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Fiance does my Makeup Challenge | LYLAS Video

Seeing how my Fiancé swears he’s good at everything, I expected him to do pretty well on this makeup challenge. I was terribly mistaken. Watch him pretend to know what he’s doing, while also making me look like a clown!


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Kylie Cosmetics Lip Kit – What I HATE to Admit

If you’re like me, you have a strong love/hate relationship with the Kardashian/Jenner family. You HATE that someone is always talking about them, yet you are doing nothing to stop their popularity – considering you’ve (willingly) watched every episode of their TV show, AND you follow them on all social media platforms. Guilty. So when the Kylie Jenner lip kit phenomenon occurred, I couldn’t have rolled my eyes hard enough. I mean, were people really buying a lip product from someone who doesn’t even have her own lips? (Shade intended). To answer that simply, hell yes they were! And as much as I wanted to hate on it, the pictures all looked fabulous.

Being the don’t-knock-it-till-you-try-it person I am, I knew I would eventually cave in and give at least one of her lip kits a try. So I did. And can you guess what happened? The words almost hurt leaving my mouth… I LOVED IT. Okay, there I said it. I loved my Kylie Jenner lip kit from the very second I took it out of the box. But how could this happen? I wanted so badly to hate it and tell all my girls how terrible it was. Except, it wasn’t.

All About the Lip Kit

The first thing I loved about the kit was the lip liner. It was so creamy and easy to apply. It didn’t crumble or bleed, and went on so smooth. When I opened the actual color, I thought it would have some type of funky smell for sure. But nope. Nothing. The liquid lipstick went on just as easy and with just one swipe across my lips, I had amazing pigmentation and coverage. It dried in less than a minute, and again, it was smooth! (Other matte lipsticks I’ve tried have cracked and creased shortly after applying them). I stared at myself in the mirror for a couple minutes in disbelief honestly, and then obviously jumped right on snapchat to send multiple kissy face selfies to Krystal (she loves my snaps, I promise).

Okay, okay – I liked it. But maybe I just got lucky and picked a good color the first time? I needed to thoroughly test this product out before I could say it was the best matte liquid lipstick I had ever used, right? Well, since you insisted, I ordered another. And then another. I’m not even lying. I am now the PROUD owner of close to $200 in Kylie Jenner lip kits. GASP! And you know what, I’m not even ashamed. I know its price can be pretty steep for some people, but I like to rationalize it by saying this: you actually get two products – the lipstick and the lip liner. So average that out, and they’re $15 a piece. Other makeup brands have liners that sell for much more than that! My favorite color at the moment is Posie K, which is dark enough to make a statement, but light enough to pair with the gorgeous Spring weather.

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If you’re thinking about trying Kylie’s lip kits, do yourself a favor, GET ONE! You won’t regret it, I promise.

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One Word To Describe The RIGHT Relationship

New relationships can be fun and exciting. There is nothing better than the butterflies you get when your new special someone calls your phone, or knocks on your door. But how can you tell if this new relationship is the right one? I’ll tell you!

While I may not be a licensed relationship expert, or have written the book on all things love and romance – I have had my own real world experiences about dating that have allowed me to simplify this answer down to one word. Are you ready for it? Let the suspense build… drumroll… The ONE word that can tell you if you’re in the right relationship or not is – Easy. Yup, that’s right. The word is actually EASY.

Everything is just easy about this new relationship. He’s easy to talk to. You feel easy around him. His friends like you. Even better, YOUR friends like him (or what you’ve screen shotted to them so far anyways). There are no complications with scheduling, or timing, or potentially sassy mother-in-laws. It all just works. Trust me on this one. Everything about the new relationship will just be easy and flow naturally. And the right one is supposed to be like that.

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Now why do I say this? Well, for starters I have been in relationships that were NOT described with such ease. Examples? Oh, I’ve got them. Back in college I dated a guy who I thought was everything I wanted, at least on paper that is. He was a little bit older than me, which I assumed meant more mature *side eye*, had a career with goals he was working towards, polite, respectful, family oriented – you know, all that stuff we girls put on our “checklists.” Except there was just one problem – nothing about our interactions were easy. I never felt like myself around him or comfortable enough to talk to him about why I didn’t feel like myself. Conversations never came easy or flowed. And knowing whether or not our friends and family liked each other was not even a factor, considering in the many months we spent “dating,” we never met each others important people. There was just always some kind of bump in the road that should have made me walk away a lot sooner than I did – like not hearing from him for days at a time. Stupid boy. 

But then I found myself starting a different kind of relationship four years ago. One that was, take a wild guess, easy. He lived over an hour and a half away – but it wasn’t even a problem. We made time to see each other every second we could, and if we couldn’t actually see each other, we were in constant communication. His friends were funny, and normal (thank god, weird friends can be the worst). My friends couldn’t wait to meet him and most importantly, my grandmother adored him. I had never felt more like myself than on our first date, which everyone knows should be SO nerve wracking. But nope – it was all just easy. I remember coming home after our first date and runny to tell my grandmother everything about him. She asked me how it went and I told her, with absolute certainty, “I’m going to marry him one day, he just doesn’t know it yet.” Four years later and that man is now my Fiancé, and we are expecting baby number two together!

