Mini Update

Mini Update

HEEEELLLOOOOOOO!!!!

Sorry I’ve been neglectful. I finally got a job offer and am now scrambling to get a place to live since it requires moving. I’m super excited, but also terrified hahaha

OK, so I’ll be a little in and out here because of this, but I’ll try not to fall off the face of the earth.

I went ahead and tried to apply the ELF foundation, I purchased previously, with a foundation brush. I have not had great luck in the past with using a brush – Kat Von D was really hard for me to get in with a brush and the Fenty I think I was too afraid to go for it with one. Don’t yell at me about Kat Von D…..I had no idea there was so much BS flying around her. AND her products have seemed pretty solid *insert shrug here* I actually never go into the companies and back stories of makeup before…I just took joy in trying new stuff. Of course now that I am older I actually try and pay attention.

The ELF foundation applied SO well with a brush. I used a BH Cosmetics foundation brush I’ve had for some time. I was wary cause the brush seemed small, but no problem at all. So that is another plus in the ELF bank. It is a little sheer though BUT that could also be because I don’t use a ton and I might have a shade too light/pink. I’m 26 and STILL trying to figure out how to pick a foundation shade haha

ALSO! Thank you all so much for reading 🙂

 

Health Check In

Health Check In

Hey hey! So I’ve been pretty stressed and depressed lately, but I’ve not let that derail me from eating well. I’ve also started exercising again.

I think this has helped me get out of my funk… Life has been odd and I’m a sensitive person haha

I know I’m not doing it perfect, but I’m trying to be more balanced.

I’ve cut back on coffee (I drink it black).

I cut out sugar, dairy, most meat, and bread. I eat a lot of yams, eggs, and veggies. My body is pretty happy haha I drink a lot of peppermint tea, hot water and lemon, and just plain old water. On occasion some almond milk. I like to treat myself to bubbly waters, kombucha, and cold pressed juices 🙂

I do some gentle yoga, band work, and walk/ play ball with my dog. I eat meals based on the amount of exercise too. On the weekend I have a treat and I don’t feel sick after now because I’m not over indulging.

Life in general has improved. My clothes fit better and people are seeing a difference. Which is neat because I haven weighed myself in months… I’m gauging it simply by how I feel and how my clothes fit and not getting in a trap of “what does the scale say????” I get discouraged quickly that way.

Anyways I’m trying to take control of my life and it’s working. I read things that feed my inner man and I feed my physical man sunshine and raw veggies.

My whole self is improving 🙂 It really is a mind over matter battle and you have to take it one day at a time. I’ve done this before and I know I can do it again… and maintain. It’s important to me to get healthy and stay healthy.

Kora Organics

Kora Organics

IMG_4504What is in a glow?

Well, for me, it is a mix of: Staying hydrated, eating clean, avoiding dairy and sugar, trying to get enough sleep, with hazel, and last but NOT least – Kora Organics Noni Glow oil.

I’ve struggled with loving my skin for a long time. My stepmom always told me I had good skin, but as a pimple covered, overweight, young teen, I did not believe her. With my hormones raging, never washing my face, not drinking enough water,and drinking whole milk, I had a pimple or six all the time. Of course looking back I know why I did and I know that my pimples were nothing compared to those of my friends. Oh well haha

I def had a subscription to ProActive…that stuff works! If you use it and don’t eat dairy…. hahaha I’m afraid of what might actually be in it now – the smell was so strong and it burned. I don’t think I would use it now.

At twenty-six I’ve embraced my skin and I just shake it off when a stray blemish or two pops up. I know dang well I ate that cheese! Or it is my time of the month- coming off years of birth control I am seeing a few more than I normally would. I feel it is worth it though, I feel better in general now.

I began to start seeing it differently when I was around twenty-two. At that point in my life I was sticking to the Blood Type Diet (I recommend it!). My skin cleared up, my brain cleared up, I slimmed up and put muscle on in my weight training class. It was great. I have been converting back to this diet after going off it for a couple years – I became very depressed when my mother passed away and I let my diet and health go.

I can tell you that through trial and error the best thing I have found for skin is simply: watch your diet – dairy is a killer – drink lots of water, skip makeup when you can, exercise, wash your face at least once a day with a gentle cleanser, and find something to replenish the surface with.

