4 THINGS YOU CAN DO WITH COCONUT OIL

If you haven’t heard the hype about coconut oil yet, prepare to be amazed. There are MANY different ways to use this affordable product and today I’m going to share with you a few of my favorite skin benefits that coconut oil can give you!

1. Removing Makeup. 

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Coconut oil works wonders removing eye makeup – even waterproof mascara! The oil breaks down the harsh, inky product in shadows, liners, and mascaras. Simply dab a cotton ball in your coconut oil and wipe it away like magic. Then, wash the rest of your face with a mild cleanser – I prefer the Sustaining Cleanser.

2. Shaving Legs.

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Out of shaving cream? Try coconut oil! Not only will you get a super close shave, but it’ll also hydrate your legs and leave them feeling oh-so-soft. Also, if you have sensitive skin, coconut oil is fab at not irritating it.

3. Cracked Feet.

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Between running here and there, working out, and everything else we put our feet through, some days our feet need some serious attention. Coconut oil works fabulous to soften dry and cracked feet – just lather them up before bed and they’ll look, feel, and even smell great in the morning.

4. Cleaning Makeup Brushes. 

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If you want a clear complexion with super smooth makeup, it’s a must to keep your makeup brushes clean by washing them regularly. For an at-home DIY, mix antibacterical dish soap with coconut oil for a cleanser that kills any bacteria on the brushes and then conditions the bristles. If you’re searching for good brushes, Jane Iredale has amazing ones – my favorites are the Eye Shader, Crease Brush, and The Handi Brush.

What are your favorite things to do with coconut oil? – Kayla

WHAT INSPIRES ME

As summer is coming to an end and fall is right before our eyes, I wanted to take a moment to think about what I’ve enjoyed this past season and what I am looking forward to next. Here are a few of my current inspirations!

Photo Cred: Rubies and Ribbon

Photo Cred: Rubies and Ribbon

I wore one on the 4th of July with my lovely mother!

I wore one on the 4th of July with my lovely mother!

Flower Crowns. Since flowers and my hair are two of my favorite things, why not wear flowers in my hair? This simple yet beautiful hair accessory looks great on anyone, and nothing brings out my girly side quite like a flower crown. I’m obsessed.

Taylor Swift’s Shake it Off. I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty hooked on Tay’s new song she released on Monday. The video made me giggle and I think the message behind this song is wonderful and very inspirational for anyone. Plus, Taylor has some fabulous dance moves in the vid :)

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Fall Colors. Whether it be the colorful leaves, a shade of lipstick, or an infinity scarf, all of the colors that we find during the fall season are my favorite. I love the warm hues of red, orange, brown, yellow and burgundy that I find everywhere from clothing to paintings to outdoors.

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Chrissy Teigen. This girl rocks. She’s so beautiful, her skin is flawless, she’s wifey to John Legend, and her Instagram photos are fantastic. I love keeping up with her social media – it seems like she’s everywhere right now! I’m so envious of her complexion, she always looks amazing! I read that Chrissy is crazy about skincare and she wears SPF everyday.

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Oversized Sweaters. Although I love summertime fashion, I must admit that this year I’m looking forward to cooler weather clothing. I’m a strong supporter of leggings, boots, and oversized, slouchy sweaters. Literally, it’s my fave thing to wear. I feel stylish yet super comfy in a large sweater like the one Lauren Conrad is wearing above.

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Paris. I may be a little biased with this one because I’m going there in about 3 weeks, but the City of Love inspires me in many ways. I’m so excited to visit the city, learn about it’s culture, eat the food, see the fashion, and overall enjoy the trip with my beautiful Aunt. I honestly couldn’t be more excited!

What are some of your inspirations? -xo Kayla

 

 

5 WAYS TO MAKE SKIN BRIGHTER

It’s no secret – we ALL want clear, bright, flawless skin. Some of us have to work a bit harder than others to feel satisfied with our complexion, whether it’s due to genetics, environmental factors, or lifestyle. If you need a little advice on how to get brighter skin, try these five tips:

1. Exfoliate. 

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Exfoliation is key if you want a brighter complexion. Your skin is covered by a thin layer of built up oil, dirt, and dead skin cells that make your beautiful face look dull. Exfoliation sloughs off the dead skin and unclogs pores while promoting cell renewal. By exfoliating 2-3 times per week, your complexion will become brighter and radiant in no time. I love using the Fine Facial Polish to exfoliate my skin. Also, a Clarisonic does a wonderful job of removing impurities from your pores so creams, serums, and moisturizers are absorbed better into your skin after exfoliating.

