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Freeze and Seize the Day

There are quite a few articles out there hinting that you probably shouldn't follow in the (somewhat unstable) footsteps of Lindsay Lohan. This is not one of those articles. Post-reckless starlet days and pre-hijab fashion designer period, actress Lindsay Lohan went through a phase of posting peculiar photos emerging from some sort of frozen chamber on Instagram, clad in only a swimsuit, mask, and gloves, and looking as if she just took a dip in a witch's cauldron for amusement. Since I will…

Poor Girl’s Guide to Makeup and Skincare

When you grow older there are fewer materialistic things that truly excite you in a childlike way. Even Disneyland magic fades with age.  As silly as it sounds, one thing that still exhilarates me is walking into a good makeup store. Charlie may have had the Chocolate Factory, but I have Sephora. My eyes light up upon entering and by the time I've worked my way through the store, my hand looks like an artist's palette from testing every product and my wrists…

New Years 2017

This year I was really reluctant to write a resolutions article. It’s not that I don’t plan on attempting self-improvement next year (I do.) Nor was it that I have failed to complete a resolution in the past (I have.) I’m just lazy, and a little tired of writing the same article 5 years in a row. If I were to write one of these articles, it would be to tell you to: 1.) Be early for your social engagements,…

It’s Legal: A Quick Guide to Marijuana in Massachusetts

It's official: marijuana is legal in the state of Massachusetts. What exactly does that mean? Here's a handy guide and a playlist (found at the bottom) with 58 tracks that in some way relate to getting high. To begin, these regulations apply to Massachusetts residents over the age of 21. Still in high school or early college? Sorry but you have to hold on for a couple more years. What's OK: Possession: Residents can possess up to 10 ounces of marijuana in…

Booty Talk with Kelly Brabants

When life gives you (Lulu)lemons, return them and order some Booty by Brabants gear instead. I’ve ordered three pairs of leggings before even completing this article. What on earth am I talking about? Who is Brabants? Fitness guru, designer and sheer inspiration for women everywhere, Boston native Kelly Brabants is a girl boss through and through. Founder of fitness fashion brand Booty by Brabants, Kelly drew her inspiration from the Brazilian booty and the high-intensity, high-energy cardio-based classes that she…

Battle of the Beauty Boxes

I’ve always (secretly) envied those girls that have one neatly stashed makeup bag of “must have” products and make it work. Ladies, I applaud you. I’m just not one of them. Every inch of my kinda-large-for New York City-but small-for-everywhere-else apartment is filled with boxes upon boxes of beauty products. I’ve been a product junkie since the days of black liner all around the eye and frosted lip gloss. The last four months I spent interning at a fashion magazine,…

Sustain or Abstain

Over the course of Sparkles & Secrets / Mack in Style; we've had a number of condom companies have approached us about partnerships. I've never been interested in covering the topic. Not because I find it unclassy, but because I didn't want to post pictures of myself on Instagram holding condoms to my face. A few weeks ago I received a direct message on Instagram from a company called Sustain condoms. Change of heart: I was PUMPED. I was familiar with the…

Sunday Scaries Solved

I have a confession to make: I think I’m washed up. I cannot have three drinks without an inescapable bone-shivering, life-altering hangover anymore. No amount of Vita Coco or Pedialite can save me. The feared ‘morning after’ is like dying a slow, horrible death without the sweet release of leaving this earth, actually. But I’m young, and I will still voluntarily sacrifice the complete waste of a Sunday if it means a fun night out. One thing I will not…

10 Resolutions for 2016

Hey, whats's up, hello! The end of the year is near: You begin telling yourself your ice-cream days are over, and that you'll limit your gym excuses to near-death experiences. Yoga, your mouth says, but your heart still lingers for the couch. The snow starts to fall and you keep re-downloading the Dominos app on your phone. The struggle has never been realer. New Years Resolutions don't need to be a lost cause. Last year, my sister's New Years Resolution was…

Shaping your face: Cream Contouring & Demo

Hello all, it's Nicole! Let's talk about contouring, highlighting, bronzing, all that crazy stuff Pinterest tells you to do: Contouring color: Typically a cool toned color leaning toward the taupe/grey side Highlighting color: Typically 1-2 shades lighter than your foundation to highlight the high points of your face. Powders can be matte or have a glow. Bronzing color: Typically 2 shades darker than your foundation and a warmer tone Fun fact: You can do whatever the hell you want. Don't…