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The Ultimate Mother’s Day Beauty Gift List

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Mother’s Day is around the corner – a little over a week away on Sunday, May 10th! If you’re shopping for a mother, grandmother, or other mother figure in your life, there’s still time to pick up a sweet treat or two. If you’re in need of some ideas, I’ve compiled the ultimate Mother’s Day beauty gift list, and think you’ll find some great choices that are sure to please.

The Ultimate Mother's Day Beauty Gift List

1. A Luxury Lipstick

I always use the occasion to treat myself to a little something fun that’s on my wish list. Right now I’m all about luxury lipsticks, so I might just pick up a tube of the new Bite Beauty Butter Lipsticks ($28) or another shade of Nars Audacious Lipstick ($32). I recently reviewed Nars Audacious Lipstick in Brigitte, which is the perfect “your lips but better” shade for a variety of skin tones.

Nars Audacious Lipstick in Brigitte

2. ColourPop

Since their shipping takes about a week or more, it might be a bit too late to order anything from ColourPop, but it’s a brand to keep in mind if you’re looking to treat yourself. ColourPop is budget beauty at it’s best, and they have some cute sets available. The Not A Box Of Chocolates ($30) set of six eyeshadows is adorable! I just might treat myself to their new highlighters, which are $8 each.

For individual colors eyeshadow and lipstick colors ($5 each), my recommendations for ColourPop Super Shock Shadows are Quiche and Amaze, and I Heart This is a fuchsia lippie must have.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow in Amaze
3. A Beauty Blender

The Beauty Blender is a must have miracle sponge that makes your foundation look like skin, and never cakey. This is a nice treat to give to any beauty lover. Now, the Beauty Blender is available with a fancy stand that is all kinds of irresistible ($29). It’s super bling-y and cute!

4. Butter London Patent Shine 10x Nail Lacquers

Who doesn’t love a good mani or pedi? I have to say the new Butter London Patent Shine 10x ($18) polishes I just reviewed are allllll that (and a bag of chips) and a total splurge-worthy treat for some lucky mama.

Butter London Patent Shine 10X Review

5. A Few Great Brushes

Brushes are my favorite gift to give and receive, and the e.l.f. Studio brushes are some of the best in the beauty biz. There’s a set available for $30, which is a great deal for some fantastic Taklon brushes.

6. Scentbird Subscription

For just $14.95 per month, you receive a 30-day supply of the perfume of your choice with your Scentbird subscription. In terms of subscription boxes, this is one of my favorite ideas, and who doesn’t love perfume?

scentbird

7. Michael Todd Soniclear

This is definitely a luxury item, but my Michael Todd Soniclear ($149) is essential to my skin care routine. It takes exfoliation to the next level!

Michael Todd Soniclear

Do you have plans for Mother’s Day? I’m going to wear a cute sundress and go out to lunch with Andre to our favorite burger joint, and that is an awesome Mother’s Day in and of itself.

Happy shopping!

Makeup Of the Day 106 With NYX Prismatic Shadow in Mermaid

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I love a good smoky eye and especially so when it’s a good smoky eye with a pop of color on the lower lid. I haven’t taken proper photos of NYX Prismatic Eyeshadow in Mermaid, but it surely one of the most gorgeous aqua shadows I’ve ever seen. This is the only Prismatic Eyeshadow I own, but needless to say, I’m going back for more!

Wet n Wild Milano Palette NYX Prismatic Eyeshadow Mermaid FOTD

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

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Get Summer Ready & Bleach To Bare With Jolen

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Jolen Review

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3 Ways To Wear Light Brown Lipstick

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So, you’ve purchased a light brown lipstick, and you’re wondering what to do next. Let’s face it, sometimes a plain old light pastel lip color can seem intimating, but they don’t have to look like light pops of lipstick on your face.  A light lip color is actually handy to have in your makeup collection, and I’m going to show you 3 ways to wear light brown lipstick.

3 Ways To Wear Light Brown Lipstick Tutorial

The light brown lipstick I’m using for this tutorial is Vanity by Youngblood Cosmetics. I’ve reviewed Youngblood lipstick in the past and they’re some of my favorite colors. Offering smooth, richly pigmented color, Youngblood lipsticks add a nice dose of moisture to your lips.

Youngblood Cosmetics Vanity Lipstick

3 Ways To Wear Light Brown Lipstick:

1. Add Dimension With A Liner & Gloss

To give your light brown lipstick a little life, use a medium brown lip pencil and blend it into the outline of your lips with your fingers or a lip brush. The pencil I’m using is MAC Stone.

3 Ways To Wear Light Brown Lipstick 1

Add your lipstick and blend it into your lip pencil with a lip brush.

3 Ways To Wear Light Brown Lipstick 2

Finish the look with gloss for the perfect nude lip. The gloss I used is Milani Brilliant Shine in Bare Secret.

MAC Stone Lip Pencil Youngblood Vanity Lipstick Milani Brilliant Shine Lip Gloss in Bare Secret

2. Enhance A Darker Lip Color

Adding a lighter color to the bottom of your lip is a great trick to make your lips look fuller. It also gives a bit of added dimension. The lip colors in this post are MAC Mahogany Lip Pencil and Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Bing.

Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Bing MAC Mahogany Lip Pencil

Pat on your light brown lipstick with a brush.

3 Ways To Wear Light Brown Lipstick 3

And you have a gorgeous 3-D lip.

3 Ways To Wear Light Brown Lipstick 4

3. Boost Your Eyeshadow

Obviously, I do not recommend using the same lipstick between your lips and your eyes, but a dedicated tube of a creamy lipstick is actually a nice base for your matte shadows. I use it sparingly, and keep the cream to the lid only.

