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My Current Foundation Routine

By Sheila Arkee

Let’s talk about base. The foundation of your makeup routine, that is! It’s been a while since I shared my current foundation routine, so I thought it was time to take a peek at the mainstays I rely on.

My Current Foundation Routine

While my eyes, cheek, and lip choices are constantly changing, my foundation routine stays the same for the most part. I do try new products along the way, but I have a few tried and true foundations that work well with my normal-to-oily skin and I’m locked into my concealer and powder choices. Pink toned concealer for the win!

My Current Foundation Routine Painted Ladies

Here are the few steps I take to create the perfect base for my face:

 

1. Primer

Sometimes my moisturizer serves as a primer, and I also love Skindinavia The Makeup Primer, Cover FX Mattifying Primer and Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Hydrating Primer in Candlelight. I find that a primer is a must and it really does work to extend the life of foundation.

2. Foundation

Right now I’m loving Cover FX Natural Finish Oil-Free Foundation in G60 and Pur Minerals CC Cream Broad Spectrum SPF 40 in Tan. Both of these products add gorgeous coverage, color, and they match my skin tone really well. My all time, ultimate, must have favorite remains Illuminare Moisturizing Mineral Foundation in Sienna Sun, FYI.

3. Concealer

To conceal dark areas and under eye circles, I start off with a concealer with a pink undertone which is THE key to cancelling out the discoloration. My two favorites are NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Glow and Cover FX Cream Concealer in G Medium-Deep.

4. Highlighting Concealer

An extra step, but a must as far as I’m concerned. This really brightens up my under eye area and is a fantastic way to enhance the high planes of the face. I have gone through multiple tubes of NYX HD Photogenic Concealer in Glow, which means I must really love it!

5. Loose Powder

I use translucent powder, therefore I am. This is the crux of my routine, and without a loose invisible powder to set the products I’ve used, nothing would stay in place. I’ve used MAC’s Invisible Set powder for years, and have newly discovered Mary Kay Transluscent Loose Powder. I also love using Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Sunscreen Powder and find it does a really good job with oil control.

6. Finishing Spray

An extra touch, a spritz of finishing spray really ensures your  makeup stays put. Urban Decay’s All Nighter is great and I also love e.l.f.’s Setting Spray.

7. Urban Decay Good Karma Brush

This brush changed my makeup routine for good. It’s such a great brush that evenly applies your foundation. My only knock against it is that it has started shedding like nuts after using it for less than a year.

8. Sephora Pro Airbrush Concealer Brush #57

If you use concealer, you need this brush! I mean it! It really makes your concealer look great and I’m so glad I invested in this beauty tool.

9. e.l.f. Studio Powder Brush

At a mere $3, this is a fantastic synthetic brush I’ve used and loved for years. It’s perfect for working with powder products.

Do you stick with the same basic routine for your foundation?

 

 

Makeup Of The Day 39 With MAC Spanish Fly Lipstick

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

I took a trip in the way back machine today. Here’s a look featuring some of the beauty products I will never ever throw away, including MAC Spanish Fly Lipstick.

90s Makeup Of The Day With MAC Spanish Fly Lipstick

90s Face Of The Day With MAC Spanish Fly Lipstick

EOTD With MAC Print and MAC Vanilla

MAC EOTD With MAC Print and MAC Vanilla

MAC EOTD With MAC Print and MAC Vanilla Eyeshadow

MAC Spanish Fly FOTD

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

NYX HD Grinding Powder in True Beige

Kevyn Aucoin Cream Blush in Liquifuchsia/Hot Pink

MAC Harmony Blush

YSL Jaipur Highlighter

Eyes

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Inner Lid: MAC Vanilla eyeshadow

Lid: Unknown MAC shadow

Crease: MAC Copperplate

Outer Corner: MAC Print

Browbone: MAC Vanilla Eyeshadow

Liner (upper lid): Urban Decay Zero

Liner (lower lid): MAC Powersurg

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash

Lips

MAC Stone Lip Pencil

Wet n Wild Mega Last Matte Lipstick in Pink Suga

The Beauty Products I Will Never Ever Throw Away

By Sheila Arkee

If there’s one thing about me that you need to know it’s that I’m an epic clutter clearer. Although there are times when I amass stuff and let it pile up, there are few things I find as enjoyable as going through said stuff and giving it away or throwing it out. This is especially so with my  makeup collection, which as you can imagine can get out of control really fast. However, there are certain items I’ll never discard, because they’re discontinued, unique, or have a special place in my beauty obsessed life. Here’s a look at the beauty products I will never ever throw away.

