Friday, January 30, 2015

This Week's Most Loved #55

There's a new palette in town that has me twelve shades of happy. You all know my obsession with the Stila in the Light Palette and now it has begun with the Stila in the Moment Palette. Good heavens is it a beauty. I've always been a fan of purple shadows, but have never really took the plunge for anything that contained a decent amount of them. This palette is perfect. The same great quality and pigmentation, but with a lot more "risky" colors. It also came with a Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in "Tetra," but that has gone to mingle with my other eyeliners. A full review of this palette is imminent.

Another new product this week is the L'OrĂ©al Infallible Makeup Extender Setting Spray. I love my Urban Decay All Nighter spray so I picked this up in hopes for a dupe. It's not exactly like the Urban Decay offering, but I've been loving it all the same. It still helps my makeup last longer and look fresher, but to be completely honest I still like the Urban Decay one more.

I fall in and out of love with lip liners on a monthly basis. This week they're back in my good graces and the Urban Decay 24-7 Glide-On Lip Pencil in "Manic" is always top of the list. The perfect "my lips but better" shade that helps keep lipsticks in place and lasting. I'm not a fan of wearing just lip liners on their own, but I'm sure this one would do a great job at that as well.

We are in the dead of winter these days so the LUSH Mint Julips Lip Scrub has become my best friend. It gets rid of all that dry, gross skin on the lips to get the back to tip top shape. Just be sure to apply a lip balm after.

Finally I have a new-found love for makeup sponges lately. I've always liked using them, but lately it's been my go to means for applying foundations. They provide a really nice, natural looking finish without too much coverage. Plus they keep my hands from getting trashed. Win, win.

What products have you been loving this week?

xoxo Kayla

Thursday, January 29, 2015

January Favorites + Giveaway

I'm usually not one for wanting a month to pass by quickly, but January couldn't get over fast enough! It was a whirlwind of work, projects, and social events that has me exhausted at the end of it all. I did fall in love with a few old favorites and discovered some awesome products this month though! Pro tip: watch until the end as I'm giving away the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment!

What are your favorite products in January?

xoxo Kayla

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Planner Decorating Goodies

My love of all things stickers, sticky notes, and washi tape has reached an all new high lately. The ever-so thoughtful Alex is getting me an Erin Condren Life Planner as an early Valentine's gift after me ranting on for months about how much I wanted one, but how expensive they are. My most recent purchase in preparation for the big day (it should be soon!) is from a Etsy shop called Lady en de Vagehond. When the package arrived and I saw just how cute everyone was, I had to share some photos.

Although I'm an avid believer in the Target Dollar Spot for their cheap yet amazing pads of paper and sticky notes, sometimes I just can't help spending a little extra for super cute sticky notes. Just look at them. The cute shapes, the adorable sayings, the variety. My ECLP can't get here soon enough.

If you're interested or into planner decorating, the Erin Condren Life Planner, or just adorable stationery in general, I'll be posting weekly spreads, plan with me posts, and more on my lifestyle blog. I can only imagine my insane excitement when that package finally arrives.

Until then I'll sit quietly...waiting...

xoxo Kayla

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Keeping it Simple

If you're looking at the photo thinking, "that's simple?!" I feel ya. Yet I can do all of these steps in a matter of five minutes to produce a simple makeup look that works even on my most tired of days.

For me, primer is a must and I look no further than my raved over Stila One Step Correct. On days where I'm keeping it super simple I'll wear just this as a base. It evens out my complexion while adding a little bit more hydration. For base I've been mixing together my NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer with a bit of the Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer. I was still on the fence about the Laura Mercier offering until I combined with with the NARS one. The perfect shade and I can really tell the difference the Laura Mercier moisturizer adds. The Bobbi Brown Corrector in "Light Bisque" is just the thing to cover up any pesky under eye circles that love to linger. Then I sweep a little bit of the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush in "Fearless". The bold pink pop adds just the right amount of life to my skin.

For the eye area it's an easy few steps. First it's brows and I bounce between the Anastasia Brow Wiz in "Light Brown" and my other brow pencils. Then I take a combination of the Maybelline Color Tattoo in "Sleek & Spice" and mix it with "Chocolate Suede" for the perfect shimmery bronze. I dab a bit more of "Chocolate Suede" on the corners of my lids, sweep on some of Clinique's High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara (a full review is coming soon), and my eyes are done.

For lips I wish I could tell you I get adventurous, but it's MAC "Syrup" almost on the daily for me. I found my lost tube when cleaning out my car one day, so now I have two. Perfectly fine by me as I struggle to wear anything but.

I'm sure I can simplify my makeup routine down even more, but this provides me just enough coverage to make me feel like I'm looking good no matter what day it is.

What do you do for your simple makeup routine?

xoxo Kayla

Monday, January 26, 2015

Rimmel Scandaleyes Eye Shadow Paints

When I stumbled upon the Rimmel Scandaleyes Eye Shadow Paints in the drugstore aisle a few weeks ago I couldn't get them into my basket fast enough. I resisted the urge to buy them all and picked up "Rich Russet" and "Pomegranate." They seemed like the perfect lazy girl's tool for an easy makeup look. I've used them for a few weeks and am diligently reporting back my findings. Buckle up for a mixed review.

The packaging and applicator are great. It's sort of a spongy tip but remains firm when brushed across the lids. There is plenty of product in the tubes so these will last you for quite a while. The pigmentation is fantastic and they last all day without fading.

Yet I find that I still haven't figured out the best way to apply them. At first I just swept a little of the product on my lids and then blending out with my fingers, but the results were faint and not as pigmented as I wanted. I then tried using the applicator to brush the product all over my lid. It provided a much more pigmented result, but the product felt quite wet and I worried it wasn't fully dry when I wanted to move on to my next step. It oddly enough felt wet on the lids, but I couldn't seem to blend out the sharp line well. So it was wet yet dry at the same time. I took a brush and went at it for a while and managed to get a decent blend in the end. I love the way it looked after all was said and done, but the process was less than ideal.

If you have time and energy to spend with this product to get it just right, you won't be disappointed. It has some serious pigmentation and staying power. But as a lazy girl's best friend it doesn't get a passing grade. I'll definitely keep using them and recommend them to friends, but won't be bringing them out on mornings I'm running late.

Have you tried these yet? What are your thoughts?

xoxo Kayla

Friday, January 23, 2015

This Week's Most Loved #54

When I was gathering products for this post it became quite clear that I have been gravitating towards the bronzey shades lately. Be it in product or packaging, I've been all about it. Up first is the newest addition to my Maybelline Color Tattoos collection, "Chocolate Suede." Although this is quite similar to "Bad to the Bronze," I wanted to give their Leather collection a go. I still like "Bad to the Bronze" more, but really enjoy the deeper muddier shade of "Chocolate Suede." It's exactly the same consistency and pigmentation of the other Color Tattoos and a welcome addition to my little flock.

Although I gave the NARS "Tolede" Lipstick a mixed review a few months ago, I've found myself loving it on days where I don't want to wear a "look I'm wearing lipstick" color. Which, believe it or not, has been happening quite a lot lately. I love that it evens out my lip color and lasts ages. So much ease!

The Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm has found itself in my routine this week. I've been mixing it in with my primer to add another level of skin unifying goodness. I don't like the smell of this stuff, but when it's mixed with another product I can barely notice. I don't think it's a "run out and buy right away" kind of product, but it's been nice to throw it into the mix.

The Almay Intense I-Color Shimmer Eyeshadow for Green Eyes (mine are blue but whatever) is back and better than ever this week. I used to be downright obsessed with this trio for it's easy, pigmentation, and blendability. It's the perfect palette for mornings when you just can't be bothered to spend a lot of time thinking about what eye shadows to blend together. I ignored it for quite a while in favor of other palettes, but I've been more than happy to return to it this week.

What products have you been loving this week?

xoxo Kayla

Thursday, January 22, 2015

How to Fake Looking Awake

When it comes to mornings, I'm all too familiar with them. They come too soon and leave me looking like I went to a crazy party the night before even though I just worked on Etsy orders. I've become quite skilled at using makeup to give the appearance that I got my beauty sleep the night before. 

Enjoy the video and let me know what you do to fake looking awake!

xoxo Kayla