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)

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)