The Makeup Show NYC - Makeup Show Information and Show Wishlist

April 29, 2021

I can always guess when I'm watching a dream sequence in a movie because things are just too good. Let me set that scene for you - a montage of shopping, beautiful clothes twirling, whimsical creatures floating about, smiles from everyone, and vibrant colors set against an even more vibrant city. While some events are truly part of the imaginary, the scene I just described is very much real and very much happening on May 4th and 5th in New York City.

The Makeup Show is a professionals only event open to all those 'dreamers' in the beauty and fashion industry. True to its name, The Makeup Show is focused toward makeup artists, hairstylists, estheticians, cosmetologists, agents, models, and stylists.  Continuing on its nine year tradition, the Show features hands-on workshops with expert makeup artists (and that's "artist" in every sense of the word!), keynote speakers from throughout the beauty industry, and kit building series. An array of makeup and beauty brands, from Beautylish to Kevyn Aucoin, are also available to interact with the attendees and introduce new collections. The whole event is meant to be an industry experience where individuals learn from each other and gain inspiration in a creative setting.

My sister and I will have the wonderful opportunity of attending The Makeup Show in a press capacity - we'll be documenting all the makeup news, expert tricks and tips, and of course, the shopping (our Makeup Show wishlist is inspired by the best products and the brightest of shades). As your "women on the inside," feel free to let us know in the comments if you're looking for any specific coverage or wish to learn more about  the brands exhibiting at The Makeup Show. 

Visit The Makeup Show for ticket information, frequently asked questions, and blog updates from the Show's organizers (Shelly Taggar, the owner of The Makeup Show, is the brains and brawn behind the whole event and her enthusiasm and dedication are simply contagious).
Finally, let's talk about our beauty wishes. NARS and MAC makeup on sale? Legendary makeup artists creating out of this world looks? Swatching every possible color and falling in love with brand new products? A girl can dream... (or a girl can get herself tickets to the Makeup Show this weekend).

And in the most fitting of clichés, my sister and I declare that it's time to get this Show started!

Stay Pretty, Miranda and Mackenzie M.

Flowers and Lace Nail Art with Nail Art Gems

April 27, 2021

With nail art, it's the little things that count (the really tiny, teeny little things).

For this flowers and lace nail art design, I kept the color palette simple and the shapes clean. Using Essie Mademoiselle, I drew delicate cherry blossom flowers that complemented the baby blue Sally Hasen base. I added lace nail art designs throughout to make the final look cohesive (lace is quite easy to draw on but if you're still skeptical be sure try our step by step nail art tutorial).

And now, for a bit of edge and a bit sparkle, I added these bar rhinestones from Tmart as accents. The rhinestones are quite miniature so application has to be more precise (however, I like the smaller size as the gems do not overwhelm the overall design). When my sister was visiting this past weekend, she asked how the gems are actually staying on (which made me realize that some may not have experience with how to apply rhinestones to nails).  To apply gems, I dab a small dot of Seche Vite on the nail and using tweezers or nail art tools I pick up the gem and apply each individually (you can add a top coat for good measure, but this may cause the luster finish to dull). Be sure to wait long enough to allow the base to dry and the rhinestones will stay on safely until time for removal.

Tmart carries a wide and affordable selection of nail art tools and nail art rhinestones - I used the small silver glitter gems as I wanted to create a subtle 3D effect. My nail ornament wheel, which cost only $3.50, includes basic shapes such as flowers, half moons, stars, circles, rectangle bars, and teardrops (next on my wish list are these lovely pastel pearls).

If you like simple nail designs, consider adding nail art rhinestones and gems for just the right amount of shine.

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M. 

Limited Edition Baby Lips - Mad for Magenta and Rose Rush Baby Lips Swatches

April 25, 2021

This on-the-go Baby Lips review seemed appropriate for this past whirlwind of a week. Both my sister and I have been extremely busy with grad school finals and full time work, so we're ready to enjoy a blog-centric weekend.

Mad for Magenta 115 and Rose Rush 120 Baby Lips are part of the Maybelline Limited Edition Get Pink'ed collection. The Pink'ed collection has a total of five Baby Lips with various shades of pink (so, yes, if you collect Baby Lips this is your jackpot of pretty!).  I was able to only find Mad for Magenta and Rose Rush because of the limited release, but I know Maybelline will come up with even more must-have shades in the future.

