Skin Care Revolution

Y’all ain’t ready for today’s post, this company is revolutionizing skincare. When you compare the make-up industry to the skincare industry its amazing how different they are. The skincare world is much smaller. Cosmetics are on fire & everyone has this desire & drive to do something new and innovative, but I don’t see the same thing in the skincare industry. Until The Ordinary. High quality skincare products that don’t break the bank & actually work!

They have a regimen guide that makes selecting the right products for you so simple. I know I am one that gets overwhelmed by too much information & this guide is a great place to start. You select your issue and they have product suggestions for your problems i.e. skin pigmentation, aging, texture, hydration & the regime that I’m using skin congestion.

I will note a few things before your start using any new skincare products. First, do test patches in case you’re allergic to the product. When using harsh products such as acids or retinol’s really anything that makes you slough your dead skin faster than normal more than likely your skin will purge. It can take days to weeks for skin purging to clear up & your skin to get used to these new products. If your blemishes continue beyond 6 weeks it probably not skin purging and it’s just the product doesn’t work well with your skin. Sometimes this happens so don’t be discouraged, everyone’s skin is different and what might work for some won’t work for you.

The products I ordered & have added to my routine are below :

Niacinamide 10% + Zinc 1%

  • Oiliness
  • Pores

Salicylic Acid 2%

  • Blemishes & Acne
  • Dulness & Uneven Texture

100% Cold-Pressed Virgin Marula Oil

  • Hydration
  • Tone

Granactive Retinoid 2% in Squalane

  • Aging

Xx, Kennah

Swim Trends for Summer

Spring is here & summer is coming quickly. In this post I’m sharing a few swim trends coming for 2019! All from my favorite online store, Lulu’s!

1 – Retro

2 – Polka Dots

3 – Ruffled Edging

4 – Smocked

5 – Neon

6 – Tied

Xx, Kennah

Book Club Vol. 1

Hi Guys! I’m really excited about starting this new series sharing all about the books I’m reading. Ever since graduating school where I hated reading, I’ve become the biggest book worm. (My inner introvert coming out). There is nothing better than snuggling up with a blanket or relaxing in the bath with a good book. I’ve had a lot of people ask me for recommendations so I decided to start sharing them here. There is no theme or genre, each month I’ll simply feature a few of my favorite books.

For the first month I thought I would kick it off with BANG !!

Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert.

About the Book :

This book is all about creative living beyond fear. Elizabeth dives into her unique perspective about the mystery of creativity & how we receive inspiration. She explains how to overcome fears that might be standing in the way between you & your wildest dreams. You will feel the magic in your toes from reading this book. The 2,378 Amazon reviews, coming in at a solid 4.6 stars, speak for themselves.

About the Author :

You may recognize Elizabeth Gilbert from her hit Eat. Pray. Love. I guarantee if you haven’t read the book, you’ve definitely seen the movie. It’s another one of my personal favorites.

N E X T U P // GIRL, STOP APOLOGIZING by Rachel Hollis.

About the book :

GIRL, Stop Apologizing is going to be one of the books I will read and reread multiple times. Her cute quirky personality is hysterical. She shares her insight on chasing your goals & reaching your full potential. No more worrying about what other will think or not.

About the Author :

Rachel Hollis is a media mogul. She started her business with a high school diploma and google search bar as she says. You probably recognize her from the cult following she has created with her first book Girl, Wash Your Face.

Xx, Kennah

Anthropology Candle Dupes

Hi guys! Today I’m sharing dupes for the blue candle that has a cult-like following. Have you ever walked into Anthropology and wanted your entire house to smell the same way as it does inside the store? They’re constantly burning the Capri Blue Volcano Candle. I’ve found a few scent dupes recently that I thought I would share. Keep in mind these aren’t exact, but for the price point they can’t be beat!

1 – Citrus Soap & All Purpose Spray from Target.

2 – Sun-Washed Citrus wallflower & candle from Bath & Body Works.

Xx, Kennah

Crime Podcast Favorites

I thought I would do an update and break down into categories my favorite podcasts because I have so many. Starting with crime podcasts, a true guilty pleasure. Podcasts are such a great way to learn and gain knowledge for free, take advantage!!

Crime Junkie is a weekly podcast dedicated to giving you a true crime fix, but there’s 78 episodes so if you’re just starting you can binge listen to them. The crimes range from missing people to murders and mysterious disappearances. Ashley & Brit talk like you’re hanging out with your best friends. A lot of the stories they share are truly shocking, stories you haven’t heard & maybe a few that you have.

