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Makeup Of The Day 103 With The April 2015 Ipsy Glam Bag

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The theme of the April 2015 Ipsy Glam Bag is Beautifully Bohemian. My bag inspired me to create this easy, breezy makeup look that I think is perfect for the season.

Ipsy April 2015 Glam Bag Beautifully Bohemian Makeup Inspiration

Keep reading for more photos and to find out what products I used for this look!

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I’m Feeling All Kinds Of Beautifully Bohemian With My April 2015 Ipsy Glam Bag

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My April 2015 Ipsy Glam Bag arrived earlier this week and, as always, it was a thrill to see the pink foil mailer in the mail box.

Ipsy April 2015 Glam Bag Beautifully Bohemian

Oh, Ipsy. We’ve had good times, bad times, some great times. This time I have to say you were on the good side of things. From the actual straw bag to the contents within, I am overall happy with my beauty loot.

Ipsy April 2015 Glam Bag Beautifully Bohemian Review

The theme of Ipsy for April 2015 is Beautifully Bohemian. I’m really feeling the Coachella-esque vibes from this bag.

Review Ipsy April 2015 Glam Bag Beautifully Bohemian

The contents of my adorably cute Ipsy April 2015 Glam Bag are:

Review Of Ipsy April 2015 Glam Bag Beautifully Bohemian

– Julie G nail polish in Damsel. This fuchsia is my favorite color for Summer. It also has a $1 coupon for Jesse’s Girl/Julie G products at Rite Aid (full size, $3.99).

Julie G nail polish in Damsel

– Evelyn Iona Cosmetics Concealer in Flawless (sample size). Not my shade at all, but something I’ll pass along.

– Starlooks Satin Finish Lip Gloss in Cuddle (sample size). Gorgeous color and lightweight texture.

Starlooks Satin Finish Lip Gloss in Cuddle

– theBalm Nude Dude Single Eyeshadow in Flirty (sample size).

– Klorane Dry Shampoo (sample size)

Here’s a close look at swatches of the lipgloss, concealer, and eyeshadow.

Ipsy April 2015 Beautifully Bohemian Swatches

And here’s a look I created with the gloss and eyeshadow. I’ll have details in a separate post!

Ipsy April 2015 Glam Bag Beautifully Bohemian Makeup Inspiration

My Final Thoughts: The April Ipsy bag is that it’s mostly sample sizes with just one full-size item. While Ipsy started out promising 2-3 full-sized items back in the beginning, I’ve found this to vary each month. However, I actually really like the mix of products I received in the Beautifully Bohemian bag and can’t complain. My $10 monthly investment got me products I’ll use and enjoy and you can’t beat the cuteness of the straw makeup bag.

If you’re interested in signing up for Ipsy yourself, here’s my referral link. Thank you!

Rating: B+

Price: $10 per month (includes shipping)

Value of Full Sized Items: $3.99


The Top 5 Beauty Inventions That Have Revolutionized The Beauty Industry

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This week on Painted Ladies I’ve discussed a couple of beauty inventions which had me thinking about other recently created beauty products and tools. These items, which fill specific needs, have become known and loved by makeup artists and consumers alike. Interestingly enough, the majority of my picks were thought up by professional makeup artists. Here, in random order, are my choices for the top 5 beauty inventions that have revolutionized the makeup industry.

Top 5 Beauty Inventions

The Beauty Blender

Created by a professional makeup artist, the original Beauty Blender has gone on to spawn a wide variety of accessories and sponges that are beloved by makeup artists and makeup lovers alike. While there are many imitations on the market, you can’t beat the flawless finish results from the original egg-shaped Beauty Blender.

The Z Palette

Another beauty tool created by a makeup artist, the Z Palette makes your makeup accessible with a clear cover. This magnetized palette makes organization simple and best of all, gives you access to the colors you need and use with ease. The Z Palette is available in a variety of colors, patterns, and both small and large sizes.

Shadow Shields

Proving that necessity is the mother of invention, Shadow Shields were also created by a makeup artist. These self-adhesive shields ensure your eyeshadow doesn’t fall out or otherwise disturb your makeup, which is perfect for those times you’re getting your glitter on.  Shadow Shields can also be used for lip color application.

Glamcor Hand Palettes

After I published my review on the ingenious Glamcor Hand Palettes, it was pointed out that these sterile stickers have a history in the medical industry. Whoever figured out the cross-industry application was smart! The clear, disposable palette makes it easy to keep your makeup application clean and sanitary.

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops

A foundation concentrate that you can completely customize with the skincare of your choice is one of the best ideas. Flawlessly accomplished by Cover FX, these drops take DIY beauty to a whole other level. I’ve been experimenting with my bottle of Custom Cover Drops, and the possibilities and finishes are endless.