Mad for Magenta Baby Lips is a very sheer pink shade with cooler undertones. Depending on the pigmentation of your lips, Mad for Magenta may not fully show it's colors - however (and surprisingly), this shade was my favorite out of the two Baby Lips.  The sheer color is perfect for any occasion and you can easily apply even in a rush.  If you're running from meeting to meeting or running between classes, Mad for Magenta is a lovely flush of color that hydrates and sends the message to the world that "hey, I may be a hot mess at the moment but I'm still looking fabulously chic." Mad for Magenta has a strawberry scent and lasts for approximately one hour.

Rose Rush Baby Lips is a pink and coral color that is not too bright or too 'neon' as some corals tend to be.  Unfortunately, I had issues with applying Rose Rush - this Baby Lips shade is streaky, somewhat watery, and applies with difficulty.  In the Rose Rush swatch above, you can notice how half of the swatch is more pigmented and uneven.  As I applied Rose Rush throughout the day, the product was smearing everywhere which prompted by sister to ask "why do your lips look chapped?" (oy, not quite the look I was going for).  This Baby Lips was a great color idea but the concept somewhat failed due to the hydrating nature of the balm. Rose Rush has a candy bubblegum scent and lasts no longer than two hours.

I admit I'm a Baby Lips addict  (for mostly the wrong reasons) - the adorable packaging, the sweet scent, and the sheer colors are a grown-up version of happy lip balm.  I'm looking forward to more Limited Edition releases to add to my collection (and to Maybelline, if you want to take over the world, create more collections based on colors, Disney princesses, ice cream, and everything else under the sun).

Stay Pretty, Miranda M. 

He Texted Book Launch Event - He Texted: The Ultimate Guide to Decoding Guys

April 20, 2021

If I were to become stranded on an island and I could only bring one item with me, I'd take my phone (that decision would be made easily, with no hesitation).  From nail art to online shopping to Kindle books and cat videos, my phone would fulfill all my stranded needs (oh, did I not mention my island has unlimited, high speed wireless internet connection?).

Among some of my favorite sites to visit is where girls can give and get advice on decoding perplexing guy texts (because everyone who owns a phone has received at least one 'wth' text). The website is essentially a relationship forum that allows for unbiased conversations on dating questions or dilemmas.  And if you're like me and you're looking for the spark notes version of the web site, you should probably run to your nearest Barnes and Nobles or Amazon account and check out the "He Texted: The Ultimate Guide to Decoding Guys" book.  Authored by Lisa Winning and Carrie Henderson McDermott, the founders of the HeTexed website, this book is an easy and fun read with valuable advice and real-life scenarios that are bound to ring a bell or bring back some what-was-I-thinking memories.

As part of the Her Campus network, I had the wonderful opportunity to attend the HeTexted book launch event at the Nicole Miller boutique in Soho. With its feminine decor and splashes of color, the Nicole Miller boutique was the perfect setting for the HeTexted launch party. The authors were absolutely lovely, the store was lined with awe-inspiring prints, and the hosts were great company (and cupcakes were served, if there was any doubt on how much fun I had). At the end of the evening, HerCampus generously provided gift bags that included a copy of HeTexted. As you can probably already tell, I was inspired to create candy nail art based on the cover, and I spent the weekend reading more than halfway through the book.

Thank you to HeTexted, Her Campus, and Nicole Miller for an absolutely wonderful evening (and if I were to be stranded in the Nicole Miller shop with a copy of HeTexted, I'd accept and resign to my fate of fun prose and bright fashion).

He Texted: The Ultimate Guide to Decoding Guys is currently available to purchase online and in stores at Amazon and Barnes and Nobles.

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.

Pastels and White Sheer Dots - Pastel Nail Art and Polka Dot Tutorial

April 18, 2021

With Easter (and springtime) approaching, we're starting to be surrounded by everything pastel. I couldn't tell you how many times I pass window displays of peep shaped cakes and bunny baskets and respond with an "awww."  I'm not really a girly-girl but adorable tiny chicks, fluffy bunnies, pastel cupcakes, and an abundance of flowers and pinks appeal to my inner egg-hunt child.

