Ipsy Glam Bag June 2013 - Review, Swatches & Tutorial

June 29, 2021

Ipsy June Glam Bag - "On the Wild Side" included some fun makeup products and a dry shampoo
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 Mackenzie's Notes: 

I recently received my June Ipsy Glam Bag and I wanted to share with you all the goodies included as well as how they swatch and how I wear them.  This month's bag was titled "On the Wild Side", and the bag included fun makeup products (such as cream glitter), vibrant shades (bright lip liner) and a dry shampoo fit for those big hair days or long nights. 

Ipsy is a monthly subscription service at $10 for which you receive five full size or deluxe sample products, curated by YouTube makeup gurus.  Make sure you check out my original post on Ipsy here as I have additional details on this subscription service.

I will include swatches of all makeup and a small tutorial on how I use the highlighter pencil, as it is one thing I have incorporated into my daily routine.  I was very happy with this month's bag as all the products are new to me and I have heard many good reviews about all of them.  Also, this month's cheetah and fluorescent make up bag was great quality, made of a sturdy material and lined, so many thumbs up on that!  I hope you enjoy this post and that you get to know Ipsy better to see if it would be a good match for you.  So far, I recommend it, and will keep you posted next month as well. 

Ipsy June 2013 "On the Wild Side" TOTAL - $44.50 
One swipe swatches of each shades
1. NYX Mosaic Powder Blush in "Dare" - $7 (0.20 oz, full size)
I was excited to receive this mosaic blush since it includes several shades in a mineralized finish.  This NYX Mosaic product is a pigmented blush that looks good on my skin.  I tried using the bottom orange shades as a bronzer, but these were too shimmery and golden for that purpose.  I either swirl all colors for a natural shade or only the pinks for a pinker toned blush. If you like depth in your blush, the NYX Mosaic Powder Blush is the way to go!
After applied, I blended the pencil with my finger as the warmth helps blend the product in better
2. Chella Lace Highlighter Pencil - $18 ( full size)
I love this pencil and I am so glad this was included in the bag, as it's something I really wanted to own but never justified spending that much money on a skin toned product.  The formula is really creamy and blends in easily, while still providing you with results! I use the highlighter pencil around my brows to define them and hide any stray hairs I might have; I add it to inner corner and top of eyelids to give myself a more awake look.  The color fits me perfectly and is light enough to show up without being too stark.  I use this daily now, but my only disappointment is the fact that the pencil has to be sharpened and it's not twist up.

3. Starlooks Lip Pencil "Tickle Me Pink" - $12 (full size)
This Starlooks lip pencil is very pigmented and creamy; it applies on like a dream!  The color is very opaque, and it is a bright mauve-pink, it almost reads dusty.  I would wear this alone or with a bit of gloss on top for extra shine, this is a nice quality lip pencil.
The glitter stuck to my fingers and I applied it in a circular motion to my skin to deploy all the glitter onto my hand
4. JCat Beauty Sparkling Cream Palette in "Suzie" - $4.50 (full size)
I was excited to receive something sparkly, as I don't own much glitter based products in my makeup collection.  These glitters come in golden based colors and include different variations of glitter (chunky, smaller copper pieces, a mix, etc) in a clear, jelly (or oil) base.  These contain a lot of glitter which I'm happy about, but I still need to figure out the best way to apply them in a more even fashion.  I want to use these around the eyes, on the face (maybe Halloween) or on the lips but as a heads up, JCat specifies to be careful when applying this product to not get glitter pieces in your eyes if you do decide to apply it on the face.
Love how this is air travel friendly, perfect to carry on you as you're traveling
5.  Pssst Dry Shampoo - $3.00 (travel size)
I have heard so many good things about this particular dry shampoo and couldn't wait to try it.  This Pssst Dry Shampoo smells so nice and fresh (not a hairspray smell) and I am glad it doesn't add lift, as I just want to get rid of the extra oiliness in my hair.  I have used it a couple of times, and so far I don't see it removing the extra oil as efficiently as say baby powder, but maybe I'm applying it wrong.  I hope that changes as I really like the scent and the powerful aerosol application.

