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My Instagram Life, 2-1-2015

Here’s a look at the past week on Painted Ladies, as seen via Instagram.

It was a lipstick swatching kind of Sunday.

Painted Ladies Blog

Last Monday started off with a look at the BFTE Cosmetics Valentines Day Collection 2015. Sweet!

BFTE Valentine Collection

An ode to my assistant. Note: he just demanded a raise!

Painted Ladies Blog My Assistant

Salon Perfect Bellini is my very favorite peach nail color.

Salon Perfect Bellini

A look at December’s Boxycharm - I was really impressed!

Boxycharm December 2014

At $2.50 a pop, the new Jordana Modern Matte lipsticks are must haves.

Jordana Modern Matte Lipstick Review

A little Valentine nail inspiration for you.

Valentine Nail Polish

A look at some lovely perfume and mascara from Pacifica and a worldwide giveaway!

Pacifica Beauty Giveaway

A #tbt to when my now grown up assistant was knee-high to a grasshopper.

Painted Ladies Sheila

Some makeup inspiration for Seahawks fans.

Seattle Seahawks Eyeshadow

10 must have apps for Instagram.

10 Apps For Instagram

In lieu of the news that the Lip Smacker brand has been sold from Bonne Bell to Markwins (aka, Wet n Wild), I rand out to search for my favorite YLBB (your lips but better), Red Raspberry.

Bonne Bell Red Rasberry Lip Smacker

I love the adorable Princess Jasmine collection by elf Cosmetics, even though I missed out on the eyeshadow palettes.

Disney Princess Jasmine and elf Cosmetics

Here’s to a blessed week!

Phyto-C, Valentines Nail Art, BFTE Cosmetics, Tom Ford and More

Here’s a look at what the members of the Beauty Blog Coalition were talking about this week!

 

Makeup Of The Day 75 With BFTE Cosmetics Marcella

Press SampleI Bought It

BFTE Cosmetics Marcella is a variation of Marsala, Pantone’s Color of 2015. This russet shadow is quite lovely and will be getting lots of play in upcoming eyeshadow looks!

BFTE Cosmetics Marcella Makeup Inspiration

Makeup Inspiration With BFTE Marcella

BFTE Cosmetics Marcella Eyeshadow Inspiration

Face

Cover FX Illuminating Primer

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

Cover FX Cream Concealer in G Medium-Deep

Luminess Airbrush Foundation Shade 3

Cover FX Blotting Powder in Medium

BFTE Cosmetics Winter Mauve

Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Kit

Eyes

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Lid: BFTE Cosmetics Marcella

Crease: MAC Shag

Outer Corner: MAC Sketch

Lower Lid: BFTE XXOO

Browbone:BFTE Heart Of Glass

Liner: Smashbox Always Sharp Liner in Stormy

Brows: Paula Dorf 2 + 1 For Brows in Brunette

Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous Intenza

Lips

Milani Nude Lip Liner

NYX Cosmetics Butter Gloss in Peaches & Cream

You Say Marsala, I Say BFTE Cosmetics Marcella Eyeshadow

Press Sample

If you’re in search of the perfect marsala colored eyeshadow to complete your makeup collection, look no further than BFTE Cosmetics Marcella.

BFTE Cosmetics Marcella

Once a year, Pantone – the organization behind the Pantone Matching System –  releases their recommendation for the color of the year and for 2015 they decided on marsala, an earthy wine red. Marsala is taking the beauty industry by storm, and rightfully so – it’s a color that looks beautiful on a wide variety of skin tones.

BFTE Cosmetics Marcella Review

Kimberly, the owner of BFTE Cosmetics, named Marcella in honor of her beloved grandmother. What a sweet tribute! Marcella is a lighter shade of marsala that is versatile and can be used on lips, eyes, and mixed in with clear nail polish.

BFTE Cosmetics Marcella Swatch

As described by Kimberly, Marcella has “…a light russet base with a gold shimmer and magenta micro-glitter to cool it down just a bit.”

BFTE Cosmetics Marcella Makeup Inspiration

Gorgeous, no?