For the grownup version of celebrating spring time, I create a pastel nail art and sheer white polka dots. I combined soft shades like pink, blue, and green and created an ombre watercolor effect (this watercolor technique is quite easy as it allows for freedom in the design and creativity - no ombre nail art will be the same). For added 'cute' bonus, I drew a pink bow accent on the thumbs. Lastly, I included an easy to follow nail art tutorial for drawing the polka dots.  Start with a nude or peach nail polish base, apply evenly spaced dots, and use a matte top coat.  The matte top coat and the complimentary colors create the soft, sheer dots effect.

And voilà - spring at your fingertips with pastels, bows, and polka dots! Hope all of you have a wonderful Easter weekend and allow your inner child to indulge in pretty nail art and cadbury candy eggs!

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.

IMATS NYC 2014 - IMATS Tips and IMATS Haul

April 14, 2021

My sister and I attended IMATS NYC this past weekend and we can't wait to share our experience, our IMATS haul, and tips for future conference events. If you're not sure what IMATS is all about, let me describe it to you - imagine an enormous place with dozens of makeup booths, product discounts, whimsical costume makeup, beauty samples, edgy fashion, and live presentations by renowned makeup artists. Add some frenzied shopping and lots of photo taking and you've officially arrived at IMATS.

As this was our first year attending, we did not know what to expect.  Somehow, our non-knowledge and blissful ignorance resulted in an absolutely amazing event where everything worked out and we completed everything on our itinerary (and wish list!). As we were unwinding at dinner and re-hashing and re-living the moments from IMATS, we came to the realization as to why IMATS was so amazing.  Every single person there, from teens shopping with their parents to groups of best friends, absolutely loved makeup and wanted to be there.  You could see it in everyone's energy - we were all primped up, we were ready to shop, we loved swatching, and we loved debating shades with the strangers next to us. The makeup and beauty lovers camaraderie was in full force and contributed to a wonderful event. 

My sister, Mackenzie, brought up that we've never actually shared a haul (what with actual budgeting and all), so we're happy to have our first haul post come from IMATS. We varied our products and purchased items that were on our wishlist and are not as easy to locate. For the China Glaze haul, we picked six colorful summer shades (cost $20.00 with no taxes). I went on an eyeliner binge and purchased the Stila Waterproof Eyeliner Alloy (priced $13.00) and Lime Crime Blue Milk Liquid eyeliner (priced $10.00). Mackenzie found the perfect coral shades in this Inglot eye shadow palette (priced $36.00) and replenished her lip product stash with NYX lip butters and Lime Crime Coquette nude lipstick. We both needed specialized makeup brushes so we opted for the affordable Morphe brushes (prices ranged from $3.00 to $9.00).

If you ever have the opportunity to attend, we highly recommend going to IMATS - if you love makeup, it's a must! Stay tuned for our next post featuring swatches and a tips and tricks list for surviving IMATS.

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie and Miranda M.

Going-Out Mod GIF Tutorial - How to Create Retro Makeup with Rimmel London

April 7, 2021

This "Going-Out Mod" tutorial post was sponsored by the Collective Bias Social Fabric Community. 
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The retro mod revival is bringing back some of the best trends and elements from the 60s era.  Think baby-doll lashes, white eyeshadow, bob-styled hair, pink lipstick, and a ton of attitude.

With affordable, effective, and simply beautiful drugstore products, Rimmel London is helping us celebrate retro and recreate statement makeup looks. And what better way to be inspired by the iconic 60s than with a "going-out mod" smokey eye shadow tutorial? Yes - there will be color, there will be strong eyeliner, and there will be lashes for miles. Be sure to follow along with the mini-gifs for the step by step tutorial.

Rimmel London products, which can also be purchased at Walmart, are extremely affordable and contain a variety of beautiful shades.  For this makeup look, I used the Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation, the Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner in Light Blue and Sparkling Black, Rimmel Kate Moss #17 Lipstick in Valentine Kisses, and the Rimmel Scandal Eyes Retro Glam Mascara. April is Rimmel's 180 year anniversary (talk about retro chic!) and Rimmel is offering $1 off coupon inserts for the Rimmel Scandal Eyes Retro Glam Mascara and Rimmel Stay Matte Foundation.
Step 1: Start by prepping your face and applying the Rimmel Stay Matte foundation. The Stay Matte foundation is full coverage so a little bit goes a long way.  Using the Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Eyeliner in Sparkling Black, create a crease outline that follows the shape of your eye.

