DIY Halloween Candles

Hello again,
’tis the season… to get creepy!

I am so in love with Halloween. I love the creepy decorations, the scary movies, and the crazy/ cute/ random/ homemade costumes. Most of all, I love candy!

Last year I posted a new DIY each week, a series of pumpkin related DIYs, and our previous owner Katelyn shared new Halloween makeup tutorials as well.

Last year’s DIYS-
5 Quick Costume Ideas
Crystal Balls
Bloody Window Handprints
Lawn Ghosts
Glitter Pumpkins
Creepy Dolls
Pumpkin Teeth
Henna Pumpkin
Crayola Pumpkin

Last year’s makeup tutorials-
American Horror Story Clown
Poison Ivy
Pop Geisha
I’ll Get You My Pretty – Which

This year I am excited to post more DIYs from Pinterest. This month will feature two-three DIYs in one post each Sunday because there are only 5 Sundays in October and too many awesome creepy DIYs and I already missed one Sunday ):

This weekend will be all about Halloween Candles!

Bloody Candle


Note: the original tutorial is in a different language but it’s easy to comprehend with just the photos.

white candles
red candles

✘ lay out newspaper — this will get messy
✘ use lighter to melt red candles
✘ drip red wax onto white candles

Original Tutorial by Anne Delacour on

Harry Potter Floating Candles



Note: Obviously Doesn’t have to be used for a Harry Potter theme. Also, the original tutorial creator made a night sky and did not completely specify how they attached it to the ceiling.

tea lights
toilet paper rolls
fishing line
hot glue

✘ glue tea lights to the inside of toilet paper rolls
✘ use hot glue to make dripping wax
✘ paint candle
✘ tie them in various lengths

Original tutorial by Alex on

Black Faux Candles


tea lights
toilet paper/ paper towel rolls
black paint
hot glue

✘ glue tea lights to the inside of toilet paper/ paper towel rolls
✘ use hot glue to make dripping wax
✘ paint candles black

Original tutorial by Priscilla on

Saturday Styles in LA 10/10

What a difference this weekend is compared to last weekend! I’m definitely already missing the cool weather! I have all these cute jackets waiting for the clouds and cool breezes to come back. Until then, I guess we’ll have to enjoy the warmth.

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How about today we try a cute, thin, flowery kimono with a solid or graphic tank and chiffon shorts? Don’t forget to add flashy accessories to complete the outfit!

This set will definitely keep you cool and stylish in this heat.

Fiction Friday: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

to all the boys I've loved before
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TGIF followers!

Thank you for tuning in for Fiction Friday. Eventually you’ll notice that I have an obsession for romance and book series. You know those people who say ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’? Well, I do. If it looks interesting I’ll buy it and I’m usually never wrong with my decision making (on books.)

Last month I read a lot. Like a lot, a lot. I haven’t started a new book in two weeks because I’ve been working a lot. How many times can I type A LOT in one paragraph? Which, if you haven’t noticed has taken a toll here. I haven’t written much. Nor have I written much on my own website.

Moving on…

This review is on To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and it’s sequel P.S I Still Love You. Technically, it’s not a review. I don’t know how to review a book or movie without spoiling it all for you. These are pretty much going to be book suggestions for my readers.

I found this series to be super cute. It’s a drama filled tale of young love. Lara Jean is shy and naive when it comes to boys so when all her love letters get sent out, she panics and I’m sure has a mini heart attack. I know I would!

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

What if all the crushes you ever had found out how you felt about them…all at once?

Lara Jean Song keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her. They aren’t love letters that anyone else wrote for her; these are ones she’s written. One for every boy she’s ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she pours out her heart and soul and says all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly, Lara Jean’s love life goes from imaginary to out of control.

Amazon | Simon & Schuster

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P.S I Still Love You

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.

She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.

When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

Amazon | Simon & Schuster

Be sure to come back next week for my analysis on Jenny Han’s Burn For Burn Trilogy.

NYX Store Review

As some of you may know, NYX Cosmetics opened up their first ever store in Arcadia, California on Friday (October 2nd).

NYX California Store Openings My boyfriend teased me, asking why I was so excited when I could buy NYX products at Target, Ulta, CVS, etc. In the back of my mind, I questioned myself as well, but I’m here to assure you that dropping into the NYX store is totally worth it! 

NYX Store Opening

Cute booths like this one were set up around the Westfield Santa Anita Mall where NYX girls handed out flyers for the store and offered free lipstick applications. At around 3 p.m. on Saturday, the store had a small line and an employee guarded the door.

