Maybelline Limited Edition Color Tattoos - Maybelline Nude Pink, Matte Brown, Nude Compliment Color Tattoo

February 25, 2021


Some mornings before work, I'm just not having it - and everyone who works or has to wake up early knows what I mean by "it."  Barely dragging out of bed and putting on the first pieces of clothing I see in my closet, the last thing on my mind is creating a beautiful, refreshing, perfectly blended makeup look (let's be serious, my coworkers are lucky I even bothered with a bit of foundation - the "this'll do" kind of a foundation application). 

But because I still have to appear presentable, I always rely on Maybelline Color Tattoos for a  "I'm ready to work and accomplish things" look.  Maybelline Color Tattoos have gained quite the popularity in the beauty community, but I did not actually try the products until the Maybelline Gilded in Gold Holiday 2013 collection. My Color Tattoo collection is tiny but I get tremendous use out of my Limited Edition Shades (yes, they're that good). The Color Tattoos are cream based eye shadows that can be applied with a brush or with your finger. For me, application is the main selling point as the Color Tattoos formula blends easily, is pigmented, and can be sheer or strong based on preference.  All Color Tattoos can be used as a base for powder shadows (and they perform wonderfully), but I prefer the simpler and time-saving sole application. 

Maybelline Color Tattoo Nude Pink Limited Edition (swatch above) is a matte pink beige that depending on the light conditions has purple tones. Nude Pink is the perfect color to brighten and open up sleepy eyes - the shade is almost nude and mimics a concealer. The Nude Pink shade is one of the Color Tattoos that do not crease at all as the formula is thicker than other Color Tattoos.  I apply Nude Pink all over the lid using my finger, pop some mascara, and voila, I actually look like I got ready. Nude Pink Color Tattoo was a part of the Holiday 2013 Maybelline Limited Edition collection.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Matte Brown Limited Edition (swatch above) is a deep chocolate brown that is a universally flattering shade.  Matte Brown adds depth to the eyes and a bit of color - surprisingly, despite its strong pigmentation, this shade is also easy to blend and I'm confident using it all over the lid.  Matte Brown Color Tattoo was also a part of the Holiday 2013 Maybelline Limited Edition collection.

Maybelline Color Tattoo Nude Compliment Limited Edition (swatch above) is a grey-tinted taupe with a sheen finish (this Color Tattoo does not actually contain shimmer but rather has a metallic finish). Nude Compliment is part of the Maybelline Dare to go Nude Spring 2014 Collection. Side note here, this Dare to go Nude collection is what a natural-makeup-loving-girl's dreams are made of - I also picked up a Master Glaze blush and two of the Maybelline Limited Edition Buffs lipsticks in Ravishing Rose and Barely Bronze. Nude Compliment does crease a bit but nothing offensive as some other cream eye shadows out there.  This shade is quite complex and can look differently per person (thus, it's another Maybelline winner!).

Although these Limited Edition shades may difficult to procure, I've linked to Amazon where you can purchase quite similar neutral shades from the permanent Color Tattoo line.  Priced affordably at approximately $5.00, these Maybelline goodies are popular for a good reason.  The vibrant and long lasting Color Tattoo eye shadows are perfect for no-fuss application and a speedy makeup routine.


Stay Pretty, Miranda M.

Ipsy February Glam Bag 2014 Review

February 23, 2021

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CAUTION UPDATE: PLEASE READ BELOW FOR IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE POP BEAUTY GLOSS - DO NOT USE THE GLOSS AS INGREDIENTS USED ARE UNSAFE.

It's Ipsy time again! For February, the month of love (and self pampering), Ipsy included a lot of lovely pink products that should help us with dates or girls' night out. 

The Zoya polish in Odette was a wonderful addition to this bag (keep in mind this full size retails for about $8 so why are you not subscribed to Ipsy yet!).  This is a newly released color from Zoya Spring 2014 Naturel Collection, and Zoya Odette is a taupey purple grey shade. Unfortunately, purple colors don't look the best with my warm skin tone because purples bring out yellows by default - either way, this Zoya shade is a nice color to transition from winter into spring. The formula was opaque in two coats and application is easy as I love the brush size on Zoya's polishes.