Step 2: Blend in the black outline to create the smokey eye effect. The Rimmel Scandal Eyes Sparkling Black kohl eyeliner has glitter speckles which add a touch of pretty and dimension.  Use the Light Blue Scandal Eyes kohl eyeliner all over your waterline and lid and blend in with the crease outline.  This grey-blue shade is retro and daring without being too conspicuous (Rimmel figured out how to make blue eyeshadow work!).

Step 3: Line a dramatic cat eyeliner that extends past the corner of your eye and on your waterline - the more fierce, the better. Finish your going-out mod makeup by applying the Scandal Eyes Retro Glam Mascara. For demure cheeks and lips, use a baby-pink Rimmel blush and Rimmel Kate Moss Lipstick in Valentine Kisses.

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Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.

Tiny Beauty - Free and Affordable Makeup Samples

April 1, 2021

Let's face it - miniature things make us happy (and when that miniature item is makeup, the cute factor is undeniable).  I've been amassing an adorable collection of mini and sample-sized beauty products, so now, I'm ready to let you know how you can find affordable and free beauty samples.  

Smaller makeup products are useful for two reasons. First, you have the chance to experiment and try a product without paying full price on a full-size item (your wallet will thank you if that product is not your favorite).  Second, you will always be prepared with easy to transport products that do not take up much space and can be easily stored at your desk and in your purse. Alongside the post below, I've also included some of my favorite mini products and makeup kit links.

Counter Samples: When purchasing from a counter, I tend to ask the sale representative if there are any samples that he or she recommends. Most often, you will not even need to ask as associates will offer potential samples. When I purchased my much-beloved Chanel Candeur lipstick, the Chanel representative offered me the Chanel Le Lift Firming Anti-Wrinkle sample creme. Be sure to also consider Gifts with Purchase promotions where brands offer free makeup products if you spend a certain amount (Clinique Bonus Time helps us keep track of the most popular gifts with purchase offers).

Sephora Free Samples and Value Sets: From free deluxe samples to free birthday gifts and affordable value sets, Sephora is one of the best places to find mini beauty products. Every year, my sister and I take advantage of the free birthday gift which includes two items from popular brands (past gifts included Fresh Sugar, Benefit, and Make Up For Ever). I also discovered some of my favorite beauty items in the checkout section at Sephora which features mini kits with their highest rated products (consider the $15.00 Benefit highlighting kit, the $20.00 Too Faced Beauty Blogger Darlings kit, and the $16.00 Stila Pretty Pick-Me Up blush and gloss kit). Around the holidays, Sephora also curates deluxe value sets with a multitude of beauty products (one of my best friends gifted me the Sephora Give Me More Lip Kit so I'm set for life with my mini lipstick collection).

Reward Points Systems: The majority of beauty stores have purchase reward systems that come with many perks. Sephora, Ulta,, and are just a few examples where you can redeem points and select samples (as an example, Sephora currently offers a mini-mascara and Tory Burch perfume as rewards). Add in free shipping codes and additional purchases to receive more points, and the never-ending cycle of samples and beauty goodies starts again.

Beauty Box Subscriptions: This one is a no-brainer - for a set monthly price, you receive deluxe makeup samples and full-sized beauty products. If you review the products and earn points, you can further receive free samples from each respective subscription (popular services include Ipsy, Glossybox, and Birchbox although there are numerous options suited for your budget and makeup preferences). If you are unhappy with your samples, you can also trade and exchange for whatever products you'd like.

Influenster and Free Sample Services: As companies realize that consumers are more comfortable purchasing products only after trying them, free sample services have recently become increasingly popular. For example, I received several makeup and nail polish products to review from Influenster and PINCHme. And because there is no such thing as a "free lunch," keep in mind you often have to complete a review or survey after sampling the items.

As if makeup couldn't get more fun, tiny beauty items add just a pinch of cute - start researching, get to purchasing, and happy sampling!

Stay Pretty, Miranda M.