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Friday, May 18, 2018

TRAVEL ESSENTIALS : makeup & skincare

You babes have requested this post for eons now and so I am thrillllllled to present to you the makeup and skincare that comes on the road with me along with tips to get everything where you are going safely!

First things first : THE BAGS! I have used quite a few makeup travel bags in my time and have just recently found the ones that work best for me – you can see what’s inside them (no digging for that lipgloss you need or dumping everything out to get!), the plastic and zippers they are made from are sturdy as hell, they are budget friendly and they fit EVERYTHING. I was so surprised that a full-size bottle of shampoo could come with me, but certainly thrilled that I didn’t have to leave anything behind.

There are more options, but these four have fulfilled my every need! 1 : Basic Clear Train Case ($12) 2 : Basic Clear Pencil Case ($10) 3 : Basics Mesh Boat Clutch ($11) 4 : Basic Clear Clutch ($12)

SKINCARE : I know that this can be tricky for some people to decide what they NEED to take on vacation, but for me I pack a simply as I possibly can. I always bring a CLEANSING BALM, one bomb EYE CREAM, the LIP MASK I cannot survive without and a FACE OIL and then judge what I need to add into that line up by where I am going and what I will be doing. Since we are going to be relaxing by the pool the majority of the time I will be packing a HYDRATING MASK and a few SHEET MASKS to recover from long days in the sun. I never leave the house without ACNE PATCHES because nothing is worse than getting a monster zit on vacation! All of this PLUS my hair care all fits in the TRAIN CASE perfectly 🙌🏼

MAKEUP : Believe you me, this choice is never easy. I have A LOT of makeup to choose from so choosing just a few things to take with me is no simple task, BUT I always bring “pool makeup” and “night out makeup” & I limit myself to ONE BAG for all the things. For those looks I know I need a PRIMER, a FOUNDATION WITH SPF, a FOUNDATION without SPF that will still look like skin, DEWY DROPS to add into my foundation and a couple CONCEALERS {pool preference/night out preference} that will perform.

Then I try to have fun!! I love packing bright colors along with neutrals because I never know what mood I will be in and having options makes me feel more creative. For that reason I always pack one CREAM BRONZER and one TRUE CONTOUR, a favorite blush in ORANGE, PEACH and PINK, a TINTED EYE PRIMER that I can use alone or under shadows, ONE EYESHADOW PALETTE that I know will cover all the bases, a HIGHLIGHTER SET pluuuuuuus a few more of my highlighting favorites.

This go around a didn’t pack any eyeliners, but instead packed a brush that will allow me to use an eyeshadow as a liner along with GLITTER SHADOWS that I can use as a liner or all over the eye! Then I add a BOLD MASCARA that will make a statement while still looking fresh along with a natural looking WATERPROOF MASCARA that will hold up at the pool. I can’t leave without my BROW GEL or the WATERPROOF BROW PEN for both pool and a night out!

Lastly, when in doubt pack 100 lipsticks 😬 I pack as many options as humanly possible because especially on vacation I love rockin’ a bold lip.  I KNOW that all seems like A LOT, but it all fits so compactly in the BASIC CLEAR CLUTCH so I feel zero regrets packing it to the brim!

POOL ESSENTIALS : This bag remains the same, but I thought I would share it here because even after three years the products in it travel everywhere with us and never let me down. First my FAVORITE FACIAL SUNSCREEN, SUNSCREEN POWDER and a LIP BALM with SPF! Then I add in a pack of TISSUES, a few HAIR HALOS, my favorite HAND SANITIZER and any other lip options I feel I may need 😘

I hope this helps you traveling babes!!

xo, Kayti

Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Another week of #KaytisForeverFaves AAAAND an eyebrow how-to for every girl! These are the products I swear by for a light bushy boy brow, for a full Instagram selfie worthy brow and for a natural yet bold brow. Hopefully we will cover all the bases, but if you have any questions feel free to comment down below 👌🏼

TOOLS : I trust my brow shape to a professional and so I don’t need to tweeze or trim often, but I SWEAR by the Tweezerman brand. Not only are they super sharp and rust resistant, but if they become dull Tweezerman will sharpen them for free – in short, they are worth the investment! I love their TWEEZERS and TRIMMING SCISSORS for any unruly hairs.

