Wednesday, August 6, 2014

#GRWM chit chat and a ColourPop first impression!

Man oh man do I have a lot to say! How is it that everytime I go to film a little mini video that will be "really quick" it turns into over an hour of me flappin' my trap! Don't worry, I've edited it down to a reasonable (ha!) length....

Welcome to my first “Get Ready With Me” chit chat video!

Today I wanted to share with you my first impressions on ColourPop’s shadows and pressed pigments while having a little chit chat.

I’d love to know what you think! Please feel free to contact me:

Great Resources for cruelty free living:

Logical Harmony

Leaping Bunny

Cruelty-Free International

Items used in this video:

·      NYX | Eye Shadow Base – white

·      ColourPop | Super Shock Pressed Pigment – slave2pink

·      ColourPop | Super Shock Shadow – dare

·      Makeup Geek | Eye Blender Brush

·      Makeup Geek | Soft Dome Brush

·      Anastasia Beverly Hills | Brow Wiz – auburn

·      e.l.f. | Liquid Eyeliner – black

·      e.l.f. | Cover Everything Concealer – light

·      NYX | Concealer Corrector Brush

·      Urban Decay | 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil – rockstar

·      Makeup Geek | Pencil Brush

·      e.l.f. | Translucent Matifying Powder

·      Makeup Geek | Angled Contour Brush

·      ecoTools | Large Powder Brush

·      e.l.f. | Matte Lip Color – natural

·      NYX | Butter Gloss – angel food cake

·      LUSH | Liquid Lipstick – bubbly

Companies from this video:

NYX – CF. PETA Certified. Parent company is not CF.

ColourPop – CF. Stated on company website.

Makeup Geek – CF. Stated on company website.

Anastasia Beverly Hills – CF. PETA Certified.

e.l.f – CF. PETA Certified. Cosmetics are 100% vegan. Brushes are not all vegan.

Urban Decay – CF. Leaping Bunny Certified. Parent company is not CF.

ecoTools – CF. PETA Certified. 100% vegan.

LUSH – CF. PETA Certified.

Monday, August 4, 2014

A whole bunch of chit chat and a mini haul

Hey Dudes! This video turned out to be substantially longer than I had anticipated. What I thought would be a quick 5 minute run through of some cheap-y cosmetics I picked up at Beauty Island turned into a 20 minute chit chat session. Whoops! Let me know what you think about having longer videos like this one. I doubt I'll do it very often, but I think it's kind of fun! 

If you have any questions, comments, or just want to chit chat with me in real time, hit me up on any of my social platforms! I'm on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and of course you can leave comments on my YouTube channel too! I love hearing from you, it totally makes my day!

xoxox kat 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

sunday inspiration #15 - monochrome

Happy Sunday Dudes! Today's Sunday inspiration is monochrome, which I am super stoked on. Totally reminds me of the 60's, one of my all time favorite decades. What's inspiring you this week? Don't forget to check out what is inspiring my blogger bff Gina this week over at Tulle and Combat Boots! 

I grabbed all these images from pinterest. Generally I loathe not properly sourcing images, but I'm just so pooped tonight! I will do my best to go back later this week and find the proper sources. In the meantime you can check them all out on my pinterest account :)

xoxox kat

Friday, August 1, 2014

Petit Vour: vegan & cruelty free beauty

I received my second Petit Vour very soon after the first since I subscribed out of cycle, what a happy surprise! This month's box was curated by Logical Harmony, an amazing web resource for cruelty free and vegan beauty.

As a newbie video blogger I'm still figuring everything out. Unfortunately I had an issue with the sound in this video and lost a little bit of footage. I did my best to realign the sound, but I hope you all are forgiving if it's still a smidge off. I'm learning every step of the way!

On to the box!

Summer Loves | Petit Vour + Logical Harmony:

LVX 5 Free Nail Laquer - Lolli | $16
Modern Minerals Mineral Eye Shadow - Cherish | $12.50
Pelle Beauty Face Oil - Luxe | $29-68
Schmidt's Natural Deoderant - Lavender & Sage | $9

Have you guys tried any of these products? Do you have a Petit Vour subscription? Let me know what you think! Hit me up on Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook.

xoxox kat

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

ColourPop Shadows & Pressed Pigments

Check out my first order from ColourPop Cosmetics! These shadows and pressed pigments are SO VIVID! I CAN NOT WAIT to try them all! All the exclamation points!!!!

