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


Tarte Blush Lovin'

It took me downright ages to finally shell out the cash for my first Tarte Amazonian 12-hour blush ($26), but since that fateful day I've been a love struck puppy for these beauties.

The first blush I picked up was "Peaceful" (left). The perfect peachy nude blush shade unlike anything I had in my collection. I had purchased two different blushes and my boyfriend Alex convinced me to keep this one and give the other one as a gift. I was skeptical at first because of how un-coral this blush is (my old go to), but I fell in love after first application. Props to Alex on this one. It provides just the right amount of flush to the cheeks while looking incredibly natural and effortless. No matter how pale I am this looks great.

My most recent addition is "Fearless" (right). I sought this shade out because it was on the completely opposite side of the spectrum from "Peaceful." I'm trying my darndest to not buy similar blush shades and these two couldn't be more different. "Fearless" is pink. A nice rosy fuchsia almost that comes off on the skin like freshly pinched cheeks. I like to apply this high on my cheek bones and it lifts my complexion instantly. You can definitely go overboard with this if you're a heavy-handed blush applier, but a light brushing of this does wonders.

There may be another Tarte blush purchase in the future, now I just have to decide which shade!

xoxo Kayla


Champagne Shadows

I've been all about the glittery golds these days. The perfect shadow color to sweep across the lids and be on my way while still looking like I put some effort in. These five shades are my go to for an effortless shimmery look.

More often than not I find myself pulling out Maybelline's Color Tattoo in "Barely Branded" ($6.99). It's the least shimmery of the bunch, but easiest to apply. It's a great base  beneath the other shadows as well to really help them pop on the lids and last all day. It's a good'un.

Another one of my favorites came into my life from a past ipsy glam bag. I've never heard of Elizabeth Mott's Pop! Goes the Shadow single eye shadows ($12.99) before and was instantly drawn to "Champagne." It's a lovely shimmery gold shade, but definitely not worth $12.99 now that I know how much it retails for. It's a decent shadow, but needs some work building up on the lids. I'd go for a drugstore alternative if you're looking for a shade like this one.

A shade I don't reach for too often is NYX's "Fantasy" ($4.50) I couldn't find this exact shade on the website, but there are a lot of similar ones. This is more of a shimmery brown than a champagne, but I like to use this on the outside edge to give more definition to a look. The glitter in this is a bit chunky so blending is a must to make sure it doesn't look odd.

I've saved the best for last. My go to shimmery champagne shades are in Stila's In the Light Palette ($39) and they're just heavenly. I'm obsessed with "Kitten" and "Bubbly". "Kitten" is more of your classic champagne while "Bubbly" has more gold undertones and isn't so in your face. They're buttery, pigmented, blendable, and fabulous.

What is your go to champagne shadow?

xoxo Kayla



This Week's Most Loved #39

September is always the month that just seems to fly by for me. There's just something about the bustle of school being back in session and the weather changing that suddenly it's October and I haven't even blinked. There have been a couple of products I've gotten along well with this week and are worth sharing.

Up first is a product I've had for a while but has yet to grace the blog. The Urban Decay Naked Skin Beauty Balm ($14) and I haven't really gotten along since its purchase largely due to the smell. I just don't fancy the herbal minty smell. If I had my way the only makeup products with any scents or flavors at all would be MAC lipsticks. Once I get past the small this beauty balm is actually quite impressive. I have fairly dull and somewhat discolored skin and this really does a good job of smoothing everything out. I've been enjoying putting this on over my primer and calling it good on days when I'm not feeling a full base.

I'm back on a nail polish kick and rather than doing the logical thing and wearing a autumn color I pulled out Essie's "Splashes of Grenadine" ($8.50). I can't help it. I'm obsessed. It's the perfect pink with a smidgen of purple and I can't get enough of it.

Finally Maybelline's Color Tattoo Metal in "Barely Branded" ($6.99) has been my savior the past week. A quick wash of this on my lids and I look more awake, put together, and can get out the door in no time at all (I've been missing my alarm and waking up late!). This little pot is well loved and will be repurchased when I scrape the last white gold goodness from it.

