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Makeup Of The Day 144 With Makeup Geek Shimmermint

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I have to say, Makeup Geek Shimmermint just might be my favorite light green eyeshadow at the moment. It’s a beautiful mint with hints of gold. Just beautiful! Yesterday I claimed this lip color is NYX High Voltage Lipstick in Rock Star, but I looked back at my notes and it’s something completely different! Ha ha! I’m glad I take notes while I’m creating FOTDs. You’ll have to read on to find out what it actually is!

FOTD Makeup Of The Day With Makeup Geek Shimmermint MAC Mystery and MAC White Frost

 

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How To Curate Gorgeous Coils With I Love Lulu All-Natural Hair Care

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When you curls bring an automatic smile to your face you know you’re on to something good. That’s what’s been happening since I’ve been using I Love Lulu all-natural hair care products.

I Love Lulu Curly Hair Products Review Painted Ladies

I Love Lulu hair care products come with the tagline “pure, rich, wholesome” and that they totally are. I’ve never used all-natural hair care and I have to say I’m impressed! I’m using the I Love Lulu Shampoo, Conditioner, and Shelly Jelly and the results are fabulous.

I Love Lulu Hair Care Review

So fabulous I threw my head back.

I Love Lulu Naturally Curly Hair Care Review

Happy curls, happy girl!

Review I Love Lulu

There’s a bit of red lipstick (my new NYX High Voltage lipstick in Rock Star) on my nose in two of my photos that I noticed when it was too late to go back and fix. It’s the new makeup rage! I’m telling you!

The I Love Lulu products are from a salon in Los Angeles that focuses on all-natural hair care for all types of hair textures. The “haute couture meets herbal” salon is owned by Tallulah “Lulu” Marcelin, who’s been in the beauty industry for 20 years and focuses on promoting hair and scalp health with a 3 step approach of “Ready … Set … Grow!”I Love Lulu Shampoo and Conditioner

In all honesty, it took a total of three washes for my hair too get this kind of curl from I Love Lulu products. The products are truly all natural and feel different than your typical hair care products. They’re not bad at all, just different.

The ingredients in the Shampoo include Tea Tree water, Vitamins E, B3, B5, B6, and gluten free oat protein.

I Love Lulu Shampoo

The Conditioner contains Aloe Leaf Juice, Vegetable Glycerine, and Coconut oil.

I Love Lulu Conditioner

Shelly Jelly contains flax seed plup. I found that the gel works best when I use a leave-in conditioner first. Use a generous amount of gel and your curls will stay in place all day.

I Love Lulu Shelly Jelly

My Final Thoughts: I’m more impressed with the I Love Lulu all-natural hair care I tried than I assumed! My curls are so happy and I recommend using them if you’re looking for all-natural hair alternatives.

I Love Lulu Review on www.painted-ladies.com

Rating: A

Price: $13.99 – $20

Availability: www.ilovelulu.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops

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Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops are the newest Cover FX skincare product that’s changing the beauty world, one drop at a time.  I think these are brilliant, and I’ll show you why!

Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops

Cover FX is one of my favorite beauty brands for several reasons, but most of all I appreciate the fact that they are on the cutting edge of makeup technology. They offer products that are innovative, unique and effective.

Review Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops

Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops meld skincare and makeup in a brand new way. These are four fragrance-free, vegan drops that allow you to customize your skincare and makeup as you wish. Formulated with vitamins and essential oils, these drops are lightweight, offer the benefits of a serum, and mix easily into whatever you with to blend them with.

A + Jasmine promotes anti-aging benefits with Vitamin A and Jasmine Oil to hydrate and promote skin cell turnover.

Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops A+ Jasmine

C + Lemongrass promotes radiance with Vitamin C and Lemongrass to brighten dull skin and protect against free radicals in the environment.

Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops C+ Lemongrass

E + Chamomile promotes calming with Vitamin E and Chamomile Oil to nourish and soothe.

Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops E+ Chamomile

F + Neroli promotes hydration with Neroli and Vitamin F and improves skin elasticity.

Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops F+ Neroli

I’ve been adding a couple of drops of C+ Lemongrass into my mix of Cover FX Custom Cover Drops in G50 along with Cover FX Illuminating Primer lately.

Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops Cover FX Custom Cover Drops Cover FX Illuminating Primer

The drops do not effect the texture of my foundation.

Mix Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops Cover FX Custom Cover Drops Cover FX Illuminating Primer

Now, let me tell  you, the aforementioned combination is my jam these days. Oh, how I adore the finish! If you’re looking for a glow with great coverage, get all of the above. You’ll be thrilled. I promise!

My Final Thoughts: The Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops are an excellent and easy way to customize your makeup and skincare. With four formulas to choose from, you can address skin conditions with ease and give your skin the boost it needs.

Cover FX Custom Infusion Drops Review www.painted-ladies.com

Rating: A

Price: $48

Availability: www.coverfx.com and Sephora

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

My Instagram Life, 8-23-2015

Once a week I take you on a look back at the week that was via my Instagram account. It’s always fun to take a look back!

I’ve fallen hard for Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in Beloved.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick Beloved

My first two KB Shimmer nail colors! I’m so excited about my new holo and duochromes.

KB Shimmer Nails

Mattes! This week I shared comparisons of matte liquid lip colors from a few different beauty brands.

Matte Liquid Lipstick

 

A purple and iridescent green smoky eye. 

Purple Smoky Eyes

Good news! I finally figured out how to use Snapchat! You can find me there for fun behind-the-scenes things under my user name: paintedladies9

e.l.f. Studio Makeup Mist and Set

This is what really happens at a product shoot. My assistant couldn’t wait to play with the confetti!

Painted Ladies My Assistant

A closer look at that glorious NYX High Voltage lipstick. 

NYX High Voltage LIpstick

This charcoal mask from Derma E is my new favorite -it makes my skin clean and smooth!

Derma E Charcoal Mask

It was unofficially skincare week on Painted Ladies, capped of by a review of these super cool gel masks from Wilma Schumann. 

Wilma Schumann Hydra Gel Mask

Another Snapchat snap! This is really such a great product that has improved the texture of my skin – I’m so thankful for Paula’s Choice skincare!

Paula's Choice Resist Serum

Purple and copper eyes – it looks like a sunset!

Purple and copper smoky eyes

Melt proof makeup! It’s been super humid these days and these are the products getting me through!

Melt Proof Makeup

Data was a trendsetter when it came to strobing.

Data Star Trek Strobing

This gel liner is everything everyone says it is – intensely pigmented, it wears like iron!

Inglot Gel Liner 77

Here’s to a blessed week ahead! My son starts 3rd grade and turns 8, so it’s an eventful one for us.

Mirabella, Stila, Anastasia Beverly Hills, ColourPop and Makeup Geek

Here’s a look at what the members of the Beauty Blog Coalition have been writing about this past week. Enjoy!

 

 

 

How To Contour Your Lips

We hear a lot about makeup contouring these days, a technique that uses powders and creams to chisel out our cheeks and give our faces a 3D effect. Using darker colors to create dimension is  a basic beauty principle that can be used on eyes and cheeks, as well. Today I’m going to show you how to contour your lips with lip pencil.

How To Contour Your Lips Tutorial

This technique is a simple and easy way to paint your pout.  From smoothing to lining, here are the steps you’ll need to contour your lips.

Step 1: It’s important to start off any lip color application with a smooth surface. Cover your lips with a nourishing balm and let it set on your lips for a couple of minutes.

How To Contour Your Lips Step 1

Step 2: Use a damp washcloth to thoroughly scrub your lips. Your smooth surface that will allow your lip color to cling to your lips is guaranteed!

How To Contour Your Lips Step 2

 

Step 3: I lighly powder my lips with a translucent powder to create a neutral surface.

How To Contour Your Lips Step 3

 

Step 4: Use a lip pencil similar to the lip color of your choice to outline your lips. I’m using Ofra Wine, which is similar to MAC Whirl.

How To Contour Your Lips Step 4

Step 5: To create a contour, use your lip liner to create lines within your lips. I’ll place two lines on the upper lip, and three on the lower lip.

How To Contour Your Lips Step 5

Step 6: Apply your lip color of choice. The color I’m using in this example is Cargo Gel Lipstick in Tribeca. 

