My Everyday Beauty Essentials

Hello! It’s about time I share all my makeup products I use on a daily basis. Some are new + others have been with me FOREVER because I can’t live without them. When it comes to makeup, I keep it really simple on a daily basis, but if it’s a special occasion I tend to up my game up a bit. 

  1. Vita-Active Foundation– I’ve been using this foundation for a couple of months and I’m obsessed. I would say it’s medium coverage, but covers up any discoloration or breakouts on the skin. I love that even though I have foundation on, my skin still looks like skin. It doesn’t look like I have a ton of makeup on. An awesome bonus is that its packed with fabulous ingredients like, vitamin C, hyaluronic acid, beta-carotene, and seaweed brighteners. If you like a more natural face + want to reap the rewards of using good ingredients for your skin, you’ll love this just as much as I do. 
  2. Too Faced Born This Way Concealer– This concealer has extreme coverage. You literally only need a small amount and it will cover up ANYTHING. I can still use this by itself if I don’t feel like putting on foundation and it blends in pretty nicely. This concealer has to be set with a setting powder because it will crease. 
  3. Benefit Precisely, My Brow Pencil– Brows, my favorite part of my routine. I have been using this pencil forever. I have tried every pencil out in the beauty industry and this is the BEST. This pencil has a lot of pigment, so I never have to go over an area more than once. Which means my brow pencil will last me a lot longer. Now I will say when I first started using a thin brow pencil like this, it took some getting used to. Remember you are not coloring your brows. You are creating hair like strokes with this. Try using small movements and use a very light hand. 
  4. Benefit 24-Hour Brow Setter– Another must have for my brows. This is a clear gel that holds my hairs in place and brow product. It’s like hairspray for your brows. I like to brush my hairs up to give it more of a full + fluffy look, so this does the trick. A little goes a long way with this product. 
  5. L’Oréal Voluminous Carbon Black Mascara– I have yet to find a mascara that I cannot live without, but I have been using this one for many years. I have very long straight lashes and because of that I have to use waterproof to really hold them up. If I use a non-waterproof mascara my lashes fall within 5 minutes of application. Now because this is a waterproof mascara I do have to use an oil at night to remove it, but my lashes are not damaged from using this. 
  6. Tarte Pressed Finishing Powder– This is a translucent pressed powder that does a great job at absorbing all my unwanted oils. I like to use a pressed powder compared to loose powder because a lot of the loose powders contain baby powder and I prefer not to put that on my skin. 
  7. Tarte Blush|Exposed– I wear this blush every day. It is the perfect shade of pink for my skin tone and it blends into the skin so nicely. And the color stays all day! Definitely a must! 
  8. Tarte Hoola Bronzer– This has been my go to bronzer for a while. It’s a matte finish that looks good on every skin tone. This bronzer is right in between cool and warm and this product last forever. I’ve had mine for a year and I still have a ton of product left. 
  9. Tarte Rose Gold Liquid Highlight– I love this highlight! It gives me a nice glow to the skin and blends in very easy with any foundation. 
  10. Tarte Eyeshadow Palette– I use this same palette every single day. It’s good for daytime + night looks. This palette has alot more warm toned colors and blends very nicely into the skin. I like to use the color candle in the inner corner of my eyes to make them pop. 
  11. Davines Leave in Spray– This is a leave in conditioning spray that prevents frizz. I have super thick – wavy hair, so this works wonders for me. I spray this in my hair right after the shower + let it air dry. It smells delicious too. 

If you’re wondering why I didn’t put anything for lips, its because I haven’t found that perfect lip color for me yet. I use a different lipgloss/lipstick all the time because I can’t seem to find one that I can’t live without. If ya’ll have a favorite nude lip product, let me know!

This is it! This is everything that I use on a regular basis + I don’t plan on changing it anytime soon. If you have any questions, ask away!

xoxo
-Karina 

How I Found Out I Was Pregnant!

Let me start off by saying that we both looked forward to growing our family, but was unsure as to when the best time would be. After we got married, we both wanted to wait a while to really enjoy one another as a newly married couple. After our one year anniversary we decided to try, but not try, if that makes sense. Six months later I started to feel a little concerned that maybe something might be wrong because I still wasn’t pregnant. We then decided to actually try for a couple months and BOOM! I was pregnant! 

I’m not sure if it was something we did differently or if it was just right timing. I believe it was just our time to finally go on this adventure together and we couldn’t be more excited.

