Ombre Colorblock, Geometric Nail Art Tutorial - Sally Hansen Review

April 30, 2021

Ombre Nails - Ombre Nails Tutorial - Color block Nails Tutorial
Sally Hansen Nail Polish Swatches - Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Review
A way to rock the recent ombre and color blocking trends on your fingers
Mackenzie's Notes:

I was inspired to create a color block ombre manicure due to all the recent fashion runway (and hair) trends for this upcoming summer season.  A ombre color block manicure is a lovely way of sporting bright colors in a soft way.  I had lots of fun creating this nail art, and I hope you try achieving an ombre effect yourself, as it is easy to recreate and the results are "oh so cool."  I decided to use bright, complimentary Sally Hansen nail polish colors to achieve a vibrant color block.  The Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color are wonderful for nail art due to their opacity, pigmentation, quick dry formula, bold colors and their affordable price.  Sally Hansen polishes retail for approximately $3.99 a bottle at my local drugstore, and this allowed me to invest in lots of beautiful summer shades.  I'm gradually growing my Sally Hansen Collection as these polishes are hidden gems - great quality, lovely color choices, and affordable (who can turn that down!).  

For this ombre color block nail art, you can change the colors however you wish, but keep in mind to use the same family of colors in your accents. Instead of the cheetah print, you can add lines, polka dots, or small cross marks depending on what look you're going for. I will include a list of polishes and materials used as well as a tutorial below.  Hope you enjoy!

Materials used:
1. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Polishes - Sally Hansen Mellow Yellow 360 Swatch, Sally Hansen Sun Kissed 150 Swatch, Sally Hansen Twisted Pink 240 Swatch, Sally Hansen Lacey Lilac 270 Swatch, Sally Hansen Blue Me Away 130 Swatch (such lovely and cute names!). 
2. Cosmetic sponge
3. Nail polish remover and Q tip
The complimentary colors contrast each other in a bold way - perfect for bright summer manicure
You can interchange the cool and warm colors as you like - same with the blocks of color and patterns, as this design welcomes spontaneity
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Polishes: Mellow Yellow 360, Sun Kissed 150, Twisted Pink 240, Lacey Lilac 270, Blue Me Away 130  (left to right).  Be sure to view the Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Contest for more color ideas!
Tips and tricks: How to Create an Ombre Nail Polish Effect 
Use a fine cosmetic makeup sponge to achieve the ombre nail effect - the finer the texture, the more seamless the blending. Have all your Sally Hansen polishes ready to go - in order and without the bottle caps on.  Layer your colors onto the sponge, slightly overlapping them - no need to be too careful as you'll repeat this 3 times and any mistakes will be covered - the first time you apply the sponge, the colors will be faded.  As you continue on with a second application, the colors become more opaque - simply add polish to the stripes, then the sponge to the nail, and repeat until you are happy with the result. Roll your cosmetic sponge from left to right to lay down the color; 'refill' the same spots with the same polishes and repeat over all the nails. Clean the stained area using a Qtip and top with your favorite topcoat to achieve a seamless ombre, color blocking effect!

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear - Ombre Effect and Color Block
Sally Hansen has been hosting an awesome nail art contest where the winner gets a great prize - if you visit the Sally Hansen I Heart Nail Art Contest page you can enter with your own design, vote on submissions, and just enjoy all the pretty manicures!

Reader's Recommendations: What other trends would you like me to interpret as a manicure? I always tell my sister I want a nail art challenge so comment below with what I should try next.  Also, leave us your link if you try this ombre color block nail art!


