Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Ipsy Glam Bag | August 2015

With the arrival of another dud of a glam bag, I'm saying goodbye to Ipsy once again.This run was definitely a lot shorter than my first go, but I'm just not interested in the lackluster products that keep getting sent my way. In the beginning Ipsy was a great way to explore the world of makeup that was so new and foreign to me. But now, two years later, I know what I like and enjoy using. Ipsy just doesn't do it for me anymore.

I would definitely recommend it for anyone just starting out and curious about beauty products as it really is a good deal for what you receive. But for us chumps who are getting stuck in their makeup ways, it's best to spend those hard earned dollars on stocking up on the expensive products we love.

So long Ipsy. It's been real.

xoxo Kayla

Friday, August 21, 2015

Pipsticks Giveaway

Pipsticks is a monthly sticker subscription service that I've definitely fallen in love with. My love of stickers is obvious, but it's so fun to get a bunch of random mystery stickers every month. Although I wish the subscriptions would stick a little better to a theme each month, the variety and selection is so perfect and fun. It's really cool to explore brands I never knew about and try out a lot of different styles of stickers.

I wanted to share the love with one of you so I'm giving this month's pro pack subscription away! The giveaway will run for one week and is open internationally to anyone 18-years-old or with parental consent. Happy stickering!

xoxo Kayla

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Maple Holistics Shampoo & Conditioner

I'm the type of person that has holy grails. I never just settle for a product. I hunt until I find the perfect thing that checks all the boxes. Yet I love trying new things. But a new product has to beat that holy grail item in whatever category I'm testing out. Shampoo and conditioner are two categories I take very seriously, and have a holy grail product that just works for me. But does the Maple Holistics Argan Shampoo and Silk 18 Conditioner beat it for holy grail bragging rights?

What I love about the Maple Holistics line is how mom and pop they feel. I don't feel like I'm buying from a big box company who pumps out products and doesn't give a hoot about me. I feel like I could pick these products up at my local farmers' market. And that's pretty cool.

They lather well and make my hair feel clean and healthy after use. But the Argan Shampoo just smells too odd for me to use on a regular basis. It's just so strong and not my cup of tea. The conditioner on the other hand smells like the most delicious combination of vanilla and happiness. So good.

Although they're great products, they aren't holy grail overthrowers. I'm a creature of habit and no matter how lovely my experience was with these, I can't break my habit. They're definitely worth checking out if you're in the market for a new shampoo/conditioner, but I'll likely revisit them when my favorite shampoo runs out and I don't have time to get to the store.

Are you like me? Do you seek products that can overthrow your favorites?

xoxo Kayla

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Pure Romance #SummerofSkin

The awesome people over at Pure Romance were so kind as to send me an extra set of their #SummerofSkin line to give away to one of you awesome people! I'm still trying out all my goodies so I can't report back yet, but I didn't want the summer to pass by without giving you all the option to win some!

 The giveaway is open internationally for anyone over 18 (or with consent) and will run two weeks!

Good luck and thanks for being amazing!

xoxo Kayla

Monday, August 17, 2015

Skincare Odds & Ends

Skincare is something I don't really think about too hard. I find products that work for me, and rarely stray from that path. Why mess with a good thing right? As I was rummaging through my stash one day I realized that these seven products needed a talking about. I've mentioned quite a few before and have excluded a few other favorites, but a re-hashing is always good. Let's get into it.

My favorite ways to remove, exfoliate, and clean my face are with the Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm, The Body Shop's Vitamin C Facial Cleansing Polish, the dr. brandt PoreDermabrasion Exfoliator, and the NUXE Reve de Miel Face Cleansing and Makeup Removing Gel. I don't use these all in one go, but mixing and matching them provides little difference to my skin (a good sign that the products behave with my skin!). They all work super well together in any combination. They get my skin clean, remove my makeup, and get it ready for the next steps. I love that they're all different price ranges too so you'll be set picking up any one of them if you have similar normal to sensitive skin like me.

If I'm feeling crazy I'll through on a face mask before heading on to the final steps. I am still obsessed with the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask. It's amazing at getting deep into more pores and cleaning out all the hard to reach gunk while being gentle enough on my weirdly sensitive cheeks. Plus it has this smell that always reminds me of my childhood. I have yet to pinpoint the exact memory, but it's pleasant regardless.

To wrap things up I either use the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask or the StriVectin Repair and Protect Moisturizer. The Origins offering is a thicker and hangs around on the skin longer, but packs some serious moisture and hydration. The StriVectin moisturizer is much better for everyday but still provides ample hydration. Thumbs up all around.

What products are in your skincare routine?

xoxo Kayla

Friday, August 14, 2015

New Planner Bits

New planner bits are a common occurrence around these parts, but I felt the urge to share the most recent odds and ends as they're a bit more unique than the usual things.

I'm super excited for Sunday's new releases and thought a sneak peek was in order. A lot of awesome rainbow icon labels are headed to the shop and I can't wait to see how everyone uses there. I'm still obsessed with my blog post/YouTube duo and now I have even more to play with. There are currently six different sets being released, but a lot more coming down the pipes!

I finally got my metallic cover from Erin Condren after waiting over a month for the whole order to arrive. Mistakes were made in ordering this cover. I definitely wouldn't have if I would have known how much it would delay the rest of the order! It really is gorgeous though and I opted for my future initials rather than my current ones so I can keep using this cover after I officially change my name. Plus it makes me feel like I'm in school again scrawling my future name on a notebook or something.

I also got the new Erin Condren Coloring Book for Alex as I know he loves a good doodle session. Plus I can't resist a new Erin Condren product if my life depended on it. Something in me said I needed the Schedule Pad as well and it's so gorgeous in person. Plus it's HUGE. I'm really going to enjoy writing down notes really fast and using it for ideas throughout the week.

New planner goodies are my addiction! Have you picked up anything new recently?

xoxo Kayla

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Maybelline Superstay Better Skin Foundation

Ever since I discovered the BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream, I've been hard pressed to find any other foundation I'm interested in wearing. When the Maybelline SuperStay Better Skin Foundation landed on my doorstep thanks to Influenster, I thought I'd give it a shot just for the hell of it. I wasn't disappointed.

This foundation is quite unlike anything I've tried before. It blends in a lot quicker than most to leave a matte finish on the skin. It's one of those foundations that gets better throughout the day, something I can really appreciate. The color match was perfect and it covered redness and small blemishes with ease.

My biggest complaint? It's matte. I'm not a matte foundation girl by nature and I found myself just not liking the finish regardless of how nice it actually looked. If you're a matte finish girl you'll love this, but I started to combine a bit of the BareMinerals gem with it for the perfect dewy finish. 

I couldn't tell you if this transformed my skin like it claims to do on the packaging, but it is quite a lovely foundation with a great pump and solid packaging. Definitely worth a look at next time you find yourself in the makeup aisle.

Have you tried this foundation yet?

xoxo Kayla