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299/365 Days of Makeup IV

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

MAC Print NYX Primal Colors in Hot Blue and Hot Green 3

MAC Print NYX Primal Colors in Hot Blue and Hot Green 4

MAC Print NYX Primal Colors in Hot Blue and Hot Green 1

MAC Print NYX Primal Colors in Hot Blue and Hot Green 2

Face

Illuminare Moisturizing Mineral Foundation in Sienna Sun

Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperlight

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

Eyes

Base: Prestige Primed & Ready

Lid Base: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk

Inner Lid: NYX Primal Colors in Hot Orange

Outer Lid: MAC Folie

Outer Corner: MAC Print

Lower Lid: NYX Primal Colors in Hot Green

Browbone: MAC Vanilla Eyeshadow

Liner (upper lid): Makeup Geek Gel Liner in Electric

Liner (lower lid): Kat Von D Autograph Pencil in Eyegasm

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly

Lips

MAC Stone Lip Liner

Hourglass Lip Stilo No. 5

NYX Cosmetics Primal Colors Are An Unfortunate Miss

I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

You win some, you lose some in life,  love, and beauty products. That’s exactly how I feel about the NYX Cosmetics Primal Colors, which are a rare missed step from an otherwise well-rounded brand.

NYX Primal Colors in Hot Green Hot Orange Hot Blue 2

These colors sure look gorgeous, right? Wrong!

NYX Primal Colors in Hot Green Hot Orange Hot Blue 1

Designed by NYX to “unleash your inner theatrical makeup artist”, the Primal Colors in Hot Orange, Hot Blue, and Hot Green are patchy, unevenly pigmented, and difficult to work with. And you’re not even supposed to use them as eyeshadow!

Here they are swatched without primer.

NYX Primal Colors in Hot Green Hot Orange Hot Blue No Primer

And with a primer.

NYX Primal Colors in Hot Green Hot Orange Hot Blue Primer

Here’s a closer look at each color.

Hot Green

NYX Primal Colors in Hot Green 1

Hot Orange

NYX Primal Colors in Hot Orange 1

Hot Blue

NYX Primal Colors in Hot Blue 1

Who am I to pay attention to unsafe for eye area warning labels, because right on my eyelids they did go, and I have not experienced any irritation. This reminds me of the flap over the Urban Decay Electric palette, which contains several colors that come with the very same advisory.

MAC Print NYX Primal Colors in Hot Blue and Hot Green 1

MAC Print NYX Primal Colors in Hot Blue and Hot Green 2

Lorac Unzipped Palette NYX Primal Color in Hot Orange 1

My chief complaint with the Primal Colors is the fact that they have to be piled on (literally) to have any effect whatsoever. Despite being worn over a cream base, which usually does the trick for boosting pigmentation, I found that I also had to pack the color with the pad of my ring finger and take extreme steps to blend the colors together. These are too high maintenance for my taste and while I’ll keep them for future Halloween looks, they aren’t my newest favorite eye makeup products.

My Final Thoughts: Unfortunately, I’m just not loving NYC Cosmetics Primal Colors. Although they’re priced at around $5, you’d be better of spending more for better pigmentation.

Rating: D

Price: $4.99

Availability: Ulta stores and Ulta.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? Yes

298/365 Days of Makeup IV

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

Sweet Libertine Much Ado Sweet Libertine Dirty 30 MAC Print Milani Violet Volt 1

Sweet Libertine Much Ado Sweet Libertine Dirty 30 MAC Print Milani Violet Volt

Sweet Libertine Much Ado Sweet Libertine Dirty 30 MAC Print 1

Sweet Libertine Much Ado Sweet Libertine Dirty 30 MAC Print 2

Milani Violet Volt Color Statement Lipstick

Face

Illuminare Moisturizing Mineral Foundation in Sienna Sun

Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperlight

NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Glow

MAC Invisible Set Powder

Physician Formula Airbrush Blush in Rose

MAC Harmony Blush

Eyes

Base: Prestige Primed & Ready

Lid Base: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk

Inner Lid: Sweet Libertine Dirty 30

Outer Lid: Sweet Libertine Much Ado

Outer Corner: MAC Print

Browbone: MAC Vanilla Eyeshadow

Liner: Urban Decay Demolition

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: Milani Total Lash Cover

Lips

MAC Plum Lip Liner

Milani Color Statement Lipstick in Violet Volt

Vincent Longo Dew Drop Radiant Blush in Sandalwood Guarantees A Gorgeous Glow

Press Sample

By Sheila Arkee

Well, hello, gorgeous glow. I’m so very happy to see you. It’s not often I come across such a beautiful powder blush such as Vincent Longo Dew Drop Radiant Blush in Sandalwood.