HP + Intel: Project Runway "Pin Your Style" Contest - Travel in Style

April 25, 2021


Traveling is a welcomed activity that usually means we get a small break from work, our usual routine, and the stressful daily do's. I enjoy traveling, as at the end of a long plane flight or bus ride, I am surrounded by my family and friends.  I have learned that traveling should be an enjoyable experience in itself, and learning how to pack smart can influence your vacation for the better.  You can have it both - comfortable yet stylish travel, with a variety of makeup looks and outfits - all without carrying lots of clunky luggage. Inspired by the HP + Intel + Project Runway: Pin Your Style contest, packing light and traveling in style can be chic, easy, and fun (be sure to enter and vote starting April 29 - more info below).
A pink dotted scarf is a perfect accessory for your luggage (yes, your bags need to travel in style too)
One helpful tip is to tie a unique ribbon around your luggage handle to help you keep track and recognize your luggage easily at the baggage claim - efficient and glamorous at the same time! A blazer, such as the Zara Basic blazer (above), is a versatile piece of clothing to include in your wardrobe as it dresses up any outfit - from the conference room to the patio cocktail hour, a structured blazer is the perfect choice.
 

Traveling in style also means picking the right items for your makeup bag (because bringing all your makeup collection and palettes is probably not the most efficient).  I recommend using a medium or large sized cosmetic bag so you can fit all your products into one place (nothing is more annoying than ten little baggies scattered throughout tiny compartments). I also usually carry a smaller bag in my purse for touch-ups and basic toiletries.  

1. For the face, bring a long lasting concealer (Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer) and foundation (Clinique Stay Matte Foundation).  Be mindful of the weather where you'll be arriving - setting powder is a must for setting makeup when traveling in humid and hot climates. 
2.  Try to select a cream blush (Stila Convertible Color Peony) for which you don't need a separate brush.  Cream blushes are easier to apply, easy to carry, and depending on the brand, tend to last longer than powder blushes. 
3. Make sure to include an eyeshadow palette which can give you both day and night looks (Urban Decay Naked2 palette or Wet n Wild Comfort Zone palette).  Bring an eye primer (Elf eye primer) to ensure long wear - add dual use brushes and a long lasting liquid liner (Wet n Wild Mega Last Liquid Liner), and you have all the tools necessary for different looks.
4.  For your lips, bring a light balm to apply liberally (Maybelline Baby Lips Peach), a natural color for the day (Covergirl Jumbo Gloss Berry Twist) and a full on dramatic color for nights out (Chanel Coromandel). 

Makeup looks can be easily taken from day to night in a few easy moves - add an extra coat of mascara and use a statement lipstick 
Because I tend to fall asleep left and right when traveling, I sport a more messy hairstyle, such as a fish tail braid, which can handle all the movement and still look chic. For a day look, I recommend keeping your makeup simple with a cat eye liner and a pretty berry shade for lips.  A fedora hat can make you look more put together while protecting you from the elements; similarly, a light chambray shirt is casual while also being fashionable.

If attending a cocktail party or a work event, I recommend amplifying your makeup day look for the evening by thickening your eyeliner, touching up with powder and more blush and finishing off with a bold red lip.  For the night look, I rolled the fishtail braid up into a bun and secured it with bobby pins for a classic and sophisticated hairstyle.

Travel Essentials to be prepared for any change in plans
So if you're looking to travel in style, you also need a few travel essentials extras (aside from your passport and tickets, of course).  Bring some stylish sunglasses for sun protection (and just in case the best concealer can't completely hide the jet lag).  Carry a moisturizer with SPF (Neutrogena Healthy Defense) to protect yourself from the sun, some travel size makeup remover wipes (LA Fresh) and a lovely smelling perfume to freshen up (Burberry Perfume).  I usually carry with me two necklaces to accessorize both casual and dressy outfits.  I paint my nails a pretty nude color (Essie Topless and Barefoot Polish) which goes well with my skin tone and is low maintenance.   

Wearing IBD's gel nail polish in "Juliet"
Lastly, a small cross body bag can help you carry your travel essentials such as your phone, travel documents and more.  The long strap makes this purse easy to carry but you can also tuck in the strap to convert this bag into a sleek clutch.  Voila, the best transformer of them all.

