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Eye Makeup Is Double The Fun With Pur Minerals Double Ego Eyeliner

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As a makeup lover who cannot do without eyeliner, ever, you know I was excited to learn about and try the new Pur Minerals Double Ego Eyeliner.

Pur Minerals Double Ego Eyeliner

This nifty eyeliner pen gives you both a liquid liner as well as a pencil liner. It’s pretty genius, as far as I’m concerned.

Pur Minerals Double Ego Eyeliner Review and Swatches

Pur Minerals Double Ego Eyeliner is available in eight shades. I have three to show you: Queensland, Madagascar, and Milan.

Review Pur Minerals Double Ego Eyeliner

Here the liners are swatched left to right: Queensland, a vivid peacock blue; Madagascar, a khaki olive; and, Milan, a dark coffee.

Pur Minerals Double Ego Eyeliner Swatches Queensland, Madagascar, Milan

Here’s a look at the liquid liner felt tip pens:

Pur Minerals Double Ego Eyeliner Liquid Liner

And here are the pencils:

Pur Minerals Double Ego Eyeliner Pencil Liner

I created a look with all three colors on both the upper and lower lid.  Very peacock-y!

Review and swatches Pur Minerals Double Ego Eyeliner

Now, here’s the deal on the liners: The Pur Minerals Double Ego pencil liners are easy to use and are long wearing on the waterline. The liquid liners are heavily pigmented and easy to apply, but I find I encounter turbulence when I flick the liner outwards to create my signature winged liner. Things can get downright bumpy and I find myself having to correct that area upon every application. Also, I find the liquid liners to stain my lids, which isn’t the biggest deal because it fades quickly, but it is something to be aware of.

My Final Thoughts: Pur Minerals Double Ego Eyeliner aren’t perfect, but I think they’re a fun product to work with and I love the fact that you have a lot of different creative possibilities available with these liners. You  might have some issues working with the liquid liner, but the pencil liners are easy to work with.

Rating: B

Price: $21

Availability: Ulta

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

My Instagram Life, 5-23-15

Here’s a look in review and  behind the scenes of Painted Ladies from the past week!

Given my past, smudgy history with Maybelline mascara, I never thought I would consider of of theirs a holy grail, but Lash Sensational truly is fantastic. Living Proof’s Leave In Conditioner also gets grail status. It’s that good!

Living Proof

I am a rosy gold eyeshadow fanatic and these 3 are some of my favorites.

Rose Gold Eyeshadow

If you’re looking for a red statement lipstick, Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Bing is your sure shot!

Smashbox Bing Lipstick

Paula’s Choice skincare has rocked my world, in a positive way! This stuff is really good and I have a 20% coupon code for you to use.

Paula's Choice

The Wet n Wild Fergie Centerstage Milano palette is as great as you’ve heard. I have one to giveaway to a lucky reader!

Wet n Wild Milano

The excitement of it all! The Baby Sitters Club is on Netflix!

Baby Sitters Club Neflix

Another fun giveaway – 2 lucky readers will win a set of 4 Butter London Patent Shine 10x Nail Lacquers.

Butter London Giveaway

The face of a child who like his sugar cookies with sprinkles.

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3 ways to use that light brown lipstick you’ve had lying around for ages.

How To Use A Light Brown Lipstick

A #throwbackthursday photo. Somehow I had it in me to drive up to San Francisco from LA with my then 2-year old. I lived to tell the tale and share a photo of the Japanese Tea Garden.

Japanese Tea Garden

Jolen has been a staple in my life forever. I love to use the Original Creme Bleach to lighten my brows.

Jolen To Lighten Brows

I had a makeup-full Friday. I love makeup-full days!

Makeup

A smoky brown makeup of the day with a pop of aqua.

Smoky Brown Eyes

I placed my order for these Stilazzi shadows on Friday and they arrived on Saturday! I’m so excited to try these shadows!

Stilazzi

Here’s to a blessed week!

 

Manicures, Tarina Tarantino, Beauty Tutorials, and Makeup Giveaways

Here’s a look at what members of the Beauty Blog Coalition have been writing about this past week!

 

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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Read on to find out how I’m saving money doing my 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

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

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