What I Got at ULTA + Giveaway!

Guess who just made their first online Ulta purchase? This girl. I always go into the store since it's just down the street from me, although I don't know why I bother because their shelves are never stocked. I saw a post on Instagram this morning for a Becca gift set that was only valid for a few hours. And what does someone with a shopping addiction do when something they love says "free with $50 purchase"? They run as fast as they can to spend fifty dollars that they don't have. "Help me, I'm poor".

So of course with it being my first time ordering through their site, I have to come running over here to share with you what I got! Honestly, it's really nothing too fabulous. I was trying not to splurge and really just wanted to get to the $50 mark with some basics. And everything in the order is stuff that's all new to me, which is really exciting! Let me know if you've used any of these products and how you like them.

ulta haul

1. Mario Badescu Acne Facial Cleanser - I always hear great things about this brand and it's super affordable. I'm excited to see how this works with my skin. 

2. CoverGirl Flamed Out Mascara - I'm always looking for new mascaras because the best are always at the drugstore. It's got mixed reviews but I'm willing to give it a shot because it's called "flamed out" which sounds fierce and exciting and I'm a sucker for marketing.  

3. Maybelline Brow Drama - I have been dying to try this! I don't know what took me so long, but I'm out of my Benefit Gimme Brow so I'm due for a change, and I see so  many people using this. 

4. NYX Tinted Brow Mascara - In case I hate the Maybelline one, I decided to snatch up this one too because I hear lots of great things about it. 

5. Becca 4 piece Gift Set - (out of stock) The star of the show!! I saw it posted on @trendmood1 and got so excited because OPAL is my favorite highlighter so of course I'd like some extra. And the other three products are new to me! Ever-Matte Poreless Priming Perfector, Pressed Bronzing Skin Perfector, Poured Shimmering Skin Perfector. 

6. CoverGirl Clump Crusher Extensions - I've purchased the Clump Crusher a few times and love it. But I didn't even know there was an extensions version. And I'm the worst at applying false lashes, so of course I want 200% more length and volume! (where do they get these percentages?!)

7. CoverGirl Professional Loose Powder - I'm running out of my Laura Mercier and not quite ready to drop almost forty bucks on a new one so I'm willing to give this one a try because it says "professional" in the title. I told you, I'm a sucker. I hope it's good! 

8. Macadamia Professional Oil Spray - My reasons for choosing this are simple. I've tried one Macadamia product before and loved it. This was sitting in my favorites for a long time. It says "professional" in the title. 

And ironically, I'm currently part of a $200 ULTA GIFT CARD GIVEAWAY! [insert hands in the air emoji!] Click that link to enter and let me know down in the comments what you would get from Ulta if you win! Good luck to anyone that enters! 


Are Weekend Recap Posts Still A Thing?

palm springs

Quite honestly, I think it's been well over a year since I've done a weekend recap post. And I think I'm going to start doing them again. For a long time, the fiance and I were doing absolutely nothing on the weekends, mostly because he was working. Now we've been doing so much more lately and the only place it ever gets documented is on Snapchat. Which, by the way you should totally follow me there @mskellylouise. This weekend I took a chance and said yes to a concert invite of someone I had never even heard of before; Lee Brice and Clare Dunn. They were both really great and now I'm totally a fan. Lee Brice was like really really good, such a great show. Oh and Ashton Kutcher was there but I had no idea. 

On Saturday evening we hopped into an Uber and headed to Downtown LA. The concert was at Club Nokia so we stopped in this cool place called Tom's Urban and had a couple drinks before the show started. I've never seen a Fireball drink on a menu before and this place had one that was mixed with strawberry liquor and I was all over it and it was dangerously scrumptious. I immediately knew this night was gonna be a little too boozy. And it was. Once our friends arrived, we had another round and a shot of Fireball. Uh ohhh... And then at the concert it was just drinks on drinks on drinks. As you can imagine most of the details of the night are a blur. But I do remember having a blast to that Lee guy. After the show was over we took a stroll around looking for another place to have more drinks. Because we clearly needed them. I have no idea what the name of the place was that we went into, but we didn't last long because some people were a little too drunky mcdrunkerson so we all slipped into our Ubers and abruptly ended the night. 

palm springs, travel

You're probably thinking, "Kelly, that's really not much of a weekend update at all". I agree, but I'm rusty at this. Forgive me? You're also probably wondering what does that little cactus picture have to do with a country concert? Well, before going out I managed to upload a video to my YouTube channel. For the first time in two months! I spent Friday night and all day Saturday editing it, which is why my recap is really only for Saturday night. Last weekend we were in Palm Springs again for Labor Day weekend, so in the spirit of a weekend recap post, I present to you the video of last weekend! 

