Flawless Coverage from Drugstore Brands

Today I thought I would share a couple of my go-to face makeup products for those of you looking to try something new and well priced! I was in LOVE with the Maybelline Purestay Powder, but they’ve stopped making it (boo!) so here are a couple of my other favorites for day-to-day coverage.

Prime Time 

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NYC’s “Skin Perfecting Primer” is one of my all-time favorites. I stick with shade 684 which is a sheer no tint. It is a great moisturizing base that helps makeup go on smooth.

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I recently tried the NYC “BB Creme Smooth Skin Perfector” and was impressed at the coverage. I’ve never tried a BB creme before, but it applied easily like the primer and actually coverd the majority of my skin imperfections.
The downside to this primer/BB Creme is that it can come out a little streaky or blotchy if you’re not careful when applying. I was very sad when I noticed this because I was so excited about this product. However, it is still a good base with average coverage because it’s tinted.

Conceal It 

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Hard Candy’s “Glamoflauge” concealer is one of the most heavy duty concealers I’ve ever used! I really like the Hard Candy brand all of their products do what they’re supposed to and more. A dab of this concealer goes a long way and it is easy to blend. I’ve had my tube for about six months and I usually go through products like crazy.

The downside is that it can be a bit greasy when you first apply it, but I prefer that over a dry, hard to blend formula. Another complaint I’ve heard is that it doesn’t cover fine lines. So far with my experience, as long as you blend it the concealer doesn’t bunch up! My mom also uses this product.

Cover Up 

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Wet N Wild “Cover All Creme Foundation” is easy to apply and long-lasting. This is the face makeup that I currently wear and it provides great coverage at an even better price. The only downside to this makeup is that Wet N Wild doesn’t offer a wide range of skin color selection. I also like the Wet N Wild “Cover All Pressed Powder” to set my makeup.

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L’Oreal’s “Magic Nude Liquid Powder” is one of my all-time favorites. It is easy to apply and provides a matte finish that feels silky like powder. I’m not quite sure why I stopped using this product as frequently, but am considering incorporating it into my makeup routine more!

Lighten Up

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We all know the “When life gives you lemons…” phrase. Well in my case, when life brought me a face powder that was far too dark, I turned it into a kick ass contouring blush. I just wanted to share my mess up with everyone because in the end it really worked out for me!

This powder is meant for full-coverage use so it has a matte finish. I really like that for contouring the cheekbones because the blushes that I top over it are usually sheen and sparkly.

In Love with the Cocoa- Too Faced Makeup Haul

Hey Everyone!

I’ve been dying to share this purchase with you and the day is finally here! A couple weeks back QVC had an awesome Too Faced “Better than Chocolate” box sale which included: The Chocolate Bar eyeshadow pallet, “Better than Sex” Mascara, “Nude Beach” lipstick and a sample of their “shadow insurance” all for $49! I’m not usually one to splurge on brand names, but I know a steal when I see one. I apologize for not sharing it with you all, but I found out about it 2 hours before the cut-off time :(

Over all, I’m in LOVE with the eyeshadow pallet, primer and lipstick. Let’s get reviewin’!

imageimageEach of these colors are very pigmented and go on smooth. There are 6 matte shadows and 10 sparkly shadows. The best thing about this pallet? It really does smell like chocolate!!!!

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As you can see, the variety of colors leaves endless options for day to night looks and the colors are so rich: from warm natural browns, delicate pinks and luscious plums- this pallet will definitely up your eyeshadow game. So far, I’m addicted to the “White Chocolate” color: a matte white. I like to apply a small amount of the shadow for a soft, light lid or sometimes I pack it on a bit heavier so that my lid is white. This looks great contrasted against black eyeliner and topped off with a bright red lipstick. Hello starlet!

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I think I’m a little late on this “Shadow Insurance” primer, but it works great!! True to its word, the primer goes on smooth and does not crease. It really helps my eye shadows to stay on and I even use it on my lips sometimes as a base for lipstick! Oh, and a little bit goes a long way, which is always a plus.

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Searching for the perfect nude lipstick? I think I’ve found it! This lipstick glides on smooth, has a slight shine and stays on well. I like to wear this over a nude Milani lipliner for the slight lined Kylie Jenner pouty look. Although, it also looks great by itself.

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“Better than Sex” mascara- I’m sorry to say, but my vote is that it definitely isn’t better than sex. Hehe. I would rate the mascara as very thick and clumpy. You must put it on with extreme caution and I’m always running late- so I definitely don’t have time to apply with great care. I’ve tried putting it on my bottom lashes and ended up with mascara under my eyes- a big charcoally mess of gunky mascara… not pretty. Others love it, but so far I’m not a fan!

Have you tried any of these Too Faced products? I’d love to hear your feedback!

