Thursday, October 30, 2014

October Favorites

October is definitely up there in the running for favorite month. The weather is perfect and autumn is in full swing. I've been trying to keep things interesting in the makeup department and have five products to share with you! So enjoy the video and be sure to leave a comment about your favorite products!

xoxo Kayla

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

A Girl's Best Friend

There's just something about diamonds that makes a girl all giddy inside. I for one am no exception to a beautiful piece of jewelry and definitely diamond bracelets designs. I can't get enough of an adorable bracelet that can be worn every day or to bring together a formal outfit.

I featured this Classic Column Link Five Diamond Bracelet in silver in an outfit of the night post last week and wanted to give it its own post. I was fortunate enough to be contacted by Anjolee to review this bracelet and I thought it would make a perfect addition to the blog. I've always been interested in adding more fashion posts to my blog and I've gotten a lot of positive feedback when I do! 

This bracelet is amazing. It's one of the most dainty pieces of jewelry I have ever owned, but is sturdy beyond belief. I'm a bit of a klutz and corners of desks and door frames tend to sneak up on my swinging limbs. I have accidentally hit this beautiful thing a couple of times to my great horror. It took those accidental bumps like a champ and has really impressed me.

The clasp is also a thing of genius. The ends slide together and click into place. There's also a little hook that swings over and adds another level of security. I've had too many almost detrimental moments with other bracelets when their clasps didn't hold up and I almost lost them. Not to worry with this baby. She's not going anywhere.

The Anjolee website has a lot of options and really helps to provide a lot of detail about each of their products. None of my questions went unanswered when I was browsing the site drooling over tennis bracelets. I've never experienced a jewelry website before and if other businesses are anything like Anjolee, they definitely are doing it right.

I love this bracelet and think everyone should have a few pieces of quality jewelry for special occasions. Plus who wouldn't want to get a beautiful bracelet for Christmas? Definitely a splurge to sneak on your Christmas lists.

xoxo Kayla

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Eyebrow Lovin'

It's only been very recently that I've started to give attention to the little caterpillars on my face. In the past I've barely even noticed them, let alone shaped them or made them look somewhat presentable. My time in the beauty community has made me realize that brows are gosh darn important and that I best start paying attention to them.

Now for a brow noob like myself, the wide array of shades and choices is still a bit intimidating. I've looked at the Anastasia stand time and time again and can never figure out my shade. Thankfully a few Ipsy glam bags have provided me with a OFRA Universal Eyebrow Pencil and a Chella Dazzling Dark Brown Eyebrow Pencil or I would have never gotten past the initial fear of choosing the wrong shade. Both pencils are very similar in color with the OFRA one being a bit lighter. I can't really notice a difference between the two, but I find myself subconsciously gravitating towards the OFRA offering more because of the five dollar price difference.

I definitely want to explore the world of brows more in the upcoming months and maybe even get my eyebrows professionally done. I don't remember the last time I even tried to pluck them. For having no attention whatsoever they definitely could be worse...

Any suggestions of brow pencils I need to try? I have somewhat light brown hair but I've been enjoying my brows being a little bit darker than the rest of my hair so hopefully that can help with color suggestions as I'm just downright rubbish.

xoxo Kayla

Monday, October 27, 2014

Oxblood Oxfords

There is a new shoe love in my life and it's these Christian Siriano Debonair Oxfords. I was recently on the hunt for a new pair of brown boots and stumbled across these in a Payless Shoesource. How unlike Payless to have some seriously adorable shoes that are made incredibly well. I love me some Payless shoes since they're usually so cheap, but I'm not expecting much in the quality and longevity department. 

I didn't come away from the trip with the boots I was looking for, but in a way these are so much better. They had a few different color choices, but I went with the oxblood option. They're a mix between matte and glossy with a very firm toe and thick sole. I trudged through the wilderness in them and didn't worry about them not keeping up. They did bother my toes a bit, but I'm still breaking them in and know they'll be 100% comfy in no time.

I'm loving having these babies in my pretty pathetic shoe collection. I always think I'll wear the shoes I buy but they end up in a pile somewhere going unloved. These I know I'll definitely get use out of while breaking away from my moccasin loving ways.

Have you picked up any new shoes lately?

xoxo Kayla

Friday, October 24, 2014

This Week's Most Loved #43

With my sights set on a relaxing weekend filled with absolutely nothing, let's talk about the products I've been loving this week!

