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Is e.l.f. Studio Translucent Matifying Powder A Dupe For MAC Blot Powder?

After years of circling e.l.f. Studio Translucent Matifying Powder in the aisles of Target, I finally made a fell swoop decision, tossed the package in my cart and decided to give it a chance.

elf Translucent Matifying Powder and MAC Blot Powder Review

As a devotee of MAC Pressed Blot Powder in Medium Dark for well over a decade, I have a hard time getting myself to try anything than my usual holy grail product. It works so well for me and truly helps to keep my oily skin in check when applied after a makeup application and throughout the day.

Review of elf Translucent Matifying Powder and MAC Blot Powder Review

e.l.f. Studio Translucent Matifying Powder comes in a rectangle shaped container that is reminiscent of NARS packaging without that annoying rubbery effect that always gets messed up. The powder is a fairly small amount and comes with a sponge, which I eschew in favor of a brush. The powder is only available in one shade at Target stores, but at eyeslipsface.com you can find it in Tinted and Corrective versions.

elf Translucent Matifying Powder Review

This powder isn’t perfect – it’s a little too pink for my likings and after initial application, left my skin with an ashy after affect. However, after a few minutes it blended into my skin and didn’t look any different than the side of my face that had MAC Blot Powder.  A truly translucent powder would be a neutral shade that would work universally, and this one might be too dark on those who have pale skin tones and look more ashy than it did on me for those with darker skin tones.

elf Translucent Matifying Powder and MAC Blot Powder Review and Comparison

So, how’d it perform? Actually, I was impressed. My makeup stays intact throughout the day and I have yet to experience an oily skin disaster while wearing e.l.f. Studio Translucent Matifying Powder. It’s not a dupe for MAC Blot Powder, but it’s a nice alternative and at $3, you can’t beat the price.

elf Translucent Matifying Powder swatched with MAC Blot Powder Review

This is an end-0f-the-day iPhone selfie when I put both powders to the test. e.l.f. is on the left side and MAC is on the right. They both did a comparable job keeping my makeup on  my face and not slip sliding around.

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My Final Thoughts: While e.l.f. Studio Translucent Matifying Powder isn’t quite as refined and prim as MAC Pressed Blot Powder and is not a universal color, I’m very impressed with the long-wearing results of this cheap drugstore treat and will be keeping it handy in my purse to keep my oily skin at bay.

Rating: B

Price: $3

Availability: Target stores, eyeslipsface.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

An Easy Guide To Grooming Brows With Paula Dorf 2 + 1 For Brows

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When it comes to beauty must-haves, good looking eyebrows are definitely part of that list. Paula Dorf  2 + 1 For Brows makes having good eyebrows easy, and today I’m going to share an easy guide to grooming your brows.

Paula Dorf 2 + 1 For Brows How To Guide

Since the beginning of my journey as a beauty lover, I’ve known and used the Paula Dorf brand, knowing it to be high quality makeup that delivers. I’ve always liked the Paula Dorf products that transform your makeup and help you multi-task with ease.

Review of Paula Dorf 2 + 1 For Brows

What I really like about Paula Dorf 2 + 1 For Brows is that it allows you to completely customize your brow color.

How To Use Paula Dorf 2 + 1 For Brows

This trio, which comes in four different shades, contains a wax along with two brow shades that you can mix and match as you wish. To use the product, mix the powders as desired, then dip your angled brush in to the wax before applying to your brows.

Paula Dorf 2 + 1 For Brows in Brunette Swatches

The slightly OCD side of me dislikes changing the color of the wax, but the beauty lover side of me knows it’s for the good cause of well-groomed eyebrows.

Review of Paula Dorf 2 + 1 For Brows in Brunette

Here’s my easy guide and a video tutorial to creating beautifully groomed brows with Paula Dorf 2 + 1 For Brows in Brunette and Paula Dorf Perfect Brow Brush.

Step 1: Using a spoolie, brush your brows in an upward direction.

