Keep your eyes peeled…

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The last few months I’ve been creating something I’m VERY excited about and can’t wait to share with you. As you can see I have a new logo and in the new year there will be other NEW things to come.¬†Keep your eyes peeled and thanks for the support! ūüôā

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Modern Renaissance Palette Swatches

As you can see, I bought myself the Modern Renaissance Palette by Anastasia Beverly Hills ($42) for my birthday ūüėČ I’ve been really wanting some new warm shades, so when I saw this palette full of¬†reds, oranges, and pinky-purples I was like YAAASSSS! I think red eye-shadows are very hard to formulate, so it’s hard to find good¬†ones. ABH nailed it with this palette; the colors are so beautiful and blendable. I love how you can do a neutral look or a dramatic look with this one palette.

The only thing I would say is there is fallout when applying these, so make sure to tap off the excess before applying to your eye and either bake under your eye or do your foundation and concealer after. I personally don’t have an issue with the fallout because that just tells me they’re highly pigmented.

The palette comes with a brush as you can see; it’s not bad for blending, but the bristles could definitely be softer. It has a mirror on top which is always a plus if you’re on the go.

The swatches labeled below are the shadows on the top row of the palette and left side of my hand:

The swatches labeled below are the shadows on the bottom row of the palette and the right side of my hand:

My favorite way to use the palette:

I almost always start my look with Tempera as a base and then start blending in other colors. Golden Ochre is one of my favorite transition colors and I love using Raw Sienna, Red Ochre, and Realgar on the lid. I use Venetian Red and Love Letter on the outer edge of my lid. Blend blend blend!

As you can see, there are only two shimmer shades, Vermeer and Primavera. These two are perfect for highlighting your inner corner. I apply one of them (or both if you want) to my inner corner using the Morphe E36. I go back in with Tempera and sometimes a touch of Primavera on top to highlight my brow bone.

Obviously this is just one of many looks you can create with this palette, I’m still playing around with it myself. I might do a post of my different looks using the palette¬†soon if you guys would be interested ūüôā

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Hope you all have had a good week so far!

My K Beauty Skincare Routine

Hi guys! I promised I would share with you my Korean beauty routine, so here it is ūüôā

Like many of you, I recently fell in love with Korean beauty products (especially ones with snail!), and am very intrigued by the 10-step regimen. After researching different Korean brands and products, I decided to give it a go.


Now don’t feel like you need to buy 10 new products! That can get very expensive and isn’t necessary in my opinion to try out the 10-step routine. I think you can tailor it to your individual skincare needs and still use your tried and true products, but add in some new ones as well.

Step #1 and Step #2 The first part of the Korean skincare regimen is to double cleanse. First you use an oil cleanser and then you use a foam cleanser. For my personalized routine, I decided to use my tried and true CeraVe Hydrating Cleanser¬†($9)¬†and follow it up with my Apsara Neem Facial Cleanser¬†($20) (which I would classify as a foam cleanser). Since I have two perfectly good cleansers already I didn’t feel like I¬†needed to buy a new one. However, if you’d like to try Korean cleansers for your first two steps, try Banila Clean It Zero¬†(S16) for Step #1 and Mizon Egg White Bubble Cleanser¬†for Step #2.

Step #3 is the exfoliator. I used a sample I had of the Mario Badescu Botanical Exfoliating Scrub¬†($26), but for a Korean product try the Neogen Bio-Peel Gauze Peeling Wine¬†($27). I have sensitive skin, so I personally only exfoliate with a physical exfoliator once a week, but everyone’s skin is different.

Step #4¬†Toner! After cleansing so many times your skin is in need of some hydration. I bought the Benton BHA Skin Toner¬†($17) off of Amazon. It does give my skin some hydration, but¬†not much else. I’m not unhappy with this product, but I wouldn’t buy it again. I use this one at night and my Pixi Glow Tonic¬†($15) in the morning.


