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Beauty Bloggers Share: The Best Beauty Advice I’ve Ever Received

It’s a collaborative post kind of day on Painted Ladies, and I have a very special one to share. Today some of my fellow beauty bloggers are revealing the best beauty advice they’ve ever received.

The Best Beauty Advice

It was a random Tweet by Murad Skincare that reminded me of sage beauty advice from Dr. Howard Murad himself. I had the pleasure of interviewing him some years ago, where he touted the benefits of eating raw vegetables, fruit, and drinking plenty of water. It was the best beauty prescription I’ve ever received!

That memory got the wheels in my brain turning, and I thought to pose this question to my fellow beauty bloggers, who are filled with a wealth of beauty knowledge. Their responses about the best skincare, hair, makeup, and nail advice are entirely enjoyable and I’m thrilled to share this post with you. Thank you, ladies!

Read on to find out the best beauty advice from beauty bloggers!

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Makeup Of The Day 114 With The Wet n Wild Milano Eyeshadow Palette

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In the short amount of time I’ve owned the Wet n Wild Milano eyeshadow palette, it’s become one of my must have makeup items. For all of $8, it offers excellent pigmentation and long-wearing neutral shadows. I’m totally in love and when my fellow beauty blogger Leticia from Cosmetics Aficionado suggested we do a collaborative post, I was up for the challenge. Here is my look along with details of the products I used. Please visit Cosmetics Aficionado to see what Leticia came up with!

Wet n Wild Fergie Center Stage Milano Palette FOTD

Keep reading for more photos and to find out what products I used for this look!

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The “I’ve Fallen In Love Report”: Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter

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It’s always a good thing when a beloved beauty item lives up to it’s stellar reputation, which is my exact experience with Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter. In other words, I’m in love.

Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter

Do you have a beauty wish list? As a beauty lover and beauty blogger, you can bet mine is a mile long. Maybe a couple of miles.


Lemony Flutter was pretty high up on that list for a while, ever since I started getting serious about my cuticles and got my hangnail situation under control. And yes, it was a scary situation!

Review Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter

At the time I read positive reviews about Lemony Flutter, but I didn’t have a Lush store nearby and didn’t want to commit to a product that might not always be convenient to replenish. I settled on Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream, which has served me very well and will still be a part of my nail care routine. Lucky for me, my local mall just opened a Lush store, and I decided to take the plunge on Lush Lemony Flutter.

Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter Review

Made with Shea Butter, Beeswax, Lanolin, Soya Oil, Avocado Oil, Flaxseed Oil, Mango Oil, Coconut Oil, and more, Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter is rich, nourishing, and an at-home spa treatment for your nail beds. I’m definitely hooked on Lemony Flutter and glad I made the investment. Plus, it smells all kinds of incredible, making it an aromatherapy treat in addition to a cuticle cream.


Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter is more expensive than the Burt’s Bees cuticle cream I’ve loved for so long, but it’s also a bigger size and will last for some time. Just a dab of Lemony Flutter is more than enough to keep your cuticles in good shape.

My Final Thoughts: Keeping my cuticles happy is a full-time job. Not really, but maintaining nice looking hands is something I take seriously. Tough cuticles need intense conditioning, and that’s what you’ll get with Lush Lemony Flutter Cuticle Butter.

Lush Lemony Flutter

Rating: A+

Price: $16.95

Availability: Lush

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? No

Makeup Of The Day 113 With Rouge Bunny Rouge Eyeshadow

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I’m having a lot of fun with the two Rouge Bunny Rouge eyeshadow shades I recently added to my makeup collection. Here’s a purple smoky eye that uses both Abyssinian Catbird and Delicate Hummingbird.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird and Delicate Hummingbird Colourpop BFF Lippie Stix

Keep reading for more photos and to find out what products I used for this look!