XO- Ashley (@ashleysita)

L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints

One day while scrolling through my Instagram page, I saw a review that one of my favorite makeup artists, LustreLux, posted about L.A. Girl Glazed Lip Paints. I was enticed by the bold, bright colors- it was obvious that these small glosses packed a punch. I immediately ordered six of these babies online and lucky for you, I bought extra to give away! Details below ;)

Each of the glosses leave lips feeling extra smooth because of the Vitamin E. I often forget I’m wearing a colored gloss because it feels like a lip balm! I also love the light cooling sensation from the peppermint oil.

The Nudes

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Whisper

This is a very sheer, nudey color and personally, I don’t think it fits well with my pale skin color. However, I often use this gloss as a topper over lip liner to add shine, or on days where I’m wearing more bronzer/face makeup. For those that like nude lips, I would highly suggest this.

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Elude

Elude has a much more pink tint to the nude color than “Whisper” does.

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Peony

Peony is a very bright coral pink, although it doesn’t look like it in the picture. This color screams spring time!

The Plums

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Tease

Tease is a hot pink gloss that will bring attention to the lips, without a doubt. It easily adds a girly touch without being “too much,” and looks great with minimal, clean makeup.

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Seduce

This color is on the daring side for me because it has a bright, purpley magenta tone to it. When I wear this gloss, I usually stick to minimal makeup so as not to overdo the look. This is another color that screams springtime!

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Tempt

Tempt is a very rich, beautiful maroon gloss. My only complaint is that it can look a bit patchy because it is so dark, so I like to wear it on top of lipliner to make sure it’s one complete shade.

But that’s enough about what I think–I want you to tell me what YOU think of these glosses. Enter for a chance to win all 6 glosses by following the instructions below.

Winner will be announced on Saturday (2/21)!

Submissions for the giveaway will close Friday at 11:59 p.m. pacific time. Sorry, U.S. shipping only.

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*Disclaimer: LA Girl Cosmetics, Instagram and Facebook are in no way affiliated with or responsible for this give away.*

Good luck! XO- Ashley (@Ashleysita)

Sleek and Easy Hairstyles

On a frantic morning when there’s no time to deal with the pains of taming my hair, I have a couple go-to hair styles that make me look like I’ve got it all together. (Boy, have I got ya’ll fooled. Just kidding!)

 If you’re like me, you don’t wash your hair everyday- natural oils can be good for your hair and why ruin a good thing if yesterday’s hair is still behaving?

That’s A Wrap Pony Tail 

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This sleek pony works great with day-old hair because it actually stays back, goodbye fly aways! Wrapping a piece of your hair around the hair tie gives a polished look that is so easy to do!

Step 1: Tie it Back

I usually rock high pony tails, but you can always turn it down a notch and lower it to suit your style.

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Step 2: Take a small strand of hair from the side of your pony tail

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Step 3: Take the small section of hair and wrap it around the base of the pony. Pull the sectioned hair underneath the pony tail and around the front so that it covers the hair tie.

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Step 4: Take the sectioned hair and tuck it into the hair tie underneath your hair tie (so that the wrap is hidden). I usually tilt my forward so that my pony tail hair is out of my way and it’s easier to just stick the sectioned piece of hair under the elastic holder.

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The remaining piece of hair will be covered by your pony tail. To complete the look you can straighten or curl your hair, or leave it au natural for a voluminous, catty look! (I know my hair tends to misbehave if I don’t do anything to it).

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Option 2: You can also hide your hair tie with a small braid.

The steps are the same, but you take a slightly larger section of hair and braid it.

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Again, wrap the braid underneath your pony tail and over it.

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Then tuck it under the elastic of your hair tie.

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And voila- you’re all set!

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My second go-to look is the Sock Bun. 

I’ve uploaded a quick sock bun tutorial, because it’s easier to follow than pictures. Hope you like it! And you can tell it’s my first video because I recorded it on my iPhone and the video is (gasp) vertical. My photography and radio-TV-film professors would be so disappointed… I’m sorry!!! But, you’ll get the point!

See you next week! XO- Ashley (@ashleysita)

Valentine’s Day Nails

I love the holidays for many reasons, but one of them includes my nails. How fun is it to celebrate the holidays on your own personal canvas?!  This Valentine’s Day show some love to your nails. I know I did!

My nails are below. I felt weird going with a bright, Barbie pink, but the more I look at it the more I love them.

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I compiled some of my other favorite V-Day Nails from Pinterest and here they are!

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I can’t do my own nails for the life of me, but these Sally Hansen Real Nail Polish Strips are easy to apply and they’re long lasting. I love how the pink sparkly nails have a heart cut out from the nail strips. This is so easy to do and looks great as a contrast nail!

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Which nails are your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

XO- Ashley (@ashleysita)

One Thousand Lashes

I’d like to start this post off by saying- don’t judge me. Okay, now that we all have open minds here… I’m an eyelash fanatic (I’ve mentioned this before).  I compliment people on thick, full lashes about twice a month. One day when I gave a coworker that good ol’ compliment, she told me that she had eyelash extensions on.

