Versatile Blogger Award!

versatile-blogger-awardI am honored to have been nominated for the Versatile Blogger Award by the lovely T of T’s Spoonful of Sugar-thank you T! I’m so excited for this one! This is another one of those awards that are passed around from blogger to blogger as a way of recognizing your favorite bloggers and new bloggers you’ve found! This award is similar to the Liebster Award- check out my post on that here!

The rules of this award are simple:

  1. Thank the person who gave you this award.
  2. Include a link to their blog. (right up there!)
  3. Select 10 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
  4. Tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.
  5. Nominate those 10 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award — you might include a link back to the post on your site announcing their nomination.

So here we go! Hold onto your hats!

Seven Facts About Me:

  1. I am currently a college student majoring in nursing. (People are always surprised by my major!)
  2. My favorite color is mustard yellow.
  3. I love all music, but if I had to listen to one group for the rest of my life it would be Fleetwood Mac.
  4. I play four instruments- two well, one okay, one terribly.
  5. I never say no to a road trip! I live for travel and adventure. So far I’ve been to 8 countries, but I plan to add many more to my list.
  6. When I graduate from college, I intend to join Nurses Without Borders.
  7. I adore mangoes.

Thanks for reading that! Here are the 10 bloggers I nominate for the Versatile Blogger Award-I hope you get a chance to check out every single one of them!

Little Lady Zahra

A Sea Change

Elleosophy

Made In Mauve

The Fashion Lotus

Pink Wings

Tea Time With Elle

Tongue In Chic

Sophie’s Little Secrets

Rachel Shucat Makeup

Some of these blogs are big, and some are small; some are devoted to beauty and some toward fashion; each has their own unique aspects that make them great! Check them out, I’d love to hear what you think of them!

I think awards like this are so fun because they raise awareness of blogs you may not have heard of otherwise! What do you think? Thanks for stopping by!

Love Kiki

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St Ives Apricot Scrub Review

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This is just the first in a new series I’ll be doing reviewing products that are cult favorites. I saw this travel size version of the St. Ives Apricot Face Scrub and knew I had to test it out! Buying travel size versions of products is a great way to test out things you’re unsure about purchasing-that way if you don’t like it, you’re paying only a fraction of the real price. I grabbed this travel size at CVS. You can get the travel size here and the full size here!

This is a cult favorite for a reason! I had my doubts at first, due to hearing some mixed reviews of it, but it’s amazing. After one application, my skin both looks and feels softer and smoother. It removed dry skin, evened out my skin tone, and (warning: icky) even got rid of some tiny blackheads. The formula is abrasive so this is definitely not something you should use every day. The tube recommends three to four times a week, but that sounds really excessive to me; any exfoliator is going to be a little hard on your skin, and frequent usage is generally not recommended. Since I have fairly sensitive skin, I’ll probably only be using it once every couple weeks. If you’re still not quite convinced about this product, consider grabbing the smaller size next time you’re in the drugstore! At only $1.49, it really can’t be beat.

What do you think? Have you tried this product before? What’s your opinion on exfoliation? Let me know what you think! Thanks for stopping by!

Love Kiki

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April Favorites

Another month has almost gone by, and I’d like to share with you a few of the lovely things I’ve been enjoying! Read on for my favorite products, accessories, and other fun things from this month! You can check out last month’s favorites here.

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Favorite Hair Product:

I just started using this OGX Coconut Milk Shampoo and Conditioner in the beginning of April, and I’ve already been seeing amazing results in my hair! I chose this shampoo based on the great reviews I’d heard about it, and it paid off. I have hair that can get very dry, and these two products do wonders for it! They make my hair smooth, shiny, bouncy, and hydrated without leaving it feeling greasy or heavy. They’re amazing for someone with dry hair like me!april2Favorite Accessory:

I’ve been loving this Olivia+Joy clutch that I received as a birthday gift! It’s amazingly versatile for both day and night. I love the soft leather of it and the gold hardware, it’s very well made with tons of pockets inside for checkbooks, coupons, and more! It even comes with a detachable pouch inside that can be used as a wallet for credit cards and IDs if you like! Similar here.april6april7april8april9Favorite DIY:

My friend made me this lovely mug featuring my home state of Vermont! She has a matching one with the state of New York, where I live now, on it. If you put them next to each other, the dotted lines match up 🙂 I think it’s such a cute idea for a DIY for friends or family living in different states! I’ll make sure to put up a DIY on how to do this yourself soon! It’s quite easy.april3 Favorite Face Product:

A couple weeks ago, my trusty ELF blusher finally ran out, and I was forced to look for an alternative. So I picked up this Wet N Wild blush in Pearlescent Pink. It’s really a bit too shimmery for my taste, but it does the job for now! It adds a lovely swipe of color to my cheekbones in the morning. I use it sparingly though, because it is rather pigmented and has a bit of shimmer. It’s a great blush for the price of only $2.19 though!april4april5 Favorite Lip Product:

A friend sent me these adorable kitty lip glosses the other day, and they’re so cute I just had to include them! The cats’ heads unscrew, revealing a pot of lip gloss. The vanilla scent is lovely, and they add a sheer, slightly tinted shine to your lips. They’re a perfect everyday gloss, and so cute! 🙂
april11 april12 april13What do you think? What are some things you’ve been loving this month? Any fun DIYs? Let me know in the comments! Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

Love Kiki

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All opinions are my own; this post is not sponsored by any of the above products.

Try This At Home- Nautical-Inspired Nail Art

Today I wanted to share with you a fun spring nail art design! Most often, we lean towards the florals for spring right away. Here’s an idea that incorporates spring trends without a floral in sight! I used mint and a silvery-grey color, but you can use any two colors as long as one is light and one is dark. Let’s get started!

What You’ll Need:nautical1

You’ll need a bobby pin or small paintbrush, one light color of nail polish, and one dark color. I recommend trimming your nails to uniform shapes before beginning! I used Black Poppy nail polish in grey and Sally Hansen in Green Tea. The green tea polish is a lovely mint shade that I just adore. It dries very quickly, applies smoothly in just one coat, and lasts about a week! It’s one of my very favorites. The Black Poppy polish is one that I’ve had for a couple years, and unfortunately the line has now been discontinued 😦

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Start with your nails clean and dry. Apply the Sally Hansen Green Tea polish to all nails and allow to dry completely before proceeding.
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nautical5Step Two:

On your ring finger, place 3 dots of the grey polish in a triangle with the end of the bobby pin-it’s great for making polka dots!

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Using the bobby pin, connect from the left dot to the right dot in a U shape. Add a line going up from the middle dot, and then add a small circle on top of it. Finish off the anchor by making the left and right dots into little triangles. Voila!

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Add a large stripe down the middle of each nail, with a smaller stripe on either side. Congratulations! You’re all done! You are now sporting some of spring’s biggest trends on your nails-pastels, nautical themes, and stripes!

If you prefer, you can add a top coat, but I didn’t bother. Don’t forget to take a picture of your nails when you’re done! If you post it to Instagram, feel free to tag me! 🙂 Link below.

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Product Information: Sally Hansen Green Tea Polish: Amazon Black Poppy Polish: No Longer Available

What do you think? How do you like to wear spring’s trends on your nails? Do you like nautical designs? Let me know in the comments! Check out another easy nail tutorial here! Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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