Now as a wanna be sophisticated woman I use Kora Organic’s Noni Face oil.

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This can be purchased at Sephora for $68. It is not cheap. This is not a budget item.

I use this before bed after I cleanse and tone my face. I often wake up with a nice plump healthy completion. I first got a hold of this product through a trial size and I found that I really enjoyed the feel of it. The smell is not overwhelming and it pleasant. The oil is not too heavy and absorbs fairly quickly. This would work under makeup for a plump dewy look! I personally only use it at night or first thing in the morning though.

The claim is that it is for all skin types- I think it is probably safe enough, but I would use less if you are oily like me. I of course still use too much… the instructions say to warm a few drop in the palms and apply. I use a dropper full and put it all over my face, neck, and the upper chest.

They claim this is for uneven texture, dullness, and uneven skin. I cannot personally say this does all of that, but I would guess it does improve the skin. I can say my face is bright and moisturized. Sometimes to pamper myself I apply it with a cooled jade roller or gua sha tool. I use this to massage and de-puff my face.

The oil is made up of: noni extract, rosehip oil, pomegranate oil, and sea buckthorn oil. All of these are known for their skin enhancing properties. This is also cruelty free! and certified organic 🙂

My bottle is emptying quickly and I do not look forward to having to spend another $68. I do like this product, I would use it again, I think the lovely reviews that this product and Miranda Kerr’s other products have merit. I will however be trying out some cheaper alternatives.. Experiment time!

IMG_4527If you want to give your skin a boujee pick-me-up then this is your oil. I really think this oil has given my skin a healthy glow and keep it hydrated. I have a hard time with topical hydration and I’m sure this will be an ever evolving journey. I look forward to trying new thing and revisiting old favorites.

fun note! I am not using any filters in the selfie – just good old glow oil and great lighting haha! My picture will not be as polished as the paid bloggers because.. well…I’m not. I’m not being asked to tell y’all about this and I probably never will. I’m just here to tell you my experiences and hope y’all can relate 🙂

Let me know what you think!

ColourPop .2

ColourPop .2

Hey!

SO I finally got around to trying out the Brown Sugar palette and the After Shock lippie.

LURV THEM!

The lippie is super soft and has a really light texture while delivering vibrant color. It is also fairly long lasting. After Shock is a mauvy pink only bright. I think mauvy is the word…. Anyways I cannot wait to try other colors! This color is great and works with my day to day look and a night time look.

As for the eyeshadow – I think the formula is smooth and well pigmented. I use the Fenty Pro Filt’r eye primer and let me just say… that shit STICKS. I have to dab and smooth it out with my fingers, let it dry, and then blend fast. My Urban Decay Naked Basics was really hard to blend out with this primer for some reason, but the colourpop one blends so nicely. WINNER WINNER CHICKEN DINNER BITCH haha

Brown Sugar has replaced my Naked Basics old and very used self.

I put the primer, eyeshadow, and my crazy $4 elf fake lashes, to the test.

I was playing with the palette and testing my skills with applying lashes when my friend called and invited me out. The following picture is me with only my eyes done so don’t judge me haha

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OHKAYYY you can judge me a little 😛 I think it looks pretty decent haha

The lashes are SO DRAMA. I love / hate them. Everyone had a pretty good laugh over them, but I also received positive feedback. I will attempt more…I did manage to lose this pair though. I glued them on with the Sonia Kashuk eyelash glue from Target and it held well. I peeled them off around 7:30 this morning. I do not know where I left them… someone might run into a spider looking creature soon… For $4 I recommend getting them and having some fun! They do look cheap, but the price is right for learning or costume wear.

I fell down on the job and did not get a pic with full makeup on, but thats ok because the main focus is the eyes. I went on about my business and woke up this morning with full eye makeup. Fenty makes a dang good primer y’all.

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It’s a little faded, but it can pass as light day makeup haha

I nabbed a $3 elf mascara at the grocery this morning on the way home  – Mineral Infused Black Mascara. I put it on in place of the falsies. I think I like the other elf mascara better, but this is pretty dang good for such a price. Of course that is the lovely After Shock lipstick finishing off my next day makeup look.

Overall I’m really impressed with all of these products. The only expensive one is the Fenty, but its a decent amount and a little goes a long way. I highly recommend y’all give these a try! Or try different colors and palettes and let me know what you think!

