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


August Favorites

On occasion there's a month that pops up where I do quite a lot of damage to my bank account. August saw a lot of new beauty purchases, but I also rediscovered an old favorite. My stash saw quite the change around after my huge clean out, but these products definitely came to the front this month as some real gems. I'm back with another favorites video rather than just a post too!

What were your favorite beauty products for August?

xoxo Kayla


Birchbox Man "Summer Camp"

My boyfriend Alex is back with his final review of his three month subscription to Birchbox Man.

This month's Birchbox was my last one and was part good and part bad.

Dr. Squatch Bar Soap (full size $6)
I was super excited to try this as I love the smell of pine. Many happy memories consist of sitting around a bonfire with the smell of fresh cut pine burning. The black nature of the soap was initially bizarre but left no negative side effects once rubbed into a wash cloth. The issue with this soap is that within a few minutes of using it and being out of the shower you have the sensation that your skin is being attacked by every insect with a bite or sting that leaves a horrible itch. I thought maybe it was just the weather so I used the soap at least 5 times. Each ending with me looking like Baloo rubbing his back on a tree. Such a let down.

Baxter of California Deodorant (full size $18)
This deodorant has a very fresh citrus smell and although it must be reapplied later in the day I enjoyed the occasional waft of lemon fizz when I checked to see how it was doing. I am not in love with this product but a solid product it is. Sadly the sample came in a push pop style similar to a Flintstones ice cream and I accidentally popped it out of the container at least once during each application. I hope the full sized version does not have this problem.

Air Repair Rescue Balm All-Purpose Skin Salve and Lip Balm (full size $12)
HUZZAH! This came right as my lips were drying out and I was going to the store to get lip balm. This stuff works! My lips immediately turned from desert to oasis after a few seconds of absorption. It does look like a medical ointment and some of my friends asked what the medicine was for but for how effective this was I will take any strange looks. Loved how it was pocket sized to take with me.

Suki Exfoliate Foaming Cleanser (full size $32.95)
THIS STUFF IS THE JAM! So there I am in the shower after a hard night of libations and excess and my face felt like I slept in a deep fryer. So I thought what better time than now to try and see how this stuff works. Bam! After a few seconds of rubbing it in and a quick rinse I felt like I just shed every poor decision away. I felt refreshed, the scent has a light citrus notes that perk you up and I really felt much better. It works so well I am looking forward to the next hangover to use it again.

Bison Made Double Wrap Bracelet ($40)
Wrist Wrap: Tasteful, simple, and practical. I like this because it can be, as Kayla says, dressed up or down. It looks great with a polo and nice khakis on or just a T-shirt and jeans. It really is a simple piece of jewelry that I would not have gotten for myself but now if I lost it would quickly buy another. Out of the three Birchboxes this is most likely my favorite thing!

My experience with Birchbox Man has been surprisingly pleasant one. I was not sure if I would be able to enjoy the face scrubs and body washes the way Kayla does but honestly they do a great job of sending you some really unique and interesting products. I am definitely asking for a re-subscription come holiday time. I really look forward to receiving it each month and seeing what new products I get to explore.

Get it for your guy for sure, he may not like it right away but after the first one he will understand how great a gift it truly is!

Would you give a Birchbox to your boyfriend or a man in your life?

xoxo Kayla
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Makeup Collection Clean Out & Organization

When Alex and I moved into our new apartment I decided to switch up my makeup organization and start keeping it in the drawer of my beauty desk rather than in my IKEA Alex unit. Since then things have gotten cluttered and out of hand. I even had an overflow drawer across the room for all the makeup that couldn't fit. It was definitely time for a makeup collection clean out! Check out the video to see my three easy steps and how I got on with the process. I feel great about getting rid of so many products I just wasn't using and now having everything in one easy to access place.

Are you in need of a makeup collection clean out? How do you organize your makeup?

xoxo Kayla


The Reading List #3

Hands up if you're an internet junkie (raises hand as high as possible). I'm constantly on the computer be it at work or during my free time. So I do my fair share of blog reading, YouTube video watching, and just general surfing of the net. Here are a few things I've been reading and loving lately.

I'm obsessed with this blog that makes crafts out of washi tape. Now I just have to muster the courage to try a few myself.
A nicely compiled list of freelance advice from around the web.
This up-and-coming beauty YouTuber who is so cute and surprisingly good at what she does. I could learn a thing or two!
An amazingly classy way to feature a bra on a blog. Inspiration for a future post perhaps?
This handy craft show to do list to make a potential craft show in my future a breeze.
This couple's amazing vlogs. They're so cute and I love them!

What have you been loving on the internet lately?

xoxo Kayla
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Tarte Rainforest After Dark Palette + Giveaway

 Tarte deserves a standing ovation for this one. Just take a look at this beauty. I don't think I've ever found a palette more beautiful. It was definitely love at first sight and after a few weeks of pining over it I decided to just purchase it. 

Six shadows, a highlighter, a bronzer, and a blush in a beautiful circle palette. Whoever decided to make a circle palette was a freakin' genius. I feel so posh whenever I bring this bad boy out. Following the orchid trend the palette leans more towards the purple spectrum which I'm obsessed with lately. I'm also proud of myself for finally buying a palette that isn't primarily neutral. It may not be a completely neutral palette, but all of the shades are incredibly wearable. The shadows are creamy, a dream to blend, and always get me compliments. Seriously. Every time I wear any shadows from this palette someone compliments my makeup. A beautiful palette that guarantees a little ego boost? I'm already sold.