BFTE Cosmetics Marcella Eyeshadow Inspiration

My Final Thoughts: BFTE Cosmetics brings it once again with Marcella, a version of Pantone’s Marsala.  I’m really into this gorgeous variation of red and will have a fun time incorporating Marcella into upcoming eyeshadow looks.

Rating: A

Price: Full size, $6.50; Sample jar, $2; Baggy sample, $1

Availability: www.bftecosmetics.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

Vegan? Yes

10 Must Have Smartphone Apps For Beauty Bloggers On Instagram

There’s no doubt that Instagram has changed things in a big way for the online beauty community. It’s a major source of inspiration for me and so many others, and it’s amazing to see so many makeup artists sharing their talents on this form of social media. I also love sharing photos, and over the past couple of years have discovered 10 must have smartphone apps for beauty bloggers on Instagram.

10 Must Have Smartphone Apps For Beauty Bloggers On Instagram

These apps are a mix of free and paid, none of which cost more than $3. They’re all intuitive and easy to use, and are some of my favorite tools for creating engaging visual presentations that will help you score tons of likes and followers.

1. VSCO Cam (Free, Android, iPhone)

VSCO Cam

For gorgeous filtered photos, VSCO Cam makes for photos you’d think were edited on a computer. This is one of my favorite apps for creating high quality images.

VSCO

2. A Beautiful Mess ($0.99, Android, iPhone)

A Beautiful Mess App

I really admire the sisters behind the A Beautiful Mess blog. They are innovators! This app makes it easy to edit photos, add cute text and graphics, as well as filters and collages. It’s definitely worth paying a buck for!

A Beautiful Mess

3. Sephora/Ulta/CVS (Free, Android, iPhone)

Sephora App

As a beauty consumer and blogger, it’s important to keep up on my purchases and take advantage of any sales, coupons, or loyalty points I’ve accrued over time. It’s so convenient to have access on my phone – these are definitely essential apps!

4. Mirror Camera (Free, Android, iPhone)

Mirror Camera App

It took me a while to figure out what people on Instagram were using to create mirror image photos. This one is so easy to use and I’m having a lot of fun with it.

Mirror

5. Insta Pic Frame (Free, Android, iPhone)

Pic Collage

Another great app for creating collages, I really like variety of layouts available with this particular app.

6. Repost (Free, Android, iPhone)

Repost App

This is the app I use to repost photos on Instagram. It’s easy and it gives credit back to the original poster.

7. Vid Pic Collage (Free, Android, iPhone)

Insta Pic Frame

This is the app that blows the mind of my 80’s child self. Who knew this kind of technology would have even been possible back in the days when social media consisted of rotary phones and fax machines? It’s so much fun to add a video clip to your photo collages.

8. More Beaute 2 (Free, iPhone)

morebeaute2 app

More Beaute 2 will smooth your skin in a way that is slighty creepy, and yet completely addictive. You can change up the brightness, tone, and saturation so you don’t look overly airbrushed.

MoreBeaute2

9. Camera + ($2.99, iPhone)

camera+ app

This offers advanced photo editing and is a lot of fun to play with. It’s the most expensive app on my list and definitely worth the price tag.

10. Photo Shop Express (Free, Android, iPhone)

Photoshop Express App

This is SUCH a handy app to have, and I think it’s a must. Besides cropping and filters, you can also fix blemishes and any spots that you might have in photos with the bandage tool, which is a lifesaver when you’re on the go.

What are some of your favorite Instagram apps?

Makeup Of The Day 74 With Seattle Seahawks Inspired Eye Makeup

Press SampleI Bought It

Superbowl Sunday is coming up this weekend, and the only thing I know about it is … not much! Ha ha! I’m not much of a sports kind of gal, but I do know the Seattle Seahawks are playing because the eye makeup design I created last year is popping up all over Pinterest! In honor of the big day, I thought I do another take with a new Seattle Seahawks inspired eye makeup design. Enjoy!

