Sunday, September 13, 2015

How to Make Money...While Shopping!

If you know me, you know I am a serious shopaholic. Honestly, I'm just lucky I can't drive by myself yet because I haven't been shopping in forever. However, that doesn't limit from the wonderful place that is the Internet.

Shopping is great and all, but obviously, those clothes cost money. But there are certainly ways to make money while doing the thing you love. I have used these things, and I while it's obviously not nearly as much as you can make at your job, it certainly helps. 

The first way to make money while shopping is with this super cool app. It's called shopkick. You may have heard of it, you may not have. Basically, you can earn points called kicks, just by walking into stores, scanning items, or even using a credit/debit card to buy items.

Not all stores are on it, but if you walk into stores such as American Eagle, Target, or Old Navy, you can gain kicks. These kicks can then turn into money. It's not cold hard cash, but you can get Sephora, Target, Starbucks, American Eagle giftcards, or even bigger prizes such as cruises, purses, shoes, and so on! It's honestly an awesome app. I'm so close to a Sephora gift card currently! 

To use this app efficiently, you must take out your phone and open the app to gain the walk in kicks. I find myself forgetting to do this sometimes. Same with the scans. The scans require more work because you have to walk around and find the items. But the best thing to do is to connect your credit or debit card, because some stores (not all of them) give you kicks for purchases. That way, if your forget to open the app, at least you get kicks for buying stuff! 

If you would like to sign up for shopkick, you can sign up right here!

The second option is for all of you who online shop like I do. This site is called I really like this site actually. It's pretty much like Ebates. (another option you can use) You go to the site, look up the name of the website you want to buy something from, and click on it so it brings you to the site with the shopathome rewards. You can get special deals, and you can get cash back. Every time you purchase online through shopathome, you get a certain amount of cash back (usually around 2-7%) and that goes into your account. Once you reach $20, they send you a check! I haven't gotten nearly that far yet, but it's definitely a way to get money back from online shopping!

One final way, is to sell your clothes to a consignment shop. You may ask, how is that making money while shopping? Well, when you bring in your clothes to sell to a consignment shop, like say Plato's Closet, while they're evaluating the value of your clothes, you can shop around the place, and use some of the cash from your clothes towards your purchase! 

I hope these options help you out! Both Shopkick and Shopathome are very trustworthy programs, and Plato's Closet, and most consignment shops will definitely give you the money for your clothes that you deserve!

- Mckenzie
*I am not affiliated with any of these programs or places, I just like them a lot!  

Monday, July 27, 2015

Airplane/Travel Makeup, Hair and Outfit

Hey! Today's blogpost is all about my video featuring a super simple makeup look, hairstyle and outfit for traveling, most specifically on airplanes. This is a look you can do in just a few minutes, whether it's before your flight or right before you get off your flight, in case you have to go somewhere immediately after. 

Products Used: 
- Smashbox Photo Finish Foundation Primer
- Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
- Maybelline Dream Fresh BB Cream
- Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
- MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural
- Nars Laguna Bronzer
- Clinique Cheek Pop: Peach Pop
- MAC Bare Study Paint Pot
- Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil: Stag
- Benefit They're Real Mascara
- Covergirl Colorlicious Lipgloss: Give Me Guava

For all high end products, I will list affordable options for all these products, because they do exist and perform just as well! :)

The Dupe List:
Smashbox Primer ~  NYX Studio Perfect Primer
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer ~ Milani Eyeshadow Primer
Nars Concealer ~ Maybelline Fit Me Concealer
Clinique Blush ~ NYX Powder Blush Apricot
Urban Decay Eyeliner ~ NYX Brown Perfection
Benefit They're Real Mascara ~ Maybelline the Falsies Volume Express Mascara

Brushes Used: 
Ecotools Powder Brush
Real Techniques Setting Brush
Ecotools Multipurpose Brush
Luxie Brushes Large Angled Face Brush 504
Ecotools Dual Ended Eye Set


If you enjoy the video, give it a thumbs up and subscribe to see more videos! 
- Mckenzie xx
*all products were purchased by me or were a gift, and none of the links are affiliate links

Monday, July 20, 2015

Simple Everyday Eye Makeup

Hey everyone, another makeup tutorial up on the good old YouTube channel today! It's on a very effortless look that will only take you a few minutes on an everyday basis! I'll be posting some pictures, along with all products used and budget friendly options.

