Smashbox Minibox Palette!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.”

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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!

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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!

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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.

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

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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!)

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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)

Spring Nails

Nothing beats a fresh manicure! One great thing about season changes, new nail polish colors (as if there weren’t enough already). This spring season going into the summer you can expect a lot of color- pastels, brights, metallics. Let’s get into it!

Essie Spring 2015 

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Essie’s polish lines are always great because they cater to a wide-range of polish lovers. From those that like nails that demand attention, to those that prefer the minimal, clean-cut color- Essie’s got you! This line does not disappoint. From the brightest teals to the safe and versatile nudes and to vivacious magenta, this is a line you won’t want to miss.

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Still searching for the perfect light and baby pink? Search no more. Tuck it in My Tux and Minimalistic are from various Essie lines, but these classics are must-have neutrals that look great on sun-kissed skin.

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Ah, and we can’t forget about these classic beauties as we approach summer days of cut-off shorts, loose tanks and beachy waves. I love wearing In the Cab-ana on my toes, it’s such a fun color. Sunday Funday is a bright, coral color that I may just use on my next manicure!

OPI’s Spring 2015 Hawaii 

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If this new line doesn’t have you yearning for summer vacation than I don’t know what will. OPI why must you torture us?! These polishes have the cutest tropical names all reminiscent of the Hawaiian Islands.

The most daring color would have to be Pineapples Have Peelings Too (very punny). It’s a yellow polish with chunky, sporadic sparkles and I’m not too sure how I feel about it! If I had to make a contribution for a title and color I’d say they could have included a near frosty white or bronzey brown called Coco-Nuts or something! Just my two cents ;)

Nails Designs

I’m a big fan of adding a little something special to nails, so I thought I’d share a few designs with you. Here are some ways to combine neutral and bright colors for a fun spring (or anytime) look!

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Essie Penny Talk

I love this metallic, rose gold! It is phenomenal for designs and it is SO shiny. It looks nice on his own too, of course.

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These are some simple designs that are attainable for DIY and reasonable enough that it shouldn’t break the bank if you go to the salon to get them done. I really love the triangular design and think it’s fun to use the contrasting dark and light color tones, but think it would look great as a single color too.

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I came across these cute nails on Instagram the other day and thought they were the perfect Easter spring nails. I love the matte colors and sparkles as well.,

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This is the perfect example of neutral and bright color. I love these minimalistic designs and the pop of color.

Happy Spring, ladies. I can see summer approaching now!

XO- Ashley (@ashleysita)

Look-at-me Lips

Sun is out, breeze is light and the flowers are blooming. Spring is in the air and I’m lovin’ every minute of it. I also can’t wait for summer!! But we’ll save that for another blog.

I want to continue my spring beauty looks and this week I’m focusing on lips! Last week I discussed eyes with a pop of color and this week is look-at-me lips in bright shades that scream SPRING!

The Gloss 

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Stila Stay All Day Vinyl Lip Gloss in Melon 

This line of Stila vinyl lipgloss are extremely shiny and smooth. It’s something new for me to get used to because I’ve grown accustomed to matte looks recently, but this is a fun, moisturizing gloss that does stay on all night! Melon is a deeper coral color that definitely brings attention to the lips.

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Smashbox Be Lengendary Gloss in Pink Lady 

This gloss has a light pink tint to it with hints of sparkle. You can downplay it as a sheer color on the lips on put it on top of a bright lipliner or lipstick to bring a shine to it!

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NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Antwerp 

This is a matte lipstick that goes on extremely smooth and has a smooth velvety finish.

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NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Strudel 

I must be hungry because the mention of color of this butter gloss, apple studel, is making me drool right now. Anyways this is a beautiful light peach color that glides on smooth!

The Lipstick 

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Wet N’ Wild Carrot Gold

This is definitely a color that craves attention. It is bright orangey lipstick, that is often a bit too bold for me on my pastey skin color. However, I like to dab some of the Smashbox sheer lipgloss on it to tone the color down and bring some shine to it!