Seattle Seahawks Eyeshadow

Seattle Seahawks Eye Makeup Design
Seattle Seahawks Eye Makeup

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Inner Lid: Sugarpill Absinthe

Outer Corner: Smashbox Cream Shadow in Sapphire and Milani Cobalt

Browbone: MAC Vanilla

Liner: Smashbox Always Sharp in Stormy

Brows: Paula Dorf 2 + 1 For Brows in Brunette

Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza

Sweet Smelling Treats, Lush Lashes, & A Fun Giveaway From Pacifica

Press Sample

A package recently arrived at my doorstop that was filled with the most unbelievably gorgeous gift box from Pacifica, a beauty company that offers makeup, body, skincare, fragrance and home products that are 100% vegan and cruelty-free.

Pacifica Gift Box

Is this gift box beautiful, or what?

Pacifica Beauty

Inside this package was several lovely goodies – some for me, and some for you! Well, for two lucky readers, but I’ll get to that in just a bit.  The folks at Pacifica were so kind to send over three of their signature Roll-On Perfumes, along with two shades of the Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara.

Pacifica Roll-On Perfume

In my experience, I’ve never been disappointed with Pacifica beauty products. I’ve just recently become acquainted with their makeup line, and have long loved the Pacifica Roll-On Perfumes ($12 ). The three Roll-On Perfumes I received are Hawaiian Ruby Guava, Tuscan Blood Orange, and Tahitian Gardenia.

Pacifica Roll-On Perfumes

What I really love about these chemical-free perfumes is that they are perfectly portable and they are all long-wearing. As a lover of citrus sents, I’m drawn to Tuscan Blood Orange, which has a bright, fresh base. Hawaiian Ruby Guava is filled with citrus and coconut, and Tahitian Gardenia is a delicious classic gardenia scent with vanilla notes.

Pacifica Roll-On Perfume Review

Now let’s talk mascara and about how I had sincere doubts about the Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara ($14).

Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara

The shades I received are Supernova, which is black, and Stardust, which is brown.

Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara Review

My doubts were unfounded and was really impressed with the volume and length I achieved with this mascara. I do need to work the wand a bit, but the mascara is buildable and I end up with lush lashes that do not flake and last the entire day. Impressive!

Swatches of Pacifica Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara

And now for the exciting contest details!

Two winners will receive 3 Pacifica Roll-On Perfumes in the scents Hawaiian Ruby Guava, Tuscan Blood Orange, and Tahitian Gardenia. Winners will also receive Stellar Gaze Length & Strength Mineral Mascara in shades Supernova and Stardust.

To enter this contest, please leave a comment below and fill out the Gleam widget. There are a total of five ways to win, leaving a blog comment is mandatory. This contest is open internationally and ends 2/12/15 at 12 pm, PST.

Pacifica

Good luck!

My Final Thoughts: Pacifica is a beauty company whose core is built on compassion. Their beauty products are 100% vegan, cruelty-free, gluten-free, and carefully made in the USA.If you’re looking for a great Valentine’s Day gift, or just to pamper yourself, Pacifica offers some wonderfully indulgent beauty products.

Rating: A

Price: Roll-On Perfume, $12; Mascara, $14.

Availability: www.pacificabeauty.com, Target, and Ulta

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

Beauty Deal Time! Catch Tarina Tarantino Beauty On Hautelook

There are no deals I love more than great beauty buys, so it’s always a thrill to let you know when Tarina Tarantino Beauty is on Hautelook.

tarina tarantino beauty hautelook

The Tarina Tarantino Beauty line is one of my all-time favorites – from the gorgeous and intricate packaging to the top notch quality of the makeup, it’s definitely a makeup line worth checking out.

Starting today, you can get up to 45% off of Tarina Tarantino Beauty products on Hautelook. There are some amazingly priced sets, such as the Spring Florals Eyeshadow Set, which is going for $22 and is valued at $95. !!!!

I’m really impressed with the prices and quality. One of my favorites is the Conditioning Lip Sheen in Showroom-  I am flooded with compliments when I wear it. It’s good stuff!

Enjoy!

The New Jordana Modern Matte Lipsticks Deserve Three Cheers

I Bought It

Makeup lovers, rejoice – it’s a new day and age in the world of lipsticks, and especially for budget friendly lipsticks that cost $5 and under. I recently picked up a couple of the new Jordana Modern Matte Lipsticks and I am completely wowed by their greatness.

