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Beauty Blog Coalition Roundup: PopSugar, MAC, Bite Beauty and Win A $100 Visa Gift Card

Here’s what’s happened with the members of the Beauty Blog Coalition for the week ending 12/7/14.


My November Beauty Favorites

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It’s ‘that time again – here are my November beauty favorites. While I still believe it’s November, we’re entering the second week of December – how?! November was a great month, beauty-wise. I found some great makeup, hair, and skin products that I’m really excited about and have become a part of my routine.

November Beauty Favorites Painted Ladies Blog

Here are the beauty products I discovered and reviewed in November and loved the very most.

1. Cover FX Mattifying Primer With Anti Acne Treatment

This primer does what it says, and then some. It’s my go-to primer of the moment and really love how it helps keep my makeup on my skin and not melted away.

2. L’Oreal Volumious Butterfly Intenza

While I’ve experienced a couple of stinkers here and there, for the most part I adore L’Oreal mascaras and Intenza is another winner. If you’re looking for tons of volume, get this!

3. Valentia Even Glow Vitamin C Serum

Vitamin C serums are my thing, and I highly recommend them if you’re looking to brighten and firm up your skin. This one from Valentia comes with added hydration from Sea Buckthorn Oil, which is great if you’re in need of added moisture.

4. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Transylvania

It’s the season for darker lip colors and this deep plum is entirely appropriate. I love NYX lip products and this lippie, which is loved by many, is definitely worth hunting down.

5. Paula Dorf 2 + 1 Brows Kit

This kit contains two brow colors and a wax and creates naturally full brows. Love this cute set and it’s the brow product I’m reaching for the most these days.

6. BFTE Holiday Collections

Kimberly really outdid herself when she created the I Believe In Santa and I Believe In Reindeer collections, which are both still available until 12/7/14. Get on ‘em! There’s a dupe for MAC Melon pigment in there!

7. Bath and Body Works Crystal Confetti Hair and Body Spray in  A Thousand Wishes

Glitter is a must have during the Holiday season and Bath and Body Works does it beautifully with this spray that can be used on your hair and body. If you like to shimmer, you need this!

8. Ipsy

After a few lackluster months I was really please with my Ipsy bag and have been using the products since I received them.  Even though the products didn’t match up to the “Girl Meets Glitter” theme, it was definitely worth $10!

9. ColourPop

I’m so glad I took the plunge and ordered several ColourPop Lippie Stix and Super Shock Shadows. Just $5, they’re worth every penny and more. See my reviews of the I Heart This Lippie Stix and Lippie Pencil and Queen For A Day Super Shock Shadows to see their greatness.

10. Anastasia Beverly Hills Tamanna Palette

After seeing nothing but raves for this palette I’m so glad I indulged in this shadow set which is definitely a great value at $29. Definitely one of the better eyeshadow deals out there.

11. NuNaat Curl-To-Coil Hair Care Collection

My hair needed some major help and I was glad to try NuNaat’s line designed especially for us curly heads. I’m especially fond of the mask which gives great shine.

12. Vaseline Lip Therapy in Creme Brulee

Your lips will are in for a treat with this super cute and adorable balm. It’s super moisturizing, smells great, and under $3. A win all around.

What were your favorite beauty finds from November. I wanna know!

And last, but not least, a major shoutout to Canva, which made the main graphic for this post possible. It has a bit of a learning curve, but once you start fiddling around with their layouts, you’ll find it makes graphic design a snap! I love the Instagram post options, which will up your IG game considerably!

Makeup Of The Day 56 With ColourPop Super Shock Shadow In Chipper

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ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Chipper is a gorgeous mint green. In this FOTD I’ve paired it with a chocolate brown for a fun change on the traditional smoky eye.

ColourPop Chipper FOTD

FOTD ColourPop Chipper Super Shock Shadow

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Chipper EOTD

ColourPop Chipper


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

Kat Von D Bellisima Blush

MAC Harmony Blush

Painted Earth Highlighting Powder in Secychelles


Base: BA Star Eyeshadow Primer

Lid: ColourPop Chipper

Outer Lid: Sable from the Lorac Pro Palette

Outer Corner: Espresso from the Lorac Pro Palette

Browbone: Cream from the Lorac Pro Palette

Liner: Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl in Sparkling Black

Brows: Paula Dorf 2 + 1 For Brows in Brunette

Mascara: L’Oreal Miss Manga


ColourPop Lippie Pencil in Tipsy

ColourPop Lippie Stix in Tipsy

MONAT Rejuveniqe Intensive Oil – Is It Must Have Skin Care?

