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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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3.31.2014

Essie Resort 2014 Collection


My ability to avoid Essie's collections has seriously failed for spring. I blame it on the fact that I want spring here more than anything and have been trying hard to act like it's spring even though the weather definitely doesn't agree. Mere days after picking up two polishes from their spring collection I was on amazon buying these two polishes from the "Resort Fling" collection. "Under the Twilight" ($8.50) is an inky black purple shade that dries fairly matte on the nail. There's still the typical polish shine, but there's just something about it that makes it appear a lot more flat than other Essie polishes. It's a bolder choice than I normally would go but I loved how it looks black but when the light catches it it's a lovely deep plum.

The main reason I took out my debit card and starting making a purchase was "Cocktails and Coconuts" ($8.50). It's a sandy, taupe color with subtle glitter and I'm obsessed. I've been hunting for a good nude polish and this seems like a perfect middle of the road shade. It's not too grey and it's not too yellow. Both polishes require the usual two coats for perfect opaqueness. Oh Essie you've got me again.

What polish colors have you been gravitating towards lately?

xoxo Kayla
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3.30.2014

My Favorite Drugstore Eyeliner



I've mentioned these eyeliners once or twice before in favorites posts, but thought it was about time they got their own post! I've been using Revlon ColorStay Eyeliners ($7.49) for quite a while now, long enough to grow a baby collection of them. I have "Black", "Blackberry", and "Black/Brown" and they're all very consistent in quality. I tend to use them to tight line my upper lashes or on the lower lash line. They aren't excellent at lining the upper lashes as they just can't move all that smoothly across the lid. They do work, I just prefer not to use them there. They last a very long time on the lower lash line and I love the range of colors they have. They all seem very wearable and I actually really enjoy using "Blackberry". I've never been one for color eyeliner or mascara, but these liners are the exception!

Have you used this eyeliner before?

xoxo Kayla
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3.29.2014

This Week's Most Loved #19


This weekend couldn't come fast enough! It's been a crazy week for me at work, but I've still been loving something new and a couple of old favorites. My first ever Sephora purchase (which was only about a year ago) included the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette ($28) and I have been loving it on and off ever since. I've been trying to get myself back in to having more of a completed eye look and this palette makes it easy to be lazy but still achieve more than just a simple wash of color. 

I know you've heard me rant and rave about the L'Oréal True Match Lumi Healthy Luminous Makeup ($12.99) before so I won't bore you with repeat praises. It's good. You need to give it a go. A new favorite is this Crown Deluxe Angle Blush Brush SS013 ($7.98). I picked up a few Crown brushes in a Hautelook sale (keep your eyes peeled for the upcoming post!) so I won't go into tons of detail about this brush, but it's by far my favorite from the ones I picked up. The angled top is just perfect for applying my beloved Frat Boy blush. It's never looked so good.

What products have you been loving this week?

xoxo Kayla
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3.28.2014

False Lash Follies


I am not good with false lashes. Granted, I've only recently started trying to wear them, but it has not been an easy ride. I've gotten glue everywhere, put them way too high up on my eye lids, and nearly sealed my eye shut (not sure how I managed this one). I've kept at it though and after a lot of weird arm movements and praying I've gotten them right a few times. I love the way the natural ones look and I definitely can see the benefits, but beauty gurus definitely make it look a lot easier than it is.

I thought about not posting this as it's more or less documenting my epic failure at false eyelash application, but I like when beauty bloggers are human. I'm downright terrible at putting on false lashes, and that's ok! You have to start somewhere and I'm happy that I'm finally starting to explore a realm I've been interested in but to apprehensive to dive into. I'd love any tips or tricks from the false eyelash pros out there!

Have you ever tried false lashes? What beauty things are you terrible at?

xoxo Kayla
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3.27.2014

The Primer Edit



It took me a while to get into primers...hell it took me a while to get into makeup really. But once I tried my first primer I was smitten. I love them, but there are a lot of misses in the primer world that I am sure turn a lot of people off to the idea. I'm rounding up all of my primers and sharing my thoughts.

