Monday, April 30, 2012

April Favorites!

 I'm going to start off with the more random favorites! So first, is my turquoise crochet Toms. They are super comfy and super cute! They can add a fun pop of color to any look, the only thing  is that they're hard to get ahold of! very popular right now. Next is my Aussie Instant Freeze hairspray. I use Aussie products because they're inexpensive, and this hairspray is actually great! For cheerleading, we have to hairspray down our fly-aways and this does a great job. My favorite jewelry piece for this month is a knockoff Pandora bracelet, in case you don't know, Pandora bracelets are like charm bracelets, except with beads. Mine only has 5 charms at the moment, but I definetely plan on buying more. Last is a new toothpaste I'm trying, which is Crest 3D White. I just got Invisalign recently, and I'm trying a whitening toothpaste. Comment if you want a post all about Invisalign!


 I always have Bath & Body Works favorites, so here they are for this month! I have two sprays, the first one is in Country Chic, which smells like 'classic perfume smell'. I just really like it because it smells like a perfume but it's light. Next is the Sweet Pea smell, I didn't even know sweet pea was a flower for the longest time! I really love floral scents and this one is light, girly, and floral for spring! I've also really enjoyed using body butter this month, and I use the one in Warm Vanilla Sugar. I use it on my legs and feet and it's extremely moisturizing and smells like Christmas! Last is a product I've never tried before, it's one of the Bath & Body Works Supercharged Body Scrubs. So basically it's just an exfoliator. I use this every few days in the shower, and it helps to get off all your dead skin and makes for a cleaner shave.

 Sorry the picture isn't the best quality for the makeup category, but my first product is the Maybelline Fit Me concealer. They really don't have a great selection of shades, but if you can find one that works, they have great coverage when I blend it with a brush! Next is a new purchase this month, the Ulta Salon Formula Nail Laquer in Flamingo. I get so caught up in buying fun nail colors, I really don't have a nice pink. This one is fun for spring and summer. Another new purchase that everyone has raved about is the Nivea Kiss of Smoothness lip balm! I wouldn't say it's especially amazing, but it's nice! I really like the smell of it, and it has SPF. My favorite blush is a NYX cream blush in Glow. I've had this for a few months, but I stopped using it when I liked powder blushes better. Now I like cream blush again, and it's a really natural and easy to blend color. My last favorite is a mascara that I have a love-hate relationship with. It's the Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes mascara, with the cone shaped wand. I LOVED this when I first bought it because it had a nice wet formula and no clumps. After a few weeks, it got really clumpy and I stopped using it. I tried it again and I really like it again! With two or three coats, you could make it look like false lashes even! It still is a little clumpy, but I just use an eyebrow comb to brush out the clumps. 

What are you loving this month??
xoxo, Kendra

Sunday, April 29, 2012

How to get Softer Lips!

Hey everyone! I was just exfoliating my lips and decided to do a blog post on how I 'take care' of my lips. It's fairly simple!

1. Start off my exfoliating your lips. You could buy one from a store, such as Lush's bubblegum lip scrub. You could also make one at home using sugar and honey! To go even simpler, use an electric toothbrush. I personally use a toothbrush because it's easiest. Make sure you don't brush your lips for more than 30 seconds or it will only make your lips raw. This removes all the dead skin! I also found that it adds a lot of color to your lips, that you don't even need a lip color some days.

2. LIP BALM LIP BALM LIP BALM. I use three different ones after I exfoliate. They're Nivea Kiss of Smoothness, Baby Lips in Peppermint, and EOS Sweet Mint. Then I blend them all in with my clean finger.

That's it! But here's a few extra lip tips for you:

*DONT lick your lips if they're chapped. It may feel better for a minute, but it will make it worse in the end.
*Drink plenty of water!
*Get a lip balm with SPF to prevent sunburned lips!

What are your lip tips?
xoxo, Kendra

Friday, April 27, 2012

OOTW: April 23-27

Hi everyone! I decided to start doing Oufit of the Week sometimes, so here's my first one! 
 The first day I wore a T shirt (which I covered up personal info) and some dark wash denim capris. I also wore sandals and these two cheap plastic bead necklaces (one black and one white). My nails had little flowers on them in different colors. 
 On Tuesday, I wore a neon yellow shirt from VS Pink, which is a loose fitting crewneck, and some jeans. The belt is from old navy and I wore black TOMS. My hair was part curled, by that I mean some of the top sections were curled and the rest was left all naturalll.
 Wednesday was my lazy day and I wore a sweatshirt (which I covered up info on) and some Arizona skinny jeans tucked into chestnut colored Uggs. For hair, it was left straightened. 
 On Thursday I wore a blue tank top from Old Navy with a long white cardigan my mom made. I tied together with a belt from Kohls. I wore jeans again with Uggs and my hair was second day straight with a baby pouf. 
Today (Friday) I wore a blue/white Love Pink crop top with a white tank underneath. I wore jeans and blue crochet TOMS. My nails were painted a gorgeous pink, and my bracelets were just various blue and silver bracelets with a rusty silver rose ring from Forever 21