ColourPop Cosmetics

Cruelty Free!
"Seriously, we are crazy proud of our bunny-approved, only tested on humans, products. We are the guinea pigs. We come to work makeup less, and by lunch have one blue eye and a shocker pink lip - cute right? We know we’re working hard when a date mentions after an awkward silence that we might want to do a quick makeup check... Yep, true story!"

FREE SHIPPING to the US on orders of $30 or more

What I bought:

Super Shock Shadow: Envy - $5 

Super Shock Shadow: Dare - $5

Super Shock Pressed Pigment: Slave2Pink - $5

Super Shock Shadow: Sunnies - $5

Super Shock Pressed Pigment: Glowstix - $5

Super Shock Pressed Pigment: Fizz - $5

Super Shock Shadow: Empire - $5

What do YOU think of these colors? Too bright? Just right? Hit me up on twitter and let me know what you think!

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Sunday Inspiration #13 - cobalt

Happy Sunday Dudes! Today I want to just lay around the house and recover from last night's remix release party for my band Technophobia at Black Cat. We played with two SUPER RAD bands: Curse from Baltimore and Void Vision from Philadelphia. They were amazing and I am so pleased that they were able to join us for our big event. You can listen to the remixes streaming HERE!

Anyway, on to some sunday inspiration! This weeks hue is cobalt. I love this rich color and was very taken by the combination of cobalt and rusty reds and browns. I very unfortunately was unable to properly source all these images, but was so taken by them I couldn't not share. If you happen to know the original sources for them please do let me know!

So what is inspiring you this week? Don't forget to check out what is inspiring my blogger bff G this week on Tulle and Combat Boots!

xoxox kat

Thursday, July 17, 2014

My First Petit Vour Box!

I'm stoked to share my first Petit Vour box! It's a beauty subscription service that provides all vegan and cruelty free items. Score! 

Logical Harmony – Tashina Combs

The Petit Vour Box!
Luxury vegan beauty * Delivered Monthly

$15 per month

Away We Go – The Travel Collection

EVOLVh – UltraShine Moisture Shampoo & Conditioner | $17

MUN – No. 1 Aknari, brightening youth serum | $95

ncLA – 5 Free Luxury Nail Lacquer, santa monica shore thing | $16

TAY – Rosehip Balancing Cleanser with Seabuckthorn | $35

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Sunday Inspiration #12 - moss green

Happy Sunday Dudes! Today I want to share some moss green inspiration with you.

Green is my favorite color and this earthy hue makes me feel centered. While I'm on the one hand a rock&roll city chick, I find myself most spiritual and at peace alone in some green space. Whether it be a walk in a park, a hike through a forest, or just sitting under a tree by the road, feeling grounded to this planet gives me at times an overwhelming sense of smallness and hits home how silly it is for such an insignificant piece of the puzzle to fret over silly things as I often do.

Moss green inspiration accessories via Real Simple | Moss green hippo planter via Etsy | Bunny planter with moss via Flickr | Statue covered in moss via Flickr | Handmade moss green cloche via Etsy | Tiny live terrarium necklaces via Etsy

What is inspiring you this week? Don't forget to check out what is inspiring my blogger bff G this week over at Tulle and Combat Boots!

xoxox kat

ULTA Haul!

Welcome to my brand new YouTube channel! This is my first video; I hope you can bear with me as I navigate this world as a novice vlogger. I am bound to improve as I continue to film and post!

Friends in this video:
Gina of Tulle and Combat Boots:
Lisa of  Just Pop Fashion:

NYX Cosmetics: 
"NYX Cosmetics is certified and acknowledged by organizations, such as PETA, as a cruelty free brand. NYX is committed to producing 100% cruelty-free cosmetics. NYX does not test any of its raw materials or finished products on animals."

