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Love Falsies? You Need Lash Closet In Your Life!

By Sheila Arkee

Lash Closet is a brilliant new subscription service where your lashes are their passion.

Lash Closet Review Painted Ladies

Started by Joi McQueen, a false lash enthusiast, Lash Closet is a service that allows you to buy lashes from brands like Ardell, Eylure, and Red Cherry a la carte or to sign up for custom subscription packages that deliver lashes as you wish. You can choose the lashes you’d like delivered and have the subscription to be set up weekly, bi-weekly, monthly, or bi-monthly. Lashes you receive in your subscription are 10% cheaper than if you purchased them individually.

 I received a plethora of lashes from Lash Closet  and have to say I am highly impressed with the selection.

Lash Closet Review

Red Cherry and Ardell lashes are mainstays in my makeup kit and I’ll be having a lot of fun with these lashes in upcoming Makeup Of The Day Posts. Lash Closet also carries Eylure lashes, which  I’ve reviewed in the past and they’re great, as well.

Lash Closet Review Painted Ladies

Besides a wide variety of falsies, Lash Closet also sells lash adhesive, Steamcream Moisturizer, and a beauty tools and accessories. The lashes I have on in this Makeup Of The Day, which is posting later today, are the Red Cherry #43 lashes from Lash Closet, which are fluttery and perfect!

MAC Charcoal Brown MAC Vanilla Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Palette Red Cherry 43 Lashes

Check out my tutorials if you need help figuring out how to apply and how to remove false lashes. If you’re a newbie, false lashes can definitely feel intimidating, but practice makes perfect!

My Final Thoughts: Fascinated by the way celebrity lashes looked in magazines, Joi took it upon herself to learn all about false lashes 11 years ago and became known as a lash guru amongst her friends. Joi has followed that passion for lashes to develop Lash Closet, which makes it easy to get great false lashes. I think it’s a fantastic idea and I wish Lash Closet a lot of success!

Rating: A

Availability: www.lashcloset.com

My Instagram Life, 10-12-14

By Sheila Arkee

A look behind the scenes of Painted Ladies and my life, as seen on my Instagram page.

California Beach by Jesse’s Girl is one of the prettiest neon flamingo pink polishes I’ve ever seen, but streaky as all get up and difficult to get even.

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I’m trying to wean myself from diet sodas and carbonated beverages in general, so I thought to try this brand to satisfy my needs for something fizzy. Not bad – it’s sweetened with organic cane sugar and stevia and had a slightly weird aftertaste.

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This week I posted an update on my son’s progress, for those who have asked.

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A subtle, smoky lid this week. One of my personal favorites.

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A blog post and YouTube review of the IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette.

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If I ever did online dating, this would be my profile photo.

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Talk about surprises – I was amazed by how much I liked the CoverGirl XL Nail Gel polish. Just gorgeous! Long wearing, and shiny!

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A throwback Thursday to my little chubbykins.

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And now he’s Mr. GQ!

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This week I reviewed BFTE’s The Shining Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014.

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I also took a look at the BFTE Amityville House Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014.

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Beauty blogger. At work.

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I reviewed the Scentbird monthly designer perfume subscription service and am entirely impressed!

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Agreed!

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A no makeup look for me! A look at an upcoming post where I share my current foundation routine.

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Here’s to a blessed week ahead!

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Getting Your Monthly Perfume Fix Is A Snap With Scentbird

By Sheila Arkee

Have you heard the news? There’s a new perfume monthly subscription service in town called Scentbird, and it’s pretty amazing.

Scentbird

If you love designer fragrances, I predict you’ll love Scentbird,an unique service that allows you to try out luxury perfumes at a price that won’t break the bank.

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With your subscription you receive a 30 month supply of a perfume you can choose from over 300 selections. There are no hidden fees and shipping is included with the membership cost.

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When you start your subscription, you fill out a brief survey that matches you to perfumes, but you can also choose a perfume outside of these choices. You can queue up perfume choices for upcoming months, and if you’d like to change that, you can do so before the 5th of the month. Easy! Make sure to rate your pefumes to refine your recommendations. You can earn free perfume by spreading the Scentbird love with your friends, as well.

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I chose Hermes Eau des Merveilles, which is a scent I’ve loved for years, and I am definitely enjoying my vial of this sophisticated fragrance. At $14.95 for Scentbird, it’s definitely a lot more affordable and approachable than the $103 price tag on a 1.6 oz bottle of this scent.

Hermes Eau des Merveilles

You receive this sleek travel-sized atomizer with your first order. Simply twist up the container and you can replace the perfume vial with ease.

