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Thursday, March 15, 2018


I am so so thrilled to bring you my latest skincare routine! I have spend so much time fine tuning these products and I love each of them as if they were my own children. I have seen HUGE changes in my skin in the past year and I am grateful to finally feel confident in my own skin.

Educating yourself on your skin is one thing and THEN investing in the right products is another. I am not just talking about the skincare from the drugstore shelves that “promises” to erase wrinkles, revive bounce and provide you with younger looking skin overnight. I am talking about skincare the was specifically suggested TO YOU & FOR YOU! I have started investing in GOOD skincare and not only can I see a difference, but the people around me can see it too. I get regular chemical peels that helps to slough off dead skin, lightening acne scarring and increase collagen production (read: the fountain of youth 🙌🏼). I leave with skincare for my specific needs from Lisa who understands the science behind each product and who educates me on how to use each thing properly. I have fewer products now than ever and I am seeing more results with those few products than I have in years #truth.

These are the products that work for me in my routine and why I love them, BUT to create your own custom routine to YOUR needs be sure to contact Lisa Richards at or send @platinumstudios a DM on Instagram!

CLEANSER : I swear by oil cleansers because they don’t strip my face of natural oils, but DO remove even the toughest waterproof makeup! This one has been the most gentle on my acne-prone/sensitive skin and a little bit goes a really long way. Not to mention, it is one of the more budget friendly cleansers on the market and you can snag it through Amazon Prime 👍🏽

WASHCLOTH : I have used a lot of washcloths in my day, but this one just takes the cake. It is SO soft, but uses microfibers to pull off any excess gunk that my face wash just could get too.

SPA HEAD BAND: This is a lil’ extra item, but I include it here because I use it every night to keep my hairs dry while I wash my face! It is truly an item that I cannot live without. AAAANNNNND if you prefer the kitty vibe, THIS one is kinda the most darling thing ever!!

MAKEUP WIPES: On the lazy days when I am too tired to take off the day and am equally too consumed by ManHunt on Netflix (have you watched that??! OMG) I use my favorite sensitive makeup wipes. I love these because they are oil based and so they break up my makeup SO WELL and leave my skin feeling hydrated instead of stripped and tight!

EXFOLIATING MASK : ONCE a week I have started using this mask to really brighten the skin and keep my skin feeling fresh. It sits on the skin eating away the old, dry, dead cells and leaves me with the most youthful looking skin! Then I apply my skincare as follows.

TONER: I used to think this was a load of crap, but since using this stuff I see a significant difference in my skin – it looks brighter and scarring blemishes turn over quicker. A toners’ purpose is to rebalance the skin after cleansing and allow the skin to be in its best state to absorb the rest of your skincare efficiently! *THESE are the cotton squares of heaven that I use to apply 🙂

OIL : If you are new around here, let me just be clear – I am addicted to face oils. I have very very dry skin and this oil has become my very best friend in my skincare routine! I use this both morning and night and it leaves my skin looking luminous without feeling heavy on the skin. This line ALSO includes powerful Vitamin C to help brighten the skin (bye bye age spots)!!


NIGHT LOTION : After those steps (only at night) I use a thick moisturizer to keep the skin plump and hydrated. I looooooove going to bed with glowing skin and this keeps my skin bouncy until the morning.

DAY LOTION : Before my sunscreen I apply this moisturizer to really bring life back into my skin in the morning. I love that this lotion is creamy, but doesn’t sit heavy on the face.

DAYTIME EYE CREAM: This thick eye cream has been a life saver for my makeup routine because everything sits on top of this BEAUTIFULLY! It keeps my eyes looking youthful and fresh with even the driest concealer.

SUNCREEN : This is the last step in my skincare and since I usually LOOOOOATHE sunscreen, this is saying a lot for me to actually use this stuff!

LIP MASK: CANNOT FORGET my favorite lip mask that heals and repairs overnight!! I keep this in my nightstand and slather it on before I rest my eyes for the night!

SHOWER OIL: If you are in need of a new body wash (can’t forget to care for that body!!!) then you need this stuff. I use it as my wash and shaving cream and it has changed my shower game for the better!

ACNE PATCHES: I will forever purchase these until the day I die because they are MAGIC I tell you! They remove any extra puss from your blemish and after application you will wake up without redness, without puss and without that pesky zit!!

PIMPLE POPPER: I have tried every tool on the market and this one just WERKS. I haven’t found anything else like it because it has a puncture tool on one end and a gentle extrator on the other. The duo has been a lifesaver for me and keeps my skin from scarring!!

BLACKHEAD MASK: I love this mask for taking EXTRA care of my pores and keeping my inherently large pores smaller. Just use once or twice a week to see best results!!

