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Makeup Of The Day 16 – Cool Blue Eyeshadow

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

Milani Bella Teal Milani Bella Cobalt Milani Bella Sky 1

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Face

Lumene Vitamin C+ BB Cream in Medium

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Glow

Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Pressed Powder 128

Milani Delizioso Pink

MAC Harmony Blush

Milani Amber Nectar Highlighter

Eyes

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Inner Lid: Milani Bella Sky

Outer Lid: Milani Bella Teal

Outer Corner: Milani Bella Cobalt

Lower Lid: Milani Bella Gold

Browbone: MAC Vanilla

Liner: MAC Phone Number

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: L’Oreal Miss Manga

Lips

Hourglass Eden Lip Liner

Rimmel Notting Hill Nude Lipstick

When Mascaras Are Shockingly Amazing: Beauty Without Cruelty Full Volume Mascara

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By Sheila Arkee

I’ll admit, I wasn’t feeling all too thrilled or excited about the possibility about reviewing the Beauty Without Cruelty Full Volume Mascara.

Beauty Without Cruelty Full Volume Mascara

If I’ve seen one natural mascara, I’ve seen ‘em all, and I’ve never been too thrilled with the results. They’re just too … natural … if you know what I mean, with no oomph whatsoever. My lashes love oomph. I love oomph. Oomph is awesome. I wonder if oomph is in the Urban Dictionary. (Side note- it’s actually in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary. That’s a surprise!)

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The Beauty Without Cruelty Full Volume Mascara comes with a full bristle brush that is easy to work through your lashes with no major smudging issues to deal with.

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The mascara dries quickly and is really easy to build up without having a major clumping situation to handle. I was immediately wowed by the dramatic results and found the mascara doesn’t flake whatsoever during the course of the day. This is good stuff! I took this mascara through the high intensity gym work out and it passed with flying colors.

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Here it is compared to L’Oreal Miss Manga mascara, and you’ll see that Beauty Without Cruelty holds up quite nicely next to L’Oreal.

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Now, one little warning, this mascara doesn’t hold up to tears quite so well. My son had a huge accomplishment over the weekend and I found myself having a major boo hoo fest. I mean, I booed and hooed with the best of them to the point where I considered wiping my tears away with a sock I randomly had in my purse because I couldn’t find any tissues. The mascara stung my eyes through the tears and smudged away, so it’s not perfect, but you should be aware lest you find yourself in an emotional situation.

My Final Thoughts:Offering tons of volume that lasts all day, the Beauty Without Cruelty Full Volume Mascara is definitely worth a try!

Rating: A

Price: $24.95

Availability: Your favorite natural foods retailers and beautywithoutcruelty.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

My Instagram Life, 8-24-2014

By Sheila Arkee

A visual diary and a look back at the week on Painted Ladies and in my life, as seen on my Instagram account.

One of the coolest pictures I’ve ever taken on my phone. Edited with the PicTapGo app.

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A farewell to the $10 no-name generic sneakers I bought at Ross last year that served me well. I wore them to the point there were holes in the soles.

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I posted a new YouTube tutorial creating an eyeshadow look with the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette. I am experimenting with different video production methods and think the sound is highly improved in this latest video!

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What a fun Summer we’ve been having.

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My precious! I had my heart set on Milani Cosmetics Color Statement Nail Lacquer in Rainbow Prisms and finally made it mine. Pure gorgeousness!

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This lip scrub and balm duo from Fusion of Color Cosmetics is a new favorite and guarantees smooth lips.

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Taking my new kicks on an inaugural hike!

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This week I worked on a super awesome product shoot for a cosmetics company. Can’t wait to show you the final pics!

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Honey from Honey Girl’s World had me lemming a flower headband ever since I saw her wear one in a recent video.

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The Summer is almost over for us and we are taking advantage of lots of outdoors time. To be honest, I’m behind on everything and it’s a struggle not to feel frustrated about it, but on the other hand I am cherishing the time I am spending with my son. This was on a hike on one of our favorite trails. He thinks there’s a scary tiger in the woods!

