Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Quick links for the week!

Hi there beauties, 
I am very busy this week, per usual, but I thought I would share a few little links with you all that I love and that bring a bit of happiness and extra smiles into my busy weeks. I hope they lighten your moods and bring a smile to your faces. Enjoy! 

This blog is run by a very close friend of my aunt. My aunt actually shared this post with me. Be warned, it is hilarious. My aunt and the creator of this blog are both artists and they do shows together. Here is a link to their art Facebook page they do together. 

I have really been loving the reality and simplicity of people's lives lately, and Zoella brings a ton of happiness and laughter always. Here is a link to one of her hilarious videos I just recently watched. 

Zoella's boyfriend, also a Youtuber, is just as hilarious, and they have been making collaborations which just make me fall over laughing. Here is my favorite one from recently. 

I follow this blog through Bloglovin , and everything they do is incredible. I love love the natural everything and the sheer simplicity of this blog. 

Finally, I really enjoy looking at all of the DIY projects from this blog. I pin most of these on my Pinterest account (link is in the sidebar) so I can reference them in the future. 

I wish you all very well, I hope you enjoy these links, and have an incredible remainder of the week! 

-Katie 



Monday, September 8, 2014

Favorite chapstick, and Which foundation sponge works best?

I love this chapstick. This is the one I always use and I've tried other brands, but returned to this one each time. I ran into the drugstore on my way home this afternoon and I saw this massive four pack, so i got it. I'm just excited because this is going to last a long long time. I really recommend this to everyone. The formula is natural and so smooth and it has a fresh peppermint flavor and scent that leaves your lips tingling. 

Here is the cosmetic sponge before adding water. 

Here is the cosmetic sponge after adding water and squeezing it out. 

Here is the Beauty Blender before adding water. 

Here is the Beauty Blender after adding water and squeezing it out. 


From your point of view, I used the Beauty Blender on the left half of my face and the cosmetic sponge on the right side. I have to say, the Beauty Blender really does work wonders. You can't tell as well in this picture, but the cosmetic sponge really absorbed the water in a strange way, making it absorb my foundation, so it did not apply very well. I have to say, I think the $20 Beauty Blender is actually worth it. I love this little thing. So in the end, i do recommend the fancy, expensive sponge. Have fun with it, go splurge a bit, I hope you'll enjoy it. 
-Katie 

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Guilty purchases from the weekend

Hola beauties, 
I ran to the mall last weekend and wandered around a bit. While I was there, I picked up three little things that I enjoy very much. As I said in a previous post, I was going to get all these fancy perfumes and things, but I decided not to. I went into Sephora at the mall and they do not sell rollerballs of the perfume I enjoy. The problem with this is simply that I refuse to pay the ridiculous prices at which perfumes are sold these days(the scent I like was around $75 for 1.5 ounces...whaaatt?...no way). I had planned to get the rollerball of the Gucci Guilty Black, but they did not have any of those, so I went for the next best thing, Gucci Guilty. Woah. 

In all honesty, I feel somewhat guilty for buying this. Even this tiny 0.25 ounce spray bottle was $27. However, I feel okay about this because I only use it because I am in colorguard and at football games, which generally last 3-5 hours, we get very sweaty and smelly. I try my best to combat this before it even starts, and expensive perfume like this is one of the only things I have found to work, so I use it for a few days out of the year...not a big deal. 


Look how sleek this bottle is though. It was clearly very nicely designed...making me feel a little bit less guilty about the price tag. I can't wait for winter though because I really want to try out a few different perfumes with essential oils that I have the recipes for. Excitement! 

Okay, so last weekend was just full of guilt purchases. I paid $20 for this. Yep. I said it. I paid $20 for this teeny, tiny, little, bitty sponge that most likely cost around 10 cents to produce. I probably will never ever buy another one of these in my life, but I really wanted to try it out. The premise of this little sponge egg thing is that it is supposed to make your foundation really mesh into your skin and look flawless. 