Pacifica Hawaiian Guava Body Butter is a pretty large tube, and I was happy to have this included because at this time of year since you can't have enough lotions.  The Hawaiian Guava body butter has a strong yet nice tropical scent that reminds me of grapefruit and mangoes. I've been applying this to my hands only as it might be too much of an olfactory experience if applied over the whole body.  This product is a body butter and I can tell it provides really nice moisture without taking too long to absorb into the skin.

POP Beauty Plump Pout Lipgloss in Fuschia Freesia is a deluxe sample size - beautifully packaged and sleek, this gloss is perfect to throw in your bag for touch ups throughout the day.  POPbeauty markets this product as a gloss with the wear of a stain, full of nourishing ingredients for your lips.  This POP Beauty formula is very comfortable and feels light on the lips (not sticky at all), while packing a pretty punch of cool fuchsia pink.  However, I didn't notice any staining and the wear time is relatively short; also, the smell of this gloss is quite off-putting as it's similar to a burning plastic chemical scent.  I have been wearing the POP Beauty Pout gloss and enjoying it, but I'm not sure I would repurchase because of its smell (I'll take vanilla cupcakes over burnt tire any day).

Eyetini Eye Cordial Cream Shadow Tint & Base in Spiced Rum (that was a mouthful) is a gorgeous liquid metallic gold cream shadow packaged in the form of a lipgloss.  I found it very easy to apply using the doe foot applicator and it can be easily smudged out all over the lid.  After I sheered it out a bit, the shade pulled more coppery than gold on me, but it was still a beautiful color.  Eyetini Spiced Rum is very smooth, has fine shimmer, and does not crease. At $18 full size, it is quite pricey but it's a great quality product that will last you a while.  I was surprised at how much I like this product and I'm considering purchasing the Champagne shade in the future.

Lastly,  Ipsy included a pack of JCat Eyelashes and Glue (EL20).  These are a set of dramatic lashes with a relatively thin band, and the glue is tinted black (which I think is a pretty cool move on their part). I have relatively long eyelashes and when I add fake eyelashes, you know I'm going for an over the top dramatic look suited for special occasions.  That being said, those occasions don't arise that often in my life as a grad student (aside from maybe Halloween) and even though this set retails for $3.99, I probably won't repurchase additional pairs.

Overall, I was pleased with this month's Ipsy bag as the value was great, but I would've wanted to receive different colors in the polish and the gloss.  I was also really hoping to try the City Color Matte Blush and I am slightly disappointed to receive my second pair of lashes from Ipsy (but now I'm just being spoiled because Ipsy delivers every time on value). I am really happy to have been introduced to the Eyetini shadow product, as they've only included nail polishes from this brand in past Ipsy bags.  Let me know in the comments what you received in your Ipsy bag this month, I am curious on what you thought of your make up goodies!

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Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.

CAUTION UPDATE: IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE POP BEAUTY GLOSS - DO NOT USE THE GLOSS AS INGREDIENTS USED ARE UNSAFE.  Email Ipsy to request a replacement or refund - more information available on the MakeupTalk Forum here.

Beauty Blender Dupe Comparison - Beauty Blender Review

February 21, 2021

No one likes to hear "I told you so" but if that's what it takes to discover and experience something new, then so be it. With that somewhat confusing introduction, let me walk you through how to get a flawless, photoshopped makeup look (I do realize this is now even more confusing).

Chances are you've seen or at least heard of the Beauty Blender - and like me, chances are you didn't purchase it because the Beauty Blender is just a sponge, is nothing special, is expensive, and is over hyped.  So, you probably walked right past the Beauty Blender and tried a foundation brush, a stippling brush, or some kind of a much cheaper Beauty Blender dupe.

In a comparison with any other foundation tools, the Beauty Blender is the absolute best tool to apply foundation (I know that's a strong statement, but I fully stand behind it!). The Beauty Blender shape and material lend themselves to a flawless foundation application on any and every kind of skin type - because the Beauty Blender has to first be wet, the final look also looks luminous and dewy (and becomes a smooth, matte finish). The Beauty Blender is easy to clean with its own cleanser (pack sold here) or liquid soap, so unlike a brush, you apply clean makeup on a clean face.  I've tried other purported dupes like the Sonia Kashuk Beauty Sponge, and the comparison isn't even worth the time - the Beauty Blender is still superior to any other kind of makeup sponge.  I've also tested several popular foundation brushes and found that the bristles of the brushes emphasized dry skin and left streaks and marks of foundation. The Beauty Blender size is perfect for all angles, provides full coverage without showing imperfections, and works with almost every kind of foundation or BB cream. Reader Maria Cardoza commented that you can also wait for coupon releases or a store sale to receive the Beauty Blender at a discount (for example, Sephora 20% storewide or Cherry Culture which also sell value packs).

