Easter Inspired Nail Art - Revlon, Essie, Covergirl, Soo Nails Polish

March 31, 2021

Easter Manicure - Colorful, Cute Manicure with Essie Van D Go Swatch, Soo Nails Swatch, Revlon Eclectic Swatch, Revlon Sunshine Sparkle Swatch, Covergirl My Papaya Swatch
Pastels, decorated eggs, bunnies and fresh blooms
A fun Easter inspired manicure, complete with found egg
Mackenzie's Notes: 

I hope everyone is having a lovely Easter, surrounded by friends and family, good weather and good spirits! Easter has been one of my favorite holidays since I was a child, and I fully celebrate it by attending church, enjoying a lovely lunch, hunting for eggs, and even painting  my nails in a festive design. I hope you enjoy this fun manicure which was inspired by pastels, bunnies, decorated eggs and blooming flowers! This past week has been sunny in New York City and we can all feel spring and summer slowly arriving.

I used a variety of polishes for this manicure, but if you're trying to recreate it and don't own all these colors, try to find something similar, such as pastels.  You can choose to keep the designs different for each finger (as I did) or choose one as an accent, or keep one design on all fingers.  If you are curious about which colors I used, they are Revlon's Eclectic (pastel green), Revlon's Sunshine Sparkle (pale yellow), Essie's Van D Go (pastel coral), Soo Nails Purple and Covergirl's My Papaya (coral). 

Happy Easter!  

The Easter Bunny was generous ;) Polishes used are Essie's Van D Go (pastel coral),  Soo Nails Purple, Revlon's Eclectic (pastel green), Revlon's Sunshine Sparkle (pale yellow), and Covergirl's My Papaya (coral)
Good thing the eggie is not real or this would be some risky business ;)
Happy Easter from Miranda and Mackenzie!



Pastel Nail Polish and Pastel Nails - Spring Nails Trend Drugstore Pastel Nail Polishes

March 28, 2021

Drugstore Pastel Nail Polishes Collections 
In my first post showing my favorite pastel nail polishes, which you can read here, I mentioned that I would also include drugstore and more easily accessible collections.  So, if you're looking for something more different and unique but at an affordable price, this seasons' collections have it all. 

I'm visiting my sister this weekend, in fact I'm writing this post as I'm on the bus halfway to New York City, and I'm excited to get our nails done (as our weekend treat!).  And because I've been pastel-crazy-craving, I'll probably opt for the Essie Spring 2013 Madison Ave-Hue Go Ginza.

  
Essie Spring 2013 Madison Ave-Hue (Photo Credit: Essie Facebook Official Page)
The Essie Spring 2013 Madison Ave-Hue line is inspired by famous streets from around the world - the collection includes three lighter based colors (Go Ginza, Bond with Whomever, and Maximilian Strasse Her) and three brighter colors (Essie Avenue Maintain, Hip-Anema, and Madison Ave-Hue).  I purchased Go Ginza, Maximilian Strasse Her, and Avenue Maintain because these hues were lovely paired together.  The formula was a bit runny but the color was opaque after two coats and lasted several days with a Seche Vite top coat.  Go Ginza reminds me of other Essie pink colors but Go Ginza has a muted light purple undertone that makes this option more unique and sophisticated.  Similarly, Essie Maximilian Strasse Her (what a ...strange name hehe) is a combination of grey, white, green, blue, and all kinds of other colors - the color changed depending on the lighting!
L'Oreal Spring 2013 Versailles Romance pastels selection (Photo Credit: L'Oreal)  
The L'Oreal Spring 2013 Versailles Romance is a collection of pastel nail polishes (and paisley nail lingerie stickers) as well as pastel L'Oreal Balms.  The collection actually has a blue and yellow balm, but alas, the colors simply go on clear. Versailles Romance is the perfect combination of all classic pastels - if you are still undecided on picking some shades (and you shouldn't be given this handy guide of ours!), I recommend picking these L'Oreal pastels.  The formula is creamy, applies easily, has great shine, and durability.  Some older L'Oreal formulas are not that impressive, but I've found some shades that are near perfect! Just as a quick note, I've located this limited edition collection at Walgreens and Target. 

