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


April Favorites

Anyone else get a little overwhelmed come monthly favorites time picking their favorites? I always have so many products that I've been using and loving that I have to really focus on what to include! After months off the beauty YouTube train I'm back on again with a video for my favorites instead of just a post! Enjoy!

xoxo Kayla



The Unloved #3

These unloved posts really make me nostalgic for products I once was obsessed with. This post in particular. If I would have known that the company that made CQ products was out of business (and almost for a year much to my surprise) I definitely wouldn't have included the eye shadow duo in this post. It makes so much sense now why I can never find any CQ products that I've come to love (the eyeliner crayons were the bomb). I didn't even realize CQ was a brand in itself. I always thought it was Covergirl just spelled weirdly. Smart one Kayla. But I digress. This duo was my go to shadow look for years as I started to explore makeup (read about the journey).

Onto products that still exist. The Revlon Nearly Naked Makeup in "Shell" ($9.99) was my first step into the world of foundation. It started a few months ago and I have since explored quite a number of the drugstore foundation options. I haven't used this foundation in about as much time, but I recall that I really liked it. I wouldn't have explored foundation more if I didn't, right?

Another one of my old favorites that hasn't seen much love is my NYX Eye Shadow Base in "Skin Tone" ($7). I was really doing work on this pot for a while and then suddenly lost interest in it. Honestly I've lost interest in eye primers in general with all the cream shadows I've been using lately. This base is amazing though and I definitely should put it back into my regular makeup rotation.

I can't believe I'm even including my beloved Mirabella Colour Sheers Lipstick in "Daydream" ($22) in this post. I'm not sure if this shade is available anymore, but this product has been well loved. The amount showing is all that is left, but I suddenly stopped using it. While I was sorting through my stash I spotted it and gasped at how long it's been since I've had it's lovely formula on my lips. This is a gem that I'm glad I've rediscovered.

What products have been going unloved in your collection?

xoxo Kayla


The Reading List #1

Blogging, reading blogs, and watching YouTube videos is basically all I do outside of my 8-5 full-time job. Since I read so many posts and explore a lot of the interwebs I thought I'd start sharing with you some of my favorite finds as of late.

I love posts like this that remind you to keep a positive attitude.
My Washi Tape curiosity grows more and more with cute DIY posts.
I'm still struggling with the news of the CTFxC divorce. I've watched for years.
I swear I fall even more in love EssieButton with every post and upload.
This post. This post. And this post.
One day I'll work from home and need this.
Letters to your child as they grow up. *feels*

What posts, videos, etc. have you been loving?

xoxo Kayla

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Overview: Origins

It's been ages since my last overview post which went up all the way back in November! Basically the premise of these posts is to do a general brand overview looking at 4-5 products from them. I've had quite a few Origins products for a while now and figured it'd be a great brand to get back into the overview swing of things.

First up is the Clear Improvement charcoal mask ($24). I've used this a couple of times and it's not as thick as you'd expect. As you massage it onto your skin it looks more like a light grey dirt smear than a deep grey charcoal mask. Aesthetics aside overall it's a very solid face mask. I find it a bit drying for my already dry skin, but it does make my face feel very clean after usage. I apply a moisturizer right afterward to help combat the slight tight feeling. For combination/oily skin people it'd be a great mask to have. 

I've recently talked about the High-Potency Night-A-Mins ($39.50) in a favorites post as it's one of my favorite skincare products. It's a thicker cream that takes a while to settle into the skin, but leaves a very moisturized, plump complexion behind. It has an interesting scent to it that I still can't put my finger on. It's not bothersome, just interesting. I'm curious to see how this will fair in the summer months when my skin isn't gasping for moisture.

Definitely my least favorite product I've tried from Origins is their United State Balancing Tonic ($21). I just don't like it. It smells unpleasant and feels acidic on my skin. I've tried it before as well as after another gentler toner and it still leaves my skin angry and unhappy. I never thought I had very sensitive skin until I put this stuff on it. I'm not sure if it's just my skin type that doesn't suit it or what, but I'd recommend staying away from it.

The last two products I've ranted and raved in numerous posts on this blog so I'll keep it brief. If you were to get any products from Origins I'd suggest their GinZing Energy-boosting moisturizer ($26.50) and the Drink-Up Intensive Overnight Mask ($24). The moisturizer is light yet packed with moisture. I've never used a moisturizer that sinks into the skin so quickly. The overnight mask is out of this world and every time I use it I wake up the next morning with radiant, fresh skin.

Overall I really enjoy using Origins products although they're pushing how much I'm willing to spend on skincare on a normal day. Definitely do your research and look for reviews from bloggers with similar skin types before purchasing. I'd hate for you to have a similar tonic experience like I had!

Have you tried Origins before? What products do you like to use from them?

xoxo Kayla


This Week's Most Loved #23

This week. This week was something else and I'm more than glad it's over. I'm getting buried with work at my real-life big-kid job and there doesn't seem to be an end in site. I couldn't be more happy to be writing this weekly favorites post as it symbolizes that I survived that hellish week. I've been trying to mix things up a bit with my makeup routine to throw a little excitement into my otherwise work filled week. 

I've finally started to use the "Toffee Crunch" palette from the LORAC Sweet Temptations Collection ($36). I originally picked up the foursome around Christmas time last year and split up the set for giveaway prizes and a gift to a friend. I saved "Toffee Crunch" for myself and am stunned at how lovely it is. I like the formula of these more than the LORAC Pro Palette and I haven't had any trouble with fallout like I do with the Pro one. They're buttery and have amazing pigmentation and staying power. The collection is no longer available where I picked it up or at the usual places, but you can find people selling it on Ebay for a bit more money. I definitely think it's worth it though if you're even remotely considering it.

