Traveling with Airbnb!!

So you travel bugs…. Have any of you tried Airbnb yet? For those of you that don’t know Airbnb, you need to. Airbnb is going to REVOLUTIONIZE traveling! Airbnb is taking the concept of couch-surfing to the next level. You rent out a room in someone’s home like you would a hotel room. Now sounds awkward right? I was skeptical, but after trying it I don’t know that I will ever book a regular hotel room again!

When I searched for hotels for this visit to Encinitas, California I noticed the hotels had jumped fifty plus dollars. For a gross Motel 6 we were looking at one hundred and For 99$ we rented out this private entrance guest room. The room and bathroom had everything we needed shampoo and conditioner, fresh spring water, beach towels, and a fan. On Airbnb there were cheaper options, but I wanted a room with a private entrance and within walking distance of the beach.

Airbnb also has options to rent out entire homes for reasonable prices. In thailand and Brazil you can rent out entire homes for less then thrity bucks. WHAT… is right! Did that make you think you need to go to Thailand now or what????

My initial concern was the lack of privacy, which wasn’t a problem at all! Our hosts Chris and Ashley were very friendly and provided us with numbers to reach them and told us to knock for any questions. Other then that we saw them in passing as we did our own thing.

The benefit of using Airbnb is having the luxury of knowing all the local secrets!

Chris sent us a text each morning of our stay with all his suggestions for eating, activities, and must see areas. This is how we discovered the BEST fish tacos in this world, a local farmers market, and and an Indian coffee bar where we ordered this Cardamon Latte! All places we never would have come across on our own!!

 

Another super cool part of our experience was learning about the culture and history of Encinitas. Now keep in mind I literally don’t care for history at all. Chris talked about Yogananda (an enlightened mind) who lived and wrote life changing books about yoga, self realization, and meditation. I noticed the community was surrounded by not only a positive vibe but happy healthy people that I was drawn to. Chris and Ashley talked about “The vibrations” that bring us back to Encinitas time after time. Normally I would think it was a load of crap but the weird thing is, I am so drawn to Encinitas and the ocean and as I thought about that I wondered why and took that into consideration.

A cool place with such beautiful culture!

Another thing I considered as I listened to them talk about their lives and their culture there I remembered an experience I had the last time we visited. We visited Moonlight Beach early in the morning before we had to leave and it was foggy but I didn’t care. I got in by myself because the water was too cold for my husband. Anyways minutes after I got in it started pouring rain (If you know me you know I LOVE the rain) and the water calmed to soft waves. I floated and rode the waves in as the rain soaked my face and I was surrounded by fog . I can’t explain it but it was literally the most beautiful spiritual moment of my life! Sounds dumb but I swear.

Then of course this was the morning we left. Encinitas is once again mourning my departure! If you have the chance to visit Encinitas please do. Such a beautiful experience! Since leaving Encintas I’ve read a lot about self realization ,yoga, and eating healthy and I’ve tried to start on my own yoga journey. I’m hoping to channel some of their positive energy into my life and so far, I Love it! You can find inspiration to change and work on yourself anywhere but this time I found it using Airbnb! What a cool way to meet new people and to learn new things… I can’t wait to try it again!

Xoxo  Thanks for reading!

Kaylee

 

Best Travel Souvenirs!!

One of my favorite parts of traveling is finding the perfect souvenir.  Not only for myself, but for my friends and family. For me, a great souvenir can make me feel like I’m not still in Arizona for a moment. Isn’t that the point? We want to remember our travels and the feelings we had during them. These are my top four souvenirs that are fun to collect and you can do really cool things with them.

1.  License Plates. On our honeymoon they were selling these all over the island. We bought a couple to give away and a one for us. I used mine in my honeymoon shadowbox and it’s ADORABLE in there. It would be cool to start a license plate wall or to border a room with them!

This is my honeymoon shadowbox.