3 Ways To Wear Light Brown Lipstick 5

Pat on your matte shadow, and hello, enhanced eyes!

Wet n Wild Smoky Eye Milano Palette

What are some of your favorite light brown lip colors?

I’m Saving Money Doing Spring Beauty Shopping With ShopAtHome.com

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Your Nails Will Shine For Days On End With Butter London Patent Shine 10x

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For nail color that lasts and shines for days on end, Butter London Patent Shine 10x is a must try product.

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Who doesn’t love a shiny nail polish, especially one that you don’t really have to worry about touching up with a fresh layer of top coat every day. That’s what you’ll get with these luxury nail colors that live up to the Butter London reputation of excellence.

Butter London Patent Shine 10X Review

Under the rectangular cap you’ll find the darling nail polish applicator.

Butter London Patent Shine 10X Bottle

Butter London Patent Shine 10x is chip-resistant, offers full color coverage, protects, smooths, brightens, and strengthen your nails. Butter London Patent Shine 10x nail polishes are 7 free, meaning they are free from formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, DBP, toluene, camphor, ethyl tosylamide, and xylene.

I received 4 colors to swatch, here’s a close look at these gorgeous shades:

Butter London Patent Shine 10X Swatches

Her Majesty’s Red

Butter London Patent Shine 10X Her Majesty's Red

Chat Up

Butter London Patent Shine 10X Chat Up

Over The Moon

Butter London Patent Shine 10X Over The Moon

Shopgirl

Butter London Patent Shine 10X Shopgirl

Butter London Patent Shine 10x polishes give you up to 10 days of solid wear, but I don’t think I’d ever be able to go 10 days without changing my polish color. I lasted for about 5 days and found that I didn’t have any chipping, and the polish I used (Shopgirl) was intact save for tip wear.

Butter London Patent Shine 10X Shopgirl After

Tip wear is the bane of my nail polish experience, but it’s not uncommon.  I’m not sure if it’s the polishes, or the fact that I’m constantly pounding my fingers on a keyboard, but tip wear happens. It’s not my favorite thing, but I find that capping my nails does help the issue.

Butter London generously offered two sets of these polishes for two lucky Painted Ladies readers to win. Entering is easy! Simply fill out the Gleam widget below. This contest ends May 15, 2015 at 11:59 pm PST and is open to residents of the USA. Good luck!

Butter London Patent Shine 10x

My Final Thoughts: Butter London Patent Shine 10x gives great shine! For luxury nail colors that won’t chip or fade, you’ll want to give one of he 14 available shades atry.

Rating: A

Price: $18

Availability: Sephora

Cruelty-free? Yes (and Vegan, as well)

Makeup Of The Day 105 With The Wet n Wild Fergie Centerstage Milano Palette

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The Wet n Wild Fergie Centerstage Milano palette could be one of my favorite neutral eyeshadow sets. It’s that good! Here are the details on the look I created with the palette I reviewed earlier today.

Makeup Inspiration with Wet n Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Milano Eyeshadow Palette

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Wet n Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Milano Eyeshadow Palette Giveaway

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When I read nothing but positive reviews about the Wet n Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Milano Eyeshadow Palette, I of course made it my mission to track down this bargain beauty favorite.

Wet n Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Milano Eyeshadow Palette Review & Giveaway

Being that it can be a challenge to track down Wet n Wild products, I searched high and low in many Walgreen stores in my proximity. It was only after I made it to a highly reliable Walgreens 60 miles alway that I found a display full of these neutral, shimmery palettes.

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Some are saying this $8 palette is comparable to the Urban Decay Naked palettes, but more favorably. I own the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette and have to agree that the Wet n Wild version is definitely easier to work with. While the 10 eyeshadows in the Wet n Wild palette are equally pigmented and easy to work with, I’ve always found Urban Decay shadow a bit more challenging. They’re pigmented and blendable, but maybe a little too blendable, if that makes sense.

Eyeshadow Inspiration With Wet n Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Milano Eyeshadow Palette

The Wet n Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Milano Eyeshadow Palette contains a nice mix of shimmery and matte colors.

Swatches of Wet n Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Milano Eyeshadow Palette

Wet n Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Milano Eyeshadow Palette Swatches

The palette includes a dual-ended brush, which isn’t the best, but also not that shabby. One end is flat for patting the shadow on your lids, and the other is for blending.

Wet n Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Milano Eyeshadow Palette  Brush

This is netural shimmery eyeshadow love right here. I’m really impressed with this quality. I can’t say the same for other Wet n Wild Fergie eyeshadow palettes I’ve used in the past, but Milano hits the mark! If it’s a problem for you, be aware that this palette contains Dimethicone.

Because this palette is so awesome, I picked up another to giveaway to one very lucky reader! To enter, fill out the Gleam widget below. All ages can enter, and the giveaway is open to the USA. This giveaway ends Friday, May 8, 2015 at 11:59 PM, PST.

Wet n Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Milano Eyeshadow Palette

Good luck!

My Final Thoughts: For $8 you can’t beat the high quality of the Wet n Wild Fergie Centerstage Collection Milano Eyeshadow Palette. It’s a bit of a challenge to locate, but worth the chase.

Rating: A+

Price: $8

Availability: Walgreens stores

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Here’s a look at another recent Wet n Wild eyeshadow palette, Vegan Culture from the Silverlake Collection.

I’m Renewing My Skin With Paula’s Choice Skincare

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Read on to find out how I am renewing my skin with the help of Paula’s Choice Resist Advanced Kit For Wrinkles + Breakouts skincare.

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