Starting with face primers the first primer I ever tried was Benefit's "That Gal" Brightening Face Primer (full size $29). It's been a love affair ever since and no other primer has really been able to top it in my eyes. I've ranted on about it in posts for as long as I've had this blog so I'll leave it at that. For a while I gravitated towards my Mary Kay Foundation Primer Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 15 (*gasps for air*) ($16) because I loved how satiny it made my skin feel. It's really a lovely product and pretty affordable for the amount  you get, but one day I just didn't like that satin feeling anymore. That's a big reason why Benefit's the POREfessional (full size $31) didn't really do it for me. It's loved by many and I really didn't mind it, but there was still that slight waxy feeling on my skin afterward.

Eyelid primers have yet to steer me astray and I hop around between primers as I haven't really found a overall victor. For a creamy, opaque base I reach for my NYX Eye Shadow Base in "Skin Tone" ($7). It provides a really even canvas and erases any veins or discoloration my lids sometimes have. There are a few other white "shades" within the line that I'd be interested to try out to see whether or not lighter eye shadows will pop more on top of. If I'm just looking for a general lid primer and nothing fancy, LORAC's Behind the Scenes Eye Primer  (full size $21) hasn't let me down yet. It's not as opaque as the NYX offering but makes my shadows last all day without creasing. If you're looking for a cheaper alternative then e.l.f.'s Essential Eyelid Primer ($1) is amazing for how inexpensive it is. I can't find any obvious differences between it and the LORAC primer in application and initial appearance, but the LORAC one does make the shadows last longer overall. 

Do you like to use primers? What primers do you use?

xoxo Kayla
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3.26.2014

First Impressions: March Ipsy Glam Bag



Grumble. I'm displeased with this month's Ipsy Glam Bag. I got the sense as soon as the pink package was in my hands that I wasn't going to like this bag. I even opted to not film my usual open bag video and once I saw what was inside I knew I had made the right choice. Let the rant commence.

First off two packets of eye patches do not count as two different products. Ever since I signed up for Ipsy I've consistently received five different products. I wouldn't be as disappointed as I am if I had received some kickin' other items. But alas. I was happy to see another Chella product as they've done some really good stuff in the past, but a bright blue eyeliner is not something I'm going to get a lot of use out of. The lipstick is downright tiny. It'll be gone in only a handful of uses I'm sure. The only thing I'm really interested in is the Be a Bombshell Bora Bora Eyeshadow Quad. The color range is beautiful and I really like the packaging. 

I'm chalking this month up to being just a random cruddy month. I saw other's bags and they received a lot of different products that I would have much rather received. Sometimes you just get unlucky!

Are you subscribed to Ipsy? What product would you like to try from this month's bag?

xoxo Kayla
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3.25.2014

LUSH Easter Goodies




A somewhat rare known fact about me is my unwavering love of Easter. It's my favorite holiday by far. So when I saw that LUSH had released their Easter collection online a week or so early than when they were going to appear in stores (they are in stores now), it only took me seconds to place an order. I couldn't be more excited to share my goodies.

The Bunch of Carrots ($12.95) are just too cute. It's at least three baths worth of bubbly goodness and I love how light and springy they smell. Is it weird that I love that they're different sizes? Makes me feel like they're a real bunch of carrots! I also picked up the Bunny Bubble Bar ($6.95). I love LUSH's bubble bars to begin with, but this one was beyond adorable. It's packed with coconut oil and shea butter so it's going to make my skin silky smooth. It'll turn the bath a frothy soft pink shade which I'm excited to experience. The Fluffy Egg Bath Bomb ($5.95) found its way into my virtual basket. It's super sweet and reminds me of the sweets I used to get while I was younger. I'd run around the house searching for eggs filled with delicious treats. Even though I'm older I've found a way to still enjoy some sugary goodness!

Are you going to get anything from LUSH's Easter collection? Hop to it before it's gone!

xoxo Kayla
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3.24.2014

Review: February Ipsy Glam Bag


Although I'm never overly fond of themed bags (and definitely ones that arrive after the holiday has passed), I actually really enjoyed Ipsy's February "The Look of Love" Glam Bag. 

POP Beauty Plump Pout Mini in "Peony Petal"
At first I wasn't too crazy about this. I tend to avoid lip glosses like the plague. Too sticky, too shiny, too weirdly flavored. I tried to put aside my bias to give this a go though and was pleasantly surprised. It had an interesting smell (something along the lines of vanilla) and settled into my lips well. The shade suited me immensely and it had a very impressive lasting length. I may need to rethink my "No lipglosses ever" stance. 

