Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Darkest Lip I'll Wear

I'll be the first to admit that I'm a complete chicken when it comes to a bold lip. I rarely venture past my absurd collection of my lips but better lipsticks. When I do there's only so far I'll go into the dark lip world before I stop. Slowly but surely I'll toe my way into the true dark lip world, but until then these lip products are as far as I will go.

Starting with the lightest of the group Be a Bombshell's Lip Crayon in "Shameless" ($) is a nice rosy pink with gold glitter running tastefully throughout. There are hints of plum in it which is why I decided it was worth including although it seems a bit on the lighter side of things. It can be built up quite a lot. It applies more a like a balm and is easy to wear without worrying about it throughout the day.

Two lipsticks that are very similar in color are the  Kiko Smart Lipstick in "Rosa Palissandro" (€3,90) and the Deborah Milano Il Rossetto in "800". Both are still quite pink, with a mauve undertone that can be built up for a darker lip if wanted. I prefer the Kiko offering over the Deborah Milano one for moisture and longevity, but they're both eerily similar so if you can't find one over the other you're safe with either.

Moving a little darker is the Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in "Sultry" ($5.69). My most worn out of the edit, this balm is the perfect dark lip for me. It still has the purple/mauve undertones I know and love, but with a bit more red thrown in to really get it to stand out on my lips. It's hydrating for being a matte product, but lasts ages on the lips. It doesn't slip around once applied, but the first application needs a closer eye to make sure everything is in its proper place.

Definitely more on the purple side of dark lips is the Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in "Rapture" ($22). I find myself applying this very lightly as it can get a little too purple for my taste. A light patting on the lips and it's the perfect wash of dark plum color. The Revolution lipstick formula is amazing. Thick but still hydrating and lasts ages. 

Finally the Stila Long Wear Lip Color in "Daring" ($10) is something else. It's dark. Like, if I'm feeling adventurous and sexy dark. I'm sure others would just call it a dark plum, but to me it's a dark ninja lip color. It's moisturizing and the packaging makes it easy to apply, but it's the farthest point I'll potentially go on the dark lip spectrum. Maybe I'll get more "daring" (bahahaha) and give it more options to shine this autumn. No time like the present right?

What are your favorite dark lip colors?

xoxo Kayla

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Tarte Blush Lovin'

It took me downright ages to finally shell out the cash for my first Tarte Amazonian 12-hour blush ($26), but since that fateful day I've been a love struck puppy for these beauties.

The first blush I picked up was "Peaceful" (left). The perfect peachy nude blush shade unlike anything I had in my collection. I had purchased two different blushes and my boyfriend Alex convinced me to keep this one and give the other one as a gift. I was skeptical at first because of how un-coral this blush is (my old go to), but I fell in love after first application. Props to Alex on this one. It provides just the right amount of flush to the cheeks while looking incredibly natural and effortless. No matter how pale I am this looks great.

My most recent addition is "Fearless" (right). I sought this shade out because it was on the completely opposite side of the spectrum from "Peaceful." I'm trying my darndest to not buy similar blush shades and these two couldn't be more different. "Fearless" is pink. A nice rosy fuchsia almost that comes off on the skin like freshly pinched cheeks. I like to apply this high on my cheek bones and it lifts my complexion instantly. You can definitely go overboard with this if you're a heavy-handed blush applier, but a light brushing of this does wonders.

There may be another Tarte blush purchase in the future, now I just have to decide which shade!

xoxo Kayla

Monday, September 29, 2014

Champagne Shadows

I've been all about the glittery golds these days. The perfect shadow color to sweep across the lids and be on my way while still looking like I put some effort in. These five shades are my go to for an effortless shimmery look.

More often than not I find myself pulling out Maybelline's Color Tattoo in "Barely Branded" ($6.99). It's the least shimmery of the bunch, but easiest to apply. It's a great base  beneath the other shadows as well to really help them pop on the lids and last all day. It's a good'un.

Another one of my favorites came into my life from a past ipsy glam bag. I've never heard of Elizabeth Mott's Pop! Goes the Shadow single eye shadows ($12.99) before and was instantly drawn to "Champagne." It's a lovely shimmery gold shade, but definitely not worth $12.99 now that I know how much it retails for. It's a decent shadow, but needs some work building up on the lids. I'd go for a drugstore alternative if you're looking for a shade like this one.

A shade I don't reach for too often is NYX's "Fantasy" ($4.50) I couldn't find this exact shade on the website, but there are a lot of similar ones. This is more of a shimmery brown than a champagne, but I like to use this on the outside edge to give more definition to a look. The glitter in this is a bit chunky so blending is a must to make sure it doesn't look odd.

I've saved the best for last. My go to shimmery champagne shades are in Stila's In the Light Palette ($39) and they're just heavenly. I'm obsessed with "Kitten" and "Bubbly". "Kitten" is more of your classic champagne while "Bubbly" has more gold undertones and isn't so in your face. They're buttery, pigmented, blendable, and fabulous.

What is your go to champagne shadow?

xoxo Kayla

Friday, September 26, 2014

This Week's Most Loved #39

September is always the month that just seems to fly by for me. There's just something about the bustle of school being back in session and the weather changing that suddenly it's October and I haven't even blinked. There have been a couple of products I've gotten along well with this week and are worth sharing.