Hard Candy Candy Sprinkles Pastels  (Photo Credit: Hard Candy Facebook Official Page)
Hard Candy has recently released some interesting nail polishes - the Hard Candy Candy Sprinkles Pastels line is limited to Wal-Mart and online (at least here in the Northeast).  I was intrigued by these colors because they reminded me of the  Illamasqua I'mperfection Spring 2013 speckled nail varnishes, but at a much more affordable price.  The Hard Candy Speckled Pastels contain color coordinated glitters that add a bit of edginess to the spring pastel nail trend.  The Hard Candy formulas vary but these colors are too beautiful to pass up!  

Readers' Recommendations: Whew, that was quite the list to get through! From our reviews in Part 1 and Part 2, which are your favorite picks for pastel nail polish?

Stay Pretty, Miranda M.

Lush Mask Brazened Honey Review - Honey Mask Review

March 26, 2021

Lush Brazened Honey Mask Review
Lush Brazened Honey Face Mask Review 
Today's review is all about skin pampering and relaxing on a at-home-budget.  These past few days I've been preparing and applying to the Bar (duh duhh duhhh!) While this may sound like fun, it's actually a daunting application to officially start practicing law because I'm graduating this May.  So in between gathering documents from ten years ago, trying to figure out obscure dates, and taking "glam" passport photos, my week became hectic and stressful.  I decided to treat myself to a small "time out" - I did my nails, put some oil treatment in my hair, added this Lush face mask, and took a bath. I may have looked like the lagoon monster, but overall, that whole time was helpful in re-charging and getting back to my Bar application.
Brazened Honey - Lush mask application instructions 
I've tried several other masks from Lush because I find them affordable and full of natural nutrients - see our review of the Lush Oatifix mask here.  While these Lush masks aren't the expensive treatments you find in spas, the masks work wonderfully to soothe, brighten, and nourish skin.

Lush masks are priced approximately $6-$8 and contain product for anywhere around 7 to 10 applications, depending on how much you wish to use.  While the pot isn't that big, this is still a great deal and better than those one time use masks.  While Lush ingredients are all natural, I remind you all to first test the product on your hand or a small spot on your face - I once had a strange reaction to the fragrance added in one of the soaps so I'm always cautious with Lush.

Brazened Honey contains free-range eggs, honey to soften, lime oil, antiseptic rosemary and exfoliating ground almonds.  The Lush Brazened Honey mask is a cleansing mask meant to unclog pores (eww), remove dirt and impurities, and leave skin brighter and fresh.  When you apply the Lush mask, the texture is thick and you have to be careful spreading everything evenly (possibly wet your fingers for even application).  After a few minutes, the mask dries and hardens and you literally feel the dirt being pulled out!   There was no tingling feeling for me, but some reviewers described this - I have semi-sensitive skin and had no reaction, the worst offenders for me are mint masks.

Let's talk results - wow, did this make my face feel and look amazing! I have dry skin and was worried this would dry it even further but because of the honey and egg in the Lush Brazened Honey, my face felt rather moisturized and nourished after removing the mask.   The Brazened Honey mask also shrinks/minimizes pores and helps in removing blackheads as it takes away impurities and relaxes the skin. This Lush masks balances the skin oils while also exfoliating and brightening.  I recommend trying this on your hand in store and then washing it off, you will absolutely see the difference. Overall, Lush Brazened Honey mask is affordable and extremely effective in revealing a brighter and cleaner complexion.

As a word of caution, I adored the smell of this Lush mask because of all the ayurvedic herbs, but some people may not like it. If you've never tried tightening masks, the feeling after the Brazened Honey dries may feel strange, but again, it should not result in a skin reaction (but as a heads up, it'll be hard to talk, so don't be planning for a speech with your mask on).