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A Look At Two Rouge Bunny Rouge Eyeshadows I Picked Up At Beautykind

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Rouge Bunny Rouge Eyeshadow has long been on my wish list, so when a generous coupon code came through from BeautyKind, I couldn’t help but indulge in both Abyssinian Catbird and Delicate Hummingbird.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Eyeshadow Review Delicate Hummingbird and Abyssinian Catbird

A luxury brand, Rouge Bunny Rouge is known for their dedication to opulence and luxury with a touch of whimsy.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Eyeshadow Swatches and Review

From the packaging to the product, you know you’re working with something special with the Rouge Bunny Rouge When Birds Are Singing Long-Lasting Eye Shadow.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Eyeshadow

With 21 shades to choose from, I chose two that have been on my wish list for quite some time. As you can see from the swatches, these smooth are super smooth – buttery, even. They’re also pigmented, and I have to note that I swatched these on bare skin without a primer underneath. That’s some major pigmentation!

Rouge Bunny Rouge Eyeshadow Swatches Delicate Hummingbird and Abyssinian Catbird

Delicate Hummingbird is delicate hummingbird. Really, that’s exactly what this color reminds me of!

Rouge Bunny Rouge Eyeshadow Swatches Delicate Hummingbird

It’s shimmery muted lilac purple that is a lovely stand-alone shade and also works well on a smoky lid.

EOTD Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird and Delicate Hummingbird

Abyssinian Catbird is an universally appealing light bronze. This is one of those colors that would look fantastic on anyone.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Eyeshadow Abyssinian Catbird

Paired with a medium-toned brown shadow in the crease, this makes for a perfect everyday eyeshadow look.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Abyssinian Catbird Makeup Inspiration

My one ding against Rouge Bunny Rouge Eyeshadow? The price. At $25 each there’s a serious ouch factor with the cost. While these are beautiful shadows, I’m not sure I would pay $25 each to acquire more.

I got these shadows with the benefit of a coupon code from BeautyKind. BeautyKind is a new beauty website with a purpose – a percentage of all sales goes to benefit charities, and you have the opportunity to select a charity at checkout.


If you’d like to purchase via BeautyKind (which offers free shipping over $50, by the way), use this link to get $25 off your purchase of $50. Enjoy!

My Final Thoughts: Can I be totally honest with you? There’s no doubt the Rouge Bunny Rouge Eyeshadows in Abyssinian Catbird and Delicate Hummingbird are gorgeous – buttery, pigmented, and long-wearing. However, at $25 each, I probably would never have picked them up if I didn’t have a coupon code. They’re lovely, but not earth-shattering life changers.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Eyeshadow  Delicate Hummingbird and Abyssinian Catbird

Rating: A

Price: $25

Availability: www.beautykind.us

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? No

All Hail Honey! Manuka Secrets Skincare Review & Giveaway

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Manuka Secrets is the skincare brand  you haven’t heard about and need, NEED, to know about. It will change your skincare life and it’s all because of bees.

Manuka Secrets Review and Giveaway

More specifically, it takes Manuka honey from New Zealand to create this fantastic, cutting edge skincare that nourishes, hydrates, repairs, protects, and moisturizes your skin. With a tagline of “Born By Nature”,  Manuka Secrets skincare harnesses the power of Manuka honey, which is rich with antioxidants, vitamins, and healing benefits.

Manuka honey is derived from the Manuka shrub, which is also known as the tea tree shrub. The Manuka honey  that is used in Manuka Secrets skincare is harvested from an isolated area in New Zealand that is free from pollution and other environmental hazards. Formulated by Dr. Fernanda da Silva Tatley, a Molecular Medical Microbiologist, Manuka Secrets skincare is on the cutting edge and designed to benefit your skin naturally.

After using Manuka Secrets for the past few weeks, I can tell you that the products have left my skin looking and feeling their very best. I honestly am so pleased with the results of this skincare and I’m so glad they are available at Ulta stores and Ulta.com. Not only are Manuka Secrets products effective, they smell incredible, and their prices are extremely reasonable. 