Step #5¬†is the essence, which is one of the most important parts of the K beauty routine. I bought the Mizon Time Revolution First Treatment Essence Mist ($35), which is supposedly a dupe for the beloved SK-II essence. Again, it hydrated my skin, but I didn’t see any miraculous difference! If this is comparable to the SK-II essence, I don’t know why people are pay¬†$100 a pop for it :/

Step #6 is for serums or ampoules (which are basically serums). I LOVE serums; I think they penetrate the skin better than any other type of product. I purchased the Laneige Water Bank Serum ($35) from my local target. I love love love this! For such an inexpensive serum, it gives me so much hydration. My skin feels really supple after using this.

Step #7¬†MASKS! Sheet masks have become really popular lately and for good reason. They are so easy because you just pop them on and then rub in the excess when you’re done. No mixing, rinsing, or scrubbing required. The ones pictured are actually a gift from a coworker that knows your girl loves sheet masks! However, I’ve purchased SO many sheet masks because they’re so accessible now. You can find them at Sephora,¬†Amazon, and even Forever 21. I get most of mine from the Missha website because they have a nice variety and most of them are pretty cheap (here’s one I’ve used: Missha Real Essential Sheet Mask¬†($3). Put these on right over your serums to further lock in the product.

Step #8¬†I stuck to my Kiehl’s Creamy Under Eye Treatment¬†($48). Try Mizon Snail Repair Eye Cream Tube¬†($10) for a K beauty option.

Step #9¬†Face cream. I bought the Benton Snail Bee High Content Cream¬†($17) from Amazon because of my new obsession with snail skincare. Snail secretion helps heal acne, fade scars,¬†and hydrate the skin. However, this didn’t do much for me :/ It was hydrating and didn’t break me out, but it was just meh. Snails why did you let me down???

BUT months later (I did this routine for months before writing this post because I wanted to really test it out) I was gifted the Mizon Snail Recovery Gel Cream ($18) from the same coworker. I love it! It does what I had hoped the Benton cream would do; SO much hydration, my skin feels so supple! And no new break outs so far ūüôā

*I was cautioned by this coworker to NOT buy this on Amazon because apparently it’s not the same thing and his Korean friends say the Korean writing on the tube isn’t correct.


Step #10¬†Sunscreen. I only do this in the morning; I’ve read many Korean women put it on at night as well. I used my Elta MD sunscreen.

Lastly, if I have a pimple I put on a Missha pimple patch! Read about how obsessed I am with these HERE.

Overall, I think the 10-step routine is a little much for me. I’m just going to cleanse once and skip the exfoliator and probably the essence as well. But I think it’s a great idea to find the routine that works for you and stick to it so your skin is clear and clean! I always recommend using a cleanser, toner, serum, and moisturizer daily.

xx Katelin Leigh

Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadow

I was curious about these creamy, pigmented jars of color, so when I saw them on sale at Target, I jumped at the chance to try them. Maybelline Color Tattoo Eyeshadows ($7) are sold at your local drugstore, Target, Ulta, etc. These two warm browns, Chocolate Suede and Creamy Beige, were on sale for $3.50 (your girl loves a discount!).

These swatches above are layered with a few swipes of color; the colors are¬†very build-able so you can go with a light subtle eye or layer for a more dramatic look. I loveee creamy eyeshadows so I am into these. For $3.50? Hell yes. For $7? Only if I was dying over the shade. (There’s a buy one get one half off deal at Ulta right now.)

I tried putting Creamy Beige on my lid and Chocolate Suede on my crease, but apparently the formulas don’t mix well because it started to lift. You have to stick with one color at a time, which was fine with me because they’re both pretty on their own. I preferred the Creamy Beige because I don’t usually do such a dark color on my lid by itself. They had good staying power and are so easy to apply; you can just use your finger!


Maybelline also just came out with their Color Tattoo Eye Chromes ($10), which are similar to the Color Tattoo shadows, but in metallic liquid form.