The story of Susan Powell, a wife and mother who goes missing in Utah. I’m sure you’re all familiar with the story, but are you familiar with the case files? Loads of evidence is reviewed, but there is never anything significant enough to arrest the only suspect in the case, her husband Josh Powell. This podcast gives me heebie jeebies on multiple occasions especially when they talk about the strange family dynamic that is the Powell family.

Season 1 of the Serial podcast highlights a story about Adnan Syed, a man who was convicted of his ex girlfriends murder but was he really the one who killed her or did his lawyer drop the ball? Listen to his story to see how you feel about him being guilty or not. I still can’t decide!!

I’ve shared this one before, Up and Vanished Season One is a cold case story about a high school teacher/ former pageant queen who goes missing from Georgia. Payne Lindsey shares the largest case file the state has ever seen as it continues to unfold.

Dr. Death, this podcast tells the story of a Texas neurosurgeon who claimed he was the best until many of his patients started experiencing complications. Many people trust hospitals, doctors and the system but this podcast may make you second guess when patients become start to become paralyzed or even die after having spine surgeries with doctor Christopher Duntsch.

What are your favorite podcasts??

Xx, Kennah

Amazon Beauty Essentials

Welcome back! Today I’m talking about 2 of my favorite things. AMAZON & beauty products. First of all whoever invented Amazon, I would like to personally thank for making the quality of my life so much better & saving me a lot of money. They continue to improve and impress me which is kind of scary. There have been times I’ve ordered things on a Friday night at 2 in the morning and it’s on my door step Sunday morning. Another thing I love is that I can look at other people’s reviews & read stories to see if a product is going to work how I would like it. Now, here are my favorite things I’ve ordered from Amazon!

Silk Pillowcase – Recently I’ve been having hair breakage right around my face because I wear my hair tied up at night & with it being so dry when I rub my face into my pillow throughout the night it breaks off. This pillowcase has helped a lot with this problem, but I’ve also noticed a few other bonuses. It doesn’t cause me to wake up with frizzy or crazy bed head hair & it isn’t as rough on my skin which helps with anti aging & overall is just more comfy. It keeps cool throughout the night too which I love.

Blue Light Blocking Glasses – At night there is a setting on your phone to turn off blue lights, but things like TV’s & computers don’t have this same setting. These blue light glasses will protect your eyes + they’re super cute.

Eyebrow Tinkle Razors – If you don’t already shave your face, you need to. Yes, even if you think you don’t need to because you just have peach fuzz. I promise, shaving your face with these tinkle razors makes your foundation and make up powders go on so much smoother! You face will never look better. It’s easier than you think & 100% painless. In my experience its never grown back darker.

Make-Up Blending Sponge – This pack of 5 blending sponges cannot be beat. It’s a great dupe for the beauty blender because of it’s density, softness & it doesn’t absorb a lot of product. The size when it’s damp also makes it great for applying foundation. I gave one to my sister & she thought it was just as great! I’ve loved the Real Techniques sponge in the past, but I always shied away from using it for foundation because it absorbs a good amount of product. Finally I’ve found a new replacement and for the price & quality its a no brainer.

Laneige Lip Mask – The butteriest lip mask ever. I have the hardest time not just rubbing my lips together constantly when I have it on. Plus after you wake up the next day your lips will be incredibly soft.

Brow Tint – This brow tint saves a ton of time when you’re getting ready in the morning so you don’t have to fill them in every morning.

Argan Hair Mask – With my recent hair issue, I’ve started using this hair mask to help keep my hair hydrated. It smells amazing + makes your hair look shiny & healthy.

Heat Resistant Silicone Travel Mat – I originally got this little silicone mat just to keep my hot tools on in my own bathroom at home, but it has come in handy. If your tools haven’t finished cooling & you don’t have time to wait you can roll it up with your curling/straightening iron and there is a little band to wrap it up.

Revlon One-Step Hair Dryer & Volumizer – This tool is great because you can give yourself a blow out at home. My hair type is extremely fine & thin which isn’t a great combination. I’ve tried different products to help give my hair some life, but if they did work it was never for more than one day. By far this has been the best.

