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July Wishlist: Sephora Edition

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I haven’t been able to get my hands on any new makeup lately because of our move and our tight budget, so knowing that my first paycheck from my new job is coming in the next few days has me very excited. I want to be able to stay up to date with new products and review them on here! There will be more beauty focus coming soon!! Anyways! Since I am so excited for all the new products I’ll be able to get into now that I have cash flow again, I put together a wishlist of products that I want to try out from Sephora and hopefully review on this blog for y’all 🙂

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Blushed Copper

Becca x Jaclyn Hill Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop This one will probably be sold out by Monday because JH is so popular. She deserves it though! If you have been under a rock and never seen her videos, here is her channel on YouTube.

#Instamarc Light Filtering Contour Powder Y’all I touch this every time I go into the store, it is SO soft.

Hourglass Ambient Lighting Palette I know this one has been out for a long time, but I still need it, it’s too gorgeous not to have.

Sephora Perfection Mist Airbrush Bronzer for Face and Body

Tartelette Amazonian Clay Matte Eyeshadow Palette

Make Up Forever Artist Shadows (yeah all of them they’re amazing)

Buxom Customizable Eyeshadow Palette

KatVonD Monarch Eyeshadow Palette I’m trying really hard to get into warm shades. Cool tones are my BFF’s.

Narsissist Dual Intensity Eyeshadow Palette

Velour Lashes for Sephora in these four styles: Flarey Tale, Charlotte’s Web, Whispie Business, & My Life’s Complete


Too Faced Melted Liquified Long Wear Lipstick in Melted Fig

Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipsticks in Tesoro and Amore

  This is currently what’s on my beauty wishlist! What’s on yours? Leave a comment with the products you are dreaming about! If you own anything on my wishlist, tell me how you like it!

Day Hiking Adventure – Flatirons

Sam and I have finally started at our new jobs in Denver and wow we are busy now. I forgot how tiring working all day is! But I am loving my new job, I’ve been stationed with the MAC cosmetics counter and I did my first makeover with them yesterday! It was so much fun, I forgot how much I love doing makeovers. Hopefully I will get certified with them soon so I can do more!

Today though, Sam and I both had the day off! We were both up early this morning, so we decided to do a day hike! The first time I ever hiked was with my dad and stepmom and siblings in Arkansas. It was such a pretty trail, I still have some of the pictures from the disposable camera my parents had bought for all three of us. It would have been more fun if we had been in any way prepared to hike on that vacation and if I had packed anything other than $5 Old Navy flip flops to wear for shoes.

Luckily, I learned my lesson seven ish years ago and was slightly more prepared for this hike (I did forget sunscreen and we are now both a lovely red color). We drove to Boulder and hiked at the Flatirons Vista Trailhead path, but I am pretty sure we wandered into some Eldorado Canyon trails… It was so fun! We were unsure what the hype was about hiking, since everyone here does it, and we completely understand now! It is SO BEAUTIFUL!! The pictures I’m about to share don’t do these gorgeous mountains any justice, especially since I am still working with iPhones (so sorry, I promise I’m working on it!). This was also free! Which was definitely a plus since we are still operating on a tight budget.

This is gonna be a pretty picture heavy post, enjoy!
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^A storm was hanging out in the mountains! We got a little rain; it felt so good! It was super cool to see and walk through where the storm just stopped.

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^The water in this creek was SO clear and cold. I wish I could have swam in it haha

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^So cute 😉

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^Sam carried my VS Pink backpack filled with hot water bottles the whole time :p

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^The dandelions were the size of my hand!! So crazy. (Sorry for my nail polish)

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^I’m still just in awe over these pictures and just how amazing the mountains are. I’m in love.

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^These last two are my favorites I think

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We had the best time! I can’t wait to go again, hopefully on a week day when it will be less crowded. What are your favorite hikes? Let me know in the comments!

Skincare Routine for Oily Skin

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I was blessed with oily skin from both my mom and my dad. And I actually don’t mean blessed in a sarcastic way, I truly am grateful for oily skin! Oily skin keeps wrinkles away longer than with dry skin (or skin you don’t take care of!). I’ve only just recently come to appreciate my oiliness. I struggled with excessively oily skin throughout high school because I didn’t know how to take care of it! I was lucky enough to never have acne, but obviously I broke out every now and then. I was playing sports and not washing my face on a regular basis. Gross! So anytime it would get remotely hot (which hello, it was Texas so that was pretty much year round) my makeup would slide right off and I became a giant ball of grease.

