WOOOOOW!!! It’s been 10 months!

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Hello my candied strawberries!!!!

Wow, I can’t believe my last blog post was 10 months ago! How insane is that?? Talk about life taking over!! How have you all been?

Ugh, I’ve been really busy and if you have followed me all these years, you know I rarely slow down and I end up doing a zillion projects and just end up going MIA. Again, I apologize but I have good reasons!!! LOL.

So if you all follow me on Twitter/Instagram/Facebook etc., you know that I have been acting and doing a lot of extra work on the television show Grimm. It’s been so amazing and I am doing all of this while working a regular job and trying to keep up with my fashion and beauty endeavors as well. It’s been hard work!

So many interesting things have happened to me and I just can’t wait to continue to share everything with you all.

So, I have a Tumblr as well and that pretty much also syncs with my Instagram at times and it’s all about my acting and daily life stuffs. Please follow so we can stay in touch! The name of my Tumblr is Love – Kai Wiley. I’ve met so many of you through my blog and mutual passion for beautiful things and I just love getting to know you and sharing experiences.

I will be posting here again and posting updated youtube videos so look forward to that as well! Man, I love you guys for sticking around and continuing to read my blog! I hope you learn something and it makes your day!!

Until Next Time…

LOVE, PEACE, AND SHOPPING RECEIPTS!

❤ Kai

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M.I.A Again?? My bad!

Well Hello my beautiful and lovely people!!

Surprise! I am back lol. AGAIN AGAIN!!!! Listen, I swear to you guys, I think my life is on track + normal + boom, I get hit with some other weird or crazy thing that happens and I end up not having time to do anything or something gets hacked!!!!.

Omg, I’m so happy to be back! I love blogging and I’ve missed sharing with everyone!! How have you guys and gals been? I’ve been pretty much great but as with any life on earth, there have been ups and downs. One major up has been the new car the bf and I got! Omg, *squeeeee* it’s been a while so having transportation again is so so amazing! 🚘

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We have been enjoying the freedom of transportation and going out and doing more things. We’ve seriously gotten into Archery and it is now my obesession/hobby. We’ve been consistent and really really loving it and kicking major bootay!!

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If this were an Orc, it would have fought in vain!!

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Also, I met more of my bfs family and we had a wonderful time together. They make me miss my family (mum, dad, brother, and doggie Bear) so so much more. Made my heart a little bit bigger! 💜 💜 💜

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Even though things have been a bit crazy and work literally took over my life (didn’t get to really celebrate Valentine’s Day 😐) we still managed time to relax with friends and take in the beauty of our planet.

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All in all, life is good. Just busy and at times stressful but lovely all the same. I’m soooo stoked to be back so I hope you guys are excited for more content!!

Until Next Time…
– Kai 💜

Sugar Skull Minerals: Review, Swatches, + Discount!

Hello Hello Hello my fabulous beauties!  Today I have a sponsored review for you. Victoria of Sugar Skull Minerals (Find her amazing Etsy shop here) was kind enough to send me some samples of her products as well as a sneak peek of her “Pool Party Collection” that will be released on July 4, 2014!! The collection is beautiful and I can’t wait to share this with you all.

SAMPLE COLLECTION #1:

Each one of these are swatched over Fyrinnae’s primer Pixie Epoxy except for the blushes (will be labeled).

 

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From left to right: Sweet Tooth, Drop Out (Vegan), On the Rocks, Walk of Shame (Blush) Pot O Gold (Vegan), + April (Vegan).

 

 

Sample Collection #2: Pool Party Collection

 

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From left to right: Sunkissed (Vegan – Blush), Sun Burnt (Vegan – Blush), Bikini, Marco Polo, Cannon Ball (Vegan), Deep End (Vegan), Margarita (Vegan), Beach Ball (Vegan), + Pina Colada (Vegan).

 

 

Thoughts + Extras!

Overall, I think these are really great products, the only thing I do not fancy is that Pina Colada and April look exactly the same on my skin because they are light colors but contain gold shimmers + only the gold picks up on my complexion, other than that, I love these! The formula is very smooth + the pigmentation is amazing!! I think my favorites are Cannon Ball + Deep End. Those Purple and Blue shades are just crazy gorgeous!!