Xx, Kennah

What’s in my make-up bag? : Drugstore Edition II

My last drugstore beauty post was a huge hit so I decided to test out a few more products to see if I could find anymore hidden gems in the drugstore beauty category & I did! Honestly after testing out so many products I think the drugstore beauty world doesn’t get enough credit. You can find awesome products for half the price a lot of the time. These brands are killing it. I also noticed at my local Ulta recently they’re completely re-doing the drugstore make-up side and adding/removing brands so maybe there is just a growing popularity and increase in quality right now.

1 // L’Oreal Infallible Fresh Wear 24HR Foundation

I have really loved this foundation probably a little bit more than the other drugstore foundations I’ve tried recently. The L’oreal foundation comes with a pump unlike a lot of others in the same category which I find to be a lot cleaner and easier. When I first applied this foundation I was shocked at the coverage. A little goes a LONG ways. It goes on smoothly & has SPF 15. There is a smell that I like & fades but smells a little bit cologne-y. It was a tad bit drying but is great if you have oily skin. I think this will be a great option for summer for anyone.

2 // Maybeline Master Chrome Highlight

I’ve heard so much about this product & I have to say it lives up. When I first applied it I couldn’t see it but girl I was just hitting the light in the wrong angles because when I tilted my head I was blinded. I have found my new go-to!

3 // Milani Blush – Luminoso

Again – I wanted to test out this blush because I had heard so much about it. Researching is really turning out well for me because I loved this one as well. With my pale complexion this gives a peachy appearance on my skin. It is very pigmented & gives me all the flirty vibes.

4 // Makeup Revolution Conceal & Define Full Coverage Concealer

This concealer is amazing for everyday, it’s comparable to Tarte’s Shape Tape that I swear by but I don’t think the coverage is quite as full. It is a really great bang for your buck though, the raving reviews online speak for themselves. One thing to note about this concealer is that you must set it right away to avoid under-eye creasing.

5 // ColourPop Ultra Matte Liquid Lipstick – Trap

I’ve been using ColourPops liquid lipsticks for awhile and my favorite has to be the color Trap. They don’t flake off & last for hours! I will say when you’re picking colors online the color it looks like in the tube and the color it is on your skins always seems to be darker for me.

What other products have you guys been wondering about or heart tons of chatter about?! Let me know & I’ll include it in my next drugstore post!

Xx, Kennah

Getting & Staying Inspired

I’ve had people ask me before how I stay motivated & for me motivation & inspiration go hand in hand. If I’m feeling inspired the motivation follows to deliver the things I need to get done. There are my fool proof ways to get or remain inspired.

1 // Find an inspiring place and visit it often. This could be a quite corner of the house, a specific coffee shop or park. For me this is anywhere I can see the sun setting or my favorite street of fancy houses that I want to live in one day.

2 // Make a playlist. I truly believe music is one of the most powerful things in the universe. The way a song can make you feel and empower you. Nothing makes me feel more on top of the world that when I am screaming the words to my favorite song at the top of my lungs. My playlist includes songs like One Man Can Change the World by Big Sean & 7 Rings by Ariana Grande.

3 // Get rid of distractions whatever those may be for you. Turn off the TV, put down the cell phone, & if you need to get out of the house and go into the office to keep your focus DO IT.

4 // Read a book. When I’m feeling like I need a reminder of why I’m pushing for the things I want I pick up one of my favorite books and even reading a chapter will make me feel better. There are so many great books out there and a different one might speak to you but once you find it, keep it close.

5 // Listen to inspiring words of others. Find yourself a podcast, youtube video or ted talk that really resonated with you & save it to your favorites in your web browser so you can pull it up whenever needed.

6 // Visualization. I do this 2 ways. One is laying down in a quite room and closing my eyes while I envision my perfect life. What it looks like, the kind of things I can do and the people around me. I picture every single detail. It can be as crazy as you want. If you want to buy the most expensive bag in the Louis Vuitton store PICTURE IT. If you want to spend 2 weeks in Hawaii PICTURE IT. The second way I do this is by sitting & looking at my vision board, more details on a vision board here.

7 // Make sure you are taken care of first. If I’m feeling really stressed out or overwhelmed I’m never in the right head space to be doing anything creative. Self care is so important. Go to the gym, get a massage, take a bath or just zone out for awhile if you need to.

8 // Take a break & try something new. The world is a great place to find inspiration. Traveling is a huge one for me, but if you don’t have the time or funds head to a new restaurant or part of town.

