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Nourished Nails Are A Given With Nail Butter

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There’s a trick to having and maintaining nice nails and cuticles, and it all comes down to butter. Nail Butter, that is.
Review Of Nail Butter

Nail Butter is a luxury, all natural nail care treatment that was developed over 30 years ago to help battle the dry hands and nails of a dental hygienist. Nail Butter contains a blend of Lanolin, Beeswax, Oil of Mustard, Aloe Vera Extract, Grape Seed Oil, and Gardenia Oil.

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Not only does Nail Butter have a lovely lemongrass scent, the product itself melts into your skin right away. It’s also available in gardenia scent.

Nail Butter Swatch

Housed in an elegant glass jar, you’ll find a little nail butter goes a long way and can also be used on your hands, elbows, heels, and any area of your skin that needs some major TLC.

Nail Butter Review PaintedLadies

By and far, the best thing I have done for my nails was to start using cuticle creams. I went from a life of constantly battling raggedy hangnails to feeling confident about my hands, which is a huge plus when it comes to blogging about nail products and photographing nail color swatches.

It does take diligence and commitment to apply cuticle cream, but the results are infinitely worth while. It’s not just my cuticles that are improved, but my nails are also looking their best. Needless to say, I’ve become a connoisseur of cuticle creams. So, how does Nail Butter ($24) stack up next two other favorites: Burt’s Bees Lemon Cuticle Cream ($6) and Lush Lemony Flutter ($16.95)?

Battle Of The Cuticle Butters

Burt’s Bees Lemon Cuticle Butter is the treatment that got me on the path to improved cuticles in the first place. It is a great product and I’ll always have a tin in my purse at all times. Lush Lemony Flutter came into my life more recently, and it took my cuticle game to a whole other level of moisture. It’s really great! Then came Nail Butter, which is the pinnacle of cuticle treatments. It’s fantastic!


Burt's Bee Lush and Nail Butter Cuticle Creams

While there is nothing negative I can say about my other two cuticle must haves, I have to say Nail Butter offers a rich cuticle and nail treatment that will leave your hands looking their best.

My Final Thoughts: Nail Butter is infinitely soothing and smoothing and has become my constant go-to cuticle cream. While it’s definitely a bit more pricey than the cuticle butters from Burt’s Bees and Lush, it’s definitely a great value and worth checking out. Your nails and cuticles will thank you.

Nail Butter Review

Rating: A

Price: $24

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Availability: www.nailbutter.com

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Makeup Of The Day 133 With Makeup Geek Shimmermint

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Unable to resist anything that is shimmery and minty, I was quite excited to add Makeup Geek Shimmermint to my eyeshadow collection. It’s quite a perfect minty green! For this look I patted a bit of gold glitter on top to make it truly gleam.

Makeup With theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Luminizer

For more photos and product details, please read on!

Continue reading Makeup Of The Day 133 With Makeup Geek Shimmermint

Spottted At Walmart: Wet n Wild Coloricon Contouring Palette In Dulce De Leche

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When the words “Walmart”, “Wet n Wild”, “exclusive”, and “contouring” are brought up in any beauty conversation, I pay attention! After recently hearing about an exciting new bargain find through the beauty grapevine, I headed over to Walmart and picked up the new Wet n Wild Coloricon Contouring Palette In Dulce De Leche.

Review Wet n Wild Coloricon Contouring Palette In Dulce De Leche

Dulce De Leche and Caramel Toffee are two new contouring palettes from Wet n Wild that are exclusive to Walmart stores and reasonably priced at $3.93. I wondered if this contouring palette would be similar to the City Color Contouring Palette I reviewed recently.

Wet n Wild Coloricon Contouring Palette In Dulce De Leche

At the very moment I snapped the last photo, I knew I probably should have picked up Caramel Toffee, but figured Dulce De Leche was worth the try. While I prefer the highlighting shade in Dulce De Leche, the contouring shade in this this palette is just a bit light for my medium olive skin tone.

Review Wet n Wild Coloricon Contouring Palette In Dulce De Leche Swatches

While they have a buttery texture (a good thing!), I also found the colors to be a little too powdery for my liking.

Wet n Wild Coloricon Contouring Palette In Dulce De Leche Swatches

When it comes down to the application, I wasn’t pleased. At all. Neither the higlighter nor the contour show up on my skin and it took a whole lot of elbow grease to get anything coverage at all.