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As a general fan of natural oils for beauty applications, I was glad to recently try MONAT Rejuveniqe Intensive Oil.

MONAT Rejuveniqe Intensive Oil

Housed in a sleek bottle with a unique dropper, MONAT Rejuveniqe Intensive Oil is a blend of oils that can be used on your hair, a scalp treatment, and also on your skin.

MONAT Rejuveniqe Intensive Oil Dropper

It promises to:

Nourish and energize the scalp with an invigorating blend of 11+ unique molecular ingredients –including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, beta-carotene and omega-3 fatty acids – that mimic the body’s natural oils! The proprietary formula reduces hair thinning, prevents oxidative stress and adds incredible volume, repairing the hair with instantly visible, long-lasting shine without the damaging effects of silicone.

The list of ingredients are purely oils and include Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Tomoato Seed Oil, Carrot Seed Oil, Lemon Peel Oil, Begamot Oil, Coconut Oil, and Sunflower Seed Oil. There are several more oils that I’m not mentioning, but needless to say it’s chock full of ingredients that provide moisturizing benefits.

MONAT Rejuveniqe Intensive Oil Swatches

The good side of this oil? It’s a nice, overall moisturizing product that I used in my hair, on my scalp and around my eyes and cuticles and has softened my skin and hair.

MONAT Rejuveniqe Intensive Oil  Review

The bad side of this oil? The price tag, which is a whopping $99. While I do think MONAT Rejuveniqe Intensive Oil is a great beauty product, it’s not that much better than other, less expensive oils I use like Sweet Almond Oil, Jojoba Oil, and Argan Oil. For me to want to fork over $99 for a skin care item, I would have to see drastic results, and I just do not with this particular product. It’s good, but not over the top great.

My Final Thoughts: While I am enjoying using MONAT Rejuveniqe Intensive Oil, ultimately, I have to give this a pass because of the hefty price tag. It’s a good beauty aid that moisturizes my hair, skin, and nails, but it’s not exceptional and I cannot justify the $99 price tag. I’d be willing to go $50 max, but $99 is just a stretch considering the amount of product you receive in the bottle.

Rating: C

Price: $99

Availability: www.monatglobal.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow In Chipper

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ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Chipper is the mint green of my dreams.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Chipper Review

Le. Sigh.

It’s no secret that I’ve fallen (and hard) for ColourPop in recent weeks. This newbie indie company has swept the beauty world with products that are innovative, gorgeous, high-quality, and just $5. Deal-io of the century, I tell you! Yes, the shipping is a tad bit slow, and all of my products arrive in an unnecessary, super sized box, but I am overall entirely pleased with all of my ColourPop purchases. Including this lovely mint green.

Swatch of ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Chipper

I am a huge fan of mint green in general – from breath mints (Breathsavers, FTW!) to nail polish and eyeshadow – it’s a great color that works well with my skin tone and eye color. ColourPop shadows work best when applied with the pads of your fingers, which is what I did to create this simple and bright smoky eyeshadow look.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Chipper EOTD

Chipper, I see lots of fun eyeshadow combinations in our future!

My Final Thoughts: You really can’t go wrong with ColourPop. I’m a huge fan of the brand and love this minty green wonder shadow. Chipper is a winner!

Rating: A

Price: $5

Availability: www.colourpop.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

Tatcha Ritual Discovery Kit Is Luxury Skin Care Worth Trying

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From packaging to product, everything about Tatcha is simple, clean, sophisticated, and effective. I recently had the opportunity to try Tatcha’s Ritual Discovery Kit For Oily Skin as well as their Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Papers.

Tatcha Skin Care Review

Before I ever tried Tatcha products, I was familiar with the name having seen it praised on many beauty blogs. Now that I’ve spent some time with Tatcha products, I can confirm that the praise is well deserved, and I’m glad to spread the positive word about this luxury skin care brand that’s inspired by Japanese Geisha beauty rituals.