I've also really been into my travel size of the Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Glide-On Eye Pencil in "Black Velvet" (full size $20) that came in this month's Ipsy Glam Bag. Now I know what the hype is all about surrounding these eye liner. Nothing I've used before compares to how smooth, dark, and long lasting this eyeliner is. It's fantastic at tight-lining and everything else I've used it for thus far. Urban Decay has got me good once again.

In an attempt to get out of my "I don't like lip gloss" ways I've been consciously reaching for my NYX Butter Gloss in "Vanilla Cream Pie" ($5). Like I said in a recent review, this gloss still feels like a gloss in some ways, but lasts a lot longer and provides a nice color to the lips. I don't think I'm fully on the lip gloss bandwagon yet, but I'm definitely no longer against them.

What products have you been loving this week?

xoxo Kayla


Revlon Lip Butters

When Revlon Lip Butters ($7.99 each) first came on the scene I was unimpressed. The first one I picked up was "Strawberry Shortcake" (far right) and I just didn't find them as moisturizing or great as everyone else did. I preferred the Maybelline Color Whispers over them for the longest time. I'm not entirely sure when I gave lip butters a second chance. It was probably after my Bloglovin' continued to be flooded with posts about "Juicy Papaya" (far left), "Wild Watermelon" (middle left), and others that I just had to be missing something. I gave "Strawberry Shortcake" another chance before buying any more. I'm not sure what had changed, but I suddenly liked lip butters.

I'm thinking I had to give them a chance to warm up and become creamy. I was too quick to pass judgement. One of my biggest problems with all lip products is my constant desire to buy mauve/berry shades, so I've been making an honest effort in my lip butter acquisitions to make sure they all are different. In regards to pigmentation I find them either being spot on or a little too sheer. "Wild Watermelon" is the most pigmented out of my collection and sadly "Berry Smoothie" (middle right) is the sheerest. They're really easy to reapply without a mirror and are great everyday colors when I'm not trying to make a statement with my lips. Overall I'm glad I gave them another chance!

What lip butter shades do you own? Are there products that you've written off but fallen in love with after a second chance?

xoxo Kayla


Almay Smart Shade Perfect & Correct Primer

When I saw the Almay Smart Shade Perfect & Correct Primer ($12.99) sitting quietly on the shelf of my local drugstore, my mind immediately went to the Stila One Step Correct Primer I've been lusting over after hearing gh0stparties talk about it a couple of times. I scooped up Almay's much cheaper version in the hopes I would fall madly in love and never think of the Stila offering again. Now I think about it more than ever.

A first testing pump of the Almay primer onto my fingers left a watery mess of separated product. There was a purple runny blob not mixing well with the green blob. I overlooked this initial (honestly pretty gross) pump and "cleaned out the pipes" so to speak with a few more pumps over the trash. I finally got the product coming out as a more unified mass and it gave me enough confidence to smear the stuff on my face.

It didn't go well. Well, it didn't go bad, but it definitely didn't feel good. The product sunk into my skin and left it feeling off. My skin was slightly sticky to the touch and I could definitely tell I had put something on my face. Usually when I put my beloved Benefit "That Gal" brightening face primer on I feel instantly better. Like I had rubbed away my tired skin and am starting to look like a human. The Almay primer honestly felt gross. And shiny. And didn't cover up my blotchy red cheeks at all. There was no correcting and definitely no perfection.

I'm disappointed because I really had hoped I could stop my lusting after the Stila One Step Correct and live happily ever after this this cheaper option. Now I just have to get the Stila offering unless anyone has any other comparable suggestions!

xoxo Kayla


Happiness #1

A list of ten things that have made me happy lately

1. Easter, the greatest holiday ever
2. Easter candy and tons of it
3. Having my lifestyle blog to share more personal stuff and watching it come into its own 
4. Geometric jewelry
5. Sharing my blogging experiences and knowledge with others 
6. Panera dates
7. Being busy at work
8. Alex's delicious dinners he has ready when I get home
9. Blogging daily
10. Warmer weather

xoxo Kayla

Disappointing Products

I, like probably everyone else, just hate it when products suck. The advertising of them talks this big game and you spend your hard earned pennies on them, just to discover they're nothing special. Worse than nothing special, they're awful or screw up your skin. I've been really fortunate lately to have had a lot of success with products, but you just can't escape a dud every now and again.

I actually really liked the Almay Smart Shade CC Cream Complexion Corrector ($9.99) when I first started using it. It applied and blended well and left my skin with a nice glow. I also loved that it had SPF 35. It was very close to my perfect shade and everything seemed swell. Man did it do something weird to my skin. I don't know how to exactly describe it, but my skin started feeling flush and just generally aggravated. It didn't cause me to break out, but my skin was not happy with this stuff. I immediately stopped using it and my skin went back to being happy. I have since given this to a friend and she seems to really enjoy it. I very rarely have issues with my skin not liking a product, but there was just something about this stuff that didn't sit well.

I've done a full review on the L'Oréal Voluminous Butterfly Mascara ($8.99) before so I won't go into too much detail here. It was just so anti-climatic when I used this. The only thing it really did was make my lashes blacker. No volume, no length. The packaging is stunning, but at the end of the day it's what is inside the packaging that really counts.

