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11 Best Beauty Buys $5 And Under

The beauty industry has changed so very much in recent times in very positive ways. In my formative makeup loving days, I would never have imagined I’d love cheap makeup so much. Back then, by and large, drugstore makeup just wasn’t very good! We’ve come a long way thanks to advanced technology and I can […] […]

Is The e.l.f. Studio Ultimate Blending Brush A Bargain Beauty Best?

As a lover of makeup brushes, especially those on the lower side of the price spectrum, I was of little resistance when I first learned about the e.l.f. Studio Ultimate Blending Brush. But does it shed? That’s what I really wanted to know about this nifty little brush, which looks quite similar to another favorite […] […]

Is e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in Fiji A Bargain Beauty Best Buy?

e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder in Fiji is one of those beauty items I spent months hunting down. And I mean, months! When I hear good things about certain products, I’ll search high and low, and that’s pretty much exactly what I did at any and every Target store I have come across […] […]

Nails Of The Day: CoverGirl XL Nail Gel in Plump It Pear

CoverGirl XL Nail Gel in Plump It Pear is one of those nail colors I had lying around forever, unopened. Call it once bitten twice shy, but I was feeling wary about this particular polish. Could it live up to it’s expectations and provide results similar to gel nails? The color itself is gorgeous – […] […]

Is e.l.f. Studio Translucent Matifying Powder A Dupe For MAC Blot Powder?

After years of circling e.l.f. Studio Translucent Matifying Powder in the aisles of Target, I finally made a fell swoop decision, tossed the package in my cart and decided to give it a chance. As a devotee of MAC Pressed Blot Powder in Medium Dark for well over a decade, I have a hard time […] […]

My September 2014 Beauty Favorites

By Sheila Arkee While there were a few duds in the mix (the highly smudgeable Milani Constellation Gel Liners, anyone?), by and large I had quite a few beauty favorites from September 2014. Is it just me or did it seem like it was the beginning of Summer just a blink ago? I mean, really, […] […]

e.l.f. Studio Contouring Blush & Bronzing Cream In St. Lucia Is A Bargain Beauty Best Bet

By Sheila Arkee For the past couple of weeks I have been on the prowl around the various Target stores in my area, on high alert for a new matte blush duo called Fiji by e.l.f.  I’m determined to find this elusive product in stores and avoid e.l.f.’s high shipping charges, not regarding the fact […] […]

Get Your Glittery Gold On With e.l.f. Studio Long-Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow in Toast

By Sheila Arkee When I think of cream eyeshadow, my first thought is to run for the hills.  With creasing and migration at risk on my oily eyelids, I just can’t go there. It’s not worth the aggravation but then e.l.f. Studio Long-Lasting Lustrous Eyeshadow in Toast happened. Hello, gorgeous gold! While I’ve seen and […] […]

August 2014 Beauty Favorites

By Sheila Arkee Yes, September is here, which means it’s going to be New Year’s Eve in a blink. Not really. Kinda. Sorta. Right? Time’s zooming on by, which means it’s time to recap my August 2014 Beauty Favorites. Here they are, in short order … Not really. Kinda. Sorta. I had a lot of […] […]

My Instagram Life, 8-10-14

By Sheila Arkee A peek behind the scenes on Painted Ladies and my life, as seen on Instagram. Record breaking humidity and my curls went to a whole other level of curliness. The new deep magenta colored love of my lipstick life. Seriously, so much love for Bite Beauty Luminous Cream Lipstick in Quince. Summer! […] […]