Contest Time! Orglamix Shadows

26 09 2009

By Sheila

Courtesy of Orglamix

Courtesy of Orglamix

A week or so ago, I had the chance to try Orglamix shadows, and it was love at first brush stroke. An up-and-coming mineral makeup  company, their colors are extremely wearable, blend well, and the company’s philosophy of eco-friendly beauty is too good not to adore.

Because Cheri, the creator of Orglamix, is just plain awesome, she’s giving away a set of her gorgeous shadows just for our readers! Included in the prize is the Wearable Collection, a set of six shadows that would look gorgeous on anyone, valued at $24.75. The colors in the kit are: Cafe Au Lait, Silk, Sweet Pea, Moonstone, Buttercup,  and Sandalwood.

How to enter? It’s a simple as leaving a comment below. You have until next Saturday, October 3rd at noon PST to enter, one entry per reader.

There’s one thing I would like you all to do, though –hop on over to Operation Beautiful, a super blog that beauty blogger Clumps of Mascara mentioned earlier this week.

Courtesy of

Courtesy of

The concept of Operation Beautiful is simple: you leave random notes with a kind message anywhere, for anyone. Spread positivity around, bring a smile to someone’s face … it’s easy, it’s free, and it could make a profound difference in someone’s life. What could be better than that? Besides winning some fab eye shadows, of course!

Good luck, Ladies!!!

You can find more information on Orglamix at their Etsy store.


Battle of the Bulge, Part 4

25 09 2009

By Sheila

Sabotage, thy name is candy.
Oh, if I weren’t such a devoted blogger, determined to stick to a truth-telling regimen in my weight loss journey, I would never post this column. It’s hard to admit when you’ve failed, but that is something I’ve become well acquainted with this week, and part of my healing process is being truthful when that’s happened.
You see this bowl?

It used to be full. Guess who helped get it down to its current levels?
Life has been stressful recently, and with that in clear view and within a few feet of me, I haven’t been able to resist chocolate’s siren call.
“Shhhhhhhhhhhhhheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeilaaaaaaaaaa…. Come and eaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat me!”

Half the time I don’t taste it, I just know it feels good and helps take my mind off my dilemmas. I hate it, but it’s happening, and nothing can help me from sabotaging my own success.
Speaking of sabotage, there are different forms of it … there’s the kind we do to ourselves, as we try convincing ourselves that it’s ok to eat that one extra helping, or that one more scoop won’t hurt anyone. There’s also the sabotage other’s do to us. .. you know… that envious look in people’s eyes, the jealous tone to their congratulations they give you when you’ve lost some weight that makes you want to say ok to that second or third serving of what you know you shouldn’t have in the first place. 

And now, I’m asking because I really want to  know … how do you prevent yourself from committing and/or falling prey sabotage?

Battle of the Bulge, Part 1

Battle of the Bulge, Part 2

Battle of the Bulge, Part 3

Confession Time: My Favorite Mascara

24 09 2009

By Sheila

It’s confession week here at Painted Ladies, and today I have yet another dark (but not dirty) secret to share with you. 

Years ago, when I worked in cosmetics retail sales for a big name company, they would tell  us to make sure to push their latest and greatest mascara to everyone we’d encounter. Sure they were pretty good mascaras, but whenever a customer would ask what my favorite mascara was, I’d pull them aside, look down, and say in a shushed voice, “Run to the drugstore and get some Cover Girl.” 

My name is Sheila, and I was a disloyal sales person. Above all, I am a makeup junkie, and I could never have lied and told people not to get something I considered the very best. Although I’ve been a faithful devotee of Dior Show for about a year, I always have a tube of Cover Girl LashBlast around and use it when my Dior has gone mysteriously missing. I think we all know who would be to blame for that by now (wink). 

In all my years of using makeup, I’ve found Cover Girl mascaras to be an excellent quality as they don’t flake, don’t clump, hold a curl all day long, and really get your lashes looking their very best. Cover Girl is always coming out with new formulas and new brushes that improve upon the last versions. If it’s a case of brush versus formula, they win all the way around. 

On top of all those fabulous features, the price is unbeatable, and being a drugstore item, they frequently are part of buy-one-get-one specials, or discounted with readily available coupons. 

As for my furtive product recommendations in my sales days: did I do that for other products? Maybe …. You’ll have to stick around for those confessions. 😉

 What’s your favorite mascara? Have you found that low-end mascaras work just as well as high-end ones?

You Tube “It Pick” 9 -23-09

23 09 2009

By Sheila

Ya wanna know my dirty little secret? I’m single, no where near close to being married, and yet completely obsessed with weddings  in a  bad, bad way.

Silly, I know, but I just can’t get enough of the pageantry of it all. I love the care that’s put into the details, the photography, the invitations, the planning, the dressing up, the shoes that are all a part of this rite of passage so many of us engage in.

So, while doing my usual late night Google Reader browsing with my 1,209,887 wedding related blogs in tow, I came across a very, very cool makeup tutorial by TheMakeupRepublic.

Ok? Hello? FIERCE!

