Monroe Misfit Makeup | Beauty Blog: October 2015

October 19, 2015

Mirabella Borrowed from the Boys Brow Collection

Mirabella has launched Borrowed from the Boys, the brand's premiere brow collection including The Brow Shaper, an all-in-one eyebrow groomer, and The Brow Pencil, offering three shades of brow color. A collection inspired by eyebrow queens like Cara Delevinge and Emma Watson who highlight the impact a strong, beautifully groomed eyebrow can bring to the face.

Out are those over done brows that are highlighted contoured and angled to extremes. You know what I'm talking about "instagram/youtube" brows. For beautiful unfiltered real life brows it is all about a natural looking brow. Well-manicured, full, a softer version of the masculine trend.

The Brow Pencil ($25) is available in three shades, light, medium, and dark. It has a micro fine tip designed to create fine hair like strokes. The formula is waterproof and smudge-proof. A Micro-spoolies is included for sweeping the brow color in to a perfect natural look.

Shade Light was a perfect match for me and so was Medium. My biggest complaint in eyebrow pencils is the "blondes" are often too warm. Mirabella's light shade is a true light taupe with a hint of chestnut not orange. The medium shade is an ashy taupe that is still light enough for blondes and brunettes, a truly universal shade depending on how much pressure is applied. Dark is a cool dark brown that is a lot less harsh than black. With a small tip defining the brows is easy mimicking the thickness of natural hairs. Even the darkest shade has a softness to it so the brows never look over done. Beautiful flattering shades with an effortless application.
The Brow Shaper ($21) is the ultimate brow groomer. The 5-im-1 tool  features a unique formula with powder allowing the product to have flexible texture when dry. Brow Shaper gives  definition, color fill, and thickness to the eyebrow's with out looking heavy or stiff. A lot of brow gels are more like mascaras and can coat the hairs making it super noticeable. This brow shaper isn't anything like those.

Universal Brow Shaper is a medium taupe that will work for light/medium brow shades. It wisps on to the hair filling in sparse areas and grooming your brows in to shape. The formula is so weightless that you won't get those crunchy coated brows. Which just sounds bad. When running low on time sweep this across the brow for instantly enhanced brows. Brow Shaper is a quick fix for a polished look and gives the brows such a a full and defined appearance. I have been using the pencil for two months now daily and still haven't run out. I used to be all about Anastasia Brow Wiz but this is a better formula and much longer lasting. Both the Brow Pencil and Brow Shaper from Mirabella will become mainstays in your eyebrow routine.

Borrowed from the Boys * is available at and professional salons.

*sample provided fo review consideration

Maybelline Fall Beauty Makeup Look #FalsiesPushUpDrama

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With the chill in the air and pumpkin spice everything it is definitely feeling like Fall and that means time to change-up our makeup routine. In the Summer I go for a less is more approach, but in the cooler months I gravitate towards deeper lip colors and dramatic lashes. Maybelline has some excellent products to help you makeover your makeup routine this season. I even found my new favorite drugstore mascara in the process!

Here is what I hauled for my Maybelline Fall Beauty Makeup Look:
The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara in Blackest Black
The Blushed Nudes Eyeshadow Palette
Master Hi-Light Face Studio Blush in Pink Nude
Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara Blonde
Color Sensational Matte Lipstick in Touch of Spice & Divine Wine
No matter what makeup look I wear I always start out by perfecting the skin. I brightened my under eyes with Dream Lumi Touch and evened out my complexion with Maybelline Instant Age Rewind Foundation #120. A neutral toned pink blush like Maybelline Master Hi-light Face Studio Blush in Pink Nude adds depth and color without interfering with bolder eyes and lips.
Bold brows continuously make a statement for Fall but not all of us are blessed with full brows. Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Brow Mascara really helps out in that department by adding fullness, definition, and hold all in one. Blonde was a good match for my eyebrows and it was super quick and easy to apply.
 For the eye look I begin by applying Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal Barely Branded as a base.  Laying a cream based color down first is my beauty hack, not only will it help your shadow stay put all day but also make the colors more vivid.  Maybelline The Blushed Nudes Eyeshadow Palette is a pretty mix of rosy and brown shades. I was really impressed by this palette, the colors are so delicate and illuminating.

