DOES IT REALLY WORK? CUCUMBER EYE SLICES

You see it in movies, on the internet, in magazines, and everywhere else – cucumber slices on the eyes. But, does this tasty trick really do anything to help us?

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If you are up late, get little sleep and wake only to find SERIOUS bags under your eyes that aren’t designer, cucumber slices can certainly help. Since the veggie is loaded with antioxidants, placing them on your eyes can give you immediate relief of inflammation and swelling. Just let them sit for 4-5 minutes and prepare to look fabulous.

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Cucumbers also have a mild skin lightening effect. This is why cucumber slices on eyes is so often used for the dark circles under the eyes as well. This skin lightening effect can make your skin appear youthful and glowing. (Ummm, yes please.)

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Along with cucumbers, Enza Essentials Eyebright Anti-Puffiness Gelee  does a wonderful job of reducing the appearance of puffy bags around the eye area. It has an amazing cooling effect and won’t get brown and mushy if left in the crisper drawer for too long…. :)

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SKIN TIPS FOR TRAVELING

In honor of my current trip to the beautiful city of Paris, I wanted to give some skin tips while on the go. It’s important to take care of your skin while traveling, so here are my recommendations for vacation skincare:

Moisturize. 

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It’s a MUST to lather on lots of moisturizer before you head to the airport. Flying dries out skin terribly, so it’s also a good idea to throw some into your carry-on to apply throughout your flight.

Keep hydrated. 

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Drink lots and lots of water! It’s so important to keep your body as well as your skin hydrated while you travel, so be sure to get at least 8 glasses a day.

Cleanse. 

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It’s easy to get caught up in the trip and skip your normal face washing routine. But, your skin won’t be thanking you later. Wash your face every night to rid the skin of makeup, oil and other build up from the busy day of traveling. I brought my Sustaining Cleanser with me!

Protect Skin. 

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No matter where you’re going or how you’re getting there, you need to always protect your skin from sun damage with SPF. Especially if you are going someplace warm, or sitting next to the window on the plane. Try using Advanced Protection SPF 30 to protect your skin.

 

MY PARIS BUCKET LIST

Wowza! I cannot believe that I’m in Paris right now! It’s everything I thought it would be and even MORE! My aunt and I arrived Saturday night and have been settling in and sightseeing ever since! On the longgg flight over I came up with a list of all the things I want to do here in the City of Light, so here’s what I want to squeeze in before I fly home!

1. Visit the Eiffel Tower. When I think of Paris, this majestic landmark immediately pops into my head. I want to visit the Tower during the day, and also make sure to see it at night when it’s lights are glowing. It’s also a must that I purchase several souvenirs in the shape of the Eiffel Tower.

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2. Eat a macaroon. For obvious reasons. They look absolutely delish and are beautiful to look at. I want to try every flavor!

3. Take a trip down the Seine River. There’s nothing quite like seeing Paris from a boat on the Seine. I’ll be traveling through the heart of the city via water, and that sounds absolutely delightful.

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4. Window Shop. I purposefully said “window” shop because I won’t be able to afford any of the Paris designer clothing and things. But, it’s still fun to look. :)

5. Take care of my skin. Of course I’ll be bringing my Enza products with me! With all the adventures I’ll be having, it’ll be so important to take care of my skin. And, I’m sure Enza wants to see the city as well!

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-xo Kayla

 

WHAT’S IN MY BAG: PARIS EDITION

I LEAVE FOR PARIS TOMORROW! I am SO excited! Before I jet off over to France, I had to pack a few things in my bag, so here’s what I’ll have with me during the day!

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  • Tote Bag- To look super stylish carrying all my things!
  • Magazine- Everyone needs some reading materials.
  • Wallet- I’ll need someplace to keep my Euros and ID!
  • Kindle- To keep me busy on my downtime.
  • Scarf- For the chilly evenings out on the town.

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  • Cleanser- It’s a must to stick to my skincare regimen, even while on vacation.
  • Passport- An international must.
  • Lip Gloss- Jane Iredale in Spice will be the perfect pop of color.

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  •  Spot Extractor- Just in case an unwanted blemish shows up.
  • Shine Control-   With long days of sightseeing, I need to make sure my skin isn’t shiny for all my pictures!