From our past post, I noticed some people searched for the Lush expiration date on face masks.  Lush face masks do expire fairly soon so you'll have to be mindful of that - Lush masks expire approximately in one to two weeks from purchase date (see the sticker on the pot).  I have used some Lush masks quite a few days after the expiration date and had no issues, but the potency of the ingredients may not be as strong.  Because of the natural ingredients, you'll be able to tell whether there is mold, a funny smell, or the product has separated (signs that the Lush mask has expired). Just as with milk, when it's expired, you know! So exercise your reasonable judgment when using past the Lush expiration date.
Lush face mask texture and color - easy to apply and sticks to skin 
Granulated almonds exfoliate skin while the egg and honey soothe the skin 
Lush Brazened Honey ingredients - check the Lush website for more information 
   

Stay Pretty, Miranda M. 

Catwalk Glamour 21 Piece Professional Makeup Brush Set Review

March 23, 2021

Makeup Eye Brushes - Review 
FTC Disclosure: product sent for consideration, opinions are all our own.  

           ENTER OUR CURRENT MAC, ESSIE, AND MAYBELLINE GIVEAWAY HERE

Red leather pouch with Catwalk Glamour, Make Your Mark! logo
I took the plastic off for the photo, but the brushes come well sealed in plastic, and the bigger and more precise brushes get a hard plastic protector
Catwalk Glamour is a company based in the UK which was kind enough to send my sister and I some products to review, specifically the 21 Professional Makeup Brush Set and a Hearts Charm Necklace (which I will review soon!). Catwalk Glamour is a family business (since 2011) that specializes in beauty accessories, jewelry, scarves and hair styling accessories. Their mission is "to design and make high quality products at an affordable price", thus an affordable luxury, all while providing great customer service.  Having received their products, I can vouch for the very high quality products (yes, even the jewelry ladies!); the shipping was relatively fast for an international shipment (don't forget we live across the pond in NY) and the products had sturdy shipping packaging and invoices included. 

Now to get more into these lovely brushes! They retail for 19.99 UK pounds or US $30.31, and are now on sale from a whopping $200, so I recommend you grab them soon if you're interested in them.  I recently purchased another set off Amazon (from another company) for half the price, and boy do those not even compare to how nice the Catwalk Glamour ones are -  I definitely recommend investing in these as the product and the value are a steal. These brushes and other items are available on their website.  The set includes a presentation case and everything is wrapped in plastic with protectors.  The ferrules are aluminum and the handles are birch wood.  There is a variety of hair used in this set such as goat hair (for the face brushes), natural hair (eyeshadow brushes) and synthetic hair - a well curated variety of hair types for different applications and necessities.  They do not shed a lot, have dense hair, useful shapes, comfortable to hold and easy to store.  I will include a description of each of the brushes and how I use them with brief pros and cons per brush, as well as a look I created using them. 

To conclude, this is a great set of brushes, great quality and designed with all the glamorous beauties in mind.  Angled contouring brush, massive fan brush, flat top concealer brush and many eyeshadow brushes - yes, please!  In case you're wondering, this brush set overall gets the Grade 5/5. 

Close up of the goat hair face brushes; also love the color combination of these, you can see product on the black tips well
 (L) Big Fan Brush, Big Blush Brush, Medium Blush brush, Small Blush brush, Angled contour/blush brush (R)
(L) Close up of Big blush Brush, from front and side (R) Fan brush, front and top view
 Face Brushes: (all made out of goat hair)

1. Fan Brush - A large sized, fluffy fan brush. This is one of my favorites in the set, as it is so versatile; I use it to precisely apply and diffuse bright blush, to apply highlighter powder or to clean up any fall out eyeshadow.
2. Big Blush Brush - (can you say that 10 times fast sheesh) A large fluffy brush, good for applying blush,  or diffuse bronzer all over the face.  It is big, but it is not a round brush, but flatter on one side, which makes it perfect for applying blush (see detail shot).  My con for these larger goat brushes are that they are too coarse to use for an overall powder application, as I like to use very soft synthetic brushes for that.
3. Medium Blush Brush - A medium fluffy brush, flatter on one side as well.  For blush application, bronzer, and highlighter, but again, a bit too scratchy for an overall powder application. My con for the larger brushes, including the larger eyeshadow brushes, is that they shed hairs - not a lot, but enough to notice.  However, this shedding is considerably less than other brands I've tried. 
4. Small Blush Brush - A smaller brush, flatter on one side.  For blush, highlighting or contouring. 
5.  Angled Contour/Blush Brush - A smaller angled brush, perfect for contouring. Size is small enough to get that precise contouring and the goat hair is soft yet stiff enough to pick up and apply product with precision. Love this one!

