Give your skin a daily dose with Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

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Have you hopped onto the Vitamin C skin care train yet?  There are so many reasons why a good Vitamin C product should be part of your routine.  When packaged properly, topically applied Vitamin C increases collagen production, reduces skin discolorations, strengthens and repairs skin, reduces inflammation, and protects the skin from sun exposure.   I love what Vitamin C does for my skin so I was happy to test the Vitamin C Serum ($95) from Painted Earth.  I was even more intrigued when I saw the Vitamin C in this serum is in a concentrated base of pure vegan hyaluronic acid.

Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

Actually, the entire ingredient list is quite impressive.  The vegan hyaluronic acid boosts skins moisture content and reduces inflammation.  Ferulic Acid is a potent antioxidant that also protects the skin from sun damage, and Vitamin E is an excellent antioxidant.  The combination of Vitamin C, Ferulic Acid, and Vitamin E is pretty amazing.  According to Painted Earth, the Vitamin C Serum provides “50 times the free radical neutralizing power of prior generations and up to eight- fold antioxidant protection, ninety-six percent reduction of sunburn cells, and prevention of the formation of free radicals in sun exposed skin.”  This is a very elegant formula that definitely produces results.

Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

Just take a look at all the things this serum can do for you:

*Improves skin radiance and clarity.
*Stimulates collagen production.
*Jump starts cellular defenses.
*Helps extend cellular vitality.
*Promotes new cell growth.
*For Photo-aged or Photo-damaged skin.
*Repairs Hyper-pigmentation.
*Reduces fine lines and wrinkles.
*Protects against UV-induced erythema, free radical formation, and cellular damage.
***With 11% Hyaluronic Acid

I can’t come up with a single skin care woe the Vitamin C Serum doesn’t address!

Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum

The Vitamin C Serum is quite thin for a serum – it comes out in drops that are very liquid, and three or four drops cover the face, neck, and chest.  The serum is in an amber glass jar that protects it from excess light with a dropper applicator. The packaging is good…it would be excellent if it were an airless pump to also protect the active ingredients from exposure to air, which can reduce the effectiveness of the ingredients.

Other than a slight improvement in packaging, I have nothing but raves for Painted Earth Vitamin C Serum.  If you are looking to add some Vitamin C to your skin care routine, this is a great option.  The triple threat of Vitamin C, Ferulic Acid, and Vitamin E in a hyaluronic acid base is about as advanced as skin care gets.  Go ahead, visit the Painted Earth website and hop on the Vitamin C train.  - Lisa

*sent for editorial consideration

Ingredients: Organic Herbal Infusion, Organic Aloe Barbadensis Leaf (Aloe), Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate (Vitamin C), Methylsulfonylmethane (MSM), Cassia Angustifolia Seed Polysaccharide (botanical hyaluronic acid), Hamamelis Virginiana (Witch Hazel), d-Alpha Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E), (2s)-2-Amino-5-guanidinopentanoic Acid, Ferulic Acid, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Organic Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba Oil), Ethyl Hexyl Glycerin.
**20% Vitamin C
**11% Hyaluronic Acid content

Wipes and washes

Wipes and Washes

Wipes and Washes

I remember as a tween fighting about cleansing every night. I never wanted to wash my face and I hated taking baths. We lived in an old house and the water always felt cold to me. My, how time has changed all of that. Now I wouldn’t think of going  to bed without cleansing my skin. Even on my laziest nights I do something or I’d be tossing and turning worrying about my pores getting clogged and my skin being unable to breathe. It’s one of the most beneficial steps in skincare.

I’m sharing some of the products that I’ve been using for the last few months. I go through a lot of wipes, both daytime and nighttime, so if this seems heavy on that end it’s because they get used for so many things.

