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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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2.27.2015

This Week's Most Loved #59




Every week when I see the number count on these posts get higher and higher it just stuns me. Like I realize I've been blogging for almost two years now, but it's crazy how many posts I've done sharing my favorite products! While I'm getting all sentimental and nostalgic over here let's dive in to my favorites for this week. 

The theme of this week was definitely dry skin and stressed. There was just something about everything I wanted to accomplish this week that had me in a tizzy. I actually took today off of work as a reward for surviving it all! The NARS Sheer Glow Foundation found its way back onto my skin a fair amount this week. It's a lovely, slightly heavier foundation that always makes my skin feel like I'm ready for the red carpet. Just a flawless finish that I'm always impressed with. For eyes it has almost been exclusively the Maybelline Color Tattoo in "Barely Branded." This shimmery cream shadow is so easy and brightens up my face immensely. The dent I've made in this little pot is obvious. Such a good product for such a reasonable price!

For lips the Clinique Chubby Stick in "Super Strawberry" makes me feel like I'm mixing things up without going to far out of my norm. It's an adorable pinky mauve shade that's moisturizing and long lasting. Yes please.

Never in my life has my skin been as dry as it has this winter. I've gone through nearly all of the body lotions I've owned in a few short months fighting the dry skin blues. Bath & Body Works Triple Moisture Body Cream in "Amber Blush" is my current lotion of choice and I've very nearly finished it up. Any recommendations of thick, moisturizing body lotions would be greatly (GREATLY) appreciated.

What products have you been loving this week?

xoxo Kayla
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2.26.2015

February Beauty & Non-Beauty Favorites





My favorites this month are kind of a mixed bag of sorts. Of course there are still plenty of beauty products to talk about, but things got a little lifestyle heavy this month! From Alex's 3D printer making me some amazingly cute animals to my amazing Erin Condren Life Planner, I just couldn't stop myself!!

What products did you love this month? What are you currently reading?

xoxo Kayla
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2.25.2015

Contouring for Beginners





When I say contouring for beginners, I mean it. I'm a huge beginner when it comes to this area of the beauty world. I've always been enviable of those who can get the perfect chiseled look and now I'm seeking it myself. I've wanted to start messing around with contouring for quite a while, but didn't want to spend an arm and a leg on a high end palette. So when NYX released their Highlight and Contour Pro Palette for $25 I knew this was my chance. 

What I like most about this palette is the vast range of color options. It allows me to be a chicken starting off and use the light shades, but get more confident over time and move around the palette more. In the photo I used the second from the right contour shade and the highlight shade right above it. It was so easy. I applied it to the hallows of my cheeks like everyone is always saying to do and blended with the Real Techniques Contour Brush. It actually worked. Now to just get a little more daring and travel to other parts of my face...

The palette itself is really high quality for being a NYX product. The shades are rich, creamy, and really easy to blend. I didn't find myself spending days trying to buff away harsh lines. It's definitely a product that can be built up too. The palette is also a seriously impressive size. The biggest palette I've owned to date, it reminds me of the size of the MAC eye shadow palettes. I just love when you get a lot of bang for your buck in the beauty world. 

I'm definitely still new at this contour thing and any pointers will help. I also think it's important to share experiences like these. I'm not a professional beauty expert and this blog is a place to not only share what I'm loving, but also share what I'm learning about beauty as well. So send pointers and contour tips my way! 

xoxo Kayla
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2.24.2015

Winter Warriors


This winter is cold. It hasn't been all that snowy, but it has seriously upped the cold ante. My skin has been begging for moisture and I've scoured my beauty stash for the best products to help my poor dry skin out.

For skincare the Origins Drink Up Intensive Overnight Mask is my holy grail all year round, but in the winter it is a gift from the gods. A creamy mask you leave on your skin the whole night, this product definitely isn't for everyone (I've heard a lot of your mixed reviews). Yet for my dry/normal skin, nothing can beat it. In the mornings my skin is plumb, healthy looking, and ready to take on the day.

I have a terrible habit of biting my lips when I'm nervous and the winter air just makes the habit so much worse. Besides slathering on the lip balms, LUSH's Mint Julips Lip Scrub really helps to take off all the dry, cracked skin and get my lips back to looking normal. It helps my lipsticks sit better as well.

Although I don't like wearing heavy bases in the winter, a base is especially important to act as a little shield of sorts. My favorite winter combo is the Stila One Step Correct with the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer on top. There's SPF to block some of the winter rays and it leaves my skin looking dewy, but not drowning in product.

