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DRIVE W/ ME | Sing-along, antique shopping, & podcast recommendations

There was a lot more jam packed into this vid than I expected there to be LMAO full song list below. Also, here’s everything else I referenced – I need to learn to shut up so I don’t create more work for myself ahahaha fuck..

PODCAST RECOMMENDATIONS:
Sh*t they don’t tell you – Nikki Limo & Steve Greene
Just a tip! – Megan Batoon
Chicks in the office – Ria & Fran
Coffee Talk – Kalyn Nicholson
Coffee Convos – Kail Lowry & Lindsie Chrisley
Armchair Expert – Dax Shepard

SONGS (in order):
Treacherous – Taylor Swift
I knew you were trouble – Taylor Swift
All too well – Taylor Swift
22 – Taylor Swift
We are never ever getting back together – Taylor Swift
The last time – Taylor Swift ft. Gary Lightbody
Everything has changed – Taylor Swift ft. Ed Sheeran
Starlight – Taylor Swift
Begin Again – Taylor Swift
Back to December – Taylor Swift
Turning out – AJR
No grass today – AJR
Three-thirty – AJR
I’m not famous – AJR
Come hang out – AJR
Burn the house down – AJR
I’m ready – AJR
Livin’ on love – AJR

MY RECENT CONTENT:
ANOTHER WEEKEND VLOG https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3QcwBH7ZVas&t=822s
WEEKEND VLOG https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xgwj5…
MORNING YOGA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO-BS…

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Music: All Night – Ikson

5 healthy habits for your life, body & soul

“It’s time to get my mind, body, and soul aligned.”

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HEY FAM, WHAT’S UP? I’ve missed writing. So we’re diving back into it. Also because I’ve taken a small break from YouTube for the time being while it’s been hard to find time to film. It’s easier to film vlogs so I don’t have to set up a scene with a background and lights and all that shit. Know what I’m sayin’? Irrelevant, so let’s move on.

While I have you here, I want to talk to you about 5 big (but easy) changes I’ve made since the start of this year and how I’ve stuck with them. I also want to dive into how I’ve been feeling since making these changes and how it’s positively affected the health of my body and mind.

I turned 26 at the end of 2018, and the past few years of my life have felt simultaneously peaked, but like a clusterfuck all at the same time (lmao – anyone else?).

Since 2017, here’s a list of some pretty crazy life events:
– I had bell’s palsy (shitty)
– I got married (peak of my life)
– I developed cystic acne (shitty)
– I traveled outside the US for the first time (fun & exciting)
– I experienced anxiety (shitty & terrifying)
– Started a YouTube channel (both exciting & scary)

These are just a few examples of how my life has been back and forth recently. I have an amazing fucking life, don’t think I’m saying I don’t. I just want to plant the seed for explaining why I felt the need to make the following 5 life changes and the passion behind implementing them.

I’m in my mid-twenties, it’s time for me to take control of my life and not watch it pass me by. Capisce? Here’s what I’ve been doing to improve my all-around health.

Make the gym a routine

THIS HAS BEEN MY FAVORITE. Truly. When you feel strong, you feel good. It’s as simple as that. Not to mention feeling confident in your body s the most gratifying reward.
It doesn’t have to be hard and you don’t have to run on empty.
Start slow and easy. The best way I’ve found to incorporate a new routine is to take it step-by-step.
– join a gym
– commit to 1-2 fitness classes a week
– give strength training or at-home workout routines a try
– just GO and get yourself there
– don’t let “I’m out of shape and don’t know where to start” stop you!

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I promise you, if you start and commit to one week at a time, your routine will fall into place. I’ve fallen in love with a good sweat session of HIIT cardio, strength training with squats and weights, and even struggling through a yoga class. The point is, I’m making myself go – no excuses. And the beauty of it is it’s turned into a routine for me so I feel compelled (and even enjoy) to exercise weekly.

