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The Hourglass Cosmetics 1.5mm Mechanical Gel Eye Liner Makes For Intense Waterline Action

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By Sheila Arkee

In my journey as a makeup lover and beauty blogger, it’s not often you come across companies that consistently release products that are innovative and quickly become a part of your makeup musts. That’s the case with the new Hourglass Cosmetics 1.5 Mechanical Gel Eye Liner in Obsidian.

Hourglass Cosmetics 1.5 Mechanical Gel Eye Liner

Seriously, I have a large amount of love and affection for Hourglass Cosmetics and deem them a completely splurge worthy luxury brand.

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A mechanical gel pencil is a very unique idea and eliminates the need for the use of a eye liner brush, which is a plus as far as I’m concerned. To use the pencil, all you need to do is click twice to release the product which does not retract after use. Each pencil lasts for approximately 17 to 20 uses.

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These pencils are very thin but with a soft texture, which is a great quality for tightlining your upper eye. One great quality about the pencil is that you can vary the intensity of the line and easily build it up to a more substantial and intense smokiness.

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This gel liner wears strong, as you can see in this “after” swatch.

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While I’ve seen some users have issues with these pencils smearing, I’ve not had that problem. In my experience, the liner wears strong on the waterline and did not fade or smear. For my sensitive eyes, this is a plus! You can see how I used this liner in a recent Makeup Of The Day look.

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What really impresses me, however, is the intensity of the color. This is a deep, smoky black and some serious business, especially for those of use who love that smoky eye look.

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It reminds me most of Kajal, but easier to use and without risking any lead exposure. I used Kajal on the blog eons ago and have no idea where I stored the liner!

My Final Thoughts: A mechanical gel eye liner pencil is a fantastic idea that’s been executed to perfection by Hourglass. The Hourglass Cosmetics 1.5 Mechanical Gel Eye Liner definitely impressed with it’s intense color payoff and long wear time without smudging.

Rating: A

Price: $45

Availability: Online and in Sephora stores on 8/15/14. A single liner ($16) is available on Sephora.com and Hourglasscosmetics.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? No

Gluten-free? No (contains Tocopherol)

 

Your Lips Will Be The Reddest In The Land With The e.l.f. Disney Snow White Lip Collection Gift Set

I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

There are certain things in my makeup obsessed life I find irresistible, and that would include the e.l.f. Disney Snow White Lip Collection Gift Set. Hello, amazingly cute red lip products!

e.l.f. Disney Snow White Lip Collection Gift Set

As soon as I saw this $5 trio of red lip products at Walgreens, I had to make it mine.

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Similar to the recent Little Mermaid collection between e.l.f. and Ardell, there are Snow White-themed false lashes, makeup bags, and makeup sets available. Besides this lip set, e.l.f. also has a Snow White eyeshadow collection.

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In the Disney story, Snow White’s mom wished she’d have a daughter with lips as red as blood, hence the red lip collection. This sweet set contains a lip stain, a shimmery lip gloss, and a tinted lip balm.

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When all the products are worn together, they produce an intensely red lip that is budge-proof. Seriously. The lip stain is what makes that happen, and it’s a handy pen-like product that allows you to create defined edges and a matte yellow-based red. This base color will remain steadfast when the balm and gloss fade away. You can wear each product separately, or layer them as suggested for maximum redness.

This is the lip stain Crimson Crush by itself.

e.l.f. Disney Snow White Lip Collection Gift Set Lip Stain

This is the lip balm Berry by itself.

e.l.f. Disney Snow White Lip Collection Gift Set Lip Balm

This is the lip gloss Ruby Kiss by itself. This gloss has an unexpectedly minty feel, which is light and refreshing.

e.l.f. Disney Snow White Lip Collection Gift Set Lip Gloss

These are all three colors layered together: first the lip stain, then the lip balm, followed by the lip gloss. Red fabulousness. Guaranteed.

e.l.f. Snow White Lip Collection

Here’s how I wore the colors with gold eyeshadow (very Snow White worthy, IMO) in yesterday’s Makeup Of The Day.