What did you wear this week?
xoxo, Kendra

Thursday, April 26, 2012

NOTD: Pink Perfection

Nail polish: Ulta Nail Laquer in "Flamingo" with Wet N Wild "Sparked" over the accent nail

What's on your nails?
xoxo, Kendra

Monday, April 23, 2012

New Youtube Video!

StrawberryElectric48 recently got 50,000 subscribers and is hosting a contest! Here's my entry, let me know what you think!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW

xoxo, Kendra

Whats on my iPhone?!

A ton of people have iPhones, and like me are always looking for new apps. I don't understand how it is physically possible for someone not to play with apps... So I'm going to list some favorites!

Social:
Facebook - Obviously you know what this is
Twitter - Obviously you know what this is
Tumblr - Photo Posting website/app
Instagram - Photo posting app
G-Toolkit - Google, includes Gmail, Calendar, Docs, Tasks, Reader, News, Translate, Youtube, and Picasa
Blogger - This blogging website you're reading this on

Games:
Jetpack Joyride
Rat on a Skateboard
Tiny Wings
Doodle Truck
Angry Birds
Cut the Rope
Ovenbreak
Temple Run
Words with Friends
Scramble with Friends
Skee-ball
Falldown
Fruit Ninja
Hangman
Draw Something
Geared
Trace

Exercise/Health:
My Fitness Pal - Calorie counter diary
Arm Workouts free
Push ups free
Butt workouts free
Leg workouts free
Ab workouts free
Daily yoga
Nike Training

Photography:
Camera timer - so you can take photos handsfree! (LIFESAVER)
Pic Frame
Pic Stitch - photo framing app
Pixlromatic - Photo editing
Instagram - photo editor and photo share

Shopping:
Amazon
Groupon
Ebay
Craigslist
Pink Nation
Hautelook
Kohls
AE - American Eagle

Other:
Closet - Take a picture of clothing items in your closet to put together outfits and remember when you wore what
OPI - swatches of all OPI nail polishes
300 Makeup Tips
Icon skins - iPhone backgrounds
Days Until - countdown app
55k Quotes - great if you love quotes

What are your must have apps? leave a comment!
xoxo, Kendra





Saturday, April 21, 2012

OOTN: School Play

OUTFIT
Black cardigan from ROSS
Blue tank top from JUSTICE
Belt from OLD NAVY
Jeans - JC PENNEY
Shoes - MOCCASINS
MAKEUP:
No eyeshadow
Blue eyeliner
Revlon Lip Butter in Cotton Candy
Maybelline Dream Bouncy Blush in Pink Frosting

HAIR
Curled with 1 inch conair curling iron and brushed out into waves

XOXO, KENDRA

Explanation

Sorry I haven't posted since Thursday, I decided I won't be blogging on weekends because I get busy usually. If I have time, I'll post prewritten posts if I have any but I don't have any this weekend. Leave requests please!
xoxo, Kendra

Thursday, April 19, 2012

TAG: 10 Little Secrets

Hey everyone! I know I just did a tag, but this is another one that is popular on YouTube right now and I wanted to get it up. It's the 10 little secrets tag!

1. What is one product that makes you feel like a million dollars?
My Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara! It is the perfect mascara, it doesn't clump, it's very black, and it lengthens. Mascara 101 post coming soon! (It may already be up)

2. What is your skincare secret / a passed down skin care tip
Always use clean brushes and wash your hands before applying makeup because odds are there will be a point when you touch your face. This is especially important for oily skinned girls like me!

3. Share your hair care secret
Part your hair on the opposite side you normally do to add volume! Since your hair is used to laying flat the 'normal' way, flipping it over will add volume. It's also an easy way to change up your hair look

4. What is your biggest diet rule?
I don't really have a rule, but I personally 'don't like' soda. Here comes a story. When I was 5, I accidentally tasted soda when I got the wrong drink at a restaurant and I HATED it. Since it's bad for you, I just never tasted it again so I won't get addicted. So if there's a food that's really bad for you that you've never tried, just don't try it in the first place!

5. Any workout tips?
Working out with a friend can be a billion times more fun than doing it by yourself. If you live in an okay area, just go for a walk. That's what I do! Also, to get motivated. Say, every __ miles you run, you can buy a new nail polish.