Wipes from Aveeno, Atopalm, Almay

Wipes from Aveeno, Atopalm, Almay

Atopalm Moisturizing Cleansing Wipes (empty now)

Atopalm Moisturizing Cleansing Wipes (empty now)

Atopalm Moisturizing Cleansing Wipes ($12.99 for 25) – I bought these from Dermstore because of their skincare claims. My logic was that if I was going to use a wipe at night instead of a cleanser that it would help to have one that was also moisturizing. I’ve used several Atopalm products with success so I knew these would be ones I like. According to Atopalm: ATOPALM Moisturizing Cleansing Wipes are luxurious cleansing cloths formulated with exclusive Multi Lamellar Emulsion Formula and vitamin E. The nourishing blend soothes and softens your skin while combating environmental influences. Allantoin calms as portulaca oleracea extract minimizes redness. Grapeseed, jojoba seed and olive oils deliver moisture, leaving your skin luminous and supple. I never use these on my eyes but I do feel like these are the best for my skin of the wipes I’ve tried.

Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Remover Wipes

Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Remover Wipes

Aveeno Ultra Calming Makeup Remover Wipes ($6.99 for 25)* – I’ve been using these for a few years now. These are actually daytime wipes for me since they are fragranced and I prefer fragrance free before bed. “With ACTIVE NATURALS® CALMING FEVERFEW® , an ingredient related to chamomile, these wipes leave sensitive skin feeling soothed and balanced.”

Aveeno Positively Radiant Makeup Remover Wipes

Aveeno Positively Radiant Makeup Remover Wipes

Aveeno Positively Radiant Makeup Remover Wipes ($6.99 for 25)* – These are a newer wipe from Aveeno. I like that they are oil free. Unfortunately these are fragranced so I don’t use them to remove my night time makeup but I do use them often when I’m swatching products for reviews. The swatches come off cleanly without leaving any residue so I can keep on truckin’. If you aren’t sensitive to fragrance I highly recommend these. “They combine exclusive ACTIVE NATURALS® Total Soy Complex, an ingredient long known to enhance skin’s radiance, with gentle cleansers that won’t dry out or irritate skin.”

Almay Oil-free Makeup Remover Towelettes

Almay Oil-free Makeup Remover Towelettes

Almay Oil-free Makeup Remover Towelettes ($6.99 for 25) – I’ve experimented with different drugstore towelettes and found that the Almay are the ones I like best for night use. I love that they are oil-free and of equal importance fragrance-free. I have used these on my eyes although they aren’t great for removing gel liner or mascara. Mostly I use these on my face though and it feels like I’m getting my face washed without water. Almay says: “hydrates and soothes skin without irritation. Botanical blend of aloe, cucumber and green tea. This face makeup remover leaves no greasy residue, so there’s no need to rinse. Hypoallergenic.”

Cleansers - Herbal Choice Mari, Philosophy, Painted Earth

Cleansers – Herbal Choice Mari, Philosophy, Painted Earth

Herbal Choice Mari Organic Makeup Remover

Herbal Choice Mari Organic Makeup Remover

 

Herbal Choice Mari Organic Makeup Remover  ($22 on sale for $16.95)* -  This vegan and organic makeup remover is for the nights I have time to take off my makeup properly. It’s not really a cleanser, it’s more of a pre-cleanser. Directions say to put it on a piece of cotton and gently remove your makeup. It melts away the color quickly. “This natural makeup remover does not contain alcohol, chemicals, detergents or preservatives.” It’s recommended for use on eyes too so it’s really an all in one cleanser. It has a very slight herbal fragrance but it’s very slight. It doesn’t annoy me and I’m quite picky about fragrance. It leaves skin moisturized since it contains organic olive oil but it’s not the least bit oily. Some nights I follow with a cleanser and some just with water. If you can’t tolerate glutens, this is a great choice for you.

Painted Earth True Elegance Cleansing Milk & Make-Up Remover

Painted Earth True Elegance Cleansing Milk & Make-Up Remover

Painted Earth True Elegance Cleansing Milk & Make-Up Remover ($23.50)* – This cleansing milk really is elegant. There’s something special about its thick creamy texture that makes you feel like you are moisturizing as well as cleansing. It contains coconut milk which is what must give it that creaminess. You can use this on a pad to wipe off makeup but I prefer it as a regular cleanser. It works especially well with something like a Clarisonic or the Foreo Luna though you don’t really need a tool for it. It entirely removes all makeup, including eye makeup. I prefer to use a dedicated eye makeup remover on my eyes but I’ve used this too without stinging. With Painted Earth products you can always look to see the ingredients which I think is helpful. There’s an herbal fragrance to this so I follow with toner to lessen any lingering scent.

