LOOK: I Prevail Concert

2019-07-17 15_38_16-↞kirsten krupps↠ (@kirstenkrupps) • Instagram photos and videos

Who doesn’t love a good rock show to break up the monotony of the workweek?! Well, probably not everyone, but I sure do! I had the pleasure to see Justin Stone, Issues, and I Prevail on the Peoria Riverfront last night with 105.7 the X and Inked Entertainment. My mom and I hit up Thyme for some dinner and drinks prior to the show. I’m obsessed with the Kentucky Bees Knees drink and their Brussel sprouts (trust me, just try them).

I went for a very rocker look for the show and probably the only appropriate place for this shirt – an outdoor rock concert. I’m glad I did, though, because it was a hot one, even after the sun went down. I could not wait to hop in the shower real quick after I got home.

Unfortunately, I cannot find any of the exact pieces online for this outfit. They’re all out of stock or unlisted, so I tried to find similar pieces for you!

  • Black Ripped Tank – similar – eBay– $23
  • Studded Shorts – similar – Nasty Gal – $25
  • Shoes – similar – Vici Collection – $22

LOOK: Sushi Lady Date

2019-07-08 11_49_23-↞kirsten krupps↠ (@kirstenkrupps) • Instagram photos and videos

Sometimes you feel like dressing up and going out with a friend for a fun lady date! A friend and I decided to hit up a sushi place then a couple bars a couple weeks ago. It was a fantastic time and hopefully, we can do it again soon! I went with a simple outfit, just a bodysuit, jeans, and some cute heels!

Hair + Beauty


I am by no means a skincare expert, but I have been trying to up my game and stay consistent. When I got Lasik in early April, I couldn’t wear any makeup for 2 weeks, so I really made a huge effort to keep my skin looking nice and have stuck with it since. I predominately use a handful of brands, but these have worked for my sensitive, combination skin so I thought I’d share.


2019-06-10 15_03_48-Liquid Facial Soap _ Clinique

I use the Clinique Liquid Facial Soap for Mild for Dry Combination Skin to gently cleanse and prep my skin.


I’m obsessed with the VASANTI Enzymatic Face Rejuvenator Exfoliating Face Wash. It is super fine and exfoliates gently, yet effectively.


2019-06-10 14_57_42-Glow Tonic Serum – Pixi Beauty.png

The Pixi Glow Tonic Serum gently exfoliates, hydrates and nourishes skin to start my day.


2019-06-10 14_55_28-Daily Hydrating Lotion with Hyaluronic Acid - Cetaphil Store

The Cetaphil Daily Hydrating Lotion with Hyaluronic Acid works wonders for my skin. It’s lightweight and isn’t greasy. I put some on while I’m doing my hair and by the time I’m ready to do makeup, it’s soaked in and good to go.

2019-06-10 14_58_57-Glow Mist – Pixi Beauty

I’ll often apply the Pixi Glow Mist right before I head out the door. It is a multitasker since it refreshes makeup, as well as hydrates and adds glow to your skin.



2019-06-10 14_42_59-Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover _ Neutrogena®

First things first, I have to remove the makeup from the day. I’ve been a fan of the Neutrogena Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover for quite some time now. I’ll also use some wipes of varying brands, as well.

2019-06-10 14_35_12-Retinol Tonic – Pixi Beauty

At the end of the day, I like to use the Pixi Beauty Retinol Toner. It’s great for my sensitive skin and I see a big improvement in overall texture and pores from using this.

2019-06-10 14_40_44-Glow Peel Pads – Pixi Beauty

The Glow Peel Pads are a quick, easy way to minimize pores, breakouts, and fine lines while promoting an even skin tone. This is the most recent addition to my routine, but I’ve been loving it so far.

2019-06-10 14_39_02-Overnight Glow Serum – Pixi Beauty

The Pixi Overnight Glow Serum (actually, all the Glow products) is amazing. It helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines all while you sleep.

2019-06-10 14_48_03-Firmarine Eye Serum_ Firming Eye Cream _ Erno Laszlo

The Firmarine Eye Serum calms and de-puffs the delicate area around your eyes while leaving the skin feeling firm and supple.

2019-06-10 14_45_20-DREAMDUO™ Overnight Transforming Treatment - GLAMGLOW _ Sephora

This moisturizer means business! the GLAMGLOW DREAMDUO™ Overnight Transforming Treatment makes my skin feel SO soft and look amazing. It smells phenomenal, as well.


Some stuff is a little too intense for daily use, so I try to do it weekly instead.

