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My Instagram Life, 11-15-2015

Happy Sunday! Here’s a look at the week (and behind the scenes!) as seen on the Painted Ladies Instagram account.

Creativity was happening!

Makeup Artist Brushes

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Rimmel, Youngblood, Kat Von D, and Milani

Here’s a look at what the members of the Beauty Blog Coalition covered this week in the world of beauty!


Makeup Of The Day 167 With The Starlooks Looksbook in Revival

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The Starlooks Looksbook in Revival is definitely gorgeous and I’m particularly loving eyeshadow duo. Here’s a look I created with the colors in this Looksbook.

Starlooks Looksbook Revival Makeup Inspiration

Starlooks Looksbook Revival Review

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Let’s Take A Look! Ipsy November 2015 Beauty Blast Glam Bag

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My Ipsy November 2015 Beauty Blast Glam Bag arrived much earlier than expected last week, and I couldn’t wait to share the contents with you. From the products to the customized Ipsy makeup bag, my pink foil mailer was filled with goodies.

Ipsy November 2015 Beauty Blast Glam Bag

What I’ve learned about Ipsy is that you have to kind of roll with the punches. You might not get products you like every month, but overall I’ve found there’s a nice mix of makeup, skincare, and hair items that keep my interest piqued long enough to keep my subscription going for another month.

Ipsy November 2015 Beauty Blast Glam Bag 1

I have to say, this month’s galactic makeup bag is of my favorites from Ipsy.

Ipsy Beauty Blast

Can I have more of these bags, Ipsy?

Ipsy November 2015 Beauty Blast Glam Bag 2

With that being said, here’s what I got!

Ipsy November 2015 Beauty Blast Glam Bag on Painted Ladies

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara Mini

Smashbox Full Exposure Mascara Ipsy November 2015

I’m a fan of this mascara, and it’s a nice treat to have a small version I can keep in my purse.

ModelCo Highlighting Trio

Model Co Highlighter Ipsy November 2015 Beauty Blast Glam Bag

I can never say no to a highlighting product. As a fan of strobing, I’m going to get a lot of use from this trio.

INSPR Beauty Angled Brush

Angled Brush

As far as I’m concerned there’s no such thing as too many angled brushes in one’s makeup collection. They’re so handy to use for eyeliner, eyebrow powder, and to clean up bright lip colors.

Coolway Stronghold Spray

New hairsprays are always appreciated and put to use.

tre’STique Mini Matte Lip Crayon

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This is a lovely and adorable red color that’s packaged beautifully.

My Final Thoughts: Overall, I’m pleased! My November 2015 Ipsy Glam Bag contained a nice mix of products and brands I’m interested in checking out. You never know what you’ll fall in love with and for $10 it’s a good way to try out new things.

Rating: B+

Price: $10

If you’re interested in signing up for Ipsy, here’s my referral link. Thank you!

Treat Yourself! The Starlooks Looksbooks Are A Fabulous Beauty Gift

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If there’s two things I know for sure about the Starlooks Looksbook in Revival and Utopia, it’s that 1) they’re gorgeous, and 2) one of the best ideas in beauty I’ve seen lately.

Starlooks Looksbook

Click read more to find out more and see swatches of these lovely Looksbooks! 

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Ban That Uncomfortable Feeling! Find Out How To Score A $1 Coupon For U by Kotex® Lightdays® Liners

What do U by Kotex® Lightdays® Liners have to do with severe foot pain? You’ll have to read through this post to find out!
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One of my most memorable moments in life was the very first day I worked in retail, because it was a) my dream come true to work in the beauty industry, and b) absolutely the most pain my feet have ever experienced and will never experience again.

 What can I say, except that it was BAD. I was completely unprepared and wore a regular pair of shoes that had seemed comfortable. Famous last words! I have no idea how I made it through the end of my first 8 hour shift, and by the end of the day I managed to shuffle off to the subway where I immediately took of my shoes for some relief.

I learned my lesson and vowed never to experience that uncomfortable feeling again. Through the next few years I learned how to get though painful foot moments, and had the help of my coworkers to learn what shoes to wear and how to rest when needed.
 U by Kotex® Lightdays® Liners

One tip my coworkers and I shared was to put a panty liner similar to U by Kotex® Lightdays® Liners in our shoes if we weren’t going to wear socks or hosiery to help with sweat, and wouldn’t you know, this tip worked! I don’t use liners in my shoes these days, but you have to admit U by Kotex® Lightdays® Liners are super helpful for those days you need light flow period protection and want to feel comfortable.

