Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Eye Cream Edit

Dark circles and I know each other far more than I would like. Regardless of the amount of sleep I get (which is usually very little these days), the dark eye circles are there when I wake up. I've tried my fair share of eye creams and I've gathered them all together in one convenient edit.

First up front and center is the VII Code O2C All-Star Oxygen Eye Cream. The newest eye cream to my little collection, this one has become a fast favorite. This thin, milky cream is light yet incredibly hydrating for those super early mornings before work. It sinks into the skin nicely without much wait time and really helps to reduce the all too pesky purple eye circles. Like all eye creams, a little goes a long way with this baby. Plus I love the black packaging as it really stands out in my skin care bin. The biggest turn off is definitely the price. Way too much for an eye cream regardless of how much you get in the full sized pot. My best advice is go for their eye mask set or one of their holiday deals and get a sample of this cream along with it. 

On the far left we have the StriVectin-SD Eye Concentrate for Wrinkles which is my least favorite of eye creams. It's clear and incredibly goopy and running. It takes ages to sink in and feels sticky on the skin once it finally does. Definitely not a wrinkle reducer and just adds attention to my under eye circles rather than concealing them. No thank you.

The Origins GinZing Refreshing Eye Cream has been my favorite eye cream for white a while. It's light, sinks in quickly, and is a pinky shimmery color. The smell is also quite pleasant and definitely helps to wake me up in the morning. This was a deluxe sample I received quite a while ago and I've barely made a dent.

The jury is still out on the Modere Dual Action Eye Gel. At first I liked how thin the clear gel was, but now I'm tired of trying to make sure it stays where I want it to go and doesn't end up all over my fast. It leaves a residue on the skin I'm also not a fan of, and I haven't seen any amazing results from using it.

I've wanted to get Clinique's All About Eyes for quite a while now. I had heard some pretty swell reviews in the past and wanted to give it a go.The pink packaging is by far the prettiest of the group, but where the product comes out is just a little too big. I always end up getting more product than I need and wasting it.The product itself is creamy, sinks in nicely, and incredibly hydrating. It's definitely made a difference with my circles.

The Body Shop's Nutriganics Smoothing Eye Cream was the first eye cream I ever purchased. Based on a recommendation by an incredibly helpful sales guy, this is my go to eye cream in the evenings. It's thicker than the rest of the creams and takes some time to sink in which I like in my products for the evenings. My only qualm is that I can't see how much product I have left, but love the pump for ease of use.

Eye cream definitely comes in all shapes and sizes and I own my fair share. Like all skin care it really depends on your skin type and what problem areas you're trying to fix. Hopefully this edit will point you in the right direction and help you avoid the not-so-good options.

What eye cream do you use?

xoxo Kayla

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

When Things Get Stressful

I think it's safe to say that I've never been more stressed out in my life. My to do list has definitely caught up with me and with finals here I just don't know how I'll get it all done. Trying to do all the things can lead to weeks like this when you don't think you'll be able to accomplish a single thing. 

What I do when I'm stressed
  • Find everyone annoying. I'm not a fan of small talk to begin with, but when I have stuff to do I really couldn't care less.
  • Spend absurd amounts of time worrying about not getting everything done rather than try and get at least something done.
  • Eat poorly.
  • Get annoyed when people keep asking me if I have something done. I will let you know when I do, so just leave me alone to do it.
  • Sleep less.
  • Find myself wanting to work on other, more interesting and creative projects than research papers.
  • Contemplate the point of graduate school in general.
  • Stop all social interaction until there's an end in sight.

What I should do when I'm stressed

  • Prioritize the work. Some things may not get done and I have to be ok with that. There are things I have to do, while other things I just like to do. 
  • Find time to relax. Nothing makes things worse than working myself to the bone. I have to set aside time for YouTube video watching or blog reading.
  • Understand that I won't be stressed out forever. Eventually the due date for the paper will come (it's tomorrow) and the holidays will pass. 
  • Take a bath or do some yoga.
  • Ask for help. Probably the most difficult thing for me to do, but whenever I do ask my friends are always more than willing to lend a helping hand. 
xoxo Kayla

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Winter Beauty Must Haves

Winter in Michigan is usually cold and miserable. I've become almost a professional at winter beauty must haves to make sure my face doesn't fall off from dryness. In today's video I'm sharing with you all the products you'll need to survive the winter.

