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Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation Is My New Quick Fix For Flawless Skin

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When it comes to beauty finds that truly impress me, I want to shout their wonders to the world ASAP. That’s exactly the case with Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation. Hello, amazing foundation!

Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation Review

We’ve all used cakey powder foundation products that leave our skin looking less than ideal. Having experienced my share (and then some) of those kinds of foundations, I have to say it feels quite amazing to find one that works as well as this highly touted variety from Cover FX.

Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation in G50

Not only does Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation helps my skin look like skin, it contains kaolin to absorb oil and is build-able. For more coverage, use the sponge included with the foundation, and for lighter coverage, use a powder or kabuki brush. As with all Cover FX products, this powder foundation is free from gluten, mineral oil, fragrance, parabens and talc.

Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation comes in 24 shades to accommodate a wide variety of skin tones. The shade I chose is G50, which is a step down from the G60 I was wearing the Natural Finish Oil-Free Foundation. If you need help navigating the Cover FX shade system, they have an online makeup shade finder which comes in handy!

Swatches of Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation in G50

When I pair the powder with the soon-to-be-released Cover FX Illuminating Primer, the results are fantastic.

Cover FX Illuminating Primer FOTD

My Final Thoughts: Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation is a winner! I love the buildable, oil-free coverage that makes my skin looks great and photographs so beautifully.

Rating: A

Price: $36

Availability: Coverfx.com, Sephora

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

Makeup Of The Day 62 With ColourPop Super Shock Shadow In So Quiche

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ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in So Quiche has definitely earned a way into my eyeshadow loving heart! It’s a gorgeous color and works well paired with bold lip colors, which in this case is ColourPop Lippie Stix in Yasmin.

Makeup Using ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in So Quiche

MOTD ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in So Quiche

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in So Quiche Eyeshadow Design

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in So Quiche EOTD

Face

Cover FX Illuminating Primer

Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation in G50

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

Cover FX Cream Concealer in G Medium-Deep

Smashbox Halo in Light

Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Delicate

MAC Harmony Blush

Eyes

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Lid: ColourPop So Quiche

Outer Corner: MAC Bark

Browbone: MAC Vanila

Liner (upper lid): Jesse’s Girl Liquid Liner

Liner (lower lid): Urban Decay Smog

Brows: Paula Dorf 2 + 1 For Brows in Brunette

Mascara: L’Oreal Miss Manga

Lips

Milani Anti-Feathering Lip Liner

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Yasmin

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow In So Quiche – Let’s Take Closer Look At This Must Have Shadow

I Bought It

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in So Quiche has stolen my heart.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow So Quiche

Maybe not literally, but once you take a closer look at this unique eyeshadow, you’ll know what I’m talking about.Looks pretty standard, right? Just your typical, run-of-the-mill olive/khaki shadow, verging on the edge of taupe. Totally normal!

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in So Quiche

And here’s what happens when you swipe the shadow. Amazement!

Swatch Of ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in So Quiche

The simple little khaki shadow turned into unique, multi-colored shimmery goodness with specks of pink and gold glitter. When seen in person, it’s pretty spectacular. I think everyone needs this color, which you apply with the pads of your fingers for the ideal amount of color payoff. I will admit not liking the concept of applying the shadow with my fingers at first, but I keep makeup remover wipes on hand and it’s no biggie.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in So Quiche Eyeshadow Design

I have several more ColourPop Super Shock Shadows and Lippie Stix to review and I was debating whether or not to post them all together, or separately. The colors are so great they deserve their own individual posts, so stay tuned for more ColourPop goodness.

My Final Thoughts: ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in So Quiche is so great! You need it! At $5 it’s a must have. Make sure you keep your jars of ColourPop Super Shock Shadow tightly closed to keep them in tip top shape.

Rating: A+

Price: $5

Availability: colourpop.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

The Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lip Set Is A Great Last Minute Gift Idea

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When I recently received a Sephora gift card and the instructions to go pamper myself, I did that very thing with the purchase of the Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lip collection.

Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lip

If you’re looking for a great gift to give (or keep for yourself!) I think this is one of the best ideas out there. I’ve purchased a similar kit from Sephora in the past and love the idea of sampling some products I’m interested in trying.

