Clothing Haul

Beauty, Clothes, Fashion, Haul, Lifestyle, shoes

We’ve made it! It’s past the middle of the week and Friday is right around the corner!

So for today, I put together a “look-book” of sorts. I wanted to show some pieces of clothing that have either recently been added to my wardrobe or have been long time favorites. This post is a little different in terms of structure than the posts I normal do. However, I hope you enjoy it none the less!

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Items Shown Above:

1. LA Hearts Tribal Print Cardigan

2. American Eagle Grey Fringe Cardigan

3. Pikolinos Dark Grey Leather Booties

4. Forever 21 Light Grey Blanket Scarf

5. American Eagle Gray High Waisted Jeans

 

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Supreme Shopaholic Tag

Beauty, Happiness, Lifestyle, LUSH

Happy Tuesday and Welcome Back!

So today I will full admit that I was pretty excited about today’s post. The reason being, is that I was actually tagged by fellow beauty blogger elliesprettylittlelessons to do the Supreme Shopaholic Tag. This is the first time I’ve been tagged to do something like this so huge thank you to Ellie!

The rules for this tag are:

Name the person who nominated you and insert a link to their blog

  • List the last three things you bought
  • List three of your favorite stores
  • Write down why you love to shop
  • Name five super shoppers and link to their blogs!

 

The last three things I bought:

  1. Pure Essential Oil Diffuser   
  2. Tigers Eye Genuine Stone Bracelet  
  3. Arlesienne perfume by L’Occitane  

List three of my favorite stores:

  1. American Eagle– I honestly haven’t gone into this store without finding 800 million things that I NEED in my wardrobe immediately. It’s kind of funny because for a while this store wasn’t even on my radar. It wasn’t until my little sister got a gift card for her birthday and we decided to take a look. Since then its been a blessing and a curse rekindling my love for this store.
  2. LUSH– Ok…it’s LUSH people whats not to love?? The fact that their products are not only amazing but also the fact that money money is being used towards great causes. Not only does the store fight animal testing, they also ethical source their ingredients, respect the environment, and donate proceeds to charity through their product Charity Pot. This store has it all and does it all and thats why its one of my favorites.
  3. Nordstrom/ Nordstrom Rack– I like to think of this store as the magical wonderland of shopping. This is a department store that literally has it all. They carry everything from Top Shop to Joe Malone to Adidas. I could spend hours and hours in this store. (maybe not buying everything…but a girl gets to look!) I would say one of the best thing about this store is their return policy, it’s not questions asked even without a receipt. So, for those who seem to always loose that pesky piece of paper, this store is a dream.

 

Why I love to shop:

Well above all, shopping brings me joy. But also, for me, shopping can be all sorts of things. It can be a getaway from the stress of everyday life or that special time to hangout with your best friend and talk. Shopping can also be just looking without having to buy a single thing. When I do actually buy something though, I love the feeling of treating myself and getting myself something that I have had my eye on. Even better, what I love the most about shopping is shopping for the deal. Its knowing I can buy something that normally retails for $100 and get it for $50. By doing that, I’m able to get what I want or maybe afford a nicer item without having to break the bank.

My five shoppers are…

  1. makeupbychelsey.net
  2. laauraborealis.wordpress.com
  3. stephieestie.com
  4. alyssakloves.wordpress.com
  5. trymepretty.wordpress.com

New Make-Up Products

Beauty

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Hey! Welcome Back and Happy Friday!

Today I wanted to talk about a few new make-up products that I have added to my collection recently. Not only did I want to talk about these products because I obviously think they are great additions, but also because I wanted to showcase affordable and easy to find products. Don’t get me wrong, I love a Naked palette or a Mac lip stick as much as the next person, however it tends to be a little heavier on the wallet.

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L’oreal True Match LUMI Powder Glow Illuminator in Rose ($13)

My first product is something I found recently while at the drug store and decided to give it a try. Another incentive also might have been the fact that I had a $4 off coupon that of course sweetened the deal a bit. Anyways, I am a huge fan of rose gold anything…as most everyone is these days…and this is no exception. The product itself is very appealing to the eye however, I don’t think that this product ranks top among other highlighters I have tried. I will say though, that it does add a nice shimmer or sparkle to your make-up. I would recommend this product for those who are just starting out with highlighters or for those who don’t want to spend a crazy amount at the store.

