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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

Press Sample

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.

Shape And Brighten Your Face With the IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette

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By Sheila Arkee

It’s no secret that I’m a fan of contouring and highlighting, and I really appreciate makeup palettes that give you everything you need to get the job done right. The IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette recently came into my life, and it’s been a must grab I’ve been using for my Makeup Of The Day posts, as well as in my everyday life.

IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette

As a busy mom, I have come to truly appreciate products that offer one stop shopping and allow me to get my face together in quick speed.

IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette 1

When I’m creating my Makeup Of The Day looks, my son is typically climbing all over me, so it’s a plus to reach for this palette and not have to dig through my kit for my separate contour, blush, and highlighter. This palette contains a color correcting brightening powder, matte blush, and matte bronzer that have been formulated to add skin benefits.

IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette Review

Color-Correcting Brightener, Naturally Pretty Blush, Perfect Warmth Bronzer

What’s really great about the IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette is that it was developed with plastic surgeons to create flawless, radiant skin with antioxidant-rich ingredients. The CC+ Brightening Powder can be used all over the face and was made with Drops of Light Technology that uses light-refracting microspheres that give skin illumination and blur fine lines without glitter or shimmer. The CC+ Blush is formulated with Amino Acids, Plum Oil, Cherry Oil, Hyaluronic Acid, Pomegranate, Jojoba, Aloe, Seaweed Extract, and Grapeseed. The CC+ Bronzer has Hydrolyzed Collagen, Vitamins A, C, and E, Grapeseed, Green Tea, Silk and Aloe.

IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette Swatches

There’s only one set of colors available, but they are universally appealing and would work for a wide variety of skin tones. set that helps to color correct and brighten skin. To apply these products I use the brushes I referenced in a past 2 Minute Beauty Clinic. I use a small duo-fiber brush to sweep the CC+ Brightening Finishing Powder over the tops of my cheekbones and down the sides of my nose, a blush brush for the blush, and an angled brush for the bronzer.

IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette Review and Swatches

The results? Long-wearing goodness! If you need help figuring out where to place the color, I have a complete contouring tutorial for your easy reference.

FOTD Milani Bella Mandarin MAC Fake eyeshadow

I’m experimenting with a new video format – quick 1-2 minute beauty reviews, so here I shared my thoughts with you on the IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette in this new YouTube video.

 

My Final Thoughts: This palette is just my style. If you’re looking for good contouring and highlighting palette, I’d definitely recommend the IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette which contains a highlighter and a matte blush and bronzer that offer great color payoff. This palette is not only pretty to look at, it offers benefits that improve your skin, as well!

Rating: A

Prices: $38

Availability: ITcosmetics.com, Ulta Stores, Ulta.com, and QVC.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Contains Tocopheryl Acetate
 

Andre, In Second Grade

By Sheila Arkee

The first month of the school year is over and we have hit our stride.

2nd Grade a

I’ll admit the first three weeks of second grade were ROUGH and then some. There’s always an adjustment period for everyone when  something new begins, and it something that’s especially rough for kids with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). For Andre, being in a new classroom, having a new teacher and a few new classmates was a challenge. Luckily he’s right by his old classroom and everyone knows and loves him, which made the changes easier.

2nd Grade d

Still, there was biting, screaming in public, and other things we had to overcome.

But, as always, we did!

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The last two years have been somewhat of a honeymoon period in Andre’s life. He’s finally gotten to a place where he doesn’t run away on a constant basis, he listens to me, he speaks more, he is easier to understand, and while he does need to be monitored, some of the heaviness that was a constant in his earlier years has lifted.

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One thing I always wished to have in life (and finally do) are friends with kids on the spectrum in my local area that I can meet with on a regular basis. I have become friends with the moms of a couple of Andre’s classmates and it’s a blessing I am ever so thankful for. A couple of weeks ago I was talking to one about how much we enjoy this phase of our kids lives. We know we have other battles ahead of us as we teach our kids to be more independent, but the fact of the matter is that we can breathe.

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A couple of weeks ago I was chatting with one of Andre’s therapists about how things have changed and improved with Andre over the past year and how there was a time I thought things never would. She said, you should write about this, blog about this, tell other parents that it does get better. And that’s the key … if you are a parent dealing with newly diagnosed young ones, please know, please hang on to this: It gets better. You adjust. Behaviors change. Hope exists.