Finally the Neutrogena 3-in-1 Concealer for Eyes Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ($8.99) from a recent drugstore haul seemed incredibly promising, but after just the first use I knew this was a dud. It didn't blend in very well at all, and left my under eye area streaky and clearly showing that I was trying (and failing) to cover up my dark circles. On other blemishes and spots it did sort of ok, but overall it was just a really crappy concealer.

What products have you been disappointed in recently?

xoxo Kayla



First Impressions: April Ipsy Glam Bag

After a dud like the March Ipsy Glam Bag I was a little apprehensive about what April's bag had in store. Luckily it's already shaping up to be a very solid bag. Right off the bat I was most interested in trying the Urban Decay 24/7 Velvet Liner and the Big Sexy Hair Root Pump spray. I'm always looking for better products in the eyeliner and hair department. I'm not overly excited about the skin exfoliant or the lip gloss, but that's just a personal aversion to those types of products. The eye shadow single seems like a very nice color and I like the cute little packaging. 

Ipsy has once again redeemed themselves and gotten back in my good graces. Maybe I'm just too harsh on them. It must be challenging to release bags with products that please everyone all the time. At the end of the day I appreciate the great product samples they send at a very reasonable $10 a month. You just can't beat it.

Interested in Ipsy? Sign up here!

xoxo Kayla


The Spring Purge

The existence of this beauty blog alone is proof enough of my obsession with all things makeup. Over the past four or so years a trip to the drugstore always resulted in coming out with at least one new product. My collection has grown more and more (as collections do) and more products began collecting metaphorical dust in the drawers. Whether or not they suited my fancy, were old flames, or just not my color, there were a lot of products going unloved and beginning to approach expiration dates. I never want any of my beauty products to go to waste and I was at my wit's end with what to do with them or how to organize them in a way that I used them more. So I took some time to pull anything and everything out that I didn't think I'd use or miss. Just like what I did with my closet a few weeks ago, if I wasn't going to use it in the next couple of months or so it went into a bin.

I plan on letting my family and friends go through the bin and take anything they like. It's a win-win. I get cleaner drawers and to share my beauty obsession and they get to try new products! I'm not sure what to do with anything they're not interested in so any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Have you ever purged your makeup stash? How did you determine what stayed and what went?

xoxo Kayla

Review: March Ipsy Glam Bag

If you read my first impressions post on Ipsy's March Glam Bag, then you'll know I wasn't very pleased when I first saw what products I received. I'm usually very content with Ipsy, but I was not a happy camper. I technically only received four products (I know they say 4-5 products but I've never gotten four before) and one of which I was really not excited about. However I was quick to judge the bag as a whole and there have been a few redeeming products.

bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in "Get Ready"
At first I wasn't too excited about this lipstick. I blame it on my general discontent with the bag, but I though the color was a bit uninspiring and the size very tiny. After the first use though I was singing a different tune. The color is amazing on the lips and the small size kind of grew on me (get it?!). I wish I had a full size of it, but it's compact and convenient. I've actually even looked into other shades from this line I liked it that much.

Be a Bombshell Bora Bora Eyeshadow Quad
Another product I was questionable about at first, but it turned out to be really impressive. The pigmentation and color pay off is amazing. Like seriously amazing. The shades are a smidgen too bronzey for my liking but they blended well and are unlike anything I currently own. I'm also a big fan of the simple, yet effective packaging.

Chella Indigo Blue Eyeliner
I'll be the first to sing Chella's praises when it comes to brows, but this eyeliner was just awful. The color for one makes it a product I'd rarely find a reason to use, but the product itself just stinks. It has a felt tip applicator that is dry and a pain to work with. The color came out blotchy and uneven and I felt like I had to tug at my eyelids to get the thing to work. What a disappointment.

Klorane Smoothing and relaxing patches with soothing cornflower
By far my least favorite thing about this whole bag and I honestly never bothered to try them. I really don't like things like this and have no intention of using them. I'll be sure to give them to a friend or something so they get used, but they'll definitely not be used by me.

If you're an Ipsy subscriber, what did you think of the March Glam Bag? If you're not a subscriber, which product would you be interested in trying?

xoxo Kayla


NYX Butter Glosses

For someone who is adamant about not liking lip gloss I find myself buying my fair share of them. I love the concept of them, but have never found any to convert me over to the lip gloss ways. I've heard nothing but great reviews orbiting around the NYX Butter Glosses ($5 each) and thought what the heck. Let me say that I'm glad that I gave them a go.

I picked up "Eclair" (left) and "Vanilla Cream Pie" (right) because they were different enough, but still in my comfort zone. The pigmentation is just amazing for a lip gloss and they stay very true to the color from the tube. They still have that slightly sticky lip gloss feeling though, but I've had much worse so I'm not overly bothered by it with these. They're also very thick, but in a good way. They aren't goopy or build up in weird places on the lips. They also last ages. Usually lip glosses are long gone in around an hour, but these don't budge for quite a while. 

I'm also really drawn to the packaging. I'm positive that's why I put them in my cart when I saw them the other day. Plus there was a buy one get one 50% off sale which never hurts. They're cute, small things but don't look like you're typical lip glosses. Good job NYX setting them apart!

Although I'm pleasantly surprised by the butter glosses I'm happy with just these two. I'll always be a lipstick lover, but it's nice to see that there are some lip glosses out there that can hold my interest!

