MELT-PROOF YOUR SKIN THIS SUMMER

Summer heat is right around the corner – are you and your makeup ready? There’s nothing I hate more than looking in a mirror halfway through the day and finding that my super chic smokey eye and perfectly-contoured cheekbones have melted off. If you want to avoid this from happening, keep scrolling to find out how you can prevent a serious makeup meltdown.

Use a primer.

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First things first – you NEED to use a primer if you want to avoid this tragedy from occurring. Not only does it make your foundation last longer, it’ll leave your complexion oil-free and matte. I never leave the house on a hot day without applying Jane Iredale’s Smooth Affair Facial Primer and Brightener – it seriously works wonders.

Hydrate lips.

Lip Treatment

There’s no better time than the summer months to try out bright and flirty lip colors, but you don’t want your pout to lose moisture. Keep lips looking super fresh and hydrated this summer by using Enza Essentials Lip Treatment. This amazing lip plumper fits in the smallest of pockets so you can always be ready to hydrate.

Ready, “set,” go.

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Another great way to set your foundation and keep makeup in tact? Spritz your skin with a hydration spray. This helps keep liquid and powder foundations in place, while giving your skin added moisture. I’m using Jane Iredale’s D20 Hydration Spray in the photo above.

Summer is for masques.

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If you’re still having troubles combating oil from ruining your makeup, reach for a masque. Masques can help control oil production and reduce the appearance of pores, leaving your skin looking fresh and bright. Try using Enza Essentials Pore Extraction Masque – it’ll give your pores a deep clean and keep oil at bay.

-xo Kayla

CELEBRITY SKIN ENVY: GIGI HADID

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At just 20 years old, model Gigi Hadid has a lot going for her – she’s gorgeous, is BFF’s with Kendall Jenner (so jealous), and has breathtaking skin. Seriously. It’s some of the best in Hollywood right now.

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Gigi is known for her natural glow. And as you can see, her skin actually glows. It’s flawless!  I love how bright her complexion is – it doesn’t look like she’s wearing any makeup to get that even of a skin tone. With skin this perfect, there’s really no need for foundation!

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 22:  Model Gigi Hadid arrives at The Daily Front Row's 1st Annual Fashion Los Angeles Awards at Sunset Tower Hotel on January 22, 2015 in West Hollywood, California.  (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/FilmMagic)

I honestly don’t think Gigi has any pores on her face – I cannot notice a single ONE! She must exfoliate on the regular. After I exfoliate my skin with the Fine Facial Polish from Enza Essentials, my pores are dramatically less noticeable and it’s the greatest thing ever. I use it 2-3 times a week!

CAP D'ANTIBES, FRANCE - MAY 21:  Model Gigi Hadid attends amfAR's 22nd Cinema Against AIDS Gala, Presented By Bold Films And Harry Winston at Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc on May 21, 2015 in Cap d'Antibes, France.  (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images)

I read that Gigi ALWAYS wears sunscreen and is super fab about protecting her skin from sun damage. No wonder why her complexion is perfect – she’s all about anti-aging! So don’t worry, your love of pale skin is Hadid-approved.

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If you want skin like Gigi’s, fill out a customized skin care questionnaire and get on the right track to gorgeous skin! -xo Kayla

 

HOW TO PREPARE SKIN FOR A PERFECT SUNLESS TAN

With Memorial Day behind us and summer officially in full-swing, it’s time to show a little skin, ladies! We all know how bad sunbathing and indoor tanning beds are for our skin, so it’s best to reach for that self tanner to keep skin looking young and healthy. If you’re planning on getting your glow on this summer, here are skin-prepping tips to consider before applying your self tanner:

Exfoliate.

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In my opinion, this is the most important thing to do before applying a self tanner. When you exfoliate your body, you slough off all the nasty, built-up dead skin that’s just hanging out in your pores, making it easier for the tanner to absorb. Also, when your skin is clean and free of dead skin, your tan will be much less streaky and blotchy, giving you an overall better appearance. Enza Essentials Shea Butter Body Polish is perfect for exfoliating skin before applying a self tanner, as it hydrates skin while calming inflammation.