My sister, Mackenzie, was the one who ultimately bought me the Beauty Blender and convinced me to try it - the results are absolutely impressive (I could go on and on why this product is worth its cost). So, go out and invest in the Beauty Blender, and once you realize how beautiful your makeup looks, I'll probably confirm it with "I told you so."

Stay Pretty, Miranda M.

Maybelline Baby Skin Review - Baby Skin Primer Comparison

February 17, 2021


With face primers, things can be really good or really bad.  Think about it - a good primer is the difference between "my face is photoshopped smooth and glowing" and "my face is spackled thick with foundation, is dotted with small discoloration patches, and overall melting off."  As an attorney, I was always taught to think in 'grey' and realize that some issues aren't really black and white.  Clearly, whoever created that doctrine hasn't tried makeup primers - when I test a face primer it either ends up in the "love" or "loathe" pile (no room for discussion!).  I'm paying a ridiculous amount of money for a product that is often times clear or invisible and goes under makeup (hence, my high expectations for primers). 

When Maybelline released the Maybelline Baby Skin primer, I was ready to try it and I wasn't going to let my adoration of Baby Lips balms get in the way. There have been several releases of drugstore primers, but if anyone could introduce an effective primer, it was Maybelline.  Maybelline Baby Skin Instant Pore Eraser primer is meant to reduce pores, prolong the lasting finish of foundation, and create a matte skin effect.

The Baby Skin primer ingredients include dimethicone and silica silylate - these two ingredients are what specifically create the smooth, non-shiny look.  Several primers like the Pixi Flawless and Poreless caused spots immediately the next day - I've kept my routine the same so I know when a primer is the culprit for breakouts.  First, the Maybelline Baby Skin primer did not break me out - this may not be true for everyone because of the dimethicone, but in my case, there were no breakouts even after prolonged use.  Second, Baby Skin proclaims that it's an instant pore eraser but I'd rather label this primer as a pore alleviator - yes, Baby Skin smoothed pores over but not as much as the Benefit The POREfessional. However, (and this is a big however), take a look at the primer comparison photo above - I took this photo within 3 minutes of creating the swatches and the Benefit Porefessional already had a big pool of oil around it (can't argue with hard evidence!).  For me, Benefit Porefessional is often too oily and cannot be worn for a full day. Lastly, Maybelline Baby Skin created a matte, smooth effect without being too dry - compared to the Smash Box Photo Finish Foundation Primer  which highlights dry patches, Baby Skin provides a balanced mattefying effect. Baby Skin also helped my foundation last longer although I did notice some fading around the nose and forehead area.

Maybelline Baby Skin primer is affordably priced ($6.99 at Ulta) and its benefits outweigh the negatives. This primer does not cause breakouts, does prolong foundation staying power, does provide medium pore coverage, and does create a smooth finish with minimal shine - so, Baby Skin goes into the love pile (for now at least, until a cosmetic company releases 'Photoshop in a Bottle' for .99 cents).

If you're still looking to learn more about potential primer products, the Brightest Bulb in the Box did a comprehensive review and comparison of sixteen face primers (plus, she's a no-nonsense blogger with science knowledge to match so you should probably stop by her blog anyway).  

Have you had any luck with other primers or do you have a favorite? I've read mixed reviews on Baby Skin so if you've tried it, let me know about your experience! 

Stay Pretty, Miranda M. 

Valentine's Day Nail Art - Dainty Lovelies Tutorial

February 12, 2021



There's no better time to go all out with nail art than Valentine's Day. Flowers are nice but polish is always better (especially when pampering yourself with festive designs!). Now's the time to be creative, mix and match, and design nail art around the 'love' theme - there are many ways of conjuring up Valentine's Day inspiration through polish. For this design, I wanted to have a dainty pattern that included florals, candy stripes, delicate lace, and of course, hearts.  I have included a tutorial below for the floral design since you could create an entirely cute manicure out of that pattern alone.

For this Valentine's Day manicure, I used Sally Hansen's newly released I Heart Nail Art nail art tools, such as the Stripers and Nail Art Pens, because the products were easy to use and allowed for precision. The Sally Hansen Striper formula is highly pigmented, opaque and in a rich red shade; the brush on the striper is a perfect medium length (not too long - that can be more cumbersome than helpful).  The I Heart Nail Art pens come in a variety of fun colors, and the packaging is sleek and comfortable to use.