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Wet N Wild Just Peachy 

This color is a beautiful pinky orange tint that is bold, but not over the top.

The Lipliner 

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NYX Lip Liner Pencil in Tangerine 

Thanks to beauty blogger Vivalaglamsab, I was introduced to one of the best lipliner and gloss combos. What happens when NYX Tangerine Lip Liner gets married to NYX Butter Gloss in Apple Strudel? They create the perfect spring shade! This bright liner combined with the more neutral gloss provide for shiney lips that absolutely glow.

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Milani Lip Liner in Fuchsia 

Milani lip liners are always my go to because of the price and quality. Definitely more bang for your buck! It does its job as a lip liner… and then some! This fuchsia shade is a beautiful bright pink that looks great as a matte shade all alone or with some gloss tossed on top.

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Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Lip Pencil in Anime 

This bright, neon pink is perfect for spring or summer and will have you and everyone who sees you dreaming of days at the pool or beach!

What are some of your favorite bright lip products? Let me know in the comments below!

XO- Ashley (@ashleysita)

Bright Eyed for Spring

Saturday marked the first official day of spring, and I’m sure many of us welcomed the season with open arms. For us southern California residents, the changing seasons don’t really matter much because our weather stays relatively consistent. That’s not to say that we can’t break out those spring dresses as the temperature heats up a bit or look for that perfect shade of coral lipstick.

I’d like to share a fun trend I’ve seen for eye makeup this spring… the bolder the eye, the better!  These looks give a whole new meaning to “bright eyes!”

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I love the way the yellow brings attention and brightness to her brown eyes. I even like the pink lipstick with this look. It is a bit out there for my taste, but looks great on the model. Screen Shot 2015-03-24 at 12.22.10 AM

A great way to add a pop of color is with brightly colored eyeliner. I’m personally a fan of the bright aquas, but the bright blue is growing on me as well.

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Another way to add that pop of color is using blue mascara. Cara Delevingne looks really beautiful with this look, but she’s Cara Delevingne, so that’s natural! This can be a great way to incorporate something different into your everyday makeup look without adding extra time to your routine.

As always, you want to remain balanced in your makeup- if you focus heavily on the eyes, then go with a more neutral lip color so as not to overdue the look.

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I experimented with the “pop of color” eyeliner look with my new LA Girl Glide Eyeliner.

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 I used with the beautiful bright, white gold color called “champagne” and added an extra line on top of my winged eyeliner. I also added eyeliner underneath my lash line and into the inner corners of my eye as well. I definitely felt this look brightened up my makeup.My favorite shade from the LA Girls line is a bright, matte turquoise called “aquatic.” I want to try using bright liquid eyeliner, because for me the pencil eyeliners are more time consuming and smudgy than liquid liners.

Quick and Classy Makeup Look

So this past Sunday, I was scheduled a double at my serving job and worked about nine hours. That morning as I quickly applied my makeup, I knew I was in for a long shift so I applied my fav. makeup look!

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This look was very simple to achieve and it lasted all day long!

To start, my all-time favorite lipsgloss: L’Oreal Infallible in 310 Crimson. 

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This is a great shade of red and it stays on 12+ hours. I could go to bed with this lipgloss and wake up with it perfectly in tact. No exaggerating! It’s great for nights out or long days- it doesn’t come off on your coffee cup or flute of champagne. I’ve tried some pinks in this lipgloss, but nothing compared to this color! I will do an update blog if I find something I like more, I’m going to look at their deeper plum colors. Beyonce did some collab. colors as well, but those are a bit more rare to find.

The most important thing about this lipgloss is to do a few swipes! Multiple coats can result in a flakey lip coverage that may not last all day. The gloss and tool are easy to apply, apply one good coat and let it dry before you apply the moistening clear gloss. For the rest of the day, just dab the moistening gloss on whenever your lips feel dry and voila! You’re good to go.

