NYX Macaron Lippie Swatches

Hello again beautiful people!! So yesterday I went shopping with a friend of mine + we decided to stop by Ulta. I haven’t been to Ulta in months so I was extra excited to stop by + see what they had. I was on the search for a really fluffy powder brush but I couldn’t find what I was looking for however, what I did find was the NYX Macaron Lippies!!

I am dark skinned so I am iffy about wearing colors that are too bright so I decided at this time I will only buy two + once I hunt down some complimentary lip pencils, then I will buy other colors. The two I bought were VioletChambord.  Here are the swatches for the two lippies…

SWATCHES:

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I really like the colors in the collection + I will buy more. They are $5.99 at Ulta + the texture is very creamy + smooth. The product kind of gets splotchy if you keep applying but I think wearing a lip primer before applying these will take care of that problem. Below I have included photos of me wearing both shades.

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Have you guys tried out the lippies? If so, what do you think? Leave me a comment + tell me what was your experience!!

Until Next Time…

♥ Kai

My April + May Faves 2014

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Hello there great people of the world! Hope everyone is feeling awesome!! Today feesl really nice out but instead of going out, I decided to do a blog post about my monthly faves. I do plan to go out later though ^_^.  I really haven’t done a favorites…anything in a while, not on my blog or on youtube, so I felt it was about that time + this time I will try to stick with it as much as possible. Okay, enough of my rambling + lets get to it sugars!!

MAKEUP

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From left to right: Shades are Redwood, Guava, + Mauve. Bought these for $1 each at ShopMissA.com. These are really pigmented + look great on light + darker skin tones. Love’em!!

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I first heard about this product on YouTube + have been hooked since I found it in a beauty supply store while in Georgia while on a business trip. I also found it in my local beauty supply store + continue to use it. It works so well + could be compared to the Urban Decay Primer Potion. My eye shadow last ALL day + I just love it! It’s about $4. The only thing I wish was different is the packaging. If it was in a squeeze tube, I would be in heaven for sure!

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I love this Mascara so much! This is my 2nd tube + I will continue to use it when I want a less expensive yet super effective mascara. This mascara helps your lashes to grow + give you that false lash look. Such a great product! I think this was like $8.99 at my local Walgreens.

SKIN/BODY CARE

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I have been on a Rimmel kick lately so of course I wanted to try out their eye makeup remover. I must say, I really like this! I can get a great deal of makeup off with one swipe + that make things so much easier, especially when you just want to hurry + go to bed! This was about $6 at Walgreens.

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This product is a repurchase for me + I still love it. I use this along with the Rimmel eye makeup remover to remove everything before washing. This is $7 at Pretty + Cute

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I actually have had this in my cabinet for a bit now + just started using this combo + it’s a good one!! This combo helps so much with keeping my oily/combination skin in check which is great because I find myself having to blot a lot less!! I received this as a gift from Olay but I know for certain this can be found at drugstores!

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I love this little set. It has everything you need for proper grooming however, I don’t find the foil head attachment very useful at all. It doesn’t seem to make any difference to me. Maybe I’m just doing it all wrong lol,  This was $19.99 at Walgreens + comes with a brush head which helps aid in keeping ingrown hairs at bay.

FRAGRANCE

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I  received this in a birthday package a friend sent me + fell in love with it! This is my “Grown + Sexy” night out fragrance + I plan on buying the full size as soon as I can.  I have no idea why I didn’t try this scent out sooner but better late than never I say! You can find the fragrance at Sephora.

FASHION

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I love love love this faux leather jacket from Torrid. I had been looking for one forever + I finally found this and had to have it. I got it from the website for $98.50. This jacket looks so good with so many looks. I may need to do a lookbook styling this baby!!

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This watch is so cool. I really like over sized watches + think they are so chic with jeans, a graphic tee + blazers or with a nice billowy blouse. This one is really loose on my wrist so I have to push it up a bit but I don’t mind that at all. I got it from ModDeals + I think you should check out all the cool watches they have for really inexpensive cost!!

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I am really loving black + white wardrobe pieces. Anyone who knows me knows I love wearing all black everything but I have recently really have gotten into wearing a lot of white as well. The jeans are from Torrid + they are the skinny fit  for $58.50 + this kick ass Dalek  shirt  (I am an obsessed Doctor Who fan since childhood) is from 6dollarshirts for $8.00 ( larger sizes cost a bit more).

Well, I hope you guys enjoyed my favorites for April + May + please look out for my future favorites post as well as other deep post + beauty post.

