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❤️

An open letter to my old friends

 

An open letter to the close friends with whom I have shared an unspoken goodbye with

This is for the people that at one time or another I considered my “best friend.” To some, I may overuse that title a little too casually. But, over my 20 years I have been fortunate enough to have so many people  completely fill that role for me. Since then, most of those people have moved to other states or have moved to other places in their lives in which there isn’t a place for me (and vice versa).

One letter could never do justice to how much these relationships mean to me, but this is a start.


Dear old friend,

To say it simply, thank you.

Whether you know it or not, you left an imprint on my life. I appreciate the laughs, the tears, the conversation, the hugs, the weird inside jokes, the time spent together, and the fact that we ever crossed paths at all.

You taught me the value of real, raw friendship and gave me memories to cherish for a lifetime.

Though we never speak anymore (but occasionally interact on social media because that’s the way the world works these days) you still have a place in my heart.

The way I see it my close friends have had a deep influence in shaping who I am today and in what I consider to be my most cherished values in relationships (loyalty, honesty, vulnerability). For this reason, our friendship will always be a part of me, always be present in some way.

As I pack up my belongings, I have been getting a kick out of browsing through old photos (that are horrifically over-edited or just plain awkward, s/o to junior high). Nostalgic? Yes. Regretful? No. I’ve found that it is healthy and refreshing to be reminded of where I used to be & who I used to be. Most importantly, reflecting back on the abundance of amazing friendships I have experienced reminds me of how blessed I am.

So, to all of you, thank you. Know that you changed my life for the better. Know that I appreciate you. Know that you have given me something to be thankful for. Know that our unspoken goodbye is okay.

Wishing you all the warmth in the world.

Love always,

K♥

 

Skincare Sunday: Neutrogena Collection 

This week I am sharing my favorite products from Neutrogena!

I have been using all of these for the last few years and keep repurchasing because of how accessible & affordable they are + they get the job done.

All of these products are available at the drugstore.

Makeup Remover Cleansing Towelettes

These makeup wipes work for removing everything from mascara to liquid lipstick. They do not irritate my sensitive skin or cause breakouts.

I have not found any downsides with these!

Tip: Keep a travel-sized pack of these in your bag in case you need them during the day

Oil-Free Acne Face Wash (pink grapefruit)

This has been my go-to cleanser for probably five years now.

The beads are great for scrubbing to remove all dirt, but are not too abrasive for my sensitive skin. The wash foams easily and a little bit goes a long way.

I like to keep one of these in the shower, in case I forget to wash my face before.

Once again, I have no cons regarding this face wash. Love it!

Oil-Free Moisture with Sunscreen (SPF 35)

This is my everyday moisturizer. It is lightweight, creamy/ easy to apply, and non-oily.

My favorite part is that it contains SPF 35. Although many days in Seattle are cloudy, I always like to wear sunscreen under my makeup to protect my skin from the sun’s rays. This product makes it impossible to forget to apply sunscreen, since it is built right into my daily moisturizer.

I also love how thin the bottle is because because it fits into my beauty bag perfectly for traveling. No complaints.

Light Night Cream

While I do use this often, I’d have to say that it is my least favorite product out of those mentioned above.

It is described as light, but it is actually a pretty thick, heavy moisturizer.

So, although it is not the most comfortable to wear (it is oily), it does thoroughly moisturize my skin while I’m asleep.

This product is good to use once in awhile, but I definitely don’t use it every night or as often as I used to.


Thank you for reading!

Let me know what your favorite Neutrogena products are or your experiences with these ones!

Love always,

K♥