Edit: I just watched Kathleen Lights’ new dupe video and she thinks the Color Tattoo Eyeshadows are dupes for Mac Paint Pots ($22). So if you’re a fan of Paint Pots, but not a fan of the price you should check out the Color Tattoo shadows ūüôā

 

4th of July Makeup!

Happy 4th of July everyone! I love this holiday for many reasons, one of which is to wear red, white, and blue (makeup too).
Here’s my 3 tried and tested favorite¬†Independence Day makeup looks:

#1) Metallic firework eye! Do a bold metallic shadow on the eye, so that your eyes look like fireworks while you’re wearing red, white, and blue. My picks are Colourpop “So Quiche”¬†($5)¬†and Makeup Forever “03”¬†($23).

#2) Patriotic blue eye!¬†This is my favorite out of the 3; I do a blue eye almost every year¬†because it’s too fun not to. I mix “Ransom” and “Peace” from this Urban Decay palette I’ve had forever (see photo).

#3) Bold red lip!¬†A red lip is always a good choice on the 4th, just make sure you pick a formula with staying power to outlast the beer and barbeque. You can pick up this Wet n Wild “Red My Mind”¬†($3) at your local drugstore, trust me it will not budge. It dries out the lips though, so make sure you pack a lip balm as well.

Those are my 4th of July makeup looks, hope you all have a fun, safe holiday!

Aspara Skin Care: Natural and Ayurvedic

I recently have been reading and learning about Ayurveda, the oldest system of healing in the world. I love trying natural remedies for health issues instead of heading to the doctor for antibiotics. Even when it comes to skin care, I try to find products that will naturally heal and treat my skin, rather than slathering on products full of chemicals.

Ayurveda takes advantage of herbs and oils to heal the body for many ailments. I know this because I recently started seeing a holistic doctor that used Ayurveda to treat digestive issues I was having. After one treatment I was already feeling back to my old self. Fascinated by my results, I started reading books about Ayurveda and researching different skin care brands, which is how I found Aspara.

Aspara uses natural active ingredients including essential oils and extracts to cleanse and treat the skin. After telling a member of the Aspara team which skin type I had (combination, acne-prone, with mild rosacea on my cheeks), they sent me the Neem Herbal Facial Cleanser ($20).


I have to say, I was reticent to abandon my CeraVe cleanser, but after I started using the Aspara cleanser I found it to be equally as gentle and hydrating. The great thing about the Neem Cleanser is that it’s all natural and PH balanced. The essential oils, Neem, Eucalyptus, and Vetiver, reduce excess oil and leave your skin smooth and supple. I squeeze a dime size of cleanser (you only need a teeny bit) and rub my hands together before gently rubbing it in circles on my face. The cleanser foams up (but not too foamy) and it smells fresh and eucalyptus-y (yes that’s not a word). I always say, even if you have acne, to only use a gentle, PH balanced cleanser. The acne treatments can be applied after cleansing, but you really don’t want to scrub and damage your natural skin barrier with a harsh cleanser.

Overall, I’m really happy using this cleanser and would definitely buy more products from this company in the future. I’m already looking into their face masks and hair care…

Sponsored. All opinions are my own.

What are your favorite natural products? Please tell me in the comments below!

Luxury Makeup Haul!


I love a good makeup haul, especially when it’s full of those luxury products you’ve heard about forever and finally get your hands on them. As much as I love high end makeup brands, I will be the first to admit which products aren’t worth all the hype, or high price tag. That’s what I’m telling you about today…what products surprised me and which ones I wouldn’t repurchase.


I’m going to start with the brand that I had never used and now, after this haul, I’m obsessed with: Ciat√© London! My favorite product from the entire haul was the Cooling Shadow Slick¬†($16)¬†in the shade Snow Cone. It’s a metallic cream eye shadow primer that is so beautiful and easy to apply (I apply with¬†my fingers); you don’t even need to add a shadow on top because it’s pretty just on it’s own. I’ll¬†take these in every shade please!

