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February Favorites

Hello everyone, and welcome back to styledbymckenz! I hope your day is off to a fabulous start; the end of February is here already (feels like just yesterday was Christmas) which means it’s time to share with you all what I have been loving this month + what’s been going on!

Not much has changed this month as far as my taste in clothing. I am still obsessed with all things street style but haven’t been wearing things that necessarily reflect this. Where I live we had about ten days where the weather ranged from mid-sixties to upper seventies that was so amazing. I was able to pull out my overalls for a day and a few other spring pieces I am so happy about it and am trying to incorporate more color into my day-to-day outfits. Oh, and my white Vans. I seriously wear them everywhere all the time.

Processed with VSCO with hb2 presetI have been loving natural makeup this month so my Buxom Lip-glosses and the Lumene Bronzer have been staples for my everyday makeup routine. I have finished the cycle of eyeshadow palettes for my Makeup Of The Week’s and have been eyeing a Morphe palette and the Anastasia Modern Renaissance palette to get next as it has been quite a while since I last purchased a new palette.

Processed with VSCO with a4 presetI figured I would show you my favorite page in my Bible from this past month. I doodled this page from the verses Isaiah 42 and am so in love with how it turned out. I’ve been spending a lot more time with Jesus recently and praying for peace of mind and in every aspect of my life. I am in the midst of reading Acts as of right now!

I am currently watching Gilmore Girls and am in the middle of Season 1 and am liking it so far but hope that it picks up a bit because it’s kind of slow right now! As far as music goes, I have been obsessed with Spotify and all the different playlist’s they have made up. I love how there is one for bad days, study time, relaxation, shower singing, and so on.

I am slowly but surely accomplishing what I talked about last month as far as goals go. I am really putting forth effort into my Instagram and making this blog exactly what I want it to be while still staying true to myself. In March I hope to hit 2,000 Instagram followers and accept that life is only as good as we chose to make it.

Processed with VSCO with hb2 presetWell, what have you ben loving this month?! Let me know in the comments below, along with any questions, comments, or requests you may have for me! I am always happy to chat. Wishing you the best today and always. With love, McKenz.

This month on Styledbymckenz-
Valentine’s Day Gift Guide
Makeup of The Week- Naked Smokey Edition
Styling My Twin Sister for a Week
Weekly Wrap Up #5 (Week In My Life + OOTW)
Galentine’s Day- Craft, Activities, and Pajamas
Valentine’s Day Makeup Tutorial//YouTube Video
Date Night Outfit Ideas for Valentine’s Day
Weekly Wrap Up #6 (Week In My Life + OOTW)
Feeling God’s Love || Finding You Series
Valentine’s Day GRWM (Hair, Makeup, and Outfit Idea)
Pinterest Outfit Recreations
Blog Award Catch Up
Makeup of The Week- Too Faced Chocolate Bar Edition
Weekly Wrap Up #7 (Week In My Life + OOTW)
New York Fashion Week in Review
Spring Vibes// and OOTD
February Fashion Forecast
Makeup Of The Week- Drugstore Edition
Weekly Wrap Up #8 (Week In My Life + OOTW)
February Empties
 

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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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Blog Award Catch Up

Hey, loves! Over the last few weeks the number of nominations I have received for blogging awards has been piling up. As I was sitting down and sketching a general skeleton of a schedule for each month at the beginning of the year, I promised myself to do at least one blog award catch up/life update each month. Because sometimes it’s okay to sit down and just chat and not have every little thing planned out. So, that’s simply what I am going to be doing today. Get cozy, this is going to be a long one.

Blog Award #1- Thank you so much everlastingnikita for nominating me and Okoto Enigma for starting such a brilliant tag!img_5169.png

  1. Display the award logo on your blog.
  2. List the Rules.
  3. Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  5. Tell your readers three things about yourself.
  6. Answer five questions from the nominee.
  7. Nominate anywhere from ten to twenty bloggers.
  8. Notify the bloggers by leaving a comment on their blog.
  9. Ask your nominees any five questions of your choice, including one weird or funny question.
  10. Share the link to your best post.

Three things about me- (school edition)

  1. I am apart of the school’s newspaper and I love it. Being able to write stories about fashion and events taking place at my own high school is so much fun and has really opened up my eyes to all sides of my school.
  2. This will be my second year helping out with my school’s drama department by doing makeup! I love being able to hang with a completely different side of my school.
  3. I am in my first AP class (AP Government) this year and I have learned an astonishing amount since the beginning of the class.

