May 4, 2013

My 5 Favorite Beauty Products

Naked Palette

I literally use this everyday. I love love love this palette. I don't feel like I need to get the other two that came after this one. This has all I need.

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Queen Collection Cover Girl 3 in 1 Foundation

What can I say this foundation is the bomb. Seriously go buy it now. Primer, concealer and foundation all in one.

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Maybelline Falsies Mascara

I don't think this makes my eyelashes look like falsies, but I still love it.

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NYX Eye Pencil

This eyeliner glides on so smooth and you cant beat the price (3.50). 

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NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil

I love using these pencils as a base for my eyeshadow.

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April 29, 2013

Michael Kors Wish List

 
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 Small Saffiano Travel Tote

 
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 Small Fulton Saffiano Messenger
 
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Midsize Rose Golden Stainless Steel Bradshaw Chronograph Watch


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Large Selma Top-Zip Satchel

April 26, 2013

Spring/Summer Trends 2013



My top 3 favorite Spring/Summer Trends

Floral

I'm really picky with floral prints, but this season I want to try a few bolder pieces.


Stripes

I love stripes. It's so classic and fresh.


Pastel

Pale pink and mint green are my favorite pastels. I recently got a pale lavender crossover bag from Target that's super cute. Perfect for this trend!


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April 25, 2013

My Hair Routine & Products

I’ve been relaxer free since the end of 2011. I cut off all my relaxed ends November 2012. I don't consider it a "big chop" since I transitioned for year. 

Chopped of relaxed ends


Hair is growing


Twist out


I can finally put it in a puff!


I’m still learning how to work with my hair and what is best for it, but I thought I would share some tips and things I do with my natural hair. This may not work for you, but the key is finding what does work for your own hair.I also don't like to use a lot of products, I just try to keep it moisturized and let it do its thing.


  • I co-wash my hair 3 times a week. Co- washing is using a conditioner like shampoo to keep the hair clean and moisturized. I follow up with a leave-in conditioner and then with my styling product.
  • I use heat on my hair very little.  I straightened by hair occasionally throughout my transitioning period and only have straightened it once since I cut the relaxed ends off. Heat is really damaging to the hair so I try to avoid it.  
  • I try to deep condition twice a month. 
  • I only shampoo/cleanse my hair 1-2 times a month.


Products I use

TRESemme Naturals Silicone Free Conditioner for my cowash
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Paul Mitchell The Conditioner as my leave in conditioner.
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Shea Moisture Style & Curl Milk as a moisturizer.

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I use Eco Styler Gel when I'm doing a twist out.

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Right now I'm using up Motions Deep Penetrating Treatment as my deep conditioner, but I would like to try something else.
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April 8, 2013

Instagram Life: Warm Weather


This weekend was so nice! I'm so excited because it is the beginning of warm weather.  I went to the cherry blossom festival ith my sister and kids. Unfortunately, the trees weren't at peak like the news said it would be, but a few trees were in bloom. I think this summer season I want to try to do more things outside. You better believe it I will be sprayed up with bug repellent before I set foot outside though, they love to bite me up!



April 3, 2013

Getting Fit: The Goal

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Well, I'm back at it again, trying to live a healthier lifestyle. My Goal is to lose 5 pounds this month of April. It may sound small but I have to start small or I'm never going to go anywhere. I started this 20 minute workout yesterday. Okay so it wasn't 20 minutes, but at least I started. (Smile.)
I'm also on day 3 of no soda and it's going okay so far. I don't want to deprive myself of all food I love to eat, but I'm trying to eat more vegetables and fruit. And of course lots and lots of water!

March 29, 2013

Organizing Tips: Purse

I'm either rummaging around trying to find something in my purse or forgetting to transfer an item to my new bag that I switched to for the day. 

I read this blog post by A Bowl full of Lemons about this company called sugarSNAP. It's a file system for the purse, diaper bag or the car. But, I am not about to pay $44! Sorry, I'm cheap. I rather come up with my own "filing" system to keep things organized. I used to subscribe to My Glam Bag (now called Ipsy) to get beauty product samples on a monthly basis. Each month the products would be in a makeup bag. I decided to use those bags to organize my purse. (My sister recently did this too. She said it's way easier to just transfer the bags over to her new purse.)


Bag one carries all my pens, work badge, and metro card
Bag two carries my lotion, tissue and hand sanitizer
Bag 3 carries my mirror and lip products.
Bag 4 carries my toothbrush, toothpaste, floss, nail file, nail clippers.

I hope this helps in giving you ideas on organizing your purse. No more digging around! :-)

March 28, 2013

Organizing Tips: Pantry

 I decided to share with you all pictures I've come across of pantries that are organized and pretty. Currently, my pantry just has things grouped with like items. Nothing is in nice baskets or decorated, but one day! Until then, get inspired to spruce up your pantry and ways to keep it organized.