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2. Shotglasses. Very fun to collect and such a cheap souvenir. We display ours on a shelf. When it’s party time bring them all out for everyone to enjoy! Different locations make so many cool and unique ones. On our honeymoon, we bought a ton of hand painted ones they were selling on the side of the road!

 

3. Coffee Mugs. This one is pretty self explanatory. I love my coffee. Every morning I drink it. When I pull out one of my mug souvenirs and pour  my coffee it literally makes my heart beat. I’m working on a wooden display in my kitchen to hang them on for all to see. My favorite!

4. Postcards. This one is pretty obvious and everyone already knows about it. But postcards are so perfect for scrapbooking , hanging on the fridge, or putting them in a photo album. Let’s get real, those pictures on the front are way better then you could do on your own!

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My travel scrapbook!

Thanks again for reading ladies! Have a great week. I’m preparing for a vacation to the beach with my honey this weekend. Can’t wait!!!

xoxo,

Kaylee

Today’s Look Featuring PUR Cosmetics Eye Polish

I promised you guys some reviews on my Ulta Haul the other day, so I wanted to start with my favorite of my purchases. Today’s bronzy look features PUR Cosmetics Eye Polish, which I am absolutely obsessed with. The look below is using their penny color called Silk (great for blue eyes).

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Such an easy application and as you can see the results are absolutely gorgeous!!!

We ready to see these swatches?? These polishes are literally revolutionary, not even exaggerating. If you look closely at the pots, the polish sits below a net so you can just dab directly on the net to apply. On the top we have the color “Silk” and the bottom “Velvet”. So pigmented!

The polish is literally the consistency of water. With this rubber brush, you just paint on as you would water colors. The polish applies super pigmented and smooth with no brush lines obviously (because this is not a normal brush). If you wish to blend the color for a more seamless look, wait for the polish to dry and then use a blending brush as you normally would and it will blend just like powder! The rubber brush also has a great tip to apply as liner which would be beautiful!

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These two polishes are two out of the four colors they currently offer. My next pick was a shiny black with beautiful gold flecks that was just gorgeous. I had a hard time deciding. In the end it was about which colors I would wear more and that was these two. Go out and get you a couple of these girls, they are literally sooooo beautiful!! Thanks for reading and stay tuned!

Xoxo,

Kaylee

 

 

 

ULTA HAUL!! (PUR Cosmetics)

Can we guess what this face is about? I’m sure you ladies know the feeling. Me and my BFF strolled into Ulta on a bright sunny Thursday and came out 150$ poorer. With about a thousand dollars worth of makeup pounded on our faces. Man, nothing like it! Let me show you ladies what I splurged on this month.

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The Ulta lady convinced me on all these PUR cosmetics. She swore this face mask would be the most amazing thing that ever touched my face so we will see about that!  As for the eye polish I used them in store and WOW they are funky but soooo beautiful. They come with this weird rubber brush and you literally paint the polish on your eyes. It is the consistency of water but dries really pigmented. Of course I just HAD to have both colors and wanted a third!!

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My full haul, makeup and retail therapy. I figure I’ve been working hard; that’s how I justify this shopping trip. I can’t wait to tell you ladies how everything works out!! I’ve heard AMAZING things about the “Pores Be Pure” mask so I’m really excited about that one too 🙂

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Stay tuned for my product reviews 🙂 Love you guys and thanks for reading as always! Have a great week!

Xoxo, Kaylee

Healthy Choco PB Cookies!!

I’m always looking for some way to cheat my ridiculous sweet tooth. Now folks, this will make a girl try some insane things… These are truly healthy Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies. No gluten, no eggs, no dairy …. say what?? You heard me right. These bad boys are made from CHICKPEAS. Yes, I know it sounds weird, but don’t knock it ’til you try it!!!

Ingredients:

-2 small cans of chickpeas (rinsed and patted dry)

-3/4 cup all natural peanut butter (I used chunky)

-1/2 cup all natural honey

-1/4 cup dark cocoa powder

-1 cup dark chocolate chips

Put everything in a blender except chocolate chips, add those last.