Definitely let me know what you think of the video, and please do subscribe to see more! 

Products Used: 

- Tarte BB Tinted Treatment Primer: Fair
- Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer: Chantilly
- Mac MSFN: Light
- Nars Laguna Bronzer

Naked 2 Basics: Cover and Frisk
- UD Primer Potion
- Mac Bare Study Paint Pot (Maybelline Color Tattoo: Barely Branded)
- UD Bootycall (L'oreal Iced Latte)
- MAC Satin Taupe (W 'n' W Nutty, MUG Prom Night, Jordana Over the Taupe)
- Lorac White (Wet 'n' Wild There's a Party)
- UD 24/7 Glide on Eye Pencil: Stag (Rimmel Brown)
- Ulta Gel Eyeliner Pencil: Majesty
- UD Perversion Mascara
- Nar Rikugien Satin Lip Pencil (Revlon Pink Truffle)

Brushes Used:
Ecotools Dual Ended Eye Set
Sonia Kashuk No. 109

I hope you enjoy the video! Click here to subscribe for more videos! :)

Mckenzie xx
*all products purchased with my own money, or it was a gift

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

NYX Butter Lipsticks: Review and Swatches

One product I have really been loving lately are the NYX Butter Lipsticks. These are so great! Wide variation of colors, only $5, and the formula is super creamy and pigmented! They are pretty much everything you would ask for in a lipstick. I currently only have three of the colors, but I most definitely plan on picking up more of them. 

The three shades I own are Pops, Little Susie, and Candy Buttons. (from left to right in the top picture) Little Susie was actually from an Ipsy bag a couple of months ago, but believe or not, I wanted to pick up that shade even before it was in my ipsy bag. Little Susie is a deeper pink, sort of a fuchsia, but not exactly a fuchsia. It also has yellow undertones in it, so it is definitely a warmer lipstick. Candy Buttons is just a pretty peachy pink, nothing all too special. It's a little more on the cooler side, however. Pops is a great 'your lips but better' color, it's a pinky mauve color.  It is apparently a dupe for Nars Audacious Lipstick in 'Anita'. It's a little pinker than Nars Anita, based on the side by side swatches of the two shades, however.. But overall, I think it's a very flattering color for a variety of skintones.

NYX Butter Lipstick in 'Little Susie'

NYX Butter Lipstick in 'Candy Buttons'

NYX Butter Lipstick in 'Pops'

Swatches in natural sunlight, Little Susie, Candy Buttons, and Pops

Overall, I would highly recommend these lipsticks. They are very pigmented, have a wear time of about 3 - 4 hours or so, but leave a pretty stain as they fade throughout the day. 

I don't think I can really say anything bad about them. you can easily store them right side up or upside down, since they're not the bullet shape of MAC lipsticks, so you can easily see the colors if you store them upside down. I know some people don't like how the MAC bullet shape lipsticks store, so you won't have that problem with this one. 

Comment down below if you have tried these lovely lipsticks, and if you have, let me know some of your favorite shades so I can pick up more!

Mckenzie xx

*all products in this post have been purchased by myself :)

Monday, July 6, 2015

Summer Makeup Tutorial: Colorful and Simple

I have another makeup tutorial posted on my YouTube channel, and I'm going to be sharing some additional close up pictures and all products used, listed with budget friendly options.

I wanted to do something simple for the summer time, something colorful and fun! This look can be a bit risky, but anyone can rock it!

I cannot confirm the products as absolute dupes, but based on swatches, they look very similar. 