Manuka Secrets Cleanse ($19.99)

This is a very gentle cleanser which cleanses and soothes with almond oil, aloe vera, cucumber, and shea butter. I need to use a makeup remover beforehand, to make sure my makeup is thoroughly removed.

Manuka Secrets Cleanse

Manuka Secrets Exfoliant ($24.99)

This is one of the best exfoliators I’ve ever used, bar none. It contains two sizes of finely ground bamboo along with jojoba pearl and white clay. This is a must try!

Manuka Secrets Exfoliant

Manuka Secrets Mask ($24.99)

This is a really interesting mask. I’m used to clay masks which dry out your skin, but this one actually hydrates along with lifting out impurities with white clay. Key ingredients include hyaluronic acid, cacao butter, and shea butter.

Manuka Secrets Mask

Manuka Secrets Day Cream ($29.99)

I haven’t been using this CoQ10 and hyaluronic acid enriched cream very much, simply because I tend to use products with SPF during the day. However, I’ve found it makes a great primer underneath my makeup.

Manuka Secrets Day Creme

Manuka Secrets Serum ($49.99)

This CoQ10 based serum could be my new favorite skincare product. It’s designed to boost your skin’s radiance and brighten and even skin tone.

Manuka Secrets Serum

Mankuka Secrets Night Cream ($29.99)

Another favorite, this CoQ10 and hyaluronic acid enriched cream is designed to boost tired skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles over time.

Manuka Secrets Night Creme

Manuka Secrets Hand Creme ($14.99)

This comes with me everywhere I go and I must buy backups. I also need to hide it from my son, who became spoiled with “honey massages” I give his hands and feet. It’s enriched with cacao and shea butter and does not leave your hands greasy, just feeling soft and nourished.

Manuka Secrets Hand Creme

Manuka Secrets Lip Lustre ($9.99)

This comes with me everywhere, as well. It’s rich and nourishing and a great base for your lip products.

Manuka Secrets Lip Lustre

And now for the exciting news: Manuka Secrets has kindly offered two full sets of their skincare line for two lucky readers! Enter to win by leaving a comment letting me know about your current favorite skincare products and filling out the Gleam widget. You can earn extra entries by following Painted Ladies on social media. Giveaway ends June 3, 2015 at 11:59 pm and is open to residents of the USA.

Enter Competition
My Final Thoughts: While I’m loving all of Manuka Secrets my picks for must haves are the Exfoliant, Serum, Night Cream, Hand Cream, and Lip Lustre, which is pretty much the entirety of the line! Best of all, the prices are right! It’s a win for Manuka Secrets!

Rating: A

Price: $9.99 – $49.99

Availability: Ulta

For more information about Manuka Secrets, make sure to visit them at www.manukalab.co/nz

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Plump Up Lashes With Pur Minerals Volume Vixen Mascara

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I was full of excitement when I found out about the new Pur Minerals Volume Vixen mascara.

Pur Minerals Volume Vixen Mascara

A tried and true Pur Minerals fan, I was looking forward to trying this new volumizing mascara which plumps and revitalizes up your lashes with Keratin and Panthenol. The mascara claims to condition, lengthen, and volumize your lashes and provide clump-free results with the use of polymers.

Pur Minerals Volume Vixen Mascara Review

The bristle spoolie is easy to maneuver. This mascara is easy to build up, but you do have to build it up to get full volume.

Pur Minerals Volume Vixen Mascara Spoolie

The results? Not bad. Not bad, at all!

Pur Minerals Volume Vixen Swatch

True to claims, Pur Minerals Volume Vixen lends clump-free, volumized, separated, lengthened lashes. You do have to build it up a bit, but overall, this is a decent mascara. It’s not as dramatic as other volumizing mascaras in my current makeup arsenal, but Volume Vixen has definitely earned a spot in my mascara rotation.

