Lipsense: The lipcolor that lasts all day

One question I get asked often is about my lipcolor! I've shared some Instagram posts about this before and I've talked about it on my Instastories, but I thought a blog post would help answer any questions. Lately, I've been using Lipsense which I love. It's very different from other lipsticks/glosses I've used in the past.  My friend, Mandy, sells it and offered to give me one color to try.  She explained to me that it lasts all day, doesn't transfer, doesn't smudge, doesn't flake, and the tube itself lasts 4x longer than another lipcolor of the same size.  So basically, I was like, this is too good to be true!! This was back in November so I decided to give it a try on Thanksgiving.  I applied it in the morning (the color she gave me was Hazelnut, perfect for Thanksgiving), and it did not budge ALL day. I was in shock! Since then, I've bought Plum, Bella, First Love, and Sheer Berry from her because I loved it that much.  

Okay guys, so this stuff is insane. You apply three coats to clean lips (letting each coat dry in between), then apply the gloss and it locks it in all day! All you have to do is just reapply the gloss throughout the day, but the color does not wear at all. You can literally take your finger and swipe it acoss your lips and NO color will come off on your finger. It's insane. 

I will say that there are a couple things I wanted to tell you because they kind of suprised me at first. 1) There is a little bit of a learning curve to it all. The first couple times I tried it, I accidently rubbed my lips together in between coats (because that's what I usually do) which smudged the color.  You have to keep your lips separated until you apply the gloss (and then you can rub your lips together). Also, you can't swipe the wand back and forth over your lips. You have to just apply one coat (from one side to the next) and let it dry.  2) It does take a little longer to apply than normal lipcolor.  I'm used to swiping some lipstick on my lips as I run out the door or as I'm in the car and then I'm good to go.  Lipsense takes a little longer to apply BUT you apply it once, it lasts all day! I'd rather take a little more time in the morning to apply it then taking the time to reapply after every time I drink water, eat food, etc. throughout the day. 

Here is an awesome blog post that I found when I Googled "how to apply lipsense". This really helped me understand how it works and I've been totally sold ever since.  So you should definitely read it if you're thinking about buying it.  

The color I'm wearing in this post is Bella. It's definitely one of my favorites. My other favorite is First Love- which is the perfect everyday color that looks good on so many skin types.  I recommend Googling the colors before you buy so you can see what they really look like. 

  • Direct Message Mandy via Instagram to purchase Lipsense from her <3
  • PS... Isn't a paid post, I wasn't told to say this, and after Many gifted me one color, I bought 4 others on my own because I loved them so much. Couldn't help but share! xo

Brushes for a gorgeous blowout!

You know that feeling when you leave the salon after an amazing haircut?  They took the time to blow out your hair and you feel #flawless (like this). You don't know how your hairstylist managed to blow dry your hair without it ending in complete frizz, but somehow that magician/ stylist gave you the most glossy and smooth blowout without even breaking a sweat. The next day, you shower and decide that you're going to take a shot at this whole blowout thing, except the result of your attempt is a tangled mess of half dry- half wet frizzy hair, your arms are sore from holding the hair dryer for what seemed like ages, and you feel like you need to shower again because you're now drenched in sweat. 

Okay, well maybe I'm the only one, but this is me every time! They make it look so easy but I can never recreate that smooth blowout at home... insert 1907 brushes by Fromm Beauty.  For some reason, it never crossed my mind that maybe my brush was the issue?? Fromm Beauty offered to send me a few of their brushes to try them out... how could I say no?

Immediately I was drawn to the 1907 Hot Paddle brush. The thermal soothing plate features an aluminum pad that retains heat for reduced drying time and faster straightening. I'm always down to try anything that can save me time! I use this brush every time I'm drying my hair now and it's insane how much quicker and smoother my hair dries. You can also get more volume with the scalp hugging shape that lifts at the root.

1907 The Glosser brush features premium boar bristles that contain an anti-frizz serum. This brush emits natural moisture to improve hair texture, leaving you with an amazing, sleek shine.  Love it!

1907 "Do Everything" Square Brush has a unique square barrel that let's you smooth, wave or curl your hair with just the flick of your wrist. You can control if you just want a slight curve at the bottom or a bigger barrel curl. Also, this brush is rose gold which makes it even better. So pretty!

I've loved using these brushes and it's been amazing how much faster and smoother my hair dries. Each one has unique functionality to fix all your blowout issues and leave you feeling #flawless. 

xo,
Kathleen

 

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Rose Embroidered Everything

If you follow me on Insta, you've probably noticed that I can't get enough of this rose embroidered trend of the moment.  Maybe it's because Valentine's day is upon us and I'm feelin all the roses, or maybe it's because I love anything feminine with a hint of edge and this trend is exactly that. Whatever the reason is- I can't get enough and I don't plan on stopping anytime soon!

Here are some faves I found when I was doing some online shopping. I definitely ordered a few of these and I can guarantee you'll be seeing them pop up on my feed!

