Category Archives: Makeup

Lifestyle Box Subscription - POPSUGAR Must Have Box

bitebeauty_2 The POPSUGAR Must Have Box (c/o) is one of those rare box subscriptions where you’re guaranteed to love everything that is included (I know that’s a strong statement but just take a look at past boxes!).  For the month of August,  the Must Have Box was an absolute hit and a perfect balance of beauty, style, home, and fitness items.

My favorite product from the POPSUGAR Must Have Box was the Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Lip Gloss (big surprise coming from a beauty blogger, right?). Bite Beauty products are food-grade, natural products that pack a lot of color. This Bite Beauty Lush Fruit in POPSUGAR signature shade is a hot pink lip gloss with a jelly finish that adds the perfect touch of pink and gloss.

My second favorite item was the Lollia at Perfumed Shower Gel. The Lollia packaging is adorable and the scent is lovely and invigorating. For the fashion pick, POPSUGAR included a dainty (but edgy) Kendra Scott black stone, gold chain necklace.  The necklace was of high quality and craftsmanship and had beautiful details.

The lifestyle items included in the August Must Have Box were also put to use immediately.  I take my lunch to work every day so the Goodbyn Small Meal Box and Dipper Set is perfect for packing snacks and dips and keeping everything fresh.   The Mason Jar Cookie Company resulted in yummy cookies full of colorful sprinkles. The bonus item in this Box, the delicious thinkThin Brownie Crunch High Protein Bar, didn’t last too long (I have a rule of eating edible treats as soon as possible, something about “in the name of research”).

Now, let’s talk about the amazing customer service.  My box did not include the Paddywax Ocean Tide + Sea Salt Mini Jar Candle (because mistakes do happen); however, when I reached out to the POPSUGAR customer service team the response was prompt, helpful, apologetic, and all around awesome.  The POPSUGAR representative offered a replacement product or new box with no questions asked - in the case of  a damaged box during the shipping or a missing product, POPSUGAR will swiftly resolve the issue (which is a breath of fresh air compared to other customer service experiences I’ve had in the past).

UPDATE: POPSUGAR replaced the missing item within a few days of my contacting them (so subscribe with the knowledge that any issues will be quickly fixed!).

With a total value of over $120, the August Must Have Box is well worth its $39.95 cost, which means I’m getting excited for the September Must Have Box.

If you’re ready to sign up for the POPSUGAR Must Have Box, we are offering a POPSUGAR Select bloggers coupon code of $10 off a 3 month subscription. The $10 off code is AUG14SELECT and is available until September 10. POPSUGAR released a few sneak peeks and the upcoming September Must Have Box is (well) a must have!

Stay Pretty, Miranda M.

August POPSUGAR Must Have Box Review

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The POPSUGAR Must Have Box (c/o) is one of those rare box subscriptions where you’re guaranteed to love everything that is included (I know that’s a strong statement but just take a look at past boxes!).  For the month of August,  the Must Have Box was an absolute hit and a perfect balance of beauty, style, home, and fitness items.

My favorite product from the POPSUGAR Must Have Box was the Bite Beauty Lush Fruit Lip Gloss (big surprise coming from a beauty blogger, right?). Bite Beauty products are food-grade, natural products that pack a lot of color. This Bite Beauty Lush Fruit in POPSUGAR signature shade is a hot pink lip gloss with a jelly finish that adds the perfect touch of pink and gloss.

My second favorite item was the Lollia at Perfumed Shower Gel. The Lollia packaging is adorable and the scent is lovely and invigorating. For the fashion pick, POPSUGAR included a dainty (but edgy) Kendra Scott black stone, gold chain necklace.  The necklace was of high quality and craftsmanship and had beautiful details.

The lifestyle items included in the August Must Have Box were also put to use immediately.  I take my lunch to work every day so the Goodbyn Small Meal Box and Dipper Set is perfect for packing snacks and dips and keeping everything fresh.   The Mason Jar Cookie Company resulted in yummy cookies full of colorful sprinkles. The bonus item in this Box, the delicious thinkThin Brownie Crunch High Protein Bar, didn’t last too long (I have a rule of eating edible treats as soon as possible, something about “in the name of research”).

Now, let’s talk about the amazing customer service.  My box did not include the Paddywax Ocean Tide + Sea Salt Mini Jar Candle (because mistakes do happen); however, when I reached out to the POPSUGAR customer service team the response was prompt, helpful, apologetic, and all around awesome.  The POPSUGAR representative offered a replacement product or new box with no questions asked - in the case of  a damaged box during the shipping or a missing product, POPSUGAR will swiftly resolve the issue (which is a breath of fresh air compared to other customer service experiences I’ve had in the past).

UPDATE: POPSUGAR replaced the missing item within a few days of my contacting them (so subscribe with the knowledge that any issues will be quickly fixed!).

With a total value of over $120, the August Must Have Box is well worth its $39.95 cost, which means I’m getting excited for the September Must Have Box.

If you’re ready to sign up for the POPSUGAR Must Have Box, we are offering a POPSUGAR Select bloggers coupon code of $10 off a 3 month subscription. The $10 off code is AUG14SELECT and is available until September 10. POPSUGAR released a few sneak peeks and the upcoming September Must Have Box is (well) a must have!

Stay Pretty, Miranda M.

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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.

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.