Zoya Nail Polish in "Odette"
Probably my favorite item from this past month's bag, "Odette" is downright gorgeous. I've learned from past experiences that you need a base or white bottom coat for darker Zoya polishes as they tend to stain your nails. Besides that flaw, I have nothing but good things to say about this shade. It's opaque, lasts a decent amount of time, and gets a lot of compliments

First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Deep Cleanser with Red Clay
I was excited to see this included in the glam bag because I hear missglamorazzi talk about this brand time and time again in her videos, but never really thought to purchase anything myself. This cleanser was just lovely. I haven't full developed my thoughts on it yet though as I try to stick with one skincare routine predominately in order for my skin not to freak out. I'm definitely going to keep testing it out and developing my opinions.

Tini Beauty Eyetini Cordial Cream Shadow + Base In One in "Ambrosia"
I just wasn't crazy about this product. Anything eye shadow related that has a lip gloss applicator has me scrunching up my nose. I must be an eye shadow prude or something. I find this method messy and limiting. The shade is pretty enough though and I want to still try and use it in one form or another, but using it the way they intend to just annoys me.

J.Cat Beauty Eyelashes + Eyelash Glue
Another product I was super excited to get because I've been wanting to start figuring out false eyelashes. They were a little thick and full for my taste, but even worse was the glue. It was so disgustingly gloopy and crusty. I definitely didn't get a fresh glue. Ewwwww. I hope others had better luck than I did. 

What are your thoughts on Ipsy's February Glam Bag? Interested in trying Ipsy? Click here!

xoxo Kayla
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3.23.2014

Sunday Stuff #8


I wish I could have a week of Sundays. I love them. I love waking up late and taking my time to get ready. It's the day I often paint my nails for the week and I've got my eyes on Essie's "Truth or Flare" ($8.50) from Essie's spring collection. I'm also going to use LUSH's Mint Julips Lip Scrub ($9.95) to give my well-bitten lips a pampering. When I get stressed I nibble on my lips and this week has been really busy at work! 

I also really want to get around to organizing photos I've had laying around for a couple of months. Most of them are from our Christmas cruise. They really need to find a home and stop cluttering my dressing table!

What are you doing this Sunday?

xoxox Kayla
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3.22.2014

This Week's Most Loved #18


This Week's Most Loved is full of products I've raved about before, and even one I featured in my last week's most loved (I really really love it). Since I've purchased my NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer in "Vanilla" ($29), it's been just me and him. This product is worth the hype and much, much more. Honestly I didn't mean to feature the Revlon's Photo Ready Cream Blush in "Pinched" ($12.99) in another this week's most loved post. I'm glad I did though because I'm still crazy obsessed with it. It's such a great naturally flushed shade. An old favorite has returned to my hair care routine because I've been having a huge issue with static in my hair lately. It's been bad. Like rub a balloon against my head bad. My OGX Thick & Full Biotin and Collagen Root Boost Spray ($7.99) has really helped to reduce the static and to give my roots some volume. Not to mention it smells downright amazing.

What products have you been loving this week?

xoxo Kayla
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3.21.2014

The Unloved #2


Every time I take a moment to "shop my stash" I find myself discovering old favorites that have since been pushed to the wayside for newer, more exciting products. During one recent riffling I stumbled upon these three products and I felt a sudden pang of guilt for neglecting them for as long as I have.

I'm not sure when I picked up China Glaze's "Exotic Encounters" ($4.28) but as soon as I saw it among my ever growing polish collection I fell in love with it all over again. It's definitely what I'm painting my nails next. I used to swear by my Physicians Formula Concealer Rx Physicians Strength Concealer ($9.55) to combat my under eye circles, but since my NARS Creamy Concealer I haven't touched this stuff. It's a bit too heavy for daily use and it just can't compete with the perfection of the NARS offering. Maybe I'll give it another go, but I don't think it's going to return as a staple in my everyday routine. Finally my NYX Mega Shine Lip Gloss in "Frosted Beige" ($5) has not budged from my lip drawer in quite some time. As you all know lip gloss isn't my cup of tea, but I really didn't mind this one. Maybe it'll return now that I've become aware of it again, but I can't make any promises.