Pick up a book & set a reading goal

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THIS. Who else has a reading goal set for the year? Let me start by saying, I ADORE GOODREADS.COM – it is my ride or die reading platform. You can log and review any book you have ever read, and keep track of books you want to read. Finishing a book almost becomes addicting as I want to immediately rush to Goodreads and hear what people are saying and how those thoughts align with my own.
Seeing your reading goal and progress of books you are currently reading as a physical motivator helps to maintain this goal and set to achieving it.
Similar to the gym routine, start slow and easy. You don’t need to set a reading goal for the year, but how about you start by picking up a book? Or downloading an audiobook? Reading has given me an extra release of stress in the evenings as I wind down from work and turn my mind to OFF. Not to mention you can escape your own reality 😉

Make healthier choices as to what I put in my body

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Oh baby. Boy, oh boy, is this one tricky. Again, my mantra here today is: SLOW AND EASY. You don’t have to accomplish everything all at once. Maybe your first step is cutting out pre-packaged breakfast bars in the morning and substituting that for fruit or overnight oats.
There is no need to stop eating all sweets and sugars, but maybe you can substitute healthier options one at a time. Here are the substitutes I’ve been making:


breakfast: no more packaged bfast bars w/ loads of carbs and sugar
try instead: fresh fruit & Greek yogurt, overnight oats, eggs and toast
lunch: cut out packaged meals such as easy-mac and rice-a-roni
try instead: leftovers from dinner the night before! cook a little extra so this step is a no-brainer
dinner: cut out frozen meals
try instead: fresh veggies, marinated meats (chicken & beef), whole grain pasta/rice
snacks: again, cut out the packaged food
try instead: walnuts, whole fruit, and girl allow yourself some chocolate once in awhile xo

Implementing this step has led to a stronger fitness journey (and easier since I’m not slowed down by unnecessary sugar in my diet). Plus it’ll allow you to see the results you are looking for much faster. In general, I feel better when I am putting healthier food into my body.

Take time to reflect: journaling & yoga

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JOURNALING: Don’t even think about this one – just do it. This is as easy as writing your thoughts/feelings onto lined paper. You don’t have to buy a fancy $30 planner. You can even keep a journal in Google docs. However it is, start writing. It may not be your thing, but how can you know until you begin? I found out very quickly that bullet journaling is the most natural way for me to keep track of how I am feeling as well as checking in with myself (which we often forget to do).

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YOGA: one suggestion – Yoga with Adriene. She is calming and has a yoga for every stress in your life. Back pain? She has a routine. Hungover? Yeah, there’s one for that too. Feeling anxious? This meditation melts the tightness in my chest and I feel brand new before bed. Don’t think – just try it.
Wondering what it’s like to try yoga for 7 days straight? I did, and here is my experience.

Spend less time on my phone & turn off social media notifications

This one is new for me, but damn is it having a huge impact on my mind. There are ways to disable notifications, limit your time on apps, etc. Just check your phone settings. I have the Google Pixel and on it there is a Digital Wellbeing section in ‘settings’. I know iPhones have a similar feature, and if there’s one thing you take from this, please go to this feature and check your screen time for today.

Is it higher than you expected? Lower? Regardless, maybe it can be better.

I started to feel like my phone was taking over my mind. I could come home after work and spend 45 mins scrolling on social media instead of having a conversation with my husband. Or how about watching IG stories at lunch instead of reading a book (I kicked this habit and now read non-fiction during lunch).

This is a personal goal of mine, and it may not be for everybody, but I wasn’t happy with how addicted I felt to my phone. It’s quite cringey, tbh. I turned off all notifications for IG, Twitter, and Snapchat.

Below is a screenshot of my time spent on my phone from one Wednesday to the next. Look at the difference in screen time on Instagram. Not to mention I was on my phone about 2/3 LESS than a week before. Just seeing the decrease in time lowers my stress. Lol. Anyone else?


