Gilmore Girls Netflix Revival Bingo

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The Gilmore Girls Netflix revival called Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life comes out this Friday. And I am peeing my pants.

In approximately 3 days, 4 hours and 29 minutes from the time I am writing this, we will get to revisit Stars Hallow. We will get to see Luke, Lorelai, Rory, Taylor Doose, the Dragonfly Inn, the gazebo, Miss Patty’s Dance School, and the Gilmore House. We get to see Rory as I always wanted to see her: adult and struggling to find herself, just as I am also trying to do. We get to see Lorelai (hopefully) settled with Luke. We will try to find solid ground in a world without Richard Gilmore. Now it’s only 3 days, 4 hours and 27 minutes.

But whatever, I’m not that excited.

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As I may be watching these episodes with some of my family members this weekend- and in an attempt to stem the almost nausea-inducing excitement and anticipation I’ve been feeling lately- I decided to get a little interactive with this. Why not make this monumental event into a game? Bingo! 

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I created 5 different bingo cards just for the Gilmore Girls Netflix revival. Each card is filled with some well-known Gilmore-isms that I anticipate to see in the four 90-minute episodes based off the last 7 seasons, as well as some new things that I hope to see. Feel free to use the Luke’s logo as a free space. Play against your friends, or yourself. Swap cards after each episode, and see who wins the most. Loser has to make the new pot of coffee.

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Or, if you’re alone and coffee isn’t your style, turn the game into something a little more adult. Have yourself a Shirley Temple Black or a martini with a twist and drink every time you cross off an item. And give yourself bonus points if you understood those references too. Because if all goes well, you may forget to shout “Bingo!” when you fill your card.

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If you do download the cards and play, make sure to tag me (@iamkelskels) and use the hashtag #CKGilmoreGirlsBingo so I can follow along! I’ll definitely be playing too and would love the competition.

Happy binge-watching! Are you excited for the Gilmore Girls Netflix revival? Let me know if you’re #TeamJess or #TeamLogon. Because let’s be real, nobody should be #TeamDean.

Click here to download the Gilmore Girls Netflix Revival Bingo cards.

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ColourPop Lipstick Collection & Reviews

If you're looking for affordable and good quality lip products, look no further than a ColourPop lipstick. // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

Hello, my name is Kelsey and I am in the midst of a ColourPop lipstick addiction.

(Hiiiiiiiii Kelsey.)

I know I shouldn’t even bother explaining ColourPop (thanks to the hype from the Kyle Jenner Lip Kits dupe drama— Google that ish if you don’t know what I’m talking about), but in case you don’t know what it is, or are my mother, then here we go.

ColourPop is an online beauty brand that sells crazy affordable make-up that is great quality.  They’re best known for their lip products and their Super Shock Shadows, but they also do highlights, blushes, bronzers, eye liners, brow products, and sculpting sticks. And for how affordable they are, it’s not hard to get hooked.

In my case, it started out innocently enough. Two liquid lipsticks and an eyeshadow. And then there were three liquid lipsticks. Then there was a 20% off sale and then.. well.. You saw the picture above. I have developed a tiny collection.

And that isn’t even all of them. I have two Ultra Satin lips and a Lippie Stix missing from this that have gone AWOL.

Though ColourPop is known for their Ultra Mattes, I very much prefer the Ultra Satins.

ColourPop's "November" and "StingRAYE" are to die for. If you're looking for affordable and good quality lip products, look no further than a ColourPop lipstick. // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

On the left is November, a ColourPop Ultra Satin Lip, next to StringRAYE, a ColourPop Ultra Matte Lip (that is a dupe for Jeffree Star’s Androgyny and is being discontinued on August 18th so RUN AND GO GET IT NOW!). The difference in the formula is very apparent. The Ultra Mattes tend to be much dryer and the Ultra Satins have a mousser texture that is much more comfortable to wear.

Some swatches of ColourPop Cosmetics liquid lipsticks. If you're looking for affordable and good quality lip products, look no further than a ColourPop lipstick. // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

My go-to is Midi, an Ultra Matte, and November, the Ultra Satin.  I also love Alyssa, another Ultra Satin that is slightly more mauve-y. Both are great for everyday wear.

ColourPop’s Lippie Stix are also great. I find myself reaching for these when I’m looking for something I’m not worried about wearing off my lips or looking uneven throughout the day. I highly recommend them for an understated work-appropriate lip color.

