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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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1.29.2016

January Favorites



January is always one of those month's that quietly slips by. After the craziness of December, I barely notice January and here we are at the tail end. Beauty products were plentiful this month, but I only picked a handful for today's post and video. Plus I can't help but thrown in a few good random lifestyle favorites at the end!

xoxo Kayla
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1.28.2016

Why I Can't Live Without the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment

Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment

When I discovered the Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5-in-1 Styling Treatment over a year ago, I hadn't the slightest clue its holy grail properties. In the months since then I've used up countless containers of it as I reached for it every single day. Here's why.

I'm not being dramatic when I say nothing works in my hair. For years I bounced around from product to product hoping for fuller, thicker, looking hair with no success. The Living Proof Styling Treatment actually does something. It provides grit (in a good way), strength, and overall oomph to my fine, plentiful looks. It's so hard to explain exactly why this product is so good, but after one use you'll get it. Hair just looks better. It doesn't give crazy intense volume or texture. It just makes hair look and feel healthier. And I'm good with that.

I apply a quarter size dollop to my fingertips and massage it throughout my damp hair. It works best when blowdried to produce hair that can last all day. I hated it whenever I used other products that left my hair flat and greasy just after a few hours. And I really like the packaging. It's such a cool shape, easy to squeeze out product, but still looks good sitting on my beauty desk.

If you haven't tried out this product yet, you need to. It's the one and only holy grail hair product in my arsenal and one that's worth checking out.

xoxo Kayla
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1.27.2016

5 Things to Do for Yourself Today


Wednesdays are always hard days for me. There's something about them being smack dab in the middle of the week that I dislike them more than Mondays. I always try to make them a bit more relaxing than other days in order to keep me going until the end of the week. So here are five things to do today that can help you feel refreshed and ready to take on the rest of the week.

  1. Take time away from the screen. This is a really hard thing for a lot of people to do, especially if you have a computer/internet related job like I do. But getting away from screens for even just an hour can really help reset your focus.
  2. Put on some makeup. Not only is it great to have a little "me" time and take it slow putting on some makeup, there's always something so confident-boosting about the whole process. My motto is "stressed, but well dressed" and makeup definitely makes that a truth.
  3. Organize something or clean up a space you spend a lot of time in. Having a clean living area can really boost your mood. Nothing is worse than coming home to a stack of dirty dishes or a kitchen table you can't see under bills.
  4. Learn something new about a topic you're interested in. Lately Alex and I have been watching a lot of design videos and learning more about the software we use on a daily basis. Learning new things just feels good.
  5. Make a list and get back on track for the rest of the week. I always tend to drift by Wednesday and a to do list makes it that much easier to focus and remember what I wanted to accomplish.
xoxo Kayla
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1.26.2016

Save the Dates & Other Wedding Updates



It seems like ages since I sat down for a good, in-depth wedding update. We're about six or so months out now and that's when things really pick up. We've figured out our flowers, designed our own save the dates, and I've completely switched up what wedding planner I'm using. Big things are happening.

The next thing on the to do list is booking hotel rooms for out of town folks, cupcakes, and getting serious about the centerpieces. I have a few ideas for almost everything left on the wedding timeline so I'm feeling pretty confident. I'm more excited about our move coming up in the next month or so to be completely honest. I'm definitely the type of person who focuses on the next thing coming up rather than whatever is most exciting.

It's all been super fun and not at all as stressful as everyone seems to make it out to be. Alex and I are just having fun, only doing the things we really want, and not taking it to seriously.

xoxo Kayla 
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1.25.2016

Make Up Forever Ulta HD Foundation Packs a Punch

Make Up Forever Ulta HD Foundation Review and Look

Make Up Forever Ulta HD Foundation Review and Look

But like, in a good way. I've been on quite the existential foundation journey and/or crisis these past couple of weeks. I more or less stumbled into it and now have tried out a good handful of new foundations including the Make Up For Ever Ultra HD Foundation. Here are the details.

After testing out a few different shades I settled on 125 for when I'm super pale and I think 140 will work well for the summer, tanner months. I'd say it lands somewhere in the middle of all the foundation scales. It's in the middle of heavy to light coverage with the option to build it up or sheer it out. It's also not matte, but not dewy either. I would just round it off to a satin finish, but it's not quite that either. Whatever finish it is, it's a good one. It feels hydrating on the skin, not too heavy and definitely not cakey in the slightest. 