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If you’d like to try this perfume service for yourself, Scentbird has generously offered a 50% off code for your first perfume. Use BIRD50 at checkout.

Take a peek at their new promo video, too!

 

My Final Thoughts: Scentbird is an easy, extremely affordable way to try out designer perfumes. There are a few fragrances in their library I’ve always wanted to try out and this gives me a chance to do so without splashing out the bucks on a full-sized bottle.

Rating: A

Prices: $14.95 per month. Use BIRD50 for 50% off your first order.

Availability: www.scentbird.com

Makeup Of The Day 35 With BFTE Amityville House Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

Here’s a new Makeup Of The Day featuring the BFTE Amityville House Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014. I had fun creating this sultry look!

BFTE Amityville House Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014 MOTD

MOTD BFTE Amityville House Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014

BFTE Amityville House Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014 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 (blush, bronzer, highlighter – review to come!0

Eyes

Base: BA Star Eyeshadow Primer

Inner Lid: BFTE Get Out!!

Lid: BFTE Jodie

Outer Corner: BFTE The Red Room

Lower Lid: BFTE Hoofprints in the Snow and Amityville House

Browbone: MAC Vanilla

Liner (upper lid): Artonit Le Stylo Art Beaute Yeux in Cat Noir

Liner (lower lid): NYX Slide-On Liner in Sunrise Blue

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: Beauty Without Cruelty Full Volume Mascara

Lips

MAC Mahogany Lip Pencil

Cailyn Art Touch Tinted Lip Gloss in Love Affair

BFTE Amityville House Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014

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By Sheila Arkee

BFTE Cosmetics released two limited edition eyeshadow collections for Halloween. Yesterday I showed you The Shining collection and today I have the BFTE Amityville House Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014 set to share with you.

BFTE Amityville House Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014

Right as I opened my shadow jars to photograph them, my own personal horror story happened.

BFTE Amityville House Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014 Spill

HORRORS! Talk about beauty blogger nightmares! Luckily, I was able to recover enough shadow to photograph and swatch, but I was highly traumatized! On to the colors!

BFTE Amityville House Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014

Jodie, Get Out!!, Hoofprints In The Snow, The Red Room, Amityville House

As with The Shining collection, there are 5 colors in this collection that are 1 to 3 grams of product in a full-sized jar that will be available until November 1, or when supplies run out. This set includes 5 unique shades.

  • Jodie (shimmery medium blue with magenta sparkles)
  • Get Out!! (a dusty, darker purple with copper, red and violet sparkles)
  • Hoofprints In The Snow (a dusty, dark green matte)
  • The Red Room (blackened purple base with multi-color sparkles)
  • Amityville House (russet base with a peach hue and pink sparkles)

Here are the colors swatched without primer.

BFTE Amityville House Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014 Swatches No Primer

Jodie, Get Out!!, Hoofprints In The Snow, Amityville House, The Red Room

Here are the color swatched with primer.

BFTE Amityville House Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014 Swatches Under Primer

Jodie, Get Out!!, Hoofprints In The Snow, Amityville House, The Red Room

And what would this review be without a sultry new Makeup Of The Day? The details on this look following shortly!

BFTE Amityville House Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014 MOTD

My Final Thoughts: Halloween is ON with the two Haunted House Collections by BFTE. I had a lot of fun working with the Amityville House set. My favorites are Jodie and Amityville House.

Rating: A

Prices: $25

Availability: bftecosmetics.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

Makeup Of The Day 34 With BFTE The Shining Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

Not one, but two Makeup Of The Day Posts based on the BFTE The Shining Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014 - here’s the second!

MOTD BFTE The Shining Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014 MAC Sushi Kiss

BFTE The Shining Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014 MOTD Red Rum MAC Sushi Kiss

BFTE The Shining Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014 EOTD Red Rum Killer Topiary

EOTD BFTE The Shining Halloween Haunted House Collection Red Rum

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 (blush, bronzer, highlighter – review to come!0

Eyes

Base: BA Star Eyeshadow Primer

Inner Lid: BFTE Room 217

Lid: BFTE Tony

Outer Corner: BFTE Red Rum

Lower Lid: BFTE Room 217

Browbone: MAC Vapour

Liner: NYX Green Papaya Slide On Liner & BFTE Green Topiary

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: Milani Total Cover

Lips

Milani Spice Lip Pencil

MAC Sushi Kiss Lipstick

Makeup Of The Day 33 With BFTE The Shining Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

Not one, but two Makeup Of The Day Posts based on the BFTE The Shining Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014 - here’s the first!

