My Holy Grail Foundation(s)

Beauty, Lifestyle, simplicity, Uncategorized

Ok so yes I have more than one Holy Grail foundation but I honestly think everyone should. Everyone should have at least a day foundation and a night foundation at the very least. Me? I have three Holy Grail foundations, all for different reasons though. Let me explain.

So I have briefly talked about my Renewed Hope in a Jar Skin Tint on here before and let me just say…I feel the same exact way about it that I felt when I first started using it. This tinted moisturizer has never disappointed especially in these hot months. Not once has it slid off of my face or gotten really oily, unless of course, I didn’t set it with powder.

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Even though I despise the pump the Ordinary Serum Foundation comes in…it’s still a pretty amazing foundation. It was most definitely worth the wait and of course the $6 price tag. For $6 you’d expect a foundation to be crap, but it’s better than most foundations in Sephora. I like to wear this foundation at night, usually to happy hour or on a date. This stuff does not move or slide and the coverage is medium, so it’s not too much or too little. Also, who doesn’t love a satin finish?

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Last but not least, my Becca Ever-Matte Shine Proof Foundation is my end all be all. I would wear this ALL the time if it wasn’t so thick and had sunscreen in it. The finish is matte and it STAYS matte. There have been times where I didn’t even set it with powder and it still stayed on all night. If you couldn’t tell, I like to wear this foundation at night when I’m going out dancing or a special event. I can always count on this foundation to cover my acne scars and do so for the entirety of the night. I will forever be purchasing this foundation until they either change the formula or discontinue it.

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So those are my holy grail foundations. I have no idea if they’re going to change, but I highly doubt they will anytime soon.

What is your holy grail foundation?

Thanks for reading.

ChelsiKay

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The Pop & Suki Camera Bag

Beauty, Fashion, Lifestyle, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style

Ok, so I never thought I’d be writing a post about a bag…like a whole post about a bag! For my birthday, my best friend got me the Pop & Suki camera bag which I have wanted for almost a year now. I was pretty close to purchasing it myself many times, but I would always put it off for something else. A couple of months ago I decided that I didn’t like the gold detailing and would prefer silver detailing instead. As soon as I saw it in person I fell in love ALL over again!

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Let me just say…pictures do not do this bag justice at all. If you’re on the fence about getting this bag, just do it because it is actually the coolest bag ever! I love that Pop & Suki sells different straps so that you can wear it as a fanny pack, a backpack or even a crossbody bag. They also sell accessories that you can personalize, such as key chains or charms.

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The quality is pretty great considering the price of the bag. The bag comes with a dust bag that comes in a box. The bag also already comes with a crossbody strap. At first, it seems like a pretty small bag, but it fits all of your essentials…as long as you don’t have big essentials.

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The personalization aspect of the company is what really won me over. Well, that and the way you can interchange the straps or add on charms and the such.

Throughout the week, I like to take the strap off and put it in my bigger tote bag so that my smaller things don’t get lost at the bottom of my bigger bag. I know it’s just like any ‘ol crossbody bag, but for some reason, there’s a certain pizzaz about this one. I think it might be the brand essence that takes this bag over the edge…the whole accessorizing an accessory aspect.

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The last and most obvious thing is that this bag is INCREDIBLY cute and goes with pretty much any outfit. The color my friend got for me is perfect…lavendar with pink undertones. The gold detailing doesn’t even bother me whatsoever!

I checked out the website earlier today and they have card holder…which I may have to get my hands on. Pop & Suki is really onto something and I’m in love with the brand so much!

Okay, that’s all today/tonight. Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

Anastasia Moon Child Glow Kit

Beauty, Lifestyle, Uncategorized

Hey, you all! I’m so happy to posting regularly again. I feel like I’m on a whole new vibe since my birthday passed. Today I’m going to briefly be talking about the Anastasia Moon Child Glow Kit. And I say briefly because I do feel like my posts can be a little long winded at times and I’d like to practice brevity every now and then.

