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My Instagram Life, 10-26-14

By Sheila Arkee

A peek behind the scenes of Painted Ladies and my life as seen though my Instagram account.

This past week I posted a tutorial I’ve wanted to do for years- how to apply individual false lashes.

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A shimmery blue and copper Makeup Of The Day.

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He’s not a model, he just looks like one.

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Fairytale pumpkins are my favorite – along with Disney princess dresses, I wish these were more common and available during my youth.

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A trip to the Halloween store led to hilarity! I might need a crown for when I’m just hanging out around the house.

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My Ipsy bag came - these were my two favorite products in the bag.

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Karora self-tanner surely surprised me! This stuff works great!

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When your child looks up from what they’ve been doing to see you looking like this, the reaction is priceless!

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New Wet n Wild glitter palettes that I’m not overly excited about – the quality just isn’t great at all.

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A not-so-positive review for this L’Oreal Mascara.

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It took 9 days for my Ulta order to get to me, but it was worth the wait. 3 repurchases and one lippie to try.

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Beauty blogger in the making.

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Run, Andre, run!

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My tips for making your Dia De Los Muertos makeup last and a chance to win Neutrogena Makeup Remover Wipes.

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Here’s to a blessed week!

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Hi, Beautisol – Exscrub Me? My Skin Is Utterly Refreshed

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By Sheila Arkee

When it comes to skin care, there are scrubs and there are scrubs. Beautisol Exscrub Me? Citrus Face Exfoliant ever so clearly falls in the category of being a scrub.

Beautisol Exscrub Me Review

In my mid-30′s, my biggest skin care concerns are keeping things looking fresh, renewed, and clear. With normal to oily skin, my pores tend to clog up and I do like to speed up my skin’s exfoliation process. The products I use the most are clay masks and scrubs, so I was really looking forward to seeing how Beautisol Exscrub Me? would perform.

Beautisol Exscrub Me

Now, when I say this is a scrub, I mean it – this stuff is some serious business and is one of the strongest exfoliators I have ever experienced. While it’s powerful, for sure, this scrub isn’t overly rough, but it’s more intense than anything else I’ve ever tried. A good thing for people like me who do like the entire exfoliation process. Your skin will be super buttery smooth afterwards and will help your skin care products absorb better. I’ve been using Exscrub Me? with the Dr. Brandt serums I reviewed last month and let me just say my skin is pleased.

Beautisol Exscrub Me Swatch

Beautisol is known for their self-tanning products, which I really like and have reviewed in the past here on Painted Ladies. Excscrub Me? was created to give your face an even surface before self tanning, which is a great idea because self-tanning products can pill up or look unnatural on skin that isn’t completely even. We all have those patchy areas!

My only complaint with Exscrub Me? are the microbeads, which are a tad annoying and get all over the place. I’ll find them in my hair after I’m done, even when I use this in the shower.Also, the subject of microbeads has been a concern in the news lately, so if you’re trying to steer clear of them, you’d want to avoid Exscrub Me? The issue with microbeads is that they do not break down, and have been found as a source of pollution in water sources.

Beautisol Exscrub Me Ingredients

Beautisol Exscrub Me? is formulated for all skin types and contains organic orange peel, lemon, and grapefruit extracts. As you can imagine, it smells all kinds of amazing!

My Final Thoughts: If you’re looking for a powerful face exfoliator (that you can totally use on other parts of your body), look no further than Beautisol Exscrub Me? This stuff is serious business and will have your skin buttery smooth in seconds.

Rating: B+ (because of the microbeads)

Price: $17

Availability: Beautisol.com and HSN.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Contains Tocopherol

Easy Dia De Los Muertos Makeup Inspiration

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

It recently occured to me that Pinterest is 3 years old. 3!!! How did that happen? It feels like it went by in a blink of an eye, which is true especially when you’ve spent a considerable amount of that time pinning makeup, nail, and hair inspration looks. One of my favorite Pinterest boards is Dia De Los Muertos makeup inspiration, and I finally decided to make myself into a sugar skull for Halloween.

Dia de Los Muertos Sugar Skull Makeup Tutorial

Dia De Los Muertos is a Mexican holiday celebrated October 31-November 2 every year. Translated to the “Day of the Dead”, it’s on November 1st every year and families honor their deceased loved ones. I remember learning about this holiday in Spanish class in high school, where my teacher showed us a sugar skull that is offered to the dead during the occassion, not knowing that in years to come I’d be so interested in makeup looks that pay homage to Dia De Los Muertos.

