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11 Best Beauty Buys $5 And Under

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The beauty industry has changed so very much in recent times in very positive ways. In my formative makeup loving days, I would never have imagined I’d love cheap makeup so much. Back then, by and large, drugstore makeup just wasn’t very good! We’ve come a long way thanks to advanced technology and I can count many bargain beauty products as some of my must haves. Here’s a list of my 11 best beauty buys $5 and under.

11 Best Beauty Buys $5 And Under

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow ($5)

ColourPop Super Shock Shadows are the beauty product that inspired this post. I’m in the middle of a love affair with these fun, pigmented eyeshadows and love the color options that are available. Nillionaire is one of their latest and greatest and a glittery bronze Summer must have.

ColourPop Super Shock Shadow In Nillionaire Review

Stilazzi Eyeshadow ($3 – $3.50)

I am so glad I found out about these bargain shadows a couple of months ago. They are fantastic! There are both matte and shimmery options available, and both offer incredible pigmentation at equally incredible low prices.

Stilazzi Eyeshadow Review and Swatches

ColourPop Lippie Stix ($5)

One of my favorite qualities about ColourPop Lippie Stix is their high color payoff along with top notch quality. Plus, there are lots of color options available.  I Heart This is the first Lippie Stix I ever tried and it remains a favorite.

ColourPop Lippie Stix in I Heart This and J. Cat Beauty Wonder Lip Paint in Mad Splatter

Milani Color Statement Lip Liner ($3.19)

Milani All Natural Lip Liner is the neutral pinky brown EVERYONE needs to have. These liners are smooth, pigmented, and are a great base for a variety of lip colors.

Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohls ($4.49)

These gel liners are so smooth, so pigmented, so smudge-free that I can hardly believe they are under $5. Sparkling Black is  the best glittery black liner I’ve ever used!

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ELF Studio Mist Setting Spray ($3)

A must have for all makeup users, this simple bottle of setting spray offers long-wearing makeup coverage and generally keeps things looking fresh.

NYC Grand Central Station Quick Dry Top Coat ($1.99)

The top coat to end all top coats, Grand Central Station keeps my nails looking fresh for days. I also love the fact that it truly dries quickly!

Wet n Wild Mega Last Matte Lipstick ($1.99)

Next to ColourPop Lippe Stix, these bargain lipsticks are some of the best lip color deals. There are a lot of colors to pick from, and at their low (and often further discounted) price, you’ll want to own them all.

Wet n Wild Megalast Matte Lipstick in Bare It All

Wet n Wild Color Icon Eyeshadow Trios ($2.99)

The pigmentation on these shadows is just as good as higher end eyeshadow options. I also like the singles and 8-pan ColorIcon eyeshadows, but you’re not always guaranteed the same quality with the limited edition eyeshadow palettes.

Wet n Wild Coloricon Eyeshadow Palette in Angels In Aubergine MOTD 2

Jordana Modern Matte Lipstick ($2.99)

Matte lipsticks are no longer the dry and flaky options we remember from the past. Jordana did a fabulous job with the formula of these cheap, smooth, andpigmented treats.

Jordana Modern Matte Lipstick Matte Caliente Review

LA Girl Pro Conceal ($2.99)

From makeup pros to the everyday makeup lover, these concealers are essential. I never imagined I’d find a concealer with a pink undertone I’d like so much, but LA Girl’s concealer does everything I want to knock out under eye darkness and more!

LA Girl Pro Conceal Medium Bisque Warm Sand Medium Beige 2

What are your favorite bargain beauty buys $5 and under?

Take Your Skincare To The Luxe Level With Borghese Fango Active Mineral Micellear Water and Radiance Facial Oil

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Borghese Fango Active Mineral Micellear Water and Radiance Facial Oil are two new luxury skincare additions to my nightly beauty routine.

Borghese Fango Active Mineral Micellear Water and Borghese Fango Active Facial Oil

Now, I’m a huge fan of micellar water and have to say Borghese Fango Active Mineral Micellear Water ($30) is pretty great.

Borghese Fango Active Mineral Micellear Water Review

My only concern is that you absolutely need to be careful around your eye area. It’s great at gently removing eye makeup but if you apply it haphazardly your eyes will sting to no end. Be careful!

Review of Borghese Fango Active Mineral Micellear Water

The push top dispenser is a huge plus and makes it so easy to get the right amount. This is a great feature!