This skincare routine I have been using for about a year and it has made such a difference in my skin! I would say I’m about half as oily as I was a year ago, even on really hot days. This is the routine that works for me, so it may not work for you, we all have different skin! Feel free to take these products and the information about them and mix them into your own routine/knowledge!

The first thing I do is wash my face with Philosophy’s Purity face wash. This gets everything off. Waterproof mascara? Gone. Super long wearing lipstick? Gone. Super long wearing eyeliner? Gone. Lash glue? Destroyed. It’s awesome. I would not recommend this to those of you with dry skin, it can feel very drying after sometimes on my oily skin and dry skin doesn’t need anything else to suck out moisture. This stuff is a little pricey, but 100% worth it, and it lasts for months. Like most higher end products, it’s worth it in the long run! Another great thing about this bottle of magic is that it also doubles as a makeup brush cleaner! WHAT? I know. It’s the bomb, two products in one? You can’t beat that.

Next step is toner! Toners are important!! Washing your face sightly upsets the pH balance in your skin, so correcting that imbalance with a toner after washing your face keeps your skin healthy and younger looking longer. Lately, I’ve been spraying this on my Beauty Blender to help blend out my under eye concealer and distribute the excess product better. It makes a difference! This one is from Lush, who, if you haven’t heard of them, are an amazing company that makes bath and body products from all natural ingredients! Most of their products are vegan or vegetarian and they do a lot of charity work around the world. They’re a fabulous company that you can feel good buying from. Which is helpful since it’s hard not to spend an embarrassing amount of money when you go in. This toner is the Tea Tree Toner which is formulated for oily or acne prone skin and it has grapefruit extract to control oils and breakouts. Check it out! It’s a spray bottle so you just lightly mist it over your face (it feels amazing) and then follow up with a moisturizer!

The moisturizer I follow up with is from Benefit Cosmetics called Total Moisture. This is the “night time” moisturizer from Benefit, so it is thick! They have a “daytime” moisturizer called Triple Performing if you know you don’t like thick moisturizers, but I really recommend trying this one if you can! Triple Performing is too thin in my opinion and doesn’t do much for my skin. Those of you with relatively normal skin will probably like that one! All of Benefit’s skincare line (which I do fully stand behind, I worked for them for a year and I definitely don’t love everything, but the skincare is really good, especially for younger people, and it smells delicious!) has a Triradiance Complex in each product meaning that it brightens your skin when you use it. You can see the difference automatically.

You’re probably wondering why I use such a thick moisturizer day and night if I’m oily. Won’t that make it worse? No! The opposite actually. I’ve met a lot of girls who think that because they have oily skin they don’t have to or shouldn’t moisturize. Wrong! Skin needs moisture, no matter what type of skin you have. Using a thicker moisturizer on oily skin will trick your skin into thinking that there’s already oil there, so it doesn’t produce it! My makeup goes on so smooth and stays on so much longer when I moisturize with this versus when I don’t!

The last step is eye cream. It is never too early to start preventative skincare! Starting earlier on anti-aging makes it easier when you do actually get older. You will already have fabulous skin instead of scrambling to get all the best skincare to try to turn back the clock. The eye cream I use is also by Benefit. It’s Potent! is the perfect starter eye cream. It isn’t too fancy, it has three simple goals: hydrate, brighten, depuff. This cream feels so good under your eyes, especially when stored in the fridge, or if you put it in the freezer for 10 minutes before using it. You can feel it tingling and penetrating the skin, I love it. Sam loves it too, he gets dark circles a little bit worse than I do, so when they get bad I will put It’s Potent! on him for a few days and they lighten up!

About once a week I will use a mask to deep clean my skin and get rid of dead skin. My favorites are the Peter Thomas Roth Laser Free Retexturizer and the Lush fresh face masks!

What do you use in your skincare routine? Why is skincare important to you? Let me know in the comments 🙂

A Letter to my Love

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Three years!

That’s crazy to me. It feels like we have known each other for a million years. We have only just begun! How lucky am I to have found the person I want to grow old and grey with at 17? You derailed my life in the best possible way. Being with you makes me want to be more, because you know what I am capable of, you push me to be better. You’re level headed and responsible and you bring me down to earth. You keep me tethered. You put yourself aside to make me happy and I’m forever grateful to you. You open up to me completely and it makes me love you even more every time you do.