Products Used.
MAC Paint Pot: Rubenesque  
- Lt. Bronze Lorac Pro Palette
- Bare Minerals Sundance Prime Time Primer Shadow
(this is a very unique product, but I did my best. I can say it's not an absolutely necessary product, it just intensifies the eyeshadow) 
MAC Eyeshadow: All That Glitters
   - Milani Bella Champagne 
- Makeup Geek: In the Spotlight
MAC Eyeshadow: Soft Brown
- Makeup Geek Frappe
- UD Buck
MAC Technakohl Eyeliner: Photogravure 
- NYX Slide on Eye Pencil Brown Perfection
Ulta Gel Eyeliner Pencil: Aqua
Lorac Pro Palette: Espresso
- Morphe Deep Cocoa
Benefit They're Real Mascara
Naked Lipgloss: Sesso
- Revlon Pinkissimo

I couldn't really find exact dupes for some of the products, but I tried my best to research swatches online, and to find close budget friendly options for the high end products. 

I hope you enjoy the video! If you want to check out more of my videos, you can find them here.

Mckenzie xx

Monday, June 22, 2015

Summer Makeup Routine

Today's post is a corresponding post to my YouTube channel, on my summer makeup routine that I've been reaching for lately. I do change it up sometimes, but this is what I tend to go for the most. It's a little more than the average 15 year old, but I will wear as much makeup as I want to. :)

But all products will be listed here, and I will share some more close up photos of the look! 

don't worry, I'm going to get these brows done soon :)
Products Used: 
Benefit Porefessional Primer
Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion
MAC Prolongwear Paint Pot: Bare Study
Naked 2: Bootycall, Snakebite
MAC Eyeshadow: Paradisco
Naked 2 Basics: Frisk, Cover
Lorac Pro Palette: Cream, White
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide on Eyeliner: Bourbon
Tarte BB Tinted Treatment Primer: Fair
NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer: Chantilly
MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural: Light
Benefit They're Real Mascara
NARS Laguna Bronzer
NYX Butter Lipstick: Pops 

Brushes/Tools Used:
Sonia Kashuk No. 109
Ecotools Eye Enhancing Duo Set
Ecotools Day to Night Set
Real Techniques Setting Brush
Sonia Kashuk No. 123
Sonia Kashuk No. 106
Beauty Blender
Sonia Kashuk Travel Brush Set

I hope you all enjoyed this video! You can subscribe to my YouTube channel here if you would like to see more in the future.

- Mckenzie xx

Friday, May 29, 2015

Ipsy Bag Review: May 2015

Before I start off what is obviously a new sort of blog post on here, can we talk about my last post? I posted a picture on Instagram to kind of expose the post a bit, and Hollister commented on it. I only freaked out a little bit. Just kidding. I was like dancing around. Not exactly sure what they want to use my photo for, but I guess we'll see. You can see that picture on Instagram here.

Now, to get down to business.

I have been receiving the Ipsy bag for a few months now. This is my fourth bag. I wanted to review them before, but I never really got around to it. I'm going to attempt to review the bag every single month, just to share what I got in my bag.

This month was a pretty good month, actually. Obviously it's never perfect, but I think my favorite part of this whole bag was definitely the bag. It's so adorable, and of course makeup is part of my life.

The first product, and my personal favorite, is the Pixi Beauty Bronzer. This is a warm toned mid tone brown, with slight shimmer in it. The shimmer doesn't transfer that well onto the skin, but it does give a very subtle glow, and it isn't too orange as well. It isn't really that long lasting, it tends to fade after I'd say four hours, but still, you can't expect everything. I like just applying a light layer of this to my skin after I put on sunscreen, when I go to the beach, so I look slightly less pale. My only complaint would be that by now the label on the top has nearly worn off, but that's normal of drugstore brands.

The second is this Jessie's Girl loose eyeshadow. There's nothing too special about this eyeshadow, being perfectly honest. It has pretty good pigmentation, and it's a nice chocolatey brown, but it's just another matte brown eyeshadow. It does wear well, as well and it does blend nicely into the crease, especially with a fluffy blending brush to really diffuse the color. 

