Finding Yourself

Half Way Through the Year/Life Update

Happy Friday friends, I feel like I haven’t really been able to sit down and chat with you guys lately. The last few weeks of school are always super hectic but luckily yesterday was my last day of school so I am finally free! Which reminds me, I wanted to tell you guys about my new uploading schedule. During the school year I was pretty all over the place depending on whether or not I had theatre, cheer, or other obligations. Regardless, I will be uploading Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday during the summer. However, Sunday’s are always devoted to Weekly Wrap Up’s. I’ve also been getting lots of new followers here on the blog, so if you are one of them: Welcome, I’m McKenzie and I really hope you stick around! 🙂 I feel like a lot of people consider my Weekly Wrap Up’s to be more like vlogs but the pictures from each day are actually what I found happiness in that day! Last summer around this time, I did the 100 Happy Days Challenge and I adored it. It allowed me to look for the good in every day and remember that there is always always always better things ahead. So now, on Sundays I include my happiness posts with my outfit of the days!  Anyways, starting Thursday through the first week of July, all my blog posts will be prewritten and scheduled to go up. I will be visiting family in Wisconsin and am not entirely sure if I will have service. I honestly wouldn’t be blogging much there anyways because it’s inconvenient and I really just want to spend some good quality time together while I am there. That being said, that new uploading schedule will still apply those couple weeks!

Also, I wanted to take the time and thank you all. I can not even believe that the year will be half over on Sunday. It is absolutely mind blowing to see how far I have come in such a short period of time. Everyone of you reading this has played a part in my success here on StyledByMcKenz and I can not express my gratitude enough. I can only dream of where this blog will take me next, thank you all from the bottom of my heart. You guys mean the world to me! And please, if you have ANY suggestions leave them below. I want to produce content that you guys are interested in and I am happy to write anything you would like to hear about. I promise I don’t bite (;

Oh my gosh guys, I just ordered a new Bible journal off of Amazon and I am SO excited for it to get here. I will show you all asap, it’s gorgeous!! That reminds me, if you all have a youth group in your town; please go! A bunch of the highschoolers here get together and it’s so much fun. If you don’t have one I encourage you to get a few girls together and just sit with some blankets and snacks and read your Bible’s together and embrace the world around you. The world is at YOUR fingertips and it is up to you what you do with it. You get one shot at life so I suggest you use it wisely. Never forget that God’s love for you is so great and He will be as present in your life as you let Him!

Well this post is getting awfully long and I know it has been all over the place but I really just wanted to get my thoughts out. Thank you all so much for sticking around. If you’ve even made it this far, you rock!!! I love you all always. ❤ With love, McKenz.

Fashion

Boho Betty Bracelets & Coupon Code

Oh I hope you all have had a happy start to your Wednesday morning!!! I am off to take my Geometry exam and then will be only one exam away from summer break, woooo! Today I am so happy to be telling you all about Boho Betty.

A few weeks ago a jewelry company called Boho Betty reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in becoming an ambassador for them, with a full heart and a wide smile I took them off on their offer! I purchased this bracelet with my own money and have been wearing it for some time now; as I didn’t want to talk about something I didn’t genuinely enjoy. This bracelet was under twenty dollars, if you would like to buy one for yourself and get an ADDITIONAL 20% off, enter the code ‘styledbymckenz’ at checkout! You can shop this bracelet and several more by clicking here.

Above are a few of my favorite ways to style my bracelet. The watch is from Kate Spade and my various bracelets intertwined are from Alex and Ani and Charming Charlies.

I hope you all enjoyed today’s super short and sweet post, don’t forget to check out Boho Betty and enter my code ‘styledbymckenz’ if you’re interested. Thank you so much for stopping by, I hope you have the best day! With love, McKenz.

Disclaimer: I am not being sent free products or being paid to post this. I would not be sharing this product with you if I didn’t genuinely love it!

