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Milani Bella Eyes Eyeshadow Tutorial

I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

The new Milani Bella Eyes Eyeshadows have managed to capture the attention and hearts of the blogging community and makeup lovers everywhere. These really are great shadows and I’ve been having a lot of fun working with them. I’ve created a YouTube Milani Bella Eyes Eyeshadow Tutorial showing you how I combine Bella Purple, Bella Teal, and Bella Pink.

This is the first makeup tutorial I’ve done in a long, long time! I had a lot of fun doing this and I have to say, recording a narration instead of speaking into the camera made me feel a lot more comfortable. I’m learning as I go with these makeup tutorials and having a lot of fun with it! Looking at this video, I’ll know better to get closer to the camera next time!

Milani Bella Eyes Eyeshadow Tutorial

For full details on the makeup I used, there’s a breakdown on Makeup of the Day.

I haven’t reviewed the Bdellium brush I referenced yet, but it’s their Studio 773 Shading Brush, and the closest dupe to the MAC 242 brush I’ve ever used. I also mentioned the Coastal Scents Pro Blending Fluff Brush, which is a straight on dupe for the MAC 217 brush. Here’s a post with my full review of the Milani Bella Eyes colors.

Thank you for watching! If you have any specific requests for future tutorials, please let me know! Would you like to see more of my MAC collection? The palette in this video is just the tip of the iceberg!

Lipstick of the Day: Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Notting Hill Nude

I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

Yet another Instagram-made-me-do-it purchase. I saw a few raves and then when Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick in Notting Hill Nude was right, smack, dab in the middle of my view at Walgreens, I couldn’t say no.

Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipstick Notting Hill Nude

I am she of little resistance.

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Neutral with a touch of pink, this is the perfect lipstick color for those of us who want a lighter look without being washed out in the process.

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My Final Thoughts: This lipstick is quite moisturizing with a Vitamin A, C, and E enriched formula, and it has a really pretty sheen. I think we’ll have good times together, Notting Hill Nude and I. Does that even make sense, gramatically? I don’t think so. But it has a nice ring, so it stays. LOL.

Rating: A

Price: $5.99

Availability: Your local mass market retailers, and ulta.com

Cruelty-free? No

Paraben-free? No

Gluten-free? No, contains Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)

Radical Skincare Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum – Is It Worth The Splurge?

Press Sample

By Sheila Arkee

When it comes to good skincare, I am all for worthwhile splurges. After all,  your face is a canvas that has to be in the best shape possible for a great makeup application. Can I say the $190 Radical Skincare Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum is worthy of the high price tag?

Radical Skincare Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum 1

The Radical Skincare Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum is billed as a serum that will work universally for all skin types, ages, and ethnicites to fight the 16 causes of aging. These 16 aging agents include free radicals, poor nutrition, glycation disorders, and the slowing down of collagen synthesis. I’m all for products that fight any causes of aging!

Radical Skincare Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum 2

What’s key about this serum is that each ingredient has been subject to vigorous lab testing to make sure they’re effective and work with each of the 13 main ingredients that include 9 powerful antioxidants and 2 hexa peptides reinforced by Trylacel proprietrary technology. This serum has been shown to improve elasticity, firmness, clarity, and brightness in the vast majority of those who have used it in 4 week clinical trials.

Radical Skincare Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum 3

You use this product as the first step in your skincare routine, applying a moisturizer on top. While I think this is a good product and has ingredients that will work to improve the appearance of skin, unfortunately my skin did not have a good reaction to this serum. I gave it a full four week trial period and found in that time my skin broke out to the point where I had to discontinue use, something that is unusual in my case. While I’ll get monthly hormonal breakouts, it’s not typical for me to experience continued breakouts on my forehead and cheeks, which is what happened with the use of this product.

Knowing how many other people really enjoy and have benefited from this serum, I hesitate to give it a completely bad review, but all I will say is that your experience will vary with any product.

My Final Thoughts: Unfortunately Radical Skincare Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum did not work for me and I had to discontinue use. However, many others have had positive reactions and I encourage you to do further research if you’re considering purchasing this product.