The fine tip of the pens is quite precise and the formula is fluid and opaque - I've really been loving these for the hearts design! The newly released pens are of a higher quality than in the past and are affordable alternatives for nail art beginners or pros. Because Sally Hansen must have known our love of nail art, Sally Hansen also recently released nail art tools collections and polishes designed specifically for perfecting the art of pretty nails.

I used the following products (c/o): I Heart Nail Art Pen Green, I Heart Nail Art Striper Red, Xtreme Wear Polish Bubblegum Pink, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Pink BlinkSally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear White On.

VALENTINE NAIL ART TUTORIAL STEPS 

1.  Apply base polish on your nails.
2.  Using a light pink, paint three large dots at random.
3.  Grab your dotting tool and apply 5 smaller dots around the circumference of the large dots you previously painted (this will create a 'lacey' effect).
4.  For the roses, dot three small dots of your darker pink inside the larger dots from Step 3 in order to imitate flower buds.  Using the red striper polish delineate petals - the petals design does not have to be exact but try to emulate the round shape of a rose.
5. Add small leaves to the roses by using a green polish.  I recommend two leaves per rose pair as to not crowd the design.
6.  Using your dotting tool, apply smaller white dots randomly throughout to create depth and dimension.
7.  Apply a top coat and repeat as you wish!

I hope all of your have a lovely Happy Valentine's Day! Let me know in the comments what you plan on doing for Valentine's Day - I'm inspired for my nail art but now need some actual events to show off this cute manicure!

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.

Valentine's Day Nail Art - Pink and Nude Nail Art

February 12, 2021

 

Remember how we used to celebrate Valentine's Day in high school and middle school? There'd be balloons streaming down the hallway, handing out of lollipops, delivering of singing cards, and wearing of abundant pink and red. Now that we're grown-ups (or something like that), we've done away with the ostentatious Valentine events. But maybe as much as we don't want to admit it, Valentine's Day is still an opportunity to have a silly celebration of girly things, chocolate, and flowers.  This weekend, I decided to get into the spirit of Valentine's Day with a lovely nude and pink Valentine's Day nail art.

I picked feminine accents and blushing colors but still wanted to create a whimsical design. The nude motif allowed me to create mismatched nail art and geometric accents.  Think polka dots, stripes, hearts, lace, flowers, pink french tip - everything and anything goes with Valentine's Day nail art.

I used the following polishes: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Choco-Latte, Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Presto Pink, and Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear White

For the base colors, I love the formula of the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure collection because the Salon Manicure polishes have high shine and are easily buildable.  For the actual designs and nail art, I use more opaque shades from the Sally Hansen Insta-Dry Fast Nail collection (I've mentioned it before, but for easy nail art, I recommend using thicker, non-runny opaque polishes). Overall, the design of this Valentine's Day nail art is really up to you (and how much of a celebratory mood you're in!).

Our school day events may be of the past, but I still continue to celebrate Valentine's Day in my own way. Hope everyone has a lovely Valentine's Day and takes the time to relax, pamper, and beautify!

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.

Winter Necessities - Cold Weather Skincare and Beauty Favorites

February 9, 2021


The winter in New York has been eventful - we've had quite a bit of snow and cold days, and we're expecting more to come.  But, the calmness of watching snowflakes fall makes the bitter cold a little more worth it, right (right!)? In this post, I wanted to share with you the few winter necessities I have been using these cold months to make sure I keep my skin healthy and my mood lifted.

I have noticed this winter season that my hands were really suffering from the dry and cold air.  Carrying groceries through New York and often using my iPhone for directions (and Instagram, ahem) took its toll on my skin.  I carry a small tube of lotion in my purse and whenever I get a chance on the subway, you bet you'll find me applying some.  I've been loving this sample tube of the Nourish Organic Coconut and Argan Lotion - this coconut argan lotion is moisturizing because of the its natural oils and absorbs into the skin very fast.  The scent is quite unusual and reminds me of peppercorns (weird, I know), but I grew accustomed to its original and surprisingly pleasant scent.