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Coola Mineral Sunscreen/BB cream ($36 Full Size)

My second product is something that I actually received as one of those “if you don’t want it i’ll toss it” samples from my mom’s Birchbox. Thankfully I decided to give it a try and boy am I glad I did. I gotta say, this is like a four in one product for me. First and foremost, this product has an SPF of 30 which is great for keeping your skin healthy and protected. Second, because it has a light tint to it, it helps to even out my skin tone. Third, it acts as the perfect primer for whatever make-up I apply next and forth this product is loaded with tons of great oils and stuff for you skin. As described on Ulta’s website, this product is “Made with organic rose hip oil, rich in free radical fighting vitamin C; and organic calming evening primrose, delivering abundant omega-3 and gamma-linolenic acid to improve elasticity and help skin retain moisture. Organic shea butter smoothes and hydrates while the phyto-protector plankton extract rejuvenates skin.” Since using this product, I have noticed a definite change in the way my skin feels and how it has relieved some of lingering dry patches on my face. Fair warning…the full size of this product is the one thing on this list that is slightly on the pricier side but it does last an extremely long time! I’ve had this product for a few months now and I’m still not even half way through. I only use a small amount to distribute all over my face.

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Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Caramel Daisy (left) and Hibiscus (right) ($7)

My third product is the never disappointing Burt’s Bees lip balm. They come in so many fun and yummy flavors and even better…colors! I yet again, got these for a great deal at my local drugstore. (I’m assuming they were so cheap to make way for the new Burt’s Bees lip sticks that are out now.) Anyways, what I love about these tinted lip balms is that they are exactly what you would expect. It’s the classic Burt’s Bees lip balm formula with a little extra something. On days when I’m not wanting to put on a sticky gloss or drying lip tint, I will almost always reach for one of these. They keep my lips nice and hydrated while making me look like I actually have my stuff together. Im interested to see if the new lip sticks are somewhat the same as these.

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Elf Contour Palette ($6) and Contour Brush ($6)

If you are looking for a great alternative or dupe to those expensive palettes you’d find at Sephora, this is the way to go. When I stumbled upon these new products from Elf, I was super stoked. For me, Elf products seem to be totally underrated or under discussed. I always feel like I don’t really hear many people talk about the brand. In my opinion, Elf has crazy affordable brushes that are good quality. Not to mention, you can sometimes find hidden gem products like this contour palette. Right off the bat, this palette reminded me of the Kat Von D Shade and Light palette  because it has two different shades of contour color and two different highlight colors. The texture is super soft and fine and the colors are very pigmented. All in all i’d say This product is a total home run! I will also possible do an entirely separate post on this product with more detail.

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Maybelline Brow Drama in Deep Brown ($8)

When I was in the market for a replacement for my dried up Benefit Gimme Brow, this had just come on to the market. I believe it was a sign for my wallet. Spending around $8 compared to $30 every few months is a nice relief. Just like Benefit’s Gimme Brow, this product is a tinted brow gel. One small complaint is that I wish the applicator could me slightly smaller like Gimme Brow. However, this product get the job done and keeps my eye brows looking nice.

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Maybelline Define-A-Brow Brow Pencil in Medium Brown ($7)

Going along with brows…this brow pencil is an amazing dupe for the Anastasia Brow Wiz Brow pencil. The product has a super small crayon like tip that allows you to make little strokes to easily define and shape your brows. Conveniently located at the end of the pencil is a nice small comb for grooming. This product is another with and again the affordability is something you can’t beat.

 

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Also, if anyone has tried those Burt’s Bees lip sticks let me know how they worked out!

How to Unwind at Night

Beauty

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Welcome back!

So today I wanted to talk about something that had been causing quite the problem for me on weekday nights. Lately, I’ve been unable to calm my mind and put all of the days happenings aside and actually fall into a peaceful sleep. Therefore, I took it upon myself to try out a few things before bed to help me relax. Slowly but surely, i’ve compiled a simple list of 5 things that have helped me to unwind at night. Hopefully they work for you as well!

