Friday, February 27, 2015

This Week's Most Loved #59

Every week when I see the number count on these posts get higher and higher it just stuns me. Like I realize I've been blogging for almost two years now, but it's crazy how many posts I've done sharing my favorite products! While I'm getting all sentimental and nostalgic over here let's dive in to my favorites for this week. 

The theme of this week was definitely dry skin and stressed. There was just something about everything I wanted to accomplish this week that had me in a tizzy. I actually took today off of work as a reward for surviving it all! The NARS Sheer Glow Foundation found its way back onto my skin a fair amount this week. It's a lovely, slightly heavier foundation that always makes my skin feel like I'm ready for the red carpet. Just a flawless finish that I'm always impressed with. For eyes it has almost been exclusively the Maybelline Color Tattoo in "Barely Branded." This shimmery cream shadow is so easy and brightens up my face immensely. The dent I've made in this little pot is obvious. Such a good product for such a reasonable price!

For lips the Clinique Chubby Stick in "Super Strawberry" makes me feel like I'm mixing things up without going to far out of my norm. It's an adorable pinky mauve shade that's moisturizing and long lasting. Yes please.

Never in my life has my skin been as dry as it has this winter. I've gone through nearly all of the body lotions I've owned in a few short months fighting the dry skin blues. Bath & Body Works Triple Moisture Body Cream in "Amber Blush" is my current lotion of choice and I've very nearly finished it up. Any recommendations of thick, moisturizing body lotions would be greatly (GREATLY) appreciated.

What products have you been loving this week?

xoxo Kayla

Thursday, February 26, 2015

February Beauty & Non-Beauty Favorites

My favorites this month are kind of a mixed bag of sorts. Of course there are still plenty of beauty products to talk about, but things got a little lifestyle heavy this month! From Alex's 3D printer making me some amazingly cute animals to my amazing Erin Condren Life Planner, I just couldn't stop myself!!

What products did you love this month? What are you currently reading?

xoxo Kayla

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Contouring for Beginners

When I say contouring for beginners, I mean it. I'm a huge beginner when it comes to this area of the beauty world. I've always been enviable of those who can get the perfect chiseled look and now I'm seeking it myself. I've wanted to start messing around with contouring for quite a while, but didn't want to spend an arm and a leg on a high end palette. So when NYX released their Highlight and Contour Pro Palette for $25 I knew this was my chance. 

What I like most about this palette is the vast range of color options. It allows me to be a chicken starting off and use the light shades, but get more confident over time and move around the palette more. In the photo I used the second from the right contour shade and the highlight shade right above it. It was so easy. I applied it to the hallows of my cheeks like everyone is always saying to do and blended with the Real Techniques Contour Brush. It actually worked. Now to just get a little more daring and travel to other parts of my face...

The palette itself is really high quality for being a NYX product. The shades are rich, creamy, and really easy to blend. I didn't find myself spending days trying to buff away harsh lines. It's definitely a product that can be built up too. The palette is also a seriously impressive size. The biggest palette I've owned to date, it reminds me of the size of the MAC eye shadow palettes. I just love when you get a lot of bang for your buck in the beauty world. 

I'm definitely still new at this contour thing and any pointers will help. I also think it's important to share experiences like these. I'm not a professional beauty expert and this blog is a place to not only share what I'm loving, but also share what I'm learning about beauty as well. So send pointers and contour tips my way! 

xoxo Kayla

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Winter Warriors

This winter is cold. It hasn't been all that snowy, but it has seriously upped the cold ante. My skin has been begging for moisture and I've scoured my beauty stash for the best products to help my poor dry skin out.

For skincare the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask is my holy grail all year round, but in the winter it is a gift from the gods. A creamy mask you leave on your skin the whole night, this product definitely isn't for everyone (I've heard a lot of your mixed reviews). Yet for my dry/normal skin, nothing can beat it. In the mornings my skin is plumb, healthy looking, and ready to take on the day.

I have a terrible habit of biting my lips when I'm nervous and the winter air just makes the habit so much worse. Besides slathering on the lip balms, LUSH's Mint Julips Lip Scrub really helps to take off all the dry, cracked skin and get my lips back to looking normal. It helps my lipsticks sit better as well.

Although I don't like wearing heavy bases in the winter, a base is especially important to act as a little shield of sorts. My favorite winter combo is the Stila One Step Correct with the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer on top. There's SPF to block some of the winter rays and it leaves my skin looking dewy, but not drowning in product.