A new step I've added this year has seriously amped up my moisture game. A few spritzes of the Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray keeps my makeup looking fresh while adding another layer of protection and moisture. Those winter winds can't get me!

Finally I like lip products that are moisturizing, but sink into the lips for a nice stain. I wear a lot of scarves in the winter and my hair is wiping all over the place so a lip product my hair won't get stuck to is a must. The Clinique Chubby Stick in "Grandest Grape" is my go to favorite.

Winter is the season I much rather just have pass by quietly while I'm inside my warm apartment, but real life forces me to go right out into it. These products are my little winter warriors; helping me get through one freezing day at a time.

What products do you use in the winter?

xoxo Kayla
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2.23.2015

Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara




When it comes to new mascaras I usually don't have that much luck, but the Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara was a pleasant surprise. When I first opened the tube I was a bit concerned. The brush is the same as the L'Oréal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara (which I definitely did not like), but it somehow works for this mascara. 

Everything I hate about the Butterfly mascara seems to not exist with this one. The brush is perfect for getting the inner lashes and really building up the outer lashes to give a false lash look. Although I do wish this mascara gave a little bit more in the volume department, for lengthening this is the best I've found. My lashes really reach their fullest potential with this formula. It's a bit wet which I prefer and holds a curl like a champ. I'm glad I gave it a chance!

Have you tried this mascara before? What mascara should I try next?

xoxo Kayla

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2.20.2015

This Week's Most Loved #58




I'm oddly excited about this week's most loved products. It's bright, exciting, and filled with a lot of good stuff. Let's start with non beauty favorites first as I think I'm most excited about those.

Up first is my Erin Condren Life Planner. I've talked about it a bit before on this blog, but I've really been showing it some love on my lifestyle blog. It's just perfect. I've had planners I've loved before, but this has taken my addiction to a whole other level. So much so that I've started rocking this Planner Addict necklace to let the world know just how obsessed I am. It's so incredibly light and easy to wear, plus you can get it in other colors!

Finally my boyfriend Alex made me this 3D printed elephant that I just can't get over. How. Cute. Is. It!? It even moves which just blows my mind. It's the kind of adorable thing I wish I could send to all of you! (Maybe I'll give a few away just for fun!? What do you think?)

Now on to the beauty bits. Moisture has been key this week with record breaking lows (-18 before the windchill anyone?) so the Tarte Clean Slate Flawless Primer mixed in with the Stila One Step Correct have been helping my skin not fall off. Although it's a primer, it also acts as a moisturizer. It blends in like a dream and my skin is ready to face the blistery winds. Two in one products are my loves and this one is no exception.

With Valentine's Day last week and in an effort to brighten up my dull winter skin, I've been putting the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette to good use. Everyone and their sister knows about the Naked 3 palette so I won't rant on, but it's always interesting to see which of the Naked palettes I am gravitating towards at the moment...

For lips the Revlon ColorBurst Lacquer Balm in "Vivacious" is just enough pink/red to celebrate Valentine's Day without going too far in the red zone for a inside the makeup box gal like me. It's more hydrating in my opinion than the other Revlon balm lines and doesn't settle into a stain as quickly. I really do need to pick up more of these.

I go back and forth on what I like to use for my brows and this week it's been the Chella Dazzling Dark Brown Brow Pencil. Sometimes I want my brows to be a bit darker than normal and this excels exceptionally well without being over the top or too much. 

Finally in an effort to feel like spring will eventually return one day, I've been wearing Essie's "Splash of Grenadine" on my nails. I've been filming a lot of no face just hands types of videos lately so nail polish is a must. This polish is the easiest of my Essie polishes to apply and the not quite pink/purple shade is stunning. The biggest problem I have is forcing myself to wear something else!

What products have you been loving this week?

xoxo Kayla
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2.19.2015

Planner Supply Collection & Organization







Every since I was little I would collect stickers, pads of paper, and sticky notes. It was kind of absurd actually. As I got older I became equally obsessed with keeping a planner. The two loves have come together to create one large collection of planner supplies that I'll admit I stare at a little too often. Take a peek through my washi tape collection and nosy around my note pads. Find ideas and storage inspiration! You can also see what I keep in the planner supply kit I carry with me on a daily basis if you're interested.

Do you decorate a planner? What's your craft supply collection storage look like?

xoxo Kayla
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2.18.2015

Products I Need to Use More


There are products in my makeup stash that just don't get the love. It's so easy for me in the morning to pick the tried and true products I know will hope me look less like a walking corpse. There's a little bin in the back right corner that magically collects all the products that don't get that much attention. I took a rifle through it and found some products I definitely need to use more.