1. Light Some Candles

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I love to light candles before bed. I will light one about an hour or so before actually falling asleep so that way I don’t forget to blow it out. I like to choose scents that aren’t too harsh or too sweet. For example, I currently burn either my Eucalyptus Mint or French Lavender candles before bed. If you are worried about falling asleep and accidentally leaving a candle burning, you could either set an alarm on your phone to wake you up or you could buy one of those battery powered faux candles that still give you that warm glow of a real candle.

2. Comforting or Relaxing Smells

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This one kind of goes along with candles but that is to use comforting or relaxing scents. By that, I mean you can use whatever products or scents that get you to that happy relaxed state. Whether that be your favorite vanilla scented body wash or a lavender bubble bath. Certain smells are extremely powerful in getting out minds and bodies to wind down. I know if I am having a hard time getting my mind to just take it down a few notches, I have three of my go to favorites on hand right next to my bed. As pictured above, are my John Masters Rosemary and Arnica Body Milk, my LUSH Dream Time Temple Balm, and my Panic Button Essential Solutions Mist from Aura Cacia. I also sometimes use my mini oil diffuser and load it with a few drops of whatever essential oil i’m in the mood for.

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Read more on the power of scents HERE.

3. Dim the Lighting

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Himalayan Sea Salt Lamp

Since purchasing my two Himalayan Sea Salt lamps, it has become my new night time ritual to turn one on before bed. There is said to be a plethora of health benefits to using a salt lamp in your house on a day to day basis. To name a few, it purifies the air, improves breathing, reduces allergy symptoms, and for this specific posts sake, improves sleep. The warm orange glow that is emitted from the lamp doesn’t interfere with your quality of sleep like the light emitted from your phone or TV does. I just flip it on and unlike my candles, I don’t have to worry if I forget to turn it off.

Read more on the benefits of Himalayan Sea Salt Lamps HERE

4. Curl up with your Favorite Book
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Theres nothing that I enjoy more than curling up and getting lost in a good book. I can say that it is especially beneficial when I’ve had a trying day. I love to wander around my local book store and find whatever new and exciting book catches my eye. I mostly go for books that have an elements of adventure and mystery and a little romance doesn’t hurt either. Lately I’ve been reading two of my newly added book in my collection: Emma Mildon’s: The Soul Searchers Handbook and Shannon Kaiser’s: Adventures for your Soul. These books are what I would like to call easy reads and bonus, they give you something positive to think about.

5. Yoga or Meditation

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Vera Bradley Yoga Mat

Both of these have been a recent addition to my day to day routine in general. I recently started Yoga with Adrienne’s 30 day Yoga Boot Camp (YouTube: Yoga with Adrienne). I always wanted to give yoga a try but I always found myself unfocused and bored. However, Adrienne is the perfect yoga guide by mixing humor, knowledge, and the ability to let you be flexible with movements in her videos. I noticed a definite difference since day one and I actually look forward to beginning each new video everyday. Aside from the Yoga Camp, Adrienne’s YouTube channel features tons of other videos covering a vast array of aliments and issues. Anything from releasing anger to relieving back pain. Also, along with practicing yoga or meditation, there is a multitude of benefits for both your mind and body. Now, that is not to say you need to immediately go out an become some hard core yogi but it’s nice to treat not only your body but your mind once and a while.

 

I hope you enjoyed reading. Feel free to like, comment, and follow!

Till next time…

-Kayla

LUSH Haul and Review

Beauty, Cleanser, Lifestyle, Lotion, LUSH, moisturizer, product review, shaving cream, Skin care, Uncategorized

 

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Hello! 

Im back again with some goodies I recently picked up after a splurge at LUSH. I mean seriously that store gets me every time. Anyways, I decided to do a mini review of each of these products since I haven’t been using them for very long. So, without further delay..lets get into it!

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Angels on Bare Skin- (Cleanser) 

I grabbed this little goodie after having a rather lengthy discussion followed by a sampling of various cleansers with one of the woman that worked at the shop. I wound up choosing this one in specific because I have a tendency, in the dry months, to get random dry patches around my T-Zone. With this product containing ground almonds, it helps to buff off any access dry skin flakes that don’t get washed off with my foaming cleanser. Also, the product is made with lavender oil and rose absolute that will soothe, balance, and calm my sensitive skin. For me, it was the perfect two in one cleanser that would keep my skin flake free and soft.