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Looking good, looking good! Oil a cookie sheet and make decent sized clumps.

 

Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes…YUM! For best results eat while hot. I baked ten and froze the rest to bake as I go. Makes about twenty. These cookies are a great source of protein. I have also tried to replace 1/2 the honey with a bit of Stevia and they still turned out great!

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Now go ahead eat six in a row like I did.  Whatever, they are healthy right?! Give it a try and let me know what you think! Thanks for reading!

 

xoxo,

Kaylee

My Beauty Wishlist

There are so many products I want out there ladies….SO MANY PRODUCTS! It’s a never ending problem. This is my current list of products I can’t wait to try. Do you have anything you have your eye on lately???? I’m sure you do. Enlighten me please! I’d love to add even more things to this list!!!!

1.) Knockout Beauty Smokey Palette. Look at those colors!I need them in my life now.The instructions pictured here are just a bonus. The combinations are truly endless. You can find this at Target for $15.99 like now!

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2. Micellar Cleansing Water by Garnier. Yes, ladies I am jumping on this bandwagon. I’m sure you’ve seen this all over the blogosphere. I WANT IT. It’s supposed to deep clean your face while easily removing all makeup. Rumor has it problem skin no longer exists after a couple uses. It is reviewed as light with no oil or residue. I’m ready to give it a go!

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3. Makeup Geek Eye Shadow Pans. Now this is a cool concept! Most of these pans are six dollars. The sparkly foiled ones are ten. The idea is to build your perfect palette over time. They have so many beautiful colors to choose from! Once you have several buy a “vault” and fill it up!! Here are a couple of my favorite shades.

 

Top is “Cherry Cola”. Top right is “In the Spotlight White”.

Bottom is “Sorbet”. Bottom right is “Cosmopolitan”

Visit makeupgeek.com and check out all the beautiful shades!!!

 

4. Better Than Sex mascara by Too Faced. Have you tried this mascara? Do yourself a favor and drive down to your nearest Ulta and give it a go. It is life changing!!!! I have thin blonde eye lashes and this mascara at least doubled those sad things in length. Only downside is, twenty-eight dollars for this bad boy. I know, I know, it seems high, but so worth it!!

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5. Benefit Lip and Cheek Tint. I literally swear upon this tint. Once again drive your tush down to Ulta and try it on. It is the consistency of tinted water, which I like. It goes on very light and has a natural look and feel. It also has a great layering effect so if you like a more dramatic look just keep layering. Overall any of the colors look great on anyone because they appear to be your natural lip color. You need this! So do I and for thirty dollars it will be mine!

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6. Anastasia Contour Kit. Heaven help me, why do I suck at contouring? Maybe that’s why I’ve been dragging my feet about this kit. I’m thinking I’m lacking the right products, and the buzz about this contour kit is undeniable. I can’t wait to try it. Available at Ulta or Sephora for forty bucks!

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Purple Smokey Eye INSPO

Hey beautiful ladies! I think Purple eye makeup is the perfect introduction to spring, also great for blue eyes :). I ordered the Maybelline Color Tatto0 in purple online and started playing around.

For this smokey purple eye on the lid I  featured my new Maybelline Color Tattoo in purple and Naked 3 Dust. I used Naked 3 (Blacklist) in the outer corner and my Tarte Tartlette (Best friend and Bombshell) In the crease.

This look was so fun to play with. When I got the Purple Color Tatto0, I wasn’t digging the tone of the purple. It was super 6th grade to me. I tried to tone down the purple using other purples I liked more. As you can see it worked great! Seeing the Color Tattoo in person I probably wouldn’t have purchased it.

Thanks for reading Ladies! Stay tuned for my Ulta Haul….. Can’t wait!

