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Ruby Wing Wicked West – Nail Art and Review

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I am pretty easily mesmerized by anything that changes color in the sunlight.  And when that anything is nail polish, I’m even more excited. I was looking forward to trying the new Ruby Wing Wicket West summer collection as I think it’s a smart way to transition between summer and fall and indoor and outdoor. Be it be in the office or a fun-in-the-sun outing, Ruby Wing Wicket West has a shade for everyone and includes creme finishes, luster finish, and two glitter polishes.

Ruby Wing polishes retail for $10 which can seem pricey but could be justified as having two nail polishes due to the color changing ability (think of it as a two in one deal). Keep reading below for more details on each polish, but overall, I would recommend Ruby Wing to those that don’t have a large polish collection but like versatility, and for those who enjoy a bit of silly fun and surprise when it comes to their nails.

Starting on the left is Saloon Sweetheart swatch, a dusty red/coral, creme shade that turns into a vampy red when in sunlight.  This applied nicely, but I must say I like the color more when it is in the sunlight.

Rodeo is the bright pistachio green in a creme finish, which applied wonderfully as well.  This color didn’t change much in the sun, but I really like its freshness and vibrancy. Back on the Saddle consists of golden flakes in a clear jelly, which turns into a reddish orange when outside (word of caution, Saddle is somewhat difficult to apply because of the flakes texture).  This is a great color for situations when you want a really understated hue in indoor lighting but a pretty and bright color in the shade.

Wanted Dead or Alive is a sheer, frosty finish blue that leans teal; this polish didn’t have a drastic transformation in the sun, and just turned slightly darker.  While not my favorite pick of the bunch, this nail polish should appeal to those wanting a pearl and sheer formula.

Tumbleweeds is a yellow tinted green that changes into a much darker, forest green.  I prefer this color in indoor lighting, and this might be a tricky one to pull off due to its yellow undertones.  Nevertheless, Tumbleweeds (what an appropriate name!) has a great creamy formula and is opaque in two coats.

Ride ‘Em Cowgirl is the showstopper in the collection for me.  This Ruby Wing polish is a densely packed gold glitter that turns into a rose gold blush shade in the sunlight – it is a unique and beautiful color both indoors and outdoors.   You could really have some fun incorporating this into nail art for fun design dimension (if I would recommend picking any item from the Wicked West collection, it would definitely be Ride ‘Em Cowgirl).

So, what are your thoughts on color changing polish?  What are your favorites from the Wicked West Collection, and have you ever tried nail art with any of the color changing Ruby Wing polishes?  The nail art can be tricky, but the fun is in the surprise when you go outside (because yes, I’m easily entertained when it comes to nail polish).

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.

Staying Colorful in August – Monthly Beauty Favorites

august favesnars3Let me preface this post by reminding everyone that it’s still technically summer.  While we’ll have enough time to enjoy pumpkin spiced lattes and cozy knits, there is still the smallest linger of warm weather and sunshine.  And because of this observation, I’ve chosen to continue to embrace bright colors and floral scents.  Each more vibrant than the other, the August Monthly Favorites were daily staple products that worked for during the work week and for night-out happy hours.

Nars Amour Blush is like every other iconic Nars blush. Soft, pigmented, and shimmery, Nars Amour adds a bit of peachy love (eh!) to your cheeks.

Makeup For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara (which is a Sephora Birthday Gift freebie) creates voluminous, lengthy lashes without the dreaded spidery look.  I love the Smoky Extravagant Mascara because, despite the heat and humidity of DC, the mascara did not smudge or flake (and it’s not even waterproof which is another plus).

Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb perfume is a mini perfume bottle from a Sephora kit. Easy to carry and completely adorable, this particular product remains sealed and does not open accidentally (which is a big deal when placed in my black-hole of a purse). Flowerbomb stays true to its name with a lovely combination of jasmine, rose, orchid, and freesia scents.

Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is an absolute favorite of mine (and you’ll see it featured over and over).  The Rapid Tone repair is perfect for all types of skin (this moisturizer doesn’t break out or create dry flakes) and contains a good amount of SPF.  The Rapid Tone Repair is lightweight and absorbs easily which are ideal attributes for hot days.

Remember how I said I was going to embrace color? Well, Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Beauty Lipstick Duo delivered just the right amount of bright, happy shades. Bite Beauty Palomino is a neon fuchsia, and Bite Beauty Violet is vibrant purple that is perfect for lip staining. Created with natural and food-grade ingredients, Bite Beauty lip products are a girl’s best friend (my Bite Beauty collection is growing, so I’m a full convert).