Have you tried the NYX butter glosses before? What shades did you get?

xoxo Kayla


This Week's Most Loved #22

I've been keeping things very simple this past week. More simple than usual if that's even possible. I've been letting my skin be free, only using a little concealer here and there, and very little on my eyes. Instead of using my fingers to blend concealer in like I usually do, I've been using my Real Techniques Contour Brush from the Core Collection ($18). I've only ever used this brush from bronzing and/or highlighting but have fallen in love with the look it gives my under eye concealer. I've also been pleasantly surprised by the Starlooks Kohl Eye Pencil in "Obsidian" ($14). I originally wrote this guy off because I'm not normally a huge fan of pencil eyeliners, but for some reason decided to pull this out and give it another shot. The lasting power isn't that great, but it's been working really well to tight line my eyes.

Finally for eyes I've been keeping things simple but glittery with the limited edition Maybelline Color Tattoo  in "Beige-ing Beauty" ($6.99). It definitely doesn't show up on the lid like it looks in the packaging, but it leaves a very soft shimmer and evens out the lid. It would be a perfect eye shadow base for other similarly glittery shadows, but I'm content with it as is.

What products have you been loving this week?

xoxo Kayla


Easter Polish Picks

Although my Easter polish picks are very similar (like very) to my spring polish picks, I still wanted to write up this post as it's relevant to the holiday at hand. You know I'll talk about China Glaze's "Lemon Fizz" ($4.73) any chance I can get, and I think this is actually the polish I'm going to pick to wear this year. Yellow has never been a color I thought would look good on me or my nails, but it's been love. For a softer option Essie's "Full Steam Ahead" ($8.50) is a lovely glittery purple shade that is a perfect pastel option. Essie's "Mojito Madness" ($8.50) reminds me of grass, which always brings back fond memories this time of year to Easter egg hunts at my grandparents' house. Flower's "May Flowers" ($4.98) is a lovely rose pink shade that would be another fantastic option for my favorite holiday!

Now let's take a moment to appreciate these eggs. My boyfriend's mom just came back from a trip to Croatia and she was kind enough to give us ten of these hand painted beauties. I nearly died with shock and happiness. I've always loved Easter, so this gift was such an amazing thoughtful one. Alex and I each picked our favorite five out of a big bunch of them and now they're proudly on display in our living room. I just can't get over them!

What Easter polish are you planning on wearing?

xoxo Kayla


Naked 3 Alternatives

I'm usually the first one to encourage the purchase of even more makeup than we already have, but when it comes to the Urban Decay Naked 3 palette, I much rather spend my pennies elsewhere. The trouble is I am completely enamored with that rose gold baby. The only way I've successfully stayed away from its gravitational pull is by finding some Naked 3 alternatives. These are by no means dupes as I don't have the palette to really compare them to, but these have helped me see that I don't need another Naked palette.

A lot of my Naked 3 saviors come in the form of Maybelline Color Tattoos ($6.99 each). I love these things. Cream eye shadows have definitely become my favorite type. They are just so darn easy. Going clockwise, "Beige-ing Beauty," "Tough as Taupe," "Inked in Pink," and "Pure Nude" are the perfect set. "Inked in Pink" is by far my go-to shade to get the perfect shimmery pink lid. I like to use "Tough as Taupe" on the outside corners and blend it out for some more definition. 

More often than not though my favorite combination is pairing "Inked in Pink" with Tini Beauty's Eye Shadow Base in "Ambrosia" ($18). It's a downright stunning deep rose gold (more on the rose side) shade that I just dab on my lids and blend it slightly inward. I've been wearing this so often!

Finally I couldn't help but include my Wet n Wild Color Icon Collection Eye Shadow in "Comfort Zone" ($4.99) specifically for the rosey gold eyelid shade. It's the perfect middle between brown and pink and screams Naked 3 to me whenever I look at it. All the shades on the left side of the "Comfort Zone" palette seem very "Naked palette" to me. I'm not a huge fan of this palette like a lot of people are, but it's amazing for the price and isn't that difficult to work with. I just wish the texture wasn't as chalky as I find it and the colors were just a little bit easier to blend.

I would love to own the Naked 3 palette, but these alternatives are helping the desire pass while still getting me a lovely rose gold look. 

Do you own the Naked 3 palette? What eye shadows would you say are similar to the Naked 3 vibe?

xoxo Kayla


A NARS Love Affair

I'm in love. It's not a good relationship either. NARS keeps taking an absurd amount of money and I still find myself wanting to fork over more. It all started with the purchase of my now regaled Radiant Creamy Concealer in "Vanilla" ($29). It's seriously the best concealer I have ever tried. Ever. I actually look like a human with this stuff masking the insanely purple and dark under eye circles forever plaguing my complexion. Then, suddenly, in a crazy bout of insanity I purchased the $65 (?!?!) limited edition Guy Bourdin "One Night Stand" blush palette (which should really become permanent). Never before have I spent that much money on one beauty item. It was limited edition. I didn't want to miss out! I'm still at risk for being sucked in to shelling out $79 on the NARSissist Palette. Have you seen that beautiful baby?! The most recent addition to my NARS collection is the famed Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in "Finland" ($42) and I can't help but glance over to the NARS counter in Sephora whenever I walk by wondering what new gem is waiting for me there. 