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I love Andre just as he is, but in a way I’ll always mourn the child he will never be. He will never be a “typical” boy running off to soccer games, scout meetings, playing video games and ball games with his buddies. He might always be seen as an odd ball by his peers, making funny noises his entire life. Last month I saw a teenager on the spectrum (or at least I assumed) in Target with his mother making those tell tale sing song noises Andre has always made. When he was a toddler, a mom in the library near us told her daughter, “He’s singing his own song.” I’ve held on to that kindness and acceptance for years.

Sometimes people are mean, rude, impatient with our kids. But on the other hand, I have seen many more people who are patient, kind, accepting of Andre and his differences. He is unique. He is fearfully and wonderfully made.

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To the parents and caretakers of special needs children, take heart. You are not alone. There are so many others who understand what you’re going through. There are so many who know exactly what those hard times mean and how that stress can translate in your own lives. If I can offer any comfort, please know that we are all fearfully and wonderfully made. It gets better.

My son Andre was diagnosed with Autism at age 2 1/2. You can read more about Andre in his 2013 and 2014 yearly updates.

Makeup Of The Day 32 With Milani Bella Mandarin Eyeshadow

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

Milani Bella Mandarin MAC Fake eyeshadow MOTD

FOTD Milani Bella Mandarin MAC Fake eyeshadow

Milani Bella Mandarin MAC Fake eyeshadow EOTD

EOTD Milani Bella Mandarin MAC Fake eyeshadow MOTD

Face

Pur CC Cream in Tan

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

Cover FX Cream Concealer in G Medium-Deep

NYX HD Grinding Powder in True Beige

IT Cosmetics CC+ Radiance Palette (blush, bronzer, highlighter – review to come!0

Eyes

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Inner Lid: Milani Bella Mandarin

Lid: MAC Fake

Lower Lid: MAC Shale

Browbone: MAC Vanilla eyeshadow

Liner (upper lid): Rimmel Scandaleyes Liner in Sparkling Black

Liner (lower lid): MAC Powersurge

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: Milani Total Cover

Lips

Hourglass Eden Lip Pencil

MAC Nymphette Lipglass

The Lace Your Face Mask Is The Prettiest Skin Care Items I’ve Ever Seen

Press Sample

By Sheila Arkee

In the decades of my life spent as a lover of the beauty industry,  I can confidently say that I’ve pretty much seen it all by now. However, there are those times something comes on to your radar that is completely unique, which is the case for the Lace Your Face Mask by Dermovia.

Lace Your Face Mask Review

Application was easy – it works just like any other paper mask with a couple of added touches. I like that you can fit the mask snugly over your ears and not have to worry about it slipping away, which is nice for those times you want to get your skin rejuvenation on while working on stuff around the house.

Lace Your Face Mask Review

That’s me, sampling the mask and also attempting to scare my 7 year old son, Andre. Andre, I have to report, did not flinch a single bit! Kids these days! He was fascinated by the mask, as was I. Dermovia, the company that makes this mask, says it fits your face like shape wear. And I do love my shape wear!

Lace Your Face Mask Review 1

The difference in Lace Your Face Mask from other full-face mask is that it’s made from LaceTex cotton gauze which offers compression technology to repair skin. Each mask is infused with 30 ml of paraben-free and sulfate-free serum that offers long-lasting skin care benefits.

Lace Your Face Mask comes in 8 different botanically-derived clinically-derived formulas and I tried Calming Chamomile. The ingredients include Chamomile Extract, Tahitian Seawater Extract (to balance),  Apple Stem Cell (to repair), Squalene (anti-stress), and Dew Grass Extract (anti-irritant).

Lace Your Face Mask

You can use the mask as it is, steep the packet in a bowl of warm water before hand to open pores, or chill the packet in the refrigeration before to close pores.  When the 15 minute application period is up, simply discard the mask and massage the remaining serum into your skin.

My Final Thoughts: As a fan of at-home skin care treatments, I thought the Lace Your Face Mask was an unique offering that made my skin feel soft, smooth, and calm. At $15 per  mask, it’s a tad pricey. I only used one mask so I cannot verify if it indeed adds long term skin benefits, but I enjoyed the experience and it sure looks pretty!

Rating: B+

Prices: You can purchase 4 masks for $60

Availability: dermovia.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes