Makeup

Makeup Regrets

With a makeup collection the size of mine it’s inevitable to come across a few products that aren’t your favorite. Today I am here to share with you some makeup products that I’ve purchased and didn’t love/ weren’t worth the money. Before I begin I want to make sure everybody knows that I love all these brands and have favorite products from all these companies as well. These reviews are just based off my own personal experiences with them. ūüôā Wishing you endless happy days. With love, McKenz.

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Stila Brighten & Correct Concealer- I bought this concealer on clearance from Nordstrom Rack and although I do love the consistency of this concealer it’s rather orange and leaves an odd looking ring around the area I apply it to.

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NYX Glam Shadow in Moonrock- I love NYX products especially their jumbo eye pencils but for some reason this single eyeshadow just does not work for me. I found the color to be unflattering on my blue eyes and the formula to be quite patchy. Try the Covergirl single shadows if you’re looking for a good quality shadow¬†and are on a budget.

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Covergirl Outlast Lipcolor- I bought this lip stain so I could wear it throughout cheer competitions. Although it does everything it claims and has great pigmentation it is so drying on the lips so I highly recommend using Vaseline before. I tend to reach for my Essence Lipsticks that work just as well.IMG_9007.JPG

Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush- When this product came out I was obsessed with it, as I’ve become more experienced with makeup I realized that there isn’t really any convenient way to apply this blush, not to mention it doesn’t blend the best. Check out the ELF Blush and Bronzer Duo if you’re looking for a blush that is pigmented, is easily bendable, and is long wearing

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Benefit Posie Tint- When I first heard about Posie Tint I thought it was the coolest thing. It’s basically a liquid blush that can also be used as a lip stain. However, this product does not blend at all and look quire patchy when applied on to the cheeks. I do love this product on the lips but for the price, you can find products just as good at the drugstore!IMG_9004.JPG

Covergirl Eye Enhancers in Country Woods– Some of my favorite drugstore eyeshadows are from Covergirl but for some reason this specific eyeshadow quad had almost no pigmentation and was quite chalky. Check out any of the other shades though, they are awesome!

 

Fashion · Makeup

Transitioning into Spring

Good morning everyone. I know I’m not the only one who lives in a state with weather that’s forty degrees one day and seventy five the next day. I’ve never really liked Spring for that reason but if you’re anything like me than this post is perfect for you. Today I am here to show you my favorite clothing pieces and beauty tips to help ease into Spring. I hope you all have enjoyed my last two posts, if you missed them click here and here. Thank you so much for 400 Instagram followers and the endless love and support. Wishing you the happiest of days. With love, McKenz.

One of my favorite things to do as we move into the warmer months is switch up my purse. I tend to reach for my darker colored bags during Winter so when it started to warm up here I started reaching for my gold cross body from Gap, just look how cute that tassel on the side is.

I also love switching up my perfume. I almost always have on Vanilla from bath and Body Works but when the sun is shining I love Sunkissed from Victorias Secret Pink. It smells like the beach in a bottle and brings a smile to my face just by looking at it.

I can’t be the only one that struggles with picking out shoes. It feels like boot weather when you leave the house and sandal season when you come home. I opt for my lace up flats from Old Navy because they show skin without being too much. I also love these knock off Jack Rogers from Amazon because they go with everything.

I often paint my nails a nude or berry color throughout the Winter months but when it comes to the Spring I like to reach for the bright colored polishes in my collection. Bubblegum pink and white are two of my favorites along with coral which you can almost always find on my toes. My two favorite brands for an even, flawless finish are Sally Hansen Hard As Nails and Essie.

My Urban Decay Naked Three Palette is perfect for this time of year. It’s full of rose gold eyeshadows that look gorgeous on the eyes. If you don’t want to break the bank check out the Covergirl TruNaked Palettes. If you’re unsure read this review that has my full thoughts and swatches of this palette.