Plus it lasts a good six to eight hours and even  longer with a setting spray to keep all the good stuff in place. And a quick note on the packaging. It's everything you want in a foundation. Good quality pump, nice glass bottle. Sleek and to the point.

The marketing claims that it looks flawless on film and to the naked eye, and I definitely think it just about reaches those claims. It's lovely on camera, blends in smoothly like it's almost not there, and looks awesome in photographs without any powder needed.

If you've read Microscope Beauty for a while then you know I'm quick to shy away from foundations, but this one is oh so worth it. It's such a great everyday foundation that covers all you want to cover while still letting your skin shine through. Two thumbs up from this girl.

Have you tried the Make Up For Ever foundation?

xoxo Kayla
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1.22.2016

The Best Products for the Perfect Rosy Glow

The Best Products for the Perfect Rosy Glow

If you're looking for that perfect rosy glow, I've got you covered. Rather than standing outside in the cold for a few minutes praying you come back in with rosy cheeks and not a Rudolph nose, try these beauty products instead.

The easiest way to get a nice rosy finish is with the right blush and lip product. Urban Decay's Afterglow blush in "Video" is a subtle option for just pinched cheeks without being too over the top. If you want a bit more of a noticeable pop of color, the Max Factor blush in "Seductive Pink" can be built up or down for whatever rosy degree you're aiming for. For lips it's either Too Faced's Melted Liquid Lipstick in "Melted Fig" or the Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in "Nude-ist." Both are purple mauve stay-all-day products that warm up the complexion in a snap without making you look blotchy.

A rosy finish on a pale skin tone is just asking for trouble, so adding a bit of bronzer like the Soap and Glory Solar Powder can really help. It provides added warmth to the skin while still being subtle and not too over the top bronze goddess. If you want to go even farther into rosy glow-dom, the Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette is the perfect way to add some seriously rose gold shades to the lids. You'll be glowing in no time.

What products do you use for the perfect rosy glow?

xoxo Kayla
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1.21.2016

Five Ways to Squash Self-Doubt

Five Ways to Squash Self-Doubt

There's nothing like a bit of self-doubt to put you in a funk and ruin your productivity. Self-doubt is so easy to feel these days with social media keeping you up to date on every detail of everyone's lives. Now I love social media so much that I could never honestly recommend going cold turkey in order to keep the doubt at bay. So here are five other ways to squash your self-doubt one step at a time.

  1. Acknowledge that what you see on social media isn't always the truth. Does someone have the perfect kitchen that's always spotless? What you don't see is the mess piled up behind the photos or know that they spend a good hour every day keeping it that way. Being honest with yourself and rationally thinking about how each Instagram photo came to be can help put things into perspective. Life isn't covered in an Instagram filter and trying to make it that way will only make you miserable.
  2. Know your worth and things that you excel at. Self-doubt has a way of creeping in when we're feeling less than others in certain things. Yet you're probably great at so many other things that you aren't taking stock of. Just because you aren't good at interior designing does not take away from your baking skills or vast knowledge of literature. Take pride in what you're good at and understand you can't be great at everything.
  3. Surround yourself with positive people who are good at different skills and bring new ideas to the table. Having positive, creative people in your corner can help you brainstorm past self doubt and lend a hand when you really aren't sure where to go next in a project.
  4. Know that you aren't alone. Sure this may not mean much when the self-doubt becomes crippling. But literally everyone feels doubt at some point. It's completely natural to worry and wonder how to be better. Just don't let it consume you to the point where you don't even try.
  5. Fight past it because self-doubt is usually just the fear of failure. Try anyway. The worst that can happen is it doesn't turn out, but at least you tried rather than worry yourself into a corner.
Self-doubt sucks and I definitely feel it from time to time, but these tips help me to regain focus and keep going regardless of worry or fear. More often than not my self-doubt was unjustified and I made a big fuss over nothing. Trust me, you got this.

xoxo Kayla
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1.20.2016

When Planning & Scrapbooking Became One Happy Family

When Planning & Scrapbooking Became One Happy Family

It's basically the best thing ever. Scrapbooking is that mythical beast that's always interested me, but I've never been able to produce anything of quality over many years of earnest attempts. Yet I've always had a knack for planning and organization. So when the Polaroid Zip portable printer came out and teamed up with Erin Condren, all of my wildest dreams came true.

 Now you don't need the Polaroid Zip to add photos into your planner. Any printer and some glue could do that, but it's about the coolest thing to happen to planning in a very long time. No longer do I have to look longingly at well done scrapbooks knowing I'll never have the time, skill, or money to pull it off. Plus if you keep your old planners like I do, it's that much cooler to flip through.

Planning has definitely changed things for me in the past few years. Not just in how I stay organized, but in my career and general life. It's been life changing to be honest and I love that it now can become an even bigger part with adding in photos.

If you haven't added a photo to your planner yet, give it shot. You'll soon realize that the planning/scrapbooking line has been blurred to one happy mix.

xoxo Kayla
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1.19.2016

The Beauty Bits We Don't Really Need, But Have Plenty Anyway

The Beauty Bits We Don't Really Need, But Have Plenty Anyway

We all have our beauty weaknesses. The bits and bobs we can't help but scoop up regardless of what else we have in our collection. I thought it time to write an ode to those products because although I'm very much aware that I don't need any more, I pick more up anyway.

A fleet of my lips but better lipsticks
I think it's safe to say I have about 20 different lipsticks that if I am completely honest with myself, are more or less than same color. We all have that shade of lipstick that just works for us and we need to scoop up every slight shade variation of it we possibly can.

Another neutral palette
Nothing can make a beauty junkie's heart pitter patter like a shiny new palette, but man do I have like three too many. What is it about a collection of shadows grouped together in a flattering package that causes even the strongest willed makeup enthusiast to say, "screw it" and buy another one? I know I've said one too many times that it's "good for travel" knowing full well I rarely leave my apartment let alone take my makeup anywhere adventurous. 

A bronzer that's too dark/orange for our skin
We'll make it work eventually right? I know I'm a pale person, but I can't seem to part with the bronzer that's obviously too dark for my skin. Maybe I think if I pray hard enough I'll become sun-kissed and the perfect bronze match. 

More nail polishes than any one person could use
We need all the shade options apparently. Nail polishes are one of those beauty bits that can just stack up until you have drawers spilling with fifty different shades of blue (just me?). Plus let's be honest, I rarely paint my nails anyway. 

Oh makeup. It always has a way of sucking you back in when you swear you won't buy another rose toned blush or mauve lipstick. But you can't help but love the struggle.

What beauty products do you have too many of? What products do you know you just don't need but can't help getting more of anyway?

xoxo Kayla
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1.18.2016

5 Habits to Get Into to Become a Great Blogger

5 Habits to Get Into to Become a Great Blogger

Blogging is more than just photographs, text, publish, repeat. It takes dedication, creativity, and a passion to keep at it regardless of what challenges come your way. Blogging takes some getting used to and these five habits are great ones to adopt to become even better at it.

  1. Brainstorm like crazy when the mood arises so when you have a creativity drought you aren't hurting for content. If you feel a few good blog post ideas coming on, listen. Take the time to sit down and follow the thought process. You never know when the idea train won't deliver and you'll be happy to have a list already ready and waiting.
  2. Take batch photos and edit them at the same time. Taking photos all at once has so many advantages that it's almost a blogging sin not to do it. You only have to set up a few times a month, you can take advantage of good lighting, and editing is a breeze because your camera settings are the same for all your photos. Save yourself the trouble and get into batch photography sessions.
  3. Blog outside your comfort zone and don't stick to one topic. People aren't static and neither is your blog. Just because your blog is mostly about beauty doesn't mean you can't throw a book or lifestyle post into the mix. Plus variety keeps blogging interesting for you and your readers.
  4. Celebrate small victories and accomplishments. Maybe you posted five days this week instead of the usual three. That's awesome and you should take the time to give yourself a metaphorical pat on the back. Challenge yourself in little ways and make it a big deal when you accomplish them. Maybe you want to take better lit photos or want to write more in-depth quality pieces rather than rushed ones. Whatever it is, push yourself and praise yourself too.
  5. Stop comparing your blog to others' because no blog is alike. Take value in your work regardless of what other people are doing. When you stop worrying about what other people are doing you can put all your focus into your personal blog to make it the best it can be.
xoxo Kayla
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1.15.2016

Current Everyday Makeup Routine




Working at home means a lot of pajama days and little to no makeup. Yet when I do manage to get around to putting on a little makeup, I often find myself doing the same, simple routine to speed things up.

It always starts with the Stila One Step Correct and the bareMinerals Complexion Rescue. I think it's safe to say I've talked about these to death, but I still haven't found anything better to overthrow them yet. The perfect combination for a light coverage solid base. Overkill products are going to be the norm in this post as they're talked to death for a reason.

I follow up with the Anastasia Brow Wiz for brows and prime my lids with the Kat Von D Eye Primer. The shadows I use are really the only big change I make to this routine as I like to jump from palette to palette, but lately the butterLONDON Shadow Clutch in "Natural Charm" is just so easy that it's hard to pass up.

Then it's tight-lining with the Stila Smudge Stick in "Damsel" and mascara with Lancome's Hypnose Drama. I like to do my concealer after the eyes just in case there is any fallout from my hasty application. I'm on my second tube of the Urban Decay Naked Concealer and still more in love than ever. 

After a quick sweep of Urban Decay's Afterglow Blush in "Video," I habitually reach for UD's Revolution Lipstick in "Rush." It's muscle memory at this point. Then I wrap it all up with a few spritzes from The Body Shop's Vitamin E Face Mist to set everything in place.

Such a super easy routine that never disappoints. What's your go to makeup routine?

xoxo Kayla

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1.14.2016

How to Build an Online Community That Lasts


I'm definitely not an expert, but I do know a thing or two about developing and cultivating online communities. More or less a year ago now I started the Oh, Hello Stationery Facebook group and it's taught me so many things I had no idea about when it comes to building communities that last.

  • Don't try to force it. Nothing's more annoying than a company overdoing it or trying to make a community pop up out of thin air.
  • It may not work the first few times. I've tried to build online communities before and none of them stuck. Whether it was my fault for not guiding it more or the audience just wasn't there, quite a few of my first efforts failed. If it doesn't work the first time you'll just have to get creative when trying something new.
  • Let the group guide itself once their's an audience. My group more or less runs itself. Although there are still a few rules, people post the content and create the discussions themselves.
  • Be genuine and not out to make a few extra dollars or promote yourself to death. This is definitely something difficult to toe the line on as most communities start because of either you, your blog, or your business. Just be honest, let people see the real you, and don't always make it about selling.
  • Be open to change. My group started as a way to communicate sales and changes, but quickly became more of a planner forum for people to share spreads and ideas. Sure I still post sales and things, but the group has become its own thing and I am not trying to force it back to what it once was.
  • Give the community something to join together on like a charity or group event. My group does a lot of group weekly spreads where we all decorate our planners to a theme, but we've also raised money after the Paris attacks and help each other out when someone is in need. Giving your group a common thing to work together on creates a bigger bond and a point to the group beyond just sharing a hobby.
  • Let it build itself over time. Your online community isn't going to pop up overnight. It's going to take time for people to find your platform, get interested and active in the community, and find value in it. 
  • Give it a name. We call ourselves the Helloigans. Once the name was given things got so much more real. I definitely feel like I'm part of something bigger and everyone likes a cool nickname.

There isn't a science to building online communities, but as long as you're honest and kind you're already a step above the rest.

xoxo Kayla
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1.13.2016

A Few of My [Current] Favorite Things


A middle of the month check-in to show you what I've been loving since the ball dropped. It's all products to make my life easier and to let me reach new lazy heights.

After the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Palette came into my life it became almost a mad necessity to complete my collection with the Naked 2 Palette. I didn't want it originally because of its cool toned nature, but now that's what I love about it most. I've completely transitioned from loving warm to being all about cool shades. The shades are of course pigmented and perfect and I'm one happy camper to own all of them.

A new hairstyle has come into my life lately and the Garnier Fructis Anti-Humidity Hairspray definitely helps perfect the look. Although it's the strongest strength formula, my hair doesn't feel crunchy and has nice bounce throughout the day. Yet it still manages to retain shape and hold. Plus it smells great which is always a bonus.

I've been diving deep into the depths of the face primer world of Make Up For Ever these days. My favorite from the long line up has to be the hydrating primer. It's not too thick yet packs some serious hydration. I like my primers to double as a lazy girl's moisturizer and this one does the trick. It sinks into the skin nicely while working well on its own or with the Stila One Step Correct. There's a post in the works that'll go even deeper into face primers so stay tuned!

It's a downright obsession over the Urban Decay Revolution Lipstick in "Rush." I've been using it every day like a religion and the love affair is getting pretty serious. You have to give this line a shot. It's divine.