 Assortment of eyeshadow brushes, made from natural hair
Eyeshadow Brushes: Natural Hair (Top to bottom order)

1. Large Eyeshadow Brush - Flat fluffy eyeshadow brush. I use it to apply one shadow over the entire lid quickly, or to blend shadows together. Also great for setting your under eye concealer.
2. Round Eyeshadow Brush/ Small Stippling Brush - A flat top, round brush. I use this to apply my under eye concealer as it is great for delicate and hard to reach areas. I use this daily to also pat in my concealer on any blemish spots, as it blends them in flawlessly and hygienically.  Could be used in nose contouring as well.  One of my favorites!
3. Eyeshadow Brush - Flat eyeshadow brush, use to apply eyeshadow all over lid or in crease, or to blend. Versatile brush.
4.  Angled eyeshadow brush - Slanted flat eyeshadow brush, fluffy. I use this to blend my eyeshadows together.  Another favorite!
5. Medium Eyeshadow Brush
6. Small Eyeshadow Brush - Flat eyeshadow brush, perfect to apply make up in crease, easy to control. 
7. Small Eyeshadow Brush 2
8. Concealer Brush/Small Eyeshadow Brush - Very small, flat brush. I use it to apply shadow in the inner corners or to smoke out shadow on my lash line; you can also use this as a concealer brush for your blemishes. 
9.  Concealer Brush/Small Eyeshadow Brush - Very small, much flatter brush than the one above. Even more precise! I use this to apply gel liner or shadow in my waterline, but can be used for blemish concealing. 

Useful brushes that I didn't see any other large sets include : cue the lip brush.

Miscellaneous brushes: Natural hair and synthetic (Top to bottom order) 

1. Eye brow comb - Standard eyebrow comb, has a comb on one side and stiff bristles on the other.  I use the comb pretty often to comb through my eyelashes, when I applied too much mascara and my lashes are getting clumped together.
2. Eye lash Wand - Classic spooley brush, could be used to remove extra mascara you applied.
3. Eye shadow sponge - Nice, sturdy sponge in a classical shape.  Can be used to apply eyeshadow, or do nail art.
4. Medium Eye liner Brush - Small and fine eyeliner brush, great for liquid eyeliner or even gel liner.  I know I will use this a lot during Halloween when free handing and painting intricate designs and lines. 
5. Small Eye liner Brush
6. Eye brow Brush - Slanted, medium thickness brush made of synthetic hair.  I originally thought this was for eyeliner but it proved too thick to use for the cat flick at the end.  Very comfortable in the eye area, packs lots of pigment and precise.  Could be used for concealer to define the eyebrows and to fill them in with shadow.
7.  Lipstick Brush - I was so excited for this one! It's something I would never purchase separately as it is a luxury but this brush is perfect for applying saturated or dark lipstick colors.  Great if you're working on a client as well.  Made from natural hair, small/medium size, tapered and flat. Love it!

Whew, that was quite the number of brushes - which is defineteley a good thing for avid make-up lovers.  We recommend you visit Catwalk Glamour here as they have more purchase options (plus they have a sale on chiffon scarves that look lovely for spring!).
A smokey, gun metal look using the brushes- I was quite happy with how it turned out!

FTC Disclosure: product sent for consideration, opinions are all our own.  

Own Lifting Eye Cream Review - Anti-Aging Eye Cream

March 19, 2021

Own Lifting Eye Cream Review - Anti Aging Eye Cream Review
FTC Disclosure: product sent for consideration, opinions are all our own.  
Own Skin Health - Own Anti Aging Firming Eye Cream - available at Own Products (here) #OwniFabbo
I'm always on the lookout for skincare and ways to treat my skin.  While I'm still in my mid-twenties, I want to start early with anti aging treatments, but at the same time, I want to use natural products that are not harsh.  Being a part of the iFabbo network, I had the opportunity to try the Own Anti Aging Lifting Eye Cream - I love discovering new brands and new products and am a big supporter of businesses confident in their products.

