Thursday, November 27, 2014

Giving Thanks

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I wanted to do something different this year for Thanksgiving and take a break from beauty blogging for the day. I do desperately love beauty blogging, but it's times like these where it's better to reflect than rave about a new blush I'm loving.

First off, I want to say thank you for being such amazing readers. Every day I see the same wonderful people commenting on my posts and engaging with my content. It's downright amazing. I love my small little community and getting to know all of you more. Thank you so much for being there for me and giving this blog a point to exist.

My family and Alex's family shows me so much support on a daily basis that I almost can't handle all the love. I'm very lucky to have two amazing support groups who are always cheering me on in everything I attempt. Sure they may not always understand the beauty blogging world, but they are proud and can't stop bragging about me. 

Then there's Alex. Who knows more than he would ever want about makeup and beauty. He's my biggest cheerleader and the one to push me to achieve more. I'm so thankful every day to have that goofball in my life to laugh with and try new things. 

I'm also incredibly thankful for my Greek family. I have some amazing littles and a growing family full of wonderful women who are going places. They're my best friends and the craziest group I know. Being in a sorority definitely has its ups and downs, but with them it's only ever the good stuff. 

I hope you all have an amazing Thanksgiving filled with delicious food and family. I know I will.

See you tomorrow for your regular beauty programming!!

xoxo Kayla

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Thanksgiving Makeup Bag

This Thanksgiving I'm heading down to Virginia to celebrate with Alex's family. We'll be staying for three days with lots of festivities and adventures in between. My makeup bag selections have to be everyday appropriate with the option for something a little more fancy. I think I've gathered the perfect team.

The Stila One Step Correct primer is a given, as well as my two different shades of the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer to mix for the perfect shade. For concealer I'm bringing my two favorites, the Bobbi Brown Corrector in "Light Bisque" for the under eyes and the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer for everywhere else (specifically my red shining Rudolph nose). My blush choice was an easy one as Revlon's "Wine Not" can be worn lightly for a nice flush or really built up for an evening look. For brows I've been testing out the Anastasia Brow Wiz in "Soft Brown" lately and want to see it in action during travel. 

On to eyes I've brought a lot of different products for any time of look I'll want to create during the trip. I'm bringing my trusty NYX Eye Shadow Base in "Skin Tone" as it's the creamiest and best base I've tried to date. I'm going to be out and about and not having time to worry if my shadows are still there. This base takes all worry away. I'm bringing my trusty Stila in the Light Palette as it has every time of Thanksgiving festive shade I could want. I know I'll be piling on "Kitten" like a fiend during the few days for a perfectly shimmery eye.

Two eye liners are coming with me for day and night looks. MAC's Eye Kohl Pencil in "Teddy" will do nicely for more natural, smudged out day looks with Stila's Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner for cat eyes and bolder lines in the evening. Maybelline's The Rocket Mascara is a fool proof choice for bold, voluminous lashes that hold their curl all day long.

I tend to always overdo it on lip products so I'm trying to keep things minimal this trip by only bringing two. MAC's "Syrup" is a must for a moisturized every day my lips but better look while Clinique's Chubby Stick in "Grandest Grape" is a perfect option for a bold lip while still packing the moisture. 

I'm so excited for the trip but not really looking forward to the long car ride there. I have the books I'm currently reading though so I'll be all set!

xoxo Kayla

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The Skincare Roundup

My skincare game is back to where it used to be and I've been loving every sudsy minute of it. It's so easy for me to get into a skincare rut so I've been trying to rotate products in and out that I know work well with my skin. 

I can't go without my Clinique Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm no matter what condition my skin seems to be in. It's the perfect cleanser to remove everything off my skin. Scent free and great with a little water added to it before rinsing off, I won't be giving this up any time soon. 

I always like to follow up the cleansing balm with another cleanser to make sure every last bit of makeup and grim is off my face. Lately I've been using the REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk as my skin has been a little sensitive with the change of weather. It's gentle on the skin while still feeling like it's cleaning. I could live without the scent, but it isn't unbearable.

After the double cleanse it's toner time. Nothing beats the Body Shop's Vitamin E Hydrating Toner. I've tried a variety of different toners but none are as gentle and effective as this one. If I'm feeling fancy I'll use a serum next. The Body Shop's Vitamin C Facial Radiance Capsules are something I use on very rare occasions as it's not the cheapest of products without a discount. They make my skin feel silky smooth and I always feel cool using them. The little pod is just enough product to cover all the necessary parts of my face. 

Moisturizer is next and is one of the most switched out steps of my skincare routine. There are a lot of different moisturizers I love, the Vitamin C Daily Moisturizer being one of the first I discovered. It's incredibly light and provides a nice helping of hydration without being to thick or taking forever to sink into the skin.

In the evenings I slather on Origins Drink-Up Intensive Overnight Mask. I'm obsessed with this stuff. It provides an insane amount of moisture and I wake up with my skin feeling refreshed and plump. Definitely a must try if you haven't yet!

What's your skincare routine?

xoxo Kayla

Monday, November 24, 2014

Current Lip Loves

I think it's safe to say that my favorite makeup products have to be lip products. They're so pretty to look at, are constantly different from one another, and are just perfect. I try to switch up my lip products as much as I possibly can, but these three have been returning to my lips quite a lot lately.

Maybelline Lipstick in "Mauve Mania" is the most lipstick of these offerings and my least favorite of the group. It has great pigmentation, decent lasting power for a drugstore product, and is my favorite color of lip product. During the work week I definitely reach for the hassle free products that don't require a mirror to apply or maintain. 

