Evil Mermaid Halloween Makeup Tutorial

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If you have no costume picked out for Halloween (and many of us don’t, let’s be honest with our busy selves), you can still go out and celebrate in style.  In fact, you may be better off because you now have all the options in the world for a unique and creative costume.  Halloween is the ideal time to bring out old and new makeup, odds and ends around the house, ribbons and sequins, and those clothes you never wear because the seam and texture is just funny.

Not having a costume means I have to be creative and most importantly, I can try the outlandish beauty trends I could never wear for everyday.  This Halloween, I opted for an evil mermaid DYI costume.  I initially wanted to create a simple mermaid costume, but it’s Halloween, so adding spooky or evil into the mix felt spooktacular (hey!).

The key to any mermaid costume is the placement and application of the scales – thankfully, creating scales is easy with a mesh material, a makeup sponge, and powder eye shadow (similar to stenciling, simply place the mesh where you want the appearance of scales and tap the eye shadow over the mesh).

Color wise, I chose dark jewel tones and contrasting shades that make an impact (be sure to pick long lasting product or use a face and eye primer).  Dramatic lashes are a must for this type of Halloween costume, and I love the natural look and comfortable feel of Esqido lashes (I used Esqido Lashmopolitan). For accessories, I used a net sweater (which, I didn’t even knew I owned!) and a metal scales headband.

For more details about my evil mermaid Halloween makeup, be sure to follow the tutorial above and share your looks and inspiration (I’m a strong believer that the best costumes are the ones that are created spur of the moment!). Happy Halloween!

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.

All That Glitters with Le Bunny Bleu

bunnybleu1 copybunnybleu3 copybunny bleu5bunny bleu2 copyThe perfect pair of shoes is not easy to find.  From fit and form to design and accents, there are a million and one considerations when shoe shopping.  Although, as probably every other girl out there, I am extremely picky about my shoes, I have my true and tried designers that always deliver.  For adorable flats that are sturdy and comfortable, with just a touch of lovely, Le Bunny Bleu shoes are the perfect pick.  Le Bunny Bleu describes their collection as the “sweetest shoes” for the “romantic at heart” girl, and I’d have to agree with that motto!

Le Bunny Bleu shoes are a balance of wonderful accents and classic shapes. A simple, monochrome bow may be offset by a glitter band and an embellished print may have a small, silver charm.  I originally found Le Bunny Bleu while searching for wedding shoes and bridal shower shoes – I wanted something comfortable and simple, yet festive and romantic.  Quality wise, Le Bunny Bleu shoes are crafted out of sturdy and long lasting materials (as a note, consult the sizing information as some products may run smaller or larger depending on the style).  Le Bunny Bleu stores are in New York City and  throughout Asia and Europe, but the website also offers online ordering and free US shipping on orders above $55.00 – my order shipped quickly and safely in an easy to store box that also contained a polka-dot dust bag (my overly crowded closet was thankful for this attention to detail!).

I could go on and on about the qualities of Le Bunny Bleu  but just take a look at these ballet flats – the photos speak for themselves! These Pink Pasia flats are simply beautiful, chic, and sparkly (and because of the affordable prices, my wallet is also happy!).

Visit Le Bunny Bleu website to browse more styles and follow Le Bunny Bleu on Instagram (of course, there’s adorable bunny photos involved!).

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Stay Pretty, Miranda M.

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Beauty Sleep with Olay Fresh Effects

IMG_0506.JPGIMG_0513.JPGBetween 8 am classes and 10 pm studio visits, the proverbial “beauty sleep” is difficult to come by.  So, when morning comes around (and I’ve snoozed my phone about eight times already), I start the beauty ritual of faking my “beauty sleep.”  Because the first, and most important step to consider is the state of my skin, my morning routine is focused on skincare and achieving that flawless, well-rested look.

For the past few days, I’ve been successfully using the Olay Fresh Effects {Dew Over!} Hydrating Gel Moisturizer to achieve refreshing results - that’s quite the product name, but let’s deconstruct it below for this review.

For its “Fresh Effects {Dew Over!}” claims, this Olay cream delivers detox ingredients such as honeysuckle and white tea which combine to create a brightened look.  The product manages to prime and soothe skin, all while creating a glowing complexion. With the “Hydrating Gel Moisturizer” label, the product lives up to its name even when faced with the harsh New York elements and October weather. This hydrating cream delivers long-lasting moisture and ensures skin is smooth and soft.

The Olay Fresh Effects {Dew Over!} Hydrating Gel Moisturizer is an oil-free formulation that quickly absorbs and dries to a matte finish.  For those with oily and combination skin types (or break-out prone skin), this Olay moisturizer is the answer to gaining lightweight hydration without experiencing pore-clogging or ultra shiny skin (which, aside from the haute couture runways, isn’t that great of a look for everyday errands). Overall, the Olay Fresh Effects {Dew Over!} Hydrating Gel Moisturizer does exactly what it says (at an affordable price, mind you!).  As with all other skincare items, be sure to first do a skin test to ensure no sensitivity to the ingredients; however, if you have oily skin, I can’t recommend this product enough to gain much needed hydration and control shine.

When a full eight hours isn’t possible (and let’s be realistic, it rarely is in the city that never sleeps), the Olay Fresh Effects {Dew Over!} Hydrating Gel Moisturizer delivers the look of beauty sleep, in an instant!

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Olay Fresh Effects through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Olay Fresh Effects, all opinions are my own.

Fresh Blooms with Bouqs

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Flowers make every day better and brighter.  With the holiday season coming up and all the ensuing celebrations, I adore sending flowers to all my friends and family (fresh blooms arriving at the doorstep is simply wonderful!).

Because I rely on online flower delivery services, I’ve tried several, as in many, companies before finding a service I actually like and value.  Before I let you know about the good, I’ll have to briefly explain the bad.  For many companies, the products shown online are not what will be delivered; be sure to check, there is almost always a disclaimer – as an anecdote, one of my last orders was delivered in a cup instead of the vase shown in the catalogue (le sigh). Additionally, the quality of the flowers is often lacking and flowers last for no more than two days because of the actual stems or because of packaging issues (can you tell I feel quite strongly about this?).

I approached the Bouqs company with the same reserved doubts about the actual service and product.  Now for the good – the Bouqs manages to mail fresh flowers, as shown online, with no hidden fees or delivery issues.  I take my flowers seriously, and thus, my expectations were high – fortunately, the Bouqs company fully delivered (double entendre, for the win).

The Bouqs company offers elegant and simple arrangements that would be suited for any occasion and would put a smile on anyone’s face.  The bouquet arrangements feature minimal designs full of color-coordinated blooms and healthy stems. All Bouqs flowers are sourced from sustainable farm, are grown in mineral-rich volcanic soils, and are packaged just four days after being cut.  I received the flowers on Tuesday and took the photos for the blog post on Saturday – the quality of the roses was that impressive (plus, the roses bloomed wonderfully which I find doesn’t happen often with chemically-treated roses). Lastly, all Bouqs bouquets cost $40 for one dozen stems, and the cost includes shipping.

Bouqs flowers are absolutely lovely and the service is outstanding. Go ahead and bookmark, pin, write down, or do anything to remember the Bouqs site, you’ll definitely need it next time you order a bouquet of flowers.

Stay Pretty, Miranda M.