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Here’s a look at what my fellow beauty bloggers from the Beauty Blog Coalition covered this week in the world of hair, skin, and makeup!



Things Are Pretty Peachy With Pur Minerals

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Although Summer has left the building and it’s officially Fall, it’s still feeling pretty Summer-y in my neck of the woods. Which is why I’m loving a couple of peach colored products from Pur Minerals.

Pur Minerals Chateau de Vine Lipstick in Georgia Peach and Pur Minerals Cheek Stain in Peach Bellini Review and Swatches

Peach is vastly underrated, as far as I’m concerned! Peach is the unifying color that brings Summer and Fall together – it’s a color that looks great during both seasons. Oh, who am I kidding – peach looks great year round!

Pur Minerals Chateau de Vine Lipstick in Georgia Peach and Pur Minerals Cheek Stain in Peach Bellini Review

I’ve used both the Pur Minerals Chateau de Vine Lipsticks ($18) and Pur Minerals Cheek Stains ($26) in the past and they’re both A rated products. The lipstick is something you need to try – it’s so smooth, so creamy, and with a gorgeous gloss.

Pur Minerals Chateau de Vine Lipstick in Georgia Peach

I think I might be in love with Georgia Peach. I say that about so many products, but really, I mean it!

Pur Minerals Chateau de Vine Lipstick in Georgia Peach Swatch

The Cheek Stains are wonderful. Although I don’t get much use out of the brush it comes with, the staying power and fresh color of Peach Bellini are both impressive.

Pur Minerals Cheek Stain in Peach Bellini

So sheer! So fresh! Here’s a look at Peach Bellini paired with Georgia Peach on the lips.

Pur Minerals Peach Bellini

Are you wearing traditional Fall makeup colors yet? You know, rich plums and smoky eyes? I’m still in Summer mode, but then again it’s been hot, hot, HOT lately in my neck of the woods. Hot or cool, I’m definitely bringing these pretty peachy products into the upcoming Autumn months.

My Final Thoughts: If you’re a regular reader of Painted Ladies, I’m sure you’ve noticed I am big fan of Pur Minerals and I’ve yet to be disappointed by any product from this lovely brand.

Rating: A

Price: $18 – $26

Availability: www.purminerals.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Makeup Of The Day 154 With Lilly Lashes In Tehran

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The makeup products I’ve been playing lately have me all excited about makeup. I’m really enjoying the Pur Minerals Soul Mattes eyeshadow palette, which I’ve used to create this look. These matte shadows combine to create a delightful look and are topped with Lilly Lashes in Tehran.

Makeup Of The Day With Pur Minerals Soul Mattes and Lilly Lashes in Tehran

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12 Beauty Must Haves For Your Gym Bag

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Going to the gym has been something I’ve loved to do ever since I was 18. Through all different the different stages of my life – first as a student, then as a working professional, and now as a busy mom – I’ve honed down on the essential makeup, hair, and skincare products that I keep in my gym bag at all time. Here are my picks for 12 beauty must haves for your gym bag.


12 Beauty Must Haves For Your Gym Bag

A Cute Makeup Bag

Might I suggest the super cute and practical Breakups To Makeup canvas bags ($24)? They are roomy and easy to clean!

Facial Wipes

Neutrogena Deep Clean Oil-Free Makeup Remover Cleansing Wipes ($8.99) are the first thing I use if I come into the gym wearing makeup.

Alligator Hair Clips 

Alligator clips like these adorable hot pink options from Sephora ($10) are a curly girl’s best friend! They work better than elastic hair ties to keep my hair together while I’m on the treadmill.

Sweat Band

I use a basic sweat band like the Dri Sweat Edge Band ($3.99) on those days I’ve flat ironed my hair.  Next to a generous dosage of dry shampoo once my workout is complete, this is my number one trick for keeping my hair looking it’s best for several days while still working out.

A Clay Mask

After your workout when your pores are open is the best time to cleanse your pores, and you all know how much I love clean pores.  I love the Freeman Anti-Stress Dead Sea Minerals Mask ($3.99).