You already know my love for the Clinique Chubby Sticks and it's no different with the Clinique Chubby StickMoisturizing Colour Balm in "Super Strawberry". It's more classic pink than I normally go, but it's oh so moisturizing and packs a wallop of color while layering on the moisture. 

Finally I have been surprisingly in love with the Clinique Almost Lipstick in "Black Honey" that I picked up in a Sephora sample bag. It's like a lip balm, but has a very transparent pigmentation despite the color in the tube. I almost didn't even give it a chance because it looked so dark. It applies much more sheer on the lips, but blends with my natural lip color to really give a my lips but a little bit better look. It's so moisturizing and definitely a must have in my purse with the cold winds we've been having.

What lip products have you been obsessed with lately?

xoxo Kayla

Friday, November 21, 2014

This Week's Most Loved #46

I feel like I had to fight through a blizzard of a week to get to today. Not to mention the heaps of snow that keep falling and causing a winter tundra outside. I like snow, but I definitely hate winter. Here are the products I've been loving this week!

Every couple of months I'll rekindle my love for my Urban Decay Naked Palette. It's one of the first big makeup purchases I've ever made and it definitely was a good one. It's also one of the only palettes I've used the entire spectrum of repeatedly. Incredibly pigmentation but with a bit of fallout trouble every now and again that I just can't seem to avoid. It's a good'un that every addict should (and probably already does) own.

I'm still downright obsessed with the Bumble and Bumble Thickening Hairspray. It smells like Smarties, works wonders at giving grit and texture to my hair, and lasts all day. Definitely my most beloved hair care product I've found. It's going to be a long love affair with this one I just know it.

There's something about using the Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil in "Plushie" that makes me feel wild and adventurous. Probably because I barely stray from the neutral eye life. This purple liner is great to add a little pizzazz to my look without going too crazy. I like to tight line my eyes with it or put some in the outer corners of my upper lash line. 

Finally I always come back to the Maybelline the Rocket Volum' Express Mascara. It just works. By far the only mascara I can count on no matter what to provide me the volume and separation I'm looking for. My only complaint is that by the end of the day my lashes have definitely lost their curl, but I blame my pesky lashes for not having the strength to stay fabulous more than the mascara. It's affordable and amazing, that's all I'm lookin' for.

What products have you been loving this week? I definitely want to hear!

xoxo Kayla

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sephora VIB Sale and Other Goodies

It's a scientific fact that no beauty blogger can escape the allure of the Sephora VIB sale. When the mother ship calls I immediately answer and buy way too many things. 

Whenever there's a sale I have to pick up backups of my beloved Stila One Step Correct. By far my favorite primer it's a must have and something I can't go a day without. I also picked up a backup of the Bobbi Brown Corrector in "Light Bisque". I've been working my way through my first pot for a while now and took the plunge to commit to a second container. It's great for days where I don't want terribly heavy coverage under my eyes but still have dark circles that need masking.

I decided it was the perfect time to try the Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray and the Anastasia Brow Wiz Pencil in "Soft Brown". I've been looking at these two products for months and couldn't justify buying them until the sale. So far the Setting Spray is proving difficult as it won't always spray when I push the nozzle. It results in some seriously awkward mornings of me sitting with my eyes closed pushing vigorously on the spray pump. The Brow Wiz has been fun to try out and I picked up a somewhat lighter more natural shade to see how I get on with that look. More to come on these products I'm sure.

I used some of my VIB points to get the Clinique Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in "Super Strawberry". As soon as I saw that it was available as a reward I scooped it up immediately. The Clinique Chubby Sticks are my Pokemon and I will catch them all. I also ended up getting the Flawless Refresh Sample Set. I got one of these sets last year and love the bag it comes in. Plus who doesn't love trying out a crapload of new products in one fell swoop?

A few days later I found myself in TJ Maxx in the beauty aisles where I spotted the Elizabeth Arden Perpetual Moisture and Elizabeth Arden Good Morning Skin Serum. I've heard great things about Elizabeth Arden plus they were like a zillion percent off so into the cart they went. The products no longer seem to be on the main website but I found a link to them from amazon. The packaging is so divine but I have yet to dive into testing them out. My to test list is quite lengthy, that's for sure. I'm on an unofficial spending ban until after the holidays. I've been out of control!

Did you pick up anything in the Sephora VIB sale?

xoxo Kayla

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Lip Colour Balm in "Grandest Grape"

Although it hasn't been in my life long, the Clinique Chubby Stick Intense Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in "Grandest Grape" is the best thing to happen since sliced bread. It's been quite the love affair already and I had to share it with you.

The packaging is perfect. Lip products in easy to apply packaging is just the cherry on top in my book. Super easy to use and get the product right where I want it. The shade is spot on for a stellar grapey plum shade that's still easy to wear without much fuss. It has just enough purple to make a statement but still steers clear from vampy; a look I have yet to attempt.

The product itself is the creamiest, richest consistency I've used to date. It feels just like a lip balm or other hydrating lip product yet packs some of the highest pigmentation I've seen. After an hour or so the balm dries into more of a stain that I prefer when wearing darker lips. It stays in place and doesn't dry out the lips in the slightest during its stain stage. It's basically just perfect. More of these gems need to get into my collection and fast. 

Have you tried the Clinique Chubby Sticks yet?

xoxo Kayla