Makeup for the Fourth of July

imageMaybe you’re debating on how to celebrate the upcoming #FourthOfJuly weekend, or maybe you’ve got plans set in stone… Either way, one thing is for sure we want our makeup to be on point.

After spending far too much makeup at MAC last week (thanks, Le Disco), I decided to dig through my makeup drawers and find the perfect tools to master some festive makeup.

The Lips

Bright Reds 

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NYX Butter Lipstick in Big Cherry: (Top) I love this lipstick because it is so moisturizing and light, it feels like I’m wearing a smooth lip balm! They don’t seem to have this color online, but there is a similar one called Fire Brick (Cherry Red).

NYX Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in 511 Chaos: (Middle) I noticed how vibrant the Creamy Round Lipstick is when swatched next to the Butter Lipstick. This lipstick is easy to apply, but it doesn’t have the same slick and smooth feel on the lips as the Butter Lipstick.

Wet N’ Wild Mega Last Lip Color in 911D Stoplight Red: (Last) I love Wet N’ Wild lipsticks! They have a matte finish, a range of colors and a great price. The only downside of these lipsticks is after a while the cap becomes very loose and can easily fall off. Sad face. This is a BEAUTIFUL color for the fourth of July, it’s a bright, attention-grabbing red.

Milani Color Statement Lip Liner in 02 True Red: (Heart) Milani lipliners have a special place in my heart, because it’s the first lipliner I’ve ever really used. It’s a pencil so you can sharpen it to your favorite point, but the downside is that it can go fast this way. Or maybe I’m just a sharpening addict. This liner doesn’t bleed much and it also works well as an all-over lip color!

Deeper Reds

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Let me start with the NYC Lipstick (Middle): This lipstick isn’t on the NYC website for some reason, but you can find it in drugstores like CVS, Walgreens, Walmart and Target. When I googled it a Buzzfeed article titled, “Red Lipstick for the Extremely Broke” popped up. Side ways glancing, pissed of emoji.

Regardless if you’re looking to save money or you just genuinely like NYC like me, this lipstick rocks. It’s not a bright red, it has a bit of a deeper color to it, it’s smooth to apply and very moisturizing. I like to use it with the…

Wet N’ Wild Color Icon Lipliner in 711 Chestnut: Looking at the swatches on my hand, I may seem crazy because it is more of a brown-red mahogany. But I like to line my and semi-fill my lips in with this and then put the NYC Sheer Red lipstick on top. This deepens the red and I love it!

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Sleek Makeup Lipstick in 790 Cherry: (Right) I love how compact this lipstick is. It’s so cute! This has a deeper violet tone to it and it’s easy to apply. I recommend this brand, because it is a good bargain and the packaging is so sleek and cute.

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L’Oreal Colour Riche Collection Exclusive in 406 Zoe’s Red: I picked up this lipstick for $10.99 the other day at Walgreen’s, one because I have a shopping problem and two because of the sturdy tube. On the back, the gold part clips the lid on. Wet N’ Wild, are you seeing this?! Take notes.

The color has some purple undertones to it (shown on the left) and I received many compliments on it when I wore it. It is pretty similar to the Sleek Makeup color!

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NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Cruella: The NARS pencil I’m holding isn’t the Cruella color, but I’m wearing it in the photo on the right. I was using my boyfriend as a purse and loading his pockets with my stuff, and he accidentally gave my chubby stick to my friend! Gasp. I have some difficulty applying this lipstick and have to do it very carefully. But it’s long-lasting and has great color.

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L’Oreal Infallible in Crimson: Sadly, this product has been discontinued but if you happen to come across it in store BUY IT! There is a new version of it as a double sided gloss, I’ll purchase it and write a review for you! The benefits of this lipstick is that it lasts all day long. In fact, I have to remove it with coconut oil at night. It can get a bit flakey if you pack it on, so do one reasonable coat, let it dry for 3 minutes and then add the gloss to it!

The Liners

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Rimmel Scandal Eyes in 007 Turquoise: (Bottom)  This product is a brighter turquoise and it looks great as a bottom liner.

