Ipsy Glambag ~ April

I’m always excited each month for my Ipsy Glambag to arrive, especially when I take a peek at my glamroom or the spoilers and love what I see… The theme this month was very rock-and-roll meets a concert meets a … Continue reading

What’s on my…. July 2nd ~ Best Self Tanners and Upcoming Subscription Box Reviews!

What’s on my mind:

Pink Nails

I can’t believe the weekend is over already! I had a successful spa weekend that consisted of hitting the gym, a manicure (getting new acrylic tips~~ see above!), getting an eyebrow wax, going shopping, and starting to get packed and ready for my vacation, which begins tomorrow night! Eeek!

I just went out and did a drugstore run to make sure I was fully stocked up with shampoo, conditioner, makeup, and of course, Sunscreen! (which you’ll see why this is so important below)

What’s on my body:

Aloe, lots of it. Why do you ask? Because I foolishly let myself get burnt to a crisp trying to get a nice base tan before my vacation. I know, so dumb, especially with all the articles about proper sun and skin care and how drastic a sunburn can affect your skin and possibility for cancers. And so, here is my list of favorite self-tanners, because those are all I’m going to be using for a while!

I have always been a huge fan of the gradual self-tanners, like Jergens Perfect Glow and L’Oreal Sublime Bronze. They recently re-vamped their formulas to smell better, go on easier, and last longer!

Sublime Bronze

I just purchased and used the L’Oreal Sublime Bronze Lotion and Misting Spray (I usually get the gradual tanner lotion but I decided to go for the straight-up self tanner this time). Both the Self-Tanner Lotion and Aerosol Spray are effective, and give you a nice glow without looking like an Oopma Loompa. Just be careful to shave and exfoliate before hand, and to go easy around your elbows, knees, wrists and ankles or else they will be 2 shades darker than the rest of your body. For under $12 a pop, these are my favorites when I want to get glowing in a day! Depending on your activities, it could last up to a week! Personally, I apply the self-tanner about 2x per week, as I do go to the gym a few times per week. If you’re the type of person who goes into the ocean/goes to the beach 5 days a week, you may need to re-apply more often because of the salt water and sand rubbing it off. I’m going to use the Spray version to refresh/touch up my tan tomorrow,  so I’ll let you know if I recommend one over the other. I would not use the tan-towels version- suuuper streaky!

Jergens 3 Day

Jergens now has a 3-day ‘super’ formula that is supposed to make you gradually tanner in less time than normal! I tried this one a few weeks ago, and think it’s definitely a great product and you get the same results from applying 2x than with the regular formula you have to apply it approx. 4 times for the same result. The only downside to this product is that it’s the same price (give or take) as the normal gradual self tanner, however it’s a smaller bottle so you need to purchase it more often to maintain your tan.

Each of these companies do make separate face tanners for those of you with oily or acne-prone skin. I don’t buy them that often, but it is a nice option to have if the regular lotions are too ‘oily’ for your more delicate skin and clog your pores.

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Now, if you want to talk the pricier, overnight bronze goddess formulas, I’ll point you in the direction of St. Tropez (Self Bronzing Lotion or Mousse- $40), Beautisol Summer Glow ($40) or Fake Bake ($25-35) . But please, exfoliate and wear either gloves or a mitt with these, or else your hands will be brown for days! And put down old sheets on your bed so you don’t ruin your nice stuff with brown goo! PLUS: I just found out the hard way, that these formulas (the direct tanners/not gradual tanning lotions) that while they are the best hands down for flawless application and that perfect glow, after a while they do go bad. I reently opened up my cabinet to see which I still had left to use, and when I began to pour it out, it was this EMERALD-MOSSY GREEN COLOR! So, if you’re going to spend the cash to buy it, please make sure you use it within 6 months or so.

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What’s on my To-Do list:

The reviews for the June Bulu Weight Loss Box and June Wantable Beauty Box and June GlossyBox will be going up within the next day or so! Hope you’re all excited to check those out, or if you want to can look back at my recent reviews of Out of The Box Sampler, Juniper, Peckish, Sent Her Way or JackedPack!

