Organizing My Room Pt. 1

Decorating, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity

Okay as you all know I’m trying my best to organize my room. So far, I got the majority of my surfaces nice and neat. I didn’t have to throw anything away either…I just needed to find a new home for certain things.

Last week I purchased a bar cart from IKEA and it took me a minute to figure out how I was going to merchandise it, but I figured it out. All of my filming equipment (that can fit) goes on the top. Miscellaneous items go on the middle shelf, which thankfully is not that, many things. The last shelf holds all of my hair styling products, which again isn’t that much because I have finally found products that work for my hair. Obviously, this isn’t how most bar carts are used, but sometimes we just have to get creative.

Since I’ve merchandised the bar cart, my end table has cleared up. It could still use a lot of work, but I’ll declutter it eventually. I have to say, even though it isn’t the clearest surface, it is definitely more organized than it was before. I would prefer something else in place of this end table as well.

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My vanity is holding up really well since I purchased the JerryBox Cosmetic Organizer. It’s kind of crazy how such a small change can make such a drastic difference when it comes to being more organized. It also helps that I don’t have a ton of makeup, but the JerryBox has really been helping out…now if I can figure out how to get my brushes to stay in there!

I’ll be coming back with a part two to organizing my room pretty soon which will probably include some decorating as well. Even though this was a short post, I hope it was still worth reading.

ChelsiKay

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Products I Don’t Use Anymore

Beauty, Lifestyle, Natural, simplicity, skincare, Uncategorized

It’s definitely one of those weeks where I’m not really sure what I want to talk about on this here blog. I’m still recovering from the party/BBQ my family and I had last weekend and I think I still have liquor brain or something. I’ve been getting my life organized as well and developing daily routines to keep everything simple for myself.

As I was writing this I came up with an idea for a blog post today. Who says you can’t get things done under pressure? I randomly thought about products that I don’t use anymore and said to myself “hey that would make a good blog post.” So here I go!

I feel like I’ve done a ton of reviews on here and I can’t honestly say that I still use each and every product that I have reviewed. A good portion of the products that I LOVED at the time didn’t last like I thought they would.

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The first one the list is the Facial Radiance Pads! Ok so I technically didn’t stop using these, I just had to take a break from them. In fact, I took a break from most of the products containing any sort of acid. I felt like acids were causing my face to be inflamed which of course caused acne. I had to make my routine a little more gentle. At some point, I will incorporate acids back in, but I may not have to apply them as often as I was.

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I know! I was obsessed with the Herbivore Lapis Oil. In fact, I’m still obsessed, but my skin isn’t. My super sensitive skin started to react negatively when I used the oil. It would cause redness and it hurt to touch my skin, but only in certain spots like my chin or my cheeks. I tried to incorporate it back into my routine, but the same thing would happen. However, it did not go to waste, because my mom has it at the moment.

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I was really excited to use this trio since I adore Josie Maran’s argan oil. What had happened was, the cleansing oil broke me out SO bad. Oddly enough, argan oil is a non- comedogenic oil so there must have been something else that irritated my skin. The sunscreen and the oil didn’t break me out though.

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As much as I liked the Leahlani Skincare line, I just couldn’t see myself repurchasing the Honey Love or Champagne Serum again. The products specifically seemed to be more for dry skin, not sensitive combo skin. The Mermaid Sea mask will always be on my repurchasing list though!

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I’m not completely sure if ever reviewed this Indie Lee Brightening Cleanser  but I’m sure I’ve mentioned it. This did a great job at brightening my skin, but it never really kept the acne to a minimal. Having glowy acne is a different approach. I may repurchase once I for real get the pimples under absolute control.

So, I guess this was a “where are they now?” type of post today. Also, these all ended up being skin care products…I guess those are the only items I actually buy. Hopefully Thursday I will have some actual material even though this wasn’t too bad! Thanks for reading.

ChelsiKay

Glossier Priming Moisturizer Review

Beauty, Lifestyle, simplicity, skincare

Ok, I totally went MIA on Wednesday and yesterday and I apologize for that. I got so caught up in planning a party and posting just completely slipped my mind. I’m not really sure how I let this product get past me because I have been using it every day!

I’m not really sure how I let this product get past me because I have been using it every day!

So I have been using the Glossier Priming Moisturizer for a few weeks now and I’m pretty much in love. The difference from when I use it and when I don’t is pretty incredible. My foundation or tinted moisturizer goes on SO much smoother and stays on longer too.