Start swapping out your vampy lip colors for a bright pink or pop of color. My favorite lippies in the spring are the Essence Lipstick in Natural Beauty, the Urban Decay Lipstain, and the Lipilicious Lip-gloss in Cotton Candy.

Another makeup favorite that I start reaching for in the warmer months is blush because it adds a natural looking flush to your cheeks and a healthy glow. I love this four color Blush Palette from Elf.

Lastly I like to start adding color into my jewelry stack. I picked this watch up from Kohls about a year ago and still adore it. I love stacking my Alex and Anis and pairing them with a few pink jeweled bracelets from DSW for subtle, fun pops of color.

 

Finding Yourself

The Best Days With You

I can’t seem to put my thoughts into words but the overwhelming amount of happiness you guys bring me is enough to make me sit here and try. ¬†The happiest days I’ve spent are with you. Can’t even begin to thank you all for the smiles you bring me even when¬†you’re not with me. You guys make my life feel full. I tried to capture the essence of these moments together, but it’ll never be the same.

2:00 PM- Hiking up the Mountain to see the view. Not sure our little adventure would have been as fun if it wasn’t for the porta-potties, rainy trip down, Jeanie and I taking fake pics with Tyler, and not being able to find the car. Shoutout to you GB for capturing these moments of us all together, wouldn’t want these days to be any other way.

4:30 PM- By far my favorite picture of the day is the one of me and Garrett on the left. I can feel how genuine my smile was just by looking at that picture. Btw thanks for matching with me Madison, you’ll always rock my world. Sorry Colby, you didn’t make the cut in our squad basketball pic. You’ll get ’em next time.

8:00 PM- Dinner time in the Morgan Household consists of frozen Eggo Waffles and three different prayers before eating ¬†(courtsey of Jeanie, Cedric, and myself.). So happy Tyler joined us at nine because everything’s funnier when he’s around. Wouldn’t be a normal day without an eyebrow picture so Tyler and Madison joined in. Thanks for checking my blog Instagram with me Dustin. And don’t worry GB we missed you and wished you could’ve joined us tonight. We never did catch the final score of the basketball game we were watching but that’s okay because our day together¬†went down in history, not the game.

Laughing so hard your stomach aches. Spitting out jokes so fast your breath starts to shorten. Tearing up because the width of your smile doesn’t seem to lessen. If I could bottle up these feelings to keep them forever I would, but I guess that’s what memories are for. I’ve always said ‘life’s too short to be anything but happy’ and somehow you all have showed me what this means in its entirety.¬†You all have given me so much to be thankful for, so much to love, and so may reasons to be happy. I feel like I’m making the memories I’ll think of¬†as I’m driving home from a stressful day at work with my kids in the back seats rambling about their days as I smile off in the distance thinking of the times I once wished would last forever,¬†and hoping you all are doing well. I don’t know what the future holds, but I hope you guys never leave it. With a whole lot of love, McKenz.

Weekly Wrap Up

Weekly Wrap Up #11

Happy happy happy Sunday everybody!!! I am so excited to be here talking with you all today. Please don’t mind the mirror pictures for this weeks outfit of the day pictures, it was an incredibly busy week after starting Theater. It was beautiful outside this whole week so I took every opportunity I could to get outside and hang with my friends. To everyone in my life right now, thank you, for making me happier than I ever have been before. I felt adventurous and productive and giddy and loved this week. I can not even begin to explain how good life is if you just simply open up your eyes. Thank you so much to every single one of you reading this, you rock my world. With lots of love, McKenz.

3.7.16- Starting off the week with a full heart and so many smiles. Today was one of the first warm days of the year so i broke out my converse and started wearing my some of my favorite dresses. So happy to have friends like Colleen and Celia to walk with after school.

Outfit Details- tshirt dress: Target, shoes: black high top Converse, boot toppers: Francescas, watch: Target, necklace: Charming Charlies

3.8.16- I was so excited to break out the Birkenstocks today. We had another seventy degree day which was so exciting. Today I am happy for GB who showed me such an eyeopening bible verse. Proverbs 8:18 “Be careful how you think, your life is shaped by your thoughts.

