By Sheila Arkee
There are a few things I enjoy as much as skin exfoliation. I can’t really explain why, but I just love the idea of scrubbing about dead skin cells and revealing a new, fresh layer underneath. One of my favorite skin care products that I’ve been using for the past few months is the Aeveka Repairing Micro Facial Scrub.
This scrub is gentle, effective, and gets the job done and then some. Aeveka Repairing Micro Facial Scrub uses aluminum oxide crystal and also contains aloe and sweet almond oil. Aeveka skin care products are made from natural and organic sources and are cruelty, paraben, and gluten-free.
Valued at $39.95, I have a bottle to give away to one very lucky reader. I think you’ll really like it!
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By Sheila Arkee
When it comes to accomplishments of the incredible and amazing variety, Kendra Stanton has earned a round of applause for her new book, 500 Eye-Makeup Designs.
As a fellow beauty blogger and makeup artist, I really admire the work, love, and creativity Kendra put in to this gorgeous book.
If you love eye makeup you need to have 500 Eye-Makeup Designs. Every occasion and skill level you can think of is covered!
From every day, to celebrations, to extremely avant garde designs, Kendra has a design. There’s even a section in back with basic eye makeup instructions, which is very handy to have in the book.
I am honestly wowed by the designs Kendra came up with and think she did a smashing job coming up with such a wide variety of inspirational eyeshadow creations.
When I got to the section where she glued feathers on her lids, I was literally clapping my hands, because that is plain old awesome.
Kendra blogs over at Citizens of Beauty and her work as a makeup artist has appeared on the front covers of Fast Company and Los Angeles Magazine and in the pages of Muse Magazine, Runners World, The New York Times, and more. Kendra is a freelance makeup artist and has worked for makeup companies such as Estee Lauder, Aveda, and Cle De Peau.
Every time I look through the book I see so many looks I want to re-create. I’ve already done a few and will share them in upcoming Makeup Of The Day posts.
My Final Thoughts: If you’re going to do it, do it right, and Kendra Stanton has just done that with her new book, 500 Eye-Makeup Designs. I am super impressed by the creative looks created by Kendra and think every makeup lover needs their own copy!
Availability: Amazon.com and anywhere books are sold.
By Sheila Arkee
It’s always nice to learn about new-to-you beauty brands. I recently became acquainted with Faces Beautiful, a line of makeup items that are newly available on beauty website Gloss 48.
Gloss 48 is a beauty site that launches new, indie beauty products every day, allowing you to try brands you’ve never heard of. The first week the indie brands appear on Gloss 48 come with a great discount, so you can try these brands without breaking the bank. New members of Gloss 48 get $10 off their order of $30 or more, which you’ll want to use on some of the Faces Beautiful products I’m about to tell you about.
Faces Beautiful had it’s start in Westport, CT in 1999. A former Wall Street Trader, Faces Beautiful founder Gail Segal followed her creative passions and developed luxury beauty lounge Faces Beautiful The Studio, as well as a line of beauty products. According to her bio:
Gail Sagel believes that beauty is not defined by the trends of the moment, but rather by the personal understanding of what works best for each woman. She creates looks to satisfy the needs of her clients, based on a classic and always-current palette, rather than seasonal trends only.
The Faces Beautiful beauty products are newly available on Gloss 48 and I had the opportunity to review three items, which include the Blush Nude 5 Shades Of Eyes Palette ($52), Vivid Desire Gloss ($20), and Rich Navy Liner ($18). The packaging of the products is pretty standard, but I will say I was really impressed with the high quality and pigmentation across the board.
The clear winner of the Blush Nude 5 Shades Of Eyes Palette, which is one of the prettiest palettes I’ve ever seen with one shimmery rose gold, and satin nudes and cocoa shades as a complement.
This is a bridal MUST have and I can see this one being very popular.
With saturated colors that work universally, it’s something that would work for a variety of occasions.
The Rich Navy Liner is an automatic pencil that twists up and comes with a sponge tip to smudge the liner on the other end.
This pencil isn’t too firm, nor too soft, but a nice consistency with great pigmentation.
The Vivid Desire Gloss is a gorgeous red with a doe foot applicator that isn’t sticky at all, yet offers a great amount of color that won’t fly off your lips.
A good thing!
All together these products combine for a beautiful look.
My Final Thoughts: While I do like the Faces Beautiful products I tried (especially the eyeshadow palette!), to be very honest, I think the prices are a little up there (especially the eye shadow palette!). It’s a good thing there’s a week long sale! Now until October 21 at 11 am, all Faces Beautiful products are 30% off, making the must have shadow palette $36, and you get $10 off orders of $30 or more if you’re a first timer on Gloss 48. Here’s a link to the sale!