Wet n Wild Coloricon Contouring Palette In Dulce De Leche Review and Swatches

In comparison to the City Color Contouring Palette, Wet n Wild’s take on contouring pales in comparison! I believe Caramel Toffee would be a better fit for me, but due to the powdery texture, I’m not willing to give it a chance at the moment. Save your money on this one!

My Final Thoughts: Unfortunately, I cannot count Wet n Wild Coloricon Contouring Palette In Dulce De Leche as a big win. It’s not just that the colors don’t show up on my skin, the palette is a bit too powdery for my liking. I do believe those with lighter skin tones might find more contouring success with than I do, but it’s a nix as far as I’m concerned.

Rating: D

Price: $3.93

Availability: Walmart

Cruelty-free?

Paraben-free?

Strobing Is Simple With theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Luminzer

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For simple strobing success, might I suggest you turn to theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Luminizer.

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Luminizer

Seriously, this champagne-toned highlighter is smooth, packed with pigment, and produces a long-wearing glow. I’m going to have to go back and add this to my list of favorite highlighters for strobing!

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Luminizer Review

It was that very blog post that inspired me to seek out Mary-Lou Manizer and make this highlighter my own. A few comments came up mentioning this beloved highlighter, and so when I saw it was available for a steal on Amazon Prime Day, I placed an order.

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Luminizer Makeup Inspiration

From the cute packaging to the stellar product itself, theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Luminizer wowed me right out of the box. The color payoff is just something special. This compact is packed with glow!

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Luminizer Swatch

What I really like about Mary-Lou Manizer is that the glow looks like a subtle lit-from-within glow and it doesn’t disappear at the drop of a hat.

theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer Luminizer FOTD

In fact, I had my glow going on until I removed my makeup! That’s serious business!

My Final Thoughts: I’d like to thank the Painted Ladies readers who suggested I try theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer, because it’s that great of a highlighter and oh, so perfect for strobing. One thing I have to mention for those who might have a sensitivity is that Mary-Lou Manizer contains dimethicone.

Best Highlighter For Strobing theBalm Mary-Lou Manizer

Rating: A+

Price: $24

Availability: Kohls, Beauty.com 

Cruelty-free? Yes

Paraben-free? Yes

Fun With ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip Combos

There’s no doubt the ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip colors have caused a verified sensation around the Internet beauty world. These pigmented, matte lip stains are definitely gorgeous, and I’ve been wondering what they would look like with gloss on top.

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Lychee with Mirabella Sleek

This lip combination is ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Lychee with Mirabella Colour Luxe Gloss in Sleek. 

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Lychee with Mirabella Sleep Painted Ladies Blog

What a lovely combination – the shine takes Lychee to the next level.

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip in Lychee with Mirabella Sleek Inspiration

And, on the plus side, this lip combination is extremely long wearing.

ColourPop Lychee Mirabella Sleek

It’s a good thing.

Have you tried any fun lip combinations lately?

My Instagram Life 7-19-2015

Here’s a weekly peek behind the scenes of Painted Ladies, as seen on Instagram! If you’re not following me on Instagram, you must!

Rocking my new favorite pinky-nude lipgloss, Tiramisu Butter Gloss by NYX.

NYX Tiramisu

I have a confession. My ring light bulb broke in an unfortunate accident last month and it took me about a month to get the nerve to replace it. I thought it would take a long time and be a huge pain. It took less than 60 seconds.

Ring Light

The ColourPop Ultra Matte Lips arrived and I think they look just like candy.

ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip

With about a month to go before the beginning of the school year, I’m ahead of the game and stocking up on my son’s needs, including a new backpack. This could be the cutest I’ve ever seen!

Snoopy Backpack Target

Cargo, Cargo, Cargo! I’m thrilled with the new Cargo CC Cream and Gel Lipsticks I reviewed earlier this week.

Cargo Gel Lipstick

Sugar, Sugar! Here’s a peek at the latest ColourPop Super Shock Shadow to join my collection.

ColourPop Sugar

My Ipsy arrived and it’s pretty terrific.

Ipsy July 2015

Hello, Buttercup! Here’s a peek at the Gerard Cosmetics lipstick created by Jaclyn Hill. 

Gerard Cosmetics Buttercup

By request, I spilled the secrets on my photography setup.

Photography Gear For Bloggers

The best Walgreens ever (about an hour away from home) had these super cute Little Mermaid palettes for $3. I’ll by trying them soon!

