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


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Liebster Award


Thank you to the every lovely Becca at Perfectly Polished Paws and Bellatula who nominated me for the Liebster Award. Before the nomination I hadn't a clue with the Liebster Award even was! So I'm pretty pumped about the nominations!
The rules for the Liebster Award are:

1. You must link back to the person who nominated you.
2. Post 11 random facts about yourself
3. You must answer the 11 questions given by the nominee before you. 
4. You pick 11 nominees with under 200 followers to answer your questions. 
5. You cannot nominate the person who nominated you.
6. You must tell the nominees that they have been nominated by you.

11 random facts:

1. I have an older sister who is 2 and a half years older than me. She was the first person to introduce me to makeup, but she's not nearly as into it as I am.
2. I used to play water polo in high school.
3. I graduated college this past December with a Bachelor's degree in Communication with a minor in photography.
4. I'm an incredibly picky eater mostly due to the texture of the food
5. I studied abroad in England for a few weeks. I've also been to France, China, and various islands in the Caribbean.
6. I have a pet cat named Tardis.
7. I've always been a very introvert, quiet person.
8. I have a full-time job doing marketing and alumni relations for the university I graduated from. I have an office and everything!
9. I love writing letters and sending snail mail to friends. It's so much more personal getting a letter in the mail then a message in your Facebook inbox.
10. My favorite books are "Looking for Alaska" by John Green and "The Time Traveler's Wife" by Audrey Niffenegger.
11. My dream job would be running/designing a beauty magazine.

Here are the questions I was given to answer by Becca:

1. What is your favorite high street shop?
We don't have "high street" shops in the United States like they're known in the UK. However I love Forever21, which I would consider to be a high street short of shop.

2. What is your favorite make-up brand?
Lately it's been theBalm. The Frat Boy blush and the NUDE-Tude palette are completely brilliant. I also really love Revlon as they're overall just a really great brand.

3. What was your favorite beauty product in 2013?
My Mirabella Eye Blender brush. It's the best brush I've ever used!

4. What products are you looking forward to trying in 2014?
There are more products than I could possible say that I want to try in 2014. My recent wishlist post details just a few that I have my eye on.

5. You can only take one beauty product on holiday - what would it be?
Definitely mascara. It makes a huge impact on my overall look and I look dead without it.

6. What is your favorite part of your skincare/beauty routine?
For my skincare routine I love moisturizing. All the other steps make my skin feel raw and vulnerable, but as soon as I put that moisturizer on I feel like a new woman! For my beauty routine I love putting on my blush or lipstick. Before Frat Boy I never even liked blush, but I'm in love. Lipstick brings the whole look together in one fell swoop and it's a perfect ending!

7. What color nail polish do you love to wear?
Blues. Tons and tons of blues. Basically every single shade.

8. What type of product could you never own too many of?
Lipsticks. At least that's what I tell myself when I keep buying more and more deep mauve shades.

9. What do you prefer and why - Autumn/Winter clothing or Spring/Summer clothing?
I prefer spring/fall clothing because it's like the best combination of all of my favorite things. I love sweaters, but I hate wearing big bulky jackets on top of them. I also hate being warm or having to wear tank tops and feel self-conscious about things. I also love wearing boots!

10. Do you prefer heels or flats? What about if you could only choose one?
Flats. Definitely. I do love heels but they're so impractical with my job at a university where I could be walking all over campus in a day. 

11. Why did you decide to start a blog?
I started this blog as a means to share my passions with like-minded people. There are very few people in my "real" life that are interested in beauty products like I am. It can get really lonely not having people to talk to! Plus I love photography and saw this as a great opportunity to expand on my skills!

Here were the questions I was given to answer by Bellatula:

1. If you could have any superpower what would it be and why?
This question is always really hard for me to answer because I feel like all superpowers come with a downside. I think I'd like to be able to heal people with just one touch though or have really good hearing.


2. Who/what was your first blogging inspiration?
I have kept a blog for years before I decided to start a beauty blog. I think EssieButton was a big push because I loved how she did her blog and it made me feel like I could do it too.

3. Name one beauty technique you have found it very hard to master.

Foundation seems so tricky to me. It's so hard to find the right shade and then knowing how much to use! It's probably the first thing people learn but I've never really figured it out.

4. What is your favorite beauty brand?

As I said in the last questions lately it's been theBalm but I also really love Revlon.

5. What is your favorite beauty product?

Lipsticks are my favorite things to buy, but mascara is my favorite product for making a noticeable difference to my face.

6. If you had to wear one outfit for the rest of your life what would it be and why?

It would be a pair of jeans and a sweater. Nothing's more comfy to me than that!

7. What is your favorite song?

"Fix You" by Coldplay

8. What is your dream job?

I touched on this in my 11 random facts but I would love to have my own business with my boyfriend Alex producing a beauty magazine and doing photography on the side.

9. What is your favorite word and why?

I used to have one but now I can't seem to remember it!!

10. Where is your favorite place in the world and why?

London has a special place in my heart since I studied abroad there a few years ago. I also really love Samana in the Dominican Republic. I've never seen a place as beautiful as there!

11. What is your proudest achievement?

I have so many things I'm proud of! Graduating college with the highest award a student can get from my university, starting this blog and actually having people read it, I think the list goes on and on as it should. You should always be proud of yourself, and not just for one thing!

The people I would like to nominate are:


Some of these lovely blogs have more than 200 followers, but definitely deserve this nomination! Most of the blogs I follow have way more than 200 followers as well so my list is only 9!

My questions for you to answer are:

1. Why did you start your blog?
2. What are your favorite things to blog about?
3. What are your goals for your blog in 2014?
4. What's your favorite types of beauty products?
5. What's one type of beauty product you don't know much about but want to learn more about in the next year?
5. What's your dream job?
6. If you had $500 what kinds of beauty products would you buy?
7. What have you gotten out of beauty blogging? Community?
8. What's your must have beauty product? 
9. What's one beauty mistake you've made?
10. If you could guest blog on any beauty blogger's blog, who would it be?
11. What beauty product do you have too much of but just can't get enough?

I can't wait to see your answers! Thanks so much for reading!

xoxo Kayla

10 comments

  1. You're welcome :) Great post - the Time Travellers Wife is one of the (very) few cases where I have seen the film but not read the book. Really need to get it on the reading list!

    Becca x

    http://perfectlypolishedpaws.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. It's amazing and contains a lot of stuff that they didn't show in the movie.

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  2. I also got nominated for this by Becca, love blue nail polish, can't eat fruit because I don't like the textures, and very nearly named my cat Gallifrey! x

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    1. NO WAY! A beauty blogger and a Doctor Who fan?!?! We may just have to be besties.

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    2. Yes! With matching, TARDIS-blue nails! x

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  3. highfive for liking the same song! :) i love love love "fix you", especially when they used that song as a soundtrack in the show - The OC. congratulations also on graduating last year and for having such an awesome course - photography! thank you for nominating me kayla i appreciate it :)

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  4. Thanks for answering my questions! Interesting that you studied in London as that's where I live. Love the blog :) Bellatula x

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