Organizing Your Makeup!

If you are like me and you have a lot of makeup, it can be hard to figure out how to organize it all. I try to keep my “non-essentials” in a storage bin, and sort through it when I need the lesser used items, but for my daily routine, I end up leaving compacts and tubes of lipstick all over my counter. My best way to “organize” all of that was to just stack it “neatly” to give it some sense of order.

I decided to end the madness and invest in a makeup organizer. I’d seen them at Home Goods and Burlington Coat Factory, but never knew what size to get or if it was absolutely necessary. I picked one up earlier this week from Burlington and I have to say I’m insanely happy with it. It’s chic and functional, and the fact that it’s clear not only helps it blend into any area it’s in, but keeps the focus on showing off your makeup.

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Now my most popular makeup items are at arm’s length and I don’t have to dig through or constantly look over and under things on my counter when I’m getting ready in the morning. I decided not to put my brushes in the organizer, and instead opted to use an old candle jar instead. It was easy to wash the wax out, and it still smells like vanilla! Everything is now displayed nicely, which I absolutely love!

xO K

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Products for Dry Skin!

Arguably one of the worst things about bitter cold weather (other than the fact that it’s bitter cold weather) is how dry it makes your skin. Between the cold wind outside, and the fact that you have your heat cranked up to it’s highest setting, your skin definitely takes a beating. I always switch out my summer beauty products right around November when the cold really starts to bite, and after much trial and error, I found that these are my go-to winter products to help me combat the dryness:

Products for Dry Skin

Jergens Ultra Healing lotion- this stuff works serious wonders. I find it hard to find an extremely moisturizing lotion that doesn’t just sit on your skin or feel too suffocating. This lotion absorbs really fast and thoroughly moisturizes your skin in no time.

Dove Purely Pampering Body Wash (Pistachio cream with Magnolia)- Dove’s body washes are creamy and promise to replenish moisture to your skin. They definitely kept the promise for this one…and  it smells great.

Ponds Cream– this face cream is thicker than the cream I use over the summer, and it definitely helps my face stay soft and glowing without feeling greasy. My face and lips always take the worst beating because they’re usually exposed to the cold the most, so this cream is definitely a must in my book.

Kiehl’s Lip Balm #1– this lip balm is really thick, so I prefer to put it on right before I get in bed, but it really works wonders against chapped lips!

Kiehl’s Ultimate Strength Hand Salve– I’ve mentioned this hand salve in previous posts but it is seriously my favorite hand cream in the world. It’s a little thick so I would definitely recommend putting it on before bed.

xO K

New Favorite Lipstick!

For me, a trip to Sephora can take eons. Okay maybe not eons, but long enough. My recent venture into Sephora allowed me to purchase (and fall in love) with a new lip color. I had never bought a Sephora Collection lipstick before so I wasn’t sure what to expect, but after using it for a couple of weeks, I definitely have to say it may be one of my favorites so far!
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I know with lip colors, especially ones with more pigment, it is hard to decide what is too bold to wear as an everyday lip. This color is light enough to pass as work appropriate, but still bright enough to make my face pop. I like how matte it is and how easily it applies. It’s pretty long lasting, and though I could definitely reapply halfway through the day to make it look brighter, it still has enough of a tint by the end of the day that my lips don’t look completely bare.
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I’m wearing Sephora Collection Color Lip Last Lipstick in N°21 

My only qualm about this lipstick is the packaging. When I bought it, I loved that the tube was longer and narrower than usual because it was easier to apply than a fatter lipstick. Unfortunately I went to open it some time last week and the entire stick fell out of the tubing. It was an easy enough fix to pick up the stick and push it back into the casing, but I think that it could have been designed a little better to avoid such a situation.
Despite this, I think that if you’re in the mood to buy a new lip color you should definitely check this one out!xO K

Summer Lip Balms!

Summer is a versatile time for lips; bold and bright for nights out, and natural and bare for days spent on the beach. During the summer, my lips always get a little break from being super dry like they are in the winter, and I don’t need anything too crazy to keep them moisturized and healthy. My two favorite lip moisturizers this summer are Rosebud Salve and eos lip balm.

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I had seen and heard so much about eos lip balm and finally decided to try it for myself. I picked up the balm in Summer Fruit and absolutely fell in love! I really like the spherical design because it’s cute and it helps the product glide on easily. The twist off cap is a nice change from the usual pop off caps. It’s also 95% organic, 100% natural, and is free of many chemicals that I would probably not have noticed are in some of my products. That’s definitely an added bonus. I’m not sure if it’ll be a good winter lip moisturizer but it’s the perfect flavor and balm for summer.

The Rosebud Salve is also a good summer moisturizer because of how sheer it applies. It makes my lips feel so silky without any added weight and it smells so floral and fresh. I did use it this past winter and though it did moisturize well, I found that I had to reapply it more often. It definitely provides enough moisture for the summer, and similar to Vaseline, can be used for more than lips.

One tip: if you’re going to the beach, I would take eos over the Rosebud Salve because it’s hands free and you won’t get sand in it!