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MAC Superslick Eyeliner in Nocturnal: (Second from Bottom) I bought this as part of the Le Disco collection, I was crazy about it when I swatched it on my hand, but it isn’t as bold as I would like it to be. It’s also hard for me to apply because I’m not used to the straight, stick-like brush. The plus is that it’s long-lasting but it peels off strange and it’s hard for me to get it off of my lash extensions.

Aside from the product itself, I love the idea of a double wing with a sparkly silver liner for the holiday!  NYX has a similar product, their studio liquid liner on sale on Ulta.com for $2.69.

Marcelle Eyeliner in Indigo: (Third from Bottom)This deep blue pencil is waterproof and said to be easy to blend. I’ve only used it once on my bottom lashline, but it was a bit too dark for my taste.

LA Girl Glide Gel Liner in Royal Blue: (Fourth from Bottom): I love this bright and sparkly color. It stays on well and I use it on my bottom lashes because I can’t break away from my liquid liner addiction on top.

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NYX White Liquid Liner: (Top) I love the brush on this NYX liner so much because it’s flexible… it’s an actual brush! Two coats of this bad boy and you’re good to go. This is a must-have for the fourth! So bright. Looks great with a double wing, or get creative with it!

Hope you find these products helpful! Share your Fourth of July makeup looks throughout the week and after the celebration in the comments below! I’d love to see what you came up with!

Until Tuesday, XO- Ashley (@ashleysita)

MAC Le Disko Collection: Too Fun Not To Buy

So Sunday marked the first day of summer, (thanks Snapchat, for the summer solstice geotags) and I’m lovinggg it! Bring on the beach days, beach hair, bathing suits, fruity refreshing drinks and sunscreen! Ah, I’m truly a summer girl and although it’s usually sunny here in California, there’s nothing like this time of the year. I just feel like I can really shine in the summer. And apparently, MAC does too as they launched their sparkly and bright summer 2015 “Le Disko” line this past weekend.mac-le-disko-332mac-le-disko-331

MAC describes their line of sparkly and colorful shadows, eyeliner and lipgloss as a “full-on color disco in which YOU’RE the reigning queen.” And let me tell you, after swatching all of the shadows my sparkly arm and hand made me feel like I was the disco ball of the night. Let’s check them out!

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There is a full 12 set description of the shadows here, but these are the 12 swatches.

Each eyeshadow is different in hue, but they’re each incredibly sparkly. I anticipated falling in love with “I Like 2 Watch,” (second picture, second from the right) because I’m a gold fanatic and it’s a lighter brown with gold sparkles, but in person, the eyeshadow had a more green to it. I opted out and chose “She Sparkles,” a frostier, lighter pink with taupey sparkles (second picture, third from the right) and “Get Physical,”(first picture, fourth from the right) a deeper blue shadow with purple sparkles.

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Of course, this line includes lip glosses too! The MAC Makeup Artist told me that these glosses work great on top of lipsticks, adding shine and sparkle, but a medium ranged pigment that isn’t overbearing. I’ve become a fan of nude lips, so I was torn between Rollergirl and Phiff, but inevitably chose Rollergirl because of the deeper tone. The artist also told me that while she feels Phiff is a neutral and beautiful color, it’s one she recognizes from previous MAC lines.

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Last but not least, the eyeliners! Searching for an awesome metallic liquid eyeliner? I’ve found it! These gold and silver liners, Pure Show and Nocturnal, are long lasting, highly pigmented and the gold is pretty sparkly! The MAC artist suggested adding a thick wing of eyeliner with these beautiful babies and then going back to add my usual black eyeliner. Genius! I had been doing it in the opposite order, oops!

Are you drooling over any of these products? Which one?! Let me know in the comments below!
Until Tuesday, XO- Ashley (@ashleysita).

Before I go,

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here’s a sneak preview of some of the brightly colored and outrageously pigmented MAC blushes that will be hitting the shelves shortly after the rest of the “Le Disko” line.

Must-Try Nail Polish

I’ve never been very into brands. I may pick up a $1.99 Sinful Colors nail polish (they have the best dupes!) or I may splurge and buy the $8 bottle of Essie… I had to have Mint Candy Apple and Penny Talk. imageimageDespite price differences, I picked my polish solely off of color, disregarding the brand, while my best friend made observations about her polish choices- how well they lasted and which chipped the fastest.