For us, traveling in style means bringing the least amount possible while being fully prepared (and looking fab!) for whatever the trip may bring.  Starting April 29 to May 12, share your "travel in style" ideas or vote in the HP Project Runway contest by viewing the Pinterest board submissions on the Pin Your Style contest page.

HP Envy 4 Touchsmart Ultrabook™
The HP + Intel + Project Runway Pin Your Style Contest
Want to participate?
Pin a photo of the HP Envy 4 Touchsmart Ultrabook™ via the Pin It button on the Pin Your Style contest page. Then, build a board that represents that week's theme. Check out the weekly Pinsetter images on the site for inspiration.
Submit your board's URL into the site to enter. Then, share your board with friends to earn the most votes! Win prizes like an HP Envy 4 Touchsmart Ultrabook™ and a gift card to bring your style to life by getting the top votes for your board.
Starts April 29 to May 12
 Pin Your Style - Travel in Style HP + Intel + Project Runway contest
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective, and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M. 

Benefit Dandelion Blush and Luminizer Powder - Benefit Dandelion Swatches and Review

April 22, 2021

Benefit Dandelion Review - Benefit Dandelion Blush
Benefit Dandelion Blush (Brightening Powder)
Two weeks ago, I took an important exam which gets me closer to my attorney license.  The actual test was over in two hours, but the whole experience of traveling, getting a hotel room, driving to the test center, and signing in took approximately a whole weekend.  When my fiance and I got back it felt as if we've done a cross country excursion - it was "that" kind of a test.  Because I studied for days previously, we decided to go for a relaxing shopping trip and (surprise, surprise) I ended up purchasing the Benefit Dandelion blush from Sephora (my fiance especially loved the Dandelion flushed look).
Benefit includes a brush that is quite helpful (although a bit rough) - this brush is handy when traveling or need a quick re-application
Miranda's Notes: 

Pros: With summer approaching in DC, the weather will be getting very swamp-like - and that's clearly not the ideal situation for wearing makeup.  Every time I walk around the city in ridiculously hot weather with the sun burning down, I think of the Indiana Jones scene with the melting face - ahhh, DC summers.  Because the melty-face is not the look I'm going for, I picked up the demure and delicate Benefit Dandelion blush.  Benefit powders are finely milled and apply lightly - while there may be some fallout in the pan and on the brush, Benefit Dandelion blends smooth and easy. Because of the texture, this powder lasts for the day but the color does tend to fade. The Dandelion color is not matte and it's not glittery either - there is just the perfect amount of rose gold shimmer that gives off a lovely glow. The color is a combination of complex mauves and pinks - if you're looking for a natural, glowing complexion, this Benefit Dandelion powder is the perfect fit.

Cons: I have fair skin and the color is visible in just two applications, but because of the fine texture, the Benefit Dandelion blush may not as bright on everyone.  In fact, Benefit advertises this as a brightening face powder, but for me, Dandelion is too pigmented to apply as powder.  This particular product includes parabens so I recommend checking the ingredients if you have sensitive skin.

Grade: 5/5
Benefit Dandelion swatch (bring it on, summer!)
Benefit Dandelion packaging - comes in a hard cardboard container, contains a mirror and brush
Benefit Dandelion Swatch 

Galaxy Nails Tutorial - Nail Art Tutorial

April 18, 2021

                                          What's better than the universe on your digits - this is one of my favorite manicures to date!
Small details such as planets and stars can add infinite dimension to your manicure - make this as intricate as you'd like
 Mackenzie's Notes:

I have always been mesmerized by galaxy manicures, as I think the idea of small windows to the universe on my hands is... well, pretty awesome.  I was under the impression that this would be difficult to recreate, but to my surprise, it was actually one of the easiest manicures I've done! Everything is free form, no straight lines, mistakes can be covered and layered over, and the colors used will hint to a galaxy on their own.  

I strongly encourage you to try this manicure as I think you'll be pleasantly surprised, both in how easy it easy to achieve and how lovely it will look.  I have included a materials list and two tutorials to depict two different shades of the galaxy.  Enjoy!

