Friday, February 12, 2016

A Valentine's Day Look that Seems More Complicated Than It Is

Valentine's Day is one of those holidays that a lot of people are on the fence about. I personally love a good reason to mix things up and there's nothing wrong with celebrating love! Alex and I don't have plans to do anything super special, but continuing to watch the Office is definitely in our future. But if you're doing something a bit more exciting than us this holiday, this simple, yet great looking makeup could be just the ticket.

Although I always use a primer, it's vital for special occasions when you want your makeup to not budge all day. I've been using the Too Faced Hangover Primer and have been enjoying the switch up from my usual go to. It's quite tacky in a good way to make sure makeup doesn't budge. I don't see a huge difference in my complexion with just using this, but foundation does seem to last longer and look brighter over time. Next is foundation and something a bit heavier coverage is a must like the Make Up For Ever UltraHD Foundation. It's medium coverage but has a lovely satin finish that won't need to be fussed with throughout the day. I always follow up with my Anastasia Brow Wiz in "Soft Brown" to give my brows some shape, and then start in on eyes.

I prime my lids with the Kat Von D primer and then keep it super simple with shadow. I just use one or two shimmery brown shades from the Urban Decay Naked Palette for a nice coat of color on my lids, but don't bother with defining or adding in extra fuss. The effort goes into the liner. I like to use the MAC Kohl Pencil in "Teddy" because it's easy to smudge it out for a neutral looking smokey eye. I apply it to the outer halves of the top and bottom lash line to add definition and a little voomph to the look.

For mascara anything would do really, but I like the butterLONDON Iconoclast mascara as it does wonders to lengthen my lashes while still providing decent volume. Once the eyes are done and dusted I go in with a healthy helping of the Urban Decay Naked Concealer under my eyes, around my nose, and on my chin. I blend it in with a Real Techniques Contour Brush and use the same brush to add some setting powder from the NYX Pro Contour Palette. If it's a really special occasion I'll use this palette's grey toned shade to do a bit of contouring. Since it's Valentine's Day I couldn't help getting an extra pop of pink with the Tarte Blush in "Fearless" on the apples of my cheeks drawn upwards.

Lipstick can really be anything you like with this look, but as I'm a simple gal I just used the MAC Lipstick in "Syrup" to draw more attention to the eyes. Everything gets set in place with the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray dabbed into the skin with a beauty blender.

I love this look when I want to put a spin on my usual style. It's just different enough to look like a lot of effort was put in when it really wasn't so complicated. I'm sure I'll be doing this look whenever I need to add a little something special without trying too hard.

Hope you all have a lovely Valentine's Day! Let me know what you're getting up to in the comments!

xoxo Kayla

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Good Vibes Beauty

There are always those bits of makeup in your stash that make you feel like a million bucks. I have a small arsenal of tried and true products that I know won't let me down, but there's something about this handful of beauty items that really put on the good vibes and confidence.

theBalm's FratBoy blush has been around for quite a few years now and is still a blush I know will make any makeup look that much better. It's the perfect rosy flush shade that lasts ages and blends out like a buttery dream. It's a good pal of mine and the vintage looking packaging is always a perk.

I have a lot of mascara loves, but Lancome's Hypnose Drama is just a dang good one. It separates my lashes, lengthens them, holds a curl, and builds volume. All my lash boxes are ticked with this one. Now if only it wasn't so dang expensive.

Now the Urban Decay Gwen Stefani Lipstick in "714" is definitely not one I'll wear every day, but nothing makes me feel more like Taylor Swift than this bad boy. I've finally found a red shade that makes me feel all sorts of good and it doesn't take too much effort to keep it in check throughout the day. It's a matte formula that wears really well while drinking and eating, and is just the right shade blend of mauve undertones for us my-lips-but-better girls who usually shy away from a red lip. 

When I really want my makeup to be on point and have my back throughout the day, the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Moisturizing Photo Edition Foundation is the one I reach for. It's the heaviest coverage I own, but in a very natural, perfect way. It covers all imperfections, blends like a dream after a few minutes of buffing it in, and lasts literal ages. The finish is a step below dewy without getting to matte. It doesn't extenuate dry patches and creates the perfect base for some light contouring and blush additions.