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a) The barista who took the time to artfully write my order needs a hand of applause. b) I am so impressed with the nail polish I’m wearing – it’s from Crabtree & Evelyn and has worn perfectly for over a week. A review is coming soon!

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There is nothing like that post-gym glow! I love a good sweat and I used the opportunity to test out some new products that definitely passed the sweat test!

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Here’s to a blessed week ahead!

Get Smooth Silky Lips With Waxelene

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By Sheila Arkee

As a beauty blogging certified lip balm junkie, I derive a large amount of joy from coming across new lip products like Waxelene. Waxelene might just be one of my new lip balm must haves!

Waxelene

A cruelty-free alternative to petroleum jelly-based products, Waxelene harnesses the power of beeswax and is a multi=purpose product that can be used for other areas of your skin besides your lips. It’s soft, smooth, non-sticky, and will leave your lips silky smooth.

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In fact, there are a whopping FOUR ingredients in Waxlene: Organic Soy Oil, Beeswax, Vitamin E Oil (derived from organic soybeans), and Organic Rosemary Oil.  To me it has no scent, but some have reported it has a scent of honey or rosemary oil.

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The texture of Waxelene is surprisingly lightweight and sinks into your skin with ease. In fact, this little tube of balm can also be used to treat diaper rash, eczema, lipstick primer, eyelash conditioner, and as a makeup primer. It comes in larger sizes, as well.

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My Final Thoughts: Upon close reflection, I do recall coming across Waxelene at Sprouts at CVS. I’m glad I got the chance to try this multi-purpose balm because it’s quite great, totally natural, and will be a permanent part of my lip balm rotation.

Rating: A

Price: $3.99 for the tube. Also available in larger sizes.

Availability: A variety of brick and mortar stores, including Sprouts, CVS, Whole Foods, and Waxelene.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

Makeup Of The Day 15 – Milani Bella Charcoal & Bella Emerald

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

Milani Bella Charcoal Milani Bella Emerald Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss in Sweet Grapefruit 1

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Milani Bella Charcoal Milani Bella Emerald Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss in Sweet Grapefruit 3

Milani Bella Charcoal Milani Bella Emerald Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss in Sweet Grapefruit 4

Face

Lumene Vitamin C+ BB Cream in Medium

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Glow

CoverGirl + Olay Pressed Powder in Light/Medium

Nars Exhibit A Blush

MAC Harmony Blush

Painted Earth Seychelles Highlighter

Eyes

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Inner Lid: Milani Bella Emerald

Outer Corner: Milani Bella Charcoal

Browbone: MAC Vanilla

Liner (upper lid): Urban Decay Zero

Liner (lower lid): NYX Slide On Pencil in Green Papaya

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly

Lips

Milani All Natural Lip Liner

Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss in Sweet Grapefruit

Looking Back: My Top 3 Summer Beauty Essentials

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By Sheila Arkee

Is it Fall yet? Seriously, I want a Starbucks Salted Caramel Mocha and a trip to a pumpkin patch like nothing else! We are winding down the last few weeks of Summer and I think we are all collectively ready for that change in the season. It seems like the Summer months flew by, and so I’d like to take a look back at my Top 3 Summer Beauty Essentials that got me through the heat, humidity, and tons of outdoors time. I’ll definitely be using these products during Fall, as well!

Top 3 Summer Beauty Essentials

1. Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C BB Cream SPF 20 ($15)

Lumene Bright Now Vitamin C BB Cream SPF 20

School starts for us in a little less than two weeks and to be honest, I’m a little sad I won’t have so much quality time with my little buddy (who is going to be 7 next week!). We’ve been filling our days with play dates, walks, hikes, and pool time. My number one Summer necessity has been this lovely Lumene BB Cream.

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I don’t necessarily want to go out with a full face of makeup, but I want good coverage, glow, and an SPF, which is all contained in this wonderful product. I’ve loved Lumene for years, and it’s just been solidified with the great Summer we’ve had together.