A couple ColourPop Lippie Stix, each in a different finish. If you're looking for affordable and good quality lip products, look no further than a ColourPop lipstick. // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

Pictured above is Creature, Cami, Frida and Aquarius, all of which have different finishes. Though the Frida, the Satin finish, is my go-to, I do love Aquarius over a pink lip liner, and am dyyyying for fall to hit so I can start wearing Creature.  Cami, the Matte X finish, is a beautiful color, but because it is so matte, I have to prep with an exfoliant and lip balm before I wear it.  I’m hoping Creature, a regular Matte finish, will be more comfortable.An example of each of the finishes of ColourPop Lippie Stix. If you're looking for affordable and good quality lip products, look no further than a ColourPop lipstick. // www.CandidlyKelseyBlog.com

Despite my undying love for the ColourPop lipstick, I do have one complaint. The logo on the packaging rubs off quite easily– as you can see in the first picture.

I used to think people that got hung up on packaging were crazy… until now. I am the kind of person that gets excited over packaging. When did that happen?

I get a weird thrill out of seeing each ColourPop lipstick in a row, all nice and neat.  Maybe it’s because I clearly have a thing for the same color family– (they are all DIFFERENT when you put them on the lips! I promise!)– but there is something about seeing all of them lined up, in color order, showing off their pristine ColourPop logos that gives me a warm fuzzy feeling. I’m assuming this is how men feel when a fancy car engine revs.

HOWEVER. The liquid branding rubs off SO easily– as you can tell in the picture above. I know I shouldn’t gripe about a $6.00 lipstick, but having the logo rub off so quickly kind of ruins the whole warm-fuzzy-feeling thing. “Midi” took an all day trip in my purse and when I pulled her out to put her away at night, the logo was gone!  Disappointing, as she is one of my favorites.

Aside from that, I’m a happy camper.

If you’ve never tried a ColourPop lipstick, I recommend taking a look around the website. First time customers can get a $5.00 off coupon, which basically means a free lipstick. And who doesn’t want a free lipstick?

Are you a ColourPop junkie as well? Tell me what you have/what I need to get in the future. Or, if you have other lipstick brands I should try, let me know in the comments!

**It wasn’t until the end of this that I realized I was referring to my lippies as “she” but whatever. Dudes can call their cars by the female pronoun, then I can call my make-up “her”.

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Acne Skincare: LUSH Mask of Magnaminty

Acne Skincare: LUSH Mask of Magnaminty Review

It was never my intention to fall in love with LUSH products.  In fact, I started making my own bath bombs last year in hopes that I could never have to spend money at LUSH, mostly because I’m cheap. But acne is no joke. And neither is your acne skincare routine.

However, desperate times can make a gal do desperate things– like spring for a face mask in a fit of super low self-esteem to help her f!*#ing acne.  I didn’t want to love it.  I didn’t want to fall victim to the glory of LUSH products, and start handing them all my money.  But unfortunately, the face wants what the face wants.

Which is how I ended up with LUSH’s Mask of Magnaminty as an irreplaceable part of my skincare routine.

Mask of Magnaminty (Mag-na-mint-y) is a face and body mask. It is “packed full of peppermint, kaolin, and scrubby aduki beans for deeply cleansed skin”. It also contains bentonite gel, honey, evening primrose seeds, and african marigold oil, and a few other ingredients.

Let me break it down for you:

Peppermint oil contains omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A & C, iron, potassium, and magnesium. Vitamin C is great for the skin, as we all know.  And peppermint oil has antiseptic, and regenerative properties that are good for restoring your skin. The menthol that makes peppermint cooling and soothing is also good for the skin.

Kaolin is a soft clay. It helps exfoliate and cleanse skin.

Aduki beans are used as an exfoliant to cleanse and polish the skin.  Ground aduki beans also help absorb excess oil.

Honey is moisturizing and antiseptic.

Bentonite gel is soothing, absorbs dirt and oil, and promotes smoothing of the skin. It is used mainly for the base of a lot of LUSH products for it’s texture.

Evening Primrose Seeds are another exfoliating ingredient, with anti-inflammatory properties.

African Marigold Oil is antiseptic, anti-fungal, and has antioxidant properties that is good for soothing blemishes and inflammation.

