Monday, August 24, 2015

I'm so sad to see summer go, but I left KC happy with new jewelry and friends (what a great combination).

I recently went to the opening of Kendra Scott on the Country Club Plaza, and it was a BLAST! I am lucky to be apart of the Blog Guild (formerly known as Kansas City Blogger Meetup) aka a group of gnarly Kansas City bloggers. Amongst the bloggers there are a few who specifically moderate and host these meet ups. Ultimately these meetups allow other bloggers to get to know brands and KC blogs better. This was my first event despite being apart of the group for over a year- living two hours away from KC makes it hard to get to all the events. Overall, I had a kickass time. I made some new friends, devoured some delectable macarons (the sparkly ones were the best), got my hair braided (thanks Parlor!), and I won a Kendra Scott Rayne necklace in gunmetal (thanks Kendra & the Blog Guild)!

If you are a Kansas City blogger and native I highly suggest you apply and join the Blog Guild. Many thanks to Jana, the staff of Kendra Scott, and the hosts of the Blog Guild.

Check out Kendra Scott on the Country Club Plaza here is what I wore and some of my favorites below

My Laser Story

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Ever since I was a teen I yearned for the excess dark hairs on my face to disappear. (I blame my Indian parents, and genetics, to set the record straight) It all started in sixth grade when a middle schooler (middle schoolers are cruel) told me, that I had a mustache. Ouch the embarrassment. From then on, I succumbed to buying horrible smelling hair removal creams to tame my problem. 

I know I'm not alone in the battle to remove unwanted facial hair, but for a long time, I've always felt alone. Either my friends didn't worry about their "peach fuzz" or they got their upper lips, chins, etc. waxed/tweezed/threaded, while I just continued to buy a little Sally Hansen bottle to take the hair off. I eventually caved into waxing but it was fruitless as the hair was never really gone. Waxing, you big fake. 

I hoped and dreamed and prayed that one day I could get my way, I could get laser hair removal, and I'm on my way there. Joi from Slimming Solutions Med Spa entered my life- a real life fairy godmother. Slimming Solutions is a full service med spa in Lee's Summit, Missouri and they have just about every spa service you can think of. I know that laser won't solve all my problems, but it certainly makes me more optimistic. 

So my laser journey begins friends and I'm stoked.

First Treatment

Upon entering SS I was amazed by how charming the location was, and Kimberly was exceptionally kind. I had so many questions, that seemed enormous, but she took all my questions with extreme kindness. I felt unworried when we began treatment. 

So I'm sure you all want to know, what does laser hair removal feel like? Honestly, it felt like a sort of hot straightener gliding on top of my upper lip and chin. Did it hurt? Not really? If anything I could only feel the heat of the laser. It didn't hurt more than waxing, but it did sting a bit, because the laser was warm. The best part was that the treatment only took 3-5 minutes. Short and almost painless. Now I wait again eagerly for the second treatment! I will continue to update this post as I continue my laser treatments.

This post is sponsored by Slimming Solutions Med Spa - thanks for supporting me & other Kansas City bloggers! Opinions are always my own.


Sunday, August 2, 2015

Summer is sadly coming to an end soon my friends, but not without a new haircut and another fruit printed dress! (If you're curious, the next fruit printed dress on my wish list is my favorite fruit, grapefruit).

I finally made a visit to my favorite hair salon Paisley & Stripe for a much needed haircut. Alex shaped up my hair and we added a "lob" sort of aspect to my mane, although the 100 degree Kansas heat makes it a little hard to notice. On another note, I'm really sad to see this summer coming to an end. Nevertheless, I'm very excited for the fall, school year, and the rest 2015 has to offer. As summer is closing and I've finished my online class, I'm hustling to reread all the classic Nancy Drew books I didn't read when I was a teen. I've read 45/64 thus far! Ever since I was little I always wanted to be Nancy Drew, and as I reread them I yearn to be her even more. To me, Nancy Drew is truly the ultimate, "It girl." Lets see if I can finish the series on my Starbucks breaks, my cruise to Puerto Rico, and before I head back to uni.

I hope the rest of your summer is filled with lots of smiles & laughs, lemonade, long life talks, and huge iced coffees!

Wearing: dress - Primark Atmosphere, shoes - Love Culture, necklace - Gazel Luccia Infinity c/o Le Tote, lipstick - Anastasia Beverly Hills Liquid Lipstick Craft, nails - Essie Big Spender

 Photos by: Liz <3

YSL Touche Eclat Voxbox

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

I've been an Influenster since my freshman year of university, and I've got to say this YSL Voxbox is definitely my fave. How could I say no to such luxurious packaging and products? (Although I really enjoyed the P&G Voxbox where I got Tide Pods that made my clothes smell like rain). I was so excited to finally see this package on my doorstep!