In the eye look I used "Up to No Gold" all over the lid, "Plum Away with Me" on the outer corner, "Make a Mauve" lightly in the crease, and "Bare to Explore" up to the brow bone. I tend to have a light hand when applying eye makeup (I'm working on getting more confident in my skill and going darker, but I digress), but the contrast between the gold and the purple really makes the look pop. This is definitely a do everything kind of palette. You have everything you need for a face of makeup and eye shadow shades that make it easy to transition from day to night. Everything about this palette is wonderful! My only compliant is that the bronzer is a touch too orange for my liking. With some extra blending though it still looks great.

After featuring the palette in a recent this week's most loved post there were a lot of the comments from readers drooling over this baby. Plus there were also a lot of comments from UK readers saying they wish they could get this palette, but it's not available there. I love this palette so much I wanted to share it with you! So as a thank you for being such loyal readers I'm giving one away! The giveaway is open internationally and you must be 18 years old or have parental consent. The giveaway will end in one week and I'll contact the winner with the email they use for the Rafflecopter giveaway. Thanks again for being such loyal readers and good luck!

What do you think of this palette? Would you wear lighter day looks with it like I do or vamp things up for a purple smokey night look?

xoxo Kayla


The Unloved #4

With makeup coming into my life on a weekly basis, it's easy to forget once loved products in favor of the newest trinket. A recent makeup clean out (you'll see and read more about this on Thursday!) had me sorting through my stash and uncovering a lot of products that have gone unloved lately.

I used to be obsessed with the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils (full size $20) and used nothing else to tight line my eyes, but I've set them aside for a few months now and have been using a Stila offering instead. These liners produce the darkest line I've ever seen and last ages. I definitely need to throw them back into my makeup rotation or at the very least get a brown for more everyday wear.

More as just a general note, I've fallen out of love with eye shadow primers. I used to swear by them, but lately it just doesn't seem as important. Sure my eye shadow may not last a couple hours longer, but by five o'clock I'm ready to get home and take all my makeup off anyway. The extra step of an eye shadow primer just isn't in the routine anymore.

The Rimmel London Lasting Finish Lipsticks from the Kate Moss Collection ($2.59 each) were some of my favorite matte lipsticks to wear back in the day when I was discovering makeup. Now I've hardly ever touched them and think it's time to part ways. They're just not my cup of tea anymore and my matte lip days seem to be behind me. I'm sure a friend will love them more than I am!

When I stumbled upon Essie's "Vested Interest" ($8.50) during my makeup clean out I couldn't believe that I forgot about it! A lovely denim green shade I used to love the death out of this. I'm sure it'll be back on my fingers in no time with fall peeking its head around summer. It's more of an autumn shade anyway.

What makeup has been going unloved in your stash?

xoxo Kayla


Sunday Stuff #11

This Sunday is all about getting stuff done and checking things off my to-do list. There's a lot I want to accomplish today with a few videos to edit, a planner to organize, and photos for this blog needing edits. I'm also vlogging this weekend so I want to make sure I film today too. I kind of fell of the vlogging wagon last night when Alex and I went to his fraternity house in the early evening to hang out. A few of them know I make YouTube videos, but it just felt weird to film there. So the vlog is a little light at the moment.

If I have time later today I want to write in my journal a bit and maybe paint my nails for the first time in ages. I have my eye on Essie's "the Lace is On" ($8.50) to pull me out of my nail polish slump. It's an "in your face" pinky purple with a lot of glitter thrown in. It's calling my name!

What are you up to this weekend?

xoxo Kayla
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This Week's Most Loved #36

It's crazy to think that we're on week 36 of these posts! This week I tried harder to branch out of my eye shadow comfort zone with the help of the LORAC Pro Palette ($42) and the Kiko Eyeshadow i"137" (€2,90). The Kiko eye shadow does wonders at making my blue eyes pop and when mixed with more neutral shades it isn't too much for a shadow scaredy cat like me. I've always enjoyed my LORAC palette for shades that are still in my comfort zone, but are definitely on the outer edge. I've been enjoying wearing "Garnet" and "Deep Purple" on different occasions this week.

To keep the shadows looking bright all day long I've rekindled my love for the NYX Eye Shadow Base in "Skin Tone" ($6.99). I prefer eye shadow bases that add a wash of color to the lids rather than the ones that sink in because then I know they're actually working. 

I thought I'd mention eye lash curlers in this post as well because I don't give them enough affection for how much I love them. My pair is just a run-of-the-mill one from the drugstore, but if it weren't for these babies my lashes would be unattractive, limp hairs on my eyes contributing nothing. Curling my lashes really adds to every single makeup look and they are the only thing I use religiously.

What products have you been loving this week?

xoxo Kayla



10 Ways to Make Your Blog (and Yourself) Happier

  • Stop comparing it to other blogs.
  • Take tons of photos.
  • Try something new.
  • Look back at your first posts. See how much you've grown.
  • Look for inspiration outside of your Bloglovin' feed.
  • Remember why you started.
  • Tweak the layout.
  • Plan ahead and schedule some posts.
  • Create a weekly feature.