2019-06-10 14_53_33-White Marble Dual Phase Vitamin C Peel _ Brighten Peel _ Erno Laszlo

The Erno Laszlo White Marble Dual Phase Vitamin C Peel might be my holy grail skincare item. It makes my skin look AMAZING. It is a clarifying two-step peel that gently polishes skin. It makes my pores and the dry areas of my face look so much better.

2019-06-10 15_14_16-Cleansers _ Erno Laszlo

This cleanser/oil combo is amazing but is very strong so I only use it 1-2x per week so my skin doesn’t feel too dry. First, you use the Detoxifying Cleansing Oil then you use the Sea Mud Deep Cleansing Bar for a whole new level of clean.



Who doesn’t love a good nose strip from time to time? I love the BIORÉ® DEEP CLEANSING PORE STRIPS to really get those pores clean.

2019-06-10 15_23_01-Patchology Breakout Box in _ REVOLVE

I don’t get TOO many blemishes nowadays, but when I do, I love the Patchology Breakout Box. It has Salicylic Acid dots and hitehead-absorbing hydrocolloid dots absorb gunk from the skin and stop pimples in their tracks.


LOOK: Sunday Fun Day at a Winery

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Yesterday, I had a fun afternoon at a local winery. Wine, cheese and crackers, and a great view?! Sign me up! The weather actually cooperated and it didn’t rain, so it ended up being a pretty great way to spend a Sunday. Added bonus: Midwest wines are typically pretty sweet, so I had lots to choose from! I went with one that was similar to chardonnay and then we split a Smoked Gouda and Dill Cheddar cheese.

I went with a simple, trendy, and comfy outfit for the day, with my favorite part being the Panama hat! I’m going to try to go a little more in depth to my outfits going forward on here and provide the items exactly or at similar ones if you’d like to recreate my look.

Hair + Beauty

My Favorite Inexpensive Makeup Items

Great makeup doesn’t have to break the bank. And while I will admit, some of my favorites are on the pricier side, there are still some GREAT affordable makeup available. I’d like to highlight some of my personal favorites, many which are an everyday staple in my routine.


2019-06-06 09_43_22-Essence Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara _ Ulta Beauty

ESSENCE Lash Princess False Lash Effect Mascara – This mascara ROCKS! I used to be in love with the Lancome HYPNÔSE DRAMA mascara… until I tried Lash Princess. First of all, it’s $5. Yes, only FIVE DOLLARS for this mascara. And it’s Ulta, so they usually have coupons and BOGO sales going on. This is fantastic since the Lancome one is nearly $30. But this mascara delivers big, full, long eyelashes. I will recommend still using a lash primer to get some serious volume.

2019-06-06 10_00_28-Maybelline Total Temptation Eyebrow Definer Pencil _ Ulta Beauty

MAYBELLINE Total Temptation Eyebrow Definer Pencil – This does the trick and it’s only $8. It lasts all day, but not usually through sleeping. Not a huge deal. I like that it has a brush on the other side to diffuse what you applied or just brush the hairs in the way you want them to go.

2019-06-06 09_57_36-NYX Professional Makeup Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray _ Ulta Beauty

NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Matte Finish Makeup Setting Spray – This has been my go-to for years now. It’s $8.50 but I usually snag it when Ulta is doing a BOGO deal. It really makes your makeup STAY! I prefer the matte finish, but there is a dewy finish available, too. I usually hit my face makeup once and double up on my eyes since I’m prone to my eyeshadow creasing.

2019-06-06 10_25_36-Correction Concentrate – Pixi Beauty

Pixi Beauty Correction Concentrate – I love this concealer. It’s great for your undereye area, especially. I just apply it with my finger, but if you have long nails it gets a little tricky to get it out. It’s only $12 and if you get it at Target with your Redcard, you can get 5% off.


Colourpop Shadow Palettes – Okay, if you want high-quality shadows at a lower price tag, Colorpop is the answer. I have several palettes and they are all great. The one pictured above is Yes, Please and it’s a fantastic, warm palette. I reach for it often. They have palettes available for $12-24, which is a steal compared to most other brands.

2019-06-06 11_01_03-Wet n Wild MegaGlo Highlighting Powder _ Ulta Beauty

WET N WILD MegaGlo Highlighting Powder – This is an amazing highlighter for only $5. It’s not super pigmented, but it’s great as an everyday highlighter for work or something more subtle. You can build it up and there is a little sparkle to it, which I like.