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Cup O’ Coffee- (Face Scrub/Mask)

This wonderfully smelling coco and coffee scrub is something I just had to get my hands on. Who doesn’t love their cup of coffee and the rich, awakening aroma it embodies. And now, you can add that same experience to your skin-care routine! This product contains actual coffee grounds. sweet roasted coco extract, and kaolin clay. Also, this mask is considered to be a hybrid between a mask and a scrub for the face and body. The directions suggest, you apply the product all over the area of your choosing, let sit for 5-10 mins, then gently scrub off with warm water. This product does a great job not only with exfoliating and stimulating the skin but also with waking up the senses like a cup of morning joe would. However, with that being said, I do want to mention a couple of not so great observations I have noticed when using this product. First and foremost, this product is extremely messy. The coffee grounds that are used to give the mask its exfoliating effect, tend to get all over any surface in which you are washing the mask off. Secondly, going along with the messiness of the coffee grounds, they also tend to be a little too harsh for my skin. So, I suggest that if you have sensitive skin to ask for a sample or test it out on your hand before purchasing a full size container of this product.

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Pumice Power- (Foot Scrub)

I just purchased and used this product as of last night and I was rather pleased with its performance. Texture wise, the soap has a slightly sandy/gritty texture that is perfect for scrubbing off the nasty dead skin on the bottoms of your feet. The smell is quite refreshing as well, since it is infused with the lovely scent of sweet orange oil. I will say, that this product definitely did its job by softening the bottoms of my feet and getting off access skin. Although, when you first use this product, it doesn’t feel like it’s doing much since the soap itself isn’t that typical harsh pumice you might be accustomed to. It is a fine pumice powder instead. However, if you take the patience to soak your feet and massage the bar on the spots that need some loving’, you’ll notice the difference.

 

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Ambrosia- (Shaving Cream)

Ok now, don’t be deceived. When you look on the LUSH website, this product is technically marketed/designed to be a shaving cream for men. I however, purchased it as the perfect shaving cream for my legs. I loved the aspect of the shaving cream be something that’s super gentile and calming on my skin compared to the store brand kind that can be super drying. The cream is made with honey water, coconut, jojoba, and chamomile oils to help protect and moisturize the skin. The scent of the product is also very light compared to the previous shaving cream I had used from LUSH, D’Fluff. I have a feeling that I will be sticking with this product as my go to shave cream for a long time to come.

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Love and Light- (Hand Cream)

I actually revived this hand cream in one of LUSH’s gift packages from a family member for Christmas. Now, I normally don’t go to LUSH or anywhere to be honest, looking for a hand cream or lotion. Most of the time I just rub whatever lotion I had used on my face or body into my hands and call it a day. So, when I saw that this was included in my gift package I didn’t think I would have much use for it. I was wrong. I placed this guy next to my bed on my night stand just to use before bed and now I can’t get enough. The texture is very luxurious having been made with neroli and coco butter. But I have to say that by far the best this about this product is the scent. I believe that this hand cream honestly and whole heartedly smells like a bowl of Fruit Loops in milk. I know that’s an interesting way to put it but I swear, smell it for yourself! It brings me back to my childhood. All in all, my hands have never felt softer or more nourished than they do now.

 

I hoped you enjoyed reading! and please feel free to like, comment, and follow!

Until next time!

Updated Skin-Care Products 2016

Beauty, Body Shop, Cleanser, Eye Cream, Lifestyle, Lotion, product review, Serum, Skin care

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Hey guys!

So, today I wanted to give you all an update on some of the skin care products I have been using lately. Most of the products featured are from the Body Shop. I don’t really follow any particular skin-care line that they offer (i.e. Aloe for sensitive skin, Tea Tree for blemished or oily skin, Vitamin E for hydration.) I kind of just pull from a few products that I like or that work well together for me. That being said, continue reading to get a peak into the products I’ve currently been using.

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First up, is the Body Shop’s Tea Tree Skin Clearing Foaming Cleaner. What I love about this product more than anything is the smell. Tea Tree oil itself smells very refreshing and natural and I think that when using any type of face cleanser, something that doesn’t smell artificial is an absolute plus. The foaming action of the cleanser allows the product to not be as harsh and drying on the skin. Since I live near Chicago the winter months can already be incredibly rough and drying on the skin but this product keeps from adding to that problem. Sometimes I still can’t get over how nicely this product has kept my skin clear and protected from any sort of breakouts.

