My 5 Must Have Beauty Products

Growing up I didn’t care too much what kind of skincare or beauty products I used. As far as I was concerned, if I was clean then I was good to go. Now in the last few years I’ve really been into skin and beauty care to keep my skin hydrated and comfortable.

My skin is very sensitive and dry, face and body. I put lotion on after my shower every time, use lotion after I wash my hands, and use Aquaphor as chapstick for my lips. It’s taken awhile to find the right products for myself and it can seem like an impossible mission if the products you’re trying aren’t working. So I hope to save you the some of the trouble and have listed my favorite beauty and skincare products! All the products I’m listing are great quality and come at great prices too, win-win!

  • Bath and Body Works Aromatherapy Lotion  —  All the fragrances are so wonderful and perfect for each use. I use Comfort right before I go to sleep. It’s definitely my favorite smell and is perfect for helping me fall asleep. It’s also one of the smoother lotions so it goes on really well. I’ve also used the Stress Relief and Bergamot lotions and have had great experiences with both! Bergamot is currently in my drawer at work because it’s used to increase positivity. What I love most about these lotions is that they aren’t greasy. I love to moisturize but I do not like the lotions that leave your hands oily and greasy. It’s a huge pet peeve! These lotions go on smoothly and sink into your skin fast leaving your hands extremely soft, moisturized, and smelling amazing.

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  • CeraVe Body Wash w Salicylic Acid for Rough and Bumpy Skin — I think I found out about this body wash through a Buzzfeed article and I’m SO glad I stumbled across it! The reviews seemed pretty good and I was trying to find a solution for my back acne. I didn’t use to get acne there but within the last year it’s started to become a problem with frequent breakouts, especially when I get stressed. It was probably a week after I started using this wash that I noticed instant results! My acne isn’t                                               completely gone from my back and shoulders but it has significantly gone down! I also don’t get as many painful breakouts either. I definitely recommend this body wash if you struggle with acne on your body – it’s a life saver!

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  • Ella + Mila Nail Strengthener —  I stopped getting acrylic nails because I hated how brittle my fingernails were once I got acrylics taken off. I was originally using the OPI nail strengthener, which does work extremely well, but I found that I’m liking this one a lot more! I came across it while I was shopping at Target for more of the OPI brand. They were sold out and this one caught my eye. It has super cute packaging and doesn’t come with harsh chemicals. What I really love about this nail strengthener is that it lasts longer. With the OPI brand, I noticed that it would start to chip quickly and so I had to reapply frequently. With this one I only have to put on one coat for the week and I get instant results!

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  • Dove DermaSeries Body Cream : Dry Skin Relief — I just recently started using this body cream and I’m SO glad that I did! My legs get extremely dry and are really sensitive after I shave. This cream worked wonders with the irritation! It is a little greasy because it’s a cream but my skin absorbs it quickly so I don’t mind all that much. My legs also stay moisturized and are insanely smooth throughout the day.

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  • Pacifica Face Masks — I had been trying to find the perfect face mask for me a couple years now. Some burned my skin, others were a hassle to clean off, and some just plain didn’t work at all. I was browsing through the face masks at Target one day and came across Pacifica. There are two face masks they have that work very well for my skin type. The first is Super Green Detox: Kale & Charcoal Detox Mask. This one is perfect for those who have clogged pores and blemish prone skin. Ever since I stopped my birth control, my face breaks out constantly and gets worse when I start to stress. When that happens I use Stress Rehab: Coconut & Caffeine Mask. This one can be used for all skin types, especially for stressed ones. The Green Detox is my go-to face mask but if I’ve had a stressful week and my face shows it, I go straight for the Stress Rehab. Bonus: These face masks are 100% vegan & cruelty free!

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Once I find a product that works well for me, I almost always stay on it. I don’t like to switch up products a lot because it can cause other reactions or reverse the process I was making.

What are your skin types and favorite products to use?

Beginner’s Guide to Body Confidence

Having insecurities about our bodies hits us all at some point in our life. It’s natural and human. However, we tend to let these insecurities take over our whole lives – some people going to the absolute extreme. It’s an epidemic and it’s unhealthy.

My insecurity can be hard to talk about with people. I have always had a small, thin body – something a lot of people wish they had. While I am thankful to have a healthy body, being thin comes with many struggles as well.

As a child I was always the smallest in the group – family, school, church group…you name it. Clothes were a challenge because I wasn’t growing at the average rate a child at my age should be growing. Do y’all remember the jeans and shorts that had the elastic waistbands inside? That’s what I had for every kind of pants I owned. Not only was I very skinny but growing up and starting high school was extremely hard. My first day of freshman year I was walking to one of my classes with a friend. As we were walking we went by an upperclassmen. In passing he yelled out, “Are you anorexic?!”. I was shocked that he even said that but it made me really insecure. I hadn’t hit puberty yet and I just felt so out of place.

One summer in between school, I noticed on an ordinary day that I had stretch marks on my butt. I was so confused, concerned, and had no idea why they were there. My mom made an appointment with my doctor just to make sure everything was fine. Low and behold we found out that I had gained 10 pounds! It was so sudden and quick that my skin wasn’t prepared for the change and so it stretched quickly; leading to the stretch marks and I still have them to this day.

It wasn’t until my senior year of high school that I truly hit puberty. I was filling out more and finally getting a shape to my body. The ages of 20 and 21 were my most confident. I was at a comfortable 135 pounds, I had curves in all the right places, and a little bit of chub to my stomach. For once in my life I was starting to feel comfortable in my skin. I finally was able to go shopping confidently knowing my size and which clothes fit me best.

