Monthly Archives: March 2014


Ipsy March Glam Bag - Mini Reviews

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 As I’m eagerly awaiting for my April Ipsy Glam Bag, I wanted to show you the items from my March Ipsy and to provide you with my thoughts on them after using them - there are lots of unboxings available so I want to offer you a different take on the monthly subscription bags, since these are samples and thus advertisements for purchasing the full size products.  

First off, Ispy is now partnered with Bare Minerals! I’m more and more excited to see Ipsy grow and collaborate with known and popular brands (the available brands is still something that Ipsy can improve on compared to other subscription boxes). Bare Minerals Marvelous Moxie lipstick in Get Ready is a medium toned rose-pink color (the color matches the color on the packaging quite perfectly) - Get Ready Moxie is a great ‘my lips but better’ shade.  The lipstick applies very smooth and is moisturizing and pigmented.  Moxie Get Ready has a minty feel to it when you apply it (which I didn’t expect from a lipstick) and that might be the reason why I won’t purchase this full size, as I’m not the biggest fan of mint in my lip products.

The Be a Bombshell Cosmetics eyeshadow quad in Bora Bora was one of the things I was really hoping to have included in my bag (I was very happy with it when swatched).  The colors are smooth and pigmented, not chalky or dry - I can’t wait to use the bright shades for summer makeup tutorials. I think these shadows would be perfect for all sorts of eye colors (blue and brown) because of the variation of the shades. Loving the cute packaging too!

I was so excited to get a Chella product in my bag because I’ve received one of their highlighting pencils in the past and I still love it and use it quite frequently in my makeup routine. Chella Indigo is a deep cobalt blue color that is highly flattering (it’s everything a blue eyeliner shade should be!). However, the disappointment kicked in when I started applying Chella Indigo on my eyes - it dried out on me super fast! I didn’t even get a chance to do both my eyes, and the felt tip was already dragging and applying almost no color.  For such a beautiful indigo shade, I was extremely let down with this product.

The Klorane Soothing and Relaxing Patches for Eyes were the star of this March bag.  Yes, I know, foil packets are dreaded in these subscription services, but to be honest, I get more use from them than most of the Ipsy makeup products I receive.  After spending a long night painting in the studio,  I used these Klorane patches the next morning, and I really enjoyed the soothing and de-puffing results.  The Klorane patches are a plush, silicone texture, that stay put under your eyes without causing any discomfort; removal was easy too, I didn’t blink once (see what I did there).  Ipsy gave you two packets with two patches each, so I can’t complain about the sample size.  I might order these to prep for my upcoming finals!

Overall, I was satisfied with Ipsy’s March Bag, but some products were hit and miss - we also only received four products (something I haven’t experienced with Ipsy before).  As a note, there has been some recent issues with Ipsy and a certain POP Beauty sample included in the February Glam Bag. The POP Beauty lip gloss sample contained harmful ingredients that caused lip burns, lip swelling, allergic reactions, and other negative symptoms (more details in our February post).  For now, I will continue my subscription to Ipsy’s monthly service, but I wanted you to be cautious and aware - if you experienced issues with your POP Beauty gloss, contact Ipsy to let them know and request a replacement.

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M. 


Best Highlighter Status - RMS Beauty Living Luminizer Review

The term “cult beauty product” gets used often but very rarely does it actually identify a must-own, must-have product.  Thankfully, I’m here to introduce you to a cult favorite (that deserves this status) - the RMS Beauty Living Luminizer.

The RMS Living Luminizer is a highlighter and skin illuminator that enhances the skin’s natural youthfulness without being greasy or glittery (seeing is believing as there really are no glitter particles in this highlighter).  As you can notice from the RMS luminizer swatch, this product is slightly sheer with a silver satin-pearl finish.  The Luminizer creates a dewy skin finish and can be blended and applied easily. I tend to dab the RMS Luminizer on my cheekbones, brow bone, and around my eyes - the product lasts fairly long, approximately 8 hours, but be sure to not touch or pick at your face too often as the sheer finish can more easily fade.  While this is expensive (priced at $38), the pot will last you quite some time (plus, it’s worth investing in as it really is effective in creating a luminous finish). J.Crew currently sells RMS Beauty products so you can also wait for a sale to be nicer to your wallet - I purchased mine during the J. Crew 25% off sale.