This week also marks the launch of my stationery company Oh, Hello Stationery Co! It's been a long time in the making and I just wrote a full post (with a giveaway) about it yesterday. There's also currently a coupon code MBEAUTY10 for 10% off. I couldn't not mention the company in a favorites! I've been obsessed with this doughnut card since the early sketches. How cute is it?!?!

What products have you been loving this week?

xoxo Kayla


Oh, Hello Stationery Co. + Giveaway

I am beyond excited to be writing this post. Like over the moon, skipping through a field of flowers excited. I've been working on making this dream a reality for what feels like ages, and it's finally happened. I've started my own stationery business: Oh, Hello Stationery Co.

My love of stationery and all things paper started when I was quite young. I'm actually quite embarrassed by how much stationery I own (it's a lot). I love writing letters and receiving cute cards from friends. Stationery is a passion of mine and now I get to share it with all of you!

The style behind Oh, Hello is a quirky simplicity. The cards aren't flashy, but they're still incredibly well made (thick water color paper) and are adorable if I do say so myself. I'm constantly adding new cards to the shop, sketching out ideas, and expanding the product list. Right now I sell cards, magnets, stickers, and erasers. I have my sights on so many more products though.

It's crazy to think that this could have never happened. I had dreamed about it for so long, but if I hadn't started to take steps to make it happen, it would have stayed a dream. There were so many points along the way when I just wanted to quit and didn't think anyone would care. I've seen amazing support in this first week of my shop being open and I'm so glad I didn't give up on this dream. If there's something you've always wanted to do, then do it. Start working towards that dream today and turn it into an achievable goal.

In honor of my shop opening I wanted to host a giveaway! The winner will be able to select two single cards as well as either the doughnut magnet set or the penguin magnet set. The giveaway is open internationally and you must be 18-years-old or have parental consent to enter. The giveaway will last for one week and I'll contact the winner by email to ask which two cards they'd like to receive!

Thanks again for all your support and good luck! If you're wanting to place an order use coupon code MBEAUTY10 for 10% off until the end the giveaway!!

xoxo Kayla


My Relationship with Powder

Powder and I have had a complicated relationship. And I mean all powders...bronzers, highlighters, pressed setting powders...There are times when I'm absolutely nuts about them and can't go a day without brushing one (or many) onto my face. Yet lately my powder bin has gone unloved in my makeup drawers. 

I'm the first to throw my hand into the air when asked if I'm a dewy face kind of gal (who would be asking, I don't know...) so naturally I would want to shy away from the mattifying products. Sadly that seems to include bronzer as well. Mostly because I'm downright terrible at contouring and partly because I'm an equal opportunity powder hater lately...

Trust me I know that not all powders give that cakey look to the skin and with the right powder and the right brush magic can happen. I guess I'm just feeling uninspired in the powder department and need your help! What's your favorite powder? How and why do you apply it? Is there a setting powder out there that will let me have my dewy finish while still helping my makeup last all day? Any advice send it my way!

xoxo Kayla


Three Step Skincare

I'm still struggling getting back on the skincare wagon. It's hard to get back into a routine once you've abandoned ship! To make things easier for stubborn ol' me I've cut down my skincare routine to just three simple steps. I know that there is more to a proper skincare routine than just these steps, but some skincare is better than no skincare!

The best way to take off a day's worth of makeup and clean my skin at the same time is Clinique's Take the Day Off Cleansing Balm ($28.50). It literally melts the makeup off my face and with some water lathers up really nicely. I follow up with The Body Shop's Vitamin E Hydrating Toner ($13) to help clear off the rest of the cleanser and makeup that may have been left behind. It's incredibly light and makes my skin feel amazing. The best toner I've tried hands down.

I'm all about Origins GinZing Energy-boosting Moisturizer ($26.50) for adding a crap load of moisture back into my skin. It's another incredibly light feeling product, smells amazing, and this tub has lasted me ages. No tight feeling skin after this baby, that's for sure.