Just because its Fall doesn't mean we need to wear all super warm colors. Go with what flatters your skin tone and eyes best. I chose to use the champagne and brown's then brought in that gorgeous shimmering maroon shade to bring out the green in my eyes.

During my Walmart run I found the Maybelline Push Up Drama Mascara in-store on an end cap display. It can also be found in the Maybelline Section of the Makeup Aisle.
Maybelline The Falsies Push Up Drama Mascara is your answer to lashes that look like false lashes with out the hassle. Admittedly I'm a false lashes junkie but rarely do I have the time to put them on any more.
 The brush is fantastic. It is the world's first ever push up brush with cup-shaped bristles that scoop, coat, and dramatically lift lashes.
Patented push-up brush has cup-shaped bristles which scoop lashes up from the roots, coating and lifting them up into a dramatic 45 degrees. Pumping up the volume and defining lower lashes with out clumping.  
With a creamy plumping formula, it glides smoothly onto lashes for a dramatic, instant charge. Being able to achieve that same lifted, full, dramatic lash look of false lashes by using just this mascara is awesome. It is super volumizing!

To pull it all together I finish with a creamy matte lip. This season I am challenging myself to step away from my comfort zone of reds and pinks and try out brown based shades. Maybelline Color Sensational MATTE in Touch of Spice is so natural looking on and hints to the 90's lip trend. I bought the last tube so it must be popular! I can see why, gorgeously creamy non-drying texture with a stunning shade range.

Wear Touch of Spice for a polished day look then turn it up a notch with the decadently rich burgundy shade Divine Wine.

Yes, I'm secretly hoping the bold lip color and lashes will draw attention away from a horrendously bad hair day! That's dreary damp Fall in the Northwest for ya.

I love the combination of voluminous lashes paired with a soft matte lip for Fall. With the essentials from Maybelline you can get a fresh new beauty look on a budget. What's your favorite makeup look for Fall? #FalsiesPushUpDrama

October 14, 2015

Rock The Plaid this Fall with LISTERINE® #RinseMadeRad

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Being a Seattleite a plaid shirt is basically our city's uniform no matter what the season. With the laid back outdoors culture, cool rainy weather, and unforgettable grunge music scene the "flannel" if you will has cemented its place as a unisex wardrobe staple. When Fall rolls around I find myself wearing the print at least three times a week. Even confessing to my loved ones that I have a plaid shirt collecting problem. Luckily plaid is all the rage once again this season and everything, even your mouthwash, is getting in on the popular trend!
Said plaid shirt collecting problem. With so many color variations and fabric choices how can one ever own too many?
 My personal favorite way to rock the plaid is open over a solid color top or band tee. When I want to throw on something that feels like "me" this is it. The casual style can take you from the Farmer's Market to happy hour. I did the makeup in 5 minutes flat skipping done up eyes for lips. A bold lipstick is my forever go-to quick makeup trick.

To take plaid to a night out look I go for smudgy eyes, a leather jacket, and ankle boots.
For warmer days I like to tie it around my waist with a t-shirt dress or bundle up in a warm tartan print infinity scarf and leather jacket. 
Need to make it pretty? Pair a structured plaid top with a skirt, statement necklace, and suede pumps. There are endless ways plaid can make your wardrobe instantly rad!

LISTERINE® has always been a trendsetter… Now, they're taking it to a new level through a
partnership with Target's Mad for Plaid collection. The new limited-edition bottle of LISTERINE® outfitted in plaid will be available at Target September 13 – October 31.