MOTD BFTE The Shining Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014

BFTE The Shining Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014 MOTD

BFTE The Shining Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014 EOTD

BFTE The Shining Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014 EOTD Overlook Hotel Killer Topiary

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 (blush, bronzer, highlighter – review to come!0

Eyes

Base: BA Star Eyeshadow Primer

Inner Lid: BFTE Killer Topiary

Lid: BFTE Here’s Johnny!

Outer Corner: BFTE Overlook Hotel

Lower Lid: BFTE Room 217

Browbone: MAC Shroom

Liner: Rimmel Scandaleyes Liner in Sparkling Black

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: Milani Total Cover

Lips

MAC Oak Lip Pencil

NYX Apple Strudel Butter Gloss

BFTE The Shining Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014

Press Sample

By Sheila Arkee

I recently had the pleasure of receiving and trying out some new mineral eyeshadow colors from BFTE The Shining Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014. Aren’t these colors spook-tacular?

BFTE The Shining Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014

The colors in this 5-piece collection which come in 1 to 3 grams in a full-sized jar include:

  • Killer Topiary (green)
  • Tony (pink with orange shimmer) – this is an add-on shade that’s acutally the Color Of The Month and can be purchased separately.
  • Overlook Hotel (bruised purple)
  • Red Rum (cool, dark, shimmery pink)
  • Here’s Johnny! (dark dusty purple with teal sparkles)
  • Room 217 (bluish pink purple shimmer with glitter)

Here are the shadows swatched with no primer.

BFTE The Shining Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014 Swatches

Killer Topiary, Tony, Overlook Hotel

BFTE The Shining Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014 Swatches 2

Red Rum, Here’s Johnny!, Room 217

And here are the shadows swatched on top of the BA Star Eyeshadow Primer.

BFTE The Shining Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014 Swatches 3

I’m a little smitten with Killer Topiary, a rich green shimmer with green and teal glitter.

BFTE The Shining Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014 Killer Topiary

Overlook Hotel is another favorite, described as a bruised purple with copper and multi-color sparkles. It’s a gorgeous smoky eyelid shade!

BFTE The Shining Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014 Overlook Hotel

I created a couple of fun looks with the collections  – details coming up!

BFTE The Shining Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014 EOTD

BFTE The Shining Halloween Haunted House Collection 2014 Eyes

Besides this set of fun colors, there’s another limited edition set in the Halloween Haunted House Collection called Amityville House that I’ll be reviewing tomorrow. Both sets are $25 and available on a first come, first served basis through November 1st.

My Final Thoughts: Kimberly from BFTE has done her love for horror films right with The Shining Halloween Haunted House Collection. These colors are a lot of fun to play with and will work beautifully together as well as combined with other shadows from your collection.

Rating: A

Prices: $25

Availability: bftecosmetics.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

Easy Ways To Improve The Appearance Of Scars

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By Sheila Arkee

Scars. I have tons of them. Tons! While I was definitely a girly girl as a child, I was also very adventurous and through the years have acquired a virtual roadmap throughout my skin. If, like me, you’re looking for a way to improve the appearance of your scars, I have a couple of solutions that will help to improve the appearance of scars you might have.

ScarAway Flex Sheets and Daily Discs

ScarAway Flex Long Sheets and Daily Discs are 100% drug free and feature advanced patented silicone technology that mimics the natural barrier function of healthy skin, diminishing the scar’s appearance and restoring skin to a more natural texture and color

ScarAway Flex Long Sheets are ideal for long scars from burns or surgical procedures such as C-Sections or tummy tucks. These sheets measure 1.5 x 7” and use Flexisil™ technology to help shrink, flatten, and fade longer scars. Applied, the sheets give a slight direct pressure but you can stretch them with ease and not worry about them falling off, making them a good idea for scars on or near joints. The suggested retail price is $29.99 for a box of 6 sheets, which is a two month supply.

ScarAway Flex Sheets

For smaller scars like mole removal sites, biopsies, and acne scars, consider the ScarAway Daily Discs which are made from the same material as the Flex Long Sheets.

ScarAway Daily Discs

Easy to apply, virtually invisible, and long-wearing, they measure 1.375” in diameter and are ideal for scars one inch or less in diameter. The suggested retail price is $24.99 for a box of 30 discs, which is a one month supply. 

ScarAway Daily Discs Review

There’s also the ScarAway Scar Repair Gel, which is a great alternative to silicone sheets that also helps with the appearance of scars and helps prevent abnormal scar formation.

ScarAway Scar Repair Gel

It’s an odorless gel that dries in minutes and forms a flexible, breathable, and waterproof sheet to protect the area. Great for all ages!

ScarAway Scar Repair Gel 1

For more information and retail locations, visit www.myscaraway.com.