MannyMUA x Makeup Geek Palette Review & Swatches

MannyMUA x Makeup Geek Palette Review & Swatches //

If you haven’t heard of MannyMUA on Youtube yet, then you need to escape the rock that you live under.  He’s the cutest make-up man I’ve ever seen, and he has awesome taste.  Which is why I knew that I would have to have the palette he created with Makeup Geek– even before I saw the shades.

Thankfully, I was not disappointed. The MannyMUA x Makeup Geek collaboration is a  9-shadow palette is my first purchase of Makeup Geek shadows, which worked out in my favor.  The palette is a mix of existing shadow shades, and a few that Manny created himself.

From the bottom up, the shades are: Luna, Beaches & Cream, Artemis, Frappe, Sora, Cosmopolitan, Aphrodite, Mars and Insomnia.


MannyMUA x Makeup Geek Palette Review & Swatches //

Frappe, Beaches and Cream, and Cosmopolitan are all permanent shades at Makeup Geek, and Insomnia is a loose shadow pigment that is pressed for this palette only.  Luna, Artemis, Sora, Arphrodite and Mars are all shadows that Manny designed.

My favorites are Beaches & Cream, Luna, Artemis, and Aphrodite.  Aphrodite is a gorgeous brown-purple that I love using to darken up a neutral eye and give a look more depth.  And I’m sure I’ll run through Beaches & Cream first, and have to buy it in a single very soon. It’s the perfect peachy transition shade for someone of my skin tone.  It pairs so nicely with Sora if you want a warm look. Artemis is my current favorite highlighting shade, while I find myself reaching for Luna for an all-over lid color if I want a more glam look.

Basically, I’m obsessed. Not only am I super impressed with the quality of Makeup Geek shadows, but I am in love with how many different looks I can get out of this palette. Neutral, natural, fun, glam, vampy, you name it.  I reach for this palette at least every other day, if not everyday. Definitely an amazing purchase for the money.

Also, points to Manny for the packaging.  I have strong Gatsby-esque vibes whenever I look at it, which makes me incredibly happy, and am in love with the giant mirror on the inside. Bravo, Manny.

MannyMUA x Makeup Geek Palette Review & Swatches //

You can pre-order the palette here, as it supposedly comes back into stock in about a month or so. If you’re new to Makeup Geek, I highly recommend this gorgeous palette as your intro to the brand. The shadows are creamy, incredibly versatile, and well worth the $45 dollar price tag for 12 quality shadows.

Do you have the MannyMUA x Makeup Geek palette, or already an existing Makeup Geek fan? What MUG products should I try next? Let me know!


24 Thoughts on Turning 24


Happy Birthday, Me! Today I turn 24 years old.  Time to party! Or, only 1 more year until my quarter life crisis! Much like last year’s 23 Things on Turning 23, I decided to share the wisdom I have learned as I celebrate another anniversary of when a world without Kelsey became a world with Kelsey.  Enjoy!

  1. Cool, only one more year until I can officially declare a Quarter-Life Crisis.
  2. It’s only a matter of time now until my metabolism starts slowing down.
  3. Gross. I need to start getting my life together now, don’t I?
  4. Years are going faster and faster now that I have more time in the past to compare them. That’s terrifying.
  5. I wonder how many more years until my face stops breaking out. Any day now, right? Puberty should be ending sometime soon.
  6. Age does not mean adulthood. I may be able to make my own doctor’s appointments, but I still call my Mommy to ask laundry/cooking/life/philosophical questions at least once per day.
  7. I should probably buy stock in antacids now.
  8. This past year was huge for me, and I’m very excited to continue on with the momentum of those major changes to continue to see positive change in my life. Like getting more cats.
  9. Goat cheese is amazing, and I’m ashamed it took almost 24 years for me to figure that out.
  10. Now I want goat cheese.
  11. Life is too short and time passes too quickly to not choose to be happy. Even if you can’t feel happiness, focusing on cutting out whatever negativity you can and working towards what makes you happy is 100% worth it.
  12. Puppies make me happy. So do cats. I should get another cat.
  13. Naps also make me happy.
  14. It’s totally okay to do things by yourself, and try new things by yourself. You don’t always need to hide behind other people.
  15. Living alone is actually really great.
  16. You have to learn how credit and credit scores works. Seriously. You have to.
  17. Now is the time to start addressing things that you think may be problems, especially with mental health. If you think something is wrong, better try to fix it now than regret it later.
  18. Preventative Care.  Say it again for the kids in the back: PRE-VENT-A-TIVE CARE.
  19. Food is starting to hurt me. Why is food, something I hold so near and dear to my heart, starting to hurt me?
  20. I am not 21 anymore. I cannot drink like I am 21 anymore. I cannot live my life the day after drinking like I did when I was 21. It just doesn’t happen. Time to accept that and move on.
  21. There is nothing wrong with being a 20-something homebody. It’s fine. Embrace the sweatpants and Netflix life on Fridays and you could be much happier. Add some goat cheese and you could be REALLY happy.
  22. A couple thousand in savings seems like a lot until you need to spend it.  Always be putting money away. ALWAYS! You never know what will happen/when you will need it.
  23. Just because something is normal doesn’t mean it’s right for you. I’m referring to no longer having a car– but this can be used for pretty much anything. You do you, boo. Life is too short.
  24. A year ago on this day I was very unhappy. I had no idea that in a short 365 days I would be sitting in my Chicago apartment, working from home for my nonprofit job, and taking a break to write this blog post. You just never know, kids.