U by Kotex® Lightdays® Liners are always around the house because they’re so easy to use and guaranteed to stay put with Stay-in-Place protection. These liners are breathable and comfortably flex with your body. I’ve used these liners for a long time, and can’t be without them!

U by Kotex® Lightdays® Liners Review

Coupons are ALWAYS appreciated so please take advantage of this great offer for $1 off your U by Kotex® purchase. Click here for the coupon! 

Liquid Eyeliner Fans Alert! NYX Matte Liquid Liner Is A Bargain Beauty Best Bet

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One small tube of liquid liner, majorly impressive results. For those of you looking for a cheap beauty treat of the liquid lining variety, let me introduce you to the NYX Matte Liquid Liner, aka the best $7 I’ve spent on liquid eyeliner lately.

Review NYX Matte Liquid Liner

There have been times I haven’t exactly trusted drugstore liquid lining options. Call it once bitten, a multitude of times shy, but low cost liquid liners have been known to flake, flake, flake, and flake. They end up pulling a disappearing act midway through my day, so I’ve always found it worthy and necessary to invest in higher priced options.

NYX Matte Liquid Liner

After seeing a quick mention of NYX Matte Liquid Liner in a Halloween makeup post on Instagram, I was officially intrigued and had to find out more about this water resistant, deeply pigmented eyeliner.

NYX Matte Liquid Liner Review

NYX is truly one of my favorite bargain beauty brands and there are far and few products from them that I dislike. Through many years of using NYX Cosmetics, I’ve always found their products to offer results that belie their low price tags. NYX Matte Liquid Liner is another winner, and I’m really pleased with the results.

Swatch NYX Matte Liquid Liner

This sooty black liner comes with a thin brush that’s easy to use. The liner is indeed matte black and performs wonderfully. Yes, I’m definitely impressed with NYX Matte Liquid Liner – it has a home within my makeup collection.

NYX Matte Liquid Liner Swatch

The secret to getting a perfect liquid liner wing? Scotch Tape. Seriously – I really love using a piece of scotch tape at the edges of my eyes to perfect my eyeshadow application and also to get a sharp cat eye from eyeliner – it’s fool proof, and trust me, I have had many foolish moments when it comes to liquid liner.

Use Scotch Tape As An Eyeshadow Stencil

If you struggle with getting a straight line, use a pencil eyeliner as a stencil and slowly apply a liquid liner. It will make a daunting task that much easier!

Eyeliner Beauty Hack 6

My Final Thoughts: NYX Matte Liquid Liner not only applies smoothly, but it lasts all day long. I’m really impressed with the results from this bargain beauty product and will be using it frequently!

Rating: A

Price: $7

Availability: NYXcosmetics.com, Ulta

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

5 Beauty Lessons I’ve Learned From The Kardashian Apps

Konfession time: I’m an enthusiastic subscriber to a few of the Kardashian family apps.  I cannot deny that I’m entirely fascinated with the Kim, Kylie, and Khloe smartphone apps offering beauty and fashion tips, which are a brilliant idea that have been pulled off with perfection. Yes, I’m so there for the glam with some makeup artists I truly admire. Makeup tutorials from Mario Dedivanoic, the master of makeup blending? Amazing! Here are 5 beauty lessons I’ve learned from the Kardashian apps.

5 Beauty Lessons I've Learned From The Kardashian Apps


A Makeup Spray Is Key

Makeup sprays are used for a myriad of reasons – to prime skin, to set foundation, and even to dampen eyeshadow brushes. I’ve been inspired to use my Mario Badescu Aloe, Herb, and Rosewater Spray more often!

To Open Eyes, Blend A Concealer Under The Browbone

This is a makeup tip I see on Kylie’s app frequently. Apply a light concealer directly on the browbone to open up your eye space and give it a nice highlighter. I recommend using the NYX HD Photogenic Concealer.

Highlighting Never Fails

It’s all about that strobing, though. There’s a nice mix of strobing and contouring going on in the makeup tutorials, but you can always bet there’s some shimmery stuff happening on the cheekbones. The Anastasia Beverly Hills Contouring palette is frequently used in the tutorials, and I also have to recommend the Pur Epic Illusion palette.