A new step I've added this year has seriously amped up my moisture game. A few spritzes of the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray keeps my makeup looking fresh while adding another layer of protection and moisture. Those winter winds can't get me!

Finally I like lip products that are moisturizing, but sink into the lips for a nice stain. I wear a lot of scarves in the winter and my hair is wiping all over the place so a lip product my hair won't get stuck to is a must. The Clinique Chubby Stick in "Grandest Grape" is my go to favorite.

Winter is the season I much rather just have pass by quietly while I'm inside my warm apartment, but real life forces me to go right out into it. These products are my little winter warriors; helping me get through one freezing day at a time.

What products do you use in the winter?

xoxo Kayla

Monday, February 23, 2015

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

When it comes to new mascaras I usually don't have that much luck, but the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara was a pleasant surprise. When I first opened the tube I was a bit concerned. The brush is the same as the L'OrĂ©al Voluminous Butterfly Mascara (which I definitely did not like), but it somehow works for this mascara. 

Everything I hate about the Butterfly mascara seems to not exist with this one. The brush is perfect for getting the inner lashes and really building up the outer lashes to give a false lash look. Although I do wish this mascara gave a little bit more in the volume department, for lengthening this is the best I've found. My lashes really reach their fullest potential with this formula. It's a bit wet which I prefer and holds a curl like a champ. I'm glad I gave it a chance!

Have you tried this mascara before? What mascara should I try next?

xoxo Kayla

Friday, February 20, 2015

This Week's Most Loved #58

I'm oddly excited about this week's most loved products. It's bright, exciting, and filled with a lot of good stuff. Let's start with non beauty favorites first as I think I'm most excited about those.

Up first is my Erin Condren Life Planner. I've talked about it a bit before on this blog, but I've really been showing it some love on my lifestyle blog. It's just perfect. I've had planners I've loved before, but this has taken my addiction to a whole other level. So much so that I've started rocking this Planner Addict necklace to let the world know just how obsessed I am. It's so incredibly light and easy to wear, plus you can get it in other colors!

Finally my boyfriend Alex made me this 3D printed elephant that I just can't get over. How. Cute. Is. It!? It even moves which just blows my mind. It's the kind of adorable thing I wish I could send to all of you! (Maybe I'll give a few away just for fun!? What do you think?)

Now on to the beauty bits. Moisture has been key this week with record breaking lows (-18 before the windchill anyone?) so the Tarte Clean Slate Flawless Primer mixed in with the Stila One Step Correct have been helping my skin not fall off. Although it's a primer, it also acts as a moisturizer. It blends in like a dream and my skin is ready to face the blistery winds. Two in one products are my loves and this one is no exception.

With Valentine's Day last week and in an effort to brighten up my dull winter skin, I've been putting the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette to good use. Everyone and their sister knows about the Naked 3 palette so I won't rant on, but it's always interesting to see which of the Naked palettes I am gravitating towards at the moment...

For lips the Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in "Vivacious" is just enough pink/red to celebrate Valentine's Day without going too far in the red zone for a inside the makeup box gal like me. It's more hydrating in my opinion than the other Revlon balm lines and doesn't settle into a stain as quickly. I really do need to pick up more of these.

I go back and forth on what I like to use for my brows and this week it's been the Chella Dazzling Dark Brown Brow Pencil. Sometimes I want my brows to be a bit darker than normal and this excels exceptionally well without being over the top or too much. 

Finally in an effort to feel like spring will eventually return one day, I've been wearing Essie's "Splash of Grenadine" on my nails. I've been filming a lot of no face just hands types of videos lately so nail polish is a must. This polish is the easiest of my Essie polishes to apply and the not quite pink/purple shade is stunning. The biggest problem I have is forcing myself to wear something else!

What products have you been loving this week?

xoxo Kayla

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Planner Supply Collection & Organization

Every since I was little I would collect stickers, pads of paper, and sticky notes. It was kind of absurd actually. As I got older I became equally obsessed with keeping a planner. The two loves have come together to create one large collection of planner supplies that I'll admit I stare at a little too often. Take a peek through my washi tape collection and nosy around my note pads. Find ideas and storage inspiration! You can also see what I keep in the planner supply kit I carry with me on a daily basis if you're interested.

Do you decorate a planner? What's your craft supply collection storage look like?

xoxo Kayla