Little Mermaid Eyeshadow Palettes

I went on Periscope to tell you all about my Saturday shenanigans and why I picked up a bottle of Moco De Gorilla.

Moco De Gorilla

My current mani is Julie G nail polish in Damsel and Orly Mirrorball as the accent.

Julie G Damsel and Orly Mirrorball

Here’s to a blessed week ahead!

ColourPop, DHC, Tria, and Lise Watier

Here’s a look at what the members of the Beauty Blog Coalition covered this week in the world of beauty!

 

 

Vaseline Aloe Soothe Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer Giveaway

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Living a busy life, I truly appreciate time savers. Time savers are those products that make your life easier by being multi-functional, easy to use, and fast. I’d say that’s exactly why  I’m a big fan of spray-on skin soothers, most  recently Vaseline Aloe Soothe Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer.

Review Vaseline Aloe Soothe Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer Giveaway

I don’t know about you, but my skin is feeling a bit on the parched side this time of year. Between taking my son to the beach, pool and park, we’re logging some serious sun time! Summer = outdoor fun time, so an increased exposure to the elements means I need to give my skin some major TLC.

Review Vaseline Aloe Soothe Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer

Vaseline Aloe Soothe Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer has become my new skincare BFF and I’m finding myself spritzing my arms and legs with it at least two times per day.

Vaseline Aloe Soothe Intensive Care Spray Moisturizer

This moisturizer is infused with micro-droplets of Vaseline® Jelly and pure aloe for maximum hydration. The aloe is entirely quenching and just makes my skin feel good. Besides that, it absorbs easily and does not leave me feeling greasy at all.

I love this moisturizer so much, I’m giving one lucky reader the chance to win a bottle of Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer. Giveaway is open to residents of the USA and ends 8/1/2015 at 11:59 pm. Enter using the Gleam widget below!

Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe

Good luck!

My Final Thoughts: Vaseline Intensive Care Aloe Soothe Spray Moisturizer leaves your skin feeling hydrated and soothed on the quick. It’s a new skincare must have – I’m stocking up!

Rating: $6.49

Price: A

Availability: Mass market retailers including CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, and Target; drugstore.com

Cruelty-free? No

Paraben-free? No

My Blogging Photography Gear Must Haves

I’m often asked to share the details of my photography set up that I use on Painted Ladies, so today I thought to take the time to share with you my blogging photography gear must haves.

My Must Have Blogging Photography Gear

Camera

Nikon D90 Body

This camera is what I’ve used to take the vast majority of the photos on Painted Ladies over the past six years. I started out with a Nikon D40, which is a terrific starter camera, and upgraded shortly after. This camera has a crop-sensor, 12.3 Megapixels, auto focuses with most lenses, and has video capabilities. I don’t use the video options that often, because it can be frustrating and challenging to take non-blurry videos!

Lenses

I am a prime lens (i.e. lenses that don’t zoom) enthusiast and there are two must haves in my kit: the Nikkor 35 mm 1.8 lens and Nikkor 50 mm l.8 lens. The lens that’s on my camera 98% of the time? The 35 mm.

While I started out taking most of Painted Ladies photos with my nifty 50 lens, I found that the 35 mm lens is a lot more practical for product photography. The 50 mm still gets used for when I’m taking portraits of other people, and it’s wonderful for that purpose.

I love both of these lenses and I’m not inclined to upgrade to 1.4 at this time. I recently had the luck of chatting with a professional commercial photographer who only uses 1.8 lenses and creates gorgeous product photos

If you’d like to try out lenses and camera bodies without a commitment, I highly recommend Borrowlenses.com – this company is so easy to work with and rates are reasonable!

Accessories

Remote Control

If your camera accommodates it, a remote control is the secret to true happiness, at least when it comes to taking self-portraits. As a one-woman band, a tripod and a remote control make it easy for me to get photos with wider angles, like this one.

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Tiffen UV Filter

By far and large, UV filters are a must have for any of your lenses. This not only protects your lens from scratches and damage, it helps cut down on glare.These are under $10 and a great investment.

Lens Pen

Smudges happen and my lens pen helps keep my lenses clean and clear. These pens have a cleaner on one end and a brush on the other and are perfectly portable.

