You’ll Love These Lippies

Although it may be more timely to make a post about the AMA’s, one word: J. LO, or Thanksgiving makeup: your fav. lip balm and bold falsies, I couldn’t resist posting about Birchbox’s first makeup brand!

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A collaboration between Birchbox and YouTuber Glam Life Guru’s Tati, the L.O.C. (Love of Color) Collection features three lipsticks and five eyeshadow sticks.

I received the “Wildest Dreams” lipstick in my November Birchbox and, I have to say, it’s my favorite Birchbox product thus far.

Tati says the nice thing about the “Wildest Dreams” shade is that it has a blue undertone, which automatically makes your teeth look whiter. So flash those pearly whites, baby! No wonder I liked this product so much.

In addition to the color, the texture is a satiny finish that doesn’t leave lips feeling thick and cakey. I usually have a hard time applying chubby sticks, but this one went on easily and had a strong staying power.

One large complaint I’ve read in the Birchbox comments are the size of the product (.02 oz), palm-sized, for $8 each or all three for $18. I think the obvious choice here is to buy all three and save six bucks! Maybe they will release larger sizes in the future, but for now I’m satisfied with the quantity and price. Screen Shot 2015-11-24 at 9.46.32 AMimage

I haven’t tried the shadow sticks yet, but I’m loving the colors! I’m honestly kind of scared to use them because it’s been a loong time since I’ve used a shadow stick. I’m up for the challenge, though! Tati said that they are long-lasting and crease-proof, allowing for a few seconds of “play” or  application time.

What do you think of the LOC collection? And what’s your experience with eyeshadow sticks? I need advice and pep talks here, ladies!

Until next week, have a happy Thanksgiving! XO- Ashley

*All photos (except featured image) are from the Birchbox LOC Introduction Video, watch it here!*

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Nordstrom Trend Show Beauty Recap

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On Saturday I went to the Nordstrom Trend Show. The doors opened at 8 a.m., but the line began at 7. It was funny to see all of the ladies lined up in their most fashionable knits and boots, donning red (gasp) Starbucks cups in hands. I’ll admit it– my friend and I had Starbucks too.

We were handed goodie bags with samples of fragrances. I love the Flowerbomb perfume by Viktor&Rolf, score!

The top floor of the department store was unrecognizable. Racks were pushed aside to make room for a bright stage and a projector streamed videos and logos. DJ Shammy Dee hyped up the crowd and passed out raffle flyers and So-Cal’s Regional Beauty Director Cindy Tjon acted as MC for the event.

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I came to see Gwen Stefani’s MUA Gregory Arlt, but the blurbs that the brand’s representatives gave were a short five minutes in which the rep. gave info on a few of the brand’s new products.

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Mr. Arlt informed the crowd of MAC’s Nordstrom-exclusive palette, “Nordstrom’s Finest.” A $160-value it’s priced at $85. He stated that this season is, “All about being your own makeup artist,” and apparently, this eyeshadow palette will get you there. It’s definitely a start!

Smashbox announced another Nordstrom-exclusive: “Photo Op for Eyes” Set for $49: eyeliner, mascara, under-eye primer, lash primer, makeup remover and eyeshadow 24-hour primer. I’ve used the Full Exposure Mascara and must give it an A-, I was satisfied, but I don’t know if I’d pay $20 for it.

What I was really excited about is the Nordstrom-exclusive 10-piece Brush Set, $200 value priced at $89. Those brushes are so beautiful! I’m impressed that the two-in-one brush counts as only one of the 10, as well. The fan brush alone is priced at $18, so I’d say this is actually a deal.

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Lancome promoted their “Auda[CITY] in Paris” Palette ($68, valued at $346… who would pay that?) Their presentation stole the show. The representative sang in French and English about the palette in a cool jazz tone, asking the crowd to snap their fingers.

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Drybar’s owner, Alli Webb, was there to discuss the 3-Day-Bender 1-inch Curling Iron and the concept behind Drybar. Did you know all of their blowouts are named after cocktails? Mai Tais, Dirty Martinis, Manhattans… get it, ladies. She also promoted their “Triple Sec” 3-in-1 Texturizing Spray ($13-$26).

It was inspirational to see that in five years, Webb opened up more than 40 Drybars and now has a line of department-store products.

After about two hours the show ended, the stage cleared and the chaos began. The only thing girls love more than makeup is free makeup. 

Stands were set up on the second floor for free oxygen-facials, nail polish application, hair styling, and Whish Body Butter and scrubs.

My friend and I waited in line for her to get a facial from Kate Somerville. The sales rep informed us of the importance of fragrance-free products, especially for those with sensitive skin. Out of all the products she used: the EradiKate Achne Treatment ($24), DermalQuench Liquid Lift Spray ($98), Dilo Oil ($65) and the IllumiKate CC Cream – I was most interested in the CC Cream.

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Available in four shades to provide a veil of coverage that adjusts to each skin tone, the cream is illuminating and has SPF 50. The rep told us that illuminating creams are the way to go when trying to disguise breakouts because they’re more forgiving versus a matte finish.

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Downstairs looked like the animal scenes from Mean Girls. Crowds filled the aisles of makeup counters and I was pushed against the glass. Loud chattering filled the air and I found myself shouting to my friend.