I eventually want to work back up to a double cleansing routine with a serum, but right now I'm keeping it simple and getting used to taking care of my skin again.

What's your skincare routine?

xoxo Kayla


Graduate School Beauty

If there's one thing I've learned from being employed full time and taking graduate classes, it's that a quick makeup routine is a must. Plus something that can last the entire work day and into the evening.

The Stila One Step Correct ($36) has been raved about on this blog for months so I won't go into too much detail. By far my favorite primer for lasting all day, correcting redness and uneven skin tones, and feeling great on my skin. Even on days where I don't want to wear any makeup I still find myself applying a layer of this, it's just that good.

Another much loved product is the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer ($42). A light base that provides just the right all-day coverage. It's my go to base and I often have to talk myself into using other foundations. Why cheat on a good product, right?!

One of the best ways to cut down on makeup time in the morning is by using a one sweep eye shadow like the Pupa Vamp! Cream Eyeshadow in "Iced Coffee" (€11,70). Incredibly creamy and pigmented this cream eye shadow glides on easy without any fuss.

Blush is probably the easiest step of my morning routines. I jump between using my two Tarte blushes and using theBalm's Frat Boy blush ($21). A perfect peachy pink that provides a nice pop to the cheeks without looking too full on.

A lasting mascara is a must for me on long days of work and class. The Tarte Lights, Camera, Splashes ($20) mascara has amazing hold and lasts all day. It does leave the lashes a bit crunchy feeling, but you never notice unless you're constantly touching your lashes.

Lipstick has to be MAC's "See Sheer" ($16). I'm downright obsessed with this coral red. It provides an awesome wash of color without being too much or requiring a lot of upkeep. It's a definitely must swatch if you're near a MAC counter.

Grad school has definitely proven to be harder than expected, but at least with this easy makeup routine I can focus more on school than what's going on my face!

What's your school makeup routine?

xoxo Kayla


This Week's Most Loved #38

The end of the week definitely snuck up on me that's for sure! I've had my focus almost completely on starting my stationery business that the days just wiz by! Keeping things simple on the makeup front has become my bread and butter lately. It's all about the ease and whatever can get me out the door not looking sleep deprived the fastest. 

With all the talk in the blogosphere about the new Naked Basics 2 Palette I've found myself showing the original palette ($29) some love lately. I'm not a cool toned kind of gal (at least I don't think I am...) so I'm not terribly interested in the new palette. I like the warmer toned shades in the first edition although I find the lighter shades a bit of work to get pigmented on the lids.

 In the pan, the Tarte Amazonian Clay Blush in "Fearless" ($26) looks a little full on, but I've been loving it for a nice pop of color on my dull cheeks. It adds so much to my complexion and I'm glad I gave it a go regardless of pow factor upon first glance.

At the first sign of fall I immediately started to reach for my Revlon Colorburst Matte Balm in "Sultry" ($9.49). A dark reddy plum that just screams autumn, I only seem attracted to it once September hits. It's more of a stain than a balm and can be a bit drying at times but nothing a good layer of vasaline can't solve. I'll be sure to be sporting this and other similar shades all season long.

What products have you been loving this week?

xoxo Kayla



Autumn Fashion & Candle Haul

It's been ages since I've had a treatyoself moment and purchased new clothes and candles for myself! Autumn is my favorite Bath & Body Works Candle season and who could resist the always adorable, unique clothing from Modcloth? Plus a few goodies from Forever21 never hurts!

Have you purchased any new clothing lately?

xoxo Kayla


20 Facts About Me

Although I have a lifestyle blog over at Microscope Life, there's probably a lot that you, my lovely readers, may not know about me. So here are 20 random facts to get to know me better...

1. I majored in professional communication with a minor in photography in undergrad. I'm now in graduate school majoring in liberal studies with a focus on American culture.