Shave legs. 

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Did you know that shaving actually exfoliates your skin too? (Be sure to check out my post on 3 ways to use your razor) You want your skin to be as smooth as possible, so be sure to say goodbye to unwanted hair. It’s also important that you don’t wax right before you apply self tanner – wait at least 24 hours after you’ve waxed before applying your bronze glow.

Dry completely.

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This may seem like common sense, but be sure that your skin is completely dry and clean before self tanner application. If your skin is moist, the tanner will slide right off your skin, resulting in no tan and a waste of your time and money. Also, don’t apply moisturizer anywhere else besides your elbows, knees, and heels – these dry spots tend to absorb too much tanner and can get too dark.

-xo Kayla

 

INSTAGRAM LIFE LATELY

Want to know all the super fabulous things I’ve been up to lately? Keep reading to take a look into my Instagram life these past few weeks!

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This warm weather makes me SO happy! I love being able to sit outside and catch up on my reading. And don’t worry, I never forget to apply my sunscreen!

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Photo Creds: Alyssa Wilson

We are obsessed with Alyssa of Sincerely, Truly Scrumptious blog. She’s so gorgeous and has flawless skin! Be sure to read her latest Enza post here.

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Have I told you guys how much I love sprinkles? They’re my favorite. Ever. Especially on ice cream and donuts!

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Who wouldn’t want to receive an Enza package delivered to their doorstep?? If you want to know what products you should be using, visit enza.com and fill out a customized skin care questionnaire – it’s that easy!

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Photo Creds: Jennifer Rand

Belle de Couture’s Jennifer Rand talks beach essentials – how amazing is this suit?!

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Did you see my boho tuck and cover hair tutorial? Be sure to watch it here!

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These beautiful flowers were delivered to Dr. Rucker’s nurse Nicole for National Nurse’s Day.

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Every morning is better with Starbucks. The Iced White Chocolate Mocha is my absolute fave. Yummy.

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I just love these woven teardrop earrings – they compliment this coral dress so well!

Happy Memorial Day! -xo Kayla

WHAT’S IN MY BAG: MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND

I don’t know about you, but I am SO excited for Memorial Day Weekend! I’ll be surrounded by family, friends, the boyfriend, good food, the lake, and summer vibes. Here’s a look into my bag for the weekend festivities at my cabin:

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Sandals – It’s sandal season, ladies! Time to go get a last minute pedicure, right?

Sunscreen – Don’t even think about heading outside this weekend without protecting your skin! I’ll be wearing my Enza Essentials Advanced Protection SPF 30 moisturizer at all times.

Deodorant – I’ll be out walking, hiking, and exploring this weekend. No explanation necessary.

Self Tanner – What girl doesn’t want a bronzed glow? Jane Iredale’s Tantasia is the perfect way to get the color you want without the sun damage.

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Magazines – Reading material is always a must when I’m lounging in my lawn chair down by the lake. It’s necessary that I keep up on the latest trends, right?

Wallet – For obvious reasons.

Sweater – If it gets chilly when the sun goes down, I’ll be prepared.  This cream cardigan was a serious steal from forever21.com.

Spot Extractor – Just in case a pesky pimple shows up unexpectedly, I’ll have this amazing spot treatment to fix it on contact.

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Lip Gloss – I have to look glam, even at the cabin! This PureGloss Lip Gloss in Sangria is the perfect color for this time of year.

Water Bottle –  To keep my body and skin hydrated.

Vitamin C Serum – Because I never leave the house without it. Enza Essentials Vitamin C Serum has made my complexion SO MUCH brighter and even, I’m completely in love!

What are your Memorial Day Weekend plans? -xo Kayla

THE BACHELORETTE: RECAP

Oh my DRAMA! Did you watch the 2 night premiere of The Bachelorette this week?! I was literally cringing while watching! And (spoiler alert!), I’m a little upset that Britt wasn’t chosen to be the next Bachelorette, but I think Kaitlyn will be a super fun girl looking for love. Here are my 5 favorite guys so far:

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What a sweetheart! Ben was such a nice guy that I just couldn’t help but fall in love with him. And have you noticed how bright his skin is?? What a winner –  he must use Vitamin C Serum.