My body has changed drastically since then. Two years ago my depression came back hard and in full force. When I get too depressed I stop eating. My butt was losing its shape, I had a thigh gap for the first time in years, and my stomach was extremely flat that I could count my ribs. It took a few months but I was able to get some of my weight back. I was able to get my curves back and was starting to feel a bit better.

Now within the last 6 months or so my body has lost a lot of what I loved about it. My weight is back in the 110s, I have a thigh gap, my arms are at the skinniest they’ve been in years. I even noticed that I lost weight in my face. When I realized my body was changing so much I got depressed about it. I used to be so confident. I liked having my weight. Going shopping was now my least favorite thing to do, especially shopping for pants. In two years, I’ve gone from a size 6 to a size 2. I hated the way I looked so much. Instead of it motivating me to eat a lot more and go to the gym, it just seemed like a chore to gain weight again. I wasn’t ready for the commitment it would take to try and gain back 20+ pounds.

It’s easy to stay upset about your body. It’s easy to look at models and wish for their looks. It’s easy to compare yourself to your own friends with the pictures they put up on social media.

What’s hard is loving your body.

It hit me recently that bodies are always changing, no matter what stage of life you’re in. My body was different two years ago. I was different two years ago. Life constantly changes and we as people constantly change. Why should we expect our bodies to stay the same no matter what?

And numbers? That’s it, they’re only numbers. The size of your clothing does not define if you’re beautiful or not. Your weight does not define your character or your personality.

I want to tell you guys something that truly helped me accept and start to love the body I have now.

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Get rid of all the clothes that don’t fit you anymore.

This was so hard for me. Getting rid of my favorite pairs of jeans and shorts tore my heart apart. But they all were negative reminders of what once was. Trying to wear them was impossible because they were too big and it made myself feel even smaller. Trust me though. You won’t miss them when they’re gone. I can guarantee that you’ll find the same style in a size that will fit you and look AMAZING!

Buy yourself a new wardrobe.

This wasn’t exciting for me either. I had to get my bra size checked again and try on many different sizes of pants and shirts to find what actually fit on me. But once I was finding clothes that fit me I noticed I was becoming more confident with how I looked. Because the clothes actually fit and complimented my body. I already know the next thing you’re thinking. A whole new wardrobe!? That’s so expensive! I get it. I was not psyched about having to drop money on new clothes. So here’s what you can do to help avoid spending a ton of money!

  • Thrift shop – I have found so many good finds when I go thrift shopping! My greatest come up? Gorgeous leather Steve Madden boots for $20! You want to know when I bought those? 6 years ago! They still fit and are in perfect condition; my absolute favorite pair of boots.
  • Sell your old clothes – There are a ton of places that will take your clothes. I have both Crossroads and Plato’s Closet in my city so I have a couple options. Before when I would sell my clothes I literally just wanted the cash but now that I actually need new clothes, I’ve trade my old ones for new! It’s basically getting new clothes for free and getting rid of your old clothes in one trip – amazing!
  • DIY – I have a few shirts and tank tops that started to look really baggy on me but I still loved them! I just couldn’t part. Those tops have now become crop tops and are perfect for lounging or going out in the summer. A perfect compromise don’t you think?

I’m not saying this journey is easy and I’m not saying that I have 100% body confidence. I definitely still have my down days where I wish I could look just a little bit different. But I don’t! This is my body. What matters most is that I keep it healthy, inside and out. That should be the goal anyway, right? To have a healthy body? We don’t get new bodies – this is the only one we get. We need to remember to think twice about what we’re putting into them and how we’re taking care of them. A healthy body is extremely rewarding! Your organs will be happy, your skin glowing, and your mind at its sharpest! We are all beautiful human beings – no matter what ANYONE says. Love yourself because your body is for you and nobody else. Love it, cherish it, take care of it ~

Update May 2019

Hello all!

For those that have stuck around with me for awhile…thank you for your continued support and staying with me! For newcomers… welcome! My name is Kait and you’ve found my lifestyle blog. To read more about me, click here and here!

I thought I would give you guys an update on what’s been going on the past few months ~

Career Changes – I started a new job! I left my other job due to differences and toxicity within my department. After coming back from my leave of absence it was a huge eye-opener that my job was causing me a large amount of stress. My job now is still quite similar and busy but a lot less stressful and nicer. I’ve never worked a 9-5 job before and I actually really love it. It’s come with its own challenges but overall it’s been a positive and necessary transition.

 

Health – My mental and physical health have taken a slight turn which is the main reason why I’ve been so inactive. While everything has been going smoothly with my new job, my personal life was starting to get stressful and my depression started getting a little worse. I wasn’t depressed in a way that I wanted things to end; I just didn’t have the energy to do my normal day to day routines. I wasn’t eating as much, stopped going to the gym, and lost a lot of weight…again. After a lot of re-evaluation and self-searching, I’ve been doing a lot better and coming up with a plan for myself to get healthier and back on the same path I was on a few months ago.

 

Blog – I have a few drafts started for some new posts but just really need to get myself in the right mindset and discipline to finish them. I haven’t done much traveling or exploring either since I have no time off with the new job but hope to have some new content soon!

Well, I think that just about covers it! I just needed to step away for a moment to really prioritize my health and other areas in my life before putting more focus back into blogging.

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