Since the Pool Party Collection does not get released until July, you can actually PRE-ORDER the collection but you must do so by June 23, 2014 in order to receive a 30% discount!! Woot Woot!!  Do not miss out on this deal because I’m sure you will be like…”OH MAN…WHY DIDN’T I BUY THAT SHADE WHEN I HAD THE CHANCE??”” MmmmHmmm, you know we all do it, so don’t forget!!

Thank you again to Victoria for letting me try out these awesome products and please guys check out her Etsy shop! I have found some wonderful treasures on Etsy! I hope you guys enjoyed and I will be back soon with another awesome post!

Until Next Time…

♥ Kai

My April + May Faves 2014

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Hello there great people of the world! Hope everyone is feeling awesome!! Today feesl really nice out but instead of going out, I decided to do a blog post about my monthly faves. I do plan to go out later though ^_^.  I really haven’t done a favorites…anything in a while, not on my blog or on youtube, so I felt it was about that time + this time I will try to stick with it as much as possible. Okay, enough of my rambling + lets get to it sugars!!

MAKEUP

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From left to right: Shades are Redwood, Guava, + Mauve. Bought these for $1 each at ShopMissA.com. These are really pigmented + look great on light + darker skin tones. Love’em!!

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I first heard about this product on YouTube + have been hooked since I found it in a beauty supply store while in Georgia while on a business trip. I also found it in my local beauty supply store + continue to use it. It works so well + could be compared to the Urban Decay Primer Potion. My eye shadow last ALL day + I just love it! It’s about $4. The only thing I wish was different is the packaging. If it was in a squeeze tube, I would be in heaven for sure!

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I love this Mascara so much! This is my 2nd tube + I will continue to use it when I want a less expensive yet super effective mascara. This mascara helps your lashes to grow + give you that false lash look. Such a great product! I think this was like $8.99 at my local Walgreens.

SKIN/BODY CARE

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I have been on a Rimmel kick lately so of course I wanted to try out their eye makeup remover. I must say, I really like this! I can get a great deal of makeup off with one swipe + that make things so much easier, especially when you just want to hurry + go to bed! This was about $6 at Walgreens.

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This product is a repurchase for me + I still love it. I use this along with the Rimmel eye makeup remover to remove everything before washing. This is $7 at Pretty + Cute

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I actually have had this in my cabinet for a bit now + just started using this combo + it’s a good one!! This combo helps so much with keeping my oily/combination skin in check which is great because I find myself having to blot a lot less!! I received this as a gift from Olay but I know for certain this can be found at drugstores!

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I love this little set. It has everything you need for proper grooming however, I don’t find the foil head attachment very useful at all. It doesn’t seem to make any difference to me. Maybe I’m just doing it all wrong lol,  This was $19.99 at Walgreens + comes with a brush head which helps aid in keeping ingrown hairs at bay.

FRAGRANCE

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I  received this in a birthday package a friend sent me + fell in love with it! This is my “Grown + Sexy” night out fragrance + I plan on buying the full size as soon as I can.  I have no idea why I didn’t try this scent out sooner but better late than never I say! You can find the fragrance at Sephora.

FASHION

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I love love love this faux leather jacket from Torrid. I had been looking for one forever + I finally found this and had to have it. I got it from the website for $98.50. This jacket looks so good with so many looks. I may need to do a lookbook styling this baby!!

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This watch is so cool. I really like over sized watches + think they are so chic with jeans, a graphic tee + blazers or with a nice billowy blouse. This one is really loose on my wrist so I have to push it up a bit but I don’t mind that at all. I got it from ModDeals + I think you should check out all the cool watches they have for really inexpensive cost!!

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I am really loving black + white wardrobe pieces. Anyone who knows me knows I love wearing all black everything but I have recently really have gotten into wearing a lot of white as well. The jeans are from Torrid + they are the skinny fit  for $58.50 + this kick ass Dalek  shirt  (I am an obsessed Doctor Who fan since childhood) is from 6dollarshirts for $8.00 ( larger sizes cost a bit more).