Rating: B-

Price: $190

Availability: Visit www.radicalskincare.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? No, contains Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E)

Makeup Of The Day 3

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

Makeup of the Day Fusion of Color Cosmetics 1

Makeup of the Day Fusion of Color Cosmetics 2

Makeup of the Day Fusion of Color Cosmetics 3

Makeup of the Day Fusion of Color Cosmetics 4

Face

L’Oreal Youth Code BB Cream in Medium

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Glow

Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Powder 128

Milani Baked Blush in Delizioso Pink

MAC Harmony Blush

Eyes

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Lid: Fusion of Color Cosmetics Damask

Outer Corner: Fusion of Color Cosmetics Rainstorm

Browbone: Fusion of Color Cosmetics Frosty Morning

Liner: Urban Decay Demolition

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: L’Oreal Miss Manga

Lips

MAC Stone Lip Pencil

Fusion of Color Matte Lipstick in Nude

Let’s Look At Some Beautiful Mineral Eyeshadow From Fusion of Color Cosmetics

Press Sample

By Sheila Arkee

When I had the opportunity to try out some makeup from Fusion of Color Cosmetics, I could hardly say no to these three beautiful mineral eyeshadow colors in Frosty Morning, Damask, and Rainstorm.

Fusion of Color Cosmetics

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. The colorants are all custom made, so these colors are unique to the brand. I’ve been using quite a few Fusion of Color products lately and have good things to say about them, starting with this trio of lovely eye colors.

Fusion of Color Cosmetics Frosty Morning Damask Rainstorm

Frosty Morning is a sheer beige with a hint of pink that can be used to highlight the browbone, and also on other areas of the face.

Fusion of Color Cosmetics Frosty Morning

Damask is a gorgeous, rich gold that has knocked my socks off. I love this velvety color that is a refreshing take on gold.

Fusion of Color Cosmetics Damask

Rainstorm is described as a medium/dark blue with a hint of green shimmer. This is gorgeous as a smoky lid color.

Fusion of Color Cosmetics Rainstorm

I found these shadows to apply smoothly, and they build up quite nicely underneath a base. The nice part about these shadows is that you can opt to purchase them with or without a sifter, for your convenience.

Makeup of the Day Fusion of Color Cosmetics 1

Makeup of the Day Fusion of Color Cosmetics 3

My Final Thoughts: If you’re a mineral eyeshadow lover, you’ll enjoy the smooth pigmentation offered from Fusion of Color Cosmetics. I will be using these colors often in my upcoming Makeup of the Day posts!

Rating: A

Price: $4.85, samples are available for $1.75

Availability: Visit www.fusionofcolor.net

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

Batiste Dry Shampoo Is A Boon For Curly Hair

Press Sample

By Sheila Arkee

When it comes to the care and  maintenance of my hair as the night hours roll along, I have one major decision to make: Do I wash my hair, or do I get some sleep? Sleep usually wins out, which is where Batiste Dry Shampoo comes to the rescue.

Batiste Dry Shampoo Review

With my naturally curly hair, I have the luxury of being able to stretch out washes to 3 days with my curls doing pretty well considering how much time has gone by without them being combed through or brushed. Four day stretches are pushing it and by that time I find my curls start to “dred” up a bit, making it a pain to comb them out before washing my hair. So, a three day stretch it is, however, by that third day my roots are looking awfully shiny as compared to the rest of my hair. That’s why I adore using a dry shampoo.

Batiste Dry Shampoo Review 3

Dry shampoos are incredibly easy to use and they work for all hair types. It’s incredibly simple to use a dry shampoo – just spray and shake! Voila! Refreshed roots that make your life easier and help you catch up on some sleep.The instructions tell you to brush the shampoo out, but taking a brush to my curls at this stage in the hair care game would not be a cute thing.

Batiste Dry Shampoo Review 4

I put together a quick video showing you just how easy it is to use Batiste Dry Shampoo. The one I used is the Tropical scent, which has a nice coconut fragrance. The hair oil I mention is by Garnier and it really is great! The wide tooth comb I use is one I got from a beauty supply store many moons ago.