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Here’s a little blurb about the Priming Moisturizer: “Priming” means that it instantly brings out the best in your skin, so you have a fresh, glowing canvas that’s ready for makeup (but looks so good you might want to wear less). The ideal base for Perfecting Skin Tint, it visibly plumps skin up with moisture to create cushiony bounce and an even texture, which helps minimize the appearance of pores—minus any heavy blurring ingredients. The anti-redness complex soothes and evens skin tone, leaving a clean, dewy, balanced finish. This comforting cream allows you to layer and build up to the perfect amount of moisture depending on climate, season, or how your skin’s feeling on any given day.

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If you’ve ever painted on canvas before and use gesso… it’s kind of the same principle – you’re priming your canvas before creating your masterpiece. This is one of the first primers I’ve used that actually moisturizes AND primes and doesn’t leave my skin feeling strange. Pretty much any primer I’ve used in the past has dried my skin out or made it overly oily. In fact, I stopped using primer for about two years until I got my hands on this Glossier Priming Moisturizer.

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The price of this moisturizer is pretty affordable retailing at just $25 for quite a bit of product because a little really does go a long way in this instance. I like to apply this morning only before putting on my makeup. This isn’t really a good nighttime moisturizer in my opinion because it is very lightweight.

This priming moisturizer contains hyaluronic acid which tends to take moisture from its surroundings so be sure when using this product, (or any product with hyaluronic acid) that your skin is already hydrated. You MAY need to apply a hydrating mist of some sort before applying this Glossier primer or else you may notice some dryness.

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Overall, I am head over heels for this product! One of these days my whole skin care routine might be Glossier because I just love their whole simple skin care and make up aesthetic. I’m definitely going to be keeping this baby in my skin care arsenal and yes I will most likely be repurchasing! Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

 

TULA Skincare Review

Beauty, Lifestyle, simplicity, skincare, Uncategorized

Ok so I honestly didn’t think this review was coming so soon, but the results came so much sooner than expected.

Two weeks ago, I ordered from Tula.com – the probiotic skin care brand and it arrived sometime last week. Of course, I started using it as soon as it arrived and I instantly saw a difference.

The week I began using the product I had a few little pimples and some hormonal acne on my chin that cleared up the next morning. The two products that I ordered were the Illuminating Face Serum and the Hydrating Day & Night Cream. I got the travel sized version simply because I believe trying things out before purchasing the big daddy versions.

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So after I’m done washing and toning my face morning and night, I apply the serum and then the moisturizer. The illuminating serum is a little bit misleading because it comes out as a cream, but then kind of melts into a serum like consistency. It’s very lightweight and instantly brightens your skin tone. I’m not a fan of the smell because it has a slight chemical like odor.

Here’s a little blurb about the illuminating serum:

“This lightweight serum expertly targets dark spots, hyper pigmentation, and dull skin, revealing a youthful glow and brightened complexion.” 

The Hydrating Day & Night Cream is just what I was looking for in a moisturizer. It’s lightweight, yet buildable and smells pretty good. I absolutely love using this at night because I can always apply more in case my skin gets dry while I sleep. Now here’s a little blurb about the Hydrating Day & Night Cream:

“Delivering deep hydration to soothe dull skin, this luxurious, nourishing cream reveals an even, glowing, age-defying complexion.” 

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Obviously, each product is infused with a probiotic ingredient that has the ability to restore your skin’s natural balance, which helps skin to look healthy and clear. The probiotic strain that seems to be used in the majority of their line is Bifida Ferment Lysate.

If it hasn’t been clear by now, I really like these products so far. I especially like the serum and moisturizer together because I feel that it’s the perfect base before makeup even without a primer.

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Only wearing eye makeup

The prices of the full sized products are like most skin care lines…not exactly expensive, but not cheap either. The Illuminating Serum retails at $78 and the Hydrating Day & Night Cream retails at $52. Okay, so maybe that’s not that affordable, but luckily they have the travel-sized versions that you can always purchase if need be. The travel sized serum and cream are sold together and it’s only $38!

So, I will continue to use these and keep you guys updated of any problems, breakthroughs or even concerns. I would like to get my hands on the mask and face mist at some point. Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

 

JerryBox Cosmetic Organizer

Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity, Uncategorized

You guys should know by now that I’m trying my actual hardest to get organized. The best place to start for me is usually my vanity and I go from there. I thought I had it all figured out at one point and threw the majority of my makeup into this really pretty wired bowl. That system worked out for awhile until I had to dig around just to find stuff and somehow makeup would get EVERYWHERE!

So for about a month and a half, I had a purchase in mind but kept putting the purchase on hold until this Monday. This Monday was Prime Day on Amazon and the prices were all just really amazing deals. Soo…I figured why not get my hands on the JerryBox Makeup Storage. The Jerrybox is a makeup and makeup accessory organizer that saves a ton of space on your vanity.