I followed suit and realized that some polishes and colors hold up far better than others. Have you ever used a sparkly color? Those are a pain in the arse to remove! Ever used a random brand that chipped off instantly? Or discovered a polish that lasts forever?

I have! I want to introduce you to one of my new favorite brands: Daisy.

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I was intrigued by this polish brand when I saw a woman with summery nails that reminded me of melted orange creamsicles, subtle yet bright. I was informed that Daisy, made nail polishes and matching gel polish! I went with the creamsicle nail laquer on my toes, called Havin Cabbler.

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I’ll spare you the picture of my pedicure, because toes are kind of gross, but here is the lovely gel polish on my acrylic nails.

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This color, Orange Aura, made me fall even more in love with the brand. The color is a bright pink, so I think pink aura would be a more suitable name, but I digress. This color lasted me a solid 3 1/2 weeks without chipping and it would have lasted longer, but I removed it because it was growing out.

I highly recommend this nail product, it is a must try! Many salons carry this brand, but you can find them online here. I just about drooled when I saw all of the polishes and took about 7 pictures of them so I can add them to my future nail list.

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This is the summery, ocean water nail combo I’m going for next: Tropical Teal on my toes and Ode to Green on my nails.

Share your summer nails below! And if you have a favorite nail polish brand, I’m always on the look out. Even though I may be stuck on this one for a while. ;)

Until Tuesday, XO- Ashley (@Ashleysita)

Night in with Face Masks

We all love girls’ nights out, but finances, responsibilities and that dreaded hangover often make these nights difficult. A little rest and relaxation with the girls never hurt, so why not trade in that full face of makeup for a face mask and a night in with your best girl friends? Turn on that Beyonce pandora and keep that wine glass full!

I recently picked up a sample of Peter Thomas Roth’s three revitalizing face masks in a $20 exclusive Sephora “Mini Mask Magic” kit.

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Unlike most cakey, powdery masks these gel masks are very sheer when on. Each mask has a specific purpose so you can decide what your skin is most in need of.

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The Rose Stem Cell Gel Mask is meant to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while hydrating, brightening and firming skin. You can also stick this mask in the fridge to give more of a cooling sensation, or wear a thin layer over night as an intensive treatment.

My Experience: This rose mask has a light, sweet scent to it and the gel makes for smooth application. The gel mask begins to feel a bit sticky as it dries, but goes back to the gel texture when I removed it with water. It left my skin feeling soft and looking bright. At 23, I don’t have any wrinkles or fine lines, but still enjoyed this mask.

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The Cucumber Gel Mask is a detoxifying and hydrating mask. This mask had me at “detoxifying” and “hydrating,” with the everyday tortures that we put our skin through- forgetting to apply sunscreen and getting sunburned; piling on concealer, foundation and powder; forgetting to take our makeup off or enduring harsh weather conditions, it’s safe to say that we put our skin through a lot.

Like the rose mask, it can be used 2-3 times a week. For intense uses, it can be worn overnight or daily, as well. My best friend and I were debating on how an overnight mask would turn out, you would have to be an awfully still sleeper for this to work out or risk making a gel mess all over the pillow cases!

My Experience: I placed this mask in the fridge before use and the chilled, cucumber scented mask gave me a refreshing sensation as I put it on. The texture of the mask is almost identical to the rose mask, I removed it after ten minutes to reveal soft, nourished skin. If I had to purchase one of these masks, it would definitely be this one because of the benefits. It is the perfect cure after a day in the sun or a night out on the town. Next time I’m going to put cucumbers on my eyes while wearing this mask to reduce under-eye puffiness, why not!

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One of the most favored and potent masks, the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask is an exfoliating peel mask to be used 1-2 times weekly for 3-7 minutes at a time depending on skin sensitivity. The alpha hydroxy acids in this mask make the skin sensitive and more susceptible to burns, so sunscreen is highly suggested after use.