Review of Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lip

This sweet lip set contains a mix of high end light pink lipstick, glosses, tints, and lacquers in deluxe sample sizes, save for one which is full-sized. The deluxe sample sizes are quite generous, so to  me this feels like quite a deal. I don’t agree with putting full-size values on sample sizes, so I won’t agree with Sephora that the set is a $90 value, but it really is a great buy overall.

Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lip Contents

I have to say I love every lip color that’s included in this fab set, which are:

Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lip Swatches

- Full-size Smashbox Be Legendary Gloss in Pout (full-size)
- Bite High Pigment Lip Pencil in Meritage (deluxe sample)
- Marc Jacobs Lust for Lacquer in Kissability (deluxe sample)
- Buxom Full On Lip Cream in White Russian (deluxe sample)
- Nars Orgasm Lip Gloss (deluxe sample)
- Urban Decay Naked Revolution Lipstick (deluxe sample)

My Final Thoughts: I’ve always wanted to try Bite and Marc Jacobs, and I’m thrilled that I’m able to do so along with other pretty lip colors I will definitely use. The Sephora Favorites Give Me Some Lip set is a winner and a fabulous gift idea.

Rating: A+

Availability: Sephora (online and in stores)

Makeup Of The Day 61 With The Ipsy Thinking Of You Glam Bag

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I have to say I really liked the contents of my Ipsy Thinking Of You Glam Bag this month and I’ll be using everything I received. Here’s a makeup of the day using the products in my Ipsy bag.

Ipsy Thinking Of You Glam Bag December 2014 FOTD

FOTD Ipsy Thinking Of You Glam Bag December 2014

Colour Pop So Quiche EOTD

Face

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 in Light

Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Delicate

MAC Harmony Blush

Painted Earth Highlighter in Seychelles

Eyes

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Inner Lid: Pixi Fairy Dust in Brightening Bare

Lid: ColourPop So Quiche

Outer Corner: MAC Nocturnelle and MAC Carbon

Browbone: MAC Vanila

Liner (upper lid): Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl in Sparkling Black

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

Brows: Paula Dorf 2 + 1 For Brows in Brunette

Mascara: Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes

Lips

Milani Anti-Feathering Lip Liner

NYX Butter Balm in Red Velvet

So, What Did I Think About My Ipsy Thinking Of You Glam Bag For December 2014

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It’s that time of the month when subscriptions boxes start rolling in, and what a glorious time it is when we receive surprise beauty goodies galore. The Ipsy Thinking Of You Glam Bag for December 2014 just arrived and, of course, I immediately tore it open to peek at the makeup and skin care products within.

Ipsy Thinking Of You Glam Bag December 2014

Actually, the goodies weren’t quite a surprise. Ipsy gives you a sneak peak before your subscription arrives, but it’s still a thrill to see the loot up close and in person.

Contents of Ipsy Thinking Of You Glam Bag December 2014

After being disappointed in Ipsy for a few months because of meh products (that Bombshell mascara tho!) and mostly sample sizes, there has definitely been an improvement, which started with November’s Girl Meets Glitter Glam Bag.

Ipsy Thinking Of You Glam Bag December 2014  Satin Makeup Bag

I’m glad I didn’t cancel because my $10 investment went quite a ways this month. I received:

- A sweet satin bag with a heart shaped Ipsy pull you can use as a keychain.

Ipsy Thinking Of You Glam Bag December 2014 Keychain

- Beauty Without Cruelty A.H.A. 3% Facial Cleanser (sample).

- NYX Cosmetics Butter Lip Balm in Red Velvet (full size, $3.99)

Ipsy Thinking Of You Glam Bag December 2014 Swatches

- Pixi By Petra Fairy Dust in Brightening Bare (full size, $10). Very light but a pretty shimmer for the inner eye.

Ipsy Thinking Of You Glam Bag December 2014 Pixi Fairy Dust

- Swissco Electoplated Eyelash Curler (full size, $5)

- Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes Mascara (deluxe sample size)

In all, the full sized items outweighed the sample sizes and their total value ($19) outweighed the $10 subscription price. These are also products I’m interested in using, so in all, I can’t complain.

Combined, these products helped make this pretty makeup happen. I have owned the Tarte mascara in the past and loved it, so it was nice to get in this month.

FOTD Ipsy Thinking Of You Glam Bag December 2014

My Final Thoughts: For a $10 subscription fee, Ipsy offers a fun grab bag of beauty products. I’m pleased with December’s  Ipsy Thinking Of You glam bag and will get use out of everything I received. All in all, a great deal!