Why am I telling you all this? Because NARS is that damn good. It's worth every penny and those clever jerks at NARS know it. If you haven't tried NARS, I have half a mind to tell you to keep away to save yourself from the addiction, but then I wouldn't want you to miss out on some of my favorite products or trying a brand that so many other people love (and for good reason). I'm hooked, and want more. So any suggestions send them my way!

Have you used NARS products before? Are you obsessed?

xoxo Kayla


My Beauty Story

Every Tuesday over on my other blog Microscope Life I participate in Sometimes Sweet's weekly journal day prompt. It's week nine and I've had a blast stretching my creative writing and story telling muscles. This week's prompt crosses over into the realm of beauty so I thought I'd write a post here in case you're interested in checking it out. The prompt asks about our perceptions of beauty based on our backgrounds and upbringing. I really go in depth on my slow, awkward immersion into the beauty world. It's so interesting to see how far I've come from a little girl playing dress up (I'm on the left).

xoxo Kayla
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Spring Transitions

Ironically enough when I'm typing this there is a new layer of snow on the ground from a freak snow storm last night. Besides this minor mishap it had finally started to feel like spring here in Michigan. It's taken ages but I can finally feel the least I felt it a few days ago! In celebration I've been transitioning my makeup to be more in line with the spring in the air and the spring in my step. I do love spring.

My NARS Tinted Moisturizer ($42) has become my go-to base as of late. I love how light it is and that you can still see my skin underneath it. I'm definitely a foundation convert, but I still do love to return to my old ways of wearing a very light base. For cheeks I'm finally getting use out of my once beloved Benefit CORALista blush ($28). It's sat in my drawers all winter and has started to see the light of day once again. It provides the perfect warm glow to the cheeks without the pop of pink.

Keeping with the somewhat coral vibe my Almay Color + Care Liquid Lip Balm in "Rosy Lipped" ($5.99) has started to look a lot more appealing with the rise in temperature. It provides just enough color on the lips without being dark and heavy like most of my favorite late-in-the-year lip color choices. For shadow it's become almost nothing but my new Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Metal Eye Shadow in "Inked in Pink" ($6.99). It's very faint on the lids as it doesn't have too much pigmentation, but it provides a really nice subtle shimmer on days where I want to rock a no makeup, dewy look.

Finally for nails I've been gravitating towards those iconic spring shades like Essie's "Rock the Boat" ($8.50). Soft nails are my usual go to, but spring just makes it feel all the more perfect.

What makeup bits and bobs have you been using to transition into spring?

xoxo Kayla



The 5 Years Tag

Madeline over at Cappuccino and Fashion started this tag after I asked her a question on an instagram photo about where she saw her blog in a five years. She kindly tagged me to answer my very own question and I've found myself thinking a lot about what my answer would be.  

1. How long have you been blogging?
I've had my beauty blog for almost a year. It turns one on May 31st and I can't believe how fast time has flown and how much it has changed. I've been blogging for a lot longer that that though. I had a personal blog for almost three years prior to starting my beauty blog. I've long since abandoned it though. I just recently started a lifestyle blog to fill the void though! It's almost a month old!

2. Do you think you'll still be blogging in 5 years?
Definitely. I can't see myself without a blog. I've kept a journal since fourth grade and will always desire a place to put my thoughts and share things. If blogging still exists in 5 years, I'll definitely be doing it.

3. What is something you want to change/improve about your blog?
I really want to start doing more face photos and showing swatches on my lips. Whenever I try these photos I always hate them and decide against doing them. I really want to get better at it and add that new element to my blog. Other than that I'm really happy!

4. Who do you still hope you'll be blogging friends within a few years?
I hope I stay close to all the people I've met through blogging but I really hope I can meet so many more people. This community is amazing and it's awesome to talk to people who share the same interests!

5. What keeps you going when it comes to blogging?
It's definitely the pride I feel when I put up a new post, or when I've posted something every day that week. Plus all my ideas and my ever growing lists of posts make me want to post all the things. Not to mention the wonderful comments and feedback I get every day. That's definitely a serious motivator to keep going!

6. Where do you find inspiration when you're stuck?
I go straight to my lists of post ideas. More often than not I don't want to do most of them, but there's always a gem on there that jump starts my creativity again. Oftentimes though when I'm doing my little photo shoots if a post idea strikes me I just take the photo and return to the idea later. I have tons of photos in my drafts for random post ideas that sprung into my head at the right moment.

2. Nichole - Upbeat Uplifts
3. Meghan - The Novel Coffee
5. McKenna - Mrs. McKenna McKay

Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments as well! I'd love to hear your responses!

xoxo Kayla

Maybelline Limited Edition "Dare to Go Nude" Color Tattoos

These babies were not easy to come by let me tell you. After first hearing about this limited edition line from one of the beauty YouTubers I decided it would be nice to get my hands on one or two of them. So I popped into my local Rite Aid and nothing, not even an empty stand. A Walgreens was nearby so I figured I'd try there, still nothing. Another store proved empty as well. Now of course I wanted them even more than before. I felt like I was hunting down rare Pokémon or something. I did some research and found that most people had success at CVS, but the closest store was a good thirty minutes away from me. I called up my sister who lives in southern Michigan and asked for her help. I also asked a friend who lives close to CVS's to go on the quest as well.

What a quest it was. My sister ended up finding three of the four I now needed to have. My friend wasn't successful in her quest, but I was still feeling pretty good about myself. I had outsmarted the allusive "Dare to Go Nude" collection and came out with almost all of them I wanted. I had taken the photo of my three gems and the day I was going to write up the post I had to get groceries at Meijer for the upcoming week. Wandering past their makeup aisles I suddenly spotted a stand with the "Dare to Go Nude" collection with all of the six shades. One giant quest and having friends and family help feed my addiction and then there they were basically mocking me. So logically I picked up the final one I wanted.