2. A Great Gloss, Like Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Lacquer in Legendary ($20)

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My typical Summer makeup consists of BB Cream, translucent powder, a cream blush, mascara, brows, and a great gloss.

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I love the Smashbox Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Legendary which offers high pigmentation and long wearing shine.

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Not to mention a flash of red is very fun to wear! This color is  great way to transition into Fall and even into Holiday red lips.

3. Scunci Everyday & Active Hair Accesssories

My hair is always back when I’m outdoors, and I’ve been loving some gorgeous options from Scunci, which are available at Walmart and Walgreens. The quality is top notch across the board and I love that there are some stylish options to keeping your hair out of your face and in place!

Scunci Hair Everyday and Active Hair Accessories

I adore the bun wrap which as a wire inside to form around your hair and not damage it at all. Adorable!

What are your Summer beauty essentials? Are you as ready for Fall as I am?

Makeup Of The Day 14 – Milani Bella Emerald & Cobalt

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

Milani Bella Emerald Milani Bella Cobalt Milanit Bella Mandarin 3

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Milani Bella Emerald Milani Bella Cobalt Milanit Bella Mandarin 2

Face

Lumene Vitamin C+ BB Cream in Medium

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Glow

Milani Even Touch Powder Foundation in Beige

Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Enchanting

Kat Von D Bellisima Blush

Milani Illuminating Powder in Amber Nectar

Eyes

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Inner Lid: Milani Bella Mandarin

Outer Lid: Milani Bella Cobalt

Outer Corner: Milani Bella Emerald

Browbone: MAC Shroom

Liner (upper lid): Chella Eyeliner Pen in Indigo

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

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: Milani Total Lash Cover

Lips

MAC Stone Lip Pencil

MAC C-Thru Lipglass

Blend Eyeshadow To Perfection With The Tweezerman Brush iQ Blender Brush

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By Sheila Arkee

Tweezerman, purveyor of quality brow and beauty implements, has just entered the world of makeup brushes with the 12-piece Tweezerman Brush iQ Collection.  Knowing Tweezerman’s fantastic reputation, you know these brushes are going to be something special! Today I have the Tweezerman Brush iQ Blender Brush to show you.

Tweezerman Brush iQ Blender Brush

As an eyeshadow blending brush fanatic, I was really excited to give this brand new brush a spin. The Tweezerman Brush iQ collection are expertly crafted with patented technology and DuPont Natrafil filaments which are softer and are said to perform better than natural animal hair makeup brushes.

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The Tweezerman Brush iQ Blender Brush works best with powder shadow products and can be used to apply a base shadow across the entire eyelid as well as to blend shadows together to perfect an eyeshadow look. Blender brushes are great for avoiding harsh lines and for perfecting an eyeshadow application.

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In a way, this brush reminds me of something I’d get from e.l.f.,  similar to the e.l.f. Studio Flawless Concealer Brush,  but significantly more supple. The e.l.f. brushes are also synthetic but made from Taklon.

My Final Thoughts: Overall,  I think the Tweezerman Brush iQ Blender Brush is a nice brush to have, but it’s not something I’ll be grabbing for on a regular basis. I’m stuck on the Coastal Scents Pro Blending Fluff Brush for all of  my blending needs – it really is that good!

Rating: B+

Price:  $19

Availability:Ulta and Tweezerman.com Use coupon code brushiq10 at Tweezerman.com for a 10% discount.

Cruelty-free? Yes

Fusion of Color Cosmetics Perfect Lip Scrub and Lip Balm Make Smooth Lips Happen

Press Sample

By Sheila Arkee

As a beauty blogger who regularly takes self portraits to display a large variety of lip products, having and maintaining smooth lips is a priority! Seriously, keeping on top of my lip care game is a big part of my daily beauty routine. I’ve been using the Fusion of Color Cosmetics Perfect Lip Scrub and Lip Balm and have made these two wonder items a permanent part of my routine.

Fusion of Color Cosmetics Perfect Lip Scrub and Lip Balm

To be completely honest, I’m not entirely wowed by the Fusion of Color packaging. The scrub is in a small tub that is a bit hard to deal with and the lip balm has been a bit messy after I pushed it up a bit and could not push it all the way back. However, the results are pretty much worth the hassle because I am more than wowed by the performance.