Being so committed so young is underrated. Growing with you is the most beautiful blessing I could have ever imagined. Instead of listening to the stories about your twenties ten years from now trying to soak up every detail and wishing I had those years to spend with you, I get to be in the stories. I don’t have to wish for these years with you because I already have them. I get to experience every milestone, every triumph and every failure and I will always be rooting for you. I’m your number one fan, and I know you’re mine. You support everything I do, I can’t tell you how much that means to me.

I love how passionate you are about the things you love, you don’t do things half-heartedly. I love how smart you are, and I love how much you love Jesus. I love how much you love your baby siblings, I know you’re going to be an amazing dad one day in 9 years. 😉 I love when you roll over to find me in your sleep and when you give me foot massages without me asking. I love how much you love me and want to provide for me. You’re the most genuine person I’ve ever met and you care so deeply about the people you love. You’re an outstanding human being and I am overwhelmed by how lucky I am that you have chosen me to give yourself to. I am so excited to spend the rest of our lives together learning and growing and stumbling and falling and picking each other back up again. We are a team, and there’s no one else I would want to do life with.

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Making sure we had a sweet dinner together even though our whole apartment was packed into the
Jeep 🙂

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Loving on Sam’s sweet baby brother, Dru, at the Denver Aquarium!

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I’m always making him take pictures with me in the car, even if he’s eating a banana and not paying attention to me 😉

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The first time we landed in Denver together when we came to look for apartments over spring break! One of my favorite pictures of us. We were so excited, you can see it in our faces!

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An extra blurry Christmas picture ft. our fur babies, Dale and Lil Kitty (they’ll have their own posts soon, don’t worry). This was the first Christmas we had spent by ourselves away from our families because of our jobs. It was tough, but we made the best of it, and I loved spending my Christmas with just our little family.

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And finally, a throwback from last year right after our two year anniversary in Key West with Sam’s family. We look like babies compared to now! Especially Sam.

I love you I love you I love you (nightman)

(If anyone gets that reference comment below because you’re my new best friend)

Happy three years with so many more to go!

Thanks for reading my sappy anniversary post, leave some of the things you love about your significant other in the comments!

Five Things You Need from Trader Joe’s

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I love looking at all the fresh flowers as soon as I walk in the door!
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I always love grocery shopping when we go to Trader Joe’s. Which is about twice a week, sometimes more. We can’t stay away! We do have to go more often to buy groceries since we don’t drive as much anymore, and we can only buy what we are willing to carry the half mile walk home. It has been an interesting adjustment, but I am so grateful for it! Walking a mile every time we need groceries has helped us so much with adjusting our bodies to the elevation, and it gets us out of the apartment. Summer in Denver is absolutely beautiful. It’s always sunny and breezy and never too hot. I love being outside now! I do realize that this will change come fall, but I’m going to soak up all the sunshine I can before experiencing my first real fall season. In Texas the seasons just shift from summer to extreme summer straight to winter and then you have a week of spring and it’s back to summer! Sometimes summer likes to sneak into winter’s time and you get a nice pool day right before Christmas Eve. You really just never know.

So, while we still have this beautiful weather I am going to walk to Trader Joe’s as many times as I can. I want to fill my apartment with the flowers and succulents and herbs they have set up as soon as you walk in. I want to try things I’ve never heard of and would never think of tying until Trader Joe’s made it into something yummy. I want to eat more nutritiously. One of my favorite things about Denver that I didn’t think would matter to me at all before I moved here is the amount of affordable organic groceries. I feel like I’ve been getting ripped off my entire life in Texas. My body feels better and I’m able to eat full meals that are actually satisfying and keep me from getting hungry again two hours later. I feel good about the stores that we buy from and the food we are putting into our bodies, which has become extremely important to me lately.

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Five Things You Need from Trader Joe’s:
Kettle Corn
Goat Cheese and Sundried Tomato Ravioli
Blueberry and Pomegranate Green Tea
Trader Giotto’s Alfredo Sauce
Gone Bananas (frozen chocolate covered banana bites!)

