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

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Recipe: Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Muffins



Nothing like a good recipe to get us through the rest of the week huh? I found this recipe while popping around various blogs and decided to add my twist to it! It's so simple and you'll be making
them in minutes. You can make mini muffins like the original recipe, but I love them normal to large size. It's a small recipe that only makes about six normal sized muffins.

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Muffins

Ingredients:

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour (I own both types of flour, but if you only have one type that'll work for both)
1 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/3 cup peanut butter (creamy or crunchy depending on what you like)
1 tbsp butter, softened
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1 egg
6 tbsp milk
3/4 cup chocolate chunks (add more based on preference or use regular chocolate chips)


Directions:
  • Preheat oven to 375ยบ F. 
  • Grease/spray two mini muffin tins with cooking spray. 
  • Beat butter, peanut butter and brown sugar in large bowl until creamy. 
  • Add egg and milk; beat until smooth. 
  • Combine all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, baking powder and salt into peanut butter mixture.
  • Beat until just blended. 
  • Stir in chocolate chunks. 
  • Spoon batter into prepared cups, filling 3/4 full.
  • Bake for 13-15 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in centers comes out slightly sticky. 
  • Let cool and enjoy!

They're oh so tasty and the perfect little snack for after work or for kids!

xoxo Kayla


Wednesday, February 3, 2016

All You Need to Know About Primers

All You Need to Know About Primers

Ah primers. One of my favorite parts to my makeup routine that often goes unpraised. Of course you've heard me rave my heart out over the Stila One Step Correct primer, but I thought it time to give you all the info you need to know about primers.

For everyday use: The Stila One Step Correct will always be the forerunner for best everyday primer. It's hydrating, nourishing, and makes my skin feel ready for anything I may put on it. However the Korres Anti-aging primer is also a really great, comparable choice. Both are smoothing and don't leave your skin feeling weird since they don't have any silicone in them.

For eyes: I stumbled upon the Kat Von D High Voltage primer on accident when I couldn't stomach the sticker price of the NARS eye primer, and boy do I love it. It's thick in a good way to leave the perfect matte base for shadows. By the end of the day my shadows are still in place and as pigmented as ever. Plus the packaging is huge and I doubt I'll ever run out of this stuff.

For dry skin: Both the Make Up For Ever Nourishing Primer and Hydrating Primer are excellent options if you have super dry skin like I do. They act more like skincare to provide the right amount of moisture and hydration without making skin feel oily and slick. The only difference I've found between the two is the texture on the skin and how long they take to sink in. Other than that they're both incredibly similar in giving skin a hydration boost without going overboard.

For the long wearing days: If you're in the market for a primer to help keep makeup in place for hours on end, the Make Up For Ever Mattifying Primer is your man. It creates a smooth, even base that helps makeup not budge throughout the day.

What's your go to primer? I can't get enough of them and would love some new recommendations!

xoxo Kayla