NAVY AND GOLD

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Happy Friday! I’m so excited for this Labor Day weekend! In honor of the holiday, I wanted to share with you all an outfit I will be wearing this weekend to transition into my fall wardrobe. Enjoy!

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This dress is super comfy and just the perfect weight for early fall weather. And, it’s easy to accessorize, depending on the occasion.

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I decided to pair this dress with some gold accessories. It would also look great with a tan belt! I’m also obsessed with this lip color – it’s Jane Iredale’s PureMoist Lipstick in Renee.

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Have a fabulous LONGGGG weekend everyone! -xo Kayla

HOW TO GET READY IN 20 MINUTES

If you’re like me, you hate oversleeping in the morning, even if it’s only a few minutes or so. Well, this morning I overslept an hour because silly me forgot to set an alarm last night! When I looked at my clock and saw that I had to leave the house in 20 minutes, my heart shot through the ceiling and I was on a SERIOUS mission. But I made it to work on time, with even 2 minutes to spare! So, if you ever need to be ready in 20 minutes, here’s a few tips and tricks to get you out the door on time.

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Prep your skin. 

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Even when you’re crunched on time, it’s so important to start your day with fresh skin. Keep it quick with a cleanser, toner, and SPF so you can moisturize AND protect at the same time. Next stop, makeup!

Keep the makeup simple. 

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Take this as an opportunity to try out the “Natural” makeup look that is hot right now. Jane Iredale’s Dream Tint Tinted Moisturizer is very lightweight and easy to apply. Then, swipe on a coat of mascara, and finish with your favorite lip color. Voila! Your makeup is already done and you still have 9 minutes.

Tousle your locks. 

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Unless you are Superwoman and can wash your hair and be ready within 20 minutes, you’re not going to have time to shower. Use dry shampoo to absorb any oils in your hair and to give your locks some volume. And don’t worry if it’s not perfectly straight or elegantly curled – messy beach waves are ALWAYS in style. But if it’s too horrific to wear down, pull it up into a chic topnot.

Grab and go. Even if it’s a granola bar or a piece of fruit, make sure to eat something before you start your day. It’s easiest to eat on the go when you only have 20 minutes, and it’s totally worth it!

 

WHAT’S IN MY BAG: BACK TO SCHOOL

I can’t believe it – I start class in less than a week! Every year, I always take the time to make sure I have everything planned and ready to go before the first day, so here’s what I’ll have packed in my school bag for my last “first day” ever!

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Water Bottle. It’s a must to keep my body and skin hydrated while in class. My purple water bottle literally goes with me EVERYWHERE.

Magazine. When I’m hanging out in between classes, I love to catch up on the latest styles and trends. I swear, I NEVER look at it in class though….. :)

Flash Drive. Being a college student, it’s so important to keep my documents, pictures, and files backed up and in one place. I don’t think I could have made it through college without one of these.

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Planner. I actually consider my pink planner my BFF. It does a fabulous job keeping track of my assignments, appointments, and to-do list.

Cell Phone. For obvious reasons.

Wallet. I always make sure I have my ID and a few bucks inside for a coffee fix if needed.

Perfume. This is my FAVE scent ever – it’s AEO’s Live and it smells like heaven in an adorable gold bottle. And the best part? One spritz lasts all day.

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Lip Gloss. My newest fall obsession is officially Jane Iredale’s PureGloss in Kir Royale. It’s the perfect autumn shade and I’ll look fabulous sitting in class with it on my lips.

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Gum/Snacks. It’s important to keep my tummy satisfied and breath smelling fresh at all times.

Toner. I keep this travel-size Cool Sustaining Toner in my bag for those days when I need a quick skin rejuvenation along with a few cotton pads.

Spot Extractor. It’s the WORST when a blemish pops up out of nowhere on my face so I always have the Spot Extractor handy to treat pimples on contact.

Lip Treatment. I love how soft and plump the Lip Treatment makes my pout feel, making it a must to have in my school bag.

-xo Kayla

BEST BEAUTY LOOKS: EMMYS 2014

It’s definitely award season with the VMA’s airing this past Sunday night and the 66th Annual Emmy Awards last night. I’m not complaining though because I LOVE looking at the fashion, makeup, and beauty that flaunts across the Red Carpet. Here’s who receives my award for best looks:

1. Julia Roberts

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Julia stunned the Red Carpet last night in this long-sleeve embellished blue dress. This woman literally NEVER ages. I love the blonde hair with tousled curls, and her eye makeup adds just the right amount of sass. Julia’s skin always looks so bright and fresh – something that never goes out of style.

