My pre-teen years were heavily influenced by my obsession with The Mickey Mouse Club. Heavily. I was crazy obsessed and my family didn’t even get The Disney Channel (you had to subscribe back in the olden days of yore). I lived for those free sneak peek weekends! They just celebrated their 30th reunion at Walt Disney World (what???) and there’s a fun video of the event here.
Here’s a look at what happened here on Painted Ladies last week.
Summer’s approaching, temps are rising, and it’s the perfect time to renew our sun protection situations. Actually, it’s never not the right time for sun protection so I was glad to be sent a few skincare products from Paula’s Choice.
Mascara, mascara, oh how you coat my lashes. Mascara, mascara, oh how I love when you don’t cost too much cashes. Hmmm… maybe I need to work on my poetry skills, but the truth is I do love cheap mascara. And then some.
While I do use and love higher end mascaras, I have also found my absolute favorites for around $10 and under. It’s been a quick minute since I’ve posted an Adventures In Mascara roundup, so without ado here are four current favorites.
Definitely the fanciest mascara tube I’ve seen, this mascara looks like an inkwell! It has an unique, bendy wand that can be applied straight on or at an angle. It can get a bit clumpy if you’re not careful, but the results are super dramatic.
On the left is the wand for L’Oreal Voluminous Feline Noir and on the right is the wand for L’Oreal Voluminous Feline. Both are plastic wands, the Feline Noir wand is slightly more enhanced than the original Feline wand.
L’Oreal Voluminous Feline has been my holy grail, number one go-to for a while now, so I was intrigued when I came up on L’Oreal Voluminous Feline Noir recently.
The results for Feline Noir are a bit more dramatic than Feline, in my opinion. Here are my lashes with L’Oreal Voluminous Feline Noir.
Here are my lashes with L’Oreal Voluminous Feline.
What are your current favorite mascaras?
The products featured in Adventures In Mascara Budget Friendly Favorites were purchased by me. All opinions are 100% my own.
After spending some quality time with Sublime Bronze Ambition I can report that it indeed lives up to it’s moniker. The texture and color payoff of the six finely milled eyeshadows is sublime. Otherworldly, in fact! This palette is delightful and I’ll be investing in other Pat McGrath Labs eyeshadow palettes in the future.
At $55 it’s definitely not a budget friendly favorite, but trust me when I say these shadows are a luxurious experience worth the indulgence. I’m very picky about shadow textures and have learned price isn’t always an indicator of quality. For instance, some of my favorite eyeshadow palettes are by Wet n Wild! On the other side of the spectrum, I confess I don’t even like Chanel shadows! The Pat McGrath Lab shadows break down to about $9 a shadow and are a deal considering the quality.
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The Pat McGrath Labs MTHRSHP Sublime Bronze Ambition Eyeshadow Palette featured in this post was purchased by me. Affiliate links that benefit this site are included. All opinions are 100% my own.
I’ve also been listening to a lot of Ariana Grande lately … that song just grows on you! After being saddened by a spate of eyeshadow palettes that were just lacking in one way or another, I’m glad I got the chance to experience the true blue real deal from this Pat McGrath palette as well as a couple of ColourPop palettes I recently added to my collection.
Y’all, the Pat McGrath Labs MTHRSHP Sublime Bronze Ambition Eyeshadow Palette is legit. The packaging is stunning. The outer packaging is cardboard wrapped like some kind of secret agent/detective beauty package and opens to a luxurious set of shadows set against a generous mirror.
I chose Sublime Bronze as my first foray into Pat McGrath shadow palettes because I can see myself getting lots of use out of these colors. I do like Pat McGrath Labs products and truly adore her lip glosses.
I was talking to another beauty friend about this palette and she accurately described it like “touching a silk glove”. These shadows are excellent quality all the way around.
There are six shadows in the Pat McGrath Labs MTHRSHP Sublime Bronze Ambition Eyeshadow Palette which is priced at $55. These swatches are what I get with one swipe. Impressive to say the least.
The price tag might seem a bit up there, but it’s worth it for excellence. I was seriously considering purchasing the KKW (Kim Kardashian West) x Mario Dedivanovic palette, but after I put it in my shopping cart from the KKW website and going through the checkout out process, the price tag went up quite a bit to almost $60 with shipping and taxes. I’d truthfully rather divert my funds to another Pat McGrath Labs eyeshadow palette with free shipping and money back through Ebates from Sephora.
Looks featuring this palette are coming up tomorow!
Happy Monday, fellow beauty lovers! It occurred to me that there are quite a few products I’ve been using and loving and some new try outs as well. I haven’t shared them in full yet, so what better time than the present? Here’s a look at a few of my current beauty loves and new tries.
I gotta start off with this toothpaste that I grabbed the last time I was at Sprouts, which is what I’d describe as a mix of Trader Joe’s plus Whole Foods. If Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods had a baby, it would be Sprouts! They have lots of natural products and lots of sales, which makes it one of my favorite stores. I’ve been using a charcoal powder to help whiten my teeth and wanted to try out something a little less messy, and My Magic Mud Activated Charcoal Toothpaste is the answer. They have a few flavor options. I love the Wintergreen Flavor and it does help my teeth big time. On a sidenote, I saw a charcoal infused toothbrush at Target and was amazed at how charcoal has gone from being a DIY treatment to a mass market product.