2. I swam competitively for over ten years and played water polo for five. No land sports for me!

3. Growing up, my sister and I had a pet hedgehog named Spike.

4. I've traveled to France, China, England, and Italy among other countries close to America. 

5. I have one older sister that's two and a half years older than me.

6. Growing up I wanted to be a journalist or an author.

7. I've never dyed my hair.

8. I love elephant ears and macaroni and cheese. If I could survive only eating those two things I definitely would do it. Oh and doughnuts.

9. I hate hot drinks that just taste like hot water. I like my tea strong and can't handle coffee.

10. I love Parks & Rec, Doctor Who, Sherlock, The Vampire Diaries, and Bob's Burgers. 

11. I'm an introvert with the occasional extrovert tendencies.

12. I'm in Theta Phi Alpha Sorority and was the president of my university's chapter.

13. My full time job is as a Marketing Coordinator for a university.

14. I don't think I have very good fashion sense.

15. I started filming YouTube videos in 2010, but haven't really gotten fully into it until last year.

16. I've kept a blog of some sort since 2008.

17. I hate salad.

18. I'm dreadful at painting my nails.

19. I love writing letters and having pen pals.

20. In general I'm a pretty private person.

I'd love to get to know you guys a bit better so share some facts about yourself in the comments!

xoxo Kayla
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NARS "Tolede" Lipstick

NARS makeup is definitely a weakness of mine. Of course I have to go weak in the knees for a brand that's downright expensive. My love of their tinted moisturizer has graced this blog time and time again, but I thought it was time to branch out a bit and try some new things. I picked up "Tolede" ($26), my first lipstick from the brand and I have to say it's not a good start.

Let's start with the glaring negative first. Although it looks pigmented on my hand swatch, this lipstick just doesn't show up on my lips. I know it's there, but there's just no color. Maybe I finally found the exact shade color of my lips in lipstick form and it's causing it to just blend in perfectly, but a lipstick with no color kind of defeats the point.

Other than the fact that you can't tell I'm wearing anything when I put this on, this line has a great formulation. It's moisturizing and seems to last a while (what I can tell anyway from not actually seeing it). Plus it's a downright gorgeous color in swatches and in the tube. And the packaging. Swoon. I just wish I could see it on the lips.

I think I'll have to splurge again for another shade to see if it was just "Tolede" and not the entire line disappearing into my lips. If that's the case and the next lipstick shows up, I may be in trouble of spending all my money on NARS products.

Have you tried a NARS lipstick before?

xoxo Kayla


Maybelline "The Nudes" Palette

Although I featured Maybelline's "The Nudes" Palette ($9.99) in a makeup routine video and a this week's most loved post, I'm still on the fence about it. So I thought a full review post was in order to sort out all my mixed feelings. 

Price wise, this palette is great. With other neutral palettes three to five times the price it's a bargain. However I find myself only using the three center shimmery shades and more or less leaving the rest alone. These three shades I find to be the most pigmented and easy to build up, while everything else is very hard to work with. The two darkest shades are muddy and hard to blend. I have used the bottom left shade a few times and can manage something with it, but the other shades are just is so-so. When I was working on a swatch photo for this post I got so frustrated with the majority of the shades being impossible to get to show up on my arm. Hence no swatch photo (sorry!).

Yet I do really love those three center shades and like to use the light beige ones in the rest of the palette for soft highlighting of my brow bone. I find myself reaching for this palette because I enjoy creating a bronzey gold look. But I use a quad of shadows at most and could have saved a few dollars and just bought a quad instead of a larger palette. 

Ultimately I'm glad I purchased the palette, but it's no where near a replacement for higher end neutral palettes. If you're considering this over another neutral palette, I'd save up a bit more and splurge for the Stila in the Light Palette over this any day. But if you're looking for something cheap and don't mind a little extra work blending and building up, this is a good option.

What do you think of this palette?

xoxo Kayla


This Week's Most Loved #38

The weather here in Michigan changed drastically this week. It went from serious summer weather to the dead of autumn in a day. I personally love fall so I'm jazzed to be able to break out my autumn decorations and start burning my Bath and Body Works Candles. My makeup favorites this week go along with the shift in weather.