 

The actual setting up process is really self-explanatory, you just kind of fit all the pieces together. There are also directions on the back of the box, which do help out if you need it.

 

There are different styles of the Jerrybox which include: Tower, Circle, and Square in white, black and transparent. I went with the circle style in white, but if I were to purchase this again I would most definitely get the Tower in transparent just because it looks like it may be easier to clean.

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I haven’t figured out how I want everything to sit on here, but I’m sure it’ll all come to me very soon. Overall, the JerryBox is a really cool, innovative, and a pretty ingenious idea that easily clears up space on your vanity. It has a plastic feeling, but it is still quite sturdier than I expected.

So that’s all for today my lovelies! I hope this was a cool post for you guys! If you’re interested in the JerryBox, it’s on Amazon for a pretty decent price. Thanks for reading!!

ChelsiKay

My Bralette Collection

Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity, style

It’s not a secret to you all that I LOVE bralettes! I’m slowly trying to phase out all of my underwire bras for bralettes because they’re so much more comfortable and I also have little breast that more often than not, don’t need a real bra…or a bra at all.

However, bralettes are so fun and so pretty and I just would rather not go without!

So I wanted to share my little collection that I have because….why not?! I’m definitely a creature of habit when it comes to the kinds of bralettes I like. I prefer the triangle shaped ones over any other style just because they look best under most shirts in my opinion

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These two are my favorite right now, mostly because they’re black and black goes with pretty much everything! Also, I feel like a lighter color would show more dirt on it and that seems kind of icky. The top one is from Amazon and is really one of those bralettes that are meant to be seen. The bottom one is from American Eagle or Aerie and is extremely soft and almost feels non-existent when worn. Also, Aerie offers bralettes for the more bigger busted girls…so if you’re in that category then go check them out.

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These two babies are from Urban Outfitters. I don’t know whose slaying the game better – American Eagle or Urban Outfitters. I will say UO has more sleek, non-lacey bralettes than AE does, but that’s really all about preference. The rose pink one feels like my skin in a way…needless to say, I can wait to wear that one out! The scalloped bralette is just the perfect kind of detail AND it’s seamless. Maybe UO is winning this bralette game…for now anyway.

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So this is my bralette collection that I just had to share with you all! I’m probably going to be expanding it, so I may just have to do an update in the future. I think I’ll also try out some different styles other than the triangle shape. Maybe my next one will be halter or a racerback…we’ll just have to see. Thanks for reading as always.

ChelsiKay

Good Hair Day and OOTD

Fashion, Hair Care, Lifestyle, Natural, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style

It seems like I’m always trying to get my hair to do right the majority of the time. Most of the time it sits just fine on top my cute little head until about Day 4. At that point, it gets dry, tangled and dull looking.

I’m aware that all I need to do is add moisture back, which I typically do but for some reason, it just never truly gets moisturized. So, I’m not going to make this all long and drawn out, but last night I did an Ayurveda oil pre-poo and then I conditioned just like normal. When I was drying my hair it was soaking wet and continued to drip water as I was braiding it….this never EVER happens. My hair is usually dry within 15 minutes after washing. This is when I realized that my hair wasn’t retaining moisture like it should be and was literally sucking up any moisture that it possibly could. I will expand on the Ayurveda world in another blog post.

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Anyway, this is my hair (spot the tiny feather) today as well as my outfit of the day. These Madewell shorts are everything to me. I was getting real sick of denim shorts riding up in the hot, humid weather.

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They’re not too loose but not too tight and they sit perfectly just below my natural waist. I love how lightweight the cotton/viscose fabric is and it’s just great to wear in this hot summer weather.

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The coolest part is that the shorts have these ties on the side that give the shorts a little more oomph. The only thing is, I wish these had pockets!! Pockets are always welcome in my wardrobe!

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I paired the wonderful shorts with a bodysuit, which I did on a whim because I need to wash my white shirts. I actually like the look of the bodysuit almost better than a regular white tee. I think I may need a white bodysuit…

Well, that’s it for today. I promise I will give an update on the Ayurvedic hair treatments because that is something I NEED to talk about. Catch me on Wednesday for another post about something!

ChelsiKay

 

Beauty & Skincare Restock

Beauty, Lifestyle, Natural, skincare

Don’t you hate it when you slowly start running out of your beauty products? It’s like you definitely know that you need to restock, but you keep putting it off for a number of various reasons. I made this mistake and now I need everything it seems…a moisturizer, some cotton pads, brow tint, and a facemask. I would also like to buy some fashion accessories as well as a new outfit for my upcoming birthday. All together, that will cost me a pretty penny.