Dia De Los Muertos sugar skull-inspired makeup is intricate and colorful, making it highly visually appealing. For all the 285 images I’ve pinned (literally), it’s pretty incredulous to think I’m just getting around to making a mask out of my own face, but that’s how the story goes. I took inspiration from a particular pin I found a while back where the makeup is applied on a woman’s own skin, not on top of a white base. You can use the white grease makeup you can find at Halloween stores to create a white base, but I decided to do something different and take inspiration from the photo to keep my skin its natural color.

I started off by removing the makeup I’d just been photographing. A much less colorful look!

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towlettes Halloween Makeup

Then, I went back and added a base of concealer to lips and around the eye area.

Dia De Los Muertos Makeup Tutorial 2

Dia De Los Muertos Makeup Tutorial 1

I did not add powder around the eye because it was about to become a base for a bright red eyeshadow, which is Red Rum from BFTE’s The Shining Halloween Haunted House Collection. Just pat the color around your eye and eye socket.

Dia De Los Muertos Makeup Tutorial

BFTE Red Rum

Next, outline your face with black eye pencil. I used Urban Decay’s Perversion, which worked well and set so it didn’t smear all over the place. Looking at the inspiration photo, those are jewels around the model’s eye. I didn’t realize it and made the eye outline a little thicker than it should have been, so next time I’ll make the black outline thinner.

I used a green waterproof pencil (Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes 52L) and patted on some gold glitter with a lip brush (NYX Liquid Crystal Liner in Gold). The lips were marked with Urban Decay Perversion and I added some of my contour color (MAC Harmony blush) to the hollows of my cheeks

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towlettes Inspiration Painted Ladies Beauty Blog

My tips for applying Dia De Los Muertos Makeup:

1. Have Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towlettes on hand to clean up boo boos. These are my favorite, tried-and-true makeup removers and they won’t mess up the rest of your makeup.

Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towlettes

2. Do a practice run before Halloween. This is a must and will help you know what you need to change on the day you’re planning to wear a sugar skull mask.

3. Use waterproof eye pencils to create your outline and fill in areas. Sweat happens!

4. Set your face with a light layer of a translucent powder and spritz your face with a makeup fixative. Model In A Bottle is a great choice!

When I was done with my makeup, Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towlettes made the removal easy peasy!

Dia De Los Muertos Sugar Skull Makeup Removal

It took two wipes, but my face was thoroughly cleansed, refreshed, and free from makeup afterwards.

Would you like to win a pack of Neutrogena Makeup Remover Cleansing Towlettes? Of course you do, they’re the best in the biz! Just leave a comment letting me know what your Halloween costume will be and enter with the Rafflecopter widget. There’s an option to tweet a message with the hashtag #NeutrogenaFaceOff. Contest open to all residents of the USA. Contest ends 11/1/2014 at 12 am PST.

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Good luck!!!

Is L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess A Must Have Mascara?

I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

The moment I saw L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess, I squealed with the type the delight only a fellow beauty lover can understand.

L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess

Having loved L’Oreal’s mascaras in recent times, I was really looking forward to trying the newest offering to their stable of lash enhancing products that haven’t done my lashes wrong in the past.

L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess Review

I truly had high, high, high hopes for L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess.

L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess Wand

But I have to say, I found the results a little wimpy and not as wildly voluminous as I’d hoped.

L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess Swatch

My affections for L’Oreal mascaras goes way back a couple years to L’Oreal Power Volume Collagen, which truly impressed me with it’s volume building abilities. My lashes have plenty of length, they just need a good old boost of volume and I adore mascaras that build them up. I’ve since fallen in love with L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly and L’Oreal Miss Manga, both of which are some of the best mascaras I’ve ever used and are each under $10.

L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess Comparison

Both mascaras are wins all the way around, but I really prefer the dramatic results of Miss Manga. Let’s take a look at the Voluminous Million Lashes Excess wand in comparison to Voluminous Butterfly and Miss Manga.

L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess Comparison to Voluminous Butterfly and Miss Manga Mascara

As you can see, Voluminous Million Lashes Excess has a plastic wand with a bean-like shape and a tube designed to keep the bristles clump-free. In comparison, Voluminous Butterfly is an interesting plastic wand and Miss Manga has a conical bristle wand. Here’s a closer look at the three.

L'Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess Comparisons

Unfortunately, I was highly disappointed with the wimpy results I had from L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess. With Voluminous Butterfly and Miss Manga, I got dramatic lash results right off the bat. That never happened with Voluminous Million Lashes Excess and not even after I gave the tube some time to mature. I’m just not as impressed AND I still get clumps galore. Sorry to say, this mascara is a no go for me, but I will layer it underneath other mascaras. Better luck next time, L’Oreal.