Outfit Details- tshirt: American Eagle, necklace: Forever 21, Girlfriend jeans: Gap, shoes: Target, bracelets: Alex and Ani, Charming Charlies, and DSW

3.9.16- Today was my first day at Drama Club. I started working backstage and helping build and paint sets and¬†come time of the actual show, “Into The Woods” I will be transferred over to the hair and makeup department. I wore one of my favorite dresses and took a few pics with Emma at lunch.

Outfit Details- cardigan: Target, dress: Forever 21, necklace: Forever 21, sandals: Bass&Co, watch: Kate Spade, bracelets: Alex and Ani, Charming Charlies, and DSW

3.10.16-  Today Jeanie and I started eating in the schools courtyard during lunch time. The weather was so nice and it was a lot of fun eating with our upperclassman friends. I decided to walk home from school after theater with Colleen and it was so much fun to catch up.

Outfit Details-  tank top: Old Navy, jeans: Hollister, shoes: Amazon (Pierre Dumas), watch: Kate Spade, bracelets: Alex and Ani

3.11.16- Due to Jacki’s birthday on Saturday, the girls and I went out and walked around town after going out to dinner together. Check out all of our outfits and my hair and makeup details here.

Outfit Details- tank top: Old Navy, necklaces: Charming Charlies and Forever 21, jeans: Hollister, wedges: Amazon, purse: Old Navy, watch: Kate Spade, bracelets: Alex and Ani

3.12.16- Today was one of the best days I’ve ever had. Jeanie, Madison, GB, Colby, Cedric, Dustin, and I hiked up Sugarloaf Mountain. We took a bunch of pictures on Garretts GoPro while jamming out to “Sunday Candy”. After we went and played basketball in the neighborhood park. We came back home and hung out in the basement for the rest of the night.

Outfit Details- long sleeve: Vineyard Vines, workout leggings: Under Armour, sneakers: Merell

3.13.16- Jeanie slept over after the best night yesterday. We woke up early and went to church at eleven where we read all about forgiveness which really had me thinking. After church we all went out to lunch together and than came home to catch up on some Gossip Girl.

 

Fashion · Makeup

Get Ready With Me: GNO (hair, makeup, and outfits)

Hello friends! Yesterday I went out with a bunch of girls to celebrate my friend Jacki’s fifteenth birthday! We went out to dinner, walked around and sung “Sunday Candy” by Chance The Rapper non stop. Unfortunately, catchy songs are the ones that never seem to leave your head. Anyways, I was planning on getting this post up last night but ended up getting in late and didn’t have the energy to type it up. (oops, sorry guys) Regardless, today I will be doing a Get Ready With Me for a Girls Night Out. I’ve included my hair, makeup, outfit, as well as the outfit details for all the other girls that were with me. I really hope you guys enjoy this post, if you have any questions, comments, or requests please leave them below. If you missed my last post click here. Thank you so much for reading, I hope you all have a wonderful Saturday! With love, McKenz.


 

Makeup:

To start off my makeup I primed my face using the ELF Mineral Face Primer. I than applied the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation all over my face with a wet beauty blender. After I set my face with the Rimmel Stay Matte Powder. I than applied a bit of Vaseline to my eyebrows to keep them in place all night. I used the an angled brush and the color “Crave” from my Naked Basics Two palette to shape and fill in my eyebrows. I decided to do my eyebrows before applying eyeshadow today to keep the definition of my look controlled. I applied the Urban Decay Primer Potion all over my eye lids and than the Maybelline Color Tattoo in Barely Branded all over my eyelids. I was going for more of a smoked out look so I used my Naked Two Platte as follows: inner third- Booty Call, crease- Tease, outer V- Busted, middle of lid- Chooper and Half Baked. I than highlighted my brow bone and inner corner with the NYX Jumbo Eyeshadow in Milk. After this I layered on my three favorite mascaras; Too Faced Better Than Sex, Maybelline Great Lash, and, Maybelline The Falsies Big Eyes. After this I went in and applied the Garnier Under Eye Concealer to cover up my dark circles and set it with the banana powder that comes with the Anastasia Contour Kit. I than highlighted and contoured using my Anastasia Contour Kit. Lastly, I applied my Buxom Lip Pencil and my NYX Hypershine Lipgloss over top.