If you want to learn more about the program, be sure to visit Ipsy - Subscribe to Ipsy here (referral link) 

Reader's Recommendations: What did you receive in your July Glam Bag? Let me know of any tips on how to apply the glitter shadows or dry shampoo!

Skincare Review - b.liv Products Review

June 28, 2021

b.liv Japan silk mask and b.liv youth preserving serum
Miranda's Notes:
In my continued search for the perfect skincare routine (which I'm sure exists, it must!), I recently had the opportunity to try several b.liv products.  The b.liv company, pronounced "believe," is a comprehensive range of products meant to tackle different skin issues like pore reduction, black heads removal, anti-aging, and skin brightening.  The items are laboratory-formulated for premium salon administration, but offered as part of an easy to use, at home personal skincare regimen.  The b.liv representatives are very helpful in assisting with recommendations and what products would work work best for your skin specifically - it really does feel like you are visiting a virtual salon ready to tackle your skin concerns.
b.liv Japan Silk Masks - affordable, effective and easy to use
b.liv Bright is Right Masque (available here) and b.liv Knock off Age Masque (available here)
These b.liv masques are quite different from the usual masks I've tried (different in a good way!). There are no stiff paper materials that make you look like strange Frankenstein characters and there is no product to actually paste to your face - the b.liv Japanese silk masks are a very sheer, very soft, and malleable material that actually stays put on your face. There are open holes for the eyes and nose and mouth but because of the material you can actually easily widen or even tear the mask to fit your face (that's a big plus for b.liv because I want my eye area protected).  After trying both of these masks, I definitely noticed my pores shrank and my face just felt tighter all around.  Using the b.liv Bright is Right mask also helped with skin brightening and redness - my sensitive skin responded wonderfully to the ingredients and had no reaction (the masks have no scent, but some ingredients list fragrance so be sure to check the full ingredients list).

Overall, b.liv masks have quite the interesting ingredients - think caviar extract, pearl powder, and pure Swiss apple - all of these combine to effectively rejuvenate skin.  Now, I wish I could give this product a full grade because I absolutely noticed the results but there are some issues - some of the masks have parabens so if you are looking for all natural products, you may not be able to use some b.liv products. Both masks made my skin feel too dry, and I ended up having to apply moisturizer immediately after.  However, if you have oily skin, these masks should work great (I took a look at the b.liv section for dry skin and dehydration issues which has several items, so I recommend experimenting with products from this section).
Grade: 4/5
b.liv Youth Preserving Serum
b.liv Dump off Drawn Youth Preserving Serum (available here)
Because I have noticed some fine lines and laugh lines, I have also been trying different anti-aging serums.  The b.liv Dump off Draw is meant to energize, brighten, and firm complexion quickly using ingredients like Resveratrol, Soy Isoflavone, and pure L-ascorbic acid.  The serum is a clear, odorless liquid that applies hygienically from a quite-inventive bottle (the packaging also keeps the serum contained and thus more potent).  When applied, the serum feels a bit tacky to the touch but quickly absorbs into the skin.  Unfortunately, I did not notice any anti-aging results with this serum - my skin felt somewhat more moisturized and less dull, but there was no impact on the fine lines.  Coupled with the high price of the product, I recommend actually trying the b.liv silk masks, you can actually feel those tightening skin and diminishing fine lines. 
Grade: 3/5
b.liv Dump off Drawn ingredients 
Visit the b.liv website and b.liv official Facebook page to learn more about the available products - b.liv tackles everything from aging to pore issues and spot treatments (and also contact b.liv as they are very helpful in giving recommendations that work for you - I plan on trying other products that are better suited for my skin issues).

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

    MAC All About Orange Lipsticks - MAC Swatches, Haul, and Review

    June 26, 2021

    MAC All About Orange Collection - MAC Lipstick Swatches 
    MAC All About Orange - L Razzledazzler, Sweet & Sour, Tangerine Dream R
    Mackenzie's Notes:
    MAC recently released a new collection for summer, "All About Orange" - this MAC collection contains seven lipsticks, three lipglasses, three blushes, three nail polishes and one eyeshadow quad.  I was so excited for this collection since I wear a variety of orange and coral hues in my daily makeup routine, be it a pretty peachy pink blush, a pop of bright eye shadow or a striking orange creme lipstick.  Orange complements my yellow skin tone beautifully, and looks great with or without a tan, (even on many other complexions). This All About Orange lipstick collection does contain some true orange colors as well some pinker leaning colors, in a variety of finishes.  The lipsticks retail at $15 a piece and you can find them in store at Macy's or stand alone counters; this collection is also available on Mac's website as well as Nordstroms.  The three MAC lipsticks I picked up were: Razzledazzler (Lustre finish), Sweet & Sour (Cremesheen finish) and Tangerine Dream (Lustre finish).  

    I will include both face and lip swatches (paired with a smokey grey look inspired by the MAC All About Orange quad) and provide small reviews on each of these lipsticks.  I would recommend checking out this collection and trying on some pretty oranges, as they are on trend and can look chic and flattering on everyone!
    The colors on aren't similar to what they look like in the tube so I strongly recommend you try these on if you get a chance to
    The classic MAC packaging; I was a little disappointing they didn't debut a special packaging for this collection (just think of all the possibilities)
    MAC All About Orange Swatches - L Razzledazzler, Sweet & Sour, Tangerine Dream R
    1. MAC Razzledazzler - A Lustre creme finish, but quite pigmented, feels very comfortable and moisturizing on lips.  Coral is a soft orange coral leaning pink.  Razzledazzler is a very wearable color and it is the one that I reach for most, flatters my light/medium skin tone beautifully!

    2. MAC Sweet & Sour - A Cremesheen finish, so it is a more pigmented and thicker formula than the Lustre finish.  The color is similar to Razzledazzler but much lighter, and white based.  Could be worn as a pretty nude with orangey pink notes.  I wear it with a darker lip liner as it is slightly too light for my skin tone, but this color looked beautiful on my sister who has a lighter skin tone (so she kept this one!).  

    Miranda's Notes: If you still haven't found that perfect lipstick for the smokey eye look, MAC Sweet and Sour should be the winning pick.  I absolutely love this shade and feel very glam when wearing it. 

    3. MAC Tangerine Dream - A Lustre finish, less pigmented than Razzledazzler but still very moisturizing and lightweight formula.  The color is definitely unique, as it is a yellow based orange; the color can be layered an intensified.  I was most excited for this color as it is very unique and it does look great on a medium yellow based skin tone, but I find it difficult to wear due to its yellow tint.
    L MAC Razzledazzler, MAC Sweet & Sour, MAC Tangerine Dream R

    Readers' Recommendations:  Were you able to try anything from this collection and what are your thoughts on it?  What's your favorite lipstick from the MAC All About Orange line?

    Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.

    Striped Manicures - Neon Geisha and Pretty Aztec Nail Art

    June 24, 2021

    Busy Girl's Summer Nail Art Challenge - Striped Nail Art Challenge 
    Busy Girl's Summer Nail Art Challenge - Stripes Nail Art #busygirlnails
    Summer nail art means bright colors, lots of glitter, playful shapes, and all around experimentation with designs. When we found out about the Busy Girl's Summer Challenge, we knew we had to join - we have both been definitely busy lately and this challenge was perfect for some summer motivation! The rules for this challenge are simple and perfect for the busy blogger - follow different themes each week, post on any day of that week, and participate in as many or few weeks as you'd like (it doesn't get any easier than this!).  The weekly manicures can be shared on Instagram using the #busygirlnails tag or shared in a blog post.  