What is not to love about this? The makeup is right on target, and not only that, the videography and photography kicks bootie (Dear Santa, this camera is exactly what I want for Christmas. I’ve been good. Thanks.)

Not only that,  it’s a beautiful, extremely wearable look. I am just so impressed with the attention to detail and how easy it is to follow along with the tutorial steps. It’s not like this gal needs a lot of makeup in the first place, but she wears it so well and shows her audience precicely how to acheive that look. The next best thing to having a personal makeup artist may as well be having this YouTube user’s channel on repeat.

This week’s “It” pick? Extremely well deserved.

Book Review: Styling Your Face

21 09 2009

By Sheila

005Once the most celebrated name in the makeup industry, his name isn’t familiar to many these days. A precursor to Kevyn Aucoin, he was, in fact, was a major inspiration and shaper of Keyvn’s own illustrious career, whose work was known throughout the world.

Way Bandy was THE celebrity makeup artist of the 1970s and early ’80s and was known for his a heavy-yet- natural style and an eye for bringing out the best features in his celebrity clients. From humble beginnings, he followed his dream and helped secure the position of makeup artist as an important career path for many to follow.

In his relatively short career, Bandy wrote two books on makeup application, Designing Your Face and Styling Your 017Face. Both are out of print, but freely available on through used-sale vendors. I’ll also review Desiging Your Face in the near future.

In Styling Your Face, Bandy breaks down application techniques for 15 looks, or “designs”, for both men and women. Every section is illustrated in his hand drawings, with a meticulous list of the steps to acheive the design and the theory behind the looks.

If anything, it’s fascinating to look through the book and observe his techniques; there’s a lot of eyebrow bleaching, and his main technique with mixing of “dots” and “drops” of colors to acheive shades, for intance, here’s his recipe for a pale honey-golden lip color:

  • 1 dot gold powder eyeshadow
  • 2 drops beige liquid foundation
  • 3 dots clear lip gloss

025How many of you are running to your makeup kit to try that out?  Styling Your Face is, above all,  charming, and looking through his techniques, I realize that makeup application hasn’t changed much in the almost 30-years since the book was published. Here’s an interesting peek into Bandy’s work, courtesy of YouTube (ignore the creepy music!):


Weekly Recap: September 21, 2009

20 09 2009

By  Sheila

Contest winner announced!

Extremely retro Retro Corner by Jessi Pagel.

Project Runway: Giving Models What They Want

Expert: Jessi Pagel

Work those red lips!

YouTube “It” Pick … oh, Cheri! You’re amazing!

Keeping your skin in tip top shape, by Lisa who looks like she’s drinking from the fountain of youth.

The most pun-filled title ever.

And, in one week, a very, very special announcement from The Painted Ladies. 🙂

Battle of the Bulge, Part 3

18 09 2009

By Sheila

Dear Food,

It’s not you, it’s me.

cuppycakesWe’ve been through so much together: you were there for me during late night cram sessons in college, you comforted me through heartbreaks, you helped me get through my last month of pregnancy. Between the popcorn free-for-alls on Friday night with my mom and early morning chocolate croissant runs, we’ve been there and back with each other for a very long time. I mean, come on — what a history we’ve shared!

Things have to end, though, this time forever. My body is telling me that it’s time to make a change, time to acknowledge the fact that in light of all the recent time spent in denial, our relationship isn’t as healthy as I’ve been pretending. In fact, this is a case of abuse, and I am the abuser.

Yes, I am an abuser of food, and it’s really hard for me to admit this because I’m the type that likes to be in control, and you never complain when I overindulge during moments of stress. Well, maybe if I eat too much hot sauce on Taco Tuesdays, but other than that, you’ve been the perfect accomplice for my many mindless overindulgences.

Things are going to change … I’m admitting that I have a problem, which is a huge first step. I bought a scale to weigh myself, a food scale, and I’m faithfully tracking my daily intake. I even wrote down exactly how much candy I’ve been eating in the mornings. And I typed in that I had 4 rice crispie treats yesterday.

That’s a huge step for me, the Queen of Denial. However hard it is to admit that I should have stopped at the first minispaghetti candy bar, I’m going to make sure that I never treat you with disregard again. After all, it’s a long way from the farm to my stomach, and I do respect the fact that you went through a lot to be presentable and delectable to my taste buds.

Food, after taking some time to think, I’ve realized that I’ve been mistreating you for a very long time and I’m sorry. The first step to recovery is admitting your wrongs, and I will fully admit that I’ve used you to try to cover up hurts, but the truth is, that’s not going to help anyone. Stuffing myself with empty calories long after the point of being full doesn’t hurt anyone except myself. 

One thing I’m learning is that there is something to the concept of savoring food, of actually tasting what I’m consuming. Small concept, big consquences. And, another thing, I will try to make sure to eat stuff that I can pronounce, not stuff that has ingredients that sound like they could also be used to fuel my car.

It’s a new game, Food, the start of a better relationship, and although I may falter now and again, I will do my very best to not take you for granted or mindlessly consume you anymore. I promise.



Battle of the Bulge: Part 1
Battle of the Bulge: Part 2