Ring Light and Stand

Ring lights are the basic lights you’ll see in the reflection of eyes of so many beauty bloggers. These ring lights really make a difference and helped take my photos to the next level. You also need to buy a stand separately when you purchase a ring light. These are $150 and a great value. After a small accident at home, I had to replace my bulb and rest assured, it was extremely easy

Soft Boxes

While I adore my ring light for portraits, I needed lights that were more functional for product shots and for an additional light source when I’m taking photos at night.

For the first 5 years of Painted Ladies all of my photos were taken with natural light, but my schedule has changed so much that I’m not always at home when that perfect natural light is available. The combination of the ring light, soft boxes, and any ambient natural light has really helped and taken my product photography to the next level. I’m still learning how to optimize the soft boxes, which is why I love YouTube University. Serious, there’s a tutorial for everything!

Basic Tripod

I got a basic cheapie tripod when I bought my camera and while it’s served me well, I really wish I had splashed out the money for a tripod that allows me to set my camera vertically instead of just horizontally. Lesson of the day: don’t go cheapie with tripods!

2 x 2 Vinyl Backdrops

I use a sample of hardwood flooring for my photos, but I highly recommend picking up a variety of vinyl backdrops from Peek Prints. The quality is great and you can see how realistic they look in these Dove product photos.

Dove Quench Review

Reflectors

One of my best buys has been this extremely cost effective set of 5 reflectors, but if you want to know an industry secret, it’ll cost you $0.99, which is the cost of a piece of white foam core board from any art supply store.

I hold my camera in my left hand, and a reflector or white foam core board in my right hand and I have to say the reflectors along with the studio lighting make a huge difference in the quality of my photos. True to their name, they bounce light onto your face and eliminate any shadows or darkness.

Backdrop Stand

My latest purchase was a backdrop stand, which is a terrific value at $25. I picked up some shimmery fabric from JoAnn’s and I’m set to start rocking my mini photo set. The nice part about this backdrop stand is that you can use any fabric backdrop you wish, which is nice when you want to change things up a bit.

These are the basic items I use that have served me very well in my blogging photography. There are a few upgrades I’d like to make, which include:

– An HD video camera to make better YouTube makeup tutorials. Not to say I don’t appreciate my iPhone 6 which works well, but I’d like to have videos that are more crisp and clear.

– A flexible tripod that will allow me to set my camera vertically.

– Studio space! I’d show you my actual photo setup, but it’s super embarrassing at the moment. Everything is shoved into my closet and placed wherever I have free space at home. You gotta do what you gotta do!

With almost six years of blogging under my belt, I am thanful for the opportunity to practice and learn product photography. It all comes down to trial and error, tears, sweat, and broken lightbulbs. I’ve built my gear collection slowly over time, and have found that the majority of the accessories I use can be found for reasonable prices on Amazon and eBay. The way I find out about what I should invest in is through other blogs and asking fellow bloggers what they find useful.

If you ever have any questions about my setup or photography, please ask!

Gerard Cosmetics Buttercup Lipstick Is Light Pink Lip Perfection

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Light pink lip perfection can be found in Gerard Cosmetics Buttercup Lipstick.

Gerard Cosmetics Buttercup Lipstick

This lipstick is a collaboration between Gerard Cosmetics and Instagram makeup superstar Jaclyn Hill.

Review of Gerard Cosmetics Buttercup Lipstick

Jacklyn has some great taste in beauty – she’s had a variety of makeup collaborations with different brands, each of which are a raging success! With Buttercup the attraction is obvious – light pink lip colors are universally appealing.

Review Gerard Cosmetics Buttercup Lipstick

In fact, this might be a perfect pinky nude.

Gerard Cosmetics Buttercup Lipstick  Swatch and Review

Gerard Cosmetics Buttercup is one of those colors that looks fantastic with smoky eyeshadow and it’s also really great when worn with bright colors, like my Urban Decay Electric palette and Wet n Wild High Flying Colors palette.

Swatch Gerard Cosmetics Buttercup Lipstick

In fact, pinky nudes lip colors are extremely versatile – I love dabbing a little in the middle of my bottom lip when I’m wearing a dark red or purple lip color for a pretty 3-D effect.

My Final Thoughts: Jaclyn Hill hit the mark on the spot with Gerard Cosmetics Buttercup Lipstick. This is a lovely, creamy, long-wearing pinky nude that would be an asset in anyone’s lip color collection.

Review Swatches Lipstick Gerard Cosmetics Buttercup Lipstick Painted Ladies Beauty Blog

Rating: A

Price: $19

Availability: www.gerardcosmetics.com

Cruelty-free? Yes