Smashbox Minibox Palette!

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As if Ulta wasn’t tempting enough already, I bought this Smashbox Minibox Palette during Ulta’s 21 Days of Beauty for $39. Unfortunately, the 21 Days of Beauty is now over, but this product is available on Ebay as the full minibox palette ($35.58) or just the palette ($19.99). Not, bad! Let’s review.

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Let’s rename this product, triple threat… shall we? Complete with 8 eyeshadows- 5 more neutral shades and 3 bold, a sheer lip gloss, mascara, blusher, bronzer and highlighter, just pop this baby in your makeup bag along with your favorite eyeliner and face makeup, and you’re good to go!

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Be Legendary Lip Gloss in Pink Lady

This gloss glides on smooth and goes great over lip stick. I included this gloss in my look-at-me lips post a while back. The only downside of this gloss, as is the case with many glosses, is that it has a slightly sticky feel. The upside is that it is long lasting. Although this color is lighter, I’ve had good experiences with these being very pigmented!

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Full Exposure Mascara 

One huge plus to the Minibox is that it comes with a full-tube of this mascara! I love this long flat brush that makes for easy application. This mascara does not clump easily and doesn’t flake, either.

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Let’s take a peak inside! 

I apologize that my palette isn’t sparkling clean anymore, but at least you know I use it! One downside to the palette is that the dust from eyeshadows and blushes can sprinkle around once you close it. This palette came with a small plastic sheet to prevent it, but I lost mine within two seconds of buying it… no big deal, though!

The Shadows

Shades: Ambient, Cinder, Peacock, Rose, Sienna, Ultramarine, Nude and Vanilla.

These shadows are “Photo Op Eye Shadows” that were “Created, tested and photographed at Smashbox Studios LA.”

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1.) The shadow I use the most is the lightly tinted white shadow at the top. Sorry that it is not that visible in my swatch, but it is a great base and highlighter for the brow bone and inside corners of the eyes!

2.) This toasty beige/brown is great for soft creases and I’ve also used it all over the lid for a slightly smokier look.

3.) I’m a sucker for golds and this one doesn’t disappoint. It is a brighter gold with some sparkle.

4.) This is a nice deep brown color, but what I love about it is that it has a metallic twist to it! It pairs really nicely with either three of the above colors, especially the gold!

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This tones are slightly less neutral, but equally pretty!

5.) This metallic slightly purple-taupe is a beautiful shade! I love it for all over the lid, but it also looks really nice on the creases. This shade reminds me of a lighter Wet N Wild eyeshadow, “Nutty.” If you haven’t tried that shadow, pick it up at any local drugstore…it’s awesome! But, I digress.

6.) The pinky mauve color is not as vibrant as it looks in the palette, which to me is a good thing because I’m not super into pinky shadows. It has a nice light tint to it and that same metallic feel.

7.) I’m going to assume that this color is Ultramarine because the name suits it perfectly. I was attracted to this palette particularly for this shadow because it’s unlike any I have. It has a nice, light turquoise tone with a hint of metallic gold to it! I love pairing it with an aqua bottom liner, like the NYX retractable eyeliner in Aquatic Green.

8.) This deep blue is nice and dark, mostly matte with a bit of sparkle. I personally use this color the least, but I’ll try to experiment with it!

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Highlighter, blusher and bronzer. 

I’ll be honest, I haven’t really used the blusher very much, it is a very bright, corally pink color and I know it will come in handy, though! The highlighter is beautiful, sparkly and bright! The bronzer is one of my favorites, it goes on smooth and is easy to blend! Which has been a flaw with most of my previous bronzers. This one isn’t streaky!

This minibox deserves an “A” in my book and I recommend you pick it up if you have the chance online!

XO- Ashley (@ashleysita)

Saturday Styles in LA 4/18 [Coachella Edition]

Hey guys!
So, last weekend’s Saturday Styles in LA didn’t feature anything Coachella related because it was a schedule post from a week and a half prior. At that time I didn’t even think about Coachella. So, this week on Saturday Styles in LA will feature Weekend 1’s best fashion.

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Instagram | @_lilbambi

Saturday Styles in LA 4/11

It’s been a while.

Today will be a very nice 70° degrees here in LA!

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Try a body-con dress with a denim jacket or denim vest with some sneakers!

Here was my take on it-

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Saturday Styles in LA 3/14

Today I thought would be great day to post a casual night out outfit. Like a walk down Venice beach then hit the boardwalk on the Santa Monica Pier kind of outfit. Something you can totally wear to dip your toes in the sand, sit for a henna tattoo, shop, eat, and ride the boardwalk roller coaster in.

So this outfit is from momsafashiondork.blogspot.com

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What a babe, right!?

A cute military jacket with a solid color shirt, cropped pants, and flats. What do you think?

Saturday Styles in LA 3/7

Holy cow ladies, it’s 83 degree today! If I didn’t work today I would totally opt for a bathing suit and a trip to the beach right about now. I guess work has it’s perks though… air conditioning! Please tell me that you are either going to the beach today or enjoying some nice A/C? I’d feel awful for you if were doing neither!

So, let’s get to the fashion. Today we are going with a boho style. Gotta love these Palazzo pants! A loose fit, wide legged pair of pants would go great with a tight cotton or lace crop top.

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Peep this pair of Xhilaration pair of Palazzo pants from Target for $19.99!

Show us what you’re wearing! Tag us on Instagram @thatLAwriter ♡

Saturday Styles in LA 2/28

If it hasn’t rained in your area yet, don’t forget your umbrella and rain boots! It’s currently 64 degrees in LA with a 50% chance of rain. I love when it rains!

Today’s style is from Rach Parcell on pinkpeonies.com

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She’s wearing red Hunter rain boots, Prada glasses, holding a Valentino bag, and wearing a Burberry trench coat.

Saturday Styles in LA 2/21

What’s up LA ladies?
If you haven’t already checked the weather for today, it’s going to be a cool 67 degrees out. So, this week on Saturday Styles I have a cute, warm outfit for you to check out.

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• beanie
• leather jacket
• chambray shirt
• ripped jeans
• converse

You can even style in in different colors like black jeans, a white chambray shirt, and a brown leather jacket. Simple, warm, and stylish ♡