 

The skincare line I’m trying with ColourPop is working out pretty well still and I think I would purchase a few of them in their normal sizes.

Thank you so much for reading and commenting! I love hearing your thoughts 🙂 this is a really fun project for me and I hope you get some joy out of it too.

 

ColourPop .1

ColourPop .1

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OHKAY

So, I have heard of the makeup line ColourPop, they are owned by SEED Beauty which also owns Kylie Cosmetics and KKW Beauty. ColourPop is LA Based, carried in Ulta, and affordable. I have heard some people RAVE about them, but I never felt the compelled to actually try them out.

Until now….

I’m on the search to break my Sephora habit and broaden my knowledge. This has lead me to get out of my comfort box haha

I hopped onto Colourpop.com about a week ago and started poking around. First of all: I was floored by the prices. Second: The range of products. I actually thought they only made eyeshadow! What rock have I been living under!? You can do a full face with them!

Then I stumbled upon their sister site Fourth Ray. This is a “clean” line of skincare. Perfect because I just ran out of my Caudalie foaming cleanser (p.s. I am sad to see they lost their cruelty free stamp)

ColourPop is cruelty free!

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I snapped up the travel kit that includes: Keep Clear Clarifying Tonic, AM to the PM Gel Cleanser, BFD Cleansing Oil, & The Lightweight Hydrator. Plus a cute bag! Total – $20.00

They all smell pleasant and so far seem really gentle on my skin. I haven’t used the oil to clean makeup off yet, but I do not see why it would not work.

The gel is effective, but so far unremarkable. That is A-ok with me 🙂 I don’t need anything fancy to cleanse my face.

The tonic smells like tea tree oil which explains the “clarifying” claims. Now I use Thayer’s witch hazel as a toner normally, but I do like this one because I feel like it might actually help me control my oil and blemishes a little better. Too soon to know for sure though.

I’ll keep y’all updated on the cleansing oil – But I liked it when I tried it. It is not super messy and I thought it felt nice on my skin.

The hydrator is odd. BUT I like it. It is very light and not a cream. Its a milky liquid that gushes out of the tube so be careful haha There is no grease or oil either. It coated my skin nicely, but I feel almost a tacky feeling after. I have not felt my skin rage and produce a wave of oil after applying it either. My skin needs hydration, but rebels against it most of the time.

SOOOO I have to say I will probably give some of these full size products a go!

The other things I grabbed: Lippie Stix in After Shock $5.50 

An eye palette – Karrueche X ColourPop in Brown Sugar $12.00 

Will update on the makeup products later 🙂

(sneak peek – the lippie feeeeelllllsssss  ssssooooo sssoooofffttt)

 

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That pink box is my new Function of Beauty – trying a new formula AND the limited Black shampoo color. It came way early so it’ll be a while before I can update on the change in formula.

Stitch Fix

Stitch Fix

Hey!

So about a month ago I took a chance and ordered my first Stitch Fix box.

For those of you who are not familiar with Stitch Fix: it is a clothing subscription company. You take a quiz to tell them about you and what you like or don’t like. They will continue throughout to show you pictures that you can say yay or nay to. There is a section to tell them about your measurements, body type, etc. It all boils down to giving the best info possible to your personal Stylist who hand picks 5 items to ship to your front door. You do not pay for anything you do not keep. There is a $20 dollar fee each box that is absorbed if you buy the box.

You can choose to receive luxury items or mid-level brands. I opted out of the luxury because I am on a budget. They also offer kids clothing now making this a company that can cater to the whole family. You can pick and choose what kind if items you want more or less of: i.e. shoes, outerwear, jewelry. You also pick your budget range – what are you willing to spend on certain types of items.

The box includes the five pieces, a return pre-paid bag, style suggestion cards, and a note from the stylist. You have a couple of days to decide and put the bag in the mail with any returns before you are charged.

I think this is a fantastic way to shop! Personally I hate clothes shopping because I get discouraged and tired quickly. I also pass over stuff I should try on, but don’t. This cuts that right out. My box had some items that I wasn’t keen on initially, but ended up appreciating. I had sent a note explaining what I was looking for and my lovely Stylist, Michelle, nailed it.