When I finally cracked open the Makeup Forever Smokey Extravagant Mascara sample I wasn't expecting much. Mascaras usually just aren't anything special and this weird brush had me skeptical. I still don't really care for the brush, but I'm in love with this mascara! Long, defined lashes with a lot of good volume near the bottom, I've been wearing this mascara all week and loving it. The price tag however has me hesitant to spend that much on a silly mascara. I'll enjoy the sample while I have it and remember it fondly when it's used up, 

Although the NARS One Night Stand Cheek Palette is no longer available (has it already been a year since its release?!) I couldn't help but include it. The shades are fantastic and I've really enjoyed going darker in my blush choices this week. I spent enough money on the palette, might as well get some use out of it right? 

The Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in "Flirtatious" has made a permanent appearance on my lips this week. It's a bright pinky red that doesn't scare off a bold lip-phobic girl like me. It's incredibly creamy and lasts ages. Plus you know my thing about crayon products...

To mix things up in the base department this week I've been adding a bit of the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum foundation to my tinted moisturizer routine. It helps add more coverage without looking heavy or cakey on the skin. My skin has been redder than usual lately and this helps to even everything out nicely.

What products have you been loving this week?

xoxo Kayla

Thursday, October 23, 2014

OOTN: Sorority Formal

This past weekend my sorority held its annual White Rose formal. It’s one of my favorite events we put on and it gives us all an excuse to get fancy and celebrate our chapter. So I’m mixing things up today and sharing with you my outfit of the night.

I recently picked up this ModCloth Flight Plans Dress during a sale and thought it was the perfect sophisticated, yet simple dress for the evening. It’s more or less a cotton maxi dress, but with a pair of black heels and some simple silver jewelry it’s one fancy getup.

For jewelry I kept it dainty with my lavaliere from Alex and this beautiful bracelet* from Anjolee. It's this offering in particular in silver and I'm downright obsessed. Since receiving it I haven't worn anything else. It's the perfect dainty, yet sturdy piece that I'll be going into more detail about in a later post. I also brought an unremarkable black clutch with me that I've had for as long as I can remember.

The event was amazing. I ended up receiving two awards! I received "Most Likely to be National President" and "Shoulder to Cry On." I've never received an award at this event before which had me over the moon and feeling pretty darn good about myself. It was amazing to spend time with my three lovely littles (in the last photo!) and dance like an idiot with Alex. I vlogged the event if you're interested in seeing more!

It's not often that I can get fancy so I definitely try to enjoy these moments. When was the last time that you got fancy?

xoxo Kayla

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Fall Blush Flush

One of my favorite parts of my makeup routine is blush. It's like the cherry on top for my look and I love rifling through my blush bin for whichever color I'm going to wear. Autumn is definitely my favorite time for blush as it's an unneeded excuse to break out the darker shades.

Although a couple of these shades don't seem to be available anymore, the general color/shade vibe is still there and a good dupe should be easy to find. First up is "Goulue" the bottom left shade in the NARS One Night Stand Blush Palette. This was a limited edition palette last Christmas and has been getting my love ever since. I try not to talk about it too much since you can't get your hands on it, but "Goulue" has been my favorite blush to wear lately. If you're looking for a similar shade, NARS "Dolce Vita" is quite close but a little bit more on the apricot peach side.

The second blush I foolishly included you can no longer get on their website, but it's quite an easy to find a similar shade is the Kiko Rock Attraction Blush in "06 Visionary Sienna." A dark, dusty rose shade, this brings out the cheeks nicely while still being tasteful. NYX's "Silky Rose" looks to be a good alternative. 

On the lighter side of things is Tarte's "Peaceful." This is the kind of blush that adds perfectly to a natural autumn flush without looking to done up. It's a rosy peach shade with some shimmer to add a little something extra. Definitely a great every day blush no matter what time of year.

the NYX Mosaic Powder Blush in "Silk" doesn't look very dark in the packaging, but one swirl of the brush and you got some great autumn color. The mosaic pieces blend together nicely in a shade that's basically a mix between "Goulue" and "Visionary Sienna." You can definitely pile "Silk" on for a deep, dark cheek if the mood strikes. I like a nice light sweep on the cheeks for some definition and just the right amount of color.

What are your favorite blushes for fall?

xoxo Kayla