My parting advice to you is to savor the remaining days of warm weather – embrace bright colors and floral scents to add a bit of sunshine to the every day.

Stay Pretty, Miranda M.

Form Over Substance – Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi Colour Review

chanelpowder21 chanel21 chanelpowderdetail1It’s not often that strongly dislike a product, because I do my research beforehand, but when I do, I do. The Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi Colour powder (no. 1) is nothing but form over substances.  Beautiful pan shades, glorious packaging, sleek presentation and no substance to the actual product.  Released alongside the Chanel Les Beiges powder collection, the Limited Edition Multi Colour powder is promoted as a multi-stripe palette that acts as a highlighter, sculpting powder, bronzer and blush.  The Health Glow Multi Colour does all that with an alleged “sheer, natural finish and broad spectrum sun protection.”

Let me break down the uses of the Chanel Healthy Glow Multi Colour and my issues with the product (and why I returned the item back to the store).

In option one, I could swirl all the shades together to create the supposedly perfect, blurring multi-use powder.  I picked the Healthy Glow No. 1 which is better suited for fair skin as the middle powder was not as dark as Healthy glow No. 2. When I mixed all shades together and applied to my face, I became a hot mess of “how not to apply makeup.”  The highlighter translated to glitter sparkles and the blush and powder mixed to become an Oompa Loompa orange.  I then tried using as a bronzer on my temples and ended up with two round circles of a muddy brick-stone color (not the look I was going for).

Chanel, you can’t have blush mixed with a dark powder, and instruct the customer to apply all over the face (that’s how “oh, honey, no” comments happen).

In option two, I could try each of the shades individually.  Well, good luck with that because the stripes are about one milliliter and even the provided brush picks up at least two shades at the same time.  If I wanted the highlighter only, the brush would pick the darker powder thus negating the point of a highlighter. If I wanted to then just use the blush, the color was not pigmented or Chanel soft, and I ended up with tiny chalky lines on my cheeks.

I don’t understand this product, and I don’t understand how it could work for anyone.  I adore Chanel products because of the attention of detail that goes into each item, but the Chanel Les Beiges Health Glow Multi Colour was nothing but a pretty compact (at a $65 cost, nonetheless). I did not include a Healthy Glow Multi Colour swatch because none of the individual shades showed due to the poor pigmentation or showed as orange because the blush overpowered the rest of the shades.

On a positive note, Chanel delivers the perfect pink lipstick, the most colorful blushes, and the prettiest perfumes.

If you have tried the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi Colour powder, let me know of your experience in the comments below – was this a miss or a hit for you?

Stay Pretty, Miranda M.

Twelve Dancing Princesses and Kitten Heels

What-Are-Kitten-Heels1The “Twelve Princesses” fairy tale story is about twelve sister princesses that go dancing every night and wear down their shoes (and the king gets mad at the cost of buying new shoes so he hires a handsome prince investigator…. as kings do, of course).  The point of that synopsis is to explain my issue with flats and heels.  I wear flats everywhere and for everything. Flats are comfortable, cute, and don’t make me walk funny after ten minutes (as heels do, of course).  Because I wear flats nonstop, the shoes wear down easily, and I find myself having to buy replacements every few months.

Enter the kitten heel. My job as an attorney requires a certain “uniform” dress code, and especially in the formal setting of a courtroom or conference, high heeled shoes tend to be more appropriate.  Between the comfort of flats and the elegance of heels, I re-discovered my love for the kitten heel.

With a tapered heel of approximately 1 to 2 inches in height, the kitten heel mimics a stiletto but wears like a flat. This type of shoe elongates the figure and gives the appearance of high heels without compromising on the comfort. I’ve been noticing more kitten heels popping up in shops like J.Crew, Nine West, and Macy’s, and decided to refresh my work shoe collection and embrace the versatility of this style (if you need more convincing, Miranda Kerr‘s fashion obsession includes these Marilyn Monroe inspired heels).

From delicate bow details to architectural cut-outs, I’ve picked a few of my favorite kitten heels below (dancing princesses approved). If you have any more kitten heel style recommendations, feel free to share with me in the comments (I’m also looking for wedding shoes kitten heels so that post is in the works!).

Stay Pretty, Miranda M.