10 Beauty Secrets that “Friends” Taught Us

Summer days and the fact that Friends is on Netflix has resulted in some serious binge watching. But, alas, some good has come out of it as inspiration struck and I extracted a few beauty tips from the highly revered show.c3aacb1dfcae5b875b55309f12563bfc

1.) Never underestimate the power of a neutral lip

The running beauty trend for babes Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox and Lisa Kudrow in Friends can be summarized in two words: mascara and lipstick. You can’t go wrong with a bright clean face, highlighted eyes and a neutral lipstick or lip stain!

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2.) Don’t be afraid to change your hairstyle 

 Friends was on for 10 years, debuting a whopping 10 seasons! During this time, the three actresses rocked about five hairstyles each. Sure, 10 years seems like a long time, but think about how many hairstyles you’ve gone through in that time. I know I’ve had long hair for about seven years now. And yes, I picked Rachel as the example because she’s my favorite. ;p

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3.) There’s nothing a bubble bath can’t fix

In a world that’s constantly fast-paced, it’s nice to stop and take a few minutes for yourself. What a better place to do that than in the bath? So draw a bath, sprinkle in some fragranced bath salts, light a few candles and drown your worries away. Don’t forget your toy boat if you’re looking for that masculine touch.

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4.) We all have bad hair days 

It’s true. Especially when humidity is involved. We feel your pain, Monica. There’s ways around it, though. In Monica’s case, throw on a hat or show off some dreadlocks (a treat for the eyes and the ears). In my case, throw on a headband and wrap your hair into a sock bun.

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5.) They created the “Boyfriend does my makeup tag”

The writers of Friends had Ross doing Rachel’s makeup long before YouTube makeup gurus jumped on it. Too bad Rachel ended up looking like Mimi from The Drew Carey Show. 

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6.) Waxing is no joke

Before the 40-year-old Virgin (ah,Kelly Clarkson) Monica and Phoebe discovered the pains of waxing while trapped inside their bedroom. “Painless” leg waxing kit, my ass. Sigh, guys may never know the struggle.

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7.) Spray tans can be scary

Ever stepped foot into a spray tan booth? The misters pointing at you, like guns ready to fire, liquid sprays at you and you feel like you’re being gassed. Okay, maybe that’s a bit dramatic, but the results can shock you if you’re not careful to hold your position and rub the color in evenly.
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8.) Eyebrows are important 

When Joey attempts to have his eyebrows tweezed and backs out after the first one’s done, Chandler has to get them back on fleek for Joey. I almost pulled a Joey the first time I got mine threaded! Regardless, we all know that brows play an important part of our makeup routine. So, remember to be cautious when fixing yours up!

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9.) There is such a thing as too white of teeth 

Of course, home-remedy teeth whitening can’t be as extreme as Ross’s ultra pearly whites, but for some it’s a terrifying image that some of won’t forget.

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10.) It’s not always a good idea to let your friends cut your hair 

It may save you a few bucks, or you may be acting as a model for your beauty salon friend, but always keep in mind the outcomes if you don’t  like your hair in the end. Especially if you’re particular about your hair like Monica! If anything, make sure you’re specific about the look you’re hoping for, so you don’t end up looking like Dudley Moore instead of Demi Moore.

Bye for now, XO- Ashley (@ashleysita)

Out with Contouring, In with Strobing

It’s a debate that beauty bloggers and beauty fanatics everywhere are arguing: strobing versus contouring. Strobing focuses on highlighting the areas of the face that light naturally hits, rather than on facial angles to create a chiseled “Kardashian” look by contouring.

My mom would always tell me, “Makeup is meant to enhance your natural features.” This idea fits perfectly with the concept of strobing.

I know what some of you are thinking.

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It’s apparent that this “new” trend isn’t new at all. Whether it’s new or just renamed- The Art Formerly Known as Highlighting, is a definite hot topic right now.

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The great thing about highlighting is that it only adds an extra five minutes tops to your makeup routine, it’s hard to mess up and there’s a 99% chance you’ve already got these tools in your makeup bag.

Accentuating these naturally lit areas of the face gives the skin a bright, dewey glow that is perfect for summer.

Great Highlighting Tools (Right from My Makeup Bag) 

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For a look that is not as shiny or translucent, I recommend using a relatively matte highlighter that is two shades lighter than your skin tone. I like to use my Glamoflauge concealer in the light shade.

Use your ring finger to gently dab product onto upper cheekbones, the center of your nose to the bottom, temples, cupid’s bow and center of chin. Some prefer the technique of highlighting the center of the forehead, I like to keep it simple by doing just the temples. Blend product in with a beauty blender, brush or your fingers. Afterwards, apply some bronzer or blush to cheekbones and you’re ready to go!

