STAY BEAUTIFUL THROUGH ALLERGY SEASON

As the weather gets warmer and blossoms start to bloom, we all know what comes next – allergies. If you’re like me, you LOVE this time of year but not all the sneezes, sniffles, and watery eyes that come with it. Here are a few ways that you can stay beautiful through allergy season:

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When the dust, pollen, and dander start flying, noses start running. And since you’ll be blowing your nose 27 times a day, things are going to get dry. Be sure to keep your skin on and around your nose VERY hydrated with a soothing moisturizer. Try using Enza’s Saturation Herbal Creme – it’s gentle enough for the sensitive skin in that area and rejuvenates with vitamins and botanicals.

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It’s so important to stay hydrated with lots and lots of fluids throughout springtime. Drinking 8 glasses of water a day not only makes you feel better, but you’ll actually look better, too! Your skin will become clearer, less puffy, and will feel softer. Keep those water bottles filled, ladies!

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When allergy season hits, so do under eye bags. To prepare yourself, invest in an Anti-Puffiness Gelee  to apply morning and night. Be sure to find one that’s cooling AND smoothing – this will help you look and feel refreshed.

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When you can actually see dust and pollen floating through the air, chances are they’re getting on EVERYTHING in your home. To protect your skin from these allergens, be sure to wash your pillowcases and bath towels weekly, removing any springtime particles that may have built up and are wrecking havoc on your skin.

-xo Kayla

 

CELEBRITY SKIN ENVY: MARGOT ROBBIE

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Oh my BOMBSHELL! Margot Robbie is absolutely killing it in Hollywood right now. Between starring in movies with Leonardo DiCaprio, Will Smith, and other hot celebs, she’s seriously on fire. Not only are her acting skills on point, but her skin is at the top of the A-list, too.

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Her skin is the definition of perfect. It’s flawless! I’m dying over how bright her complexion is. It looks like she hasn’t stepped out into the sun EVER. Not a single sign of sun damage anywhere! Margot must rely on SPF everyday. I’m also loving the steel blue liner on her lids – it makes her eyes look incredible.

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The Focus star doesn’t need to wear much makeup to look gorgeous –  a little blush on the cheeks, pink on the lips, and a few coats of black mascara is all she needs to look this good. And, she can wear her hair pulled back and out of her face because she has absolutely NOTHING to hide! I’m completely jealous.

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I don’t know what she’s doing for skin that beautiful, but I NEED to know! She must drink lots and lots of water to keep her skin and body so hydrated. Margot also has no visible pores – her skin is so smooth and even! If you want to reduce the appearance of your enlarged pores, try using Enza Essentials Fine Facial Polish to exfoliate your skin 2-3 times per week. The best part? It’s 30% off all week! Order now at enza.com!

-xo Kayla

4 REASONS YOU NEED TO EXFOLIATE

If the term exfoliation isn’t already in your vocabulary, it’s time to start using it on a regular basis, ladies. You’ve heard me go on and on about how important exfoliating your skin is and why you should be doing it on a regular basis. If you need a few more reasons as to why you should slough off those dead skin cells, you’ve come to the right place!

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Helps fight acne.

If your skin is prone to breakouts, you definitely want to start exfoliating on the reg. When you don’t exfoliate, dry and damaged skin cells build up on your face, causing your pores to clog and zits to form. I myself have oily skin and am prone to acne, which is exactly why Enza’s Fine Facial Polish is my true life saver – I use it 3 times a week and my skin has never been softer or more clear.

Products absorb better.

If you never exfoliate, I honestly can’t imagine how much dead skin is built up on your face – YUCK! And how are your moisturizers and serums supposed to work with all that junk in the way? With regular exfoliation, your products absorb into your skin better, along with a smoother application of your foundation!

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Anti-aging benefits.

Unfortunately, the older we get, the more fine lines and wrinkles we find creeping up (bummer, I know). But, sloughing off dead skin helps get you a smoother, brighter, and more vibrant complexion, making your skin look more youthful than ever. Enza Essentials Saturation Aloe Scrub is perfect for hydrating rough skin while polishing away dull cells.

SKINTIP: Not only does your face need exfoliation, but your body too! This helps you get a closer shave, a smoother wax, and a more even spray tan. Try using Shea Butter Body Polish in the shower for the softest skin you’ve ever had.