I've really been enjoying the Maybelline The Nudes Palette ($9.99) and featured it in my "Everyday Makeup Routine" video recently. It's an amazing palette for the price and has all the shades I love. As you can see I tend to gravitate towards the somewhat shimmery shades in this palette as they're the most pigmented. It's not Stila or Urban Decay palette, but for three times cheaper it's downright awesome.

With the shift in weather I find my lips being more dry and flaky. Not to mention when I start new things (like grad school) I tend to get nervous and bite on my lips more. My trusty LUSH Mint Julips Lip Scrub ($9.95) is back in my life again and rescuing my lips from the wind and myself.

Once my lips don't have cracks and look just straight up nasty, I've been enjoying my Revlon Lip Butter in "Wild Watermelon" ($8.49). It's the reddest I'll go in the lipstick department while still being moisturizing and incredibly easy to wear.

What products have you been loving this week?

xoxo Kayla


Everyday Makeup Routine

My weekday mornings are a blur. I usually wake up late (I needed those extra minutes!), fly around the apartment making sure I have all my stuff and food, and rush out the door without looking back. I've gotten my everyday makeup routine down to a science because I don't have time or the brainpower to get creative before the sun even decides to wake up. Check out the first video I've ever put makeup on my face (I deserve a medal for how long I've managed to avoid it...) and see how I get ready on a daily basis. 

Let me know what you thought of the video! I was pretty nervous filming it so I hope you enjoy it!

xoxo Kayla


5 to Follow on Instagram

When it comes to social media platforms, Instagram is my favorite. It's like Facebook and Twitter combined to create the perfect platform where posts are short and sweet with a photo to go with them. There are also tons of different types of Instagrams to follow to make your feed a dream to scroll through. Is it cliche to say you can really learn a lot about someone from their Instagram feed? Here are some of my favorites.

I can't get enough of the lovely Estée no matter what social media she's on. She's a doll and a wiz at creating engaging content I devour immediately. Plus her Instagram features a lot of snaps of her dog Reggie which is always a nice bonus. Beauty, dogs, and quirky hotdog humor? I'm sold. Estée and I would be besties in real life, that's for sure.

I discovered this Instagram through her Etsy shop and have been obsessed ever since. Karolinaskrafts is a planner accessory shop where I've bought my fair share of decorative stickers for my planner. Her Instagram is filled with inspiring weekly spreads that have me pulling out my washi tape and spending an absurd amount of time with my planner.

Sometimes your Instagram feed needs a little bit more artistic beauty and this account definitely has it. Flora's illustrations remind me of my childhood and I can't help but pause on her posts while scrolling through. 

Mail has never looked so beautiful than in Eunice's posts. I would die a happy camper to receive one of the beauties I see on her Instagram feed. Vintage and detailed, you'll find yourself staring at envelopes for a lot longer than you ever thought possible.

For to die for and astonishingly well lit beauty photos the one an only erisaxo comes to mind. I don't follow her on any other platform oddly enough, but I drool over her makeup collection on a daily basis. She's workin' that Instagram game hard and I'm loving every second of it.

If you're interested in following my Instagram, you can do so here! What are some of your favorite Instagram accounts to follow? 

xoxo Kayla
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Falling Off the Skincare Wagon

In the interest of full disclosure, I've fallen off the skincare wagon. Hard. Toppled right off the backside of it and have laid in the mud for far too long. My skincare routine and I haven't seen each other in an alarming amount of time and this post more or less serves as a slap on the wrist to myself and an encouragement to you to not be like me.

