September 26, 2016

Packing List: Napa & San Francisco

I've just arrived home from one of my favorite trips ever!! Napa was truly as spectacular as I expected to be. I have plenty of posts planned for the upcoming weeks sharing my outfits, our itinerary and the restaurants and vineyards we visited. To see a few pics you can check out my instagram EverydayK_.

For today's post I'm focusing on what I packed for my trip! We spent 3 days and 3 nights in Napa and one day and night in San Francisco. The weather was expected to be in the 70s during pretty much the whole trip. I was excited to get my first taste of Fall. I always love wearing dresses and so I used this as an opportunity to wear them almost everyday! It's also easier to pack when you only have one item to make an outfit! If what I packed isn't still available I linked similar items. 

Packing List
White Tshirt

September 23, 2016

Review: Essie Gelcouture Nail Polish

I love getting manicures and pedicures! I feel pampered and super girly while I get them. Typically it is something I do with my girlfriends which makes it an even better experience. I feel more polished and put together when I have my nails done.

It can be a bit of a splurge to get my nails done so lately I’ve been trying to keep it to special occasions! I typically get a gel manicure because of how long the color lasts. Many nail polish brands have come out with their own version of gel polish for home use. They typically require a polish, top coat and a UV light. I didn’t want to buy a UV light so I decided to try Essie’s new gelcouture nail polishes.

Essie’s gelcouture line comes in 42 colors and only requires the polish and special top coat. There aren’t any special instructions so even an amateur like me can do it! I picked a deep crimson, Spiked with Style, and decided to give it a whirl. I’ve used it twice now and I love it!!

Essie gelcouture's formula is great! It’s not as thin as some other brands so I found it easier to use and apply. The color is pretty opaque so only two coats are needed. I added a third coat because I wanted the color really dark! Once the color polish is dry, add the top coat! The top coat definitely has the shine factor that salon gel polish has. It’s thick but goes on really smooth! The only real downside to this polish is that it has to dry for awhile like regular polish. It isn’t instantly dry like the gel polish that uses the UV light. For me, this just means I relax on my couch for a little longer and watch some TV! Once it is dry, you are good to go!

Now the biggest thing you want to know is whether it lasts as long as gel polish! After using it twice, I believe it lasts about 12 days in great condition. I didn’t have any chips or issues with the polish! The color looked shiny and I was actually impressed by my nail polish skills!

Only nail polish remover is needed to take the polish off. The Essie gelcouture comes off much easier than typical gel nail polish. I definitely find this a major benefit. Once I take off gel polish from the salon, my nails seem thinner and weaker. My nails were a bit stained after I removed the polish. I’m not sure if that’s because I used such a dark polish. This could be prevented with a base coat.

I definitely recommend buying this polish and I will be purchasing a few more colors soon! I think I want a few more dark colors Fall, maybe a dark green or grey!


September 21, 2016

Grey Vibes

On Monday I shared that I'm heading somewhere that is on my bucket list! I'm currently in Napa with two girlfriends and am having the best time wine tasting. The weather here is gorgeous and really feels like the beginnings of Fall. To keep up with my adventures follow my instagram (EverydayK_) and my snapchat (kkrittenbrink). I'll share what I did in Napa and San Francisco and the outfits I wore in some upcoming posts!

While Napa and San Fran feel Fall like, temperatures in Oklahoma are cooling down but still not quite ready for the booties and scarves look. However, I have been able to wear denim and not be too hot running around all day. While I wait for the cooler days, I can start to pull out some of my favorite Fall colors and share them with you.

A monochromatic look is always an easy way to look chic and pulled together. Grey is one of my favorite colors to wear in Fall and Winter. It pairs as great with blush, cream, navy, and as it does with itself. Grey on grey is understated and with as many shades that there are (insert 50 shades joke here), it's anything but boring!

I love this look for a great date night or a night out with your girls! The skinny jeans balance out the flowiness of the peplum top. The lace texture creates extra interest with the grey on grey. When it cools off, you can throw on a leather jacket! This peplum top is truly one that goes from work to fun. I can see it worn to the office with black wide leg pants and a cardigan or blazer.

Ankle Strap Heels, old (similar here) - Monogram Clutch 

September 19, 2016

How To: Clean Your Makeup Brushes

Yesterday I packed up for my trip tomorrow! I have an early flight tomorrow for somewhere on my bucket list! When I starting packing my makeup it reminded me that I hadn’t cleaned my makeup brushes in a few weeks. I try to clean them ever 2-3 weeks!
It is important to clean your brushes for several reasons. Expensive or cheap, cleaning your make up brushes will keep them in good shape. Your brushes will last longer in the long run if they are cleaned frequently. They will also work better. Make up can build up in the brush and it can make the bristles matted or oily. This will make it harder to get the makeup look you are looking for. Besides dirt, dirty makeup brushes can have bacteria in them. The bacteria can cause break outs and other skin problems.
Now that I’ve convinced you to clean your makeup brushes, let me show you how.

What you Need
Your makeup brushes
Dish Soap
Small Dish

1.       Fill a small dish with water and add a few drops of dish soap.
2.       One at a time swirl your brushes in the water. You may need to push the bristles against the bottom of the dish so you get some friction to get the makeup worked out. Keep swirling until you’ve gotten all the makeup out.
3.       Rinse the brush in running water an then lay on a towel to dry.
4.       Take your second brush and repeat. As the water gets dirty you may need to change it out for clean water.
5.       Once dry, fluff the bristles against your hand to return them to their shape.

Tips: Don’t let the water get up in the brush handle. This can cause the glue in the handle to loosen and you’ll lose bristles.

Do not stand the brush up while drying. This will also cause water to get in the handle and loosen the glue.

September 16, 2016

The Perfect Travel Bag

I’m so excited for an upcoming trip next week. I’ve been planning outfits in my head for the past week. I try to pack smart and not overpack. One thing I always bring when traveling is a great crossbody bag, it’s the perfect travel bag! Whether you are exploring the sights, finding new restaurants or exploring a new neighborhood, it’s important to have your hands free. A crossbody bag allows you to have everything you need for the day with you but it’s easier to carry around than other types of handbags. I prefer a small crossbody, that just holds the essentials: wallet, lipstick, sunglasses, phone, and gum.  

A small crossbody, in a neutral color, can go from sightseeing to dinner so it can be the only purse you need for a trip. A tan crossbody, like this one and this one, can be carried all four seasons. I love this foldover shape. You can tuck in the straps and carry it as a clutch at night.

A crossbody with a print can still be neutral too! The tan and black spotted print will go with about anything. For a basic black crossbody, I love this one and the hardware on this one adds a bit of edge.

If you need to hold more than just the basic items, this crossbody holds everything! It also has straps that allow it to be carried as a satchel, adding to it’s versatility. 

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