2. Kerry Washington

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Oh my GORGEOUS! Kerry looks amazing in this orange gown with beaded accents. And can we all take a step back and realize that she’s wearing blue eye shadow with an orange dress and it looks FABULOUS? Kerry can pull of anything. Her complexion looks as beautiful as ever without an enlarged pore in sight. She must exfoliate regularly.

3. Alexandra Daddario

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To be completely honest with you, I actually didn’t know who this True Detective star was until she waltzed onto the Red Carpet looking heavenly last night. This sequin gown is wonderful, and her makeup is even better. Her dark eye makeup brings out her blue eyes and those red lips are everything. And her skin? Oh my goodness – it’s flawless.

4. Sofia Vergara

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Her hair is perfect. Her makeup is beautiful. Her brows are the best. And that dress? Killer. Sofia looked gorgeous last night. Her skin is so great too – I read that she drinks plenty of water every day to keep her figure looking fab and her skin clear and hydrated.

5. Sarah Hyland

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My favorite part about this look is her topknot. It’s the greatest. Sarah showed off her stunning features last night with a gold smokey eye, dark lashes, and full brows. Her complexion always looks super smooth too, especially last night. And her lips are amazing – they look plump and moisturized. To keep your lips hydrated and soft, try the Lip Treatment.

What were your favorite beauty looks of the night? -xo Kayla

 

BEST BEAUTY LOOKS: VMAS

In case you missed what the buzz is all about this AM, last night aired the MTV Video Music Awards. Even though I didn’t get a chance to watch it, I’ve done some serious creeping this morning and have narrowed down my 5 favorite looks of the evening.

1. Beyonce

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Queen Bey strikes again. But when doesn’t she look like the definition of perfection? This black gown shows off her rockin’ bod, while her makeup is very natural looking. I also love the oversized earrings – they add some serious sass to Bey’s look. And of course her skin is lovely as ever – her complexion always looks fresh and vibrant.

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P.S. – Can we take a second to talk about how ADORABLE this moment was when Beyonce brought husband Jay Z and daughter Blue Ivy on to the stage as she accepted one of the night’s biggest awards — the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award? Oh my goodness.

2. Jennifer Lopez

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I’m pretty sure the Red Carpet heated up about 10 degrees when JLo stepped on it. She looks absolutely amazing in this cutout silver dress with matching heels and clutch. I’m loving the straight hair paired with smokey gray eye makeup and a nude lip. JLo’s skin actually glows – she must use a Vitamin C Serum  to keep it looking radiant and wrinkle-free.

3. Kylie Jenner.

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Even though Kylie is only 16, (16!!!) she looks breathtaking in this black wrap dress with a high slit. And although I thought she could pull off the blue ombre, I’m loving her hair all one color. Her makeup looks stunning, as always, with a dark lip and perfect brows. And her skin is the best part of her entire look – her complexion is so smooth and even.

4. Rita Ora

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I seriously cannot take my eyes off Rita’s skin! She looked gorgeous last night in a red gown and elegant makeup. Her eye makeup was perfect with gold shadow, big lashes and a fierce red lip. Her complexion looks so dewy and fresh – on point for the occasion.

5. Nina Dobrev

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I wish I could be BFF with Nina. This dress is gorgeous on her slim figure and I love that she matched the red of the dress with her lip color. Her voluminous ponytail is adorable and shows off her beautiful skin. Nina has such a pretty skin tone and it always looks so bright and hydrated. To keep your skin looking as moisturized as Nina’s, try using Hydra Gel.

INSTAGRAM LATELY

Happy Friday, Beauties! Weekend time is always the BEST time. Today I want to share with you what I’ve been up to on Instagram lately and if you’re not already following me, be sure to find me @EnzaPRGirl!

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I recently posted a Fishtail Braid How-To video on YouTube – be sure to check it out!

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With school right around the corner, it’s important to have all the beauty essentials for heading back to class.

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Do you wear glasses? I have some top secret makeup tricks for all you girls rocking some specs.

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Yup, these donuts were amazing. Such a treat from Enza’s President Kristine!

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What do you think of my Splash of Coral OOTD? I’m pretty much obsessed.

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Did you see my posts talking about my AM and PM skincare routines?

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Photo Credits: Bethany

We are LOVING how beautiful and glowing Bethany from Kiss Me Darling looks! Her Saturation System is obviously working very, VERY well :)

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Photo Credit: Grumpy Cat

Did you celebrate International Cat Day on August 8th?? I sure did with a little help from my good friend Grumpy Cat.

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My beauty interview with Miss Riley was a hit! It’s definitely worth a read!

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Have you heard how amazing Coconut Oil is? I recently blogged about 4 ways to use it on your skin!

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DON’T FORGET! Only 9 more days to get our August BFF Duo! Buy the Shea Butter Body Polish, get the Body Gel for free! Use code: BOGOENZA at enza.com!

 

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