I'm blessed with very good skin. Minimal blemishes, fairly normal to slightly dry skin that doesn't make a fuss or fight with me. I definitely take it for granted and this good skin is probably why I don't pay as much attention to a regular skincare routine as I used to and should. I went through a phase at the start of the year when I went skincare crazy. I filled a bin full of wonderful products and enjoyed my evening and brief morning visits to the bin to pamper my skin. But I honestly can't see a difference between my skin then and my skin now. I know that regularly washing my face and taking care of my skin is important, but there has never been obvious changes to my skin to encourage me to keep going.

I think the only way I pull myself out of the mud and back onto the skincare wagon is by creating a very simple, easy to do no matter what routine that only uses a couple of products. My excessive skincare excitement was my demise. Now I have to rekindle my relationship with this beautiful bin of products and get my skin back to where it needs to be, regardless of if I see any obvious improvements. Here's hoping that this post written with my head hung low will be a wake up call to myself and my bad skincare ways.

What's your skincare routine like? Do you sometimes find yourself falling off the skincare wagon?

xoxo Kayla 


Influenster Vitality VoxBox

It's been quite a while since I received my last VoxBox from Influenster and my return to the VoxBox world with this Vitality VoxBox* is a disappointing one. Influenster is this really cool, free website where you unlock badges (like a beauty badge or a foodie badge) for things you like and you can review products. When Influenster has a new VoxBox campaign they select potential people based on their badges, follower base, and interests. You'll receive a survey in your inbox and if you're a good fit they send you a box full of goodies for free! A good deal in my book.

I've gotten a few boxes in the past, but I'm just not crazy about this one. There just isn't anything overly exciting about it. The products aren't bad necessarily, they're just far from glamorous. Sure having some extra tampons laying around could be handy in a pinch, but this box isn't my cup of tea. Which makes me curious as to what about my profile and survey responses made it a good fit for me. I don't like sweet tea, flavored lip balms are weird, energy infused gummies freak me out, and I don't really see a common tie between all of the products. Alex is more excited about the products than I am (besides the tampons of course...) so at least they'll be put to good use but I pinky promise to at least give them a chance and an honest go.

Influenster sends out some really sweet boxes (there's a Victoria Secret one out and about that is seriously awesome), but this one fell short. I'd still recommend checking out the site though as it only takes a few hours a month to maintain and you never know what box you'll qualify for!

Have you tried Influenster before?

xoxo Kayla

*Products free from Influenster
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This Week's Most Loved #37

This week has been downright exhausting. I'm glad I'm at the tail end of it with a weekend free of events or responsibilities. It's just going to be me and my to do list! I've kept things pretty simple on the makeup front this week really only branching out of my routine for a different shade of eye shadow. 

I'm still fully obsessed with the NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer ($42) and I don't see an end in sight. It's the perfect light coverage while giving my dull skin a nice glow. I only like to apply this with my fingers as a brush or a sponge just don't have the same finish. Plus in the morning I'm just too lazy to blend with a brush when my fingers do just fine.

I haven't used a powder in ages, but lately there's just a little too much of a sheen to my skin on my chin and nose that I've brought back my once beloved Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder ($4.99) to calm down the shine a bit. There's nothing fancy about this powder, but it works.

My eyebrows are no longer going unchecked these days too. At least not as much as I've ignored them in the past. I've been using the OFRA Absolute Brow Pencil ($13) that came in one of my last Ipsy glambags. It's a smidgen on the dark side, but a light hand and small movements makes this a really simple product to use to fill in my untamed brows. Now I just have to find the courage to actual shape them into something beyond blobs on my face.

For a little fun I've been obsessed with these My Little Pony squishy toys that come in these mystery packs at places like Five Below. You can find them online but they're definitely cheaper in store. Alex and I spent a good twenty minutes trying to peek into the holes of the opaque packaging to make sure I got my two favorite ponies. Sure that kind of eliminates the point of mystery packs, but I wasn't going to take any chances. We were successful and they've kept me company at my makeup desk since. Who says you have to grow up?

What products have you been loving this week?

xoxo Kayla


Sephora & Ulta Beauty Haul

After my recent makeup clean out and organization a few weeks ago I decided to treat myself to a few new goodies as a reward. There were a couple things I needed to replace and a few items I've had my eye on for a while. I decided to film a quick video to share with you what I purchased!