Well, I hope you guys enjoyed my favorites for April + May + please look out for my future favorites post as well as other deep post + beauty post.

Until Next Time…

♥ Kai

Visit to Pretty&Cute the Store (Portland, Oregon)

Hello my beautiful people! How is everyone on this fine weekend?? Myself, lovely! I got to do some shopping + bought some new products from one of my favorite stores… Pretty + Cute! If you have not been to the store or shopped online, you are really missing out!! This shop specializes in the best of the best Asian skin care products + more. Lets take a quick tour of the shop shall we!

INSIDE THE SHOP

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When you enter the store you instantly get swept away into a land of all things…pretty + cute! Hahaha. The store is pink + white, very clean + full of goodies to explore. The Sales Associate was the nicest person + very savvy when I asked questions. This was by far some of the best customer service I’ve received. I felt welcomed in the store + just had an overall great shopping experience.

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The wall of Mask may very well be my favorite section! I am a sucker for a great mask + it was actually pretty hard finding mask that I haven’t tried yet lol. I am addicted + this section gave me LIFE!

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So many eyeliner selections and mascara +  lippies! Ahhhh, I was in heaven!! I am a bit of a tomboy but the girly side is strong with this one…the force is strong w/ me too…just saying. There are several of these I wish to try soon!

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More skin care goodies + this is only a single photo. There was soooo much more that I didn’t snap a photo of!

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The checkout area was also very cute. Reminds me of how I wish to build my studio once I get back to designing and styling full time. Look at the pen + card holders! Soooo pretty!!!! **Insert girly squeal here**

WHAT I BOUGHT

So of course I didn’t just enter the store just to look + leave…NO WAY! I also did a wee bit of shopping to try out some new products + to rebuy as well.

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The bags are also really pretty here. I save these +  store my wallets + little things like this in the bags. I just put them in my closet so I can display them. It really is the little things that put a smile on your face.

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Everything purchased is new except the makeup remover wipes. I bought those before + had to have them again. I will do a blog post to show you how I remove my eye makeup, it’s a two step process. 

From left to right: Lioele Carry Me Coconut Hand Cream (free w/ $50 purchase), Skin79 Rose Mist Toner ($7), Skin79 Sweet Honey Sugar Scrub ($14 but $12.60 w/ discount), Lioele Cleansing Tissue Box ($7.50), + Lioele Cutie Girl Etiquette Perfume Spray ($12.00)

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From left to right: Lioele Perfect Pore Control Essence Mask ($2.40) + Skin79 Snail Nutrition Hydro Gel Mask ($4.00).

Once I give everything a go, I will do review on each item! Well that’s everything + I hope you guys enjoyed! I really love everything about this shop + again the customer service + selections of products are amazing. For as long as they are around, I will be shopping here!

Until Next Time…

♥ Kai

My Hair Care Routine!

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In my years, I have put my hair through a lot + then some! I have colored my hair, cut it , grew it out, cut it shorter than needed, curls, relaxers…I’ve done some major alternations to the locks the good Lord gave me + now, I want to grow it out again and make it healthy!

MY HAIR TEXTURE:

I have African – American, Multi-Cultured hair. My natural curls are very loose + my hair is very fine/thin.

HAIR HISTORY:

So about a year ago I cut my hair into a pixie cut. This was one of the shortest styles I had ever had + also the hardest to grow out. When I decided to grow my hair out, I started to wear extensions + weaves + after a while all the heat styling + relaxing to straighten my hair damaged it. My hair would break off + shed like you would not believe in the shower…OMG it was a complete hot mess!

After a while I stopped relaxing my hair + using heat on it + just shampooed + conditioned it + continued with wearing weaves. This made the situation better but didn’t fix the problem. My hair was dry + still shedding like crazy but after about 8 months my hair had grown out from a pixie cut to shoulder length  but, it was extremely damaged!