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The best thing about the NYX store is that the majority of products have samples that you can swatch in store. There were also tons of employees ready to answer any questions and help you find the perfect product. In addition, they have every NYX product (of course).

 NYX Makeup Haul NYX Haul, NYX Free Gift

This three-tier mini traincase with lock and key was also free with any $75 purchase. The case sells at $35 regularly.

There were appearances from SSSSamanthaa, MakeupShaylaIamAmyPham and Pomeranian JiffPom.

If you missed this grand opening, don’t worry. The NYX Del Amo Fashion Center location’s grand opening is Friday (October 9th) in Torrance, California. Find all of the details here– it’s a Facebook event list with complete details: opening, meet & greets, and prize options. Hint, Desi Perkins and ChrisspyMakeup will be there on Saturday! Eek!!!

Here’s my mini NYX Haul if you’re interested in seeing what I got. Everything totaled to $100, which isn’t bad considering I purchased 11 items!

NYX avant pop palette NYX avant pop palette

NYX Avant Pop Palette- Noveau Chic $17

NYX rocker chic palette NYX rocker chic palette

NYX Rocker Chic Palette- Tainted Love $18 

I bought this palette for two reasons. I love the studded case and the light blue-white eyeshadow in the bottom left corner is SO pretty. It’s like a matte milky blue color.

NYX Liquid Suede Lipgloss NYX Liquid Suede Lipgloss

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick $7

Of course I had to increase my liquid lipstick collection because I love the brush applicator, pigmented colors and formula. The bluish gray, Stone Fox, is a very popular Liquid Suede Lipstick, but I opted out because I know I won’t wear it.

NYX Liquid Suede Lipgloss Soft-Spoken

Instead I chose Soft-Spoken (above) and Vintage (below). Soft-spoken is actually lighter than it looks in the picture. I can best describe it as a warm brown with a very slight orange tint. Vintage is darker, but not as dark as the NYX Soft Lip Cream Copenhagen. It’s a warm purple/maroon berry color. These are both great lipstick stables that can easily work for day or night looks.

NYX Liquid Suede Lipgloss Vintage

NYX Liquid Crystal Liner

NYX Crystal Liner $4.50  

(Right) Crystal Gold and (Left) Crystal Silk. I loved both of these gold sparkly liners, the right is more of a bright yellow gold while the left is more metallic with a slight silver hint.

NYX Frostbite Eyeshadow NYX Frostbite Eyeshadow NYX Prismatic Eyeshadow in Frostbite $6

I love the packaging on this shadow, how cute is that silver bow? “Frostbite” is the perfect name for this shadow- it’s a translucent whitish silver base with tiny light blue sparkles. I bought this to put in the corner of my eyes with the baby blue toned shadow (Rocker Chic palette) on my lids.

NYX Baked Blush Journey NYX Baked Blush Journey

NYX Baked Blush in Journey $7

This is a nice color to use as a highlighter, it’s very sheer and sparkly. So far, my biggest peeve with this product is that it doesn’t transfer onto my makeup brush well. I will try another brush to see if that’s the problem.

NYX Extra Creamy Lipstick 629 NYX Extra Creamy Lipstick 629 NYX Extra Creamy Lipstick 629 NYX Extra Creamy Lipstick 629

NYX Round Lipstick in Power (629) $4

This is one color I can honestly say I don’t have at home, so it was a good investment. It’s a beautiful lavender purple tone that doesn’t have too much shine.

NYX Pore Filler Makeup Primer

NYX Pore Filler $14

I was unsure whether I should buy this, until a sales associate had me try it. It’s smooth and soft texture is sure to fill unwanted lines/pores. Definitely recommend.

NYX Finishing Powder

NYX Finishing Powder in Translucent $10

When I tried this product in the store, it seems to reduce shine and not give off any color. At home, I felt like it made me look ghostly. So be sure to apply it with a light hand or steer clear.

Will you be attending any of the NYX grand opening? And if so, what products do you have your eye on? I’d love to know!
Until next time, XO- Ashley

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Fiction Friday: After Series

Hello everyone,

Welcome to my new -column, I don’t know what to call it- called Fiction Friday. I am a super big fan of romance which is what many of these posts will be about. I will be sharing with you my latest reads. I am also a big fan of physical copy of books but I have been a little too poor to buy them so I have been downloading them online to my phone. It is pretty convenient but then I get stuck reading books super fast.