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A few months back I talked about how much I loved the Aloe Skin Protecting Serum and this is just another product from that line that just works wonders for the skin.  This is the Aloe Calming Toner. When I visited the Body Shop near me I was given the recommendation to follow up my cleanser with this overall balancing and restoring toner. Let me tell you, I’m beyond glad that I followed that advice. This toner, as with the Tea Tree cleanser, smells great. It’s very mild in scent and doesn’t over power the senses. I just use a small amount on a cotton pad and in a circular motion, rub it all over my skin. It instantly soothes any irritations and redness and doesn’t leave my skin feeling overly tight. It adds just the right amount of hydration back to my skin after cleansing.

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This product by far has to be the product that stands out the most for me. As someone in there 20’s, I didn’t really think I needed to start hoping on the serum bandwagon just yet but boy…did this serum knock me right off my high horse. Typically the Drops Of Youth Serum is a bit on the pricer side but I managed to score it during one of the Body Shop good promotional deals. This serum has more substance than the oil or watery based products I’ve seen on the market. It has more of a goo like consistency. This product can be used day or night and I use between 1-2 drops that I either pat or massage it into my skin. I have noticed a definite difference in my skin. It feels hydrated and soft and I don’t have any dry patches. It just seems to instantly bring life into my skin. One small con I would like to mention however is that, I don’t care too much for the sticky feeling it leaves on my hands after applying so I just go ahead and rise them off with soap and water.

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Last but not least, is my Manuka Honey Smoothing Face Cream and Eye Cream by SPA. I actually found both of these product at a Ross near me and unfortunately haven’t been able to find it since. For those who don’t know what Ross is, it’s basically like a Tjmaxx where you can buy higher end products for less. Anyways, since purchasing these two things I have been thoroughly impressed. Especially during the winter, this moisturizer, which is on the thicker side, adds a layer of protection from the harsh cold and wind. Also, the ingredients in these products are 100% natural. Not to mention, the Manuka Honey acts as a calming agent by adding essential nutrients to the skin.

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All in all, I think I have finally hit the jackpot on all of these products. In combination, these skin care items have definitely made a difference in my skins texture, appearance, and over all health. As you can clearly tell, I can’t rave more about these products and I suggest that if you’re in the market for some new skin care products that you give these babies a try!

 

As always, I hope you enjoyed reading and feel free to like, comment, and follow!

-Kayla

Products Gone Wrong

Beauty, Cleanser, Dove, Dry Shampoo, Korres, LUSH, product review, Skin care

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I am a big fan of trying out new products and experimenting with makeup/skin care but sometimes you find those products that are just not working. (Disclaimer: All reviews are of personal opinion and experience.)

First up, is the Korres White Tea Fluid Gel Cleanser. Not too long ago, I was in the market for a gel cleanser and I just happened to stumble upon this at the store and figured I would give it a try since I’ve never tried anything from Korres. (Side Note: I will fully admit that a lot of what into my purchasing this product was the fact the scent of this product sounded delicious.) My hunch was not wrong because the smell was probably the only positive about this product. The negatives came when I started using actually using the product. The cleanser was way too jelly for me and didn’t seem to actually clean my face properly. I also felt like it started causing me more breakouts that usual. The cleanser itself, in my opinion, was also over priced at 20 euros a bottle. So all in all, it is safe to say the I was really disappointed with this product.

 

A poem by Kayla Cameron: Dove brand Dry shampoo I am so saddened by you.

What can I say about this product other than it honestly made me lose faith in dry shampoos for a little bit. It did not work to make my hair look any less oily than before I used it. I would best describe Doves dry shampoo as a fake out product. When you first spray it into your hair it really gets into your roots giving you that cooling sensation making your roots feel all rejuvenated like they are really getting washed. Then you looking at your now completely grandmafied white hair thinking yea! this is working! nobody will know I haven’t showered in 2 days! You wait a few mins. and then the moment of truth. You brush through your hair waiting for the spectacular results and…..nothing. You’re left with an overpowering perfumed product in you hair, a white overcast (brown hair) and still looking as unshowered as before.