There's nothing like some good vibe beauty products to turn any day into a kick ass one. What products are you go-to's when you need a boost of confidence?

xoxo Kayla

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Moving is the Best Time To...

Although we're currently hitting a few unfortunate snags on the moving front right now, I still wanted to write this post anyway. Kind of like a pick me up, "you'll move eventually and stay positive" type of post through all this confusion and stress. I'm sure I'll go into the whole story in more detail once it finally is over, but until then just vague sentences from this girl.

So on to the point. Alex and I have started to slowly pack up a few things here and there and have found that moving is a really good time for a lot of different things. It's a great time to take inventory of all the things we never realized we had. There's always that closet that just eats up everything and becomes this vortex of unnecessary stuff. We're still tackling ours at the moment. Moving and packing up your life makes you really consider what you want to take with you. There's nothing like an ever growing pile of boxes you'll have to move down three flights of stairs with no elevator that makes you rethink some of those extra scarves and dishes. 

Moving is also a really great time to assess your personal style. Alex and I are in the post-college "none of our furniture really matches" phase and have been enjoying figuring out what we want our style to be in our potential new home. It's a great time to take stock of what we have, figure out what we want to sell or give away, and start research on the best place to purchase pieces that fit our new style. 

Let's not ignore the fact that moving is also the best time to be unbelievably stressed out with to do lists and serious adulting. Lots of paperwork, budget making, and being just overall concerned that we're making the right choice. You know, the usual. 

When the moving date actually becomes official and you're moving a decent distance away from where you currently live, it's the perfect time to complete any last minute activities. Maybe you've always wanted to go to the aquarium in your area but never ended up doing it. Moving is a great time to be a tourist in your current location and check off everything on your bucket list before moving to a new place.

I have a love/hate relationship with moving and the stress is definitely getting to me. But moving is a really good time for certain tasks we all just put off for another day.

What's your favorite part about moving?

xoxo Kayla

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Beauty & Planner Supplies Haul!

It's been ages since my last good ol' haul post. When it comes to frivolous spending I usually only have eyes for makeup and planning supplies.

For beauty it's a mixed back of skincare and makeup that I can't wait to dive into and really test out. The Too Faced Hangover Primer is up against my beloved Stila One Step Correct and I've really been enjoying it so far. It's completely unlike the Stila option, but one you'll be hearing more about in the future for sure. 

For skincare I have a few products from the Yes to Coconuts range and a multi-action cream from StriVectin. I'm usually on the fence about switching up my skincare routine, but I've really wanted to give the Yes to brand a test out and StriVectin has yet to disappoint. We shall see what happens!

I've wanted to shake things up in the makeup department as I've really been enjoying breaking out of my daily routine. I took the plunge and picked up the Laura Mercier Silk Creme Moisturizing Photo Edition Foundation after a lot of mental discussion. It's way heavier coverage than I'm used to, but the finish is fantastic and it lasts ages. The Gwen Stefani collection with Urban Decay sucked me in and I've been poking around it for ages. I ended up with the Blush Palette which is a dream of a product and a few lipsticks. My favorite has to be "714" as it's a wearable red for the red-phobic like myself. 

For planning supplies I couldn't avoid getting a new Valentine's Day cover from Erin Condren as well as their new monthly sticker book. 

What products have you picked up lately?

xoxo Kayla

Monday, February 8, 2016

10 Ways to Save Money

10 Ways to Save Money

Alex and I are in full boxing mode to prep for the move and really working on our budget. Getting a new home can definitely put a new strain on finances so we've come up with a few ways to save money in the process. So whether you just want a few extra bucks in your pocket or are making a big housing leap like us, here are ten ways to keep more cash.

