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)

Going Gray

We’ve heard of people dying their hair to get rid of the gray, but what about dying their hair to become gray? Young women are taking the term “silver fox” to another level as they transform their (typically platinum blonde) locks gray. Throughout my college campus, I’ve noticed more and more girls with gray hair and I have to admit the models I found on Pinterest and Instagram rock this look as well! But, this trend isn’t just followed by girls, guys are in on it too. Kylie Jenner may have been right when she said, “A little gray never hurt nobody,” although those working to cover up grays may disagree.image This messy bun and light metallic eye shadow set compliment the gray hair beautifully. Not to mention the bright lipstick and eyebrows that are a darker shade of gray. She makes me love this look! imageHere’s a variation with a smoky lavender hint. Ombres and highlights always look beautiful with curls because it allows us to see all aspects of color.

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This ombre gray hair looks really great on fashionista @angexla  and the dark tone of the lips is complimented by highlighted eyes.

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Fashionista @Marycake is on top of her hair game, she rocks many different hair colors as proven with this dark-to-deep-gray ombre. (That rhymed!)

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After searching through these four variations of gray, what do you think about this trend? Let me know in the comments below! (Rhymed again!)

XO- Ashley (@ashleysita)

Spring Nails

Nothing beats a fresh manicure! One great thing about season changes, new nail polish colors (as if there weren’t enough already). This spring season going into the summer you can expect a lot of color- pastels, brights, metallics. Let’s get into it!

Essie Spring 2015 

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Essie’s polish lines are always great because they cater to a wide-range of polish lovers. From those that like nails that demand attention, to those that prefer the minimal, clean-cut color- Essie’s got you! This line does not disappoint. From the brightest teals to the safe and versatile nudes and to vivacious magenta, this is a line you won’t want to miss.

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Still searching for the perfect light and baby pink? Search no more. Tuck it in My Tux and Minimalistic are from various Essie lines, but these classics are must-have neutrals that look great on sun-kissed skin.

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Ah, and we can’t forget about these classic beauties as we approach summer days of cut-off shorts, loose tanks and beachy waves. I love wearing In the Cab-ana on my toes, it’s such a fun color. Sunday Funday is a bright, coral color that I may just use on my next manicure!

OPI’s Spring 2015 Hawaii 

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If this new line doesn’t have you yearning for summer vacation than I don’t know what will. OPI why must you torture us?! These polishes have the cutest tropical names all reminiscent of the Hawaiian Islands.

The most daring color would have to be Pineapples Have Peelings Too (very punny). It’s a yellow polish with chunky, sporadic sparkles and I’m not too sure how I feel about it! If I had to make a contribution for a title and color I’d say they could have included a near frosty white or bronzey brown called Coco-Nuts or something! Just my two cents ;)

Nails Designs

I’m a big fan of adding a little something special to nails, so I thought I’d share a few designs with you. Here are some ways to combine neutral and bright colors for a fun spring (or anytime) look!

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Essie Penny Talk

I love this metallic, rose gold! It is phenomenal for designs and it is SO shiny. It looks nice on his own too, of course.

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These are some simple designs that are attainable for DIY and reasonable enough that it shouldn’t break the bank if you go to the salon to get them done. I really love the triangular design and think it’s fun to use the contrasting dark and light color tones, but think it would look great as a single color too.

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I came across these cute nails on Instagram the other day and thought they were the perfect Easter spring nails. I love the matte colors and sparkles as well.,

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This is the perfect example of neutral and bright color. I love these minimalistic designs and the pop of color.

Happy Spring, ladies. I can see summer approaching now!

XO- Ashley (@ashleysita)

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)

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