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You Gotta Try The Etude House My Beauty Tool Secret Brush 121 Skin

I Bought It

Etude House My Beauty Tool Secret Brush 121 Skin is pretty much the coolest makeup brush I have ever used.

Etude House My Beauty Tool Secret Brush 121 Skin Review

These kinds of brushes aren’t new, but when I spotted this brush on Musings of a Muse (bloggers enabling bloggers is a real thing), I knew I had to get my hands on my very own.

Etude House My Beauty Tool Secret Brush 121 Skin

You can purchase this brush from Etude directly, or via eBay, where you’ll save a few bucks with free shipping. The brush I purchased was sent from South Korea and took a couple of weeks to arrive.

Review of Etude House My Beauty Tool Secret Brush 121 Skin

The Etude House My Beauty Tool Secret Brush 121 Skin has a plastic handle and interchangeable head. The handle feels a bit flimsy, like I’ll possibly snap it in half at some point. Because of the price, I don’t mind so much, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it happens at some point.

Etude House My Beauty Tool Secret Brush 121 Skin Interchangeable Heads


To apply foundation, you use the brush to spread foundation over your skin, and then finish by changing the brush to the sponge and tapping your face with the sponge. The brush is soft and densely packed.

Etude House My Beauty Tool Secret Brush 121 Skin Brush

I use the brush by applying foundation on selected areas of my face and then blending out, brushing in one direction.

Applying Foundation With The Etude House My Beauty Tool Secret Brush 121 Skin Brush

The brush is really easy to use and I’m really impressed by the finish it lends to my skin. It’s easy to wash the brush and sponge, just use a mild shampoo as you would with your other brushes and let them dry.

Etude House My Beauty Tool Secret Brush 121 Skin Sponge

To use the sponge, simply dab it over your skin after using the brush to make sure all of your foundation is blended well.

Applying Foundation With The Etude House My Beauty Tool Secret Brush 121 Skin Sponge

Once all is said and done, you’ll notice a difference, as well.

Etude House My Beauty Tool Secret Brush 121 Skin Finish

The foundation is well blended and looks oh, so smooth on my skin. This is from a post earlier this week, but it’s the pinnacle of hair and foundation happiness. After what seems like a super busy, rushed Summer, I am oh, so thankful for those kinds of days!

I Love Lulu Naturally Curly Hair Care Review www.painted-ladies.com
On a side note, I’ve been using the brand new Too Faced Born This Way foundation and I’m totally head over heels. It’s pretty amazing and I’ll have a full review soon!

My Final Thoughts: Etude House My Beauty Tool Secret Brush 121 Skin is definitely one of the coolest makeup brushes in my makeup arsenal. I’m really impressed with the price and the smooth finish it gives my foundation. I’m officially hooked on these types of brushes and really want to add more to my collection!

Etude House My Beauty Tool Secret Brush 121 Skin www.painted-ladies.com

Rating: A+

Price: $14 – $17

Availability: Etude House, eBay

Cute Nail Wraps From Make Me Nails

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When it comes to nail wraps, I am partial to the Garden Party design from Make Me Nails for three simple reasons.

Make Me Nails Garden Party Review

1. It’s super cute. Flowers! Chevrons! Adorable!

2. These wraps are easy to apply.

3. They are easy to remove.

The cuteness factor of this design is off the charts!

Make Me Nails Packaging

Packaging Make Me Nails

Make Me Nails are the creation of  television star and social media influencer G Hannelius and content creator Lauren Jones. The two have paired with Minx, the company that got the nail wrap party started several years ago. It was a great collaboration that created not only a line of pre-made nail wraps, but also cutomizeable nail wraps you can great with your own photos by downloading an app to your smart phone. Pretty smart idea!

Review Make Me Nails

There are 5 pre-made nail designs that arrive in a compact package with the nail wraps, a fine grit file, and alcohol wipes to prep your nails before application. You can use these nail wraps on your fingers and toes.

To apply the wraps, I make sure to get my scary cuticles out of the way before hand with a manicure. I then line my nails up with the wraps to size them and carefully remove. The rounded side is what you place closest to your cuticles.

Make Me Nails Application 2

Before removing and applying the wraps, you warm up the wrap between your hands or with a hair dryer. Simply place on your nails and remove and adjust as needed. Firmly press the wraps on your nails to get any air bubbles out. Bend the wrap around the edge of your nail and file the excess in a downward motion.

