5 Ways to Use White Eyeliner

Ever get tired of your day-to-day makeup look? Well, here is a fun and simple way to spice up your look in no time at all by using white eyeliner!

1.) Bright Eyes 

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By adding white liner to the inner corners of your eyes and blending it out, it brightens the eye and draws attention to them, such as on model Cara Delevingne. You can also add white liner to your bottom lash line to create a more wide-eyed look as well. The secret to looking and feeling awake? Coffee and bottom white eyeliner! ;)

2.) When in Doubt, Wing it Out 

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Try replacing your typical top eyeliner with white eyeliner! This definitely draws attention to the eyes and looks great with minimal makeup.

3.) All About That Base 

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Use white eyeliner as a base for eyeshadow! This looks great for creating a very matte look and helps insure your shadow stays on!

4.) Focus on the Arch 

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White eyeliner is a great tool for perfecting your eyebrows. By applying a bit of white liner underneath your eyebrow, you draw attention to the arch and get that freshly waxed look!

5.) Have Fun with It 

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A makeup artist that I follow on Instagram, SillyWittleSarah actually inspired this white eyeliner post! After seeing the fun, pinup style look that she created with a classic wing, white polka dots and white bottom liner I was inspired! This look seems simple enough for anyone to accomplish and it looks great! I also tried a dual white and black wing for another fun look!

Here are some of my all-time favorite white liners to help you get started! Click on the pictures for links!

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What’s your favorite way to rock white eyeliner? Let me know in the comments below.

XO- Ashley (@Ashleysita)

Birchbox Bliss!

I’m sure we’ve all wanted to try a sample of a product before we go out and actually buy the real thing. Despite rave reviews and recommendations, it’s hard to know if a product is right for you without trying it first!

Luckily, there’s Birchbox! The company was started in 2010 when two women who loved makeup in their own ways, decided to find a way to make testing beauty products easier! And I’m very thankful for them ;) The way Birchbox works is subscribers either pay $10 a month for a box of 4-5 beauty products or $110 for a year’s worth of boxes each month. Products are based off of a beauty interest survey that subscribers fill out to fit the needs of everyone.

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I received my first box over the weekend and I was so excited! There were five samples that I’m looking forward to share with you. They each came with a small description on what the product was and how to use it, as well as the price for a regular sized product!

Find out what was in my box below.

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The Goods

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1.) COOLA Tinted Moisturizer 

This mineral-based moisturizer is said to soften and even skin tone with a matte finish. Now, I’m always on the hunt for a good moisturizer and I knew this one would be a perfect product for my graduation day because of the matte finish and SPF 30!  The cream was smooth and easy to put on, and the smooth, matte finish lasted throughout my 4-hour graduation festivities. Would definitely recommend this product for those willing to spend $36 on a moisturizer!

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2.) Anastasia Beverly Hills Clear Brow Gel

Now I’ve tried this beauty product before because I stole it from my mother’s makeup collection >:), but now I have a cute travel-size one to take along with me. This clear gel really works to tame and define brows and can be worn alone or over your favorite brow pencil or powder. I personally haven’t mastered the art of perfect brows, no #EyebrowsOnFleek for me, YET! I want to try to tinted Anastasia Beverly Hills tinted brow gel, they have 5 colors, including blonde and auburn! Full size costs $22!

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3.) Staniac from theBalm cosmetics 

Staniac is a two-in-one tinted lip balm and cheek stain said to give a sheer, rosy tint. I tried it on as a balm and was, unfortunately, not too satisfied with the outcome.The balm felt very gel-like and although it felt cool on the lips at first, it was hard to evenly spread the color and my lips stung after a minute. The color didn’t last me very long, mostly because I licked my lips a bunch after applying it. I am looking forward to trying this product as a cheek stain, but I’ve been warned to smear it with a quick hand because it dries quickly. Full-size cost is $17.

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4.) Whish Shave Cream 

I am both pleased and heartbroken with this product at the same time. At $20 for a full-size, this organic, smoothing shaving cream can definitely get a bit pricey but there are SO many pros that I’m tempted to become a devout user. My sample was coconut scented and I got lost in its sweet, island scent. This product is all-organic which helps to soothe and moisturize dry skin, leaving you feeling fresh. It is half the texture of a typical shaving cream mixed with half the texture of lotion, it makes shaving a dream and it smells divine!

