September Favorites: Home, Office, Books, & Beauty

It’s hard to believe we’re already into the autumn season..! Nevertheless, I am looking forward to sipping spiced apple cider,  playing in corn mazes, wearing Hunter boots, and falling asleep to the sound of rain outside my window.

Before I leave September behind, here are my favorite products from last month!

“The Little Paris Bookshop,” by Nina George

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This book would make my yearly favorites!

“The Little Paris Bookshop” is about a man, Monsieur Perdu, who owns a bookshop in which he prescribes / sells books to customers based on their emotional problems. His store is a “literary apothecary.” The narrative chronicles both Perdu’s attempts to help others through books and his attempts to battle his own emotional problems as he has held onto lost love for decades.

The basic idea behind it is so original + fascinating that I could definitely see myself re-reading this to absorb all of the wisdom this book has to offer.

This is a feel-good book containing rich originality and life lessons of benefit to all readers.

Pumpkin Cupcake 3-Wick Candle by Bath & Body Works

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I may or may not have gone a little bit crazy purchasing fall-scented candles this year..  But, my hands-down favorite is by far the Pumpkin Cupcake from Bath & Body Works.

It smells exactly how it sounds and, as a 3-wick candle, burns evenly + strongly!

BBW’s current offer on their candles is buy 2 get 2 free + $10 off $30 orders.

Huda Beauty Rose Gold Textured Shadows Palette

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I am late to the game on this one, but this rose gold palette by Huda has easily been one of the most talked about eyeshadow palettes.

What sets this palette apart is the textured shadows (see top row). These shadows are not smooth like shimmers, but have chunks of mettalic/ glitter in them. This means they are harder to work with, but applying with the finger will get the job done.

Plus, the warm-toned mattes are gorgeous & buttery! There’s even a black shade for darkening up fall looks.

This palette won’t be around for much longer since it is being discontinued, so it’s now or never!

Real Technique’s Beauty Sponge

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Beauty sponges are the only way I apply liquid makeup products (esp. foundation & concealer). I used beauty blenders for a year until I saw this one at Target. I had seen many YouTubers using this orange sponge, and they were only a fraction of the cost of beauty blenders from Sephora.

So, for the past month or so I ditched the beauty blender and used this real technique sponge. GUYS, IT IS BETTER THAN THE BEAUTY BLENDER…

The sponge itself (when dampened) feels so much softer on the skin and applies makeup just as flawlessly as beauty blenders do.

The only con I have found is that makeup is more difficult to wash out of it, but that’s not a big problem since I can replace it more frequently given their lower cost.

Target offers returns on beauty products, so why not try it?!

Steve Madden’s Softey Slide

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I admit, I initially was a skeptic of the fuzzy slide trend… but once you try them on you’ll love them!

Before I found these ones I purchased some from American Eagle and they were AWFUL. The bottom felt like it was made out of styrofoam and overall was very cheaply made (but was not cheap).

However, these ones by Steve Madden are durable indoors & outdoors, are available in multiple colors, and come with free shipping & easy returns from Nordstrom!

If you’ve been wanting fuzzy slides I highly recommend these ones!

Side note– I sized up in these from 7 to 8. They are also available in big kids sizes from Nordstrom if you have a size 7/6 and below foot you could go that route and save money!

Marble Stapler by Threshold – Target

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White marble made me do it??

OK, my obsession with white marble is real and this stapler has gold too!!

This is from Target (Target made me do it??) and is one of many the white marble office objects they have. So, if you need a stapler for dorm life or for adding some flare to your desk– this is the one!

Windex Electronics Wipes

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For students or anyone who uses their laptop for working, I definitely recommend these to keep your tech clean! They are completely safe and are also great for cleaning phone cases as well.


Thank you for reading! 🙂

I’d love to read + check out your September favorites in the comments!

Love always,

K♥

 

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College: “10 things to start the year off right”

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With my junior year at the University of Washington just kicking off this week, I am sharing  a new post that I wrote for our university paper, The Daily.

In order to have the most successful, fulfilling, and productive year I wrote about the top 10 things you can do early on to prepare + help yourself later. From goal setting to adapting your sleep schedule to going to professors’ office hours, I share my advice for kicking the year off to a great start.

Here it is!!! Click to read 🙂

 

5 Things I Wish I Knew as a College Freshman

Sending a warm, smile-filled hello to all of my readers!

