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I'm Kayla. A 20-something obsessed with makeup, planner decorating, and board games. Working towards a more organized, simplified life one post at a time.


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9.26.2013

Beauty Takes a Backseat

I don't mean that I've completely abandoned my love of beauty products or my weird obsession with buying lipsticks and nail polish. I still do these things, just don't have the same time that I did during the summer to talk about them to you all. Life has gotten crazy as it often does when the semester starts up again. This semester has already proven to be the most hectic of all the semesters I've survived while in college. On top of trying to write my senior honors thesis (it isn't going well) and trying to make a good impression at my currently part time job so they give me a full time one when I graduate, I'm trying to juggle my sorority responsibilities and relationship with my boyfriend. This poor blog/website of mine (and my YouTube channel for that matter) has taken a backseat to life, and I don't like it. 

But what can you do when there's only 24 hours in a day and 7 days in a week? There just isn't enough time to do everything you want to do when you're busy doing the things you need to do. I haven't abandoned this site. I think about it frequently and often as I'm falling into bed exhausted at the end of yet another busy day. What I don't think non-bloggers realize is how much time goes into a good post. Just taking quality photos can be a time consuming process of trying to figure out the right lighting, location, and camera settings. I love doing it, but right now have to focus on the things that provide food and shelter.

Sigh. This is a weird post. I guess what I'm trying to say is I'm not gone for good, just until I walk across that stage in that unflattering cap and gown while simultaneously freeing myself of so many obligations that make it hard to post regularly.

I'll be back guys, and I can't wait.

xoxo Kayla
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9.05.2013

The Battle of the BB Creams





Ah BB creams. I remember when there was huge hype over this product when it first hit America a year or two ago. Meaning "Beauty Balm," everyone was talking about these guys. Of course being very behind on the times, I'm talking about them now. I have good reason though (besides the fact that this website didn't exist when BB creams became a thing) for talking about them now. Recently beauty companies have started releasing CC creams. I honestly believe if we wait long enough they'll bring out DD creams or something next. When the CC cream craze started up I decided I wouldn't hope on the CC train, but rather return to my BB creams and really give them a good ol' critical look.

I've picked up three different BB creams over the years and they're all alarmingly different. Which is another reason I don't want to venture into the world of CC creams. BB creams are hard enough, I don't need to be falling down the rabbit hole with another cream type. I also wear BB creams instead of foundation as my skin is remarkably clear of blemishes (except for today of course). I like using BB creams because they're much lighter than foundation and sink well into my skin. They give me a nice canvas to work with while making my skin look like I'm not wearing anything. So here are my thoughts on these three different BB creams (all of which are in the fairest shade offered) as well as proclaiming which one is my favorite.

Rimmel BB Cream
This was the last BB cream I've purchased out of the three. It's also the darkest of the three (see the left blob on the last photo) which makes it a good BB cream for summer. I can really tell when I'm wearing this BB cream as it doesn't seem to soak completely into my skin. There's a slight sheen that is easy to cover up with a powder, but sometimes emerges during the day. I'm not one for re-applying powder during the day so this one I tend to avoid.

Revlon Photo Ready BB Cream
I've had this BB Cream the longest. I picked it up almost immediately after hearing word about BB creams and I've gravitated to it ever since. It's almost a perfect match to my skin tone and leaves my skin looking dewy rather than shiny like Rimmel's cream. I'm all about looking dewy so this one is great!

Olay Fresh Effects Skin Perfecting Tinted Moisturizer
The second addition to the collection, this one falls in between the other two on the sheen spectrum. It's not as oily as Rimmel but is shinier than Revlon after a few hours. This cream also has a slight sunblock smell to it. I don't necessarily mind it, but it's scent is much more noticeable than the others which I don't think have scents. It's also the lightest shade, but it blends in easily and the lightness doesn't seem to affect anything.

My favorite would definitely have to be the Revlon BB Cream. It provides the coverage I like while giving me a dewy, healthy look. It matches really well to my skin tone regardless of if I'm tan or not. Maybe one day I'll venture into the world of CC Cream to see what it's all about, but for now I'm content with stay farther up the alphabet.