Make Me Nails Application

Make Me Nails Application 3

And that’s it! It’s so simple and convenient. Nail wraps are so easy and are a great way to get your need for nail art on without actually doing nail art.  To remove simply peel away when you’re done. I’m saving the extra nail wraps for a future project – I’ve seen ideas on how to use extra nail wraps on Pinterest.

Make Me Nails Garden Party

My only problem with nail wraps n general is that I have a hard time getting the edges to look and feel nice. I’ve gotten better over time, but I’m always feeling a raggedy edge somewhere. Practice makes perfect!

My Final Thoughts: For cute nail wraps that are easy to apply and remove and have cute patterns, check out Make Me Nails. Also, for completely custom nail wraps, download the Make Me Nails app!

Rating: B+

Price: $12

Availability: www.makemenails.com

Makeup Of The Day 144 With Makeup Geek Shimmermint

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I have to say, Makeup Geek Shimmermint just might be my favorite light green eyeshadow at the moment. It’s a beautiful mint with hints of gold. Just beautiful! Yesterday I claimed this lip color is NYX High Voltage Lipstick in Rock Star, but I looked back at my notes and it’s something completely different! Ha ha! I’m glad I take notes while I’m creating FOTDs. You’ll have to read on to find out what it actually is!

FOTD Makeup Of The Day With Makeup Geek Shimmermint MAC Mystery and MAC White Frost


For more photos and product details, please read on!

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How To Curate Gorgeous Coils With I Love Lulu All-Natural Hair Care

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When you curls bring an automatic smile to your face you know you’re on to something good. That’s what’s been happening since I’ve been using I Love Lulu all-natural hair care products.

I Love Lulu Curly Hair Products Review Painted Ladies

I Love Lulu hair care products come with the tagline “pure, rich, wholesome” and that they totally are. I’ve never used all-natural hair care and I have to say I’m impressed! I’m using the I Love Lulu Shampoo, Conditioner, and Shelly Jelly and the results are fabulous.

I Love Lulu Hair Care Review

So fabulous I threw my head back.

I Love Lulu Naturally Curly Hair Care Review

Happy curls, happy girl!

Review I Love Lulu

There’s a bit of red lipstick (my new NYX High Voltage lipstick in Rock Star) on my nose in two of my photos that I noticed when it was too late to go back and fix. It’s the new makeup rage! I’m telling you!

The I Love Lulu products are from a salon in Los Angeles that focuses on all-natural hair care for all types of hair textures. The “haute couture meets herbal” salon is owned by Tallulah “Lulu” Marcelin, who’s been in the beauty industry for 20 years and focuses on promoting hair and scalp health with a 3 step approach of “Ready … Set … Grow!”I Love Lulu Shampoo and Conditioner

In all honesty, it took a total of three washes for my hair too get this kind of curl from I Love Lulu products. The products are truly all natural and feel different than your typical hair care products. They’re not bad at all, just different.

The ingredients in the Shampoo include Tea Tree water, Vitamins E, B3, B5, B6, and gluten free oat protein.

I Love Lulu Shampoo

The Conditioner contains Aloe Leaf Juice, Vegetable Glycerine, and Coconut oil.

I Love Lulu Conditioner

Shelly Jelly contains flax seed plup. I found that the gel works best when I use a leave-in conditioner first. Use a generous amount of gel and your curls will stay in place all day.

I Love Lulu Shelly Jelly

My Final Thoughts: I’m more impressed with the I Love Lulu all-natural hair care I tried than I assumed! My curls are so happy and I recommend using them if you’re looking for all-natural hair alternatives.

I Love Lulu Review on www.painted-ladies.com

Rating: A

Price: $13.99 – $20

Availability: www.ilovelulu.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops

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Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops are the newest Cover FX skincare product that’s changing the beauty world, one drop at a time.  I think these are brilliant, and I’ll show you why!

Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops

Cover FX is one of my favorite beauty brands for several reasons, but most of all I appreciate the fact that they are on the cutting edge of makeup technology. They offer products that are innovative, unique and effective.