My Final Thoughts: Batiste Dry Shampoo is available in a variety of scents and helps to extend the life of your hairstyles. If you’re in need of a dry shampoo, try Batiste – they’re the best!

Rating: A

Price: $3.99 (on the go size), $7.99 (full size)

Availability: Ulta, Walgreens, and Walmart, visit www.batistehair.com for more information.

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

 

 

Makeup of the Day 2

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

Milani Bella Eyes Rimmel Nottingham Nude Lipstick 1

Milani Bella Eyes Rimmel Nottingham Nude Lipstick 2

Milani Bella Eyes Rimmel Nottingham Nude Lipstick 4

Milani Bella Eyes Rimmel Nottingham Nude Lipstick 5

Face

Lumene Vitamin C+ BB Cream in Medium

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Glow

Jerome Alexander Magic Minerals

Coastal Scents Enchanting Blush

MAC Harmony Blush

Eyes

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Lid: Milani Bella Teal

Outer Corner: Milani Bella Charcoal

Lower Lid: Milani Bella Purple

Browbone: MAC Vapour

Liner: Urban Decay Oil Slick

Liner (lower lid): Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl in Purple

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: L’Oreal Miss Manga

Lips

MAC Stripdown Lip Pencil

Rimmel Nottingham Nude

An Ode To Milani Bella Eyes Eyeshadows – They’re THAT Good

I Bought It


By Sheila Arkee

It’s happened: The low-end/high-end eyeshadow divide is officially gone thanks to the brand new Milani Bella Eyes Eyeshadows. Yes, the rumors around the beauty mill are true – these $4 gel powder individual eyeshadows are THAT good!

Milani Bella Eyes

When I first started getting interested in makeup in the mid-90s, I remember the drugstore eye makeup options not being great whatsoever. Wet n Wild was still in their waxy lipstick stage and everything from CoverGirl and Maybelline just looked chalky on my skin. Back then I ran to prestige brands and stocked up on MAC Shadows, but today the tables have turned. And how!

Milani Bella Mandarin, Milani Bella Cobalt, Milani Bella Emerald 1

Milani Bella Mandarin, Milani Bella Cobalt, Milani Bella Emerald 1

Milani has been stepping up their game in the past few years and recently introduced brand new eyeshadows and nail polishes that get great raves all around the board. The only problem is that they’re not available in all retail locations just yet, and I ended up ordering three of the new Bella shadows online, which arrived within a couple of days.

Milani Bella Mandarin, Milani Bella Cobalt, Milani Bella Emerald 2

Mandarin

Milani Bella Mandarin

Cobalt

Milani Bella Cobalt

Emerald

Milani Bella Emerald

Over the weekend I was at a Walgreens about an hour away from home and had the eyeshadow encounter I’ve been waiting on for weeks! Bliss! I found a partial display of the colors and I picked up four more colors. All swatches are done without a primer, which shows you how pigmented these gel shadows are!

Milani Bella Purple, Milani Bella Teal, Milani Bella Charcoal, Milani Bella Pink 1

Milani Bella Purple, Milani Bella Teal, Milani Bella Charcoal, Milani Bella Pink

Milani Bella Purple, Milani Bella Teal, Milani Bella Charcoal, Milani Bella Pink 2

Purple

Milani Bella Purple

Teal

Milani Bella Teal

Charcoal

Milani Bella Charcoal

Pink

Milani Bella Pink

These unique eyeshadows are start off as a gel and then are transformed to powders. They can be used wet or dry and come in iridescent metallic, shimmer, and matte finishes. The Bella Eyes shadows are remarkable for 3 reasons:

Milani Bella Teal 2

1) The price point is unbeatable. $4 is a fraction of the cost of any prestige shadow brand.

2) The color payoff is simply incredible. Saturated colors at this price point are a sure win.

3) The variety of colors available are pretty remarkable for a drugstore brand and I see several high end dupes on the get go.