The third item is this Organic Farm a Ceuticals Hair Oil. This has argan oil in it, it's very good for your hair, but to me it's just another argan oil for your hair. It does a good job with keeping away the frizz and making hair look shiny and healthy, but it doesn't stand out among other argan oils. If you want to buy it, there's nothing wrong with it. But I don't particularly like the smell of this one. It's very strong and not too pleasant.

Fourth, is this sample booklet with two of the new Urban Decay Revolution lip glosses and a very generous sample of the Ozone lip liner. I didn't swatch the lip glosses, maybe I should have but I don't really like lip gloss samples like this. I want to use them, and I wanted to wait to open them until I could use them. But I love this lip liner. It primes my lips and fills in the fine lines of my lips so my lip glosses don't settle. When I run out of this I will definitely repurchase the full size.

 Last, but not least Klorane Soothing Eye patches. I have to say, I personally didn't try these because I'm not into stuff like this, but I think this is great for those puffy eye days, even though my bigger problems with my under eyes are my fine lines. But I may give these a try. 

Well that's all for today's post. I really love this ipsy bag, and I look forward to it every single month. Of course while they do try to cater it to your needs and wants, it's not always perfect. But over time it has definitely gotten better! 

If you want to subscribe to Ipsy, you can subscribe here.

Have a great weekend everyone! 

- Mckenzie xx

*I am not associated with or sponsored by Ipsy for this post :) 

Friday, May 15, 2015

Chambray and Leather


I keep getting off track with blogging.

And I don't like it because I love blogging. 

School is just-

You know what, I don't want to talk about that. I'd rather talk about this really cute outfit I put together recently. It's just a few basics, this leather skirt from Hollister, my new Gap Chambray shirt, and my HM black flats, which is now making its, I believe, 3rd or 4th appearance on my blog.

I will wear these shoes until they no longer function as shoes anymore. 

I think some of my favorite kinds of outfits is where you just pair up some basic everyday pieces, and put them together to make a very chic and effortless outfit that looks like a lot more time was spent on it. Those are my favorite types, because you can easily wear this on many different occasions, and maybe dress it up or down, depending on the occasion. I would wear this to school, however my school has a policy on skirt length and this skirt doesn't meet the requirements. Oh well. 

This is just one of the infinite amount of ways you can wear a chambray shirt, and probably one of my favorite ways.

 The shirt has a very casual and relaxed vibe, since it's more of a boyfriend fit, and the skirt has a more edgy vibe, and I think pairing the two make an awesome contrast. And of course, flats to make it a little more girly of course. And finally, a little mint color flower bracelet that I got on clearance at Macy's, for a little pop of color. Also, isn't it just the cutest ever? 

 Shirt: Gap | Skirt: Hollister | Flats: HM | Bracelet: Macy's

 That's all for today's post! I hope you all have a great day, and definitely comment below some of your favorite ways to wear a chambray shirt! 

Mckenzie xo

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Spring Wardrobe Staples

It is now the spring time, officially, and every spring, no matter what the trends are, there are always, ALWAYS, items that are staples in my closet for the spring. I just feel that these are items that are essential for every spring wardrobe, because they’re just classics that are pretty timeless for the season. Things like floral and bright and pastel colors never go out of style in the spring. 

1.       Anything floral
Basically anything that has any kind of bright, colorful floral pattern will do. A floral dress, a floral skirt, floral flats, floral bag, whatever. I do tend to stick to smaller patterns, usually, because I’m not a big fan of huge, busy patterns. But floral has always had its place in the fall, and the summer too. It just makes you think of flowers, which symbolize new life in the spring. I just also love floral prints a lot.

2.       A pair of colorful wedges
I love wedges. Enough said. They are my favorite type of heel, because they are more comfortable, and give height, and aren’t impossible to walk in. And I think colorful wedges are super great in the spring because they really add something to a very flowy white dress, and it’s a classic combination. Sure, we all like our neutral black and brown wedges, but why not try something a little different, like a minty blue, a soft lilac, or a bright coral? They really make a statement and can dress up any plain dress. 

