Friday, November 21, 2014

This Week's Most Loved #46



I feel like I had to fight through a blizzard of a week to get to today. Not to mention the heaps of snow that keep falling and causing a winter tundra outside. I like snow, but I definitely hate winter. Here are the products I've been loving this week!

Every couple of months I'll rekindle my love for my Urban Decay Naked Palette. It's one of the first big makeup purchases I've ever made and it definitely was a good one. It's also one of the only palettes I've used the entire spectrum of repeatedly. Incredibly pigmentation but with a bit of fallout trouble every now and again that I just can't seem to avoid. It's a good'un that every addict should (and probably already does) own.

I'm still downright obsessed with the Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray. It smells like Smarties, works wonders at giving grit and texture to my hair, and lasts all day. Definitely my most beloved hair care product I've found. It's going to be a long love affair with this one I just know it.

There's something about using the Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil in "Plushie" that makes me feel wild and adventurous. Probably because I barely stray from the neutral eye life. This purple liner is great to add a little pizzazz to my look without going too crazy. I like to tight line my eyes with it or put some in the outer corners of my upper lash line. 

Finally I always come back to the Maybelline the Rocket Volum' Express Mascara. It just works. By far the only mascara I can count on no matter what to provide me the volume and separation I'm looking for. My only complaint is that by the end of the day my lashes have definitely lost their curl, but I blame my pesky lashes for not having the strength to stay fabulous more than the mascara. It's affordable and amazing, that's all I'm lookin' for.

What products have you been loving this week? I definitely want to hear!

xoxo Kayla

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sephora VIB Sale and Other Goodies





It's a scientific fact that no beauty blogger can escape the allure of the Sephora VIB sale. When the mother ship calls I immediately answer and buy way too many things. 

Whenever there's a sale I have to pick up backups of my beloved Stila One Step Correct. By far my favorite primer it's a must have and something I can't go a day without. I also picked up a backup of the Bobbi Brown Corrector in "Light Bisque". I've been working my way through my first pot for a while now and took the plunge to commit to a second container. It's great for days where I don't want terribly heavy coverage under my eyes but still have dark circles that need masking.

I decided it was the perfect time to try the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray and the Anastasia Brow Wiz Pencil in "Soft Brown". I've been looking at these two products for months and couldn't justify buying them until the sale. So far the Setting Spray is proving difficult as it won't always spray when I push the nozzle. It results in some seriously awkward mornings of me sitting with my eyes closed pushing vigorously on the spray pump. The Brow Wiz has been fun to try out and I picked up a somewhat lighter more natural shade to see how I get on with that look. More to come on these products I'm sure.

I used some of my VIB points to get the Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in "Super Strawberry". As soon as I saw that it was available as a reward I scooped it up immediately. The Clinique Chubby Sticks are my Pokemon and I will catch them all. I also ended up getting the Flawless Refresh Sample Set. I got one of these sets last year and love the bag it comes in. Plus who doesn't love trying out a crapload of new products in one fell swoop?

A few days later I found myself in TJ Maxx in the beauty aisles where I spotted the Elizabeth Arden Perpetual Moisture and Elizabeth Arden Good Morning Skin Serum. I've heard great things about Elizabeth Arden plus they were like a zillion percent off so into the cart they went. The products no longer seem to be on the main website but I found a link to them from amazon. The packaging is so divine but I have yet to dive into testing them out. My to test list is quite lengthy, that's for sure. I'm on an unofficial spending ban until after the holidays. I've been out of control!

Did you pick up anything in the Sephora VIB sale?

xoxo Kayla

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Lip Colour Balm in "Grandest Grape"




Although it hasn't been in my life long, the Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in "Grandest Grape" is the best thing to happen since sliced bread. It's been quite the love affair already and I had to share it with you.

The packaging is perfect. Lip products in easy to apply packaging is just the cherry on top in my book. Super easy to use and get the product right where I want it. The shade is spot on for a stellar grapey plum shade that's still easy to wear without much fuss. It has just enough purple to make a statement but still steers clear from vampy; a look I have yet to attempt.

The product itself is the creamiest, richest consistency I've used to date. It feels just like a lip balm or other hydrating lip product yet packs some of the highest pigmentation I've seen. After an hour or so the balm dries into more of a stain that I prefer when wearing darker lips. It stays in place and doesn't dry out the lips in the slightest during its stain stage. It's basically just perfect. More of these gems need to get into my collection and fast. 

Have you tried the Clinique Chubby Sticks yet?

xoxo Kayla

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Paper Source Gift Guide


I find myself eyeing up Paper Source's website all too often and for good reason. They just kill it in the odds and ends department and is the perfect place to find good gifts. As soon as I saw the Paper Source Fox Glasses I thought of Alex. They're just so cute and a nice little something extra. I love cute glassware and I'm not one for having to have all my glasses look the same.

For the stationery lover in your life the Rifle Journals are a must. I've had this set for about a year now and have yet to write anything in them! I like them for blog photo props and just can't get up the nerve to use them. Hopefully the paper product lover in your life will actually write in them!

I seriously had my mind on Alex when looking at the Paper Source website because when I saw the Gentleman's Wash Bag and the Guide to American Whisky, Bourbon, and Rye I thought, "Oh yes." I find guys incredibly hard to shop for. Women are easy yet guys just stump me. These two items are perfect! I can finally get Alex to stop shoving all his travel stuff into a disastrous mess and have something nice to store his toiletries in!

The 50 Jobs Worse Than Yours book seems perfect for the hard worker in your life who isn't crazy about their occupation. A lot of my friends are graduating college and finding themselves in not-so-desirable filler jobs until they land in their careers, so this would be the perfect little hat tip to that while giving them a good laugh.

Let's talk gifts for kids and parents. Alex has a few nieces and nephews in his life and the Doodles at Dinner or Teepee Kit would be great gifts for their parents. The Doodles at Dinner is a cute way to keep kids busy at restaurants that don't have kids menus to draw in or paper tablecloths to color on. The teepees are just too cute and it would be a really fun craft to do while learning some history.

Stay tuned for more from my Gift Guide Series!

xoxo Kayla

Monday, November 17, 2014

Testing....Testing...




There's just something about this time of year that has the new beauty products flooding into my collection. It gets a little overwhelming when the dish on my counter top of new products I need to test out gets alarmingly full really fast! I'm working my way through products and doing some serious testing lately.

I've never done eye masks before so the VII O2M Oxygen Eye Mask has definitely been intriguing. The box came with six pairs to help fade dark circles (#mylife) and reduce wrinkles. I was looking for something a little extra to add to my pamper evening routines so we'll see if this does just the trick.

A new brand I've recently been exploring is Modere. I've been testing out a handful of their products from their beauty box like the Dual Action Eye Gel, the Antioxidant Hair Serum, and the Exfoliant. They have quite the unique beauty box experience that I'll be giving you all the details about in a week or so. The packaging and brand feel are definitely there, now let's see if the quality of the product can keep up!

With final papers for grad school coming up and a lot of products to test out, I definitely have quite a lot of homework to do! Do you find yourself with a lot of new products to test out during the holiday season like I do? What products are you testing out right now?

xoxo Kayla

Friday, November 14, 2014

This Week's Most Loved #45






It's weekly favorites time again and I have a lot of new and returning products to share with you. The change of weather has really affected my skin so I've been mixing things up to add moisture and that dewy look I love back to my skin.

The savior of the week is the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask. Every winter like clock work my skin suddenly becomes a painful desert of moisture-less existence. This overnight mask is the only thing to help my skin feel normal again. Definitely a must have holy grail.

My dark eye circles are back with a vengeance as I've been filling up my days to the brim. The Clinique All About Eyes dark circle reducer is working overtime to help me look less like a zombie in the mornings. A nice thick cream that sinks in nicely. I can't report fully on its long term effects as I've just started using it, but so far it's been lovely.

The Clinique Chubby Stick in "Grandest Grape" is one of those products that I regret not getting months prior because I'm downright obsessed. Seriously. My love knows no bounds for this beautiful dark plum shade. The moisture. Oh the moisture. The creamiest, smoothest application. 

I've really been enjoying mixing things up in the eye shadow realm with OFRA's "Rendezvous". I've never considered using a orange/brown blush for a shadow before, but the idea struck me and I've been running with it ever since. It adds a nice twist to the neutral eye look and is pigmented beyond belief. OFRA really knows how to pack that pigment in. 

When I'm not using "Rendezvous" I've been breaking out Maybelline's "Barely Branded" Color Tattoo to help brighten up my eyes after long nights of fulfilling Oh, Hello orders. It's just so easy to use. One swipe with a finger and 4 more hours of sleep are added to my face. If only they could actually be added then I'd buy Maybelline out. 

What products have you been loving this week?

xoxo Kayla

Thursday, November 13, 2014

ModCloth Gift Guide

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Let's kick off the 2014 Gift Guide Series with one of my favorite places to shop. I've bought countless dresses and decor items over the years and have already placed a few gift orders for friends. Here are some goodies I've stumbled across that would make great gifts for the quirky people in your life. 

104 Things to Photograph is an awesome book for a budding photographer or someone who could use a little motivation to pick up the camera again. I love these fun books that help motivate you to get out and have a hobby. When I saw the Finders Steepers Infuser I had to stop myself from putting it into my cart immediately. A squirrel whose tail infuses the loose tea into your cup?! I need regardless of the fact I have a very nice tea pot that infuses loose tea like a champ and in large quantities. There are a bunch of really adorable tea infusers for sale for any tea obsessed friends or squirrel enthusiasts. 

Who wouldn't want a bacon and egg Brunch Bunch Scarf to keep them warm for what I fear will be one of the worst winters I've ever experienced? I love pieces like this that are quirky, unique, and unlike anything other people have. Plus I love bacon so it's a win, win right? Keeping along with quirky the The Wes Anderson Collection Book would be perfect for the movie buff in your life or a fellow Wes Anderson lover (I am obsessed). Filled with awesome photos and behind the scenes scoops about all his movies, this is screaming coffee table book.

The Mac & Cheese Cookbook must be a gift from the gods. A whole book dedicated to making macaroni and cheese even better is something every mac-n-cheese connoisseur needs in their life. Just like the Doctor the Recipe Shaker Set for the Whovians out there. There are just some items that will make you smile at every use.

Finally there's just something about The More You Gnome Zen Garden that makes me believe it could be the perfect gift this season. It's thoughtful yet quirky in a way that would spruce up anyone's office or add a little something extra to a room. I've always enjoyed the thought of zen gardens and adding adorable mushrooms and gnomes makes it ten times better.

Stay tuned for more posts from my 2014 Gift Guide Series! Would you get any of these items for your friends and family?

xoxo Kayla