-Kayla

 

CELEBRITY SKIN ENVY: KENDALL JENNER

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At just 18 years old, Kendall Jenner has women around the world jealous of her looks, fashion sense, and flawless skin. I mean seriously, it’s just about as perfect as it can get.

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Her complexion has such a fresh, vibrant look to it that I completely head-over-heels adore. I have searched and searched and searched but I honestly cannot find a single photo of her with a blemish or enlarged pore. She never needs to hide ANYTHING with makeup, making her a natural beauty.

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Kendall can literally pull off any look. I read that she is persistent about washing her face every night and drinks LOTS of water to keep her skin clear and young. She also wears SPF to protect her skin from sun damage. Try using Advanced Protection SPF 30 to protect your skin all year round.

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Her complexion actually glows. She simply adds a touch of color to her lips or cheeks and looks amazing. Kendall’s skin is always so hydrated and radiant – I think I’ll go grab a glass of water now!

-xo Kayla

 

FALL FOODS FOR BETTER SKIN

Fall is just about here and that means that I’ll be stocking up on all of my favorite foods of the season! I not only enjoy them for their delicious tastes, but for their skin benefits as well. Here are a few of my favorites:

1. Cranberries.

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In addition to being yummy, cranberries are also incredibly good for you, and second only to blueberries in terms of their antioxidant powers. Cranberries are also great for their anti-inflammatory benefits, making skin look less red. These berries help heal skin conditions like acne and eczema as well.

2. Sweet Potatoes.

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Sweet potatoes have high levels of vitamin A and beta-carotene. The vitamin A helps keep skin smooth and keep wrinkles at bay, while the beta-carotene adds another level of skin protection by combating free radicals, which contribute to skin aging. And if you eat them with marshmallows on top, I won’t judge.

3. Pumpkin. 

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Pumpkin has lots of vitamin A, which we all know is amazing for our skin. Vitamin A in its natural form has plenty of skin benefits, such as exfoliation, sun damage reversal, and it improves texture, tone, and pigmentation problems.

4. Pomegranate.

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Pomegranates are high in vitamins and antioxidants. Being rich in antioxidants, they not only nourish the skin, but also prevent damage caused from to free radicals. Plus, pomegranate seeds are absolutely delicious so I think I need to stop at the store and buy some tonight. :)

 

JANE IREDALE CITY NIGHTS REVIEW

I’m not sure if you’ve heard yet, but Jane Iredale has recently launched a new makeup collection called “City Nights” and its AMAZING! All of the colors are perfect for fall and have a sophisticated look about them. I tried the products in the collection out, and here are my three faves:

1. CELEBRATE EYE SHADOW TRIO

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This eye shadow trio has three rich, elegant eye shadow shades. It’s perfect for everyday application for your lid, crease, and brow bone. I love the shimmer it has, making it my go-to nighttime shadow.

2. PUREMOIST LIPSTICK

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This PureMoist Lipstick in Katerina is a wonderful mix of sass and beauty. It literally goes with every occasion. Plus, it makes my lips feel heavenly!

3. JELLY JAR GEL EYELINER

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If these two eyeliner colors don’t scream fall, I don’t know what does! For daytime, I love the green color to make my eyes pop. At night, I apply the purple jelly jar for a chic nighttime look. And these colors last all day/night without smudging!

 Have you tried this new collection yet? -xo Kayla

SEPTEMBER OBSESSION: SPOT EXTRACTOR

I don’t know about you, but my September is JAM PACKED with things to do. Between school, a trip to Paris, my birthday, and everything else that will pop up, I’m pretty much overloaded. Unfortunately, when I get stressed, it never fails that a zit or three will show up on my face. That’s why the Spot Extractor will be my BFF throughout the month of September.

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Whenever I see a blemish appear, I simply reach for my rollerball and can literally watch the pimple diminish. This product contains salicylic acid which gently exfoliates and deep cleans the blemish. Then, the witch hazel soothes and heals frustrating inflammation and redness.

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The Spot Extractor is so easy to bring along with me wherever I go so I’m always ready to fight a zit. I can apply it up to three times a day. Plus, it also contains camphor which purifies my pores to prevent future acne breakouts so I don’t have to worry about breaking out again. It’s a win-win!

The best part? All September long the Spot Extractor is only $15! Don’t miss out!

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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.

GET THE LOOK: Lily Rose Shadow Striped Dress, only $24.99 at kohls.com!

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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!