I had no idea that brushing alone misses 75% of your mouth, so it is critical to floss daily and rinse twice-a-day with a therapeutic mouthwash like LISTERINE® Antiseptic to achieve superior oral health. It is a sensory experience that you can feel working against bacteria. Bacteria can cause gum disease and bad breathe, we don't want any of that! I love how fresh and clean my mouth feels after rinsing with it morning and night. The Cool Mint flavor is so refreshing. Fresh breath is always in style.

By incorporating LISTERINE® Antiseptic into your twice-daily oral health routine, you can clean virtually 100 percent of your mouth and achieve up to five times healthier gums in two weeks and up to nine times healthier gums in four weeks. * LISTERINE® Antiseptic is the world's number one dentist-recommended brand counter antimicrobial mouthwash and carries the American Dental Association (ADA) seal of acceptance.* Based on increased number of healthy gum sites over time (vs. baseline)

With the new plaid wrapped bottles, LISTERINE® Brand can help you achieve better oral health
while adding a signature look to your sink! The blue and red plaid bottles I purchased gave an instant edgy Fall touch to "His and Hers" Bathroom counters and its just so Seattle. No more hiding the mouthwash in the cupboard when its got this much style.
Head to Target to pick up a bottle from the LISTERINE® Mad for Plaid Collection today. To find out more about LISTERINE® Brand products, visit
Don't forget to check out Target's Cartwheel offer to receive 10% off from 9/13- 10/31. Buy 3 bottles Get 1 Free (in-stores). Get ready for #RinseMadeRad!

October 10, 2015

FabFitFun Fall 2015 Subscription Box Review + $10 Coupon Code

Get excited! It's time for the Fall 2015 FabFitFun Box! Every 3 months, FabFitFun VIP members receive a new box filled with the most fab items, handpicked by Guiliana and the FabFitFun team. The quarterly subscription is $49.99 and filled with the hottest items of the season in beauty, fashion, fitness, and wellness. The Fall Box is almost sold out so GET IT NOW if you want to check out this awesome box. Code FAB10 will take $10 off your box!

The purple box for Fall 2015 is in partnership with Allstate Foundation Purple Purse to help spread awareness about Domestic Violence for the month of October. What I love about FabFitFun is that they pack their boxes FULL with mostly full size items in various categories. They really hit on all of your interests and not just one genre.
FabFitFun x Tappan Collective Umbrella ($32)
Starting off with my absolute favorite item in the box! How quirky and fun is this umbrealla? It is imprinted with "Rain Rain Go Away" in a bright cheery hot pink. This will come in handy for like the next 9 months here in the Pacific Northwest. Subscribers are given the choice between colors Pink, Sky Blue, Yellow, Mango, and Black. It was designed by LA-based artist Ashkahn Shahparnia exclusively for FabFitFun subscribers.

Passport to Beauty Gold Radiance Luxury Facial Mask with Collagen and Rose Oil ($65)
Not only do you get this incredibly luxurious mask..but you get TWO OF THEM. I can never have too many face masks and the crazier the mask looks on the better. Gold Radiance Luxury Facial Mask looks like you dunked your face in pure gold. This Collagen mask is infused with colloidal gold and damascene rose.

MANNA Kadar Liplocked Lucky Priming Gloss Stain ($24)
One of my most loved blushes this Summer was MANNA Unsung, the most gorgeous matte coral. Lucky Liplocked is that blush in lip gloss form. Just a beautiful shade of coral in a shiny non-sticky gloss. I really need to check out this brand more! I have been super impressed with the quality and pigmentation of their makeup.

I hadn't heard of Dr. Schwab before but by the name Skin Fluid I thought this would be another serum. It is in fact a tinted moisturizer/primer. The tint is light with just a touch of shimmer to brighten up the complexion and even out the skin. I really enjoyed this! As a fan of light coverage foundations I can see myself using this daily and its all natural.

