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February Empties

Hey everyone, welcome back to styledbymckenz! Last month I shared my first ever empties post of all the products I used up throughout the month and my honest opinion/review on all the products I got such positive feedback and finished so many products this month that I figured, why not do another one?! Alright, before I start to ramble let’s get on into it.

img_5688This month I finished up all of my holiday scents from Bath&Body Works that were sitting around my bathroom. I usually love all of their products around the holidays but didn’t love the scent of the lotion and felt that Vanilla Bean Noel was too strong of a scent in the wallflower form. I loved their soap and body wash as per usual.

Product: Vanilla Bean Noel Shower Gel
Stars: 5/5
Repurchase: yes

Product: Tis the Season Hand Soap
Stars: 5/5
Repurchase: yes

Product: Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte Body Lotion
Stars: 2/5
Repurchase: no

Product: Vanilla Bean Noel Wallflower
Stars: 3/5
Repurchase: Would purchase the original Vanilla instead.

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It’s very rare that I ever finish makeup products it seems like since I am constantly rotating the products I use. However, this month was an exception as I finished several face products and cleared out a good chunk of my stash. Almost all of these were repurchases and I was hardly disappointed by any of them. Although, the Elf primer seemed to not do as good of a job when I used it everyday consecutively so I switched it up regularly with other primers. And I do not feel the Maybelline Age Rewind deserves the amount of hype it gets, although it is very good.

Product: Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Stars: 5/5
Repurchase: yes, already have

Product: Maybelline Matte Fit Me Foundation
Stars: 5/5
Repurchase: yes, already have

Product: Elf Mineralized Face Primer
Stars: 3.5/5
Repurchase: Maybe

Product: NYX HD Concealer
Stars: 4.5/5
Repurchase: yes, *lighter consistency than Maybelline Fit Me Concealer

Product: Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer
Stars: 4.5/5
Repurchase: yes

IMG_5687.JPGLastly,  have a couple random products. I do not typically have a deodorant preference so it doesn’t really matter to me what I use. The Dove Dry Shampoo was fairly good for the price, it is much cheaper than the Batiste dry shampoo. My only complaint would be the strong smell, however I have found that every dry shampoo has a smell that I am not too fond of.

Product: Degree Motor Sense Deodorant
Stars: 5/5
Repurchase: yes

Product: Dove Volume Dry Shampoo
Stars: 4/5
Repurchase: yes

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Well, that’s a wrap for my February empties post! I hope you all enjoyed taking a peek at my trash, lol. I love empties posts, so leave me a link to one of yours below along with any other questions, comments, or requests you may have for me. Wishing you all a very happy Monday. With love, McKenz

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Weekly Wrap Up

Weekly Wrap Up #8 (Week In My Life + OOTW)

Hello, friends! This week has been nothing short of ah-mazing so I am super excited to be here chatting with you all. First of all, the weather was beautiful. Seventy five in February is enough to make the whole week perfect, if I’m being honest. Secondly, I got outside! It sounds stupid, but getting outside after school and simply leaving the house for a bit before sitting down for another three hours doing homework is such a stress reliever. Third, I got to wear sandals… in February. Did I mention this weather was amazing lol?! Y’all, my heart is just so full and happy as I am writing this and I am so excited for this next season and chapter soon to come. I love fresh starts and knowing that next week brings March is so comforting and exciting. What has been making you all happy lately?! Let me know in the comments below; I want to hear! Alright before I keep rambling, let’s get on into it. Wishing you all the best in the week ahead. With love, McKenz

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2.19.17- Madison and I spent our Sunday sipping some Shamrock Shakes and playing basketball at the park after saying goodbye to our momma for the week.

Outfit Details- shirt: Old Navy, leggings: Old Navy, shoes: VANs, bralette: Victorias Secret

2.20.17- My Monday off was spent at Dunkin with Jean before walking nearly four miles around town and playing basketball with Madison yet again. Blogging, watching Gilmore Girls, and reading a bit more of Acts before heading to bed.

Outfit Details- top: Old Navy, leggings: Target, shoes: Nike, sunglasses: Steve Madden

2.21.17- Spring is on its way so I broke out all the vibrant colors today plus my favorite lipgloss to start the week off with a bang.