What products are going unloved in your makeup stash lately?

xoxo Kayla
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3.20.2014

The Dressing Table: Part Two






I'm back with part two of my dressing table series (part one) to share with you the little bits and bobs I keep on top of my ALEX Drawer unit with 9 drawers ($119). The drawers contain my makeup, LUSH collection, and other goodies, but we won't be going into all that with this post. I keep a decent amount of stuff on top of the drawers and at times I find it a bit cluttered. Once Alex and I move into a bigger place I'll find new homes for these keepsakes, but until then.

To the left hanging on the wall I keep my three race metals. About two years ago I started power walking (I'm a strangely fast walker) in 5K races and recently started running them. I keep my race bibs on the wall above the dressing table with a photo from the race. I think I've done eight or so total. On top of the drawer system I have a large medallion I received from getting first place in my age group for an 8K walk in 2012. Behind it is a little jar I keep spare buttons in just to keep them on hand. Next to it is a photo of Alex and I at New Years when we were on our cruise last December (watch the video). 

Behind the photo is a photo box where I keep mementos from Alex and my relationship. Everything from letters to a Santa hat from when we did a 5k race in Santa suits one winter. On top of the box I have this incredibly old shell covered box that I keep movie ticket stubs in. I started saving them back in 2005 and it's become a habit of mine to put them in there after I return from a movie. Behind that is a container I made with rolled up magazines that holds my very small perfume collection.

The last two items are a couple of my favorite things. First is a vintage face powder I found at a local antique shop. I love to imagine the woman who used this powder and think about what times were like back when this was a popular item. It's crazy to see how much makeup has changed aesthetically. Finally the Tardis. This needs a bit of back story to make sense. Alex and I credit Doctor Who for bringing us together and starting our relationship. Alex hand made me this police box from the famous BBC television show and gave it to me when he asked me to be his girlfriend. He used a carton that a six-pack of beer comes in and spent a good three days making it. It even lights up. I still have no idea how he managed to do it, but it's one of my most cherished possessions. There's more to the story, but I'm getting off topic. Maybe I'll share it on my lifestyle blog...   

What are some keepsakes that mean a lot to you? How do you store them? Do you tuck them away or leave them on display?

xoxo Kayla


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3.19.2014

Essie's Spring 2014 Collection



I've been doing well avoiding Essie's seasonal collections, but when I saw the stand for Essie's Spring 2014 Collection "Hide & Go Chic" I was lucky to escape with only two. The collection is downright lovely!! I chose two that I know will get a lot of wear, "Truth or Flare" and "Fashion Playground" ($8.50 each). "Truth or Flare" reminds me of the lighter, bluer version of Essie's "Vested Interest" (which I completely love). "Truth or Flare" is my favorite shade of blue, teal but not ocean teal. "Fashion Playground" is the perfect green mint shade. I've been hunting for one to counterpart all the blue mint shades I have like China Glaze's "Re-Fresh Mint" and it's turned out to be more difficult than I expected. That is until I saw this beauty and knew the quest was over. These two together look just amazing. I'm in love.

What colors do you like from Essie's Spring 2014 Collection?

xoxo Kayla
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3.18.2014

One Sweep Wonders


I'm definitely in a phase where I don't want to fuss over my eye shadow. I remember the days where I'd pay the most attention to my eyes, experimenting with colors and blending. I basically ignored the rest of my face, but my eye shadow was always done. These days I'm all about the one sweep wonders. Eye shadows that are perfect on their own, no fuss and no problems. 

I've actually hit the bottom of my Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo in "Bad to the Bronze" ($6.99). There is still a lot of product on the sides of the little jar, but I was shocked when I saw the bottom. This shadow is the main one I reach for when I'm looking for simplicity. As I said in my "This Week's Most Loved #17" post, I've been using my Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Metal in "Barely Branded" ($6.99) to help make me look more awake and widen up my eyes. 

If I'm looking for a more shimmer I use NYX's "Fantasy" ($5). Still a solid neutral shade but with a bit more kick to it. Or there's LiSi Cosmetic's Satin Eyes Pressed Eye Shadow in "Nutmeg" ($6.90) which is on the darker side with a touch of shimmer. I can't exclude the Almay Intense I-Color Shimmer Eye shadow ($6.99). This trio is downright amazing, but for one sweep wonders the medium brown shade is a great option that lasts for ages. 