Have you tried BB Creams before? Which one is your favorite?

xoxo Kayla
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9.03.2013

Review: The Body Shop Coconut Body Butter





I've said many times before that my favorite beauty guru Essiebutton is the source of the majority of my desire to try new products. She's always introducing me to new things I instantly have to have. So is the case with The Body Shop, a brand I had never heard of before she mentioned it. I'd describe it as a way better Bath and Body Works. It's also more expensive. I had been avoiding any purchase from the brand just because I couldn't justify spending the money on some lotions. 

I was at Ulta the other day when I saw that they sold smaller "sample" sizes of the body butters I've been eyeing for weeks. I could justify $5 much easier than $19, so I picked up the coconut one. It's glorious. It's rich, creamy, and smells like you've been relaxing on the beach on some tropical island surrounded by coconuts. There is also quite a lot of product in the little container. 

It's on the heavier side of body butters and takes a bit of time to really sink into the skin, but it's definitely worth the wait. I feel like I'm treating myself to a fancy spa experience when I put this stuff on my hands (which have been unusually dry lately) or body. I'm incredibly happy that I gave The Body Shop a shot. Now I just have to be careful and not buy up everything from the brand!

Have you tried any Body Shop products before??

xoxo Kayla

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9.02.2013

Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Eyeshadows





Let me just start off by saying that these babies are completely amazing. They're pigmented, creamy, easy to apply, and have a lot of great, wearable colors. Depending on where you buy them you can find them around $5, at the most $7. I've collected four over the year or two that they've been out and can see myself slowly collecting all of them.

"Bold Gold" is a yellow-orange with a lot of gold flecks of glitter. It's my least favorite color as it's the hardest to work with. "Bad to the Bronze" has been my long-term favorite. It's a deep brown with the same gold flecks as in "Bold Gold". The third color, "Barely Branded," is a soft tan-white with shimmer. It's become a new favorite of mine in creating simple no makeup, makeup looks. "Tough as Taupe" is the newest addition to my little collection and it's a matte plum-brown color.

The best way to apply color tattoos is with your fingers and I have nothing but great things to say about them. The more you use them the creamier they become in their little glass pots. If you haven't given these gems a shot, definitely check them out!

xoxo Kayla
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9.01.2013

Hair Care Wishlist


My hair has been a top priority for me lately and I've been doing a lot of research on different hair styling products. I have quite the wishlist of products I'd like to try with my new do.

With the Root Boost Spray being such a hit, I'd love to try out the shampoo and conditioner from the same line. If they smell just like the spray I will be in heaven. I have no doubt I'll make up reasons to take another shower just to smell them again. 

I have heard about this baby since I started avidly watching beauty videos on YouTube. Beauty gurus are still ranting and raving over this repair masque. It's expensive though, so I'll definitely pick up one of the small travel sized containers or the $15 one that's more than half the size of the large container. I just really want to see what all the hoopla is all about!

I've never really used dry shampoo before because I felt as if with my long hair and bangs that I had to wash my hair daily. My hair got incredibly greasy by the end of the day and I couldn't imagine going two hours into the next day without washing my hair. However now that my hair is shorter, I've been noticing how my hair feels less oily the next morning. So dry shampoo is back on my radar as something I want to explore. I've heard the Batiste brand once or twice and am curious to give it a shot.

When browsing Ulta's website I stumbled upon this "texture taffy" which helps to create beachy waves. I've never been able to accomplish that kind of look before, but have some hope now that my hair is much shorter and easier to work with. If I do end up buying this type of product, I'll probably look for a cheaper alternative. 

The hairdresser at the salon I go to used this product on my hair as she was styling it after the big chop. I could really see a noticeable lift to my roots and an increase in volume. I'd love to have this little baby in my collection to see what I can do with it, but the $17 price tag is a little much for such a small container. Who knows, if I find myself with a good coupon or Ulta has a sale, then this little gem will have to come home with me!

What hair care products have you been wanting to try out?

xoxo Kayla
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