And of course, don’t forget to highlight the upper brow bones. I usually like to do this with a matte white shadow.

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For a more shimmery application, I use the Clinique chubby stick in 01 Hefty Highlight. This highlighter chubby stick makes for extra easy application and the smooth product is easily blendible.When first applied the color has a bit of a frosty tint. Once blended, it’s a soft pearly shimmer. I love that the moisturizing formula results in an extra dewey glow!

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I know, I talk about this palette ALL the time. But, I recently discovered that the Too Faced Chocolate Bar has yet another trick up its sleeve. The Champagne Truffle eyeshadow is a perfect pale pink, shimmery highlighter! This color is slightly more pink than the Clinique highlighter and has a bit more shimmer when blended.

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I hope you enjoyed this tutorial on the strobing or highlighting look, and that it comes in handy for your summer days and nights.

TL;DR (Too Long; Didn’t Read): 

“New” trend takes us back to basics with the rediscovered highlighting technique. Enjoy!

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Bye for now, XO- Ashley (@ashleysita)

Palettes for a Girl on the Go

Hello! I’ve taken a mini vacation this week and traveled up north to see J. Cole in concert! Giving my over-packing self a back seat, I tried to pack light this trip. Yes, I forgot my jean jacket in the midst of this, but that’s another story. As I grabbed my typical day-to-day makeup bag: mascara, Glamophlauge concealer, brow kit, face makeup, brushes and 4 lipsticks: nude, magenta, deep bold mahogany and classic red, I knew I didn’t have much room for eyeshadows. I grabbed my favorite two palettes and want to share them with you. These may be familiar to you… I can’t help but write about products right when I get them! Trust me, though. These are the best I’ve seen!

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The Too Faced Chocolate Bar Palette is my all-time favorite. To start, it has a wide range of colors, more than half of them being stable neutrals suitable for day or night looks. Second, the palette actually smells like chocolate, (yum!). When smoothing these shadows on my lids I can’t help but inhale deeply. While in San Fran, I’ve used this palette for hikes, day lunches and dinners. White chocolate is my favorite as it’s the ultimate base color. Salted caramel is my second favorite because it’s a warm, orangey color which works well for day or night looks. It warms up the eyes, looking great with a bronzey gold shadow or a deeper color for a night on the time.

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At $39 the Smashbox Mini Palette is a complete steal. Complete with deeper shades, a few neutral tones and blush/ bronzer the palette can’t get much better than this! Although I usually reach for the enchanting scent of the Too Faced Chocolate Bar palette, I can’t resist this honey bronzer that sculpts my cheekbones and the shimmery high lights that bring out the apples of my cheeks.

So, if you’re looking for a new palette, I highly suggest you turn to these versatile babies. You won’t regret it!

XO, Bye for now- Ashley (@ashleysita).

Australia Makeup Haul and Review

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As an avid WordPress blogger and reader, I’ve noticed SO many bloggers from Australia. I gawk over their fashion like Tiger Mist and Rise of Dawn clothing, but I was pretty clueless on their makeup. So today a talented, young guest writer all the way in Australia is taking over to show us Los Angeles locals the ropes! XO- Ashley (@ashleysita)

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Hi guys, it’s Amy here all the way from Australia!
Just aspiring to do great things in life, and writing this blog for you is definitely one of them! Hope you all enjoy my review about some Australian makeup products!

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Chi Chi Fabulous and Flawless Foundation 3.5 Vanilla $29.95
For fair to light skin with pink undertones
What a great way to start off my review! This foundation is amazing! This is a light liquid foundation that has medium coverage but also is fairly buildable. I have heard that it is a pretty good duplicate for MAC Studio Fix ($49). So if you feel like saving some extra dollars and still want to look a million dollars then this foundation is to die for! This foundation comes in 16 different shades too!!

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Chi Chi Rose Wall of Shimmer $19.95
Soft rosy glow
The pigmentation is fairly good and gives a fresh feel to your makeup look, leaving your cheeks glowing for the whole day! I find that a little bit goes a long way with this product as it seems to get more noticeable as the day goes on.

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Chi Chi 3 in 1 Eye Concealer in Light $16.95
For light skin tones 
Conceals dark circles under eyes fairly well, also works kind of like a highlight under that area to brighten up your eyes!

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BASES and TAUPES Glamorous Eyeshadow Palettes $22.95
I was lucky enough to get a set of two palettes for $30 from Target and an added 30% off, what a bargain!! Both palettes also available on the Chi Chi website (click photo for link) for $30!