From the depths of my makeup drawer emerged this NYX Contour Palette I picked up many months ago. Although I'm not really using it for contouring anymore, the yellow-est shade has become the best for setting my under eye concealer. It helps cancel out any remaining purple tones and boosts the lasting power of my concealer. It's working wonders and I really need to find it in a smaller, travel friendly size.

What products have you been loving lately?

xoxo Kayla
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1.12.2016

Darice Sticker Pack Giveaway!



Over the past year I've collected my fair share of Darice sticker books. It's gotten so out of hand that I've decided to chop a lot of them up and give them away to six of you! You'll get about 30-50 different sheets of various Darice sticker books (and other sticker books similarly formatted) with stickers covering nearly every holiday and a lot of random things in between. The giveaway is open internationally to anyone 18-years-old or with parental consent!


Good luck and thanks for the continued support!

xoxo Kayla
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2016 Goals and Plans


I toyed on and off with the idea of doing a 2016 goals post out of worry that it would be too mundane to really matter. But what's the point of having goals if there's nothing or no one to hold you accountable for them right? So here we go; putting them out in the world to make it all the more likely I'll accomplish them. Keep me honest guys.

  • Give myself time to catch up. As you're reading this I'm already putting this one into action. I fell in love with the idea of a catch up day from a blog post and haven't thought about much since. A day devoted to getting those little things done that just slip the radar on a daily basis. My first catch up day is going to consist of filing, backing up files, and starting to pack away things we won't need until we move.
  • Spend time with family. I do this already, but with the possibility of moving two hours away in a matter of months, it's becoming even more important to find the time to hang out with my favorite people. I'm hoping the new house will draw everyone over to our new side of the state, plus there's talk about making our house the hub for upcoming holiday festivities. Now we just need the house to do it.
  • Try new things. Like picking up our lives and moving to a city I only remember from my childhood. I'm a gal who doesn't like much change, but this one seems like one I can get behind. A whole new adventure in a whole new place. How terrifyingly exciting.
I'm avoiding the generic "get healthy" goal because we all know I'm going to end up eating too many gushers in one sitting at least three times in 2016. I wanted to keep my goals honest and more, me.

What goals and plans do you have for 2016?

xoxo Kayla


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1.11.2016

How to Find Creative Inspiration

How to Find Creative Inspiration

Now, creativity can be hard to come by. I know that. Yet Oh, Hello demands fresh, creative ideas on a daily basis that Alex and I have to deliver or risk eating only ramen next week. So we've gotten quite skilled at keeping the creative inspiration flowing even when the well's run dry. Here's a few ways that you can find creative inspiration too.

  • Stop looking for it. I know that seems a bit counterproductive, but the best ideas come when you stop trying to come up with the best ideas. Go for a walk, go to a movie. Call your best friend studying to be a doctor in West Virginia (just me?). Do something completely not related to what you're trying to get inspired about. You never know when the best idea will hit you.
  • Look for it. So if not looking for it isn't working or you just don't have the time to go to a movie when there's a creative deadline looming, try to look for it. Search on pinterest, look around Bloglovin'. Dance around the internet looking at things related and unrelated until the pieces fall into place. Struggling for blog post inspiration? Read some blogs? Can't figure out how to decorate a space for your client, look at similar spaces on Pinterest. Obviously never steal any ideas outright and definitely credit back to their sources if you can find them, but why reinvent the wheel when you can get some tips from someone else in the process.
  • Take advantage of it when you have it. Having a seriously creative blog post brainstorm session? Keep pushing it until there's nothing left in the tank. Whenever I feel some blog post planning motivation coming I write down anything and everything that pops out. That way when I'm desperate for a new idea the hard work has already been done.
  • Look for brainstorm buddies. Alex and I are quite different, but that makes us great brainstorm partners. We both approach problems at two completely different angles and when combined together, a solution can most definitely be found. Find someone to throw ideas at and you never know what they might come back with.
  • Take inspiration from the unexpected. Feeling like everything has already been done? Try to incorporate things that aren't usually expected. Take sticker designs for example. Maybe get inspired by the quilt your grandma made you or what's outside your window. It's so easy to get wrapped up in what other people in your field are doing, so look somewhere else and you're sure to find something new and different.
Inspiration is difficult and not having any is the worst. Try these few tricks to get a jump on finding some more creativity in the oddest ways.

