CHIC STUDIOS 5 Year Anniversary Event Coverage

July 30, 2014

Turning a passion into a career is an understandably difficult task - it takes confidence, investment, time, and perseverance.  But ultimately, if you choose a job you love, you will never have to work a day in your life (that's not a Pretty Squared quote, but we fully stand by it!).  CHIC STUDIOS in New York City does just that - a unique makeup artistry school, set in the middle of the Manhattan bustle, CHIC STUDIOS provides professional training to aspiring and established makeup artists.

My sister and I had the pleasure of attending the CHIC STUDIOS 5 Year Anniversary where we celebrated makeup education with like-minded individuals (and we all did it in style, sporting smokey eyes and ruby lips in the middle of the afternoon).  CHIC STUDIOS welcomed students, bloggers, and instructors to experience the quintessential New York, modern studio space and pristine classrooms.  We both had the opportunity to chat with the CHIC STUDIOS instructors, learn about offered courses, and simply revel in  the experience (with a side of sparkling pink cake pops, of course).

The CHIC instructors also revealed three whimsical looks that made us wish pink cherry blossoms and geometric patterns  were appropriate street attire (the models looked like works of art and the application techniques were exquisitely detailed).

Like all birthday celebrations, the CHIC 5 Year Anniversary was spent in good company with great treats and even better makeup.  We had a lot of fun and it was lovely catching up with a few of our favorites bloggers from The Fashion Beauty Junkie, Diva Makeup Queen, Barbie Baby MUA, LoveRoxie, and Miss Yanyi.

Thank you to CHIC STUDIOS and all the generous sponsors for a wonderful event! To learn more about the CHIC STUDIOS courses, be sure to visit CHIC STUDIOS and reach out to any of the representatives - everyone's fabulous and ready to help turn your love of makeup into a successful career!

Stay Pretty, Miranda and Mackenzie M.

Topstyler by Instyler Review - How to Curl Hair Using the Topstyler

July 22, 2014

So here I was, watching endless YouTube videos as I do sometimes, and I stumbled upon grav3yardgirl channel where she has the "Does This Thing Really Work" series (FYI, that series is hilarious and so entertaining).  Grav3yardgirl did a review on the Topstyler by Instyler, and let's just say it peaked my interest quite a bit, enough to look up even more reviews and eventually order myself one off of Amazon for $28 (I can't find that listing anymore, but you can find it at Walmart for $78 and Newegg for $30).

Once I received the Topstyler by Instyler package, I was impressed by the great quality of the product:  the case was made of a durable hard material and looked very sleek.  The Topstyler included ten shells (5 big, 5 small), a comb and some instructional material (some people reported receiving 15 shells, which I would have preferred as well).  The way you are supposed to use the shells is actually very easy.  By wrapping your hair around your fingers, create a ring curl, hold it in place, and clamp the heated shell onto the hair.  Let it cool, take it out, and you should have beautiful, voluminous curls to last all day.  So to quote Bunny, did this thing really work?

To start out, the system heated up very fast, in about 5 minutes.  I've used hot rollers before and hated how they were so heavy, but the Topstyler shells are very light and won't pull your hair, or put any dents in the curls (those dreaded dents that look like hair crimps a la 1980s).  I wish I had more than ten shells, because even though I don't have a lot of hair, I was forced to use more hair per shell since I was running out of them.  The Topstyler shells cool down in about 15 minutes (you can do your makeup during this time) and come out easily, to reveal soft, bouncy curls.

This product really amazed me the first time, because as much as the next girl, curls are a very evasive, magical thing that I've been trying to achieve over some time now.  The only downside of the Topstyler, and it's an important one, is that my curls didn't last long.  In the photograph above, I took out the Topstyler shells only ten minutes before, and as you can tell, my hair was already becoming flat and losing the curls.  I recommend this product for people whose hair holds a curl easily, and people who are usually in a rush with their hairstyle, as this is perfect for a quick hair-do.

