Thursday, October 23, 2014

OOTN: Sorority Formal

This past weekend my sorority held its annual White Rose formal. It’s one of my favorite events we put on and it gives us all an excuse to get fancy and celebrate our chapter. So I’m mixing things up today and sharing with you my outfit of the night.

I recently picked up this ModCloth Flight Plans Dress during a sale and thought it was the perfect sophisticated, yet simple dress for the evening. It’s more or less a cotton maxi dress, but with a pair of black heels and some simple silver jewelry it’s one fancy getup.

For jewelry I kept it dainty with my lavaliere from Alex and this beautiful bracelet* from Anjolee. It's this offering in particular in silver and I'm downright obsessed. Since receiving it I haven't worn anything else. It's the perfect dainty, yet sturdy piece that I'll be going into more detail about in a later post. I also brought an unremarkable black clutch with me that I've had for as long as I can remember.

The event was amazing. I ended up receiving two awards! I received "Most Likely to be National President" and "Shoulder to Cry On." I've never received an award at this event before which had me over the moon and feeling pretty darn good about myself. It was amazing to spend time with my three lovely littles (in the last photo!) and dance like an idiot with Alex. I vlogged the event if you're interested in seeing more!

It's not often that I can get fancy so I definitely try to enjoy these moments. When was the last time that you got fancy?

xoxo Kayla

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fall Blush Flush

One of my favorite parts of my makeup routine is blush. It's like the cherry on top for my look and I love rifling through my blush bin for whichever color I'm going to wear. Autumn is definitely my favorite time for blush as it's an unneeded excuse to break out the darker shades.

Although a couple of these shades don't seem to be available anymore, the general color/shade vibe is still there and a good dupe should be easy to find. First up is "Goulue" the bottom left shade in the NARS One Night Stand Blush Palette. This was a limited edition palette last Christmas and has been getting my love ever since. I try not to talk about it too much since you can't get your hands on it, but "Goulue" has been my favorite blush to wear lately. If you're looking for a similar shade, NARS "Dolce Vita" is quite close but a little bit more on the apricot peach side.

The second blush I foolishly included you can no longer get on their website, but it's quite an easy to find a similar shade is the Kiko Rock Attraction Blush in "06 Visionary Sienna." A dark, dusty rose shade, this brings out the cheeks nicely while still being tasteful. NYX's "Silky Rose" looks to be a good alternative. 

On the lighter side of things is Tarte's "Peaceful." This is the kind of blush that adds perfectly to a natural autumn flush without looking to done up. It's a rosy peach shade with some shimmer to add a little something extra. Definitely a great every day blush no matter what time of year.

the NYX Mosaic Powder Blush in "Silk" doesn't look very dark in the packaging, but one swirl of the brush and you got some great autumn color. The mosaic pieces blend together nicely in a shade that's basically a mix between "Goulue" and "Visionary Sienna." You can definitely pile "Silk" on for a deep, dark cheek if the mood strikes. I like a nice light sweep on the cheeks for some definition and just the right amount of color.

What are your favorite blushes for fall?

xoxo Kayla 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Which Products, Which Brands

When it comes to certain products, some brands just do it better. They have come up with the perfect blend of ingredients for the perfect blush, lipstick or shadow. I'm rounding up my favorite goodies and brands and sharing them with you.

For blush no one can compete with Tarte. Their Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blushes are buttery, long-lasting, and downright gorgeous. The color range is exceptional and the packaging is perfection. Sure I wouldn't mind for the price to drop, but you definitely get what you pay for.

For lipsticks I'm a MAC lipstick girl through and through. I got my first lipstick a little over a year ago and it's been a love affair ever since. They're creamy, pigmented, easy to apply, and last. The color range is out of this world. I could stare at the display for ages and walk away with a depleted bank account. Everyone needs at least one.

If you're looking for a great cream eye shadow the Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eye Shadow are the best I've come across. Their packaging makes them the easiest shadows to apply ever and the pigmentation is spot on. They have a perfect amount of shimmer and last all day without creasing or budging. If only they were sold in the US...

I definitely don't think Stila gets the props it deserves when it comes to eye shadows. My most used palette is definitely the In the Light palette. Rich, creamy, buttery shadows that look fantastic on the lids all day long. The color range of this palette is amazing and I've written a full review with a look if you're interested in seeing more.

NARS kills it in the tinted moisturizer department. Their Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer is dewy, has fantastic coverage, and lasts all day. The shade range is great just as long as you're not an idiot like me and choose the wrong shade the first time. Other bases can't compare to this.