Dry Shampoo

Batiste Dry Shampoo ($8.99) is a must have. I don’t typically wash my hair at the gym, but a dry shampoo helps my scalp feel clean and it’s also a must for those days I’ve flat ironed my hair.

Travel Sized Shampoo/Conditioner/Styling Aid

On the rare occasion I wash my hair at the gym, I like having my favorite products with me, and I love that the Living Proof Curl Memory products are available in a travel sized kit ($29).


Right not I’m toting L’Oreal Miss Manga ($7.99) which makes my lashes look lush and voluminous and is easy to remove. Even if I’m short on time, mascara is a must!

Multi-Use Cream Color Products

I love the Stila Convertible Colors ($25) which a) stay put on my oily skin and b) are so easy to use. You can use these on both your lips and cheeks, making it easy for you to dash out the door in a snap when your workout is finished.

Translucent Powder

While I don’t typically have the time to do a full face of makeup after the gym, having a translucent power like Cover FX Blotting Powder ($24) help me feel like I have my act together!

Moisturizer With SPF

I’ve been using the Paula’s Choice RESIST Super-Light Daily Wrinkle Defense SPF 30 ($32) which help to mattify your skin. Recently I’ve been alternating with Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ($34) which evens out my skin tone.

Body Lotion

I can’t leave home without a good lotion! I’m going to decant A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Energizing Citrus Body Lotion ($22) because that dreamy citrus scent is everything!

What are some of your must have beauty essentials for your gym bag? 

Walmart Beauty Box Fall 2015 Unboxing

A little something fun arrived in the mail recently, the Walmart Beauty Box for Fall 2015, which is surely one of the best $5 investments I make every 3 months. Today I thought it would be fun to go through the contents of this beauty subscription box together!

Walmart Beauty Box Fall 2015 Unboxing

Here’s a quick unboxing video showing you everything I received for Fall 2015.

The contents include one full sized item and five samples:

Walmart Beauty Box Fall 2015

  • Full-sized ROC Deep Wrinkle Serum ($16)
  • Schick HydroSilk Disposable Razor

Walmart Beauty Box Fall 2015 ROC Deep Wrinkle Serum

  • Dove Advanced Care Beauty Finish Anti-Persiprant/Deoderant
  • Curel Rough Skin Rescue
  • John Frieda 7 Day Volume In-Shower Treatment
  • ACT Advanced Care Mouthwash

Walmart Beauty Box Fall 2015 Samples

The Walmart Beauty Box is just $5, which includes shipping fees. Your credit card is charged every three months when the box ships and unlike Ipsy, you are not able to customize your contents. I believe there are typically a couple of different versions of the box, but everyone receives the same main products.

My Final Thoughts: For $5, the Walmart Beauty Box is great deal and always so exciting to receive. This is my third installment of the Walmart Beauty Box and I’ve always received a full-sized product valued much more than $5.

Rating: B

Price: $5, every three months. You’re charged when the box is shipped.

Value of Full-Sized Items: $16

Availability: beautybox.walmart.com

Cruelty-free? No

The OPI Venice Collection Is A Perfectly Rich, Jewel-Toned Nail Lacquer Collection For Fall

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Happy first day of Fall 2015! Today’s the official start of the season, and it’s the perfect time to share the OPI Venice Collection of nail lacquers.

OPI Venice Collection www.painted-ladies.com

This could actually be one of the most perfect collections for Fall that I’ve seen yet. It’s time to transition from the brights and corals of Summer into colors like these polishes that are rich, jewel-toned, and glossy. These colors are actually making me want a warm and toasty cup of coffee ASAP!

OPI Venice Collection Nail Polish Swatches

There are 15 colors in this collection and today I have five to show you.

Gimme A Lido Kiss – Shimmery red, a perfect pedicure color.

OPI Gimme A Lido Kiss

OPI Gimme A Lido Kiss Swatch

It’s A Piazza Cake – Creamy burnt orange. This works better than I anticipated. It’s a striking color and very Fall-ish.