9 // Surround yourself with the people who make you better & inspire you. These people should believe in your as much as or even more than you do. They are positive influences and will humor every crazy idea you have. I cannot stress enough how selective you should be with who you spend you time with.

I hope this helps you if you’re feeling stuck in a rut or like you’ve hit a plateau. Keep pushing! “Most things have been done, but they have not yet been done by you.” – Quote from Big Magic, my favorite book by Elizabeth Gilbert.

Xx, Kennah

What’s in my gym bag?

The gym is my sanity. If I didn’t go to the gym I would probably be a total crazy person. Fitting the gym in some days can be a challenge so I have to have my gym bag stocked and ready to go at all times. I’ve compiled a list of my necessities to keep in my bag so if I want to stop at the gym on the way home from work I can.

1 // adidas Weekender Duffel Bag

I love this bag because first its super cute. Second, its very functional. I love how big it is so I can keep my spin shoes, hair stuff, supplements etc. There’s room for it all!

2 // PreWorkout from WM Nutrition

There are so many things about this PreWorkout that I love. It doesn’t make you jittery & can be taken in pixie stick form. I absolutely hate downing a bunch of water before a workout because it makes me feel sick. I’ve tried plenty of other pre workouts that also make you feel like your skin is crawling & this one does not do that at all. 2 things to note about this PreWorkout. 1 – it will melt & turn into goo if you leave it in your car. 2 – I prefer the regular PreWorkout the All-Natural is EXTREMELY SOUR.

3 // BCAA’s from Scivation

If you don’t know what BCAA’s are, they’re amino acids that help your muscles to recover quicker. It also has electrolytes to help replenish after getting your sweat on. These are by far my favorite that I’ve found so far (brand & flavor).

4 // Burt’s Bees Chapstick

This is the one thing in my bag that I cannot live without. If I don’t have moisturized lips I can’t function or focus on my workout because I become consumed with how dry my lips are. I have always been a believer in Burt’s Bees the texture is tacky which I love & it lasts thru a whole training session.

5 // Make-Up Wipes

I have this exact box which includes full sizes for at home & little travel sizes that are perfect for the gym! The last thing I enjoy doing is working out in a full face of make-up. You can also use them to freshen up post workout if you need to run to the grocery store or know you’re going to be delayed in washing the proof of your hard work off.

6 // Headphones

Pretty much a given in any gym bag is headphones. I like my beats, but they are actually an older model so this is the current version that’s out. I’ve had them for year & they have an amazing sound quality. I will say that I love to steal my moms AirPods whenever I get the change though.

7 // Wet Brush

Still obsessed with the Wet Brush. I have to talk myself out of buying a new one every time I see them in Target. They don’t hurt your head & work like a dream.

8 // Batiste Travel Size Dry Shampoo

Always have to have dry shampoo on hand to keep your hair lasting!

9 // Hair Ties

This one is pretty obvious if you have long hair.

10 // Cycling Shoes

I love these spin shoes I got from Pearl iZUMi. If you’re from Utah and you can make it into their outlet store they always have deals going on.

11 // Nike No-Show Socks

After one bad incident of forgetting socks at a post work gym session, I make sure I have an extra pair of these no-show socks.

12 // Redken Travel Size Hairspray

My favorite hairspray again is a given because nothing bothers my more than pieces of hair in my face as I struggle for oxygen.

Xx, Kennah

Top 5 Nudes from MAC

Hi guys! Today I’m sharing all of my favorites from MAC! There’s a special place in my heart for them because when I first started wearing make-up it was the only brand I really knew about so going to the MAC counter was magic. Here are my top 5 go to nude lips I’ve been using for years as well as some bonus favorite products from MAC!

1 // Amplified Lipstick in the color Blankety

2 // Satin Lipstick in the color FleshPot

3 // Matte Lipstick in the color Really Me

4 // Cremesheen Lipstick in the color Creme D’Nude

5 // LIMITED EDITION Cremesheen Lipstick in the color Bosom Friend

Other FAVS from MAC :

6 // Pro Longwear Paint Pot – I use the colors Painterly & Soft Ochre as a base for my shadows.

7 // Strobe Cream – I use color goldlite under my foundation & it makes you skin look so healthy and glowy. Also good for a no make-up make-up look.

8 // Prep + Prime Fix+ – I love the original, makes you so dewy & it is the best smell ever.

Xx, Kennah