I was beyond excited about trying out the Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes mascara. Yet I haven't used this in weeks as it just doesn't give my lashes the look I want. It's a perfectly adequate mascara, but lacks a little something in the volume department. I shouldn't let a perfectly good tube of mascara go to waste though so I'm going to make a conscious effort to use this up.

Sadly the right corner bin collects a lot of highlighters and bronzers. Two that I want to bring back out into regular rotation are theBalm's Mary-Lou Manizer and Bourjois Délice de Poudre Bronzing Powder. Both are superb products that do exactly what you want them to. The highlighter is intense, so a little goes a long way to giving you that perfect candlelit glow. The bronzer helps warm up the complexion and can even provide a little bit of contour on days I'm feeling confident in my abilities. That right corner bin just isn't doing them any favors.

Finally I've always been a fan of BB Creams, but the OFRA offering has become the wicked step sister of the rest of my collection. It's a great BB Cream that rivals all of my favorites, but it's large packaging must psych me out or something (it looks like a tube of lotion to me) as I still have nearly a full container of this. The coverage is BB Cream standard (light but enough to even out the skin tone) and it lasts really well. Now if only I can remember to put it on my face...

Are there any beauty products in your collection that you enjoy, but find that you just don't use that often? Or are there products you really need to just say goodbye to?

xoxo Kayla
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2.17.2015

5 Products to Buy This Month


The winter blues are hitting me hard right now. When I'm feeling down I find myself itching to make a few new beauty purchases. Anyone else with me? Here are a few products  I recommend you pick up.

The Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment took me 100% by surprise. When it comes to hair products I just don't believe they'll do anything for my hair, yet this did. It provides the perfect amount of styling grit, texture, and body to make my limp locks dance with happiness. Finally, a product that lives up to what it says on the tin. It's definitely a must try.

It took me a while to finally muster up the courage to give the Too Faced Melted Liquified Lipsticks a go (this is in the shade "Melted Fig") but it was love after first application. So pigmented, dries into a stain of sorts, and packs a lot of really good lasting power. The color range is improving too!

I mentioned this product recently in another post and it dawned on me that I haven't talked about it as much as I should. TheBalm's BalmShelter Tinted Moisturizer is one of those products you never hear that much about, yet it's a stunner. The perfect coverage for those I woke up like this makeup days where you want something to cover redness without looking like you tried to hard. It has a decent shade range (I use the shade "Light") and a little goes a long way. This tube will last you ages with how much product you get for a very decent price. There's a lot about it that I like more than the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizers and you need to give it a go.

If you're looking for a solid, affordable eye shadow base the NYX Eye Shadow Base is it. I use the shade "Skin Tone" to create the perfect canvas for applying shadows over top. It's creamy, blends like a dream, and enhances shadows like a pro. Worth the few pennies you'll spend on it, and more.

To be honest it took me a while to warm up to the Bobbi Brown Corrector, but I blame that to the fact that it was my first higher end beauty purchase. I was young, didn't really know what I was doing, and wasn't ready for the magic of this product. Now that I have (some) beauty chops, this under eye concealer is what I reach for on a daily basis. It's peachy tone helps to cancel out my dark circles in a way that looks natural. No caking, no weird patches. Just dab it on with your finger and you'll add five more hours of sleep to your face.

What products do you recommend to try this month?

xoxo Kayla
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2.16.2015

How to Take Better Blog Photos


Photos are a huge part of blogging and every photography session is a learning experience. There's always something new to learn about light, photo composition, and editing. Although I'm no expert (is anyone really?) I thought I'd share a few tips and tricks I've picked up along the way.

  • Cropping your photos can really help direct the viewer's eye to exactly what you want them to see. Plus it can take away any unnecessary white space or dead space. I personally like to crop my photos close, having important items be a bit out of the frame. 
  • Adjust exposure a little in either direction depending on what you need. I like to shoot a bit on the dark side and adjust brighter in editing. That way I won't lose any information as you'll tend to lose important details if you're shooting too bright. It's always easier to pull things out of a darker photo than try to save something that's been blown out.
  • Enhance the blacks on your photos to really make colors pop. There's just something about a photo with darker darks that seems so much better than one that hasn't been corrected. 
  • Composition is important. No matter what camera or editing software you have, setting up a good photo is key. Try to keep mixing things up so your photography stays interesting. Change your background, layer items, think outside the box!
  • Natural lighting is best, but sometimes you have to work with what you've got. The top photo was taken with natural lighting, but ones in the before/after photos weren't. I love them both for different reasons. At the end of the day as long as you get a well lit photo, it doesn't matter when or how you took it. Don't feel pressured to buy expensive lighting or even scrap for every ounce of natural light you can get. Find a technique that works for you and keep it, no matter what it is.



