Brushstrokes by Melina at the Torrid Halloweenie Costume Party & #SpreadTheKindness Link Up #41

My friends at the Torrid Salmon Run Mall had a Halloweenie Costume Party last week to kick off preview day for Haute Cash. For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Haute Cash, it is an incentive offered to Torrid shoppers to earn more spending power while shopping. During the earning period, you receive one $25 coupon for every $50 spent. The coupons are good for $25 off every $50 spent at the time of redemption. Torrid Insiders are eligible to use their Haute Cash on preview day which is the day before anyone else can begin using their coupons. So in honor of that, Dawn and her team at the Salmon Run Mall location hosted a fabulous costume party complete with a marvelous DJ, a costume contest with prizes, and the marvelously talented fantasy face painter, Melina Kilpatrick of Brushstrokes by Melina.

*This is not a sponsored post. All thoughts and opinions are my own and I have received no compensation in exchange for writing this post.

Because I absolutely adore the staff at Torrid Salmon Run Mall, I commit myself to spending a few hours hanging out in their store for special events and helping customers with their styling needs. I love doing it and I really just love being around this fabulous group of fun, energetic, and inspiring women! I always feel uplifted and rejuvenated whenever I walk into that store!

But now let me tell you about Brushstrokes by Melina. It is an entertainment company which specializes in full and half face fantasy face painting as well as glitter tattoos and balloon art. You can find Melina at many of the festivals and markets that take place in the North Country during the summer months. Brushstrokes by Melina offers premium quality entertainment at competitive rates while maintaining the highest standards of hygiene and professionalism. Face painting is a fun addition to any event such as birthday parties, military or corporate events, or holiday parties. As evidenced from the photographs in this post, face painting is not just for children. Adults have so much with it, too!

Melina, Owner, Brushstrokes by Melina & Dawn, Store Manager, Torrid Salmon Run Mall

A self-taught artist, Melina is supremely creative and talented. With a gentle hand and a calm and quiet demeanor, she quickly gets to work on whatever design you have requested. She will always add her own little clever touch to each and every design that she creates making your face (or arm or chest) a unique one of kind work of art by adding a little shimmer here and a splash of glitter there and choosing colors that flatter each individual.

Melina at work.

Check out some more of Melina’s work from the Torrid Halloweenie Costume Party.

Tattoo Pieces

Face Paint Designs

Oh, Dawn.

Dawn got a little hangry during the afternoon, so we decided to create a Snickers advertisement.

Hangry|Not Hangry

I am not much of a costume person, but I was excited to be able to wear my Peacock Cape again. Of course, Melina gave me the most gorgeous peacock design on half of of my face.

*Cape: Chiffon Peacock Design Festival Long Hooded Cape ($11.49) c/o Zaful. You can see how I previously styled this cape here.

With Halloween right around the corner, maybe you need some Brushstrokes by Melina to complete your Halloween event!

And now your favorite posts from last week.

Maggie of Thrift Shop Fashionista shared her post Fall Layers & Common Threads Challenge where she showcases some of her outfit combinations for a style challenge. Definitely check out this post for lots of fun outfit inspiration!

Maggie of Thrift Shop Fashionista

Stephanie of Glamorous and Geeky shared her post How to wear sneakers with a tulle skirt. I always love Stephanie’s style, but seriously, can she be any more adorable?!

Stephanie of Glamorous and Geeky

I hope you enjoyed all the Halloween inspiration and that you continue to find ways to spread the kindness throughout the season!

Keeping it on the edge,


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I am a 40 something Army wife and stay-at-home mother of 2 boys and 2 cats named Dave and Frankie. I have a passion for helping other women feel fabulous in the midst of this crazy, beautiful life.

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48 Responses

  1. What a fun event, I love the costumes. The kind of talent that Melina has blows my mind! I can barely get my eyeliner on properly! What an artist!

    • Kellyann, thanks for stopping by! I am amazed by her talent, too. And she works so fast which completely blows me away. I was stunned when she told me that she is self taught! Have a fabulous day, my friend.


  2. Melina is hugely talented! That makeup is absolutely incredible 🙂 I do love those ‘Witches Do It Better’ tees!!!
    Suzy xx &

    • Suzy, thanks for stopping by! I cannot get over how quickly she applies the face paint, too. Mine took about 2 minutes! If I tried to do this, I could not make it look like that if I allowed myself 2 hours to do it! It was super fun and I do appreciate all people’s unique talents. Have a great day, my friend.


  3. The makeup is fantastic! What a great day xx

  4. What a cool event! I cannot get over those cool tattoos. I love when people get into Halloween. Thanks for the link up!

    • It was so much fun, Kathrine! I totally channeled my inner child and got right into the dress up bit! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a great week.


  5. Your peacock cape and face paint were elegant and lovely!

  6. What a kick, Shelbee!! Halloween is never on my radar since we don’t have kids or enjoy scariness! But this looked like fun!!