I am a lover of all that is LUSH but this product did not win me over. As described on the LUSH website “Ultrabland is a thick, rich emulsion of essential oils, honey and beeswax to take off any make up or residue that has built up on your face throughout the day.” I will begin by saying that I was not disappointed in the product itself because it does do exactly what is described. However, the problem comes from the experience of using Ultrabland. Because it is made from oils and wax you cannot just simply wash away the product with water. Therefore, as suggested by LUSH representatives, you can use any one of there facial toners (ex: Tea Tree Water Toner) or any non-water based toner to remove the product. For me, the process of removing this product is slightly daunting. Even when you’re done, it still feels like you have to really clean your face after so it doesn’t feel like you have oil left over. Also, because I have been traveling lately I would not consider this product to be travel friendly. Having to bring Ultrabland, the toner and not to mention cotton pads to remove the product packed all in one toiletry bag sure takes up a lot of space. So, if you are thinking of purchasing this product just make sure to keep in mind it’s a bit of  high maintenance product.

 

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LUSH Product Review

Beauty, D'Fluff, LUSH, product review, shaving cream

 

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Good-morning/Afternoon or whatever time it is where you are! This week I decided to give you guys a product review of something I recently picked up at LUSH called D’Fluff.

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First, I will admit that I am somewhat of a LUSH addict and secondly, I will admit that I never knew LUSH had a shaving cream. I know! I should know this! But I did not. I was shown D’Fluff by my aunt who says my younger cousin uses it all the time and just loves it. D’Fluff comes it two sizes: 2.4 oz. and 5.2 oz. I purchased the smaller 2.4 oz. container which cost $9.95 (US).

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On the LUSH website D’Fluff is described as,

“a shaving cream packed with fresh strawberries, egg whites and golden syrup, all whisked together with rosehip oil, coconut oil and maple sugar to create a light, marshmallowy texture that will leave your skin silky smooth. Plus, Fair Trade cocoa butter leaves skin moisturized and helps keep post-shave redness to a minimum.”

I was a bit apprehensive trying this product for the first time because (ironically) I am not a huge fan of berry flavored products. To me, they tend to be sickly and artificially sweet smelling. Now, I will be honest, I’m not totally in love with the scent of D’Fluff. For me it is slightly too sweet. However, there is something about it that sets it apart from those fake berry flavors.

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I think the best thing about this product is its overall texture. It is a soft, fluffy, thick whipped shaving cream. It is a big difference from the typical foam that comes from canned shaving creams at the drug store. Not only that, but D’Fluff comes in one of LUSH’s signature pots.This means that once you’re done with the product save the container! Because if you bring in 5 LUSH pots you get a free full size face mask of your choice!

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LUSH recommends that when using D’Fluff you first wet whatever part of your body you want to D’Fluff and then apply a generous amount of the product. Once finished rinse off excess and if needed apply a moisturizer. LUSH also recommend that for best results you allow the product sink into your skin for about 3-5 mins before shaving.

When I used this product I took about a quarter sized amount into the palm of my hand and then kind of cupped my hand over my leg and massaged the product in. I found this was the best way to distribute the product onto my leg because like I mentioned, this product is a thick shaving cream and it tends to clump and fall to the bottom of the bathtub (as seen in picture^). Also, do not expect a high lather with this product. D’Fluff is mostly an oil based product so the foaming factor isn’t there. Lastly, I did not find it necessary to let the product sit for 3-5 mins. It works just the same with or without waiting.

Final thoughts: Although the smell of D’Fluff is not my favorite in terms of the sweetness factor, D’Fluff is a great natural alternative to the normal shaving creams at the drug store. It leaves the skin super moisturized and doesn’t irritate the skin at all. Not to mention, this product travels extremely well. I will mostly likely repurchase this product and be done with the canned stuff.

 

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Highlight My Life: Highlighter Favorites & Review

Beauty, Benefit, Essence, Highlighter, Makeup, MaxFactor, Ulta

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Well long time no post! First, before I get started, I would like to apologize for my long absence. Life happens and so does illness….like a nasty case of salmonella poisoning. But I have recovered and I’m ready to get back to writing. So, with that being said, lets talk about some highlighters.