When I stopped worrying about good photographs and started to just have fun with my camera, the good photos came. Don't stress too much if you aren't a photography genius when you first pick up the camera. Everything about blogging is a learning process, so enjoy the experience!

xoxo Kayla
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2.13.2015

This Week's Most Loved #57


This week I have been sick. The kind of sick you don't really want to talk about because it's just too terrible. Thank goodness I'm feeling better and the weekend is mere hours away. Makeup has been scarce in these parts this week, but a few favorites have surfaced to help me get through this gross week.

When I did step out into the light of day, theBalm's BalmShelter Tinted Moisturizer has been a god sent. It's incredibly moisturizing and light on the skin, but provides the perfect amount of coverage to give my skin the appearance of health. This is a favorite for me in the summer, but this week I've really seen this product shine in the negative degrees of a Michigan winter. Sometimes I wonder if it beats the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer...

I think it's safe to say my under eyes have never been darker so I've swapped out my Bobbi Brown corrector for the much stronger NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. This bad boy can cover so much that after dabbing this magic into place, my dark circles are a thing of the past. I looked somewhat human!

In an effort to cheer myself up this week I finally put nail polish on my hands for the first time in months. Essie's "Tart Deco" beat the others out. It's a lovely coral shade that makes my hands look way more tan than they could ever be. I find the consistency of the product to be great and with two coats it's perfect.

What are your favorite products this week?

xoxo Kayla
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2.12.2015

Valentine's Day Makeup Tutorial



It's tutorial time! I'm sharing with you an easy to wear Valentine's inspired look for anything you might have on the 14th. I've always been on the fence about Valentine's Day but this year I've decided to full embrace it! I'd love to hear what you're getting up to for Valentine's Day and definitely if you're participating in Galentine's Day!

Thanks for watching!

xoxo Kayla
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2.11.2015

Stila in the Moment Palette





It's common knowledge that my love for the Stila in the Light palette knows no bounds, but there's a new Stila palette in my life these days that is getting cozy with in the Light as one of my favorite palettes. I recently picked up the Stila in the Moment palette after seeing it for half off on the Stila website (it's still on sale now!). I had wanted to pick it up for a while to see if Stila could do it again, and they definitely delivered.

This palette is a lot heavier on the purples, which I'm all for. I like to experiment with color on occasion and palettes that have some colorful shades mixed in with the neutrals help me feel like I'm being adventurous, but not going too crazy. There's a shimmery gold shade "Spontaneous" that gives a nod to "Kitten," but my personal favorites are "Wonder" and "Whim." I love the pink shimmer of "Wonder" and "Whim" is the perfect outer corner color when I don't want to go too crazy (these both are on my lids as well as "Spontaneous" and a touch of "Captivate"). 

I love that Stila palettes come with my favorite eye liners. This one comes with a purple shade in "Tetro" and won't be getting too much use, but I love having a purple option in my collection.

Ultimately I don't think this palette is better that in the Light, but the shadows are the same great quality, they last all day, and I love the range that in the Moment has to offer. It doesn't have a mirror which is a big negative in my book seeing as the In the Light mirror is my most used palette mirror of all time. A palette feels silly without a mirror. It's a great palette if you're looking for something safe, but still a little bit different. Not to mention the price can't be beat.

Have you tried any of the Stila palettes?

xoxo Kayla
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2.10.2015

A Foot Ahead



For over 10 years of my younger days I swam competitively all year round. For hours a day I was working my ass of in a pool. After spending years on pool decks and going from practice to practice, socks became my enemy. They felt like little prisons on my feet. It's only been recently that I've started to become more friendly toward them and these socks from Kushyfoot are definitely helping the process. Buckle your seat belts because we're going to get seriously in depth about socks here...

Let's start with the non-sock related item as it's my particular favorite of the bunch. The Fleecy Leopard Print Flats to Go aren't normally my style, but I'm obsessed. These flats can be rolled up and easily put into purses to switch into on nights when my feet are just not digging the heels. They're incredibly comfortable and I love knowing that I have some relief tucked into my handbag if I need it. The print isn't normally by style, but maybe I just never gave leopard print an honest shot before!