Makeup

Birthday Party Makeup

Hello friends, Saturday night Madison and I had our fifteenth birthday party which seemed like the perfect reason to show you another makeup look. Today’s look is featuring my Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette and a light contour. I’ve been experimenting and changing things out of my usual makeup routine so some of these products may seem very familiar or very different! Without further ado, let’s get into it!

Face: Starting off with a clean, moisturized face i applied my Nivea Men’s Shave Balm which I adore. It contains glycerol which keeps your makeup in place all day and is the perfect base.I then applied my favorite drugstore foundation, Maybelline Matte Fit Me in ‘225’ on a damp beauty blender and buffed this into my skin, making sure to blend down my neck. i then set this with my Rimmel Stay Matte Powder to keep me from getting oily throughout the night and the NYX HD Powder to keep my makeup from having any flashbacks in pictures. I contoured lightly with the Lumene Bronzer and the Anastasia Contour Kit down my cheekbones and temples. However, I did go a little bit heavier on my nose, making sure to slim down the sides. I then highlighted with the shade ‘vanilla’ from my Anastasia Contour Kit. For my under eyes I used the Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer.

Eyes: To start the eyes I used the Urban Decay Primer Potion in ‘original’ and applied this all over my lids to keep them from creasing. I then took the Maybelline Color Tattoo in ‘barely branded’ and applied it all over my lids to act as a base for my shadows. I then used my Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette and used the maroon shimmery shadow in my crease, the maroon matte shade in my outer v, and the gold shimmery shade on my lids along with the Wet n Wild Glitter in ‘gold’. I wish I knew the names of these shadows but my palette is the old version so there are no names provided, sorry guys! I then followed my normal eyebrow routine (Vaseline and Naked Basics 2 ‘frisk’) and highlighted my brow bone with the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in ‘milk’. For mascara I used Too Faced Better Than Sex, Maybelline Great Lash, and Maybelline Big Eyes.

Lips: Decided to actually do something for my lipds, tonight I used the Bare Minerals Buxom Full On Lipstick in ‘brooklyn’ and the Essence Lipstick in ‘oh so matt’ on the center of my lips.


That is all for this makeup look, I hope you all enjoyed. If you have any questions, comments, or requests please leave them below, I’d be happy to chat! If you missed my last two posts Weekly Wrap up #24 click here, Makeup Of  the Week click here, and Contour Routine/Tutorial click here.  I hope you all enjoyed, thank you for stopping by. With love, McKenz.

Weekly Wrap Up

Weekly Wrap Up #24

Hello everybody! I hope you all have had a fabulous week! It has been a crazy week all around. I would like to acknowledge all the people that have played apart in my success here on StyledByMcKenz. Thank you all for helping me reach 225 followers and 600 Instagram followers. On top of this, StyledByMcKenz hit 25,000 views this week AND I have been welcomed into the Boho Betty family. If you would like to purchase any of the bracelets featured in my outfit of the day’s click here, and enter the code “styledbymckenz” to get 20% off your purchase! Stay tuned for a whole blog post on them, coming soon!! This week has been hard on so many people in my community which is why I want to encourage you all to please hold your loved ones tight and tell your friends and family how much they mean to you; you never know when it could be the last time. More exciting news, is this coming week is my last week of school and then summer here I come!! Wooo, I hope you all are entering the week ahead with a heart as full as mine, thank you for reading! With love, McKenz.

6.6.16- agh, so many things happening on StyledByMcKenz lately!!! want to thank you all for helping me reach 25,000 views today, you all mean the world to me.

Outfit Details- shirt: Forever 21, shorts: American Eagle, shoes: Pierre Dumas, necklace: Forever 21, bracelets: Alex and Ani, Boho Betty, Charming Charlies

6.7.16- Me and Mason have matching friendship bracelets as of today. We made them different colors though, because we don’t wanna curse the friendship.