Have you picked up any new goodies recently?

xoxo Kayla


Escaping the "I Need It"s

With a love for all things beauty and a Bloglovin' feed always enticing me to buy things, I've had to become an expert at avoiding the "I need it" desires. It's so easy to get swept up into product hype or new releases that before we know it we're eating ramen counting the days until the next payday. Here are some tips on how to enjoy the beauty world without it taking all your money.

Be skeptical: Suddenly seeing a lot of big name bloggers talking about the same perfume or recent launch? It's not just a coincidence. Sponsorship and support for blogging from companies is fine, but don't get sucked into a product just because all the big names are suddenly talking about it. Be skeptical of these spikes in interest for a particular product. Wait around to see if people are still talking about them after the initial wave. 

Do research: If you find yourself thinking, "I need it," do research on the product before whipping out your debit card. Look at swatches, a handful of reviews, and determine why you want it. If it's to solve a problem or fill a gap in your makeup then it can go on your wishlist. If it's because everyone is talking about it, give it some time to see if you really actually want it. More times than I can count a product I thought I desperately needed falls off my radar once the hype dies down.

Stop buying the same thing: We all don't need six lipsticks from different brands in the exact same shade. We also don't need fifteen blushes. Buy products to fill the space of a product you've recently used up or that adds something new to your collection. 

Give yourself a budget: One of the best ways to eliminate unnecessary spending and to help reset focus on buying things that you actually need is giving yourself a budget. Knowing a limit you have to spend on beauty products each month will weed out the frivolous things and really get you to think about what matters to you.

Read more lifestyle blogs: If your Bloglovin' feed is post after post of products you need to get, it's going to be really hard to ignore the urge to spend. Follow some lifestyle blogs to mix things up. Not only will you get a break from the constant bombardment of beauty products, you'll also find more inspiration for your own blog!

In the end it's up to each and every one of us to reign ourselves back in and stop spending money on things we think we need. What are some of the ways you escape the "I need it"s?

xoxo Kayla


Blogging While Busy

With my first day of graduate school tomorrow and working full time, I know a thing or two about blogging while being busy. I'm going to be busier than I've ever been before when I step foot into my first graduate class, so I thought I'd share with you some tips and tricks to be able to keep blogging while busy.

Plan Ahead: Although this is something that you should be doing regardless of how busy you are, planning your posts ahead of time can really save you. I plan my posts on average two weeks in advance, that way I know what photos need to be taken, what features are coming up, and so I'm not rushing last minute to write up a post the day it goes live. Plus I don't have to constantly be thinking up brilliant ideas at a moment's notice.

Take Bulk Photos: Another good habit to get into regardless of how packed your planner is, taking a bunch of post photos at one time is loads faster and much easier. You already have your camera set up, you're in the mindset of taking photos, and there will only be one mess to clean up. I usually take my photos on Saturday mornings when the light is good and I don't have to rush off to work.

Take Stock Photos: The photo for this post was taken probably two to three months ago. I like to take a few "stock" photos whenever I'm doing a bulk photo shoot that can easily be used for any type of post. That way if I'm in a pinch for a post, I already have good non-specific photos on hand rather than having to take more photos at the last minute.

Guest Bloggers: If you find that you're just too swamped one week to post as much as you'd like, having people guest blog is a great way to get new content up while introducing your readers to a blog they may not have known about. If you're interested in guest blogging on just shoot me an email at!

Cut Back Your Posting Schedule: One of the biggest changes I'll be making to not drown myself in work and stress is cutting back my posting schedule. I've been posting seven days a week for about six months now without much trouble, but I really want to give myself the weekend to focus on homework and other tasks. I'll be posting during the weekdays only for the foreseeable future. 

Just because you're busy doesn't mean you can't keep blogging! Just stay focused and spend what time you do have wisely! I'd love to know what tips you have for blogging while being busy.

xoxo Kayla
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