So on to the actual color tattoos. I picked up "Pure Nude," "Sleek & Spice," "Nude Compliment," and "Beige-ing Beauty" ($6.99 each). I wasn't interested in the caramel color one or the black one (plus I've heard reviews that the black one is a major let down on the pigmentation/application front). The color pay off on all of them isn't stellar, and I definitely think the original and metal lines have better pigmentation that these do. However I think the point of this line is to have very natural looking eyes.

"Beige-ing Beauty" is a nice light, soft gold color that looks incredible on the lid. "Pure Nude" comes off the lightest of the bunch and I'm definitely going to be using it more as a lid primer than for eye shadow purposes. It's a toss up between "Nude Compliment" and "Sleek & Spice" as to which one is my favorite. They're both incredibly similar with only a few little differences between them. "Nude Compliment" is a tad warmer toned than "Sleek & Spice" but their pigmentation is almost identical. "Sleek & Spice" is very similar to the permanent "Bad to the Bronze" which I've raved about to death here. So if you're having trouble finding these then I would just pick up "Bad to the Bronze" and call it a day.   

Overall I'm happy to have these limited edition color tattoos in my collection because I'm in love with this line, but was it worth the epic quest? Probably not. If you're a color tattoo lover like myself it may still be worth it to find some of these for your stash, but I don't think it'll be the end of the world if you let this collection pass you by.

What do you think of the limited edition "Dare to Go Nude" collection? Will you be picking some up for yourself?

xoxo Kayla


Favorite Brushes

I don't have the most extensive brush collection, but who needs a bunch when you have five rock stars? It's taken me some time to acquire the perfect handful of tools, but I'm finally happy with my little brush family. First up on the left is the Real Techniques Buffing Brush. I got this in the Core Collection Set ($18) about a year ago and have been using it on and off since. I have a weird aversion to pressed powders, but this brush does wonders at blending out an overly prominent blush application or just making my entire face look perfect. I never seem to give it the credit it deserves!

You've heard me rant and rave over the Mirabella Eye Blender Brush ($19) before so I won't go too crazy with the details. I'm pretty sure the price of Mirabella's brushes has gone down because I thought this brush was around $26 last time I talked about it. It's a fantastically soft brush that blends effortlessly. It also holds product really well for being so fluffy. For shadow I've become enamored with my Crown Infinity Blending Fluff Brush C460 ($4.99). It just works so well at getting the shadow on the lid with minimal fall out.

Since I've had my Real Techniques Expert Face Brush ($9) I've been constantly and consistently wowed by how great it is. It's fantastic at blending in foundations or BB creams and leaves a nice finish. The bristles are dense but still soft too which is always a bonus. I've scrapped my Real Techniques Blush Brush in exchange for my new Crown Deluxe Angle Blush Brush SS013 ($7.98). It's smaller than the RT brush so it's a lot easier to get blush right where I want it. The angle of it has also been super helpful at applying blush. I didn't know what I was missing on the angled brush front!

What are some of your favorite brushes to use?

xoxo Kayla


This Week's Most Loved #21

I've been going beauty product crazy these past few weeks: trying new products, returning to old ones, and just all around loving beauty. One of my very old favorites, the OGX Thick & Full Biotin & Collagen Shampoo ($7.99) has found its way back into my shower. I've been having some serious issues with static hair and just lifeless locks with my current shampoo so I thought I'd give this one another try. I've been absolutely loving it all over again. My hair has been a lot fuller and just overall more happy. For shadows I've been playing a lot with pinky tones and my Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Metal Eyeshadow in "Inked in Pink" ($6.99) has lead the charge. It's a bit on the less pigmented side sadly but it's build-able and looks really nice on days when I want a less noticeable look. I'm obsessed with Color Tattoos. I may end up owning all of them at this rate.

Finally I've talked about the BalmShelter Tinted Moisturizer ($25) a lot this week, and I swear I'll tone down the love from now on, but this stuff is really great. A nice, light option that I know I'll be using for ages. It's just lovely.

What products have you been loving this week?

xoxo Kayla
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A Dynamic Duo

I swear this duo was sent from heaven it's so lovely. Out of the blue a week or so ago I got it in my head to combine theBalm's BalmShelter Tinted Moisturizer ($25) with the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer ($42) and I haven't been wearing anything else since. First off these two together match my skin tone perfectly. I had said previously that I thought my NARS moisturizer was just the slightest touch too light, but with a light layer of BalmShelter over top and it's my skin but oh so better. I've applied them mixed together as well as NARS first and BalmShelter after and the results have been the same, a lovely dewy complexion while looking like I'm not wearing any makeup. I'm still in awe over this discovery, but I'm definitely not complaining.

Have you ever discovered any dynamic duos in your makeup travels?

xoxo Kayla 



Favorite Beauty Blogs #6

It's been a while since my last favorite beauty blogs post but I'm finally getting around to doing another. I've also posted a favorite lifestyle blogs post on my lifestyle blog for you to check out if you're looking for some lifestyle loves!

Unstitchedd is a very recent discovery that has me scrolling through old posts trying to catch up on all the wonderfullness I've missed out on. There's just something about Maddy's posts that make her blog feel fresh and unique. Her girls guide to beautiful blogging posts are fantastic and pure. She seems like a wonderfully sweet person genuinely interested in her readers. 