What are your summer go-to lip products?

xO K

DIY Shimmer Blush

Sometimes when I’m bored, I like to experiment (insert evil laugh here). This past weekend I was staring at the half used compact of Maybelline Fit me! blush in “Deep Coral” that I haven’t used since I bought the Cover Girl Classic Color Blush and trying to decide if I wanted to do something with it. I decided to transform it into a shimmer blush, and I immediately started a mini make-up lab in my bathroom (this may be slightly exaggerated). In a few simple steps, the blush was done and the verdict was that it worked! I was able to take a blush that I didn’t really like too much and make it something I’m looking forward to wear especially in the Spring!

So! If you want to be a mad scientist like me and whip this up on your own here’s what you have to do:

1. Take the end of an eyeshadow brush (so the end is as narrow as possible) and begin breaking apart the blush in your compact. This is probably the most fun part.

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2. Carefully put the crushed blush into a small bowl. I stress the word “carefully” because I did not take a picture of my attempt, which basically made my entire counter blush (you see what I did there?).

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3. Then take any sort of shimmery eyeshadow or face shimmer and put as much as you want in your bowl. This may sound vague, but it’s really up to you how much shimmer you want or where you want to get it from. I used Physician’s Formula Shimmer Strips in Waikiki Strip and instead of breaking up the compact, I brushed the top layer into the bowl. I’ve been using the Shimmer Strips for years to layer shimmer on top of my blush or bronzer, so I wanted to see if I could combine the two!

4. Once you add your shimmer, use a brush, popsicle stick, or shadow applicator to stir your powder so that the shimmer mixes well with your blush. You don’t want all of your shimmer in one spot!

5. After you’ve mixed it, comes another tricky part. Carefully pour the powder back into your empty blush compact (once I managed to wipe the blush off my counter, I replaced it with shimmer blush). Pat it down and then take rubbing alcohol and pour a decent amount over the blush. You want it wet enough that it sticks together in the compact.

6. Allow your brand new shimmer blush to dry for about 48 hours before you use it!

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The blush has a nice shimmer to it, and I’m really happy that I was able to find a new use for a product I didn’t like too much.

Happy experimenting!

xO K

 

 

 

Spring Pinks

This Spring I’m starting to really embrace my favorite color in my accesories and beauty choices. I find it funny that even though just about everything I own is pink in some way, shape, or form, this rule does not apply to my wardrobe. I only have a couple of pink items in my closet, so hopefully I can change that up soon!

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The Victoria’s Secret Chiffon Peony Freesia body mist is an amazing floral scent and is perfect for this season. Unfortunately it has been discontinued, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed that it’ll find its way back to shelves soon.

The lipstick, which I reviewed here, is also perfect for Spring. It’s a warm, matte pink and it is extremely smooth when applied.

I had been looking for a journal to use for blog planning, and I came across the “Dream Beautiful Dreams” one in fivebelow. Needless to say I fell in love instantly.

S and I needed new shades when we went on vacation over Spring Break, and we found matching ones at Payless (similar here). I love the hot pink rims and I think they’re the perfect daily splash of color for any sunny day.

The earrings are from my day of splurging at Laila Rowe, and I think they’re adorable.

The Essie glitter polish in “A Cut Above” adds pink glitter to any manicure. Can it get any better?

Last but not least, the Kenneth Cole wristlet/wallet is not only extremely functional to fit my credit cards, cash, and cell phone, but it’s pink which makes it a million times better. I think its best feature is that the wrist strap is built onto the wallet, and doesn’t have a clasp. I’m loving that I can fit everything I need for a night out into this baby and dangle it off my wrist without worrying about the clasp opening up.

Are you focusing your Spring accessories around a specific color, or are you switching it up?

xO K

Queen Elsa Inspired Eye Look!

I want to start this post off by saying that if you haven’t seen the movie Frozen, go watch it NOW. There are so many reasons why Disney did an amazing job with this movie, and if I start listing them off now, I’ll never get to the actual eye tutorial! This tutorial was inspired by Queen Elsa, one of the main characters in the movie. Without giving you any spoilers, I’ll say that Elsa’s look changed over the course of the movie, and I thought her makeup was perfect for the color scheme of her outfit. They contrasted the pale blues and whites of her gown with fuchsia and purple and I think it looked quite fitting for the empowered queen.

This is Queen Elsa, with her sassy face:

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If you want eyes like Queen Elsa, follow this tutorial!

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You start by applying Lancome eyeshadow in “Fuchsia” to your entire lid. I love this quad from Lancome because the colors are highly pigmented and work well together and when mixed with other palettes. This color is the perfect fuchsia base, and since my skin tone is darker than Elsa’s, I have to work with a darker and warmer pink to get the same color payoff as she did.

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You then take Stila eyeshadow in “soft violet” (second color from the right) and apply it to the bottom half of your lid. I thought this was an interesting look because I usually never divide my lid in half horizontally; I usually divide the shades vertically with the lighter color on the inner half of my lid. Elsa has a deep purple shade above her lash line, and it fades into the fuchsia by her brow bone. When you’re applying this color, keep in mind that it is also highly pigmented and be sure to swipe it across and make sure the color reaches the end of your lash line. It is okay to have more fuchsia near your tear duct but you want the darker purple to extend to the end of your eyelid.

Finish with black eye liner along your top lash line and water line, and a coat of Buxom mascara and you’re off to go be an ice queen!

xO K