Fall Polish Picks

Although I've been on a nail polish hiatus of sorts these last few months, fall's approach has me eyeing up my stash for possible colors to put on my digits. 

Starting from the left, Essie's "Mamba" ($8.50) doesn't scream fall, but after a summer of sun and getting a (slight) tan, this creamy pink will really pop. Essie's "Wrapped in Rubies" ($8.50) is a maroon red with gold glitter throughout and was a no brainer pick for this post. It looks like the apples I'll be picking from a nearby local orchard on our annual trip. China Glaze's "Starboard" ($4.95) is just bright enough to lean towards the summer polish spectrum, but I think it can still work it in the cooler months. Plus grass green isn't the most common of polish colors so you'll be sure to make a statement.

I don't know why, but I find myself wearing spring polishes like Zoya's "Odette" ($9) more in the fall. If I'm not feeling a bright punch of green or a darker shade like "Wrapped in Rubies," there's just something about this soft purple that makes me want it on my finger nails. On the complete opposite side of the spectrum is China Glaze's "Electrify" ($7.50). It's autumn leaves in a glittery bottle and goes well over "Wrapped in Rubies" or another reddy shade. It's quite thin so make sure you do a couple of coats to get as much glitter as you can packed on each finger.

Finally I'm most likely to be wearing Essie's "For the Twill of It" ($8) more often than not this fall. From last year's fall collection, it's a beautifully complex blue grey polish that changes in the light. It's unique without being too much in your face. Definitely a must get.

What polishes are you going to bring out for fall?

xoxo Kayla


Farewell to Ipsy

This post is more of a final farewell to my Ipsy subscription rather than a full on review like in the past. As you may recall I decided to stop my Ipsy subscription right before this glam bag arrived. As usual I didn't know what items I was going to get, but as soon as I opened it I was sure I had made the right choice in cancelling. Ipsy just wasn't doing it for me anymore. 

The sample sizes are wonderful and they do an excellent job at mixing up products and brands. I just wasn't using the products. I found that I was spending the $10 a month on Ipsy, but still buying other products and forgetting that I needed to try these out still. I could be spending that $10 elsewhere and getting more use out of the products.

On average I found I only liked 2-3 products in each month's bag and it started feeling like a waste. For instance, in July's glam bag I only really like the bareMinerals 5-in-1 Cream Eyeshadow. It's incredibly pigmented, long lasting, and in a shade I love. Everything else I could do without though and will probably end up being given to friends or family. The nail polish is too dark for my taste and kind of runny. I've embraced my paleness and don't need a tanning oil. The moisturizer is intriguing but I don't like to switch products in my skincare routine too much. The lip balm is unremarkable. I'm sure my friends and family would really enjoy these products, but they're no longer exciting to me.

Ipsy is a wonderful service and I had a love affair with it for quite some time. But recently my tastes have changed and I much rather put that money towards a product I've researched and really want rather than on surprise products. This is an awesome subscription if you want to explore makeup and beauty more and don't know where to start (like I did over a year ago). I'm still going to recommend it to friends and droll over their really stellar bags, but it's so long to Ipsy for this girl.

xoxo Kayla 
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Top 3 Cleansers

The lazy really comes out of me when it comes to skincare lately. I know, I know. It's important. I'm all about ease when it comes to my routine and there are a few cleansers I constantly reach for to get the makeup off and my face clean. 

The REN Evercalm Gentle Cleansing Milk ($28) is my go to cleanser when I'm looking for something really light and gentle to soothe any angry skin I might be having. I also like to use it after I use the Clinique Take the Day off Cleansing Balm ($28.50) to make sure everything is off my face. I've written a full review about this fantastic product before so be sure to check it out for more details. It's definitely my favorite to take off makeup with. It gets everything off. Amazing.

If I want to mix things up I go back to my first ever cleanser, the Body Shop's Vitamin C Facial Cleansing Polish ($16.50). Only a touch more abrasive on the skin than the other two, I like this one to really get into my skin and clear out my pores. It smells fresh and I always feel great after using this. It makes me want to do the full skincare routine if that makes sense because I enjoy using it so much.

What are your favorite cleansers?

xoxo Kayla


Mini Reviews #2

It's been ages since my first "mini reviews" post. Just goes to show how terrible I am at using up the samples I eagerly click on during the online checkout process. I love the idea of samples, but they never seem to budge from the sample bin. Anyone else with me on this? I can't be alone...

I've managed to finish up a handful of samples in the past couple of months and wanted to share with you mini reviews on what I thought about them. They're obviously not full, set-in-stone reviews as I've only used a sample's worth, but by the end of a sample I usually have a pretty good sense of a product.

The Body Shop Vitamin E Moisture Cream (full size $17) sadly disappointed me. I love the toner from the Vitamin E line, but this cream felt sticky on the skin and didn't sink in well. It did provide a decent amount of hydration and moisture once it did finally settle in, but in the mornings I don't have that much time to wait around for a cream to get its stuff together and sink in.

I finished up three mascaras and I wasn't crazy about any of them. The Buxom Lash Mascara (full size $19), the Two Face Lashgasm Mascara (full size $21), and the Mary Kay Lash Love Mascara (full size $15) all just more or less coated my lashes. There was some length added, but no volume and definitely no wow factor. It's got me wondering if I just can't work with mascara samples. I've never had a sample that's blown me away and had me running out to buy a full size. 