There you have it!!! Everything I am using currently! I will say it again: things that work for me, may not work for you. I have worked with the professionals I listed to curate this routine just for me and it has truly worked miracles on my skin! I cannot force you to meet with Lisa, but I will encourage that until the end of time 😍

Cheers to great skin my friends – let me know if you have ANY questions at all.

xo – Kayti

Wednesday, March 7, 2018


My sweet friends, your patience and persistence has paid off, the list of my favorite brushes and how I maintain them is ALL BELOW!! These are the brushes that are not just budget friendly, but are the ones I own multiples of because I just love them that much. These are the brushes that I recommend to clients because they do the job for me and leave my makeup looking the way I want it to. These are the brushes that make me excited to use them and that last through me cleaning them. These, my friends ARE THE BEST OF THE BEST!!

I have to mention that if you don’t use the links I provide here I cannot confirm the quality! I have had a few people mention they snagged MORPHE brushes from Amazon (I have done it too), but I know how that they are dupes and will not work in the same way that I discuss below. You have been warned 😘

First up, the brushes/tool that I prefer for my foundation! These are not in order of preference, but read below and I will tell you what are my favorites to use.

1 : ELF ‘Ultimate Blending Brush’ – for $6 I think this is the best in the market, it blends beautifully and quickly! I will mention that there are times that I find it leaves brush streaks on my face, but by just patting the brush over those spots I can get a seamless blend. I also find that product will build on this brush and so I find myself having to wash it more than my others, but it holds up perfectly for me, wash after wash!

2 : MORPHE M439 ‘Deluxe Buffer Brush’ – this is just $14 and is my absolute favorite for foundation application! I love how dense and wide the head of this brush is because it makes for suuuuuper quick application without any brush strokes. I can build up the coverage super easily with this brush and it’s soft enough to work with my powder foundations too!

3 : REAL TECHNIQUES ‘Miracle Complexion Sponge’ – I love recommending this sponge especially for a makeup beginner because it works beautifully, is not as bouncy as the original beauty blender and costs just $6! If you aren’t makeup obsessed you won’t notice that this does take a tad more effort to buff the foundation into the skin, but it always looks beautiful and fresh. *I linked the pack of two I found for $8.99 🙌🏼 Split it with a beauty babe and you each pay  $4.49 a piece!!

4 : OG BEAUTY BLENDER – Honestly nothing reaaaaaally compares to this sponge in my opinion. It is $20, but it blends any product out super quickly and keeps your product looking the most like skin than any tool I’ve used! I have posted dupes before (which I still LOVE, find them HERE!), but the other sponges soak up a bit more product than this one and so I prefer using the Beauty Blender to allow my product to go a little further.

PRO TIP : I love using a brush for more sheer foundations that I want to build coverage up and I prefer using a makeup sponge for my thicker foundations to thin out the coverage and keep the  foundation looking the most like skin.

Next up all the FUN brushes for the face – blush, contour & highlight!! I love a good base, but I loooooooove creating dimension in the face and these are the brushes that I found that do that best!

1 : iT COSMETICS ‘Contour Must-Haves Set’ – this comes in a set for $39 and is the best money you will spend on your face. If you have a hard time figuring out contour then THIS is the tool that you need to chisel out those cheek bones and get rid of that double chin! The narrow shape of this brush gives you a fool-proof contour and blends out like a friggin DREAAAAAAM. I haven’t had a single client regret this purchase because you get what you pay for: perfection.

2 : REAL TECHNIQUES ‘Setting Brush’ – I found this brush for just $3.48 on Amazon and have since ordered 6 😘 I really do own the most of this brush because it is my favorite for blending in concealer! The bristles are soft and small enough to get right under the eye and you don’t need much pressure to see results. This brush also allows a little bit of product to go a long way which is all I can ask for in a brush!!

3 : NYX ‘Pro Contour Brush’ – This is the cream contour brush that all your dreams are made of, I am telling you. I love how small this brush is so that you can get in that narrow hallow of the cheek without making your product go muddy on the cheeks. It blends out beautifully and is honestly one of the softer brushes in my entire collection. I am so happy that it is just $13.99 because it honestly performs like a super high end brush!

4 : NYX ‘Pro Fan Brush’ – if you don’t feel like you can swing the $39 for the contour brush I mentioned above, then this is the next best thing! You can get a narrow line to chisel out the cheekbones that isn’t as precise as the other brush, but is so so soft and just $16.99!

5 : MORPHE M328 ‘Pointed Contour Brush’ – I have WAITED for a dupe for my favorite $32 highlighting brush and it has fiiiiiinally arrived! This brush is just $10 and is absolute perfection for applying powder highlighter to the high points of the face. I own a few of these so that I can use a few different shades of highlighter, but they wash perfectly and wear really really well.