Philosophy Just Release Me Eyemakeup Remover

Philosophy Just Release Me Eyemakeup Remover

Philosophy Just Release Me Eyemakeup Remover ($18) – I normally use Mary Kay Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover but I was at a JC Penney Sephora and this was on sale for $12 when I was checking out so I decided to pick it up. The first time I used it I spilled a lot because the top is wide open and I didn’t realize that. But I’ve since learned to use it properly. This is a dual-phase eye makeup remover that is gentle and oil-free. It seems to work slightly better than the Mary Kay one on stubborn makeup like mascara and water-resistant eyeliners. Even though it’s more expensive than the MK I will replace it when it’s done so that I have something with this gentle power. Philosophy says: “Philosophy Just Release Me™ Dual-Phase Oil-Free Makeup Remover gently yet effectively breaks down and removes the toughest eye makeup, even waterproof makeup, without irritating the eyes. Formulated with natural aloe, and chamomile and cucumber extracts, this soothing essential works to calm, clean, cool, and refresh the eye area.”

Obviously I don’t use these all every night. I base my choice usually on how much time I’ve left myself, how much makeup I’m wearing and how lazy/industrious I am that night. All are products I have no trouble recommending and will continue using them.

What are your favorite wipes and cleansers? I’m always looking at different options so please share. — Marcia

*products sent for editorial consideration

others were purchases

Some radiant orchid fun with Maybelline Master Glaze, Color Show and Painted Earth Orchid lipstick

pantone color of the year radiant orchidI wonder if the words “Radiant Orchid” bring happy thoughts or dread to the world of consumers. I’ve seen so many interpretations of the color that it’s hard to know exactly what radiant orchid looks like. I wrote a review on a nail polish from I Love Nail Polish called Molly and called it Radiant Orchid yet I had some naysayers that said it wasn’t. I doubt we’ll agree on the exact shade which is perfectly fine. It’s best to find a shade that works for your particular coloring and your special taste so you can have some Radiant Orchid fun.

Radiant Orchid fun with Maybelline and Painted Earth

Radiant Orchid fun with Maybelline and Painted Earth

One day when I was at CVS with one of my reward coupons I spotted the new Maybelline master GLAZE cream blush sticks. I love cream blushes and reviews I’ve read are all positive. I was instantly drawn to Pink Fever (#20) and once I had it in my hand I thought of Radiant Orchid. I’d have been drawn to this shade no matter what but knowing it was a variation of the Pantone Color of the Year made me more excited.

I’m super impressed with Maybelline master GLAZE. The stick looks bigger than the product actually is. The top of master GLAZE is only about 2/3 of an inch across so it’s smaller and thinner than something like a Nars Multiple. But it vies with a multiple for performance. This lasts and lasts on me. Pink Fever is a bright spring-like shade of pink with orchid undertones. I apply it directly from the stick and blend with my finger. It’s like a dream. It blends beautifully. I’m sure you can build this up though I haven’t needed to.

Maybelline master GLAZE in Pink Fever

Maybelline master GLAZE in Pink Fever

Maybelline master GLAZE in Pink Fever

Maybelline master GLAZE in Pink Fever

Maybelline master GLAZE in Pink Fever

Maybelline master GLAZE in Pink Fever

Look at these gorgeous colors the master GLAZES are available in (picture courtesy of glitter.gloss.garbage, check out her swatches!)

Maybelline Master Glaze shades from glitter.gloss.garbage

Maybelline Master Glaze shades from glitter.gloss.garbage

These retail for about $9 but it’s Maybelline so you know you can find a sale. As I was examining the display I noticed this beautiful Maybelline Color Show polish in Rose Rapture and I knew a review was being written in my head!