I also used up a sample of the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer in "St Moritz" (full size $42). I would mix this with my "Finland" shade to get the perfect match for my skin tone. I've since purchased a full size of "St. Moritz" and have been mixing and matching ever since. I love having the ability to blend the perfect shade no matter how pale or tan I happen to be. Plus it fixed my silly mistake in buying "Finland" which is just way too light for me.

Let's hope the next mini review isn't months from now and I start making a dent in my sample box. Does anyone have any suggestions on what I could do with all of them? Have you used up any samples recently?

xoxo Kayla


This Week's Most Loved #35

I've been all about the plums and violets lately and have been completely obsessed with my new Tarte Rainforest After Dark Limited Edition Colored Clay Eye and Cheek Palette (phew) ($38). A full review with look photos is in the works, but this palette has stolen my heart. The purple shades are so wearable and the blush is light but provides a nice flush to the cheeks. The packaging is spot on and the looks are endless. 

Another Tarte love this week is the Tarte Clean Slate Flawless 12-hr Brightening Face Primer ($30). It's silicon free so there isn't that feeling of a weird film left on the skin. It sinks in nicely and helps keep foundations looking freshly applied. I don't think it surpasses the Stila One Step Correct primer, but it's a close second.

One of the only hair products to every actually do something to my hair is the Big Sexy Hair Get Layered (full size $17.95). I spray a bit of this around the crown of my head and massage it in with my fingers. It adds a nice bit of volume to my hair without weighing it down or making it feel greasy. It doesn't last ages, but the fact that it does anything at all makes me a happy camper.

What products have you been loving this week?

xoxo Kayla


Saving on Beauty

Beauty blogging is not a cheap hobby. It's easy to fall for product hype and become a makeup hoarder. If you're finding that you're spending just too much money on beauty products, here are a few tips and tricks to save money on beauty.

Probably the money saving trick I use most often, coupons can really help you keep some dollars in your wallet. Victoria's Secret and Bath and Body Works are the two stores I get coupons for the most and they're definitely the best. My favorites are the coupons where there is no purchase necessary to get a free pair of underwear or a travel size lotion. Just make sure you keep your blinders on when going into the stores for your free items and don't let their clever "get you in the store" tactics to work! Ulta also gives out a $3.50 coupon off a $10 purchase, but only use it if you really need something, not as an excuse to go buy things.

Unsubscribe from Store Emails
Store emails are my weakness. Multiple times a day I get emails from tons of different stores raving about new products I have to try. Unsubscribing from them has definitely saved me money. Out of sight out of mind, right?

Wait for Sales
Sephora and Ulta will always have sales. Trust me. They have their big 10% and 20% off sales every year. The trick is to hold out for them. You'll be able to buy the products you love but used up at a discounted price. It may not seem like much, but saving 10% can really add up if you're a makeup fiend like myself.

Makeup Swap with Friends
Definitely something I want to do more, but one of the best ways to get "new" products and get rid of products you aren't crazy about is doing swaps with friends. If you're concerned about not having anything new to talk about on your blog of feel like you just keep talking about the same products, makeup swapping is a great way to get new to you products and add something new to your blog. No spending required.

You know that bin filled with samples you received from online orders and trips to your favorite beauty stores? USE THEM. I'm notorious for just throwing products into a bin and never touching them again. It's a treasure trove for new products to try, blog about, and curb your appetite to buy things. You can also go to stores like Sephora and Ulta and ask for a sample of a product you're interested in buying. That way you can give it a go and really see if it's something you want to spend your money on.

Ultimately it's important for you to decide if you really need something or not. The best way to save money is to not spend it (duh), but if you're like me and just can't resist, these are a few good ways to not go broke in the process.

How do you save on beauty?

xoxo Kayla


The Fall Edit

I dare say I think fall/autumn is my favorite season. There's just something about it. It's the fresh doughnuts from the cider mills to be honest, but I love the beauty trends and the crisp air. With fall closer than we all like to admit and classes about to pick up again (I'm about to start graduate school, yikes), here are some of my fall beauty picks.

I'm quite the fan of deep rose shades in the fall so naturally I'm starting to gravitate towards Rimmel's Lasting Finish Pro Nail Polish in "Hot Cocoa" ($6) and Kiko's Rock Attraction Blush in "06 Visionary Sienna" (€6). Basically the identical shade in two different products. Rimmel Lasting Finish polishes are incredibly impressive for staying power and have a sizable brush that makes even coats a breeze. The Kiko blush is not only beautiful in pan but looks fantastic on the cheeks for a deeper flush.

For eyes I'm breaking out theBalm's NUDE'tude Palette ($36) once again. I love using the darker side of this palette in the fall because they're more autumn feeling, but also still wearable. My favorites are "Seductive," "Silly," and "Sexy". Blended together they create a beautiful smokey eye that even light-handed eye shadow appliers like myself won't feel weird wearing.

Fall screams berry lip colors and I'm sure my Revlon Lip Butter in "Berry Smoothie" ($8.49) will be seeing a lot of lip time in the upcoming months. It's fuss free, has a lot of color payoff, and is moisturizing. Everything you want when the winds start to pick up and the workload increases.

