Monthly Archives: August 2014


Color Club Poptastic Neon Collection Swatches and Review

I wanted to share with you the neon Poptastic Collection (c/o) recently released by Color Club for summer 2014 (and really, for anytime you want a bright pop of color on your nails).  I’ve been noticing the prevalence of the Color Club brand in my local nail salons, and I am excited for all the bright fluorescent colors in our nail art futures.  Color Club is one company that does neons very well, and this collection lived up to its Poptastic name.
The Color Club Poptastic Collection (retails for $8 per polish) covers an entire rainbow of neons, from bright yellow to a cool blue, with a great formula.  Poptastic polishes swatch opaque (except  Bell Bottom Babe, I’m looking at you!) without any kind of base, and you know that is rare when it comes to neon colors! And because of that, some of the polishes tend to have a thicker formula, such as the yellow color in the collection Not so Mellow Yellow. All of these polishes have a slight shimmer, and while the formula dries demi-matte, the shimmer definitely creates a beautiful depth and dimension (one of my pet peeves is when neon colors dry all chalky).  I recommend a top coat if you’re looking for extra glossy nails, but I definitely think you can rock the demi-matte finish too!
Foxy Mama is the bright orange in the Poptastic Collection and it is hands down my favorite out of the bunch.  Peace, Love & Polish (which is an awesomely cute name) is the coral pink of the collection, while Kapow is the perfect hot pink neon with a blue undertone (think of it as the quintessential shade for a beach pedicure). Right On is a bright purple that appears as slightly pink; while I’m glad there is a purple neon in the collection, the shade is quite demure, and I’m still partial to my favorite neon purple Dream On from Sinful Colors.
I hope you enjoyed the Color Club Poptastic collection and that you are considering it for when you want a pop of color in your life.  I’ve tried some other brands that have released neon collections in 2014 but none compare to Color Club in formula and pigmentation. 
One last thing, I couldn’t resist a groovy tie-dye nail art design with all these neon shades (because why not!). If you’re looking to create tie-dye nail art, simply use the corner of a makeup sponge to apply contrasting shades.  What upcoming polish collections are you excited about?  Do you stop wearing bright colors during the fall, or is it never too late for neons?

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M. 


MAC Mehr Lipstick Review and Swatch

We are halfway through August, and I couldn’t be more excited (sorry summer, but fall in New York is certainly the season to beat!).  I’m thinking cozy layers, scarves, hot lattes, moody makeup with vampy shades, and Halloween, which is one of my favorite holidays.  This summer, bright coral lipsticks with glossy finishes were highly popular, and rightfully so; however, this fall, trends have quickly shifted over to a mauve, brown nude lip in a matte finish.  Whether based on upcoming releases (or…ahem, Kylie Jenner’s Instagram), brown tinted lip colors are here to stay and MAC’S Mehr lipstick is the perfect shade to invest in (the brown lipstick shades also match the 90’s fashion trends popping up all over the streets and runways, but that’s a whole other discussion). 

Mehr by MAC is a matte finish lipstick that is opaque with one swipe and feels very comfortable on the lips.  I also own MAC Pink Plaid, but that lipstick feels much drier on compared to MAC Mehr.  The Mehr color is flattering for my skin tone, as the shade picks up the warm tones but also contrasts with the cooler mauve hints of color. This lipstick color would also look great on paler complexions and would qualify as a wonderful nude color on darker complexions due to its mauve pigmentation. 

It’s a hard shade to describe, but MAC Mehr is a mauvey brown nude, that pulls red (the Mehr swatches above should help you get an idea of the complexity of the color).  I love the vanilla scent of the MAC lipstick line, and overall, MAC Mehr has become my everyday go-to lipstick (think your lips but way, way better).  Mehr looks beautiful both with a warm nude eye look and cool based makeup, so this MAC lipstick is a versatile shade perfect for anyone’s collection.

Do you have a perfect nude shade that you can’t wait to wear during the fall?  What are your thoughts on the 90’s brown lip trend, and do you have any dupes or colors that you recommend?  I’m thinking about doing a brown nude lippy collection (as I have quite a few), so let me know if you’d be interested in seeing swatches.

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.

