Young and Twenty Submission

Life, Transition, Young and Twenty

 

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Kayla Cameron
Age • 25

“When I think of someone that is young, I think of a person that is still trying to find their footing, experimenting, learning the world, etc.”

To me, BEING Young & Twenty is the most contradicting combination of words and hear me out!.

When someone says they are in their 20’s, people immediately expect you to be mature, successful, accomplished, and a plethora of other words describing the adult you’re now supposed to be. However, on the flip side, those same people will look you dead in the eye and still call you young … it doesn’t make any sense.

When I think of someone that is young, I think of a person that is still trying to find their footing, experimenting with different things, learning the world, etc.

And at 25, I feel that exact way. I may have a time stamped on my forehead that says I’ve been on this earth for 25 years but that doesn’t automatically turn me into that mature successful adult that most think or expect me to be.

I’m still trying to figure myself out, find my passions, and in general, just look like I’ve got my shit together.

I sometimes feel the clock ticking in the background but I remind myself that just because most people might want me to rush into being an adult, I am taking my time. I am fully embracing and enjoying what it means to be both YOUNG and TWENTY.


I’m trying to look like I’ve got my shit together. 

via BEING Young & Twenty Submission • Kayla — Young & Twenty

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My Everyday Makeup – Makeup Routine

Beauty, Benefit, Essentials, Laura Mercier, Lifestyle, LUSH, Makeup, Tarte, Too Faced

Hi Everyone!

Today I wanted to share with you my everyday makeup – makeup routine. This is somewhat of an add on or continuation of my Makeup Essentials 2016 blog post from a few weeks ago. I mention a lot of the products featured there and wanted to show you guys how I apply each product for my everyday look. I like to keep my everyday makeup pretty simple, straightforward and easy. Nothing too fancy!

So, I hope you enjoy and let me know what you think and if any of you guys want to see more videos like this!

Last but not least, don’t forget to LIKE, COMMENT, and SUBSCRIBE!

 

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PRODUCTS MENTIONED (in order):

Pixi By Petra Glowtion Day Dew
Glowtion Day Dew

Too Faced Hangover Primer
http://bit.ly/16wEwCz

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Foundation
http://bit.ly/1TuSbQC

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer
http://seph.me/1cmER73

Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder
http://seph.me/1lfiGt5

Benefit Cheekathon Blush Palette –
For some reason this is not showing up online but it is available in Sephora Stores.

Too Faced Love Flush Blush
http://seph.me/2kD4uhR

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Makeup Brush Collection

Beauty, Lifestyle, Makeup

Welcome Back!

I hope you guys had a lovely weekend. It’s currently 16 degrees and snowy where I live so I am definitely looking forward to some sunshine and warmer weather! Anyways, today I wanted to share with you a collection of my current/favorite makeup brushes that I used on a day to day basis.

 

I am a firm believer in the fact that you don’t need to spend a fortune to get good quality makeup brushes. All make up brushes I use are under $15 a piece. If you’re looking to add some new brushes to your collection, look no further than some of the ones I’ve mention here.

Brush #1:

 

This Elf Flat Bop Brush is awesome for applying any kind of power foundations you might be using. I use this brush when applying my Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation. It provides a smooth application as well as leaves your makeup looking flawless.

Brush #2: 

 

I like to use this brush to apply whatever blush I might be using for the day. It works great when applying color to the apples of my cheeks. I also love this brush because it is part of the Eco Tools cosmetic makeup brush line. This means, each product is made with a bamboo handle, recycled aluminum cap, and is 100% cruelty free.

Brush #3:

 

When using this brush, I like to apply any sort of bronzer I might be wearing for the day. The slanted bristles allow for a more precise line while the roundedness of it allows for any appropriate blending. If I want to add some warmth to my face and make it look like I have a slight contour, I reach for this brush every time.

Brush #4:

 

Speaking of contour…I recently mentioned this brush in my “New Makeup Products” post. I can’t rave enough about the quality of this brush and the fact that it was so incredibly affordable. I use this brush when I’m trying to actually get that contoured look. The packed bristles and the straight edge makes for the perfect contour tool.

Brush #5:

 

This is the first Real Techniques brush I have ever purchased and I will say honestly that I’m looking forward to owning more. I use this brush as somewhat of a buffing brush. When I’m finished contouring or applying any sort of makeup I like to finish by blending out any harsh lines or access powder. The bristles are super soft and the the overall design of the brush is extremely comfortable in the hand and nice to use.

 

I hope you enjoyed reading! Don’t forget to Like, Comment, and Follow!

Till next time!

-Kayla

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

 

I hope you all enjoyed this post. Feel free to Like, Comment, and Follow!

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

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

New Year New Resolutions

Happiness, Life, Lifestyle, New Years, Resolutions

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Hello Everyone!

It’s a brand new year and that means everyone is busy trying to stick to their new years resolutions and not eat that extra piece of chocolate cake. I thought I would follow the trend and set forth a few of my new years resolutions with a twist. Unlike the typical “go to the gym 5 times a week” goal, I want to try and aim for resolutions that help me reach my happiness from the inside rather than the outside.

I want to focus on reaching goals that help to add more positivity and light into my life. Nobody wants to look back on their resolutions and see that even though they walked away with that “hot bod” and never skipped on their diet they are still fairly unhappy. Now, I am not saying that working out is a resolution that doesn’t add happiness because it can, I am saying that sometimes we try fixing what we can directly see rather than what we might not be able to. We think if our jeans fit better we might be happier or if we stay away from chocolate we ultimately become better people but thats unfortunately not true. This year I want to learn to love myself without limitations or guilt. I want to learn that even though I don’t have a million dollars I am still successful.

So, with that being said, here are some of my new years resolutions for 2016:

  1. Try a 30 day yoga challenge (i’ve had my eye on one in particular: Yoga with Adriene 30 day yoga camp).
  2. Take time to meditate everyday if only for 5 mins.
  3. Read at least 2 new books every month.
  4. Learn to appreciate the little things by writing at least 2 things positive things that happened during the day.
  5. Keep my room CLEAN! (It sometimes gets hard to keep track of those piling clothes in the corner that you swear you’ll put away tomorrow but never do. I want to make sure that if I take out a few outfits to try on I put away whatever I don’t use right away.)
  6. Turn off electronics before bed. (This one is going to be the hardest for me. I love nothing more than to scroll through Facebook and Twitter endlessly before bed or watch countless Youtube videos but it no doubt hinders my quality or sleep.)
  7. Make time for myself. (This one sound pretty general but its probably the most important. I am the type of person that thinks about everyone else before myself. This year I want to focus on myself and my priorities first and foremost. Whether that be taking a break when I am over worked or stressed or just simply taking the time to pamper myself. It’s a simple fact that we too often let ourselves forget; we are just as important too.)

 

I hope you all enjoyed this post and let me know what your resolutions are! I would love to hear them 🙂

-Kayla