Basically this mask is chalk full of skin soothing and cleansing goodies to help problem skin.  The exfoliants remove dead skin while the other ingredients pull dirt and oils, cleanse the skin to remove any dirt and bacteria that is causing breakouts, and then moisturize, sooth and reduce inflammation.

And let me tell you, it works.

Though I can’t get the change I can see in my skin to appear on camera with a before/after, I can assure you that my skin just glows and looks so much healthier after using this mask.  My skin tone is much more even, the redness from my blemishes and scars has softened, I don’t look as textured, and my skin just feels better. I use this about once per week in the evening, and love the results.

Also, a little bit goes a long way, so it is definitely worth the price for something that is not only a natural skincare product, but also effective. I got the smaller version, 4.4 oz, for around $14.00(ish)at the LUSH in Water Tower Place in Chicago. I have had it for a few months, have probably used it 10ish times, and still have maybe 3-5 more uses out of it. Not bad if I do say so myself.

Bonus: LUSH runs a recycling program. If you bring back 5 empty/clean LUSH pots with their little recycling logo on them, you get a free Fresh Face mask. How cool is that?

(Also, this is not a sponsored post what so ever, but hey LUSH, I’d definitely be open to it.  Make me a believer, huh? What other acne products do you have for me?!)

If you have acne prone skin, or have been feeling like your skin is just off lately, I would recommend trying out this mask.

What are your favorite LUSH products? Let me know!

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“Havana Nights” OFRA Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipstick

We need to talk about “Havana Nights”.

I’ve always been jealous of girls that can rock a bold lip.  Like they throw on a dark lipstick and then it’s like they stomp down the street circa Beyoncé walk in “Crazy in Love”. Those girls know they look good, and are confident.  They are probably never disheveled, or have cat hair covering their leggings.

I want to be one of those girls.

I’ve shelled out enough money for different lipsticks in the past year in my quest to find my perfect dark lip.  For awhile my go-to was Rimmel London Lasting Finish Matte lipstick by Kate Moss in 107, which my mom hated. I wore it anyway because I am a rebel and it was funny to see her hate it so much.

Then this year I had a tiny love affair with NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in “Copenhagen”.  Mixed with a wine-colored lip liner from NYX, it had great lasting power for the price, and didn’t dry out my lips. And then on a whim (and on sale!) I decided to splurge for the OFRA Cosmetics and KathleenLights collab “Havana Nights”.

KathleenLights Havana Nights OFRA Cosmetics Long Lasting Liquid Lipsticks

And oh… Oh, girl. This is a good one.

If you’re someone like me who does not look good in pink tones, this is a shade for you– though I honestly can’t imagine it being a bad shade on anyone! It’s a dark red, but with a rusty vibe and brown undertones. In some lights in looks brown, in others it looks like a blood red. Like a vampy princess.

The formula is great. It’s not a stain, so it does keep some tackiness that a lipstick does, but the staying power is awesome.

My wear test for this baby included a power-hour (AKA- drinking a shot glass full of beer every minute for an hour because why not), and three hours at a bar. I touched up halfway through the night, but when I got home I was still shocked at how great it looked. It had very minimal bleeding around the edges of my mouth, probably from repeatedly putting a shot glass to my lips, but other than that it still looked great.  It came off relatively easily by oil-cleansing my face like usual and giving my lips and extra scrub.

Like usual, my only complaint is the packaging. It’s a regular tube, but the name is a clear sticker on the the tub with black writing on it. The edges were already starting to lift when I got it, making it look a little cheap. Not sure if all OFRA liquid lipsticks are like this, or just Havana Nights, as it’s a promotional shade, but I was kind of disappointed. I love KathleenLights, so I was hoping for something a little bit more decorative that I would keep after the product was gone.

Overall, I’d give it 9/10 stars. Taking away one point for the packaging because I’m petty.

 

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Fall Skincare Empties: Serums, Pore Strips, and Micellar Water

Reviews of Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment, Bioré Pore Strips, Simple Cleansing Micellar Water, L'Oreal Age Perfect Cell Renewal Serum, and DERMAdoctor Ain't Misbehavin' Medicated Acne Control Serum

Y’all know I love skincare posts.  Maybe it’s because I have acne, or what, but I can’t get enough skincare posts. Tell me your good, your bad, and your ugly about the products you try.  I will eat it up with a spoon.That being said, I have been trying a lot of new things the past year, and especially have been trying to test them out the past few months to track some change.  And now that I feel I have a good range of things to show off, allow me to share my thoughts with you:

Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment

This was a trend I jumped on last year.  Totally crazy price-tag be damned, I ordered one as soon as I heard some major gurus spitting it’s praises. Immediately, I wasn’t a major fan, but I wanted to give it time.  I even did a full review of it last year after buying a second bottle. But instead of returning the second bottle, I decided to use it and see if I was wrong.

