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Ruby Wing Wicked West - Nail Art and Review

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I am pretty easily mesmerized by anything that changes color in the sunlight.  And when that anything is nail polish, I’m even more excited. I was looking forward to trying the new Ruby Wing Wicket West summer collection as I think it’s a smart way to transition between summer and fall and indoor and outdoor. Be it be in the office or a fun-in-the-sun outing, Ruby Wing Wicket West has a shade for everyone and includes creme finishes, luster finish, and two glitter polishes.

Ruby Wing polishes retail for $10 which can seem pricey but could be justified as having two nail polishes due to the color changing ability (think of it as a two in one deal). Keep reading below for more details on each polish, but overall, I would recommend Ruby Wing to those that don’t have a large polish collection but like versatility, and for those who enjoy a bit of silly fun and surprise when it comes to their nails.

Starting on the left is Saloon Sweetheart swatch, a dusty red/coral, creme shade that turns into a vampy red when in sunlight.  This applied nicely, but I must say I like the color more when it is in the sunlight.

Rodeo is the bright pistachio green in a creme finish, which applied wonderfully as well.  This color didn’t change much in the sun, but I really like its freshness and vibrancy. Back on the Saddle consists of golden flakes in a clear jelly, which turns into a reddish orange when outside (word of caution, Saddle is somewhat difficult to apply because of the flakes texture).  This is a great color for situations when you want a really understated hue in indoor lighting but a pretty and bright color in the shade.

Wanted Dead or Alive is a sheer, frosty finish blue that leans teal; this polish didn’t have a drastic transformation in the sun, and just turned slightly darker.  While not my favorite pick of the bunch, this nail polish should appeal to those wanting a pearl and sheer formula.

Tumbleweeds is a yellow tinted green that changes into a much darker, forest green.  I prefer this color in indoor lighting, and this might be a tricky one to pull off due to its yellow undertones.  Nevertheless, Tumbleweeds (what an appropriate name!) has a great creamy formula and is opaque in two coats.

Ride ‘Em Cowgirl is the showstopper in the collection for me.  This Ruby Wing polish is a densely packed gold glitter that turns into a rose gold blush shade in the sunlight - it is a unique and beautiful color both indoors and outdoors.   You could really have some fun incorporating this into nail art for fun design dimension (if I would recommend picking any item from the Wicked West collection, it would definitely be Ride ‘Em Cowgirl).

So, what are your thoughts on color changing polish?  What are your favorites from the Wicked West Collection, and have you ever tried nail art with any of the color changing Ruby Wing polishes?  The nail art can be tricky, but the fun is in the surprise when you go outside (because yes, I’m easily entertained when it comes to nail polish).

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.

Staying Colorful in August - Monthly Beauty Favorites

Let me preface this post by reminding everyone that it’s still technically summer.  While we’ll have enough time to enjoy pumpkin spiced lattes and cozy knits, there is still the smallest linger of warm weather and sunshine.  And because of this observation, I’ve chosen to continue to embrace bright colors and floral scents.  Each more vibrant than the other, the August Monthly Favorites were daily staple products that worked for during the work week and for night-out happy hours.

Nars Amour Blush is like every other iconic Nars blush. Soft, pigmented, and shimmery, Nars Amour adds a bit of peachy love (eh!) to your cheeks.

Makeup For Ever Smoky Extravagant Mascara (which is a Sephora Birthday Gift freebie) creates voluminous, lengthy lashes without the dreaded spidery look.  I love the Smoky Extravagant Mascara because, despite the heat and humidity of DC, the mascara did not smudge or flake (and it’s not even waterproof which is another plus).

Viktor and Rolf Flowerbomb perfume is a mini perfume bottle from a Sephora kit. Easy to carry and completely adorable, this particular product remains sealed and does not open accidentally (which is a big deal when placed in my black-hole of a purse). Flowerbomb stays true to its name with a lovely combination of jasmine, rose, orchid, and freesia scents.

Neutrogena Rapid Tone Repair with Broad Spectrum SPF 30 is an absolute favorite of mine (and you’ll see it featured over and over).  The Rapid Tone repair is perfect for all types of skin (this moisturizer doesn’t break out or create dry flakes) and contains a good amount of SPF.  The Rapid Tone Repair is lightweight and absorbs easily which are ideal attributes for hot days.

Remember how I said I was going to embrace color? Well, Bite Beauty Luminous Creme Beauty Lipstick Duo delivered just the right amount of bright, happy shades. Bite Beauty Palomino is a neon fuchsia, and Bite Beauty Violet is vibrant purple that is perfect for lip staining. Created with natural and food-grade ingredients, Bite Beauty lip products are a girl’s best friend (my Bite Beauty collection is growing, so I’m a full convert).

My parting advice to you is to savor the remaining days of warm weather - embrace bright colors and floral scents to add a bit of sunshine to the every day.

Stay Pretty, Miranda M.

Form Over Substance - Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi Colour Review

chanelpowder21 It’s not often that strongly dislike a product, because I do my research beforehand, but when I do, I do. The Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi Colour powder (no. 1) is nothing but form over substances.  Beautiful pan shades, glorious packaging, sleek presentation and no substance to the actual product.  Released alongside the Chanel Les Beiges powder collection, the Limited Edition Multi Colour powder is promoted as a multi-stripe palette that acts as a highlighter, sculpting powder, bronzer and blush.  The Health Glow Multi Colour does all that with an alleged “sheer, natural finish and broad spectrum sun protection.”