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5.) Beauty Protector, Protect and Oil 

Ah, yet another amazing and wallet-breaking product. Okay, I’m being a bit dramatic, at $25.95 per 4 oz on Birchbox, it is a fair deal, but I’m a drugstore kind of girl! I have a problem with frizzy, fly away hairs and I’ve tried using various oils to tame my mane. All of the oils I’ve tried have left my hair feeling greasy and weighed down. Beauty Protector is different, however. I applied a small amount to my wet hair, let it air dry 80% and blew dry the rest. My hair felt incredibly smooth and, here’s the kicker, IT SMELLED INCREDIBLE. This oil smells just like Pink Sugar perfume, a sugary vanilla scent. I give this product an A+ and I’m dying to buy the full-size product, if I can teach myself how to use it on occasions only!

Have you ever tried Birchbox before? What did you think about it?

Sincerely your Birchbox noob,

Ashleysita (@Ashleysita)


Ways to Rejuvenate During Crunch Time

Life is crazy and it moves fast, so whether you are feeling stressed from finals, work or a mixture of things, here are a few tips to slow things down and rejuvenate yourself for what’s ahead!

Take a Bath 

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It’s important to schedule breaks in between work time, 20 minutes of “me time” between study or work sessions is a key to success! Set the mood with a few candles and play your favorite music! I like to throw a bit of Epsom Salt in the bath as well to soothe achey muscles.

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The last thing you want to do is feel sleepy when you’ve got work to do, hence the gallons of coffee that college students drink, so I’ve got something to counteract that problem. Tea! No, I don’t want you to guzzle down any more caffeine than you’ve likely consumed, instead toss 4-6 tea bags in the tub while running hot water. The tea bags will release B Vitamins that help uplift your mood and combat signs of fatigue and aging on the body!

What Kinds of Tea?

Chamomile tea is great to relax the mind and body, helping ease stress. I would recommend this one for a good night’s rest because chamomile can often make you sleepy. Still have a heavy workload? Try either peppermint or green tea!

Peppermint tea is an especially great method to fight colds during this crunch time as it has immense health benefits: removing harmful toxins and clearing sinuses and congestion. Peppermint can be rejuvenating for mind and body, sparking positive thoughts and helping to increase focus!

Green tea is high in antioxidants to keep you healthy. It is also rejuvenating and leaves skin feeling soft and smooth.

After this 15 minute indulgence, jump up and take a cool shower.

Don’t Forget to Scrub 

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If you have time, create a quick DIY body scrub to exfoliate old skin and old worries, and leave you with smooth skin and healthy glow! I’m sure you’ve seen these DIY Sugar Scrubs on Pinterest and with just three ingredients, they only take minutes to make.

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(Photo cred. to my beautiful friend, Julie Galarza)


Organic sugar or coconut sugar

(Optional: Sea salt)

Coconut oil

Your favorite scented oil.

Begin with the organic sugar and/or sea salt, this will be the ingredient used in the largest portion. Next stir in some coconut oil and top the mix with 20-30 drops of your favorite scent and stir!

Scent Suggestions

Lavender is a delicious scent, but it is particularly soothing. For an invigorating scent that also releases stress, use orange oil! Or use peppermint oil to match your tea bath and increase your focus!

Good luck with finals or whatever you may have going on in life right now, and I hope this helps relieve some stress!

XO- Ashley (@Ashleysita)

Photo Ready Makeup for Graduation!

Ah, graduation day! There’s two weeks left until my graduation and I’ve caught a bad case of senioritis. I wish I could just plop a nice spring break down in the midst of playing catch up with piles of writing and reading, taking graduation photos and trying to find the perfect shoes to go with my dress and oversized black graduation gown.

So, whether you are the graduate this year or you’re attending a graduation, I have a few beauty tricks to help you survive, and quick too!