Materials used: 
1 makeup sponge (the finer texture the better)
1 Qtip
Polish Remover (for cleanup)
Polishes - CORAL Colors Nail Polish - Pure Ice Spitfire, Kiss Nail Artist "White", Revlon Sunshine   
                Sparkle, Covergirl My Papaya, Soo Nails Purple, Sinful Colors Dream on, Seche Vite   
                Topcoat. 
              - BLUE Colors Nail Polishe - Kiss Nail Artist, Revlon Midnight Sparkle, Salon Perfect    
                Sparkling Sapphire, Revlon Superstitious, Sinful Colors Dream on, Soo Nails, Pure Ice  
                Spitfire, Seche Vite Topcoat. 

Every nail is different; the manicure is more interesting and versatile by illustrating a warm toned and cool toned galaxy
Polishes used for the Coral and Blue toned nails (materials listed in full above) - and yes, I need more polishes, my sister is keeping them all 

Tricks for Tips: 
The main idea behind this coral hue galaxy is to seamlessly blend the light white areas with the dark pink background color.  Keep your polish relatively light and use the pointed tip of your sponge.  Begin by sponging a white base followed by a light purple and coral to blend.  Add a yellow color in the middle of white area, to symbolize the center of the cosmic dust.  Sponge an iridescent blue nail polish around the edges of your nail to add more depth and create contrast.  Paint a supernova (starburst) by starting your lines from the center and dragging out; this will make the lines get thinner towards the ends, making them look as part of the universe and not  clunky. Add glitter and concentrate it around the cosmic dust to not overwhelm the design.

Tricks for Tips:
Begin by painting a dark base as the main galaxy color (black nail polish, indigo nail polish, etc). The main idea for this blue toned galaxy is to blend the light colored cosmic dust with this dark background.  Use purple, dark magenta, and blue to achieve this effect.  Keep the center of the cosmic dust the lightest, brightest white to imitate light.  Paint a planet by dipping a Q tip in your light blue and twisting it in place to achieve a sphere.  Repeat the action with a darker color on top to give dimension to the planet; finish it off by adding white around its edges as if it's illuminated. Concentrate glitter polish around the cosmic dust and top off with your favorite topcoat.
Sparkle adds the final touch to the manicure
Readers' Recommendations: I would love to see how your own galaxy nails turn out! Leave me some links if you decide to try this on your own. What other nail art ideas would you like to see me try next? 


Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.  

Revlon Lip Butter Limited Edition - Revlon Juicy Papaya Swatch and Review

April 15, 2021

Revlon Lip Butter Juicy Papaya Swatch, Revlon Lip Butter Sweet Tart Swatch, Revlon Lip Butter Creamsicle Swatch, Revlon Lip Butter Cupcake Swatch
Revlon Lip Butter Swatches and Reviews: Cupcake, Juicy Papaya, Sweet Tart, Creamsicle (left to right)
What can be said about Revlon Lip Butters that hasn't already been said? Well, I'm adding to the "lip butter dialogue" by reviewing and swatching my Revlon lip butter collection.  I ended up buying several of these products since they were first introduced by Revlon, but these four colors are my favorite lip butters ("buttahhas" if you fancy a more colloquial aka hilarious pronunciation).  I was also excited to try the Revlon Limited Edition Juicy Papaya lip butter from the Pacific Coast Collection by Gucci Westman.  This Limited Edition collection, which includes nail polish and blush sticks, is available at CVS, Ulta, and Target (yep, you can also read this as "Tarjhett").