I've definitely developed a crush on Rebecca and her blog From Roses. One look at it and you'll completely agree. She's relate-able (a fellow stationary addict!), her photos are to die for (different, beautiful, yet all connected), and her hot air balloon tattoo is just lovely. I have a feeling I'll be obsessed with her blog for a long time, which is saying something as I tend to fall in and out of love very easily with blogs. Rebecca's blog is the type to keep your attention.

Lady Like is another new blog to my Bloglovin' feed that I find I'm constantly clicking on. Katie has a nice mix of beauty, fashion, and lifestyle posts and has a very unique, beautiful blog design. I do love a good minimalist blog with a simple header and a lot of white and large photos, but Katie's blog takes the classic look and mixes it up.

Victoria Beauty deserves a zillion more readers and followers than she has because dayyyumm her stuff is good. She features relevant products that I actually use or would be interested in and in a way that just makes sense. Her photography is on point, her content frequent. She has the very skilled habit of making me want to buy everything she talks about. She's a gem!

What beauty blogs have you been loving lately? Be sure to check out my favorite lifestyle blogs as well!



New Bits

I realize I just posted a drugstore haul quite recently, but when you're on a roll you're on a roll! I was purchasing a few bits and bobs for a gift and just couldn't show some restraint. I've been wanting to get the Maybelline Eye Studio Color Tattoo Metal Eye Shadow in "Inked in Pink" ($6.99) for quite a while and just hadn't sealed the deal yet. Silly me picked the one with the off-center label! It's not as heavily pigmented as the other color tattoos, but it'll make for a great base for more rosy colored eye shadow looks! The Almay Smart Shade Perfect Correct Primer ($12.99) caught my eye as I was browsing the aisles. I've been wanting to try the Stila One Step Correct Primer for a while now, but being three times more than the Almay offering I thought I'd give it a go instead to see what it's like. After a few testing pumps it seems to be fairly watery and separated, but I haven't given it a full go just yet. Who knows, it may end up driving me into the arms of the Stila one. 

Have you picked up anything recently?

xoxo Kayla


theBalm's Balm Shelter Tinted Moisturizer

I picked up theBalm's Balm Shelter Tinted Moisturizer ($25) more or less on a whim during a Hautelook 50% sale. I was in the mood for trying more bases and this popped up at the perfect time. I have never seen reviews or have even heard about this tinted moisturizer until I saw it in the sale, but I took the risk it's been a success! 

It's a creamy consistency that smells somewhat like sunscreen. It's not overly sunscreen-y though which I'm grateful for. I use my fingers to apply it but I've tried it with a brush as well as a makeup wedge and it has a similar end result. When it comes to moisturizers I just enjoy using my fingers to blend. I got the shade "Light" and was a bit worried I had gone too dark when I first squeezed some out of the tube. It blended into my skin flawlessly. It's light coverage but does wonders at evening out my somewhat discolored skin tone while giving it a nice layer of moisture. It's a perfect option for those "no makeup" makeup days. Plus this baby is huge. I'll be using this product for literally years to come there is so much product. It's definitely worth the full price for its size alone.

This tinted moisturizer is definitely a new favorite! 

xoxo Kayla
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Rings & Other Lovely Things

The lovely people over at Rings & Tings just keep the goodies coming! I really enjoyed the products from last month so I had been eagerly awaiting the arrival of this next package. Rings & Tings is quickly becoming a favorite spot to do some alternative jewelry shopping, that's for sure. First up is my favorite piece of the bunch, the Vintage Style Telescope Necklace (£3.50)*. As soon as I saw this beaut I let out a squeal of excitement. It's the perfect buddy for my Vintage Gold Trojan Necklace. I can't get enough of these vintage style pieces that really snazz up a regular sweater.

Up next is the Vintage Charms Bracelet Set (£3.50)* which are probably the most delicate bracelets I've ever owned. They are very dainty, but I still think they're fairly sturdy and aren't at a risk of breaking super easily. They'll be a nice set to pair with a few other bracelets. 

On to rings which has becoming quickly my favorite part about these posts as they always have the most intriguing rings! The Crystal Clover Ring (£3)* is even prettier in person. It's dainty, sparkly, but not overly ostentatious on the finger. The stones seem pretty secure and I have yet to have any Rings & Tings jewelry turn my fingers my fingers funny colors. It took me ages to figure out what the Double Bear Head Ring (£3)* was supposed to be and I still think it looks more like Micky Mouse ears than anything else. It's cute but not my favorite. I like that it's a flat design though as I tend to catch a lot of my rings on things throughout the day. Finally, my favorite ring of the bunch is definitely the Minimal Bow Ring (£4)*. I'm not one of those girls who is overly obsessed with having bows on everything, but I do enjoy a nice bow accent. It's a bit small so I'll have to wear it on my pinky, but I do not mind at all.

What piece is your favorite from the bunch? What types of jewelry have you been wearing lately?

If you're interested in picking anything up from Rings & Tings, be sure to use the coupon code "STYLECARD10" for 10% off your order!

xoxo Kayla


Favorite Beauty YouTubers

Ironically enough I started getting into YouTube and watching beauty gurus before I knew about the blogosphere. I started my own channel ions ago and long before I ever considered making my own beauty blog. I've watched my fair share of beauty videos, and these are my favorites.