Review Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops

Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops meld skincare and makeup in a brand new way. These are four fragrance-free, vegan drops that allow you to customize your skincare and makeup as you wish. Formulated with vitamins and essential oils, these drops are lightweight, offer the benefits of a serum, and mix easily into whatever you with to blend them with.

A + Jasmine promotes anti-aging benefits with Vitamin A and Jasmine Oil to hydrate and promote skin cell turnover.

Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops A+ Jasmine

C + Lemongrass promotes radiance with Vitamin C and Lemongrass to brighten dull skin and protect against free radicals in the environment.

Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops C+ Lemongrass

E + Chamomile promotes calming with Vitamin E and Chamomile Oil to nourish and soothe.

Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops E+ Chamomile

F + Neroli promotes hydration with Neroli and Vitamin F and improves skin elasticity.

Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops F+ Neroli

I’ve been adding a couple of drops of C+ Lemongrass into my mix of Cover FX Custom Cover Drops in G50 along with Cover FX Illuminating Primer lately.

Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops Cover FX Custom Cover Drops Cover FX Illuminating Primer

The drops do not effect the texture of my foundation.

Mix Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops Cover FX Custom Cover Drops Cover FX Illuminating Primer

Now, let me tell  you, the aforementioned combination is my jam these days. Oh, how I adore the finish! If you’re looking for a glow with great coverage, get all of the above. You’ll be thrilled. I promise!

My Final Thoughts: The Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops are an excellent and easy way to customize your makeup and skincare. With four formulas to choose from, you can address skin conditions with ease and give your skin the boost it needs.

Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops Review www.painted-ladies.com

Rating: A

Price: $48

Availability: www.coverfx.com and Sephora

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

My Instagram Life, 8-23-2015

Once a week I take you on a look back at the week that was via my Instagram account. It’s always fun to take a look back!

I’ve fallen hard for Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Beloved.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick Beloved

My first two KB Shimmer nail colors! I’m so excited about my new holo and duochromes.

KB Shimmer Nails

Mattes! This week I shared comparisons of matte liquid lip colors from a few different beauty brands.

Matte Liquid Lipstick


A purple and iridescent green smoky eye. 

Purple Smoky Eyes

Good news! I finally figured out how to use Snapchat! You can find me there for fun behind-the-scenes things under my user name: paintedladies9

e.l.f. Studio Makeup Mist and Set

This is what really happens at a product shoot. My assistant couldn’t wait to play with the confetti!

Painted Ladies My Assistant

A closer look at that glorious NYX High Voltage lipstick. 

NYX High Voltage LIpstick

This charcoal mask from Derma E is my new favorite -it makes my skin clean and smooth!

Derma E Charcoal Mask

It was unofficially skincare week on Painted Ladies, capped of by a review of these super cool gel masks from Wilma Schumann. 

Wilma Schumann Hydra Gel Mask

Another Snapchat snap! This is really such a great product that has improved the texture of my skin – I’m so thankful for Paula’s Choice skincare!

Paula's Choice Resist Serum

Purple and copper eyes – it looks like a sunset!

Purple and copper smoky eyes

Melt proof makeup! It’s been super humid these days and these are the products getting me through!

Melt Proof Makeup

Data was a trendsetter when it came to strobing.

Data Star Trek Strobing

This gel liner is everything everyone says it is – intensely pigmented, it wears like iron!

Inglot Gel Liner 77

Here’s to a blessed week ahead! My son starts 3rd grade and turns 8, so it’s an eventful one for us.

Mirabella, Stila, Anastasia Beverly Hills, ColourPop and Makeup Geek

Here’s a look at what the members of the Beauty Blog Coalition have been writing about this past week. Enjoy!




How To Contour Your Lips

We hear a lot about makeup contouring these days, a technique that uses powders and creams to chisel out our cheeks and give our faces a 3D effect. Using darker colors to create dimension is  a basic beauty principle that can be used on eyes and cheeks, as well. Today I’m going to show you how to contour your lips with lip pencil.

How To Contour Your Lips Tutorial

This technique is a simple and easy way to paint your pout.  From smoothing to lining, here are the steps you’ll need to contour your lips.

Step 1: It’s important to start off any lip color application with a smooth surface. Cover your lips with a nourishing balm and let it set on your lips for a couple of minutes.

How To Contour Your Lips Step 1

Step 2: Use a damp washcloth to thoroughly scrub your lips. Your smooth surface that will allow your lip color to cling to your lips is guaranteed!

