Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Winged Liner Tips and Tricks

Winged Liner Tips and Tricks

Take it from someone who knows first hand, winged eyeliner can be a tricky devil. I still remember my first few attempts at applying the stuff. A mess all over my face, nearly impossible to get off, and no wing in sight. Although I'm still learning myself, here are a few tips and tricks I've picked up along the way.

  • Take it slow. Winged eyeliner is definitely not a quick flick like the magazines make it seem. Take your time to really get into your eye lash line for a nice, smooth line.
  • Press rather than drag the eyeliner tip. If you press the applicator into your lash line you'll produce a much darker, nicer line than if you try to tug the pen across your lids.
  • Draw the wing upwards from the angle of your bottom lash line, then fill it back towards the top of your lashes. You'll get a more uniform wing on both sides at the same angle.
  • The liquid eyeliner you use matters. I thought starting out that any liquid pen would do. Silly me. They come in all shapes and tip sizes, so pick one that works best for you. I like the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner because it has a pointed tip and the formula is wet, but not too wet. 
  • Practice a bunch. The only way I really improved my liquid liner skills is through a whole lot of mess-ups and retries. 
  • Try the brush at different angles. You never know if one direction of the tip will make a better line than the other. So flip the pen around and try out different pressures. So directions will produce a thicker line, provide more product, produce a thin line, and more.
Like all things beauty related (I'm looking at you contouring), a new skill takes time and focus. Don't get discouraged if you don't have cat eye perfect liner after the first go. Keep at it and you'll be rockin' the winged look like a pro in no time.

xoxo Kayla

Monday, March 2, 2015

Project Use It Up

With a beauty stash (read: horde) like mine it's important that I use at least a few products up every month. When I start to scrape the bottom of a tube I feel an odd sense of pride. Like I finally used one particular product long enough to make an actual dent in it. Although not many, there are a few products I am keen on finishing up in the next few weeks. Enter Project Use It Up.

The Stila One Step Correct is probably my most repurchased and most used product in my entire makeup collection. I think this is bottle is my fourth one. A daily staple in my makeup routine this will be used up in no time at all. 

Another product I won't have any trouble finishing up is The Body Shop's Vitamin E Hydrating Toner. This bottle has lasted me ages and is by far my favorite toner. It gets any remaining dirt off my face while being refreshing and gentle on my sensitive cheeks. I'm sure I'll be placing a Body Shop order as soon as I run out of this.

When I realized I only had a tiny nub left to my Chella Dazzling Dark Brown Brow Pencil I felt a little sadder than I think is socially acceptable. Another most used product I never thought I'd reach the end of this creamy, perfect shade pencil. I'm not sure if I'll repurchase it when it finally kicks the can, but it's been a good ride.

One product I'll be happy to see go is the Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes Mascara. I am definitely not a fan of this and have to actively make myself use it in order to not waste a somewhat pricey mascara. It just doesn't suit my lashes like it does for a lot of other people.

I've already purchased a back up to my new found love, the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment. The best hair product for my stubborn hair I've ever found, I have to have a replacement of this as soon as I use the last drop of my first bottle. I've ranted on about this quite a lot, but it's worth checking out.

Finally I'm scraping the sides of my Bobbi Brown Corrector and I'm feeling a bit nostalgic about it. This was one of the first high end products (if not the first) and it's crazy to see how far I've come in the beauty world. I have another back up ready in the wings as I love to use this on my under eyes every morning. I'm in the shade "Light Bisque" and it provides just the right amount of coverage while still looking natural. 

Are there any products in your stash that you need to use up? Are you going to join Project Use It Up and help declutter your beauty collection just in time for spring?

xoxo Kayla

Friday, February 27, 2015

This Week's Most Loved #59

Every week when I see the number count on these posts get higher and higher it just stuns me. Like I realize I've been blogging for almost two years now, but it's crazy how many posts I've done sharing my favorite products! While I'm getting all sentimental and nostalgic over here let's dive in to my favorites for this week. 

The theme of this week was definitely dry skin and stressed. There was just something about everything I wanted to accomplish this week that had me in a tizzy. I actually took today off of work as a reward for surviving it all! The NARS Sheer Glow Foundation found its way back onto my skin a fair amount this week. It's a lovely, slightly heavier foundation that always makes my skin feel like I'm ready for the red carpet. Just a flawless finish that I'm always impressed with. For eyes it has almost been exclusively the Maybelline Color Tattoo in "Barely Branded." This shimmery cream shadow is so easy and brightens up my face immensely. The dent I've made in this little pot is obvious. Such a good product for such a reasonable price!

For lips the Clinique Chubby Stick in "Super Strawberry" makes me feel like I'm mixing things up without going to far out of my norm. It's an adorable pinky mauve shade that's moisturizing and long lasting. Yes please.