Maybelline Color Show in Rose Rapture

Maybelline Color Show in Rose Rapture

I know this isn’t a radiant orchid dupe but it’s the prettiest pink that’s slightly metallc and has a beautiful light shimmer to it. Maybelline Color Show polishes are my favorite drugstore polish since they wear beautifully on me and for $4 or less I can buy a color I might not want in a more expensive polish.

Maybelline master glaze, Painted Earth lipstick, Maybelline Color Show np

Maybelline master glaze, Painted Earth lipstick, Maybelline Color Show np

My third product to share is truly orchid and was created prior to Pantone picking this as their shade for 2014. It’s from Painted Earth and it’s their Luxury Lipstick in the shade Orchid. The Painted Earth lipsticks swatches are difficult to see which is a shame because they are some of the nicest lipsticks I’ve tried.

Painted Earth Luxury Lipstick in Orchid

Painted Earth Luxury Lipstick in Orchid

Painted Earth Luxury Lipstick in Orchid

Painted Earth Luxury Lipstick in Orchid

I was very intimidated when I first opened the Painted Earth Luxury Lipstick. I wear light lip colors yet I wanted to try things that are in the orchid family. After all I want to be “IN” style, don’t I? What I found with Orchid is that it can be worn full strength like this (sorry for the lousy color but the light was disappearing) :

Painted Earth Orchid lipstick

Painted Earth Orchid lipstick

or I can blot it down and find a beautiful MLBB (my lips but better) shade:

Painted Earth Orchid lipstick blotted down

Painted Earth Orchid lipstick blotted down

I’m obviously a lot more comfortable with my lips in the second picture but right from the tube in the first picture made me realize just how beautiful these Luxury Lipsticks are.

I know that Pantone isn’t going to hire me to be a color spotter but perfect or not, these are colors that remind me of thhe radiant orchid that I like and that’s what really counts. What favorites do you have for this Pantone Color of the Year? — Marcia

 

A trip through the Painted Earth cosmetics gardens

Today I’d like to take you for a stroll around part of Painted Earth. Beauty Info Zone became acquainted with Painted Earth exactly one year ago when the sweet owner sent us some products to review. We’ve since been lucky enough to enjoy an excellent variety of products from Painted Earth. Today we’re taking a stroll through memory lane and adding some products that will make new memories for us via Painted Earth.

Here’s just a little that we love about Painted Earth – they are organic and use natural ingredients; they are cruelty free; they have fast free shipping on all orders and I’ve always gotten samples in my purchases.

The first product you see in my collage is a Super Wear Gel Liner pencil because that’s the product that really made me get the most excited about the Painted Earth line. I received a few shades and since then I’ve bought all the rest plus backups of Baroque. These pencils changed my mind about pencil eyeliners and opened my eyes to how far pencils have come since I first started wearing them. I love all the shades but if I had to narrow it down it would be for Noir and Baroque.

LashLuxe mascara is a great natural mascara that gives me definition and extra lengthening.

LashLuxe mascara, Eye Fusion shadow, Noir Gel Liner

LashLuxe mascara, Eye Fusion shadow, Noir Gel Liner

Painted Earth carries a big variety of eyeshadows. My personal favorites are the High Pigment Mineral Eye Shadow Pans that are sold for $6.50. I bought Olive Shimmer not long ago and the pigmentation is amazing.

Painted Earth High Pigment Mineral eyeshadow in Olive Shimmer

Painted Earth High Pigment Mineral eyeshadow in Olive Shimmer

Another favorite is Yellow Diamond Mineral Eyeshadow in the compact. That one is a great eye brightener!

Painted Earth Yellow Diamond Mineral shadow

Painted Earth Yellow Diamond Mineral shadow

If you love baked eyeshadows then look no farther than Painted Earth for their Eye Fusion and Baked Mineral shadows.

Painted Earth Magic Powder

Painted Earth Magic Powder

There are two powders that we often rave about from Painted Earth. I’ve written about Silk Radiance High Lite Powder several times because it gives me just enough luminosity to make me glow without being a glitter bomb. But the powder that really needs the raves is the Magic Powder that Lisa reviewed. She is still raving about after all this time. No one loves powder like Lisa. She is the powder expert of the BIZ so when she raves about Magic Powder I know it’s something special, or should I say magical??

