Thursday, July 24, 2014

Makeup Collection: Lip Product Drawer





Ah lipsticks. My love. My addiction. And one of the messiest drawers in my makeup collection. Anyone else just have the hardest time organizing lipsticks? I've been sharing my makeup collection all week so if you're just tuning in be sure to check out the base drawer (for details about the storage bins), eye and cheek drawer, and eye drawer part II too!

The drawer is fairly simple with just a few bins and the rest storage for my makeup towels, travel size makeup remover wipes, and a few odds and ends. The first bin on the right holds the newest lipstick additions (a lot of which came back with me from Italy) and my MAC lipsticks (would anyone be interested in a collection post?). It's fairly empty with plenty more room for sneaky lipstick purchases.

The middle bin is a beautiful, yet messy sight to behold. I personally hate that I an't stand all my lipsticks up straight on their tops so I can see the labels. I get the desire for different tube designs, but at least make the tops flat for hoarders' sakes. My collection of Revlon lip butters, two Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks in "Rush" and "Rapture" ($22 each), some minis from Ipsy bags or Sephora birthday gifts, and a handful of others. 

The large bin on the left holds every other lip product. Any recommendations on better storage and organization are welcome because I think by the time I get to this drawer I just give up. This is home to lip liners, lip crayons, lip glosses (that I never wear), and the random lip balm. Some notables are the NYX Butter Glosses ($5 each), the Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in "Sultry" ($9.49), and the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in "Manic" ($20). Everything else just kind of sits there.

Stay tuned for tomorrow when I share my nail polish drawer! The last of a week long makeup collection fest!

How do you organize your lipsticks/lip products?

xoxo Kayla

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Makeup Collection: Eye Drawer Part II





It's day three of this week-long exploration through my makeup drawers! If you're just tuning in be sure to check out the posts on the base drawer and the eye and cheek drawer too! It wasn't until I moved into my second eye drawer that it really hit me just how much eye shadow I own. Will this realization stop me from buying more? Probably not.

This drawer contains all of my larger palettes including the Stila In the Light Palette ($39), the Urban Decay Naked Palette ($54), the LORAC Pro Palette ($42), theBalm's NUDE'tude Palette ($36), and the Sleek i-Divine Palette in "Vintage Romance" ($11.99). The smaller bin on the left has a few quads and smaller palettes that couldn't fit in the other drawer. I'm sure more palettes will be joining the Wet n Wild Comfort Zone Palette ($4.99), the Annabelle Quad Eyeshadow in "Java Jive" ($10.95) and the Catrice Absolute Eye Colour Palette in "040 Never Let Me Go!".

The front right bin contains all the open mascaras I'm working with at any given moment. There are usually a handful of samples and two full size mascaras. Right now I'm using my beloved L'Oréal Voluminous Volume Building Mascara ($7.99) and a not-so enjoyable Maybelline Volum' Express Pumped Up Colossal Mascara ($5.99). 

The back right bin is where my organization goes out the window. I just can't seem to find a good way of organizing eyeliners! They're all just thrown together doing their own thing with the ones I use most often gravitating towards the top of the heap. It's a jungle in there, but if you want me to sort it out and give you a more in depth look, just leave a comment!

This drawer definitely has the most room for growth but after this week's series it's obvious to me that I don't need to worry about filling it any time soon. Be sure to stick around for the next two days to see my lip product drawer and nail polish drawer!

How do you store your larger palettes?

xoxo Kayla

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Makeup Collection: Eye & Cheek Drawer






All week I'm sharing with you what's in my makeup drawers. Yesterday was the base drawer and today we enter my eyes and cheek drawer. If you're interested in what containers I use, pop over to the base drawer post for all the details. The eye and cheek drawer is probably my favorite drawer out of my entire makeup collection. It contains the majority of my makeup and it just looks so darn pretty.

Starting at the front right of the drawer is my somewhat embarrassing collection of Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoos ($6.99 each). I love a lot of the permanent collection, but my little stash grew quite a lot during the quest for the limited edition Dare to Go Nude collection. A collection of all neutrals in one of my favorite formulas for eye shadows? Done. I also keep my eye shadow bases here including deluxe samples of the Urban Decay Primer Potion (full size $20) and the LORAC Behind the Scenes Primer (full size $21). My favorite primer has to be the NYX Eye Shadow Base in "Skin Tone" ($5).