My Final Thoughts: While I can’t say I’m as impressed as with the results I get from my current favorite mascara, Maybelline Lash Sensational, I’d have to say Volume Vixen is a decent, mid-end, cruelty-free variation on volumizing mascaras that gives clump-free results.

Rating: B+

Price: $21

Availability: Ulta

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Makeup Of The Day 112 With Stilazzi Eyeshadow

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Stilazzi, Stilazzi, Stilazzi! I am seriously loving the bargain eyeshadows I picked up and reviewed recently (see here and here). The pigmentation is extremely impressive, giving long-wearing, gorgeous results.

Purple and gold makeup inspration featuring Stilazzi Eyeshadow - www.painted-ladies.com

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How To Apply Foundation In Six Steps

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When I was asked how to use a buffing brush recently, I thought it was a great opportunity to go back to the basicss of makeup to show you how to apply foundation.

How To Apply Foundation

I even put together a video showing you the step-by-step fundamentals!

Step 1: I start off with a clean face that’s been primed with either a moisturizer or primer and use a buffing brush to apply my foundation. I find a buffing brush is the best way to make sure foundation is properly blended. Make sure to blend underneath your chin!

How To Apply Foundation 2

Step 2:  Next, I use a concealer brush to apply my concealer under my eyes as well as around my nose and lips. I also use a highlighter around my eyes.

How To Apply Foundation 3

Step 3: I take a Beauty Blender and make sure my foundation and concealer are blended into my skin well. Blending is truly of utmost importance!

How To Apply Foundation 4

Step 4: If you’re going to use any cream products – cream blush, contour, or highlight – now is the time to apply them! I applied a cream contour and used my Beauty Blender to blend it out properly.

How To Apply Foundation 5

How To Apply Foundation 7

Step 5: Set with a loose powder and a powder puff.

How To Apply Foundation 8

Step 6: Voila! You’re done! Now go and add some fab colors to your face!

How To Apply Foundation 9

Makeup & tools I used in this tutorial:

Cover FX Illuminating Primer

Black Up Cosmetics CC Cream in CC01

Black Up Cosmetics Contouring Stick No. 1

NYX HD Concealer in Glow

Cover FX Cream Concealer in G Medium-Deep

Smashbox Halo Loose Powder in Light

Urban Decay Good Karma Optical Blurring Brush

Sephora #57 Concealer Brush

Beauty Blender

Powder Puff

My Instagram Life, 5-17-2015

A weekly look behind the scenes of Painted Ladies, as seen on Instagram.

A Mother’s Day post and a photo of a Cosmo that I took several years ago.


My review of the T3 Micro Twirl 360 and a video tutorial showing you how I get bouncy, beachy curls.

T3 Micro Twirl 360 Tutorial

A look at two gorgeous Summer nail colors from Bonita Salon. Last week I had 2 bottles of nail polish shatter into a million pieces, and sadly, the green polish was one of the casualties!

Bonita Nail Polish

Purple eyes with a hint of aqua.

Purple Smoky Eyes

Speaking of aqua, here are 3 ways to wear aqua eyeshadow.

3 ways to wear aqua eyeshadow

I’ve been test driving some products from Manuka Secrets, and I’m in love. Utterly in love. The Hand Creme and Lip Lustre are with me at all times!

Manuka Secrets

From curly to straight, I shared my 9 essential hair straightening tools.

9 essential hair straightening tools

NYX Define & Refine Powder Foundation is fantastic!

NYX Define & Refine

There are few things I enjoy as much as a gold smoky eye! The flower in my hair is the carnation I received for Mother’s Day.

Gold Smoky Eyes

I scream, you scream, we all scream for adorable ice cream socks from Target!

Ice Cream Socks Target

My son likes cars, mud, and more mud, and fragrant and fizzy bath treats from Lush.

Lush Cosmetics

Batman had an adventurous Saturday!

Batman Face Paint

Epsom Salts have many beauty uses. Here I share some fun DIY’s.

Epsom Salt

Here’s to a blessed week!