Good luck.

xoxo Kayla



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1.08.2016

The 5 Best Things I Did for My Business in 2015

The 5 Best Things I Did for My Business in 2015

2015 was a huge year for Oh, Hello Stationery Co. We went through some very big changes, but there are five things that stand out as the best things I could have possibly done for my business in 2015.

  1. I took my business seriously. This was incredibly hard to do for someone so straight-edged. I had a great job doing marketing at a university and a clear "normal" path of success. Although it was the best job, I knew it wasn't the holy grail job for me. I took the risky choice to take my silly stationery business seriously and it's paid off. Taking it seriously meant I devoted more time to it, took bigger risks, and put myself in a sink-or-swim situation. When I started taking Oh, Hello serious, it got serious.
  2. I took advice from other people. Specifically from Alex. He's completely different from me in nearly all things, but I shook away my need to be in control of everything and really listened to his opinions. He suggested we branch out from just stickers with our own website and has now created reoccurring subscriptions. Taking advice really isn't my strong suit, but my business wouldn't be anything like it is now without doing so.
  3. I branched out. Thanks to Alex's advice, we started selling washi tape and other stationery supplies. We removed all our eggs from one product basket and have seen a huge upswing in our audience and success. Even the best companies know they can't just sell one really good product, but should sell different types of really good products.
  4. I asked for help. When things got too crazy, family stuff got in the way, or I just couldn't handle the work load, I asked for help. One of my very best friends has come through for us time and time again to help finish orders, work on cutting stickers, and help keep our sanity. Knowing when it's time to ask for help was a huge lesson learned in 2015.
  5. I created the Facebook group. Another suggestion from Alex, we decided to start a Facebook group. The group exploded to become over 3,000 strong filled with lovely, kind people. We gave ourselves a name (Hellogians) and a community unlike anything I could have ever imagined happened. A community I'll talk about more in future posts, but one that really is the true success of our business.
2016 has kicked off at warp speed and I'm hanging on already. It's going to be an amazing year with a lot of opportunities for change. Now it's just up to me to seize them.

xoxo Kayla
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1.07.2016

How I Blog 5 Days a Week & Run an At Home Business

How I Blog 5 Days a Week & Run an At Home Business

Blogging and stationery are my two hobbies, they just also happen to be two parts to this whole "working from home" thing I've been doing for the past six months. There are definitely some challenges to juggling two very different, yet intertwined things, but here's how you can do it too.

  • Plan ahead. I take my love of stationery and plan ahead like a crazy person. I have a least a month's worth of blog posts scheduled out on sticky notes. It leaves room to move things around if I need to add in posts or remove things, but also gives me peace of mind knowing that I won't have to scramble to figure out blog posts.
  • Batch photography is the best thing ever. Since I plan ahead with blog posts so much, I can take two to three weeks worth of photos at the same time. That way I don't have to constantly bring out the camera and set things up. Plus I can edit my photos all at once and save time there too.
  • Combining both passions together is honestly the easiest way to stick to a rigorous blogging schedule while still being able to accomplish weekly to do lists. I blog about the business, planner decorating, and stationery. Plus why not combine the things you love together in one happy family?
  • Don't put too much pressure on yourself to blog every single day. Sometimes I just miss a day, and that's ok. Rather than beating myself up over it I start the next day more motivated than ever to get a good quality blog post up.
  • Prioritize your time and know which thing is more important. Although blogging is my original passion, the business is our bread and butter. Knowing what you should spend your time on over what you want to spend your time on will make sure you're getting what you need to done if there's a time crunch.
Blogging doesn't have to be a chore or something you can no longer do once you get busy. These steps are how I stay on top of my priorities while still managing to do what I love.

xoxo Kayla
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1.06.2016

PÜR Cosmetics Cameo Contour Dual-Ended Contour Foundation + Demo

PÜR Cosmetics Cameo Contour Dual-Ended Contour Foundation + Demo

PÜR Cosmetics Cameo Contour Dual-Ended Contour Foundation + Demo

PÜR Cosmetics Cameo Contour Dual-Ended Contour Foundation + Demo

PÜR Cosmetics Cameo Contour Dual-Ended Contour Foundation + Demo

PÜR Cosmetics Cameo Contour Dual-Ended Contour Foundation + Demo

It's products like these that should teach me not to judge so harshly on first impressions. The PÜR Cosmetics Cameo Contour Dual-Ended Contour Foundation definitely had me skeptical after hearing back and forth reviews over similar products from NARS and other high end brands. 