HAIR CUT…AGAIN:

I decided to relax my hair so that I could style it in a few ways but due to my hair being so fine, it just looked flat with no body or oomph what’s so ever. I decided to go to my local hair salon, HairMasters, + requested a cut that was not too short because I wanted to grow my hair out but enough to get rid of my dead/split ends + she did just that! My stylist got rid of all the dead ends + cut my hair into layers so it had body + bounce! A M A Z I N G!! My hair was now up to my ears but hey, it was the healthiest it had been in ages!!

MY CURRENT ROUTINE + LENGTH:

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I made it a priority to take better care of my hair so I learned about co-washing as well as vitamins that would not bother me (due to crazy fillers). I started using Hair, Skin + Nails by this stuff has worked really well for me along with my hair care regimen.  I chew 2 to 4 of these gummies  a day + I have noticed a lovely amount of growth. I couldn’t put my hair in a ponytail when I first got it cut (05-06-2014) + after 5 weeks, my hair had grown 3-4 inches! I was pretty impressed with that. My hair is continuing to grow and I can’t wait to update on that in some time as well. 

Now on to the good stuff…the actual routine!

I co-wash my hair about 3 times a week and use the below products:

Herbal Essence Naked Cleansing Conditioner (to remove any build up – used on days where I play hard!)

L’Oreal Total Repair 5 Conditioner (to moisturize and repair damage – used on every wash)

L’Oreal Total Repair  5 Deep Conditioner (used once a week)

Aussie 3 Minute Miracle (no pictured – used once a week)

Organix Macadamia Oil Conditioner (used on days my hair feels more dry)

**The other two products I no longer use**

After I wash my hair I comb it out which feels amazing because based on the conditioners I use, I don’t have any tangles or knots. My hair feels so soft + silky…the feeling of healthy hair! If I plan to let my hair air dry, I use the products in the photo below. The oils keep my hair moisturized without build up + the oil cream helps my hair to hold shape when I style. The cream can cause build up so I try not to use too much.

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L’Oreal Total Repair 5 Oil

Organix Coconut Milk Oil

ORS Olive Oil Cream/Hair Lotion

When I do blow dry or flat iron my hair, when it’s damp I use one of the oils on my ends + rub the remaining through my hair. I also use the Frizz-Ease 3 Day Straight all over my hair, comb it through then blow dry + flat iron accordingly. I have realized that this method has cut down on heat damage significantly but I still only do this method about once or twice a month to be safe!

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All in all, this method I have started works great for my hair. I love the way my hair feels + looks now! My main goal was to achieve beautiful heathy hair + I feel that I am on the right track to achieving that goal! What’s your favorite hair care routine or product? Leave a comment + let me know!!

UNTIL NEXT TIME…

♥ Kai

April Birchbox #1: My first experience with the company!

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I have tried many monthly subscriptions but I haven’t tried many beauty based ones, sooooo, I decided to cancel my Ipsy/Glam Bag subscription and start a Birchbox subscription. Hmmm, I don’t know how I’m going to like it but lets see what this first one has to offer shall we!?

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The Birchbox is $10 a month which was a fair trade since the Ipsy bag was the same, so I was cool with that. When I first opened the box the first thing I thought was, “Hey…the box interior is really cute!” If I’ve never mentioned it before (which I don’t think I have lol) I really love the chevron pattern as well as stripes, so this caught my eye. The items in the box were wrapped nicely in a light blue paper which I also liked…it’s the little the things that matter ;}. There were two inserts on top of the wrapped paper, a description card of the items inside and a cute little card  with a tip of the day on it.

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Inside was a KIND bar, Fekkai shampoo sample, Gilchrist + Soames Spa Therapy Body Wash, Sumita eyeliner pencil, and Hello perfume by Harvey Prince. The KIND bar was okay, it was good but not great. I may try other flavors but this particular one (Pumkin) I wasn’t very crazy about. The other items I haven’t tried yet but when I do you better believe your fashionable bottoms, you’ll be the first to know!!

Have you tried Birchbox? If so, let me know what you think and what was your favorite item! I want to know if you think it’s worth continuing with!! This one was okay but I hope this month has something more exciting to offer! Well that’s all for today but I’ll be back with more soon lovelies!

Until next time…

♥ Kai