One week I felt a little different and one of my co-workers asked if I was pregnant and quickly remembered that I was supposed to start my period in a few days. Normally before that time of the month I have a few symptoms, but this month I was experiencing nothing. During my lunch break I went out and got a pregnancy test and took it. The line was SUPER faint, but deep down I knew I was.

It was a couple of days before Christmas and I wanted to wait till then to share the news with Keith. Obviously, I was dying inside, so I broke my silence and surprised him right before we left for Michigan. He was a mix of emotions just as I was because we weren’t 100 percent sure if this was actually happening.

We flew into Michigan with this HUGE secret wanting to share our exciting news of becoming parents, but knew we needed to wait just one more day. The morning of Christmas Eve, I jumped out of bed and went straight to the bathroom. I opened up the last pregnancy test and waited. The instruction manual recommends waiting about three minutes before you check the results. Three minutes never felt so long, it felt like eternity. I’m being dramatic, but when you are waiting for something as big as this, time stops.

There they were, TWO bright pink lines. I was ecstatic to say the least and ran to Keith. We both just sat in silence as our eyes teared up. This moment was pure joy. It was the most perfect gift and it came at just the right time.

To this day when I am by myself, I sit and think about all that I have been through. The good and the bad. The good is really good, but the bad has its way of being good in the end. I’m in awe of how amazing Jesus really is. He has been there every step of the way and has lead me into a life that I have always dreamed of. Here I am, with this growing belly, feeling incredibly grateful for this new adventure. I am going to be a mama!

Thanks for reading + if any mom’s out there have any advice, I would appreciate it so much.

xo

-Karina 

What I’ve Learned In My 1st Year Of Marriage​

 

What Ive learned in my 1st  year of marriage

Keith and I have been married for a little over a year and there is so much to learn, but I’ve found that these three things really keep us grounded as a couple. We have an amazing support system from our family and friends that uplift us and encourage us to be a better wife and husband. I hope this does the same. 

Think of Your Spouse Before Yourself

Single life was all about me. I did what I wanted, when I wanted and I didn’t need to communicate with anyone. It’s a time where you get to be a little selfish. Being married throws that all out the window. There is no room for selfishness because now I have someone other than myself to take care of.

This was actually super easy for me because I’m not a selfish person to begin with and Keith literally has no selfish bone in his body, he thinks of everyone before himself. It’s one of the reasons I love him so much.

I try my best to think of Keith’s needs before my own and he does the same for me. We do this because it’s important to let each other know we genuinely care about the other. This is honestly the BEST way to let the other know how much you care because it shows that your constantly thinking about them.

We are still individuals, but together we are a dynamic duo. When we said our “I do’s” that meant a promise to take care of each other and if we both think of the other first, we will always be taken care of.

Take Time to Have Conversations Everyday

In my monthly work meeting, the president of the company was talking about relationships and how they are formed. She mentioned having conversations is how you get to know someone and eventually build a relationship. Obviously this is a no brainer, but then she went on about how to maintain those relatiosnhips. Im sure you already know what it is and yes you’re right! CONVERSATIONS! 

That’s how Keith and I first started dating and now that we are married, it’s how we maintain our relationship. It is so easy to grow apart and not communicating can make things that much more difficult.  

For Keith and I, we have to work alot harder at this because we work completely different work schedules. I communicate with him by telling him what I did that day via text message or video. I’ll send him a photo of something I think will make him laugh. I’ll leave little posted notes in the kitchen giving him reasons why I love him and occasionally he’ll get a not so PG message, if you know what I mean.

Thank goodness for technology because without it we would struggle in this department. No matter the current situation,  you gotta do what you gotta do and take the time each day to have a meaningful conversation. This is KEY

Get to Know Your Spouse’s Love Language

This was probably the first marriage tip we got as a couple. We read a book about the five different love languages and discovered what our own individual love language is. My first love language is quality time and Keith’s is acts of service. 

His favorite acts of service from me is cooking, which is extremely hard for me because I don’t love to cook and I’m not the greatest. I am working at it and trying my best, but sometimes it just ends in an epic fail. Even if it isn’t the best, he’ll still eat it and grab seconds. What a husband right?!

For me, I like to go out and try something new and experience it with him. I never want to make him do anything that he truly doesn’t want to do, but he knows by going to a yoga class with me will literally make me the happiest.

By knowing each others love language, we know EXACTLY what makes the other happy. There is never any guessing or confusion about what he or I can do better because we know what it takes to put that frown, upside down.

 

We aren’t perfect and we will never be. Marriage can be messy, but we choose each other everyday. We choose to love one another and we work hard to provide for the other. We know that if we continue to seek God and allow Him to work in the center of our marriage, we are going to be just fine.

till next time,

Karina 

What Ive learned in my first year of marriage

   

 

 

 

 

My 7 Step Skin Care Routine

 

My 7 Step Skin Care Routine

If you didn’t already know, I am a licensed esthetician, aka a skin therapist. A few years ago my skin was at its worst. I tried everything to help clear up my skin and nothing was really working. In the process of trying to treat my own skin, I found myself wanting to be apart of the skin industry.

At the time I was getting my undergrad in biological sciences to apply for PA school, but I quickly realized that I wanted to pursue a career as an esthetician. Best thing I ever did! Fast forward to now and I am still in the esthetics industry as an Esthetics Educator at the school I graduated from.

I am simply sharing each step I do morning and night and why I do it. Back in the day I was a hot mess and thought just washing my face with soap was fine, but now that I am fully educated on the do’s and dont’s, I have learned the importance of a healthy skin care routine. Yes, some days I would love to go straight to bed and skip all these steps, which does happen sometimes. I’m human yall! But thirty years from now your skin will thank you.

My 7 Step Skin Care Routine

STEP 1: Cleanse (morning & night)

I cleanse every morning and I double cleanse only at night. When I double cleanse I use two different products. I first use an oil-based cleanser to remove my makeup on dry skin and then I’ll add water to remove it. I use pre-cleanse from Dermalogica which is not your typical oil. When you add water it will go from an oil to a milky liquid.

An oil like coconut oil doesn’t have any type of emulsifier in it, so adding water to it will not remove the oil and can potentially clog your pores. After the first cleanse, I use a gel cleanser to really clean my skin and prep it for rest of my skin care.

My 7 Step Skin Care Routine

STEP 2: Exfoliate (twice a week-only at night) 

This step is SO important and many people skip it because they feel it’s not necessary. Exfoliation is meant to remove dead skin by using a gentle scrub, enzymes, or AHA/BHA. Personally, I like to use Alpha/Beta Hydroxy Acids as my exfoliant because it can penetrate my skin a little deeper than a scrub or enzyme. As we age our cellular turnover slows down and our skin tends to look dull.

Cellular turnover is the process of your skin shedding by itself. Like what?! Isn’t that crazy? If you’ve ever wondered why some days your skin looks glowy and bomb its because your skin literally just got rid of your dull-dead skin. And that’s why baby’s skin is so soft and beautiful because they are shedding skin twice as much than an adult. So if you are over the age of 20, you need to exfoliate twice a week.

The benefits of exfoliating will leave your skin smooth, brighter, unclogged, and allow your products to penetrate a lot better. Who wants to spend all this money on skin care and not have it even penetrate the skin? No one does, so get that dead skin off! When it’s not an exfoliating day, go straight into toning. 

My 7 Step Skin Care Routine

STEP 3: Tone (morning & night)

Toning is meant to bring the pH of your skin back to normal. Nowadays, I’ve noticed that toners have evolved and have become more than just a pH adjustor. They now can give the skin a hydration boost, sooth the skin, carry anti-bacterial benefits, and etc.

The toner  I’m currently using has niacinamide in it which is great for brightening, reducing the appearance of large pores, and has anti-bacterial effects. Its bomb.com!

My 7 Step Skin Care Routine

STEP 4: Serum (morning & night depending on product)

Serums are going to be your specialty products. If you are trying to achieve something specific with your skin like lightening up sun damage, plumping any fine lines, and/or needing to build up more collagen in the skin, this is when you’ll apply it. Serums are going to have smaller molecules because they are meant to penetrate the skin deeper.

You NEVER want to put any kind of serum on after your moisturizer because moisturizers have a larger molecular structure and that serum will just sit right on top of it and be wasted. I currently use a hydrating serum because I live in AZ and my skin tends to get dehydrated. I also just started using the TNS Essential Serum from Skin Medica which is packed with peptides, antioxidants, and TNS (Tissue Nutrient Solution). Essentially, its the only serum you’ll need.