What are your go to products for fall?

xoxo Kayla


Think Pink

Although I claim I'm not one who gravitates towards pink, I do have quite the pink theme going in my makeup stash. Sometimes if I'm feeling a little girly and want to mix things up I'll reach for a few pink toned goodies.

Probably the pinkest thing I own is Essie's "The Girls are Out" ($8.50). I bought a full collection one season and this bright baby came along with it. I definitely wouldn't have bought it on its own, but I'm more than happy to have it in my collection now. It's hot, hot pink with silver micro-glitter flicked throughout. It makes me look tanner when I wear it, so I definitely should splash this on my nails as soon as possible.

For eye shadows I really enjoy throwing in some pink every now and again. My running favorite is the Maybelline Color Tattoo Metal in "Inked in Pink" ($6.99). It's a sheer, almost silver pink that is incredibly quick to just wash over the lids and be on my way. If I want a little more definition I'll put a darker mauve pink or a brown in the outside corners, but more often or not I wear this alone. I've also been obsessed with my Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadows (€6,90) in "35 Rosa Calypso Perlato" and "36 Malva Dorato". A light pink and a mauve pink, these two eye shadow sticks are the perfect duo for a look slightly out of my comfort zone. Incredibly easy to use and blends like a dream too.

For blush if I want something extra pink I always seem to gravitate towards Elf's "Tickled Pink" Blush ($3). It provides just the right amount of color without being too much, but if you aren't careful you could accidentally pack a lot of this blush on. Elf blushes are surprisingly good for the money and they really help to round out my blush collection with colors like "Tickled Pink" I don't wear too often, without costing me too much.

I'm definitely not one for a pink lip, but sometimes I have those moments where I just want to rock it. When those rare times arise I reach for Revlon's "Gentlemen Prefer Pink" ($4.97) or the NYX Butter Gloss in "Vanilla Cream Pie" ($4.99). They are both very sheer so the pink doesn't look too unnatural but it can also be built up if I'm feeling really crazy.

What are some of your favorite pink beauty products?

xoxo Kayla



Exploring Tarte

I've wanted to explore Tarte more for quite a while, but everything seemed just a little too pricey. Tarte's 30% off sale was just the right amount of persuasion for me to start piling things into my shopping cart. The first thing that I popped in there without thought was the Lights, Camera, Splashes Mascara ($20). I've heard great things about Tarte mascaras and this one is waterproof! The packaging is beautiful and makes me feel fancy.

Since I'm almost out of my Stila One Step Correct primer and am not looking forward to paying $36 to get a new one, I decided to give the Clean Slate Flawless 12-hr Brightening Primer ($30). So far I've really been enjoying it. I love the fact that it doesn't feel satiny or have that silicone feeling on the skin. It has an interesting scent but isn't anything unbearable. A full review is in the works!

Finally I've had the Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Concealer ($21) on my wishlist for ages and couldn't leave it behind. I'm pretty sure Tarte is working this product out of their lineup, but I wanted it regardless. It's definitely the heaviest concealer I've used and can come in handy on bad skin days. I'd be sure to pick it up if you've had your eye on it. I also selected a sample of the Double Detox Facial Mask (full size $38) at checkout.

I'm excited to dive into Tarte and really get a sense of the brand. Their blushes are to die for, but we'll see how other products compare! Let me know if there is anything specific you'd like a full review on!

What products have you tried from Tarte?

xoxo Kayla


Handbag Beauty

I like to keep my handbag beauty essentials to the bare necessities. I used to carry around more makeup related products, but more often than not they went unloved and I ran the risk of losing things (I'm terrible at switching purses and leaving products in them). So I've narrowed things down and here's what I keep with me.

Lipsticks. Lots and lots of lipsticks. I probably have four to five different lip products in a bag at any one given time. I like to keep only one high end lipstick (usually something from MAC) to prevent the possibility of losing tons of expensive lippies. The rest are drugstore ones that I don't care as much about. 

I may start out only keeping one or two bobby pins in my bags but out of nowhere there will be like ten of them just floating around in the bottom of my bag. The very first thing I do whenever I get home is pin back my bangs, so at least I have plenty on hand.

My hair is very fine and has a way of getting tangled easily. Usually I just rock a fairly messy long bob look, but when it gets too out of hand I always carry a decent size brush with me. I figure since I've eliminated a lot of useless makeup products from my bag I can spring for a bigger brush.

Although I don't always carry this particular hand lotion, The Body Shop's Hemp Hand Protector ($20), since the metal packaging tends to break at the sides, a hand lotion is a must. No matter what time of year my poor digits are desperate for moisture!

I'm incredibly curious to know what kinds of beauty bits you keep in your purse/bag on a day to day basis so be sure to leave it in a comment below!!

xoxo Kayla


The Vlogs Are Back!

After a bit of a hiatus from vlogging after I returned from Italy, the vlogs are back! Over this past weekend Alex and I did loads of different and exciting things to celebrate our two year anniversary. From going to the farmers' market to disc golfing and a beach trip, our weekend was packed full of fun activities together. A perfect weekend to pick back up weekend vlogging!

