Monthly Archives: May 2014

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Ipsy May Bag 2014 Review - Ipsy Review

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Ipsy’s May bag, Fresh Picks, recently arrived and I wanted to give you a quick review on all the products Ipsy included in the glam bag.  This time, Ipsy gave us a different take from their usual bags, which I do appreciate, because as a makeup collector, there’s only so much makeup products I can get through.  I do like receiving fun, newly released makeup goodies, but I also like trying innovative skin care, hair care, and perfumes (especially since those are the products I don’t really buy a lot of on my own). Now on to the bag products!

Hang Ten Classic Sport Lotion SPF 50 is a beautifully packaged, perfect for travel, 3 oz. sample of sunscreen.  Hang Ten has a protection seal on it (which is a must for sunscreen), and it will be great to carry in my bag for extra sunny days.  This sunscreen is advertised as using organic ingredients and being free of parabens and synthetic fragrances.

The Balanced Guru Hair Oil is a moisturizing hair oil that has a slight herbal scent (although I’m more of a fan of sweet fragrances).  I used the Balanced Guru Oil on my hair ends and my hair felt softer and moisturized without being oily.

Boo-Boo Cover Up Concealer is a pretty nifty product, designed to not only conceal blemishes but also treat them.  I received Boo-Boo cover Up in shade medium - it’s very pigmented and has a yellow undertone, perfect for concealing under eye circles.  Boo-Boo Cover Up is a lightweight concealer, spreads easily, and I’m a fan of the sleek packaging - I highly recommend it.  It contains soothing ingredients such as aloe, chamomile, green tea, tea tree oil and vitamin E.

Pacifica Eyeshadow Duo #2 (Moonbeam & Unicorn) is advertised as a smooth formula infused with minerals.  Unfortunately, this was the most disappointing product out of the bag - the Pacifica duo has a super hard texture, lacks pigmentation, and after a few hours, the glitter falls all over from my eyes onto my entire face (not a cute look for middle of the day).  I’ve liked Pacifica products in the past, but this eyeshadow duo is a dud for sure.

Eau Thermale Avene is a hydrating and setting mist, recommended for refreshing and soothing irritated skin.  The aerosol spraying mechanism applies smooth, and the mist has no fragrance.  I’ve used this before bed for some extra hydration, and also when traveling to maintain skin moisture.  Eau Thermale Avene worked wonderfully to calm my skin and instantly refreshed it. While this is a pricey product, I would consider purchasing the full size as it has found its way in my makeup and skincare routine.

There you have it, my quick recap of the May Ipsy Bag - something different, something new, and something boo, and I’m ready for the June Ipsy bag!

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Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.

Top 6 Best Lip Glosses for Summer - Best Lip Glosses

My love of lip gloss is highly seasonal. Shine, shimmer, and bright colors are not my first picks when the leaves are changing or the wind is howling (and every time I do wear lip gloss during cold weather I tell myself “I’ve made a terrible mistake”). However, when the sun is shinning and I’m unearthing sandals from the back of my closet, I’m ready to also revisit my lip gloss collection and rekindle my love of pink and peach. 
The best lip glosses for summer have long lasting pigmentation and have a light texture that is suited for the summer heat.  I tend to love lighter colors like baby pink and pastel toned peaches with the occasional neon bright shade.  

OCC Lip Tar Stained Gloss in Hedonist (first swatch from left) is the perfect neon summer pink. The new OCC Stained Glosses apply easily and create incredible pigmentation with just a tiny drop of product (this is a great investment if you love bright pink).
Clarins Instant Light Lip Perfector in Apricot Shimmer (second swatch from left) is a light coral that contains slight shimmer.  The Clarins Lip Perfectors, which are available in several other shades, create the effect of natural looking, fuller lips.

