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

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

The Autumn Base

With autumn in full swing I've switched things up base wise to keep up with the change in weather. Although I'm still madly in love with my Stila One Step Correct primer, I'm giving it a break and using the Tarte Clean Slate Flawless ($30) primer to prep my face. It's a lovely creamy primer that dries quickly on the skin and doesn't leave a weird silky film behind. It doesn't color correct as well as the Stila offering, but a heavier base hides anything it can't cover.

For foundation I've been making a mixture of three different products. Up first is my beloved L'OrĂ©al True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup ($12.99). It's a bit on the lighter side for me so I've been adding a blob of my NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in "St. Moritz" ($42) to darken things up a bit. Plus any excuse to use the tinted moisturizer! For the hell of it I've been plopping a dab of the Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm ($14). I'm not crazy about the scent of this; peppermint mixed with something medicinal. However when mixed with another product the scent isn't as overpowering. 

I still haven't gotten back into using powders despite my best efforts to give them an honest shot. I move swiftly on to applying blush without much thought of setting powders. I've been enjoying Tarte's "Fearless" ($26) as it provides a beautiful pink pop on the cheeks without looking overdone. 

This base lasts the entire day I'm running through an apple orchard or picking out pumpkins. It provides the perfect amount of glow without looking too dewy. It's definitely a winner.

What's your autumn base?

xoxo Kayla

Monday, October 13, 2014

Crayons for Beauty Lovers

Although it's taken me quite a while to get on the bandwagon for crayon makeup products, I'm completely hooked these days. From lip crayons to eye shadow sticks and back again it's become sort of an obsession. They're easy to use, are creamy, and last ages. What's not to love?

The obsession really started when I picked up a handful of Kiko Long Lasting Eye Shadow Sticks (€6,90). These babies changed my eye shadow game. My new loves are the Rimmel Scandaleyes Shadow Sticks ($4.49). I recently picked up "Trespassing Taupe" and "Bootleg Brown" and haven't touched a powder shadow since. "Trespassing Taupe" is my perfect every day shade. It's downright lovely with MAC's "Teddy" Kohl liner. More on that duo in another post though.

For lips NARS, Revlon, and Bourjois are killin' it in the lip crayon department. The only actual crayon is the NARS offering in "Rikugien" ($25). The rest are plastic packaging with twistable easy-to-use bases. I don't know what it is about lip crayons that make them so easy to apply regardless of shade or consistency. Dark lipsticks I always struggle with, but a crayon takes all the trouble out of application. I'm hooked on crayons, that's for sure.

What are your favorite crayon products? Anything I definitely need to try?

xoxo Kayla