Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Favorites!

Hello everyone and welcome to my blog! While cleaning up area my house today I got to thinking that I had a lot of favorites that I have yet to share! So I thought… “Let’s blog about it!” because that is what Kayla does, but don’t worry… I have other posts I intend on posting (maybe tonight, eh?)! Now, some of these are new and some are old but they are my current favorites! Tell me yours! Comment or shoot me an email! J I discover a lot of new favorites through you guys- believe it or not!

Shall we begin?

I think we shall!

-Candles! More specifically Patriot Candles candle in Vanilla + Peach (which is just as the name suggest… vanilla and peach- purchased at Walgreens!), Everyday Escapes Caribbean Splash (a very fruity candle and I am in love! It is a trio candle with the top layer being Papaya and Mango, the middle being Island Fruit- such as coconut, pineapple, honeydew, and the final layer is Tropical Nectar- a fruity (?) floral), Everyday Escapes Hazelnut Latte (which smells like you just walked into a Starbucks! It makes me very happy!) and Ashland Watermelon Sangria (which smells exactly as the name suggests). I’ve always loved candles and im sure one day I will share that collection with you all because it has been highly requested among viewers! Anyways, I’ve especially burned a lot of candles over the last few weeks.

-Hand Sanitizer! I don’t ever know… my boyfriend is somehow linked to this because I bought him one that I just fell in love with! I’ll get to that in a second. I’ve always used a lot of hand sanitizer but especially this month. My favorites have been Well at Walgreens Hand Sanitizer in Crisp Apple (a fruity apple scent) and Coconut Water (basically just coconut), and Bath & Body Works Fresh Strawberries (a tart strawberry).

-Bath & Body Works Georgia Peach & Sweet Tea! Specifically the fragrance mist, I have worn it pretty frequently throughout the month. Now, I could go and look up how it is actually supposed to smell but let’s be realistic here- I’m not. Why? Because anyone can do it and why waste my time when you actually don’t care. Long story made short, it smells like peaches with a perfume undertone.

-Bath & Body Works Bourbon Strawberry & Vanilla! Again, specifically the fragrance mist. I have worn this a good bit more than the Peach one and I really expected to not wear it often at all. It smells exactly as the name suggests. Strawberries and Vanilla. It’s girly, get fun and fruity, but also a little flirty and Spring-ish. It’s perfection for Spring and Summer!

-Almay Clear Complexion Concealer and Treatment Gel! I hate concealer… at least I did until I met this little guy! I use the concealer more than I do the gel, but the gel is really good for keeping acne at bay. The concealer has a good coverage and it’s light enough that I don’t feel it on the skin- which I love! I use ‘light’ and it is perfect for those a shade up from fair but not tan ;) other than that- there isn’t much more to say about the product!

-Maybelline Master Prime Primer in Blur + Smooth! I debated about purchasing Clinique’s Superprimer in ‘sallowness’ which claims to blur the skin but I couldn’t swallow the $27 for a primer! Now don’t get me wrong… a good base is worth everything because that is what’s gonna hold the important products on, but $27 is a bit much for my budget. So I stumbled into this and I thought “what’s wrong with just trying it” so I bought it! Fell in love! It really makes the skin look amazing AND it holds the foundation for hours upon hours. I love it and for $8… it’s a STEAL!

-Covergirl Eyeshadow Quad in Notice Me Nudes! This was given to me by my Beauty Advisor and I adore it! Especially shades 1 and 2. I have a trip coming up in July and I can take this little quad and get SEVERAL looks out of it! It is perfect! Now if you are like EleventhGorgeous and think you can’t pull off shimmer shadows then… this isn’t for you! But if you are into satin and shimmer… you get both! Two shimmers and two satin shades, and they are stunning! And long wearing!

-E.L.F. Moisturizing Lipstick in Ravishing Rose! I am all about some pageant girl lips... this is for sure one of those lip colors! I think it would work for any skin tone and be just as stunning! It’s a dusty pinky- mauve color… and its moisturizing! Not only moisturizing but long wearing! It’s my ideal lipstick! So light, you cant tell it’s there at all!

-Rimmel London Lasting Finish By Kate in 104! Another very pretty pageant girl shade! Compared to E.L.F.’s Ravishing Rose, this one is a little more on the dusty rose spectrum. It’s very pretty but I wouldn’t recommend it for those with fair skin tones- such as porcelain. Now, the thing with this lipstick is it starts out shiny like the E.l.f shade but ends up being matte and a little drying. It is very long lasting just like Ravishing Rose and just as comfortable on the lips as far as being air-light. Truthfully, I don’t feel like I have to watch what I do wearing this lipstick but it is a wee bit drying, I still wear it just as much as the other though!

Did I just about cover all the top drugstore brands or what?!

