NYX Store Review

As some of you may know, NYX Cosmetics opened up their first ever store in Arcadia, California on Friday (October 2nd).

NYX California Store Openings My boyfriend teased me, asking why I was so excited when I could buy NYX products at Target, Ulta, CVS, etc. In the back of my mind, I questioned myself as well, but I’m here to assure you that dropping into the NYX store is totally worth it! 

NYX Store Opening

Cute booths like this one were set up around the Westfield Santa Anita Mall where NYX girls handed out flyers for the store and offered free lipstick applications. At around 3 p.m. on Saturday, the store had a small line and an employee guarded the door.

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The best thing about the NYX store is that the majority of products have samples that you can swatch in store. There were also tons of employees ready to answer any questions and help you find the perfect product. In addition, they have every NYX product (of course).

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This three-tier mini traincase with lock and key was also free with any $75 purchase. The case sells at $35 regularly.

There were appearances from SSSSamanthaa, MakeupShaylaIamAmyPham and Pomeranian JiffPom.

If you missed this grand opening, don’t worry. The NYX Del Amo Fashion Center location’s grand opening is Friday (October 9th) in Torrance, California. Find all of the details here– it’s a Facebook event list with complete details: opening, meet & greets, and prize options. Hint, Desi Perkins and ChrisspyMakeup will be there on Saturday! Eek!!!

Here’s my mini NYX Haul if you’re interested in seeing what I got. Everything totaled to $100, which isn’t bad considering I purchased 11 items!

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NYX Avant Pop Palette- Noveau Chic $17

NYX rocker chic palette NYX rocker chic palette

NYX Rocker Chic Palette- Tainted Love $18 

I bought this palette for two reasons. I love the studded case and the light blue-white eyeshadow in the bottom left corner is SO pretty. It’s like a matte milky blue color.

NYX Liquid Suede Lipgloss NYX Liquid Suede Lipgloss

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick $7

Of course I had to increase my liquid lipstick collection because I love the brush applicator, pigmented colors and formula. The bluish gray, Stone Fox, is a very popular Liquid Suede Lipstick, but I opted out because I know I won’t wear it.

NYX Liquid Suede Lipgloss Soft-Spoken

Instead I chose Soft-Spoken (above) and Vintage (below). Soft-spoken is actually lighter than it looks in the picture. I can best describe it as a warm brown with a very slight orange tint. Vintage is darker, but not as dark as the NYX Soft Lip Cream Copenhagen. It’s a warm purple/maroon berry color. These are both great lipstick stables that can easily work for day or night looks.

NYX Liquid Suede Lipgloss Vintage

NYX Liquid Crystal Liner

NYX Crystal Liner $4.50  

(Right) Crystal Gold and (Left) Crystal Silk. I loved both of these gold sparkly liners, the right is more of a bright yellow gold while the left is more metallic with a slight silver hint.

NYX Frostbite Eyeshadow NYX Frostbite Eyeshadow NYX Prismatic Eyeshadow in Frostbite $6

I love the packaging on this shadow, how cute is that silver bow? “Frostbite” is the perfect name for this shadow- it’s a translucent whitish silver base with tiny light blue sparkles. I bought this to put in the corner of my eyes with the baby blue toned shadow (Rocker Chic palette) on my lids.

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NYX Baked Blush in Journey $7

This is a nice color to use as a highlighter, it’s very sheer and sparkly. So far, my biggest peeve with this product is that it doesn’t transfer onto my makeup brush well. I will try another brush to see if that’s the problem.

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NYX Round Lipstick in Power (629) $4

This is one color I can honestly say I don’t have at home, so it was a good investment. It’s a beautiful lavender purple tone that doesn’t have too much shine.

NYX Pore Filler Makeup Primer

NYX Pore Filler $14

I was unsure whether I should buy this, until a sales associate had me try it. It’s smooth and soft texture is sure to fill unwanted lines/pores. Definitely recommend.

NYX Finishing Powder

NYX Finishing Powder in Translucent $10

When I tried this product in the store, it seems to reduce shine and not give off any color. At home, I felt like it made me look ghostly. So be sure to apply it with a light hand or steer clear.

Will you be attending any of the NYX grand opening? And if so, what products do you have your eye on? I’d love to know!
Until next time, XO- Ashley

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The Bargain Brand You May Have Overlooked

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On Friday I took a trip to Ulta for hair products and Vegas Nay lashes and, well, you can see what happened. As I was wandering down the aisles, lost in paradise, I spotted a display of “Essence” beauty products. Eyeliners, lipsticks, lip glosses, nail polish, mascaras, shadows– all ranging from $1.50 to $5. WOW!