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Shrinks large pores.

Not only does regular exfoliation slough off dead skin cells, but it also removes dirt and bacteria deep down in your pores. When your pores are clogged with all of that nasty stuff, it stretches them out, making them look like the size of the Grand Canyon. NO ONE WANTS PORES THE SIZE OF THE GRAND CANYON! Just another reason to polish your skin on the regular…

If you’re in need of an amazing exfoliator, take advantage of 30% off all exfoliators at enza.com now!

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“HANDY” TIPS FOR YOUTHFUL HANDS

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Over the years, you’ve spent countless amounts of time, money, and dedication taking care of your face – which pays off, so keep up the good work! Aside from your face, the skin on the backs of your hands is one of the first places to show signs of aging, and it’s definitely not pretty. If you’ve been neglecting your poor hands for too long, here are a few tips to get them looking so young that they’ll be carded at the club.

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The best (and easiest!) way to keep your hands looking young is by keeping them moisturized. When your skin is dry and flaky, the skin tends to sag, making your hands look up to 10 years older than your actual age. Apply a moisturizer with an SPF of at least 30 immediately after you hop out of the shower and again 30 minutes before heading out in the sun. This consistent hydration will make hands super smooth while protecting them from damaging UV rays.

SKINTIP: Another way to protect your hands from the sun is by wearing gloves while driving, as UV rays come directly through the windshield, causing hands to age that much faster. A cute pair could really make all the difference!

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Grab your razor and shaving cream! Since shaving exfoliates your skin and stimulates collagen production, lightly shaving the skin on the back of your hands will increase cell turnover, leaving you with younger looking skin. Just remember to be SUPER gentle, as a nick on the hand hurts a little worse than a nick on the leg!

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Use the same anti-aging products on your hands that you use on your face – especially ones that contain vitamin C. This antioxidant boosts collagen production and helps brighten dark spots, making it an ideal ingredient for youthful hands. I apply my Enza Essentials Vitamin C Serum to my hands every morning, right after I apply it to my face – that way I NEVER forget to do it!

-xo Kayla

 

CURE YOUR COMPLEXION

If you indulged in one too many green beers yesterday during your St. Patty’s Day celebrations, you’re probably not feeling in tip-top shape today, am I right? But that’s okay, it happens to the best of us! Besides chugging Gatorade and getting your hands on something greasy to eat, here’s a few tips to get your skin feeling better in a flash!

Wash your face.

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It’s an unwritten rule that you NEED to wash your makeup off every night before bed, but passing out with a full face on every so often won’t kill you, especially after celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. If this happened to you, immediately wash your face the next morning with a gentle cleanser and warm water. Follow up with a toner to remove any excess makeup left behind and balance the pH levels in your skin, getting your complexion back on track.

Give eyes some TLC.

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After a late night of catching up with friends, tearing up the dance floor, or making a four course meal at 2 AM, your going to look somewhat like a zombie the next day. Be sure to apply a hydrating cream to the puffy bags under your eyes. Enza Essentials Eyebright Anti-Puffiness Gelee has an amazing cooling effect that instantly helps smooth the appearance of tired, I-was-up-way-too-late-partying eyes.

Hydrate A LOT.

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Not only is it essential to drink at least 8 glasses of water after a late night out to refresh your skin back to normal, but you also need to reach for a super hydrating moisturizer too. Alcohol dehydrates skin like nobody’s business, which is why a moisturizer like the Saturation Herbal Creme  is perfect for nourishing skin with it’s vitamins and botanicals, giving you back your glow.

Don’t forget the lips.

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Late nights not only dry out your skin but your lips too, especially if you were rocking your favorite red lipstick and you’re paying for the consequences the next morning. Make sure to have a rejuvenating Lip Treatment ready to go – I keep mine on my bedside table so I can easily apply it right before bed every night!

I hope you had a wonderful St. Patty’s Day! -xo Kayla

WHAT’S IN MY BAG: BEACH EDITION

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I am SO excited to leave for sunny Florida tomorrow! The forecast is looking great, I’ll be surrounded by family and friends, and some much needed R & R is going to go down. Here’s a peek into my bag when I’m headed to the beach!