I've definitely missed vlogging, but I'm curious to know what you all think I should do with my Youtube channel. In the past it's been an eclectic mix of beauty videos and vlogs and I'm not sure whether or not I should continue like that. Do you want to see both vlogs and beauty videos (like favorites, etc.) or do you want one over the other? Definitely let me know in the comments!

xoxo Kayla
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Favorite Brands

Over the year or so of heavy makeup addiction a few brands have made their way to the top of my favorites list. They're consistent, beautiful, and keep getting me to come back for more.

The new favorite brand: Probably the newest brand favorite of mine, Stila can do no wrong. It's the brand I keep browsing whenever I have a weak moment and end up on the Sephora website. Their cream blushes have captured my attention too many times to count and I'll be sure to cave and purchase one soon. My favorite products have to be the In the Light Palette and the liquid liners. I've raved about them in probably a dozen posts, they're just that good.

The cheaper yet still quality brand: I am one to enjoy a good drugstore brand, but lately I've had my eye on the more expensive ones. Yet I still love Revlon when I find myself back in the drugstore makeup aisles. Not a brand I usually go to for bases (I'm not crazy about the Nearly Naked line and foundation), but Revlon excels at lip products and blushes. I particularly like their lip butters and their cream blushes.

The "I wish I didn't love you" brand: NARS is the brand I wish I didn't love because of the price alone. This stuff is bloody expensive. The frugal side of me is sure I can find something just as good at a cheaper price, but the makeup lover knows that NARS is where it is at. I'm sure you're all aware of my favorites from the brand so I won't bore you with them for another post, but I have my sights on checking out their Sheer Glow foundation, lipsticks, and liners next. 

The long loved brand: It's safe to say that I've loved theBalm products the longest. Their packaging sucked me in and I've been a happy camper ever since. Their NUDE'tude palette is beautiful, pigmented, and unique. Their FratBoy blush could easily be the only blush I ever use. Plus their products are on the lower end of high end. I can't wait to keep exploring the brand and find more products that surprise me with quality. 

What are your favorite brands? What brands do you go to for different products?

xoxo Kayla


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This Week's Most Loved #34

Moving to a new apartment did wonders to mixing up my makeup routine. As soon as I opened that first makeup box I rediscovered a lot of products (as well as changed how I store my makeup). 

I've really been enjoying the Pupa Like a Doll Cream Blush in "Doll Pink" (€13, 60). I find it's best to use with a brush like the Real Techniques Expert Face Brush so the application isn't blotchy. It's a very sheer blush, but using the brush and taking a little extra time does wonders in helping build this product up to a nice peachy pink on the cheeks. I've also rediscovered the Bobbi Brown Corrector in "Light Bisque" ($25). This works amazing under the eye to brighten things up and mask dark circles while still looking natural. No matter how much I love the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, this stuff is much lighter and great for days where I've managed to get more sleep than usual. 

Essie's "Mezmerized" ($8.50) has graced my toes all summer and I have yet to mention it. It's the perfect royal blue that always looks so good in summer. I swear I pull this baby out every year for flip flop season and don't think about another color all summer. Maybe I should branch out, but until then it's just me and "mezmerized".

What products have you been loving this week?

xoxo Kayla


Favorite Jewelry Trends

I'm never one to follow jewelry trends incredibly close. More often than not if I find a piece cute, I'll pick it up and say screw what's in fashion. Yet there are a few trends that I find myself gravitating towards more than others...

Geometric: There's just something about a cool geometric necklace that has me opening my wallet right up. The shapes are beautiful, they're unique, and really help to add a little something to an outfit. My favorite one is this Cutout Geo Bib Necklace ($6.80).

Pastel & Statement: I'm a sucker for anything pastel and I've found that I only really like statement pieces that are lighter colors like this Faux Gemstone Bib Necklace ($9.80). I always thought my pretty dominant collar bones wouldn't work well with statement necklaces, but ones that can bend and contour to my neckline look great.

Vintage & Dainty: One of the most timeless jewelry trends I can't get enough of is the vintage and dainty one. It's girly, simple, and flatters every outfit. Two of my favorite pieces are the Vintage Style Telescope Necklace (£3.50)* and the Vintage Gold Trojan Necklace (£5)*. They may not be actually vintage jewelry pieces, but they sure look cool.

What are your favorite jewelry trends?

xoxo Kayla
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Omiyage Washi Tape Haul

It's safe to say that after this haul, I'm set in the washi tape department. That definitely doesn't mean I'm going to stop buying it though as I have no restraint whatsoever when it comes to stationary supplies (or anything adorable really). I'm switching up my planner once again and have been scouring the internet looking at photos of planners using washi tape/decorations for inspiration (like this Pinterest board). I'm still figuring out how I want to decorate my planner and what ways I want to use washi tape, but I've had my eye on the for quite a while now. I'm hooked after this first purchase.

Before even getting into the tape can we just talk about how the package looked? It was in a regular padded shipping envelope, but inside was this adorable pink bag with omiyage stamped on it and washi tape closing it off. I'm not ashamed to admit I peeled that tape off and put it on the box I'm now storing my washi tape and planner accessories in (anyone interested in a show and tell post?). I squealed. Out loud. And I hadn't even seen the tapes yet.