Own is a San Francisco based skin health company that develops unique, innovative formulas that are effective in improving skin's overall health, but all without the need for harsh chemicals. The Own Lifting Eye Cream, sold by Own Products here, retails for $23.99 - this anti aging eye cream is formulated to lift and smooth wrinkles while brightening skin.

Pros: Following through with the mission statement, Own Skin Health products are retinol free, fragrance free, paraben free, and sulfate free.  Own standards inform that the creams are also certified vegan, gluten free, and cruelty free.  For those with sensitive skin, looking for a great under-eye moisturizer, the Own Lifting Eye Cream would be perfect!  I was apprehensive when I applied the cream, but had nothing to worry about - the cream blends in the skin easily, applies hygienically and precisely with the tip applicator, and there's no tackiness or rub-off residue.

As a quick note/aside, I always try eye creams at night when my skin is clean - I've had some creams that make my eyes water, sting my eyes, or irritate to the point of me having to wash my face (again!).  My fiance sometimes sees me blinking and crying and making faces and he's so utterly confused - little does he know I would actually be trying new eye creams that clearly contain strong chemicals.  So, with that in mind, no funny faces from me when I wear this Own Lifting Eye Cream - the formula is that gentle.  In regard to the anti aging claims, as the cream blends into the skin, I can feel the under eye section tightening a bit - nothing painful or even strong, but definitely noticeable and skin firming.

Overall, I love the affordability of the product, the fact that it's geared toward anti aging benefits without using strong chemicals, and the fact that it absorbs fast and moisturizes fully.

Cons: There is a slight scent, similar to shea butter lotions, but the scent disappears within minutes of application - I wouldn't even consider this as a "con" but if this is an absolute deal breaker I wanted to inform our readers. Because this cream works so well as a moisturizer and leaves no white creasing as other products, I wish I could use it underneath makeup, but there is no SPF in it - that means I'm limited to using it only at night.  Own actually sells more products with SPF so may have to give those a try - Own Dual Protection Day Cream, I'm looking at you!

The only reason I'm not giving this cream a full grade, is because of the anti aging claims - I have deep wrinkles under my eyes and am hoping for...well, for no wrinkles (none, I tell you!).  The Own clinical results showed a 61% reduction in the appearance of crow's feet in 8 weeks, as well as a 30% decrease in the total number of wrinkles around the eye area in 8 weeks when using the Own Anti-Aging regimen.  I will continue to try the Anti Aging Lifting Eye Cream because as of now, it's the only one that doesn't irritate my skin - I am hoping that with regular usage, I will be able to see more definite no-wrinkle results.
Simple, beautiful packaging and most importantly, hygienic 
Own Lifting Eye Cream - because the cream moisturizes easily, the tube lasts for a long time 
Applicator allows for precision in the sensitive eye area 
FTC Disclosure: product sent for consideration, opinions are all our own.  


Stay Pretty, Miranda M.

Covergirl Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm Review - Mauve Twist 275,Scarlet Twist 250, Berry Twist 230, Watermelon Twist 215, Coral Twist235

March 17, 2021

Covergirl Jumbo Gloss Swatches and Review
I wear these often due to their lovely colors, soft shine and light formula
(L) Mauve Twist 275, Scarlet Twist 250, Watermelon Twist 215, Berry Twist 230, Coral Twist 235 (R)

 Covergirl has been releasing some new products lately, and since I liked their new 3-in-1 Stay Fabulous Foundation (reviewed here) I decided to try their new lip crayon, butter product since there was a BOGO1/2 off sale.  The first Lip Perfection Jumbo Gloss Balm I purchased was Coral Twist, and I loved it! I went on to buy a few more and thought I would share you how the other ones compared to it. I haven't tried the Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Stains, or the Tarte Lip Surgences, so I can't really make that comparison.  I also know that Neutrogena and Sally Hansen just released some lip crayons, but again, I haven't picked any up (heard raving reviews about the Neutrogena ones from the lovely Emily Noel!).