So if you’re wondering if your new relationship is the right one, just ask yourself this: Can you whole heartedly describe the start of this relationship with just one little word that starts with E and rhymes with peasy? If so, dive head first into that thing! If not, be a smart girl. Cut your loses and make room for the EASY one to come along!

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The Perfect Lip Stains For Spring

I feel like I blinked and it’s almost spring – which I’m TOTALLY okay with. Well, with warmer weather comes warm weather friendly outdoor activities and, most importantly, a color change in my makeup routine. My absolute favorite spring tone is orange. I grab just about anything with an orange undertone that I can pull off – from warm bronzers, to glowing highlighters, and my personal favorite, orange infused lips! I’ve recently fallen in love with two orange-based lip colors that I’m positive I will be grabbing ALL spring and summer long.

nude lip stainBare Necessities – A Peachy Pink Ultra Satin Lip

By: Colourpop (Alexis Ren Collection) – $6

The perfect noticeable nude for spring! It appears much darker and more on the pink side online, but the color is visibly peachier in person. I’m obsessed with the fact that Bare Necessities is nude but doesn’t wash me out! My skin has a pink undertone so, a lot of the time it’s EXTREMELY hard to find a flattering pink nude.red lip stainLittle Weapon – A True Orange Red Ultra Matte Lip

By: Colourpop (Alexis Ren Collection)  – $6

A gorgeous bold orange-red color that applies evenly and wears more similar to a lipstick than an ultra matte lip stain.

Luckily, the entire Alexis Ren x Colourpop Collection was recently restocked on February 17, so grab these guys before they’re gone! If it’s your first time ordering with Colourpop, sign up for $5 off your first order! That’s basically one ultra matte lip stain for FREE or, you can win them both (plus three other fun spring inspired lip colors) for FREE from ME – details below:

To get Little Weapon, Bare Necessities, and three other vibrant lip stains all you need to do is enter your email address in the email signup bar (located at the top of the right sidebar on desktop, or bottom of the page on mobile device) and then click ‘subscribe’! Anyone can enter but we will be notifying the winner via email so be sure to sign up with an active email address.

*The giveaway will run until Sunday, March 4 at 9 pm EST.

We’ve recently added the e-mail signup feature on Beauty in the East because we’ve grown so much in 2017 – thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your support! Be on the lookout an even bigger expansion later this month!

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*This giveaway is not sponsored*

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To All of the Moms I Judged Before I Became One – I’m Sorry.

Five years ago, an unmarried and kid-less me, along with my then fiancé Nick, decided to go out for a late dinner on a Friday night. I remember it was around early December, cold, and at least 8 o’clock when we arrived to a trendy, semi-upscale restaurant and put our names on their waitlist to be seated. As we walked over to the waiting area, I noticed a small family taking up just about every seat. I looked at Nick and most likely, rolled my eyes – I thought, “It’s late, cold, and completely unnecessary to have your young children (three all who looked to be under the age of five) out at a busy adult restaurant – why are they here?!

As we sat and waited for our names to be called, I bit my tongue as I watched two of the three young children run up and down the small waiting area, and the youngest one, still a baby, fuss as his mother rocked him. “Absolute chaos! My kids will never behave like that.” I said to myself.

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Aside from judging moms in public, I frequently evaluated all my friends on social media who had babies.

“You co-sleep with your toddler?!”

“Your ONE year old is eating BACON!?”

“Who gives their toddler McDonald’s – you’re SO lazy!”

Clearly, younger me, who only had herself to worry about, was not the most sought after person for parenting advice. Who the hell was I to judge anyone for their parenting choices?! I was young, naïve, ignorant, and in for a huge awakening just five short years later.

So, to the mom who probably just needed a break from being outnumbered and under-caffeinated in the house all day with three small monsters – I deeply apologize and wish I could’ve rocked your infant for you.

To my real-life friends who I silently judged on Facebook and deemed you a careless, inattentive parent – I’m sorry. I am greatly remorseful for my ignorance.

Why was I such a judgmental b*tch? 

Well, what have I learned? Hindsight is 20/20 and karma is real.

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Currently, in 2017, I’m a stay at home mom with two girls both under the age of two whose nineteen-month-old has co-slept with us since she was a little over a year, operates an Ipad better than me, and hasn’t died from having McDonald’s a couple of times a month.

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As a family of four, we regularly go out to dinner after 6 pm and most times, I’m lucky if my toddler only has one meltdown.

Most times, especially if we’re at a trendy, semi-upscale restaurant, I can feel the death stares from my kid-less peers and I want to tell them that I KNOW what they’re thinking. I want to say that I was in their shoes just a few years ago and that for most of them, their time is coming. One day soon, their child(ren) will be knocking their silverware off the table while they unreasonably scream at you for offering them a french fry.

But this time, I promise you, I won’t judge – I will voluntarily pick up that silverware for you and smile because we’re all in this together.

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