What products do you always bring out in the colder months?

xoxo Kayla

Monday, December 15, 2014

The Best of Vlogmas

With vlogmas in full swing, there have been a few days that are definitely my favorite. It's an insane time of year with finals, Christmas prep, and so much more so it's kind of nuts to add vlogmas on top of it! I've had a blast so far though with these days being my favorites. Maybe it's what happened that day or the editing style I chose for the video, but these are some you definitely must see.

Are you doing vlogmas this year? Leave your YouTube links below!

xoxo Kayla

Friday, December 12, 2014

This Week's Most Loved #49

I've been all over my makeup stash this week digging into products I haven't looked at in a while as well as testing out some new products still. Here's what I've been loving.

Although I don't use the Origins Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask that often, when I bring it out again I instantly remember what's so fantastic about it. It's by far one of the greatest mud masks I've ever tried. It gets into my pores and cleans everything up. See it in action in my evening skincare routine video

I'm definitely not one for bronzer despite the fact I love how contouring looks on other people, but I've been giving NYC Bronzer in "Sunny" another go lately. My boyfriend Alex gave me a set of lights for an early Christmas present and I couldn't be happier. These babies are bright, meaning I need to really pay attention to my face so it doesn't look flat and one dimensional on film. A little bit of this helps to bring out some shape to my face while still looking natural.

In attempt to be an equal opportunity primer user, I've foregone my beloved Stila One Step Correct this week and have been using the Benefit's "That Gal" Brightening Face Primer. It's still a great primer, but incredibly different from the Stila offering. By today I started to mix the two together and love the results. 

Finally a new product recently added to my stash on an impulse buy is the NARS Lip Liner in "Mirihi Island Beach". Swoon. It's a lot darker on my lips than it looks in the packaging and it could be just the thing for me to pursue darker plum lips. It's the creamiest lip liner I've used and twists up so no sharpening required. 

What products have you been loving this week?

xoxo Kayla

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Un-Stylish But Ok With It

For years I poured over magazines and admired well coordinated outfits. I've been on the hunt for my style for as long as I remember. But recently I've come to a realization that has me more content than I could have ever imagined, I am not stylish. And you know what? That's completely ok with me. Sure I still enjoy putting an outfit together, but there's nothing wrong with rockin' the moccs until they deteriorate on my feet. 

It's really hard these days with so many beautiful, stylish women producing amazing content and videos to understand that just because they've figured out there style, doesn't mean you ever have to. If you have an awfully ugly sweater you just love to death, wear it. I've spent too much energy stressing over keeping up with trends and having the perfect wardrobe that I've made myself feel like I'll never be good enough or stylish enough. That's silly. And I'm no longer interested in keeping up with everyone.

There may or may not be fashion posts on this blog in the future, but they won't be influenced by anything other than what I like regardless of being trendy or on point. So there may be my over worn moccasins in the post because I don't want to kid anyone into thinking I wear heels and fantastically planned out outfits. 

Props to all those that have some serious style, but I'm definitely not among them. And there's nothing wrong with that.

xoxo Kayla

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Holiday Beauty Must Haves

With Christmas right around the corner, my agenda is packed with holiday parties and end of the year events. To survive the party season there are a few holiday beauty must haves to keep close at hand.

Shimmery, festive eye shadows like in the Naked 3 Palette are perfect for this time of year. This palette is great for pumping up a day look for an evening party while not getting overly sparkly. Plus they last all day so they're sure to stay put the entire party.

When I think Christmas I think glowy and shimmery. TheBalm's Mary-Lou Manizer is great to add a lovely helping of highlight to the cheeks. It's a fine line between shimmery and a walking disco and Mary-Lou Manizer toes it expertly. A mauve blush like Revlon's "Wine Not" will give you the perfect rosy look on the cheeks with enough pigmentation to last all night. 

A dark lipstick like MAC's "Captive" is just the thing to add a final seasonal touch to any makeup look this time of year. Lip liners like the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Lip Liner in "Manic" is a must to keep everything in place and lasting through the last piece of pie. Red lips are a given around the holidays, but if you're a red-lip-phob like myself then a deep mauve will do nicely.

To make sure everything looks fresh and lasts a setting spray like the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray is a beauty lover's best friend. A few spritz of this and you're good to go.

What products are your holiday beauty must haves?

xoxo Kayla