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Shorts: Since it’s supposed to be 80 degrees every day, shorts are a must. These AEO Hi-Rise Festival Shorties are super comfy and stylish.

Suit: I can’t wait to wear my new Strappy Back Push-Up Bandeau at the beach this week! I snagged this top from Target for only $17.99.

Lotion: You won’t find me on the beach without my Advanced Protection SPF 30! (Or anywhere for that matter!) It never leaves my skin feeling greasy which is ideal for when I’m surrounded by sand. And it even fits in my pocket!

Sunnies: I don’t want to be squinting all day long, plus they’re super cute and add to any outfit.

Snack: A girl gets hungry, you know! Oranges are a great snack for the beach because you don’t have to bring any utensils along AND the vitamin C makes your skin look fabulous.

Nutri-Gel: This intense moisturizer is perfect for hydrating your skin after being in the sun. It’s loaded with aloe vera – an amazing ingredient to keep handy in your bag if you were laying out in the sun a little too long.

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Water bottle: Vacation can dehydrate your body and skin, so I’ll be keeping my water bottle filled with fresh H2O at all times.

Reading material: Nothing is quite as relaxing as lounging in a beach chair, listening to the waves, and catching up on the latest trends. I’ll also have my Kindle Fire HD packed if I need to download an e-book. Any suggestions?

Nail polish: In case I need to quickly fix any chips that happen.

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Have a wonderful week, Beauties! -xo Kayla

 

 

BEAUTY TIPS FOR SPRING BREAK

As I’m starting to pack and get things ready for my spring break trip next week, I realize how important it is to not only make sure all my outfits are ready to go, but my skin as well. Spring break can take a toll on skin, and that’s why these tips are a necessity if you’re heading out for vacation like me!

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Staying hydrated before and during spring break is definitely a must. You don’t want the sun soaking up all your moisture, do you? While you’re on vacation, make sure you’re sipping your 8 glasses a day to keep healthy and refreshed, especially is you’re planning on sipping margaritas poolside. Try adding some sliced cucumbers or oranges to your water bottle, giving your H2O a flavorful kick!

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Everyone wants to look amazing in their bikini, so if you’re thinking about getting a wax or shaving, be sure to do so early. If you remove hair right before you hop into the pool, irritation can happen and we all know that’s no fun. To avoid a burning feeling, wax or shave 48 hours before jumping in or laying out – skin should be less sensitive at that point.

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I cannot stress enough how important it is to stay on your skincare regimen. Consistency is key when it comes to your complexion and spring break ’15 isn’t an excuse to let it all go. If you really don’t want to bring every single product you use, make sure to at least pack your cleanser, toner, hydrating serum, and, most importantly, SPF.

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SKINTIP: If you’re going to be out in the sun most of the day, applying sunscreen just once in the morning isn’t enough – you need to reapply every few hours, especially if you’re swimming. You don’t want to bring sun spots back with you for a souvenir, do you?

-xo Kayla

 

 

 

 

MIDWEEK LOVIN’

I cannot believe we’re already halfway through the week! I feel like I have so many amazing things going on in my life that’s keeping me SO busy. Today I want to share with you some of the little things that I’ve been loving so far this week.

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Photo Creds: Stephanie Ziajka

How perfect is this color for spring?! Stephanie of The Diary of a Debutante is giving me SERIOUS nail envy with this OPI polish Is Mai Tai Crooked? It’s a fabulous color for a tropical vacay.

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Warmer weather is finally here! I was beyond excited to break out my denim jacket and pair it with a floral tank for my outfit today. Nothing says springtime like a super cute lightweight jacket!

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I don’t know about you guys, but I’m KIND OF in love with Kim K’s new ‘do. Although I obsessed over her dark locks, this platinum blonde color looks super fierce on her. Keep doing your thing, Kim!

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How cute is this inside-out French braid that our aesthetician Melissa wore today?? I love the messy, not-quite-put-together look that it shows. This braid would be perfect for a day at the office or date night on the beach.

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Speaking of beaches, did I mention that I’m headed to Florida next week?? I can’t wait for this much-needed vacation with the fam. I’ll have PLENTY of SPF packed in my suitcase for the trip – Enza’s Advanced Protection SPF 30 does an amazing job at protecting my skin from UV rays while giving me tons of hydration.