Since this is back to school season I am sharing a short list of a few of the things I wish I would’ve known before entering college.

To those of you who are freshman I hope these help you to adjust to college life and to make the most of the next four years!

And, to those of you who are no longer freshman, what would do you wish that you could tell the freshman version of yourself? I’d love to hear your advice for starting college as well as throughout the entire experience!

Thank ya’ll for reading! 🙂


 

  1. Picking your major isn’t the biggest decision you’ll ever make. Sure, some majors can lead directly into career pathways, but there are plenty of majors that teach you more general skills or “teach you how to learn.” I spent way too much time worrying about which major is “perfect” for me, when my answer turned out to be none. No major is perfect, all have their own challenges. In the end, it was taking a variety of classes and noticing patterns in the types of courses that I enjoyed that led me to my majors, not overthinking / attempting to plan my whole life out at 18 years old.
  2. Listen to your heart and mind when making choices, not one or the other. One of the biggest challenges I have when it comes to decision-making is listening to both my heart + head. In the past, I have leaned to heavily on one or the other, and have regretted either making a decision that was either too emotional or too logical (i.e. what looks good on paper vs. what my gut says). To do this try giving your self as much time as you need to make decisions, rather than rushing.
  3. TRY RANDOM CLASSES. Take the course on dinosaurs, volcanoes, space travel, architecture. Now is the time to indulge yourself in learning new material and to be surrounded by knowledgeable professors who are experts in their respective fields. Trust me, this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to fill yourself up with knowledge from all across the board. Plus, you never know what subject could start you down an academic path that you never even considered. So, why not?
  4. Write letters to friends + family (and don’t stop). For me, my freshman year of college was the first time I had really ever been away from close family and friends, so I discovered the magic of sending & receiving handwritten letters. Not only are they great means of communication and keeping updated, but receiving a letter is such a refreshing surprise. At the same time, the letters that you send can have the same positive effect on your recipients. Plus, there is something genuine + raw about taking the time to write to another, something that text messages and emails lack.
  5. College is a fresh start, so feel free to reinvent yourself, take risks, and be the person you want to be. Being surrounded by people who haven’t known you for basically your whole life (throughout K-12) gives you the unique opportunity of recreating yourself in a space in which you don’t have to worry about others comparing who you are now to who you used to be, since they have no preconceived ideas about who you are. So, fake it until you make it (no one will know the difference).

Love always,

K♥

Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette

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This summer’s hottest new eyeshadow palette is hands down the Urban Decay Naked Heat Palette.

Heat launched about two months ago & has been flying off the shelves. Straight from the source, this palette is available from Urban Decay.

However, I purchased mine in-store from Sephora (after swatching the shades on my arm + falling in love with them) and they are still available on their website for $54.

Both Urban Decay + Sephora offer free shipping with this palette.

What is it?

As the fourth installation into Urban Decay’s Naked eye shadow palette series, this one stands out from its predecessors. While the other three Naked palettes focused on neutrals, this one turns up the temp by featuring more amber & sienna shadows (warm neutrals). Overall, the theme of this naked palette is bolder + warmer than the previous ones.

Intended for creating warmer, intense, & more interesting / red-ish looks, it includes 12 shades (6 shimmer + 6 matte).

As usual, the palette includes a mirror and a double sided eye brush.

Review

As someone who did not love the older palettes in the Naked collection, I did not have the highest of expectations for this one. I just never find myself reaching for the other Naked palettes.

However, I found these feisty warm-toned shades (esp. DIRTY TALK) much more to my taste.

As a true shimmer-girl at heart, these shimmers seal the deal for me. I love the range of shimmers from very light to pinky/red to dark.

Pros

  • soft, creamy shadows
  • all the warm neutrals you’ll ever need
  • beautiful shimmer shades (my personal favs)
  • good for smokey eyes
  • DIRTY TALK IS A GORGEOUS SHADE
  • decent pigmentation
  • perfect for summer + transitioning into fall

Cons

  • pricey ($54), but if you are a Sephora beauty insider you can earn extra points now!
  • more lighter shades than I really need (between Ounce/ Chaser & Sauced/Low Blow I only truly need one of each). However, if you like lighter looks or just a variety of transition shades to build up the look then it isn’t a con!
  • As you can see in the swatches (below) I found the darker shades to be somewhat patchy and more difficult to blend than the other shades, but this is a common issue with darker eyeshadows

SWATCHES

With all of that being said, this palette allows you to create light, summery, shimmery looks as well as more intense, smoky, looks that are perfect for transitioning into autumn.