How To Contour Your Lips Step 6

The results? A subtly contoured lip with dimension. You can even add a touch of a light eyeshadow on your cupid’s bow for a highlight.

How To Contour Your Lips Step 7

You can also use a much darker liner to create a different and more dramatic look with the same lipstick. In this set of photos I’ve used MAC Plum with the same lip color, Cargo Gel Lipstick in Tribeca. I use the same technique to contour my lips.

How To Contour Your Lips Step 9

Add lipstick, and voila! Beautifully contoured lips.

How To Contour Your Lips Step 11

When it comes to lip liners, I tend to favor neutral pinks and browns. The one I reach for 90% of the time? Milani Lip Pencil in All Natural – it’s a beauty bargain win that works with every lip color!

What are some of your favorite lip liners? 

Makeup Of The Day 143 With ColourPop Lippie Stix in Lumiere

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Purple eyeshadow will forever be my favorite. It’s the eyeshadow color I fell in love with when I first started wearing makeup and it always just makes me happy. For today’s look I paired it with ColourPop Lippie Stix in Lumiere, which is a really pretty mauve, and even prettier when topped with a pink gloss.

Makeup Inspiration With Stilazzi and Makeup Geek Eyeshadow and ColourPop Lippie Stix in Lumiere on www.painted-ladies.com

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My Top 5 Melt Proof Makeup Products

While it’s generally constantly warm where I live, we’ve had an unusual amount of humidity lately that’s left me cherishing melt proof makeup. It seems like a daunting task, but it’s definitely possible to keep your makeup on your skin and not evaporated away! Here are my top 5 melt proof makeup products that beat the heat and humidity.

Top 5 Melt Proof Makeup Products

1. e.l.f. Studio Makeup Mist and Set ($3)

Whatever is in this mist that makes your makeup stick to your skin is pure genius. When I finish my makeup application with a generous dose of this spray. my makeup is set for hours. You can speed up the drying process by fanning your face with a piece of paper.

A close runner up is Evian Facial Spray, which is so refreshing to spritz all of your your skin. Not only does it feel great during a sweltering day. it gives your makeup a boost through the day and helps it look its best.

2. Pur Minerals Cheek Stains ($26)

For cheeks that have a lovely, natural, long-wearing flush, I cannot recommend this gel blush more highly. While I don’t tend to use the brush it comes with, the blush itself is easy to blend and looks like a natural, from within glow. It stays on your cheeks for hours upon hours!

3. ColourPop Sheer Lippie Stix ($5)

There’s something about the smooth texture of these lipsticks that has captured my heart. These coconut oil based lip colors are nourishing, moisturizing, and have such a nice gloss and color that stick to your lips. When it’s hot, I want my lips to be comfortable, not feeling chapped or dry and the 8 Sheer Lippie Stix are the best of a balm/lipstick/gloss combined.

4. Mally Beauty Evercolor Starlight Waterproof Liner ($18)

I’ll admit that many waterproof eyeliners just don’t pass muster with my sensitive eyes. Many times my eyes will react to some ingredient in waterproof pencils and basically reject the liner. I’ve never had this problem with the waterproof liners from Mally Beauty, which are easy to apply and stand through the test of tears, sweat, and humidity.

5. CoverGirl The Super Sizer Mascara ($7.50)

This might be one of the very best drugstore mascaras I’ve ever used in my entire life! It volumizes, holds a curl, makes your lashes look extremely long, removes easily with Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser, and is completely bullet proof. It won’t melt or fade away! If you’re looking for a mascara that gives dramatic, melt proof results, get yourself a tube of The Super Sizer!

What are some of your favorite melt proof makeup products? 

For Affordable, Effective Skincare Check Out Wilma Schumann Hydra-Gel Masques

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One thing I’ve realized from years of blogging is that certain weeks unintentionally have themes. Sometimes it’s a lipstick week, sometimes it’s an eyeshadow week, and this week is most definitely a skincare week! The truth is I really love learning about brands and products that will give my skin a boost.  Today I have some really cool skincare from Wilma Schumann to share with you that I think you will love as much as I do.