How To Contour Your Lips Step 2


Step 3: I lighly powder my lips with a translucent powder to create a neutral surface.

How To Contour Your Lips Step 3


Step 4: Use a lip pencil similar to the lip color of your choice to outline your lips. I’m using Ofra Wine, which is similar to MAC Whirl.

How To Contour Your Lips Step 4

Step 5: To create a contour, use your lip liner to create lines within your lips. I’ll place two lines on the upper lip, and three on the lower lip.

How To Contour Your Lips Step 5

Step 6: Apply your lip color of choice. The color I’m using in this example is Cargo Gel Lipstick in Tribeca. 

How To Contour Your Lips Step 6

The results? A subtly contoured lip with dimension. You can even add a touch of a light eyeshadow on your cupid’s bow for a highlight.

How To Contour Your Lips Step 7

You can also use a much darker liner to create a different and more dramatic look with the same lipstick. In this set of photos I’ve used MAC Plum with the same lip color, Cargo Gel Lipstick in Tribeca. I use the same technique to contour my lips.

How To Contour Your Lips Step 9

Add lipstick, and voila! Beautifully contoured lips.

How To Contour Your Lips Step 11

When it comes to lip liners, I tend to favor neutral pinks and browns. The one I reach for 90% of the time? Milani Lip Pencil in All Natural – it’s a beauty bargain win that works with every lip color!

What are some of your favorite lip liners? 

Makeup Of The Day 143 With ColourPop Lippie Stix in Lumiere

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Purple eyeshadow will forever be my favorite. It’s the eyeshadow color I fell in love with when I first started wearing makeup and it always just makes me happy. For today’s look I paired it with ColourPop Lippie Stix in Lumiere, which is a really pretty mauve, and even prettier when topped with a pink gloss.

Makeup Inspiration With Stilazzi and Makeup Geek Eyeshadow and ColourPop Lippie Stix in Lumiere on www.painted-ladies.com

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My Top 5 Melt Proof Makeup Products

While it’s generally constantly warm where I live, we’ve had an unusual amount of humidity lately that’s left me cherishing melt proof makeup. It seems like a daunting task, but it’s definitely possible to keep your makeup on your skin and not evaporated away! Here are my top 5 melt proof makeup products that beat the heat and humidity.

Top 5 Melt Proof Makeup Products

1. e.l.f. Studio Makeup Mist and Set ($3)

Whatever is in this mist that makes your makeup stick to your skin is pure genius. When I finish my makeup application with a generous dose of this spray. my makeup is set for hours. You can speed up the drying process by fanning your face with a piece of paper.

A close runner up is Evian Facial Spray, which is so refreshing to spritz all of your your skin. Not only does it feel great during a sweltering day. it gives your makeup a boost through the day and helps it look its best.

2. Pur Minerals Cheek Stains ($26)

For cheeks that have a lovely, natural, long-wearing flush, I cannot recommend this gel blush more highly. While I don’t tend to use the brush it comes with, the blush itself is easy to blend and looks like a natural, from within glow. It stays on your cheeks for hours upon hours!

3. ColourPop Sheer Lippie Stix ($5)

There’s something about the smooth texture of these lipsticks that has captured my heart. These coconut oil based lip colors are nourishing, moisturizing, and have such a nice gloss and color that stick to your lips. When it’s hot, I want my lips to be comfortable, not feeling chapped or dry and the 8 Sheer Lippie Stix are the best of a balm/lipstick/gloss combined.

4. Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Liner ($18)

I’ll admit that many waterproof eyeliners just don’t pass muster with my sensitive eyes. Many times my eyes will react to some ingredient in waterproof pencils and basically reject the liner. I’ve never had this problem with the waterproof liners from Mally Beauty, which are easy to apply and stand through the test of tears, sweat, and humidity.

5. CoverGirl The Super Sizer Mascara ($7.50)

This might be one of the very best drugstore mascaras I’ve ever used in my entire life! It volumizes, holds a curl, makes your lashes look extremely long, removes easily with Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser, and is completely bullet proof. It won’t melt or fade away! If you’re looking for a mascara that gives dramatic, melt proof results, get yourself a tube of The Super Sizer!

What are some of your favorite melt proof makeup products?