My box included: 1. Teeberry & Weave – Kayden Dot Stitch Pullover in Beige $64

  1. Market & Spruce – Hans Crochet Front Top in Black $58
  2. Liverpool – Betty Chambray Shirt in Light blue $64
  3. Bancroft – Tamara Bracelet Set in Silver $28
  4. Cosmic Blue Love – Callie Cuffed Skinny Pant in Olive $88

Now if you’re balking at the price…I did too. I took a leap here and it payed off. I have new staple pieces that are well made and will carry me for a while. There is a 25% discount for buying the whole box which played into me keeping everything – that was a whopping $75.50 on top of my $20 style fee. I did not plan to keep the bracelet or button up top because I have plenty of jewelry and a very similar top.

To justify some of this I cleaned my closet out. Like OUT. I’m down to basics, work out gear, and a couple lounge things. I said I wanted to upgrade my style and wardrobe and I did. In a month or so I’ll probably order another box. I have not set this to send me automatically, but to send on physical order. I can keep wasting money on clothes from Target that do not hold up, I can wander through Macys lost and buy stuff I regret, or I can spend around the same amount and get something quality and handpicked. I think for me right now it makes sence.      

My first impressions were: “Oh God. Green pants…..”

Crochet…really?”

“LOVE THIS BUTTON UP! SO CUTE! WHY DOES IT LOOK FAMILIAR?”

& “I don’t know about this bracelet…feels cheap.”

Upon trying everything on and realizing that growing up means I have to wear some things I find a little on the boring side- Everything gets an A+ in the end.

The black top can be paired with color, the sweater will tone things down, the pants don’t make me look as fat as I thought they would AND they aren’t blue denim which I asked to avoid. The bracelet is cute and I ended up loving it while the denim shirt replaced the cheapo version I had hanging in my closet.

All in all I recommend Stitch Fix. There are a number of other businesses just like this one and I have not tried them. I mostly recommend giving this kind of shopping a try so if Stitch Fix doesn’t appeal to you then there are other options. It doesn’t hurt to try new things!

Here are pictures of my items:

 

 

Function of Beauty

Function of Beauty

Hey guys!

I started using Function of Beauty a few months ago and wrote a review on my other blog. https://katiedidweb.wordpress.com/2018/11/30/shampoo/

I hate the review haha So I hope to redeem it in time.

First order Summary:

No Dye, essential oils, goals- volume, anti-frizz, curl definition, oil control, nourish roots.

 

I’m on my second order of the shampoo and I still really like it, but it isn’t working for me the same way the first order did. I’m looking at trying another brand just for the heck of it. If I don’t I’ll just switch the formula up again.

The first round I didn’t like the smell, but my hair seemed to really like it. On the next one I changed the color to orange and made the smell peach ❤

The smell is AMAZING! I switched up

Color – Orange, Smell – Nude (p)each, Goals: volume, anti-frizz, curl definition, oil control, strengthen.

So my main problem is my hair seems to be getting oily quicker… I could just be crazy. The first formula had my hair feeling almost like it does when you use a clarifying shampoo. This one feels a little more gunky. I really didn’t change it much, but I think strengthening is not working for me.

I really really like and encourage this movement into custom beauty. Not everyone is EXACTLY the same so why shouldn’t we have something made to tailor like clothing? Only for our skin and hair. I also like that because they aren’t some huge commercial beauty co. the ingredients might be a little more carefully chosen. i.e. w/out sulfates, silicons, ect.

Function of Beauty does use some silicone – I am currently looking at trying Pure Mine because they don’t use silicone. There is much debate about the use of some of the chemicals and I am by no means an expert or even remotely educated in chemistry haha  I simply did a tiny bit of research and found that people with curls have been moving away from silicone…there are some awesome Youtube videos by some BEAUTIFUL women with BEAUTIFUL hair who talk about why they have moved away and what to look out for. I have found that the advice is solid and I am sooooo happy to be getting back to products that aren’t full of crap.

Here is one of the videos that taught me what to look out for – https://youtu.be/NAN7KE6RvGI

This hair adventure has been fun and is far from over haha I have given up on dying it after my allergic reaction to purple shampoo when I bleached it…. BUT I’m still lookin’ for the best products for me.

 

Let me know what your experience has been!