So now, I’ll have to buy all of these items a little at a time. I also may have to forgo my normal purchases like my Boy Brow from Glossier and my Leahlani Mermaid Mask. The reason I’m sharing this with you all is that now I have to plan out my purchases and truly think about them and also I want to keep you guys updated.

I did bite the bullet and purchase a moisturizer this morning to get that out of the way. I ordered from Tula.com where they sell the new popular probiotic skincare. I thought I would give it a try, so I ordered the travel-sized version. Expect a review in the upcoming weeks!

The next step is to go into Sephora and wish myself luck and hope I don’t try to buy things I don’t even need. I’m going for those amazing Shiseido cotton pads and something nice and affordable for my eyebrows…or lack thereof. As for the facemask, I think I can get away with making my own until I get around to purchasing the Leahlani Mermaid Mask again.

So that’s all I wanted to share with you all since I have no products to review or any outfits to share. Hopefully, this was still equally as enjoyable. Thanks for reading =D.

ChelsiKay

KKW Contour Kit Review…

Beauty, Lifestyle, simplicity, style

Hey everyone, I hope you all had a good Fourth of July. I’m starting today off with a beauty post! I had to really think this one through because it’s going to be about Kim Kardashian’s KKW Beauty contour kit in Dark…

I know, I know, not everyone is a fan of the Kardashian Klan, but who better to make a contour kit (finally) than the queen of contour herself? Now if you have any negative comments that aren’t productive, please keep them to yourself or else they will just be deleted.

First and foremost, is the kit worth $48? That depends on the person. If you wouldn’t normally spend $40+ on anything regarding makeup then maybe not. To me personally, I am someone who is okay with dropping $40+ on makeup – Kardashian or not.

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The kit comes with two contour colors, two highlighter colors, and a dual ended tool. I’ll come out and say now that I’m not a fan of the tool, it feels strange to hold and it doesn’t really blend anything that well in my opinion.

The packaging comes in a cute little zip lock bag that people seem to not be a fan of. It doesn’t really bother me all that much because I can reuse it for other things. What I like most about the contour and highlight sticks is that they are really versatile. These don’t have to be used for just contouring or highlighting. After reading the instructions for use online, you can use this as a concealer, an eyelid primer, a base for your highlighter, lip liner, a dark spot corrector…the list honestly goes on.

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I did make a mistake in ordering the dark color instead of the deep dark, but I still really love the finish. I get a dewy look without looking sweaty or wet. The dark looks extremely natural and subtly sexy, which I am so here for! I love love love the shimmery highlight – it’s the perfect shade of rose gold for my brown skin.

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Of course, there are some cons; the number one being the tool is just weird to hold. These sticks are pretty small…please get your mind out of the gutter (lol.) However, the size of the sticks does create the perfect line for your highlight and contour…all you have to do is blend from there. The sticks do seem to get pretty messy or I’m just a messy person..maybe both.

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Overall, Kim K and her team did a pretty good job with this kit. The creams stay on pretty much all day and I would love to see how the deep dark looks on my skin. I would recommend that she comes out with individual sticks so that you can mix and match as you please. The price point really isn’t that bad considering you get four colors plus a tool.

This kit is not something that anyone needs but is just fun to have. I wanted to give a full honest review without talking about Kim K’s past and truly try out this product. I would purchase again especially if she adds individual sticks. So if you were curious about giving the kit a try then go for it…or not. Thanks for reading. Look out for another post this Friday.

ChelsiKay

 

 

 

A Post about a Pool Party

Lifestyle, simplicity, Travel, Uncategorized

Happy Monday everyone! So far my summer has been going so well and it’s only the beginning. I’ve already been to the beach and I’m fully enjoying the rooftops that D.C. has to offer.

Yesterday I went to this really fun pool party that was also on a rooftop….that’s like the best of both worlds for me! It was extremely hot and pretty crowded, but it was a pre 4th of July party. I wish I would have gotten more pictures of the party but I was having way too much fun.

Of course, I brought along my little red bag that my mom gave to me from her PopSugar Box (see: A post about the Beach) and my handy dandy Instax camera. I think I’ll be documenting the majority of my summer with this baby.

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So the rooftop pool party was at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel in D.C. The event is called SiP and Dip and they have this event almost every Sunday in the summertime. I could most definitely go again to get better pictures.

The cost to get in was $20 for general admission and $200 for a table. I went with general admission since I was probably going to be in the pool the majority of the time anyway. The rail drinks were a bit expensive, but if you’re a beer drinker then it’s your lucky day.

The day was just so much fun and I think it’s really important to unwind in your life. Being by the pool and relaxing and being around friends was just so nice for a Sunday afternoon. I wanted to talk about more local things in my area especially since I’m just diving in this summer! Thanks for reading as always.

ChelsiKay