What are some of your favorite beauty inventions?

Ofra Cosmetics Long Wearing Liquid Lipstick In Mina

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When fellow beauty blogger Mina Slater announced her collaboration with Ofra Cosmetics, I had to have Ofra Cosmetics Long Wearing Liquid Lipstick in Mina.

Ofra Cosmetics Long Wearing Liquid Lipstick In Mina

What a cool thing to have a beauty product of your very own!  Mina is the very first blogger to work with the Ofra team and their joint efforts turned out fantastic. Mina is a gorgeous, matte, deep wine that’s enhanced with antioxidants and universally appealing to a wide variety of skin tones.

Ofra Cosmetics Long Wearing Liquid Lipstick In Mina Swatch

The texture of Ofra’s liquid lipstick is very similar to the Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick I recently reviewed. Ofra’s version is just as lightweight and sincerely wears all the live long day.

Ofra Cosmetics Long Wearing Liquid Lipstick In Mina Review

And I mean alllllllll the live, long day, up to five hours of solid wear. In fact, you don’t even remember or notice you are wearing anything and you don’t have to worry about smudging because these lipsticks don’t budge. The main difference between Ofra and Anastasia is that the Ofra version is opaque with one layer and I have to keep adding and blending the Anastasia Liquid Lipstick.

Stilazzi Makeup Inspiration Ofra Cosmetics Long Wearing Lip Color Mina

Ofra Cosmetics is offering a 30% discount with coupon code “mina” at checkout. Now, get your long wearing lipstick on!

My Final Thoughts: Lipstick technology has come eons in recent years and Ofra Cosmetics Long Wearing Liquid Lipstick in Mina is a shining example comfortable and plush long wearing lip products.

Rating: A

Price: $19.90

Availability: www.ofracosmetics.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

The Glamcor Hand Palette Is A Must Have Makeup Tool!

Ever since I first came upon the Glamcor Hand Palette at The Makeup Show LA, I’ve been extolling its virtues, crowing about this cool and innovative makeup tool. It really is one of the coolest beauty products I’ve ever seen.

Glamcor Hand Palette

Designed for professional makeup artists, the Glamcor Hand Palette is one of those product that’s handy (pun intended) for anyone who uses and applies makeup.

Glamcor Hand Palette Review

When I was an active makeup artist, I’d often find the back of my hand filled with a rainbow of colors, the evidence of a day of hard work creating painted faces. Good sanitation practices are an on-going concern for makeup pros, and it’s important to keep things as clean as possible. For makeup artists, the eyeliner swiped against the back of your hand might not be a good thing to use on clients. That’s why Glamcor Hand Palettes are so genius – sanitation is a snap!

Review of Glamcor Hand Palette

These single-use adhesive palettes are super thin and flexible. The palettes come in sterile packets that have step-by-step instructions.

Glamcor Hand Palette Review and Swatches

FYI, they’re a bit tricky to learn how to apply, so don’t get discouraged if the first try is a bust.  Once you’ve practiced a few times and really get the process, it’s easy as pie to stick on these lightly textured hand palettes, which stay on your skin until you’re finished.

Review of the Glamcor Hand Palette

The best part about the Glamcor Hand Palette is that it’s something anyone can use.

Glamcor Hand Palette Swatches

These palettes just keep things clean and as a makeup user who regularly blends things on my hands, I really appreciate the convenience factor.

My Final Thoughts: Reasonably priced at $12 for 50 pieces, the Glamcor Hand Palette is an unique beauty innovation that’s something that can be used and appreciated by both makeup artists and non-makeup pros. I love everything about the Glamcor Hand Palette and think it’s a must have makeup accessory!

Rating: A

Price: $12 for a box of 50

Availability: www.glamcortec.com


Customize Your Foundation With Cover FX Custom Cover Drops

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The ultimate in customizable makeup, Cover FX Custom Cover Drops make it easy for your to perfect your foundation application. In short, this is one of those genius products I’m so, so glad exists.

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops gives you complete control over your foundation application. This foundation concentrate isn’t to be worn alone, but is to be mixed in with anything liquid to create the finish you desire. From serum, to sunscreen, to primer, to moisturizer, your foundation wish is your desire.

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops Review

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops come in a container with a dropper. You can take your foundation from sheer to full coverage depending on the drops you use. The fewer drops, the more sheer your coverage and vice versa.

Review of Cover FX Custom Cover Drops

I’ve been playing mad makeup scientist and have been trying several experiments with my skincare and with BB creams, and found I had the best, most natural looking results when I mix three to four drops of Cover FX Custom Cover Drops with moisturizer. The drops are extremely lightweight and easy to blend.

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops in G50 Review and Swatches

The shade I wear is G50, a great match for my skin right now. Another great thing about the Cover FX Custom Cover Drops is that they can be mixed and matched as needed. This is great for makeup artists, and for those of us whose pigmentation varies through the year.