Hair:

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I’m someone that almost always has their hair either straightened or curled. Tonight my super thin hair actually looked somewhat voluminous so I decided to leave it natural. As someone with super dry hair I usually don’t wash my hair everyday, however, this hair was washed an hour before this picture was taken. I used the Herbal Essences Hydralicious Shampoo and the Suave Professionals Keratin Conditioner.¬†Btw here’s a closer look at my eyeshadow for the night!

Outfit: 

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It was fairly nice weather out tonight so I was able to go out in open toed shoes and a tank top without any problem. I wanted to were wedges and considering these are my most comfortable pair I planned my outfit around them. Outfit Details: tank top- Old Navy, jeans- Hollister, wedges- Amazon, watch- Kate Spade, purse- Old Navy, necklaces- Charming Charlie and Forever 21, bracelets- Alex and Ani.

Outfit Details from the group: (LEFT TO RIGHT)

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Emma- shirt: Gap, jeans: Hollister, shoes: Jack Rogers, cross body: Target

Jacki (Birthday Girl)- shirt: South Moon Under, earrings: South Moon Under, jeans: American Eagle, Bralette: Urban Outfiters, wedges: unkown

Olivia- shirt: Kohls, necklace: Kate Spade, jeans: American Eagle, shoes: Birkenstocks, bracelet: Fit Bit

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Lauren- shoes: Kohls, shirt: Forever 21, pants: Target, purse: Forever 21

Jeanie- shoes: white high top Converse, purse: Long Champ, watch: Kohls, shorts: Target, necklace: Forever 21, shirt: Forever 21

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Brittany- shirt: Abercrombie&Fitch, jeans: Hollister, shoes: white high top ConverseFullSizeRender (4).jpg

Madison- shirt: Old Navy, jeans: Hollister, shoes: white high top Converse, watch: Fossil, bracelets: Alex and Ani, rings: Tiffany and Pandora, purse: Kohls

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Sasha- tank top: TJ Maxx, jeans: Hollister, jacket: TJ Maxx, shoes: Jack Rogers, watch: Michael Kors, bracelets: Alex and Ani, necklace: Kendra Scott, purse: long Champ


 

 

Fashion

Winter Fashion Favorites

Happy Wednesday everybody. With the Spring weather right around the corner I figured now would be a perfect time to share with you my winter fashion favorites. The temperatures here on the East Coast have been reaching 75 degrees for the last few days which means it’s time to break out the sandals and pack up the boots. I hope you guys have enjoyed my last few blog posts. If you missed them click here and here. Wishing you love and positivity today. With love, McKenz.


This Winter I was constantly reaching for my heaviest knit sweaters. I prefer white and black sweaters because they pair perfectly with everything from jackets, scarves, to socks. This one is one of my favorites and was purchased from Old Navy.

Flannels are another one of my favorite layering pieces. you can wear them open, buttoned up, or tied around the waist. I love pairing them with a sweater over top and than adding matching socks for a comfy and cute look. This one is from Old Navy.

My army jacket is one of my most loved clothing pieces. It looks perfect with so many outfits and is one of my favorite colors to wear (olive green.) I purchased this one form TJ Maxx for only twenty dollars.

Scarves make every outfit instantly cuter and you warmer! My favorite one is this off white and black blanket scarf with a plaid print. These look cute with dresses, flannels, jackets, and even just a solid black tshirt.