I also got two Skinny Shadow Sticks¬†($15) from Ciat√©, in Double Take and Maneater. These applicators are awesome and the colors are so great I want to buy them in every shade! They’d be perfect for travel or just throwing in your purse because they’re small and the applicator is built in for a no mess, no fuss application.




Makeup Forever Aqua Cream in 03, Silver ($23): This is my first eye shadow from Makeup Forever and I love it! My favorite look using this is to start with a neutral eye, an earthy pink or smokey gray. Then, I apply the Aqua Cream with my fingertip on the center of the lid. Blend it out a bit and voila!

Urban Decay Moodust Eyeshadow¬† in Shockwave ($21): Urban Decay has one of, if not the best eye shadow out there. The formula, the pigment, the colors…I grabbed this pretty purple and it does not disappoint. The second picture up above shows the swatch up close, so you can really see the pink and purpely pigment.


Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer¬†in Vanilla¬†($29):¬†Here’s the thing with this super hyped up concealer. Do I like it fine? Yes. Am I dying over it? No. Granted I’ve only used it a few times so far, but it’s not blowing me out of the water. I find it works best tap it in with your fingers a bit before blending it out with a Beautyblender to warm up the formula a bit. I’m happy with it, but not¬†over the moon like everyone else seems to be.

Yves Saint Laurent¬†TOUCHE √ČCLAT Radiant Touch¬†($42) in Luminous Honey: A product totally worth the hype, I love love love! They were out of Radiant Silk, which is the shade that I would have gotten to use as a highlighter. I got Luminous Honey instead to use as a bronzer, which is not its intended use, but I’ve been wanting to try this product forever and nothing¬†was going to stop me ūüėČ Anyways, I love it as a bronzer, I apply¬†it right under my cheek bones and set it with a touch of Tarte¬†Amazonian Clay Waterproof Bronzer¬†($30).

Yves Saint Laurent TEINT RADIANCE¬†Radiance-Enhancing Flawless Foundation ($58) in shade 2: This has since been discontinued and¬†reformulated, but I’d imagine it’s very similar to the new formula. (For those wondering, I just bought this at half price from a celebrity makeup artist that hadn’t used it, which is why I have a¬†discontinued product in my haul). I like this foundation, but in all honesty I prefer my¬†Maybelline Fit Me Foundation Dewy¬†+ Smooth¬†in shade 120 Classic Ivory¬†that you can get at the drugstore for $8! The YSL foundation looks too cakey for me around my nose and T-Zone, so I actually mix the YSL with the Maybelline. I added the Maybelline foundation to the swatches above so you can see it next to the YSL. If you like a really full coverage, the YSL is a good one. I personally prefer a more natural finish.


Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector¬†($41) in Rose Gold: Obviously Becca’s highlighters are having their moment. I was so excited to try this liquid highlighter and it did not disappoint. I got Rose Gold because I already have a few highlighters that are pearly/peachy. This one’s perfect for a rosy blush. It’s really beautiful and will last me a longgg time (the bottle is huge for a highlighter).

Tarte Marajuca Blush & Glow Luminizer and Cheek Tint¬†in Moonlight ($13, on sale): This product is kind of cool because it comes with a blush and matching highlighter. It’s on trend right now to match your cheeks to lips, so I think it’s kind of cool to match your blush to your highlighter. The blush could be used on the lips too! The highlighter is beautiful, it’s creamy and illuminating. I’d definitely recommend grabbing this for $13! (It used to be $32).

Tarte Clean Slate Flawless 12-Hour Brightening Primer¬†($31): Another Tarte product, I’m a huge fan of the brand. This is actually my second time buying this primer because it’s a silky, hydrating formula packed with vitamins A, C, and E. I swatched it on top of the highlighters, but you can’t really see it (which is a good thing!).