Aside from this! I started with a quick swipe of the Wet N’ Wild makeup primer I discussed last week and the Wet N’ Wild Cover All foundation. Use whatever foundation is your favorite, but I suggest you try a makeup blender!

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These little babies are sold everywhere and they are a great tool to have. Honestly, I bought mine at Hot Topic (strange, I know), but you can buy them most anywhere! The egg shape makes blending makeup easy as pie- from the inner corner nears your eyes to your jaw bone, the beauty blender has you covered!

I also used a Wet N’ Wild white, opaque eyeshadow to get the simple eye, bright lipped look!

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I used the Wet N’ Wild Smoke and Melrose eyeshadow. I just used the “base” color which is just a nice off-white color with a minimal amount of sparkles. Use your favorite white or off-white eyeshadow as a base to hold your eyeliner on!

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I topped it with a thin coat of my current favorite Wet N’ Wild Black Liquid Eyeliner. Without the wing, it lasted all day easily, but there is always liquid eyeliner for guaranteed hold! Use your favorite black eyeliner to make a straight line from the inner corners of your eyes to the outer corner, or get fancy and apply a small wing!

I applied a bronzer to define my cheekbones a bit. Use your favorite bronzer to define your cheekbones and a sheer blush to highlight the apples of your cheeks. These are the products I used: NYC BB Radiance in about a shade lighter than my actual skin and ELF Baked Blush.

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To finish off the look, I defined my eyebrows with the ELF eyebrow kit.

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I usually just stick the wax to define my eyebrows because it provides enough color and easily shapes the brows. However, any of your favorite brow kits will work.

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After nine hours of work, this classic beauty look lasted and it took me about ten minutes to prepare this look. All of your favorite beauty products will work great, but I really encourage you to try the L’Oreal Infallible Duo Lipstick because I guarantee that you will love it!

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Victoria’s Secret Six Scent Review

For Christmas I received the cutest perfume gift set from Victoria’s Secret! It gave small perfume bottles of six great scents which have lasted me a while and gave me a chance to experiment with different scents before breaking down and buying a full bottle (they’re not cheap!). Let’s get to it. Screen Shot 2015-03-09 at 8.51.15 PM

Night 

This perfume is definitely bold. It shies away from the sweeter scents and takes on a more masculine, cologne scent. It is described as a “sensual cocktail of sparkling fruity notes, exotic florals, dark woods and sultry musks,” but the dark wood and sultry musk are definitely the stronger of the four.

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Heavenly 

This is a very womanly scent that is light and sweet with a strong vanilla musk that will last all day. I’ve tried the Heavenly Eu De Parfum and the misting spray, and both are very strong.

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Very Sexy

This sultry, warm scent is described as a “seductive blend of vanilla orchid, sun-drenched clementine and midnight blackberry.”  I detect an amber scent in the perfume as well, but that can be just me.

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Victoria

This is a perfect scent for spring. Light and fruity, it’s described as a “seductive blend of vanilla orchid, sun-drenched clementine and midnight blackberry.” It is sweet and tangy, and a must have for spring and summer!

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Bombshell

This is one of my favorite go-to fragrances because I love the tart scent. I’m not a fan of the heavier, musky scents, although they’re growing on me. It’s described as having “Tangelo, pineapple, strawberry, purple passion fruit” hints which blend perfectly to create the lasting, fruity smell. There are noted undertones of vanilla and musk, according to the website, but I disagree on the musk area!

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Noir Tease

This is my second favorite fragrance, HOWEVER this perfume wins for me because of the cute bottle! The scent combines the sweet scent of vanilla, flowery blooming gardenia and fruity pear, making it a perfect spring and summer spritzer. My boyfriend chose this as his favorite scent of the six perfumes — and it’s girlfriend approved, as well! :)

Hope you enjoyed my little review on these scents, I love buying the rollerball fragrances as well so I can touch up on the go! What are some of your favorite scents? I’m a perfume junkie!

XO- Ashley (@ashleysita)