I always wanted a pair of black booties and my wish came true this Christmas. This pair is from Steve Madden and are so comfy and stylish. They look classy and make every outfit look super modest and well put together.

My Kate Spade watch is my favorite watch in my collection. I wear it everyday and it looks perfect with almost any outfit. (Check out Nordstrom Rack for super cheap designer watches.)

Alex and Anis are some of my favorite accessories. I love all the happy sayings. My favorite ones are the “crown”, the “everything happens for a reason”, and the “live a happy life”.

Brown riding boots are a necessity in every girls closet along with a good white pair of leg warmers. They look perfect with all outfits and are both timeless pieces that will never go out of style.

 

 

 

 

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Liebster Award

Hey friends it’s a super exciting day here on StyledByMcKenz. As I was sitting in English class Wednesday morning I was so excited to see that I was tagged in my first blogger award, The Liebster Blog Award by my friend here on WordPress, Gabrielle (thecaffeinatedstylist.wordpress.com) Thank you so much girly, you made my day!


 

The rules:

  • Thank the blogger that nominated you in your post and link back to their site
  • Answer 11 questions from the blogger that nominated you
  • Tell your readers 11 random facts about you
  • Nominate 11 bloggers for the Liebster award
  • Ask your nominees to answer 11 questions

What is your favorite thing to Netflix binge?

My favorite show on Netflix is Gossip Girl. I love the plot, the scenery, the clothes, and of course Chuck and Blair. I’m currently on Season five and have never been so addicted to a show before.

What song do you listen to on repeat?

I’m always listening to¬† “How To Save A Life” by The Fray, any Adele song, and “Banana Pancakes” and “Better Together” by Jack Johnson. I would chose music with a meaning over music I don’t understand any day.

What is your favorite mode of transportation?

My favorite mode of transportation is walking because something about it is so relaxing and fun. However, I also love the whole atmosphere of the airport and the view from an airplane.

What is your favorite form of exercise?

I’ve grown up in a world of cheerleading and have never really had to rely on any other way to stay in shape. Although Celia and I try and walk together everyday during the summer.

If you could learn a new skill what would it be?

If I could chose any skill to acquire it would have to be to learn how to sew decently. i dreamed of being a fashion designer as a kid and really wish I was talented when it came to the sewing machine and drawing.

If you were reincarnated into an ice cream flavor what would it be and why?

If I was reincarnated into an ice cream I would chose vanilla. Even though it’s not my favorite flavor I feel like you can never go wrong with it and everyone likes it.

If you could be any fictional character who would you chose?

If I could be any fictional character I would definitely chose to be Andy from “The Devil Wears Prada” which is one of my all time favorite books. I would love to work at Vogue Magazine and live the glamorous life she did.

What would you name the autobiography of your life?

This s a tough one but I think I would name the autobiography of my life “Rollercoaster” simply because life is full of up and down moments¬†but it’s our choice as to what to classify them as.

What story do your friends always tell about you?

I honestly don’t know how to answer this question but my friends always tell other people about my blog!

When was the last time you had an amazing meal?

Last night we had steak fajitas, rice, corn, and beans and it was delicious! It’s one of my favorite meals.


Here are the eleven girls I’m nominating:

  1. mysweetjesusblog
  2. mergingthreads
  3. lovealwaysashleyj
  4. fromthebottomoftheshower
  5. blushingblondee
  6. thestyletransplant
  7. ayrgalaxy
  8. jesslovesfashion
  9. feroshbeauty
  10. thisbeautylover
  11. southernbelleoftheblog

 

Here are the questions:

If you could spend the day with one celebrity who would it be and why?

What is your ultimate life goal?

If you could be any wild animal what would you chose?

What is your favorite way to destress?

If you could spend your last day with one person who would you chose and why?

What do you want to be remembered for?

Have you ever thought of running away?

Who’s your style icon?

If you could listen to only one somg for the rest of your life what would it be?

Which person hold the greatest influence on you?