HISY Battery Pack ($24.99)
Subscribers will get their choice of one of three colors and mine was Green. Never can have too many portable power banks. I keep these in my car, purse, for travel they always come in handy. HISY is the right size and weight for stashing in your purse.
Purple Purse Foundation Charm
In honor of Domestic Violence Awareness Month FabFitFun teamed up with Allstate Foundation Purple Purse to spread awareness about Domestic Violence. By wearing this charm you are letting those know they are not alone in their fight. Not only is it a beautiful message of support but the charm is gorgeous. I love how it gives a pop of color to my basic black handbag for Fall.

Merrithew Strength Tubing Ankle & Body Tone with DVD  ($33 value)

The 'Fit" in the box is a Total Body Tone dvd workout and Tubing resistance band. After hurting my shoulder pretty badly a couple months a go this is going to be great because it focuses on the lower body and core. At home DVD workouts are an addiction of mine and I'm happy to have another one to add to the collection.

Tribe Alive Glass Crystal Bead Bracelet ($49)
For the Tribe Alive Bracelet VIP Members have a choice of Mexican Blue, Grey, Aquamarine, or White Jade. I received the Mexican Blue which is what I would have chosen myself. My jewelry aesthetic has turned towards delicate pieces lately with gemstones and these tiny crystals fit right in. Definitely check this brand out if you haven't already. Tribe Alive utilizes a passion for fashion and responsible commerce as a platform to help alleviate poverty among women.

Jeweler's Wife $15 Gift Card
Jeweler's Wife carries a nice selection of designer brands like Michael Kors, Sequin, Kendra Scott, and House of Harlow. The $15 off will come in handy to knock down the price on some of the more expensive pieces. I'm deciding to spend mine between the Tanga Coast Gunmetal Pendany from  House of Harlow 1960 and TOUS Black Spinel and Ruby Heart Necklace. This includes free shipping which is awesome! Picture It on Canvas $75 Gift Card Picture It On Canvas lets you make all kinds of customized printed items. Everything from prints to coasters. This one also includes free shipping.

Crest 3D White Brilliance 2 Step System (Sponsored Sample)
This girl is all about the Colgate Optic White but I will never turn down trying anything that whitens and brightens the smile. Looking forward to trying this out!

FabFitFun put together one awesome box this Fall! Every item in here is something I know I will use. No filler or weird stuff and the gift cards are actual ones not just coupon codes. The Fall box would be great to buy multiples of and split up for Holiday Gifts too. The total value came to around $350 and was well worth the $49.99 subscription price.

Don't forget you can get $10 off your first box, which would be this box if it hasn't sold out! They still have some left so get them before they are gone! Use Code FAB10 at checkout!

sample provided for review consideration

October 07, 2015

Tips & Tricks: The Key to Thicker, Fuller Hair with Women's ROGAINE® Foam

Thinning hair and hair loss caused by hereditary hair loss is a real, common concern that 1 in 3 women will notice in their lifetime. It can begin as early as your 20's which is around the time I noticed my hair becoming thinner. Most people lose between 50 - 100 hairs a day, which is normal hair loss. A loss of 150 hairs a day is considered significant hair loss. Having baby fine hair that is chemically processed I am always searching for ways to make my hair appear voluminous. I will be sharing my tips and tricks for how I add volume and thickness to my fine hair. Most importantly though is addressing the root of the problem. Left untreated hair loss can become progressively worse, so I want to get a jump on treating it!
Women’s ROGAINE® Foam is the first and only FDA-approved once daily treatment with 5% minoxidil proven to regrow hair. The key to managing hereditary hair loss is treating it at the earliest signs with Women’s ROGAINE® Foam, which is clinically proven to regrow hair in 81%* of women with new hairs growing in up to 48%** thicker than before.

Women’s ROGAINE® Foam is easy to apply just once a day and can be used both morning or evening. Only a small amount is needed. I was pleased that both chemically processed and color treated hair can use it. Best results are expected to be seen in 12-24 weeks, like anything it takes time. I have a 4 month supply that I am currently using daily and I will report back with my results. I am optimistic that it will help with re-growth and offset some of the breakage I have been experiencing.

Keep Reading for More Tips to get Thicker Fuller Hair!