Lovely Little Pick Me Up

So, the idea for the name of my blog came from Pinterest! When I was pinning away, as I usually do, I ran into pins that didn’t necessarily have a place. All of these posts were just little things that I liked or little happy quotes or bible verses. Every week, I will share pins with you from my Lovely Little Things Pinterest board and I hope they make you smile!

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My Top 5 Fave Lips

Hey everyone!

Today I want to share with you my five favorite lipsticks! I’ve hung on to all of these babies for over a year, and I keep re-buying them when I run them into the ground. Up first is my all time fave, Blankety by Mac! This is a darker nude shade that goes well with anything! I’m wearing it in my previous video.

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The next one is the darkest shade I own, since I rarely rock bold lips. It is a deep purple/red with shimmering effects, perfect for the holidays!

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Next is a cheap dupe for the above Mac shade. This is a L’Oreal lipstick that was my one true love before I decided to splurge on Blankety. It has the same, creamy darker nude shade.

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This next one is my go to pink! I love light pink on my lips, and this one has the perfect amount of sheer and shimmer, it’s also by L’Oreal.

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The last one is by Maybelline and it’s called Barely Bloomed. This is a very pale nude pink shade that goes on very creamy, I love it in the summertime!

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Everyday Glam Product Rundown

I’m excited to share with you all my first video production! I wanted you to see what products I use on a daily basis, and how I apply them. I will be doing a more detailed makeup tutorial very soon, so stay tuned! I would love to hear feedback on what you all think about simple videos like this, so comment below.

Products used:

Revlon ColorStay Foundation 

Maybelline NY Fit Me Pressed Powder

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

Lorac Pro Contour Palette 

Rimmel London Natural Bronzer 

Lancome Blush in Cedar Rose

Physicians Formula Mineral Glow Pearls

e.l.f. Shimmering Facial Whip

Maybelline NY Great Lash Clear Mascara 

Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Palette 

Sonia Kashuk Eye on Neutral Pallete

L’Oreal Voluminous Miss Manga Mascara

Sally Hansen Eyelash Curler 

L’Oreal Colour Riche Lip Liner in Beyond Pink

MAC Cosmetics Lipstick in Blankety 

L’Oreal Colour Riche Lipstick in Fairest Nude

 

Xoxo, Kylynn

Beauty DIY: Lemon Coconut Body Scrub

Hello!

With the change of season my skin is getting so dry! That’s why I wanted to try a body scrub to get some exfoliation going. I put so much care and effort into my face, but I never pay much attention to the rest of my skin. Sometimes I’m even so tired that I don’t put on lotion after a shower, which just makes me cringe when I think about it. So, I wanted to have an easy way that I could get exfoliation and moisturize at the same time. I found many different recipes for DIY body scrubs on Pinterest, but I decided to pull from the research I had done and use ingredients that I already had around my apartment. What you will need:

Coconut Oil

Coconut Sugar (can be substituted for regular sugar, brown sugar, or coffee grounds)

Lemon Juice/Oil

The process takes about five minutes! I didn’t have any cute little jars lying around so I just used a tupperware. Here’s what you do:

  1. Melt 1/2 cup of coconut oil by throwing it in the microwave for 30 seconds
  2. Add 1 cup of coconut sugar to the container and stir
  3. Add 30 drops of lemon oil or the juice from half a lemon and stir
  4. Add more sugar if consistency is extremely liquid

There you have it! I keep mine in the shower. I start by washing my face regularly and once the bathroom has steamed up and my pores are open, I stop the water and scrub scrub scrub with the mixture I created. It leaves my skin feeling soft and moisturized!

Also, I hope you all had a great Halloween! I dressed up as a Unicorn one night and then my boyfriend and I dressed up as Beyonce and Jay Z a different night, you can see pictures on my Instagram feed!

Xoxo,  Kylynn

A Short Getaway: Estes Park

This weekend I went with my sorority to Estes Park for a chapter retreat!

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I had a blast exploring the mountain town with my friends. We ate and shopped quite a bit and then we attempted to do a sunrise hike early the next morning!

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Outfit Details:

Tights & Hat – H&M

Handbag, Keychain & Sunglasses – Francesca’s

Boots – Bamboo (similar)

Shirt Dress – Target (similar)

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This salted caramel Oreo ice cream was absolutely to die for! img_4549img_4552

Stay tuned for a video tutorial on how I get these messy curls for my short hair!

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Overall, I had a great weekend. I love spending this quality time with my friends and making unforgettable memories! I never knew that Estes was only 45 minutes from Fort Collins, so I’m excited to visit more often. Where are your favorite places for a cheap weekend getaway? Let me know in the comments!

Xoxo, Kylynn

How To: Messy Bun

For years I have sported the messy bun as my every day go to look. I basically just struggle with my hair all. the. time. So, I often get stopped and questioned about how exactly I achieve my messy bun and today I want to share that with you!

First, I flip my head and gather all of my hair on the top of my head.

Next, I pull my hair through a hair tie as if I am going to put it into a ponytail. Instead of pulling all of my hair entirely through, I stop and go around with the hair tie once more. After doing this, I have a sort of croissant looking thing on my head.

Instead of leaving it like this, in order to achieve a more rounded, donut like shape, I take the hair from one side of the croissant and bring it down and around – tucking it into the hair tie next to the opposite side.