Vincent Longo Dew Drop Radiant Blush in Sandalwood 2

I mean, just look at this powder!

Vincent Longo Dew Drop Radiant Blush in Sandalwood 3

This blush is housed in an elegant black compact.

Vincent Longo Dew Drop Radiant Blush in Sandalwood 1

A demi-matte powder brush with dew drops of multi-colored pearl, this product was created with a special pressing technique that lets the pearly dew drops release their tint and texture for a subtle kiss of illumination on your skin.

Vincent Longo Dew Drop Radiant Blush in Sandalwood 4

It certainly is lovely and gives a beautiful finish when worn alone, as well as layered on top of a brighter cream blush. Here it is worn on it’s own, offering a great look and glow for those days I’m just dashing about.

Vincent Longo Dew Drop Radiant Blush in Sandalwood 5

Vincent is an Australian makeup artist and entrepreneur who has worked with top fashion designers, supermodels, and fashion magazines including Elle, Vanity Fair, W, and Vogue. Vincent Longo Cosmetics began in the 90′s when Vincent created bold colors and textures he couldn’t find in stores and has earned a reputation for offering high-quality beauty products over the past 2 decades.

My Final Thoughts: When it comes to the matter of my cheeks, I prefer products like Vincent Longo Dew Drop Radiant Blush in Sandalwood that offer a shimmering, subtle glow. The wear time is about 4 to 5 hours, so you’ll definitely have to touch up during the day.

Rating: B+

Price: $30

Availability: Vincentlongo.com and Dermstore.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? No

297/365 Days of Makeup IV

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

MAC Fiction Sugarpill Absinthe MAC White Frost Milani Nude Illusion 1

MAC Fiction Sugarpill Absinthe MAC White Frost Milani Nude Illusion 2

MAC Fiction Sugarpill Absinthe MAC White Frost 1

MAC Fiction Sugarpill Absinthe MAC White Frost 2

MAC Fiction Sugarpill Absinthe MAC White Frost 3

Face

Illuminare Moisturizing Mineral Foundation in Sienna Sun

Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperlight

NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Glow

MAC Pro Peach Set Powder

Physician Formula Airbrush Blush in Rose

MAC Harmony Blush

Eyes

Base: Prestige Primed & Ready

Lid Base: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk

Inner Lid: Sugarpill Absinthe Loose Shadow

Outer Lid: MAC Fiction

Lower Lid: MAC Shimmermoss

Browbone: MAC White Frost

Liner: Urban Decay Demolition

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly

Lips

MAC Stone Lip Liner

NYX Butter Lipstick in Sugar Wafer

Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss in Nude Illusion

Clear Your Makeup Clutter For Spring!

By Sheila Arkee

When your bookshelf looks something like this and you can hardly find anything, you know it’s time for some spring cleaning realness. Painted Ladies Halls With an active six year old running around, it’s so easy for me to just throw stuff in piles or without much form or function. However, I always get to the point where I feel overwhelmed with stuff and know it’s time to clean up. The same goes for my makeup collection, which can get out of hand rather quickly given my life as a beauty blogger. Painted Ladies Halls 3 The suggested guidelines for discarding beauty items are as follow:

  • Mascara – 3 months
  • Cleansers and moisturizers – 6 months
  • Cream products – 12 months
  • Liquid foundation, lipstick, and lipgloss – 12 months
  • Makeup sponges – 1 month
  • Pencil liners (lip and eye): 3 years

Although I don’t tend to follow the guidelines for throwing away makeup very strictly (10 year old lipstick, anyone?), by and large please toss anything that smells bad or causes any kind of skin irritation. While powder products that don’t contain water to introduce bacteria can last for many years, you will definitely want to keep an eye out for creamy, water-based products that have turned the tide and are no longer appropriate to wear.

If you feel overwhelmed with cosmetics clutter, consolidate! Too many single eyeshadow and blush containers lying around? Invest in empty metallic makeup palettes and look up depotting tutorials on YouTube. The same goes for cream concealers and lipsticks which can be melted in the microwave and replaced in palettes.

Painted Ladies Halls 2

I have never tried the HALLS® drops for allergies but I think it is a great idea. Self-care is really important and it is something that I promote on Painted Ladies. HALLS is a good product to have on hand so you can tackle seasonal allergies and not suffer with coughing or sore throats. One thing that I will be doing for spring is going through and cleaning out my makeup collection, tossing things that may cause irritation because it has reached the expiration date. Spring is about cleaning out the old and getting ready for the new.