Outfit Details- shirt: Forever 21, shorts: TJ Maxx, shoes: Target, watch: Kate Spade, bracelets: Alex and Ani, Boho Betty, and Charming Charlies

6.8.16- Today our community experienced the death of a few high school students. Gathering and grieving with one another was so heart breaking yet up lifting at the same time. The gorgeous sunset as we left church was a reminder that they will always be with us.

Outfit Details- dress: Forever 21, shoes: Target, necklace: Forever 21, bracelets: Alex and Ani and Charming Charlies

6.9.16- Gathering up some verses tonight to help my friends keep an open mind on life. Lamentations 3 is also such a good read if you’re looking for something longer to read!

Outfit Details- shirt: American Eagle, bralette: American Eagle, shorts: American Eagle, shoes: Rainbow, bracelets: Alex and Ani and Boho Betty

6.10.16- Spending time with Jesus while with my girls Madison, Celia, and Jeanie. The sunset was absolutely stunning tonight which was a perfect reminder that He is always with us!! Shoutout to all the youth group leaders that have made us look at things a little differently.

Outfit Details- shirt: American Eagle, bralette: American Eagle, shorts: American Eagle, shoes: Converse, necklace: Forever 21, bracelets: Alex and Ani

6.11.16- Got to spend the whole day with Gb and then the whole night surrounded by all my friends at my birthday party. So lucky to have so many amazing people in my life, thank y’all for making tonight one for the books!

Outfit Details- shirt: Hollister, shorts: American Eagle, shoes: Target, necklace: Forever 21, bracelets: Alex and Ani, Boho Betty, and Charming Charlies

6.12.16- Woooo two cheers for partner yoga at our first class ever! Getting ready for exam week and planning out lots of upcoming blog posts today… should be an interesting week ahead!!

Outfit Details- tank: spiritwear, sports bra: Nike, leggings: Gap Fit, shoes: Nike

Makeup

Makeup of The “Week”

Hello friends, after the overwhelming amount of love and support from my last Makeup Of  The Week, I felt that there was no better thing to post than another one. Sorry that there is only three days, it’s been hectic here! Here’s an inside look at my makeup from Monday-Wednesday. Full pictures and product lists are below, I hope you enjoy. Feel free to leave any questions, comments, or requests below, and don’t forget to check out my latest posts if you missed them. Sending love your way! With love, McKenz.


Monday:
face primer: Nivea Men’s Shave Balm
face: Maybelline Matte Fit Me Foundation “225”, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
under eyes: Garniar Rollerball Concealer, Anastasia Contour Kit “banana”
eye primer: Lorac Pro Primer, Maybelline Color Tattoo “barely branded”
eyeshadow: Lorac “Sultry Starlet”,  Naked 3
brow bone: NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil “milk”
eyeborws: Naked Basics 2 “frisk”, Vaseline
contour: Anastasia Contour Kit, Lumene Bronzer
blush: Elf Blush Quad “peach”
highlight: Anastasia Contour Kit
mascara: Maybelline Great Lash, Too Faced Better Than Sex, Maybelline Big Eyes
lipstick: Essence Lipstick “barely there”



Tuesday:
face primer: Nivea Men’s Shave Balm
face: Laura Mercier Timted Moisturizer, Stay Matte Powder, Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
undereyes: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer, Anastasia Contour Kit “banana”
eye primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion “Eden”, Maybelline Color Tattoo “barely branded”
eyeshadow: Naked 2, Wet N Wild Glitter Single
browbone: Lorac Love N Lace
contour: Anastasia Contour Kit
highlight: Covergirl Single Shadow “french vanilla”
eyeliner: Sweet&Shimer Glitter Eyeliner
mascara: Covergirl Flamed Up, Maybelline Great Lash, Smashbox Full Exposure
blush: Wet N Wild “pearlescent pink”
lipstick: Essence “oh so matt”