    • Thanks so much, Jodie! I am glad you enjoyed it. I am not much for Halloween either. I prefer Thanksgiving and Christmas over all other holidays. But this was a super fun event once I just gave in and went with it (and my inner child)!


  7. fun event and amazing work! WOW!

  8. I love all things Halloween so this post is so fun for me. The make up work is amazing! Love the costumes and its fun just to see happy things going on in the crazy world.

    • Cheryl, thank you so much! It is refreshing to let your guard down and be carefree even if it is just for a few moments in time! Although, I try to be mostly carefree most of the time! I hope you have a fabulous day and a Happy Halloween!


  9. What a great deal! This looks like such a fun event!

  10. Wow, very cool. She is very talented. She does a wonderful job. Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful week.

  11. Wow! this artwork is amazing, I bet you all had a super time, with plenty of laughs! Possibly some frights too?
    Thanks for hosting the link up. x Jacqui

    • Melina really is quite talented! And she does it all so quickly. It was such a fun time, for sure, Jacqui! Thanks so much for stopping by and have a wonderful week.


  12. I love the face painting! Why should kids have all the fun? 😉

    Emma xxx

  13. Looks like a “Boo”teefull time was had! I’m enamored of the talented ones who can do Halloween makeup like that! Those peacock feathers on your face are so pretty–I wouldn’t have washed them off!!! XOXOXOXO

    • It really was such a time, Cathe! Oh you are an amazing wordsmith, creator of puns! I did leave my peacock paint on all night until bed time, but by that time I had effectively smudged it everywhere! Thanks, darling, for stopping by!


  14. How fun! I LOVE Torrid, and I wish the ones near me had fun events going on. Melina’s work is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing.

    • Lauren, thanks so much for stopping by! Dawn, the store manager at my local Torrid, is so amazing at hosting events in the store. I have a feeling she might be a one in a million type of girl though! (Maybe bring such things to the attention of your local store). It was a super fun event. I hope you have a fantastic day!


  15. That looked like a lot of fun Shelbee! I love the half painted skull and your peacock design looked cool! Fun event! i also like the painted tatoo.. ive wanted real ones but cant because of my connective tissue disease.. nice alternative.
    We have fun dressing the pups up for Halloween.
    Enjoy your week!
    jess xx

    • Thanks so much, Jess! It was so much fun channeling my inner child. And Melina’s designs are so spectacular. You should totally consider an airbrushed tattoo just for fun!


  16. how fun! this looks like a total blast! thanks for sharing, Shelbee!

  17. Shelbee, it sounds like the party was a fun event and the face paint designs were fantastic. I’ve been seeing similar ones on Facebook and Melina’s rival the best of them. Thank you for sharing your experience and for your example of spreading kindness.


    • Rena, thanks so much for stopping by and how kind of you to speak so highly of Melina’s work! I will have to go check out some others because the talent fascinates me so! Have a great week, my friend.


  18. What a fun event. The make up looks amazing, she is so talented.

  19. What a fun event! My sister-in-law does face painting in the Cleveland area. Now i just need a fun party to go to so I can have her paint me up! Am in awe of the people that have this amazing talent!

    Elizabeth |

    • Thanks so much for stopping by, Elizabeth! It was super fun. And how cool that your sister-in-law is a face painter, too. That talent really does leave me in awe!


  20. Hi! I’m not one to put on a whole costume anymore, either. I have a sparkly ears headband and a black cape and I used to use a simple eye mask…stuff like that. But I really like the tattoo idea. I might try to find some this month, or just use a bindi. Melina is a fantastic artist! And I really like your links! I love your blog, — Angie

    • Angie, you are so sweet! Thanks so much for stopping by. Yeah, I definitely do not get into full blown costumes either. Although, I totally appreciate and enjoy seeing others who do. This was super fun for me though to look dressed for Halloween but still be in actual clothing! A cute eye mask though is a super cute idea, too.


  21. Loving the Halloween vibes! Looks like so much fun!!!!Everyone looks great and the costumes are amazing! Thank you so much for the feature!!!

    • Thank you so much, Stephanie! It was a great time, for sure. And thank you for linking up and inspiring us! It is always my pleasure to feature fabulous bloggers like yourself! Have a fabulous day, my friend.


  22. Thanks so much for featuring my post! I’m so flattered! And the face painting is just awesome! I don’t know how any of you could bring yourselves to take it off. It must have been so much fun to so completely dive into fastasy.


    • Maggie, thank you for linking up with me and inspiring us all! It is my pleasure to feature my fabulous blogger friends! It was a super fun event, for sure. I did keep my make up on until bedtime (I even attended a meeting wearing it)! I wish you a very wonderful day!


  23. I would have loved an event like this! How fun! I love your makeup and everyone elses, too! Oh, if only I had someone to do this for me!


    • It was so much fun, Carrie! The girls at my local Torrid are always planning some sort of fun event right in their store. I think more store managers should do things like this, too. Thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you have a fabulous day!


  24. How much fun was this! love all the makeup and seasonal fun!