My 7 Step Skin Care Routine

STEP 5: Eye Cream (morning & night)

I don’t know about you guys, but as I get older I’ve noticed that my under eyes are becoming darker and have a lot more fine lines than a couple years ago. If you are experiencing fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, and puffiness around the under eye then I highly recommend getting an eye cream that will help correct your specific need.

My 7 Step Skin Care Routine

STEP 6: Moisturize (morning & night)

Now there are different skin types, which means you could either be using a heavy cream if you’re more on the dry side, a lighter cream if you are a combo of dry and oily, or a gel-based moisturizer if you are more on the oily side. I am a combination of oily and normal. I get oily in my t-zone and normal everywhere else.

I am using a light-weight cream that has Hyaluronic Acid in it because my skin needs more water than oil. My skin already has the right amount of oil production (sometimes too much), so if I were to use a heavy cream that has lots of good oils, my skin wouldn’t be able to breathe and would eventually break out. Even if you are oily you still need to moisturize by using something that is light and breathable for your skin.

Like I said earlier, moisturizers have a larger molecular structure which means that everything you put on prior is now being sealed by your moisturizer. Without this step, your serums will just evaporate into the air and you wouldn’t be getting the full benefit from that product.

My 7 Step Skin Care Routine

STEP 7: Sun Protection (morning only) 

This is easily the most important step and I could go on forever about why it’s so crucial, so just trust me when I say you HAVE to do this step every morning. If you’re working outside, indoors, walking to and from your car, or any other activity where there is sun or fluorescent lighting, you need to be wearing SPF. When looking for an SPF you want to make sure that it’s a broad spectrum, mineral sunscreen.

Try to stay away from chemical sunscreens because your skin will still absorb the sun and then be reflected off. I use a tinted SPF 34 sunscreen that not only protects my skin from the sun, but also infrared. infrared is the actual heat you feel when you step outside on a sunny day in AZ.

That heat has been shown to also contribute to hyperpigmentation just as much as the sun does. You also want to make sure you’re using an SPF that is between a 34-50. Anything lower isn’t really doing anything to protect you from the sun.

My 7 Step Skin Care Routine

 

Well, I feel like that was a lot of information and I could honestly go more into detail, but I wanted to share my process and how doing the right steps for your skin will change it for the good. I do these steps every single day and my skin has never looked so good. I can confidently leave my home without any makeup and still feel beautiful. Don’t get me wrong I love to get all dolled up, but somedays I just want to be bare face and feel good about it.

I’ve also had other treatments to help with my skin, such as chemical peels, microneedling, dermaplaning, and facials. My skin care routine not only helps maintain the benefits of a skin care treatment, but helps in prevention too. I hope ya’ll were able to learn something from this and if you have any questions please send them my way! I love talking about skincare!

till next time,

-Karina

 

 

 

 

 

One Year Anniversary in San Francisco

One Year Anniversary in San Francisco

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Whew! One year already?! How is it that each year keeps going by faster and faster? I guess its true when they say, “time goes by fast when you’re having fun.” That’s definitely the case with this guy. Keith and I were hoping to go somewhere pretty epic for our one-year anniversary, but moving into a new place, starting school, and beginning a new job just didn’t give me any room to plan. Neither of us had been to San Francisco and we were blown away by how much there was to do.

First off, we stayed at the cutest Airbnb! We chose to stay in a tiny home even though we are both pretty large human beings, but it was the greatest experience. Our shower was outside, which was a little concerning because it was pretty chilly. Surprisingly it was so refreshing and I only would like to shower outside from now on. We could have stayed at any other place that probably would have been a little more on the comfy side, but we figured this would be a place we’d never forget 20 years from now. (Our Airbnb Home)

The next couple of days we tried to hit up as much as we could. We went to Sanoma and Napa Valley for wine tasting. Yummy! We explored the National Muir Forest, which was breathtaking. If you don’t know, Fishermans Warf is well known for their clam chowder and it was BOMB! And of course, we couldn’t leave without walking the Golden Gate Bridge. These are all the places I highly recommend to visit, but there’s so much more to do as well.

To sum things up, we were so grateful to be able to travel to San Francisco and it ended up being pretty epic because (not to be too cheesy) anywhere I go with Keith is an adventure. I’m looking forward to a long life with many adventures to go on. We would love any recommendations on where to go to next. We are up for anything!

-Karina