WOW. This was wordy. I hope it wasn’t too much. If you made it this far, thank you for investing time in reading. Did you pick up some good habits? Do you already do some of these? I’m curious to know – what else should I be doing?

It starts as a small change, but makes a huge impact on your health. LOVE YOU ALL – take care of yourself.

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Xoxo,
KS Loves red lips isolated in white

I love to meet new people!
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INFLUENSTER | HYALURONIC SERUM | REVIEW

“You’re telling me you can get free stuff sent to you?
Just by rating makeup you’ve already used? Sold.”

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HEY THERE FAM, what’s up?! Who missed my blogging voice? No one? Anyone? Okay cool I didn’t hear any opposition so here I am with an unsolicited review of my INFLUENSTER item I received this month.

I am not sure that there is a “magic number” to receive your first complimentary box from Influenster, but here are my current stats on my profile, if it helps:

IMPACT SCORE: 3613
REVIEWS: 31
BADGES: 2
FOLLOWERS: 5
Beauty Junkie Expert Level 1

As you can tell, I’m not “super” popular on the app or that active, for that matter. But I definitely did put in the time to review as many products at a time I could and am familiar with. Think of every product you put on your face daily – maybe you use foundation, or just concealer and some bronzer as eyeshadow? Head over to their website, create a FREE account, and review those products!

It also doesn’t stop at makeup, you can review skincare, shower body washes/hair products, and the list goes on.

For this review, I’ve tested out the Jane Iredale Hyaluronic Serum for several weeks now, and have come up with a conclusion. Before I tell you if I like it, let me tell you the BENEFITS of incorporating a facial serum into your skincare routine.

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To set the stage, here is the order of nighttime skincare layering that I do (with loads of internet research under my belt lol)

  1. Pre-cleanse (I use Clinique take the day off cleansing balm)
  2. Facial Cleanser (my tried and true is the Philosophy purity cleanser)
  3. Toner (Pixi Glow tonic)
  4. SERUM (Jane Iredale hyaluronic serum)
  5. Night cream (recently I’ve been rotating through rosehip seed oil and this aloe & green tea moisturizer)

Serums are great because you can customize it to your skin needs. They tend to have a higher concentration of ingredients to target your concerns.
Acne scarring? Try a vitamin c serum.
Dry skin? Hyaluronic serum to the rescue. And so on.
I like to experiment with serums because my skin has ever-changing needs, as does everyone’s. I think I notice the biggest difference in my skin when I incorporate a serum. Not to mention you lock in that serum-goodness with your nighttime moisturizer and it sinks into your skin all night.

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With all that being said: I like it, but I can’t say I’m in love with it. Here’s why.

PROS:

  • thick consistency, and definitely feels tacky to the touch once you’ve applied (some might not like this if you are immediately laying down for bed, but I prefer it as it coats my face)
  • hydrating – I can feel it on my skin the next morning as I wash my face
  • a little goes a long way – you don’t feel skimped when applying this serum and it spreads far
  • scentless

CONS:

  • price tag – this serum will cost you $52.00

I like this serum, I really do. But for FIFTY-TWO DOLLARS??? Nada. I can’t compete with that. But you know who can? Brands like Mario Badescu, Neutrogena, + others. What happens when I run out of this, do I search my pockets for half a hundred dollars? UNLIKELY.

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If price is not an issue for you, you may fall in love with this serum. It’s hydrating, scentless, has a non-greasy formula, and competes very well for a hyaluronic serum on the market. I simply cannot bring myself to recommend a $50 product when I know you can get something similar for half the price tag (hello, Neutrogena hydro boost serum) *cough cough*

What are your thoughts on serums? Do you have one incorporated into your skincare routine? If so, do you use it morning and/or night?

Thanks so much for stopping by and thank you to Influenster for sending this item complimentary for me to try out! All thoughts are my own and any information I provide has research and/or experience behind it.