You remove the sponge from the little container, wet it completely until it expands to about 3 times the size, then you squeeze all of the water out. After this, you dip the small corner into your foundation and dot it all around your face, and then blend it in, using small pat motions, with the large, round end. I have to say, I used this 4 times this week and I love it. It is incredible. I am going to do a bit of a test tomorrow because I have a theory that this sponge is no better than a drugstore sponge that I can get 50 for $2. We shall find out. 

Again with the guilt.....I went into Anthropologie, which is a mistake in itself because every single thing in that store is CRAZY overpriced, but it is all beautiful. For example, they sell amazing dresses for $200 that I could get at another store for $30. Anyway, this candle was $16. However, it smells incredible. My room has been smelling a bit musty with all of my sweaty workout clothing in my hamper (which has encouraged me to do laundry much more often) and this candle makes my room smell like a fresh flower garden with ocean water and a bit of a raw feeling, which I love. 

You can find this candle here , it is $2 more expensive on the brand's website just to let you know. The thing I have a problem with is that I really enjoy candles a lot, simply because I have to have a good smelling place in order to relax, but they seem to all be rather expensive. I am generally okay shelling out 10-25 bucks for a candle though, so I guess I will just get over it. If any of you have any amazing candles you have used before, let me know in the comments bar below! 

Be on the lookout for my post tomorrow in which I will decide if the $20 makeup sponge is worth it, or if I am just as well off using the inexpensive off-brand sponges. 

Thanks and I hope you all enjoyed! 
-Katie 

My favorite organizing app!





Hi beauties, 
I have been very into this app for the past month or so and wanted to share it with you all. I am EXTREMELY organized, my family likes to make fun of me-in a playful way- for my somewhat OCD tendencies. I will spend the entire day just re-organizing things and going through things to see what I use and what I don't and then donate the things that are not used, or give them to someone I know will use them. I would be extremely happy working organizing people's homes as my job in a few years. 
All of that said, it is very important to me that I remember things I need to get done, and have an easy, fast way to organize my lists. I found this app a little over a month ago and I use it every day. This app enables the user to create lists with certain titles and within each list, add items. I really enjoy this quality because I have tried so many other list apps, but they were all just one list that compiled every item onto one list. I just think this is not realistic because we are all so busy, nothing we do falls under the same category. The great thing about this is that you can create a list for the grocery store-or all of the different grocery stores that you go to-for shopping, for to-do tasks, etc. and they are all in the same place. 
One of my favorite things about the app is how quick and easy it is to pull up on my phone as soon as I realize I need to do something, or buy something. It enables me to quickly make note of it so I don't forget. Thank goodness because this also lets me remember much more important things because I don't have to remember every little task I need to get done. 
I hope this is useful to you all! Have a beautiful weekend! 
-Katie 

Monday, September 1, 2014

My 17th birthday makeup purchase

Hello beauties, 
Some of you know, others do not, but my birthday was August 22nd. I have made it a tradition, since about 3 years ago, that I buy myself a few makeup items for my birthday. This year, my parents gave me a gift card to Sephora, and I used some of my money also to get these items. I am in no way bragging about the things I have, I am simply sharing in hopes someone will enjoy the post, and something I say may be beneficial to another person. I hope you enjoy! 

This is the free sample that came with my order. I really like this scent! It is very delicate, but it lasts all day long. It smells like flowers and exotic spices. It's very nice and crisp. 

This is also a small sample size, but I used some points I had on my Sephora account from past purchases. I also really enjoy this scent, but it is very different from the sandalwood scent. The sandalwood scent is really romantic and calm, but in a very mellow way. This scent is what I would call sexy and provocative. It is romantic, but in a way that it should only be worn while doing some serious ballroom dancing with your significant other, but I really like it! 
I think I am going to buy a bigger bottle of the Nest fragrance, and get the small rollerball of this Gucci fragrance...sometime in the future. 

As you all know, I am extremely pale and I don't have a problem with it; however, when I put foundation on my entire face, it really matches my skin tone very well, so I look somewhat like a ghost. I finally got this bronzer, after a long time of consideration and thought, and I am extremely glad that I did. It looks very natural and just brightens up my face a bit. 