The Beauty Products I Will Never Ever Thow Out

The beauty industry runs deep in my veins. Having worked in the beauty industry as a makeup artist and beauty blogger for years and years, you bet I’ve come across some really interesting products. I’ve found if you keep your makeup items in cool, dark locations, they tend to last longer than those typical expiration dates that are thrown around, so unless something is dried out or horribly separated, it’s staying around!

Painted Ladies Favorite Old School Beauty Products

1. Old School MAC Lipsticks in Spanish Fly and Gliss

MAC Spanish Fly and Gliss Lipsticks

MAC releases and discontinues products so rapidly it’s easy to see old favorites come and go. Spanish Fly and Gliss are two discontinued colors I’ve loved since early on in my passion for MAC and I can’t seem to say goodbye to them. I’ve had these lipsticks for YEARS and they are in surprisingly good condition.

MAC Spanish Fly MAC Gliss Swatches

Spanish Fly is a multi-chrome red with hints of green, making it an utterly fascinating shade. Gliss is a gorgeous shimmery baby pink that was one of my favorites back in the day.

2. My Very First Eyeshadow Brush

Humble beginnings! Considering the size of my brush collection these days, it’s funny to think it all started with a $3 Maybelline eyeshadow brush I bought about 15 years ago and used for everything. I quickly moved on to a brush set from Victoria’s Secret that was actually pretty great, then on to MAC and I never looked back. This brush is broken, dented, but it has an extremely close place in my heart.

3. Two Of The First MAC Eyeshadows

If you could see the incredible pigmentation on these two eyeshadows, you would shake your fist at the corporate powers that diluted the powers of some of the very first products that came out of MAC. Back when MAC was released, it was some pretty amazing stuff. And now? Well, let’s just say these shadows are going to be passed on to my descendents.

Old School MAC Eyeshadow

While I’m not sure what the first eyeshadow is – Folie? Swiss Chocolate? Something long discontinued? – the second shadow is Print, a color that is still in existence.

MAC Eyeshadow Swatches

4. Kevyn Aucoin Cream Blush in Liquifuchsia

Ok, I’ll admit that this particular product is probably on its last legs. It’s not looking too good, but I am such a fan of Kevyn Aucoin, I can’t let it go.

Before the Internet, there was Kevyn Aucoin and his beauty books. I was a huge fan and devastated by his passing. I picked up a few items from his beauty collection when it was first released and will hold on to this one for sentimental reasons. I used it so often when I first purchased it and it’s so pigmented you can hardly even tell.

5. Bonne Bell Red Raspberry Lip Smacker

While so many have called Bonne Bell Dr. Pepper Lip Smacker their perfect rosy lip shade, for me it’s always been Red Raspberry.

I’ve loved this color since I was a freshman in high school. That was eons ago, yo!

6. La Prairie Celllular Luxe Lip Enhancer

Back in the day when I worked in luxury retail and spent too much of my income on my store discount, this was a must have.

It’s such an elegant product in such a hefty container, you wouldn’t be able to get rid of it either. Seriously, this thing weighs a ton, but it’s just so pretty.

7. YSL Highlighter In Jaipur

Another reminder of my luxury retail days, Jaipur is one of the prettiest highlighters I’ve ever used. It’s super smooth, micro-shimmer, and a gorgeous bronzy gold.

YSL Jaipur Highlighter

The container itself is eleganza. Getting rid of it? Impossible!

And you know I’d put together a Makeup Of The Day in honor of these products I regard so highly! Details on this look to follow shortly!

90s Makuep FOTD

What are some beauty products you’ll never throw away?

