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)

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)

Saturday Styles in LA 5/9 [Mother’s Day Edition]

A little late, sorry.

In honor of Mother’s Day tomorrow, check out these super cute Mommy + Me styles from Pinterest! Be sure to check back tomorrow for my last minute top 5 DIY Mommy gifts. You’re never too old to create something from the heart ♡

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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 | @jenni_wde

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Instagram | @cel.pea

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Instagram | @bre.alicia

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Instagram | @jstinemartin

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Instagram | @miss_mims

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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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