Category Archives: Makeup

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. 


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. 

Summer Essentials Giveaway featuring MAC, Baby Lips, Sally Hansen, Maybelline, and more

We’ve been blogging for over two years and it’s time to reward our lovely followers with some bright summer essentials that my sister and I put together. Thank you to everyone for all of your support, likes, follows, comments, retweets, suggestions, emails, and everything in between! We march to the beat of our drum so for anyone that dances along, we’re very grateful and want you to know that you make our blogging days sunnier.

Now, for the fun part, enter via the Rafflecopter below to win the following summer essentials pack (giveaway is open internationally):

    • MAC Lipstick Relentlessly Red                                               
    • Baby Lips Rose Rush 
    • Maybelline Limited Edition Color Tattoo Sleek and Spice 
    • Julep Polish 
    • Burt’s Bees Balm 
    • Clinique eyeshadow and blush compact 
    • Sally Hansen Polish 
    • Incoco Nail Strips 
    • (and everything else you see in the photos!) 

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Stay Pretty, Miranda and Mackenzie M. 

Stila Alloy Waterproof Eyeliner Swatch - Stila Stay All Day Eye Liner Review

Finding your ideal eyeliner is akin to kissing a lot of frogs before finally discovering the prince. Every girl knows the story - an eyeliner may be too dark, too light, too waxy, too difficult to apply, dries too fast, or dries too slow.  With so many eye liner products on the market, it takes some time to uncover what best works for you.
I’ve been searching for a grey eyeliner that was a true grey without being too dark or too light. Because I don’t like sporting raccoon eyes half way through the work day, I also wanted a waterproof eyeliner that would stay put but would also be easy to remove (what can I say, I have high standards).
Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eyeliner in the Alloy shade met all my requirements and more.  Stila Alloy is a beautiful medium true grey shade that brings out the eyes without being too harsh for every day wear.  I love the longevity of the Stay All Day collection as well - the product really does stay all day without smudging but easily wipes off at night (see what I there?). The only issue with this product is that the felt tip applicator may be a bit stiff at the beginning but after the first few uses, it becomes easier to maneuver.
Overall, precise application is extremely easy, and the liner color and shape can be intensified and layered.  Stila Waterproof eyeliners work on every type of eye lid and are guaranteed to stay on - my eyes are sensitive to the ingredients in some liners, but Alloy performed very well.  The whole collection has a beautiful range of shades so if you still haven’t found your “prince” eyeliner, head to your nearest Sephora to swatch the Stila All Day waterproof eye liners.
Stay Pretty, Miranda M.