There are 16 shades in total, and I will be reviewing 5 of the colors for you:  Mauve Twist 275, Scarlet Twist 250, Berry Twist 230, Watermelon Twist 215 and Coral Twist 235. These are available at your drugstore (got mine at Rite Aid), for approximately $9 (yikes..) but there are usually sales on Covergirl products. You get about 0.16 oz of product per tube, which compared to the Revlon, is more gloss for your buck. Also, they have a totally new range of colors in their Queen Collection, so if these colors are too sheer for you, maybe try checking those out.

I will give you the disclaimer that I love these gloss balms and I wear them daily - just depends on what you're looking for! These have sheer color, soft shine, and the line contains youthful, wearable shades.  But, let's get this review started, shall we?
These Covergirl Jumbo Gloss Balms are twist up (the silver part twists), and that's how much product you get with each (0.13 oz)
It is frustrating that they didn't put the names on the bottom, but here are the numbers and their colors :)
The colors match their specific caps but not necessarily in terms of opacity ex: berry twist is quite sheer, but it is that shade
Mackenzie's Notes: 
Pros: These are my go to lip products now, mainly because of their lovely colors and their formula! The colors are interesting, and they have a wide variety, between many nudes and more vibrant shades - there are 32 colors including the Queen Collection! They are very wearable because they are slightly sheer, and they do have a soft shine (as Covergirl states), perfect for everyday; they are not too glossy, or slippery, and neither are they matte or drying.  Imagine a mix between the Maybelline Baby Lips and the Revlon Lip Butters. I have tons of bright, opaque lipsticks, and honestly, I get few wears out of those, as I'm not bold enough to wear saturated colors to work, nor do I want to be bothered with reapplying.  These colors are definitely buildable and some are very pigmented. They contain shea butter and they glide on very smoothly. Packaging is efficient because of the twist up, and I love how the caps actually match the color and finish of each gloss balm.

Cons: They are quite pricey for the amount of product you get, for how much you have to apply each time and for a drugstore lip balm; but there are always sales and I will have to schedule my mini hauls! They are moisturizing but not overtly so, and their lasting power is about 1-2 hours; depending on some shades, these do leave a stain, so that's nice.  As I was applying them, my Coral Twist broke at the base, so I had to press it in to secure again; nothing that can't be fixed, but still.  The name of each is not on the actual packaging, and there are only numbers - slightly annoying, but it's not a deal breaker.

Grade: 3.8/5

Swatches L - R: Mauve Twist 275, Scarlet Twist 250, Berry Twist 230, Watermelon Twist 215, Coral Twist 235
Lip swatches of the Jumbo Glosses I own! I layered them about 2-3 times to achieve this intensity, some of them are quite pigmented!
1.  Mauve Twist 275 - A 'my lips but better' color as you can see. It's a pinkish, mauve nude color, opaque in 1-2 coats. Glides on smoothly.
2.  Berry Twist 230 - This is the sheerest of all of them, which surprised me as I thought a berry color would be darker. It is a pinky purple, glides on smoothly and has more shine than the rest.
3.  Watermelon Twist 215 - A pretty bright pink, leaning coral.  Less bright than Coral Twist, but pigmented nonetheless.  Leaves a slight stain.
4.  Coral Twist 235 - It is a true coral color, leaning pink instead of orange. The most pigmented out of the ones I tried, applies smoothly and has sheer shine.
5.  Scarlet Twist 250 - An orangey, red with slight hints of brown.  I wear this one the most, as it is a perfect wearable red for my skin tone.  Leaves a nice stain on the lips.


Pastel Nail Polish and Pastel Nails - Spring Nails Trends

March 13, 2021

Pastel Nail Polish and Pastel Nails - Spring Pastel Nails

Nothing says spring like pastel nails and pastel nail art.  Reading some of your lovely comments on our giveaway, which you can still enter here, I noticed most of you mentioning incorporating pastels in your beauty routine. I'm actually obsessed with pastels and was looking forward to these posts - that's right, I have two posts of my favorite pastel nail polish collections from this season.  My sister wasn't too keen on having two posts broken up in Part 1 and Part 2 but pastels need lots of love hehe (I also have a pretty pastels Pinterest board which you can follow here).  I am hoping these posts will guide you in the search for that perfect pastel color! 