What are your thoughts on the new Heat palette? Hit or miss? Wearable or not?

Which palettes are you loving at the moment? I always love to discover new products 🙂

Love always,

K♥

CLOUDY DAY AT MT. RAINIER NATIONAL PARK JULY 2017 // PHOTO DIARY

Wherever I go I have a habit of snapping TONS of pics! While I have too many to share on social media, I thought that my blog would be the perfect place to share them. So, here is another photo diary, this time from a day Kyle + I spent hiking at Mt. Rainier National Park. While it was in the upper 70s at home, it was in the 50s up in the mountains. S/O to cloudy days, they’re my favorite for hiking and photography.

On this day we hiked to Tolmie Peak Lookout, one of four remaining fire lookouts in the park. Although the clouds blocked our view from the top, they did add a magical yet somewhat eerie effect onto Lake Eunice (along w/ the other bodies of water along the way), the trees, and the meadows.

Hope you enjoy 🙂

 

 

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Love always,

K♥

Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Picks

As you probably know, Nordstrom’s huge Anniversary sale (early access) is going on now! Only 3 more days until the sale opens up to the public (7/21).

Given the technical difficulties Nordstrom’s website had the first day of the sale, Nordstrom is offering 10x points for cardholders (compared to the usual 2x points per dollar). You know what that means… more rewards for shopping! A.K.A more reason to shop 😉

Here are my top picks from the sale! (all of them are pretty affordable, whoo!)

CLOTHING

Lattice Back Sweater
by Topshop
$42.90 (post-sale $65.00)
Available in ivory + yellow
Flare sleeves
Criss-cross back
*p.s. this is my fav item on this list!

V-Neck Pullover
by BP
$24.90 (post-sale 39.00)
Simple sweater w/ relaxed fit
Available in black, green timber, grey medium heather, ivory, pink adobe, red ochre

Jamie High Waist Skinny Jeans
by Topshop
$45.90 (post-sale $70)
High waisted, medium denim shade
Sizing: I typically a size 0 and wear 26×30 in Topshop jeans

Live in High Waist Leggings
by Zella
$35.90
Available in black + burgundy
Perfect for causal, everyday wear

Autumn High Waist Moto Ankle Leggings
by Zella
$49.90 (post-sale $75)
Trendy, comfortable leggings with moto design & breathable mesh panels
Available in black + grey (sold out in S & XS)

SHOES

 

Sara Column Heel Sandal
by Steve Madden
$49.96 (post-sale 99.95)
Summer’s must-have sandals for dressing up or down
Also available in a snake pattern

Oliver Ankle Wrap Flat
by Halogen
$59.90 (post-sale $89.95)
Pointy-toed, laced-up flats to help you transition into fall
Available in blush leather, black suede, + red suede

ACCESSORIES

Ivan Faux Leather Backpack
by Sole Society
$42.90 (post-sale $64.95)
Minimalistic backpack

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Boyfriend Watch, 38 mm
by BP
$15.90 (post-sale $25)
White marble face
Total bargain!

Screenshot (94) 3-Pack No-Show Socks
by Nike
$8.90 (post-sale $14)
Avilable in black + white

BEAUTY

Screenshot (95)Skinny Dip Pink Marble Professional Brush Set
by Skinny Dip
$35 (valued at $65)
Cutest brushes you’ve ever seen?!
Includes 2 eyeshadow brushes, foundation brush, cheek brush

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Look in a Box Advanced Brush Kit
by MAC
$49.50 (valued at $167)
Includes 2 face brushes, 3 eye brushes, & travel bag

Screenshot (97)air.port.pro Makeup Sponge Applicator & Small Cosmetic Bag Set
by beautyblender
$35 (valued at $66)
Includes 2 beautyblenders (apricot + lavender), travel bag, + mini solid cleaner

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Mini Lip Gloss Kit
by Anastasia Beverley Hills
$28 (valued at $42)
6 highly pigmented lip glosses in mini sizes- raisin, berry, amber, rum, carla, maple


What’s in your cart / wishlist? 🙂

Thanks for reading, xoxo.