What are some of your one sweep wonders?

xoxo Kayla

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3.17.2014

Spring Nail Polish Picks



Whether the temperatures outside agree with me or not, I'm more than ready for spring to be here. I've updated my wardrobe, pulled out the brighter blushes, and have started wearing pastels on my nails. Here are my polish picks for this spring!

Nothing screams spring more than China Glaze's "Lemon Fizz" ($4.73). It's bright and lovely. This polish will show up on my nails more than all the rest I'm sure of it. Next up is a lovely baby blue with Sally Hansen's Complete Salon Manicure in "Jaded" ($6.99)*. It's such a soft shade and will look lovely on a daily basis. I've already worn Essie's "Full Steam Ahead" ($8.50) earlier this month and it promoted this post. The lilac purple with micro-glitter had me incredibly happy whenever I looked at my fingers at work. 

Next up is Revlon's Brilliant Strength Nail Enamel in "Provoke" ($7.99). I've had this shade for quite a while, but have never really been interested in it until recently. It's orange, but not overly orange, which is perfect to welcome in spring. Finally I couldn't talk about my favorite spring polishes without mentioning Essie's "Mojito Madness" ($8.50). I've been obsessed with this lime green polish since I saw it on the shelves. It's eye-catching and a lovely shade to have in my collection!!

What polishes are you excited to wear this spring? Which of these polishes would you prefer to wear?

xoxo Kayla
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3.16.2014

Alternative Jewelry Shopping

Don't get me wrong, I love popping into Forever21 and leaving with five new, affordable pieces of jewelry. Yet lately I've found myself much more interested in find alternatives to my usual jewelry stores. Here are a few of my new favorite places to browse and purchase jewelry.

This lovely store is ran by Sophie from The Private Life of a Girl. Sophie's style is impeccable, her photos perfect, and her store reflects that. Full of handcrafted, minimalist inspired jewelry, Oh My Clumsy Heart is such a unique shop that I find myself browsing at least two to three times a week. She ships internationally which I didn't know for a long time. I would just stare at the site bummed I couldn't order anything. It wasn't until she clarified my mistake in a tweet back to me that I realized owning one (or a dozen) of these beauties could actually happen! Some of my favorite pieces include Verity, Willow, and the Silver & Gold Triangle Necklace. Definitely worth checking out her site and showing a fellow blogger support!

Rings and Tings


 I am very impressed with how affordable everything is on this site. There is even a monthly subscription box that seems incredibly interesting to a jewelry addict like myself. The pieces seem really unique and branches away from the typical "safe yet on trend" jewelry you can find at places like Forever21, but there are also pieces I'm sure are sold at Forever21 too. There are also tons of choices to choose from. I've had my eye on a lot of different pieces, but a few of my favorites include the Arrow Bangle, the Wave Ring Set, and the Apple Necklace (it's quirky).


This site came on my radar through my sorority. Ashley Bridget's Expression Collection contains a bracelet set with a lot of symbols from my sorority, so it peaked a lot of our interests and popped on my jewelry radar. My biggest complaint about this site are the prices, but their Facebook page always has a lot of discounts (usually 50% to 60% off) that make things more reasonable. The Nautical Collection is my favorite of the bunch and I like the fact that they're designed in New York city. 

Where do you usually by your jewelry?

xoxo Kayla
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3.15.2014

This Week's Most Loved #17


This week has been all about simplicity. I've been more tired than normal, so my makeup routine has shifted towards products that are quick and easy. I've almost exclusively only been wearing my Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Metal in "Barely Branded" ($6.99) swept across the lids with a fingertip. It's just enough color to waken up my eye area without much effort. For blush it's been nothing but Revlon's Photo Ready Cream Blush in "Pinched" ($12.99). A super creamy formula that's easily blended into the cheekbones with my fingers. It's not an overly pigmented product, but provides just the right amount of color that I don't look like a zombie.

