Monthly Archives: May 2013

Honey Beeswax Candles Review - Pretty Random

Pretty Random - Lifestyle Beauty Post Wax Candles

Bees wax candles have a subtle scent (which makes them perfect for some bed time reading)

Miranda’s Notes: 

Whenever I find myself shopping for our apartment, I always look for scented candles - somehow, candles are perfect for setting a wonderful atmosphere and can remind us of spring gardens, Hawaiian waters, and mountain-top wild flowers.

Although many stores currently sell candles, I prefer purchasing hand-poured candles from smaller businesses.  I do not like the smell of strong perfume which is irritating and am also apprehensive about the chemicals often found in some products - for example, some candles may contain paraffin or cheaply made wicks can contain trace amounts of lead.  While a candle may smell nice in the store, be sure to check the ingredients - the more natural, the better.  For the past few months, I’ve been using Kaufmann Mercantile candles.  Kaufmann Mercantile sells affordable bees wax candles made out of 100% pure beeswax produced in the United States, and the candles have 100% cotton wicks.

My favorite types of candles are pure bees wax candles - bees wax candles do not have added perfumes, but when burned, the scent is absolutely amazing.  Just imagine the smell of sweet honey and the subtle floral under tones - these instantly help me calm down!

All natural wax candles with cotton wicks
Bees wax candles can burn up to 20 hours depending on size

Stay Pretty, Miranda M.

Ipsy Monthly Subscription Glam Bag - May 2013 “Spring Fling”

Ipsy Glam Bag Review - Ipsy May Review

“Spring Fling” Ipsy May bag - cute chevron make up bag in orange, blue and teal. Card includes company information and corresponding deals on back
Subscribe to Ipsy here (referral link)

Mackenzie’s Notes:

For my birthday this year my boyfriend surprised me with a lovely three month subscription to Ipsy, a monthly beauty bag subscription which curates 5 deluxe and full sized beauty products (ranging from skin care, perfume, makeup, etc) to give beauty enthusiasts the opportunity to discover and try out new companies and products.  Ipsy, formerly known as MyGlam, was founded by Michelle Phan and other YouTube beauty gurus; after having a rocky start as MyGlam, Ipsy seems to have become a great subscription service with great products, an amazing value and wonderful customer service.

I have enjoyed having this service and chose to continue being subscribed to them as I have been a very happy customer!  I wanted to share with you the most recent bag in May 2013, “Spring Fling”, since I was so happy with it and have officially become an Ipsy fan.  I will include mini reviews of the products and the prices for each.

You can subscribe to Ipsy monthly for $10 (excluding tax depending on your state), yearly or gift three months; your bag will be delivered to your front step free of charge.  It is easy to sign up and an introductory beauty quiz will decide what products you receive in your future bags.  You can visit the Ipsy website to learn more and click on our referral link here to sign up if you wish (when two people sign up we will get a bonus item in our next bag).  Hope this helped and I highly recommend this subscription service!

Ipsy May 2013 “Spring Fling” TOTAL - $51.49

All products included in the May 2013 Spring Fling bag (pretty bow excluded!) Pacifica Roll on perfume, Mirabella Sheer Colour Lipstick, NuMe Hair Serum, Yaby Concealer, Zoya Neely polish
Zoya polish - Neely Swatch - two coats applied, no topcoat

Zoya “Neely” - $8 (0.5 oz, full size) - Zoya Neely Swatch

I have never tried a Zoya polish, and I was so excited when this full size polish in “Neely” was included in my bag.  Zoya Neely is an antique mint color (leaning more green with hints of blue) from their Lovely Spring 2013 collectionFormula was opaque in two coats, had great shine, good consistency, but I thought the brush was a bit on the narrow side, making application a bit difficult.  All in all, love this Zoya polish for summer!

Mirabella Colour Sheer in “Daydream” - applied 3-4 coats for this opacity

Mirabella Colour Sheer “Daydream” - $22 (0.11 oz, full size)

The Mirabella Colour Sheer lipstick in “Daydream” is a lip product with a sheer, moisturizing formula based on mango butter which retails for $22 on mirabellabeauty.com.  The color is truly sheer, and is a cool pink tone with some slight shimmer.  I enjoy the formula and sturdy packaging, but the color is a bit too cool toned and frosty for my skin tone.  Also for the price, I wish the lipstick had more pigmentation.

Yaby concealer in “Honey” - swatch on left, blended out on right

Yaby Concealer “Honey” - $4.85 (3.50 g, full size)

The Yaby concealer in Honey was the third item included.  As you can tell it is yellow based and too dark for my skin tone for a concealer.  I though the color would cancel out the blue in my under eye circles but it was just too dark even for that.  The formula seems quite pigmented (medium to full coverage) and is a matte finish and feels silky to the touch.