Highlighters: What can I say. I was never really into the whole highlighting thing until recently. I always used to highlight the inner corners of my eyes or on my brow bone but nothing further than that. I thought highlighting was strictly a “keep it on the eyes” kind of thing. However, with the recent blow up of conturing and highlighting, I realized you can completely change your makeup and give it more dimension just by drawing attention to the high points on your face. Like I said, this highlighting thing has been a rather new addition to my everyday makeup and I am no expert but here are the products I’ve been experimenting with lately.

This Kohl Eye Liner from Ulta in the shade Halo is perfect for highlighting the inner corners and brow bone. The product has a smooth creamy blend-able consistency which I really enjoy. I also like that this eyeliner is really pigmented without being too glittery. All you have to do is pretty much just swipe it once over the area that you want highlighted and the blend it out for a soft shimmer.

 

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I received this small version of Benefits Watt’s Up highlighter in a sample package with other smaller versions of the companies top sellers a few months back, and people don’t be fooled! Even though the packaging is rather small compared to its original size I have barely used half since the four months I started using it. What I enjoy about this product is that the consistency is smooth just like the Kohl Eye Liner from Ulta. I use a few swipes on my cheek bones, bridge of my nose and forehead. Then, blend it out with my ring finger to get ride of any harsh edges between my makeup and the highlighter. The color of this highlighter is more of golden bronzed shade which is perfect for the up coming summer months.

 

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These are two little babies that I also received in that Benefit sample pack. They are Benefits signature liquid highlighters Sunbeam and Highbeam. Sunbeam is a more pigmented bronzed version of Benefits Watt’s up and its twin Highbeam, is a pinkish iridescent highlighter this a also quite pigmented. Both highlighters are blendable while wet and they also have long staying power compared to a powered highlighter. I also enjoy that even though these products are in liquid form they don’t feel heavy or thick whatsoever on the skin.

 

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If you’re just starting out highlighting or you want to save a few…a lot of money. I would highly suggest Soo Glow by Essence. I was really surprised by the overall quality of this highlighter. This very affordable cream to powder highlighter is perfect for that all over glow. It gives the right amount of light catching highlight and makes your skin look dewy without looking overdone or oily. I would say the color of this product in the container looks almost like a solid form of Benefits Highbeam however, when applied the color is not as pigmented.

 

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I spoke about my love of the Max Factor Pastel Blush in Seductive Pink in my March Favorites post however, I forgot to mention its highlighting ability. Although subtle, this blush has a slight shimmer to it that creates the effect of highlighter. Now I know that this product clearly isn’t an all over highlighter since it is a blush but if you’re in a hurry to get ready you know this product has you covered…well on the cheeks at least.

 

 

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Pictured above Top to Bottom:: The different highlighters so you can see what they look like on the skin.

-Max Factor Pastel Blush in Seductive Pink

-Soo Glow by Essence

-Sunbeam by Benefit

-Highbeam by Benefit

Watt’s up by Benefit

Kohl Eye Liner from Ulta in Halo

 

I hope you enjoyed reading! Feel free to like, comment and follow.

Kayla

 

 

March Favorites

Batiste, Beauty, Benefit, Body Shop, Bourjois, BurtsBees, EOS, MaxFactor, Rituals, Skin care, Tarte, Uncategorized

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Another month has come and gone and with that I have some monthly favorites to share with you guys!

Make-Up

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Max Factor Blush – seductive pink

Bourjois Healthy Balance pressed powder- 52 Vanilla

Tarte Amazonian Clay Full Coverage Airbrush Foundation- Fair-Light honey

Benefit Gimme Brow- Dark brown

I just recently talked about the Bourjois Healthy Balance face powder in my “New Beauty Favorites” post a few weeks back. Since purchasing it I’ve been using it everyday single day and can’t rave enough about it. Its silky smooth texture and mattifyng properties keeps makeup looking fresh and free from oily looking skin.

Another Favorite I’ve been loving this month is one that I have had for quite some time now but completely forgot about. I stumbled upon the Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation again after wanting a quick foundation to throw on but that still made it look like I had put a lot of effort into my makeup, and boy did it get the job done! I totally forgot how much of a flawless coverage this product gives. It literally looked like I had airbrushed my foundation on. I don’t know what made me stray from this product but I can 100% promise it won’t happen again!