A Beautyblender is a key ingredient in all of the makeup looks, because it’s just that great. It’s definitely a must have foundation tool that makes your foundation blend into your skin flawlessly.

Bronze Eyes

I will always love and wear brightly colored eyeshadow, but there’s something to be said about the understated glam from bronze eyeshadow, which is a staple eyeshadow in the Kardashian makeup tutorials. I’ve been inspired to use my ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Nillionaire more often!

Other take home lessons? 

It’s all about your squad. With the right team, you can go far!

Less is more. It’s not about how much makeup, it’s about how it’s applied.

Blend. Blend. Blend. And blend some more.

False lashes are a must have finishing touch. On that note, I need to wear my falsies more often!

If there’s one thing I’ve learned in life in general is that no matter how long you’ve been doing something, always be open to learning and growing. It’s all about continuing your personal education, no matter where you are in life or what topic. I’m always up to improving my makeup game, and love the front row access to pro tutorials from the Kardashian apps.

5 Fundamental Foundation Tools

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When it comes to applying foundation, there are a myriad of choices when it comes to the brushes and sponges you can use for this purpose. Today I’m sharing my picks and breaking down the difference between 5 fundamental foundation tools.

5 Fundamental Foundation Tools

Are you ready? Here we go!

Difference Between Foundation Brushes

Duofiber Brush

A large duofiber brush changed my makeup life. The blended, airbrushes appearance this brush lends was light years away from the flat brush I’d previously used, and it’s still a go-to when I’m applying makeup. I also like to use this brush during an application to wipe away any errant powder eyeshadows.

Duofiber Brush

My picks: e.l.f. Cosmetics Studio Stipple Brush, MAC 187.

Flat Brush

As I mentioned I’m not the biggest fan of flat foundation brushes. They’re a bit unwieldly and I find it takes a bit of extra time to make sure your foundation looks natural, and not streaky. However, they’re great for applying makeup over large areas, like for body makeup.

Flat Brush

My picks: MAC 190

Contour Brush

A small, compact domed brush is my go-to for cream foundation. Surprisingly enough, these brushes help blend cream foundations and blushes perfectly. I recommend using a separate brush for foundation and blushes.

Contour Brush

My picks: MAC 109,  medium brush in the Real Techniques Core Collection.

Buffing Brush

First a duofiber brush changed my makeup world, and then a buffing brush completely turned it upside down. These brushes deserve a spot in the makeup hall of fame, if such a thing were to exist.  The only problem with these brushes is that they tend to shed like crazy. I’m looking at you, Urban Decay Good Karma! I’m currently using an e.l.f. version, which is working just fine.

Foundation Buffing Brush

The difference with the contour and buffing brushes is that the contour brushes tend to be a bit more compact and not as tight as the buffing brushes.

Foundation Brushes

My pick: e.l.f. Cosmetics Ultimate Blending Brush


While traditional triangular brushes absorb foundation, the BeautyBlender is designed with a porous material that pushes out foundation and ultimately creates a natural finish. To properly use the BeautyBlender, you expand it in water, squeeze dry, and bounce the sponge all over your face.

Beauty Blender

After trying so many BeautyBlender dupes, I can tell you none of them live up to the actual BeautyBlender and it’s worth the $20 investment. With proper care, it will last 3 months. Wash with a mild cleanser after use. BeautyBlender makes specific cleansers, and baby shampoo works great, as well.

Where to find it: Sephora

And, lets not forget two other contenders. First, your fingers. Nothing beats your own body heat to see that your foundation melts into your skin. Also, I’m really loving the Etude House My Beauty Tool Secret Brush 121 Skin. These types of brushes lend to a beautiful, natural finish!

I find that my choice of foundation tools definitely varies by the day and the type of foundation I’m using, but I tend to favor the buffing brush. What’s your preferred choice of foundation tool?

Makeup Of The Day 166 With Youngblood Perfect Pair Mineral Eyeshadow Duo in Charismatic

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There’s a new eyeshadow love in my life, and that would be Youngblood Perfect Pair Mineral Eyeshadow Duo in Charismatic. This satin brown and shimmery melon combo is such a pretty everyday duet to wear!

Youngblood Perfect Pair Mineral Eyeshadow Duo Makeup Inspiration

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