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I had a temporary Disney geek moment (that may have slightly scared my son) when I discovered the Disney Snow White Read Along record I listened to as a child is on YouTube. Back in the day I wore those records out! It’s crazy to think how much technology has changed since I was a child … Forever 21 years ago.

And a fun tidbit for fellow Disney geeks: When I worked for MAC a decade ago in Orange County, the Disney princesses would come in to get replacements for the La Femme makeup products issued to them by Disney. I helped one Snow White replace her red lipstick with MAC Russian Red, if you ever wondered what Snow White is wearing. :)

My Final Thoughts: If you love red lips, or are a Disney fan, or both, you’ll love the e.l.f. Disney Snow White Lip Collection Gift Set.For $5 it’s a great deal for three great lip products.

Rating: A

Price: $5

Availability: Online and in Walgreen

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? No

Gluten-free? No (contains Tocopherol)

Makeup Of The Day 8 – My July Beauty Favorites Video Look

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

MAC Fake Milani Bella Gold MAC Vanilla e.l.f. Snow White Lip Collection 3

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MAC Fake Milani Bella Gold MAC Vanilla e.l.f. Snow White Lip Collection 2

e.l.f. Snow White Lip Collection

Face

Illuminare Moisturizing Mineral Foundation in Sienna Sun

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Glow

Milani Even Touch Powder Foundation in Beige

Milani Bella Rosa Blush

MAC Harmony Blush

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light

Eyes

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Lid: Milani Bella Gold

Crease: Sable from the Lorac Pro Palette

Outer Corner: MAC Fake

Browbone: MAC Vanila

Liner: Urban Decay Demolition

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: Eddie Funkhouser Quattro Variable Lash

Lips

e.l.f. Snow White Lip Collection

Painted Ladies July 2014 Beauty Favorites

By Sheila Arkee

It seems impossible that July is over and there’s a tinge of Fall in the air, to which I say … bring on the Pumpkin Spice Lattes! Here’s the official list of Painted Ladies July 2014 Beauty Favorites along with a new video.

Painted Ladies July 2014 Beauty Favorites

I had quite a few favorites this month that I’m using on the regular.

Batiste Dry Shampoo

This is great for second (or third) day hair. It’s a must have!

Yarok Feed Your Moisture Shampoo

I don’t shampoo my hair that often, but when I do I love Yarok! It gently cleanses with Black African Soap and doesn’t strip your hair of its natural oils.

Bdellium 773

I’m so glad this brush was brought to my attention – it’s a cheaper dupe for the MAC 242!

Salon Perfect Nail Lacquer

These nail colors ROCK! Exceptionally long wearing and gorgeous color options.

Sephora Meet Your Match Kit

A product I’m so glad I indulged in because I got to try some brands I’ve been yearning to use.

Painted Earth Skin Care Optimum 20% Vitamin C With Ferulic Acid

My skin drinks this serum up! It’s helped make my look look firmer and brighter and I love it!

Koko Lashes

These are a cheaper alternative to House of Lashes – my falsie game is on point with these lovelies!

Hold Me Bag

The most elegant makeup organizer I’ve ever owned. It’s very handy and keeps your makeup safe for those who are on the go.

Irresistible Me

My first time using extensions and I love my new hair! The 10% Irresistible Me Coupon Code is IrresistibleSheila

The two products I forgot to mention! I was in a major time crunch and on child alert. Ha ha!

Fusion of Color Cosmetics Eyeshadows

Beautiful mineral eyeshadows!

Milani Bella Eyes Eyeshadow

Oh, these budget friendly eyeshadows are pure love! I am crazy for these beautiful colors which are splurge worthy!

Details on my makeup in the video coming up in Makeup Of The Day!

Did you have any special finds in July?

My Lips Are Loving Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Quince

I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

It was love at first swatch the moment I tried Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Quince.

Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Quince Painted Ladies

This rarely happens, but I knew I had to have this luxurious lipstick in my life and was all kinds of thrilled to bring it home. As an avowed lover of fuchsia and magenta lip colors, I was drawn by the vibrancy of Quince, but then there’s that super smooth, creamy texture that had me completely under its spell.