Palm Springs is such a cool place. We love renting a house, raiding the grocery store, and just staying in the pool all day and into the night. This time we decided to clean ourselves up and head out to their downtown area and it was a ton of fun. We ate dinner at LuLu and had the best seat in the house for people watching. Then we stopped at the Riviera hotel and sat outside for a few drinks. When we got back to the house, right back in the pool we went! 

And then I realized this is really just a post about being drunk all the time. Oops! Oh and I didn't take my camera out with me to the concert because I was afraid of it getting lost or ruined. It was a good adult decision to leave it at home. 

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend too! 

5 Current Beauty Favorites

Whoa whoa where am I? I'm so out of the loop, again. I barely even Instagram anymore, like who even am I?  Now, while I'm here to share some of my new fave beauty items, I might as well share a little update too. Like how right now I'm stretched out on the couch with my iTunes on shuffle and Boyz II Men On Bended Knee is blasting in my ears and I'm having a ton of middle school nostalgia. I'm seeing myself in my room with the cassette single singing at the top of my lungs, arms flailing around because this song gives you all the feels even as a boy crazy 7th grade girl. And then I flip it over for the b-side track.

So that's what's happening in my life right now. In the bigger picture, well, I'll save it for a real update post but I got into a really negative place because I was drowning my head with everything I want from this blog and my YouTube channel but don't have the time I wish I did and it started to make me hate things, like important things, like my job. And that's not a good place to be so I chose to back away from my blog and channel so I could refocus on my work and my general life because well, the reality is that those are what I need to care most about right now. I know I know, the the age old excuse "I don't have time", but it's true. And the time that I could have, I prefer to be spending it with Robert since we really didn't get much at all in the past year. Like, at all. But hopefully next year will be different, wink wink.  It's so hard to concentrate when I'm hearing Wanye belting out "I'm down on my knees begging you please come hooommmmmmeeeee"... 

You know what's funny, all this middle school nostalgia in my ears while writing a beauty post has me wondering, did I even wear makeup back then. I really don't remember and all my photos are back home at my moms house. It was like 20 years ago (not even a joke) so it's really hard to remember. Whatevs though, I know the kids are wearing it now and it's back to school time so.... maybe this will help them out. Which by the way, MY SISTER STARTS HIGH SCHOOL TOMORROW!!!!(9/2). WHAT EVEN. What is time? What is life? How did she get to 9th grade so fast? I can't believe this. But I do believe she'll be all up in the interests of makeup, I mean she already kills it with the winged liner so... let's do this!

favorite beauty products

1. Philosophy Purity Face Wash  - I keep repurchasing this because it's perfect. It's an all in one product, nothing like convenience! Being a makeup remover, cleanser, toner and it hydrates, that's about as simple as it gets when you're 99% asleep and really need to wash up before crawling into bed. |buy PURITY here|

2. It Cosmetics CC+ Your Skin But Better - A while back I bought the little travel size of this to try it out, totally forgot about it and then came across it in my drawers recently. And then I fell in love. The end. No but really, this is so good. It covers everything, evens out my skin, feels super light on my face all day and so basically it's perfect for getting ready at 6am.  |CC+ @ Ulta|

3. Urban Decay Naked Skin Concealer - I've struggled a lot with concealers and I know this one is a hit or miss across the reviews. But I stand by it as my hands down favorite ever. Basically everything creases on my whole face because I'm an old botox needing wrinkly mess, but this creases the least. Like basically not at all. |buy NSC here|

4. Laura Mercier Translucent Setting Powder - This is another product that I bought in the trial size, because I wasn't sure if the hype was legit. Let's just get right to the point. I will forever buy this. FOR.EV.ER. It gives me a velvet like airbrushed finish, it's like FaceTune in powder form. |buy LM here|

5. NYX Powder Blush - This may be shocking, but this is my first and only NYX blush (the color in the photo is way off  #lightingproblems). I don't know why I never bought these before but wow! So simply beautiful and very pigmented. The color I have is "pinched". |buy NYX here|

Oh look, this could also be called my current makeup routine. Because other than a little bit of brow pencil and mascara, this is it! I'm basic AF and I'm loving it.

What are your current beauty faves? If you've tried any of these products, let me know if you like them or hate them!

bye friends!