During a trip to Kyoto, Japan, Tatcha founder Victoria Tsai spent some time with a modern day Geisha and learned that the secret to their time-tested beauty lies in the art of simplicity. Tatcha believes in clean, pure formulas without animal testing and products made without parabens, synthetic fragrances, mineral oil, sulfate detergents, phthalates, urea, DEA or TEA. All around, Tatcha is good stuff!

Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Papers

At the moment I’m currently obsessed with the Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Papers, the most unique blotting papers I’ve ever used. These delicate leaflets were originally the by-product of specially crafted papers used by gold craftsmen to protect gold as they hammer it into shape. The papers are made from 100% Abaca Leaf and Gold Flake, so when you use these papers you are blotting your face with a precious gem. Besides the novelty factor, they do work very well to grab oil and not disturb your makeup.

Tatcha Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Papers Review

For the past two weeks I’ve been using the Tatcha Ritual Discovery Kit For Oily Skin, which admittedly wooed me with it’s packaging. It’s just so … pretty!

Tatcha Ritual Discovery Kit For Oily Skin

The travel-sized products in this kit include:

Review of Tatcha Ritual Discovery Kit For Oily Skin

- PURE One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil

Tatcha One Step Camellia Cleansing Oil
- POLISHED Deep Rice Enzyme Powder

Review of Tatcha Polished Deep Rice Enzyme Powder
- RADIANT Deep Brightening Serum

Tatcha RADIANT Deep Brightening Serum
- SUPPLE Moisture Rich Silk Cream

Tatcha SUPPLE Moisture Rich Silk Cream

Used together, these lovely products produced calm, soft, non-irritated skin.  I was definitely impressed and have become another voice singing the praises of Tatcha. I was really amazed by the Deep Rice Enzyme Powder which you mix with water to form a completely non-abrasive scrub. The Camellia Cleansing Oil melts the most stubborn makeup from  your face and the Deep Brighteing Serum and Moisture Silk Cream don’t irritate my skin at all.

If you’re interested in trying out Tatcha, right now is the perfect time. Tatcha is currently running their annual Friends & Family sale, and you can receive 20% off at checkout until Monday, 12/8/2014 by using code FF2014.

My Final Thoughts: Based on simple and effective ingredients, Tatcha offers pure and effective luxury skin care items. While they also come with luxury prices, I recommend taking the Tatcha Personal Skin Consultation and trying the trial sizes packages to see which items work best for you. Definitely take advantage of their current Friends & Family sale if you’re curious about trying Tatcha.

Rating: A

Price: Original Aburatorigami Japanese Beauty Papers, $12 for 30 sheets. Ritual Discovery Kit For Oily Skin, $59 for a tw0-week supply.

Availability: Tatcha.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

Save On Beauty Bundles When Tarina Tarantino Beauty Hits Hautelook 12/4/14

‘Tis the season for beauty deals galore, and if you’ve been looking for a way to save on Tarina Tarantino Beauty, you’re in luck!

Tarina Tarantino Beauty Hautelook Dec 4 2014

Starting at 8 am EST on December 4th, Tarina Tarantino Beauty products will be available in bundles and individual units on Hautelook. I adore the Tarina Tarantino Beauty Hautelook sales because you really do save quite a bit on these products which are very high quality besides coming with adorable packing.

Here’s a peek at some Tarina Tarantino Products I’ve reviewed in the past.

Tarina Tarantino Eyelicity Glitter Liner in  Goldieluxe

Tarina Tarantino Dollskin Cream Blush & Pressed Sparklicity Duo in Mr. Pink

Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperlight

Tarina Tarantino Fleur De Lash Mascara

Madam Glam Nail Polish Offers Colorful, 5-Free Delight

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As an individual who adores all things colorful, you can imagine my delight when I received a package full of Madam Glam nail polish that look like a rainbow when lined up.

Madam Glam Nail Polish Review

Aren’t these bottles pretty?

Madam Glam

The brush is easy to manipulate and the polishes are smooth and apply with ease.

Brush Of Madam Glam Nail Polish

Here’s a closer look at the cream (and one jelly) polishes I received. And yes, I totally lined them up in ROY G BIV order!

Swatches of Madam Glam Nail Polish

Mon Cheri, beautiful red.

Madam Glam Mon Cheri

Hot & Spicy, a fuchsia.