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

Rating: A

Price: $10 per month (includes shipping)

Value of Full Sized Items: $19

 

My Instagram Life, 12/14/14

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

My current favorite mascaras. Miss Manga is hard to beat!

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Real Purity makes some beautiful beauty products, including this va-va-voom red lipstick!

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Need to take your makeup from day to night? Here’s an easy guideline.

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A soft, smoky, blended eye never disappoints.

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No matter how old I get, I still want all the Sanrio.

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Orly Mirrorball is my new favorite holo. This picture does not do it justice!

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One of my newest favorite foundations. It’s alreay on “holy grail” status!

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If you’d like me to share your beauty photos, tag them #paintedladiesbeauty on Instagram.

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Just say yes to this gorgeous eyeshadow!

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Part of our Christmas pics. :)

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I love this simple and easy blue eye makeup.

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My ultimate #tbt – my 90′s Glamour Shots! LOL

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This primer = true love!

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Here’s to a blessed week!

Urban Decay, Holiday Makeup Tips, Marsala, Nail Polish & More On The Beauty Blog Coalition

Here’s what the members of the Beauty Blog Coalition have been up to this week.

 

Soothe and Smooth Your Skin With Teadora Rainforest At Dawn Nourishing Body Polish

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If you’re looking to soothe and smooth your skin, look no further than the Teadora Rainforest At Dawn Nourishing Body Polish.

Teadora Rainforest At Dawn Nourishing Body Polish

I don’t know about you, but I love exfoliation. Really, there’s nothing greater than sloughing off the old epidermis with a scrub to reveal a soft layer of skin underneath.  When the scrub also involves an incredible olfactory experience ? It’s an all-around good thing.

Review of Teadora Rainforest At Dawn Nourishing Body Polish

You see, Teadora Rainforest At Dawn Nourishing Body Polish has an unmistakeably earthy and woody scent. As in, you’ll think your bathroom is a room you’ve booked at a spa in some far off location, which really isn’t a bad thing.  The scrub itself is gentle and you’ll find that a little bit goes a long way.

Swatches of Teadora Rainforest At Dawn Nourishing Body Polish

It’s so gentle you might not feel like any exfoliation is going on, but rest assured your skin will feel buttery smooth after all is said and done. To apply, I place a little bit of the scrub in a washcloth and run it over my arms and legs. Used right before I shave, it’s guaranteed smooth sailing and helps prevent ingrown hairs when used on a regular basis.

Teadora Rainforest At Dawn Nourishing Body Polish Review

This scrub is packed with good-for-you, vitamin and antioxidant-rich ingredients, including Coconut Water, Aloe Leaf Juice, Amazonian Clay, Buriti, Brazil Nut, Sweet Almond Oil, Pumice, Acai Seeds, and Rose Hip Seed Oil.

My Final Thoughts: If you’re looking for a gentle body scrub, I think you’ll like the way Rainforest At Dawn Nourishing Body Polish works. The cost Teadora products goes towards supporting the EARTH FOR YOU, YOU FOR EARTH movement which supports sustainable agriculture in Brazil and promotes youth education, leadership, and health.

Rating: B+

Price: $10 for 1.5 oz (the size featured in this review), $35 for 6 oz.

Availability: Teadorabeauty.com 

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

Makeup Of The Day 60 With Cover FX Illuminating Primer

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To say I’m impressed with the new Cover FX Illuminating Primer is an understatement – it’s fab! Here’s the look I featured in today’s review.

FOTD With Cover FX Illuminating Primer

Cover FX Illuminating Primer FOTD

Cover FX Illuminating Primer EOTD

EOTD Cover FX Illuminating Primer Review

Face

Cover FX Illuminating Primer

Cover FX Pressed Mineral Foundation in G50

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

Cover FX Cream Concealer in G Medium-Deep

IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette

Eyes

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Lid: Milani Bella Bronze

Crease: MAC Copperplate

Outer Corner: MAC Print

Browbone: MAC Vanila

Liner (upper lid): Jesse’s Girl Liquid Liner in Black

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

Brows: Paula Dorf 2 + 1 For Brows in Brunette

Mascara: Make Up For Ever Smoky Extravagant

Lips

MAC Oak Lip Pencil

Urban Decay Naked Lipstick

Smashbox Be Legenday Gloss in Pout