The thing I like most about Kushyfoot socks is the extra padding around the heel. I'm one to constantly get blisters whenever I wear anything besides flip flops or moccasins. It's a great little addition that I never knew I needed in a sock.

The Sport Cotton Foot Cover socks are great for casual sock wearing days (you know the ones). They still have that nice padding on the heel, but are lower and can be hidden in shoes. The Low Cut Cushion Tab Back Socks scream working out (and I scream back, "please no!") and I know if I wasn't such a busy worker bee I'd be using them a lot at the gym. They're thick without being too thick that you're feet will get hot in seconds. 

Finally you've heard me rant about their Yoga Socks quite a few times now and I still can't get enough. Another product I didn't know I really needed until they entered my life, these really help to keep me planted on the yoga mat and not falling all over the place. I going to need at least three more pairs of these babies.

What do you look for when you're purchasing socks? Do you not really enjoy socks like me or can't live a day without them?

xoxo Kayla
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2.09.2015

How to Create New Content without New Products


Beauty blogging can definitely get expensive if you aren't careful. I went through a phase where I had to have all the new releases and be one of the first to blog about them; my wallet was limping. I thought I needed new products in order to keep creating content, but I couldn't have been more wrong. In an effort to become more minimalist in my life I've cut down beauty spending to practically zero, yet still post five times a week. So here are my tips, tricks, and advice on how to create new content without having to constantly purchase new products.

  • Shop your stash for items you haven't used in a while. Write about why you haven't used them, if they're a rediscovery, or have a makeup clean-out and blog about it.
  • Go through your blog archives and see if there are any posts you can follow up on. Maybe you had a favorites post full of products you no longer love. Write about how your tastes have changed. Maybe there's a series you've been starting and you didn't even know it!
  • Throw in some lifestyle to not only add variety, but beef up the content for your blog. Plus who wouldn't want to see a delicious meal out or an outfit of the day.
  • Talk to your beauty friends and write features about what's in their makeup bags. Just because you can't afford new products doesn't mean you can't snoop in someone else's stash and find new products there!
  • Write advice or how-to posts about photography, updating your blog design, or anything you know a lot about. I know I'd personally love to read more craft diy's!
  • Approach your products differently. It's easy to get into a posting rut if you read a lot of blogs and subconsciously fall into a routine. I know I can sometimes fall into the favorites post and new products post rut, but if you try to approach your makeup stash differently you'll find a lot more posts just waiting to be written about. Is there a particular color you seem to have a lot of? What products do you use for a dewy look? Do you seem to have way more lipsticks than lip glosses? If I'm ever stuck I just stare at my beauty drawer and something will pop into my head within minutes.
  • Think about your beauty routines and how you can write about them in a clever way. What beauty things do you do each hour of the day? Do you have a five step skincare routine? 
  • Talk about what you aren't good at. The beauty world is filled with some seriously knowledgeable people and I know I always want to appear like I've got it all figured out. Yet when it comes to contouring I am downright terrible. Talk about the beauty things you aren't good at or what you'd like to know more about. Your readers will love to see that you aren't a beauty expert and they can also provide you with tips and tricks in return!
  • Read blogs that aren't beauty related to add some variety to your life. You'll find  yourself getting inspired by a recipe or a home decor post rather than feeling the urge to write beauty posts that have already been done.
Like I say at the end of all my advice blog posts, don't stress too much! Your blog is your place to create whatever community and reader experience you want. It doesn't have to be about new products all the time unless that's the direction you want it to go. Keep your blog's focus in mind and you shouldn't have a problem!

How do you create content without spending a lot of money on new products?

xoxo Kayla
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2.06.2015

This Week's Most Loved #56


I got incredibly bored with my run-of-the-mill makeup routine this week and wanted to shake things up. So I pulled out other foundations, dug through my palettes, and tried to reach for a lipstick that wasn't MAC's "Syrup" every day. 

I don't remember the last time I wore the Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum but this week I've been all about that life. It's a gel foundation which really seems to get along with my dry, uncomfortable winter skin. It's a smidgen too light for me, but I feel like I saw that about all foundations. The coverage is amazing and I really like how it feels on the skin. I forgot about this little gem and I'm glad it's back in my routine.

For lipstick I haven't ventured too far away from "Syrup" this week with bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in "Get Ready" (mine is a deluxe sample that came in an Ipsy). It's a bit darker than "Syrup," but still has that beloved mauve, pink thing going on. Plus it's minty which is always a nice bonus.