Revlon has had some wonderful lip products recently, see my extensive collection here, and these new Limited Edition butters do not disappoint.  Given the unique formula and wide range of options, my top Revlon lip butter picks include bright and happy colors - Revlon Cupcake is a sweetheart pink perfect for everyday, Revlon Sweet Tart is a bright pinkish red best suited for a weekend date night, Revlon Creamsicle is the ideal nude lip with a touch of glossiness, and Revlon Juicy Papaya is an orange-toned coral that adds just a touch of "spring."
These Revlon colors work for fair skin and are perfect for every day wear (plus your lips get moisturized)
Miranda's Notes: 

Pros: Revlon Limited Edition Juicy Papaya lip butter is a coral color with orange undertones - depending on your natural lip color, Juicy Papaya can also be bright orange or a warm pink (in the swatches below, I am wearing a bit of concealer in order to show the true color of the lip butter).  Based on research and several blog posts, I can confirm that the Limited Edition lip butter formula appears to be different from the permanent line - Revlon Juicy Papaya is sheerer and less sticky and glossy.  I actually find the new formula better and more forgiving on the lips as it doesn't settle in fine lines and it doesn't leave streaks.  Juicy Papaya is similar to other coral colors from the main line, but because of the ability to build up the color, Juicy Papaya is more unique and can be used for different looks.  From the lovely packaging to the beautiful color and moisturizing formula, Juicy Papaya is a "must have" Revlon lip butter.

Cons: Revlon Juicy Papaya differs in texture from other lip butters and it is much more sheer - it takes approximately three applications to build up to tube color. Because of this, Juicy Papaya tends to wear off quicker and does not last more than an hour.  Longevity isn't that much of an issue for me because I can just re-apply, this lip butter color is that pretty!

Grade: 4.5/5

Lip butters (also known as buttahhas hehe) are glossy and have a lip gloss finish 
Revlon Juicy Papaya swatch and Revlon Sweet Tart swatch

Revlon lip butter swatches - Cupcake (a lovely birthday gift from my sister, she knows I love pink!), Juicy Papaya, Sweet Tart, and Creamsicle


Stay Pretty, Miranda M. 

Own Refining Moisture Night Cream - Own Renewing Anti Aging Review

April 13, 2021

Own Anti Aging Night Cream - Review

FTC Disclosure: product sent for consideration, opinions are all our own.  
Own Skin Health - Refining Moisture Nigh Cream available at Ulta #OWNAtUlta
Miranda's Notes: 

As you'll probably see from my previous post history, I love discovering and experimenting with new skincare products - everything from scrubs, exfoliators, lotions, serums, creams, and treatment lotions.    After reviewing the Own Anti Aging eye cream, and absolutely loving it, I was looking forward to testing the Own Renewing and Refining Night Cream.  Just as our bodies rest and recharge while sleeping, our skin is best treated and renewed at night.  I may skimp out on beauty routines throughout the day, but I always remember to focus on skin care at night.
Own products contain anti aging natural benefits and are cruelty-free
Pros: As I mentioned in my previous Own review, which you can read here, the Own line has a great mission statement to combat anti aging and care for skin with natural products and no bad chemicals. Own has several affordable skin health products that can fit different needs (and is accessible by being currently sold at Ulta).  The Own Renewing Cream is a refining moisture night cream that hydrates, enhances collagen levels, improves moisture retention, and boosts metabolism for softer and  smoother skin.  I definitely noticed softer skin and a brighter complexion - the Own night cream absorbs easily but there is a gel-like texture after applying.  I wasn't bothered by this but some may find it a bit oily - I've been using Own several nights in a row and no spots appeared.  The Own Renewing cream feels rich, luxurious, and is a great skin "treat" in the evening.  As a bonus, products from Own contain no fragrance, no parabens, and no sulfates.

Cons: Because this is an anti-aging treatment, the ingredients work to tighten skin - as with the Own Eye Cream, there was a tingling feeling and I could feel the Own Refining Cream working.  If you have sensitive skin, this effect may be irritating so I recommend testing the cream first.  I found the packaging simple and beautiful, but the jar application may not be sanitary.  Overall, I enjoyed the benefits of the Own Renewing Cream and look forward to the continued use results - I will update this post and the eye cream review in the next few days.