Paula Dorf 2 + 1 For Brows Tutorial 1

Step 2: Using an angled brush that has the product placed on it, I line the underneath of  my brows. Some also line the top of their brows, but in my case I prefer just lining the underneath. Use a light hand with your brush when creating the line.

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Step 3: Brush the remainder of the brow product throughout your brows to fill in sparse areas.

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Step 4: Run the spoolie through your brows one more time to make sure the product is blended.

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And you’re done!

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Just 4 easy steps to creating naturally beautiful, filled in eyebrows that will last all day. Thanks, Paula Dorf! Check out my video where I show you how I use Paula Dorf 2 + 1 Brows.

 

My Final Thoughts: Paula Dorf 2 + 1 For Brows in Brunette is a new favorite and I’m glad to have it in my makeup kit to create natural, filled-in brows that are perfectly groomed.

Rating: A

Price: $26, use code BROWBRUSH at checkout to receive a FREE Paula Dorf Perfect Brow Brush

Availability: www.pauladorf.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? No

Gluten-free? Contains Tocopheryl Acetate

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The Instagram Life Of A Beauty Blogger, 11-9-2014

Here’s a look behind-the-scenes of Painted Ladies as seen on my Instagram account.

Sugar overload is a real thing, y’all. I couldn’t bear to have more than a Dum Dum in the days after Halloween.

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My handsome guy. He could win an Ashton Kutcher lookalike contest, no?

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Did you see my review of L’Oreal Voluminious Butterfly Intenza?

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I picked up my birthday gift from Sephora, and it’s a great one this year!

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A shimmery new mermaid-style MOTD went up this week.

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Check out my POND’S skincare favorites and find out how you can win a trip to NYC to see the Rockettes.

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This week I reviewed 3 L.A. Color Cosmetics holiday eyeshadow palettes. For $3, not bad for the buck, but also not the greatest ever.

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Someone loves the library!

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Some more shimmery gorgeousness created from one of the L.A. Color Cosmetics holiday eyeshadow palettes.

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My #tbt, being a good mommy to my dolls at age two.

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Coke Life isn’t bad at all. It’s just 60 calories and sweetened with Cane Sugar and Stevia.

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Sometimes a blogger has to blog in the car. Behind the scenes of a blog!

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I’m preparing my review of the BFTE Cosmetics holiday shadow sets and they are GORGEOUS! Can’t wait to show you the rest.

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I finally snagged NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania and you need to see it in action.

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A video on my Instagram feed you have to see – what really goes on behind the scenes of Painted Ladies TV video. LOL

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Here’s to a blessed week!

L’Oreal, Tom Ford, Lumene & More At The Beauty Blog Coalition This Week

 

 

Lipstick Love: NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania

I Bought It

Although I tend to favor lip colors on the light, bright, and pink shade of the color spectrum, there are times when I crave a dark, rich berry lip. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania is a new, permanent lip product that fits the bill, and then some!

Lipstick Love NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania

There are two new Soft Matte Lip Creams from NYX that have the online beauty community enthralled: Copenhagen and Transylvania. I wasn’t able to find either in my local Ulta, so I placed an order for Transylvania when I placed a recent Ulta.com order. Copenhagen remains elusive, so I’ll have to hunt it down on a future Ulta trip. The Ulta.com order took way too long to get to me (9 days!), so I’m not sure if I’ll place an Ulta.com order in the future (9 days!!!).

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania Review

Transylvania is all kinds of gorgeous. It’s a beautiful rich, deep plum and besides looking pretty, it takes me on a major trip down memory’s lane to Nineteen Naughty Three, I mean 1993, my freshman year in high school. That was 21 years ago. Oh my. OH MY! That was right before Friends went on the air. I still remember the buzz the show had when it first came on the scene, along with E.R., and George Clooney’s Caesar hair cut. Between “The Rachel” and George’s cut, hair was revolutionized. It was a big deal back then!