Because I love the effect of the Topstyler, I will try hairspraying my hair before setting it into the C shells and I'll see how that goes.  Have you tried the Topstyler curling system yourself?  Let me know if you have any tips for me and my forever-straight hair!  I am looking into reviewing a conical curling wand soon, so stay tuned for the results!

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.

A Good Hair Day with Neutrogena & Hair Repair

July 18, 2014

Anyone can tell you that a "good hair day" is much more than that.  Good hair translates to a great day where you feel confident and beautiful and are ready to conquer your to-do list (and anything in between).  It's those bad hair days - after staying too much in the sun, dabbling in some diy ombre, or over-using the straightener - that make me truly appreciate the glorious "good hair day."

Over the years, I admit I've made my mistakes that resulted in damaged hair and hair breakage, and I am now ready to fix it all and get my healthy hair back with Neutrogena Triple Repair System.  So, for all those with sun damaged hair, heat damaged hair, hair coloring damage, and all those other "damage" mistakes, listen up! Neutrogena has created a hair care system that targets damage and rebuilds hair, leaving hair more resilient to the effects of heat, color, and styling (and bad decisions, ahem). 

Each one of these affordable products does it's job well and creates healthy, beautiful, shiny hair at any length.  The Neutrogena Triple Repair Fortifying Shampoo and the Neutrogena Triple Repair Fortifying Conditioner mend split ends after just one use and overall strengthen brittle hair - after using the Triple Repair products, my hair felt soft and moisturized without being tangled (which is a big issues with my hair).  

I am quite picky about my leave-in treatments because my hair reacts in a not-so-happy way but the Triple Fortifying Leave-In Treatment passed the picky test as it left my hair smooth. Additionally, Triple Repair products agains heat styling so if you're like me and go straightener-curler-crazy, you would ensure your hair is protected from heat damage. Quick note here, even with the Leave-In Treatment, I was so happy to see that my hair did not become greasy in the humid DC weather for over 24 hours (because, seriously, greasy hair is not a good look on anyone). Overall, Neutrogena combines these three Triple Repair items to instantly and continuously protect from breakage and repair hair damage. 

Now that you've learned all about it, get yourself the Neutrogena Triple Repair and start having a "good hair day" everyday! 

Stay Pretty, Miranda M. 

Sponsored by Single Edition Media on behalf of Neutrogena 

Revlon Bold Lacquer Mascara Review - Revlon Flash Your Lash

July 14, 2014

Mascaras are like a box full of chocolates, you never know what you'll get.  As the most sold item in any beauty collection (it's true, research it!), we sure love trying our mascaras.  And not surprisingly, companies introduce millions and millions of mascara variations every few years (umm, don't research that number but you get the idea).  It seems there are always new mascara releases and each one offers something different and promises new results.  With Revlon Bold Lacquer, the chocolate turned out to be delicious but with unique flavors (disclaimer not needed, but don't eat the Revlon Bold Lacquer).

Part of the Grow Luscious line, the Revlon Bold Lacquer (c/o) is meant to create glossy volume and length. With a cylinder-shaped, large wand, the mascara delivers beautiful length - after only two coats, my lashes appeared soft, fluttery, and all around lovely.  My lashes still looked natural but better.  And to make things better, unlike other drugstore mascaras I've tried, this Revlon mascara did not smudge or create fallout at the end of the day.

Unfortunately, the Bold Lacquer does not really create much volume - combined with the wet formula and the shape of the wand, the final look is defined with separate lashes (as opposed to voluminous, spidery lashes).  However, as I tend to gravitate toward less dramatic makeup that is work appropriate, the Bold Lacquer is a new product I quickly added to my routine.

The Revlon Bold Lacquer is a perfect pick for everyday makeup.  Long lasting, beautifully pigmented, and naturally lengthening, this affordable Revlon mascara is a delicious pick.

Stay Pretty, Miranda M.