Grade: 4/5
The cream contains CLA (Conjugated Linoleic Acid) technology, a plant-based ingredient 
The Own cream is soft and moisturizing  with a gel-like texture once applied (as a quick note, that awesome dark rich nail color is Essie Luxedo)
Ingredients and results with 8 weeks use

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

HP + Intel: Project Runway "Pin Your Style" Contest - Touch of Luxury

April 12, 2021


Touch of Luxury: bright lips and sunny tips - YSL Coral Divin, YSL Rouge Volupte 112 Spellbinding Violet, YSL Rouge Volupte 11 Mysterious Red 
As part of the HP + Intel + Project Runway Pin Your Style Contest, I had to consider what touches of luxury we often add to our routine. While we may have to work with lower (ahem, realistic!) budgets, I realize the small things make the biggest differences.  From a delicate perfume to a satin necklace, brightly colored lipstick, and classic ballet flats, we get to treat ourselves to touches of luxury.  The HP Pin Your Style Contest is in full swing - read below to learn more about the weekly challenges and how to enter. 

YSL lipsticks are an easy way to elevate a whole look to "wow" - YSL has a whole range of textures and colors that can suit everyone (and I mean everyone).  Long lasting and moisturizing, these YSL lipsticks are a way to indulge and feel beautiful at the same time.  With spring finally here, I'm also ready to pair vibrant colored lipstick with a sunny, happy nail polish such as YSL Coral Divin.  Photo: YSL Coral Divin Nail Polish, YSL Rouge Volupte Spellbinding Violet, YSL Rouge Volupte Mysterious Red. 
Touch of Luxury: statement jewelry and subtle perfume - Miss Dior Cherie and J.Crew Necklace 
A few years ago, my fiance gifted me a J.Crew over-sized clear bead necklace with adorable satin bows and gold crown accents.  I may not be able to wear this day to day (and my current schedule doesn't allow it), but whenever I want my look to feel more luxurious, I always go back to this J.Crew necklace. When going out, I also tend to wear the fresh scent of Miss Dior Cherie, review here, because it is subtle and the main notes are sophisticated.  Accessorizing with bold jewelry and a sweet scent is my way of treating myself - J.Crew and Dior are just the right touches!
Touch of Luxury: Chanel eye glasses - Chanel gold and black 
Talking about accessories, you may or may not know, I wear glasses almost daily.  And because glasses go on your face, everyday, ...and people see you, everyday..., I decided to invest in my absolute favorite - Chanel eye glasses with the signature Chanel braided chain sides.  While these Chanel glasses were quite pricey, I can't see myself ever replacing them - the Chanel glasses compliment my face and are comfortable while also being chic (and they help me see, hooray!).
Touch of Luxury: Two-toned flats for a sophisticated look - United Colors of Beneton flats
Running around DC has taught me that I absolutely need a sturdy, comfortable pair of shoes.  I like basic ballet flats, but at the same time, I tend to pick ballet flats with embellishments and geometric details.  These United Colors of Beneton flats were affordable, look professional, and are playful - my touch of luxury here is walking comfortably (girls should know that's the ultimate luxury!).

I like investing in purses and handbags because these never go out style, always fit, and are useful for any occasion.  Because I work in a professional setting, I tend to choose faux-briefcase style purses or clutches than transition from work day to happy hour (hehe).  This green olive briefcase clutch with detachable chain was given to me by my sister, Mackenzie - it's absolutely lovely!
Touch of Luxury: Briefcase structured clutch 
Spectre XT Touchsmart Ultrabook™ The HP + Intel + Project Runway Pin Your Style Contest
Want to participate? Pin a photo of the HP Spectre XT Touchsmart Ultrabook™ via the Pin It button on the Pin Your Style contest page. Then, build a board that represents that week's theme. Check out the weekly Pinsetter images on the site for inspiration.
Submit your board's URL into the site to enter. Then, share your board with friends to earn the most votes!
Win prizes like an HP Spectre XT Touchsmart Ultrabook™ and a gift card to bring your style to life by getting the top votes for your board.
HP + Intel + Project Runway Pin Your Style Contest
Stay Pretty, Miranda M. 