Not sure what tapes I wanted (the website has an amazing selection, the best I've seen), I decided to order one of their Washi Tape Grab Bags. Much to my ignorance these bags are only offered randomly throughout the year and I just happened to get lucky enough to be able to pick one up (I'll keep you posted on my Twitter if they happen to pop back up again). These bags contain roughly 7-8 random washi tapes for $15 and you don't know what you're going to get until you open up your package. I received roles of Poppy Red Washi Tape ($3), Fruit Illustrated Washi Tape ($4.50), Golden Music Masking Tape ($2.50), solid baby blue washi tape, bow washi tape, brown and white striped washi tape, and vintage music-esque washi tape. I was only able to locate a couple of the product pages online, but I'm assuming the Grab Bags take a hodgepodge of different tapes left over, from current collections, etc. Oddly enough I think the Fruit Washi Tape has to be my favorite. It's adorable and bright and not something I would have purchased on my own.

I also ordered the mt Slim Twist Washi Tape Set A ($4.50) and a role of the Salmon Pink Check ($2.50) more or less on a whim. The whole order was on a whim honestly but I couldn't be more excited to start playing with all my new tape in my planner. I've already used them to decorate a few letters and I'm eager to get even more pen pals just for an excuse to use the tapes. 

Omiyage has definitely become my go to place to get washi tape, now I just need to find a good shop for stickers...

Oh the problems I face...Also if you're interested in seeing how I organize and store my planner decorating materials and washi tapes, check out this post.

Do you decorate your planner or use washi tape in craft projects? What's your favorite thing to craft?

xoxo Kayla



Disappointing Products #2

No one likes disappointing products, but I see it as my duty to relay the good, bad, and the ugly of all things beauty. And this bunch has a surprising product from a well-loved brand.

Up first is this Clinique blush that apparently doesn't exist any more. Lucky for you because there's no chance of you accidentally buying this craptastic blush. I could barely get any product off of the pan and it had little to no pigmentation. I sincerely hope other Clinique blushes actually provide product! The Pacifica eye shadow duo I received in an Ipsy Glambag had to make an appearance in this post for how downright awful the quality of the shadows were. It's as if they placed the plastic pan beneath a chalk board to catch any scrapings and then labeled in eye shadow. It's terrible. It's turned me off of ever purchasing a Pacifica shadow ever again.

If you've seen my full review of the Maybelline Volum'Express Pumped Up! Colossal Mascara ($5.99) then you already know why this product ended up in this lineup. It doesn't do anything that it claims to do, doesn't lengthen, and doesn't add volume. It's pointless. I had high hopes for the Kiko Mat Base Corrector Primer (€8,90), but it feel short. It left a sticky film on the face and didn't seem to do anything for the skin to prep it for foundation.

I think I'm most disappointed in the deluxe sample of the NARS Lip Gloss (full size $26) I got with my Sephora Beauty Insider points. For such a high end, expensive brand you would think that NARS would have found a way to create a lip gloss that wasn't sticky, but sticky is an understatement. It was thick, gloopy, and attracted my hair like a magnet. The packaging is lovely but that only gets you so far. I'll be steering clear of their lip glosses in the future.

Have you been disappointed by any products lately?

xoxo Kayla


5 Products Worth Your Money

It's quite obvious due to the nature of this blog that I'm not one to hold back when parting with my money on beauty products. However you may not be the type who wants to dish out loads of cash on new releases and products left and right. So I've gathered the five products that are definitely worth your money.

If you get the right shade (I definitely didn't the first go around) then the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer ($42) will quickly become your most used base. It's light, but still covers redness and lasts all day. Apply with a brush or fingers (my personal preference) and blend for a flawless finish. Plus the SPF is always a huge bonus.

If you're trying to decide which high end palette to purchase, save about $20 and skip the Urban Decay Naked Palettes and get the Stila in the Light Palette ($39). Ten wearable shades with a couple of mattes thrown in, any look you want is covered. Don't shy away from the blue shade either. It also comes with a eye liner that is fantastic. I wish I had bought this palette long ago. So many wasted dollars on hyped up palettes rather than one that I'll use ever shade in.

For a blush that'll make you want to scrap the rest of your blushes, look not further than the Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blushes ($26). I have the shade "Peaceful" and have to actively convince myself to reach for other blushes. Tarte's blushes are buttery, blend into the skin well, and last longer than any other blush I've tried. Their color range is fantastic so you'll be sure to find a shade you can't live without.

Nothing kicks my dark circles like the NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer ($29). No other concealer has lasted as long as this one either so you get a lot of bang for your buck. It's smooth, blends effortless, and covers what you want to be covered. The shade range is awesome as well.

Finally if you're going to spend some money on a lipstick, the Urban Decay Revolution Lipsticks ($26) deserve your attention. The lipstick pictured is in the shade "Rush" and I reach for it often. These lipsticks are thick, in a good way. They're moisturizing, pigmented, and dry into more of a stain/balm than a lipstick. The color range is extensive and their names give me an odd satisfaction. The packaging is sleek and incredibly unique. These check every box.

So if you're feeling a little spendy but want to buy quality products, these five are definitely worth your money.

xoxo Kayla


Summer Lovin' TAG

Regardless of the fact that Fleur DeForce started her Summer Lovin' Tag on YouTube, I'm bringin' it to the blogging world!

1. Summer lipstick you're loving?
I'm definitely having a love affair with MAC's "See Sheer" ($16). It's a fantastic coral/red shade that's surprisingly wearable on a daily basis. It's a change from my usual mauve lipsticks that usually dominate my lips.