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I’d wanted to try a Bite Beauty lip product for a long while and finally had the chance last month when I purchased the Sephora Meet Your Match lip/nail kit. This handy $25 pack contains six deluxe sample size products from high-end beauty brands and one of the lip products was a Bite Beauty lip gloss. I fell in love with the plush gloss and knew I was in for the long haul with this line.

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Quince is just as great as I thought it would be – while a bit pricey, high-end lipsticks are definitely something to be experienced. As much as I love my $2Wet n Wild Mega Last Matte Lipsticks, there’s a texture and longevity that you just won’t find anywhere else with the Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick.

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Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipsticks are made with Castor Oil, Beeswax, Shea Butter, and Argan Oil, which lend to the plushy texture. As a plus, each lipstick contains the amount of resveratrol found in five glasses of red wine, so not only will you look good, but you’ll be doing your lips some good.

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But the color. Oh, this glorious color. While I call it fuchsia, it really is as Bite Beauty describes it as a “deep magenta”. Deep magenta is my lip color love for LIFE! Quince has me enthralled, entrapped, and in all kinds of amazement.  Win times a million!

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My Final Thoughts: It’s my opinion that every lip product lover needs to indulge in a high end lip brand at least every once in a while, and you can’t get better than Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Lipstick in Quince. These lipsticks are splurge worthy!

Rating: A+

Price: $36

Availability: Online and in Sephora stores.

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

My Instagram Life, 8/3/2014

By Sheila Arkee

A peek into my life as a beauty blogger as seen on my Instagram feed.

Weekend chill time with my little man. Nothing better!

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I found a fabulous replacement for my decade (and some change) old MAC 242 brushes.

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Every few weeks I rotate my main supply of makeup with some oldies but goodies.  These are the products that need some loving!

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This week I posted two new videos, including this one with straight hair talking about the Hold Me Bag.

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Tuesday was National Lipstick Day, and I celebrated accordingly.

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I took a peek at some photos from a few months ago and was amazed by the improvement in my skin. More details on the lifestyle changes I made will come soon!

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A standing ovation for these amazing nail colors from Milani.

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Is it me or does it feel like Fall? Where’s my Pumpkin Spice Latte?

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In addition to improved skin, I can now cross my legs with ease for the first time in years. It’s a good feeling.

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Whoop, whoop! Painted Ladies is 5! Please check out the video I made for the occasion and subscribe to Painted Ladies TV!

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The cutest falsies!

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Besides this darling red lip set, there are e.l.f. Snow White makeup bags, and an eye set. All at Walgreens.

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My stylist approves of my $7 necklace purchase from Forever 21, which I bought just for an upcoming YouTube video.

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Here’s to a wonderful week ahead!

A Gorgeous Glow Is Guaranteed With Gerard Cosmetics BB Plus Illumination Facial Cream

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By Sheila Arkee

For a gal who likes a good amount of glow, I had only one question after I tried Gerard Cosmetics BB Plus Illumination Facial Cream – where have you been all my life?

Gerard Cosmetics BB Plus Illumination Facial Cream

Good glory, this stuff is gorgeous and a must have if you crave glowy skin that looks just like it’s lit from within. I like shimmer, I like glitter, and I’m ok.

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This illuminator can be used by itself, or mixed in with a foundation. I find that I like it best when I use it as a first step before my usual foundation routine for an all-over glow that doesn’t make you look like an entirely glittery disco ball. Not that that’s a bad thing, however I’m past the all over shimmer phase of my life and love the effect this moisturizing BB cream gives when layered under my non-shimmery liquid foundation. It’s good glow, plain and simple.

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Gerard Cosmetics BB Plus Illumination Facial Cream promises to blur your imperfections, and my imperfections can definitely use some blurring. With golden undertones, this versatile product is universal and can be used by any skin tone.