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Must-Have Statement Pieces for your Wardrobe

Do you want the bad news or good news first? Bad news? Okay. So, bad news: everything that I'm wearing is sold out. BUT good news: I've linked tons of similar items below to recreate this outfit!!!!

But seriously, I love the pieces in this outfit. The red fringe jacket is such a great statement piece to have in your closet. Everytime i wear it, I get tons of compliments because it's just so unique. I love the white lace blouse with a little tie detail on the neck. It adds a very sweet, feminine feel to the blouse. Kind of Parisian? I also wore this top to the blogger brunch I went to last weekend, but I paired it with a leather skirt.. There are so many ways to style a lace blouse like this so I linked a tonnn of similar styles below. And finally, a statement shoe. Okay, ever since I got these leopard boots, I have been on the HUNT for statement shoes. Whenever I'm getting dressed, I always gravitate towards my leopard boots so I realized that was a sign that I needed to add more statement boots to my wardrobe. I recently bought a pair of snakeskin boots, red suede boots, and rose embroidered studded boots to my collection (all linked below). It's such a great way to spice up a simple outfit. I also love distressed denim, especially with an unhemmed or fringe ankle. This style of denim is very on-trend right now and adds a fun flair to the bottom half of your outfit.  My purse is from Shop Suey Boutique, and is always my go-to. Hope everyone had a fab weekend!!! Lots of fun styles linked below :)

xo,

Kathleen

Front Tie Blouse

The Statement Shoe

Fringe Jacket

Distressed Denim

New Sunnies

Hey babes! Happy February! I can't believe January is already over. Does anyone feel like it completely flew by? I'm welcoming February with open arms because it means we are one step closer to spring! Also, I always love a new month. I just feel like a fresh start and never fails to inspire me. 

 So today I'm sharing a super cozy look that's been a good go-to during these colder months.  I love a simple, oversized turtleneck paired with OTK boots. This pair is from Shop Ippo and you can use code "KATHLEEN20IPPO" for 20% off your entire order! And everything is already super affordable to begin with so it's just an added bonus. And of course, my go-to handbag from Shop Suey Boutique

Also, I'm super excited about my new sunnies from Frames Direct. I have been eyeing these Ray-Bans for a while now because I love the funkier frame shape.  I feel like they make such a statement. Frames Direct has an awesome assortment of premium, designer eyewear at affordable prices- gotta love that! It's an amazing place to shop for sunglasses online.... now I just need a few more sunny days to wear them! Whenever the sun comes out while I'm driving, I whip out my sunglasses so fast because I'm just too excited. Anyways, hopefully we will start seeing more sunshine and blue skies, but even if we don't, I'll keep rockin my shades. 

Hope everyone has a fab hump day!

xo,

Kathleen 

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Winter Living Room Refresh

Does anyone else feel slightly depressed after taking the Christmas decorations down and realizing that your home looks barren and dull?!??! Whenever I take down my holiday decor, I always crave a little refresh in my home so I decided to add some newness to our living room!  I've been wanting to switch up our coffee table for a while. I'm not swearing off coffee tables, but I just really wasn't feeling mine. I love putting my feet up and I just felt like a tufted ottoman would be much more fitting (and comfy).  I took a trip to my fav home store, At Home, and got to searchin. My favorite thing about At Home is the massive selection that is always changing. Whenever I go, I always find so many new items at amazing prices. I found this amazing ottoman at a killer price and added a cute throw to keep it fresh and protect against spills while still looking cute. I also added a fun mirrored tray with some other trinkets from At Home.  I loove how it turned it! It's crazy how much of a difference it makes!!

Thanks for stopping by!

xo,

Kathleen 

Thanks to At Home for sponsoring this post. All opinions are my own and I'm thankful to work with brands I love!

New bag I'm crushin' on

Isn't it crazy how one accessory can totally amp up your outfit? Today I'm sharing a new handbag that I'm obsessed with. I gave you all a sneak peek of this bag on my Instastories, but I'm excited to share the full look on my blog today today! COCOVANN recently reached out to me about collaborating and after learning about their brand, I just felt like it was a perfect fit. COCOVANN designs handbags for career-driven women who love gorgeous, fashion-forward products that can easily go from the office to a dinner party (it's like they're speaking to me). 

If you guys love new purses, like I do, you have to check out their collection. By now, you guys probably know that I love a good structured purse.  You know, one that doesn't flop all over the place. Something sturdy, and high quality, without looking too business-y or briefcase-y. This bag is the perfect blend of sophisticated and trendy. I also love the hardware details that just add the perfect amount of bling (but not too much). Also, my friends at COCOVANN gave me a killer discount code to share with you all! Use code LEMONBLONDE2017 for 40% the AW16 Collection- but only for the next 30 days so don't wait if you want to use it! Yay! Happy Humpday.

xo,
Kathleen

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