6 : ELF ‘Small Stipple Brush’ – one of the biggest mistakes I see women making in their makeup it applying TOO.MUCH.BLUSH. This $3 brush solves that problem! It is great for bold colors and applies the perfect amount of product to the cheek so you can build up the intensity!

Category IS: eyes!! I know that eyeshadow brushes are wide in variety and there are SO many that it can be overwhelming to know what to use and for what! Here are my favorites and why I love them.

1 : MORPHE M506 ‘Tapered Mini Blender’ – this is the PERFECT brush for applying deep (sometimes intimidating!) colors right to the crease or lower lash line! I will use this brush to APPLY, by patting and then one of the more fluffy brushes to blend. This brush is just $6 and is soooo soft while applying color perfectly!

2 : MORPHE M441 ‘Pro Firm Blending Crease’ – I have three or four of these brushes because they are my very very favorite for blending colors through the crease of my eyelid. This brush buffs out colors beautifully so I always love having a clean one on hand to ensure there are no harsh lines on my eyes. It’s just $6, so I don’t feel bad stocking up on this one!

3 : MORPHE M433 ‘Pro Firm Blending Fluff’ – I also have a few of these $6 brushes because these are awesome for blending color through the crease, but ALSO packing color onto the eyelid. They have a slighting different shape than the crease brush I mentioned above so you can build up intensity easier with this brush!

4 : MORPHE M431 ‘Precision Pencil Crease’ – I only have one of these because I usually use this for the very darkest color on my lid to add a small amount of color at a time! It is just $5 and does the BEST job at applying black to my crease without making me look like I just got punched  in the face 😘

5 : MORPHE M421 ‘Mini Concealer’ – this is the very very best brush for applying color to the lid! I love using this wet and dry to create different shade intensity, but this brush is the one I cannot live without!! This brush is only $3.50 and I KNOW I should stock up, but I have only ever needed one in my collection!

6 : MORPHE M432 ‘Flat Liner Definer’ – this is a beautiful stiff brush for applying shadow to the lower lash line! Use it wet and you can create a beautiful liner as well & for just $4, I call that a two’fer!!

Last but certainly not least, brush cleaning supplies!!! I try to clean my brushes once a month, but since finding the solution that I go over below I have to admit it has been a little longer than that 😬 I do have to say, I have more brushes and clean more than most because I am a artist and I looooooove using a bunch of different colors. No ONE needs all these brushes or to clean them as much as I do. You do you girl!!

1 : CINEMA SECRETS ‘Makeup Brush Cleaner’ – this magical blue liquid has really and truly changed my life. I wish I were joking. This huge bottle (32oz) I grabbed for $39 off Amazon and it has lasted me almost a year now. Split it with a friend and you can spend even less on it! I pour this into a generic spray bottle and it travels with me!! Just spritz your brush once and then rub over a towel 👍🏼 not only does it remove the color, but it is antibacterial!! WIN WIN WIN!

2 : BEAUTY BLENDER SOLID – I have used this for years and while I wish any other soap worked as well, I just haven’t found one! This is what I use for my monthly deep cleaning and it works quickly and is super easy to use. Just wet your brush, then rub the brush on the bar of soap and then rinse! It is honestly that easy.

3 : TARGET Travel Spray Bottle – These are $0.99 and this is what I use to store my magical blue liquid!!

4 : SEPHORA ‘Color Switch’ – I have used this color switch pad for year and while I think it is SO rad I just don’t think it get enough attention! This is a porous dry pad that you can run your brush over if you want to switch colors without switching brushes or cleaning the brush! It is so rad and I have had this same $18 pad for YEARS and it still works the same way.

PRO TIP : Let your brushes dry either flat or hanging upside down! If you prop them up again water will seep into the glue that hold the hairs together and you will find that your brushes will start to shed! NO BUENO!!

There they are folks! Hope you enjoy!!

xo, Kate

Tuesday, February 20, 2018


This dupe is a 2’fer 😘 not only is this foundation dupe cheaper, but the ingredients are so.much.better 🙌🏼

I have adored the Chanel Vitalumiere foundation for years, but hated recommending it because it costs sixty-mother-truckin’-hard-earned-dollars. Not only that, but I found that after using it for an extended period of time my sensitive skin was hurting/breaking out. ENTER: Beauty Counter Tint Skin. “Hallelujah” doesn’t even begin to cover my excitement in finding better ingredients that perform like my favorite foundation for $20 less!!! I am obsessed with the Beauty Counter Tint Skin for so many reasons, but mostly because my SKIN is happier and healthier!

Would you try this dupe??

xo, K