I am including the Max Factor Pastel Blush into my favorites even though I just picked it up at the drug store two days ago. I am already absolutely obsessed with this product. Alone this blush looks stunning with its mosaic like pattern and on its just the same. The color is a darker pinky/peach with a small hint of shimmer. I think its the perfect cheek color for spring and summer.

Benefits Gimme Brow is also another product that I have had for a while and fell in love with all over again. Ok so story time…..A few weeks back I was trying to see if I could find a cheaper alternative to this product because it is on the pricey side. I had heard about Maybelline’s Brow Drama and decided to run to the drug store and give it a go. However, I was not a fan of the product and decided to go back to the drug store to return it. The Maybelline Brow Drama just did not match up to Benefits Gimme Brow. Maybe in the future I’ll give Brow Drama another try but for now it’s Gimme Brow all the way.

Hair & Skincare

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Batiste Dry Shampoo-Medium/Dark Brown

Rituals Lotion- Spark of Hammam

Body Shop- Aloe Protective Serum

Macadamia- Natural Healing Oil Spray

Dry shampoo is a must for me on days when I don’t feel like washing my hair. The Batiste Dry Shampoo is hands down the best dry shampoo I’ve ever used. It just leaves your hair looking like you just stepped out of the shower and blow dried it. I decided on getting the colored dry shampoo because since I have medium brown hair normal dry shampoos tend to leave a white residue towards my roots. With this product I find that the white residue is barely visible. I like to spray and my roots wait a few minuets, maybe do my makeup in the mean time and then brush it through my hair. My hair is left smelling good and looking fresh.

Rituals is a store the I unfortunately do not have in the US but…they do have it in Europe. I am currently studying abroad in Europe and on a shopping excursion this month I was sucked into this store and fell head over heals in love with this scent Spirit of Hammam. In my opinion this scent is the best one in the entire store and after purchasing an air freshener in this scent it was my mission to make my body smell like it too. So I picked up the product in the lotion form. The scent is a fusion of eucalyptus and rosemary and holy moly is that the best combination! Its such a fresh, relaxing and sophisticated scent. Its just the right amount of sweet.

The Body Shop has been on spot lately for me and the Aloe Protective Serum is no exception. I apply this product after I cleans and tone my face. Once I put it on is completely soothing and reviving to my skin. I once went a few days without using it because I though I had lost it but when I found it an put some on I didn’t even realize how much my skin needed it. Its helped clear up dry patches on my skin and leaves it feeling plump and hydrated. It’s also super light weight and sinks in incredibly quickly so you don’t have to wait long before applying your moisturizer and makeup.

Since I cut my hair really short I’ve noticed that I blow dry my hair much more frequently than I’m used to and my hair is feeling more dry that usual. I brought this product with me to Europe after getting it in my Birchbox. I like how light weight this product is and how it leaves my hair feeling smooth and like its had a big gulp of water. I do have this product in a sample/travel size and once I’m out I will most definitely be purchasing a bigger bottle.

Randoms

Rexona Spray Deodorant – shower clean

EOS- Coconut

Burts Bees- Hydrating Coconut Pear

Perfume- Elizabeth and James Nirvana White

It might seem strange mentioning a deodorant but just hear me out. Since being in Europe I’ve noticed that stick deodorant is just not really a thing here like it is in the US and I think they are on to something here. Its so simple to me just to quickly spray my deodorant one or two time and then be on my way instead of taking the time to roll on my deodorant and worry about it smearing onto my clothes. I don’t think I can go back to normal deodorant when I get back home.

There is also a trend here in my randoms and that is chap-stick. I always forget how important it is that lips are skin too and they, just like anything, need moisture. I have always been a fan of EOS and when they released their coconut flavor I had to have it. The smell is not to overpoweringly coconut, which I enjoy. It also leave my lips soft and free from dry cracks. Also, this Burts Bees Hydrating chap-stick in Coconut Pear is perfect for quick hydration on the go. Since the EOS packaging is round it does fit too nicely in my pockets but the Burts Bees is the perfect size. Not to mention the smell is intoxicating. Sometimes I find myself just applying it to smell it.

Lastly is the perfume I’ve been wearing lately. I know everyone was a big fan of the Nirvana Black but I’m just not into heavy scents like that. The Nirvana White however, is a perfectly light comparison. With a sweeter floral scent its perfect for spring or just to throw on when you want to smell really good.

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