2. Eat the Right Foods. 

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We can all agree that beauty starts from the inside out so it’s important to eat foods that will help your skin look amazing. Foods high in omega-3 fatty acids like salmon, trout and herring work wonders because they give your skin oils that reduce inflammation and keep skin smooth. Dark, leafy greens like spinach also give your complexion a radiant glow, while melons keep your skin hydrated and looking young.

2. Vitamin C. 

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This antioxidant is nothing short of fabulous – it fights signs of aging AND brightens skin. Vitamin C works to lighten the hyperpigmentation that’s already on your skin, while also preventing further spots from appearing. Try Enza’s Vitamin C Serum if you’re in need of a brighter complexion.

4. Take a Makeup Break. 

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I know this is easier said than done, but whenever you get a chance to be sans makeup, do it. If you refuse to leave the house without it (I would rather have a root canal than be in public fresh-faced), wait until the last minute to apply it and wash it off as soon as you get home. Makeup doesn’t allow your skin to breathe very well, making it appear dull and sometimes even damaged. If you need a great cleanser to wash off your makeup, try the Sustaining Cleanser!

5. Use Toner. 

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Often underestimated, a toner is essential to brighter skin. When used after cleansing, a toner will remove any excess oil buildup and balances the pH levels in your skin. I am obsessed with the Cool Sustaining Toner because one of it’s key ingredients, chamomile extract, helps reduce any inflammation on my face while brightening and clarifying my complexion. I use this toner morning and night and absolutely love it.

 

BACK TO SCHOOL BEAUTY ESSENTIALS

Back to school season is officially upon us! Wow, I cannot believe that this is my last semester of college and I will be graduating in December – it seems like just yesterday I was a freshman! This back to school season is bittersweet for me because I can’t believe I’m closing one chapter, but at the same time I’m SO excited to start the next one! So, if you’re headed off to the dorms or just need a few tips, I’ve got you covered for your BTS beauty essentials:

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Moisturizer. Dry, flaky skin is NEVER a good back to school look (or any other time for that matter). Even if you’re rushing around before class, remember to always apply moisturizer with SPF for healthy looking skin all day long. Advanced Protection SPF 30 works fab on all skin types and does a great job protecting your precious skin.

Eye Cream. Being a college student myself, I have LOTS of experience getting very little sleep and waking up early the next morning. When this happens, dark under eye circles and puffy bags will start to appear and that’s probably the last thing you want when you have a coffee/study date with the cute guy who sits next to you in biology. Enza’s Eyebright Anti-Puffiness Gelee is an amazing quick fix when you need it.

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Dry Shampoo. Honestly, who has time to wash, dry, and style their hair everyday?? Back to school time means crazy busy time, so it’s like a tiny miracle when a product can help you out. Plus, dry shampoo gives your locks intense volume so you’ll get an A+ in the hair department.

Shine Control. Since the beginning of a school year is still fairly warm and classrooms can be pretty muggy, it’s a must to keep your skin looking amazing and makeup in place. Shine Control mattifies your skin and controls shine that appears midday. Just apply this lightweight lotion before you put your makeup on and you’ll have nothing to worry about!

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Concealer. When your complexion isn’t as lovely as you’d like it to be, concealer can be your best friend during back to school season. Jane Iredale’s Disappear Concealer with Green Tea Extract is fantastic at concealing blemishes and dark circles. A little goes a long ways so a tube will last you almost all year.

Spot Extractor. Back to school can be a stressful time for many (including me!) so a pimple or two is likely to appear at the most inconvenient time. The Spot Extractor is one of my FAVORITE products and I literally carry it with me everywhere. This salicylic acid spot treatment works on contact with blemishes when you need an immediate fix. It really is a life saver!

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Off to school I go! -xo Kayla

 

A SPLASH OF CORAL

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I CANNOT believe we’re already halfway through August! Where in the world has this summer gone? I have to go back to school in T-minus 18 days – not that I’m counting or anything. But, I’m going to enjoy these last few weeks of summer and wear my most summery outfits before I have to put them away for the year. Here’s one of my favorite bright and festive warm weather outfits!

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This coral dress is oh-so-comfy and lightweight. I can either dress it up with accessories and a cute pair of pumps or wear it to a picnic with a pair of sandals like I did today. And this could hands-down be one of my fave colors. Ever.