Bases- a complete collection of base shades.
Taupes- A collection of taupes and mochas with a few cool pastel undertones.
I looovveeee all the colours in both of these and cannot wait to get my hands on another one of their palettes. They’re so pigmented and they are extremely long-wearing and don’t crease very much at all!
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Chi Chi Salon Formula Nail Polish Mini in ‘Just Chillaxin’ $5.00
Soft pinkish grey 
For this Chi Chi nail polish I had to do three coats to get the desired colour and for it to not be transparent, but it was so worth it! This is one of the really “in” colours this winter, especially with clothing, but the colour looks just as good on my nails!

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Chi Chi Salon Formula Nail Polish Mini in ‘He So Fly’ $5.00
Cobalt Blue 
Bright blue with a slightly matte finish, great colour for the extra pop!
AMAZING! This is with two coats and a clear top coat, but you could easily just do one coat and it would still look really vibrant. I find the Chi Chi nail polishes to be very long lasting, they don’t usually chip easily!
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Australis Fresh and Flawless Foundation $13.95
The colour I use for this foundation is Natural Beige and it’s an absolutely amazing foundation. Medium to full coverage with a matte, shine-free finish. Also has SPF15 and vitamin E to moisturize the skin. This is definitely one of my favourite foundations I own and for such a cheap price too!
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POUT ABOUT IT DUCHESS LIPSTICK Sportsgirl $9.95
This lipstick is my ABSOLUTE FAVOURITE lipstick of all time! The nude with the light pink touch glides on like butter and is long-wearing, not to mention seriously gorgeous for all occasions! Definitely a 10/10 for this nude!!!!

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Australis Velourlips Matte Cream in MIL-A-NO $9.95
I must admit I was a tiny bit disappointed with this product, only because I was totally in love with it when I swatched it on my hand, and then once I put it on my lips it looked really similar to the colour of my foundation. This colour would possibly look a lot better on someone with more tanned skin. But the pigmentation is absolutely amazing and I fell in love with a few of the other colours I swatched.

I definitely recommend Velourlips if you’re after a matte lip cream and at such an affordable price too! I discovered that if you want to use this colour it is better to only have a little bit on the brush rather than a lot (making it look less like foundation) and to make even more of a matte finish, dust some translucent setting powder over the top!!

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E.L.F Studio Bronzer- Golden Bronzer $8.00 ($3 U.S.)
This golden bronzer has a bit of a shimmer in it and looks absolutely amazing used individually or blended all together. The pigmentation is impressive and is great for brightening up your cheeks in winter (it’s very cold all the way down here in Melbourne), or to add that extra glowing touch to your cheeks during summer! I personally am very happy with the outcome of this product and even though it is not an Australian brand I am super happy with the quality for the price!

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Face Of Australia Translucent Loose Powder

This Face Of Australia Translucent Loose Powder is only $11.95 for 30g! Yes, you read that right! This translucent powder can be used to set your foundation or used with a primer to create an even base. I use mine to set my foundation, and am sooo impressed with the results! It absorbs up the excess oil my face usually gets about halfway through the day and eliminates any shine I would normally have! Because of its translucency it doesn’t add what feels to be like another shade darker to your foundation already, and is very lightweight!

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Chi Chi Viva La Diva in ‘Lady Bump’ $18.95

This lipstick is just to die for! I honestly am so in love with it, but I am so scared to wear it out as it is such a bold colour! ‘Lady Bump’ is a kind of cross between a deep plum/purple and it glides on really easy with a creamy matte finish, and is a reasonable price. This lipstick is also an amazing dupe for MAC’s Rebel lipstick, which is $36!

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Australis AC ON TOUR Contouring and Highlighting Kit $16.95

I was super excited about this contouring kit because of all the hype it got on the internet about it! Firstly it’s only $16.95!!!!! Secondly, a lot of people were saying it’s a pretty great dupe for the Anastasia Beverly Hills contouring and highlighting kit!

I was also quite nervous because I’d read some bad reviews on it as well.. But for the cheap price I thought I’d buy it and give it a try! The first time I tried it was a major fail, not realizing how pigmented the colours were I put a normal amount on my brush… needless to say I looked like someone had flung mud at my face! I was slightly disappointed at the three contouring shades, but was very impressed with the highlighting shades, especially the middle banana shade!

After discovering a little goes a long way with this product, the second time I tried it I put much less on my brush and it definitely was a lot better! I think I definitely just need to sharpen up my contouring skills and I will be 100% happy with this kit!

Before I go, here is a little bit about me:
My name is Amy Dinicolantonio and I live in Melbourne, Australia!
I am 16 years old and I love fashion and makeup! I recently made my first item of clothing freehand (the top in the photo below) and plan on making many more items, maybe even one day I’ll start my own collection! I read, draw and design in my spare time and love to go on fun adventures. I aspire to do great things in life and travel the world!

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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).

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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)