Back to the lipstick … I’m loving this addition to my lip collection.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania Swatch

Like the NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream I’ve used in the past, the texture is plushy, and it’s not a drying matte at all. It can be a bit tough to control, so I recommend using a lip liner to contain the product and a lip brush to apply the color.

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania Swatch and Review

It is certainly long wearing and looks equally lovely layered underneath a lip gloss. My one problem with the Soft Matte Lip Creams is that I feel like I can never get the color perfectly even on my lips. Is it just me?

Smashbox Full Exposure Palette Review and Swatches FOTD

My Final Thoughts: If you’re looking for a cheap matte long-wearing lip color treat, look no further than NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania. I noticed that NYX has FINALLY started packaging their products with shrink wrapping, which is a huge plus as far as I’m concerned.

Rating: B+

Price: $5.99

Availability: Ulta stores, Ulta.com and NYXcosmetics.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

 

Makeup Of The Day 46 With The L.A. Colors 28 Eyeshadow Palette in Santa Monica

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The trick with the L.A. Colors 28 Eyeshadow Palette in Santa Monica is to use a good eyeshadow base. Also, press the lid colors in with the pads of your fingers for ultimate color payoff. A little bit of work, but for a $3 palette, not bad.

L.A. Colors 28 Eyeshadow Palette in Santa Monica FOTD

FOTD L.A. Colors 28 Eyeshadow Palette in Santa Monica

EOTD L.A. Colors 28 Eyeshadow Palette in Santa Monica

L.A Colors 28 Eyeshadow Palette EOTD

L.A Colors 28 Eyeshadow Palette 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

Smashbox Halo Loose Powder in Light

It Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette

Eyes

Base: BA Star Eyeshadow Primer

Inner Lid/Lid/Outer Corner/Browbone/Lower Lid: L.A. Colors 28 Eyeshadow Palette in Santa Monica

Liner: Faces Beautiful Rich Navy

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza

Lips

Hourglass Eden Lip Liner

L’Oreal Color Riche Extraordinare Liquid Lipstick in Coral Encore

The L.A. Colors Cosmetics 28 Eyeshdow Palette In Santa Monica Is A Cheap Treat

Things in life that are more expensive than the L.A. Colors Cosmetics 28 Eyeshadow Palette in Santa Monica would include the majority of the coffee and food menu at Starbucks.

L.A Colors 28 Eyeshadow Palette Santa Monica Review

For the price of one of those fancy Holiday drinks we all go crazy about, you could take home one of these mega palettes and even a lipstick from Wet n Wild or N.Y.C. Cosmetics.

Review Of L.A Colors 28 Eyeshadow Palette

This fanciful palette (which is one of four available options) is all kinds of pretty, but it begs the question: Is it any good? Should you invest $3 in one of these shadow sets or splurge on a fancy Starbucks coffee?

L.A Colors 28 Eyeshadow Palette Ingredients

Personally, I think it’s not worth getting any kind of hopes hung up on, you know what I mean? These shadows carry more pigmentation than the L.A. Colors Jewel Eyeshadow Palettes I reviewed earlier this week, but they still require a lot of coaxing for full color payoff. You’ll need a good shadow base and I found I had to press the color on my lids with the pad of my ring finger.

L.A Colors 28 Eyeshadow Palette Swatches 1

L.A Colors 28 Eyeshadow Palette Swatches 2

L.A Colors 28 Eyeshadow Palette Swatches 3

Like I said with the Jewel Eyeshadow Palettes, this is a cheap way to try out brighter colors, but ultimately these are not the be all, end all of cheap drugstore eyeshadow finds. That designation goes to most of the Wet n Wild ColorIcon eyeshadows. I still managed to get a pretty decent eyeshadow look out of these colors, so there’s no griping there.

L.A Colors 28 Eyeshadow Palette EOTD

My Final Thoughts: If you’re looking to try out some bright eyeshadow colors, I’d recommend the L.A. Colors 28 Eyeshadow Palette in Santa Monica, otherwise save your money for higher quality products. Or a fancy Starbucks drink.