-Equate Feminine Wash! I don’t typically go for bargain brands BUT I got this because I liked the smell better than Summer’s Eve, so I thought “Why not?” I’m so glad I did! It actually feels like it works much better! And it lathers much better! Not to mention how much cheaper it is! $1.27 versus $5.97? For 1 once less? Ummmm… that’s a steal! I won’t be repurchasing Summer’s Eve unless Equate discontinues this and in that case… I’ll get back up’s!

-Equate Feminine Wipes (compared to Always)! Again, I don’t skimp on products but I am glad I did on this one as well! I like these wipes much more than always! They smell better and they are a little damper. Which, I like. There isn’t much to say other than that they are wipes… that are just better in my opinion. I’d repurchase!

-Bikini’s! Being a bigger girl, I am usually so self-conscious in a swim suit. The other day I was shopping with a girlfriend of mine for a swimsuit. I decided to try on a ‘push up’ bikini top and fell in love! It was so pretty and I loved it even more with a skirted bottom! It was just perfect!

-Dresses! It is no secret that I am a dress wearer! I’ve honestly wore them more this year than any other year… so they deserve to be a favorite!

-The Disney Princess Cookbook! Call me Crazy but I actually love this cookbook! It’s fun and yummy!

I hope you enjoyed!

Kayla!

P.S. Sorry for the lack of pictures lately- i'll get back on it A.S.A.P.!

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Don’t give up on YOUR daydream!


Hello everyone and welcome to my blog! I know it’s been kind of a while since I actually sat down and wrote a blog post but I decided that today would be the day I sat down and made time to do so! And I am actually kind of excited to write this post! Why? Because this is a ‘What is inside Kayla’s head’ post… and we don’t get too many of those around here!

So let me first begin by saying my head is up in the clouds. I’ve had A LOT go down in the past week or so and I’m gonna elaborate on all of it before I even get into the actual reasoning of this post.

First thing is first, I have a boyfriend! WHAT?!?! Yes, you heard me correctly. J This man is absolutely perfect! I have never felt this close to anyone in my life! He is literally everything I’ve ever wanted in a man and I am beyond BLESSED to have him as a part of my life. We honestly have so much in common that it completely trumps the small things we disagree upon. Also, he has a YouTube Channel... and I adore watching his videos!

Secondly, my weight-loss journey! I am still holding at 202, but my doctor and I were discussing some health issues I have and he decided that 15 to 18 more pounds gone in 3 months is going to fix this. So I will have at least one post on how that goes!

Now on to my day dreaming… I’m often asked by friends and family members how I would decorate my home once I do decide to move out. Truthfully, I have put a ton of thought into this and it’s honestly kind of ridiculous. But I think it is very important to have some kind of idea as to how you’re gonna decorate so that you can plan for it in the meantime. Also, if you are anything like me- the little things matter. A house is not a home unless you make it one. So make it a home. I was inspired to do this because a really old friend of mine is getting married and she’s putting so many details in her wedding! So I thought why not put those details in a home too?!

Living Room: To me, this should be a calming, relaxing atmosphere that reflects you and your partner.  I imagine my living room to be very reflective of positivity from God’s word, family oriented, and cozy. So think browns and creams and lots of pictures, crosses, and biblical quotes.

Kitchen/Dining Room: Let’s be realistic here, 9 times out of 10 the woman does the cooking. Therefore, I think the woman should have the overall say-so of what the kitchen d├ęcor is. Personally, Coffee-themed is the way for me! I love coffee and while it isn’t everyone’s cup of java… it is mine! I think the mocha hues are beautiful in a kitchen, so are the creams! ;) (If you got all the puns in that… you are awesome!)

Master Bedroom: I don’t know why but I have always thought the bedroom should in some way resemble you’re wedding day! At this point and time I imagine our room to have a lot of red and white shades, roses, crosses, and candles! Because that’s how I imagine my wedding day… which that’s a whole different story!

Master Bathroom: I cannot express how important I feel a bathroom is in a marriage… call me crazy and a little too personal but I think it’s important to bond through a bubble bath. Which is why I feel like the Master Bathroom should have a spa-like feel to it. Think candles, water fountains, baby blue hues with speckles of light green and beige, simple and elegant yet truly romantic.

Other rooms… 

Guest Bedroom: Express yourself a little bit here, but also know that you are trying to make a guest feel comfortable! I picture this as an elegant Disney room! “Be our guest, be our guest!” J Gray, yellow, and white! Happy and comfy… still elegant though! I would also keep in mind that this could potentially be a future child’s room so keeping the colors neutral like that could be beneficial!

Family Bathroom: Still express yourself, but make sure it’s going to make guest feel comfortable! For me, I imagine a black and white Disney them with pops of red… because I love Disney and it reflects the honeymoon that I will for sure have!
 
Xoxo,
Kayla!