Xoxo,
KS Loves red lips isolated in white

I love to meet new people!
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ANOTHER WEEKEND VLOG | Let’s chat: fitness & facials

HEY THERE FRIENDS of the interweb. What’s crack-a-lackin’? I need to write this fast as my husband is on his way home from a weekend trip and I need to clean the house LOL – this past week includes some gym time, yoga, food (as always), and we chat about my first facial experience!

hope you enjoy this and as always thank you for spending time with me xoxo

MENTIONED IN VIDEO:
Kalyn Nicholson lower body strength training routine https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ox58FHI7jMI
Yoga with Adriene (yoga in beginning of video) https://www.youtube.com/user/yogawithadriene
Facial was from Lather Up http://www.latherhairstudio.com/lather-up/

MY RECENT CONTENT:
WEEKEND VLOG https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xgwj56ZSLIo&t=1201s
MORNING YOGA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO-BS…
DATE NIGHT MAKEUP https://youtu.be/UAIvXaQfU6w

Blog: https://ksloves.wordpress.com
Instagram: https://instagram.com/ksloves
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WEEKEND VLOG | Haircut, Mukbang, 2019 Motivation

HEY THERE FRIENDS WASSUP. I have so much shit going on in this vlog lol I HOPE YOU LOVE RANDOM. we talk about my new haircut, yoga, mukbang, more of your favorite time-lapse cleaning/cooking, and the 2019 motivation bug that’s bit me.

xoxo, as always thank you for spending your time with me

MY RECENT CONTENT:
JANUARY FAVORITES https://youtu.be/chExvcBfniU
MORNING YOGA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO-BSMBxy7k
DATE NIGHT MAKEUP https://youtu.be/UAIvXaQfU6w

Blog: https://ksloves.wordpress.com
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DATE NIGHT | Stila liquid eyeshadow, winged eyeliner, & Carli Bybel x BH Cosmetics

HEY THERE – get ready with me for a spicy date night oOoO la la.

As always, thank you for spending your time with me xoxo

PRODUCTS MENTIONED:
NARS smudge proof eyeshadow base
BH Cosmetics x Carli Bybel deluxe eyeshadow palette
Stila Cosmetics liquid shimmer eyeshadow in ‘kitten’
Morphe x Jaclyn Hill palette
Pretty Vulgar the ink black list gel eyeliner
Dr. Brandt pores no more primer
Clinique beyond perfecting foundation + concealer in ‘alabaster’
CYO Lifeproof long-lasting foundation in 101
Tarte shape tape concealer in ‘fair light neutral’
Coty airspun loose setting powder
It Cosmetics bye bye pores pressed powder in translucent
Benefit hoola bronzer
Pretty Vulgar make them blush in ‘hush blush’
Urban Decay deslick setting spray
Brow Gal by Tonya Crooks instatint in light hair 03
Essence 18 hr lash extension mascara
Lancome Monsieur Big mascara
Colourpop x Disney lux lipstick in Ariel

MY RECENT CONTENT:
JANUARY FAVORITES https://youtu.be/chExvcBfniU
MORNING YOGA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO-BSMBxy7k
EVERYDAY WORK MAKEUP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-FyF…

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Instagram: https://instagram.com/ksloves
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JANUARY FAVORITES | Makeup, skincare, fitness, & books | 2019

HEY THERE FRIENDS. Thanks for stopping by. Here are some monthly favorites: everything from skincare to beauty to lifestyle. Thanks for tuning in and spending your time with me xo