Fort those of you who don't know Influenster is an awesome community of people that test and review products with their net reach- however you don't necessarily need a net reach to qualify for voxboxes. I've been really lucky to have been apart of several campaigns!

Included in this Voxbox was YSL's Touche Eclat Blur Primer ($52 for 1 oz.) and Blur Perfector ($55).

I have normal skin that is acne prone at times so I hardly ever put primer on before I apply foundation or makeup in general. I also don't particularly care for the way primer feels upon application. Nevertheless I've bought primers before, but it wasn't until I tried Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer that I was actually seeing results. Now if any of you use Hourglass primer, you're probably curious, is this comparable? Well? The ingredients in YSL's Primer are a bit different than the ingredients in the Veil Primer so that might be one of the reasons why. There are quite a bit of oils in the Blur Primer but there are some similar main ingredients.

Nonetheless, the YSL Touche Eclat Blur Primer is a really beautiful primer. It applies easily, and has a nice brush to help smooth the product out evenly. I also think it makes your pores look smaller and less defined. It helped even my skin out and made my makeup appear smoother. Although I don't like it as much as I liked the Veil Mineral Primer its still great.

I had a harder time understanding and using the YSL Touche Eclat Blur Perfector. It goes from a gel to a powder instantly to blur imperfections (such as wrinkles). The compact is gorgeous, and its very slim so you can take it on the go. Many have said this product helps create a glow to your complexion but I don't quite feel like it does that much for me. It's also a one-shade-fits-all kind of product.

I don't like the spongey white applicator it comes with, (seen in the fourth picture) which is my first problem. You are supposed to use the applicator to set your makeup or to use it alone on your face. Yet, I  really just wish this product would've included a brush instead, sigh. C'est la vie. Lately, I've been using Sonia Kashuk's Duo Fiber Buffing Brush from her 15th Anniversary Limited Edition 15 Piece Professional Brush Set to use this product.

Overall, I liked both products preferring the primer over the blur perfector. I'm sure as I play around with the blur perfector I might like it more. I'll leave an update if my thoughts change.!

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I received these products complimentary from Influenster for testing purposes. All opinions are my own.


Tuesday, July 14, 2015

 For some strange reason I love seeing an empty product almost more than I like buying something brand new. Why? I guess the reason for this is due to my everlasting desire to try new beauty or haircare products. I feel like I always read about a new product to try when I don't need it, thus the end of a products life for me is a happy time.


Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Hello again wonderful people! I was hoping to have this post done last week but life happened and here I am back to the site today and publishing something fresh.

This past weekend I was beyond busy: I went to the Kansas City Container Store preview (coveting so many things), got a new mattress from Ikea (I promise this is exciting news for me!), went to a rehearsal dinner/wedding with my sweet boyfriend Nate, and I finally got around to seeing Whiplash!

Life slowed down a bit and I visited the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art with my dear friend Liz. Unfortunately a lot of the collection was closed, so pondering the meanings of each work was slim. Nevertheless the museum is beautiful and I'm excited to go back and see everything. One of my favourite pieces was Archie Scott Gobber's, "Be a good loser."

I have quite an affinity for wearing black and minimalism, however I often get tired of this look. I feel like it can get monotonous especially in the summer. While I still am a firm believer in the power of black, I also am a firm believer in the power of summer  Thus I have been wearing more colorful looks compared to the normal black on black on black "Chanel" aesthetic, but it's summer, and I'll wear dresses with fruit on them if I want to. I found this dress new with tags on Poshmark originally from Modcloth for un prix intéressant (a good price). I think it will be seeing some more beautiful summer days.

Onto these baby blues- I'm going to be honest with you, I am a former Betsey Johnson addict. I feel like I need to say this amongst others who have had a similar problem in a Confessions of a Shopaholic-esque meeting. I eyed these heels (Bells Silver Satin Something Blue by Betsey Johnson) for quite awhile, but I kept talking myself out of purchasing them. However, this pair found its way to my doorstep and I'm overjoyed. I've been looking for clean, simple heels to transition into my twenties. Although this pair is white, and cleaning them is a pain, the bejeweled heels and baby blue soles and blisters are totally worth it.

 I hope y'all have a wonderful July and enjoy each warm day with huge scoops of ice cream and open toed shoes 

Wearing: dress- ModCloth Pull Up a Cherry Dress in White, shoes - Bells Silver Satin Something Blue by Betsey Johnson , lipstick - KVD Lolita

Photos by Liz <3