Painted Earth Luxury Lipstick in Orchid

Painted Earth Luxury Lipstick in Orchid

Painted Earth Luxury Lipstick in Orchid

Painted Earth Luxury Lipstick in Orchid

For lips I can easily recommend Luxury Lipstick. I just have one so far and it’s the perfect 2014 color – Orchid! This smooth and moisturizing lipstick is amazing. It contains “Shea Butter, Illipe Butter and Hyaluronic Acid condition while Vitamin A, C, E, Avocado and Jojoba Oils moisturize, soothe and protect”. I can’t wait to explore more of these.

Painted Earth New Phase Anti-Aging Lip Balm

Painted Earth New Phase Anti-Aging Lip Balm

One of the newer products from Painted Earth is the New Phase Anti-Aging Natural Lip Balm. This is a lip balm in a tin container. Not my favorite packaging but the product inside wouldn’t work any other way. Anti-Aging Lip Balm is more of a treatment than their regular lip balm. It helps with plumping, it helps with hydration and it helps with collagen production. It is worth me dipping my finger into this pan. It has a light caramel fragrance which is perfect for me. There’s no stinging with this lip plumping balm. I wear it alone or I’ll wear it under a lipstick.

Hint of Mint gloss in Black Raspberry

Hint of Mint gloss in Black Raspberry

Speaking of lips, there’s the Hint of Mint glosses. These were my first introduction to Painted Earth. Cute little glosses in a nice variety of shades that are only $6.50.

makeup wars lip rescue paintedearthPainted Earth makes some excellent lip balms called Lip Stuff that I’ve written about before. Add one or more of these $3 wonders to your shopping cart and you won’t be sorry. I recommend Amaretto.

Painted Earth Sedona Sunless Tanner

Painted Earth Sedona Sunless Tanner

One last (but not least) product that Lisa tried in the cosmetic gardens of Painted Earth is the Sedona Sun Sunless Tanner ($18.29). When I asked her about it here’s what she told me to share: “the Sedona Sun Sunless Tanner gives you a warm, light tan without having to worry about sun damage.  It has excellent ingredients that skin loves such as Aloe, Sunflower, Vitamins E and B-5.  Besides giving skin a light tan, it also leaves skin super soft and hydrated. Best of all, it gives that golden color without any streaking and it doesn’t stain clothing.”

Next time around I’ll take you through the bigger skincare gardens of Painted Earth so that you can get a feel for this “Cosmetics from Nature” brand. — Marcia

*disclosure: some items were sent for review, some were purchases and samples with purchases

 

Painted Earth knows eyes – review and giveaway

Painted Earth Baroque Gel Eyeliner Pencil

Painted Earth Baroque Gel Eyeliner Pencil

Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful – oops I mean because I’m holding out on you with beautiful items. I have become enamored with the gel eyeliner pencils from Painted Earth and I’m so busy using them that I keep forgetting to write about them. I’ve used them in many posts and pictures and mentioned them in passing but now it’s time to get real.

Painted Earth Florentine Gel Eyeliner Pencil

Painted Earth Florentine Gel Eyeliner Pencil

Painted Earth was sweet enough not only to send a few more products our way but also to offer a giveaway to our readers so that 2 of you can experience what I’m going to review today plus other favorites. The first time I used their Super Last Gel Liner Pencil ($18.50) I flipped over it. That pencil is black (Noir) and it’s definitely one of my favorite eyeliners. It’s the best black, it glides on and it lasts. Well now Noir has some competition because I also have this in Baroque and Florentine.  There’s a great picture on their website of Baroque and if you’ve followed my color stories you know that I’m crazy about eye products in the khaki family. Baroque is a complex color with tons of brown, khaki, green and gold. It becomes a chameleon so that it’s perfect with all my eyeshadows in those tones. It’s a little bit metallic though the other shades aren’t. Florentine is a beautiful purple that is more like Noir. It too glides on and lasts with great pigment. These are not pencils that you have to apply over and over again to show up. They do the job they were meant to do and in a beautiful long-lasting way.