Let’s begin!

Last month I picked up After by Anna Todd at Target. I read through the book within a few days and was eager to buy the rest of the series. I downloaded the rest of the series to my phone and finished each one within a few days of each other. I read fast. This is your typical good girl meets bad boy but with a Fifty Shades of Grey twist. Now, I haven’t read the Grey series (however, I am considering it!) These books are for a young audience but definitely must be over eighteen.

Definitely a 10/10!


Image found on Google. Credit to GROWNUPFANGIRL.COM

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There was the time before Tessa met Hardin, and then there’s everything AFTER… Life will never be the same. #Hessa

Tessa is a good girl with a sweet, reliable boyfriend back home. She’s got direction, ambition, and a mother who’s intent on keeping her that way.

But she’s barely moved into her freshman dorm when she runs into Hardin. With his tousled brown hair, cocky British accent, tattoos, and lip ring, Hardin is cute and different from what she’s used to.

But he’s also rude—to the point of cruelty, even. For all his attitude, Tessa should hate Hardin. And she does—until she finds herself alone with him in his room. Something about his dark mood grabs her, and when they kiss it ignites within her a passion she’s never known before.

He’ll call her beautiful, then insist he isn’t the one for her and disappear again and again. Despite the reckless way he treats her, Tessa is compelled to dig deeper and find the real Hardin beneath all his lies. He pushes her away again and again, yet every time she pushes back, he only pulls her in deeper.

Tessa already has the perfect boyfriend. So why is she trying so hard to overcome her own hurt pride and Hardin’s prejudice about nice girls like her?

Unless…could this be love?

BUY — AMAZONBarnes & NobleSimon & Schuster

DIY Laptop and iPad Covers

Okay, so by now you should know that I am not a very artsy-craftsy person. I would love to be but I don’t have the time to be. The most I have done it wrap some cheap file holders from IKEA with tape or scrapbook paper.

I really like checking out DIYs on Pinterest and saving them for the day I feel like creating something magical. Today, I found this super cute tutorial from for creating your own laptop and iPad covers.



Hard case for ipad/laptop. I bought it in clear on Ebay.
Spray paint
Rubbing alcohol
Colorful gloss paper
Glitter paper
Printed pictures on high gloss paper. I used pictures from Instagram and had them printed out at Staples.
Spray adhesive. I used Easy Task
UV Resistant gloss coat
Craft paint
Paint tray
Clear acrylic coating
Gilded gold paint
Decoupage glue


Mosaic Design:

Using a paper towel with some rubbing alcohol, wipe off any dust or oil off the surface of the cover.
Next, spray on an even layer of paint (color of your choice). I recommend spraying on at least 2 layers. Set aside to dry.
For the mosaic, use colorful gloss paper and printed pictures. To cut out the shape for the mosaic, I used a shape puncher purchased from a local craft store. I used a variety of different of different gloss, metallic, and glitter to add dimension and texture.
Lay out your design on top of the cover.
Use spray on adhesive to the back of each piece and place it where you would like.
Seal with clear gloss coat. Let dry completely before use.

Feathers Design:

Clean case using paper towel and rubbing alcohol.
Set up tray and brushes. Have some water on the side.
Draw out your design on a piece of paper. I drew out some feathers, but you can be creative and draw what inspires you.
Place your template under the cover and paint over the template. I suggest practicing on a piece of paper before doing it on your cover.
If you are painting feathers, use wispy, short strokes and layer on layer on different colors to add interest.
Spray on clear acrylic coating. Let dry completely before use.

Arrows Design:

Clean case using a paper towel and rubbing alcohol.
Using a ruler, draw arrows parallel to each other.
Use gold paint and paint over the arrows. Add glitter for more shine.
Spray on clear acrylic to protect your cover. Let dry completely before use.
Coco Chanel Design:
Clean case using a paper towel and rubbing alcohol.
Print out picture of perfume bottle on high gloss paper.
With scissors, carefully cut out picture.
Use decoupage glue on back of cut-out picture and adhere to cover.
Brush on decoupage glue over picture to seal and protect your cover. Let dry completely before use.

Check out her tutorial on and don’t forget to watch her video!

Saturday Styles in LA 8/29

Ladies, summer is almost over but it’s still so hot outside!

Below are some super cute night out outfits ♡

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*All images from Pinterest. See That LA Writer’s Fashion board by Jessica Cortez.