FRESHEN UP FOR FALL

Wow – I can’t believe it’s already September! With fall officially here, you want to look and feel refreshed. Unfortunately, you may have noticed your skin seems a little duller than usual. Thanks to summer’s extreme heat, lots of dead skin, sweat, and bacteria have accumulated on your face and body. What’s the quickest way to an instant “glow”? Exfoliation.

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Exfoliating is one of the most beneficial things you can do for your skin. It’s SO important to rid your skin of bacteria and dirt regularly. If you’re not exfoliating, those nasty pollutants may be irritating acne and blemishes, and could be increasing your chances of acne scarring!

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When choosing the right exfoliator, it’s important to use one product for your body and another for your face, as the skin on your face and neck are thin and more sensitive than the rest of your body. For your body, I recommend using Enza Essentials Shea Butter Body Polish – it effectively softens, hydrates, and revives your skin while sloughing off dead, dry cells.

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When it comes to your face, it’s the same idea. However, because the skin on your face is more sensitive and we are much more cautious of acne and blemishes, it’s important to use an exfoliator with natural rice, grains, and oats that will act as a masque to gently and effectively absorb the unwanted acne-causing oils. The natural ingredients will also work to polish away those impurities caused by summer sweat or sun damage and leave your face looking bright and refreshed. Enza Essentials Fine Facial Polish does an amazing job and smells great, too!

Do you exfoliate regularly? -xo Kayla

BEST IN BEAUTY: MTV VIDEO MUSIC AWARDS 2015

In case you missed it, last night aired the MTV Video Music Awards and it was definitely a night to remember! The Red Carpet was filled with beachy waves, cat eyes, and unforgettable attire. Here are my 5 favorite beauty looks of the night:

1. Lily Aldridge

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If there was a category for best beach waves at the award show, Lily would obviously take home the gold. Her effortless waves and natural makeup look amazing with this black plunging gown. I cannot get over how bright her skin is, too! She looks like a slightly sun-kissed goddess. To get a bronze glow like Lily’s without the damage, try Jane Iredale’s Tantasia ($36, janeiredale.com).

2. Taylor Swift

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Taylor, oh how I envy you. My girl was looking fierce as ever last night with this sleek ponytail and heavy winged liner. Although I love Tay’s classic red lip and loose waves look that she is known for, it was refreshing to see her edgier side on the Red Carpet. And her skin is ALWAYS spot on – so clear and even without a blemish in sight! I read that she applies SPF every single day to keep wrinkles and sun spots away.

3. Cara Delevingne

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The Paper Towns star is known for her unique style and fashion trends and she certainly didn’t disappoint in that category last night. Also, no one can rock a deep side part quite like Cara can – am I right? Her bold brows and smoky eyes looked stunning at the award show, and her skin was my favorite part of all – her skin is always so hydrated! Be sure to keep your skin moisturized for a flawless finish like Cara’s.

4. Karlie Kloss

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If summertime beauty was a person, it’d be Karlie. The model looked gorgeous in this tangerine embellished dress and tousled locks. I’m happy she kept her makeup to a minimum – she obviously was going for the radiantly natural look.

Can I be in Taylor’s #squad by the way?

5. Kylie Jenner

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I don’t know about you, but these blunt bangs are making me seriously consider getting a haircut soon. Kylie’s jet black ‘do and thick cat eye looked fab on the Red Carpet last night. Her dark lip and gorgeous skin helped to make this an unforgettable beauty look of the evening.

Who got your vote for best in beauty? -xo Kayla

MY FALL FAVORITES

Happy Friday, Babes! I hope you all had a wonderful week and are partaking in some final summer activities this weekend. Ready or not, autumn is almost here! Although I’m going to miss summer, here’s some fall beauty favorites that I’m going to be obsessing over the next few months:

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Blushes in pink and red tones are going to be HUGE this fall season and I’m not complaining about it one bit! Warm hues are perfect for autumn styles, so I think I’ll be rocking this makeup look quite often – just like Karlie.

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Miranda Kerr looking fierce as always in her OTK boots.