Borghese Fango Active Mineral Micellear Water Packaging

Micellar waters are by far one of my favorite beauty discoveries of 2015 and have the benefit of feeling lightweight and leaving no greasy residue behind whatsoever.Micellar waters contain gentle micro-cleansers and Borghese’s take also has skin nourishing ingredients that include Sweet Almond, Avocado and Grapeseed Oils, as well as Phospholipids and Hyaluronic Acid to soothe and moisturize. After using, your skin will feel refreshed, and not stripped of oils.

There’s nothing like a lightweight but powerful facial oil, and Borghese Fango Active Radiance Facial Oil ($60) fits the bill.

Borghese Fango Active Facial Oil

This oil contains nourishing, antioxidant-rich ingredients that include Sweet Almond, Avocado and Grape Seed Oils with derivatives of Vitamins C, E and A and polyphenols.

Borghese Fango Active Facial Oil Review

The dropper dispenses the perfect amount of oil – a little bit will take you a long way!

Borghese Fango Active Facial Oil Dropper

I like to use this at night as a final step in my skin care routine, and wake up to nourished skin.

My Final Thoughts: I’m really enjoying Borghese Fango Active Mineral Micellear Water and Radiance Facial Oil. My only knocks against these products? Price wise they’re a bit out of range and while these products are nice, I can’t see myself paying $30 and $60 respectively to replenish my supply.

Rating: B

Price: $30 – $60

Availability: www.borghese.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Makeup Of The Day 116 With The Butter London Shine Out Loud Collection

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ColourPop Nillionaire is a perfect shimmery bronze to go with products from the Butter London Shine Out Loud collection.

Butter London Shine Out Loud Collection MOTD

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

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Be Bold And Glossy With The Butter London Shine Out Loud Collection & Giveaway

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To shine, to gloss, and to be all around fabulous. That really could be the tagline of the Butter London Shine Out Loud collection.

Butter London Shine Out Loud

From sleek packaging to pigmented products, this is a gorgeous collection!

Butter London Shine Out Loud Makeup Review

The pieces in this collection include:

Iconoclast Mega Volume Lacquer Mascara ($20)

Butter London Iconoclast Mega Volume Lacquer Mascara

I’m really intrigued by the plastic spoolie. It took a bit of work to maximize my  mascara experience, but I was really impressed with the resulting separated, long lashes. The bulb at the tip of the spoolie is great for getting to the tiny lashes at the corner of the lid.

EOTD Butter London Shine Out Loud Collection

Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayon in Ladybird ($20)

Butter London Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayon in Ladybird

How smart that this glossy lip crayon has a sharpener in the lid? This is an intense tomato red lip color with a glossy texture and minty feel. Be careful that you put the crayon back into the correct part of the lid, or you’ll end up with a bit of smooshed mess, which may or may not have happened to me.

Trend Nail Lacquer in Ladybird ($15)

Butter London Trend Nail Lacquer in Ladybird

Who doesn’t love a classic red nail color, especially a tomato red? Butter London’s nail lacquers are long wearing and super shiny and have earned their stellar reputation. This is a great Summer color for both tips and toes.

Butter London Trend Nail Lacquer in Ladybird Swatch

Wink Eye Pencil in Union Jack Black ($18)

Butter London Wink Eye Pencil in Union Jack Black

I love a smooth, gel liner and this one surely fits the bill. Plus, it doesn’t smudge all over the place, which is a huge win.

Butter London Shine Out Loud Swatches

Worn together, the Butter London Shine Out Loud collection is a hit. I’m going to have a lot of fun incorporating these high quality products in my upcoming makeup looks.

Butter London Shine Out Loud Collection MOTD

One lucky Painted Ladies reader will win the Butter London Shine Out Loud. You must live in the USA. To enter fill out the Gleam widget below. Giveaway ends Wednesday, June 10, 2015 at 11:59 PM PST.

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Butter London Shine Out Loud

My Final Thoughts: Offering high-end, high quality products, Butter London is an all around lovely brand to work with. Although I found the mascara a bit time consuming to apply, I’ll be using all the products in the Shine Out Loud collection, and the Bloody Brilliant Lip Crayon in Ladybird is a new favorite red.

Rating: Overall, A

Price: $20

Availability: Ulta

Cruelty-free? Yes

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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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.

Nillionaire

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!