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GET THE LOOK: AE Halter Party Dress only $34.99 at ae.com!  AEO Strappy Braided Sandal, $19.99.

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These oversized gold earrings were a birthday gift from one of my girlfriends a few years ago, but you can get similar ones for only $22.00 at etsy.com.

 

 

CELEBRITY SKIN ENVY: KERRY WASHINGTON

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Not only do I envy how gorgeously fierce she is in ABC’s Scandal, but I’m even more jealous of how flawless her skin is! Kerry Washington is ridiculously talented and her natural beauty is something to talk about too. She’s what some may refer to as “the whole package.”

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Kerry has a radiant glow when it comes to her complexion. Her skin tone is so smooth and even that she doesn’t need to cover it up with much makeup. I also love how confident she is in her skin – Kerry truly does rock it! I read that she drinks LOTS of water to keep her skin clear and uses SPF every day to protect her complexion from age spots and keep her looking young.

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It’s hard not to love the Scandal star. Kerry says that she never, EVER goes to bed with makeup on. No wonder her pores always look tiny and beautiful. I also read that she always uses a toner after cleansing her face to remove any excess oils that may have built up. If you want a bright and fresh complexion like Kerry’s, try using Enza’s Extraction Toner.

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Kerry is always spot-on with her makeup, too. She looks perfect with a little concealer, a dab of foundation, a few coats of black mascara and a pink blush. I’m also SUPER jealous of her cheekbones. Like, wow. She’s stunning.

KAYLA’S PM SKINCARE REGIMEN

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Ahhhhhh. It’s 10 PM and the world around me is beginning to shut down. This is one of my favorite parts of the day because 1) I get to catch up on some beauty rest and 2) I give my skin some TLC with an evening skincare routine. It’s similar to my AM regimen but it’s even better because I get to put my feet up and relax afterwards. :)

Here’s my nightly routine for radiant skin:

Step 1: Wash my face with the Sustaining Cleanser to remove my makeup from the day, plus any dirt and oil that has collected in my pores. The vitamin A and E in the cleanser helps brighten and even my skin tone, while giving me an amazing clean.

Tip- If you wear a lot of makeup, cleanse your face twice. Once to wash off the makeup and the second time to actually scrub deep into your pores. This will help prevent acne breakouts caused by clogged pores.

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Step 2: Spritz a cotton ball with Cool Sustaining Toner and wipe it all over my face and neck. The Witch Hazel in this toner calms my skin and evens out my complexion.

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Step 3: After the Toner dries, I apply 1-2 drops of Glycolic Serum to my clean skin. It gives me a little bit of a tingling sensation which I love. The glycolic and lactic works together to exfoliate my skin and reduce fine lines, wrinkles, and age spots. This is definitely my go-to product!

Step 4: Next, I apply the Sustaining Glow Creme to my skin. This cream helps erase discoloration and brightens my complexion. It feels super good!

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Step 5: Lastly, I use my Spot Extractor whenever an unwanted zit pops up – I simply use the roller ball to apply it directly to the blemish. And I ALWAYS hydrate my lips overnight with the Lip Treatment. It gives my pout crazy moisture and boosts collagen production.

I’m ready for bed and my skin will look FABULOUS in the morning! -xo Kayla

 

 

 

BEST BEAUTY LOOKS: TEEN CHOICE AWARDS

The 2014 Teen Choice Awards aired Sunday night and the Red Carpet was hot with celebrities and the latest trends! Here’s my five favorite beauty looks from the night:

Lucy Hale. 

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Lucy looks stunning in this red dress. The color compliments her lighter skin tone and dark hair. Her makeup is dewy perfection. But when you have skin that clear, it’s easy to look great! I love how bright her eyes look with black eyeliner and mascara, while her nude lip doesn’t distract.

Nina Dobrev.

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I always thought the Vampire Diaries star was beautiful, but this look takes it to a whole new level! This metallic and colorful crop top ensemble is super fun, while her side braid makes her look elegant and girly. Nina’s skin is absolutely flawless – it looks so fresh and hydrated. She must drink lots of water and use Hydra Gel!

Kim Kardashian.

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Her hair is perfect. Her brows are perfect. Her makeup is (as usual) perfect. When doesn’t she look – how should I say it – perfect? Kim looks fab in this sleek black moto top and skirt. And her skin tops everything! She must use an eye cream to look this good with a 1-year-old running around the house.

Sarah Hyland.