Jordana Modern Matte Lipstick

I’m often surprised when I find new budget-friendly items locally. It’s often a wild goose chase to find the hottest new thing by my favorite low priced brands, but to my surprise I found a display of the new Modern Matte lipsticks at my local Walgreens. Costing a mere $2.49, I brought home Matte Caliente and Matte Blush. The tubes are safety sealed, which is a huge plus as far as I’m concerned.

Swatches Jordana Modern Matte Lipstick Matte Blush Matte Caliente

Matte Caliente really is it’s name. My lips are en fuego!

Jordana Modern Matte Lipstick Matte Caliente Review

I’m really loving this gorgeous red-orange and think it’s a must have for any red lipstick lovers.

Jordana Modern Matte Lipstick Matte Caliente Swatch

Matte Blush is a sweet light shade.

Jordana Modern Matte Lipstick Matte Blush Review

It’s really pretty for light makeup days, as well as to compliment a smoky eye.

Jordana Modern Matte Lipstick Swatch Matte Blush

Let me rave about the texture of these gorgeous lipsticks. These aren’t the dry mattes from years past. No, these are much easier to apply, and won’t dry out your lips at all. To boot, these lippies are definitely long-wearing and I found I can get about 4-5 hours of wear time without them pilling or peeling at all.

In comparison to the ColourPop Matte Lippie Stix ($5), I’d say these are a tad bit less opaque and more on the matte side. I find the Jordana Modern Matte Lipsticks to be more moisturizing than the Wet and Wild Mega Matte Lipsticks ($2). Neither are drying, in my experience.

Jordana, you’ve done good. I’m heading back to Walgreens to stock up on a few more of the twelve available shades, and keeping an eye out for the new Jordana concealers which I’ve read really great things about.

My Final Thoughts: The Jordana Modern Matte Lipsticks are a beauty bargain win. Costing just $2.50, these opaque, non-drying, long-wearing lippies are

Rating: A+

Price: $2.49

Availability: Walgreens, Jordanacosmetics.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

 

Have You Heard About Boxycharm? It’s An Awesome Subscription Makeup Service

Press Sample

Boxycharm has managed to impress me in a big way. I recently received the December installment of Boxycharm and have to say I was completely won over by the value of this monthly makeup subscription service.

Boxycharm December 2014

This little white box? Full of makeup goodness for the reasonable rate of $21 a month which you are able to cancel at any time. Everyone receives the same products in their monthly Boxycharm shipment.

Boxycharm Review

The contents of the December Boxycharm included 4 full-sized makeup products and one trial sized item. Every month you can expect at least 4 full-sized beauty items, which is a better value than Ipsy. At $10 a month, you are not guaranteed 4 full-sized makeup items.

Review of Boxycharm December 2014

The theme for the December Boxycharm was Jingle Bells. With festive false lashes, shimmery eyeshadow, berry glossy lip color, easy-to-transport hair spray, and a retractable makeup brush to keep in a clutch, these items are the ingredients for a fun night out.

Boxycharm Insert December 2014

I was really impressed with the content of the Boxycharm box I received, especially the Lina Lashes Luxury Mink Lashes. They’re $30 and I know I’ll have a lot of fun with these frilly falsies.

Lina Lashes Luxury Mink Lashes

I received the Be A Bombshell Lip Crayon in Shameless.

Be A Bombshell Lip Pencil

Every makeup user needs a retractable brush to carry with them. It’s a makeup saver! The  Mistura Beauty Solutions Retractable Beauty Brush ($20) is made of super soft synthetic bristles.

Mistura Beauty Solutions Retractable Beauty Brush

The winner of the December Boxycharm is the Coastal Scents Revealed palette which is comparable to the Urban Decay Naked 1 and 2 palettes. The texture and pigmentation of these shadows is great and you get 20 colors, so it’s an all-around great deal.

Coastal Scents Revealed Palette

The only sample sized item was a hairspray by Eva NYC Hair Products, which I always love to receive. Mini cans of hair spray come in handy!

My Final Thoughts: From what I’ve seen of past reviews of Boxycharm, their shipments tend to be this generous. The value of the full sized items in this Boxycharm comes out to $104, which makes it a fantastic deal. I’ll use and enjoy all of these products – it’s a win!

Rating: A

Price: $21

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