While colors may be similar, not all pastels are created equal (in a good way)! Some colors have shimmer, others are creme based, some have speckled finish, and others include different shades suited for different skin tones. I've swatched and tried polishes from all of these collections (except Models Own) but be sure to research close-up swatches and reviews.   Ready for pastel nail polish extravaganza? Let's get started! 
Zoya Lovely Collection 2013 (Photo Credit: Zoya Facebook Official)
Zoya Lovely 2013 Collection contains six different colors, three of which have shimmer and an almost frosty finish.  The yellow color, Jacqueline  is mostly white based so if yellow is not your favorite, this polish looks neutral and natural.  The texture of the shimmers is a bit runny, but after three coats, the colors become opaque. If you want pastels with a bit of bling, this should be your pick!
Shimmery finish pastels (Photo Credit: Zoya Facebook Official)
Butter London Sweetie Shop Pastel Collection (Photo Credit: Butter London Facebook Official)
Butter London has a great reputation for quality polishes with long wear.  When I tried the Butter London Sweetie Shop Bespoke Collection, the colors were absolutely beautiful, rich, and bright.  My favorite was Fiver which is an icy mint green color with blue undertones. The collection also includes a nude pastel color, so if you need some color-detox, be sure to grab Cuppa. The polishes have a creme finish so three coats are needed to even out the colors (as a note, these lasted the longest on my nails and the wear is incredible). 

Models Own Fruit Pastel Collection (Photo Credit: Models Own Facebook Official)
Models Own Fruit Pastel Collection features five pastel colors with a twist - the polish is scented according to a fruit.  This brand is difficult to find in the United States but having read reviews of the collection, I am intrigued and wish I could swatch the polishes. The colors are strawberry pink, apple green, banana yellow, blueberry blue, and grape lilac with equally adorable names - Strawberry Tart, Banana Split, Apple Pie, Blueberry Muffin, and Grape Juice.  In a neat and different twist, the bottle caps have a Scratch n Sniff sticker where you could smell the different scents. Nothing says spring like fresh fruits and bright colors!  
Julep Smoky Pastels for Sephora (Photo Credit: Sephora)
If you're looking for more understated pastel colors, the Sephora Julep Smoky Pastels are the best pick.  This collection includes a pearly pink, Mimi, and a light periwinkle, Rebecca.  Having swatched these, I can confirm that the formula is not that opaque and you probably need more than three coats to achieve the smoky pastel look - however, the end effect is a lovely muted pastel palette that is most definitely work-place worthy. 
Estee Lauder Heavy Petals Paris Pastels (Photo Credit: Estee Lauder)
The Estee Lauder Heavy Petals 2013 Collection features five jewel tones that somehow translate as pastel colors.  Unlike other white-based pastel nail polishes, these Estee Lauder colors are bright and unique.  The pistachio green polish, Absinthe, also has yellow undertones and is a different shade from anything I own.  The formula is a bit thick and streaky, but a top coat sets everything into place.  The Heavy Petals collection is inspired by Paris during spring time and Paris blooms, so be sure to grab these if you're looking for whimsical shades that make a statement. 

Reader Recommendations:  The upcoming post, Pastel Nail Polish Part 2, will focus on drugstore pastel nail polish collections. Do you have a favorite pastel color that you always reach for? 

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Stay Pretty, Miranda M.

Pretty Random - Lifestyle Beauty: Vera Wang Princess Review - Vera WangPrincess Perfume

March 11, 2021

Pretty Random - Lifestyle Beauty Post 
We all know beauty is more than makeup.  Our Pretty Random posts focus on lifestyle topics that are still related to beauty and make for a lovely (and informative!) read. 

Vera Wang Perfume Princess Perfume Review 
Vera Wang Princess Review 
Miranda's Notes

Sometimes, we all want to be a princess (well, at least feel like one), and that includes wearing lots of pink, tons of glitter, possible bling, and a sweet scent.  Vera Wang Princess is that perfect lovely perfume that makes me smile every time I put it on.  Realistically, I don't find it suited for daily wear because of the youthful scent, but Princess perfume is great for a girls' night out, a playful date, and just-because walks in the park.  This sheer scent has a mix of whimsical notes and floral accents - combined with the golden crown cap of the bottle, I'm ready to wear ball gowns, sing to tiny forest animals, and start some magic.