Until Next Time…

♥ Kai

Visit to Pretty&Cute the Store (Portland, Oregon)

Hello my beautiful people! How is everyone on this fine weekend?? Myself, lovely! I got to do some shopping + bought some new products from one of my favorite stores… Pretty + Cute! If you have not been to the store or shopped online, you are really missing out!! This shop specializes in the best of the best Asian skin care products + more. Lets take a quick tour of the shop shall we!

INSIDE THE SHOP

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When you enter the store you instantly get swept away into a land of all things…pretty + cute! Hahaha. The store is pink + white, very clean + full of goodies to explore. The Sales Associate was the nicest person + very savvy when I asked questions. This was by far some of the best customer service I’ve received. I felt welcomed in the store + just had an overall great shopping experience.

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The wall of Mask may very well be my favorite section! I am a sucker for a great mask + it was actually pretty hard finding mask that I haven’t tried yet lol. I am addicted + this section gave me LIFE!

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So many eyeliner selections and mascara +  lippies! Ahhhh, I was in heaven!! I am a bit of a tomboy but the girly side is strong with this one…the force is strong w/ me too…just saying. There are several of these I wish to try soon!

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More skin care goodies + this is only a single photo. There was soooo much more that I didn’t snap a photo of!

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The checkout area was also very cute. Reminds me of how I wish to build my studio once I get back to designing and styling full time. Look at the pen + card holders! Soooo pretty!!!! **Insert girly squeal here**

WHAT I BOUGHT

So of course I didn’t just enter the store just to look + leave…NO WAY! I also did a wee bit of shopping to try out some new products + to rebuy as well.

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The bags are also really pretty here. I save these +  store my wallets + little things like this in the bags. I just put them in my closet so I can display them. It really is the little things that put a smile on your face.

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Everything purchased is new except the makeup remover wipes. I bought those before + had to have them again. I will do a blog post to show you how I remove my eye makeup, it’s a two step process. 

From left to right: Lioele Carry Me Coconut Hand Cream (free w/ $50 purchase), Skin79 Rose Mist Toner ($7), Skin79 Sweet Honey Sugar Scrub ($14 but $12.60 w/ discount), Lioele Cleansing Tissue Box ($7.50), + Lioele Cutie Girl Etiquette Perfume Spray ($12.00)

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From left to right: Lioele Perfect Pore Control Essence Mask ($2.40) + Skin79 Snail Nutrition Hydro Gel Mask ($4.00).

Once I give everything a go, I will do review on each item! Well that’s everything + I hope you guys enjoyed! I really love everything about this shop + again the customer service + selections of products are amazing. For as long as they are around, I will be shopping here!

Until Next Time…

♥ Kai

Birchbox #2 Unboxing May 2014

My Hair Care Routine!

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In my years, I have put my hair through a lot + then some! I have colored my hair, cut it , grew it out, cut it shorter than needed, curls, relaxers…I’ve done some major alternations to the locks the good Lord gave me + now, I want to grow it out again and make it healthy!

MY HAIR TEXTURE:

I have African – American, Multi-Cultured hair. My natural curls are very loose + my hair is very fine/thin.

HAIR HISTORY:

So about a year ago I cut my hair into a pixie cut. This was one of the shortest styles I had ever had + also the hardest to grow out. When I decided to grow my hair out, I started to wear extensions + weaves + after a while all the heat styling + relaxing to straighten my hair damaged it. My hair would break off + shed like you would not believe in the shower…OMG it was a complete hot mess!

After a while I stopped relaxing my hair + using heat on it + just shampooed + conditioned it + continued with wearing weaves. This made the situation better but didn’t fix the problem. My hair was dry + still shedding like crazy but after about 8 months my hair had grown out from a pixie cut to shoulder length  but, it was extremely damaged!

HAIR CUT…AGAIN:

I decided to relax my hair so that I could style it in a few ways but due to my hair being so fine, it just looked flat with no body or oomph what’s so ever. I decided to go to my local hair salon, HairMasters, + requested a cut that was not too short because I wanted to grow my hair out but enough to get rid of my dead/split ends + she did just that! My stylist got rid of all the dead ends + cut my hair into layers so it had body + bounce! A M A Z I N G!! My hair was now up to my ears but hey, it was the healthiest it had been in ages!!

MY CURRENT ROUTINE + LENGTH:

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I made it a priority to take better care of my hair so I learned about co-washing as well as vitamins that would not bother me (due to crazy fillers). I started using Hair, Skin + Nails by this stuff has worked really well for me along with my hair care regimen.  I chew 2 to 4 of these gummies  a day + I have noticed a lovely amount of growth. I couldn’t put my hair in a ponytail when I first got it cut (05-06-2014) + after 5 weeks, my hair had grown 3-4 inches! I was pretty impressed with that. My hair is continuing to grow and I can’t wait to update on that in some time as well. 

