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

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:

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.


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.


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


  • 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


  • 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.


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.

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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

Kalyn Nicholson lower body strength training routine
Yoga with Adriene (yoga in beginning of video)
Facial was from Lather Up




REVIEW: First Aid Beauty Red Clay deep cleanser

“Thank you Ipsy for granting me another holy grail skincare product.”


This cleanser is good. In both quality and price-wise. The First Aid Beauty red clay deep cleanser retails for $24.00 full size (which is 4.7 oz of product). That’s a lot of face cleanser, and you don’t need to use this every single day – unless you want to.

It comes out of the tube as a gel, but once you add water it quickly foams into a silky lather on your face. Not a foamy lather, but a silky one, like it’s replenishing moisture while drawing out your excess oils.

The red clay cleanser works to target:

  • oiliness
  • blemishes/blackheads
  • & pores

Here’s how I’d recommend its use based on your skin type:

  • once weekly for those with normal skin
  • every other night for those with combination/oily skin
  • OR the “recommended” by First Aid Beauty is as much as twice daily for those with oily skin and blemishes they’d like to target


I have been using this cleanser every other night for two weeks now, and I have loved the way my skin feels after each use. *My skin is oily and I do have problem areas, but wouldn’t consider my skin to be covered in blemishes.* It provides a very deep clean yet is gentle at the same time. I don’t feel like it misses any trace of makeup, as my face feels completely refreshed and squeaky clean after each use. I almost feel like it does the work of a toner yet lacks the “drying” properties we often see in toners.

Bottom line: would I repurchase this? Definitely!
I think the price is right and the product is great. I am very intrigued by my first First Aid Beauty skincare item and this might be the gateway into trying other products.

Have you tried any items from this line of skincare? What are your thoughts? Any holy grail’s I need to get my hands on? Let me know in the comments below!

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Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion

“By far the most luxurious skincare product I will ever use.”


BEFORE I even start to review the Dr. Brandt Microdermabrasion exfoliator… I must address the price. And I know.. I know it’s bad. I am well aware of the boujie price tag.

Let Image result for clap emoji me Image result for clap emoji reassure Image result for clap emoji you.. I did not spend $80 on this product. I would never. Your girl would have to put in WORK to be able to afford this comfortably.

However, I did buy this. Ulta had this product on sale for $47.40, and then I had $18 on a gift card and $14 in rewards points to redeem. So in the end, I only paid $15 for this. That’s more like it.


“The Claims”:
– helps retain your youthful glow
– smooths skin’s texture
– diminish appearance of acne marks
– polishes away dead skin cells

IN MY OPINION – This finely-milled peppermint-scented exfoliator brings a luxurious “spa” like experience to the comfort of your own home. It gently exfoliates dead skin while also replenishing moisture to your face. When I finish using this microdermabrasion (once weekly), my skin is left feeling slightly moisturized.. like I’ve just massaged my Tarte maracuja oil into my skin! It’s an incredible feeling, like I’ve just received an at-home mini facial.


  • Ipsy includes mini sizes of this in some of their monthly bags!
  • Incredibly finely milled to gently exfoliate your skin without irritation
  • Leaves skin feeling refreshed and smooth – primed for nighttime serums/moisturization
  • Works to tackle those stubborn skin texture issues


  • The only thing I can think of is the price tag, that’s it. And when it comes to my skincare routine, I’m willing to splurge where I feel it’s worth it.


Bottom line: would I pay $80 for this? Unlikely. Will I put my next $50 Sephora gift card towards this? Probably! It is such a great product and the amount you receive in a full size (2 oz) will last you at least a year. $80 in a year for some mini at-home facials.. now that doesn’t sound so bad.

Have you tried any Dr. Brandt skincare products? Are you a fan? Why, or why not? I’m interested to know if any of my beauties out there have dabbled in this line of products.

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Facial Friday: Freeman/Drugstore Face Mask Review

“These masks just don’t disappoint.”


Freeman’s Face Masks are a store-in-the-back-of-your-bathroom-vanity-and-pull-out-when-you-need-pampered type mask. I can’t say they’re a game-changer, but they are certainly an affordable and reliable option when it comes to clay face masks. There are some I like more than others, and when it comes to catering to all skin types, Freeman’s takes care of that.

Here’s what Freeman’s offers according to skin types:

For normal/combination skin: Avocado & Oatmeal Clay, Cucumber Peel-Off, Charcoal & Black Sugar Mud, Sweet Tea & Lemon Peel-Away Clay, Chocolate & Strawberry Clay, Charcoal & Black Sugar Mud
For all skin types: Dead Sea Minerals Anti-Stress, Charcoal & Black Sugar Polishing, Pomegranate Revealing Peel-Off, Acai Purifying Clay
For oily/combination skin: Sparkling Pear Pore Cleansing
For breakout/oily skin: Mint & Lemon Clay
For dry skin: Golden Grain Brightening, Honeydew & Chamomile Sleeping

A short synopsis on my skin type: I have combination/oily skin and an especially shiny t-zone. However, I can get dry patches in the winter that turns my foundation a little patchy if I don’t moisturize properly. I am always looking for products that are mattifying/pore-shrinking but also heavily emphasize hydration in my daily routine.

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As for face masks, I’ve made it a bi-weekly routine. On Mondays, I will reach for a pore-cleansing or detoxifying mud mask, and Thursdays I opt for a more soothing and moisturizing option. I am not a fan of sheet masks, and haven’t really been into peel-off masks either.

My favorites:

  1. Dead Sea Minerals Anti-Stress is a blue mud mask that smells incredible. It is meant to “clear pores and smooth skin.” As corny as it sounds, I really do feel relieved of stress when I use this. I can’t tell you whether it’s the scent or cooling sensation, but I will reach for this mask on a Monday if I have had a rough start to the week. (I have the CVS version of this in the tube pictured above. However, I have tried the Freeman’s brand and feel the exact same way as my statement here).
  2. Another mask I’ll reach for is the Charcoal & Black Sugar Mud mask, which so far is my favorite. It is meant to “smooth, purify, and moisturize” the skin. This mask will dry really tightly to your skin and feel like it’s absorbing and extracting all of the toxins deep down in your pores. I notice my skin is visibly less red and textured when I wake up after using this the night before.
  3. The Avocado & Oatmeal Clay mask is a mask I will reach for on a Thursday when I focus on hydrating my skin. This mask seems to layer thicker than others, though that could just be the way I apply it. Once you wash this off, your skin will feel cooler and refreshed, like it absorbed all of the moisture.
  4. One mask I would like to point out that I did not like is the Cucumber Peel-Off mask. Could just be that I’m not a fan of “gel-like” masks, but I felt as if this did nothing for me. It applies in a very messy manner, just kind of sits on your skin, and after I wash it off I don’t notice any change in the texture or complexion of my skin the next morning. I gave the rest of the bottle to a colleague, so that tells you how I felt about it.

Overall, these mud masks are very reliable for a weekly routine. I purchase them by the bottle, after trying the sample packet, so that I get the best deal for my cash money.

I am in the process of trying out some new face masks (think: Mario Badescu and Tony Moly), so I will be sure to report on those! In the meantime, let me know in the comments below if you have a favorite Freeman’s/drugstore face mask or holy grail mud mask you use religiously!

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