Love always,

K♥

 

(All photos belong to Nordstrom)

 

 

Skincare Sunday: Murad Complete Acne Control 30-Day Kit

As someone who as been battling with my acne for years now, I am constantly seeking new treatment products.

This kit by Murad includes the first high-end skincare products that I’ve tried. Fortunately, this line is tailored to oily and combination skin types (which is what I have).

Before I purchased this kit from Sephora, I tried samples of the cleanser and the spot treatment to make sure that they would agree with my sensitive skin.

What comes in the kit

For just under $40 ($60 value) you get 5 mini-sized bottles:

  • Clarifying Cleanser: has built-in toner, no strong scent, leaves skin feeling refreshed, “delivers time-released acne medication that remains active for hours, even after rinsing” (description on product)
  • 2 treatments:
    • Acne Clearing Solution: for use all-over the face
    • Rapid Relief Spot Treatment: to target specific problem areas
  • 2 moisturizers: one for day & one for night:
    • Oil-Control Matifier: day lotion, SPF 15, can be used as a make-up primer as it is matifying
    • Skin Perfecting Lotion: night lotion (no SPF)

My experience

At first, I used all of the products as they are intended to be used (cleanser, then all over acne clearing solution, then spot treatment, then day/night moisturizer). However, I found that the acne clearing solution did not do much for my skin and the moisturizers were okay, but I did not repurchase those in full-sized bottles since I am happy with my tried & tested Neutrogena moisturizers from the drugstore.

None of these products changed my oiliness (for worse or better) or caused me to breakout, despite having sensitive skin.

Since then, I bought the full-size versions of the clarifying cleanser ($30) and the spot treatment ($22).

I have been using these two for about a month now and am satisfied. I will most likely repurchase-unless I come across a better product!

My advice

If you have acne + oily/combination and/or sensitive skin then I highly recommend picking up samples of this Murad system from Sephora. Online the kit does say that it is good for all skin types, but I can only speak for my own.

In my opinion, the cleanser & spot treatment are the most important so I would ask to try those before investing money into them- b/c why not take advantage of Sephora’s free samples?


What are your thoughts on this acne system? What are your go-to acne treatments? Please share! 🙂

Thank you for reading & happy skincare sunday!

Love always,

K♥

Sephora Cream Lip Stains


Hey hey happy friyay!

Today I want to share the longest-lasting, cheapest, & most pigmented liquid lipsticks that I’ve tried!

Drum roll please…

I’m talking about the SEPHORA CREAM LIP STAINS.

These liquid lipsticks are Sephora exclusives and are available for $14, which is less than other popular liquid lipsticks like Anastasia’s Liquid Lipstick ($20) or Too Faced’s Melted Matte Long Wear Lipstick ($22).

Why do I love them?

  • available in a wide range of colors (wink wink, MARVELOUS MAUVE)
  • last all day (I have over 12 hour days and rarely have to retouch)
  • sweet birthday cake / vanilla scent
  • affordable for high-end beauty products
  • full-coverage / solid pigmentation (one layer is enough)
  • no peeling like some liquid lipsticks
  • does not dry out my lips
  • does not feel heavy or sticky

 

SWATCHES


7: Cherry Blossom– a bright pink, photographs beautifully, my #1 spring shade

6: Pink Souffle– a light everyday pink

13: Marvelous Mauve– a true mauve color, MY FAV, popular shade

24: Burnt Sienna– a dark cool-toned pinky brown, works year-round

14: Blackberry Sorbet– a dark berry shade, great for fall

1: Always Red– classic red, a must-have


Let me know your thoughts on Sephora’s Cream Lip Stains + your all-time fav shades!

Love always,

K♥

Peach Beauty Collection

Hello lovelies! I hope you are enjoying the summer sunshine 🙂

As I was looking through my summer beauty collection I couldn’t help but notice that a bunch of the products that I own are peach-themed. So, I thought I’d share my favorite peachy products of the moment-all of which are summer staples!

Too Faced Sweet Peach Eyeshadow Palette


Besides smelling deliciously peachy, this palette has all of the shades (18 in total) you could dream of for summertime. It features a great balance of neutrals, shimmers, mattes, and pops of color (pink, purple, green).

Nectar & Luscious are my favorite shimmer shades for creating a natural-looking, glowy eye. To finish off my go-to easy summer eye, I like to pop Puree into the crease.