2. Summer nail polish you're loving?
Say it with me? Essie's "Splash of Grenadine" ($8.50). It's my obsession. Nothing else has graced my fingers lately.

3. Bikini you're loving this summer?
I can no longer find this floral number on the Old Navy website, but they still have quite the variety of really affordable suits. I love the yellow, green, blue, and black colors together and it's a really flattering suit on. I usually have such a hard time finding a top that makes me feel comfortable and covers all of my boobs, but this one does!

4. Favorite summer Frappuccino from Starbucks?
I haven't had a Frappuccino yet this summer but I really like the Double Chocolaty Chip Frappuccino when I'm in the mood. It doesn't have any coffee (score) and tastes like a delicious milkshake sent from the gods.

5. Favorite fake tan?
I've never fake tanned and rarely get any real sun...#palelife

6. Favorite summer song?
I can't get enough of "Breezeblocks" by alt-J lately. I've also been listening to this 8tracks mix on repeat.

7. Favorite summer accessory?
It's all about the pastel statement necklaces for me at the moment. I can't get enough of this one from Forever 21 ($9.80)

8. Favorite summer fragrance/perfume?
I haven't really been wearing any perfumes or fragrances lately. I'm not sure what the deal is but spending over 40+ hours at a desk only talking to a few people doesn't make me too keen to worry about perfume. Maybe it's because I just haven't fallen in love with one in a while and need some recommendations.

9. Summer book you're loving? 
Right now I'm reading the final book of The Maze Runner series. It's taken me ages to get through this series partly because I haven't been really captivated since the first book and I've also been really distracted by other things going on. Any book recommendations definitely send my way!

10. What are you most excited to do this summer?
I hope talking about it so much won't jinx anything but I really want to move into a house at some point this summer or find a nice apartment to live in. 

I Tag:
Anyone else who wants to do this tag! Leave the link to the blog post below so I can see it!!

xoxo Kayla



ModCloth Decor Lovin'

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When it comes to the perfect place for quirky home accessories, gifts for friends, and cheeky gifts for myself, I can't get enough of ModCloth's home decor section. After picking up this Scoops of Flower Measuring Set ($24.99) a couple of months ago, I'm definitely sold on the quality and uniqueness. Plus I always get loads of compliments about them. I currently have my eye on the Lava at First Sight Pillow, the Mac & Cheese Cookbook, the Trunks Full of Taste Shaker Set (elephants!!), and the Sticker to the Itinerary Set. I'd run amok on that site if I didn't have a conscious about spending so much money!

Right now ModCloth is having a 20% Off Decor Sale on a lot of really adorable bed sets, pillow cases, and other items. I love a good ModCloth sale. Things are just a little bit too expensive in my opinion when they're regularly priced, but ModCloth has sales so often that you just have to wait a little before getting the items you want. And take a peak at their dresses while you're at it. You won't regret it.

I think it's about time I place another order. Have you ever shopped at ModCloth?

xoxo Kayla

Sunday Stuff #10

This is the first Sunday since we moved out of our apartment and it feels so weird. We're getting settled into our new place and have been loving it, but it still feels a bit odd. I'm sure that will go away with time, but whenever I move into a new place it always takes me a bit to start feeling like it's home. I've been hard at work trying to get the office space just how I want it and I'm excited to share it with you all soon.

When we first moved in I was quite worried about mister Tardis. He spent an entire day hiding in a very high shelf in a cupboard in a closet. He's since started to explore a bit more, but he still has some adjusting to do. Our new place has a lot more windows, a bunch of new sounds, and tons to look at. He'll figure it all out just like we will soon enough.

Today on top of still unpacking some of the final box stragglers, Alex and I are going to go to an art fair just to have a poke around. I love going to art fairs so I'm quite excited to get out of our empty box filled house for some fresh air and community.

What are you up to today?

xoxo Kayla
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July Favorites

Summer you really need to just hold your horses and not fly by so quickly. Once summer is over it's all graduate program courses and busier days at work so a nice long summer would be ideal. Yet July just flew by and I'm sharing with you some of my favorite products from the month.

The Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation ($17.13) took me by surprise at the beginning of the month when I used it during a weeks worth of different foundations. I had sort of written it off as an "ok" foundation, but after wearing it during that week I fell head over heels for it. It blends in well, provides the light but decent coverage I look for, and makes the skin look radiant.

I love all my new  Kiko Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadows (€6,90) dearly, but "06 Marrone Durato" has to be my favorite. It's a gorgeous shimmery bronze shade that doesn't come off too yellow. These sticks are so easy to use and in seconds you have a put together eye shadow look with little to no effort.

I've been all about the MAC lipsticks ($16 each) this month and have become obsessed with "See Sheer" and "Chatterbox". I find that "See Sheer" is much easier to wear on a daily basis, but "Chatterbox" has to be my favorite lipstick when I'm looking for something a little bolder and different. It's a pinky/coral shade but incredibly vibrant and bright.

You're going to get tired of how much I'm going to be talking about Essie's "Splash of Grenadine" ($8.50) this summer so I'm going to keep it short and sweet. It's perfect. Pink but purple and not too bold but makes a statement. You need this polish.

What products have you been loving in July? Leave product recommendations in the comments!

xoxo Kayla
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