Madam Glam Hot & Spicy

Tiger Balm, a neon orange that was surprisingly easy to apply.

Madam Glam Tiger Balm

Heart Stone, a forest green.

Madam Glam Heart Stone

Look At The Stars, a gorgeous cobalt blue jelly that required three coats to get to this level of coverage.

Madam Glam Look At The Stars

Lilac Madness, which is my personal favorite and the shade I’m currently wearing.

Madam Glam Lilac Madness

After four days of wear, the polish has held up extremely well, and not only that I’m getting compliments about this lovely lilac. The only issue is a minor bit of tip wear, but it’s not to the point where it’s distracting.

All of the polishes applied smoothly, with the exception of Hot & Spicy which was a little bit on the thick side. However, this is something that can be remedied with nail polish thinner, so it’s not the biggest deal. I found that even with a fast drying top coat (NYC Grand Central Station), the polishes did dry down fast, but  took bit longer to completely harden than non-5-free polishes.

My Final Thoughts: I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked Madam Glam nail polishes. They’re beautiful creams that are 5-free and cruely-free that are available online with free returns & exchanges. If you’re interested in trying the polishes, I have a 30% coupon especially for Painted Ladies readers. Simply use code YT30OFF at checkout. Enjoy!

Rating: A

Price: $10.95

Availability: madamglam.com

Cruelty-free? Yes


Win Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray Via Instagram

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It’s my first ever Instagram giveaway! If you’d like to win a bottle of Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray, you’ll have to hop on over to Instagram to enter to win this giveaway.
Skindinavia The Makeup Primer Spray Giveaway

Having used many a makeup primer in my time, I can definitely say that The Makeup Primer is one of the best. It helps create an even surface so your makeup blends in better and lasts longer. This nifty spray has become an essential in my makeup life, and I suspect you’ll like it a lot, as well! Check out my past review on The Makeup Spray.

Entry for this giveaway is exclusively via Instagram. To enter to win a full-size bottle of @skindinavia The Makeup Primer: 1. Like and repost this photo with the hashtag #paintedladies 2. Follow me @paintedladies_sheila This giveaway is open worldwide and you can enter as many times as you want. Contest ends Tues., 12/9 at midnight PST.

Staying Confident Through Cold Sores With The Help Of Abreva® Cream

I’m excited to share with you a post today that’s all about staying confident even when you’re battling a cold sore. If you suffer from cold sores like I do, you know it isn’t easy to feel confident when you get one. With the first sign of a cold sore coming on I reach for Abreva® cream to get rid of it fast. The median healing time is 4.1 days, but you could heal it in as few as 2.5 days  when used at the first sign. Then I follow the following simple tips to help keep my confidence high until Abreva® cream works its healing “magic”! Abreva Cold sores. I’ve been there, as I’m sure quite few of us have in our lives. They always start the same way for me – that little telltale tingling sensation I try to ignore but shortly thereafter I find a full blown cold sore following me around. Caused by virus, cold sores can really do a number on my confidence levels! Abreva Abreva® cream is the only non-prescription cold sore medicine approved by the FDA to shorten healing time and duration of symptoms. While waiting for the cold sore to vamoose, here’s what I recommend to stay confident when you might not be feeling your best:

1. Make a promise to not think about your cold sore. Don’t overthink the issue. Consider it already gone.

2. And have Abreva® cream on-hand because it shortens the healing time of your cold sore! The median healing time is 4.1 days, but you could heal it in as few as 2.5 days  when used at the first sign. 

3. Pamper yourself. We all need pampering, and I find that having a DIY spa night at home can do wonders for taking your mind of your cold sore and lifting your spirits.

4. Laughter truly is the best medicine, so hunker down with comedy on TV and laugh your cares away. It’s a guaranteed confidence fix!

You could knock out your cold sore in 2.5 days*. Only Abreva® cream can do it, when you treat at the first sign**. Try Abreva® cream during your next cold sore! Click here to learn more about Abreva® cream.

*Median healing time 4.1 days. 25% of users healed in 2.5 days.

**Among Over-the-counter products

One lucky Painted Ladies reader will win a $100 Visa Gift Card! To enter, simply leave a comment below letting me know your tips for staying confident through cold sore season.

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