I've also been finally testing out Butter London's Horse Power Nail Fertilizer ($19). I got this in a Sample Society subscription box before I cancelled my subscription and had yet to use it. My nails have been pretty weak and full of ridges lately so I thought I might as well give it a go. I've been applying it to my nails as instructed for the week and the large ridges on my thumbs aren't as predominant. I'm also a fan of how shiny my nails look with it on. I'm not sure if it's this product or what reducing the ridges (Isn't that always the case? You can't be exactly sure if the product is making a difference or not), but I'm definitely going to keep using it. 

What products have you been loving this week?

xoxo Kayla

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3.14.2014

Spring Fashion Haul




Lots of my lovely readers expressed interest in seeing more haul pots in the comments on my 300 follower giveaway, so I thought I'd comply! I recently went on a shopping trip for the first time in quite a long time, so I thought I'd share my loot with you. I picked up a handful of lightweight sweaters from Forever21 that scream spring although the weather still refuses to get the message. I couldn't help myself from checking out all the new jewelry and left with the Cutout Geo Bib Necklace ($6.80) and the Sleek Layered Chevron Necklace ($5.80). I am a huge fan of the simplistic geometric jewelry trend and am not going to tire from it any time soon.

I almost exclusively wear flats at work, so I had to pick up another pair of my favorite American Eagle Ainsley Flat ($16.99) from Payless ShoeSource and couldn't stop myself from getting a grey pair of the American Eagle Fantasy Flat ($19.99) as another everyday shoe option. The American Eagle brand at Payless are incredibly comfortable and have yet to fail me!

I also picked up a few things from Bath & Body Works that I have posted on my lifestyle blog so be sure to check out what home related goods I picked up. 

What have you purchased recently?

xoxo Kayla

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3.13.2014

Evening Skincare Routine


My evening skincare is much more in-depth than my morning skincare routine. It's super important to wash away a day's worth of makeup and grime so I try my best not to get too tired and forget. First step is cleanser and I often choose between two options. If I'm looking for more of an abrasive facial cleanser, I reach for The Body Shop's Vitamin C Facial Cleansing Polish ($16.50). It has exfoliating beads in it, but it's still not as abrasive as a micodermabrasion scrub. If my skin is being sensitive (like it has been this winter) I use my REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk ($28). It doesn't strip my skin as much and smells interestingly enough like green tea. If I'm looking for a face mask I use REN's Invisible Pores Detox Mask ($34). It's quite drying so I don't use it very often, but it does wonders at clearing my skin of any pesky gunk.

After my face is washed the only toner I choose to use is my Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Toner ($13). I can find no fault with this stuff. It's affordable, and removes any remaining traces of my makeup. For eye cream it's The Body Shop's Nutriganics Smoothing Eye Cream ($21). A light, fast absorbing cream that isn't too heavy or leaves my under eye greasy. Every night I apply Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins ($39.50) all over my face and let it sink in before I use Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Face Mask ($24) on any really dry parts on my skin.

Overall the process doesn't take to long and in the morning I'm left with hydrated plump skin that's ready to take on the day!

What products are in your evening skincare routine?

xoxo Kayla
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3.12.2014

Rings & Tings





When this package arrived in my mailbox I couldn't wait to open it up and see all the lovely goodies Rings & Tings sent me! I stumbled on Rings & Tings through Madeline's blog Cappuccino and Fashion and was more than excited to start working with them to help share their amazing site with more people! They ship worldwide and have some very affordable prices. 

First up are the rings. The Heart Ring (£3)* is such a lovely delicate ring. I've only ever bought more flashy rings because I wanted more bang for my buck, but there's something about a soft, girly ring that gets my heart fluttering. The Twist Arrow Ring (£3.50)* is probably my favorite of them as I've been eyeing getting something arrow themed for a while. It's a nice shiny gold and hasn't turned my finger green from wearing it (always a plus). My least favorite ring is the Dot and Cross Ring (£3.50)* mostly because I'm not a fan of the cross symbol being a trend lately. It's a really love rose gold ring though and I've enjoyed wearing it as a midi ring as it's a bit on the smaller size for me.

I wasn't too fond of the Curve Pendant Bracelet (£4)* when I first saw it, but once I popped it on my wrist I immediately changed my tune. It fits wonderfully and would be an amazing addition to some arm stacking. The blue color is perfect for spring and has me dreaming of warmer weather and shorts. The Vintage Gold Trojan Necklace (£5)* made me squeal with joy. I love the dirty gold vintage color of it and how I feel like I'm wearing one of my grandma's old necklace. It's so lovely.