6. Which perfume is your secret weapon?
I don't wear perfume, just those Bath & Body Works body sprays. The one everyone seems to enjoy most is Vanilla Bean Noel. Bad memory: I keep a mini size in my gym locker, and after PE I used it one day and in my next class my teacher was saying "Ooooh it smells like cake in here who is it?" and the whole class said the same thing... I never admitted it was me.

7. Show us a clothing item that always turns heads
My NEONNNN yellow shirt from VS Pink always does the trick, it's in the picture below but it's so not true to color.

8. What is your most treasured piece of jewelry?
My opal necklace. It has a very dainty chain and a tiny pendant, also in the picture below on the mannequin. I love that it's very small.

9. Who is your style crush?
Stilababe09 on youtube, I love almost all of her clothes, but I know I could never pull them off!

10. Tell us something we don't know about you
I am so horribly afraid to be home alone. One time our neighbors got robbed, now I can't even think of what would happen if someone came in if I were home alone.

Will you do this TAG? Leave a link below. 
xoxo,
Kendra

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Makeup Starter Kit: What do the Beginners Need?

Hey everyone! Is it just me, or when you walk into a makeup store it's completely overwelming. All the different brands, products, and new releases can be confusing, and you'll end up buying the cool things rather than the things you actually need and will get use out of. SO here's what I think beginners need.

1. Concealer. You might not have acne, but almost everyone has under eye circles. I find that cream concealers are good for covering under eye circles, and more liquid-y ones are better for acne and redness. I recommend the Covergirl Smoothstick as a nice cream concealer. It comes in a stick, like a lipstick, and is easy to apply. I also have had mine for months and it's not even close to being done yet! I only recently tried a liquid concealer, like the consistency of foundation. I tried the Maybelline Fit Me concealer, the only problem is that it's not a perfect match for my skin. I think I get more coverage from concealer by blending it with a brush rather than my fingers so it's not all soaked into your hands and not your face.

2. Powder (Normal to oily skin mostly)
You can get loose powder, pressed powder, or even mineral powder. I've only tried pressed powder, because the first one I tried, I loved! I use the Rimmel London Stay Matte powder. It's very inexpensive and lasts a long time! It keeps my face from getting too oily. The only thing is that powder is what will make you look cakey, so keep it to a minimum to avoid that!

3. Mascara
You can look completely put together just by using mascara. I'm not going to go into to much detail about it, because I have a post called Mascara 101 where I reviewed 5 different mascaras. My favorite is the Clinique Lash Doubling Mascara because it's not clumpy, and very lengthening.

4. Eyeliner
You can get any type of eyeliner, pencil, liquid, gel, even use eyeshadow. I usually use eyeshadow because it's less noticeable. Liquid and gel eyeliners are good for really defining your eyes and giving a whole new look to your eyes. Pencil and eyeshadow eyeliner is good for looking natural but still giving definition to your eyes. You can even use colored liner to subtly add a fun pop of color without overdoing it.

5. Lip color
You could give your lips color using anything from tinted lip balm, to lipstick, to lip stain. My favorites are Revlon Lip Butters and Clinique Chubby Sticks. They both give a subtle color that's not in your face and are long lasting. Lipstick is great for really adding a pop of wowwww color and lip stain is good for long nights, when you don't want to reapply. I love lip stains because they're super easy to apply.

This is just what I think is necessary. Foundation is a must have for some people, but not for me. Blush, bronzer, highlighter, lip liner and eyeshadow are all things you might want to consider, but aren't completely necessary.

What are your must haves?
xoxo, Kendra

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

NOTD: Polka Dot French Tips

Polishes used-
White - Sally Hansen - White On
Pink - Sally Hansen - Hot Magenta
Yellow - China Glaze - Yellow Polka Dot Bikini
Green - Sinful Colors - Simple But Fun
Blue - Sally Hansen Pacific Blue
Purple - Essence - Break Through

IF YOU WANT A  TUTORIAL LEAVE A COMMENT! I LOVEE THESE NAILS! #ADDICTED


xoxo, Kendra

OOTD: April 17

Today I decided to do an outfit of the day, because this is dressy for me because I usually wear sweatshirts.... so here we go! For my face, I have a tutorial on this a few posts down, so you can go look at that. The only thing different is the lips, I just used a red tinted lip balm. The way I got my hair like this is a braided my hair into 6 braids while it was wet before bed. If you want a tutorial, leave a comment! My scarf is zebra printed, and it's from Kohls. My nails are Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Pacific Blue with Sally Hansen In The Spotlight glitter over it. My shirt is cobalt blue, it's a crewneck from Abercrombie. My jeans were just something I found at Ross. And last, my shoes are gray knit boots. It may be April, but we've got winter weather!
What did you wear today?
xoxo, Kendra