Milani Bella Eyes Rimmel Nottingham Nude Lipstick 1

My Final Thoughts: The 30 new Bella Eyes shadows are not crumbly at all, you don’t have to dig in the pan to get the color, and they are long-wearing without creasing.  I see so many fun shadow combinations and plan on eventually picking up all of the shadows. Kudos, Milani!

Milani Bella Eyes

Rating: A+

Price: $3.99

Availability: CVS and Walgreens stores and online at milanicosmetics.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

My Instagram Life, 7-20-14

By Sheila Arkee

A look back at the week in my life and on Painted Ladies, as seen via my Instagram.

Make ‘em laugh!

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The best thing I’ve used on my skin in a long time. I really love it this much.

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I can’t believe this exists and I love that this exists.

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The first MOTD for the new “Makeup Of The Day” series, rocking some fierce Koko Lashes.

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A #throwbackthursday to when my son was much smaller than he is today, and I would throw him over my shoulders when he was having a meltdown. Which is exactly what was happening in this photo.

PaintedLadies_Sheila Instagram 7-20-14 e

Another new feature, Lipstick of the Day, which will appear weekly. This gorgeous red is MAC Cockney.

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The color and supporting base and top coats for my current mani: Cult Nails Falling Hard.

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No cleanup done before this photo, but mani was complete! The color is a bit darker in real life, but it’s a gorgeous pink.

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These hair extensions made me feel all kinds of fancy.

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Two new fun lippies to try.

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After I ordered a trio of the new Milani Bella shadows earlier this week, I finally found a semi-complete display at a Walgreens outside of my hometown. It was a glorious beauty junkie moment. My review is coming later on, but I can confidently say the low-end/high-end eyeshadow barrier has been completely broken with these $4 pretties. I also snagged a new Rimmel lipstick that’s been getting lots of good buzz on Instagram.

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A visit to great-grandma.

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This new bib necklace is from Forever 21 and it’s all kinds of amazing, but makes me feel like I’m choking! I’m going to add a bit more length which will solve the problem. Look for this necklace to make an appearance on YouTube!

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Here’s to a lovely week ahead!

 

Miracle Skin Transformer Treat & Conceal Is A Must For Those Red Nosed Times Of Your Life

Press Sample

By Sheila Arkee

While I’d had a tube of Miracle Skin Transformer Treat & Conceal in my “to try” pile for a while, I didn’t have the opportunity to take it for a proper spin until I was hit with a dreaded Summer cold.

Miracle Skin Transformer title

Aren’t those Summer colds the worst? You’re sniffling and clutching Kleenex in the middle of the muggy heat when all you really want to do is sip on lemon and honey tea under the covers. That’s life, but the silver lining of this experience was the raw, red nose I developed as a result of using said Kleenex. I couldn’t have been more excited.

Rudolph nose is no joke.

Rudolph nose is no joke.

Miracle Skin Transformer Treat & Conceal is a lightweight yet powerful mineral product that’s available in four shades: Light, Medium, Tan, and Dark. This multi-functional product was formulated to hydrate, treat, and protect your skin as well as under your eye area. This concealer helps to minimize signs of aging while hydrating skin and covering discolorations while providing an airbrushed effect thanks to M3 Complex that contains Marine Collagen. Sounds great! Let’s see how it worked.

The shade I used is Medium, which has a yellow undertone.

Miracle Skin Transformer 7

While I definitely prefer a pink-toned concealer for under the eyes, Miracle Skin Transformer Treat & Conceal is the perfect product for any blemishes or redness I have on other areas on my face. I used a flat synthetic brush to gently pat it into the red areas, and immediately washed the brush afterwards. I set with a little translucent powder and voila!

Miracle Skin Transformer 2

The results? I’m impressed! My Summer cold related red nose has been eliminated with no trace of irritation.

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My Final Thoughts: Miracle Skin Transformer does deliver it’s promises and provides excellent coverage for those less than ideal areas on your face. There are two downfalls, one being the hefty price tag and the other being that  the color is a bit too yellow for under the eyes. I would love to see a version of this concealer with a little more pink for that purpose.

Rating: B+

Price: $36

Availability: Online at www.ulta.com and www.nordstrom.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes