Friday, May 29, 2015

May 2015 Favorites

We're keeping things simple with this month's favorites as I've been quite sick this week and couldn't get around to filming an actual video. Not to worry though as there are still quite a few products to talk about!

You all are well aware of my complete obsession with my Erin Condren Life Planner, but I recently got a new cover in the pattern "Watercolor Palette" that I've wanted as soon as it was released. I love the fact that you can change the covers so it's like a brand new planner! The 2015/2016 planners are set to launch in a few weeks and I am beyond excited to see the new layout. 

I recently featured my JORD Fieldcrest watch in a blog post, but I still can't get over how amazing it is. I rave on and on about it in that post so I won't ramble on here, but it's incredibly lightweight, minimalist, and just my style. I've also been completely obsessed with my new vlogging camera I got a few weeks ago. It's the Canon G7X and has made vlogging not only easier, but also prettier. The camera has a screen that flips up that makes it easy to see yourself as you vlog and the quality is fantastic. I think I might want to start doing weekly vlogs instead of just weekend ones, but this week's illness put the kibosh in that until next week. 

On to the beauty bits now. The beauty box ChrissyLilly sent me has been so well received that a lot of the products found their way into my favorites this month. Soap and Glory's Solar Powder is just as amazing as I thought it would be for someone who is fairly pale and not the best at contouring and bronzing. I'm also a sucker for vintage packaging. ChrissyLilly couldn't have been more right about the Max Factor X Blush in "Seductive Pink." The pigmentation is amazing and it's the perfect classic pink shade. Plus it lasts ages!

The obsession for pink nail polish took over this month. I've never been a pink polish girl, but I rarely wore anything else on my nails this month. My favorite has been butterLONDON's "Shop Girl". It's a soft beige creme color that looks so delicate on the nails while not being too in your face. My nail polish tends to chip like crazy, but this formula has some serious staying power.

I feel like I'm beating a dead horse constantly talking about the BareMinerals Complexion Rescue like I have and I promise to stop (eventually). It's just that good. From the soft, whipped consistency to the longevity of coverage, I'm sold and proud to constantly sing its praises. 

My final favorite of the month has to be the Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish. I think I've finally gotten out of my boring, flat hair rut and have found a lot of good products to make my hair do something. I love how this product smells and makes my hair just messy enough. Well done Bumble and Bumble.

What have your favorite products been for May?

xoxo Kayla 

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Makeup Steps I Can't Live Without

Makeup Steps I Can't Live Without

I've perfected the morning makeup routine down to a science. I wake up with around 30 minutes to get everything done (I do love my sleep) so there is no time for fuss or dilly daddling. There are a few makeup steps in the morning I just can't live without.

Ever since I found the Stila One Step Correct, priming my face every morning is a must. Even if I don't put a base on, having this layer of hydration and protection makes my skin so much happier. Plus this primer does an amazing job at getting rid of any minor redness I have in the mornings. I've purchased probably five of these in the past year and although the price is a bit shocking ($36 is absurd), I'd gladly pay it for the results.

I'm not one to fuss over a base every day, but I can't live without a bit of concealer to make me not look like the walking dead. My under eye circles, nose, and chin always need a bit of help regardless of how my skin is doing. Currently I really enjoy using the Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer despite its somewhat odd smell. I also still really love the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer and the Bobbi Brown Corrector

Back in the day I would have added eye shadow to this list of makeup steps I can't live without, but lately it's been more than normal for me to leave my lids bare. Yet it's an off day if I don't curl my lashes and apply mascara. Even if I do none of these other steps, those two are musts to make me feel like myself. I usually go for anything drugstore and have been using up the last of my Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara. It's an amazing option but I always like to explore with my mascaras. I'll definitely keep it in mind when I want a tried and true choice in my stash.

If you were to ask me what steps I couldn't live without a few months ago, I would have never considered filling in my brows to be one of those steps. But I've been converted and finally see what the fuss is all about when it comes to brows. Having nice, defined brows can really pull a face together and make it so much easier to not mess with all the other "extra" steps. I use the Anastasia Brow Wiz in "Soft Brown." but am considering going a shade darker for a little extra oomph. I love that it comes with a spoolie to sort out my always crazy morning brows. 

This last step I'm sure I could actually live without, but if I'm being picky I'd much rather not skip it. Lipstick is another one of those steps that has a way of making my face look more put together than it is. To be completely honest, I rarely reach for anything besides the select few gems in my MAC lipstick collection. Definitely on mornings when I'm running on even less time, my MAC babies get the job done time and time again.

I do love a full face of makeup and the process of bringing it all together, but I'm not one to give up some extra zzz's for it.

What are the steps in your makeup routine that you couldn't live without?

xoxo Kayla

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Current Favorite Lip Products

Although I'm currently stuck in bed with a weird combination of illnesses and not a drop of makeup on my face, these lip products have been my favorites for the past few weeks. Of course they are very "my lips but better" shades, but each is just different enough from the other in shade and consistency that they're the perfect five to switch between. 

ChrissyLilly knows me so well for sending the the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in "Nude-ist" for our beauty box swap. It's more like a stain than a lipstick and starts off wet but dries to a nice semi matte finish. The color is perfection as it's slightly darker than my actual lip shade. It's really easy to get a nice even line around the lips with the applicator and it has great lasting power.

Another product with the same weird wet to matte consistency is the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in "Lolita". This takes "Nude-ist" and darkens it about five shades to a very vampy-but-wearable color that I love wearing to the bar or out to a party (you know, the two I go to a year). It's a great evening shade after wearing "Nude-ist" during the day. 

The closest match to my actual lip color is the Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in "Rush." I love how hydrating and thick this lipstick is and it helps create a more uniform lip color. Plus it better defines the edges of my lips as they kind of just fade off weirdly without lipstick. It's long lasting and all around fantastic.

The last two are tried and true MAC lipsticks. "Plumful" I still can't get enough of. It's one of those my lips but with a twist that is so easy to wear but makes an impression. The purple/mauve tones are spot on. "See Sheer" is on the redder side with a hint of both some orange and mauve to make for an easy to wear shade that looks slightly different than my normal wheelhouse. Formulas are fantastic and application doesn't require a mirror. 

I'd love to get some new lipstick recommendations so tell me in the comments which ones you've been loving lately!

xoxo Kayla

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Exploring Michigan with JORD Fieldcrest

Watches have always seemed like such a luxury to me. I'd see someone wearing a beautiful watch and think, one day I'll have a watch that makes me feel like a million bucks. I recently acquired that unique watch and have been taking it on little adventures with me ever since.

Alex and I attended a wedding over the weekend near Port Huron, MI. It's his old stomping grounds and I've surprisingly never been there except to pass through to Canada. So we took the remainder of our day to try out a famous local chicken joint and have a chai latte at The Raven. It was one of those days where I just felt pretty, you know? And my gorgeous watch might have had something to do with it. As soon as people see it they immediately compliment it. I was probably complimented six times that day, all because of a watch.

When I first heard about JORD watches, I couldn't believe that they were made of wood. Say what?! Most of the watches I've had in the past have been bulky, heavy, and eventually ended up in some drawer ticking away the time to no one. Yet the Fieldcrest watch is so unbelievably light and I felt like I wasn't even wearing it. Plus the light wood has complimented every single outfit I own; really pulling everything together. 

Watches have a way of making me nostalgic to the days without social media and cell phones. Don't get me wrong, I love the internet probably more than the next person, but whenever I put on this watch I feel like I'm giving a nod of respect to years past.

Do you wear watches? What's your favorite accessory?

xoxo Kayla

Monday, May 25, 2015

Ipsy Glam Bag | May 2015

It's been a good year since I last posted about Ipsy. I recently decided to restart my subscription in order to add a little variety into my beauty routine. These days I'm very set in my ways, so a subscription to bring in new brands and products into my life should be a lot of fun. 

This month's theme is "Jetsetter" and the subscription came with a lot of flight/travel ready products. My favorites already have to be the Oscar Blandi Texture & Volume Spray and theBalm's "Flirty" shadow. I'm definitely excited to try out the other few products though and report back!

Do you get Ipsy? What was in your month's bag?

xoxo Kayla

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick

I honestly couldn't tell you what enticed me to pick up one of the Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick in the first place, but boy was I surprised when I first applied it. The consistency is a weird'un and I'm still trying to figure out the best way to describe it to people who haven't used them. It's weird, but in the kind of way that makes you want to buy a second one immediately (which I did). 

So let's get to trying to explain exactly how these lip lacquers are weirder than the rest. When you first begin to apply the product with the classic doe foot applicator, this stuff is wet. The incredibly wetness makes it so you have just the right amount of time to coat your lips fully (or fail miserably) before it dries. And it doesn't budge when it's dry. The liquid consistency at the start gives you time to really line your lips and fill them in before it sets to a nice matte finish. The first few times I really struggled getting a clean line around my lips as I'm used to just slapping a MAC lipstick on and not really caring about the edges. This takes a bit more patience, but the pay off is definitely worth it.

The first shade I picked up is the darker one of the two, "Lolita." Although it looks somewhat harmless as a hand swatch, this baby packs some serious vamp power. It's by far the darkest product I own and on most occasions I just apply a really light layer to not go too crazy. It's the best "dark" shade I could imagine though as it still has that mauve quality that I look for in most (read: all) of my lip products.

In an effort to branch out a bit and move down the color spectrum a bit, I picked up "Berlin" almost seconds after first trying "Lolita" (the VIB sale was good to me). Ironically enough this one is the pinkest lip color I own. In one product line I managed to get two extremes. I personally would wear another lipstick on top of this one as I'm not crazy about how it looks matte, but the color payoff is insanely rich and vibrant. Definitely a spring/summer color if I've ever seen one.

I really wish the range had more "wearable" colors, but I also like the fact that they're a little bit more adventurous. They aren't the basic shades which I've grown so happy with, but they're a clever blend of wearable, but still make a statement.

Have you ever tried these before? What shades are your favorite?


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Plan with Me | Animals on Bikes Theme

Happy Wednesday and Happy Plan with Me Day! This week I went to a completely new color scheme and love how it turned out. I also used another one of my Michael's sticker books to snazz things up. When I saw the "Ride my Bike" sticker book I thought it was just silly enough to be perfect. Tons of animals riding bikes? That needs to go into my planner. I also feature this weekly set from KG Planner that inspired the entire weekly layout! 

I'm not crazy about the way the lighting turned out in this video and I'm still on the hunt for the perfect setup and lighting for these videos. There aren't tons of locations I can film these in my apartment so I have to get creative. Next week I'm switching things up even more and departing from the white table to see how that works out! I'm sure I'll find a good setup soon and we'll be set for the next hundred plan with me videos!

What's your planner spread this week?

xoxo Kayla