OPI It's A Piazza Cake

OPI It's A Piazza Cake Swatch

St. Mark’s The Spot -A shimmery royal blue.

OPI St. Mark's The Spot

OPI St. Mark's The Spot Swatch

Venice The Party – A shimmery teal, which is what I’m wearing right now and receiving compliments on left and right.

OPI Venice The Party

OPI Venice The Party and OPI Baroque ... But Still Shopping!

Baroque … But Still Shopping! – Creamy gold with chunks of glitter, the color I’m wearing on my accent nail above.  Surprisingly smooth and easy to apply!

OPI Baroque ... But Still Shopping!

My Final Thoughts: Hello, Fall! If you’re looking to change up your nail colors for the season, I highly suggest taking a look at the OPI Venice Collection. OPI Nail Lacquers are easy to apply, richly pigmented, and I always get at least 4 days of chip-free wear!

OPI Venice Collection Review and Swatches on Painted Ladies


Rating: A

Price: $9.50

Availability: Ulta

It’s Time To Treat Yourself With A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Energizing Citrus Body Lotion

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For the past couple of weeks I’ve been engulfed skincare that can only be described as a sweet slice of citrus heaven. That would be because of my new skin soothing BFF, A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Energizing Citrus Body Lotion.

A Girl's Gotta Spa Energizing Citrus Body Lotion

A Girl’s Gotta Spa! body care products are the creation of Shannon Smyth, a fellow beauty blogger who is celebrating her 10th year of beauty blogging this October, an accomplishment which is worthy of many rounds of applause. Besides the Body Lotion ($22), Shannon also offers an Energizing Citrus Body Wash ($26) and Sea Salt Scrub ($32). Each of these products are cruelty free and created without parabens, sulfates, formaldehyde, synthetic colors and fragrances.

A Girl's Gotta Spa Energizing Citrus Body Lotion Ingredients

A Girl’s Gotta Spa! products carry the tagline “You Deserve To Be Pampered”, a sentiment I wholeheartedly agree with! With an increasingly busy schedule, I really enjoy unwinding at the end of the day by taking off my makeup and taking care of my skin.

A Girl's Gotta Spa Energizing Citrus Body Lotion Review

What you really need to know about A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Energizing Citrus Body Lotion is that the scent is incredible. I’ve been a huge fan of citrus scents ever since I discovered Clinique Happy perfume way back in the day. The best part about this lotion is that the citrus is 100% real.

Review A Girl's Gotta Spa Energizing Citrus Body Lotion

Soaking into my skin immediately, this blend of olive, cocoa, and shea butter lotion keeps my skin soft and smooth for hours. It’s a sensory delight and I love that my skin is being soothed, naturally.

My Final Thoughts: My skin is loving A Girl’s Gotta Spa! Energizing Citrus Body Lotion. It’s definitely a keeper, and I’m going to have to stock up! Keep A Girl’s Gotta Spa skincare in mind for the Holiday season – gift sets are available!

Rating: A+

Price: $22

Availability: www.agirlsgottaspa.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

Makeup Of The Day 153 With The Butter London ShadowClutch In Natural Charm

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The Butter London ShadowClutch in Natural Charm is going to be a heavily used eyeshadow palette in my collection. It is really all that…alll that and then some. I wore these khaki green smoky eyes on a super hot, hot, hot day and it didn’t budge at all!

Butter London ShadowClutch Makeup Inspiration

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Butter London ShadowClutch In Natural Charm Is A Bit Of Beauty Brilliance

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The Butter London ShadowClutch in Natural Charm is one of those beauty products that has me all kind of excited. It’s that good.

Swatches and Review Butter London ShadowClutch www.painted-ladies.com

It’s not just the fact that these six shadows are housed in an incredibly chic case and come with a lovely dual ended shadow brush.

Butter London ShadowClutch Case

It’s more about what’s inside, which are six incredible matte and shimmery neutral eyeshadows. I have to say these shadows are smooth, pigmented, and incredibly buttery. I’ll admit I was not expecting the shadows to be so great!

