Product Review: NYC Matte Me Crazy Mattifying Top Coat

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I almost died when I posted this sexy matte black french manicure as part of my daily “dope nails of the day” post, over a year ago. The only matte polish I could get my hands on to even try the look myself was by Chanel … and it’s $25 and always out of stock. 

One day while perusing through the Target beauty aisles, what did I find? NYC’s Matte me Crazy Mattifying Top Coat, for just $1.99. I’m definitely down with that price!

Last night I finally put my matte top coat to use over “Black Creme” by Wet n Wild (another cheapie).

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Of course you always need to use a base coat to prevent your polish from staining your natural nail, and I went with Revlon’s Longwear base coat. Next I applied two coats of my Wet n Wild (forgot to take a picture of that), and finished it off with the matte top coat.

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And here’s a closer look. I did this myself so I know it’s not perfect.

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Here’s how it works. The matte polish goes on shiny and dries matte. Surprisingly it actually dries pretty quickly, and it hasn’t chipped at all since polishing them last night. That was what I was most worried about. I made sure to drag the top coat over the tips of my nails as well to seal in the polish so it wouldn’t be as prone to chipping.

If you want to get the french mani look, just take a regular shiny top coat and polish a line at the tips. There ya go! 

I am totally pleased with the end result and especially considering the price. I’m excited to try some more designs in the near future! Definitely giving NYC Matte Me Crazy a thumbs up!

What do you think about the end look? If you decide to try it out, make sure you send me a pic of your nails at McKenzie@McKenzieRenae.com ! 

How To Pick Your Summer Bronzer

If natural kisses from the sun aren’t quite your forte, then bronzer will become your new BFF! Bronzer is used just like blush, but is meant to give you a more sun-kissed, just-back-from-the-beach glow that will have the guys wondering how you look so luminous. The goal is to look exactly that … sun-kissed! Here are some helpful tips and great products to get to started with enhancing your beautiful skin :)

Picking a Bronzer


Shimmer? Matte? Highlighter? Yes, there are many options when it comes to bronzers, but take a deep breath and don’t feel overwhelmed. There are a few simple things to keep in mind.

1. Pick a bronzer that is right for your skin tone. It’s easy to go too dark and look dirty or too light and look shiny and ashy.

2. Pick a bronzer that is one or two shades darker than your natural skin tone. Look for descriptions like “dark” and “deep” or higher-numbered labels. Make sure it’s pigmented.

3. Bronzers come in liquids, powders, sticks and beads. So, experiment and play around by choosing the one that makes you look your best.

TIP: If you’ve got normal-to-oily skin, try a powder formulation. For dry skin, a cream or gel bronzer is probably the way to go.

(pictured above are two bronzers I use on a daily basis: (left) Bobbi Brown Illuminating Bronzer Powder in “Bahama (7)”, & (right) Revlon Color Stay Mineral Finishing Powder in “Sunkiss (030)”.)

Applying Bronzer


First note, a little can go a long way. It’s better to apply less and add more as you go. You don’t want your bronzer to look like it’s just sitting on your foundation or bare skin, so blending is key!

1. Sweep your bronzer on with a big fluffy brush on areas of your face the sun would hit — the temples, cheeks, bridge of your nose, chin and along the hairline. Make sure to tap off any extra bronzer before you apply to avoid going overboard.

2. As for the rest of your makeup, keep it simple. A pretty peachy lip gloss, soft pink cheeks and warm eyes complement bronzer well. If you are comfortable without foundation, bronzer is great to wear alone on top of clean, bare skin.

TIP: If you have oily or combination skin, use oil absorbing sheets to gently blot any excess oil away. This prevents you from potentially removing your bronzer and looking splotchy.

What are some of your favorite bronzers?


Threads of the Night: Cool Leather

I can’t get enough of wearing leather this winter (if you call this winter lol). Although I’m more than ready to throw on a sundress and sandals, cool leather will do for now ;)

Last night I was out with a girlfriend to go grab dinner and a drink at a nearby spot. She’s below, isn’t she gawgeous :)

What I’m wearing:

-American Apparel off the shoulder shirt
-Alice & Olivia leather panel leggings (bought from TJ Maxx! ::score:: )
-Steve Madden motorcycle boots 
-DIY red leather oversize clutch that me & my mom made a few months ago
-Old wooden rosary necklace
-Black sunglasses from Walmart (it’s all about finding treasures in places least expected) ;)
-Watch from Nordstrom
-David Yurman bracelet & stacked rings 

(OPI “I Have A Herring Problem” & Essie “Brooch the Subject” nail polish)

My girl Coco Loco!

(Revlon lipstick in “Berry Haute" & Revlon Colorburst lipgloss in “Decadent” )

Anyone else ready for Spring? 

Makeup Challenge Day 4: Black Out

Last night I was out on the town celebrating my girlfriends birthday and decided to go with a subtle sexy smokey eye. I chose a pair of dramatic baby doll lashes to compliment my smokey eye and loved the end results!

Time: 35 minutes

Tools: Cover FX Concealer, MAC Mineralize Skinfinish foundation, Bobbi Brown bronzer, NARS Orgasm blush, Revlon Mineral Baked Bronzer, MAC eyeshadow in Carbon, Naked Palette, Bobbi Brown Tortoise Shell Palette, Forever 21 babydoll lashes, Revlon Soft Nude lipstick, MAC cremesheen gloss in Boy Bait.

Decided to try a plum lip last night and I liked it! Funny how the color looks one way in the tube and another on your lips. Definitely a pigment issue.

What I’m wearing:

-Revlon lipstick in “Va Va Violet” #663 (not as dark on my lips as it was in the tube)

-MAC Lip Pencil in “Vino” (pretty when worn alone as well)

I’m still on the search for a darker lipstick shade that has more pigment, but the Revlon works for now with the MAC lip pencil underneath :)