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March 27, 2013

Kaylin's Kitchen: Bubble Up Enchiladas

I bring to you another 5 ingredient meal! I've never used ground turkey before, but it basically like ground beef. I think it definitely is more healthy than beef.

  If you want the recipe go here.

Brown the turkey


Add the sauce and biscuits.


Bake it and then devour.


March 25, 2013

In other News: Kim Kardashian

I 100% believe Kim Kardashian doesn't realize the things she wears half of the time doesn't look good. And now that she's pregnant it's even worse. I saw this pic last week and I couldn't help but laugh. I have no words


March 20, 2013

Kaylin's Kitchen: Chess Squares

If you want more info on the recipe go here.

I love recipes that call for 5 ingredients. So easy and simple.

This "brownie" is so good! I can't even describe to you how good it is. Go to the link I have posted above, because she has amazing photos that show all of it's goodness. 

March 18, 2013

In Other News: Cruises, Knives, & The Bible

In the span of one month, 4 (yes 4) Carnival cruise ships have malfunctioned. Besides the fact that I'm not a water person, I'm not in any hurry to go on a cruise. Especially not Carnival!

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The History has been playing a series called 'The Bible'. I have not seen any of the episodes, but I came across a headline that caused me to literally bust out laughing. The title read:

 ‘The Bible’ Producers Call Controversy Over Satan’s Resemblance To President Obama “Utter Nonsense”

 haahhahahah.

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 TSA to allow small knives on planes. Hmmm and yet I still have to bring travel-size beauty/bath products.

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March 13, 2013

Kaylin's Kitchen: Slow Cooked Brown Sugar Chicken & Sweet Potatoes

First time using my crock-pot, yay me! :-) I found this recipe on Pinterest. Find the original recipe here. When I tell you this recipe is so good, I'm telling you it's so good! Love it!


Ingredients
2lbs boneless chicken breast
3 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut in chunks
5 tbsp of butter, melted
1/4 cup brown sugar
salt and pepper to taste


Put the chicken and sweet potatoes in the crock-pot. (Chicken can be frozen.) Stir the brown sugar into the melted butter. Add salt and pepper Pour over chicken and sweet potatoes Cook on low for 7-8 hours or high for 5-6 hours

I used more butter and brown sugar. I also seasoned my meat instead of putting it in the brown sugar/butter mix. 


So good! I don't think the picture does it justice (boo to my wack camera).

March 11, 2013

In other New: Are you Serious

 I have only three words for the following things:

Are you serious?!

Casey Anthony makes first appearance since found not guilty of murdering her daughter, Caylee.The fact that she's walking around free. Are you serious?!

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Preachers' Daughters on Lifetime

Straight foolishness. Are you serious?!

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Applebee's Customer tries to buy a drink with waitress's stolen ID

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What are the odds of this happening, this waitress is real happy right about now.

March 8, 2013

Organizing Tips: Beauty

Lately, I've had these urges to organize things. I started following a bunch of organizational websites/blogs. I want to organize everything that I can! 

Every Friday in March, I want to bring you some tips on things that I have organized in my home.

This week's focus is beauty products.

Until I can get my spare bedroom like I want to, I store all my beauty products in our guest bathroom under the sink.



My makeup is stored all in a train case. I keep my eye shadow pallets in a napkin holder I got from the dollar store. My brushes are stored in the bag on top of the train case.

I recently bought this rack to store my nail polish. It makes it so much easier to see everything. Sometimes the nail polishes were sliding off, so I put a shelf liner to have some grip. Behind the nail polish, I have a box with all my nail supplies.


I keep the two bags on the side in the middle part with the foundation. In those two bags, I store my lip gloss and lipstick.


I keep everything sectioned by category. 




This makeup bag contains false eyelashes. I keep my foundation and powders at the bottom.

My tips on beauty organization:

If you have limited space, store makeup in train case

Use plastic or acrylic drawers to store makeup

Display nail polish on racks to be able to see all polishes

Store nail polish in bins/baskets (Paint nail color on top of bottles to be able to see what color it is)

Group like things together in bins/baskets to be able to grab easily





March 6, 2013

Kaylin's Kitchen: Churro Waffles

 I love waffles. I saw this recipe here and it was a given, I was definitely making it. The recipe is super easy too which is a plus! I decided to follow their recipe for waffles, but you can use any recipe. Be sure to check out Six Sisters' Stuff, they have tons of recipes. 

Ingredients

For waffles:
2 cups of flour
1 tsp salt
4 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp white sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 cups warm milk
1/3 cup butter, melted
1 tsp vanilla extract

For covering:
3/4 cup sugar
3-4 tbsp cinnamon
1/2 cup melted butter

Mix dry ingredients together. Mix wet ingredients together. Pour wet ingredients in to dry ingredients and blend. Make sure waffle maker is preheated. Go ahead and make your waffles golden and crisp.

Place hot waffle in melted butter and then coat with cinnamon/sugar mix on both sides.
The final results!


So yummy!