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My Final Thoughts: Lightweight, glow inducing, and all together fabulous, the Gerard Cosmetics BB Plus Illumination Facial Cream is a win in my book and has earned a permanent place in my beauty routine. Two gold stars, it’s definitely worth looking into.

Rating: A

Price: $36

Availability: www.whiteninglightning.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

Makeup Of The Day 7 – Painted Ladies Turns 5

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

Lorac Pro Palette Milani Bella Gold MAC Russian Red FOTD 1

Lorac Pro Palette Milani Bella Gold MAC Russian Red MOTD 1

Lorac Pro Palette Milani Bella Gold MAC Russian Red FOTD 2

Lorac Pro Palette Milani Bella Gold MAC Russian Red FOTD 3

Face

Illuminare Moisturizing Mineral Foundation in Sienna Sun

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Glow

Make Up For Ever Pro Finish Powder 128

Coastal Scents Forever Blush in Enchanting

MAC Harmony Blush

Milani Illuminating Powder in Amber Nectar

Eyes

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Lid: Milani Bella Gold

Crease: Taupe from the Lorac Pro Palette

Outer Corner: Espresso from the Lorac Pro Palette

Browbone: Cream from the Lorac Pro Palette

Liner (upper lid): Urban Decay Demolition

Liner (lower lid): NYX Glitzy Gold

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly

Lips

MAC Mahogany Lip Pencil

MAC Russian Red Lipstick

The Top 5 Posts On Painted Ladies

By Sheila Arkee

August is a very important month around these here parts – Painted Ladies is 5 years old!!!! Hooray! In honor of this special occasion, I’ve put together a video with the top 5 posts on Painted Ladies. Like, ever.

Painted Ladies Beauty Blog

This video also contains my Glamour Shots photo from high school and an outtake reel, so you’ll get a good laugh, regardless!

The top 5 posts that have ever appeared on this blog are as follows:

5. How To Contour

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A really dramatic take on highlighting and contouring and one of my favorite Breaking Down Beauty posts I’ve ever done. At some point I’d like to go back and redo this post because I think I could do a better job now!

4. How To Apply False Lashes

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One of my goals in life and as a beauty blogger is to take the fear out of false lashes. This is another post I’d like to redo at some point because the final photo is admittedly wonky! I cringe every time I see it on Pinterest, but I’m glad it has been of some help to so many!

3. How To Fix Broken Makeup

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One of the first Breaking Down Beauty posts that ever appeared on Painted Ladies and a trick that’s saved many a broken shadow or powder in my life!

2. Tightlining 101

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This technique is one I learned back in the day when I worked right across from a Laura Mercier makeup counter. It’s an easy process that truly boosts your eyes without piling on the makeup. Not that that’s a bad thing!

1. The Aspirin Mask

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The blog post seen round the world, and the reason I’ve reconnected with family members and old friends! I am proud of this post and so thankful it’s been something that’s been of good use to you!

Thank you all, so very much, for being along for the ride for all these years. I really love sharing makeup looks, techniques, and reviews with you all and even though I haven’t met any regular readers in person, it feels like we’re old time friends!!!

This year I definitely want to expand my YouTube channel and I’m planning on some “then and now” posts where I redo some looks from the past.  I am looking forward to many more years of sharing my love of the beauty industry on Painted Ladies!

Makeup Of The Day 6

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette MOTD 2

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette MOTD 1

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette MOTD 3

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette MOTD 4

Face

Lumene Vitamin C+ BB Cream in Medium

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Glow

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powder in Dim Light to set foundation

Milani Baked Blush in Delizioso Pink

MAC Harmony Blush

Eyes

Base: Milani Eyeshadow Primer

Inner Lid: Verve from the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette

Lid: YDK from the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette

Crease: Faint from the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette

Outer Corner: Crave from the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette

Browbone: Venus from the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette

Liner: Hourglass 1.5MM Mechanical Gel Liner in Obsidian

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly

Lips

MAC Stripdown Lip Pencil

 L’Oreal Color Riche Extraordinaire Liquid Lipstick in Coral Encore