Now on to the good stuff…the actual routine!

I co-wash my hair about 3 times a week and use the below products:

Herbal Essence Naked Cleansing Conditioner (to remove any build up – used on days where I play hard!)

L’Oreal Total Repair 5 Conditioner (to moisturize and repair damage – used on every wash)

L’Oreal Total Repair  5 Deep Conditioner (used once a week)

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle (no pictured – used once a week)

Organix Macadamia Oil Conditioner (used on days my hair feels more dry)

**The other two products I no longer use**

After I wash my hair I comb it out which feels amazing because based on the conditioners I use, I don’t have any tangles or knots. My hair feels so soft + silky…the feeling of healthy hair! If I plan to let my hair air dry, I use the products in the photo below. The oils keep my hair moisturized without build up + the oil cream helps my hair to hold shape when I style. The cream can cause build up so I try not to use too much.

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L’Oreal Total Repair 5 Oil

Organix Coconut Milk Oil

ORS Olive Oil Cream/Hair Lotion

When I do blow dry or flat iron my hair, when it’s damp I use one of the oils on my ends + rub the remaining through my hair. I also use the Frizz-Ease 3 Day Straight all over my hair, comb it through then blow dry + flat iron accordingly. I have realized that this method has cut down on heat damage significantly but I still only do this method about once or twice a month to be safe!

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All in all, this method I have started works great for my hair. I love the way my hair feels + looks now! My main goal was to achieve beautiful heathy hair + I feel that I am on the right track to achieving that goal! What’s your favorite hair care routine or product? Leave a comment + let me know!!

UNTIL NEXT TIME…

♥ Kai

New Jewelry Piece From H+M

Hey lovely sweet cakes!!!!  How are you guys??

I wanted to share a new piece of jewelry I picked up from H+M. I loooove H+M so much lol. Once I lose weight again (blog on that coming soon) I can’t wait to shop shop shop in that store.

CUTE BRACELET/RING COMBO

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How cute is this combo? It was like $5.95 I think, not very expensive at all hahaha. I know that it may not last very long but my sense of style changes often when it comes to jewelry that having to get rid of it won’t hurt my feelings or break the bank!

Do you guys like H+M accessories? What were some of your favorite items you have bought from there? Let me know because I would love to know and maybe check it out for myself as well!!

Until Next Time…

♥ Kai

April Birchbox #1: My first experience with the company!

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I have tried many monthly subscriptions but I haven’t tried many beauty based ones, sooooo, I decided to cancel my Ipsy/Glam Bag subscription and start a Birchbox subscription. Hmmm, I don’t know how I’m going to like it but lets see what this first one has to offer shall we!?

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The Birchbox is $10 a month which was a fair trade since the Ipsy bag was the same, so I was cool with that. When I first opened the box the first thing I thought was, “Hey…the box interior is really cute!” If I’ve never mentioned it before (which I don’t think I have lol) I really love the chevron pattern as well as stripes, so this caught my eye. The items in the box were wrapped nicely in a light blue paper which I also liked…it’s the little the things that matter ;}. There were two inserts on top of the wrapped paper, a description card of the items inside and a cute little card  with a tip of the day on it.

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Inside was a KIND bar, Fekkai shampoo sample, Gilchrist + Soames Spa Therapy Body Wash, Sumita eyeliner pencil, and Hello perfume by Harvey Prince. The KIND bar was okay, it was good but not great. I may try other flavors but this particular one (Pumkin) I wasn’t very crazy about. The other items I haven’t tried yet but when I do you better believe your fashionable bottoms, you’ll be the first to know!!

Have you tried Birchbox? If so, let me know what you think and what was your favorite item! I want to know if you think it’s worth continuing with!! This one was okay but I hope this month has something more exciting to offer! Well that’s all for today but I’ll be back with more soon lovelies!

Until next time…

♥ Kai

Little Black Bag Goodies

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Hey all!

I have been away again…SO SORRY! OMG, work has me all kinds of cray cray right now. Most of the time after work I am so tired I don’t even want to look at another computer screen lol. WTF, I mean, I loooove blogging but I need a break sometimes from the cyber world….okay enough of that break.  🙂

So, I’ve been bored with my current handbags and thought hey…I want to go shopping and I want a new bag dagnabit!! I looked around online for a bit and remembered that I had a  Little Black Bag account and decided to see what they had to offer. Oh boy…this could be trouble…

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LBB (Little Black Bag) was having an awesome deal where if you were a VIP member, you could buy a handbag and get 2…yes 2 free. That un-boxing will be coming soon but, the first bag I received was a solo order the day before the sale. This bag (bag in photos) is so spacious and shiny lol, It’s faux leather and has two zippers on the side for decoration. The bottom front has studs and rhinestones and the interior has a zippered pocket and solid black interior. Super super cute and a little over the top!