  1. Sell unused things to consignment shops, in garage sales, or to thrift stores. Sure you won't make mountains of money, but if you were just going to throw them away anyway this could be a great way to get something back before they get passed on.
  2. Shop your stash rather than buying new things. Do you really need that nail polish or are there other ones like that in your collection? Take a shopping trip to your makeup drawers or in your closet. You never know what you might find.
  3. Have a swap with friends to exchange clothing and makeup. That way you will feel like you're getting new things without having to spend any money!
  4. Implement a No Buy if you want to get really serious. It could be just on one type of expense like eating out, or you could go crazy and start a no buy on frivolous things. It all really depends on what your goals are.
  5. Create lists and stick to them when shopping. Don't get sucked into the Target vortex. Create a list and only get the things on it.
  6. Use coupons whenever possible and price compare. Never go to a craft store without one and try really hard to only stick to one or two items since the coupons often only apply to one product at a time.
  7. Go places during specials throughout the week. A local Italian restaurant here does 35 cent pasta nights or a lot of restaurants do certain days that kids eat free. If you're trying to save money but still want to go out to dinner once in a while, create a chart to know which days your favorite restaurants have specials and pick from there.
  8. Create an honest budget not one you wish you could stick to. If you like eating out like Alex and I, it's unreasonable to yourself to cut the food budget in half with dreams that you'll cook every single meal at home. Be honest with yourself and don't cut everything you love just to pinch pennies. There are plenty of places in a budget to cut down without losing your favorites.
  9. Save your change rather than letting it get lost in seat cushions. Over time loose change can really add up!
  10. Buy in bulk during specials on products you use the most. Sure it'll feel like you're spending a lot of money at one time, but stocking up means you won't have to buy more at normal prices if you run out and desperately need it.
You definitely have to take saving money one day at a time. It's kind of like a financial diet and you can't constantly starve yourself thinking you'll have the biggest success. Each day will be a new challenge with new temptations (like at the Target Dollar Spot), but you'll save money by implementing some of these tricks!

What ways do you use to save money?

xoxo Kayla

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Sunday Makeup

It's been a good long while since my last Sunday post and I must say I'm pretty jazzed about finally getting my butt in gear to at least attempt one. Sundays are never very heavy makeup days, but when I do feel like slapping a little bit on my face, it's a simple five step routine.

The Stila One Step Correct acts more like a final skincare product in my routine. I love how hydrating and moisturizing it is. I'll often put a bit of this on my face regardless of whether a base is going on top of it, I love it that much. I will follow up with some Urban Decay Naked Concealer to help out my always tired eyes and red nose. These two together make it super easy to skip a foundation without looking too rough.

Brows and mascara make a look for me so they're great at giving a false impression of more makeup than I'm actually wearing. I'm still smitten with the Anastasia Brow Wiz in "Soft Brown." Such an easy to use product that always produces great results. If I'm not wearing any eye shadow I tend to reach for my beloved Maybelline The Rocket Mascara as it provides a serious punch of volume to my lashes. I hardly notice my lack of shadow when this makes my lashes so bold and noticeable.

A neutral lip on Sundays is a must and I feel like you already know which one I'm going to say. The Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in "Rush" is my go to for most days, but on Sundays it's almost a sin not to wear it. The best formulation I've found in a while, it's creamy, moisturizing, and long lasting. No fuss and my type of product.

Sundays are the best and this makeup routine makes it that much more enjoyable.

What makeup do you wear on Sundays?

xoxo Kayla

Friday, February 5, 2016

How My New Stationery Organization is Keeping Me Honest

Stationery hording is like my thing. Drawers overflowing with sticky note pads I'll never use and the crazy hunt to find the elusive page flags at Target. With our impending move to our new house I decided enough was enough and now I have an organizational method that won't let me drift back to those crazy stationery days.

I've started using two drawer units from T.J. Maxx that really limit how much stationery I can actually keep, and I'm loving it. I parted with mountains of notepads and washi tape and am only left with what I love and will actually use. Plus with such limited space I'll have to adopt the one-in-one-out rule in order to keep things from overflowing.

I can't wait to get to our new house with less mess and a more streamlined collection. Now to tackle my absurd planner collection...

How do you organize your supplies?

xoxo Kayla