Pacifica perfume “Island Vanilla” - size of the perfume and roller ball, very user friendly and convenient

Pacifica Perfume “Island Vanilla” - $12 (.33 oz, full size)

This Pacifica roll on perfume has notes of vanilla, honey-jasmine, and a touch of fruitiness against a base of tea.  I usually can’t wear perfume as it is too overpowering, but I love this scent!  The roll on allows you to control how much to wear and where to apply it.  Also it’s a great size for traveling or  to throw in your purse, and 100% vegan.

NuMe Finishing Serum for ‘polishing’ hair

NuMe Finishing Serum - $4.79 (.33 oz, sample size)

This is a very generous sample size of a hair serum which is meant to condition and add shine to hair.  Packaging is nice as it comes with a dropper to apply to hands and then apply to hair.  Silky to the touch jelly consistency, but I need to use it more to test its abilities!

Reader’s Recommendations: Have any of you tried this Ipsy subscription service, and how has your experience been so far?  Are you subscribed to any other service that you love? Let me know in the comments!

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Volumizing Hair Powder - Got 2B Powder’ful Review

As part of a Bzz Agent campaign, I recently had the chance to try the got2b Powder’ful volumizing hair powder from Schwarzkopf.  My hair is thin and very fine, so if I ever have the chance to have big beautiful hair, be sure I’ll try whatever product comes my way.  The got2b Powder’ful product advertises hair volume in 10 seconds - with such a bold claim, I was excited to see what this little powder could do!

Review of got2b volumizing styling powder
Miranda’s Notes: 
Pros: The got2b Powder’ful product is a very strange chemical concoction - I’m imagining the product developers in white lab coats, surrounded by beakers and fog, saying “it’s aliveee!” when creating the Powder’ful. The tube itself is light and the powder is similar to finely ground salt - but when you apply the product to your hair roots or in your palms, the powder turns into a liquid-like substance (I told you it’s different).  Aside from my fascination with its texture, the got2b Powder’ful volumizing hair powder is perfect for creating big hair - the powder add strength to the hair follicle, raises the roots, and does not leave any white marks or residue.  When applying, I flip my hair upside down and add the product directly on the hair - the results are immediately visible.  I ended up giving my mom one of these because she has short hair and is always looking for more volume - she also absolutely loved it!
Cons: The got2b hair powder helps with volume tremendously but within two hours, I noticed my hair becoming limp - while the results are still there, the effect is not that long lasting.  My biggest gripe with this product though, is that it tangles hair, and I have difficulty combing through after adding the powder. To solve for this, I recommend applying after you’ve set your hair style.
Grade: 4/5
The got2b Powder’ful hair powder - adds texture without looking greasy and lifts roots for volume
The product is dispensed via a top sifter

 

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Top 7 Best Drugstore Blushes for Summer

Best Drugstore Blushes - Top 7 Blushes for an Affordable Price

Milani Blush, NYX Blush, Maybelline Blush, Wet n Wild Blush, ELF Blush, Physicians Formula Blush, Joe Fresh Blush 

My favorite beauty item for summer is a colorful and shimmery blush. I may skip mascara when humidity is at an all time high, I may forget to apply a lipstick, or I may not even fully use concealer - but I always remember to apply blush.  The correct blush color brightens the face, creates a flushed look, and adds to the simple and natural look for summer.  My criteria for picking a summer blush is a product that is colorful and sunny - think a pastel pink, a matte coral, or a shimmery peach.  Keeping in mind the dreaded heat (if you’ve ever lived in DC or NYC, you know what to expect!), I also opt for products that are pigmented, do not smudge easily, and are long lasting.

For this post, I picked the top seven best drugstore blushes for summer - I’ve tried several brands but these are my absolute favorite and come at an even better price.

Best Blushes for Summer - Physicians Formula, Maybelline, Wet n Wild 

Best Drugstore Blushes: 
1. Physicians Formula Happy Booster Glow Blush $13.95 
2. Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush $6.45 (we recommend Rose Petal) 
3. Wet n Wild Color Icon Blusher $3.99 

Sometimes, it can be difficult to pick a blush color that works for your skin tone - there are many options available but be sure to first research the brand and look for swatches.  Keep in mind that the blush color in the pan may not be as bright and the sheerness can vary.  You should also decide ahead of time whether you are looking for a shimmer finish, glow, matte finish, or a powder or cream blush. Keep in mind that drugstores often allow returns even if an item has been swatched so you have the chance to purchase and try various products (just check with the retailer). Above all, pick a blush color that compliments your skin tone and makes you feel lovely in the summer sunshine!

Best Blushes for Summer - NYX, ELF, Milani, Joe Fresh

Best Drugstore Blushes: 
4. NYX Powder Blush $5.50 
5. Milani Baked Blush $7.99 
6. Elf Studio Baked Blush $3.00 (we recommend Peachy Cheeky) 
7. Joe Fresh Cream Blush $8.00 (we recommend Melon) 

Stay Pretty, Miranda M.