DIY Green Tea Sugar Scrub :)

Summer-time is coming around (or at least for me it is). Am I the only one who has been neglecting my skin this winter? It’s easy to do when you just throw a pair of leggings on and forget about the mess you got going on under there. So I love to pamper myself but I’m cheap. See that sounds like a lose lose situation going on for me doesn’t it? I’ve seen all kinds of recipes for sugar scrubs and decided to try creating a quick mixture today. It worked out beautifully and is a great substitution for a eight dollar jar from the store.

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Here is my recipe for Green Tea Sugar Scrub:

1 cup sugar

3 Green Tea Bags (I used one Tazo BrambleWine for fruitiness)

1/4 cup coconut or olive oil

5 drops essential oil (I used Wild Orange)

Now mix it all together and give it a try!

 

On the left I have dry, flaky, and sad. On the right  are my legs post-scrub. I didn’t use anything but my sugar scrub.. You can totally see the moisture and softness! I was totally impressed. Feel free to make your own additions. Grapefruit and green tea (maybe the zest of a grapefruit?) would be a nice combo.20160229_132926

After my trial run, I quadrupled the recipe and created gifts for a couple friends. Just fill a mason jar mug, add a label, and a straw. Super cute easy DIY gifts next time you’re in a pinch. I LOVE how they turned out 🙂

Enjoy ladies

Xoxo

Kaylee

Wear It Wednesday(#2): Cardigans

Ok, let’s talk cardigans. My favorite accessory EVER. What is it about a chunky knit that makes my heart beat? I don’t know, but I’m obsessed! This ninety degree weather in Phoenix, Arizona  has me dreaming of snowy mountains and a killer pair of boots. Instead I will go work on my tan after this (literally). WINTER COME BACK!!

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The most chic way to wear a cardigan is with a big tee shirt and a pair of skinnies or leggings. The most important thing to remember when styling an outfit with a thick cardigan is proportions. Big cardigan on top with a light soft tee+ skinny pant and boots= perfection.You wouldn’t want to switch the skinnies for a pair of boyfriend jeans. That would be all baggy which will come across sloppy. Is this camel colored cardigan not to die for?

The possibilities are endless! It’s easy to dress up with a slick pair of pants and heels, or dress down with a holey worn in pair of skinnies and some grungy combat boots (my favorite).

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That’s all for today ladies. Now if weather permits, snuggle up in a beautiful thick cardigan and a hot cup of coffee and think about my miseries in the hot desert.

“Kathleen Lights Colour Pop” Cosmetics Review!

Have any of you had a chance to try Kathleen Lights Colour Pop cosmetics?? I’ve been dying to give them a try. I wasn’t disappointed!! Colour Pop cosmetics are extremely pigmented, which I love.  I ordered eye shadow and a highlighter. The cute card I received with the package makes it a little bit personal. Her products are super reasonably priced. The shadows are five and the highlighter (also have bronzer and blush) are eight. If you go to colourpop.com and sign up for their newsletter, you get five dollars off which is a free eye shadow. Yay!!

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THE SWATCHES. On the left I have Super Shock Shadow in LaLa. It’s a bronze penny color, great with blue or green eyes. On the right we have Super Shock Cheek in Wisp. When I got this one initially I was disappointed as it looked too dark to be a highlighter. But once applied, this shade comes out a light champagne color PERFECT for highlighting.

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My first impression was how unique the textures are! Feels like a cross between a mousse and a powder. The mousse-like texture clings to your skin nicely and stays put all day.

Close up on the shadow. I also used my Naked 3 palette in the crease (Factory) and in the corner (Dust). Came out beautiful!

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This highlighter is perfection! I’ll tell you what, I had a hard time choosing as there were so many options. Now I want to try them all!! This highlighter has a perfect layering effect. You can decide how intense you want your look to be. For a nighttime look keep layering baby!

Overall look. Rating 5/5. I can’t wait to try more products from Colour Pop!! Have any of you given her products a try???? You should!!

Thanks for reading! Much love xoxo

Kaylee