Monthly Archives: December 2013


New Year’s Eve Nail Art - Pink Tuxedos and Tiaras

My family and I usually spend New Year’s Eve together and celebrate by having dinner, listening to some great tunes and having some sparkling champagne when the clock strikes 12.  My sister, my mom and I do our makeup together and dress up in festive clothes; as usual, I try to dress up my nails  for some additional glitz and glam.

This year I decided to create some nail art inspired by a ball, thinking specifically of tuxedos and tiaras, giving this girly nail art a fun spin. I used OPI’s Ridge Filler as a base coat, Sinful Colors Easy Going, Revlon’s Timeless, and Zoya’s Pixie Polish in Tomoko (currently on sale!) for a pop of sparkle.  When painting the half moon scallop design, I recommend painting the pink first, the gold half moon on top, followed by the grey scallop - I would paint a pink line under the grey and on top of the base polish to clean things up if the grey or gold edges are not so straight.

I hope you try this nail art yourself and that you have a safe and fun New Year’s Eve!

Stay pretty, Mackenzie M.

Pantene: Want that Hair - Holiday Hairstyle Tutorial

As part of the Pantene: Want that Hair campaign, my sister and I had the opportunity to brainstorm some ideas for lovely holiday hairstyles.  Because Christmas is all about adornments, I opted for a gold and white ribbon accessory and a high ponytail - this no-fuss hairstyle looks messily ‘polished’ and at the same time, festive (plus, the process only takes a few minutes which gives us more time to enjoy hot cocoa and snowflake cookies!).

By using Pantene products, my hair has volume, shine, and hold - basically, the perfect trifecta.  The Pantene Pro-V Pantene Stylers Heat Protection Spray ensures that my hair is healthy and protected through blow drying and using the flat iron. The Pantene Volume Root Lifting Spray Gel adds volume, and I don’t have to worry about the hairstyle becoming flat - this product works wonders.  To resolve any frizz issues and strengthen the hold, I also used the Pantene KeraGloss Oil Mist (the scent is also very light). Pantene has created a wide range of products that are basically suited for the salon but at a fraction of the cost.  From ease of application to high quality ingredients, Pantene products are a must for holiday party hairstyles (and make great gifts!). Hope you enjoyed this easy hair style tutorial and share with us any look ideas for the upcoming celebrations!

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


Pantene: Want that Hair - Holiday Style Inspiration

The holiday season is a whirlwind - from spending time with family, to cooking, decorating, wrapping presents, and shopping, there’s not a lot of down-time to plan your beauty routine and style picks.  I often find myself having to get ready in record speedy time - while my makeup is somewhat easier to finish, picking and finishing my hairstyle takes a long time and involves a ton of trial and error (and extensive Pinterest “research”).

Through the Pantene: Want that Hair campaign, I was able to try new salon-quality products from Pantene.  Pantene delivers a wide range of products that help create beautiful and easy hairstyles, all while also protecting and treating hair damage.

No matter what your hair type and hair concerns, Pantene has you covered - products offered include: Pantene Advanced+ Keratin Repair KeraGloss Oil Mist, Pantene Smooth with Argan Oil Shine Serum, Pantene Daily Moisture Renewal Silky Moisture Whip, Pantene Stylers Extra Strong Shaping Hairspray, Pantene Root Lifter Spray Gel, Pantene Volume Triple Action Volume Mousse, Pantene Stylers Heat Protection Spray (so a lot of options for everyone!).  Daily habits like blow drying or using a heat curler can compromise the state of my hair, and over time, hair becomes dull and brittle.  I’ve become more mindful about caring for my hair and regulary now use the Heat Shield Shampoo, Heat Shield Conditioner, and Heat Potion Serum. For styling, I use special products like the Advanced Keratin Repair Oil Mist which increases the overall luminosity and lusciousness of the hair (in fact, this is one of my favorite items from Pantene).

Thankfully, by using a customized combination of products from Pantene, I no longer have to be worried about sacrificing style for healthier hair (to use a holiday example, I can now have my cake and can eat it too!). Stay tuned for Mackenzie’s post on creating a lovely look using Pantene goodies. And if you’d like sneak peek, see below for our ribbon hair style inspiration - pretty ribbons are perfect for holiday parties!

Stay Pretty, Miranda M.

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


Smokey Cranberry Makeup Tutorial - Elf Burnt Plum Baked Eyeshadow

Since party season is in the air, I thought I would share with you a look that I wear on nights out, especially during the fall and winter time.  It’s a colorful, glam eyeshadow look inspired by Kristen Steward’s makeup - this makeup would look amazing on hazel, blue and brown eyes as it either contrasts or brings up golden tones in your eye color.

Ball Beauty, a beauty supply store located in Los Angeles, was kind enough to send us some Sigma brushes perfect for this glammed up look.  The Sigma F82 Round Kabuki brush (c/o) is densely packed and applies foundation to achieve a flawless complexion.  The Sigma E35 (c/o) is a fluffy blending crease brush that smokes out eye shadows and builds up color nicely - I seriously use this everyday so thank you Ball Beauty!  I’ve always wanted to try Sigma brushes but didn’t feel confident ordering them online without seeing them in person first (call me old fashioned).  Ball Beauty is a store that carries Sigma brushes and a wide array of OPI and Essie polishes (which are on sale!), and a ton of other beauty and hair products - you can visit the store in LA or go to! Ball Beauty also has a blog to share tips and tricks using products they sell, which is a nice and friendly online beauty source.

I hope you enjoy this tutorial and try it out yourself.  I’m thinking of planning ahead for some New Year’s Eve make up looks, so let me know of any ideas I should try.  What makeup look are you planning to wear this Christmas?


1.  Since this is a smokey dark look (and things can easily get out of control), I applied tape to create a defined cat shape for the eyeshadow.  Applying a transition color (something skin toned under your brow bone and above your crease) will ensure your dark crease color will blend seamlessly with your brow highlight.
2.  Next, I applied the Elf Baked eyeshadow in Burnt Plum all over the lid and under the eye lid.  Dipping your brush in water and then tapping it in the product will intensify the pigmentation; also using your finger to apply the eyeshadow will give you more color and metallic shine pay off.
3.  Using a matte dark brown shadow, I darkened up the outside corner to lift the eye and intensify that cat eye we created by placing the tape.
4.  I applied black eyeliner on the top lid and waterline to really darken things up and emphasize the eyes.  Using a brush and dark eyeshadow I “smoked it out”, as in fuzzied up the edge so the eye shadows look effortlessly blended into each other.
5.  Once I removed the tape, I used the Sigma blending brush to blend the cat eye edge, and applied some golden eyeshadow in the inner eye corner and on the middle of eyelid to brighten the look up.
6.  I left applying my concealer last so I could clean up any fall out in the meantime.  Last step was to apply mascara and Voila - a rich and smokey elegant eyeshadow look! Cranberries not included.

Stay pretty, Mackenzie M.