Here is the color of the bronzer, it looks very scary on the internet, but in real life, the color is just a nice, warm deep beige. My favorite thing is that this is not glittery. Every bronzer I have ever seen has these bizarre, very noticeable glitters in them. I am not sure if anyone else has thought about this, but the last time I checked, the human skin does not glitter. 


I just had to take a picture of this palette before I used it. Tarte's packaging is one of the many things that I absolutely love about the brand. They somehow make everything very efficient, beautiful, long-lasting, and extremely beneficial to your skin. 
(Starting from the large rectangle on the top left going around the circle clockwise) The products are: luminizer in champagne, bronzer in park avenue princess, eyeshadow in: don't turn a-brown, tan-gled up in you, up to no gold, plum away with me, make a mauve, bare to explore, and blush in unleashed. 

Here is the outside of the package. I really like how all of these elements really look like the forest. 

I did it. I finally caved in and got this foundation. 
I have heard incredible things about this foundation for many years, but I never wanted to spend $38 to buy it. However, for my birthday, I decided it would be alright and I could treat myself. I have to say, I am so glad that I did because I know for sure I will be buying this foundation and using it for the rest of my life. This stuff is incredible, I cannot even describe how good it is, you just have to buy it and see for yourself. It is very smooth and blends in incredibly well, it covers any imperfections, but it also lets my freckles show through, which I love. 

Here is my face with just this foundation on, I do not have on any other makeup. 



These three items (above) are just free things that came with my order. The first one is the little happy birthday package Sephora gives to everyone for his/her birthday. The other two are free samples that I do not use, so I gave them to my mom. 



I used products from the rainforest palette, as well as my Tarte liner in onyx, Tarte waterproof mascara, and Tarte bronzer, on top of the foundation, to make this completed look. 
I hope you all have enjoyed this post and have a wonderful week! 

Tarte end of the summer purchase

Hello beauties, 
around the end of this summer, I decided to get a few things for myself. Much of this was inspired by the fact that I needed a few very specific makeup items for colorguard. 

Here are the swatches of each of these products on my skin. They are in the same order as the products are pictured below. I have to say, I have never been more happy with a gift package purchase as I am with this one (the color on the far left did not come in the package, but I love it also!). All of the colors that came in this package are very vibrant, they have just the right amount of sparkle in them, and they look really good on all skin tones. You've done it again Tarte! 




Tarte skinny smolderEYES Amazonian clay waterproof liner in purple garnet 


Tarte skinny smolderEYES Amazonian clay waterproof liner in azurite green 


Tarte skinny smolderEYES Amazonian clay waterproof liner in onyx 


Tarte smolderEYES Amazonian clay waterproof liner in taupe 


Tarte smolderEYES Amazonian clay waterproof liner in rose gold 

Tarte lights, camera, flashes statement mascara 


All of the products above (excluding the charcoal liner) came in a gift package together, so the price was considerably less than it would have been if they were purchased separately. I will link this gift package here


We are using a dark berry lip color for colorguard this season, and this lip product is incredible- I bought one at the beginning of the summer in a different color and I love it. 


This particular one is the single-use free sample size that came with my order. I have to say, I am planning to buy the full-size bottle of this. This mask is incredible. It has little tiny exfoliating beads in it. To use, you wet your face and gently massage the mask all over your skin and then leave it to dry out for 5-10 minutes. You then take a gentle cloth, soak it in warm water, and gently wipe the mask off. My skin felt so soft and smooth and looked very glowy after I used this. I really love it! I usually have a problem with masks, because my skin is so sensitive, and I end up using honey or something else, but I did not have any irritation at all from using this mask. 


Back-to-school, high school edition

Hi everyone, now I have been back in school for a few weeks now, but I know that a large part of the world does not go back to school until after Labor Day. I am going to share with you some of my general essentials. There will not be links to these products, simply because anyone can find these at the local Target store, or office supply store, and I really am not a person who thinks brand names are a big deal, so anything similar will work. Personal preference is how I base organization choices, and I believe everyone is different in this aspect, so feel free to use these guidelines, but choose whatever you like best. 

I am somewhat OCD when it comes to being organized all the time, with everything I do. I love this little organizer because it opens from the top, so you can just open it from inside of a backpack and pop in and out quickly. This one has 7 pockets with little label tabs, but I know there are ones sold that have many more pockets. 