For your viewing convenience, here’s a video with a closer look at the three mascaras next to each other.


 

My Final Thoughts: After trying L’Oreal Voluminous Million Lashes Excess and not getting the dramatic results I was hoping for, I went and bought a new tube of L’Oreal Miss Manga mascara. It’s my go to!

Rating: C-

Price: $8.99

Availability: Ulta, and other mass market retailers.

Cruelty-free? No

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

The Beauty Guru Match Tool By Savvyist Is A Fabulous Idea

By Sheila Arkee

When you come across great ideas that are executed flawlessly, you have to stand up and give the creators a round of applause. That’s how I feel about the Beauty Guru Match Tool by Savvyist.

Savvyist Beauty Guru Match Tool

This is a really cool idea! It’s a simple way to find out which beauty blogger or vlogger has a similar appearance to you which is great when you’re trying to figure out if swatches of products or a certain makeup look will look good on you. The interface is really easy to use and you get a series of recommended matches.

Lookie, there’s me!

Savvyist Beauty Guru Match Tool Painted Ladies

I’m really impressed by this concept and I hope it’s a roaring success! Get your beauty guru match at Savvyist.com.

Thanks To Karora Gradual Tan and Karora Tinted Self Tan Mist You Can Just Call Me Golden Legs

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By Sheila Arkee

Ever come across products you weren’t expecting to be much of anything? Then come to find out they are perhaps the most fabulous of their kind you have ever experienced? That’s pretty much how I feel about Karora self-tanning products, which are direct from Ireland. I recently tried the Karora Gradual Tan and Karora Tinted Self Tan Mist both in Light/Medium and had some great self tanning success.

Karora Gradual Tan and Karora Tinted Self Tan Mist

A couple of weeks ago I was showing off my legs to anyone and everyone I could possibly imagine. From the gym to the grocery store and the park, I was awed by the gorgeous natural tan I’d gotten from the two Karora products I received to review over the Summer.To be honest, I wouldn’t have connected Ireland with incredible self tanning products, but goes to show you how much I know!

When I’m in the market for a new self tanner, I’m looking for products that won’t make my legs look orange or vastly different than the rest of my skin. While my face and arms get color, my legs don’t see as much sunlight and are a few shades lighter than my upper extremities. The self tanning industry has come a long way in recent years, and Karora products are packed with botanical extracts and other good-for-you ingredients. They also have a pleasant citrus fragrance, as opposed to noxious self-tanning scents from the past.

Karora Gradual Tan and Karora Tinted Self Tan Mist

Karora Gradual Tan is a white lotion that you smooth on your skin and let develop overnight. I woke up to a gorgeous tan that you can deepen with further applications, but I didn’t see the need to add more. This lotion offers hydration and can be used on both the face and body. Karora Self Tan  Mist

I really fancied Karora Tinted Self Tan Mist which offers immediate results that develop into long wearing color. The good-for-you ingredients include aloe, acai berry, argan and coconut oil.

Karora Self Tan Mist Mit

I spritzed the product in the mit, blended it over my legs, and found a resulting immediate honey glow.

Karora Self Tan Mist Results

In the morning after application, my legs were both glowy and gorgeous. The color difference wasn’t tremendous even though I’d used the lotion and self-tan mist on each leg. Here’s what the tans looked like in the gym, under artificial light.

Karora Results Indoor Light

Here’s what the tans looked like the same day, in natural, outdoors light.

Karora Results Outdoor Light

The pros are obvious: great, natural looking tan that wears well for about four days. Cons? Not any that I can think of.

My Final Thoughts: What Karora really does well, in my opinion, is provide an extremely natural color. The end of Oompa Loompa-looking self tanning products are over. I was surprisingly pleased with the results and longevity from Karora Gradual Tan and Karora Tinted Self Tan Mist and will definitely use them often!

Rating: A+

Price: Gradual Tan, $25;  Self Tan Mist, $30

Availability: Ulta, HSN, and CO Bigelow. Visit karoracosmetics.com for more information and trial sizes.

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Both products contains Tocopheryl

Makeup Of The Day 41 With The Ipsy October 2014 Beauty Candy Glam Bag

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By Sheila Arkee

And for today, a look I created with items that were in my Ipsy October 2014 Beauty Candy Glam Bag. Enjoy!