Nothing says cooler weather like a pair of fabulous over-the-knee boots, am I right? I think I’m going to have to purchase a pair in every single color…

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Fall means out with the old and in with the new – which is why you need to get rid of all the dead skin cells from summer! Exfoliating 2 to 3 times a week is extremely beneficial for bright and glowing skin. My Fine Facial Polish will be at my side throughout the fall season. (And the rest of the year, too!)

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I don’t know about you, but I’m all about a chic, smoky eye for the autumn season. This trend will be spotted on runways and Red Carpets over the next few months and I’m so excited. Jane Iredale’s Smoke Gets in Your Eyes eye shadow kit is perfect for creating a sultry look.

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How adorable is Elizabeth Keene of A Keene Sense of Style with this rust-colored scarf?? Scarves are the ideal fall accessory because 1) they’re adorable and 2) they keep me nice and warm. I can’t wait to go on a “scarfing spree!” :)

What beauty trends are you excited for this fall? -xo Kayla

CELEBRITY SKIN ENVY: ASHLEY GREENE

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Ashley Greene – oh how I envy you. She’s absolutely gorgeous, is a brilliant actress, a wonderful role model for women, and has a killer complexion. Seriously, she’s perfect.

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I can’t get over how bright her skin tone is – I’m obsessed! She actually glows. I read that she drinks LOTS of water to keep her skin smooth and clear. Obviously, it’s working like a charm. She also exfoliates regularly.

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Seriously, does the Twilight star even have pores?! I love how dewy her complexion is! And those brows are everything. The only makeup Ashley needs is a some mascara, blush, and a pop of color on her lips – her skin does everything else.

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I read that Ashley uses vitamin C every single morning and night in her skin care routine – no wonder why her skin is beyond radiant! If you want glowing skin like hers, try using Enza Essentials Vitamin C Serum. This antioxidant-filled serum will give you a brighter, more healthy complexion!

-xo Kayla

 

 

BACK TO SCHOOL BEAUTY MUST-HAVES

Back to school season is officially here! Although I’m not headed back to school this year for the first time since kindergarten (OMG), I’ve got you covered for your BTS beauty essentials:

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Spot Extractor. Back to school can be a stressful time – which means a pimple or two is likely to appear. Enza Essentials 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!

Primer. Primer not only makes your foundation look AMAZING all day long but also gives you a brighter complexion, too. If you have oily skin, I highly recommend trying Jane Iredale’s Smooth Affair For Oily Skin Facial Primer & Brightener – it evens out skin tone, minimizes pores, fights blemishes and reduces shine.

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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 – especially when you’re trying to look good on your first day of class. I love using Jane Iredale’s Disappear Concealer with Green Tea Extract – it’s fantastic at concealing blemishes and dark circles.

Moisturizer. Dry skin is NEVER a good back to school look (or any other time for matter). Always remember to 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.

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-xo Kayla

 

 

MAKE YOUR BRAID BIGGER

Although braids never really go out of style, big and voluminous ones are certainly in the trending spotlight. Unfortunately, not all of us are blessed with lusciously thick locks to create this look (I’m looking at you, Blake Lively!) If your hair is a bit on the finer side, here are some tips and tricks to get you your fullest braid yet!

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Add some texture. First of all, second day hair is the absolute BEST for creating a beautiful braid – freshly washed hair is less than idea for this look. When it hasn’t been washed recently, it has more grip and texture. If you need, throw in a few loose curls to create some added texture. And don’t worry about making it look pretty – it doesn’t have to be neat.

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Make it dirty. When trying to create a big braid, dirty hair is your BFF. Grab your dry shampoo or texturizing spray/powder and apply it all over. Like I said earlier, this will help with grip and overall volume. I always tease my hair at the crown, too, for an extra big hair look.

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Mess it up. Once you’ve finished braiding your hair and secured the end with an elastic, pull the braid apart. Starting at the bottom of the braid, gently grab the loops on the left and right side and pull outward, doing so all the way to the top. This will give you that messy, undone look rather than a sleek, tight look.

-xo Kayla

WE’RE OFFICIALLY ON SNAPCHAT!