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops in G50

Since I like a lot of coverage, I’ve been mixing 3 to 4 drops of Cover FX Custom Cover Drops with Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate.

Cover FX Custom Cover Drops and Embryolisse Lait Creme Concentrate

What completely sold me on Cover FX Custom Cover Drops is the reaction I get when I wear my mixture of Embryolisse and Cover FX. My skin, I’m told, looks amazing. Not my makeup, but my skin. That’s a very positive indicator that Cover FX is on to something good. According to Cover FX, the pigments are coated with lecithin, which is biochemically similar to the skin, giving you flawless results.

Glo Minerals Spring Glow Makeup Inspiration

On a side note, I really love the shea butter-based Embryolisse, which is a makeup industry standard to use as a primer and moisturizer. It works oh, so well on my normal-to-oily skin without making it look any oilier than normal. That’s a huge plus!

My Final Thoughts: Cover FX Custom Cover Drops are a really great idea and something I think will be so useful to so many. I’m  hooked on the results I’m experiencing and am looking forward to mixing my own foundation to my heart’s content.

Rating: A

Price: $44

Availability: Sephora

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

I’m Getting My Spring Glow Going With Glo Minerals


Spring is here which means it’s time to shimmer and glow. Not that I don’t always embrace shimmery and glowy makeup, but I’m taking it up a notch with some lovely makeup from Glo Minerals for Spring 2015.

GLO Minerals Spring Makeup Tutorial The Beauty Council

Now, I adore a good metallic smoky eye and I’m going to show you how to create a soft and glowy look that’s perfect for the season with Glo Minerals.

Glo Minerals Smoky Eye Makeup Inspiration

I’m a big fan of Glo Minerals and have loved their pressed mineral foundation for many years. Glo Minerals is an award-winning mineral makeup system you’ll find in salons and boutiques that’s designed for those who have sensitive skin. Glo Minerals products are filled with anti-inflammatory ingredients to deliver excellent coverage, UV protection, antioxidants, and gorgeous colors that have been triple-milled to ensure their smoothness. Glo Minerals is the good stuff! Glo Mineral products are talc-free, non-comodegenic, and cruelty-free.

GLO Minerals Spring Makeup Tutorial

To get the fresh look I created for Spring, I used a variety of Glo Minerals products that really bring out the glow. I started with the Glo Minerals Sheer Tint Base Illuminator under my foundation.

Glo Minerals Sheer Tint Base Illuminator

This has a sheer, light-reflecting formula you can wear alone as a primer, or mixed in with your foundation. This gives a nice glow and not any kind of a glare, so you can wear it all over your face.

Glo Minerals Sheer Tint Base Illuminator Swatches

My cheeks got a gorgeous pink sheen with the Glo Minerals Blush in Sweet. I love the fact that it gives a subtle pink and gold shimmer to my skin without being overwhelming. It is perfect to freshen up any look.

Glo Minerals Blush in Sweet

The Glo Minerals Metallic Smoky Eye Kit is a bit of bronze and gold shadow perfection. These shadows have a lot of color payoff and are so easy to blend and layer.

Glo Minerals Metallic Smoky Eye Kit

Glo Minerals Metallic Smoky Eye Swatches

I finished off my Spring glow with the Glo Minerals Lipstick in Spark, which is a must have if you love light pink lip colors. Spark is super creamy and long-wearing.

Glo Minerals Lipstick in Spark

Last, but not least, the look is completed with Glo Minerals Lipgloss in Delight, which you know I love because it’s pink and gold. This is possibly my favorite gloss color and I’m glad to report Delight is lightweight and lovely all around.Glo Minerals Lipgloss in Delight

It just takes a few simple steps to create my metallic smoky eye look.

Spring Glow Makeup Tutorial With Glo Minerals

Step 1: Use a flat brush to add the light bronze to the outer half of your lid, leaving the inner half bare.

Glo Minerals Metallic Smoky Eye Tutorial

Step 2: Use a fluffy blending brush to add a deeper bronze to the outer corner of your lid.

Step 3: Use a pencil brush to place a light bronze on your lower lid.

Step 4: Use a flat brush to add a light gold to your inner lid.

Step 5: Use a small, fluffy brush to add the shimmery cream color to your browbone and the inner corner of your lid.

Add a swash of black liquid liner to the upper lid only, fill in brows, add mascara, and there you have it, the perfect glow for Spring!

GLO Minerals Spring Makeup Tutorial Eyeshadow Inspiration

Glo Minerals Spring Glow Makeup Inspiration

To learn more about Glo Minerals and to see what they have to offer, visit their website and make sure to follow them on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. To find your nearest Glo Minerals retailer, call 1-800-232-0398.