RMS Beauty ingredients are certified organic and work wonderfully on my sensitive skin. I tend to not list ingredients in my reviews as that post would resemble a court of appeals brief (aka a ton of pages and incomprehensible lingo). So, what are the ingredients of the RMS Living Luminizer? Here’s the list: Ricinus Communis (castor seed oil), Cocos Nucifera (coconut oil), Cera Alba (beeswax), Rosmarinus Officinalis (rosemary extract), and may contain Titanium Dioxide CI77891, Mica CI 77019. That’s all ladies, no chemical-ly tongue twisters! I can read (and comprehend!) the four ingredients in a few seconds which says a lot about such a well-performing beauty product.

If you still need convincing, know that several stunning women (including Miranda Kerr) have been using this product in their makeup routine. I’m a tough critic on hyped beauty products, but the RMS Living Luminizer rightly earned and deserves its cult status.

Stay Pretty, Miranda M.

The Perfect Pink: Chanel Candeur Review - Chanel Candeur Swatch

I’m not a sales person, but I’m about to try and sell this Chanel lipstick to all of you. Why? Because this is one of my favorite lipsticks, I wholeheartedly recommend it, and while costly, it’s more than worth the investment. 
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Candeur (Coco Shine 68) is a hydrating Chanel lipstick that delivers vibrant color, strong pigmentation, a touch of sparkle, and a ton of shine.  The Coco Shine formula helps moisturize lips and also makes lips appear fuller. Chanel Candeur is a combination pink and peach shade that creates the perfect pink pout.  What makes this lipstick unique is the perfect balance of everything - hydrating while not too sticky, shimmery without actual glitter, pigmented but still wearable, and natural while also a bit seductive. 
The balm-like formula does not last very long (think about an hour or so), but your lips will look their absolute best the whole time you are wearing the Chanel Coco Shine (insert “or your money back” phrase here). Because I still have to be realistic about my budget, I tend to use Chanel Candeur only for special occasions or events (but girl, do I feel awesome on those special occasions!). Candeur is my perfect pink, and as long as Chanel will make it, I’ll be buying it.  
Everything from the texture to the rose scent and the absolutely beautiful Chanel packaging makes this lipstick worth its ($35.00) value - so head over to the Chanel counter and find your favorite shade from the Coco Shine collection (there are over thirty options so everyone has a choice).  So, do you need this? Yes, yes you do. 

Stay Pretty, Miranda M. 


Best Lipsticks for Spring - Spring Lipstick Trends

Color is something I tend to shy away from.  An ultra bright eye shadow look, green mascara, or ombre multi-shade hair are not my strong points. Pair my color intimidation with my conservative work setting, and you’ve got yourself an all natural, nude-color-loving beauty blogger.  For me, color is good, but in small doses - think neon manicures on short nails or pastel pink lipstick on a sunny day. With the official arrival of Spring today, it’s time to do a bit of spring cleaning and replace my moisturizing, darker lip colors for SPF, long lasting, bright shades lipsticks.

Maybelline Limited Edition Buffs Ravishing Rose is a matte pink from the Maybelline Dare to go Nude Spring 2014 Collection.  The Buffs lipsticks have a rose scent, apply easily, and have longevity due to their strong pigmentation.

L’Oreal Colour Riche Balm SPF 15 in Pink Satin adds just a touch of moisturizing color and muted sparkles (with SPF protection!) (review and swatches here).

Mac Limited Edition Sweet and Sour is my go-to orange for a Sunday brunch outing - this cream sheen shade is bright and commands attention while also being flattering (review and swatches here).

For those days when I feel a bit more adventurous, I love wearing the Maybelline Color Whisper in Oh La Lilac - this is my ‘Barbie’ lip color as it’s a pretty balance between pink and rose lilac (review and swatches here).

And because no lipstick repertoire is complete without a red shade, I have to introduce you to my Lipstick Queen Velvet Rope Private Party lipstick (thank you to my fiance for this lovely gift!). Velvet Rope by Lipstick Queen is a collection that features soft matte shades reminiscent of Old Hollywood Glamour.  Private Party, a bright pink-red color, has an amazingly soft texture and pigmentation (well worth the investment for any lipstick lover!).

Stay Pretty, Miranda M.