The Vera Wang Princess perfume is a blend of water lily, lady apple, mandarin, and apricot with notes of dark chocolate and vanilla - basically this perfume reminds me of freshly baked cupcakes.  The scent is not overpowering yet has longevity so the perfume will wear for approximately five hours.  The perfume is also quite affordable for 1.7 ounces costing $60 at Sephora and a bottle will last for some time because of the perfume's staying power.  While the scent is not too nauseatingly young (think high-school hallways), it still has a youthful and fresh feel.

Vera Wang Princess is not as much of a complex scent and the notes are easily discernible - because of this, the perfume is not quite appropriate for all occasions.  However, if you try the perfume and are unhappy with the scent, Vera Wang has created several other variations that may be more pleasing... and still make you feel like a princess.
Lovely purple and gold packaging - fit for a royal princess 
Vera Wang Princess - feminine and whimsical scent 

Stay Pretty, Miranda M.

Revlon Lipstick Swatches and Review - Revlon Lipstick Collection

March 6, 2021

Revlon Lipstick Swatch - Revlon Lipstick Review
Revlon Lipstick Collection (reporting for duty!)
Miranda's Notes:

I'll go ahead and make the generalizing statement that every beauty blogger out there has an extensive collection of "something" - and I'm fairly confident that this is accurate.  From eye shadow palettes to blushes to highlighters, beauty products are perfect to gather as these items make us feel more confident, are perfect for a girls night event, and provide a small break in the morning before facing the daily errands.

So, of course, I love collecting lipsticks - lipsticks are easy to apply, easy to carry, and instantly spruce up a look.  For this post, I am featuring a part of my Revlon lipstick collection - I chose the brighter colors as summer and spring are coming - and we all need spring lipstick ideas.  Some of these were gifted by mom who's got impeccable taste in color, some were from purchases with my sister, Mackenzie, and some were just part of random drugstore visits.  These colors suit my skin tone perfectly and as with most Revlon lipsticks, the quality is near perfect.

The shades included are:  Revlon Toast of New York 325 Swatch (creme finish) Wild Orchid 457 Swatch (pearl finish), Siren 677 Swatch (creme finish), Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick, Matte, Stormy Pink 011Swatch (matte finish), Orange Flip 710 Swatch (creme finish), Ravish Me Red 654 Swatch (creme finish), Fuchsia Fusion 657 Swatch (pearl finish), Lilac Champagne 590 Swatch (creme finish), Apricot Fantasy 120 Swatch (pearl finish).
Lovely gold Revlon packaging  
Summer Lipsticks - neon pink, candy pink, and bright orange 
Revlon Lilac Champagne (first on the left) is a bright, almost neon, pink. I tend to wear this with a dewy finish BB Cream and mascara - I keep it simple as this color is too perfect to distract from it.

Revlon Stormy Pink (middle) is a matte pink that reminds me of sixties glamour make up - paired with a winged liner or smokey eyes, this lipstick is boy-approved.

Revlon Siren (last on the right) is the quintessential orange red lipstick that is popular every warm-weather season.  I actually have two of the same color as I run through this quite often.

Revlon Fuchsia Fusion (below) and Revlon Wild Orchid (below) are pearl-finish fuchsia colors with purple and dark red notes - these lipsticks show surprisingly bright on the lips and are perfect for a night out (or just when you want to show a bit of attitude).

Spring and summer can't get here fast enough! 
Revlon Apricot Fantasy (nude color) is one of my favorites for wearing at the office
Revlon Lipstick Swatches (read below)
Revlon Lipstick Swatches in order from left to right: Toast of New York 325 (creme finish), Wild Orchid 457 (pearl finish), Siren 677 (creme finish), Stormy Pink 011 (matte finish), Orange Flip 710 (creme finish), Ravish Me Red 654 (creme finish), Fuchsia Fusion 657 (pearl finish), Lilac Champagne 590 (creme finish), Apricot Fantasy 120 (pearl finish).
Revlon Swatches - creamy formulas with wonderful pigmentation




Stay Pretty, Miranda M.