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The scrub does not irritate my lips at all and can be used as often as you wish. I coat my lips with the scrub at night and it helps keep my lips free of flakes and silky smooth. This brown sugar scrub is infused with plant extracts which keep it creamy and paraffin wax which keeps it emollient.

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The balm is pretty much amazing and I am really impressed with the results. This is a serious balm for those of us who are serious about keeping our lips soft as pillows. It’s a bit of a shame I don’t have a beau to smooch because they would surely be in for a treat! The main magic making ingredient in this balm is Lanolin Oil, with added nourishment coming from Shea Butter, Castor Seed Oil, and Aloe Extract.

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Fusion of Color Cosmetics is an all-natural, vegan line of cosmetics created by Kathy Duncan. She’s taken a lot of care into designing this line of makeup and beauty products, which is evident in the results they provide. These products are manufactured in small batches, which ensures the same quality across the board. I’ve reviewed Fusion of Color mineral eyeshadows in the past, if you’re interested in finding out more.

My Final Thoughts:While the packaging on the Fusion of Color Cosmetics Perfect Lip Scrub and Lip Balm really isn’t anything to write home about, I am very much impressed with the quality of these two items and highly recommend them for anyone who is looking for an effective way to achieve silky smooth lips.

Rating: A+

Price:  $12.40 for both products (a steal!)

Availability: Fusionofcolor.net

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

Beauty & The Bees Tasmania Real Beer Shampoo Bar and Conditioner Bar Are Great Hair Finds

By Sheila Arkee

Every once in a while I come across beauty products that completely knock my socks off. That’s what happened when I tried Beauty & the Bees Tasmania Real Beer Shampoo Bar and Conditioner Bar.

Beauty & The Bees Tasmania Real Beer Shampoo Bar and Conditioner Bar

To be completely honest, I was doubtful of how great a shampoo bar and conditioner bar would do on my curls. When I think of shampoo bars, I do not make an association with something my curls will respond in a positive manner. In fact, I was expecting the worst, but here I am after a two week trial period with supple hair that has not freaked out whatsoever. With curly hair, products that do not make your tresses freak out are highly value quality.

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Beauty & The Bees Tasmania is an all-natural beauty brand from Tasmania, Australia that has newly launched an US division. The skincare and hair products are made from honey and beeswax of the Leatherwood flower, which is only found in Tasmania and is their single most important source of nectar. The shampoo and conditioner bars are sulfate and chemical-free, certified organic, and come from a GMO and insecticide-free environment.

The shampoo and conditioner do not run through quickly and after two weeks of washing my every other day, I still have a lot of product left to use. Overall I’m really pleased by the fact that they do not strip my hair of moisture and leave my hair feeling great. If you’ve never used a bar shampoo or conditioner, it feels a bit strange at first! I usually run the dampened bars over my hair in the shower and that is plenty to cleanse and condition.

The Real Beer Shampoo Bar is a concentrated cleanser with a low water content. It’s SLS-free and has tons of nourshing plant and nut oils, as well as the benefits from hops and beer. While I’m not a drinker, I know that beer helps add bounce, shine, and body.

Beauty & The Bees Tasmania Real Beer Shampoo Bar

The Real Beer Conditioner Bar is also concentrated and gives great shine with castor and coconut oil. This is something I was expecting to be a total dud, but it’s actually fantastic.

Beauty & The Bees Tasmania Real Beer Conditioner Bar

My Final Thoughts: Beauty & the Bees Tasmania Real Beer Shampoo Bar and Conditioner Bar are two new favorite hair care finds that leave curls cleansed and conditioned. I doubted how good these products could be, but they turned out to be two big winners. As a bonus, they are all natural and don’t use chemicals or plastic bottles.

Rating: A

Price:  Shampoo Bar: $12.95, Conditioner Bar: $20.95. You can save 20% each when you buy 3 or more qualifying products.

Availability: Beautyandthebees.net

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes