Almond Nail Shape

September 30, 2020

Whether you call them talons, stilletto nails, claws, almond shaped nails or just pointy nails, the long and defined nail trend has been embraced by many celebrities such as Lana del Rey, Kelly Osbourne, Adele, Dita von Teese (as shown above) and many others.  At the beginning of the trend I was just an admirer, because how could you seriously lead your daily life with nails as long as those?  This fall though, I decided to try this trend myself and was excited I finally did.

I decided to go to one of my favorite nail salons, Potala Nail Salon in Astoria NY, and get a set of acrylic tips which only cost $25 (a bargain and stellar customer service!).  I showed the manicurist this collage and asked for a pointy yet rounded nail shape, with a medium length since I wasn't ready to graduate to the really long nails just yet! The technician did a great job shaping my nails, and I chose the perfect dark red polish for fall - Essie's "A List" was made for these vampy nails (link Essie Nail Color Polish A List free shipping/discounted). 

The length of these "talon nails" has taken some getting used to, but the shape elongates my fingers and exudes sexy and tough - seriously, what more can you ask from nails?  If you have been on the fence about this almond nail shape trend,  I say give it a chance and go for it - you'll be surprised at how much you love it.

What do you think about the almond nails trend? Love it or hate it - would you ever sport it?

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.

Color Club and Ruby Wing Nail Polish

September 28, 2020

With fall collections titled "Girl About Town" and "Cupcakes and Champagne," we couldn't contain our giddiness over the new Color Club and Ruby Wing releases.   If you like glitter and coral (as if it needs to be said!), you should probably stick around for this review because we're about to discuss some beautiful nail polish shades. 

Color Club  East Austin (c/o) is a white based, coral creme color that depending on your skin tone, tends to be almost neon and glowing.  Color Club The Uptown (c/o) is a dark purple jelly base with multi-colored gold flakes that reflect the surrounding light.  The Uptown reminded me of snake skin - changing shades, brilliant shine that somehow subdues, and tons of dimension.  Between a surprisingly pretty coral and a seductive dark glitter, the Girl About Town collection has some lovely surprises - this collection is definitely not predicable and could be suited for various occasions.  Color Club sells affordable two packs with colors that are quite timeless.

Formula wise, Color Club East Austin was a bit watery when first applied but a second coat evened everything (I'd pick a thin formula over streak-central any day).  For the Color Club The Uptown swatch I used three coats because I wanted a deeper, darker purple - but you can easily manipulate this color however you'd like, I researched some other swatches and they all looked different.  I find Color Club polishes do not chip as easily because of the formula but this depends on how many coats you apply - a top coat of Seche Vite should help it last even longer. 

You know how you used to love some things as a kid only to rediscover them again? That's what happened with the Ruby Wing color changing polishes - I was skeptical at first but once I applied Sweet Cream and Chocolate Mousse, my sister and I stared at my nails the whole day.  Ruby Wing Chocolate Mousse (c/o) and Ruby Wing Sweet Cream (c/o) apply as almost clear, translucent bases but when sunlight is involved, these turn into a rich smokey purple (expect lots of "whoa, no way" comments).  Ruby Wing swatches are difficult to photograph because these are so sensitive to sunlight - Mackenzie is planning a nail art design for these, and we'll show you side by side comparison.  While Ruby Wing Sweet Cream had perfect formula, Ruby Wing Chocolate Mousse was somewhat difficult to apply because of the glitter speckles.  Ruby Wing is selling a pack of 4 mini Cupcakes and Champagne bottles so if you're ready to play with color changing polish be sure to visit the Ruby Wing site.

I'm was pleasantly surprised with all of these polishes - from stunning colors to fun textures and shades, these are definitely worth an investment (bonus points for puzzling my fiance with my Ruby Wing nails!).  And because it's officially chilly on the East Coast, I'm ready to embrace fall nail polish collections.  

Stay Pretty, Miranda M. 

Illamasqua Blush Katie

September 21, 2020

If you haven't tried Illamasqua beauty products, then you're missing out (there, I said it!).  One of my favorite blushes is the Illamasqua Katie powder blush.  The matte, cotton candy pink is a perfect way to add a doll-like glow to your look. Priced at $26.00 at Sephora, Katie is a cool, blue toned blush that is meant to illuminate and enliven complexion due to its color intensity.  As with almost every Illamasqua product, Katie is highly pigmented and a small amount is more than enough. Given its fine texture, this blush blends easily and is also extremely long lasting (perfect for an event or those hot summer days). Because of the silkiness of the product, Illamasqua Katie may be a bit powdery so be gentle with the brush and careful to only apply a small amount. 

Need another reason to love this blush?  You could also add a bit of shimmer or highlighter and you can transform the original pastel pink color.  From sleek, sturdy packaging to flattering shades, Illamasqua blushes are worth the investment.  There's a reason why everyone's an avid fan of Illamasqua - you simply can't argue with high quality and beautiful colors. 

Stay Pretty, Miranda M. 

What to Wear to an Interview

September 18, 2020

Interviews, from beginning to end, are tricky.  Throughout law school, I've been to a lot of interviews and meetings with potential employers. With the help of school seminars, informational interview advice, and recommendations from those with more experience, I'd like to think I learned some essential "do's" and "don'ts" about interview attire. My advice is targeted for professional positions (read: conservative), and if you're interviewing with Vogue, you probably already know the dress code is quite different.  The secret to a perfect interview presentation is simplicity - the less items in your outfit, the least likely you are to make a fashion mistake.

Interview Outfit Do and Don't

Do wear neutral colors like beige, grey, black, and dark navy.
Do find a well-fitting suit or dress even if it costs a bit more - I only have about four pieces that I rotate for interviews (it's a smart investment!).
Don't pick suits with distracting frills or details or bows or cut-outs or strange looking lapels.
Don't wear platform heels or colorful heels - for shoes, pick a leather, non-patent black (my most comfortable, perfect height shoes are from Payless).
Do wear deodorant (interviews get quite stressful, who knew!) and use a very light, fresh scent.
Do add color to the ensemble with a long lasting lip stain or a thin, pink belt.
Do wear one, and only one, piece of jewelry and pick nondescript, delicate jewelry (I recommend no jewelry at all as these can be distracting in a conservative setting).
Don't display any logos on your purse, accessories, or clothing - a leather bound padfolio is perfect to carry your resume, business cards, and notepad (the gold detailing adds personality).
Do pick a white, classic blouse with no distracting details (I find these a better, more comfortable fit than a button up)
Don't wear your hair down, but choose a neutral hair tie and a classic hairstyle (this one is up to you, but my hair tends to shed all over).
Do sport a complementary lip color (a moisturizing balm is best because you'll be doing a lot of talking).
Don't over think your outfit - a neutral suit, black shoes, and basic accessories is all you need (simple is the key!)
Do be comfortable and be confident!

If you have any other recommendations for this post or the interview nail polish post, let me know in the comments and I'll be sure to add them to this list!

Stay Pretty, Miranda M. 

Lime Eyeliner Makeup Tutorial

September 15, 2020

Sometimes with makeup looks, less is more.  But less doesn't necessarily mean we can't wear beautiful, bright colors.  For this eyeliner tutorial, the Covergirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencils in Lime Green Flame and Melted Caramel Flame were the perfect accents.  Part of the summer Covergirl collection release, the Flamed Out pencils are jumbo-sized eye shadow pencils that come in a variety of colorful yet wearable shades.   While the product is pigmented and applies easily, the shadow is difficult to blend and tends to crease on the lid.  Several other reviews mentioned a stinging sensation or skin irritation, so be sure to swatch and test these products before application. Although not necessarily a must buy, the Covergirl Flamed Out eye shadow pencils are perfect to carry in your purse for a makeup "pick me up."

Lime Makeup Tutorial Steps
1. Prime your lids to ensure no smudging, exact lines are essential for this makeup look.  Apply a light brown eye shadow above and inside your natural crease (I used the Urban Decay Naked palette).
2. Using the Covergirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencil in Lime Green, create a cat eye extending from inner eye to the end of your eye (tip: make this outline larger than usual).
3. Using the Covergirl Flamed Out Shadow Pencil in Melted Caramel, line your bottom eye lid to create a soft shadow effect (be careful not to get too close to your waterline).
4. Using a black liquid eye liner, line a cat eye on top of the previous lime green shadow base - depending on the occasion, it's up to you how much of the Covergirl color peeks through.
5. Unofficial step five, pick a Covergirl Flamed Out pencil that complements your eye color, and get ready to dazzle everyone!

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.

Rimmel London Stay Glossy

September 6, 2020

So, you've been searching for the popular Rimmel Apocalips in the US, and you found nothing.  Or, when you finally learn that Rimmel Apocalips is actually Rimmel Show Off Lip Lacquer, you can't find the drugstore displays.  And then it all ends with a search online where the Rimmel Show Off shades are sold out.  Sound familiar? I absolutely could not find these (mystical) Show Off glosses, and I've searched up and down the East Coast.  However, as my consolation prize, I did discover the wonderful Rimmel London Stay Glossy lip gloss.

Priced affordably, the Stay Glossy lacquers have a ton of pigmentation, boast beautiful colors and glitters, and have a non-sticky texture that gives lips a pretty shine.  While the lip gloss does not last the full six hours advertised, I loved that Stay Glossy leaves a lovely lip stain. As a bright, blue-toned pink, Stay Glossy Fuchsia Fever is the perfect color to transition from summer to fall.  Stay Glossy Diamond Dust (what a cute name!) is a nude colored gloss with small glitter particles.  Diamond Dust is one of the rarer lip glosses where the glitter is not gritty or sits uncomfortable on the lips - this gloss shade is the ideal complement to a smokey eye look.

While I may not have found the Show Off Laquers, I highly recommend trying the Rimmel London Stay Glossy lip gloss - it's one of those hidden gems that will become one of your favorites.

Stay Pretty, Miranda M. 

Shopping in Marfa, Texas

September 4, 2020

Chances are you've probably never heard of Marfa, Texas.  A small town in far West Texas, Marfa is surrounded by desert, mountains, freight trains, adobe style houses, and millions worth of Judd artwork. Because both Mackenzie and my fiance are artists, we decided to travel to Marfa for our summer vacation. Between sixteen hours of driving and random Dairy Queen "sundae" stops along the way, Marfa was ultimately the fully relaxing, awe-inspiring break we were looking for.

Despite being able to see the end of the city line from the main street, Marfa, Texas offers coffee shops, a large bookstore, food trucks, clothing stores, restaurants, and various other boutiques.  My sister and I shopped at Freda Lifestyle Store (visit here) and Tienda M (visit here) where we found beautifully curated items, local artisan jewelry, organic makeup, and vintage fashion pieces.  Our favorite pieces included a silver talon claw bracelet (sold here), white minimalist pottery sets, and round kaleidoscope eye glasses.

The whole allure and aura around Marfa, Texas is difficult to understand but Marfa's slogan says it best: "Marfa: Tough to get to. Tougher to explain. But once  you get here, you get it."

Stay Pretty, Miranda and Mackenzie M.