3.       Loose t shirts
I personally don’t rock the loose t shirt as well as other people may, but there’s something laid back but stylish about a loose white t shirt with some skinny jeans, or tied at the waist with a pretty skirt. It’s such an effortless look that looks put together, but not overdone. It’s pretty timeless for any part of the year, but it’s great for spring, because it’s airy and cool for the warmer weather, but you’re able to easily layer a cute cardigan in case it gets a little chillier, and pairing it with pants also works for those chilly days. 

4.       Little wristlets, clutches or cross body bags
Let’s be real. No one likes carrying around huge purses full of stuff we don’t need. Frankly, I don’t care for big purses, I love cross body bags! I think they are much lighter, and keep your hands much freer. I consider this a staple year round, but I think trying to condense into a smaller bag is a way to freshen up for spring. I mean, it’s spring cleaning time, right ;) 

5.       Chambray shirt
Chambray shirts are very classic, and if bought loose can be worn over a tank top and tied at the waist with a skirt for an effortlessly girly and put together look. I don’t own one yet because I’m still on the lookout for the perfect one. 

6.       Spring dresses
A loose, airy flowy and colorful dress is exactly what you need in the spring. Especially for Easter, or those warm spring nights. Or anytime really. They’re one piece, so they’re basically the lazy girls’ wardrobe staple, because you can throw the dress on with some sandals and voila, you look fantastic. I have recently started bringing myself to like dresses again. For several years I was a shorts and leggings girl. 

7.       Shorts galore
There’s nothing better about spring than it getting back to shorts weather, especially with all the cute shorts that are to be found everywhere! If you ever find yourself looking at shorts, buy them for the spring. You won’t regret it. My favorites are American Eagle shorts, by the way. 

8. A cute new bathing suit
We're back to swimming season now, why not go pick up that super cute bikini you've been eying? I already have, just so you know. It as from American Eagle and it's so darn cute! I also kind of want one of those Triangl Swimwear bathing suits.

These are just some of my spring staples that are just timeless and always will look good. Trends change, and you can adjust the style of these things to the trends, whether it’s a bold crazy print, a bright color, or a looser or tighter fitting style. These pieces will never fail you, no matter what the trends are. 

Mckenzie xx

Saturday, April 11, 2015

'No Makeup' Makeup Tutorial

Hey everyone! I know it's been a while, but I've been trying to figure some things out. But I'm back and ready to get  back to consistently blogging and posting. Got many posts coming up! 

Today is actually a post from my YouTube, my 'No Makeup' Makeup Tutorial! it's been done quite a few times, but I felt like making my own. I do want to apologize for how long it is, I'm aware that the it's probably a little unnecessary to make it that long, but I really wanted to get in depth on this makeup tutorial. If there are any products in the video you would like me to review, however, just let me know :) 

Michael Todd Charcoal Detox Cleanser:
Michael Todd Intensive Cream Eye Treatment:
Michael Todd Antioxidant Carrot Multivitamin Serum:
Michael Todd Moisture Lite Non-Oily Hydrating Lotion:
Benefit Porefessional Primer:
Tarte Tinted Treatment Primer in Fair:
Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly:
MAC MSFN in Light:
Urban Decay Naked Double Ended Pencil Perversion Side:
Urban Decay Perversion Mascara:
Clinique Cheek Pop in Peach Pop:
EOS Lipbalm:
Beauty Blender:

This is a great, natural look for someone just looking for a simple makeup routine that's enhancing to natural features. I hope you enjoy! 

Mckenzie xx

*none of the links above are affiliate links :)   

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Winter Florals

Today's outfit is really more of a spring outfit. It's definitely a spring outfit. Bright blue floral skirt? Spring. But I convinced myself that since it's blue, and blue makes me think of winter, that it could qualify as "winter florals." Besides, I added my super cute ankle booties that I got last Christmas. Let me just say, these are probably my new favorite shoes.