MENTIONED:
CYO Lifeproof long-lasting foundation in the shade 101
Essence satin touch blush in satin love
PUR highlighter & contour palette
Smashbox x Casey Holmes spotlight palette in pearl
Tonya Crooks the brow gal in light 03
Colourpop x Disney lux lipsticks in Ariel and Belle
Elf tinted lip oil in nude kiss
Hanalei lip treatment
The Ordinary rosehip seed oil
Ahava hydration cream mask
Tatcha rice enzyme powder
Gold hoop earrings from Shane Co. || IG: shanecompany
Brooke Burke body sliders
Old Navy hair and body spray in blush rose peony
Sephora fragrance sample set w/ redemption of full size perfume
A Sucky Love Story by Brittani Louise Taylor
bookoutlet.com
Hoya plant

MY RECENT CONTENT:
MORNING YOGA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WO-BSMBxy7k
EVERYDAY WORK MAKEUP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-FyF…
CLEAN WITH ME https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KsqM…

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/ksloves_
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/ksloves_/

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I TRIED MORNING YOGA FOR 7 DAYS | Beginner | Self care series

Whoa. this was a good one. to start, let me tell you why I did this:
– to push outside my comfort zone
– to stop saying “I need to try this” and ACTUALLY DO IT
– to prove to myself that I could (to send you the same message)
– and to commit for 7 days straight and see how I felt

The end of the video has some pretty enlightening footage that I can’t wait to look back on. Encourages me to keep going.

Thank you, as always, for spending your time with me xo

BULLET JOURNAL BLOG POST: https://ksloves.wordpress.com/2018/08/14/bullet-journaling-for-beginners-bujo-101/

MY RECENT CONTENT:
EVERYDAY WORK MAKEUP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-FyF-w9eF8&t=53s
CLEAN WITH ME https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KsqM…
EMPTIES #2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sP19h…

Blog: https://ksloves.wordpress.com
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EVERYDAY WORK MAKEUP | My go-to products for oily skin + makeup routine

This is a good one. Go-to products for everyday work makeup! I show you how I usually go to work, but also how I “doll myself up” on an important day of work (lol). ALSO – some of these products/tips are great for oily skin.

Thanks for spending some of your day with me.

PRODUCTS MENTIONED:
Neutrogena Hydroboost water gel
Dr. Brandt pores no more primer
Colourpop no filter foundation in light 60
CYO Longlasting lifeproof foundation in 101
Colourpop no filter concealer in fair 06
Coty airspun loose setting powder
Benefit hoola bronzer
Essence satin touch blush in ‘satin love’
Mario Badescu rosewater spray
Smashbox x Casey Holmes spotlight palette in ‘pearl’
Pur cosmetics sculptor highlight & contour palette
Morphe brow pencil
Dream St. Colourpop palette
Wander Beauty unlashed mascara
Clinique hi-definition mascara
Elf lip oil in ‘nude kiss’

BRUSHES (in order):
Sonia Kashuk makeup blender sponge
Elf total face brush
Soho buffing brush (powder brush?) super hard to find on the internet
Luxie 504
Elf small tapered brush
Real Techniques expert concealer
Beau Gâchis tapered blending

MY MOST RECENT CONTENT:
CLEAN WITH ME https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-KsqMHdkx4k
EMPTIES #2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sP19h…
GRAB A COFFEE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXnXm…

Blog: https://ksloves.wordpress.com
Instagram: https://instagram.com/ksloves
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CLEAN WITH ME | Closet organization & Donating clothes | Katrina S

HEY THERE – wassuppp. My guess is you clicked on this because you also love soothing cleaning time lapse videos, not just me right? lol watch me clean out my closet, get rid of clothes, and implement some new organization hacks. thank you, Marie Kondo

AS ALWAYS, thanks for spending some time with me

Netflix has a Marie Kondo special called “Tidying up with Marie Kondo” and you can also peruse the world that is TWITTER & INSTAGRAM by searching the hashtag “Marie Kondo”

ENJOY

MY MOST RECENT CONTENT:
EMPTIES #2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sP19hxoP7QE
GRAB A COFFEE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mXnXm…
*MOSTLY* COLOURPOP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n76Qn…

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Twitter: https://twitter.com/ksloves_
Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/ksloves_/

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