Painted Earth Baroque swatch

Painted Earth Baroque swatch

Painted Earth Florentine swatch

Painted Earth Florentine swatch

I’ve also been wearing some of Painted Earth’s Pressed Mineral Eyeshadows. When the owner sent these for review she chose a few colors for me to try out. Surprisingly one was a light yellow named Yellow Diamond. That’s not a shade that most owners would use to represent their line but I shouldn’t have been surprised. She knew what a winner this shade would be. It’s my favorite of all the shadows she sent me so forgive me if I gush about it more. This yellow is so subtle yet it brightens my eyes beautifully. It has a soft shimmer that’s barely discernible yet it’s enough to give this an ethereal quality. It’s an eyeshadow I think should be in everyone’s collection – you’d be surprised how versatile and important it has become for me.

Painted Earth Mineral eyeshadow

Painted Earth Mineral eyeshadow

Painted Earth Yellow Diamond Mineral shadow

Painted Earth Yellow Diamond Mineral shadow

I also have a few other eyeshadows, Tango Sheer Satin Shadow (peach with light shimmer), Tidal and Moss Green Mineral Matte shadows (dusty navy and green). One of the nice things about Painted Earth eyeshadows is that you get two options for buying a lot of shades. Pans are only $6.50 or $7.50 while compacts are $13.50.

Painted Earth Tango Sheer Satin Shadow

Painted Earth Tango Sheer Satin Shadow

Painted Earth Tidal Mineral Matte shadow

Painted Earth Tidal Mineral Matte shadow

Painted Earth Moss Green Mineral Matte shadow

Painted Earth Moss Green Mineral Matte shadow

Painted Earth eyeshadow swatches

Painted Earth eyeshadow swatches

Painted Earth is a natural company that doesn’t test on animals. They believe in using natural, non-toxic ingredients. They also believe in winning my heart! — Marcia

Now for our giveaway – two winners and two similar but not exact bags. I put a favorite in each bag so one winner will receive the Baroque Gel Liner pencil along with a mascara, 2 eyeshadows and 2 Hint of Mint glosses. The other winner will win the Yellow Diamond eyeshadow along with Florentine Gel Liner pencil, mascara, a matte eyeshadow and 2 Hint of Mint glosses. This will be open internationally too since we don’t often get a chance to do that for you.

Painted Earth giveaway bags

Painted Earth giveaway bags

Open through Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. There are two required entries when we do a Rafflecopter and the rest are optional to give you extra chances to win. You can retweet daily too. All entries are verified before announcing the winner. Good luck!!

*products received from Painted Earth

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Take care of your boo-boo’s with Painted Earth Boo Boo Gel

One of our new favorite lines at the BIZ is Painted Earth.  They have wonderful products ranging from haircare to makeup to skin care. I was intrigued when they sent Boo Boo Gel ($25 for 2 oz/60 ml) for us to try – it’s one of their best sellers and they have a tough time even keeping it in stock.

Painted Earth Boo Boo Gel

Painted Earth Boo Boo Gel

So what kind of Boo-Boos does it work on? Pretty much everything. It’s for acne, minor cuts, bruises, bug bites, sunburn, rashes…just about anything skin related. It even reduces the appearance of pores!

all the info

all the info

I find this works well for triage and it’s also great as a preventative treatment. Smooth it on daily for blemish free skin. Then grab it when you need it for burns, bites, and small cuts. It’s full of great ingredients that calm and heal the skin.

on the inside

on the inside

It’s a really interesting consistency, almost like gelatin, which makes this a fun, unique product that my whole family is constantly asking for. And even better, Boo Boo Gel is all natural and organic. Get some while they have it in stock – it’s a great multi-tasker that you are going to love.  - Lisa

*pr sample

More to love from Painted Earth – from eyes to lips

Painted Earth is a cosmetic brand that states in its name what it’s all about. The products are natural (earth) and they can be colorful (painted) at the same time. Painted Earth is a brand that has nicely sent Beauty Info Zone several products to review and share with you. So far we’ve reviewed their terrific Hint of Mint Baby glosses and two different powders that we enjoy using. When they offered to send products for the eyes I jumped on that instantly.