The left front bin is a new addition to my organizational system after the arrival of fivKiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadows (€6,90). There are also a few shadow "stick" like products in this bin as well that I got from past Ipsy bags or beauty swaps.

The back right is home to the smaller eye shadow palettes and all of my single eye shadows. I have a few NYX palettes, one fantastic Almay offering, and a few other drugstore quads or duos. If you're interested in a more in depth look just let me know. I worry listing everything here will start to bore. The back slender bin houses a lot of LiSi single shadows, some NYX ones, and a few from Kiko.

Finally the back left bin sees the most new additions as I've been on a bit of a blush kick lately. Home to lovely blushes like theBalm's FratBoy ($21), Benefit's CORALista ($28), Tarte's "Peaceful" ($26), and a slew of drugstore blushes from e.l.f., NYX, Revlon, and more. Blush has become one of my favorite parts of my makeup routine and it's so easy to switch colors out without changing up a look too drastically.

Stay tuned the rest of the week to see the last few drawers of my makeup collection. If you want me to go into more detail about any of the bins in this drawer just leave a comment and I'll post a more in depth look!

What does your eye/cheek collection look like? What are some of your favorite blushes?

xoxo Kayla 

Monday, July 21, 2014

Makeup Collection: Base Drawer





Welcome to a week's worth of posts showing you my makeup collection! With Alex and I moving out of our apartment in the next few weeks I wanted to document my current makeup organization while sharing with all of you my collection. I've never done a collection post before so we'll see how this goes...

Up first is what I refer to as the "base drawer" of my IKEA Alex 9 Drawer ($119). I use varying sizes of the Like-It Brick Organizers that I get from Meijer. You can find them on Amazon but they're at least double the price. I keep all of my primers, foundations, concealers, and powders in this drawer. 

On the far right of the drawer is face primers. No surprise that the Stila One Step Correct ($36) is on top, but beneath it are large samples of Benefit's "That Gal" (full size $29), Benefit's the POREfessional (full size $31), and Almay's Smart Shade Perfect Correct Primer ($12.99) which I despise.

Next to it is my container for concealers. Although I primarily only use the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($29), I do mix it up with the Bobbi Brown Corrector ($25), Essence Match 2 Cover! Cream Concealer ($3.49) which is incredibly good if you are shopping on a budget, and a few random samples from past Ipsy Glambags.

On the far front left is where I keep my BB creams, tinted moisturizers, and mineral foundations. My most reached for our obviously my NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizers ($42), but I also really like theBalm's BalmShelter ($25). I'm still trying out the deluxe sample of the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer (full size $43) and kind of hope I don't like it as I don't think I can justify buying more tinted moisturizers at such a high price tag. There's also the Mary Kay Mineral Powder Foundation ($18) which I'm almost positive is a touch too light for me and I'm not a fan of how it looks on my skin. I have fairly dry skin and it brings that out a bit too much for my liking. On top of that is a deluxe sample of the Bare Minerals ORIGINAL Foundation (full size $27) that I have yet to get into.

The back right bin contains all of my liquid foundations. I talked about the majority of them in this post, but I didn't mention the Maybelline Fit Me Foundation ($7.99) that I just don't get along with. It was one of the first foundations I purchased at the tail end of last year when I was starting to get into foundation and I'm pretty sure I went too light.

The back left bin is where things get a bit cluttered and I should probably separate the products into two containers. This is home to all my pressed powders, bronzers, and highlighters. The bin contains products like the Bourjois Java Rice Powder ($19.05), theBalm's Mary-Lou Mainzer ($25), Rimmel's Stay Matte Pressed Powder ($3.99), a deluxe sample of Benefit's Watt's Up (full size $30), and others.

So that's it! Stay tuned the rest of the week for posts about what's in my other makeup drawers!