It wasn't until I actually applied the product to the hallows of my cheeks that I started to see the fuss. The contour flowed so smoothly over the skin and was incredibly pigmented (almost worrisome dark) for it being the lightest shade. I took the complimentary sponge and began smoothing and dabbing it into my skin. The results were much less scary than I expected (I'm sure you could build it up though) and I really love the end look. I'm sure others would want something a bit more obvious, but I can't get over how it's exactly what I aim for in contours (subtle, but adds a little something).

The lighter end didn't really have much of an impact on my skin. It provides a really subtle highlight, but nothing to really write home about. I've also gotten away from highlights lately so I doubt I'll use this end much. If you're looking for a subtle highlight this could be a decent option though.

The success of this product is definitely in the shade. It isn't orange, but isn't too grey either. A happy medium contour is hard to come by, but this one seems nearly perfect. Plus I actually really like the application process rather than piling product on a brush and hoping for the best.

I'm pleasantly surprised. Goes to show I'm a little too set in my ways with makeup and really should get out more.

Have you tried products like this?

xoxo Kayla


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1.05.2016

Opening a Cat Cafe: Why It's Good to Have Silly Dreams


Alex and I have this running joke that one day I'm going to open a cat cafe. You know, a cafe where you can go and drink coffee and pet a bunch of cats who just live in the cafe. It's a thing. I got it into my head one day that opening a cat cafe would be the life and it's taken on a life of its own. Now, I doubt I'll ever actually open up a cat cafe. I don't like coffee to start. But this dream of opening a cat cafe has become more than itself, and that's why having silly dreams is so important.

Because of this crazy idea we now have a litmus to judge places on. We want to live in an area where opening a cat cafe would be possible, because that kind of place is the perfect place for us. Somewhere whimsical that's ok with trying something new. Somewhere with younger people who know how to have a bit of fun. Sure we'll never actually open one of these cafes, but it's helped to lead us to a city that's perfect for us. 

Silly dreams are what they claim to be, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't have them. They can spark new ideas, lead to new discoveries, and take the boring out of the every day. Silly dreams help you to figure out what makes you happy, what your passions are, and where to go from there.

Just because a dream is silly, doesn't make it useless. If it weren't for cat cafes we wouldn't be moving to Grand Rapids where I know we'll fit in and find the life we hope to have. So keep dreaming those silly dreams. You never know where they might take you.

xoxo Kayla
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1.04.2016

My Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipstick Collection


It took me ages to finally pick up a Too Faced Melted Liquid Lipstick and now I have a happy family of five different shades. It's one of those products you have to actually try to really understand the hype and fuss. It goes on quite wet, but dries to a matte, stain finish that lasts ages. The packaging is great to squeeze out the last drops of product if you magically get yourself to that point. They're pigmented, bright, and have some of the weirdest names.

During the holidays I was gifted a set of four smaller tubes which I actually prefer over the full size. You still get loads of products in much more travel-friendly packaging. The far left is "Melted Metallic Peony," a rose/blush pink. The deep maroon is "Melted Berry," a shade I'll really have to psych myself up to wear it's so pigmented. 

The other three are all very close in color to my go to shade preference. "Melted Fig" is purple toned, "Melted Metallic Macaron" is more pink, and "Melted Chihuahua" is smack dab in between the two. I'm definitely covered in the mauve department, but of course I doubt that'll stop me. One can never have too many variations of mauve.

Have you tried these melted liquid lipsticks yet?

xoxo Kayla

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1.01.2016

2015 Favorites | Beauty & Lifestyle




Ah...there's something so satisfying about wrapping up a year in a nice favorites video. They're definitely some of my favorite to watch and film and I couldn't wait to post mine and reflect on such a crazy year. I got engaged, quit my full time job, and so much more. I also fell in love with a lot of products and hobbies that have made this year even more awesome.

Beauty:
Lifestyle:
Here's to an amazing year with some seriously awesome (and also scary) changes. I can't wait to see what's in store for 2016.

xoxo Kayla
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HUGE GIVEAWAY: A Year of Target Dollar Spot Goodies




This giveaway has been a year in the making and I'm so excited to finally give all this amazing Dollar Spot stuff away! I've been saving up a few notepads or sticky notes from each collection Target has released over the past twelve months to create this supersized giveaway! The giveaway will run for about two weeks and is open internationally to everyone 18-years-old or with parental consent. 

Thank you all so much for the constant support and encouragement. Good luck!


xoxo Kayla
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