Here are the questions I was asked-

  1. If you had the choice of knowing when and how you would meet the love of your life, would you want to know? No, I don’t think I would want to know. I think that you must experience heartbreak to know what love is therefore I would not want to rush into nowing.
  2. What is your biggest flaw you have? I am seriously so anxious it’s not funny. I wish I could help myself from worrying about things that I have no control over.
  3. If you had to choose where you would spend your life, where would It be? I’m not sure. Out of college I would love to live in New York City for all the amazing fashion and opportunities; however, I would love to live somewhere with a warmer climate. I hope to live somewhere one day that screams home and is as comfortable to me as where I am now.
  4. Let’s pretend you’re in an abandoned island, what is 5 things you wish you would have with you? My sister for sure, water, a pair of sneakers, a camera, and something to for self-protection.
  5. How are you doing today? Today I am doing well. I am slowly but surely checking as many things as possible off of my to-do list for today.

Here are my questions to you-

  1. Where do you picture yourself in ten years?
  2. What was the first camera you ever had like?
  3. How has your dad impacted your life?
  4. What is your favorite TV show to binge watch? YouTuber?
  5. When do you feel most productive?

Nominees-

  1. lovealwaysashleyj
  2. bakersfieldbeautyblogger
  3. courteneynoonan
  4. hipsterhana 
  5. foodfashionanddesign

Blog Award #2- Thank you so much asmilingheart for nominating me!

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Rules-

  1. Display the award
  2. Thank the person who gave the award (and include a link to their blog.)
  3. Share seven things about yourself
  4. Nominate Bloggers

Seven things about me-(blogging edition)

  1. This month is my fourteenth month blogging! (ah that’s so crazy!)
  2. My mom helped design my ‘Styledbymckenz’ logo for my site launch in January 2016 and I still love it till this day.
  3. My sister and my mom take the majority of my blog photos and I love them for it.
  4. Sundays are my favorite day of the week. I always wake up around 8 and clean my room, pick out outfits, write, blog, and take pictures for the week ahead. It’s my most productive day of the week.
  5. Growing my Instagram account is something I am working really hard to do. Be sure to give me a follow here. 🙂
  6. My blogging schedule has almost always been Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday. With an additional post Saturday if I have enough ideas for the month.
  7. I have a list of blogging goals sitting above my desk to keep me motivated. My two main goals are to switch to a self hosted site and reach 2,000 blog followers by the end of the year.

Nominees-

  1. sincerelyashxx
  2. laceandflannels
  3. bdarielle
  4. laleelovesbeauty

Blogging Award #3- Thank you so much Caitlin for nominating me!

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  1. Display the award
  2. Thank the person who gave the award (and include a link to their blog.)
  3. Share seven things about yourself
  4. Nominate Bloggers

Seven things about me- (random edition)

  1. I love to read and wish I had more time to do it. If you have any book suggestions leave them below please! 🙂
  2. I have over fifty pairs of shoes. In my defense, my foot hasn’t really grown in a few years so I don’t typically have to get rid of shoes.
  3. I really want a pair of fake glasses.
  4. White is probably my favorite color to wear.
  5. I eat popcorn almost everyday.
  6. In the Summer I try to walk five miles a day when I’m not traveling or in a different state.
  7. My goal is to make it to ten states this year.

Nominees- 

  1. littlebeautyblogxo
  2. darlydarly
  3. inthemodeof
  4. klytalks

Blogging Award #4- Thank you so much Happy Go Lucky Hoosier Girl for nominating me!

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  1. Display the award
  2. Thank the person who gave the award (and include a link to their blog.)
  3. Share seven things about yourself
  4. Nominate Bloggers

Seven things about me- (life after high school edition)

  1. The thought of not living down the hall from my sister absolutely breaks my heart even though she’s a pain in my butt half the time.
  2. I hope to study something in the fashion industry in college.
  3. I am currently looking at schools to visit within the coming months! If you have any recommendations please leave them below!!
  4. Going to school in a big city sounds like a dream come true.
  5. I love the idea of being in a sorority but most likely would never join one.
  6. I love the idea of knowing almost nobody in college because it gives you a complete fresh start.
  7. I hope to live within driving distance of Madison once we are both in the real world!

Nominees- 

  1. jessicajadebeauty
  2. kingdomofsequins
  3. anotheronecalledbecky
  4. themakeupcase17

*For the Versatile Blogger Awards I chose to base my seven facts on different topics but feel free to talk about whatever you would like!

Well that is it for today’s blog post. I hope you all found this insightful and were able to get to know me a little better plus discover some new bloggers to add to your subscription box! Thank you again to all the beautiful ladies that tagged me; I am so grateful! Have a fabulous day everyone. Talk soon; with love, McKenz.

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Galentine’s Day- Craft, Activities, and Pajamas

Don’t be fooled y’all, Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be just for the couples; grab your gal pals and plan a girl’s night in this Valentine’s Day! You’re sure to have as much fun watching Nicholas Spark’s movies as the girls eating expensive meals at the diner down the street.

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First things first, a night spent in the basement calls for pajamas that are fit for the holiday. Madison and I are wearing red and white polka-dotted pants from Old Navy and plain white shirts for our cozy night lazing around. Yes, we are those twins that still match sometimes at fifteen years old, lol.

We started off our girl’s night by popping some popcorn and grabbing all the candy we could find. Opting for ice cream with too many sprinkles and whipped cream is always a good idea too. (Candy hearts are a must have for me every year even though it feels like my teeth are rotting on the spot whenever I eat them!!)

Movie marathons are always on our agenda so we picked all the sappy ones we could find around the house. ‘The Lucky One’, ‘The Vow’ and ‘The Longest Ride’ from Nicholas Sparks were on our TV tonight as well as some of our childhood favorites ‘Bride Wars’ and ‘27 Dresses’. Don’t forget the tissues because these chick flicks are sure to have you in tears. Getting cozy on the couch to watch a few movies is always a good way to end the week anyways.

Whenever we have a girl’s night we also do a stupid little craft along with it because it brings back memories of when we used to have sleepovers and craft for hours. I found these Valentine’s Day stickers lying around and since I’m obsessed with candy hearts I decided to make a few cheesy Valentine’s for my girls that couldn’t be here tonight. It’s the little things (plus the thought) that counts, my friends!

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What did you do for your Galentine’s Day?! I love a good girl’s night in and am so happy to have had this one be Valentine’s day themed. Let me know what you’re doing this Valentine’s Day in the comments below along with any questions, comments, or requests you may have for me. Wishing you the best today and always, plus sending all my love your way! ❤ With love, McKenz

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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

Whether you have a special someone in your life or not, it’s always fun to receive a little something on Valentine’s Day. Today I have put together the perfect gift guide if you’re on the hunt for something special. Whether it be for your girlfriend your bff, or yourself, they are sure to appreciate it!

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heels//earrings//purse//sunglasses//watch//necklace//lipstick//shoes//perfume

I selected a few pieces of jewelry for the gift guide simply because it’s Valentine’s Day and that is the first thing that comes to mind when I think of the holiday. A watch, necklace, or earrings would all make excellent gifts. It’s easy, chic, and every girl loves to receive jewelry. Rose gold is perfect for this time of year and screams elegant in my opinion.

I included some gorgeous velvet heels because who could not love them?! They would be perfect for a date night. You can’t go wrong with Hunter boots either. My sister and I have been eyeing the red pair for ages now.

Sunglasses are a simple yet thoughtful gift. This pair from Steve Madden are trendy and perfect for all times of the year.

Lipstick is always a fun gift; the Too Faced Melted line is to die for and they have so many gorgeous pinks and reds that are prefect for February. I also included a perfume because it’s something I would much rather receive than purchase myself.

And saving the best for last is this gorgeous Chloe bag. Obviously the price tag is extremely hefty but hey, a girl can dream + there are so many cheaper alternatives out there for this beautiful bag.

Well that’s a wrap for today’s post. I hope you all enjoyed this gift guide and took some inspiration from it. If none of these work out I’m sure some chocolate will do just the trick. (,: If you have any questions, comments, or requests be sure to leave them below; I am always happy to chat. Have a fabulous day. With love, McKenz.

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January Favorites

January has come and gone in the blink of an eye meaning it’s time for another monthly favorites post. Keep reading to see what makeup products, outfits, and Bible verses I have been loving, plus everything in between.


This month I have absolutely fallen in love with street style and any clothing piece that is out there and different. I haven’t necessarily incorporated these things into my everyday wardrobe but it’s getting there! This month I experimented with lots of denim, chokers, anything velvet, and various shoes that I received for Christmas. Above are a few of my favorite outfits from this month.

IMG_4339.JPGAs far as makeup goes, I have fallen in love with matte liquid lipsticks and lip gloss. Something about lip gloss just does it for me. I have gone back to using one eyeshadow palette per week in hopes to equally use my makeup and have to say that Naked One was definitely my favorite this month. Other than that, I haven’t really come across any jaw dropping products this month.

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I figured I’d show you all my favorite page in my Bible from this month. It took me forever but Psalm 86 is so beautiful that it was worth it. These verses are such a reminder that Jesus has the power to save us with his love if we open up and allow him to. I highly recommend you reading these verses!

I am still watching 90210 but will most likely be finishing soon so leave me Netflix suggestions below… please. For music I have been loving the songs ‘More Than Anyone’ by Gavin DeGraw and ‘Be Yourself’ by Harrison Storm.

