Pamper Yo’ Self!

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

Pamper Yo’ Self!

Products I Don’t Use Anymore

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

Products I Don’t Use Anymore

Glossier Priming Moisturizer Review

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

 

Glossier Priming Moisturizer Review

Beauty & Skincare Restock

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

Beauty & Skincare Restock

KKW Contour Kit Review…

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

 

 

 

KKW Contour Kit Review…

A Post about a Pool Party

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

A Post about a Pool Party

Summer Beauty Faves

I know I’ve been seriously slacking on my blogging lately, but I have technically been blogging…just not posting. What I mean is, I have a few blog post planned out already and I’m prepared to speak about them in the next coming posts.

So today, I’m going to be talking about some beauty faves that I have absolutely been loving! It’s not that many products so this will be one of the shorter posts.

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First, let’s start with the Glossier Super Pure niacinamide + zinc serum. I’ve definitely mentioned this before…read about it here and here. Long story short, I can’t get enough of this serum. I’m like 97.5% sure that this serum has kept most of my acne minimal as well as away. I love the way it just disintegrates into my skin and is extremely lightweight with zero stickiness. My skin just sucks this stuff right on up and keeps that stubborn acne away.

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My next two beauty favorites actually go together. The Renewed Hope in a Jar skin tint is one of the best tinted moisturizers I have EVER used. I love that this skin tint actually comes in my color and it melts right into my skin. This is such a great base for the spring and summer, especially at for a beach or pool day.

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Now, I can’t just apply this skin tint and go because it’ll turn into a messy oil slick or just completely melt off of my face. Last week I stole my mom’s Becca Soft Light Blurring Powder and I cannot get enough of it!

The Renewed Hope in a Jar last all day when I apply the Soft Light Blurring Powder and it actually does blur out any imperfections. I’m not even sure how some makeup even works but I’m more amazed every time I try a new innovative product.

So these are my current summer beauty faves and will probably continue to be the remainder of the summer! If not, then I’ll be sure to update you guys on new beauty faves. Thanks for reading as always.

ChelsiKay

 

 

 

Summer Beauty Faves