What brands do you go to for certain products?

xoxo Kayla

Monday, October 20, 2014

Five to Try

Beauty recommendations aren't a rare occurrence around these parts, but I find a nice wrap up "you need to try these products" post does quite nicely in singling out certain products. If you haven't tried these five products yet, you need to add them to your wishlist.

I've said this a million times by now and I'll probably rave about it a million more, but the Stila One Step Correct is one hell of a primer. I use it on a daily basis and although I start to get bummed as the colorful ribbons deplete faster than I would like, I'd buy this again and again (I already have!). It's the best one I've tried yet and I feel confident just wearing it on its own on makeup light days.

If you're looking for that last sign to try a Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-hour Blush, this is definitely it. I waited ions to finally dish out the dollars for my first one and I'm still kicking myself for taking so long. By far my favorite blushes, the color range is exceptional and nothing can compete with their lasting power. 

Another fast favorite of mine and something you need to try for yourself is MAC's "Teddy" Eye Kohl Pencil. A cooler toned brown that smudges like a dream and adds a subtle something to the eyes, it's a must have to fill out the eye liner collection. 

On the cheaper side of things is the NYX Eye Shadow Base in "Skin Tone." The only eye shadow primer I've seen to actually prime my eyes and enhance my shadows. It's incredibly affordable and has lasted me ages. Definitely something to check out if you find yourself in the beauty aisles (as we always do). 

I know the drugstore is filled with mascaras and it would take ages to try them, but put Maybelline's "The Rocket" to the top of the to-try list. My current favorite drugstore mascara, I keep going back to it when other drugstore and even high end mascaras let me down. Mascara is quite the personal thing, but "The Rocket" actually does something to my lashes beyond just coating them black.

What products do you recommend to try?

xoxo Kayla

Friday, October 17, 2014

This Week's Most Loved #42

It's crazy to me how one week can just drag on by and then the following week is over in a blink. Time is a funny, funny thing. Although I haven't been in the mood for makeup this week, I still found myself really enjoying a couple of products.

I'm still fully on the MAC train and can't get enough. MAC's "Teddy" Eye Kohl Pencil ($16) has been a dream to use on days where I want a nice, subtle, smudged out liner. It works exceptionally well under the eyes and I just can't get over how creamy it is! Plus I've been enjoying using a product from MAC that isn't a lipstick. However I could probably only have MAC lipsticks get rid of the rest of my lipsticks and not miss them at all. My current love is "Plumful" ($16). It's the perfect berry shade for this season without being completely full on. A must get.

It's been ages since I've used my  Marcelle Cream Blush in "Coral," This applies wonderfully with the fingers or the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush ($8.99). It's a fairly subtle blush, but provides a nice no-makeup glow to the cheeks. Plus it lasts all day and with lengthy days like mine that's always a plus!

What products have you been loving this week?

xoxo Kayla 

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Autumn Apple Outing Outfit

It's a yearly tradition for Alex and I to go to an apple orchard in October. It's a special thing we do just us and I look forward to it every year! This year I thought I'd let you tag along and see what I wore! I'm definitely not a fashionista and this blog isn't heavy on the fashion posts, but I couldn't pass up sharing my casual outfit in such a cool shooting location! If you're interested in seeing more of our trip, I posted a vlog about it earlier this week!

What do you wear during the fall? Do you spread your fashion wings or keep it simple?

xoxo Kayla

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

I Get the Hype: The MAC 217

It feels like it's been ages in the making. I've talked about getting this brush longer than I've had this blog, and yet I refused to dish out the cash to bring the MAC 217 ($24) home with me. During a recent shopping trip with friends I was feelin' spendy and took the plunge. I completely get the hype over this baby.

I'm sure you've heard it all before, but you need the MAC 217. It's marketed as a blending brush, but I find it applies shadow to the lid just as well as it blends everything out. I've been primarily using it to blend out cream shadows to my brow bone. The handle is sturdy, but oddly shorter than I expected it was going to be.

I can definitely tell the quality and skill of this brush. A lot of my other brushes make the whole eye shadow process somewhat annoying and messy, but this somehow makes it easier. Maybe it's my expectation that it'll be awesome swaying my opinion, or maybe it is really just that good. I'm curious to see what other MAC brushes are like and would love to get a blush brush or foundation brush to add to my collection.

Now I just have to keep my promises to wash my brushes more...

xoxo Kayla