Nope.  I was right.  This was a total let down for my skin.  I actually finished it up a few months ago, but kept it purposely for this post.  Now I am going to throw it away and enjoy every single moment of it.

L’Oreal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal (Golden Serum)

Along the same lines, I saw this little ditty in a tiny tester size at Target a few months ago.  I wanted a chemical exfoliator serum (it has LHAs in it, similar to AHAs, check my review of Good Genes I linked above above if you want to know what I’m talking about!), so I thought I’d try it.

I enjoyed using it in the morning, as it definitely gives my skin a glow after application, but I used it daily for about 8 weeks, and didn’t see too much of difference in my actual skin.  I had purchased it in hopes that it would help fade my hyper-pigmentation from my acne, but if it did, I still haven’t noticed.  For people who don’t have bad scarring or red marks and are just looking for an exfoliator or something to help them sparkle underneath their make-up, I’d recommend trying it out.  Though it is really scented, so those with sensitive skin, beware.

DERMAdoctor Ain’t Misbehavin’ Medicated Acne Control Serum

I can’t remember if this was recommended to me or if I just grabbed it online, but it became my holy grail acne treatment.  It really calmed my breakouts for awhile, and I just actually purchased a new tube after I squeezed the life out of this one– as you can tell.  It was my ride-or-die, so when I just orderd my second tube after running out for a few weeks, I was super stoked.

Unfortunately, I’m becoming disenchanted with it now that I’m on this second tube.  I apply it after my toner, let it dry while I brush my teeth and change my clothes, and then apply moisturizer.  This has been my routine for as long as I can remember with this product.  With this new bottle, however, it has started balling up on my skin when I apply moisturizer.  Literal tiny white balls, like my moisturizer is rolling the layer up off my skin when I apply it.  Which means two things to me: 1) It’s not soaking in, even though I’m giving it a good 5-10 minutes to do so, and 2) It’s not treating my skin anymore because it can’t soak in.I tweeted DERMAdoctor about it this morning (because I’m that kind of person!) and they responded with “….Generally that means you need to use less. 2 pumps at most and let dry before moisturizer.”

…Mmmkay.

Even though I already only use 1 – 1 1/2 pumps, I am going to try using even less and seeing if it works.  If not, I am going to return the bottle.  I have no time for bad products when it comes to my acne. Especially with it’s higher price tag.

EDITED LATER: I tried using only one pump, and making sure to spread it over my entire face, and not just the lower half of my face like I had been doing.  And what do you know, it stopped balling up on me. Who knew that if you just followed the instructions, products could work?

Bioré Ultra Deep Cleansing Pore Strips

Tried these for the very first time.  I got a box of 6, was not happy with the price in the first place, and now I don’t think I’ll be repurchasing.  I can very clearly see gunky pores on my nose, and onto the tops of my cheeks (TMI, but totally true).  I tried these –and I’ve used all 6 of them, so I feel like I’ve given it a good try– and I am not impressed.

A few times I tried pulling them off and they left a white layer on my skin, like the strip separated or something, and I had to wash the white layer off. Or, if that didn’t happen, then literally nothing came out of my pores, and I got back a blank strip with no gross but satisfying little gunk lines on it.  I followed the directions, tried making them more wet, less wet, leaving it on for longer, for shorter, etc, but these did just work for me.  If anyone has any other ideas, or has a trick for them, let me know, please!

Simple Cleansing Micellar Water

Overall, not impressed, but didn’t hate it. I like having it around for just taking off my make-up because it does a good job of doing so without leaving a film on my face.  But other than that, it didn’t WOW me.  I may repurchase, but I recently switched to oil cleansing my face, which also takes my make-up off amazingly, so I’m not sure if I really even have need for it anymore.

And that’s it.  I’m now testing a new cleanser, which I am loving so far, so I’ll give an update on that at the end of the month.  But that’s it for my finished up products for this fall.Got any skincare favorites you think I should try? Please let me know!

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