MAC Cosmetics: 
"M.A.C has a longstanding policy to not test on animals, nor ask others to test on our behalf, except when required by law."

Physicians Formula: 
"Physicians Formula Inc. does not conduct tests, or commission any outside facility to conduct tests that involve the use of animals. The safety of our products is determined using such alternate methods as "in-vitro" testing, human clinical evaluations and human use-trials under the supervision of a Board Certified Dermatologist."

Mineral Fusion: 
"Free of gluten, parabens, SLS, phthalates, artifi cal colors and synthetic fragrances. 100% vegetarian and never tested on animals."

The HAUL!!!

  • NYX Cosmetics: Hot Singles Eye Shadow -- STFU  (Dupe for MAC Chrome Yellow) 

  • NYX Cosmetics: Hot Singles Eye Shadow -- Dank (Dupe for MAC Lime) 
  • NYX Cosmetics: Hot Singles Eye Shadow -- Money Maker  (Dupe for MAC Three Ring Yellow) 

  • NYX Cosmetics: Ultra Pearl Mania Loose Pearl Eye Shadow -- Yellow Gold (Dupe for MAC Gorgeous Gold) 

  • NYX Cosmetics: Hot Singles Eye Shadow -- Raven  (Dupe for MAC Carbon) 

  • NYC Cosmetics: Collection Noir Matte Black Liner 

  • NYX Cosmetics: Color Mascara -- Brown 

  • NYX Cosmetics: Wonder Pencil -- Light 

  • NYX Cosmetics: Stay Matte But Not Flat Liquid Foundation -- Ivory 

  • NYX Cosmetics: Eye Shadow Base -- White 

  • NYX Cosmetics: Ultra Pearl Mania Loose Pearl Eye Shadow -- Jade Pearl 

  • NYX Cosmetics: The Suede Shadow Palette: 

  • Physicians Formula: pH Matchmaker pH Powered Lipgloss -- Light Pink 

  • Mineral Fusion: Sheer Moisture Lip Tint -- Smolder

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Cruelty Free at Wegmans

Shopping for cruelty free products can be a bit overwhelming when you are just starting out. Trust me, I know! I've been on my cruelty free journey officially for 6 months now and I still struggle in the grocery store, at CVS, at ULTA. So I decided to lend a helping hand. This is the first in a series of posts where I ask YOU where you shop and share cruelty free brands at those stores/websites.

I posed the question today via twitter and got this response from Emma:

So here you are Emma! This is by no means a completely comprehensive list of cruelty free companies sold through Wegmans, but it's definitely a good start:
Looking for something specific? Hoping to find a cruelty free shave gel? Need that perfect cruelty free mascara? Want to wash your dishes with a clean conscious? Please feel free to tweet at me! I am always happy to help. 

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Cruelty Free Summer Sandals

It's officially time for summer sandals here in the Nation's Capital. Today was so humid outside, as I walked across the mall from Smithsonian Affiliations in L'Enfant Plaza to a meeting at The National Museum of the American Indian my hair curled. Literally. The humidity curled my hair in a 15 minute walk. Fun times. 

Not only did my walk end in curly hair, it also ended in swollen, sticky feet. Gross, I know, but swampy humidity is a fact of life here in DC. Fear not my fashion forward friends! That just means it's time for NEW SHOES! Wheeeeeeeeeeeee!!!! Something with a little more room to breeeeeath. All nine of these sandals are from ModCloth and best of all they are all Cruelty Free!! Long live sweet baby cows!

From Top to Toe Flat  |  Walk Around the Colorblock Sandal  |  Twist It Up Flat
Dreaming on the Dock Sandal  |  Boardwalk Lemonade Sandal  |  Prancing Through the Petals Sandal
Oh Strappy Day Flat  |  Prance in the Park Flat  |  Impromptu Date Sandal

Do you like any of these? Which is your favorite? Tweet at me and let me know! 

Saturday, June 7, 2014

Filling Vegan Breakfast

After seeing the documentary Fed Up, Mr. Husband and I have been seriously rethinking our daily food routines. When it comes to sugar and processed foods I fail most miserably at breakfast. I was pretty darn stoked to try this easy, filling vegan breakfast and actually enjoy it.

