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.
A luxury brand, Rouge Bunny Rouge is known for their dedication to opulence and luxury with a touch of whimsy.
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.
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!
Delicate Hummingbird is delicate hummingbird. Really, that’s exactly what this color reminds me of!
It’s shimmery muted lilac purple that is a lovely stand-alone shade and also works well on a smoky lid.
Abyssinian Catbird is an universally appealing light bronze. This is one of those colors that would look fantastic on anyone.
Paired with a medium-toned brown shadow in the crease, this makes for a perfect everyday eyeshadow look.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This comes with me everywhere, as well. It’s rich and nourishing and a great base for your lip products.
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.
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!
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.
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.
The results? Not bad. Not bad, at all!
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.
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.
Keep reading for more photos and to find out what products I used for this look!
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Step 5: Set with a loose powder and a powder puff.
Step 6: Voila! You’re done! Now go and add some fab colors to your face!
One of the best beauty investments you can make is a simple $5 bag of Epsom Salt. It will change your beauty life! DIY beauty with Epsom Salt is easy and there are so many great treatments you can make to treat yourself at home.
I’m all about DIY beauty treatments, and as a busy mom there’s really nothing better than to spend some time during the week masking, scrubbing, and moisturizing my woes away. It’s a necessity!
I recently picked up a bag of Epsom Salt from Target that’s going to be my beauty best friend for months to come. There are so many great beauty uses that I honestly did not know anything about until I received an email from The Epsom Salt Council.
All I ever knew about Epsom Salt before is that you could put a bit into your bath to relax sore muscles. That’s true, but there are so many more body benefits from Epsom Salt. For a soothing foot soak, dissolve a half cup of Epsom Salt into two quarts of warm water. Soak your feet for 15 minutes and use extra Epsom Salt to exfoliate your heels.
For one of the best body scrubs you’ll ever use, mix Epsom Salt with petroleum jelly.
Add a couple of drops the essential oil of your choice to the mix. I use Lavender Oil for soothing relaxation.
The results? The kind of scrub that will leave your skin buttery smooth! You can also add Epsom Salt to your facial cleanser for a deep microdermabrasion treatment.
For a soothing bath, add two cups of Epsom Salt to the water in a standard-sized bathtub and soak for at least 12 minutes, three times we1ekly. For a true spa feeling, add few drops of eucalyptus oil.
Package your Epsom Salt in a glass bottle, dress it up with a fancy tulle bow, add a couple of bottles of essential oils, and voila! You have a great spa night gift package to give as a thoughtful present to anyone you know who deserves some pampering.
For more information about the great benefits of Epsom Salt for beauty, your home, and garden, visit The Epsom Salt Council.
My Ipsy May 2015 Jetsetter Glam Bag arrived in record time earlier this week, and I must say, it’s one of the best Ipsy shipments I’ve received in a quite a while.
With Ipsy, sometimes you get a great value for your $10 monthly subscription fee, and other months (like last month’s Glam Bag), the value isn’t the equivalent of your investment. Still, I can’t bring myself to cancel Ipsy after over a year of receiving Glam Bags, because when you do receive a great bag, it’s really great! This month’s falls into the great category, starting with the darling canvas makeup bag created for Ipsy by Breakups To Makeup.
The contents of my May Ipsy Glam Bag included two full-sized items, and three generously-sized sample items.
Even though you have the option of earning Ipsy points to redeem for products with a sneak peek of your Glam Bag at the beginning of the month, receiving and opening my Glam Bag is still all kind of exciting. It’s a bit like Christmas every month.
With Ipsy, everyone receives customized samples based on a survey you can retake at any time and feedback you get on your monthly shipments. I’ve been happy with my bags so far, so I probably won’t retake my survey anytime soon. I have to confess I don’t generally get excited about skin and hair samples, but I’m looking forward to trying the two that were in my May Glam Bag: Amie Morning Dew Matte Finish Moisturizer and Briogeo Rosarco Milk Reparative Leave-In Conditioning Spray. With the heat tools I’ve been using on my hair lately, this is a welcome treat!
The exciting part of my Glam Bag is the Luxie Beauty Tapered Eye Brush 205 ($12), the BellaPierre Waterproof Mineral Gel Eyeliner Pencil ($14.99), and the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Lips Pencil, which is clear, deluxe sample sized, and also includes 2 Urban Decay Revolution Lipgloss samples.
The nice thing about Ipsy is that they offer generous coupon codes for the products in your Glam Bag, which is good news if you’ve fallen in love with something in particular.
My Final Thought: Ipsy is kind of like that nursery rhyme about the little girl with the little curl, right in the middle of her forehead. When it’s good, it’s very good, and when it’s bad, no so much!Overall, I’m really pleased with my Ipsy May 2015 Jetsetter Glam Bag. Sans samples, the value of this month’s bag is $26.99.