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My Instagram Life, 9-21-14

By Sheila Arkee

A peek behind the scenes of Painted Ladies and my life, as seen through my Instagram account.

It was a week of roaring hot temperatures, frozen fruit bars were a necessity!

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Iced coffee on Monday morning = true love.

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While visiting a little accessories store in my local mall, I stumbled upon this neutral shadow palette by Max Makeup Cherimoya for just $3.99. It’s not bad! A full review will be up soon.

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As seen at Claire’s Boutique, the cutest press-on nails from Dylan’s Candy Bar.

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I taped a couple of videos this week, including showing you what I carry in my purse – it will be up in a few days!

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Smoky brown eyes and orange lips featured in a Makeup Of The Day this week.

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My son and I stumbled upon the cutest mobile mustard display by Maille, a gourmet mustard brand. Seriously, they get an A+ for presentation!

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This week I reviewed the Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara. The glittery background is a sheet of scrapbook paper from Michael’s – a great source of photo props!

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A throwback and your cuteness overload for the week. You’re welcome.

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I am obsessed with gel pens and selfies. After encountering another gel pen enthusiast, I had these Papermate pens high on my wish list!

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Blue Print Color Statement Nail Lacquer by Milani – such a gorgeous blue! I am getting better with cuticle clean up, but it is a continual challenge!

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Score!  I found the new Milani Costellation Gel Liners at the first CVS I visited. I bought the black, will definitely go back for the blue and green. These are super pretty!

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Weekend Beauty Reads from the Beauty Blog Coalition

 

 

It’s More Mint Nail Love With Beauty Without Cruelty Attitude Nail Color In Mermaid

Press Sample

By Sheila Arkee

It’s no secret that I’m a huge fan of mint green nail colors, and that is ever so heartily affirmed with the Beauty Without Cruelty Attitude Nail Color in Mermaid.

Beauty Without Cruelty Attitude Nail Color Mermaid

However, I’m wondering if these shades should more appropriately be called sea foam green instead of mint? Ah, well. Po-tay-to, po-tah-to. Let’s call these colors MINT and rock them!

Beauty Without Cruelty Attitude Nail Color Mermaid

Beauty Without Cruelty is a cruelty-free, gluten-free, paraben-free beauty brand that has managed to surprise the heck out of me. Truly, I have not expected a natural beauty brand to provide products that work so well. The excellent performance of the Beauty Without Cruelty Full Volume Mascara was a huge surprise, and I can say the same for the Beauty Without Cruelty Attitude Nail Color in Mermaid.

Beauty Without Cruelty Attitude Nail Color in Mermaid

It was love at first sight based on the fact that its mint green, but Mermaid proved it’s worth with it’s excellent quality. This cream color is easy to apply and at day 5 of wear time, it’s not chipped whatsoever.

Beauty Without Cruelty Attitude Nail Color Mermaid Review

The downside of this polish? At $16.95 it’s a bit pricey. Actually, it’s a lot pricey! If you’re looking for a pretty cruelty-free polish that performs, you’ll find it’s worth the cost.

My Final Thoughts: Chip-proof, quick dry, toluene, phthalate, and formaldehyde free, AND a gorgeous mint green, the Beauty Without Cruelty Attitude Nail Color is another favorite mint green I’m glad to add to my collection.

Rating: A

Price: $16.95

Availability: Your favorite natural foods retailers and beautywithoutcruelty.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

Get Rid Of Dark Spots, Sagging Skin, and Wrinkles With The Dr. Brandt Laser FX Series

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Lush, Defined Lashes Are A Guarantee With Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara

By Sheila Arkee

There are times in my makeup journey that I come across products that are utterly exceptional, and that is exactly how I would describe the Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara. Simply put, I’m wowed!

Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Mascara

And I’m not just wowed because Eddie is my makeup soulmate, I’m really impressed with the design and performance of this award-winning mascara. Before I get into the details, here’s a quick video where I describe this mascara in person.

 

The concept behind this mascara is what is so amazing.

Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Mascara Review Swatches

The wand is designed to be four completely different wands simply by clicking to four different levels with the FX Dial located on the base of the mascara wand. The wand starts out flat, and you twist the cap of the wand to create different levels as indicated by dots on the cap.