Monday, April 16, 2012

Mascara 101

Finding the perfect mascara can be a challenge. Especially when looking high end, you don't want to buy a $20.00 mascara and have it be a bad one! So I'm going to give you my opinion on several mascaras I've tried, including one high end. *Also this is just my opinion and one of the mascaras might have worked for you and not me, and vice versa*

1. Maybelline Falsies (Curved wand)
This mascara is either loved or hated by a lot of people. I recently bought this is and was hoping for it to be a good one, but I don't really like it. The first thing is that the formula is dry and sticky, and I prefer wet mascaras. It also is VERY clumpy, but that can be fixed with an eyebrow/eyelash comb. I do like the volume and length it adds though if you can deal with the dryness and clumpiness. The next thing I have to say is that it is really hard to get off!! I usually just get it off with a makeup wipe like the rest of my makeup but I had to get out eye makeup remover.  The curved brush I feel like, didn't do anything for my lashes. Recommend: No

2. Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes (Cone wand)
I actually like this one a lot! I'll start with what I don't like though- When I first bought this, the first 2 weeks were great. it was a wet, non clumpy formula which I lovedddd. As time went on it dried out very quickly! Now it's a dryer formula, not too dry though, and is clumpy. The brush is interesting, I feel like it didn't do anything for my lashes. It is still great for  lengthening!

3. Revlon Grow Luscious (Standard wand)
This was in my YouTube top 11 worst products of the year. First of all, the wand is bigger than my eye! Very easy to put in the wrong spot. It just didn't lengthen or volumize my lashes. It really just didn't do anything for my lashes. The packaging is nice on this one though and it stays wet for a long time! Had it for 2-3 months and it's wet-ish still!

4. Clinique Lash Doubling (Standard wand)
Here it is- best mascara I've EVER tried. I got this as a sample from my mom, (she gives me all her samples) and it didn't look like anything special at first. I love the wet formula and it also doesn't dry out fast! I've also had this one for 2-3 months and I still love it. I 100% plan on buying the full size and possibly getting more samples to review? It is VERY lengthening and doesn't clump at all! I highly recommend checking this out, it's $15.00 from clinique.com.

5. Maybelline Clear Mascara/Brow Gel (Standard wand)
You might think clear mascara does nothing for your lashes, and it does, just very subtly. It separates your lashes and slightly lengthens them. It won't volumize, but if you're not going for that it's fine. It's also good for younger girls who don't wear a lot of makeup or aren't allowed to. As for the grow gel part, it doesn't really work well for 'holding your brows in place'.


What is your must have mascara?
xoxo, Kendra

Sunday, April 15, 2012

TAG: 7 Deadly Sins of Beauty

This is a popular tag going around YouTube and decided to do it!

1. Greed: What is your most expensive beauty item? Most inexpensive?
My most expensive is my Flirt lip gloss, the brand is sold at Kohl's. My most inexpensive item is probably Essence nail polishes & Wet N Wild nail polishes, they are both 99 cents!

2. Wrath: What beauty products do you have a love hate relationship with? What product has been the hardest to get?
I loveeee nail polish but it's so bad for my nails! I can't let it go, so now my nails are ruined. My hardest products to get would have to be the Revlon nail polish in Whimsical and NYX jumbo eye pencil in Milk for sure! I looked at so many stores for both, and took a lot of shopping trips to find.

3. Gluttony: What are your most delicious beauty products?
My yummiest beauty product is my Baby Lips in Grape Vine! For some reason, I love the smell of artificial grape.

4. Sloth: What beauty product do you neglect, due to laziness?
Mascara, It's too hard to work with and get out all the clumps.

5. What beauty product gives you the most self confidence?
My Maybelline Fit Me concealer.

6. Lust: What attributes do you find most attractive in the opposite sex?
They have to be funny :)

7. Envy: What items would you most like to receive as a gift?
Any Urban Decay palette for sure, Naked, Naked 2, Book of Shadows, they're all amazing and I would DIE for one!

Of course, this isn't YouTube but I tag London, her blog: Sparkly Lifestyle

Have you followed London yet?
xoxo,
Kendra




Everyday Makeup Tutorial


Enjoy this video blog post! Read below the tutorial for more
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All the makeup I wear to school at most is what you see in the tutorial. Light eyeliner, blush, concealer, powder, and lip color. Middle school isn't about wearing a ton of makeup. You should follow this lovely blog starting up: Sparkly Lifestyle Tell her I sent you!

What's your everyday makeup look?
xoxo,
Kendra