These things are staples that come home with me almost every time I leave Trader Joe’s. The ravioli is my favorite of all I think. Sam will eat just that for dinner even though it doesn’t have any meat in it! He is very much a meat and potatoes boy, even though he doesn’t look it. The goat cheese is so rich that one package is enough to fill us both up. I also love buying chicken from Trader Joe’s because it’s organic! I have definitely left Walmart or HEB before and gotten home only to find some not so yummy looking chicken breasts and just had to throw them away. SO much money wasted on sub par meats, and recently the FDA reported that up to 70% of the chicken (not organic from my understanding) being sold had dangerously high levels of arsenic. Yuck! It makes a lot of sense now. I feel good about buying meats from TJ’s because it’s all organic.

So there’s my ode to Trader Joe’s. It’s never a chore to grocery shop anymore and I’m eating better than ever! Also, how adorable are these reusable Colorado themed grocery bags??

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Leave some of your TJ’s favorites in the comments!



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About Me! TX // CO

Hello! Thanks so much for stopping by Lashes & Life!

This blog is going to be somewhere for me to archive my new life in Colorado. I want to remember everything! I always find myself leaving a place or event wishing I had documented it in some way, wishing I had somewhere beautiful to document it. This blog is to document everything; daily life in the heart of downtown Denver for a 20 year old girl, beauty tips and products, relationships, things that inspire me, personal entries, etc. I hope you decide to stick around and figure out how to be an adult with me!

My name is McKayla, I’m freshly 20 and a recent transplant from Texas to Colorado.


Some of My Favorite Things:

My boyfriend
My two sweet cats
All things beauty
Planning in my Kikki K
Living in the city!

I was born and raised outside of Dallas, Texas in a decently sized college town. (My hometown recently made quite a splash ).  I moved to central Texas to go to college at Texas State University in San Marcos, just outside of Austin. I was the most excited I have ever been about anything, but by the time I got there, I felt like I had outgrown the sleazy typical “college experience”. The parties I did try to go to were grimy and sweaty and crawling with sweaty frat boys trying to hand you lukewarm 4Lokos to a Diplo song played by a “dj” (read: pledge). Not exactly my idea of a good time. I ended up hating the school and the town (for good reasons which I may or may not put into a post one day). I had been in a relationship for over a year (which I am still in today) and going out just didn’t appeal to me anymore. I will always pick snuggling up with my boyfriend and watching Parks and Recreation for the millionth time over going out.

We moved in together after my first year of college was over and I was out of student housing. We moved into a crappy apartment on the Guadalupe River and I got my first job at a makeup counter.While I went to school, I worked for Benefit Cosmetics which caused me to fall head over heels for the beauty industry. I loved everything about it! Being surrounded by makeup is my heaven. But my job was the only thing about an entire year that was good. My boyfriend and I hated living where we were and were starting to get fed up with living in Texas in general (we are both bleeding liberals, so you can imagine how Texas became a hard place to live in as of late).

One night we decided to look up how expensive it is to live in cities we both agreed would be amazing to live in. We looked at a few outrageous dreams first (Dubai, London, various tropical islands…) and then we thought about Denver. Neither of us had ever been, but from all of the pictures and blogs and articles we read on the internet in search of any and every detail about this city, it seemed like a phenomenal place to live. We started to think about Denver less in an abstract and more as a possibility. The more we researched apartment rates and minimum wages and job availability, we started to see that living in Denver could actually be a reality for us. We looked at schools in Denver, and they had everything either of us would ever want to major in.

We made the decision to move states after talking to our families together, and it has been the absolute best thing we have ever done. Living in such a central location has been saving us so much money and making us so much happier than we were living in Texas. We are so blessed that my boyfriend (whose name is Sam btw) has such fantastic parents who are willing to support us financially through this move and finding jobs. Jobs we both start in the coming week! Very exciting. In the fall Sam is going back to college for his mechanical engineering degree and I am going to Paul Mitchell to get my esthetician license and then returning to finish my college degree in business in the fall of 2016.

So to end this outrageously long inaugural post, here are a couple pictures of downtown from our walk to the post office to send off our Father’s Day cards to Texas! They’re just iPhone pictures, so I do apologize. I’m working on getting a DSLR camera hopefully within a month or so! So just bear with me for a bit 🙂




(sorry for the minimal makeup and third day hair in the last picture, but I still think we are a pretty cute couple 😉 )