How do you organize your makeup?

xoxo Kayla

Sunday, July 20, 2014

We're Moving


I usually save lifestyle posts like this for my separate lifestyle blog, but with something as life-changing as this I thought I'd give it a spot on my beauty blog and do more detailed posts about the process on Microscope Life. Alex and I are moving at the end of the month. We've been in this apartment for year and when the lease started getting closer to being over we decided not to renew it. We made the very adult, scary decision to start looking for a house rather than rent.

We've found one that we love and have placed a bid on it, but its quite old with a few glaring issues and if our bid is accepted an inspection may show that it's not a wise choice to get the house. But we're excited. It's crazy that we're more nervous about getting the house and if we can fix it up more than the prospect of buying a home together. It's not scary or weird, it's just time. 

We'll find out in the next few days if the bid has been accepted (fingers crossed) and then things will really start moving. However in the meantime my parents have been kind enough to offer us the upstairs of their house (it's kind of like a small apartment) when our lease is up while we pursue the house or in a worst case scenario look for another apartment.

Any words of advice or encouragement are always appreciated. Send us good vibes that we can get the house and the inspection goes well!

xoxo Kayla

Saturday, July 19, 2014

This Week's Most Loved #32


Italy feels like a distant memory now but at least I have some beauty products I brought back that can remind me of the adventures abroad. And boy are they good'uns. The Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadows (€6,90) are downright amazing, but I've been loving shades "06 Marrone Dorato" and "35 Rosa Calypso Perlato" specifically. "06" looks very bronze/gold and glittery in the stick but one wash on the lid gives you the perfect amount of color without looking like you've gold leaved yourself. "35" is perfect for the days I don't want to wear a neutral shade, but still looks natural. They last all day on the lids and make getting ready in the morning a breeze.

For liner the Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in "Damsel" ($20) has climbed to the top of the heap for being amazing at tight lining. I love that it's a dark brown so it's a lot more natural while still being noticeable. It's one of the most pigmented liners I've used that doesn't tug or disappear after a few hours. I feel ashamed that I hadn't tried it out sooner as it came with my Stila in the Light Palette. I always just assume the products in the palettes (brushes, etc.) aren't going to be the greatest. Silly, silly Kayla.

When I first got MAC's "Chatterbox" ($16) I was a bit worried that I had made a grievous mistake in getting something that was much brighter than I usually go, but it's been nothing but roses! "Chatterbox" is one of MAC's amplified lipsticks so the pinky coral really pops on the lips. It's still the brightest lipstick in my collection, but it looks oh so good on the lips. I've been loving wearing this with a more subtle eye to give a bit of color to my makeup. I love MAC's lipstick formulas and it lasts quite a while without looking patchy or weird. It's a win in my book.

What products have you been loving this week?

xoxo Kayla

Friday, July 18, 2014

Weekend Makeup


I'm definitely the type of person that lives for the weekend. Working an 8 to 5 job during the week doesn't leave much room for anything else, so the weekends are my saviors. It's when I do all my blogging, get to spend time exploring with Alex, and get to relax. From time to time I do like to wear a full face of makeup on the weekends, but more often than not I just keep things simple with these five products.

For base it has to be the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer ($42). It's just so easy and looks oh so good. Plus the built in SPF always helps. By the end of the week my dark circles are at full force so I can't be without the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($29) no matter how minimal my makeup is. Just as a note, this tube has last me way longer than I expected it would. I purchased a backup tube a month or so ago thinking I had to be near the end of this one, but there's still no end in sight. Definitely worth the price tag for product amount alone.

For eyes I've been loving the Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadows (€6,90). I use "06" the most often. They're so easy to quickly apply color to the lids and blend out with a finger. They're lasting power is also incredibly impressive. For mascara I have yet to find anything that tops the L'Oréal Voluminous Volume Building Mascara ($7.99). It separates the lashes while making them look fuller. The brush isn't weird and there are no gimmicks with this. It's just a good ol' mascara. 

To add a little color to my simple weekend looks I have been reaching for MAC's "See Sheer" ($16). It's a downright stunning orangey pink shade that doesn't look too out of place on the lids while still adding something extra. It's definitely become my go-to summer shade.

What makeup do you wear on the weekends? Is your routine simplified, do you wear the same amount, or do you go makeup free?

xoxo Kayla