Are any of you familiar with Essence beauty products? Let me know in the comments below, I need to know if I was the only one in the dark on this one, because I had never heard of it. GASP!

Although I was tempted to take the whole display, I grabbed what you see above and ran out before I spent all my money.

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Ranging from right to left we have these fabulous lipliners ($1.49 each): Soft Berry, Satin Mauve, Wish Me a Rose, In the Nude.

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While browsing the display, I talked to another customer who swore by these eyeliners. She informed me that Essence has more expensive lipliners- “Long Lasting Lipliners”-  but she said these work the best.

I loved the variety of colors, I’ve been using them as an all-over lip color.

The Satin Mauve has a cool tint to it, it’s not very bright or warm, which is perfect for fall. The Wish Me a Rose liner is just the opposite- a bright warm coral that pairs well with a touch of gold eyeshadow.

Porcelain Doll Long Lasting Lipstick $2.99

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Essence has both matte and glossy lipsticks, but I opted for the matte. The Ulta display was so nice because there were testers of each lipstick. The lipstick has a smooth texture and pleasant scent– I consider it a dupe for Rimmel London’s Kate Moss lipsticks which cost $5.49. (Even the packaging looks similar!) You can see the color above the other swatches on my arm. Look at that satiny finish!

XXXL Shine Lipgloss $2.49

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This lip gloss has a nice, light scent and a glossy finish that isn’t too sticky. I like to add this on top of liners or the matte lipstick when I want something different.

Eyebrow Pencil in 02 Brown $1.99

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I love that the Essence eyeliner pencils have different colors: soft blonde, blonde, dark brown and black. I was also excited about the brush end on the top. Unfortunately, the comb is very soft, so I used a separate eyebrow comb to blend the pencil. On the plus side, I like the coverage, color and blendability of the pencil itself!

Easy 2 Use Jumbo Eyeliner Pen $2.99

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I’m not a huge fan of eyeliner pens, but I really liked this “jumbo pen.” As you can see by the black lines I tested on my arm, it’s possible to do a relatively thin line. I tried this liner when I was wearing tons of eyeshadow so the liner came out lighter than I wanted, but I just retouched it with some liquid liner.

All Eyes on Me Mascara $2.99

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Essence has a wide range of mascara, I chose this one because I liked the thinness of the brush. It takes a couple swipes to get great coverage, but for $2.99 it’s great.

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Smokey Eyes Set $3.49

This shadow palette is fun, especially as a travel item. The texture is smooth and easy to apply, but it was heavy on the metallic tones. Over all, I enjoyed this product, but thus far, I’m still reaching for the Wet N’ Wild trio of eyeshadows.

Like I said, let me know if you knew about this amazing brand and what products are your favorite! Until next week, XO- Ashley


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You Need to Try These False Lashes

They say eyes are the windows to the soul, so that makes eyelashes the curtains that reveal a stunning sight. Right?! Maybe not that dramatic, but they’re important!

Although I loved my eyelash extensions, I wanted to give my real lashes (and wallet) a break.

Luckily, my friend convinced me to try the Vegas Nay eyelashes by Eyelure and now I’m obsessed with them! I have the “Classic Charm” lashes in the pink box and I’ve been wearing them for the past few days to give my eyes that extra pop.
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Classic Charm $5.99

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Easy Elegance $5.99

These two sets of lashes seem to be more suitable for everyday / daytime use. These wispy lashes add length and a bit of fullness to create a wide-eyed look.

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Grand Glamor $7.99

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Shining Star $6.99

These two sets are suitable for a night out, creating a seductive full-lashed look that pairs so well with a nude or bold lip.

So… What’s so great about these lashes? 

1.) The packaging has the eyelashes standing up and not pre-glued to a plastic stand like most lashes. This way you don’t damage the lashes when taking them out of the package.

2.) They are curved into a nice shape that makes them easy to apply.

3.) The instructions on the box give nice tips- cut the lashes so they fit your eye and let the glue sit on lashes 10-15 seconds before applying.

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I had to steal that from Luxy Lash for obvious reasons. It’s too good not to share!

4.) The band is thin and easily covered with eyeliner which makes them look real.

5.) THEY’RE AFFORDABLE and reusable. I usually re-wear my lashes at least once, but with these I’ve worn them five different times with no trouble.