Cheers, friends!


Life Lately: Blame It On the A-A-A-A-Anxiety

I’ve been off my blog game lately.  Have you noticed?

Blame it on the A-A-A-A-Anxiety //

Aside from February Guest Post Month, I’ve been super lax on posting. Speaking of February Guest Post Month— Didja like it? Did you meet some new bloggers you really like? What about Jani and the One-Pot Lemon Chicken Pasta Recipe? Elle with the Chocolate Covered Strawberry Martini? Kristen with her book recommendations? Or Leslie with her bomb interior design trends? I don’t know about you, but I was super impressed with each post, and am glad I got to share their awesome blogs with all of you!

Thank goodness for February Guest Blog Month or you would have seen cartoon tumbleweeds rolling across Cartoon cowboys would be drinking in deserted bars, wondering where all the sarcastic cat jokes were.

In short, February was full of some major anxiety for me.  No idea why– just that great biological wonder that is the brain chemistry of over 40 million people that make us all want to curl up in a ball and die. It felt like it had been awhile since it was that bad, but that’s the nature of the beast.  When it’s bad it’s bad, and when I’m fine, it’s like I can’t even think about how bad it feels when it’s bad. Drink everytime I write the word “bad”.

I started to write a post about it several times, but each time came out whiner than the draft before, and throwing myself a pity party was not what I was trying to do.  Sometimes I find it way easier to talk to a screen than to talk to a real human when I’m feeling bad, but writing mid “low-point” or mid-anxiety attack did not make for a productive post.

There are only so many ways to write “AHHHHHGHGHGHAskjsldjfaklsjdflkajsdflajsdf” before the post becomes unreadable, ya know?

Hence why there was radio silence. I like being happy, and nothing I was feeling during February was too happy, so I followed the age old advice of if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.

Thankfully, I have been feeling way better as of the last week or so.  I did some rather irresponsible emotional shopping during February, so I have a few new beauty posts planned (including the MannyMUA palette!), and some new recipes I want to share. Are you excited? I am!

P.S. Candidly Kelsey Weekly FUNmail will start back up NEXT week. Are you subscribed? 

Time to talk back to me. I miss you all. Anyone else anxiety sufferers? Do you have bad months? How do you deal? I’m totally down to try some new coping techniques.


5 Books You Should Read W/ Everyday Grace

Hi readers of Candidly Kelsey — thank you for welcoming me to this awesome space! I’ve been reading Kelsey’s blog (and following her hilarious snapchat) for a while now and absolutely love her positive take on life. I think she shines through her blog so well and that’s why I love it so much. So, when she asked me if I would do a guest post, I was absolutely flattered. Me? On a blog I read daily? Yes!

A little introduction to me — My name is Kristen and I blog over at Everyday Grace, a lifestyle – foodie blog about my life in Denver with my husband, Adam and our pup, Henry. I blog about life, love, food and all the things (good, bad and ugly) that fall in between.

Today, I’m sharing 5 books you should be reading (or have read). Now, let me preface this with; I understand everyone likes all different kinds of books. There are books that either I love and can get lost in or the ones that have made a huge impact on my life. But, hey everyone’s different, that’s what so rad about blogs and guest posts! I think these books are fantastic, engaging, well-written and I think you should read them! Below is my take on the book, plus a little recap on the story.

5 books you should read, including To Kill A Mockingbird, The Rumor, and Girl on a Train /

1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee: I couldn’t really give you a list of books and not start with a classic. I first read this book in maybe 6th grade and I’ve read it probably 15 times since then. Also, Harper Lee just passed away, so this is a little tribute to the wonder and author that she was

Set in the small Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the Depression, To Kill a Mockingbird follows three years in the life of 8-year-old Scout Finch, her brother, Jem, and their father, Atticus–three years punctuated by the arrest and eventual trial of a young black man accused of raping a white woman. Though her story explores big themes, Harper Lee chooses to tell it through the eyes of a child. The result is a tough and tender novel of race, class, justice, and the pain of growing up.

2. The Rumor by Elin Hildenbrand: I never said I was a literary scholar, sometimes books are good because you get lost in them. This is exactly how this book is. All her books are based in Nantucket. Once you’ve read one, you’ll want to read all the rest.

Madeline King and Grace Pancik are the best of friends of the envy of Nantucket for their perfect marriages, beautiful kids and their Sunday night double dates with their devoted husbands.