Olia Box - Jewelry Subscription Review & Try On

In the big, wide world of subscription boxes, I’m a picky customer. I love the idea of monthly gifts, but I also have high expectations that these gifts be pretty, useful, and worth the investment.  During my search for more lifestyle and fashion subscription boxes, I came across Olia Box.  With Olia (c/o), the concept is simple - for different price points (that work for all budgets), Olia delivers style-customized jewelry straight to your doorstep.

My expectations were high, and I’m happy to report that Olia Box delivered (a simple concept needs to be exceptionally executed, and in this case, Olia was on point!). The box was delivered on time, and the actual jewelry pieces were beautiful and of great quality.  From bohemian to rocker chic, each of the Olia subscriptions is geared toward personal style - subscribers complete a short survey to identify the type of accessories that are the best fit.

Product wise, Olia Box jewelry has a minimalist design with a statement impact. I’ve had my fair share of bad accessories (think New York shady markets with flimsy items), and I always look for pieces that are well-constructed. Both the $25 and the $35 boxes contained lovely items that were a great fit for me - a perfect mix of dainty bohemian and classic geometric shapes, I’ve worn every piece since starting the subscription. Given the quality of the accessories, I find the price is an appropriate investment for the return (I’ve learned my lesson from paying for “break-in-one-use” or “so-last” season items). Lastly, I appreciate that the colors of the accessories are neutral and that the items can be styled as needed for any occasion.

For anyone that loves accessories and is looking to add to her jewelry collection. you can’t go wrong with Olia Box (and this is coming from a picky gal!). If you would like to learn more about Olia Box and subscribe, be sure to visit the Olia Box site.  

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.

Pretty in Pink - Summer Resolutions with Starbucks Teavana® Shaken IcedTeas

As I’m preparing for my final year of graduate school, I’m realizing the importance of fully savoring and enjoying every single day left of my summer vacation.  Summer is all about trying new things, experiencing new places, going out of my comfort zone, and ultimately meeting my warm-weather resolutions.

I wanted this summer to be both productive and relaxing, the perfect balance of crossing out my to-do lists while pursuing my hobbies (sounds lovely, but this is the proverbial “easier said than done”). 
And because summer and sunshine hold the promise that anything can be accomplished, I wanted to share with you my three mantras for attaining my summer resolutions (think small changes in routine that make a big difference). 


Be motivated. From running errands around town to standing in line to buy the perfect sundress, you have to have energy. And because New York City in the summer is not the best for hot coffee (clearly, an understatement), I’ve been loving the Starbucks Teavana® Shaken Iced Teas for just the right amount of hydration and tasty energy. Formulated with delightful fruit flavors, the Starbucks Teavana® Shaken Iced Teas help brighten and invigorate my day so that I am ready for everything and anything. I love having my pick of delicious treats so be sure to try any of the Starbucks Teavana® Shaken Iced Tea flavors including Teavana® Shaken Iced Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade, Teavana® Shaken Iced Peach Green Tea Lemonade, and Teavana® Shaken Iced Black Tea Lemonade (because nothing really says summer more than lemonade!).

Be colorful. I adore makeup and intricate nail art, but I realized I rarely sport colorful looks. This summer, however, I’ve made a conscious decision to wear more colors that are out of my comfort zone. I’ve experimented with a neon pink lipstick, with bright coral nails, and with pastel blue eyeliners. If there’s ever a time to wear whimsical eye looks and strawberries nail stickers, it’s now! I’ve curated a few of my favorite pink products and feel lovely every time I wear them – I advise to put together a color coordinated kit and make it a rule to incorporate specific shades in your beauty routine.

Be daring. It’s easy to fall in a routine, but before making plans for the same dinner or the same movie outing, try to shake up your summer. I always ask myself how I can improve and add to an experience. For example, going to the movies takes on a whole new meaning of fun when I attend the Central Park outdoor cinema screenings (add to that a picnic and the Teavana® Shaken Iced Blackberry Mojito Tea Lemonade, and you’ve got yourself the cutest date under the stars).

Summer resolutions are the perfect way to reflect in the middle of the year and add inspiration to your everyday. So, as you enjoy the sunshine, my advice to you is to be motivated, be colorful, and be daring.

Share with me in the comments below how you shake up your summer and your summer resolutions. If you need more summer mantra inspiration, visit our Pretty in Pink Summer Resolutions Pinterest Board!

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.

Disclosure: This post was sponsored by Starbucks through their partnership with POPSUGAR. While I was compensated by POPSUGAR to write a post about Starbucks, all opinions are my own.