Bite Beauty released a line of road trip themed lipsticks and I had to nab the Los Angeles version! It’s a beautiful pink /brown that I can’t wait to wear.
Ouai Rose Hair & Body Oil was a MUST buy during the recent Sephora Beauty Insider sale. I tried a sample of it last year and fell head over heels in love. Not only does it smell great, my hair loves it. There’s no silicone so it won’t gum up your hair at all. I use a little bit on the ends of my hair at night to keep things under control.
I picked up a full size of the Sephora Solid Brush Cleaner and have to declare I absolutely adore this brush cleaner. I don’t know if it was the quality of the water or the cleansers I was using before, but my makeup brushes have gone from being scratchy to perfectly supple with this cleanser. I love that it comes with a scrubby silicone mat that I keep in the lid.
Paula’s Choice Power Berry Serum is a new skincare product I’m eagerly testing out and looking forward to seeing how it works. It’s billed as being 95% natural and is chock full of antioxidants.
Hello, lovely readers, and welcome to the latest beauty news roundup here on Painted Ladies.
It’s the Mother’s Day weekend here in the USA and I’m sending the mothers/caretakers/grandmothers/female figures for children all my love in the world. I’m planning a laid back weekend with my son, as usual. Maybe a movie today and for sure a long walk tomorrow.
The trailer for “Judy”, a film about Judy starring Renee Zellweger, was released and I became emotional! In high school I became a Judy Garland fan when I shunned popular music for a year and only listed to oldies. I’ve sang “Chicago” maybe a million times since! Ha!
I don’t really have anything exciting planned for Mother’s Day. My son and I will most likely go to the movies and zip around town as we usually do. Easy, peasy, perfect!
The ColourPop Sol Pressed Shadow Palette is a stunner. I am seriously awed by it’s color payoff and all together prettiness. It’s fresh and perfect and such a great deal at $12.
I used a couple of other products besides ColourPop Sol for these looks, including the ColourPop Jelly Much gel shadow in Into Focus. I’m just starting to get into these shadows and have to telly you they are gorgeous! They start off as a liquid and dry down. You have a bit of time after applying them to blend them before they dry, which is really nice. The ColourPop Jelly Much shadows stay in place, which is a huge plus!
Priced at $12 for 9 shadows, Sol is quite the lovely value. Filled with bright coral. orange and copper shadows, it’s giving me major Summer vibes. It’s the midst of Spring and a bit gloomy where I am right now. I’m hoping things perk up pretty soon!
The good news is I have this palette to keep me warm. Kinda literally with all these warm tones.
I am such a fan of ColourPop and so glad to have some Sol in my life. I’ll be sharing a few looks featuring ColourPop Sol tomorrow!
The ColourPop Sol Pressed Shadow Palette featured in this post was purchased by me. All opinions are 100% my own.
I have to confess, y’all – last month I was seriously considering stopping my years-long subscription to Boxycharm completely. Kaputz! And then the Make Waves Boxycharm for May 2019 and managed to totally pull me back in.
Let’s take a look at the awesome products that were included in my Boxycharm. There are a few varieties of the box and every subscriber receives a different option each month. I’ll admit to wish I’d received the Milk makeup primer that’s in some of the boxes, but I’m not complaining with my loot!
Glamglow Gentlebubble Cleanser ($28) – Ooh! What a cool product to receive! I have been looking for a new cleanser and will enjoy trying out this generously sized vegan formula.
Alamar Colorette Blush Trio ($22) – Oooh! I love a good blush and this is such a pretty and cheerful palette.
Ciate London Eye Lustre Creme Eyeshadow in Cupid ($22) – Gasp. I actually gasped over this duochrome which dries down and doesn’t budge. What a gorgeous color I’ll get a lot of use out of.
Dose Of Colors Liquid Matte Lipstick in Coral Crush ($19) – Of all the matte liquid lipsticks in this world, this is one I have not tried yet! I’m so excited to check out this vibrant shade.
Mellow Brow Definer in Taupe ($18) – I always have room for a new taupe brow pencil, and love that this one has a spoolie on one end.
There’s no doubt the monthly Boxycharm subscription beauty services is an excellent value. You receive well over the $21 monthly fee with five full sized beauty products each month. This month’s box was valued at $108 You can purchase blocks of boxes in advance to save a little bit of money.
With all said and done, Boxycharm is a great way to build a makeup collection and also to check out brands and products that are new to you. I do find it useful, and have to admit it’s a thrill to see what’s in the box each month. I’m still on the fence about indulging in the quarterly Boxy Luxe, which is $35 and has additional products. So, Boxycharm, you’ll live to see another month in my mailbox!
The Boxycharm featured in this post was purchased by me. All opinions are 100% my own.