For eyes I've been giving the Maybelline the Nudes Palette another go in my makeup rotation. These are definitely not Stila or Urban Decay quality, but for the price this palette is top notch. The shades are pigmented, have a decent staying power, but do require a bit more in the blending department. 

Although I've been doing some serious makeup mixing up these days, the Revlon Blush in "Wine Not" still seems to slip through the cracks. It's just so good. Pigmented, long lasting, and one gorgeous color. I only wish it filled the entire pan just so it would look even better.

What are your favorite products this week?

xoxo Kayla
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2.05.2015

Planner Supply Kit



It's quite obvious that I'm obsessed with all things planning and organization. It's reached a new height lately with the introduction of the Erin Condren Life Planner into my life (thank you Alex!!). Today I'm sharing my first impressions of the planner after using it for a couple of weeks as well as what I keep in my planner supply kit. Sit back and enjoy all the beautiful planner goodies. If you're interested in seeing more posts like these, be sure to follow my lifestyle blog Microscope Life. There will be tons of posts coming up in the future!

What planner do you use?

xoxo Kayla
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2.04.2015

Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara




First off the name is definitely an over-hype. I had such high hopes for the Clinique High Impact Extreme Volume Mascara since everything I try from Clinique is always so nice. Sadly it left me wanting.

It's not a horrible mascara. It separates the lasts and holds a curl fairly well, but I'm interested in a mascara that can bring on the volume, and this one fell short. After using this mascara for a few weeks I now fully understand what someone means when they say, "spidery lashes." My lashes feel like they are going all over the place every which way no matter how much effort I put in to tame them.

The brush is awkward and messy, the consistency started off nice and then got a bit gloopy. It just wasn't a success. I think the eye photos show well enough that something just seems off with this product. It looks ok, but just not right. I have handfuls of drugstore mascaras that are miles ahead of this. Welp, you can't win them all.

Have you tried this mascara before? Do you like reading negative reviews or would you rather see more positive ones?

xoxo Kayla
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2.03.2015

All Things Small Business


If you aren't familiar with my lifestyle blog MicroscopeLife.com then you've been missing out on some seriously good content lately (if I do say so myself). I started my lifestyle blog about six months after this one and have struggled figuring out exactly what type of content I wanted to share in that space. It went unused for a period of time but I've finally found my grove.

 Since I started my stationery company I've learned a lot about what it takes to operate a small business alongside working full time and going to grad school. I've been sharing a lot of information about starting and running a small business that I wish I had before beginning this journey. As my business progresses I'm sure this series will progress as well and adapt as I do.

If you're interested in small business, photography, or all things organization, definitely check out MicroscopeLife.com and follow on Bloglovin' to stay up to date on all the new posts.

xoxo Kayla 
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2.02.2015

Top 5 Favorite Palettes


A palette is definitely something I'll shell out my hard-earned dollars on above all other products. I just can't help it. All those pretty shadows lined up nicely, the endless look possibilities, and the ease. Oh the ease of having one palette that fits all my needs. I have quite a few palettes, but these five are my top favorites.

Let's start with the Urban Decay palettes. I own the original Naked palette as well as the Naked 3, both of which are my favorites. They really are worth the hype, but the price is just silly. They're creamy, pigmented, and have an amazing range of shades to make any look you could want. My biggest complaint is the fall out. I just can't seem to use these shadows without a little getting below my eyes or on my cheeks. Any tips would definitely be welcomed because if I can solve that problem, these would rise to serious holy grail status. 

It's safe to say that the Stila in the Light Palette is my favorite palette of all time. Hands down. No competition. These shadows guys, as I've ranted many times before, are just divine. No fall out issues, great lasting power. Plus the price is nearly $20 less than Urban Decay on a normal day, but right now it's only $20. Get it now. Seriously.

TheBalm's NUDE 'tude palette is another not-so-talked-about palette that battles the Naked palettes for the second spot. Twelve gorgeous shades, but I usually stick with the pinks and purples in the palette. They're incredibly wearable and easy to blend. I also love how cheeky the palette itself is. The naked girls are just too fun.

Finally the LORAC Pro palette makes it to the top of most people's lists and it's the fifth on mine. The payoff of these shadows is insane but fallout can be a factor. These shadows are bold and long-lasting and the range of colors is great. You can really do a lot with this baby, but the palette itself gets annoyingly dirty (think NARS packaging). All can be overlooked because of just how awesome it is.

Although I have plenty of palettes in my collection I just know I won't be able to resist a great new release. What palettes are your favorites?

xoxo Kayla

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