I have a bunch of new subscriptions as well as current ones soon to arrive for July, so prepare for a busy month of posts once I’m back from vacation. I have some of the following soon to feature for July: The Fantasy Box, BeautyArmy, Ipsy Glambag, SkoshBox, NatureBox, JackedPack Custom,  FitBox by Platinum Box,  and MORE! That is a serious amount of boxes.. plus I’m sure there are more that I just can’t think of at the moment.

I’m also working on/looking into new subscription box companies for August, so if anyone knows of New or Up-and-Coming Subscription Box companies that are looking for blogger reviews, let me know! You can comment here on my post or e-mail me at kenziedegen@gmail.com

So…. what’s on your mind/to-do list and body today!?

xo, Kenzie

The First Review: Ipsy May 2013

To start, I have to say, the whole concept of having these beauty boxes (and fitness, health, food, etc boxes) are an amazing idea! Sure, there is the fear of “I don’t know what’s going to be in it, so how will I know if I like it!?” Trust me, I had the same thoughts running through my head, and so I checked out different companies and their websites and feedback before ordering anything. Plus, even though you don’t know what’s included, you usually get double the value of the money you spend per box. I decided to sign up to pay monthly, just in case I wanted to cancel at any point. Most of these companies offer slightly reduced rates if you sign up for 3-months, 6-months or 12-months at a time, but just make sure you love the contents before doing so!

So after about 6 months of receiving Ipsy and having only amazing things to say, here is my first review:


The May 2013 Ipsy GlamBag was one of my favorite custom-bags that I’ve received so far! While I also enjoyed the Nautical-themed one from the month prior, and a silver bag a few months before, the other bags I had recieved were very simple: black, brown, etc. This printed zig-zag teal, white, blue and orange combination bag was definitely the best, and not only that, the items included were a hit:


Zoya Nail Polish in “Neely”: Full Size

$8 for 15 ml/.5 fl. oz

IMG_3653This light minty-green polish seems perfect for this Spring-themed bag! Although my first preference would be the white or pink shade rather than this minty green, I think I will definitely end up using it. I just recently tested it out on my own nails and it seems to go on smoothly, similar to an Essie/OPI quality polish which is actually shocking, however my nails never look as good when I do them myself versus getting them done at a salon, so of course a few of mine smudged. I think it would look better if I had a tan as well, since it’s such a light color. It would be a great one to use as a base and then put designs on (just wait for my future post on nail polish colors and designs!) In terms of the brand, most of the other Ipsy girls I’ve seen posting on the website threads seem to enjoy it and recommend it to their friends.

Rating: 4.5/5 stars,  as it’s not my absolute favorite color but is definitely a good polish and worth getting.

St. Tropez One Night Only Instant Tanning Lotion

Sample Size 50 ml/1.69 ozIMG_3621_2

Full Size: $18 for 5 oz, so sample is worth approx. $5.50

Many people recieved a bronzing or luminating lotion from Pacifica, however I recieved a sample size of St Tropez instead (I’d say enough for 1 full body application, or a few partial applications). I have yet to apply this to my entire body (or at least chest/arms/face if I’m going out and wearing pants!) but based on testing some out on my skin, I think it has potential. It is a well-known, and often expensive brand, so I was quite giddy when I received it in my package. The only downside, is that I already previously received this sample through Sephora, and hadn’t had a chance to use it (so now I have 2!).  ALSO: You must must must wear gloves or a bronzing mitt! I tested it out on my skin and had to scrub my fingers after only having the lotion on them for a few minutes.

Rating: 3.5/5 Stars, because it is a one-night-only bronzer, and I would prefer one that either lasted or was a gradual-build up bronzer and didn’t fear of it staining any light clothing (or my hands!)

Juice Beauty Reflecting Lip Gloss in Champagne

Full Size: $15 for 4 ml/.14 fl ozIMG_3658

*I thought this was a full-size product, but on the JuiceBeauty website it says $15 for .28 oz, and that is the only size option. Therefore, this would be worth $7.50

Love the brand, bottle and everything, but it is just not my color! I feel kinda silly putting this gold-glittery champagne color on my lips, when all of my outfits go with pinks and reds; It smells delicious and goes on smoothly, without being too sticky, but the bottom line is that it basically just doesn’t do anything for me as I’m not a big fan of lip gloss. I almost wish it was a sample-size, however I may use the Ipsy Swap and see if someone would like to exchange colors with me.