3. The Girl on the Train: THIS BOOK. Talk about a book I could not put down. Even my husband was asking when I was going to be done! This book kept my attention the entire time. Now, side-note, it takes about 2 chapters to get in to it, but once you’re in, you won’t be able to stop. When it was over, I felt like I had a book hangover. I couldn’t stop thinking about it.

Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost. 

4. For the Love: Fighting for Grace in a World of Impossible Standards by Jen Hatmaker: This book saved me. Not in the literal sense, obvs but changed my perspective in a way I didn’t know I needed. This book focuses on fighting the worlds standards. Its about being good, while enjoying life, laughing and maybe learning to laugh all with God’s grace. This is such a great story and she is so incredibly funny and honest in her writing. 

She reveals how to: Break free of guilt and shame by dismantling the unattainable Pinterest life.

5. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom: If you want to cry as you read, this is the book for you. Okay, that is a horrible way to sell a book, but this is seriously in my top 5 favorite books of all time list. It’s about a mentee learning from his mentor in his last days. It’s about life and love and the journey we take every day. It’s incredibly moving, funny, loving and hands down one of the greatest books I’ve read. 

Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life. Knowing he was dying of ALS – or motor neurone disease – Mitch visited Morrie in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final ‘class’: lessons in how to live.

Have you read any of these books? Whats on your must-read reading list? 

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One-Pot Lemon Chicken Pasta

One-Pot Lemon Chicken Pasta is a super easy weeknight (or any night!) dinner! //

Hey everyone! My name is Jani and I run a blog called My Life in Med School. I write about a bunch of different things, but I focus more of recipes and beauty, all the foods and makeup. I am a second year medical student from Puerto Rico and I was in desperate need of a hobby to escape my endless hours of studying, hence my blog and channel were born.

Kelsey’s blog was one of the first blogs I followed when I began my journey, and when she posted about doing a guest post, I jumped right at the opportunity. After brainstorming for a while she told me she liked my recipe’s and if I could do one for the guest post it would be awesome. So without further ado today I am going to be sharing with you a favorite of mine and my husband’s, a super easy one pot pasta.

When you are a full time graduate student, have a full time job, have a family, etc. spending a few hours cooking dinner can be a nightmare. If like me, your time is precious and you get tired of traditional bolognese or Alfredo pasta then one pot pastas will be your new best friend.

There are several reasons why one pot meals are a wonderful part of life. First easy cleanup, second combination of flavors, third lots of room for creativity, and fourth no going crazy with a million things on the stove. I especially love how simple they are and the little amount of cleanup.

So let us go back to fall of 2014 and I was feeling like I wanted to try something new and different using lemons for a pasta sauce. Of course first thing I did was log into my trusty friend Pinterest and looked for recipes.

I found one that I liked but since doing it the first time I have modified it and basically made it my own recipe. I love doing this recipe both with chicken and with pork, I usually prefer boneless pork chops.

This One-Pot Lemon Chicken Pasta is one of me and my husband’s favorite dishes and I hope you enjoy it!

One-Pot Lemon Chicken Pasta

First take about 2 tbs of extra virgin olive oil and ½ tbs butter over medium heat in a deep skillet or a wok, which is what we use.

One-Pot Lemon Chicken Pasta is a super easy weeknight (or any night!) dinner! //

In the meantime, season your meat using salt and pepper or good old adobo and once the oil is hot, add the meat.

One-Pot Lemon Chicken Pasta is a super easy weeknight (or any night!) dinner! //

Cook it on both side for 5-7 minutes if it is thin or until mostly cooked, add half of the lemon juice. Set aside so it finishes cooking in its own juice.

One-Pot Lemon Chicken Pasta is a super easy weeknight (or any night!) dinner! //

Add the chopped onion, garlic and cook for about 2-3 minutes or until onion is starting to clear.

Add the pasta of your preference, I usually go for spaghetti or linguine, and bathe in the onion garlic and add the chicken stock. Add basil, and any other spice you wish to add.

One-Pot Lemon Chicken Pasta is a super easy weeknight (or any night!) dinner! //

Let simmer until pasta is cooked and most of the liquid is evaporated. Add milk or heavy cream, chopped parsley, and grated cheeses.

Add meat back into skillet and let sit for a couple of minutes. Sprinkle with parmesan and parsley. Serve and enjoy!

I hope you enjoy this recipe for my One-Pot Lemon Chicken Pasta, and I would love to hear feedback on it and if you have tried anything like it before.

One-Pot Lemon Chicken Pasta is a super easy weeknight (or any night!) dinner! //

One-Pot Lemon Chicken Pasta


2 chicken breasts cut into tenders
2 servings of pasta of choice
½ medium onion
6 garlic cloves
2 cups of chicken stock (or you can use 2 cups of water and 1 cube of chicken bouillon)
1 big lemon or lime juiced
¼-½ cup of milk or heavy cream to desired consistency
1 ½ TBS fresh parsley
3 TBS extra virgin olive oil
½ tbs butter
¼ cup or 1 handful of grated parmesan
¼ cup or 1 handful of grated mozzarella
¼ tsp of basil

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