Of course, this palette also has all of the colors you need to create a pink peachy eye as well.

Shadows are highly pigmented, silky to the touch, and easy to blend.

It retails for $49 USD, and is my holy grail eye palette! I recommend ordering directly from Too Faced, as they often offer promo codes.

Too Faced Sweet Peach Glow Palette


If you’re looking for a natural-looking (and yummy smelling) highlighting kit for summer than look no further! Too Faced’s glow palette has 3 beautiful products in one. You get a highlighter (my fav), a peachy blush, & a light warm-toned bronzer.

To apply the blush and highlighter I use my finger to get the most pigmentation that I can out of the product and then blend with a brush.

Out of the three, the bronzer is my least favorite because it is too light for my skin tone (unless I spend more time building it up). However, I think it would look great on fairer skin tones and it does work well in the crease as an eyeshadow.

It is available for $42 from Too Faced, Sephora, Macy’s, & Ulta.

Overall, I recommend this palette for traveling, since it is a 3-in-1, and for creating lighter, more natural summer looks!

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Swatches of the highlighter, blush, & bronzer (top to bottom)

Too Faced Sweethearts Blush in Sparkling Bellini


As I mentioned in a previous post, Too Faced’s Sweethearts blush collection is hands-down AMAZING. It features four shades, each containing three different baked blushes.

Up until a few months ago I used this blush in the shade Something About Berry, and it was my holy grail blush-that is, until I tried the shade Sparkling Bellini.

This shade includes three shimmery, peachy pink/coral shades that are ideal for spring and summer months. Since purchasing, I have reached for it nearly every day.

Also, these baked blushed last FOREVER. I used Something About Berry for 6 months + without even coming close to hitting pan.

These are 100% worth investing in as you get 3 blushes in 1 and a gorgeous shimmery finish.

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Swatches of Too Faced Sweethearts Blush in Sparkling Bellini (swatches from left to right are the shades going from bottom to top in the product)

 

Pretty as a Peach lotion + hand sanitizer (Bath & Body Works)

Mini lotion and hand sanitizer from B&B can always be found in my bag because I use them daily. I love how fresh and sweet this scent is for spring and summer. Plus, B&B is always having great sales.

Current promo: $1 shipping for orders over $30 w/ code “SUMMERMUST”


What are you summer beauty favorites? Do you love peachy products? Let me know your thoughts below!

Thank you for reading and I would be more than happy to answer any questions you  may have about these products 🙂

Love always,

K♥

Say hello to July! (+ life updates)

Happy July everyone! And hello to warmer temps, shorts + dresses, popsicles, beach trips & all of the other aspects of summer fun. 

2017 marks my second summer of college and  has been unlike any other. I’m moving for the first time and by the time school is back in session I will have lived in 3 different places over the course of summer. I’m so looking forward to the final move into our new house so that I can truly feel settled somewhere again. 

On a more exciting note, I recently started posting more style photos on my Instagram (@thekarebear). Fortunately, two of my photos have already been noticed by brands! Lulus shared one of my photos on their #lovelulus site and Old Navy reposted one of my photos on their account. It’s crazy to be noticed so quickly, call it beginngers luck? Regardless, I’m super excited to post more style-related content! 



Looking ahead, I am literally counting down the days until I vacation to Maui, Hawaii, in just a couple of weeks!! I’ve been shopping my butt off & have picked up so many cute pieces for my trip. Can’t wait to share them!

In between hiking + adventuring with Kyle, moving, and working I have been deeply fascinated in learning about the Civil War this summer. I’m not sure why this interest sparked now, but I checked out a couple of books on the subject and am loving them. 

The novel I am currently reading is “Gone With the Wind,” by Margaret Mitchell. I may post a separate book review post when I finish it, but for now let me just say that it keeps up reading at night and gives such rich insight into what life in the South was like before, during, & after the Civil War. Loving it!

Any historical fiction book recommendations or books about the Civil War? I’d love to check out your suggestions 🙂

Other than that, not much else is new with me- I think? 

Next up on my agenda is completing move #1 in the next few days, camping at my FAV beach, working, & then finishing off this month with visiting Maui. In between, I hope to make the time to post more often because I have so many beauty products + additions to my closest / room to share! 

Thank you for reading + happy July!

Love always,

K❤️