For my night routine, I also apply the Burt's Bees Hand Salve (costs only $6.00) to repair any damage or redness from the winter cold.  This Burt's Bees lotion is a very emollient and thick solution so I recommend applying it before bed as a night nourishing step instead of during day (you'd have lots of greasy door handles around!).  Palmer's Skin Therapy Oil is a perfect solution for your entire body, as it contains extra remedies compared to a lotion (Vitamin E); the Palmer's Oil soaks in quickly and a little bit of it goes a long way (as a note, the therapy oil has a strong cocoa scent). With freezing wind and lots of hats, hoodies, and beanies, Psst Instant Dry Shampoo Spray is perfect to fix and tame messy hair.

To keep my face moisturized and exfoliated, I've been making sure to apply a gentle mask twice a week. The Lush Catastrophe Cosmetic mask is perfect (and not only because of the fitting name), but because this Lush mask is formulated with natural ingredients and is perfect for sensitive skin during these cold months.  When applying my foundation, I've been steering towards my Beauty Blender to incorporate more hydration and to be more gentle on my skin during my makeup routine.  The Nars Oasis blush has been the perfect fall color for my cheeks to give my skin some natural flush - Nars Oasis is a mauve color with red hints and golden shimmer running throughout.

Lips are very sensitive to the cold weather, so I've been trying to make sure my lips are protected at all times. You can always find an EOS lip balm in my purse, and I promise you it gets a lot of love from me: EOS balms are moisturizing, have natural ingredients and apply easy on the go (I've even made my boyfriend a believer).  For my night time routine, I use Lush Popcorn lip scrub to exfoliate my lips, and I apply the  Malin+Goetz Mojito lip balm before bed as a little treat to myself.  The Mojito lip balm can be cumbersome to apply on the go, and I like to savor the scent as I'm relaxing in bed reading by a candle.

Speaking of candles, this is prime time candle season - every night can be a little more magical if you light a scented candle by your bedside.  The Woodwick Vanilla Bean candle smells yummy and has a crackling sound effect as it burns, perfectly conveying a cozy winter night.

Winter and cold weather always seem to last forever so you have to be prepared in your skincare and beauty routine - hope this post was helpful and be sure to keep warm. Let me know in the comments if you have any winter necessities favorites!

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.

Valentine's Day Perfumes - Dior, Marc Jacobs, Vera Wang, Chanel, Chloe

February 8, 2021


For Valentine's Day, a lovely scent is the perfect accessory. Among plenty other insightful commentary, Coco Chanel said that "a woman should wear perfume whenever she wants to be kissed."  Talk about a power quote! I've tried many perfumes in the past, and I love each new product I discover - I'm not picky about the exact notes of a perfume, but I do want a 'lovely feel' about the scent (if that makes sense).  I often look for floral and fruity finishes for every day and more earthy, almost masculine tones for evenings or events. Overall, I find perfumes to be a good beauty investment because the actual product tends to last longer (plus, it's the easiest way to spruce up a look!). 

Chanel Chance - sultry and sensual this Chanel classic has a mix of floral, fruity, and earthy notes (reviewed here)

Miss Dior Eau de Toilette - delightfully sheer this scent features tangerine and caramel popcorn (reviewed here)

Marc Jacobs Daisy Eau so Fresh  - whimsical and enchanting with notes of strawberry, violet, and gardenia (and the packaging makes for the best vanity decor)

Chloe Eau de Parfum (affordable mini set) - one of my absolute favorites, a ladylike scent with sophisticated rose and peony notes (seriously, if you're picky about perfumes, Chloe fragrances like See by Chloe and Roses de Chloe are universally flattering).

Vera Wang Princess - simply sweet and youthful scent with vanilla, lily, and apricot (reviewed here)

Viktor and Rolf  Flowerbomb - the ultimate flower fragrance with notes of freesia, jasmine, and orchids

Le Couvent des Minimes Botanical Cologne - a splash of refreshing and unisex fragrance with herbal and grapefruit notes

What are some of your signature fragrances (I'd love to add to my collection)? Hope everyone has a lovely scented Valentine's Day (even though it's not a 'real' holiday, it's the perfect excuse to celebrate mid-freezing-February). 

Stay Pretty, Miranda M.

POPSUGAR ShopStyle Event with Miranda Kerr - We Search. We Find. We ShopStyle

February 4, 2021


Let me introduce you to the "glam google" of shopping - as if shopping couldn't get any better, ShopStyle by POPSUGAR is now that best friend you bring along for a whole day shop-extravaganza (you know, the friend who has an eye for bargains, is patient as we make up our minds, and always has great style suggestions). 

