What’s in my Cosmetic Travel Bag(s)?

Beauty, Lifestyle, simplicity, skincare, Travel

I think packing is probably my least favorite thing to do. I don’t mind packing for short weekend trips, but weeklong overseas trips are kind of stressful. I’m pretty sure I watched every “pack with me” video on YouTube and yet I’m still stressed. Part of the reason I feel like I’m stressing is that I’m taking a duffel bag with me versus one of those cute little carry-on suitcases. Seriously, that would have helped tremendously! However, the duffel will have to work this time around.

One of the main things I didn’t really need to worry when it came to packing was my makeup, skincare, and other miscellaneous toiletries. On Saturday, I went to the closest Base Exchange with my dad and purchased all of the little travel minis (ibuprofen, body lotion, bobby pins, etc) that I needed. It’s kind of ridiculous how much cheaper things are on a military base compared to Target. Anywho, I picked up these 4 piece cosmetic cases to put all of my skincare and other non-liquid toiletries in.

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Everything here is pretty self-explanatory. I included my setting sprays, primer, powder, and serum foundation because they fit perfectly in the bag I’m using. I mean that setting powder is pretty bulky and the bag is perfect because it stands upright, therefore I won’t have a bunch of powder all over the place.

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Surprisingly this bag can fit all of these skincare items without being too bulky. I may have to put the toner in a clear bag for all the TSA stuff. I included my toothpaste (my toothbrush will go in here too) because I typically brush my teeth and then wash my face so why not put them together? I have body lotion hidden all over my luggage because ya girl gets ashy and I have no idea if the climate is going to be dry or not.

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I’m really proud of what makeup I’m taking. I’m proud because this is basically my everyday makeup normally minus the eyelashes and substituting the Becca Foundation for my IT Cosmetics Serum Foundation (which I’m also taking.) I love that my everyday makeup is also my travel makeup. I’m sure if my skin were even clearer, I would have even less makeup!

So these are my cosmetic bag(s) travel essentials give or take a few things pictured. I’m starting to get really excited for my trip and I can’t wait to take pictures and blog about everything! Thanks for reading.

ChelsiKay

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5 Skincare Practices I Stopped Doing

Beauty, Lifestyle, simplicity, skincare, Uncategorized

Hi everybody, today I’m going to be talking about skincare today. I feel like its been kind of a while since I’ve talked about this topic. There are some skincare practices that I stopped doing earlier this year that has improved my skin SO much… I’m sure most of you know that I have lessened my dairy intake to reduce my cystic acne, but here are five more things I’ve stopped doing and what I do instead.

  1. Stopped washing my face in the mornings

I’m pretty sure I’ve mentioned this before, but my face typically isn’t dirty in the mornings. A few days after I began doing this, my skin improved greatly. Now what I do is rinse my face with lukewarm water and then tone to remove any dirt that may be present. If I do feel that my face isn’t all that clean, I will use a gentle cleanser like Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleanser or Glossier Milky Jelly Cleanser.

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  1. Stopped Using Drugstore Brands

I actually stopped doing this a long time ago. Drugstore brands pretty much did nothing for my skin, in fact, I think they used to make my skin worse. No matter how many oil-free cleansers I would try my skin would always be oily and that was part of the problem. The right oils fight oil, you guys! Now I’m sure there are drugstore brands that work pretty well now and are packed full of moisture, but I’ve found my products now and don’t see myself returning back to drugstore products anytime soon.

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  1. Stopped using makeup wipes

Yes, I know this is a weird one. The main reason I stopped using makeup wipes is that they always left a sticky residue on my face and I felt like when I would use them my skin just wasn’t happy. Another reason I stopped using was that wiping, pulling and tugging my face to get makeup off probably wasn’t the best technique for my sensitive skin. So now I either use micellar water with a really soft cotton pad (Shiseido cotton pads) or I oil cleanse. Occasionally I’ll use those makeup towels to remove my makeup, but that kind of goes back to using makeup wipes – so I use it sparingly.

  1. Stopped using physical exfoliators

This kind of goes hand in hand with the makeup wipes. The pulling and tugging, as well as the scratching from microbeads, irritated my skin. Also, microbeads aren’t the best for the environment either. This also means I threw out my Clarisonic face brush. I saw no results with a face brush no matter how soft the bristles were. The only physical exfoliator I feel comfortable putting on my skin is charcoal or honey granules (Lush Dark Matter or Leahlani Honey Love) and also I’m extra careful with these when using. I even use chemical exfoliators pretty sparingly just because of how sensitive my skin is. At least for me, the more gentle, the better.