Diorshow Iconic Mascara¬†in Rich Black ($30): Last, but not least really is an iconic mascara, Diorshow. I’ve been using this off and on since high school. It really is a great mascara, it lengthens and coats the lash with a rich black formula. It’s definitely a good product to splurge on, but is it that¬†much better than¬†L’Or√©al Voluminous Carbon Black Volume Building Mascara¬†($9)? I don’t think so.


That’s it! I’d love to hear what luxury products you think are worth the splurge in the comments ūüôā¬†

 

 

 

 

That Pixi Glow

Today I’m reviewing the Pixi by Petra¬†Glow Mist¬†($15) and Glow Tonic¬†(S15). I’d been seeing Pixi products everywhere, so my curiosity was officially piqued. Who doesn’t want to glow? Once I saw Jourdan Dunn post on Instagram¬†that she uses the Glow Tonic in her morning skin care routine, I was sold. In case you don’t know who she is already, she’s a gorgeous model who have very GLOWY skin. See below:

Jourdan Dunn.JPGImage: Jourdan Dunn’s Instagram

The best part about Pixi is that it’s available at Target! I use Pixi Tonic as my toner after cleansing with these cotton pads; it contains 5% glycolic acid (to exfoliate and brighten), as well as aloe and ginseng (to hydrate and treat). I love the tonic because it smells fresh and makes my face feel squeaky clean. I don’t know if it’s the tonic or the combination of new products I’ve been using, but my skin is clearer than it’s ever been. Check out the glowing reviews (no pun intended) for this UK cult product.

I use the Glow Mist as a makeup finishing spray, and sometimes to prime as well. The glow comes from the 13 oils inside; argan, jojoba, and avocado oil to name a few. You can use it before and after makeup, or just as a refresher during your day.¬†I love the formula, but I have a problem with the spray bottle. It doesn’t allow you to “mist,” so much as squirt on your face. I’m going to continue using the Glow Mist because I love the glowy-ness it provides, but I’m going to have to transfer it into another bottle that allows for an even application.

¬†What Pixi by Petra products have you tried? I’d love to hear below!

Dry Shampoo: My Pick

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If you have healthy hair, that probably means you don’t wash it every single day. Washing your hair every day strips the natural (good) oils from your hair, causing it to become dry and brittle. However, when you go several days without washing your hair like most women¬†do, it can get a little oily. Don’t fret, there’s a brilliant invention called dry shampoo that I’m sure you’ve heard of. Dry shampoo cleans your hair without water, keeping your hair smelling and looking fresh in between washes. It also adds some volume and texture to the hair as an added bonus.

The only issue with the overwhelming popularity of dry shampoo is that every brand seems to carry¬†one, making it difficult to choose among the options. I’m here to tell you which one is my favorite. Klorane Dry Shampoo with Oat Milk¬†($20) is my dry shampoo of choice. It’s gentle, affordable, and smells neutral. Not like chemicals, not like roses, just neutral.¬†It doesn’t contain¬†parabens, silicones, sulfates, or sodium chloride, and the oat milk soothes and protects the hair. It’s also an Allure Best of Beauty pick for 2015, so I’m not the only one who loves it ūüôā

This dry shampoo is also available in travel size, perfect to throw in your purse or travel bag! For more of my favorite hair care products, click here.

Go Buy Now: $10 Makeup Brush Set


This BS-MALL brush set¬†has over 5 thousand reviews on Amazon and 4.3 out of 5 stars. Naturally, I had to find out for myself if these $10 brushes (!!!) were worth the amazing reviews. There are 10 brushes, which is more than I’ll ever need. The intended use for each one is printed¬†on the package (contouring, foundation, concealer, etc.), and it’s even printed on the handle of each large brush. They smell like paint when you first open them from the painted handles of the brushes. However, with one wash the smell dissolves.

I’ve previously bought $30 brushes, but these work just as well, if not better. They’re soft, sturdy, and my makeup applies beautifully. I immediately texted my girlfriends to share my new discovery. I’ll never spend $30 on brushes again (thank goodness).