If you're interested in checking out their site, be sure to take advantage of this 10% off discount by using "STYLECARD10". 

What piece of jewelry is your favorite?

xoxo Kayla
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3.11.2014

Four for the Dewy Look



Nothing excites me more than a dewy, glowing complexion. I understand the appeal of a nice, matte base, but I'm nuts about that radiant look. These four products help me achieve the perfect dewy look. Up first to get my skin prepped and glowing is my Benefit "That Gal" Brightening Face Primer (full size $29). This strawberry smelling light-wearing primer does wonders to my complexion. Immediately I see my skin brighten and look more alive. It provides the perfect base for my L'Oreal True Match Lumi Foudation ($12.99). Whenever I try another foundation I instantly want to return to this one. It provides a lovely subtle glow to the skin without looking oily or messy. The shade range is amazing and it matches perfectly with my skin.

The dewy look can't be achieved without a highlighter to bring the whole look together. I usually reach for one of these lovely options. Benefit's Watt's Up (full size $30) is super easy to use and provides a nice glow to my cheekbones. Just swipe the product across the cheeks and blend in with the fingers. I find it more subtle than theBalm's Mary-Lou Manizer ($24) which packs quite the punch. A little goes a long way and a light hand is key for the perfect candlelit glow.

What products do you use to achieve the perfect dewy look? Are you more into the matte finish?

xoxo Kayla
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3.10.2014

Morning Skincare Routine



The morning is my nemesis. I have to be at work by 8 a.m. every day and I like to get as much sleep as possible. Keeping my morning skincare routine quick and effortless is essential. While in the shower I use my REN Rose Centifolia Foaming Cleanser ($22) to cleanse my skin, wash off sleep, and any remnants from my evening skincare routine. I'm not in love with this cleanser. The rose scent is a bit too harsh, but the cleanser itself is nice and gentle for the mornings. It can be a bit drying at times though. Once out of the shower, I take a cotton pad and my beloved The Body Shop Vitamin E Hydrating Toner ($13) to tone my skin. I can't say enough good things about this toner. It's gentle, effective, and lasts ages for the price. 

My skin is more than happy when I apply my Origins GinZing Energy-boosting Moisturizer ($26.50). It's hydrating and soothes my always dry morning skin. Finally I finish things off with my Origins GinZing Refreshing eye cream to brighten and depuff (full size $30). I haven't seen any noticeable changes to my dark circles with this product yet, but it does brighten just a bit and helps prime my under eyes for my concealer. And that's it! Quick, easy, and helps me get my day started.

What products do you use in your morning skincare routine??

xoxo Kayla
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3.09.2014

This Week's Most Loved #16


Usually I post my "This Week's Most Loved" posts on Saturday, but Alex has been in D.C. all week with the lens I like to use so I had to wait until he returned. He's back now and I woke up early to spend some quality time with my favorite lens. This week I've been loving some tried and true products. I couldn't live without my Real Techniques Blush Brush ($9) as it works great with my beloved Frat Boy blush. It puts a lovely amount of color on the cheeks. I'm even considering getting a second one!

My poor skin has been taking a beating and it's getting seriously painful. My Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector ($20) has been one of the only things to help my skin not feel like it's going to crack off in flakes. My face is going through another dry spout so I've been grabbing my Origins High-Potency Night-A-Mins ($39.50) every night to try and help combat whatever's going on with my poor, dry skin. I'm so done with this winter!

What products have you been loving this week?

xoxo Kayla  
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3.08.2014

From the Comments #2


Everyone seemed to really enjoy the first "From the Comments" post I did a couple of weeks back, so I'm going to keep on doing it! Basically every few weeks or so I'm going to go through the comments on all my posts and selecting some lovely commenters to showcase in this post!

 Ana left this comment on my "Review: January Ipsy Glam Bag" post. I personally think the porefessional primer is better than the Smashbox primer because I don't like that satiny gel feeling of most primers. What does everyone else think? What one should she try first? Check out Ana's blog!