  1. Stopped using salicylic acid

I stopped using the end all be all acne treatment for acne prone skin?! Yes, I certainly did. Every skincare guide I read swears by salicylic acid, but for whatever reason, my skin is just not here for it. Every single time I start using the salicylic acid for a pimple, my skin laughs and produces another even bigger pimple or pimples. Now when I get a pimple, I apply some tea tree oil directly on the pimple and just spot treat. Usually, it’s gone or at the very least, smaller the next day.

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So those are the five things I stopped doing or using to improve my acne prone, sensitive skin. I’m not sure if you guys noticed, but everything I stopped doing was irritating my skin meaning all of that had to go! So if you’ve done pretty much everything you could following the normal skincare practices and still haven’t gotten any relief, then try some of these things! Thats it for today you all.

Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

Bodysuit & Jeans Outfit of the Day

Fashion, Lifestyle, simplicity, Slow Fashion, style, Uncategorized

Welcome back to Fashion Fridays! Is it just me or are these weeks just going by super fast? I feel like I was just typing up last Fridays fashion post. Today’s post is going to be a little bit shorter as well as a little different than my last few outfit of the days.

So, of course, I’m going to show my favorite outfit of the week because I don’t know if you guys realized but that’s what I’ve been doing in my last few Friday posts. Anyway, the focus of this post is my new bodysuit and my hair.

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I purchased this very pretty bodysuit from American Eagle and let me tell you…it’s really soft! I normally have issues with bodysuits fitting a little tight because of my long torso but this one is actually all right. I’m really like the lace-up trend because it really flatters us girls with itty bitty boobies and gives the illusion of cleavage.

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The jeans are also from American Eagle and I wear these all the time. I want to say that they are my favorite, but I also really love my Lucky Brand Jeans. Am I allowed to have more than one favorite jean?

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Now let’s talk about these shoes real quick. My mom gave me these because she couldn’t fit them. YAY for bomb hand me downs right?! These are Lucky Brand ballet flats and I’m in love because they actually look like ballet slippers. Also, I’m really fond of Lucky Brand because the quality of the majority of their products is amazing!

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Okay now onto the hair. So I’ve been protective styling my hair like a mad woman because my hair keeps plateauing right at armpit length. I find myself trimming my ends quite a bit because they’re thin and have a ton of split ends. Out of frustration and a little desperation, I have been keeping my hair up and out of the way in hopes, I’ll start seeing more growth.

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Annnd that is all for today, you guys. I hope you all enjoyed this fashion post. I really want to get better at taking these pictures and making them look a little more professional. Thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay

OOTD: Happy Autumnal Equinox

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Happy Autumnal Equinox everyone! You all should know by now that I’m happy because this means the hot gross weather will soon be gone! Seriously, I’m getting pretty tired of sweating in places I’d rather not be sweating!

Anywho, welcome back to Fashion Fridays! It seems like it’s been weeks since I’ve posted an outfit of the day but it’s only been just one week. It seems the last few times I have worn a picture worthy outfit I’ve been in Georgetown, D.C. I really love it there because it’s so cosmopolitan, but also so historic. If you ever find yourself in the Washington, D.C. area then definitely visit Georgetown.

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Remember a few posts back when I was speaking of future purchases? Well, I got my hands on that perfect American Apparel tee dress. I’m pretty sure I’m going to be wearing it A LOT. I can wear it out dancing, to happy hour, or just to the coffee shop to chill or work. When I wore it to Georgetown two days ago, I was just working in the coffee shop, so I dressed it down.

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I paired it with some super old booties from Forever 21. I’m in need of some casual flat ankle booties or at least I will be. I can feel these boots starting to wear at the soles and that just doesn’t seem safe.

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I also paired the dress with a denim jacket from Levi’s…at least I started off that way. Of course around noon, it got pretty hot out and the jacket had to come off. It was even a little hot for the dress considering it is all black. I may have to pull this back out on a cooler or even cloudier day for sure.

Oh, and my curls are twisted up into cute little twists. I decided to do this one day because I was so sick of styling my hair. I also didn’t want to add extensions so this was a great happy medium for me. What do you all think?

That’s all for today! Check back Monday for a new post!