From here, I can loosen the hair on  my head and take more hair in a round a bout motion in order to achieve my desired look and messiness.

For years I have been searching for a way to explain this to others, so I hope it makes sense!

Please comment with questions.

Xoxo, Kylynn

Health on the Run: Quick Protein Shake

Hey ya’ll! Today I decided to share with you how I put together a quick, tasty protein shake!  As a student I am always running around like crazy during the week, so I have been looking for a way to throw a few ingredients in my NutriBullet and get my protein in for the day. I have always struggled with this because I am extremely picky, and I HATE the taste of protein mixed with just water or milk. This would be the easiest option since I would be able to just use my Blender Bottle, but I have tried countless types and flavors of protein and I have yet to come across one that tastes good in liquid form at room temperature. Another option I came across was making extremely delicious protein shakes that are flavors such as snickerdoodle, chocolate peanut butter, or Kit Kat. The only problem with this option is, though it may be fun, each one takes at least six ingredients. I simply don’t have time for that between school, work, and my sorority. So, today I’m sharing with you a simple, three ingredient solution to this problem of mine and it has yet to fail me!

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All you will need is PB2 (powdered peanut butter), vanilla protein, coconut milk, and ice! You can use any kind of blender for this.

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First, I start by pouring some coconut milk into my blender, using an approximate amount as shown below. You may also use almond milk, which is suggested for most protein shakes. However, I am allergic to tree nuts so I have to substitute!

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Next, I just add 1 scoop of vanilla protein.

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Then, I add PB2, a much healthier alternative to regular peanut butter. I am OBSESSED with this stuff because it is just so much easier than using a spoon and sticky peanut butter and trying to get it to blend smoothly. The amount of PB2 used is completely up to you! However much peanut butter taste you desire, you can add as little or as much as you prefer. I usually shake a generous amount into my blender.

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The last thing you will need is ice! I usually prefer a thick, milkshake texture for my protein shakes so I add about 10-12 ice cubes.

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After adding these ingredients, I usually give the blender a little shake and then I bend it until smooth!

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There we have it! A thick, creamy, peanut butter vanilla protein shake made in less than 5 minutes! The nice thing about a NutriBullet is that you can take the cup you made your shake in and it’s good to go. I buy these large milkshake straws at King Soopers and stick one in my shake and then I can easily be on my way!

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Do you have any simple protein shakes that you prefer? I would love to hear from you so I can try out some other quick and tasty options! Until next time,

Xoxo, Kylynn

A Day In Enemy Territory

Hey everybody! Meet my older sister, Sydney. She just graduated from CSU in May and she now lives in Broomfield with her boyfriend Christian. We are extremely close so we take every chance we can to get together and hang.

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On Saturday we decided to hit Boulder! We’re both slightly poor being students and all so we just wanted to kill time and do some window shopping on Pearl Street. It ended up being so much better than anticipated because there was some sort of fair going on. Tents full of handmade jewelry and art lined the street and we came across SO many beautiful and unique things.

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One of my favorites was the bracelet pictured above. We found this gem through a jewelry company called Lux and Luca. My sister bought a bracelet from this tent and it was the same style as this one but it said “IT IS WHAT IT IS” and I bought a ring that says “HUSTLE” that I am absolutely obsessed with.

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Another tent that really caught my eye was Stacy Sterling and they were selling the dream catchers pictured in my header image for this post. The jewelry there was absolutely stunning and locally handmade! I wanted all of it. One last place that we came across was a tent with all kinds of things from drink-ware to stickers! It was called Craft Boner – LOL. They have so many different things with hilarious sayings on them such as “lady boss” or “get down with yo bad self” which made me laugh. I love this kind of thing because you can’t find it anywhere else and their products make for great confidence-building gifts! This day turned out to be one of the best! I had a blast taking pictures with my sister and supporting the local artists. The cardigan/lace thing that I’m wearing is from Francesca’s, I purchased it for Easter last year. My sister’s is from LuLaRoe.

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Do any of you know of some amazing local artists? Comment below, I would love to hear from you!

Xoxo, Kylynn

Taking Black Jeans from Cheap to Chic

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Hey there! Today I want to share with you all how I took my $25 jeans from Kohl’s and turned them into a fashion statement. As I was shifting through my pants drawer trying to find something to wear a while back, I came across these black jeans that I had bought months ago. I realized that I barely ever wore them, because, well why would I wear jeans if I can wear leggings that look just the same but are 10x more comfortable? Then I thought about the vast amount of inspiring outfits on my pinterest board that feature ripped black skinny jeans and, lightbulb! Now yes, I was one of those twelve year olds that thought I was a brilliant fashionista and botched at least a dozen pair of jeans, but this time I really wanted something wearable. All you need to recreate this look are some cheap jeans and a pair of basic scissors! The trick is, instead of actually cutting through the fabric to create holes, you basically have to shave it down.

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By opening the scissors as far as they will go and taking one blade to the jeans while applying pressure, rub the blade back and forth with speed in order to start shedding the fabric. You may have to dig the end of the blade into the jeans to start the rip, but once that is done continue to rub horizontally. By doing this, you will notice that the strings beneath the first layer of fabric that hold the holes together starts to show. This gives that distressed look that can only be found by store bought distressed jeans.

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Continue doing this until you achieve your desired look! Good luck to you, and feel free to comment with questions.

Xoxo, Kylynn