Mini FOREVER21+ Haul!!

Ooooh, Another video! Please be patient with me because this is a reboot/starting over channel so better vids soon to come! I have new videos every Monday!!

♥ Kai

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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

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

New Jewelry Piece From H+M

Hey lovely sweet cakes!!!!  How are you guys??

I wanted to share a new piece of jewelry I picked up from H+M. I loooove H+M so much lol. Once I lose weight again (blog on that coming soon) I can’t wait to shop shop shop in that store.

CUTE BRACELET/RING COMBO

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How cute is this combo? It was like $5.95 I think, not very expensive at all hahaha. I know that it may not last very long but my sense of style changes often when it comes to jewelry that having to get rid of it won’t hurt my feelings or break the bank!

Do you guys like H+M accessories? What were some of your favorite items you have bought from there? Let me know because I would love to know and maybe check it out for myself as well!!

Until Next Time…

♥ Kai

Sorry, we don’t do Valentine’s Day!

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Hey baby cakes!! Before I get started, I want to first say that yesterday was my 30th Birthday!! Woot Woot…AARP here I come! Lol. It was a very chill day + my bf says that he has a surprise of some sort for me to celebrate my bday so we will see what happens! Also, Bday haul video coming soon!!

Moving right along….

February, the month of Black History + Love…Ermmm, why is this limited to a month? Shouldn’t Black History + Love be celebrated, studied, showed all year around or is that just me? *side eye*

Anyhoo, there are so many post I see on Facebook + comments I hear from people saying…”I better get this, or we better do that for Valentine’s day”. I’m sorry, but it’s just not that important to me! Is Valentine’s day going to feed, clothe, support + provide jobs for the needy? If not, then I’m not worried about it.

My bf + I have been together slightly over a year now + decided we will not celebrate Vday in the traditional way because we love each other + give each other things all year around. We also decided that we will have a tradition (started last year lol) where we get a bottle of wine, a huge platter of 7 layer dip, a bag of tortilla chips + watch an awesome  movie! That’s bliss. No gifts, candy or anything Vday only based…A usual day!

The money that I would have spent, I can donate to an organization I support. I like this idea soooo much more! What do you guys think??

Until Next Time…

♥ Kai

Mini Giveaway!! (CLOSED)

Hey all! Here’s a mini giveaway for discounts to my new online boutique! 

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The first 5 people to answer this Fashion Trivia question correct, will receive a $20 off a $45 purchase coupon to my online boutique. An additional 5 winners will receive a 10%  off coupon to use on anything in the boutique!! Woot Woot!! This giveaway will be on my blog, Twitter, Instagram + Facebook pages. Good Luck!!

What date + year did Vogue become a weekly publication in the United States? Who was it founded by?

Good luck everyone!

Until Next Time…

LOVE, PEACE, + SHOPPING RECEIPTS

 Kai

COASTAL SCENTS – Revealed Palette Review + Swatches

Hey there beautiful people!

After enjoying a lovely Influenster Twitter party today (while lounging under big blankets in bed + cursing the brightness of the sun) I checked my email to verify if my Coastal Scents order had been delivered + low + behold….it had! I am so excited to share this product with you and share my opinion of it at this moment.

The Revealed Palette

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Where to find it: http://www.coastalscents.com
Cost: $19.95
Cost w/ shipping to Oregon: $24.00
# of shades: 20
Comparable to/Possible Dupes for: Urban Decay Naked Palette 1 + 2

Palette Shades

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Swatches

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My Opinion

So I swatched all of the colors without any primer and the pigment is lovely. The shades are beautiful and the product is very smooth and velvety! I adore this palette. I decided to try a neutral look with this palette (sorry no photos…yet ;)) and it was an absolute breeze. The shadows blend so easily.

I do not own the Urban Decay Naked 1 or 2 palettes but of course, I have seen them and sampled them in Sephora and I feel this palette really is on par as a very great set of dupes for shades in both of those palettes. Coastal Scents has done a great job on this palette. The price is amazing, so if you are a makeup addict on a budget, $19.95 is very manageable compared to paying over $100 for 2 palettes.

Overall, I would recommend this palette to everyone. It has amazing quality, beautiful shades and very well priced. You can not go wrong with this!!

Until Next Time,

LOVE, PEACE + SHOPPING RECEIPTS!

♥Kai