These pictures are going to be super great quality because I recently purchased a tripod and memory card for my mom's super nice digital camera! And I really liked how the pictures turned out.

But my best friend lent me this skirt from Rue 21, and I'm pretty sure it's from last year, and I checked their site; it's not available anymore. But it is super cute and I really love it with my denim jacket, and the booties. I wore a black tank top with it because I feel the other pieces make more of a statement, and it's better to go with the basics for on top. I added this new white necklace from Charlotte Russe that I purchased a few weeks ago when they were having a HUGE sale. 

I really like this outfit a lot, and I would definitely wear this going out with my friends, and I would wear it to school, but it's "not in dress code." It's very cute, and be either casual or a little fancier, depending on the level of dressiness of the pieces in the outfit.

 Denim Jacket: Aeropostale | Skirt: Rue21 (similar here) | Shoes: Macy's (here) | Necklace: Charlotte Russe
Hope you enjoy! Have a great day! 

~ Mckenzie xx

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Bobbi Brown Corrector vs. NYX Dark Circle Concealer

Hello! Today I will be doing a comparison post of the much loved Bobbi Brown Corrector and the lesser known NYX Dark Circle Concealer. These two products were both intended for the same purpose: to correct dark circles. I do like both of these products, I do. But one of them I do like slightly better than the other. 

We have two different correctors here. One by Bobbi Brown, and another by NYX. Obviously, the Bobbi Brown is more expensive than the NYX one. The Bobbi Brown Corrector is about $25 and the NYX is $6. I did however get my Bobbi Brown Corrector for $17 at an overstock makeup store called the Cosmetics Company Store. I will be doing demonstrations of both of these concealers.

The photo is not that great of quality, but here are my eyes without any concealer or anything under them. (I am wearing mascara, by the way. It's Perversion by Urban Decay just in case you wanted to know)

I have a little bit of blueish purplish color under my eyes that are caused by the fact that I never seem to get enough sleep at night, which I am working on. 

Now here are my eyes with the corrector on. Bobbi Brown in Extra Light Bisque on the right, NYX in Fair on the left. 

As you can tell, both do correct the darkness quite nicely. You can even put it on your lids to correct the color of veins. It's a little harder to tell by the photo, but the side with the NYX concealer has more creasing than the side with the Bobbi Brown corrector. All concealers crease on me after a lifetime of squinting too much, however. But I am working on getting rid of them. 

 In order to apply this corrector, I used my Sonia Kashuk concealer brush and blended it out with my fingers. I really like the look it gives. 

Finally, to top it all off, I used my Mac Select Cover Up Concealer in NW15 to bring some light to under my eyes and act as sort of a highlight. Of course I set it with powder afterwards or else it would just wipe off within an hour.

Now that you all have seen how it actually works, I'll list the pros and cons of each product. 

  • Very wide shade selection (16 shades)
  • Doesn't crease
  • Has a little mirror
  • Nice and sleek packaging
  • Long lasting (about 8 hours) 
  • Corrects well
  • Nice long lasting texture (more of a waxy texture)
  •  A little much to pay for a small amount
  • Has less product than the NYX concealer

  • Very reasonable price
  • Good amount of product
  • Color corrects well
  • Lasts a pretty good amount of time
  • creamier texture makes it wipe off easier
  • less shade variation
  • creases more
The final verdict: for me, personally, the Bobbi Brown Corrector. The NYX concealer is still a great alternative, but considering how much products crease under my eyes I personally like the Bobbi Brown corrector more. But if you don't have as much creasing problems as I do I highly recommend the NYX corrector. I think it's a great product and does just as good of a job correcting as the Bobbi Brown corrector. But if your skin is very dark you won't be able to use the NYX concealer because there's only four shades. But both are very good products that I would recommend. 
 Do you know of any other great dark circle correctors? 
~ Mckenzie xx

*disclaimer: this post is not sponsored and I purchased all products mentioned in this post myself, or they were a gift.