Never in my life has my skin been as dry as it has this winter. I've gone through nearly all of the body lotions I've owned in a few short months fighting the dry skin blues. Bath & Body Works Triple Moisture Body Cream in "Amber Blush" is my current lotion of choice and I've very nearly finished it up. Any recommendations of thick, moisturizing body lotions would be greatly (GREATLY) appreciated.

What products have you been loving this week?

xoxo Kayla

Thursday, February 26, 2015

February Beauty & Non-Beauty Favorites

My favorites this month are kind of a mixed bag of sorts. Of course there are still plenty of beauty products to talk about, but things got a little lifestyle heavy this month! From Alex's 3D printer making me some amazingly cute animals to my amazing Erin Condren Life Planner, I just couldn't stop myself!!

What products did you love this month? What are you currently reading?

xoxo Kayla

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Contouring for Beginners

When I say contouring for beginners, I mean it. I'm a huge beginner when it comes to this area of the beauty world. I've always been enviable of those who can get the perfect chiseled look and now I'm seeking it myself. I've wanted to start messing around with contouring for quite a while, but didn't want to spend an arm and a leg on a high end palette. So when NYX released their Highlight and Contour Pro Palette for $25 I knew this was my chance. 

What I like most about this palette is the vast range of color options. It allows me to be a chicken starting off and use the light shades, but get more confident over time and move around the palette more. In the photo I used the second from the right contour shade and the highlight shade right above it. It was so easy. I applied it to the hallows of my cheeks like everyone is always saying to do and blended with the Real Techniques Contour Brush. It actually worked. Now to just get a little more daring and travel to other parts of my face...

The palette itself is really high quality for being a NYX product. The shades are rich, creamy, and really easy to blend. I didn't find myself spending days trying to buff away harsh lines. It's definitely a product that can be built up too. The palette is also a seriously impressive size. The biggest palette I've owned to date, it reminds me of the size of the MAC eye shadow palettes. I just love when you get a lot of bang for your buck in the beauty world. 

I'm definitely still new at this contour thing and any pointers will help. I also think it's important to share experiences like these. I'm not a professional beauty expert and this blog is a place to not only share what I'm loving, but also share what I'm learning about beauty as well. So send pointers and contour tips my way! 

xoxo Kayla

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Winter Warriors

This winter is cold. It hasn't been all that snowy, but it has seriously upped the cold ante. My skin has been begging for moisture and I've scoured my beauty stash for the best products to help my poor dry skin out.

For skincare the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask is my holy grail all year round, but in the winter it is a gift from the gods. A creamy mask you leave on your skin the whole night, this product definitely isn't for everyone (I've heard a lot of your mixed reviews). Yet for my dry/normal skin, nothing can beat it. In the mornings my skin is plumb, healthy looking, and ready to take on the day.

I have a terrible habit of biting my lips when I'm nervous and the winter air just makes the habit so much worse. Besides slathering on the lip balms, LUSH's Mint Julips Lip Scrub really helps to take off all the dry, cracked skin and get my lips back to looking normal. It helps my lipsticks sit better as well.

Although I don't like wearing heavy bases in the winter, a base is especially important to act as a little shield of sorts. My favorite winter combo is the Stila One Step Correct with the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer on top. There's SPF to block some of the winter rays and it leaves my skin looking dewy, but not drowning in product.

A new step I've added this year has seriously amped up my moisture game. A few spritzes of the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray keeps my makeup looking fresh while adding another layer of protection and moisture. Those winter winds can't get me!

Finally I like lip products that are moisturizing, but sink into the lips for a nice stain. I wear a lot of scarves in the winter and my hair is wiping all over the place so a lip product my hair won't get stuck to is a must. The Clinique Chubby Stick in "Grandest Grape" is my go to favorite.

Winter is the season I much rather just have pass by quietly while I'm inside my warm apartment, but real life forces me to go right out into it. These products are my little winter warriors; helping me get through one freezing day at a time.

What products do you use in the winter?

xoxo Kayla

Monday, February 23, 2015

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara

When it comes to new mascaras I usually don't have that much luck, but the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara was a pleasant surprise. When I first opened the tube I was a bit concerned. The brush is the same as the L'OrĂ©al Voluminous Butterfly Mascara (which I definitely did not like), but it somehow works for this mascara. 

Everything I hate about the Butterfly mascara seems to not exist with this one. The brush is perfect for getting the inner lashes and really building up the outer lashes to give a false lash look. Although I do wish this mascara gave a little bit more in the volume department, for lengthening this is the best I've found. My lashes really reach their fullest potential with this formula. It's a bit wet which I prefer and holds a curl like a champ. I'm glad I gave it a chance!

Have you tried this mascara before? What mascara should I try next?

xoxo Kayla