I think it's safe to say that the first beauty videos I ever watched were by JuicyStar07. I specifically remember this video back in 2009 where Blair did a makeup collection tour. It's been amazing to watch her grow up and become so incredibly successful. Sure I miss her old school videos back when she was in high school, but I've been enjoying watching her newer videos in her lovely new condo.

I'm just going to start off by saying I have the world's biggest girl crush on Estée. Everything that follows will be completely biased and filled with gushing love for this girl. Estée is from Canada (and has a healthy obsession with Tim Hortons) and lives in England with her boyfriend Aslan. She's quirky, she's funny, and she's real. A lot of beauty gurus leave out a lot of their personality in their videos. They get to the point and keep moving, Estée is completely and totally herself and it's wonderful. Pretty sure we'd be best friends.

I don't really remember when I started watching Rachhloves videos, but it was after she got married and before she had her daughter Julia (like when I started watching matters all that much to you!). She's another really down-to-earth fun YouTuber whose style is very relatable. She has a really great way of editing her videos as well where she'll zoom in a tad if she's being quirky or off topic. I really wished she vlogged! 

Leighannsays is downright hilarious. I actually find myself laughing when watching her hauls or tutorials. She's one of the YouTubers I watch that helps to push me to try new or bolder looks (and to add more volume to my hair). She has a really unique fashion sense that I'm envious of as it's something I wish I could pull off! 

Jenn is probably the coolest, hippest person I'm aware of existing. She has a fashion sense that is constantly blowing my hind. She'll wear a giant over-sized furry coat and rock it. I watch her videos more for inspiration to explore my own personal style over hoping to find pieces to purchase. Most beauty YouTubers have me itching to buy new products, but ClothesEncounters has me envious and wishing I could be as cool. Jenn seems super sweet though which rounds the whole channel out in a mixture of incredibly bad ass but sweet.

Who are your favorite YouTubers to watch?

xoxo Kayla



This Week's Most Loved #20

This past week has been all about getting out of my comfort zone and trying new things. I'm not entirely sure why the mood struck, but I definitely ran with it. I've been obsessed with my Revlon ColorBurst Matte Balm in "Sultry" ($8.99). Although I posted the haul about it only yesterday, I've had it for a little over a week now and it hasn't left my lips. It's surprisingly creamy and moisturizing for being matte and a lip crayon. My tune has definitely changed over lip crayons. I'm on the bandwagon now and may even be in line to be the conductor. The color is bolder than I usually go, but still incredibly wearable and easy to apply on the go.

I've recently (finally) acquired the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer ($42). It was a long courtship that ended with me getting the shade "Finland". It's just the slightest tinge too light, but I'm probably the only one to ever notice. It's just lovely. It's the perfect coverage on days I want a natural coverage (which basically sums up spring and summer). I'm sure you'll hear loads more about this as I explore the many wonders of this beloved product.

I had originally written off this Eyetini Cordial Cream Shadow + Base in "Ambrosia" ($18) from last month's Ipsy Glam Bag, but I've given it an honest go this week and have really enjoyed it. I've been plopping some product onto my lids and blending it out lightly. It gives a lovely rose gold shimmer without being cakey or heavy. It's definitely not the most pigmented product and don't stand out crazy on the lids, but I've enjoyed it for the more simplistic look I've been rocking this week.

Finally I've been obsessed with wearing my Forever21 Cutout Geo Bib Necklace ($6.80) lately. I've steered away from a lot of bib necklaces because I have very prominent collar bones that make larger necklaces sit funny. Yet this beaut has been wonderful. It's a super interesting piece that has gotten me a lot of compliments and is easy to wear with a lot of different outfits. I wore it dressed down over last weekend and with a nicer dress for work this week. It's become a fast favorite.

What products have you been loving this week?

xoxo Kayla


Drugstore Haul

Let me explain. I went to the beauty aisles of Meijer because I had a coupon for $2 off my favorite foundation. Then there were loads of buy one get one 50% off tags that sucked me in. This haul was definitely an accident and I was already feeling guilty over it by the time I got to the register to check out with the rest of my groceries when I saw that the person who used the self check out before me left their coupons in the coupon machine. As I ripped them off the coupon machine I spotted a gift from the beauty gods, a coupon for $4 off beauty and cosmetics. Score. The guilt vanished.

Neutrogena is a brand I haven't really explored before so I picked up the 3-in-1 Concealer for Eyes Broad Spectrum SPF 20 ($8.99). I'm always looking for something to de-thrown the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer. Although I love it dearly, it's so very expensive. We'll see if the Neutrogena one can compete. While looking at the Neutrogena display the Healthy Skin Glow Sheers Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($10.99) caught my eye. With spring and summer (eventually) arriving, I'm interested in finding some lighter offerings to use on days where I don't want to wear foundation. I'll keep you all posted on my findings!

Not sure how I ended up in the Revlon lips section, but I was nuts about berries that day apparently. I caved and picked up a ColorBurst Matte Balm in "Sultry" ($8.99) after hearing all the positive blog posts about the new line. I'm still on the fence about lip crayons but I'm hopeful. There was a buy one get one 50% off offer for Revlon lip products so I scooped up the Color Burst Lip Butter in "Berry Smoothie" ($7.99). For someone who initially didn't like the lip butters, I now own quite a few. I've already tried this one and it seems a bit too sheer for what I was hoping it would be. Maybe I'll layer it over something else.

What products have you picked up recently?

xoxo Kayla
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