Outfit Details- shirt: Vera Wang, cardigan: Banana Republic, jeans: Hollister, booties: target, necklace: Kendra Scott, bracelets; Alex and Ani and Boho Betty

2.22.17- Seriously though, how can you not be happy midday when you open your lunch and it looks like this?! So cute and colorful; it’s the little things y’all!

Outfit Details- sweater: Gap, jeans: Old Navy, shoes: Old Navy, necklace: Kendra Scott, bracelets: Alex and Ani and Charming Charlies

2.23.17- Walks to the park on the sunniest, happiest Thursday ever! No soul could ever feel sad when it’s seventy-five and sunny in February!!

Outfit Details- shirt: Old Navy, jeans: Gap, sandals: Target, watch: Macys, necklaces: Forever 21

2.24.17- I am so convinced that absolutely nothing can go wrong when you’re spending the day dressed in overalls. Spending time with Lil at school today and cheering for basketball during their first round of playoffs. Out to dinner with my dad, Colton, and Madison after.

Outfit Details- overalls: Gap, shirt: Brandy Melville, socks: Francescas, shoes: Converse, bracelets : Alex and Ani and Boho Betty

2.25.17- Getting out of the house today and doing things I wish I did every weekend. Exploring downtown, shopping, and eating Chickfila. Pretty positive it doesn’t get much better than that.

Outfit Details- tank: Target, flannel: Old Navy, jeans: Gap, shoes: Vans, watch: Kohls, necklace: Forever 21

Makeup

Makeup Of The Week- Drugstore Edition

Happy Saturday, y’all! I am back with another Makeup Of The Week and this week I challenged myself to use ONLY drugstore products. Let me tell you… it was not as easy as I intended it to be. This week I tried to get over my fear of blush (success!), learned that I hardly own any drugstore eyeshadows, and that the drugstore does not have the widest range of eyebrow products! Despite this, I was able to make it through the week creating mostly super natural, fresh-faced looks with products from the drugstore.

Also if you are looking for a good drugstore option as far as eyeshadow goes, I highly recommend the Wet N Wild ‘Comfort Zone’ eyeshadow palette. It is about $6 from the drugstore and swatches/wears beautifully. I do not wear much drugstore eyeshadow, but when I do it’s almost always Wet N Wild.

Tuesday

Nivea Men’s Shave Balm Primer
Maybelline Matte Fit Me Foundation
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
Lumene Bronzer
Elf Blush Quad- ‘Peach’
Covergirl Single Shadow- color not available
Maybelline Brow Precise
Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
Maybelline Chaotiques Mascara
Victorias Secret Lipgloss- ‘Candy Baby’

Wednesday

Nivea Men’s Shave Balm
Loreal Infallible Pro Mette Foundation
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
NYX HD Concealer
Maybelline Color Tattoo- ‘Barely Branded’
Wet N Wild Eyeshadow Palette- ‘Comfort Zone’
Maybelline Brow Precise
Maybelline Chaotiques Mascara
Covergirl Flamed Up Mascara
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil- ‘Milk’
NYX Lingerie Lipstick- ‘Push Up’

Thursday

Nivea Men’s Shave Balm Primer
Maybelline Matte Fit Me Foundation
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Concealer
Maybelline Prow Precise
Ulta Eyeshadow Palette (free birthday gift)- crease shade
Maybelline Chaotiques Mascara
Covergirl Flamed Up Mascara
Lumene Bronzer
Elf Blush Quad- ‘Mauve’
Wet N Wild Comfort Zone Palette- highlight
Essence Lipstick- ‘Natural Beauty’

Friday

Nivea Men’s Shave Balm
Loreal Pro Matte Infallible Foundation
Rimmel Stay Matte Powder
Elf Blush Quad- ‘Mauve Sparkle’
Maybelline Brow Precise
Maybelline Chaotiques Mascara
Maybelline Color Whisper- ‘Tough as Taupe’

Well, which look was your favorite?! Like I said I have been loving more natural makeup lately while sticking to nearly all drugstore makeup so I am going to have to go with Thursday. It was such a fresh-faced look and I still felt beautiful in my own skin! Let me know your thoughts in the comments below along with any questions, comments, or requests you may have for me. Wishing you all the best. With love, McKenz

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Fashion

February Fashion Forecast

Hey, ladies! It’s about time I upload the fashion forecast for this month! If you’re new around here or missed my January Fashion Forecast, these posts are a place for me to share my favorite trends and pieces that I have been seeing everywhere from magazines to Pinterest to the people of our very own streets. As I have stated before, I adore trendy fashion that is different from the normal these days so here I am sharing with you what I have been loving lately.