So let me just start off by saying how gorgeous this palette is! It’s filled with all these astronomical colors that I’m kind of head over heels for. I especially love the purples…which one of them is actually more blue than purple.

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I know these colors look like they are filled with just a bunch of glitter, but surprisingly enough, they are not! In fact, they are shimmery….if that makes sense. It’s more like…when the color catches the light they give off this reflective glow versus just random glitters. I have no idea if that made any sense at all…but let’s go with it.

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The colors are extremely pigmented especially for highlighters in my opinion. Anastasia has always been great at their glow kits, but these are just fun and create a different look in my opinion. I cannot wait to use these in my night time (maybe daytime) looks!!

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So far I do like the palette, but I am trying to figure out how to put the colors on without the color going completely away when I am blending. I may just need a different brush to apply. This is a really great birthday present from my friend and I’m so grateful that I have it now! I really can’t wait to see what kind of “lit” looks I come up with! I’ll be sure to post about them once I figure out how to apply the colors better.

That’s all for today, thanks for reading!

Leave a comment if you have any questions about the GlowKit!

ChelsiKay

A Post About A Super Eventful Weekend

Beauty, Lifestyle, style, Uncategorized

So, this past weekend was a very eventful one. First, I went out for my birthday, then the next afternoon I participated and celebrated my good friend’s engagement.

Friday, I went to the nail salon with my friend so that she could paint her nails accordingly for the celebration and shortly after we went shopping for dresses to change into after our dances. A few hours later, we went to practice one last time before the big day.

After our last practice, we went out to D.C. and danced the night away…without getting too crazy of course. Obviously, I had to show my little birthday outfit, which turned out to very appropriate because it was SO hot out.

The next day, my friends and I got into the traditional Indian/Bengali outfits called a salwar kameez. It was an extremely long day, but it was all so worth it and so much fun! I can’t wait for the wedding!

We took professional pictures and video, which I’m so excited to see when it’s all put together! The bride to be’s outfit and makeup was so stunning that I had to snap a couple of pictures!

Once the girls and I did our choreographed dances, we changed into our dresses that were almost impossible to find at the mall. We ate dinner and then the dance floor was open to everyone…so you know what that meant.

IMG_6452.JPGFriday and Saturday were incredibly fun, but also incredibly draining. I pretty much slept all throughout Sunday and “reclaimed my time.” Once I finally got out of the bed around 3 PM, I went through all my birthday gifts. I’m so grateful for each and every one of them and can’t wait to talk about them separately in some later posts.

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That was my super eventful weekend and while it was so much fun…I am so glad to be back on a normal routine again so that I can blog and film more consistently. Like every year, it feels nice to be another year older and I hope for many more years! Thanks for reading as always.

ChelsiKay

 

Reclaiming My Time

Beauty, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity

Hey, you all, so I know I didn’t post on Wednesday, but honestly, I had nothing at all to post. Also, my mind was on Thursday, which was my 24th birthday! Yesterday I spent the day with my friend and they took me to go get my nails and feet done.

The reason why we decided to go get mani’s and pedi’s is because another one of our friends recently got engaged and her engagement party is this weekend too! So actually, my mind has been on this whole weekend because A LOT is going on! However, I did want to post today to let you know I’m still here and am not neglecting this blog whatsoever!

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This week started out kind of wonky because I was just not feeling it. That could have been a combination of hormones or just people kind of getting on my nerves. As most of you know I am striving to live more simply so I really do try to not let little things get to me.

One phrase that has stood out to me lately is a phrase spoken by Maxine Waters: “Reclaiming my time.” I know the meaning of that means something entirely different than how I have been applying it to my life, but the phrase just speaks levels to me. Needless to say, the mani and pedi was very much needed and I’m glad that my actual birthday was low key and didn’t involve too many people.

Now with all that said, I want to share one of my birthday gifts with you all. It was something I did actually want, but I did not expect to get it at all. This year I wasn’t too focused on gifts…maybe that’s a sign of growth or something? I probably won’t feel the same when Christmas comes around though.