ChelsiKay

Fenty Beauty Match Stix Trio

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Just as promised, I’m talking about Fenty Beauty today! Now I had to kind of control myself and not buy a whole new foundation, highlighter or powder. I have all of those things already and I’m completely in love with my current makeup routine. However, I HAD to try something.

Of course, my dear mother was already on it and purchased the Match Stix Trio the day Fenty Beauty was released! I still would like to try the powder highlighters when I get the chance…as if I don’t already have enough highlighters as it is.

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So…the Match Stix trio. I think we can all see that this trio is very similar to KKW’s Contour Kit, so let’s get that out of the way. I like both pretty equally, but Fenty Beauty is far more accessible than KKW Beauty. I’m not really going to make any comparisons on the actual products especially the obvious ones but I honestly feel like all these sticks come from the same manufacturer. I may be wrong, but they really are that similar.

Onto the actual product now. Fenty Beauty’s Match Stix Trio retails at $54 which includes a contour stick, a shimmer (highlight) stick and a concealer stick. I believe that you can purchase the sticks separately which retail at $25. Also, the sticks are magnetic!

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The Match Stix Trio that I have is in the color Deep which is the darkest of the trios. I will say that besides the contour color the other sticks are pretty light for the darkest shades.

The contour stick: Out of the three, the contour shade (Espresso) is my favorite. I think it’s the perfect size for contouring and once it’s blended out, it gives such a nice soft chiseled natural contour. I am definitely more of a powder contour girl, but I’m a huge fan of this creamy contour.

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The highlight stick: I feel like I’m a highlight expert at this point…okay not really. So I like the way this highlighter (Sinamon) looks when I first apply it, but once blended it kind of just disappears. I definitely don’t mind a natural highlight for during the day, but this appears more like a bronzer. I still like it, however, I would probably go for a different shade next time. Also, I think I’ll stick to powder highlighters from now on. Fenty Beauty has a powder highlighter that I have my eye on…and it’s not Trophy Wife.

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The Concealer Stick: Okay…I’m not a fan of this concealer (Suede), especially for the Deep colored trio. I wore it yesterday and it made my under eyes so oily. Also, I appeared very ashy looking and I know that was probably due to the shade. Today I went with my normal concealer and liked how my skin looked a WHOLE lot better.

Overall, I like this trio minus the concealer…so the duo. The natural contour and highlight are perfect for those days I don’t feel like doing my full makeup routine but still, want to look somewhat alive. If you’re still deciding on buying the trio, I would probably look into getting the individual Match Stix just so you don’t end up with a color that isn’t fitting for you. I do recommend the contour stick for sure without a doubt!

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I hope to try some of the other products within this amazing beauty line. I may get a sample of the foundation because I’m very curious to see if they have my perfect shade! Thanks for reading, as usual, you guys. Check back Friday for another fashion post!

ChelsiKay

My Holy Grail Foundation(s)

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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

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

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

The “Hangover” Routine

Beauty, food, Lifestyle, simplicity, skincare, Uncategorized

So last night I went out, as I do most summer nights on the weekend. I went to my favorite rooftop and basically kicked off my Summer by drinking (alcoholic)  peach slushies on a nice warm summer night.

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Naturally, I woke up in the morning feeling kind of blah and dehydrated. I won’t go as far as to say I was hungover, but I was feeling some after effects for sure. So of course, I have a whole routine to bring me back to life…especially my skin.

First off I start by going ham with the water. I’ve probably had about four or five glasses of water today and I’m still so thirsty. I like to drink alkaline water because it supposedly rids the body of toxins…but I also like my good ‘ol filtered water too.

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For whatever reason, my nail polish always gets chipped on one or two of my nails whenever I go out. Last night, they got pretty messed up somehow, so the blue will be coming off right after this blog post. Any good nail polish color recommendations?

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As I’m typing this, I have a hydrating mask on my face. I have the Farmacy Honey Potion on to be exact. This mask never fails to make my skin feel so smooth and look glowy, which is great after a night out drinking.

Normally, I would include a lip mask as well, but I currently don’t have one on me. I like to get the sheet lip masks from Sephora for $3. They actually do work especially after a good lip scrub!

Last, but not least, I rest! I use this time to catch up on my shows and get some much-needed sleep. It’s great to go out and enjoy yourself, but it’s even better to take care of yourself after a long night. I’m a huge fan of pampering myself even if I have no reason to! I plan to write more about self-pampering in the near future because it’s so important!

That’s it for tonight, you guys. As always, thanks for reading!

ChelsiKay