Rating: B

Price: $3

Availability: Look for L.A. Colors holiday palettes at Walgreens, CVS, and other retailers. For retail locations visit www.lacolors.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? No

Gluten-free? Yes

Makeup Of The Day 45 With L.A. Colors Jewel Eyeshadow Palette in Rainbow Quartz

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The L.A. Colors Jewel Eyeshadow Palettes I picked up recently are proving to be tons of fun. They do need a good base, so I used the BA Star Eyeshadow Primer I received a while back. It’s sticky and helps the eyeshadow cling to your skin. I also recommend patting in the shadows with the pads of your fingers to get maximum color payoff.

L.A. Colors Jewel Eyeshadow Palette Rainbow Quartz MOTD MAC Angel Lipstick

MOTD L.A. Colors Jewel Eyeshadow Palette Rainbow Quartz

EOTD L.A. Colors Jewel Eyeshadow Palette Rainbow Quartz

L.A. Colors Jewel Eyeshadow Palette Rainbow Quartz EOTD

L.A. Colors Jewel Eyeshadow Palette Rainbow Quartz

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

Smashbox Halo Loose Powder in Light

It Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette

Eyes

Base: BA Star Eyeshadow Primer

Inner Lid/Lid/Outer Corner/Browbone/Lower Lid: L.A. Colors Jewel Eyeshadow Palettes in Rainbow Quartz

Liner: Urban Decay Smoke

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly Intenza

Lips

Hourglass Eden Lip Liner

MAC Angel Lipstick

Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie Lip Gloss in Smooth Talker

Valentia Even Glow Vitamin C Serum Will Nourish Your Skin

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By Sheila Arkee

One thing I’ve learned when it comes to skincare is that Vitamin C serums are pretty much the greatest thing to happen to my mid-30′s epidermis. One of my recent favorites is Valentia Even Glow Vitamin C Serum, an antioxidant treatment that contains proprietary blend of skin super oils that compliment a 20% Vitamin C base.

Valentia Even Glow Vitamin C Serum

December 2013 to the present was a much needed time of personal renewal. If you take a peek at this tutorial from the past, you’ll see how my skin was suffering the consequences of my “everything goes” lifestyle where I ate everything and anything and even stopped wearing sunscreen for a stretch. Along with better eating, I’ve since gotten a handle on my skin situation and Vitamin C serums were a big part of the healing process. Vitamin C boosts collagen production, and I can definitely say my skin looks and feels so much better since I’ve started incorporating it into my skin routine.

Valentia Even Glow Vitamin C Serum Review

I’ve been using Valentia Even Glow Vitamin C Serum for the past 3 weeks and have noticed my skin looking brighter and feeling more refined. I even use a bit on my eyelids and this has improved the texture on that delicate skin.

Review of Valentia Even Glow Vitamin C Serum

What I really like about Valentia is that it smells lovely and  it’s not watery, soaking into my skin immediately. The orange tone is from Organic Sea Buckthorn Oil, which along with Organic Rosehip Seed Oil, offers hydration to skin. All of the ingredients in this serum were chosen to work along with and boost the effects of Vitamin C, and include Hyaluronic Acid, Plant Stem Cells, and Green Tea Extract.

Valentia Even Glow Vitamin C Serum Swatch

What I really love about Valentia Even Glow Vitamin C Serum is that the price is right! A 1.18 oz bottle is currently available for $35 at Amazon.com, listed at 59% off it’s regular retail price of $70. It’s definitely worth trying and I think you’ll really enjoy the results of this powerful products.

My Final Thoughts: I will definitely pick up a bottle of Valentia Even Glow Vitamin C Serum when I’m done with my currently supply. Priced right, it provides effective results and will give your skin a great glow along with hydration. This is a great serum to layer underneath moisturizer for those upcoming cold Winter nights!

Rating: A

Price: $35

Availability: Amazon.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Contains Tocopheryl Acetate

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