First things first, band tees. I have been seeing these everywhere, paired with fishnets, over the knee boots, or an oversized denim jacket. I have always been a huge fan of oversized tee and will hopefully be jumping on this bandwagon sooner rather than later!

Fishnets are back ladies and gents… for real. I have seen these paired under dresses, under jeans, or even in sock form peeking out of your favorite kicks at the moment. I cannot wait to pick up a pair myself because I am seriously obsessed with this grunge edgy trend right now. Plus the girls from FIT (one of my dream fashion schools) that I follow on Instagram have been styling these nonstop and they look ah-mazing to say the least.

Everything that goes around comes around… especially in the fashion industry these days. Scrunches had their resurrection a few seasons ago but lately I have been seeing ones in velvet, fun Spring patterns, or just worn on the wrist for a super fun look. They remind me of sunshine, so maybe that’s why I love them so much.

And last but not least for this month, fake glasses! I have bene loving simple wired frames that are not needed for actual vision problems. They are so cute and something about them just really draws my attention. So obsessed!

What fashion have you been loving this month?! Let me know in the comments below along with any other questions, comments, or requests you may have for me. I am always happy to chat! Wishing you all the best days ahead. With love, McKenz.

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Fashion

Spring Vibes // OOTD

Right when I started to think that spring weather would never show a glimpse of itself, Mother Nature decided to give us weather in the high sixties and low seventies! We’re going on almost a week in a row now with the most amazing sunny, warm weather and I can not say I am the tiniest bit disappointed by it.

The other day I had a girls day with my mom and wore this super cute outfit that was perfect for the fabulous Spring weather we have been having so I decided that I would share it with you all.

I paired this simple off the shoulder top with some distressed ankle lengthen jeans that I bought on clearance from Old Navy a while back. I threw on my espadrilles fromForever 21 because they scream Spring to me and added my Kendra Scott for an extra touch. I am also wearing a few random Alex and Ani’s and my Boho Betty bracelet.

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What have you all been wearing lately?! Let me know in the comments below along with any other questions, comments, or requests you may have for me. Wishing lots of sunny days upon you all. With love, McKenz.

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New York Fashion Week In Review

New York Fashion Week is the most talked about event in the fashion industry. Between the styles, designers, and attenders; the amount of stuff to cover is absolutely endless. I am so jealous of all the bloggers that got to attend such a luxurious event. Unfortunately, I’m sitting on the sidelines wrapping up everything I’ve seen/heard and sharing with you my thoughts and takes on the high fashions that lined the runway over the last week or so.

First things first- the designers. Around 100 designers were selected to be in New York Fashion Week this spring to share their Fall 2017 lines. If I’m being honest, some of the designers I’ve never even heard of as per usual and others are designers whose work I frequently look at and actually enjoy keeping up with. Project Runway, Tommy Hilfiger, and J Crew were some of my favorites to keep up with this time around.

Fashion Week was last week and had various shows all day along from around 9:00 am- 6:00 pm. The next NYFW will be held in the Fall and it is currently Hong Kong Fashion Week where designers like Gypsy Sport, Adam Selman, and Coach will be featured.

After looking through and analyzing literally thousands of pictures from the runways and the streets  from this past week I have quickly realized what trends for the upcoming seasons I myself will be seen in, and which I wouldn’t dare wear out. I am so beyond excited to see how stores revamp these styles and what celebs + bloggers will be pulling them right off the runway.

Now let’s dig into the trends. Keep in mind this was the Fall 2017 show.