The Prep 

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SPF Moisturizer or Face Makeup with SPF

I hate to sound “old,” but it’s always better to be safe rather than sorry and sitting under the sun, listening to speakers drone on about your university and your classmates that you don’t really know can leave a lot of time for the sun to work its magic or nightmares on you. For me, I get burned really easy, especially right underneath my eyes. Add a SPF moisturizer into your routine, ELF’s is only $3! I like to add the moisturizer first and let it sink in for a moment while I brush my teeth or what not.

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Shine Eraser

Whether you feel a bit misty from heat, nerves or emotions (don’t cry, mom, graduation is a good thing!), shine erase pads are always great to have! I love the ELF brand because the pads are only $1 and the green tea extracts leave my skin feeling smooth.

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Bobby Pins!

These little babies are life savers! You always have to account for the unexpected and you never know when that extra gust of wind could knock your cap off! They’re also buddy magnets, guaranteed a girl-in-need will spot your prepared self and ask to borrow some.

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Waterproof Eyeliner

No, I don’t think you’re a pansy and I’m not a pansy either… well, sometimes, but that’s not the point. The point is wind, pollen, confetti, SOMETHING could get in your eye and irritate it and you wouldn’t want your eyeliner to smear all over your lid! Now, let me tell you a secret, I actually used to avoid this $3 Wet N’ Wild eyeliner because it worked TOO WELL! This is a potent, long-lasting eyeliner and I often use it for just the wings of my eyeliner. It is easy to apply and really does work.


For the Makeup!

Now, I know this can sound silly, but here is my theory for graduation beauty. You don’t want to do a hair style or makeup style that is so completely out of your norm that it doesn’t represent you properly! Trust me, you don’t want to look back at your grad photo in 20 years and have your kids ask you what you were thinking.


I believe that spicing up your usual routine is the best way to go for graduation. Add a classic red lip, go a little heavier on the mascara or toss a pair of false lashes on, but don’t mask your natural beauty too much!

Full Lips without the #KylieJennerChallenge

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For the past few weeks, the #KylieJennerChallenge, better known as the #KylieJennerChallengeGoneWrong, has been trending on various social media outlets. Kylie’s become known for her pouty lips and participants in this challenge suction cup their lips with various objects to draw blood to the surface and create that full lip look. There are obvious dangers to this fleeting trend, pictures of bruised, damaged and cut lips have surfaced online. Although many see the challenge as a joke and parody it, there are some young girls who are doing this “challenge” because they want to emulate the reality star’s lips.

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While there are some safer lip plumping devices that have soft rubber cushions around the them to gently create a vacuum around the lips, this post is about making lips look fuller with gloss and lipstick… your lips will thank you!


#1 Cupid’s Bow

Pay special attention to the cupid’s bow at the top of the lips. I always mess this part up! But, emphasizing the little “v” on the top of the lips and the bottom sides of the lips can make lips look extra full. There are many nude lip liners that are a good tool to keep lipstick from bleeding/spreading! It’s a handy tool for nude lip colors as well. One of my favorites is Hard Candy’s Glamophlauge concealer pencil. In addition to nude lip liners, adding a touch of white eyeliner to the same areas for lips that look plump.


#2 Fill In the Blanks! 

Another technique is applying lip liner to the edges of lips and then blending it towards the center.


#3 Highlight 

While still putting emphasis on the cupid’s bow, add lip gloss specifically to the center of the lips. Both this and the above method draw attention to the center of the lips to highlight and plump your lip pout, naturally!


After a day of dousing lips with products, I moisturize with coconut oil, amongst its many uses this heavenly oil soothes irritated skin and helps rejuvenate lips. It’s a great makeup remover as well.

I hope you found these little tips helpful!

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Smashbox Minibox Palette!


As if Ulta wasn’t tempting enough already, I bought this Smashbox Minibox Palette during Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty for $39. Unfortunately, the 21 Days of Beauty is now over, but this product is available on Ebay as the full minibox palette ($35.58) or just the palette ($19.99). Not, bad! Let’s review.


Let’s rename this product, triple threat… shall we? Complete with 8 eyeshadows- 5 more neutral shades and 3 bold, a sheer lip gloss, mascara, blusher, bronzer and highlighter, just pop this baby in your makeup bag along with your favorite eyeliner and face makeup, and you’re good to go!


Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Pink Lady

This gloss glides on smooth and goes great over lip stick. I included this gloss in my look-at-me lips post a while back. The only downside of this gloss, as is the case with many glosses, is that it has a slightly sticky feel. The upside is that it is long lasting. Although this color is lighter, I’ve had good experiences with these being very pigmented!


Full Exposure Mascara 

One huge plus to the Minibox is that it comes with a full-tube of this mascara! I love this long flat brush that makes for easy application. This mascara does not clump easily and doesn’t flake, either.


Let’s take a peak inside! 

I apologize that my palette isn’t sparkling clean anymore, but at least you know I use it! One downside to the palette is that the dust from eyeshadows and blushes can sprinkle around once you close it. This palette came with a small plastic sheet to prevent it, but I lost mine within two seconds of buying it… no big deal, though!

The Shadows

Shades: Ambient, Cinder, Peacock, Rose, Sienna, Ultramarine, Nude and Vanilla.

These shadows are “Photo Op Eye Shadows” that were “Created, tested and photographed at Smashbox Studios LA.”


1.) The shadow I use the most is the lightly tinted white shadow at the top. Sorry that it is not that visible in my swatch, but it is a great base and highlighter for the brow bone and inside corners of the eyes!

2.) This toasty beige/brown is great for soft creases and I’ve also used it all over the lid for a slightly smokier look.

3.) I’m a sucker for golds and this one doesn’t disappoint. It is a brighter gold with some sparkle.

4.) This is a nice deep brown color, but what I love about it is that it has a metallic twist to it! It pairs really nicely with either three of the above colors, especially the gold!


This tones are slightly less neutral, but equally pretty!

5.) This metallic slightly purple-taupe is a beautiful shade! I love it for all over the lid, but it also looks really nice on the creases. This shade reminds me of a lighter Wet N Wild eyeshadow, “Nutty.” If you haven’t tried that shadow, pick it up at any local drugstore…it’s awesome! But, I digress.

6.) The pinky mauve color is not as vibrant as it looks in the palette, which to me is a good thing because I’m not super into pinky shadows. It has a nice light tint to it and that same metallic feel.

7.) I’m going to assume that this color is Ultramarine because the name suits it perfectly. I was attracted to this palette particularly for this shadow because it’s unlike any I have. It has a nice, light turquoise tone with a hint of metallic gold to it! I love pairing it with an aqua bottom liner, like the NYX retractable eyeliner in Aquatic Green.

8.) This deep blue is nice and dark, mostly matte with a bit of sparkle. I personally use this color the least, but I’ll try to experiment with it!


Highlighter, blusher and bronzer. 

I’ll be honest, I haven’t really used the blusher very much, it is a very bright, corally pink color and I know it will come in handy, though! The highlighter is beautiful, sparkly and bright! The bronzer is one of my favorites, it goes on smooth and is easy to blend! Which has been a flaw with most of my previous bronzers. This one isn’t streaky!

This minibox deserves an “A” in my book and I recommend you pick it up if you have the chance online!

XO- Ashley (@ashleysita)

Going Gray

We’ve heard of people dying their hair to get rid of the gray, but what about dying their hair to become gray? Young women are taking the term “silver fox” to another level as they transform their (typically platinum blonde) locks gray. Throughout my college campus, I’ve noticed more and more girls with gray hair and I have to admit the models I found on Pinterest and Instagram rock this look as well! But, this trend isn’t just followed by girls, guys are in on it too. Kylie Jenner may have been right when she said, “A little gray never hurt nobody,” although those working to cover up grays may disagree.image This messy bun and light metallic eye shadow set compliment the gray hair beautifully. Not to mention the bright lipstick and eyebrows that are a darker shade of gray. She makes me love this look! imageHere’s a variation with a smoky lavender hint. Ombres and highlights always look beautiful with curls because it allows us to see all aspects of color.


This ombre gray hair looks really great on fashionista @angexla  and the dark tone of the lips is complimented by highlighted eyes.


Fashionista @Marycake is on top of her hair game, she rocks many different hair colors as proven with this dark-to-deep-gray ombre. (That rhymed!)


After searching through these four variations of gray, what do you think about this trend? Let me know in the comments below! (Rhymed again!)

XO- Ashley (@ashleysita)