-xo Kayla

 

 

 

BEST IN BEAUTY: BACHELOR FINALE

Another season of The Bachelor on ABC has come and gone and if you tuned in to watch any of Prince Farming’s love life, you know that there was LOTS of drama every week. Chris Soules, a studly farmer from Iowa set out to find the love of his life and narrowed it down to Becca Tilley and Whitney Bischoff. Spoiler alert – If you don’t want to know who wins, don’t keep scrolling!

Take a look to see some of the beauty looks from last night’s finale:

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Congratulations to the newly engaged couple! Whitney stunned in this long-sleeved full length chic black gown. It looked perfect paired with her blonde locks and fair skin. I also loved her super sparkly chunky bracelet and black drop earrings – she really did look like Prince Farming’s Princess.

In the limo on her way to meet Chris - do you think she was a little nervous?!

In the limo on her way to meet Chris – do you think she was a little nervous?!

This low bun updo with loose curls framing her face took her elegance level to an all-time high. And the neckline on her dress? AHHH-MAZING. I love how natural her makeup looks – a soft pink lip. black mascara and defined brows complete her entire outfit.

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Have you noticed how flawless Whitney’s skin is?? Her complexion looked so smooth and hydrated all season long, even with all the cocktail parties and late nights! She must moisturize her skin every day and apply a serum containing vitamin C to get skin that bright.

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Even though Becca didn’t win Chris’ heart and walk away with a diamond ring, she still gets an award for looking gorgeous. This burgundy velvet gown showed off her fabulous figure and I love that she went more casual with loose curls. Her subtle smokey eye and big lashes drew everyone’s attention, while her lips and cheeks played it cool with natural colors. Becca’s pout looks so hydrated –  if you want kissable lips, try Enza Essentials Lip Treatment morning and night for a super soft and smooth feeling.

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Yes, even the crazy-yet-oddly-funny Ashley S was at the finale last night and she looked beautiful! Her dewy makeup was seriously on point, along with this bold red lip and oversized earrings. Although she’s a little out there, she must take great care of her skin and drink lots of water because her complexion is perfect.

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And let’s not forget that these two beauties – Britt Nilsson and Kaitlyn Bristowe – are going to be the next Bachelorette’s! They both looked so pretty in these sparkly mini dresses and flowing hair. I can’t decide who has better skin – both complexions are flawless! I must admit though – Team Britt all the way.

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

 

FAKE 8 HOURS OF SLEEP

Even though warmer weather is right around the corner, Spring Daylight Savings Time is the WORST. I hate “springing ahead” and losing that extra hour of sleep over the weekend. If you’re feeling a little sluggish like I am today and need some extra help looking wide awake, try these tips to make it look like you got a full 8 hours of sleep last night.

Use Cold Water.

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I know this is easier said than done, but it really does help make you look refreshed. Before you start with your normal morning skin routine, turn the faucet to cold and splash your face a few times with cold water. The coolness shocks your brain, opens up your eyes, and constricts blood vessels in your face, giving you a smoother complexion. Then, simply cleanse, tone, and be on your way!

Grab a Spoon and Gelée.

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Are those giant puffy bags under your eyes making it look like you haven’t slept in the last year? I thought so. A super quick fix to get rid of under eye bags is using a frozen spoon and pressing the curved part gently on the bags. This helps calm inflammation, making you look like you got AT LEAST 10 hours of sleep last night.

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Be sure to follow up with Enza Essentials Eyebright Anti-Puffiness Gelee – apply it morning and night to eliminate any signs of puffiness while giving your delicate eye area hydration and moisture to make you look younger and refreshed at all times.

Get Moving.

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Hitting the gym first thing in the morning is one of the best ways to make you look and feel energized, but if you don’t have enough time to get a full workout in, try some stretching and yoga moves where your head is upside down. The Downward-Facing Dog pose gets blood flowing to your brain, helping with circulation and causing you to look fabulously alert and beautiful.

Brighten your eyes.

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When all else fails, there’s always makeup. To brighten eyes in a flash, sweep a highlighter on the inner corner of your eyes. This will instantly give you an illuminating effect that is sure to brighten your entire face. I use Jane Iredale PurePressed Eye Shadow in Oyster to give me that open-eye look.

Are you feeling the effects of Daylight Savings Time on this Monday? -xo Kayla