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

Chanel Rouge Allure Coromandel Lipstick #98 - Review and Swatches

April 10, 2021

Chanel Rouge Coromandel Swatches - Chanel Rouge Allure Review
Luxurious and sleek packaging from Chanel with the classic black and gold
The ultra fine golden sparkle running through the Chanel Coromandel lipstick are more visible here
Mackenzie's Notes:

My sister was kind enough to gift me the Chanel Rouge Allure Lipstick in Coromandel (#98) for my birthday, as she knows I am a red kind of gal and yet I wouldn't splurge on such a luxury lippy on my own.  I first stumbled upon this color as I was reading the November issue of Allure, in which Lauren Conrad is featured on the cover wearing this exact shade.  I just remember it looked so beautiful on her, and brightened up her whole complexion (Lauren Conrad also has a killer smile, which I bet helped too)! My sister purchased this lipstick from the Chanel counter at Macy's for $34 USD.  These Chanel Rouge Allure lipsticks are a new formula with "concentrated, ultra-thin pigments" which offer intense color with full coverage and a satin finish while also being comfortable on the lips.  The color is a red leaning orange (think a poppy red leaning redder), and has ultra fine golden sparkle running through it - this gives a nice dimension to the color and makes it more interesting without looking frosty.  This shade would look great on any yellow toned complexions and really just about anyone, so I encourage you to just try it on yourself! This lipstick is extremely pigmented and I enjoy the formula - keep reading below for more detailed thoughts on the Coromandel lipstick.

I included a look I created wearing and showcasing this lipstick, inspired by a pin up glam look.  The Coromandel color has a nice vintage and glamorous feel but is still a modern shade in its brightness and sparkle.  A simple cat eye with a bright red lip are a match made in makeup heaven.
The infamous Chanel logo on the bottom of the lipstick (I am wearing Romantique Shellac on my nails) 
Packaging is interesting - one has to press the golden bottom part to pop the lipstick bullet out
Pros: Chanel Rouge Allure Coromandel has high and intense pigmentation (one coat is plenty) but it is still easy to clean up since it  doesn't stain immediately (having just bought the OCC Lip Tars, this is now a feature I cherish!).  Coromandel Glides on smoothly during application - Rouge Allure lipsticks are hydrating and very lightweight on the lips, this is one of the most comfortable lipsticks to wear.  I chose Coromandel because I found it modern and unique due to to its lovely color and golden sheen.  Overall, the Chanel Rouge Allure has a velvety to a soft shine finish, has no scent, and can be worn as a stain as well - Coromandel is a beautifully versatile color perfect for all occasions. 

Cons: The price is high for one lipstick, but you really are paying for a great quality, luxurious packaging and the brand name.  A Chanel lipstick would be a lovely gift for a loved one (speaking from experience here!) as it is a high end, classical makeup product.  I expected the lasting power of the Rouge Allure to be longer, but the lipstick wears similarly to other lip products (if eating or drinking there is some transfer although not excessively). I did notice that the lipstick can get damaged because of the way it is packaged, specifically the popping mechanism - I have to unwind the lipstick all the way down before putting the cap on, otherwise the lipstick will get stuck in the cap.  Lastly, if you are comfortable with the Chanel price tag, it's definitely worth investing in Chanel Rouge Allure Coromandel. 
Makeup look using the Chanel Coromandel lipstick - Urban Decay Naked 2 palette and Meet Matte Palette on eyes, Mica Cosmetics Gel Liner, L'Oreal False Fiber Mascara and Wet n Wild Berry Shimmer blush on cheeks

Lauren Conrad lipstick - the lovely Lauren Conrad sporting this fresh Chanel Coromandel #98 (Photo Credit: Allure Magazine)
Sister, keep them coming ;) loved this one!


Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.