This blog post is a collaboration with members of The Beauty Council. To check out their takes on Spring beauty with Glo Minearls, check out the hasthtags #‎getGLOing‬ and ‪#‎thebeautycouncil‬ on social media. Enjoy the glow!

Makeup Of The Day 102 With Stilazzi Eyeshadow

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I am having a lot of fun with the Stilazzi eyeshadow I told you about earlier today. For under $4, they sure are a great value and I’m looking forward to adding more to my makeup collection.

Makeup Inspiration With Stilazzi Eyeshadow

Keep reading for more photos and to find out what products I used for this look!

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Spilling The Beans On Stilazzi – The Best Eyeshadow You’ve Never Tried For Under $4

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In my life as a makeup lover and beauty blogger, there are those occasions when I come across makeup so spectacular I cannot wait to share it with the world. That’s the case with Stilazzi eyeshadow, a beauty brand you most likely haven’t heard of but need to have in your lives ASAP.

Stilazzi Eyeshadow Review

The name Stilazzi was unknown to me until I went to The Makeup Show LA recently. This is a brand that’s sold at Frends, a beauty store in the Los Angeles area that caters to makeup professionals. Stilazzi sells a variety of beauty tools and accessories, and has a line of eyeshadows and blushes that offer exceptional quality at bargain prices.

Stilazzi Eyeshadow Swatches

The Stilazzi pearl and matte shadows are sold as refills for the prices of $3.50 and $3, respectively. That is a bargain amongst bargains, especially considering you get this kind of color payoff with these shadows.

Stilazzi Eyeshadow Eyeshadow Inspiration

I’m through the roof excited about these shadows and cannot wait to snap up more. Stilazzi shadows are available through the Frends website, which offers a 10% discount if you sign up for their newsletter. If you are a makeup professional there’s also another discount you can apply for and use site-wide.

Stilazzi Eeyshadow Swatches and Review

The shadows I received to swatch are PS11, PS29, and MS39.  When I tell you that these are buttery smooth and intensely pigmented, I’m telling the truth. I’m extremely impressed.

Stilazzi Eyeshadow PS11

PS11 is a shimmery violet which is my favorite of the three. PS29 is a gold-toned shimmery melon, and MS39 is medium brown matte, which is a great color for the crease.

They come with peel-off metallic discs so you can put these shadows in a Z Palette or any other magnetic palette.


The downside of Stilazzi is that there aren’t many swatches of the brand available in the blogosphere and the images on the Frends website are give you a limited idea of what you’re getting. I plan to accumulate more of these colors in the future so hopefully my upcoming swatches will remedy the situation!

My Final Thoughts: I’m really hoping there’s an upcoming Stilazzi revolution, whereby these shadows received the fame and notoriety they deserve. They’re a bargain beauty best and well-worth checking out, despite the limited swatches that are available online.

Rating: A+

Price: $3 for the pearl shadows, $3.50 for the matte. These are available as pans, and have to be placed in magnetic containers like the Z Palette.

Availability: www.frendsbeauty.com

Cruelty-free? Ues


My Instagram Life, 4-11-15

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Here’s a look behind the scenes of Painted Ladies and my life as seen on Instagram.

I was really surprised by how much I like these Borghese lipsticks – they’re lovely! Swatches galore of these lovely colors.

Borghese Lipstick Review

For Spring break Andre and I hit the beach, and these sunscreens from Solscents came with us – I really love them! The scents are fantastic.


Bioderma Sensibio H2O Micelle Solution is my new favorite makeup remover. It’s that good!

Bioderma Micellar  Water

Day 100 of Makeup Of The Day!

Sugarpill Countess

These gorgeous colors win for best nail polish packaging I’ve ever seen. My full review is coming soon!

Lauren B Nail Polish

A look at these cool Pacifica face and body wipes. Two lucky readers will win them!

Pacifica Giveaway

Trader Joe’s has some great finds in their beauty section and I’m really loving this brand new balm out on the shelves.

Trader Joe's Head To Toe Balm Review

This Stemology Cell Reboot Ageless Mask is a new skincare favorite – in fact, I need to use it now!

Stemology Review

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick in Countess is a gorgeous, long-wearing, luxury red lip color.

Kat Von D Studded Kiss Lipstick Countess

A look at the Paula’s Choice The Nude Mattes Eyeshadow Palette.

Paula's Choice The Nude Mattes

Beauty tip of the week! To perfect a dark lip color I use an angled brow brush to clean around the edges.

Real Techniques Metal Brushes Angled Brushes

It was luxury lipstick week on Painted Ladies, and Nars Audacious Lipstick in Brigitte is another gorgeous favorite.

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Brigitte

He’ll take one of everything!


Here’s to a blessed week!