Wednesday:
primer- Nivea Men’s Shave Balm
face- Maybelline Matte Fit Me Foundation “225”, Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
undereyes- Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer, Anastasia Contour Kit “banana”
contour- Anastasia Contour Kit, Lumene Bronzer
highlight- Anastasia Contour Kit
eye primer- Maybelline Color Tattoo “barely branded”, Too Faced Shadow Insurance
eye shadow- Wet N Wild Glitter “gold”, Too Faced Chocolate Bar
Mascara- Too Faced Better Than Sex, Maybelline Great Lash, Covergirl Flamed Up
lipstick- Buxom Full On Lipstick “Brooklynn”


 

Makeup

Contour Routine/Tutorial

Hello friends and happy Thursday. It has been more than chaotic the past few days here. I would sit and chat about it but I’m sure you’ll hear about it all in Sunday’s Weekly Wrap Up. Today I wanted to post a contour routine/tutorial; as it is one of my most requested posts from my friends and family! I go in depth as to how I contour and which products I use. So without further ado, let’s get started…


Starting off your makeup with a fresh, clean, moisturized face is so important. I use the Cetaphil cleanser and the Cerave moisturizer before doing my makeup. I then prime with the Nivea men’s Shave Balm to ensure my makeup stays all day.

I prefer to do all of my makeup, leaving contouring and highlighting for the very last with the exception of lips. I find that once all of my makeup is done, I have a clear view of how much makeup I already have on my face, as well as how heavy of a contour will look good.

To contour I tend to reach for my Anastasia contour Kit ($42 from Ulta or Sephora) and apply with my Elf Bronzing Brush ($1 from local drugstore). I start by applying product to my brush and sucking my cheeks in to form a “fish” face. Afterwards, I follow where my face naturally draws in and the tops of my ears to estimate exactly where I should contour. I then work the product into my temples, focusing the product farthest away from my lips and slowly working it down about an inch from the corners of my lips. I then slim down my nose by swiping product along the sides of my nose in a straight line and then another one horizontally towards the tip of my nose to keep my nose from looking more elongated.


I tend to contour 4 out of 5 days throughout the school week. If I’ve learned one thing from makeup, it’s that practice makes perfect!!! So keep trying and you will eventually master the art of contouring. feel free to search up any Youtube tutorials to get a  better idea! I hope you enjoyed hearing about my makeup routine.

If you have any questions, comments, or requests please leave them below. If you missed my recent posts: Weekly Wrap Up #23, 15th Birthday Haul, Nivea Men’s Shave Balm Review. Thank you so much for all the love and support, sending lots of love your way! With love, McKenz.

Makeup

Nivea Shave Balm Primer Review & Pictures

A few weeks ago I purchased the Nivea Men Post Shave Balm from Walmart for $7.00 I was hearing so many good things about this product and since my Elf Mineral Face Primer hadn’t been satisfying all my needs, I decided that it was time to try out something new. The Nivea Shave Balm acts as a perfect face primer due to the glycerol in it which creates a tacky base, keeping your makeup in place all day. The smell is heavenly, I would describe it as musky and very Abercrombie like. It’s 3.3 ounces which is enough to do your makeup literally over 100 times. I think it’s the perfect primer and I will definitely be repurchasing.

Here’s a picture of my makeup at 3 pm: approximately eight and a half hours after I applied it. Keep in mind I am fifteen years old so my everyday routine within that time is sitting in school, riding the humid bus to and from school, and eating lunch outside under the sun. I’d say it does the job as well as it gets.

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Anyways, I really wanted to share my thoughts with you. The price is right, you can purchase it from any drug store, and it gets the job done which is why I wanted to tell you all to go out and get you some !!! Thank you all so much for reading, don’t forget to check out my latest posts, Weekly Wrap Up #23 and 15th Birthday Haul. Follow me on Instagram @styledbymckenz to keep in touch!  I hope you all have the best day and enjoyed this post. With love, McKenz.