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Each of the wands creates a different effect from natural to dramatic, and they can be use on their own or layered together to add varying degrees of length and volume. Here’s a quick key to the different levels, per Eddie:

• = Subtly enhances the eyes by lengthening and separating the lashes

Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Mascara Level 1

•• = Gently amp’s up the eyes by bringing lashes closer together creating medium density

Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Mascara Level 2

••• = Super defining for uniform style while boosting lash density

Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Mascara Level 3

•••• = Amplifies volume and provides maxed out length

Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Mascara Level 4

For the most intense look, layer the different levels together and you will find yourself with some major lashes going on. I mean, major! In my experience, this mascara is easy to layer and does not yield crunchy lashes at all. Simply let each layer dry for a few seconds before proceeding on to the next level. The results are waterproof, smudge-proof, and all around fabulous. If this mascara can withstand the ridiculous humidity we experienced in Southern California recently, it’s gotta be something special.

Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Mascara Review

Removing the mascara might seem challenging, but it’s easy once you figure  it out. This is a tubing mascara so it’s not going to come off like any other you might use. What I do is wash my face with my cleansing oil or facial wash and then gently nudge the mascara off my lashes with my fingers. The mascara will come off in little tubes, which is fascinating to see!

My Final Thoughts: The Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash Mascara is something that needs to be experienced! If you love lush, voluminous, luxe lashes you’ll love the way this looks and performs.

Rating: A

Price: $12.99

Availability: EddieFunkhouser.com and Dermstore.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Makeup Of The Day 25: Smoky Brown Eyeshadow and Orange Lipstick

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

Cate McNabb Lipstick in Clementine NYX The Natural Palette Brown Smoky Eye

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nyx the natural eyeshadow palette

Face

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray

Pur Minerals CC Cream in Tan

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Glow

Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup

Physicians Formula Airbrush Blush in Rose

MAC Harmony Blush

Benefit Watts Up Highlighter

Eyes

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Inner Lid/Crease/Outer Lid/Browbone: NYX The Natural Eyeshadow Palette

Liner (upper lid): Mary Kay Black Gel Liner

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: Milani Total Cover

Lips

Milani Anti-Feathering Lip Liner

Cate McNabb Lipstick in Clementine

The Cate McNabb Lipstick in Clementine Is A Moisture and Color Packed Delight

Press Sample

By Sheila Arkee

Lipstick is always in style, and it’s never better when you come across a brand that offers colorful, bright, highly pigmented lip products, such as Cate McNabb. I recently received the Cate McNabb lipstick in Clementine,and I’ve officially fallen into lipstick love.

Cate McNabb Clementine Lipstick

Clementine is a rich, gorgeous orange with micro-shimmer. If this isn’t a statement lipstick, I don’t know what is!

Cate McNabb Lipstick Clementine

Plus, this lipstick will last on your lips for hours … what this lipstick offers is serious staying power without drying out your lips at all.

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The ingredients that make this lip magic happen include shea butter, jojoba oil, olive oil, and jojoba oil.

Cate McNabb Lipstick in Clementine

While I do tend to get stuck wearing fuchsia lipsticks, I do love wearing bold orange shades, especially in the Fall. As I demonstrated a while back, orange lip colors are best worn with a lighter eye, but you can also wear orange with a smoky, chocolate eye.

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My Final Thoughts: A newbie to this Leaping Bunny certified mineral makeup brand, I can confidently say I’m completely impressed with the high pigmentation and rich moisture offered by the Cate McNabb lipstick in Clementine. You’ll have bold lips for days with this lipstick that packs a punch and offers a long wear time.

Rating: A

Price: $16

Availability: Catemcnabbcosmetics.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Makeup Of The Day 24 With Sugarpill Absinthe & Makeup Geek Kryptonite

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

Even though it does not feel like Fall, I’m feeling a draw toward rich, Fall-inspired colors. Here’s an easy, smoky look with two of my favorite greens.