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Shawn is one of my favorite bachelors this season by far. He is SO hot, such a gentleman, and those baby blues? AH-MAZ-ING. I’m completely smitten. He also received the first impression rose – things are already heating up between him and Kaitlyn.

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What a rockin’ bod this personal trainer has – I’m sure Kaitlyn wouldn’t mind being his workout buddy! He was so sweet and personable. I’m sure he wears SPF to keep his skin protected during all those hours working out in the sun.

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Smooth is definitely how Jonathan plays his game. Even though he was super into Britt, it seemed like he had such a crush on Kaitlyn too – I think they’d be a great match!

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What a cutie he is! This Auto Finance Manager was a genuine and sweet guy. And I can’t get enough of his smile! His skin also looks super moisturized and fresh. If you want hydrated skin, try Enza Essentials Sustaining Glow Creme for smooth and bright skin.

Who were some of your favorites? -xo Kayla

SKIN TIPS FOR TWENTY-SOMETHINGS

If you’re twenty-something, let me guess – you probably feel invincible. You can eat whatever you want, stay up until 4 in the morning, and not take care of your skin. WRONG! If you’re in your twenties, now is the perfect time for you to start taking serious care of your skin. Here’s what you can do to get a head-start on anti-aging:

Cleanse. Everyday.

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I know you’re tired and don’t want to break away from your binge-watching Netflix session, but it’s SO worth it. You need to wash your face with a gentle cleanser every morning and night, no matter what. If you get in this habit now, you’ll never be able to break it and you’ll have fab skin when you’re 85.

Moisturize.

Herbal Creme

Hydrated skin is healthy skin, right? When you’re in your twenties, it’s a wonderful idea to invest in a nourishing creme to start using every night before bed (and even in the morning under your makeup!). Enza Essentials Saturation Herbal Creme is an amazing moisturizer filled with vitamins and botanicals to revitalize even the most sensitive skin.

Eye cream is a must.

Eye Creme

Many of us don’t realize just how delicate the skin around our eyes actually is, which is why it’s a very smart idea to start taking care of it at a young age. The skin is so thin, making it susceptible to fine lines and damage. Look for a hydrating eye creme to start using and apply it every night, and be sure to apply it correctly! Watch my short video showing you how to apply it the right way.

Check your diet.

Drink Water

Getting back to the “you can eat whatever you want idea” – not always the best idea. This obviously applies to your health and your skin, too. You should be guzzling water everyday – as you age, your skin loses it’s ability to hold moisture, causing wrinkles and dull-looking skin. Also, indulge in TONS of leafy greens (amazing for cell renewal), antioxidant-filled fruits (I can see your glowing skin from here), and a cup of green tea (talk about an even skin tone).

 

BEST IN BEAUTY: 2015 BILLBOARD MUSIC AWARDS

In case you missed what all the hype is about today in the celebrity world, the 2015 Billboard Music Awards aired last night in Las Vegas! The Red Carpet sparkled (literally) with smokey eyes, bare midriffs, and plunging necklines. Here were my 5 favorites beauty looks of the evening:

Chrissy Teigen.

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The host of last night’s show deserves a serious round of applause for her beauty look! Chrissy stunned in this unique halter jumpsuit and romantic waves. Her sky-high black lashes and bronze smokey eye goes great with her subtle lip color. The thing I’m loving the most about Chrissy? Her skin! How fresh and bright does her complexion look?! After all of the long rehearsal hours leading up to the show, she doesn’t have any signs of tired eyes. To help fight the bags under your eyes, use Enza Essentials Eyebright Anti-Puffiness Gelee.

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I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – Taylor has been absolutely KILLING IT on the Red Carpet this year! Seriously, everything from her style to her skin is spot on. I’m loving this shaggy bob that she’s been rocking, along with the sultry smokey eye makeup that makes her baby blues pop. Taylor’s skin ALWAYS looks smooth and hydrated- that reminds me, how many glasses of water have you drank today?

