tint and the Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna palette.

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I raise my pre-teen gawkiness to your pre-teen gawkiness.

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My favorite Christmas gift.

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Penzey’s Northwoods seasoning = the business. My tastebuds were completely tantastlized by this flavorful spice made with salt, sweet Hungarian paprika, garlic, and Chipotle.

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Here’s to a blessed week!