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I questioned her like rapid fire- Where did she go? How much did they cost? How long do they last?

Well, I broke down and got em’ so I’m here to enlighten you, if you’re lost and short eyelashed like me. Well, how I used to be ;)

Where:

I went to the Lash Spot in Costa Mesa, but there are tons of places that pop up if you Google it! Although, Lash Spot was really great- super cute spa with sweet staff.

How Much:

This is where I’m a little embarrassed. I can’t help but ask myself if this splurge is a necessary one, but then I stare in the mirror and bat my long eyelashes and think “Why yes, yes it is!” and then I kiss my reflection. Totally kidding.

Anyways, down to the nitty-gritty. I became a beauty club member for $29 a month. Yes, for less than $1 a month I can feed brittle eyelashes, but wait, there’s more- joining reduced the initial application to $99 instead of the standard $179! No, I’m not majoring in advertising, nor am I working for the Lash Spot. I’m just trying to convince myself it was a good buy. Bat, bat, bat. Making eyes at myself aaaaand I’m confident again! I love myself and my impulse buys!

Touch ups cost $30-$45. It’s recommended that you go every 2-3 weeks depending on lash growth and how well they’ve stayed.

How Long Do They Last:

Touch ups suggested every 2-3 weeks. I’ve had them on for two weeks and have lost about five,   I would estimate but it’s not obvious. Your real lashes do not come off with them, just the extensions. As imagined, the better care you take of them, the longer they last.

Upkeep:

You can wear mascara with the eyelashes, as long as it’s not water-proof. They suggest removing make-up with a water-based remover rather than oil-based because the oils will eat away at the lash adhesive. Dabbing eyes dry instead of rubbing them is also suggested.

I was nervous at first and didn’t want to be too rough with them, but these babies are tough! For the first 24 hours after getting them done you aren’t supposed to get them wet. I went into the salon barefaced and after getting them, I felt like a million bucks without any makeup on.

I just put mascara on for the first time today (my second week) to test it out and add some extra length, but I added a minimal amount. It revitalized the lashes and separated them as well.  (Third picture below). The spa also gives a complimentary mascara brush to separate eyelashes, so up until today I’ve been using that instead of mascara. Yipee!

Application: 

It takes about an hour for the initial application and 30 to 40 minutes for touch ups. I found it pretty relaxing, as strange as it sounds, just laying down with calming music playing while a technician put the lashes on. You can’t feel anything during application, it is very gentle and does not pull at your real lashes. You can choose the level of curl that you want your lashes to have- the technician was spot on with my strange description. Long but not weird looking, full and curled… Despite that Amber, the angelic technician, nailed it!

I’ve attached some pictures below, don’t judge solely off of those cause they don’t do them justice! I may get them touched up this week or next, depending on how my wallet is lookin’! Let me know if you have any questions about the eyelash extensions!

XO- Ashley (@ashleysita & @ashley_sita)

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Beauty Inspiration from the 2015 Golden Globes

One of the biggest reasons I look forward to award shows is to gawk over the stars’ beautiful outfits, hair and makeup. Sunday’s Golden Globe Awards Ceremony definitely didn’t disappoint! Here are some of my favorite celebrity looks!

*All images courtesy of Getty Images*

Kiera Knightley

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Soft brown tones, subtle berry lips and glowing blush made Kiera’s natural beauty really shine. And how cute is that feather hair clip?! What a great way to spice up a messy bun. Copy this look with similar hair accessories on Etsy!

Jessica Chastain

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Complimenting the bronze tones of the dress, makeup artist Kristofer Buckle started with a warm bronze lid and used an ombre effect of metallic browns and blacks to finish off the smokey eye.

Katie Holmes

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I love how attainable this look is! Her hair features a deep side part straightened into a sleek, low pony. A piece of her hair is also wrapped around the hair tie to hide it.

Lupita Nyong’o 

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Love the soft violet lid and the metallic purple shadow beneath the bottom lashes. Makeup artist Nick Barose used Lancome Bright Eyes Color Design 5-Pan Eyeshadow Palette in Jacaranda Bloom.

Emma Stone 

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Makeup artist Rachel Goodwin chose to focus on eyes and lips to create this fun and flirtatious look.  Slightly smokey eye, dramatic liner and bright lips in Revlon‘s Ultra HD Iris.

Amal Alamuddin-Clooney

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To play up Amal’s classic Hollywood outfit of a long, black gown and white opera-length gloves, makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury chose minimal eye makeup and rose lips to give a glamorous pop of color. I love the full lashes and dark brows, as well.

Kate Hudson

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I loved her dress so much I just had to include a full body picture! The dress really makes a statement, so hair and makeup is toned down- her golden locks pulled back into a sleek bun with a frosty white shadow and lightly glossed lips.

What were some of your favorite looks for this year’s Golden Globes? Let me know in the comments below!