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.

Keep following for more posts and make sure to follow my Instagram @candidlykait for frequent updates!

5 Sustainable Products I Use

I’ve been getting really into sustainability lately and have been researching different things I can use around my home. I’ve made some small adjustments but my since I live with my mom she’s not super open to all the changes I want to make, haha! Slowly but surely I’ve been changing her mind.

My family has always recycled, my grandma had a compost, and when we moved to California, we started using reusable bags. In Minnesota plastic bags are literally everywhere and you don’t get charged for them. It was a total shocker to me when we moved here that plastic bags were a huge no-no.

Since moving to California, I’ve started using the reusable bags and taking my own water bottle wherever I go (added bonus for theme parks because you don’t have to spend ridiculous amounts on water). I’ve also been trying to using glass containers for my leftovers, refusing straws and restaurants, and packing my own silverware for lunches instead of using the plastic silverware at work.

I’ve listed below some sustainable products I’ve started using and LOVE!

 

  1. Bamboo Cotton Swabs I use cotton swabs every time I shower and sometimes when I do makeup so it can get pretty wasteful! These are perfect for sustainability because they’re eco-friendly and they’re biodegradable! They get the job done perfectly as well.bamboo
  2. Sustainable Lunch Bags A lot of the times for lunch I pack sandwiches or snacks and using plastic Ziploc bags is a waste! I found these ones that come in 3 different sizes and they’re all dishwasher safe! They’ve worked beautifully and the fun designs make it that much better.baggies.png
  3. Zero Waste Makeup Remover Rounds These have been life changing! I switched completely from makeup wipes to using micellar water to remove my makeup. My face has been looking so much better and it’s more eco-friendly! These rounds are machine washable and can be used hundreds of times! The cute bag it comes in keeps them organized and it also includes a pouch to place them in when they’re ready to be washed. I’ve used these both for removing makeup and applying other things to my face such as witch hazel. It does advise to not use for removing nail polish as they do not work together.makeup.png
  4. Metal Straws A go to item for every sustainable human! I especially use these when I take my tumbler to Jamba Juice or Starbucks so I don’t waste a plastic cup or straw!straws
  5. Reusable Produce Bags I keep these packed with my reusable bags so that they’re in the same place and always ready for the grocery store!bags.png

 

I have plans for more sustainable products soon! These will include: a bamboo toothbrush(using my last plastic one now!), sustainable laundry detergent and fabric softener, and silicone stretch lids. Let me know what sustainable products you use in the comments below!

4 Reasons Why I Get Eyelash Extensions

The first time I heard about eyelash extensions I was in my junior year of high school and we had a foreign exchange student from Norway in my class. Another girl had told her that her lashes were so long and that’s when she told us that she had eyelash extensions. Now, keep in my mind, I lived in a very small town in Minnesota. The way of life out there is extremely different. I had no idea that eyelash extensions were even a thing and I thought that it was a crazy thing to do! Fast forward to April 2018 when I decided to finally give them a try and fell in love! In this post I’ll explain why I decided to try them and why I continue to pay for them.

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Let’s start with a quick background about my eyelashes. I was blessed with very long eyelashes. What I wasn’t blessed with? Curl. They are stick straight and a mile long. When I first started wearing makeup at 13 years old, I had just the basics. After wearing mascara for awhile, I was still frustrated that my eyelashes weren’t curling. I brought it up to my mom and she let me know that we could get an eyelash curler for me. Let me tell you I tried every trick in the book for the eyelash curler. Curling my lashes first, putting mascara on and then curling, repeating that same process twice, heating the curler before curling…..I googled until there was nothing left. Eventually I just accepted that my lashes were doomed and stubborn.

-> 2017. My first experience with false eyelashes was when I did a photo shoot. A friend of mine did my makeup for the shoot and I decided to buy some(yolo right?). She put them on me and I felt like one bad-ass woman. I was unstoppable! Fierce! Needless to say, I got hooked and bought myself more lashes.

-> April 2018. I was talking to one of my friends about eyelash extensions. We both were saying that it seemed really cool but we were too scared to try it. We made a pact that I would try them first and if they looked good then she would get extensions too.

The first appointment was amazing. It was so relaxing and the results after were so worth it! I decided to go with a medium length natural style. They looked so beautiful and I felt much more confident! For once in my life it actually looked like I had eyelashes! Since then I haven’t had them taken off. I go every 3 weeks to get them filled and love them every time.

But what about the pricing!? Here’s what I think is super funny about people’s responses when I tell them how much my lashes are: they literally pay the same amount to have their nails or hair done. Quality acrylic nails can be anywhere from $40-$80 depending on where you go and your design – and those get filled every 2 weeks! Women’s hair stylists have always been expensive. My last stylist increased her price to $90 for a haircut. When you first get the extensions it will be in the $110+ range. Fills vary on the style you’re wanting. Note: Pricing also varies on where you go. These prices are for my lashes. I pay anywhere between $60-$80 for my lash fills depending on which style I go with. Generally I stick with the Volume style which is $70. Why do I pay this much every 3 weeks?

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  1. It looks BOMB. I don’t think I need to elaborate.
  2. It’s convenient. Waking up every day and not having to worry about makeup is amazing. It saves me so much time getting ready in the morning(or if I’m running late!)
  3. It saves me money. Yes, you read that correctly! Since getting lash extensions, I have greatly decreased my trips to makeup stores. I feel confident leaving my house with zero makeup on so I’m not wearing makeup every day. This also means I’m not having to spend money on makeup remover wipes either!
  4. “Treat yo self!” I don’t spend a lot of money on myself, especially since I’ve become a minimalist. My haircut is around $45 and I go whenever I feel like I need a touch up. I don’t get my nails done anymore because of how damaged they were from gel and acrylics. I very rarely buy any new clothes anymore. The only reason I’ve bought clothes recently is because I lost some weight. Having my lashes done brings me so much joy and confidence! 

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I’ve been really happy in my decision to continue getting eyelash extensions. It’s an expense I don’t mind and budget for every month. I love the convenience of them so much! If you’re interested in getting them, make sure to do your research! You’re dealing with your eyes and want to make sure you’re staying safe and healthy. Word of mouth and Yelp are really great options in deciding where to go.

HELPFUL TIP: When you go for your first set, start with the natural since it’s the cheapest option. When you go for fills you can choose other styles and pay the fill price instead of a new set! 😉