    If you're still looking for inspiration, be sure to visit the talented and lovely hosts @beautybykrystal, @drinkcitra, @mirandasmakeup, and @beautybyarielle. For the stripes nail art theme, we picked completely different approaches - Mackenzie created a neon Geisha design and Miranda opted for a pretty Aztec pattern! 
    Miranda's and Mackenzie's picks for the striped nails challenge 
    Miranda - Aztec nail art using Essie pastel nail polish
    Miranda's Notes: 
    Because my technique is not that steady with direct stripes,  I chose to do an Aztec pattern where texture and lots of lines adds to the nail art (and because it's summer, I also opted for bright colors!).  I initially started with small, three level triangles at the top of the nails but feeling more adventurous, I built on the detail.  I like varying the base colors to create depth and I sought to balance the various accents.  Overall, I'm very happy with my pretty Aztec nail art - and no ultra straight lines required!

    Quick tip on how to achieve straight lines (thank you for the reader comments!) - we used a Kiss Nail Art kit which is very affordable (available here).  The brush should have a really long end so you do do not have to actually drag the brush to create a line - just lie it on the nail and the straight stripe shape comes naturally.
    Mackenzie - neon nail art using Color Club London Calling nail polish
    Mackenzie's Notes: 
    This stripes nail art challenge was a way for me to experiment with techniques I've been dying to try, and the outlined nail look was one of those!  I eventually chose outlined nails, some bold stripes in a sunshine pattern, and semi moon accent details in bold and fresh colors.  I think of stripes as being very dramatic and chic - I decided to really have fun with a graphic manicure inspired by geisha culture and bright, confident neon colors.

    I've seen the outlined nail art turn out so beautiful and striking on long talon shaped nails, but no one said us short nailed girls couldn't try it out.  Just keep in mind to keep the outline very fine, maybe slightly thicker at the base of the nail to achieve that long nail effect.  If you're looking to be creative - think black roses, neon tips, and sunshine stripes - I hope you get inspired by this neon geisha nail art. 
    Mackenzie used Color Club London Calling (swatch) and Miranda used Essie Muchi Muchi (swatch)

    J.Crew Model Makeup - How to Look Like a J.Crew Model

    June 22, 2021

    How to recreate - J.Crew Model Makeup (perfect summer makeup!)
    Recreating J.Crew Model Makeup (source: jcrew.com)
    Miranda's Notes: 
    One of my absolute favorite looks for summer is the no-makeup makeup look - and no one does that better than J.Crew.  Browsing through the J.Crew catalog, I love seeing how soft, minimalist makeup enhances natural beauty and emphasizes lovely features. While the best suited products may vary, be sure to experiment by emphasizing eyes, adding a berry lipstick, and accentuating a flush cheek color.
    J. Crew Makeup - Eyes 
    1. Define eyes with a shortened cat eye (kitten eye!) using the Mac Liquid Eyeliner - for summer weather, waterproof and smudge-proof eyeliner works best.
    2. Using the NYX Jumpo Pencil in Milk shade, underline your bottom lash and add highlights on the inner corner of the eye (this brightens and enlarges the eye).
    3. Fill in your eyebrows with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz and comb the eyebrows with the brush end of the Brow Wiz - eyebrows are essential for framing your eyes.
    4. Finish your natural J.Crew eye makeup by lengthening your top and bottom lashes with the Maybelline Falsies Big Eyes Mascara (the mascara's dual end is highly versatile!).
    J. Crew Makeup - Face 
    5. To prep your skin for summer heat, use a long lasting concealer like the Tarte Maracuja Creaseless Concealer.
    6. Save the best for last because nothing says "lovely" more than a pretty flush! The Too Faced Sweetheart Blush has three color coordinated shades meant for every skin tone.
    7. Finish your natural make up look by adding a pretty pout - berry colored lips are perfect for summer! I love using Maybelline Color Whispers, review here, because of the lightweight application and all the color options available (you may also opt for the official Face J.Crew lipstick).

    Osmia Organics Skincare - Product Review, Part 2

    June 19, 2021

    Osmia Organics Review - Osmia Organics Skincare, Osmia Organics Lip Repair 
    Mackenzie's Notes:
    While many perks come with writing a beauty blog, including lovely makeup, weekly indulgences and pretty and fun looks, there is also the downside of trying out many products in a short period of time on our sensitive skin.  Our skin is a beautiful canvas, and we should treat it with care and pamper it as much as we can - that's why I was so excited to hear from my sister that Sarah from Osmia Organics offered to have us try some products created with organic and natural ingredients which are geared toward clean skin care.

    After researching the brand, I decided to try out the most popular Osmia products which could help me in my daily skin routine (and there are plenty more popular items which I would love to try someday).  Sarah was wonderful enough to send me the Spot Treatment, the Honey-Myrrh Lip Repair, and a bar of the Rose Clay Facial Soap.  Stay tuned for my thoughts on all these products and make sure you also read my sister's review of her Osmia Organics goodies here!

    Osmia Organics Spot Treatment - $20, 0.16 ounces (available here)

    This Osmia Organics spot treatment actually works, it is my new holy grail, go-to product to reduce incoming or existing acne and reduce scarring.  The spot treatment works overnight (I promise!) and your acne will be gone in at most three days (for an already there large blemish); I can't recommend this spot treatment enough, it is a serious blemish fighter and if you suffer from acne it really is a must have!

    I have very sensitive and acne prone skin which can get irritated fast and result in cystic acne.  I usually use a prescribed topical liquid to combat it, yet I noticed  that the benzoyl and alcohol ingredients dry my skin out.  This spot treatment is unique in its oil based formula since it hydrates the skin around the blemishes and seems to be gentler on the skin without peeling.  The Osmia spot treatment is a concentrated formula which should only be applied on the acne spot, with the help of the small roller ball of the packaging.  The formula is an oil (no tea tree oil) and has a pretty strong smell of herbs and lemon, which if applied to many spots can be a little overwhelming (especially if placed on the chin, nose etc).  I apply it at night on a cleansed and moisturized face where I can feel an incoming blemish, and also on already existing blemishes.  By the morning, the incoming blemish usually disappears or sometimes it is brought out to the surface quickly (depending on the kind of blemish).  This product has calmed my skin down considerably without drying it out, has helped keep it clear, and also helped my acne scarring heal faster.  Seems like this bottle will last me a long time but I will definitely repurchase this product many, many times in the future!
    Grade: 5/5
    Simple and striking packaging for the Rose Clay Facial Soap (packaging is recycled and biodegradable)
    Beautiful hand made, artisan soaps - only organic oils, botanical colorants, and essential oils used
    Osmia Organics Rose Clay Facial Soap - $22, 2.25 ounces (available here)

    This soap contains Australian pink clay, white kaolin clay, wild-harvested mango butter and cold-pressed, organic avocado oil which hydrate and heal the skin.  Soap comes with a soap holder which helps to save product and protect your soap from bacteria.  I did notice that by using this soap twice a day, you could use up quite a bit of it pretty fast, and thus the price might seem high for how long the soap will last.

    To cleanse, I rub the bar between my hands shortly, after which a lot of lather is created, and I wash my face using this lather.  This soap smells like herbs, doesn't sting my eyes, is not too harsh, and washes off quickly when I'm done as well.  My skin feels very cleansed (no makeup left afterwards) and very hydrated (enough to not even put moisturizer on!).  After washing my face with the Osmia Organics Rose Clay soap, I seriously couldn't stop touching my face, it felt so smooth!
    Grade: 4.8/5
    Osmia Organics Honey-Myrrh Lip Repair  - $22, 0.28 ounces (available here)

    Filled with manuka honey and myrrh extract, this Osmia lip repair can help restore chapped lips to healed and smooth in a day or two.  While I do not suffer from dry lips much, I apply this every night before bed - it's a nice bed time ritual which helps my lips be hydrated and smooth.  Formula feels light on the lips, has no taste, and has a very light, pleasant smell which is a nice touch.  I apply the Osmia Organics lip repair with my fingers and I actually enjoy the packaging, as it feels luxurious.  I usually stay clear from products in pot containers but since this is a night treatment, I apply it after washing my hands (so I am not wary of bacteria as I would be if applying on-the-go during the day).  Quick note here, Miranda tried this and absolutely loved it because it helped heal and moisturize her chapped lips, this lip repair product may be tiny, but it has big results!
    Grade: 5/5
    I recommend you check out Osmia Organics yourself as I bet that you will be impressed and pleasantly surprised - I definitely was!  While it's difficult to find effective natural treatments, these products fulfill their claims beautifully.  Sarah, the Osmia Organics founder, really does know her skin care, and I am glad she was able to create such lovely products without putting our sensitive skin to the test of harmful ingredients and chemicals.  I can only hope for a silicone free liquid foundation to come out next in this line, right (right)?