My Experience: As suggested, I rubbed the mask into my skin with moist fingertips in a circular motion and felt the small, grain-sized aluminum oxide powder exfoliate toxins from my skin. This dermabrasion mask smells strongly of pumpkin pie, but lightens a bit as you put it on. The mask smelled like a mixture of pumpkin pie and incense as the enzymes worked to clean my face, stinging slightly as the mask tightened a bit. I got a bit of the mask on my lips and I felt like I was wearing a lip plumper! I washed the mask off after about five minutes and my skin felt clean, tight and exfoliated.

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As I said, my favorite is the nourishing Cucumber Mask and my second favorite is the Pumpkin Enzyme Mask. It was fun to experiment with these masks and I highly suggest them for a girls’ night in or an at-home spa treatment! This trio is a great way to test a pricey product and see which one you like best. I would estimate that these .5 FL OZ containers have about three uses in them and for $20, you really can’t beat it! Which one of these masks is your favorite?!

Until next week! XO-Ashley (@Ashleysita)

Sephora Makeup Haul

Can you believe that I’ve held on to two Sephora gift cards since December?! Neither could I. So this weekend, my best friend and I ventured to Santa Monica to people watch, eat, explore and, of course, shop!! I knew it was time to spend my $45 in gift cards and this is what I bought…

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For the Lips 

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I’ve been very into nude lips and lip liner recently. In about a month, I sharpened down three Milani liner pencils because I like them to be extra sharp when I use them and at times the lines can get a bit clumpy. The Too Faced Perfect Lips in “Perfect Nude” twist-up liner caught my eye and I swiped it across the front of my hand. When I tried to rub the liner off it wouldn’t budge. Good sign. But did I really want to spend $18 on a lipliner? I walked away. And yet, the liner still wouldn’t budge. In the end, I knew I had to have it so I plucked it off the shelf. It is smooth on the lips and even has a soft grip which makes for easy application! I give it 5 out of 5 stars, no regrets in this purchase.

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I’ve been wanting to experiment with OCC Cosmetic stained glosses for a long time. The brand is “vegan and cruelty free” and came with a lip gloss tube and small brush applicator for $18. I chose to go with the top color, “Dune,” a fun neutral beige with a gold tint. I wore this with the lip liner and it was a pretty good combo! I toned the liner down a bit by blending it inward so there wouldn’t be such a high contrast between liner and fill color. Would definitely recommend this product and I’m looking forward to trying other colors!

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Now, my birthday passed in April, but I signed up for a Sephora Beauty Insider Program and received two free NARS Velvet Matte Lip Pencils! These chubby sticks are Rikugien, a pearly taupe color and Cruella, a deeper red. Both pencils are matte and go on smooth. I haven’t yet tried these on my lips, so I shall do a more in-depth review about them later!

For the Face

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Have you ever purchased something that was almost too perfect to wear? That’s how I feel about the Too Faced Pink Leopard Blushing Bronzer. It instantly caught my eye because it is so cute! I like the color of the bronzer, it is a bit lighter with a shimmery, pink pearl tint to it. Honestly, I don’t even care about the color much because the packaging and bronzer itself is so appealing. The color reminds me of an ELF Baked blush that I have, great for a highlighter and not the typical dark bronzer that I’m used to.

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So, here’s a sneak peek of what next week’s blog post will be on: The Peter Thomas Roth Mini Mask Magic Kit! For $20, I was able to get samples of the Cucumber Gel Mask, Rose Stem Cell Mask and Pumpkin Enzyme Mask. Check in next week to see what I think about these precious babies! And thank you to my best friend for this awesome suggestion!

For the Body 

I really lucked out on the gift card thing, and I still had a redeemable coupon for a free rollerball perfume from a Christmas gift. Let me tell you about this gift- it came with about 6 perfume samples and a coupon for a free rollerball perfume! It is a perfect gift for a perfume-lover and allowed me to get a feel for different scents before committing.

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I chose the Viktor & Rolf Flowerbomb roller perfume because it is unlike any other perfume I own. I first dubbed it a more mature scent because it is a deeper floral scent, but I soon fell in love. There are definite jasmine undertones and the scent is sweet, but not too sweet. I definitely recommend it!

Well, I hope you enjoyed my small beauty haul. What beauty products do you have your eye on? I’d love to know!

XO- Ashley (@Ashleysita)

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)

XOXO