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4 Ways To Use The MAC Pro Conceal & Correct Palette

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As a makeup artist, former MAC employee, and general makeup lover, I have to say that the MAC Cosmetics Pro Conceal & Correct Palette is one of the best products MAC has ever released. I like it so much I came up with a tutorial showing you 4 Ways To Use The MAC Pro Conceal & Correct Palette in Light.

MAC Cosmetics Pro Conceal and Correct Palette in Light

This is a collection of the MAC Studio Concealers in colors that can be mixed, matched, and blended for various effects. The variety of colors is so useful and I think this is something that is useful to the average makeup user, besides professional makeup artists.

MAC Cosmetics Pro Conceal and Correct Palette in Light Review and Tutorial

As you can probably tell, the Light palette is a tad bit too light for me, but there are still ways I can incorporate the palette into my makeup.

MAC Cosmetics Pro Conceal and Correct Palette in Light Swatches

The shades in this palette include: NC15, W10, NC20, NW20, Pale Yellow, and Pale Pink.

MAC Cosmetics Pro Conceal and Correct Palette in Light Review

Read on to see my full video tutorial with 4 tips for using this concealer palette!

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What’s The Difference Between A Tapered Blending Brush & A Blending Brush?

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I blend, therefore I am a beauty blogger. Blending brushes make my eyeshadow world go round and I’m always thrilled when a new one enters my life. Most recently, the Bdellium Green Bambu 785 Tapered Blending Brush became a part of my makeup tool belt.

Bdellium Green Bambu 785 Tapered Blending Brush

If you haven’t heard about Bdellium brushes (pronounced DEE-lium), they are some of the best and most reasonably priced brushes around. They are anti-bacterial, vegan, and eco friendy, and there are many options that are comparable to MAC brushes.

Bdellium Green Bambu 785 Tapered Blending Brush Review (2)

The 785 is a tapered blending brush, which means it’s a bit different than a traditional blending brush. Both the tapered blending brush and blending brush are eyeshadow must haves, but with different purposes.

Tapered Blending Brush Versus A Regular Blending Brush

The tapered blending brush isn’t the first brush I reach for when I’m creating an eyeshadow look, but I do like these kinds of brushes for getting a nice blend in the crease. This particular Bdellium brush is most comparable to the MAC 224 brush.

Bdellium Green Bambu 785 Tapered Blending Brush Tutorial

This is a great brush to use when you’re creating a smoky eye to blend the crease eyeshadow with the color used for the eyelid.

Bdellium Green Bambu 785 Tapered Blending Brush Tutorial 2

The first brush I reach for is the MAC 217 brush, or it’s much less expensive dupe, the Coastal Scents Pro Fluff Brush.

Coastal Scents Pro Fluff Blending Brush Tutorial

Coastal Scents Pro Fluff Blending Brush Tutorial 2

These blending brushes are shorter, domed, and perfect for blending eyeshadow into the outer corner of the eye and into the crease.

Coastal Scents Pro Fluff Blending Brush Tutorial 3

My Final Thoughts: Bdellium brushes are some of my very favorites and the Bdellium Green Bambu 785 Tapered Blending Brush is a new favorite I’ll be using quite frequently.

Rating: A

Price: $9

Availability: www.bdelliumtools.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Makeup Of The Day 115 With ColourPop Nillionaire

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ColourPop Nillionaire is THE sparkly, glittery bronze you need for Summer 2015. Here’s a look I created with Nillionaire, the Lorac Pro eyeshadow palette and ColourPop Lippie Stix in Lady.

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

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Prepare To Be Stunned By ColourPop Super Shock Shadow In Nillionaire

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Another week, another eyeshadow (or two) to love, and this time it’s a doozy! ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Nillionaire is one of several new eyeshadows and lippie stix from one of my favorite online beauty brands for Summer 2015.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow In Nillionaire

When I think of the word Nillionaire I think of all the songs I know that contain the word “millionaire”, but the meaning is quite the opposite! According to all things Internet, a Nillionaire is a person without a penny to their name. I’d venture to say that any Nillionaire that has this eyeshadow has more than enough! It’s sparkly, shiny, glittery ,goodness with a smattering of purple reflects glitter for good measure.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow In Nillionaire Swatch

Nillionaire reminds me of So Quiche, which has a similar purple reflects glitter. The difference is the sparkle, and Nillioniare is loaded with much more of it, plus it has a deeper bronze tone.

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ColourPop Super Shock Shadow In Nillionaire Review

So Quiche

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in So Quiche

Nillionaire is the shadow I will definitely wear all Summer! I am a huge ColourPop fan and this is another great bargain beauty best buy. I never have a problem with fall out from ColourPop shadows and find the best results are when the shadows are applied with the pad of my ring finger with an eyeshadow primer worn underneath.

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My Final Thoughts: It’s bronze, sparkly, has purple reflects glitter, and is completely fabulous. Yes, you DO need ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Nillionaire! Stay tuned for more ColourPop Summer 2015 swatches!

Rating: A+

Price: $5

Availability: www.colourpop.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Memorial Day 2015

Today isn’t just another holiday, it’s Memorial Day. In honor of past, present, and future members of the armed forces, I would like to express my sincere thanks and appreciation for the tremendous sacrifices made to protect the USA. Thank you.

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My Instagram Life, 5-24-2015

Welcome to the weekly look back at Painted Ladies and my life, as seen on Instagram.

Lovely roses from Trader Joe’s, sure to brighten anyone’s day!

Trader Joe's Roses

Did you see my foundation application tutorial? Useful YouTube video guide included!

Foundation Tutorial

It was a smoky purple and gold kinda day.

Purple and Gold Smoky Eyes Stilazzi

My thoughts on the newest mascara from Pur Minerals.

Pur Minerals Volume Vixen Mascara

I am so impressed with Manuka Secrets skincare! There’s a giveaway for 2 readers to win an entire set.

Manuka Secrets Skincare Giveaway

Rouge Bunny Rouge! How I love saying this brand name. I picked up 2 shadows from BeautyKind and shared my thoughts on this luxury brand.

Rouge Bunny Rouge Eyeshadow

Confession: I am a stationery junkie and Home Goods is my newest place to get a fix!

Stationery from Home Goods

More smoky purple eyeshadow goodness featuring Rouge Bunny Rouge Delicate Hummingbird eyeshadow.

Smoky Purple Eyes Rouge Bunny Rouge

It was a glorious day when my latest ColourPop order arrived, chock full of new goodies and some of their new highlighters.

ColourPop Summer 2015

This hamburger cake is everything!

Hamburger Cake

A look at Lush Lemony Flutter and why I love it so.

Lush Lemony Flutter

24 beauty bloggers share the best beauty advice they’ve ever received! Read and share!

Beauty Bloggers Best Beauty Advice

My mother-in-law’s incredibly well organized pantry is my happy place.

Organized Pantry

I collaborated with Cosmetics Aficionado and we both created looks with the Wet n Wild Milano eyeshadow palette. Here is my take!

Bridal Eyeshadow Inspiration

Here’s to a blessed week!

OPI, T3 Micro Twirl 360, and Manuka Secrets Giveaway

Here’s a look at what the members of the Beauty Blog Coalition blogged about this week.

 

 

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.

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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.

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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