Maybelline Color Elixir Limited Edition in Radiant Bloom (third swatch from left) is a glossy stain that enhances the lip pigmentation and leaves behind a soft pink stain.
Laura Mercier Lip Glace in Bare Naked (fourth swatch from left) is the lip gloss equivalent for a nude lip.  The Laure Mercier Lip Glace is grownup version of lip gloss as the texture is feather light so if you dislike sticky glosses, this should be your pick! 
Armour Beauty Gloss in Brigitte (fifth swatch from left) is a peachy, pink shimmer lip gloss that is inspired by beauty icon Brigitte Bardot.  The vegan Armour Beauty glosses are extremely opaque and long lasting (you’d almost mistake it for a lipstick if it wasn’t for its lovely shine).
Smashbox Be Legendary Gloss in Coquette (sixth swatch from left) is the quintessential barbie pink gloss that is likely to look great on everyone. Smashbox Coquette has high shine and a buttery texture that provide a vibrant wash of gorgeous color.

There you have it, my top six best lip glosses for summer in all their pretty glory! Share with us in the comments below your favorite gloss to celebrate the arrival summer. 

Stay Pretty, Miranda M. 

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French Skincare - Empryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre Review

This multi-tasking cream is the best known French beauty secret. Keeping with the mantra of French simplicity, this cream is effective, sophisticated, and affordable.  Created in the 1950s by a physician, Embryolisse delivers beautiful skin to everyone.  Yes, everyone. As a skincare enthusiast, I was highly skeptical of a miracle product that would be suited for all skin types. After trying Lait-Creme however, I was proven wrong, and I am now a happy convert to the Embryolisse ardent fan base.

Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre is a moisturizer that leaves skin revitalized, glowing, nourished, supple, soothed (and whatever else term you can think of!).  From appearances, the Lait-Creme is deceptively simple - a lightweight, white cream that mimics the texture of milk.  But this simple formulation of ingredients is the very reason why Embryolisse is a holy-grail product.

As for the claims that this is a multi-tasking product, it’s all true! I use it to remove makeup. I use it under my makeup as a primer. I use it in the evening to smooth out fine lines in the morning. I can apply Lait-Creme Concentre at any point in the day and know my skin will not sting, will not break out, will not peel, and will not dry out. If you have oily combination skin type, you can apply a smaller amount as the concentrate may be a bit too heavy (but again, your skin will get the same nourishing benefits).  Embryolisse products have gained their cult status because they are gentle enough for everyone.  

With all the advances made in skincare, I have my pick of treatments, serums, toners, peels, and exfoliants. But aside from directly treating a skincare concern, I want the basic - I want a moisturizer that makes my skin happy.  Embryolisse Lait-Creme Concentre does just that.

Stay Pretty, Miranda M. 
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Fresh Tulip Lip Balm - The New Fresh Sugar Lip Balm Shade

I can never have too much of a good thing so when Fresh announced it will be adding a new Fresh Sugar shade to their tinted lip balms collection, my imagination went to work. At first, I thought orchid because of the Radiant Orchid color of the year; then I thought of a peach shade because it seemed appropriate as summer is quickly approaching. In the end, as the possibilities grew endless, I simply gave up guessing and started “new shade watch” on the Fresh Beauty Instagram.

Luckily, Fresh beauty did not leave us waiting for too long, and today announced that the new Fresh Sugar shade will be (drumroll!) Tulip.  Fresh Tulip is described as a sheer hot pink that mimics the vibrancy and brightness of tulip petals.  Tulip, the ninth shade in the Fresh Sugar Lip collection, contains SPF 15 and is formulated free of petroleum, mineral oil, lanolin, and parabens.  Fresh Sugar balms are popular for a good reason - these tinted lip balms provide long-lasting moisture with universally flattering pigmentation.

What do you think about the Fresh Tulip shade - will you be adding it to your Fresh collection? I adore my Rose and Petal balms but Tulip would be the perfect pink for spring.  Fresh Tulip will be available June 1 both in stores at Sephora and online

Stay Pretty, Miranda M.