Again with the being super organized all the time, I am one of those people that has to write things down to remember them. Also, I really like having one nice thing I can carry around with me everywhere and see what my schedule looks like. This helps me to keep my mind in order and enables me to be worry-free about my schedule, and spend more time remembering the important things in life. 

As I said, i write things down to remember them. This makes me a somewhat crazy note-taker. When I have to read something for school, I take a lot of notes, and these highlighters help me to pull out main ideas and big points I really need to remember. 

Are any of you that person who always LOVED the days at school when everyone got to use the white board? I am that person who enjoys it so much, I bought myself my own little white board to keep at home. I mainly use the white board to make lists (to-do lists, packing lists, etc.), but feel free to use the markers and white board for whatever suits your needs best. 

These pens are my absolute favorite writing utensil in the whole entire world. I have linked these many times in past posts because they are just that fabulous. For some reason, I don't much like writing with pencils, so I use pens as much as I can. I have relied on these little guys for many, many years, and they have never let me down. The good thing about these is that they are made in Japan (so they are very efficient) and I believe they are sold pretty much worldwide. 

Again with my super organized mind, I use a lot of notecards throughout the school year. These are loose, but I do have some notecards that are bound with rings. I don't like how big notecards are because I never need to use the entire card for one idea, and it makes me feel very wasteful to leave so much empty space, so I generally cut these in half. They are very nice to have laying around whenever I need to make note of vocabulary words, or simply to use to study for tests, etc. 

Tape. I use tape. This is kind of a funny story because I have been using this leftover roll of packing tape for the past year. Whenever I needed tape, I would just pull some off and cut it up (it was always too much). For some reason, I just never wanted to spend so much money on something as basic as tape, so I held off until now. I found this tape, Target brand, which was $2 for all 3 of these rolls. The tape that I usually see is $4 for one single roll. Crazy right!

Honestly, I have no idea why I enjoy gold Sharpies so much, but I have always loved the way they look. My older brother used to have these and I always snuck into his room and used them, so I decided I would just buy a few for myself. There is just something about using a bunch of colorful Sharpies on something and then adding a bit of gold to it. The color just makes everything pop a bit. I also use these to write my name on the inside cover of things, just incase I misplace anything. 

Here are my black Sharpies. It's not the most exciting thing in the world, but they do the job. I do like how this one has the regular tip on one end, and the little tiny tip on the other end. It saves space and is very easy to flip around quickly, whenever needed. 

Does anyone else always feel paranoid drinking out of plastic bottles? It seems like everything lately, plastic that is, has a huge BPA FREE label and makes all these claims, but how in the world is the average consumer supposed to trust that these claims are the truth? I don't. Because of this, I use glass water bottles-also I just really like drinking out of glass. All of the glass bottles I have are basically the same. They all have a twist on lid, a tall glass bottom, and a silicon wrap, that can be removed, outside of the glass. This one was about $13, but I know they are sold for all kinds of prices. 

I cannot stand it when my room starts to smell funny. I am in marching band and we have practice at least 2 times a week and an American football game every week, so there are always sweaty clothes in my dirty laundry bin. This contributes to my room smelling a bit unpleasant. Now I am not positive if I got this from my mom, but I have a very sensitive nose. I have been woken from sleep before because I smelled things...weird right? Anyway, I try my best to keep my happy, cozy places smelling nice and fresh. This is one of my candles that I just grabbed from Target. I ran down the candle aisle, saw that this was in a glass bottle, had lavender in it, and was green, so I got it. I really love the smell of lavender, and I try to add little bits of green to my life whenever I can-just because when I am working for a long time, it's very refreshing to see a pop of green. I feel momentarily transformed into the forest and fresh air. 

I really enjoy using these little umbrellas. I get mine at Target, because they are inexpensive (this one was $15) and I have a tendency to be very good at breaking umbrellas. The last one I had was covered with smiley faces in all colors of the rainbow. I like the size of these (about 14 inches) because they are very lightweight and easy to take wherever needed. 

Thank you all for reading this, and I hope you found something useful in this post.