Butter London ShadowClutch in Natural Charm

There are currently two Butter London ShadowClutch sets available (Natural Charm and Pretty Proper), and there are additionally 4 Wardrobe Duos that you can mix and match with your ShadowClutch palettes as desired. I’ll show you how in a minute.

Butter London ShadowClutch Fancy Flutter Wardrobe Duo

I have two Wardrobe Duos to show you: Moody Blues and Fancy Flutter.

Butter London ShadowClutch Wardrobe Duos Fancy Flutter and Moody Blues

Using these shadows in your Butter London ShadowClutch is really easy! All you do is open up the top portion of the palette by lifting the sides.

Butter London ShadowClutch Review

You slide out some of the shadows.

Butter London ShadowClutch Review and Swatches

And then you slide the Wardrobe Duo shadow of your choice into the ShadowClutch. See? Easy!

Butter London ShadowClutch Swatches and Review

Each and every single eyeshadow is easy to blend and build up. The shadows are infused with a primer and are oil-absorbing and skin balancing. When I wear these shadows with my own primer, they last for hours on end with zero smudging. I wore these shadows in epic heat and humidity and they did not budge!

Here’s a closer look at the colors in the Butter London ShadowClutch in Natural Charm.

Butter London ShadowClutch Swatches Natural Charm 1

Butter London ShadowClutch Swatches Natural Charm 2

And here are swatches of the Wardrobe Duos. I’m mesmerized by the shimmery duochrome blue/green!

Butter London ShadowClutch Wardrobe Duo Swatches

These are most definitely shadows I’ll be having a lot of fun with! Here’s a look I created with the colors in the Natural Charm palette.

Butter London ShadowClutch Eyeshadow Inspiration www.painted-ladies.com

My Final Thoughts: At $39, the Butter London ShadowClutch in Natural Charm is a fantastic deal. At $15 each, the Wardrobe Duos are also must haves. I love how easy it is to customize your eyeshadow choices and I especially love that these colors are smooth, creamy, buildable and blendable.

Butter London ShadowClutch www.painted-ladies.com

Rating: A+

Price: Shadow Clutch, $39; Wardrobe Duos, $15

Availability: Ulta, ButterLondon.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

My Instagram Life 9-20-2015

Here’s a visual diary and look back on the week on Painted Ladies and my life as seen on Instagram.

As much as I liked my Maybelline and CoverGirl mascaras, they were a bit hard on my lashes. I’m really liking this one from IT Cosmetics!

IT Cosmetics Hello Lashes

Um…. the Soul Mattes eyeshadow palette from Pur Minerals is everything, all that, and a bag of potato chips.

Pur Minerals Soul Mattes

A little look behind the scenes at my product photography process!


Legitimately the best drugstore foundation I’ve ever found. Covers and oh, so smooth!

Rimmel Clean Finish

My daily coffee drinking just got amazing.

Starbucks Disneyland You Are Here Mug

I love purple makeup! Here’s a look at my 8 favorite purple makeup products.

Purple Makeup

My Ipsy September Glam Bag was awesome! Probably the best makeup bag I’ve ever received.

Ipsy September 2015

Makeup Geek dropped their duochrome shadows this week (and I nabbed a few!), but check out their sale section for great deals. I got this blush and eyeshadow and saw some great deals on pigments.

Makeup Geek Sale

Mastey Hair Care is pure, all natural, and actually pretty great.


Last year’s Halloween makeup – I’m not sure what to do this year. Thoughts?

Dia De Los Muertos

I’m still getting the hang of Snapchat filters. LOL. Find me as Paintedladies9.


A look at Lilly Lashes. 

Lilly Lashes

Like so many, my life during the week is hectic! A little bit of alone time at a cafe on Friday night was exactly what the doctor ordered!


Ooh! Aah! These Osmosis Colour Loose Shadows are so fantastic. So, so, fantastic!

Osmosis Colour Pigments

My son is scared of walking down the stairs to this beach (don’t blame him!), but we spent some time enjoying the view from the car. It was also what the doctor ordered for relaxation!


Here’s to a blessed week!