Guess what – I’m officially on Snapchat! I’m SO EXCITED for all of you beauties to follow along with my skin care adventures! Here’s a few of my latest Snaps that I want to share with you all:

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This color is Jane Iredale’s Lip Liner in Terra-Cotta.

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Be sure to add me – my username is enzaessentials. Can’t wait to have you follow along! -xo Kayla

TIPS FOR PERFECT HAIR AFTER A WORKOUT

We’ve all been there – you’re having a solid hair day until you hit the gym. You don’t even want to step back out in public after that sweaty workout! Luckily, I have a few tips for fabulous-looking hair after every single workout.

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Spray your scalp and around your hairline with dry shampoo before you start exercising – this will help soak up the sweat that’s about to happen. Prevention is key, ladies!

If you have long hair, be sure to get it off your neck and forehead by twisting it up into a topknot of the crown of your head. Try braiding it before you secure it with your elastic – this way, when you take it out post workout, you’ll have loose, beachy waves.

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Speaking of beach waves, try spritzing a salt spray in your locks and scrunch. The alcohol in most formulas help sweat evaporate. The effortless look is always in!

How do you style your hair after your workout? -xo Kayla

 

ARE YOU MAKING THESE 4 COMMON EYE SHADOW MISTAKES?

Applying eye shadow seems pretty straightforward, am I right? I mean, all you do is swipe some color across your eyelid and call it good. Unfortunately, there are a few mistakes that MANY of us make every single day when it comes to our eye makeup. Keep reading to find out if you’re a culprit!

1. Using foundation as an eye shadow primer.

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Although it may be more convenient (and cheaper!) to just swipe your foundation onto your lids while applying it to the rest of your face, it won’t hold up as well throughout the day as an eye shadow primer would. Foundation can stick to the crease in your lids, causing your shadow to separate and make you look tired. The crease can also start caking up the longer it sits, making your lids look super unflattering.

2. Applying too much shadow below the eye.

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If you’re going for the sultry, smoky look, you are probably going to apply some shadow underneath your eye. If you do this, remember to keep the shadow tight to your lash line – applying too much shadow in this area can drag the eye downward and make you look tired. To help you keep this line polished and tight, try using Jane Iredale’s Eye Liner Brow Brush ($15, janeiredale.com).

3. Matching eye shadow to eye color.

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Many of us think to match our eye shadow to our eye color – although this may seem like a great idea, this won’t help your eyes shine or stand out. Think complimentary colors! If you need additional help deciding what colors are best for your eye color, read my blog post here.

4. Forgetting to blend.

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Seriously, nothing beats a well-contoured eye. This look gives amazing depth and definition to any eye. Using 1 or 2 colors on your lid and another to highlight under your brow bone can look absolutely chic and stunning – just remember to blend. When you leave harsh lines between colors, it can look messy and just plain silly. After you’ve applied your shadows, grab a Shader Brush and blend away.

Have you made any of these shadow mistakes? -xo Kayla

WEEKEND INSPIRATIONS

Happy Friday, Babes! I hope you’ve all had a fabulous week and have some super exciting plans for the weekend. Speaking of weekend, here are a few of my favorite things heading into the next two days – enjoy!

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The always beautiful Gigi Hadid has been seriously killing the sunnies game lately – I’m IN LOVE with these aviators! These Bobbi Brown The Jackson Aviators are looking pretty tempting at $165. They would be perfect for a day at the pool tomorrow!

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Have I ever told you how obsessed I am with my Vitamin C Serum from Enza Essentials?? I can’t go a day without it! It’s so lightweight and hydrating to apply under my makeup. I’ll be packing this product for my weekend getaway!

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Strobing is all the rage right now – have you tried it yet? It easily adds warmth and glow to any complexion! If you’re not sure where to start or how to do it, read my Strobing 101 tutorial here. Going out this weekend? Try this makeup technique for your night out on the town!

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My girl TSwift is known to grace the streets in the latest trends and styles, but I’m LOVING this crop top/overall/booties combo. She is so chic! Also, I can’t wait until boot season is back – only a few more weeks!

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Emily of Musings of Glitter posted this photo on her Instagram account. We can’t wait for her to get started on her customized skin care regimen!

 See you on Monday! -xo Kayla