Products were all around, samples were being distributed, makeup appointments were filled and free clear, gooey moisturizing masks were applied on women– making the scene look like something out of a scary movie.

Okay, it wasn’t that dramatic, but it did get pretty overwhelming! It was a fun event and I recommend it for all beauty & fashion fans!

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Saturday Styles in LA 11/6

Well happy Saturday!
I know I said I’d post my rave outfit last weekend and that I’d try to post a ‘Get Rave Ready With Me’ video for Youtube. Well, last weekend had a lot of bumps! Oh well, I promise a next time. I’ll post my rave outfits on my personal website soon.

Today is going to be a lovely 77º and partially cloudy.


I’m totally loving on this lazy look. A long knit sweater, large tee, leggings, and some running shoes. Great for staying warm and cozy today! Don’t forget your Pumpkin Spice Latte and oversized bag :p

DIY Spooky Halloween Decorations

Happy Sunday Funday!

Hope you all have had a great day so far. The night is not over and there is still some time to create some more Halloween decorations. This week I have some simple and fairly cheap DIYs for you to try out.

Eerie Mirror from Domythic Bliss

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Printed image
Spray Paint

Print image
Take apart frame
Spray paint inside of glass
Use rag to make scratch marks
Let dry
Put back together

For detailed instructions, visit Domythic Bliss’ tutorial here.

Paper Mache Skull from Grim Hollow Haunt


Basic Skull
Paper mache paster (1 part water/ 1 part flour or 3/4 glue/ 1/4 water)

Use skull as base
Layer newspaper over
Let dry
Cut/ peel off
Tape back together

For detailed instructions, visit Grim Hollow Haunt’s tutorial here.

Spell & Potion Book from Better After


old books
paper towels
small plastic Halloween paraphenilia
hot glue gun
mod podge
black paint
metallic paint
paint brushes

glue plastic pieces to books
use mod podge to layer paper towels
let dry
paint black
let dry
use metallic paint for details

For detailed instructions, visit Better After’s tutorial here.

Saturday Styles in LA 10/24 [Halloween Edition P. 1]

Goooood morning friends!

Today I wanted to give you some ideas on simple costumes to put together for parties or clubs. I know that throughout the month there will be a lot of Halloween related events going on and you definitely don’t need to spend a lot of $$ to look good!

Last year I made one post with my top 5 costume ideas. It was super simple, low budget ideas. This year I am going to have TWO posts. However, I want to include some ideas for clubbing and work contests.

Next week I’ll show you some expensive, extensive, OUTRAGEOUS costumes. I’ll even include some rave costumes and give you a look into what I am wearing this year and what I wore last year for Escape From Wonderland.


How delicious is this ice cream costume? It’s simple, cute, and creative!
Totally ideal for a office work costume.


Want to swim in the ocean in Flounder? Here’s a quick ensemble!
This can totally be changed up with a mermaid scale skirt, scrunch bikini bottoms, or high waisted shorts- all can be found on club wear sites and in few club wear stores.


Get a bestie to dress as Mike Wisowsky and you’d be a great pair!
This could even be changed up with purple shorts. Don’t forget about the pig tails.


This is super cute for a night at the club. Easy to get the corset from intimate clothing stores but a little time consuming to add the tiger stripes.


Sugar, Spice, and Everything Nice!
Get the girl posse together for something new. This look can go many ways. Dresses, tutus, corsets, high waisted shorts, scrunch bikini bottoms… The sky is the limit!


Woof woof!
Another one for the girl groups. Quick to put together and fun when all the girls start acting like goof balls!

DIY Halloween Decor

We’re getting closer to my favorite holiday! I totally forgot to post my Saturday Styles yesterday but this next week I plan on sharing some simple costumes to put together in case you’re in a rush for some last minute parties or events.

Today, I am sharing three Pinterest Halloween crafts that I found. They seem super easy, pretty cheap to recreate, and creepy enough to use in your home for this spooky holiday. Yes, Halloween in a holiday to me.

Let’s begin!

Black Vases


I found this on Pinterest and the link sent me to Kerli (one of my favorite artists) on her Buzznet account. However, there is no tutorial on how to create these beautiful vases. It does seem simple though.

1. Find vases at thrift stores or yard sales
2. Clean them
3. Buy black spray paint or black paint

Other materials include newspaper, face masks, and gloves.


This tutorial on apothecary bottles is thanks to Magia Mia on


pill bottles, jars, little plastic containers
glue gun
black chalk paint
rusty colored paint


Draw designs and wording on bottles
Use glue gun to trace over words
Paint over with black chalk paint
Dab rust colored paint over to add aging effect
Cut cork into round size for each bottle top

For a better, detailed instructions check out the tutorial here.

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Spooooky! Check out this dollar store DIY from Four Front Doors.

plastic skeleton
plastic candle holder
plastic tea light holder
white/ silver spray paint
black acrylic paint

Glue tea light holder to candle holder
Break skeleton into pieces
Glue pieces to tea light holder
Prime entire piece with white spray paint
Then spray with silver spray paint
Use black acrylic paint to in details
Use paper towel to wipe away some paint to add texture

For more detail, check out the tutorial here.

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