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296/365 Days of Makeup IV

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

MAC Sketch Printcess Happily Ever After Printecess Ball Wet n Wild Just Peachy

MAC Sketch Printcess Happily Ever After Printecess Ball 1

MAC Sketch Printcess Happily Ever After Printecess Ball 2

Face

Eddie Funkhouser Luxlight Hydrating Primer in Candlelight

MAC Studio Fix Fluid in NC40

Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperlight

NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Glow

MAC Pro Peach Set Powder

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

MAC Harmony Blush

Eyes

Base: Prestige Primed & Ready

Lid Base: NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk

Inner Lid: Printcess Ball

Outer Lid: Printcess Happily Ever After

Outer Corner: MAC Sketch

Browbone: MAC Gesso

Liner: Rimmel Scanadaleyes Liner in Sparkling Black

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: Benefit They’re Real

Lips

MAC Stripdown Lip Liner

Wet n Wild Megalast Matte Lipstick in Just Peachy

MAC Nymphette Lipglass

SmartFX SmartEye Wrinkle Lift Has To Be Seen To Be Believed

By Sheila Arkee

If you were to ask me my age, I would have one response: I’m forever 21. Right? Even though I turned 35 on my past birthday, I still think and feel like I’m somewhere in my mid to late 20′s.  Still, I can’t deny the changes in my skin as time goes on, and when I had the chance to try SmartFX SmartEye Wrinkle Lift recently, I couldn’t say no!

Smarteye

My skin is finally recovered from seasonal sensitivities and anything I can do to further improve my skin’s texture and appearance I can and will use.

SmartEye is marketed as a 60-second solution to firmer skin and fewer wrinkles. Formulated with Vitamin E, Hyaluronic Acid and  Retinol, and a a proprietary complex of ”micro-fillers, this eye cream has been shown to improve the appearance of dark circles, lines, circles, and under eye puffiness in 100% of a 30 subject test.

SmartEye starts off with a wet finish and quickly dries to a matte finish that temporarily tightens the skin to minimize the appearance of crow’s feet, fine lines, wrinkles, under-eye bags and puffiness.

Smarteye 2

I’ve been using SmartEye for about five weeks now and have some before and after photos to share with you. To me, the most noticeable difference is in the puffiness of my under eye area, with definite smoothing of my fine lines.

Smarteye Dermstore 2

Before and After

Smarteye Dermstore 1

Before and After

Smarteye Before Front

Before

Smarteye After Front

After

I’m really pleased with the results of SmartEye and I’ll be stocking up!

My Final Thoughts: To be perfectly honest, I will admit to feeling self-conscious about my aging eyelids  – and this is from someone who displays her eyelids to the world on a daily basis! SmartEye has helped improve the appearance of my eye area, and it’s a definite keeper!

Rating: A

Price: Currently on sale for $29 with free shipping (regularly priced at $59)

Availability: Dermstore.com (and yes, the shipping is lightning bolt fast!)

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Gluten-free? No (contains Tocopherol)

295/365 Days of Makeup IV

Press Sample I Bought It

By Sheila Arkee

Lorac Unzipped Palette NYX Primal Color in Hot Orange NYC Ultra Hydrating Lip Color in Blossom

Lorac Unzipped Palette NYX Primal Color in Hot Orange 1

Lorac Unzipped Palette NYX Primal Color in Hot Orange 2

Face

Illuminare Moisturizing Mineral Foundation in Sienna Sun

Tarina Tarantino Eye Dream Hyperlight

NYX Above & Beyond Full Coverage Concealer in Glow

MAC Pro Peach Set Powder

Jordana Touch of Pink Blush

MAC Harmony Blush

Eyes

Base: Prestige Primed & Ready

Inner Lid: Undercover from the Lorac Unzipped Palette

Outer Lid: NYX Primal Color in Hot Orange

Crease: Unconditional from the Lorac Unzipped Palette

Outer Corner: Untamed from the Lorac Unzipped Palette

Browbone: Undercover from the Lorac Unzipped Palette

Liner: Urban Decay Demolition

Brows: Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade in Dark Brown

Mascara: L’Oreal Voluminous Butterfly

Lips

Milani All Natural Lip Liner

NYC Ultra Hydrating Lip Color in Blossom

Swatching Sunday: NYX Primal Colors in Hot Green, Hot Orange, and Hot Blue

By Sheila Arkee

From left to right: NYX Primal Colors in Hot Green, Hot Orange, and Hot Blue.

NYX Primal Color in Hot Green Hot Orange Hot Blue 1

Without primer underneath:

NYX Primal Color in Hot Green Hot Orange Hot Blue No Primer

With primer underneath:

NYX Primal Color in Hot Green Hot Orange Hot Blue Primer

Full review coming soon!