  • Pom poms, tassels, and other fun accents were seen everywhere on clothing. They add a funky flare, that looks DIYed in my eyes. It’s growing on me, if I’m being honest. I like how different it is, and on shoes I think it will be such a statement.
  • Politics is another thing that was taken to the runways this time around. Women advertising their strength and their rights was extremely popular and seen on the bodies of many models from Prabal Gurung.
  • Talk about velvet everywhere. Dresses, tee’s, pants, shoes… you name it and the runways had it all. I adore velvet and am so happy that it will not be leaving us quite yet.
  • Fringe was spotted everywhere as well. Mostly on dresses and skirts. It seems flattering, sexy, and daring.I can’t wait to see what stores do with this trend.
  • Oversized everything has taken the hearts of us all for the last few seasons and will continue to be seen everywhere this coming season. Jackets and pants seem to be the latest category to be seeing it.
  • Let’s talk about sleeves. Every type of pattern, style, or flare you could imagine a sleeve to have this weeks runway brought. I am loving all of the ruffles and such and have already started to see stores like Forever 21 and Target featuring this trend in their Spring lines.
  • And saving one of my favorites for last.. embroidery. I’m not sure why I am loving this one so much but it’s so creative and different that it has completely stolen my heart. I can not wait to see more embroidery on shoes, jackets, and dresses in the near future!!

I obviously am no professional, nor did I attend NYFW, however, based on the countless pictures, articles, and videos I have seen/read/and watched I thought it would be fun to put together my thoughts on this seasons Fashion Week. I love this week because designers are adventurous and create pieces that somehow work their way into more realistic styles that are then later put into our local stores for your average girls like myself to wear. Creativity is absolutely endless in the eyes of designers which is what makes this week so great in my eyes.

What trends did you spot on the runways and/or streets this season?! Let me know in the comments below along with any other questions, comments, or requests you may have for me. Wishing you the best week ahead. With love, McKenz.

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Weekly Wrap Up

Weekly Wrap Up #7 (Week In My Life + OOTW)

Happy Sunday, friends! I am so thankful for this day off and to finally take a breather. Lately I’ve been feeling like I never just sit down and relax; it’s like I’m always go go go. Nonetheless, this week was another good one and full of some of my last cheer obligations of the year! Spending time with some sweet friends and of course my even sweeter Jesus. Let me know what you all have been up to in the comments below along with any other questions, comments, or requests you may have for me! I am always happy to chat! Wishing you the best week ahead as always. With love, McKenz.

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2.12.17- Spending this Sunday the same as every Sunday basically. Taking blog pictures for the week ahead and spending far too long scrolling through my Instagram feed.

Outfit Details- sweater: Old Navy, necklaces: Charming Charlies, jeans: Hollister, boots: DSW, vest: Old Navy

2.13.17- I love days after school spent with Madison and Abby. It’s the little things my friends.

Outfit Details- sweater: Old Navy, flannel: Old Navy, jeans: Hollister, vest: Old Navy, boots: DSW, watch: Kohls, necklace: Forever 21

2.14.17- Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone! Eating some candy and reminiscing on this super cute shoot with Madison bus senior night for boys basketball :(.

Outfit Details- shoes: Glicks, jeans: Hollister, top: Old Navy, necklaces: Charming Charlies and Forever 21, watch: Kohls

2.15.17- Cheesing with Ash during lunch today because what better thing to do when your Wednesday is dragging along and you’re jean twins for the day.

Outfit Details- shirt: Aeropostale, cardigan: Old Navy, jeans: Gap, socks: Kohls, booties: Old Navy

2.16.17- Sweet time spent with Jesus tonight after a long day at school and being reminded that we should put our hearts out to Him, for he is our refuge! How comforting is it knowing He is with us always?!

Outfit Details- tank top: Forever 21, cardigan: Gap, jeans: Gap, shoes: Forever 21, necklace: Forever 21, bracelets: Alex and Ani

2.17.17- Thank God it’s Friday omg. Headed on a  walk and to play some basketball with Madison after school before going to yoga with my sweet Fashion Club friends.

Outfit Details- sweater: Old Navy, necklace: Loft, jeans: American Eagle, socks: Target, booties: UGG, watch: Kohls

2.18.17- Seventy degrees in February?! I think yes! Chilling outside with my new styledbymckenz cup before heading to see La La Landand run some errands with my momma.

Outfit Details- top: TJ Maxx, jeans: Old Navy, necklace; Kendra Scott, shoes: Forever 21, bracelets: Alex and Ani