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For the past few months, I have been using my mom’s FujiFilm Instax camera and I think her getting this for me was a way of telling me to give hers back. Fine by me. I love having things of my own and not having to borrow from others…including my mom. Of course, I would have preferred to purchase it myself, but I’m still oh so grateful for the camera. Also, I LOVE the color!

Yesterday was a good day and today will be a good day as well. I will try to have pictures from the engagement party as well as my birthday celebration. Thanks for reading.

ChelsiKay

Birthday Outfit of the Night

Fashion, Lifestyle, skincare, Slow Fashion, style

So, I know I did not post on Friday like I normally do, but I really just needed a break from the internet and now I’m back!

It’s finally the week of my birthday and I’m pretty darn excited. I am feeling a little down at the moment, but I’m sure that will pass by tomorrow! I probably just need a nap and some tea, and a good book or something.

A couple of days ago, the outfit I wanted to wear when I go out for my birthday finally arrived! Of course, I’m doing an all black number because, for one, it will be a pretty chill night and also because I feel the most comfortable in black.

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I’m most likely going to be wearing a kimono along with the outfit because I am pretty much obsessed with kimonos again…why did I get rid of the ones I had in college again?

So the bottoms I’m going to be wearing are from Misguided (not slow fashion I know) and they’re high waist, satin lined with a chiffon like overlay. Even though they aren’t slow fashion I probably will wear these the rest of the summer and most likely next summer as well.

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The top is from Sweet Mayhem…yes, I shopped for this on Instagram. I saw the top and I just had to have it! When it came in the mail, I was pretty shook at how soft the fabric was. I’m pretty sure it will be worn again and again as well.

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I’m still figuring out the shoes because I kind of want to wear heels, but I kind of want to wear boots…we’ll see. So that’s all for this blog post today. I’ll come back Wednesday with a non-birthday post, possibly. Thanks for reading.

ChelsiKay

5 Things That Happen When You Live Simply

Decorating, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity
  1. You start to declutter regularly

Ok so this is a no brainer, but this isn’t just a materialistic thing…it’s also a mindset as well.

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  1. You develop routines

You’re just kind of naturally going to fall into routines whether it’s a skincare, hair care, cleaning or even a morning routine.

  1. You become happier (in my opinion)

Lesser things tend to bother you and you tend to stress less and less

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  1. The way you organize changes

Most people I’ve seen who live simply (or minimally) tend to have open storage – floating shelves, clothing racks, and basically anything you can see (no lid or door)

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  1. You get your mind right

What I mean by this is, your thinking becomes simple and you become less forgetful.

 

What are some things that happened when you started to live simply?

ChelsiKay

NO More Summer Capsule Wardrobes

Fashion, Lifestyle, Minimalism, Slow Fashion, style

Ok, so I didn’t really do a capsule wardrobe this summer. For some reason, summer comes around and I just can’t figure out how to capsule my clothing. I spoke about this in a post earlier this season and I wanted to fix my summer wardrobe. However, I never got around to it because I just really don’t like the hot weather like that and it just seemed way too tedious.

I did manage to fit some wins in though. I now know that I can pretty much wear denim or woven shorts and a simple top along with a flowy kimono and look pretty fabulous.

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And when going out I can throw on a bralette with a mesh top and be good to go! I guess I got caught up on trying not to look too boring that I forgot that kimonos, belts, chokers, and makeup can take an outfit that’s a 5 and turn it into a 10.

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So I’ve kind of decided that I probably won’t be doing a capsule in the summer months anymore because 1. It just gives me a headache thinking about it for some odd reason. 2. I tend to gravitate towards anything that’s going to be comfortable, breathable, and stylish…meaning I may end up defeating the purpose of a capsule and purchasing new items.

Luckily I do buy pretty decent quality items in the summer so I will have them for a pretty long time and have no plans of getting rid of anything. SO now that I’ve seemed to figure out my (non) issue about summer, I can finally start thinking about fall. I have already started purchasing fall items because it’s my favorite and most of the fall stuff is on sale right now! I can’t wait to start photographing fall outfits for you guys! Look out for that in the next month or so!