Painted Earth carries quite a few formulas of eyeshadow and the one I’ve been wearing is from their Baked Minerals collection called Eye Fusion. There are 5 possible combinations of Eye Fusion shadows ($23). I have Pink Fusion which is a combination of a beautiful rose and a lavender shade.

Painted Earth Eye Fusion in Pink Fusion

Painted Earth Eye Fusion in Pink Fusion

Painted Earth Eye Fusion in Pink Fusion

Painted Earth Eye Fusion in Pink Fusion

Because these are baked  on a terra cotta disk no two shadows are going to be exactly the same. The veining differs from one to another. You can wear these shadows wet or dry. I prefer using this dry and I usually end up with a very pretty pink with some purple that tones it down. I like wearing Pink Fusion on my lower lid with a dark purple in the crease. The eyeshadow contains soothing green tea extract, jojoba seed oil and vitamin e for antioxidant properties so it doesn’t just look good, it’s good for your eyes.

Painted Earth Eye Fusion in Pink Fusion

Painted Earth Eye Fusion in Pink Fusion

I’ve also been using Painted Earth’s LashLux Mascara ($19.50). This mascara reminds me a lot of the much more expensive Le Metier de Beaute’ mascara. The packaging and the texture are very similar. The LashLux has a rubber brush which is best for length and definition. I personally don’t get volume with LashLux but I do get great separation and definition. It’s an extremely dark black mascara that doesn’t smudge or flake on me. I find the texture to be on the heavy side so I do several light coats of the mascara rather than any heavy ones since I don’t want it to weigh my lashes down.

Painted Earth Lash Luxe mascara

Painted Earth Lash Lux mascara

Painted Earth rubber brush

Painted Earth rubber brush

I saved the best eye product for last. I’m crazy about their SuperWear Gel Liner pencil ($18.50). I’ve bought gel eyeliner pencils from much more expensive brands and was never that impressed. But Painted Earth changed my mind. This pencil glides on like a gel liner but is easier to use. I have Noir and the color is a rich dark black. It’s so smooth that I can’t get over it. It’s absolutely glides on. It comes in 5 shades (Noir black, Baroque golden with a green under tone with specks of subtle shimmer, Mystic grey with undertones of blue and specks of subtle shimmer, Sienna dark brown and Florentine which appears to be a reddish brown). The wear I get with this pencil is amazing and it makes me want all the shades. It contains vitamin e and jojoba oil to help give a soft and smooth application. It stays on until I want it to come off.

Super Wear Gel Liner

Super Wear Gel Liner

Super Wear Gel Liner

Super Wear Gel Liner

Noir smudged on top, regular line bottom

Noir smudged on top, regular line bottom

Wearing Painted Earth products reviewed plus a dark purple eyeshadow

Wearing Painted Earth products reviewed plus a dark purple eyeshadow

While you are on the Painted Earth website you need to check out their great lip balms. They are only $3 each and come in the best flavors. These are similar to a chapstick type product; they don’t add color but they add great moisturizing to your lips. Look at these yummy flavors: Amaretto (L.E.), Cucumber Melon (their best seller), Dill Pickle (L.E.), Mango, Natural Vanilla, Pina Colada, Pizza (L.E.), Red Delicious Apple (L.E.), and Sugared Strawberry. I don’t know if I want pizza or dill pickle flavored lip balms but I do know that the Pina Colada, Juicy Peach (a yummy L.E. that’s gone) and Amaretto are terrific. I love that they call these Lips Stuff.

Painted Earth Natural Lip Balm

Painted Earth Natural Lip Balm

Juicy Peach

Juicy Peach

Painted Earth has the type of website that you can get lost in. There are so many amazing products that are all pure, natural, organic, non-animal tested and safe that you’ll go nuts examining the site. Their products are produced in the US so you can be proud of buying American. They always have free shipping (YEA!!!) plus they have a Deal of the Day (and sometimes several) that are some of their best sellers. Their tagline is Cosmetics from Nature and I think that says it all. — Marcia

*products sent for review consideration