This month I have really wanted to be better in every way. I am trying to really step up my blogging game and slowly but surely up my Instagram game and I want to thank you all because I wouldn’t be where I am without you all. Also a huge hank you for helping me break record views this month! Stay tuned for some very exciting content coming your way in February!

IMG_4340.JPGWhat have you been loving this month. I would love to hear or read your monthly favorites post. Leave your comment or link below along with any other questions, comments, or requests you may have for me. Wishing you the best February ahead. With love, McKenz

This month on Styledbymckenz-

Styledbymckenz Turns One
What I Got For Christmas 2016
Best Of 2016-Makeup, Clothing, Moments, and More
Bootie Collection 2017
Makeup Of The Week- experimenting with new goodies
Weekly Wrap Up #1
Winter Clothing Haul
Over The Knee Lookbook
Matte Eyes + a Matte Lip Makeup Tutorial/YouTube Video
Makeup Of The Week- Naked 1 Edition
Weekly Wrap Up #2
One Sweater//Four Ways
Blog Awards Catch Up
Makeup Of The Week- Naked 2 Edition
Upgrade Your Outfit-Winter Edition
Weekly Wrap Up #3
GRWM School Day- Hair, Makeup, and Outfit
January Fashion Forecast
January Empties
Makeup Of The Week- Naked 3 Edition
Weekly Wrap Up #4

 

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January Empties

Hey, friends! Recently I have been loving watching empties videos and reading empties posts. I find that seeing what people have used up recently and hearing their thoughts about those products is so intriguing for some odd reason. Please tell me I’m not the only one that finds pleasure in ‘trash’!? Anyways, here I am today sharing with you what I finished up this month. Enjoy!

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As far as shampoo and conditioner go, I almost never use the same one twice. I am constantly changing up what I use and it takes me forever to finish hair products. I recently finished up a couple products from Suave and was super pleased with how soft my hair was after it had been washed and how replenished it felt. My only complaint for this product is I am not in love with the smell, otherwise I would give it five stars.

Product: Suave Sea Mineral Infusion Shampoo and Conditioner
Stars: 4.5/5
Repurchase: Yes

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This Biore face wash is beaded and leaves your skin feeling super clean. It has a minty feeling to it and I found that although it didn’t necessarily getting rid of breakouts, it did a fairly good job at preventing them. This Cetaphil moisturizer is one of my favorites. It is very thick and not meant to be used before applying makeup. After the shower and before bed are my favorite times to use this product.

Product: Biore Pore Unclogging Scrub
Stars: 5/5
Repurchase: Yes

Product: Cetaphil Moisturizing Cream
Stars: 5/5
Repurchase: Yes

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For makeup related products, this month I finished the Great Lash Mascara from Maybelline. I love the ‘Blackest Black’ formula of this product as I find it lengthens and volumes my lashes best. If you’ve ever been around to my blog before you would know that any day I wear eyeshadow I wear the Maybelline Color Tattoo in ‘Barely Branded’. This is my third one and I am obsessed. One pot typically lasts me a year or so, so considering I wear eyeshadow about five times a week for an average of 44 weeks out of the year, I use this product at least 220 times per pot. Seriously, best product ever if you’re looking to step your makeup game up to the next level!!! Micellar Water is the absolute best at removing makeup. Squirt the tiniest bit on a cotton round and you would be amazed that all your makeup comes off just like that.

Product: Maybelline Color Tattoo – ‘Barely Branded’
Stars: 5/5
Repurchase: Yes, already have!

Product: Maybelline Great Lash Mascara
Stars: 5/5
Repurchase: Yes, already have!

Product: Garnier Micellar Water
Stars: 5/5
Repurchase: Yes, already have!

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Of course I couldn’t forget about the random products I seem to finish every few months. As many of you know, I am a cheerleader so the Got2B Glued hairspray is an essential hair product for me. It seriously holds anything. The typical nail polish remover; this one was so stubborn and made removing polishes a tedious task. As for shaving cream, whatever my mom buys I will use. Scent or brand doesn’t typically matter to me. And mouth wash; as you can tell Madison and I have been working on this bottle of Crest for quite some time now.

Product: Got2B Glued Blasting Freeze Spray
Stars: 5/5
Repurchase: Yes- a must have for cheerleaders!

Product: Up and Up Nail Polish Remover
Stars: 1/5
Repurchase: No

Product: Skintimate Skin Therapy Shaving Cream
Stars: 5/5
Repurchase: Yes

Product: Crest Pro Health Mouth Wash
Stars: 4.5/5
Repurchase: Yes

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Well that’s it for my January empties. Let me know what you finished this month or if you enjoyed this type of post in the comments below! I am open to all feedback so please leave any questions, comments, or requests you may have below. I appreciate you stopping by. Have a fabulous day! With love, McKenz.

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