Up first is a product I've had for a while but has yet to grace the blog. The Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm ($14) and I haven't really gotten along since its purchase largely due to the smell. I just don't fancy the herbal minty smell. If I had my way the only makeup products with any scents or flavors at all would be MAC lipsticks. Once I get past the small this beauty balm is actually quite impressive. I have fairly dull and somewhat discolored skin and this really does a good job of smoothing everything out. I've been enjoying putting this on over my primer and calling it good on days when I'm not feeling a full base.

I'm back on a nail polish kick and rather than doing the logical thing and wearing a autumn color I pulled out Essie's "Splashes of Grenadine" ($8.50). I can't help it. I'm obsessed. It's the perfect pink with a smidgen of purple and I can't get enough of it.

Finally Maybelline's Color Tattoo Metal in "Barely Branded" ($6.99) has been my savior the past week. A quick wash of this on my lids and I look more awake, put together, and can get out the door in no time at all (I've been missing my alarm and waking up late!). This little pot is well loved and will be repurchased when I scrape the last white gold goodness from it.

This week also marks the launch of my stationery company Oh, Hello Stationery Co! It's been a long time in the making and I just wrote a full post (with a giveaway) about it yesterday. There's also currently a coupon code MBEAUTY10 for 10% off. I couldn't not mention the company in a favorites! I've been obsessed with this doughnut card since the early sketches. How cute is it?!?!

What products have you been loving this week?

xoxo Kayla

Thursday, September 25, 2014

Oh, Hello Stationery Co. + Giveaway

I am beyond excited to be writing this post. Like over the moon, skipping through a field of flowers excited. I've been working on making this dream a reality for what feels like ages, and it's finally happened. I've started my own stationery business: Oh, Hello Stationery Co.

My love of stationery and all things paper started when I was quite young. I'm actually quite embarrassed by how much stationery I own (it's a lot). I love writing letters and receiving cute cards from friends. Stationery is a passion of mine and now I get to share it with all of you!

The style behind Oh, Hello is a quirky simplicity. The cards aren't flashy, but they're still incredibly well made (thick water color paper) and are adorable if I do say so myself. I'm constantly adding new cards to the shop, sketching out ideas, and expanding the product list. Right now I sell cards, magnets, stickers, and erasers. I have my sights on so many more products though.

It's crazy to think that this could have never happened. I had dreamed about it for so long, but if I hadn't started to take steps to make it happen, it would have stayed a dream. There were so many points along the way when I just wanted to quit and didn't think anyone would care. I've seen amazing support in this first week of my shop being open and I'm so glad I didn't give up on this dream. If there's something you've always wanted to do, then do it. Start working towards that dream today and turn it into an achievable goal.

In honor of my shop opening I wanted to host a giveaway! The winner will be able to select two single cards as well as either the doughnut magnet set or the penguin magnet set. The giveaway is open internationally and you must be 18-years-old or have parental consent to enter. The giveaway will last for one week and I'll contact the winner by email to ask which two cards they'd like to receive!

Thanks again for all your support and good luck! If you're wanting to place an order use coupon code MBEAUTY10 for 10% off until the end the giveaway!!

xoxo Kayla

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

My Relationship with Powder

Powder and I have had a complicated relationship. And I mean all powders...bronzers, highlighters, pressed setting powders...There are times when I'm absolutely nuts about them and can't go a day without brushing one (or many) onto my face. Yet lately my powder bin has gone unloved in my makeup drawers. 

I'm the first to throw my hand into the air when asked if I'm a dewy face kind of gal (who would be asking, I don't know...) so naturally I would want to shy away from the mattifying products. Sadly that seems to include bronzer as well. Mostly because I'm downright terrible at contouring and partly because I'm an equal opportunity powder hater lately...

Trust me I know that not all powders give that cakey look to the skin and with the right powder and the right brush magic can happen. I guess I'm just feeling uninspired in the powder department and need your help! What's your favorite powder? How and why do you apply it? Is there a setting powder out there that will let me have my dewy finish while still helping my makeup last all day? Any advice send it my way!

xoxo Kayla

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Three Step Skincare

I'm still struggling getting back on the skincare wagon. It's hard to get back into a routine once you've abandoned ship! To make things easier for stubborn ol' me I've cut down my skincare routine to just three simple steps. I know that there is more to a proper skincare routine than just these steps, but some skincare is better than no skincare!

The best way to take off a day's worth of makeup and clean my skin at the same time is Clinique's Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm ($28.50). It literally melts the makeup off my face and with some water lathers up really nicely. I follow up with The Body Shop's Vitamin E Hydrating Toner ($13) to help clear off the rest of the cleanser and makeup that may have been left behind. It's incredibly light and makes my skin feel amazing. The best toner I've tried hands down.

I'm all about Origins GinZing Energy-boosting Moisturizer ($26.50) for adding a crap load of moisture back into my skin. It's another incredibly light feeling product, smells amazing, and this tub has lasted me ages. No tight feeling skin after this baby, that's for sure.

I eventually want to work back up to a double cleansing routine with a serum, but right now I'm keeping it simple and getting used to taking care of my skin again.

What's your skincare routine?

xoxo Kayla