ShopStyle compiles information on products from different stores and makes items easily searchable - most importantly, the site fits all wallets as ShopStyle features luxury runway items as well as more affordable goodies.  This past Monday, I had the exciting opportunity to attend the launch of the ShopStyle advertising campaign. POPSUGAR and Miranda Kerr hosted the launch of the national campaign and highlighted the thousands of stores featured under the "we search, we find, we ShopStyle" motto.  As the stunning face of the campaign, Miranda Kerr is the ideal style spokesperson for the ShopStyle campaign - Kerr's impeccable fashion sense matches the ShopStyle product curation and  wide-spread appeal. Overall, the event was absolutely wonderful and POPSUGAR's attention to detail turned the cold, snowy New York City evening into the perfect shopping get-away (did I mention delicious cocktails with Miranda Kerr and a wall full of purses?).

Along with ease of use, the ShopStyle site features daily sales, exclusive product offers, and personalized suggestions (they know the way to a girl's heart!). I had a difficult time narrowing down my shopping list, but I've picked some of my favorite items in the photo above (products featured include earrings, Jo Malone set, embellished top, and Kate Spade handbag).

So, if you're searching for a that perfect pink handbag and a lovely collar necklace to go along with it (and heck, new artwork for your workspace), be sure to give ShopStyle a try! Thank you to POPSUGAR and ShopStyle for a great event!

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.

Ipsy January Glam Bag 2014

February 3, 2021

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Even though I received my January Ipsy bag a few weeks ago and have been anticipating the February bag from that moment on, I thought doing a quick review on the products included would be helpful.  This bag was centered more around skincare products - a fresh new way of starting off the new year 2014 - and since Ipsy includes mainly makeup products, I welcomed this refreshing change of pace in the subscription service.

Malin+Goetz is a favorite higher end brand of mine, because of their lush scents, natural ingredients and their great quality products geared toward sensitive skin.  When I received the Malin and Goetz mojito lip balm ($12 full size), I was quite curious and excited to try it, because I knew from past experience their products are quite unique in their formula.  Upon applying, the lip balm has the slightest refreshing feeling, a delicious mojito scent, and glides on the lips comfortably - this mojito balm has a slippery feeling to it, and the tiniest amount goes a long way in moisturizing your lips.  I love this Malin+Goetz lip balm, and I've incorporated it into my to night routine because it's such a lovely treat before bed (on sale at Malin + Goetz Mojito Lip Balm).

The Skiin Soothing and Smoothing eye cream was a nice inclusion since I am currently on the search for a good eye cream.  This cream applied smoothly and comfortably on, didn't sting my eyes and it absorbed in the eye area quite fast.  I don't think I would purchase the full size product after I go through this sample because while nice, it isn't really giving me any amazing results.

We've had Healthy Sexy Hair products included in our Ipsy bags before and so far I've loved their soy renewal treatment,  but this leave in conditioning and detangling spray was quite underwhelming.  It has a pleasant scent and I've been applying it to damp hair as added protection, but it doesn't stand out as the best drugstore leave in conditioner available -  I prefer the Rock My Hair version better.

I was excited to try the Proactiv Mark Fading Pads (4 included) because I do have acne prone skin and even though I'm not currently breaking out I still have some scars here and there.  This product smells very medicated and chemically (is that a word), and after applying it I noticed it was burning/hurting my skin.  Granted, I did not have any skin reactions the next morning and I did notice some decrease in the pigmentation of my marks - I recommend this product but advise you to try it on a small area first and only apply it to the marks you want faded instead of large areas, because it is so strong.

Lastly, the Elizabeth Mott creamy eye pencil in "Penny" (retails $15 for full pencil size) - this was a really beautiful coppery eye pencil color with purple flecks.  Mott's "Penny" was indeed very creamy and definitely waterproof, but this sample was seriously tiny (the tip you see is the entire product we received), and I didn't get to play around with it too much.    

I hope this roundup was helpful to you and that you discovered some products you might be interested in.  You can view our review of past months (December, November, September) to get a sense of the Ipsy subscription service ($10/month); if you like what you see, you can sign up to Ipsy here (affiliate link).  Let me know in the comments what you thought of your January Ipsy bag and what products you were really excited for and bummed about.

Stay pretty, Mackenzie M.