First things first, if you are the type of person that needs a grab and go breakfast, this probably isn't for you. It's easy to make and doesn't take very long, but it's not really the type of thing to eat on the subway into the office.

What I used: 

What to do:

I start by spooning some of the chia seeds into a little cup. I just use a small spoon, I'd say about 3/4T. Then cover the seeds with water and give them a stir. Set them aside to soak up the water. 

Next measure 3/4c Oat & Quinoa blend, 3/4c Almond Milk, and 3/4c water into a small saucepan. I use a dry measuring cup for all three. Put the saucepan on your stovetop at high heat until it begins to simmer. Once it's at a full simmer, turn the burner down to low and continue to stir.

While your oats are cooking wash your berries if you haven't already and slice up some strawberries. 

Let your oats cook for approximately 4 minutes, but truthfully I go by the consistence of oats I prefer. If you like them thick keep them on a bit longer, like them runny not so long. 

When they are cooked to your preference spoon them into your bowl. Add the chia seeds which by now should have plumped up and be a bit jelly-like. Add a few shakes of cinnamon more or less to your liking. I do three shakes. Stir it all up, and plop your berries on top! 

By no means do you have to use exactly what I did. Things to note:

You could use whatever type of grain floats your boat. Don't like quinoa? Go for plain old oats. There are lots of varieties on the market especially if you go to Whole Foods or Yes Market or a similar store. I was at Target shopping so that's what I bought. 

If you are going sugar free and vegan like I did, make sure you pick up an unsweetened almond milk. 

Use whatever berries you like best, but make sure you buy them organic. Berries are notorious for being covered in chemicals. Even better, go to your local farmers market or swing by a farm. It's strawberry season here in DC, lots of farms let you pick your own or just buy them out of their barn if you aren't interested in doing the picking. If you prefer a more tart berry flavor go for raspberries and blackberries. 

Last but not least, if you have the opportunity, I highly recommend checking out Fed Up. Even as someone who lives a primarily vegan lifestyle, I learned a lot and am trying to make some major changes in my diet consequently. 

Good Luck! Feel free to Tweet at me if you have any questions or feedback or just to say hi! 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Full Coverage Swim Bottoms

It's that time of year again. Bathing suit season, where I begin my annual search for a full coverage swim bottom. 

So here's the dish. I've got a big ol' booty, an extra long torso, and strikingly pale skin. The thought of finding bathing suits to meet all my hyper specific needs can be overwhelming. 

... ... deeeeeeeeeep breeeeeeeath ... ... 

I can't wear a one piece (even though that would be my preference) because my torso is even too long for long torso suits. I can't wear a two piece because I burn so easily and am prone to skin cancer. I need a swim bottom that is FULL coverage. Any bikini bottom is guaranteed to go straight up my toosh; I need something that is a full coverage short. AND last but not least, I want to look good.

Each year I begin the search anew and add pieces to my "cover this body up as stylishly as possible" arsenal. Last year I snagged some great swim shorts from target in both black and blue. They are a bit loose around the waistband area, but not horribly so. Frankly, that may not be an issue for everyone. I happen to fall on the end of the curvy scale with a size small waist and size large booty. This year I ordered this striped rashguard (with a SPF 50 rating) and these boy-short bottoms from Old Navy. The top is quite flattering. The bottoms are comfortable, but have a much lower rise than the pair from Target, so be advised.

Women's Striped Rashguard Swim Top in Black Stripe | Women's Mix & Match Boy-Short Bottoms in Ebony | Mossimo® Women's Mix and Match Swim Short -Indigo Night | H&M Braided Straw Bag | Forever21 Chunky Canvas Sandals

So what do you all think? Do you like the bag and sandals I've paired this up with? Do you have any super awesome full coverage swim suit resources? Do you have any super ultra extra long torso resources? Are you comfortable flaunting it all at the beach and pool? Are you more modest like me? Do you sometimes feel like a nut? Sometimes you don't? Do you think I should wear a red scarf around my neck with this suit and pretend to be a mime on the beach?