Let me break down the uses of the Chanel Healthy Glow Multi Colour and my issues with the product (and why I returned the item back to the store).

In option one, I could swirl all the shades together to create the supposedly perfect, blurring multi-use powder.  I picked the Healthy Glow No. 1 which is better suited for fair skin as the middle powder was not as dark as Healthy glow No. 2. When I mixed all shades together and applied to my face, I became a hot mess of “how not to apply makeup.”  The highlighter translated to glitter sparkles and the blush and powder mixed to become an Oompa Loompa orange.  I then tried using as a bronzer on my temples and ended up with two round circles of a muddy brick-stone color (not the look I was going for).

Chanel, you can’t have blush mixed with a dark powder, and instruct the customer to apply all over the face (that’s how “oh, honey, no” comments happen).

In option two, I could try each of the shades individually.  Well, good luck with that because the stripes are about one milliliter and even the provided brush picks up at least two shades at the same time.  If I wanted the highlighter only, the brush would pick the darker powder thus negating the point of a highlighter. If I wanted to then just use the blush, the color was not pigmented or Chanel soft, and I ended up with tiny chalky lines on my cheeks.

I don’t understand this product, and I don’t understand how it could work for anyone.  I adore Chanel products because of the attention of detail that goes into each item, but the Chanel Les Beiges Health Glow Multi Colour was nothing but a pretty compact (at a $65 cost, nonetheless). I did not include a Healthy Glow Multi Colour swatch because none of the individual shades showed due to the poor pigmentation or showed as orange because the blush overpowered the rest of the shades.

On a positive note, Chanel delivers the perfect pink lipstick, the most colorful blushes, and the prettiest perfumes.

If you have tried the Chanel Les Beiges Healthy Glow Multi Colour powder, let me know of your experience in the comments below - was this a miss or a hit for you?

Stay Pretty, Miranda M.

Ipsy August Glam Bag - Review

The drawing on the right is by Elizabeth Peyton, an American contemporary painter whose work consists of stylized portraits of friends and celebrities. She explores the possibility of an entire cultural generation to be contained in a figure and reflected in one’s persona and humanity.

In sync with the arrival of school, Ipsy’s August glam bag was appropriately called Beauty Schooled.  Ipsy included some good staple pieces for school, such as a Dr. Brandt primer, a Mongongo chapstick,  a deluxe sample of the Klorane dry shampoo, a wearable golden shimmery nude eyeshadow, and a small sample of the new Perversion mascara from Urban Decay.  This Ipsy bag was curated nicely, and I must say that I’ve enjoyed all the goodies (except the mascara, which I need to play with more).  Although this glam bag was a good compilation of items, I do want to mention that I have been slightly disappointed with Ipsy due to the recent size of the samples and the uniqueness of the products  (hence my not reviewing previous months).  I remember the glory days when Ipsy would send us several full sized items from Butter London, Zoya, Bare Minerals and more, and lets just hope those days are not over.  For $10 a month, Ipsy remains a good subscription service, and I do recommend it for those of you looking to try new products and to enlarge your makeup collection.

Klorane Dry Shampoo is a pricy shampoo, and it does perform well, but I’m not sure if I would repurchase the full size.  The white residue is a bit much, so just be careful to brush it away or blend it in once you spray it.  The scent is pleasant and not overwhelming, but I think Pssst Dry Shampoo is a cheaper, nicer alternative.

Dr. Brandt Pores No Pore pore refiner primer is a great primer, but it retails for $45 for the full size (ouch!).  Dr. Brandt Pores No More maintains my makeup for longer and does blur away  pores, leaving behind a matte finish to the skin.  Pores No More is formulated without parabens, sulfates or phthalates (good ingredients list but the product still manages to result in oily skin by the end of the day).

Jersey Shore Sun Mongongo lip balm is an antiaging, 100% organic and natural lip balm perfect for lip conditioning and moisturizing (full size costs $6).  This balm applies very light, is non-waxy, and has a yummy mandarin orange scent.

JCat Beauty Flying Solo eyeshadow in Half Naked (full size $3) is a nicely pigmented silvery peach shimmer eyeshadow (it’s perfect for giving your eyes a brighter look).  The packaging is a bit bulky and the shadow tends to fall out, but overall, Flying Solo applied easily and stayed put throughout the day.

Urban Decay Perversion Mascara (full size $22) was an exciting product to receive since it was just recently released on the market.  I need more time to write a full review, but my initial thoughts are that the Perversion mascara has a strong black pigmentation, doesn’t clump, and the wand is a classic bristle brush.  I’m all about big dramatic lashes, and I’m not yet sure if this mascara will get me there.  I’ll continue to test the Urban Decay Perversion Mascara and will provide an update!

Let me know in the comments if you’ve received any of these products in your own Ipsy Glam Bag (it’s always so much fun to compare).  Have you been satisfied with your Ipsy subscription service so far?  Because it’s been more than a year that I have been subscribing to Ipsy, I’d love recommendations on what other boxes I should try!

Stay Pretty, Mackenzie M.