BUSHY BOY BROW : I have tried A LOT of brow gels in my life and nothing, I repeat NOTHING performs like the LANCOME ‘Styler Brow Gel‘. I use the tinted version on days when I don’t want to bother with a pencil and the clear version over my filled in brows. This is my holy grail of all brow products and is worth every single penny!!

FILLED BROW : The most commonly used brow product is the pencil and for good reason, it is easy to use! To create a filled in brow I rotate between using the ANASTASIA ‘Brow Wiz’, the ANASTASIA ‘Brow Definer’ and the BENEFIT ‘Goof Proof’ pencils. You CAN create hair-like strokes with these products, but they are simple to use if you are filling in your brows just for color and fullness!

STROKES : I prefer creating hair-like strokes with my pencils and the best way to achieve that look is with the ARDELL ‘Stroke A Brow’ which performs more like a felt tip eye liner. I find that this CAN be tricky to use, especially on oily skin and if you find that to be the case, or you want a bolder look THIS LINER from Amazon is my most preferred method! Use a light hand, but lightly create hair-like strokes in the brow that will not budge!! Another great way to create stokes in the brow {that has a few more color options, but is a bit more labor intensive 😬} is to use the ANASTASIA ‘Dip Brow’ in combination with an SMALL ANGLED BRUSH. This method looks a tad more natural, but will also last through the day!

This is the look that I prefer for my own brows, but everyone has their own opinion about brows. Don’t feel pressured by what you see others doing and simply embrace your own shape and use a color that you feel comfortable with!!



xo, K

Tuesday, May 15, 2018


While it has taken me a looooooong while to jump on I have FINALLY found a few eye creams that WERK and for that reason I am on the eye cream train full steam ahead!! There are three that I am loving and each for a different reason, so I wanted to dish with you babes if you’re on the fence about snagging one for yourself.

OLE HENRIKSEN Banana Bright Eye $38 : While this cream is the most budget friendly of the bunch I don’t find that it gives me the anti-aging benefits that I am looking for in a night cream. BUT it looks incredible under makeup and brightens my tired eyes in the morning! If you are looking for a cream that will keep your concealer from looking cakey with the brightening benefits THIS is the one for you.

SKYN ICELAND Icelandic Relief Eye Cream $45 : This cream came as a shock to me not only because it’s texture is like nothing I have used before, but I truthfully didn’t expect to see results as quickly as I did. This actually plumps the skin and actually DOES what the claims say it will do!  It absorbs quickly into the skin and truly revives the skin around the eyes and firms the skin while also reducing puffiness!! I cannot get enough of this cream before bed and the gal who gives me facials commented on my eyes after using it for just a few weeks – BOOM. *The one downside to this product is that it DOES have a shelf life, sooooo if you don’t think you’ll use the entire tub within three months might I suggest buying THIS (same benefits, smaller packaging) 👌🏼

SHISEIDO Benefiance WrinkleResist24 Intensive Eye Cream $51 : This cream is the most luxe of all the options, but for good reason. You can use this intensive eye cream both under and on the eye while it combats crow’s feet, corner creases, undereye wrinkles, lid creases! This is a RICH cream and a little bit goes a very very long way. Under makeup this is a tad oily and so you need to be sure you use the slightest amount and be certain it’s fully absorbed or it will disrupt your concealer. With that said, if you have any issues with your concealer looking cakey or bumpy use this at night and everything will go on so dang smoothly in the morning!!

Owning all three is certainly not necessary so choosing one that is best for you can be a challenge, I know! Hope that this information helps you!!

xo, Kayti