Kendall Jenner.

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 17:  Model Kendall Jenner, wearing Balmain x H&M, attends the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Larry Busacca/BMA2015/Getty Images for dcp)

Supermodel status right here! Kendall looked beyond fierce in this embellished jacket dress paired with slicked-back hair. She looks completely gorgeous in this minimal makeup look – she’s such a natural beauty! And how perfect is her skin? If you want better skin, fill out this customized skin care questionnaire to personalize what products work for you and your specific lifestyle – it’s that easy!

Jennifer Lopez.

LAS VEGAS, NV - MAY 17:  Actress/singer Jennifer Lopez attends the 2015 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 17, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)

Oh my HOT STUFF! J-Lo looked ridiculously incredible last night at the award show. This dress showed off her killer abs, her hair looked amazing next to her bright skin tone, and her makeup was on point (per usual). I also love that she kept her lips and cheeks nude – with a dress and smokey eye like that, she doesn’t need to glam up her look any more than what it already is.

Olivia Culpo.

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I’m not sure what I’m more jealous of – her insanely perfect skin or the fact that she’s dating Nick Jonas. Olivia looked so beautiful with her thick black lashes and bubblegum pink cheeks. And those brows – LOVE THEM! I read that Olivia exfoliates 3 times a week – no wonder her skin is flawless!

Were any of these beauty looks your favorite? -xo Kayla

SUNNIES AND SKIN: HELPFUL OR HARMFUL?

You’ve been told your whole life – “wear sunglasses so you don’t get wrinkles” – since excess squinting causes wrinkles to form around the eye area. But, are your sunnies doing more harm them good? Keep reading to find out.

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If you’re a lover of a good pair of aviators – you might want to rethink your shades (at least when going to the beach). The metal frames on aviators reflect UV rays on the tops of your cheeks, causing them to burn, resulting in sun spots, wrinkles, and sun damage. Wearing these sunnies on occasion is okay (be sure to always apply SPF!), but when you hit the beach, be sure to bring a pair with plastic frames.

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The best kind of sunnies for your skin? Plastic frames with mirrored lenses. Mirrored lenses block more UV rays than tinted lenses alone so you’ll have more protection. The skin around your eye area is so very delicate so you REALLY want to use caution and take care of your eyes. Trust me, your 35 year old self will thank you!

For extra protection against crow’s feet and wrinkles, use Enza Essentials Eyebright Intensive Eye Creme to hydrate and smooth skin around your eyes.

-xo Kayla

CANNES FILM FESTIVAL 2015: BEAUTY LOOKS

The 2015 Cannes Film Festival has officially started and the opening ceremonies were hot as ever! Here’s a look at some of the celebs and their styles on the Red Carpet:

Charlize Theron.

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Charlize looked beautiful (obviously) at the opening ceremonies yesterday. Her makeup was kept super minimal and her hair was in a basic pulled-back ‘do. And, her skin looks flawless – the texture is so smooth! For smoother skin, be sure to exfoliate 2-3 times per week.

Lupita Nyong’o.

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Green is DEFINITELY her color! This dress is seriously gorgeous – I’m obsessed! Lupita looks stunning with her ballerina bun and fuchsia lips. Her complexion is glowing – I love the pink color she’s wearing on her cheeks!

Naomi Watts.

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What a blue-eyed beauty! Naomi turned everyone’s head on the Red Carpet with this silver gown and effortless makeup look. Her eyes couldn’t get any more pretty – her thick black lashes make them pop like nobody’s business! And I can’t get over her skin and how bright it is! Must be vitamin C

Natalie Portman.

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Awwww! What a classic beauty in red. Natalie’s glowing complexion was hard not to love at the opening ceremonies. Seriously, does this woman ever age? She doesn’t have a single enlarged pore anywhere. And I mean ANYWHERE. I use Enza Essentials Pore Extraction Masque to keep my pores looking non-existent.

-xo Kayla