Also Ulta is having a sale right now on these lashes, buy one get one 50%! Hurry while they last, I promise this is a lash purchase you won’t regret!

Have you tried these lashes? Let me know what you think of them!

Until next week, XO- Ashley


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Four Hair Trends for the Fall and Winter

It’s fall and to us Cali girls that may not mean a change in weather or wardrobe, but a change in hair. As I got my luscious locks touched up last week, I asked my hair stylist, Sara (@Sara_Does_Hair), what trends she’s seen recently and here’s what she said…

Instead of going darker, go warmer. These four tones are ultra popular right now.

1.) Copper 

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2.) Violet Hues- aubergine, eggplant, burgundy 

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3.) Red 

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And quite possibly the biggest trend?

4.) Rose Gold 

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While some of the colors may be difficult to maintain, especially the rose gold, it’s possible. Buy a colored shampoo or have your stylist add a bit of rose gold dye to your shampoo to protect color between appointments. If it’s any encouragement, rose gold hair is one of the easier pastel tones to sustain, Sara said.

So, now we know what colors are “in” and how to make em’ last, but how do we keep that fresh-from-the-salon look? If you’re going for a…

Sleek and Sultry Style 

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“For a sleeker look I couldn’t live without Enjoy Hair and Skin Oil.”

Often when Sara does my hair, this is the only product she uses. It combats my “crazy lady” frizz without feeling greasy.

High-Volume Sass

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“If it’s more of a textured look I love to blow dry in a bit of Texture Cream into the roots and spray Curl Enhancing Spray into the ends.”

Which of these trends is your fav? I’d love to know!

Until next week, XO- Ashley


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My New Favorite Liquid Lipstick

Look out ladies, it’s time to expand your makeup collection. Again.  If you don’t have any

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cosmetics in your makeup stash, you need some! Now, I shied away from the products, because I assumed they’d be pricey. I added the brand to my mental “want list” and was done with it, until my best friend bought a few liquid lipsticks, eyeshadows and highlighters that I, of course, had to try.

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“Beeper” Liquid Lipstick ($6)

 I fell in love with this warm brown toned liquid lipstick. The color is light enough that it didn’t overpower the rest of my makeup, but still made for a bold lip.

The packaging is attractive and sturdy, the wand made for easy application and it was long lasting. It did have the same dry feeling that you get with liquid lipsticks, but it didn’t flake off, which is a definite plus. This is a fall must-have that I promise you’ll want to invest in! For $6, I may even buy two ;)


In the second picture, it kind of rubbed off a bit in the center, but I liked the sort of ombre look it gave my lips!

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Face Products ($8) 

The highlighters and bronzers feel like the softest sand and they are very easy to blend. Also great packaging at a phenomenal price.

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“Where the Light Is” Eyeshadow Collection by Kathleen Lights ($20)

Although I didn’t wear any of the shadows, I did swatches that showed the very soft texture. These strong pigmented shadows do not seem like the type that will fall onto your face. ColourPop also has a wide range of colors that I’m dying to try.

Above is the eyeshadow collaboration between ColourPop and beauty blogger, Kathleen Lights. These shadows will give your eyes a golden glow.

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“Sundays in Silverlake” Lippie Stix Collection ($30) 

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“Grunge” Lippie Pencil and Stick ($5 each)

And I’ve fallen in love again as ColourPop provides a matching lip pencil for the lippie sticks. Amazing! This cool-toned plum brown is part of their 90s collection. Also very trendy for the fall!

Have you tried any ColourPop Cosmetics products? Please share in the comments below, help a sista pick what to buy! ;)

Until next Tuesday, XO- Ashley


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Two Household Objects to Up Your Eye Makeup Game

Who here watches YouTube beauty videos? (Raising hand Emoji) I know I do! One thing that most YouTube videos and Instagram makeup clips have in common is flawless makeup fast. No one ever shows the bloopers involved with creating a perfect cut crease or winged liner.

While I haven’t yet mastered the cut crease, I have days where I can put on my liner and lashes like a pro, and I’ll tell you how.

There are two random household objects help me greatly when applying eyeliner and faux lashes. Can you guess what they are?

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That’s right. Tape and toothpicks. Now before you think I’m totally crazy,  let me explain.

When I want a solid line of eyeliner, I reach for the tape, after applying my face makeup. I take a strip of it and stick it in the outside corner of my eyelid in the direction I want my eyeliner to go. Sometimes I’ll do a 100 degree angle, while other times I’ll go for about 145.