Makeup Geek Kryptonite Sugarpill Absinthe  J. Cat Beauty Much Mucher FOTD

Makeup Geek Kryptonite Sugarpill Absinthe  J. Cat Beauty Much Mucher MOTD

Makeup Geek Kryptonite Sugarpill Absinthe EOTD

Makeup Geek Kryptonite Sugarpill Absinthe  Eyeshadow

Face

Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray

Pur Minerals CC Cream in Tan

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Glow

Pur Minerals 4-in-1 Pressed Mineral Makeup

Physicians Formula Airbrush Blush in Rose

MAC Harmony Blush

Benefit Watts Up Highlighter

Eyes

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Inner Lid: Sugarpill Absinthe

Lid: Makeup Geek Kryptonite

Browbone: MAC Vanilla Eyeshadow

Liner (upper lid): Hourglass 1.5 Mechanical Gel Pencil

Liner (lower lid): NYX Glitzy Gold

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: L’Oreal Miss Manga

Lips

MAC Stone Lip Pencil

J. Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint in Much Mucher

The Rainbow Honey Mystery Bag For September 2014 Is A Worthy Treat

I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

When you’re in need of a cheap and fun beauty treat, you are guaranteed to find it in the Rainbow Honey Mystery Bag. For a mere $10  you receive a colorful and scented array of nail and skin care items that are just plain delightful.

Rainbow Honey Mystery Bag September 2014

While the Rainbow Honey Mystery Bag is a monthly subscription service, you can purchase it a la carte throughout the month at your own convenience. The bags contain sample sized sneak peeks of upcoming nail lacquers and bath and body products.  Besides the $10 option I purchased, there is also a larger bag available for $25.

Rainbow Honey Mystery Bag September 2014

I skipped August but was totally drawn in to the September bag based on swatches of the polishes I’ve seen on other beauty blogs. The September edition of the Rainbow Honey Mystery Bag includes:

- 3 glitter nail lacquers in Salacia (a sea green), Sugarberries (a rich red), and Asteroid B (a deep blue). Here they are swatched both alone and also on top of a coordinating cream nail color.

Rainbow Honey Mystery Bag September 2014 Swatches

- Pomme Rouge Body Balm, sampled in a lip balm tube

- Pomme Rouge Body Lotion

- Pomme Rouge Hand Soap

The Pomme Rouge fragrance is a mix of apples and berries, and a nice scent for Fall. The Sugarberries nail lacquer is what pushed me to purchase the September bag, because it is pretty much the most adorable red glitter polish I’ve ever laid eyes on.

Rainbow Honey Mystery Bag September 2014 Sugarberries Swatches

My Final Thoughts: All in all, the Rainbow Honey Mystery Bag is a fantastic deal and a nice little way to treat yourself. Shipping is extremely fast and I will enjoy and make use of all items in this bag.

Rating: A+

Price: $10 (shipping is extra)

Availability: You can purchase this item at www.rainbowhoney.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? No

Gluten-free? Yes

Big 3 Free? Yes

The Bonnie Marcus Nail Design Kit Is A Must For Nail Art Lovers

Press Sample

By Sheila Arkee

My first thought upon seeing the Bonnie Marcus Nail Design Kit is that it is possibly the most adorable nail art kit I have ever laid my eyes on.

Bonnie Marcus Nail Design Kit

It’s no secret that nail art is a huge thing in the beauty world. It’s fun, something you can easily practice and improve over time, and it helps to have an easy-to-follow guide to help you recreate fun designs, which is what makes the Bonnie Marcus Nail Design Kit so great.

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This adorable kit comes with 48 nail wraps, a nail file, and a handy (pun intended) step-by-step nail design book that makes it easy to create 17 nail art looks.

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There are so many amazing beauty tools targeted to young women today that would have helped to avoid so many beauty no no’s when I was a young beauty lover. But then again, going through those beauty blunders – including a major fail attempting to glue a tea bag on my nails with Super Glue – molded me into the beauty blogger I am today. And I’m sticking with my story!

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What I love about this kit is that it makes nail art easy and accessible. Priced at $12.99, it’s extremely affordable and gift-able. It’s definitely a must for anyone starting their nail journey, and honestly, appealing to all age ranges.

Bonnie Marcus Nail Design Kit Collage

For one lucky reader I have a Bonnie Marcus Nail Design Kit to giveaway! This is an awesome prize and to enter simply use the Rafflecopter widget and leave a comment letting  me know what your current favorite nail polish. This contest runs through 10/3/2014 at 12:00 AM EST and is open internationally. So, enter away!

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My Final Thoughts: Affordable and adorable, the Bonnie Marcus Nail Design Kit is must for any young beauty lover, but appealing to nail art fans of all ages. With an excellent price point, you’ll want to stock up and gift these kits en masse!

Rating: A

Price: $12.99

Availability: Online at Amazon.com and Parragon Books