Makeup Of The Day 38 With BFTE Killer Topiary

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

Today’s face features Killer Topiary from BFTE’s The Shining Collection.

BFTE Kille Topiary MOTD Wet n Wild Pink Suga

FOTD BFTE Kille Topiary Wet n Wild Pink Suga

BFTE Kille Topiary EOTD Wet n Wild Pink Suga

EOTD BFTE Kille Topiary Wet n Wild Pink Suga

BFTE Killer Topiary Sugarpill Goldilux

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

NYX HD Grinding Powder in True Beige

IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette

Eyes

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Lid Base: Rimmel Scandaleyes Eyes Shadow Stick in Bulletproof Beige

Lid: BFTE Killer Topiary

Outer Corner: MAC Print

Browbone: MAC White Frost

Lower Inner Lid: Sugarpill Goldilux

Liner (upper lid): Mary Kay Gel Liner in Jet Black

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

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: Milani Total Lash Cover

Lips

MAC Stone Lip Pencil

Wet n Wild Mega Last Matte Lipstick in Pink Suga

Aeveka Repairing Micro Facial Scrub Giveaway

Press Sample

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.

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!

This contest ends 11/1/2014 at 12:00 AM EST and is open to residents of the USA. To enter, simply fill out the Rafflecopter Widget and leave a comment letting me know about your favorite skin care brand (or brands, for those of us who like to mix it up!).

Good luck!

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500 Eye-Makeup Designs Is A Must Have Beauty Book!

Press Sample

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.

500 Eye-Makeup Designs Review

As a fellow beauty blogger and makeup artist, I really admire the work, love, and creativity Kendra put in to this gorgeous book.

500 Eye-Makeup Designs e

If you love eye makeup you need to have 500 Eye-Makeup Designs. Every occasion and skill level you can think of is covered!

500 Eye-Makeup Designs a

500 Eye-Makeup Designs d

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.

500 Eye-Makeup Designs g

 

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.

500 Eye-Makeup Designs c

500 Eye-Makeup Designs i

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.

500 Eye-Makeup Designs h

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.

Kendra’s version.

500 Eye-Makeup Designs b

My take.

500 Eye-Makeup Designs EOTD

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!

Rating: A+

Price: $16.66

Availability: Amazon.com and anywhere books are sold.

 

Makeup Of The Day 37 With Faces Beautiful

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

Today’s face features products from Faces Beautiful that are newly available on Gloss 48.

Faces Beautiful MOTD

Faces Beautiful FOTD

Faces Beautiful Blush Nude 5 Shades of Eyes Palette EOTD

Faces Beautiful Blush Nude 5 Shades of Eyes Palette Swatches 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

MAC Invisible Set Powder

IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette

Eyes

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Lid/Outer Corner/Browbone: Faces Beautiful Blush Nude 5 Shades Of Eyes Palette

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: Milani Total Lash Cover

Lips

MAC Oak Lip Pencil

Faces Beautiful Vivid Desire Gloss

New Beauty Brand Alert! Face Beautiful On Gloss 48

Press Sample

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.

Faces Beautiful on 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

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.

Faces Beautiful Blush Nude 5 Shades of Eyes Palette

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.

Faces Beautiful Blush Nude 5 Shades of Eyes Palette

This is a bridal MUST have and I can see this one being very popular.

Faces Beautiful Blush Nude 5 Shades of Eyes Palette Swatches

With saturated colors that work universally, it’s something that would work for a variety of occasions.

Faces Beautiful Blush Nude 5 Shades of Eyes Palette EOTD

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.

Faces Beautiful Rich Navy Liner

This pencil isn’t too firm, nor too soft, but a nice consistency with great pigmentation.

Faces Beautiful Rich Navy Liner Swatches

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.

Faces Beautiful Luxury Gloss in Vivid Desire

A good thing!

Faces Beautiful Luxury Gloss in Vivid Desire

All together these products combine for a beautiful look.

Faces Beautiful MOTD

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!

Rating: B+

Prices: $18 – $52

Availability: Gloss 48

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Eyeshadow palette contains Tocopherol Acetate