FOTD Ipsy Beauty Candy Glam Bag October 2014

Ipsy Beauty Candy Glam Bag October 2014 FOTD

EOTD Ipsy Beauty Candy Glam Bag October 2014

Ipsy Beauty Candy Glam Bag October 2014 EOTD

Face

Cover FX Mattifying Primer

Cover FX Natural Finish Oil-Free Foundation in G60

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

Cover FX Cream Concealer in G Medium-Deep

Smashbox Halo Loose Powder in Light

Nars Exhibit A Blush

MAC Harmony Blush

Doll 10 Highlighter in Champagne

Eyes

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Lid: Unbelievable from the Lorac Unzipped Palette

Lower Lid: Undiscovered from the Lorac Unzipped Palette

Crease: Untamed from the Lorac Unzipped Palette

Outer Corner: Untamed from the Lorac Unzipped Palette

Browbone: Undercover from the Lorac Unzipped Palette

Liner: Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner in Storm

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: Smashbox Full Exposure & L’Oreal Miss Manga

Lips

MAC Stone Lip Pencil

City Color Matte Lipstick in Cappuccino

The Ipsy Beauty Candy Glam Bag For October 2014

I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

Oh, Ipsy. We have such a complicated relationship. Should it be this way? One month you’re hot, the next cold, and sometimes just plain lukewarm. This month? Not bad. But not completely fab.  Here’s the complete report on what I received in my Ipsy Beauty Candy Glam Bag October 2014.

Ipsy October 2014

First things first, the pleated patent-leather bag is all kinds of cute and adorable. Doesn’t it make you want to squee? It’s super cute and it will definitely have a place in my purse.

This month’s bag included five products, 2 of which were full sized the rest are luxury sample sized. I received:

- Doll 10 H20Glo Highlighter in Champagne (looks like it’s a travel sized, valued at $7.95). Love it, no complaints!

- Skyn Iceland Mini Glacial Cleansing Cloths (sample size). These will definitely be put to good use in my gym bag.

- City Color Be Matte Lipstick in Cappucino (full size, $5).

- Figs and Rouge Hand Cream in Mango Mandarin (sample size).

- Ecru Acacia Protein BB Cream (sample size).

Ipsy October 2014

The two products I’m most excited about are the two full-sized items, the City Cosmetics Matte Lipstick and Doll 10 highlighter.

Ipsy October 2014 Kylie Jenner Lipstick

The highlighter is a beautiful, dewy shimmer that looks lovely on top of my foundation and layered under translucent powder. The lipstick happens to be that perfect 90′s/Kylie Jenner color that the beauty world is currently going coo coo over.

Ipsy October 2014 Swatches

They’re definitely keepers I wouldn’t have tried else wise! For this Makeup Of The Day, I used the highlighter on the high planes of my face.

Ipsy Beauty Candy Glam Bag October 2014 FOTD

City Color Matte Lipstick in Cappucino

I’ll get use out of the other items in my bag, but I’m not exactly entirely thrilled by the contents. Maybe I’m desensitized at this point? I liked September’s Ipsy bag a little bit better than this month’s picks, which had a greater overall value than October.

My Final Thoughts: I wasn’t completely disappointed by this month’s offerings and will get good use out of what I received. I’m still thinking about ending my subscription after the Holidays to venture on to other subscription boxes. Let’s see what the upcoming months have to bring!

As always, Ipsy subscribers receive deep discounts on the brands covered during the month. If you’re interested in signing up for Ipsy yourself, here’s my referral link. Thank you!

Rating: B-

Price: $10 per month (includes shipping0

Value of Full Sized Items: $14

Makeup Of The Day 40 With BFTE Amityville House Jodie

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By Sheila Arkee

Today’s makeup of the day features BFTE Amityville House Jodie, which is part of a limited edition collection!

Painted Ladies Makeup Of The Day MAC Antiqued BFTE Amityville House Jodie MAC White Frost MAC Sushi Kiss

Painted Ladies MOTD MAC Antiqued BFTE Amityville House Jodie MAC White Frost MAC Sushi Kiss

 

MAC Antiqued BFTE Amityville House Jodie MAC White Frost EOTD

EOTD MAC Antiqued BFTE Amityville House Jodie MAC White Frost

MAC Sushi Kiss BFTE Jodie Collage

Face

Cover FX Mattifying Primer

Cover FX Natural Finish Oil-Free Foundation in G60

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

Cover FX Cream Concealer in G Medium-Deep

Smashbox Halo Loose Powder in Light

Artonit Be Good Blush

MAC Harmony Blush

YSL Jaipur Highlighter

Eyes

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Lid Base: Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyes Shadow Stick in Bulletproof Beige

Lid: BFTE Jodie

Outer Corner: MAC Antiqued

Browbone: MAC White Frost

Liner (upper lid): Artonit Le Stylo Art Beaute Yeux in Cat Noir

Liner (lower lid): NYX Glitzy Gold

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: L’Oreal Miss Manga

Lips

Milani All Natural Lip Liner

MAC Sushi Kiss Lipstick