    Be sure to visit the Osmia Organics website for more beauty and healthy skin inspiration!

    Pretty Random 20 Facts About Us - Lifestyle Beauty

    June 17, 2021

    Pretty Random - Lifestyle Post - 20 Facts about Us - Random Facts Tag
    Pretty Squared, as the name suggests, refers to the idea of "two."  From our devoted readers who are familiar with our blog to the first time visitors looking for beauty information, keep in mind that when you read a tweet, blog post, or comment response, you may be talking to Miranda or Mackenzie (yup, there's two of us!).  We are both equally thankful for our readers and look forward to more happy blogging (now let's get to know each other more)!
    Mackenzie: 10 Random Facts 

    1.  I have been playing volleyball since fourth grade and still do to this day.
    2.  I have two lovely pet rabbits, named Popcorn (Holland lop) and Buttercup (a lion head mix).  They are the cutest!
    3.  My boyfriend is Chinese, and we have been dating for four years this summer (met at volleyball camp).  He is the photographer behind the many manicure shots.
    4.  I almost never leave the house without liquid foundation or at least a BB cream.
    5.  I love anything sweet (ice cream Snickers, Nutella, Viniero's fruit cake come to mind...).
    6.  I wear one special pair of keds from Kmart very often - I currently own 12 pairs of them in different colors.
    7.  I don't know how to ride a bike or swim (floaties it is this summer!).
    8.  I will be starting graduate school at Columbia University this coming fall to study Painting in their Visual Arts program (so excited and so nervous!).
    9.  I used to bite my fingernails when I would be stressed, and painting them with polish was my way of trying to stop.  So glad I did, because a small polish and nail art obsession ensued.
    10. My sister, Miranda, is my best friend (if you couldn't tell!).
    Miranda: 10 Random Facts

    1. I never leave the house without wearing blush (I skip foundation and mascara, but blush is a must!).
    2. My absolute favorite read is a short story by Leo Tolstoy.
    3. If I could eat one food for the rest of my life, it would have to be french fries (yumm!).
    4. I graduated from law school this past May, and I look forward to real world, homework-free days.
    5. I own more pink and white polishes than I can count - those colors are my kryptonite.
    6. I've been dating my high school sweetheart for nine years, and we plan to get married on our ten-year anniversary (he proposed last Christmas!).
    7. I put 99:99 minutes on the microwave timer so I don't have to press it every time (I'm efficient like that!) ...but my fiance hates it and always resets it.
    8. I am a terrible cook because I always overcook food (I keep thinking it's not done).
    9. Despite not so awesome reviews, I've bought makeup strictly based on packaging (who can resist the cuteness!).
    10. My sister, Mackenzie, knows me best - I can't get anything past her (including awkward smiles ahem!).

    Readers' Recommendations: Let us know if you have any questions or just want to catch up (and comment with some random facts about you!).

    Osmia Organics Review - Organic Skincare

    June 12, 2021

    Disclosure: Press Sample product sent for consideration, opinions are all our own.  
    Osmia Organics Review - Organic Detox Exfoliating Mask, Junipear Shea Soap, Stream Body Oil
    Osmia Organics - Detox Exfoliating Mask, Juniper Shea Sopa, Stream Body Oil
    The past three weeks have been absolutely busy, busy - my family visited DC to attend my graduation (yay!), I then went to New York City because my fiance was out of town for a business conference, and after that, I again traveled to New York City because our mom was visiting for her birthday.  Because of Bolt Bus travels at random hours, running around crowded New York subways, and shopping-a-storm, by the time I returned to DC, I was exhausted and needed some time to relax.  Determined to re-create a spa experience, I reached for all my Osmia Organics products - and let me tell you, in just a few hours - I was de-stressed, re-energized, relaxed, and ready to face the day.