Rating: 3/5 Stars- It seems like a good brand, and is a great product if you like lip gloss. I would recommend it to someone looking for a simple gloss, but it’s just not my cup of tea.

Yaby Concealor Pod Refill in Buff-$4.85  Buff

*I couldn’t figure out if this was a sample or “full size”, as nothing came with the concealer refill and it was difficult to find details on sizing.

I think this little concealer pod is a great idea, and would have been even better if it was included with the prior months bag, as the bag included a magnetic make-up holder and mirror, and the concealer would have easily popped right into that. Otherwise, I can’t carry it around with me and it will end up at the bottom of my beauty closet! In general, the Ipsy girls did a good job trying to match up my skin color, and although it is a little on the light side, I can probably make it work.

Rating: 3/5 because it requires a case (which you would have to purchase) and it doesn’t have any form of applicator.

Nu-Me Finishing Serum– Sample Size: 10 ml IMG_3656

Full Size: 2 fl. oz/59 ml for $29, , so sample is worth approx. $5

This serum was actually the perfect size despite it being only a sample. I was extremely worried about it being too oily or sticky, however it rubbed in smoothly, without weighing down my hair. I rarely use oils or serums, so I’m sure this will last me a long time, and it’s small enough to bring on vacations when my hair gets overworked from the sun and chlorine.

Rating: 4.5/5 stars, good quality and size, I just don’t often use any serums. I’m giving it a higher grade/benefit of the doubt because I think many other fashionistas will like it!

IMG_3616_2Plus, I got this discount card to be used on any Nu-Me products!

So all in all… when you include the custom make-up bag as well, the May 2013 Ipsy GlamBag gets a 4/5!

This is definitely a subscription to get, and I can’t wait for next months!



*Disclaimer: I signed up for Ipsy on my own, and did not receive any items for free/was not asked to do a review*

*Also, the MICA loose eyeshadow product shown above was from a previous bag, that was sent over separately

I’m Baaaaaaaaaack! The Re-Launch of Stylish in Suburbia

Happy Monday everyone! And by that, I mean I hope you stayed tough through that first day back in work/class after a never-long-enough weekend!

So, you’re probably confused as to what happened to my blog. Did Mackenzie fall off the face of the earth? Did she give up on it? ABSOLUTELY NOT! Right around the time I launched Stylish in Suburbia, I was applying to 38457595 jobs and finally landed one and threw all my time and energy into it. Now that I’ve gotten over much of the chaos of my new-found career, I’m devoting my time and effort to get back to doing what I love: blogging!

So, I am re-launching Stylish in Suburbia with a few new twists. I will still continue to post my rambles and insight about the day-to-day life of a working fashionista, the new clothing and beauty products I can’t keep my hands off, and a few photoshoots from time to time. However, I will also be adding something different and quirky: I’m going to review some of the amazing beauty and fitness boxes I’ve been receiving via mail. On a whim, I signed up for Ipsy about 6 months ago, and I’ve been head over heels for it! Out of all the bags I’ve received so far, I’ve managed to score some awesome products like St. Tropez Bronzing Cream, NYX loose mineral eyeshadow, and Lash Cards (perfect for not covering my eyelids in mascara!). These products are only few among the many I’ve received so far, and I don’t plan on cancelling anytime soon.

Instead, I’m going ALL OUT and signing up for a variety of different boxes, from BuluBox and Love With Food to Julep and Beauty Army. So, I hope you’ll join me for the journey as I continue to post my favorite outfits, styles, and trends to reviewing these surprise boxes, and even more under the sun! I don’t plan on leaving anything out, so if you have any requests, or questions feel free to comment or e-mail me. AND if you would like me to review a box, I would be more than willing! Who doesn’t love free stuff PLUS helping others make the right decisions about purchases.



Mackenzie May 2013