Prices: $18 – $52
Availability: Gloss 48
Gluten-free? Eyeshadow palette contains Tocopherol Acetate
By Sheila Arkee
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
MAC Invisible Set Powder
IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette
Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer
Inner Lid and Lower Lid: Definer shade from Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Palette
Lid and Crease: MAC Charcoal Brown
Browbone: MAC Vanilla
Liner: Faces Beautiful Rich Navy
Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown
Mascara: Milani Total Lash Cover
Lashes: Red Cherry #43 from Lash Closet
MAC Stone Lip Pencil
Wet n Wild Mega Last Matte Lipstick in Pink Suga
By Sheila Arkee
Lash Closet is a brilliant new subscription service where your lashes are their passion.
Started by Joi McQueen, a false lash enthusiast, Lash Closet is a service that allows you to buy lashes from brands like Ardell, Eylure, and Red Cherry a la carte or to sign up for custom subscription packages that deliver lashes as you wish. You can choose the lashes you’d like delivered and have the subscription to be set up weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or bi-monthly. Lashes you receive in your subscription are 10% cheaper than if you purchased them individually.
I received a plethora of lashes from Lash Closet and have to say I am highly impressed with the selection.
Red Cherry and Ardell lashes are mainstays in my makeup kit and I’ll be having a lot of fun with these lashes in upcoming Makeup Of The Day Posts. Lash Closet also carries Eylure lashes, which I’ve reviewed in the past and they’re great, as well.
Besides a wide variety of falsies, Lash Closet also sells lash adhesive, Steamcream Moisturizer, and a beauty tools and accessories. The lashes I have on in this Makeup Of The Day, which is posting later today, are the Red Cherry #43 lashes from Lash Closet, which are fluttery and perfect!
Check out my tutorials if you need help figuring out how to apply and how to remove false lashes. If you’re a newbie, false lashes can definitely feel intimidating, but practice makes perfect!
My Final Thoughts: Fascinated by the way celebrity lashes looked in magazines, Joi took it upon herself to learn all about false lashes 11 years ago and became known as a lash guru amongst her friends. Joi has followed that passion for lashes to develop Lash Closet, which makes it easy to get great false lashes. I think it’s a fantastic idea and I wish Lash Closet a lot of success!
By Sheila Arkee
A look behind the scenes of Painted Ladies and my life, as seen on my Instagram page.
California Beach by Jesse’s Girl is one of the prettiest neon flamingo pink polishes I’ve ever seen, but streaky as all get up and difficult to get even.
I’m trying to wean myself from diet sodas and carbonated beverages in general, so I thought to try this brand to satisfy my needs for something fizzy. Not bad – it’s sweetened with organic cane sugar and stevia and had a slightly weird aftertaste.
This week I posted an update on my son’s progress, for those who have asked.
A subtle, smoky lid this week. One of my personal favorites.
A blog post and YouTube review of the IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette.
If I ever did online dating, this would be my profile photo.
Talk about surprises – I was amazed by how much I liked the CoverGirl XL Nail Gel polish. Just gorgeous! Long wearing, and shiny!
A throwback Thursday to my little chubbykins.
And now he’s Mr. GQ!
This week I reviewed BFTE’s The Shining Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014.
I also took a look at the BFTE Amityville House Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014.
Beauty blogger. At work.
I reviewed the Scentbird monthly designer perfume subscription service and am entirely impressed!
A no makeup look for me! A look at an upcoming post where I share my current foundation routine.
Here’s to a blessed week ahead!
By Sheila Arkee
Have you heard the news? There’s a new perfume monthly subscription service in town called Scentbird, and it’s pretty amazing.
If you love designer fragrances, I predict you’ll love Scentbird,an unique service that allows you to try out luxury perfumes at a price that won’t break the bank.
With your subscription you receive a 30 month supply of a perfume you can choose from over 300 selections. There are no hidden fees and shipping is included with the membership cost.
When you start your subscription, you fill out a brief survey that matches you to perfumes, but you can also choose a perfume outside of these choices. You can queue up perfume choices for upcoming months, and if you’d like to change that, you can do so before the 5th of the month. Easy! Make sure to rate your pefumes to refine your recommendations. You can earn free perfume by spreading the Scentbird love with your friends, as well.
I chose Hermes Eau des Merveilles, which is a scent I’ve loved for years, and I am definitely enjoying my vial of this sophisticated fragrance. At $14.95 for Scentbird, it’s definitely a lot more affordable and approachable than the $103 price tag on a 1.6 oz bottle of this scent.
You receive this sleek travel-sized atomizer with your first order. Simply twist up the container and you can replace the perfume vial with ease.
If you’d like to try this perfume service for yourself, Scentbird has generously offered a 50% off code for your first perfume. Use BIRD50 at checkout.
Take a peek at their new promo video, too!
My Final Thoughts: Scentbird is an easy, extremely affordable way to try out designer perfumes. There are a few fragrances in their library I’ve always wanted to try out and this gives me a chance to do so without splashing out the bucks on a full-sized bottle.
Prices: $14.95 per month. Use BIRD50 for 50% off your first order.