    When I had the chance to try Osmia products, I was absolutely impressed with the mission of the company, the organic ingredients, the eco-friendly packaging, and the all-natural basis of the products.  Osmia Organics, founded by a doctor, seeks to guide in making healthier choices for skin and bodies - all while being naturally effective.  The more I learn about the brand (Osmia has a beautiful site and behind the scenes photography on how the products are made!), the more I love it!
    Osmia Organics Detox Exfoliating Mask - the bottle contains a lot of product and comes with application utensils
    Osmia Organics Detox Exfoliating Mask (available here) After a full three weeks of being on the road, I needed my skin to be cleansed and fresh.  The mask powder, which contains cacao, honey, bamboo charcoal, walnuts, and olive leaves, left my face feeling wonderful - my skin was smoother, brighter, and cleaner.  The Osmia Organics detox mask is applied as a wet paste and as it slowly dries, it pulls away skin impurities.  The mask does not have a scent to it (which is rare to find!), and the exfoliating agents are finely ground so your skin is not damaged.  I was worried about sensitivity, but I should have had faith - Osmia's all natural ingredients worked gently and effectively.
    Grade: 5/5
    Osmia Organics Juniper Shea Soap - using certified organic ingredients
    Osmia Organics Juniper Shea Soap (available here) was my next stop in my home-spa experience - the soap has a subtle scent and it smells ...well, it smells clean (best way I can describe it!).  The Osmia Organics Juniper Shea Soap is moisturizing and does not leave skin dry - in fact, I used this as a shaving soap as well.  The Osmia soaps are hand made in small batches and allowed to dry more to ensure the soap bar lasts longer - I received a small sample and it's still lasting.  Another major plus for this soap is the lack of residue - organic soaps with natural ingredients tend to have left overs (ahem, Lush), but the Juniper Soap doesn't have this issue.  Osmia Organics has other scent options available, and between Chamomile, Coffee Mint, and Milky Rose, picking just one soap is a tough task.
    Grade: 5/5
    Osmia Organics' customer service was impeccable - shipping was fast, and the products were packaged with care in eco-conscious packaging.  The best part was receiving the items with a personalized hand written note from Sarah, the founder - her dedication and passion for what she does translates to the Osmia products (and... she's doctor and her writing is wonderful, what more could we ask for!).

    Osmia Organics Stream Body Oil (available here) was the final step to get me ready to face my daily errands - the oil is applied to wet skin and leaves skin moisturized without being sticky or greasy (the oils absorbed easily and fast).  The scent is wonderful but for some, I think it may be a bit too powerful (hence the grade) - Osmia does have an Unscented Body Oil so there are options for everyone.
    Grade: 4/5
    Osmia Organics - home spa treatment with a detox mask, shea soap, and body oil
    Be sure to visit Osmia Organics website to learn more about the brand (and shop a bit!). And read Mackenzie's review of her Osmia Organic products (spoiler alert: she found the best spot treatment!)

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

    Mod Nail Art - MAC All about Orange Inspired

    June 10, 2021

    The newly released "All About Orange" MAC collection which inspired this manicure
    Mackenzie's Notes:

    MAC recently released a new collection named "All About Orange", and as you've probably guessed, it was centered around the color orange in all its glory.  I picked up three lipsticks from the collection, and well to celebrate, I decided to create a manicure inspired by the the idea of lipsticks, orange (of course) and the lovely mod model in the promotion ad.  I used some color blocking and geometric designs to give this manicure a mod look.  You can use any colors to recreate this nail art and I hope you try it and have fun with it too!

    Polishes used: American Apparel "Poppy", Revlon "Siren", Sally Hansen "Sun Kissed", Nails Inc. "Wellington Square", black and white polish for details.

    Revlon's "Siren" polish is a true orange color with a good formula opaque in two coats
    (L) American Apparel "Poppy", Revlon "Siren", Sally Hansen "Sun Kissed", Nails Inc. "Wellington Square" (R)