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The handbag is by LaTique and retails for $108.00 and through LBB it was$58.99 with shipping but I also received additional free gifts with my purchase so that just made the deal soooo much sweeter!

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I cannot wait until next month to make another purchase. I did spoil myself this month and made two purchases from the site but hey, I work hard for my money and I feel I deserve to treat myself whenever I feel like it as long as I have my priorities in order…right? I feel that should be the case for EVERYONE!!

I hope you guys enjoyed the little peek at my mini haul and please stay tuned for part two of my LBB purchases!!!!

Until Next Time…

♥ Kai

I think I’m over Youtube but I’mmmm baaaack to blogging!!!!!

Hello all!!!

Sorry for being away forever…AGAIN! Lol. I started a new job and I needed to adjust and get use to my new schedule. Now that things are some what normal again, I will start creating more post!! It has been very interesting getting back to work because this field (insurance) is new to me and I have to learn so much. I’m not sure if I love this field but I’m doing what I gotta do!!

YOUTUBE

So, in regards to Youtube, I am not sure if I will be making videos any more and if I do, they will be very limited. I don’t feel like Youtube is that fun community that it use to be ack when I fjirst started. It seems to be all about popularity and making a buck instead of being a community of like minded people having fun and getting to know people (like what I signed up for). Who knows, we will see what happens I guess.

VOXBOX

While I was away on my hiatus, I received another VoxBox from Influenster. This was the J’Adore VoxBox. I received some pretty cool things in this one and still have a ton of the candy left (I don’t each much chocolate). See what I received below!

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Boots Clay Mask

Kiss Eyelashes

Red Rose Creme Caramel Tea

Frizz Ease 3 Day Straight Hair Treatment

Family size bag of Hersey Kisses

I must say, I love the Frizz Ease treatment especially since I got my hair cut and need to use my flat iron more often than before. I liked it so much I bought more. I bought this product before I got the voxbox but used it during the time I received this and was glad because I went through it quickly lol.

I’m glad to be back to blogging and I have more that I will be posting soon. I just wanted to let you guys know I was back!!!! Miss you all and chat soon!

Until Next Time…

♥ Kai

Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo! EOTD #2 – #3 + My Foolishness

Hello everyone!!!!!

So sorry for the short hiatus, I started a new job + wanted to get adjusted + wanted to get use to my schedule + sleep patterns + all that jazz lol. Anyhoo…How have you lovlies been?? I’ve been pretty good, also working on doing a Doctor Who inspired makeup series soon! If you don’t know, I am absolutely obsessed w/ Doctor Who + have been a fan since I was 5. More info on my obsession later…

EOTD #2

So this is an EOTD (eye of the day) that I did back on 02.18.14. I thought it was a fun look that was inspired by a photo I saw on a beauty page I follow. In the photo the person used red eye shadow so I used it in a way that worked for me as well. I wore this look to work because it was simple but daring much like my personality hehehe. 

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MY FOOLISHNESS…

So, I started a new job which has been interesting. Things did not start off smoothly so I had a bit of an annoyance twitch for several days but hopefully that is behind me…hopefully lol. The new company is great though based on what I know of it so far + I am looking forward to learning more and excelling like I am made to do! I have met some pretty cool people so far + we seem to get on well + have a laugh here + there which is great! Helps the day go by faster!!

In my training class we set up a potluck which was really awesome because everyone loves a good spread of delicious foods! I made a vegetarian lasagna which was NOT vegan friendly because it was loaded with cheese chese, faux meat (100% vegetarian Morning Star Crumbles), veggies + MO CHEESE lol. Everyone seemed to enjoy it very much which was nice to see. 🙂  

There was lots of singing in my class too lol. My co worker + I like to keep the people entertained + have been nicknames Sonny +  Cher lololol.

EOTD #3

Okies, so my bf surprised  me with a  bday party recently (02.22.14) which was really cool because it was Doctor Who themed and everyone had on bow ties because ya know…bow ties are cool! Lol. Below is the look I wore thinking I was just going to dinner lol. If I had known, I would have had an awesome DW themed look lol.

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Welp, that is all for now, I just wanted to update you guys + will be back later today or tomorrow with another EOTD that I’ve done + some other good stuffs!!

Behave yourselves out there! ;}

Until Next Time…

♥ Kai