Now, I’m not gonna lie, the trickiest part of this is making sure that the tape on both eyes matches– same placement and angle. I use my eyebrow and the crease of my eye as a reference to ensure they match up.

Often times, when I want a clean line of eyeshadow as well, I’ll add a darker tone into my crease and blend it out so it stops at the tape’s edge.

Next, draw your usual eyeliner line. Then, make a line along the tape to create the “wing.” Lastly, draw a fluid line connecting the wing and your top liner.


You can finish the look off with some falsies, my favorite brand is Ardell. To make the lashes easier to put on and more long lasting, I usually cut them a bit. I always have a difficult time getting my lashes to stay glued in the inner corner and it often irritates my eyes, so this takes care of that problem.

One of my favorite things about Ardell is that they have Accent
Lashes that are already cut and meant to add volume to your outer lashes.


I like to apply my liner before my lashes because it gives me a guideline of where to put them. I recommend using Kiss Clear Strip Lash Adhesive.


I love the durable little jar it comes in and it lasts forever. Much better than the little tubes of glue! They also have the adhesive in black which is a little too brave for me, because it’s less forgiving on mistakes.

I know some people apply their lashes with tweezers, but I just use my fingers to push them onto my lid. I then gently use a tooth pick to move the lashes to the desired spot and to smooth out any bumps.

The last thing I do is touch up my eyeliner in case any has wiped off and voila! You’re ready to go.

Did these tips help at all? Let me know!

Until next week! XO- Ashley


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How to Make Your Summer Glow Last

Remember when you were little and you would steal your mom’s clothes and shoes to play with? Well, now that we’re older and more mature… we can still do it and get some real use out of it.

A couple of weeks ago, I had my eye on the St. Tropez Gradual Tan shower gel but held out because I didn’t want to spend $25. The reviews for the product were about 50-50, good and bad, so I decided to opt out for a while. But then, guess who pulled through? 

You guessed it. My mom. When I saw the newly purchased product in her shower, I reached for it instantly. That might explain the currently sun-kissed skin, formerly known as fair skin.

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The thing that drew me in about the shower gel is the simplicity it promised. The bottle states five easy steps: rinse off in the shower, apply the gel (in circular motions) to clean skin, let it soak in for three minutes (away from the water), rinse it off and gently pat dry. Knowing I had nothing to lose, but pale skin, I decided to give it a try.



To prep for the tanning shower gel, I used the Pretty and Perky sugar scrub in Watermelon Lemonade scent to exfoliate. I then applied the gel to my freshly smooth skin. As promised, the product is easy to use. The gel itself is an off-white color, it didn’t give me Oompa Loompa hands, but I did wash the product off my hands before I let it soak for three minutes, as directed.

Before the three minute way time, I scrubbed my Macadamia Conditioning Hair Mask into my hair, so I could kill two birds with one stone, as I let both products sit. This is embarrassing, but I’ll share it with you guys anyways. I actually did a few squats one day while I waited. Is that weird?!


Now, this product is gradual so I didn’t notice results right when I got out of the shower. I used the product three days in a row and although I didn’t notice a difference, my coworkers did. I had about five people tell me that I looked tan. And my mom noticed that my legs looked a bit darker, as well.

The Bad: 

-One frequent con mentioned in reviews is the strong cologne scent of the product. I did notice a clean, cologne smell to it and, unfortunately, I still smelled like it after drying off. However, a few pumps of sweetly fragranced lotion and a spritz of Pink Sugar perfume, and I was good to go.

-Somehow, I dropped a small glob on my toe and didn’t notice. I now have a small tan smudge on my foot, but it’s not too noticeable and I know it’ll wash off eventually. I also have a small streak on my inner arm from where I didn’t massage the gel in enough. Although these spots are annoying, those are the only two I have and it made me feel reassured that: yes, the product works and  that I should be careful and thorough when applying it.

The good: 

-The product adds a gradual color that doesn’t wipe off on your towel, sheets or clothes.

-Because the tan is gradual, it’s believable. Did you use a self tanner or did you spend a few days in Cabo? No one knows ;)

-Quick and easy at-home method of tanning that won’t dye your hands (wash them before letting product sit), make a mess or leave streaks if you massage it in with circular motions.

I would give this product a four out of five star-rating and recommend it to anyone willing to spend $25 to try out a new product. I’ve tried the Sally Hansen Airbrush Legs before and found this to be easier to use with better results.

What’s your favorite self tanner? Let me know!

Bye for now, XO- Ashley (@ashleysita)