2019-06-17 11_27_31-NYX Professional Makeup Studio Perfect Primer in Clear _ Ulta Beauty

NYX PROFESSIONAL MAKEUP Studio Perfect Primer in Clear – I love Smashbox’s primer and this is the perfect dupe for a fraction of the price at $13! It’s silky smooth and makes my foundation look much better and last much longer.


2019-07-08 11_45_05-Pixi H20 Skintint Foundation - 1.18 Fl Oz _ Target

Pixi H20 Skintint Foundation – This foundation is so light and comfortable. It is a more of a tinted moisturizer but does cover well. There are only 3 shades, though, and they’re pretty light, so that is one downside. I have the lightest and middle colors and mix them as needed depending on how tan I am.


2019-06-06 11_32_15-Real Techniques Everyday Essentials _ Ulta Beauty

REAL TECHNIQUES Brushes & Tools – Some things you can get away with using your fingers, but I much prefer using sponges and brushes to apply my makeup. I love the Real Techniques line. Everything is very affordable, works well, and looks nice, too! I especially love the sponge, blush brush, and contour blush. I use those every time I apply makeup.


I would love to know YOUR favorite inexpensive makeup products in the comments! What would you recommend?


Look: Graduation Outfit

2019-05-23 10_58_35-↞kirsten krupps↠ (@kirstenkrupps) • Instagram photos and videos

This past weekend my brother graduated with his Doctorate in Physical Therapy down in St. Louis! It’s quite warm down there and I wanted to wear something comfortable, but cute. I found this white romper from Vici Collection and I knew that I had found what I was wearing. Cute, sophisticated, and easy-to-wear. I got a TON of compliments from random strangers, so I was definitely feeling myself while I was wearing it. I paired it with some simple block heals and gold jewellery.

Fashion, Fitness + Health

Ellie Activewear Review

I’ve been working out 3-4 days a week consistently for over a year now (hells yeah!) and I noticed that I’m much more motivated to work out when I’ve got cute workout clothes. I know, but whatever works, right? I was searching around online for a subscription box for quality workout clothes and came across Ellie Activewear (use this link and get 25% off your first order). They had cute styles and I get to choose which outfit I want each month or even pause my box for that month. They had 30% off your first box, so I decided to give it a try! The first box was $37.47 and my normal boxes are $49.95, which includes tax and shipping.

You also have the option of just the outfit or upgrading to receive 2 workout/lifestyle related items in your box. I chose the 5-item option.

My very first outfit was First Impressions. I loved the pattern on the pants with the matching sports bra. I also got a free rose gold water bottle as a new customer. My two items that came along with my box were yoga socks (I actually needed these!) and a foot roller. I must admit, I use the foot roller ALL THE TIME at home when I’m on the computer. I didn’t realize how much I’d enjoy one of these! It feels great and as someone who tends to get sore arches, this works like a charm.

2019-05-08 11_56_53-↞kirsten krupps↠ (@kirstenkrupps) • Instagram photos and videos

I got a size small in all items – bra, shirt, and pants. I’m 5’6 and 125 lbs and my current measurements are 35′ bust, 26′ waist, and 37′ hips. On the first of the month, I get an email letting me know it’s time to select my outfit or pause that month. It ships out the following week and tends to arrive mid-month, about the 15th or so. I do wish that this was a little faster because I get so excited after I’ve picked out what I’m getting. I’m probably just being impatient.

2019-05-08 11_57_03-↞kirsten krupps↠ (@kirstenkrupps) • Instagram photos and videos

Everything fit great and the pants ARE squat proof – which is very important! My gym gets very hot in the weight room and I do workout in just a bra and pants sometimes, so I appreciate that these are high waisted and I don’t feel like I’m showing off too much skin in them. Along with your box, you can purchase bras, tops, and bottoms from Ellie directly, which I’ve done also. They tend to go on sale and are reasonably priced at around $16-$20 for most items,

2019-05-08 11_57_13-↞kirsten krupps↠ (@kirstenkrupps) • Instagram photos and videos

Overall, I’m extremely pleased with my Ellie Activewear items and I’m currently waiting for my 3rd box to arrive. Again, if you’d like to give it a try, use my link for 25% off your first order!


LOOK: Dinner + Concert

2019-05-08 12_33_57-↞kirsten krupps↠ (@kirstenkrupps) • Instagram photos and videos

Last night I saw Tides of Man, I the Mighty, and Polyphia at the Castle Theatre in Bloomington, IL! I was so excited to see Tides of Man for the first time and I the Mighty again. I could not wait to wear these snakeskin flare pants, how cool are they?! I paired them with a simple black halter bodysuit, pointed booties, and a floppy hat.