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I’m seriously loving this Modern Family star’s show-stopping look. Her slightly bronzed glow makes her stand out among the others, along with this plunging dress. The smokey eye compliments her green eyes and her skin looks literally like a baby’s. She must take great care of her skin by using SPF.

Taylor Swift.

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Ahhhhhh, America’s Sweetheart. I honestly wish I could hang out with her for just a night. She looks so pretty in this mint crop top and skirt combo. (Do I see a midriff-exposed trend??) Her makeup looks fantastic – winged eyeliner and a coral lip is definitely a great look for her. But, I loved when Taylor would embrace her natural curls so I wasn’t too thrilled about her hair for the awards.

 

MY AUGUST INSPIRATION BOARD

Hello Lovelies! Today I want to share with you a few beauty bloggers that are amazing and have inspired me lately! I hope they inspire you too :)

Maggie from Moda & the Mar:

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Maggie’s recent If it’s just for tonight darling, let’s get lost post was absolutely stunning. I am head-over-heels in love with that dress. And could her ombre be any prettier? I want to make an appointment with my hairstylist right this second to have that done. Seriously.

Lindsay from Pink and Navy Stripes:

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These photos on Lindsay’s Instagram made me super jealous that I don’t have a pool in my backyard. And she looks adorable in that J. Crew Panama Hat. Follow her Instagram – @pinkandnavystripes – she posts amazing pictures!

Kelsey and Erica from Sequins Are A Girl’s Best Friend:

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Photo Credit: Kelsey and Erica

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Their Color Block post is one of my favorites. The girls give suggestions on what colors to pair together when color blocking and it really is very inspiring and helpful. It’s definitely worth reading!

Brie from Sophistifunk:

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If you haven’t noticed, pineapples are HUGE this summer and Brie looks fabulous wearing this tank with the glamorous fruit on it. She looks like the definition of August and I’m slightly obsessed with that lemon purse she’s carrying, too.

Brittany from The Glittering Life:

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Photo Credit: Brittany

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I LOVE following this girl’s Instagram. She has the cutest style and her pictures are all so unique. And did I mention how beautiful she is?? I just get so inspired by looking through her photos – they’re anything from fashion to food to decor and WAY more!

Who is on your August Inspiration Board?? xo – Kayla

BACHELORETTE PARTY BEAUTY MUST HAVES

Bachelorette parties are known for endless laughs, fruity drinks, girl talk, fabulous dresses, and lots of pictures. And I mean LOTS of pictures. So if you want to look your best in the hundreds of photos that will be immediately uploaded to every social media account, grab these beauty essentials for a weekend you won’t forget!

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Sunscreen. Since you should be wearing SPF every single day, this is obviously a must no matter where you and the girls are headed. If you’ll be spending your days at the beach, remember to reapply as needed – sunburned red will NOT compliment that mint-colored bodycon dress. Try Advanced Protection SPF 30 – it protects against UV rays and is an awesome moisturizer.

Face Wash. It is SO necessary to wash your face before crawling into bed at night. And if you want your skin to look amazing in all those pictures, then you must wash off the makeup, dirt, and oil that has been clogging your pores all day. I love using my Sustaining Cleanser to wash my face every night. It’s so gentle on my skin while giving me the deep cleanse that I need.

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Dry Shampoo. If this stuff isn’t your BFF already, I’m honestly not sure how you’re getting by. Since you’ll be wanting to spend all your time chit-chatting over drinks with the ladies, blow-drying your hair will only be a hassle. Plus, dry shampoo gives hair fantastic volume so you’ll be looking like a rockstar all night.

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Nail Polish. If there’s one thing I can guarantee that will happen at any bachelorette party, it’s an Instagrammed photo of all the girls clinking their glasses together with a caption reading “Cheers to the soon-to-be bride!” Do you really want your nail polish to look anything less than perfection? Pack a color that closely matches your mani for any last-minute chips that may happen.

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Eye Shadow. Bachelorette parties are hands-down one of the best places to wear anything glittery, bedazzled or bright, so super fun eye makeup is a must! Jane Iredale has 24-Karat Gold Dust that catches the eye like no other – you can dust it onto your lids, cheeks, or even lips for a flawless and fun shimmery look. And it comes in 6 colors!

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Eye Cream. A bachelorette party isn’t something you attend if you’re looking to get a good night’s sleep. There’ll be very late nights followed by early mornings, so an eye cream is an essential. Try Enza’s EyeBright Anti-Puffiness Gelee to help soothe puffy and tired under-eye skin.

Do you have any Bachelorette Party beauty essentials? -xo Kayla