 Hannah left this comment on my "Jewelry Organization" post and I can completely feel her pain. Before I started this organization method my jewelry was a big ol' hot mess of tangled chains! Let me know Hannah if you decide to start organizing your jewelry like this! Be sure to check out her blog!

 Nichole left this comment on my "The Repurchase" post and it's another comment I can completely relate to. My Origins moisturizer is the only thing in my skincare routine that I never forget to do. I strongly recommend the moisturizer to everyone! I'm curious to see what people think of it who don't have dry skin like me! Definitely check out Nichole's motivation/inspiration blog!
Kelly commented on my "This Week's Most Loved #15" post. I'm so over winter that I've completely shifted my wardrobe to including pastels and warmer colors. Of course I still need to wear my big winter coat over everything, but I refuse to let this never ending winter get me down! The Almay gloss is one of the only (if not the only) gloss I wear. Check out Kelly's lovely blog!


Thank you to every single person who comments or reads my blog! I love to get to know you guys and chat about beauty things!

xoxo Kayla
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3.07.2014

theBalm 50% Off on Hautelook

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I never thought I'd see it happen again, but Hautelook is having another 50% off sale on theBalm products! You've seen me rant and rave about my love for Frat Boy and the NUDE'tude palette for months and so when I heard that they were going to have another sale I wanted to make sure to share it with you! There are also lipsticks, concealers, tinted moisturizers, and more on sale. I think I'm going to pick up a few pieces I normally wouldn't just to try more from the brand.

Sorry to all my lovely UK readers, but Hautelook only ships to the US, Canada, and apparently Australia for an insane shipping price. theBalm is an amazing brand that I don't think gets the attention it deserves! Definitely check out the sale before it ends Monday, March 10th at 8AM Pacific.

Let me know if you pick anything up from the sale!

xoxo Kayla
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The Palette Edit



I've been getting such positive feedback from my Foundation and Blush  posts that I thought I'd keep the ball rolling and tackle a big beast this time. Oh palettes. How you take my money time and time again and I'm more than happy to fork it over. 

The first palette I ever purchased was the Urban Decay Naked Basics Palette ($28). I really wanted one of the currently two naked palettes, but was just getting into makeup and couldn't convince myself to spend that much money on makeup yet. Oh how those tables have turned. The Basics palette was a perfect start for me though and I still love it. It offers six matte shades that create a lovely natural eye. The pigmentation is exceptional and this palette may be my favorite one I've tried from Urban Decay as it doesn't have much fall out. Definitely a good palette to gift to someone, to travel with, or to create simple everyday looks.

The LORAC Pro Palette ($42) fell into my life when I was feeling particularly spendy. It got a lot of love when I first owned it, but now it's definitely fallen into the unloved category. I love the variations of colors the palette offers, but there's just a little too much fall out for my liking and I don't find them as easily blendable as other palettes. The lighter shades are also difficult to build up on the eye. I am happy to have it in my collection though because of shades like "Pewter" and "Garnet".

Finally, after a lot of lusting and back and forth between the second palette, the Urban Decay Naked Palette ($52) entered the scene. I opted for it over Naked 2 because there were more shades in the first one that I felt I would wear than the second. I'm not going to go on too much about this palette since the internet is saturated with Naked palette talk, but it's a lovely option for bronze, natural looks. They blend together well and I only deal with fall out if I'm not being careful or am in a rush.

The NARS Guy Bourdin One Night Stand Cheek Palette was limited edition near the end of last year, but I couldn't help but include it in the palette mix. It's the one and only limited edition product I ever scooped up since it contains a lot of famous NARS blush shades like "Orgasm" and "Deep Throat". The blushes really are lovely and the palette comes in handy for things like weddings when everyone in the wedding party has different skin tones. My only compliant is the size of the pans. It gets a bit difficult to get in there and get product on a brush.

Saving the best for last, theBalm's NUDE'tude Palette ($36) is worth every penny and more. If you take anything away from this post, it should be that you need this palette. It has a lovely, unique range of shades that depart from the neutrals but isn't too adventurous. The two pink shades are my favorite as they have kept my desire for the Naked 3 Palette at bay. The colors blend effortlessly together, this is no fall out, and they last for ages. This palette is an absolute dream.

What is your favorite palette? 

xoxo Kayla 
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