Thanks for reading as always.

ChelsiKay

Pamper Yo’ Self!

Beauty, diy, Lifestyle, simplicity, skincare

I’ve finally figured out what I want to talk about more on this here blog. I briefly mentioned it in another post not too long ago, but I figured I would just bring it up again.

Self-pampering is so important and yet we always seem to let it fall by the wayside.

It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve done a mask and part of that is because I need to repurchase my Mermaid Sea Mask from Leahlani and I haven’t gotten around to it. Also, the month of July was just a super busy one, especially the last two weeks. I also haven’t gotten my feet done in about a month and I can only change the color of the polish so many times before it just starts to look janky.

Now, self-pampering can be pretty expensive once all of it adds up like facials, massages, manicure, pedicure etc. However, don’t forget that you can “treat yo self” at home too and it doesn’t have to be expensive at all!

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I made a trip to Sephora yesterday and picked up the fun sheet masks that I love so much. I went ahead and got the pearl mask, but also noticed that the Sephora brand also has new clay masks! At first, I was a little confused about the price, but you can get about four uses out of the little bottle it comes in. The Sephora clay masks retail at $8 and the sheet masks retail at $5. How often does one ever come out of Sephora only having spent under $15? It is possible to not spend an arm and a leg at Sephora, but that’s for a separate blog post.

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The other day, I finally ordered my Herbivore Botanicals Balancing Toning Mist from Urban Outfitters and it got here so quick. I don’t like being without this stuff because to me, it really is just that good. This doesn’t have much to do with self-pampering, but since I use it as a pick me up quite often, I figured I’d mention it.

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My feet were just rough so today I took it upon myself to do them myself. Summer is really REALLY hard on feet because you most likely are wearing sandals or flip flops every day or pretty often. I was going to wait to get them done for my birthday, but that’s still three weeks away and I can’t leave the house with messed up feet anymore…I refuse.

I got out my big tub and filled it with hot water and dumped some rolled oats in. I waited for the oats to get mushy and stuck my feet in for about ten minutes. Don’t be like me and just put the oats directly in the water…use a giant tea bag or a sachet bag so the clean up won’t be messy. You can of course use just hot water or even lavender and/or rose petals if you’d like.

Get a pumice stone! You should be able to find most manicure and pedicure kits at your local beauty supply or even on Amazon for a decent price, but definitely, make sure they include a pumice stone.

As I’m typing this up, my feet are nice and moisturized with lotion along with socks on. You can even skip the foot soak and jump straight to the lotion and sock step after a shower. My mom taught me this trick years ago for a quick, cheap and easy pedicure without actually getting/doing a pedicure.

So, this is my self-pampering post! These are just some things that I do at home to make myself feel nice and treated without spending that much money. I hope this was a good post to read and get some ideas from. Thanks for reading.

ChelsiKay

Hello, August!

Decorating, Lifestyle, Minimalism, simplicity, style

I’m so happy that it’s August again! August just so happens to be my birthday month and if I’m being honest….I get really annoying. That isn’t what this post is about, but I just wanted to mention how much I love August. Be prepared for a bunch of makeup, outfit, and hair post about how I’m going to all done up for the big day.

Anyway, I just kind of wanted to come on here and post about nothing. I am currently in the process of seriously getting my room organized. I’m looking at floating shelves, floor pillows, tulle, and just a ton of other things that will tie my room together.

I’m very excited to be doing this so that I can showcase it on this here blog. I talk about wanting to live a simple life occasionally and it’s time to start really making that happen.

Yesterday I had to purchase this cute little gem and for some reason, it has really inspired me. Yes, it’s a marble dry erase board…who doesn’t love marble? It sparked inspiration because I realized that my many walls can be utilized! Having something hanging such as a small shelf helps me to get rid of the unnecessary or find a different place for it.

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So I’m not going to ramble on too much about nothing so it’s time to end this blog post now. Thank you for reading as always.

How do you get organized?

ChelsiKay