Friday, May 1, 2015

April 2015 Favorites

We're talking April favorites in today's video and I feel like I'm finally getting into a beauty groove. There are a lot of old favorites popping up this month as well as a board game that still gets me way too excited. 

What products did you love in April? Play any good board games lately?

xoxo Kayla

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Lindi Skin Products

I'll be the first to admit that I'm a snob when it comes to skincare. I very rarely change my routine and often stick to the same products time and time again. Yet I decided to shake off my silly prejudices for once and have not been disappointed. 

What got me first was the story behind Lindi Skin. Originally created for people with compromised, sensitive skin (like cancer patients), these products are safe for the most sensitive areas. I personally have fairly resilient skin, but the tops of my cheeks are oddly sensitive to the point I usually avoid putting any sort of mask or peel on them. At first I worried I shouldn't be using a brand designed for people with cancer and other aliments, but found myself being silly for not wanting to try out a brand just based on who their primary market is.

The packaging is gorgeous. Heavy, luxurious feeling glass bottles with great pumps and secure tops. I get such a vintage, luxury vibe from this brand and I can't get enough. I've kept these on my counter top as I've been giving them a solid test out just because they're so pretty.

My favorite products are definitely the Lindi Lavender Face Serum and Lindi Lip Balm. The face serum is the gentlest I've used and left my skin feeling soft and nourished with no irritation. It smells light and not too strong . I like that in skin care. I don't want to be overwhelmed with the smell of roses or herbs. A little goes a long way too which I always love and my skin just feels happier. The lip balm reminds me a lot of the Burts Bees line, but closer to the consistency and feel of Vaseline I love so much. It's incredibly hydrating and helped heal my cracked lips. All you could want in a lip balm.

I don't necessarily dislike the other two products I tested, but they won't beat out the products in my normal routine. The Lindi Face Wash is incredibly thin and watery and I found it a bit hard to work with. I'm used to thicker face washes and found myself fumbling around. The scent was interesting, but not unpleasant. I just didn't feel like it got my face truly clean. I usually double cleanse as it is, but it only took off a bit of my makeup rather than cleaning everything off. It's definitely a great gentle alternative if you have sensitive skin, but isn't a miracle worker in cleaning off makeup.

The Lindi Eye Hydrator also didn't overly impress me, but most eye products don't. I never find that they do anything for my under eyes that sleep and water won't do better. The gel consistency is enjoyable and the packaging divine. The product sinks right into the skin nicely, but I just don't think I'm an eye cream kind of gal.

I'm proud of myself for giving a new skincare brand an honest test out. I've found a few great products I'm definitely going to enjoy including in my daily routine. Lindi Skin is definitely a brand to check out for sensitive skin gals.

Have you tried any new skincare brands lately? What do you think of Lindi Skin Products?

xoxo Kayla

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Blushing Goodbyes

When it comes to the minimalist life quest, I'm definitely not perfect. I can't escape a good Sephora VIB sale and sometimes I break down in Forever21 and buy a top that I already own and love in a different color. Those weaknesses aside I feel like I'm starting to really make wise purchase decisions and understand what should or shouldn't remain in my life. 

Lately I've been eyeing my blush drawer knowing there are a few blushes hiding away in there that I haven't used for ages. They managed to escape my early spring clean, but the time felt right to say goodbye to them. Plus I recently purchased a Bobbi Brown blush trio so I really didn't need all of these. The bottom two are from random brands that I decided to give a go (LiSi Cosmetics and Sleek) and just didn't fall in love with them. The top two are from Revlon and NYX and were once loved, but just aren't ones I reach for that often anymore. They are taking up space and are a perfect means to show a little bit of my minimalist chops.

So they'll be given to friends or disposed of in the best proper method. I honestly won't even miss them in the slightest. I still have a wide selection of blush shades (some would say too many) that will help me along just fine. Now I'll just have to resist the urge to replace them with more shades.

Is there a section in your makeup collection that you know needs to be cleaned out? Are there products that are hanging on even though you don't use them?

xoxo Kayla

Little Bit of Everything Tag

It feels like ages since I've done a good ol' tag video and after I saw ChrissyLilly post this one I knew I had to do it. I just love how random, yet personal the questions are and feel like it's really easy to learn a lot about someone! I'd definitely love to read your responses in the comments or leave a link if you do this video!

xoxo Kayla

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

The Sample Bin of Shame

It's like I'm asking for punishment by posting this post today. I have this bin full of samples. It's quite a large bin of samples. And it just sits there. The crazy thing is that I love to get samples with Sephora orders, yet they go untouched in a box that's starting to overflow. I'm writing this post as kind of a, "get your crap together" motivational piece in an effort to start using a lot of these samples up. I just get so swept up in new full size products that I completely ignore the perfectly perfect samples in the bin!

So over the next few months I'm making the effort to take a crack at this bin and start using products up. I encourage you guys to do the same! First step is getting rid of anything expired, as I'm sure there are quite a few things at the bottom of this baby that need to go to the trash. Then we can band together in our efforts to work towards a minimalist life of less samples! Plus you all can motivate me to keep at it when I know I'll start slipping and ignoring the bin again.

Let's start using up samples!

xoxo Kayla

Monday, April 27, 2015

365 Days of Photos: 109-115

This past week was an exciting one. Filled with lots of events, birthdays, and overall exhaustion. That's why I love Alex's 365 Days of Photos so much. Each day is documented with just a little glimpse of the world around us at that point in time. There's something very spring about this week's group of photos. I can dig it.

xoxo Kayla

[109] Blossoms [110] Oil on pavement [111] Light at parents' house [112] Little sorority sister's 21st birthday  [113] Paint our town blue [114] Hawaiian party [115] Tulips

Don't Worry About Unfollowers

Stat obsessing has become kind of the norm around the blogging community  no matter how much we swear we don't do it. It's normal to want to find gratification in your follower number increasing, but I know I've been guilty in the past of caring just a little too much when I lost a follower or the number didn't change. It's taken me quite a while to come to terms with unfollowers, but have found blogging peace lately with these truths...

  1. Unfollowers mean a more solid community who you know are following you for the right reasons. Many follow because of a giveaway and will leave shortly after. The ones that stick around are the ones you know are following you for your content and not what you're giving away.
  2. Your content isn't for everyone and unfollowers are just a testament to that. You can't make everyone happy all the time, so when someone unfollows it just means what you're writing isn't for them. 
  3. The unfollowers aren't your audience, they are just passing through. Keep in mind that the people you're writing for (besides yourself) are the ones that are reading, not the ones that are leaving.
  4. Blogging goals should never be follower based, but should be more about quality anyway. If you're constantly stressing over your follower count then you aren't blogging for the right reasons. 
  5. There are people who love your blog and they are the ones you should care more about than the ones that leave. There are a few lovely girls in my little blogging world that are the greatest I have ever met and support me like crazy. I care way more about them than the ones who decide to not keep following my content.
At the end of the day it's all about perspective. I'm no longer going to stress about people unfollowing my blog but focus on the ones that stick around. They're the important ones that build this little community around my content and push me to be better. Figure out the thing/s that motivate you and focus on those, rather than your follower count.

xoxo Kayla