Wilma Schumann

 

When I received a package of Wilma Schumann Hydra-Gel Masques ($39.00) to try I was absolutely fascinated and made this happen ASAP.

Wilma Schumann Hydra-Gel Masques Aloe Vera

There’s just something awesome about sheet masks, but a gel sheet mask just takes everything to a whole other level! There are 4 different masks that are available in a variety 4-pack, as well as 4-packs of the same sheet. Each mask addresses a different concern. The masks are saturated with their key ingredient along with Hyaluronic Acid. My skin LOVES Hyaluronic Acid, so you know I’ve been enjoying using the masks big time!  The masks include:

Red Wine – Antioxidant, for anti-aging.

Wilma Schumann Hydra-Gel Masques Red Wine

Deep Sea Soil – Nourishing, helps to relieve dry skin.

Wilma Schumann Hydra-Gel Masques Deep Sea Soil

Ale Vera – Soothing, great for irritated skin.
Wilma Schumann Hydra-Gel Masques Aloe Vera Review

Pure Collagen – Hydrates with glycerin, great for all skin types.

Wilma Schumann Hydra-Gel Masques Pure Collagen

You use these gel masks the way you’d use any other skin mask: Place on cleansed skin for 15 minutes, then remove and use some of the remaining serum in the foil package on your skin afterwards for soothed and hydrated skin. The masks have a gel texture and are cooling and soothing. Be gentle with the mask when you apply, or you’ll end up with a hole, as you can see I did with The Aloe Vera mask.

Wilma Schumann Algae Contouring Soap Review

 

I also had the chance to try the Wilma Schumann Algae Contouring Soap ($14.00). This is said to help even out cellulite and while I honestly cannot attest to that, I will tell you that your skin will be smooth as all get up after one use. This is the most exfoliating soap I’ve ever used and it won’t irritate your skin. The key ingredients are Coconut Oil, Shea Butter, and Kelp.

Wilma Schumann Algae Contouring Soap

Wilma Schumann is a results-driven European skincare brand that is available online and at CVS stores. This affordable, award-winning skincare brand is dedicated to education and is sold in over 15 countries. Wilma Schumann products have 30 years of skincare research and testing behind them and offer results with effective ingredients  – no gimmicks involved!

My Final Thoughts: Wilma Schumann Hydra-Gel Masques made some sweltering Summer days bearable. They are super soothing and I’m really intrigued by this brand I’ve spotted in my local CVS store. The masks are definitely worth checking out! For smooth skin, the Wilma Schumann Algae Contouring Soap is a must!

Rating: A

Price: $14 – $19

Availability: CVS, http://wilmaschumann.com/

Cruelty-free? Yes

Keep Your Pores On Point With Derma E Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask

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My name is Sheila, and I’m addicted to clean pores. If there’s one thing that I’m on constantly on the pursuit of, it’s clean pores. I’m a big fan of good purifying masks, which is why I’m loving Derma E Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask these days.

Derma E Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask

This is a mask that offers serious pore cleansing business. And I mean, serious! I don’t know about where you live, but we’ve been experiencing serious heat and humidity in my neck of the woods. The humidity is something else, and it’s showing up in my skin. This charcoal mask has come in handy and then some.

Activated charcoal is the key ingredient in this mask, and it’s been shown to help purify and even out your skin and absorb 100 to 200 times its weight in impurities. The Derma E Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask contains a host of cleansing ingredients, including Kaolin and Bentonite clays, and Marine Algae, which protects skin from environmental damage.

Derma E Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask Review

This mask is also an exfoliant and your skin will get a good scrubbing with the addition of Apricot Seed Powder. Used twice a week, your skin will earn its glow. I’m using this in the mornings after the gym and I have to say, I’m in love and need to order this in bulk! Hooray for activated charcoal!

My Final Thoughts: Clean skin is going to happen when you use Derma E Purifying 2-in-1 Charcoal Mask. I think this clay and charcoal-base mask has earned a permanent spot in my regular mask rotation.

Rating: A+

Price: $17 – $19.50 (depending on retailer)

Availability: It’s so good, it’s out of stock on Dermae.com! You can also find it on Amazon. 

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes